LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Aug 16, Thursday




LA Times Crossword Solution 4 Aug 16







Constructed by: Mike Peluso

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Cutting Corners

Today’s grid contains four sets of circled letters at each CORNER. Each spells out a synonym of CUTS, namely:

  • SEVERS
  • SHAVES
  • SHEARS
  • SLICES
  • 33A…With 43-Across, acting like an unscrupulous contractor … and a hint to this puzzle’s circles..CUTTING …
  • 43A…See 33-Across.. … CORNERS

Bill’s time: 7m 14s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1…Retro photos..SEPIAS

Sepia is that lovely rich, brown-grey color so common in old photographs. “Sepia” is the Latinized version of the Greek word for cuttlefish, as sepia pigment is derived from the ink sac of the cuttlefish.The “sepia tone” of old photographs is not the result of deterioration over time. Rather, it is the result of a deliberate preservation process which converts the metallic silver in the photographic image to a more stable silver sulfide. Prints that have been sepia-toned can last in excess of 150 years.

13…Tympanic membrane..EARDRUM

The eardrum lies at the intersection of the outer ear and middle ear. Also called the tympanic membrane, the eardrum picks up vibrations in air caused by sound waves, and transmits these vibrations to the three tiny bones called the ossicles. These ossicles (hammer, anvil and stirrup) are in the middle ear, and transmit the vibration to the oval window. The oval window is the membrane-covered opening lying at the intersection of the middle ear and the inner ear. The vibrations are transmitted into fluid in the inner ear, and converted into nerve impulses in the cochlea that are transmitted to the brain.

15…Half a notable San Francisco intersection..-ASHBURY

Haight-Ashbury is a neighborhood in San Francisco that is centered on the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street. The district was one of the epicenters of hippie life in the sixties, and was home to psychedelic rock performers of the day including Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin.

16…Heavy marble..STEELIE

A playing marble made from agate is called just that, an agate. Steelies on the other hand, are made from solid steel.

18…Brandy letters..VSO

Brandy is a spirit distilled from wine. The term “brandy” ultimately comes from the Dutch “gebrande wijn” meaning “burnt wine”. The length of this aging of the spirit defines the various grades of brandy:

  • VS: Very Special … at least 2 years storage
  • VSOP: Very Special (or Superior) Old Pale … at least 4 years storage
  • XO: Extra Old … at least 6 years
  • VSO: Very Superior Old … 12-17 years

19…Some grad students..TAS

Teaching Assistants (TAs)

22…One of a divided trio?..DEE

There is a trio of letters D (dees) in the word “divided”.

24…Like some room fresheners..PINEY

“Piney” is a variant spelling of “piny”, meaning “suggestive of pines”.

26…Anthem contraction..O’ER

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

The lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner” were written first as a poem by Francis Scott Key, inspired by the bombarding by the British of the American forces at Fort McHenry that he witnessed during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. The words were then set to the tune of a popular British drinking song penned by John Stafford Smith called “The Anacreontic Song”, with the Anacreontic Society being a men’s club in London.

30…Tony winner Martin in the 2013 “Pippin” Broadway revival..ANDREA

Andrea Martin is an actress and comedian who appeared regularly in the television sketch show “SCTV”.

32…Cargo wts…TNS

“Cargo” is freight that is carried by some vehicle. The term comes into English via Spanish, ultimately deriving from the Latin “carricare” meaning “to load on a cart”.

35…Prom dress material..TAFFETA

Taffeta is a plain woven fabric with a crisp feel that is made from silk or one of several manmade materials. The name “taffeta” ultimately comes from the Persian “taftah” meaning “silk or linen cloth”.

37…They may be crunched..ABS

The abdominal muscles (“abs”) are more correctly referred to as the rectus abdominis muscles. They are all called a “six-pack” in a person who has developed the muscles and who has low body fat. In my case, more like a keg …

38…Bollywood star Aishwarya __..RAI

Not only is Aishwarya Rai one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actresses, she is a a former Miss World, having won the pageant in 1994.

Bollywood is the informal name given to the huge film industry based in Mumbai in India. The term “Bollywood” is a melding of “Bombay”, the old name for Mumbai, and of course “Hollywood”.

39…Curaçao cocktails..MAI TAIS

The Mai Tai cocktail is strongly associated with the Polynesian islands, but the drink was supposedly invented in 1944 in Trader Vic’s restaurant in Oakland, California. One recipe is 6 parts white rum, 3 parts orange curaçao, 3 parts Orgeat syrup, 1 part rock candy syrup, 2 parts fresh lime juice, all mixed with ice and then a float added of 6 parts dark rum.

The liqueur known as Curaçao comes from the island of Curaçao in the southern Caribbean. The liqueur is usually given artificial coloring to make it suitable for use in exotic cocktails. The common colors used are blue and orange.

47…RR schedule listing..STN

A station (stn.) is a railroad (R.R.) stop.

48…Land on a lake?..REEL IN

When landing a fish caught on a lake with a fishing rod, one reels it in.

50…Psyche’s beloved..EROS

In the myth of Cupid (aka Eros) and Psyche, the two title characters must overcome many obstacles to fulfill their love for each other. Overcome them they do, and the pair marry and enjoy immortal love.

51…Letters on old TV dials..UHF

The radio spectrum is divided into bands based on frequency. “High band” is composed of relatively high frequency values, and “low band” is composed of frequencies that are relatively low. FM radio falls into the band called Very High Frequency, or VHF. Television signals use frequencies even higher than VHF, frequencies in the Ultra High Frequency band (UHF). AM radio uses lower frequencies that fall into the relatively low bands of Low, Medium and High Frequency (LF, MF, and HF).

54…”Girls” creator Dunham..LENA

Lena Dunham is a co-star in the HBO series “Girls”, and is also the show’s creator. Dunham garnered a lot of attention for herself during the 2012 US Presidential election cycle as she starred in ad focused on getting out the youth vote. In the spot she compared voting for the first time with having sex for the first time.

57…”There’s __ in … “..NO I

There’s no I in “team”.

58…XL squared..MDC

In Roman numerals, XL (40) squared is MDC (1600).

60…Old Buick..LESABRE

The Buick Special was a car produced by General Motors in various forms from 1936, making a final brief appearance in 1975. The Buick Special was given the name “LeSabre” in 1959, and a “Skylark” option was introduced in 1961. The engine was changed from a V8 in 1962, making the Buick Special the first American production car to use a V6.

62…Indian spiced drink..CHAI TEA

Chai is a drink made from spiced black tea, honey and milk, with “chai” being the Hindi word for “tea”. We often called tea “a cup of char” growing up in Ireland, with “char” being our slang word for tea, derived from “chai”.

67…Lots of shots..SALVOES

A salvo is a simultaneous discharge of guns. Ironically, “salvo” comes from the Latin “salve” meaning “be in good health”. Salvo was originally the name given to the firing of guns in the air as a sign of respect or greeting for an important visitor. Good health!

68…Juiced-up Roadsters?..TESLAS

Tesla Motors is a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla is noted for producing the first electric sports car, called the Tesla Roadster. The current base price of a roadster is about $100,000, should you be interested …

69…Breastbones..STERNA

“Sternum” (plural “sterna”) is the Latin name for the breastbone. “Sternon” is a Greek for “chest, breastbone”.

Down

1…French possessive..SES

“Ses” is the French word for “his”, “her” or “its”, when referring to a group of items.

4…Ominous date..IDES

Julius Caesar was assassinated on the 15th (the ides) of March, 44 BC. He was attacked by a group of sixty people in the Roman Senate, and was stabbed 23 times. The first to strike a blow was Servilius Casca, who attacked Caesar from behind and stabbed him in the neck. In Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Casca utters the words “Speak, hands, for me!” just before making the fatal blow. The following line, uttered by Caesar, is more famous though: “Et tu, Brute?”

5…Patron of Alice’s..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.

6…__ generis..SUI

“Sui generis” is a Latin expression meaning “of its own kind”. The term can be used in a number of fields, and in philosophy it refers to an idea which cannot be included in a wider concept, and idea of its own kind.

8…Fare-well bridge..THEE

“Fare-thee-well” is a condition of supreme perfection. The term comes from the salutation one gives on leaving someone: “fare thee well, may it go well with thee”.

9…Scottish resort town known for its whisky..OBAN

Oban is a seaport on the west coast of Scotland. It is home to the Oban distillery, a relatively small but famous distillery that was founded in 1794. It is actually older than the town, which grew up around the distillery.

12…Barrett of Pink Floyd..SYD

Syd Barrett was the lead singer and a founding member of the English rock band Pink Floyd. Barrett was only active as a musician for just over ten years. He retired from the music scene in 1975 and spent the next 30 years living off Pink Floyd royalties until he passed away in 2006.

22…Mil. bravery medal..DSC

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the second highest honor awarded to members of the US Army. The DSC is equivalent to the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross.

23…Evian, par exemple..EAU

Évian-les-Bains (or simply Évian) is in the very east of France, on the shores of Lake Geneva directly across the lake from Lausanne, Switzerland. As you might imagine, Évian is the home of Évian mineral water, the most successful business in town. I can’t stand the taste of Évian water …

24…Colorful flowers..PANSIES

The garden flower called the pansy takes its name from the French word “pensée” meaning “thought”. This name was chosen as the flower was often used as a symbol of remembrance.

25…The very beginning, figuratively..YEAR ONE

The designations Anno Domini (AD, “year of Our Lord”) and Before Christ (BC) are found in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The dividing point between AD and BC is the year of the conception of Jesus, with AD 1 following 1 BC without a year “0” in between. The AD/BC scheme dates back to AD 525, and gained wide acceptance soon after AD 800. Nowadays a modified version has become popular, with CE (Common/Christian Era) used to replace AD, and BCE (Before the Common/Christian Era) used to replace BC.

27…Pretoria’s land: Abbr…RSA

Republic of South Africa (RSA)

Pretoria is the executive capital of South Africa, one of three capital cities in the country. Cape Town is the legislative capital, and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.

29…Virginie, to Eugénie..ETAT

In French, “Virginie, par exemple” (Virginia, for example) is an “état” (state).

39…The Bulldogs of the SEC..MSU

The athletic teams of Mississippi State University have been known as the Bulldogs since 1961, having previously been referred to as the Aggies and the Maroons. The school’s mascot has been an English bulldog named Bully since 1935.

42…Fished with a net..SEINED

A seine is a type of fishing net. It is long and thin, with floats along one long edge (the top) and weights along the bottom edge so that it hangs down in the water. A seine is usually paid out into the water from a boat called a seiner, as the vessel moves slowly in a circle driving fish into the center of the net.

44…Meccano construction set..ERECTOR

Oh how I loved my Erector Set as a kid. The version we used growing up was referred to as a Meccano set, as “Meccano” was the brand name used for for the toy sold as “Mechanics Made Easy”. The original Erector Set was developed by inventor Alfred Carlton Gilbert, and first produced in 1913. Back then it was sold as “The Erector/Structural Steel and Electro-Mechanical Builder”.

45…1973 Court decision alias..ROE

Roe v. Wade was decided in a US District Court in Texas in 1970, and reached the Supreme Court on appeal. The basic decision by the Supreme Court was that a woman’s constitutional right to privacy applied to an abortion, but that this right had to be balanced with a state’s interest in protecting an unborn child and a mother’s health. The Court further defined that the state’s interest became stronger with each trimester of a pregnancy. So, in the first trimester the woman’s right to privacy outweighed any state interest. In the second trimester the state’s interest in maternal health was deemed to be strong enough to allow state regulation of abortion for the sake of the mother. In the third trimester the viability of the fetus dictated that the state’s interest in the unborn child came into play, so states could regulate or prohibit abortions, except in cases where the mother’s life was in danger. I’m no lawyer, but that’s my understanding of the initial Supreme Court decision …

46…Old map abbr…SSR

Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR)

49…One of the fire signs..LEO

Each of the twelve astrological signs is associated with one of the classical elements:

  • Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Earth signs: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
  • Air signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
  • Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

56…Magical opening..ABRA-

The incantation “abracadabra” has a long history. It was used as far back as the 2nd century AD in Ancient Rome when the word was prescribed by a physician to be worn on an amulet to help his emperor recover from disease. “Abracadabra” is Aramaic, and roughly translates as “I will create as I speak”.

58…Beer ingredient..MALT

Malt is germinated cereal grains that have been dried. The cereal is germinated by soaking it in water, and then germination is halted by drying the grains with hot air.

59…Act like a loon?..DIVE

The bird known as a loon here in North America is called a diver in the British Isles. The name “diver” comes from the bird’s habit of swimming calmly and then suddenly diving below the surface to catch a fish. The name “loon” comes from an Old English word meaning “clumsy” and reflects the awkward gait of the bird when walking on land.

60…Map coordinate: Abbr…LAT

Lines of latitude are the imaginary horizontal lines surrounding the planet. The most “important” lines of latitude are, from north to south:

  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Equator
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle

61…Legal thing..RES

“Res” is the Latin for “thing”. “Res” is used in a lot of phrases in the law.

65…Simile center..AS A

A simile is a figure of speech in which a comparison is made between two things that are unalike. For example, a person might be described as “cute as a kitten” or as “busy as a bee”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Retro photos..SEPIAS

7…Condescends..STOOPS

13…Tympanic membrane..EARDRUM

15…Half a notable San Francisco intersection..-ASHBURY

16…Heavy marble..STEELIE

17…Worried about..SWEATED

18…Brandy letters..VSO

19…Some grad students..TAS

21…P.O. boxful..ENVS

22…One of a divided trio?..DEE

24…Like some room fresheners..PINEY

26…Anthem contraction..O’ER

28…Lucid..SANE

30…Tony winner Martin in the 2013 “Pippin” Broadway revival..ANDREA

32…Cargo wts…TNS

33…With 43-Across, acting like an unscrupulous contractor … and a hint to this puzzle’s circles..CUTTING …

35…Prom dress material..TAFFETA

37…They may be crunched..ABS

38…Bollywood star Aishwarya __..RAI

39…Curaçao cocktails..MAI TAIS

43…See 33-Across.. … CORNERS

47…RR schedule listing..STN

48…Land on a lake?..REEL IN

50…Psyche’s beloved..EROS

51…Letters on old TV dials..UHF

52…Strainer..SIEVE

53…For time eterne..E’ER

54…”Girls” creator Dunham..LENA

57…”There’s __ in … “..NO I

58…XL squared..MDC

60…Old Buick..LESABRE

62…Indian spiced drink..CHAI TEA

66…Wearing, with “in”..ATTIRED

67…Lots of shots..SALVOES

68…Juiced-up Roadsters?..TESLAS

69…Breastbones..STERNA

Down

1…French possessive..SES

2…Take in..EAT

3…Hinder..PREVENT

4…Ominous date..IDES

5…Patron of Alice’s..ARLO

6…__ generis..SUI

7…Louisville-to-Nashville dir…SSW

8…Fare-well bridge..THEE

9…Scottish resort town known for its whisky..OBAN

10…Defeat at the polls..OUTVOTE

11…Gift..PRESENT

12…Barrett of Pink Floyd..SYD

14…Doling (out)..METING

15…Declare..ASSERT

20…Furthermore..AND

22…Mil. bravery medal..DSC

23…Evian, par exemple..EAU

24…Colorful flowers..PANSIES

25…The very beginning, figuratively..YEAR ONE

27…Pretoria’s land: Abbr…RSA

29…Virginie, to Eugénie..ETAT

31…A long way away..AFAR

34…Support beam..I-BAR

36…Penalty for wrongdoing..FINE

39…The Bulldogs of the SEC..MSU

40…Game player..ATHLETE

41…Overruns..INFESTS

42…Fished with a net..SEINED

43…Study of government..CIVICS

44…Meccano construction set..ERECTOR

45…1973 Court decision alias..ROE

46…Old map abbr…SSR

49…One of the fire signs..LEO

55…Attach, in a way..NAIL

56…Magical opening..ABRA-

58…Beer ingredient..MALT

59…Act like a loon?..DIVE

60…Map coordinate: Abbr…LAT

61…Legal thing..RES

63…Possesses..HAS

64…Poetic dusk..E’EN

65…Simile center..AS A




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16 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Aug 16, Thursday”

  1. 14:03, no errors. Straightforward, though I’d never heard of OBAN and I’d have thought that the plural of SALVO was SALVOS, without the E. Silly me … 🙂

  2. @Dave -Also never heard of OBAN. I would also have thought SALVOs, since it was from a Romance language.

    My question, since I’m a sports moron, is what about the Georgia Bulldogs? How would I differentiate in the future?

    Peluso tricks me every time, especially where I get stuck on the word as a noun and don’t think of it as a verb and vice versa, as with “Land on a lake.”

  3. A small housekeeping typo . MDC is 1600.

    Pozzle was rather challenging and the theme was convoluted …. my simple mind cannot comprehend in diagnols …. but it is a Thursday, after all.

    I make my masala ( spiced – ) chai with 100% milk, tea and a little bit of cardamom powder and / or ginger grounds. And sugar. I make masala chai, regularly, about once a month. if I have a ‘free’ afternoon.

    In Virginie, to Eugenie, I was looking for a french word for daughter, or niece ….

    Nice to know that the ‘sepia’ was purposefully made, and not merely due to the lack of requisite technology.

    Have a nice day, all.

  4. Hi all!

    @Dave
    I don’t think cruciverb.com sends out any notices, you just wait until the admin looks at it and finally you log on and it’s there. At least that’s how it worked for me.

    In case you haven’t found it, the WSJ is on kind of an off-the-wall site without an incredibly polished interface. But the links are pretty consistent. Like for today, you download it from here, but change the date accordingly and you’ll get whatever date you want. The only catch is that you’ll have to download the corresponding Monday PDF to get the meta answer if you’re playing that part of the Friday grids.

    That site also hosts Birnholz’s grids. Of course there’s other syndicates publishing puzzles in various places in PUZ, but there’s always more than enough for me in just those three right now.

  5. @ Bill, Vidwan beat me to it.
    I was thinking 160 so I had CLX, but that EREXTOR set had to be wrong.
    Duh, it’s 1600. Well that fixed it.
    I guessed my way through a lot of this.
    Bill, thanks for explaining DEE. Oh, how I loathe those “how many letters” kind of clues.
    This took way too long.

  6. Hated this grid. WAY too many abbreviations, which means ergo the theme was forced. The aforementioned MSU/UGA Bulldogs. I could go on for days here. Since when are MAITAIS indigenous of Curacao? And although there may “be NO I in ‘team,'” there is an “I” in, “this grid sucks.”

    Over and out!

    1. @Willie … I think the clue for MAITAIS is just based on the fact that the mixed drink contains Curacao liquor …

  7. Willie – I think curacao is a reference to the liquor blue curicao…which is in a lot of mai tais.

    I can get stumped on any subject…even sports..but I always seem to get alcohol related questions immediately and with total understanding. Hmmmn

    In Puerto Vallarta on my way to the bar. …Liked the puzzle. Did it on the plane

    Best

  8. Did this puzzle at a leisurely pace while working. Finished without trouble but had to come here to verify 22A One of a divided trio? and 48A Land on a lake? Thanks Bill, they make sense now and I guess the “?” is the clue that it isn’t a standard answer they’re looking for.

    I looked up the plural for salvo and both salvos and salvoes is acceptable, but spell check, just now, doesn’t like salvoes.

    On to Friday…

  9. Dang! ONE LETTER OFF!
    Totally guessed, and guessed wrong, at the intersection of bravery and frivolity: I had H instead of D. I was thinking “honor” for the medal, and I didn’t get that irritating “divided trio” thing AT ALL. I could only come up with “hee hee hee” as the trio. GAD!!
    Fortunately, I’m still (for now) glad to gear up for the Friday and Saturday challenges. Game(s) on!!
    Be well~~™?

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