Crossword: Eight Count

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A musical-themed crossword puzzle, created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the March/April 2016 installment.

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1. The Stars and Stripes Forever composer
6. 2015 World Series winners (in Back to the Future Part II)
10. Oh well, in more poetic terms
14. Possessed
15. ___ three ships …(2 words)
16. Boxer’s pre-bout wrap 17. Piano foot lever
18. Big hairy brass instrument for the spider band?
20. ___-Cone (summer treat)
21. Hockey surface
23. Sphere
24. Fleming who created James Bond
25. CEO’s degree, sometimes
26. Like a messy bed
28. Madness’s musical genre
30. Abbey resident
32. Fantastic Four actress Jessica
35. Marching pattern for the spider band? (4 words)
40. Belly-laugh syllable
41. Note after fa
42. John Lennon’s widow Yoko ___
43. Little Rhody school (abbrev.)
44. How the spider band keeps track of where they are? (3 words)
48. General ___ chicken (Chinese dish)
49. Australian flightless bird
50. Singer Lana Del ___
51. Late-night host Jimmy
55. Pick a card, ___ card
57. L.A.-to-San Diego direction (abbrev.)
59. Stimpy’s canine pal
60. Boxer Muhammad who could sting like a bee
61. Cry out loud 64. Media for the spider band to show their performances? (2 words)
67. Accra is its capital
69. State home to The Marching Utes
70. Barking sounds
71. ___ looking at you, kid
72. Fourth planet from the sun
73. Artist’s apartment, perhaps
74. Oscar the Grouch’s love
1. Finishes (up) the gravy
2. “Zoolander” actor ___ Wilson
3. “Go back,” in word processing
4. “Under the ___” (“The Little Mermaid” song)
5. Go off-script (hyph.)
6. Quote as a reference
7. Country appropriately hidden in 1-Across
8. Von Trapp’s “title”
9. Act like bees
10. Gallery works
11. Doubly-named 1963 Kingsmen hit played by numerous marching bands (2 words)
12. Group that inspired “Mamma Mia!”
13. Actor Penn
19. Steph Curry’s organization
22. Actor Nick of 2002’s “Drumline”
25. Dallas NBAer, for short
26. College, in the United Kingdom
27. June card recipient
28. Kmart merger partner
29. Place for amateurs to belt out tunes
(2 words)
31. “Unattractive”-sounding citrus hybrid
33. Built like a lumberjack
34. “It’s ___! We go into overtime!” (2 words)
35. “Are you serious?!”
36. Ending meaning “sort of”
37. “Language and Mind” author Chomsky
38. Like Bowls and All-Star games
39. Auction gesture
45. “___: Miami” (TV series)
46. Director Guillermo ___ Toro
47. Iowa football coach Hayden
52. 3-D medical scan (abbrev.)
53. Olympian’s prize
54. January, in Spanish
56. Time to turn on the floodlights
57. Did laps in a pool
58. “___ good example”
(2 words)
60. Coach’s helper (abbrev.)
61. Singer Bareilles
62. Change for a five
63. Hit the cymbals too hard
65. VCR format that competed with Beta
66. Not plugged in
68. “And I Love ___” (Beatles song)



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About author

Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a 1998 graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, 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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