Q: So Brad, tell us about your latest puzzle. Why the childbirth theme?
A: Well, I just love babies. They’re such great people — so down-to-earth and thoughtful. So I figured, why not a puzzle honoring all the infants out there who work so selflessly to enrich their parents’ lives.
Q: But isn’t this a Mother’s Day puzzle?
A: I guess you could see it that way, since the Times changed the title from “Labor Day Concert” to “Mother’s Day Concert.” And that’s fine. But to me, I believe the children are our future, as Whitney Houston taught us.
Q: You dedicated the puzzle to your mom, though.
A: Yes, I did. Hi, Mom! If you’re reading this, you still owe me 50 bucks.
Q: Let’s shift gears. How did you pick the songs for this puzzle?
A: That was tough. There are so many great songs about childbirth. “Stand and Deliver” by Adam Ant. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. And more recently, “Despacito,” which I understand means “obstetrician” in Spanish.
Q: Any regrets about doing a crossword that makes light of the hardships of pregnancy and labor?
A: There is one song/clue I kind of regret not including: “Greeting to expectant mom who just bought some new maternity clothes? [Peggy Lee, 1966]”
Q: I’m afraid to ask … OK, what’s the answer?
A: “Hey Big Spender.”
Q: I think it’s best you left that one out.
Thanks to Carol and Theresa, my favorite moms!