0506-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 6 May 16, Friday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Julian Lim
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 21m 47s
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Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

12. Show with the record for most Emmys won in a single year (12) : GAME OF THRONES
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy television drama that is adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin called “A Song of Ice and Fire”. “Game of Thrones” is actually made in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland.

17. What a star may represent : US STATE
Legend has it that Betsy Ross made the first American flag for General George Washington. However, this story only surfaced during the centennial celebrations of 1876, and although Betsy Ross was indeed one of several flag makers in Philadelphia in the days of George Washington, sadly there’s no definitive evidence that Ross provided that first Stars and Stripes.

18. Non-Rx : OTC
Over the counter drugs (OTC) don’t need a prescription (Rx).

19. Rx abbr. : TSP
Teaspoon (tsp.)

20. Locales for deep investigations? : SEALABS
SEALAB I, II and II were man-made habitats built by the US Navy designed to advance the technology needed for humans to live and work underwater for extended periods. SEALAB I was lowered to a depth of just under 200 feet off the coast of Bermuda in 1964. Four divers stayed in SEALAB for 11 days, before the experiment was halted due to the approach of a tropical storm.

29. Home to the naturally pink Lake Retba : SENEGAL
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.

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.

31. It’s spanned by the Ponte Santa Trinita : ARNO
The Ponte Santa Trinita (Holy Trinity Bridge) spans the Arno in Florence. It neighbors the more famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, which lies just to the east. The Ponte Santa Trinita was destroyed in 1944 by the Germans as they retreated from Florence. In 1958, the original stones were recovered from the depths of the Arno and used to reconstruct the bridge. Remarkable …

33. Allison Janney’s role on “The West Wing” : CJ CREGG
Allison Janney is a favorite actress of mine, who I first saw on “The West Wing” TV show. Janney is now playing one of the moms on the sitcom “Mom”.

36. Architect/sculptor with an eponymous New York museum : NOGUCHI
The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York City houses works created by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The museum opened in 1985.

41. Big name in late-night : STEPHEN
Stephen Colbert is a political satirist who hosts his own show on Comedy Central, “The Colbert Report”. Colbert’s first love was theater, and so he studied to become an actor. He then moved into comedy, and ended up on the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He left “The Daily Show” in 2005 to set up his own spinoff, “The Colbert Report”. In his own inimitable way, Colbert likes to use a “French” pronunciation for the name of his show, so “The Colbert Report” comes out as “The Col-bear Rep-oar”. Colbert will be taking over the “Late Show” when David Letterman retires.

42. Topkapi Palace resident : AGA
The magnificent Topkapi Palace in Istanbul was a residence for the Ottoman sultans for over 400 years, starting in 1459. During its heydey, the palace complex was home to a staggering 4,000 people. The name “Topkapi” translates as “Cannon Gate”.

43. Choler : IRE
“Choler” is “anger, irritability”. Choler (also “cholera”) was one of the body’s four basic substances, the so-called four humors. All diseases were caused by these four substances getting out of balance. The four humors were:

– Black bile (melancholia)
– Yellow bile (cholera)
– Phlegm (phlegma)
– Blood (sanguis)

Down
1. M.R.I. alternative : CAT SCAN
A CT (or “CAT”) scan produces (via computer manipulation) a three dimensional image of the inside of an object, usually the human body. It does so by taking a series of two dimensional x-ray images while rotating the camera around the patient. The issue with CT scans is that they use x-rays, and high doses of radiation can be harmful causing damage that is cumulative over time.

2. “The Zone of Interest” author, 2014 : AMIS
I suppose the successful English novelist Martin Amis must have writing in his blood. He is the son of the respected author Kingsley Amis, a Booker Prize winner. Martin Amis’s best-known novels are his so-called “London Trilogy” consisting of “Money” (1984), “London Fields” (1989) and “The Information” (1995).

“The Zone of Interest” is a 2014 novel by Martin Amis that is set in WWII, in the Auschwitz concentration camp. It’s about a Nazi officer who falls for the wife of the camp commandant.

3. Seat of Washoe County : RENO
Reno, Nevada was named in honor of Major General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union officer killed in the Civil War. The city has a famous “Reno Arch”, a structure that stands over the main street. The arch was erected in 1926 to promote an exposition planned for the following year. After the expo, the city council decided to keep the arch and held a competition to decide what wording should be displayed, and the winner was “The Biggest Little City in the World”.

5. Some successful Wharton grads, for short : CFOS
Wharton is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. The school was established in 1881 largely due to a donation from industrialist Joseph Wharton, co-founder of Bethlehem Steel.

6. Sports person: Abbr. : ATH
Athlete (ath.)

7. G : THOU
“G”, “G-note” and “thou” are slang terms used for a thousand dollars.

12. Relative of a soul patch : GOATEE
A goatee is a beard formed by hair on just a man’s chin. The name probably comes from the tuft of hair seen on an adult goat.

A “soul patch” is that small patch of facial hair worn especially by jazz musician, located just below the lower lip and above the chin. The actor and comedian Howie Mandel has been sporting a soul patch for many years, I believe.

23. Mamie Eisenhower hairstyle : BANGS
Mamie Eisenhower has to have been one of the most charming of all the First Ladies of the United States. Ms. Eisenhower suffered from an inner ear complaint called Ménière’s disease which caused her to lose her balance quite often. Because she was unsteady on her feet there were unfounded rumors floating around Washington that Ms. Eisenhower had a drinking problem. People can be very unkind …

25. Info in a 1-Across : ISBNS
(1A. Holder of many titles : CARD CATALOG)
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) was invented by one Gordon Foster who is now a professor at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. The code was originally developed for booksellers, so that they had a unique number (and now a barcode) for each publication.

26. Means of divination : TAROT
Tarot cards have been around since the mid-1400s, and for centuries were simply used for entertainment as a game. It has only been since the late 1800s that the cards have been used by fortune tellers to predict the future. The list of tarot cards includes the Wheel of Fortune, the Hanged Man and the Lovers.

34. Luxury car name since 1935 : JAGUAR
Jaguar started out as a manufacturer of sidecars for motorcycles back in 1922, when the company was known as the Swallow Sidecar Company (SS for short). The company changed its name to Jaguar after WWII, because of the unfortunate connotations of the letters “SS” in that era (i.e. the Nazi paramilitary organization).

37. Lingerie material : CHIFFON
Chiffon is a sheer fabric usually made from silk, cotton, nylon or rayon. The French word “chiffon” is a diminutive of “chiffe” meaning “rag, piece of cloth”.

38. Speedball component : HEROIN
A speedball is a intravenous mix of cocaine and heroin or morphine. The list of celebrities that have died from speedball use includes John Belushi, Chris Farley, Philip Seymour Hoffman and River Phoenix.

45. Miami Beach architectural style, informally : DECO
The coastal city of Miami Beach sits on a string of islands on the Florida coast, separated from Miami proper by Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach is home to the Art Deco Historic District, which is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world.

46. ___ vez (again: Sp.) : OTRA
“Otra vez” is Spanish for “again”, translating literally as “other time”.

47. Clay, for one : WHIG
The Whig Party (in the US) was active from 1833 to 1856, and was the opposition party to the Democrats at that time. One of the tenets of the Whig Party was the supremacy of Congress over the Executive branch. Prominent members of the party included Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler. Abraham Lincoln was also a Whig while he served a two-year term as a US Representative for the state of Illinois. By the time he became President, Lincoln was a member of the Republican Party.

Henry Clay was a statesman from Kentucky well known for his gift as an orator. He was very persuasive in his arguments in favor of war with Britain resulting in the War of 1812. In 1957, a Senate committee chaired by John F. Kennedy declared Henry Clay one of the five greatest senators in American history.

48. Friend of Bubbles, in an animated film : NEMO
“Finding Nemo” is a 2003 animated blockbuster from Pixar. The film was the winner of the Oscar that year for Best Animated Feature. Believe it or not, “Finding Nemo” is the best-selling DVD of all time and, until 2010’s “Toy Story 3”, it was the highest-grossing, G-rated movie at the box office.

50. Focus of some prep books : LSAT
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) has been around since 1948.

51. Battle of ___ (1943 U.S./Japanese conflict) : ATTU
Attu is the westernmost island in the Aleutian chain, and so is the westernmost part of Alaska. Japanese forces took the island in October 1942, eventually landing as many as 2,900 soldiers there. In May 1943, the US Army retook the island in twenty days of fighting that is now called the Battle of Attu, the only land battle to take place on US soil during WWII. I am very proud of my father-in-law, who served in the Aleutians in WWII …

52. Rouge alternative : NOIR
In the game of roulette, players can bet on red (rouge) and black (noir).

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Holder of many titles : CARD CATALOG
12. Show with the record for most Emmys won in a single year (12) : GAME OF THRONES
14. Encountered trouble : GOT INTO HOT WATER
16. Snags : LASSOES
17. What a star may represent : US STATE
18. Non-Rx : OTC
19. Rx abbr. : TSP
20. Locales for deep investigations? : SEALABS
25. “We should get going” : IT’S LATE
29. Home to the naturally pink Lake Retba : SENEGAL
30. Attended as an observer : SAT IN ON
31. It’s spanned by the Ponte Santa Trinita : ARNO
32. Army ___ : BRAT
33. Allison Janney’s role on “The West Wing” : CJ CREGG
36. Architect/sculptor with an eponymous New York museum : NOGUCHI
40. Control and make use of : HARNESS
41. Big name in late-night : STEPHEN
42. Topkapi Palace resident : AGA
43. Choler : IRE
44. Deadline in a western : SUNDOWN
49. Anticipate : PLAN FOR
53. Turn lemons into lemonade, so to speak : MAKE THE BEST OF IT
55. Countercharge : RECRIMINATION
56. Help someone : DO A GOOD TURN

Down
1. M.R.I. alternative : CAT SCAN
2. “The Zone of Interest” author, 2014 : AMIS
3. Seat of Washoe County : RENO
4. Spoil, with “on” : DOTE
5. Some successful Wharton grads, for short : CFOS
6. Sports person: Abbr. : ATH
7. G : THOU
8. They may be graphic : ARTS
9. Some temperatures : LOWS
10. Go ___ length : ON AT
11. Bronze : GET A TAN
12. Relative of a soul patch : GOATEE
13. Commences : SETS TO
14. Luster : GLOSS
15. Transcribe : REPEN
21. Get into one’s head : LEARN
22. Tally : AGREE
23. Mamie Eisenhower hairstyle : BANGS
24. Grinds : SLOGS
25. Info in a 1-Across : ISBNS
26. Means of divination : TAROT
27. Put on : STAGE
28. Showed great happiness : LIT UP
33. It might be yawning : CHASM
34. Luxury car name since 1935 : JAGUAR
35. Started, as a generator : CRANKED
37. Lingerie material : CHIFFON
38. Speedball component : HEROIN
39. Like atoms with full outer shells : INERT
45. Miami Beach architectural style, informally : DECO
46. ___ vez (again: Sp.) : OTRA
47. Clay, for one : WHIG
48. Friend of Bubbles, in an animated film : NEMO
49. Hang : PEND
50. Focus of some prep books : LSAT
51. Battle of ___ (1943 U.S./Japanese conflict) : ATTU
52. Rouge alternative : NOIR
54. Thumbnail item : BIO

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4 thoughts on “0506-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 6 May 16, Friday”

  1. 27:53, no errors. Tough challenge today. Not a West Wing watcher, had not heard of NOGUCHI; however was able to work around my shortcomings.

    54D is BIO because it makes 53A, 55A and 56A work. (just kidding). One of the definitions of thumbnail is a brief, concise description. A brief biography of an author, in book or paper, could be called a thumbnail BIO.

  2. 22:34, no errors, surprisingly. One of those where you "SLOG" away at it and then you look up, and it's somehow finished.

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