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LA Times Crossword Answers 23 Jun 13, Sunday





CROSSWORD SETTER: Pawel Fludzinski
THEME: Now Showing at the Colosseum … today’s themed answers are movie titles that include numbers, and those numbers are written in Roman numerals:
23A. 1993 drama for which Stockard Channing got an Oscar nomination VI DEGREES OF SEPARATION (“6 Degrees of Separation”)
40A. 2009 sci-fi Best Picture nominee DISTRICT IX (“District 9”)
71A. Kurosawa period film remade into a Western in 1960 VII SAMURAI (“Seven Samurai”)
74A. 1988 baseball scandal movie VIII MEN OUT (“Eight Men Out”)
105A. 1995 Tom Hanks docudrama APOLLO XIII (“Apollo 13”)
119A. Grant/MacDowell romantic comedy IV WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”)
7D. 1960 Rat Pack film OCEANS XI (“Ocean’s 11”)
31D. Hitchcock thriller remade three times THE XXXIX STEPS (“The 39 Steps”)
34D. Pennies: Abbr. CTS
36D. Academy Award-nominated 1949 war film XII O'CLOCK HIGH (“Twelve O’Clock HIgh”)
93D. 2003 Penn/Watts drama with "The weight of a hummingbird" in one of its taglines XXI GRAMS (“21 Grams”)
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 33m 52s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today's Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
This is the second-to-last weekend of our extended vacation over here in Ireland. Given the time difference, our busy schedule and the number of clues in a Sunday puzzle, I think it unlikely that I will get to the lookups today. As a result, I am just posting the essentials. I apologize for the inconvenience, and promise that normal Sunday service will be resumed shortly!

Bill


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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Pianist Argerich MARTHA
7. Counterbalance OFFSET
13. Burdensome ONEROUS
20. "... there's __!": Hamlet THE RUB
21. Trounces CREAMS
22. Forwards, say RESENDS
23. 1993 drama for which Stockard Channing got an Oscar nomination VI DEGREES OF SEPARATION (“6 Degrees of Separation”)
26. Now, in Nicaragua AHORA
27. Fish with bobbing bait DAP
28. Golden number OLDIE
29. D-Day transports LSTS
32. Columnist Coulter ANN
33. Soothsayers ORACLES
35. Let go AXED
39. Nicole Kidman's birthplace OAHU
40. 2009 sci-fi Best Picture nominee DISTRICT IX (“District 9”)
42. Trattoria starters PRIMI
43. Onetime "SNL" regular Cheri OTERI
45. Thermal opening EXO-
46. Can plan ESCAPE
48. AOL backs-and-forths IMS
49. Points of view? PIXELS
51. Islamic leader IMAM
54. Islamic leader EMIR
55. Yiddish laments OYS
56. Word with fair or opposite SEX
57. Andean stew veggie OCA
59. In need of wiping up SPILT
62. Coterie CIRCLE
64. Kane's estate XANADU
67. Effort before the effort PRE-WORK
70. North Carolina university ELON
71. Kurosawa period film remade into a Western in 1960 VII SAMURAI (“Seven Samurai”)
74. 1988 baseball scandal movie VIII MEN OUT (“Eight Men Out”)
76. "Devil Inside" band INXS
77. Nobility PEERAGE
79. Like the West Coast's U.S. Route 101 SCENIC
80. Guinea pig TESTEE
82. Prepared to propose KNELT
84. Cabinet dept. created in 1965 HUD
85. Spy org. until 1991 KGB
88. Subway line to Columbia Univ. IRT
89. Muffin choice BRAN
92. Engels collaborator MARX
94. More upscale POSHER
96. Bore, as a cost ATE
97. Inclined ASLOPE
100. Time-saving phone no. EXT
102. Madrid monarch REINA
103. Two sheets to the wind? TIPSY
105. 1995 Tom Hanks docudrama APOLLO XIII (“Apollo 13”)
109. Farming prefix AGRI-
110. Alleviate EASE
111. Held lovingly CRADLED
112. Rental car feature, briefly GPS
113. First word of the Declaration of Independence WHEN
114. "Spider-Man" director RAIMI
116. "__ Crazy": Paul Davis hit I GO
117. Riveting icon ROSIE
119. Grant/MacDowell romantic comedy IV WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”)
127. Stinkers MEANIES
128. Rear BOTTOM
129. First in line, perhaps ELDEST
130. Deep down AT HEART
131. High-hats SNOOTS
132. Gave lip to SASSED

Down
1. "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll" launch of 1981 MTV
2. Yellowfin tuna AHI
3. Common color in national flags RED
4. Cherish TREASURE
5. Actor Laurie HUGH
6. Using a passport ABROAD
7. 1960 Rat Pack film OCEANS XI (“Ocean’s 11”)
8. TV sites, in realty ads FRS
9. Russian basso Chaliapin FEODOR
10. Honeymoon adventure SAFARI
11. Typographic measure EM-SPACE
12. J.A. Prufrock's creator TSE
13. Degree requirement, maybe ORAL EXAM
14. Dorks NERDS
15. Actor Morales ESAI
16. Injure again, as a ligament RETEAR
17. Covert maritime org. ONI
18. Side for 2-Down UDO
19. ID in MDs' records SSN
24. Banks on a diamond ERNIE
25. Enforcement group POLICE
29. Froot __ LOOPS
30. Composer of gnossiennes SATIE
31. Hitchcock thriller remade three times THE XXXIX STEPS (“The 39 Steps”)
34. Pennies: Abbr. CTS
36. Academy Award-nominated 1949 war film XII O'CLOCK HIGH (“Twelve O’Clock HIgh”)
37. Country singer Harris EMMYLOU
38. Minority opinion DISSENT
41. Some cats TOMS
42. Prefix with scope PERI-
44. Actress Massey ILONA
47. Double espresso, say PICK-ME-UP
50. Darts SCAMPERS
52. Rome's __ Way APPIAN
53. Salyut successor MIR
58. In unison, in music A DUE
60. Parking garage section LEVEL A
61. Light opening? TWI-
63. Baroque painter Guido RENI
65. Part of ADA: Abbr. ASST
66. Portrait finish? -URE
68. Grafton's "__ for Outlaw" O IS
69. Sumptuous RICH
71. Spoil VITIATE
72. Subject of Newton's first law INERTIA
73. Ararat arrival ARK
75. Ewok's planet ENDOR
78. Masterpiece GEM
81. Auction site EBAY
83. Cretaceous giant T REX
86. Class GENRE
87. Jellyfish's lack BRAIN
90. Chicken Little, notably ALARMIST
91. Half a workout mantra NO PAIN
93. 2003 Penn/Watts drama with "The weight of a hummingbird" in one of its taglines XXI GRAMS (“21 Grams”)
95. Common coastal arrivals SEAWEEDS
98. Okra unit POD
99. "Invisible Man" author ELLISON
101. "It's on the __ my tongue" TIP OF
104. Composed SERENE
106. Smooth, musically LEGATO
107. Tooth: Pref. ODONTO-
108. Promulgates ISSUES
111. Drink from a press CIDER
115. 1998 Sarah McLachlan hit ADIA
118. At Staples Center, briefly IN LA
119. "__ little teapot ..." I’M A
120. Lab inspector? VET
121. Crib cry WAH
122. Literary monogram GBS
123. Period, for one DOT
124. Hi-__ monitor RES
125. "Peer Gynt" widow ASE
126. Inc., in Ipswich LTD


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2 comments:

Mark Armstrong said...

Hi Bill,

I still don't get "At Staples Center, briefly." I've googled extensively, but have found no defunct teams or leagues with the acronym INLA.

Can you offer an explanation?

Thanks.

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, Mark.

The Staples Center is in Los Angeles, so if you're at the Staples Center you are "in LA" (with "Los Angeles" written briefly).

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