#37 - "Plucky Performance"

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Meg
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#37 - "Plucky Performance"

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Post by Meg » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:04 pm

What musical is hinted at by this puzzle?

Actually, the construction is rather amazing! Thanks Francis Heaney.

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#2

Post by Cindy » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:14 pm

Solved

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#3

Post by Conrad » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:55 pm

That was an amazingly constructed meta!

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#4

Post by Hector » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:45 pm

WOW

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#5

Post by RPardoe » Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:17 pm

Had the answer much earlier - just didn't recognize it until just now.

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#6

Post by oldjudge » Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:31 pm

I agree with the quick solvers above-amazing construction by Francis Heaney!

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#7

Post by markhr » Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:08 am

I agree--awesome construction on this one. Probably my favorite Fireball since "Bon Mot" in 2018, about the Paris arrondissements. And yet very fair. If you follow the bread crumbs, it's very doable.

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#8

Post by Djquimby » Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:50 am

Yeah that’s the stuff

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#9

Post by Al Sisti » Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:56 am

Awesome construction with a satisfying "aha."

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#10

Post by GlennG » Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:18 pm

Good smooth solve. But didn't see any meta staring at this one, per usual.

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#11

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:47 pm

Got it. Terrific puzzle! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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#12

Post by Abide » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:00 am

Nice Friday-Saturday level cluing. Had to Google most of the top center. Then a good bit of staring. Without the aberrant theme entry this would have tougher for me.

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#13

Post by LLinNC » Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:48 pm

That was a lovely puzzle! Challenging but totally doable. And as my pile of metas this week has not had many solves, I'm glad to say I got this one!

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#14

Post by Joe » Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:10 am

I see the first thing. And I see the second thing. But I can't close the deal.

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