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Greetings from Las Vegas, Nevada: BUSINESS AS USUAL

My wife and I are on a summer road trip, a loop from California extending as far east as New Orleans (we hope). While on the road I am continuing to solve and post, although I may not be as prompt in posting or responding to messages as I would like. I hope you can understand! Two differing genres of entertainment today: a Picasso exhibit at the Bellagio Art Gallery, and a musical show called "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's. Home tomorrow! ... Bill

0618-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 18 Jun 11, Saturday

Solution to today's crossword in the New York Times
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Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
16. Nutty stuff : GORP
“Gorp” is the name sometimes used for trail mix, particularly by hikers. It’s not really known for sure how this name came about, but some say it stands for “good old raisins and peanuts” or perhaps “gobs of raw protein”.

19. Flooring specialist? : SPEED DEMON
A speed demon is someone who likes to drive at high speeds, someone who likes to “floor” it, put the pedal to the metal.

20. Poetic work with an account of Ragnarok : EDDA
The Poetic Edda and Prose Edda are two ancient works that are the source for much of Norse mythology.

Ragnarök is the name given to a set of events in Norse mythology that resulted in the deaths of many famous gods including Odin and Thor.

22. "The Franchise Affair" novelist : TEY
Josephine Tey is the pen name of Scottish mystery writer Elizabeth Mackintosh.

28. Numbskull : BOZO
A "bozo" is a man with a low IQ, and one who is usually quite muscular. We've been using the word since the early 1900s and it possibly comes from the Spanish "bozal" that was used to describe someone who speaks Spanish poorly.

Erin Andrews Autographed/Hand Signed ESPN Celebrity 8x10 Photo32. ESPN reporter Andrews : ERIN
Erin Andrews is a sports reporter. I don’t watch much sports but do know Ms. Andrews for her appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010. She did quite well and made it to the final of the show.

36. Like some insurance : NO-FAULT
In a no-fault automobile insurance arrangement, the party injured is paid damages by his or her own insurer regardless of who is responsible for the accident.

Discovering the Arctic: The Story of John Rae (Stories of Canada)39. Scottish doctor/explorer John : RAE
John Rae was a Scottish explorer, who took on the task of searching for the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845. The Franklin Expedition was itself searching for the elusive Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific. John Rae created much controversy back in England when he reported evidence of cannibalism among the ill-fated Franklin explorers.

41. Teresa's home : AVILA
St. Teresa of Avila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) was a Carmelite nun living in Spain in the 1500s. She is particularly noted for her writings on Christian meditation and mental prayer.

Definitive Collection42. "Pushover" singer James : ETTA
Etta James is best known for her beautiful rendition of the song "At Last". Sadly, as she discloses in her autobiography, James has lived a life that has been ravaged by drug addiction, leading to numerous legal and health problems.

46. Sop for aloo palak : NAN
In an Indian restaurant, naan bread is very popular. Naan is traditionally baked in a clay oven known as a tandoor.

Aloo palak is an Indian dish consisting of fried potatoes (aloo) dipped in a spinach curry.

47. Cost-of-living no. : CPI
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures changes in the price of services and goods purchased by households. The United States CPI fell in 2009, for the first time since 1955. That’s how bad the recession was two years ago …

Hoosiers48. Norman ___, coach in "Hoosiers" : DALE
“Hoosiers” is an excellent sports movie about a small-town high school team in Indiana that wins the state basketball championship. The team coach is Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman. The film is inspired by the true story of Milan High School which won the 1954 championship.

58. City on the Ohio : EVANSVILLE
Evansville, Indiana is the largest city in the southern part of the state. It sits on a bend of the Ohio River, and is sometimes known as “River City”.

60. "Snow-Bound" setting : WINTERTIDE
“Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl” is a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. It tells of a family trapped in their New England home by a snowstorm for three days.

An Electric Eel Photographic Poster Print, 18x2461. Creatures with electrocytes : EELS
Electrophorus electricus is the biological name for the electric eel. Despite its name, the electric "eel" isn't an eel at all, but rather what is called a knifefish, a fish with an elongated body related to the catfish. The electric eel has three pairs of organs along its abdomen, each capable of generating an electric discharge. The shock can go as high as 500 volts with 1 ampere of current (that's 500 watts), and that could perhaps kill a human.

2. Chip, as flint, in Britain : KNAP
To knap is to chip at a stone or flint to fashion a sharp edge for use so that it can be used as a tool.

Pele: The Illustratrated Autobiography: Photographs and Memorabilia from Soccer's Greatest Player4. Athlete nicknamed "O Rei" : PELE
Pelé is the nickname of Edison de Nascimento, who has gone by the name Pelé for most of his life. He is now retired, and for my money was the world's greatest ever soccer player. He is the only person to have been part of three World Cup winning squads. Pelé is a national treasure in his native Brazil.

10. Its entrance was barred with a flaming sword : EDEN
According to the Book Of Genesis, Adam and Eve lived in a garden "in" Eden, with Eden being geographically located by reference to four rivers, including the Tigris and Euphrates. Some scholars hypothesize that Eden was located in Mesopotamia, which encompasses much of modern-day Iraq.

13. Certain control freak : BRIDEZILLA
A bridezilla is a difficult and demanding bride, with the term first used in 1995 in “The Boston Globe”.

William Henry Harrison: Our Ninth President (Presidents of the U.S.A. (Child's World))23. 1811 battle site : TIPPECANOE
The Battle of Tippencanoe was fought in 1811 in the Indianan Territory by US forces and the American Indian confederation. Leader of the victorious US side was then-Governor William Henry Harrison, later to become President of the United States.

Samsung Fascinate Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)24. Android runner, e.g. : SMARTPHONE
Android is the operating system (and more) for mobile devices that is now owned by Google.

27. Generative music pioneer : ENO
Brian Eno started out his musical career with Roxy Music. However, his most oft played composition (by far!) is Microsoft's "start-up jingle", the 6-second sound you hear when the Windows operating system is booting up.

28. Wally's bro : BEAV
We used to see a lot of American television programming growing up in Ireland, but "Leave It to Beaver" was one show that didn't make it across the Atlantic. I've seen a couple of episodes, and I am not sure it would travel well. The show went on the air for the first time the day that Sputnik was launched by the Russians, and aired its last show just a few months before President Kennedy was assassinated. An iconic series, by all accounts.

30. Sch. whose alumni constitute the Long Gray Line : USMA
The US Military Academy has a traditional hymn called “The Corps”. There is a phrase in the lyrics of the hymn, “the long gray line”. Graduates of the academy use this phrase to refer to themselves.

35. Brandy : EAU DE VIE
Eau de vie is a clear, colorless fruit brandy. “Eau de vie” is French for “water of life”.

37. Elfin : FAY
Something elfin or fay is like an elf or a fairy.

50. Impulses : YENS
The word "yen", meaning "urge", has been around in English since the very early 1900s. It comes from the earlier word "yin" imported from Chinese. ”Yin” was used in English to describe an intense craving for opium!

52. "Lift ___ Voice and Sing" (old hymn) : EV’RY
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a hymn originally written as a poem By James Weldon Johnson and set to his music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson. It was first performed in 1900 for the holiday honoring Lincoln’s Birthday. The song is often called the “The African-American National Anthem”.

54. Home of the ancient Olympic games : ELIS
Elis is a region of Ancient Greece, in the south of the country. It was home to the first Olympic Games, supposedly held in 776 BCE, at Olympia.

55. Author/architect Buzzi : ALDO
Aldo Buzzi was an Italian author and architect. He was most noted for his books on travel and gastronomy.

56. Romeo or Juliet : TEEN
In Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, it is explicitly stated that Juliet is 13 years of age, and the assumption is that Romeo is perhaps a little older.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Outclass one's peers? : SKIP A GRADE
11. Round bodies : ORBS
15. Stressed : UNDERLINED
16. Nutty stuff : GORP
17. Providing relief, but not a cure : PALLIATIVE
18. Retreat : LAIR
19. Flooring specialist? : SPEED DEMON
20. Poetic work with an account of Ragnarok : EDDA
21. Right on : TO A T
22. "The Franchise Affair" novelist : TEY
23. It's about 5 mL : TSP
26. Pushover : SOFTIE
28. Numbskull : BOZO
29. "Too rich for my blood" : I’M OUT
31. 1,000,000,000 years : EON
32. ESPN reporter Andrews : ERIN
33. See 7-Down : PASSAGE
36. Like some insurance : NO-FAULT
38. Not at all loose : PRIM
39. Scottish doctor/explorer John : RAE
41. Teresa's home : AVILA
42. "Pushover" singer James : ETTA
43. Straight out of the dryer, perhaps : RUMPLY
46. Sop for aloo palak : NAN
47. Cost-of-living no. : CPI
48. Norman ___, coach in "Hoosiers" : DALE
49. It goes from one vessel to another : AHOY
51. One in 100 : SENATE SEAT
57. Bar closing? : NONE
58. City on the Ohio : EVANSVILLE
59. ___ incline : ON AN
60. "Snow-Bound" setting : WINTERTIDE
61. Creatures with electrocytes : EELS
62. Spots : SETS EYES ON

1. Takes night courses? : SUPS
2. Chip, as flint, in Britain : KNAP
3. Baseless : IDLE
4. Athlete nicknamed "O Rei" : PELE
5. Desiccated : ARID
6. "My pleasure" : GLAD TO
7. With 33-Across, confirmation, e.g. : RITE OF
8. Live : ANIMATE
9. Religious observance : DEVOTION
10. Its entrance was barred with a flaming sword : EDEN
11. Give the twice-over? : OGLE
12. Ceaseless drinking or gambling, say : ROAD TO RUIN
13. Certain control freak : BRIDEZILLA
14. Artificial alternative to the sun : SPRAY ON TAN
23. 1811 battle site : TIPPECANOE
24. Android runner, e.g. : SMARTPHONE
25. Like rankings : POSITIONAL
26. Stop: Abbr. : STA
27. Generative music pioneer : ENO
28. Wally's bro : BEAV
30. Sch. whose alumni constitute the Long Gray Line : USMA
34. [I'm not happy about this] : GRR
35. Brandy : EAU DE VIE
37. Elfin : FAY
40. Issuing forth : EMANANT
44. Largely green kingdom : PLANTS
45. Show : LET SEE
50. Impulses : YENS
51. Works on one's jumper, say : SEWS
52. "Lift ___ Voice and Sing" (old hymn) : EV’RY
53. Group of pages : SITE
54. Home of the ancient Olympic games : ELIS
55. Author/architect Buzzi : ALDO
56. Romeo or Juliet : TEEN

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Jan S. said...

Thanks for the update regarding your vacation. Hope you have a great time!

Bill Butler said...

Hi Jan,

Yes, having a great time on vacation, thank you. Apologies for just posting the bare essentials for this couple of weeks, but I am sure you understand. All will be back to normal very soon!

Hope you're having a good summer yourself ...

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