Crossword: States in the Middle

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A musical-themed crossword puzzle created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the July/August 2018 installment.

states in the middle

ACROSS

1. “… and so on” (abbrev.)
4. Creates
9. Covers with grass
14. Zero, in soccer scores
15. Live and breathe
16. “Star Trek” lieutenant
17. Drill command that brings your arms behind your back
(2 words)
19. “My Cousin Vinny” actress Marisa
20. Cruising on the ocean
21. Brass instrument pitched in Eb, in the United States
(2 words) 23. At a reduced price (2 words)
25. 1999, for one
26. Like professors emeritus (abbrev.)
27. Nintendo debut of 2006
28. Was an eyewitness
30. Prefix with “approve” or “respect”
32. Good fortune
34. Spiced tea drink
37. “Just as I suspected!”
39. Moving in the band? (2 words)
43. R&B singer Rawls
44. The ___ Piper of Hamelin
45. Down to the ___
47. Dollar divisions, for short
49. ___ Mahal
51. Jazz singer Tormé
52. “Anywhere” singer Rita
55. Suffix for “million” or “billion”
58. Haircut from early punk rock
60. Giant percussion piece (2 words)
62. Negative reply to the Little Red Hen (2 words)
63. Stop on ___ (have excellent brakes) (2 words)
64. Some baton twirling tricks (2 words)
68. Often-reprised Tyler Perry character
69. “Old MacDonald had a farm, ___”
70. Giants Hall-of-Famer Mel
71. Spinning dizzily
72. “The Lion King” co-composer ___ John
73. Phone book listings (abbrev.)

DOWN

1. Naval ROTC grad’s rank (abbrev.)
2. Golf club metal
3. Radio format that plays lots of Bach and Mozart
4. Awards given at the Olympics
5. Lumberjack’s tool
6. South Korean auto company
7. Written exam type
8. Fashion sense
9. Instruction program for a computer user
10. “That doesn’t look good” (hyph.)
11. Unconfirmed bit of news
12. “___ Jacques” (kids’ song)
13. Canonized figure
18. “Jazz Masters” org.
22. Just a ___ (slightly)
23. Nocturnal flier
24. Per person
29. Use an eggbeater
31. Big performance
33. McDonald’s “founder” Ray
35. “Gimme ___!” (start of an Iowa State cheer) (2 words)
36. “___ that a lot” (2 words)
38. Disney specialty
40. End negotiations successfully (3 words)
41. Maroon 5 frontman Levine
42. Got big enough for (2 words)
46. Moose relative
48. Business letter addressee, perhaps
50. “Drink to me only with thine eyes” poet Ben
52. President with two Grammys
53. Navigational device
54. Separate
56. India’s monetary unit
57. It’s sent by hitting “Send” (hyph.)
59. Move like a rabbit
61. Captain Hook’s right-hand man
65. “___ It Go” (“Frozen” song)
66. “O Sole ___” (Italian aria)
67. City map lines (abbrev.)

 

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