LA Times Crossword 8 Jul 21, Thursday

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Constructed by: Mark McClain
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answer: Foresees

Themed answers each include FOUR letter Cs:

  • 37D Anticipates … or, phonetically, what’s found in puzzle answers of more than 10 letters : FORESEES … or, FOUR Cs
  • 17A Leaping grab of a would-be homer, say : CIRCUS CATCH
  • 29A Christian house of worship in Egypt : COPTIC CHURCH
  • 46A Northern glacial formation : ARCTIC ICE CAP
  • 62A Souvenir of a Black Forest vacation : CUCKOO CLOCK

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Bill’s time: 6m 20s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 California’s __ Verdes Peninsula : PALOS

The Palos Verdes Peninsula is part of the vast metropolis of Los Angeles. The peninsula’s shoreline is home to what’s left of a freighter called the Dominator, which ran aground there in 1961.

6 Historic shrine : ALAMO

The famous Alamo in San Antonio, Texas was originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero. The mission was founded in 1718 and was the first mission established in the city. The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836, a thirteen-day siege by the Mexican Army led by President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Only two people defending the Alamo Mission survived the onslaught. One month later, the Texian army got its revenge by attacking and defeating the Mexican Army in the Battle of San Jacinto. During the surprise attack on Santa Anna’s camp, many of the Texian soldiers were heard to cry “Remember the Alamo!”.

15 Antique photo color : SEPIA

Sepia is that rich, brown-grey color so common in old photographs. “Sepia” is the Latinized version of the Greek word for cuttlefish, as sepia pigment is derived from the ink sac of the cuttlefish. Sepia ink was commonly used for writing and drawing as far back as ancient Rome and ancient Greece. The “sepia tone” of old photographs is not the result of deterioration over time. Rather, it is the result of a deliberate preservation process which converts the metallic silver in the photographic image to a more stable silver sulfide. Prints that have been sepia-toned can last in excess of 150 years.

16 Youngest March sister : AMY

“Little Women” is a novel written by American author Louisa May Alcott. The quartet of “little women” comprises Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March. Jo is a tomboy, the main character in the story, and is based on Alcott herself.

17 Leaping grab of a would-be homer, say : CIRCUS CATCH

In baseball, the term “circus catch” is used to describe a catch that is particularly contorted and acrobatic.

19 Sleep study letters : REM

“REM” is an acronym standing for “rapid eye movement”. REM sleep takes up 20-25% of the sleeping hours and is the period associated with one’s most vivid dreams.

20 Based on sound reasoning : TENABLE

Something tenable can be maintained or defended. The term “tenable” comes from the Latin verb “tenere” meaning “to hold, keep”.

29 Christian house of worship in Egypt : COPTIC CHURCH

The Copts make up the largest minority religious group in Egypt. Copts are Christians, with most adhered to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, and others practicing Coptic Catholicism or Coptic Protestantism. The term “Copt” ultimately derives from a Greek word for Egyptian.

35 __ de Cologne : EAU

Back in 1709, an Italian perfume-maker moved to Cologne in Germany. There he invented a new fragrance that he named Eau de Cologne after his newly adopted town. The fragrance is still produced in Cologne, using a secret formulation. However, the terms “Eau de Cologne” and “cologne”, are now used generically.

43 Hitchcock’s “__ Window” : REAR

“Rear Window” is a fabulous 1954 Hitchcock movie that is based on a short story called “It Had to Be Murder” by Cornell Woolrich. Stars in the film are James Stewart, Grace Kelly, with Raymond Burr playing the “bad guy”. Great, great movie …

46 Northern glacial formation : ARCTIC ICE CAP

The polar ice cap at the north of our planet is floating pack ice in the Arctic Ocean. The southern polar ice cap is an ice sheet that covers the landmass known as Antarctica. About 70% of all the freshwater on Earth is held in the southern polar ice cap.

51 “The Burning Giraffe” artist : DALI

Salvador Dali’s 1937 painting called “The Burning Giraffe” features two blue female figures in the foreground, figures that Dali described as “tailbone women”. The “burning giraffe” is actually a figure in the background.

58 Standard salary : BASE PAY

It has been suggested that our term “salary” comes from the Latin “sal” meaning “salt”. The idea is that a Roman soldier’s “salarium” might have been an allowance to purchase salt.

61 Contest involving letter placement : BEE

Back in 18th-century America, when neighbors would gather to work for the benefit of one of their group, such a meeting was called a bee. The name “bee” was an allusion to the social nature of the insect. In modern parlance, a further element of entertainment and pleasure has been introduced, for example in a quilting bee, or even a spelling bee.

62 Souvenir of a Black Forest vacation : CUCKOO CLOCK

Cuckoo clocks are usually regulated with a pendulum and signal the hour with the appearance of a cuckoo and the sound of a cuckoo’s call. Cuckoo clocks have been around since the 1600s, but they really took off in the 1850s when production ramped up in the Black Forest region of Germany for the export market.

The Black Forest (“Schwarzwald” in German) is a mountainous region in southwestern Germany that is so called because of its rich covering of trees. The Black Forest is the source of the Danube, the second-longest river in Europe.

67 SiriusXM channel 5 tune, say : OLDIE

XM Satellite Radio used to be in competition with Sirius Satellite Radio but the FCC allowed the two companies to merge in 2008 forming SiriusXM Radio.

68 Contractor’s no. : EST

Estimate (est.)

69 Grace word : BLESS

A grace is a short prayer recited before or after a meal.

Down

2 Parting word in Paris : ADIEU

“Adieu” is French for “goodbye, farewell”, from “à Dieu” meaning “to God”. The plural of “adieu” is “adieux”.

3 Michaels of “SNL” : LORNE

Lorne Michaels is a television producer who is best known as the creator of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). We can get some insight into Michaels’ character and demeanor by watching the show “30 Rock”. The character Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, is inspired by Michaels.

4 Marine predator : ORCA

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.

5 Cold shoulder : SNUB

To give someone the cold shoulder is to ignore the person deliberately. A little research into the etymology of “cold shoulder” reveals that there’s some dispute over the origin of the phrase. To me, the most credible suggestion is that the term was coined by Sir Walter Scott in his writings, and he simply used the imagery of someone “turning away, coldly”, to suggest the act of ignoring someone. Less credible is the suggestion that unwelcome visitors to a home in days gone by might be offered a “cold shoulder” of mutton, rather than a hot meal.

10 Locale of the surfing mecca Sunset Beach : OAHU

Sunset Beach is a popular surfing locale on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Surfing is seasonal though, with the waves generally forming only in the winter months.

12 __ Cup : AMERICA’S

The America’s Cup is a trophy that has been awarded for yacht racing since 1851. It was first presented to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight in England that was won by a schooner called “America”. The trophy was eventually renamed to “The America’s Cup” in honor of that first race winner.

13 Y amenity : GYM

The YMCA (the Y) is a worldwide movement that has its roots in London, England. There, in 1844, the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded with the intent of promoting Christian principles through the development of “a healthy spirit, mind and body”. The founder, George Williams, saw the need to create YMCA facilities for young men who were flocking to the cities as the Industrial Revolution flourished. He saw that these men were frequenting taverns and brothels, and wanted to offer a more wholesome alternative.

22 Six-time NBA All-Star __ Gasol : PAU

Pau Gasol is a Spanish basketball player who started his professional career with FC Barcelona Bàsquet. He started playing in the NBA in 2001, turning out for the Memphis Grizzlies. Pau’s younger brother Marc also signed up with the Memphis Grizzlies, in 2008.

25 Carol contraction : ‘TIS

The music for the Christmas song “Deck the Halls” is a traditional Welsh tune that dates back to the 16th century. The same tune was used by Mozart for a violin and piano duet. The lyrics with which we are familiar (other than the “f-la-la”) are American in origin, and were recorded in the 19th century.

“’Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la!”

29 So__ : CAL

Southern California (SoCal)

30 Cheri of “SNL” : OTERI

Cheri Oteri was the SNL (“Saturday Night Live”) cast member who regularly appeared with Will Ferrell in the skit featuring a pair of Spartan cheerleaders.

31 Uncouth fellow : CAD

Our word “cad”, meaning “person lacking in finer feelings”, is a shortening of the word “cadet”. “Cad” was first used for a servant, and then students at British universities used “cad” as a term for a boy from the local town. “Cad” took on its current meaning in the 1830s.

The word “couth” existed in Middle English with the meaning “well-known, customary”. The term died out, but was resurrected in the late 19th century as a back-formation of the word “uncouth” meaning “rude, lacking in polish”.

32 Many-headed monster : HYDRA

The Hydra of Lerna was a mythical sea snake that had multiple heads. Heracles had to slay the Lernaean Hydra as the second of his Twelve Labors. We now use the term “hydra” figuratively to describe a complex problem that presents new obstacles once one facet is resolved.

33 Chopped pie filling : MINCEMEAT

Today’s mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, alcoholic spirits and spices. The mincemeat of yesteryear always contained minced meat with the fruit, hence the name.

44 Color TV pioneer : RCA

Early television programming was broadcast in monochrome, i.e. black-and-white or grayscale. The introduction of color television built on the technology behind monochrome TV in the sense that color television images are a combination of three monochrome images. The colors of these three monochrome signals are red, green and blue (RGB).

47 __TV: Turner channel : TRU

truTV is a Turner Broadcasting cable network that launched in 1991 as Court TV. The name, and programming, was changed to truTV in 2008.

49 Parma parting : CIAO

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

Parma is a city in northern Italy that is famous for its ham (prosciutto) and cheese (parmesan). The adjective “Parmesan” means “of or from Parma”.

52 Touch and others : IPODS

The iPod Touch is a portable media player, personal digital assistant and gaming console with a Wi-Fi capability. Essentially, I think it’s a stripped-down version of an iPhone.

54 Guitarist John who played with Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake : SYKES

John Sykes is a guitarist and singer best known perhaps for his stints with English band Whitesnake and Irish band Thin Lizzy.

57 Seed covering : HULL

The husk (sometimes “hull”) of a seed is its outer coating or shell. With reference to corn, the husk is the leafy outer covering of a whole ear. In the case of a legume, the husk is the pod.

59 Tony Blair, by birth : SCOT

Tony Blair was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for ten years, from 1997 to 2007. Blair moved his Labour Party from the left towards the center, utilizing the moniker “New Labour”. Under his leadership, Labour won a landslide victory in 1997 and was comfortably elected into power again in 2001 and 2005. Blair stepped down in 2007 and Gordon Brown took over as prime minister. Labour was soundly defeated at the polls in the next general election, in 2010.

60 Fashion magazine since 1945 : 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.

61 Parting, or half of one : BYE

Our salutation “good-bye” started out as a contraction of “God be with ye”, which was a more common phrase in the 14th century. The structure of the contraction was influenced by the existing phrases good day, good evening, etc.

63 NFL’s Browns, on sports crawls : CLE

The Cleveland Browns football team was a charter member of the All-American Football Conference, formed in 1946. Cleveland is the only NFL city that has never hosted nor sent a team to the Super Bowl. And, the Browns are the only NFL team without a logo on their helmets.

64 Decks, briefly : KOS

Knockout (KO)

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 California’s __ Verdes Peninsula : PALOS
6 Historic shrine : ALAMO
11 Cleaning crew item : RAG
14 Beautify : ADORN
15 Antique photo color : SEPIA
16 Youngest March sister : AMY
17 Leaping grab of a would-be homer, say : CIRCUS CATCH
19 Sleep study letters : REM
20 Based on sound reasoning : TENABLE
21 “Fantastic!” : SUPER!
23 Go after, in a way : SUE
24 Division word : INTO
27 Hardly at all : A BIT
29 Christian house of worship in Egypt : COPTIC CHURCH
33 Word with place or door : -MAT
34 Legal suspension : STAY
35 __ de Cologne : EAU
36 Many tax software users : E-FILERS
40 Deal with : ADDRESS
42 Barge unit : TON
43 Hitchcock’s “__ Window” : REAR
45 Cabbage option : RED
46 Northern glacial formation : ARCTIC ICE CAP
50 Villainous look : LEER
51 “The Burning Giraffe” artist : DALI
52 “__ no surprise” : IT’S
55 Press down : SMUSH
58 Standard salary : BASE PAY
61 Contest involving letter placement : BEE
62 Souvenir of a Black Forest vacation : CUCKOO CLOCK
65 Thumbs-up vote : YEA
66 Authorize : ALLOW
67 SiriusXM channel 5 tune, say : OLDIE
68 Contractor’s no. : EST
69 Grace word : BLESS
70 Lab activities : TESTS

Down

1 Treaties : PACTS
2 Parting word in Paris : ADIEU
3 Michaels of “SNL” : LORNE
4 Marine predator : ORCA
5 Cold shoulder : SNUB
6 Climber’s endeavor : ASCENT
7 Meadow : LEA
8 On topic : APT
9 Lapel attachments : MICS
10 Locale of the surfing mecca Sunset Beach : OAHU
11 Hard-to-find group : RARE BREED
12 __ Cup : AMERICA’S
13 Y amenity : GYM
18 Minor error : SLIP
22 Six-time NBA All-Star __ Gasol : PAU
25 Carol contraction : ‘TIS
26 Numeric prefix : OCTA-
28 In this way : THUS
29 So__ : CAL
30 Cheri of “SNL” : OTERI
31 Uncouth fellow : CAD
32 Many-headed monster : HYDRA
33 Chopped pie filling : MINCEMEAT
36 Bibliography abbr. : ET AL
37 Anticipates … or, phonetically, what’s found in puzzle answers of more than 10 letters : FORESEES … or, FOUR Cs
38 __ room : REC
39 Came out with : SAID
41 Agent : REP
44 Color TV pioneer : RCA
47 __TV: Turner channel : TRU
48 Some pipe joints : ELBOWS
49 Parma parting : CIAO
52 Touch and others : IPODS
53 Unspoken : TACIT
54 Guitarist John who played with Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake : SYKES
56 Wound cover : SCAB
57 Seed covering : HULL
59 Tony Blair, by birth : SCOT
60 Fashion magazine since 1945 : ELLE
61 Parting, or half of one : BYE
63 NFL’s Browns, on sports crawls : CLE
64 Decks, briefly : KOS

19 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 8 Jul 21, Thursday”

    1. Hello again, Glenn. We averaged 99% solved for the first three days of the
      week, but fell off the grid today. I got the Jumble words, but had to look up
      the Cartoon Answer and it made perfect sense. I did solve the whole
      Wonderword and found it a bit difficult to find only the five remaining
      letters. Hard to see what needs to be lined out or what is left. Only 5 letters
      were left today – hard to see. But, “Daigle” means “Eye Of The Eagle” and
      you can figure out the rest.

      Stay well and safe.

      Hi to A Nonny Muss.

  1. Messed up on 47D TRU, had TRA because I had SMASH for 55A.. instead of SMUSH.

    …. and my wife loves TRU TV so it’s on that channel alot!!

  2. No errors, no lookups today. I diddled over “smash” and
    “smush” for 55-down, but I thought of what I would say t0
    someone who needed to press something down and I figured
    I’d say “smush it down harder” so I went with it and lucked
    out.

  3. 20 min. no errors…I almost fell into the same trap as @ Anon Mike but got luck going over the answers.
    I just can’t see paying someone to listen to a radio (67A)👎
    Stay safe😀

  4. No errors or Googles, which was amazing for me since i couldn’t make a dent in yesterday’s.
    The theme was great, but I like puns.
    There were a couple unclued abbreviations.
    Good guesses for SYKES, CLE, TRU, CAL and CIRCUS CATCH.

  5. 8:43

    Interesting theme, which helped a bit.

    SMUSH was unexpected. Should the clue have been more childish?

  6. Bill… I think it’s kinda sad that the only recognition you provide for the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula is the remains of a beached freighter on its rugged coastline. Part of my “crusing” as a teenager was to meander through the neighborhoods and admire the properties and their fantastic views of the Pacific. It’s said that their wealth rivals that of Beverly Hills.

  7. For the record, I also got tripped up on 55-Across, using “SMASH” in place of “SMUSH”. “TRA-TV” sounded wrong, but, in my hurry to finish and get to sleep last night, I neglected to do the alphabet run that might have told me just what it was that was wrong. My bad … 😜.

  8. 23:40 – 3 lookups/no errors. For me for a Thursday, I’m happy.

    SW corner had me going for a while, kept wanting to use AYE for 65A instead of YEA and BID for 67A instead of EST.

    Be Well

  9. I really admire the puzzle brains that you guys and gals have.
    My wife and I can’t compete past Tuesday or Wednesday, but
    it is the first thing we want to do in the mornings. I would like
    to be able to post again, Bill.

    Stay safe and sound.

  10. Took a little longer today than it should have – 20:08 with no errors or lookups.

    Got delayed in the SW corner by having AYE and YES before YEA, EIN before EST on 68A, and CRUSH before SMUSH on 55A. I had gotten stuck in 37A with FORE”C”EES for a little bit due to not fully getting the theme clue right off. Also had BRIT before SCOT on 59D Tony Blair by birth. He sure doesn’t sound Scottish!

  11. Mostly easy Thursday for me; took 10:48 with no errors or peeks. I didn’t know AMY, PAU, SYKES or TRU, but managed with crosses. I had mop and meg before RAG and AMY seemed to make way more sense.

    Enjoy the ARCTIC ICE CAP while it lasts…

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