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The February MMMM is now closed and the results are in. A record total of 301 people solved the meta. You can see the full write-up and solution here.
News Flash: I’m honored that a 2014 MMMM puzzle was nominated as one of the top eight crosswords of the year at Crossword Fiend. The nominee was the December MMMM, Road Trips (click here for the solution). Two MMMM puzzles made the 25 top-rated list. Thanks!
The next 2015 puzzle will be ready Tuesday, March 3. Want to try it? If you sign up in the box to the right, you’ll get an email when it’s ready.
2015 MMMM notes
In addition to the usual rock and pop metas, there will be at least one jazz and one classical meta this year.
Musical taste and experience vary. You may not have heard of some of the meta songs or bands, but they will always be gettable via an online search once you figure out what’s going on in the puzzle. (I expect the first two metas will fall into this category for some solvers.)
The first few metas will start off pretty easy. Difficulty will grow throughout the year, with a slight pullback in December.
I’ve started putting the meta text in the pdf and puz files, copying an innovation Peter Gordon started for his metas – thanks Peter!
The 2015 contest once again features a mega-meta, hidden in the 12 monthly puzzles. You can enter your solution to the mega-meta in the box at the right at any time during the year. The scoring for the mega-meta has changed a little bit. Full details can be found in the Contest Rules.
Because the reward is so large for getting the mega-meta before the final puzzle, there may be some tricks designed to throw solvers off the track, like last year’s red herring. Consider yourself warned. Click here (SPOILER ALERT) for the write-up on last year’s mega-meta (and here for the 2013 mega-meta).
You need to get 9 out of 13 metas to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.