Crossword: How Do You Rank?

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Halftime Crossword Grid

 

ACROSS

1. “Hakuna ___” (song from “The Lion King”)
7. Volume control on old TVs
11. ___ National Championship Game
14. Planet past Saturn
15. The Hawkeyes of college sports
16. Singer Carly ___ Jepsen
17. High ranking practices from C to C, perhaps? (2 words)
19. “Monsters, ___”
(2001 Pixar film)
20. Build-it-yourself furniture company
21. Crucial element
23. Type of muffin
26. Console that included Super Mario World, for short
28. Band with the hit song “With Arms Wide Open”
29. “___ No Mountain High Enough” (1970s chart topper)
30. Puts into words
31. Soup-serving scoop
32. Six-legged critter
33. Depeche ___
34. Monogram in ‘50s politics
35. High-ranking rating of the overall performance? (2 words)
40. Quick computer chats
41. “America’s Got Talent” segments
42. Oohs and ___
44. Essential ___ acid
47. Tennis champ Arthur
48. “South Park” co-creator Parker
49. Shoestring tier
50. “The Avengers” hero
51. Previously owned
52. Way, way, way back in time (2 words)
54. Composer Stravinsky
56. GOP fundraising organization (abbrev.)
57. High-ranking leader of the march? (2 words)
62. “Cry ___ River (Justin Timberlake song) (2 words)
63. Tilt like Pisa’s tower
64. “CSI: NY” actress Kanakaredes
65. Big name in fuel additives
66. Jazz singer Fitzgerald
67. Liveliness

DOWN

1. Dad’s mate, in Britain
2. Legendary football coach Parseghian
3. Trump ___ Mahal (Atlantic City casino)
4. Sprinkle with holy oil
5. Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Ronda à la ___”
6. Tax evaluators
7. Sephia automaker
8. At minimum (2 words)
9. Falls behind on payments
10. Musical symbols for lower ranges (2 words)
11. Soaked in saltwater, like pickles
12. What “as you were” instructs you to do, in drum corps
13. Break away, like South Carolina in 1860
18. It’s north of Michigan
22. Clear the blackboard
23. Sheepish sound?
24. Telephone sound
25. World Poker Tour contribution
27. Hair covered by mascara
33. Not to be forgotten
34. Like parties following marching and football, e.g. (hyph.)
36. What 1999 had three of
37. Resounding, like a canyon
38. They may get parked
39. “My country, ‘tis of ___ …”
43. “Danny and the Dinosaur” author Hoff
44. Noisy anti-theft device features
45. Fridge stick-on
46. Glacial mass
47. Without a key, in music
48. Shell dweller
53. “The Motorcycle Diaries” actor ___ Garcia Bernal
55. Unlock
58. Human Genome Project material
59. Basketball filler
60. Suffix after march, play, or rest
61. Negative vote

 

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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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