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2020 March / April crossword

ACROSS

1. Keep the rights to
4. Sugar suffix
7. Bestie, for short
10. Musician’s suffix
13. “Friday” singer ___ Black
15. Goddess who oversaw the
Minotaur’s labyrinth
17. University of Cincinnati ___
Bands (formed in 1920)
18. Showy rap battle ending move (2 words)
19. Musical talent
20. “Survivor” network
21. Traditional garment from India
22. ___ band (school rally performers)
25. Party game where you fill
suggestions into blanks (2 words)
28. Get married
29. Boxers Muhammad and Laila, for two
31. ___ constrictor (large snake)
32. Knack for detail
34. Rubs the wrong way
36. Tulane University ___ (band
formed in 1920) (2 words)
41. Choreographer Twyla of “Hair”
42. Band booking
43. Ancient manuscript
44. Home of the Thunder of the
East Band (formed in 1920) (2 words)
46. Hoop or poodle, for example
47. ___ Lanka (island nation)
48. Short albums, for short
50. Quite average (hyph.)
51. 1400, in Roman numerals
54. Like secure shoelaces
57. “Blueberries for ___” (awardwinning
children’s book)
58. “Excuse me”
60. Music store purchases, once
61. Volleyball divider
63. Bay State peninsula (2 words)
65. ___ Regiment (band that started
in 1920 at Furman University in
Greenville, South Carolina)
69. Mound home to a colony
70. Draw in
71. “Dude! Gross!”
72. “Do you have ___ idea?”
73. Earl Grey, for example
74. “Yeah, sure” laugh

DOWN

1. Sphere
2. Teeny-tiny
3. LeBron James’s org.
4. English philosopher William of
___ (guy known for his “razor”)
5. Beetle in hieroglyphics
6. Grab a bite
7. Disney film set in a forest
8. Tossable necessity for a game
of Ultimate
9. Fan ___ (amateur writing),
for short
10. “That’s where ___ the line!”
(2 words)
11. Sleep-disturbing sound
12. Barely warm
14. Palindromic poetic word
meaning “before”
16. Commercials
20. Woodwinds in the band
22. Second of two sections
(2 words)
23. ___ Yale, for whom Yale
University is named
24. Rice side dish
26. Pupper, when grown up, in pet
memes
27. Adjusts soundtracks
30. Renaissance Faire underlings
33. “Return of the Jedi” creatures
35. Inspiration
37. Home of the pyramids
38. Goodbye, in Guatemala
39. Vice ___ (conversely)
40. Commend enthusiastically
45. “Honest Abe”
49. Part of Congress
51. Former Portuguese colony in
China home to gambling
52. Cho ___ (Harry Potter’s one-time
girlfriend)
53. One of three dimensions
55. In a peculiar way
56. Atlanta-based airline
59. “I’m not feelin’ it”
62. Pavement material
64. “The Bourne Identity” org.
65. Guitarist Metheny
66. “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-___”
67. Drink machine button
68. To the ___ degree

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About the 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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