Is that the theme music for "Behind the Puzzle?" Well, if you're hearing music, you might need to get your ears checked and/or stop inhaling marker fumes. I still haven't received any candidates for a "Behind the Puzzle" theme song, yet. And I have to say, I'm'a little disappointed in y'all. After the tours de force that came about with the creative entries to my R.E.M. puzzle, I'd've thought a theme song would be forthcoming. So, in the event you haven't figured it out yet, I'm still accepting submissions for a prize to be named/awarded later. In the meantime, click here and then fade out after a few measures. It's ghetto, but it'll have to do.
If you haven't caught on by now STOP READING if you'd like to have a spoiler free solve.
What's up, Quigley? You post a picture of Prince, yet you linked to Rush for the theme song. Are you sure you're not the one who's been inhaling marker fumes? Last time I checked, no. But it certainly appears that Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson has lost his marbles. My buddy Francis alerted me to this bit of news. And boy, if the ignorance of that statement isn't enough to bruise one's ego, Kenny G., of all people, told Prince otherwise. Anyway, a statement so perplexing as such meant that I had to make a puzzle around it. I thought I'd take the phrase very literally. And in this case, there's four additional entries dangling off the corners in a pinwheel fashion. Those entries being four popular endings for Internet websites. You can't see them, because they're literally "completely over" the boundary of the grid. Thank you! Thank you! You're too kind.
Cluing probably ended up in the Thursday-ish wheelhouse. Couple reasons there. I felt the theme was a bit on the tricky side so it should be a little hard. Also, it was hotter than a cat on a tin roof in the ole BEQ.com headquarters. I mean, put it this way: the walls in the only air conditioned room were sweating. So I think the heat made me a little cantankerous. So cranky BEQ = hard cluing. Favorite clues include 15-Across and 3-Down, the conversational bits at 35- and 44-Down, and the trivia at 37-Down too. I'm pretty happy with this one.
Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.