I'm sure you can guess what movie inspired this puzzle's theme, so I'll just let you get to solving the puzzle. One quick note, though: there's fewer theme entries than usual, so I ratcheted down the word count on this one. Hope you enjoy!
(P.S. Video related, it was the one song on heavy repeat when i was gridding/cluing the puzzle)
"Pas De Deux (from US)" by Michael Abels - YouTube
Hello again! We've hit the 50-puzzle mark on Grids These Days, and frankly the site doesn't look a day over 25.
Before I go on, here's a wrapup of the "Happy Grid-hog Day" puzzle series from a few months ago. Thanks to everyone who sent in answers and comments, they really do mean a lot. I'll be choosing a winner in the next week or so, so look out for that (not just because this is also my way of holding myself accountable to post another puzzle reasonably soon!)
Now onto today's puzzle: it's a quirky one today, loosely inspired by spring break. Hope you enjoy!
Did someone say "last puzzle of the year?" Here's a themeless to end with, based off a cultural artifact that is very 2018 (NOTE: spoilers, so only click through after solving; also, if you're wary of explicit language, there's quite a bit of that in the link, so proceed with caution). The minitheme's appeal might be hit or miss, but once I got the idea, I couldn't not make it into a puzzle. In any case, I tried to fill the rest of the grid so that there's something for everyone. Have a happy solve, and a happier new year!
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Here's a themeless for the occasion, as my gift to you. It's solvable with friends and family, or curled up next to a roaring fire with a warm blanket and the company of yourself. Whatever gets you in the ~spirit~
Also, my nine-year-old cousin saw me cluing the puzzle, and offered some clue suggestions in the process. He wants you to know that the clues for 29-Across, 55-Across, and 27-Down are all him. Kid's got a future in puzzles, I tell ya.
Last time, I hit you with a combination variety puzzle and meta. The format was a "Double Play," where every square contained either one or two letters. The completed grid is below:
Now for the meta aspect— solvers were told to look for an apt pair of songs with equal-length titles. There were four key clues:
13A [HINT FOR THE FIRST SONG], ABBA THE VISITORS
32A [HINT FOR THE SECOND SONG], THE BEATLES LET IT BE
6D [WHAT THE FIRST PART OF EACH HINT NAMES], ARTIST
30D [WHAT THE SECOND PART OF EACH HINT NAMES], ALBUM
So, the apt pair of songs is a song off the ABBA album "The Visitors," and the Beatles album "Let It Be." Solvers took to researching the albums, and 56 intrepid solvers found the correct pair of songs: "One of Us" (ABBA), and "Two of Us" (The Beatles).
This week's randomly-selected winner is... Patrick Jordan! For his efforts, he gets a free subscription to The Inkubator (which will release the first puzzle mid-January, so there's still plenty of time to get in on a subscription if you haven't already). Thanks to everyone who solved, gave feedback, or welcomed me back; I really appreciate it all.
Now, for this week's puzzle. Am I a fan of the puzzle's theme? I'd say so. Am I fan of the puzzle's theme inspiration? Not at all. Therein lies the crossword-maker's paradox.