"Jazz Combos" - July 2020

A monthly, music-themed meta crossword published at noon on the first Tuesday of every month. The puzzles increase in difficulty each month, and at year end there is a 13th puzzle (the "Mega-Meta") that invokes each of the 12 monthly puzzles. Currently available at https://pmxwords.com/, as well as through the Washington Post website here: MMMM at WaPo
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Abide
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Re: "Jazz Combos" - July 2020

#41

Post by Abide » Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:08 pm

Humming the tune.

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#42

Post by BarbaraK » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:02 pm

I spent days chasing a big juicy irresistible red herring that I couldn't get any reasonable answer from. Somewhere in there, I noticed some different things that seemed likely to be relevant, but couldn't get an answer there either. And I couldn't get myself to totally let that herring go. Finally a kind friend told me forget the herring and stick with my other idea. Then once I found some more stuff and let go of a piece that wasn't actually relevant, there was the answer.

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#43

Post by BarbaraK » Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:34 pm

Hah, there's an Isaac W on the MMMM leaderboard at 4:45 this afternoon! First submission this year. Is that a muggle? :)

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#44

Post by Eric Porter » Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:07 pm

I'm now on the leaderboard with a little help from LaceyK. Thanks!

I won't say yet exactly how close I was when I posted earlier. I had the right idea, but made mistakes carrying it out.

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#45

Post by burak » Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:43 pm

Last minute inspiration! Ashore!

I was reading the comments here and looking at the puzzle at the same time. Then I noticed something. Then basically Google/Wikipedia solved the meta for me so I can't take all the credit I guess.

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#46

Post by Jeremy Smith » Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:49 pm

On the board! Still, looking at that darn MGWCC!

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#47

Post by BarbaraK » Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:13 pm

So did anyone else get stuck in the rabbit whole with shared combinations of letters, like iGUANA and GUANAcos? I mean, that can't possibly be coincidence, can it? Guanacos??? It took me way way too long to let that go.

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#48

Post by Eric Porter » Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:08 am

First, I should say that I know very little about jazz. Usually I can search for what I need to know, but I found it more difficult this time.

I was at first caught up on the iGUANA and GUANAcos like BarbaraK. Even worse, there's an 'I' above GUANACOS so it looks like a second IGUANA.

At first, I was able to get only 6/10: BIRD (thanks Bird Lives), ELLA, DUKE, COUNT, FATS, & MILES.
I found some names that were a real stretch because I didn't look up nicknames for the most famous musicians. I was only using their first names, but because I had BIRD, I should have done so for the other most famous musicians.

I liked that my initials are in 27A and my first name appears in this week's WSJ meta.

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#49

Post by LesY » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:39 am

Just joined the Mega Meta party! Thanks to a fellow Muggle for a gentle nudge that led me back to something I’d noticed and abandoned early on.

Can’t wait for Tuesday!

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#50

Post by FrankieHeck » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:46 am

LesY wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:39 am
Just joined the Mega Meta party! Thanks to a fellow Muggle for a gentle nudge that led me back to something I’d noticed and abandoned early on.

Can’t wait for Tuesday!
I finally got the mega meta this week, too! I thought I was submitting the red herring, but apparently not.

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