LA Times Crossword Answers 2 Jun 16, Thursday

LA Times Crossword Solution 2 Jun 16 - 125%







Constructed by: Peg Slay

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Four-Way Stop

The circled letters in today’s grid spell out the word STOP in FOUR different directions, all meeting at the center of the grid. We have a FOUR-WAY STOP:

  • 62A…With 63- and 64-Across, meeting place suggested both literally and graphically by this puzzle’s circled letters..FOUR
  • 63A…See 62-Across..-WAY
  • 64A…See 62-Across..STOP
  • 36A…Whistlers on the range..TEAPOTS
  • 37A…Tennis lob strategy..TOPSPIN
  • 5D…Popular reading in New York and Washington..THE POST
  • 41D…Pandora alternative..SPOTIFY

Bill’s time: 7m 19s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

5…Greek cross..TAU

Tau is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet, the letter which gave rise to our Roman “T”. Both the letters tau (T) and chi (X) have long been symbolically associated with the cross.

8…Cameo shape..OVAL

Cameo is a method of carving, often the carving of a gemstone or a piece of jewelry. The resulting image is in relief (sits proud of the background), whereas an engraved image would be produced by the similar carving method known as intaglio. Nowadays, the term cameo is used for any piece of oval-shaped jewelry that contains the image of a head, usually in profile (maybe even a photograph).

14…Ostracize..SHUN

The practice of ostracism, freezing out or exclusion, dates back to Ancient Greece. Back then citizens could write the names of men they thought were exceptionally dangerous on tiles that were publicly posted, resulting in a banishment of ten years. “Ostracize” derives from the Greek “ostrakon”, the word for a “tile”.

15…Spy follower?..-WARE

Spyware is software that is installed on a computer to gather information without the owner’s knowledge. Nasty stuff …

17…Home to Mykonos and Milos..AEGEAN SEA

The Aegean Sea is that part of the Mediterranean that lies between Greece and Turkey. Within the Aegean Sea are found the Aegean Islands, a group that includes Crete and Rhodes.

Mykonos is a Greek island that is part of the Cyclades group. Mykonos has the nickname “the island of the winds”, a reference to the strong seasonal winds that impact the island in the winter and the summer.

Milos is a one the Cyclades group of Greek islands. Famously, the statue of Aphrodite that can been seen in the Louvre was discovered on the island in 1820. The more famous name for the statue “Venus de Milo” is a reference to the island of Milos.

19…Concocts..DREAMS UP

“To decoct” is to extract the flavor of a liquid by boiling down and increasing the concentration. A related term is “to concoct”, meaning “to boil together”. We use the verb “to concoct” in figurative sense to mean to contrive, devise.

21…Broad panoramas..VISTAS

“Vista” is a word meaning “sight, view” that we imported into English from Italian.

26…Condensed, for short: Abbr…SYN

The word “condensed” is a synonym (syn.) for the word “short”.

27…Schooner part..MAST

By definition, a schooner is sailing vessel with two or more masts, but one on which the foremast is shorter than the rear mast(s).

35…__ String..SILLY

“Silly String” is a brand of “aerosol string”. The “string” exits the aerosol can as a liquid, with the solvent evaporating rapidly in mid-air resulting in a continuous strand. Aerosol string is used as a toy, an application that really annoys me (I’m an old grouch!). However, the military has a use for the product, spraying it over areas where tripwires are suspected. The string falls to the ground if none are present, but gets caught on tripwires that are present without activating any explosive.

40…Park that opened in April, 1965..ASTRODOME

The Houston baseball team changed its name to the Astros from the Colt .45s in 1965 when they started playing in the Astrodome. The Astrodome was so called in recognition of the city’s long association with the US space program.

42…Unkempt dos..MOPS

The word “unkempt” means “disheveled, not well-combed”. It derives from the Old English word “cemban” meaning “to comb”. The opposite to the more common “unkempt” is … “kempt”.

43…Christian denom…BAP

The Baptist denominations of the Christian tradition embrace the doctrine of believer’s baptism as opposed to infant baptism.

44…Guatemala gold..ORO

Guatemala in Central America became independent from Spain in 1821, first becoming part of the Mexican Empire, and then completely independent two years later.

47…Simile center..AS A

A simile is a figure of speech in which a comparison is made between two things that are unalike. For example, a person might be described as “cute as a kitten” or as “busy as a bee”.

50…Improvises..AD LIBS

“Ad libitum” is a Latin phrase meaning “at one’s pleasure”. In common usage the phrase is usually shortened to “ad lib”. On the stage the concept of an “ad lib” is very familiar. For example, an actor may substitute his or her own words for forgotten lines using an ad lib, or a director may instruct an actor to use his or her own words at a particular point in a performance to promote a sense of spontaneity.

54…Like the water in a Simon & Garfunkel song..TROUBLED

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is a song written by Paul Simon and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970. This marvelous tune became Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest hit, and their signature song.

59…De Tocqueville thought..IDEE

“Idée” is French for “idea”.

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French politician and historian who is famous in the US for his two-volume text “On Democracy in America” (“De La Démocratie en Amérique”) published in 1935 and 1849.

60…Lummoxes..OAFS

Our word “oaf”, meaning a stupid or clumsy person, comes from the Old Norse word “elf” meaning “silly person”. Our word “elf” has the same root. On the other side of the Atlantic, the plural of “elf” is “elves”, and in some dictionaries the plural of “oaf” is written as “oaves”.

The word “lummox” comes from East Anglian slang (northeast of London). The term is probably a contraction of “lumbering ox”.

Down

2…Actress Dern..LAURA

The actress Laura Dern is the daughter of the actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Among her many notable roles, Laura played the Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the 2008 movie “Recount”, and Dr. Ellie Sattler in the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park”.

3…Ancient Texcoco native..AZTEC

Texcoco was a city-state that lay just northeast of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

5…Popular reading in New York and Washington..THE POST

The “New York Post” is a daily newspaper that has been around since 1801, when it was established by Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. In the 19th century, the paper was known as the “New York Evening Post”, and was respected broadsheet. Rupert Murdoch took over in 1993 and turned it into the tabloid rag that it is today.

“The Washington Post” is the oldest paper still being published in the DC area, having been founded in 1877. Famously, “The Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the media’s investigation into what we now called the Watergate scandal. “The Washington Post” was purchased in 2013 by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

6…National Mustard Day mo…AUG

National Mustard Day has been celebrated on the first Saturday in August since 1991. The event is sponsored by the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin.

7…Like some parallel bars..UNEVEN

The uneven bars are a piece of equipment used in women’s gymnastics.

13…Neptune or Mars..ROMAN GOD

Neptune was the Roman god of the sea and of freshwater. He was sometimes known as “Neptunus Equester” as he was also the god of horses and patron of horse-racing.

Mars was the god of war in Ancient Rome. Mars was viewed as the father of the Roman people, and the father of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers who founded Rome according to Roman mythology..

14…”Better Call __”..SAUL

“Better Call Saul” is a spinoff drama series from the hit show “Breaking Bad”. The main character is small-time lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, who featured in the original series. “Better Call Saul” is set six years before Goodman makes an appearance in the “Breaking Bad” storyline. The lawyer’s real name is James Morgan McGill, and his pseudonym is a play on the words “S’all good, man!”

24…”Father Knows Best” actress Jane..WYATT

Jane Wyatt was an actress best known for playing housewife and mother Margaret Anderson on the fifties TV show “Father Knows Best”. More recently, Wyatt played Spock’s human mother on the original “Star Trek” television series.

“Father Knows Best” is a radio and television sitcom that ran in the 1940s and 1950s. The title character was played by Robert Young, the actor who later played the title role on “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

28…Iams competitor..ALPO

Alpo is a brand of dog food first produced by Allen Products in 1936, with “Alpo” being an abbreviation for “Allen Products”.

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.

29…Svelte..SLIM

“Svelte” comes into English from Latin, via the Italian “svelto” meaning “stretched out”. Something or someone described as svelte would be slender and graceful.

30…River to the North Sea..TYNE

The River Tyne is in the northeast of England. The most famous city on the river is Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle upon Tyne is home to the famous Newcastle Brown Ale.

The North Sea is an offshoot of the Atlantic Ocean that is located between Britain and Scandinavia.

31…Agenda bullet..ITEM

“Agenda” is a Latin word that translates as “things to be done”, coming from the verb “agere” meaning “to do”.

32…300-pound Wolfe..NERO

Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective and the hero of many stories published by author Rex Stout. There are 33 Nero Wolfe novels for us to read, and 39 short stories. There are also movie adaptations of two of the novels: “Meet Nero Wolfe” (1936) which features a young Rita Hayworth, and “The League of Frightened Men” (1937). One of Wolfe’s endearing traits is his love of good food and beer, so he is a pretty rotund character.

33…Trivial objection..CARP

The word “carp” used to mean simply “talk” back in the 13th century, with its roots in the Old Norwegian “karpa” meaning “to brag”. A century later the Latin word “carpere” meaning “to slander” influenced the use of “carp” so that it came to mean “find fault with”.

34…Half-brother of Ishmael..ISAAC

According to the Hebrew Bible, Isaac was the second son of Abraham, born to his wife Sarah when she was beyond her childbearing years and when Abraham was 100 years old. Isaac himself lived until he was 180 years old. When Isaac was just a youth, Abraham was tested by Yahweh (God) and told to build an altar on which he was to sacrifice his only son. At the last minute an angel appeared and stopped Abraham, telling him to sacrifice a ram instead.

Ishmael was the first son of Abraham, according to the Bible and the Qur’an. Ishmael’s mother was Hagar, the handmaiden to Abraham’s wife Sarah.

35…GMC Terrain, for one..SPORT UTE

The Terrain is GMC’s smallest SUV.

38…Maine college town..ORONO

The town of Orono is home to the University of Maine, founded in 1862. The college is actually located on an island (Marsh island) lying between the Penobscot and Stillwater rivers. The town of Orono is named after Joseph Orono, a chief of the Penobscot Nation.

41…Pandora alternative..SPOTIFY

Spotify is a popular music-streaming service that was launched in Sweden in 2008.

Pandora is a clever music-streaming site that runs what’s called the Music Genome Project. The idea behind the project is that particular pieces of music can be classified by specific characteristics (genes). The assumption is that given a person’s liking for the genome of a particular song, then a recommendation of another song with a similar genome will also be enjoyed by that person. I’ve used Pandora quite a lot, and it seems to work!

45…NFL ball carriers..RBS

In football, one might hand off to the running backs (RBs).

51…Extinct bird..DODO

The dodo was a direct relative of the pigeon and dove, although the fully-grown dodo was usually three feet tall. One of the reasons the dodo comes to mind when we think of extinction of a species, is that it disappeared not too long ago and humans were the reason for its demise. The dodo lived exclusively on the island of Mauritius and when man arrived, we cut back the forests that were its home. We also introduced domestic animals, such as dogs and pigs, that ransacked the dodo’s nests.

52…Stead..LIEU

As one might perhaps imagine, “in lieu” comes into English from the Old French word “lieu” meaning “place”, which in turn is derived from the Latin “locum”, also meaning “place”. So, “in lieu” means “in place of”.

53…Actor Robert of “The Sopranos”..ILER

The actor Robert Iler’s most famous role was A.J., son of mob leader Tony Soprano in HBO’s “The Sopranos”. Apparently Iler’s screen persona has spilled over into his personal life, as he was arrested for armed robbery of two tourists in 2001 (and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge).

57…TourBook-issuing org…AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on lobbying, provision of automobile servicing, and selling of automobile insurance. The AAA was founded in 1902 in Chicago and published the first of its celebrated hotel guides back in 1917.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Word with time or money..PLAY

5…Greek cross..TAU

8…Cameo shape..OVAL

12…It may be straight..RAZOR

14…Ostracize..SHUN

15…Spy follower?..-WARE

16…Expenditure..OUTGO

17…Home to Mykonos and Milos..AEGEAN SEA

19…Concocts..DREAMS UP

21…Broad panoramas..VISTAS

22…Anatomical pouch..SAC

23…Sanctioned..ALLOWED

25…__ lab..DNA

26…Condensed, for short: Abbr…SYN

27…Schooner part..MAST

31…Woman undercover..INCOGNITA

35…__ String..SILLY

36…Whistlers on the range..TEAPOTS

37…Tennis lob strategy..TOPSPIN

39…Made a bad call, say..ERRED

40…Park that opened in April, 1965..ASTRODOME

42…Unkempt dos..MOPS

43…Christian denom…BAP

44…Guatemala gold..ORO

45…Election check..RECOUNT

47…Simile center..AS A

50…Improvises..AD LIBS

54…Like the water in a Simon & Garfunkel song..TROUBLED

56…Laundry challenge..SOIL STAIN

58…New home subcontractor..TILER

59…De Tocqueville thought..IDEE

60…Lummoxes..OAFS

61…Online jotting..E-NOTE

62…With 63- and 64-Across, meeting place suggested both literally and graphically by this puzzle’s circled letters..FOUR

63…See 62-Across..-WAY

64…See 62-Across..STOP

Down

1…Nudges..PRODS

2…Actress Dern..LAURA

3…Ancient Texcoco native..AZTEC

4…__ mat..YOGA

5…Popular reading in New York and Washington..THE POST

6…National Mustard Day mo…AUG

7…Like some parallel bars..UNEVEN

8…Has..OWNS

9…Immense..VAST

10…Rest __..AREA

11…Grazing sites..LEAS

13…Neptune or Mars..ROMAN GOD

14…”Better Call __”..SAUL

18…Pitch in..AID

20…Approach to a subject..SLANT

24…”Father Knows Best” actress Jane..WYATT

25…Figures (out)..DOPES

27…Perform improperly..MISDO

28…Iams competitor..ALPO

29…Svelte..SLIM

30…River to the North Sea..TYNE

31…Agenda bullet..ITEM

32…300-pound Wolfe..NERO

33…Trivial objection..CARP

34…Half-brother of Ishmael..ISAAC

35…GMC Terrain, for one..SPORT UTE

38…Maine college town..ORONO

41…Pandora alternative..SPOTIFY

43…Impart..BESTOW

45…NFL ball carriers..RBS

46…Footed vases..URNS

47…Deal out..ALLOT

48…Handle..SEE TO

49…TV spot seller..AD REP

50…”Yeah, right!”..AS IF!

51…Extinct bird..DODO

52…Stead..LIEU

53…Actor Robert of “The Sopranos”..ILER

55…Recycling containers..BINS

57…TourBook-issuing org…AAA




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12 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 2 Jun 16, Thursday”

  1. Bill, am I the first today ? Anyways, I found the puzzle quite challenging, and more than a little difficult, but I enjoyed it. A lot of fun.

    I read all about Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. I intend to see the former on Netflix. ( I am always behind the times …. ) Curiously, I came across Breaking Bad in a video sale, last year, but turned it down, because of the meth concoction in the plot. But, apparently, it is stil good, despite that all.

    Todays Google doodle is about Lotte Reininger a silhouette and paper cutting artist who made animation movies before Walt Disney, and survived WWII in Germany, and went on to bigger and better things. The animation, and music, in the doodle is simply wonderful.

    I have a small set of chinese paper cutouts and some more images here .

    And here I always thought that Milo of ‘Venus de Milo’ was a famous ancient sculpturor !! Thank you Bill, my learning moment of the day.

    Syn, for Condensed etc., was very punny and very brilliant …. I wish I had appreciated that when actualy solving the puzzle. Alas, a little too smart for my pea sized brain, and a little too late.

    Have a nice day, all.

  2. Another 7 inches of rain hit here last night. A main road by my house was closed for an hour or so due to flooding fears. More flooding possible. There are places south of me that are somewhat used to being flooded, but they have never seen anything like this. Another round is set to hit here in the next hour or so. I just told Noah to come back and pick me up a little later.

    Pretty easy puzzle for a Thursday. More Wednesday-ish. Clever theme that was probably more fun to construct than to actually solve.

    Tocqueville saw Russia and the U.S. emerging as world powers because of the expanse of land they each had. He also saw politicians who could vote themselves a pay raise as cause for alarm. A very smart man indeed.

    I just finished watching the second season of Better Call Saul. You can google his best quotes of both series, and they are hilarious. I love his character, but his quotes aren’t suitable for this site so I will refrain from quoting him here.

    Best –

  3. LAT: Zero errors. Felt a lot like a Wednesday in a lot of ways. Stiff in spots, and confusing in spots. To be expected, though (this is one of C.C’s Acolytes, and I think this is her first solo grid). I guess in some ways, these getting easier is a good sign, outside of the random dumb errors I make (I missed a Tues WSJ clue that happened to be a Monday LAT one I got). But there’s still oddities. Like…

    WSJ: I DNFed that one today (about 1/4 done). Another relatively new constructor (first debut outside of the random Buzzfeed grid I think). I don’t know what it is that makes a lot of grids easier for me and others so radically difficult that I can’t see even how to answer them, and what it is I’m not figuring out to be so wildly inconsistent, but it definitely has a frustrating way about it. Especially considering how I do with NYT grids.

  4. This puzzle seemed pretty straight forward and not overly difficult. I’m betting I can’t be the only one to put in “door” for 4 Down’s clue of “____ mat” before I twigged to the fact that the down clues/answers weren’t working with door (the puzzle constructor, Peg Slay really wiped the floor with me on that one!).

    Next up the WSJ. I’m not feeling too confident since I read Glenn’s comments about it above. We’ll see…

  5. How is this in any way “literal?” There is only 1 actual “stop,” and that is spelled backwards. The rest of the puzzle was quite generic. Old theme + mediocre theme clue = below average grid.

  6. @Willie
    J.K. Simmons gave a graduation address at the University of Montana where he spoke about (among other things) the modern misuse of the word “literal”. He pleaded for the students to use the word only in the correct manner as the current generation uses the word incorrectly so often. He cited an example of overhearing a conversation in a cafe where a young woman said to her friend “I, literally, I died..” I like the example of “Why don’t you understand the word ‘literal’?? I’ve explained it to you literally a million times!!” His speech goes on to give several memorable tidbits including cell phones contribution to the detriment of society. Quite an interesting and old school address.

    You can see the address in its entirety on you tube using the words “J. K. Simmons’ University of Montana Commencement Address”. Your comment reminded me of it. The theme should have as well.

  7. I was able to finish the WSJ grid today, but the last to fall (32 Across) had me talking to myself for quite awhile. Very tricky puzzle, but very satisfying when it came together as a whole. I now intend to bask in my glory for the remainder of today until tomorrow comes along and whams me upside my head.

  8. Boy, take a break for a few days and the whole world changes on you. New site is nice though. Thanks Bill for all your efforts.

    This puzzle went pretty quick but I got all tied up with W(Y)ATT and S(Y)N as well as INCOGNIT(A), so two wrong. It did feel like a Wednesday, though.

    On to Friday.

  9. Hi folks!
    @Bill, thank you for yesterday’s note! I’ve become pretty adept at blocking out the fresh grid (one hand hovering over half the screen!) Now I just need to get used to switching sides. I am sure it won’t be a problem for me or others who stop by late. I’ll continue to hold Night Watch! Posting at my post! (;
    I agree, today’s grid was Wednesday-ish, but fun.
    Re: SYN — I actually thought it was short for SYNTHESIZED, which sorta works, I guess?
    @Willie, I think the setter’s idea was STOP, done four ways, i.e., with 4 different scrambled sets of letters.
    @Vidwan, hope you like “Breaking Bad.” Best TV show I’ve seen in years. So much TV is mediocre — altho yes, I do spend a lotta time watching it. Breaking Bad is really compelling and well done. Since binge-watching all seasons a few months ago, I haven’t wanted to watch SAUL…
    Jeff, I hope you’re okay!
    Be well~~?

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