Anyway, there's that awesome musical chairs scene where Mozart gets caught without a seat and his penalty is to play a tune backwards, forwards, upside down, and in the style of Bach, and since he's a genius it's not much of a challenge. So he's asked to do it in the style of Salieri, and of course, since Mozart's a bit of a dick, he does a hysterical piss take on it.
Well, it got me thinking. I'd kind of like to try and make a puzzle in the style of other puzzlemakers. (You'd think that with the puzzle today called "If I Were You" it would be something about that. Or even something about body/mind transfer comedies. Nope, it's just a wordplay gimmick). So please, if there are any suggestions of who I should emulate, please leave it in the comments section, and I will compile ideas and see what I can do. Consider this a long-term project/homage. Make it hard. I want a penalty! And I swear I won't post these with a fart sound.
Somewhat entertaining sidebar: A couple years back at one of the Stamford conventions, David Kahn came up to me and showed me his book of baseball puzzles. (Sidebar to the sidebar: David's all right in my book. A different year at the convention he was asking me if I was related to a Brian Quigley, which I assured him I wasn't. David was psyched because his daughter was marrying a Quigley and he told me he was so glad he wasn't going to have to celebrate Thanksgiving with me forever.) Anyway, David's showing me the baseball book, and the themes are, you know, just insane stuff David does all the time. Long interlocking multi-themed entries, low word counts, clean grids, extra "oomph" in the cluing. Nice stuff.
Anyway, so David's going through the book, giving me the "greatest hits," and frankly, I think it was a sales pitch for me to buy his book. (It worked, I walked away with one) With one of the puzzles, he says that he was trying to come up with a baseball theme that only I would have done. The gimmick he came up with making a puzzle that only used the letters in "Cooperstown" (the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame). It was a damn fine grid, but ... really? That's what you thought of when you think of my style? A letter bank?
I returned the favor, slightly, when I started writing my own baseball books. One of the Red Sox puzzles is a letter bank using only the letters in "Carl Yastrzemski." So maybe David's right. A letter bank really is my style.
All right. Give me a penalty! Who do I make puzzles in the style of?