LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Jun 17, Thursday










Constructed by: Peter A. Collins

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: Corner Office

Today’s grid includes four sets of circled letters in each of the CORNERS. Those circled letters spell out types of OFFICE when read in a clockwise direction starting at the top left:

  • 38A. With 41-Across, corporate status symbol … and a hint to the circled letters : CORNER …
  • 41A. See 38-Across : … OFFICE

The four offices defined are:

  • OVAL (office)
  • HOME (office)
  • TICKET (office)
  • POST (office)

Bill’s time: 6m 12s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Sheepish? : OVINE

The Latin word for “sheep” is “ovis”, giving us the adjective “ovine”, meaning “like a sheep”.

15. Eliza Doolittle’s creator : SHAW

George Bernard Shaw was a very successful Irish playwright. Shaw is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature, and an Oscar. He won his Oscar for adapting his own play “Pygmalion” for the 1938 film of the same name starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller. Most people are more likely to have seen the musical adaptation of “Pygmalion” that goes by the title “My Fair Lady”.

Eliza Doolittle is Professor Henry Higgins’ speech student in George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”. “Pygmalion” was adapted by Lerner and Loewe to become the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady”. The musical spun off the wonderful 1964 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. To cockney Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins was “‘Enry ‘Iggins”.

16. Noah’s firstborn : SHEM

According to the Book of Genesis, Noah lived to a ripe old age. Noah fathered his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth when he was 500 years old, and the Great Flood took place when he was 600.

18. Big East hoopster : HOYA

The athletic teams of Georgetown University are known as the Hoyas. The name is derived from “Hoya Saxa”, a traditional cheer yelled out at Georgetown games as far back as 1893. The term is a mixture of Greek and Latin, with the Greek word “hoya” meaning “such” or “what”, and “saxa” translating from Latin as “rocks” or “small stones”. The cheer is usually rendered in English as “what rocks!”.

21. Rapper-turned-actor in “NCIS: Los Angeles” : LL COOL J

Rap star LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. Smith’s stage name stands for “Ladies Love Cool James”. When not rapping, LL Cool J plays Special Agent Sam Hanna on TV show “NCIS: Los Angeles”.

24. Tiny, made tinier : LIL’

Lil’ is a short form of the word “little”.

28. Decadent : EFFETE

Something effete is degenerate, infertile, no longer productive. “Effete” comes from the Latin “ex-fetus”, literally “out of offspring”.

33. Gold standard : KARAT

A karat (also “carat”, the spelling outside of North America) is a measure of the purity of gold alloys, with 24-karat representing pure gold.

34. Univ. aides : TAS

Teaching assistant (TA)

35. Luau fare : POI

Nowadays the word “luau” denotes almost any kind of party on the Hawaiian Islands, but to the purist a luau is a feast that always includes a serving of “poi”, the bulbous underground stems of taro baked with coconut milk.

37. Joyful dances : JIGS

The dance known as a “jig” is most associated with Ireland and Scotland. In traditional Irish dancing, the jig is second in popularity only to the reel. The most famous Irish jig is probably “The Irish Washerwoman”. I may not dance a jig, but I sure do know the tune of “The Irish Washerwoman” …

43. Hindu title : RANI

A ranee (also spelled “rani”) is a queen or a princess, the female equivalent of a raja in India.

47. Tennyson’s “__ Arden” : ENOCH

Alfred, Lord Tennyson published his poem “Enoch Arden” in 1864. It tells the tale of Enoch Arden who went to sea in order to support his wife and children. He gets shipwrecked, and is lost for ten years, presumed drowned. When Enoch returns, he finds his wife happily married to another man, a man who had been his lifelong rival. Sad stuff …

49. Character who debuted in “First Blood” : JOHN RAMBO

“First Blood” was the original of the four “Rambo” films starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran. I thought “First Blood” was a pretty good film actually, but the sequels were terrible, and way too violent for me. But action all the way …

54. With 46-Across, quit working : CONKED …
(46A. See 54-Across : … OUT)

The phrase “conk out” was coined by airmen during WWI, and was used to describe the stalling of an engine.

59. Genuine, for real : SYNONYM

The word “genuine” is a synonym for “real”.

62. Bloke : LAD

“Bloke” is British slang for “fellow”. The etymology of “bloke” seems to have been lost in the mists of time.

63. “Rich men sin, and __ root”: “Timon of Athens” : I EAT

Timon of Athens was noted for renouncing society, for being someone who despised mankind. Timon started out life as a wealthy man, but he lost all his money by pandering to the needs of his friends. Without money, Timon’s friends deserted him. Timon became rich again when he found a pot of gold, and so his friends sought him out once more. Timon was very embittered and so drove everyone away and lived the rest of his life as a hermit. Centuries after he died, Timon of Athens was to become the title character in “Timon of Athens”, a play by William Shakespeare

68. __ stick : POGO

What we know today as a pogo stick was invented in Germany by Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall. The name “pogo” comes from the first two letters in each of the inventors’ family names: Po-hlig and Go-ttschall.

69. “Beetle Bailey” pooch : OTTO

Sgt. Snorkel (“Sarge”) is Beetle Bailey’s nemesis in the cartoon strip that bears his name. Snorkel has a dog called Otto that he dresses up to look just like himself. Otto started off as a regular dog, but artist Mort Walker decide to draw him more like his owner, and soon Otto became a big hit.

70. Slice-and-dice product suffix : -MATIC

Like the Veg-O-Matic, perhaps.

71. Crimean War leader : TSAR

The Crimean War of 1855-1856 was fought between Russia and an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire and Sardinia. One of the most famous engagements of the Crimean War was the 1854 Battle of Balaclava, which involved the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade.

72. Lamp gas : NEON

The basic design of neon lighting was first demonstrated at the Paris Motor Show in 1910. Such lighting is made up of glass tubes containing a vacuum into which has been introduced a small amount of neon gas. When a voltage is applied between two electrodes inside the tube, the neon gas “glows” and gives off the familiar light.

73. Walter White’s Pontiac model in “Breaking Bad” : AZTEK

The Pontiac Aztek is a mid-size crossover SUV that was made by GM from 2001 to 2005. The vehicle was also sold as the Buick Rendezvous. The Aztek was a commercial flop, although it has been getting a bit of a following in recent years as it featured in the hit TV series “Breaking Bad”.

Down

1. Hardly a neophyte : OLD PRO

A neophyte is a recent convert to a particular doctrine or practice.

3. Emetic drug : IPECAC

Syrup of ipecac is a preparation made from the dried roots and rhizomes of the ipecacuanha plant. The syrup is used as an emetic, a substance that induces vomiting. Ipecac accomplishes this by irritating the lining of the stomach.

5. Airline since 1948 : EL AL

El Al Israel Airlines is the flag carrier of Israel. The term “el al” translates from Hebrew as “to the skies”. The company started operations in 1948, with a flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv.

8. Drop to the canvas : KAYO

A “kayo” is a knock-out (KO).

9. Marshy hollow : 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.

10. Mentalist’s gift : ESP

Extrasensory perception (ESP)

11. Ill-tempered : CHOLERIC

“Choler” is “anger, irritability”. Choler (also “cholera”) was one of the body’s four basic substances of medieval science, the so-called four humors. All diseases were caused by these four substances getting out of balance. The four humors were:

  • Black bile (melancholia)
  • Yellow bile (cholera)
  • Phlegm (phlegma)
  • Blood (sanguis)

23. 35th pres. : JFK

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was the son of Joe Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, hence the president’s double-barreled name.

26. Indy racer Danica or sportscaster Dan : PATRICK

Danica Patrick is a very successful auto racing driver. She won the 2008 Indy Japan 300. making her the only woman to win an IndyCar Series race. Patrick also finished third in the 2009 Indy 500, the highest finish for a woman in that race.

Dan Patrick is a sportscaster and radio personality. He is host of “The Dan Patrick Show” on the radio and is co-host of “Football Night in America” on NBC television.

29. Sizzling Tex-Mex dish : FAJITAS

“Fajita” is a Tex-Mex term that refers to grilled meat served on a tortilla. The original Mexican-Spanish term “fajita” is used to describe a small strip of chicken or beef. Nowadays, fajitas are often served on a sizzling platter with the tortillas and condiments on the side.

38. Camera named for a goddess : CANON EOS

I’ve been using Canon EOS cameras for decades now, and have nothing but good things to say about both the cameras and the lenses. The EOS name stands for Electro-Optical System, and was chosen because it evokes the name of Eos, the Titan goddess of dawn from Greek mythology.

39. Five Nations tribe : ONONDAGA

The Iroquois Confederacy was also known as the Five Nations and was comprised of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations.

40. “The Big Bang Theory” astrophysicist : RAJ

Raj Koothrappali is a character on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” who is played by British-Indian actor Kunal Nayyar. Nayyar is married to Neha Kapur, a former Miss India.

42. Pelt : FUR

A pelt is the skin of a furry animal.

45. Home city of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper : TORONTO

“The Globe and Mail” is a Canadian newspaper based in Toronto and distributed nationwide. The paper is a descendant of “The Globe”, a Toronto publication founded in 1844. “The Globe and Mail” had a significant redesign and relaunch in 2010, a step made necessary I suppose by the global migration to online news reporting.

50. Muppet master : HENSON

Jim Henson was a puppeteer, and most famously the creator the Muppets characters. Henson produced his first puppets for a local television station in Hyattsville, Maryland while he was still in high school. As well as the famous Muppet characters, Henson created, operated and voiced the character Yoda in most of the “Star Wars” movies. Henson died from a streptococcal infection in 1990, on the same day that Sammy Davis, Jr. passed away.

51. Giant in Cooperstown : MEL OTT

At 5′ 9″, baseball legend Mel Ott weighed just 170 lb (I don’t think he took steroids!) and yet he was the first National League player to hit over 500 home runs. Sadly, Ott died in a car accident in New Orleans in 1958 when he was only 49 years old.

Cooperstown is a village in New York that is famous as the home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The village was named for Judge William Cooper, Cooperstown’s founder, and the father of the noted writer James Fenimore Cooper.

52. Small cap : BEANIE

A beanie is a knitted, close-fitting hat with no brim. The name probably comes from the slang term “bean” meaning “head”.

55. Bagless vacuum pioneer : DYSON

Dyson vacuum cleaners do not use a bag to collect dust. James Dyson invented the first vacuum cleaner to use cyclonic separation in 1979, frustrated at the poor performance of his regular vacuum cleaner. As Dyson cleaners do not use bags, they don’t have to deal with collection bags that are blocked with fine dust particles, even after emptying. Cyclonic separation uses high speed spinning of the dust-containing air so that the dust particles are thrown out of the airflow into a collection bin. We have a Dyson now, and should have bought it years ago …

60. Staff member? : NOTE

The set of five horizontal line and four spaces used in Western musical notation can be called a staff or stave. Either way, the plural form is “staves”.

64. Craggy peak : TOR

A tor is a high rocky hill. “Tor” comes from the Old English “torr”, the word for a tower or rock, which in turn comes from the Old Welsh “twrr” meaning a heap or a pile.

67. Tornadic Looney Tunes spinner : TAZ

The “Looney Tunes” character known as the Tasmanian Devil, or “Taz”, first appeared in a cartoon short with Bugs Bunny called “Devil May Care” in 1954.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Sheepish? : OVINE

6. Seeks information : ASKS

10. Wave back? : ECHO

14. Fashion flap : LAPEL

15. Eliza Doolittle’s creator : SHAW

16. Noah’s firstborn : SHEM

17. __ blank (was stumped) : DREW A

18. Big East hoopster : HOYA

19. One of many on a sweater? : PORE

20. Headshot, e.g. : PIC

21. Rapper-turned-actor in “NCIS: Los Angeles” : LL COOL J

24. Tiny, made tinier : LIL’

25. Collect : REAP

27. Cake grain : OAT

28. Decadent : EFFETE

30. Perceived Hollywood oversight : OSCAR SNUB

33. Gold standard : KARAT

34. Univ. aides : TAS

35. Luau fare : POI

37. Joyful dances : JIGS

38. With 41-Across, corporate status symbol … and a hint to the circled letters : CORNER …

41. See 38-Across : … OFFICE

43. Hindu title : RANI

44. Modeled for a portrait : SAT

46. See 54-Across : … OUT

47. Tennyson’s “__ Arden” : ENOCH

49. Character who debuted in “First Blood” : JOHN RAMBO

54. With 46-Across, quit working : CONKED …

56. Fam. member : REL

57. Spotted : SEEN

58. Terminate : END

59. Genuine, for real : SYNONYM

62. Bloke : LAD

63. “Rich men sin, and __ root”: “Timon of Athens” : I EAT

65. Princes, but not princesses : SONS

66. Advice to sinners : ATONE

68. __ stick : POGO

69. “Beetle Bailey” pooch : OTTO

70. Slice-and-dice product suffix : -MATIC

71. Crimean War leader : TSAR

72. Lamp gas : NEON

73. Walter White’s Pontiac model in “Breaking Bad” : AZTEK

Down

1. Hardly a neophyte : OLD PRO

2. Fluctuates : VARIES

3. Emetic drug : IPECAC

4. Never used : NEW

5. Airline since 1948 : EL AL

6. Rubbish bin : ASHCAN

7. Have a growth spurt : SHOOT UP

8. Drop to the canvas : KAYO

9. Marshy hollow : SWALE

10. Mentalist’s gift : ESP

11. Ill-tempered : CHOLERIC

12. Ancestry : HERITAGE

13. Morning orders : OMELETS

22. Setbacks : LOSSES

23. 35th pres. : JFK

26. Indy racer Danica or sportscaster Dan : PATRICK

29. Sizzling Tex-Mex dish : FAJITAS

31. Conducted : RAN

32. Didn’t say __: had no comment : BOO

36. Words of regret : IF ONLY

38. Camera named for a goddess : CANON EOS

39. Five Nations tribe : ONONDAGA

40. “The Big Bang Theory” astrophysicist : RAJ

42. Pelt : FUR

43. Register printout : RECEIPT

45. Home city of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper : TORONTO

48. Cock and bull : HES

50. Muppet master : HENSON

51. Giant in Cooperstown : MEL OTT

52. Small cap : BEANIE

53. Next up : ON DECK

55. Bagless vacuum pioneer : DYSON

60. Staff member? : NOTE

61. Crib cry : MAMA!

64. Craggy peak : TOR

67. Tornadic Looney Tunes spinner : TAZ

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16 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 22 Jun 17, Thursday”

  1. 11:13 at the point at which I corrected TAS … (short for “Tasmanian Devil”, right? … stupid error! … grumble, grumble … I think I’m on the verge of becoming choleric … ?) … to TAZ, which stopped the clock.

    I’d never heard that Shakespeare line (“Rich men sin, and I eat root.”)

  2. I thought this was a tricky grid, especially 19 Across “one of many on a sweater” but I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Five Nations Tribe answer of ‘Onondaga” before. No final errors.

  3. 17:30, 1 lookup (Shakespeare line), so an almost- (i.e., non-) solve. Will see what tomorrow brings….

  4. Some tricky cluing in this one indeed. I too had TAs as an error. Should have realized that TAS was already the correct answer for 34A.

    I knew ONONDAGA from seeing the many road signs for Onondaga Cave along Missouri highways growing up. I guess they’re still there. -MATIC reminded me of Bassomatic – the old SNL skit. Enoch Arden sounds an awful lot like the Tom Hanks movie Castaway.

    Heading out of town this weekend. Be back on Monday.

    Best –

  5. Sorry, Bill, but it was Frank Oz, not Henson, who was the voice and operator of Yoda. Frank’s best known Muppet is Miss Piggy.

  6. Jeff — ‘I guess they’re still there.’ Are you referring to the tribe – or the caves ? lol…. I spent my formative years in the US, in Rochester NY, so I was familiar with the 5 nations – Onondagas, Oneidas, Cayugas, Mohawk and the Seneca(s). They also have counties named after them, and the five fingerlakes.

    But the puzzle, I found very difficult, and was completed only with great difficulty. I thought Noah’s son was Seth … oops. My hindu title was, originally, ‘shri’ ( meaning mister ) . Bill, indian princesses would be called ‘Raj-kumari (s) ‘ ( literally King’s daughter ) … not Ranis.

    For the record, if the Pontiac Aztek, ‘got a following’, through ‘Breaking bad’….. I would definitely not call it a good omen. After all, who wants a car that keeps breaking down. IMHO, ‘Braking bad’ would be even worse … lol

    Finally, regarding CANON EOS – Which I am sure, is a wonderful camera. Its not just the EOS that is the goddess (of the dawn ) ….

    it is the word Canon, itself,

    which is a Japanese/Chinese/ Tibetian goddess. see the pictures

    also known as Kwanon
    / Guanyin / Avi-loki-tesh-wari ( which is a handful to pronounce !

    I have a nagging feeling that this goddess is a syncretism of Buddhism and the earlier Taoism etc. ( I just learnt the word, syncretism, last month …. and am using every opportunity to use it …)

    Have a nice day, all.

    1. @Vidwan –
      I was actually referring to the road signs advertising for Onondaga Cave State Park which I assume were still there. I’m pretty sure the caves are still there. The Onondagas….not so sure.

      I’ll be spending the weekend in Monterrey, Mexico. I’ll be sure to have a tequila in your honor while there. And one in Bill’s honor. And one in Dave’s, one in Tony’s one in Glenn’s…..you get the idea. I’ll have everyone covered.

      Best –

  7. Bill, this is urgent …. the blog computer does not like me….

    This is the second time, my posts have gone directly to the trash can / ash can/ dumpster !

    Please could you retrieve it ?
    Thanks Vidwan

    1. @Vidwan827

      All fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience, Vidwan.

      Unfortunately, I have to have a spam filter in operation, which catches a hundred or so spam messages per day. You recent messages have been characterized as “suspect”, probably because of the number of external links included, or the nature of the external links (to commercial sites). Again, apologies.

      1. FWIW, Askimet tends to consider anything link spam that’s more than one or two links or that doesn’t have a certain ratio of text to match up with it. I know I’ve forgotten here sometimes, but it can be kind of hard to post something that needs links. But definitely, the spam filter is a requirement or you’d be deleting spam most of about every day.

  8. I thought the WSJ puzzle was pretty darn tricky today. Theme was 4 of the same letter in a row in the long answers going across.

  9. 28 minutes, 2 errors on this. One of those “find everything weird that you can and throw it in a grid” grids. Ultimately bad guesses on 9D, and 63A with some vowels.

    60 minutes, 0 errors on the CHE. Pretty formulaic theme, but some very challenging tricky cluing.

    22 minutes (wasn’t no Tue NYT), 1 error on the WSJ. (Still don’t get 43A, but ultimately was guessing at 37D.) Once I saw the theme, most of the rest fell quickly enough.

    1. about 15 minutes, later, I look at 43A and finally get it. A TON OF. Kind of how it goes sometimes. Onward to Friday.

  10. Pretty quick Thursday, but had a bit of trouble in the middle South. Missed 4 letters. Oh well, at least I got a lot done today.

    @Carrie Really, I drove right through that area to get from “The 405” to Sunset Strip, without even knowing I’m not supposed to be there. Whew, no one stopped me 🙂

  11. Hi all! ?
    No errors, and I’m SHOCKED I didn’t have any!!? That SW!! Really wasn’t sure of I EAT, didn’t know ONONDAGA, and (as Vidwan mentioned) I had SHRI before RANI.
    Biblical names got me!! Also had SETH before SHEM, and I almost didn’t get ENOCH.
    ….. but I’m​ glad Walter’s AZTEK showed up. It was pale green — looked like a hatchback rather than an SUV. The perfect “nothing” car!!
    Hey Dirk, glad you made it through. That’s a great drive, isn’t it? I often tell my Airbnb guests that the best way to see LA is to drive Sunset Blvd all the way: east Los Angeles to the beach. Fish tacos at both ends! Plenty of bars and mansions along the way!!
    Jeff, have fun, and careful walking while aslant!?
    Sweet dreams~~™⚾

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