Edited by: Rich Norris
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Each of today’s themed answers has the same clue, namely “Slide”.
- 17A…Slide..MICROSCOPE MOUNT
- 30A…Slide..PLAYGROUND CHUTE
- 45A…Slide..RUNNER’S MANEUVER
- 59A…Slide..TROMBONE SECTION
Bill’s errors: 0
Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Our verb “to apprise”, meaning “to inform”, comes from the French “apprendre”, which has the same meaning. The past participle of “apprendre” is “appris”.
15…Like the Godhead..TRIUNE
“Triune” is another word for a trinity, three beings in one. The term is often associated with triple deities.
The term “Godhead” is used in many traditions, with varying meanings. In the most general sense, the term refers to the essential nature of a god or divinity. The word comes from an Old English word “godhad” meaning “godhood”, the state of being a god. In Christianity, Godhead can refer to the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Microscope slides are thin pieces of glass on which are mounted samples for examination. Often a “cover slip”, a smaller and thinner sheet of glass, is placed on top of the sample. Originally called “sliders”, such specimens would “slide” into the gap between the stage and the objective lens on a microscope.
19…”Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice” org…ABA
The American Bar Association (ABA) was founded back in 1878 and is a voluntary association for lawyers and law students. The ABA focuses on setting academic standards for law schools and setting ethical codes for the profession. The organization’s motto is “Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice”.
20…Org. for Sharapova and Kournikova..WTA
The former World No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King founded the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and won the first ever WTA Tour Championship.
Maria Sharapova is professional tennis player from the town of Nyagan in the Russian Federation. She is a former World No. 1.
Not only is Anna Kournikova a world class tennis player, but she is also a model. She apparently has a lot of fans because her name is one of the most commonly searched for terms on Google’s search engine …
22…Exaggerates, as a résumé..PADS
A résumé is a summary of a person’s job experience and education and is used as a tool by a job seeker. In many countries, a résumé is equivalent to a curriculum vitae. “Résumé” is the French word for “summary”.
27…Ref. with quarterly online updates..OED
The first digital version of the Oxford English Dictionary was published on CD-ROM in 1988. There has been an online version available since 2000, and indeed all future editions of the OED will likely only be offered in electronic form.
35…Not your average joe?..LATTE
The term “latte” is an abbreviation of the Italian “caffelatte” meaning “coffee (and) milk”. Note that in the correct spelling of “latte”, the Italian word for milk, there is no accent over the “e”. An accent is often added by mistake when we use the word in English, perhaps meaning to suggest that the word is French.
It seems that no one really knows why we refer to coffee as “joe”, but we’ve been doing so since early in WWII.
36…Video game hero with a kart..MARIO
“Mario Kart” is a go-kart racing video game series from Nintendo.
Mario Bros. started out as an arcade game back in 1983, developed by Nintendo. The more famous of the two brothers, Mario, had already appeared in an earlier arcade game “Donkey Kong”. Mario was given a brother called Luigi, and the pair have been around ever since. In the game, Mario and Luigi are Italian American plumbers from New York City.
40…Epic including the Catalogue of Ships..ILIAD
Book 2 of Homer’s epic poem “Iliad” includes the “Catalogue of Ships”, a list of the contingents of the Greek army that sailed to Troy to lay siege to the city.
“The Iliad” is an epic poem by the Greek poet Homer, which tells the story of the ten-year siege of Ilium (also known as Troy) during the Trojan war. “The Odyssey”, also attributed to Homer, is sometimes described as a sequel to “The Iliad”.
That would be in baseball.
OMG is text-speak for Oh My Gosh! Oh My Goodness! or any other G words you might think of …
51…Colleague of Ruth and Sonia..ELENA
Elena Kagan was the Solicitor General of the United States who replaced Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court. That made Justice Kagan the first female US Solicitor General and the fourth female US Supreme Court justice. I hear she is a fan of Jane Austen, and used to reread “Pride and Prejudice” once a year. Not a bad thing to do, I’d say …
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg serves on the US Supreme Court. Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to join the Court, nominated by President Bill Clinton. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. During that time she did not miss one day on the bench. In 2009 Justice Ginsburg had surgery for pancreatic cancer, and was back to work 12 days later.
Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice on the US Supreme Court, and the third female justice. Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the retiring Justice David Souter.
53…Kit Carson House site..TAOS
The town of Taos, New Mexico is named for the Native American village nearby called Taos Pueblo. Taos is famous for its art colony. Artists began to settle in Taos in 1899, and the Taos Society of Artists was founded in 1915.
Kit Carson was a frontiersman who moved west from Missouri when he was just 16 years old. Kit Carson’s life was immortalized in the novels of John C. Fremont, an explorer who hired Carson as a guide for his travels through California, Oregon and Nevada. Carson later served with the US Army. He is thought to be the only American to have achieved the rank of general without being able to read or write.
56…Texter’s “Keep the rest to yourself”..TMI
Too much information! (TMI)
58…Moo __ pork..SHU
Moo shu pork is a traditional dish from northern China, with the main ingredients being shredded pork and scrambled egg.
The brass instrument known as a trombone takes its name from the trumpet. The Italian for trumpet is “tromba”, and the suffix “-one” means “big”. So, “trombone” means “big trumpet”.
65…Looked for a school, perhaps..SEINED
A seine is a type of fishing net. It is long and thin, with floats along one long edge (the top) and weights along the bottom edge so that it hangs down in the water. A seine is usually paid out into the water from a boat, as the vessel moves slowly in a circle driving fish into the center of the net.
The French for “box” is “casse”. So, a “cassette” is a “little box”.
Jousting can involve the use of a number of different weapons, but when lances are used the competition is called “tilting”.
1…Bank smartphone offering..ATM APP
ATM (Automatic Teller Machine)
Cicadas are insects that are found all over the world. Although they resemble locusts, cicadas are an unrelated family. The name “cicada” is Latin and translated as “tree cricket”. However, the name is imitative of the clicking sound the insect makes using parts of its exoskeleton known as “tymbals”.
4…”In __ Time”: Hemingway story collection..OUR
“In Our Time” is the first collection of short stories that Ernest Hemingway had published, in 1925. Hemingway took the title from a phrase found in the English Book of Common Prayer: “Give us peace in our time, O Lord”.
7…Mil. mail drop..APO
Army post office (APO)
8…Unchallenging reading material..PAP
One meaning of “pap” is soft or semi-liquid food for babies and small children. “Pap” comes into English via French, from the Latin word used by children for “food”. In the 1500s, “pap” also came to mean “an oversimplified” idea. This gives us a usage that’s common today, describing literature or perhaps TV programming that lacks real value or substance. Hands up those who think there’s a lot of pap out there, especially on television …
Rime is that beautiful coating of ice that forms on surfaces like roofs, trees and grass, when cold water freezes instantly under the right conditions.
12…Walter Johnson’s career-leading 110..SHUTOUTS
Walter Johnson was a professional baseball pitcher who played his whole career with the Washington Senators. Even though Johnson retired from playing in 1927, his record-setting 110 career shutouts has never been bested.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is known as “summer time”. The idea behind summer/daylight-savings is to move clocks forward an hour in spring (i.e. “spring forward”) and backwards in the fall (i.e. “fall back”) so that afternoons have more daylight.
18…Boat better not rocked..CANOE
The boat called a canoe takes its name from the Carib word “kenu” meaning “dugout”. It was Christopher Columbus who brought “kenu” into Spanish as “canoa”, which evolved into our English “canoe”.
23…Many a recent refugee..SYRIAN
Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, a refugee crisis has developed involving almost 7 million internally displaced persons and almost 5 million displaced persons outside of Syria (as of February 2016). Those are staggering numbers, especially when one compares them to the estimated Syrian population of 17 million in 2014.
25…”Arise, fair __, and kill the envious moon”: Romeo..SUN
There’s a famous couplet in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” spoken by Romeo as he spots Juliet above him at a window or on a balcony:
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Romeo continues with:
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou, her maid, art far more fair than she.
I reckon Romeo is smitten …
26…Sturm __ Drang..UND
“Sturm und Drang” translates from the German into “Storm and Stress” or perhaps “Storm and Impulse”. “Sturm und Drang” was the name given to a movement in German literature and music in the latter half of the 18th century. The writer Johann Goethe was a major proponent of the movement, which took its name from a play by Maximilian Klinger. The term “Sturm und Drang” has come to mean “turmoil, upheaval”.
28…Incredulous rebuke..ET TU?!
It was Shakespeare who popularized the words “Et tu, Brute?” (And you, Brutus?), in his play “Julius Caesar”, although the phrase had been around long before he penned his drama. It’s not known what Julius Caesar actually said in real life just before he was assassinated on the steps of the Senate in Rome.
A geode is a rock in which there is a cavity lined or filled with crystal formations.
Amethyst is form of quartz that is purple in color. There was a belief that the stone protected the owner from drunkenness, which is how amethyst got its name. The Ancient Greek “ἀméthystos” means “not intoxicated”.
32…”I Fall to Pieces” singer..CLINE
Patsy Cline was a country music singer who managed to cross over into the world of pop music where she enjoyed great success. Cline is one of a long list of musical legends who died in plane crashes. Cline was 30 years old when she was killed in 1963 in a Piper Comanche plane piloted by her manager, Randy Hughes. Hughes and Cline decided to make that last flight despite warnings of inclement weather, and it was a severe storm that brought down the plane in a forest outside Camden, Tennessee.
Patsy Cline had a number-one hit in the country charts in 1961 with “I Fall to Pieces”. The song was Cline’s second hit to cross over to the pop charts, after 1957’s “Walkin’ After Midnight”.
Joan Miró was a Spanish artist. Miro immersed himself in Surrealism, so much so that Andre Breton, the founder of the movement, said that Miro was “the most Surrealist of us all”.
Catalonia is an autonomous community in the very northeast of Spain. The capital of Catalonia is the city of Barcelona. Sandwiched between Catalonia and France to the north, is the lovely Principality of Andorra, nestled in the Pyrenees.
37…Fund-raising target, often..ALUM
An “alumnus” (plural … alumni) is a graduate or former student of a school or college. The female form is “alumna” (plural … alumnae). The term comes into English from Latin, in which alumnus means foster-son or pupil. “Alum” is an informal term used for either an alumna or an alumnus.
The abbreviation “DSL” originally stood for Digital Subscriber Loop, but is now accepted to mean (Asymmetric) Digital Subscriber Line. DSL is the technology that allows Internet service be delivered down the same telephone line as voice service, by separating the two into different frequency signals.
“Ame” is the French word for “soul”.
The Gauls were a Celtic race, with Gaul covering what is now known as France and Belgium. We use the term “Gallic” today, when we refer to something pertaining to France or the French.
47…Clear Eyes rival..VISINE
Visine is a brand of eye drops made by Johnson & Johnson, advertised to “get the red out”. The red in the eye is reduced because Visine contains tetrahydrozoline hydrochloride, a vasoconstrictor. The blood vessels creating the redness constrict when Visine is applied, and you “get the red out” as the blood is “squeezed” away from the surface of the eye.
Roadies working with a musical band on tour have to tote amps from venue to venue.
The Obies are the “Off-Broadway Theater Awards”. The Obies are presented annually and the recipients are chosen by “The Village Voice” newspaper.
57…TV co-star of Hargitay and Belzer..ICE-T
Rapper Ice-T must be sick of having his name come up as an answer in crossword puzzles (I know I am!). Ice-T has been interested in acting for decades and made his film debut in the 1984 movie about breakdancing called “Breakin’”. He has also played Detective Fin Tutuola in the TV show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” since the year 2000.
Mariska Hargitay is the actress who plays Olivia Benson on the long-running police drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. Mariska’s father was actor and former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. Her mother was Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield.
Richard Belzer started his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian. Today, Belzer is perhaps best-known for playing John Munch on the police drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, a role that he had to 23 years. Belzer is a first cousin of fellow actor Henry Winkler.
60…Usually single-stranded molecule..RNA
RNA and DNA are very similar molecules. One big difference is that RNA is a single-strand structure, whereas DNA is famously a double-helix. Another difference is that RNA contains ribose as a structural unit, and DNA contains deoxyribose i.e. ribose with one less oxygen atom. And that ribose/deoxyribose difference is reflected in the full name of the two molecules: ribonucleic acid (RNA) and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).
In French, “août” (August) is a month in “l’été” (the summer).