Edited by: Rich Norris
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Each of today’s themed answers begins with a word that often follows HIGH:
- 24D…Top-of-the-line, and what each of the four longest puzzle answers begins with?..HIGH-END
- 3D…Contact skating sport..ROLLER DERBY (giving “high roller”)
- 9D…Act too quickly..JUMP THE GUN (giving “high jump”)
- 27D…Kind of tackle made illegal in the NFL in 2005..HORSE-COLLAR (giving “high horse”)
- 31D…Cartoon bird that first appeared in “Fast and Furry-ous”..ROAD RUNNER (giving “high road”)
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Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
The word “pantry” dates back to 1300 when it came into English from the Old French “panetrie” meaning a “bread room”. Bread is “pain” in French, and “panis” in Latin.
14…Successor of Pope John X..LEO VI
Pope Leo VI was in office for just 9 months, spanning the years 928 and 929. Leo VI apparently wasn’t his own man, and fell under the control of a wealthy Roman noblewoman called Marozia. Marozia had allegedly been the mistress of Pope Sergius III, had ordered the imprisonment and death of Pope John X, then making Leo VI head of the Roman Catholic church.
17…”You Be __”: 1986 Run-D.M.C. hit..ILLIN’
Run-D.M.C. was a hip hop group from Queens, New York. The trio took its name from two of the group’s members: Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels.
18…Dr. Brown’s classic drink..CREAM SODA
Dr. Brown’s is a soda brand that’s big in and around New York City. The original formulation first went on the market in 1869, and was primarily sold in Jewish neighborhoods. Dr. Brown’s had a kosher certification long before Coca-Cola achieved the same status in the 1930s.
Caltech is more properly known as the California Institute of Technology, and is a private research-oriented school in Pasadena. One of Caltech’s responsibilities is the management and operation of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If you watch “The Big Bang Theory” on television like me, you might know that the four lead characters all work at Caltech.
Extrasensory perception (ESP)
22…Slush Puppie maker..ICEE
Slush Puppie and ICEE are brands of frozen, slushy drinks. Ostensibly competing brands, ICEE company now owns the Slush Puppie brand.
25…Cries out for calamine..ITCHES
Calamine is mainly zinc oxide, with a small percentage of iron oxide. Calamine is incorporated into a lotion that is used for many things, including treatment of sunburn and itching.
30…Three times, in an Rx..TER
“Ter” is the Latin word for “three”, commonly used in the medical world on prescriptions as part of the expression “ter in die”. “Ter in die” is Latin for “three times a day”, abbreviated to “TID”. “Bis in die” (BID) would be twice a day, and “quater in die” (QID) would be four times a day.
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.
31…Notes after do..RE MI
The solfa syllables are: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la & ti.
Doo-wop developed in the 1940s and can be described as a vocal-based R&B music. Even though the style has been around since the forties, the name doo-wop wasn’t introduced until the early sixties.
35…Starting device: 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.
The “eurozone” or “euro area” is a monetary and economic union within the European Union that uses the euro as a shared legal tender and sole currency.
The manually wound Omega Speedmaster was the first watch worn by an astronaut on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong left his Speedmaster inside the Lunar Module, but Buzz Aldrin wore his.
40…__ Na Na..SHA
Do you remember the band “Johnny Casino & The Gamblers” in the movie “Grease”? That was actually the real-world group Sha Na Na. Johnny Casino & the Gamblers sang “Those Magic Changes” at the high school dance, in between “Rock’N Roll Is Here to Stay” and “Hound Dog”. Sha Na Na got together in the sixties and are still performing today.
41…Gypsum painting surface..GESSO
Gesso is the Italian word for “chalk” and gives its name to the powdered calcium carbonate that is used as a primer coat under artistic panel paintings. The gesso is mixed with a glue and applied to wood so that it acts as an absorbent surface for paint.
43…President pro __..TEM
“Pro tempore” is a Latin phrase that best translates as “for the time being”. It is used to describe a person who is acting for another, usually a superior. The President pro tempore of the US Senate is the person who presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President of the US.
44…Salt Lake City collegian..UTE
The Runnin’ Utes are the basketball team of the University of Utah. The team was given the nickname the Runnin’ Redskins back when Jack Gardner was the head coach from 1953 to 1971. The “Runnin'” part of the name was chosen because Gardner was famous for playing quick offenses. The “Redskins” name was later dropped in favor of the less controversial “Utes”.
“Nein” is the German for “no”.
53…U.K. military award..DSO
The Distinguished Service Order (DSO) is a British military award that is usually presented to officers with the rank of Major or higher.
Soba is a thin Japanese noodle made from buckwheat flour. In Japan, the word soba tends to be used to describe any thin noodle, in contrast with the thicker noodles that are called udon.
57…”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” autobiographer Maya..ANGELOU
Maya Angelou is an African-American autobiographer and poet. Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Clinton in 1983.
59…Writer of medical thrillers..ROBIN COOK
Robin Cook is novelist from New York who writes thrillers dealing with medical situations. Cook’s first major novel “Coma” was made into a 1978 feature film directed by Michael Crichton and starring Geneviève Bujold and Michael Douglas. Cook is himself a physician and is currently on leave with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Les Nessman is a character in the sitcom “WKRP in Cincinatti”. Nessman is the shy balding guy who always wears a bow tie.
3…Contact skating sport..ROLLER DERBY (giving “high roller”)
The sport of roller derby has an international footprint, with almost half the world’s teams being located outside of the US. Most of the teams playing the sport are all-female.
Evite.com is a website launched in 1998 that is used to create, send and manage “evites”, online invitations.
8…Overly cute, to a Brit..TWEE
In the UK, something “twee” is cutesy or overly nice. “Twee” came from “tweet”, which is the cutesy, baby-talk way of saying “sweet”.
10…Source of much website revenue..ADS
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13…BART stop, e.g…STA
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born in Argentina, and in 1948 he started to study medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. While at school he satisfied his need to “see the world” by taking two long journeys around South America, the story of which are told in Guevara’s memoir later published as “The Motorcycle Diaries”. While travelling, Guevara was moved by the plight of the people he saw and their working conditions and what he viewed as capitalistic exploitation. In Mexico City he met brothers Raul and Fidel Castro and was persuaded to join their cause, the overthrow of the US-backed government in Cuba. He rose to second-in-command among the Cuban insurgents, and when Castro came to power Guevara was influential in repelling the Bay of Pigs Invasion and bringing Soviet nuclear missiles to the island. Guevara left Cuba in 1965 to continue his work as a revolutionary. He was captured by Bolivian forces in 1967, and was executed. Fidel Castro led the public mourning of Guevara’s death, and soon the revolutionary was an icon for many left-wing movements around the world.
A cruet is a small glass bottle for holding a condiment or perhaps a dressing. The word “cruet” comes from the Old French word for an earthen pot.
27…Kind of tackle made illegal in the NFL in 2005..HORSE-COLLAR (giving “high horse”)
In football, a horse-collar tackle is a now-illegal move in which the tackling player pulls down on the back of the collar of his opponent, using his weight to drag the player to the ground.
28…Hall of Famer Slaughter..ENOS
Enos Slaughter has a remarkable playing record in Major League Baseball over a 19-year career. Slaughter’s record is particularly remarkable given that he left baseball for three years to serve in the military during WWII.
31…Cartoon bird that first appeared in “Fast and Furry-ous”..ROAD RUNNER (giving “high road”)
Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner are two much-loved cartoon characters from Warner Bros. Wile E. Coyote was created first, and Road Runner was invented as someone for Wile E. to play off. I love this cartoon; definitely one of the best …
An ogee is a type of S-curve. Specifically it is a figure consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite directions (like an S) but both ends of the curve end up parallel to each other (which is not necessarily true for an S). An ogee arch is composed of two ogees, with one being the mirror of the other and meeting at the arch’s apex.
Adam Opel founded his company in 1863, first making sewing machines in a cowshed. Commercial success brought new premises and a new product line in 1886, namely penny-farthing bicycles. Adam Opel died in 1895, leaving his two sons with a company that made more penny-farthings and sewing machines than any other company in the world. In 1899 the two sons partnered with a locksmith and started to make cars, but not very successfully. Two years later, the locksmith was dropped in favor of a licensing arrangement with a French car company. By 1914, Opel was the largest manufacturer of automobiles in Germany. My Dad had an Opel in the seventies, a station wagon (we’d say “estate car” in Ireland) called an Opel Kadett.
54…Luigi’s lucky number?..SETTE
“Sette” is a Italian for “seven”.
59…Zimbabwe neighbor: Abbr…RSA
The Republic of South Africa (RSA) has eleven official languages, a number that is only exceeded by Bolivia (38) and India (22). Included in the list of official languages of South Africa are Afrikaans, English, Swazi and Zulu.
The country now known as Zimbabwe started out as a British colony called Southern Rhodesia, and later just “Rhodesia”. The original colony was named for Cecil Rhodes, the British empire builder.
Over-the-counter drugs (OTC) don’t need a prescription (Rx).
62…Olympics skater Midori..ITO
Midori Ito is a Japanese figure skater. Ito was the first woman to land a triple/triple jump and a triple axel in competition. In fact she landed her first triple jump in training when she was only 8 years old …
63…Neruda wrote one to salt..ODE
Pablo Neruda was the pen name, and eventually the legal name, used by Chilean writer Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Basoalto chose the name as a homage to Czech poet Jan Neruda.