meta — 5 minutes
Season 5, Episode 11 and our instructions ask us to find a well-known musician. Our title is “Putting It Back Together.” Our theme entries are…not obvious.
There are two 9-letter entries, TONI BASIL and CALL SIGNS. Then there are some 8’s and a bunch of 7’s. None of it really felt like theme, so l free-scanned the grid.
I had reversals in mind from the title, and those 1st, 8th, and 15th rows jumped out with their four three-letter entries. Reverse each and you get a famous song:
NED RAG TER CES becomes “Secret Garden”
EVO LFO LEN NUT becomes “Tunnel of Love”
CAL LID ACK NIP becomes “Pink Cadillac”
And each of these is by contest answer BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.
Quick solve for me personally, but with 127 right answers just before the deadline it looks to be about average in terms of difficulty.
Fitting title to this one.
TONI BASIL at 34-D is almost a reversal of LISA BONET.
LADY GAGA at 39-D is almost an anagram of AMYGDALA.
I have this nagging feeling that I’m missing an extra Mullerian hint somewhere, like when he snuck JONI MITCHELL’s name into the grid as an extra hint not long ago. If it exists and you find it, tell me in comments where.
Also in comments, tell Pete how you feel about the MMMM series. Season 5 is nearing its grand finale, and as far as I know Season 6 has not yet been announced. So perhaps a good time for heartfelt and public expressions of enthusiasm.