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If music is life, then does that make boy bands death?

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword, coming to you today from an early morning hotel room in Las Vegas. I’m leaving this morning, but there is a printer in the lobby, so I should be able to get a copy of 4504 before I leave, woohoo!

OKeydoke – KevGar time. What have we here – ten letters that need removal, words to be removed from clues, extra letters in wordplay to be removed. Lots of removing here. Let’s solve, shall we? I started this one out over a late morning coffee.

There is a 1 across, and it’s a nice juicy anagram of SURREALISTIC (extra M) so a big pass on the 1 across test woohoo! There’s another juicy anagram at the bottom of SYNTHESISERS (extra word LATER), so this grid is just waiting to be filled! I did pretty well through the clues, in fact by the time the coffee was finished a few things were apparent…

– the quote was something to do with MUSIC IS LIFE

– it was always the last letter that had to be dropped to leave a real word

Nothing else – I tried a little phone googling to see if I could make anything of the quote.  At the time I didn’t have some of the middle down clues solved (one of the ones I had n entry for, but couldn’t work out how it worked was 15 down, which I found out later had a correction), and I was thinking the quote was MUSIC IS LIFE AND I LIKE (not being dead?, being able to hear it?, puppies?).

Finally the grid was complete and there was no I after LIFE.  MUSIC IS LIFE AND LIKE IT … INEXTINGUISHABLE is a quote by CARL NIELSEN, a composer I am far more familiar of in crosswords than from any actual compositions. I figured the word might be in the sign of an infinity symbol, and there it is. Nielsen’s name can be made by a few changes i the diagonal and now we have to figure out another work from the word salad. Scanning a list of his works, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS sounds like the best bet. I didn’t work out every possible letter combination, but it uses up those dropped letters and only contains letters found in the rest of the thematic stuff.

My working grid for Listener 4501, Never-ending by KevGar

This was pretty straightforward, about an hour at the coffee place and maybe another 90 minutes at home to get everything done and dusted.  I learned something, and even better I think I can call this one a Victory to George!

Game over: 100% completion

I am about to leave for two weeks in Japan. I’m going to try to write up the next two weeks in advance, so hopefully they post at appropriate times. Since one is a complete and utter abject failure, I don’t think the powers that be will mind. So feel free to tell me that I should be extinguished, and see you next week when Smudge becomes a slumlord.


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