Muller Music Meta, January 2017

puzzle — 4:49 (Matt) 
meta — 5 minutes  


Season VI, Episode 1 of the Muller Monthly Music Meta is here. Pete was on the fence about doing another season but ultimately decided to go for it, which I’m glad about and I bet you are as well.

Our title is “Brother, Can You Spare a Rhyme,” and our instructions read: The meta for this puzzle is a hit from the ’50s that would make a good sixth theme entry.

Our theme entries are:

20-A [1966 Donovan song] = MELLOW YELLOW
36-A [1968 Beatles song] = HELTER SKELTER
53-A [1980 Abba song] = SUPER TROUPER. From the grating musical genre: “Being a pampered, famous musician playing to thousands of ecstatic fans is really tough.” See also “Turn the Page” by Bob Seger.
64-A / 9-A [1966 Tommy James and the Shondells song] = HANKY-PANKY. Don’t know this one. OK, yes I do and so do you, just couldn’t place it from the title alone.
4-D / 52-D [With 52-Down, 1965 Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs song] = WOOLY BULLY

So to fit the pattern we need a hit from the 1950s comprised of two rhyming words. I brainstormed for a minute and, coming up with nothing, decided to let the Goog spare me the trouble. Typed “rhyming song titles” into the window, found this Sporcle quiz, and pegged Buddy Holly’s 1957 hit MAYBE, BABY as the answer.

Fun grid in this one, wide-open for having so much theme. Looks like over 300 correct answers, too, so easy as promised. 3.85 stars, and I’m 1-for-1 in 2017 and bet you are, too. We’ll aim for 2/2 here very soon.

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3 Responses to Muller Music Meta, January 2017

  1. Pete Muller says:

    Thanks Matt!

    301 correct answers this month.
    Most of them were “Tutti Frutti” but “Maybe Baby” works too, as well as 8 (!) others.
    I meant to say “one of the top 500 rock-and-roll songs of all time” and changed it to “a hit from the ’50s” opening up the floodgates of correct possible answers.

  2. benji says:

    The first song that came to mind was “Tutti Frutti” but I managed to convince myself there should be something besides the rhyme scheme to guide me. The title “Brother can you spare a rhyme” led me to the phrase “Brother can you spare a dime”, which made the Elvis song “Money, Honey” stand out.

  3. pannonica says:

    “… pegged …”


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