Edited by: Rich Norris
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Today’s themed answers include hidden words shown with circled letters in the grid. Those INSIDE words are all synonyms of STORY:
- 56A…Private details … or what’s found in this puzzle’s circles..INSIDE STORY
- 17A…Host of a program also known as “The Factor”..BILL O’REILLY (“lore” inside)
- 24A…Feature of some German nouns..MALE GENDER (“legend” inside)
- 34A…’60s-’70s sitcom whose four original family members were married over the course of the series..MY THREE SONS (“myth” inside)
- 47A…Virus symptom, perhaps..FATAL ERROR (“tale” inside”)
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1…Novelist celebrated on Bloomsday..JOYCE
Regular readers will know that I am unashamedly supportive of my native Irish culture, but I have to tell you that I can’t handle the works of James Joyce. I have spent many a fine day traipsing around Ireland learning about his life, but I have yet to appreciate one of his books. To me, his life is more absorbing than his writing. Having said that, “Ulysses” is an interesting novel in that it chronicles just one ordinary day in the life of a Dubliner named Leopold Bloom. There’s a huge celebration of “Ulysses” in Dublin every year on June 16th, called Bloomsday. The festivities vary from readings and performances of the storyline, to good old pub crawls. “Ulysses” was made into a film of the same name in 1967 starring Milo O’Shea.
The word “spa” migrated into English from Belgium, as Spa is the name of a municipality in the east of the country that is famous for its healing hot springs. The name “Spa” comes from the Walloon word “espa” meaning “spring, fountain”.
The name “Granola” (and “Granula”) were trademarked back in the late 1800s for whole-grain foods that were crumbled and baked until crisp. Granola was created in Dansville, New York in 1894.
17…Host of a program also known as “The Factor”..BILL O’REILLY (“lore” inside)
Bill O’Reilly is best known as the host of “The O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel. O’Reilly’s positions are very much on the right side of the political spectrum, with at least one notable exception, his opposition to the death penalty. He suggests that convicted murderers should be locked up without the possibility of parole, in a military prison with forced labor for eight hours a day.
Bolas are heavy balls connected by cords that constitute a throwing weapon. Bolas are often used to capture animals by tripping them as they run. The weapon is usually associated with gauchos, the South American cowboys, although there is evidence that the Inca army used them in battle.
The Pampas are fertile lowlands covering a large part of Argentina, Uruguay and some of Brazil. “Pampa” is a Quechua word meaning “plain”.
21…Slanted text: Abbr…ITAL
Italic type leans to the right. The style is known as “italic” because the stylized calligraphic form of writing originated in Italy, probably in the Vatican.
22…”A” on many a cornerstone..ANNO
The Latin word for year is “annus”. We often see it used in Latin phrases, but usually with a different spelling. For example in “anno Domini”, the “anno” is the ablative case of “annus” as the phrase means “in the year of the Lord”. Another example is “per annum”, in which “annum” is the accusative case as the literal translation of the phrase is “during the year”.
23…He or I..ELEM
He (helium) and I (iodine) are chemical elements (elems.).
24…Feature of some German nouns..MALE GENDER (“legend” inside)
About one quarter of the world’s languages collect nouns into genders, of which there are usually two or three. The most common gender divisions are masculine, feminine and neuter. Modern English really does not have grammatical genders, although there are some hangovers from Old English such as “he, she and it”, “tiger and tigress” and “duke and duchess”.
Denim fabric originated in Nimes in France. The French phrase “de Nimes” (from Nimes) gives us the word “denim”. Also, the French phrase “bleu de Genes” (blue of Genoa) gives us our word “jeans”.
The Lee company famous for making jeans was formed in 1889, by one Henry David Lee in Salina, Kansas.
30…Half a repartee..TAT
I think that the reference here is to the phrase “tit for tat”.
“Repartee” is conversation that includes witty remarks. “Repartee” comes from the French “repartie” meaning “answering thrust”, originally a fencing term.
“Ost” is German for “east”.
34…’60s-’70s sitcom whose four original family members were married over the course of the series..MY THREE SONS (“myth” inside)
“My Three Sons” is a sitcom that originally aired through the sixties and early seventies. The show starred Fred MacMurray as a widower raising his three sons with the help of the boys’ maternal grandfather, played by William Frawley (and later by William Demarest). In the mid-sixties, the actor playing the eldest son left the show and was written out of the story by marrying him off. The “three-sons” title was rescued by the scriptwriters when they arranged for the adoption of Ernie, an orphaned friend of the youngest son.
A sou is an old French coin. We use the term “sou” to mean “an almost worthless amount”.
The TV show called “Glee” has proven to be very popular. The storyline focuses on a high school glee club in Lima, Ohio called New Directions.
41…Belgian diamond center..ANTWERP
The port city of Antwerp is the second most populous urban area in Belgium after the capital Brussels. To most of the French-speaking population of the country, Antwerp is known as Anvers. The city’s economy is driven by the volume of traffic through the port, as well as trade in diamonds.
43…Expressive tweet space-savers..EMOJI
An emoji is a character found on many cell phones now that is like an emoticon, but more elaborate.
47…Virus symptom, perhaps..FATAL ERROR (“tale” inside”)
That would be a fatal error message on say a computer.
A computer virus has characteristics very similar to a virus found in nature. It is a small computer program that can copy itself and can infect another host (computer).
In the Christian tradition, the “fall of man” took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, against the bidding of God. As a result, Adam and Eve were banished from Eden to prevent them becoming immortal by eating from the tree of life. The first humans had transitioned from a state of innocent obedience to a state of guilty disobedience.
53…”O, beware, my lord, of jealousy” speaker..IAGO
Iago says the following words about jealousy and envy to Othello in William Shakespeare’s play:
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
But, O, what damned minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
54…Banks on a runway..TYRA
Tyra Banks is a tremendously successful model and businesswoman. Banks created and hosts the hit show “America’s Next Top Model “, and also has her own talk show. She was also the first African American woman to make the cover of the “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit issue.
55…Place for a screwdriver..BAR
The cocktail called a screwdriver is a mix of fresh orange juice and vodka. Apparently the drink originated with a group of engineers in the late forties who used to spike small cans of orange juice with vodka, and then stir it in with their screwdrivers.
59…Before, to Byron..ERE
George Gordon Byron, known simply as “Lord Byron”, was an English poet active in the early 1800s. Byron was equally as famous for his poetry as he was for the wild excesses in his personal life. Byron lived much of that life outside of England, and fought for revolutionaries in both Italy and Greece. He died from a fever contracted while fighting for the Greeks against the Ottomans.
61…Toys in laps, briefly..PEKES
The pekingese breed originated in China, as one might suspect from the name. Breeding practices have resulted in the the dog having many health problems, including breathing issues related to the “desirable” flat face. Standards have been changed in recent years, demanding an “evident muzzle” in an attempt to breed healthier dogs.
The broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is most associated with his long run as anchor for the “Nightline” program on ABC. Koppel was actually born in England, to a Jewish family that had fled from Germany. He emigrated with his family to the US when he was 13 years old. Koppel is great friends with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who was a frequent guest on his television show.
63…Pompeo of “Grey’s Anatomy”..ELLEN
The very successful hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has been on television since 2005. The title is a reference to the show’s central character, Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo), as well as a reference to the classic human anatomy textbook commonly called “Gray’s Anatomy”.
64…Hobbit on a quest..FRODO
Frodo Baggins is a principal character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. Frodo is a Hobbit, and is charged with the quest of destroying Sauron’s Ring in the fires of Mount Doom.
2…Player with an orange-and-black logo..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.
3…Federal Reserve chair after Bernanke..YELLEN
The economist Janet Yellen has been the Chair of the Federal Reserve since 2014, and is the first woman to hold the position.
Ben Bernanke was Chairman of the Federal Reserve for two terms after being appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006. While holding the post, Bernanke and his wife had a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with a rate of just over 5% and one car, a Ford Focus. Modest enough …
The Federal Reserve System is more usually known simply as “the Fed”, and is the central banking system of the US. It was introduced in 1913 in response to a number of financial panics at the beginning of the 20th century. The original role for the Fed was to act as a lender of last resort, in case there was a run on a bank. This can happen as most of the money that is deposited by customers in a bank is reinvested by that bank, so it has very little liquid cash available. If too many customers look for their money at one time, then the bank can be short of cash and this can start a “run”. The Fed’s responsibilities have broadened since those early days …
5…Anka’s “__ Beso”..ESO
“Eso Beso” is Spanish for “That Kiss”, and is the name of a hit song recorded by Canadian-born singer Paul Anka.
The Pietà is a representation of the Virgin Mary holding in her arms the dead body of her son Jesus. The most famous “Pietà” is probably the sculpted rendition by Michelangelo which is located in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. In some depictions, Mary and her son are surrounded by other figures from the New Testament, and these depictions are known as “Lamentations”.
Courier and arial are fonts.
English as a Second Language (ESL) is sometimes referred to as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).
12…”Dances With Wolves” natives..PAWNEES
“Dances with Wolves” is a Western movie released in 1999 that was produced by, directed by and starred Kevin Costner. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Michael Blake. Costner had been involved in the “Dances with Wolves” project when Blake only had the bare bones of a script, and it was Costner who suggested the script be turned into a novel. Costner then bought the rights to the book, and ended up investing three million dollars of his own money to finish shooting the film.
26…Pooh’s gloomy pal..EEYORE
Eeyore is the donkey character in A. A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh”. Eeyore is very lovable, but has a gloomy and pessimistic outlook on life.
28…Monster High doll maker..MATTEL
Monster High is a line of fashion dolls from Mattel that are inspired by monster movies. I guess I just don’t understand …
C-SPAN is a privately-funded, nonprofit cable channel that broadcasts continuous coverage of government proceedings.
44…Tribute song on John Lennon’s “Imagine”..OH YOKO!
“Oh Yoko!” is a song written and performed by John Lennon in 1971 that appears on his iconic album “Imagine”. The title refers to Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono.
48…More than see..RAISE
That would be in the card game poker.
49…Birth city of most of the Osmonds..OGDEN
Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in what is now the state of Utah.
The Osmond Brothers were performing at Disneyland in the early sixties when they were spotted by Andy Williams’ father. He was so impressed by their performance that he told Andy to book them on his TV show, after which they became regulars from 1962-69.
57…Org. with 30 franchises..NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1917 in Montreal, a successor to the defunct National Hockey Association (NHA) that had been founded in 1909. Today, the NHL comprises 30 teams: 23 in the US and 7 in Canada.
58…Hawaiian Tropic lotion 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 …
Hawaiian Tropic is a brand of suntan lotion that was introduced in 1969. The brand is known for sponsoring bikini competitions around the world.