LA Times Crossword Answers 13 Sep 16, Tuesday




LA Times Crossword Solution 13 Sep 16







Constructed by: Neville Fogarty

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Open with a Joke

Today’s themed answers each start with a type of JOKE:

  • 67A…Some speeches open with them … as do this puzzle’s four longest entries..JOKES
  • 18A…How some sloganed T-shirts should be washed..INSIDE OUT (giving “inside joke”)
  • 27A…1998 Bullock/Kidman film involving witchcraft..PRACTICAL MAGIC (giving “practical joke”)
  • 44A…Going to the grocery store, the bank, etc…RUNNING ERRANDS (giving “running joke”)
  • 59A…Unsportsmanlike behavior..DIRTY POOL (giving “dirty joke”)
  • Bill’s time: 5m 44s

    Bill’s errors: 0




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    Across

    1…Oodles and oodles..SCADS

    The origin of the word “scads”, meaning “lots and lots”, is unclear, although back in the mid-1800s “scads” was used to mean “dollars”.

    10…Poetic foot..IAMB

    An iamb is a metrical foot containing an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Robert Frost’s “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” consists of lines made up of four sequential iambs e.g. “Whose woods / these are / I think / I know”. With a sequence of four iambs, the poem’s structure is described as iambic tetrameter.

    14…Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”..ELLIE

    The actress Ellie Kemper’s big break came with the role of Erin Hannon, a receptionist on the sitcom “The Office”. More recently, Kemper has be playing the title role on the Netfliz comedy series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.

    15…Wintry coating..HOAR

    The Old English word “har” meant “gray, venerable, old”, and came into English as “hoar” (and later “hoary”) with the same meaning. The term “hoar-frost” dates back to the 13th century, and reflects the similarity of the white feathers of frost to the gray/white of an old man’s beard.

    16…Tennis court surface..CLAY

    There are four different surfaces used for playing tennis competitively:

    • Clay courts (used for the French Open)
    • Hard courts (used for the US Open and the Australian Open)
    • Grass courts (used for Wimbledon)
    • Carpet courts

    21…Ocho minus cinco..TRES

    In Spanish, “ocho” (eight) minus “cinco” (five) is “tres” (three).

    23…Baltic Sea capital..RIGA

    Riga is the capital city of Latvia. The historical center of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, declared as such because of the city’s magnificent examples of Art Nouveau architecture.

    25…RC or Pepsi..COLA

    Nehi Corporation was the nickname for the Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works that introduced the Nehi drink in 1924. Years later the company developed a new brand, Royal Crown Cola (also known as RC Cola). By 1955, RC Cola was the company’s flagship product, so the “Nehi Corporation” became the “Royal Crown Company”. In 1954, RC Cola became the first company to sell soft drinks in cans.

    The Pepsi-Cola formulation was developed by one Caleb Bradham who made the drink at home and sold it as “Brad’s Drink”. Bradham’s aim was to provide a drink that was pleasant to taste, that would aid digestion and boost energy. Included in the formula were pepsin (a digestive enzyme) and kola nuts. These two ingredients inspired the brand name we use today: Pepsi-Cola.

    27…1998 Bullock/Kidman film involving witchcraft..PRACTICAL MAGIC (giving “practical joke”)

    “Practical Magic” is a 1998 romcom starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman as two sisters who are raised as witches. The film is based on a 1995 novel of the same name written by Alice Hoffman.

    33…Metal-rich deposits..LODES

    A lode is a metal ore deposit that’s found between two layers of rock or in a fissure. The “mother lode” is the principal deposit in a mine, usually of gold or silver. “Mother lode” is probably a translation of “veta madre”, an expression used in mining in Mexico.

    34…Chicken chow __..MEIN

    “Chow mein” has two slightly different meanings on the East and West Coasts of the US. On the East Coast, “basic” chow mein is a crispy dish, whereas on the West Coast it is a steamed dish that is relatively soft. On the East Coast the steamed dish is available, but under the name “lo mein”. On the West Coast, the crispy dish is also on the menu, as Hong Kong style chow mein.

    37…Dollar competitor..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.

    Dollar Rent A Car was founded in 1965. Chrysler acquired the company in 1990 and merged it with Thrifty Car Rental, which Chrysler had purchased a year earlier.

    40…Flag Day month..JUNE

    Flag Day in the US is June 14th each year, as the Flag of the United States was adopted officially by the Second Continental Congress on June 14th, 1777. Flag Day in Canada is on February 15th, as the current Flag of Canada was inaugurated on February 15th, 1965.

    41…Maiden name intro..NEE

    “Née” is the French word for “born” when referring to a female. The male equivalent is “né”.

    48…Word on a shoppe sign..OLDE

    The word “olde” wasn’t actually used much earlier than the 1920s. “Olde” was introduced to give a quaint antique feel to brand names, shop names etc. as in “Ye Olde Shoppe”.

    49…Data set average..MEAN

    In a set of numbers, the mean is the average value of those numbers. The median is the numeric value at which half the numbers have a lower value, and half the numbers a higher value.

    50…”Gone With the Wind” family name..O’HARA

    Scarlett O’Hara’s home is the Tara plantation, in Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Tara was founded not far from the Georgia city of Jonesboro by Scarlett’s father, Irish immigrant Gerald O’Hara. Gerald won the square mile of land on which Tara was built in an all-night poker. He named his new abode after the Hill of Tara back in his home country, the ancient seat of the High King of Ireland.

    53…Uno card..SKIP

    In my youth I remember being taught a great card game, by a German acquaintance of mine, called Mau Mau. Years later I discovered that Uno is basically the same game, but played with a purpose-printed deck instead of the regular deck of playing cards that’s used for Mau Mau. I hear that Mau Mau is derived from the game called Crazy Eights.

    55…Knight’s weapon..MACE

    A mace is a relatively simple weapon in essence, a heavy weight on the end of a handle that is used to deliver powerful blows on an opponent’s body.

    61…Divided island of Southeast Asia..TIMOR

    Timor is an island in Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is politically divided into West Timor, belonging to Indonesia, and the independent state of East Timor. The name “Timor” comes from a Malay word for “east”, and is used as Timor lies at the eastern end of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

    62…Twistable cookie..OREO

    There is an “official” competition involving Oreo cookies, in case anyone is interested in participating. A competitor has to take several steps to finish an OREO Lick Race:

    1. Twist open the cookie.
    2. Lick each half clean of creme.
    3. Show the clean cookie halves to the fellow competitors.
    4. Dunk the cookie halves in a glass of milk.
    5. Eat the cookie halves.
    6. Drink the milk.

    Ready, set, go …

    63…Ritz-Carlton rival..OMNI

    Omni Hotels & Resorts is headquartered in Irvine, California and has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico.

    65…Chestnut horse..ROAN

    A roan horse has an even mixture of white and colored hairs on the body with the head, lower legs, mane and tail having a more solid color.

    Down

    2…Elizabeth Taylor role, informally..CLEO

    The 1963 movie “Cleopatra” really was an epic work. It was the highest grossing film of the year, taking in $26 million dollars at the box office, yet it still lost money. The original budget for the film was just $2 million, but so many things went wrong the final cost swelled to a staggering $44 million dollars, making it the second most expensive movie ever made (taking into account inflation). Elizabeth Taylor was supposed to earn a record amount of $1 million for the film, and ended up earned seven times that amount due to delays. But she paid dearly, as she became seriously ill during shooting and had to have an emergency tracheotomy to save her life. The scar in her throat can actually be seen in some of the shots in the film.

    3…Economist Greenspan..ALAN

    Alan Greenspan served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006, the longest anyone has held that post. He was appointed by President Reagan for a four-year term, and was reappointed by subsequent presidents until Greenspan retired. Outside of the world of economics, Greenspan is married to NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, and back in the seventies he dated Barbara Walters.

    4…Acts like Elizabeth Taylor?..DIVORCES

    Actress Elizabeth Taylor married eight times, to seven husbands. Those marriages were to:

    1. Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, the young hotel heir
    2. Michael Wilding, the English actor
    3. Mike Todd, the film and stage producer
    4. Eddie Fisher, the singer
    5. Richard Burton (twice), the Welsh actor
    6. John Warner, who went on to become a US Senator for Virginia
    7. Larry Fortensky, a construction worker whom Taylor met at the Betty Ford Clinic

    6…Former French president Jacques..CHIRAC

    Jacques Chirac served as French President from 1995 to 2007. He also served twice as Prime Minister of France, and as the Mayor of Paris.

    8…Symbol for the lower piano music part..BASS CLEF

    Clef is the French word for “key”. In music, a clef is used to indicate the pitch of the notes written on the stave. The bass clef is also known as the F-clef, the alto clef is the C-clef, and the treble clef is the G-clef.

    9…__ Lanka..SRI

    The island nation of Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast of India. The name “Sri Lanka” translates from Sanskrit into English as “venerable island”. Before 1970, Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon, a name given to the country during British rule.

    11…Medicinal houseplant..ALOE

    Aloe vera has a number of alternate names that are descriptive of its efficacy as a medicine. These include the First Aid plant, Wand of Heaven, Silent Healer and Miracle Plant.

    12…Rodent in a German lab..MAUS

    The German for “mouse” is “maus”.

    13…Data unit..BYTE

    In the world of computers, a “bit” is the basic unit of information. It has a value of 0 or 1. A “byte” is a small collection of bits (usually 8), the number of bits needed to uniquely identify a character of text. The prefix mega- stands for 10 to the power of 6, so a megabyte (meg) is 1,000,000 bytes. And the prefix giga- means 10 to the power of 9, so a gigabyte (gig) is 1,000,000,000 bytes. Well, those are the SI definitions of megabyte and kilobyte. The purists still use 2 to the power of 20 for a megabyte (i.e. 1,048,576), and 2 to the power of 30 for a gigabyte.

    19…Ken or Daria of financial journalism..DOLAN

    Husband and wife Ken and Daria Dolan are sometimes referred to as “The First Family of Finance”. They are both authors of book on personal finance management, and also co-anchored the show “Dolans Unscripted” on CNN.

    21…__ Friday’s..TGI

    T.G.I. Fridays is an American restaurant chain, founded in 1965 in New York City. Today there are over a thousand T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in over 50 countries. I think that Fridays has always been particularly successful overseas. I used to visit one a lot with my family when we lived in the Philippines, and I believe the most successful Fridays restaurant anywhere in the world is the one in Haymarket Leicester Square in London in the UK.

    28…Mars explorer..ROVER

    There have been several rovers sent to Mars from Earth. The Soviet Union’s Mars 2 landed in 1971, and failed. Mars 3 landed the same year, and ceased operation just 20 seconds after landing. NASA’s Sojourner landed in 1997 (what a great day that was!) and operated from July through September. The British rover Beagle 2 was lost six days before its scheduled entry into the Martian atmosphere. NASA’s Spirit landed in 2004, and operated successful for over six years before getting trapped in sand and eventually ceasing to communicate. NASA’s Opportunity also landed in 2004, and it is still going. And then NASA’s Curiosity made a spectacular, hi-tech landing in 2012 and is continuing to explore the planet today.

    29…”So long!” along the Seine..ADIEU

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

    The Seine is the river that flows through Paris. The Seine empties into the English Channel to the north, at the port city of Le Havre.

    40…Surrealist painter from Barcelona..JOAN MIRO

    Joan Miró was a Spanish artist. Miro immersed himself in Surrealism, so much so that Andre Breton, the founder of the movement, said that Miro was “the most Surrealist of us all”.

    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.

    43…Bikini top..BRA

    The origin of the word “bikini”, a type of bathing suit, seems very uncertain. My favorite story is that it is named after the Bikini Atoll, site of American A-bomb tests in the forties and fifties. The name “bikini” was chosen for the swim-wear because of the “explosive” effect it had on men who saw a woman wearing the garment!

    45…Big name in antivirus software..NORTON

    Norton Antivirus software is produced by Symantec. The Norton brand name originated with Peter Norton Computing, a company that Symantec acquired in 1990. Peter Norton’s most famous product was Norton Utilities, and he never produced an antivirus application. Symantec decided to use the respected Norton brand for the antivirus product that it developed and introduced in 1991.

    46…Estevez of “The Breakfast Club”..EMILIO

    Emilio Estevez is one of the members of Hollywood’s famous “Brat Pack”, having appeared in “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire”. Estevez’s father (and can’t you tell it from looking at him?) is actor Martin Sheen. Estevez decided to keep his father’s real name, and not the stage name of “Sheen”. Charlie Sheen is Emilio’s brother, and Charlie’s real name is Carlos Estevez.

    “The Breakfast Club” is a fabulous teen drama film (a genre which I usually avoid like the plague) released in 1985. It is directed by John Hughes, and stars Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy as the students at a Saturday school detention class.

    51…”Big Hero 6″ hero..HIRO

    “Big Hero 6” is a team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. They are a relatively new creation, introduced in 1998. “Big Hero 6” appeared in their own Disney animated film in 2014.

    54…Classic arcade game Donkey __..KONG

    The first video game featuring the ape called Donkey Kong was created in 1981. That first “Donkey Kong” game also introduced the world to the character known as “Mario”, four years before “Super Mario Bros” became such a big hit.

    56…Every which way..AMOK

    The phrase “to run amok” (sometimes “to run amuck”) has been around since the 1670s and is derived from the Malay word for “attacking furiously”, “amuk”. The word “amok” was also used as a noun to describe Malay natives who were “frenzied”. Given Malaya’s troubled history, the natives probably had good reason for that frenzy …

    61…__ Mahal..TAJ

    The most famous mausoleum in the world has to be the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. The Taj Mahal was built after the death of the third wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal (hence the name of the mausoleum). The poor woman died in childbirth delivering the couple’s 14th child.

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    Complete List of Clues and Answers

    Across

    1…Oodles and oodles..SCADS

    6…Airport idlers..CABS

    10…Poetic foot..IAMB

    14…Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”..ELLIE

    15…Wintry coating..HOAR

    16…Tennis court surface..CLAY

    17…Work with a loom..WEAVE

    18…How some sloganed T-shirts should be washed..INSIDE OUT (giving “inside joke”)

    20…Toddler’s taboo..NO-NO

    21…Ocho minus cinco..TRES

    22…More than rotund..OBESE

    23…Baltic Sea capital..RIGA

    25…RC or Pepsi..COLA

    27…1998 Bullock/Kidman film involving witchcraft..PRACTICAL MAGIC (giving “practical joke”)

    33…Metal-rich deposits..LODES

    34…Chicken chow __..MEIN

    35…Catch..NAB

    37…Dollar competitor..AVIS

    38…High in the sky..ALOFT

    40…Flag Day month..JUNE

    41…Maiden name intro..NEE

    42…Clicker’s target..ICON

    43…Not at all excited..BORED

    44…Going to the grocery store, the bank, etc…RUNNING ERRANDS (giving “running joke”)

    48…Word on a shoppe sign..OLDE

    49…Data set average..MEAN

    50…”Gone With the Wind” family name..O’HARA

    53…Uno card..SKIP

    55…Knight’s weapon..MACE

    59…Unsportsmanlike behavior..DIRTY POOL (giving “dirty joke”)

    61…Divided island of Southeast Asia..TIMOR

    62…Twistable cookie..OREO

    63…Ritz-Carlton rival..OMNI

    64…Scent..AROMA

    65…Chestnut horse..ROAN

    66…”And away __!”..WE GO

    67…Some speeches open with them … as do this puzzle’s four longest entries..JOKES

    Down

    1…Mended using stitches, with “up”..SEWN

    2…Elizabeth Taylor role, informally..CLEO

    3…Economist Greenspan..ALAN

    4…Acts like Elizabeth Taylor?..DIVORCES

    5…”Understand?”..SEE?

    6…Former French president Jacques..CHIRAC

    7…Top-notch..A-ONE

    8…Symbol for the lower piano music part..BASS CLEF

    9…__ Lanka..SRI

    10…Swelling reducer..ICE BAG

    11…Medicinal houseplant..ALOE

    12…Rodent in a German lab..MAUS

    13…Data unit..BYTE

    19…Ken or Daria of financial journalism..DOLAN

    21…__ Friday’s..TGI

    24…”__ all good”..IT’S

    26…Leave out..OMIT

    27…Word after floor or flight..PLAN

    28…Mars explorer..ROVER

    29…”So long!” along the Seine..ADIEU

    30…In the middle of..AMONG

    31…Preserve, as ashes..INURN

    32…Did some wickerwork..CANED

    36…Hotel count..BEDS

    38…Corrosive liquid..ACID

    39…In need of a friend..LONESOME

    40…Surrealist painter from Barcelona..JOAN MIRO

    42…Subsurface woodwork decoration..INLAY

    43…Bikini top..BRA

    45…Big name in antivirus software..NORTON

    46…Estevez of “The Breakfast Club”..EMILIO

    47…Hollywood agent..REP

    50…Scent..ODOR

    51…”Big Hero 6″ hero..HIRO

    52…Neck of the woods..AREA

    54…Classic arcade game Donkey __..KONG

    56…Every which way..AMOK

    57…Obedience school command..COME!

    58…Historic periods..ERAS

    60…Comics punch sound..POW!

    61…__ Mahal..TAJ




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    7 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 13 Sep 16, Tuesday”

    1. Easy Tuesday. The most remarkable part of the grid is that it was unremarkable as are most early week puzzles. I did have to spend a lot of time convincing myself that INURN is really a word, but it is.

      Went into full panic mode this morning when I realized my coffee maker wasn’t working. Right before I dialed 911, I realized I had unplugged it by accident. PTSD the rest of today I think for me…

      Best –

    2. CLEO, ELLIE, RIGA, AVIS, O’HARA, TIMOR, OREO, OMNI, ALAN, CHIRAC, SRI, DOLAN, JOAN MIRO, NORTON, EMILIO, TAJ.
      HIRO????
      Don’t the crossword police have a limit on proper nouns? :- )
      Took me ’til the very last to get the theme.

    3. Fun easy puzzle with a lot of geography clues – my favorite. I never heard of HIRO or INURN either, still they came in the crosses, so no problem.

      Deep slow breathes Jeff, take it slow.

    4. Hi gang!
      I had a different reaction to this puzzle — super easy, yes, but more interesting stuff than your average Tuesday IMO. Not too much junk fill, three languages (wait, 4 — forgot English,) TIMOR, BASS CLEF, JOAN MIRO. Well done for an early weeker!
      Hey Jeff!! I always prep my coffee maker the night before: coffee, water, plug it in — so all I have to do in the morning is switch it on. Gets me outta bed!
      Sweet dreams~~™☕

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