LA Times Crossword Answers 24 Sep 15, Thursday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Timothy L. Meaker
THEME: Elevator at the End … each of today’s themed answers ends with a word than often follows ELEVATOR:

66A. Office building feature, which can precede the ends of the answers to starred clues ELEVATOR

1A. *Subject of a San Francisco museum CABLE CAR (giving “elevator car”)
37A. *Unpretentious OLD-SHOE (giving “elevator shoe”)
12D. *Torque-providing component DRIVE SHAFT (giving “elevator shaft”)
28D. *Big band genre SWING MUSIC (giving “elevator music”)

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 6m 34s
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1. *Subject of a San Francisco museum CABLE CAR (giving “elevator car”)
The Cable Car Museum in San Francisco is a little special in that it is housed in the same complex as the city’s cable car power house. While touring the museum, visitors can look out over the power house and see the huge haulage cables heading out to the streets to pull the cars up all of those steep hills.

20. Honorary law deg. LLD
The honorary degree of Legum Doctor (LL.D.) translates from the Latin as Doctor of Laws, a plural. This practice of using the plural originated in Cambridge University in England, as one was awarded an LL.D. after having been taught both Canon Law and Civil Law.

21. Debussy contemporary RAVEL
Maurice Ravel was a great French composer of the Romantic Era. His most famous piece of music by far is his “Bolero”, the success of which he found somewhat irksome as he thought it to be a trivial work. Personally though, I love minimalism and simplicity …

Claude Debussy is one of my favorite composers, one who epitomises the Romantic Era and Impressionist Movement in music. One of my favorite CDs is a collection of some “lighter” Debussy pieces called “Debussy for Daydreaming”, and what an evocative collection it is. Included are “Syrinx”, “Maid with the Flaxen Hair”, “Rêverie” and everyone’s favorite, “Clair de Lune”.

22. December purchase for many TREE
The custom of decorating trees at Christmas seems to have originated in Renaissance Germany. Those first trees were placed in guildhalls and were decorated with sweets and candy for the apprentices and children. After the Protestant Reformation, the Christmas tree became an alternative in Protestant homes for the Roman Catholic Christmas cribs. The Christmas tree tradition was imported into Britain by the royal family because of its German heritage. That tradition spread from Britain into North America.

24. Singer Lenya married to Kurt Weill LOTTE
Lotte Lenya was an Austrian singer and actress. She was married to composer Kurt Weill, and was noted for her performances of his works. Late in her career she played Rosa Klebb, one of the main villains in the 1963 Bond movie “From Russia With Love”. Klebb was the character who had the knife that popped out from the toe of her shoe.

30. “¿Cómo __?” ESTA
“Cómo está?” is Spanish for “how are you, how’s it going?”

33. Egyptian city on the Nile ASWAN
The Egyptian city of Aswan lies in the south of the country, on the River Nile. Aswan is famous for its stone quarries, going back to ancient times. The most celebrated granite rock from the area is called syenite. Stone from Aswan was shipped northwards along the Nile and used in the construction of the pyramids.

36. Deflategate letters PSI
Deflategate is the name given to accusations that someone associated with the New England Patriots supplied under-inflated balls for NFL games to give Patriots an advantage. The NFL suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games for his involvement, and fined the Patriots $1 million.

37. *Unpretentious OLD-SHOE (giving “elevator shoe”)
“Old shoe” is an informal term for someone or something that is familiar and comfortable.

40. 1970 Jackson 5 chart topper ABC
“ABC” topped the charts for the Jackson 5 in 1970, and might perhaps be called the Jackson 5’s signature tune.

The Jackson 5 singing group was originally made up of brothers Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.

41. __ Andreas Fault SAN
The famous San Andreas Fault in California lies along the boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. The faultline was named in 1885 after a small lake just south of San Francisco called Laguna de San Andreas.

42. Works in un museo ARTE
In Spanish, one sees works of art (arte) in a museum (un museo).

43. M16, for one RIFLE
The M16 is a modified version of the ArmaLite Ar-15 rifle that is specially produced for the US military. The US military started using the M16 in 1963 during the Vietnam War, although it has largely been replaced by the M4 carbine, which is shorter and lighter.

47. Half a Western couple ROY
Cowboy actor and singer Roy Rogers’ real name was Leonard Franklin Slye, and his nickname was “King of the Cowboys”. Roy Rogers married Dale Evans in 1947. Evans’ nickname was “Queen of the West”.

51. Fermented beverage usually served warm SAKE
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”. It is indeed made from rice, but it is a brewed rather than fermented and so is more like a beer than a wine.

54. N.L. East team ATL
The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have won baseball’s World Series in three different home cities. They won as the Boston Braves in 1914, the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and the Atlanta Braves in 1995.

55. Nutritional stat RDA
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

63. Bay windows ORIELS
An oriel window is a bay window that projects from a wall, but does not reach all the way to the ground.

Down
1. Right triangle ratio: Abbr. COS
The most familiar trigonometric functions are sine (sin), cosine (cos) and tangent (tan). Each of these is a ratio, a ratio of two sides of a right-angled triangle. The reciprocal of these three functions are cosecant, secant, and cotangent. The reciprocal functions are simply the inverted ratios, the inverted sine (cosec = 1/sin), cosine (sec = 1/cos) and tangent (cot = 1/tan).

4. Lynn with the album “I Remember Patsy” LORETTA
The singer Loretta Lynn is sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Country Music. Lynn was born in 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky to a coal miner and his wife, and so famously is also referred to as “the Coal Miner’s Daughter”. Her much younger sister (by 19 years) is the singer Crystal Gayle.

The album “I Remember Patsy” is a tribute to Patsy Cline that was recorded by Loretta Lynn in 1977.

Patsy Cline was a country music singer who managed to cross over into the world of pop music where she enjoyed great success. Cline is one of a long list of musical legends who died in plane crashes. Cline was 30 years old when she was killed in 1963 in a Piper Comanche plane piloted by her manager, Randy Hughes. Hughes and Cline decided to make that last flight despite warnings of inclement weather, and it was a severe storm that brought down the plane in a forest outside Camden, Tennessee.

5. Phot. lab request ENL
Enlargement (enl.)

8. Sax, e.g. REED
The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax. Sax developed lip cancer at one point in his life, and one has to wonder if his affliction was related to his saxophone playing (I am sure not!). I had the privilege of visiting Sax’s grave in the Cemetery of Montmartre in Paris a few years ago.

13. Salinger title 13-year-old ESME
J. D. Salinger wrote a short story called “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor”, originally published in “The New Yorker” in 1950. It is a story about a young English girl called Esme and an American soldier, and is set in WWII.

23. Clinton’s attorney general RENO
Janet Reno was Attorney General of the US from 1993 to 2001. Reno was the person to hold the office second longest, and was our first female Attorney General. In 2002, Reno ran for Governor of Florida but failed to win the Democratic nomination. Thereafter she retired from public life.

25. Longtime Hydrox competitor OREO
The Oreo cookie was first introduced in 1912. The Oreo was intended to be a competitor to the very similar Hydrox cookie which had debuted four years earlier. The Oreo won the resulting battle on the grocery store shelves …

27. Syrian leader ASSAD
Dr. Bashar al-Assad is the current President of the Syrian Arab Republic and the son of the former President Hafez al-Assad whom he replaced in 2001. President Assad is a medical doctor, speaks fluent English and conversational French. Assad was studying ophthalmology in London when he met his wife, who is an Englishwoman.

34. Data storage medium CD-ROM
CD-ROM stands for “compact disc read only memory”. The name indicates that you can read information from the disc (like a standard music CD for example), but you cannot write to it. You can also buy a CD-RW, which stands for “compact disc – rewritable”, with which you can read data and also write over it multiple times using a suitable CD drive.

38. “Good Morning America” co-anchor Spencer LARA
Lara Spencer has been co-anchor of “Good Morning America” since 2011, working alongside Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. Back in 2004/2005, PBS viewers will have seen Spencer hosting the hit show “Antiques Roadshow”.

39. Composer Satie ERIK
Erik Satie was a French composer most famous for his beautiful composition, the three “Gymnopédies”. I have tried so hard to appreciate other works by Satie but I find them so very different from the minimalist simplicity of the lyrical “Gymnopédies”.

48. Silver __, compound used in film HALIDE
In black and white photography, photographic film and paper both contain tiny silver halide crystals in a layer of emulsion. If the silver ion in the halide is exposed to light then it is converted from an ion into metallic silver. Visually there is no difference at this stage between the light-exposed and unexposed parts of the film/paper. When a liquid developer (such as amidol) is applied, then the metallic silver is reduced, turning the silver into metallic crystals that make up the dark areas of the exposed film or paper. A solution known as a “fixer” is then used to remove unexposed silver halide, hence rendering the image insensitive to further action by light.

50. Perry’s secretary DELLA
Della Street was Perry Mason’s very capable secretary in the Erle Stanley Gardner novels. Street was played in the TV show by the lovely Barbara Hale.

52. J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, e.g. PROS
J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson are both professional golfers.

59. Immigrant’s subj. ESL
English as a Second Language (ESL) is sometimes referred to as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

61. Ariz. neighbor NEV
The official nickname of Nevada is the “Silver State”, a reference to importance of silver ore in the state’s growth and economy. The unofficial nickname is the “Battle Born State”. “Battle Born” is a reference to Nevada being awarded statehood during the American Civil War.

62. Campus org. SOR
Sorority (sor.)

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. *Subject of a San Francisco museum CABLE CAR (giving “elevator car”)
9. Speculate WONDER
15. Intimate meeting ONE-ON-ONE
16. Reluctant AVERSE
17. Five-pointed, say STARLIKE
18. Coordinated health program REGIME
19. Ticked-off state IRE
20. Honorary law deg. LLD
21. Debussy contemporary RAVEL
22. December purchase for many TREE
24. Singer Lenya married to Kurt Weill LOTTE
26. Stood the test of time LASTED
29. Damage MAR
30. “¿Cómo __?” ESTA
33. Egyptian city on the Nile ASWAN
34. Clever CUTE
35. Laugh syllable HAR
36. Deflategate letters PSI
37. *Unpretentious OLD-SHOE (giving “elevator shoe”)
40. 1970 Jackson 5 chart topper ABC
41. __ Andreas Fault SAN
42. Works in un museo ARTE
43. M16, for one RIFLE
45. Sharpen EDGE
47. Half a Western couple ROY
48. Less than broadcast HINTED
49. Polite title MADAM
51. Fermented beverage usually served warm SAKE
52. Take five PAUSE
54. N.L. East team ATL
55. Nutritional stat RDA
58. Steal, Western-style RUSTLE
60. Random way to decide COIN TOSS
63. Bay windows ORIELS
64. Arrived at, Western-style RODE INTO
65. Rite-related SACRAL
66. Office building feature, which can precede the ends of the answers to starred clues ELEVATOR

Down
1. Right triangle ratio: Abbr. COS
2. Naysayer ANTI
3. Really hard test BEAR
4. Lynn with the album “I Remember Patsy” LORETTA
5. Phot. lab request ENL
6. Ready to strike COILED
7. Bracelet site ANKLE
8. Sax, e.g. REED
9. Simple card game WAR
10. Out in the open OVERT
11. Prove false NEGATE
12. *Torque-providing component DRIVE SHAFT (giving “elevator shaft”)
13. Salinger title 13-year-old ESME
14. Rod attachment REEL
23. Clinton’s attorney general RENO
24. Shop class fixture LATHE
25. Longtime Hydrox competitor OREO
26. Run out LAPSE
27. Syrian leader ASSAD
28. *Big band genre SWING MUSIC (giving “elevator music”)
29. Dank MUSTY
31. Set aside TABLE
32. Moved like a pendulum ARCED
34. Data storage medium CD-ROM
38. “Good Morning America” co-anchor Spencer LARA
39. Composer Satie ERIK
44. Sluggishness INERTIA
46. Parade time EASTER
48. Silver __, compound used in film HALIDE
50. Perry’s secretary DELLA
51. Bar patron’s option STOOL
52. J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, e.g. PROS
53. Atmosphere AURA
54. Part of a plot ACRE
56. “Stop it!” DON’T!
57. About AS TO
59. Immigrant’s subj. ESL
61. Ariz. neighbor NEV
62. Campus org. SOR

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8 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 24 Sep 15, Thursday”

  1. This seemed like a very fair Thursday puzzle to me. Not overly difficult and not too simple so it wasn't a challenge.

    Have a great Thursday everyone. Let's see what sort of fear & loathing (a tip of the cap to Hunter S Thompson and Gonzo journalism) Friday strikes into the solving community here on Bill's blog!

  2. @Vidwan I'm still here ^0^
    Too much other time-consuming things yesterday.
    I found a lot of the clues today really difficult.
    I still don't get EDGE for "sharpen".
    HONE totally messed up SWING MUSIC, but I reluctantly put in EDGE. Are we talking lawns here? TRIM would have been a better clue if so.
    My bar patron chose STOUT or STOLI.
    The whole SE corner gave me fits.
    I had SILVER COLLOIDAL stuck in my head.
    What a strange clue: Less than broadcast.
    Past tense answer: HINTED.
    Not much fun today.

  3. Quite a difficult puzzle. Not one of my successful ones.

    I tried Silver 'Chloride', but that was too specific and would not fit – neither would bromide. I never thought of halide. The difference between a chemist and a crossword solver, I guess. One of my first of many unpaid apprenticeships was the filteration and crystallization, of Sodium Thiosulfate, also known as Sodium hyposulfite, which is a preferred 'fixer' for photography. Many, many moons ago.

    Coincidence ! I mentioned sweet Della Street yesterday, or day before. I never saw Perry Mason on TV, or Raymond Burr acting the part, so the image of Della Street was only in my imagination(s).

    Have a nice day, all.

  4. I finished this puzzle with absolutely no errors…….after I cheated. I needed a couple (READ: 4) of googles on this one. I thought they were trying to be clever with Syrian leader. Had HAFEZ (his dad, of course), NFL and CAIRO all fit, but nothing else did. I could live in that parallel crossword universe only so long…..

    @Vidwan
    Liked the Lenin's tomb joke yesterday. How true it is.

    A belated RIP to Yogi Berra who gets crossword references from time to time. he died yesterday at the age of 90. Fittingly his line about "make sure you go to your friends funerals so they will go to yours.." is being quoted a lot these last 2 days. He's known as a NY Yankee, but he is a St. Louisan through and through – born on The Hill (the Italian section of St. Louis that still has some of the best Italian food on the planet).

    He had one of the most amazing careers of any baseball player who ever played the game. And oh by the way – was one of the first to land at Normandy on D-Day. He subsequently earned a purple heart at the ripe old age of 19…THEN he had his Hall of Fame career. Truly amazing.

    Best –

  5. @Jeff – These Yogi-isms weren't sent by a baseball loving friend who is retired in a house he built on the Sea of Cortez about half way down the Baja peninsula.

    1. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

    2. “It’s deja vu all over again.”

    3. “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

    4. “Never answer an anonymous letter.”

    5. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

    6. “You can observe a lot by watching.”

    7. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

    8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”

    9. “It gets late early out here.”

    10. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”

    11. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”

    12. “Pair up in threes.”

    13. “Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.”

    14. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

    15. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”

    16. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

    17. “Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”

    18. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

    19. “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”

    20. “I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”

    21. “I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”

    22. “I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”

    23. “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

    24. “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”

    25. “I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”

    26. “I never said most of the things I said.”

    27. “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

    28. “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”

    29. “I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I’d never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.”

    30. “So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”

    31. “Take it with a grin of salt.”

    32. (On the 1973 Mets) “We were overwhelming underdogs.”

    33. “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”

    34. “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

    35. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

  6. YAY!! Finished with no errors! I'm feeling smug 😀
    At first I struggled with the NW – then CABLE CAR clicked and the rest fell into place.
    @Jeff & Tony, thanks for the Yogi Berra info and quotes. Those Yogi-isms are so funny.
    Still ridiculously hot here in LA…
    Have a wonderful Friday, amigos!

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