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0820-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Aug 11, Saturday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Byron Walden
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 27m 26s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0


Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
1. Indian home : HOGAN
Hogan is the anglicization of a Navajo word meaning "the home place".

15. Gloucester and Kent, in "King Lear" : EARLS
Shakespeare was inspired to write his famous drama “King Lear” by the legend of "Leir of Britain", the story of a mythological Celtic king.

16. 1822 Walter Scott novel about Capt. Clement Cleveland : THE PIRATE
“The Pirate” is a novel by Sir Walter Scott, and although it is fiction the story is based on the life of the pirate John Gow.

17. Its calling code is +39 : ITALY
Having had the privilege of travelling much of the world, largely a requirement for work, I’ve learned a lot of the international call prefixes. Here are some of my favorites i.e. places where we have lived over the years!
- United States = +1
- Ireland = +353
- United Kingdom = +44
- France = +33
- Philippines = +63

Note that access to the country code (the “+”, the international country code prefix) depends on the country from which one is dialing. Here in the US we use the prefix “011”, whereas if you dial from any country in the European Union (or the Philippines for that matter) you must use the prefix “00”.

President Warren Harding's Dog 'Laddie Boy' 11x14 Silver Halide Photo Print18. President Harding's Laddie Boy and others : AIREDALES
Of all the pets of the US Presidents, perhaps none had a more exalted position than Laddie Boy, the Airedale terrier belonging to President Warren G. Harding. Laddie Boy even had his own chair on which to sit during cabinet meetings. After President Harding died, newsboys across the country collected 19,134 pennies which were melted and sculpted into a statue of Laddie Boy that you can see in the Smithsonian.

Greatest Hits19. Elvis's and Mariah's record number of weeks at Billboard's #1 : SEVENTY-NINE
The record for the most number-one “Billboard” hits is held by the Beatles (20), however, the record for the most cumulative weeks at number one in the charts is shared by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey (79 weeks).

21. Big mouth : MAW
A maw is the term used to describe the mouth or stomach of a carnivorous animal. "Maw" is also as slang for the mouth or stomach of a greedy person.

Carmen Sandiego's Great Chase Through Time (Jewel Case)22. Carmen Sandiego cover-up? : TRENCH COAT
The “Carmen Sandiego” franchise is, I think, a remarkably clever and helpful series of computer games and other media that is designed to educate users (primarily children). The applications were originally designed to use an exciting espionage motif in order to expose young people to geography and history, and even math, English and other subjects.

Genuine Leather Trench Coat (Pick a Size=XX Large)The trench coat was developed primarily for the use of the military. It is a waterproof coat that extends to just below the knee, and generally has a removable lining. In the world of Hollywood we often encounter the trench coat. One is worn by Humphrey Bogart in “Casablanca”, and by Peter Sellers in the “Pink Panther” movies.

23. 8 on the Beaufort scale : GALE
The Beaufort wind scale is named after Irishman, Sir Francis Beaufort, a Rear-Admiral in the Royal Navy. Beaufort was a hydrographer as well as a career navy man.

24. Until June 25, 2011, its first three digits had geographical significance: Abbr. : SSN
Prior to the June 2011, the first three digits of the Social Security Number (SSN) was designated as an Area Number. In recent decades this Area Number reflects the ZIP code in the mailing address of the person for which the SSN was applied. From June 2011, all SSNs issued have been assigned randomly. I always think that’s a good idea …

Raul Julia Autographed/Hand Signed Black & White 8x10 Photo25. "Tempest" Golden Globe nominee Julia : RAUL
Raúl Juliá was a Hollywood actor from San Juan, Puerto Rica. He had a very distinguished career, but is perhaps best known for portraying Gomez Addams in the two film adaptations of “The Addams Family”.

27. Lived in King James's era? : DWELT
The King James Bible is a translation of the Christian Bible that was completed in 1611, during the reign of King James I of England.

Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives29. "Jason Lives," e.g. : PART VI
“Friday the 13th: Jason Lives” was the sixth in twelve (so far!) of a very successful slasher film series. How many have I sat through? Well, that would be none …

30. Notes in passing? : REQUIEM
A requiem is a mass for the repose of the soul of the dead. “Requiem” is a Latin word meaning “rest after labor”.

33. Like the word "its," often : MISUSED
I always try to remember that the only time to use an apostrophe in “it’s”, is when "it's" short for “it is”.

37. Weapon that comes in easy-to-carry and hard-to-carry varieties : MACE
SABRE Compact Pepper Spray with Pink Key CaseMace is actually a brand name, originally introduced by Lake Erie Chemical when they started to manufacture "Chemical Mace", with the name being a play on the club-like weapon from days of old. Mace was originally a form of tear gas, but Mace today uses a formula that is actually a pepper spray, a different formulation.

Medieval Mace Toy WeaponA mace is a relatively simple weapon in essence, a heavy weight on the end of a handle that is used to deliver powerful blows on an opponent's body.

38. Lacuna : GAP
A lacuna is a missing piece of text (or music) in a larger work. Usually the text has been lost due to damage of an older manuscript. Lacunae can be very controversial, as experts vie with each other to suggest what words have been lost.

45. Place that shows placing and showing: Abbr. : OTB
Off-Track Betting (OTB) is the legal gambling that takes place on horse races outside of a race track. A betting parlor can be referred to as an OTB.

53. Some of them are flukes : WORMS
Flukes are parasitic flatworms known as trematodes. Flukes are named after the Old English word for the flounder, a flatfish that has a similar shape.

Down
TOM MIX 11X14 COLOR PHOTO2. Tom Mix vehicles : OATERS
The American actor known as Tom Mix made an incredible number of films, 336 in all. Most of these were Westerns, and almost all were silent movies. He was known as Hollywood’s first megastar.

3. Second Commandment word : GRAVEN
In the Christian tradition the second commandment prohibits the worship of “any graven image”. Usually this means that graven images can be created, but not worshipped.

Bondhus 20199 Balldriver L-Wrench Double Pack, 10999 (1.5-10mm) and 10937 (0.050-3/8-Inch)4. Wrench handle? : ALLEN
The Allen wrench (or “Allen key”, as we call it back in Ireland) is a successful brand of hex wrench that was trademarked in 1943 by the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford , Connecticut. However, the hex wrench had in fact been around since the mid-to-late 1800s.

N Sync5. "It's Gonna Be Me" band of 2000 : ‘N SYNC
'N Sync was an American boy band from Orlando, Florida that was formed in 1995. The name of the group came from a comment by the mother of band member Justin Timberlake, who said the boys voices sounded "in sync". But, it's also true that the letters of the name 'N Sync are the last letters of the given names of the five band members:
- Justin Timberlake
- Chris Kirkpatrick
- Joey Fatone
- Lance "Lansten" Bass
- JC Chasez

11. Constellation between Scorpius and Triangulum Australe : ARA
The constellation of Ara takes its name from the Latin word for "altar".

12. Supercenters, e.g. : WALMARTS
Walmart (previously "Wal-Mart") takes in more revenue than any other publicly traded company in the world. Over in my homeland, Walmart operates under the name Asda. Walmart's worldwide headquarters are in Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Sam Walton's original Five and Dime. You can actually go into the original store, as it is now the Walmart Visitor's Center.

President Barack Obama Portrait 8x10 Photo14. Celebratory chant at Chicago's Grant Park on 11/4/08 : YES WE DID
“Yes We Can” was a chant adopted by the Obama campaign during the successful 2008 presidential campaign. The slogan for the campaign was, “Change we can believe in”.

23. Mavens : GURUS
“Guru” is a Hindi word meaning “teacher” or “priest”.

I've always loved the word "maven", another word for an expert. Maven comes into English from the Yiddish "meyvn", someone who understands (at least I think that's right).

27. Sweet, to Scipio : DULCE
”Dulce” is the Latin word for “sweet”.

29. Sebastián ___ (president of Chile beginning in 2010) : PINERA
Sebastián Piñera is the current President of Chile, one of the richest people in the country. Prior to being appointing to the office he placed 400 million dollars in blind trusts in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

Hollywood Collection: Gary Cooper The Face of a Hero31. Gary Cooper played one in "Man of the West" : EX-OUTLAW
I have to say that I’m not a fan of Westerns, except when Gary Cooper takes the screen. His portrayal of Western roles was always very quiet and yet endearing.

Razor Dirt Quad Electric Four-Wheeled Off-Road Vehicle (Red)32. Certain ATV : QUAD BIKE
An all terrain vehicle.

33. Dickens character whose first name is Wilkins : MICAWBER
John Dickens was the father of the famous Victorian author, Charles Dickens. John was not good with money and spent beyond his means. When young Charles was about 12 years old, his father was locked away in debtors' prison, something that clearly had some impact on the author-to-be. Charles wrote "David Copperfield" some 25 years later, a novel that was based on experiences in his own life. Included in the story is the character Wilkins Micawber, modeled on his father. Charles even sent Micawber to debtors' prison, just like John.

Motrin IB Cap 24's37. "We feel your pain" sloganeer : MOTRIN
Advil and Motrin are brand names for the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofin.

38. Ankle covering : GAITER
A "gaiter" is a heavy cloth or piece of leather that covers the leg from the instep up to the ankle or perhaps knee.

Small Art Gum Pencil Eraser.39. Kind of eraser : ART GUM
An art gum eraser is popular with artists, and is made of soft rubber.

40. "Hearts and minds" activities, in military slang : PSY OPS
Psychological Operations (Psy Ops) is a contemporary name for propaganda, the "winning of hearts and mind"s in a combat zone.

Natalie Portman 8x10 Photo 02 Closer42. Luke's mother in "Star Wars" : PADME
In the "Star Wars" universe, Padmé Amidala is the Queen of the planet Naboo. Played very ably by Natalie Portman, Padmé becomes the secret wife of Anakin Skywalker, later revealed to be Darth Vader. As such, Padmé is also the mother of Luke Skywalker and his sister, Princess Leia Organa.

46. Exploit : GEST
Our word "gest" meaning a great deed or an exploit has been around since about 1300, and comes from the Old French word "geste" meaning the same thing.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Indian home : HOGAN
6. Store : STASH AWAY
15. Gloucester and Kent, in "King Lear" : EARLS
16. 1822 Walter Scott novel about Capt. Clement Cleveland : THE PIRATE
17. Its calling code is +39 : ITALY
18. President Harding's Laddie Boy and others : AIREDALES
19. Elvis's and Mariah's record number of weeks at Billboard's #1 : SEVENTY-NINE
21. Big mouth : MAW
22. Carmen Sandiego cover-up? : TRENCH COAT
23. 8 on the Beaufort scale : GALE
24. Until June 25, 2011, its first three digits had geographical significance: Abbr. : SSN
25. "Tempest" Golden Globe nominee Julia : RAUL
26. Purple : LURID
27. Lived in King James's era? : DWELT
29. "Jason Lives," e.g. : PART VI
30. Notes in passing? : REQUIEM
33. Like the word "its," often : MISUSED
34. Crows : EXULTS
35. Ice cream case selections : PINTS
36. Take what one oughtn't : POACH
37. Weapon that comes in easy-to-carry and hard-to-carry varieties : MACE
38. Lacuna : GAP
41. Snarling, say : RUDE
42. Ursi maritimi : POLAR BEARS
45. Place that shows placing and showing: Abbr. : OTB
46. Miami or Amsterdam, for example : GATEWAY CITY
47. Uniform shade : OLIVE DRAB
49. "Let's ___ there" : NOT GO
50. Something one might be forced to wear at work : FAKE SMILE
51. Top : ONE UP
52. Deal incentive : SWEETENER
53. Some of them are flukes : WORMS

Down
1. Withdrawals that may incur substantial penalties? : HEISTS
2. Tom Mix vehicles : OATERS
3. Second Commandment word : GRAVEN
4. Wrench handle? : ALLEN
5. "It's Gonna Be Me" band of 2000 : ‘N SYNC
6. Emergency directive? : STAY CALM
7. Become sparse : THIN OUT
8. From above : AERIAL
9. Blown : SPENT
10. Mask : HIDE
11. Constellation between Scorpius and Triangulum Australe : ARA
12. Supercenters, e.g. : WALMARTS
13. More than gnawed at : ATE ALIVE
14. Celebratory chant at Chicago's Grant Park on 11/4/08 : YES WE DID
20. Basketball long shots : THREES
23. Mavens : GURUS
26. In a bad place? : LAST
27. Sweet, to Scipio : DULCE
28. Dating : WITH
29. Sebastián ___ (president of Chile beginning in 2010) : PINERA
30. Reprimands : REPROOFS
31. Gary Cooper played one in "Man of the West" : EX-OUTLAW
32. Certain ATV : QUAD BIKE
33. Dickens character whose first name is Wilkins : MICAWBER
35. Blonde picked up at a bar? : PALE ALE
37. "We feel your pain" sloganeer : MOTRIN
38. Ankle covering : GAITER
39. Kind of eraser : ART GUM
40. "Hearts and minds" activities, in military slang : PSY OPS
42. Luke's mother in "Star Wars" : PADME
43. Already : BY NOW
44. Tightwads' prefix : ECONO-
46. Exploit : GEST
48. Capital of Victoria : VEE

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