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0615-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Jun 11, Wednesday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeffrey Wechsler
THEME: Hidden Filling Inside … the theme answers are in pairs, with the first containing a hidden word referred to in the second:
16. Food product whose name is an example of "foreign branding" : HA(AGEN-DA)ZS
22. What 16-Across has? : HIDDEN AGENDA
28. Guest worker, e.g. : RESI(DENT AL)IEN
39. What 28-Across has? : DENTAL FILLING
46. Ribbon-cutting event : GRAN(D OPE)NING
58. What 46-Across has? : INSIDE DOPE
COMPLETION TIME: 14m 22s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … HAAGEN-DAZS (HAAGEN-DASS), COZEN (COSEN)


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
1. Parting word : CIAO
"Ciao" is the Italian for "bye-bye". "Arrivederci" is more formal, and translates as "goodbye".

9. SALT concern : ICBM
There were two rounds of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks and resulting treaties (SALT I & SALT II), between the US and the Soviet Union. The first round of SALT I talks were in Helsinki as far back as 1970.

16. Food product whose name is an example of "foreign branding" : HAAGEN-DAZS
Häagen-Dazs ice cream originated in the Bronx, New York in 1961. The name “Häagen-Dazs” is a “nonsense” term, words chosen for their Scandinavian feel that would appeal to potential customers in this country.

18. Straw in the wind : OMEN
Things described as “straws in the wind” are omens, indicators of what might happen in the future.

19. Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
NCR is an American company that has been in business since 1884, originally called the National Cash Register Company. The company has done well in a market where new technologies seem to be constantly disrupting the status quo.

20. Frank : WIENER
What we call a wiener in this country is known as a Vienna sausage in Germany. It was first produced by a butcher from Frankfurt who was living in Vienna, hence the name “Wiener”, German for “of Vienna”. Paradoxically, the same sausage is called a Frankfurter in Vienna, as it was created by someone from Frankfurt. It’s all very confusing …

24. Quark-binding particle : GLUON
A gluon is a hypothetical, sub-atomic particle postulated as being necessary to bind (or "glue") together quarks, hence the name “gluon”.

34. Anonymous surname : ROE
Though the English court system does not use the term today, John Doe first appeared as the "name of a person unknown" in England in 1659, along with another unknown, Richard Roe. Joe Blow is just a variant of John Doe, and Jane Doe is an unknown female.

Black & Decker CM1936 19-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable Battery35. Mower maker : DEERE
John Deere invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837. Prior to Deere's invention, farmers used an iron or wooden plow that constantly had to be cleaned as rich soil stuck to its surfaces. The cast-steel plow was revolutionary as its smooth sides solved the problem of "stickiness".

Annie Oakley (DK Biography)36. Annie Oakley had a good one : AIM
Many regard Annie Oakley as the first American female superstar, given her celebrity as a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. She toured with the show all over Europe, and performed her act for the likes of Queen Victoria of England and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Supposedly, using a .22 caliber rifle from 90 feet away, Oakley could split a playing card edge-on, and shoot five or six holes in the card before it hit the ground!

44. Proactiv treats it : ACNE
Proactiv is an over-the-counter medication that is applied to acne. Its active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide.

45. Swiss 5-Across pioneer : EULER
Leonhard Euler was a brilliant Swiss mathematician and physicist, a pioneer in the fields of logarithms and graph theory.

52. Back 40 unit : ACRE
In the Public Land Survey System, land right across the country is divided into townships and sections. A section is roughly equivalent to a square mile, 640 acres. It became the practice to refer to quarter-quarter divisions of a section, with a quarter of a quarter of a section being equal to 40 acres (check the math!). From this sprung phrases like “lower 40” (nominally the lowest elevation 40 acres on a property) and the “back 40” (nominally a 40 acre parcel that was undeveloped on a property, “out the back”).

54. WWW access option : DSL
DSL originally stood for Digital Subscriber Loop, but is now accepted to mean (Asymmetric) Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is the technology that allows Internet service be delivered down the same telephone line as voice service, by separating the two into different frequency signals.

Kedrova, Lila Autographed/Hand Signed 8x10 Photo B&W (Original Still)57. Oscar winner Kedrova : LILA
You might recognize Lila Kedrova from "Zorba the Greek". She won an Oscar for playing Mme. Hortense.

63. ___ breve : ALLA
The musical term “alla breve”, meaning “at the breve (i.e. the note)”, denotes a meter equivalent to 2/2. This implies quite a fast tempo, often found in military marches.

Down
SAMMY CAHN 20X24 COLOR PHOTO1. "All the Way" lyricist : CAHN
Sammy Cahn wrote for them all, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Doris Day. His most famous song was probably "Three Coins in the Fountain". He also wrote “All the Way”, made famous by Frank Sinatra.

2. Computer serviced at Genius Bars : IMAC
The technical support desk found in Apple Retail Stores is rather inventively called the Genius Bar.

4. Online "Unbelievable!" : OMG
Oh My Gosh! Oh My Goodness! Or any other G words you think of …

5. Jackal or coyote : CANID
A canid is a carnivorous mammal of the family Canidae, which includes foxes, wolves, dogs, jackals and cayotes.

7. Former NPR host Hansen : LIANE
Liane Hansen was the very capable host of Weekend Edition Sunday, who retired quite recently from broadcasting. She is married to a fellow NPR broadcaster, Neil Conan, although the two have announced that they are in the process of divorcing.

8. Hoodwink : COZEN
What a lovely verb, to cozen! Meaning to cheat or hoodwink, it comes from the Middle English word "cosin" meaning fraud or trickery.

IMOGENE COCA 8x10 COLOR PHOTO9. Sid's sidekick of early TV : IMOGENE
Famously, Imogene Coca performed opposite Sid Caesar on NBC’s “Your Show of Shows” in the fifties.

12. Top-2% organization : MENSA
If you ever learned Latin, "mensa" was probably taught to you in lesson one as it's the word commonly used as an example of a first declension noun. Mensa means "table". The Mensa organization, for folks with high IQs, was set up in Oxford, England back in 1946. To become a member you have to have an IQ that is in the top 2% of the population.

22. ___ polloi : HOI
Hoi polloi is a Greek term, literally meaning "the majority". In English it has come to mean "the masses" and is often used in a derogatory sense.

23. Moo goo ___ pan : GAI
Moo goo gai pan is an American version of a traditional Cantonese dish. In Cantonese “moo goo” means “button mushroom”, “gai” is “chicken” and “pan” is “slices”.

Me And The Dead End Kid25. Actor Gorcey : LEO
The actor Leo Gorcey’s most remembered role was that of the leader of the Dead End Kids, the East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys.

29. N.Y. summer hrs. : EDT
On the other side of the Atlantic, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is known as "summer time". The idea behind summer/daylight-savings is to move clocks forward an hour in spring and backwards in the fall, so that afternoons have more daylight.

30. Largest U.S. union : NEA
The National Education Association is the largest labor union in the country, mainly representing public school teachers.

40. Diamond complements : ENNEADS
Ennead is the Greek word for "the nine". There are nine players on a baseball team.

Simpsons Ned Flanders Hi Dilly Ho Dilly Neighboreenos Sticker41. Leftorium proprietor on "The Simpsons" : NED
The Leftorium is a store in “The Simpsons”. It’s located in the Springfield Mall and is owned by Ned Flanders. It specializes in products made for left-handed people.

42. Shylock, for one : LENDER
Famously, at the climax of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice", Antonio goes on trial because he cannot repay a loan to Shylock of 3,000 ducats. Faced with non-payment, Shylock demands his legal right to "a pound of flesh".

47. Piece of kabuki costumery : OBI
The sash worn as part of traditional Japanese dress is known as an obi. The obi can be tied in what is called a butterfly knot.

Kabuki is a Japanese form of theater involving dance and drama. In the original Kabuki theater, both male and female parts were played by women. In contrast, the Noh dramas have the male and female parts played by men.

48. Bamboo muncher : PANDA
Taxonomic classification of the giant panda has been a subject of great debate for years, the main question being whether it belongs to the bear or raccoon family. The accepted opinion these days, based on molecular studies, seems to be that the panda is in fact a true bear.

1934 photo Ford, Edsel (1934), industrialist / Pirie MacDonald, photographer of men, New York. Ford,49. Ford who was the son of Henry Ford : EDSEL
It was Henry Ford's son, Edsel, who gave his name to the Edsel brand of automobile, a name that has become synonymous with "failure".

Noel Neill Autographed/Hand Signed 8x10 Photo50. Noel who played Lois Lane : NEILL
Noel Neill is the actress who played Lois Lane on both the big and little screens in the late forties and early fifties.

51. Home of Bollywood : INDIA
Bollywood is an informal name given to the huge film industry based in Mumbai in India. The term "Bollywood" is a melding of "Bombay", the old name for Mumbai, and of course Hollywood.

59. Last word of Romeo or Juliet : DIE
In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, the last words uttered by Romeo are:
O true apothecary!
They drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
Juliet’s last words are:
Yea, noise? then I'll be brief. O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die.
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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Parting word : CIAO
5. Subject with limits and functions, informally : CALC
9. SALT concern : ICBM
13. Dashboard accessory : AM/FM RADIO
15. Nothing more than : MERE
16. Food product whose name is an example of "foreign branding" : HAAGEN-DAZS
18. Straw in the wind : OMEN
19. Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
20. Frank : WIENER
21. Thousand-dollar sums, slangily : GEES
22. What 16-Across has? : HIDDEN AGENDA
24. Quark-binding particle : GLUON
27. Hobby farm denizens : ANTS
28. Guest worker, e.g. : RESIDENT ALIEN
34. Anonymous surname : ROE
35. Mower maker : DEERE
36. Annie Oakley had a good one : AIM
39. What 28-Across has? : DENTAL FILLING
44. Proactiv treats it : ACNE
45. Swiss 5-Across pioneer : EULER
46. Ribbon-cutting event : GRAND OPENING
52. Back 40 unit : ACRE
53. A villain might come to one : BAD END
54. WWW access option : DSL
57. Oscar winner Kedrova : LILA
58. What 46-Across has? : INSIDE DOPE
60. Give ___ to (approve) : A NOD
61. Really out of it : DELIRIOUS
62. Some chevron wearers: Abbr. : SGTS
63. ___ breve : ALLA
64. Messes up : ERRS

Down
1. "All the Way" lyricist : CAHN
2. Computer serviced at Genius Bars : IMAC
3. Way out there : AFAR
4. Online "Unbelievable!" : OMG
5. Jackal or coyote : CANID
6. Extra : ADDED
7. Former NPR host Hansen : LIANE
8. Hoodwink : COZEN
9. Sid's sidekick of early TV : IMOGENE
10. Fastener for basement flooring, perhaps : CEMENT NAIL
11. Greyhound and others : BREEDS
12. Top-2% organization : MENSA
14. Projectionist's task of old : REWIND
17. Mme. counterpart : SRA
22. ___ polloi : HOI
23. Moo goo ___ pan : GAI
24. [I'm mad!] : GRR
25. Actor Gorcey : LEO
26. Sleazy salesman's site, stereotypically : USED CAR LOT
29. N.Y. summer hrs. : EDT
30. Largest U.S. union : NEA
31. Business card abbr. : TEL
32. Sound from a Yorkshire terrier : ARF
33. Aloha shirt accessory : LEI
37. Having four sharps : IN E
38. Boss of a sales staff: Abbr. : MGR
40. Diamond complements : ENNEADS
41. Leftorium proprietor on "The Simpsons" : NED
42. Shylock, for one : LENDER
43. Big ape : LUG
44. Proceeding like a lob : ARCING
46. Some fund-raisers : GALAS
47. Piece of kabuki costumery : OBI
48. Bamboo muncher : PANDA
49. Ford who was the son of Henry Ford : EDSEL
50. Noel who played Lois Lane : NEILL
51. Home of Bollywood : INDIA
54. Peephole's place : DOOR
55. Urge on : SPUR
56. Not including : LESS
59. Last word of Romeo or Juliet : DIE

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