Edited by: Rich Norris
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Today’s themed answers include several circled letters. If we SKIP from circled letter to circled letter then those letters spell out types of STONES:
- 58A…Leisurely lakeside activity, and a clue for the circled letters..SKIPPING STONES
- 16A…Reason kept to oneself..ULTERIOR MOTIVE (giving “limestone”)
- 22A…Wig out..FLIP ONE‘S LID (giving “fieldstone”)
- 29A…Thorny thicket..BRIAR PATCH (giving “birthstone”)
- 42A…Johnny Olson catchphrase..COME ON DOWN! (giving “moonstone”)
- 48A…Bum rap..FALSE CHARGE (giving “flagstone”)
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1…”Anaconda” rapper Nicki..MINAJ
Nicki Minaj is a rapper from Queens, New York who was born in Trinidad.
13…Carne follower, in Mexican fare..ASADA
The name of the dish called “carne asada” translates from Spanish as “roasted meat”.
14…Roll at the airport..TAXI
An aircraft taxiing at an airport might be rolling down a runway.
15…Former Vietnamese emperor Bao __..DAI
Bao Dai was the last of the Vietnamese emperors to serve under the “protection” of the French. Bao Dai was emperor of what was then called French Indochina, from 1926 to 1945. He remained in office after the Japanese ousted the French in 1945. He was also the person responsible at that time for giving his country the new name of Vietnam.
19…Barack Obama, astrologically..LEO
Despite rumors to the contrary, I am pretty sure that Barack Hussein Obama II was indeed born in Hawaii. President Obama was born on August 4, 1961 at Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
20…Old Venetian magistrate..DOGE
Doges were the elected chief magistrates of the former republics of Venice and Genoa.
21…Boy in the first family..ABEL
According to the Bible, Adam and Eve had several children, although only the first three are mentioned by name: Cain, Abel and Seth.
22…Wig out..FLIP ONE’S LID (giving “fieldstone”)
Fieldstone is stone used in construction with its natural shape intact. In its purest form, fieldstone is stone collected from the surface of fields.
25…Country singer Clark..TERRI
Terri Clark is a country music artist from Montreal in Canada who has had success right across North America, and who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
29…Thorny thicket..BRIAR PATCH (giving “birthstone”)
“Briar” is a generic name for several plants that have thorns, including the rose. Famously, Br’er Rabbit lives in a “briar patch”.
39…Some caviar..SALMON ROE
“Caviar” is the roe of a large fish that has been salted and seasoned, and especially the roe of a sturgeon. Beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, found primarily in the Caspian Sea. It is the most expensive type of caviar in the world. 8 ounces of US-farmed beluga caviar can be purchased through Amazon.com for just over $850, in case you’re feeling peckish …
42…Johnny Olson catchphrase..COME ON DOWN! (giving “moonstone”)
Moonstone is a mineral that often has numerous colors, with light reflecting internally within the stone. It’s this unique visual effect that gives the gem the name of moonstone.
Johnny Olson was the announcer on “The Price is Right” from day one in 1972, until he passed away in 1985. Come on down!
43…West Indian sorcery..OBEAH
“Obeah” is a West Indian term that describes the folk magic practiced in many of the Caribbean islands.
Ernst & Young is one of the Big Four accountancy firms, alongside Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ernst & Young is headquartered in London. The company was founded in 1989 with the merger of Ernst & Whinney with Young & Co.
48…Bum rap..FALSE CHARGE (giving “flagstone”)
A “flagstone” is a flat stone that is often used for paving walkways and patios. The term may derive from the Old Norse word “flaga” meaning “slab”.
53…Low-cost home loan org…FNMA
The Federal National Mortgage Association is commonly called Fannie Mae, a play on the initialism FNMA. Fannie Mae was founded in during the Great Depression as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal.
55…Letters left of center?..EPI-
The “epicenter” is that point on the surface of the earth which is directly above the focus of an earthquake.
62…”If __ again I meet him beard to beard … “: Shak…E’ER
Here are some lines from the play “Coriolanus” by William Shakespeare:
… By the elements,
If e’er again I meet him beard to beard,
He’s mine, or I am his:
“Coriolanus” is one of William Shakespeare’s tragedies. The play tells the story of the real-life Roman general Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, who lived in the 5th century BC.
I’ve always loved the word “maven”, another word for an expert. Maven comes into English from the Yiddish “meyvn” meaning someone who appreciates and is a connoisseur.
A sarcophagus is a stone or wooden box in which a body is interred. “Sarcophagus” is Greek for “flesh eating stones”. The name was applied as a sarcophagus was often made from a kind of limestone that was believed to cause the flesh of corpses to decompose.
A maul is a large, heavy hammer, one often used for driving stakes into the ground. The term comes from the Old French “mail”, and ultimately from the Latin “malleus”, both meaning “hammer”.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded not long after WWII in 1949 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The first NATO Secretary General was Lord Ismay, Winston Churchill’s chief military assistant during WWII. Famously, Lord Ismay said the goal of NATO was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”
Largo is a instruction to play a piece of music with a very slow tempo. “Largo” is the Italian word for “broadly”.
8…Guitar players, slangily..AXMEN
I guess a guitar looks like an ax(e) …
9…Dust jacket info..BIO
You can usually read an author’s bio on a book’s dust jacket.
11…Encourage to score, as a base runner..WAVE IN
That would be in baseball.
17…First name in despotism..IDI
Idi Amin received most of his military training in the British armed forces, eventually achieving the highest rank possible for a Black African in the British Colonial Army in 1959, that of Warrant Officer. On his return to Uganda Amin joined his country’s military and quickly rose to the rank of Deputy Commander of the Army. During that time he was quite the athlete. He was a noted rugby player and swimmer, and for nine years held the Ugandan national light-heavyweight boxing title. By the early seventies, Amin was commander of all the armed forces of Uganda and in 1971 seized power in a military coup, displacing the country’s president Milton Obote. There followed seven years of brutal rule by Amin during which it is estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people were murdered. Amin was ousted from power in 1979 after a war with Tanzania, and fled to Libya where he stayed for a year. He then moved to Saudi Arabia, where he was financially supported by the Saudi Royal Family for the remainder of his life. Amin died in 2003.
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”.
“To tase” is to use a taser, a stun gun.
23…NYC commuter line..LIRR
The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) is the commuter rail service that runs all over Long Island, New York with 124 stations and 700 miles of track. More people use the LIRR than any other commuter railroad in the US. It is also the only commuter railroad in the country that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ordinal numbers express a position in a series, i.e. first, second, third etc.
25…TV sched. uncertainty..TBA
Something not yet on the schedule (sked) is to be advised (TBA).
26…Aunt with a “Cope Book”..ERMA
“Aunt Erma’s Cope Book” was written by Erma Bombeck and published in 1979. Erma Bombeck wrote for newspapers for about 35 years, producing more than 4,000 witty and humorous columns describing her home life in suburbia.
Although there have been human settlements in the El Paso area for thousands of years, the first European settlement was founded in 1659 by the Spanish. That first community was on the south bank of the Rio Grande, and was called El Paso del Norte (the North Pass). Most of the urban development under Spanish rule took place on the south side of the river, with El Paso del Norte acting as the center of governance for the Spanish for the territory of New Mexico. The Rio Grande was chosen as the border between Mexico and the US in 1848, so most of the city of El Paso del Norte became part of the Mexican state of Chihuahua (and is now called Ciudad Juarez). The area north of the river developed as a US military post, eventually becoming the modern city of El Paso, Texas.
31…Maroon 5 singer Levine..ADAM
Adam Levine is the lead vocalist of the pop rock band Maroon 5. Levine is also one of the coaches on the reality show “The Voice”.
33…Lake of Lombardy..COMO
Lake Como is a glacial lake in Lombardy in Italy. Lake Como has long been a retreat for the rich and famous. Lakeside homes there are owned by the likes of Madonna, George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone and Richard Branson.
35…Auto company founder Citroën..ANDRE
André-Gustave Citroën was a Parisian industrialist who founded the Citroën automotive company in 1919, which became the fourth-largest manufacturer of automobiles by the 1930s. Citroën was also quite the gambler and his huge losses eventually led to his company going bankrupt and being taken over by Michelin, the enterprise that provided the tires for the Citroën cars.
40…Universal donor’s 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”.
Ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT)
The uvula is that conical fleshy projection hanging down at the back of the soft palate. The uvula plays an important role in human speech, particularly in the making of “guttural” sounds. The Latin word for “grape” is “uva”, so “uvula” is a “little grape”.
Che is the narrator in the musical “Evita” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
45…Twain’s New York resting place..ELMIRA
Elmira is a city in the southern tier of New York State located closed close to the border with Pennsylvania. Elmira was also the family home of Olivia Langdon, wife of Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). Mark Twain and family are buried in Elmira’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
49…Country about 12 times longer than its widest point..CHILE
The land of Chile has a very distinctive shape. It is a narrow strip that runs up the west coast of South America. The average width of the country is only a little over 100 miles, and yet its length is about 2,700 miles. Chile is touted as the longest country in the world, although I am not so sure what that means exactly. I mean, Russia extends about 4,800 miles from east-to west, so maybe “longest” implies long in the north-south direction?
The Hanes brand of apparel was founded in 1901. A related brand was introduced in 1986 called Hanes Her Way.
An “aught” is a zero. The term can be used in the context of dates as in “the aughts”, the years 2000-2009. I’ve also heard those years referred to as “the noughties”.
Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) was a Scottish author, famous for his novels “Treasure Island”, “Kidnapped” and “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”.
William Shakespeare was one of the first to associate the color green with envy. He called jealousy the “green-eyed monster” in his play “Othello”.
56…Sound often not allowed?..PEEP
I don’t want to hear a peep out of you …
57…”It __ Right”: 1956 Platters’ hit..ISN’T
The Platters were a vocal group from Los Angeles active in original form from 1954 until 1970. They had four #1 records: “The Great Pretender” (1955), “My Prayer” (1956), “Twilight Time” (1958) and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” (1958).
59…Lunchbox staple, familiarly..PBJ
Peanut butter and jelly (PB&J or PBJ).
60…Cinephile’s TV choice..TMC
The Movie Channel is owned by Showtime, which in turn is subsidiary of CBS. The channel’s name is often abbreviated to “TMC”, although this is informal usage.