"How Romantic!" - November 2019

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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"How Romantic!" - November 2019

#1

Post by BrianMac » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:56 pm

November already!

The meta for this puzzle is a song from the '70s.

Enjoy and good luck!

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#2

Post by hcbirker » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:46 pm

Oddly quiet in here. But I can confirm I got the Mega Meta! (Heidi)
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#3

Post by Jacksull » Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:53 pm

Submitted an answer I was sure of, but I’m not on the board. Hmmm.
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#4

Post by Toby » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:33 pm

The MMMM and PGWCC both came out this afternoon, so for the first time I'm multi-mega-tasking and my head will probably explode. I should just try to do one at a time, but as I'm not seeing anything yet for either one, I keep going and forth.

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#5

Post by FrankieHeck » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:41 pm

Toby wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:33 pm
The MMMM and PGWCC both came out this afternoon, so for the first time I'm multi-mega-tasking and my head will probably explode. I should just try to do one at a time, but as I'm not seeing anything yet for either one, I keep going and forth.
I'm doing that, too, and I am also thinking it's a bad idea. I keep thinking that oh, I saw such-and-such a word...but it's in the other puzzle. So I think I'm going to try to focus on the MMMM for now.

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#6

Post by spotter » Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:53 pm

I'm on shore for this one. Fun Meta!

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#7

Post by KayW » Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:53 pm

I got it! Clever meta, and an early solve gives me a little more time to work at the mega meta...
A kestrel (??? - I think) on our balcony in 2018

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#8

Post by Cindy » Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:24 pm

Solved. Now for pgwcc.

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#9

Post by ChrisKochmanski » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:31 am

Got it. Good one.

Now, finally, I believe I need to know how to get the mega meta. Surprised in a way it took me this long.

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#10

Post by damefox » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:10 pm

Got it! An odd combination of reasoning and Googling went into this puzzle, and in the end it turned out Google knew the answer even though I didn't. It's always a toss up if I've never heard of the answer before. (Not having been alive in the 70s may be holding me back...)

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#11

Post by Hector » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:35 pm

This one is really nice.

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#12

Post by Thurman8er » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:46 pm

I am exactly nowhere on this one.

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#13

Post by damefox » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:36 pm

I got the Mega Meta... accidentally? Literally my comment was "I suspect this is not right, but this guess is stuck in my head and I'm not going to be able to move past it until I definitively hear that it is wrong." What's it called when you backsolve but don't actually solve and submit something you don't understand? Dumb luck? If someone else who's gotten it wants to message me and explain what I missed please do.

Edit: a few people explained the mechanism to me. I get it, but it's a little underwhelming IMHO. Not the most satisfying 54A.
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#14

Post by Tom Wilson » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:46 pm

A defensible answer - or so I thought! - but, alas, an incorrect one. I was very much "of age" in that decade, so I should know this one. Good ol' "should."

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#15

Post by Al Sisti » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:53 pm

Finally got the correct solution to the Mega-Meta, after yet another wrong submission, losing yet another point. I was starting to wonder if anyone's ever had a negative score for the year. This is my worst MMMM year, with misses in June, July and September. Before this, I was clean in 2017 and 2018, with my last miss being "Prime Directive" in 2016. Now the pressure's on: I need to solve the December puzzle to be eligible for the final drawing. Time for a brain adjustment...

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#16

Post by TMart » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:18 pm

Al Sisti wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:53 pm
Finally got the correct solution to the Mega-Meta, after yet another wrong submission, losing yet another point. I was starting to wonder if anyone's ever had a negative score for the year. This is my worst MMMM year, with misses in June, July and September. Before this, I was clean in 2017 and 2018, with my last miss being "Prime Directive" in 2016. Now the pressure's on: I need to solve the December puzzle to be eligible for the final drawing. Time for a brain adjustment...
I’m surprised I’m not negative- after a late start and two bad guesses, I said what the heck and fired a volley of 6 more guesses one night, and finally got the right answer as well as a big fat -8 to go with it. This is my first year of MMMM, so I think I may need to revise that strategy for next year.

Totally lost this week here and on the PGWCC. It’s gonna be a long week....

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#17

Post by Laura M » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:24 pm

I think I finally got this, I was actually on the right track originally but I got to the wrong conclusion and discarded that approach for a while. Not the first time (or last, I'm sure).

I was alive in the 70s and definitely know the song, but I still needed Google because I forget stuff, or at least don't have it in easily-accessible parts of my memory...

(Checking MMMM site) Beam me up, I'm on the leaderboard! One down.

Edit: Oops, wrong puzzle for beaming up! Not sure what to say here. That's a wrap?

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#18

Post by hcbirker » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:01 pm

Laura M wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:24 pm
I think I finally got this, I was actually on the right track originally but I got to the wrong conclusion and discarded that approach for a while. Not the first time (or last, I'm sure).

I was alive in the 70s and definitely know the song, but I still needed Google because I forget stuff, or at least don't have it in easily-accessible parts of my memory...

(Checking MMMM site) Beam me up, I'm on the leaderboard! One down.

Edit: Oops, wrong puzzle for beaming up! Not sure what to say here. That's a wrap?
Sounds good to me! (Heidi)
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#19

Post by hcbirker » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:02 pm

Still floundering around with this one. (Heidi)
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#20

Post by sharkicicles » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:19 am

damefox wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:10 pm
Got it! An odd combination of reasoning and Googling went into this puzzle, and in the end it turned out Google knew the answer even though I didn't. It's always a toss up if I've never heard of the answer before. (Not having been alive in the 70s may be holding me back...)
Oh crap I’m old.

Still haven’t got this one yet.

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