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January MMMM – 2018 Contest Begins!

21 Jan

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Welcome new subscribers! The first contest puzzle of 2018 is now published – you can find it here.  The meta for this puzzle is a band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enter your solution to the meta in the box below, where you can also rate the puzzle and/or leave a comment. The submission deadline is 11pm Sunday, January 21.

The 2018 mega-meta is a popular song from the 1980s . Guessing the mega-meta early earns you lots of bonus points. If you want to submit a guess for the mega-meta, use the box to the right.

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2018 MMMM notes

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.

The first few metas will start off pretty easy. Difficulty will grow throughout the year, with a slight pullback in December.

The 2018 contest once again features a mega-meta, hidden in the 12 monthly puzzles. Unlike last year, there are no puzzle clues marked with (***) to indicate a connection to the mega-meta. It’s up to you to figure out what’s going on. You can enter your solution to the mega-meta in the box at the right at any time during the year, and the scoring is the same as last year: The earlier you solve the mega-meta, the more bonus points you get. 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. Consider yourself warned. Click here (SPOILER ALERT) for the write-up on last year’s mega-meta (and here for the 2016 mega-meta).

You need to get 9 out of 13 metas to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.

This contest is now closed. The solution will be published on Tuesday.