“THERE’S SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT WE FORGOT TO TELL YOU” by Brendan Emmett Quigley
“There’s Something Very Important We Forgot to Tell You”
Constructor: Brendan Emmett Quigley
Theme: Online streaming services cross four times in the puzzle.
- 36A: CROSS THE STREAMS – Cause “total protonic reversal,” according to “Ghostbusters”… or what happens literally four times in this puzzle
- 15A: APPLE MUSIC – Service Drake used to release the “Hotline Bling” video
- 4D: HULU – Service where you can watch “SNL” sketches the day after
- 23A: PANDORA – Service powered by the Music Genome Project
- 9D: HBO GO – Service that enables you to watch an entire season of “Game of Thrones” on your iPad from the bathtub, hypothetically
- 46A: NETFLIX – Service that, well, kind of invented binge-watching
- 48D: TIDAL – Service that I think Jay Z wants us to forget he ever tried to make happen
- 58A: SOUNDCLOUD – Service with releases from independent musicians and Kanye West
- 55D: VUDU – Service with peer-to-peer video owned by Walmart and also not based in New Orleans
Lena: Just me today, folks!
BEQ fans rejoice– two themed puzzles from him today: one here, one there. Brendan’s puzzles were the first indies I’d ever done and they got me hooked right quick. Then I did Erik Agard’s, then Peter’s, then Evan’s… now I’m solving puzzles from 6-8 constructors, for free, every week. Indies rock! If you came for the BuzzFeed, stay for the indies.
This is very much a BEQ. It feels like a puzzle straight off his own site; I don’t get a lot of the BuzzFeed voice coming through in this one.
Lots and lots of great clues here. To name just a few: (26A: Amazon’s prime country) for PERU, (21A: One of over like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 in a single grain of salt) for ION, and (34D: If punk and pop had a baby that wouldn’t stop crying) for, of course, EMO. I also like an AROMA being described as “nasal bliss.”
I like the multidimensional nature of the theme– I wonder if the irresistible 15-letter “Ghostbusters” reference led to the media stream intersections and boom. I’ll make sure to let Jay Z know that I’d never heard of TIDAL (48D: Service I think Jay Z wants us to forget he ever tried to make happen) and the ham-handed New Orleans hint was needed for me to get VUDU (55D: Service with peer-to-peer video owned by Walmart and also not based in New Orleans).
The only clue I took issue with 56D: Only (?) friend of Mr. Noodle, who lives (?) behind his shade (ELMO). Yeah, “(?)” is right. I did some much-needed research and learned that this Mr. Noodle character first appeared in the “Elmo’s World” portion (i.e., The Worst) of modern Sesame Street in 2000. I don’t have kids and was born in ‘83 *and* hate ELMO so that’s three strikes.
There’s a ROB Kardashian? Huh!
Dinky fill-wise, nothing really made me squirm. Honestly, EST, STL, HES, ITS, ONO— I just swat them away like [pesky fliers]. These little guys are part of the game. I’m not one to sweat the small stuff, and there’s very little of it here anyway.
Overall I thought this was a fun puzzle, and perfectly appropriate for a BuzzFeed Thursday. Let’s all talk about it some more in the comments section, guys! I’m lonely!