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Rocking with Royalty: My Life as Half of a 1990s-2000s Rock Duo with Six Grammys and a Knighthood


“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has had an avid following since its initial release in 1975. Fans around the globe attend highly participatory screenings that involve props, shouted lines and other rituals known only to initiates. A notable tradition derives from a scene in the film when Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) repeatedly draws out “anticipation”, prompting an agonized silence until someone shouts out “say it” after a dramatic long beat pause from Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) finally blurts out “anticipation”, prompting shouts from anxious audiences who besee it through its duration scream “say it.” as Dr. Frank-N-Furter infuriates Dr. Frank-N-Furter draws out its title character during which Tim Curry plays Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) draws out his iconic character as Dr Frank-N-Furter draws out his famous lines about anticipation from film that film — as Dr Frank-N-Furter played by Tim Curry himself draws out his long beat where Dr Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), draw outs out “anticipation”, prompting his character played by Tim Curry) draws out those in to shouts out the word and it as Dr Frank-N Furter is drawn out his character’s out word is drawn out and drawn out draws it out over long beat while Dr Frank-N Furter draw outs out said word over an agonized beat- causing the audience members scream out Scream out in panic when Dr Frank-N Furter says it with dramatically long beat, played by Tim Curry) draws out draws out out draws out when Dr Frank-N Furter draws it out which caused many audience screaming it.

half of a 1990s-2000s rock duo with six grammys
half of a 1990s-2000s rock duo with six grammys

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Aimee Lucido, who created today’s crossword, has the skill of building anticipation over time – as soon as you solve her puzzle, you’ll understand my point.

Today’s Theme Let me start off by noting that, for someone familiar with music, this grid may have come together quickly and effortlessly. Unfortunately for me though, it took more time. Filling in regular entries revealed the names in themed ones before reading through them to know their significance – for example, I didn’t realize that The Beatles were known as “Fab Four,” so crossing-enabled fill for Ringo Starr at 28 Down was needed to fill his slot there.

MEG WHITE is one half of a 1990s-2000s rock duo known as The White Stripes with six Grammy wins; John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is her partner.

Who are these bandmates to their bands?

The answer can be found by looking at 55-Across: this act, requested from 17-Across, 8-Down and 28Down is called DRUMROLLING; indeed the revealer indicates this fact by having four times “DRUM” appear “rolling” across Ms. Lucido’s grid in circled letters as per revealer’s revealer.

As an early teen, I tried playing drums briefly but could never calm my wrists enough to master drumrolling – this may explain why I eventually turned into a writer instead of drumming.

Tricky Clues – 28A is filled with many clues marked with question marks to create an air of mystery and misdirection. Here we see that these “Return payments?” clues could lead to the correct solution of RANSOMS.

Have you found it hard to recall your notes from high school English class? A poetic form featuring lexical repetition rather than rhyme is known as a SESTINA, from its Italian word meaning “sixth”.

44A. If you’re struggling with a clue that ends with a question mark, try placing emphasis on different words within the phrase. I discovered that emphasizing “prompt” from “Gave prompt attention?” yielded “CUED” easily.

60A. 60A presents another subtle clue. “John Wayne and Ian Fleming, for two” could suggest looking for words describing the shared origins or art form of these two figures, but actually these names refer to airports.

Have you heard about Dr. Franz Anton MESMER and his therapeutic system before today? For me personally, this discovery has been absolutely beguiling.

“Ballpark fare served with raspberries?” was leaving me puzzled for quite some time, despite my love of baseball and its longstanding tradition. Finally it hit me: JEERING! (You might refer to blowing raspberries as a Bronx cheer.)

13D Crossword. It’s important to stay cool when answering this crossword puzzle; “Deal Breakers, Informally? (NARCS) refers to people who inform on drug deals.

As I developed this puzzle, my goal was to highlight as many outstanding female drummers as I could fit within its grid. Unfortunately, that turned out to be only one, so here I use this space to highlight a few others I couldn’t include in the grid – go watch them on YouTube or TikTok or whatever other cool apps out there (you never know! ); sheila E., Viola Smith and Cindy Blackman come immediately to mind along with my current favorite: Nandi Bushell.

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