Crossword-Marching Firsts

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


1. Shampoo target
6. “Star Wars” knight
10. “Get the Party Started” rocker
14. Sci-fi weapon that goes “pew pew pew”
15. Dwarf planet that’s bigger than Pluto
16. Garfield’s canine companion
17. Hay fever season sound
18. “For Boston,” e.g. (claimed to be the
first ever by Boston College) (2 words)
20. “And ___ Was” (1985 Talking Heads single)
21. Flutelike instruments
23. Book full of maps
24. First of two sides of a story, sometimes
(2 words)
26. CBS police drama set in Vegas
27. First formation to ever break military ranks,
used by Purdue in 1907 (3 words)
34. “Space Oddity” rocker David
37. Like Sasquatch
38. Good buddy
39. “I smell ___!” (“Something’s fishy
here!”) (2 words)
40. Twirler’s need
41. “What’s Love Got to Do With It” singer
42. Chem. or biol., e.g.
43. “___ ‘Sam.’” (phone spelling phrase)
(3 words)
44. Oscar-winning boxing movie
45. The very first one was at University of
Illinois vs. University of Chicago in 1907
(2 words)
48. “Ha ha!” on the Internet
49. Pound sixteenths
53. Pacific, for one
56. Entice
59. “Are you a man ___ mouse?” (2 words)
60. Home of the oldest American college
marching band, formed in 1845 (2 words)
62. “Count me out” (2 words)
64. Actress Blanchett
65. Crossword hint
66. “And that’s ___!” (“Honestly!”) (2 words)
67. Former spouses
68. Sleeveless garment
69. “It’s somebody ___ problem now.” (hyph.)
1. Hyphen’s relative
2. Computer storage area
3. Fireplace remnants
4. Lion of the zodiac
5. Side view of a face
6. NASCAR racer Gordon
7. Great Lake between Huron and Ontario
8. Archeological excavations
9. Somewhat, in suffixes
10. Sticky-note brand (hyph.)
11. Former Seacrest show, for short
12. Sultry singer Simone
13. Root beer barrels
19. Delicious
22. Wedding vow words (2 words)
25. “This won’t hurt ___!” (2 words)
26. Europe’s huge particle physics lab
28. Big hole in the ground
29. Couric who’s been on ABC, CBS, and NBC
30. Columbia’s team
31. Larger than life
32. File crosser
33. Participate in the band
34. Cymbal action
35. Killer whale
36. Go crazy on the horns
40. Get-out-of-jail cash
41. It’s larger than a village
43. Piece of gravel
44. Band display
46. Curves out like a trumpet bell
47. Move like a kangaroo
50. Barbecue briquettes
51. Bert’s “Sesame Street” pal
52. Fills to capacity
53. First word of most fairy tales
54. Gently persuade
55. Suffix after “Smurf” or “major”
56. Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s ___”
57. Big birds Down Under
58. Track tournament
61. 605, in Roman numerals
63. Boulder’s st.





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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