LA Times Crossword 1 Jan 20, Wednesday

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Constructed by: Gary Larson
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answer: Rose Parade

Happy New Year, everyone! Themed answers each start with a hidden word that often follows “ROSE”:

  • 58A Annual New Year’s Day spectacle … and a hint to the starts of 17-, 23-, 36- and 49-Across : ROSE PARADE
  • 17A Reason for not owning a cat, say : PET ALLERGY (giving “rose petal”)
  • 23A Enchanted : BEDAZZLED (giving “rose bed”)
  • 36A Expense reducer : BUDGET CUT (giving “rosebud”)
  • 49A Like stereotypical old cowboys : BOW-LEGGED (giving “Rose Bowl”)

Bill’s time: 6m 29s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

10 Ladies of Sp. : SRAS

In Spanish, a “dama” (lady) might be referred to as “Señora” (Mrs.).

16 __ contendere: court plea : NOLO

“Nolo contendere” (sometimes shortened to “nolo”) is a legal term that translates from Latin as “I do not wish to contend”. It’s the plea of no contest, and is an alternative to guilty and not guilty, meaning that one doesn’t admit guilt but nor does one dispute the charge.

19 Genesis twin : ESAU

Esau is a son of Isaac, and someone whose story is told in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. Esau had three wives, Adah, Aholibamah and Bashemath.

22 Dog in the comics : ODIE

Jon Arbuckle is a fictional character, and the owner of Odie from Jim Davis’s comic strip “Garfield”. Garfield is Arbuckle’s orange tabby cat. Odie is his less-than-smart beagle.

30 Like a cyclops : ONE-EYED

Cyclops was a one-eyed giant in Greek and Roman mythology. Cyclops lived inside Mount Etna, the Sicilian volcano.

31 TV drama settings : ERS

Emergency room (ER)

32 “Star Trek: TNG” counselor __ Troi : DEANNA

Deanna Troi is a character on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” who is played by the lovely Marina Sirtis. Sirtis is a naturalized American citizen and has what I would call a soft American accent on the show. However, she was born in the East End of London and has a natural accent off-stage that is more like that of a true Cockney.

35 “Worst Cooks in America” judge Burrell : ANNE

Anne Burrell is co-host of the show “Worst Cooks in America” that airs on the Food Network. Here’s a Burrell quote:

I always use my “Holy Trinity” which is salt, olive oil and bacon. My motto is, ‘”bacon always makes it better”. I try to use bacon and pork products whenever it can.

38 When Tony sings “Maria” : ACT I

“Maria” is a song from “West Side Story”.

Maria!
Say it loud and there’s music playing,
Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.
Maria,
I’ll never stop saying Maria!

42 “Lou Grant” production co. : MTM

MTM Enterprises was a television production company founded in 1969 by Mary Tyler Moore, originally to produce the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. The company subsequently produced the likes of “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Rhoda”, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere”. That’s a lot of great television …

“Lou Grant” is a spin-off from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. The title character, played so ably by Ed Asner, had headed up a television newsroom in Minneapolis in the original series. In the spin-off, Grant was the city editor of the fictional “Los Angeles Tribune”. The original show was a sitcom, the spin-off was a drama series.

45 Backstage guy : PROPMAN

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.

47 Official with a seal : NOTARY

A notary public is a public officer licensed to perform specific legal actions in non-contentious legal matters. The main duties are to administer oaths, take affidavits and witness the execution of documents.

49 Like stereotypical old cowboys : BOW-LEGGED (giving “Rose Bowl”)

The oldest of all the bowl games is the Rose Bowl and so has the nickname “The Granddaddy of Them All”. The first Rose Bowl game was played in 1902.

53 Backside, slangily : PRAT

“Prat” is a relatively new word for me, and is a slang term for the buttocks. A “prat-fall” is when someone falls and lands on the buttocks.

57 Prince William’s school : ETON

Born in 1982, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is the elder of the two sons of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales. As such, William is second in line to the British throne, after his father.

58 Annual New Year’s Day spectacle … and a hint to the starts of 17-, 23-, 36- and 49-Across : ROSE PARADE

The first Rose Parade was staged in 1890 on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. The initial parades were organized by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club, whose members wanted to highlight the mild winter weather in the area. The initial parades did not feature flowers, but these were added to underscore the favorable climate. It was the inclusion of the flowers that gave rise to the name “Tournament of Roses”. The first Rose Bowl football game was played in 1902.

60 Religious leader in “Angels & Demons” : POPE

“Angels & Demons” is a 2000 mystery-thriller novel penned by Dan Brown. It was Brown’s first book to feature his hero Robert Langdon, who also appears in “The Da Vinci Code” and other titles in the “Robert Langdon” series. Famously, Robert Langdon has been portrayed by Tom Hanks several times on the big screen.

62 Hawaii’s Mauna __ : LOA

Mauna Loa on the “Big Island” of Hawaii is the largest volcano on the planet (in terms of volume). The name “Mauna Loa” is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain”.

63 Big primates : APES

Primates are mammals, many of whom are omnivorous and make good use of their hands. They also have larger brains relative to their body size, compared to other animals. The order Primates includes apes, lemurs, baboons and humans.

Down

2 Barnes & Noble Nook, for one : E-READER

The Barnes & Noble electronic-book reader is called the Nook. The reader’s name is intended to evoke the usage of “nook” as a familiar place to sit and read quietly.

4 Cyber Monday event : SALE

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving, when retailers offer incentives to online shoppers in the hope of boosting sales. The term “Cyber Monday” was coined in 2005 in a press release issued by the website Shop.org. In recent years, consumers have been spending more money online on Cyber Monday than any other day in the year.

6 Nerd : DWEEB

“Dweeb” is relatively recent American slang that came out of college life in the late sixties. Dweeb, squarepants, nerd; they’re all not-nice terms that mean the same thing, i.e. someone excessively studious and socially inept.

7 One-named singer with the #1 hit “Royals” : LORDE

“Lorde” is a stage name of the singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor from New Zealand. Lorde’s cover version of the great Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was used in the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Her song “Yellow Flicker Beat” is included in the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”.

8 Joule fraction : ERG

An erg is a unit of mechanical work or energy. It is a small unit, with one joule comprising 10 million ergs. 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.

James Joule was an English physicist who spent much of his life working in the family brewing business. Joule used his work in the brewery to study the relationship between heat and mechanical work. In honor of his achievements, his name is used for the unit of energy in the International System of Units (i.e. the joule).

11 Calvin’s babysitter in “Calvin and Hobbes” : ROSALYN

The comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” is still widely syndicated, but hasn’t been written since 1995. The cartoonist Bill Watterson named the character Calvin after John Calvin, the 16th century theologian. Hobbes was named for Thomas Hobbes a 17th century English political philosopher.

12 Adolescent support group : ALATEEN

Al-Anon and Alateen are fellowships for relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen specifically supports teens who are affected by another’s drinking, whereas Al-Anon focuses on people of all ages.

13 Not worth a __ : SOU

A sou is an old French coin. We use the term “sou” to mean “an almost worthless amount”.

21 Chinese philosopher Mo-__ : TZE

Mozi (also Mo-Tze) was a Chinese philosopher whose positions were often in conflict with Confucianism.

25 Motrin alternative : ANACIN

Anacin is a brand of pain reliever that comprises aspirin and caffeine as active ingredients.

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

26 WWII general : DDE

General Dwight D. Eisenhower (DDE) was in command of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) during WWII.

28 MIT URL letters : EDU

The .edu domain was one of the six original generic top-level domains specified. The complete original list is:

  • .com (commercial enterprise)
  • .net (entity involved in network infrastructure e.g. an ISP)
  • .mil (US military)
  • .org (not-for-profit organization)
  • .gov (US federal government entity)
  • .edu (college-level educational institution)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded in 1861 and first offered classes in 1865, in the Mercantile building in Boston. Today’s magnificent campus on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge opened in 1916.

36 Aerobatics fliers : BIPLANES

A biplane features two main wings that are stacked on above the other. Arguably, the most consequential biplane was the Wright Flyer, the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft.

37 Tres menos dos : UNO

In Spanish, “tres menos dos” (three minus two) is “uno” (one).

38 BOLO cousin : APB

An All Points Bulletin (APB) is a broadcast from one US law enforcement agency to another.

A BOLO is a police alert, with the acronym standing for “be on the look-out”. A BOLO can also be called an APB, an “all-points bulletin”.

42 Strategy game played with stones : MANCALA

There is no actual game called “mancala”, and rather it is the generic name given to a genre of hundreds of games. Mancala are count-and-capture games that are particularly popular in Africa. Some of the most popular examples of the genre are Bao la Kiswahili, Congkak, Kalah and Oware.

50 Big name in printers : EPSON

Seiko Epson is a Japanese company, and one of the largest manufacturers of printers in the world. The company has its roots in the watch business, roots that go back to 1942. Seiko was chosen as the official timekeeper for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and was asked to supply a timer that produced a printed record. This request brought Seiko into the business of printer production. The company developed the world’s first mini-printer for the 1964 Games and called it EP-101 (with “EP” standing for Electronic Printer). In 1975 Seiko introduced the next generation of EP printers which was called EPSON, from “SON of EP”. Cute, huh?

51 Stallone title role : DREDD

The 1995 movie “Judge Dredd”, starring Sylvester Stallone in the title role, was loosely based on the comic book character of the same name. Judge Dredd may be an American hero from the future in an American city, but the comic is written and published in the UK.

55 German 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.

57 AQI monitor : EPA

The air quality index (AQI) is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

58 Hoops stat. : REB

Rebounds (Reb)

59 Tulsa sch. named for an evangelist : ORU

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ORU was founded relatively recently, in 1963 by the late televangelist Oral Roberts. The campus includes a Prayer Tower at its center, a spectacular glass and steel structure designed by architect Frank Wallace. The tower includes an observation deck, and is a popular tourist attraction. The school’s sports teams are known as the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 “What did I tell you?” : SEE?
4 Moves like a crab : SIDLES
10 Ladies of Sp. : SRAS
14 Decorative garden planter : URN
15 Clocked in : AT WORK
16 __ contendere: court plea : NOLO
17 Reason for not owning a cat, say : PET ALLERGY (giving “rose petal”)
19 Genesis twin : ESAU
20 Doled (out) : PARCELED
21 Suckling spot : TEAT
22 Dog in the comics : ODIE
23 Enchanted : BEDAZZLED (giving “rose bed”)
27 Sowing machine : SEEDER
30 Like a cyclops : ONE-EYED
31 TV drama settings : ERS
32 “Star Trek: TNG” counselor __ Troi : DEANNA
35 “Worst Cooks in America” judge Burrell : ANNE
36 Expense reducer : BUDGET CUT (giving “rosebud”)
38 When Tony sings “Maria” : ACT I
41 Makes a connection : TIES IN
42 “Lou Grant” production co. : MTM
45 Backstage guy : PROPMAN
47 Official with a seal : NOTARY
49 Like stereotypical old cowboys : BOW-LEGGED (giving “Rose Bowl”)
52 Not procrastinating : ON IT
53 Backside, slangily : PRAT
54 Film VIP : PRODUCER
57 Prince William’s school : ETON
58 Annual New Year’s Day spectacle … and a hint to the starts of 17-, 23-, 36- and 49-Across : ROSE PARADE
60 Religious leader in “Angels & Demons” : POPE
61 Wind, over time : ERODER
62 Hawaii’s Mauna __ : LOA
63 Big primates : APES
64 Internet/cable package deal : BUNDLE
65 Industrious insect : ANT

Down

1 “Just imagine … ” : SUPPOSE …
2 Barnes & Noble Nook, for one : E-READER
3 Contest submissions : ENTRIES
4 Cyber Monday event : SALE
5 “__ be fun!” : IT’LL
6 Nerd : DWEEB
7 One-named singer with the #1 hit “Royals” : LORDE
8 Joule fraction : ERG
9 Place to fly : SKY
10 Make light of : SNEEZE AT
11 Calvin’s babysitter in “Calvin and Hobbes” : ROSALYN
12 Adolescent support group : ALATEEN
13 Not worth a __ : SOU
18 Zipped through : ACED
21 Chinese philosopher Mo-__ : TZE
24 Proscriptions : DON’TS
25 Motrin alternative : ANACIN
26 WWII general : DDE
28 MIT URL letters : EDU
29 Markdown marker : RED TAG
33 Winery process : AGING
34 Formerly named : NEE
36 Aerobatics fliers : BIPLANES
37 Tres menos dos : UNO
38 BOLO cousin : APB
39 Upper-body garment that exposes the midriff : CROP TOP
40 Barge line : TOW ROPE
42 Strategy game played with stones : MANCALA
43 Checked for fit : TRIED ON
44 “It’s on me” : MY TREAT
46 Ran into : MET
48 Open house offering : TOUR
50 Big name in printers : EPSON
51 Stallone title role : DREDD
55 German automaker : OPEL
56 Challenge : DARE
57 AQI monitor : EPA
58 Hoops stat. : REB
59 Tulsa sch. named for an evangelist : ORU

21 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 1 Jan 20, Wednesday”

  1. Happy New Year, everyone! I was going to sleep in but my little dog had other ideas so here I am.

    My time was 4:54, and I once again didn’t get the theme answers until I was all done. Got slowed down a little by BEDAZZLED (immediately filled in BEWITCHED and then when that didn’t work tried BEGUILED which doesn’t even fit but somehow I didn’t notice that for a little while). Learned a new word MANCALA today… had no clue about it and had to get it via the crosses, thankfully none of them were obscure proper nouns.

  2. Never particularly interested in timing myself, personally. Can’t imagine doing it in 5-6 minutes like some of you — Huzzahs! Never heard of ‘prat’ (other than pratfall) and will disregard it as baloney.
    HNY

    1. Oh I was going to mention “prat” too! I bet lots of us have heard of a “pratfall” but didn’t know (me included) that it comes from “fall on your prat” as in “fall on your butt.”

  3. Never particularly interested in timing myself, personally. Can’t imagine doing it in 5-6 minutes like some of you — Huzzahs! Never heard of ‘prat’ (other than pratfall) and will disregard it as baloney.
    HNY

  4. 19:46 no errors…..while I was working the NYT puzzle I got a phone call from someone who spoke next to no English at all and wanted to sell me some kind of home improvement at 9:00AM my time on New Year’s Day ….What I said to him can’t be written on this respectable website…..I had just finished reading an article in the morning paper about additional crack downs on these pests but apparently this jerk didn’t get the message….HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL (except him)

  5. Never heard of Crop Top ~~Always referred to that item as a Tank Top.
    You got me with the “abbreviation” ~~ ladies of Spain. SRAS.
    The day wasn’t a total loss, Got all the Christmas decorations back in
    the attic. Happy New Year All.

    Eddie

  6. 10:44. Had to cheat and find a couple of errors in the SE before getting the congratulatory banner. Also had a slow SW.

    MANCALA – wow. A generic term for a bunch of African games? Now that’s some esoterica.

    Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night… Oh wait, wrong holiday.

    Best –

  7. Best to all in the new year.

    Kinda bombed today; could not wrap my brain around it.

    Better days are bound to happen. They would have to be better, although we got a few
    tricky ones.

  8. No errors, no Googles, but…
    Didn’t know ROSALYN, BOLO, CROP TOP, MANCALA, DREDD, REB.
    How do they decide what day of the week a puzzle is assigned to?

    1. Rich Norris has stated in puzzle construction forums that the nature of the theme determines the day of the week a puzzle shows up. You will be able to see this by the kinds of themes that show up every day. Something simpler like matching, hidden word, or “in common” themes will go on Monday while something more complicated such as letter substitutions / subtractions / additions will go on Fridays. Rich has also stated that he will often re-clue puzzles to be easier or more complicated depending on where he sees the puzzle fit to go based on theme.

  9. An uninspiring 16 mins and 47 seconds to finish this one … and I didn’t stay up celebrating last night, either!!! The answers just didn’t come readily, starting with initially filling in BEWITCHED for 23A.

    The “theme” starts the year and decade on a rather “stretched” and thin note. C’mon, constructors, work with us on this, huh?

  10. Mostly easy Wednesday for me; took 15:45 on-line with no peeks. I did struggle a bit, putting in BEwitchED, TIESto and a few others before correcting them. Didn’t know DREDD, MANCALA and ANNE, but definitely knew CROPTOP 🙂

    re Bowls – Drat, once again I forgot to watch any bowl game…sigh, maybe next year 🙂

    re uexpress puzzle – Since I had to do today’s puzzle on-line, I figured I’d try one or two warm-up puzzles before this one. I tried uexpress which turned into an impossible experience, with missing numbers and awkward tab-to-next-clue. Finally it just stopped working…I gave up and did the Newsday puzzle.

  11. Bill, apologies for being snarky, but… Often times, you explain a lot about a clue, but you don’t explain the actual answer. A few recent examples:
    “LAC” – I know the Lakers are a basketball team, but I’m not an NBA fan. I have no idea who the other teams are, much less their abbreviations.
    “Sra” – You gave the English abbreviation, but not the Spanish.
    Where does “bow-legged” come from?
    “Pope” – Did “Angels & Demons” involve the Catholic church?
    In the future, can you please try to make sure your explanations include explaining the answer itself, in addition to info about the clue? Thanks.

  12. Hello all!🦆

    Jeez I can see so clearly now!! LOL 😁

    Peter, I think Bill writes up the points that he thinks will be interesting. He may assume some knowledge on his readers’ part, so he leaves out some details. Anyway, it IS his blog….

    No errors. I also struggled with BEDAZZLED. Didn’t know ROSALYN so that NE presented a challenge.

    Be well ~~🥂

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