LA Times Crossword Answers 21 Oct 2017, Saturday










Constructed by: Ed Sessa

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: None

Bill’s time: 15m 30s

Bill’s errors: 0




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18. Creamy rice dish : RISOTTO

Risotto is an Italian rice dish that is usually served as a first course in Italy, but as a main course here in North America.

19. Tiruchirappalli title : SRI

Tiruchirappalli Is a city located about 200 miles south of Chennai, India. The Tiruchirappalli name is perhaps most familiar internationally due to the Trichinopoly cigar, which was a major export from the city in the 19th century. Winston Churchill was a fan of Black Tiger brand Trichinopoly cigars.

20. California region named for a literary hero : TARZANA

Tarzana is an affluent neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. The community was developed on the site of a former ranch that was owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs of course wrote the popular “Tarzan” series of novels, and named his property Tarzana Ranch. Sadly, Tarzana’s history includes racial segregation and privilege for the white population. This was instigated by Burroughs himself, who marketed the community he developed back in the 1920s using British imperial themes.

23. Shade-loving plant : HOSTA

The Hosta genus of plant was once classified as a lily, but is now in a family of its own and is described as “lily-like”. The plant was given the name “Hosta” in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host.

26. State probably named for a French province : MAINE

There seems to be some uncertainty how the US state of Maine got its name. However, the state legislature has adopted the theory that it comes from the former French province of Maine. The legislature included language to that effect when adopting a resolution in 2001 to establish Franco-American Day.

28. Mobile app? : UBER

Uber is a ridesharing service that was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco. The service is somewhat controversial and has been described as an illegal taxicab operation. Central to Uber’s service is the company’s mobile app, which can use the client’s GPS location to help find the nearest available ride. Uber’s main competitor is Lyft. Personally, I love the service and have only had good experiences …

36. Many an IKEA buy : KIT

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.

38. Brought down a Giant, say : TACKLED

The New York Giants (NYG) football team play their home games in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a stadium shared with the New York Jets (NYJ). The Jets are the only team remaining from a group of five that joined the league in 1925. For many years, the Giants shared team names with the New York Giants MLB team, before the baseball franchise moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season.

46. Kyrgyzstan range : ALAI

The Alay (also “Alai”) Mountains are located in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The highest peak in the range is Pik Tandykul, which lies on the international border between the two countries.

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia that is a former Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). The country name’s root “Kyrgyz” translates as “We are forty”. This a reference to the forty united clans in the region that united under a legendary hero named Manas. The Kyrgyzstan flag also features a sun with forty rays, a further reference to the clans.

52. Sound heard going up a mountain, maybe : POP

That would be ears popping.

53. Film in which the title character says, “I don’t permit the suffering. You do” : OH, GOD!

“Oh, God!” is a comedy movie that was released in 1977. The great George Burns plays the title role (God!) with John Denver co-starring. George Burns was the big success in the cast, and he alone reprised his role in two sequels in the 1980s.

54. Yoga class syllables : OMS

“Om” is a sacred mystic word from the Hindu tradition. “Om” is sometimes used as a mantra, a focus for the mind in meditation.

59. Asphalt : BITUMEN

The asphalt surface on roads (or basketball courts) is more properly called asphaltic concrete, because asphalt itself (also known as “bitumen”) is just a sticky black liquid that comes from crude petroleum. Asphalt is used as a binder with aggregate to form asphaltic concrete.

63. Absinthe flavoring : ANISEED

Absinthe is an alcoholic spirit that is distilled from various plants and herbs, including wormwood. Absinthe was banned in the US in 1915 as it was deemed to be an addictive psychoactive drug. However, the accepted opinion today seems to be that absinthe is no more addictive or dangerous than any other spirit.

64. Solemnly commands : ADJURES

Our word “adjure” comes from the Latin “adjurare”, meaning “to swear to”. We use to the term “adjuration” to mean an earnest entreaty or plea.

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2. Capital south of Addis Ababa : NAIROBI

Nairobi is the capital and largest city in the African nation of Kenya. The city is named for the Nairobi River, which in turn takes its name from the Maasai “Enkare Nairobi” meaning “Cool Water”. Nairobi was founded in 1899 as a stop on the Kenya-Uganda railroad, at a time when the country was a British colony.

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. The city is relatively young, having being founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. Addis Ababa holds an important position within the nations of Africa as it is home to many international organizations that are focused on the continent.

4. Bloke’s address : GUV

“Guv” is an informal word used in the UK, and a shortened form of “governor”. It is usually a friendly address to a man, sort of like our “Mac” or “Dad”.

“Bloke” is British slang for a fellow. The etymology of “bloke” seems to have been lost in the mists of time.

5. Actress Scacchi : GRETA

Greta Scacchi is an actress from Italy who now lives in Australia. Scacchi is popular on the European movie circuit as she is fluent in English, German , French and Italian.

6. Siberian river to the Arctic Ocean : LENA

The Lena is in Siberian, and is the third-longest river in Asia. It rises in the Baikal Mountains in the south, and runs almost 2,800 miles to empty into the Laptev Sea in the Arctic Ocean.

7. Where the Boss’ band once rehearsed : E STREET

The E Street Band is the backing group for Bruce Springsteen. The band came together in 1972 but didn’t take a formal name until two years later. The keyboard player in the original line up was David Sancious, and his mother allowed the group to rehearse at her home. That home was on E Street in Belmar, New Jersey, and that’s where the band got their name.

9. Buttermilk holder? : REIN

Cowboy Roy Rogers rode the palomino horse named Trigger. Cowgirl Dale Evans rode a buckskin quarter horse called Buttermilk.

10. Indian tea region : ASSAM

Assam is a state in the very northeast of India, just south of the Himalayas. Assam is noted for its tea as well as its silk.

21. Muppet friend of Elmo : ZOE

The muppet called Zoe is a young orange monster that appears on “Sesame Street”. Zoe is best friends with Elmo. She is a great lover of ballet and always appears wearing a tutu.

24. Any one of the male “Big Bang Theory” main characters : TREKKIE

“The Big Bang Theory” is very clever sitcom aired by CBS since 2007. “The Big Bang Theory” theme song was specially commissioned for the show, and was composed and is sung by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. The theme song was released in 2007 as a single and is featured on a Barenaked Ladies greatest hits album.

30. Man of La Mancha : SENOR

La Mancha is a region in Spain, a plateau lying south of Madrid. The area became famous after publication of the novel “Don Quixote de La Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes.

35. Whale group : GAM

A group of whales can be called a “gam” as well as a “pod”.

43. Source of some annoying online messages : NAGWARE

Nagware is software that’s distributed for free, but there’s a persistent and annoying reminder to purchase a license when using the product.

51. Mercury money : DIMES

The Mercury dime was also called the Winged Liberty Head dime, and was minted from 1916 to 1945. The coin is so called because it bears the image of a young Liberty wearing a winged cap, an image that is often mistaken for the Roman god Mercury.

53. Medium board : OUIJA

The Ouija board was introduced to America as a harmless parlor game at the end of the 19th century, although variations of the board date back to 1100 BC in China, where it was apparently used to “contact” the spirit world. The name “Ouija” is relatively recent, and is probably just a combination of the French and German words for “yes” … “oui” and “ja”.

56. Source of folic acid : BEET

Folic acid is also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid occurs in the human body as folate, a substance essential in the synthesis and repair of DNA.

57. Quaint retail adjective : OLDE

The word “olde” wasn’t actually used much earlier than the 1920s. “Olde” was introduced to give a quaint antique feel to brand names, shop names etc. as in “Ye Olde Shoppe”.

62. Ancient Greek statuary site: Abbr. : MUS

Museum (mus.)

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1. Get lovey-dovey : SNUGGLE

8. Ramble : TRAIPSE

15. Fertilizes, in a way : MANURES

16. Spousal consent : YES, DEAR

17. Dryer component : AIR VENT

18. Creamy rice dish : RISOTTO

19. Tiruchirappalli title : SRI

20. California region named for a literary hero : TARZANA

22. It can lead into day or night : MID-

23. Shade-loving plant : HOSTA

25. Big chunk of time : EON

26. State probably named for a French province : MAINE

28. Mobile app? : UBER

29. Relay settings : MEETS

31. Object of veneration : ICON

32. Edible conifer seed : PINE NUT

34. Part : SEGMENT

36. Many an IKEA buy : KIT

37. Slangy refusal : NAH

38. Brought down a Giant, say : TACKLED

42. Arrivals : COMINGS

46. Kyrgyzstan range : ALAI

47. Interior design : DECOR

49. Glitzy affair : GALA

50. Informed, with “in” : CLUED

52. Sound heard going up a mountain, maybe : POP

53. Film in which the title character says, “I don’t permit the suffering. You do” : OH, GOD!

54. Yoga class syllables : OMS

55. “Please, please … ” : I BEG YOU …

58. Half-hearted : WAN

59. Asphalt : BITUMEN

61. Prevailing conditions : CLIMATE

63. Absinthe flavoring : ANISEED

64. Solemnly commands : ADJURES

65. Gets new players for : RECASTS

66. Hooks or lures : TEASERS

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1. Road wreck : SMASH UP

2. Capital south of Addis Ababa : NAIROBI

3. Not yet up : UNRISEN

4. Bloke’s address : GUV

5. Actress Scacchi : GRETA

6. Siberian river to the Arctic Ocean : LENA

7. Where the Boss’ band once rehearsed : E STREET

8. Hard heads : TYRANTS

9. Buttermilk holder? : REIN

10. Indian tea region : ASSAM

11. Bachelor’s last words? : I DO

12. Rodents on wheels, perhaps : PET MICE

13. Attended informally : SAT IN ON

14. Like the wind : ERODENT

21. Muppet friend of Elmo : ZOE

24. Any one of the male “Big Bang Theory” main characters : TREKKIE

27. Shoot for the moon : AIM HIGH

29. Softened : MUTED

30. Man of La Mancha : SENOR

33. Nada : NIL

35. Whale group : GAM

38. Buffet featuring tortillas and fixings : TACO BAR

39. Hog’s call? : ALL MINE!

40. Biting : CAUSTIC

41. Conditioned response? : DEPENDS …

42. Repro man? : COPYCAT

43. Source of some annoying online messages : NAGWARE

44. Crowing type : GLOATER

45. The blues : SADNESS

48. Gear tooth : COG

51. Mercury money : DIMES

53. Medium board : OUIJA

56. Source of folic acid : BEET

57. Quaint retail adjective : OLDE

60. Letters on some tee tags : USA

62. Ancient Greek statuary site: Abbr. : MUS

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LA Times Crossword Answers 20 Oct 2017, Friday










Constructed by: Jeffrey Wechsler

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Hammed It Up

Today’s themed answers are common phrases in which the word HAM has been inserted:

  • 57A. Went all out on stage … or a hint to the four other longest puzzle answers : HAMMED IT UP
  • 16A. Early sustenance for Bruce Wayne? : GOTHAM MILK (from “got milk?)
  • 22A. Handing a St. Louis team an embarrassing loss? : SHAMING THE BLUES (from “sing the blues”)
  • 33A. Tribal VIP’s family? : SHAMAN KIN (from “sank in”)
  • 49A. Easy out in rodent baseball? : POP-UP TO A HAMSTER (from “pop-up toaster”)

Bill’s time: 9m 55s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

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1. Kind of rain or rock : ACID

Acid rain is any precipitation that is unusually acidic. The acidity in rain mainly comes from sulfur dioxide that is discharged into the atmosphere from industrial plants and volcanic eruptions.

The musical genre known as acid rock is a subset of psychedelic rock. The term comes from the influence of the drug LSD (acid) on some compositions in the early days.

12. Like the “funny bone” nerve : ULNAR

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

14. Poet Silverstein : SHEL

Author Shel Silverstein had a varied career and did a lot more than write books. Silverstein was a poet, composer, cartoonist and screenwriter among other things. One of his successful children’s books is “The Giving Tree”, which was first published in 1964. “The Giving Tree” tells of a young boy who has a special relationship with a tree in a forest. The message of the book seems to be that the tree provides the little boy with everything he needs.

16. Early sustenance for Bruce Wayne? : GOTHAM MILK (from “got milk?)

Gotham had been a nickname for New York City long before it was picked up by comic books as a setting for Batman tales. The term was coined by Washington Irving in a periodical that he published in 1807. Irving was lampooning New York politics and culture, and lifted the name from the village of Gotham in Nottinghamshire, England. The original Gotham was, according to folklore, inhabited by fools.

Bruce Wayne is the secret identity of Batman in the comic series created by DC Comics. The first name of Bruce was chosen as a homage to the Scottish king and heroic figure, Robert the Bruce. The family name was a nod to “Mad Anthony” Wayne, the US Army general and statesman who rose to prominence in the Revolutionary War.

The “got milk?” advertising campaign was funded originally by the California Milk Processor Board and later by milk processors and dairy farmers. The “got milk?” ads encourage us to drink cow’s milk, and lots of it.

18. Country where Quechua is spoken : PERU

Quechua was the Native American language adopted by the Incan Empire and favored over other dialects. Today, Quechua is one of the official languages in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, alongside Spanish.

19. Great Plains native : 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”.

20. Pluto quintet : MOONS

The dwarf planet Pluto has five moons, that we know of. The first of these, Charon, was discovered as recently as 1978. The five moons are named Charon, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra.

22. Handing a St. Louis team an embarrassing loss? : SHAMING THE BLUES (from “sing the blues”)

The St. Louis Blues hockey team takes its name from the song “St. Louis Blues”, a jazz and popular music classic.

26. Mother with a Nobel prize : TERESA

Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in the city that is now called Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. At birth she was given the names Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (“Gonxha” means “little flower” in Albanian). She left home at the age of 18 and joined the Sisters of Loreto, and headed to Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham in Dublin, Ireland in order to learn English. Her goal was to teach in India, and English was the language used there for instruction by the nuns. After Mother Teresa passed away in 1997 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, a step on the road to canonization. In order for her to be beatified there had to be documented evidence of a miracle that was performed due to her intercession. The miracle in question was the healing of a tumor in the abdomen of a woman due to the application of a locket containing a picture of Mother Teresa. Documentation of a second miracle is required for her to be declared a saint. The canonization process seems to well underway, with Pope Francis recognizing a second miracle in December 2015.

32. Central Dallas? : ELS

There are two letters L (el) at the center of the word “Dallas”.

33. Tribal VIP’s family? : SHAMAN KIN (from “sank in”)

A shaman is a supposed intermediary between the human world and the spirit world.

37. Elastic wood : ASH

The wood of the ash tree is a hardwood, although it is relatively elastic. Famously, ash is the wood of choice for baseball bats. It is also the wood of choice for hurleys, the wooden sticks used in the Irish sport of hurling.

40. Sister magazine of Jet : EBONY

“Ebony” is a lifestyle magazine founded in 1945 that is marketed towards the African-American community. Way back in 1957/58, “Ebony” was home to a monthly advice column penned by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Titled “Advice for Living”, he used the column to answer many of letters that the magazine received that were addressed to Dr. King personally. Having recently read a few of those columns, I must say that they provide some fascinating insight into race relations in the 1950s …

41. God with a quiver : EROS

Eros, the Greek god of love, gives rise to our word “erotic”, meaning “arousing sexual desire”. Also known as Amor, the Roman counterpart to Eros was Cupid.

A quiver is a container used for carrying arrows.

47. Soi-__: self-styled : DISANT

“Soi-disant” is a French term that we’ve imported into English. Meaning “self-styled, so-called”, we tend to use the term disparagingly, suggesting an element of self-promotion. “Soi-disant” translates literally from French as “saying oneself”.

49. Easy out in rodent baseball? : POP-UP TO A HAMSTER (from “pop-up toaster”)

The rodents known as hamsters are commonly kept as house pets. Male hamsters are called bucks, females are called does, and baby hamsters are known as pups.

53. Components of 56-Across : HOPS
(56A. Malt creations : ALES)

The foodstuff that we call “hops” are actually the female flower of the hop plant. The main use of hops is to add flavor to beer. The town in which I live here in California used to be home to the largest hop farm in the whole world. Most of the harvested hops were exported all the way to the breweries of London, where they could fetch the best price.

54. Quartet member : VIOLA

A standard string quartet is made up of two violins, a viola and a cello. A string quintet consists of a standard string quartet with the addition of a fifth instrument, usually a second viola or cello.

55. Org. with Jungians : APA

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, and the founder of analytical psychology. Jung was very much associated with the analysis of dreams, and also introduced us to the psychological concepts of introversion and extroversion.

57. Went all out on stage … or a hint to the four other longest puzzle answers : HAMMED IT UP

The word “ham”, describing a performer who overacts, is apparently a shortened form of “hamfatter” and dates back to the late 1800s. “Hamfatter” comes from a song in old minstrel shows called “The Ham-Fat Man”. It seems that a poorly performing actor was deemed to have the “acting” qualities of a minstrel made up in blackface.

60. Protected, in a way : ALEE

Alee is the direction away from the wind. If a sailor points into the wind, he or she is pointing aweather.

61. Sister of Thalia : ERATO

In Greek mythology, the muses are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. The number of muses is a subject of debate at times, but the most popular view is that there are nine:

  • Calliope (epic poetry)
  • Clio (history)
  • Erato (lyric poetry)
  • Euterpe (music)
  • Melpomene (tragedy)
  • Polyhymnia (choral poetry)
  • Terpsichore (dance)
  • Thalia (comedy)
  • Urania (astronomy)

Before the adoption of the nine muses of Greek mythology, there were originally three muses, the three Boeotian Muses. These were:

  • Mneme (memory)
  • Melete (meditation)
  • Aoede (song)

62. Hardy heroine : TESS

In Thomas Hardy’s novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, the heroine and title character is Tess Durbeyfield. Her father is an uneducated peasant and when he hears that his name is a corruption of the noble name of “D’Urberville”, the news goes to his head.

63. Perception-changing drug : 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 …

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1. Masters course : AUGUSTA

The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia was founded in 1933 by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Famously, Augusta hosts the Masters Tournament each year. Augusta is very much a private club, and some of its policies have drawn criticism over the years. Prior to 1959, the club had a bylaw requiring that all caddies be African American. There were no African-American club members admitted until 1990, and no women until 2012.

2. Fabled emperor’s lack : CLOTHES

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is an 1837 story penned by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson. The tale tells of two tailors who hoodwink an emperor into believing they provided him clothes that were invisible to his aides who were unfit for their office. It took a child to cry out “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” to reveal the scam.

4. Morse “T” : DAH

Samuel Morse came up with the forerunner to modern Morse code for use on the electric telegraph, of which he was the co-inventor. Morse code uses a series of dots and dashes to represent letters and numbers. The most common letters are assigned the simplest code elements e.g. E is represented by one dot, and T is represented by one dash. When words are spelled aloud in Morse code, a dot is pronounced as “dit”, and a dash is pronounced as “dah”.

6. Like Roald Dahl, by birth : WELSH

Roald Dahl’s name is Norwegian. Dahl’s parents were from Norway, although Dahl himself was Welsh. Dahl became one of the most successful authors of the twentieth century. Two of his most famous titles are “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

7. Yellowstone grazer : ELK

Yellowstone was the first National Park to be established in the world, when it was designated as such by President Grant in 1872. What a great tradition it started! The American National Parks truly are a treasure.

10. Voice of President Business in “The Lego Movie” : FERRELL

“The Lego Movie” is a 2014 computer animated film in which all the characters are Lego figures. Apparently “The Lego Movie” was well received, and resulted in the spin-off film “The Lego Batman Movie”.

13. “Ghostbusters” actor : RAMIS

Harold Ramis was a real all-rounder, a very successful actor, director and writer. Indeed, in both “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes” he was a co-writer as well as playing a lead character. Ramis worked as writer-director on “Caddyshack”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This”.

1984’s “Ghostbusters” really is an entertaining movie. It stars Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, and was directed by Ivan Reitman (a trio that also worked together on 1981’s “Stripes”). The first draft of the screenplay was written by another star of the movie, Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd originally envisioned “Ghostbusters” as a vehicle for himself and John Belushi, but sadly Belushi passed away before the project could be realized.

14. Air quality issue : SMOG

“Smog” is a portmanteau formed by melding “smoke” and “fog”. The term was first used to describe the air around London in the early 1900s. Several cities around the world have a reputation of being particularly smoggy. For example, the most smog-plagued city in Latin America is Mexico City, which is located in a highland “bowl” that traps industrial and vehicle pollution.

17. Lisa’s title : MONA

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece that we know in English as the “Mona Lisa” is called “La Gioconda” in Italian, the language of the artist. It’s also known as “La Joconde” by the Government of France which owns the painting and displays it in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The title comes from the name of the subject, almost certainly Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Giocondo was a wealthy silk merchant in Florence who commissioned the painting for the couple’s new home to celebrate the birth of their second son.

23. Team whose mascot’s head is a baseball : METS

Mr. Met is the mascot of the New York Mets. He is a guy with a large baseball as a head. There’s also a Mrs. Met, a mascot that was previously known as Lady Met.

24. Viking history VIP : ERIK

According to Icelandic tradition, Erik the Red was the man responsible for founding the first Nordic settlement in Greenland. Erik had a famous son: the explorer Leif Ericson.

25. Island near Java : BALI

Bali is both an island and a province in Indonesia. It is a popular tourist spot, although the number of visitors dropped for a few years as a result of terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005 that killed mainly tourists. Bali became more popular starting in 2008 due to a significant and favorable change in the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Indonesian rupiah.

Java is a large island in Indonesia that is home to the country’s capital, Jakarta. With a population of over 130 million, Java is the most populous island in the world, with even more people than Honshu, the main island of Japan.

35. Assist badly? : ABET

The word “abet” comes into English from the Old French “abeter” meaning “to bait” or “to harass with dogs” (it literally means “to make bite”). This sense of encouraging something bad to happen morphed into our modern usage of “abet” meaning to aid or encourage someone in a crime.

36. Storied loch : NESS

Loch Ness is one of the two most famous lakes in Scotland. Loch Ness is famous for its “monster”, and Loch Lomond is famous for the lovely song “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”. Oh, ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road …

37. It might be on the road for years : ASPHALT

The asphalt surface on roads (or basketball courts) is more properly called asphaltic concrete, because asphalt itself is just a sticky black liquid that comes from crude petroleum. Asphalt is used as a binder with aggregate to form asphaltic concrete.

38. Cop’s info source : STOOLIE

Stoolies, also called “canaries”, will sing to the cops given the right incentive. “Stoolie” is short for “stool pigeon”. A stool pigeon was a decoy bird tied to a stool so as to lure other pigeons. Originally a stoolie was a decoy for the police, rather than an informer, hence the name.

42. Snare drum sound : RAT-A-TAT

Snare drums are so called because they have a set of wire strands (snares) stretching across the bottom surface of the drum. When the drum is struck, the snares vibrate against the bottom drumhead producing a unique sound.

43. Feature of many a birdie : ONE PUTT

The following terms are routinely used in golf for scores relative to par:

  • Bogey: one over par
  • Par
  • Birdie: one under par
  • Eagle: two under par
  • Albatross (also “double eagle”): three under par
  • Condor: four under par

No one has ever recorded a condor during a professional tournament.

44. Secure, as a knapsack : STRAP ON

“Knapsack” is a Low German word describing a bag with straps designed to be carried on the back. The word “knapsack” probably comes from the German verb “knappen” meaning “to eat”.

48. “__ these wars for Egypt”: Antony : I MADE

The following lines are from the play “Antony and Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare:

I made these wars for Egypt, and the Queen,
Whose heart I thought I had, for she had mine—

57. Clarke computer : HAL

In Arthur C. Clarke’s “Space Odyssey” (famously adapted for the big screen as “2001: A Space Odyssey”) the computer system that went rogue was called HAL 9000, or simply “HAL”. HAL stands for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. Even though, Clarke denied it, there’s a good argument that can be made that the acronym HAL is a veiled reference to IBM, the big player in the world of computing at the time of the novel’s publication (1968). The acronym HAL is just a one-letter shift from the initials “IBM”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

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1. Kind of rain or rock : ACID

5. Affect profoundly : AWE

8. Often-converted residence : LOFT

12. Like the “funny bone” nerve : ULNAR

14. Poet Silverstein : SHEL

15. Declare firmly : AVER

16. Early sustenance for Bruce Wayne? : GOTHAM MILK (from “got milk?)

18. Country where Quechua is spoken : PERU

19. Great Plains native : UTE

20. Pluto quintet : MOONS

21. Gets on the wrong train, say : ERRS

22. Handing a St. Louis team an embarrassing loss? : SHAMING THE BLUES (from “sing the blues”)

26. Mother with a Nobel prize : TERESA

27. Fight in the backwoods : RASSLE

28. Vacation fill-in: Abbr. : ASST

29. Message often included in its response : EMAIL

32. Central Dallas? : ELS

33. Tribal VIP’s family? : SHAMAN KIN (from “sank in”)

37. Elastic wood : ASH

40. Sister magazine of Jet : EBONY

41. God with a quiver : EROS

45. Where the groom may walk down the aisle : STABLE

47. Soi-__: self-styled : DISANT

49. Easy out in rodent baseball? : POP-UP TO A HAMSTER (from “pop-up toaster”)

53. Components of 56-Across : HOPS

54. Quartet member : VIOLA

55. Org. with Jungians : APA

56. Malt creations : ALES

57. Went all out on stage … or a hint to the four other longest puzzle answers : HAMMED IT UP

59. Ticket booth sight : LINE

60. Protected, in a way : ALEE

61. Sister of Thalia : ERATO

62. Hardy heroine : TESS

63. Perception-changing drug : LSD

64. Letter heading abbr. : ATTN

Down

1. Masters course : AUGUSTA

2. Fabled emperor’s lack : CLOTHES

3. Emotionally overwhelmed : IN TEARS

4. Morse “T” : DAH

5. “Can’t you take __?” : A HINT

6. Like Roald Dahl, by birth : WELSH

7. Yellowstone grazer : ELK

8. Settings for small American flags : LAPELS

9. Do to death : OVERUSE

10. Voice of President Business in “The Lego Movie” : FERRELL

11. Bridge supports : TRUSSES

13. “Ghostbusters” actor : RAMIS

14. Air quality issue : SMOG

17. Lisa’s title : MONA

23. Team whose mascot’s head is a baseball : METS

24. Viking history VIP : ERIK

25. Island near Java : BALI

29. Confessional music genre : EMO

30. Anthropologist’s subject : MAN

31. Whichever : ANY

34. Give a hand : HELP

35. Assist badly? : ABET

36. Storied loch : NESS

37. It might be on the road for years : ASPHALT

38. Cop’s info source : STOOLIE

39. Stumbles (upon) : HAPPENS

42. Snare drum sound : RAT-A-TAT

43. Feature of many a birdie : ONE PUTT

44. Secure, as a knapsack : STRAP ON

46. Smooches : BUSSES

47. Glen relative : DALE

48. “__ these wars for Egypt”: Antony : I MADE

50. Shapes formed by angled spotlights : OVALS

51. Zeroed in : AIMED

52. Telecommuter’s workplace : HOME

57. Clarke computer : HAL

58. Nest egg acronym : IRA

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