Edited by: Rich Norris
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Each of today’s themed answers ENDS with something elephantine:
- 17A. Ring heavyweights : CIRCUS ELEPHANTS
- 33A. Makes next to nothing : WORKS FOR PEANUTS
- 49A. Jack’s spot : AUTOMOBILE TRUNK
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
10. Longtime shipboard scurvy preventative : LIME
Scurvy is a disease brought about by a lack of vitamin C in the diet. Famously, the disease was a focus in the navies of the world. Symptoms start to appear after a month with little or no vitamin C in the diet, and so scurvy was an issue that affected extended sea voyage. The Royal Navy surgeon James Lind proved in 1753 that scurvy could successfully be prevented and treated with citrus fruit.
16. Matched, in Paris Match : EGAL
“Égal” (feminine “égale”) is the French word for “equal, alike”, and a word we sometimes use in English. The national motto of France is “Liberté, égalité, fraternité”, meaning “Liberty, equality, fraternity (brotherhood).
“Paris Match” is a weekly magazine published in France that first appeared on newsstands in 1949.
20. Big cheese : KRAFT
The Kraft brand name originated with Canadian James L. Kraft. It was James L. Kraft who first patented processed cheese
21. NYC building that was Lennon’s last home, with “The” : DAKOTA
The Dakota is an apartment building in New York City that overlooks Central Park. Built in the 1880s, the prestigious property is perhaps most famous as the home of former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. Lennon was murdered outside the Dakota in 1980 by Mark David Chapman. The impressive list of former residents includes Lauren Bacall, Leonard Bernstein, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Rudolf Nureyev and Boris Karloff.
25. “Real Time” host : MAHER
Bill Maher is a stand-up comedian and political commentator. Maher has an HBO television show called “Real Time with Bill Maher” which is essentially a follow-on from the very successful “Politically Incorrect” program that started out on Comedy Central.
27. ’80s voice of Inspector Gadget : DON ADAMS
Actor Don Adams was born Donald Yarmy in New York City. Prior to launching his career in show business, Adams served in the US Marine Corps during WWII. He participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, but soon after he contracted a complication from malaria known as blackwater fever. The serious condition resulted in him being evacuated to a Navy hospital in New Zealand where he spent over a year under treatment. After the war, Adams became a comic, and famously in 1965 started to play Maxwell Smart in the sitcom “Get Smart”.
“Inspector Gadget” is a cartoon television show from the 1980s in which the title character is a cyborg detective. There’s a lot of similarity in Inspector Gadget’s behavior to the behavior of Maxwell Smart from the sitcom “Get Smart”. Actor Don Adams played the title role in “Get Smart” and also provided the voice for Inspector Gadget.
32. Angus beef? : MOO
The full name of the cattle breed is Aberdeen Angus, which is also the name used around the world outside of North America. The breed was developed by crossbreeding cattle from the counties of Aberdeenshire and Angus in Scotland. The breed stands out in the US as Angus cattle don’t have horns.
40. Navigation tools : SEXTANTS
The navigation tool known as a sextant is used to measure the angle between two visible objects, with one of those objects usually being the horizon. The primary role of a sextant is to determine latitude. The term “sextant” is said to have been coined by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe around the year 1600. The name comes from the fact that a sextant is constructed around a graduated arc of 60 degrees, one sixth part of a full circle.
42. Grapefruit’s bigger cousin : POMELO
A pomelo is a very large, pear-shaped citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia.
45. Baroness Blixen’s pen name : DINESEN
Isak Dinesen was the pen name of the Danish author Baroness Karen Blixen. Blixen’s most famous title by far is “Out of Africa”, her account of the time she spent living in Kenya.
46. Women’s clothing chain founded on Florida’s Sanibel Island : CHICO’S
Chico’s is a chain of retail stores selling women’s clothing that was founded in 1983. The founders were Marvin and Helene Gralnick, and they named their stores after a friend’s pet parrot, Chico.
49. Jack’s spot : AUTOMOBILE TRUNK
In North America we use the word “trunk” for the storage space in the back of a vehicle as that space is reminiscent of the large travelling chest called a “trunk”. Such trunks used to be lashed onto the back of automobiles before storage was integrated. On the other side of the Atlantic, a trunk is known as a “boot”. The original boot was a built-in storage compartment on a horse-drawn carriage on which a coachman would sit.
57. “Nothing lived in him but fear and hatred” : 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.
1. Senegal’s pink-watered __ Rose : LAC
Lake Retba in Senegal is located just outside the capital city of Dakar. It is also named “Lac Rose” (“Pink Lake” in French), a reference to the water’s pink color caused by a red pigment that is produced by algae.
The Republic of Senegal is a country on the far western coast of Africa. For many years Senegal was a French colony, gaining independence in 1960. The capital of Senegal is Dakar, a city located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.
2. Sushi selection : AHI
Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are usually marketed as “ahi”, the Hawaiian name. They are both big fish, with yellowfish tuna often weighing over 300 pounds, and bigeye tuna getting up to 400 pounds.
3. Cannes view : MER
“Mer” is the French word for “sea”.
Cannes is a city on the French Riviera that is noted as host of the Cannes Film Festival. The decision to host an annual film festival was adopted by the city just before WWII. However, the festival had to wait for the end of the war for its launch in 1946.
4. Website-to-website connection : BACKLINK
A backlink on a web page is like a citation at the bottom of a printed page. That backlink points to another web page, perhaps citing a source for information.
9. Cagney does it on stairs in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” : TAP DANCE
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is the musical biopic about the life of George M. Cohan, released in 1942. Jimmy Cagney plays the part of Cohan, a fitting choice as Cagney started his career as a song-and-dance man, just like Cohan. There is a palpable, patriotic feel to the film, something that is very deliberate. Production of the film was just a few days underway at the end of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The cast and crew met soon after the attack, and resolved that their movie would be uplifting and patriotic.
11. Dolts : IGNORAMUSES
“Ignoramus” comes to us directly from Latin. The term translates from Latin as “we ignore”, the first person, plural tense of “ignorare”.
12. Damon of the Bourne films : MATT
“The Bourne Identity” is a great spy novel written by Robert Ludlum, and first published in 1980. It has been ranked as the second best spy novel of all time, just behind the even more enjoyable “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” by John le Carre. I’ll agree with that sentiment. Ludlum wrote two sequels, and all three parts of the Bourne Trilogy have been made into very successful movies now, starring Matt Damon in the title role. Ludlum died before he could write more than three novels featuring Jason Bourne, but five more titles in the series have been published, written by Eric Van Lustbader. I must check them out …
13. Big cat of film : ELSA
The life story of Elsa the lion was told by game warden Joy Adamson, who had a very close relationship with the lioness from when Elsa was orphaned as a young cub. Adamson wrote the book “Born Free” about Elsa, and then “Living Free” which tells the story of Elsa and her three lion cubs. In the 1966 film based on “Born Free”, Adamson is played by the talented actress Virginia McKenna.
22. Seafood order : PRAWNS
The terms “prawn” and “shrimp” are often used interchangeably on menus. Over in the UK, the term “prawn” is most common, while “shrimp” is seen more often here in North America. Sometimes there is a differentiation from a food standpoint, with “prawn” being used for larger species and “shrimp” for smaller species. As a result, “jumbo prawns” seems to be an acceptable descriptor for a dish, whereas “jumbo shrimp” seems to be an oxymoron.
23. Punk rock surname : RAMONE
“The Ramones” were an American punk rock band. The group formed in Forest Hills, New York in the mid-seventies. Arguably, it was the first punk rock group, defining the genre. Something else that’s not my cup of tea …
27. Pub entertainment : DARTS
Darts is a wonderful game that’s often played in English and Irish pubs, even over here in America. The scoring in a traditional game of darts is difficult to describe in a sentence or two, but the game of darts called “Round the Clock” is simply hitting the numbers 1 through 20 in sequence.
31. Medieval barriers : MOATS
A “moat” is a protective trench that surrounds a castle, say, or a an exhibit in a zoo. A moat may or may not be filled with water.
34. Hebrew greeting : SHALOM
“Shalom” is a Hebrew word meaning “peace” that is also used to mean “hello” and “goodbye”.
43. Knockout couple? : ONE-TWO
Those would be punches.
45. Prominent mayor at the 1968 Democratic Convention : DALEY
Richard J. Daley was the Mayor of Chicago for 21 years (1955-1976), making him the longest-serving mayor for the city in history. His son, Richard M. Daley, was mayor until relatively recently, and was the city’s second-longest serving mayor.
46. What’s in your wallet : CASH
Our word “cash” comes from the Middle French “caisse” meaning “money box”.
47. News headliner Lewis? : HUEY
Huey Lewis and the News are a local band out here in the Bay Area, based in San Francisco. When the movie “Ghostbusters” came out in 1984, the band sued Ray Parker, Jr. who wrote the film’s theme song, claiming that it was very similar to their own song “I Want a New Drug”. The case was settled out of court, and the following year “Huey Lewis and the News” made the most of an opportunity to write a movie theme themselves. Their smash hit “The Power of Love” was written for “Back to the Future”, and propelled the band into stardom.
48. “__ With a ‘Z'”: 1972 TV special : LIZA
“Liza with a ‘Z’” is a TV film of a 1972 concert given by Liza Minnelli. The film was co-produced by Bob Fosse, who had also directed Minnelli in the very successful film “Cabaret” that was released just a few months before the concert.
51. A, in Avignon : UNE
Avignon is a city in the southeast of France on the Rhône river. Avignon is sometimes called the “City of Popes” as it was home to seven popes during the Catholic schism from 1309 to 1423.
52. Photographer Goldin : NAN
Nan Goldin is an American photographer who is based in New York, Berlin and Paris.
53. Board jumpers: Abbr. : KTS
Knights (kts.) are the only pieces on a chessboard that can jump over other pieces.