LA Times Crossword Answers 20 Feb 16, Saturday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: C.C. Burnikel
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 12m 20s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
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1. Siri counterpart GOOGLE NOW
Google’s personal assistant is known as “Google Now”. It is a direct competitor of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. I think Google Now wins out over the other digital personal assistants, as it makes better use of information that Google has already collected about the user. I suppose there’s good and bad in that regard …

10. Inst. with a weekly “Big Picture Science” radio program SETI
SETI is the name given to a number of projects that are searching for extraterrestrial life. The acronym stands for “search for extraterrestrial intelligence”. One of the main SETI activities is the monitoring of electromagnetic radiation (such as radio waves) reaching the Earth in the hope of finding a transmission from a civilization in another world.

15. Demonym that may have a second “a” UTAHN
A Utahn or Utahan is someone from Utah.

A demonym is a term used for natives of a geographical location, with that term being derived from the name of that particular location. For example the Irish come from Ireland, and the Americans come from America.

18. One of the Noldor, in Tolkien ELF
In Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the Noldor are elves who live in Eldamar.

20. Kind of red MERLOT
Merlot is one of the main grapes used to make Bordeaux wines, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

25. Child expert LeShan EDA
Eda LeShan wrote “When Your Child Drives You Crazy”, and was host of the PBS television show “How Do Your Children Grow?”

29. Dropbox’s blue box, for one ICON
Dropbox is a big name in the world of cloud data storage.

30. More, to Nadal MAS
“Mas” is Spanish for “more”.

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is a Spanish tennis player, noted for his expertise on clay courts, earning him the nickname “The King of Clay”.

32. Chain with day care PETSMART
PetSmart is a chain of retail facilities offering supplies and services for pets. The chain opened in 1987 as the PetFood Warehouse. Services offered include grooming, dog training, boarding and day care.

34. Lollygag LOITER
To lollygag (also “lallygag”) is to dawdle, to dally.

41. First name in couture YVES
Yves Saint-Laurent (YSL) was a French fashion designer, actually born in Algeria. Saint-Laurent started off working as an assistant to Christian Dior at the age of 17. Dior died just four years later, and as a very young man Saint-Laurent was named head of the House of Dior. However, in 1950 Saint-Laurent was conscripted into the French Army and ended up in a military hospital after suffering a mental breakdown from the hazing inflicted on him by his fellow soldiers. His treatment included electroshock therapy and administration of sedatives and psychoactive drugs. He was eventually released from the army, managed to pull his life back together and started his own fashion house. A remarkable story …

“Haute couture”, literally “high dressmaking” in French, is a name given to the creation of exclusive fashions. A couturier is someone who creates or sells such fashions.

42. Brand at 32-Across IAMS
Iams dog food was produced by the animal nutritionist Paul Iams. He felt that household pets were suffering somewhat by being fed a diet of table scraps, so he developed a dry dog food that he felt was more nutritious and suitable for pet dogs. He founded the Iams company, now part of Procter & Gamble, in 1946.

48. Child support org. PTA
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

52. Schools abroad LYCEES
Attending is the “lycée” is the last stage of secondary education in France.

54. Genre of the late David Bowie GLAM
David Bowie was the stage name of English singer David Jones. Bowie adopted the alter ego Ziggy Stardust during his glam rock phase in the 1970s. Sadly, Bowie passed away from liver cancer in early 2016.

56. Dove shape BAR
The Dove Bar is an ice cream bar that was distributed locally in Chicago from 1956 until 1985, when Mars purchased the brand and made it available nationally.

57. “Iron Chef America” host Brown ALTON
Alton Brown is a celebrity chef who is behind the Food Network show “Good Eats”, and the host of “Iron Chef America”.

“Iron Chef” is a Japanese cooking show that has been broadcast since 1993. The original Japanese show was dubbed for airing in English-speaking countries and became a surprising hit around the world. There are now spin-off shows around the world including “Iron Chef America” and “Iron Chef UK”.

60. Hunger Games competitors TEENS
“The Hunger Games” is a 2008 novel by Suzanne Collins, the first in a trilogy of titles that also includes “Catching Fire” (2009) and “Mockingjay” (2010). “The Hunger Games” was adapted into a very successful movie released in 2012, with the sequels following soon after. Amazon.com reports more sales of “The Hunger Games” series books than even the “Harry Potter” series.

61. “We don’t promise you a rose garden” sloganeer US MARINES
The US Marines used a recruitment poster in the seventies and eighties that showed a drill instructor with his stern-looking face just inches away from the face of a recruit, and the words “We don’t promise you a rose garden” written underneath. The photo features Marine Sergeant and drill instructor Chuck Taliano, and was taken just a few weeks before Taliano was released from active duty in 1968.

63. Tom Jones hit written by Paul Anka SHE’S A LADY
“She’s a Lady” is a 1971 song composed by Paul Anka and released by Tom Jones.

Tom Jones, now he has a real voice and is a great showman. I saw him in Las Vegas many, many moons ago, one of the best Vegas shows I’ve ever attended. Although Tom Jones is a carefully selected stage name (he was born Thomas Woodward) the name isn’t too far from reality as Jones is his mother’s maiden name. The stage name was chosen by his manager to capitalize on the appeal of “Tom Jones”, a filmed version of the Henry Fielding novel that was having a successful run at the time. The name also emphasized Tom’s Welsh roots, as Jones is a very common name in Wales.

Canadian-born Paul Anka’s big hit was in 1957, the song entitled “Diana”. Anka was the subject of a much-lauded documentary film in 1962 called “Lonely Boy”.

Down
1. Lead source GALENA
Galena is the most commonly used mineral to produce lead. It is a form of lead sulfide. Galena is the state mineral of Missouri and of Wisconsin.

2. Spotted cat OCELOT
The ocelot is found mainly in South and Central America, although there have been sightings as far north as Arkansas. An ocelot doesn’t look too different from a domestic cat, and some have been kept as pets. Perhaps most famously, Salvador Dali had one that he carried around everywhere with him.

4. Alfa Romeo sports cars GTS
The “Alfa” in Alfa Romeo is actually an acronym, standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (“Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company”). ALFA was an enterprise founded in 1909 and which was taken over by Nicola Romeo in 1915. In 1920 the company name was changed to Alfa Romeo.

5. More, to minimalists LESS
I regard myself as a minimalist, despite the volume of drivel that I produce in this blog each day. More is less …

6. Flash ECLAT
“Éclat” can mean a brilliant show of success, or the applause or accolade that one receives. The word derives from the French “éclater” meaning “to splinter, burst out”.

10. Heineken logo feature STAR
The label on a bottle of Heineken beer includes a red star logo. The red star was a symbol used by European brewers in the Middle Ages. During the Cold War, the red star came to have a negative connotation, an association with communism. So for several years, Heineken used a white star with a red outline as a logo.

12. Name meaning “God’s gift” THEODORE
Our name “Theodore” comes from the Greek name “Theodoros”. In turn, “Theodoros” comes from the Greek “theos” (god) and “doron” (gift), so the name means “God’s gift”.

15. Tweeter, say USER
I have never tweeted in my life, and have no immediate plans to do so (but one should never say “never”). Twitter is a microblogging service that limits any post sent to just 140 characters. In a sense, it is similar to this blog. Here I send out a post once a day containing information that I think might be useful to folks (thank you for reading!). I don’t think I could send out much of interest using just 140 characters.

27. Icel. is its only member without a standing army NATO
Although Iceland is the only member of NATO without a standing army, it does have a military consisting mainly of the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Iceland Crisis Response Unit.

31. Soap, for example SERIES
The original soap operas were radio dramas back in the fifties. Given the structure of society back then, the daytime broadcasts were aimed at housewives working in the home. For some reason the sponsors of those radio shows, and the television shows that followed, were soap manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers. And that’s how the “soap” opera got its name …

33. Short stops? STAS
Station (sta.)

34. She played Arwen Undómiel in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy LIV TYLER
Actress and model Liv Tyler is the daughter of Steven Tyler, lead singer with Aerosmith, and Bebe Buell, a celebrated model and singer. Liv Tyler plays the Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

35. Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” e.g. ONE-ACTER
“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” is a play by Edward Albee that was first performed in 2002, on Broadway. The rather incongruous title refers to a goat with whom the hero of the piece falls in love. “Who is Sylvia?” is the name of a song from William Shakespeare’s play “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”.

36. Enjoy The Atlantic READ
“The Atlantic” magazine was founded in 1857 in Boston as “The Atlantic Monthly”. The impressive list of founding sponsors of included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe. I guess double-barreled names were all the go back then …

38. Government nutrition guide MYPLATE
The first food guide pyramid was issued in 1974, in Sweden. The food pyramid that we’re most familiar with in this country is the one published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1992, which was replaced in 2011. Instead of a pyramid, we now have a guide called MyPlate (available on the website ChooseMyPlate.gov). MyPlate urges us to eat about 30% grains, 30% vegetables, 20% fruits, 20% proteins on our plates, accompanied by a small serving of dairy.

43. Wilde tragedy SALOME
“Salomé” is an 1891 play by Irishman Oscar Wilde that he originally wrote in French. It tells the biblical story of Salome who requested the head of John the Baptist in return for performing the dance of the seven veils. Wilde’s work was adapted by Richard Strauss into an opera of the same name that was premiered in Dresden in 1905.

45. Roger Ebert’s Illinois birthplace URBANA
Urbana is an Illinois city that is home to most of the campus of the University of Illinois. The city was named in 1833 after Urbana, Ohio, the hometown of State Senator John Vance who provided the names for both the surrounding county of Champaign and the county’s seat of justice, Urbana.

47. Reason for Luther’s excommunication HERESY
The branch of Protestant Christianity known as Lutheranism has its roots in the 1521 Diet of Worms. The Diet of Worms was a meeting of the Imperial States of the Holy Roman Empire that took place in the small town of Worms on the Rhine River in Germany. The main item on the agenda was discussion off the the 95 theses of Martin Luther. Luther was summoned to the meeting, and found to be guilty of heresy.

49. Target section MEN’S
Target Corporation was founded by George Draper Dayton in 1902 in Minneapolis, Minnesota as Dayton Dry Goods Company. Dayton developed into a department store, and the company opened up a discount store chain in 1962, calling it Target. Today Target is the second-largest discount retailer in the country, after Walmart.

55. “The Social Network” actress Rooney __ MARA
The actress Rooney Mara is noted for her role in the 2010 film “The Social Network” and more recently for the title role in the 2011 hit movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Mara has American Football in her blood. Her mother’s family founded the Pittsburgh Steelers and her father’s family founded the New York Giants.

If you’ve seen the 2010 movie “The Social Network”, you’ll know about the turmoil that surrounded the launch of the website Facebook. The company’s co-founders are Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). The way things are portrayed in the movie, Saverin was poorly treated by Zuckerberg after the “sharks” moved in, i.e. the professional investors. Supposedly Saverin’s stock position in the company was diluted “without his knowledge” from 34% to about 5%, to the benefit of the remaining investors.

58. Gloomy one GUS
The original “Gloomy Gus” was a pessimistic character in newspaper comics in the early 1900s, introduced by illustrator Frederick Burr.

59. Pickles on “Rugrats” DIL
Tommy Pickles is the protagonist on the Nickelodeon cartoon show “Rugrats”. Dil Pickles is Tommy’s younger brother.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Siri counterpart GOOGLE NOW
10. Inst. with a weekly “Big Picture Science” radio program SETI
14. Short-term hospital service ACUTE CARE
15. Demonym that may have a second “a” UTAHN
16. Ignores LETS SLIDE
17. Wise guys SAGES
18. One of the Noldor, in Tolkien ELF
19. Pitcher’s goal SALE
20. Kind of red MERLOT
21. Dark genre NOIR
23. Holy __ TERROR
25. Child expert LeShan EDA
26. When many take breaks AT TEN
28. Work with a partner DUET
29. Dropbox’s blue box, for one ICON
30. More, to Nadal MAS
32. Chain with day care PETSMART
34. Lollygag LOITER
37. Stay in the cooler DO TIME
38. Refreshing ice cream with blended cookies MINT OREO
40. Mattress problem SAG
41. First name in couture YVES
42. Brand at 32-Across IAMS
44. “Pipe down!” SHUSH!
48. Child support org. PTA
49. Road safety feature MEDIAN
51. Family __ TREE
52. Schools abroad LYCEES
54. Genre of the late David Bowie GLAM
56. Dove shape BAR
57. “Iron Chef America” host Brown ALTON
58. Step out GO ON A DATE
60. Hunger Games competitors TEENS
61. “We don’t promise you a rose garden” sloganeer US MARINES
62. Transposes letters, say ERRS
63. Tom Jones hit written by Paul Anka SHE’S A LADY

Down
1. Lead source GALENA
2. Spotted cat OCELOT
3. Company OUTFIT
4. Alfa Romeo sports cars GTS
5. More, to minimalists LESS
6. Flash ECLAT
7. Got down pat NAILED
8. Diner kitchen shout ORDER UP!
9. Minute WEE
10. Heineken logo feature STAR
11. It’s trained on a nest EAGLE CAM
12. Name meaning “God’s gift” THEODORE
13. Flash INSTANT
15. Tweeter, say USER
20. Phrases on seals MOTTOS
22. Sends in REMITS
24. Musical piece REED
27. Icel. is its only member without a standing army NATO
29. “Perhaps” I MIGHT
31. Soap, for example SERIES
33. Short stops? STAS
34. She played Arwen Undómiel in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy LIV TYLER
35. Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” e.g. ONE-ACTER
36. Enjoy The Atlantic READ
38. Government nutrition guide MYPLATE
39. “Holy cow!” OMIGOSH!
43. Wilde tragedy SALOME
45. Roger Ebert’s Illinois birthplace URBANA
46. Ready for dinner SEATED
47. Reason for Luther’s excommunication HERESY
49. Target section MEN’S
50. Family matriarchs NANAS
53. Ages EONS
55. “The Social Network” actress Rooney __ MARA
58. Gloomy one GUS
59. Pickles on “Rugrats” DIL

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11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 20 Feb 16, Saturday”

  1. A tough one. Had IVES for YVES and ELTON for ALTON (I figured the setter was looking for a variation on _____ John) so MIPLETE remained a mystery — until Bill came to the rescue.

  2. What happened to our friendly neighbohood setter, CC Burnikel? Apparently she grew fangs. A Saturday puzzle and a tough one at that. I might have finished it unaided if I even had half a clue about modern movies and tv stuff.

    I did think OMIGOSH was kind of unfair although I did find it in the Urban Dictionary as is. I was so sure of the "Y" in "my" that MEDIAN was hard for me to get.

    I wonder if the Diet of Worms shows up on MY PLATE? A new set of "what's good for us" guidelines comes out annually. That means there have been about 52 different paradigms of what's good for me since I was born, yet the human body hasn't really changed at all.

    So I get amused when the media and some people get all excited to see what's good for us THIS year when the guidelines come out. I think milk and coffee have been on and off that list about 30 times each. I've been in good condition my entire life and the only guideline I use is "everything in moderation and exercise regularly". There – I just put about a thousand researchers out of business..

    Best –

  3. Letter by letter this came to (thoroughly struck over) fruition. I never got into any sort of rhythm. 15 Down had me hung up for a long time, and as others have pointed out "omigosh" only yielded finally when I got "median" going across. I don't know how Bill solved this in 12 minutes and change. I am beyond impressed (awed) by that time. Wow!

    See you all back here either tomorrow or probably Monday for both the big grid and Monday's puzzle all in one go.

  4. I agree that Bill's times for solving are amazing, but I think one can place too much emphasis thereon. To me, accuracy far outweighs time, especially when completing the puzzle with pencil and paper as opposed to online.

  5. Two ways to view minimalism: In architecture it is "less is more" although Buckminster Fuller coined "Doing more with less". In abstract expressionist art, however it is usually "more is less". Take your pick. There is a subtle difference between the two.

  6. @Jeff and Mararonijack – I get sick of it all. Hubster went off his Prilosec because of reports it caused all sorts of diseases. Then he became very sick. So back on what works as per reports from one's own body.

    One of the few long words that came without Google for me was THEODORE. Sixty years ago, I lost an infant sister. When my parents had another right away she was named Dorothy, which, like THEODORE, means gift of God.

    I met Mr. Fuller a half century ago, and was all agog. My philosophy professor, on the other hand, couldn't stand him. Geodesic domes appeared all over the place, even in Upstate NY. Only one is left.

  7. @Bill

    I think you meant to write that Yves was released from the hospital, rather than prison, before he went on to form his own fashion house.

    -Dirk

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