LA Times Crossword Answers 14 Jan 17, Saturday










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Edited by: Rich Norris

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15. Ancient Roman coins : DENARII

The denarius (plural “denarii”) is a small silver coin that was used in Ancient Rome. Derived from the Latin “deni” meaning “containing ten”, a denarius had the value of ten asses. Today’s “dinar” is a common coin in the Arab world and is named for the old Roman coin. The dinar name was chosen in the days when Arabs were conquering large swathes of the old Roman Empire.

17. Court exhibit, perhaps : DNA TEST

I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the DNA of living things is so very similar across different species. Human DNA is almost exactly the same for every individual (to the degree of 99.9%). However, those small differences are sufficient to distinguish one individual from another, and to determine whether or not individuals are close family relations.

19. Customs : MORES

Mores are the accepted customs and practices of a particular group. “Mores” is the plural of the Latin word “mos” which means “custom”.

20. ’70s org. for 21-Down : WHA

The World Hockey Association (WHA) was a professional league active from 1972 to 1979. The WHA was a competitor to the National Hockey League (NHL). Four WHA teams (the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets) joined the NHL when the WHA ceased operations.

22. Viking family dog of comics : SNERT

“Hägar the Horrible” is a comic strip that was created by the late Dik Browne and is now drawn by his son, Chris Browne. “Hägar the Terrible” (not “Horrible”) was the nickname given to Dik by his sons. The strip’s title character is a red-bearded Viking living on the Norwegian coast during the Middle Ages. Hägar lives with his overbearing wife Helga, his sensitive son Hamlet, his pretty daughter Honi, and his clever dog Snert.

24. Side issue? : THORN

A thorn in the side (often “thorn in the flesh”) is an idiom describing an irritant. The phrase comes from the Second Epistle to the Corinthians in the Christian Bible:

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

26. Piano __ : TRIO

In the world of chamber music, a trio often includes a piano. Common forms are:

  • Clarinet-cello-piano
  • Clarinet-viola-piano
  • Clarinet-violin-piano

30. “Microsoft sound” composer : ENO

Brian Eno started out his musical career with Roxy Music. However, Eno’s most oft-played composition (by far!) is Microsoft’s “start-up jingle”, the 6-second sound you hear when the Windows operating system is booting up. Eno might have annoyed the Microsoft folks when he stated on a BBC radio show:

I wrote it on a Mac. I’ve never used a PC in my life; I don’t like them.

31. Classic children’s story about healing : THE SECRET GARDEN

“The Secret Garden” is a children’s novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published in serial form in 1910, and then as a complete book in 1911. The story is so popular that it has been adapted on more than one occasion, for the stage, big screen, and television and there are also numerous animated productions as well.

34. “What’s Hecuba to him, __ to Hecuba”: Hamlet : OR HE

In “Hamlet”, William Shakespeare employs the “play-within-a-play” device. Hamlet engages some professional actors to stage “The Murder of Gonzago”. After watching the Player King deliver a moving soliloquy, Hamlet himself makes a speech, including the lines:

What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
That he should weep for her?

35. St Ives gallery : TATE

The museum known as “the Tate” is actually made up of four separate galleries in England. The original Tate gallery was founded by Sir Henry Tate as the National Gallery of British Art. It is located on Millbank in London, on the site of the old Millbank Prison, and is now called Tate Britain. There is also the Tate Liverpool in the north of England located in an old warehouse, and the Tate St Ives in the west country located in an old gas works. My favorite of the Tate galleries is the Tate Modern which lies on the banks of the Thames in London. It’s a beautiful building, a converted power station that you have to see to believe.

36. ’60s TV sidekick : AGENT NINETY-NINE

The satirical comedy series called “Get Smart” was the creation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, and starred Don Adams as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart. Agent 86 worked for the spy agency CONTROL, alongside the lovely Agent 99. CONTROL’s sworn enemy was the criminal organization called KAOS. Smart’s shoe phone was a hilarious prop used in almost every episode. When Smart dialed the number 117, the shoe converted into a gun. Cool stuff …

43. Discount tag abbr. : IRR

Irregular (irr.)

45. Put the kibosh on : NIX

Kibosh is something that constrains or checks. “Kibosh” looks like a Yiddish word but it isn’t, and is more likely English slang from the early 1800s.

46. Actors Glass and Silver : RONS

Ron Glass was an actor best known for playing Det. Ron Harris on the sitcom “Barney Miller”.

Ron Silver has a long career playing relatively small roles on the big screen and television, with roles in well known films like “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Ali”, and “Garbo Talks”. Notably, Silver was the president of Actors’ Equity from 1991 to 2000.

49. High seas adverb : THAR

“Thar she blows!” is a phrase that originated on whaling ships. A lookout spotting a whale surfacing to breathe might see the spray from the blowhole caused by the expulsion of carbon dioxide. Thar (there) she blows!

50. Creamer of the LPGA : PAULA

Paula Creamer is a American golfer, winner of the 2010 US Women’s Open. She is a local here where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Indeed, as her career took off we were members of the same golf club here in town. That said, I never met the talented Ms. Creamer …

52. Search result : URL

Internet addresses (like NYTCrossword.com and LAXCrossword.com) are more correctly called Uniform Resource Locators (URLs).

53. “Rocky IV” antagonist Ivan : DRAGO

Dolph Lundgren is an actor and martial artist from Sweden. Lundgren’s debut role was a small one, acting as a KGB henchman in the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill”. His big break was starring opposite Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky IV”, playing a scary Russian boxer named Ivan Drago.

59. Hyundai 1990 launch : ELANTRA

The Elantra is a compact car made by Hyundai of South Korea. There was a long-standing dispute between Hyundai and manufacturers Lotus and Mitsubishi. Lotus contended that the Elantra name was too close the Lotus Elan, and Mitsubishi didn’t like the similarity to the Mitsubishi Elante.

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2. Festival of Lights symbol : MENORAH

There is a seven-branched menorah used symbolically in ancient temples. However, the Hanukkah menorah is a nine-branched lampstand that is lit during the eight-day holiday called Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. “Menorah” is the Hebrew word for “lamp”.

14. Floatplane feature : PONTOON

The aircraft known as a floatplane differs from a flying boat. The former uses pontoons under the fuselage to provide buoyancy, whereas the latter’s buoyancy comes from the fuselage itself.

21. Six-time Hart Trophy winner : HOWE

Gordie Howe is a retired Canadian hockey player. Regarded as one of the games greatest players, Howe is sometimes referred to as “Mr Hockey”. He is the only hockey player to have competed in the NHL for five decades (from the forties through the eighties), and holds the NHL record for most games and most seasons played.

The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player judged to be most valuable for his team in the NHL. The award is named for Dr. David Hart, a Canadian who donated the original trophy to the league.

28. Capital of Western Australia : PERTH

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia. Perth earned itself the nickname of “City of Light” in 1962 as the virtually all the town’s lights were turned on at full power when astronaut John Glenn passed overhead in earth orbit in Friendship 7, so that he could see the city below. The city gave a repeat performance for Glenn in 1998 when he passed overhead in the Space Shuttle in 1998.

29. Faun look-alike : SATYR

The satyrs of Greek mythology came with a very high sex drive. They are the “rude” male subjects drawn on the side of old Greek vases. The nubile maidens known as nymphs were often an object of attention for the satyrs.

Fauns are regarded as the Roman mythological equivalent of the Greek satyrs, but fauns were half-man and half-goat and much more “carefree” in personality than their Hellenic cousins. In the modern age we are quite familiar with Mr. Tumnus, the faun-like character encountered by the children entering the world of Narnia in C. S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

33. Cartoon canine : REN

“The Ren and Stimpy Show” is an animated television show that ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1996. The title characters are Marland “Ren” Höek, a scrawny Chihuahua, and Stimpson J. Cat, a rotund Manx cat. Not my cup of tea …

38. Hospital triage pro : ER NURSE

“Triage” is the process of prioritizing patients for treatment, especially on a battlefield. The term “triage” is French and means “a sorting”.

39. Mayberry’s home: Abbr. : NCAR

Mayberry is the fictional North Carolina town in which the “The Andy Griffith Show” is set. Mayberry is said to based on Griffith’s own hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina.

41. New York county north of Erie : NIAGARA

Niagara County in the state of New York is home to the magnificent Niagara Falls. The city of Niagara Falls is the largest in the county, but the county seat is Lockport.

42. 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, e.g. : EX-ROYAL

Ben Zobrist is a professional baseball player. Zobrist won the 2015 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, and the the 2016 World Series with the Chicago Cubs. For the latter win, he was named the 2016 World Series MVP.

55. Dogfight participant : ACE

A flying ace is an aviator who has shot down a number of enemy planes during combat. The qualifying number of kills seems to vary, but five is common. The first use of “ace” was during WWI when the French newspapers dubbed pilot Adolphe Pegoud “l’as” (French for “the ace”) when he shot down his fifth German plane.

57. Like : A LA

The phrase “in the style of” can be translated in “alla” in Italian and “à la” in French.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. “Yikes!” : OMIGOSH!

8. Whitewash : COVER UP

15. Ancient Roman coins : DENARII

16. “It’s not an option for me” : I HAVE TO

17. Court exhibit, perhaps : DNA TEST

18. Squared up : GOT EVEN

19. Customs : MORES

20. ’70s org. for 21-Down : WHA

22. Viking family dog of comics : SNERT

23. Notable periods : ERAS

24. Side issue? : THORN

26. Piano __ : TRIO

27. Hound : NAG

28. Little ones : PEEWEES

30. “Microsoft sound” composer : ENO

31. Classic children’s story about healing : THE SECRET GARDEN

34. “What’s Hecuba to him, __ to Hecuba”: Hamlet : OR HE

35. St Ives gallery : TATE

36. ’60s TV sidekick : AGENT NINETY-NINE

43. Discount tag abbr. : IRR

44. One giving a thumbs-up? : HITCHER

45. Put the kibosh on : NIX

46. Actors Glass and Silver : RONS

48. Total confusion : CHAOS

49. High seas adverb : THAR

50. Creamer of the LPGA : PAULA

52. Search result : URL

53. “Rocky IV” antagonist Ivan : DRAGO

54. Being tracked, in a way : ON RADAR

56. Think it likely : DARE SAY

58. Reference : RESPECT

59. Hyundai 1990 launch : ELANTRA

60. Locks : TRESSES

61. Unfair treatment : RAW DEAL

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1. Leftover : ODDMENT

2. Festival of Lights symbol : MENORAH

3. Really ticked : IN A RAGE

4. 36-Down areas : GATES

5. They may be picked out : ORES

6. Family nickname : SIS

7. Find the weakness of : HIT WHERE IT HURTS

8. Accessory for FDR : CIGARETTE HOLDER

9. “Look what I found!” : OHO!

10. Brewery fixtures : VATS

11. What happened : EVENT

12. Venerated : REVERED

13. Womb-related : UTERINE

14. Floatplane feature : PONTOON

21. Six-time Hart Trophy winner : HOWE

24. Lego line that may include gears and motors : TECHNIC

25. Countermands : NEGATES

28. Capital of Western Australia : PERTH

29. Faun look-alike : SATYR

32. Male issue : SON

33. Cartoon canine : REN

36. Site with scanners : AIRPORT

37. It usually doesn’t get a laugh : GROANER

38. Hospital triage pro : ER NURSE

39. Mayberry’s home: Abbr. : NCAR

40. At the last minute, say : IN HASTE

41. New York county north of Erie : NIAGARA

42. 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, e.g. : EX-ROYAL

47. Sharp rebukes : SLAPS

49. General direction : TREND

51. Citrus coolers : ADES

53. Main attraction : DRAW

55. Dogfight participant : ACE

57. Like : A LA

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9 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 14 Jan 17, Saturday”

  1. 58a clue is “reference”; answer given is “respect”. Is it possible that the clue was meant to be “reverence”? That makes more sense to me.

    Ken

  2. 19:05, including the time required to fix an error: I originally had WBA (Women’s Basketball Association?) intersecting BOWE (Hermione? 🙂 ) but, once I got the silent treatment, I changed the B to an H to get WHA and HOWE. Sports references are a definite weak point for me (though I did/do remember Gordie Howe … but not the Hart Trophy).

    I don’t quite understand 58A (“Reference” => RESPECT); should the clue have been “Reverence”? (Someone else has just gotten ahead of me with the same question.)

  3. Finished error free albeit in 48 minutes. Bill did it in 16 minutes; does that mean I’m 3 times better?? Changing NIp to NIX finally got me to finish the bottom right and the puzzle.

    Ditto on the reverence vs reference thing initially. But in that RESPECT (reference?) couldn’t we also consider “respect” a reference point? Regards, way, manner, vein, reference…sort of..I guess. In this respect of respect….

    Loved the Barney Miller reference (respect?). One of my all time top 5 favorite shows. Ron Glass was great in it. I believe he just died a couple of months ago.

    For those who care about such things – The New England Whalers became the Hartford Whalers and subsequently the present day Carolina Hurricanes. The Quebec Nordiques later became the present day Colorado Avalanche. The Winnipeg Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes and now the Arizona Coyotes. The Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg and became the new incarnation of the old Winnipeg Jets. There will be a quiz on all of this tomorrow. I’m a huge hockey fan (duh), and I still play the silly sport in a beer league here in Houston.

    Best –

  4. @Jeff … With respect to “respect”: You have the right of it. See

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/respect (definition 2)

    I still think it was a pretty deceptive clue, but that’s what this game is all about …

    Also have great respect for (am in awe of, really) your knowledge of hockey … and the ability to play the game … but I think I’ll stick with walking … 🙂

    I may be the world’s slowest typist (especially when I am limited to using one finger on my iPad). I often begin making an entry here, only to have one or two or three other entries appear ahead of mine when I finally hit “POST COMMENT”. @Glenn would be able to type in circles around me … 🙂

  5. A small note: Gordie Howe died on June 10, 2016. As a child in Detroit, I had the good fortune to see him play.

    1. @Ted … There appears to be an ongoing debate about just what part of speech the word “there” assumes in a sentence like “There it is.” I just did a Google search on “is there an adverb” and came up with an assortment of answers, and arguments for those answers, the validity of which I am not competent to judge. In any case, the clue for 49A certainly made me wonder about the issue.

  6. Referencing the DNA answer, I just attended a lecture abt DNA testing in RESPECT to geneology. Some types of tests are useful, especially the tests that can hook you up w/ cousins. But many versions of tests can’t even tell you with any accuracy how much of you is Germanic, or Mediterranean, or whatever. One example cited was a woman who talked her sisters into all submitting to the same test. All their results showed the correct ethnic groups, but in different percentages. There were other examples of sibs showing widely varying percentages.
    So you may think you and your sibs are all one quarter northern European because of your German grandmother, but how much of grandma’s Germanic traits were inherited varies by child.
    Don’t ask me to explain how that works, because I can’t!

    I thought today’s puzzle was a bugger!

  7. Hey folks!
    David, your link to the definition answers it, but I came up with an example to illustrate: “With respect to the new crime-rate research…” equals “In reference to the new crime-rate research…”
    As for THAR being an adverb, it works if it modifies a verb, as in “THAR she blows!!” Or “There goes our whole plan!!”
    Lotta different types of adverbs. Sometimes, as an English teacher, if I don’t know the part of speech I’ll just call it an adverb…. LOL!!

    I had to cheat on this puzzle… I guess I managed about half of it on my own. Generally, if I don’t get an early start, I know a Saturday grid will eat me alive.

    Hey Bella, that’s interesting stuff! Always thought our various ancestries were equally divided among siblings! I guess that’s only true of identical twins?
    Sweet dreams~~™♥♦♣♠

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