- 20A: Naughty object of Beethoven's affections? (IMMORAL BELOVED).
- 38A: Beethoven's naughty opus? (EROTICA SYMPHONY).
- 53A: Where to hear Beethoven's naughty music? (BANNED CONCERTS).
- 62A/63A: Naughty—and with 63-Across, composer Beethoven? (born 12/16/1770) (LEWD).
- 63A: Toupee (WIG).
Now I really don't want to insult anyone's intelligence, but I'm going to go ahead and spell out the theme just in case there's someone out there who doesn't get it. In 1812, Beethoven wrote a series of "mysterious letters" now known as "The Immortal Beloved Letters." It used to be that no one was sure who those letters were directed to, but it's been a long time since any of this has been on my radar, so maybe scholars have figured it out by now. So that's the first pun. Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major (Op. 55), is known as the Eroica Symphony, which in this puzzle has been transformed into the EROTICA SYMPHONY by taking the missing T from the first theme answer and inserting it here for punny purposes. The third pun tickled me because just last night I was at PuzzleSon's first band concert. Maybe some of that band music should have been banned, but they're just kids and I'm sure they'll get better. Or maybe quit. Finally, Beethoven's first name is Ludwig, which I like to pronounce with the V sound instead of the W sound, so the pun didn't exactly work for me, but I see what John was going for here and it works.
Bonus non-theme theme answers include:
- 2D: Lively, to Beethoven: Abbr. (ANIM.).
- 57D: Beethoven's "Archduke," for one (TRIO).
- 1D: Rocker Bon __ (JOVI). (Just checking to see if you're actually reading this.)
35A: Yoga position (LOTUS). Beautiful!
29D: Busybodies' active organs? (NOSES),
the tips of which John helpfully points out are buried in …
46A: Biblical beasts (ASSES).
Not sure how much I'll be able to check in today, so have fun in the comments but behave!
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