LA Times Crossword 21 Mar 22, Monday

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Constructed by: Janice Luttrell
Edited by: Rich Norris

Today’s Reveal Answer: Washington

Themed answers each comprise two words beginning with the letters DC:

  • 61A U.S. capital whose location is a hint to 17-, 25-, 37- and 52-Across : WASHINGTON
  • 17A Bull’s-eye location : DEAD CENTER
  • 25A Result of a weak phone signal : DROPPED CALL
  • 37A Maximum a country can borrow : DEBT CEILING
  • 52A Pro team’s selection from a pool of college players, say : DRAFT CHOICE

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

Bill’s time: 5m 33s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Caribbean resort island : ARUBA

Aruba is one of the so-called ABC islands located off the northern coast of Venezuela. “ABC Islands” is a name given to the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean. The nickname comes from the first letters of the island names: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. All three of the ABC islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

10 Walmart warehouse club : SAM’S

Sam’s Club is a warehouse club that is owned and operated by Walmart. It is named after the company’s founder Sam Walton.

14 Blood drive participant : DONOR

Here is an approximate distribution of blood types across the US population:

  • O-positive: 38 percent
  • O-negative: 7 percent
  • A-positive: 34 percent
  • A-negative: 6 percent
  • B-positive: 9 percent
  • B-negative: 2 percent
  • AB-positive: 3 percent
  • AB-negative: 1 percent

15 One-named New Age singer : ENYA

Enya’s real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, which can translate from Irish into Enya Brennan. Her Donegal family (in the northwest of Ireland) formed a band called Clannad, which included Enya. In 1980 Enya launched her very successful solo career, eventually becoming Ireland’s best-selling solo musician. And, she sure does turn up a lot in crosswords!

16 Coagulate, as blood : CLOT

A blood clot is a very necessary response to an injury and is intended to prevent bleeding. Also called a thrombus (plural “thrombi”), the clot comprises aggregated blood platelets trapped in a mesh made from fibrin, a fibrous protein. If a thrombus forms in a healthy blood vessel, restricting blood flow, that condition is known as thrombosis.

19 “M*A*S*H” star Alan : ALDA

Alan Alda has had a great television career, most notably as a lead actor in “M*A*S*H”. He was born Alphonso D’Abruzzo in the Bronx, New York City. Alda won his first Emmy in 1972, for playing surgeon Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H”. He also won an Emmy in 2006 for his portrayal of Presidential candidate Senator Arnold Vinick in “The West Wing”. When it comes to the big screen, my favorite of Alda’s movies is the 1978 romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” in which he starred opposite Ellen Burstyn.

“M*A*S*H” has only three stars (three asterisks, that is). These asterisks first appeared on the poster for the 1970 movie, but they were omitted in the opening titles. The TV series went on to use the asterisks from the poster.

20 “Wayne’s World” co-star Mike : MYERS

Mike Myers does a great British accent, witness his performance in the madcap “Austin Powers” movies. He has an advantage though, as both his parents are British, and live in Ontario, Canada.

“Wayne’s World” was originally a “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Mike Myers (as Wayne Campbell) and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar. The sketch was so successful that it was parlayed into two hit movies, released in 1992 and 1993. Not my cup of tea though …

21 California city ___-by-the-sea : CARMEL

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a city located on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Carmel is and has been home to many celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, who served two years as mayor in the 1980s.

23 Sch. with a Phoenix campus : ASU

Arizona State University (ASU) has a long history, and was founded as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory in 1885. The athletic teams of ASU used to be known as the Normals, then the Bulldogs, and since 1946 they’ve been called the Sun Devils.

28 Sushi bar soup : MISO

Miso is the name of the seasoning that makes miso soup. Basic miso seasoning is made by fermenting rice, barley and soybeans with salt and a fungus to produce a paste. The paste can be added to stock to make miso soup, or perhaps to flavor tofu.

30 “Norma __”: Sally Field film : RAE

“Norma Rae” is a 1979 movie starring Sally Field as Norma Rae Webster in a tale of union activities in a textile factory in Alabama. The film is based on the true story of Crystal Lee Sutton told in a 1975 book called “Crystal Lee, a Woman of Inheritance”.

Actress Sally Field first came to the public’s attention in the sixties with title roles in the TV shows “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun”. She has two Best Actress Oscars; one for “Norma Rae” (1979) and one for “Places in the Heart” (1984).

37 Maximum a country can borrow : DEBT CEILING

Historically speaking, increases in the US national debt expressed as a percentage of the gross domestic product are really dependent on only two major factors: either war or recession. So, we should just avoid both of those things …

49 March Madness network : TNT

“March Madness” is the name given to the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship (among others), that is held in the spring each year. Another name is “the Big Dance”.

58 Fairy tale bears count : THREE

The story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” was first recorded in 1837 in England, although the narrative was around before it was actually written down. The original fairy tale was rather gruesome, but successive versions became more family-oriented. The character that eventually became Goldilocks was originally an elderly woman, and the three “nameless” bears became Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

61 U.S. capital whose location is a hint to 17-, 25-, 37- and 52-Across : WASHINGTON

The District of Columbia (DC) was established by the Residence Act in 1790. Article One, Section 8 of the US constitution provides for the establishment of a district outside of the states, over which the federal government has authority. The constitution also specifies that the district cannot exceed an area of ten miles square.

66 Fencing sword : EPEE

The sword known as an épée has a three-sided blade. It is similar to a foil and sabre, although the foil and saber have rectangular cross-sections.The sword known as an épée has a three-sided blade. The épée is similar to a foil and sabre, although the foil and saber have rectangular cross-sections.

67 New York canal : ERIE

The Erie Canal runs from Albany to Buffalo in the state of New York. What the canal does is allow shipping to proceed from New York Harbor right up the Hudson River, through the canal and into the Great Lakes. When it was opened in 1825, the Erie Canal had an immediate impact on the economy of New York City and locations along its route. It was the first means of “cheap” transportation from a port on the Atlantic seaboard into the interior of the United States. Arguably it was the most important factor contributing to the growth of New York City over competing ports such as Baltimore and Philadelphia. It was largely because of the Erie Canal that New York became such an economic powerhouse, earning it the nickname of “the Empire State”. Paradoxically, one of the project’s main proponents was severely criticized. New York Governor DeWitt Clinton received so much ridicule that the canal was nicknamed “Clinton’s Folly” and “Clinton’s Ditch”.

68 Prince of Darkness : SATAN

“Prince of Darkness” is a term used for the Devil. “Prince of Darkness” is a translation of the Latin “princeps tenebrarum”, a phrase used in a fourth century work entitled the “Acts of Pilate”.

71 Govt. security : T-NOTE

A Treasury note (T-note) is a government debt that matures in 1-10 years. A T-note has a coupon (interest) payment made every six months. The T-note is purchased at a discount to face value, and at the date of maturity can be redeemed at that face value. A Treasury bill (T-bill) is a similar financial vehicle, but it matures in one year or less, and a T-bond matures in 20-30 years.

Down

2 Caviar : ROE

Caviar is the roe of a large fish that has been salted and seasoned, and especially the roe of a sturgeon. Beluga caviar comes from the beluga sturgeon, which is found primarily in the Caspian Sea. It is the most expensive type of caviar in the world. 8 ounces of US-farmed beluga caviar can be purchased through Amazon.com for just over $850, in case you’re feeling peckish …

5 Rainbow-shaped : ARCED

Sunlight reflected by airborne water droplets can produce rainbows. The water droplets act as little prisms, dispersing the white light into its constituent colors. Sometimes we see double rainbows. If we look carefully, we can see that the order of the colors in the first and second arcs is reversed.

7 Strep-treating doc : ENT

Streptococcus bacteria multiply and divide along a single axis so that they form linked chains. That behavior gives the genus of bacteria its name, as “streptos” is Greek for “easily twisted, like a chain”. I had to battle with streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) twice in the past few years and it was not at all pleasant, I must say. Another species of streptococcus is responsible for that terrible “flesh-eating” infection that makes the news from time to time.

8 Soap-making need : LYE

Soap is basically made by adding a strong alkali (like lye) to a fat (like olive oil or palm oil). The fats break down in the basic solution in a process called saponification. The crude soap is extracted from the mixture, washed, purified and finished in molds.

9 Travesty : FARCE

Back in the 17th century, a travesty was a burlesque or artistic imitation of a serious work, a parody. The term “travesty” has come to mean a distorted representation in general, a sham or a mockery.

11 Brothers Duane and Gregg of rock : ALLMAN

The Allman Brothers Band has to be one of the most unlucky bands in the business. Soon after the group had its big break with the 1971 album “At Fillmore East”, one of the two Allman brothers, Duane, was killed in a motorcycle accident. One year later, bassist Berry Oakley was killed, also in a motorcycle accident. The other brother, Gregg Allman, passed away in his home in 2017.

12 Classic Ford auto : MODEL T

The Ford Model T was the first really affordable car that was offered for sale, and it was produced from 1908 to 1927. It was the Model T that ushered in the era of assembly-line production, which greatly cut down the cost of manufacture. The engine was designed to run on petrol, kerosene or even ethanol. Famously, the Model T was known colloquially as the “Tin Lizzie”.

22 Cleverly skillful : ADROIT

The French for “to the right” is “à droit”, from which we get our word “adroit”. The original meaning of “adroit” was “rightly, properly”, but it has come to mean dexterous and skillful. Someone described as “maladroit” is unskilled and awkward.

23 Sound system part : AMP

In a home audio system, one might have a preamplifier (preamp) and a power amplifier. In such an arrangement, the preamp isn’t really an amplifier at all as it does not amplify a signal or sound. The amplification task is left to the power amplifier, and the preamp serves as a switch between signal sources (cable box, CD player, DVD player etc.).

24 Knight’s title : SIR

Kneel, and a monarch might “dub thee a knight” if you’re lucky. “Dub” is a specific term derived from Old English that was used to mean “make a knight”. As the knight was also given a knightly name at the same time, “dub” has come to mean “give someone a name”.

26 Longtime Penn State football coach Joe : PATERNO

Joe Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. He and his wife Sue wrote a children’s book together called “We Are Penn State!“

27 Prefix with scope : PERI-

The prefix “peri-” is Greek in origin and means “around”. An example of its use is “periscope”, a device on a submarine for looking “around”.

29 Grand __ Opry : OLE

The Grand Ole Opry started out as a radio show in 1925 originally called the WSM “Barn Dance”. In 1927, the “Barn Dance” radio show was broadcast in a slot after an NBC production called “Musical Appreciation Hour”, a collection of classical works including Grand Opera. In a December show, the host of “Barn Dance” announced, “For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on we will present the ‘Grand Ole Opry'”. That name was used for the radio show from then on.

33 “Who’s on First?” straight man : ABBOTT

Bud Abbott was the straight man in the comedy duo Abbott and Costello, alongside Lou Costello. The pair met on the burlesque circuit in the early 1930s, and formally teamed up in 1936. The initial arrangement for splitting earnings was to give Abbott 60% of the income, as the straight man was traditionally viewed as the more valuable member of a comedy double act. Costello became disgruntled with the split, and eventually renegotiated 50/50 terms. When Abbott and Costello made it to Hollywood in the early 1940s, Costello insisted on taking a 60% share, an arrangement that caused a permanent chill between the partners. Money problems and differences plagued them for the rest of their careers, with the pair eventually having to sell off their assets to pay off back taxes. They parted company in 1957.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made up the comedy duo Abbott and Costello who were immensely popular in the forties and fifties. Even when I was growing up in Ireland and knew nothing about baseball, I was rolling around the floor listening to Abbott and Costello’s famous “Who’s on First?” comedy routine. Can you name all the players?

First Base: Who
Second Base: What
Third Base: I Don’t Know
Left field: Why
Centerfield: Because
Pitcher: Tomorrow
Catcher: Today
Shortstop: I Don’t Care/I Don’t Give a Darn

34 Geneva-based commerce gp. : WTO

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The stated aim of the WTO is to liberalize international trade. The organization was founded in 1995 when an international agreement on trade was reached that effectively replaced the existing General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) that was laid down in 1949.

36 Land in l’eau : ILE

In French, an “île” (island) is land in “l’eau” (the water).

38 Pope’s relig. : CATH

The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The term “pope” comes from the Latin “papa”, and ultimately from the Greek “pappas”, with both terms being a child’s word for “father”.

39 Sgt. or cpl. : NCO

An NCO or “noncom” is a non-commissioned officer in the armed forces. Usually, such an officer is one who has earned his or her rank by promotion through the enlisted ranks. A good example would be a sergeant major (sgt. maj.).

40 Pinocchio’s creator : GEPPETTO

“The Adventures of Pinocchio” is an 1883 children’s novel by Carlo Collodi. It is all about an animated puppet named Pinocchio and Geppetto, his poor woodcarver father. Pinocchio is prone to telling lies, the stress of which causes his short nose to become longer.

44 Wolf Blitzer’s channel : CNN

Wolf Blitzer is the son of Jewish refugees from Poland. He was born in Augsburg in Germany and was given the name “Wolf” in honor of his maternal grandfather. Wolf came with his family to live in the US, and he was raised in Buffalo, New York.

45 Discombobulated : ADDLED

To discombobulate is to faze, disconcert, to confuse.

47 __-Dazs ice cream : HAAGEN

Häagen-Dazs ice cream originated in the Bronx, New York in 1961. The name “Häagen-Dazs” is a “nonsense” term, words chosen for its Scandinavian feel that the producers thought would appeal to potential customers.

50 Gave 10% in church : TITHED

Traditionally, a tithe is a payment of one tenth of a person’s annual income and is usually given to a church. Tithing is a practice taught in many traditions, and according to a 2002 survey, about 3% of American adults donate 10% or more of their income to a church.

54 White Sox, in line scores : CHI

The Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team was established in Chicago in 1900 and originally was called the White Stockings. The name was changed because the abbreviation “Sox” for “Stockings” was regularly used in newspaper headlines.

55 Physicist __ Mach : ERNST

The Mach number of a moving object (like say an airplane) is its speed relative to the speed of sound. A plane traveling at Mach 2, for example, is moving at twice the speed of sound. The term “Mach” takes its name from the Austrian physicist Ernst Mach who published a groundbreaking paper in 1877 that even predicted the “sonic boom”.

59 “A Visit from the Goon Squad” writer Jennifer : EGAN

Jennifer Egan is an author who grew up in San Francisco. Egan’s 2010 work “A Visit from the Goon Squad” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Usually termed a novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad” is structured in such a way that it is sometimes described as a collection of linked short stories.

62 “__ you okay?” : ARE

Yep …

63 Sermon subject : SIN

Our word “sermon” comes from the Latin “sermonem” meaning “discourse, talk”. The literal translation of “sermonem” is “a stringing together of words”, from the Latin “serere” meaning “to join”, as in the related word “series”.

64 Cheerios grain : OAT

Cheerios breakfast cereal has the distinction of being the first oat-based cereal introduced into the market, hitting the grocery store shelves in 1941. Back then, Cheerios were known as CheeriOats.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Caribbean resort island : ARUBA
6 __-centered: vain : SELF
10 Walmart warehouse club : SAM’S
14 Blood drive participant : DONOR
15 One-named New Age singer : ENYA
16 Coagulate, as blood : CLOT
17 Bull’s-eye location : DEAD CENTER
19 “M*A*S*H” star Alan : ALDA
20 “Wayne’s World” co-star Mike : MYERS
21 California city ___-by-the-sea : CARMEL
23 Sch. with a Phoenix campus : ASU
25 Result of a weak phone signal : DROPPED CALL
28 Sushi bar soup : MISO
30 “Norma __”: Sally Field film : RAE
31 Payments to landlords : RENTS
32 Future attorney’s study : PRE-LAW
35 Threesome : TRIO
37 Maximum a country can borrow : DEBT CEILING
41 Wild hog : BOAR
42 “Blah, blah, blah,” briefly : ETC ETC
45 Allergic reaction : ACHOO!
49 March Madness network : TNT
51 Inviting store sign : OPEN
52 Pro team’s selection from a pool of college players, say : DRAFT CHOICE
56 Frying __: kitchen tool : PAN
57 Unwilling to hear, as criticism : DEAF TO
58 Fairy tale bears count : THREE
60 Chair parts : LEGS
61 U.S. capital whose location is a hint to 17-, 25-, 37- and 52-Across : WASHINGTON
66 Fencing sword : EPEE
67 New York canal : ERIE
68 Prince of Darkness : SATAN
69 “I’m warning you” : DON’T
70 Tear to shreds : REND
71 Govt. security : T-NOTE

Down

1 Total up : ADD
2 Caviar : ROE
3 Not entertained in the least : UNAMUSED
4 __ shop: auto repair site : BODY
5 Rainbow-shaped : ARCED
6 Motion detector, e.g. : SENSOR
7 Strep-treating doc : ENT
8 Soap-making need : LYE
9 Travesty : FARCE
10 In short supply : SCARCE
11 Brothers Duane and Gregg of rock : ALLMAN
12 Classic Ford auto : MODEL T
13 Delays on purpose : STALLS
18 Goof up : ERR
22 Cleverly skillful : ADROIT
23 Sound system part : AMP
24 Knight’s title : SIR
26 Longtime Penn State football coach Joe : PATERNO
27 Prefix with scope : PERI-
29 Grand __ Opry : OLE
33 “Who’s on First?” straight man : ABBOTT
34 Geneva-based commerce gp. : WTO
36 Land in l’eau : ILE
38 Pope’s relig. : CATH
39 Sgt. or cpl. : NCO
40 Pinocchio’s creator : GEPPETTO
43 Drink from leaves : TEA
44 Wolf Blitzer’s channel : CNN
45 Discombobulated : ADDLED
46 Obnoxious sort, in slang : CREEPO
47 __-Dazs ice cream : HAAGEN
48 Counterbalance : OFFSET
50 Gave 10% in church : TITHED
53 Shrink in fear : COWER
54 White Sox, in line scores : CHI
55 Physicist __ Mach : ERNST
59 “A Visit from the Goon Squad” writer Jennifer : EGAN
62 “__ you okay?” : ARE
63 Sermon subject : SIN
64 Cheerios grain : OAT
65 Opposite of SSW : NNE

17 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 21 Mar 22, Monday”

  1. If you’re curious about Patti Varol’s talents as a constructor, check out the eleven sample puzzles here:

    https://www.pattivarol.com/about

    I did (and enjoyed) all eleven of them yesterday.

    Two of them aren’t actually crosswords and one of those (“Puzzle in the Round”) really intrigued me, though it took me a while to grok how to go about solving the thing.

  2. 4:09

    I figured out the theme, and it helped a bit.

    Good thing Pinocchio’s creator is GEPETTO and not the author of the original book: Carlo Collodi. I vaguely remember reading a Pinocchio book, but I think it was the Little Golden Books version.

  3. 7:03 – no errors, lockups, or revisions. Simple theme. Easy work after yesterday!

    Did not know Jennifer Egan or her pulitzer-prize winning work, but the intersections solved it easily enough.

  4. Hi folks!!🤗

    Suitably easy Monday; no errors. Didn’t notice the theme for awhile and didn’t use it.

    Didn’t love CREEPO….even if it exists it strikes me as sort of semi-made up by the constructor cuz it fit…but a good puzzle anyway.

    I never work a puzzle straight through, top to bottom….I may usually start with 1A but wander after that. I don’t think I could change that even if I tried. And I think I take that wandering approach with a lot of things – like house cleaning 🙃

    Be well ~~

  5. Nice and easy Monday; took me 7:52 going as fast as I can. Didn’t know TNT or GEPPETTO off hand, but managed with crosses.

    Hi Carrie

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