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Today’s themed answers are written in the down-direction. Each contains the hidden word “ORDER” written in the UP-direction:
- 40D. Diner call … and what the answer to each starred clue literally contains : ORDER UP!
- 2D. *One of a romantic dozen : RED ROSE
- 8D. *Neighborhood TV host? : FRED ROGERS
- 17D. *Computer network component : WIRED ROUTER
- 26D. *Many a dorm accommodation : SHARED ROOM
Bill’s errors: 2
- OERTER (Oorter)
- REWED (rowed!!!)
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
6. Tabloid fodder : AFFAIR
Tabloid is the trademarked name (owned by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co,) for a “small tablet of medicine”, a name that goes back to 1884. The word “tabloid” had entered into general use to mean a compressed form of anything, and by the early 1900s was used in “tabloid journalism”, applied to newspapers that had short, condensed articles and stories printed on smaller sheets of paper.
12. Pop singer Spektor : REGINA
Regina Spektor is a Moscow-born American singer, songwriter and pianist. Spektor’s genre of music is described as “anti-folk”, whatever that is …
14. Safari guide’s weapon : DART GUN
“Safari” is a Swahili word, meaning “journey” or “expedition”.
17. Auburn University’s avian battle cry : WAR EAGLE!
Auburn University in Alabama was chartered in 1856, as the East Alabama Male College. The school was renamed when it was granted university status in 1960. Auburn’s sports teams are known as the Tigers, for which supporters use the battle cry “War Eagle!”
18. Jewish ceremony for a newborn son : BRIS
A mohel is a man who has been trained in the practice of brit milah (circumcision). Brit milah is known as “bris” in Yiddish. The brit milah ceremony is performed on male infants when they are 8-days old.
21. Elastic wood : YEW
Yew is the wood of choice for the longbow, a valued weapon in the history of England. The longbow is constructed with a core of yew heartwood (as the heartwood resists compression) that has a sheath of yew sapwood (as the sapwood resists stretching). The yew was in such demand for longbows that for centuries yew trees were in short supply in Britain and the wood had to be imported from all over Europe.
22. __ fide : BONA
“Bona fide(s)” translates from the Latin as “in good faith”, and is used to indicate honest intentions. It can also mean that something is authentic, like a piece of art that is represented in good faith as being genuine.
23. Four-time discus gold medalist : OERTER
Discus thrower Al Oerter is one of only three competitors to have won a gold medal in four consecutive Olympic Games in the same individual event. The other two sportsmen to have achieved the feat are Carl Lewis in the long jump and Paul Elvstrom in sailing.
24. “The Gold-Bug” author : POE
“The Gold-Bug” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, a mystery tale about a man who was bitten by a gold-colored bug. The story first appeared in three installments in the ”Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper” in 1843, and became very popular. He had submitted the story to a writing contest sponsored by the paper, and it was published as the winning entry. The grand prize also included $100 in cash, which was likely the largest sum that Poe ever received for a work in his lifetime.
27. Bentley of “Ghost Rider” : WES
Wes Bentley is an actor who is perhaps best known for playing Ricky Fitts, the voyeuristic son of the homophobic Colonel Frank Fitts in the 1999 blockbuster film “American Beauty”. A 2009 documentary called “My Big Break” tells of Bentley’s career taking off after “American Beauty” was released, and his subsequent struggles which addiction to drugs and alcohol that led to financial ruin. Bentley is well on the road to recovery, and has been appearing regularly on the small and large screens since 2010.
28. 1930s N.Y. Giants star Lefty : O’DOUL
Lefty O’Doul was a baseball player and manager from San Francisco. O’Doul was instrumental in spreading the popularity of the sport in Japan both before and after WWII. In fact, the Tokyo Giants were named by O’Doul, a reference to the New York Giants franchise with whom he spent the last years of his playing career. O’Doul also owned a restaurant in San Francisco that bears his name and which still operates today (near Union Square). There’s a bridge near AT&T Park, the Giant’s relatively new ballpark, that’s called Lefty O’Doul Bridge.
33. Land mentioned in the spiritual “Go Down, Moses” : EGYPT
“Go Down, Moses” is a Christian spiritual song created by African slaves in the US.
When Israel was in Egypt’s land:
Let my people go,
Oppress’d so hard they could not stand,
Let my People go.
Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egypt’s land,
Tell old Pharaoh,
Let my people go.
34. 1959 Gidget player : SANDRA DEE
The actress Sandra Dee started out as a model before moving into film. After a promising start to her career it seemed to peter out, and the public became more interested in her 7-year marriage to Bobby Darin. And of course she will forever be remembered from the song in the movie and stage-show “Grease” called “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”.
“Gidget” is an early “beach party film” that was released in 1959. The movie stars Sandra Dee as a teenage girl who falls in love with a young surfer. The surfer’s gang gives the young lass the nickname “Gidget”, a portmanteau of “girl” and “midget”.
36. Classic V-8 : T-BIRD
Ford manufactured the Thunderbird (T-Bird) from 1955 to 2005, originally as a two-seater sporty convertible. The T-Bird was introduced as a competitor to Chevrolet’s new sports car, the Corvette.
47. Ohio aviation city : DAYTON
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located just east of Dayton, Ohio. The first aircraft operations on the land now occupied by the base were conducted way back in 1904. There, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the initial test flights in their Wright Flyer III aircraft.
50. Literary alter ego : HYDE
Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was first published in 1886. There are many tales surrounding the writing of the story including one that the author wrote the basic tale in just three to six days, and spent a few weeks simply refining it. Allegedly, Stevenson’s use of cocaine stimulated his creative juices during those few days of writing.
54. Nabisco chocolate treat : MALLOMAR
The first chocolate-coated marshmallow confection was created in Denmark about 200 years ago, and today Denmark produces more of the treats than any other nation. The US version is known as a Mallomar and is produced by Nabisco, generally from October through April. Mallomars melt easily, and so aren’t made available in the warmer months.
56. Extra number : ENCORE
“Encore” is French for “again, one more time”, and is a shout that an audience member will make here in North America to request another song, say. But, the term is not used this way in France. Rather, the audience will shout “Bis!”, which is the Italian for “twice!”
58. Hose connections : SPIGOTS
Back in the 15th century, a spigot was specifically a plug to stop a hole in a cask. Somewhere along the way, a spigot had a valve added for variable control of flow.
59. Tottenham tint : COLOUR
Tottenham is an area in north London in England. It is home to a famous football (soccer) club called Tottenham Hotspur, the team that I used to follow as a kid many moons ago …
60. John of “Fuller House” : STAMOS
On the sitcom “Full House”, the character Jesse Katsopolis is played by John Stamos. Stamos reprises the role occasionally on the Netflix sequel “Fuller House”.
3. Versus : AGAINST
Versus (Vs.) is the Latin for “turned toward or against”.
7. __ Islands: Danish archipelago : FAROE
The Faroe Islands (also Faeroe Islands) are a group of islands lying halfway between Scotland and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark and were granted the power of self-governance in 1948.
8. *Neighborhood TV host? : FRED ROGERS
The “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV show starred Fred Rogers. It was the second-longest running series on PBS television after that other iconic children’s show “Sesame Street”.
10. The Stooges frontman : IGGY POP
Iggy Pop is a punk rock performer from Muskegon, Michigan. When he was in high school, he was a drummer for a local band called the Iguanas, and so was given the nickname “Iggy”. He was vocalist for a band called the Stooges.
15. Banister post : NEWEL
A newel is a principal upright post that supports a handrail beside a staircase. Newels are found at the top and bottom of the banister, and sometimes in between. Newels are often adorned with decorative trim to set them apart from the other posts by the staircase.
By some accounts, a “banister” is a handrail of a stairway. By other accounts, the banister is actually the handrail and the supporting structures (called “newels”).
17. *Computer network component : WIRED ROUTER
In the world of computing, a router is a device that helps direct traffic, as it were. A router in a house is often found in combination with a modem, and directs traffic between the Internet and the computers in the home.
33. Istanbul : Constantinople :: Tokyo : __ : EDO
Edo is the former name of the Japanese city of Tokyo. Edo was the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate, a feudal regime that ruled from 1603 until 1868. The shogun lived in the magnificent Edo Castle. Some parts of the original castle remain and today’s Tokyo Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor of Japan, was built on its grounds.
Istanbul, Turkey is the only metropolis in the world that is situated in two continents. The city extends both on the European side and on the Asian side of the Bosphorus river. Historically, Istanbul was also known as Constantinople and Byzantium.
40. Diner call … and what the answer to each starred clue literally contains : ORDER UP!
Diner lingo, the verbal slang used by the staff, can be very colorful. Here are a few examples:
- Adam & Eve on a raft: two poached eggs on toast
- Adam & Eve on a raft and wreck ’em: two scrambled eggs on toast
- Burn one: put a hamburger on the grill
- Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it: hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion
- Down: on toast
- Whiskey down: on rye toast
- Cluck and grunt: ham and eggs
45. Chewing gum ingredient : CHICLE
Chicle is a natural gum or latex that can be extracted from the Manilkara chicle tree that is native to Mexico and Central America. Companies like Wrigley were major users of chicle prior to the sixties as the product was used as the base ingredient in chewing gum. Today chewing gum manufacturers generally use a synthetic rubber that is cheap to manufacture as a replacement for natural chicle. I am so happy I don’t chew gum!
49. Tiny bit of time: Abbr. : NSEC
“Nanosecond” is more correctly abbreviated to “ns” (as opposed to “nsec”) and really is a tiny amount of time: one billionth of a second.
55. Airport near Citi Field: Abbr. : LGA
The three big airports serving New York City (NYC) are John F. Kennedy (JFK), La Guardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR).
Citi Field is the relatively new baseball stadium used by the New York Mets that sits right next door to the site of Shea stadium, where the Mets had played for decades. And the new facility’s name comes from corporate sponsor Citigroup.
57. Masked drama : NOH
Noh is a form of musical drama in Japan that has been around since the 14th century. Many of the Noh performers are masked, allowing all the roles to be played by men, including the female parts.