Muller Monthly Music Meta, February 2020

puzzle 7ish; meta 59 seconds (Matt) 


Title: “And Sometimes…”
Prompt: The meta for this puzzle is a band with more than 10 letters in its name.
Answer: Lynyrd Skynyrd

This was a quick thrill for me, since the answer fell in 59 seconds! Yes, I stopped the clock in Across Lite when I had it and was super-stoked to get in just before it ticked up to a minute. I solved for a bit, got WERNER KLEMPERER, looked at the theme clue above it and realized it was BANANARAMA, checked the title again, and realized it had to be Lynyrd Skynyrd in under a minute. Go me! Or, as the too common crossword entry has it, I RULE.

Backtracking from that excitement now, we see that the five theme entries each contained just one of the five main vowels apiece:

18-A: [“Venus” band] = BANANARAMA

23-A: [1988 Tony nominee for playing Herr Schultz in “Cabaret”] = WERNER KLEMPERER. Better known for playing Colonel Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

34-A: [“Iris” band] = GOO GOO DOLLS. What’s this? A, E,…O? I guess there was no other way to make this theme happen or Pete would have done it, but this weird progression of A-E-O-I-U is a big aesthetic blot.

48-A [Faith Hill song with the lyric “I still like wearin’ my old ball cap, ridin’ my kids around piggyback”] = MISSISSIPPI GIRL

55-A [Phrase heard many times in a Black Eyes Peas hit] = JUST SHUT UP. From the song “Shut Up.”

So we need an 11 letters or more band with the only vowel being Y, and that of course is LYNYRD SKYNYRD, whose tour bus I have randomly spotted on I-81 here in Virginia twice over the past 12 years. Pete added the minimum on letters since otherwise something simple like STYX or XYZ would work. Not sure if there’s a specific longer-named band Pete was guarding against with the more-than-ten specification.


4.25 stars. Fun theme but the vowels being out of order was jarring. I’m 2-for-2 in 2020 and so are you! Let’s meet back here in a month and see what happens.

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6 Responses to Muller Monthly Music Meta, February 2020

  1. BethA says:

    So ashamed that I had to google a list of bands! Should definitely have known sooner! Loved the puzzle!

  2. FrankieHeck says:

    Fun puzzle! While I immediately saw the A, E, O, I, U, for some reason it took me a while to realize they were the *only* vowels in those answers. So I got caught up on the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” at first. Having NONOS as an answer didn’t help me get away from that. When I went back and circled the vowels, I quickly realized what I needed to do.

    I also had a certain Ebn Ozn song stuck in my head this week. I figured that was why he had the 10+ letter requirement. I just pulled up the video. Could there be a more 80s song?

    • Shawn P says:

      I also got hung up on the “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” since the Ys are prominent in their name. Fortunately, within an hour of putting the puzzle down, I heard “Free Bird” on the radio and everything fit into place!

  3. Pete Muller says:

    Thanks Matt

    394 correct answers this week.

    Originally the puzzle was designed to have the GOO GOO DOLLS as an answer.
    I then realized I could add them to the grid as an entry and have the answer be LYNYRD SKYNYRD instead…much better, but I didn’t realize that I put the “O” entry in the grid out of order until it was too late!

  4. James says:

    And now we have to wait another month for the trifecta/tri-xword weekend of Muller-Shenk-Gaffney.
    Sounds like a law firm. Probably work for the mob.

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