LA Times Crossword 6 Jun 24, Thursday

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Constructed by: Paul Voge & Katie Hale
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer(s): Human Beans

Themed answers are HUMAN BEINGS with types of BEAN as their family names:

  • 36A With 40-Across, a punny title for this puzzle : HUMAN …
  • 40A See 36-Across : … BEANS
  • 17A Actor who voices the panda in the “Kung Fu Panda” films : JACK BLACK (giving “black bean”)
  • 29A Brazilian supermodel who’s a face of Maybelline : ADRIANA LIMA (giving “lima bean”)
  • 45A “Slumdog Millionaire” actress : FREIDA PINTO (giving “pinto bean”)
  • 59A “Family Guy” voice actor who co-created “Robot Chicken” : SETH GREEN (giving “green bean”)

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… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 8m 08s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Calibri, Arial, et al. : FONTS

We tend to use the terms typeface and font interchangeably. Technically, a typeface and font are not the same thing. A complete set of characters with a common design is referred to as a typeface (common examples being Helvetica and Arial). That typeface consists of a whole collection of fonts, all varying in weight and size. One set of Helvetica fonts, for example, might be Helvetica 14 point or Helvetica 16 point, i.e. a specific size. Another set might be Helvetica bold, or Helvetica italic. The difference between fonts and typefaces mattered a great deal when printers had collections of individual letters to make up blocks of text. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that these days.

6 Early show featuring Robin Roberts, for short : GMA

Robin Roberts became anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) in 2005, prior to which she was a sportscaster on ESPN for 15 years.

9 Jargon : LINGO

Lingo is specialized vocabulary. Journalese and legalese would be good examples.

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 …

17 Actor who voices the panda in the “Kung Fu Panda” films : JACK BLACK (giving “black bean”)

Actor Jack Black was born in Santa Monica, California and is the son of two satellite engineers who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope program.

“Kung Fu Panda” is a 2008 animated film from DreamWorks. It’s all about a panda who is an expert in kung fu, as one might guess …

What we usually refer to as a “black bean” in North America, is more correctly called a “black turtle bean”, to distinguish it from other varieties of bean that are black. The black turtle bean is a variety of common bean, and was given the “turtle” moniker due to its hard, other “shell”.

19 Layered dessert : TORTE

A torte is a type of cake made primarily with eggs, sugar and ground nuts (but no flour).

20 Addams cousin : ITT

In the television sitcom “The Addams Family”, the family has a frequent visitor named Cousin Itt. He is a short man with long hair that runs from his head to the floor. Itt was played by Italian actor Felix Silla.

23 Source of an oil with medicinal properties : TEA TREE

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of several species known as “tea tree”, all of which are in the myrtle family. The oil is used as a folk remedy for several skin conditions, including acne, nail fungus and athlete’s foot and dandruff. We are warned that tree oil is poisonous when taken internally, and may cause skin irritation when used externally.

26 Ireland’s “Amhrán na bhFiann,” for one : ANTHEM

“Amhrán na bhFiann” is Irish for “The Soldiers’ Song”, and is the name of the Irish national anthem. I solved this clue pretty quickly …

29 Brazilian supermodel who’s a face of Maybelline : ADRIANA LIMA (giving “lima bean”)

Adriana Lima is a fashion model from Brazil. She is perhaps best known as one of the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her modeling career started when she won a “Supermodel of Brazil” competition in 1996, at 15 years of age.

Maybelline was founded in 1925 in New York by a chemist who was inspired to produce a line of mascara when he noticed his sister applying some makeup. The young lady was using a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust on her eyelashes to make them appear darker and fuller. He produced a product in the laboratory that had a similar effect and started to sell it. The sister’s name was Maybel, and Maybelline became the new company name.

32 Original Beatle Sutcliffe : STU

Stu Sutcliffe was one of the original four members of The Silver Beatles (as The Beatles were known in their early days), along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Sutcliffe apparently came up with the name “Beatles” along with John Lennon, as a homage to their hero Buddy Holly who was backed by the “Crickets”. By all reports, Sutcliffe wasn’t a very talented musician and was more interested in painting. He went with the group to Hamburg, more than once, but he eventually left the Beatles and went back to art school, actually studying for a while at the Hamburg College of Art. In 1962 in Hamburg, Sutcliffe collapsed with blinding headaches. He died in the ambulance on the way to hospital, his death attributed to cerebral paralysis.

33 Carol contraction : ‘TIS

The music for the Christmas song “Deck the Halls” is a traditional Welsh tune that dates back to the 16th century. The same tune was used by Mozart for a violin and piano duet. The lyrics with which we are familiar (other than the “fa-la-la”) are American in origin, and were recorded in the 19th century.

“’Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la!”

34 “Queen Sugar” creator DuVernay : AVA

“Queen Sugar” is a TV drama created by Ava DuVernay that is based on a 2014 novel of the same name by Natalie Baszile. It’s all about three estranged siblings who reunite to save their family’s failing sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

35 Flying Cloud and Royale 8 : REOS

The REO Motor Company was founded by Ransom Eli Olds (hence the name REO). The company made cars, trucks and buses, and was in business from 1905 to 1975 in Lansing, Michigan. Among the company’s most famous models were the REO Royale 8 and the REO Flying Cloud.

36 With 40-Across, a punny title for this puzzle : HUMAN …
40 See 36-Across : … BEANS

Human beans, not human beings …

41 North Carolina university : ELON

Elon University School of Law is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was established in 2006, and fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 2011.

42 Org. that approves cosmetics : FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its roots in the Division of Chemistry (later “Bureau of Chemistry”) that was part of the US Department of Agriculture. President Theodore Roosevelt gave responsibility for examination of food and drugs to the Bureau of Chemistry with the signing of the Pure Food and Drug Act. The Bureau’s name was changed to the Food, Drug and Insecticide Organization in 1927, and to the Food and Drug Administration in 1930.

45 “Slumdog Millionaire” actress : FREIDA PINTO (giving “pinto bean”)

Freida Pinto is an actress from India whose big-screen debut was in the 2008 hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire” playing Latika, the love interest of the main character Jamal. Jamal was played by English actor Dev Patel, and the couple ended up in a six-year relationship that came to an end in 2014.

The brilliant film “Slumdog Millionaire” is a screen adaptation of a 2005 novel by Indian author Vikas Swarup. A low-budget movie, it ended up winning eight Oscars in 2008. I reckon it turned a profit …

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

56 Sat. antecedent : FRI

The days of the week are named for celestial bodies and gods

  • Sunday — Sun’s Day
  • Monday — Moon’s Day
  • Tuesday — Tiu’s day
  • Wednesday — Woden’s day
  • Thursday — Thor’s day
  • Friday — Freya’s day
  • Saturday — Saturn’s day

59 “Family Guy” voice actor who co-created “Robot Chicken” : SETH GREEN (giving “green bean”)

Seth Green is an actor and comedian best-known by many as creator and voice actor on the animated television series “Robot Chicken”. I know him best for playing “Napster” in the 2005 film “The Italian Job”.

Snap beans are also known as green beans or string beans.

62 Leads : HELMS

In its broadest sense, the term “helm” describes the whole of a ship’s steering mechanism, including the rudder and tiller. In a more specific sense, the helm is the handle, tiller or wheel that is used to control the steering gear.

65 Fine and dandy : A-OKAY

Our term “A-OK” is supposedly an abbreviation for “A(ll systems are) OK”, and arose at NASA in the sixties during the space program.

67 Pop-__ : TARTS

Pop-Tart is the most successful single brand for the Kellogg company, as millions of the sugary treats are sold every year. The US Military bought quite a few in 2001, and dropped 2.4 million Pop-Tarts into Afghanistan during the invasion after 9/11.

Down

1 Sizzling serving : FAJITA

“Fajita” is a Tex-Mex term that refers to grilled meat served on a tortilla. The original Mexican-Spanish term “fajita” is used to describe a small strip of chicken or beef. Nowadays, fajitas are often served on a sizzling platter with the tortillas and condiments on the side.

3 Hummingbird’s drink : NECTAR

The sugary liquid known as nectar is produced by plants to attract animals needed for the plant’s survival. The classic example is the nectar produced in flowers that attracts insects needed to facilitate pollination. Some plants produce nectar in leaves that attracts favorable insects that in turn prey on insects that can harm the plants.

Hummingbirds are the smallest of all the birds. The bee hummingbird is native to Cuba and weighs less than a tenth of an ounce and is about two inches in length!

7 Spice related to nutmeg : MACE

The fruit of the nutmeg tree yields two very different spices. What we call “nutmeg” comes from the seed of the tree. “Mace” is the dried covering of the seed.

8 “Diana” singer Paul : ANKA

Canadian-born Paul Anka’s big hit was in 1957, the song entitled “Diana”. Another oft-heard Anka composition started out life as his 1959 composition “Toot Sweet”. He rearranged “Toot Sweet” and renamed it as “Johnny’s Theme”, the jazz instrumental played as the opening theme of “The Tonight Show Starry Johnny Carson”.

9 Cuban woman, perhaps : LATINA

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. The exact etymology of the name “Cuba” seems a little unclear. Most believe “Cuba” to be derived from the Taíno terms for “where fertile land is abundant” (cubao) or “great place” (coabana).

11 Water between Antwerp and Aberdeen : NORTH SEA

The North Sea is an offshoot of the Atlantic Ocean that is located between Britain and Scandinavia.

The port city of Antwerp is the second most populous urban area in Belgium after the capital Brussels. To most of the French-speaking population of the country, Antwerp is known as Anvers. The city’s economy is driven by the volume of traffic through the port, as well as trade in diamonds.

The Scottish city of Aberdeen is located amidst plentiful supplies of granite that were actively quarried until the 1970s. Many local buildings incorporate some of that granite in their structure. Aberdeen granite is especially prized for its high levels of mica, which can cause the stone to sparkle like silver. It’s no surprise then, that the list of Aberdeen’s nicknames includes “Granite City” and “Silver City”.

22 Title in Tibet : LAMA

“Lama” is a Tibetan word meaning “chief, high priest”.

24 Nashville athlete : TITAN

The Tennessee Titans football team is based in Nashville, having relocated to Nashville from Houston in 1997. The team was called the Tennessee Oilers for two seasons, before adopting the “Titans” moniker.

27 Hugh Laurie’s alma mater : ETON

English actor and comedian Hugh Laurie used to be half of a comedy double act with Stephen Fry called simply “Fry and Laurie”. Fry and Laurie met in Cambridge University through their mutual friend, actress Emma Thompson. Over in North America, Laurie is best known for playing the title role in the medical drama “House”.

28 Tousle : MUSS

“Muss” means “state of disorder”, and is a term that probably evolved from “mess”. The phrase “no muss, no fuss” means “no bother, no mess made, no excessive hustle and bustle”.

30 Hawaiian island : LANAI

Lanai is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Lanai was first spotted by Europeans just a few days after Captain Cook was killed on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1779. In 1922, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company bought the whole island of Lanai and turned most of it into the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Since then, Lanai has been known as “The Pineapple Island”. Today, 98% of the island is owned by Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, and 2% is owned by the State of Hawaii.

31 Dartmouth, for one : IVY

Dartmouth College is an Ivy League school in Hanover, New Hampshire. It was established in 1769 as a school designed to educate Native Americans in the English way of life and in Christian theology.

35 Artifact : RELIC

A relic is something that has survived from the past, reminding us of that past. In the world of religion, a relic is an object revered due to its association with a saint or martyr.

37 Radius neighbor : ULNA

The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the “thumb-side” of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the “pinky-side”.

38 Excursion during a lunar landing : MOONWALK

Apollo 11 was the most memorable of all space missions, landing the first humans on the moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon’s surface in their landing craft “Eagle”, while Michael Collins orbited in the command module “Columbia”. It was to be the first of five moon landings that would take place from 1969-1972.

40 Good songs, casually : BOPS

“Bop” is a slang term describing a good song. New to me …

49 QB protectors : O-LINES

Offensive line (O-line)

51 Factor in Hindu reincarnation : KARMA

Karma is a religious concept with its basis in Indian faiths. Karma embraces the notion of cause and effect. Good deeds have good consequences at some later point in one’s life, one’s future life, or one’s afterlife. And, bad deeds have bad consequences.

55 Video game giant : SEGA

Sega is a Japanese video game company headquartered in Tokyo. Sega actually started out in 1940 as Standard Games and was located in Honolulu, which at that time was a city in the US Territory of Hawaii. The owners moved the operation to Tokyo in 1951 and renamed the company to Service Games. The name “Sega” is a combination of the first two letters of the words “Se-rvice” and “Ga-mes”.

58 Summer fire sign : LEO

Each of the twelve astrological signs is associated with one of the classical elements:

  • Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Earth signs: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
  • Air signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
  • Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

61 Molecule in some vaccines : RNA

Traditional vaccines typically use weakened or inactivated viruses, or pieces of the virus, to stimulate an immune response. mRNA vaccines use a small piece of genetic material from the virus, called messenger RNA (mRNA), to instruct cells in the body to produce a harmless piece of the virus to trigger the immune response. mRNA vaccines are developed more quickly than traditional vaccines. This was demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, where mRNA vaccines were developed and authorized for emergency use within months of the emergence of the novel coronavirus.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Calibri, Arial, et al. : FONTS
6 Early show featuring Robin Roberts, for short : GMA
9 Jargon : LINGO
14 Childish retort : ARE SO!
15 Sought office : RAN
16 Not just in one’s head : ALOUD
17 Actor who voices the panda in the “Kung Fu Panda” films : JACK BLACK (giving “black bean”)
19 Layered dessert : TORTE
20 Addams cousin : ITT
21 Visionary : IDEALIST
23 Source of an oil with medicinal properties : TEA TREE
26 Ireland’s “Amhrán na bhFiann,” for one : ANTHEM
29 Brazilian supermodel who’s a face of Maybelline : ADRIANA LIMA (giving “lima bean”)
32 Original Beatle Sutcliffe : STU
33 Carol contraction : ‘TIS
34 “Queen Sugar” creator DuVernay : AVA
35 Flying Cloud and Royale 8 : REOS
36 With 40-Across, a punny title for this puzzle : HUMAN …
39 Some amount : ANY
40 See 36-Across : … BEANS
41 North Carolina university : ELON
42 Org. that approves cosmetics : FDA
43 “U slay me!” : LOL!
44 “I’ll take that as __” : A NO
45 “Slumdog Millionaire” actress : FREIDA PINTO (giving “pinto bean”)
50 Vex : RANKLE
52 “Totally fine” : IT’S COOL
53 “Give me one moment” : WAIT A SEC
56 Sat. antecedent : FRI
57 Wake-up call, for many : ALARM
59 “Family Guy” voice actor who co-created “Robot Chicken” : SETH GREEN (giving “green bean”)
62 Leads : HELMS
63 Mature : AGE
64 Meaningless : INANE
65 Fine and dandy : A-OKAY
66 Walk very quietly : PAD
67 Pop-__ : TARTS

Down

1 Sizzling serving : FAJITA
2 Provided an address : ORATED
3 Hummingbird’s drink : NECTAR
4 Sound of shame : TSK!
5 Blubber : SOB
6 Primo : GRADE-A
7 Spice related to nutmeg : MACE
8 “Diana” singer Paul : ANKA
9 Cuban woman, perhaps : LATINA
10 “You beat me” : I LOST
11 Water between Antwerp and Aberdeen : NORTH SEA
12 Belly : GUT
13 Loving words : ODE
18 Property claims : LIENS
22 Title in Tibet : LAMA
24 Nashville athlete : TITAN
25 Parade spoiler : RAIN
27 Hugh Laurie’s alma mater : ETON
28 Tousle : MUSS
30 Hawaiian island : LANAI
31 Dartmouth, for one : IVY
35 Artifact : RELIC
36 Try, as a case : HEAR
37 Radius neighbor : ULNA
38 Excursion during a lunar landing : MOONWALK
39 Beverage suffix : -ADE
40 Good songs, casually : BOPS
42 Worry : FRET
43 Close securely : LATCH
45 Floppy : FLIMSY
46 Intermittently fasted, perhaps : DIETED
47 Daredevil quality : NO FEAR
48 Sign in an apartment window : TO RENT
49 QB protectors : O-LINES
51 Factor in Hindu reincarnation : KARMA
54 “Quickly!” letters : ASAP!
55 Video game giant : SEGA
57 “Got it!” : AHA!
58 Summer fire sign : LEO
60 “Scram!” : GIT!
61 Molecule in some vaccines : RNA

12 thoughts on “LA Times Crossword 6 Jun 24, Thursday”

  1. 15 min, no errors

    Knew Jack Black but not the others. Theme “tint” hint helped and crosses filled in the rest.

    PAD? for walk quietly?? Hmm

  2. Not a fan of this one. Maybe if I had noticed the theme, I’d feel better about it. I had no idea on the answers to 29A and 45A and even though the crosses worked them out, I was just frustrated by the obscure…to me…names.
    I’m whiney today, despite no errors😆

  3. No errors…this is one of those rare times when the theme helped👍👍
    Stay safe😀
    Go Orioles⚾️

  4. 14:23 – one look up for the ‘P’ in Frieda Pinto. Probably could’ve figured it out from the theme if I’d been in less of a hurry; but, I had put in HUMAN JEANS for some reason, and so had JO_S for 40D, and didn’t know the actress. Once I had PINTO filled in, JOPS seemed odd, so then I analyzed the theme again, and figured out BEANS, and BOPS made sense for the songs clue.

    False starts: JEANS>BEANS, FORLET>TORENT, HEADS>HELMS.

    New or forgotten: TEA TREE, “Amhran na bhFiann,” ADRIANNA LIMA, “Flying Cloud,” “Royale 8,” FRIEDA PINTO.

    A pretty funny theme, to me. But then, I enjoy puns.

  5. 7 mins 53 seconds, for a rare improvement on Bill’s finishing time, albeit with some Check Help corrections, so there’s an asterisk by the stat. Fun little grid.

  6. 10:41, 2 errors. Once again my ignorance of Hawaiian islands bites me: I had LANAU/FREUDAPINTO… Good theme!

  7. Have constructors become so obsessed with celebrity worship that now even THEMES are trivial pop culture proper names?

  8. Moderately easy Thursday for me, done 3 days late; took 11:03 with no peeks or errors. Struggled a bit with most of the actors/shows, but not *Adriena Lima* Only got the rest with crosses and guessing.

    Got the theme when I finished, since I didn’t get the theme reveal until towards the end. Had to try a few letters to get ?OP/?EANS to finish.

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