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0331-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 31 Mar 17, Friday





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CROSSWORD SETTER: David C. Duncan Dekker
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 11m 08s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 4

  • ODETS (Owets!)
  • CENI (Cena)
  • PEE DEE (Peewee)
  • COTTI (cotta)

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. "Don Juan," for one : EPIC POEM
Lord Byron wrote the poem "Don Juan" based on the legend of Don Juan the libertine. In the poem, he created the character Donna Inez, Don Juan's mother. Supposedly Inez was based on Byron's own wife, Annabella Milbanke.

16. Mammals using echolocation : SHREWS
Shrews are mammals that look like small moles or long-nosed mice. They are the only terrestrial mammals that are known to echolocate, using a series of ultrasonic squeaks to examine their nearby surroundings.

19. "The Flowering Peach" playwright : ODETS
“Two By Two” is a 1970 musical with lyrics that is based on the “The Flowering Peach”, a play by Clifford Odets. Both the musical and play tell the story of Noah and the Great Flood. The musical was only produced one time, on Broadway with Danny Kaye playing the lead.

20. Moo ___ : SHU
Moo shu pork (also “mu shu pork”) is a traditional dish from northern China, with the main ingredients being shredded pork and scrambled egg.

22. Hayek of "Grown Ups" : SALMA
Salma Hayek is a Mexican actress. Hayek was the first Mexican national to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, for her portrayal of artist Frida Kahlo in the 2002 movie "Frida".

“Grown Ups" is a 2010 comedy movie written by and starring Adam Sandler. The film revolves around five childhood friends who reunite after thirty years. Sandler plays one of the five, along with Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider.

26. Dunderhead : SIMP
“Simp” is slang for a simple or foolish person. Not nice …

27. Nancy Sinatra's "If ___ Love Me" : HE’D
Singer Nancy Sinatra has a few big hits to her name, including 1966’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”, 1967’s “Somethin’ Stupid”, and 1967’s “You Only Live Twice” (theme song for the movie). Nancy is the daughter of the great Frank Sinatra, who sang “Somethin’ Stupid” with her as a duet. Frank also passed on “You Only Live Twice” before the song was offered to Nancy.

28. Brown Betty, e.g. : PUDDING
Brown Betty is a simple dessert made from apples (usually) with sweetened crumbs on top, and then baked.

30. Org. with a campaign called "Degrees Not Debt" : NEA
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union in the country, and mainly represents public school teachers.

34. Jet stream locale : JACUZZI
Jacuzzi is one of those brand names that has become so much associated with the product that it is often assumed to be a generic term. The Jacuzzi company was founded in 1915 by the seven(!) Jacuzzi brothers in Berkeley California. The brothers, who were Italian immigrants, pronounced their name “ja-coot-si”, as one might suspect when one realizes the name is of Italian origin. The company started off by making aircraft propellers and then small aircraft, but suspended aircraft production in 1925 when one the brothers was killed in one of their planes. The family then started making hydraulic pumps, and in 1948 developed a submersible bathtub pump so that a son of one of the brothers could enjoy hydrotherapy for his rheumatoid arthritis. The “hydrotherapy product” took off in the fifties with some astute marketing towards “worn-out housewives” and the use of celebrity spokesman Jack Benny.

37. Romantic visionary : QUIXOTE
The full name of Cervantes’s novel is “The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha”. In the story, Don Quixote is a retired country gentleman who heads out as a knight-errant and who renames himself Don Quixote of la Mancha. In his mind he designates a neighboring farm girl called Aldonza Lorenzo as his lady love, and renames her Dulcinea del Toboso.

38. N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Mourning : ALONZO
Basketball player Alonzo Mourning played most of his career with the Miami Heat, and in 2009 was the first person to have his number retired. In 2003, Mourning had a kidney replacement, a donation from a cousin that he had not seen in 25 years.

39. Oscar-winning role in "Life Is Beautiful" : GUIDO
Roberto Benigni is an Italian actor and director. Benigni had a major role in "Son of the Pink Panther" in which he played the illegitimate son of Inspector Clouseau played by Peter Sellers. The movie bombed in America, but made it big in Benigni's native country of Italy. His most famous role in here in America is in the 1997 film "Life is Beautiful", an Italian language film that won him the 1997 Oscar for Best Actor (and Benigni also directed the movie).

43. Real pal, for short : BFF
Best friend forever (BFF)

46. Many of its products have legs : IKEA
The furniture chain IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943, when he was just 17-years-old. IKEA is an acronym standing for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (don’t forget now!). Elmtaryd was the name of the farm where Ingvar Kamprad grew up, and Agunnaryd is his home parish in Sweden.

49. Noah of "Falling Skies" : WYLE
Noah Wyle is an actor noted for playing Dr. John Truman Carter III on television’s “ER”. He was highly valued by the show’s producers, earning about $400,000 per episode in 2005, a world record for an actor in a TV drama at that time.

"Falling Skies" is a sci-fi television series about life in Boston after an alien invasion.

50. Plants of the arum family : TAROS
The corm of some taro plants is used to make poi, the traditional Hawaiian dish (that I think tastes horrible). When a taro plant is grown as an ornamental, it is often called Elephant Ears due to the shape of its large leaves.

52. Ft. Sumter battler : REB
Fort Sumter is a fortification lying on an artificially constructed island in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. In December 1860, when South Carolina seceded from the Union, US Army forces relocated to Fort Sumter deeming it to be a relatively defensible location. On 11 April 1861, confederate forces demanded that the fort be surrendered. When the defenders refused to budge, confederate artillery opened fire at 4:30 in the morning on 12 April 1861, starting the American Civil War.

54. Range that's home to Ha Ha Tonka State Park : OZARKS
The Ozark Mountains aren't really mountains geographically speaking, and the Ozarks are better described by the alternate name, the Ozark Plateau. It's not really certain how the Ozarks got their name, but my favorite theory is that "Ozarks" is the phonetic spelling of "aux Arks", short for "of Arkansas" in French.

56. Units in modern film ratings? : TOMATOES
“Rotten Tomatoes” is a website that mainly provides reviews and ratings of movies, although it now covers TV shows as well. The site was launched in 1998 and takes its name from the practice of audience members throwing rotten tomatoes at a unappreciated performer on stage.

Down
1. 1980s big-city mayor : ED KOCH
Ed Koch was a Democratic Representative in the US Congress from 1969-73, and then Mayor of New York City from 1978-89. From 1997 to 1999 Koch was a “judge” on the TV show “The People’s Court”. And in 2004, he collaborated with his sister Pat Koch, and wrote a children’s book called “Eddie, Harold’s Little Brother”, a tale about Ed’s own childhood experiences.

2. Alphabetically rhyming river name : PEE DEE
The Pee Dee River takes its name from the Pee Dee tribe of Native Americans from the southeast of the United States.

4. Baked, in Bologna : COTTA
Bologna is a city in northern Italy. The city is home to the University of Bologna that was founded way back in 1088. The University of Bologna is the oldest existing university in the world.

5. Grps. supporting the 30-Across : PTAS
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

6. Wild thing? : OAT
Traditionally, wild oats was a crop that one would regret sowing instead of “good grain”. Young and tempestuous people were rash enough to sow their wild oats, and had yet to comprehend their folly. Over time, to “feel one’s oats” came to mean “be lively and confident”.

8. Modi operandi : METHODS
“Modus operandi” (plural “modi operandi”) is the Latin for “mode of operating”, a term we’ve been using since the mid-1600s. It’s often used by the police when referring to the methods typically employed by a particular perpetrator of a crime, and is usually abbreviated to “M.O.”

9. Common four-year deg. : BSC
Bachelor of Science (BS or BSc)

10. Novelist Jean with the 1966 best seller "Wide Sargasso Sea" : RHYS
Wide Sargasso Sea” was written by Jean Rhys and first published in 1966. It’s a clever work, written as a sort of prequel to Charlotte Bronte’s famous “Jane Eyre”, which dates back to 1847.

21. AK-47 alternative : UZI
The first Uzi submachine gun was designed in the late 1940s by Major Uziel “Uzi” Gal of the Israel Defense Forces, who gave his name to the gun.

The AK-47 rifle is also known as the “Kalashnikov”, after the guns inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov. The AK-47 first saw service with the Soviet Army, starting in 1948.

33. Big name in kitchen utensils : OXO
The OXO line of kitchen utensils is designed to be ergonomically superior to the average kitchen too. The intended user of OXO products is someone who doesn't have the normal range of motion or strength in the hands e.g. someone suffering from arthritis.

34. Cleanup crew : JANITORS
A janitor is someone who takes care of the maintenance or cleaning of a building. An older definition of the term is “doorman”. Our word comes from the Latin “ianitor” meaning “doorkeeper”.

39. Montreal daily : GAZETTE
“The Gazette” is an English-language daily newspaper published in Montreal. “The Gazette” was founded in 1778 and is actually the oldest newspaper in the province of Quebec.

45. Spills it, with "up" : FESSES
The term “fess” is most often seen as part of the phrasal verb “to fess up” meaning “to admit to something”. “Fess” is simply a shortened form of “confess”.

47. Trunk in the trunk : AORTA
The aorta originates in the heart and extends down into the abdomen. It is the largest artery in the body.

51. Hershey bar : SKOR
Skor is a candy bar produced by Hershey’s. “Skor” is Swedish for “shoes”, and the candy bar’s wrapping features a crown that is identical to that found in the Swedish national emblem. What “shoes” have to do with candy, I don’t know …

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. "Don Juan," for one : EPIC POEM
9. Look a little here, look a little there : BROWSE
15. Old means of getting discovered : DEMO TAPE
16. Mammals using echolocation : SHREWS
17. Stayed the course : KEPT AT IT
18. Like biorhythms : CYCLIC
19. "The Flowering Peach" playwright : ODETS
20. Moo ___ : SHU
22. Hayek of "Grown Ups" : SALMA
23. John of pro wrestling : CENA
24. Hard stuff to swallow : BOOZE
26. Dunderhead : SIMP
27. Nancy Sinatra's "If ___ Love Me" : HE’D
28. Brown Betty, e.g. : PUDDING
30. Org. with a campaign called "Degrees Not Debt" : NEA
31. Options in a catalog : SIZES
32. In a sound bite, say : QUOTED
34. Jet stream locale : JACUZZI
37. Romantic visionary : QUIXOTE
38. N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Mourning : ALONZO
39. Oscar-winning role in "Life Is Beautiful" : GUIDO
40. ___ system (GPS device) : NAV
41. Romantic liaison : AFFAIRE
43. Real pal, for short : BFF
46. Many of its products have legs : IKEA
48. Lacking focus : FUZZY
49. Noah of "Falling Skies" : WYLE
50. Plants of the arum family : TAROS
52. Ft. Sumter battler : REB
53. Pet shop purchases : CAGES
54. Range that's home to Ha Ha Tonka State Park : OZARKS
56. Units in modern film ratings? : TOMATOES
58. Convertible : RAGTOP
59. A trivial sum, informally : TWOPENCE
60. Like cream cheese on a bagel : SMEARY
61. Shady bunch? : ELM TREES

Down
1. 1980s big-city mayor : ED KOCH
2. Alphabetically rhyming river name : PEE DEE
3. Loom : IMPEND
4. Baked, in Bologna : COTTA
5. Grps. supporting the 30-Across : PTAS
6. Wild thing? : OAT
7. Series opener : EPISODE I
8. Modi operandi : METHODS
9. Common four-year deg. : BSC
10. Novelist Jean with the 1966 best seller "Wide Sargasso Sea" : RHYS
11. Things in a pod : ORCAS
12. Not near the beginning of : WELL INTO
13. What has different strokes for different folks? : SWIM MEET
14. Bit of antics : ESCAPADE
21. AK-47 alternative : UZI
24. "Go away!" : BUZZ OFF!
25. Probe, to Brits : ENQUIRY
28. ___ topping : PIZZA
29. Leading figure : GUIDE
31. Light of the world : SUN
33. Big name in kitchen utensils : OXO
34. Cleanup crew : JANITORS
35. "Presto chango!" : ALAKAZAM!
36. Media attention : COVERAGE
37. Good practice for the show "It's Academic" : QUIZ BOWL
39. Montreal daily : GAZETTE
42. Winter coat lining : FUR
43. Past : BYGONE
44. Winter coat lining : FLEECE
45. Spills it, with "up" : FESSES
47. Trunk in the trunk : AORTA
49. Well-kept resource : WATER
51. Hershey bar : SKOR
53. Airline V.I.P.: Abbr. : CAPT
55. One wearing sunglasses, stereotypically : SPY
57. Pop enthusiast? : MOM


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8 comments :

Dave Kennison said...

25:03, no errors. Shrews use echolocation? Who knew?!

Astonished by Bill's time. And he has a bug. Sigh ... :-)

@Bill ... Get well, sir!

Richard Di Puma said...

Your grid box answer is wrong
23-4 is not "i" But "A"

John Cena and cotta

Jeff said...

38 minutes for me. I had 37 minutes and got the "You have at least one error" message. I realized I had CENA's name wrong. I had it as CErA.

Easy parts were easy. Hard parts were hard......I'd never make it as a philosopher..JACUZZI as "Jet stream locale" made my brain hurt, but once I got that the rest of the left side of the puzzle went quickly. No issues on the right except maybe BSC - who says that? It's a B.S. degree... Oh well I'm sure somewhere they say BSC..

Best -

Bill Butler said...

@Richard Di Puma
Thanks for pointing out my error. I blame the cough mixture that I took last night ...

BruceB said...

25:48, no errors. You can tell it's Friday, a diabolically clued puzzle. This one looked like a non-starter for a long time. I typically do the clues numerically, starting in the northwest corner and work clockwise. I was into the southwest corner before I finally got a finger hold with ALONZO, NAV and RAGTOP.

Echolocation for SHREWS, learn something new every day. Tried, initially, to fit orcas or whales into 16A, to no avail.

Feel very fortunate to get a zero error finish today.

Anonymous said...

23:22 and 4 errors. Bill missed 4 as well, so I'm probably not the only one who found this puzzle quite a bit esoteric.

Tom M. said...

Started out okay, mostly in the middle, then bogged down. Called it quits. (I'm an old-fashioned pen and paper solver, which doesn't help.)

Glenn said...

1 dumb spelling error (25D), relatively smooth grid to do for this time of the week. 34 minutes worth I timed, but couldn't time after that when I picked back up. But not a whole lot of time after that where I wasn't writing something on the grid.

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