LA Times Crossword 25 Oct 21, Monday

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Constructed by: Catherine Cetta
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answer: Change of Scene

Themed answers each include the letter sequence S-C-E-N-E, but with the order CHANGED:

  • 52A Mental refresher … and a hint to the circled letters : CHANGE OF SCENE and CHANGE OF “SCENE
  • 20A Flexible desk accessory : GOOSENECK LAMP
  • 32A Filmmaker’s monochrome background : GREEN SCREEN
  • 41A Indecisive sort : FENCE-SITTER

Read on, or jump to …
… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 4m 53s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

13 Cartoon maker of a cactus costume : ACME

The Acme Corporation is a fictional company used mainly by Looney Tunes, and within the Looney Tunes empire it appears mostly in “Road Runner” cartoons. Wile E. Coyote is always receiving a new piece of gear from Acme designed to finally capture the Road Runner, but the equipment always leads to his downfall.

16 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.

18 Roma is its capital : ITALIA

In Italian, “Roma” (Rome) is the “capitale” (capital) of “Italia” (Italy).

23 Yalie : ELI

Elihu Yale was a wealthy merchant born in Boston in 1649. Yale worked for the British East India Company, and for many years served as governor of a settlement at Madras (now Chennai) in India. After India, Yale took over his father’s estate near Wrexham in Wales. It was while resident in Wrexham that Yale responded to a request for financial support for the Collegiate School of Connecticut in 1701. He sent the school a donation, which was used to erect a new building in New Haven that was named “Yale” in his honor. In 1718, the whole school was renamed to “Yale College”. To this day, students of Yale are nicknamed “Elis”, again honoring Elihu.

25 VCR format : VHS

The VHS video standard is more fully referred to as the Video Home System. VHS was one of many standards touted by various manufacturers in the seventies. The biggest rival to VHS was Betamax, but we all knew which of the two standards won the final round in that fight.

26 Support for a painting : EASEL

The word “easel” comes from an old Dutch word meaning “donkey”, would you believe? The idea is that an easel carries its load (an oil painting, say) just as a donkey would be made to carry a load.

27 “Divine Comedy” author : DANTE

Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” is an epic poem dating back to the 14th century. The first part of that epic is “Inferno”, which is the Italian word for “Hell”. In the poem, Dante is led on a journey by the poet Virgil, starting at the gates of Hell on which are written the famous words “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”.

32 Filmmaker’s monochrome background : GREEN SCREEN

Chroma keying is a post-production technique used to layer two video streams together based on color. Usually, a green background (“green screen”) is dropped from one stream, and replaced with another. Because the technique removes a specific green color from the whole frame, that color green cannot be included in the foreground that is to be retained.

35 Medieval Icelandic collection : EDDA

“Poetic Edda” and “Prose Edda” are two ancient works that are the source for much of Norse mythology. Both Eddas were written in 13th-century Iceland.

37 Govt. workplace monitor : OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created in 1970 during the Nixon administration. It is a direct successor to the Bureau of Labor Standards that dealt with some work safety issues since its founding in 1934. OSHA regulates workplaces in the private sector and regulates just one government agency, namely the US Postal Service.

43 Sport with meshed sticks : LACROSSE

Even though lacrosse was dropped from the Olympics after the 1908 games, the sport is currently enjoying a resurgence of popularity outside of North America. It is the oldest organized sport on the continent, and was declared as “Canada’s National Summer Sport” in 1994.

49 Communication syst. with hand signals : ASL

It’s really quite unfortunate that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are very different, and someone who has learned to sign in one cannot understand someone signing in the other.

51 Govt. code-breaking org. : NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) runs an annual Codebreaker Challenge that is aimed mainly at the student population. As best I can tell, the focus of the challenge is reverse software engineering. Checking out the Codebreaker Challenge website suggests that the NSA runs this program in order to identify and attract potential new employees.

57 Barbie’s beau : KEN

Barbie’s male counterpart doll is Ken, and Ken’s family name is Carson. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. When Ken was introduced in 1959, it was as Barbie’s boyfriend. In 2004 it was announced that Ken and Barbie were splitting up, and needed to spend quality time apart. Soon after the split, Barbie “met” Blaine, a boogie boarder from Australia. Happily, Barbie and Ken reconciled and reunited on Valentine’s Day 2011.

58 List of mistakes : ERRATA

“Errata” is the past participle of the Latin word “errare” meaning “to err”. We use “errata” (singular “erratum”) to describe a list of errors that have been noted in some publication.

59 Like granola : OATY

The names “Granola” and “Granula” were trademarked back in the late 1800s for whole-grain foods that were crumbled and baked until crisp. Granola was created in Dansville, New York in 1894.

62 SASE, e.g. : ENC

Enclosure (enc.)

An SAE is a “stamped, addressed envelope”. An SASE is a “self-addressed, stamped envelope”.

65 X or manta follower : -RAY

X-rays were first studied comprehensively by the German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen (also “Roentgen”), and it was he who gave the name “X-rays” to this particular type of radiation. Paradoxically, in Röntgen’s native language of German, X-rays are routinely referred to as “Röntgen rays”. In 1901, Röntgen’s work on X-rays won him the first Nobel Prize in Physics that was ever awarded.

The manta ray is the largest species of ray, with the largest one recorded at over 25 feet across and weighing 5,100 pounds. It is sometimes referred to as the sea devil.

66 Salon filing aid : EMERY

Emery is a very hard type of rock that is crushed for use as an abrasive. Emery paper is made by gluing small particles of emery to paper. Emery boards are just emery paper with a cardboard backing. And emery boards are primarily used for filing nails.

Down

5 __ whiskey : IRISH

We use the spelling “whiskey” for American and Irish versions of the drink, and “whisky” for scotch, the Scottish version.

6 Heads of France : TETES

In French, Marie Antoinette lost her “tête” (head) in “la Révolution française” (the French Revolution).

8 Spy for the other guy : MOLE

A mole is a spy who works from within the ranks of an enemy’s government of intelligence service. The use of “mole” took off after the publication of John Le Carré’s 1974 novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”. The author was himself a former intelligence officer and asserts that “mole” was a term used by the KGB, whereas Western agencies used the term “sleeper agent”.

9 Guitarist Clapton : ERIC

Can you believe that the great Eric Clapton only had one chart-topper in the US? In 1974, Clapton released a cover version of the Bob Marley classic “I Shot the Sheriff” and ended up selling more copies of that song than Bob Marley did himself. Clapton is the only person to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times: once as a member of the Yardbirds, once as a member of the supergroup Cream, and once as a solo artist.

11 Tooth covering : ENAMEL

The outer layer of our teeth is made from enamel. It covers the dentin layer, which supports the enamel.

22 Zero deg. at the equator, say : LAT

Lines of latitude are imaginary horizontal lines surrounding the planet. The most “important” lines of latitude are, from north to south:

  • Arctic Circle
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Equator
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Antarctic Circle

24 Pie crust ingredient : LARD

Fat, when extracted from the carcass of an animal, is called suet. Untreated suet decomposes at room temperature quite easily so it has to be rendered, purified to make it stable. Rendered fat from pigs is what we call lard. Rendered beef or mutton fat is known as tallow.

28 Earl Grey, for one : TEA

The Earl Grey blend of tea is supposedly named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1830 to 1834. Earl Grey tea has a distinctive flavor that is largely due to the addition of oil from the rind of the bergamot orange.

30 “You are __”: mall map info : HERE

Surprisingly (to me!), our word “mall”, meaning “shady walk” or “enclosed shopping space”, comes from the Italian for “mallet”. All of our shopping-style malls are named for “The Mall” in St. James’s Park in London. This tree-lined promenade was so called as it used to be a famous spot to play the croquet-like game called “pall-mall”. The game derived its name from the Italian for ball (palla) and mallet “maglio”. The London thoroughfare called the Mall still exists, at one end of which is Buckingham Palace. Indeed, parallel to the Mall is a street called Pall Mall.

31 Bordeaux and Chianti : REDS

Bordeaux is perhaps the wine-production capital of the world. Wine has been produced in the area since the eighth century. Bordeaux has an administrative history too. During WWII, the French government relocated from Paris to the port city of Bordeaux when it became clear that Paris was soon to fall to the Germans. After the Germans took France, the capital was famously moved to Vichy.

Chianti is a red wine from the Chianti region of central Tuscany in Italy. Historically, Chianti was stored in a characteristically bulbous bottle wrapped in a straw basket. However, the pragmatists have won the day and regular wine bottles tend to be used nowadays.

33 Hall & Oates’ “__ Gone” : SHE’S

“She’s Gone” is a song written and released by Daryl Hall and John Oates in 1973, and later recorded by the band Tavares.

37 Like meds needing no Rx : OTC

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs don’t need a prescription (Rx).

38 Era for Fred, Wilma and Pebbles : STONE AGE

Ancient societies can be classified by the “three-age system”, which depends on the prevalence of materials used to make tools. The three ages are:

  • The Stone Age
  • The Bronze Age
  • The Iron Age

The actual dates defined by each age depend on the society, as the timing of the transition from the use of one material to another varied around the globe.

In the classic cartoon show “The Flintstones”, Pebbles is the red-haired daughter of Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Pebbles’ best friend Bamm-Bamm lives next door, the adopted son of Barney and Betty Rubble. As the franchise developed, so did the two youngsters, and they eventually married.

40 Bailiwick : AREA

“Bailiwick” is a word dating back to the mid-1600s. The term originally meant “district of a bailiff”.

42 Emerald __: Ireland : ISLE

Ireland is often referred to as “the Emerald Isle” (and described as “green”) because of all that green grass that grows due to the seemingly non-stop rain.

44 Goddess of wisdom : ATHENA

The Greek goddess Athena (sometimes “Athene”) is often associated with wisdom, among other attributes. In many representations. Athena is depicted with an owl sitting on her head. It is this linkage of the owl with the goddess of wisdom that led to today’s perception of the owl as being “wise”. Athena’s Roman counterpart was Minerva.

45 Dicey : CHANCY

Something described as “dicey” is unpredictable or risky, as in rolling the “dice”. The term “dicey” originated in the 1940s as aviator jargon.

46 “The Last Jedi” villain Kylo : REN

Kylo Ren is the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” universe. The character’s birth name was Ben Solo. He was trained as a Jedi knight by his uncle, Luke Skywalker. However, Ben came to embrace the Dark Side, and changed his name to Kylo Ren. Ren is played by actor Adam Driver.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a 2017 movie from the “Star Wars” film franchise, and the second installment of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. The title character is Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill. Ah, but is Luke in fact the “last Jedi”?

49 Daisylike flower : ASTER

Apparently, most aster species and cultivars bloom relatively late in the year, usually in the fall. The name “aster” comes into English via Latin from the Greek word “astéri” meaning “star”, a reference to the arrangement of the petals of the flower.

50 Like many Stephen King stories : SCARY

Stephen King is a remarkably successful author. He has sold well over 350 million copies of his books, with many of them made into hit movies. I’ve tried reading two or three of the novels, and didn’t get too far. I really don’t do horror …

53 Cleveland’s lake : ERIE

Cleveland, Ohio was named after the man who led the team that surveyed the area prior to the founding of the city. General Moses Cleaveland did his work in 1796 and then left Ohio, never to return again.

54 Utah city on I-15 : OREM

Orem, Utah was originally known as “Sharon” (a Biblical name), then “Provo Bench”, and in 1914 it was given the family name of a local railroad operator called “Orem”. Orem gave itself the nickname “Family City USA” and sure enough in 2010, “Forbes” rated Orem the 5th best place in the country to raise a family.

Interstate 15 runs north-south from the US-Canada border at Sweet Grass, Montana to San Diego, California.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Duo : PAIR
5 “Who’s there?” reply : IT’S ME
10 Acquire : GET
13 Cartoon maker of a cactus costume : ACME
14 Student’s assignment : REPORT
16 Artist Yoko : ONO
17 Starring role : LEAD
18 Roma is its capital : ITALIA
19 Once around the track : LAP
20 Flexible desk accessory : GOOSENECK LAMP
23 Yalie : ELI
25 VCR format : VHS
26 Support for a painting : EASEL
27 “Divine Comedy” author : DANTE
29 Acceleration control : THROTTLE
32 Filmmaker’s monochrome background : GREEN SCREEN
35 Medieval Icelandic collection : EDDA
36 Save like mad : HOARD
37 Govt. workplace monitor : OSHA
41 Indecisive sort : FENCE-SITTER
43 Sport with meshed sticks : LACROSSE
47 Teatime treat : SCONE
48 Last choice, perhaps : OTHER
49 Communication syst. with hand signals : ASL
51 Govt. code-breaking org. : NSA
52 Mental refresher … and a hint to the circled letters : CHANGE OF SCENE
57 Barbie’s beau : KEN
58 List of mistakes : ERRATA
59 Like granola : OATY
62 SASE, e.g. : ENC
63 One who loses on purpose? : DIETER
64 Fairy tale bully : OGRE
65 X or manta follower : -RAY
66 Salon filing aid : EMERY
67 They open locks and start cars : KEYS

Down

1 Bud : PAL
2 King beater : ACE
3 Pictured in one’s mind : IMAGINED
4 Second chance : REDO
5 __ whiskey : IRISH
6 Heads of France : TETES
7 Bridge : SPAN
8 Spy for the other guy : MOLE
9 Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
10 Bring up the rear : GO LAST
11 Tooth covering : ENAMEL
12 Knock over : TOPPLE
15 Hire : TAKE ON
21Something to bake in : OVEN
22 Zero deg. at the equator, say : LAT
23 Barely beat : EDGE
24 Pie crust ingredient : LARD
28 Earl Grey, for one : TEA
29 Barely discernible amount : TRACE
30 “You are __”: mall map info : HERE
31 Bordeaux and Chianti : REDS
33 Hall & Oates’ “__ Gone” : SHE’S
34 Opposite of pros : CONS
37 Like meds needing no Rx : OTC
38 Era for Fred, Wilma and Pebbles : STONE AGE
39 Egg layers : HENS
40 Bailiwick : AREA
41 Copied with intent to deceive, as a signature : FORGED
42 Emerald __: Ireland : ISLE
43 Student’s hallway hangout : LOCKER
44 Goddess of wisdom : ATHENA
45 Dicey : CHANCY
46 “The Last Jedi” villain Kylo : REN
49 Daisylike flower : ASTER
50 Like many Stephen King stories : SCARY
53 Cleveland’s lake : ERIE
54 Utah city on I-15 : OREM
55 Inevitable outcome : FATE
56 Cozy corner : NOOK
60 Attempt : TRY
61 “Absolutely!” : YES!

17 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 25 Oct 21, Monday”

  1. 14:40 no errors. I will continue to be impressed as to how setters manage to jumble a word (scene) throughout a puzzle and still make everything fit.
    One day I am going to try to find the answer🙄
    Stay safe😀

  2. No Googles, no errors. Did not know SASE. Looks like everything is going to initials. Remember, it’s quicker to say World War II than WWII, even if you say “dubya” instead of double u.

  3. 6:45 with no errors or lookups; an easy one.

    We never use lard in cooking these days, not even solid vegetable shortening like Crisco. At least, it’s not something that we keep on hand anymore.

  4. Is there a specific reason that green is the color of the background screens? Is there another color that is often used?

    When I was a smoker, many years ago, my favorite brand was Pall Mall. I often wondered where that name came from. Could it be from that street in London? If so, does anyone know why?

    1. @Fitz …

      FWIW, I found a Wikipedia entry with this paragraph:

      “The Pall Mall brand was introduced in 1899 by the Black Butler Company (UK) in an attempt to cater to the upper class with the first “premium” cigarette. It is named after Pall Mall, a well-known street in London.”

  5. I want to thank everyone who clarified the responsibilities of an “Inker” in yesterday’s puzzle. With all the levels necessary to finalize the comic strip for printing, it’s almost it like the cartoonist has assumed a secondary position in the production of the comic strip.

  6. 11:36 – No lookups/errors.

    There wasn’t anything I didn’t know, just couldn’t get it going, especially since everyone else breezed thru it.

    Be Well.

  7. Easy Monday for me; took 5:27 with no errors or peeks. I did have the screen open for a few minutes before I started, so that probably saved me a little time. Never noticed the theme.

  8. How vexing!!! I went to post my comment and accidentally touched an ad, which sent me to a different site and my comment disappeared!!!!!🙄

    Easy Monday; no errors. Got the theme quickly but didn’t need it.

    Re Pall Mall– Remember candy cigarettes? They had names that sorta sounded like actual brands, and there was one called Pell Mell — LOL!! ☺

    Be well~~⚾️

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