LA Times Crossword Answers 1 Jun 15, Monday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Gail Grabowski & Bruce Venzke
THEME: Unfettered First … each of today’s themed answers starts with a synonym of  “unfettered”.

20A. Coin-counting machine input LOOSE CHANGE
33A. Capitalist principle FREE ENTERPRISE
40A. Feminist LIBERATED WOMAN
56A. Yet-to-be-covered volume UNBOUND BOOK

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 5m 14s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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1. Scrubbing Bubbles target SCUM
The bathroom cleaner that we know today as Scrubbing Bubbles was introduced back in 1968 under the more prosaic brand name Dow Bathroom Cleaner.

9. Faked on the ice DEKED
A deke, also known as a dangle, is a technique used to get past an opponent in ice hockey. “Deke” is a colloquial shortening of the word “decoy”.

16. Somber verse ELEGY
An elegy is a mournful poem or funeral song, also known as a dirge. Perhaps the most famous elegy in the English language is that written by Thomas Gray, completed in 1750. His “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard” is the source of many oft-quoted phrases, including:

– Celestial fire
– Far from the Madding Crowd
– Kindred spirit

18. Knock down, as an old house RAZE
To “raze” (in UK English “rase”) is to level to the ground. How odd is it that “raise”, a homophone of “raze”, means to build up??!!

19. Russian river VOLGA
The Volga is the longest river in Europe, and is considered the national river of Russia.

23. Chaney of horror LON
Lon Chaney, Sr. played a lot of crazed-looking characters in the days of silent movies. He did much of his own make-up work, developing the grotesque appearances that became his trademark, and earning himself the nickname “the man of a thousand faces”. Most famous were his portrayals of the title characters in the films “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925).

24. “Gracias” response DE NADA
“Nada” is the Spanish word for “nothing”. “De nada” translates literally from the Spanish as “of nothing”, and is used to mean “you’re welcome” or “don’t mention it”. The French have the same expression “de rien”, also translating to “of nothing” and used the same way.

37. Tesla Motors co-founder __ Musk ELON
Elon Musk is successful businessman who has founded or led some very high-profile companies, namely PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Tesla Motors is a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla is noted for producing the first electric sports car, called the Tesla Roadster. The current base price of a roadster is about $100,000, should you be interested …

38. Former California fort ORD
Fort Ord was an army post on Monterey Bay in California named after a General Ord, established in 1917 and closed in 1994. The fort was in a spectacular location with miles of beachfront, and it also had that lovely California weather.

39. Sanctuary recess APSE
The apse of a church or cathedral is a semicircular recess in an outer wall, usually with a half-dome as a roof and often where there resides an altar. Originally apses were used as burial places for the clergy and also for storage of important relics.

47. Chocolaty concoction COCOA
The beverages hot cocoa and hot chocolate differ from each other in that the latter contains cocoa butter, whereas the former does not.

59. Stable youngsters COLTS
There are lots of terms to describe horses of different ages and sexes, it seems:

– Foal: horse of either sex that is less that one year old
– Yearling: horse of either sex that is one to two years old
– Filly: female horse under the age of four
– Colt: male horse under the age of four
– Gelding: castrated male horse of any age
– Stallion: non-castrated male horse four years or older
– Mare: female horse four years or older

61. Floating ice mass BERG
An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that is floating freely after having broken off from a glacier or ice shelf. Out use of “iceberg” comes from the Dutch word for the same phenomenon “ijsberg”, which translates literally as “ice mountain”.

62. Yours, in France A TOI
“À toi” is the French term for “yours”, when talking to someone with whom one is familiar. “À toi” literally means “to you”.

63. Kate’s sitcom friend ALLIE
“Kate & Allie” ran from 1984 to 1989, starring Susan Saint James as Kate, and Jane Curtin as Allie. Jane Curtin won two Emmy awards for her work on the series, while Susan Saint James … did not.

64. Jigsaw puzzler’s starting place EDGE
The original jigsaw puzzles were created by painting a picture on a sheet of wood and then cutting the picture into small pieces using a jigsaw, hence the name. Today, almost all jigsaw puzzles are pictures glued onto cardboard. The puzzle pieces are then die-cut, and there’s no jigsaw involved at all.

66. Southwestern plateaus MESAS
“Mesa” is the Spanish for “table” and is of course is how we get the term “mesa” that describes the geographic feature. A mesa is similar to a butte. Both are hills with flat tops, but a mesa has a top that is wider than it is tall. A butte is a much narrower formation, taller than it is wide.

67. Belgian river YSER
The Yser originates in northern France and flows through Belgium into the North Sea. The Yser is often associated with WWI as it figured in a major battle early in the conflict. In the first three months of the war, the German Army pushed almost completely through Belgium, inflicting heavy losses on the Belgian Army as the defenders were forced to fight a fast-moving rearguard action. The Germans were intent on pushing right through Belgium and across France in a “race to the sea”. But the Belgians, with the help of their Allies, decided to make a final stand at the Yser Canal in an effort to prevent the Germans reaching the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk. The 22-mile long defensive line was chosen at the Yser because the river and canal system could be flooded to create a barrier that might be defended. The plan was successful and the front was “stabilized”. As we now know, millions of lives were lost over the coming years with very little movement of that battle line.

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1. Admonish SCOLD
A skald was one of a group of poets associated with the old courts of Scandinavia and the Icelandic leaders during the time of the Vikings. The modern English word “scold” comes from the “skald”, reflecting the mocking tone often prevalent in the poetry of the time.

2. Paddled boat CANOE
The boat called a canoe takes its name from the Carib word “kenu” meaning “dugout”. It was Christopher Columbus who brought “kenu” into Spanish as “canoa”, which evolved into our English “canoe”.

4. Brilliant bunch MENSA
If you ever had to learn Latin, as did I, “mensa” was probably taught to you in Lesson One as it’s the word commonly used as an example of a first declension noun. Mensa means “table”. The Mensa organization for folks with high IQs was set up in Oxford, England back in 1946. To become a member, one is required to have an IQ that is in the top 2% of the population.

6. Canyonlands National Park site UTAH
Canyonlands is a magnificent National Park in southeast Utah, not far from Moab. The canyons in the park, and the associated mesas and buttes, were formed mainly by the Colorado and Green Rivers.

7. Exiled Shah Mohammed __ Pahlavi REZA
The last Shah of Iran was Mohammed-Reza Shah Pahlavi, as he was overthrown in the revolution led by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. The post-revolution government sought the extradition of the Shah back to Iran while he was in the United States seeking medical care (he had cancer). His prolonged stay in the United States, recovering from surgery, caused some unrest back in Iran and resentment towards the United States. Some say that this resentment precipitated the storming of the US Embassy in Tehran and the resulting hostage crisis.

8. Edit, as text EMEND
The verb “to amend” means “to change for the better, put right, alter by adding”. The related verb “to emend” is used more rarely and mainly in reference to the editing of professional writing. Both terms are derived from the Latin “emendare” meaning “to remove fault”.

10. Jeff Lynne’s symphonic rock gp. ELO
Jeff Lynne is a singer-songwriter best known as the leader of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Lynne went on to form the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty.

11. Morning TV host KELLY RIPA
When Kelly Ripa secured the co-host spot on morning television with Regis Philbin, she was still acting in “All My Children” in a role she had been playing for over ten years. After a year of holding down two jobs, she eventually gave up the acting job.

12. “Leggo my __!” EGGO
Eggo is the brand name of a line of frozen waffles made by Kellogg’s. When they were introduced in the 1930s, the name “Eggo” was chosen to promote the “egginess” of the batter. “Eggo” replaced the original name chosen, which was “Froffles”, created by melding “frozen” and “waffles”.

13. Actress Cannon DYAN
The actress Dyan Cannon is perhaps best known for playing Alice in the 1969 film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”, for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Cannon is also famous for having been on Cary Grant’s long list of wives, from 1965 to 1968 (and he was 33 years her senior).

21. Singer Brickell married to Paul Simon EDIE
Edie Brickell is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. Brickell has been married to fellow singer Paul Simon since 1991.

22. Teri of “Mr. Mom” GARR
The lovely Teri Garr had a whole host of minor roles in her youth, including appearances in nine Elvis movies. Garr’s big break came with the role of Inga in “Young Frankenstein”, and her supporting role in “Tootsie” earned Garr an Academy Award nomination. Sadly, Teri Garr suffers from multiple sclerosis. She is a National Ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Mr. Mom” is a 1983 comedy written by John Hughes, starring Michael Keaton and the great Teri Garr. The movie is all about an engineer in the auto industry in Detroit who loses his job and then takes over the running of the household while his wife heads back to work. It’s funny stuff …

26. Former California NFLer LA RAM
The St. Louis Rams have only won the Super Bowl once, in 1999, against the Tennessee Titans. The Rams were based in Cleveland from 1936-45, Los Angeles from 1946-94 and St. Louis from 1995 to the present day.

31. Part of LPGA: Abbr. ASSN
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was founded in 1950 by a group of 13 lady golfers, and today it is the oldest ongoing women’s sports professional organization in the US.

34. Autodialed campaign messages ROBOCALLS
Political calls, including robocalls, are exempt from regulation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), so we can’t stop them by putting our phone numbers on the “Do Not Call Registry”.

35. Juan’s January ENERO
In Spanish, the year (el año) starts in January (enero) and ends in December (diciembre).

36. Old Norse poetic work EDDA
The Poetic Edda and Prose Edda are two ancient works that are the source for much of Norse mythology. Both Eddas were written in the 13th century, in Iceland.

37. Chicago transit trains ELS
Elevated railroad (El)

42. “You have __”: obstetrician’s news A SON
In Latin, the word for midwife is “obstetrix”. “Obstetrix” translates more literally as “one who stands opposite” i.e. the one opposite the woman giving birth. The Latin term gives rise to our modern word “obstetrics” used for the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth.

43. Old laundry-squeezing device WRINGER
Oh how I remember my mother passing the clothes through the wringer out in our backyard. When did I get to be so old …?

48. Cloister ABBEY
Cloisters are usually such beautifully peaceful areas. They are found as part of religious buildings in particular. Cloisters are rectangular open spaces surrounded by covered walkways that are attached to other structures.

52. “Duck, duck” follower GOOSE
“Duck, Duck, Goose” is a kid’s game, and not one that I’d heard of to be honest …

53. Maneuvered among moguls SKIED
Moguls are the series of bumps in the surface of snow that arise naturally as a succession of skiers make turns on a slope.

54. Bogus offer SCAM
The slang term “scam” meaning a swindle may come from the British slang “scamp”.

57. Ref. works that take up a lot of shelf space OEDS
The “Oxford English Dictionary” (OED) contains over 300,000 “main” entries and 59 million words in total. It is said it would take a single person 120 years to type it out in full. The longest entry for one word in the second edition of the OED is the verb “set”. When the third edition was published in 2007, the longest entry for a single word became the verb “put”. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most-quoted author in the OED is William Shakespeare, with his most quoted work being “Hamlet”. The most-quoted female author is George Eliot (aka Mary Ann Evans).

60. Familia member TIA
In Spanish, an aunt (tia) is a member of the family (la familia).

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Scrubbing Bubbles target SCUM
5. Medical research goal CURE
9. Faked on the ice DEKED
14. Walking aid CANE
15. “Up and __!” AT ‘EM
16. Somber verse ELEGY
17. “What’s going __ there?” ON IN
18. Knock down, as an old house RAZE
19. Russian river VOLGA
20. Coin-counting machine input LOOSE CHANGE
23. Chaney of horror LON
24. “Gracias” response DE NADA
25. Dawdle DALLY
27. Annoys IRKS
30. Respond to with loud laughter ROAR AT
33. Capitalist principle FREE ENTERPRISE
37. Tesla Motors co-founder __ Musk ELON
38. Former California fort ORD
39. Sanctuary recess APSE
40. Feminist LIBERATED WOMAN
45. Mall divisions STORES
46. Say “Be careful” to WARN
47. Chocolaty concoction COCOA
49. Cupcake toppings ICINGS
54. Spot for a seaweed wrap SPA
56. Yet-to-be-covered volume UNBOUND BOOK
59. Stable youngsters COLTS
61. Floating ice mass BERG
62. Yours, in France A TOI
63. Kate’s sitcom friend ALLIE
64. Jigsaw puzzler’s starting place EDGE
65. Upward slope RISE
66. Southwestern plateaus MESAS
67. Belgian river YSER
68. Zipped SPED

Down
1. Admonish SCOLD
2. Paddled boat CANOE
3. Group for ones in labor? UNION
4. Brilliant bunch MENSA
5. Vehicle maintenance CAR CARE
6. Canyonlands National Park site UTAH
7. Exiled Shah Mohammed __ Pahlavi REZA
8. Edit, as text EMEND
9. Come to light DEVELOP
10. Jeff Lynne’s symphonic rock gp. ELO
11. Morning TV host KELLY RIPA
12. “Leggo my __!” EGGO
13. Actress Cannon DYAN
21. Singer Brickell married to Paul Simon EDIE
22. Teri of “Mr. Mom” GARR
26. Former California NFLer LA RAM
28. Secure shoelace feature KNOT
29. Scatter STREW
31. Part of LPGA: Abbr. ASSN
32. Collarless shirt TEE
33. Move like a moth FLIT
34. Autodialed campaign messages ROBOCALLS
35. Juan’s January ENERO
36. Old Norse poetic work EDDA
37. Chicago transit trains ELS
41. Disqualifies (oneself), judicially RECUSES
42. “You have __”: obstetrician’s news A SON
43. Old laundry-squeezing device WRINGER
44. How some data is backed up ON CD
48. Cloister ABBEY
50. Letter-shaped girders I-BARS
51. Upshot of poor service NO TIP
52. “Duck, duck” follower GOOSE
53. Maneuvered among moguls SKIED
54. Bogus offer SCAM
55. Flag holder POLE
57. Ref. works that take up a lot of shelf space OEDS
58. Try to convince URGE
60. Familia member TIA

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LA Times Crossword Answers 31 May 15, Sunday

Frequently Asked Question: Why isn’t the puzzle in my paper the same as the one shown on your blog?
If the puzzle in your paper doesn’t match the one that I solved, it is probably a Sunday crossword. On Sundays, the “LA Times” chooses to publish Merl Reagle’s excellent crossword, and not their own “LA Times” Crossword. The “LA Times” puzzle is still sent out in syndication, and is also published in the “LA Times” online. I’ve been asked to blog about Merl Reagle’s crossword, but frankly I don’t have the time. Sunday puzzles have lots of clues!

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jason Mueller
THEME: Ms. … each of today’s themed answers is the name of a notable woman with the initials MS:

22A. “Silkwood” star MERYL STREEP
28A. “Frankenstein” author MARY SHELLEY
37A. Counselor Troi portrayer on “Star Trek: T.N.G.” MARINA SIRTIS
52A. Tennis star with five Grand Slam titles MARIA SHARAPOVA
61A. Host of a spin-off of “The Apprentice” MARTHA STEWART
77A. Toon with a pacifier MAGGIE SIMPSON
84A. Early advocate of birth control MARGARET SANGER
98A. 1995-2001 “SNL” regular MOLLY SHANNON
111A. “Mighty Aphrodite” Oscar winner MIRA SORVINO
120A. Jean Brodie creator MURIEL SPARK

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 16m 49s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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5. Immunization letters DPT
The DPT vaccine is combination vaccine providing protection against diphtheria (D), pertussis (P, also known as whooping cough) and tetanus (T).

8. Duped in a good way? CCED
I wonder do the kids of today know that “cc” stands for carbon copy, and do they have any idea what a carbon copy was? Do you remember how messy carbon paper was to handle?

12. __ Zero COKE
Even though Coca-Cola Zero is in the category of “diet soda”, the marketing folks at Coca-Cola don’t like its association with the word “diet”. The target market for the beverage is young, adult males, so it is described as “calorie-free” rather than “diet”, the assumption being that males associate “diet” with women. Not in this house …

20. Norse trickster LOKI
Loki is a god appearing in Norse mythology. He is a “shape shifter”, a being who can appear in different forms. In one story about Loki, he was punished by other gods for having caused the death of Baldr, the god of light and beauty. Loki is bound to a sharp rock using the entrails of one of his sons. A serpent drips venom which is collected in a bowl, and then his wife must empty the venom onto Loki when the bowl is full. The venom causes Loki great pain, and his writhing results in what we poor mortals experience as earthquakes.

21. Chennai’s continent ASIA
The government of India has been changing the names of cities since the end of British rule in 1947. Bombay was renamed to Mumbai in 1995, and Madras became Chennai a year later, in 1996.

22. “Silkwood” star MERYL STREEP
Meryl Streep has had more nominations for an Academy Award than any other actor, a tribute to her talent and the respect she has earned in the industry. I am not a huge fan of her earlier works but some of her recent movies are now on my list of all-time favorites. I recommend “Mamma Mia!” (you’ll either love it or hate it!), “Julie & Julia”, “It’s Complicated” and ”Hope Springs”.

“Silkwood” is a 1983 film about a nuclear power plant whistleblower. The movie is based on the true story of labor activist Karen Silkwood who was killed in a car accident under suspicious circumstances. She had just alleged wrongdoing at the power plant in which she worked. In real life, the power plant operators were found liable for Silkwood’s death and settled with her estate for $1.3 million.

24. Zira and Cornelius, in a 1968 film APES
In the 1968 film “Planet of the Apes”, Zira is an animal psychologist, and Cornelius is her fiancé and an archaeologist, with both characters being chimpanzees (and not “apes”). Zira was played by Kim Hunter and Cornelius by Roddy McDowall.

26. ATM necessity PIN
One enters a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

27. Women’s World Golf Rankings sponsor ROLEX
My most prized possession is a stainless steel Rolex watch that my uncle bought while serving with the RAF in Canada during WWII. Rolex watches were made available to the Canadian servicemen at that time as they were shipping overseas. My uncle brought his Rolex home to Ireland after the war. He needed money for booze one weekend and so sold the watch to my Dad, for five pounds. My Dad gave it to me just before he died, as he knew I loved the watch, and my brothers weren’t interested in it all. Not so long ago I had the watch appraised ($3,000), and my brothers suddenly took a liking to it! Still, it’s not something that will ever be sold, that’s for sure …

28. “Frankenstein” author MARY SHELLEY
Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel has the full title of “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”. The subtitle underscores one of the themes of the book, a warning about man’s expansion into the Industrial Revolution.

31. Polish-German border river ODER
The Oder river rises in the Czech Republic, and forms just over a hundred miles of the border between Germany and Poland. Downstream, the Oder breaks into three branches that empty into the Gulf of Pomerania in the Baltic Sea.

35. Seaman TAR
A Jack Tar, or just “tar”, was a seaman in the days of the British Empire. The term probably arose due to a sailor’s various uses of tar back then, including waterproofing his clothes and using tar in his hair to slick down his ponytail.

37. Counselor Troi portrayer on “Star Trek: T.N.G.” MARINA SIRTIS
Deanna Troi is a character on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” who is played by the lovely Marina Sirtis. Sirtis is a naturalized American citizen and has what I would call a soft American accent on the show. However, she was born in the East End of London and has a natural accent off-stage that is more like that of a true Cockney.

42. Pin surface MAT
A wrestler might pin his or her opponent on the mat.

45. Costa del __ SOL
Spain’s Costa del Sol (“Coast of the Sun”) is in Andalusia in the South of Spain. It lies sandwiched between two other “costas”, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical. The city of Malaga is on the Costa del Sol, as well as the famous European tourist destinations of Torremolinos and Marbella. The Costa del Sol was made up of sleepy little fishing villages until the 1980s when the European sunseekers descended on the region. I wouldn’t recommend it for a holiday quite frankly …

46. Film franchise with a mammoth named Manny ICE AGE
“Ice Age” is a 2002 animated film that has spawned a whole series of movies: “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009) and “Ice Age: Continental Drift” (2012).

52. Tennis star with five Grand Slam titles MARIA SHARAPOVA
Maria Sharapova is professional tennis player from the town of Nyagan in the Russian Federation. She is a former World No. 1.

57. Oregon __ TRAIL
The Oregon Trail was established by fur trappers and traders as early as 1811. The first migrant wagon train traveled the route in 1836, starting off in Independence, Idaho and going as far as Fort Hall, Idaho. In the coming years, the trail was extended for wagons as far as the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

61. Host of a spin-off of “The Apprentice” MARTHA STEWART
“The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” was a softer version of the hit reality show “The Apprentice”. Stewart often fired contestants with the phrase “You just don’t fit in”, as opposed to Donald Trump’s harsher “You’re fired!” The Stewart version of the show didn’t last very long, just one short season in 2005.

72. __ mater PIA
“Pia mater” is Latin, and means “tender mother”. It is the name given to the mesh-like envelope that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The pia mater brings blood to some of the exterior parts of the brain, and provides physical support for larger blood vessels passing over the brain’s surface.

73. “To Kill a Mockingbird” sibling JEM
Jem and Scout are two of the children of Atticus Finch, the protagonist in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”.

Nelle Harper Lee is an author from Monroeville, Alabama. Lee wrote only one novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and yet that contribution to the world of literature was enough to earn her the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a Pulitzer Prize. Harper Lee was a close friend of fellow author Truman Capote who was the inspiration for the character named “Dill” in her novel. Lee is all over the news right now as she announced in February 2015 that she will publish a second novel in July 2015. The title is “Go Set a Watchman”, and is a work that she wrote before “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

74. West Point inits. USMA
West Point is a military reservation in New York State, located north of New York City. West Point was first occupied by the Continental Army way back in 1778, making it the longest, continually-occupied military post in the country. Cadet training has taken place at the garrison since 1794, although Congress funding for a US Military Academy (USMA) didn’t start until 1802.

77. Toon with a pacifier MAGGIE SIMPSON
Maggie Simpson is the youngest child of Marge and Homer Simpson on the animated tv show “The Simpsons”. Maggie is voiced by Nancy Cartwright, who also voices Bart Simpson.

82. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author KESEY
Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a set in a psychiatric hospital in Salem, Oregon. The novel was adapted into a stage play in 1963, starring Kirk Douglas who had purchased the rights to produce it on stage and screen. The film version was finally made in 1975, with Kirk Douglas’s son Michael Douglas as co-producer.

83. Hosp. test EKG
An EKG measures electrical activity in the heart. Back in my homeland of Ireland, an EKG is known as an ECG (for electrocardiogram). We use the German name in the US, Elektrokardiogramm, giving us EKG. Apparently the abbreviation EKG is preferred as ECG might be confused (if poorly handwritten, I guess) with EEG, the abbreviation for an electroencephalogram.

84. Early advocate of birth control MARGARET SANGER
Margaret Sanger was a nurse and birth control activist. Sanger is credited with popularizing the term “birth control” and opened the first birth control in the US in 1916. That action led to her arrest for distributing information on contraception.

90. Pasadena parade posies ROSES
The first Rose Parade was staged in 1890, on New Years Day in Pasadena, California. The initial parades were organized by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club, whose members wanted to highlight the mild winter weather in the area. The initial parades did not feature flowers, but these were added to underscore the favorable climate. It was the inclusion of the flowers that gave rise to the name “Tournament of Roses”. The first Rose Bowl football game was played in 1902.

92. “Permit Me Voyage” poet AGEE
“Permit Me Voyage” is the only volume of poetry published by American author James Agee.

James Agee was a noted American film critic and screenwriter. Agee wrote an autobiographical novel “A Death in the Family” that won him his Pulitzer in 1958, albeit posthumously. He was also one of the screenwriters for the 1951 classic movie “The African Queen”.

95. Brown in Calif., e.g. GOV
Jerry Brown has been the Governor of California since 2011, having previously held the same office from 1975 to 1983. Jerry’s father was Pat Brown who also served as Governor of California, from 1959 to 1967.

98. 1995-2001 “SNL” regular MOLLY SHANNON
The comic actress Molly Shannon is a “Saturday Night Live” alum, appearing on the show from 1995 to 2001. Shannon also starred in the movies “Superstar” and “Year of the Dog”.

107. Asian sash OBI
The sash worn as part of traditional Japanese dress is known as an obi. The obi can be tied in what is called a butterfly knot.

109. Colonial diplomat Silas DEANE
Silas Deane was a member of the Continental Congress. When Deane was dispatched to Paris by the Congress, he became America’s first foreign diplomat. His amazing story is told in Joel Richard Paul’s book called “Unlikely Allies”.

110. McGwire rival SOSA
Sammy Sosa was firmly in the public eye in 1998 when he and Mark McGwire were vying to be the first to surpass the home run record held by Roger Maris. McGwire fell out of public favor due to stories of steroid abuse (stories which he later admitted were true) while Sosa fell out of favor when he was found to be using a corked bat in a 2003 game.

111. “Mighty Aphrodite” Oscar winner MIRA SORVINO
Mira Sorvino is an American actress, winner of an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1995 Woody Allen movie “Mighty Aphrodite”. Sorvino also played a title role opposite Lisa Kudrow in the very forgettable “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”.

115. Discontinued P&G toothpaste GLEEM
Gleem is a Procter & Gamble brand of toothpaste. The original formulation was introduced back in 1952, with a mystery ingredient called GL-70 which the manufacturers claimed had a unique ability to fight mouth odor and tooth decay. No one seems to know what GL-70 is, or if in fact it existed at all! Gleem II was introduced in 1969 in an attempt to revitalize sales. It seemed to work. Must have been the green sparkles …

118. “Crossword Clues ‘M,’ __” ALEX
“Crossword Clues ‘M’” is a category of answers on the game show “Jeopardy!”. So, a contestant might indicate choosing that category to the host Alex Trebek by saying “Crossword Clues ‘M’, Alex”.

120. Jean Brodie creator MURIEL SPARK
“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is a novel by Muriel Spark, and a fabulous film of the same name released in 1969 starring Maggie Smith in the title role. It also stars Gordon Jackson (who played Hudson the butler on “Upstairs Downstairs”). The story is set in a girls’ school in Edinburgh in the thirties, with Jean Brodie a somewhat eccentric teacher who describes herself as being “in her prime”.

123. Port, for one WINE
The city of Oporto in Portugal gave its name to port wine in the late 1600s, as it was the seaport through which most of the region’s fortified red wine was exported.

126. Bottled spirits GENII
“Genii” is an accepted plural of two related words: “genius” and “genie”.

The “genie” in the bottle takes his or her name from “djinn”. “Djinns” were various spirits considered lesser than angels, with people exhibiting unsavory characteristics said to be possessed by djinn. When the book “The Thousand and One Nights” was translated into French, the word “djinn” was transformed into the existing word “génie”, because of the similarity in sound and the related spiritual meaning. This “génie” from the Arabian tale became confused with the Latin-derived “genius”, a guardian spirit thought to be assigned to each person at birth. Purely as a result of that mistranslation the word genie has come to mean the “djinn” that pops out of the bottle. A little hard to follow, I know, but still quite interesting …

129. Moroccan city of one million FES
Fes (sometimes “Fez”) is the third largest city in Morocco. Fes is home to the Fes el Bali quarter, a walled part of the city that is thought to be the largest car-free urban area in the world. Fes is also gave the name to the red felt hat called a Fez.

130. NCAA part: Abbr. ASSN
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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1. Cheerleader’s accessory POMPOM
The French call a ball made of tufted wool a “pompon”, a word that we imported into English directly as “pompon”. We use “pompon” to describe perhaps bobbles on some hats, or the tufted balls that are shaken by cheerleaders at sports events. Over time, the spelling “pompom” has become common in English, probably due to mishearing. To confuse matters a little, we also use the word “pom-pom” as a nickname for a British autocannon used mainly as an anti-aircraft weapon, particularly during WWII.

2. Frozen food brand ORE-IDA
Ore-Ida frozen foods are all made with potatoes. The company is located in Oregon, just across the border from Idaho. “Ore-Ida” is a melding of the two state names.

3. Loewe’s lyricist LERNER
Alan Jay Lerner was a lyricist from New York City who was known for his collaboration with Frederick Loewe and Burton Lane. Lerner was also known for his colorful private life. He was left with a persistent amphetamine addiction after being treated with “vitamins with enzymes” in the sixties, that were actually hypodermic shots laced with amphetamines. He also married eight times, and was often in dire financial straits due to the heavy load of alimony payments.

5. “The Sound of Music” song DO-RE-MI
The famous song that starts off with “Doe, a deer …” is a show tune from the 1959 musical “The Sound of Music”, by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The correct name of the song is “Do-Re-Mi”.

6. Hammer used to test reflexes PLEXOR
A “plexor” is a small hammer that has a soft rubber head. It is used by medical professionals as a diagnostic aid, mainly in examining the chest and in testing reflexes.

8. Santa __ CLARA
The Santa Clara Valley, just a few miles from me at the south of San Francisco Bay, is better known as “Silicon Valley”. The term “Silicon Valley” dates back to 1971 when it was apparently first used in a weekly trade newspaper called “Electronic News” in articles written by journalist Don Hoefler.

9. Legal protection COPYRIGHT
The term “copyright” really derives from the concept of giving another party the “right to copy”. Usually “copyright” gives the holder the power to financially benefit from any copies made. Copyright was invented in essence soon after the development of the printing press, with the first legal statutes put in place in Britain in the early 18th century.

13. Italian source of the melody for “It’s Now or Never” 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 …

“It’s Now or Never” is a 1960 song released by Elvis Presley that was inspired by “There’s No Tomorrow”, a 1950 hit for Tony Martin. “There’s No Tomorrow” was written as an adaptation of the Italian standard “O Sole Mio”.

17. 35mm camera type SLR
SLR stands for “single lens reflex”. Usually cameras with changeable lenses are the SLR type. The main feature of an SLR is that a mirror reflects the image seen through the lens out through the viewfinder, so that the photographer sees exactly what the lens sees. The mirror moves out of the way as the picture is taken, and the image that comes through the lens falls onto unexposed film, or nowadays onto a digital sensor.

35mm was chosen at the beginning of the 20th century as a standard size for film used in still cameras. 35mm was selected as it already the standard film size for film used in motion pictures.

19. Turntable stat RPM
Revolutions per minute (rpm)

23. Trojans’ region, familiarly SOCAL
“SoCal” is short for “Southern California”.

The athletic teams of the University of Southern California are called the USC Trojans. The women’s teams are also called the Trojans, but are sometimes referred to as Women of Troy.

30. “Strange Magic” gp. ELO
The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) is a symphonic rock group from the north of England. The band’s manager was Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne (wife of Ozzy).

38. Irangate figure NORTH
The Iran-Contra affair (also called “Irangate”) came to light in 1986. The “Iran” part of the scandal was the sale of arms to Iran by the Reagan administration, initially to facilitate the release of US hostages. This was done in secret because there was a US arms embargo in place against Iran. The “Contra” part of the scandal arose when the man in charge of the operation, Oliver North, took funds from the arms sales and funneled the cash to the Contra militants who were fighting to topple the government of Nicaragua from their base in neighboring Honduras.

43. Four-wheeler, for short ATV
All-terrain vehicle (ATV)

47. __ D.A. ASST
Assistant District Attorney (Asst. D.A.)

50. “I Got __”: Jim Croce hit A NAME
Jim Croce’s most successful songs were “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle”. Like so many great singers it seems, Croce died in a plane crash. He was killed along with five others just after takeoff when the small commercial plane in which he was travelling hit a tree, possibly because the pilot had a heart attack. Croce died just a few days before the release of his latest album, “I Got a Name”.

51. Font flourish SERIF
Serifs are details on the ends of characters in some typefaces. Typefaces without serifs are known as sans-serif (using the French word “sans” meaning “without”). Some people say that serif fonts are easier to read on paper, whereas sans-serif fonts work better on a computer screen. I’m not so sure though …

53. Pale ___ ALE
Pale ale is a beer made using mainly pale malt, which results in a relatively light color for a malted beer.

55. __ Dhabi ABU
Abu Dhabi is one of the seven Emirates that make up the federation known as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The two largest members of the UAE (geographically) are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the only two of the seven members that have veto power over UAE policy. Before 1971, the UAE was a British Protectorate, a collection of sheikdoms. The sheikdoms entered into a maritime truce with Britain in 1835, after which they became known as the Trucial States, derived from the word “truce”.

63. New Deal org. WPA
The Work Progress Administration (WPA) was the largest of the New Deal agencies. The WPA employed millions of people during the Depression, putting them to work on various public works projects. The total spending through the WPA from 1936 to 1939 was nearly $7 billion. We have to give the federal government credit for taking an enlightened view of what types of project qualified for financial support, so artists who could not get commissions privately were hired by the government itself. The result is a collection of “New Deal Art”, including a series of murals that can be found in post offices around the country to this day.

64. 2008 bailout beneficiary AIG
AIG is the American International Group, a giant insurance corporation (or I should say, “was”). After repeated bailouts by American taxpayers, the company made some serious PR blunders by spending large amounts of money on executive entertainment and middle management rewards. These included a $444,000 California retreat, an $86,000 hunting trip in England, and a $343,000 getaway to a luxury resort in Phoenix. Poor judgment, I’d say …

67. Massachusetts quartet ESSES
There is a quartet (4) of letters S in the word “Massachusetts”.

76. Charlton Heston once led it: Abbr. NRA
The National Rifle Association (NRA) used the slogan “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands”. These words became quite famous when they were used at an NRA convention in 2000 by Charlton Heston, who was then president of the NRA. Heston ended a speech he made with the words “From my cold, dead hands!” while holding up into the air a replica of a Sharps rifle.

77. Phoenix suburb MESA
The city of Mesa, Arizona is in effect a suburb of Phoenix. The original settlement of non-Native Americans was founded by Daniel Webster Jones who led a Mormon group from St. George, Utah. The settlement was first called Jonesville, then Fort Utah and eventually Lehi. A second group of Mormons arrived and formed a settlement on top of a nearby mesa. It was this use of a mesa that eventually gave the city its current name.

78. He bested Adlai IKE
Adlai Stevenson (AES) ran for president unsuccessfully against Dwight D. Eisenhower (“Ike)) in 1952 and in 1956. Some years after his second defeat, Stevenson served under President Kennedy as Ambassador to the United Nations. Stevenson was always noted for his eloquence and he had a famous exchange in a UN Security Council meeting during the Cuban missile crisis. Stevenson bluntly demanded that the Soviet representative on the council tell the world if the USSR was installing nuclear weapons in Cuba. His words were “Don’t wait for the translation, answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’!” followed by “I am prepared to wait for my answer until Hell freezes over!”

79. With 4-Down, “The Thin Man” co-star MYRNA
(4D. See 79-Down LOY)
The beautiful Myrna Loy was one of my favorite actresses. Her career took off when she was paired up with William Powell in the fabulous “The Thin Man” series of films. Loy also appeared opposite Cary Grant in a couple of films that I like to watch every so often, namely “The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” (1947) and “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948).

86. Spooner, for one REVEREND
Spoonerisms are errors in speech in which letters or sounds are switched from one word to another. Famous examples are “Three cheers for our queer old dean” (dear old Queen … Victoria) and “Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?” (customary to kiss …). Spoonerisms are named after an Oxford don, William Archibald Spooner, who was notorious for his tendency to pepper his speech with “spoonerisms”.

88. Opposite of paleo- NEO-
The prefix “paleo-” means “prehistoric, primitive”. It comes from the Greek word “palaios” which means “old, ancient”. The prefix “neo-” would be the opposite, meaning “new, recent”.

89. Winner’s prize GOLD
In the Ancient Olympic Games, the winner of an event was awarded an olive wreath. When the games were revived in 1896, the winners were originally given a silver medal and an olive branch, with runners-up receiving a bronze medal and a laurel branch. The tradition of giving gold, silver and bronze medals began at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games held in St. Louis, Missouri.

97. Scholarship founder RHODES
Cecil Rhodes (famous in America as the founder of the Rhodes Scholarship), was a very successful English businessman and South African politician. He founded the De Beers diamond mining company, and also founded the state of Rhodesia which was named after him. The British colony gained its independence over time in the latter half of the 20th century, and is known today as the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Rhodesian capital of Salisbury was renamed in 1982 to Harare, the current capital of Zimbabwe.

99. Fictional symbol of brutality LEGREE
Simon Legree is the cruel slave owner in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

102. Ryan and Bushnell NOLANS
Nolan Ryan is famous for having more career strikeouts that any other baseball pitcher. However, he also holds the record for the most career walks and wild pitches. Another record that Ryan holds is the most no-hitters, a total of seven over his career.

Nolan Bushnell achieved success as the founder of two very different companies. He co-founded Atari, the video game and home computer manufacturer, in 1972. He started Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatres in 1977, a restaurant aimed at children that served pizza but also provided entertainment and games. The link between Bushnell’s two enterprises was that he saw Chuck E. Cheeze as an outlet for Atari video game consoles.

103. God wed to his sister OSIRIS
Osiris was the Egyptian god of the underworld. Osiris was the son of Geb the Earth god, and Nut the sky goddess. His wife Isis was also his sister. Osiris was killed and mutilated by Set, his own brother. Isis reassembled Osiris and revived him, just long enough that they could conceive their son Horus.

111. Bryn __ College MAWR
I used to live not far from Bryn-mawr (also “Brynmwar”) in Wales, the town with the highest elevation in the country. Appropriately enough, “bryn mawr” is Welsh for “big hill”. There is also a Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania (note the different capitalization) that is named after its Welsh counterpart. At the Pennsylvania location there’s a Bryn Mawr college, a private women’s school that was the first American university to offer graduate degrees to women.

112. Netman Nastase ILIE
I think that Ilie Nastase was the most entertaining tennis player of the 1970s, the days of Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. No matter how much pressure there was in a match, Nastase always had time to give the crowd a laugh. After retiring from the sport, he had a few novels published (in French) during the eighties. Then Nastase went into politics, making an unsuccessful run for the mayorship of Bucharest in 1996. He made a successful run for the Hungarian Senate though, and has been a senator since May 2014.

113. Moreno with Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards RITA
The Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress Rita Moreno is one of the few performers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony. Moreno got her big break, and won her Oscar, for playing Anita in the 1961 screen adaption of “West Side Story”.

114. Meditation 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.

116. Flavor enhancer MSG
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the sodium salt of a naturally-occurring,non-essential amino acid called glutamic acid. It is used widely as a flavor enhancer, particularly in many Asian cuisines. Whether or not it is harmful seems to be still under debate. I say that something produced in a test tube shouldn’t be in our food …

121. TV dial letters UHF
The radio spectrum is divided into bands based on frequency. “High band” is composed of relatively high frequency values, and “low band” is composed of frequencies that are relatively low. FM radio falls into the band called Very High Frequency, or VHF. Television signals use frequencies even higher than VHF, frequencies in the Ultra High Frequency band (UHF). AM radio uses lower frequencies that fall into the relatively low bands of Low, Medium and High Frequency (LF, MF, and HF).

122. Princess’ bane PEA
“The Princess and the Pea” is a fairy tale from the pen of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The essence of the story is that a prince’s mother tests the royal blood of an apparent princess by placing a pea under a pile of mattresses on which the young girl sleeps. The girl complains of a restless night, demonstrating a physical sensitivity that can only be attributed to a princess. And they all live happily ever after …

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Straw __ POLL
5. Immunization letters DPT
8. Duped in a good way? CCED
12. __ Zero COKE
16. They have Red Velvet and Watermelon varieties OREOS
18. Many a surfer AOLER
20. Norse trickster LOKI
21. Chennai’s continent ASIA
22. “Silkwood” star MERYL STREEP
24. Zira and Cornelius, in a 1968 film APES
25. Auction units LOTS
26. ATM necessity PIN
27. Women’s World Golf Rankings sponsor ROLEX
28. “Frankenstein” author MARY SHELLEY
31. Polish-German border river ODER
33. Hunters’ outfits, briefly CAMOS
35. Seaman TAR
36. Different ELSE
37. Counselor Troi portrayer on “Star Trek: T.N.G.” MARINA SIRTIS
40. Conditional words IF SO
42. Pin surface MAT
45. Costa del __ SOL
46. Film franchise with a mammoth named Manny ICE AGE
48. Place SITE
49. Nonlethal weapon TASER
52. Tennis star with five Grand Slam titles MARIA SHARAPOVA
56. Chemical ending -INE
57. Oregon __ TRAIL
60. Flashing light STROBE
61. Host of a spin-off of “The Apprentice” MARTHA STEWART
66. Flashiest LOUDEST
70. Arab VIP EMIR
71. Point to pick NIT
72. __ mater PIA
73. “To Kill a Mockingbird” sibling JEM
74. West Point inits. USMA
75. Bygone DEFUNCT
77. Toon with a pacifier MAGGIE SIMPSON
80. Nod DROWSE
82. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author KESEY
83. Hosp. test EKG
84. Early advocate of birth control MARGARET SANGER
90. Pasadena parade posies ROSES
92. “Permit Me Voyage” poet AGEE
93. Hercules bicycle model ROADEO
94. Billings-to-Helena dir. WNW
95. Brown in Calif., e.g. GOV
96. Get ready PREP
98. 1995-2001 “SNL” regular MOLLY SHANNON
105. Engrave ETCH
107. Asian sash OBI
109. Colonial diplomat Silas DEANE
110. McGwire rival SOSA
111. “Mighty Aphrodite” Oscar winner MIRA SORVINO
115. Discontinued P&G toothpaste GLEEM
117. Back talk LIP
118. “Crossword Clues ‘M,’ __” ALEX
119. Plan for losing DIET
120. Jean Brodie creator MURIEL SPARK
123. Port, for one WINE
124. To be, in Paris ETRE
125. Utter SHEER
126. Bottled spirits GENII
127. 123-Across category REDS
128. Back talk SASS
129. Moroccan city of one million FES
130. NCAA part: Abbr. ASS

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1. Cheerleader’s accessory POMPOM
2. Frozen food brand ORE-IDA
3. Loewe’s lyricist LERNER
4. See 79-Down LOY
5. “The Sound of Music” song DO-RE-MI
6. Hammer used to test reflexes PLEXOR
7. Summer top TEE
8. Santa __ CLARA
9. Legal protection COPYRIGHT
10. __ out a living EKES
11. Menu listings DISHES
12. Judgments CALLS
13. Italian source of the melody for “It’s Now or Never” O SOLE MIO
14. Toy with a tail KITE
15. Like pie? EASY
17. 35mm camera type SLR
18. Map site ATLAS
19. Turntable stat RPM
23. Trojans’ region, familiarly SOCAL
29. Confused AT SEA
30. “Strange Magic” gp. ELO
32. Ascend RISE
34. Agitate STIR
38. Irangate figure NORTH
39. Here, to Henri ICI
41. Bold FEARLESS
43. Four-wheeler, for short ATV
44. Leaves in a bag TEA
47. __ D.A. ASST
48. Went faster SPED UP
49. Like some tests TIMED
50. “I Got __”: Jim Croce hit A NAME
51. Font flourish SERIF
52. Diamond need MITT
53. Pale ___ ALE
54. Certain sharer ROOMIE
55. __ Dhabi ABU
58. Acrimony RANCOR
59. So to speak AS IT WERE
62. Slog TRUDGE
63. New Deal org. WPA
64. 2008 bailout beneficiary AIG
65. Cleaning aid RAG
67. Massachusetts quartet ESSES
68. Fire sign SMOKE
69. Sharp tastes TANGS
73. Taunt JEER
76. Charlton Heston once led it: Abbr. NRA
77. Phoenix suburb MESA
78. He bested Adlai IKE
79. With 4-Down, “The Thin Man” co-star MYRNA
81. Breaks on the road STOPOVERS
84. E-__ MAG
85. Earlier AGO
86. Spooner, for one REVEREND
87. Mgmt. ADMIN
88. Opposite of paleo- NEO-
89. Winner’s prize GOLD
91. Has title to OWNS
94. Cheese shape WHEEL
96. Mac alternatives PCS
97. Scholarship founder RHODES
99. Fictional symbol of brutality LEGREE
100. Elis YALIES
101. Show of scorn SNEER
102. Ryan and Bushnell NOLANS
103. God wed to his sister OSIRIS
104. Place setting item NAPKIN
106. Strains TAXES
108. Nibbles BITES
111. Bryn __ College MAWR
112. Netman Nastase ILIE
113. Moreno with Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards RITA
114. Meditation syllables OMS
116. Flavor enhancer MSG
121. TV dial letters UHF
122. Princess’ bane PEA

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