Edited by: Rich Norris
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Today’s puzzle features a QUIP:
- 20A. Start of a quip : IT WON’T MATTER …
- 29A. Quip, part 2 : … HOW FAR YOU ...
- 38A. Quip, part 3 : … PUSH THE ENVELOPE, …
- 45A. Quip, part 4 : … IT’LL STILL …
- 53A. End of the quip : … BE STATIONERY
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1. Did one part of a typical triathlon : SWAM
An Ironman Triathlon is a race involving a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon run of just over 26 miles. The idea for the race came out of a debate between some runners in the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay. They were questioning whether runners, swimmers or bikers were the most fit athletes. The debaters decided to combine three local events to determine the answer, inviting athletes from all three disciplines. The events that were mimicked to come up with the first triathlon were the Waikiki Roughwater swim (2.4 miles), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles). The idea was that whoever finished first would be called “the Iron Man”. The first triathlon was run in 1978, with fifteen starters and only twelve finishers. The race format is used all over the world now, but the Hawaiian Ironman is the event that everyone wants to win.
10. Camera output : SNAP
The term “snap-shot”, meaning “photograph”, dates back at least to 1894.
14. Tuscan waterway : ARNO
The Arno is the principal river in the Tuscany region of Italy, passing through the cities of Florence and Pisa. Famously the Arno flooded in 1966, the worst flood in the region for centuries. There were numerous deaths and extensive destruction of priceless art treasures, particularly in Florence.
16. 1899 gold rush town : NOME
The Nome Gold Rush of 1899-1909 was remarkable in the ease that the precious metal could be gathered. Many prospectors were finding gold lying in beach sand and were making their fortunes without even having to make a claim.
17. It’s nothing to Noelle : RIEN
The word “nothing” translates to “nada” in Spanish and “rien” in French.
27. “Chicago P.D.” detective Lindsay : ERIN
The police drama “Chicago P.D.” premiered in 2014 as a spin-off from the show “Chicago Fire”.
36. Durango day : DIA
Durango is one of the 31 states of Mexico. Durango is landlocked, and is located in the northwest of the country.
37. Rotation meas. : RPS
Revolutions per second (rps)
42. Pranks, in a way, informally : TPS
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.
43. Browser’s find : URL
51. Swiss waterway : AARE
The Aar (also called the “Aare” in German) is the longest river entirely in Switzerland.
60. Hook for landing large fish : GAFF
A gaff is that dangerous-looking metal hook on the end of a pole that fishermen use to drag large fish into their boats.
63. Wines named for an Iberian city : PORTS
The city of Oporto in Portugal gave its name to port wine in the late 1600s, as it was the seaport through which most of the region’s fortified red wine was exported.
The Iberian Peninsula in Europe is largely made up of Spain and Portugal. However, also included is the Principality of Andorra in the Pyrenees, a small part of the south of France, and the British Territory of Gibraltar. Iberia takes its name from the Ebro, the longest river in Spain, which the Romans named the “Iber”.
65. Plot measure : ACRE
At one time, an acre was defined as the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. This was more precisely defined as a strip of land “one furrow long” (i.e. one furlong) and one furlong wide. The length of one furlong was equal to 10 chains, or 40 rods. A area of one furlong times 10 rods was one rood.
66. Mexican Academy of Film award : ARIEL
The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award, set up in 1947. It is considered Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscar. The name “Ariel” is a nod to “Ariel”, an influential essay by Uruguayan author José Enrique Rodó published in 1900.
67. McCain’s alma mater: Abbr. : USNA
John McCain went into the US Naval Academy in 1958, following a family tradition as his father and grandfather were both four-star admirals. The younger McCain did not achieve the same rank, retiring from the Navy as a captain in 1981, but his career development was interrupted by almost six years spent as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam. John McCain has been a US Senator from Arizona since 1987.
68. Casino device : SHOE
These days, a dealer in a casino usually deals cards from a shoe. The shoe has only been around since 1961 when it was invented by magician John Scarne. The dealing device is so called because early versions resembled a woman’s high-heel shoe.
1. Asian garment : SARI
The item of clothing called a “sari” (also “saree”) is a strip of cloth, as one might imagine, unusual perhaps in that is unstitched along the whole of its length. The strip of cloth can range from four to nine meters long (that’s a lot of material!). The sari is usually wrapped around the waist, then draped over the shoulder leaving the midriff bare. I must say, it can be a beautiful item of clothing.
2. Legal paper : WRIT
A writ is an order issued by some formal body (these days, usually a court) with the order being in written form. Warrants and subpoenas are examples of writs.
4. Yosemite’s El Capitan, e.g. : MONOLITH
El Capitan is a stunning vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California. The top of El Capitan has been used as the take-off point for many BASE jumps, parachute jumps made by diving off the top of the rock face. The National Park Service put a stop to the practise in 1999. Soon after, a BASE jumper made an illegal jump to protest the ban. She died …
10. Common nocturnal disturbance : SNORER
My wife solved this clue instantly, while giving me a dirty look …
12. Te-__: cigar brand : AMO
The Te-Amo brand of cigars have been made in the San Andres Valley in the state of Veracruz, Mexico since 1963.
13. __ stirpes: estate law term : PER
Legally speaking, one can leave one’s estate to one’s children (say) “per stirpes” or “per capita”. My basic understanding of these arrangements is that “per stirpes” directs that the shares go to named beneficiaries, or to a named beneficiary’s heir should that beneficiary not survive the benefactor. In the “per capita” arrangement, the estate is divided between the only those named beneficiaries who survive the benefactor, with no shares going to a beneficiary’s heirs. “Per stirpes” translates from Latin as “by branch”, and “per capita” translates as “by heads”.
21. Good-sized combo : NONET
A nonet is a piece of music requiring nine musicians for a performance. The term is also used for the group itself.
22. First name in childcare writing : EDA
Eda LeShan wrote several nonfiction books including “When Your Child Drives You Crazy” and “The Conspiracy Against Childhood”. LeShan was also host of the PBS television show “How Do Your Children Grow?”
28. Brawl in the sticks : RASSLE
“Rassle” is a slang word for “wrestle”.
30. Former “Access Hollywood” anchor Nancy : O’DELL
Nancy O’Dell has been the co-anchor of the TV show “Entertainment Tonight” since 2011, replacing Mary Hart. Nancy O’Dell was the woman to whom Donald Trump referred in the infamous recorded conversation with Billy Bush from 2005.
34. Eye opener? : OPTI-
The linguistic root “-opti-” appears in words such as optical, autopsy and myopia. “-opti-” comes from the Greek for “light, sight”.
39. NW Penn. airport : ERI
Erie International Airport (ERI) is located five miles from the city of Erie, Pennsylvania.
40. Ecuadoran gold region : EL ORO
El Oro is a coastal province in the south of Ecuador. El Oro (meaning “The Gold”) takes its name from the gold production industry. The province is also one of the biggest banana exporters in the world.
47. Abbr. in some Canadian place names : STE
“Sainte” (ste.) is French for “saint”, when referring to a female.
48. LDS part : LATTER
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often abbreviated to “LDS”, is known colloquially as the Mormon Church.
55. Ambivalent : TORN
The prefix “ambi-” that we use to mean “both” is a Latin word that actually means “around” or “round about”. “Ambivalence” was originally just a psychological term, describing “serious conflicting feelings”. Later it came to mean uncertainty about which course to follow.
58. Ancient character : RUNE
A rune is a character in an alphabet that is believed to have mysterious powers. In Norse mythology, the runic alphabet was said to have a divine origin.
59. Sentence component : YEAR
That would be a jail sentence.
61. German gripe : ACH!
The German exclamation “ach!” is usually translated into English as “oh!”