Crossword: Bands Back to School

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Halftime Crossword Grid



1. “Smiling ___ who are never impressed …” (Joe Cocker lyric) (2 words)
6. Like some memories or farewells
10. Flower holder
14. Word between “reduce” and “recycle”
15. Hawaiian party
16. Dry like the desert
17. Glockenspiel player’s request during the class election? (3 words)
20. “What ___ supposed to do with this?” (2 words)
21. Granola bit
22. Abbreviation on some signs at mountain lookouts
23. Donald or Daffy, for instance
25. Football judge, for short
27. “I ___ vacation!” (2 words)
31. Second-largest city on the Ruhr
33. Madams’ counterparts
36. *N___ (former big name in boy bands)
37. “___ Grows in Brooklyn” (2 words)
39. Takes to court
41. Get some grub
42. Drummer’s favorite math subject?
45. “The Daily Show” host Stewart
47. “___ Chef” (Japanese cooking game show)
48. Mamas’ partners, in a 1960s music group
50. “No ifs, ___ or buts”
52. Stunt motorcycle jumper Knievel
54. Gave a PG-13 to, perhaps
56. Elevated flatlands
58. One of the Kennedys
60. 606, in Roman numerals
61. Lottery need
64. Insect or spider, familiarly
66. That girl over there
67. What the saxophone player had to cover in Lit class? (2 words)
72. “Had ___ known …” (2 words)
73. “Edit” menu option
74. Del ___ (canned fruit brand)
75. The duck, in “Peter and the Wolf”
76. Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim
77. Disappointed sounds


1. Place with upright video games
2. Group cheered on by Americans at the Olympic Games (2 words)
3. Holders for orchestras, but not marching bands (2 words)
4. Guinness Book suffix
5. He had the 2010 album “Libra Scale” (hyph.)
6. Woodwinds that are played transversely
7. “___ Gang”
8. Word after maiden or brand
9. With two purposes
10. Trumpet parts
11. “___ you nuts?”
12. Obedience school command
13. Magazine workers (abbrev.)
18. Boat paddle
19. “Dancing with the Stars” judge Goodman
24. Actress Deborah of “The King and I”
26. Type of stocking material resembling an ocean catcher
28. Like visual displays that grab you instantly (hyph.)
29. The tiniest bit of evidence?
30. It’s divided into scenes
32. Grape soda brand
34. Drink for pirates
35. Ooze (through)
38. Charlotte Brontë novel “Jane ___”
40. Headliner
43. “Mazel ___!”
44. Apple handheld tablet
45. Improvise musically
46. U2 song covered by Johnny Cash
49. Interval between C and B on a keyboard, maybe
51. Greet the general, perhaps
53. NBA star James
55. Slow funeral songs
57. Fashion designer Anna
59. Owed back, like some library books
62. Actress Penelope
63. Game playable in some Vegas restaurants
65. Precious jewels
67. 2016 Summer Olympics host
68. Recede like the tide
69. Quid pro ___
70. Video game with arrows and a floor pad, for short
71. “___ need to explain?” (2 words)


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Halftime Crossword Solution


About the Author

Matt Jones is a 1998 graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where he majored in music education. Since 1994, he has also written crosswords for venues such as The New York Times, Games Magazine and Stagebill. He currently writes a syndicated weekly puzzle for more than 50 alternative newspapers across the country.


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