LA Times Crossword 28 Nov 22, Monday

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Constructed by: Janice Luttrell
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer: Coattails

Themed answers each end with a word that often follows (“TAILS”) the word “COAT”:

  • 61A Features of some formal jackets, and what the ends of the answers to the starred clues literally are : COATTAILS
  • 17A *Source of endless funds : MONEY TREE (giving “coat-tree”)
  • 23A *”Peter Pan” pirate : CAPTAIN HOOK (giving “coat hook”)
  • 39A *Pre-employment screening process : BACKGROUND CHECK (giving “coat check”)
  • 49A *Suspenseful ending to a series : CLIFF-HANGER (giving “coat hanger”)

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… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 4m 15s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 “The Fox and the __” : HOUND

Disney’s 1981 animated feature “The Fox and the Hound” is based on a novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix. Both the novel and movie tell the tale of a young fox (Tod) and a young hound (Copper) who are good friends. The fox and hound struggle to maintain their friendship as they grow older, even as their animal instincts kick in and social pressures demand that they become adversaries. Heavy stuff!

6 “My gal” of song : SAL

“My Gal Sal” is a song written by composer Paul Dresser. “My Gal Sal” is also the name of the movie recounting Dresser’s life made in 1942. It stars Victor Mature as Dresser, and Rita Hayworth as Sally “Sal” Elliott.

14 Former 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.

19 Moon-related : LUNAR

“Luna” is the Latin word for “moon”, and is the name given to the Roman moon goddess. The Greek equivalent of Luna was Selene. Luna had a temple on the Aventine Hill in Rome but it was destroyed during the Great Fire that raged during the reign of Nero.

20 Vietnamese soup : PHO

Pho (pronounced “fuh”) is a noodle soup from Vietnam that is a popular street food.

21 Tehran’s country : IRAN

Tehran is the capital of Iran and is the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of about 8.5 million. Iran has been around a really long time and Tehran is actually the country’s 31st national capital.

23 *”Peter Pan” pirate : CAPTAIN HOOK (giving “coat hook”)

Captain Hook is the bad guy in “Peter Pan”, the famous play by J. M. Barrie. Hook is Peter Pan’s sworn enemy, as Pan had cut off Hook’s hand causing it to be replaced by a “hook”. It is implied in the play that Hook attended Eton College, just outside London. Hook’s last words are “Floreat Etona”, which is Eton College’s motto. Barrie openly acknowledged that the Hook character is based on Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab from the novel “Moby Dick”.

42 “Straight Outta Compton” actor __ Jackson Jr. : O’SHEA

Rapper Ice Cube’s real name is O’Shea Jackson. Since the year 2000, Ice Cube has gradually moved away from rap music and focuses more on acting. The 2015 movie “Straight Outta Compton” tells the story of the gangsta rap group N.W.A., of which Ice Cube was a member. Ice Cube co-produced the film, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. played his real-life Dad on screen.

44 French fashion magazine : ELLE

“Elle” magazine was founded in 1945 in France and today has the highest circulation of any fashion magazine in the world. “Elle” is the French word for “she”. “Elle” is published monthly worldwide, although you can pick up a weekly edition if you live in France.

47 Some electric cars : TESLAS

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 as a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla is noted for producing the first electric sports car, called the Tesla Roadster. The company followed the sports car with a luxury sedan, the Model S. The Model S was the world’s best selling plug-in electric vehicle of 2015. Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in early 2017.

55 Noodle dish : LO MEIN

“Chow mein” has two slightly different meanings on the East and West Coasts of the US. On the East Coast, basic chow mein is a crispy dish, whereas on the West Coast it is a steamed dish that is relatively soft. On the East Coast the steamed dish is available, but under the name “lo mein”. On the West Coast, the crispy dish is also on the menu, as “Hong Kong-style chow mein”.

56 West Coast gas brand : ARCO

The company name “ARCO” is an acronym standing for “Atlantic Richfield Company”. One of ARCO’s claims to fame is that it is responsible for the nation’s largest Superfund site. Mining and smelting in the area around Butte, Montana polluted the region’s water and soil, and ARCO has agreed to pay $187 million to help clean up the area.

57 Atlas page : MAP

The company name “ARCO” is an acronym standing for “Atlantic Richfield Company”. One of ARCO’s claims to fame is that it is responsible for the nation’s largest Superfund site. Mining and smelting in the area around Butte, Montana polluted the region’s water and soil, and ARCO has agreed to pay $187 million to help clean up the area.

60 Tequila plant : AGAVE

Tequila is a spirit made from the blue agave. The drink takes its name from the city of Tequila, located about 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara.

63 Spinal Tap guitarist Tufnel : NIGEL

The character Nigel Tufnel is the lead guitarist in the fictional rock band in the 1984 movie “This Spinal Tap”. He is played by actor Christopher Guest. Famously, the amplifier for Tufnel’s guitar has a volume dial that goes up to 11, rather than the usual 10. To honor this fact, fans of the movie celebrated Nigel Tufnel Day in 2011, on the 11th of November (11/11/11).

66 Bergen’s dummy Mortimer : SNERD

Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s most famous character was Charlie McCarthy, but Bergen also worked with Mortimer Snerd.

Down

1 Natural rope fiber : HEMP

Hemp, also known as “cannabis”, is a hardy, fast-growing plant that has many uses mainly due to the strength of the fibers in the plant’s stalks. Hemp is used to make rope, paper and textiles. The term “hemp” is sometimes reserved for varieties of the plant grown for non-drug use.

2 Texter’s “Although … ” : OTOH …

On the other hand (OTOH)

4 Word before a maiden name : NEE

“Née” is the French word for “born” when referring to a female. The male equivalent is “né”. The term “née” is mainly used in English when referring to a married woman’s birth name, assuming that she has adopted her husband’s name, e.g. Michelle Obama née Robinson, Melania Trump née Knavs, and Jill Biden née Jacobs.

5 Cold packing material for shipping fish : DRY ICE

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). The material’s main use is to preserve food and for cooling in general. It is also used in fog machines in theaters and haunted houses.

8 Strong cleanser : LYE

What we call “lye” is usually sodium hydroxide (NaOH), although historically the term “lye” was used for potassium hydroxide. Lye has many uses, including to cure several foodstuffs. Lye can make olives less bitter, for example. The chemical is also found in canned mandarin oranges, pretzels and Japanese ramen noodles. More concentrated grades of lye are used to clear drains and clean ovens. Scary …

9 __ City: New Jersey resort town : ATLANTIC

Atlantic City, New Jersey was developed in the 1850s as a potential resort town. The first version of the celebrated Atlantic City Boardwalk was installed in 1870. The city’s heyday came with Prohibition, when illegal drinking and gambling thrived in the backrooms of nightclubs and restaurants. After a long period of decline, Atlantic City was revitalized with the introduction of legalized casino gambling in 1976.

11 Classic detergent brand : RINSO

Rinso was a laundry detergent that was first manufactured in England in 1908 by a company called Hudson’s Soap. It was introduced into the US in 1918. In America, Rinso took to radio advertising and sponsorship in the days of “soap operas”. Their most famous program association was with “The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show” in the 1940s. One of the brand’s slogans was “Solium, the sunlight ingredient”. I have no idea what Solium is, but it certainly did sell a lot of soap!

12 Author Calvino : ITALO

As well as being an author, Italo Calvino was a famous Italian journalist. He was a supporter of communism and so wasn’t very popular in the US nor in Britain.

13 Hall of Fame shortstop Jeter : DEREK

Derek Jeter played his entire professional baseball career with the New York Yankees, and was the team’s captain. Jeter is the all-time career leader for the Yankees in hits, games played, stolen bases and at bats. He is also the all-time leader in hits by a shortstop in the whole of professional baseball. Jeter’s performances in the postseason earned him the nicknames “Captain Clutch” and “Mr. November”. Jeter retired from the game in 2014.

Cooperstown is a village in New York that is famous as the home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The village was named for Judge William Cooper, the founder of Cooperstown and the father of the noted writer James Fenimore Cooper.

18 __ Joe’s: food store chain : TRADER

Trader Joe’s is a grocery store chain based in Monrovia, California that was founded in 1979 by Joe Coulombe. Trader Joe’s is very popular where I live, even though it stocks less than 10% of the items found in a typical grocery store. 80% of the items on the shelves are sold under a Trader Joe’s brand name, and are obviously chosen well. One of the more successful items is Charles Shaw wine, known as “Two Buck Chuck” here in California as it sold for many years at a price of $1.99.

25 Rebecca in the Basketball Hall of Fame : LOBO

Rebecca Lobo is a former WNBA basketball player who launched a second career as a sports reporter and analyst for ESPN. Lobo played with the New York Liberty, Houston Comets and Connecticut Sun.

The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts is more correctly known as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The facility is named for James Naismith, the Canadian-American physical educator who invented the sport. Although the first Hall of Fame class was inducted in 1959, the first Basketball Hall of Fame building did not open until 1968, on the grounds of Springfield College. The increasing number of visitors resulted in the construction of a new building, which opened in 1985 on the banks of the Connecticut River in Springfield. The current facility is also located on the river, and opened in 2002.

27 St. Louis landmark : ARCH

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 …

33 Mystery novelist Grafton : SUE

Sue Grafton wrote detective novels, and her “alphabet series” features the private investigator Kinsey Millhone. She started off with “’A’ Is for Alibi” in 1982 and worked her way up to “‘Y’ is for Yesterday” before she passed away in 2017.

35 Tom Jones’s “__ a Lady” : SHE’S

“She’s a Lady” is a 1971 song composed by Paul Anka and released by Tom Jones that same year. It was destined to become the highest-charting single for Jones in the US.

Tom Jones … someone with a real voice and a great showman. I saw him in Las Vegas many, many moons ago, and it was one of the best Vegas shows I’ve ever attended. Although “Tom Jones” is a carefully selected stage name (he was born Thomas Woodward) the name isn’t too far from reality as Jones is his mother’s maiden name. The stage name was chosen by his manager to capitalize on the appeal of “Tom Jones”, a filmed version of the Henry Fielding novel that was having a successful run at the time. The name also emphasized Tom’s Welsh roots, as Jones is a very common name in Wales.

37 Golden State sch. : UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gets more applications from potential students than any other university in the country. UCLA also has more students enrolled than any other university in the state.

“Golden State” has been the official nickname of California since 1968. The nickname reflects the expansion of the state’s economy that followed the discovery of gold in 1848, and also the fields of golden poppies seen growing wild across California in the spring.

40 Comic strip cat : GARFIELD

“Garfield” is a comic strip drawn by Jim Davis from 1978. The title character is an orange tabby cat. Davis named his cartoon hero Garfield after his own grandfather.

46 “Kung Fu” actor Philip : AHN

Actor Philip Ahn is perhaps best known for playing Master Kahn, one of Caine’s teachers on the television show “Kung Fu”. Ahn was the first Asian-American actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“Kung Fu” is a Western TV series that originally aired in the mid-seventies. David Carradine plays a Buddhist monk and martial arts expert traveling through the Old West. Caradine’s character is named Kwai Chang Caine, and he is on a quest to find his half-brother Danny Caine.

48 Like some R-rated films : EROTIC

The name of Eros, the Greek god of love, gives rise to our word “erotic” meaning “arousing sexual desire”. Eros was referred to in Latin as both “Amor” (meaning “love”) and “Cupid” (meaning “desire”).

53 Actress Watts : NAOMI

Actress Naomi Watts was born in the UK and moved to Australia when she was 14 years of age. It was in Australia that Watts got her break in television and movies. Probably her most acclaimed role was in the 2003 film “21 Grams” with Sean Penn and Benicio del Toro. Watts is best friends with fellow Australian actress Nicole Kidman.

54 Wine fruit : GRAPE

Humans have been cultivating grapes as a foodstuff for 6,000 to 8,000 years. They were first cultivated in the Middle East. The surface of grape skins are a natural home for yeasts, and it was this coexistence of yeast and grapes that led to the discovery of the alcoholic drink we refer to as wine.

57 Odometer unit : MILE

An odometer measures distance traveled. “Odometer comes from the Greek “hodos” meaning “path” and “metron” meaning “measure”.

58 Pub orders : ALES

The many, many different styles of beer can generally be sorted into two groups: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at relatively warm temperatures for relatively short periods of time, and use top-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that float on top of the beer as it ferments. Lagers ferment at relatively low temperatures and for relatively long periods of time. Lagers use bottom-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that fall to the bottom of the beer as it ferments.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 “The Fox and the __” : HOUND
6 “My gal” of song : SAL
9 Sharply bitter : ACRID
14 Former anesthetic : ETHER
15 Weep : CRY
16 Overused, as an expression : TRITE
17 *Source of endless funds : MONEY TREE (giving “coat-tree”)
19 Moon-related : LUNAR
20 Vietnamese soup : PHO
21 Tehran’s country : IRAN
22 Irritating inconvenience : HASSLE
23 *”Peter Pan” pirate : CAPTAIN HOOK (giving “coat hook”)
25 Thumbed (through), as a book : LEAFED
29 Catch on to : GET
30 Spanish “other” : OTRA
31 “What __ can I say?” : ELSE
34 Newsletter edition : ISSUE
39 *Pre-employment screening process : BACKGROUND CHECK (giving “coat check”)
42 “Straight Outta Compton” actor __ Jackson Jr. : O’SHEA
43 French head : TETE
44 French fashion magazine : ELLE
45 “I smell a __!” : RAT
47 Some electric cars : TESLAS
49 *Suspenseful ending to a series : CLIFF-HANGER (giving “coat hanger”)
55 Noodle dish : LO MEIN
56 West Coast gas brand : ARCO
57 Atlas page : MAP
60 Tequila plant : AGAVE
61 Features of some formal jackets, and what the ends of the answers to the starred clues literally are : COATTAILS
63 Spinal Tap guitarist Tufnel : NIGEL
64 Energize, with “up” : AMP …
65 Cruise stopovers : ISLES
66 Bergen’s dummy Mortimer : SNERD
67 Dessert choice : PIE
68 Toy holder : CHEST

Down

1 Natural rope fiber : HEMP
2 Texter’s “Although … ” : OTOH …
3 “Yeah, I’ll pass” : UH, NO
4 Word before a maiden name : NEE
5 Cold packing material for shipping fish : DRY ICE
6 Part of a quilter’s fabric supply : SCRAP
7 “__ you clever!” : AREN’T
8 Strong cleanser : LYE
9 __ City: New Jersey resort town : ATLANTIC
10 Puppy love : CRUSH
11 Classic detergent brand : RINSO
12 Author Calvino : ITALO
13 Hall of Fame shortstop Jeter : DEREK
18 __ Joe’s: food store chain : TRADER
22 Quaint “Shake a leg” : HIE
24 Writer’s representative : AGENT
25 Rebecca in the Basketball Hall of Fame : LOBO
26 Flight sked info : ETAS
27 St. Louis landmark : ARCH
28 Counterfeit : FAKE
32 Great deal of, slangily : LOTTA
33 Mystery novelist Grafton : SUE
35 Tom Jones’s “__ a Lady” : SHE’S
36 Exchange for cash : SELL
37 Golden State sch. : UCLA
38 Barely gets (by) : EKES
40 Comic strip cat : GARFIELD
41 Catch a scent of : DETECT
46 “Kung Fu” actor Philip : AHN
48 Like some R-rated films : EROTIC
49 Families : CLANS
50 Enter a password, say : LOG IN
51 Picture : IMAGE
52 High temperature : FEVER
53 Actress Watts : NAOMI
54 Wine fruit : GRAPE
57 Odometer unit : MILE
58 Pub orders : ALES
59 Discreet summons : PSST!
61 Ballplayer’s hat : CAP
62 Firepit residue : ASH

17 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 28 Nov 22, Monday”

  1. Had a Natick at LOBO crosses OSHEA. Some other (young or sports) names I didn’t actually know. Gotta find an old coots crossword puzzle.

  2. 8:43 – no errors or lookups. False starts: OTRO>OTRA, TOKYO (too short!)>TRADER.

    New: RINSO, NIGEL Tufnel, Rebecca LOBO, Philip AHN. I watched the original Kung Fu series when it was new, but haven’t developed a desire for the current one.

    Figured out the theme, but not until I completed the puzzle.

  3. Your Sunday crosswords are mostly made up foolplay and not everyday knowledge antonyms and synonyms.I QUIT!!!!

  4. Mostly easy Monday; took 8:26 with no peeks or errors. Had to dance around LOBO, OSHEA, NIGEL and AHN, but managed with crosses and guesses.

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