Crossword – Bands…Scramble!

crossword puzzle
A musical-themed crossword puzzle, created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the November/December 2017 installment.

x-marks the spot


1. Door frame component
5. Not as many
10. Norwegian capital
14. Cookie brand that’s been around more than 100 years
15. Short, memorable saying
16. Barbershop sound
17. Stretched-out protrusion in a horn’s tubing that would probably ruin the
sound quality? (2 words)
19. Play’s performers, as a group
20. It goes between city and ZIP Code
21. Chaney of old horror films
22. Performing ___
23. Body parts involved with an embouchure
26. Wear out
28. Gets defeated by (2 words)
32. Clinic staffers (abbrev.)
33. SSW opposite, on a compass
36. “What more can ___?” (2 words)
37. Aerosol can outputs
39. Body part that often denotes musical aptitude
40. Dipper’s twin sister, on “Gravity Falls”
42. Type of high school rally
43. Illinois senator turned president
45. “I Like ___” (Eisenhower campaign slogan)
46. “Return to original speed,” on sheet music (2 words)
49. Rocks full of metals for refineries
50. Sticky paving material
51. Whitefish often used in fish and chips
52. How band members enter the field
all at once (2 words)
54. Played a brass or wind instrument
56. Neighborhood
57. Creative concept
59. Org. for the Thunder and Heat
61. ___ the Riveter (iconic WWII figure)
66. Chestnut-red horse
67. Wheat and corn grown by a military
marching band? (2 words)
70. Shrek, for example
71. Approximately
72. Rorschach ink mark
73. Loch ___ Monster
74. Talks up a storm
75. Word after club or baking





1. Some classified ad listings
2. Stuck in ___ (going nowhere) (2 words)
3. Prefix with phone or byte
4. Flashy lightning sight
5. The ___ Four (Beatles nickname)
6. Academic URL ending
7. Maze separators
8. Frozen waffle brand name
9. Space shuttle flight return
10. “Sesame Street” grouch
11. Medium-sized drum gets closer? (2 words)
12. Set ___ (band’s song order)
13. Takes a pick
18. Snaky swimmers
24. “For what ___ worth …”
25. Squeezed some bubble wrap bubbles
27. “This ___ silly!” (2 words)
28. Twitter’s 140 characters, for a long time
29. Honshu city home to Universal Studios Japan
30. Grizzlies that carry color guard props? (2 words)
31. Needle hole
32. Smartly dressed
34. They’re above the numbers on jerseys, usually
35. Clear the chalkboard
38. Band with the 1991 hit “Shiny Happy People”
41. Boot securer
44. Constricting snake
47. Fancy airport shuttle alternative (2 words)
48. First beat of a bar
53. “Green Violinist” painter Chagall
55. Freeway sections
56. American composer Copland
57. Laundry wrinkle remover
58. Venetian official title, long ago
60. “Star Wars” bounty hunter ___ Fett
62. Spherical shapes
63. Single-person performance
64. Apple music player
65. “¿Cómo ___?” (“How are you?,” in Spanish)
68. “To ___ it this way …”
69. Parts of some parade route paths (abbrev.)




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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