LA Times Crossword 18 Sep 22, Sunday

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Constructed by: Lynn Lempel
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Theme: Game Day

Themed answers are common phrases reinterpreted as words said while playing a GAME cited in the clue:

  • 28A Prompt to a Twister player? : PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN
  • 45A Encouragement to a Yahtzee player? : GET THIS STRAIGHT
  • 69A Sad request to one’s Hangman opponent? : GIVE ME A HAND
  • 97A Advice to a checkers player? : JUMP AT THE CHANCE
  • 114A Prayer for a chess player? : GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
  • 3D With 73-Down, assertion to one’s Scrabble opponent? : IT’S YOUR WORD …
  • 73D See 3-Down : … AGAINST MINE

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… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 13m 18s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 Left on board? : PORT

The left side of a ship used to be called the “larboard” side, but this was dropped in favor of “port” as the pronunciation of “larboard” was easily confused with “starboard”, the right side of the vessel. The term “port” was chosen as it was customary to dock a ship, for loading in port, with the left side of the vessel against the dock.

13 Church reading : PSALM

The Greek word “psalmoi” originally meant “songs sung to a harp”, and gave us the word “psalms”. In the Jewish and Western Christian traditions, the Book of Psalms contains 150 individual psalms, divided into five sections.

18 Falafel bread : PITA

Falafel is a ball of ground chickpeas or fava beans that has been deep fried and served in pita bread. I love chickpeas, but falafel is often too dry for me …

19 Civil rights leader Medgar : EVERS

Medgar Evers was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi who was assassinated by the Klu Klux Klan in 1963. A year after the murder, one Byron De La Beckwith was arrested and charged with the crime. Two trials failed to return a decision on Beckwith’s guilt as the juries, composed completely of white males, deadlocked both times. New evidence was unearthed some thirty years later so Beckwith could be retried and he was finally convicted of the murder in 1994. Back in 1963, Evers was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Evers had served in the US Army in France during WWII and left the military with the rank of sergeant.

24 Piece of history : RELIC

A relic is something that has survived from the past, reminding us of that past.

25 Gumbo pod : OKRA

Gumbo is a type of stew or soup that originated in Louisiana. The primary ingredient can be meat or fish, but to be true gumbo it must include the “holy trinity” of vegetables, namely celery, bell peppers and onion. Okra used to be a requirement but this is no longer the case. Okra gave the dish its name as the vernacular word for the African vegetable is “okingumbo”, from the Bantu language spoken by many of the slaves brought to America.

28 Prompt to a Twister player? : PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN

Twister is a game requiring a lot of physical dexterity and flexibility. It involves players placing specific hands and feet onto colored pads on a mat, as directed by a spinning arrow on a board. Sales of the game got a great boost in 1966, when Eva Gabor played Twister with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”.

33 Glove material : LATEX

Latex is a naturally occurring polymer made by some plants that can also be made synthetically. About one in ten of the flowering plants in the world make the milky fluid called latex. It serves as a defense against insects and is exuded when a plant is injured or attacked by insects. Latex is collected commercially and is the source of natural rubber, which can be used to make things such as gloves, condoms and balloons.

40 Former NBA star Ming : YAO

Yao Ming is a retired professional basketball player from Shanghai who played for the Houston Rockets. At 7’6″, Yao was the tallest man playing in the NBA.

45 Encouragement to a Yahtzee player? : GET THIS STRAIGHT

The dice game Yahtzee was introduced in 1956 and is a variant of earlier dice games, especially the game “Yacht” (which even has a similar name). Yahtzee is required entertainment in our house during holidays. The game involves the rolling of five dice, with the intent of getting certain combinations. A lot of those combinations resemble poker hands, such as a straight, three of a kind, four of a kind and a full house.

50 One in a dory : ROWER

A dory is a small boat that’s around 20 feet long with a shallow draft, a flat bottom and a sharp bow. Dories are commonly used for fishing.

52 Dory’s companion : NEMO

“Finding Nemo” is a 2003 animated blockbuster from Pixar. The film was the winner of the Oscar that year for Best Animated Feature. Believe it or not, “Finding Nemo” is the best-selling DVD of all time and, until 2010’s “Toy Story 3”, it was the highest-grossing, G-rated movie at the box office.

Pixar’s 2016 animated feature “Finding Dory” is a sequel to the megahit film “Finding Nemo”. “Finding Dory” seems to have built on the success of its predecessor and had the highest-grossing opening weekend ever in North America for an animated movie.

53 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star : JOLIE
65 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star : PITT

Angelina Jolie is a remarkably successful Hollywood actress from Los Angeles, California. Jolie has acting in her blood as her father is actor Jon Voight. Her godparents are actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. Jolie’s first marriage was to British actor Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Sherlock Holmes on the TV show “Elementary”. Her second marriage was to actor Billy Bob Thornton, and the third to actor Brad Pitt.

Brad Pitt’s first major role was the cowboy hitchhiker in the 1991’s “Thelma and Louise”. Pitt’s life offscreen garners as much attention as his work onscreen, it seems. The tabloids revel in the series of high-profile relationships in which he has been involved. He was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow for a while, married to Jennifer Aniston and then to Angelina Jolie.

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith” is a 2005 film starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the title roles. It’s a fun film, sort of a melded romantic comedy and action movie. The film is noted as the first time Pitt and Jolie met, after which they fell in love and became the media’s “Brangelina” item.

54 Psychology 101 subject : EGO

Sigmund Freud created a structural model of the human psyche, breaking it into three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is that part of the psyche containing the basic instinctual drives. The ego seeks to please the id by causing realistic behavior that benefits the individual. The superego almost has a parental role, contradicting the id by introducing critical thinking and morals to behavioral choices.

59 Heavenly octet : PLANETS

There are several mnemonics used to remember the planets and the order in which they are found in the Solar System. One example is “My Very Easy Method Just Shows Us Nine Planets”, but that doesn’t really work since Pluto was relegated from “planethood” in 2006. The oft-quoted mnemonic for the eight planets is “My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Nachos”. Given the relegation of Pluto, I kind of like “Many Very Educated Men Just Screwed Up Nature”.

61 Benchmark : NORM

A benchmark is something that serves as a standard used to measure others. The original benchmark was a point of reference used by surveyors. Literally, a benchmark was an angle-iron driven into the ground as a support (or “bench”) for a leveling instrument.

63 “Salt Fat __ Heat”: Samin Nosrat cookbook : ACID

“Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” is a 2017 cookbook penned by chef and TV host Samin Nosrat. A best seller, it has been described as more of a reference book than a collection of recipes. Nosrat explains how to master flavor and texture using salt, fat, acid and heat, four elements that she calls the “cardinal directions” of cooking.

67 D’backs, on a sports ticker : ARI

The Arizona Diamondbacks (also “D-backs”) joined Major League Baseball’s National League in 1998. By winning the World Series in 2001, the Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team to do so in Major League history.

68 Actor Alan who hosts the “Clear+Vivid” podcast : 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.

69 Sad request to one’s Hangman opponent? : GIVE ME A HAND

The word-guessing game Hangman seems to have been played first in Victorian England. At one time it was known as “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” as the words to be guessed had to be types of animal.

72 Microwaves : ZAPS

The first household microwave oven was introduced to the market in 1955, by the Tappan Stove Company in Ohio.

76 “Summertime Sadness” singer Lana __ Rey : DEL

“Summertime Sadness” is a 2012 song co-written and recorded by Lan Del Ray. The song’s accompanying music video is shot like a home movie. It portrays Del Ray and actress Jaime King as a couple, a couple who both commit suicide separately by jumping from a height. Summertime sadness indeed …

80 Entertainment industry grand slam, for short : EGOT

The acronym “EGOT” stands for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony”, and is a reference to performers who have won all four awards.

87 Arborist’s patient : TREE

Tree surgeons are also known as arborists. Such professionals focus on the health of individual trees, whereas foresters manage whole forests.

91 Prosecco kin : ASTI

Asti is a sparkling white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy that is named for the town of Asti around which the wine is produced. The wine used to be called Asti Spumante, and it had a very bad reputation as a “poor man’s champagne”. The “Spumante” was dropped in a marketing attempt at rebranding associated with a reduction in the amount of residual sugar in the wine.

Prosecco still and sparkling wines are named for the village of Prosecco in the province of Trieste in northeastern Italy.

97 Advice to a checkers player? : JUMP AT THE CHANCE

“Checkers” is yet another word that I had to learn moving across the Atlantic. In Ireland, the game is called “draughts”.

100 Connective tissue : SINEW

“Sinew” is another name for “tendon”. Tendons are bands of collagen that connect muscle to bone. Tendons are similar to ligaments and fasciae, which are also connective tissue made out of collagen, but ligaments join bone to bone, and fasciae connect muscle to muscle. We also use the term “sinew” to mean muscular power.

102 Sculling need : OAR

A scull is a boat used for competitive rowing. The main hull of the boat is often referred to as a shell. Crew members who row the boat can be referred to as “oars”. And, a scull is also an oar mounted on the stern of a small boat. It’s all very confusing …

103 Botanist Gray and actor Butterfield : ASAS

Asa Gray was an important American botanist in the nineteenth century. He was a lifelong friend of Charles Darwin, albeit mainly through correspondence. Darwin’s book “Forms of Flowers” was dedicated to Gray.

Asa Butterfield is a actor from London whose breakthrough came with the title role in the 2008 Holocaust movie “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”. More recently, he starred in the excellent Netflix comedy-drama series “Sex Education” alongside Gillian Anderson.

108 Like the River Shannon : IRISH

The Shannon is the longest river in Ireland, draining one fifth of the island’s area. It is named for a Celtic goddess named Sionna.

111 Forced (on) : FOISTED

The word “foist”, meaning “to pass off fraudulently as genuine”, comes from the Dutch word meaning “take in hand”. The original concept came from playing dice, in which one die was held surreptitiously in one hand.

114 Prayer for a chess player? : GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

I guess the queen in chess might be considered versatile because of the vast scope that it has in moves. It can move forwards and backwards, any number of squares. It can also move sideways, and diagonally.

122 Real doozies : LULUS

We call a remarkable thing or a person a lulu. The term “lulu” was coined in honor of Lulu Hurst, the Georgia Wonder, who was a stage magician active in the 1880s.

A doozy is something extraordinary or bizarre. The exact origins of the word “doozy” aren’t clear, but it might be a derivative of the name Eleanora Duse, an Italian actress popular early in the 20th century. Some say that the term comes from the Duesenberg brand of automobile, which was indeed referred to as a “duesy”. However, the use of “doozy” in print occurs before the Duesenberg hit the market.

123 Globetrotter’s need : VISA

A visa is usually a stamp in one’s passport, an indication that one is authorized to enter (and less often, to exit) a particular country. The word “visa” comes into English, via French, from the Latin expression “charta visa” meaning “paper that has been seen”, or “verified paper”.

126 Singer Ronstadt : LINDA

Linda Ronstadt is a singer-songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. She really does have a lovely voice, and is someone who can make any song her own. In the late seventies, Ronstadt was the highest-paid woman in the world of rock music.

127 Turn over __ leaf : ANEW

To turn over a new leaf is to start anew, with a change in attitude or manner. The literal interpretation of “leaf” in this case is “page of a book”. Someone turning over a new leaf is turning to a blank page, making a fresh start.

128 Some TVs : SONYS

Sony was founded by Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering Corporation). The two partners met in the Japanese Navy during WWII.

129 Fed. IDs : SSNS

Social Security number (SSN)

131 Spill the beans : TELL

To spill the beans is to divulge a secret. The expression first appeared in American English, in the early 1900s. The phrase arose as an alternative to “spoil the beans” or “upset the applecart”. The similarly meaning phrase “spill the tea” is more prevalent on the other side of the Atlantic.

Down

1 Bug-hitting-the-windshield sound : SPLAT!

What we know as a windshield here in North America, is referred to as a windscreen on the other side of the Atlantic. In America, we use the term “windscreen” for a mesh or foam device placed around a microphone to limit noise caused by wind.

2 Yamaha with a bench seat : PIANO

The Japanese company Yamaha started out way back in 1888 as a manufacturer of pianos and reed organs. Even though the company has diversified since then, Yamaha’s logo still reflects its musical roots. Said logo is made up of three intersecting tuning forks, and can even be seen on Yamaha motorcycles and ATVs.

3 With 73-Down, assertion to one’s Scrabble opponent? : IT’S YOUR WORD … [73 See 3-Down : … AGAINST MINE]

The game of Scrabble has been around since 1938, and is the invention of an architect named Alfred Mosher Butts. Butts was born on April 13th, and we now celebrate National Scrabble Day on April 13th each year in his honor.

6 1980 Olympics track medalist Steve : OVETT

Steve Ovett is a retired British middle-distance runner from England, a gold medal winner in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Ovett had a very public rivalry with fellow English Olympian Sebastian Coe.

8 The Jonas Brothers, e.g. : TRIO

The Jonas Brothers Pop rock band comprises brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas. They recorded their first song in 2005, and really achieved fame a few years later due to repeated appearances on the Disney Channel. They split up in 2013, citing “creative differences”, but came back as a trio in 2019.

10 Black tea : PEKOE

A pekoe (or more commonly “orange pekoe”) is a medium-grade black tea. There is no orange flavor in an orange pekoe tea. The “orange” name most likely derived from the name of the trading company that brought the tea to Europe from Asia.

13 Woman on Argentina’s 100 peso note : PERON

Eva Perón was the second wife of President Juan Perón who was in office from 1946 to 1955. The Argentine First Lady was known affectionately by the people as “Evita”, the Spanish language diminutive of “Eva”. “Evita” is also the title of a tremendously successful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that is based on the life of Eva Perón.

14 Bamboozles : SNOWS

We use the phrase “snowed under” to describe a state of being or feeling overwhelmed, as if one was helpless when covered in a snowdrift. The derivative term “snow job” describes an attempt to convince someone that something is true, when in fact it is not.

It’s thought that the lovely word “bamboozle” came into English from the Scottish “bombaze” meaning “perplex”. We’ve been using “bamboozle” since the very early 1700s.

17 “__ America”: 2020 miniseries about the ERA movement : MRS

The 2020 miniseries “Mrs. America” chronicles the (so far) unsuccessful campaign to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. This historical drama has quite the cast, including Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Tracy Ullman and Sarah Paulson. I haven’t seen this one yet, but it’s on my “Must See” list …

30 French fashion giant : DIOR

Fashion designer Christian Dior showed off his first collection in 1947, to great acclaim. The editor-in-chief of “Harper’s Bazaar” remarked, “it’s such a new look!” as there was a clear contrast with the austere designs that dominated the war years. The remark resulted in the collection being labeled forever as the “New Look”.

35 Like two 2015 Max Scherzer games : NO-HIT

Max Scherzer is a professional baseball pitcher with the nickname “Mad Max”. Clearly, a great pitcher has great eyes. Scherzer’s eyes happen to be different colors; one blue and one brown.

36 Will of “Blue Bloods” : ESTES

Actor Will Estes played JJ Pryor on the TV drama “American Dreams”, and then Jamie Reagan on the police drama “Blue Bloods”.

“Blue Bloods” is a police drama series about a family of police officers led by Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Tom Selleck. The show first aired in 2010.

39 Classical pianist Alice Sara __ : OTT

Alice Sara Ott is a classical pianist from Germany. Sadly, she announced in 2019 that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

44 Nikolai who wrote “The Overcoat” : GOGOL

Nikolai Gogol was a Russian writer who was born in Ukraine. He wrote a lot of satirical pieces that attacked corrupt bureaucracy in Russia, which led to his being exiled. Gogol’s most famous work is probably “Taras Bulba”, from 1836.

“The Overcoat” is a short story written by Nikolai Gogol, and published in 1842. The story was so well received and so influential in Russian literature circles that it led to the famous writer Fyodor Dostoevsky saying, “We all come out from Gogol’s ‘Overcoat’”.

45 Italian fashion giant : GUCCI

Gucci was founded in Rome, in 1921, by Guccio Gucci. Guccio’s son Aldo took over the company after his father’s death in 1953. It was Aldo who established the international presence for the brand and opened the company’s first overseas store, in New York City.

46 __ pale ale : INDIA

India pale ale (IPA) is a style of beer that originated in England. The beer was originally intended for transportation from England to India, hence the name.

48 Allowing access : AJAR

Our word “ajar” is thought to come from Scottish dialect, in which “a char” means “slightly open”.

56 Philadelphia NFLer : EAGLE

The Philadelphia Eagles were established in 1933 and joined the National Football League as a replacement for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets, also from Philadelphia. The “Eagle” name was inspired by the Blue Eagle insignia that was used by companies who were in compliance with the National Industrial Recovery Act that was central to President Roosevelt’s New Deal Program.

60 Chili scoop : LADLE

The full name of the dish that is often called simply “chili” is “chili con carne”, Spanish for “peppers with meat”. The dish was created by immigrants from the Spanish Canary Islands in the city of San Antonio, Texas (a city which the islanders founded). The San Antonio Chili Stand was a popular attraction at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and that stand introduced the dish to the rest of America and to the world.

66 Strategic steps : TACTICS

The terms “strategy” and “tactic” are often confused. In the original frame of reference, namely war, strategy is decided prior to battle. Tactics are implemented during the battle, and are consistent with the strategy.

71 Opposite of sur : NORTE

The cardinal directions in Spanish are “norte” (north), “este” (east), “sur” (south) and “oeste” (west).

77 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.

81 Hindu royalty : RAJAS

“Raja” (also “rajah”) is a word derived from Sanskrit that is used particularly in India for a monarch or princely ruler. The female form is “rani” (also “ranee”) and is used for a raja’s wife.

94 Strands in a lab : DNA

Both DNA and RNA are complex molecules comprising nucleotide bases arranged in chains. Famously, DNA molecules form a double-helix structure, with two chains coiled around each other. RNA chains are single-stranded structures that usually fold onto themselves.

106 Jazz saxophonist Rollins : SONNY

Sonny Rollins is a jazz saxophonist with a performing career that spans over 70 years. One of his nicknames is the Saxophone Colossus.

107 “Waiting for Lefty” dramatist Clifford : ODETS

Clifford Odets was a playwright, screenwriter and director from Philadelphia. “Waiting for Lefty” was the first play by Clifford Odets that made it to stage, in 1935. The storyline deals with cab drivers who are planning a strike. Famously, the play breaks through the “fourth wall” by placing actors within the audience who react to the action taking place on the stage.

109 TV Land fare : RERUN

TV Land is a cable television channel that debuted in 1996. “TV Land” is a name that was used by Nick at Nite in the eighties, and is a term originally coined by “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”.

112 Stand for something? : 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.

115 Roadie’s vanload : AMPS

A “roadie” is someone who loads, unloads and sets up equipment for musicians on tour, on the “road”.

117 Pinkie-side arm bone : ULNA

The use of “pinkie” or “pinky” for the little finger or toe comes into English from “pinkje”, the Dutch word for the same digit. Who knew …?

119 Comfy loungewear : PJS

Our word “pajamas” (sometimes “PJs” or “jammies”) comes to us from the Indian subcontinent, where “pai jamahs” were loose fitting pants tied at the waist and worn at night by locals and ultimately by the Europeans living there. And “pajamas” is another of those words that I had to learn to spell differently when I came to America. On the other side of the Atlantic, the spelling is “pyjamas”.

120 Lav : LOO

It has been suggested that the British term “loo”, meaning “toilet”, comes from “Waterloo” (water closet … water-loo), but no one seems to know for sure. Another suggestion is that the term comes from the card game of “lanterloo”, in which the pot was called the loo!

123 Napa Valley tub : VAT

The first commercial winery in Napa Valley, California was established way back in 1858. However, premium wine production only dates back to the 1960s, with the region really hitting the big time after its success at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976. The story of that famous blind wine tasting is told in the entertaining 2008 film “Bottle Shock”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Interpretation : SPIN
5 Left on board? : PORT
9 Smartphone array : APPS
13 Church reading : PSALM
18 Falafel bread : PITA
19 Civil rights leader Medgar : EVERS
21 Vault : LEAP
22 Submit for judging : ENTER
23 Bind with a cord : LASH
24 Piece of history : RELIC
25 Gumbo pod : OKRA
26 Lines on GPS displays : ROADS
27 Vague amount : ANY
28 Prompt to a Twister player? : PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN
31 Over the speed limit : TOO FAST
33 Glove material : LATEX
34 Half-baked, as a plan : INSANE
37 Impulse : URGE
38 Bursts : POPS
40 Former NBA star Ming : YAO
42 Figs. : NOS
43 Correspond : AGREE
45 Encouragement to a Yahtzee player? : GET THIS STRAIGHT
50 One in a dory : ROWER
51 Biblical preposition : UNTO
52 Dory’s companion : NEMO
53 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star : JOLIE
54 Psychology 101 subject : EGO
55 Brief times, briefly : SECS
57 Coarse : RUDE
59 Heavenly octet : PLANETS
61 Benchmark : NORM
63 “Salt Fat __ Heat”: Samin Nosrat cookbook : ACID
65 “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” co-star : PITT
67 D’backs, on a sports ticker : ARI
68 Actor Alan who hosts the “Clear+Vivid” podcast : ALDA
69 Sad request to one’s Hangman opponent? : GIVE ME A HAND
72 Microwaves : ZAPS
76 “Summertime Sadness” singer Lana __ Rey : DEL
78 Equally matched : EVEN
79 Climate change sci. : ECOL
80 Entertainment industry grand slam, for short : EGOT
81 Diminished : RECEDED
85 Vegas calculation : ODDS
87 Arborist’s patient : TREE
89 Atmosphere : AIR
90 One way to think : ALOUD
91 Prosecco kin : ASTI
93 Trim, perhaps : EDIT
95 Originate : ARISE
97 Advice to a checkers player? : JUMP AT THE CHANCE
100 Connective tissue : SINEW
101 Sports drink suffix : -ADE
102 Sculling need : OAR
103 Botanist Gray and actor Butterfield : ASAS
104 Crown array : GEMS
105 __ opener : SEASON
108 Like the River Shannon : IRISH
111 Forced (on) : FOISTED
114 Prayer for a chess player? : GOD SAVE THE QUEEN
118 Damage : MAR
119 Geometry surface : PLANE
121 “A __ technicality!” : MERE
122 Real doozies : LULUS
123 Globetrotter’s need : VISA
124 Knuckle or knee : JOINT
125 Prune, before drying : PLUM
126 Singer Ronstadt : LINDA
127 Turn over __ leaf : ANEW
128 Some TVs : SONYS
129 Fed. IDs : SSNS
130 Over : PAST
131 Spill the beans : TELL

Down

1 Bug-hitting-the-windshield sound : SPLAT!
2 Yamaha with a bench seat : PIANO
3 With 73-Down, assertion to one’s Scrabble opponent? : IT’S YOUR WORD …
4 “Not gonna happen” : NAH
5 Read : PERUSE
6 1980 Olympics track medalist Steve : OVETT
7 Count (on) : RELY
8 The Jonas Brothers, e.g. : TRIO
9 In flight : ALOFT
10 Black tea : PEKOE
11 Sudden burst of emotion : PAROXYSM
12 Quarrel : SPAT
13 Woman on Argentina’s 100 peso note : PERON
14 Bamboozles : SNOWS
15 Slanted : AT AN ANGLE
16 Spearheaded : LED
17 “__ America”: 2020 miniseries about the ERA movement : MRS
20 Artist who works with a chisel : SCULPTOR
28 On-call devices : PAGERS
29 Impetuous : RASH
30 French fashion giant : DIOR
32 Priceless? : FREE
35 Like two 2015 Max Scherzer games : NO-HIT
36 Will of “Blue Bloods” : ESTES
38 Thoughtful : PENSIVE
39 Classical pianist Alice Sara __ : OTT
41 Resting on : ATOP
43 Sports stadium : ARENA
44 Nikolai who wrote “The Overcoat” : GOGOL
45 Italian fashion giant : GUCCI
46 __ pale ale : INDIA
47 Do a slow burn : SEETHE
48 Allowing access : AJAR
49 Charge, in a way : IONIZE
56 Philadelphia NFLer : EAGLE
58 Overturn : UPEND
60 Chili scoop : LADLE
62 Fabricated : MADE UP
64 Dedicate, as time : DEVOTE
66 Strategic steps : TACTICS
70 First-aid dispenser : MEDIC
71 Opposite of sur : NORTE
73 See 3-Down : … AGAINST MINE
74 Grace under fire : POISE
75 Spread around : STREW
77 Medieval Icelandic collection : EDDA
81 Hindu royalty : RAJAS
82 Give the slip : ELUDE
83 “Huh?” : COME AGAIN?
84 Survey results, e.g. : DATA
86 Beachcombing prize : SEASHELL
88 Enter gingerly : EASE IN
92 Dries up : SHRIVELS
94 Strands in a lab : DNA
96 Wheel parts : RIMS
98 Lots and lots : TONS
99 __ out: resolve : HASH
104 Attacks : GOES AT
106 Jazz saxophonist Rollins : SONNY
107 “Waiting for Lefty” dramatist Clifford : ODETS
109 TV Land fare : RERUN
110 Agenda entries : ITEMS
111 Extended conflicts : FEUDS
112 Stand for something? : EASEL
113 Southern twang : DRAWL
115 Roadie’s vanload : AMPS
116 Witticism : QUIP
117 Pinkie-side arm bone : ULNA
119 Comfy loungewear : PJS
120 Lav : LOO
123 Napa Valley tub : VAT

11 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 18 Sep 22, Sunday”

  1. Nice, mostly easy Sunday; took 28:43 with no peeks or errors. I didn’t get the banner when I finished and was just ready to “check-grid” but spotted a misspelled PENSaVE at the last second…got the banner!

    A lot of good clues and a feww things I didn’t know, but in the end, not a problem with crosses.

  2. No errors. Was listening to radio while solving. Got distracted several times.

    At times I had a PAROXYSM but I FOISTED my emotions into a calm state???

    Watched a video on Sara Ott. She is a german-japanese. Speaks very good English. She was diagnosed with MS and deals with it at each concert she performs. Wow! Heavy stuff.

  3. 16:20

    Fun, helpful theme. Still had some tough spots in my own, weird way. For instance, I knew Ming YAO, but couldn’t spell Angelina JOLIE.

    I had a feeling Alice Sara OTT would be interesting. I’ll look her up.

  4. Moderately tough but fair. 114A is another indication of how far in advance these are constructed. I think that, because of the recent death of the British monarch, that it would have been a little more tasteful to have the answer be GOD SAVE THE KING. Enjoyable puzzle but why can’t we have more of these during the week?

  5. 10:56, no errors. Can’t say I’m catching up for as much walking I’m doing lately, but not really in a lot of pain doing it anymore so that’s something. But still feel out of it lots more than usual doing some of these. Like this one.

  6. 17 mins 56 seconds, no errors. A few too many names for my liking, but that’s nothing new, is it? The Scrabble double answer was actually clever in a good way.

  7. Nice to see Ms. Lempel again. She always seems to create interesting (hardly ever used) clues or answers to those clues. Much appreciated.

  8. 22:16 with false starts of: EVARS>EVERS (one of these days I’ll remember his first name is AR and last name is ER), REDUCED>RECEDED, STAR____>SEASHELL.

    New: “Samin Nosrat” and jer cookbook, Lana DEL Rey and her song, Steve OVETT, “Max Scherzer,” Will ESTES, Alice Sara OTT, Clifford ODETS.

    Theme words are in the clues. I’ve played all those games extensively at one time or another in my life.

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