puzzle untimed; meta DNF (Matt)
This is a placeholder post until I get my review up of the April Muller Meta, entitled “In Other Words…” Even with the hint I wasn’t able to crack this month, so Pete or someone else please let us know in comments what rock hit from the past 5 years I couldn’t make from theme entries HALFTIME / IN A MINUTE and BONO MOVE / STAGE LEFT.
UPDATE, 4/7, 10:15 AM ET: Alright, now that I see the answer I feel like I should’ve gotten it. I missed both insights, either of which would’ve given me the meta (that “Half Time in a Minute” points to “30 Seconds” and that “Bono Move Stage Left” was going for another U2 band member).
For the first part I thought it was a cryptic crossword clue so I kept trying to make something out of two letters in TIME and putting it in a word for “moment.” So I Googled for a band called “Section D” (SEC (TI) OND) since TI is half of TIME and “second” can mean “moment.”
For the second part I tried reversing the letters in BONO (stage left = reverse the letters?) but got nowhere. Among many other wrong paths I also tried using his real name for various things (Paul Hewson) and using “Sonny” as in “Sonny Bono.”
Totally fair meta, and again, if I’d cracked either half of it that would’ve led me to the other half quickly. But in the end I have to utter that most lamentable of meta laments: “I just didn’t see it.”
4.00 stars. There goes my perfect year.