LA Times Crossword Answers 28 Apr 17, Friday










Constructed by: Alan DeLoriea

Edited by: Rich Norris

Quicklink to a complete list of today’s clues and answers

Quicklink to comments

Theme: H-Bomb

Today’s themed answers are common phrases with the letter H dropped (BOMBED!) into the front:

  • 29D. Its testing awakened Godzilla … and what’s dropped, facetiously, into five puzzle answers : H-BOMB
  • 17A. Cool site? : HIP ADDRESS (H + “IP address”)
  • 38A. Android greeting? : HI, ROBOT (H + “I, Robot”)
  • 62A. Congress taking some R and R? : HILL AT EASE (H + “ill at ease”)
  • 11D. When the punch line hits? : HA HA MOMENT (H + “aha moment”)
  • 27D. Lonely banquet reservation? : HALL FOR ONE (H + “all for one”)

Bill’s time: 9m 50s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Smears : DAUBS

“To daub” is to coat a surface with something thick and sticky, like say plaster or mud.

6. Warthog weapon : TUSK

The warthog is a wild animal from the pig family found in Sub-Saharan Africa. The animal takes its name from four wart-like protrusions on its head that serve as a means of defense, but are also reserves of fat.

14. __ de l’air: French Air Force : ARMEE

The French Air Force is known as the “Armée de l’air” in French, literally “Air Army”.

15. Bart Simpson’s bus driver : OTTO

Otto Mann drives the school bus on the TV show “The Simpsons”. Otto is a Germanic character voiced by Harry Shearer, and his name is a play on “Ottoman Empire”. Whenever Bart sees him, he greets Otto with the words “Otto, man!”

17. Cool site? : HIP ADDRESS (H + “IP address”)

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label assigned to every device on a computer network.

19. Melville’s “grand, ungodly, god-like man” : AHAB

Captain Ahab is the obsessed and far from friendly captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”. The role of Captain Ahab was played by Gregory Peck in the 1956 John Huston film adaptation. Patrick Stewart played Ahab in a 1998 miniseries in which Peck made another appearance, as Father Mapple.

20. Like a Hail Mary pass : LAST-GASP

A “Hail Mary pass” (also called “the long bomb”) is a desperation move in American football in which a long pass is thrown with very little chance of a success, right at the the end of a game or at the end of a half. The term dates back to thirties, and was probably first used at Notre Dame. The “Hail Mary” is a prayer in the Christian tradition that is of particular significance Roman Catholicism.

21. “Animal House” rivals : FRATS

The very funny 1978 movie “Animal House” has the prefix “National Lampoon’s …” because the storyline came out of tales that had already appeared in “National Lampoon” magazine. “Animal House” was to become the first in a long line of successful “National Lampoon” films. The main pledges in the movie are Tom Hulce (Pinto), who later played a magnificent “Amadeus”, and Stephen Furst (Flounder), who later played a regular role on television’s “Babylon 5”.

22. “Suicide Squad” actor Jared : LETO

Jared Leto is an actor and musician. In the world of music, Leto is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. In the film world, one of his most critically acclaimed role was that of a heroin addict in “Requiem for a Dream”. He also appeared in “American Psycho”, “Panic Room” and “Lord of War”. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a transgender woman in 2013’s “Dallas Buying Club”.

23. TV fantasy drama inspired by iconic brothers : GRIMM

“Grimm” is an NBC television police drama, one that I haven’t seen. It doesn’t sound like my cup of tea though, as the hero of the piece is a Portland Police Bureau detective who has to battle with mythological creatures who come in and out of the human world.

The Brothers Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm) were two German academics noted for collecting and publishing folk tales. Among the tales in their marvelous collection are “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella”.

28. Younger Simpson sister : ASHLEE

Ashlee Simpson is the younger sister of Jessica Simpson. They are both reality show stars. I know no more … I don’t want to know any more …

35. DealDash offers : BIDS

DealDash is an online auction site, one in which users pay for every bid made, regardless of whether or not they are successful in winning the auction. Sounds like gambling to me …

38. Android greeting? : HI, ROBOT (H + “I, Robot”)

“I, Robot” is an interesting 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith that is loosely based on the excellent collection of short stories of the same name by Isaac Asimov.

The Android Operating System is used by many manufacturers of smartphones. Google partners with several companies to produce Android One phones. The beauty of the Android One is that it runs an unadulterated version of the Android Operating System, one that hasn’t been “customized” by the likes of T-Mobile or Verizon.

42. Seminary subj. : REL

Originally, a “seminary” was where plants were raised from seeds, as “semen” is the Latin for “seed”. The first schools labelled as seminaries were established in the late 1500s. Those first schools were more likely to be academies for young ladies back then, rather than for trainee priests.

43. Former L.A. Laker Lamar __ : ODOM

Lamar Odom is a basketball forward in NBA. Apparently Odom loves candy, and that’s how he earned his nickname, “The Candy Man”. Odom was married to Khloé Kardashian, and the couple’s wedding featured on an episode of the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. Not a show that I have ever seen …

44. Capp chap : ABNER

“Li’l Abner” was created and drawn by Al Capp for over 43 years starting in 1934. Al Capp stopped producing the strip in 1977, largely due to illness (he died from emphysema two years later). As the strip finished up, he went so far as to apologize to his long-standing fans, saying that he should have stopped 3-4 years earlier as he felt that the quality of his work had gone down in those latter years. The comic strip character’s full name is “Li’l Abner Yokum”.

47. Liable to spill the beans : BLABBY

“To spill the beans” is to divulge a secret. The expression first appeared in American English, in the early 1900s. The phrase arose as an alternative to “spoil the beans” or “upset the applecart”.

50. Mediterranean hot spot : ETNA

Mt. Etna 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.

51. Willow twig : OSIER

Most willows (trees and shrubs of the genus Salix) are called just that, willows. Some of the broad-leaved shrub varieties are called sallow, and the narrow-leaved shrubs are called osier. The variety known as osier is commonly used in basketry, as osier twigs are very flexible. The strong and flexible willow stems are sometimes referred to as withies.

53. CPR pros : EMTS

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has for decades involved the simultaneous compression of the chest to pump blood using the heart, and artificial respiration by blowing air into the lungs. Nowadays emergency services are placing more emphasis on heart compressions, and less on artificial respiration.

55. Show tune that begins, “The most beautiful sound I ever heard” : MARIA

“Maria” is a song from “West Side Story”.

Maria!
Say it loud and there’s music playing,
Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.
Maria,
I’ll never stop saying Maria!

Leonard Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story” is based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The musical is set in New York City and features two rival gangs: the Sharks from Puerto Rico and the Jets with working-class, Caucasian roots. Tony from the Jets (played by Richard Beymer) falls in love with Maria (played by Natalie Wood) from the Sharks. All this parallels Romeo from the House of Montague falling for Juliet from the House of Capulet in the Italian city of Verona.

57. “The Rock” (1996) setting : ALCATRAZ

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security prison operating from 1934 to 1963 on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The US Army had opened Fort Alcatraz on the island back in 1859, and constructed the first prison there in 1868. The first buildings that were to become the Federal Penitentiary were erected between 1910 and 1912, and again were used as a military prison. The construction was modernized and became the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1934. The Federal prison housed famous inmates like Al Capone, The Birdman of Alcatraz and “Machine Gun” Kelly. The prison was closed in 1963 by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, as the cost of operation was excessively high and major capital improvements were needed.

“The Rock” is an entertaining action movie from 1996 set on the old prison island of Alcatraz, “the Rock”. Sean Connery stars as an ex-inmate of the prison, alongside Nicolas Cage who plays an FBI chemist tasked with stopping a threatened gas attack against San Francisco.

61. Conductive nerve part : AXON

A nerve cell is more correctly called a neuron. The branched projections that receive electrochemical signals from other neurons are known as dendrites. The long nerve fiber that conducts signals away from the neuron is known as the axon. A neuron that has no definite axon is referred to as “apolar” or “nonpolar”. In apolar neurons the nerve impulses radiate in all directions.

62. Congress taking some R and R? : HILL AT EASE (H + “ill at ease”)

Washington D.C.’s designer Pierre L’Enfant chose the crest of a hill as the site for the future Congress House. He called the location “Jenkins Hill” and “Jenkins Heights”. Earlier records show the name as “New Troy”. Today we call it “Capitol Hill”.

Rest and relaxation/recuperation/recreation (R&R)

64. Wilder acting : GENE

Gene Wilder was an actor noted for his comedic roles. Wilder had a successful collaboration with Mel Brooks on three great films: “The Producers”, “Blazing Saddles” and my favorite, “Young Frankenstein”. For a while, Wilder dated his “Young Frankenstein” co-star Teri Garr, but he was married most famously to “Saturday Night Live” star Gilda Radner.

67. Whole mess : SLEW

Our usage of “slew” to mean “large number” has nothing to do with the verb “to slew”. The noun “slew” come into English in the early 1800s from the Irish word “sluagh” meaning “host, crowd, multitude”.

68. “The Hunger Games” president : SNOW

“The Hunger Games” is a 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins, the first in a trilogy of titles that also includes “Catching Fire” (2009) and “Mockingjay” (2010). “The Hunger Games” was adapted into a very successful movie released in 2012, with the sequels following soon after. Amazon.com reports more sales of “The Hunger Games” series books than even the “Harry Potter” series.

69. __ pad : STENO

Stenography is the process of writing in shorthand. The term comes from the Greek “steno” (narrow) and “graphe” (writing).

Down

1. Oompa-Loompa creator : DAHL

The Oompa-Loompas are characters in the Roald Dahl book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and indeed in the sequel story “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator”. Willy Wonka came across the Oompa-Loompas on an isolated island in the Atlantic and invited them to work in his factory in order to escape those hunting them on the island. Right before Dahl’s book was first published, he was intending to call the Oompa-Loompas the “Whipple-Scrumpets”.

4. Apple Records founders : BEATLES

The Beatles founded their own record label in 1968, calling it Apple Records. When singles were released, the A-sides had the image of a Granny Smith apple on the label, with the B-sides label showing the midsection of the same apple cut in half. Cute …

5. Swamp growth : SEDGE

Sedges are a family of plants that resemble grasses and rushes. Sedges are more properly called Cyperaceae.

6. Trunks : TORSOS

“Torso” (plural “torsi”) is an Italian word meaning the “trunk of a statue”, and is a term that we imported into English.

7. Sch. that calls the Sun Bowl its home : UTEP

The Sun Bowl is an annual college football game played in El Paso. The Rose Bowl is the oldest of the bowl games, but the Sun Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl come in second. The first Sun Bowl was played on New Year’s Day 1935. To be fair to the sponsors, the full name today is the Hyundai Sun Bowl …

8. New Eng. sextet : STS

The geographical region of New England comprises the six northeastern states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The name “New England” was given to the region by English explorer John Smith in 1616.

9. Mayweather stat : KOS

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a former professional boxer who retired undefeated in 2015.

12. Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT

The initialism QED is used at the end of a mathematical proof or a philosophical argument. QED stands for the Latin “quod erat demonstrandum” meaning “that which was to be demonstrated”.

13. Society newbies : DEBS

“Deb” is short for “debutante”, which translates from French as “female beginner”.

18. Mining target : DATA

The process of data mining is used to extract information from a database and present it in a form that facilitates further use.

25. Prefix with 34-Down : AGORA-
(34D. Irrational aversion : PHOBIA)

In early Greece the “agora” was a place of assembly. Often the assemblies held there were quite formal, perhaps for the reading of a proclamation. Later in Greek history, things became less formal as the agora evolved into a market place. Our contemporary word “agoraphobia” comes from these agorae, in the sense that an agoraphobe has a fear of open spaces, a fear of “public meeting places”.

26. Town __ : CRIER

Town criers make public announcements on the streets, usually shouting “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” to attract attention. The term “oyez” derives from the Anglo-Norman word for “listen” and is used in this instance to me “Hear ye!”

27. Lonely banquet reservation? : HALL FOR ONE (H + “all for one”)

A banquet is an elaborate feast. “Banquet” is a term that seems to have reversed in meaning over time. Coming into English via French from Old Italian, “banquet” is derived from “banco” meaning “bench”. The original “banco” meal was simply a snack eaten on a bench, rather than at a table.

29. Its testing awakened Godzilla … and what’s dropped, facetiously, into five puzzle answers : H-BOMB

There are two classes of nuclear weapons, both of which get the energy for the explosion from nuclear reactions. The first nuclear bombs developed, called atomic bombs (A-bombs), use fission reactions. Uranium nuclei are split into smaller nuclei with the release of an awful lot of energy in the process. The second class of nuclear weapons are fusion bombs. These devices are called thermonuclear weapons or hydrogen bombs (H-bombs). In a fusion reaction, the nuclei of hydrogen isotopes are fused together to form bigger nuclei, with the release of even greater amounts of energy.

Godzilla is a Japanese invention. The first in a very long series of “Godzilla” films was released way back in 1954. The original name in Japanese was “Gojira”, but this was changed to Godzilla for audiences outside of Japan. “Gojira” is a combination of “gorira” and “kujira”, the Japanese words for gorilla and whale, apt because Godzilla is a big ape-like creature that came out of the deep.

39. “Spamalot” lyricist : IDLE

Eric Idle is one of the founding members of the Monty Python team. Idle was very much the musician of the bunch, and is an accomplished guitarist. If you’ve seen the Monty Python film “The Life of Brian”, you might remember the closing number “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. It was sung by Idle, and was indeed written by him. That song made it to number 3 in the UK charts in 1991.

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was released as a movie in 1975, and was a great success. Some thirty years later the film’s storyline was used as inspiration for the hit musical “Spamalot”. I saw “Spamalot” on stage not that long ago and wasn’t that impressed. But, mine was very much a minority opinion …

49. Where “It’s fun to stay,” in a disco hit : YMCA

“YMCA” was released in 1978 by Village People and has been adopted as an anthem by the gay community. The song was written by Victor Willis, a straight member of the mostly gay band, and he clarifies that the lyrics are extolling the virtues of the “YMCA” as a source of recreation for black urban youth. I think he might have been winking when he said that …

52. Tendon : SINEW

Sinew is another name for a tendon. Tendons are bands of collagen that connect muscle to bone. Tendons are similar to ligaments and fasciae, which are also connective tissue made out of collagen, but ligaments join bone to bone, and fasciae connect muscle to muscle. We also use the term “sinew” to mean muscular power.

54. Exit lines : TATAS

An Englishman might say “tata” or “cheerio” instead of “goodbye”. Well, supposedly so!

55. Money and Fortune, briefly : MAGS

One of the best-known features in “Money” magazine is its annual listing of “America’s Best Places to Live”. Top of the list for 2016 is the city of Columbia, Maryland.

“Fortune” is a tri-weekly business magazine that was founded by Henry Luce in 1930, just four months after the 1929 Wall Street Crash. “Fortune” is noted for its annual ranking of companies by revenue, especially the Fortune 500.

56. Winter Olympics leap : AXEL

An Axel is a forward take-off jump in figure skating. The maneuver was first performed by Norwegian Axel Paulsen at the 1882 World Figure Skating championships.

57. Adele, vocally : ALTO

“Adele” is the stage name of English singer Adele Adkins. Adele’s debut album is “19”, named after the age she was during the album’s production. Her second album was even more successful than the first. Called “21”, the second album was released three years after the first, when Adele was three years older. More recently, her third studio album “25”, released in 2015, broke the first-week sales records in both the UK and the US.

58. Use a Yelp account, say : RATE

yelp.com is a website that provides a local business directory and reviews of services. The site is sort of like Yellow Pages on steroids, and the term “yelp” is derived from “yel-low p-ages”.

59. Words used for a spell? : AS IN

A as in apple, B as in bear …

Return to top of page

Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Smears : DAUBS

6. Warthog weapon : TUSK

10. Leave behind : SHED

14. __ de l’air: French Air Force : ARMEE

15. Bart Simpson’s bus driver : OTTO

16. Vendor offering : WARE

17. Cool site? : HIP ADDRESS (H + “IP address”)

19. Melville’s “grand, ungodly, god-like man” : AHAB

20. Like a Hail Mary pass : LAST-GASP

21. “Animal House” rivals : FRATS

22. “Suicide Squad” actor Jared : LETO

23. TV fantasy drama inspired by iconic brothers : GRIMM

25. Post-run feeling : ACHE

28. Younger Simpson sister : ASHLEE

30. Mining target : ORE

33. Clutch : GRASP

35. DealDash offers : BIDS

36. Do a DJ’s job : MIX

37. Press output : OIL

38. Android greeting? : HI, ROBOT (H + “I, Robot”)

41. N.C. winter hours : EST

42. Seminary subj. : REL

43. Former L.A. Laker Lamar __ : ODOM

44. Capp chap : ABNER

46. “Speak” follower : ARF!

47. Liable to spill the beans : BLABBY

50. Mediterranean hot spot : ETNA

51. Willow twig : OSIER

53. CPR pros : EMTS

55. Show tune that begins, “The most beautiful sound I ever heard” : MARIA

57. “The Rock” (1996) setting : ALCATRAZ

61. Conductive nerve part : AXON

62. Congress taking some R and R? : HILL AT EASE (H + “ill at ease”)

64. Wilder acting : GENE

65. Digging : INTO

66. Up : ASTIR

67. Whole mess : SLEW

68. “The Hunger Games” president : SNOW

69. __ pad : STENO

Down

1. Oompa-Loompa creator : DAHL

2. Song from Strauss : ARIA

3. Frequent callers? : UMPS

4. Apple Records founders : BEATLES

5. Swamp growth : SEDGE

6. Trunks : TORSOS

7. Sch. that calls the Sun Bowl its home : UTEP

8. New Eng. sextet : STS

9. Mayweather stat : KOS

10. Be like bees : SWARM

11. When the punch line hits? : HA HA MOMENT (H + “aha moment”)

12. Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT

13. Society newbies : DEBS

18. Mining target : DATA

21. Gala gathering : FIESTA

23. Slick-talking : GLIB

24. Second shot : REDO

25. Prefix with 34-Down : AGORA-

26. Town __ : CRIER

27. Lonely banquet reservation? : HALL FOR ONE (H + “all for one”)

29. Its testing awakened Godzilla … and what’s dropped, facetiously, into five puzzle answers : H-BOMB

31. Up : RISEN

32. More than expected : EXTRA

34. Irrational aversion : PHOBIA

39. “Spamalot” lyricist : IDLE

40. Loud cry : ROAR

45. Childish descriptor of a childhood friend : BESTEST

48. Loud cry : BELLOW

49. Where “It’s fun to stay,” in a disco hit : YMCA

52. Tendon : SINEW

54. Exit lines : TATAS

55. Money and Fortune, briefly : MAGS

56. Winter Olympics leap : AXEL

57. Adele, vocally : ALTO

58. Use a Yelp account, say : RATE

59. Words used for a spell? : AS IN

60. Cold temperature : ZERO

62. Half a matching set : HIS

63. Place to stay : INN

Return to top of page

LA Times Crossword Answers 27 Apr 17, Thursday










Constructed by: Neville Fogarty

Edited by: Rich Norris

Quicklink to a complete list of today’s clues and answers

Quicklink to comments

Theme: Order Up!

Today’s themed answers are written in the down-direction. Each contains the hidden word “ORDER” written in the UP-direction:

  • 40D. Diner call … and what the answer to each starred clue literally contains : ORDER UP!
  • 2D. *One of a romantic dozen : RED ROSE
  • 8D. *Neighborhood TV host? : FRED ROGERS
  • 17D. *Computer network component : WIRED ROUTER
  • 26D. *Many a dorm accommodation : SHARED ROOM

Bill’s time: 12m 06s

Bill’s errors: 2

  • OERTER (Oorter)
  • REWED (rowed!!!)



Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

6. Tabloid fodder : AFFAIR

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.

12. Pop singer Spektor : REGINA

Regina Spektor is a Moscow-born American singer, songwriter and pianist. Spektor’s genre of music is described as “anti-folk”, whatever that is …

14. Safari guide’s weapon : DART GUN

“Safari” is a Swahili word, meaning “journey” or “expedition”.

17. Auburn University’s avian battle cry : WAR EAGLE!

Auburn University in Alabama was chartered in 1856, as the East Alabama Male College. The school was renamed when it was granted university status in 1960. Auburn’s sports teams are known as the Tigers, for which supporters use the battle cry “War Eagle!”

18. Jewish ceremony for a newborn son : BRIS

A mohel is a man who has been trained in the practice of brit milah (circumcision). Brit milah is known as “bris” in Yiddish. The brit milah ceremony is performed on male infants when they are 8-days old.

21. Elastic wood : YEW

Yew is the wood of choice for the longbow, a valued weapon in the history of England. The longbow is constructed with a core of yew heartwood (as the heartwood resists compression) that has a sheath of yew sapwood (as the sapwood resists stretching). The yew was in such demand for longbows that for centuries yew trees were in short supply in Britain and the wood had to be imported from all over Europe.

22. __ fide : BONA

“Bona fide(s)” translates from the Latin as “in good faith”, and is used to indicate honest intentions. It can also mean that something is authentic, like a piece of art that is represented in good faith as being genuine.

23. Four-time discus gold medalist : OERTER

Discus thrower Al Oerter is one of only three competitors to have won a gold medal in four consecutive Olympic Games in the same individual event. The other two sportsmen to have achieved the feat are Carl Lewis in the long jump and Paul Elvstrom in sailing.

24. “The Gold-Bug” author : POE

“The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, a mystery tale about a man who was bitten by a gold-colored bug. The story first appeared in three installments in the ”Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper” in 1843, and became very popular. He had submitted the story to a writing contest sponsored by the paper, and it was published as the winning entry. The grand prize also included $100 in cash, which was likely the largest sum that Poe ever received for a work in his lifetime.

27. Bentley of “Ghost Rider” : WES

Wes Bentley is an actor who is perhaps best known for playing Ricky Fitts, the voyeuristic son of the homophobic Colonel Frank Fitts in the 1999 blockbuster film “American Beauty”. A 2009 documentary called “My Big Break” tells of Bentley’s career taking off after “American Beauty” was released, and his subsequent struggles which addiction to drugs and alcohol that led to financial ruin. Bentley is well on the road to recovery, and has been appearing regularly on the small and large screens since 2010.

28. 1930s N.Y. Giants star Lefty : O’DOUL

Lefty O’Doul was a baseball player and manager from San Francisco. O’Doul was instrumental in spreading the popularity of the sport in Japan both before and after WWII. In fact, the Tokyo Giants were named by O’Doul, a reference to the New York Giants franchise with whom he spent the last years of his playing career. O’Doul also owned a restaurant in San Francisco that bears his name and which still operates today (near Union Square). There’s a bridge near AT&T Park, the Giant’s relatively new ballpark, that’s called Lefty O’Doul Bridge.

33. Land mentioned in the spiritual “Go Down, Moses” : EGYPT

“Go Down, Moses” is a Christian spiritual song created by African slaves in the US.

When Israel was in Egypt’s land:
Let my people go,
Oppress’d so hard they could not stand,
Let my People go.

Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land,
Tell old Pharaoh,
Let my people go.

34. 1959 Gidget player : SANDRA DEE

The actress Sandra Dee started out as a model before moving into film. After a promising start to her career it seemed to peter out, and the public became more interested in her 7-year marriage to Bobby Darin. And of course she will forever be remembered from the song in the movie and stage-show “Grease” called “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”.

“Gidget” is an early “beach party film” that was released in 1959. The movie stars Sandra Dee as a teenage girl who falls in love with a young surfer. The surfer’s gang gives the young lass the nickname “Gidget”, a portmanteau of “girl” and “midget”.

36. Classic V-8 : T-BIRD

Ford manufactured the Thunderbird (T-Bird) from 1955 to 2005, originally as a two-seater sporty convertible. The T-Bird was introduced as a competitor to Chevrolet’s new sports car, the Corvette.

47. Ohio aviation city : DAYTON

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located just east of Dayton, Ohio. The first aircraft operations on the land now occupied by the base were conducted way back in 1904. There, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the initial test flights in their Wright Flyer III aircraft.

50. Literary alter ego : HYDE

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was first published in 1886. There are many tales surrounding the writing of the story including one that the author wrote the basic tale in just three to six days, and spent a few weeks simply refining it. Allegedly, Stevenson’s use of cocaine stimulated his creative juices during those few days of writing.

54. Nabisco chocolate treat : MALLOMAR

The first chocolate-coated marshmallow confection was created in Denmark about 200 years ago, and today Denmark produces more of the treats than any other nation. The US version is known as a Mallomar and is produced by Nabisco, generally from October through April. Mallomars melt easily, and so aren’t made available in the warmer months.

56. Extra number : ENCORE

“Encore” is French for “again, one more time”, and is a shout that an audience member will make here in North America to request another song, say. But, the term is not used this way in France. Rather, the audience will shout “Bis!”, which is the Italian for “twice!”

58. Hose connections : SPIGOTS

Back in the 15th century, a spigot was specifically a plug to stop a hole in a cask. Somewhere along the way, a spigot had a valve added for variable control of flow.

59. Tottenham tint : COLOUR

Tottenham is an area in north London in England. It is home to a famous football (soccer) club called Tottenham Hotspur, the team that I used to follow as a kid many moons ago …

60. John of “Fuller House” : STAMOS

On the sitcom “Full House”, the character Jesse Katsopolis is played by John Stamos. Stamos reprises the role occasionally on the Netflix sequel “Fuller House”.

Down

3. Versus : AGAINST

Versus (Vs.) is the Latin for “turned toward or against”.

7. __ Islands: Danish archipelago : FAROE

The Faroe Islands (also Faeroe Islands) are a group of islands lying halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and were granted the power of self-governance in 1948.

8. *Neighborhood TV host? : FRED ROGERS

The “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV show starred Fred Rogers. It was the second-longest running series on PBS television after that other iconic children’s show “Sesame Street”.

10. The Stooges frontman : IGGY POP

Iggy Pop is a punk rock performer from Muskegon, Michigan. When he was in high school, he was a drummer for a local band called the Iguanas, and so was given the nickname “Iggy”. He was vocalist for a band called the Stooges.

15. Banister post : NEWEL

A newel is a principal upright post that supports a handrail beside a staircase. Newels are found at the top and bottom of the banister, and sometimes in between. Newels are often adorned with decorative trim to set them apart from the other posts by the staircase.

By some accounts, a “banister” is a handrail of a stairway. By other accounts, the banister is actually the handrail and the supporting structures (called “newels”).

17. *Computer network component : WIRED ROUTER

In the world of computing, a router is a device that helps direct traffic, as it were. A router in a house is often found in combination with a modem, and directs traffic between the Internet and the computers in the home.

33. Istanbul : Constantinople :: Tokyo : __ : EDO

Edo is the former name of the Japanese city of Tokyo. Edo was the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate, a feudal regime that ruled from 1603 until 1868. The shogun lived in the magnificent Edo Castle. Some parts of the original castle remain and today’s Tokyo Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan, was built on its grounds.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only metropolis in the world that is situated in two continents. The city extends both on the European side and on the Asian side of the Bosphorus river. Historically, Istanbul was also known as Constantinople and Byzantium.

40. Diner call … and what the answer to each starred clue literally contains : ORDER UP!

Diner lingo, the verbal slang used by the staff, can be very colorful. Here are a few examples:

  • Adam & Eve on a raft: two poached eggs on toast
  • Adam & Eve on a raft and wreck ’em: two scrambled eggs on toast
  • Burn one: put a hamburger on the grill
  • Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it: hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion
  • Down: on toast
  • Whiskey down: on rye toast
  • Cluck and grunt: ham and eggs

45. Chewing gum ingredient : CHICLE

Chicle is a natural gum or latex that can be extracted from the Manilkara chicle tree that is native to Mexico and Central America. Companies like Wrigley were major users of chicle prior to the sixties as the product was used as the base ingredient in chewing gum. Today chewing gum manufacturers generally use a synthetic rubber that is cheap to manufacture as a replacement for natural chicle. I am so happy I don’t chew gum!

49. Tiny bit of time: Abbr. : NSEC

“Nanosecond” is more correctly abbreviated to “ns” (as opposed to “nsec”) and really is a tiny amount of time: one billionth of a second.

55. Airport near Citi Field: Abbr. : LGA

The three big airports serving New York City (NYC) are John F. Kennedy (JFK), La Guardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR).

Citi Field is the relatively new baseball stadium used by the New York Mets that sits right next door to the site of Shea stadium, where the Mets had played for decades. And the new facility’s name comes from corporate sponsor Citigroup.

57. Masked drama : NOH

Noh is a form of musical drama in Japan that has been around since the 14th century. Many of the Noh performers are masked, allowing all the roles to be played by men, including the female parts.

Return to top of page

Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Letter from school : GRADE

6. Tabloid fodder : AFFAIR

12. Pop singer Spektor : REGINA

14. Safari guide’s weapon : DART GUN

16. Saws with wisdom : ADAGES

17. Auburn University’s avian battle cry : WAR EAGLE!

18. Jewish ceremony for a newborn son : BRIS

19. Photographer’s buy : TRIPOD

21. Elastic wood : YEW

22. __ fide : BONA

23. Four-time discus gold medalist : OERTER

24. “The Gold-Bug” author : POE

25. Admin. aides : ASSTS

27. Bentley of “Ghost Rider” : WES

28. 1930s N.Y. Giants star Lefty : O’DOUL

30. Earn : GET

31. Pay attention to : HEED

33. Land mentioned in the spiritual “Go Down, Moses” : EGYPT

34. 1959 Gidget player : SANDRA DEE

36. Classic V-8 : T-BIRD

38. What the nose knows : ODOR

39. “That’s amazing!” : WOW!

42. Blow one’s top : GO APE

43. Chum : BUD

44. Alarm : SCARE

46. Remote button : REC

47. Ohio aviation city : DAYTON

50. Literary alter ego : HYDE

51. Comic strip outburst : ACK!

52. Matures : RIPENS

53. Treated with a pack : ICED

54. Nabisco chocolate treat : MALLOMAR

56. Extra number : ENCORE

58. Hose connections : SPIGOTS

59. Tottenham tint : COLOUR

60. John of “Fuller House” : STAMOS

61. Gives a hand : HELPS

Down

1. Source of party gifts : GRAB BAG

2. *One of a romantic dozen : RED ROSE

3. Versus : AGAINST

4. Tries to unearth : DIGS AT

5. Storm’s dir. : ENE

6. Learns new technology, say : ADAPTS

7. __ Islands: Danish archipelago : FAROE

8. *Neighborhood TV host? : FRED ROGERS

9. __ crossroads : AT A

10. The Stooges frontman : IGGY POP

11. Remove from consideration : RULE OUT

13. Regarding : AS TO

15. Banister post : NEWEL

17. *Computer network component : WIRED ROUTER

20. Took another plunge? : REWED

26. *Many a dorm accommodation : SHARED ROOM

29. Vat filler : DYE

32. Last part : END

33. Istanbul : Constantinople :: Tokyo : __ : EDO

34. Nurse : SIP

35. Extra purchase : ADD-ON

36. Boot reinforcements : TOE CAPS

37. Like some e-readers : BACKLIT

39. “Outstanding!” : WAY COOL!

40. Diner call … and what the answer to each starred clue literally contains : ORDER UP!

41. Gardening tools : WEEDERS

42. Lab units : GRAMS

43. Way around the city : BYPASS

45. Chewing gum ingredient : CHICLE

48. “We __ please” : AIM TO

49. Tiny bit of time: Abbr. : NSEC

55. Airport near Citi Field: Abbr. : LGA

57. Masked drama : NOH

Return to top of page