LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Mar 17, Wednesday










Constructed by: Don Gagliardo & C.C. Burnikel

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Triple Play

The first word in each of today’s themed answers includes just one vowel appearing three times, a TRIPLE PLAY of sorts. And, we progress through the vowels alphabetically going through the grid from top to bottom:

  • 55A. Baseball rarity, and a hint to the vowels in the first words of 16-, 22-, 29-, 37- and 44-Across : TRIPLE PLAY
  • 16A. Monkey cage discard : BANANA PEEL
  • 22A. Reason for totaling, as an insured car : SEVERE DAMAGE
  • 29A. Cause of some tan lines : BIKINI TOP
  • 37A. Ornate 18th-century genre : ROCOCO ART
  • 44A. Fluffy sun blocker : CUMULUS CLOUD

Bill’s time: 7m 17s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

6. Addams family nickname : TISH

Gomez and Morticia (“Tish”) Addams were the parents in “The Addams Family”, a creation of the cartoonist Charles Addams. In the sixties television show, Gomez was played by John Astin and Morticia was played by Carolyn Jones.

10. Festoons with Charmin, for short : TP’S

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.

Charmin is a brand of toilet paper made by Procter & Gamble.

13. Chicago airport : O’HARE

O’Hare International is the fourth busiest airport in the world. The original airport was constructed on the site between 1942 and 1943, and was used by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the manufacture of planes during WWII. Before the factory and airport were built, there was a community in the area called Orchard Place, so the airport was called Orchard Place Airport/Douglas Field. This name is the derivation of the airport’s current location identifier: ORD (OR-chard D-ouglas). Orchard Place Airport was renamed to O’Hare International in 1949 in honor of Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare who grew up in Chicago. O’Hare was the US Navy’s first flying ace and a Medal of Honor recipient in WWII.

14. Barak of Israel : EHUD

Ehud Barak served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001, taking over from Benjamin Netanyahu. Barak left office after he called a special election for Prime Minister and lost the vote to Ariel Sharon. Barak resigned from the Knesset and took an advisory job with the US company Electronic Data Systems (EDS), and did some security-related work with a private equity company. In 2007, Barak took over leadership of Israel’s Labor Party.

15. __ butter : SHEA

“Shea butter” is a common moisturizer or lotion used as a cosmetic. It is a fat that is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. There is evidence that shea butter was used back in Cleopatra’s Egypt.

19. Govt. agency that supports startups : SBA

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a government agency with the mission of assisting small businesses. The SBA doesn’t give loans itself, but it does act as a guarantor under the right circumstances. The SBA was set up in 1953, and isn’t a favorite with fiscal conservatives.

21. Ride in the desert : CAMEL

The dromedary, also known as the Arabian Camel or Indian Camel, is the camel that has only one hump. The other species of camel is the Bactrian, which has two humps. The hump of a dromedary contains up to 80 pounds of fat, which can be broken down into water and energy if no food or water is available.

28. Coral component : POLYP

Polyps are tiny sea creatures that are found attached to underwater structures or to other polyps. Polyps have a mouth at one end of a cylindrical “body” that is surrounded by tentacles. Some polyps cluster into groups called stony corals, with stony corals being the building blocks of coral reefs. The structure of the reef is provided by calcium carbonate exoskeletons secreted by the coral polyps.

29. Cause of some tan lines : BIKINI TOP

The origin of the word “bikini”, a type of bathing suit, seems very uncertain. My favorite story is that it is named after the Bikini Atoll, site of American A-bomb tests in the forties and fifties. The name “bikini” was chosen for the swim-wear because of the “explosive” effect it had on men who saw a woman wearing the garment!

34. “All Things Considered” co-host Shapiro : ARI

Ari Shapiro was the very able White House correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR) for several years. He became a co-host of network’s drive-time program “All Things Considered” in 2015.

“All Things Considered” is the flagship news broadcast by NPR, aired for two hours every evening.

35. Day of song : DORIS

The actress and singer Doris Day was born Doris Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio. Day made more than 650 recordings as a singer with Columbia Records, and also appeared in 39 movies. Outside the world of entertainment, she has been an ardent supporter of animal rights. She now lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea in California, along with her many pets and stray animals that she has adopted over the years.

37. Ornate 18th-century genre : ROCOCO ART

The Rococo style is also known as “Late Baroque”. Rococo is a very floral and playful style, very ornate.

40. Thyme piece : SPRIG

In Ancient Greece, thyme was burned as incense and used in baths as it was believed to be a source of courage.

44. Fluffy sun blocker : CUMULUS CLOUD

Cumulus clouds are low-level clouds that look very “puffy”, with clearly defined edges and flat bases. “Cumulus” is Latin for “heap, pile”.

51. Unit of resistance : OHM

The unit of electrical resistance is the ohm (with the symbol omega) named after German physicist Georg Simon Ohm. Ohm was the guy who established experimentally that the amount of current flowing through a circuit is directly proportional to the voltage applied, (V=IR) a relationship that every schoolkid knows as Ohm’s Law.

54. Poker at the table? : TINE

At a poker table, a croupier might use a rake to pull in the chips, and that rake has tines, projecting points.

59. Meditation teachers : YOGIS

A yogi is a practitioner of yoga.

In the West we tend to think of yoga as a physical discipline, a means of exercise that uses specific poses to stretch and strengthen muscles. While it is true that the ancient Indian practice of yoga does involve such physical discipline, the corporeal aspect of the practice plays a relatively small part in the whole philosophy. Other major components are meditation, ethical behavior, breathing and contemplation.

60. “The Affair” network, briefly : SHO

“The Affair” is a drama series on Showtime about a novelist and a waitress having an extramarital affair in a Long Island resort town. Stars of the show are the marvelous Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. I haven’t seen this one, but hear good things …

Down

2. Starbuck’s boss : AHAB

The most famous whale-hunting ship in fiction has to be Herman Melville’s Pequod, featured in his novel “Moby Dick”. The Pequod is a skippered by the maniacal Captain Ahab, and the young chief mate is the thoughtful and intellectual Starbuck. Starbuck’s name was lifted and used by a Seattle-based coffee company.

4. Tax-deferred plan, briefly : IRA

Individual retirement account (IRA)

6. Prairie home : TEPEE

A tepee (also written as “tipi” and “teepee”) is a cone-shaped tent traditionally made from animal hides that is used by the Great Plains Native Americans. A wigwam is a completely different structure and is often a misnomer for a tepee. A wigwam is a domed structure built by Native Americans in the West and Southwest, intended to be a more permanent dwelling. The wigwam can also be covered with hides but more often was covered with grass, reeds, brush or cloth.

7. The Supremes’ “__ a Symphony” : I HEAR

“I Hear a Symphony” is a 1965 hit song recorded by the Supremes, the trio’s sixth number-one in the US.

The Supremes were the most successful vocal group in US history, based on number-one hits. The group started out in 1959 as a four-member lineup called the Primettes. The name was changed to the Supremes in 1961. One member dropped out in 1962, leaving the Supremes as a trio. Lead singer Diana Ross began to garner much of the attention, which eventually led to a further name change, to Diana Ross & the Supremes.

9. Cholesterol letters : HDL

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is a compound that is used to transport fats around the body. When HDL is combined with (i.e. is transporting) cholesterol, it is often called “good cholesterol”. This is because HDL seems to remove cholesterol from where it should not be, say on the walls of arteries, and transports it to the liver for reuse or disposal. Important stuff …

10. Annual Augusta National event : THE MASTERS

Golf’s Masters Tournament is the first of the four major championships in the annual calendar, taking place in the first week of April each year. It is played at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, and has a number of traditions. One is that the winner is awarded the famous “green jacket”, but he only gets to keep it for a year and must return it to the club after twelve months.

The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia was founded in 1933 by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Famously, Augusta hosts the Masters Tournament each year. Augusta is very much a private club, and some of its policies have drawn criticism over the years. Prior to 1959, the club had a bylaw requiring that all caddies be African American. There were no African-American club members admitted until 1990, and no women until 2012.

11. “Pequod” co-owner : PELEG

The Pequod is the ship that figures in Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby Dick”. The ship is owned by a consortium of the citizens of Nantucket Island, including Captains Ahab, Bildad and Peleg.

12. Room in a maison : SALLE

In French, there are several “salles” (rooms) in a “maison” (house).

15. Shrimp dish : SCAMPI

The Italian dish known as “scampi” is a serving of shrimp in garlic butter and dry white wine.

17. Off-roaders, for short : ATVS

All-terrain vehicle (ATV)

23. Place of honor : DAIS

Ultimately our word “dais”, meaning “raised platform for a speaker”, comes from the Latin “discus” meaning a “disk-shaped object”. I guess that the original daises had such a shape.

25. Big name in riding mowers : TORO

Toro is a manufacturer of mainly lawn mowers and snow removal equipment based in Bloomington, Minnesota. The company was started in 1914 to build tractor engines.

26. Canadian short story writer awarded a Nobel Prize in 2013 : ALICE MUNRO

Alice Munro is a writer from southwestern Ontario in Canada. Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

30. Discount rack abbr. : IRR

Irregular (“irr.” or “irreg.”)

33. Cribbage markers : PEGS

Cribbage is a great card game that originated in 17th-century England, a creation of the poet Sir John Suckling. One of the unique features of the game is that a cribbage board with pegs is used to keep score. Here in the US, cribbage is very much associated with the submarine service, as it is a favorite game of submariners of all ranks.

39. NASCAR’s Yarborough : CALE

Cale Yarborough is a former NASCAR driver and owner. Yarborough was the first NASCAR driver to appear on the cover of “Sports Illustrated”.

45. Hater of David, in Dickens : URIAH

Uriah Heep is a sniveling insincere character in the novel “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. The character is such a “yes man” that today, if we know someone who behaves the same way, then we might call that person a “Uriah Heep”.

46. Rx : SCRIP

“Scrip” is an informal term for a prescription.

There seems to some uncertainty about the origin of the symbol “Rx” that’s used for a medical prescription. One explanation is that it comes from the astrological sign for Jupiter, a symbol put on prescriptions in days of old to invoke Jupiter’s blessing to help a patient recover.

48. Aggressive cat lover of cartoons : LE PEW

Pepé Le Pew is a very likeable cartoon character from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. Pepé is a French skunk, first introduced way back in 1945. He is always thinking of “l’amour” and chases the lady skunks, or a black cat with a white stripe accidently painted down her back.

51. Gymnast Korbut : OLGA

Olga Korbut is from modern-day Belarus, but was born during the days of the Soviet Union. Korbut competed for the USSR team in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. She was 17 when she appeared in the 1972 Munich Games, and had been training in a sports school since she was 8-years-old. The world fell in love with her as she was a very emotional young lady, readily expressing joy and disappointment, something that we weren’t used to seeing in athletes from behind the Iron Curtain. Korbut immigrated to the US in 1991 and now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

53. Classic PC adventure game : MYST

In the days when I played the occasional video game, the best of the bunch was undoubtedly “Myst”. It is a game full of puzzles with the player wandering through a beautifully-designed (for its day) interactive world.

55. Some univ. proctors : TAS

Teaching Assistants (TAs)

A “proctor” is a supervisor, especially of an examination in a school, or perhaps of a dormitory. The word “proctor” originated in the late 1500s, a contraction of the word “procurator”, the name given to an official agent of a church.

56. Curse : POX

A “pock” is an eruptive mark on the skin, usually caused by an infectious disease. The Middle English plural form “pokkes” gave rise to our term “pox”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. “That’s enough out of you” : CAN IT

6. Addams family nickname : TISH

10. Festoons with Charmin, for short : TP’S

13. Chicago airport : O’HARE

14. Barak of Israel : EHUD

15. __ butter : SHEA

16. Monkey cage discard : BANANA PEEL

18. Phone using a tower : CELL

19. Govt. agency that supports startups : SBA

20. Kettle output : STEAM

21. Ride in the desert : CAMEL

22. Reason for totaling, as an insured car : SEVERE DAMAGE

24. Social ranking : STATUS

27. Many mobile downloads : APPS

28. Coral component : POLYP

29. Cause of some tan lines : BIKINI TOP

34. “All Things Considered” co-host Shapiro : ARI

35. Day of song : DORIS

36. Fleece source : EWE

37. Ornate 18th-century genre : ROCOCO ART

40. Thyme piece : SPRIG

42. Pre-hurricane emergency op : EVAC

43. Runs after : CHASES

44. Fluffy sun blocker : CUMULUS CLOUD

49. “No one can beat me” : I RULE

50. Poker game concern : CHEAT

51. Unit of resistance : OHM

54. Poker at the table? : TINE

55. Baseball rarity, and a hint to the vowels in the first words of 16-, 22-, 29-, 37- and 44-Across : TRIPLE PLAY

57. Where buds may go : EARS

58. Right hand : AIDE

59. Meditation teachers : YOGIS

60. “The Affair” network, briefly : SHO

61. Flow with force : SPEW

62. Place on a pedestal : EXALT

Down

1. Corny leftovers : COBS

2. Starbuck’s boss : AHAB

3. Child tender : NANA

4. Tax-deferred plan, briefly : IRA

5. Stiffen in fear : TENSE UP

6. Prairie home : TEPEE

7. The Supremes’ “__ a Symphony” : I HEAR

8. “See if I care!” : SUE ME!

9. Cholesterol letters : HDL

10. Annual Augusta National event : THE MASTERS

11. “Pequod” co-owner : PELEG

12. Room in a maison : SALLE

15. Shrimp dish : SCAMPI

17. Off-roaders, for short : ATVS

21. 2-Down’s title, informally : CAP’N

22. Dirty digs : STY

23. Place of honor : DAIS

24. Prep for a bout : SPAR

25. Big name in riding mowers : TORO

26. Canadian short story writer awarded a Nobel Prize in 2013 : ALICE MUNRO

29. Lavish wrap : BOA

30. Discount rack abbr. : IRR

31. First-aid gear : KIT

32. Boo-boo : OWIE

33. Cribbage markers : PEGS

35. Prefix with drama : DOCU-

38. Small eggs : OVULES

39. NASCAR’s Yarborough : CALE

40. Z’s : SHUT-EYE

41. Elbow protector : PAD

43. Mine extraction : COAL

44. Names as a reference : CITES

45. Hater of David, in Dickens : URIAH

46. Rx : SCRIP

47. Reprimand : CHIDE

48. Aggressive cat lover of cartoons : LE PEW

51. Gymnast Korbut : OLGA

52. Flag down : HAIL

53. Classic PC adventure game : MYST

55. Some univ. proctors : TAS

56. Curse : POX

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15 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Mar 17, Wednesday”

  1. I had a moderately tough time with this puzzle. Very clever cluing, that I would have expected, from this duo of constructors.(!) But, I was lucky today, and my time was not way off. I kept thinking of the parent company that owns Starbucks (!) whaaa ….

    Thirty years ago, I worked in a management consulting company that ‘advised’ ‘clients’ that had loans garanteed by the SBA. What I found, saw, and heard would made a strict capitalist out of Karl Marx !!! Govt. money was being wasted and thrown around like confetti. Massive loans were being written off willy nilly. These ‘would-be’ businessmen played around with govt. loans, like they were gambling in Las Vegas !

    Rule No. 1 : – To be successful, at business, or anything, treat government money, with a greater care and concern, THAN your own, hard earned money !!!

    As most Physics AP high schoolers would know …. Conductance is a physical property of a material, that is the opposite or antonym of Resistance … hence the international Unit of Conductance is a Mho, which is the reverse of the word, Ohm.

    Have a good day, all.

  2. Back home and trying to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I’ve been home about 5 nights this month.

    This one took longer than it probably should have. The theme was a bit of a stretch, but I can live with it. I did get a chuckle out of a SPRIG being a “Thyme piece”.

    I’ll try to post some pix this weekend. I just haven’t had time to breathe recently.

    I remember Mho from physics class. I think he was one of the Three Stooges as well…..

    Best –

  3. 12:30, no errors. Ran into some snags about 3/4 of the way to the bottom, so I skipped to the bottom and worked my way back up.

    @Vidwan … Many thanks for the good wishes. The entire event is receding into the past with astonishing speed. And, because my appendix didn’t burst, the pain level never got above a 1 or 2 out of 10. (In short, my experience was much like @Carrie’s.)

  4. A fairly fast puzzle for me. I got the theme early on, and it helped. I even figured out TRIPLE PLAY with fewer than half the letters. Amazing, considering I’m still feeling the “getting up too early” effects of DST.

    Vidwan- 30 yrs ago my husband was applying for SBA loans for his new business. We had to sign away everything but our first born. I had a feeling there was a way to game the system, but our brains just don’t work like that.

    Happy Wednesday, all

  5. SHEA BUTTER, KP and EN GARDE are getting a workout lately. 🙂
    One letter off today. Aargh!
    We’ve seen ALICE MUNRO before, but I put in HVAC instead of EVAC. Duh.
    Fork before TINE. SALon before SALLE.
    I thought the theme was a stretch too, Jeff.

  6. OK theme, and well executed, I thought — especially having the vowels in alphabetical order. @Bill — I thought of dinner, not gaming, table because the points on forks (the silverware) are tines. @Jeff — Moh (not Ohm)? I don’t get it

    1. Joe B –

      See Vidwan’s comments and his reference of the term Mho (Ohm backwards) which is sometimes used as a unit of conductance – although not much anymore. Mho=”Moe” was my somewhat lame attempt at humor. I’ve been in 4 different time zones in the last 3 weeks……so that’s my excuse

      Best –

  7. Bill,
    I’ve been gambling for sixty years, and I have NEVER seen a croupier at a poker table — craps table yes… but the person in charge of the poker table is the “dealer,’ and he does not have a stick with tines. I’m sure the answer has to do with a fork (poker) at a dinner table.

  8. First, Jeff, I loved your joke on ‘Moe’. He was the guy with the not- so curly hair ? lol.

    Just like the joke I once heard – on why the name ‘Omaha’, (Neb.). That’s what the cattle supposedly say, (to themselves – ) , before being slaughtered in the stockyards …. Om – aha ( I guess you have to be an indian – a real one – to appreciate that – ) … Om ~ Aum ?

    Regarding the ‘tine’ – I also thought of a fork on the dinner table. I didn’t know a rake has tines. I know tuning forks do.
    I thought Poker was a pun on Poke-her, or Poke-‘er ….. something that ‘pokes’ or something you use to poke with … which a fork does.

    Reminds me of a clue,’Flower of Delhi’ …. the answer was Jamuna ( or, sometimes, Yamuna ) – the ‘other’ river that later joins the Ganges or Ganga. Here, the word ‘flower’ refers to ‘something that flows’ i.e., the river.

    Good night, all.

  9. I think I should explain the Om-aha. Om or Aum is considered a very holy syllable among hindus and tibetian buddhists, and some others, also in some forms of yoga and meditation. Thus, it would be considered very auspicious for a dying person to be saying Aum, on their last breath. Thus, also for cattle, perhaps ? …. thus Om-aha. Aside, from the obvious contradiction that hindus don’t eat beef – ( atleast not overtly, in the US ) ….

    The central chant of tibetian buddhism is Om Mani Padme hum – roughly, it means … … well read the wiki, if you choose.

  10. Mildly tough Wednesday, which I had to do on-line; 20 minutes with no errors. I had trymE before IRULE and never heard of “The Affair”, so didn’t know what channel it was on. I also thought of a fork’s TINES.

    That Starbucks is named after the first mate of the Pequod is fascinating. I will have to read up on that.

    @Vidwan Just read that the Ganges and Yamuna(?) were granted legal person-hood, to give them greater protection. I thought this was unique, but apparently the Kiwis have done this as well, with one of theirs.

  11. Aloha! ?
    Nice challenge. Finished successfully. Also agree that it’s the tine of a fork, used to “poke” a morsel of chow.
    My only complaint: Reprimand = CHIDE. That seems off to me. I think of CHIDE as a gentle reminder to behave, whereas a reprimand means a serious scolding.
    Hey Vidwan, I remember that chant from the soundtrack of the musical “Hair!” I was not even a teenager when that record came out. My best friend and I LOVED the songs, and we knew every word. We thought we were pretty cool. Of course, we didn’t understand most of what they were singing about…?
    Looking forward to the tougher puzzles now…
    Be well~~™⚾✌

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