LA Times Crossword Answers 11 Aug 2017, Friday










Constructed by: Roger & Kathy Wienberg

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Side Arm

Today’s themed answers are all in the down-direction. To read the complete answer, we have to use the letters ARM that are to one side of that answer in the grid:

  • 65A. Like some baseball pitches … and a hint to locating the second part of four three-part puzzle answers : SIDEARM
  • 8D. The Eagle, for one : LUN(AR M)ODULE
  • 15D. McDonald’s offering for tight budgets : DOLL(AR M)ENU
  • 35D. Post office standard : REGUL(AR M)AIL
  • 37D. Syrup source : SUG(AR M)APLE

Bill’s time: 8m 44s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

17. Shutterbug : SHOOTER

A shutterbug is an enthusiastic amateur photographer, someone who likes to hear the click of that shutter, someone like me …

18. Fireplace fixture : ANDIRON

Andirons (also “firedogs”) are those horizontal bars on which you rest logs to burn in an open fireplace. They usually come in pairs and can be quite decorative, and are often made out of wrought iron.

19. Like a vertebral region : LUMBAR

The human spine comprises five regions of vertebrae, which are (starting at the neck):

  • Cervical (C1 – C7)
  • Thoracic (T1 – T12)
  • Lumbar (L1 – L5)
  • Sacral (S1 – S5)
  • Coccyx (also known as the tailbone)

22. Biblical songs : PSALMS

The Greek word “psalmoi” originally meant “songs sung to a harp”, and gave us the word “psalms”. In the Jewish and Western Christian traditions, the Book of Psalms contains 150 individual psalms, divided into five sections.

25. Splotchy garment : SMOCK

A smock is an outer garment that is often worn as protection for one’s clothing. Today, the term often applies to the protective garment worn by a painter.

28. Calendar abbr. : APR

The exact etymology of “April”, the fourth month of our year, seems to be uncertain. The ancient Romans called it “mensis Aprilis”, which roughly translated as “opening month. The suggestion is that April is the month in which fruits, flowers and animals “open” their life cycles.

35. U.K. fliers : RAF

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

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

47. Singer/songwriter Carly __ Jepsen : RAE

Carly Rae Jepsen is a singer/songwriter from Mission, British Columbia. Jepsen got her start on TV’s “Canadian Idol” when she placed third in the show’s fifth season.

52. Hook’s right hand : SMEE

In J. M. Barrie’s play and novel about Peter Pan, Smee is one of Captain Hook’s pirates and is Hook’s right-hand man. Smee is described by Barrie as being “Irish” and “a man who stabbed without offence”. Nice guy! Captain Hook and Smee sail on the pirate ship called the Jolly Roger.

Captain Hook is the bad guy in “Peter Pan”, the famous play by J. M. Barrie. Hook is Peter Pan’s sworn enemy, as Pan cut off Hook’s hand causing it to be replaced by a “hook”. It is implied in the play that Hook attended Eton College, just outside London. Hook’s last words are “Floreat Etona”, which is Eton College’s motto. Barrie openly acknowledged that the Hook character was based on Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab from the novel “Moby Dick”.

57. Seven-piece Chinese puzzle : TANGRAM

A tangram is a flat puzzle consisting of seven different shapes that must be arranged to form specific shapes. The game was invented in China, and the name for the puzzle in Chinese translates as “seven boards of skill”. The seven shapes are called “tans” hence the “tangram” name used in English.

64. Shakespearean merchant : ANTONIO

In William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, Portia is the formidable heroine who takes on the guise of a male lawyer and calls herself “Balthasar”. Portia does this to save the life of Antonio, the play’s title character. Portia makes a famous speech that gives us the oft-quoted phrase, “the quality of mercy” …

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes…

66. Unified whole : GESTALT

Gestalt is a German word meaning “shape”. The principles of gestaltism were developed in Germany in the early 1900s. One of the main tenets is that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”.

68. Upsilon preceder : TAU

Upsilon is the 20th letter in the Greek alphabet, and the character that gives rise to the letter Y that we use in English.

Tau is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet, the letter which gave rise to our Roman “T”. Both the letters tau (T) and chi (X) have long been symbolically associated with the cross.

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1. Dash or Doubtfire : MRS

Mrs. Dash is a brand name of seasoning mixes. Just before the product first went to market in 1981, brand owner B&G Foods also considered the name “Mrs. Pinch”.

The 1993 comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire” is based on a 1987 novel called “Madame Doubtfire” by Anne Fine. The movie is set and was filmed in San Francisco. The title role is played by Robin Williams, who spent most of the movie dressed as the female Mrs. Doubtfire. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the movie won the Oscar for Best Makeup.

3. Number missing, in a way, from “4 = 16” : TWO

42 = 16

4. Ryan’s daughter : TATUM

Tatum O’Neal is the youngest actress to win a “competitive” Oscar. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award in 1974 when she was just 10 years old, for her role as Addie in “Paper Moon”. The youngest person to win an honorary Academy Award was Shirley Temple, who was only 5 years old when she was presented with an Oscar in 1934.

Actor Ryan O’Neal got his big break in the sixties on television. He appeared in the prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place”, opposite fellow newcomer Mia Farrow. Then in 1970 he landed a starring role in the hit movie “Love Story”, which established him in Hollywood. O’Neal was an amateur boxer before he turned to acting, and established a respectable record Golden Gloves competitions. These days, O’Neal has a recurring role on the TV show “Bones”, playing the title character’s father.

6. Energy food component : CARB

Only relatively small amounts of carbohydrate can be stored by the human body, but those stores are important. The actual storage molecule is a starch-like polysaccharide called glycogen, which is found mainly in the liver and muscles. Glycogen is a quick source of energy when required by the body. Most of the body’s energy is stored in the form of fat, a more compact substance that is mobilized less rapidly. Endurance athletes often eat meals high in carbohydrate (carbo-loading) a few hours before an event, so that their body’s glycogen is at optimum levels.

8. The Eagle, for one : LUN(AR M)ODULE

In the Apollo program, the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) was the vehicle that actually landed on the moon and returned the astronauts to the command module that was orbiting overhead. The third LEM built was named “Spider”, and it participated in the Apollo 9 mission which tested the functionality of the LEM design in space. The fourth LEM was called “Snoopy” and it flew around the moon in the Apollo 10 mission, the dress rehearsal for the upcoming moon landing. Apollo 11’s LEM was called “Eagle” and it brought Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to and from the moon’s surface. Another famous LEM was Apollo 13’s Aquarius. Although Aquarius never landed on the moon, it did serve as a “lifeboat” for the three astronauts after the explosive rupture of an oxygen canister in the Service Module.

9. PC screen type : LCD

Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) are the screens that are found in most laptops today, and in flat panel computer screens and some televisions. LCD monitors basically replaced Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) screens, the old television technology.

10. Lizard that can shed its tail : SKINK

Skinks are lizards with relatively small legs and without a pronounced neck. Most skink species have long tails that they can shed if it is grabbed by a predator. The tail can then be regenerated.

11. Pro’s opposite : TYRO

A tyro (also “tiro”) is a beginner or a novice. “Tyro” comes into English from Latin, in which “tiro” means “a recruit”.

12. Book after Joel : AMOS

Amos is one of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible.

13. Actor Auberjonois : RENE

René Auberjonois is an American actor. Auberjonois’ most famous role on the big screen was Father Mulcahy in the movie “M*A*S*H”.

23. Athens rival : SPARTA

Sparta was a city-state in ancient Greece that was famous for her military might. Spartan children had a tough upbringing, and newborn babies were bathed in wine to see if the child was strong enough to survive. Every child was presented to a council of elders that decided if the baby was suitable for rearing. Those children deemed too puny were executed by tossing them into a chasm. We’ve been using the term “spartan” to describe something self-disciplined or austere since the 1600s.

27. “Downton Abbey” countess : CORA

In the incredibly successful period drama “Downton Abbey”, the patriarch of the family living at Downton is Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham or Lord Grantham. The character is played by Hugh Bonneville. Lord Grantham married American Cora Levinson (played by Elizabeth McGovern. Lord and Lady Grantham had three daughters, and no son. The lack of a male heir implied that the Grantham estate would pass to a male cousin, and out of the immediate family. The Grantham daughters are Lady Mary (played by Michelle Dockery), Lady Edith (played by Laura Carmichael) and Lady Sybil (played by Jessica Brown Findlay). Lady Sybil had the audacity to marry the family chauffeur, an Irish nationalist. The shame of it all …

37. Syrup source : SUG(AR M)APLE

The sugar maple is the state tree of New York, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It is also the primary source of maple syrup.

42. Georgetown cager : HOYA

The athletic teams of Georgetown University are known as the Hoyas. The name is derived from “Hoya Saxa”, a traditional cheer yelled out at Georgetown games as far back as 1893. The term is a mixture of Greek and Latin, with the Greek word “hoya” meaning “such” or “what”, and “saxa” translating from Latin as “rocks” or “small stones”. The cheer is usually rendered in English as “what rocks!”.

46. Critter in the same family as chipmunks and squirrels : MARMOT

Marmots are large ground squirrels. Included in the genus is the famous groundhog, but not the prairie dog.

50. Like Miss Muffet’s fare : CURDY

“Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey”, in the popular nursery rhyme. A tuffet is a low seat or a footstool, another word for a pouffe or a hassock. When milk curdles it separates into two parts, the solid curds and the liquid whey. Then “along came a spider and sat down beside her”.

54. Tolkien race : ENTS

Ents are those tree-like creatures that live in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth in his series of books “The Lord of the Rings”. “Ent” is an Old English word for “giant”.

56. Tableland : MESA

“What’s the difference between a butte and a mesa?” Both are hills with flat tops, but a mesa has a top that is wider than it is tall. A butte is a much narrower formation, taller than it is wide.

58. Genetic messenger : RNA

Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) is an essential catalyst in the manufacture of proteins in the body. The genetic code in DNA determines the sequence of amino acids that make up each protein. That sequence is read in DNA by messenger RNA, and amino acids are delivered for protein manufacture in the correct sequence by what is called transfer RNA. The amino acids are then formed into proteins by ribosomal RNA.

62. Top at the shore : BRA

The origin of the word “bikini”, a type of bathing suit, seems very uncertain. My favorite story is that it is named after the Bikini Atoll, site of American A-bomb tests in the forties and fifties. The name “bikini” was chosen for the swim-wear because of the “explosive” effect it had on men who saw a woman wearing the garment!

63. Outback runner : EMU

In Australia, the land outside of urban area is referred to as the outback or the bush. That said, I think that the term “outback” can also be used for the more remote parts of the bush.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Welcome site : MAT

4. One may be nervous : TIC

7. Best of the best : ALL-STAR

14. It hasn’t been analyzed yet : RAW DATA

16. Lottery winner’s comment : LUCKY ME!

17. Shutterbug : SHOOTER

18. Fireplace fixture : ANDIRON

19. Like a vertebral region : LUMBAR

21. Meddle, with “around” : NOSE

22. Biblical songs : PSALMS

25. Splotchy garment : SMOCK

28. Calendar abbr. : APR

29. Blow : MISDO

30. Suffix with star or tsar : -DOM

33. Flimsy : LAME

35. U.K. fliers : RAF

36. Bearish? : URSINE

38. Twists : IRONIES

40. Couple in the news each December : CLAUSES

41. Like tennis rackets : STRUNG

42. Color property : HUE

43. They go with guys : GALS

44. Stable diet : HAY

45. Item from a mill? : RUMOR

47. Singer/songwriter Carly __ Jepsen : RAE

48. Secure, as a ship’s line : BELAY

49. Rascals : SCAMPS

52. Hook’s right hand : SMEE

55. Intensify : RAMP UP

57. Seven-piece Chinese puzzle : TANGRAM

60. Stud location : EARLOBE

64. Shakespearean merchant : ANTONIO

65. Like some baseball pitches … and a hint to locating the second part of four three-part puzzle answers : SIDEARM

66. Unified whole : GESTALT

67. To some degree : ANY

68. Upsilon preceder : TAU

Down

1. Dash or Doubtfire : MRS

2. Sound of relief : AAH!

3. Number missing, in a way, from “4 = 16” : TWO

4. Ryan’s daughter : TATUM

5. Chairperson’s list : ITEMS

6. Energy food component : CARB

7. Snooze buttons stop them : ALARMS

8. The Eagle, for one : LUN(AR M)ODULE

9. PC screen type : LCD

10. Lizard that can shed its tail : SKINK

11. Pro’s opposite : TYRO

12. Book after Joel : AMOS

13. Actor Auberjonois : RENE

15. McDonald’s offering for tight budgets : DOLL(AR M)ENU

20. “Dream on!” : AS IF!

22. Lacking color : PALISH

23. Athens rival : SPARTA

24. Weapons source : ARMORY

27. “Downton Abbey” countess : CORA

29. Uno __: Juan’s “one more” : MAS

30. Captivate : DISARM

31. A quarter mile, maybe : ONE LAP

32. Cans of worms : MESSES

35. Post office standard : REGUL(AR M)AIL

37. Syrup source : SUG(AR M)APLE

39. Memo opener : IN RE

40. Lowlife : CUR

42. Georgetown cager : HOYA

46. Critter in the same family as chipmunks and squirrels : MARMOT

48. Conceived : BEGOT

49. New World colonizer : SPAIN

50. Like Miss Muffet’s fare : CURDY

52. Guys-only : STAG

53. Locks in a barn : MANE

54. Tolkien race : ENTS

56. Tableland : MESA

58. Genetic messenger : RNA

61. Muffin choice : OAT

62. Top at the shore : BRA

63. Outback runner : EMU

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LA Times Crossword Answers 17 Mar 17, Friday










Constructed by: Paul Coulter

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Front to Back

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day, everyone! Today’s themed answers are formed by taking the front letters of a well-known word, and placing them at the end of the answer:

  • 16A. Laboratory scam? : SCIENCE CON (from “conscience”)
  • 28A. Snubbing a testimonial? : TRIBUTE DIS (from “distribute”)
  • 45A. John Deere rep? : TRACTOR PRO (from “protractor”)
  • 61A. Ordinary law office employee? : NORMAL PARA (from “paranormal”)

Bill’s time: 11m 26s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

6. Grand Prix component : ESS

That would be an s-bend in the course.

Even though the term is used in many competitions, I think that we most associate “Grand Prix” with the series of Formula One motor races. These Formula One Grand Prix races trace their roots back to organized automobile road races from one French town to the next that date back to 1894. “Grand Prix” translates from French as “grand, big prize.”

13. Adult insect : IMAGO

The imago is an intermediate stage in the development of an insect. All four stages are embryo, larva, pupa and imago.

14. Prefix with data : META-

“Metadata” is usually defined as “data about data”. The classic example is the card catalog of a library. The catalog is a set of data about a collection of books. Each entry in the catalog is data about a specific publication.

15. Subject preceder : IN RE

The term “in re” is Latin, derived from “in” (in) and “res” (thing, matter). “In re” literally means “in the matter”, and is used to mean “in regard to”, or “in the matter of”.

18. Saves, say : STAT

That would be baseball.

20. Like some flushes : ACE-HIGH

In the game of poker, a “flush” is a hand with all cards in the same suit.

24. Spike TV, once : TNN

Spike TV was a 2003 relaunch of The Nashville Network (TNN) and was marketed as the first television channel for men. The station owners ran into trouble though as the director Spike Lee sued, claiming that viewers would assume he was associated with the channel because of the use of “Spike”. The suit was settled when Lee concluded that there was no intention to trade on his name.

25. Nile threats : ASPS

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

28. Snubbing a testimonial? : TRIBUTE DIS (from “distribute”)

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

35. B to C, e.g. : SEMITONE

In western music, an octave is composed of twelve notes, twelve semitones.

40. Pres. when Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was decided : DDE

Dwight D. Eisenhower (DDE)

Brown v. Board of Education was the US Supreme Court Case that established the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for black and white students. Oliver L. Brown was one of thirteen parents who filed a class action suit against the Topeka, Kansas Board of Education on behalf of their twenty children. The suit called for the city to reverse its racial segregation policy. The final decision by the US Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, was unanimous in rejecting segregation.

41. “The Social Contract” author : ROUSSEAU

“The Social Contract” is a 1762 book by philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau that contains the famous phrase “man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains”. Rousseau expanded on this idea, asserting that the modern commercial society represses the freedom of individuals. His solution was to organize a political community divided into the sovereign and the government. The sovereign was the whole population and it had complete legislative authority. The government dealt with the application of law. A government that exceeded its boundaries could be abolished by the people, and a new government appointed.

45. John Deere rep? : TRACTOR PRO (from “protractor”)

John Deere invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837. Prior to Deere’s invention, farmers used an iron or wooden plow that constantly had to be cleaned as rich soil stuck to its surfaces. The cast-steel plow was revolutionary as its smooth sides solved the problem of “stickiness”. The Deere company that John founded uses the slogan “Nothing Runs Like a Deere”, and has a leaping deer as its logo.

48. Old Nair rival : NEET

The hair removal product “Neet” was launched in Canada in 1901, and was also sold as “Immac”. Today it is sold under the name “Veet”.

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”.

50. Mozart opera ending : TUTTE

Mozart’s comic opera “Così fan tutte” is also known in English as “The School for Lovers”. The literal translation of the opera’s title is “Thus do all (women)”, or “Women are like that”.

52. Spendthrift : WASTREL

A “wastrel” is a spendthrift, someone who doesn’t “waste” much.

56. Hospital test : MRI SCAN

MRI scans can be daunting for many people as they usually involve the patient lying inside a tube with the imaging magnet surrounding the body. Additionally, the scan can take up to 40 minutes in some cases. There are some open MRI scanners available that help prevent a feeling of claustrophobia. However, the image produced by open scanners are of lower quality as they operate at lower magnetic fields.

60. Large deep-water fish : OPAH

Opah is the more correct name for the fish also known as the sunfish, moonfish or Jerusalem haddock. I’ve seen one in the Monterrey Aquarium. It is one huge fish …

61. Ordinary law office employee? : NORMAL PARA (from “paranormal”)

A paralegal (sometimes just “para”) is someone who is trained in legal matters sufficiently to assist a lawyer. A paralegal cannot engage in the practice of law and must be supervised by a qualified lawyer.

63. Actor Auberjonois : RENE

René Auberjonois is an American actor. Auberjonois’ most famous role on the big screen was Father Mulcahy in the movie “M*A*S*H”.

67. Case breaker, perhaps : DNA

I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the DNA of living things is so very similar across different species. Human DNA is almost exactly the same for every individual (to the degree of 99.9%). However, those small differences are sufficient to distinguish one individual from another, and to determine whether or not individuals are close family relations.

Down

2. 1979 disco classic : 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 …

5. Philanthropist, e.g. : DONOR

Philanthropy is a concern for human welfare, and the act of donating to persons or groups who support such concerns. The term derives from the Greek “phil-” meaning “loving”, and “anthropos” meaning “mankind”.

6. Common Market letters : EEC

The European Economic Community (EEC) was also called “the Common Market”. The EEC was a NAFTA-like structure that was eventually absorbed into today’s European Union (EU).

7. Ancient colonnade : STOA

A stoa was a covered walkway in Ancient Greece. A stoa usually consisted of columns lining the side of a building or buildings, with another row of columns defining the other side of the walkway. The columns supported a roof. Often stoae would surround marketplaces in large cities.

8. Sacred sites : SANCTUMS

A “sanctum” (plural “sancta”) is a private place where one can hide away without fear of intrusion. I love my sanctum …

12. First family member : SETH

According to the Bible, Adam and Eve had several children, although only the first three are mentioned by name: Cain, Abel and Seth.

26. Monterrey title : SENOR

Monterrey is a Mexican city, the capital of the state of Nuevo Leon in the northeast of the country. Monterrey is the second largest city in Mexico in terms of area, but third largest in terms of population (the largest area city in the country is Mexico City, and the most populous are Mexico City and Guadalajara).

27. “The Taming of the Shrew” setting : PADUA

The city of Padua is in northern Italy, not far from Venice. Padua has many claims to fame. Galileo was one of the lecturers at the University of Padua, for example. And, William Shakespeare chose the city as the setting for his play “The Taming of the Shrew”.

William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is about a courting couple. The male is Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and the female is Katharina, the so-called “shrew”. As the play progresses, the “shrew” is “tamed” and becomes an “obedient” bride … a controversial storyline in the contemporary world, to say the least. Regardless, modern adaptations have been made, including 1948’s Broadway musical “Kiss Me Kate” and the 1999 romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You”.

29. Obsessive idea metaphor : BEE

As in “a bee in one’s bonnet”.

30. Caravan assembler : DODGE

The Caravan is a minivan that has been manufactured by Dodge since the model year 1984. It is basically the same vehicle as the Chrysler Town and Country.

31. Common Sundance entry : INDIE

The Sundance film festival is the largest independent film event in the country, and takes place every year around the Sundance Resort near Provo, Utah. The festival has its roots in the Utah/US Film Festival which started in Salt Lake City in 1978. Management of the festival was taken over by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute in 1985. The festival has became a bit of a media feeding frenzy in recent years, as a lot of A-list celebrities attend. The Festival organizers introduced a “Focus on Film” campaign in 2007 to try to offset some of the madness.

39. Fold, spindle or mutilate : MAR

The phrase “do not fold, spindle or mutilate” first appeared on IBM punched cards. It was a warning to users to treat the cards unlike other items of paper, not folding them, stapling them, not impaling them on a spindle.

44. Buck : ONE-SPOT

“Buck” and “clam” are both slang terms for “a dollar”. The term “buck” has been around at least since 1856, and is thought to derive from the tradition of using buckskin as a unit of trade with Native Americans during the frontier days. It has been suggested that “clam” has a similar derivation, a throwback to the supposed use of clams as units of currency in ancient cultures.

46. Gin __ : RUMMY

Gin rummy is a variant of the slower game of standard rummy and was introduced in 1909 by one Elwood Baker and his son.

47. Other, in Oaxaca : OTRA

Oaxaca is a state in the southern part of Mexico on the Pacific coast. The state takes the name of Oaxaca, its largest city.

58. Jack-in-the-pulpit family : ARUM

Jack-in-the-pulpit is a perennial plant native to eastern North America. It’s a nasty plant though and contains oxalic acid, a compound that can be very painful if ingested and that can even cause death if taken in sufficient quantities.

62. The ANC’s country : RSA

The Republic of South Africa (RSA)

The African National Congress (ANC) started out as the South African Native National Congress in 1912 with the goal of improving the lot of black South Africans. After years of turmoil, the ANC came to power in the first open election in 1964.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. “Oopsy” : MY BAD

6. Grand Prix component : ESS

9. In things : FADS

13. Adult insect : IMAGO

14. Prefix with data : META-

15. Subject preceder : IN RE

16. Laboratory scam? : SCIENCE CON (from “conscience”)

18. Saves, say : STAT

19. Challenge : CALL OUT

20. Like some flushes : ACE-HIGH

22. Missed the mark : ERRED

24. Spike TV, once : TNN

25. Nile threats : ASPS

28. Snubbing a testimonial? : TRIBUTE DIS (from “distribute”)

33. Take for a while : LEASE

35. B to C, e.g. : SEMITONE

36. Call off : END

37. Something shared on a plane : ARMREST

40. Pres. when Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was decided : DDE

41. “The Social Contract” author : ROUSSEAU

43. Hindu ascetics : YOGIS

45. John Deere rep? : TRACTOR PRO (from “protractor”)

48. Old Nair rival : NEET

49. “You betcha!” : YEP!

50. Mozart opera ending : TUTTE

52. Spendthrift : WASTREL

56. Hospital test : MRI SCAN

60. Large deep-water fish : OPAH

61. Ordinary law office employee? : NORMAL PARA (from “paranormal”)

63. Actor Auberjonois : RENE

64. Relaxed : EASY

65. Refresh, as a cup of coffee : TOP UP

66. Participants in some awkward meetings : EXES

67. Case breaker, perhaps : DNA

68. Flower holders : STEMS

Down

1. Category for non-recurring pd. bills : MISC

2. 1979 disco classic : YMCA

3. Payment that’s posted : BAIL

4. Eternal : AGELESS

5. Philanthropist, e.g. : DONOR

6. Common Market letters : EEC

7. Ancient colonnade : STOA

8. Sacred sites : SANCTUMS

9. Stocking stuff : FISHNET

10. Not backing : ANTI

11. Party pooper : DRAG

12. First family member : SETH

14. Poet’s concern : METER

17. Short : CURT

21. Being : ENTITY

23. Throw into turmoil : DISRUPT

25. On the ball : ALERT

26. Monterrey title : SENOR

27. “The Taming of the Shrew” setting : PADUA

29. Obsessive idea metaphor : BEE

30. Caravan assembler : DODGE

31. Common Sundance entry : INDIE

32. Notice from Shakespeare? : SEEST

34. Time for eggs : EASTER

38. Worked on, as a cold case : REOPENED

39. Fold, spindle or mutilate : MAR

42. Crop cutters : SCYTHES

44. Buck : ONE-SPOT

46. Gin __ : RUMMY

47. Other, in Oaxaca : OTRA

51. Slopes : TILTS

52. Had on : WORE

53. Top : APEX

54. Fit to be tried : SANE

55. Student’s request : LOAN

57. Vacation spot : CAPE

58. Jack-in-the-pulpit family : ARUM

59. Gets caught off guard : NAPS

62. The ANC’s country : RSA

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