Diagramless Crossmusic (Solution)

by Mike Yi, Jill Sazama, and David Reiley

(This puzzle was originally called Dissonant Counterpoint. It was renamed during the hunt in order to make it more approachable.)

Each of the 263 sound clips provided features two songs played simultaneously. The number of clips associated with each song is equal to the number of letters in the song’s name; when arranged in the correct order the clips will produce a continuous, unbroken portion of the song. The clips may be arranged in a grid such that some songs can be “read” across, some “read” downwards. In certain cases, the letters in song names will be aligned: taking all of these and reading left to right, top to bottom will generate the answer.

Note: It is possible to switch the “across” and “down” songs since no initial grid is provided. In that case, the answer is read from the matching letters from top to bottom, left to right.







Dream in BlueLos Lobos
WaveAntonio Carlos Jobim
Particle ManThey Might Be Giants
FaithGeorge Michael
Born to RunBruce Springsteen
RespectAretha Franklin
ManiacMichael Sembello
CruelTori Amos
Oxford CommaVampire Weekend
RunawayDel Shannon
Oye Como VaSantana
FMSteely Dan
I Believe(From Book of Mormon)
Rise(Recorded by Herb Alpert)
Polyester BrideLiz Phair
Freddie FreeloaderMiles Davis
Behind Blue EyesThe Who
LegsZZ Top
The YouthMGMT
NoThey Might Be Giants
AlejandroLady Gaga
TestifyRage Against the Machine
Paper PlanesM.I.A.
Still AliveJonathan Coulton
Tempted Squeeze
My SharonaThe Knack
RehabAmy Winehouse
Mrs. RobinsonSimon & Garfunkel
LadyKenny Rogers
Let’s Get It OnMarvin Gaye


Call MeBlondie
The DropPeter Gabriel
SkatingVince Guaraldi Trio
At LastEtta James
Blue MondayNew Order
February StarsFoo Fighters
ToxicBritney Spears
I Can See Clearly NowJimmy Cliff
Two PrincesSpin Doctors
I’m Too SexyRight Said Fred
St. StephenGrateful Dead
I Feel LoveDonna Summer
Ragged WoodFleet Foxes
OverkillMen at Work
Stormy WeatherLena Horne
Earth AngelThe Penguins
In the EndLinkin Park
Billie JeanMichael Jackson
We Are YoungFun.
BeautifulChristina Aguillera
You Send MeSam Cooke
High HopesFrank Sinatra
WannabeSpice Girls
ImagineJohn Lennon
Hey YaOutkast
GloriaLaura Branigan
I WishStevie Wonder
Day-OHarry Belafonte
AsStevie Wonder