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Today’s themed answers are common phrases with the word JACK inserted:
- 16A…Item on a certain thief’s rap sheet?..PAST CARJACKING (past caring + Jack)
- 32A…Dinner for a lottery winner?..JACKPOT ROAST (pot roast + Jack)
- 39A…Mural of a wild canine?..JACKAL FRESCO (alfresco + Jack)
- 56A…Last of a $140 stack?..SEVENTH JACKSON (seventh son + Jack)
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1…City NE of Odessa..MIDLAND
Midland, Texas was founded as a city in 1881 as the midway point between Fort Worth and El Paso on the Texas and Pacific Railroad. Midland is noted in recent years as the birth city of former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as being former home to both President George W. Bush and President George H. W. Bush and their families.
The city of Odessa, Texas has as its symbol the jack rabbit. This is because from the thirties through the seventies the city hosted a rodeo for roping rabbits. The Humane Society applied pressure and the city did away with the tradition in 1977.
8…American Pharoah accoutrement..BRIDLE
American Pharaoh was the twelfth winner of the Triple Crown, achieving the feat in 2015. The horse’s name was inspired by that of his parents: Pioneerof the Nile (dam) and Yankee Gentleman (sire).
16…Item on a certain thief’s rap sheet?..PAST CARJACKING (past caring + Jack)
A rap sheet is a criminal record. “Rap” is a slang term dating back to the 1700s that means “blame, responsibility” as in “to take the rap” and “to beat the rap”. This usage morphed into “rap sheet” in the early 1900s.
18…Party planner’s compilation..E-LIST
An “e-list” is a group mailing list.
19…Big Island entertainment..UKES
The ukulele (uke) originated in the 1800s and mimicked a small guitar brought to the Hawaiian Islands by Portuguese immigrants.
The largest island in the state of Hawaii is named Hawaii, and nicknamed “the Big Island”. Of the Hawaiian islands that I’ve had the pleasure to visit, the Big Island is definitely my favorite.
Musicians use “gig” to describe a job, a performance. The term originated in the early 1900s in the world of jazz.
“Dis” is a slang term meaning “insult” that originated in the eighties. It is a shortened form of “disrespect” or “dismiss”.
Those would be musical scales, on a piano perhaps.
26…Name on the 1983 album “More Music for Films”..ENO
Brian Eno produced a 1978 album titled “Music for Films”. The work comprises short tracks intended as a soundtrack for imaginary films. Eno followed up with “More Music for Films” in 1983, and “Music for Films, Volume 3” in 1988.
27…Long-distance calling org.?..SETI
SETI is the name given to a number of projects that are searching for extraterrestrial life. The acronym stands for “search for extraterrestrial intelligence”. One of the main SETI activities is the monitoring of electromagnetic radiation (such as radio waves) reaching the Earth in the hope of finding a transmission from a civilization in another world.
Chinese, Burmese, Portuguese, etc.
Egrets are a group of several species of white herons. Many egret species were faced with extinction in the 1800s and early 1900s due to plume hunting, a practice driven by the demand for egret plumes that could be incorporated into hats.
32…Dinner for a lottery winner?..JACKPOT ROAST (pot roast + Jack)
The term “jackpot” dates back to the 1800s and is from the game of poker. In some variants there are progressive antes, meaning that players have to “ante up” when no player has a pair of “jacks” or better … building a “jackpot”.
36…”C U When U Get There” rapper..COOLIO
Coolio is the stage name of rapper Artis Leon Ivey, Jr. In 2009, Coolio joined fellow-American Le Toya Jackson as one of the house guests in “Celebrity Big Brother” (UK version) and apparently he created quite a stir on the show with some outrageous comments. But Coolio also showed a softer side with a spontaneous and emotional reaction to the election of Barack Obama to the office of US President as he watched the election results coming in live in the Big Brother house.
38…Cans on a Lowe’s shelf..PAINTS
Lucius S. Lowe opened the first Lowe’s hardware store in 1921, in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Lucius only knew the one store, as it was family who expanded the company after he passed away in 1940.
39…Mural of a wild canine?..JACKAL FRESCO (alfresco + Jack)
Jackals are small omnivorous predators and scavengers that are related to the wolf and dog. Jackals have been deliberately crossbred with certain species of dog. One example is the Russian Sulimov dog, a breed developed by crossing Lapponian herder dogs with Turkmen golden jackals. Sulimov dogs are used in Russia for airport security as sniffer dogs.
A “fresco” is a painting created on a moist plaster, usually on a wall or ceiling. The plaster is “freshly” laid when the image is created, and “fresco” is the Italian for “fresh”.
Our word “alfresco” means outdoors, in the fresh air. The term derives from the Italian “al fresco”, which translates as “in the fresh (air)”.
41…Flew like a birdie..ARCED
“Birdie” is another name for a shuttlecock, the projectile used in the sport of badminton.
The Canadian province of Ontario takes its name from the Great Lake. In turn, Lake Ontario’s name is thought to be derived from “Ontari:io”, a Huron word meaning “great lake”. Ontario is home to the nation’s capital of Ottawa as well as Toronto, Canada’s most populous city (and the capital of the province).
43…Zachary Taylor, e.g…WHIG
The Whig Party (in the US) was active from 1833 to 1856, and was the opposition party to the Democrats at that time. One of the tenets of the Whig Party was the supremacy of Congress over the Executive branch. Prominent members of the party included Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler. Abraham Lincoln was also a Whig while he served a two-year term as a US Representative for the state of Illinois. By the time he became President, Lincoln was a member of the Republican Party.
Zachary Taylor won the 1848 election to become the 12th US president, and the first president to hold office without a political resume. Taylor was a career military man, known as “Old Rough and Ready” Taylor. He died only 16 months into his term, apparently of gastroenteritis. Given that rumors of poisoning persisted over the decades, his body was exhumed in 1991 and tissue samples were checked for signs of foul play. Nothing out of order was discovered, although rumours still persist.
“Moi” is the French word for “me”. One might say “Moi?” when feigning innocence.
53…Prominent feature of “Twilight” films?..FANG
“The Twilight Saga” is a series of films based on the “The Twilight” series of books by Stephenie Meyer. They’re all about vampires. I don’t do vampires …
54…Query in Matthew..IS IT I?
At the Last Supper, Jesus told his apostles that one of them would betray him that day. According to the Gospel of Matthew:
And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
56…Last of a $140 stack?..SEVENTH JACKSON (seventh son + Jack)
The 20-dollar bill is called a “Jackson” as it bears the portrait of President Andrew Jackson on the front side of the bill. Jackson’s image replaced that of President Grover Cleveland in 1928, and there doesn’t seem to be any record documenting just why that change was made. Over one-fifth of all notes printed today are 20-dollar bills, and the average life of a “Jackson” is a little over 2 years, after which it is replaced due to wear.
According to folklore, the seventh son of a seventh son has special powers. Tradition dictates that the seven sons in each family must be born sequentially, with no daughters intervening.
61…”The Little Prince” author Saint-Exupéry..ANTOINE
“Le Petit Prince” is a celebrated French novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and first published in 1943. “Le Petit Prince” (The Little Prince) is the most read book in France, and the book most translated from French. The philosophical tale recounts the story of a stranded pilot meeting a young prince who falls to Earth from an asteroid. Saint-Exupéry was himself a pioneering aviator. He wrote “Le Petit France” while living in exile in the US due to the German occupation of France during WWII.
The word “moped” was coined in 1952, by a Swedish journalist called Harald Nielsen. The term is a portmanteau of “motor” and “pedal”.
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”.
6…Gp. with many arms..NRA
The NRA is the National Rifle Association, an organization that has been around since 1871. The NRA has had some celebrity presidents, including US President Ulysses S. Grant. It’s often said that the NRA is the most powerful lobbying group in Washington.
7…Strauss’ “__ Rosenkavalier”..DER
“Der Rosenkavalier” is a comic opera composed by Richard Strauss, with the title translating as “The Knight of the Rose”.
People described as avant-garde are especially innovative. “Avant-garde” is French for “advance guard”.
The mint julep is a bourbon-based cocktail that is associated with the American South, and with the Kentucky Derby in particular. If you’d like to make yourself a mint julep, one recipe is:
- 3 oz of Bourbon
- 4-6 sprigs of mint
- granulated sugar to taste
“Gott” is German for “god”.
The city of Düsseldorf lies in the west of Germany, fairly close to the border with France. It is located on the River Rhine.
Cecil B. Demille was a movie director and producer who started his professional career in the silent era. DeMille’s movies were often epic works, such “Cleopatra” (1936), “Samson and Delilah” (1949), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (1952) and “The Ten Commandments” (1956). The Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award is named in his honor, and indeed he was its first recipient.
25…”I’ll kneel down / And ___ thee forgiveness”: King Lear..ASK OF
Shakespeare was inspired to write his famous drama “King Lear” by the legend of “Leir of Britain”, the story of a mythological Celtic king.
30…Former attorney general Holder..ERIC
Eric Holder was the Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015, the first African American to hold the position. Holder was close to President Obama during the presidential campaign. Holder was the campaign’s legal advisor and was also one of the three members on the Obama vice-presidential selection committee that recommended future Vice President Joe Biden.
31…Moody Blues hit with an exclamation point in its title..GO NOW!
The song “Go Now” was written by Larry Banks and Milton Bennett, and first recorded by Larry’s wife Bessie Banks in 1962. The most famous version of the song was recorded by the Moody Blues, and released in the US in 1965 as “Go Now!” The exclamation point in the Moody Blues title wasn’t on the original song.
The Moody Blues are an English rock band that was formed in 1964. The Moody Blues were noted in the early days for fusing classical musical with rock and released a famous 1967 album in that style called “Days of Future Passed”.
33…”When I was __ … “: “H.M.S. Pinafore” lyric..A LAD
“H.M.S. Pinafore” is one of my favorite of the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas (a production we staged at high school, many moons ago). “Pinafore” was one of the first big hits for Gilbert & Sullivan (in their native Britain, and in America), and they followed it up with “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado”.
Geographically speaking, the world is sometimes divided into the Orient in the east, and the Occident in the west.
A door or window jamb is the vertical portion of the frame. The term “jamb” comes from the French word “jambe” meaning “leg”.
44…Sauce served with mu shu pork..HOISIN
Hoisin sauce is named for the Chinese word for “seafood”. However, hoisin sauce contains no seafood, and nor is it served with seafood!
Moo shu pork (also “mu shu pork”) is a traditional dish from northern China, with the main ingredients being shredded pork and scrambled egg.
49…Not at all calm..ANTSY
The word “antsy” embodies the concept of “having ants in one’s pants”, meaning being nervous and fidgety. However, “antsy” has been used in English since the 1830s, whereas “ants in the pants” originated a century later.
“Dictum” (plural “dicta”) is a legal term describing a statement by a court as part of a judgment.
55…Candy bar with a Nordic name..SKOR
Skor is a candy bar produced by Hershey’s. “Skor” is Swedish for “shoes”, and the candy bar’s wrapping features a crown that is identical to that found in the Swedish national emblem. What “shoes” have to do with candy, I don’t know …
57…Sch. near the Appomattox River..VSU
Virginia State University (VSU) in Ettrick, Virginia was founded in 1882 as the nation’s first state-supported university for African Americans.
The Appomattox River in Virginia is a named for the Appomattoc tribe that resided along its banks.
The bird known as a “jay” is sometimes called a “magpie”, although the terms are not completely interchangeable.
The “smaller” alkanes are gases and are quite combustible. Methane (CH4) is the main component of natural gas with ethane (C2H6) being the second largest component. Propane (C3H8) is also found in natural gas and is heavy enough to be readily turned into a liquid by compression, for ease of transportation and storage. Butane (C4H10) is also easily liquefied under pressure and can be used as the fuel in cigarette lighters or as the propellant in aerosol sprays. The heavier alkanes are liquids and solids at room temperature.