LA Times Crossword Answers 19 Sep 15, Saturday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: C.C. Burnikel
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 11m 49s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. 2003 documentary set in the Philippines IMELDA
“Imelda” is a 2003 documentary about the Former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. Famously, Imelda points out in the film that when she was forced into exile in Hawaii in 1986, she took 3,000 pairs of shoes with her. Marcos was allowed to return to the Philippines in 1991. Many moons ago I spent a couple of very happy years living in Manila in the Philippines. I had an apartment there, and residing in the apartment building next door was Imelda Marcos, along with all of her shoes I assume …

7. Emulates Cassandra PREDICTS
I think Cassandra is such a great name, translating from Greek as “she who entangles men”. The Cassandra of Greek mythology was so beautiful that Apollo gave her the gift of prophecy. There is another story though, that she gained her gift as a seer by spending the night in Apollo’s temple where snakes licked her ears clean so that she could hear the future. Ugh …

16. ’70s “SNL” parody BABA WAWA
Barbara Walters was originally quite upset at the caricature of her performed by Saturday Night Live star, Gilda Radner. She took offense at Radner exaggerating her speech impediment, which of course led to the name “Baba Wawa” being used for “Barbara Walters”. However, when she saw that her own daughter found the skit to be hilarious, Barbara decided that she needed to lighten up.

22. Tenor Carreras JOSE
José Carreras is a celebrated tenor from Barcelona who is perhaps best known to a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors, alongside Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

23. Name meaning “young warrior” in Old Norse SVEN
Sven is a Scandinavian name. “Sven” is derived from the Old Norse word for “young man” or “young warrior”.

27. Term used by President Xi Jinping in promoting long-range goals for his people CHINESE DREAM
President Xi Jinping of China has been associated with the phrase “Chinese Dream”, a slogan that he started to use in 2012. President Jinping’s description of the Chinese Dream includes an appeal to young people, who should “dare to dream, work assiduously to fulfill the dreams and contribute to the revitalization of the nation.” It is said that the phrase was inspired by the phrase “American Dream”.

China has both a president and a premier. The president is the head of state, and is the person who appoints the premier. Xi Jinping is the current President of China, and Li Keqiang is the current Premier, with both having taken office in March 2013.

30. Coll. supervisors RAS
RAs are resident assistants or resident advisers, the peer leaders found in residence halls, particularly on a college campus.

32. Saws ADAGES
A “saw” is an adage, an old saying.

36. Dossier shorthand AKA
Also known as (a.k.a.)

A “dossier” is a collection of papers with information about a person or subject. “Dossier” is a French term meaning “bundle of papers”. The French word comes from the word “dos” meaning “back”. It is suggested that the term “dossier” arose as there was usually a label on the back (dos) of the bundle.

37. Bass, e.g. ALE
The red triangle on the label of a bottle of Bass Ale was registered in 1875 and is UK Registered Trade Mark (TM) No: 00001, the first trademark issued in the world.

38. Magic, on scoreboards ORL
The Orlando Magic basketball team was formed in 1989 as an NBA expansion team. A local paper was asked to run a competition to suggest names for the new team and the community came up with its four top picks of “Heat”, “Tropics”, “Juice” and “Magic”. A committee then opted for “Orlando Magic”. A good choice I think …

42. Artist who wrote “Diary of a Genius” DALI
The famous surrealist painter Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, Spain. I had the privilege of visiting the Dalí Museum in Figueres some years ago, just north of Barcelona. If you ever get the chance, it’s a “must see” as it really is a quite magnificent building with a fascinating collection.

44. 1994 Ben Stiller comedy REALITY BITES
Ben Stiller is the son of actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Ben is perhaps as well-known as a director as he is an actor. He made his debut as a director in the film “Reality Bites” in 1994.

47. Corrosive fluids LYES
What we call “lye” is usually sodium hydroxide, although historically the term was used for potassium hydroxide. Lye has many uses, including to cure several foodstuffs. Lye can make olives less bitter, for example. The chemical is also found in canned mandarin oranges, pretzels and Japanese ramen noodles. More concentrated grades of lye are used to clear drains and clean ovens. Scary …

49. Kyrgyzstan province OSH
Osh is the second largest city in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan (after the capital Bishkek). Osh was a center of silk production and lies along the old Silk Road, the trade route that traversed Asia.

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia that is a former Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). The country name’s root “Kyrgyz” translates as “We are forty”. This a reference to the forty united clans in the region that united under a legendary hero named Manas. The Kyrgyzstan flag also features a sun with forty rays, a further reference to the clans.

50. Span. titles SRAS
The equivalent of “Mrs.” in French is “Mme.” (Madame) and in Spanish is “Sra.” (Señora).

51. Pianist Templeton ALEC
Alec Templeton was a composer and pianist from Cardiff in Wales. Active from the 1930s to the early 1960s, Templeton played mainly classical and jazz music. He was also blind, and had been so from birth.

54. Toronado, for one OLDS
The Oldsmobile Toronado was produced by GM from 1966 to 1992.

56. Orange County seat SANTA ANA
Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County, California and takes its name from the Santa Ana River that runs through the city.

60. Adds to the database, redundantly ENTERS IN
When working with a database, one might “enter” information, “put in” information. ONe really shouldn’t “enter in” information, because the “in” is redundant.

61. Key of Beethoven’s Ninth D MINOR
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is his wonderful “Choral” symphony. When it was composed in 1824 it was the first time that a major composer had used voices in a symphony. By the time of the Ninth’s premier, Beethoven was essentially deaf. He insisted on sharing the stage with the musical director (who was conducting), and was visibly counting out time but was off by quite a few measures. When the last notes were played there was enthusiastic applause, although Beethoven was still conducting. The lead contralto had to walk over to Beethoven, stop him, and turn him to the audience to receive his adulation.

Down
1. Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, for one IMAM
An imam is a Muslim leader, often the person in charge of a mosque or perhaps a Muslim community.

Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais is the imam of the Masjid al-Haram, the Great Mosque of Mecca.

The largest mosque in the world is Al-Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca, sometimes referred to in English as the Sacred Mosque or the Grand Mosque. Al-Masjid Al-Haram is home to the Kaaba, the most sacred location in Islam. Muslims face in the direction of the Kaaba when performing formal worship known as Salat.

3. Permits to leave EXIT VISAS
A visa is a usually a stamp in one’s passport, an indication that one is authorized to enter (or sometimes leave) 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”.

5. 2000 Richard Gere role DR T
The 2000 movie “Dr. T & the Women” is a pretty good film, starring Richard Gere in the title role. There can’t be many romantic comedies about gynecologists …

6. Little help? ASST
Assistant (asst.)

7. “Curious George” media brand PBS KIDS
Children’s programming on the Public Broadcasting Service has gone by the name “PBS Kids” since 1994.

Curious George is a character in a series of children’s books written by Hans Augusto and Margret Rey. The couple wrote the original stories in Paris, taking the manuscripts with them as they fled from the city ahead of the German invasion, in 1940.

8. Like “American Hustle” RATED R
“American Hustle” is a 2013 movie with a plotline that is loosely based on the famous FBI ABSCAM sting of the late seventies and early eighties. The film stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced to work with an FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper.

9. “Proof of Heaven” author Alexander EBEN
Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon who a near-death experience in a meningitis-induced coma in 2008. He wrote a 2012 book titled “Proof of Heaven” that details his memories from that experience.

10. Fist bump DAP
The dap is a form of handshake, nowadays often a complicated and showy routine of fist-bumps, slaps and shakes. Some say that “dap” is an acronym standing for “Dignity And Pride”.

The fist bump is that tapping of fists together as a form of greeting. It is a more “hip” version of a handshake, a might be called a “pounding of flesh”.

11. Battle site commemorated on a 3-cent stamp IWO JIMA
Iwo Jima is a volcanic island located south of Tokyo that today is uninhabited. The name is Japanese for “Sulfur Island”, referring to the sulfur mining on which Iwo Jima’s economy once depended. There were about a thousand Japanese civilians living on the island prior to WWII. In 1944, there was a massive influx of Japanese military personnel in anticipation of the inevitable US invasion. As the Japanese military moved in, the civilians were forced out and no one has lived there since.

The Marine Corps War Memorial at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery is often referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial. Famously, the memorial is a statue depicting six serviceman raising a US flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima of WWII. The statue is based on a memorable photograph taken during the battle by Joe Rosenthal. The memorial was dedicated by President Eisenhower in 1954. The same scene was used on a 3-cent stamp first issued on July 11, 1945.

12. Vixia camcorder maker CANON
Canon’s Vixia line of camcorders are tapeless models that use digital memory cards for storage. They were introduced in 2008.

14. Fill up SATE
“Sate” is a variant of the older word “satiate”. Both terms can mean either to satisfy an appetite fully, or to eat to excess.

21. “Skyfall” singer ADELE
Adele is the stage name of English singer Adele Adkins. Adele’s debut album is “19”, named after the age she was during the album’s production. Her second album was even more successful than the first. Called “21”, the second album was released three years after the first, when Adele was three years older.

I have not been a fan of Daniel Craig as James Bond (preferring Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan in the role). However, I saw “Skyfall” when it first came out and have been won over. “Skyfall” is one of the best Bond films so far, in my humble opinion. And Adele’s rendition of the title song is an added plus …

26. Improvisational game MAD LIBS
Mad Libs is a word game, mostly played by children in America. The idea is that one player provides a list of words which are then inserted into blank spots in a story, usually with hilarious results (they say!).

28. Hot stuff SALSA
“Salsa” is simply Spanish for “sauce”.

34. Show unwelcome interest EAVESDROP
To “eavesdrop” is to listen in on someone else’s conversation without being invited to do so. The term comes from the practice of spies loitering in the area just outside the walls of a house, particularly in the “eavesdrip”, the ground close to a house that catches the drips of rainwater falling from the eaves of the roof.

35. Notre Dame figs. STES
“Sainte” (ste.) is French for “saint”, when referring to a female.

Notre Dame de Paris is the spectacular Gothic cathedral that sits on the Île de la Cité, one of the islands in the middle on the River Seine in Paris. Notre Dame is home to many beautiful and significant artifacts, the most famous of which is the Crown of Thorns supposedly worn by Jesus Christ at his execution, placed in the cathedral in 1239. It’s also home to some magnificent gargoyles on the roof, and you can climb up to the roof and take a very close look at them.

45. Canadian dollar coin LOONIE
The great northern loon is the provincial bird of Ontario, and the state bird of Minnesota. The loon once appeared on Canadian $20 bills and also appears on the Canadian one-dollar coin, giving the coin the nickname “the Loonie”.

47. Peruvian prairie LLANO
“Llano” is the Spanish word for “plain”.

48. Tovah Feldshuh Broadway role YENTL
Tovah Feldshuh is an American actress, who first experienced real celebrity after playing Helena Slomova in the miniseries “Holocaust” in 1978. She had the leading role in “Yentl” on Broadway, a role later to be played by Barbra Streisand on the big screen. She also appeared in the 1985 movie version of “Brewster’s Millions” alongside Richard Pryor.

52. Use a beam on LASE
The term “laser” is an acronym standing for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation” (LASER). It has been pointed out that a more precise name for laser technology is “Light Oscillation by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”, but the resulting acronym isn’t quite so appealing, namely LOSER …

53. Radamès’ love AIDA
“Aida” is the famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi, actually based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Mariette also designed the costumes and stages for the opening performance. The opera was first staged in 1871 in an opera house in Cairo. In the storyline, Aida is an Ethiopian princess brought into Egypt as a slave. Radamès is an Egyptian commander who falls in love with her, and then of course complications arise!

55. Rockefeller Center muralist SERT
Catalan artist Josep Maria Sert was commissioned to paint a large mural for the west wall of the Grand Lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The work is titled “American Progress”, and features likenesses of Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

59. Safari maker GMC
The Chevrolet Astro is a minivan that GM made from 1985 to 2005. The same car was also sold as the GMC Safari.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. 2003 documentary set in the Philippines IMELDA
7. Emulates Cassandra PREDICTS
15. Studio technicians MIXERS
16. ’70s “SNL” parody BABA WAWA
17. In-demand groups A-LISTS
18. Late order? STEP ON IT
19. Trading ctrs. MKTS
20. Reserved TAKEN
22. Tenor Carreras JOSE
23. Name meaning “young warrior” in Old Norse SVEN
25. Finished DID
26. Money maker MINT
27. Term used by President Xi Jinping in promoting long-range goals for his people CHINESE DREAM
30. Coll. supervisors RAS
31. Misses at the hoedown GALS
32. Saws ADAGES
36. Dossier shorthand AKA
37. Bass, e.g. ALE
38. Magic, on scoreboards ORL
39. Meal opener OAT-
40. Plagues BESETS
42. Artist who wrote “Diary of a Genius” DALI
43. “__ seen worse” I’VE
44. 1994 Ben Stiller comedy REALITY BITES
47. Corrosive fluids LYES
49. Kyrgyzstan province OSH
50. Span. titles SRAS
51. Pianist Templeton ALEC
52. Mucho LOTSA
54. Toronado, for one OLDS
56. Orange County seat SANTA ANA
58. Let slide IGNORE
60. Adds to the database, redundantly ENTERS IN
61. Key of Beethoven’s Ninth D MINOR
62. Nerve condition? COLD FEET
63. Take ACCEPT

Down
1. Saudi Arabia’s Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, for one IMAM
2. Parlor cooler MILK SHAKE
3. Permits to leave EXIT VISAS
4. Taper off LESSEN
5. 2000 Richard Gere role DR T
6. Little help? ASST
7. “Curious George” media brand PBS KIDS
8. Like “American Hustle” RATED R
9. “Proof of Heaven” author Alexander EBEN
10. Fist bump DAP
11. Battle site commemorated on a 3-cent stamp IWO JIMA
12. Vixia camcorder maker CANON
13. Plot thickener TWIST
14. Fill up SATE
21. “Skyfall” singer ADELE
24. Cancels out NEGATES
26. Improvisational game MAD LIBS
27. __ cake CRAB
28. Hot stuff SALSA
29. Like some retirements EARLY
33. Solo GO IT ALONE
34. Show unwelcome interest EAVESDROP
35. Notre Dame figs. STES
38. Courtroom procedures OATHS
41. Put up ERECTED
42. Cold DISTANT
45. Canadian dollar coin LOONIE
46. Having a 13-Down IRONIC
47. Peruvian prairie LLANO
48. Tovah Feldshuh Broadway role YENTL
51. “Wait __!” A SEC
52. Use a beam on LASE
53. Radamès’ love AIDA
55. Rockefeller Center muralist SERT
57. “Walk me!” ARF!
59. Safari maker GMC

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14 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 19 Sep 15, Saturday”

  1. This was probably not a particularly difficult Saturday puzzle, but I was feeling sluggish and a lot of the intentionally easy clues (e.g. REALITY BITES) were things I just didn't know. Add in a few musical and art references and I was sunk. I suspect others had an easier time of it than I did. The whole puzzle was just out of my comfort zone. Oh well, that's why I do these…..uuhhh…I guess.

    IRONIC is one of my pet peeve words. It's one of the most misused words in the English language. Among many other misuses, people use it all the time as a synonym for the word "coincidence" – e.g.
    "How ironic we also met here last year"….UGH!

    I tore my hamstring 8 weeks ago doing an exercise intended to help me avoid injuries. THAT is ironic. And btw- I'm about 90% recovered from that injury. I hear the last 10% can take forever to heal. Like most men, I'm a big baby when sick or injured so I've been difficult to be around the last 8 weeks….ok MORE difficult than usual.

    Best –

  2. @Jeff:

    Your take on IRONIC reminds me of a "smart" joke I once heard:

    The other day my friend was telling me that I didn’t understand what irony meant. . . . Which is ironic, because we were standing at a bus stop.

  3. @macaronijack
    LOL. Good one. I always have to rethink that joke for me to "re-get" it. Twists my mind around.

    It's similar to: You don't understand the word "literally" even though I have explained it to you literally a billion times!!

  4. DNF. Didn't do too well with Burnikel Weekend Part 1. (Sunday's grid is by her too, I'll see how I end up on that one by then).

  5. This puzzle fell into place after I finally stopped trying to shoehorn in magma's then lava's for 28 Down. By the time I finally got the right answer (salsa) this looked like a oil tanker's worth of ink had been spilled on those 5 little spaces.

    Hope you all have a really nice weekend. All I know about "irony" is that when I'm feeling anemic I takes me "irony" pills and eats me spinach!

    Just one other questions. Bill, how in the heck did you do this puzzle in 11 minutes and change? Unreal.

  6. Never heard of DAP. But I remember back in 2008 when Michelle and Barack Obama gave each other a fist bump (dap), Fox New's E.D. Hill described it as a "terrorist fist jab".

    Of the Saints statures displayed at Notre Dame, my favorite is St Denis. He is portrayed holding his head in his hands. Legend is that he was beheaded, then carried his head 6 miles across Paris preaching repentance all the way. Could happen 🙂

  7. Hi Bill and friends!
    Another DNF due to the NE corner.
    Pretty good guesses throughout the puzzle, but CASSANDRA is unknown.
    Will I EVER remember DR T ????
    Could someone explain Macaronijack's joke? I keep reading it and still don't get it.

  8. @Pookie
    I know. It makes no sense….which is actually the point. The joke is his friend was telling him that he didn't know what "ironic" meant. His comment saying it was ironic because they were standing at the bus stop proves that, in fact, he has no idea what ironic means – as being at the bus stop isn't ironic at all. The irony, then, is that while complaining about the comment his friend was making about not understanding the word, he proves that his friend is actually correct. Perfect irony…..

    Is your head spinning yet? 🙂

  9. …and so in proving with his words that he doesn't know what ironic means, he is being ironic….ironically.

    Macaronijack – let me know if I missed any levels of that joke.

    Now MY head is spinning

  10. …and so in proving with his words that he doesn't know what ironic means, he is being ironic….ironically.
    ROTFLMAO!!!!
    I just laughed out loud and said, "No, I still don't get it"
    I'll try reading your answer again….
    and again and again. ^0^

  11. This seems so much easier in my head than when I actually try to verbalize it. How about this summarized in one sentence:

    Ironically, the words themselves that the man used to attempt to show he knew what ironic meant actually showed he didn't know what it meant; however, while proving that he didn't know what it meant, he was, indeed, being ironic in reality – which in itself is also ironic.

    Did that help or make it worse?

  12. Hahahahahahahah!

    Oh Jeff, I haven't laughed out loud like this in a long time!
    Yes, it's sinking in now, but I like your example of irony doing an exercise to avoid injuries and getting injured.
    And I sure hope you get well 100%.
    Thank you for 'splainin' the joke.
    Maybe this is why I can't finish a Saturday. ^0^ It takes "thinking out of the box".

  13. I did horribly on the puzzle, but macaronijack's joke made it worthwhile. First 2x's thru I thought "that makes no sense" but I finally saw that was the irony, and then I LOL'd every time! Hubby had to come see what I was giggling abt. Thanks!

    Bella

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