A "Marching Bands" puzzle has rules and a structure that are distinct from a typical crossword:
- Rows 1-12 each have two answers, A and B. They can be any length (except rows 6 and 7 which are 5 letters each).
- Circles A-E start in the cell with the letter (top-left of the circle) and move around clockwise. They have varying numbers of answers, and each answer can be any length.
It's worth noting for cultural reference purposes that this puzzle was made in the United States. It was designed to be done without the use of a search engine.
Credit to bobble's puzzle that inspired me to make my own.
**CIRCLE A** 1: Guitarist or baby Jedi 2: Dry red wine 3: Political commentator Nomiki 4: Coins from Western Samoa 5: First President of Russia 6: Military intelligence, sort of (abbrev.) 7: Can be tasteful, or not so much 8: First half of a well English statesman? 9: Most modifier 10: Boris or nighttime (abbrev.) **CIRCLE B** 1: Love weapon 2: Extreme form of grounding (2 words) 3: Tops of several tubes of water 4: Dandy lifestyle mag or eyesight aid 5: One of a yeti's lower phalanges? (2 words) **CIRCLE C** 1: Latter half of a Total Philip K Dick and Paul Verhoeven effort 2: Watch this for a glasses-on view of society (2 words) 3: "Dude, that wave was def _____." 4: Flow's companion 5: Military complex with a few more sides **CIRCLE D** 1: Should probably trip this during a robbery (2 words) 2: Small Dickensian boy 3: Broadway Book **CIRCLE E** 1: Places for speedy Medical treatment (abbrev.) 2: Singer-songwriter Gainsbourg 3: A bad driving record may have these (abbrev.)
**ROW 1** A: Wackiest (only?) Muppet drummer B: Gesture for **ROW 2** A: Blemish or oceano B: Buildings that share walls (2 words) **ROW 3** A: Author who famously wrote a novel with no "e"s B: 90s sketch comedy for kids **ROW 4** A: One of two lymph nodes in the throat B: Multiple returns? **ROW 5** A: Those who smoke? B: Novelist Fitzgerald's maiden name **ROW 6** A: Leggo them, please. B: Canadian actress Page **ROW 7** A: Will Smith would like to welcome you here B: Opposite of a cut **ROW 8** A: To become intrusive B: Universal force of attraction without AI? **ROW 9** A: Pledge once again B: That which spreads through imitation **ROW 10** A: Punch B: Winged being **ROW 11** A: Wealth-y major? B: Your D&D character needs lots of this to understand 11A (abbrev.) **ROW 12** A: Etymologically an "enemy of learning" B: Baratheon of Dragonstone