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0909-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Sep 11, Friday

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1. Starting point for a ferry ride to Alcatraz : FISHERMAN’S WHARF
Fisherman’s Wharf is the name given to what is now a tourist mecca at the northern limits of San Francisco, right on San Francisco Bay. Historically it is where the city’s fishing fleet was moored and so the neighborhood became associated with the fishing community that was mainly made up of Italian immigrants.

12 X 18 Stretched Canvas Poster Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CAAlcatraz Island sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and today is a National Park. The island was named back in 1775 by the Spanish who charted the Bay. It was known as “La Isla de los Alcatraces”, or “The Island of the Pelicans”. In modern Spanish though, the word “Alcatraz” is used for a gannet.

12 X 18 Stretched Canvas Poster Scarlet Tanager30. North American singers with raspy notes : SCARLET TANAGERS
The Scarlet Tanager is a beautiful-looking bird, truly scarlet in color other than its wings and tail. It is in the cardinal family.

39. Bozo's suggestion : HARE-BRAINED IDEA
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 described someone who speaks Spanish poorly.

41. Not overseas : PAS
“Pas” is the French word for “not”.

51. "Aloha nui ___" (warm greeting in Waikiki) : LOA
The Hawaiian expression “Aloha nui loa” translates as “much love, fondest regards”.

62. Appalachian, e.g. : STATE UNIVERSITY
Appalachian State University is located in Boone, North Carolina. The college campus is in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 3,333 feet, making it one of highest universities east of the Mississippi River.

16 Most Requested Songs63. 1953 hit for Mitch Miller : UNDER PARIS SKIES
Mitch Miller was an American musician and conductor, very popular in the fifties and sixties. Early in his career Miller was a successful oboe and English horn player. He played the very recognizable horn part in the largo movement from Dvořák’s “New World Symphony” in a famous recording conducted in 1947 by Leopold Stokowski.

3. Some wild parties : STAGS
4. Attendees of 3-Down : HES
Back where I come from, bachelor parties are called stag parties, and bachelorette parties are hen parties. And in Ireland the fairer sex usually isn't welcome at a stag party, not even for entertainment purposes. We tend to focus on the drink ...

6. Makeup of some strands : RNA
Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) is an essential catalyst in the manufacture of proteins in the body. The genetic code in DNA determines the sequence of amino acids that make up each protein. Amino acids are delivered in the correct sequence by what is called transfer RNA and then formed into proteins by ribosomal RNA.

9. Snow on les Alpes : NEIGE
“Neige” is the French word for “snow”.

10. Sign of a good show : SRO
Standing Room Only.

Erhard Schoen (Portrait of Jan Hus) Art Poster- 11x17 custom fit with RichAndFramous Black 99 inch Poster Hangers12. Czech religious reformer Jan : HUS
Jan Hus was Czech priest, famous today for having been burnt at the stake in 1415 as he was deemed guilty of heresy against the Catholic Church. Hus was an important contributor to Protestantism, over 100 years before Martin Luther made his famous proclamations.

15. Shooting setting : F-STOP
Varying the f-stop in a lens varies how big the lens opening (the aperture) is when the photograph is taken. Smaller apertures (higher f-stop values) admit less light, but result in sharper photographs.

Ernie Banks: Mr. Cub and the Summer of '6924. Mr. Cub and others : NLERS
First baseman Ernie Banks was known as “Mr. Cub”, and played his entire 19-year professional career with the Chicago Cubs.

26. One may take your heart : SPADE
In some card games, a spade might take a heart.

30. Things traveling on sound waves? : SHIPS
Ships might travel through a sound, a wide channel connecting two bodies of water, or an ocean inlet.

Tipis, Tepees, Teepees: History and Design of the Cloth Tipi34. Plains homes: Var. : TIPIS
A tepee (also written as "tipi" and "teepee") is a cone-shaped tent traditionally made from animal hides, and used by the Great Plains Native Americans. A wigwam is a completely different structure, and is often a misnomer for a tepee. A wigwam is a domed structure built by Native Americans in the West and Southwest, intended to be a more permanent dwelling. The wigwam can also be covered with hides, but more often was covered with grass, reeds, brush or cloth.

35. "Away! you are ___": Shak. : AN ASS
“Away! you are an ass, you are an ass” is a line from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”.

"Much Ado About Nothing" is a favorite of mine, a play of course by William Shakespeare. It is a comedic tale of two pairs of lovers with lots of mistaken identities and double meanings. I once saw it performed in the fabulous Globe Theatre in London ... by an all-female cast!

Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer36. Head of design : EDITH
Edith Head was a Hollywood costume designer. She won eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design for her work on movies including 1951’s “All About Eve”, 1954’s “Roman Holiday” and 1955’s “Sabrina”. Head won more Oscars than any other woman in history in any category.

37. Cancel : REMIT
“To remit” usually means to send money, make a payment. It can also mean to cancel say a tax or a financial penalty.

Camille Saint-Saens: A Guide to Research (Routledge Music Bibliographies)38. Saint-___ (Delibes contemporary) : SAENS
Camille Saint-Saens was one of the great French composers in my opinion. Even his light and airy "The Carnival of the Animals" is a lovely work.

Léo Delibes was a French composer, famous for the ballets “Coppélia” and “Sylvia”, as well as the operas “Le roi l’a dit” and “Lakmé”. Even if you’re not a fan of ballet or even classical music, I guarantee you’ll recognize his “Divertissement - Pizzicato from ‘Sylvia’”.

45. Dissolve out : ELUTE
Elution is a technique that I used to employ many years ago when I worked as a biochemist. Elution is the extraction of one material from a mixture by washing it out with a solvent. Often this is done with the help of solid substance that adsorbs one material in the mixture, so that the second, unadsorbed material can easily be dissolved and collected.

47. It's not a long shot : LAY UP
In golf a “lay up” is a shot taken that is shorter than usual, often chosen to make sure one that doesn’t end up in a hazard.

48. Local theaters : NABES
A “nabe” is a neighborhood, or familiar term for a local movie theater. Although I've never heard "nabe" in this neighborhood ...

49. Anatomical aqueducts : ITERS
An “iter” is an anatomical passageway, from the Latin word for “journey”.

50. "___ Alice" (1971 antidrug book) : GO ASK
“Go Ask Alice” was first published in 1971 and was promoted as a non-fiction work, a diary written by an anonymous 15-year-old girl. The diary tells of the girl’s journey into drug addiction. It is now believed that “Go Ask Alice” was largely written by the book’s editor, Beatrix Sparks, and is a work of fiction.

University of Arizona Wildcats - Car, Truck, Notebook, Bumper, Window Vinyl Sticker53. Home of Sun Devil Stadium, for short : ASU
Sun Devil Stadium is the football stadium on the Arizona State University campus.

56. Santa ___ : ANA
Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County, California, taking its name from the Santa Ana River that runs through the city. The Santa Ana winds are the very dry air currents that sweep offshore late in the year in Southern California. Because they are so dry, they are noted for their influence over forest fires in the area, especially in the heat of the fall. The winds arise from a buildup of air pressure in the Great Basin that lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. Under the right conditions, that air spills over the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and basically "falls" down the side of the Sierra range, heading for the ocean. As the air falls it becomes drier and heats up, so that relative humidity can fall to below 10% by the time it hits the coast.

59. Last article of the U.S. Constitution : VII
The US Constitution is composed of a preamble, seven articles and twenty-seven amendments.

Article VII of the US Constitution deals with its ratification. It called for nine states to ratify the wording of the Constitution before it would take effect.

Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard with White Wine - 8 oz Glass Jar60. Dijon toasting time? : ETE
In Dijon, France the weather is toasty warm in the summer (“été”).

Dijon is a city in eastern France, in the Burgundy region. Dijon is famous for its mustard, a particularly strong variation of the condiment. The European Union doesn't protect the name "Dijon" so anyone can use it on a label. That seems fair enough to me given that 90% of the mustard made in and around Dijon is produced using mustard seed imported from Canada!

61. Roads with train tracks: Abbr. : RYS
I guess RYS is an abbreviation for railways, although I’m not sure ...

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. Starting point for a ferry ride to Alcatraz : FISHERMAN’S WHARF
16. Ways to avoid traffic jams : ALTERNATE ROUTES
17. Many people can make this claim : CLASS ACTION SUIT
18. See 55-Down : EGG
19. It's less than premium: Abbr. : REG
20. Drilling type: Abbr. : NCO
21. Be unable to get the rest? : TOSS IN ONE’S SLEEP
28. Battling something, say : ILL
29. Mock : APE
30. North American singers with raspy notes : SCARLET TANAGERS
39. Bozo's suggestion : HARE-BRAINED IDEA
40. As a hobby : IN ONE’S SPARE TIME
41. Not overseas : PAS
42. "That so?" reply : ‘TIS
43. Beggar's receptacle : TIN
44. Result of prolonged worry : SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
51. "Aloha nui ___" (warm greeting in Waikiki) : LOA
52. From ___ B : A TO
53. Going, going, going : AS BUSY AS A BEAVER
62. Appalachian, e.g. : STATE UNIVERSITY
63. 1953 hit for Mitch Miller : UNDER PARIS SKIES

1. Side : FACET
2. "Any volunteers?" reply : I’LL GO
3. Some wild parties : STAGS
4. Attendees of 3-Down : HES
5. Unscripted utterances : ERS
6. Makeup of some strands : RNA
7. Large-scale : MACRO
8. When some retire : AT TEN
9. Snow on les Alpes : NEIGE
10. Sign of a good show : SRO
11. Like some hands and hearts : WON
12. Czech religious reformer Jan : HUS
13. Carry ___ : A TUNE
14. Tend to again, as an injured joint : REICE
15. Shooting setting : F-STOP
22. Cause to pull over : SIREN
23. "Imagine that!" : I’LL BE
24. Mr. Cub and others : NLERS
25. More together : SANER
26. One may take your heart : SPADE
27. Run : LEG IT
30. Things traveling on sound waves? : SHIPS
31. Ear part : CANAL
32. Quit lying : AROSE
33. Ice cream shop request : TASTE
34. Plains homes: Var. : TIPIS
35. "Away! you are ___": Shak. : AN ASS
36. Head of design : EDITH
37. Cancel : REMIT
38. Saint-___ (Delibes contemporary) : SAENS
45. Dissolve out : ELUTE
46. Tough question : POSER
47. It's not a long shot : LAY UP
48. Local theaters : NABES
49. Anatomical aqueducts : ITERS
50. "___ Alice" (1971 antidrug book) : GO ASK
53. Home of Sun Devil Stadium, for short : ASU
54. Stopping-off point: Abbr. : STN
55. With 18-Across, no-goodnik : BAD
56. Santa ___ : ANA
57. Service address : SIR
58. Opening for birds? : AVI-
59. Last article of the U.S. Constitution : VII
60. Dijon toasting time? : ETE
61. Roads with train tracks: Abbr. : RYS

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Alastair said...

I Think the word "sound" is referring to the body of water and not stability

Bill Butler said...


Thank you so much for watching my back! You are of course quite right, so I have made the correction.

I appreciate the help!

Anonymous said...

Come on now. How did you do this puzzle in that time, no wrong answers, etc.?? I have to comment a week later, as my paper in Las Vegas is about a week behind with the NYT Puzzle, so I'm not sure if you receive comments a few days later or not? Anyways, I see you are in SF and I frequent the Bay Area often and I would be honored to watch you do a puzzle. I just started doing puzzles about a year ago and I'm getting better but I would love to watch you blow through one of these.(especially Friday puzzles, I've never finished one!)Anyways, I love your site and thank you for taking the time for posting your answers. It really helps me out, especially when I have one or two left and am dying for the answers!! Pete C.

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, Pete.

Yes, I solved this one surprisingly quickly, and you'll note that I was so surprised that I added a couple of exclamation points after my time!! I usually look forward to a leisurely stroll through a Friday puzzle, but this one seemed to click. A rare occurrence, I can assure you.

Thanks for the offer of getting together here in the Bay Area. I'll have to respectfully decline though. I am a bit of a home body, and don't get out much!

I am delighted the blog is proving to be of service, Pete. Drop by again soon. And don't worry about solving times. The slower the time, the more enjoyment, that's what I say!

richard said...

Here in Portland we get the puzzle a full month late but i just wanted to point out that most people would think of a "lay up" as a basketball shot not a golf shot.

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, Richard.

Ahh, it looks like I might have caught out by my upbringing yet again, as I have never played basketball in my whole life! Thank you so much for pointing out that the "lay up" reference is probably to basketball and not golf (although I think both apply).

That's why I love this crossword. I learn so much!

Thanks for stopping by, Richard.

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