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0427-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 27 Apr 17, Thursday



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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Todd Gross
THEME: Rate Square
Today’s grid features the letters RATE written in 8 different ways in a 4x4 square at the center in circled letters. Those eight different arrangements are included in eight answers in the puzzle. There are also a couple of other paired answers that reference the arrangement in the middle of the grid:
31A. Do over and over : ITERATE
37A. Mark below a line : CARET
42A. Hotel posting : RATES
46A. Like some allowances : DIETARY
16D. Animals whose tongues flick about 150 times a minute : ANTEATERS
24D. Look piercingly at : STARE INTO
25D. Afghanistan's third-largest city : HERAT
32D. Open again, as a keg : RETAP

1A. With 68-Across, the shaded part of this crossword : CENTRAL
68A. See 1-Across : SQUARES

8A. With 67-Across, what the shaded part of this crossword represents : SUDOKU
67A. See 8-Across : PUZZLE
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 13m 41s
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8. With 67-Across, what the shaded part of this crossword represents : SUDOKU
(67A. See 8-Across : PUZZLE)
Number puzzles similar to our modern-day Sudoku first appeared in French newspapers in the late 1800s. The format that we use today was created by Howard Garns, a 74-year-old freelance puzzle constructor from Connersville, Indiana and first published in 1979. The format was introduced in Japan in 1984 and given the title of “Sūji wa dokushin ni kagiru”, which translates to “the digits are limited to one occurrence”. The rather elaborate Japanese title was eventually shortened to Sudoku. No doubt many of you are fans of Sudoku puzzles. I know I am …

17. Eli and Aaron, in the Bible : PRIESTS
In the Bible, Eli is a High Priest of Shiloh, and the teacher of Samuel. As such, his story is told in the Book of Samuel. Eli had two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, both of whom are described as wicked. As a result of their wayward lifestyle, it is prophesied that all of Eli’s male descendents will die before reaching old age.

In the Bible and the Qur’an, Aaron was the older brother of Moses and was a prophet. Aaron became the first High Priest of the Israelites.

20. ___ Enterprises (bygone TV production company) : MTM
MTM Enterprises was a television production company founded in 1969 by Mary Tyler Moore, originally to produce the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. The company subsequently produced the likes of “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Rhoda”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere”. That’s a lot of great television …

21. Home of The Times-Picayune, familiarly : NOLA
The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has the nickname “The Big Easy”. This name might come from the early 1900s when musicians found it relatively “easy” to find work there. The city is also known by the acronym NOLA, standing for New Orleans (NO), LA.

26. Where lakes are loughs : EIRE
“Loch” is the Scottish Gaelic word for “lake”. The Irish Gaelic word is “lough”.

33. Core parts : ABS
The abdominal muscles (abs) are more correctly referred to as the rectus abdominis muscles. They are all called a “six-pack” in a person who has developed the muscles and who has low body fat. In my case, more like a keg …

37. Mark below a line : CARET
The character known as a caret was originally a proofreading mark, used to indicate where a punctuation mark was to be inserted. “Caret” is Latin for “it lacks”.

49. Certain bond, for short : MUNI
A municipal bond (muni) is one that is issued by a city or local government, or some similar agency. Munis have an advantage over other investments in that any interest earned on the bond is usually exempt from state and federal income taxes.

55. Hawaiian fish with a palindromic name : ONO
The wahoo is a cousin of the mackerel, and is known as the ono in Hawaii.

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1. Legendary N.Y.C. club, with "the" : COPA
The Copacabana of song is the Copacabana nightclub in New York City (which is also the subject of the Frank Sinatra song "Meet Me at the Copa"). The Copa opened in 1940 and is still going today although it is struggling. The club had to move due to impending construction and is now "sharing" a location with the Columbus 72 nightclub.
Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star
Tony always tended bar
Across the crowded floor, they worked from 8 til 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

3. Long-running TV drama started in 2003 : NCIS
NCIS is the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The service gives its name to the CBS TV show "NCIS", a spin-off drama from "JAG" in which the main "NCIS" characters were first introduced. The big star in "NCIS" is the actor Mark Harmon. “NCIS” is now a franchise, with spinoff shows “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans”.

4. Annual September TV event : THE EMMYS
The Emmy Awards are the television equivalent of the Oscars from the world of film, the Grammy Awards in music and the Tony Awards for the stage. Emmy Awards are presented throughout the year, depending on the sector of television being honored. The most famous of these ceremonies are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. The distinctive name of "Emmy" is a softened version of the word "immy", the nickname given to the video camera tubes found in old television cameras.

5. Believer in an Ethiopian Zion : RASTA
I must admit that I don’t really know much about Rastafarianism. I do know that a “Rasta”, like Bob Marley, is a follower of the movement. Some say that Rastafarianism is a religion, some not. I also know that it involves the worship of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.

6. "The enemy of ___ is the absence of limitations": Orson Welles : ART
Orson Welles is perhaps best-remembered in the world of film for his role in 1941’s “Citizen Kane”. In the world of radio, Welles is known for 1938’s famous broadcast of “The War of the Worlds”, a broadcast that convinced many listeners that the Earth was indeed being invaded by aliens.

7. Church inits. : LDS
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often abbreviated to "LDS", is known colloquially as the Mormon Church.

9. Tribe after which the 45th state is named : UTE
The Ute is a group of Native American tribes that now resides in Utah and Colorado. The Ute were not a unified people as such, but rather a loose association of nomadic groups. The word “Ute” means “Land of the Sun”, and “Ute” also gave us the state name “Utah”.

10. Steak ___ : DIANE
Steak Diane is pan-fried filet mignon served in a flambéed sauce made from the juices in the pan along with butter, shallots, cream and brandy. The dish is named after Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt.

12. Longtime New Yorker writer Pauline : KAEL
Pauline Kael was a film critic who wrote for “The New Yorker” magazine from 1968 to 1991.

13. Part of the body whose name is both English and Latin : ULNA
The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the "thumb-side" of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the "pinkie-side".

15. ___ Lock (neighbor of Page Up) : NUM
That would be on a computer keyboard.

16. Animals whose tongues flick about 150 times a minute : ANTEATERS
Anteaters tear open ant and termite nests using their sharp claws and then eat up the eggs, larvae and mature ants using their tongues. They have very sticky saliva which coats the tongue hence making the feeding very efficient. The tongue also moves very quickly, flicking in and out of the mouth at about 150 times per minute.

23. Wrestler Flair : RIC
The wrestler Ric Flair’s real name is Richard Fliehr. Perhaps following the lead of his compatriot Jesse Ventura, Flair explored the possibility of running for governor of the state of North Carolina. Dearie, dearie me …

25. Afghanistan's third-largest city : HERAT
Herat is the third largest city in Afghanistan, and is located in the northeast of the country.

27. Cinnabar, e.g. : RED
Cinnabar is the ore from which mercury is extracted. It is a bright red or scarlet mineral in its natural form.

39. First commercial film with stereophonic sound, 1940 : FANTASIA
“Fantasia” was Disney’s third feature length movie, released in 1940. The film had a disappointing critical reception and pushed the Disney company into financial difficulties. RKO took over the film’s distribution in 1946. The folks at RKO cut a full hour off the running time and relaunched the movie into a successful run. If you haven’t seen “Fantasia”, I urge you to do so. It’s a real delight …

Monophonic sound (“mono”) is sound reproduced using just one audio channel, which is usually played out of just one speaker. Stereophonic sound is reproduced using two audio channels, with the sound from each channel played out of two different speakers. The pair of stereo speakers are usually positioned apart from each other so that sound appears to come from between the two. Quadraphonic sound (4.0 surround sound) uses four audio channels with the sound played back through four speakers often positioned at the corners of the room in which one is listening.

41. Lead-in to -tainment : EDU
The word “edutainment” describes educational entertainment, a work that is designed to both educate and to entertain. The Walt Disney Company was the first to embrace the term, using it to describe the “True-Life Adventures” series of films produced from 1948 to 1960.

43. OS part: Abbr. : SYS
Operating system (OS)

47. Daniel ___, first Japanese-American to serve in Congress : INOUYE
Senator Daniel Inouye was a US Senator for the state of Hawaii and was the President pro tem of the Senate (the US Vice President is the President of the Senate). Given this role, he was the highest-ranking Japanese-American in the country’s history as he was third in the line of succession to the office of US President. Senator Inouye passed away in 2012.

49. "I Love Lucy" neighbor : MERTZ
In the hit television show “I Love Lucy”, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. The Ricardos’ best friends are also their landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. The Mertz’s are played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance.

51. Utter mess : SNAFU
SNAFU is an acronym standing for Situation Normal: All Fouled Up (well, that’s the “polite” version!). As one might perhaps imagine, the term developed in the US Army, during WWII.

53. Home of Pearl City : OAHU
Pearl City is located in Honolulu, along the north shore of Pearl Harbor.

54. Cameron of "Charlie's Angels" : DIAZ
The Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz started out her professional life as a model. Diaz’s first acting role was in the 1994 film “The Mask”, starring alongside Jim Carrey.

“Charlie’s Angels” is a fun action movie from 2000 that is a spinoff from the iconic TV show of the same name from the seventies. The “Angels” in the movie version are Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, with Bill Murray as John Bosley. John Forsythe provides the voice of the unseen “Charlie”, just as he did in the original television show.

56. Big Ten inits. : OSU
Ohio State University (OSU) was founded back in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College. The athletic teams of OSU are called the Buckeyes, named after the state tree of Ohio. In turn the buckeye tree gets its name from the appearance of its fruit, a dark nut with a light patch thought to resemble a "buck's eye".

The Big Ten is the nation's oldest Division I college athletic conference and today is comprised of not ten, but twelve colleges mainly located in the Midwest. The conference was founded in 1896 and earned the name "Big Nine" in 1899 when Iowa and Indiana joined to bring the number of teams in the conference to nine. The conference name was changed to the Big Ten after Michigan rejoined in 1917. Right after WWII, the University of Chicago dropped out so the conference became known as the Big Nine again until 1949. The official designation of "Big Ten" was adopted in 1987 when the conference (once again with with a complement of ten teams) registered as a not-for-profit corporation. It was decided to keep the official name of Big Ten when Penn State joined in 1990 bringing the number of schools to the level of eleven, and even when the University of Nebraska-Lincoln joined in 2011 as the twelfth team.

59. Scots Gaelic : ERSE
There are actually three Erse languages: Irish, Manx (spoken on the Isle of Man) and Scots Gaelic. In their own tongues, these would be Gaeilge (in Ireland), Gaelg (on the Isle of Man) and Gaidhlig (in Scotland).

60. You might give them props : SETS
That would in the world of acting.

62. Picture frame? : CEL
In the world of animation, a cel is a transparent sheet on which objects and characters are drawn. In the first half of the 20th century the sheet was actually made of celluloid, giving the "cel" its name.

63. CPR offerer : EMS
An emergency medical technician (EMT) might administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
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1. With 68-Across, the shaded part of this crossword : CENTRAL
8. With 67-Across, what the shaded part of this crossword represents : SUDOKU
14. Orange place : ORCHARD
15. Seafaring : NAUTICAL
17. Eli and Aaron, in the Bible : PRIESTS
18. Having a perfect record : UNBEATEN
19. A business might have one that's fixed : ASSET
20. ___ Enterprises (bygone TV production company) : MTM
21. Home of The Times-Picayune, familiarly : NOLA
22. Reed section? : MARSH
26. Where lakes are loughs : EIRE
28. You might go for one at the beach : SWIM
31. Do over and over : ITERATE
33. Core parts : ABS
36. "Well, isn't that something!" : OH MY!
37. Mark below a line : CARET
38. Note just above C : D-FLAT
40. Terminate : CEASE
42. Hotel posting : RATES
44. "Right back ___!" : AT YA
45. Manual opener : KEY
46. Like some allowances : DIETARY
48. Peeping, say : NOSY
49. Certain bond, for short : MUNI
50. "Hey, buddy!" : PSSST!
52. "Inner-city" for "black," to some people : CODE
55. Hawaiian fish with a palindromic name : ONO
57. Scruffs : NAPES
61. Tops off? : HAIRCUTS
63. Gap in a tape, maybe : ERASURE
65. Cross words : I HATE YOU!
66. Like a selfish attitude : ME-FIRST
67. See 8-Across : PUZZLE
68. See 1-Across : SQUARES

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1. Legendary N.Y.C. club, with "the" : COPA
2. Drops the ball : ERRS
3. Long-running TV drama started in 2003 : NCIS
4. Annual September TV event : THE EMMYS
5. Believer in an Ethiopian Zion : RASTA
6. "The enemy of ___ is the absence of limitations": Orson Welles : ART
7. Church inits. : LDS
8. Turn in : SUBMIT
9. Tribe after which the 45th state is named : UTE
10. Steak ___ : DIANE
11. Numerical prefix : OCTO-
12. Longtime New Yorker writer Pauline : KAEL
13. Part of the body whose name is both English and Latin : ULNA
15. ___ Lock (neighbor of Page Up) : NUM
16. Animals whose tongues flick about 150 times a minute : ANTEATERS
23. Wrestler Flair : RIC
24. Look piercingly at : STARE INTO
25. Afghanistan's third-largest city : HERAT
27. Cinnabar, e.g. : RED
28. Punch : SOCK
29. "So much fu-u-u-u-un!" : WHEE!
30. "Possibly" : I MAY
32. Open again, as a keg : RETAP
33. Quartet part : ALTO
34. American Pharoah and others : BAYS
35. Canine command : STAY
39. First commercial film with stereophonic sound, 1940 : FANTASIA
41. Lead-in to -tainment : EDU
43. OS part: Abbr. : SYS
47. Daniel ___, first Japanese-American to serve in Congress : INOUYE
49. "I Love Lucy" neighbor : MERTZ
51. Utter mess : SNAFU
52. Computer ___ : CHIP
53. Home of Pearl City : OAHU
54. Cameron of "Charlie's Angels" : DIAZ
56. Big Ten inits. : OSU
58. Sound of contentment : PURR
59. Scots Gaelic : ERSE
60. You might give them props : SETS
62. Picture frame? : CEL
63. CPR offerer : EMS
64. Necessary: Abbr. : REQ


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0426-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Apr 17, Wednesday



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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Trenton Charlson
THEME: Dos Equis
Each of today’s themed answers includes DOS EQUIS (two letters X).
64A. Beer brand whose logo hints at the answers to 17-, 19-, 38-, 43- and 61-Across : DOS EQUIS

17A. "Sanford and Son" star of 1970s TV : REDD FOXX
19A. High-end shampoo brand : NEXXUS
38A. Shot blocker? : ANTI-VAXXER
43A. BP rival : EXXONMOBIL
61A. Sister chain of Marshalls : TJ MAXX
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 8m 15s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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5. Police alert, for short : APB
An All Points Bulletin (APB) is a broadcast from one US law enforcement agency to another.

8. Candy often used in science fair volcanoes : MENTOS
Mentos are mints made by the Italian confectioner Perfetti Van Melle. You might have seen video of Mentos mints being dropped into bottle containing a carbonated drink. The surface of the mint causes an explosive release of carbon dioxide resulting in a geyser of foam that can shoot many feet up into the air.

14. Proactiv target : ACNE
The Proactiv range of skincare products were introduced in 1995 by two dermatologists who met up with each other while studying at Stanford. Proactiv is market to people suffering with acne. There are quite a few folks who complain about the direct marketing approach to sales used for the products. Customers are “members” of a club, and the products keep coming until a subscription is canceled.

15. Sound that might be heard in a 16-Across : COO
16. It's for the birds : AVIARY
An aviary is a large cage that houses birds. “Avis” is Latin for bird.

17. "Sanford and Son" star of 1970s TV : REDD FOXX
Redd Foxx was the stage name of John Elroy Sanford, best known for starring in "Sanford and Son". "Sanford and Son" was an American version of a celebrated hit BBC sitcom that I grew up with in Ireland, called "Steptoe and Son".

19. High-end shampoo brand : NEXXUS
Nexxus is a brand of hair-care products that was developed by Alberto-Culver, and which now is made by Unilever.

25. Warning letters next to a link : NSFW
The abbreviation “NSFW” stands for “not safe/suitable for work”. It’s Internet slang used to describe online content that is best not viewed at work.

37. Brand in the pet food aisle : ALPO
Alpo is a brand of dog food first produced by Allen Products in 1936, with “Alpo” being an abbreviation for “Allen Products”. Lorne Greene used to push Alpo in television spots, as did Ed McMahon and Garfield the Cat, would you believe?

38. Shot blocker? : ANTI-VAXXER
“Anti-vaxxers” is a term that applies to members of the anti-vaccination movement.

42. Grenache, for one : VIN ROSE
Rosé wines get their color from the skins of the grapes, although the intensity of the color is not sufficient to make them red wines. Of the varying type of rosé wines available, we are most familiar with sweet White Zinfandels. Personally I am fond of the really dry Provençal rosé wines.

Grenache is red wine grape variety, and the major constituent of wines from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in France (my favorites). Grenache is also used to make rosé wines in the Cotes du Rhone region (also a favorite of mine).

43. BP rival : EXXONMOBIL
The Exxon Corporation was a descendant of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company. Exxon merged with Mobil (yet another descendant of Standard Oil) in 1999 to form ExxonMobil.

BP is an oil and gas company headquartered in London, UK. BP started out as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in 1909 with the remit of exploiting oil discovered in Iran. The company name was changed to British Petroleum in 1954, and today the name used is simply “BP”.

45. ___ Domini : ANNO
The designations Anno Domini (AD, “year of Our Lord”) and Before Christ (BC) are found in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The dividing point between AD and BC is the year of the conception of Jesus, with AD 1 following 1 BC without a year “0” in between. The AD/BC scheme dates back to AD 525, and gained wide acceptance soon after AD 800. Nowadays a modified version has become popular, with CE (Common/Christian Era) used to replace AD, and BCE (Before the Common/Christian Era) used to replace BC.

46. Coastal indentation : RIA
A drowned valley might be called a ria or a fjord, with both formed as sea level rises. A ria is a drowned valley created by river erosion, and a fjord is a drowned valley created by glaciation.

47. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" songwriter : DYLAN
“The Times They Are A-Changin’” is the title track of a 1964 Bob Dylan album. Dylan wrote the song in 1963 as a deliberate attempt to create and anthem of change to suit the times. Sadly, he was right. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated just one month after Dylan recorded the song.

48. Big name in vacuum cleaners : DYSON
Dyson vacuum cleaners do not use a bag to collect dust. James Dyson invented the first vacuum cleaner to use cyclonic separation in 1979, frustrated at the poor performance of his regular vacuum cleaner. As Dyson cleaners do not use bags, they don’t have to deal with collection bags that are blocked with fine dust particles, even after emptying. Cyclonic separation uses high speed spinning of the dust-containing air so that the dust particles are thrown out of the airflow into a collection bin. We have a Dyson now, and should have bought it years ago …

51. Hostility, in British slang : AGGRO
"Aggro" is term that we use a lot in Ireland, probably more so than in the UK. It can mean an “annoyance” (and short for “aggravation”) but is more often used to mean "trouble", as in someone caused trouble, created aggro.

56. Cuneiform discovery site : AMARNA
Armana is an archaeological site on the east bank of the Nile River in Egypt, almost 200 miles south of Cairo. The ancient city is also known as el-Armana, and Tel el-Armana, although the use of "Tel" is apparently incorrect. "Tel" commonly appears in names in the region (Arabic for "hill"), but should not apply to Amarna as the site is perfectly flat.

Cuneiform writing is a very early form of written expression that uses characters that are variants of a wedge shape. The first form of cuneiform writing was developed in Sumer (in modern-day Iraq), and was largely a system of pictographs. Over time, the number of characters decreased and became smaller and simpler, until they eventually evolved into the characters that we use in alphabetic writing today.

61. Sister chain of Marshalls : TJ MAXX
TJ Maxx is a chain of department stores in the US, with outlets in Europe as well. Over in the UK, the stores are known as TK Maxx.

64. Beer brand whose logo hints at the answers to 17-, 19-, 38-, 43- and 61-Across : DOS EQUIS
Dos Equis lager was originally brewed in 1897, and back then was called "Siglo XX" (20th century) to celebrate the arrival of the new century. The name was changed later to simply "Dos Equis" (two exes).

67. Artist Jean who pioneered in Dadaism : ARP
Jean Arp was a French artist renowned for his work with torn and pasted paper, although that wasn’t the only medium he used. Arp was the son of a French mother and German father and spoke both languages fluently. When he was speaking German he gave his name as Hans Arp, but when speaking French he called himself Jean Arp. Both “Hans” and “Jean” translate into English as “John”. In WWI Arp moved to Switzerland to avoid being called up to fight, taking advantage of Swiss neutrality. Eventually he was told to report to the German Consulate and fill out paperwork for the draft. In order to get out of fighting, Arp messed up the paperwork by writing the date in every blank space on the forms. Then he took off all of his clothes and walked with his papers over to the officials in charge. Arp was sent home …

Dadaism thrived during and just after WWI, and was an anti-war, anti-bourgeois and anti-art culture. The movement began in Zurich, Switzerland started by a group of artists and writers who met to discuss art and put on performances in the Cabaret Voltaire, frequently expressing disgust at the war that was raging across Europe.

68. Relative of a tangelo : UGLI
The ugli fruit is a hybrid of an orange and a tangerine, first discovered growing wild in Jamaica where most ugli fruit comes from today. “UGLI” is a trademark name that is a variant of “ugly”, a nod to the fruits unsightly wrinkled rind.

The fruit called a tangelo is a hybrid between a tangerine and either a grapefruit or a pomelo (which gives its the name). A pomelo is a very large, pear-shaped citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia. The Jamaican form of tangelo is known as the ugli fruit.

69. Brewers' fermenting agents : YEASTS
Yeasts are unicellular microorganisms in the Fungi kingdom. The species of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used for centuries in the making of wine and beer, and in breadmaking. Saccharomyces cerevisiae converts carbohydrates into carbon dioxide and alcohol in the process of fermentation. When making beer and wine, the carbon dioxide and alcohol may be captured by the liquid. When making bread, the carbon dioxide and alcohol is driven off by heat.

71. On the briny : ASEA
The “briny” is the sea, from “brine” meaning “salty water”. The term “briny” was originally used for “tears”.

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2. Drink brand with a polar bear symbol : ICEE
Slush Puppie and ICEE are brands of frozen, slushy drinks. Ostensibly competing brands, ICEE company now owns the Slush Puppie brand.

6. Curse : POX
A “pock” is an eruptive mark on the skin, usually caused by an infectious disease. The Middle English plural form “pokkes” gave rise to our term “pox”.

8. Oodles of : MANY
It's thought that the term "oodles", meaning “a lot”, comes from "kit and caboodle".

10. U.S. president who becomes the president of future Earth on "Futurama" : NIXON
“Futurama” is a Fox animated sci-fi show that was co-created by cartoonist Matt Groening, who also created “The Simpsons”. I simply don’t understand either show …

12. Sch. in Tulsa : ORU
Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ORU was founded relatively recently, in 1963 by the late televangelist Oral Roberts. The campus includes a Prayer Tower at its center, a spectacular glass and steel structure designed by architect Frank Wallace. The tower includes an observation deck, and is a popular tourist attraction. The school’s sports teams are known as the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.

13. Part of GPS: Abbr. : SYS
Global positioning system (GPS)

18. Decree : FIAT
A "fiat" is an arbitrary rule that is imposed, and is the Latin for "let it be done".

24. Tourist transports in Venice : GONDOLAS
The city of Venice in northeast Italy is built in a saltwater lagoon on the Adriatic Coast, on 117 small islands. The classic transportation along the waterways is the gondola, but this is really only used for tourists these days, as well as on ceremonial occasions. The locals rely on the motorized water-buses.

26. Fifth-century invaders of England : SAXONS
Germanic tribes invaded Great Britain from the early 5th century and created the nation that we now call England. The Anglo-Saxons (sometimes simply “Saxons”), as these tribes came to be called, held sway in the country until 1066, the year of the Norman Conquest. The Anglo-Saxons were descendants of three Germanic tribes:
  • The Angles, from Angeln in Northern Germany (and the tribe that gave the name “England”).
  • The Saxons, from Lower Saxony and Holland.
  • The Jutes, from the Jutland peninsula in Denmark.

27. California city whose name is Spanish for "ash tree" : FRESNO
Fresno is the largest inland city in the whole state of California. The city was named for the many ash trees that lined the San Joaquin River, as “fresno” is the Spanish for “ash tree”.

29. City 20 miles NW of 27-Down : MADERA
The California city of Madera was founded in 1876 by the California Lumber Company. “Madera” is a Spanish word meaning “lumber”.

30. Quack medicine offering : ELIXIR
An elixir is a solution of alcohol and water that is used to deliver a medicine. The term “elixir” can also be used to mean a medicine that has the power to cure all ills.

A “quack” is a person who pretends to have knowledge that he or she does not in fact possess. The term especially applies to someone fraudulently pretending to have medical skills. Our modern word is an abbreviation of “quacksalver”, an archaic term with Dutch roots that translates as “hawker of salve”, Back in the Middle Ages, quacksalvers would shout out (quack) as they sold their pseudo-medical wares.

31. Culmination of a challenging H.S. course : AP EXAM
The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers college-level courses to kids who are still in high school. After being tested at the end of the courses, successful students receive credits that count towards a college degree.

32. Manhattan neighborhood next to the East Village : NOHO
NoHo is short for North of Houston (street), and is the equivalent area to SoHo, South of Houston, both of which are in New York City.

The East Village is a neighborhood of Manhattan lying between Broadway and the East River, extending from 14th Street in the northeast to Houston Street in the southwest. The area was known simply as the northern part of the Lower East Side until the 1960s, when the moniker “East Village” was applied in an effort to distinguish it from the Lower East Side and its less desirable reputation. The name chosen leveraged the established image of the neighboring Greenwich Village as Manhattan’s Bohemian capital.

35. Degree of expertise in martial arts : DAN
The “dan” ranking system is used in several Japanese and Korean martial arts. The dan ranking indicates a level of proficiency, and often only applies to practitioners who have already earned a black belt.

38. West Point team : ARMY
West Point is a military reservation in New York State, located north of New York City. West Point was first occupied by the Continental Army way back in 1778, making it the longest, continually-occupied military post in the country. Cadet training has taken place at the garrison since 1794, although Congress funding for a US Military Academy (USMA) didn’t start until 1802. The first female cadets were admitted to West Point in 1976, and today about 15% of all new cadets are women.

39. Discovery of Wilhelm Roentgen, which earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 : X-RAY
X-rays were first studied comprehensively by the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (also "Roentgen"), and it was he who gave the name "X-rays" to this particular type of radiation. Paradoxically, in Röntgen's native language of German, X-rays are routinely referred to as "Röntgen rays". In 1901 Röntgen won the first Nobel Prize in Physics that was ever awarded, recognition for his work on X-rays.

44. Second-largest Arabic-speaking city after Cairo : BAGHDAD
According to the University of Baghdad, the name "Baghdad" dates way back, to the 18th-century BC (yes, BC!). The name can be translated into English from the language of ancient Babylon as "old garden" (bagh) and "beloved" (dad).

48. Taj Mahal feature : DOME
The most famous mausoleum in the world has to be the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal was built after the death of the fourth wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal (hence the name of the mausoleum). The poor woman died in childbirth delivering the couple's 14th child. When Shah Jahan himself passed away 35 years later, he was buried beside his wife Mumtaz, in the Taj Mahal.

50. Poetry competitions : SLAMS
A poetry slam is a competition in which poets read their own work (usually), with winners being chosen by members of audience. Apparently the first poetry slam took place in Chicago in 1984. Now there is a Nation Poetry Slam that takes place each year, with representatives from the US, Canada and France.

59. River along which 56-Across is located : NILE
(56A. Cuneiform discovery site : AMARNA)
Depending on definition, the Nile is generally regarded as the longest river on the planet. The Nile forms from two major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile, which join together near Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. From Khartoum the Nile flows north, traveling almost entirely through desert making it central to life for the peoples living along its length.

60. It's on one side of the Urals : ASIA
The eastern side of the Ural Mountains in Russia is generally regarded as the natural divide between the continents of Europe and Asia.

63. Extinct relative of the kiwi : MOA
Moas were flightless birds native to New Zealand that are now extinct. The fate of the Moa is a great example of the detrimental effect that humans can have on animal populations. The Maoris arrived in New Zealand about 1300 AD, upsetting the balance of the ecosystem. The Moa were hunted to extinction within 200 years, which had the knock-on effect of killing off the Haast’s Eagle, the Moa’s only predator prior to the arrival of man. Moas were huge creatures, measuring up to 12 feet tall with their necks stretched upwards.

The kiwi is an unusual bird in that it has a highly developed sense of smell and is the only one of our feathered friends with nostrils located at the tip of its long beak.

65. Hockey legend Bobby : ORR
Bobby Orr is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. By the time he retired in 1978 he had undergone over a dozen knee surgeries. At 31 years of age, he concluded that he just couldn't skate anymore. Reportedly, he was even having trouble walking.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Perspective : VIEW
5. Police alert, for short : APB
8. Candy often used in science fair volcanoes : MENTOS
14. Proactiv target : ACNE
15. Sound that might be heard in a 16-Across : COO
16. It's for the birds : AVIARY
17. "Sanford and Son" star of 1970s TV : REDD FOXX
19. High-end shampoo brand : NEXXUS
20. General reply? : YES, SIR
21. Put one's foot down : SAY NO
23. Subject of some "management" courses : ANGER
25. Warning letters next to a link : NSFW
29. Had in mind : MEANT
33. Rowed : OARED
36. Equal : ARE
37. Brand in the pet food aisle : ALPO
38. Shot blocker? : ANTI-VAXXER
40. Zealot : DIEHARD
42. Grenache, for one : VIN ROSE
43. BP rival : EXXONMOBIL
45. ___ Domini : ANNO
46. Coastal indentation : RIA
47. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" songwriter : DYLAN
48. Big name in vacuum cleaners : DYSON
49. Branches : ARMS
51. Hostility, in British slang : AGGRO
53. Collar attachment : LEASH
56. Cuneiform discovery site : AMARNA
61. Sister chain of Marshalls : TJ MAXX
64. Beer brand whose logo hints at the answers to 17-, 19-, 38-, 43- and 61-Across : DOS EQUIS
66. Dormmate, e.g. : ROOMIE
67. Artist Jean who pioneered in Dadaism : ARP
68. Relative of a tangelo : UGLI
69. Brewers' fermenting agents : YEASTS
70. Like some humor or spells : DRY
71. On the briny : ASEA

Down
1. "Your mileage may ___" : VARY
2. Drink brand with a polar bear symbol : ICEE
3. Objectives : ENDS
4. Unites : WEDS
5. ___ squash : ACORN
6. Curse : POX
7. Prime theater location : BOX SEAT
8. Oodles of : MANY
9. Still : EVEN
10. U.S. president who becomes the president of future Earth on "Futurama" : NIXON
11. Burden : TAX
12. Sch. in Tulsa : ORU
13. Part of GPS: Abbr. : SYS
18. Decree : FIAT
22. Making it big : ARRIVING
24. Tourist transports in Venice : GONDOLAS
26. Fifth-century invaders of England : SAXONS
27. California city whose name is Spanish for "ash tree" : FRESNO
28. "It's a date!" : WE’RE ON!
29. City 20 miles NW of 27-Down : MADERA
30. Quack medicine offering : ELIXIR
31. Culmination of a challenging H.S. course : AP EXAM
32. Manhattan neighborhood next to the East Village : NOHO
34. Black-hearted : EVIL
35. Degree of expertise in martial arts : DAN
38. West Point team : ARMY
39. Discovery of Wilhelm Roentgen, which earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 : X-RAY
41. "So what?" : AND?
44. Second-largest Arabic-speaking city after Cairo : BAGHDAD
48. Taj Mahal feature : DOME
50. Poetry competitions : SLAMS
52. Hoarse : RASPY
54. Way out : EXIT
55. Lines of a plane : AXES
57. Light blue : AQUA
58. Bearskins, maybe : RUGS
59. River along which 56-Across is located : NILE
60. It's on one side of the Urals : ASIA
61. Take a shot : TRY
62. Average guy : JOE
63. Extinct relative of the kiwi : MOA
65. Hockey legend Bobby : ORR


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0425-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 25 Apr 17, Tuesday



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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Gary J. Whitehead
THEME: There’s No Place Like Home
Each of today’s themed answers comprises two words, words that are often seen after HOME:
71A. There's no place like it ... or a word that can precede either half of the answer to each starred clue : HOME

17A. *V.I.P.'s security agent : BODYGUARD (“homebody” & “Home Guard”)
22A. *Nintendo hand-held : GAME BOY (“home game” & “homeboy”)
27A. *Place to plug in a USB cable : COMPUTER PORT (“home computer” & “homeport”)
48A. *Multiplex, e.g. : MOVIE THEATER (“home movie” & “home theater”)
56A. *NATO's smallest member, populationwise : ICELAND (“home ice” & “homeland”)
63A. *Where a newspaper's biggest stories go : FRONT PAGE (“homefront” & “home page”)
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 7m 15s
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1. Country invaded in 2003 : IRAQ
The intent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, as stated by the US’s President George W. Bush and the UK’s Prime Minister, was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people. A month before the invasion took place, three million people gathered in Rome, Italy to protest. That protest was the largest-ever anti-war rally in history.

5. H.S. math class : TRIG
Trigonometry (trig) is a branch of mathematics dealing with triangles, and calculations based on the relationships between a triangle’s angles and the lengths of its sides.

9. Legendary music club in Lower Manhattan, informally : CBGB’S
The music club known as CBCG opened in 1973 intending to feature country, bluegrass and blues music (hence the name “CBGB”, Country, BlueGrass and Blues). The club developed an association in the eighties with New York's underground hardcore punk music.

15. Parks of Alabama : ROSA
Rosa Parks was one of a few brave women in days gone by who refused to give up their seats on a bus to white women. It was the stand taken by Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955 that sparked the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. President Clinton presented Ms. Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996. When she died in 2005, Rosa Parks became the first ever woman to have her body lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda.

16. Spartan serf : HELOT
The helots were a population of poorly-treated slaves who served the citizens of Sparta.

19. Resort island near Majorca : IBIZA
Ibiza is a Mediterranean island almost 100 miles off the Spanish coast. It is a very popular tourist destination, largely for its legendary nightlife.

The Island of Majorca (“Isla Mallorca” in Spanish) is Spain's largest island, and is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The population of the island ballooned over the past few decades as Majorca became a mecca for tourists from all over Europe.

20. The Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conf. : URI
The University of Rhode Island (URI) was first chartered as an agricultural school, back in 1888. Rhody the Ram was chosen as the school’s mascot in 1923, a nod to URI’s agricultural past. As a result, the school’s sports teams are known as the Rams. URI's main campus is located in the village of Kingston.

22. *Nintendo hand-held : GAME BOY (“home game” & “homeboy”)
The Game Boy is a hugely successful handheld video game player that was released in 1989 by Nintendo. I remember that my my kids were so eager to get hold of the devices when they first came out that I bought a couple of them in a Japanese railroad station, while over there on a business trip.

26. Actress Campbell of "Scream" : NEVE
Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress whose big break in movies came with the “Scream” horror film series, in which she had a leading role. I don’t do horror films, so I haven’t seen any of the “Scream” movies. Nor have I seen the TV series “Party of Five” which launched the acting careers of both Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt in the nineties.

27. *Place to plug in a USB cable : COMPUTER PORT (“home computer” & “homeport”)
Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard dealing with how computers and electronic devices connect and communicate, and deal with electrical power through those connections.

33. "Ditto" : SAME
“Ditto” was originally used in Italian (from Tuscan dialect) to avoid repetition of the names of months in a series of dates. So, “ditto” is just another wonderful import from that lovely land …

37. Does the honors for Thanksgiving dinner : CARVES
Thanksgiving Day was observed on different dates in different states for many years, until Abraham Lincoln fixed the date for the whole country in 1863. Lincoln’s presidential proclamation set that date as the last Thursday in November. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the fourth Thursday in November, arguing that the earlier date would give the economy a much-needed boost.

38. Short-sheeting, e.g. : PRANK
I remember the first time I fell victim to the prank of "short-sheeting", and very confusing it is too! The idea is to leave the bottom sheet as is, and tuck the top sheet under the mattress at the head of the bed, just as one would do with a bottom sheet. Then fold the foot of the top sheet back up to the head of the bed, and fold it as one would do normally for a top sheet. Don't tell your Mom it was me who told you how to do it though ...

42. Tuscan city : SIENA
Siena is a beautiful city in the Tuscany region of Italy. In the center of Siena is the magnificent medieval square called Piazza del Campo, a paved sloping open area made up of nine triangular sections. The square has to be seen to be believed. Twice a year, the famous bareback horse-race called the Palio di Siena is held in the Piazza.

47. Long, single take, in filmmaking : ONER
A “oner” or “long take” is a continuous take that last much longer than usual, perhaps several minutes. Famously, the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rope” (1948) used only long takes. Hitchcock wanted to shoot the whole film in one take, but had to compromise as a whole roll of film only lasts about 10 minutes. However, he did manage to film “Rope” in just 11 long takes.

56. *NATO's smallest member, populationwise : ICELAND (“home ice” & “homeland”)
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in the whole of Europe, with two-thirds of the nation's population residing in and around the capital city of Reykjavik. Iceland was settled by the Norse people in AD 874, and was ruled for centuries by Norway and then Denmark. Iceland became independent in 1918, and has been a republic since 1944. Iceland is not a member of the EU but is a member of NATO, having joined in 1949 despite not having a standing army.

62. Sacha Baron Cohen character : BORAT
The full name of the 2006 "mockumentary" is "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Borat is played by a British comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen. Not my cup of tea …

66. Actress Gaynor of "South Pacific" : MITZI
Mitzi Gaynor’s most famous role has to be Ensign Nellie Forbush in the movie adaptation of the musical “South Pacific”. It is Gaynor who sings the song “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair”.

The 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” is based on stories from the 1947 book “Tales of the South Pacific” by James A. Michener. “South Pacific” really is a classic show featuring some classic songs, like “Bali Ha’i”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”, “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Happy Talk”.

67. "E pluribus ___" : UNUM
From 1776, “E pluribus unum” was the unofficial motto of the United States. The phrase translates from Latin as “Out of many, one”. It was pushed aside in 1956 when an Act of Congress designated “In God We Trust” as the country’s official motto. “In God We Trust” had appeared on US coins since 1864, but was only introduced on paper currency in 1957.

68. "So ___ walks into ..." : A GUY
Seeing as I’m one of three brothers, I have a favorite “So a guy walks into a bar” joke:
So a guy walks into a bar and orders three beers.

The bartender brings him the three beers, and the man proceeds to alternately sip one, then the other, then the third, until they're gone. He then orders three more and the bartender says, "Sir, I know you like them cold, so you can start with one, and I'll bring you a fresh one as soon as you're low." The man says, "You don't understand. I have two brothers, one in Australia and one in the Ireland. We made a vow to each other that every Saturday night, we'd still drink together. So right now, my brothers have three beers, too, and we're drinking together." The bartender thinks it's a wonderful tradition, and every week he sets up the guy's three beers. Then one week, the man comes in and orders only two. He drinks them and then orders two more. The bartender says sadly, "Knowing your tradition, I'd just like to just say that I'm sorry you've lost a brother."

The man replies, "Oh, my brothers are fine -- I just quit drinking."

69. Fall of winter : SLEET
Apparently "sleet" is a term used to describe two different weather conditions. One is a shower of ice pellets, smaller than hail, and the second is a mixture of rain and snow, with the snow melting as it falls.

Down
1. Fill (with) : IMBUE
“To imbue” is to pervade, to soak in. “Imbue” has the same etymological roots as our word “imbibe”.

3. Love interest of Pacey on "Dawson's Creek" : ANDIE
The television show “Dawson’s Creek” is described as a teen drama. The story revolves around a group of teenagers and follows them through high school and college.

7. Haifa's country: Abbr. : ISR
Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel and the largest city in the north of the country. Haifa is built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, and is a Mediterranean seaport.

9. Monstrous creatures : CHIMERAS
In Greek mythology, a chimera was a female monster with the body of a lioness, a tail that ended in a snake’s head, and the head of a goat that emanated from the lioness’s spine. The term chimera has entered into our modern language and means a fanciful illusion or fabrication.

10. French newborn : BEBE
In Spanish, a “madre's” (mother's) treasure is her “bebe” (baby).

13. "___ With Me" (Sam Smith hit) : STAY
Sam Smith is a singer from London. I think that the only recording I’ve heard of his is “Writing’s on the Wall”, which is the theme song from the 2015 James Bond movie “Spectre”.

18. Purrer in Peru : GATO
In Spanish, a “gato” (cat) might chase a “ratón” (mouse).

23. Opposite of sans : AVEC
In French, “avec” (with) is the opposite of “sans” (without).

28. Dispenser candy : PEZ
PEZ is an Austrian brand name for a particular candy sold in a mechanical dispenser. Famously, PEZ dispensers have molded “heads”, and have become very collectible over the years. The list of heads includes historical figures like Betsy Ross and Paul Revere, characters from “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”, and even British royalty like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (“William and Kate”). The name PEZ comes from the first, middle and last letters of “Pfefferminz”, the German word for “peppermint”.

31. Artist Magritte : RENE
Belgian artist René Magritte was a surrealist. His most recognized work maybe is “The Son of Man”, a painting he created as a self-portrait. It is the work that shows a man in a bowler hat with his face covered by an apple. The image features prominently in a great movie, the 1999 remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair”.

32. Romanov ruler : TSAR
Peter the Great was perhaps the most successful of the Romanov tsars, and was famous for modernizing Russia and expanding the country’s sphere of influence, creating the Russian Empire. He ruled from 1682 until his death in 1725.

33. Often-filtered messages : SPAM
Apparently the term "spam", used for unwanted email, is taken from a "Monty Python" sketch. In the sketch (which I've seen) the dialog is taken over by the word Spam, a play on the glut of canned meat in the markets of Britain after WWII. So "spam" is used for the glut of emails that takes over online communication. I can just imagine nerdy Internet types (like me) adopting something from a "Monty Python" sketch to describe an online phenomenon …

34. Jason's ship : ARGO
In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts sailed on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. The vessel was called the “Argo” in honor of the ship’s builder, a man named Argus.

35. ___ Levy, Buffalo Bills coach in the Hall of Fame : MARV
Marv Levy is a former American and Canadian Football coach. Levy is probably most noted as a coach from his days with the Buffalo Bills, when the team won four consecutive AFC championships.

41. 1980s Pakistani president : ZIA
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was the President of Pakistan from 1978 until he died in 1988. Zia died in a plane crash along with US Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold Lewis Raphel and several other VIPs. The official Pakistani investigation into the cause of the crash concluded that the plane was likely brought down by sabotage. The official US investigation concluded that the crash was an accident.

44. W.W. II-era British gun : STEN
The STEN gun is an iconic armament that was used by the British military. The name STEN is an acronym. The S and the T comes from the name of the gun’s designers, Shepherd and Turpin. The EN comes from the Enfield brand name, which in turn comes from the Enfield location where the guns were manufactured for the Royal Small Arms Factory, an enterprise owned by the British government.

50. Wind tile in mah-jongg : EAST
Mahjong (also “mahjongg” and “mah-jongg”) is the Chinese word for "sparrow". Mahjong is a game that originated in China, and is usually played by four players. There is a myth that the game was developed by the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. The myth also suggests that Confucius was fond of birds, and hence chose the name "sparrow".

53. Insect stage : IMAGO
The imago is an intermediate stage in the development of an insect. All four stages are embryo, larva, pupa and imago.

56. Some old PCs : IBMS
The original IBM Personal Computer is model number 5150, which was introduced to the world on August 12, 1981. The term “personal computer” was already in use, but the success of the IBM 5150 led to the term “PC” being used for all computer products compatible with the IBM platform.

58. Art Deco notable : ERTE
“Erté” was the pseudonym of French (Russian born) artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff. Erté is the French pronunciation of his initials "R.T." Erté’s diverse portfolio of work included costumes and sets for the “Ziegfeld Follies” of 1923, as well as productions of the Parisian cabaret show “Folies Bergère”. Erté's most famous work by far is an image titled “Symphony in Black”. It depicts a tall and slender woman dressed in black, holding a black dog on a leash.

60. Government overthrow : COUP
A coup d'état (often just "coup") is the sudden overthrow of a government, and comes from the French for "stroke of state". The Swiss-German word “putsch” is sometimes used instead of “coup”, with “Putsch” translating literally as “sudden blow”.

64. Single-stranded molecule : RNA
The two most common nucleic acids are deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA), both of which play crucial roles in genetics. The DNA contains the genetic instructions used to keep living organisms functioning, and RNA is used to transcribe that information from the DNA to protein "generators" called ribosomes.

65. Part of a tuba's sound : -PAH
The tuba is the lowest-pitched of all the brass instruments, and one of the most recent additions to the modern symphony orchestra (usually there is just one tuba included in an orchestral line-up). “Tuba” is the Latin word for “trumpet, horn”. Oom-pah-pah …

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Country invaded in 2003 : IRAQ
5. H.S. math class : TRIG
9. Legendary music club in Lower Manhattan, informally : CBGB’S
14. Suffix with refresh or replace : -MENT
15. Parks of Alabama : ROSA
16. Spartan serf : HELOT
17. *V.I.P.'s security agent : BODYGUARD (“homebody” & “Home Guard”)
19. Resort island near Majorca : IBIZA
20. The Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conf. : URI
21. Scholarship money : AID
22. *Nintendo hand-held : GAME BOY (“home game” & “homeboy”)
24. Disgorges : EGESTS
26. Actress Campbell of "Scream" : NEVE
27. *Place to plug in a USB cable : COMPUTER PORT (“home computer” & “homeport”)
33. "Ditto" : SAME
36. Utters, informally : SEZ
37. Does the honors for Thanksgiving dinner : CARVES
38. Short-sheeting, e.g. : PRANK
40. Snoring sound : ZZZ
42. Tuscan city : SIENA
43. Sees eye to eye (with) : AGREES
45. 52, in old Rome : LII
47. Long, single take, in filmmaking : ONER
48. *Multiplex, e.g. : MOVIE THEATER (“home movie” & “home theater”)
51. Stew morsels : PEAS
52. Exchange vows at the altar : SAY “I DO”
56. *NATO's smallest member, populationwise : ICELAND (“home ice” & “homeland”)
60. Stock listings: Abbr. : COS
61. Ariz. neighbor : MEX
62. Sacha Baron Cohen character : BORAT
63. *Where a newspaper's biggest stories go : FRONT PAGE (“homefront” & “home page”)
66. Actress Gaynor of "South Pacific" : MITZI
67. "E pluribus ___" : UNUM
68. "So ___ walks into ..." : A GUY
69. Fall of winter : SLEET
70. What a ponytail partially covers : NAPE
71. There's no place like it ... or a word that can precede either half of the answer to each starred clue : HOME

Down
1. Fill (with) : IMBUE
2. Corporate shuffle, for short : REORG
3. Love interest of Pacey on "Dawson's Creek" : ANDIE
4. Amt. : QTY
5. "What's right is right" and others : TRUISMS
6. Rocky ___ : ROAD
7. Haifa's country: Abbr. : ISR
8. Doohickey : GADGET
9. Monstrous creatures : CHIMERAS
10. French newborn : BEBE
11. Smooth-talking : GLIB
12. Schmo : BOZO
13. "___ With Me" (Sam Smith hit) : STAY
18. Purrer in Peru : GATO
23. Opposite of sans : AVEC
25. Act starter : SCENE I
26. Shows some affection : NUZZLES
28. Dispenser candy : PEZ
29. Religious abode : PRIORY
30. Baker's need : OVEN
31. Artist Magritte : RENE
32. Romanov ruler : TSAR
33. Often-filtered messages : SPAM
34. Jason's ship : ARGO
35. ___ Levy, Buffalo Bills coach in the Hall of Fame : MARV
39. "Don't quit!" : KEEP AT IT!
41. 1980s Pakistani president : ZIA
44. W.W. II-era British gun : STEN
46. Treater's phrase : IT'S ON ME
49. Enjoyed oneself : HAD FUN
50. Wind tile in mah-jongg : EAST
53. Insect stage : IMAGO
54. Use Goo Gone on, perhaps : DEGUM
55. Daisy variety : OXEYE
56. Some old PCs : IBMS
57. Snake's shape : COIL
58. Art Deco notable : ERTE
59. Loaf (around) : LAZE
60. Government overthrow : COUP
64. Single-stranded molecule : RNA
65. Part of a tuba's sound : -PAH


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0424-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Apr 17, Monday



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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Gary Cee
THEME: Food!
Each of today’s themed items ends with a food item served at a meal:
17A. Gobbledygook : WORD SALAD
30A. Big fat zero : NOTHING BURGER
47A. Habitual tube watchers : COUCH POTATOES
63A. What a shamed person has to "eat" : HUMBLE PIE
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 6m 21s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Web designer's code : HTML
HTML is HyperText Markup Language, the language used to write most Internet web pages (including this one).

9. One includes "My cup runneth over" in the Bible : PSALM
The Greek word “psalmoi” originally meant “songs sung to a harp”, and gave us the word “psalms”. In the Jewish and Western Christian traditions, the Book of Psalms contains 150 individual psalms, divided into five sections.

15. Slight amount : IOTA
Iota is the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet. We use the word "iota" to portray something very small as it is the smallest of all Greek letters.

17. Gobbledygook : WORD SALAD
“Gobbledygook” is pompous, officious talk. The term is the 1944 invention of US Congressman Maury Maverick from Texas. He said he wanted to come up with a word that was imitative of a turkey.

20. Scot's cap : TAM
A tam o'shanter is a man's cap traditionally worn by Scotsmen. "Tams" were originally all blue (and called "blue bonnets") but as more dyes became readily available they became more colorful. The name of the cap comes from the title character of the Robert Burns poem "Tam O'Shanter".

24. Nebraska's capital before Lincoln : OMAHA
Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. It is located on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River When Nebraska was still a territory Omaha was its capital, but when Nebraska achieved statehood the capital was moved to the city of Lincoln.

26. Grandson of Adam : ENOS
Enos was the son of Seth, and therefore the grandson of Adam and Eve. According to the ancient Jewish work called the Book of Jubilees, Enos married his own sister Noam.

27. Clock-setting std. : GMT
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is the time at the Prime Meridian, the meridian that runs through Greenwich in London.

34. Like Jefferson on a list of presidents : THIRD
Thomas Jefferson was the US’s first Secretary of State (under George Washington), the US’s second Vice President (under John Adams), and the US’s third president. Jefferson is a personal hero of mine, I must admit. Anyone interested in biographies of US presidents might like to read Jon Meacham’s “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”. I highly recommend it …

35. River through Paris : SEINE
The Seine is the river that flows through Paris. The Seine empties into the English Channel to the north, at the port city of Le Havre.

39. Flower that's also a girl's name : PANSY
The garden flower called the pansy takes its name from the French word “pensée” meaning “thought”. This name was chosen as the flower was often used as a symbol of remembrance.

47. Habitual tube watchers : COUCH POTATOES
“Idiot box” and “boob tube” are nicknames for television.

51. Swiss peak : ALP
There are eight Alpine countries:
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Germany
  • Monaco
  • Italy

53. Hair that hangs over the forehead : BANGS
“Bangs” is another word that caught me out when I arrived in the US. “Bangs” back in Ireland are called “a fringe”. Apparently the US term is derived from the hair on horses somehow.

61. Capital of South Korea : SEOUL
Seoul is the capital city of South Korea. The Seoul National Capital Area is home to over 25 million people and is the second largest metropolitan area in the world, second only to Tokyo, Japan.

66. Stand on three legs? : EASEL
The word “easel” comes from an old Dutch word meaning “donkey” would you believe? The idea is that an easel carries its load (an oil painting, say) just as a donkey would be made to carry a load.

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3. Ethel who sang "There's No Business Like Show Business" : MERMAN
Ethel Merman was an actress and singer, one noted for having a very powerful voice. Merman was married and divorced four times, the last time to the actor Ernest Borgnine, albeit for only 32 days in 1964.

“Annie Get Your Gun” is an Irving Berlin musical, first performed on Broadway in 1946. The show is a fictionalized account of the life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley. It was written as a vehicle for Ethel Merman, and when she sang the hit tune “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, she apparently brought down the house.

4. It was often dropped in the '60s : LSD
LSD (known colloquially as “acid”) is short for lysergic acid diethylamide. A Swiss chemist called Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD in 1938 in a research project looking for medically efficacious ergot alkaloids. It wasn’t until some five years later when Hofmann ingested some of the drug accidentally that its psychedelic properties were discovered. Trippy, man …

5. "See ya!" : CIAO!
“Ciao” is the Italian for "'bye". "Arrivederci" is more formal, and translates as "goodbye".

6. Woodchuck's escape route : HOLE
The woodchuck is also known as the groundhog, and is one in a group of large ground squirrels called marmots. Repeat after me:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

7. Airline app datum, for short : ETA
Expected time of arrival (ETA)

9. Flying horse of Greek myth : PEGASUS
Pegasus is a white, winged stallion of Greek mythology. Pegasus was sired by Poseidon and foaled by Medusa.

11. Notes of a chord played in rapid succession : ARPEGGIO
An arpeggio is a technique in which the notes of a chord are played in sequence, one after the other. “Arpeggio” can be translated from Italian as “broken chord”

13. Club ___ : MED
Club Méditerranée is usually referred to as “Club Med”. It is a French company that started in 1950 with a resort on the Spanish island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean. It was originally a "club" with annual membership dues. Now it is an operator of numerous all-inclusive resorts located all over the world.

32. Plan that might include mutual funds, in brief : IRA
Individual retirement account (IRA)

33. Body of water that separates Africa and Asia : RED SEA
The Red Sea (sometimes called the Arabian Gulf) is a stretch of water lying between Africa and Asia. The Gulf of Suez (and the Suez Canal) lies to north, and the Gulf of Aden to the south. According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, God parted the Red Sea to allow Moses lead the Israelites from Egypt.

36. Pet safety org. : SPCA
Unlike in most developed countries, there is no "umbrella" organization in the US with the goal of preventing cruelty to animals. Instead there are independent organizations set up all over the nation using the name SPCA. Having said that, there is an organization called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that was originally intended to operate across the country, but really it now focuses its efforts in New York City.

46. 2016 prize for Bob Dylan : NOBEL
The real name of singer Bob Dylan is Robert Zimmerman. Zimmerman chose that particular stage name because he was greatly influenced by the poetry of the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.

48. Who wrote of "sorrow for the lost Lenore" : POE
“The Raven” is a narrative poem by Edgar Allan Poe that tells of a student who has lost the love of his life, Lenore. A raven enters the student’s bedchamber and perches on a bust of Pallas. The raven can talk, to the student’s surprise, but says nothing but the word “nevermore” (“quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore’”). As the student questions all aspects of his life, the raven taunts him with the same comment, “nevermore”. Finally the student decides that his soul is trapped beneath the raven’s shadow and shall be lifted “nevermore” …

49. Out-of-date : OLD HAT
The use of "old hat" to mean something "out of date, stale" started about 1911. Before that, the term "old hat" meant something very different, and very vulgar. "Old hat" was the name given to a very private part of the female anatomy, the idea being that it was "often felt" (as in a "felt hat"). I just don't know what to say ...

55. Napped leather : SUEDE
Suede is leather made from the underside of the skin, mainly from a lamb. As such it is very soft, although not as durable as leather made from the exterior skin. The soft leather was, and is still used for making gloves. Back in 1859 these gloves were called “gants de Suede” in France, or “gloves of Sweden”. So, the name “suede” comes from the French word for Sweden.

58. F.B.I. worker, informally : G-MAN
The nickname “G-men” is short for “Government Men” and refers to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

64. Celebrity psychic Geller : URI
Uri Geller's most famous performance is perhaps his uncomfortable failure on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in 1973. Carson "hijacked" Geller on live television by providing him with spoons to bend and watches to start, none of which had been available to Geller before the show aired. Clever!

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Web designer's code : HTML
5. One wearing an apron and a puffy white hat : CHEF
9. One includes "My cup runneth over" in the Bible : PSALM
14. Has debts : OWES
15. Slight amount : IOTA
16. Like a wolf's howl in the dead of night : EERIE
17. Gobbledygook : WORD SALAD
19. Looked open-mouthed : GAPED
20. Scot's cap : TAM
21. "___ is me!" : WOE
22. Up in arms : IRATE
24. Nebraska's capital before Lincoln : OMAHA
26. Grandson of Adam : ENOS
27. Clock-setting std. : GMT
30. Big fat zero : NOTHING BURGER
34. Like Jefferson on a list of presidents : THIRD
35. River through Paris : SEINE
36. Do laps in a pool : SWIM
39. Flower that's also a girl's name : PANSY
42. Spoonful of medicine, say : DOSE
43. Put forward, as an idea : POSIT
45. Unlocks : OPENS
47. Habitual tube watchers : COUCH POTATOES
51. Swiss peak : ALP
52. Part in a movie : ROLE
53. Hair that hangs over the forehead : BANGS
56. Used a lever on : PRIED
58. "Golly!" : GEE!
60. Promise-to-pay note : IOU
61. Capital of South Korea : SEOUL
63. What a shamed person has to "eat" : HUMBLE PIE
66. Stand on three legs? : EASEL
67. Mideast native : ARAB
68. On the ___ (recuperating) : MEND
69. Lock of hair : TRESS
70. Metal canisters : TINS
71. Hankering : URGE

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1. Book consulted by a do-it-yourselfer : HOW-TO
2. Time in Manhattan when it's midnight in Montana : TWO AM
3. Ethel who sang "There's No Business Like Show Business" : MERMAN
4. It was often dropped in the '60s : LSD
5. "See ya!" : CIAO!
6. Woodchuck's escape route : HOLE
7. Airline app datum, for short : ETA
8. On the decline : FADING
9. Flying horse of Greek myth : PEGASUS
10. "Save me a ___!" : SEAT
11. Notes of a chord played in rapid succession : ARPEGGIO
12. Fib : LIE
13. Club ___ : MED
18. Path of mowed grass : SWATH
23. Steal from : ROB
25. It might capture an embarrassing comment : HOT MIC
26. Bit of appended text : ENDNOTE
28. Store department selling suits and ties : MEN’S
29. Obstacle for a drone : TREE
31. Modern and cool : HIP
32. Plan that might include mutual funds, in brief : IRA
33. Body of water that separates Africa and Asia : RED SEA
36. Pet safety org. : SPCA
37. Sheep's coat : WOOL
38. "It's certainly possible ..." : I SUPPOSE ...
40. Hot spring : SPA
41. "The best is ___ to come" : YET
44. What amusement parks provide : THRILLS
46. 2016 prize for Bob Dylan : NOBEL
48. Who wrote of "sorrow for the lost Lenore" : POE
49. Out-of-date : OLD HAT
50. Marksman with an M40 : SNIPER
54. Word cried twice before "gone" : GOING
55. Napped leather : SUEDE
57. Feels remorse over : RUES
58. F.B.I. worker, informally : G-MAN
59. Recedes : EBBS
61. Ready : SET
62. Place for a bud or a stud : EAR
64. Celebrity psychic Geller : URI
65. Down Under bird : EMU


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0423-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 23 Apr 17, Sunday



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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Olivia Mitra Framke
THEME: A Century of Song
There’s a note with today’s puzzle:
When this puzzle is done, draw a line connecting the 11 circled letters, starting and ending in square #28, so as to spell a phrase related to the puzzle's theme.
If we connect the circled letters in the order QUEEN OF JAZZ, we draw the outline of a crown. We also have some themed answers related to the QUEEN OF JAZZ, Ella Fitzgerald:
68A. With 70-Across, nickname for a celebrated performer born on April 25, 1917 : LADY ...
70A. See 68-Across : … ELLA

21A. 1938 #1 hit for 68-/70-Across, which was inspired by a nursery rhyme : A-TISKET, A-TASKET
119A. Notable quote by 68-/70-Across : I SING LIKE I FEEL
15D. Repeated collaborator with 68-/70-Across : LOUIS ARMSTRONG
47D. Signature tune of 68-/70-Across : HOW HIGH THE MOON
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 19m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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12. ___ Coast, scenic area near Capri : AMALFI
Amalfi is a coastal town on the Gulf of Salerno located about 30 miles southeast of Naples. The town gives its name to the popular tourist destination known as the Amalfi Coast.

19. "Dallas" actress ___ J. Wilson : SHEREE
Sheree J, Wilson plays April Stevens Ewing on the prime-time soap “Dallas”. She also plays Alex Cahill-Walker on the TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger”.

20. Mermaids' home in Neverland : LAGOON
Neverland is the fictional location where Peter Pan lives in the works of J. M. Barrie. The name actually evolved in Barrie’s works, starting out as “Peter’s Never Never Never Land”. Also, Barrie used the names “the Never Never Land”, “the Neverland” and “the Neverlands”. Famously, entertainer Michael Jackson renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch as Neverland Valley Ranch when he took ownership in 1988, in a nod to “Peter Pan”.

21. 1938 #1 hit for 68-/70-Across, which was inspired by a nursery rhyme : A-TISKET, A-TASKET
“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” was a hit for Ella Fitzgerald. The song is quite unusual in that the lyrics are taken from a nursery rhyme. In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Feldman took the words of the rhyme, extended them and created what is now a jazz standard.

23. Listless feelings : ENNUIS
“Ennui” is the French word for boredom, a word that we now use in English. It's one of the few French words we've imported that we haven't anglicized and actually pronounce "correctly".

25. Popular pairing with steak au poivre : CABERNET
The Cabernet Sauvignon grape has been around since the 17th century, and is the result of a chance crossing in southwestern France of the Cabernet franc and Sauvignon blanc grapes.

The traditional French dish called a “pepper steak” or “steak au poivre” is usually a filet mignon coated with cracked peppercorns prior to cooking. The filet is mostly pan-fried, and often a pan sauce is made to cover the steak by adding cognac and heavy cream to the residue left in the bottom of the pan after the steak has cooked. “Poivre” is French for “pepper”.

27. And the following: Abbr. : ET SEQ
The Latin phrase “et sequens” or “et sequentia” is used in English to mean “and following”, and is abbreviated to “et seq”.

29. Longbow wood : YEW
Yew is the wood of choice for the longbow, a valued weapon in the history of England. The longbow is constructed with a core of yew heartwood (as the heartwood resists compression) that has a sheath of yew sapwood (as the sapwood resists stretching). The yew was in such demand for longbows that for centuries yew trees were in short supply in Britain and the wood had to be imported from all over Europe.

33. Congestion site : SINUS
In anatomical terms a sinus is a cavity in tissue. Sinuses are found all over the body, in the kidney and heart for example, but we most commonly think of the paranasal sinuses that surround the nose.

35. Wyatt of the Old West : EARP
Wyatt Earp is famous as one of the participants in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Earp was a city policeman in Wichita, Kansas and also in Dodge City, Kansas. Earp was also deputy sheriff in Tombstone, Arizona where the O.K. Corral gunfight took place. Years later, Earp joined the Alaska Gold Rush and with a partner built and operated the Dexter Saloon in Nome.

37. Extremely loud, in music : FFF
The musical term “pianissimo” is abbreviated to “pp”, and is an instruction to the performer to sing or play very softly. The concept can be extended to “ppp”, short for “pianississimo”, an instruction of play even more softly. The opposite instructions are fortissimo (ff) and fortississimo (fff), instructions to perform very loudly, and even more loudly.

39. Soft drink brand : DAD’S
Dad’s root beer was developed by Ely Klapman and Barney Berns in 1937, and was given the name “Dad’s” in honor of Klapman’s father who used to make root beer for his family at home.

40. Love interest for Anastasia in "Anastasia" : DIMITRI
"Anastasia" is an animated musical from Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The storyline is based on the urban myth that Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, survived the family's execution by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Anastasia is voiced by Meg Ryan, although when Anastasia sings, her voice is dubbed by Liz Callaway.

48. Vintner's cask : TUN
A “tun” is a barrel, often a large barrel used in winemaking. The term “tun” came to be a measure of volume, originally 256 gallons of wine. The weight of such a volume of wine was referred to as a “tun”, which evolved into our contemporary unit “ton”.

49. Old car named for an explorer : DE SOTO
The DeSoto brand of car was built by Chrysler from 1928 to 1961. The line was named after the Spanish explorer and conquistador, Hernando de Soto, widely reported as the first European to have crossed the Mississippi River (although Cabeza de Vaca had at least discovered one of the mouths of the Mississippi twenty years earlier).

51. Elder Lannister son on "Game of Thrones" : JAIME
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy television drama that is adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin called “A Song of Ice and Fire”. “Game of Thrones” is actually filmed in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland.

53. Stone Age relics : NEOLITHS
A neolith is a stone tool that was produced during the Neolithic Era, the last part of the Stone Age.

56. Piñata smasher, maybe : NINO
Piñatas originated in Mexico, probably among the Aztecs or Mayans. Today piñatas are usually made from cardboard that is brightly decorated with papier-mâché. Traditionally a piñata was made out of a clay pot, adorned with feathers and ribbons and filled with small treasures. During religious ceremonies the clay pots would be suspended and broken open so that the contents would spill out onto the ground at the feet of a god as an offering.

65. Kama ___ : SUTRA
The “Kama Sutra” is renowned for its descriptions of positions that can be used for sexual intercourse, but the sutra includes many other texts that deal with various matters of a sexual nature including how to woo a woman, the conduct of a "chief wife", the conduct of "other" wives, how to make money as a courtesan and much, much more, as if that isn't enough …

68. With 70-Across, nickname for a celebrated performer born on April 25, 1917 : LADY ...
70. See 68-Across : … ELLA
Ella Fitzgerald, the "First Lady of Song", had a hard and tough upbringing. She was raised by her mother alone in Yonkers, New York. Her mother died while Ella was still a schoolgirl, and around that time the young girl became less interested in her education. She fell in with a bad crowd, even working as a lookout for a bordello and as a Mafia numbers runner. She ended up in reform school, from which she escaped, and found herself homeless and living on the streets for a while. Somehow Fitzgerald managed to get herself a spot singing in the Apollo Theater in Harlem. From there her career took off and as they say, the rest is history.

72. Dog whose tail curls over the back : SPITZ
Spitz-type dogs are those with long thick fur that is usually white. Most spitz-type dogs seem to have originated in the Arctic and/or East Asia. Examples of breed described as spitz-type are the Alaskan Malamute and the Canadian Eskimo Dog.

74. Great Lakes natives : ERIES
The Erie people lived on lands south of Lake Erie. The Erie were sometimes referred to as the Cat Nation, a reference to the mountain lions that were ever-present in the area that they lived. The name “Erie” is a shortened form of “Erielhonan” meaning “long tail”, possibly a further reference to the mountain lion or cat, which was possibly used as a totem. The Erie people gave their name to the Great Lake.

76. Sister of Helios and Selene : EOS
In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of the dawn who lived at the edge of the ocean. Eos would wake each morning to welcome her brother Helios the sun. The Roman equivalent of Eos is Aurora.

77. Polish coin : ZLOTY
The zloty is the currency of Poland, with word “zloty” translating into English as “golden”. The zloty has been around since the Middle Ages.

87. Frank : HOT DOG
A hot dog is a sausage served in a split roll. The term “hot dog” dates back to the 19th-century and is thought to reflect a commonly-held opinion that the sausages contained dog meat.

89. Rapa ___ (locale of many monoliths) : NUI
“Rapa Nui” is the Polynesian name for what we are more likely to call Easter Island. The European name was coined by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who came across the island on Easter Sunday in the year 1722. Chilean-owned Easter Island is inhabited and is a location that is remarkably distant from neighboring civilization. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn Island, which is almost 1300 miles away.

98. Road offense, for short : DUI
In some states, there is no longer a legal difference between a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Other states retain that difference, so that by definition a DUI is a lesser offence than a DWI.

103. Green who was a four-time vocal coach on "The Voice" : CEELO
CeeLo Green is the stage name of rapper Thomas DeCarlo Callaway. Apparently Green is one of the coaches for the contestants on the singing TV show “The Voice”. That’s all I need to know …

117. Record label that looks like the name of a radio station : K-TEL
K-Tel was founded in 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by one Philip Kives. K-Tel’s recipe for success was the sale of inexpensive goods with a simple sales pitch and mail-order distribution.

118. Lao-tzu follower : TAOIST
Lao Tse (also “Lao-Tzu”) was a central figure in the development of the religion/philosophy of Taoism. Tradition holds that Lao-Tzu wrote the “Tao Te Ching”, a classical Chinese text that is fundamental to the philosophy of Taoism.

122. Five Pillars of Islam, e.g. : TENETS
Followers of the Muslim tradition believe in the Five Pillars of Islam, five obligatory acts that underpin Muslim life. The Five Pillars are:
  1. The Islamic creed
  2. Daily prayer
  3. Almsgiving
  4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan
  5. The pilgrimage to Mecca (haj) once during a lifetime

125. State representatives? : STARS
Legend has it that Betsy Ross made the first American flag for General George Washington. However, this story only surfaced during the centennial celebrations of 1876, and although Betsy Ross was indeed one of several flag makers in Philadelphia in the days of George Washington, sadly there’s no definitive evidence that Ross provided that first stars and stripes.

126. Ride and Field : SALLYS
Sally Ride was a physicist and astronaut, who flew two missions on the space shuttle Challenger. In 1983, she became the first American woman in space, having been preceded by two female cosmonauts (in 1963 and 1982). Ride was 32 years on that first mission, making her the youngest astronaut ever to make it into space. In another first, Ride was the first LGBT astronaut, a fact that was revealed after her death in 2012.

Actress Sally Field first came to the public’s attention in the sixties with title roles in the TV shows “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun”. She has two Best Actress Oscars: one for “Norma Rae” (1979) and one for “Places in the Heart” (1984).

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1. Sacred choral works : MOTETS
A motet is a simple musical composition based on a sacred text, usually sung without an accompaniment. The term “motet” is a diminutive form of “mot”, the French for “word”.

2. Melodic passages : ARIOSI
An arioso (plural “ariosi”) is a solo vocal piece in a classical work such as an opera or an oratorio. An arioso's structure lies somewhere between that of a full-blown aria and speech-like recitative.

4. Jan. inits. : MLK
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a US Federal holiday taking place on the third Monday of each year. It celebrates the birthday of Dr. King, and was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, and first observed in 1986. However, some states resisted naming the holiday MLK Day, and gave it alternative names (like “Civil Rights Day”). It was officially celebrated as MLK Day in all 50 states from the year 2000 onwards.

5. "Smart" one : ALEC
Apparently the original "smart Alec" (sometimes “Aleck”) was Alec Hoag, a pimp, thief and confidence trickster who plied his trade in New York City in the 1840s.

6. Skewered Asian dish : SATAY
The dish known as “satay” originated in Java, Indonesia and is marinated pieces of meat served on a skewer in a sauce, often a spicy peanut sauce. “Satay” is the Indonesian spelling, and “sate” is the Malay spelling.

9. "Family Matters" ubernerd : URKEL
Steve Urkel is a character on the TV show “Family Matters” that originally aired in the late eighties and nineties. The Urkel character was the archetypal “geek”, played by Jaleel White. Urkel was originally written into the show’s storyline for just one episode, but before long, Urkel was the show’s most popular recurring character.

11. Winter celebration abroad : TET
The full name for the New Year holiday in Vietnam is “Tet Nguyen Dan” meaning "Feast of the First Morning", with the reference being to the arrival of the season of spring. Tet usually falls on the same day as Chinese New Year.

12. Sheltered at sea : ALEE
“Alee” is the direction away from the wind. If a sailor points into the wind, he or she is pointing “aweather”.

13. Japanese comic style : MANGA
The Japanese word “manga” means “whimsical pictures” and is an apt term to describe the Japanese style of comic book. Manga publications are more diverse than American comic books and have a larger audience. Manga cover many subjects including romance, sports, business, horror, and mystery.

14. Mass recitation : AGNUS DEI
“Agnus Dei” is Latin for “Lamb of God”, a term used in Christian faiths for Jesus Christ, symbolizing his role as a sacrificial offering to atone for the sins of man.

15. Repeated collaborator with 68-/70-Across : LOUIS ARMSTRONG
Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans in 1900. Armstrong had a poor upbringing, and only stayed in school till he was 11 years old. The exact origin of Louis’s nickname “Satchmo” seems to be a little unclear. One story is that he used to dance for pennies in New Orleans as a youngster and would hide those pennies in his mouth away from the other kids. For this he earned the nickname “satchel mouth”, which was shortened to “Satchmo”.

18. Big blow : GALE
A gale is a very strong wind that is defined by Beaufort Wind Scale as a wind with speeds from 50 to just over 100 kilometers per hour.

26. Close buds : BFFS
Best friend forever (BFF)

34. Unlikely book club recommendation : SMUT
“Smut” means “dirt, smudge” and more recently “pornographic material”. The term comes from the Yiddish “schmutz”, which is a slang word used in English for dirt, as in “dirt on one's face”.

36. Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette ___" : RIEN
"La Môme Piaf" (the Little Sparrow) was the nickname of France’s most famous singer, Édith Piaf. What a voice this woman had, and what gorgeous ballads she sang. Édith Piaf lived a life that was not without controversy. She was raised by her mother in a brothel in Normandy, and had a pimp as a boyfriend in her teens. She had one child, while very young, born illegitimately and who died at 2-years-old from meningitis. Her singing career started when she was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée. Leplée was murdered soon after, and Piaf was accused of being an accessory to the murder but was later acquitted. During World War II she was branded a traitor by many as she frequently performed for the German occupying forces, although there are other reports of her supporting the resistance movement. Later in her life she was seriously injured in no less than three, near-fatal car accidents, including one with her friend, Charles Aznavour. While recovering from her injuries she became addicted to pain medication, an addiction that lasted for the rest of her life. When she died in 1963 she was denied a Catholic funeral mass because of her lifestyle, but the crowds that turned out for her funeral procession managed to stop all traffic in Paris, the only time that has happened since the end of WWII.

38. Name on a blimp : FUJI
There is an important difference between a "blimp" (like the Goodyear Blimp) and an airship (like a Zeppelin). An airship is a rigid structure with an internal framework that helps maintain the shape of the airbag, whereas a blimp uses the pressure of the helium gas inside the airbag to give it shape.

42. ___ Nast (magazine publisher) : CONDE
Condé Nast has a very large portfolio of publications, including "Vogue", "GQ", "House and Garden", "Golf Digest", "Wired", "Vanity Fair" and "The New Yorker".

50. One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
Sia is the stage name of Australian singer Sia Furler from Adelaide. Sia is a cousin of Australian Christian Rock musician Peter Furler.

52. Slip in a book : ERRATUM
“Errata” is the past participle of the Latin word “errare” meaning “to err”. We use “errata” (singular “erratum”) to mean a list of errors that have been noted in some publication.

54. Café additive : LAIT
“Café au lait” (coffee with milk) is usually strong drip coffee to which one adds steamed milk. At least that's the way we tend to make in this country.

66. Wrinkly fruit : UGLI
The ugli fruit is a hybrid of an orange and a tangerine, first discovered growing wild in Jamaica where most ugli fruit comes from today. “UGLI” is a trademark name that is a variant of “ugly”, a nod to the fruits unsightly wrinkled rind.

69. Gossipmonger : YENTA
Yenta (also "Yente") is actually a female Yiddish name. In Yiddish theater "yenta" came to mean a busybody, a gossip.

73. Portion of a penny : ZINC
The original one-cent coin was introduced in the US in 1793 and was made of 100% copper. The composition varied over time, and was 100% bronze up to the 1940s. During WWII there was a shortage of copper to make bronze, so the US Mint switched to zinc-coated steel for production of one-cent coins in 1943. The steelie is the only coin ever issued by the US mint that can be picked up by a magnet. Today’s one-cent coin is comprised mainly of zinc.

75. Where Nice is en France : SUD
In French, the city of Nice is in the “sud” (south), “en France” (in France).

77. Tough draws in the game Bananagrams : Z TILES
Bananagrams is a fun game that was introduced in 2006. Bananagrams is a little like Scrabble in that letter tiles are used to make interlocking words.

82. Vegan staple : TOFU
Tofu is another name for bean curd, and is a Japanese word meaning just that … bean that has “curdled”. Tofu is produced by coagulating soy milk, using either salt or something acidic. Once the protein has coagulated, the curds are pressed into the familiar blocks. Personally I love tofu, but my wife, she absolutely hates it …

84. Van Gogh's "Le Café de ___" : NUIT
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who seems to have had a very tortured existence. Van Gogh only painted for the last ten years of his life, and enjoyed very little celebrity while alive. Today many of his works are easily recognized, and fetch staggering sums in auction houses. Van Gogh suffered from severe depression for many of his final years. When he was only 37, he walked into a field with a revolver and shot himself in the chest. He managed to drag himself back to the inn where he was staying but died there two days later.

86. Beverage sponsor of the old "Little Orphan Annie" radio show : OVALTINE
Ovaltine is a milk-flavoring product that was developed in Berne, Switzerland in the early 1900s. It is still called by its original name in its native Switzerland, namely “Ovomaltine”. The “ovo-maltine” name reflects the main ingredients back then: eggs and malt.

88. Biblical quartet : GOSPELS
“Gospel” is a term that came to us via Old English. The Old English term is “godspel” meaning “good story”, and referred to the glad tidings announced by Jesus. There are four Gospels in the Christian New Testament: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

94. East German secret police : STASI
The Ministry for State Security in East Germany was commonly referred to as the Stasi. “Stasi” is an abbreviation for “Staatssicherheit”, which translates as “State Security”.

96. Perfumer's liquid : ACETAL
Acetals are a class of organic compounds, the smaller of which are volatile solvents. The simplest of the group is named simply “acetal”, and is a solvent and ingredient used in cosmetics. A much larger example of an acetal is cellulose.

97. Summer piazza treat : GELATO
Gelato (plural “gelati”) is the Italian version of American ice cream, differing in that it has a lower butterfat content than its US counterpart.

99. Near ringer : LEANER
In the game of horseshoes, a ringer is scored when the tossed shoe lands around the target stake. A leaner is almost as good as a ringer, and is scored when a horseshoe lands upright or leans against the stake.

102. Occurrences in the 30s, say : SLEETS
Apparently "sleet" is a term used to describe two different weather conditions. One is a shower of ice pellets, smaller than hail, and the second is a mixture of rain and snow, with the snow melting as it falls.

104. Skating champ Brian : ORSER
Brian Orser is a retired Canadian figure skater. Orser was one of the “combatants” in the Battle of the Brians, the name given to the rivalry between Brian Orser and US skater Brian Boitano. Orser moved onto coaching after retiring from competition. He coached two Olympic champions: Kim Yuna (2010) and yuzuru Hanyu (2014).

109. Polynesian carvings : TIKIS
A tiki is a large carving of wood or stone resembling a human form that is found in Polynesian cultures. The carvings often mark out boundaries surrounding sites that are sacred to the locals.

113. Takeoff figs. : ETDS
Estimated time of departure (ETD)

116. Singer with the 1984 hit "99 Luftballons" : NENA
Nena is a German singer ("Nena" became the name of her band as well) who had a big hit with one of my favorite songs of the eighties "99 Luftballons". The English translation of the German title ("99 Red Balloons") isn't literal, with the color "red" added just so that the title had the right number of syllables for the tune. "Luftballon" is the name given to a child's toy balloon in German.

119. Part of T.G.I.F. : IT’S
“Thank God It’s Friday” (TGIF) is a relatively new expression that apparently originated in Akron, Ohio. It was a catchphrase used first by disk jockey Jerry Healy of WAKR in the early seventies. That said, one blog reader wrote me to say that he had been using the phrase in the fifties.

120. Cuba or Catalina: Abbr. : ISL
Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. The exact etymology of the name “Cuba” seems a little unclear. Most believe “Cuba” to be derived from the Taíno terms for “where fertile land is abundant” (cubao) or “great place” (coabana).

Catalina Island off the coast of California is more correctly referred to as Santa Catalina Island. Santa Catalina is one of the Channel Islands of California, and is located in Los Angeles County. Santa Catalina has been a major tourist destination since the early 1920s when William Wrigley, Jr. of chewing gum fame invested millions of dollars to develop needed infrastructure to attract visitors. Wrigley owned the Chicago Cubs at the time, and so he made the Chicago Cubs use the island for spring training, as part of a publicity campaign. The Cubs trained there until 1951.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Italian relatives : MAMMAS
7. Part of the earth : CRUST
12. ___ Coast, scenic area near Capri : AMALFI
18. Brutish sort : GORILLA
19. "Dallas" actress ___ J. Wilson : SHEREE
20. Mermaids' home in Neverland : LAGOON
21. 1938 #1 hit for 68-/70-Across, which was inspired by a nursery rhyme : A-TISKET, A-TASKET
23. Listless feelings : ENNUIS
24. Many August births : LEOS
25. Popular pairing with steak au poivre : CABERNET
26. Charm : BEGUILE
27. And the following: Abbr. : ET SEQ
29. Longbow wood : YEW
30. Detached : ALOOF
32. One for the plus column : ASSET
33. Congestion site : SINUS
35. Wyatt of the Old West : EARP
37. Extremely loud, in music : FFF
39. Soft drink brand : DADS
40. Love interest for Anastasia in "Anastasia" : DIMITRI
42. ___ Reports : CONSUMER
45. Suffix with sheep or hawk : -ISH
48. Vintner's cask : TUN
49. Old car named for an explorer : DE SOTO
51. Elder Lannister son on "Game of Thrones" : JAIME
53. Stone Age relics : NEOLITHS
56. Piñata smasher, maybe : NINO
57. "___ parvis magna" ("Greatness from small beginnings": Lat.) : SIC
58. H.S. big shots : SRS
60. Talk endlessly to : JAW AT
61. Act like : APE
63. Illustrator software maker : ADOBE
65. Kama ___ : SUTRA
67. For grades 1-12, briefly : ELHI
68. With 70-Across, nickname for a celebrated performer born on April 25, 1917 : LADY ...
70. See 68-Across : … ELLA
71. Dreary : GRAY
72. Dog whose tail curls over the back : SPITZ
74. Great Lakes natives : ERIES
76. Sister of Helios and Selene : EOS
77. Polish coin : ZLOTY
78. Promising action on a fishing line : TUG
79. Picks out of a lineup, informally : IDS
81. Letter-shaped fastener : T-NUT
83. Button on the bottom of a multipage form : CONTINUE
85. Ring : PHONE
87. Frank : HOT DOG
89. Rapa ___ (locale of many monoliths) : NUI
90. Sports team V.I.P.s : GMS
91. Set piece? : TV CAMERA
93. Natural history museum sights : FOSSILS
96. Turkish title : AGHA
98. Road offense, for short : DUI
99. The hots : LUST
100. Bluish shades : TEALS
103. Green who was a four-time vocal coach on "The Voice" : CEELO
105. Question asked while extending the hand, maybe : TRUCE?
108. Reassuring touch : PAT
110. Fixture on a fishing dock : SCALE
112. One state symbol of Massachusetts : ELM TREE
114. Introduces slowly : PHASES IN
117. Record label that looks like the name of a radio station : K-TEL
118. Lao-tzu follower : TAOIST
119. Notable quote by 68-/70-Across : I SING LIKE I FEEL
121. Set oneself right, in a way : ATONED
122. Five Pillars of Islam, e.g. : TENETS
123. "Bonehead" and "numbskull," e.g. : INSULTS
124. Solitudinarians : LONERS
125. State representatives? : STARS
126. Ride and Field : SALLYS

Down
1. Sacred choral works : MOTETS
2. Melodic passages : ARIOSI
3. Accidentally hit "reply all" on, say : MISSEND
4. Jan. inits. : MLK
5. "Smart" one : ALEC
6. Skewered Asian dish : SATAY
7. Arctic food fish : CHAR
8. Close again, as a purse : RESNAP
9. "Family Matters" ubernerd : URKEL
10. Manage : SEE TO
11. Winter celebration abroad : TET
12. Sheltered at sea : ALEE
13. Japanese comic style : MANGA
14. Mass recitation : AGNUS DEI
15. Repeated collaborator with 68-/70-Across : LOUIS ARMSTRONG
16. Thwarted : FOILED
17. Maps of Alaska and Hawaii, often : INSETS
18. Big blow : GALE
19. Flight attendant : STEWARD
22. Red as ___ : A BEET
26. Close buds : BFFS
28. "Enough already!" : QUIT IT!
31. Be ___ use : OF NO
34. Unlikely book club recommendation : SMUT
36. Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette ___" : RIEN
38. Name on a blimp : FUJI
41. Gets some air : INHALES
42. ___ Nast (magazine publisher) : CONDE
43. Good name for an Irish carpenter? : O’TOOLE
44. Bubs : MACS
45. For laughs : IN JEST
46. Arctic young 'un : SEAL PUP
47. Signature tune of 68-/70-Across : HOW HIGH THE MOON
50. One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
52. Slip in a book : ERRATUM
54. Café additive : LAIT
55. Trade jabs (with) : SPAR
57. Flavors : SEASONS
59. Approve : SAY YES
62. Hollywood job title : EDITOR
64. Freedom Caucus, e.g. : BLOC
66. Wrinkly fruit : UGLI
69. Gossipmonger : YENTA
73. Portion of a penny : ZINC
75. Where Nice is en France : SUD
77. Tough draws in the game Bananagrams : Z TILES
80. No fun, as a party : DEAD
82. Vegan staple : TOFU
84. Van Gogh's "Le Café de ___" : NUIT
86. Beverage sponsor of the old "Little Orphan Annie" radio show : OVALTINE
87. One in line? : HEIR
88. Biblical quartet : GOSPELS
92. Silence : MUTE
94. East German secret police : STASI
95. Quantity of toys on Santa's sleigh : SACKFUL
96. Perfumer's liquid : ACETAL
97. Summer piazza treat : GELATO
99. Near ringer : LEANER
101. Nowadays : LATELY
102. Occurrences in the 30s, say : SLEETS
104. Skating champ Brian : ORSER
106. Sore : UPSET
107. Setting for a fine meal : CHINA
109. Polynesian carvings : TIKIS
111. Bracket shapes : ELLS
113. Takeoff figs. : ETDS
115. Three-stripers: Abbr. : SGTS
116. Singer with the 1984 hit "99 Luftballons" : NENA
119. Part of T.G.I.F. : IT’S
120. Cuba or Catalina: Abbr. : ISL


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About This Blog

This is the simplest of blogs.

I do the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I "Google & Wiki" the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings, along with the solution, as soon as I am done, usually well before the newsprint version becomes available.

About Me

The name's William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, but now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am retired, from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.

I try to answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com.

Crosswords and My Dad

I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad's knee. He let me "help" him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. Over the years, Dad passed on to me his addiction to crosswords. Now in my early 50s, I work on my Irish Times and New York Times puzzles every day. I'm no longer sitting on my Dad's knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

Bill
January 29, 2009

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