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.

Down

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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LA Times Crossword Answers 14 Oct 2017, Saturday










Constructed by: Jim Quinlan

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: None

Bill’s time: 9m 17s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

15. Offer a libation (for) : POUR ONE OUT

Back in the 14th century libation was the pouring of wine in the honor of a god. The term comes from the Latin word “libare”, which basically means the same thing. Nowadays we tend to use “libation” as a somewhat ornate word for a drink.

16. Polar explorer’s concern : FLOE

An ice floe is a sheet of ice that has separated from an ice field and is floating freely on the ocean.

20. William Tell Monument city : ALTDORF

Supposedly, William Tell came from Uri, a canton in the German part of Switzerland. Altdorf is the capital of Uri and is the city where William Tell shot the apple off his son’s head, at least according to legend. There is a bronze statue of Tell that was erected in the city’s marketplace in 1895 to memorialize the event.

22. Venus is in it: Abbr. : WTA

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is an organization that looks out for the interests of male tennis professionals. The equivalent organization for women is the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

Venus Williams is the older of the two Williams sisters playing professional tennis. In 2002, Williams became the first African-American woman to earn the World No. 1 ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association in the Open Era.

23. “S” on an invitation : S’IL

RSVP stands for “répondez s’il vous plaît”, which is French for “answer please”.

24. Vehicle-sharing company : ZIPCAR

Zipcar is a carsharing company. Carsharing differs from car rental in that cars are available only to members, but 24 hours a day as opposed to office hours. There are other differences, including the fact that members are usually responsible for leaving cars gassed up and clean for the next user.

26. “Born on the Bayou” band, briefly : CCR

Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) was a rock band from San Francisco that played in a Southern rock style, with hits such as “Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising”, “Down on the Corner” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain”.

“Born of the Bayou” is a Creedence Clearwater Revival song that was released as the B-side to their big hit “Proud Mary” in 1969.

30. It’s tuned an octave higher than a cello : VIOLA

The viola looks like and is played like a violin, but is slightly larger. It is referred to as the middle voice in the violin family, between the violin and the cello.

31. 1988 noir remake : DOA

Both the original 1950 film “D.O.A.” starring Edmond O’Brien, and its 1988 remake starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, are excellent movies in my opinion. The basic storyline is that the lead character discovers he has been poisoned, and uses the limited time he has to live in order to discover who “murdered” him.

34. Samoa or Caramel deLite : GIRL SCOUT COOKIE

Depending on which bakery makes the particular variety of Girl Scout cookie, the name can vary. For example, Little Brownie Bakers makes the Samoa cookies, while ABC Bakers uses the same recipe and calls the cookies Caramel deLites. The assumption is that these cookies have the exotic name of “Samoa” because they contain the tropical ingredients of coconut and cocoa. The most popular variety of Girl Scout cookie sold are Thin Mints.

37. King’s value, at times : TEN

That would be in card games, such a blackjack.

39. Sch. period : SEM

“Semester” is a German word from the Latin “semestris”, an adjective meaning “of six months”. We use the term in a system that divides an academic year into two roughly equal parts. A trimester system has three parts, and a quarter system has four.

44. Chinese military gp. : PLA

In the 1930s, the rebel People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China was locked in battle with the army of the Chinese Nationalist Party led by Chiang Kai-shek. In the jaws of defeat, the PLA (or “Red Army”, as it was known) managed to make a series of withdrawals from the southern part of the country, evading capture by retreating to the north. This campaign of retreat involved the Red Army traversing about 8,000 miles of difficult terrain in a move that took over a year. The Communist troops of the Red Army were led by Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai. The retreat came to be termed “the Long March”, and its relative success established the reputations of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai within the Communist Party, and ultimately led to their takeover of power after the subsequent Chinese Civil War.

49. Pipe in a song : COB

Corncob pipes are made from cobs that have been dried for two years and are then hollowed out into the shape of a bowl. Famous smokers of corncob pipes were General Douglas MacArthur, Mark Twain, Norman Rockwell as well as Popeye and Frosty the Snowman.

“Frosty the Snowman” is a song that was recorded first by Gene Autry, in 1950. The song was specifically written in the hope that it would become a follow-up hit to Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” that topped the charts the previous year.

52. Pen name that sounds like a drink : SAKI

Hector Hugh Munro was a British writer who actually was born in Burma. He was most famous for his short stories, which he published using the pen name “Saki”. “The Square Egg and Other Sketches” was a collection of short stories published in 1924, nine years after his death.

We refer to the Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice as “sake”. We’ve gotten things a bit mixed up in the West. “Sake” is actually the word that the Japanese use for all alcoholic drinks. What we know as sake, we sometimes refer to as rice wine. Also, the starch in the rice is first converted to sugars that are then fermented into alcohol. This is more akin to a beer-brewing process than wine production, so the end product is really a rice “beer” rather than a rice “wine”.

54. Cry at the craps table : COME TO PAPA!

If one considers earlier versions of craps, then the game has been around for a very long time and probably dates back to the Crusades. It may have been derived from an old English game called “hazard” also played with two dice, which was mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” from the 1300s. The American version of the game came here courtesy of the French and first set root in New Orleans where it was given the name “crapaud”, a French word meaning “toad”.

56. U.S. dept. with a bolt on its seal : ENER

The US Department of Energy (DOE) came into being largely as a result of the 1973 oil crisis. The DOE was founded in 1977 by the Carter administration. The DOE is responsible for regulating the production of nuclear power, and it is also responsible for the nation’s nuclear weapons. The official DOE seal features a lightning bolt and symbols denoting five sources of energy: the sun, an atom, an oil derrick, a windmill and a dynamo.

57. Experience for Marty McFly : TIME TRAVEL

In the fun 1985 movie “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly finds himself back in 1955, and is trying to get back to HIS future, which is 1985. But on the other hand, 1985 is really Marty’s present, before he went back in time. Why does time travel have to be so complicated …?

Down

2. Pioneer in portable music : SONY

Walkman is a brand of portable audio and video products manufactured by Sony. The first Walkman was introduced in 1979 and popularized the practice of carrying music around and listening through lightweight headphones.

4. Top medalla : ORO

In Spanish, a “medalla” (medal) might be made from “oro” (gold).

9. Mark’s replacement : EURO

One of the currencies replaced by the euro was Germany’s Deutsche Mark (known as the “deutschmark” in English).

10. Premium movie channel that dropped its “!” in 2005 : STARZ

The Starz premium cable channel is owned by the same company that owns the Encore cable channel. Starz was launched in 1994 and mainly shows movies.

11. “Portlandia” airer : IFC

“Portlandia” is a satirical sketch show that airs on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The show is set in Portland, Oregon and takes its name from a statue called “Portlandia” which sits above the entrance to a building in downtown Portland. The statue is a copper repoussé work, and is second in size in the US only to the Statue of Liberty.

12. Pot without speed : SLOW COOKER

We often use the term “crockpot” as an alternative for “slow cooker”. The generic term comes from the trademark “Crock-Pot”, now owned by Sunbeam products.

13. Serious transgression, in Catholicism : MORTAL SIN

In some Christian denominations, sins can be either venial or mortal in terms of severity, with mortal sins being the more grievous.

21. Coppers : FIVE-O

“Five-O” has become urban slang for a police officer, or the police force in general. The term is rooted in the 1970s TV Show “Hawaii Five-O”. Hawaii Five-O was a totally fictional police force created for the television show. The name recognizes that Hawaii was the 50th state to join the union. Steve McGarrett in the original show was played by Jack Lord, and “Danno” Williams was played by James MacArthur.

27. Some sweaters : WOOLS

Until the early 1880s, the word “sweater” applied to clothing worn specifically for weight reduction by “sweating”.

29. Venerated symbol : TOTEM

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

31. Martha Kent portrayer in recent Superman films : DIANE LANE

Diane Lane is an American film actress, who was born and raised in New York City. Not so long ago, I saw Lane with Richard Gere in “Nights in Rodanthe” (a movie that I recommend). My absolute favorite movie of hers is “Under the Tuscan Sun”, which is based on the memoir of the same name by Frances Mayes (a writer from San Francisco). It’s a lovely romantic story, not without humor, and set in the gorgeous Tuscan landscape.

Superman was sent to Earth in a rocket as a child by his parents, who remained on the doomed planet of Krypton. On Earth, the child was discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent, farmers who lived near the fictional town of Smallville. The Kents raised the infant as their own, giving him the name Clark, which was Ma Kent’s maiden name.

32. Barracks VIP : NCO

Non-commissioned officer (NCO)

33. Betamax player : VCR

Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

The video standard known as VHS is more fully referred to as the Video Home System. VHS was one of many standards touted by various manufacturers in the seventies. The biggest rival to VHS was Betamax, but we all knew which of the two standards won the final round in that fight.

35. Mole-like mammal : SHREW

Shrews are mammals that look like small moles or long-nosed mice. They are the only terrestrial mammals that are known to echolocate, using a series of ultrasonic squeaks to examine their nearby surroundings.

40. Hat for Indiana Jones : FEDORA

A fedora is a lovely hat, I think. It is made of felt, and is similar to a trilby, but has a broader brim. “Fedora” was a play written for Sarah Bernhardt and first performed in 1889. Bernhardt had the title role of Princess Fedora, and on stage she wore a hat similar to a modern-day fedora. The play led to the women’s fashion accessory, the fedora hat, commonly worn by women into the beginning of the twentieth century. Men then started wearing fedoras, but only when women gave up the fashion …

George Lucas created a lead character named Indiana Smith for what was to be his “Indiana Jones” series of films. Lucas asked Steven Spielberg to direct the first film, and Spielberg wasn’t too fond of the name “Smith”. Lucas then suggested “Jones” as an alternative, and Indiana Jones was born.

42. Decrees : DICTA

“Dictum” (plural “dicta”) is a legal term describing a statement by a court as part of a judgment.

43. 2017 Dolly portrayer on Broadway : BETTE

“Hello, Dolly!” is a Broadway musical that was first produced in 1964, and adapted into a hugely successful movie in 1969. The title role of Dolly Levi was played by Barbra Streisand in the film, with Gene Kelly directing and a leading part for a young Michael Crawford. The stage show was revived on Broadway in 2017, with Bette Midler in the title role.

47. “Handsome, clever, and rich” Austen character : EMMA

Here is the opening paragraph of the novel “Emma”, by Jane Austen:

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

55. Enhance, as a résumé : PAD

A résumé is a summary of a person’s job experience and education and is used as a tool by a job seeker. In many countries, a résumé is equivalent to a curriculum vitae. “Résumé” is the French word for “summary”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Floors : ASTONISHES

11. Beliefs : ISMS

15. Offer a libation (for) : POUR ONE OUT

16. Polar explorer’s concern : FLOE

17. President leaving office, perhaps : END OF AN ERA

18. Commercial name abbr. : CORP

19. Redden, say : DYE

20. William Tell Monument city : ALTDORF

22. Venus is in it: Abbr. : WTA

23. “S” on an invitation : S’IL

24. Vehicle-sharing company : ZIPCAR

26. “Born on the Bayou” band, briefly : CCR

27. __ bar : WET

30. It’s tuned an octave higher than a cello : VIOLA

31. 1988 noir remake : DOA

32. Unconcealed enmity : NO LOVE LOST

34. Samoa or Caramel deLite : GIRL SCOUT COOKIE

36. Certain baron : LANDHOLDER

37. King’s value, at times : TEN

38. Gather : INFER

39. Sch. period : SEM

40. Backwoods preposition : FER

41. Combined : MELDED

43. King or queen : BED

44. Chinese military gp. : PLA

45. Grew : WIDENED

49. Pipe in a song : COB

52. Pen name that sounds like a drink : SAKI

54. Cry at the craps table : COME TO PAPA!

56. U.S. dept. with a bolt on its seal : ENER

57. Experience for Marty McFly : TIME TRAVEL

58. Classroom fixture : DESK

59. Unable to continue : AT A DEAD END

Down

1. Did : APED

2. Pioneer in portable music : SONY

3. Arrogant manner, slangily : TUDE

4. Top medalla : ORO

5. “You peeked!” : NO FAIR!

6. Totally : IN ALL

7. Heaven-__ : SENT

8. Helped make a bed : HOED

9. Mark’s replacement : EURO

10. Premium movie channel that dropped its “!” in 2005 : STARZ

11. “Portlandia” airer : IFC

12. Pot without speed : SLOW COOKER

13. One of seven in the 1995 film “Seven” : MORTAL SIN

14. Split : SEPARATE

21. Coppers : FIVE-O

23. Burned with steam : SCALDED

25. Led : PILOTED

26. Sometime substitute for bread crumbs : CORN FLAKES

27. Some sweaters : WOOLS

28. Get by : ELUDE

29. Venerated symbol : TOTEM

31. Martha Kent portrayer in recent Superman films : DIANE LANE

32. Barracks VIP : NCO

33. Betamax player : VCR

34. Barely caught : GLIMPSED

35. Mole-like mammal : SHREW

40. Hat for Indiana Jones : FEDORA

42. Decrees : DICTA

43. 2017 Dolly portrayer on Broadway : BETTE

46. “Finish the job!” : DO IT!

47. “Handsome, clever, and rich” Austen character : EMMA

48. Food or water : NEED

49. Finally give : CAVE

50. Tournament format : OPEN

51. Likely to skid : BALD

53. Get to : IRK

55. Enhance, as a résumé : PAD

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