A Red Cap or Redcap, also known as a "powrie" or "dunter" is a type of malevolent murderous dwarf, goblin, elf or fairy found n Border Folklore. They are said to hnhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travellers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims blood (from which they get their name). Redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning a redcap is supposedly impossible. ~ Wikipedia
Puzzle by Dan Margolis / Edited by Will Shortz
Four vintage songs misleadingly clued as to their musical categories along with a definition of all or part of the song phrase constitutes the interrelated group of this Monday crossword:
WHITE RABBIT (17A. “Hip-hop” song of 1967), e.g., leporidae gait
KNOCK ON WOOD (29A. “Rap” song of 1966)
AMERICAN PIE (45A. “Country” song of 1971)
SILVER BELLS (60A. “Metal” song of 1950)
Other — ANITA and MORENO (66A. Role for which 11-Down won her Oscar; 11D. Rita who won an Oscar for “West Side Story”); IT IS SAID (3D. “According to some …“); SAWYER (22D. Fictional Tom or real-life Diane); SEAWALLS (37D. Coastal defenses against flooding); SUN-UP and ROOSTERS (20A. When a cock crows; 21A. Cock), REDCAPS (35A. Workers with lots of baggage), UNBROKEN (7D. Intact, as a chain).
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