Let's just start this blog by stating I am not a puzzle gal.
But on this 200th birthday of one of the greatest opera composers of all, Giuseppe Verdi, I couldn't resist sharpening my pencil and giving this commemorative Verdi puzzle by George Barany and Friends a try and don't for a second think I'd use a pen!
SUPER clever, like a three-letter word for a Diva's defining feature or the act that brought the house down where other answers premiered and maybe the only one I might consider answering in pen for 27-across: His troubles started with Weird Sisters and continued when his Lady needed a damn spot remover.
Happy Birthday, "Joe Green," and have at it!
(... and let me know how you did by leaving a comment below. Have fun!)
Bassons are seductive. The quiet woodiness combined with an assertive streak sneaks up and gets you and lulls you in.