Crossword: Fasten-Ating!

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


1. Buckle alternative
5. Air conditioner units, for short
9. Bends under weight
13. Mani-______(salon treatment)
14. “Harry Potter” birds
15. Choice on some quizzes
16. A little bit of it won’t stop you on the field
17. Note paper? (2 words)
19. Had some dinner
20. It may attach 17-across to 22-across
21. Fanzine focuses
22. It gets played in the marching band
26. Business letterhead abbrev.
27. Eroded by acid
28. Helmet adornment
31. Slight advantage
32. Euphonium’s cousin
36. That guy’s
37. Actor/rapper Mos_____
39. “Exit full screen” key
41. Fishing pole
42. Change for a five
44. “But wait, there’s more!”
46. File crossers
48. Atlantic or Pacific, e.g.
50. “All systems go,” to NASA (hyph.)
51. They’re hung on the wall to display messages (2 words)
57. Manuever in skateboarding
59. Like a jalepeno
60. Concert announcement of sorts (2 words)
63. Viticulturist’s product
64. Kind of tradition or surgery
65. Fringe benefit
66. “Get _____” (2014 biopic about James Brown)
67. Bone-chilling (variant spelling)
68. Get snippy with
69. Tennis court dividers
1. Atomizer output
2. “Peachy keen!”
3. Goodbye, in France
4. Cloth diaper securer
5. Nobel physicist Niels and family
6. Sent a quick message, maybe
7. Ending for “mod” or “nod”
8. Former U.K.-to-U.S. flier (abbrev.)
9. School figure?
10. Fire-starting crime
11. Jury’s determination, perhaps
12. Division of min.
17. In _____ (moving together)
18. Extremely quiet performer?
20. Like paper for 17-across
23. Outer edge of a drum
24. Fiery fits
25. University of Utah team
28. Vietnamese beef broth soup
29. “Hamilton” star ____-Manuel Miranda
30. Fair _____laws (copyright concerns)
31. Beethoven’s “Eroica” is written in it (2 words)
33. Caterer’s coffeepot
34. Baby ___choy
35. “Mad Men” productions
38. Olympic fencing sword
40. Petty thief
43. In a cohesive way (like great playing)
45. They bring people together
47. Alias intro on wanted posters (abbrev.)
49. Bass or treble, e.g.
50. Basic preschool learnings
51. Brass section sound
52. Forearm bone-related
53. Tells (on), slangily
54. Major German river
55. Glazed bakery item
56. Marching foot movements
57. Instrument also called the “hautbois”
61. CD precursors
62. “I approve the motion!”
63. Got first place




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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