LA Times Crossword Answers 17 Oct 2017, Tuesday










Constructed by: Agnes Davidson & C.C. Burnikel

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Fair Shake

Today’s themed answers each contained a string of circled letters. Those letters are FAIR, but they’ve been mixed up, SHAKEN:

  • 63A. Equitable treatment … and what’s literally found in each set of circles : FAIR SHAKE
  • 17A. Leg-strengthening exercise : CALF RAISE
  • 35A. Aviator’s military branch : AIR FORCE
  • 42A. Altercation broken up by bouncers : BAR FIGHT
  • 11D. Big eater’s fast-food request, maybe : EXTRA FRIES
  • 27D. Get the wood-burning stove going : START A FIRE

Bill’s time: 4m 51s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

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1. Theater accessory : PROP

We use the term “props” for objects that are used by actors on stage during a play. The term is a shortening of the older term “properties”, which was used with the same meaning up through the 19th century.

5. Home of the Pac-12’s Bruins : UCLA

The UCLA Bruins’ mascots are Joe and Josephine Bruin, characters that have evolved over the years. There used to be “mean” Bruin mascots but they weren’t very popular with the fans, so now there are only “happy” Bruin mascots at the games.

15. Chunk of bacon : SLAB

“Bacon” is an Old French word that we imported into English. The term ultimately comes from the Proto-Germanic “bakkon” meaning “back meat”.

20. “Austin Powers” genre : SPY-FI

The character Austin Powers was created by the actor who plays him, namely Mike Myers. Apparently Myers came up with the idea for Powers while listening to the Burt Bacharach song “The Look of Love”.

22. Retired Yankee Jeter : DEREK

Derek Jeter played his entire professional baseball career with the New York Yankees, and was the team’s captain. Jeter is the all-time career leader for the Yankees in hits, games played, stolen bases and at bats. He is also the all-time leader in hits by a shortstop in the whole of professional baseball. Jeter’s performances in the postseason earned him the nicknames “Captain Clutch” and “Mr. November”. Jeter retired from the game in 2014.

25. Supermodel Banks : TYRA

Tyra Banks is a tremendously successful model and businesswoman. Banks created and hosted the hit show “America’s Next Top Model “, and also had her own talk show. She was also the first African American woman to make the cover of the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue. Banks took over as host of “America’s Got Talent” in 2017.

26. Silent speech syst. : 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.

28. Pig Latin rejection : IXNAY

Pig Latin is in effect a game. One takes the first consonant or consonant cluster of an English word and moves it to the end of the word, and then adds the letters “ay”. So, the Pig Latin for the word “nix” is “ixnay” (ix-n-ay), and for “scram” is “amscray” (am-scr-ay).

30. Advanced lit. degrees : MFAS

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

37. Actress Peeples : NIA

Actress Nia Peeples played the character Nicole Chapman in the TV series “Fame”. Peeples is also a successful singer, having released the 1988 song “Trouble” that made it to #35 in the Billboard charts.

47. Penny-__: trivial : ANTE

Penny Ante poker is a game in which bets are limited to a penny, or some other small, friendly sum. The expression “penny-ante” has come to describe any business transaction that is on a small scale.

50. Madrid mama bear : OSA

Madrid is the largest city in Spain and the capital. Madrid is located very close to the geographical center of the country. It is the third-largest city in the European Union (after London and Paris). People from Madrid called themselves Madrileños.

53. Penne or ziti : PASTA

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”.

58. Golden Arches pork sandwich : MCRIB

The McDonald’s McRib sandwich is based on a pork patty. There isn’t any pork rib in the patty though. It is primarily made up of pork shoulder meat reconstituted with tripe, heart and stomach tissue. Enjoy …

69. Country’s Lovett : LYLE

As well as being famous in his own right as a successful country singer, Lyle Lovett is known for his marriage to the actress Julia Roberts in 1993. The pair had a whirlwind romance lasting just three weeks before they eloped and were wed. The marriage was also relatively whirlwind, lasting less than two years.

Down

1. USMC one-stripers : PFCS

Private First Class (PFC)

2. “As ye sow, so shall ye __” : REAP

The commonly quoted line “As ye sow, so shall ye reap” is not actually a direct quote from the Bible, although the sentiment is expressed there at least twice. In the Book of Job is the line “They that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same”. In the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians is the line “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.

4. Email attachment format : PDF FILE

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format introduced by Adobe Systems in 1993. PDF documents can be shared between users and read using many different applications, making them more universally accessible than documents saved by one particular program.

5. Country with an eagle on its Great Seal: Abbr. : USA

The Great Seal of the United States is a device used to authenticate some US federal documents. The obverse (front) of the Great Seal is used as the coat of arms of the US, a design that can seen on all American passports.

7. Layered noodle dish : LASAGNA

Lasagna was originally the name of a cooking pot, but it came to mean a dish that was cooked in it. Lasagna also became the name of the flat noodle used in the dish. If you order lasagna on the other side of the Atlantic, you’ll notice the “lasagne” spelling, the plural of “lasagna”. The plural is used as there is more than one layer of pasta in the dish.

10. Sicily’s capital : PALERMO

Palermo is the capital of the Italian autonomous region of Sicily. Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians over 2700 years ago.

13. Mt. Rushmore’s state : SDAK

The four presidents whose faces are carved in the granite face of Mount Rushmore are (from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Each of the presidents is about 60 feet in height, although they might have been larger. The original intent was for the presidents to be depicted from head to waist, but the project lost funding.

26. From Laos, e.g. : ASIAN

The official name for the country of Laos is the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. In the Lao language, the country’s name is “Meuang Lao”. The French ruled Laos as part of French Indochina, having united three separate Lao kingdoms. As there was a plural of “Lao” entities united into one, the French added the “S” and so today we tend to use “Laos” instead of “Lao”.

31. Capital of Ghana : ACCRA

Accra sits on Ghana’s coast and is a major seaport as well as the country’s capital city. The name “Accra” comes from a local word “Nkran” meaning “ants”, a name chosen because of the large number of anthills found in the area when the city was founded.

34. Woodcutter Baba : ALI

There is some controversy about the story “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” in that it has been suggested it was not part of the original collection of Arabic tales called “One Thousand and One Nights”. The suggestion is that the Ali Baba tale was added by one of the European translators of the collection.

36. J. Edgar Hoover Building org. : FBI

The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. is the headquarters of the FBI. FBI Director Hoover passed away May 2nd, 1972. The very next day, the US Senate passed a resolution requesting that the building, which was still under construction, be named for Hoover. The J. Edgar Hoover Building was inaugurated in 1975.

37. Pro hoops gp. : NBA

National Basketball Association (NBA)

39. Global shipping company : DHL

Back in the sixties, Larry Hillblom was making pocket money as a Berkeley law student by doing courier runs between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After law school, Hillblom decided to parlay his experience into his own business and set up a courier service flying bills of lading ahead of freight from San Francisco to Honolulu. He brought in two buddies, Adrian Dalsey and Robert Lynn, as partners and the three were soon hopping on and off commercial flights and gradually making more and more money. And DHL was born … D (for Dalsey) H (for Hillblom) L (for Lynn).

43. Sharpie feature : FELT TIP

Sharpie is a brand of marker pen that has been on sale since 1964.

44. Horticultural art : TOPIARY

Topiary is the practice of training and clipping perennial plants into clearly defined shapes.

49. Spa beauty treatment : FACIAL

The word “spa” migrated into English from Belgium, as Spa is the name of a municipality in the east of the country that is famous for its healing hot springs. The name “Spa” comes from the Walloon word “espa” meaning “spring, fountain”.

54. Many corp. logos : TMS

Trademark (TM)

57. Giant in nonstick pans : T-FAL

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

60. Swedish furniture maker : IKEA

The IKEA furniture stores use the colors blue and yellow for brand recognition. Blue and yellow are the national colors of Sweden, where IKEA was founded and is headquartered.

64. Manhattan whiskey : RYE

The cocktail called a Manhattan is made from whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. I make my own version of a Brandy Manhattan, using brandy, sweet vermouth and orange bitters.

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Across

1. Theater accessory : PROP

5. Home of the Pac-12’s Bruins : UCLA

9. Ejects, as lava : SPEWS

14. Deflect, with “off” : FEND

15. Chunk of bacon : SLAB

16. Like most income : TAXED

17. Leg-strengthening exercise : CALF RAISE

19. Prefix with violet : ULTRA-

20. “Austin Powers” genre : SPY-FI

21. Bath rug : MAT

22. Retired Yankee Jeter : DEREK

23. Suitcase tie-on : ID TAG

25. Supermodel Banks : TYRA

26. Silent speech syst. : ASL

28. Pig Latin rejection : IXNAY

30. Advanced lit. degrees : MFAS

33. Something to blow off or let off : STEAM

35. Aviator’s military branch : AIR FORCE

37. Actress Peeples : NIA

38. Spearheaded : LED

40. Pat softly : DAB

41. Party host’s bucketful : ICE

42. Altercation broken up by bouncers : BAR FIGHT

45. More likely to be on Santa’s good list : NICER

47. Penny-__: trivial : ANTE

48. In flight : ALOFT

50. Madrid mama bear : OSA

51. Swim __: do one full pool circuit : A LAP

53. Penne or ziti : PASTA

55. Rapids runners : RAFTS

57. Nervous mannerism : TIC

58. Golden Arches pork sandwich : MCRIB

62. Self-storage rentals : UNITS

63. Equitable treatment … and what’s literally found in each set of circles : FAIR SHAKE

65. Creepy : EERIE

66. Like __ of sunshine : A RAY

67. All square : EVEN

68. Cleaned with a broom : SWEPT

69. Country’s Lovett : LYLE

70. Pants rear : SEAT

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1. USMC one-stripers : PFCS

2. “As ye sow, so shall ye __” : REAP

3. Sole : ONLY

4. Email attachment format : PDF FILE

5. Country with an eagle on its Great Seal: Abbr. : USA

6. Story’s high point : CLIMAX

7. Layered noodle dish : LASAGNA

8. Distract the security guards for, say : ABET

9. Book-lined room : STUDY

10. Sicily’s capital : PALERMO

11. Big eater’s fast-food request, maybe : EXTRA FRIES

12. Used to be : WERE

13. Mt. Rushmore’s state : SDAK

18. Free (of) : RID

24. Interval : TIME GAP

25. Ruthless rulers : TYRANTS

26. From Laos, e.g. : ASIAN

27. Get the wood-burning stove going : START A FIRE

29. Help out : AID

31. Capital of Ghana : ACCRA

32. Observe : SEE

34. Woodcutter Baba : ALI

36. J. Edgar Hoover Building org. : FBI

37. Pro hoops gp. : NBA

39. Global shipping company : DHL

43. Sharpie feature : FELT TIP

44. Horticultural art : TOPIARY

46. Athletic instructors : COACHES

49. Spa beauty treatment : FACIAL

52. Valuable holding : ASSET

54. Many corp. logos : TMS

55. Regrets : RUES

56. Once again : ANEW

57. Giant in nonstick pans : T-FAL

59. “Don’t miss it” review : RAVE

60. Swedish furniture maker : IKEA

61. Like knees when squatting : BENT

64. Manhattan whiskey : RYE

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LA Times Crossword Answers 15 Oct 2017, Sunday










Constructed by: C.C. Burnikel

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Eats Up

Today’s themed answers are all in the down-direction. Each contains a hidden word, an item of food written in the UP-direction:

  • 3D. Track activity, to Brits : MOTOR RACING (hiding “CARROT”)
  • 6D. Lava : MOLTEN ROCK (hiding “CORN”)
  • 11D. “Lucky Guy” was her last play : NORA EPHRON (hiding “PEAR”)
  • 14D. Minnesota’s annual one is held in Falcon Heights : STATE FAIR (hiding “FETA”)
  • 38D. Time-out at work : COFFEE BREAK (hiding “BEEF”)
  • 72D. Boston Marathon Expo display : RUNNING GEAR (hiding “EGG”)
  • 76D. “Tsk tsk” : THAT’S A PITY (hiding “PASTA”)
  • 78D. Pet shelter’s concern : ANIMAL CARE (hiding “CLAM”)
  • 82D. Topper made from the jipijapa palm : PANAMA HAT (hiding “HAM”)

Bill’s time: 17m 25s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Octopus octet : ARMS

The name “octopus” comes from the Greek for “eight-footed”. The most common plural used is “octopuses”, although the Greek plural form “octopodes” is also quite correct. The plural “octopi” isn’t really correct as the inference is that “octopus” is like a second-declension Latin noun, which it isn’t. That said, dictionaries are now citing “octopi” as an acceptable plural. Language does evolve, even though it drives me crazy …

20. Russian wolfhound : BORZOI

The borzoi breed of dog looks like a hairy version of a greyhound. The borzoi is also known as the Russian wolfhound.

21. Jazz home : UTAH

The Utah Jazz professional basketball team moved to their current home in Salt Lake City in 1979. As one might guess from the name, the team originated in New Orleans, but only played there for five seasons. New Orleans was a tough place to be based because venues were hard to come by, and Mardi Gras forced the team to play on the road for a whole month.

24. Pasta sauce brand : RAGU

Bolognese sauce is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna in Italy, hence the name. The recipe is usually referred to as “ragù alla bolognese” in Italian, or simply “ragù”. Note that the Ragú brand of sauces introduced in North America in 1937 takes its name from the same source (pun … sauce!). However, the brand name uses the wrong accent (“Ragú” instead of “Ragù”), which drives a pedant like me crazy ..

25. Pandora genre : EMO

The emo musical genre originated in Washington D.C. in the 80s, and takes its name from “emotional hardcore”. “Emo” is also the name given to the associated subculture. Not my cup of tea …

Pandora is a clever music streaming site that runs what’s called the Music Genome Project. The idea behind the project is that particular pieces of music can be classified by specific characteristics (genes). The assumption is that given a person’s liking for the genome of a particular song, then a recommendation of another song with a similar genome will also be enjoyed by that person. I’ve used Pandora quite a lot, and it seems to work!

28. The Heart of Dixie: Abbr. : ALA

Alabama is known as the Yellowhammer State, in honor of the state bird. Alabama is also called the “Heart of Dixie”.

44. The Pac-12’s Golden Bears : CAL

The California Golden Bears are the athletic teams of the University of California, Berkeley. The University of California, Berkeley (Cal) is the most difficult public university to get into in the world. It opened in 1869 and is named for Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley.

45. LAX abbr. : ARR

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.

51. Safari runners? : MACS

Safari is Apple’s flagship Internet browser, one that is used on its Mac line of computers. A mobile version of Safari is included with all iPhones.

56. Article in Der Spiegel : EINE

“Der Spiegel” is a very successful German magazine found on newsstands all over Europe. The name “Der Spiegel” translates from German into “the Mirror”.

57. Pink Floyd label : EMI

EMI was a British music company, with the initialism standing for Electric and Musical Industries.

Pink Floyd was an English rock band founded in 1965. The band’s most famous albums are probably “The Dark Side of the Moon” and “The Wall”.

58. Iridescent shell lining : NACRE

Nacre is the strong iridescent material laid down by some mollusks on the inside of their shells, and it’s also what makes up pearls. The creature lays down nacre as a defensive mechanism, protecting the soft tissue of its body from the rough surface of the outer shell. Similarly, it uses nacre to encapsulate harmful debris or a parasite that penetrates the shell, and that’s how a pearl is formed.

59. Biceps, for one : FLEXOR

A flexor muscle is one that works to bend a limb. An extensor muscle is one that straightens it.

The biceps muscle is made up of two bundles of muscle, both of which terminate at the same point near the elbow. The heads of the bundles terminate at different points on the scapula or shoulder blade. “Biceps” is Latin for “two-headed”.

60. Soho stroller : PRAM

Another word used in the UK that’s rarely used over here is “pram”, which in my day was the most common term for what is called a baby carriage in the US. “Pram” is short for “perambulator”.

The area of London called Soho had a very poor reputation for most of the 20th century as it was home to the city’s red light district. Soho has been transformed though, and has been a very fashionable neighborhood since the 1980s.

61. Perfect __ : TENSE

Although we often say “perfect tense” in English, we are usually referring to the “present perfect tense”. The present perfect takes its place alongside the past perfect and future perfect. Verbs in the perfect form use the auxiliary verb “to have” alongside a past participle. For example:

  • I had solved the puzzle (past perfect)
  • I have solved the puzzle (present perfect)
  • I will have solved the puzzle (future perfect)

63. “The Piano” actor : KEITEL

Harvey Keitel is an actor from New York City who grew up in Brighton Beach. He is best known for playing “tough guy” roles, as he did in “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Taxi Driver”. Keitel was in a 12-year relationship with fellow actor Lorraine Bracco (who played psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi on “The Sopranos”).

“The Piano” is a 1993 film set and filmed in New Zealand starring Harvey Keitel, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin. The movie tells the story of a mute piano player and her daughter, and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. Holly Hunter managed to get three screen credits in “The Piano”. She was credited for her acting role, for playing her own piano pieces in the film, and for being the sign-language coach for young Anna Paquin.

69. Japan is in it : FAR EAST

In geographical terms there are three “Easts”. The Near East and Middle East are terms that are often considered synonymous, although “Near East” tends to be used when discussing ancient history and “Middle East” when referring to the present day. The Near/Middle East encompasses most of Western Asia and Egypt. The term “Far East” describes East Asia (including the Russian Far East), Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The nation of Japan is an archipelago comprising almost 6.9000 islands, with 97% of the nation’s land area made up by the four largest: Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku. The people of Japan can look forward to the highest life expectancy in the world (83.7 years as of 2015). For comparison, we in the US rank 31st in the same study by the World Health Organization (WHO). We can look forward to 79.3 years of life on average.

77. Brand for cold sores : ABREVA

Docosanol is a saturated fatty alcohol that can act as an antiviral agent against the herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores. Docosanol is sold as an over-the-counter medication under the brand name Abreva.

83. Begin successor : SHAMIR

Yitzhak Shamir was the seventh Prime Minister of Israel. Shamir was born Yitzhak Yezernitsky in part of the Russian Empire that is now Belarus. Both of his parents and two sisters were killed during the Holocaust. The future Prime Minister adopted the name Shamir as he had used it on a forged identity card.

Menachem Begin was Prime Minister of Israel from 1977 to 1983. Perhaps most notably, Begin signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, following the Camp David Accords of 1978. This agreement earned Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat the Nobel Peace Prize.

85. Harry’s love : GINNY

In the “Harry Potter” series of books, Ginny Weasley is the sister of Harry’s friend, Ron Weasley. Late in the series, Harry and Ginny become boyfriend and girlfriend. It is revealed in the epilogue that the couple eventually get married and have three children.

88. “Dies __” : IRAE

“Dies Irae” is Latin for “Day of Wrath”. It is the name of a famous melody in Gregorian Chant, one that is often used as part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

91. Org. for the Sky, the Stars and the Sun : WNBA

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) includes the Connecticut Sun, San Antonio Stars and the Chicago Sky.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) was founded in 1996. The WNBA had to compete with the American Basketball League (ABL), a professional women’s basketball league that started playing games the same year the WNBA was founded. The ABL folded in its third season.

96. Chum, in Cherbourg : AMI

Cherbourg is a port on the northern coast of France lying on the English Channel. Interestingly (I think!), the wreck of the Confederate States of America warship CSS Alabama was discovered just outside the port not that long ago. The Alabama was sunk by the Union cruiser Kearsarge in 1864, after she left the port of Cherbourg to engage the Kearsarge who was lying in wait offshore.

101. Old theaters : RKOS

The RKO Pictures studio was formed when RCA (RADIO Corporation of America) bought the KEITH-Albee-ORPHEUM theaters (and Joe Kennedy’s Film Booking Offices of America). The RKO initialism then comes from the words “Radio”, “Keith” and “Orpheum”.

105. Big Sky Brewing Company home : MONTANA

Big Sky Brewing Company was founded in 1995 and is located in Missoula, Montana. The brewery’s most famous beer is probably a brown ale called Moose Drool.

108. PC key used in combinations : CTRL

The Control (CTRL) key on a PC keyboard is used to modify the function of other keys. For example, pressing CTRL+C copies a selection to the clipboard, and CTRL+V pastes the contents of the clipboard to a location defined by the cursor. Control keys were introduced on teletypewriters to generate “control characters”, which are non-printing characters that instruct a computer to do something like print a page, ring a bell etc.

115. Bench for a flock : PEW

A pew is a bench in a church, one usually with a high back. The original pews were raised and sometimes enclosed seats in the church used by women and important men or families. “Pew” comes from the Old French “puie” meaning “balcony, elevation”.

116. “Casablanca” setting : MOROCCO

The country of Morocco is located in North Africa, but lies just 9 miles south of Spain. Spain and Morocco, and hence Europe and Africa, are separated by those 9 miles across the Mediterranean Sea known as the Straits of Gibraltar.

The movie “Casablanca” was released in January of 1943, timed to coincide with the Casablanca Conference, the high-level meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill. The film wasn’t a box-office hit, but gained critical acclaim, winning three Oscars including Best Picture. The signature song “As Time Goes By” was written many years earlier for a 1931 Broadway musical called “Everybody’s Welcome”, and was a hit in 1931 for Rudy Vallee. But today we all remember the Casablanca version, sung by Dooley Wilson (who played “Sam” in the film). Poor Dooley didn’t get to record it as a single, due to a musician’s strike in 1943. The 1931 Rudy Vallee version was re-released that year and became an even bigger hit second time round.

118. Kaplan Test Prep focus: Abbr. : GRE

Passing the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is usually a requirement for entry into graduate school here in the US.

Kaplan Inc. was founded in 1938 by Stanley Kaplan, who started out tutoring students for the New York State Regents Exam in the basement of his parents’ home in Brooklyn. He opened up locations for tuition around the country, and in 1984 sold the company to the Washington Post. Revenue for Kaplan was over 2½ billion dollars in 2009.

120. Loud insect : CICADA

Cicadas are insects that are found all over the world. Although they resemble locusts, cicadas are an unrelated family. The name “cicada” is Latin and translated as “tree cricket”. However, the name is imitative of the clicking sound the insect makes using parts of its exoskeleton known as “tymbals”.

122. Flat across the pond? : APARTMENT

“Flat” is a word more commonly used in the British Isles than here, in the sense of an apartment or condominium. The word “flat” is Scottish in origin, in which language it meant a “floor in a house”.

128. Heat-resistant glass : PYREX

Pyrex is a brand of glassware that was developed by Corning. As well as being used in bakeware and laboratory glassware, Pyrex is often the material of choice for optics in large telescopes used in astronomy. Corning’s PYREX (note the capital letters) is made from borosilicate glass, the main ingredients of which are silica and boron trioxide. Such Corning products are only available now outside of the US. Corning divested its consumer products division in 1998, resulting in the formation of World Kitchen. World Kitchen purchased the rights to the “Pyrex” name in the US, and market it as “pyrex” (all lowercase letters). So “PYREX” glassware is made from borosilicate glass, and “pyrex” products are made from cheaper tempered soda-lime glass.

130. “Symphony in Black” artist : ERTE

“Erté” was the pseudonym of French (Russian born) artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff. Erté is the French pronunciation of his initials “R.T.” Erté’s diverse portfolio of work included costumes and sets for the “Ziegfeld Follies” of 1923, productions of the Parisian cabaret show “Folies Bergère”, as well as the 1925 epic movie “Ben-Hur”. Erté’s most famous work by far is an image titled “Symphony in Black”. It depicts a tall and slender woman dressed in black, holding a black dog on a leash.

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1. Temporary lack of inspiration? : APNEA

Sleep apnea (“apnoea” in British English) can be caused by an obstruction in the airways, possibly due to obesity or enlarged tonsils.

2. Shangri-La offerings : ROOMS

The Shangri-La chain of luxury hotels was founded in 1971 and is based in Hong Kong. The chain’s name comes from the mythical location of Shangri-La found in James Hilton’s 1933 novel “Lost Horizon”.

4. 35mm camera type : SLR

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

5. Wings, in zoology : ALAE

In Latin, an “avis” (bird) has “alae” (wings).

7. Like miso, typically : SALTY

Miso is the name of the seasoning that makes the soup. Basic miso seasoning is made by fermenting rice, barley and soybeans with salt and a fungus to produce a paste. The paste can be added to stock to make miso soup, or perhaps to flavor tofu.

9. Many a University of Zagreb student : CROAT

Zagreb is the capital city of the Republic of Croatia. Zagreb has been around a long, long time, and dates back to the diocese of Zagreb that was founded at the end of 11th century.

The University of Zagreb in Croatia has been around along time. It was founded in The year 1669 as the Jesuit Academy of the Royal Free City of Zagreb.

10. Augusta National shrub : AZALEA

The Augusta National Golf Club was built on a former plant nursery. As such, each hole on the course is named for a tree or shrub associated with that hole. For example, the par-5 thirteenth hole is named “Azalea”.

11. “Lucky Guy” was her last play : NORA EPHRON (hiding “PEAR”)

Nora Ephron had many talents, including writing film scripts and novels. Many of the movies that she wrote, she also directed. These would include some of my favorite movies of all time like “Sleepless in Seattle”, “You’ve Got Mail” and most recently, the wonderful “Julie & Julia”. And, did you know that Nora Ephron’s second marriage was to journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame? She wrote an autobiographical novel based on her life with Bernstein, which deals in particular with Bernstein’s affair with the daughter of British Prime Minister James Callaghan.

The Broadway play “Lucky Guy” garnered quite a bit of attention for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it was the last work by the great Nora Ephron, who had passed away nine months before the play opened in 2013. Secondly, the star of “Lucky Guy” was Hollywood actor Tom Hanks in his first appearance on Broadway.

12. PBS “Science Kid” : SID

“Sid the Science Kid” is a children’s show aired by PBS. “Sid the Science Kid” is made using CGI technology, and is a production of the Jim Henson Company that was founded on the success of “The Muppets”.

13. Holiday in the month of Adar : PURIM

Purim is a festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to wipe them out by Haman the Agagite, as recorded in the Book of Esther.

Adar is the twelfth month of the Hebrew ecclesiastical calendar. Adar is equivalent to February-March in the Gregorian calendar.

14. Minnesota’s annual one is held in Falcon Heights : STATE FAIR (hiding “FETA”)

The Minnesota State Fair has been held almost every year since 1859. The state fairgrounds are located in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The Minnesota State Fair gets more daily visitors than any other state fair in the nation.

15. Guru : SAGE

“Guru” is a Hindi word meaning “teacher” or “priest”.

18. Luxury handbag : FENDI

Fendi is an Italian fashion house that was founded in 1925 by Adele Casagrande. Fendi started out as a fur and leather shop in Rome, and these days is famous for its line of handbags.

19. President between Harrison and Polk : TYLER

William Henry Harrison died in 1841, after only one month in office, simply from complications arising from a cold. Harrison was the oldest person to assume the office of US president, until President Reagan in 1981. He was the first president to die in office, and served the shortest tenure.

John Tyler was the tenth President of the US, and the first to take the office on the death of the incumbent. Tyler’s predecessor was President William Henry Harrison, who was in office only 32 days before he died of natural causes. For a while there was a little confusion about the wording in the constitution that covered such an eventuality. There was an argument made that Tyler would continue as Vice-President but would assume the responsibilities of the office of President, in effect as “Acting President”. However, Tyler proceeded as though he was taking over as President and took the oath of office in his hotel room in Washington. Soon afterwards, Congress declared that Tyler was indeed President, although many continued to dispute the fact. Many of President Tyler’s opponents referred to him as “His Accidency”. His term in office ended in 1845. When the Civil War began in 1861, Tyler sided with the Confederacy and was even elected to the Confederate House of Representatives for the 3rd District of Virginia. President Tyler passed away only a few days after taking his seat in the House. His death was the only one in presidential history that was not recognized in the nation’s capital, as he sided with the Confederate States.

James Knox Polk was the 11th US President. Polk is known as a president who delivered on promises that he made during his election campaign. He left office after serving only one term, as he had promised the voters, and then contracted cholera on a goodwill tour of the South. Polk died at only 53 years of age, the youngest age for any president to die in retirement. He also enjoyed the shortest retirement of any president, at only 103 days.

29. Captain of the Adventure Galley : KIDD

William Kidd was a Scottish privateer who went by the name “Captain Kidd”. Although Kidd was a privateer, someone authorized by the government to attack foreign shipping, he was eventually arrested and executed for piracy. There is common opinion held today that the charges against Kidd were actually trumped up. Captain Kidd’s story was the basis of a 1945 film called “Captain Kidd” starring Charles Laughton in the title role. Laughton also appeared as Captain Kidd in 1952’s comic movie “Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd”.

34. Former FAO Schwarz parent : TOYS R US

FAO Schwarz was perhaps the most famous, and certainly the oldest, toy store in the United States. The FAO Schwarz outlet on Fifth Avenue in New York City closed in 2015. This store was famously used in several Hollywood movies. For example, it was home to the Walking Piano that Tom Hanks played in the movie “Big”.

36. Lady of pop : GAGA

“Lady Gaga” is the stage name of Stefani Germanotta. Germanotta is a big fan of the band Queen, and she took her stage name from the marvelous Queen song titled “Radio Ga Ga”.

42. Sicilian hot spot : ETNA

Mount Etna on the island of Sicily is the largest of three active volcanoes in Italy. Etna is about 2 1/2 times the height of its equally famous sister, Mt. Vesuvius. Mt. Etna is home to a 110-km long narrow-gauge railway, and two ski resorts.

44. Engraved jewelry item : CAMEO

Cameo is a method of carving, often the carving of a gemstone or a piece of jewelry. The resulting image is in relief (sits proud of the background), whereas an engraved image would be produced by the similar carving method known as intaglio. Nowadays, the term “cameo” is used for any piece of oval-shaped jewelry that contains the image of a head, usually in profile (maybe even a photograph).

51. Team covered at amazinavenue.com : METS

There is an online community of New York Mets fans called Amazin’ Avenue (at amazinavenue.com). I guess the website is named for the Amazin’ Mets, the 1969 team that won the World Series.

53. Princess with a twin brother : LEIA

Princess Leia is Luke Skywalker’s twin sister in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and was played by Carrie Fisher. Carrie Fisher has stated that she hated the famous “cinnamon bun hairstyle” that she had to wear in the films, as she felt it made her face look too round. She also had to to sit for two hours every day just to get her hair styled. Two hours to get your hair done? It takes me just two seconds …

55. Permit to leave : EXIT VISA

A visa is a usually a stamp in one’s passport, an indication that one is authorized to enter (and less often, to exit) a particular country. The word “visa” comes into English, via French, from the Latin expression “charta visa” meaning “paper that has been seen”, or “verified paper”.

62. Sotomayor replaced him : SOUTER

David Souter was an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Souter was appointed in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, even though over time Justice Souter tended to vote with the more liberal members of the court. Souter retired in 2009. Personally, I have to admire Justice Souter’s choice of a relatively low-tech lifestyle. He writes with a fountain pen, does not use email, and doesn’t own a cell phone.

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice on the US Supreme Court, and the third female justice. Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the retiring Justice David Souter.

66. Fix, as a pet : SPAY

Our verb “to spay”, meaning “to surgically remove the ovaries of” (an animal) comes from an old Anglo-French word “espeier” meaning “to cut with a sword”.

70. Genesis creator : SEGA

Genesis is a video game console sold in the US by the Japanese company Sega. Genesis is sold as Mega Drive in the rest of the world, as Sega couldn’t get the rights to the Mega Drive name in the US.

72. Boston Marathon Expo display : RUNNING GEAR (hiding “EGG”)

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, outside of the Olympic event. The first Boston Marathon was held way back in 1897 to celebrate Patriots’ Day, which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord at the start of the American Revolution.

82. Topper made from the jipijapa palm : PANAMA HAT (hiding “HAM”)

Panama hats are traditional headgear from Ecuador, and have never been made in Panama. The “panama” moniker came about as many of the hats were shipped to the Isthmus of Panama for transportation by sea to the rest of the world. Authentic panama hats are made from the leaves of a palm-like plant known locally as the jipijapa palm.

84. K2 and Hood: Abbr. : MTS

K2 is the second highest mountain on the planet (at 28, 251 ft), with Mount Everest being higher by over 700 feet. K2 is known the “Savage Mountain” as it is relatively difficult to climb, having claimed 1 in 4 mountaineers who have attempted to reach the summit. It has never been climbed in winter. The name K2 dates back to what was called the Great Trigonometric Survey, a British survey of the geography of India carried out during the 19th century. Included in this survey were the heights of many of the Himalayan peaks, including Everest. The original surveyor, a Thomas Montgomerie, included two peaks he first called K1 and K2. He discovered later that the locals called K1 Masherbrum (the 22nd highest mountain in the world), but the remote K2 had no local name that he could find, so it was christened Mount Godwin-Austen. This name was rejected by the Royal Geographic Society although it does still appear on some maps. So, the most common name used is K2, that original notation in a surveyor’s notebook.

Mount Hood is a volcanic peak in northern Oregon. It is the highest peak in the state, and is located about 50 miles southeast of Portland. There are six ski areas on the mountain, including a resort called Timberline that has North America’s only lift operating year-round for skiing.

86. Wax Ready-Strips maker : NAIR

Nair is a hair removal product that has some pretty harsh ingredients. The most important active constituents are calcium hydroxide (“slake lime”) and sodium hydroxide (“caustic soda”). Other Nair components seem to be there to soothe the skin after the harsher chemicals have done their job. The name “Nair” probably comes from combining “no” and “hair”.

95. Bonkers : LOCO

The word “bonkers” meaning “crazy” originated in the fifties. The term might come from navy slang meaning “slightly drunk”, behaving as though one received a “bonk” on the head.

104. “Dilbert” creator Adams : SCOTT

“Dilbert” is a comic strip drawn by Scott Adams, a “neighbor” of mine here in the Bay Area. Adams used to be co-owner of a restaurant at the end of my street that had a menu replete with “Dilbertesque” comments.

111. Max of Dadaism : ERNST

Max Ernst was a painter and sculptor, and a pioneer in the Dada movement and Surrealism. Ernst was born near Cologne in Germany in 1891 and he was called up to fight in WWI, as were most young German men at that time. In his autobiography he writes “Max Ernst died the 1st of August, 1914” a statement about his experiences in the war. In reality, Ernst died in 1976 having lived to the ripe old age of 85.

112. Sicilian seven : SETTE

In the Italian Peninsula in Southern Europe, the “boot” is the mainland of Italy, and the the ball being kicked by the boot is the island of Sicily.

113. Hit the mall : SHOP

Surprisingly (to me!), our word “mall”, meaning “shady walk” or “enclosed shopping space”, comes from the Italian for “mallet”. All of our shopping-style malls are named for “The Mall” in St. James’s Park in London. This tree-lined promenade was so called as it used to a famous spot to play the croquet-like game called “pall-mall”. The game derived its name from the Italian for ball (palla) and mallet “maglio”. The London thoroughfare called the Mall still exists, at one end of which is Buckingham Palace. Indeed, parallel to the Mall is a street called Pall Mall.

121. Fort in New Jersey : DIX

Fort Dix is the name commonly used for what is now more correctly called Joint Base McGuire -Dix-Lakehurst, a US Army base located near Trenton, New Jersey. Fort Dix was established in 1917 by the Army, and was consolidated with nearby Air Force and Navy facilities in 2009.

123. Toon bartender Szyslak : MOE

Moe Szyslak is the surly bartender and owner of Moe’s Tavern in “The Simpsons” animated TV show. I don’t really care for “The Simpsons”, but Hank Azaria who supplies the voice for the Moe character … him I like …

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Octopus octet : ARMS

5. Pro-__: fundraisers : AMS

8. Looks over quickly : SCANS

13. “Hey, you!” : PSST!

17. Backyard raft : POOL FLOAT

20. Russian wolfhound : BORZOI

21. Jazz home : UTAH

22. “Just kidding” : NOT REALLY

23. On deck : ABOARD

24. Pasta sauce brand : RAGU

25. Pandora genre : EMO

26. Annoyed : NETTLED

28. The Heart of Dixie: Abbr. : ALA

29. They have strings attached : KITES

30. Comparable to a beet : AS RED

32. Gave the once-over : EYED

33. Driver’s reservation? : TEE TIME

35. Run the country : REIGN

37. CDs and LPs : RECS

40. Like two peas in __ : A POD

41. Supplied in a comedy skit, as straight lines : FED

44. The Pac-12’s Golden Bears : CAL

45. LAX abbr. : ARR

47. Pitch indicator : NOTE

49. Supply with fluid : HYDRATE

51. Safari runners? : MACS

52. The puck stops here : GOAL

54. Reasons for missing school : FEVERS

56. Article in Der Spiegel : EINE

57. Pink Floyd label : EMI

58. Iridescent shell lining : NACRE

59. Biceps, for one : FLEXOR

60. Soho stroller : PRAM

61. Perfect __ : TENSE

63. “The Piano” actor : KEITEL

65. Like a locked bathroom : IN USE

67. “Mmm, delish!” : SO GOOD!

69. Japan is in it : FAR EAST

71. Fire starters : SPARKS

75. Team up : UNITE

77. Brand for cold sores : ABREVA

79. Carry __: sing on pitch : A TUNE

80. Was visibly moved : WEPT

83. Begin successor : SHAMIR

85. Harry’s love : GINNY

87. Negative link : NOR

88. “Dies __” : IRAE

89. Tell the teacher : TATTLE

90. Where the Indus flows : ASIA

91. Org. for the Sky, the Stars and the Sun : WNBA

92. Went wild : RAN RIOT

94. Sign of approval : SEAL

96. Chum, in Cherbourg : AMI

97. __ Majesty : HIS

98. Pueblo pronoun : ESA

99. -ish, after a number : OR SO

101. Old theaters : RKOS

103. Firing offense? : ARSON

105. Big Sky Brewing Company home : MONTANA

108. PC key used in combinations : CTRL

110. Zoo keepers : CAGES

113. Lasting marks : SCARS

115. Bench for a flock : PEW

116. “Casablanca” setting : MOROCCO

118. Kaplan Test Prep focus: Abbr. : GRE

119. “Funny joke!” : HA HA!

120. Loud insect : CICADA

122. Flat across the pond? : APARTMENT

124. 44-Down shape : OVAL

125. Classic game consoles : ATARIS

126. “This looks bad for us!” : WE’RE TOAST!

127. Shelter adoptees : PETS

128. Heat-resistant glass : PYREX

129. Drops at dawn : DEW

130. “Symphony in Black” artist : ERTE

Down

1. Temporary lack of inspiration? : APNEA

2. Shangri-La offerings : ROOMS

3. Track activity, to Brits : MOTOR RACING (hiding “CARROT”)

4. 35mm camera type : SLR

5. Wings, in zoology : ALAE

6. Lava : MOLTEN ROCK (hiding “CORN”)

7. Like miso, typically : SALTY

8. Cry out loud : SOB

9. Many a University of Zagreb student : CROAT

10. Augusta National shrub : AZALEA

11. “Lucky Guy” was her last play : NORA EPHRON (hiding “PEAR”)

12. PBS “Science Kid” : SID

13. Holiday in the month of Adar : PURIM

14. Minnesota’s annual one is held in Falcon Heights : STATE FAIR (hiding “FETA”)

15. Guru : SAGE

16. As a result : THUS

18. Luxury handbag : FENDI

19. President between Harrison and Polk : TYLER

20. Spoiled : BAD

27. Adam’s garden : EDEN

29. Captain of the Adventure Galley : KIDD

31. Sushi fish : EELS

34. Former FAO Schwarz parent : TOYS R US

36. Lady of pop : GAGA

38. Time-out at work : COFFEE BREAK (hiding “BEEF”)

39. Outstanding : STELLAR

42. Sicilian hot spot : ETNA

43. View as : DEEM

44. Engraved jewelry item : CAMEO

46. Perfect game, e.g. : RARE FEAT

48. Adam’s love : EVE

50. Run over : REPEAT

51. Team covered at amazinavenue.com : METS

53. Princess with a twin brother : LEIA

55. Permit to leave : EXIT VISA

58. Night light : NEON

62. Sotomayor replaced him : SOUTER

64. Mobile home : TRAILER

66. Fix, as a pet : SPAY

68. Twist : DISTORT

70. Genesis creator : SEGA

72. Boston Marathon Expo display : RUNNING GEAR (hiding “EGG”)

73. Drawer openers : KNOBS

74. Toxin fighters : SERA

76. “Tsk tsk” : THAT’S A PITY (hiding “PASTA”)

78. Pet shelter’s concern : ANIMAL CARE (hiding “CLAM”)

80. Finish line : WIRE

81. Mound stats : ERAS

82. Topper made from the jipijapa palm : PANAMA HAT (hiding “HAM”)

84. K2 and Hood: Abbr. : MTS

86. Wax Ready-Strips maker : NAIR

91. “Easy there!” : WHOA!

93. Charged bits : IONS

95. Bonkers : LOCO

100. Garage capacity : ONE-CAR

102. Juice bar freebie : STRAW

104. “Dilbert” creator Adams : SCOTT

106. Doctoral hurdles : ORALS

107. In the know : AWARE

109. Drew (in) : ROPED

111. Max of Dadaism : ERNST

112. Sicilian seven : SETTE

113. Hit the mall : SHOP

114. Way into the mountain : CAVE

116. More, to Miguel : MAS

117. Backstage staff : CREW

120. Limit : CAP

121. Fort in New Jersey : DIX

123. Toon bartender Szyslak : MOE

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