Puzzle #19: Musical Buildup (A Contest Puzzle)

Puzzle #19: “Musical Buildup”

Difficulty: Medium

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution


Happy New Year, solvers!

Thanks to all of you that have stuck with me through 2014; it really means a lot. And to those that are just joining today, welcome! I wanted to start 2015 out with something a bit different, and for better or for worse, I’ve succeeded: this week’s puzzle is a contest puzzle, with a hidden “meta” element to it! For those of you that have never solved a meta puzzle before, all this means is that there is ANOTHER puzzle lurking within the basic crossword…there’s more to it than just a theme, fill, and clues. In other words, if you scan all aspects the puzzle carefully, you will notice that there is a “meta” answer much more important than the solution grid itself. Don’t forget that Google is your friend if you need the extra push!

TL;DR: This week’s puzzle is my very first “meta” contest puzzle! The solution to the meta is my all-time favorite music album. 

When you think you have the answer, email me (zerskyxwords@gmail.com) with your answer in the subject line. Or, if you prefer to use the “Contact” page on this site, please write the answer in ALL CAPS in the beginning of the message. Oh, and there will be a prize. One lucky correct answer will receive a copy of this week’s meta album, along with an extra little surprise! (PSA: That was not meant to be creepy or anything.) If you would like to be considered for the prize drawing, please have your answer to me by Sunday, January 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EST. 

Update: Thanks to solver Charles Montpetit for pointing out that I clearly haven’t embraced the New Year…*Sunday, January 11, 2015, 8:00 EST! Phew, now you all won’t feel as…rushed.

One last request: give me some feedback on this! Hate it? Rate it 1 star on the widget above, demand a refund from me, clean up a spill with the PDF. Love it? Leave a comment, reach out to me, tell your friends and fam.


The Grid Kid




5 thoughts on “Puzzle #19: Musical Buildup (A Contest Puzzle)

  1. Sorry I didn’t get my entry in on time (busy over the holidays & start of the year), but I thought this was a great puzzle: cleverly constructed, and just the right difficulty level for me.


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