Crossword: The Search Is On

crossword puzzle

In this issue, the crossword also acts like a word search puzzle. After you’ve filled in the blanks, find
seven band instruments hidden in the grid, written below. Words can be spelled going up, down,
left, right or diagonally in a straight line. The instruments are at least three letters long. (Drum, Fife,
Flute , Horn, Sax, Trombone, Tuba)

Halftime Crossword Solution



1. “___ get down to business!” (2 words)
6. University of Texas at Arlington (abbrev.)
9. Sends a quick message on the computer, maybe (abbrev.)
12. “___ Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969 James Bond movie) (2 words)
13. Sound in a barbershop
14. “No,” slangily
15. Ingredient in tanning lotion (2 words)
17. Sis’ sibling, maybe
18. Ordinary
19. Surprise attack
20. Evening, in Paris
21. Overflow
22. Fifth-century conqueror of
England (hyph.)
24. Numbers that measure intelligence levels (abbrev.)
26. Trent Reznor band, for short
27. Computer company nicknamed “Big Blue”
30. New York city on the Mohawk River
34. Unit equal to 3.2808 feet, as spelled in Britain
38. Stories that often involve a detective (2 words)
41. Take ___ at (make an attempt) (2 words)
42. Outdoor deck
43. Eli Manning, in the 2008 Super Bowl (abbrev.)
44. Notes that come between dos and mis
46. Letters below the 6, on a touchtone keypad
48. “There’s no way it’s possible!” (3 words)
54. Goverment agency that assists with emergencies (abbrev.)
58. House, in German
59. “Othello, the ___ of Venice” (Shakespeare play)
60. Note that may sound like an E natural (2 words)
61. Old word that means “old” (and is one letter away from “old”)
62. Activities where bands may collect money
64. Charge
65. Provide a meal
66. Bluegrass/jazz banjoist Béla
67. Former name of The Nashville Network, now called Spike TV (abbrev.)
68. Ctrl+___+Del (computer rebooting command)
69. Barney Rubble’s wife, on “The Flintstones”


1. Hangman’s rope
2. How musicians should respond to a conductor (2 words)
3. End of a riddle about a person (3 words)
4. Greenish-blue shade
5. Sphere
6. Up to the time that
7. Fastened like a ribbon (2 words)
8. Earth Day month (abbrev.)
9. Where many emails arrive
10. Super ___ Bros. (classic video game)
11. Shaven, like sheep’s wool
13. Male deer
15. Divide a cake
16. Coffee dispenser with a spigot
20. Less crazy
22. Prefix that means “star” (and is also an anagram of “star”)
23. San ___ (California city home to Hearst Castle)
25. French-speaking Canadian province
27. “___ little teapot, short and stout …” (2 words)
28. Transport for some bands
29. Star of “The A Team” (2 words)
31. Little hobgoblin
32. “See ya,” in text message shorthand
33. Clock setting in Alaska (and one time zone behind Pacific Standard Time) (abbrev.)
35. Country singer McGraw
36. Get the engine going
37. Mind-reading ability, for short
39. Game whose board has a bull’s eye
40. Duration
45. Actor ___ L. Jackson
47. Counterbalance
48. Grand ___ Auto IV (video game of 2008)
49. Van ___ (rock band that sang “Jump” and “Right Now”)
50. “Funeral Blues” poet W.H.
51. Combo made up of nine musicians
52. “Sweeney ___” (2007 Johnny Depp musical)
53. “It’s cold out!”
55. Pick a president, perhaps
56. ___ Mark (Mark Wahlberg’s rapper name, before moving to acting)
57. They’re represented by the “@” sign
60. Rank and ___
62. Future Farmers of America (abbrev.)
63. The U.S. Military’s Wright- Patterson or Peterson, for instance (abbrev.)


Wait, don’t peek yet. Here come the solutions.


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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