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My wife and I are on vacation until Friday, July 25th; a road trip through the backroads of the states east of California. I anticipate late-night solving and posting, with acknowledgement of comments and emails suffering. Please, don't be offended at my silence as I prioritize the writing of posts! We had probably the last hike of our trip this morning (strenuous, past beautiful alpine lakes), and then opted for vegging out by the pool for a change this afternoon. Almost home ...

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1205-13 New York Times Crossword Answers 5 Dec 13, Thursday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Dan Schoenholz
THEME: Con Fusion … the words at the outer edges of today’s grid need the word “CON” “FUSED” onto the end in order to match the clue:
34A. Puzzlement ... or a hint to getting the 10 words on the perimeter of this puzzle : CONFUSION (also CON FUSION)

1A. Like a satellite dish : CAVE (“concave”)
5A. Court disaster? : TEMPT (“contempt”)
10A. Call or email : TACT (“contact”)
62A. Pageant, e.g. : TEST (“contest”)
63A. Repentant : TRITE (“contrite”)
64A. Peace : CORD (“concord”)
1D. Simultaneous : CURRENT (“concurrent”)
13D. Title seeker : TENDER (“contender”)
44D. Be patronizing : DESCEND (“condescend”)
45D. Call up : SCRIPT (“conscript”)
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 16m 33s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

5. Court disaster? : TEMPT (also “contempt”)
“Contempt of court” is a court order that can result from a person being disrespectful of the court’s authority.

14. Pac-12 team : UTES
The Runnin' Utes are the basketball team of the University of Utah. The team was given the nickname the Runnin' Redskins back when Jack Gardner was the head coach from 1953 to 1971. The "Runnin'" part of the name was chosen because Gardner was famous for playing quick offenses. The "Redskins" name was later dropped in favor of the less controversial "Utes".

15. Like the characters in "Angela's Ashes" : IRISH
"Angela's Ashes" is a Pulitzer-winning memoir by Frank McCourt. It tells of McCourt's upbringing in an impoverished family in Limerick in the west of Ireland.

18. Secure, in a way : BATTEN DOWN
“Battens” are strips of wood, especially those used to secure canvas covers over a ship’s hatches. The phrase “batten down the hatches” means “to prepare for disaster, the impending storm”.

20. Criticizes : RAPS
“To rap” is “to criticize”, as in “to rap someone’s knuckles”.

23. What a yeanling may grow up to be : EWE
A yeanling is a young sheep or goat.

24. Clarke who played the bride of Frankenstein : MAE
Mae Clarke was a Hollywood actress who was at the height of her career in the early days of “talkies”. She starred in the 1931 version of “The Front Page” and that same year starred opposite Boris Karloff in “Frankenstein”.

25. "O Tannenbaum" subject : FIR
“O Tannenbaum” is a traditional German Christmas carol, the title of is usually translated as “O Christmas Tree”. “Tannenbaum” is the German name for a fir tree.

31. Holyfield rival : TYSON
The boxer Mike Tyson has said some pretty graphic things about his opponents. For example:
- About Lennox Lewis, "My main objective is to be professional but to kill him."
- To Razor Ruddock, "I'm gonna make you my girlfriend."
- About Tyrell Biggs, "He was screaming like my wife."

Evander Holyfield is a professional boxer from Atmore, Alabama. Holyfield was Undisputed World Champion twice over, once as a cruiserweight and then as a heavyweight.

33. Classic Ford : LTD
There has been a lot of speculation about what the acronym LTD stands for in the car model known as "Ford LTD". Many say it stands for Luxury Trim Decor, and others that it is an abbreviation for "limited". Although the car was produced in Australia with the acronym meaning Lincoln Type Design, it seems LTD was originally chosen as just three meaningless letters that sound well together.

38. Counterpart of paleo- : NEO-
The prefix “paleo-” means “prehistoric, primitive”. It comes from the Greek word “palaios” which means “old, ancient”. The prefix “neo-” would be the opposite, meaning “new, recent”.

41. Did some surgery on, as an eye : LASED
“To lase” means “to use a laser”.

The term “laser” comes from an acronym, “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” (LASER). It has been pointed out that a more precise name for laser technology is “Light Oscillation by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”, but the resulting acronym isn't quite so appealing, namely LOSER …

47. King of pop music : CAROLE
Carole King is a marvelous singer-songwriter from Manhattan, New York. King started her career writing a string of hit songs with her partner and eventual husband Gerry Goffin (although they later divorced). King’s first composition to get to number one was “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, which she wrote at 18 years of age for the Shirelles. Not so long ago, my wife and I saw the stage musical “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, which tells the story of King’s music and life. I highly recommend “Beautiful” …

51. Anatomical foot : PES
The Latin word for “foot” is “pes”, the genitive singular of which is “pedis”. “Pedis” evolved into the suffix -pede, as in centipede and millipede.

55. Bric-a-___ : BRAC
Bric-a-brac is a French phrase that was used as far back as the 16th century. Back then it was a nonsense term meaning "at random" or "any old way". Since Victorian times we have used the phrase in English to mean a collection of curios, statues and the like. In modern usage, bric-a-brac tends to be a selection of cheaper items.

56. Out to lunch : IN LA-LA LAND
La-la land is a euphemism for a state of unconsciousness.

Down
3. Evening service : VESPERS
Vespers is an evening prayer service in some Christian traditions. “Vesper” is the Latin for “evening”. Vespers is also known as “Evensong”.

5. Leg bones : TIBIAS
The tibia is the shin bone, the larger of the two bones right below the knee. The tibia is the strongest weight-bearing bone in the human body. "Tibia" is the Roman name for a Greek flute and it is thought that the shin bone was given the same name because flutes were often fashioned out of the shin bones of animals.

7. 2012 political chant : MITT
Mitt Romney was born Willard Mitt Romney in 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. Romney’s parents named him after J. Willard Marriott (the hotel magnate) who was the father’s best friend, and after Milton “Mitt” Romney who was the father’s cousin and quarterback for the Chicago Bears.

8. West Coast setting: Abbr. : PST
Pacific Standard Time (PST)

9. Locale of long-running Mideast conflict : THE SINAI
The Sinai Peninsula is in the eastern part of Egypt, the triangular peninsula bounded by the Mediterranean to the north and the Red Sea to the south. It is the only part of Egypt that lies in Asia as opposed to Africa. The eastern land border of the peninsula is shared with Israel, and Israel occupied the Sinai during the 1956 Suez Crisis and the Six Day War of 1967.

10. "Voilà!" : TADA!
“Et voilà” is French for, “and there it is!”

11. Democritus or Leucippus, philosophically : ATOMIST
Leucippus lived in the 5th century BC in ancient Greece. He founded the Atomist Movement. The atomists believed that the world was composed of just atoms and voids, and that the atom was an indestructible particle. How wrong they were ...

Democritus was a philosopher in Ancient Greece, a pupil of Leucippus (who founded the Atomist Movement). Fellow philosopher Plato wasn’t a big fan of Democritus, and even tried to get all of his books burned.

19. Napoleon Dynamite, e.g. : NERD
“Napoleon Dynamite” is a comedy film released in 2004 that stars Jon Heder in the title role. The movie was a commercial success above and beyond expectations. “Napoleon Dynamite” was made on the relatively low budget of about $400,000, and yet grossed almost $45 million within a year. The title character is a nerdy high school student who spends much of life living in his fantasy world.

28. ___ butter : COCOA
Cocoa butter is extracted from the cocoa bean and is used to make chocolate, among other things.

30. Kind of nerve : ULNAR
The ulnar nerve runs alongside the ulna (one of the bones in the lower arm). The ulnar nerve is the largest unprotected (not surrounded by muscle or bone) nerve in the human body. The nerve can be touched under the skin at the outside of the elbow. Striking the nerve at this point causes and an electric type shock, known as hitting one's "funny bone".

32. Bulldog-like toy : PUG
The pug is a breed of dog of Chinese origin. Our current family pet is a boxer/pug cross, a good-looking mutt!

36. Half-sawbucks : FINS
The US five-dollar bill is often called an “Abe”, as President Lincoln’s portrait is on the front. An Abe is also referred to as a “fin”, a term that has been used for a five-pound note in Britain since 1868.

"Sawbuck" is slang for a ten dollar bill. The term was applied to the bill as the Roman numeral X (ten) resembles the end of sawhorse.

37. Cosmetics brand : OLAY
Oil of Olay was developed in South Africa in 1949. When Oil of Olay was introduced internationally, it was given slightly different brand names designed to appeal in the different geographies. In Ireland we know it as Oil of Ulay, for example, and in France it is Oil of Olaz.

42. Member of a 2000s TV family : SOPRANO
"The Sopranos" is an outstanding television drama that was made by HBO and is a story about Italian-American mobsters in New Jersey. "The Sopranos" has made more money than any other television series in the history of cable television. It's "must see TV" ...

43. Nephew of Moses : ELEAZAR
Eleazar was a priest who appears in the Hebrew Bible. Eleazar was the son of Aaron and therefore a nephew of Moses.

53. One of Homer's greatest creations? : BART
On the animated TV show “The Simpsons”, Bart Simpson’s father is Homer.

54. "Mon Oncle" star : TATI
Jacques Tati was a very famous filmmaker in France. "Mon Oncle" is an Oscar-winning film that Tati released in 1958.

55. Tea Party, e.g. : BLOC
The Tea Party Caucus in the US Congress is chaired by Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann. The stated focus for the caucus is fiscal responsibility and limited government, while adhering to the groups interpretation of the US Constitution. Top contributors to the caucus are health professionals, retirees, the real estate industry as well as oil and gas interests.

57. Choreographer Lubovitch : LAR
Lar Lubovitch is an American choreographer noted for his stage work, but also for choreographing figure skating routines for the likes of John Curry, Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Like a satellite dish : CAVE (also “concave”)
5. Court disaster? : TEMPT (also “contempt”)
10. Call or email : TACT (also “contact”)
14. Pac-12 team : UTES
15. Like the characters in "Angela's Ashes" : IRISH
16. Vol. 1 of a four-volume encyclopedia, maybe : A TO E
17. Unwind : REST
18. Secure, in a way : BATTEN DOWN
20. Criticizes : RAPS
21. Real conclusion? : -IST
22. In stitches : SEAMED
23. What a yeanling may grow up to be : EWE
24. Clarke who played the bride of Frankenstein : MAE
25. "O Tannenbaum" subject : FIR
26. Hot blood : IRE
27. Seekers of drug stores? : NARCOS
29. Technical writer's target : END USER
31. Holyfield rival : TYSON
32. Shade of green : PEA
33. Classic Ford : LTD
34. Puzzlement ... or a hint to getting the 10 words on the perimeter of this puzzle : CONFUSION (also CON FUSION)
38. Counterpart of paleo- : NEO-
40. Word with wheel or deal : BIG
41. Did some surgery on, as an eye : LASED
45. Coke source : SODA CAN
47. King of pop music : CAROLE
48. Early 10th-century year : CMI
49. Fingers : IDS
50. Glimmer : RAY
51. Anatomical foot : PES
52. Kidding type : RIBBER
54. Give a whuppin' : TAN
55. Bric-a-___ : BRAC
56. Out to lunch : IN LA-LA LAND
58. Unwind : LAZE
59. Duke, e.g. : PEER
60. Like some errors : FATAL
61. "___ unrelated matter ..." : ON AN
62. Pageant, e.g. : TEST (also “contest”)
63. Repentant : TRITE (also “contrite”)
64. Peace : CORD (also “concord”)

Down
1. Simultaneous : CURRENT (also “concurrent”)
2. Eroded : ATE AWAY
3. Evening service : VESPERS
4. Back-of-the-envelope figs. : ESTS
5. Leg bones : TIBIAS
6. Backspace, maybe : ERASE
7. 2012 political chant : MITT
8. West Coast setting: Abbr. : PST
9. Locale of long-running Mideast conflict : THE SINAI
10. "Voilà!" : TADA!
11. Democritus or Leucippus, philosophically : ATOMIST
12. Shrank : COWERED
13. Title seeker : TENDER (also “contender”)
19. Napoleon Dynamite, e.g. : NERD
24. One to start? : MONO-
25. Charges : FEES
28. ___ butter : COCOA
30. Kind of nerve : ULNAR
32. Bulldog-like toy : PUG
35. June event televised by ESPN : NBA DRAFT
36. Half-sawbucks : FINS
37. Cosmetics brand : OLAY
38. Name in an envelope : NOMINEE
39. Food : EDIBLES
42. Member of a 2000s TV family : SOPRANO
43. Nephew of Moses : ELEAZAR
44. Be patronizing : DESCEND (also “condescend”)
45. Call up : SCRIPT (also “conscript”)
46. Sky: Fr. : CIEL
47. Lightheaded one? : CANDLE
50. Stormed : RAN AT
53. One of Homer's greatest creations? : BART
54. "Mon Oncle" star : TATI
55. Tea Party, e.g. : BLOC
57. Choreographer Lubovitch : LAR


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2 comments :

Anonymous said...

"Bric à brac" is still used in France nowadays
http://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/bric-%C3%A0-brac

Bill Butler said...

Thanks for the info. I've just updated my little "blurb".

Merci! :)

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