Crossword: Play Ball!

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Halftime Crossword Grid

 

ACROSS

1. “Yee-___!”
4. Skip a level, like in Super Mario Bros.
8. Slightly-better-than-average grade (2 words)
13. “Te ___” (“I love you,” in Spanish)
14. Figure skater’s jumps
16. Like old fashions that come back in style
17. “The percussionist never used a gong at bat for fear that he would ___” (2 words)
19. Autism Awareness Month
20. Quick snacks
21. Frog relatives
23. Native American pole emblem
24. “Band members had to march straight, or else their formations would create some ___” (2 words)
28. “Star Wars” princess
30. Common Father’s Day gift
31. Sick
32. With 44 Across, “All the marching band members had a knack for baseball since they would ___” (3 words)
36. Actress Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
37. Drink brewed in bags
38. Body position important in the Alexander Technique
42. Scribble (down)
43. Abbreviation in an apartment ad
44. See 32 Across (2 words)
46. Tarzan’s friend
47. Group that provides towing and road maps (abbrev.)
50. “___ does that star-spangled banner yet wave” (2 words)
51. “The band mates had to play ball in tune, otherwise they’d have a ___” (2 words)
54. “The Last of the Mohicans” main character
58. “Spain” jazz pianist Chick ___
59. “Little Women” author Louisa May ___
60. Traveler’s overnight stop, maybe
63. “The trombonist was an exciting ballplayer because he would always ___” (2 words)
65. Marching practice session
66. Region high in the Himalayas
67. Mauna ___ (Hawaiian volcano)
68. String quartet instrument
69. Phone bill add-ons
70. Show that featured a marching band (among other things) in a “What Up With That?” sketch

DOWN

1. “It ___ Happened Yet” (William Shatner song)
2. “Are not!” response (2 words)
3. Finishing in dead last
4. Request from a heavy sleeper, perhaps (3 words)
5. Lumberjack’s tools
6. Rock band ___ Speedwagon
7. Former planet that got downgraded in the 2000s
8. Sleeping locale for infants
9. Beverage company that owns Mountain Dew
10. 8 1/2” x 11”, on some copiers (abbrev.)
11. Paranormalist Geller
12. Note after fa
15. Bulky
18. “May ___ you?” (2 words)
22. Boxer Muhammad
24. Trans ___ (cholesterol boosters)
25. Stealthy Japanese martial artist
26. “The Waste Land” poet T. S. ___
27. Chalkboard
29. First sale of a stock to go public (abbrev.)
32. Material for the first little pig’s house
33. They indicate how fast the music should play
34. Painter’s stand
35. Giants Hall-of-Famer Mel
39. “Whoa, that’s not good” (hyph.)
40. Notes between dos and mis
41. Shoulder decorations for military marching bands
45. Actress Jane of “Glee”
47. “Rocky” opponent ___ Creed
48. You can’t play a horn without it
49. “This is ___ of the Emergency Broadcast System …” (2 words)
52. Flashlight battery size, often (2 words)
53. Anaheim’s state (abbrev.)
55. Makes dinner
56. “Smiling ___ who are never impressed …” (lyric in Joe Cocker’s “Change in Louise”) (2 words)
57. Be a burglar
59. “Zip-___-Doo-Dah” (2 words)
60. 1600, in Roman numerals
61. Mineral sample
62. “___ Death” (Brad Garrett sitcom)
64. “How can ___ sure it’s you?” (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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