LA Times Crossword 10 Jul 22, Sunday

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Constructed by: Amie Walker & Christina Iverson
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Theme: Divine Inspiration

Themed answers each include an INNER GODDESS, a GODDESS as a hidden word:

  • 115A Divine feminine energy, and what can be found in each of the answers to the starred clues : INNER GODDESS
  • 22A *Daikon, for one : WINTER RADISH (inner “Terra”)
  • 28A *”Pay attention!” : LOOK ALIVE! (inner “Kali”)
  • 44A *Protective sorts : GUARDIAN ANGELS (inner “Diana”)
  • 66A *Meme featuring a cartoon dog sitting calmly in a room on fire : THIS IS FINE (inner “Isis”)
  • 69A *Pre-anthem request : PLEASE RISE (inner “Eris”)
  • 90A *Roku service : VIDEO STREAMING (inner “Eos”)
  • 104A *Hairstyle made famous by Jennifer Aniston : THE RACHEL (inner “Hera”)

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Money of Manila : PESO

The writing on bank notes in the Philippines used to be in English, so the national currency was recorded as the “peso”. Since 1967 the language on the notes has been Filipino, and now the name of the currency is written as “piso”.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is the most densely populated city proper (discounting metro areas) in the whole world. Metro Manila includes the neighboring Quezon City, which is the most populous city in the country. Quezon City was founded in 1939 and replaced Manila as the nation’s capital in 1949. However, the decision to change the capital was reversed in 1976.

5 Bronze finish? : PATINA

Patina is the oxide film that develops on brass and similar metals over time. For example, it’s patina that makes Lady Liberty the lovely green color that she is.

18 “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” writer/illustrator Carle : ERIC

Eric Carle is a very successful children’s author and book illustrator, with over 100 million of his books sold around the world. Carle’s most famous title is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, and it alone has sold 30 million copies.

19 Tequila-based cocktails : PALOMAS

The paloma is a cocktail made from tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda. The name “paloma” translates from Spanish as “dove”.

21 Nanny’s bleat : MAA!

Male goats are bucks or billies, although castrated males are known as wethers. Female goats are does or nannies, and young goats are referred to as kids.

22 *Daikon, for one : WINTER RADISH (inner “Terra”)

The daikon is a Japanese winter radish with a mild flavor. The Japanese name “daikon” translates as “big root”.

The Greek goddess personifying the earth was Gaea (also “Gaia”, and meaning “land” or “earth” in Greek). The Roman equivalent goddess was Terra Mater, “Mother Earth”.

24 __ beer : ROOT

Root beer is a beverage that is very North American, and is rarely found elsewhere in the world. Root beer originated in the 1700s and was made from the root of the sassafras plant. The traditional root beer was a beverage with a very low alcohol content, and today there are many versions that contain no alcohol at all. The sassafras root was used as the primary flavor ingredient right up until 1960, when the FDA banned its use as tests determined that it was a carcinogen.

25 With 110-Down, geometric style : ART …
110D See 25-Across : … DECO

Art Deco is a style of design and architecture of the 1920s that actually had its roots in Belgium and then spread throughout Europe before arriving in North America. Celebrated examples of Art Deco architecture are the magnificent Chrysler Building in New York City completed in 1930, and the GE Building that sits in the middle of New York City’s Rockefeller Center with the address of “30 Rock”.

27 23andMe sample : DNA

23andMe was the first company to offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing, doing so in 2007. Initially, 23andMe offered a test that determined a subject’s predisposition to a list of specific genetic traits, including baldness and blindness. The company now offers a cost-effective ancestry DNA test as well. The name “23andMe” is a reference to the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the cells of a human.

28 *”Pay attention!” : LOOK ALIVE! (inner “Kali”)

Kali is a Hindu goddess and the consort of Lord Shiva. The name “Kali” translates as “the black one”.

36 Braz. neighbor : ARG

Argentina is the second largest country in South America (after Brazil), and the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation. The name “Argentina” comes from the Latin “argentum”, the word for “silver”. It is thought that the name was given by the early Spanish and Portuguese conquerors who also named the Rio de la Plata (the “Silver River”). Those early explorers got hold of lots of silver objects that they found among the native population.

39 Old Testament prophet : NAHUM

Nahum was one of the twelve minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible.

41 New Orleans nickname, with “the” : … BIG EASY

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has the nickname “The Big Easy”. This name might come from the early 1900s when musicians found it relatively “easy” to find work there. The city is also known by the acronym NOLA, standing for New Orleans (NO), Louisiana (LA).

44 *Protective sorts : GUARDIAN ANGELS (inner “Diana”)

Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon and birthing. The Greek equivalent of Diana was the goddess Artemis. According to Roman mythology, Diana was the twin sister of Apollo, and the daughter of Jupiter and Latona.

52 Red Muppet who refers to himself in the third person : ELMO

The “Sesame Street” character named Elmo has a birthday every February 3rd, and on that birthday he always turns 3½ years old. The man behind/under Elmo on “Sesame Street” for many years was Kevin Clash. If you want to learn more about Elmo and Clash, you can watch the 2011 documentary “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”.

53 Time to hustle? : DISCO ERA

The hustle is a genre of disco dance that was popular in the seventies. The dance form really took off when Van McCoy released a song called “The Hustle”, to which an accompanying line dance became a big craze in 1975.

54 Marketing jargon : ADSPEAK

The noun “jargon” can describe nonsensical and meaningless talk, or the specialized language of a particular group, trade or profession. The term “jargon” is Old French, with the more usual meaning of “chattering”. How apt …

55 Specifics, informally : DEETS

“Deets” is slang for “details”.

57 “Dateline NBC” anchor Lester : HOLT

Lester Holt is a television journalist. When Holt became the permanent anchor of “NBC Nightly News” in 2015, he became the first African-American solo anchor for a daily network news program.

59 “Waitress” composer Bareilles : SARA

“Waitress” is a 2015 musical by Sara Bareilles that is based on a 2007 movie of the same name starring Keri Russell in the title role. Both stage show and film are about a waitress and pie chef who is in an unhappy marriage, and who becomes pregnant. Feeling trapped, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her way out of her failed marriage.

60 Collaborative site : WIKI

A wiki is a website on which users are allowed to create and edit content themselves. The term “wiki” comes from the name of the first such site, introduced in 1994 and called WikiWikiWeb. “Wiki” is a Hawaiian word for “quick”, and is used because comprehensive content is created very quickly, as there are so many collaborators contributing to the site.

65 Diner fave : BLT

The BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is the second-most popular sandwich in the US, after the plain old ham sandwich.

66 *Meme featuring a cartoon dog sitting calmly in a room on fire : THIS IS FINE (inner “Isis”)

Isis was the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, as well as the protector of the dead and the goddess of children. She was the personification of the pharaoh’s power. The name “Isis” translates as “throne”, and she is usually depicted with a headdress shaped like a throne.

69 *Pre-anthem request : PLEASE RISE (inner “Eris”)

In Greek mythology, Eris was the goddess of discord. The name “Eris” is derived from the Greek word for strife, and translates into Latin as “Discordia”. In Greek her counterpart was Harmonia, and in the world of the Roman gods, Concordia. The largest dwarf planet in our solar system is called Eris, named after the goddess.

71 Chewie’s shipmate : HAN

Wookiees are a biped race featured in “Star Wars”. The most notable Wookiee is Chewbacca (aka “Chewie”), the loyal friend and associate of Han Solo who serves as co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon spaceship.

72 Posh digs : SUITE

No one really knows the etymology of the word “posh”. The popular myth that “posh” is actually an acronym standing for “port out, starboard home” is completely untrue, and is a story that can actually be traced back to the 1968 movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. The myth is that wealthy British passengers traveling to and from India would book cabins on the port side for the outward journey and the starboard side for the home journey. This trick was supposedly designed to keep their cabins out of the direct sunlight.

75 Half of zwei : EINS

“Eins, zwei, drei, vier” is German for “one, two, three, four”.

77 Singer Orbison : ROY

Roy Orbison had to be one the sickliest looking performers I’ve ever seen. Orbison had a very sallow complexion, pock-marked from teenage acne. The yellowish skin tone came from a severe bout of jaundice as a child. Perhaps poor nutrition affected him and his siblings, because all of them had very poor eyesight, with Roy almost blind and wearing very thick lenses from a very young age. He was also very ashamed of his head of hair, which was almost a ghostly white color, and so he dyed it jet black even when he was young. Despite all this, he was immensely popular in his heyday with teenage girls, particularly in Canada and Ireland for some reason. On a tour of Ireland in 1963, the Irish police had to stop one of his performances in order to pull a bevy of local lasses off poor Mr. Orbison …

78 “Project Runway” fashion icon Tim : GUNN

Tim Gunn is a fashion consultant, and these days a television personality as well. He makes regular appearances on the reality TV show “Project Runway”, and is so popular a character that he now has his own show called “Tim Gunn’s Guide in Style”.

79 Asian gambling mecca : MACAU

Macau (also “Macao”) is an autonomous territory of China located on the Pearl River estuary about 40 miles west of Hong Kong. It was a Portuguese colony from the mid-1500s until 1999. Macau was in fact the first European colony in China, and the last, having been handed back to the Chinese in 1999, two years after Hong Kong was returned by the British. Macau’s economy is driven by tourism and gambling. The territory’s gaming revenue is the highest for any gambling center in the world.

88 Breathing organ : LUNG

The lungs are the two main organs in the human respiratory system. It is in the lungs that oxygen is extracted from the air and transferred into the bloodstream. At the same time, carbon dioxide is removed from the bloodstream and released into the atmosphere.

89 Saint of Ávila : TERESA

St. Teresa of Ávila (also known as St. Teresa of Jesus) was a Carmelite nun living in Spain in the 1500s. She is particularly noted for her writings on Christian meditation and mental prayer.

90 *Roku service : VIDEO STREAMING (inner “Eos”)

Roku is a manufacturer of digital media players that allow access to audio and video programming over the Internet that is shown on television. Roku was founded in Los Gatos, California in 2002 by Anthony Wood. Wood chose the company name “Roku” as it is the Japanese word for “six”, and Roku is the sixth company that Wood founded. For what it’s worth, Rokus used to be my streaming device of choice …

92 “3.15.20” hip hop artist Childish __ : GAMBINO

Actor and singer Donald Glover also uses the stage name “Childish Gambino”. He perhaps came to the public’s attention when created and took on the starring role in the comedy-drama TV series “Atlanta” in 2016.

104 *Hairstyle made famous by Jennifer Aniston : THE RACHEL (inner “Hera”)

Jennifer Aniston won a 2002 Emmy for playing Rachel on the great sitcom “Friends”. Jennifer’s parents are both actors, and her godfather was the actor Telly Savalas.

In Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and the goddess of women, marriage, family and childbirth. She was noted for her jealous and vengeful nature, particularly against those who vied for the affections of her husband. The equivalent character to Hera in Roman mythology was Juno. Hera was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

109 Talking head : PUNDIT

A pundit is a learned person to whom one might turn for an opinion. “Pundit” is derived from the Hindi word “payndit” meaning “learned man”.

114 “Succession” cousin : GREG

“Succession” is a very popular dark comedy-drama series that premiered in 2018. It’s about a family-owned, global media company. The “succession” in question is who will get to run the empire after the passing of the ailing family patriarch. The marvelous Scottish actor Brian Cox plays the head of the company Logan Roy.

118 Singer Grande’s debut fragrance : ARI

Ariana Grande is a singer and actress from Boca Raton, Florida. Grande plays the role of Cat Valentine on the sitcom “Victorious” that aired for four seasons on Nickelodeon. Grande’s singing career took off with the release of the 2011 album “Victorious: Music from the Hit TV Show”.

119 Tomato type : ROMA

The Roma tomato isn’t considered an heirloom variety but it is very popular with home gardeners, especially those gardeners that don’t have a lot of space. It is a bush type (as opposed to vine type) and needs very little room to provide a lot of tomatoes.

121 Jackie Robinson Stadium sch. : UCLA

Jackie Robinson Stadium is the baseball stadium owned by UCLA that is home field for the UCLA Bruins. Located off-campus, the stadium was constructed using funds donated by Hoyt Pardee. Pardee and Jackie Robinson were classmates who graduated from UCLA in 1941.

122 SHO subsidiary : TMC

Showtime (SHO) is a competitor of The Movie Channel (TMC) in terms of program lineup, although both channels are in fact owned by CBS.

123 Maker of some Chromebooks : ACER

Acer is a Taiwanese company that I visited a couple of times when I was in the electronics business. I was very impressed back then with the company’s dedication to quality, although I have heard that things haven’t gone so well in recent years …

A netbook is in effect a stripped-down laptop. It is a small machine without a hard drive that is intended for use with an Internet connection. Netbooks were largely pushed out of the market by tablet computers. Google’s Chromebooks have really taken over the netbook concept, and have proved to be very successful in recent years. I love my Chromebook …

Down

1 Laser tag sounds : PEWS

The name “Laser Tag” is really a misnomer as lasers are rarely used in the game. The “guns” actually send out infrared light, and not laser light, that is picked up by infrared detectors worn by the players.

2 City halfway between Buffalo and Cleveland : ERIE

Erie is a port city in the very north of Pennsylvania, sitting on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The city takes its name from the Erie Native American tribe that resided in the area. Erie is nicknamed the Gem City, a reference to the “sparkling” water of Lake Erie.

6 Ga. neighbor : ALA

Alabama is known as the Yellowhammer State, in honor of the state bird. Alabama is also called the “Heart of Dixie”.

7 Mary __ Lincoln : TODD

Mary Todd moved in the best of the social circles in Springfield, Illinois and there met the successful lawyer, Abraham Lincoln. The path to their marriage wasn’t exactly smooth, as the engagement was broken once but reinstated, with the couple eventually marrying in 1842.

8 Chatting on Slack, for short : IM’ING

Slack is a messaging app aimed at businesses. At its core, Slack is an instant messaging system. Slack also provides tools designed to increase collaboration within teams.

11 Some beach wraps : SARONGS

“Sarong” is the Malay word for “sheath”. The term originally described a garment worn by Malay men and women around their waists. The Malay sarong is actually a tube of fabric, about a yard wide and two-and-a-half yards long. Many variations of the sarong are worn all over South Asia and the Pacific Islands. I had occasion to wear one in Hawaii many years ago, and found it very … freeing!

13 Frantically : AMOK

The phrase “to run amok” (sometimes “to run amuck”) has been around since the 1670s and is derived from the Malay word for “attacking furiously”, “amuk”. The word “amok” was also used as a noun to describe Malay natives who were “frenzied”. Given Malaya’s troubled history, the natives probably had a good reason for that frenzy …

15 “Inbox zero” hindrance : EMAIL

“Inbox zero” is a rigorous approach to handling emails that was developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann. Mann touts his approach inbox management as “how to reclaim your email, your attention, and your life”.

16 Cocoon creator : LARVA

Strictly speaking, the term “cocoon” only applies to the tough outer casing created by moth caterpillars. Butterfly caterpillars protect themselves in a hard outer skin to form a pupa known as a chrysalis. But, butterfly caterpillars don’t go the extra step by spinning a silky cocoon. Famously, silk thread comes from silk cocoons created by silkworms, which mature into silk moths.

23 Correct, as text : EMEND

The verb “to amend” means “to change for the better, put right, alter by adding”. The related verb “to emend” is used more rarely, and mainly in reference to the editing of professional writing. Both terms are derived from the Latin “emendare” meaning “to remove fault”.

28 First name in boxing : LAILA

Laila Ali is the daughter of the great Muhammad Ali and is a very capable boxer in her own right. Laila’s professional record is an impressive 24 wins, including 21 knockouts. Now retired, she never lost a fight, and nor did she ever draw. One of those victories was against Jackie Frazier-Lyde, daughter of her father’s nemesis Joe Frazier. Laila is not a bad dancer either, coming in third place in the fourth season of “Dancing with the Stars”.

29 Simple buckets : LAYUPS

That would be basketball.

31 Pad see ew cuisine : THAI

Pad see ew is also known as Phat si io, and is a stir-fried noodle dish in Thai cuisine. “Phat si io” means “fried with soy sauce”. I love Thai food …

32 Attila and his colleagues : HUNS

In his day, Attila the Hun was the most feared enemy of the Roman Empire, until he died in 453 AD. Attila was the leader of the Hunnic Empire of central Europe and was famous for invading much of the continent. However, he never directly attacked Rome.

34 Critic whose final blog post ended, “I’ll see you at the movies” : EBERT

Roger Ebert was a film critic for “The Chicago Sun-Times” for 50 years. He also co-hosted a succession of film review television programs for over 23 years, most famously with Gene Siskel until Siskel passed away in 1999. Siskel and Ebert famously gave their thumbs up or thumbs down to the movies they reviewed. Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, which he did in 1975. He was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer in 2002, and finally succumbed to a recurrence of the disease in April 2013.

42 221B Baker Street, e.g. : ADDRESS

In the “Sherlock Holmes” stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous detective has lodgings at 221b Baker Street in London. Holmes shares rooms with his friend and chronicler Dr. Watson. The landlady in the residence is the amiable Mrs. Hudson.

43 Shipwreck signal : SOS

The combination of three dots – three dashes – three dots, is a Morse signal first introduced by the German government as a standard distress call in 1905. The sequence is remembered as the letters SOS (three dots – pause – three dashes – pause – three dots). That said, in the emergency signal there is no pause between the dots and dashes, so “SOS” is really only a mnemonic. Similarly, the phrases “Save Our Souls” and “Save Our Ship” are back-formations that were introduced after the SOS signal was adopted.

46 Nary a soul : NO ONE

The adjective “nary” means “not one”, as in “nary a soul” or even “nary a one”.

47 Hanukkah coins : GELT

“Gelt” is the Yiddish word for “money”.

The term “Hanukkah” (also “Chanukah”) comes from the Hebrew for “to dedicate”. Hanukkah is a holiday lasting eight days that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem after a successful Jewish revolt against the Seleucids in the 2nd-century BCE. The story of Hanukkah includes the miracle of the one-day supply of oil that kept the menorah alight for eight days.

49 Laura Hillenbrand book about a racehorse : SEABISCUIT

The 2003 hit movie “Seabiscuit” is based on a best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand called “Seabiscuit: An American Legend”. The horse Seabiscuit was sired by a horse called Hard Tack, and “hard tack” is type of biscuit eaten by sailors at sea in days of yore. “Hard Tack” … “Seabiscuit”, get it …?

50 Some “Bridgerton” characters : EARLS

“Bridgerton” is a fascinating period drama TV series based on a series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn. Most of the action takes place in London’s high society during the Regency Era. An intriguing element is the show’s approach to race. There is a common, albeit unfounded, assertion that King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte was of African descent. “Bridgerton” runs with this assertion, portraying the era’s society as quite diverse.

51 Do figure eights : SKATE

Figure skating started out as a sport in which a skater demonstrated skill at carving out specific patterns into the ice (a figure-8, for example). Over time, the sport placed greater influence on free skating. Compulsory figures were dropped completely from most international competitions in the 1990s, but the name “figure” skating has been retained.

58 __ club : GLEE

A glee club is a choir group, usually of males, that sings short songs known as “glees”. A glee is a song scored for three or more voices that is performed unaccompanied.

67 Track and field great __ Gebrselassie : HAILE

Haile Gebrselassie is a very, very successful long-distance runner from Ethiopia. Among the impressive list of world-record achievements, Gebrselassie won the Boston Marathon four times in a row.

68 Verizon bundle : FIOS

FiOS is a service from Verizon that bundles Internet, telephone and television service. All three services are provided over fiber-optic lines, right to the door. I presume that the name FiOS comes from something like “Fiber-Optic Service” …

69 Breadcrumbs choice : PANKO

Panko is a breadcrumb used in some Japanese cuisine, primarily as a crunchy coating for fried foods.

76 Folk legend Pete : SEEGER

American folk singer Pete Seeger wrote and co-wrote a lot of classic songs. The list includes “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I had a Hammer”, and “Turn, Turn, Turn!”

78 Title character who is never onstage : GODOT

“Waiting for Godot” is a play by novelist and playwright Samuel Beckett that premiered in 1953. Irishman Beckett actually wrote the piece in French, under the title “En attendant Godot”. He then translated the play into English himself.

80 Latin years : ANNI

The Latin word for year is “annus”. We often see it used in Latin phrases, but usually with a different spelling. In “anno Domini”, the “anno” is the ablative case of “annus” as the phrase means “in the year of the Lord”. Another example is “per annum”, in which “annum” is the accusative case as the literal translation of the phrase is “during the year”.

81 Brand of sheepskin boots : UGGS

Uggs are sheepskin boots that were first produced in Australia and New Zealand. The original Uggs have sheepskin fleece on the inside for comfort and insulation, with a tanned leather surface on the outside for durability. “Ugg” is a generic term Down Under, although it’s a brand name here in the US.

83 Farm-to-table endeavor, briefly : CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

85 Jazz great James : ETTA

“Etta James” was the stage name of celebrated blues and soul singer Jamesetta Hawkins. James’ most famous recording was her 1960 hit “At Last”, which made it into the pop charts. James performed “At Last” at the age of 71 in 2009 on the reality show “Dancing with the Stars”, which was to be her final television appearance. She passed away in 2012.

87 Vanilla bean, e.g. : SEED POD

The flavor extract that we call “vanilla” comes from the pod-like fruit of climbing orchids belonging to the genus Vanilla. Genuine vanilla is a relatively expensive spice, second only to saffron, due to the amount of work required to grow and harvest the fruit (also called “beans” and “pods”). Spanish and Portuguese explorers came across the Vanilla orchid while exploring the Gulf Coast of Mexico. They gave it the name “vainilla” meaning “little pod”.

90 Salad dressing component : VINEGAR

Our word “vinegar” comes from the French “vinaigre”, which means the same thing. “Vinaigre” comes from the French “vin” meaning “wine” and “aigre” meaning “sour”.

93 “Rent” song “La Vie __” : BOHEME

The musical “Rent” by Jonathan Larson is based on the Puccini opera “La bohème”. “Rent” tells the story of struggling artists and musicians living in the Lower East Side of New York, and is set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic. We saw “Rent” on Broadway quite a few years ago, and were very disappointed …

101 __ bean : PINTO

Pinto beans are so-called because their skins have a mottled (“pinto”) appearance.

103 River through Pakistan : INDUS

The Indus river rises in Tibet and flows through the length of Pakistan before emptying into the Arabian Sea, a part of the Indian Ocean lying to the west of the Indian subcontinent. The Indus gives its name to the country of India as “India” used to be the name of the region along the eastern banks of the river, which paradoxically is now in modern-day Pakistan.

105 Taj Mahal city : AGRA

Agra is a medieval city on the banks of the river Yamuna in India that was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1556 to 1658. The city is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

  • The Taj Mahal: the famous mausoleum built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal.
  • Agra Fort: the site where the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond was seized.
  • Fatehpur Sikri: a historic city that’s home to well-preserved Mughal architecture.

106 Gator kin : CROC

Crocodiles and alligators do indeed bear a resemblance to each other, although they belong to distinct biological families. One of the main ways used to distinguish them is by their teeth and jaws. Both the upper and lower sets of teeth of a crocodile are visible when its mouth is closed, whereas only the upper teeth of an alligator are visible with the mouth shut.

111 “Godmothered” actress Fisher : ISLA

Isla Fisher is an Oman-born, Australian actress who really launched her career with a recurring role on the Australian soap “Home and Away”. She started a career in Hollywood portraying Mry Jane in the 2002 film “Scooby-Doo”. Fisher married English actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in 2010.

112 Ruler until 1917 : TSAR

The year 1917 saw two revolutions in Russia, with the pair collectively called “the Russian Revolution”. As a result of the February Revolution that centered on Petrograd, the last Emperor of Russia (Tsar Nicholas II) abdicated and members of the Imperial parliament took control of the country, forming the Russian Provisional Government. The Provisional Government was itself overthrown in the October Revolution, which was led by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik party.

115 Cookbook writer Garten : INA

Ina Garten is an author as well as the host of a cooking show on the Food Network called “Barefoot Contessa”. She is a mentee of Martha Stewart, and indeed was touted as a potential “successor” to the TV celebrity when Stewart was incarcerated in 2004 after an insider trading scandal. Garten has no formal training as a chef, and indeed used to work as a nuclear policy analyst at the White House!

116 Early TV brand : RCA

During WWI, the US government actively discouraged the loss of certain technologies to other countries, including allies. The developing wireless technologies were considered to be particularly important by the army and navy. The government prevented the General Electric Company from selling equipment to the British Marconi Company, and instead facilitated the purchase by GE of the American Marconi subsidiary. This purchase led to GE forming the Radio Corporation of America that we know today as RCA.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Money of Manila : PESO
5 Bronze finish? : PATINA
11 Swindle : SCAM
15 Shade tree : ELM
18 “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” writer/illustrator Carle : ERIC
19 Tequila-based cocktails : PALOMAS
20 [Sigh] : [AH ME]
21 Nanny’s bleat : MAA!
22 *Daikon, for one : WINTER RADISH (inner “Terra”)
24 __ beer : ROOT
25 With 110-Down, geometric style : ART …
26 Bagel option : SESAME
27 23andMe sample : DNA
28 *”Pay attention!” : LOOK ALIVE! (inner “Kali”)
30 Substance : DEPTH
33 Collects little by little : GLEANS
35 [Sigh] : [ALAS]
36 Braz. neighbor : ARG
39 Old Testament prophet : NAHUM
41 New Orleans nickname, with “the” : … BIG EASY
44 *Protective sorts : GUARDIAN ANGELS (inner “Diana”)
48 Extinguishes : DOUSES
52 Red Muppet who refers to himself in the third person : ELMO
53 Time to hustle? : DISCO ERA
54 Marketing jargon : ADSPEAK
55 Specifics, informally : DEETS
57 “Dateline NBC” anchor Lester : HOLT
58 Watchdog warning : GRR!
59 “Waitress” composer Bareilles : SARA
60 Collaborative site : WIKI
62 Ice cream purchase : PINT
63 Fibber’s admission : I LIED
65 Diner fave : BLT
66 *Meme featuring a cartoon dog sitting calmly in a room on fire : THIS IS FINE (inner “Isis”)
69 *Pre-anthem request : PLEASE RISE (inner “Eris”)
71 Chewie’s shipmate : HAN
72 Posh digs : SUITE
73 Faint : PALE
74 Grasps : SEES
75 Half of zwei : EINS
77 Singer Orbison : ROY
78 “Project Runway” fashion icon Tim : GUNN
79 Asian gambling mecca : MACAU
82 Swindles : FLEECES
84 Permanently, informally : FOR KEEPS
88 Breathing organ : LUNG
89 Saint of Ávila : TERESA
90 *Roku service : VIDEO STREAMING (inner “Eos”)
92 “3.15.20” hip hop artist Childish __ : GAMBINO
94 __ wool : STEEL
95 Quaint contraction : ‘TIS
96 Top spot : ACME
99 How detectives might act : ON A TIP
102 Stiff “Me too” : AS DO I
104 *Hairstyle made famous by Jennifer Aniston : THE RACHEL (inner “Hera”)
107 Evergreen tree : FIR
109 Talking head : PUNDIT
113 Rotten : BAD
114 “Succession” cousin : GREG
115 Divine feminine energy, and what can be found in each of the answers to the starred clues : INNER GODDESS
118 Singer Grande’s debut fragrance : ARI
119 Tomato type : ROMA
120 Spotted : NOTICED
121 Jackie Robinson Stadium sch. : UCLA
122 SHO subsidiary : TMC
123 Maker of some Chromebooks : ACER
124 Like some experimental music : ATONAL
125 Skyrocket : SOAR

Down

1 Laser tag sounds : PEWS
2 City halfway between Buffalo and Cleveland : ERIE
3 Transgressions : SINS
4 Set of eight : OCTAD
5 Norm : PAR
6 Ga. neighbor : ALA
7 Mary __ Lincoln : TODD
8 Chatting on Slack, for short : IM’ING
9 Stuffy-sounding : NASAL
10 Fire proof? : ASH
11 Some beach wraps : SARONGS
12 Pick : CHOOSE
13 Frantically : AMOK
14 Like a crossword clue that refers to itself : META
15 “Inbox zero” hindrance : EMAIL
16 Cocoon creator : LARVA
17 Partners : MATES
19 Like some cellphones : PREPAID
23 Correct, as text : EMEND
28 First name in boxing : LAILA
29 Simple buckets : LAYUPS
31 Pad see ew cuisine : THAI
32 Attila and his colleagues : HUNS
34 Critic whose final blog post ended, “I’ll see you at the movies” : EBERT
36 Kept underground, say : AGED
37 “No jumping on the couch,” e.g. : RULE
38 Walk-off home run, e.g. : GAME WINNER
40 Word before learning or language : MACHINE …
42 221B Baker Street, e.g. : ADDRESS
43 Shipwreck signal : SOS
45 Indian flatbreads : ROTIS
46 Nary a soul : NO ONE
47 Hanukkah coins : GELT
49 Laura Hillenbrand book about a racehorse : SEABISCUIT
50 Some “Bridgerton” characters : EARLS
51 Do figure eights : SKATE
54 Solo for a diva : ARIA
56 Hits the slopes : SKIS
58 __ club : GLEE
61 “You betcha!” : I SURE AM!
62 Feel sorry for : PITY
63 Malady : ILLNESS
64 Judge to be : DEEM
66 Robbery : THEFT
67 Track and field great __ Gebrselassie : HAILE
68 Verizon bundle : FIOS
69 Breadcrumbs choice : PANKO
70 Domain : REALM
73 Free of contaminants : PURE
76 Folk legend Pete : SEEGER
78 Title character who is never onstage : GODOT
80 Latin years : ANNI
81 Brand of sheepskin boots : UGGS
83 Farm-to-table endeavor, briefly : CSA
84 Big exam : FINAL
85 Jazz great James : ETTA
86 Board mtg. exec : PRES
87 Vanilla bean, e.g. : SEED POD
90 Salad dressing component : VINEGAR
91 For all to hear : ALOUD
93 “Rent” song “La Vie __” : BOHEME
96 Up, in baseball : AT BAT
97 Bracelet dangler : CHARM
98 Combat doctor : MEDIC
100 Otherwise : IF NOT
101 __ bean : PINTO
103 River through Pakistan : INDUS
105 Taj Mahal city : AGRA
106 Gator kin : CROC
108 Bridle strap : REIN
110 See 25-Across : … DECO
111 “Godmothered” actress Fisher : ISLA
112 Ruler until 1917 : TSAR
115 Cookbook writer Garten : INA
116 Early TV brand : RCA
117 Come together : GEL

26 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 10 Jul 22, Sunday”

    1. My version of this crossword listed the clue for 56 down as “equipment for 54 down”?! Obviously some kind of misprint.

  1. No errors. I believe that’s the second time this week we see CSA? Somebody must really be into that.

    Theme sort of helped. Don’t know all the goddesses. Hindu and others.

    I remember disco line dancing of the 70s. Quite the fad. I was at a wedding dance recently and the music was country and western. A bunch of people got up and did some line dancing and I commented that looked like the disco era line dancing of the 70s. They thought I was nuts.

  2. I’m reminded on the Coke Zero question of yesterday that these things have a way of aging, especially if they’re not rechecked (which editor should have – they got redesigned to be predominantly red). A lot of that represents the vagaries of these kinds of mediums – one really has to date them and have a good memory to get a number of the clues right. Especially nobody actors that were somebody once.

    To wit, Trivial Pursuit board games have the same problem: A question going around in social media now: “Who has never been Batman — Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, or Adam West?” (Think 2008 if you need a hint)

    1. But, as I commented yesterday, the clue “Resident of Eden” is valid for the answer “ADAM”, even though, by all accounts, he doesn’t live there anymore.

  3. 1:12:00 with one error where 2 obscure clues crossed.
    At first this one seemed easy and then it wasn’t😥
    Stay safe😀

  4. Um…… my copy says 56 down clue is “equipment for a 54 down” which answer is “aria”. Your answers omit explanation for that clue. How did That happen Anyone else?

    1. Same with me, which is why I went googling and ended up here. I wonder if it was caught after a partial printing? The only thing I could think is that they started off being cute about Luis Arias, but the answer was aria not Arias, of course.

    2. I was confused by 54 & 56 Down as well. Not sure how SKIS are equipment for a solo for a diva (ARIA). ???

  5. One error box: had “This is mine”, instead of “this is fine” –never
    saw the meme and didn’t know the Verizon bundles. Oh, well….

  6. I’m with you, Julie. I mean, c’mon. PEWS? DEETS? SKIS and ARIA? Give me a break. Sundays should be tough but enjoyable. And this was not!
    D. Chatswood

  7. 10:49

    The inner goddess of crosswords helped me out. This is a personal best time for Sundays. Still didn’t beat Glenn. Very impressive!

  8. The La Times misprinted the clue for 56 down, not as “Hits the slopes” but as “Equipment for 54-Down” (Diva) so it obviously made no sense.

  9. For the life of me I can’t see what “skis” has to do with “aria” That’s 54 down and 56 down.

  10. 33:36 with three errors: stR/sATINA & PtLOMAS/stR. Should have recognized that 5D would be PAR, regardless of the two across intersections. [Sigh]

    Revisions of: OCTET>OCTAD, STD>STR, NEAR>ROOT, CONE>PINT, EINE>EINS, CARE>PITY, ANA>INA.

    New goddess names: TERRA, KALI, ERIS. CSA in this context is new to me.

    My printed 56D clue was correct – “Hits the slopes”

  11. Humbling! In the 70’s I could whip these things out in under 30-minutes. Now in my 70’s, it is a whole new world. Example: 66 *Meme featuring a cartoon dog sitting calmly in a room on fire : THIS IS FINE (inner “Isis”).

    Had not a clue. Time does pass on …as do the Voyager spacecraft, with my signature and that of all my co-workers affixed to them, beyond our solar system. Way better than a modern Meme.

  12. The clue for 56 down is “equipment for 54 down” and the answer by default was “skis.” The answer for 54 down was “aria.” What on earth do skis have to do with an aria?!

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