LA Times Crossword 16 Jan 20, Thursday

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Constructed by: Bruce Haight
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answers: Flank … Steak

The FLANKS, right and left edges, of the grid have six kinds of STEAK:

  • 41A With 45-Across, meat cut that suggests six aptly placed puzzle answers : FLANK …
  • 45A See 41-Across : … STEAK
  • 1D “Squarely unconventional” Nissan : CUBE
  • 13D __ chocolate : SWISS
  • 26D Tavern order : ROUND
  • 38D Slacks alternative : SKIRT
  • 56D Vegas __ : STRIP
  • 67D Keister : RUMP

Bill’s time: 6m 54s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

10 Rolaids rival : TUMS

The main ingredient in Tums antacid, made by GlaxoSmithKline, is calcium carbonate. Tums have been on the market since 1930. If you want to save a few pennies, Target brand antacid is identical to Tums, or so I hear …

The Rolaids brand of antacid was invented in the late twenties. The “Rolaids” name came from the fact that original packing was a foil “roll”. The product has a tagline: Rolaids—that’s how you spell relief. That slogan dates back to a 1970s TV campaign:

How do you spell relief?
R-O-L-A-I-D-S

14 Iris layer : UVEA

The uvea is the middle of the three layers that make up the eyeball. The outer layer is called the fibrous tunic, and the inner layer is the retina.

15 Part of a “Star Wars” name : DETOO

Artoo’s proper name is R2-D2 (also “Artoo-Detoo”). R2-D2 is the smaller of the two famous droids from the “Star Wars” movies. British actor Kenny Baker, who stood just 3 ft 8 ins tall, was the man inside the R2-D2 droid for the first six of the “Star Wars” movies.

17 Tower of London guards : BEEFEATERS

In one use of the word, a “yeoman” is a lower level official or attendant in a royal household. A famous group of yeomen are the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. The role is ceremonial these days, theoretically safeguarding the crown jewels and guarding any prisoners in the Tower. More correctly, the Yeoman Warders are called Beefeaters, and nobody’s really sure why! If you get over to London, the Yeoman Warders will be your tour guide around the Tower of London … a great day out!

The spectacular Tower of London sits right on the north bank of the River Thames in the center of London. The castle dates back to the years just following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The victorious William the Conqueror built the Tower’s central keep (called the White Tower) in 1078. The Tower of London has been used for many purposes over the centuries, as a residence, a prison, and was even home to the Royal Mint. Famously it houses the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, and has done so since 1303.

19 Local bond, briefly : MUNI

A municipal bond (“muni”) is one that is issued by a city or local government, or some similar agency. Munis have an advantage over other investments in that any interest earned on the bond is usually exempt from state and federal income taxes.

21 Classic car : REO

The REO Motor Company was founded by Ransom Eli Olds (hence the name REO). The company made cars, trucks and buses, and was in business from 1905 to 1975 in Lansing, Michigan. Among the company’s most famous models were the REO Royale and the REO Flying Cloud.

22 Frozen floaters : BERGS

An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that is floating freely after having broken away from a glacier or ice shelf. Out use of “iceberg” comes from the Dutch word for the same phenomenon “ijsberg”, which translates literally as “ice mountain”.

25 2019 awards for Giannis Antetokounmpo : ESPYS

The ESPY Awards are a creation of the ESPN sports television network. One difference with similarly named awards in the entertainment industry is that ESPY winners are chosen solely based on viewer votes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is an NBA professional from Greece who was drafted in 2013 by the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis’ has two brothers who were also drafted by the NBA, namely Thanasis and Kostas. Giannis has earned himself the nickname the “Greek Freak”.

26 Elaborate style : ROCOCO

The Rococo style is also known as “Late Baroque”. Rococo is a very floral and playful style, very ornate.

31 Artist Yoko : ONO

Yoko Ono is an avant-garde artist. Ono actually met her future husband John Lennon for the first time while she was preparing her conceptual art exhibit called “Hammer a Nail”. Visitors were encouraged to hammer in a nail into a wooden board, creating the artwork. Lennon wanted to hammer in the first nail, but Ono stopped him as the exhibition had not yet opened. Apparently Ono relented when Lennon paid her an imaginary five shillings to hammer an imaginary nail into the wood.

32 “Nashville” actress Judith : HOAG

Actress Judith Hoag is perhaps best known for playing April O’Neil in the 1990 movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. More recently, she was cast in the recurring role of Tandy Hampton on the show “Nashville”.

43 Understand, in slang : GROK

To grok is to understand. “To grok” is a slang term that’s really only used in “techie” circles. “Grok” is the creation of science fiction author Robert Heinlein, who coined it in his 1961 novel “Stranger in a Strange Land”.

44 Kremlin refusal : NYET

I was lucky enough to visit the Moscow Kremlin as a tourist a few decades ago. The Kremlin sits right on Red Square, along with Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the famed GUM department store. “Kremlin” is a Russian word for “fortress”.

47 Original “Star Trek” studio : DESILU

As one might imagine, “Desilu” is a contraction of the names of the production company’s owners, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. The name “Desilu” was first given to the couple’s ranch in Chatsworth, California. Desilu produced some great shows, including the original “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible”.

When Gene Roddenberry first proposed the science fiction series that became “Star Trek”, he marketed it as “Wagon Train to the Stars”, a pioneer-style Western in outer space. In fact, his idea was to produce something more like “Gulliver’s Travels”, as he intended to write episodes that were adventure stories on one level, but morality tales on another. Personally, I think that he best achieved this model with the spin-off series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (TNG). If you watch individual episodes you will see thinly disguised treatments of moral issues such as racism, homosexuality, genocide etc. For my money, “The Next Generation” is the best of the whole franchise …

49 Princess from Alderaan : LEIA

The full name of the character played by Carrie Fisher in the “Star Wars” series of films is Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, and later Leia Organa Solo. Leia is the twin sister of Luke Skywalker, and the daughter of Anakin Skywalker (aka “Darth Vader”) and Padmé Amidala. Leia is raised by her adoptive parents Bail and Breha Organa. She eventually marries Han Solo.

51 Links standard : PAR

The oldest type of golf course is a links course. The name “links” comes from the Old English word “hlinc” meaning “rising ground”. “Hlinc” was used to describe areas with coastal sand dunes or open parkland. As a result, we use the term “links course” to mean a golf course that is located at or on the coast, often amid sand dunes. The British Open is always played on a links course.

52 Manilow song site : COPA

The Copacabana of the 1978 Barry Manilow song is the Copacabana nightclub in New York City (which is also the subject of the Frank Sinatra song “Meet Me at the Copa”). The Copa opened in 1940 and is still going today, although it is struggling. The club had to move due to impending construction and is now “sharing” a location with the Columbus 72 nightclub.

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star
Tony always tended bar
Across the crowded floor, they worked from 8 ’til 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

Barry Manilow’s real name is Barry Alan Pincus. Barry took his mother’s family name, Manilow, as the time of his Bar Mitzvah. When he was young, Manilow attended the Juilliard performing arts school, and then practiced his craft on the New York City music circuit. He worked in the sixties and seventies writing jingles for advertisements. “Like a good neighbor, Statefarm is there …”, that’s the work of Mr. Manilow!

54 Giants’ div. : NL WEST

Today’s San Francisco Giants baseball team was founded in 1883 as the New York Gothams. The team’s name was changed to the Giants in 1885, and the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.

62 Sporty car features : T-TOPS

A T-top is a car roof that has removable panels on either side of a rigid bar that runs down the center of the vehicle above the driver.

68 Lower-APR deal : REFI

Annual percentage rate (APR)

69 Restaurant list not for everyone : SECRET MENU

Apparently, some fast-food restaurants maintain a “secret menu” of unadvertised selections that customers hear about on the grapevine.

71 Shiraz’s land : IRAN

The Iranian city of Shiraz has long been associated with wine, but there is no proven link between the city and the wine/grape we know today as “Shiraz” (also called “Syrah”). Having said that, some clay jars were found just outside of the city of Shiraz that contained wine; wine that was 7,000 years old!

72 Giants and Titans : TEAMS

The Tennessee Titans are a football team based in Nashville. The team relocated to Nashville from Houston in 1997. They were called the Tennessee Oilers for two seasons, before adopting the “Titans” moniker.

The New York Giants (NYG) football team play their home games in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, a stadium shared with the New York Jets (NYJ). The Giants are the only team remaining from a group of five that joined the league in 1925. For many years, the Giants shared team names with the New York Giants MLB team, before the baseball franchise moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season.

74 Nectarine centers : PITS

A nectarine is a cultivar of peach. It is noted for its smooth skin, as opposed to the fuzzy skin of the traditional peach.

Down

1 “Squarely unconventional” Nissan : CUBE

The Nissan Cube was first sold in Japan in 1998, and only made it to Europe and North America in 2009. I’ve never driven a Cube, but I must say that I do like the quirky look of the later models …

4 Seattle-based insurance giant : SAFECO

Safeco Insurance is a Seattle-based insurance company that held the naming rights to Safeco Field, the Seattle Mariners’ baseball stadium, from 1999 through 2018.

5 Mont. neighbor : IDA

Idaho borders six states, and one Canadian province:

  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • British Columbia, Canada

6 Colorful fish : TETRA

The neon tetra is a freshwater fish that is native to parts of South America. The tetra is a very popular aquarium fish and millions are imported into the US every year. Almost all of the imported tetras are farm-raised in Asia and very few come from their native continent.

7 Range rover : STEER

A steer is a male bovine that was castrated when young and is then raised for beef. The term “steer” comes from the Old English “steor” meaning “bullock”.

9 Daybreak deity : EOS

In Greek mythology, Eos was 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 was Aurora. Rather delightfully, Homer referred to Eos as “rosy-fingered dawn” in both “Iliad” and “Odyssey”.

11 Take by force : USURP

To usurp is to seize and hold by force. The term “usurp” comes to us from Latin via French, from “usus” (a use) and “rapere” (to seize).

12 Shabby : MANGY

Mange is a skin disorder in animals caused by parasitic mites that embed themselves in the skin, perhaps living in hair follicles. The same disorder in humans is called scabies.

18 “The Art of Loving” author Fromm : ERICH

Erich Fromm was a German psychologist. Fromm studied extensively the work of Sigmund Freud, and became very critical of his theories. He was also noted for his political views, and had a socialist leaning. He spent some time in the US and was active in the Socialist Party of America in the fifties, when McCarthyism was running rampant.

“The Art of Loving” is a 1956 book by the German-American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm. In the work, Fromm rejects the concept of romantic love, love that is magical and mysterious. He argues that love is a skill that can be taught and developed, and that true love involves care, responsibility, respect and knowledge.

22 Honey bunch : BEES

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.

33 __-rock : ALT

“Alt-” is a prefix used to denote “alternative”, and is used to define a number of music genres e.g. alt-rock, alt-country.

34 Highlander : GAEL

A Gael is anyone of a race that speaks or spoke one of the Erse tongues. There are actually three Erse languages. Irish, Manx (spoken on the Isle of Man) and Scots Gaelic. In their own tongues, these would be “Gaeilge” (in Ireland), “Gaelg” (on the Isle of Man) and “Gaidhlig” (in Scotland).

36 Overused theme : TROPE

A trope is a figure of speech. The term “trope” comes from the Greek word “tropos” that has the same meaning.

37 Bits : IOTAS

Iota is the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet, and one that gave rise to our letters I and J. We use the word “iota” to portray something very small, as it is the smallest of all Greek letters.

38 Slacks alternative : SKIRT

The term “slacks” was introduced in the early 1800s with the meaning “loose trousers”. Those early slacks were part of a military uniform.

50 Crème de la crème : A-LIST

The “crème de la crème” are the elite, the best of the best. The term is French and translates as “cream of the cream”.

55 German city where the Bauhaus movement began : WEIMAR

Weimar is a city in Germany, one that is perhaps best known as the location of the signing of the country’s first democratic constitution. The German state that resulted is known unofficially as the Weimar Republic.

The literal translation to the term “Bauhaus” is “House of Building”. It was a school (i.e. education establishment) that operated from 1919 to 1933 in Weimar, Germany. It became famous for its approach to design across many disciplines, everything from art to typography.

56 Vegas __ : STRIP

The stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard on which most of the big casinos are concentrated is referred to as the “Las Vegas Strip”. The Strip was named for LA’s Sunset Strip by former Los Angeles law enforcement officer Guy McAfee. McAfee was a notoriously corrupt head of the LAPD vice squad in 1920s and 1930s who ran several brothels and gambling saloons. McAfee moved to Las Vegas in 1939 where he opened several casinos, including the Golden Nugget.

57 Where embryos grow : UTERI

“Uterus” (plural “uteri”) is the Latin word for “womb”.

60 Black-and-white whales : ORCAS

The taxonomic name for the killer whale is “Orcinus orca”. The use of the name “orca”, rather than “killer whale”, is becoming more and more common. The Latin word “Orcinus” means “belonging to Orcus”, with Orcus being the name for the Kingdom of the Dead.

61 Grammy winner Eydie : GORME

Eydie Gormé is best known for her work with her husband Steve Lawrence. The duo started performing traditional popular music together in the late fifties. One of the couple’s children is David Nessim Lawrence, a composer who wrote the score for the 2006 movie “High School Musical”.

65 Letter that rhymes with three others : ZETA

The four rhyming Greek letters are: beta, zeta, eta and theta.

66 Nephew of Cain : ENOS

Enos was the son of Seth, and therefore the grandson of Adam and Eve, and nephew of Cain and Abel. According to the ancient Jewish work called the Book of Jubilees, Enos married his own sister Noam.

67 Keister : RUMP

Back in the early 1900s a keister was a safe or a strongbox. It has been suggested that “keister” was then used as slang by pickpockets for the rear trouser pocket in which one might keep a wallet. From this usage, “keister” appeared as a slang term for the buttocks in the early 1930s.

69 Transit map abbr. : STA

A station (“stn.” or “sta.”) is a railroad (RR) or bus stop.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Barbecue remnants : COBS
5 Personal identification? : IT’S ME
10 Rolaids rival : TUMS
14 Iris layer : UVEA
15 Part of a “Star Wars” name : DETOO
16 “__ it first!” : I SAW
17 Tower of London guards : BEEFEATERS
19 Local bond, briefly : MUNI
20 PC key : ENTER
21 Classic car : REO
22 Frozen floaters : BERGS
23 Celebratory smokes : CIGARS
25 2019 awards for Giannis Antetokounmpo : ESPYS
26 Elaborate style : ROCOCO
29 Checks out : EYES
31 Artist Yoko : ONO
32 “Nashville” actress Judith : HOAG
35 Currently : AS IT IS
39 Vases with feet : URNS
41 With 45-Across, meat cut that suggests six aptly placed puzzle answers : FLANK …
43 Understand, in slang : GROK
44 Kremlin refusal : NYET
45 See 41-Across : … STEAK
46 “Me? Never!” : NOT I
47 Original “Star Trek” studio : DESILU
49 Princess from Alderaan : LEIA
51 Links standard : PAR
52 Manilow song site : COPA
54 Giants’ div. : NL WEST
56 Mopes : SULKS
59 __ bag : DOGGIE
62 Sporty car features : T-TOPS
63 To’s partner : FRO
64 Fitting tool : SIZER
68 Lower-APR deal : REFI
69 Restaurant list not for everyone : SECRET MENU
71 Shiraz’s land : IRAN
72 Giants and Titans : TEAMS
73 Physics matter : ATOM
74 Nectarine centers : PITS
75 Donkeys : ASSES
76 Filing tool : RASP

Down

1 “Squarely unconventional” Nissan : CUBE
2 Baker : OVEN
3 Vegetable that may stain a cutting board : BEET
4 Seattle-based insurance giant : SAFECO
5 Mont. neighbor : IDA
6 Colorful fish : TETRA
7 Range rover : STEER
8 Gloomy : MOROSE
9 Daybreak deity : EOS
10 One involved in multiple problems? : TIMES SIGN
11 Take by force : USURP
12 Shabby : MANGY
13 __ chocolate : SWISS
18 “The Art of Loving” author Fromm : ERICH
22 Honey bunch : BEES
24 Blunders : GOOFS UP
26 Tavern order : ROUND
27 Deli specification : ON RYE
28 Traffic markers : CONES
30 Talking on and on : YAKKING
33 __-rock : ALT
34 Highlander : GAEL
36 Overused theme : TROPE
37 Bits : IOTAS
38 Slacks alternative : SKIRT
40 Map markers : STICK PINS
42 Scottish rejection : NAE
48 Result of a poor investment : LOSS
50 Crème de la crème : A-LIST
53 Commercial charges : AD FEES
55 German city where the Bauhaus movement began : WEIMAR
56 Vegas __ : STRIP
57 Where embryos grow : UTERI
58 Like much diet food : LO-FAT
60 Black-and-white whales : ORCAS
61 Grammy winner Eydie : GORME
65 Letter that rhymes with three others : ZETA
66 Nephew of Cain : ENOS
67 Keister : RUMP
69 Transit map abbr. : STA
70 Snaky shape : ESS

10 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 16 Jan 20, Thursday”

  1. 7:11 was my time. I got the theme revealer, FLANK STEAK, pretty quickly, but because I was distracted by BEEFEATERS and SECRET MENU, I didn’t actually get the actual theme answers until I was done with the puzzle.

    Other than that, this was fairly straightforward. Didn’t appreciate the ERICH-HOAG crossing, but managed to get it right. Odd that there were two Star Wars references… for a little bit I wondered what that might have to do with the theme.

  2. No errors or Googles.
    Had “scot” before GAEL, EmmYS before ESPYS, minuSSIGN before TIMESSIGN. Didn’t really now Giannis, HOAG, NLWEST,or SIZER.

    Finally snowed here in Upstate NY. It’ll make the nights brighter and protect the burrowing animals.

  3. Pretty quick 16 minute Thursday for me, albeit with one error: ERiCa/aOAG. In retrospect I’m vaguely familiar with E. Fromm, but Hoag was a complete Natick. I actually know an Irish guy named Aoaige, or something like that, so Aoag didn’t scare me off.

    Did have to change ashS to COBS, eLIte to ALIST and tImER to SIZER. I always thought that Bauhaus originated in Dessau, but Wiki says Weimar, Dessau and Berlin…live and learn.

    And, we get Desilu again. Pretty cool story in Wiki. Lucille Ball was way more impressive than I ever thought.

  4. Greetings y’all!!🦆

    No errors but many tricky moments on this one. ZETA coulda been BETA for all I know, cuz I wasn’t sure of SIZER– but of course the clue gave it away. Didn’t know HOAG and like Sfingi I also had SCOT before GAEL. Mini British Isles theme here. 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇮🇪 Well, how do you like that– here I go to the trouble of finding all these flags, and the Welsh and Scottish flags aren’t even visible….MAD AT MY TABLET!!!😮

    Where’s A Nonny Muss lately?

    Be well ~~🍹

  5. Re: 52A, Manilow song site : COPA – One of Barry Manilow’s early gigs was accompanying Bette Midler’s performances at a gay bathhouse in NYC…

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