LA Times Crossword Answers 31 Dec 15, Thursday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Jeffrey Wechsler
THEME: Musclebound … each of today’s themed answers is BOUNDED by the familiar name for a group of MUSCLES (spelled out in the grid by the circled letters).

58A. Like some weightlifters, and a hint to this puzzle’s circles MUSCLEBOUND

18A. Red-eyes, e.g. LATE FLIGHTS (bound by “lats”)
24A. Wouldn’t accept excuses DEMANDED RESULTS (bound by “delts”)
31A. Hospital department PEDIATRICS (bound by “pecs”)
41A. Black suit component ACE OF CLUBS (bound by “abs”)
51A. Retirement party speeches, typically GLOWING TRIBUTES (bound by “glutes”)

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1. Dernier __ CRI
The French phrase “dernier cri” translates literally as “the latest cry or scream”, but is used to denote the latest fashion, something that is “all the rage”.

4. They may have EIKs APTS
Eat-in kitchen (EIK)

8. Savory Asian pastry SAMOSA
A samosa is quite a tasty appetizer, usually a triangular-shaped savory that often has a vegetarian filling. The word “samosa” is primarily used on Indian menus, and the name comes from “sanbosag”, the name for the dish in Persia.

14. Kareem, once LEW
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s name at birth was Ferdinand Lewis “Lew” Alcindor. Alcindor changed his name when he converted to Islam.

15. Berth place SLIP
A “slipway” or “slip” is a ramp on the shore in which boats can “slip” into the water. This “slipping” into the water was is literally the case in a shipyard where a vessel’s hull slips off the ramp after it is coated with grease.

16. Took to the stump ORATED
“To stump” can mean to go on a speaking tour during a political campaign. This peculiarly American term dates back to the 19th century. Back then a “stump speech” was an address given by someone standing on a large tree stump that provided a convenient perch to help the speaker get his or her message across to the crowd.

17. Reminiscent of A LA
The phrase “in the style of” can be translated in “alla” in Italian and “à la” in French.

22. Pinky-side arm bone ULNA
The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the “thumb-side” of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the “pinkie-side”.

23. Points for a free throw ONE
That would be in basketball …

29. 14th-century Russian prince IVAN II
Ivan II, Grand Prince of Moscow from 1353 to 1359, was also known as Ivanovich the Fair. Ivan succeeded his brother, who was known as Simeon the Proud.

30. “Grandma” co-star TOMLIN
Lily Tomlin is a comedian and actress who got her big break as a regular member of the cast of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” in the late sixties and early seventies. Tomlin created several great characters on the show. My personal favorite is Ernestine, the condescending telephone operator with the marvelous nasal voice and snorting laugh. Ernestine was fond of saying “One ringy dingy …” I really enjoy Tomlin’s performances as an actress, notably in the movies “9 to 5” and “All of Me”, and on the TV show “The West Wing”. I went to her stage show many years ago in San Francisco, and just did not enjoy it. I was devastated …

48. Number in a Verne title EIGHTY
“Around the World in 80 Days” is just a wonderful adventure story, written by French author Jules Verne and first published in 1873. There have been some great screen adaptations of the story, including the 1956 movie starring David Niven as Phileas Fogg. In almost all adaptations, a balloon is used for part of the journey, perhaps the most memorable means of transportation on Fogg’s trip around the world. However, if you read the book, Fogg never used a balloon at all.

50. “60 Minutes” humorist ROONEY
Andy Rooney began his career in newspapers during WWII working for “Stars and Stripes” in London. He had some memorable experiences during the war, including flying on the first American bombing raid over Germany. He was also one of the first American journalists to visit the German concentration camps as they were liberated. He started his segment called “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” on CBS’s “60 Minutes” way back in 1978, and so was on our screens for over 40 years. Rooney passed away in 2011. He was a cool, cool guy …

56. Bide __: stay briefly, to Scots A-WEE
“Bide-a-wee” is a Scottish term meaning “stay a while”.

62. Choler IRE
“Choler” is “anger, irritability”. Choler (also “cholera”) was one of the body’s four basic substances, the so-called four humors. All diseases were caused by these four substances getting out of balance. The four humors were:

– Black bile (melancholia)
– Yellow bile (cholera)
– Phlegm (phlegma)
– Blood (sanguis)

63. Willow flower cluster CATKIN
Alder trees are deciduous (i.e. not evergreen), and the fruit of the tree is called a “catkin”. The tree carries both male and female catkins that look very similar to each other, but the male catkin is longer than the female. Alders are pollinated by wind usually, although bees can play a role.

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4. Silent comm. method ASL
It’s really quite unfortunate that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are very different, and someone who has learned to sign in one cannot understand someone signing in the other.

5. Enthusiastic praise PLAUDIT
“Plaudits” are enthusiastic expressions of approval. The term comes from the Latin word “plaudite!”, which was an appeal made by actors for “applause” at the end of a performance.

8. Fifth in a familiar series SOL
The solfa syllables are: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la & ti.

9. Melodic passage ARIOSO
An arioso (plural “ariosi”) is a solo vocal piece in a classical work such as an opera or an oratorio. An arioso’s structure lies somewhere between that of a full-blown aria and speech-like recitative.

10. Wine buys MAGNUMS
The list of standard sizes for wine bottles is quite long. The main ones encountered would be:

– 187.5 ml: a “split”, often used for a single serving of champagne
– 375 ml: a “half”
– 750 ml: the standard size
– 1.5 L: a “magnum”, double the standard size
– 3.0 L: a “double magnum”, and also a “standard size” for boxes of wine

11. “… And when I love thee not / Chaos is come again” speaker OTHELLO
Shakespeare’s “Othello” was first performed in 1604. The main characters in the play are:

– Othello, a general in the army of Venice
– Desdemona, Othello’s wife
– Cassio, Othello’s trusted ensign
– Iago, the villain of the piece

13. Much spam ADS
Apparently the term “spam”, used for unwanted email, is taken from a “Monty Python” sketch. In the sketch (which I’ve seen) the dialog is taken over by the word “Spam”, a play on the glut of canned meat in the markets of Britain after WWII. So “spam” is used for the glut of emails that takes over online communication. I can just imagine nerdy Internet types (like me) adopting something from a “Monty Python” sketch to describe an online phenomenon …

21. __-Wipe: cleaning brand SANI
Sani-Wipe is a sanitizing wipe made by Sani Professional.

25. Actress Peeples NIA
Actress and singer Nia Peeples played the character Nicole Chapman in the TV series “Fame”.

26. “Star Trek” staples ETS
Extraterrestrial (ET)

When Gene Roddenberry first proposed the science fiction series that became “Star Trek”, he marketed it as “Wagon Train to the Stars”, a pioneer-style Western in outer space. In fact his idea was to produce something more like “Gulliver’s Travels”, as he intended to write episodes that were adventure stories on one level, but morality tales on another. Personally I think that he best achieved this model with the spin-off series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. If you watch individual episodes you will see thinly disguised treatments of moral issues such as racism, homosexuality, genocide etc. For my money, “The Next Generation” is the best of the whole franchise …

28. Nestlé’s __-Caps SNO
Sno-Caps are a brand of candy usually only available in movie theaters. Sno-caps have been around since the 1920s, would you believe?

33. Martinique, par exemple ILE
In French, Martinique “par exemple” (for example) is an “île” (island).

The island of Martinique in the eastern Caribbean is actually a part of France, and is referred to as an “overseas department”. As such, Martinique is part of the European Union, and even uses the euro as its currency. The island is fully represented in the French National Assembly and Senate, just like any department within France. It’s sort of like the status of Hawaii within the US.

34. Bus. bigwig CFO
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

38. Venezuela export OIL
The country name of “Venezuela” originated with the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Vespucci saw stilt houses around Lake Maracaibo that reminded him of the city of Venice, leading him to call the region “Veneziola” meaning “Little Venice”. Over time, “Veneziola” evolved into “Venezuela” as a result of Spanish influence.

41. Writer Rand AYN
Ayn Rand was the pen name of Russian-American novelist Alisa Rosenbaum. Rand’s two best known works are her novels “The Fountainhead” published in 1943 and “Atlas Shrugged” in 1957. Back in 1951, Rand moved from Los Angeles to New York City. Soon after, she gathered a group of admirers around her with whom she discussed philosophy and shared drafts of her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged”. This group called itself “The Collective”, and one of the founding members was none other than future Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan.

42. ’90s-’00s hit sitcom for 10 seasons FRIENDS
When the incredibly successful sitcom “Friends” was in development it was given a working title “Insomnia Cafe”. This was changed to “Friends Like Us”, before final going to air as “Friends”.

49. “Coca-Cola Cowboy” singer TILLIS
Mel Tillis is a country singer who had most of hits in the seventies. Notably, Tillis has a speech impediment, but this does not affect his singing at all.

52. Chew the fat GAB
Back in the day, a wealthy man would “bring home the bacon” and sit around with guests and “chew the fat”.

58. Commonly injured knee ligament, briefly MCL
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a ligament of the knee, on the inside (medial) side of the joint.

59. Federation in OPEC UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates (states) in the Middle East. Included in the seven are Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with the city of Abu Dhabi being the UAE capital and cultural center.

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

60. “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” musician ENO
Brian Eno was one of the pioneers of the “ambient” genre of music. Eno composed an album in 1978 called “Ambient 1: Music for Airports”, the first in a series of four albums with an ambient theme. Eno named the tracks somewhat inventively: 1/1, 2/1, 2/1 and 2/2.

61. Semicolon? DOT
The punctuation mark known as a colon consists of two dots, so with a little whimsy, a single dot might be described as a “semicolon”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Dernier __ CRI
4. They may have EIKs APTS
8. Savory Asian pastry SAMOSA
14. Kareem, once LEW
15. Berth place SLIP
16. Took to the stump ORATED
17. Reminiscent of A LA
18. Red-eyes, e.g. LATE FLIGHTS
20. Fail to meet MISS
22. Pinky-side arm bone ULNA
23. Points for a free throw ONE
24. Wouldn’t accept excuses DEMANDED RESULTS
29. 14th-century Russian prince IVAN II
30. “Grandma” co-star TOMLIN
31. Hospital department PEDIATRICS
35. “Nothing special” SO-SO
36. One on the shelf, in Christmas decor ELF
37. Epic creator POET
41. Black suit component ACE OF CLUBS
48. Number in a Verne title EIGHTY
50. “60 Minutes” humorist ROONEY
51. Retirement party speeches, typically GLOWING TRIBUTES
55. Suffix with part -IAL
56. Bide __: stay briefly, to Scots A WEE
57. “Phooey!” DRAT!
58. Like some weightlifters, and a hint to this puzzle’s circles MUSCLEBOUND
62. Choler IRE
63. Willow flower cluster CATKIN
64. Erase UNDO
65. Shade source ELM
66. To a smaller degree LESS SO
67. Annoyance PEST
68. Bad start? DYS-

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1. Cocktail party bowlful CLAM DIP
2. Substitute for RELIEVE
3. “That really got my goat!” I WAS MAD!
4. Silent comm. method ASL
5. Enthusiastic praise PLAUDIT
6. King or queen TITLE
7. Drop at a shop SPEND
8. Fifth in a familiar series SOL
9. Melodic passage ARIOSO
10. Wine buys MAGNUMS
11. “… And when I love thee not / Chaos is come again” speaker OTHELLO
12. Three of a kind, in poker lingo SET
13. Much spam ADS
19. Word with fetched or flung FAR-
21. __-Wipe: cleaning brand SANI
25. Actress Peeples NIA
26. “Star Trek” staples ETS
27. Quaint contraction ‘TIS
28. Nestlé’s __-Caps SNO
32. __ hall REC
33. Martinique, par exemple ILE
34. Bus. bigwig CFO
37. Dowel PEG
38. Venezuela export OIL
39. Ones who are me-deep in conversation? EGOISTS
40. Sharp blows THWACKS
41. Writer Rand AYN
42. ’90s-’00s hit sitcom for 10 seasons FRIENDS
43. Ear piece? COB
44. Ear-piercing LOUD
45. Not yet tested UNTRIED
46. Arrive ahead of time BE EARLY
47. __ analyst SYSTEMS
49. “Coca-Cola Cowboy” singer TILLIS
52. Chew the fat GAB
53. Leading 5-3, e.g. TWO UP
54. See one’s old college chums, say REUNE
58. Commonly injured knee ligament, briefly MCL
59. Federation in OPEC UAE
60. “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” musician ENO
61. Semicolon? DOT

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LA Times Crossword Answers 30 Dec 15, Wednesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Dewey
THEME: Finished with the Essay … each of today’s themed answers ends with a synonym of “essay”.

17A. It may lead to an acquisition TAKEOVER ATTEMPT
28A. Coalition JOINT ENDEAVOR
48A. With “the,” one’s best shot OLD COLLEGE TRY
62A. Sincere intention to be fair GOOD FAITH EFFORT

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 6m 40s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Coors “malternative” ZIMA
Zima is a clear alcoholic beverage with about the same strength as beer. Zima is sold in beer bottles but is marketed as “not” a beer, A “malternative”. It has a lemon-lime flavor and is referred to as an “alcopop”, a portmanteau word from “alcohol” and “pop”. Zima was made by Coors, but they stopped US production in 2008. However, it is still quite popular in Japan.

5. NFL ball carriers RBS
In football, running backs (RBs) and wide receivers (WRs) often score touchdowns (TDs).

13. National Air and Space Museum movie format IMAX
The IMAX Corporation, which is behind the IMAX film format, is a Canadian company. The impetus for developing the system came after Expo ’67 in Montreal. Back then large format screenings were accomplished using multiple projectors with multiple screens, with images basically stitched together. The team behind the IMAX technology set out to simplify things, and developed a single-camera, single-projector system.

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, D.C. is that part of the Smithsonian Institution that holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. The facility was opened in 1946 as the National Air Museum, and renamed to the National Air and Space Museum during the space race of the fifties and sixties.

16. Shrine to remember ALAMO
The famous Alamo in San Antonio, Texas was originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. The mission was founded in 1718 and was the first mission established in the city. The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836, a thirteen-day siege by the Mexican Army led by President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Only two people defending the Alamo Mission survived the onslaught. One month later, the Texian army got its revenge by attacking and defeating the Mexican Army in the Battle of San Jacinto. During the surprise attack on Santa Anna’s camp, many of the Texian soldiers were heard to cry “Remember the Alamo!”.

21. Cooking oil brand MAZOLA
Mazola is a brand of corn oil now owned by Associated British Foods.

22. Sport with masks EPEE
The sword known as an épée has a three-sided blade. The épée is similar to a foil and sabre, both of which are also thrusting weapons. However, the foil and saber have rectangular cross-sections.

32. SeaWorld swimmer ORCA
The taxonomic name for the killer whale is Orcinus orca. The use of the name “orca”, rather than “killer whale”, is becoming more and more common. The Latin word “Orcinus” means “belonging to Orcus”, with Orcus being the name for the Kingdom of the Dead.

SeaWorld was started in San Diego in 1964. The original plan was build an underwater restaurant with a marine life show. Eventually the founders dropped the idea of the eating establishment and just went with a theme park. SeaWorld has been mired in controversy since the 2013 release of the documentary “Blackfish”, which tells of the involvement of a particular orca (killer whale) in the death of two SeaWorld employees and one SeaWorld visitor.

33. Strauss’ “__ Rosenkavalier” DER
“Der Rosenkavalier” is a comic opera composed by Richard Strauss, with the title translating as “The Knight of the Rose”.

34. Source of ultraviolet rays SUN
At either end of the visible light spectrum are the invisible forms of radiation known as infrared (IR) light and ultraviolet (UV) light. IR light lies just beyond the red end of the visible spectrum, and UV light lie just below the violet end.

39. The Masters or The Open MAJOR
Golf’s Masters Tournament is the first of the four major championships in the annual calendar, taking place in the first week of April each year. It is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, and has a number of traditions. One is that the winner is awarded the famous “green jacket”, but he only gets to keep it for a year and must return it to the club after twelve months.

The golf tournament that we usually refer to as “the British Open” here in North America, is more correctly known as “The Open Championship”. The tournament has earned its somewhat Haughty title as it is the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf. The Open was first played in 1860, at Scotland’s Prestwick Golf Club. That first tournament attracted a grand field of eight professional golfers, with Scotsman Willie Park, Sr. emerging victorious.

43. Aurora’s Greek counterpart EOS
In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of the dawn who lived at the edge of the ocean. Eos would wake each morning to welcome her brother Helios the sun. The Roman equivalent of Eos is Aurora.

45. Beat a hasty retreat LAM
To be “on the lam” is to be in flight, to have escaped from prison. “On the lam” is American slang that originated at the end of the 19th century. The word “lam” also means to “beat” or “thrash”, as in “lambaste”. So “on the lam” might derive from the phrase “to beat it, to scram”.

51. Dashboard meas. MPH
Miles per hour (mph)

Back in the 1800s, “dashboard” was the name given to a “board” placed at the front of a carriage to stop mud from “dashing” against the passengers in the carriage, mud that was kicked up by the hoofs of the horses. Quite interesting …

53. __ Jose SAN
San Jose is the third-largest city in California and is located at the heart of Silicon Valley. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1777 and named El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Under Spanish and Mexican rule, the territory of Alta California had its capital in Monterey. When California was made a US state, San Jose was named as the first capital, in 1850. Subsequently, the state legislature met in Vallejo in 1852, Benicia in 1853, and finally settled in Sacramento.

55. Met showstopper ARIA
The Metropolitan Opera (the Met) of New York City is the largest classical music organization in the country, presenting about 220 performances each and every year. Founded in 1880, the Met is renowned for using technology to expand its audiences. Performances have been broadcast live on radio since 1931, and on television since 1977. And since 2006 you can go see a live performance from New York in high definition on the big screen, at a movie theater near you …

59. Belittle DIS
“Dis” is a slang term meaning “insult” that originated in the eighties. It is a shortened form of “disrespect” or “dismiss”.

66. Jordanian queen dowager NOOR
Queen Noor is the widow of King Hussein of Jordan. Queen Noor was born Lisa Halaby in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Najeeb Halaby. Her father was appointed by President Kennedy as the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, and later became the CEO of Pan Am. Lisa Halaby met King Hussein in 1977, while working on the design of Jordan’s Queen Alia Airport. The airport was named after King Hussein’s third wife who had been killed that year in a helicopter crash. Halaby and the King were married the next year, in 1978.

Originally, a dowry was money that was set aside by a man for his wife and children, to be used in the event that he passed away. A widow who receives said money was known as a “dowager”. Over time, “dowry” became a term used for the money, goods or estate that a woman brought into a marriage, and “dowager” came to mean an elderly woman with an elevated social position.

69. Second afterthought: Abbr. PPS
One adds a PS (post scriptum, or simply “postscript”) at the end of a letter (ltr.). A second postscript is a post post scriptum, a PPS.

70. Daughter of Elizabeth II ANNE
Anne, Princess Royal was born in 1950 and is the only daughter of British Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Anne has been in the public spotlight for many things, including her success as an equestrian. Princess Anne was the first member of the British Royal Family to have competed in an Olympic Games. Her daughter Zara Phillips continued the tradition and competed as a member of the British equestrian team in the 2012 Olympic Games. Zara’s medal was presented to her by her own mother, Princess Anne.

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1. Pasta choice ZITI
Cylindrical pasta is known in general as “penne”, and there are many variants. For example, ziti is a particularly large and long tube with square-cut ends. “Penne” is the plural of “penna”, the Italian for “feather, quill”.

2. All-in-one Apple IMAC
The iMac is a desktop computer platform from Apple introduced in 1998. One of the main features of the iMac is an “all-in-one” design, with the computer console and monitor integrated. The iMac also came in a range of colors, that Apple marketed as “flavors”, such strawberry, blueberry and lime.

6. Khrushchev’s successor BREZHNEV
Leonid Brezhnev was the Soviet leader from 1964 until his death in 1982. Under Brezhnev, Soviet spending on the military grew to about 12.5% of the nation’s Gross National Product. This level of spending, without effective economic reform, led to the USSR’s “Era of Stagnation” that started in the mid-seventies. His large major political decision was to invade Afghanistan, a move that placed further strain on the fragile Soviet economy.

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev only ever made two visits to the United States. The second visit was in September 1960 without an invitation, when he appointed himself temporary head of the USSR delegation to the United Nations. The US responded to his unannounced visit by limiting his travel to the island of Manhattan and visits to a Soviet-owned estate on Long Island. During one of the debates at the UN, Khrushchev became outraged at a statement made by the Filipino delegate who called the Soviets two-faced for decrying colonialism while forcibly dominating and occupying Eastern Europe. Khrushchev demanded the right to reply immediately, and when the Filipino delegate refused to yield, the Soviet leader famously took off his shoe and began to pound it on his desk.

7. Texas ALer ‘STRO
The Houston baseball team changed its name to the Astros from the Colt .45s in 1965 when they started playing in the Astrodome. The Astrodome was so called in recognition of the city’s long association with the US space program.

8. What Tweety tawt he taw TAT
“I tawt I taw a puddy tat!” is a famous line uttered by Tweety Bird, the yellow canary in the “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” cartoons who is constantly stalked by various cats.

9. 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”.

12. Tribal symbol TOTEM
Totem is the name given to any entity that watches over a group of people. As such, totems are usually the subjects of worship. Totem poles are really misnamed, as they are not intended to represent figures to be worshiped, but rather are heraldic in nature often celebrating the legends or notable events in the history of a tribe.

15. Connecticut Ivy Leaguer YALIE
Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded in 1701, making it the third-oldest university in the US. Originally called the Collegiate School, it was renamed to Yale University in honor of retired merchant from London called Elihu Yale, who made generous contributions to the institution. Yale University’s nickname is “Old Eli”, in a nod to the benefactor.

19. “Voilà!” cries TADAS
“Voilà” means “there it is”, and “voici” means “here it is”. The terms come from “voi là” meaning “see there” and “voi ici” meaning “see here”.

28. “__ Boys”: Alcott sequel JO’S
Louisa May Alcott’s “Jo’s Boys” is a sequel to her novel “Little Men”, which in turn is a sequel to “Little Women”. “Jo’s Boys” is the final book in the trilogy.

38. Soda jerk’s workplace MALT SHOP
Walgreens claims to have introduced the malted milkshake, in 1922.

In the halcyon days of yore, a “soda jerk” was usually a young person whose main job was to serve ice cream sodas in a drugstore. The server would “jerk” the handle on the soda fountain to dispense the soda water, giving the job its distinctive name.

41. Boston Garden hockey immortal ORR
Bobby Orr is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time. By the time he retired in 1978 he had undergone over a dozen knee surgeries. At 31 years of age, he concluded that he just couldn’t skate anymore. Reportedly, he was even having trouble walking …

Boston Garden was an arena that opened in 1928, closed in 1995, and was demolished in 1995. “The Garden” hosted home games for the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

44. Milan’s Teatro alla __ SCALA
La Scala Opera House opened in 1778. It was built on the site of the church of Santa Maria della Scala, which gave the theater its Italian name “Teatro alla Scala”.

48. John Glenn, for one OHIOAN
John Glenn is a retired Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and US Senator. As an astronaut, Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, in 1962. He later became the oldest person to fly in space, in 1998 at the age of 77.

49. Words often starting a long shot ONE IN …
One in ten, one in a hundred …

51. Dungeons & Dragons spellcasters MAGES
Mage is an archaic word for a magician.

Dungeons & Dragons is a complex role-playing game (RPG) first published in 1974, by Tactical Studies Rules Incorporated (TSR). Dungeons & Dragons was probably the first of the modern role-playing games to be developed, and the most successful. It is still played by lots of people today, including my nerdy son …

58. Sporty car roof T-TOP
A T-top is a car roof that has removable panels on either side of a rigid bar that runs down the center of the vehicle above the driver.

60. Farsi-speaking land IRAN
“Farsi” is one of the local names for Persian, an Iranian language.

64. LAX overseer FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was set up in 1958 (as the Federal Aviation Agency). The agency was established at that particular time largely in response to an increasing number of midair collisions. The worst of these disasters had taken place two years earlier over the Grand Canyon, a crash between two commercial passenger airplanes that resulted in 128 fatalities.

Los Angeles International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and the busiest here on the West Coast of the US. The airport was opened in 1930 as Mines Field and was renamed to Los Angeles Airport in 1941. On the airport property is the iconic white structure that resembles a flying saucer. This is called the Theme Building and I believe it is mainly used as a restaurant and observation deck for the public. The airport used to be identified by the letters “LA”, but when the aviation industry went to a three-letter standard for airport identification, this was changed to “LAX”. Apparently the “X” has no significant meaning.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Coors “malternative” ZIMA
5. NFL ball carriers RBS
8. Silently understood TACIT
13. National Air and Space Museum movie format IMAX
14. Culturally affected ARTY
16. Shrine to remember ALAMO
17. It may lead to an acquisition TAKEOVER ATTEMPT
20. Bucket filler ICE
21. Cooking oil brand MAZOLA
22. Sport with masks EPEE
23. Nag’s comment? NEIGH
25. Binding words I DO
27. Stately tree ELM
28. Coalition JOINT ENDEAVOR
32. SeaWorld swimmer ORCA
33. Strauss’ “__ Rosenkavalier” DER
34. Source of ultraviolet rays SUN
35. Evidently is SEEMS
37. Enthusiasm VIM
39. The Masters or The Open MAJOR
43. Aurora’s Greek counterpart EOS
45. Beat a hasty retreat LAM
47. Yawner BORE
48. With “the,” one’s best shot OLD COLLEGE TRY
51. Dashboard meas. MPH
53. __ Jose SAN
54. Race paces TROTS
55. Met showstopper ARIA
57. “We can do it, team!” LET’S GO!
59. Belittle DIS
62. Sincere intention to be fair GOOD FAITH EFFORT
65. Maneuver around EVADE
66. Jordanian queen dowager NOOR
67. Vacationing, perhaps AWAY
68. Know without knowing why SENSE
69. Second afterthought: Abbr. PPS
70. Daughter of Elizabeth II ANNE

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1. Pasta choice ZITI
2. All-in-one Apple IMAC
3. Act in a conciliatory way MAKE NICE
4. Log splitter AXE
5. Plundered RAVAGED
6. Khrushchev’s successor BREZHNEV
7. Texas ALer ‘STRO
8. What Tweety tawt he taw TAT
9. Out of the wind ALEE
10. Pitcher in the woods CAMPER
11. Spur on IMPEL
12. Tribal symbol TOTEM
15. Connecticut Ivy Leaguer YALIE
18. Fail to say OMIT
19. “Voilà!” cries TADAS
24. Glossy coating ENAMEL
26. Egg cell OVUM
28. “__ Boys”: Alcott sequel JO’S
29. Rock to refine ORE
30. Practice exercise DRILL
31. How money might be lost ON A BET
36. Fixes the fairway, say SODS
38. Soda jerk’s workplace MALT SHOP
40. Makes a note of JOTS DOWN
41. Boston Garden hockey immortal ORR
42. Spanish king REY
44. Milan’s Teatro alla __ SCALA
46. Business deals MERGERS
48. John Glenn, for one OHIOAN
49. Words often starting a long shot ONE IN …
50. Blunder GOOF
51. Dungeons & Dragons spellcasters MAGES
52. Demonstrate as true PROVE
56. Tacks on ADDS
58. Sporty car roof T-TOP
60. Farsi-speaking land IRAN
61. Eye sore STYE
63. Membership cost FEE
64. LAX overseer FAA

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