Last time, I hit you with a combination variety puzzle and meta. The format was a "Double Play," where every square contained either one or two letters. The completed grid is below:
Now for the meta aspect— solvers were told to look for an apt pair of songs with equal-length titles. There were four key clues:
13A [HINT FOR THE FIRST SONG], ABBA THE VISITORS
32A [HINT FOR THE SECOND SONG], THE BEATLES LET IT BE
6D [WHAT THE FIRST PART OF EACH HINT NAMES], ARTIST
30D [WHAT THE SECOND PART OF EACH HINT NAMES], ALBUM
So, the apt pair of songs is a song off the ABBA album "The Visitors," and the Beatles album "Let It Be." Solvers took to researching the albums, and 56 intrepid solvers found the correct pair of songs: "One of Us" (ABBA), and "Two of Us" (The Beatles).
This week's randomly-selected winner is... Patrick Jordan! For his efforts, he gets a free subscription to The Inkubator (which will release the first puzzle mid-January, so there's still plenty of time to get in on a subscription if you haven't already). Thanks to everyone who solved, gave feedback, or welcomed me back; I really appreciate it all.
Now, for this week's puzzle. Am I a fan of the puzzle's theme? I'd say so. Am I fan of the puzzle's theme inspiration? Not at all. Therein lies the crossword-maker's paradox.
Hope you enjoy the puzzle!