LA Times Crossword Answers 21 Jun 16, Tuesday




LA Times Crossword Solution 21 Jun 16 - 125%







Constructed by: Janice Luttrell

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Tailspins

Each of today’s themed answers contains the letter sequence TAIL (circled in the grid), but those letters are in a SPIN, have been moved around:

  • 34D…Sudden downturns, and a literal hint to this puzzle’s circles..TAILSPINS
  • 21A…”Let’s say we’re even”..CALL IT A WASH
  • 54A…It’s all in your mind..MENTAL IMAGE
  • 3D…Off-ramps..EXIT LANES

Bill’s time: 8m 48s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

6…Party freebies..SWAG

“Swag” is “loot, stolen property”, a term that started out as criminal slang in England in the 1830s. Swag is also the name given to the promotional freebies available at some events.

10…Hurricane response org…FEMA

Federal emergency management has been structured for over 200 years, but what we know today as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created in 1979 in an Executive Order issued by President Jimmy Carter.

15…Shakespearean villain..IAGO

Iago is the schemer in Shakespeare’s “Othello”. He is a soldier who fought alongside Othello and feels hard done by, missing out on promotion. Iago hatches a plot designed to discredit his rival Cassio by insinuating that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona, Othello’s wife. By the end of the play it’s Iago himself who is discredited and Othello (before committing suicide) apologizes to Cassio for having believed Iago’s lies. Heavy stuff …

17…Flower symbolizing freshness..DAISY

The flowers of the daisy plant close tightly at sunset and then open up again in the morning. It is this behavior that led to the name “daisy”, from the Old English for “day’s eye”. So, the daisy could be called a “well-rested” plant. And, someone who is well-rested attacks the day “fresh as a daisy”. Interesting, huh?

18…Turkish money..LIRA

The word “lira” is used in a number of countries for currency. “Lira” comes from the Latin for “pound” and is derived from a British pound sterling, the value of a Troy pound of silver.

19…Barnes & Noble reader..NOOK

The Barnes & Noble electronic-book reader is called the Nook. If you are looking for a free read, Barnes & Noble allow you to read any e-book for free for up to an hour if connected to the Internet via a Barnes & Noble store’s Wi-Fi.

20…Sandwich initials..BLT

The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is the second-most popular sandwich in the US, after the plain old ham sandwich.

24…Some corporate jets..LEARS

Learjet is a company making business jets that was founded in 1960 by William Powell Lear. The original Learjet was a modified Swiss ground-attack fighter aircraft.

31…Marriott competitor..OMNI

Omni Hotels & Resorts is headquartered in Irvine, California and has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Marriott Hotels developed their initial properties in the fifties. The first to open was the Quality Inn near Washington DC, the first purpose-built airport hotel in the country.

32…Tuneful..ARIOSE

A tune that is “ariose” is song-like, characterized by melody as opposed to harmony.

39…Car starter: Abbr…IGN

The first ignition key was introduced by Chrysler back in 1949. Prior to the use of ignition keys, vehicles had both an ignition on/off switch and a starter button.

40…Bitcoin, e.g…E-CASH

Bitcoins are digital units of currency that are used on some Internet sites. Bitcoins are the most popular alternative currency used on the Web today. More and more reputable online retailers are accepting bitcoins, including Overstock.com, Expedia, Dell and Microsoft.

42…UFO crew, supposedly..ETS

One might speculate that an unidentified flying object (UFO) is flown by an extraterrestrial (ET).

50…Baltimore athlete..ORIOLE

The Baltimore Orioles are one of the eight charter teams of MLB’s American League, so the franchise dates back to 1901. Prior to 1901, the team has roots in the Minor League Milwaukee Brewers, and indeed entered the American League as the Brewers. In 1902 the Brewers moved to St. Louis and became the Browns. The team didn’t fare well in St. Louis, so when it finally relocated to Baltimore in the early fifties the team changed its name completely, to the Baltimore Orioles. The owners so badly wanted a fresh start that they traded 17 old Browns players with the New York Yankees. The trade didn’t help the team’s performance on the field in those early days, but it did help distance the new team from its past.

57…Fido’s foot..PAW

“Fido”, the name for many a dog, is Latin for “I trust”.

60…Proactiv+ target..ACNE

The Proactiv range of skincare products were introduced in 1995 by two dermatologists who met up with each other while studying at Stanford. Proactiv is market to people suffering with acne. There are quite a few folks who complain about the direct marketing approach to sales used for the products. Customers are “members” of a club, and the products keep coming until a subscription is canceled.

61…Eins, zwei, __..DREI

The German for “one, two, three” is “eins, zwei, drei”.

62…Suspected perp’s story..ALIBI

“Alibi” is the Latin word for “elsewhere” as in, “I claim that I was ‘elsewhere’ when the crime was committed … I have an ‘alibi'”.

68…Bug repellent ingredient..DEET

DEET is short for N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, an active ingredient in insect repellents. DEET is most often used to repel mosquitoes by applying it to the skin and/or clothing. It is also used to protect against tick bites.

Down

1…Website with movie trivia..IMDB

The website called the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) was launched in 1990, and is now owned by Amazon.com. It’s a great site for answering question one has about movies and actors.

4…Vienna’s land: Abbr…AUS

Vienna is the capital of Austria. Vienna has a long musical tradition and was home to Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss (I and II), Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler. As such, Vienna is sometimes called the “City of Music”. It is also called the “City of Dreams” as it was home to the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

6…Window shelves..SILLS

“Sill plate” or simply “sill” is an architectural term for a bottom horizontal member to which vertical members are attached. A “window sill” is specific sill plate that is found at the bottom of a window opening.

9…Chin growths..GOATEES

A goatee is a beard formed by hair on just a man’s chin. The name probably comes from the tuft of hair seen on an adult goat.

10…Green Monster ballpark..FENWAY

The left field wall in Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, is the tallest encountered in Major League ballparks. The wall was built so high to prevent viewing of games from outside of the park for free. The height also prevents home runs that would be possible in other ballparks and so, given its color and reputation, it is called the Green Monster.

11…WWII German torpedo craft..E-BOAT

In WWII, the German Navy’s Motor Torpedo Boats were similar to American PT boats and were called S-boots, short for Schnellboot (“fast craft”). The Allied forces referred to them as E-boats, with the “E” possibly standing for “enemy” or “Eilboot” (“hurry boat”).

12…Bullwinkle, for one..MOOSE

“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle” is a live-action/animated movie released in 2000 inspired by “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” TV show from the late fifties and early sixties. Rocky and Bullwinkle are in cartoon form in the film, whereas other characters are played by actors. The lead roles are Fearless Leader (Robert De Niro), Boris Badenov (Jason Alexander) and Natasha Fatale (Rene Russo).

13…Egyptian crosses..ANKHS

The ankh was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character for “eternal life”. The ankh wasn’t just used in inscriptions but was often fashioned into amulets and as surrounds for mirrors (perhaps symbolizing a view into another world). The ankh is also known as “the key of the Nile” and “crux ansata” (Latin for “cross with a handle”).

25…Actor Dane of “Grey’s Anatomy”..ERIC

The actor Eric Dane is most known for playing Dr. Mark “McSteamy” Sloan on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”.

27…Lowdown..DOPE

Apparently, “to dope out” is a slang term meaning “to figure out, infer from available information”.

29…Intolerant sort..BIGOT

“Bigot” is a French word that back in the late 1500s meant “sanctimonious person, religious hypocrite”. We use the term today to describe someone who is biased towards his or her own group, and who is intolerant of those outside of that group.

38…Deadly African virus..EBOLA

The Ebola virus causes a very nasty form of hemorrhagic fever. The name of the virus comes from the site of the first known outbreak, in a mission hospital in the Ebola River Valley in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The disease is transmitted from human to human by exposure to bodily fluids. In nature, the main carrier of Ebola is the fruit bat.

45…Reagan’s first secretary of state..HAIG

Alexander Haig was Secretary of State under President Reagan, and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Famously, Haig took over temporary control of the country immediately after President Reagan was shot in 1981. To do so was a pragmatic move, while waiting on Vice President Bush to arrive in Washington. There was much debate at the time about the legality of the steps taken, as the presidential line of succession called out in the US Constitution is President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the US Senate, and then Secretary of State.

47…Monopoly buys..HOTELS

In the game of Monopoly, one can purchase a hotel by “demolishing” four houses and by paying an extra amount equal to the price of a house.

50…City name famously used by Peyton Manning when calling signals..OMAHA

Quarterback Peyton Manning is known for repeatedly shouting out the word “Omaha” during the games. He explains that “Omaha” defines or modifies a play, but the meaning varies depending on circumstances. It’s all beyond me …

53…Slacks measure..WAIST

The term “slacks” was introduced in the early 1800s with the the meaning “loose trousers”. Those early slacks were part of a military uniform.

55…”Dies __”: hymn..IRAE

“Dies Irae” is Latin for “Day of Wrath”. It is the name of a famous melody in Gregorian Chant, one that is often used as part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

58…Provide a fake 62-Across for, e.g…ABET

(62A…Suspected perp’s story..ALIBI)
The word “abet” comes into English from the Old French “abeter” meaning “to bait” or “to harass with dogs” (it literally means “to make bite”). This sense of encouraging something bad to happen morphed into our modern usage of “abet”, meaning to aid or encourage someone in a crime.

63…Mauna __..LOA

Mauna Loa on the “big island” of Hawaii is the largest volcano on the planet (in terms of volume). The name “Mauna Loa” is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Think tank nuggets..IDEAS

6…Party freebies..SWAG

10…Hurricane response org…FEMA

14…Confusion..MIX-UP

15…Shakespearean villain..IAGO

16…Ink color, to Shakespeare..EBON

17…Flower symbolizing freshness..DAISY

18…Turkish money..LIRA

19…Barnes & Noble reader..NOOK

20…Sandwich initials..BLT

21…”Let’s say we’re even”..CALL IT A WASH

24…Some corporate jets..LEARS

26…Internet hookups?..E-DATES

27…”Oh my goodness!”..DEAR ME!

29…Like much barley soup..BEEFY

31…Marriott competitor..OMNI

32…Tuneful..ARIOSE

34…Line on a restaurant receipt..TIP

37…Slice of pie..PIECE

39…Car starter: Abbr…IGN

40…Bitcoin, e.g…E-CASH

42…UFO crew, supposedly..ETS

43…”Golly!”..BY GOSH!

46…Like some garage floors..OILY

47…Raise aloft..HOIST

48…”How do you like them __?!”..APPLES

50…Baltimore athlete..ORIOLE

53…What undercover cops may wear..WIRES

54…It’s all in your mind..MENTAL IMAGE

57…Fido’s foot..PAW

60…Proactiv+ target..ACNE

61…Eins, zwei, __..DREI

62…Suspected perp’s story..ALIBI

64…Downpour that can hurt..HAIL

65…Has a snack..EATS

66…Rolled to hold fries, as paper..CONED

67…Does impressions of..APES

68…Bug repellent ingredient..DEET

69…Rapidity..HASTE

Down

1…Website with movie trivia..IMDB

2…Use a rotary phone..DIAL

3…Off-ramps..EXIT LANES

4…Vienna’s land: Abbr…AUS

5…Surveillance device..SPYCAM

6…Window shelves..SILLS

7…Cry miserably..WAIL

8…Prefix with culture..AGRI-

9…Chin growths..GOATEES

10…Green Monster ballpark..FENWAY

11…WWII German torpedo craft..E-BOAT

12…Bullwinkle, for one..MOOSE

13…Egyptian crosses..ANKHS

22…__ rug: small carpet..AREA

23…Magazine revenue source..AD FEE

25…Actor Dane of “Grey’s Anatomy”..ERIC

27…Lowdown..DOPE

28…Exude..EMIT

29…Intolerant sort..BIGOT

30…Years on end..EONS

33…Tractor trailers..RIGS

34…Sudden downturns, and a literal hint to this puzzle’s circles..TAILSPINS

35…Dot on the blue part of a map..ISLE

36…Sci. class..PHYS

38…Deadly African virus..EBOLA

41…Handle it as well as one can..COPE

44…Produced, as crops..YIELDED

45…Reagan’s first secretary of state..HAIG

47…Monopoly buys..HOTELS

49…Lead the flock..PREACH

50…City name famously used by Peyton Manning when calling signals..OMAHA

51…Summarize..RECAP

52…Navel type..INNIE

53…Slacks measure..WAIST

55…”Dies __”: hymn..IRAE

56…Ration (out)..METE

58…Provide a fake 62-Across for, e.g…ABET

59…Like EEE shoes..WIDE

63…Mauna __..LOA




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16 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 21 Jun 16, Tuesday”

  1. Too much going around the block on these, too. Don’t know what it is, exactly, but I’m doing much more poorly at these than usual. I’ve been trying to steer into a lot more late week type grids on paper, lately. Maybe these indeed require quite different skill sets to solve? Or my mental state is that different being on computer than sitting with it on paper?

    LAT: 14:19 (computer). Pretty junky grid overall, as the last few of this constructor have been. EBON, BLT, IGN, ETS, AUS, AGRI, and PHYS take off in terms of junk or questionable fill, among a few of the clues themselves.

    WSJ: 16:26 (computer).

  2. Bill, I surrender. Your take on the “Green Monster” at FENWAY was a shocker. I always thought it was because of the wall’s close proximity to Landsdowne St., and the need to keep the wall close, but challenging. Bill is better at baseball than me. 😀

    Otherwise, a generally good grid for the day. Mr. W did his homework.

    If you eve want to read a truly nasty tale about EBOLA, pick up a copy of Richard Preston’s book “The Hot Zone.” Even Stephen King referred to it as, “One of the most horrifying things I’ve ever read in my life.” Damn.

    1. Funny, Willie. My knowledge of baseball is very, very limited. I was once asked where I sat when I attended a particular game, and answered “behind fourth base”. Yep, very limited 🙂

  3. Imagine! A whole puzzle constructed personally for Willie D!!!
    All versions of ALIT!

    There was a Rocky and Bullwinkle MOVIE?!!
    I just checked IMDb and watched the trailer on youtube. It looks absolutely dreadful.
    Loved the cartoon show when I was a kid.

    My L.A. Times and Mensa has Janice Luttrell as the constructor.

  4. I seemed to enjoy this puzzle for some unknown reason. It was a little challenging without making me run to the Advil bottle. Next up the WSJ.

    Have a great day all.

  5. Maybe slightly difficult for a Tuesday, but it was doable. ARIOSE was new to me. I think SWAG was as well. Does free booze at a party qualify as SWAG – i.e. could a swig be a SWAG?

    I believe Peyton Manning chose OMAHA for the same reason Shakespeare chose a lot of his names. Names ending in a vowel like that are easier to project loudly than ones ending in a consonant.

    I’m with Pookie – nothing beats the Bullwinkle cartoons. The movie looks disappointing.

    @Vidwan
    From yesterday – no I am not an atomic scientist, but I play one on tv. Actually I was indeed a Physics major in school. But it’s my business that requires me to remain up to date on such things so I read an awful lot of the current literature when it comes out. I would have liked to have done pure research in my life, but the hedonist in me pushed me towards the business end of science and technology.

    Best –

  6. Jeff, that’s great! I want your autograph!

    You science and sports guys…sigh. I keep wishing for more Jane Austen clues. BTW, my husband, who likes to watch football, had no clue what city P M shouts. How famous can it be, outside of Omaha and the few cities he’s played in?

    Bella

  7. I had a good time with the puzzle and really enjoyed it. With all the problems I am facing right now, it is always a welcome diversion. Jeff, thank you for answering the question – I’m afraid my atomic physics stopped about 20 years ago. I am more at ease in ancient and not so ancient history. Current politics doesnt interest me. I think there is a technical snag in the website that prevents the current contributors name from being listed. I wish I could have helped Mr. Bill.
    Bills comments are interesting, as always, and it is indeed a pleasure to come here. Have a good day, all you folks.

  8. Without going into too much detail, the old minor league Baltimore Orioles of the 1890s were moved to New York and morphed into the Yankees. Among the early prospects the Orioles had in their system was a kid named George Herman Ruth.

  9. Hi y’all!
    My LA Times puzzle had Ms. Lutrell also as constructor.
    Hey Glenn, yes, there’s a different set of skills used, computer vs pen to paper. Different small motor skills but also conceptually different. It’s harder online IMO to strategize because you can’t move around the grid as easily. Can’t plan two or three moves ahead. I also think that doing grids on paper gives you a greater connection to the overall puzzle, since the tactility is more immediate. There’s a rhythm in solving on paper. A groove.
    Does anyone know what I’m talking about?!
    Fun grid today. Got stuck here and there, more so than with a typical Tuesday, which is cool.
    BTW, SWAG means Stuff We All Get. It seems that the word appeared before the acronym tho!
    Languages R neat.
    Considerably cooler in LA today, thank God….
    Okay folks, onward to Wednesday!
    Sweet dreams~~?

  10. Great puzzle, i woulnt call it easy but i got almost all answers. Swag stumped me. Ive never heard it used like that. The german words and shakesphere always stump me.

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