Crossword: Pop Goes the Marching Band

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1. News that’s full of rumors
7. “To ___ is human, to forgive divine”
10. Rock’s ___ Speedwagon
13. Functional periods
15. Like the moistest, most frosting-covered chocolate cake
17. It’s got the highest register in the brass family
18. Their “Morris Brown” song from 2006’s “Idlewild” was backed by Atlanta’s Morris Brown College marching band
19. Pink Floyd founder Barrett
20. Actor Penn of the “Harold and Kumar” series
22. At 0-0, maybe
23. Prevented from leaking out (2 words)
26. Ultra-fast jet
29. “No Doubt” lead singer whose solo albums feature some backing marching bands (2 words)
32. ___ Zedong (former Chinese leader)
33. Monteverdi title opera role based on the legend of Orpheus
34. Uno plus due, in Italian
35. Squishy mixture used to make paper
36. Pickle flavoring
37. Horns, really (when stretched out)
39. “___ just so happens …” (2 words)
40. Leaning typeface, like this (abbrev.)
41. Abbreviation on some sheet music
42. Grab the steering wheel and go
43. He’ll help heal your hound
44. With 55 Across, band that was escorted into the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with a marching band (hyph.)
47. Biceps site
48. Attacks, like pirates raiding a village
49. “Measure of ___” (Clay Aiken debut album) (2 words)
51. Constant complainer
52. One time around the track
55. See 44 Across
58. Verizon competitor (hyph.)
61. Strong Irish accents
62. Stores money for later
(2 words)
63. Jerusalem’s country (abbrev.)
64. 1960s college protest group “reformed” in 2006 (abbrev.)
65. Like generic brands


1. “No ___, no glory”
2. Grand Ole ___ (Nashville concert venue affected by floods in 2010)
3. Seven-card ___ (poker variety)
4. ___ card (removable cell phone storage unit)
5. Little mischief-maker
6. Glance upon, like on a secret answer sheet (2 words)
7. Pompous attribute
8. Choreographed numbers, such as marching patterns
9. Spiral-shaped pasta
10. Is able to figure out the notes (2 words)
11. Suffix after giant or poet
12. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mel
14. Like old pretzels
16. Dwight Eisenhower’s nickname
21. Where logic and details are processed, it’s said (2 words)
23. Mariners pitcher Ian
24. That, en español
25. “I double dog ___ you!”
27. It’s accumulated in a spit valve
28. Number for a David Letterman list (2 words)
29. Big name in chocolates
30. Author
31. Key for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (3 words)
35. Hilton who says, “That’s hot”
37. Able to play instruments well, perhaps
38. www addresses, for short
42. Eminem mentor Dr. ___
44. Old counting device with beads
45. Deli case selections
46. “I am the ____, I am the walrus …” (Beatles lyric)
50. “Family Guy” daughter
52. Simpson who plays the sax
53. Grad
54. Cartoon skunk Le Pew
55. Baseball stat also called a “ribby (abbrev.)
56. Hospital areas with restricted access
57. Leaky tire sound
59. Lacto-___-vegetarian
60. Actor Affleck


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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.