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0216-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 16 Feb 17, Thursday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: Keith Redwine
THEME: Asymmetry
At first glance, today’s grid appears to be ASYMMETRIC. Symmetry is restored by some rebus squares that contain the word BLACK:
35A. Feature of this puzzle that's "fixed" by a literal reading of four squares : ASYMMETRY

1A. Menu holder at many a cafe : BLACKBOARD
10A. Body of water near Georgia : BLACK SEA
39A. Worry for the superstitious : BLACK CAT
50A. Solvent : IN THE BLACK
1D. University of Maine mascot : BLACK BEAR
10D. Villain : BLACK HAT
37D. Five-time Grammy-winning duo from the 2010s : THE BLACK KEYS
39D. Extorted from : BLACKMAILED
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 11m 35s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

7. Where Schwarzenegger was born: Abbr. : AUS
The body-builder, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Graz in Austria, the son of the local police chief. Schwarzenegger’s family name translates into the more prosaic "black plough man". In his bodybuilding days, he was often referred to as the Austrian Oak. When he was Governor of California he was called “the Governator”, a play on his role in the “The Terminator” series of movies.

10. Body of water near Georgia : BLACK SEA
The Black Sea is in southeastern Europe just south of Ukraine. In the north of the Black Sea is the Crimean Peninsula.

14. Shoots in the jungle : BAMBOO
The grass known as bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Sadly, there are stories of growing bamboo being used as a device of torture. Supposedly, a victim can be staked out over bamboo shoots so that the shoots grow into the human flesh. Theoretically, bamboo can grow several inches in just three days.

15. Abbr. on a ticket : MPH
Miles per hour (mph)

16. Composer Zimmer with four Grammys : HANS
Hans Zimmer is a film composer from Frankfurt in Germany. The long list of films that Zimmer has scored includes “Rain Man” (1998), “The Lion King” (1994), “Gladiator” (2000), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “Inception” (2010) and “12 Years a Slave” (2013).

20. Cockpit reading: Abbr. : ALT
Altitude (alt.)

21. Book after Exod. : LEV
In the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Leviticus comes after the Book of Exodus and before the Book of Numbers.

24. Some campus marchers, briefly : ROTC
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program for officers based in colleges all around the US. The ROTC program was established in 1862 when as a condition of receiving a land-grant to create colleges, the federal government required that military tactics be part of a new school’s curriculum.

29. 1984 movie with a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with "The" : TERMINATOR
The 1984 movie "The Terminator" was directed by James Cameron. It was a relatively low budget production, costing $6.4 million. It has grossed around $80 million to date, so no wonder the Terminator said "I’ll be back".

32. Hanoi holiday : 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.

Hanoi was the capital of North Vietnam, and Saigon the capital of South Vietnam. After the Vietnam War, Hanoi was made capital of the reunified state. Saigon, the larger metropolis, was renamed to Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi is located in the delta of the Red River, and is just over 50 miles from the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea.

34. French possessive : SES
“Ses” is the French word for “his”, “her” or “its”, when referring to a group of items.

44. Ill, in Lille : MAL
Lille is a large city in the very north of France sitting right on the border with Belgium. The name “Lille” is a derivation of the term “l’isle” meaning “the island”. The name “L’Isle” dates back to 1066, and is a reference to a castle that once stood on an island in the DeĆ»le river that runs through the city. The city grew around the island and the castle.

49. Longtime Notre Dame coach Parseghian : ARA
Ara Parseghian coached the Notre Dame football team from 1964 to 1974, a period known as "The Era of Ara".

55. Film studio once owned by Howard Hughes : RKO
The RKO Pictures studio was formed when RCA (RADIO Corporation of America) bought the KEITH-Albee-ORPHEUM theaters (and Joe Kennedy’s Film Booking Offices of America). The RKO initialism then comes from the words “Radio”, “Keith” and “Orpheum”.

58. Maumee River outlet : LAKE ERIE
The Maumee River forms at Fort Wayne, Indiana and flows for 137 miles through Indiana and Ohio, emptying into Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio.

63. A good one gets you on a list, briefly : GPA
Grade point average (GPA)

That might be a dean’s list, I am guessing …

64. Old ___ : YELLER
“Old Yeller” is a children’s novel by Fred Gipson that was first published in 1956. “Old Yeller” was to be the first in a series of three books, followed by “Savage Sam” in 1962 and “Little Arliss” in 1978. The original was made into a very famous Walt Disney film released in 1957. Disney also produced the “Savage Sam” sequel, in 1963. The title character in “Old Yeller” is a yellow-colored dog that is adopted by a teenage boy. Spoiler alert: in the end, the dog dies …

Down
1. University of Maine mascot : BLACK BEAR
The town of Orono is home to the University of Maine, founded in 1862. The college is actually located on an island (Marsh island) lying between the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers. The town of Orono is named after Joseph Orono, a chief of the Penobscot Nation. The school’s athletic teams are named the Maine Black Bears.

2. Tickets are found on it : BALLOT
Today a “ballot” is a piece of paper used to cast a vote. Back in the 1500s, a “ballot” was a small “ball” used in the process of voting.

4. "Modern Family" network : ABC
“Modern Family” is a marvelous television show shown on ABC since 2009. The show’s format is that of a “mockumentary”, with the cast often addressing the camera directly. In that respect “Modern Family” resembles two other excellent shows: “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, both of which might also be described a “mockumentaries”.

6. Coddle, with "on" : DOTE
The verb “to coddle”, meaning “to treat tenderly”, was actually coined in 1815 by Jane Austen in her novel “Emma”. At least, that is the first written record we have of the verb’s usage. John Knightley (younger brother of George Knightley) addresses his wife Isabella (elder sister of Emma Woodhouse) with the following words:
“My dear Isabella,” exclaimed he, hastily, “pray do not concern yourself about my looks. Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children, and let me look as I chuse.”

7. Gig need : AMP
Musicians use “gig” to describe a job, a performance. The term originated in the early 1900s in the world of jazz.

9. Religion with public shrines : SHINTO
It is perhaps best not to describe Shinto as a religion, but more as a “spirituality of the Japanese people”, a spirituality that encompasses folklore, history and mythology. Having said that, “Shinto” translates literally as “Way of the Gods”. Most people in Japan who are described as practicing Shinto, also practice Buddhism.

10. Villain : BLACK HAT
In western movies and television, the bad guys tend to wear black hats, and the good guys wear white. Well, that’s the perception. As a result, we’ve come to use the phrase “black hat” to mean “villain”.

11. Give plenty : SATIATE
“Sate” is a variant of the older word “satiate”. Both terms can mean either to satisfy an appetite fully, or to eat to excess.

25. Hungarian's neighbor : CROAT
The Republic of Croatia is a Balkan country. The Croats declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Croatia became a member of NATO in 2009, and a member of the European Union in 2013.

27. Animal found in the La Brea Tar Pits : MAMMOTH
The La Brea Tar Pits are located right in the heart of the city of Los Angeles. At the site there is a constant flow of tar that seeps up to the surface from underground, a phenomenon that has been around for tens of thousands of years. What is significant is that much of the seeping tar is covered by water. Over many, many centuries animals came to the water to drink and became trapped in the tar as they entered the water to quench their thirsts. The tar then preserved the bones of the dead animals. Today a museum is located right by the Tar Pits, recovering bones and displaying specimens of the animals found there. It’s well worth a visit if you are in town …

34. Civil war locale beginning in 2011 : SYRIA
Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, a refugee crisis has developed involving almost 7 million internally displaced persons and almost 5 million displaced persons outside of Syria (as of February 2016). Those are staggering numbers, especially when one compares them to the estimated Syrian population of 17 million in 2014.

36. It will put you to sleep : ETHER
Ethers are a whole class of organic compounds, but in the vernacular “ether” is specifically diethyl ether. Diethyl ether was once very popular as a general anesthetic.

37. Five-time Grammy-winning duo from the 2010s : THE BLACK KEYS
The Black Keys are a rock band, a duo from Akron, Ohio. Dan Auerbach on guitar, and Patrick Carney on drums, formed the Black Keys in 2001.

38. Abbr. in a military title : RET
Retired (ret.)

41. Like malamutes : ALASKAN
The Alaskan Malamute was bred as a working dog, in particular to pull sleds. The breed takes its name from the Mahlemut tribe of Inuit people. The Alaskan Malamute was designated as Alaska’s official state dog in 2010.

46. Cabinet department : ENERGY
The US Department of Energy (DOE) came into being largely as a result of the 1973 oil crisis. The DOE was founded in 1977 by the Carter administration. The DOE is responsible for regulating the production of nuclear power, and it is also responsible for the nation’s nuclear weapons. The official DOE seal features symbols denoting five sources of energy: the sun, an atom, an oil derrick, a windmill and a dynamo.

54. Mil. danger : IED
Having spent much of my life in the border areas between southern and Northern Ireland, I am sadly all too familiar with the devastating effects of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). One has to admire the bravery of soldiers who spend their careers defusing (or attempting to defuse) such devices in order to save the lives and property of others.

61. Word after a number in a score : ALL
For example, one-all (1-1) and three-all (3-3).

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Menu holder at many a cafe : BLACKBOARD
7. Where Schwarzenegger was born: Abbr. : AUS
10. Body of water near Georgia : BLACK SEA
14. Shoots in the jungle : BAMBOO
15. Abbr. on a ticket : MPH
16. Composer Zimmer with four Grammys : HANS
17. Provoke : ELICIT
18. Grunts : PRIVATES
20. Cockpit reading: Abbr. : ALT
21. Book after Exod. : LEV
23. Erstwhile : ONE-TIME
24. Some campus marchers, briefly : ROTC
26. Overdo it, in a way : EMOTE
28. Show : AIR
29. 1984 movie with a 100% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with "The" : TERMINATOR
32. Hanoi holiday : TET
33. End of an address : DOT-COM
34. French possessive : SES
35. Feature of this puzzle that's "fixed" by a literal reading of four squares : ASYMMETRY
39. Worry for the superstitious : BLACK CAT
42. The rest : OTHERS
44. Ill, in Lille : MAL
45. It's a matter of taste : AESTHETICS
49. Longtime Notre Dame coach Parseghian : ARA
50. Solvent : IN THE BLACK
51. Pan-___ : ARAB
53. Leak source : INSIDER
55. Film studio once owned by Howard Hughes : RKO
57. Take advantage of : USE
58. Maumee River outlet : LAKE ERIE
60. Go by : ELAPSE
62. "Gosh!" : EGAD!
63. A good one gets you on a list, briefly : GPA
64. Old ___ : YELLER
65. Cubs' home : DEN
66. Nevertheless : YET
67. Thick-___ shoes : SOLED

Down
1. University of Maine mascot : BLACK BEAR
2. Tickets are found on it : BALLOT
3. Left out : OMITTED
4. "Modern Family" network : ABC
5. Stir up : ROIL
6. Coddle, with "on" : DOTE
7. Gig need : AMP
8. Displace : UPROOT
9. Religion with public shrines : SHINTO
10. Villain : BLACK HAT
11. Give plenty : SATIATE
12. Pakistan and India, e.g. : ENEMIES
13. Claim : ASSERT
19. Really go out of one's way? : VEER
22. Bile : VENOM
25. Hungarian's neighbor : CROAT
27. Animal found in the La Brea Tar Pits : MAMMOTH
30. Ski area locales: Abbr. : MTS
31. Needing salt, maybe : ICY
34. Civil war locale beginning in 2011 : SYRIA
36. It will put you to sleep : ETHER
37. Five-time Grammy-winning duo from the 2010s : THE BLACK KEYS
38. Abbr. in a military title : RET
39. Extorted from : BLACKMAILED
40. Result of war : CARNAGE
41. Like malamutes : ALASKAN
43. Small moral misgiving : SCRUPLE
45. Senate staffer : AIDE
46. Cabinet department : ENERGY
47. Feature of a credit card : STRIPE
48. Gave lip : SASSED
52. "Suds" : BEER
54. Mil. danger : IED
56. Butter substitute : OLEO
59. Snack, say : EAT
61. Word after a number in a score : ALL


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2 comments :

Jeff said...

I danced around the theme for a while, but I finally figured out the BLACK in the "should be" black squares. Knowing the U of Maine were the Black Bears helped a lot. Still needed 38 minutes to finish mainly due to wanting to put "unseat" rather than UPROOT for "Displace". I eventually figured it out.

Fun puzzle and theme.

Best -

Dave Kennison said...

16:36, no errors. I actually did this one Wednesday night, but got busy with a bunch of other things (including yet another memorial service for an old friend) and neglected to come here and post the results. A good puzzle (and I had an easier time with it than today's - Friday's - puzzle) ...

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