0907-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Sep 16, Wednesday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Kary Haddad
THEME: I Can’t Cook …
… so each of our themed answers is a “dish” that is easily prepared, using the simple directions in the clue:

60A. Explanation one might give for following the directions of 18-, 24-, 39- and 47-Across? : I CAN’T COOK

18A. [Place in crisping sleeve; microwave for 2 minutes] : HOT POCKET
24A. [Boil contents for 3 minutes; stir in seasoning packet] : RAMEN NOODLES
39A. [Put yesterday’s General Tso’s in microwave; heat for 2 minutes] : LEFTOVER CHINESE
47A. [Boil contents for 8-10 minutes; drain; add butter; stir in bright orange powder] : MAC AND CHEESE

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 10m 43s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Hip-hop’s Kendrick ___ : LAMAR
Kendrick Lamar is a hip hop singer from Compton, California. Lamar’s full name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, with the singer’s given name in honor of Motown artist Eddie Kendricks.

9. Like a visit from the Bishop of Rome : PAPAL
The Catholic Church regards Saint Peter as the first to hold the papal office, as he was the first bishop of Rome. Peter took office in 30 CE, and probably died in 64 CE, making him the longest-reigning pope.

16. Way to stream “Game of Thrones” : HBO GO
The HBO Go offering is a “TV Everywhere” service, meaning that paid subscribers can stream content on a choice of platforms just by entering a username and password.

17. Uber competitors : TAXIS
Uber is a ridesharing service that was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco. The service is somewhat controversial and has been described as an illegal taxicab operation. Central to Uber’s service is the company’s mobile app, which can use the client’s GPS location to help find the nearest available ride. Uber’s main competitor is Lyft. Personally, I love the service and have only had good experiences …

18. [Place in crisping sleeve; microwave for 2 minutes] : HOT POCKET
Hot Pockets were introduced in the seventies by brothers David and Paul Merage. Hot Pockets are microwaveable turnovers filled with cheese, meat or vegetables.

20. One of the Estevezes : EMILIO
Emilio Estevez is one of the members of Hollywood’s famous “Brat Pack”, having appeared in “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire”. Estevez’s father (and can’t you tell it from looking at him?) is actor Martin Sheen. Estevez decided to keep his father’s real name, and not the stage name of “Sheen”. Charlie Sheen is Emilio’s brother, and Charlie’s real name is Carlos Estevez.

23. Slate slate, for short : EDS
Editorials (eds.)

“Slate” is an online magazine founded in 1996. “Slate” was originally owned by Microsoft and was part of the MSN online offering. The magazine has been available for free since 1999 (it is ad-supported) and has been owned by the Washington Post Company since 2004.

24. [Boil contents for 3 minutes; stir in seasoning packet] : RAMEN NOODLES
Ramen is a noodle dish composed of Chinese-style wheat noodles in a meat or fish broth flavored with soy or miso sauce. Ramen is usually topped with sliced pork and dried seaweed. The term “ramen” is a also used for precooked, instant noodles that come in single-serving, solid blocks.

29. Setting for “Friday the 13th” : CAMP
Can you believe that the “Friday the 13th” franchise of horror movies comprises twelve films (so far)? The bad guy in the series is Jason Voorhees, a boy who drowned at summer camp. “Friday the 13th” is an incredibly successful franchise, something that I just do not understand …

33. Santa ___ winds : ANA
The Santa Ana winds are the very dry air currents that sweep offshore late in the year in Southern California. Because these air currents are so dry, they are noted for their influence over forest fires in the area, especially in the heat of the fall. The winds arise from a buildup of air pressure in the Great Basin that lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. Under the right conditions, that air spills over the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and basically “falls” down the side of the Sierra range, heading for the ocean. As the air falls it becomes drier and heats up so that relative humidity can fall to below 10% by the time it hits the coast.

39. [Put yesterday’s General Tso’s in microwave; heat for 2 minutes] : LEFTOVER CHINESE
General Tso’s chicken is an American creation, often found on the menu of a Chinese restaurant. The name General Tso may be a reference to General Zuo Zongtang of the Qing Dynasty, but there is no clear link.

43. Hog fat : LARD
Fat, when extracted from the carcass of an animal, is called “suet”. Untreated suet decomposes at room temperature quite easily so it has to be “rendered” or purified to make it stable. Rendered fat from pigs is what we call “lard”. Rendered beef or mutton fat is known as “tallow”.

44. Gen. Beauregard’s side: Abbr. : CSA
The Confederate States of America (CSA) set up government in 1861 just before Abraham Lincoln took office. Jefferson Davis was selected as President of the CSA at its formation and retained the post for the life of the government.

P. G. T. Beauregard was a general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Beauregard’s most notable success was leading the defense of Petersburg, Virginia against vastly superior Union forces.

46. iPhone assistant : SIRI
Siri is software application that works with Apple’s iOS operating system. “Siri” is an acronym standing for Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface. You’ve probably seen the ads on television, with folks talking to their iPhones asking for information and responding with a voice. I hear that Google is a little scared by Siri, as Siri is non-visual. There’s no need to touch a screen or a keyboard to work with Siri, no opportunity to click on one of Google’s ads! By the way, voice-over artist Susan Bennett revealed herself as the female American voice of Siri not that long ago. The British version of Siri is called Daniel, and the Australian version is called Karen. Also, “Siri” is a Norwegian name meaning “beautiful woman who leads you to victory”, and was the name the developer had chosen for his first child.

47. [Boil contents for 8-10 minutes; drain; add butter; stir in bright orange powder] : MAC AND CHEESE
Thomas Jefferson’s name is associated with the dish we known today as “mac ‘n’ cheese”. The future president discovered the baked macaroni with Parmesan cheese while in Paris and in northern Italy. He started serving the dish to guests in the US, and even had a machine imported to make the macaroni locally. Whether or not Jefferson was the first to bring mac ‘n’ cheese to America isn’t entirely clear, but it has been popular ever since.

58. Genre for much Top 40 radio, for short : EDM
Electronic dance music (EDM). Nope, not for me …

64. Circle lines : RADII
Radius (plural “radii”) is a Latin word, as one might expect, meaning “spoke of a wheel”. Makes sense, huh …?

65. Imbecile : MORON
The unsavory term “moron” was formerly used by the medical community to describe someone with a degree of mental retardation. The term comes from the Greek “moros” meaning “foolish, dull”. Back in the early 1900s, IQ tests were used to classify those suffering from mental retardation into categories:

  • “idiot” … IQ of 0-20
  • “imbecile” … IQ of 21-50
  • “moron” …IQ of 51-70

66. Singer of the 2016 #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA
Sia is the stage name of Australian singer Sia Furler from Adelaide. Sia is a cousin of Australian Christian Rock musician Peter Furler.

67. Tom Cruise hanging onto an airplane during takeoff, for example : STUNT
Tom Cruise’s real name is Tom Cruise Mapother IV. Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, one of my favorite cities in the US, because that’s where I met my wife-to-be …

69. ___-right (modern conservative movement) : ALT
“Alt-right” is a term much associated with presidential campaign of Donald Trump. The name is descriptive of a right-wing ideology that is an alternative to mainstream conservatism in the US.

Down
2. “Battlestar Galactica” commander : ADAMA
“Battlestar Galactica” is a whole franchise these days, based on an original television series that aired in 1978. The executive producer of that first series was Glen A. Larson who had been trying get the show off the ground since the sixties. Larson was finally able to get some finances for his sci-fi show on the back of the success of the 1977 movie “Star Wars”.

7. Prefix with chic : ECO-
Something described as “eco chic” is both stylish and friendly to the environment at the same time.

8. “Woe ___ him, and her too”: Jane Austen : BETIDE
Here’s a quotation from Jane Austen’s novel “Persuasion”.

Woe betide him, and her too, when it comes to things of consequence, when they are placed in circumstances requiring fortitude and strength of mind, if she have not resolution enough to resist idle interference … It is the worst evil of too yielding and indecisive a character, that no influence over it can be depended on. You are never sure of a good impression being durable; everybody may sway it. Let those who would be happy be firm.

19. Inside-the-Beltway sort : POL
A “pol” is a politician, especially one known for making deals.

The phrase “inside the Beltway” is used to refer to the infrastructure and politics of Washington, D.C. The Beltway in this case is Interstate 495, also known as the Capital Beltway.

26. Ohio school that pioneered coeducation : OBERLIN
Oberlin, Ohio is a city southwest of Cleveland. The city is home to Oberlin College, the biggest employer in town. Oberlin was named after Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, a pastor from Alsace. Oberlin was the first college in the country to admit African American students, and the second to admit females (after Cumberland College in Princeton, Kentucky).

31. “Don’t ___ with Texas” : MESS
“Don’t Mess with Texas” is a phrase that started in an advertising campaign for the Texas Department of Transportation in 1986. The intent behind the campaign was to reduce the amount of litter on the roads by placing signs with the slogan along the major highways. Even though “Don’t Mess with Texas” is a registered trademark, it has been adopted by countless other organizations.

32. “No contest,” for one : PLEA
“Nolo contendere” is a legal term that translates from Latin as “I do not wish to contend”. It’s the plea of “no contest” and is an alternative to “guilty” or “not guilty”, meaning that one doesn’t admit guilt but nor does one dispute the charge.

36. John Quincy Adams, to John Adams : SON
John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was the 6th President. Like his father, John Quincy worked for many years as a diplomat representing the young United States. After leaving office, Adams served in Congress as Representative from Massachusetts, becoming the only president ever to enter the House after leaving the office as President.

37. How often Daniel Day-Lewis has won Best Actor : THRICE
Irish-English actor Daniel Day-Lewis has three Best Actor Oscars, for his performances in:

  • “My Left Foot” (1989)
  • “There Will Be Blood” (2007)
  • “Lincoln” (2012)

46. Indian appetizer : SAMOSA
A samosa is quite a tasty appetizer, usually a triangular-shaped savory that often has a vegetarian filling. The word “samosa” is primarily used on Indian menus, and the name comes from “sanbosag”, the name for the dish in Persia.

48. Insurance giant : AETNA
When the healthcare management and insurance company known as Aetna was founded, the name was chosen to evoke images of Mt. Etna, the European volcano.

49. Govt. health agency : CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC started out life during WWII as the Office of National Defense Malaria Control Activities. The CDC worries about much more than malaria these days …

51. Muse of poetry : ERATO
In Greek mythology, Erato was the Muse of lyric poetry and is often depicted playing a lyre.

53. River into which Joan of Arc’s ashes were ordered to be thrown : SEINE
Joan of Arc (also “Jeanne d’Arc”, her birth name) led the French Army successfully into battle a number of times during the Hundred Years War with England. When she was eventually captured, Joan was tried in Rouen, the seat of the occupying English government in France at that time. There she was burned at the stake having been found guilty of heresy. In fact, after the fire died down, the executioner raked the coals to display the charred body, proving Joan had died, and then burned the corpse again, twice, so that relics could not be collected. The remaining ashes were then cast into the Seine River. Joan of Arc was canonized some 600 years later, in 1920, and is now one of the patron saints of France.

55. “La Bohème” soprano : MIMI
“La bohème” by Giacomo Puccini is the second most frequently performed opera in the US (after Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”). The lead female role in the piece is Mimì, a seamstress.

56. Safari’s is a compass : ICON
Safari is Apple’s flagship Internet browser, mainly used on its Mac line of computers. Personally, I use Google Chrome …

63. Krazy ___ : KAT
“Krazy Kat” is a successful comic strip that ran from 1913-1944 and was drawn by George Herriman.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Hip-hop’s Kendrick ___ : LAMAR
6. Fly catcher : WEB
9. Like a visit from the Bishop of Rome : PAPAL
14. “Look before you leap,” e.g. : ADAGE
15. It’s not returned on the court : ACE
16. Way to stream “Game of Thrones” : HBO GO
17. Uber competitors : TAXIS
18. [Place in crisping sleeve; microwave for 2 minutes] : HOT POCKET
20. One of the Estevezes : EMILIO
22. Charged particle : ION
23. Slate slate, for short : EDS
24. [Boil contents for 3 minutes; stir in seasoning packet] : RAMEN NOODLES
28. Piercing spot : LOBE
29. Setting for “Friday the 13th” : CAMP
33. Santa ___ winds : ANA
36. Large or jumbo : SIZE
37. “It is better to ___ well than to arrive” : TRAVEL
39. [Put yesterday’s General Tso’s in microwave; heat for 2 minutes] : LEFTOVER CHINESE
42. Placid : SERENE
43. Hog fat : LARD
44. Gen. Beauregard’s side: Abbr. : CSA
45. Scent : ODOR
46. iPhone assistant : SIRI
47. [Boil contents for 8-10 minutes; drain; add butter; stir in bright orange powder] : MAC AND CHEESE
55. Open ___ night : MIC
58. Genre for much Top 40 radio, for short : EDM
59. Made : EARNED
60. Explanation one might give for following the directions of 18-, 24-, 39- and 47-Across? : I CAN’T COOK
64. Circle lines : RADII
65. Imbecile : MORON
66. Singer of the 2016 #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA
67. Tom Cruise hanging onto an airplane during takeoff, for example : STUNT
68. Commercial prefix with -gram or -matic : INSTA-
69. ___-right (modern conservative movement) : ALT
70. Partners of dreams : HOPES

Down
1. “Not now” : LATER
2. “Battlestar Galactica” commander : ADAMA
3. “He who hesitates is lost,” e.g. : MAXIM
4. Twinkle-toed : AGILE
5. Pine product : RESIN
6. Baby’s cry : WAH!
7. Prefix with chic : ECO-
8. “Woe ___ him, and her too”: Jane Austen : BETIDE
9. Cell, e.g. : PHONE
10. Epitome of simplicity : ABC
11. Nudge : POKE
12. Like good Scotch : AGED
13. A ton : LOTS
19. Inside-the-Beltway sort : POL
21. Not taped : ON LIVE
25. Seepage : OOZE
26. Ohio school that pioneered coeducation : OBERLIN
27. Create a digital image of : SCAN
30. With: Fr. : AVEC
31. “Don’t ___ with Texas” : MESS
32. “No contest,” for one : PLEA
33. As well : ALSO
34. Requirement : NEED
35. ___-Cuban (music genre) : AFRO
36. John Quincy Adams, to John Adams : SON
37. How often Daniel Day-Lewis has won Best Actor : THRICE
38. Purge (of) : RID
40. Five years, for the U.N. secretary general : TERM
41. “We ___” (convenience store sign) : CARD
46. Indian appetizer : SAMOSA
48. Insurance giant : AETNA
49. Govt. health agency : CDC
50. Stringent : HARSH
51. Muse of poetry : ERATO
52. Turn out : END UP
53. River into which Joan of Arc’s ashes were ordered to be thrown : SEINE
54. Revises : EDITS
55. “La Bohème” soprano : MIMI
56. Safari’s is a compass : ICON
57. Some ferry cargo : CARS
61. “Just kidding!” : NOT!
62. Painting medium : OIL
63. Krazy ___ : KAT

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7 thoughts on “0907-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 7 Sep 16, Wednesday”

  1. Five weeks on, pen and paper, 13:03, no errors. The clues for 62D and 63D were missing from my paper, so I had to depend on SIA, who seemed only vaguely familiar, to supply the I and the A of OIL and KAT. (I think, five weeks ago, I had just come across SIA in some other context, but by now she had almost faded away.)

    I would like to know how the Denver Post people acquire the NYT puzzle and insert it in their paper. It's not uncommon for them to mess up a clue or two (most often at the end of the "down" list, less often at the beginning of the "across" list). I would have hoped that they could move the whole puzzle as a unit, but perhaps they have to cut and paste the lists?

  2. No errors. A little tough for me today but nothing that I couldn't handle. The theme fit me pretty well. I know and use all of those food items frequently. I can't cook either.

  3. 12:07, no errors. Had difficulty with the bottom left, since my paper did not print any clues beyond 54D, so had to fill using all across clues. And it was a lucky guess on the 46D SAMOSA / 66A SIA cross, as I had not heard of either one.

    @Bart: 55A On certain designated nights many bars and clubs allow people to come up on their stage and perform as comedians or musicians, using the stage microphone. Hence 'Open MIC night'.

  4. Ugh, 15:52 and SIX errors. 52 Across was just one of the ones I just couldn't megotiate. Others were just too esoteric.

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