LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Feb 17, Wednesday










Constructed by: Jascha Smilack

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Seeing Red … Not!

Each of today’s themed answers starts with a color, one that isn’t RED. However, each answer ends with a shade of red.

  • 33D. Angrily ignoring the first half of the answers to starred clues? : SEEING RED
  • 20A. *Fictional road material : YELLOW BRICK
  • (giving “brick red”)

  • 57A. *Cola flavor : BLACK CHERRY
  • (giving “cherry red”)

  • 10D. *One with noble lineage : BLUE BLOOD
  • (giving “blood red”)

  • 26D. *Chard, by another name : SILVER BEET

(giving “beet red”)

Bill’s time: 6m 57s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

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1. Spot for an AirPod : EAR

AirPods are Apple’s line of bluetooth earpods. When AirPods were introduced in 2016, the market reacted with some skepticism. The left and right AirPods are not connected by any wire, so there was concern that individual earbuds could fall out of the ear, and possibly get lost. Another concern is Apple’s stated intent to abandon the wired headphone socket on new iPhone models.

4. Chowder morsel : CLAM

The type of soup known as “chowder” may be named for the pot in which it used to be cooked called a “chaudière”, a French term.

8. Moscow currency : RUBLE

The ruble (also “rouble”) is the unit of currency in Russia, as well as several other countries of the former Soviet Union. One ruble is divided into one hundred kopecks (also “kopeks”).

15. Color in a Spanish rainbow : ROJO

“Rojo” is Spanish for “red”.

16. Religion of Basra : ISLAM

Basra is a Iraq’s main port, and is located in the south of the country, 34 miles from the Persian Gulf. Access to the gulf ii via the Shatt al-Arab waterway, a river that discharges into the gulf in the port city of Umm Qasr.

17. Corn Belt tower : SILO

“Silo” is a Spanish word that we absorbed into English, originally coming from the Greek word “siros” that described a pit in which one kept corn.

The Corn Belt (sometimes “Grain Belt”) is a region in the Midwest where, since the mid-1800s, corn has been the major crop. Geographically, the Corn Belt covers Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and parts of Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri. About 40% of the world’s corn production comes from the region, and most of that production is used for the feeding of livestock.

18. Latin I verb : AMAT

Amo, amas, amat” … I love, you love, he/she/it loves”, in Latin.

19. Riyadh resident : SAUDI

Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia, and is located near the center of the country. The name “Riyadh” translates from Arabic as ‘the gardens”.

20. *Fictional road material : YELLOW BRICK

According to L. Frank Baum’s series of “Oz” novels, there are two Yellow Brick Roads that lead to the Emerald City from Munchkin Country, and it turns out that Dorothy chose the harder of the two. There is also a Red Brick Road, which leads from Munchkin County to the Country of the Quadlings.

24. Of a battery terminal : ANODAL

A battery is a device that converts chemical energy into electric energy. A simple battery is made up of three parts: a cathode, an anode and a liquid electrolyte. Ions from the electrolyte react chemically with the material in the anode producing a compound and releasing electrons. At the same time, the electrolyte reacts with the material in the cathode, absorbing electrons and producing a different chemical compound. In this way, there is a buildup of electrons at the anode and a deficit of electrons at the cathode. When a connection (wire, say) is made between the cathode and anode, electrons flow through the resulting circuit from the anode to cathode in an attempt to rectify the electron imbalance.

25. Necessity for a game of Ultimate : FRISBEE

Ultimate is a team sport, similar to football or rugby in that the goal is to get a flying disc into an endzone or goal area. The sport used to be called “Ultimate Frisbee”, but the “Frisbee” was dropped as it is a registered trademark.

34. Slangy pounds : QUID

“Quid” is a slang term for a pound sterling (i.e. a UK pound). It’s not certain where the term comes from, but it is possibly derived somehow from the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” meaning “this for that”.

40. Tomato product : PUREE

A “purée” is a food that has been made smooth by straining or blending. “Purée” is a French term, which I believe is now used to mean “pea soup” (more completely written as “purée de pois”). The French verb “purer” means “to strain, clean”, from the Latin “purare” meaning “to purify, clean”.

42. Religious prefix : THEO-

The prefix “theo-” means “god”, coming from the Greek word “theos” that has the same meaning.

43. Grub : EATS

The larvae of stag beetles are commonly known as grubs, and the pupa known as the chrysalis. “Grub” is also slang for food. The word “grub” has been used in this sense since way back in the 1600s, possible derived from birds eating grubs.

45. Tenerife, por ejemplo : ISLA

In Spanish, Tenerife “por ejemplo” (for example), is an “isla” (island).

Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands located off the coast of Morocco in North Africa. Part of Spain, Tenerife is the nation’s most populous island, home to almost 900,000 people. It also receives about five million visitors annually, making it one of the most important tourist destinations in the world.

52. Clogs from France : SABOTS

There is a story that disgruntled textile workers would kick their wooden shoes, called sabots, into the looms in order to disable them so that they didn’t have to work. This act of vandalism was named for the shoe, an act of … sabotage.

56. Neurologist’s order, briefly : EEG

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a record of electrical activity caused by the firing of neurons within the brain. The EEG might be used to diagnose epilepsy, or perhaps to determine if a patient is “brain dead”.

60. Pop-up foul-up : ERROR

That would be baseball.

63. Pulitzer-winning novelist Jennifer : EGAN

Jennifer Egan is an author who grew up in San Francisco. Egan’s 2010 work “A Visit from the Goon Squad” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Usually termed a novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is structured in such a way that it is sometimes described as a collection of linked short stories.

64. Renaissance painter __ della Francesca : PIERO

Piero della Francesca was an Early Renaissance painter and mathematician from modern-day Tuscany in Italy.

67. Family car : SEDAN

The American “sedan” car is the equivalent of the British “saloon” car. By definition, a sedan car has two rows of seating and a separate trunk (boot in the UK), although in some models the engine can be at the rear of the car.

68. __-Coburg: former Bavarian duchy : SAXE

Saxony was the name given at different times in history to states along the Elbe river in central Europe. As the various states broke up, they spawned many duchies that retained the name “Saxe”. The most famous of these duchies was probably Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, two united duchies in Germany that ceased to exist after WWII. A notable branch of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha House is the British Royal Family, as Queen Victoria was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. King George V of the United Kingdom changed the name of the family to the House of Windsor in a politically sensible move during WWI.

69. Homer’s neighbor : NED

Ned Flanders lives next door to Homer on TV’s “The Simpsons”. Ned is voiced by actor Harry Shearer and has been around since the very first episode aired in 1989.

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3. Pal of Nancy, in comics : ROLLO

“Nancy” is a comic strip that was originally called “Fritzi Ritz” when it first appeared in 1938. Nancy Ritz is a mischievous young girl, and Rollo is a friendly rich kid.

5. Big name in vision care : LOMB

Bausch & Lomb is an American company headquartered in Rochester, New York. It is a major supplier of contact lenses and associated eye-care products. As one might guess, the company was founded (in 1853) by two German immigrants, John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb. Bausch was an optician, and Lomb was the “money man”. The company was originally set up to manufacture monocles.

6. Slightly open : AJAR

Our word “ajar” is thought to come from Scottish dialect, in which “a char” means “slightly open”.

7. Recurring theme : MOTIF

A motif is a recurring element in an artistic work or design.

9. Stars and Stripes land: Abbr. : USA

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.

10. *One with noble lineage : BLUE BLOOD

The idiomatic phrase “blue blood” applies to someone of noble descent. The phrase is a translation from the Spanish “sangre azul”, which was applied to the royal family in Spain. The notion is that someone of noble birth does not have to work outdoors in the fields, and so has untanned skin. The veins showing in the skin had “blue blood”, whereas those veins were masked by the darker skin of the peasant classes.

11. Crock-Pot server : LADLE

We often use the term “crockpot” as an alternative for “slow cooker”. The generic term comes from the trademark “Crock-Pot”, now owned by Sunbeam products.

12. French novelist Zola : EMILE

The most famous work of French writer Émile Zola is his 1898 open letter “J’Accuse!” written to then French president Félix Faure. The letter was published on the front page of a leading Paris newspaper, and accused the government of anti-Semitism in its handling of the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, falsely accused and convicted of spying for Germany. Even after the error was discovered, the government refused to back down and let Dreyfus rot away on Devil’s Island rather than admit to the mistake. It wasn’t until 1906, 12 years after the wrongful conviction, that Dreyfus was freed and reinstated, largely due to the advocacy of Emile Zola.

14. *Floral papal ornament : GOLDEN ROSE

In the Roman Catholic tradition, the fourth Sunday in Lent is sometimes called Rose Sunday. Vestments worn during services are rose colored, and in Rome, the Pope blesses a gold ornament known as the Golden Rose, which is then conferred to a person or group as an honor or token of reverence. In centuries past, Golden Roses were usually awarded to male sovereigns, but more recently the practise has been to give the ornament to a church or shrine.

21. Brewery kiln : OAST

An oast is a kiln used for drying hops as part of the brewing process. Such a structure might also be called an “oast house”. The term can also apply to a kiln used to dry tobacco.

22. Input for a refinery : CRUDE

26. *Chard, by another name : SILVERBEET

Chard is a lovely leafy vegetable, in my humble opinion. Chard is the same species as the garden beet, but chard is grown for the leaves, and beet is grown for the roots. Chard also goes by the names, Swiss chard, silverbeet, mangold. In some parts of Australia it’s even known as spinach.

29. Portable Mongolian dwellings : YURTS

A “yurt” is a wood-framed dwelling that is used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. Although a yurt is a substantial structure, it is also extremely portable.

37. Part of D.A.: Abbr. : ATT

District Attorney (DA)

38. Prefix with con : NEO-

By definition, a neoconservative (neocon) is a former left-aligned politician who has moved to the right and supports the use of American power and military to bring democracy, liberty, equality and human rights to other countries.

44. Jacob’s wife before Rachel : LEAH

According to the Bible, Leah was one of the two wives of Jacob, the other being Leah’s sister Rachel. Jacob’s intention had been to marry Rachel, but the Leah and Rachel’s father “switched” his daughters and provided Leah as the veiled bride. Jacob married Rachel a week later, and lived with the two wives concurrently.

46. James with three NBA titles : LEBRON

Basketball player LeBron James (nicknamed “King James”) seems to be in demand for the covers of magazines. James became the first African American man to adorn the front cover of “Vogue” in March 2008. That made him only the third male to make the “Vogue” cover, following Richard Gere and George Clooney.

50. Like “Stranger Things,” e.g. : EERIE

“Stranger Things” is a sci-fi horror TV show made for Netflix that aired its first season in 2016. I don’t do horror so haven’t seen it …

55. Ecclesiastical council : SYNOD

The word synod comes from the Greek word for assembly, or meeting. A synod is a church council, usually in the Christian faith.

58. Word of amore : CARA

In Italian, “cara” (dear) is a word spoken “con affetto” (with affection).

59. Fort with billions in bullion : KNOX

Fort Knox is actually a US Army base, but it lends its name to the adjacent facility that is more correctly called the United States Bullion Depository. Most of the US gold reserves are in “Fort Knox”, although it isn’t the biggest gold repository in the US. That honor goes to the vault under the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan. Most of the gold stored in the New York vault belongs to foreign nations and banks.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Spot for an AirPod : EAR

4. Chowder morsel : CLAM

8. Moscow currency : RUBLE

13. Slept like __ : A LOG

15. Color in a Spanish rainbow : ROJO

16. Religion of Basra : ISLAM

17. Corn Belt tower : SILO

18. Latin I verb : AMAT

19. Riyadh resident : SAUDI

20. *Fictional road material : YELLOW BRICK

23. Bookshelf bracket shape : ELL

24. Of a battery terminal : ANODAL

25. Necessity for a game of Ultimate : FRISBEE

27. History class assignment : ESSAY

30. Elec. or water : UTIL

31. __ a clue : HASN’T

34. Slangy pounds : QUID

36. Financial help : LOAN

39. End __ : USER

40. Tomato product : PUREE

41. Preference indicator : VOTE

42. Religious prefix : THEO-

43. Grub : EATS

44. Brought about : LED TO

45. Tenerife, por ejemplo : ISLA

47. Take the helm : STEER

49. Surface layers : VENEERS

52. Clogs from France : SABOTS

56. Neurologist’s order, briefly : EEG

57. *Cola flavor : BLACK CHERRY

60. Pop-up foul-up : ERROR

62. Stereotypical family spoiler : NANA

63. Pulitzer-winning novelist Jennifer : EGAN

64. Renaissance painter __ della Francesca : PIERO

65. Minute quantity : DROP

66. Fish __ : TACO

67. Family car : SEDAN

68. __-Coburg: former Bavarian duchy : SAXE

69. Homer’s neighbor : NED

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1. Class requiring little effort : EASY A

2. Distant and then some : ALIEN

3. Pal of Nancy, in comics : ROLLO

4. Barely advances : CRAWLS

5. Big name in vision care : LOMB

6. Slightly open : AJAR

7. Recurring theme : MOTIF

8. Go out on a limb : RISK IT

9. Stars and Stripes land: Abbr. : USA

10. *One with noble lineage : BLUE BLOOD

11. Crock-Pot server : LADLE

12. French novelist Zola : EMILE

14. *Floral papal ornament : GOLDEN ROSE

21. Brewery kiln : OAST

22. Input for a refinery : CRUDE

26. *Chard, by another name : SILVERBEET

28. Marine shade : AQUA

29. Portable Mongolian dwellings : YURTS

31. Simple dwelling : HUT

32. Shade of gray : ASH

33. Angrily ignoring the first half of the answers to starred clues? : SEEING RED

35. Luck, pluck or duck ending : -IEST

37. Part of D.A.: Abbr. : ATT

38. Prefix with con : NEO-

40. Shade of gray : PEARL

44. Jacob’s wife before Rachel : LEAH

46. James with three NBA titles : LEBRON

48. Tunnel out, maybe : ESCAPE

49. Many future presidents, as it turned out : VEEPS

50. Like “Stranger Things,” e.g. : EERIE

51. Metaphorical moments of time : SANDS

53. Skin, but not bones : ORGAN

54. Kind of evidence : TRACE

55. Ecclesiastical council : SYNOD

58. Word of amore : CARA

59. Fort with billions in bullion : KNOX

61. “… man __ mouse?” : OR A

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LA Times Crossword Answers 21 Feb 17, Tuesday










Constructed by: Bruce Venzke & Gail Grabowski

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: What’s Said in the End

Each of today’s themed answers ends with “something said”.

  • 17A. High-tech bookmark : INTERNET ADDRESS
  • 28A. Office gossip : WATER COOLER TALK
  • 48A. Right granted in the First Amendment : PROTECTED SPEECH
  • 62A. “Et tu, Brute?,” e.g. : FAMOUS LAST WORDS

Bill’s time: 4m 46s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

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9. Vatican-related : PAPAL

Vatican City is a sovereign city-state that is walled off within the city of Rome. Vatican City is about 109 acres in area, and so is the smallest independent state in the world. With about 800 residents, it is also the smallest state in terms of population. Although the Holy See dates back to early Christianity, Vatican City only came into being in 1929. At that time, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini signed a treaty with the Holy See on behalf of the Kingdom of Italy that established the city-state.

15. Patron saint of Norway : OLAF

Of the many kings of Norway named Olaf/Olav (and there have been five), Olaf II is perhaps the most celebrated as he was canonized and made patron saint of the country. Olaf II was king from 1015 to 1028 and was known as “Olaf the Big” (or Olaf the Fat) during his reign. Today he is more commonly referred to as “Olaf the Holy”. After Olaf died he was given the title of Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae, which is Latin for “Norway’s Eternal King”.

20. African language group : BANTU

There are hundreds of Bantu languages, mainly spoken in central, east and southern Africa. The most commonly spoken Bantu language is Swahili, with Zulu coming in second.

21. Winter bug : FLU

Influenza (flu) is an ailment that is caused by a virus. The virus is readily inactivated by the use of soap, so washing hands and surfaces is especially helpful in containing flu outbreaks.

22. Cupid’s counterpart : 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.

23. Safari beast : RHINO

There are five types of rhinoceros that survive today, with the smaller Javan Rhino being the most rare. The rhinoceros is probably the rarest large mammal on the planet, thanks to poaching. Hunters mainly prize the horn of the rhino as it is used in powdered form in traditional Chinese medicine.

26. Mystery writer whose Baltimore home is preserved as a museum : POE

The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia is housed in an old stone house built around 1740 that is the oldest original building in the city. The museum opened in 1922 and commemorates the years that Edgar Allan Poe spent living in the city.

36. Meat inspector’s org. : USDA

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) classifies meat into eight different grades:

  • Prime
  • Choice
  • Select
  • Standard
  • Commercial
  • Utility
  • Cutter
  • Canner

40. “O Sole __” : MIO

“‘O sole mio” is a famous Italian song from Naples, written in 1898. The song’s lyrics are usually sung in the original Neapolitan, as opposed to Italian. The title translates from Neapolitan into “My Sun” (and not into “O, My Sun” as one might expect). It’s a love song of course, sung by a young man declaring that there is a sun brighter than that in the sky, the sun that is his lover’s face. Awww …

42. 1965 march state: Abbr. : ALA

The Bloody Sunday march took place between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama on 7 March 1965. The 600 marchers involved were protesting the intimidation of African-Americans registering to vote. When the marchers reached Dallas County, Alabama they encountered a line of state troopers reinforced by white males who had been deputized that morning to help keep the peace. Violence broke out with 17 marchers ending up in hospital, one nearly dying. Because the disturbance was widely covered by television cameras, the civil rights movement picked up a lot of support that day.

45. Rainbow flag initialism : LGBT

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)

The best-known rainbow flag is the one representing LGBT pride. Such usage of the rainbow flag was popularized in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker. The varying colors of the flag represent the diversity of the LGBT community.

47. Gillette’s __ II razor : TRAC

Gillette introduced the Trac II in 1971. The Trac II was the world’s first twin-blade razor.

48. Right granted in the First Amendment : PROTECTED SPEECH

The Constitution of the United States was adopted on September 17, 1787. There have been 27 amendments to the constitution, the first ten of which are collectively called the Bill of Rights. In essence the Bill of Rights limits the power of the Federal Government and protects the rights of individuals. For example, the First Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

52. Clapton classic : LAYLA

Layla is one of the great rock anthems of the seventies, released by Derek and the Dominos in December of 1970. It is a masterpiece of composition, with the first half of the song a great vehicle for the guitar-playing talents of Eric Clapton. The second half is a beautifully melodic piano coda (a coda … taking up half the length of the track!). To top things off we have the “unplugged” version recorded by Clapton in 1992, a fabulous and inventive variation on the original.

Layla, you’ve got me on my knees.
Layla, I’m begging, darling please.
Layla, darling won’t you ease my worried mind.

53. Gem from Australia : OPAL

97% of the world’s opals come from Australia, so it’s no surprise perhaps that the opal is the national gemstone of the country. The state of South Australia provides the bulk of the world’s production, about 80%.

56. Private eye : TEC

“Tec” is a slang term for a private detective, a private investigator (PI).

62. “Et tu, Brute?,” e.g. : FAMOUS LAST WORDS

It was Shakespeare who popularized the words “Et tu, Brute?” (And you, Brutus?), in his play “Julius Caesar”, although the phrase had been around long before he penned his drama. It’s not known what Julius Caesar actually said in real life just before he was assassinated on the steps of the Senate in Rome.

68. Pamplona parlor : SALA

Pamplona, Spain is famous for its San Fermin festival held in July every year, the highlight of which is the Running of the Bulls. Every year, 200-300 people are injured in the bull run, and 15 people have been killed since 1910. If you get to Pamplona two days before the Running of the Bulls, you can see the animal-rights protest event known as the Running of the Nudes. The protesters are as naked as the bulls …

70. Wine city near Turin : ASTI

Asti is a city in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The region is perhaps most famous for its Asti Spumante sparkling white wine.

Turin (“Torino” in Italian) is a major city in the north of Italy that sits on the Po River. Back in 1861, when the Kingdom of Italy was formed, Turin was chosen as the first capital of the country.

71. River of central Germany : EDER

The Eder is a river in Germany, a tributary of the Fulda River. The Eder has a dam near the small town of Waldeck which holds water in the large Edersee reservoir. This was one of the dams that was attacked by the RAF during WWII with the famous Barnes Wallis bouncing bombs. It was destroyed in the Dam Busters raid in 1943, but rebuilt the same year.

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2. Author Jaffe : RONA

Rona Jaffe was an American novelist perhaps most famous for two of her books, “The Best of Everything” and “Mazes and Monsters”. “The Best of Everything” was published in 1958 and has been compared with the HBO television series “Sex and the City” as it depicts women in the working world. “Mazes and Monsters” was published in 1981 and explores a role-playing game similar to Dungeons & Dragons and the impact it has on players.

7. Science Diet product : CAT FOOD

The Science Diet brand of cat and dog food was developed in the sixties by father and son veterinarians Mark Morris, Sr. and Mark Morris, Jr. The Science Diet formulation was based on a recipe that Mark Morris, Sr. came up with for Buddy, a German shepherd that was the world’s original seeing-eye dog. Buddy needed special food as she had a kidney disease.

8. Nonstick kitchen brand : T-FAL

Tefal (also T-Fal) is a French manufacturer of cookware, famous for its nonstick line. The name “Tefal” is a portmanteau, of TEFlon and ALuminum, the key materials used in producing their pots and pans.

18. Industrial area of western Germany : RUHR

The Ruhr is a large urban area in western Germany. The area is heavily populated, and is the fifth largest urban area in the whole of Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow, London and Paris. The Ruhr became heavily industrialized due to its large deposits of coal. By 1850, the area contained nearly 300 operating coal mines. Any coal deposits remaining in the area today are too expensive to exploit.

24. Post-op areas, briefly : ICUS

Many a hospital (hosp.) includes an intensive care unit (ICU).

25. Margarita option : NO SALT

No one seems to know for sure who first created the cocktail known as a margarita. The most plausible and oft-quoted is that it was invented in 1941 in Ensenada, Mexico. The barman mixed the drink for an important visitor, the daughter of the German ambassador. The daughter’s name was Margarita Henkel, and she lent her name to the new drink. The basic recipe for a margarita is a mixture of tequila, orange-flavored liqueur (like Cointreau) and lime juice.

27. Ricelike pasta : ORZO

Orzo is pasta that has been formed into granular shapes, much like barley. And indeed, “orzo” is the Italian word for “barley”.

31. Kappa follower : LAMBDA

The letter L in our modern Latin alphabet is equivalent to the Greek letter lambda. The uppercase lambda resembles the caret character on a keyboard (over the number 6 key).

33. Pale purple : LILAC

The ornamental flowering plant known as lilac is native to the Balkans, and is a member of the olive family.

34. Stacy who played Mike Hammer : KEACH

Mike Hammer is the protagonist in a series of private detective novels by Mickey Spillane. The novels have been adapted for radio, television and the big screen. The actor most associated with Mike Hammer is Stacy Keach, who played the role in the TV series “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” from 1984 to 1987.

39. Out of the wind : ALEE

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

41. “The __-bitsy spider … ” : ITSY

The Itsy Bitsy Spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
And the Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the spout again.

46. Easy-to-swallow meds : GELCAPS

Gelatin capsules (gelcaps) might be an issue for those on a strict vegan diet. The gelatin used in the capsule is made from collagen extracted from animal skin and bone.

47. Flowering hybrid with thorns : TEA ROSE

The first tea roses were so called because they had a fragrance reminiscent of Chinese black tea.

49. Phased-out PC screens : CRTS

Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)

55. Idi of Uganda : AMIN

Idi Amin received most of his military training in the British armed forces, eventually achieving the highest rank possible for a Black African in the British Colonial Army in 1959, that of Warrant Officer. On his return to Uganda Amin joined his country’s military and quickly rose to the rank of Deputy Commander of the Army. During that time he was quite the athlete. He was a noted rugby player and swimmer, and for nine years held the Ugandan national light-heavyweight boxing title. By the early seventies, Amin was commander of all the armed forces of Uganda and in 1971 seized power in a military coup, displacing the country’s president Milton Obote. There followed seven years of brutal rule by Amin during which it is estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were murdered. Amin was ousted from power in 1979 after a war with Tanzania, and fled to Libya where he stayed for a year. He then moved to Saudi Arabia, where he was financially supported by the Saudi Royal Family for the remainder of his life. Amin died in 2003.

57. Big cat of film : ELSA

The life story of Elsa the lion was told by game warden Joy Adamson, who had a very close relationship with the lioness from when Elsa was orphaned as a young cub. Adamson wrote the book “Born Free” about Elsa, and then “Living Free” which tells the story of Elsa and her three lion cubs. In the 1966 film based on “Born Free”, Adamson is played by the talented actress Virginia McKenna.

59. Actor Pitt : BRAD

Brad Pitt’s first major role was the cowboy hitchhiker in the 1991’s “Thelma and Louise”. Pitt’s life offscreen garners as much attention as his work onscreen, it seems. The tabloids revel in the series of high-profile relationships in which he has been involved. He was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow for a while, married to Jennifer Aniston and then to Angelina Jolie.

61. Many an Ivan, in old Russia : TSAR

The term “czar” (also tsar) is a Slavic word that was first used as a title by Simeon I of Bulgaria in 913 AD. “Czar” is derived from the word “Caesar”, which was synonymous with “emperor” at that time.

63. Lute kin : UKE

The ukulele (uke) originated in the 1800s and mimicked a small guitar brought to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants.

65. “No more deets!” : TMI

Too Much Information (TMI)!

“Deets” is a slang term for “details”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. One in a bad mood : CRAB

5. Diplomat’s asset : TACT

9. Vatican-related : PAPAL

14. Memorization method : ROTE

15. Patron saint of Norway : OLAF

16. Nimble : AGILE

17. High-tech bookmark : INTERNET ADDRESS

20. African language group : BANTU

21. Winter bug : FLU

22. Cupid’s counterpart : EROS

23. Safari beast : RHINO

26. Mystery writer whose Baltimore home is preserved as a museum : POE

28. Office gossip : WATER COOLER TALK

35. Moved quickly, old-style : HIED

36. Meat inspector’s org. : USDA

37. “Awesome!” : ZOWIE!

38. Office coffee holder, perhaps : URN

39. Hard-rock link : AS A

40. “O Sole __” : MIO

42. 1965 march state: Abbr. : ALA

43. Gold or silver : METAL

45. Rainbow flag initialism : LGBT

47. Gillette’s __ II razor : TRAC

48. Right granted in the First Amendment : PROTECTED SPEECH

51. Bubbly prefix : AER-

52. Clapton classic : LAYLA

53. Gem from Australia : OPAL

56. Private eye : TEC

58. Go around in circles? : ORBIT

62. “Et tu, Brute?,” e.g. : FAMOUS LAST WORDS

66. Pat down : FRISK

67. Inbox clogger : SPAM

68. Pamplona parlor : SALA

69. Sight or hearing : SENSE

70. Wine city near Turin : ASTI

71. River of central Germany : EDER

Down

1. Bed with sliding sides : CRIB

2. Author Jaffe : RONA

3. Mail-routing abbr. : ATTN

4. Obviously embarrassed : BEET RED

5. Weigh station unit : TON

6. Pub offering : ALE

7. Science Diet product : CAT FOOD

8. Nonstick kitchen brand : T-FAL

9. Sketching tablet : PAD

10. Shake hands on : AGREE TO

11. Harbor strolling spot : PIER

12. “One more thing … ” : ALSO …

13. Not as much : LESS

18. Industrial area of western Germany : RUHR

19. Play for a sucker : DUPE

24. Post-op areas, briefly : ICUS

25. Margarita option : NO SALT

27. Ricelike pasta : ORZO

28. Sound of a tree falling, say : WHUMP!

29. Broadcaster : AIRER

30. __-one: long odds : TEN-TO

31. Kappa follower : LAMBDA

32. Informed (of) : AWARE

33. Pale purple : LILAC

34. Stacy who played Mike Hammer : KEACH

39. Out of the wind : ALEE

41. “The __-bitsy spider … ” : ITSY

44. Completely flummoxed : AT A LOSS

46. Easy-to-swallow meds : GELCAPS

47. Flowering hybrid with thorns : TEA ROSE

49. Phased-out PC screens : CRTS

50. Farm machine : PLOW

53. Does in, mob-style : OFFS

54. Whittle (down) : PARE

55. Idi of Uganda : AMIN

57. Big cat of film : ELSA

59. Actor Pitt : BRAD

60. Vegging out : IDLE

61. Many an Ivan, in old Russia : TSAR

63. Lute kin : UKE

64. Gained a lap? : SAT

65. “No more deets!” : TMI

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