Title: “Rhyme Scheme”
Prompt: The meta for this puzzle is a famous band.
Excellent “Month 2”-level puzzle from our Meta-Maestro. Easy but not a gimme, and (if you’re like me), the answer was the *second* thing you tried, not the first.
Our four theme entries are all nonsensical, four-word entries with a certain rhyme pattern:
17-A: [Cable contract that doesn’t charge for Marvel movies?] = STAN LEE FREE PLAN
25-A: [Rattled a large luau chef?] = SHOOK BIG PIG COOK
42-A: [Something you might witness at Benihana’s new Chinese soup chain?] = SICK HOT POT TRICK
56-A: [Beginning of yours truly’s passion for meat-themed neckwear?] = MY FIRST WURST TIE
So naturally my first thought was: find a band with a four-word name that uses that same rhyme scheme. Brainstormed for a few moments and found nothing, so I naturally decided to let Google do my thinking for me: search for four-word band names, and of course there are a number of such lists because Internet. But to my dismay, none of them displayed the required structure.
Puzzled, I took a step back and thought: what band could I be missing with that A-B-B-A pattern?
So it’s ABBA, of course! You’re not looking for another band with that rhyme scheme, you’re looking at the rhyme scheme itself! What a delightful, unique idea for a “Month 2” easy meta. Just a little “crunch” (I hate that term but I don’t know a better one) to put it above being a gimme, and a nice head-desk moment once you’ve got it. Bravo.
4.70 stars. Easy but elegant! 2-for-2 for this guy and for you as well, most likely. See you back here in March when I bet the heat will turn up just a bit. Be ready!