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January MMMM

12 Jan

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The first contest puzzle of 2021 is now published – you can find it here. The meta for this puzzle is a famous band.

Enter your solution to the meta on the right side of this page, where you can also rate the puzzle and/or leave a comment. The submission deadline is 11pm Sunday, January 17th. Please enter your screen name each time you submit to have it count for the Leaderboard.

Stumped?  The website will be updated with a hint to the meta solution each Sunday night at 11pm, right after the contest closes.

The 2021 mega-meta is an old pop standard. Guessing the mega-meta early earns you lots of bonus points. If you want to submit a guess for the mega-meta, use the appropriate form on the right sidebar.

The 2021 red herring is a song by Alessia Cara. Guessing the red herring is worth 5 extra points. This year the red herring has its own submission form, and it will work like other metas in that you only get one chance to submit.

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2021 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.

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 2019 mega-meta).

Grand Prize Eligibility:  In order to be eligible for the grand prize drawing this year you will need to correctly solve the mega-meta before the mega-meta reveal puzzle comes out on on December 21, and solve at least eight other metas.

 

MMMM Survey:

Thanks to all that took the two-minute MMMM survey! It’s still open, and I’d love to get your feedback and preferences. If you click here to take the survey, your email will be automatically recorded. If you prefer to remain anonymous you can click here.

Thanks!

A big THANK YOU to all of you who contributed to our Tip Jar in 2020. We raised a total of $3,270 from 161 people, all donated to the Live Music Society.

More Thanks!

I get a lot of help making the MMMM, and I’d love to acknowledge the really important contributions from the folks that help make it possible. A big THANK YOU to everyone helping out this year: Andrew White, Frank Longo (editing), David Williams and Kyle Rosenbluth (tech), and test solvers Charles Montpetit and Sue Keefer.