crossword puzzle
A musical-themed crossword puzzle, created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the May/June 2017 installment. The theme this month is bingo.



1. Fourth month (abbrev.)
4. Grammy alternatives voted on by the public, for short
8. Play with, like a kitten (2 words)
13. Important rule of band practice, in more than one way? (3 words)
15. “Sorry, can’t hear you!” fingers in ears noise (3 words)
16. Rush of happiness 17. Annie of the comics, for one
18. Something that band members hopefully agree on? (3 words)
20. Comic strip frames 22. BSU’s state, for short 23. “Just wait ‘___ next year!”
24. Hockey great Jaromír
25. Money dispenser at a store
27. All-knowing
28. Raphael’s weapon, in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
29. Shoe bottom
31. Pikachu’s friend
33. Performance group described as “Baltimore Counties’ First (HipHop) Street Marching Band” (3 words)
37. “Now ___ seen everything!”
38. “Yo Gabba Gabba!” character who’s a “magic robot”
39. Class for some U.S. citizens-tobe (abbrev.)
42. Oscar superlative 45. Like fashions from London’s Carnaby Street, once
46. The Beach Boys member Love
47. ___ voce (unanimously)
48. Its “Weekend Edition” once had a sports segment with a marching band theme
50. Renewable fuel derived from organic matter
52. Chord with a Bb in the third position (3 words)
56. Chinese laptop maker with a Latin-ish name
57. NFL quarterback known for kneeling (2 words)
60. Hold in respect
61. Any resonant frequency above a fundamental frequency
62. Pasta shape sometimes used for mac and cheese
63. Defense group founded in 1949 (abbrev.)
64. Razorback ___ (official color of U. of Arkansas)


1. “Honest” president’s nickname
2. “Encore un ___” (a little longer, in French)
3. Luring like a stray calf (2 words)
4. “Knowledge is ___ …” (Dan Brown) (2 words)
5. Some ballistic missiles, for short
6. Female friend, in France
7. Line on a uniform, for instance
8. Spanish soccer powerhouse, familiarly
9. River in Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”
10. “Mutiny on the Bounty” island
11. “Ironic” singer Morissette
12. Get knotted up
14. Player like 24-across, generally
15. Tennyson’s title
19. Prepare to fire the cannon
20. Sleepover wear, slangily
21. Motorist’s org.
25. The whole shebang
26. Bandleader’s concern
27. One of a reporter’s five W’s
29. 4WD automobile (abbrev.)
30. Shout in Pitbull’s 2014 World Cup anthem
31. Had some food
32. Touchdown score
34. Physically strong
35. ___ Dominion Monarchs
36. Next-door resident
40. Toots and the Maytals genre
41. Bassist Claypool or guitarist Paul
42. “Reveille” instruments
43. Interweave
44. Jeanne d’Arc, par exemple
45. “___ Doubtfire” (Robin Williams comedy)
46. Contrapuntal choral composition
48. Big work of fiction
49. Dance with a king and queen, usually
50. “I see a worthwhile need to ___ and I make trial after trial until it comes” (Thomas Edison) (2 words)
51. “And in this corner …” begins one
53. Liam’s brother in Oasis
54. James Bond’s prep school
55. “___ Las Vegas” (1964 Elvis movie)
58. Number that equals itself when cubed
59. Got hitched




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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