LA Times Crossword Answers 12 Sep 2017, Tuesday










Constructed by: Jeffrey Wechsler

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Nameless

Each of today’s themed answers includes a synonym of “nameless”.

  • 17A. With 61-Across, dubious tabloid image : UNIDENTIFIED …
  • 61A. See 17-Across : … FLYING OBJECT
  • 25A. Call to a police hotline, possibly : ANONYMOUS TIP
  • 36A. 1972 chart-topper for the band America : A HORSE WITH NO NAME
  • 51A. Emmy-winning travel and cuisine show hosted by Anthony Bourdain : PARTS UNKNOWN

Bill’s time: 4m 58s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

15. __ Picchu : MACHU

Machu Picchu is known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, and it can be visited on a mountain ridge in Peru, 50 miles northwest of the city of Cuzco in the southeast of the country. The name Machu Picchu means “old peak”. The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu originates about 50 miles from Cusco on the Urubamba River in Peru. It can take travelers about 5 days to trek the full length of the trail, passing through many Incan ruins before reaching the Sun Gate on Machu Picchu mountain. The trail was becoming greatly overused, forcing the Peruvian government to limit the number of people on the trail each day to 500. Book early …

16. Female GI in WWII : WAC

The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed in 1942, and the unit was converted to full status the following year to become the Women’s Army Corps (WAC). Famously, General Douglas MacArthur referred to the WACs as his “best soldiers”, saying they worked harder, complained less and were better disciplined than men. The WACs were disbanded in 1978 and the serving members were integrated into the rest of the army.

17. With 61-Across, dubious tabloid image : UNIDENTIFIED …
(61A. See 17-Across : … FLYING OBJECT)

In 1952, the USAF revived its studies of reported sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in a program called Project Blue Book. Project Blue Book ran from 1952 until it was shut down in 1969 with the conclusion that there was no threat to national security and that there were no sightings that could not be explained within the bounds of modern scientific knowledge.

Tabloid is the trademarked name (owned by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co,) for a “small tablet of medicine”, a name that goes back to 1884. The word “tabloid” had entered into general use to mean a compressed form of anything, and by the early 1900s was used in “tabloid journalism”, applied to newspapers that had short, condensed articles and stories printed on smaller sheets of paper.

20. ’50s president, initially : DDE

21. 20-Across nickname : IKE

Future US president Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas in 1890 and given the name David Dwight, but by the time he made it to the White House he was going by the name Dwight D. Eisenhower (DDE). Growing up, his family called him Dwight, and when “Ike” enrolled in West Point he himself reversed the order of his given names.

22. The Congo, formerly : ZAIRE

The African nation once called Zaire is a neighbor of Rwanda. The genocide and war in Rwanda spilled over into Zaire in 1996, with the conflict escalating into what is now called the First Congo War. As part of the war’s fallout there was a regime change, and in 1997 Zaire became the Democratic Republic of Congo.

24. Tycoon Onassis : ARI

Aristotle Onassis was born to a successful Greek shipping entrepreneur in Smyrna in modern-day Turkey. However, his family lost its fortune during WWI and so Aristotle worked with his father to build up a new business empire centered on the importation of tobacco. In 1957, Aristotle founded the Greek national airline, what is today called Olympic Air, and he also got into the business of shipping oil around the world. He married Athina Livanos in 1946, the daughter of a wealthy shipping magnate. They couple had two children together, with one being the famous Christina Onassis. Livanos divorced Onassis on discovering him in bed with the opera singer Maria Callas. Onassis ended his affair with Callas in order to marry Jackie Kennedy in 1968.

29. Hits the tarmac : LANDS

The terms “tarmac” and “macadam” are short for “tarmacadam”. In the 1800s, Scotsman John Loudon McAdam developed a style of road known as “macadam”. Macadam had a top-layer of crushed stone and gravel laid over larger stones. The macadam also had a convex cross-section so that water tended to drain to the sides. In 1901, a significant improvement was made by English engineer Edgar Purnell Hooley who introduced tar into the macadam, improving the resistance to water damage and practically eliminating dust. The “tar-penetration macadam” is the basis of what we now call tarmac.

36. 1972 chart-topper for the band America : A HORSE WITH NO NAME

“A Horse with No Name” is a fabulous song from the early seventies that was released by the band America. The song was originally banned by some radio stations in the US, due to claims that the “horse” in the title is a reference to the drug heroin.

43. Storyteller __ Christian Andersen : HANS

The wonderful storyteller Hans Christian Andersen became very successful in his own lifetime. In 1847 he visited England for the summer and made a triumphal tour of English society’s most fashionable drawing rooms. There Andersen met with the equally successful Charles Dickens, and the two seemed to hit it off. Ten years later Andersen returned to England and stayed for five weeks in Dickens’ home as his guest. Dickens published “David Copperfield” soon after, and supposedly the less than lovable character Uriah Heep was based on Dickens’ house guest Hans Christian Andersen. That wasn’t very nice!

44. Key of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony : D MINOR

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is his wonderful “Choral” symphony. When it was composed in 1824 it was the first time that a major composer had used voices in a symphony. By the time of the Ninth’s premier, Beethoven was essentially deaf. He insisted on sharing the stage with the musical director (who was conducting), and was visibly counting out time but was off by quite a few measures. When the last notes were played there was enthusiastic applause, although Beethoven was still conducting. The lead contralto had to walk over to Beethoven, stop him, and turn him to the audience to receive his adulation.

49. Train cos. : RRS

Railroad (RR)

51. Emmy-winning travel and cuisine show hosted by Anthony Bourdain : PARTS UNKNOWN

Anthony Bourdain is a chef, author and television personality from New York City. Bourdain’s celebrity came with the publication of his book “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” in 2000. Bourdain moved on to host the television shows “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”.

56. Canon SLR camera : EOS

I’ve been using Canon EOS cameras for decades now, and have nothing but good things to say about both the cameras and the lenses. The EOS name stands for Electro-Optical System, and was chosen because it evokes the name of Eos, the Titan goddess of dawn from Greek mythology.

58. “If you ask me,” briefly : IMO

In my opinion (IMO)

59. Like this crossword ans. : ACR

Across (acr.)

60. Hole in __ : ONE

One well-documented hole in one (ace) was during a round of the British Open in 1973. American golfer Gene Sarazen achieved the feat that day, at the age of 71. A less well-documented series of holes in one was reported by the North Korean press in a story about the Korean leader Kim Jong-il. The report was that Kim Jong-il scored 11 holes in one in his one and only round of golf.

67. ATM maker : NCR

NCR is an American company that has been in business since 1884, and was originally called the National Cash Register Company. The company has done well in a market where new technologies seem to be constantly disrupting the status quo.

Down

1. Sch. with a Tempe campus : ASU

Arizona State University (ASU) has a long history, and was founded as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory in 1885. The athletic teams of ASU used to be known as the Normals, then the Bulldogs, and since 1946 they’ve been called the Sun Devils.

2. She plays Dr. Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy” : SANDRA OH

The Canadian actress Sandra Oh is very much associated these days with the role of Dr. Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy”. However, my favorite of Oh’s performances are in the movies “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Sideways”.

3. Stirred up a cloud of dust at, as a base : SLID INTO

That would be baseball.

6. Bolshevik leader : LENIN

At the second party congress of the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1903, a split developed. The faction with the most support was led by Vladimir Lenin, and as they were in the majority, they became known as the Bolsheviks, derived from the Russian word for “more” or “majority”. Lenin and the Bolsheviks led the October Revolution of 1917, as a result of which Lenin came to power. He headed the new Soviet State during it’s formative years.

7. Battle of Britain fliers: Abbr. : RAF

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the oldest independent air force in the world (i.e. the first air force to become independent of army or navy forces). The RAF was formed during WWI on 1 April 1918, a composite of two earlier forces, the Royal Flying Corps (part of the Army) and the Royal Naval Air Service. The RAF’s “finest hour” has to be the Battle of Britain when the vastly outnumbered British fighters fought off the might of the Luftwaffe causing Hitler to delay his plan to cross the English Channel. This outcome prompted Winston Churchill to utter the memorable words

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

10. Invasive Japanese vine : KUDZU

Kudzu is a climbing vine that is native to southern Japan and southeast China. “Kudzu” is derived from the Japanese name for the plant, “kuzu”. Kudzu is a vigorously growing weed that chokes other plants by climbing all over them and shielding them from light. Kudzu was brought to the US from Asia for the Japanese pavilion in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It was marketed as an ornamental, especially in the southeast of the country, and now is all over the region. Kudzu earned itself the nickname “the vine that ate the South”.

12. Poll founder Louis : HARRIS

The market research firm known as “The Harris Poll” was founded in 1963 by Louis Harris with the specific aim of conducting polls for political candidates. Louis Harris had worked privately for the successful 1960 presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy.

15. Personal bearing : MIEN

One’s mien is one’s bearing or manner. “Mien” shares the same etymological root as our word “demeanor”.

18. Ring ref’s decision : TKO

Technical knockout (TKO)

23. Snake that bit Cleopatra : ASP

The asp is a venomous snake found in the Nile region of Africa. It is so venomous that the asp was used in ancient Egypt and Greece as a means of execution. Cleopatra observed such executions noting that the venom brought on sleepiness without any painful spasms. When the great queen opted to commit suicide, the asp was therefore her chosen method.

24. Thomas __ Edison : ALVA

Thomas Alva Edison (TAE) was nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, a name that stuck. He was indeed a wizard, in the sense that he was such a prolific inventor. The Menlo Park part of the moniker recognizes the location of his first research lab, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

26. Irish poet : YEATS

Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 for “inspired poetry” that gave “expression to a whole nation”. Yeats was Ireland’s first Nobel laureate.

27. Cloth-eating insect : MOTH

The larvae of several types of moth are noted for eating fabrics made from natural fibers such as wool or cotton. Many people store woolens in cedar chests believing that the scent of the wood prevents a moth infestation. In fact, the only known effective repellent is the naphthalene found in mothballs, which might be a health concern for humans. One way to kill moth larvae in fabric is to freeze the garment for several days at a temperature below 8 degrees centigrade.

30. German article : DER

The definite article in German is der, die or das, for masculine, feminine and neuter nouns. The indefinite article is ein, eine or ein, again depending on the gender of the noun. A further complication, relative to English, is that the masculine form (and only the masculine form) of the article changes when used in the accusative case, when used with the object of a sentence. The accusative forms are “den” and “einen”.

34. Jacket style named for an Indian leader : NEHRU

A Nehru jacket is very like a regular suit jacket, except that the collar buttons at the neck. It was originally created in the 1940s in India, and then marketed as the Nehru jacket in the west in the sixties. The name Nehru was lifted from Jawaharlal Nehru, the prime minister of India from 1947 to 1964.

35. Capital of Belarus : MINSK

Minsk is the capital of Belarus, formerly known as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. One of Minsk’s more infamous residents was Lee Harvey Oswald, who lived there from 1960 to 1962.

38. Arabian Sea nation : OMAN

The Arabian Sea is an arm of the Indian Ocean that lies off the south coasts of Oman, Yemen, Pakistan and Iran, and is bounded in the west by Somalia, and in the east by India.

42. Love god : EROS

As always seems to be the case with Greek gods, Eros and Aphrodite have overlapping spheres of influence. Aphrodite was the goddess of love between a man and a woman, and Eros was the god who stirred the passions of the male. The Roman equivalent of Aphrodite was Venus, and the equivalent of Eros was Cupid.

47. Blood carrier : ARTERY

Arteries are vessels that carry blood away from the heart, and veins are vessels carrying blood to the heart.

52. The third letter of 13-Down (but not the second) : SOFT C
(13D. Receive willingly : ACCEPT)

The first letter C in the word “accept” is a hard C, and second is a soft C.

54. Texter’s “Crikey!” : OMG

OMG is text-speak for “Oh My Gosh!” “Oh My Goodness!” or any other G-words you might think of …

“Crikey” is an exclamation, and is probably a euphemism for “Christ”.

64. Web access co. : ISP

Internet service provider (ISP)

66. NFL scores : TDS

Touchdown (TD)

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Attack vigorously : ASSAIL

7. Insurance company’s concern : RISK

11. “Now I get it!” : AHA!

14. Dry-eyes solution : SALINE

15. __ Picchu : MACHU

16. Female GI in WWII : WAC

17. With 61-Across, dubious tabloid image : UNIDENTIFIED …

19. Curved line : ARC

20. ’50s president, initially : DDE

21. 20-Across nickname : IKE

22. The Congo, formerly : ZAIRE

24. Tycoon Onassis : ARI

25. Call to a police hotline, possibly : ANONYMOUS TIP

29. Hits the tarmac : LANDS

31. Very long time : EON

32. Attention-getting whisper : PSST!

33. Elect to office : VOTE IN

35. Spouse : MATE

36. 1972 chart-topper for the band America : A HORSE WITH NO NAME

43. Storyteller __ Christian Andersen : HANS

44. Key of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony : D MINOR

45. Relaxing venues : SPAS

49. Train cos. : RRS

50. Likely will, after “is” : APT TO

51. Emmy-winning travel and cuisine show hosted by Anthony Bourdain : PARTS UNKNOWN

56. Canon SLR camera : EOS

57. Get the better of : OUTDO

58. “If you ask me,” briefly : IMO

59. Like this crossword ans. : ACR

60. Hole in __ : ONE

61. See 17-Across : … FLYING OBJECT

67. ATM maker : NCR

68. Poke fun at : TEASE

69. Thingamabob : DOODAD

70. Bashful : SHY

71. Sleep in a tent, say : CAMP

72. Dries out, with “up” : SOBERS

Down

1. Sch. with a Tempe campus : ASU

2. She plays Dr. Cristina Yang in “Grey’s Anatomy” : SANDRA OH

3. Stirred up a cloud of dust at, as a base : SLID INTO

4. Staff helper : AIDE

5. Suffix with hero : -INE

6. Bolshevik leader : LENIN

7. Battle of Britain fliers: Abbr. : RAF

8. Here, to Henri : ICI

9. Female pronoun : SHE

10. Invasive Japanese vine : KUDZU

11. Anticipates : AWAITS

12. Poll founder Louis : HARRIS

13. Receive willingly : ACCEPT

15. Personal bearing : MIEN

18. Ring ref’s decision : TKO

23. Snake that bit Cleopatra : ASP

24. Thomas __ Edison : ALVA

25. Tag sale words : AS IS

26. Irish poet : YEATS

27. Cloth-eating insect : MOTH

28. Upright : ON END

30. German article : DER

34. Jacket style named for an Indian leader : NEHRU

35. Capital of Belarus : MINSK

37. Say “Watch it” to : WARN

38. Arabian Sea nation : OMAN

39. Little bite : NIP

40. Go before : ANTECEDE

41. Auto, to a Brit : MOTORCAR

42. Love god : EROS

45. Cereal utensils : SPOONS

46. Beer gut : PAUNCH

47. Blood carrier : ARTERY

48. Criterion: Abbr. : STD

52. The third letter of 13-Down (but not the second) : SOFT C

53. Work starting hour : NINE

54. Texter’s “Crikey!” : OMG

55. Forest : WOODS

59. “This is __ for Superman!” : A JOB

62. Grassy expanse : LEA

63. Candied veggie : YAM

64. Web access co. : ISP

65. Scarer’s shout : BOO!

66. NFL scores : TDS

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11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 12 Sep 2017, Tuesday”

  1. From yesterday, thank you Megan for the comment on Tiger Balm. I haven’t used it in a long time, and I tried, but I couldn’t even locate it in my medicine cabinet …
    Jeff, thank you for your comment on Singapore, I have some relatives there, and they seem to be very happy. Singapore has long banned the import and sale of chewing gum, because of the littering hazard !?! This is what happens when private morality and behavior is legislated into public law ! ( Btw, I would support this. ).

    Also, what charms my heart and soul, is the fact that the polity and politicians in Singapore are absolutely scrupulous and there is no public corruption. The long reigning ex-PM Lee Kwan Yoo even paid for his cuppa coffee, in his office. ( He even declined the offer to be the UN Secretary General – because he termed it a sort of, ‘demotion’ …. )

    Enough about this.

  2. 6:03, no errors. Wechsler managed a pretty good early week puzzle, finally. 30 minutes, 2 dumb errors on the CHE (NYT isn’t the only source that can manage a “celebrity” constructor) – kind of a shop-worn theme on it, but was a half decent solve otherwise.

    On the subject of other puzzles (yesterday), I won’t say too much more unless people are interested in knowing. Fun to see what you can find (did 6 more or less new-to-me 21x21s between Saturday and Sunday). Definitely as many puzzles as you could ever want out there, if you know where to look.

  3. 12:29, no errors. Having trouble with my eyes. Not much smoke in the air, so I don’t know what the problem is. Maybe I need more SALINE … 😄

    I’m meeting friends for breakfast, so I’ll get to other puzzles later.

    @Glenn … I much appreciate your research into puzzle sources, though I’m close to maxing out on adding new ones. (Gotta do the dishes sometime … 😄 )

  4. 15:19 and much more thinking than I was ready for on a Tuesday. Wechsler here and Haight over at the NYT made this a relatively difficult Tuesday all around.

    The LAT and NYT definitely max me out daily. That said, I remember reading that President Clinton, while in office, would do 3-4 late week NYT puzzles daily. He had aides find him older ones, if necessary. Clinton said it was the one effective escape he had from the stress of that job. I figure if the President of the U.S. has time for 3 or 4 puzzle, I should too. But I don’t…..

    Best –

  5. Used Mensa site and solved 99% without error-prompt.
    Was introduced to the Ninth Symphony 1969 by Firoz Rangoonwala. I attended his course on initiation to the Western Classical music and its history in IITB. BTNS is so famous that even a dog named Beethoven knows it.
    D Minor is a scale similar to Raga Keervaani. But this Raga can be played / sung by different people in different keys ( effectively in any minor key). If the symphony were to be transposed and played would it still be the ninth symphony perhaps in another minor key ? Basically the mood remains the same. Please excuse me if this is not of interest to you.
    best wishes.

  6. The well known constructor, Mr. Wechsler gave me a fright …. this early in the week. But, it was all good, and the puzzle was relatively easy. The long answers were predictable and especially a big help.

    Thank you, Bill, for all your myriad explanations – now, I understand all.

    ( I don’t know if that’s grammatical, but it sounds good … )

    Have a nice day, folks.

  7. @David, @Jeff
    Part of it for me I think for the number of puzzles I do is trying to get better (still kinda short of where I want to be on ability to do the puzzles – I DNF too many). Bbut at the same time it’s probably a lot like Clinton: An escape. Of course I’m to the point where I’m probably doing too much of that and need to figure out how to scale back, especially since I get pretty invested in the things I do sometimes. Though hopefully getting a bit better can do that, since I still try to press puzzles I get stuck on to try to get better – still got the NYT stuff left. I’d probably be scared if I saw the actual number of puzzles I do do a week – a lot are like this and go pretty quick proverbially for the time I set aside for it. I definitely should as I need to get to other projects and address other problems, if I can figure out how to address them.

    Of course for finding puzzle sources, I think if it helps others find puzzles, it’s hopefully good. I know I keep struggling finding good appropriate skill level ones in trying to learn how to do these. First easier ones, then harder ones. Kinda how it goes.

  8. Tuesday’s Newsday, Tuesday’s WSJ, and Friday’s CHE: 6:12, 9:41, and 13:41, respectively, with no errors. Nothing too remarkable in any of them (but good puzzles all). Eyes functional again (after a dose of antihistamines – must be an allergen in the air). Headed for the park again. (You never know when the snow is going to fly – and the dishes can wait!) I’m taking along a Tim Croce puzzle to try while waiting for the moose to show up … 😄

  9. Hi folks! 😊
    No errors. A well done puzzle, I thought. ACR took a minute– clever clue.
    DODGERS FINALLY WON TODAY!! ⚾ They’ve broken a 10-game losing streak. 😁
    Hey David (I’m going to try calling you David now, instead of Dave, so folks here know whom I mean….) Don’t forget you also need time for naps! The dishes can wait. That’s generally my approach.
    GLENN ! WHO was the celebrity setter over at CHE?
    Francophile!! It’s cool to think about change in mood when transposing (mood swings LOL!!😊) I play guitar and have written a few songs in D minor — one of my fave keys. Generally I find that songs retain the same mood when transposed, y’know? …. unless the change is several steps. Recently I wanted to play a lovely ballad; had to move it up three steps cuz it was too low for me to sing. I was afraid it wouldn’t retain the haunting mood …. but it did. 🎸
    Be well~~™🍷

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