Crossword: Drumbeat

crossword puzzle
A musical-themed crossword puzzle created exclusively for Halftime Magazine. Here is the September/October 2018 installment.

states in the middle


1. Dog park noise
4. Rapunzel’s “ladder”
8. A musician in “The Spirit of ʼ76” painting
13. Sheep sound
14. “The Incredibles” fashion designer Mode
15. 120 beats per ___ (march tempo
adapted by Napoleon)
16. Conclusion
17. Traffic intersections
also called roundabouts (2 words)
19. Sewn edge
21. Old Greek district that lends its
name to the mode that’s same as
the major scale
22. Societal role model, perhaps (2 words)
26. “Big Band,” for one
29. Imitate
30. Place to practice the downward-facing dog
(2 words)
32. Gathered together
33. Definite
35. Sheet music marking
36. South Dakota town home to the
Stevens High School Band (2 words)
40. Prego competitor in the pasta section
43. Japanese wrestling form
44. “I didn’t need to know that!” initials
47. Former medium for digitally storing pics
(2 words)
51. One with a home on the range?
53. They Might Be Giants’ “Particle ___”
54. Films from around the globe, collectively (2 words)
56. Fretboard decoration
57. Apprehend
58. Apple drink served in colder months
(2 words)
64. Earl Grey, for one
66. Mars explorers
67. Place to inhale while circular breathing
68. Some Monopoly properties (abbrev.)
69. “Everything bagel” bits
70. Singer Stefani
71. Psychic phenomenon, for short


1. Lincoln’s nickname
2. Scored in baseball (2 words)
3. Get quieter, on audio recordings (2 words)
4. “And I Love ___” (Beatles song)
5. “Much ___ About Nothing”
6. Like two peas ___ pod (2 words)
7. Circle measurements
8. Step in making ceramics
9. Peruvian empire builder
10. Suffix after ear or cheer
11. Summer, in France
12. They come between dos and mis
15. “Rebel Without a Cause” co-star Sal
18. Snug and comfortable
20. 1550, in Roman numerals
22. Diamond or ruby, for example
23. House, in Spanish
24. “Stir ___” (Bob Marley song) (2 words)
25. Hatcher of “Spy Kids”
26. Angsty punk genre
27. Lab maze solver
28. Had lunch
31. “___ questions?”
34. Halftime Magazine staffers
36. Bad thing to get stuck in
37. Cottage cheese bit
38. Apple product introduced in 1998
39. “Un-Break My Heart” singer Braxton
40. Record speed measurement on an LP (abbrev.)
41. “I get it now!”
42. Geometric suffix for shapes
44. London’s Globe, for one
45. They belong to the band or group
46. Bank offering, for short
48. Team titleholders
49. Common ailments
50. Movie vampire, informally
52. Wolf Blitzer’s channel
55. Perjurer’s problem
56. Like coffee, sometimes
58. 12th graders (abbrev.)
59. “The Raven” poet
60. “___ had it up to here!”
61. ___ Jones (big name on Wall Street)
62. Suffix with Japan or Taiwan
63. Friend to Stimpy
65. Cleopatra’s snake



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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