LA Times Crossword Answers 11 Jan 14, Saturday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Timothy L. Meaker
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 19m 41s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
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1. ’70s quartet consisting of two married couples ABBA
I am an unapologetic fan of ABBA’s music. ABBA was of course the Swedish group who topped the charts in the seventies and eighties. The name ABBA is an acronym formed from the first letters of the given names of each of the band members: Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid. Early in their careers, the four fell in love and formed two married couples: Agnetha and Bjorn, and Benny and Anni-Frid. However, at the height of their success, the relationships became strained and both couples divorced.

5. Wall St. strategy LBO
A leveraged buyout (LBO) is a transaction in which an investor acquires a controlling volume of stock in a company, but buys that stock with borrowed funds (hence “leveraged”). Often the assets of the acquired company are used as collateral for the borrowed money. There is a special form of LBO known as a management buyout (MBO) in which the company’s own management team purchases the controlling interest.

8. Addams family nickname TISH
Gomez and Morticia (“Tish”) Addams were the parents in “The Addams Family”, a creation of the cartoonist Charles Addams. In the sixties television show, Gomez was played by John Astin and Morticia was played by Carolyn Jones.

12. 1964 Glenn Ford/Geraldine Page romantic comedy DEAR HEART
“Dear Heart” is a 1964 romantic comedy starring Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page. The film is perhaps best remembered for its theme song, which was performed by Andy Williams and written by Henry Mancini, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. “Dear Heart” the song won the 1964 Oscar for Best Original Song.

17. Laura of “ER” INNES
Laura Innes is actress who is best known for playing Dr. Kerry Weaver on the long-running TV show “ER”. She also played the lead role of Sophia in the short-running TV drama “The Event” in 2010-2011.

“ER” is a TV medical drama that was created by successful novelist and screenwriter MIchael Crichton. The show had an original run of 15 seasons and featured quit a cast of actors who came and went over time. The cast included Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Eriq La Salle, Julianna Margulies and Angela Bassett.

22. Sequence often seen above WXYZ MNO
The letters MNO are found on the 6-key of a telephone keypad.

23. Training systs. RRS
I think that the reference here is to trains and railroads (RRs), but I’m not sure.

30. __-Turkish War ITALO
The Italo-Turkish War was fought between the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Italy from September 1911 and October 1912. At the end of the conflict the Ottoman Empire ceded to Italy the three provinces of Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. These provinces became Italian North Africa, and ultimately the country that we know today as Libya.

31. __ polloi HOI
“Hoi polloi” is a Greek term, literally meaning “the majority, the many”. In English, “hoi polloi” has come to mean “the masses” and is often used in a derogatory sense.

35. 1948 Literature Nobelist TS ELIOT
The author T. S. Eliot was the son of Henry Ware Eliot and Charlotte Champe Stearns, so his full name was Thomas Stearns Eliot (TSE).

38. Actress Ryan IRENE
Irene Ryan was the wonderful American actress who played “Granny” on “The Beverly Hillbillies”. Ryan was remarkable in that she had a successful career in vaudeville, on radio and television, on film and on Broadway.

40. Paris pronoun ELLE
In French, “elle” is the word “she” and “her”.

43. They’re not gentlemen CADS
Our word “cad”, meaning “a person lacking in finer feelings”, is a shortening of the word “cadet”. “Cad” was first used for a servant, and then students at British universities used “cad” as a term for a boy from the local town. “Cad” took on its current meaning in the 1830s.

44. Letters concerning available space SRO
Standing room only (SRO).

47. “All greased up and ready to sing” ’70s-’80s TV hosts SHA NA NA
Do you remember the band “Johnny Casino & The Gamblers” in the movie “Grease”? That was actually the real-world group Sha Na Na. Johnny Casino & the Gamblers sang “Those Magic Changes” at the high school dance, in between “Rock’N Roll Is Here to Stay” and “Hound Dog”. Sha Na Na got together in the sixties and are still performing today.

49. Early NASA probe MARINER
NASA’s Mariner program was a series of probes launched into space to investigate Mars, Venus and Mercury. There were ten Mariner probes launched in all (three were lost, though), and Mariner 11 and 12 evolved into the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.

53. Delhi tongue HINDI
New Delhi is the capital city of India. New Delhi resides within the National Capital Territory of Delhi (otherwise known as the metropolis of Delhi). New Delhi and Delhi, therefore, are two different things.

54. Ben & Jerry’s, e.g. TRADE NAME
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield did a correspondence course on ice-cream making in 1977 given by Pennsylvania State University’s Creamery. The following year they opened an ice cream parlor in an old gas station in Burlington, Vermont. Today Ben & Jerry’s has locations in over 20 countries around the world, and theirs was the first brand ice-cream to go into space.

58. Road to the Forum ITER
“Iter” is the Latin for “road”.

The Roman forum was the public space in the middle of a city, taking it’s name from the Latin word “forum” meaning “marketplace, town square”.

59. With 21-Across, Cyndi Lauper hit SHE
(21A. See 59-Across BOP)
“She Bop” is a hit song released by Cyndi Lauper in 1984. The song was considered controversial because of the sexual nature of the lyrics. In fact, Lauper claims that she recorded the vocal track while she was naked.

If you’ve ever heard Cyndi Lauper speaking, you’d know that she was from Queens, New York. She is the daughter of divorced parents, strongly influenced by a supportive mother. She was always a free spirit, and even as young teen in the mid-sixties she dyed her hair different colors and wore outlandish fashions. She was a young woman who wanted to “find herself”, and to that end she once spent two weeks alone in the woods up in Canada, well, just with her dog.

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3. “Hulk” star Eric BANA
Eric Bana is an Australian actor who enjoyed a successful career in his home country before breaking into Hollywood playing an American Delta Force sergeant in “Black Hawk Down”. A couple of years later he played the lead in Ang Lee’s 2003 movie “The Hulk”, the role of Dr Bruce Banner. More recently he played the Romulan villain Nero, in the 2009 “Star Trek” movie.

“Hulk” is a superhero film that was released in 2003, directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana. The creator of the Hulk comic book character was the renowned Stan Lee. Lee had a cameo in the film as a security guard. Another security guard was played by Lou Ferrigno, who played the Hulk in the 1970s TV series.

6. 100 satang BAHT
The baht is the currency of Thailand, and is subdivided into 100 satang.

8. Much of Siberia TUNDRA
Tundra is an ecosystem that is treeless, or very nearly so. There are three types of tundra. Arctic and Antarctic tundra can’t support the growth of trees as the ground is pretty much frozen. Alpine tundra cannot support tree-growth due to high altitude.

Siberia is a vast area in Northern Asia. The region’s industrial development started with the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway from 1891 to 1916, which linked Siberia to Russia in the west.

9. Focus of a 1990 psychology best-seller INNER CHILD
The concept of the “wounded inner child” was popularized by the pop psychologist and author John Bradshaw. Bradshaw suggested that many issues in adulthood were due to unresolved childhood experiences.

15. Narrow inlet RIA
A drowned valley might be called a ria or a fjord, both formed as sea level rises. A ria is a drowned valley created by river erosion, and a fjord is a drowned valley created by glaciation.

20. Much December radio fare NOELS
“Noël” is the French word for the Christmas season, ultimately coming from the Latin word for “birth” (natalis). Noel has come to be used as an alternative name for a Christmas carol.

25. Idaho/Wyoming landscape TETON RANGE
Grand Teton National Park is located just south of Yellowstone NP, and a must see if you are visiting the latter. The park is named after the tallest peak in the magnificent Teton Range known as Grand Teton. The origins of the name “Teton” is not very clear, although my favorite story is that it was named by French trappers, as the word “tetons” in French means “breasts”!

33. Start of an early Grafton title B IS
Sue Grafton writes detective novels, and her “alphabet series” features the private investigator Kinsey Millhone. She started off with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982 and is working her way through the alphabet, most recently publishing “’W’ is for Wasted” in 2009. What a clever naming system!

34. Victim of Artemis ORION
There are many versions of the death of Orion at the hands of Artemis. Orion was a great hunter, and companion of the goddess Artemis. Some versions of the tale describe Artemis being tricked into killing Orion.

39. Great Plains st. NEB
The Great Plains lie between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains in North America. This vast grassland is called “the Prairies” in Canada.

43. Jazz contemporary of Hancock and Jarrett COREA
Chick Corea is an American jazz pianist. Corea is noted for his work in the area of jazz fusion, as well as for his promotion of Scientology.

Herbie Hancock is a jazz pianist from Chicago who was notably a member of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet. Hancock started out as a classical pianist, and was considered to be a child prodigy. IN 1952 when he was 11 years old, Hancock played the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Keith Jarrett is a jazz pianist from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Jarrett has a parallel career as a classical pianist and composer.

46. 1998 World Series player PADRE
The San Diego Padres were founded in 1969. The Padres took their name from a Minor League team that had been in the the city since 1936. The name is Spanish for “fathers” and is a reference to the Franciscan Friars from Spain who founded San Diego in 1769.

47. Feng __ SHUI
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese tradition of arranging objects, buildings and other structures in a manner that is said to improve the lives of the individuals living in or using the space. “Feng shui” translates as “wind-water”, a reference to the belief that positive and negative life forces ride the wind and scatter, but are retained when they encounter water.

49. Fermat’s forte MATH
Pierre de Fermat was a lawyer and mathematician from France. He is famous for what is now called “Fermat’s Last Theorem”, which states that no three positive integers can satisfy the equation an + bn = cn for any value of n greater than 2. Fermat suggested this was true in a note in the margin of an ancient Greek text called “Arithmetica”. The note claimed that he had a proof, but it was too large to fit in the margin, and he did not leave the proof anywhere else. It took 358 years for someone to come up with a proof, in 1995.

50. Hair-removal brand 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”.

51. 1815 title character who “thought a little too well of herself” EMMA
“Emma” is just a wonderful novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1815. I had the privilege a few years ago of attending the premiere of “Emma”, a delightful musical adaptation for the stage. If you ever get the chance to see it, I highly recommend it …

55. Med. orders RXS
There seems to some uncertainty about the origin of the symbol “Rx” that’s used for a medical prescription. One explanation is that it comes from the astrological sign for Jupiter, a symbol put on prescriptions in days of old to invoke Jupiter’s blessing to help a patient recover.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. ’70s quartet consisting of two married couples ABBA
5. Wall St. strategy LBO
8. Addams family nickname TISH
12. 1964 Glenn Ford/Geraldine Page romantic comedy DEAR HEART
15. Seek protection from RUN TO
16. Cub leader DEN MOTHER
17. Laura of “ER” INNES
18. Wait STAY PUT
19. All thumbs UNADEPT
21. See 59-Across BOP
22. Sequence often seen above WXYZ MNO
23. Training systs. RRS
24. Words with end or angle AT AN
26. Get real FACE FACTS
29. They may be tapped ALES
30. __-Turkish War ITALO
31. __ polloi HOI
32. Portable storage container TOTE BOX
35. 1948 Literature Nobelist TS ELIOT
37. “Well, well!” OHO!
38. Actress Ryan IRENE
40. Paris pronoun ELLE
41. Complex MANY-SIDED
43. They’re not gentlemen CADS
44. Letters concerning available space SRO
45. Eye ORB
46. Sci-fi escape craft POD
47. “All greased up and ready to sing” ’70s-’80s TV hosts SHA NA NA
49. Early NASA probe MARINER
53. Delhi tongue HINDI
54. Ben & Jerry’s, e.g. TRADE NAME
56. Advocated URGED
57. Deadlock breaker EXTRA TIME
58. Road to the Forum ITER
59. With 21-Across, Cyndi Lauper hit SHE
60. More than just thought-over ORAL

Down
1. Puts in ADDS
2. Red shade BEET
3. “Hulk” star Eric BANA
4. Where to see major decisions? ARMY BASE
5. Slacken LET UP
6. 100 satang BAHT
7. No ordinary rock ORE
8. Much of Siberia TUNDRA
9. Focus of a 1990 psychology best-seller INNER CHILD
10. Reach extenders STEPSTOOLS
11. Party person HOST
13. Hayride invite HOP ON
14. Shortened TRUNCATED
15. Narrow inlet RIA
20. Much December radio fare NOELS
22. Showerside item MAT
24. Colorful top ALOHA SHIRT
25. Idaho/Wyoming landscape TETON RANGE
26. Loan offer FIXED RATE
27. Opponent FOE
28. Web extension? SITE
29. Energy source ATOM
33. Start of an early Grafton title B IS
34. Victim of Artemis ORION
36. Provide a segue for LEAD INTO
39. Great Plains st. NEB
42. Over there YONDER
43. Jazz contemporary of Hancock and Jarrett COREA
46. 1998 World Series player PADRE
47. Feng __ SHUI
48. Support AID
49. Fermat’s forte MATH
50. Hair-removal brand NAIR
51. 1815 title character who “thought a little too well of herself” EMMA
52. Stagger REEL
55. Med. orders RXS

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2 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 11 Jan 14, Saturday”

  1. Hi Bill and Dabbler and Addict from yesterday.
    The day just got away from me and I shirked my Marketing responsibilities.
    Yesterday was clever and doable. I typed that phrase many times on our old Tower ( I think) typewriter.
    Today was brutal. No comment.

  2. Hi there, Pookie.

    I wonder how many of us have used true typewriters. Once we got up to any speed at all, the keys would jam as one letter couldn't get out of the way fast enough before the next one arrived. Computers really are good things … 🙂

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