We were looking for a Jimmy Buffett song that would complete this puzzle’s theme entries. Alright so I’m probably not going to miss this.
Our theme entries are:
17-A [“Three Times a Lady” band] = COMMODORES. This is missing a “The,” I think.
21-A [Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood duet that starts “We didn’t care if people stared”] = REMIND ME.
34-A [Joan Baez’s singing sister] = MIMI FARINA. Unfamiliar to me but if Joan Baez is your sister then that’s pretty good.
44-A [Way passé, or, with “We Are,” a Hawthorne Heights song] = SO LAST YEAR
54-A [Miranda Lambert song with the lyric “What doesn’t kill you only makes you blonder”] = PLATINUM. Unfamiliar to me, but I live a semi-ascetic existence.
62-A [Repetitively titled theme song for “9 1/2 weeks” by Duran Duran bassist John Taylor that almost won a 1986 Razzie for Worst Original Song] = I DO WHAT I DO
Alright, so we’ve got DO-RE, RE-MI -MI FA…but then SO-LA, LA-TI, and TI-DO, looping back to Do-RE. So what’s missing is FA-SO, meaning we need a Jimmy Buffett song with the letter combination FASO somewhere. And there it is “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” sneakily stretching its four letters over three words.
Fun meta, if you ask me. It took me a couple of minutes to spot the musical scale notes pattern, then to figure out the right song. Just enough “crunch” even though I don’t like the word. 4.31 stars. Nothing wrong with an easy one in June! But I bet July will start to get tricky, even though I’ve already botched my perfect year so not as much at stake. We’ll see in 4 weeks.