LA Times Crossword Answers 8 Apr 16, Friday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: MaryEllen Uthlaut
THEME: Punny Clues … each of today’s themed answers is a common phrase in the form “X FOR Y” but clued in a “punny” way, assuming a different meaning:

19A. *Assist Charles M. Schulz? WORK FOR PEANUTS
32A. *Free ticket given to Target Field players? PASS FOR TWINS
40A. *Timepiece at a stag party? WATCH FOR DEER
53A. *Law office? ROOM FOR DISPUTE

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Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Walks, on scorecards BBS
In baseball, a “walk” is recorded as “BB”, standing for “base on balls”.

4. Rehab hurdle DTS
The episodes of delirium that can accompany withdrawal from alcohol are called Delirium Tremens (the DTs). The literal translation of this Latin phrase is “trembling madness”.

15. Ducks’ home ANAHEIM
The Walt Disney Company founded the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim hockey team in 1993, with the franchise’s name being a nod to the 1992 Disney movie called “The Mighty Ducks”. The name was changed to the Anaheim Ducks when Disney sold the team before the 2006-2007 season.

16. Some Anne Rice novels EROTICA
Anne Rice is an American author of erotic and Gothic novels. She was born Howard Allen O’Brien (no wonder she changed her name!). Her famous series of novels “The Vampire Chronicles” centers on her character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who was turned into a vampire in the 18th century. One of the stories, “Interview with the Vampire”, was adapted for the big screen in 1994 and features Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and others in a star-studded cast. Not my kind of movie though, as I don’t do vampires …

18. Dupes XEROXES
Xerox was founded in 1906 in Rochester, New York and originally made photographic paper and equipment. Real success came for the company in 1959 when it introduced the first plain-paper photocopier. Xerox named Ursula Burns as CEO in 2009, the first African American woman to head up a S&P 100 company. Burn was also the first woman to succeed another female CEO (replacing Anne Mulcahy).

19. *Assist Charles M. Schulz? WORK FOR PEANUTS
Charles M. Schulz was a cartoonist best known for his comic strip “Peanuts” that featured the much-loved characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy. “Peanuts” was so successful, running daily in over 70 countries and 21 languages, that it earned Schulz an estimated 30-40 million dollars annually.

22. Wapiti ELK
The elk (also known as the wapiti) is the one of the largest species of deer in the world, with only the moose being bigger. Early European settlers were familiar with the smaller red deer back in their homelands, so when they saw the “huge” wapiti they assumed it was a moose, and incorrectly gave it the European name for a moose, namely “elk”. The more correct name for the beast is “wapiti”, which means “white rump” in Shawnee. It’s all very confusing …

23. ID checker TSA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created in 2001, soon after the 9/11 attacks. TSA personnel carry out the baggage and body searches at US airports.

24. “__ any drop to drink”: Coleridge NOR
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is an epic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge first published in 1798. The publication of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is said to mark the beginning of the Romantic period of British literature. Perhaps the lines most often quoted from the poem are:

Water, water, every where,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, every where
Nor any drop to drink

32. *Free ticket given to Target Field players? PASS FOR TWINS
Target Field is a baseball park in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to the Minnesota Twins since the stadium opening in 2010. Target Corporation paid an undisclosed sum to get the naming rights of the park. The Target Corporation is headquartered in Minneapolis.

35. Burn soothers ALOES
Aloe vera has a number of alternate names that are descriptive of its efficacy as a medicine. These include the First Aid plant, Wand of Heaven, Silent Healer and Miracle Plant.

38. Modern reaction to a riot? LOL
Laugh out loud (LOL, in text-speak)

39. Group of species GENUS
Taxonomy is the classification of organisms or maybe even just items into groups or categories. We are most familiar with the classification of organisms in the major taxonomic ranks of:

– Life
– Domain
– Kingdom
– Phylum
– Class
– Order
– Family
– Genus
– Species

43. Important Philippines export NICKEL
Nickel is a silver-white metal. It is thought that the Earth’s core is largely made of a mixture of iron and nickel. The metal’s name comes from German mythology, in which Nickel (equivalent to “Old Nick”) was a mischievous sprite. When German copper miners found nickel-containing ore that resembled ore rich in copper, they blamed Nickel for the fact that they could not extract any copper. According to 2012 numbers, the Philippines have the largest supplies of nickel ore in the world, with Indonesia and Australia coming in second and third.

45. Fraction of a joule ERG
An erg is a unit of mechanical work or energy. It is a small unit, as there are 10 million ergs in one joule. it has been suggested that an erg is about the amount of energy required for a mosquito to take off.

50. “My vegetable love should grow / __ than empires … “: Andrew Marvell VASTER
“To His Coy Mistress” is a mid-17th century love poem by English metaphysical poet and politician Andrew Marvell. The poem is a famous “carpe diem” work, in which he pleads with a woman he loves to refrain from spurning him and to respond to his advances. Marvell wants her to “seize the day”.

My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow;
A hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, Lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

59. Home of the god Pan ARCADIA
Pan was the god of shepherds in Greek mythology, and lived in the rustic surroundings of Arcadia. Arcadia was a mountainous region of Ancient Greece, well known for the innocence and contentment of its people who lived a simple, pastoral life. Arcadia has been used ever since as the name of a place offering peace and simplicity.

62. Inning trio ENS
There is a trio of letters N (ens) in the word “inning”.

Down
3. Fan letter? SHORT A
There is a short letter A in the middle of the word “fan”.

5. Industry leaders TYCOONS
Our term “tycoon” meaning powerful business person was originally used by foreigners to describe the shogun of Japan. “Tycoon” was an anglicization of the Japanese “taikun” meaning “great lord or prince”.

7. Converse, e.g. SNEAKER
The Converse shoe company was founded in Malden, Massachusetts in 1908 by one Marquis Mills Converse. The company grew steadily, and introduced its first athletic shoe in 1915, a shoe designed for playing tennis. The Converse brand really took off in 1917 with the launch of a shoe designed especially for basketball, which was called the “All Star”. Basketball player Chuck Taylor really liked the new design and was hired by Converse as a salesman and a spokesman. Taylor suggested a refinement to the design, including a patch on the side to protect the ankle. A star logo (representing the “All-Star” brand) was added to the patch, with Chuck Taylor’s signature being added to the logo as an endorsement in 1923. The Chuck Taylor All-Star became the best selling basketball shoe of all time, and the star became the logo for the Converse company.

9. Quaker pronoun THOU
Members of the Religious Society of Friends are known as “Friends” or “Quakers”. The Christian sect started in England in the 1640s, led by George Fox. The principal tenet at that point was that Christians could have direct experience of Jesus Christ without the mediation of clergy, a reflection of the increasing dissatisfaction with the established church at that time. The term “Quaker” is thought to have been used earlier in reference to foreign religious sects whose followers were given to fits of shaking during religious fervor. Somehow that term became used for members of the Religious Society of Friends.

12. Acute care letters EMS
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

15. Eponymous skater Paulsen AXEL
An Axel is a forward take-off jump in figure skating. It was first performed by Norwegian Axel Paulsen at the 1882 World Figure Skating championships.

17. Ring decision TKO
In boxing, a knockout (KO) is when one of the fighters can’t get up from the canvas within a specified time, usually 10 seconds. This can be due to fatigue, injury, or the participant may be truly “knocked out”.

25. Home of Norway’s royal family OSLO
The Norwegian monarchs live in the Royal Palace in Oslo, a magnificent 173-room building that was completed in 1849. The current monarch, King Harald V, spent a lot of money on renovations, and the public has been able to tour to the restored palace since 2002.

27. Bank holding: Abbr. MTGE
Our word “mortgage” comes from the Old French “mort gaige” which translated as “dead pledge”. The idea was that a pledge to repay a loan dies when the debt is cleared.

29. __ Tin Tin RIN
The original Rin Tin Tin was a real-life dog, a puppy discovered by a GI in a bombed-out kennel in France during WWI. The soldier named the pup Rin Tin Tin, the same name as a puppet given to American soldiers for luck. On returning to the US, “Rinty” was trained by his owner and was spotted doing tricks by a film producer. Rinty featured in some films, eventually getting his first starring role in 1923 in the silent movie “Where the North Begins”. Legend has it that this first Rin Tin Tin died in the arms of actress Jean Harlow. Not a bad way to go …

30. Shaggy-tailed bovid GNU
A gnu is also known as a wildebeest, and is an antelope native to Africa. “Wildebeest” is actually the Dutch word for “wild beast”.

A bovid is an animal in the family Bovidae. Bovids are ruminants with hoofs and hollow horns, such as cattle, sheep and goats.

31. First of September? ESS
The first letter in the word “September” is a letter S (ess).

32. Lot of trouble? PECK
A “peck” is a dry measure equal to a quarter of a bushel. The term can be used figuratively to mean a considerable quantity in general, as in the phrase “a peck of trouble”.

33. “A Hard Road to Glory” writer ASHE
“A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete” is a 1988 book by tennis star Arthur Ashe. Published in three volumes, Ashe researched for almost six years with a team to put the book together. Ashe stated publicly that he valued “A Hard Road to Glory” more than any of his tennis titles.

34. Merrie __ England OLDE
The word “olde” wasn’t actually used much earlier than the 1920s. “Olde” was introduced to give a quaint antique feel to brand names, shop names etc.

35. Plant bristle AWN
“Awn” is the name given to hair or bristle-like structures found in numerous species of plants. In some species, like barley, the awns can contain photosynthetic tissue.

36. French narrative poem LAI
In the mid-13th century a “lay” was a short song. “Lay” evolved from the Old French word “lai” meaning “song, lyric”.

37. Like some stocks, briefly OTC
The NASDAQ trading system created in 1971 is the successor to the over-the-counter (OTC) trading system that was common at the time. OTC trading is done directly between two parties without being facilitated by an exchange.

42. Surround ENVIRON
“Environ” is the French word for “round” or “round about”. We use “environ” as a verb in English, meaning to surround, form a circle around. The related plural noun “environs” is used to mean “surroundings, environment”.

45. Rachmaninoff’s “__-tableaux” ETUDES
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Études-tableaux” (meaning “study pictures”) is a set of piano études written in 1911.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian pianist and composer active in the late Romantic Era. Rachmaninoff emigrated from Russia in 1917, driven away by the Russian Revolution. He eventually settled in the US where he toured as a pianist for many years. Rachmaninoff’s most famous works are probably his “Piano Concerto No. 1” and his “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”.

46. Light-sensitive layer RETINA
The retina is the tissue that lines the inside of the eye, the tissue that is light-sensitive. There are (mainly) two types of cell in the retina that are sensitive to light, called rods and cones. Rods are cells that best function in very dim light and only provide black-and-white vision. Cones on the other hand function in brighter light and can perceive color.

47. __ spoon GREASY
“Greasy spoon” is a familiar term for a restaurant, usually a diner, that is less than pristine and that serves cheap food.

49. Upholstered piece SOFA
“Sofa” is a Turkish word meaning “bench”.

51. Fancy tie ASCOT
An Ascot tie is a horrible-looking (I think!) wide tie that narrows at the neck, which these days is only really worn at weddings. The tie takes its name from the Royal Ascot horse race at which punters still turn up in formal wear at Ascot Racecourse in England.

53. Derby, perhaps RACE
Our use of the word “derby” to mean a race started in 1780 with the English Derby horse race, which was founded then by the 12th Earl of Derby. Ultimately, the term “derby” derives from the old English shire of “Deorby”, a word meaning “deer village”.

56. Speck MOTE
“Mote” is another word for a speck of dust.

57. It may be mined DATA
The process of data mining is used to extract information from a database and present it in a form that facilitates further use.

58. Objective reference HIM
“Him” is the objective form of the pronoun “he”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Walks, on scorecards BBS
4. Rehab hurdle DTS
7. Calm SETTLE
13. “Well, __-di-dah!” LAH
14. Deli choice RYE
15. Ducks’ home ANAHEIM
16. Some Anne Rice novels EROTICA
18. Dupes XEROXES
19. *Assist Charles M. Schulz? WORK FOR PEANUTS
21. Completely IN TOTO
22. Wapiti ELK
23. ID checker TSA
24. “__ any drop to drink”: Coleridge NOR
26. Surface EMERGE
32. *Free ticket given to Target Field players? PASS FOR TWINS
35. Burn soothers ALOES
38. Modern reaction to a riot? LOL
39. Group of species GENUS
40. *Timepiece at a stag party? WATCH FOR DEER
43. Important Philippines export NICKEL
44. Bros, e.g. MEN
45. Fraction of a joule ERG
48. Not allow to atrophy USE
50. “My vegetable love should grow / __ than empires … “: Andrew Marvell VASTER
53. *Law office? ROOM FOR DISPUTE
58. Option play option, in football HANDOFF
59. Home of the god Pan ARCADIA
60. Beverage sometimes served with mint ICED TEA
61. Besides TOO
62. Inning trio ENS
63. Botched (up) MESSED
64. Model of industry ANT
65. Put into words SAY

Down
1. Failed miserably BLEW IT
2. Industry leaders BARONS
3. Fan letter? SHORT A
4. Meaning DRIFT
5. Industry leaders TYCOONS
6. Prepare tuna, in a way SEAR
7. Converse, e.g. SNEAKER
8. Take in EARN
9. Quaker pronoun THOU
10. It may be skillfully created by one who’s all thumbs TEXT
11. Rests LIES
12. Acute care letters EMS
15. Eponymous skater Paulsen AXEL
17. Ring decision TKO
20. One putting on an act PERFORMER
25. Home of Norway’s royal family OSLO
27. Bank holding: Abbr. MTGE
28. Carafe kin EWER
29. __ Tin Tin RIN
30. Shaggy-tailed bovid GNU
31. First of September? ESS
32. Lot of trouble? PECK
33. “A Hard Road to Glory” writer ASHE
34. Merrie __ England OLDE
35. Plant bristle AWN
36. French narrative poem LAI
37. Like some stocks, briefly OTC
41. Misspoke, as lines FLUFFED
42. Surround ENVIRON
45. Rachmaninoff’s “__-tableaux” ETUDES
46. Light-sensitive layer RETINA
47. __ spoon GREASY
49. Upholstered piece SOFA
51. Fancy tie ASCOT
52. Hotel amenity SPA
53. Derby, perhaps RACE
54. Some bills ONES
55. Chances ODDS
56. Speck MOTE
57. It may be mined DATA
58. Objective reference HIM

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11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 8 Apr 16, Friday”

  1. 2 errors (33D, 35D), mainly to finish that section.

    The WSJ was easier today than the last two days, but still a challenge at times. Meta solved and entered.

  2. Finished without any final errors. I have a quibble when the puzzle uses two clues for either the first letter in the clue word (31 D) or the number of multiple letters in the clue word (62 A).

    Hope you all have a great day as hang on the cusp of yhe weekend.

  3. Hey Glenn, what did you have for the NE corner of today's WSJ grid? I've got "yap" for 11 Across (Schnauzer sound), but the clue for 12 Down ("Rhyme Pays" artist) doesn't make sense to me using an a for the first letter? I'm officially declaring a DNF for this one…Doh!

  4. @Tony Michaels
    I'll throw you a quick clue: The 12-Down Artist is almost known more for being in Law and Order: SVU as being an "artist". (you're one letter off on 11-Across.)

  5. Glenn – thanks for that. My major problem was that I don't really watch L 'n O and totally didn't see/couldn't figure out "Ice T" for a name. Double Doh! I guess if I'd had the "yips" I'd have been happy about it, unlike Ernie Els at the Masters yesterday. Ouch!

  6. I'm having a problem figuring out twin players for 32A. Does management give passes to pro atheletes who have/are twins?

    Anna

  7. @Anna The Minnesota Twins play at Target Field.
    The name "Twins" was derived from the popular name of the region, the Twin Cities,
    Minneapolis/ St. Paul. Hope that helps.

    Re puzzle….UNCLE!!!
    My three "favorite" kind of answers today.
    SHORT A, ENS AND ESS.
    Boo, hiss.

  8. Pookie, from yesterday – My prayers go out to you and your husband, and hope the procedure went off ok, and that the prognosis is good. I had some GERD problems, last year but did not approach a Barrets level. It is indeed very painful, and should be treated and continuously monitored. ( I thank my wife for that advice.)

    As for your second comment on reading indian epics to my kids, as bedtime stories, I'm sorry to inform you that my kids are like normal US kids …. and ignorant about everything other than the latest memes. As a case in point, I'll bet you personally, never taught your kids how to play the piano …. it never works.

    The puzzle was difficult, but I learnt a lot…. that there are BBs other than small airgun ammo.

    … that Phillipines has the largest stocks of Nickel ore …. I thought Canada had the highest stocks ever … the most famous (and industry standard – ) nickel (sulfide) extraction process is the Sudbury (Ontario) process ….

    I even have many canadian nickels (5 cent coins) which are para magnetic, because, unlike US Nickels …. they were 100% nickel.(1922-1942 and 1946-1950 and 1955-1962, and 1955-1984) Even the 1984 Canadian dimes were 100% nickel. The only non nickel coins were due to WW II and the Korean War. After 1985, the canadian Nickels have 1% nickel….

    Have a nice evening, all.

  9. I must be really obtuse, but free tickets for players? I could understand free tickets for fans.

    A lot of the phrases in crossword grids (especially late week) could be construed as nonsensical. This one, basically, is just pointing to free tickets for the Twins players. Basically it's custom for players (or actors or anyone involved in a performance) can get free tickets so their families and the like can come and watch them play.

  10. Hey Anna, I agree with Glenn as to clues being obtuse. In this case I think it was just this crossword writer coming up with a cute way to make her puzzle work. It's not meant literally to suggest that players need tickets themselves… (:
    Say, if the WSJ puzzle had ICE T, and we here at LAT had ICED TEA, is that another indication of conspiracy?? 😀
    Be well~~™

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