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This Might Be a Crossword

· By Sommersmith · Published 11 days ago

It seems I'm not the only They Might Be Giants fan who's also into crosswords: hence this puzzle whose clues consist entirely of TMBG lyrics (though I think it's plenty solvable even if you don't know any of their songs)! Initial inspiration came from solving Malaika Handa's Taylor Swift crossword on her 7xwords project at https://www.7xwords.com/daily/01/01-13.html (and that project also played a huge part in my deciding to try out crossword constructing in the first place!). For my wordlist, I adapted the data that David Mackenzie pulled from http://tmbw.net for this graph: http://davidamackenzie.com/tmbg_lyrics/
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  • Mike D 🤓59s · 11 days ago
    Awesome! The only one lyric I knew was SOUL
    4A SOUL"Blue canary in the outlet by the lightswitch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your ____"
    , so that song was playing in my head the whole time - loved it! 🐦
    • sus 🤓2:13 · 10 days ago
      I can confirm that you don't need to know any lyrics to solve it.
      • mondestrunken 🤓41s · 10 days ago
        Love me some TMBG - very nice! :)
        • Bearellyn 🤓2:00 · 10 days ago
          I also only knew Soul and then picked around from there.
          • GatoDiablo 🤓2:43 · 10 days ago
            I knew SOUL
            4A SOUL"Blue canary in the outlet by the lightswitch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your ____"
            and BAG
            5D BAG"I returned a ___ of groceries / Accidentally taken off the shelf / Before the expiration date"
            because I haven’t listened to any new stuff 😂
            • Frisco17 🤓28s · 10 days ago
              Darn, I was hoping to make this myself, but great job and execution! Love me some TMBG references, as you know.
              • Sommersmith constructor · 10 days ago
                The world would only be a better place with more TMBG crosswords! Do it!
              • joe 🤓17s · 10 days ago
                Conversely, I can confirm that you can solve it if you know all lyrics
                • Jen S 9:00 · 10 days ago
                  Such a fun theme!
                  • Ajay 🤓57s · 5 days ago
                    I have seen TMBG live 2x in the 90s. I know some of their very early work. This helped me almost not at all. But still a fun puz!
                    1A"___-tall girl can see / Past the rooftops and the trees / ___-tall girl can see / Past the crosstown mall and townie sprawl"
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                    Across
                    1. 1A
                      "___-tall girl can see / Past the rooftops and the trees / ___-tall girl can see / Past the crosstown mall and townie sprawl"
                    2. 4A
                      "Blue canary in the outlet by the lightswitch / Who watches over you / Make a little birdhouse in your ____"
                    3. 5A
                      "The diving _____ can smell the pool / The swimming pool can see the _____"
                    4. 6A
                      "There's only one everything / And if you go out and count up everything / It all ____ up to one"
                    5. 7A
                      "The sun is a mass of incandescent ___ / A gigantic nuclear furnace"
                    Down
                    1. 1D
                      "Takin' a frog stand / With my frog band / At _____"
                    2. 2D
                      "And I find it hard to recognize / Some relatives of ____ / Like the rotifer, the sycamore / Iguanas and sea stars"
                    3. 3D
                      "And I think about the dirt that I'll be wearing for a shirt / And I hope that I get ___ before I die"
                    4. 4D
                      "I write the mooky / My verse is extra spooky / Like Flansy in a ____ can / It's trooky-trooky-trooky"
                    5. 5D
                      "I returned a ___ of groceries / Accidentally taken off the shelf / Before the expiration date"
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