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CROSSWORD SETTER: Ian Livengood
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 32m 16s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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Across

16. 1998 N.F.L. M.V.P. Davis : TERRELL
Terrell Davis is a former NFL player who turned out for the Denver Broncos from 1995 to 2001. David holds the Broncos all-time record for rushing.

19. Any of the Baleares : ISLA
The Balearic Islands (“Baleares” in Spanish) form an archipelago in the western Mediterranean of the east coast of Spain. The Balearics are made up up four main islands: Ibiza and Formentera (aka “the Pine Islands”), Majorca and Minorca.

22. Bob of play-by-play : COSTAS
Bob Costas has been a sportscaster for NBC since the early eighties. Costas has a son called Keith. Just before his son was born, Costas made (as a joke) a bet with Minnesota Twins center fielder Kirby Puckett that if he was batting over .350 by the time the child was born, he would name the baby "Kirkby". Well, Puckett won the bet, but the actual name chosen was Keith Michael Costas. When Puckett reminded Costas of the agreement, the birth certificate was changed to Keith Michael Kirkby Costas. My wife would have killed me ...

26. Kind of dye : AZO
Azo compounds have very vivid colors and so are used to make dyes, especially dyes with the colors red, orange and yellow. The term “azo” comes from the French word “azote” meaning “nitrogen”. French chemist Lavoisier coined the term “azote” from the Greek word “azotos” meaning “lifeless”. He used this name as in pure nitrogen/azote animals die and flames are snuffed out (due to a lack of oxygen).

33. Villainous organization in the 007 film "GoldenEye" : RUSSIAN MOB
“GoldenEye” was the first film in the “James Bond” series of movies to feature Pierce Brosnan as the lead. The title is a nod to the author of the “James Bond” novels, Ian Fleming. Fleming had worked for British Naval Intelligence during the war, and on Operation Goldeneye in particular. Fleming also used Goldeneye as the name for his estate in Jamaica.

44. Electronics component : DIODE
A diode is component in a circuit, the most notable characteristic of which is that it will conduct electric current in only one direction. Some of those vacuum tubes we used to see in old radios and television were diodes, but nowadays almost all diodes are semiconductor devices.

45. Ole Miss, athletically : THE REBELS
Ole Miss is the nickname for the University of Mississippi. The name "Ole Miss" dates back to 1897, the first year a student yearbook was published. The graduating class held a competition to name the yearbook and "Ole Miss" emerged as the winner. The name stuck to the yearbook, and also as a nickname for the school itself.

47. What you might arrive two hrs. early for : ETD
Estimated time of departure (ETD)

48. Central American capital : SAN JOSE
San José is a capital of the Central American country of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua in the north, and Panama to the South. Costa Rica is remarkable in my opinion, a leader on the world stage in many areas. It has been referred to as the "greenest" country in the world, the "happiest" country in the world, and has a highly educated populace. In 1949, the country unilaterally abolished its own army, permanently …

49. Blue-flowered Mediterranean herb : BORAGE
Borage is annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean. Borage leaves have a cucumber-like taste. The borage flower is also edible, with a honey-like taste, and is one of the few truly blue-colored substances that can be eaten.

57. Leader referred to as "His Imperial Majesty" : AKIHITO
Akihito is the current Emperor of Japan, and has been so since 1989. Akihito is the eldest son of Emperor Hirohito who occupied the throne during World War II.

59. 1994 memoir with a chapter on "New Robot Novels" : I, ASIMOV
Isaac Asimov was a wonderful science fiction writer, and a professor of biochemistry. He was a favorite author as I was growing up and I must admit that some hero worship on my part led me to study and work as a biochemist for a short while early in my career. My favorite of his works is the collection of short stories called “I, Robot”. Asimov wrote three autobiographies, the last of which was called “I, Asimov”, which was published in 1994, two years after his death.

61. Oscar-nominated Greek-American actor : SAVALAS
I think we all remember Telly Savalas playing the title role in the detective drama "Kojak", but do we recall his performance in the 1962 "Birdman of Alcatraz"? Savalas played a supporting role opposite Burt Lancaster in that movie, earning himself an Oscar nomination. Another of his more significant roles was Pontius Pilate in the 1965 epic "The Greatest Story Ever Told". Savalas had to shave his head to play Pilate, and he liked the look so much he remained bald for the rest of his life.

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5. Org. the Utah Stars belonged to : ABA
The ABA team called the Utah Stars folded in 1975 having run out of money. The team had been founded as a charter member of the ABA in 1967 when it played in California as the Anaheim Amigos. In 1968 the franchise became the Los Angeles Stars, and finally the Utah Stars in 1970.

6. Public Enemy and others : RAP GROUPS
Public Enemy is a group of rappers, so I’ve never heard of them …

7. Who wrote "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" : DR SEUSS
Dr. Seuss was the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Geisel was commander of the Animation Department of the USAF during WWII. He was behind many propaganda films including one called "Our Job in Japan". This propaganda film was used after the war as a basis for the short feature "Design for Death", a study of Japanese culture released in 1947, and winner of an Oscar for best Documentary.

8. U.S. fraud watchdog : FTC
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established in 1914 with the mission of protecting consumers. The FTC runs the National Do Not Call Registry which can limit the amount of telemarketing calls that consumers receive. To register your number, simply go to the website www.donotcall.gov.

10. ___ Arena (past Kings home) : ARCO
The ARCO Arena is now called the Power Balance Pavilion, and is home to the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

ARCO stands for Atlantic Richfield Company. One of ARCO's claims to fame is that it is responsible for the nation's largest Superfund site. Mining and smelting in the area around Butte, Montana polluted the region's water and soil, and ARCO have agreed to pay $187 million to help clean up the area.

12. Campus spot for Bluto, Otter and Boon : DELTA HOUSE
The fraternity featured in the 1978 movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House” is Delta House.

The very funny 1978 movie "Animal House" has the prefix "National Lampoon's ..." because the storyline came out of tales that had already appeared in "National Lampoon" magazine. "Animal House" was to become the first in a long line of successful "National Lampoon" films.

14. Motherland : OLD SOD
“Auld Sod” (meaning simply “old sod”) is a familiar term for Ireland, especially when referring to the country as one’s homeland from abroad. ‘Tis true …

21. Tender with Washington : ONES
George Washington didn’t appear on the first one-dollar bill. Instead, the bills printed from 1862 to 1869 featured Salmon P. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury who served under Abraham Lincoln.

24. Google browser : CHROME
Google’s Chrome is now the most popular web browser used in the US, overtaking Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Chrome is much, much more user-friendly than Internet Explorer. It’s what I use ...

25. Ted Danson hit series : CSI
The “CSI” franchise of TV shows has been tremendously successful, but seems to be winding down. “CSI: Miami” (the “worst” of the franchise, I think) was cancelled in 2012 after ten seasons. “CSI: NY” (the “best” of the franchise) was cancelled in 2013 after nine seasons. The original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, set in Las Vegas, is still going strong and has been doing so since 2000.

The actor Ted Danson is noted for in particular for three successful roles that he has played on television. He played Sam Malone on the sitcom “Cheers”, and the title role on the sitcom “Becker”. Danson is currently leading the cast on the drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”. Danson has been married to the lovely actress Mary Steenburgen since 1995.

29. Walk of Style locale : RODEO DRIVE
There’s a three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California that is known for expensive shopping, mainly in designer clothes stores.

30. Flavorings in some root beers : ANISES
Liquorice (also licorice) and aniseed have similar flavors, but they come from unrelated plants. The liquorice plant is a legume like a bean, and the sweet flavor is an extract from the roots. The flavor mainly comes from an ether compound called anethole, the same substance that gives the distinctive flavor to anise. The seedpods of the anise plant are what we know as "aniseed". The anise seeds themselves are usually ground to release the flavor.

31. Member of a loving trio? : AMO
(54D. Member of a loving trio? : AMAT)
"Amo, amas, amat: ... "I love, you love, he/she/it loves", in Latin.

38. George Clinton was its first gov. (for 21 years) : NYS
Not only was George Clinton the first Governor of New York, he was the state’s longest serving governor, holding office for eighteen years from 1777 to 1795. He was also the fourth Vice President of the United States, serving under both President Thomas Jefferson and President James Madison.

40. K-12 grp. : PTA
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

50. Fictional boss of Stubb and Flask : AHAB
Captain Ahab is the obsessed and far from friendly Captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick".

51. River to the Colorado : GILA
The Gila River is a tributary of the Colorado and flows through New Mexico and Arizona. From 1848 to 1853, the Gila marked part of the border between the US and Mexico.

58. Start of a kids' clothing line name : OSH-
OshKosh B'Gosh is a company that produces and sells children's clothes. The trademark OshKosh bib-overalls remind us of the company's roots, as it was originally a manufacturer of adult work clothes based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

60. Letters on a track : STP
STP is a brand name for automotive lubricants and additives. The name STP comes from “Scientifically Treated Petroleum”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. "Know what I'm sayin'?," in hip-hop slang : YA HEARD?
8. "Yep, alas" : ‘FRAID SO
15. Feature of many a reception : OPEN BAR
16. 1998 N.F.L. M.V.P. Davis : TERRELL
17. Tablet alternatives : GELCAPS
18. Laughed menacingly : CACKLED
19. Any of the Baleares : ISLA
20. Political leader? : GEO-
22. Bob of play-by-play : COSTAS
23. Squeeze : SCRUNCH
26. Kind of dye : AZO
27. Things that wind up on trucks : FIRE HOSES
30. Sounded wowed : AAHED
32. Days ___ : AGO
33. Villainous organization in the 007 film "GoldenEye" : RUSSIAN MOB
35. Sleep around : BED HOP
37. Like many Plains Indians : SIOUAN
39. Football and basketball : TEAM SPORTS
43. Like innuendo : SLY
44. Electronics component : DIODE
45. Ole Miss, athletically : THE REBELS
47. What you might arrive two hrs. early for : ETD
48. Central American capital : SAN JOSE
49. Blue-flowered Mediterranean herb : BORAGE
52. Buff finish? : -OON
53. Nuzzling spot, maybe : NAPE
57. Leader referred to as "His Imperial Majesty" : AKIHITO
59. 1994 memoir with a chapter on "New Robot Novels" : I, ASIMOV
61. Oscar-nominated Greek-American actor : SAVALAS
62. Crank : NUTCASE
63. Certain solution holder : EYEBATH
64. Figure in many a New Yorker cartoon : ST PETER

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1. Meditative sort : YOGI
2. Big tree climbers : APES
3. Something to catch from scolding parents : HELL
4. Box : ENCASE
5. Org. the Utah Stars belonged to : ABA
6. Public Enemy and others : RAP GROUPS
7. Who wrote "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" : DR SEUSS
8. U.S. fraud watchdog : FTC
9. Breadth : REACH
10. ___ Arena (past Kings home) : ARCO
11. Needles : IRKS
12. Campus spot for Bluto, Otter and Boon : DELTA HOUSE
13. Scuzz : SLEAZEBALL
14. Motherland : OLD SOD
21. Tender with Washington : ONES
24. Google browser : CHROME
25. Ted Danson hit series : CSI
27. "Groovy!" : FAB!
28. "All right already!" : I GET IT, OKAY?
29. Walk of Style locale : RODEO DRIVE
30. Flavorings in some root beers : ANISES
31. Member of a loving trio? : AMO
34. Person on a mission? : ASTRONAUT
36. Ordered : HAD
38. George Clinton was its first gov. (for 21 years) : NYS
40. K-12 grp. : PTA
41. "Whoops!" : OH NO!
42. Answers : REJOINS
44. Lower : DEBASE
46. "Quit your squabbling" : BE NICE
48. Switched to, as on a thermostat : SET AT
50. Fictional boss of Stubb and Flask : AHAB
51. River to the Colorado : GILA
54. Member of a loving trio? : AMAT
55. Work for an artist, maybe : POSE
56. "Would I ___!" : EVER
58. Start of a kids' clothing line name : OSH-
60. Letters on a track : STP


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