LA Times Crossword 5 Nov 19, Tuesday

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Constructed by: C.C. Burnikel
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answer: Dating App

Themed answers each start with a DATING APP:

  • 61A Mobile download for single people, and what the starts of 18-, 24-, 37- and 54-Across have in common : DATING APP
  • 18A Black-and-yellow pollinator : BUMBLEBEE (giving “Bumble”)
  • 24A Tense tennis moment : MATCH POINT (giving “Match.com”)
  • 37A Volatile situation : TINDERBOX (giving “Tinder”)
  • 54A Body part that provides limited motion : HINGE JOINT (giving “Hinge”)

Bill’s time: 5m 10s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 Team that won the Women’s World Cup in 2019 : USA

In the sport of soccer, the first Women’s World Cup took place in 1970 in Italy. Denmark emerged victorious, after beating the host team in the final.

17 Burr, to Hamilton : ENEMY

Aaron Burr was the third vice-president of the US, and served under Thomas Jefferson from 1801 to 1805. In the final year of his term in office, Burr fought an illegal duel and killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton. Burr was charged with several crimes as a result, but those charges were eventually dropped. The Democratic-Republican Party had already decided not to nominate Burr as candidate for vice president to run alongside Jefferson in the 1804 election, largely because the relationship between Vice President Burr and President Jefferson was so poor. The subsequent fallout resulting from the killing of Alexander Hamilton effectively ended Burr’s political career.

Alexander Hamilton was one of America’s Founding Fathers, chief of staff to General George Washington and the first Secretary of the Treasury. It was Hamilton who established the nation’s first political party, the Federalist Party. He is also famous for fighting a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr, which resulted in Hamilton’s death a few days later.

18 Black-and-yellow pollinator : BUMBLEBEE (giving “Bumble”)

Bumblebees aren’t very aggressive, but they can sting if they deem it necessary. Unlike honey bees, bumblebees survive the stinging action as their stinger has no barb. There are a few misconceptions about bumblebees. One is that a bumblebee should be incapable of flight based on the laws of aerodynamics, but this isn’t true. Another misconception is that the bee’s buzzing sound is caused by the beating of its wings. In fact, the sound comes from the vibration of its flight muscles. The bee can decouple those muscles from its wings, and so can make a buzzing sound without the wings moving at all.

Bumble is a dating app that was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd, the co-founder of Tinder. Bumble has been described as a “feminist dating app”. Indeed, first contact in a potential heterosexual relationship can only be made by a female user.

24 Tense tennis moment : MATCH POINT (giving “Match.com”)

Match.com is an online dating service. The company was started in 1993 and claims to have over 20 million members worldwide, in the ratio of male to female of 49:51.

28 Maple extract : SAP

About 75% of the world’s maple syrup comes from the province of Quebec. The US’s biggest producer is the state of Vermont, which produces 5-6% of the world’s supply.

29 Many an eBay user : SELLER

There have been some notable things sold on eBay over the years. For example:

  • Ad space on a guy’s forehead, in the form of a temporary tattoo – $37,375
  • William Shatner’s kidney stone – $25,000
  • A cornflake shaped like Illinois – $1,350
  • A single corn flake – $1.63
  • A box of 10 Twinkies – $59.99
  • The original Hollywood sign – $450,400
  • The meaning of life – $3.26

33 Jack of “Dragnet” : WEBB

Jack Webb played Sergeant Joe Friday on “Dragnet” on both TV and radio … and what a voice he had! Off the screen, Webb was a lover of jazz, and he played the cornet. It was within the world of jazz that he met and fell in love with Julie London, the famous singer with “the smoky voice”. The couple married and had two kids together.

36 Honeycomb units : CELLS

Honey bees create a structure within their nests called a honeycomb that is used to contain their larvae and also to store honey and pollen. The honeycomb comprises hexagonal cells made from wax.

37 Volatile situation : TINDERBOX (giving “Tinder”)

Tinder is a matchmaking app that uses Facebook profiles. Users “swipe” photos of potential matches, either to the right (“like”) or to the left (“not interested”). Users who “match” each other can then chat within the app.

40 Lion in “The Chronicles of Narnia” : ASLAN

In the C. S. Lewis series of books known as “The Chronicles of Narnia”, Aslan is the name of the lion character (as in the title “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”). “Aslan” is actually the Turkish word for lion. Anyone who has read the books will recognize the remarkable similarity between the story of Aslan and the story of Christ, including a sacrifice and resurrection.

43 Marquee name : STAR

A marquee is a large sign that is placed over the entrance to a theater. The marquee usually displays the names of the film or play currently showing, as well as the principal actors performing.

50 Picture file suffix : GIF

A bitmap is an image file format used to store digital images. Basically, each pixel in a bitmap file is stored as a “bit” of information, hence the name “bitmap”. In 1987, CompuServe introduced a new type of image file called the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). A GIF image takes the same information as a bitmap and then compresses it, resulting in a smaller file size. However, during compression the image may lose some resolution. The GIF format also handles short video clips, usually animations.

54 Body part that provides limited motion : HINGE JOINT (giving “Hinge”)

Hinge is a dating app that was launched in 2012. Apparently, a key feature of the app is the use of Facebook friends to facilitate introductions to potential matches.

59 “Soldier of Love” Grammy winner : SADE

The singer Sade’s real name is Helen Folasade Adu. Although she was born in Nigeria, Sade grew up and lives in the UK. She was the lead vocalist for the English group Sade, and adopted the name of the band. The band’s biggest hits were “Smooth Operator” (1984) and “The Sweetest Taboo” (1985).

66 Kagan on the bench : ELENA

Elena Kagan was the Solicitor General of the United States from 2009 until 2010, when she replaced Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court. That made Justice Kagan the first female US Solicitor General and the fourth female US Supreme Court justice. Kagan also served as the first female dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009.

69 Guitarist’s aid : STRAP

A kithara (also “cithara”) was a lyre-like instrument in ancient Greece. Our word “guitar” is ultimately derived from “kithara”. Indeed, “kithara” is the modern Greek word for “guitar”.

70 Moth-eaten : OLD

The larvae of several types of moth are noted for eating fabrics made from natural fibers such as wool or cotton. Many people store woolens in cedar chests believing that the scent of the wood prevents a moth infestation. In fact, the only known effective repellent is the naphthalene found in mothballs, which might be a health concern for humans. One way to kill moth larvae in fabric is to freeze the garment for several days at a temperature below -8 degrees centigrade.

71 “Pretty Little Liars” series novelist Shepard : SARA

“Pretty Little Liars” is a mystery drama TV series aimed at teens. It is based on a series of novels penned by Sara Shepard.

Down

4 “Poison” shrub : SUMAC

Sumacs are a group of flowering shrubs and small trees that includes poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac (nasty stuff!). The leaves of some species of sumac contain tannins that are used for tanning leather. Morocco leather is an example of the use of sumac tannins.

5 Flash drive port : USB

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard dealing with how computers and electronic devices connect and communicate, and deal with electrical power through those connections.

6 Riyadh resident : SAUDI

Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia, and is located near the center of the country. The name “Riyadh” translates from Arabic as ‘the gardens”.

10 Ritzy San Francisco neighborhood : NOB HILL

Nob Hill is a very elevated and central location in the city of San Francisco. Because of its views of the surrounding city and environs, Nob Hill became a desirable place to live for the wealthy in the 1800s. The area is still one of San Francisco’s most affluent neighborhoods and is home to upscale hotels as well as the magnificent Grace Cathedral. The name “Nob Hill” comes from the slang term for someone who is well-to-do, a “nob”.

11 Hanukkah toy : DREIDEL

A dreidel is a spinning top with four sides, often associated with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each of the four sides on a dreidel bears a letter from the Hebrew alphabet (nun, gimel, hei and shin). The four letters are the initials of the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” meaning “a great miracle happened there”. According to tradition, children would be taught Torah while hiding in caves away from the Greeks. When Greek soldiers approached, the children would hide their torah scrolls and play with their dreidels instead.

19 Dugout rack items : BATS

A dugout is an underground shelter. The term was carried over to baseball because the dugout is slightly depressed below the level of the field. This allows spectators behind the dugout to get a good view of home plate, where a lot of the action takes place.

25 Opinion pages : OP-EDS

“Op-ed” is an abbreviation for “opposite the editorial page”. Op-eds started in “The New York Evening World” in 1921 when the page opposite the editorials was used for articles written by a named guest writer, someone independent of the editorial board.

26 Echo Dot assistant : ALEXA

Alexa is a personal assistant application that is most associated with the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Apparently, one reason the name “Alexa” was chosen is because it might remind one of the Library of Alexandria, the “keeper of all knowledge”.

35 North Carolina fort : BRAGG

Fort Bragg in North Carolina is a very large army installation that covers over 250 square miles. The base is named for General Braxton Bragg, the native North Carolinian who commanded the Confederate Army forces during the Civil War.

40 Hangouts for video game players : ARCADES

Our word “arcade” comes from the Latin “arcus” meaning “arc”. The first arcades were passages made from a series of arches. This could be an avenue of trees, and eventually any covered avenue. I remember arcades lined with shops and stores when I was growing up on the other side of the Atlantic. Arcades came to be lined with lots of amusements, resulting in amusement arcades and video game arcades.

41 Chef’s condiment : SEA SALT

The lobbyists have done their job when it comes to the labelling of “sea salt”. In the US, sea salt doesn’t even have to come from the sea. The argument is that all salt came from the sea if you look back far enough. The politics of food; don’t get me started …

45 Dietary supplement once pitched by Anna Nicole Smith : TRIMSPA

TrimSpa was a dietary supplement touted as an aid to weight loss. Its active ingredients were stimulants (like caffeine and ephedra). TrimSpa became quite famous when the manufacturers hired Anna Nicole Smith as spokesperson for the product. The company went bankrupt soon after the Federal Trade Commission issued fines for making false claims in advertising.

Anna Nicole Smith was a model and former Playmate of the Year. She hit the headlines in 1994 when she married 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who was over 60 years her senior. Marshall died 14 months later, and there followed a lengthy court battle over how much of Marshall’s estate Smith would receive. Smith herself died in 2007 as a result of a drug overdose.

46 Centaur or chimera : MONSTER

A centaur is a creature from Greek mythology. It is a creature with the upper body of a human and lower body of a horse.

In Greek mythology, a chimera was a fire-breathing monster with the body of a lioness, a tail that ended in a snake’s head, and the head of a goat that emanated from the lioness’s spine. The term chimera has entered into our modern language and means a fanciful illusion or fabrication.

49 Fluffy rug : SHAG

Shag carpet is one with a deep pile, one with a “shaggy” appearance.

51 Norwegian inlet : FJORD

A drowned valley might be called a ria or a fjord, and both are formed as sea levels rise. A ria is a drowned valley created by river erosion, and a fjord is a drowned valley created by glaciation.

55 Twin Falls’ state : IDAHO

The Idaho city of Twin Falls is named for a waterfall on the Snake River that bears the same name. Also in the Twin Falls area are Shoshone Falls and Pillar Falls, with the former being 46 feet higher than Niagara Falls.

56 Mount Everest is on its border with China : NEPAL

Nepal lies to the northeast of India. Today, the state is known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. In 2008, the Communist Party of Nepal won the country’s general election. Soon after, the Assembly voted to change the form of government, moving away from a monarchy and creating a secular republic.

Mount Everest was named by the Royal Geographical Society in 1865. The peak is named for Welsh surveyor George Everest, who had served as Surveyor General of India from 1830 through 1843.

57 Layered cookies : OREOS

The Oreo cookie was introduced in 1912. The Oreo was intended to be a competitor to the very similar Hydrox cookie which had debuted four years earlier. The Oreo won the resulting battle on the grocery store shelves …

63 Deg. of distinction : PHD

“Ph.D.” is an abbreviation for “philosophiae doctor”, Latin for “teacher of philosophy”. Often, candidates for a PhD already hold a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, so a PhD might be considered a “third degree”.

65 Retirees’ benefits org. : SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) was set up as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The first person to receive a monthly retirement benefit was Ida May Fuller of Vermont who received her first check for the sum of $22.54 after having contributed for three years through payroll taxes. The New Deal turned out to be a good deal for Ms. Fuller, as she lived to be 100 years of age and received a total benefit of almost $23,000, whereas her three years of contributions added up to just $24.75.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Works on a quilt : SEWS
5 Team that won the Women’s World Cup in 2019 : USA
8 Winter skating sites : PONDS
13 Yawn-inducing : HO-HUM
15 Melancholy : SAD
16 Love to pieces : ADORE
17 Burr, to Hamilton : ENEMY
18 Black-and-yellow pollinator : BUMBLEBEE (giving “Bumble”)
20 Fodder for fantasy football : STATS
22 Cause for a handshake : DEAL
23 Waited to be found, maybe : HID
24 Tense tennis moment : MATCH POINT (giving “Match.com”)
26 Classroom staffer : AIDE
27 Word after drinking or driving : AGE
28 Maple extract : SAP
29 Many an eBay user : SELLER
31 Curtain holders : RODS
33 Jack of “Dragnet” : WEBB
36 Honeycomb units : CELLS
37 Volatile situation : TINDERBOX (giving “Tinder”)
40 Lion in “The Chronicles of Narnia” : ASLAN
43 Marquee name : STAR
44 24-hr. banking conveniences : ATMS
48 Sits on the throne : REIGNS
50 Picture file suffix : GIF
52 Fish-to-be : ROE
53 Batting practice area : CAGE
54 Body part that provides limited motion : HINGE JOINT (giving “Hinge”)
58 Fire pit residue : ASH
59 “Soldier of Love” Grammy winner : SADE
60 Much paperwork : FORMS
61 Mobile download for single people, and what the starts of 18-, 24-, 37- and 54-Across have in common : DATING APP
64 Takes a breather : RESTS
66 Kagan on the bench : ELENA
67 “Take that!” : HAH!
68 Chuckleheads : DOPES
69 Guitarist’s aid : STRAP
70 Moth-eaten : OLD
71 “Pretty Little Liars” series novelist Shepard : SARA

Down

1 Pronoun for a mom : SHE
2 Way, way back when : EONS AGO
3 Sparked, as one’s appetite : WHETTED
4 “Poison” shrub : SUMAC
5 Flash drive port : USB
6 Riyadh resident : SAUDI
7 Jingle-writing guys : ADMEN
8 Veil of gloom : PALL
9 Poem from an admirer : ODE
10 Ritzy San Francisco neighborhood : NOB HILL
11 Hanukkah toy : DREIDEL
12 Farm machines : SEEDERS
14 Traditional stories : MYTHS
19 Dugout rack items : BATS
21 Produce offspring : SPAWN
24 Spoil : MAR
25 Opinion pages : OP-EDS
26 Echo Dot assistant : ALEXA
30 Prefix with friendly : ECO-
32 Place for a play : STAGE
34 Wager : BET
35 North Carolina fort : BRAGG
38 Place for a stay : INN
39 Court filing : BRIEF
40 Hangouts for video game players : ARCADES
41 Chef’s condiment : SEA SALT
42 Not as heavy : LIGHTER
45 Dietary supplement once pitched by Anna Nicole Smith : TRIMSPA
46 Centaur or chimera : MONSTER
47 __ foot in: enter : SET
49 Fluffy rug : SHAG
51 Norwegian inlet : FJORD
55 Twin Falls’ state : IDAHO
56 Mount Everest is on its border with China : NEPAL
57 Layered cookies : OREOS
59 Piece of cake : SNAP
62 Once __ while : IN A
63 Deg. of distinction : PHD
65 Retirees’ benefits org. : SSA

9 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 5 Nov 19, Tuesday”

  1. 13:53 no errors….Being 78 yrs old and married for 58 of those years I had no clue what the first word of any dating apps are (I still don’t know what the word app is)

  2. Same as @Jack. 74, and will be married 50 on St. Lucy’s Day. I guess APP means application. I have several, none for dating.

    Took a guess at the letter A where TRIMSPA crossed SARA.

    Happy voting!

  3. 7:30. Didn’t get the theme until the reveal. I’m single, and I’ve heard of 3/4 of those apps but never used them. I guess I couldn’t anyway because I don’t have a facebook page. It’s too public and TMI. Does anyone really want to know when someone else is going to the kitchen to make a ham sandwich? I sound old talking like this.

    Jack – I think the word “app” (indeed short for application) has replaced the perfectly good word “program” in computer-speak these days. I usually think of an app as an application on a smart phone or tablet. But even in dealing with my PC, techs were constantly referring to my programs as apps. Microsoft Office used to be a “program” or a “software package”…now it’s a group of apps.

    Off to Houston for (FINALLY!!) the last time this calendar year.

    Best –

    1. Don’t use Facebook, I get on a couple of dating sites for entertainment value. But rather keep my life private and rather get to know someone in person than over an online facade. But I gather society has gone over to that, so if I don’t want to be single, I’ll have to do it sometime or another…

  4. I never gave it a lot of serious thought, but didn’t marry until age 40. Have made 46
    so far, going for 50 and age 90. Then on to age 116. It could happen.

    We found the puzzle easier than yesterday and got it in about an hour. I got hung up
    on 69A, because the constructor was making me want to use DODOS, the first answer
    in my dictionary. Finally reasoned what was wanted so that I could get 45 and 46D..

    Had fun with it and and got satisfaction from it.

    Jeff, I made an eagle 2 on our No. 12 yesterday, sinking a 7-wood shot from 140 out.
    Could still only shoot 84, just under my age. Mulligan score was 77 – just shots and not putts.

    Kudos to all.

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