LA Times Crossword Answers 3 Sep 16, Saturday




LA Times Crossword Solution 3 Sep 16







Constructed by: Mary Lou Guizzo & Jeff Chen

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Across

1…Subject of the 1998 Supreme Court case New Jersey v. New York..ELLIS ISLAND

Ellis Island is an exclave of New York City that is geographically located within Jersey City, New Jersey. The name comes from a Samuel Ellis who owned the island around the time of the American Revolution. Ellis Island was the nation’s main immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954.

In the 1998 Supreme Court case New Jersey v. New York, New Jersey ended up owning about 90% of Ellis Island, land which had belonged to New York. New York and New Jersey signed an agreement in 1834 granting New Jersey half of the water channel between the two states, but giving New York the islands the New Jersey side of the channel (mainly Ellis Island and Staten Island). At issue was the land that New York added to Ellis Island by means of reclamation (ultimately 90% of the island’s land mass). The court decided that the land reclaimed belonged to New Jersey because it was located within the New Jersey-controlled water channel.

15…”Tristes apprets” from “Castor et Pollux,” e.g…SOPRANO ARIA

“Castor et Pollux” is an opera by French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau that premiered in 1737 in Paris.

16…Billy’s reply?..MAA!

“Maa” is the call of a goat.

Males goats are called “bucks” or “billies”, although castrated males are known as “wethers”. Female goats are called “does” or “nannies”, and young goats are referred to as “kids”.

17…Group sharing a name with a cranberry cocktail..PINK MARTINI

Pink Martini is a rather unusual group from Portland, Oregon in that they play many different genres of music from classical to classic pop. Billing themselves as a “little orchestra”, Pink Martini do indeed have a “little orchestral” line up of instrumentalists with brass, strings and percussion players backing up two lead vocalists.

A pink martini is a vodka-based cocktail in which a pink colour is given by adding a little cranberry juice, or perhaps some raspberry liqueur.

18…Docs’ work areas..ERS

Doctors (docs) might be found working in emergency rooms (ERs).

23…Satyr’s kin..FAUN

Fauns are regarded as the Roman mythological equivalent of the Greek satyrs, but fauns were half-man and half-goat and much more “carefree” in personality than their Hellenic cousins. In the modern age we are quite familiar with Mr. Tumnus, the faun-like character encountered by the children entering the world of Narnia in C. S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

The satyrs of Greek mythology came with a very high sex drive. They are the “rude” male subjects drawn on the side of old Greek vases. The nubile maidens known as nymphs were often an object of attention for the satyrs.

24…Rear..KEISTER

Back in the early 1900s a “keister” was a safe or a strongbox. It has been suggested that this term was then used as slang by pickpockets for the rear trouser pocket in which one might keep a wallet. From this usage, keister appeared as a slang term for the buttocks in the early 1930s.

25…Obvious..PATENT

Something described as “patent” is clearly evident, obvious. The term ultimately derives from the Latin “patentum” meaning “open, lying open”.

29…Final announcements..OBITS

“Obituary” comes from the Latin “obituaris”, originally the record of the death of a person, although the literal meaning is “pertaining to death”.

31…”__ Crossroads”: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony song..THA

“Tha Crossroads” is a song recorded in 1995 by the hip hop group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. The band’s members are Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone. That’s all I know …

33…Game with a varying number of cards..BINGO

Bingo (also “bango”) is a card game involving betting. Never played it …

35…__ Nova..ARS

“Ars antiqua” is a term used to describe European music of the Middle Ages between c.1170 and 1310. The term “ars nova” applies to the music that followed, between the years c.1310 and 1377.

36…Turkestan tents..YURTS

A yurt is a wood-framed dwelling that is used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. Although a yurt is a substantial structure, it is also extremely portable.

“Turkestan” is the name given over history to the place where the majority of Turkic peoples lived. The name “Turkestan” (sometimes “Turkistan”) translates from Persian as “Land of the Turks”.

37…Full moon, e.g…PHASE

The phases of the moon have been given the following names, in order:

  • New moon
  • Waxing crescent moon
  • First quarter moon
  • Waxing gibbous moon
  • Full moon
  • Waning gibbous moon
  • Third quarter moon
  • Waning crescent moon
  • Dark moon

40…Felix __, CIA friend of Bond..LEITER

Felix Leiter is a character who appears in Ian Fleming’s “James Bond” series of novels. He is a good friend to Bond, and works for the CIA and later the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Leiter has been played by many actors on the big screen, perhaps most famously by Jack Lord, in the original movie “Dr. No” from 1962. Lord also played Steve McGarrett on the TV show “Hawaii Five-O”.

41…Siouan tribe..OGLALAS

The Oglala are a subtribe of the Lakota Native American people.

42…Portrayer of Buddy’s father in “Elf”..CAAN

James Caan is an actor from The Bronx, New York City. He is noted for his appearances in some very big movies such as “The Godfather”, “Misery”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “Rollerball” and more recently “Elf”. Caan is quite the sportsman. He plays golf with an 8 handicap, and is a 6-Dan Black Belt Master of Gosoku Karate.

“Elf” is a comedy movie released for the 2003 Christmas season. “Elf” was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Will Ferrell in the title role with James Caan supporting. It’s all about one of Santa’s elves who finds out he is human and goes to meet his father in New York City.

44…Prince in “Frozen”..HANS

“Frozen” is a 2013 animated feature from Walt Disney Studios that is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.

45…Wise chip flavor..BBQ

The Wise Potato Chip Company was founded in 1921 by Earl Wise, Sr.

48…Low número..UNO

In Spanish, uno (one) is a low “número” (number).

49…Actress in “Spy” (2015)..MIRANDA HART

Miranda Hart is a fabulous comedian and actress from England. Hart is probably best known on this side of the Atlantic for playing the very posh midwife named “Chummy”. She also appeared on the big screen as Melissa McCarthy’s sidekick in the 2015 comedy film “Spy”.

53…”Grown Ups” star..ADAM SANDLER

Adam Sandler’s big break was with “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). He then went on to make several successful movies and has his own movie and television production company. Personally, I am not a fan of Adam Sandler as a performer, nor of his movies …

“Grown Ups” is a 2010 comedy movie written by and starring Adam Sandler. The film revolves around five childhood friends who reunite after thirty years. Sandler plays one of the five, along with Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider.

54…Loan application fig…SSN

Social Security number (SSN)

55…Al Jazeera and Yomiuri Shimbun..NEWS OUTLETS

Al Jazeera is an independent news service owned by the state of Qatar. Since 2006, Al Jazeera has been broadcasting an English language channel, hiring many top journalists from American news outlets. “Al jazeera” is Arabic for “the island”.

The “Yomiuri Shimbun” is one of five national daily newspapers in Japan. It was founded in 1874, and is said to have the largest circulation of any newspaper in the world.

Down

1…1960s-’70s Orr teammate, to fans..ESPO

Phil “Espo” Esposito is a former professional hockey player who played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

3…OR teammates..LPNS

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) might work in an operating room (OR).

5…Apia natives..SAMOANS

Apia is the capital city, and in fact the only city, of the Pacific island-nation of Samoa. The harbor of Apia is famous for a very foolish incident in 1889 involving seven naval vessels from Germany, the US and Britain. A typhoon was approaching so the safest thing to do was to head for open water away from land, but no nation would move its ships for fear of losing face in front of the others. Six of the ships were lost in the typhoon as a result and 200 American and German sailors perished. The British cruiser HMS Calliope barely managed to escape from the harbor and rode out the storm safely.

6…Suffering from ennui..IN A RUT

“Ennui” is the French word for boredom, a word that we now use in English. It’s one of the few French words we’ve imported that we haven’t anglicized and actually pronounce “correctly”.

7…”Either/Or” author Kierkegaard..SOREN

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian, and I’ve never really understood anything that he wrote!

8…Muscles strengthened by muscle-ups..LATS

The muscles known as the “lats” are the latissimi dorsi, the broadest muscles in the back. “Latissimus” is the Latin for “broadest” and “dorsum” is Latin for “back”.

The “muscle-up” is a strength training exercise comprising a pull-up followed by a dip. I do muscle-ups all the time …

9…Shipping nickname..ARI

Aristotle Onassis was born to a successful Greek shipping entrepreneur in Smyrna in modern-day Turkey. However, his family lost its fortune during WWI and so Aristotle worked with his father to build up a new business empire centered on the importation of tobacco. In 1957, Aristotle founded the Greek national airline, what is today called Olympic Air, and he also got into the business of shipping oil around the world. He married Athina Livanos in 1946, the daughter of a wealthy shipping magnate. They couple had two children together, with one being the famous Christina Onassis. Livanos divorced Onassis on discovering him in bed with the opera singer Maria Callas. Onassis ended his affair with Callas in order to marry Jackie Kennedy in 1968.

10…Longtime Seattle Mariners’ majority owner..NINTENDO

The Seattle Mariners are one of only two Major League teams never to have appeared in a World Series. The other is the Washington Nationals. The Mariners are owned by the Nintendo Corporation of America, making them one of three Major League teams owned by businesses. The other two are the Atlanta Braves (owned by Liberty Media) and the Toronto Blue Jays (owned by Rogers Communications).

11…Jersey homes..DAIRIES

Jersey cattle were originally bred on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, off the coast of France. If you’ve seen Elsie the Cow, the mascot of Borden in the US, then you’ve seen a Jersey cow.

22…Key to backing up?..ESC

The escape key (esc) was originally used to control computer peripherals. It was a key that allowed the computer operator to stop what the peripheral was doing (cancel a print job, for example). Nowadays the escape key is used for all sorts of things, especially in gaming programs.

25…Betty Crocker brand of instant mashed..POTATO BUDS

Betty Crocker was introduced by the Washburn Crosby Company (now part of General Mills) in 1921. “Crocker” was chosen in honor of William Crocker who was one of the company’s directors. “Betty” was selected simply because it was considered a bright, all-American name. Betty’s original job was to sign her name on correspondence arising out of consumer product questions, but soon she evolved into a very successful brand name.

26…Indigenous Tasmanians..ABORIGINES

Even though the term “aborigine” is often associated with the indigenous peoples of Australia, in the widest sense “aboriginal” refers to any indigenous race. The original Aborigines were a people in Roman mythology, the oldest inhabitants of central Italy.

Tasmania is the large island lying off the southeast coast of Australia. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to sail past the island, in 1642. Tasman named his discovery Van Diemen’s Land after the Governor of the Dutch East Indies, Anthony van Dieman. The name was officially changed to Tasmania, after the discoverer himself, in 1856. In Australia a more familiar name used is “Tassie”.

27…Show biz nickname..TINSEL TOWN

“Tinsel Town” is a nickname for Hollywood.

28…Gelato units..PINTS

Gelato (plural “gelati”) is the Italian version of American ice cream, differing in that it has a lower butterfat content than its US counterpart.

34…__ splints..SHIN

Pain along the inner edge of the tibia (shinbone) is referred to as “shin splints”. It is a common injury incurred by runners.

36…Every Skull and Bones member, until 1991..YALE MAN

Skull and Bones is a secret society at Yale University, founded in 1832. The society is well-funded, and even owns a 40-acre island in Upstate New York that members and alumni use as a retreat. Noted members of Skull and Bones included William F. Buckley, Jr., President Bush (both father and son) and Senator John Kerry. And President William Howard Taft was the son of one of the society’s founders. “Bones” was a male-only society right up until 1991, when alumni voted to accept female members.

37…Serf..PEASANT

A serf was a member of the lowest feudal class, someone attached to land owned by a lord. “Serf” comes from the Latin “servus”, meaning “slave”.

39…Hood’s weapon..GAT

“Gat” is slang for “gun”. The term is derived from the Gatling gun, the precursor to the modern machine gun. The Gatling gun was invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861. Apparently he was inspired to invent it so that one man could do as much damage as a hundred, thereby reducing the size of armies and diminishing the suffering caused by war. Go figure …

“Hood” is a slang term for “gangster”, a shortening of “hoodlum”.

40…Convertible carriage..LANDAU

A landau is a 4-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage. It was a quite sophisticated vehicle in its day, with metal springs for a comfortable ride, and the smaller version (a landaulet) had a top that could fold down. Landaus were so called as they were first produced in the German city of Landau.

44…Acting coach’s banes..HAMS

The word “ham”, describing a performer who overacts, is apparently a shortened form of “hamfatter” and dates back to the late 1800s. “Hamfatter” comes from a song in old minstrel shows called “The Ham-Fat Man”. It seems that a poorly performing actor was deemed to have the “acting” qualities of a minstrel made up in blackface.

46…Maverick on TV..BRET

“Maverick” is a TV series set in the Wild West and starring James Garner as Bret Maverick. Midway through the first series, Bret was given a brother called Bart, who was played by Jack Kelly. Once the brother’s character was introduced, Bart and Bret alternated as the lead character in each weekly episode. Both Mavericks were expert poker players who got themselves in and out of all sorts of trouble. After the third season, James Garner left the show and was replaced by actor Roger Moore who played a Maverick cousin called Beau. Still later, actor Robert Colbert was introduced as a third brother called Brent Maverick.

51…Med. number that’s better when it’s higher..HDL

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is a compound that is used to transport fats around the body. When HDL is combined with (i.e. is transporting) cholesterol, it is often called “good cholesterol”. This is because HDL seems to remove cholesterol from where it should not be, say on the walls of arteries, and transports it to the liver for reuse or disposal. Important stuff …

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Subject of the 1998 Supreme Court case New Jersey v. New York..ELLIS ISLAND

12…Information __..AGE

15…”Tristes apprets” from “Castor et Pollux,” e.g…SOPRANO ARIA

16…Billy’s reply?..MAA!

17…Group sharing a name with a cranberry cocktail..PINK MARTINI

18…Docs’ work areas..ERS

19…Slip or clip follower..-ONS

20…Rich rocks..ORES

21…Hot..TRENDY

23…Satyr’s kin..FAUN

24…Rear..KEISTER

25…Obvious..PATENT

28…Holiday decor item..PINE CONE

29…Final announcements..OBITS

30…Comes across..FINDS

31…”__ Crossroads”: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony song..THA

32…Hue..TONE

33…Game with a varying number of cards..BINGO

34…Like many horses..SHOD

35…__ Nova..ARS

36…Turkestan tents..YURTS

37…Full moon, e.g…PHASE

38…Sports nail-biters..TIE GAMES

40…Felix __, CIA friend of Bond..LEITER

41…Siouan tribe..OGLALAS

42…Portrayer of Buddy’s father in “Elf”..CAAN

43…Acrimonious..BITTER

44…Prince in “Frozen”..HANS

45…Wise chip flavor..BBQ

48…Low número..UNO

49…Actress in “Spy” (2015)..MIRANDA HART

52…Wet blanket..DEW

53…”Grown Ups” star..ADAM SANDLER

54…Loan application fig…SSN

55…Al Jazeera and Yomiuri Shimbun..NEWS OUTLETS

Down

1…1960s-’70s Orr teammate, to fans..ESPO

2…Prime cut..LOIN

3…OR teammates..LPNS

4…Needle..IRK

5…Apia natives..SAMOANS

6…Suffering from ennui..IN A RUT

7…”Either/Or” author Kierkegaard..SOREN

8…Muscles strengthened by muscle-ups..LATS

9…Shipping nickname..ARI

10…Longtime Seattle Mariners’ majority owner..NINTENDO

11…Jersey homes..DAIRIES

12…”Couldn’t agree with you more!”..AMEN TO THAT!

13…It has its kinks..GARDEN HOSE

14…Basic kids’ book..EASY READER

22…Key to backing up?..ESC

23…Regale..FETE

24…Some royals..KINGS

25…Betty Crocker brand of instant mashed..POTATO BUDS

26…Indigenous Tasmanians..ABORIGINES

27…Show biz nickname..TINSEL TOWN

28…Gelato units..PINTS

30…Kindles..FIRES

33…Hitchhike..BUM A RIDE

34…__ splints..SHIN

36…Every Skull and Bones member, until 1991..YALE MAN

37…Serf..PEASANT

39…Hood’s weapon..GAT

40…Convertible carriage..LANDAU

42…”I’ll show you!”..CAN SO!

44…Acting coach’s banes..HAMS

45…Bundle in a field..BALE

46…Maverick on TV..BRET

47…Game divs…QTRS

50…Unembellished..RAW

51…Med. number that’s better when it’s higher..HDL




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14 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 3 Sep 16, Saturday”

    1. Carol,
      I’m not sure how or when the clue changed, but it obviously did. I’ve edited my post to the clue everyone is reporting here, to try to avoid further confusion. Thanks for pointing out the issue!

  1. 24:52, no errors, iPad. Lots of missteps, plus things I either didn’t know or had forgotten and had to guess at, so a rather slow solve for me.

    The crossword app on the LAT website also has “Loan application fig.” as the clue for 54A.

    The LAT crossword app is a bit flaky. This morning, once again, the “skip filled squares” option had turned itself off. And now, the erase feature is working differently: If you move the cursor to the last letter of a selected entry, you can erase the entire thing by hitting the backspace key once for each letter. That’s actually how it used to work, but, for several weeks now, I’ve had to hit the backspace key twice for each letter. I still think these random glitches are a marketing ploy: if you annoy users enough, perhaps they’ll opt for a subscription or an upgrade … 🙂

    Now, before anyone else points it out: I’m getting access to the LAT crosswords for “free” (I only have to watch one ad per puzzle and I can sometimes skip one of those after a few seconds), so what right do I have to complain? True enough, and I’m grateful … I’m actually subscribing to three papers now – two local print editions here in Colorado, plus the on-line NYT – so I think I’m doing my bit for the newspaper biz … 🙂 And, ultimately, it probably won’t be enough to keep them going … 🙁

  2. I was all over the place on this one. Some sections I got right away, some took a little longer, and some seemed downright cruel. Putting references to “Spy”, “Elf”, “Frozen”, “Grown Ups”, “Maverick” all in the same area doomed me in that section.

    Oh well, I’d rather miss out on some crossword answers than sit through those movies so I guess I still came out ahead….

    Carol- I had the same clue for 54A – Loan application fig. I think I’ve seen that happen a few times before. I guess they change their mind on a clue after it’s gone out for syndication. Either works, but Phishing target is probably the better clue.

    Best –

  3. One dang letter away from a clean solve. Double D’oh!! Put in LVN’s for 3 down which should have been LPN’s. The L.A. Times “reality” paper had Loan Application fig. for 54 Across, but the answer was the same so no biggie. Let’s see how the WSJ 21X21 grid treats me next.

    Have a good long weekend all.

  4. Cranberry cocktail….Cosmopolitan or a Cape Cod.
    Wasn’t thinking PINK MARTINI.
    One wild guess after another today.
    Needed red-letter help on HDL/ HART.
    No idea about James Bond anything.
    Favorite “Wet blanket” DEW.

  5. Now and then, I’m reminded (lookin at you, Jeff?) that it ain’t just me who sometimes gets frustrated a bombardment of PPPs (proper nouns, products, places). This puzzle (with “only” about 20 of them) was fairly challenging, but that’s fine for a themeless Saturday. Nice cluing (but bah to MAA for goat-speak☺️). Thanks, Ms. Guizzo and Mr. Chen, and, as always, to Bill for the educational notes (e.g., KEISTER — who knew?). Overall, a satisfying diversion. Happy long weekend, all.

  6. @Dave Kennison: If you use Firefox to view the LAT puzzle, you can download “AdBlock Plus” from the Firefox list of Add-ons. This will skip the ads at the start of the puzzle. LAT asks to turn it off but does not prevent the puzzle from loading. I hate to deprive the LAT of ad revenue, but I hate having to wait through a two minute film ad even more 🙂

  7. I thought the WSJ 21X21 was much easier than usual today. Really only stumbled a couple of times and those were quickly put right. I shouldn’t complain or the Crossword god’s will be out to get me for my hubris.

  8. Boy, just like yesterday; got the top and most of the W and parts of the middle, but the E and bottom were only partially filled in (although at least correctly.)

    In my defense, I had to get up way before I usually do – to get a new passport – that I was mostly half asleep. In retrospect even a full night’s sleep probably wouldn’t have helped.

  9. Hi everyone! Had to cheat for NINTENDO for this one, at which point I also accidentally saw DAIRIES, so didn’t finish unaided but got most of the grid. Another tough-but-fair puzzle, IMO.
    Did anyone else have NAG instead of IRK??! I was IRKed when I figured it out: I DON’T think IRK means “needle.”
    Hey Dave, nice job! And, no one thinks the less of you for getting the puzzle free, especially since you subscribe to 3 other papers. The comedian John Oliver does a funny piece on the state of print journalism these days. He talks about how journalists were once thought of as heroes, as in “All the President’s Men” and “Spotlight.” Apparently nowadays journalists are expected to write fluff pieces and stay active on Twitter. Pretty sad.
    (The segment’s on YouTube but I’m not linking it, as it’s rather long and it contains obscenities — y’all are too young for that kind of talk!!?)
    Hey Dirk, how did your sleepy-eyed passport photo come out?!
    Sweet dreams~~™?

  10. Hey!! Almost forgot!! The aforementioned John Oliver episode includes a clip, from 1993, of my dad’s BEST FRIEND FROM HIGH SCHOOL!! Bill Hilliard — one of the first African American editors-in-chief of a major American newspaper. He and my dad worked on their high school paper together! Cool. Had to share.

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