LA Times Crossword Answers 5 Jun 16, Sunday

LA Times Crossword Solution 5 Jun 16 - 90%







Constructed by: Paul Coulter

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Hybrid Crossings

Today’s themed answers are common phrases in which a noun has been CROSSED with another noun that CROSSES the answer. The themed answer uses the resulting hybrid:

  • 22A…Without 3-Down, artful deception..SMOG AND MIRRORS (from “smoke and mirrors”)
  • 3D…Driving hazard..FOG
  • (smoke + fog = smog)
  • 37A…Without 32-Down, stinging insects..ORANGE JACKETS (from “yellow jacket”)
  • 32D…__ alert..RED
  • (yellow + red = orange)
  • 52A…Without 30-Down, separate matter altogether..MULE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR (from “horse of a different color”)
  • 30D…Critter orchestrally imitated in Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite”..DONKEY
  • (horse + donkey = mule)
  • 73A…Without 76-Down, arrive where one must decide between options..COME TO A SPORK IN THE ROAD (from “come to a fork in the road”)
  • 76D…Aid in a stirring experience..SPOON
  • (fork + spoon = spork)
  • 90A…Without 90-Down, be evasive..SKORT THE ISSUE (from “skirt the issue”)
  • 90D…Golfer’s garb..SHORTS
  • (skirt + shorts = skort)
  • 110A…Without 100-Down, classic children’s novel..CHARLOTTE’S BLOG (from “Charlotte’s Web”)
  • 100D…Shipboard account..LOG
  • (web + log = blog)

Bill’s time: 19m 22s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1…Personal ad abbr…SWF

Single white female (SWF)

4…Dry and crack..CHAP

The verb “to chap” means “to crack”, and has been used to mean a crack in the skin since way back in the 14th century.

8…Film rating org…MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) film-rating system (PG-13, R, etc.) is purely voluntary and is not backed by any law. Movie theaters agree to abide by the rules that come with the MPAA ratings in exchange for access to new movies.

12…Muse of comedy..THALIA

In Greek mythology, the muses are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. The number of muses is a subject of debate at times, but the most popular view is that there are nine:

  • Calliope (epic poetry)
  • Clio (history)
  • Erato (lyric poetry)
  • Euterpe (music)
  • Melpomene (tragedy)
  • Polyhymnia (choral poetry)
  • Terpsichore (dance)
  • Thalia (comedy and idyllic poetry)
  • Urania (astronomy)

18…1986 Gene Hackman film..HOOSIERS

“Hoosiers” is an excellent sports movie about a small-town high school team in Indiana that wins the state basketball championship. The team coach is Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman. The film is inspired by the true story of Milan High School which won the 1954 championship.

The exact origin of the word “Hoosier” is unknown, but has been around since at least 1830. The term had no direct linkage with Indiana until John Finley of Richmond, Indiana wrote a poem called “The Hoosier’s Nest” in 1833. A few years later, by 1840, “hoosier” was generally accepted as a term for Indiana residents.

20…Paths for three-pointers..ARCS

That would be in basketball.

21…”The Truth About Cats & Dogs” genre..ROMCOM

“The Truth About Cats & Dogs” is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Janeane Garofalo one of my favorite actresses. You just have to see this one, a romantic comedy involving mistaken identity. The stereotypical “sexy” role is played by Uma Thurman, but the real bombshell in this movie is Ms. Garofalo.

25…Usher’s creator..POE

“The Fall of the House of Usher” is perhaps the most famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839. The story is a Gothic tale, an interview with Robert Usher in his house which literally “falls”, breaks into two and is swallowed up by a lake. Some believe that the story was inspired by events at a real Usher House that once stood on Boston’s Lewis Wharf. When the Usher House was torn down, the bodies of a man and woman were found embracing in a cavity in the cellar, a fact reflected in the story as Robert Usher’s sister is supposedly buried alive in the crypt.

26…Actress Hatcher..TERI

Teri Hatcher’s most famous role these days is the Susan Mayer character in “Desperate Housewives”. I’ve never seen more than a few minutes of “Housewives” but I do know Teri Hatcher as a Bond girl, as she appeared in “Tomorrow Never Dies”.

27…Left end?..-IST

The concept of left-right politics started in France during the French Revolution. When members of France’s National Assembly convened in 1789, supporters of the King sat to the President’s right, and supporters of the revolution to the President’s left. The political terms “left” and “right” were then coined in the local media and have been used ever since.

28…”The X-Files” extras..G-MEN

The nickname “G-men” is short for “Government Men” and refers to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“The X-Files” is a very successful science fiction show that aired on the Fox network from 1993 to 2002. The stars of the show are David Duchovny (playing Fox Mulder) and the very talented Gillian Anderson (playing Dana Scully). By the time the series ended, “The X-Files” was the longest running sci-fi show in US broadcast history. An “X-Files” reboot started airing in 2016 with Duchovny and Anderson reprising their starring roles.

34…Prefix meaning “bee”..API-

Something described as “apian” is related to bees. “Apis” is the Latin for “bee”.

45…Others, on the Orinoco..OTRAS

The Orinoco is a major river in South America, flowing through Venezuela and Colombia.

57…Maker of ProX skin products..OLAY

Oil of Olay was developed in South Africa in 1949. When Oil of Olay was introduced internationally, it was given slightly different brand names designed to appeal in the different geographies. In Ireland we know it as Oil of Ulay, for example, and in France it is Oil of Olaz.

60…Engine part..CAM

Cams are wheels found on the cam shaft of a car’s engine that are eccentric in shape rather than circular. The rotation of the cams causes the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders to open and close.

61…”The Waste Land” monogram..TSE

Eliot wrote his poem called “The Waste Land” in 1922. “The Waste Land” opens with the famous line, “April is the cruellest month …”.

63…The King..ELVIS

Elvis Presley is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply “the King”. However, Presley is quoted as saying that Fats Domino was “the real king of rock and roll”.

65…”Errare humanum __”..EST

According to the Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger, “Errare humanum est, perseverare autem diabolicum”. This translates literally as “To err is human, to persist (in committing such errors) is of the devil”.

66…Poll no…PCT

Percent (pct.)

73…Without 76-Down, arrive where one must decide between options..COME TO A SPORK IN THE ROAD (from “come to a fork in the road”)

“Spork” is the more common name for the utensil that is a hybrid between a spoon and a fork. It is less commonly referred to as a “foon”.

83…Lazy..OTIOSE

Otiose means “lazy, indolent”, and comes from the Latin word “otium” meaning “leisure”.

88…Repeated phrase in Ecclesiastes..A TIME

According to the Book Ecclesiastes in the Bible:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

94…U.K. award..OBE

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry in the UK that was established in 1917 by King George V. There are five classes within the order, which are in descending seniority:

  • Knight Grand Cross (GBE)
  • Knight Commander (KBE)
  • Commander (CBE)
  • Officer (OBE)
  • Member (MBE)

95…Vulnerable bone for a catcher..SHIN

That would be in baseball.

97…Poet Silverstein..SHEL

Author Shel Silverstein had a varied career and did a lot more than write books. Silverstein was a poet, composer, cartoonist and screenwriter among other things. One of his successful children’s books is “The Giving Tree”, which was first published in 1964. “The Giving Tree” tells of a young boy who has a special relationship with a tree in a forest. The message of the book seems to be that the tree provides the little boy with everything he needs.

101…Valhalla VIP..THOR

In Norse mythology, Valhalla (“hall of the slain”) is a gigantic hall in the “world” of Asgard. Asgard and Valhalla are ruled by the god Odin, the chief Norse god.

102…Cholesterol initials..LDL

LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is one of the compounds responsible for transporting fats around the body. When LDL is combined with cholesterol it can be referred to as “bad cholesterol”. This is because LDL actually transports cholesterol into the inner walls of blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis.

103…”Momo” author Michael..ENDE

Michael Ende was a children’s author from Germany. His most famous novel is the fantasy work titled “The Neverending Story”, first published in 1979.

106…Winner’s medalla..ORO

In Spanish, a “medalla” (medal) might be made from “oro” (gold).

110…Without 100-Down, classic children’s novel..CHARLOTTE’S BLOG (from “Charlotte’s Web”)

“Charlotte’s Web” is a children’s novel by author E. B. White. Charlotte is a barn spider, who manages to save the life of a pig named Wilbur. Wilbur is a pet pig, owned by the farmer’s daughter, Fern Arable. The story also includes a gluttonous rat named Templeton who provides some light and comical moments.

114…Absolute ruler..DESPOT

A “despot” is a ruler with absolute power, often one who wields that power oppressively. “Despot” is an old French term from the 14th century, ultimately derived from the Greek “despotes” meaning “master of a household, absolute ruler”.

115…Native Rwandan..HUTU

Rwanda is a sovereign nation in central Africa that is populated by three groups: the Hutu, Tutsi (aka “Watutsi”) and Twa. The Tutsi are the second largest population of people in Rwanda, with the Hutu being the largest group. The bloody conflict that has existed between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples dates back to about 1880 when Catholic missionaries arrived in the region. The missionaries found that they had more success converting the Hutus than the Tutsi, and when the Germans occupied the area during WWI they confiscated Tutsi land and gave it to Hutu tribes in order to reward religious conversion. This injustice fuels fighting to this very day.

118…Blood type, briefly..O-NEG

The most important grouping of blood types is the ABO system. Blood is classified as either A, B, AB or O, depending on the type of antigens on the surface of the red blood cells. A secondary designation of blood is the Rh factor, in which other antigens are labelled as either positive or negative. When a patient receives a blood transfusion, ideally the donor blood should be the same type as that of the recipient, as incompatible blood cells can be rejected. However, blood type O-neg can be accepted by recipients with all blood types, A, B, AB or O, and positive or negative. Hence someone with O-neg blood type is called a “universal donor”.

119…Giant great..MAYS

Willie Mays’ nickname was the “Say Hey Kid”, although his friends and teammates were more likely to refer to him as “Buck”. When Mays was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, he was asked who was the best player he’d ever seen in the game. He replied, “I don’t mean to be bashful, but I was.”

Down

1…Stubby-legged Capp critter..SHMOO

The Shmoo is a cartoon creature who first appeared in the Al Capp comic strip “Li’l Abner” in 1948. Apparently, shmoos are delicious to eat, and love to be eaten. They’ll even jump into the frying pan themselves!

3…Driving hazard..FOG (smoke + fog = smog)

“Smog” is a portmanteau formed by melding “smoke” and “fog”. The term was first used to describe the air around London in the early 1900s.

5…”The Birds” actress..HEDREN

Tippi Hedren is an actress from New Ulm, Minnesota who is best known for her starring roles in two Alfred Hitchcock classics: “The Birds” (1963) and “Marnie” (1964). Famously, Hedren claimed that Hitchcock destroyed her movie career because she would not succumb to his sexual advances, a charge that has been denied.

“The Birds” is a 1963 film made by Alfred Hitchcock based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve read the story and seen the film and find them both strangely disturbing (it’s probably just me though!). I can’t stand the ending of either version, as nothing resolves itself!

7…Telepathy, e.g…PSI

A “psi” is a psychic phenomenon, such as telepathy, clairvoyance or psychokinesis. The term is a shortening on “psychic” or “parapsychic”.

8…Popular chocolate treat..MARS BAR

Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, I find the Mars Bar to be the most perplexing of candies! The original Mars Bar is a British confection first manufactured in 1932. The US version of the original Mars Bar is called a Milky Way. But there is candy bar called a Milky Way that is also produced in the UK, and it is completely different to its US cousin, being more like an American “3 Musketeers”. And then there is an American confection called a Mars Bar, something different again. No wonder I gave up eating candy bars …

10…Spanning: Abbr…ACR

Across (acr.)

15…Readout using polarized light, briefly..LCD

Liquid crystal display (LCD)

16…Chit..IOU

A chit is a note or a short letter. The term tends to be used these days in the sense of an amount owed (as in a poker game). The word used to be “chitty”, which is now obsolete but was closer to the original Hindi term. I feel a tad obsolete myself because when we are at school we would be excused class if we had a “chitty”.

17…Band aid..AMP

An electric guitar, for example, needs an amplifier (amp) to take the weak signal created by the vibration of the strings and turn it into a signal powerful enough for a loudspeaker.

22…Sunscreen letters..SPF

In theory, the sun protection factor (SPF) is a calibrated measure of the effectiveness of a sunscreen in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. The idea is that if you wear a lotion with say SPF 20, then it takes 20 times as much UV radiation to cause the skin to burn than it would take without protection. I say just stay out of the sun …

23…Spanish wine region..RIOJA

Rioja wines come from the province of La Rioja in Northern Spain. In my days living back in Europe, Rioja wines were noted for their heavy oaky flavors and it wasn’t uncommon to order a “rough Rioja” when out for dinner of an evening.

30…Critter orchestrally imitated in Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite”..DONKEY (horse + donkey = mule)

A hinny is the offspring of a male horse (the “h-” from h-orse) and a female donkey/ass (the “-nny” from je-nny). A mule is more common, and is the offspring of a female horse and male donkey/ass.

33…Pfeiffer of TV’s “Cybill”..DEDEE

The actress Dedee Pfeiffer is the younger sister of the more famous actress Michelle. Dedee played Cybill Shepherd’s daughter on the sitcom “Cybill” in the nineties. Dedee eventually abandoned her acting career and went back to school as a mature student in the field of forensic psychology.

34…Patriots’ Day month..APRIL

Patriots’ Day is a public holiday observed in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin that commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first engagements of the Revolutionary War. The battles took place in 1775 in April, and so the holiday is observed in that same month.

38…Move, to a Realtor..RELO

“Real estate agent” is a general, generic term. “Realtor” is the name given to a member of the trade association known as the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The NAR has gone so far as the trademark the term “Realtor” in the US.

39…Hebrew leader?..ALEF

Alef is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and beth the second.

40…LPGA star Cristie..KERR

Cristie Kerr is a professional golfer on the LPGA tour from Miami, Florida. Outside of golfing, Kerr is a very successful fundraiser for breast cancer research through her foundation called Birdies for Breast Cancer.

42…Zahn of TV news..PAULA

Paula Zahn has worked as a journalist and news anchor with ABC, NBC, Fox News and CNN. She is currently the host of a true crime show on the Discovery Channel called “On the Case with Paula Zahn”. Outside of her work on television, Zahn is an accomplished cellist and has even played at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra.

43…”That shut her up like __”: Tennessee Williams..A CLAM

“That shut her up like a clam.” is a line spoken by Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

Desire is the name of a neighborhood in New Orleans, a destination for a streetcar line. The name “Desire” appears on the front of streetcars bound for that neighborhood, hence the title, “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

45…Footnote abbr…OP CIT

Op. cit. is short for “opus citatum”, Latin for “the work cited”. Op. cit. is used in footnotes to refer the reader to an earlier citation. It is similar to “ibid”, except that ibid refers the reader to the last citation, the one immediately above.

46…Bowl game star, briefly..BMOC

Big Man On Campus (BMOC)

47…Like some service..SAME-DAY

One of the positive outcomes of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI, also “Star Wars”) was a change in US defense strategy. The new approach was to use missiles to destroy incoming hostile weapons, rather than using missiles to destroy the nation attacking the country. The former doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction went by the apt acronym of MAD …

50…Actress Bening..ANNETTE

The actress Annette Bening is from Topeka, Kansas. Bening has been married to actor Warren Beatty since 1992. The pair married about a year after starring together in the 1991 film “Bugsy”.

51…Fund-raising gps…PTAS

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

53…Chemical suffix..-IDE

In chemistry, when a metal combines with a nonmetal, the nonmetal is often given the suffix -ide. One example would be iron sulfide, made from iron (a metal) and sulfur (a nonmetal).

54…Three-time Masters winner..FALDO

Nick Faldo is an English golfer, a winner of six major tournaments and a former World No. 1. For some years now Faldo has been the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports. In 2009 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, so if you’re chatting with him, don’t forget to address him as Sir Nick …

55…Half a sawbuck..FIVER

“Sawbuck” is slang for a ten dollar bill. The term was applied to the bill as the Roman numeral X (which used to appear on the bill) resembles the end of sawhorse.

56…Former NBA center Dampier..ERICK

Erick Dampier is a professional basketball player from Monticello, Mississippi. Dampier was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1996, and then played for several NBA teams including the GOlden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks.

61…Schlepped..TOTED

Our word “schlep” means “to carry, drag”. “Schlep” comes from Yiddish, with “shlepen” having the same meaning.

64…Tre e tre..SEI

In Italian, “tre + tre” (three plus three) makes “sei” (six).

66…Preface..PROEM

A “proem” is a brief introduction, a prelude. The term comes into English via Old French and is ultimately derived from the Greek “prooimion” meaning “prelude”, especially a prelude to music or poetry.

72…__ Army: links group..ARNIE’S

Arnold Palmer is one of the greats of the world of golf. Palmer is very popular with many fans of the game, and his followers are usually referred to as “Arnie’s Army”. Off the course, Palmer was an avid pilot, but is now retired from flying. He resides in Latrobe, Pennsylvania for much of the year and the local airport is named in his honor: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

73…Tree with pods..CACAO

The flowers of the cacao tree grow in clusters directly on the trunk, and on older branches. The pollinated flowers turn into ovoid cacao pods, each of which contain 20-60 seeds or beans. The seeds are used as the main ingredient in chocolate.

74…GUM rival..ORAL-B

The Oral-B toothbrush was introduced to the world in 1950, designed by a California periodontist. The first “model” was the Oral-B 60, a name given to reflect the 60 tufts in the brush. In 1969, the Oral-B was the first toothbrush to get to the moon as it was the toothbrush of choice for the crew of the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

GUM is a brand of oral care products produced by the Japanese company Sunstar. GUM is an acronym standing for “Gentle Uletic Massage”. “Uletic” is an adjective meaning “relating to the gums”.

75…Hal of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals..MCRAE

Hal McRae is former left fielder who played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals. McRae also managed the Royals after he retired, from 1991 to 1994. Hal’s son Brian McRae also played for the Royals.

77…Czech hockey player Nedved..PETR

Petr Nedvěd is a former NHL player from Czechoslovakia who defected to Canada at the age of 17.

78…Lukas of “Witness”..HAAS

Lukas Haas is an American actor best known for the role he played as an 8-year-old child in the excellent 1985 film “Witness”. In “Witness”, Haas played a young Amish boy, alongside Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. Although Haas still acts today, he is also a musician and plays drums and piano for a band called The Rogues.

79…Disbelieving accusation..ET TU?

It was Shakespeare who popularized the words “Et tu, Brute?” (And you, Brutus?), in his play “Julius Caesar”, although the phrase had been around long before he penned his drama. It’s not known what Julius Caesar actually said in real life just before he was assassinated on the steps of the Senate in Rome.

84…Words said while stretching, maybe..IT’S LATE

It’s late, and time for bed …

85…Non-Rx med..OTC DRUG

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs don’t need a prescription (Rx).

There seems to some uncertainty about the origin of the symbol “Rx” that’s used for a medical prescription. One explanation is that it comes from the astrological sign for Jupiter, a symbol put on prescriptions in days of old to invoke Jupiter’s blessing to help a patient recover.

91…White wine aperitif..KIR

Kir is a French cocktail, made by adding a teaspoon or so of creme de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to a glass, and then topping it off with white wine. The drink is named after Felix Kir, the Mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who used to offer the drink to his guests. My wife (expensive tastes!) is particularly fond of a variant called a Kir Royale, in which the white wine is replaced with champagne.

100…Shipboard account..LOG (web + log = blog)

The word “logbook” dates back to the days when the captain of a ship kept a daily record of the vessel’s speed, progress etc. using a “log”. A log was a wooden float on a knotted line that was dropped overboard to measure speed through the water.

101…Drink too much..TOPE

“To tope” is to drink alcohol excessively and habitually.

104…Odd couple?..DEES

There are a couple of letters D (dees) in the word “odd”.

109…Internet access letters..DSL

The abbreviation “DSL” originally stood for Digital Subscriber Loop, but is now accepted to mean (Asymmetric) Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is the technology that allows Internet service be delivered down the same telephone line as voice service, by separating the two into different frequency signals.

110…Comic Margaret..CHO

Margaret Cho is a very successful stand-up comedian, but she is also a fashion designer with her own line of clothing. Cho also acts, and you might have seen her in the John Travolta/Nicolas Cage movie “Face/Off” in which she played John Travolta’s FBI colleague.

111…Follower of Attila..HUN

In his day, Attila the Hun was the most feared enemy of the Roman Empire, until he died in 453 AD. Attila was the leader of the Hunnic Empire of central Europe and was famous for invading much of the continent. However, he never directly attacked Rome.

112…Omega, to a physicist..OHM

The unit of electrical resistance is the ohm (with the symbol omega) named after German physicist Georg Simon Ohm. Ohm was the guy who established experimentally that the amount of current flowing through a circuit is directly proportional to the voltage applied, (V=IR) a relationship that every schoolkid knows as Ohm’s Law.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Personal ad abbr…SWF

4…Dry and crack..CHAP

8…Film rating org…MPAA

12…Muse of comedy..THALIA

18…1986 Gene Hackman film..HOOSIERS

20…Paths for three-pointers..ARCS

21…”The Truth About Cats & Dogs” genre..ROMCOM

22…Without 3-Down, artful deception..SMOG AND MIRRORS (from”smoke and mirrors”)

24…Gone..USED UP

25…Usher’s creator..POE

26…Actress Hatcher..TERI

27…Left end?..-IST

28…”The X-Files” extras..G-MEN

29…Shallow crossing point..FORD

31…Dress..ENROBE

33…Cocktail hour array..DIPS

34…Prefix meaning “bee”..API-

37…Without 32-Down, stinging insects..ORANGE JACKETS (from “yellow jacket”)

41…Bit of public relations deception..SPIN

42…Discussion group..PANEL

44…Ran quickly..DARTED

45…Others, on the Orinoco..OTRAS

46…Revealing, as some gowns..BACKLESS

49…Name again..REAPPOINT

52…Without 30-Down, separate matter altogether..MULE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR (from “horse of a different color”)

57…Maker of ProX skin products..OLAY

58…Where balls are often caught..MIDAIR

59…Catch but good..NAIL

60…Engine part..CAM

61…”The Waste Land” monogram..TSE

63…The King..ELVIS

65…”Errare humanum __”..EST

66…Poll no…PCT

69…Ratted..TOLD

70…Trickery..DECEIT

72…Field of study..AREA

73…Without 76-Down, arrive where one must decide between options..COME TO A SPORK IN THE ROAD (from “come to a fork in the road”)

80…Original model..ARCHETYPE

81…It counts..NEATNESS

82…Gave a darn..CARED

83…Lazy..OTIOSE

88…Repeated phrase in Ecclesiastes..A TIME

89…Latin wings..ALAE

90…Without 90-Down, be evasive..SKORT THE ISSUE (from “skirt the issue”)

94…U.K. award..OBE

95…Vulnerable bone for a catcher..SHIN

96…Uncommon..SCARCE

97…Poet Silverstein..SHEL

101…Valhalla VIP..THOR

102…Cholesterol initials..LDL

103…”Momo” author Michael..ENDE

106…Winner’s medalla..ORO

107…Unlike golf, as a rule..INDOOR

110…Without 100-Down, classic children’s novel..CHARLOTTE’S BLOG (from “Charlotte’s Web”)

114…Absolute ruler..DESPOT

115…Native Rwandan..HUTU

116…Religious dissensions..HERESIES

117…Little hooters..OWLETS

118…Blood type, briefly..O-NEG

119…Giant great..MAYS

120…Poem originally performed with music..ODE

Down

1…Stubby-legged Capp critter..SHMOO

2…Beau..WOOER

3…Driving hazard..FOG (smoke + fog = smog)

4…Theater..CINE

5…”The Birds” actress..HEDREN

6…Strong-__..ARMING

7…Telepathy, e.g…PSI

8…Popular chocolate treat..MARS BAR

9…Defend from attack..PROTECT

10…Spanning: Abbr…ACR

11…Biblical beast..ASS

12…One-ups..TRUMPS

13…Takes to the cleaners … or cleans..HOSES

14…”Right on!”..AMEN!

15…Readout using polarized light, briefly..LCD

16…Chit..IOU

17…Band aid..AMP

19…Rested, in a way..SAT

22…Sunscreen letters..SPF

23…Spanish wine region..RIOJA

28…”Scram!”..GIT!

30…Critter orchestrally imitated in Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite”..DONKEY (horse + donkey = mule)

32…__ alert..RED (yellow + red = orange)

33…Pfeiffer of TV’s “Cybill”..DEDEE

34…Patriots’ Day month..APRIL

35…Bench site..PIANO

36…Orch. component..INSTR

38…Move, to a Realtor..RELO

39…Hebrew leader?..ALEF

40…LPGA star Cristie..KERR

41…Happy hour seat..STOOL

42…Zahn of TV news..PAULA

43…”That shut her up like __”: Tennessee Williams..A CLAM

45…Footnote abbr…OP CIT

46…Bowl game star, briefly..BMOC

47…Like some service..SAME-DAY

48…Reagan prog…SDI

50…Actress Bening..ANNETTE

51…Fund-raising gps…PTAS

53…Chemical suffix..-IDE

54…Three-time Masters winner..FALDO

55…Half a sawbuck..FIVER

56…Former NBA center Dampier..ERICK

61…Schlepped..TOTED

62…Place for a coin..SLOT

64…Tre e tre..SEI

66…Preface..PROEM

67…Break off..CEASE

68…Small amounts..TADS

69…Little laugh..TE-HEE

71…Setting for Dickens..INN

72…__ Army: links group..ARNIE’S

73…Tree with pods..CACAO

74…GUM rival..ORAL-B

75…Hal of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals..MCRAE

76…Aid in a stirring experience..SPOON (fork + spoon = spork)

77…Czech hockey player Nedved..PETR

78…Lukas of “Witness”..HAAS

79…Disbelieving accusation..ET TU?

84…Words said while stretching, maybe..IT’S LATE

85…Non-Rx med..OTC DRUG

86…Formal will..SHALL

87…Always, in verse..E’ER

90…Golfer’s garb..SHORTS (skirt + shorts = skort)

91…White wine aperitif..KIR

92…Summer cooler..ICE TEA

93…Halter?..SENTRY

95…Photograph..SHOOT

98…Stroked into the cup..HOLED

99…Uneven, as a leaf’s edge..EROSE

100…Shipboard account..LOG (web + log = blog)

101…Drink too much..TOPE

104…Odd couple?..DEES

105…Letter with curves..ESS

107…Altar avowal..I DO

108…Green..NEW

109…Internet access letters..DSL

110…Comic Margaret..CHO

111…Follower of Attila..HUN

112…Omega, to a physicist..OHM

113…Many a Wikipedia article..BIO




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11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 5 Jun 16, Sunday”

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed this puzzle and thought the theme was particularly fun today. I think I liked the equation aspect of it. CHARLOTTESBLOG really had me perplexed. Once I got it, it was easily the groaner of the day. AMP for “Band aid” gets honorable mention, however.

    Had the puzzle set on “Regular” rather than “Master” today for time reasons so I didn’t Google anything, but I did cheat by guessing 3 letters in the puzzle. That feels less like cheating than three Googles does.

    I had no idea of the origin of the conflict in Rwanda. That is amazing. Talk about the law of unintended consequences. The origin of the word “log” was totally new to me as well. BMOC fooled me again. What was that quote about committing the same error being “of the devil”? And finally -PSI…huh? So would a movie about someone with ESP be considered Sci-Fi or PSI-Fi?

    My $0.02 on the talk yesterday about the difficulty of some clues/answers. I’ve been back doing these crazy things for about 3 years now. I don’t remember one puzzle where I didn’t learn at least one thing I didn’t know before. That means I’ve learned thousands of things (literally) in doing this hobby/endeavor/pastime in that span. I don’t know of any other leisurely pursuit that would produce a result like that. If I knew everything in these puzzles they’d be boring as can be; I wouldn’t do them. It’s the problem solving aspect – getting a word even when you don’t know the answer – that makes it all interesting. We’ve all seen puzzles where at first glance it seems like we know nothing at all, but somehow we manage to complete them. Those are the most memorable grids. So embrace that what you don’t know and keep at it. They will start getting easier over time.

    Best –

  2. Well said, Jeff.
    I love doing crosswords most of the time. Learned a lot from doing so.
    I tried Sudoku. I absolutely stink at it. Really.
    Plus, I get really tired of counting to 9. ^0^
    I simply quit today. It was taking too much time for what i was getting out of it.
    Finished 2/3 of it.
    Hope you all enjoy your Sunday!

  3. Can someone please explain why the theme clues say without instead of with? For instance, 37 across, yellow WITH red equals orange, not without red. They all seem backwards to me.

  4. Hi Anon too– I think it’s about what you would have if you left out part of the hybrid word. For CHARLOTTESBLOG the clue is “without 100 down,” meaning if you take away LOG as part of the hybrid, you’d have Charlotte’s Web. But, the clue is asking us for the children’s classic WITHOUT log.
    I just wrote all that and now I am more confused!! Oh well…
    I also miss Merl, and altho I have a book of his puzzles, I just wish the puzzle gods could find SOMEONE out there with his talent. I like having new Sunday puzzles that are FUN.
    Sweet dreams~~?

  5. I agree with most of the above — these puzzles are not fun especially when they give you a word with a dash that has no reference to anything, i.e. ____alert and
    strong ____. That’s just lazy. There is no joy in completing the puzzle and even after looking on this site, the answers often don’t make sense! There must be someone with Merl’s sense of humor and finesse.

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