Title: “Inside Voices”
Prompt: The meta for this puzzle is a famous band.
Answer: The Bee Gees
Season 8, Episode 1 of the Muller Monthly Music Meta is here. Eight years! This has been a lot of fun and I’m glad Pete has renewed for at least one more year.
Super-easy one to get our confidence rolling, solved by 438 meta-ers as of 40 minutes before deadline. Our five theme entries are:
17a. [Place for parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme] = HERB GARDEN. Raise your hand if you started typing SCARBO… here and then realized that this entry isn’t a grid-spanner.
24a. [Key political issue] = JOB GROWTH
39a. [Colorfully named area of mathematics that uses “city block” distance instead of “as the crow flies” distance] = TAXICAB GEOMETRY. New to me.
50a. [Boomtown Rats lead singer and Live Aid organizer] = BOB GELDOF
62a. [Fairy-tale brother] = JACOB GRIMM
Each of those phrases contains the letters BG, so you might label them “BG’s” leading to contest answer the Bee Gees.
Fun little amuse-bouche to start the year off, 4.00 stars. And I believe we pick up next Tuesday the 5th with the February puzzle but someone correct me in comments if that’s not true. And a nice title to the puzzle, plus a nice job sneaking MARY J. Blige in at 6-D.
445 correct this month…close to a record
And that’s right – next puzzle is Feb 5 – I better get to constructing!
” I better get to constructing!” – Really? You, my friend, are nuts!!! And insanely talented.
[Such confidence that a great idea will appear, that a puzzle with an excellent fill will be possible and the meta will fall in place? ]
Seriously! And that it’ll be the right level of difficulty… here I assumed Pete made a bunch of these in advance.
Matt, what do you mean “sneaking” MARY J. Blige in ?
You’re lucky to get anything with ??R?J pre-placed, but having it also be a music-related entry is nice.