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Crossword puzzle by Matt Jones

Halftime Crossword Grid

ACROSS

1. Home state to BYU’s Cougar Marching Band
5. Pump up the crowd
11. Russian satellite that deorbited in 2001
14. List at a drive-thru
15. Mystery author Christie
16. High or low playing card
17. Cool off, like a dog
18. Narrows at one end
19. Cacophony
20. Casino row
22. Grumpy Cat, e.g.
23. Get outta town
24. Word before space or limits
26. Fictional Plaza Hotel resident of children’s lit
28. Hardly the latest buzz (2 words)
31. Start of a statement from someone who doesn’t believe it’s true (2 words)
32. Is dishonest with (2 words)
33. 1997 A.L. Rookie of the Year ___ Garciaparra
34. “Tickle Me” toy from “Sesame Street”
35. Wonder Woman’s alter ego ___ Prince
37. Mumbai garment
41. ___ and center
43. Letterman’s outerwear
45. Pentagon alert rating
47. Unaccompanied instrumentalist, for instance (2 words)
48. Leopard’s cousin
49. More like muscles after a long, long march
50. “Can I let you ___ a little secret?” (2 words)
51. “Better Call ___” (AMC spinoff)
53. String quartet member
57. 1002, in old Rome
58. Make a big effort
60. Serve some syrup
61. Rap wordsmiths
62. Decomposed
63. Complexion blemish
64. Sweet potato relative
65. Drives too fast
66. Baha Men’s “Who Let the ___ Out?”

DOWN

1. Diamond refs
2. Color close to aqua
3. The “A” in “A.D.”
4. Actress Lauren’s and actor Timothy’s entertainment squad? (3 words)
5. Have some Bugles, for instance?
6. Snowboarders compete in them (2 words)
7. Zany escapade
8. Big-ticket ___
9. College student with a focus on computer animation? (3 words)
10. ___ in “Edward” (2 words)
11. Fill-in-the-blank story (2 words)
12. Most frigid
13. “Jerry Maguire” co-star Zellweger
21. Bird feeder block
23. Packet of 80 sheets of paper, in Lincoln’s time? (2 words)
25. Braking maneuver for a coupe? (3 words)
27. Mauna ___ (Hawaiian volcano)
28. Bullring shout
29. Rap’s ___ Wayne
30. LBJ or JFK’s party, for short
31. Charged subatomic particle
33. Crooner ___ “King” Cole
36. Place to stop for the night
38. “Wanted” poster
abbrev.
39. TiVo button
40. “Addams Family” cousin
42. “His Master’s Voice” label
44. “30 Rock” star Baldwin
45. Female Indy racer ___ Patrick
46. Excessive concern for self
47. Finished a puzzle, perhaps
48. Late night host Kimmel
49. Musical piece in several movements
52. Commedia dell’___
54. Wacky
55. Breathing source (although you know to breathe from the diaphragm!)
56. Mine deposits
58. Twelfth graders (abbrev.)
59. Magazine chiefs, for short


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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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