7 Jun

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The sixth contest puzzle of 2020 is now published – you can find it here. The meta for this puzzle is a song from the ’60s.

This month’s contest is now closed. The solution will be published on Tuesday. You can see a hint for the meta here, there’s no penalty for clicking.

The 2020 mega-meta is a song from the ’80s. 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.

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2020 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 2020 contest once again features a mega-meta, hidden in the 12 monthly puzzles. Puzzle clues related to the mega-meta are not marked, 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 2018 mega-meta).

You need to get 9 out of 13 metas AND correctly guess the mega-meta early to qualify for the Grand Prize drawing.

New for 2020:

  • This year’s mega-meta is a bit harder than last year’s, and there are no (***) clues this year.
  • There is also a red herring this year, but unlike past years where you lost a point if you guessed the red herring, guessing the red herring this year instead of the mega-meta will give you 5 extra points and no penalty. See the Contest Rules for more.