Even though classical music is not my forte, I had little trouble with this Keiran King puzzle that plays with phonetics (which are more my bag).
- The first themed clue, BARBER OF SEVILLE, is by ROWE / SCENE / KNEE (Gioachino Rossini), "so to speak."
- CANON IN D, by PACK / BELL / ELLE (switch the last two to get Johann Pachelbel), is the one that I picked up on first, because it's everywhere!
- Then there's NOCTURNE, by PAN / SHOW (Pancho Vladigerov, a very influential Bulgarian composer whom I've never heard of).
- And you can't forget MOONLIGHT SONATA, surprisingly by VENN / HOE / BATE. Wait, what? Who's that? Constructor King drops the ball here and puts BATE / HOE / VENN (Beethoven, natch) backwards in the puzzle. I'm sure that the Pachelbel and this one were not his ideal, but this one especially strikes a bum note.
I did not know that the strict definition of VICAR is a deputy or substitute, as in the stand-in for a bishop. However, now that I see it, it's obvious, as in the word vicariously.
I somehow recalled that "Dirty Jobs" (and "Deadliest Catch") host Mike ROWE appeared November 15, 2017.
Clever clue: "What makes ale pale?" is PEE --- as in the letter, not the pale yellow urine.
And that's it. Aside from the theme, there was nothing new to me here. IMHO, I am really starting to HONE my skills and getting faster at crosswords. It goes to SHOW that the blog is paying off!