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0806-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 6 Aug 11, Saturday

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8. It may be held in battle : CITADEL
A citadel is a fortress built to protect a town or a city. Both the words “city” and “citadel” come from the Latin word “civis” meaning “citizen”.

JACQUELINE BISSET 20X24 PHOTO15. 1977 Jacqueline Bisset movie : THE DEEP
The lovely Jacqueline Bisset is an English actress famous for big screen roles in the likes of “Bulitt” from 1968 and “The Deep” from 1977. More recently she has a recurring role on the successful drama series on the FX channel, “Nip/Tuck”. Bisset is the godmother of fellow actress Angelina Jolie.

16. Literary critic Broyard : ANATOLE
Anatole Broyard was a writer and critic, and for fifteen years wrote daily book reviews for “The New York Times”.

X-Fencing complete practice epee with french handle19. Aluminum foil alternatives? : EPEES
The French word for sword is épée. In competitive fencing the épée is connected to system that records an electrical signal when legal contact is made on an opponent’s body.

22. Natl. Humor Month : APR
April Fool's Day is celebrated on April 1st in the western world. In the US (and Ireland) one can make practical jokes all day long if one wants. But in the UK there is a noon deadline. Anyone pranking after midday is called an "April Fool".

25. Slough : MORASS
A slough is a depression in the ground filled with deep mud.

29. Holiday time : NOEL
“Noël” is the French word for the Christmas season, ultimately coming from the Latin word for "birth", "natalis". Noel has come to be used as an alternative name for a Christmas carol.

Life on a Pig Farm (Carolrhoda Photo Books)37. 21st-century epidemic concern : THE SWINE FLU
There was a 2009 outbreak of swine flu in humans that has been blamed for 17,700 deaths worldwide.

43. Get hush money from, for instance : ABET
The word "abet" comes into English from the Old French "abeter" meaning "to bait" or "to harass with dogs" (it literally means "to make bite"). This sense of encouraging something bad to happen morphed into our modern usage of "abet" to mean aid or encourage someone in a crime.

The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud (Psychopathology of Everyday Life, the Interpretation of Dreams, and Three Contributions To the Theory of Sex)46. It's "not master in its own house," said Freud : EGO
Sigmund Freud created a structural model of the human psyche, breaking it into three parts: the id, the ego, and the super-ego. The id is that part of the psyche containing the basic, instinctual drives. The ego seeks to please the id by causing realistic behavior that benefits the individual. The super-ego almost has a parental role, contradicting the id by introducing critical thinking and morals to behavioral choices.

51. Kind of 6-Down : CONGER
6D. One that swims with a current? : EEL
Conger eels can grow to be very, very large, perhaps up to 10 feet in length.

53. Lord's domain : FIEF
In the days of feudalism, a "fief" was basically a "fee" (the words "fee" and "fief" have the same origins) paid by a lord in exchange for some benefit to him, perhaps loyalty or military service. The fief itself was often land granted by the Lord.

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (Widescreen Version)55. It once stretched from France to Russia: Abbr. : ETO
Dwight D. Eisenhower was in command of the European Theater of Operations during WWII. If you're a WWII buff like me, then I recommend you take a look at a great made-for-TV movie starring Tom Selleck as Eisenhower called "Ike: Countdown to D-Day" which came out in 2004.

56. Shakespearean words following "Speak, hands, for me!" : ET TU
It was Shakespeare who wrote the words "Et tu, Brute?" (And you, Brutus?), in his play "Julius Caesar" although the phrase was around long before he penned his drama. It's not known what Julius Caesar actually said just before he was assassinated on the steps of the Senate in Rome.

Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue: 100 Easy Recipes for Backyard Barbecue and Grilling65. "The Morning Show Murders" novelist : AL ROKER
Al Roker is best known as the meteorologist on the “Today” show on NBC. He has successfully branched out from that platform though, and even co-wrote a novel called “The Morning Show Murders”, about a celebrity chef and TV host who get entangled in mystery. Topical stuff …

66. Bleach component : SAL SODA
Sodium carbonate is a well known as a water softener sold for use in laundry, and is variously described as Sal Soda, Washing Soda and Soda Crystals.

2. U.P.S. customer : SHIPPER
United Parcel Service (UPS) is based in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and has its own airline that operates out of Louisville, Kentucky.

Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Original TV Classic [Remastered]3. Easter character : PETER COTTONTAIL
Peter Cottontail is a character in books by Thornton Burgess. Over the years, the Peter Cottontail name has been adopted by the population at large as an alternative to “Easter Bunny”.

World's Largest REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups5. Candy brand : REESE’S
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented by Harry Burnett "H.B." Reese. Peanut Butter Cups were originally called penny cups, reflecting the price at which they were sold. Then inflation took over ...

6. One that swims with a current? : EEL
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 and 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.

Cats Poster Broadway Theater Play 11x17 Jean Arbeiter Linda Balgord8. Broadway smash whose poster image consisted of just two eyes : CATS
Andrew Lloyd Weber's source material for his hit musical "Cats" was T. S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats". Eliot's collection of whimsical poems was published in 1939, and was a personal favorite of Weber as he was growing up. "Cats" is the second longest running show in Broadway history ("Phantom of the Opera" is the longest, and is still running; deservedly so, in my humble opinion).

Billy Blanks: Ultimate Tae Bo10. ___ Bo : TAE
Tae Bo isn't an ancient martial art, but was developed as a form of aerobic exercise in the 1990s. It was introduced by taekwondo expert Billy Blanks who gave it the name Tae Bo, a melding of taekwondo and boxing.

13. National Book Award-winning novelist named after Emerson : ELLISON
The author Ralph Ellison’s most famous book is “Invisible Man”, which won the National Book Award in 1953. Ellison’s full name is Ralph Waldo Ellison, and he was named for Ralph Waldo Emerson.

26. Patron saint of carvers : OLAF
The Norwegian king Olaf II is the patron saint of carvers, and is also the patron saint of “difficult marriages” …

30. Prefix with -phile : OENO-
An oenophile is a lover of wine.

34. Bad way to go : AWOL
The Military Police go after personnel who are Absent With-Out Leave.

36. Refuse at a mill : SLAG
The better lead ores are processed in a blast furnace, to extract the metal. The "waste" from this process is called "slag". Slag does contain some lead, and it can be processed further in a "slag furnace" to extract the residual metal. Slag furnaces also take poorer lead ores as a raw material.

Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre, 2006)38. Name abandoned for Rochester : EYRE
"Jane Eyre" is of course the novel written by Charlotte Bronte under the pen name Currer Bell. Over the years, I've shared here on the blog that the storyline is a little too dark and Gothic for my taste, but a very persuasive blog reader convinced me to look more at the romantic side of the story and give it a second chance. I watched a wonderful 4-hour television adaptation of the novel made by the BBC very recently, and I have to say that because I was focused on the relationship between Jane and Rochester, I was able to push past the Gothic influences (that depress me) so I really enjoyed the performance. I thoroughly recommend this 2006 BBC adaptation to fans of the novel.

Shelly Manne and His Men Play Peter Gunn52. TV detective Peter and others : GUNNS
“Peter Gunn” is a crime drama about a private eye, that ran on NBC and ABC in the late fifties and early sixties. The show was created by Blake Edwards, with many episodes being directed by Robert Altman.

54. One spared in a sacrifice : ISAAC
According to the Hebrew Bible, Isaac was the only son of Abraham, born to his wife Sarah when she was beyond her childbearing years, and when Abraham was 100 years old. Isaac himself lived until he was 180 years old.

58. Superman's mother : LARA
Lara Lor-Van is the biological mother of Kal-El, and wife of scientist Jor-El. Kal-El is sent to Earth, where we would know him better as Superman.

60. Blue-roofed chain : IHOP
The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) was founded back in 1958. IHOP was originally intended to be called IHOE, the International House of Eggs, but that name didn't do too well in marketing tests ...

62. It's declared after the last hit, for short : TKO
In boxing, a knockout (KO) is when one of the fighters can't get up from the canvas within a specified time, usually 10 seconds. This can be due to fatigue, injury, or the participant may be truly "knocked out". A referee, fighter, or doctor may also decide to stop a fight without a physical knockout, especially if there is concern about a fighter's safety. In this case, the bout is said to end with a technical knockout (TKO).

Guerrilla - The Taking of Patty Hearst63. Grp. in 1974 news : SLA
The Symbionese Liberation Army was founded by an escapee of the prison system, Donald DeFreeze, in 1973. The group's manifesto promoted the rights of African Americans, although in the 2-3 year life of the group, DeFreeze was the only black member. Famously, they kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst in 1974.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Wants, with "to" : ASPIRES
8. It may be held in battle : CITADEL
15. 1977 Jacqueline Bisset movie : THE DEEP
16. Literary critic Broyard : ANATOLE
17. Acted unfairly : HIT BELOW THE BELT
19. Aluminum foil alternatives? : EPEES
20. Quite : OH SO
21. Liability-limiting words : AS IS
22. Natl. Humor Month : APR
23. One in Germany : EINE
25. Slough : MORASS
27. One may be called in court : RECESS
29. Holiday time : NOEL
31. It might go for big bucks : DOE
32. Equestrian's command : TROT
33. Bit of evidence in court : TAPE
35. Concertedly : AS ONE
37. 21st-century epidemic concern : THE SWINE FLU
40. Flibbertigibbety : DITSY
42. Hymn words before "beyond all praising" : O GOD
43. Get hush money from, for instance : ABET
46. It's "not master in its own house," said Freud : EGO
47. Family: Abbr. : RELS
49. Stop-press order? : GAG LAW
51. Kind of 6-Down : CONGER
53. Lord's domain : FIEF
55. It once stretched from France to Russia: Abbr. : ETO
56. Shakespearean words following "Speak, hands, for me!" : ET TU
57. "___ well" : ALL’S
59. ___ rage : FIT OF
61. "Not to my recollection" : I CAN’T SAY AS I HAVE
64. Scholar : THINKER
65. "The Morning Show Murders" novelist : AL ROKER
66. Bleach component : SAL SODA
67. "Happy" sorts : CAMPERS

1. Deep down : AT HEART
2. U.P.S. customer : SHIPPER
3. Easter character : PETER COTTONTAIL
4. "___ delighted!" : I’D BE
5. Candy brand : REESE’S
6. One that swims with a current? : EEL
7. Cuddle, in a way : SPOON
8. Broadway smash whose poster image consisted of just two eyes : CATS
9. Like some nursing : IN HOME
10. ___ Bo : TAE
11. Being tried : AT BAR
12. Registers surprise, say : DOES A DOUBLE TAKE
13. National Book Award-winning novelist named after Emerson : ELLISON
14. "Hmmm ..." : LET’S SEE
18. Never : WHEN PIGS FLY
24. Motor add-ons? : -ISTS
26. Patron saint of carvers : OLAF
28. Biblical endings : -ETHS
30. Prefix with -phile : OENO-
34. Bad way to go : AWOL
36. Refuse at a mill : SLAG
38. Name abandoned for Rochester : EYRE
39. Skirt : EDGE
40. Ruses : DECEITS
41. "Understood" : I GOTCHA
44. Dine at another's house : EAT OVER
45. Some deals : TWOFERS
48. Took out : ERASED
50. Maintain : AFFIRM
52. TV detective Peter and others : GUNNS
54. One spared in a sacrifice : ISAAC
58. Superman's mother : LARA
60. Blue-roofed chain : IHOP
62. It's declared after the last hit, for short : TKO
63. Grp. in 1974 news : SLA

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