LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Jul 16, Monday




LA Times Crossword Solution 4 Jul 16







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Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Norse Rhymes

Happy 4th of July, everyone!!! Today’s themed answers comprise two words, with the latter rhyming with perhaps gorse, Morse or Norse:

  • 17A…Pre-exam review session..REFRESHER COURSE
  • 27A…Multinational military alliance..COALITION FORCE
  • 49A…Reporter’s trustworthy contact..RELIABLE SOURCE
  • 63A…Coin-operated kiddie ride..MECHANICAL HORSE

Bill’s time: 4m 59s

Bill’s errors: 0




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Across

1…Son of God, in a Bach cantata..JESU

The Bach cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” (Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life) has ten movements. The most famous of these movements is the last one, a chorale titled “Jesus bleibet meine Freude”, usually translated as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”.

5…Sacred wading bird of ancient Egypt..IBIS

The ibis is a wading bird that was revered in ancient Egypt. “Ibis” is an interesting word grammatically speaking. You can have one “ibis” or two “ibises”, and then again one has a flock of “ibis”. And if you want to go with the classical plural, instead of two “ibises” you would have two “ibides”!

14…Novelist Hunter..EVAN

Evan Hunter was the adopted name of Salvatore Albert Lombino, an author and screenwriter from New York City. Hunter had a pen name that was perhaps more famous, namely Ed McBain. As McBain he wrote a successful string of crime novels starting in 1956. As Evan Hunter, he is perhaps most famous for his 1954 novel “The Blackboard Jungle”, which was made into a successful film the following year.

16…__ Valley, Calif.: 1960 Winter Olympics site..SQUAW

The Squaw Valley ski resort is in the Lake Tahoe area of California. Squaw Valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. These were the first Winter Games to be televised live, which gave Squaw Valley a huge commercial boost.

21…Figure skating leap..AXEL

An Axel is a forward take-off jump in figure skating. It was first performed by Norwegian Axel Paulsen at the 1882 World Figure Skating championships.

23…Tel __, Israel..AVIV

The full name of Israel’s second largest city is Tel Aviv-Yafo. Tel Aviv translates into “Spring Mound”, a name chosen in 1910.

25…Use an acetylene torch on..WELD

Acetylene is one of the simplest hydrocarbons, and has the formula C2H2. About 20% of the acetylene produced in the world is used for oxyacetylene gas welding and cutting.

33…PIN requester..ATM

One keys in a Personal Identification Number (PIN) when using an Automated Teller Machine (ATM).

35…Words before “Happy New Year!”..TWO, ONE

Three, two, one … Happy New Year! I mean, Happy 4th of July!

37…Explore eBay..SHOP

eBay is an auction site with a twist. If you don’t want to enter into an auction to purchase an item, there’s a “Buy It Now” price. Agree to pay it, and the item is yours!

39…Vintage roadster..REO

The REO Motor Company was founded by Ransom Eli Olds (hence the name REO). The company made cars, trucks and buses, and was in business from 1905 to 1975 in Lansing, Michigan. Among the company’s most famous models were the REO Royale and the REO Flying Cloud.

41…Pop singer Diamond..NEIL

I saw Neil Diamond in concert about 15 years ago, and I must say he does put on a great show. His voice is cracking a bit, but that didn’t seem to spoil anyone’s enjoyment. I’ve also seen Diamond interviewed a few times on television, and I wouldn’t say he has the most scintillating of personalities.

42…Medal of Honor recipients..HEROES

The highest military decoration awarded for gallantry is the Medal of Honor. The second highest medal is specific to the service, namely the Distinguished Service Cross (Army), the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross. The third highest award is the Silver Star.

48…Delta rival: Abbr…UAL

United Airlines (UAL) has a complicated history, but can trace its roots back to Aviation Enterprises, founded in 1944 and later called Texas International. The first use of the “United” name in the company’s history was when airplane pioneer William Boeing merged his Boeing Air Transport with Pratt & Whitney to form the United Aircraft and Transport Corporation (UATC) in 1929. The Air Mail Act of 1934 required that UATC be broken up into United Aircraft (which became United Technologies), the Boeing Aircraft Company and United Air Lines.

Delta was the world’s largest airline for a while (after merging with Northwest Airlines in 2008) and is also the oldest airline still operating in the US. Delta’s roots go back to 1924 before it started carrying passengers and was called Huff Daland Dusters, a crop dusting company based in Macon, Georgia. The name Delta Air Service was introduced in 1928.

57…Flu symptom..AGUE

An ague is a fever, one usually associated with malaria.

66…Spin docs..PR MEN

Public relations (PR)

68…Out of the wind..ALEE

“Alee” is the direction away from the wind. If a sailor points into the wind, he or she is pointing “aweather”.

69…Shabby..SEEDY

We use the word “seedy” to mean “shabby”. The usage probably arose from the appearance of a flowering plant that has gone to seed.

Down

1…Soda __: fountain worker..JERK

In the halcyon days of yore, a “soda jerk” was usually a young person whose main job was to serve ice cream sodas in a drugstore. The server would “jerk” the handle on the soda fountain to dispense the soda water, giving the job its distinctive name.

5…Checkpoint requirements: Abbr…IDS

ID (identity document)

7…Curly-horned goat..IBEX

Ibex is a common name for various species of mountain goat. “Ibex” is a Latin name that was used for wild goats found in the Alps and Apennines in Europe.

9…GI show gp…USO

The United Service Organization (USO) was founded in 1941 at the request of FDR “to handle the on-leave recreation of the men in the armed forces”. A USO tour is undertaken by a troupe of entertainers, many of whom are big-name celebrities. A USO tour usually includes troop locations in combat zones.

18…”Don’t Be Cruel” singer..ELVIS

“Don’t Be Cruel” was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1956. “Don’t Be Cruel” was released as an A-side, but the B-side turned out to be more successful; a tune called “Hound Dog” …

24…Simpson trial judge..ITO

Judge Lance Ito came in for a lot of criticism for his handling of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. The lead prosecutor in that trial was Marcia Clark, you might recall. I read the book that’s Clark wrote about the trial called “Without a Doubt”, and she pointed out one trait of Judge Ito that I think is quite telling. Ito would almost always refer to the prosecutor as “Marcia”, while addressing the men on both sides of the case as “Mister”.

29…Love, in Rome..AMORE

According to tradition, Rome was founded by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. The pair had a heated argument about who should be allowed to name the city and Romulus hit Remus with a shovel, killing him. And so, “Rome” was born!

30…NBA great Shaquille..O’NEAL

Retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal now appears regularly as an analyst on the NBA TV show “Inside the NBA”. Shaq has quite a career in the entertainment world. His first rap album, called “Shaq Diesel”, went platinum. He also starred in two of his own reality show: “Shaq’s Big Challenge” and “Shaq Vs.”

31…__ d’Alene, Idaho..COEUR

The city, lake and river in Idaho called Coeur d’Alene are all named for the Coeur d’Alene People, Native Americans who lived in the area when it was first explored by French Canadian fur traders. “Coeur d’Alene” translates from French as “heart of an awl”. The Native American people were given this name as they were perceived as shrewd traders by their Canadian counterparts.

32…Room-filling computer unveiled in 1946..ENIAC

The acronym ENIAC stands for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (although many folks insist that the C was for “Computer”). ENIAC was the first general-purpose electronic computer. It was designed to calculate artillery firing tables, but it ended up being used early on to make calculations necessary for the development of the hydrogen bomb. Given its uses, it’s not surprising to hear that development of ENIAC was funded by the US Army during WWII.

36…Magazine you can read forward and backward?..ELLE

“Elle” magazine was founded in 1945 in France and today has the highest circulation of any fashion magazine in the world. “Elle” is the French word for “she”. “Elle” is published monthly worldwide, although you can pick up a weekly edition if you live in France.

43…Austrian “a”..EIN

The name “Austria” is a Latin variant of the German name for the country, “Österreich”. “Österreich” itself means “Eastern borderlands”, a reference to the country’s history as a prefecture of neighboring Bavaria to the west.

46…Tampa-to-Palm Beach dir…ESE

The Florida city of Tampa has been known as the Big Guava since the seventies. The term is imitative of New York’s “Big Apple”, and refers to the unsuccessful search for the reported wild guava trees that were once hoped to be the basis of a new industry for the area.

Palm Beach is the most easterly town in Florida, and is located on a barrier island. Palm Beach is separated from the cities of West Palm Beach and Lake Worth by the Intracoastal Waterway.

50…Unidentified flying radar blips..BOGIES

“Bogey” is WWII slang for an unidentified aircraft that is presumed to be hostile.

58…Golden St. campus..UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gets more applications from students than any other university in the country. UCLA also has more students enrolled than any other university in the state.

“The Golden State” has been the official nickname of California since 1968. The nickname reflects the expansion of the state’s economy that followed the discovery of gold, and also the fields of golden poppies seen growing wild across California in the spring.

60…Folksy Guthrie..ARLO

Arlo Guthrie is the son of Woody Guthrie. Both father and son are renowned for their singing of protest songs about social injustice. Arlo is most famous for his epic “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree”, a song that lasts a full 18m 34s. In the song Guthrie tells how, after being drafted, he was rejected for service in the Vietnam War based on his criminal record. He had only one incident on his public record, a Thanksgiving Day arrest for littering and being a public nuisance when he was 18-years-old.

61…Tiny time meas…PSEC

A picosecond is one trillionth of a second, and is correctly abbreviated to “ps” in the SI system of measurements. I guess that’s what “psec” is meant to be …

65…”__ Misérables”..LES

Victor Hugo’s famous 1862 novel “Les Misérables”, has been translated into English several times. However, the title is usually left in the original French as a successful translation of “les misérables” seems to be elusive. Some suggestions for an English title are “The Wretched”, “The Victims” and “The Dispossessed”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Son of God, in a Bach cantata..JESU

5…Sacred wading bird of ancient Egypt..IBIS

9…English class topic..USAGE

14…Novelist Hunter..EVAN

15…Outstanding credit..DEBT

16…__ Valley, Calif.: 1960 Winter Olympics site..SQUAW

17…Pre-exam review session..REFRESHER COURSE

20…Prepare to propose..KNEEL

21…Figure skating leap..AXEL

22…Satisfied sounds..AAHS

23…Tel __, Israel..AVIV

25…Use an acetylene torch on..WELD

27…Multinational military alliance..COALITION FORCE

33…PIN requester..ATM

34…In a bit..SOON

35…Words before “Happy New Year!”..TWO, ONE

37…Explore eBay..SHOP

39…Vintage roadster..REO

41…Pop singer Diamond..NEIL

42…Medal of Honor recipients..HEROES

45…State firmly..AVER

48…Delta rival: Abbr…UAL

49…Reporter’s trustworthy contact..RELIABLE SOURCE

52…”What have I gotten myself __?”..INTO

53…Bring in from the fields..REAP

54…Cries from successful solvers..AHAS

57…Flu symptom..AGUE

59…Sounds of thunder..CLAPS

63…Coin-operated kiddie ride..MECHANICAL HORSE

66…Spin docs..PR MEN

67…”If all __ fails … “..ELSE

68…Out of the wind..ALEE

69…Shabby..SEEDY

70…Puts into words..SAYS

71…Where boats tie up..DOCK

Down

1…Soda __: fountain worker..JERK

2…Tied, as a score..EVEN

3…Out of danger..SAFE

4…Hard to believe..UNREAL

5…Checkpoint requirements: Abbr…IDS

6…Conduct, in report card comments..BEHAVIOR

7…Curly-horned goat..IBEX

8…Sprinkled widely..STREWN

9…GI show gp…USO

10…Detachment of fighter jets..SQUADRON

11…Subtle glow..AURA

12…Nasty cut..GASH

13…Fleecy farm females..EWES

18…”Don’t Be Cruel” singer..ELVIS

19…Chin indentation..CLEFT

24…Simpson trial judge..ITO

26…Weather map “L”..LOW

27…Tens and twenties..CASH

28…”None of the above” choice..OTHER

29…Love, in Rome..AMORE

30…NBA great Shaquille..O’NEAL

31…__ d’Alene, Idaho..COEUR

32…Room-filling computer unveiled in 1946..ENIAC

36…Magazine you can read forward and backward?..ELLE

38…Like shiny shoes..POLISHED

40…Flipped during frying, as eggs..OVER EASY

43…Austrian “a”..EIN

44…The devil..SATAN

46…Tampa-to-Palm Beach dir…ESE

47…Pest control target..ROACH

50…Unidentified flying radar blips..BOGIES

51…Transfer, as computer data..UPLOAD

54…Bandstand boosters..AMPS

55…”Present!”..HERE!

56…Summit..ACME

58…Golden St. campus..UCLA

60…Folksy Guthrie..ARLO

61…Tiny time meas…PSEC

62…Search for..SEEK

64…Vague quantity..ANY

65…”__ Misérables”..LES




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23 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Jul 16, Monday”

  1. And let’s not forget the rhyming bush he pros will find at the British Open at Royal Troon ~ GORSE.

    1. Fair point, Argyle. I’m looking out of a window right now in the West of Ireland, watching sheep grazing their way around the gorse bushes.

  2. Happy 4th everyone. Ditto above. I thought the theme must surely be more than just the last words all rhyming, but I guess not.

    The paper here runs a copy of the Declaration of Independence every 4th of July. What a beautifully worded document it is. Why doesn’t we talks that way no more??

    Best –

  3. Happy Independence Day!
    Our town had the parade and fireworks on Saturday, so I’m all turned around again.
    Fun puzzle. BOGIE is new to me.

    1. Thanks, Pookie! It was great; I really felt special. My husband was awesome in all he did for me. Happy 4th, everyone!!

  4. @Jeff, @Pookie, @Tony Michaels, @Dirk, @Glenn, @Carrie – thank you so very much for your kind birthday wishes. I had a great day. Happy Fourth of July to everybody!

    1. Belated birthday wishes, RestMyCase. I’m a but behind here due to some time zone issues. Hope you had a great day yesterday, and a great day today for that matter!

  5. @Carrie
    I do remember that time in MLB, including Atlanta in the west – when you have an odd number of teams, you really can’t do much other than that. The regular season games were so hyper-competitive though, since there were so many in the division. The ironic thing is that for having 162 games, a lot of them meant something back in that time.

    Not so much today. The current divisional format we have is a result of the modern playoff process, which could be argued is part of the PC mentality of today’s society…”Well they should get to go.” “Yeah but they didn’t earn it.” There’s always an anomaly, an exception. The NFL, with their extended playoff system, had one a few years ago…”But they won 10 games!” “Yeah, but they’re third place. Out of 4 teams.” Also notable was the division winner who was barely at .500 that year.

    There’s really no way to play any playoff system without someone somewhere along the line feeling they got shorted out despite the rules being what they are.

    @all
    Things have gotten to where I’ll likely have to cancel my Internet service tomorrow, which will mean I will have to cease being here. I had a good time here over the last year or two getting to read everyone here and sharing things on these travels. Happy solving, or whatever you’re supposed to say in these things.

    1. @Glenn
      So sorry to hear that. Please come back when you get your internet service back. No problems last forever..

      Best –

      1. Unfortunately, these have lasted too long for various reasons outside of my control, much to my personal injury. We’ll see when, and if I’m still interested in crosswords by then.

    2. Really sorry to hear that you’re leaving us, Glenn, really sorry. I hope the situation will change soon and you work your way back here. Be well.

  6. @Glenn You will be sorely missed here.
    I’m so sad.
    I always looked forward to your knowledge and perspectives.
    Please come back when things get straightened out.

  7. @Glenn
    Our library has internet access. You just need a library card.
    Are you able to get to your local library?
    That might be a way to stay connected. I hate to see you cut off from everything because of certain hitches.
    Please consider it.

  8. Writing as fast as I could, it took me :12 to finish. COEUR and NEIL slowed me down briefly.

    Also, I was going to complain about Austria, but your definition is pretty much right on. Once I realized the “a” was a determinate rather than the vowel, that made sense too.

    @Glenn Definitely check on the library; I used that for a few years before finally getting a DSL. Your input here is always interesting.

    @Bill So, do you go for Murphy’s or Guinness or one of the many new craft brews?

    1. @Dirk
      I mainly drink Guinness in the pubs here in Ireland. Murphy’s is hard to find outside of Cork, where it’s brewed. I see craft brews everywhere now, something I rarely encountered the last time I was here. IPAs aren’t as popular or as “florid” as they are in the US, but they’re gaining ground (much to my chagrin).

  9. Hi folks!
    @Glenn — say it ain’t so! I hope you log on at the library — the group needs you! I’ll wager that you’ve already posted a comment for tomorrow. And I wonder if you’ll read THIS!!
    Re: our baseball discussion — I especially dislike interleague play. I feel that has also drained some of the punch from the regular season.
    I could go further back and complain about the designated hitter, but I won’t.
    Now I’ve half a mind to have a nice Guinness pint — but the other half says GO TO SLEEP!
    Be well~~™?

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