LA Times Crossword Answers 6 Oct 16, Thursday




LA Times Crossword Solution 6 Oct 16







Constructed by: Ed Sessa

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Me Eat Cookie

Today’s themed clues start with “OREO”, and we EAT away at this COOKIE until we are just left with the clue “O”.

  • 62A…Muppet’s explanation of the four all-caps clues..ME EAT COOKIE
  • 17A…OREO..CHILD’S SNACK
  • 24A…ORE..MINED DEPOSIT
  • 38A…OR..SURGERY
  • 52A…O..ANTHEM’S START

Bill’s time: 8m 49s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

11…Sellout letters..SRO

Standing room only (SRO)

14…Apple app mostly replaced by Messages..ICHAT

iChat was introduced in 2002, and was Apple’s “instant messaging” application that integrated with the Mac Operating System. iChat was replaced by Messages.

15…Connoisseur..MAVEN

I’ve always loved the word “maven”, another word for an expert. Maven comes into English from the Yiddish “meyvn” meaning someone who appreciates and is a connoisseur.

17…OREO..CHILD’S SNACK

The Oreo was the best-selling cookie in the 20th century, and almost 500 billion of them have been sold since they were introduced in 1912 by Nabisco. In those early days the creme filling was made with pork fat, but today vegetable oils are used instead. If you take a bite out of an Oreo sold outside of America you might notice a difference from the homegrown cookie, as coconut oil is added in the overseas version to give a different taste.

19…TSA requests..IDS

The TSA is the Transportation Security Administration, the agency that employs the good folks that check passengers and baggage at airports.

22…Bovine icon..ELSIE

Elsie the Cow is the mascot of the Borden Company. Elsie first appeared at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, introduced to symbolize the perfect dairy product. Elsie was also given a husband named Elmer the Bull. Elmer eventually moved over to the chemical division of Borden where he gave his name to Elmer’s Glue.

28…Crème brûlée topping..CARAMEL

Crème brûlée is a classic French dessert consisting of a rich custard topped with a crusty layer of caramelized sugar. The name “crème brûlée” translates from French as “burnt cream”.

32…Little pill..TWERP

“Twerp” and “pipsqueak” are both terms used for someone who is insignificant and contemptible.

The term “pill” can be used to describe a boring and disagreeable person, a “bitter pill to swallow”.

33…When workers may be dressed down?: Abbr…FRI

That would be casual Friday.

37…Nicki Minaj genre..RAP

Nicki Minaj is a rapper from Queens, New York who was born in Trinidad.

38…OR..SURGERY

Surgery (surg.) is usually performed in an operating room (OR).

42…Langley org…CIA

The CIA headquarters is located in Langley, Virginia in a complex called the George Bush Center for Intelligence, named for former Director of the CIA and US President George H. W. Bush.

43…City on the Rhône..LYON

The city of Lyon in France, is also known as “Lyons” in English. Lyon is the second-largest metropolitan area in the country, after Paris.

The Rhône river rises in Switzerland and flows through the southeast of France.

46…Medina native..SAUDI

Medina is a city in western Saudi Arabia. Medina is the second holiest city in the Islamic tradition after Mecca, as it is the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad.

50…Reduced to pure metal..SMELTED

Metals are found in ore in the form of oxides. In order to get pure metal from the ore, the ore is heated and the metal oxides within are reduced (i.e. the oxygen is removed) in the chemical process known as smelting. The oxygen is extracted by adding a source of carbon or carbon monoxide which uses up the excess oxygen atoms to make carbon dioxide, a waste product of smelting (and, a greenhouse gas).

52…O..ANTHEM’S START

“O say can you see by the dawn’s early light” is the opening line of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key. The song was adopted as the US national anthem in 1931, although it had been used officially by the US Navy since 1889, played when raising the flag.

55…Saint __: Caribbean island..LUCIA

The Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia has a population of less than 200,000. Remarkably, Saint Lucia has produced two Nobel Laureates: economist Arthur Lewis and poet Derek Walcott.

56…Card game using the entire deck..WAR

War is a card game, mainly played by young children.

61…Mont. neighbor..IDA

Idaho has the nickname the Gem State, mainly because almost every known type of gemstone has been found there. Idaho is also sometimes called the Potato State as potatoes are such a popular crop in the state. I’d go for the potatoes over the gems, but that’s probably just me …

62…Muppet’s explanation of the four all-caps clues..ME EAT COOKIE

Cookie Monster is a beloved Muppet on the TV show “Sesame Street”. He is a big eater, and is especially fond of cookies, which he eats while grunting out “Om nom nom nom”.

66…Title for Anthony Hopkins..SIR

The marvelous actor Anthony Hopkins got his big break in movies playing Richard the Lionheart in the 1968 historical drama “The Lion in Winter”. Hopkins hails from the south coast of Wales, and was encouraged in his early career by fellow Welshman Richard Burton, whom he met when he was a teenager. I’d say that Hopkins’ best-known film role was Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”.

69…”The Splendid Splinter” Williams..TED

As well as playing in left field for the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams served as a pilot in the Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War. Williams earned a few colorful nicknames during his baseball career, including “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”, “The Thumper” and “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”.

Down

3…Dad of Haley, Alex and Luke on “Modern Family”..PHIL

The character Phil Dunphy on the sitcom “Modern Family” is played by actor Ty Burrell. Phil is a real estate agent and refers to his role in his family as “cool Dad”.

4…California observatory site..PALOMAR

The Hale Telescope in the Palomar Observatory in California is a massive reflecting telescope, the largest aperture optical telescope in the world from 1948 until 1976. The telescope is named after the astronomer George Ellery Hale who was behind the building of the Palomar Observatory. Sadly, Hale didn’t live long enough to see the observatory commissioned.

5…Annual rpt. column..YTD

Year-to-date (YTD)

6…Dutch beer brand..AMSTEL

Amstel is a Dutch beer and brewery, founded in 1870 in Amsterdam. The brewery takes its name from the Amstel river that runs through the city.

8…Actress Longoria..EVA

Eva Longoria is a fashion model and an actress who had a regular role on TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, playing Gabrielle Solis.

9…Japanese tech company..NEC

NEC is the name that the Nippon Electric Company chose for itself outside of Japan after a rebranding exercise in 1983.

12…Two of three sides of a typical pie slice..RADII

“Radius” (plural “radii”) is a Latin word, as one might expect, meaning “spoke of a wheel”. Makes sense, huh …?

18…__ wave..SINE

A sine wave is a mathematical function that describes a simple, smooth, repetitive oscillation. The sine wave is found right throughout the natural world. Ocean waves, light waves and sound waves all have a sine wave pattern.

27…Mideast dignitary..EMIR

An emir is a prince or chieftain, most notably in the Middle East. In English, emir can also be written as emeer, amir and ameer (watch out for those spellings in crosswords!).

28…PC key..CTRL

The Control (CTRL) key on a PC keyboard is used to modify the function of other keys. For example, pressing CTRL+C copies a selection to the clipboard, and CTRL+V pastes the contents of the clipboard to a location defined by the cursor. Control keys were introduced on teletypewriters to generate “control characters”, which are non-printing characters that instruct a computer to do something like print a page, ring a bell etc.

33…NFL scores..FGS

Field goal (FG)

35…Guy Friday, for one..AIDE

In Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel “Robinson Crusoe”, the castaway encounters a companion that Crusoe calls “Friday”, because the two first met on that day. Friday soon becomes his willing servant. This character is the source of our terms “Man Friday”, “Guy Friday” and “Girl Friday”, which are used to describe a particularly competent and loyal assistant.

39…E pluribus __..UNUM

From 1776, “E pluribus unum” was the unofficial motto of the United States. The phrase translates from Latin as “Out of many, one”. It was pushed aside in 1956 when an Act of Congress designated “In God We Trust” as the country’s official motto. “In God We Trust” had appeared on US coins since 1864, but was only introduced on paper currency in 1957.

41…1914 battle river..YSER

The Yser is a river that originates in northern France and flows through Belgium into the North Sea. The Yser is often associated with WWI as it figured in a major battle early in the conflict. In the first three months of the war, the German Army pushed almost completely through Belgium, inflicting heavy losses on the Belgian Army as the defenders were forced to fight a fast-moving rearguard action. The Germans were intent on pushing right through Belgium and across France in a “race to the sea”. But the Belgians, with the help of their Allies, decided to make a final stand at the Yser Canal in an effort to prevent the Germans reaching the French ports of Calais and Dunkirk. The 22-mile long defensive line was chosen at the Yser because the river and canal system could be flooded to create a barrier that might be defended. The plan was successful and the front was “stabilized”. As we now know, millions of lives were lost over the coming years with very little movement of that battle line.

44…Radar O’Reilly’s pop brand..NEHI

The brand of Nehi cola has a name that sounds like “knee-high”, a measure of a small stature. Back in the mid-1900’s the Chero-Cola company, which owned the brand, went for a slightly different twist on “knee-high” in advertising. The logo for Nehi was an image of a seated woman’s stockinged legs, with her skirt pulled up to her knees, to hint at “knee-high”.

Corporal Radar O’Reilly is a character in the “M*A*S*H” television series and film. The role was played by Gary Burghoff in both the film and on television.

47…City with a Penn State campus..ALTOONA

Altoona is in central Pennsylvania, and is home to the Ivyside Park Campus of Pennsylvania State University.

49…Admit to the Enterprise, in a way..BEAM UP

The USS Enterprise is a starship in the “Star Trek” universe (pun!). There have been several generations of starship with the name Enterprise, starting with the vessel numbered NCC-1701, which appeared in the original TV series. My favorite “Star Trek” series is “Next Generation”, which features USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

51…Singer Anthony..MARC

Marc Anthony is the stage name of Marco Antonio Muñiz, a Puerto Rican-American singer. Anthony’s first wife was Dayanara Torres, a former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. His second wife was quite famous too … singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. He divorced from the latter in 2014.

54…Marshy lowland..SWALE

A swale is a narrow tract of low-lying land that is usually wet or marshy. A swale can be naturally occurring or man-made. One might create a swale to help manage drainage of adjacent land.

63…It may be delayed by rain: Abbr…ETA

Expected time of arrival (ETA)

64…German article..EIN

The definite article in German is der, die or das, for masculine, feminine and neuter nouns. The indefinite article is ein, eine or ein, again depending on the gender of the noun. A further complication, relative to English, is that the masculine form (and only the masculine form) of the article changes when used in the accusative case, when used with the object of a sentence. The accusative forms are “den” and “einen”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1…Full of beans..PEPPY

6…”I don’t need __”: regular patron’s comment..A MENU

11…Sellout letters..SRO

14…Apple app mostly replaced by Messages..ICHAT

15…Connoisseur..MAVEN

16…Recyclable item..CAN

17…OREO..CHILD’S SNACK

19…TSA requests..IDS

20…Aria, usually..SOLO

21…Suffix with social..-ITE

22…Bovine icon..ELSIE

24…ORE..MINED DEPOSIT

28…Crème brûlée topping..CARAMEL

31…Defensive comeback..AM TOO!

32…Little pill..TWERP

33…When workers may be dressed down?: Abbr…FRI

34…Terminal conveyance..TRAM

37…Nicki Minaj genre..RAP

38…OR..SURGERY

42…Langley org…CIA

43…City on the Rhône..LYON

45…Apartment bldg. info..NOS

46…Medina native..SAUDI

48…Offer a contrary opinion..REBUT

50…Reduced to pure metal..SMELTED

52…O..ANTHEM’S START

55…Saint __: Caribbean island..LUCIA

56…Card game using the entire deck..WAR

57…Goof reaction..OOPS!

61…Mont. neighbor..IDA

62…Muppet’s explanation of the four all-caps clues..ME EAT COOKIE

66…Title for Anthony Hopkins..SIR

67…Serviceable..UTILE

68…Pointless..INANE

69…”The Splendid Splinter” Williams..TED

70…Having glass sections..PANED

71…Hen, for one..LAYER

Down

1…Short shots?..PICS

2…Off-the-wall answer?..ECHO

3…Dad of Haley, Alex and Luke on “Modern Family”..PHIL

4…California observatory site..PALOMAR

5…Annual rpt. column..YTD

6…Dutch beer brand..AMSTEL

7…Like lions, but not tigers..MANED

8…Actress Longoria..EVA

9…Japanese tech company..NEC

10…Broken, as promises..UNKEPT

11…Hair salon technique..SCISSOR CUT

12…Two of three sides of a typical pie slice..RADII

13…First stage..ONSET

18…__ wave..SINE

23…Crook’s haul..LOOT

25…Little devils..IMPS

26…Take a chance..DARE

27…Mideast dignitary..EMIR

28…PC key..CTRL

29…Like the visiting team..AWAY

30…Course record?..REPORT CARD

33…NFL scores..FGS

35…Guy Friday, for one..AIDE

36…Servant for the inn crowd..MAID

39…E pluribus __..UNUM

40…Spoils..ROTS

41…1914 battle river..YSER

44…Radar O’Reilly’s pop brand..NEHI

47…City with a Penn State campus..ALTOONA

49…Admit to the Enterprise, in a way..BEAM UP

50…Pronounced..STATED

51…Singer Anthony..MARC

52…Top-tier invitees..A-LIST

53…Show that shows too much?..NUDIE

54…Marshy lowland..SWALE

58…Acceptable..OKAY

59…Fragrant wood..PINE

60…Reader of tea leaves..SEER

63…It may be delayed by rain: Abbr…ETA

64…German article..EIN

65…Black gold..OIL

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11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 6 Oct 16, Thursday”

  1. 18:46 on computer..pretty quick for a Thursday, at least for me.

    I personally prefer “E pluribus unum” over “In God we trust”, since it covers everyone.

    Funny getting here so early…

  2. Fun little theme on this one that took me until the end to understand. Otherwise, a pretty typical Thursday.

    At first I took some issue with saying that OR=SURGERY. The two don’t seem compatible as the OR is a room and surgery is a procedure. The only thing I could think of is signage – i.e. a sign for an operating room could conceivably say either “OR” or “SURGERY”. A bit of a stretch, but I suppose it works.

    Years ago I heard an interview with Anthony Hopkins (I think it was before he was a “SIR”). He said that early in his career he would go over his part at least 150 times before performing it. He said at that point the actual lines are so second nature that he could concentrate 100% on the delivery. I’ve actually used that idea whenever I had to give a talk or presentation. I don’t know that I ever made it to 150 times, but I do use the concept of trying to make the words second nature by repetition. It’s unbearably tedious at times, but it does work for me.

    Best –

    1. @Jeff … I momentarily had the same thought about “surgery”, but my Webster’s New World College Dictionary gives “the operating room of a surgeon or hospital” as one of its meanings. (Admittedly, one tends to think of the phrase “take the patient into surgery”, rather than “take the patient into the surgery”. There could be a trace of British influence here: after all, they speak of someone being “in hospital”, rather than “in the hospital”. And, in fact, my dictionary also says that, in British English, a doctor’s office may be called a surgery.)

      I think, if I went over the lines of a talk 150 times before actually giving it, I could not help but sound as if I were reading it. (Actually, I’m very thankful that my days of speaking in public are over: It always gave me the willies. I would have trouble sleeping the night before … and the night after … being forced to torture myself that way … 🙂 )

  3. Cute theme, sorta challenging (but fun) fill, fair-enough cluing. Overall, good puzzle, IMHO, Mr. Sessa. One nit: “Full of beans” = PEPPY? I thought the expression meant something between “silly” and “full of crap” — not “energetic” or “bouncy.” Anyone else?

    1. From the Simpsons: “Milhouse is out of bed and full of beans!”

      “Bart’s Friend Falls in Love”
      Season 3 / Episode 23 (19:47)

  4. Easy enough for a Thurs, except that I didn’t get all the NW corner. I’ve raised children, and have several grandchildren, and try to avoid giving sugar to children, so CHILDSNACK never crossed my mind.

    And YTD? I got it but wasn’t happy w/ it. Wouldn’t an annual report have totals for the yr? YTD is what I look at before the end of the reporting yr.

    It’s time to take a deep breath-tomorrow I’m off to the pumpkin farm and corn maze w/ some of those low-sugar grandkids. I hope they don’t lose me!

  5. Pretty challenging, ….. expected for a Thursday. I was delighted I got most of all of it ….. and then it struck me – its not Friday. Oh God ! That comes tomorrow !! The progression of OREO was cute, but unfortunately I didn’t get it despite the last theme answer. I guess I’m not full of beans – especially in the brains dept.

    Two things I learnt yesterday – boustrophedon – a style of writing / engraving / etching … in which words are written from left to right and then from right to left on alternate lines. Called the Ox Plough method …. as how you would use an ox to plough, on the field….

    This is the style of boustrophedon writing
    suht ekil eunitnoc dluow hcihw
    until a new line came along.

    Phew ! the middle line took 5 tries !
    Used in the carvings at Rapa Nui, as yesterdays clue.,, and also in very ancient Greece.

    I think using an Elmer the bull, for a logo on glue is so sad – considering that old glue was made from boiled and ground up bovine bones…

    George Bush Center for Intelligence ? Ok, no jokes please. I did know that the father Bush was a darn good CIA director.

    I did not know that Trinidad and Tobago is a “developed” country and has ( thanks to oil and gas etc.) the highest per capita income and highest per capita GDP – next to USA and Canada in all of the Americas. Higher than Mexico, Brazil, Valenz., Argentina etc . !! Quite sobering.

    Have a nice day, folks.

  6. Helloooo!!!
    Challenging, but I managed to finish. Couldn’t see SURGERY for a long time, especially as I put TDS instead of FGS. And, I kept wanting to put SURFERS!!
    @Bella, that’s funny, cuz I myself couldn’t get CHILD’S SNACK at first, but for a different reason: I think of Oreos as something that people of ALL ages eat!
    My dad used to break up Oreos in a bowl with milk and eat with a spoon. I inherited his sweet tooth. Of course by the time he was my age he was wise enough to improve his eating habits…he actually became a real natural-foods guy. Maybe I should try that someday…?
    Be well~~™???

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