LA Times Crossword 1 Sep 19, Sunday

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Constructed by: Gail Grabowski
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Theme: Wide-Screen Display

Themed answer each comprise two words, starting with the letters “HD”:

  • 126A How most TV shows air, and a hint to nine puzzle answers : IN HD
  • 27A Aircraft carrier storage area : HANGAR DECK
  • 29A Performer using hand motions : HULA DANCER
  • 49A Just okay : HALFWAY DECENT
  • 67A Interior designer’s concern : HOME DECOR
  • 85A “ER,” for one : HOSPITAL DRAMA
  • 104A Pointer, e.g. : HUNTING DOG
  • 109A Certain downpour downside : HAIL DAMAGE
  • 37D Real go-getter : HUMAN DYNAMO
  • 41D Nutritionist’s recommendation : HEALTHY DIET

Bill’s time: 13m 23s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Moussaka ingredient : LAMB

Moussaka is a delicious dish from the Balkans that uses eggplant or potato as a base. The dish often includes ground meat, particularly lamb.

19 Hesse-based automaker : OPEL

Adam Opel founded his company in 1863, first making sewing machines in a cowshed. Commercial success brought new premises and a new product line in 1886, namely penny-farthing bicycles. Adam Opel died in 1895, leaving his two sons with a company that made more penny-farthings and sewing machines than any other company in the world. In 1899 the two sons partnered with a locksmith and started to make cars, but not very successfully. Two years later, the locksmith was dropped in favor of a licensing arrangement with a French car company. By 1914, Opel was the largest manufacturer of automobiles in Germany. My Dad had an Opel in the seventies, a station wagon (we’d say “estate car” in Ireland) called an Opel Kadett.

Hesse is a German state. The capital of Hesse is Wiesbaden, although the largest city in the state is Frankfurt.

20 Portmanteau breakfast brand : MAYPO

Maypo is a brand of instant oatmeal that has maple flavor. Maypo was introduced in 1953, and has had some famous athletes promoting the product over the years. Mickey Mantle, Wilt Chamberlain and Johnny Unitas have all been seen on TV exclaiming, “I want my Maypo!”

23 Trendy farewell : CIAO

“Ciao” is Italian for “‘bye”. “Arrivederci” is more formal, and translates as “goodbye”.

26 Slender-billed marsh bird : SNIPE

Snipes are wading birds with very long and thin bills that they use to search for small invertebrates in mud. In bygone days, a shot taken by a hunter at one of these wading birds became known as a “snipe”. This usage evolved into the word “sniper” applying to anyone shooting from a hidden position.

27 Aircraft carrier storage area : HANGAR DECK

“Hangar” is a French word for “shed”. The French first started using the term to mean “shed for airplanes” in the very early 1900s.

The first launching of an aircraft from a ship took place way back in 1910. Aviation pioneer Eugene Burton Ely flew a Curtiss Pusher airplane from a temporary platform erected on the bow of the USS Birmingham, which was anchored off Norfolk Navy Base in Virginia. Ely also recorded the first landing on a ship two months later, touching down on a platform on the USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay.

29 Performer using hand motions : HULA DANCER

The hula is a native dance of Hawaii that uses arm movements to relate a story. The hula can be performed while sitting (a noho dance) or while standing (a luna dance).

31 Jobs in clubs : GIGS

Musicians use “gig” to describe a job, a performance. The term originated in the early 1900s in the world of jazz. The derivative phrase “gig economy” applies to a relatively recent phenomenon where workers find themselves jumping from temporary job to temporary job, from gig to gig.

34 Somme soul : AME

The Somme is a department in the Picardy region, in the very north of France. The Somme is famous as the site of devastating battles during WWI.

40 Singer at Barack’s 2009 inauguration ceremony : ARETHA

I think that Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, had a tough life. Franklin had her first son when she was just 13-years-old, and her second at 15. In 2008, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Franklin as number one in their list of the greatest singers of all time.

48 All-hrs. convenience : ATM

Automatic Teller Machine (ATM)

54 Electrical unit : AMP

The unit of electric current is the ampere, which is abbreviated correctly to “A” rather than “amp”. It is named after French physicist André-Marie Ampère, one of the main scientists responsible for the discovery of electromagnetism.

55 Opioids watchdog org. : DEA

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The name of the class of drugs called “opioids” comes from the word “opium”, which describes the dried latex obtained from the opium poppy. Drugs derived from opium are known as “opiates”. The broader term “opioids” covers both natural and synthetic drugs that behave in the same way as opiates, i.e. those drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the brain.

57 Kitchenware brand : OXO

The OXO line of kitchen utensils and housewares is designed to be ergonomically superior to the average household tools. The intended user of OXO products is someone who doesn’t have the normal range of motion or strength in the hands e.g. someone suffering from arthritis.

62 Gross portion : DOZEN

Our word “dozen” is used for a group of twelve. We imported it into English from Old French. The modern French word for “twelve” is “douze”, and for “dozen” is “douzaine”.

The number 144 is referred to as a gross. The term “grosse” comes from the Old French “grosse douzaine” meaning “large dozen”, i.e. a “dozen dozen”.

65 Navy Cross, e.g. : MEDAL

The highest military decoration awarded for gallantry is the Medal of Honor. The second highest medal is specific to the service, namely the Distinguished Service Cross (Army), the Navy Cross (Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard) and the Air Force Cross. The third highest award is the Silver Star.

71 Emmy winner Christine : LAHTI

Christine Lahti is an actress probably best known for playing Dr. Kate Austen on the TV medical drama “Chicago Hope”. If you read “The Huffington Post” you might run across her as well, as Lahti is a contributing blogger.

72 Macron’s palace : ELYSEE

The Élysée Palace is the official residence of the French President, and is near the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In the 1800s, there used to be a tunnel between the Élysée Palace and the nearby Tuileries Palace, a tunnel used quite often by Napoleon Bonaparte. While Napoleon lived in the Tuileries Palace, he would meet his mistresses in the Élysée Palace. He was ever the soul of discretion …

When Emmanuel Macron became President of France in 2017, he was 39 years of age, and so became the youngest person to ever hold that office.

77 Karaoke singer’s liability : TIN EAR

“Karate” is a Japanese word meaning “empty hand”, and the related word “karaoke” translates as “empty orchestra”.

78 “Evil Woman” gp. : ELO

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) recorded the song “Evil Woman” in 1975. “Evil Woman” was written by the band’s lead vocalist Jeff Lynne, in just thirty minutes!

79 Pain-relief brand : ADVIL

The anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen is sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin.

81 Grumpy companion? : DOC

In the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale called “Snow White”, the seven dwarfs were not given any names. The names were added for the 1937 classic Disney film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. The seven dwarfs are:

  • Doc (the leader of the group)
  • Grumpy (that would be me, according to my wife …)
  • Happy
  • Sleepy
  • Bashful
  • Sneezy
  • Dopey

84 Picasso’s here : ACA

“Aca” is Spanish for “here”.

Artist Pablo Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, a name he was given right from birth. Got that?

85 “ER,” for one : HOSPITAL DRAMA

You know, I’ve never seen “ER”. The most famous doctor in the TV show was Dr. Doug Ross, played by George Clooney. That was the role that gave Clooney his big break.

89 “Rosemary’s Baby” novelist Levin : IRA

As well as writing novels, Ira Levin was a dramatist and a songwriter. Levin’s first novel was “A Kiss Before Dying”, and his most famous work was “Rosemary’s Baby” which became a Hollywood hit. His best known play is “Deathtrap”, a production that is often seen in local theater (I’ve seen it a couple of times around here). “Deathtrap” was also was a successful movie, starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve. My favorite of Levin’s novels are “The Boys from Brazil” and “The Stepford Wives”.

“Rosemary’s Baby” is a novel by Ira Levin. It is a horror story, and was made into a very creepy 1968 film of the same name starring Mia Farrow. Levin published a sequel in 1997 titled “Son of Rosemary”, and dedicated that sequel to Mia Farrow.

90 Capital south of Quito : LIMA

Lima is the capital city of Peru. Lima was founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who named it “la Ciudad de los Reyes” (the City of Kings). He chose this name because the decision to found the city was made on January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany that commemorates the visit of the three kings to Jesus in Bethlehem.

The full name of the capital city of Ecuador is San Francisco de Quito. Quito is the second highest administrative capital city in the world, after La Paz, Bolivia.

92 __ Adams : SAM

Samuel Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, from Boston Massachusetts. Adams followed his father into the family’s malthouse business a few years after young Samuel graduated from Harvard. There were generations of Adams family members who were “maltsters” i.e. those producing malt needed for making beer. Samuel Adams is often described as a brewer, but he was actually a malster. The Samuel Adams brand of beer (often referred to as “Sam Adams”) isn’t directly associated with the Adams family, but it is named in honor of the patriot.

93 Piano piece? : PEDAL

Most modern pianos have three pedals. The soft pedal (also “una corda”), sostenuto pedal, and sustaining pedal (also “damper pedal”).

95 Throat tissue : TONSIL

The palatine tonsils are located at the back of the human throat. The exact role that tonsils play isn’t completely understood, but it is known that they are in the first line of defense in the body’s immune system. They provide some level of protection against pathogens that are ingested and inhaled.

99 Style popularized by the Beatles : MOP TOP

The classic Beatles haircut was called the mop top. Apparently John Lennon and Paul McCartney saw someone wearing the style in Hamburg, and they liked it. The pair hitchhiked from Hamburg to Paris, and when at their destination had their hair cut that way for the first time.

101 Bout ender, briefly : TKO

Technical knockout (TKO)

102 Sommelier’s suggestions : REDS

“Sommelier” is the French word for “wine steward”. If that steward is a female, then the French term used is “sommelière”.

103 Pacific Coast country with a 22,000-foot peak : PERU

Huascarán is a mountain in the Cordillera Blanca range in the western Andes. At 22,205 feet tall, the southern summit of Huascarán is the highest point in Peru.

104 Pointer, e.g. : HUNTING DOG

The breed of dog known as a pointer is also known as an English pointer. There are other pointing breeds though, dogs that instinctively “point” by stopping and aiming their muzzles at game when hunting. The list of other pointing breeds includes the English setter and the Irish setter.

120 Glamour shelfmate : ELLE

“Elle” magazine was founded in 1945 in France and today has the highest circulation of any fashion magazine in the world. “Elle” is the French word for “she”. “Elle” is published monthly worldwide, although you can pick up a weekly edition if you live in France.

The women’s monthly magazine “Glamour” was founded in 1939 as “Glamour of Hollywood”.

126 How most TV shows air, and a hint to nine puzzle answers : IN HD

High-definition (HD)

Down

1 Nessie’s hangout : LOCH

The monster that is reputed to inhabit the depths of Loch Ness in Scotland is often referred affectionately as “Nessie”.

2 Samoan capital : APIA

Apia is the capital city, and in fact the only city, of the Pacific island-nation of Samoa. The harbor of Apia is famous for a very foolish incident in 1889 involving seven naval vessels from Germany, the US and Britain. A typhoon was approaching so the safest thing to do was to head for open water away from land, but no nation would move its ships for fear of losing face in front of others. Six of the ships were lost in the typhoon as a result and 200 American and German sailors perished. The British cruiser HMS Calliope barely managed to escape from the harbor and rode out the storm safely. Apia is also known as the home of writer Robert Louis Stevenson, for the last four years of his life.

4 Writer with a website : BLOGGER

Many folks who visit this website regard it as just that, a website. That is true, but more specifically it is referred to as a blog, as I make regular posts (actually daily posts) that then occupy the “front page” of the site. The blog entries are in reverse chronological order, and one can just look back day-by-day, reading older and older posts. “Blog” is a contraction of the term “web log”.

7 Part of MB : BYTE

In the world of computing, a bit is the basic unit of information. It has a value of 0 or 1. A “byte” is a small collection of “bits” (usually 8), the number of bits needed to uniquely identify a character of text. The prefix mega- stands for 10 to the power of 6, so a megabyte (meg) is 1,000,000 bytes. The prefix giga- means 10 to the power of 9, and so a gigabyte (gig) is 1,000,000,000 bytes. Well, those are the SI definitions of megabyte and gigabyte. The purists still use 2 to the power of 20 for a megabyte (i.e. 1,048,576), and 2 to the power of 30 for a gigabyte.

8 Gp. with pipelines : OPEC

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

10 Throw on the couch? : AFGHAN

An afghan is a blanket or a wrap that is knitted or crocheted from very colorful yarns.

13 Tofu source : SOYA

“Tofu” is a name for bean curd, and is a Japanese word meaning just that … bean that has curdled. Tofu is produced by coagulating soy milk, using either salt or something acidic. Once the protein has coagulated, the curds are pressed into the familiar blocks. Personally I love tofu, but my wife, she absolutely hates it …

14 Bagel choice : SESAME

The bagel was invented in the Polish city of Kraków in the 16th century. Bagels were brought to this country by Jewish immigrants from Poland who mainly established homes in and around New York City.

15 Fashion house founder Cole : KENNETH

Kenneth Cole is a clothing designer from Brooklyn, New York. Cole is married to Maria Cuomo, the daughter of former Governor of New York Mario Cuomo.

16 __ Burdon, the Animals’ frontman : ERIC

Eric Burdon is an English singer, and a founding member of the sixties rock band called the Animals. By 1969, Burdon was living in San Francisco and had joined the Californian funk rock band called War.

33 Spruce (up) : TIDY

Our verb “to spruce up” means “to make trim or neat”. The term comes from the adjective “spruce”, meaning “smart, neat”. In turn, the adjective comes from “spruce leather”, which was a Prussian leather that was used in England in the 15th and 16th centuries to make a popular style of jerkin that was widely considered to look quite smart.

35 2010 Apple debut : IPAD

The iPad wasn’t Apple’s first foray into the world of tablet computing. Apple created great buzz by introducing the Newton MessagePad way back in 1993. This innovative machine was fraught with problems and really died a very slow death, finally being withdrawn from the market in 1998.

36 Floater in a sunbeam : MOTE

A mote is a speck of dust.

39 British general at Bunker Hill : HOWE

William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe fought during the American War of Independence, eventually rising to Commander-in-Chief of the British forces. Howe was in charge when the British took New York and Philadelphia, but also when the Saratoga campaign failed and the French entered the war. Howe resigned his post in 1777 and sailed back to England. Despite being censured for his actions in North America, Howe carved out a successful military and political career for himself in later years.

The Battle of Bunker Hill was a victory for the British early in the American War of Independence, although the British losses were so large that it emboldened the inexperienced colonial militiamen who were up against regular army troops. The battle was named for nearby Bunker Hill located close to Charlestown, Massachusetts, although almost all of the combat took place on Breed’s Hill.

42 Biceps band : ARMLET

The biceps muscle is made up of two bundles of muscle, both of which terminate at the same point near the elbow. The heads of the bundles terminate at different points on the scapula or shoulder blade. “Biceps” is Latin for “two-headed”.

47 Johanna who created Heidi : SPYRI

“Heidi” is a children’s book written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri and published in two parts. The first is “Heidi’s years of learning and travel”, and the second “Heidi makes use of what she has learned”. The books tell the story of a young girl in the care of her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. The most famous film adaptation of the story is the 1937 movie of the same name starring Shirley Temple in the title role.

49 Historic Florida racetrack : HIALEAH

The city of Hialeah, Florida is part of the Miami metropolitan area. It’s thought that the name “Hialeah” is a Muskogee word meaning “pretty prairie”. Hialeah is known as the most densely populated city in the country that does not include a skyscraper within its limits. However, the city is home to the historic Hialeah Park Race Track that first opened in 1921.

50 Part of ETA: Abbr. : ARR

Estimated time of arrival (ETA)

59 Word near Kazakhstan on Asia maps : ARAL

The Aral Sea is a great example of how man can have a devastating effect on his environment. In the early sixties the Aral Sea covered 68,000 square miles of Central Asia. Soviet irrigation projects drained the lake to such an extent that today the total area is less than 7,000 square miles, with 90% of the lake now completely dry. Sad …

The Republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia is the world’s largest landlocked country. Kazakhstan was also the last of the former Soviet Republics (SSRs) to declare itself independent from Russia.

62 Stop on a line : DEPOT

Our term “depot”, meaning “station, warehouse”, comes from the French word “dépôt”. The French term translates into English as “deposit” or “place of deposit”.

65 Black Sabbath’s genre : METAL

Black Sabbath is an English heavy metal band set up in 1969 in Birmingham in the north of the country. Black Sabbath’s most famous band member was the lead singer, Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy was kicked out of the group in 1979 as his drug usage was becoming overly disruptive.

69 Niger neighbor : MALI

The Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in western Africa located south of Algeria. Formerly known as French Sudan, the nation’s most famous city is Timbuktu. Mali is the third-largest producer of gold on the continent, after South Africa and Ghana.

The Republic of Niger is a landlocked country in Western Africa that gets its name from the Niger River. 80% of the country lies within the bounds of the Sahara Desert.

73 It formed some features of Arches National Park : EROSION

The gorgeous Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah, just outside of Moab. The main focus of the park is the preservation of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The arches are relatively fragile, and 43 have collapsed since 1970, mainly due to erosion caused by wind and rain.

76 Director Burton : TIM

Movie director and producer Tim Burton makes my least favorite type of movie: dark, gothic, horror fantasies. The list of his titles includes “Edward Scissorhands”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Also included in each of these movies is Johnny Depp in a starring role, as Depp and Burton are good friends and frequent collaborators. Another frequent star in Burton movies is English actress Helena Bonham Carter, who has been his domestic partner since 2001.

82 McFlurry flavor : OREO

A McFlurry is an ice cream dessert served in McDonald’s restaurants. A McFlurry is made from soft-serve ice cream to which are added crushed candy bars or cookies. Cleverly, a McFlurry is mixed on a machine with the mixing blade then doubling as a spoon with which one eats it.

86 Abe’s role in “The Godfather” : SAL

Sal Tessio is a character in Mario Puzo’s novel “The Godfather”. Tessio become a high-ranking confidante in Don Corleone’s crime organization. The character was played in the Francis Ford Coppola film by actor Abe Vigoda.

88 Regulation affecting boxers? : LEASH LAW

The boxer breed of dog (one of my favorites!) originated in Germany. My first dog was a boxer/Labrador mix, a beautiful combination. Our current family dog is a boxer/pug mix, and is another gorgeous animal.

91 Raid product : ANT TRAP

Raid insecticide has been killing bugs since 1956.

94 Layered Italian dessert : SPUMONI

Spumone (plural “spumoni”) is an Italian dessert, one made with a mixture of three ice cream flavors and containing candied fruit and nuts.

96 Like Speedos : SKIMPY

Speedo brand swimwear was first produced in Australia in 1928, by a hosiery company that wanted to diversify. The brand name was chosen after a slogan competition among employees was won by “Speed on in your Speedos”. It was a long time ago, I guess …

103 Kilt feature : PLEAT

The lovely Scottish garment called a kilt is pleated, but only at the rear.

104 Pianist Dame Myra __ : HESS

Myra Hess was a British pianist who earned the title of Dame due to her efforts to uphold morale in WWII. During the war all concerts were suspended due to blackout restrictions, so Myra Hess organized 1700 concerts that took place at lunchtimes throughout the conflict.

105 “Do __ others … ” : UNTO

The Golden Rule is also known as the ethic of reciprocity, and is a basis for the concept of human rights. A version of the rule used in the Christian tradition is attributed to Jesus:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

106 Romance novelist Roberts : NORA

Nora Roberts is a very successful author who has written over 165 romance novels. Roberts is published under a number of pen names, i.e. J.D. Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty.

110 Surrounding atmosphere : AURA

An aura (plural “aurae”) is an intangible quality that surrounds a person or thing, a “je ne sais quoi”. “Je ne sais quoi” is French for “I don’t know what”.

111 Camera lens feature : IRIS

The iris diaphragm of a lens is analogous to the iris of the eye, in that it is the opening through which light passes. The size of that aperture changes the amount of light passing through the lens. The size of the aperture is routinely referred to as the f-stop, and can be varied on many cameras.

113 Many a black-clad teen : GOTH

The goth subculture developed from the gothic rock scene in the early eighties, and is a derivative of the punk music movement. It started in England and spread to many countries around the globe. The term “goth” comes from the Eastern Germanic tribe called the Goths.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Moussaka ingredient : LAMB
5 Angular pipe fitting : ELBOW
10 Motion carriers : AYES
14 Distorts : SKEWS
19 Hesse-based automaker : OPEL
20 Portmanteau breakfast brand : MAYPO
21 Pic, in ads : FOTO
22 Like a fog-enshrouded cemetery : EERIE
23 Trendy farewell : CIAO
24 Join the contest : ENTER
25 Aussie greeting : G’DAY
26 Slender-billed marsh bird : SNIPE
27 Aircraft carrier storage area : HANGAR DECK
29 Performer using hand motions : HULA DANCER
31 Jobs in clubs : GIGS
32 Ever so slightly : A TAD
34 Somme soul : AME
35 Arrival announcement : I’M HERE
38 Holy sanctuary : SHRINE
40 Singer at Barack’s 2009 inauguration ceremony : ARETHA
43 Dispense drinks : POUR
44 Murmured romantically : COOED
45 Crimp-haired critter : EWE
46 Towel designation : HERS
48 All-hrs. convenience : ATM
49 Just okay : HALFWAY DECENT
54 Electrical unit : AMP
55 Opioids watchdog org. : DEA
56 Ready to blow : IRATE
57 Kitchenware brand : OXO
58 How many rumors spread : ORALLY
60 Almost reaches : NEARS
62 Gross portion : DOZEN
64 More sharp : TARTER
65 Navy Cross, e.g. : MEDAL
67 Interior designer’s concern : HOME DECOR
71 Emmy winner Christine : LAHTI
72 Macron’s palace : ELYSEE
74 Shirt tags may irritate them : NAPES
75 Birthplace of the violin : ITALY
77 Karaoke singer’s liability : TIN EAR
78 “Evil Woman” gp. : ELO
79 Pain-relief brand : ADVIL
81 Grumpy companion? : DOC
84 Picasso’s here : ACA
85 “ER,” for one : HOSPITAL DRAMA
89 “Rosemary’s Baby” novelist Levin : IRA
90 Capital south of Quito : LIMA
92 __ Adams : SAM
93 Piano piece? : PEDAL
94 Come off as : SEEM
95 Throat tissue : TONSIL
97 Chicken serving : BREAST
99 Style popularized by the Beatles : MOP TOP
101 Bout ender, briefly : TKO
102 Sommelier’s suggestions : REDS
103 Pacific Coast country with a 22,000-foot peak : PERU
104 Pointer, e.g. : HUNTING DOG
109 Certain downpour downside : HAIL DAMAGE
115 Vast, in verse : ENORM
116 Hibernation spot : LAIR
117 Attracted : LURED
118 “I heard you the first time” : OK OK
119 Backpack feature : STRAP
120 Glamour shelfmate : ELLE
121 Type similar to Helvetica : ARIAL
122 Late hours, in ads : NITE
123 All lathered up : SOAPY
124 Source of many tweets : NEST
125 Basket contents, perhaps : WASTE
126 How most TV shows air, and a hint to nine puzzle answers : IN HD

Down

1 Nessie’s hangout : LOCH
2 Samoan capital : APIA
3 Have in mind : MEAN
4 Writer with a website : BLOGGER
5 Come to light : EMERGE
6 Reels in : LANDS
7 Part of MB : BYTE
8 Gp. with pipelines : OPEC
9 Place to do a job : WORK AREA
10 Throw on the couch? : AFGHAN
11 “Hey, bro” : YO, DUDE
12 What makes lists briefer, briefly : ET AL
13 Tofu source : SOYA
14 Bagel choice : SESAME
15 Fashion house founder Cole : KENNETH
16 __ Burdon, the Animals’ frontman : ERIC
17 Moist towelette : WIPE
18 Visionary : SEER
28 Natural drier : AIR
30 Be loath to : DARE NOT
33 Spruce (up) : TIDY
35 2010 Apple debut : IPAD
36 Floater in a sunbeam : MOTE
37 Real go-getter : HUMAN DYNAMO
38 Like either “g” in “George” : SOFT
39 British general at Bunker Hill : HOWE
40 Leave wide-eyed : AWE
41 Nutritionist’s recommendation : HEALTHY DIET
42 Biceps band : ARMLET
44 Don’t play well together : CLASH
45 Thrifty, in brand names : ECONO
47 Johanna who created Heidi : SPYRI
49 Historic Florida racetrack : HIALEAH
50 Part of ETA: Abbr. : ARR
51 Drifts off : DOZES
52 Boardroom VIP : EXEC
53 Cheerful refrain : TRA-LA-LA
59 Word near Kazakhstan on Asia maps : ARAL
61 Minimal effort : EASE
62 Stop on a line : DEPOT
63 Commemorative lines : ODE
65 Black Sabbath’s genre : METAL
66 Bring forth : ELICIT
68 Hr. when the sun is strong : ONE PM
69 Niger neighbor : MALI
70 Romantic triangle figure : RIVAL
73 It formed some features of Arches National Park : EROSION
76 Director Burton : TIM
79 Mixes in : ADDS
80 “Phooey!” : DRAT!
82 McFlurry flavor : OREO
83 Sleep out, say : CAMP
86 Abe’s role in “The Godfather” : SAL
87 Did a takeoff on : APED
88 Regulation affecting boxers? : LEASH LAW
91 Raid product : ANT TRAP
94 Layered Italian dessert : SPUMONI
96 Like Speedos : SKIMPY
97 Suffers from the heat : BROILS
98 Feel sorry about : REGRET
99 Stick one’s nose where it doesn’t belong : MEDDLE
100 Man-mouse link : … OR A …
103 Kilt feature : PLEAT
104 Pianist Dame Myra __ : HESS
105 “Do __ others … ” : UNTO
106 Romance novelist Roberts : NORA
107 Secluded spot : GLEN
108 Secluded spot : DALE
110 Surrounding atmosphere : AURA
111 Camera lens feature : IRIS
112 Comparable (to) : AKIN
113 Many a black-clad teen : GOTH
114 Scratched (out) : EKED

12 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 1 Sep 19, Sunday”

  1. Jeff- since you announced you were taking the Mensa test, we feel you are obligated to announce your score and pass/fail result.

    1. Michael –

      I don’t ever remember saying I was taking the Mensa test although I have practiced for it and have compared a lot of the outside-the-box cluing in crosswords to what every question on that exam looks like. Ultimately, I was spared taking the actual exam as I was admitted a few years ago via my graduate school entrance exam scores from (now) 30 years ago. If I had to take the actual exam today, I have no idea what would happen and (probably fortunately) I never will…. If anyone is interested in taking a look, they can find all kinds of info about it at http://www.mensa.org

      Best –

  2. Would someone please explain to me how “Maypo” can be considered a portmanteau? “Maypo” is a classic maple-flavored porridge, providing the “Ma” and the “po.” The “y” is neither part of the word “maple” nor the word “porridge.”
    Thank you, all.

    1. The “y” is in there to suggest the proper pronunciation, with a long “a”. The spelling “mapo” suggests a short “a”.

      1. DK: Thank you for weighing in.
        “Mapo” and “Maypo” BOTH suggest a LONG “a,” however.
        In order for “maypo” to be an ACTUAL portmanteau (and per Gail Grabowski’s clue), the “y” needs to come from “maple” or “porridge.” (It doesn’t.)

        1. Well, for what it’s worth, I disagree. Consider “capo”, which can be pronounced either way, depending on whether you’re talking about the head of an Italian crime family or a device used with a guitar).

          And I just found this definition of “portmanteau word” in the Oxford dictionary: “a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’)”. Insisting that the spelling cannot change strikes me as nit-picking (admittedly, something that most people love to do where crossword clues are concerned … 😜).

  3. No errors, but had to go back and change “necks” to “napes” when I
    knew necks was not going to work! Pretty easy puzzle for a Sunday.
    Enjoyed it though!

  4. No errors. Because newspaper delivered late (9:35 am) and the Quote-Acrostic was a brain-buster, couldn’t get to our puzzle until after lunch. Sorry, but my fresh brain is reserved for the more difficult Sunday puzzles. Today’s “LAT” puzzle, you could put most of your brain on sleep mode.
    Re 19A: Opel was owned by GM for some decades. My dad welded auto frames at A.O. Smith, a GM supplier in Milwaukee. Later, I played tennis against A.O. Smith IV in a tennis tournament. He beat me, because his rich parents hired a personal coach for him. Which reminds me… But Happy Labor Day to dear old Dad, who was UAW at that time, of course. And to my late mother, who was the first female AFSCME local Secretary-Treasurer in Milwaukee County.
    55A: FDA is the watchdog; DEA is the enforcer. Watchdog is an inappropriate term for DEA.
    Re 78A notes: 30 min. to write Evil Woman- it shows.
    89A: Rosemary’s Baby was set in the Dakota Bldg. I believe Yoko still resides there.
    Re 99A notes: This repeats the Beatles’ PR. Actually, their look- little-boy haircuts and Edwardian suits- was to make them more palatable to parents than they looked with black leather and slicked-back hair. You cannot believe what you read about rock artists, esp. The Who.
    16D: Last time I saw Mr. Burdon, he was wearing a Che shirt.
    96D: I wear nothing but a Speedo to do the puzzles. It keeps people from bothering me.

    Carrie- thanks for the info. I am not set up for pay TV of any kind but will ask my son to record it for me. Ironically, Levon narrated quite a few docs his own self, incl. “Elvis ’56”- he had a very pleasant speaking voice, until the throat cancer, poor guy. RIP brother Levon!
    My sister Carrie, no pun intended, was named after Jennifer Jones.

    1. Did you forget anything?
      Yes, as a matter of fact, I did. I’m glad you asked.
      “You’re welcome.”
      “I didn’t thank you.”
      Re 84A: Actually, just plain “here” in Spanish is “aqui.” “I am here” would be “yo estoy aqui.”
      The clue for “aca” would more properly be “over here.” “Come over here,” would be “Ven aca.” My father-in-law always told me “ven aca” when he wanted me to see his banana trees or his canaries, most of which were either macho or hembra. He was a corporation controller, so we can’t wish him a Happy Labor Day, but he was popular with the blue collars, so maybe we can.
      Carrie- I beat you to it! Your turn next time.

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