LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Aug 16, Monday




LA Times Crossword Solution 22 Aug 16







Constructed by: John Doering Sr. & C.C. Burnikel

Edited by: Rich Norris

Quicklink to a complete list of today’s clues and answers

Quicklink to comments

Theme: Side Orders

The letters at either SIDE of today’s themed answers are circled in the grid. Those letters spell out types of ORDERS:

  • 62A…Fries, slaw, etc. … and what this puzzle’s circles represent..SIDE ORDERS
  • 18A…Paper or plastic choice..GROCERY BAG (giving “gag order”)
  • 24A…Waitstaff boss..MAITRE D’HOTEL (giving “mail order”)
  • 40A…Misfortune..BAD LUCK (giving “back order”)
  • 51A…Popular climb from Lone Pine, California..MOUNT WHITNEY (giving “money order”)

Bill’s time: 4m 11s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1…D.C. fundraisers..PACS

A Political Action Committee (PAC) is a private group that works to influence the outcome of a particular election or group of elections. Any group becomes a PAC by law when it receives or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election. In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that PACS that did not make direct contributions to candidates or parties could accept unlimited contributions. These “independent-expenditure only committees” are commonly referred to as “super PACs”.

14…Marathon aftermath..ACHE

The marathon is run over 26 miles and 385 yards, and of course commemorates the legendary messenger-run by Pheidippides from the site of the Battle of Marathon back to Athens. The actual distance run today was decided in 1921, and matches the length of the modern-day Marathon-Athens highway.

15…Singer Horne..LENA

Lena Horne was an American jazz singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist. Horne started out her career as a nightclub singer and then began to get some meaty acting roles in Hollywood. However, she ended up on the blacklist during the McCarthy Era for expressing left wing political views. One of Horne’s starring roles was in the 1943 movie “Stormy Weather” for which she also performed the title song.

16…Versailles send-off..ADIEU

“Adieu” is the French for “goodbye” or “farewell”, from “à Dieu” meaning “to God”. The plural of “adieu” is “adieux”.

Versailles is a city located just 10 miles from the center of Paris. It is famous as home to the magnificent Palace of Versailles. The palace started out as a hunting lodge built in the village of Versailles in 1624, built for Louis XIII. Louis XIII extended the lodge into a full-blown château, but it was Louis XIV who expanded it into one of the largest palaces on the planet. Louis XIV moved the royal court from Paris to Versailles starting in 1678.

17…Moscow : nyet :: Berlin : __..NEIN

The English word “no” translates into Russian as “nyet” and into German as “nein”.

20…Detective Pinkerton..ALLAN

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency was founded in 1850 by Scottish American detective and spy Allan Pinkerton. Apparently, in the late 19th century, Pinkerton had more agents than the US Army had soldiers.

22…Protest singer Phil..OCHS

Phil Ochs was an American protest singer who was active in the days of the Vietnam War. Sadly, the singer’s mental health declined at the very time the war was winding down. Saigon fell in 1975, and Ochs committed suicide in 1976.

24…Waitstaff boss..MAITRE D’HOTEL

The full title of a “maître d’” is “maître d’hôtel”, which means “master of the hotel”.

28…Cocktail..DRINK

Our word “cocktail” first appeared in the early 1800s. The exact origin of the term is not clear, but it is thought to be a corruption of the French word “coquetier” meaning “egg cup”, a container that was used at that time for serving mixed drinks.

31…Online company with many drivers..UBER

Uber is a ridesharing service that was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco. The service is somewhat controversial and has been described as an illegal taxicab operation. Central to Uber’s service is the company’s mobile app, which can use the client’s GPS location to help find the nearest available ride. Personally, I love the service and only have had good experiences …

39…”__ culpa”..MEA

Many Roman Catholics are very familiar with the Latin phrase “mea culpa” meaning “my fault”, as it is used in the Latin Mass. The additional term “mea maxima culpa” translates as “my most grievous fault”.

43…Bamboo eater..PANDA

Taxonomic classification of the giant panda has been a subject of great debate for years, the main question being whether it belongs to the bear or raccoon family. The accepted opinion these days, based on molecular studies, seems to be that the panda is in fact a true bear.

45…Watson of “Harry Potter” films..EMMA

Emma Watson is the English actress famous for playing Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” series of movies. Watson continued her education while pursuing her acting career and studied at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

47…Carrier that added “ways” to its name in 1997..USAIR

From 1953, what today is US Airways was called Allegheny Airlines. In the seventies, customers became very dissatisfied with the company’s service levels as it struggled to manage a rapid expansion in its number of flights. These problems earned the airline the nickname “Agony Air”. Allegheny tried to leave the “agony” behind in 1979 and changed its name to USAir. In 1997 the name was changed again, to US Airways. US Airways merged with American Airlines in 2013, and the “US Airways” brand name was gradually replaced with “American Airlines”.

49…Butter toffee bar..SKOR

Skor is a candy bar produced by Hershey’s. “Skor” is Swedish for “shoes”, and the candy bar’s wrapping features a crown that is identical to that found in the Swedish national emblem. Skor is sold in Canada as Rutnam. What “shoes” have to do with candy, I don’t know …

51…Popular climb from Lone Pine, California..MOUNT WHITNEY

Mount Whitney in California has an elevation of 14,505 feet making its peak the highest spot in the contiguous United States. Mt. Whitney was given its name in 1864 by members of the California Geographical Society who named it after Josiah Whitney, the State Geologist at the time.

57…Car rental giant..AVIS

Avis has been around since 1946, and is the second largest car rental agency after Hertz. Avis has the distinction of being the first car rental company to locate a branch at an airport.

60…Most of the Jolly Green Giant’s laugh..HO, HO …

The Jolly Green Giant was introduced by Minnesota Valley Canning in 1925 to help sell the company’s peas. He was named after one of the varieties of pea that the company sold, the “Green Giant”. The Jolly Green Giant first appeared in a television commercial in 1953, walking through a valley with young boys running around at his feet. That first commercial proved to be so scary for younger viewers that it was immediately pulled off the air. In 1972, the Jolly Green Giant was given an apprentice called the Little Green Sprout.

65…”Terrible” tsar..IVAN

The Grand Prince of Moscow Ivan IV became known as Ivan the Terrible. The name “terrible” is a translation from Russian, and perhaps creates the wrong impression about the man. The Russian word is “Grozny”, which is more akin to “strict” and “powerful” rather than “cruel” or “abominable”.

66…Coral island..ATOLL

An atoll is a coral island that is shaped in a ring and enclosing a lagoon. There is still some debate as to how an atoll forms, but a theory proposed by Charles Darwin while on his famous voyage aboard HMS Beagle still holds sway. Basically an atoll was once a volcanic island that had subsided and fallen into the sea. The coastline of the island is home to coral growth which persists even as the island continues to subside internal to the circling coral reef.

67…West Point initials..USMA

West Point is a military reservation in New York State, located north of New York City. West Point was first occupied by the Continental Army way back in 1778, making it the longest, continually-occupied military post in the country. Cadet training has taken place at the garrison since 1794, although Congress funding for a US Military Academy (USMA) didn’t start until 1802. The first female cadets were admitted to West Point in 1976, and today about 15% of all new cadets are women.

69…Oater law group..POSSE

Our word “posse” comes from an Anglo-Latin term from the early 15th century “posse comitatus” meaning “the force of the county”.

The term “oater” that is used for a western movie comes from the number of horses seen, as horses love oats!

70…Gas company with toy trucks..HESS

The Hess Corporation is an oil company based in New York City. In 1964, the company started selling toy trucks with the Hess logo on them, in Hess gas stations. The company has been selling them every since, bringing out new models just before Christmas. Hess toy trucks have become quite collectible and the old ones can fetch a pretty penny.

Down

1…Old TWA rival..PAN AM

Pan Am started out as a mail and passenger service between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba in 1927. From very early in the company’s life it was the de facto representative air carrier of the United States. For many years Pan Am’s fleet was built around the Boeing 314 Clipper, a long-range flying boat that was one of the largest aircraft around at the time. Pan Am adopted the Clipper as part of its image, even using “clipper” as the call sign for its flights.

Trans World Airlines (TWA) was a big carrier in the US, but was perhaps even more recognized for its extensive presence in Europe and the Middle East. For many years, especially after the collapse of Pan Am, TWA was considered the unofficial flag carrier for the US. The company started in 1930, the product of a forced merger of Transcontinental Air Transport and Western Air Express. The Transcontinental and Western Air that resulted (the original meaning of the initialism “TWA”) was what the Postmaster General wanted, a bigger airline to which the Postal Service could award airmail contracts.

2…High-speed Amtrak service..ACELA

The Acela Express is the fastest train routinely running in the US, getting up to 150 mph at times. The service runs between Boston and Washington D.C. via Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. The brand name “Acela” was created to evoke “acceleration” and “excellence”.

3…Legumes used in cook-offs..CHILI BEANS

The full name of the dish that is often called simply “chili” is “chili con carne”, Spanish for “peppers with meat”. The dish was created by immigrants from the Spanish Canary Islands in the city of San Antonio, Texas (a city which the islanders founded). The San Antonio Chili Stand was a popular attraction at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and that stand introduced the dish to the rest of America and to the world.

4…McCain or McConnell..SENATOR

John McCain went into the US Naval Academy in 1958, following a family tradition as his father and grandfather were both four-star admirals. The younger McCain did not achieve the same rank, retiring from the Navy as a captain in 1981, but his career development was interrupted by almost six years spent as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam. John McCain has been a US Senator from Arizona since 1987.

Senator Mitch McConnell is a Republican Senator who took over as Majority Leader in the US Senate in 2015. McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, who served as Secretary of Labor in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush.

5…Math subj…ALG

Algebra (alg.) is a branch of mathematics in which arithmetical operations are performed on variables rather than specific numbers (x,y etc). The term “algebra” comes from the Arabic “al jebr” meaning “reunion of broken parts”.

6…King of Judea..HEROD

Herod Agrippa was the grandson of Herod the Great, and like his grandfather was a Roman client king of Judea. It is thought that Herod Agrippa is the “Herod” mentioned in the Bible’s “Acts of the Apostles”, the king who imprisoned Peter and who had killed James son of Zebedee. Agrippa’s grandfather was the King Herod who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents described in the Gospel of Matthew. This was Herod’s attempt to kill the young Jesus by ordering the murder of all boys aged two or younger in Bethlehem and vicinity.

Judea was the southern part of the historic Land of Israel.

7…Firstborn son of Cain..ENOCH

According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Enoch was the son of Cain, and therefore the grandson of Adam and Eve. Enoch’s mother was Awan, who was also his aunt (Cain’s sister).

8…Ultra-manly..MACHO

A man described as “macho” shows pride in his masculinity. “Macho” is a Spanish word for “male animal”.

19…Cornerstone abbr…ESTD

Established (estd.)

21…Gun lobby org…NRA

National Rifle Association (NRA)

25…Kett of old comics..ETTA

“Etta Kett” was a comic strip that first ran in 1925. The strip ceased to be published in 1974, when creator Paul Robinson passed away. The initial intent was to offer tips to teenagers on manners and social graces, hence the name of the title character Etta Kett (sounds like “etiquette”).

26…Christine’s lover in “The Phantom of the Opera”..ERIK

In Gaston Leroux’s novel “The Phantom of the Opera”, the young Christine Daaé is obsessively admired by Erik, the “phantom” who lives below the Paris Opera House.

31…Strike caller..UMP

That would be in baseball.

32…Older brother of Jeff Bridges..BEAU

The actor Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges, and brother of actor Jeff Bridges. Beau’s best-known role is perhaps one of “The Fabulous Bakker Boys” alongside brother Jeff.

34…”__ to Billie Joe”..ODE

“Ode to Billie Joe” is a hit song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry in 1967. It tells the tale of a family talking about the day that “Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.”

40…Scott of “Happy Days”..BAIO

Scott Baio is the actor who played Chachi Arcola in the great sitcom “Happy Days” and in the not-so-great spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi”. Baio also played the title role in a later sitcom called “Charles in Charge”. Earlier in his career, he played another title role, in the 1976 movie “Bugsy Malone”, appearing opposite a young Jodie Foster.

44…Ones “in distress” in old films..DAMSELS

A “damsel” is a young woman, often referring to a lady of noble birth. The term came into English from the Old French “dameisele”, which had the same meaning. The modern French term is “demoiselle”, which in turn is related to the term of address “mademoiselle”.

46…Tax-sheltered nest egg..ROTH IRA

Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (Roth IRAs) were introduced in 1997 under a bill sponsored by Senator William Roth of Delaware, hence the name.

48…German coal valley..RUHR

The Ruhr is a large urban area in western Germany. The area is heavily populated, and is the fifth largest urban area in the whole of Europe, after Istanbul, Moscow, London and Paris. The Ruhr became heavily industrialized due to its large deposits of coal. By 1850, the area contained nearly 300 operating coal mines. Any coal deposits remaining in the area today are too expensive to exploit.

53…”__ are the times that try men’s souls”: Paine..THESE

Thomas Paine’s series of pamphlets called “The American Crisis” starts with the famous words:
These are the times that try men’s souls.

Thomas Paine was an English author who achieved incredible success with his pamphlet “Common Sense” published in 1776 which advocated independence of colonial America from Britain. Paine had immigrated to the American colonies just two years before his pamphlet was published, and so was just in time to make a major contribution to the American Revolution.

56…Gossipy sort..YENTA

Yenta (also “Yente”) is actually a female Yiddish name. In Yiddish theater “yenta” came to mean a busybody.

57…Without delay, in memos..ASAP

As soon as possible (ASAP)

58…Don Corleone’s first name..VITO

Mario Puzo created the Corleone Mafia family in his 1969 novel “The Godfather”. The head of the family is Vito Corleone (whose birth name was Vito Andolini), a native of Corleone in Sicily. He was given the name Corleone by immigration officers at Ellis Island.

59…Nuptial vows..I DOS

Our word “nuptial” is an adjective meaning “of marriage, of the wedding ceremony”. The term derives from “nuptiae”, the Latin for “wedding, marriage”.

63…Barcelona cheer..OLE!

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, after the capital Madrid. Barcelona is the largest European city that sits on the Mediterranean coast. It is also the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia.

64…Carrier to Copenhagen..SAS

SAS was formerly known as Scandinavian Airlines System and is the flag carrier of three countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. SAS is based at Stockholm Arlanda Airport located just north of the Swedish capital.

Copenhagen is the largest city and the capital of Denmark. I have never visited Copenhagen, but I hear it is a wonderful metropolis with a marvelous quality of life. The city is also very environmentally friendly, with over a third of its population commuting to work by bicycle.

Return to top of page

Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…D.C. fundraisers..PACS

5…Throat-clearing word..AHEM

9…Square root of 64..EIGHT

14…Marathon aftermath..ACHE

15…Singer Horne..LENA

16…Versailles send-off..ADIEU

17…Moscow : nyet :: Berlin : __..NEIN

18…Paper or plastic choice..GROCERY BAG

20…Detective Pinkerton..ALLAN

22…Protest singer Phil..OCHS

23…”Okay, __ do it!”..LET’S

24…Waitstaff boss..MAITRE D’HOTEL

27…Gravy container..BOAT

28…Cocktail..DRINK

31…Online company with many drivers..UBER

33…Tot’s piggies..TOES

37…Religious symbols..ICONS

39…”__ culpa”..MEA

40…Misfortune..BAD LUCK

42…Tales of __: misfortunes..WOE

43…Bamboo eater..PANDA

45…Watson of “Harry Potter” films..EMMA

46…Learning by memorization..ROTE

47…Carrier that added “ways” to its name in 1997..USAIR

49…Butter toffee bar..SKOR

51…Popular climb from Lone Pine, California..MOUNT WHITNEY

57…Car rental giant..AVIS

60…Most of the Jolly Green Giant’s laugh..HO, HO …

61…”Done!”..THERE!

62…Fries, slaw, etc. … and what this puzzle’s circles represent..SIDE ORDERS

65…”Terrible” tsar..IVAN

66…Coral island..ATOLL

67…West Point initials..USMA

68…Take a break..REST

69…Oater law group..POSSE

70…Gas company with toy trucks..HESS

71…Neighborhood..AREA

Down

1…Old TWA rival..PAN AM

2…High-speed Amtrak service..ACELA

3…Legumes used in cook-offs..CHILI BEANS

4…McCain or McConnell..SENATOR

5…Math subj…ALG

6…King of Judea..HEROD

7…Firstborn son of Cain..ENOCH

8…Ultra-manly..MACHO

9…Corn piece..EAR

10…Peaceful..IDYLLIC

11…Barb..GIBE

12…Furnace output..HEAT

13…Harbor craft..TUGS

19…Cornerstone abbr…ESTD

21…Gun lobby org…NRA

25…Kett of old comics..ETTA

26…Christine’s lover in “The Phantom of the Opera”..ERIK

29…Ultimatum words..NOW OR NEVER

30…Tie the __: marry..KNOT

31…Strike caller..UMP

32…Older brother of Jeff Bridges..BEAU

34…”__ to Billie Joe”..ODE

35…Large shade tree..ELM

36…Total in math..SUM

38…”Understand?”..SEE?

40…Scott of “Happy Days”..BAIO

41…Flea market payment..CASH

44…Ones “in distress” in old films..DAMSELS

46…Tax-sheltered nest egg..ROTH IRA

48…German coal valley..RUHR

50…Modeler’s buy..KIT

52…”Obviously, Einstein!”..NO DUH!

53…”__ are the times that try men’s souls”: Paine..THESE

54…Early-bird catches..WORMS

55…Rub out..ERASE

56…Gossipy sort..YENTA

57…Without delay, in memos..ASAP

58…Don Corleone’s first name..VITO

59…Nuptial vows..I DOS

63…Barcelona cheer..OLE!

64…Carrier to Copenhagen..SAS




Return to top of page

17 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Aug 16, Monday”

  1. Technically the Phantom is not Christine’s lover – Raul is, even though a lot of fans wish it were otherwise.

    1. You make a good point, mspixiechick. I noticed the same thing, and maybe should have mentioned something in the post. I let it go, thinking that Erik was a lover of Christine, someone who was in love with her, albeit obsessively. I am not sure that’s what the constructor meant to imply, but technically it works for me.

      1. I see your point, and I realize now with chagrin that I misspelled Raoul to make things worse. Well I won’t be making that mistake again. Others to be sure, but not that one 🙂

        1. I’m glad that we see each other’s points! I must admit, with equal levels of chagrin, that I didn’t think twice about the spelling of Raoul/Raul. Trust me, I am the king of errors here on the blog 🙂 Fortunately, the regulars here act as a very kind editorial staff who politely point me in the right direction when required.

  2. 7:15, no errors, iPad. ACELA always makes me think of the Cub Scouts – because of AKELA, the wise wolf in “Jungle Book”, who somehow got adopted by the Scouts as a symbol. (I was a Cub Scout for all of a few weeks, but I ended up with some of the manuals; my memory of them is a little … fuzzy … warped? … odd? … somehow, the group wasn’t a good fit for me.) … 🙂

  3. Boiler plate Monday stuff. Allegheny Air being dubbed “Agony Air” reminded me of a couple of airlines I’ve taken in the past. TACA Airlines “Take A Chance Airlines” and a Honduran airline, SAHSA – “Stay At Home Stay Alive”. TACA is now a reputable airline based in El Salvador called AVIANCA TACA with flights in and out of the U.S. SAHSA died in the mid 90’s. I think it was bought out by TACA. Still remember the monikers though.

    All that said, flying Aeroflot was the most harrowing airline of them all.

    Best –

  4. Hey all, actually turned out to have a very good week (8/14-20). 1 error from perfect on the Saturday grid for talking myself out of the right answer on 40A, though I’m not sure there’s much difference between UTMOST and ATMOST given the way the clue was written. The center six squares were very hard for some reason. Then 2 errors on the Sunday grid surrounding 32-Down for a couple of esoteric crosses. Time consuming otherwise, which makes Grabowski’s grid the hard one of the week for me.

    Always glad to read the comments here, even if I can’t get in on them as much as I would like, and good to hear others do well/better with these too 🙂

  5. I haven’t done one of these in a week or so. This felt average for a Monday. I still don’t like the new LAT interface.

    The only thing that gets me on any airline is a couple of Xanax.

  6. Foggy brain!
    Thought “SIDE” was the theme.
    Side money, Backside.
    Then the others didn’t make any sense.
    Side mail?
    Shoulda stood in bed.
    ACELA and ERIK and ALLAN unknowns.
    Sheesh.

  7. @Jeff – our local loser was Mohawk, the Slowhawk of the North Eastern skies. One time my sister had to wait hours while they located some stairs.

    Did not know Pinkerton’s first name. As usual, didn’t notice the theme.

    Interesting about Amtrak- my brother-in-law will not take planes any more. To visit us in Utica from San Francisco, he bought a 2-week pass. He traveled to Florida! where he met his daughter coming from Cuba! where she was studying (got an A+). They then came up the Eastern seaboard.

  8. I had a fun time with this Monday puzzle, then got caught up with some work, and never posted.

    I would never have discovered the (error ?) in the Phantom puzzle clue – I just guessed right. I should atleast watch the movie on the opera, sometime soon.

    Nothing more to add, Have a nice day, er, evening, folks.

  9. Pretty quick Monday puzzle; nothing much to write, except that I can attest to the fact that Copenhagen is a delightful place. Tivoli Gardens is, I believe, one of the first amusement parks, the many beautiful blonde young women natives and everything was super clean, at least in the early 80s, even the main train station. There is also a counter-culture region called Christiana, which I didn’t visit, and which has since been raided several times.

  10. Dang! Finished, super easy, but had to do it online. Left my paper in the car; at least it wasn’t missing this time, but I was too lazy tonite to go out to my car and get it. It’s Monday! Easy puzzle, just do it online! Shoulda gotten the hard copy. Oh well–I lived to tell.

    Hey! Strange lady still appears when I click my name/gravatar here! Seriously, does anyone know how to get rid of that??!

    Didn’t notice theme at all.

    Sad the Olympics have ended!
    Be well~~™?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.