Solution to Tea for Two and Two for Tea

by David Speyer & Aaron Dinkin

The grid contains twenty refrains from showtunes, each clued by one of the clue phrases below; the enumerations give the number of notes in the song that can be found in the grid. The songs in the left and right column can be paired off by what show they appear in; the melodies of the paired songs form T-shaped patterns in the grid. (Hence "Two for Tea"). The first column is always the (suitably rotated) horizontal bar of the T and the second column the vertical bar. Looking at the vertex of each T picks out a unique syllable from the phrase in the first column. In order from top to bottom of the grid, these syllables can be entered in the set of blanks below the grid and spell out IT TAKES A LOT OF WHAT TO MAKE A GUN. This is a quote from the musical Assassins, where the word WHAT needs to be replaced by MEN. The answer is MEN.

Below are the completed grid and the list of songs.

The songs and phrases, in clue order:

It takes a woman ("It Takes a Woman", Hello Dolly) Hello Dolly, well hello Dolly ("Hello Dolly", Hello Dolly)
Camelot! Camelot! ("Camelot", Camelot) But Ol' Man River, he jus' keeps rollin' along ("Old Man River", Show Boat)
There's a place for us ("Somewhere", West Side Story ) You're nothing without me ("You're Nothing Without Me", City of Angels)
We could make believe I love you ("Make Believe", Show Boat) To dream the impossible dream ("The Impossible Dream", Man of La Mancha)
What you don't know about women ("What You Don't Know About Women", City of Angels) One singular sensation, every little step she takes ("One", Chorus Line)
I am I, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha ("Man of La Mancha", Man of La Mancha) Everybody ought to have a maid ("Everybody ought to have a maid", A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum)
A Comedy Tonight ("A Comedy Tonight", A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) Guinevere! ("Guinevere", Camelot)
I hope I get it ("I hope I get it", Chorus Line) Maria! ("Maria", West Side Story)
You can't get a man with a gun ("You Can't Get a Man with a Gun", Annie get your Gun) Try to remember the kind of September ("Try to Remember", The Fantasticks)
Plant a radish, get a radish ("Plant a Radish", The Fantasticks) There's no business like show business ("Show Business", Annie get your Gun)

2006 MIT Mystery Hunt