LA Times Crossword Answers 18 Aug 2017, Friday










Constructed by: Jeffrey Wechsler

Edited by: Rich Norris

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Theme: The X-Files

Today’s grid includes five set of circled letters in an X-configuration. Those letters can be rearranged to spell out the word FILES:

  • 39A. ’90s-’00s sci-fi hit … or what this puzzle’s circles graphically depict : THE X-FILES

Bill’s time: 8m 51s

Bill’s errors: 0




Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Sound check item : AMP

An electric guitar, for example, needs an amplifier (amp) to take the weak signal created by the vibration of the strings and turn it into a signal powerful enough for a loudspeaker.

8. Euripides tragedy : MEDEA

“Medea” is a tragedy penned by Ancient Greek playwright Euripides. Dealing with the myth of Jason and Medea, it was not received well at its debut in 431 BC. It was premiered at that year’s Dionysia festival in Athens, competing against plays by Euphorion and Sophocles. Euphorion’s play won the competition and Euripides’ “Medea” came in last.

13. __ cross : TAU

Tau is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet, the letter which gave rise to our Roman “T”. Both the letters tau (T) and chi (X) have long been symbolically associated with the cross.

16. Hipbone-related : ILIAC

The ilium is the upper portion of the hipbone.

19. Quantum of solace? : SOFT C

A quantum is a share or portion.

A quantum (portion) of the word “solace” is a soft letter C (cee).

22. Copier room quantity : REAM

A ream is 500 sheets of paper. As there were 24 sheets in a quire, and 20 quires made up a ream, there used to be 480 sheets in a ream. Ever since the standard was changed to 500, a 480-sheet packet of paper has been called a “short ream”. We also use the term “reams” to mean a great amount, evolving from the idea of a lot of printed material.

29. Dawn goddess : EOS

In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of the dawn who lived at the edge of the ocean. Eos would wake each morning to welcome her brother Helios the sun. The Roman equivalent of Eos is Aurora.

30. Bread component : CARB

Only relatively small amounts of carbohydrate can be stored by the human body, but those stores are important. The actual storage molecule is a starch-like polysaccharide called glycogen, which is found mainly in the liver and muscles. Glycogen is a quick source of energy when required by the body. Most of the body’s energy is stored in the form of fat, a more compact substance that is mobilized less rapidly. Endurance athletes often eat meals high in carbohydrate (carbo-loading) a few hours before an event, so that their body’s glycogen is at optimum levels.

31. Toy used on flights : SLINKY

The marvelous Slinky toy was invented in the early forties by a naval engineer called Richard James. James was developing springs for the navy that could stabilize sensitive instruments in rough seas. One day he accidentally knocked one of his experimental coils off a shelf and watched it “step” onto a stack of books, then onto a table and from there onto the floor where it recoiled itself very neatly. The Slinky was born …

35. Disney character who sings, “The cold never bothered me anyway” : ELSA

“The cold never bothered me anyway” is the last line in the chorus of the hit song “Let It Go” from the soundtrack of the 2013 Disney movie “Frozen”.

“Let It Go” is an incredibly successful song from the Disney animated film “Frozen” released in 2013. It was performed in the movie by Idina Menzel, who also was the voice actor for the character Elsa. “Let It Go” is one of the very few Disney songs to make it into the Billboard Top Ten.

36. Go Fish request : TENS

Go Fish a very simple card game, usually played by children:

Q. Do you have any queens?
A. No.
Q. Go fish!

37. Turns red, maybe : RUSTS

Rust is iron oxide. Rust forms when iron oxidizes, reacts with oxygen.

39. ’90s-’00s sci-fi hit … or what this puzzle’s circles graphically depict : THE X-FILES

“The X-Files” is a very successful science fiction show that aired on the Fox network from 1993 to 2002. The stars of the show are David Duchovny (playing Fox Mulder) and the very talented Gillian Anderson (playing Dana Scully). By the time the series ended, “The X-Files” was the longest running sci-fi show in US broadcast history. An “X-Files” reboot started airing in 2016 with Duchovny and Anderson reprising their starring roles.

42. 2006 demotion : PLUTO

Pluto was discovered in 1930, and was welcomed as the ninth planet in our solar system. Pluto is relatively small in size, just one fifth of the mass of our own moon. In the seventies, astronomers began to discover more large objects in the solar system, including Eris, a “scattered disc object” at the outer reaches. Given that Eris is actually bigger than Pluto, and other objects really aren’t that much smaller, Pluto’s status as a planet was drawn into question. In 2006 there was a scientific definition for a “planet” agreed for the first time, resulting in Pluto being relegated to the status of “dwarf planet”, along with Eris.

45. Heracles’ beloved : IOLE

Iole was a beautiful young woman of Greek Mythology who was loved by Heracles. But Heracles could not marry Iole because her father refused to allow the match. In Roman mythology, Heracles was known as Hercules.

51. 1962 “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” singer : MONROE

Famously, the actress Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President John F. Kennedy at an event celebrating his 45th birthday. The rendition was extremely sensual and provocative, a mood that was helped by Monroe’s sultry tone and her very tight-fitting dress. That dress later sold at auction in 1999 for over one and a quarter million dollars. Sadly, Monroe was to commit suicide just three months later.

53. Fla. resort : BOCA

The name of the city of Boca Raton in Florida translates from Spanish as “Mouse Mouth”. There doesn’t seem to be a definitive etymology of the name but one plausible explanation is a nautical one. “Boca”, as well as meaning “mouth” can mean “inlet”. “Ratón”, as well as meaning “mouse” was also used to describe rocks that chewed away at a ship’s anchor cable. So possibly Boca Raton was named for a rocky inlet.

55. Physics unit : ERG

An erg is a unit of mechanical work or energy. It is a small unit, as there are 10 million ergs in one joule. it has been suggested that an erg is about the amount of energy required for a mosquito to take off. The term comes from “ergon”, the Greek word for work.

58. Trident-shaped letters : PSIS

The Greek letter psi is the one that looks a bit like a trident or a pitchfork.

63. Sugar source : BEETS

The biggest producer of sugar beets in the world is Russia, with France and the US in second and third place.

64. Civilian garb : MUFTI

Mufti is civilian dress that is worn by someone who routinely wears a uniform. The term is probably related somehow to the Arabic “mufti”, the word for a Muslim scholar who interprets Islamic law.

66. Pair in the score for Beethoven’s Fifth : OBOES

If I had to name which of Beethoven’s symphonies I listen to most often, at the top of the list comes the 7th followed closely by the 9th, and then the 5th a little further down. But that four-note opening of the 5th … that is superb …

68. Dandy : FOP

A dandy is a man who is overly fastidious with regard to his personal appearance. There’s a suggestion that the term originated in Scotland, where “Dandy” is a diminutive of the name “Andrew”. Back in the early 1800s, when the use of “dandy” was at its height, the female equivalent was a dandizette.

69. Partner of ciencias : ARTES

In Spanish, one might study the “ciencias” (sciences) and/or the “artes” (arts).

71. Pizzeria chain : UNO

The chain of pizza parlors known today as Uno Chicago Grill used to be called Pizzeria Uno, or just “Uno’s”. Apparently Uno’s created the world’s first deep dish pizza.

73. Holden Caulfield, for one : TEEN

“The Catcher in the Rye” is the most famous novel from the pen of J. D. Salinger. The main character and narrator in the book is Holden Caulfield, a teenager who gets expelled from a university prep school. Caulfield also makes appearances in several short stories written by Salinger, as do other members of the Caulfield family.

Down

1. Visiting Pimlico : AT A RACE

Pimlico Race Course is a horse racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland that is most famous as host for the Preakness Stakes. The track opened in 1870 in area that had been known as Pimlico since the mid 17th century. The “Pimlico” name was given by English settlers as a nod to Olde Ben Pimlico’s Tavern in London.

3. Blowfish : PUFFERS

“Fugu” is the Japanese name for pufferfish, also known as blowfish. Fugu is a notorious dish on a Japanese menu as it can be extremely poisonous. The liver, ovaries and eyes of the pufferfish contain lethal amounts of the poison tetrodotoxin, which paralyses muscles causing death by asphyxiation.

6. “The Big Sleep” genre : NOIR

The expression “film noir” has French origins, but only in that it was coined by a French critic in describing a style of Hollywood film. The term, meaning “black film” in French, was first used by Nino Frank in 1946. Film noir often applies to a movie with a melodramatic plot and a private eye or detective at its center. Good examples would be “The Big Sleep” and “D.O.A”.

“The Big Sleep” is a film released in 1946, and a great example of the film noir genre. Based on Raymond Chandler’s 1939 novel of the same name, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart as detective Philip Marlowe, and Lauren Bacall as the sultry daughter of Marlowe’s client.

9. Wells race : ELOI

In the 1895 novel by H. G. Wells called “The Time Machine”, there are two races that the hero encounter in his travels into the future. The Eloi are the “beautiful people” who live on the planet’s surface. The Morlocks are a race of cannibals living underground who use the Eloi as food.

11. Enjoys a buffet, usually : EATS OUT

Our word “buffet” comes from the French “bufet” meaning “bench, sideboard”. So, a buffet is a meal served from a “bufet”.

15. Farm structure : GRAIN SILO

“Silo” is a Spanish word that we absorbed into English, originally coming from the Greek word “siros” that described a pit in which one kept corn.

21. Company that survived Canada’s Prohibition : LABATT

The Labatt Brewing Company is the largest brewer in Canada. The company was founded by John K. Labatt in London, Ontario in 1847.

23. Jan. honoree : MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a US Federal holiday taking place on the third Monday of each year. It celebrates the birthday of Dr. King, and was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983, and first observed in 1986. However, some states resisted naming the holiday MLK Day, and gave it alternative names (like “Civil Rights Day”). It was officially celebrated as MLK Day in all 50 states from the year 2000 onwards.

26. Tequila sunrise direction : ESTE

Tequila is a city in Mexico that is located about 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara in the state of Jalisco. The city is the birthplace of the drink called “tequila”. Local people made a variety of a drink called mescal by fermenting the heart of the blue agave plant that is native to the area surrounding Tequila. It was the Spanish who introduced the distillation process to the mescal, giving us what we now know as “tequila”.

28. Old plucked strings : LYRE

The lyre is a stringed instrument most closely associated with Ancient Greece, and with the gods Hermes and Apollo in particular. According to myth, Hermes slaughtered a cow from a sacred herd belonging to Apollo and offered it to the gods but kept the entrails. Hermes used the entrails to make strings that he stretched across the shell of a tortoise, creating the first lyre. Apollo liked the sound from the lyre and agreed to accept it as a trade for his herd of cattle.

32. Minuteman Statue city : LEXINGTON

The Massachusetts town of Lexington is famous as the site of the Battle of Lexington, when the opening shots were fired in the American Revolution. Lexington is now a suburb of Boston.

Back in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, the local militia was made up of all the able-bodied males in the colony who were aged between 16 and 60. These men were called to service only when necessary. Some of the men in towns around the colony were trained for rapid deployment, and were known as “minute men”.

41. Garlic relative : LEEK

The leek is a vegetable closely related to the onion and the garlic. It is also a national emblem of Wales (along with the daffodil), although I don’t think we know for sure how this came to be. One story is that the Welsh were ordered to wear leeks in their helmets to identify themselves in a battle against the Saxons. Apparently, the battle took place in a field of leeks.

42. Stage employee : PROP MAN

We use the term “props” for objects that are used by actors on stage during a play. The term is a shortening of the older term “properties”, which was used with the same meaning up through the 19th century.

48. Paint thinner solvent : ACETONE

Acetone is the active ingredient in nail polish remover and in paint thinner.

52. Hosp. areas : ORS

Surgery (surg.) is usually performed in an operating room (OR).

57. “An Enemy of the People” playwright : IBSEN

“An Enemy of the People” is an 1882 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.

Henrik Ibsen was a Norwegian playwright, considered by many to be the greatest playwright since William Shakespeare. Ibsen was famous for shocking his audiences by exploring subjects that offended the sensibilities of the day (the late 1800s).

59. Editor’s afterthought : STET

“Stet” is a Latin word meaning “let it stand”. In editorial work, the typesetter is instructed to disregard any change previously marked by writing the word “stet” and then underscoring that change with a line of dots or dashes.

61. Act as lookout, say : ABET

The word “abet” comes into English from the Old French “abeter” meaning “to bait” or “to harass with dogs” (it literally means “to make bite”). This sense of encouraging something bad to happen morphed into our modern usage of “abet” meaning to aid or encourage someone in a crime.

65. Orbiting research facility: Abbr. : ISS

International Space Station (ISS) is a modular facility that comprises components launched into space by Russian Proton and Soyuz rockets, and by American Space Shuttles. The station has been occupied by astronauts and scientists continually since November, 2000.

67. “Fairest of creation,” in a Milton classic : EVE

“Paradise Lost” is an epic poem written by Englishman John Milton. It is indeed an epic work, published originally in ten volumes with over ten thousand lines of verse. The “paradise” that is “lost” is the Garden of Eden, from which Adam and Eve were expelled by God in the “Fall of Man”.

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Complete List of Clues and Answers

Across

1. Sound check item : AMP

4. Went down : SANK

8. Euripides tragedy : MEDEA

13. __ cross : TAU

14. Skewer relative : PRONG

16. Hipbone-related : ILIAC

17. Woofer’s output? : ARF!

18. Even less given to emotion : ICIER

19. Quantum of solace? : SOFT C

20. Leave in disarray, probably : RIFLE

22. Copier room quantity : REAM

24. “Taking that as a given … ” : IF SO …

25. Comfortable (with) : AT EASE

27. Indisposed : ILL

29. Dawn goddess : EOS

30. Bread component : CARB

31. Toy used on flights : SLINKY

34. Rural road track : RUT

35. Disney character who sings, “The cold never bothered me anyway” : ELSA

36. Go Fish request : TENS

37. Turns red, maybe : RUSTS

39. ’90s-’00s sci-fi hit … or what this puzzle’s circles graphically depict : THE X-FILES

42. 2006 demotion : PLUTO

45. Heracles’ beloved : IOLE

46. Very little : A DAB

50. Agent : REP

51. 1962 “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” singer : MONROE

53. Fla. resort : BOCA

54. Natural resource : OIL

55. Physics unit : ERG

56. Shut off completely, as lights : KILLED

58. Trident-shaped letters : PSIS

60. Order to Spot : STAY!

63. Sugar source : BEETS

64. Civilian garb : MUFTI

66. Pair in the score for Beethoven’s Fifth : OBOES

68. Dandy : FOP

69. Partner of ciencias : ARTES

70. Forward attitude : NERVE

71. Pizzeria chain : UNO

72. Stick dwellings : NESTS

73. Holden Caulfield, for one : TEEN

74. Court call : LET

Down

1. Visiting Pimlico : AT A RACE

2. __ counseling : MARITAL

3. Blowfish : PUFFERS

4. Furtive sorts : SPIES

5. Golf chip path : ARC

6. “The Big Sleep” genre : NOIR

7. Walk-in joint? : KNEE

8. Inaccurate introduction? : MIS-

9. Wells race : ELOI

10. Suggests an alternative : DIFFERS

11. Enjoys a buffet, usually : EATS OUT

12. Engages with boldness : ACCOSTS

15. Farm structure : GRAIN SILO

21. Company that survived Canada’s Prohibition : LABATT

23. Jan. honoree : MLK

26. Tequila sunrise direction : ESTE

28. Old plucked strings : LYRE

32. Minuteman Statue city : LEXINGTON

33. About to receive : IN FOR

38. Not to be wasted : USABLE

40. Diamond plate : HOME

41. Garlic relative : LEEK

42. Stage employee : PROP MAN

43. Down time : LEISURE

44. Makes joyous : UPLIFTS

47. Joyless : DOLEFUL

48. Paint thinner solvent : ACETONE

49. Dicey situation : BAD SPOT

52. Hosp. areas : ORS

57. “An Enemy of the People” playwright : IBSEN

59. Editor’s afterthought : STET

61. Act as lookout, say : ABET

62. Time long past : YORE

65. Orbiting research facility: Abbr. : ISS

67. “Fairest of creation,” in a Milton classic : EVE

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17 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword Answers 18 Aug 2017, Friday”

    1. Hi Glenn. Funny that you had more trouble with the LAT’s and I had more trouble with the WSJ. No final errors but definitely more strike overs.

      1. @Tony
        It depends. Since I cut out the caffeine my ability to do these definitely seems to be diminished, especially when I look at my NYT stuff and some of the WSJ stuff and Newsday stuff I’ve attempted recently. Case in point, yesterday’s WSJ completely snowed me in. The main trouble with the LAT today I had was several bad answers I found eventually after tearing out sections of the grid I wasn’t getting – that takes time, as does gazing at the grid with no clue of how to fill it out.

        @Joe
        I usually have been just doing Thursday-Saturday lately. I pick up the others in my free crossword moments, but have been working down a stack of crosswords I recently opted to purchase. Actually you gave a pretty big spoiler just then to the meta puzzle that comes as part of the Friday puzzle. I don’t know what @Bill wants to do with that, but I’ll leave it up to him.

    2. Hey, Glen — I know you and a couple of others on this blog work the WSJ puz daily. I don’t, but I did do today’s — and I’m puzzled! To avoid a spoiler: It appears the third word in a crucial three-word title is unaccounted for. Can you please explain? Thanks!

      1. Hi Joe. Your noticing that fact is definitely tied to the meta. After Monday, (when the meta contest closes) all will be explained/explainable. Not that I’m smart enough to figure it out!

  1. This seemed pretty easy for a Friday. I had just a bit of a bobble on the NE corner, but I got my initial erroneous entry of “pigs out” for 11 Down straightened out and that brought the grid to a successful conclusion.

  2. 13:08, no errors. Not too difficult.

    Today’s Newsday: 14:39, no errors. A couple of things that were new to me and some devious cluing.

    Today’s WSJ: 15:04, no errors that I know of, haven’t yet thought about the meta.

    I’m getting my car serviced a little early (no service light yet) so as to have the option of joining the multitudes positioning themselves in the path of the eclipse on Monday, should I be so foolish as to attempt that. Apprently, traffic is already picking up significantly on the highways north and east of me. We’ll see …

  3. There’s still a lot of these I don’t understand:

    1A: I know what an amp is, but I don’t understand the clue “sound check item”.
    22A: I know what a ream of paper is, and I know what a copier is, but what is the word “room” doing in the clue “copier room quantity”?
    30A: I figured out that “carb” is short for “carbohydrate”, but I still don’t know what it has to do with bread.
    31A: This one really confuses me. I don’t see anything in the explanation that relates a Slinky to airplanes. On the contrary, it says the inventor was in the navy.
    74A: This one is the worst. I don’t understand the clue “Court call”, and I don’t understand the answer “LET”.
    26D: I know what tequila is, but I don’t know what “ESTE” is or what it has to do with “sunrise” or “direction”.
    52D: I still don’t know what a “Hosp.” is.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    1. Hi Roger.

      1A: Amplifiers are going to need to be part of the band’s sound check to set their levels properly before the concert starts.

      22A: Offices in the old days, and probably even today, have rooms dedicated to copier machines.

      30A: Bread is one of the things avoided by low carb dieters because of how much of it is contained in the bread without any protein at all.

      31A: In this case the “flight” refers to a flight of stairs that Slinky’s will “walk” down.

      74A: Court call in tennis when the ball clips the net on the serve but falls into the proper box on the other side is said to be a “let” and is a do over.

      26D: Este is Spanish for “East” where the Sun appears to come up.

      52D: “Hosp” is short for Hospital where you would find an “OR” or Operating Room

    2. 1A: Before a concert, the equipment (including the amp) is checked for volume and basically whether it’s working right or not. This is what is called a “sound check”.
      22A: Businesses often set aside rooms for copiers and other equipment where they keep paper and toner and the like. This is commonly known as a “copier room”.
      30A: Breads have carbohydrates in them.
      31A: “Flights” refers to flights of stairs.
      74A: “Court call” refers to a tennis court. A “let” occurs when a tennis ball is served in such a way as it touches the net.
      26D: Tequila is Mexican. The sun rises in the east or in Spanish, este.
      52D: Hosp. is hospital. Often, weird abbreviations happen, as it is often convention in crosswords to note abbreviated answers by abbreviating something in the clue. ORS stands for Operating Rooms, so this holds.

  4. i had a very challenging time with this puzzle – normal for a Friday. Didn’t try to solve the central theme – I was not familiar with the X files. Never saw the show …. I don’t know why …. 😉

    Thank you for ‘mufti’ …. I always thought the word meant free, or casual. ‘Muft’ often means something, for gratis, at no cost – which may have any entirely different etymological background.

    Thank you for information on Canadian Prohibition – I never knew about that. ….. generally from 1916 – 1927 – during the WW I years. Was very unevenly enforced ….

    Have a nice day, and the weekend, fellas.

  5. @Roger – At the risk that you are not just being snarky, let me try to address your questions:
    1A An amp would be needed to perform a sound check. Typically the sound engineer stands in the back of the audience and checks the amp’s responses.
    22A A ream of paper would be one of the supplies kept in a copier room along with toner etc. Some businesses have a separate copy center called the copier room.
    30A A breakdown of the makeup of bread would include carbohydrates which includes sugar and flour.
    31A The flight in the Slinky clue refers to a flight of stairs, not an airplane.
    74A A let call is a call in tennis when the ball, on a serve ,grazes the net and goes over. The serve is then done over.
    26D Este is the Spanish word for East, where the sun rises.
    22D Hosp. is an abbreviation for Hospital. It is abbreviated to clue you that the answer, ORS, is short for Operating Rooms.

    I hope that helps.

  6. I had fun with this puzzle today. I was able to fill most of it in pretty easily but I did have an error.

    Tried the WSJ for the first time today. Is the meta solving the clue to that? If so, I nailed it (at least I think I did -hehe). Helps that I’m from the city mentioned in one of the answers (don’t want to spoil in case this is the meta y’all always talk about 🙂 )

    -Megan

  7. 25:56. Very late to the party this evening. Saw a Wechsler Friday and braced myself, but it wasn’t that bad after the first few minutes of pulling a Tony….i.e. hunting and pecking. Had to lean on the theme a bit. Used it specifically to get FOP and UPLIFTS right away.

    The “2006 Demotion” was the status of PLUTO. PLUTO itself was the “demotee” (I checked. That’s a word); it wasn’t the “demotion”. Poor syntax.

    I remember loving Holden Caulfield’s attitude from the very first paragraph of “Catcher in the Rye”. Probably says something about my own attitude…..

    Tequila. I have nothing to add here. Just like writing the word “tequila”…. 🙂

    The eclipse here in Houston is about 67%. Won’t look much different from a slightly overcast day. You need 90%+ to notice anything dramatic. Going right over my hometown of St Louis, but I won’t be there….

    @Glenn
    No caffeine??? What are you a kamikazi or something?? I’ve been drinking 12-16 ounces of coffee every morning for 35 years, and I haven’t gotten hooked on it yet… 🙂

    Best-

  8. Very enjoyable Wechsler today; time, about 45 minutes, but I had to go pick up a pizza in the middle. No errors, but I had a little bit extra time in the NE, where I had to lean on the theme to fill in two circles and then the corner came together.

    Noticed that Boca Raton (Rat’s mouth) is a bit South of Mar-a-Lago, which I guess would be the rat’s …

    On to Saturday with confidence.

  9. Sad face!!! 🙁
    No one answered my question from yesterday, but 3 of you answered Roger’s multiple questions!!!
    ? And there’s something wrong with my tablet — it’s not letting me add more than one emoji!!!
    What’s a gal to do??? ?
    I kinda gave up on this puzzle after finishing about 70%….I resorted to cheating. The funny thing is that I THOUGHT the circled theme letters were supposed to spell out FLIES!!! I didn’t even notice the X formation. At least I had the right letters, and it helped in a couple of spots till I gave up on the grid as a whole.
    Jeff, re: eclipse: Really?? I’m in LA, about the same effect as in Houston (I think). I thought it would be more dramatic!
    @Dirk — yeah.
    Be well~~™?

    1. Carrie, in answer to your question yesterday about Superman: Superman was indeed born on the planet Krypton. He was born Kal-El, son of scientist father Jor-El and mother Lara. As part of his scientific studies, Jor-El realized that Krypton’s core was unstable and ready to explode. Moments before the explosion, he sent his infant son Kal-El on a home-built rocket to Earth, where he was discovered and adopted by a childless couple from Kansas. The couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, raised the child as Clark Kent.

      I like it that Seinfeld is a go-to reference for pop-culture. Apologies that it took so long for you to get an answer.

      Mike

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