0709-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 9 Jul 11, Saturday

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Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across
9. Jets used to make touchdowns there : SHEA
Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York was named after William A. Shea, the man credited with bringing National League baseball back to the city, in the form of the New York Mets.

Sex Pistols (God Save the Queen, Union Jack) Music Poster Print - 24x3614. Group with a 1977 hit banned by the BBC, with “the” : SEX PISTOLS
The Sex Pistols were the group that introduced the punk movement to the UK, back in 1975. They were very vocal in their opposition to the social norms of the time. One of their most famous singles is “God Save the Queen”, from 1977. The words were considered so offensive that workers at the plant where the record was being pressed came out on strike rather than be associated with the song. When it was eventually released, the BBC went as far as banning the record, not something that happens very often.

16. Polo alternative : IZOD
Jack Izod was a tailor of some repute over in England, producing shirts for King George V as well as other members of the Royal Family. As he was about to retire, he was approached for the use of his name by an American clothing manufacturer based in New York. The brand Izod of London was introduced to America in 1938.

19. Perniciousness : HARM
Something pernicious is very harmful, causing death or serious injury.

1998 Cal Ripken Jr Photo Got Milk? Print Ad (18093)20. 1982 A.L. Rookie of the Year : RIPKEN
Cal Ripken played his entire, 20-year professional baseball career for the Baltimore Orioles. He was known as the “Iron Man” because he showed up for work every day, come rain or shine. He played 2,632 straight games, blowing past the previous record held by Lou Gehrig of 2,130 games.

23. Sucker : GULL
A gull is someone easily cheated, someone gullible.

200 Poppy Seeds. Drama Queen Poppies. Papaver.31. Deadening agent : OPIATE
Opiates are the narcotic alkaloids found in the opium poppy plant, although some synthetic versions and derivatives of the same alkaloids are also called opiates. To produce opiates, the latex sap of the opium poppy is collected and processed. The naturally occurring drugs of morphine and codeine can both be extracted from the sap. Some synthesis is required to make derivative drugs like heroin and oxycodone.

32. Media inits. since 1970 : NPR
National Public Radio (now just called NPR) was launched in 1970, after President Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. The intent of the act was to provide funding for radio and television broadcasting that wasn’t simply driven by profit. As longtime fan of the state-funded BBC in the UK, I’d have to agree with that intent …

33. Coin with two stalks of wheat on its reverse : RUPEE
The rupee is a unit of currency, most famously in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

42. Titanic-taloned terrorizers : ROCS
The mythical roc is a huge bird of prey, reputedly able to carry off and eat elephants.

Signed Gould, Elliott 8x10 Photo43. Film starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe : THE LONG GOODBYE
Philip Marlowe was created by Raymond Chandler, and appears in his novels “The Big Sleep” and “The Long Goodbye”.

46. U.N.C. Charlotte’s athletic conf. : A-TEN
The A-10 is the Atlantic Ten Conference.

Julie & Julia49. Writer and director of “Julie & Julia,” 2009 : EPHRON
Nora Ephron has many talents, including writing film scripts and novels. Many of the movies that she writes, she also directs. These would include some of my favorite movies of all time like “Sleepless in Seattle”, “You’ve Got Mail” and most recently, the wonderful “Julie & Julia”. And, did you know that Nora Ephron’s second marriage was to journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame?

54. “Forget it!” : NIX
The use of nix as a verb, meaning “to shoot down” dates back to the early 1900s. Before that it was just the noun, meaning “nothing”. This comes from the German “nichts”, which also means “nothing”.

Sea Anemones (Blastoff! Readers: Oceans Alive)55. Radially symmetric creature : SEA ANEMONE
The name “anemone” means “daughter of the wind” in Greek, and at one time it was believed that the wind was what actually caused the flower to bloom. The sea anemone is named for the terrestrial plant even though it isn’t a plant at all, it’s a predatory animal found on the ocean floor.

57. Plot element? : ACRE
At one time, an acre was defined as the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. Eventually, this was more precisely delineated as a strip of land one furlong long (660 feet) and one chain wide (66 feet). The word “furlong” is actually derived from the Old English words meaning “furrow long”, the length of the furrow plowed by the oxen.

60. Beat reporters?: Abbr. : EKGS
An EKG measures electrical activity in the heart. Back in Ireland, an EKG is known as an ECG (for electrocardiogram). We use the German name in the US, Elektrokardiogramm, giving us EKG. Apparently the abbreviation EKG is preferred as ECG might be confused (if poorly handwritten, I guess) with EEG, the abbreviation for an electroencephalogram.

61. 640 57-Acrosses: Abbr. : SQ MI
One square mile is the same as one mile square. However, ten square miles isn’t the same as ten miles square. Ten miles square is a square area with side of ten miles each, hence one hundred square miles (10 miles x 10 miles).

62. Catonian infinitive : ESSE
Cato the Younger was a politician in the late Roman Republic, noted for his moral integrity. He is also remembered for an extended conflict with Julius Caesar.

Cato the Elder was a Roman statesman, known historically as “the elder” in order to distinguish him from his great-grandson, Cato the Younger. His ultimate position within Roman society was that of Censor, making him responsible for maintaining the census, and for supervising public morality.

Down
1. Bellatrix’s constellation : ORION
The very recognizable constellation of Orion is of course named after the Greek God Orion, the Hunter. If you take a look at the star in Orion’s “right shoulder”, the second brightest star in the constellation, you might notice that it is quite red in color. This is the famous star called Betelgeuse, a red supergiant, a huge star that is on its way out. It is expected to explode into a supernova within the next thousand years or so. You don’t want to miss that …

5. Mann’s title : HERR
“Mann” is the German word for “man”.

7. Breakable records : LPS
Vinyl records designed to play at 33 1/3 rpm were introduced by RCA Victor in 1931, but were discontinued due to quality problems. The first Long Play (LP), 33 1/3 rpm disc was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948, with RCA Victor following up with a 45 rpm “single” the following year, in 1949.

Photo of the Beautiful Actress Elke Sommer11. Actress Sommer : ELKE
Elke Sommer is a German-born actress who was at the height of her success on the silver screen in the sixties. She won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer Actress for her role opposite Paul Newman in 1964’s “The Prize”. She also sings and has released several albums. Now she focuses on painting, producing artwork that is strongly influenced by Marc Chagall.

12. N.E.A. member?: Abbr. : ASSN
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest labor union in the country, mainly representing public school teachers.

14. Chain using lots of 2-Down : SBARRO
The Sbarro chain of pizza restaurants was founded by Italian immigrants, Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro.

Tropic Thunder15. “Tropic Thunder” director and co-star : STILLER
“Tropic Thunder” is a satirical action movie written, produced and directed by Ben Stiller. On top of all that, he stars in the film as well, alongside Jack Black and Robert Downey, Jr.

19. Line on a jumper : HEM
“Jumper” is one of those terms that caused me no end of grief when I moved to the US. I think my wife-to-be was close to dumping me on one of our first dates when she heard me talking about jumpers that I wore all the time. You see, where I come from a jumper is a sweater, and can be worn by males and females alike. The dress known as a jumper in the US, back in Ireland we’d call a pinafore, or pinafore dress.

22. Earworm, e.g. : TUNE
“Earworm” is a colloquial term used for a a catchy tune that is also somewhat irritating.

25. Question the truth of : OPPUGN
To “oppugn” is to “call into question”, coming from the Latin “oppugnare” meaning “to attack”.

26. Sixth-century Chinese dynasty : LIANG
The Liang Dynasty in China lasted from 502 to 557.

SPICE GIRLS 20X24 COLOR PHOTO28. Sporty ensemble? : SPICE GIRLS
The five members of the English pop group the Spice Girls are:

– Scary Spice (Melanie Brown)
– Baby Spice (Emma Bunton, and my fave!)
– Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell)
– Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham)
– Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm)

29. Kite kin : ERNS
The ern (also erne) is also called the white-tailed eagle, and the sea-eagle.

34. Environmental transition area : ECOTONE
An ecotone is a transition area between two different types of land that sit adjacent to each other.

44. They used to play at the Big A : LA RAMS
“The Big A” is the nickname of the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It is currently the home of the LA Angels of Anaheim baseball team, and used to be home to the LA Rams of the NFL (now the St. Louis Rams).

45. Tippler’s trouble : DTS
The episodes of delirium that can accompany withdrawal from alcohol are called Delirium Tremens (the DTs). The literal translation of this Latin phrase is “trembling madness”.

51. “Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy” writer : HAIG
Alexander Haig was Secretary of State under President Reagan, and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Nixon and Ford.

53. 10 in un decennio : ANNI
In Italian, there are ten years (“anni”) in a decade (“un decennio”).

John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth56. John Wayne cop film : MCQ
“McQ” is a 1974 crime thriller set in Seattle, Washington. The movie was somewhat of a consolation prize for the star, John Wayne, as a few years earlier he was passed over for the title role in “Dirty Harry”, which of course went to Clint Eastwood.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Pick for a pendant : OPAL
5. In reserve : HELD
9. Jets used to make touchdowns there : SHEA
13. Stinky : RIPE
14. Group with a 1977 hit banned by the BBC, with “the” : SEX PISTOLS
16. Polo alternative : IZOD
17. The basics : BRASS TACKS
18. Narc’s measures: Abbr. : OZS
19. Perniciousness : HARM
20. 1982 A.L. Rookie of the Year : RIPKEN
21. Go on and on : NATTER
23. Sucker : GULL
24. “Wait for it …” : DRUM ROLL, PLEASE
30. Windfall : BOON
31. Deadening agent : OPIATE
32. Media inits. since 1970 : NPR
33. Coin with two stalks of wheat on its reverse : RUPEE
35. Mouse handler’s aid : PAD
36. Row : RUN IN
38. “I hated it” : UGH
39. Is significant enough : COUNTS
42. Titanic-taloned terrorizers : ROCS
43. Film starring Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe : THE LONG GOODBYE
46. U.N.C. Charlotte’s athletic conf. : A-TEN
47. “We’re on!” : IT’S A GO
49. Writer and director of “Julie & Julia,” 2009 : EPHRON
52. Take advantage of a broken line : PASS
54. “Forget it!” : NIX
55. Radially symmetric creature : SEA ANEMONE
57. Plot element? : ACRE
58. It may be combed for hairs : CRIME SCENE
59. Lean : RELY
60. Beat reporters?: Abbr. : EKGS
61. 640 57-Acrosses: Abbr. : SQ MI
62. Catonian infinitive : ESSE

Down
1. Bellatrix’s constellation : ORION
2. It may spin overhead : PIZZA DOUGH
3. Qur’an part : APOSTROPHE
4. Set the bar : LED
5. Mann’s title : HERR
6. It has its problems : EXAM
7. Breakable records : LPS
8. Upset : DISRUPT
9. Corner item : STAPLE
10. Ham option : HOCK
11. Actress Sommer : ELKE
12. N.E.A. member?: Abbr. : ASSN
14. Chain using lots of 2-Down : SBARRO
15. “Tropic Thunder” director and co-star : STILLER
19. Line on a jumper : HEM
22. Earworm, e.g. : TUNE
23. “I’d be delighted!” : GLAD TO
25. Question the truth of : OPPUGN
26. Sixth-century Chinese dynasty : LIANG
27. Soreness causes : ANNOYANCES
28. Sporty ensemble? : SPICE GIRLS
29. Kite kin : ERNS
30. Polo alternative : BRUT
34. Environmental transition area : ECOTONE
37. Downtowns, e.g. : URBS
40. Knot-tying result : ONENESS
41. “Obviously” : SO I SEE
44. They used to play at the Big A : LA RAMS
45. Tippler’s trouble : DTS
48. Aster relative : OXEYE
49. Suffix with 1-Across : -ESCE
50. Private jet, e.g. : PERK
51. “Caveat: Realism, Reagan and Foreign Policy” writer : HAIG
52. Scanning work, often : POEM
53. 10 in un decennio : ANNI
56. John Wayne cop film : MCQ
57. Were present? : ARE

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