PROGRAM: [Across Lite]
Further proof that inspiration for a theme for a puzzle can strike at any time. I was on the couch with Liz the other night. Liz was watching "Dancing With the Stars" and I was doing some puzzle stuff. Anyway, Cobra Starship was a guest on the show and Liz pointed out the one member playing the keytar. We had a quick exchange about how equally dorky/impossibly cool those dumb/amazing instruments are. And for Liz, that was the end of the conversation.
Not me. I continued this keytar conversation in an IM with Francis Heaney, which quickly turned to philosophical waxing about vintage analog synthesizers. Oh, the dork flag flew, that's for sure. I will spare you the details, but man. Any time you have a conversation about how to set up oscillators on certain synthesizers to attain the "Bernie Worrell sound," or you go searching on eBay for "Liberation" after you see the above band photo because you just have to have a analog synth keytar, you know you've gone off the cliff into extreme nerd-dom.
Anyway, in that conversation, Francis threw out some hideous synth puns, even offering a few that appeared in this final puzzle. I joined in, and there you have it. A puzzle is born. That's how watching crap TV can lead to a crossword.
Share the puzzles. New one on Monday.