LA Times Crossword Answers 7 Sep 16, Wednesday




LA Times Crossword Solution 7 Sep 16







Constructed by: Pam Amick Klawitter

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Throwbacks

The end (BACK) of each of today’s themed answers is word meaning THROW:

  • 55A…Reversions … or what 17-, 26- and 43-Across all have?..THROWBACKS
  • 17A…Cold weather groundswell that can cause pavement damage..FROST HEAVE
  • 26A…Ancient siege weapon..ROMAN CATAPULT
  • 43A…Manufacturer’s coming-out event..PRODUCT LAUNCH

Bill’s time: 6m 00s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1…Bucks in the woods..STAGS

A male deer is usually called a buck, and a female is a doe. However, the male red deer is usually referred to a stag. The males of even larger species of deer are often called bulls, and females cows. In older English, male deer of over 5 years were called harts, and females of over 3 years were called hinds. The young of small species are known as fawns, and of larger species are called calves. All very confusing …

10…Dept. store stock..MDSE

Merchandise (mdse.)

14…Condor’s condo?..AERIE

A condor is actually a vulture, and is the largest flying land bird in the Western Hemisphere. There are two species, the Andean Condor, found in the Andes in South America; and the California Condor, found in the west of the US and Mexico.

21…Name in Cold War news..TASS

TASS is the abbreviation used for the former news agency that had the full name Telegraph Association of the Soviet Union (Telegrafnoe Agentstvo Sovetskogo Soyuza). When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1992, the Moscow-based agency’s scope changed along with its name. It is now known as the Information Telegraph Agency of Russia (ITAR-TASS).

22…Wright who wondered, “What’s another word for ‘thesaurus’?”..STEVEN

Steven Wright is a remarkably droll comedian from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wright is very, very quotable:

  • What’s another word for Thesaurus?
  • If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?
  • I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
  • When I was a little kid we had a sand box. It was a quicksand box. I was an only child … eventually.

26…Ancient siege weapon..ROMAN CATAPULT

Our word “siege” comes from a 13th century word for a “seat”. The military usage derives from the concept of a besieging force “sitting down” outside a fortress until it falls.

31…Architectural curve..OGEE

An ogee is a type of S-curve. Specifically it is a figure consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite directions (like an S) but both ends of the curve end up parallel to each other (which is not necessarily true for an S).

32…L.A. NFLer..RAM

The Los Angeles Rams are the only franchise to have won NFL championships in three different cities, i.e. Cleveland (1945), Los Angeles (1951) and St. Louis (1999). The Rams were based in Cleveland from 1936 to 1945, in Los Angeles from 1946 to 1994, in St. Louis from 1995 to 2015, and returned to Los Angeles in 2106.

35…Tax-free govt. bond..MUNI

A municipal bond (muni) is one that is issued by a city or local government, or some similar agency. Munis have an advantage over other investments in that any interest earned on the bond is usually exempt from state and federal income taxes.

38…Boomer that no longer booms, briefly..SST

The most famous Supersonic Transport (SST) was the Concorde, a plane that’s no longer flying. Concorde had that famous “droop nose”. The nose was moved to the horizontal position during flight to create the optimum aerodynamic shape thereby reducing drag. It was lowered during taxi, takeoff and landing, so that the pilot had better visibility. The need for the droop nose was driven largely by the delta-shaped wings. The delta wing necessitates a higher angle of attack at takeoff and landing than conventional wing designs, so the pilot needed the nose lowered so that he or she could see the ground.

39…__ Valley: Reagan Library locale..SIMI

Nowadays Simi Valley, California is perhaps best known as being home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The library is a great place to visit, and there you can tour one of the retired Air Force One planes.

46…Woofer’s partner..TWEETER

In a sound system, a speaker that is designed to produce high frequencies is known as a “tweeter”. A speaker made for low frequencies is called a “woofer”. The terms come from the fact that birds migh high-pitched “tweets”, and dogs make low-pitched “woofs”.

49…Film boxer Rocky..BALBOA

If ever there was a movie that defines a career breakthrough for an actor, it would have to be “Rocky” for Sylvester Stallone. Stallone was a struggling actor in 1975 when a Muhammad Ali fight inspired Stallone to write a screenplay for a boxing movie, which he did in just three days. His efforts to sell the script went well but for the fact that the interested studios wanted a big name for the lead role, and Stallone was determined to be the star himself. Stallone persevered and “Rocky” was eventually made with him playing title role of Rocky Balboa. The movie won three Oscars, and “Sly” Stallone had arrived …

51…Syst. for the deaf..ASL

It’s really quite unfortunate that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are very different, and someone who has learned to sign in one cannot understand someone signing in the other.

54…Islamic branch..SHIA

The Islamic sects of Sunni and Shia Muslims differ in the belief of who should have taken over leadership of the Muslim faithful after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Sunni tradition agree with the decision that the Prophet Muhammad’s confidante Abu Bakr was the right choice to become the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. Followers of the Shia tradition believe that leadership should have stayed within the Prophet Muhammad’s own family, and favoured the Prophet’s son-in-law Ali.

59…Capital of Belgium..EURO

The Euro is the official currency of most of the member states of the European Union, but not all. The list of states not using the Euro includes the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

62…Cong. meeting..SESS

A legislative (legis.) meeting of Congress (Cong.) might be called a session (sess.).

Down

2…Beach bird..TERN

Terns are seabirds that are found all over the world. The Arctic Tern makes a very long-distance migration. One Arctic Tern that was tagged as a chick in Great Britain in the summer of 1982, was spotted in Melbourne, Australia just three months later. The bird had traveled over 14,000 miles in over those three months, an average of about 150 miles a day. Remarkable …

3…Five-time A.L. home run champ, familiarly..A-ROD

Professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez earned more nicknames than just A-Rod. He has been called “the Cooler” by some players as there is a perception that teams go cold when he joins them and hot when he leaves. He has also been called “A-Fraud” by teammates because of another perception, that he is over-demanding. Rodriguez was in a world of hurt not so long ago, for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

4…APO mail addressees..GIS

Army Post Office (APO)

6…Midday snooze..SIESTA

We use the word “siesta” to describe a short nap in the early afternoon, taking the word from the Spanish. In turn, the Spanish word is derived from the Latin “hora sexta” meaning “the sixth hour”. The idea is that the nap is taken at “the sixth hour” after dawn.

7…Some govt. lawyers..ADAS

Assistant District Attorney (ADA)

8…Calif. neighbor..NEV

The official nickname of Nevada is the “Silver State”, a reference to importance of silver ore in the state’s growth and economy. The unofficial nickname is the “Battle Born State”. “Battle Born” is a reference to Nevada being awarded statehood during the American Civil War.

10…Pre-1985 communications nickname..MA BELL

The term “Ma Bell” was used to describe the monopoly led by the American Bell Telephone Company and AT&T, that controlled telephone service right across the country. The name “Bell” is after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the first practical telephone.

11…Car’s engine-to-wheels connector..DRIVETRAIN

The drivetrain of a car is made up of the components that deliver power to the driving wheels. The drivetrain excludes the engine, which produces that power. The combination of the engine and the drivetrain is known as the powertrain.

23…__-blue..TRUE

The use of “true blue” to mean loyal and constant has been around since the days of Chaucer, but no one seems to know its etymology.

24…View from Molokai’s south shore..MAUI

Molokai is the fifth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Famously, Molokai was home to a leper colony that was managed by Father Damien, a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium. Father Damien cared for the victims of Hansen’s Disease (then known as “leprosy”) for sixteen years before succumbing to the illness himself in 1889. Father Damien was declared a saint in 2009.

26…Radiation units..REMS

The contemporary standard radiation dosage unit is the “roentgen equivalent in man”, abbreviated to “rem”.

28…New England capital..MONTPELIER

Montpelier is the capital of the state of Vermont, the smallest state in the Union in terms of population. The city was named for the French city of Montpelier in the days when there was great enthusiasm for things French after the aid received during the American Revolution.

29…Needing a skull-and-crossbones label..TOXIC

We’ve been using the skull and crossbones symbol to mark poisons since the 1800s. The image itself dates back to the Late Middle Ages, when it was a symbol of death.

33…Actor Baldwin..ALEC

Alec Baldwin is the oldest of the acting Baldwin brothers. I think Alec’s big break was playing Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan in “The Hunt for Red October”, but thank goodness that role was taken over by Harrison Ford for the subsequent Jack Ryan movies. Baldwin also made a name for himself playing Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock”, opposite Tina Fey.

36…Russia-China border river..AMUR

The Amur is a river that serves as the border between Russia and China in Manchuria. On one side of the border is Outer Manchuria (in Russia) and on the other is Inner Manchuria (in China).

37…X-rated stuff..SMUT

“Smut” means “dirt, smudge” and more recently “pornographic material”. The term comes from the Yiddish “schmutz”, which is a slang word used in English for dirt, as in “dirt on one’s face”.

39…Explorer Hernando de __..SOTO

Hernando de Soto was a Spanish conquistador who led expeditions throughout the southeastern US. De Soto’s travels were unsuccessful in that he failed to bring gold or silver back to Spain, and nor did he found any colonies. What de Soto did achieve was the exposure of local populations to devastating Eurasian diseases. De Soto was the first European to cross the Mississippi River, in 1541. The first European to see the Mississippi (but not cross it) was Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, in 1519.

42…Post-shower display..RAINBOW

Sunlight shining through airborne water droplets can produce rainbows. The water droplets act as little prisms, dispersing the white light into its constituent colors. Sometimes we see double rainbows. If we look carefully, we can see that the order of the colors in the first and second arcs is reversed.

45…They’re off-limits..TABOOS

The word “taboo” was introduced into English by Captain Cook in his book “A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean”. Cook described “tabu” (likely imitative of a Tongan word that he had heard) as something that was both consecrated and forbidden.

46…Recipe amts…TBSPS

Tablespoon (tbsp.)

50…Gets an “I’m sorry” from Alex Trebek, say..ERRS

Alex Trebek has been the host of “Jeopardy!” since the syndicated version of the game show launched in 1984. Trebek has missed just one episode since then, when he and host of “Wheel of Fortune” Pat Sajak swapped roles in 1997 as an April Fool’s joke.

51…Entr’__..ACTE

The term “entr’acte” comes to us from French, and is the interval “between two acts” (“entre deux actes”) of a theatrical performance. It often describes some entertainment provided during that interval.

52…Short agenda?..SKED

Schedule (sked)

“Agenda” is a Latin word that translates as “things to be done”, coming from the verb “agere” meaning “to do”.

53…Iwo Jima troop carriers: Abbr…LSTS

LST stands for Landing Ship, Tank. LSTs were the large vessels used mainly in WWII that had doors at either ends through which tanks and other vehicles could roll off and onto beaches. The design concept persists to this day in the huge fleet of commercial roll-on/roll-off car ferries, all inspired by the LST.

Iwo Jima is a volcanic island located south of Tokyo that today is uninhabited. The name is Japanese for “Sulfur Island”, referring to the sulfur mining on which Iwo Jima’s economy once depended. There were about a thousand Japanese civilians living on the island prior to WWII. In 1944, there was a massive influx of Japanese military personnel in anticipation of the inevitable US invasion. As the Japanese military moved in, the civilians were forced out and no one has lived there since.

57…Blackjack component..ACE

The game of “twenty-one” was first referred to in a book by Cervantes, the author famous for writing “Don Quixote”. He called the game “ventiuna” (Spanish for “twenty-one”). Cervantes wrote his story just after the year 1600, so the game has been around at least since then. Twenty-one came to the US but it wasn’t all that popular so bonus payments were introduced to create more interest. One of the more attractive bonuses was a ten-to-one payout to a player who was dealt an ace of spades and a black jack. This bonus led to the game adopting the moniker “Blackjack”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Bucks in the woods..STAGS

6…Ratted out the bad guys..SANG

10…Dept. store stock..MDSE

14…Condor’s condo?..AERIE

15…Prefix with logical..IDEO-

16…Dry as a desert..ARID

17…Cold weather groundswell that can cause pavement damage..FROST HEAVE

19…Go for the worm..BITE

20…Wind down or wind up..END

21…Name in Cold War news..TASS

22…Wright who wondered, “What’s another word for ‘thesaurus’?”..STEVEN

24…Ball catcher..MITT

25…Needing wheels..CARLESS

26…Ancient siege weapon..ROMAN CATAPULT

30…”Knock it off!”..ENOUGH!

31…Architectural curve..OGEE

32…L.A. NFLer..RAM

35…Tax-free govt. bond..MUNI

36…Good feller?..AXE

37…”One day only!” event..SALE

38…Boomer that no longer booms, briefly..SST

39…__ Valley: Reagan Library locale..SIMI

41…Warring factions..ARMIES

43…Manufacturer’s coming-out event..PRODUCT LAUNCH

46…Woofer’s partner..TWEETER

48…Landed..ALIT

49…Film boxer Rocky..BALBOA

50…Black, to a bard..EBON

51…Syst. for the deaf..ASL

54…Islamic branch..SHIA

55…Reversions … or what 17-, 26- and 43-Across all have?..THROWBACKS

58…Bard..POET

59…Capital of Belgium..EURO

60…Good-sized wedding band..OCTET

61…Kind of spot or loser..SORE

62…Cong. meeting..SESS

63…Lawn spoilers..WEEDS

Down

1…Heist target..SAFE

2…Beach bird..TERN

3…Five-time A.L. home run champ, familiarly..A-ROD

4…APO mail addressees..GIS

5…Gem mount..SETTING

6…Midday snooze..SIESTA

7…Some govt. lawyers..ADAS

8…Calif. neighbor..NEV

9…Loses one’s cool..GOES APE

10…Pre-1985 communications nickname..MA BELL

11…Car’s engine-to-wheels connector..DRIVETRAIN

12…Surfers visit them..SITES

13…Paradises..EDENS

18…Sub access..HATCH

23…__-blue..TRUE

24…View from Molokai’s south shore..MAUI

25…Lab rat’s home..CAGE

26…Radiation units..REMS

27…Taxing task..ONUS

28…New England capital..MONTPELIER

29…Needing a skull-and-crossbones label..TOXIC

33…Actor Baldwin..ALEC

34…Screen door material..MESH

36…Russia-China border river..AMUR

37…X-rated stuff..SMUT

39…Explorer Hernando de __..SOTO

40…Conceptualizes..IDEATES

41…Permit..ALLOW

42…Post-shower display..RAINBOW

44…Mail-in incentive..REBATE

45…They’re off-limits..TABOOS

46…Recipe amts…TBSPS

47…”Yippee!”..WAHOO!

50…Gets an “I’m sorry” from Alex Trebek, say..ERRS

51…Entr’__..ACTE

52…Short agenda?..SKED

53…Iwo Jima troop carriers: Abbr…LSTS

56…Tint..HUE

57…Blackjack component..ACE




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12 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 7 Sep 16, Wednesday”

  1. Early today – I leave today – lots of work to finish.

    Had a good time with the puzzle – the long answers really helped.

    You all take care. Have a nice day.

  2. Muni bonds, generally, are federal income tax free, for the interest income , but not for Capital gains or Losses. Also they are state income tax free, only if you own them in the state, that you are a resident in, and for that particular state’s income taxes. States generally tax the interest income, for their tax filers, for income from ‘other’ state’s munis. ( not their own -).

    Bill, thanks for all you do for the blog. God bless.

  3. Finished this one without a lot of difficulty. I liked AXE for “Good feller”, but I’ll admit it gave me pause at first.

    WAHOO??

    My favorite Steven Wright quote is “I once put instant coffee in a microwave oven, and I went back in time..” Is he still around?

    Carrie- I have an easy solution for your garlic press problem. Simply go buy a new one. You know that the minute you do that, the original will show up. Then just take the second once back to the store…. 🙂

    Best –

  4. 9:05, no errors, iPad.

    @Carrie … I can certainly empathize with your missing-garlic-press problem: I have had the same issue with various items over the years. And I was going to suggest a solution, but Jeff beat me to it! In fact, on at least one occasion, I replaced some item, chose a “new” place to keep it where I was sure it wouldn’t go missing, and then found the original in that very spot! Maddening …

  5. @jeff – Steven Wright is appearing Sept 30 at Turning Stone, the Indian Casino near me in Upstate NY.

    “Will everyone here who believes in telekinesis raise my hand.”

    Got the theme. Had a Natick at MUNI crosses REMS (wanted RadS). Didn’t know AMUR.

  6. AMUR- another 4-letter river I’ll never remember.
    yAHOO before WAHOO.
    Never heard of FROST HEAVE.

    “If you are sending someone some Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?”
    Steven Wright
    Have a safe trip, Vidwan. 🙂

    1. @Pookie … Perhaps this will help: I became familiar with the Amur River by encountering various ornamental plants associated with it, like the Amur maple (Acer ginnala), the Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense), and the Amur cherry (Prunus maackii), as well as Amur honeysuckle, Amur privet, and Amur grapes. These plants are all very attractive and very hardy (some to the point of becoming invasive in parts of the US). (They don’t like alkaline soils much, though.)

  7. Frostheave???? Could not finish today because of this.
    Yes, Thank-you Bill for all your hard work. I think I stuck with solving puzzles because of you.

  8. Bill – Echoing the thoughts of others, thank you for posting the solution each day and providing some interesting trivia for many answers. Have to say I enjoyed the Steven Wright quotes today in the comments section. “It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to paint it.”

  9. Finished pretty quickly with the X in AXE “falling” last. Great clue BTW.

    Re Amur River…So they take the Amur but totally ignore the Ussisuri, the Song’acha, the Bailinghe not to mention the Hubutu and you can make a case for the Tumen (although North Korea is involved there.) Weird fact- If you listened to Terri Gross’ Fresh Air today, she had a guest on that discussed the ‘Jewish Autonomous Oblast’, which runs along the Amur up to where it meets the Ussisuri in the East. Another Strange Fact- “The largest fish species in the Amur is the kaluga, attaining a length as great as 5.6 metres.”

  10. Forgot my Steven Wright quote: The other night I came home late, and tried to unlock my house with my car keys. It started up. So, I drove it around for a while. I was speeding, and a cop pulled me over. He asked where I lived. I said, “right here, officer”. Later, I parked it on the freeway, got out, and yelled at all the cars, “Get out of my driveway!”

  11. LOL–you folks are great! Laughing at the very quote-able Steven Wright quips!
    Hey Jeff and Dave, thanks for the missing garlic press tips! So I’ll do the following: buy new garlic press. Keep in packaging. Place somewhere I KNOW it’s safe. And ….. find old garlic press right there!! Return new one intact to store. Will keep you posted!! ?
    Good puzzle, and I also liked the “good feller” clue. Wasn’t sure about REMS/MUNI, and didn’t know I got it right till I got here.
    I must ask: am I the only one here who didn’t know the word “reversions??!” It LOOKS like a word I know… I’m pretty smart (I think,) but I’ve never encountered it! Figured it out, but stared at it for a long time.
    Maybe I’m just over tired…but I’ve gotta Google that freaky AMUR fish! Hope it doesn’t give me nightmares….
    Be well~~™?
    Vidwan, safe travels!

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