LA Times Crossword 15 Sep 22, Thursday

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Constructed by: Micah Sommersmith
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Theme (according to Bill): Green

Themed clues are all the same, i.e. “GREEN”:

  • 16A Green : BURNING WITH ENVY
  • 21A Green : PUTTING AREA
  • 36A Green : FAT STACKS OF CASH
  • 44A Green : ECO-FRIENDLY
  • 55A Green : HOPELESSLY NAIVE

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

Bill’s time: 6m 04s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

9 ABC show for early risers, briefly : GMA

“Good Morning America” (GMA) is ABC’s morning show, and has been since 1975. There was even a spin-off show called “Good Afternoon America”, although that only lasted for a few months in 2012.

12 Where the Wings meet the Sky? : ARENA

The Shock were the professional WNBA team based in Tulsa from 2010 to 2015. The team was founded as the Detroit Shock in 1998, and became the Dallas Wings after leaving Tulsa in 2016.

The Chicago Sky are a professional basketball team based in Rosemont, Illinois that plays in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Sky were founded in 2006

16 Green : BURNING WITH ENVY

William Shakespeare was one of the first to associate the color green with envy. He called jealousy the “green-eyed monster” in his play “Othello”.

19 River that forms the Michigan-Ontario border : ST MARYS

The St. Marys River drains Lake Superior, running about 75 miles and emptying into Lake Huron. The whole length of the river forms a border between Michigan and Ontario. A famous spot along the river is the St. Marys Rapids, which is bypassed by the Soo Locks on the Sault Ste. Marie Canal.

20 Buck who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022 : O’NEIL

Buck O’Neil was a first baseman and manager with the Kansas City Monarchs, a team in the Negro American League. He was appointed as a coach with the Chicago Cubs in 1962, making him the first African-American coach in the major leagues.

25 Nike rival : REEBOK

The brand name Reebok was adopted as the new company name for Foster Shoes of the UK in 1960. The name Reebok (more commonly “Rhebok”) is an Afrikaans word for an antelope, and comes from the term “roe buck”.

30 Fur tycoon for whom a northwest Oregon city was named : ASTOR

John Jacob Astor was the patriarch of the famous American Astor dynasty. He was the country’s first multi-millionaire, making his fortune in the trade of fur, real estate and opium. In today’s terms, it has been calculated that by the time of his death he has accumulated a fortune big enough to make him the fourth wealthiest man in American history (in the company of the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Bill Gates, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller).

The city of Astoria, Oregon developed around Fort Astoria, which was established in 1810. Fort Astoria was a fur-trading post built by John Jacob Astor’s Pacific Fur Company, hence the “Astoria” name.

32 Lewd material : SMUT

“Smut” means “dirt, smudge” and more recently “pornographic material”. The term comes from the Yiddish “schmutz”, which is a slang word used in English for dirt, as in “dirt on one’s face”.

36 Green : FAT STACKS OF CASH

Our word “cash” comes from the Middle French “caisse” meaning “money box”.

39 Early pt. of a week : TUES

The name “Tuesday” comes from an Old English word that translates as “Tiw’s Day”. In turn, “Tiw” was the Old English name for the Norse god “Týr”. Týr was the Norse god of single combat, victory and heroic glory.

40 Condé __ : NAST

Condé Nast is a mass media corporation that has a very large portfolio of publications, including “Vogue”, “GQ”, “House and Garden”, “Golf Digest”, “Wired”, “Vanity Fair” and “The New Yorker”.

49 “Ghost World” star Birch : THORA

Thora Birch is an actress from Los Angeles. Birch is probably best known for her breakthrough role in the 1999 movie “American Beauty” in which she was the insecure daughter of a married couple played by Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.

50 Minor flaws : FOIBLES

Originally, a foible was the weak point of a sword’s blade. Over time, “foible” came to be used for a weak point in a person’s character.

60 Insignificant amount : IOTA

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

62 “Star Wars” heroine mentored by Luke : REY

Rey is a central character in the “Star Wars” universe who first appeared in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. She is trained as a Jedi by Luke Skywalker and his sister Princess Leia Organa. In honor of her mentors, she takes the name Rey Skywalker, and eventually becomes “The Last Jedi”. Rey is played by British actress Daisy Ridley.

64 Subject that may come up in a frank discussion? : BUNS

The frankfurter sausage that is typically used in a North American hot dog gets its name from Frankfurter Würstchen. The latter is a German sausage that is prepared by boiling in water, just like a hot dog frank.

Down

4 Faris of “Mom” : ANNA

Comic actress Anna Faris broke through to the big time when she landed a leading role in the 2000 horror parody “Scary Movie”. She reprised that “Scary Movie” role in three sequels. TV audiences will likely recognize Faris as the main character in the sitcom “Mom”. Faris was married to fellow actor Chris Pratt from 2009 until 2018.

7 Prefix with gram or graph : EPI-

An epigram is a short and clever statement, poem or discourse.

In the world of literature, an epigraph is a few words at the beginning of a composition that sets forth a theme, and is often a quotation. The term “epigraph” can also be used for an inscription on maybe a building or a statue.

10 “Argo” or “Fargo” : MOVIE

“Argo” is a 2012 movie that is based on the true story of the rescue of six diplomats hiding out during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The film was directed by and stars Ben Affleck and is produced by Grant Heslov and George Clooney, the same pair who produced the excellent “Good Night, and Good Luck”. I highly recommend “Argo”, although I found the scenes of religious fervor to be very frightening …

“Fargo” is one of my favorite films of all time, and stars perhaps my favorite actress, Frances McDormand. “Fargo” was directed by the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan. Frances McDormand is Joel’s wife.

11 Safe havens : ASYLA

Asylum (plural “asyla”) is a Latin word meaning “sanctuary”.

15 “Peacemaker” star John : CENA

John Cena is a professional wrestler turned rapper and actor. Although wrestling, rapping and “Cena-style” movies wouldn’t be my cup of tea, I have to admire Cena’s philanthropic record. He holds the title for the most wishes granted by a single individual for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that benefits children with life-threatening medical conditions.

17 Stooge chuckle : NYUK

If you’ve seen a few of the films starring “The Three Stooges” you might have noticed that the line-up changed over the years. The original trio was made up of Moe and Shemp Howard (two brothers) and Larry Fine (a good friend of the Howards). This line up was usually known as “Moe, Larry and Shemp”. Then Curly Howard replaced his brother when Shemp quit the act, creating the most famous trio, “Moe, Larry And Curly”. Shemp returned when Curly had a debilitating stroke in 1946. Shemp stayed with the troupe until he himself died in 1955. Shemp was replaced by Joe Besser, and then “Curly-Joe” DeRita. When Larry Fine suffered a stroke in 1970, it effectively marked the end of the act.

24 Alliance headed by Jens Stoltenberg: Abbr. : NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an international military alliance that was established in 1949. NATO headquarters was initially set up in London, moved to Paris in 1952, and then to Brussels 1967.

Jens Stoltenberg became Secretary General of NATO in 2014, after having served two terms as Prime Minister of Norway.

26 Old Testament twin : ESAU

Esau was the grandson of Abraham and the twin brother of Jacob, the founder of the Israelites. When Esau was born to Isaac and Rebekah, the event was described with “Now the first came forth, red all over like a hairy garment”. Esau is portrayed later in life as being very different from his brother Jacob, as a hunter and someone who loves the outdoor life.

27 Luncheon end? : -ETTE

“Lunch” is an abbreviated form of “luncheon”, but the exact etymology of “luncheon” seems unclear. That said, back in the 1650s, a luncheon was a light snack eaten between regular mealtimes, as opposed to a regular midday repast.

28 Significant video game foe : BOSS

In the world of video gaming, a significantly strong computer-controlled opponent is referred to as a boss. A fight against a boss is known as a boss battle.

32 Jazz style : SCAT

Scat singing is a vocal improvisation found in the world of jazz. There aren’t any words as such in scat singing, just random nonsense syllables made up on the spot.

33 “Downton Abbey” staffer : MAID

One of my favorite scenes from the period drama “Downton Abbey” takes place around the dinner table. Matthew Crawley, a practicing lawyer being introduced to the aristocratic Grantham family says, “I will have plenty of time to do that over the weekend”. To which the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played brilliantly by Maggie Smith) remarks, “but what is a weekend?” Ah, the joys of the easy way of life …

34 KGB country : USSR

The “Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti” (KGB) was the national security agency of the Soviet Union until 1991. The KGB was dissolved after the agency’s chairman led a failed attempt at a coup d’état designed to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.

44 Early anesthetic : ETHER

Ethers are a whole class of organic compounds, but in the vernacular “ether” is specifically diethyl ether. Diethyl ether was once very popular as a general anesthetic.

52 In __ of : LIEU

As one might imagine perhaps, “in lieu” came into English from the Old French word “lieu” meaning “place”, which in turn is derived from the Latin “locum” that also means “place”. So, “in lieu” translates as “in place of”.

56 __ al-Fitr : EID

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday in the Muslim tradition that is known in English as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”. It marks the end of Ramadan, a period of dawn-to-sunset fasting.

57 Phillipa who was the original Eliza in “Hamilton” : SOO

Phillipa Soo is an actress and singer who is perhaps best known for portraying Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, the title character’s wife in the original Broadway production of “Hamilton”.

58 Gateway Arch city, for short : STL

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is located on the banks of the Mississippi River, and is the tallest monument in the United States. It was designed by Eero Saarinen, with the help of structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel. They did their design work back in 1947, but construction wasn’t started until 1963. In 1980, a daredevil took it upon himself to parachute onto the top of the arch, intending to further jump from the apex of the arch and parachute to the ground. He hit the arch all right, and slid all the way down one of the arches to his death. No comment …

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Info in a bank : DATA
5 “May I speak?” : AHEM?
9 ABC show for early risers, briefly : GMA
12 Where the Wings meet the Sky? : ARENA
14 “Hard pass” : NOPE
15 Loving murmurs : COOS
16 Green : BURNING WITH ENVY
19 River that forms the Michigan-Ontario border : ST MARYS
20 Buck who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022 : O’NEIL
21 Green : PUTTING AREA
25 Nike rival : REEBOK
29 Quaint word of dismay : ALAS
30 Fur tycoon for whom a northwest Oregon city was named : ASTOR
31 Nae sayer : SCOT
32 Lewd material : SMUT
36 Green : FAT STACKS OF CASH
39 Early pt. of a week : TUES
40 Condé __ : NAST
41 Up : RAISE
42 Other, in Spanish : OTRO
43 Gently towel off : PAT DRY
44 Green : ECO-FRIENDLY
49 “Ghost World” star Birch : THORA
50 Minor flaws : FOIBLES
55 Green : HOPELESSLY NAIVE
59 Once, once upon a time : ERST
60 Insignificant amount : IOTA
61 Welcome : GREET
62 “Star Wars” heroine mentored by Luke : REY
63 Numbskull : DOLT
64 Subject that may come up in a frank discussion? : BUNS

Down

1 Blots gently : DABS
2 Stuck in __ : A RUT
3 Stretch in office : TERM
4 Faris of “Mom” : ANNA
5 Inner turmoil : ANGST
6 “In what way?” : HOW?
7 Prefix with gram or graph : EPI-
8 Assembled : MET
9 One who’s done for : GONER
10 “Argo” or “Fargo” : MOVIE
11 Safe havens : ASYLA
13 Place with numbered gates : AIRPORT
15 “Peacemaker” star John : CENA
17 Stooge chuckle : NYUK
18 Takes too much for oneself : HOGS
22 Adds at the last minute : TACKS ON
23 “This wasn’t my game” : I LOST
24 Alliance headed by Jens Stoltenberg: Abbr. : NATO
25 River float : RAFT
26 Old Testament twin : ESAU
27 Luncheon end? : -ETTE
28 Significant video game foe : BOSS
31 Alarm : SCARE
32 Jazz style : SCAT
33 “Downton Abbey” staffer : MAID
34 KGB country : USSR
35 Gender-neutral pronoun : THEY
37 Nay sayer : ANTI
38 Coming apart at the seams? : FRAYING
42 Like some traditions : ORAL
43 Cunning maneuver : PLOY
44 Early anesthetic : ETHER
45 Mowing the lawn, e.g. : CHORE
46 “__-daisy!” : OOPSY
47 Stew (over) : FRET
48 Black key above C : D-FLAT
51 Acerbic remark : BARB
52 In __ of : LIEU
53 Tied up : EVEN
54 Related groups : SETS
56 __ al-Fitr : EID
57 Phillipa who was the original Eliza in “Hamilton” : SOO
58 Gateway Arch city, for short : STL

4 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 15 Sep 22, Thursday”

    1. I’ve been wondering that for days now.
      Very peculiar. I enjoy reading folks’ reactions.
      This puzzle? Very easy. I enjoyed doing it.

    2. I’ve been wondering for days now.
      I enjoy reading folks’ reactions.
      This one? I found it very easy, and I liked that!

  1. I keep on trying to comment here, and it keeps on not working.
    Maybe that’s the problem with no comments showing up.

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