Crossword-Big-Screen Bands

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A musical-themed crossword puzzle, created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the March/April 2017 installment. The theme this month is big screen bands.



1. Provide with enlightenment
6. Old saying
11. “___ Gratia Artis” (MGM motto)
14. Sound transmission
15. Sturdily constructed
16. Afternoon break, maybe
17. 1993 Harrison Ford thriller where his character runs
through a St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2 words)
19. “___ changed my mind”
20. “Bring on the weekend!” letters
21. Tooth substance
23. Item that’s “Aweigh” in the U.S. Navy Band’s signature march
26. Jerusalem’s country (abbrev.)
28. Like NBA players
29. Maria’s husband, on “Sesame Street”
30. He hosted “The Tonight Show” before Fallon
32. “Young Frankenstein” director Brooks
33. Receive
34. “The Rachel Maddow Show” carrier
35. Theater employee with a flashlight
38. “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” musical
40. Flying beast in a Marco Polo tale
41. Ran off with
42. Shaving tool
43. Figure skating leaps
45. Baseball judge, slangily
46. ___ out a win (barely beat)
47. Cuzco’s country
48. On the briny
49. Disappeared
51. Bonus NFL periods, like the one in Super Bowl LI
52. It’s the “log” in “ants on a log”
54. Remove a shoelace tangle
56. Big ___ (David Ortiz’s nickname)
57. “Chandelier” singer
58. 1962 film centering around a con artist and a marching band (3 words)
64. 2,000 pounds
65. Sax that’s about 28 inches high
66. “Welcome to the Human Network” company
67. Count-off start
68. “___ in the court!”
69. “Full House” costar Bob


1. “All you can ___”
2. “That’s a real no-brainer!”
3. Suffix with hydrox
4. Circle of ___ (key signature
5. “There ___ again!” (2 words)
6. “Highly unlikely!” (2 words)
7. Bit of Morse code
8. Boxer known as “The Greatest”
9. Generous type of person
10. Biblical garden site
11. 1978 college comedy culminating in a parade
wrecked by an errant float(2 words)
12. “Bolero” composer
13. Form a word on the field?
18. Teen Vogue’s demographic
22. “That was just ___” (2 words)
23. Rags-to-riches author Horati24. ___ York (NYC, in Spanish)
25. 1941 Orson Welles classic where he brings an entire
marching band into a conference room (2 words)
26. Where emails pile up
27. Game with a goalkeeper
31. Completely absorbed
32. Rumple a hairdo
34. Fully grown filly
36. Bugs Bunny antagonist Fudd
37. Settle a debt with
39. Bus coin
44. “Star Wars” creator George
48. “Songs in A Minor” singer Keys
49. Enthusiasm
50. Grilled or raw burger topper
51. “None of the above” category
53. Long stories of heroism
55. Bus driver on “The Simpsons”
56. Content cat noise
59. Call it a day
60. One of The Three Stooges
61. Flavor enhancer that gives some people headaches
62. Poker card
63. “Believe it or ___”




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.