LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Oct 16, Tuesday




LA Times Crossword Solution 4 Oct 16







Constructed by: Sam Buchbinder

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Left to Right, Up and Down

Today’s themed answers in the across-direction form a pair, one starting with LEFT, and the other ending with RIGHT. So, LEFT is located in the left of the grid, and RIGHT is in the right of the grid. Similarly, the pair of themed answers in the down-direction give us UP, up at the top of the grid, and DOWN, down at the bottom of the grid:

  • 20A…”Bro, I thought you were gonna help”..LEFT ME HANGIN’
  • 49A…Follow the ethical path..DO WHAT’S RIGHT
  • 10A…Moving around..UP AND ABOUT
  • 30A…”You’re talking too loud”..TONE IT DOWN

Bill’s time: 7m 02s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1…Home for Pogo..SWAMP

“Pogo” is a comic strip that was launched in 1948, the creation of cartoonist Walt Kelly. The story centers on animals that live in the Okefenokee Swamp on the Georgia-Florida border, with the title character “Pogo Possum” being an anthropomorphic opossum.

14…Artist’s prop..EASEL

The word “easel” comes from an old Dutch word meaning “donkey” would you believe? The idea is that an easel carries its load (an oil painting, say) just as a donkey would be made to carry a load.

15…Pie __ mode..A LA

In French, “à la mode” simply means “fashionable”. In America, the term has also come to describe a way of serving pie, usually with ice cream, or as I recall from when I lived in Upstate New York, with cheese.

16…Wagnerian work..OPERA

Richard Wagner was born in the Jewish quarter of Leipzig in 1813. Decades later, Wagner became known not only for writing magnificent music, but also for his anti-semitic views and writings.

17…”Farewell, chérie”..ADIEU

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

“Chéri” is a form of familiar address in French, meaning “dear, … “Chéri” is the form used when talking to a male, and “chérie” to a female.

18…CBS forensic drama..CSI

The “CSI” franchise of TV shows has been tremendously successful, but seems to have finally wound down. “CSI: Miami” (the “worst” of the franchise, I think) was cancelled in 2012 after ten seasons. “CSI: NY” (the “best” of the franchise) was cancelled in 2013 after nine seasons. The original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, set in Las Vegas, hung in there until 2015 when it ended with a two-hour TV movie. The youngest show in the series was “CSI: Cyber”. It lasted for two season before being canceled in 2016.

19…Antianxiety drug..XANAX

Xanax is a brand name of the antianxiety drug alprazolam. Xanax is one of the most commonly misused prescription drugs in the US, with wide acceptance in the illegal recreational drug market.

23…Many a GI..PVT

The lowest military rank of soldier is often called “private” (pvt.). The term comes from the Middle Ages when “private soldiers” were hired or conscripted by noblemen to form a private army. The more generic usage of “private” started in the 1700s.

The initials “G.I.” stand for “Government Issue” and not “General Infantry” as is often believed. GI was first used in the military to denote equipment made from Galvanized Iron and during WWI, incoming German shells were nicknamed “GI cans”. Soon after, the term GI came to be associated with “Government Issue” and eventually became an adjective to describe anything associated with the Army.

24…Jerry Garcia’s band, familiarly..THE DEAD

The Grateful Dead were a rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area that was founded in 1965. “The Dead” disbanded in 1995 following the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Grateful Dead fans (including my wife) refer to themselves as “Deadheads”.

31…Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er __”..BOI

“Sk8er Boi” was released as a single in 2002 by Avril Lavigne. I’m probably not going to buy this one …

Avril Lavigne is a Canadian musician. Lavigne was the youngest female solo artist to reach number one in the charts in the UK, which she did at 17 years of age in 2002 with her debut album “Let Go”.

37…Gonzalez boy in 2000 headlines..ELIAN

The immigration status of young Cuban boy Elián González was all over the news in 2000. Elián’s mother drowned while trying to enter the US illegally, whereas Elián and his mother’s boyfriend survived the journey. The INS placed Elián in the care of paternal relatives in the US who then petitioned to have the boy stay with them permanently, against the wishes of Elián’s father back in Cuba. After court proceedings, the federal authorities forcibly removed Elián from his relatives in the US, and he was returned to his father who took him back to Cuba. Back in Cuba, Fidel Castro stepped in and befriended Elián, so he has influential sponsorship now in his homeland as a result of his ordeal. Elián has grown up, and earned himself a degree in industrial engineering in 2016.

39…Look at lasciviously..OGLE

“Lascivious” is such an appropriate-sounding word, I always think. It means lecherous or salacious.

43…”… __ saw Elba”..ERE I

The three most famous palindromes in English have to be:

  • Able was I ere I saw Elba
  • A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!
  • Madam, I’m Adam

One of my favorite words is “Aibohphobia”, although it doesn’t appear in the dictionary and is a joke term. “Aibohphobia” is a great way to describe a fear of palindromes, by creating a palindrome out of the suffix “-phobia”.

45…More like a button?..CUTER

We use the phrase “cute as a button” over here in North America. When I was growing up on the other side of the Atlantic, we said “bright as a button”. I believe both phrases have the same meaning.

48…Reggae kin..SKA

Ska originated in Jamaica in the late fifties and was the precursor to reggae music. No one has a really definitive etymology of the term “ska”, but it is likely to be imitative of some sound.

58…Spanish eye..OJO

“Ojo” is Spanish for “eye”.

62…Novelist Zola..EMILE

The most famous work of French writer Émile Zola is his 1898 open letter “J’Accuse!” written to then French president Félix Faure. The letter was published on the front page of a leading Paris newspaper, and accused the government of anti-Semitism in its handling of the trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. Dreyfus was a Jewish military officer in the French army, falsely accused and convicted of spying for Germany. Even after the error was discovered, the government refused to back down and let Dreyfus rot away on Devil’s Island rather than admit to the mistake. It wasn’t until 1906, 12 years after the wrongful conviction, that Dreyfus was freed and reinstated, largely due to the advocacy of Emile Zola.

64…Computer program suffix..EXE

In the Windows Operating System, a file with the extension .exe is an “executable” file.

Down

7…”Frozen” princess..ELSA

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

8…Minnesota college named for Norway’s patron..SAINT OLAF

St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota was named for the former king and patron saint of Norway, Olaf II.

9…Spunk..MOXIE

Back as far as 1876, Moxie was a brand name of a “medicine” peddled with the claim that it “built up your nerve”. In 1924, Moxie was registered as a trademark for a bitter, non-alcoholic beverage (no more claims of nerve-building). And we’ve used the term “moxie” to mean “nerve” ever since …

13…Classic doo-wop horn..SAX

The saxophone was invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax. Sax developed lip cancer at one point in his life, and one has to wonder if his affliction was related to his saxophone playing (I am sure not!). I had the privilege of visiting Sax’s grave in the Cemetery of Montmartre in Paris a few years ago.

Doo-wop developed in the 1940s and can be described as a vocal-based R&B music. Even though the style has been around since the forties, the name doo-wop wasn’t introduced until the early sixties.

25…Political fugitive..EMIGRE

An “émigré” is an emigrant. The term is French in origin, and particularly applies to someone who is a political refugee from his or her native land.

33…__-ski..APRES

Après-ski is a French term, meaning “after skiing”, and refers to the good times to be had after coming off the slopes.

34…Sewing machine inventor..ELIAS HOWE

Elias Howe was an American inventor. Howe wasn’t the first to come up with the idea of a sewing machine, but he was the first to develop one that was functional.

47…Coyote cries..HOWLS

The coyote is a canine found in most of Central and North America. The name “coyote” is Mexican Spanish, in which language it means “trickster”. Coyotes can sometimes mate with domestic dogs, creating hybrid animals known as “coydogs”. Coyotes can also mate with wolves, creating a “coywolf”. South Dakota named the coyote its state animal in 1949.

48…Rosetta __..STONE

Rosetta is a coastal city and port on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt. The Rosetta Stone is an Ancient Egyptian artifact of tremendous importance in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. Carvings on the stone are actually three translations of the same passage of prose, one in Egyptian hieroglyphics, one in Egyptian Demotic language, and one in classical Greek. The stone was discovered by the French military during Napoleon’s 1798 campaign in Egypt. Before the French could get it back to France, the stone somehow ended up in enemy hands (the British), so it is now on display in the British Museum. Ownership of the stone is very much in dispute. The French want it, and understandably, the Egyptians would like it back.

50…”Stronger than dirt!” cleanser..AJAX

Ajax cleanser has been around since 1947, and it’s “stronger than dirt!” That was the most famous slogan over here in the US. On my side of the pond, the celebrated slogan was “it cleans like a white tornado”.

51…”Joy of Cooking” writer Rombauer..IRMA

Irma Rombauer was the author of the famous cookbook “The Joy Of Cooking”. Rombauer self-published the book back in 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her family continued to publish privately as demand was high, and then a commercial printing house picked it up in 1936. “The Joy of Cooking” has been in print continuously ever since.

54…Adorned with Angel Soft, say..TPED

TP’ing (toilet papering) is a prank involving the covering of some object or location with rolls and rolls of toilet paper. If you live in Texas or Minnesota, that little “prank” is legal, but if you live here in California it is classed as mischief or vandalism.

The pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific sells toilet paper using the brand names Angel Soft, Quilted Northern and Soft n’ Gentle.

56…Food service trade org…NRA

The National Restaurant Association is a powerful lobbying organization in Washington, DC that is sometimes referred to as “the other NRA”, to distinguish it from the National Rifle Association. One focus of “the other NRA” is to hold down labor costs by resisting efforts to raise the minimum wage. The organization has been effective in holding down the federal minimum wage for tipped employees to $2.13 per hour, a rate that has been in effect since 1991.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Home for Pogo..SWAMP

6…Affirmative answer..YES

9…Silences, as a TV..MUTES

14…Artist’s prop..EASEL

15…Pie __ mode..A LA

16…Wagnerian work..OPERA

17…”Farewell, chérie”..ADIEU

18…CBS forensic drama..CSI

19…Antianxiety drug..XANAX

20…”Bro, I thought you were gonna help”..LEFT ME HANGIN’

23…Many a GI..PVT

24…Jerry Garcia’s band, familiarly..THE DEAD

28…Socializing with the queen, maybe..AT TEA

31…Avril Lavigne’s “Sk8er __”..BOI

32…Bullets and such..AMMO

33…Lots and lots..A GOOD DEAL

35…Accessories for the highchair set..BIBS

36…Decide in advance..PLAN

37…Gonzalez boy in 2000 headlines..ELIAN

39…Look at lasciviously..OGLE

40…Hourly charge..RATE

41…”I expected as much”..IT FIGURES

43…”… __ saw Elba”..ERE I

44…Owns..HAS

45…More like a button?..CUTER

46…Is really boiling..SEETHES

48…Reggae kin..SKA

49…Follow the ethical path..DO WHAT’S RIGHT

55…Set to simmer, as a burner..ON LOW

58…Spanish eye..OJO

59…Sag..DROOP

60…Southern inflection..DRAWL

61…Looking sickly..WAN

62…Novelist Zola..EMILE

63…Suddenly occurs to, with “on”..DAWNS

64…Computer program suffix..EXE

65…Went out with..DATED

Down

1…Close securely..SEAL

2…Stroll in the shallows..WADE

3…”Yeah, sure!”..AS IF!

4…Track event..MEET

5…Made fluffy, as pillows..PLUMPED

6…Millionaire’s boat..YACHT

7…”Frozen” princess..ELSA

8…Minnesota college named for Norway’s patron..SAINT OLAF

9…Spunk..MOXIE

10…Moving around..UP AND ABOUT

11…Morning break hour..TEN

12…Historical period..ERA

13…Classic doo-wop horn..SAX

21…Slip past..EVADE

22…Phone button letters next to a 4..GHI

25…Political fugitive..EMIGRE

26…One strolling..AMBLER

27…Medicine measures..DOSES

28…Harshly bright..AGLARE

29…Perfectly..TO A TEE

30…”You’re talking too loud”..TONE IT DOWN

31…Puts the worm on..BAITS

33…__-ski..APRES

34…Sewing machine inventor..ELIAS HOWE

38…Shaving mishaps..NICKS

42…Covered, as in a man-to-man defense..GUARDED

44…Axe..HEW

47…Coyote cries..HOWLS

48…Rosetta __..STONE

50…”Stronger than dirt!” cleanser..AJAX

51…”Joy of Cooking” writer Rombauer..IRMA

52…__ alone: have no help..GO IT

53…Putting target..HOLE

54…Adorned with Angel Soft, say..TPED

55…Like every other number..ODD

56…Food service trade org…NRA

57…Attorney’s field..LAW

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16 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 4 Oct 16, Tuesday”

  1. Hi Argyle ! Great guru and master ! ….. that’s pro-kleptophobia – (having no fear of – ) fear of stealing.

    How about Xanax-anax-o-phobia – fear of taking pills for your (one’s ) depression. Or, Anti-zac-a-phobia = suppression of the fear of taking ‘Pro’zac for OCD symptoms …..

    This could lead to an understanding of the meta-mater-o-phobia which would be, ideally, the mother of all phobias.

  2. 8:58, no errors, iPad. Totally missed the theme. “Aibophobia” is indeed a great coinage. And “Pogo” was a great comic strip (second only to “Calvin and Hobbes”, I think). Nice to know the etymology of “easel”. And that there is an “other NRA”; do we really need the first one, I wonder?

    I spent part of the summer after I graduated from high school in an introductory calculus class, taught by one Clarence Carlson, at St. Olaf College. Pretty intense, but a fond memory.

  3. Tricky Tuesday for me. The entire midwest took a while with AT TEA, AGLARE (Carrie, thoughts?) and TO A TEE taking a while. Never got the theme until the blog. More like a Wednesday time for me.

    I think all the CSI’s are done now including CSI Cyber. The first 2 or 3 seasons of the original were the best in my book.

    So glad to hear of the fate of Elian Gonzalez. I remember feeling for him during all of that back in 2000. My first summer job after my freshman year in college was in an industrial engineering capacity working on the then new F/A-18 fighter/attack planes for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. Good for him.

    As an aside, the power of those fighters is hard to imagine. I was a good 75-100 feet from one idling out towards the runway once. Even at that distance and the engines idling I had to turn my face the other way because of the heat I felt from the exhaust. Jet fuel burns at about 2000 degrees so it shouldn’t have surprised me….

    Best –

    1. Thanks for pointing that CSI: Cyber has been canceled. I’ll change that in my comment. I watched the show for a few episodes, as the premise seemed intriguing. It didn’t really deliver for me, I must say.

  4. Nomophobia- fear of being without mobile phone coverage.
    Re yesterday.
    Bill, I thought you were joking! 🙂
    Then I looked it up.
    “An inability to ever turn your phone off
    Obsessively checking for missed calls, emails and texts
    Constantly topping up your battery life
    Being unable to pop to the bathroom without taking your phone in with you.”
    This is foreign to me. I have a Tracfone., and I almost NEVER turn it on. No one has my number and it’s only for emergencies.
    “Put the worm on”, believe it or not had me stumped. What the heck does that mean?
    Then the B**T showed up. Duh.

    1. @Pookie …

      Re: “I have a TracFone, and I almost NEVER turn it on. No one has my number and it’s only for emergencies.”

      Yes! I knew there were still other people like me in the world! I have an old flip phone that I use in exactly the same way!

      The latest Sunday NYT crossword contained the clue “Like flip phones, now” and the answer was “behind the times”. Needless to say, I felt personally insulted … 🙂

      1. I hung in there with my pay-as-you-go flip-phone until two years ago. I caved and bough a cheap smartphone for Christmas, rationalizing that I needed it for the blog. While it’s true that the phone has gotten me out of a few technical hitches while away from home, the monthly bill really doesn’t justify the use. I used to pay about 5$ a month for the flip-phone. But, it’s hard to give up a smartphone, for me anyway!

  5. @Kennison – also missed the theme.

    Felt today easier than yesterday. Only unknown, the other NRA.

    I love my iPhone6. Who knew, at my age. I use MrNumber, free App, to keep out the unwanteds.

    Xanaxanax also a palindrome.

  6. @Dave, I have an LG flip phone. It has a camera, video and audio recorders. I used the video at the quilt shop when the owner was demonstrating a technique. Now when I forget how it goes I can watch the video.It has internet, although really slow and I can wait ’til I get home to look something up. The 60 minute card is $20 for 90 days and double minutes for life. I have 1600+ minutes accumulated because, well, I never use it. And…… it cost $5 at the Family Dollar store. 🙂
    The upside is that I don’t have Nomophobia!!

  7. I can top you TracFone people. I have no cell phone right now. Scary, sometimes, like when I had a flat tire and couldn’t call AAA! I also had trouble with the ‘midwest’ section, but finally eked it out. I’m a pen and paper user.

    1. Enjoyable puzzle, informative explanations. Re: ” Many a GI … PVT,” perhaps expounding a bit by defining “GI” would smooth it out, for the uninformed or at least those militarily un-uniformed !

  8. I had a good time with the puzzle, although the central theme eluded me. Hied to Bill’s blog for some wisdom.

    Apres-ski seems to be all the about the good times to be had, after skiing – once you realize you are still alive, after all…

    Elias Howe invented, or made significant improvements to the sewing machine …. and Singer made all the money, and the fortune ? Tells you that selling the product is everything. My wife and I bought a new Singer machine 4 years ago, and we have yet to figure out how it works. I’m telling you some innovations are too sophisticated for their own good.

    Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention something on the Rosetta Stone.

    The stone was not a complete relic, and had been damaged at the ends and at the top (which had been lopped of.) Deciphering was a great challenge requiring multiple languages, cryptology and there is a great controversy that exists and simmers . even today, as to who actually deciphered the writings, especially the heiroglyphs, on the stone. The main contenders are Jean Champillion, a frenchman, in 1822, and Thomas Young, an englishman in 1814. Typically the French give no credit to the englishman, and the English never mention the frenchman at all …

    have a nice day, all.

  9. Hey every buddy!
    @Jeff–AGLARE may be THE WORST “A-bomination” I’ve seen! I also had problems in the Midwest, cuz I didn’t want to write AGLARE. And it took a long time to see A GOOD DEAL.
    Nice to see THE DEAD as well as SKA here. Just today I heard an old SKA hit on the radio; rushed home intending to listen to more; got distracted and forgot! It made me realize the importance of music — IMO, it gives life joy, and I should remember to listen to some daily.
    @Pookie — dang! Good deal on that phone of yours!! I KNOW I’m paying too much to have an iPhone but I can’t give it up!
    Hey Vidwan, I can top that: I got my Kenmore sewing machine TWELVE YEARS AGO and have NEVER been able to figure it out.

    Sweet dreams~~™???

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