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In tune

Are you a regular solver of Matt Gaffney's contest but wish you had more metas in your life? You'll want to check out the Muller Monthly Music Meta, a new contest from constructor Pete Muller. Between May 1st and the end of the year, you'll get nine music-themed crosswords, with increasingly difficult metas to solve. If you're successful, you'll have a chance to win free entry to next year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament! Pete now has a warm-up puzzle for you to try, so go see what you're in for.

Meanwhile, I made this week's Onion crossword. I rather like this theme; hopefully you find it worth the effort. Have fun.

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  1. That was a good theme. I had thought of doing something similar with anagrams, but the only one I could come up with was LAW AND ORDER: SUV.

    • Thanks! I wanted the changed words’ length to be the same, and four felt like it had too many possibilities while six was basically impossible.

      • If we can get more into the “behind the puzzle” (15 letters!) nitty-gritty …

        I assume you wrote some kind of script to check for possibilities? I just wrote a quick one to check the 6-letter case, and you’re right, there is pretty much nothing halfway decent. If we’re not repeating any letters (nice touch, btw) then we’re left with beings/binges => begins & smalto/stomal => almost. Yuck.

        • Indeed I did; gave my Python skills a bit of a refresher here in my post-Google era. I was prepared to accept repeat letters, but tried to avoid it, and was pleased to work it out.

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