1113-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Nov 16, Sunday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Joel Fagliano
THEME: Clothes That Fit
The CLOTHES cited in today’s themed answers really FIT, in more ways than one. As well as being items of CLOTHING, they are items related to the profession cited in the clue:

21A. The aerobics instructor wore … : … PANTS AND A SWEATER
29A. The lawyer wore a … : … SUIT AND BRIEFS
46A. The gardener wore … : … BLOOMERS AND HOSE
62A. The reptile expert wore a … : … TURTLENECK, BOA AND CROCS
74A. The plumber wore a … : … TUBE TOP AND CLOGS
93A. The boxer wore … : … SOCKS AND A BELT
103A. The happily unemployed person wore … : … SLACKS AND LOAFERS

BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: 23m 43s
ANSWERS I MISSED: 0

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Across

8. Follows the party line? : CONGAS
The conga line is a dance that originated as a Cuban carnival march. It became popular in the US starting in the thirties. The dance is apparently named after the Congo region of Africa, and it was originated by slaves who were brought from there to Cuba.

14. Senator Vinick’s portrayer on “The West Wing” : ALDA
Alan Alda has had a great television career, especially of course on “M*A*S*H”. Alda won his first Emmy in 1972, for playing Hawkeye Pierce on “M*A*S*H”. He won his most recent Emmy in 2006 for his portrayal of Presidential candidate Arnold Vinick in “The West Wing”. When it comes to the big screen, my favorite of Alda’s movies is the 1978 romantic comedy “Same Time, Next Year” in which he starred opposite Ellen Burstyn.

18. The rest of China, to Hong Kong and Macau : MAINLAND
Hong Kong first became part of the British Empire after the First Opium War in 1842. In 1898, Britain signed a 99-year lease to retain control of Hong Kong. That control ended 99 years later in 1997 with a formal transfer of sovereignty back to China.

Macau (also “Macao”) was a Portuguese colony, the first European colony in China, which was established in the 16th century. Macau was handed back to the Chinese in 1999, two years after Hong Kong was returned by the British. That made Macau the last European colony in China. Today Macau’s economy is driven by tourism and gambling.

20. Chemically treated hairstyle : PERM
“Perm” is the name given to a permanent wave, a chemical or thermal treatment of hair to produce waves or curls. I don’t worry about such things, as it’s a number-one all over for me …

23. “Then again …,” to a texter : OTOH …
On the other hand (OTOH)

24. British poet laureate Carol ___ Duffy : ANN
Carol Ann Duffy is a poet and playwright from Scotland. Duffy is the current poet laureate in Britain and is the first Scot to hold the position as well as the first openly gay person to be so honored.

26. Obamacare option, for short : HMO
Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

The correct name for what has been dubbed “Obamacare” is the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (ACA).

35. Wooden-soled shoes : SABOTS
There is a story that disgruntled textile workers would kick their wooden shoes, called sabots, into the looms in order to disable them so that they didn’t have to work. This act of vandalism was named for the shoe, an act of … sabotage.

42. Affliction in “Philadelphia” : AIDS
Someone infected by the human immunodeficiency virus is said to be HIV positive. After the initial infection, the person is often asymptomatic for many years. Over time, the virus interferes with the immune system and so increasing the chances of picking up serious secondary infections. Those unfortunate enough to develop a severely compromised immune system are said to suffer from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

“Philadelphia” is a groundbreaking 1993 film starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The movie was one of the first out of Hollywood to deal with HIV/AIDS and homophobia as a central theme. Hanks won that season’s Best Actor Oscar for his performance, and Bruce Springsteen won the Oscar for Best Original Song with “Streets of Philadelphia”.

43. “A Fish Called Wanda” co-star Kevin : KLINE
The actor Kevin Kline stars in many of my favorite films, like “French Kiss” (in which he had a very impressive French accent) and “A Fish Called Wanda.” Kline also appeared in the romantic comedy “In & Out”, another favorite. “In & Out” is perhaps best remembered for it’s dramatic “interaction” between Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck … if you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you by saying any more!

The 1988 comedy “A Fish Called Wanda” is a favorite of mine. The film was co-written by and stars John Cleese, and has an exceptional cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Cleese’s friend from “Monty Python”, Michael Palin. Kevin Kline won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance. The “fish” in the film is the con artist Wanda, played by Curtis

44. Borscht vegetable : BEET
Borscht is a beetroot soup that originated in Ukraine. Borscht can be served both hot and cold.

45. Destination of some SAS flights : OSLO
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is an ancient city that was founded around 1048. The medieval city was destroyed by fire in 1624 and was rebuilt by the Danish-Norwegian king Christian IV and renamed to Christiana. In 1877 there was an official change of the spelling of the city’s name to “Kristiana”, and then more recently in 1925 the name was restored to the original Oslo. Things have almost gone full circle and now the center of Oslo, the area that would have been contained by the original medieval walls, has apparently been renamed to Christiana.

SAS was formerly known as Scandinavian Airlines System and is the flag carrier of three countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden. SAS is based at Stockholm Arlanda Airport located just north of the Swedish capital.

46. The gardener wore … : … BLOOMERS AND HOSE
Amelia Bloomer was a 19th-century women’s right advocate. Bloomer proposed a change in the dress standards for women so they would be less restricted in movement. In particular, she advocated the use of loose trousers gathered at the ankles, worn under a short skirt. The outfit became known as “the Bloomer Costume” and the pants were termed “Bloomers”, a word we use to this day.

The word “hose” meaning a “covering for the leg” has the same roots as the contemporary German word “Hose” meaning “trousers, pants”.

49. “Whatever satisfies the ___ is truth”: Whitman : SOUL
Walt Whitman is considered to be one of the greatest American poets. He was born in 1819 on Long Island, and lived through the American Civil War. Whitman was a controversial character, even during his own lifetime. One view held by him was that the works attributed to William Shakespeare were not actually written by Shakespeare, but rather by someone else, or perhaps a group of people.

52. Bank fig. : INT
Interest (int.)

56. Naval jail : BRIG
A brig, short for brigantine, is a type of ship. It was the use of brigantines as prison ships that led to use of “brig” as the word for a jail or prison cell on a seagoing vessel.

58. “Fifty Shades of Grey” topic, for short : S AND M
A sadist is someone who derives pleasure from inflicting pain, with that pleasure often being sexual in nature. The term “sadist” comes from the Marquis de Sade who was known to exhibit such tendencies.

A masochist, in sexual terms, is someone who gets sexual pleasure in being hurt or abused. The term comes from the name of the Austrian novelist Leopold von Sacher-Masoch who wrote “Venus in Furs”, a novel that features female dominance and male subservience.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is an incredibly popular erotic novel by British writer E. L. James. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the fastest-selling paperback of all time. And there are two other titles to complete the trilogy: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”.

59. Nickname for basketball’s George Gervin : ICEMAN
George Gervin is a retired NBA (and ABA) player He was nicknamed “Iceman”, a reference to his cool demeanor during games, and an apparent gift of being able to play at the highest level while hardly breaking a sweat.

62. The reptile expert wore a … : … TURTLENECK, BOA AND CROCS
Crocs are foam clogs that were originally designed as shoes to be worn at health spas.

67. Quarter back? : TAILS
The two sides of a coin are known as the “obverse” and the “reverse”. The obverse is commonly referred to as “heads”, as it often depicts someone’s head. The reverse is commonly called “tails”, as it is the opposite of “heads”.

The American quarter is a little unusual in the world of decimal currency if you think about it. Most currencies have a “20-cent” coin, easier to work with mathematically. The US went for the quarter in deference to the practice of dividing Spanish Milled Dollars into eight wedge-shaped “bits”. That’s also why the quarter is sometimes referred to as “two bits”. State quarters were introduced in 1999, but prior to that the quarter had an eagle on its reverse.

68. “Star Trek” role : SULU
Mr Sulu was played by George Takei in the original “Star Trek” series. Takei has played lots of roles over the years, and is still very active in television. Did you know that he appeared in the 1963 film, “Pt-109”? He played the helmsman steering the Japanese destroyer that ran down John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat. From destroyer helmsman to starship helmsman …

71. “Death be not proud” poet : DONNE
I don’t know about here in America, but at school in Ireland we all had to learn John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet X”, also known as “Death Be Not Proud”.

John Donne is one of England’s most celebrated poets, working at the start of the 17th century. He spent much of his life in poverty and even spent a short time in prison for having married his wife without procuring the appropriate permissions. After his release, his wife bore him 12 children in 16 years, passing away a few days after the twelfth child was born.

72. Gilbert Grape portrayer : DEPP
“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” is a 1993 film adapted from a 1991 novel of the same name by Peter Hedges. The film stars Johnny Depp in the title role, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Gilbert’s mentally disabled brother.

83. Word repeated before show : LATE
“The Late Late Show” is a late-night (actually “early morning”) talk show aired by CBS. The show is produced by Worldwide Pants Incorporated, the production company owned by David Letterman. “The Late Late Show” debuted in 1995 with Tom Snyder hosting. My favorite host was the very funny Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson. Ferguson came to the attention of the American viewing audience playing the office boss, Nigel Wick, on “The Drew Carey Show”.

“The Late Late Show” is a late-night (actually “early morning”) talk show aired by CBS. The show is produced by Worldwide Pants Incorporated, the production company owned by David Letterman. “The Late Late Show” debuted in 1995 with Tom Snyder hosting. My favorite host was the very funny Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson. Ferguson came to the attention of the American viewing audience playing the office boss, Nigel Wick, on “The Drew Carey Show”.

86. Russian pancakes : BLINI
A blintz (also “blin”, plural “blini”) is a thin pancake similar to a crêpe although unlike a crêpe, a blintz may contain yeast.

87. Friend of Tarzan : APE
“Tarzan” is the title character in the series of books created by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The line “Me Tarzan, you Jane” never appeared in the books, and indeed doesn’t even figure in the movies. Apparently Johnny Weissmuller (who played Tarzan in the thirties and forties) saw Maureen O’Sullivan (“Jane”, to Weissmuller’s “Tarzan”) struggling with a suitcase in the parking lot during filming. He grabbed the bag from her, jokingly saying “Me Tarzan, you Jane”, and people have been quoting those words ever since.

90. Much Etsy merchandise : CRAFTS
Etsy.com is an e-commerce website where you can buy and sell the kind of items that you might find at a craft fair.

91. Google Docs, e.g. : WEB APP
Google Docs is a word processing application that is part of the Google Drive suite of services. In fact, I am typing this blog post right now in Google Docs.

100. Hosp. areas : ORS
Surgery (surg.) is usually performed in an operating room (OR).

103. The happily unemployed person wore … : … SLACKS AND LOAFERS
The term “slacks” was introduced in the early 1800s with the the meaning “loose trousers”. Those early slacks were part of a military uniform.

The type of slip-on shoe called a “loafer” dates back to 1939. “Loafer” was originally a brand name introduced by the Fortnum and Mason’s store in London.

111. It’s a loch : NESS
Loch Ness is one of the two most famous lakes in Scotland. Loch Ness is famous for its “monster”, and Loch Lomond is famous for the lovely song “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond”. Oh, ye’ll tak’ the high road, and I’ll tak’ the low road …

112. Yellow-brown : SIENNA
The shade known as “sienna” or “burnt sienna” was originally a pigment made from earth found around Siena in Tuscany.

Down
1. One looking to serve mankind? : CANNIBAL
The term “cannibalism” was coined by the Spanish, working from the name of the Carib people of the Lesser Antilles. The Spanish explorers of the Caribbean believed that the Carib people ate human flesh for food, but apparently this was untrue (although there was a war ritual that involved some chewing of an enemy’s flesh). The eating of human flesh has been noted throughout history, in many parts of the world. In fact, Fiji in the South Pacific was once known as “Cannibal Isles”.

2. Successful turn in the game Battleship : HIT
Battleship was a game that we used to play as kids using pencil and paper. The game had been around at least since WWI, and was eventually turned into a board game by Milton Bradley in 1967.

5. Like a French door : PANED
French doors usually come in pairs, and have glass panels throughout the body of the door.

7. Nutritional amt. : RDA
Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) were introduced during WWII, and were replaced by Recommended Daily Intakes (RDIs) in 1997.

10. Major D.C. lobby : NRA
The NRA is the National Rifle Association, an organization that has been around since 1871. The NRA has had some celebrity presidents, including US President Ulysses S. Grant. It’s often said that the NRA is the most powerful lobbying group in Washington.

12. Capital One competitor, for short : AMEX
“Amex” is short for American Express. In dollar terms, there are more transactions conducted in the US using American Express than any other card.

13. Applied, as cologne : SPRITZED
A “spritz” is a squirt, a brief spray of liquid. The term ultimately comes from German, possibly via Yiddish, in which language “spritzen” means “to squirt, spout”. A “spritzer” is a glass of wine with a “spritz” of carbonated water, and is a drink we’ve been enjoying since the early sixties.

14. Speed skater ___ Anton Ohno : APOLO
Speed-skater Apolo Ohno has won more Winter Olympics medals than any other American. Ohno also did a great job winning the 2007 season of television’s “Dancing with the Stars”.

15. Famed claim from Louis XIV : L’ETAT, C’EST MOI
“L’État, c’est moi” is a French phrase, supposedly spoken by Louis XIV on his deathbed. It translates to “I am the State”, and would appear to mean that Louis considered himself to be “above his station” as it were. However, many dispute the quotation, and argue that Louis actually said on his deathbed that even though he was dying, the State would live on.

16. Queen’s mate : DRONE BEE
Drone bees and ants are fertile males of the species, whose sole role in life seems to be to mate with a queen.

17. Home to Hampshire College : AMHERST
Hampshire College is a private school in Amherst, Massachusetts. It is one of our newer colleges, first taking students in 1970. It has a reputation as a “radical” school. In 1979, it became the first American college to divest from apartheid South Africa. In 2001, it declared itself opposed to the War on Terrorism, again being the first school to do so.

21. Turn a corner in Monopoly : PASS GO
The commercial game of Monopoly is supposedly a remake of “The Landlord’s Game” created in 1903 by a Quaker woman called Lizzie Phillips. Phillips used her game as a tool to explain the single tax theory of American economist Henry George. The Landlord’s Game was first produced commercially in 1924. The incredibly successful derivative game called Monopoly was introduced in 1933 by Charles Darrow, who became a very rich man when Parker Brothers bought the rights to the game just two years later in 1935.

22. Religious branch sometimes spelled with an apostrophe : SHI’ISM
The Islamic sects of Sunni and Shia Muslims differ in the belief of who should have taken over leadership of the Muslim faithful after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Sunni tradition agree with the decision that the Prophet Muhammad’s confidante Abu Bakr was the right choice to become the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. Followers of the Shia tradition believe that leadership should have stayed within the Prophet Muhammad’s own family, and favoured the Prophet’s son-in-law Ali.

31. Pizazz : BRIO
“Brio” is borrowed from Italian, in which language it means vigor and vivacity. “Con brio” is a musical direction often found on a score, instructing the musicians to play “with energy, vigor”.

33. Cleansing substance : SAL SODA
Sodium carbonate is a well known as a water softener sold for use in laundry, and is variously described as Sal Soda, Washing Soda and Soda Crystals.

38. Noxious emanations : MIASMAS
The word “miasma” was first used for the poisonous atmosphere thought to arise from swamps and rotting matter, and which could cause disease. Nowadays, a miasma is just a thick cloud of gas or smoke.

39. William and Mary’s successor : ANNE
The Glorious Revolution took place in 1688, resulting in the overthrow of the Catholic King James II of England. English Parliamentarians had been looking to the Protestant daughter of the king, Mary, to ascend to the throne along with her husband William of Orange. These plans were jeopardized with the birth of a son to King James II. And so, William of Orange led an invasion of England, and then seizing the throne as William III beside his wife Mary II. Mary II died before her husband, and so William III ruled alone for the last six years of his life. When William passed away in 1702, his wife’s sister ascended to the throne as Anne, Queen of Great Britain. Anne, was the last British monarch from the House of Stuart, as she died without issue. Anne’s successor was her nearest Protestant relative, as a law had been passed preventing Roman Catholics from occupying the throne. So, George I succeeded Anne, marking the transition from the House of Stuart to the House of Hanover.

43. Zeus’ father : KRONOS
In Greek mythology, Cronus (also “Kronos”) was one of the Titans. Cronus overthrew his father Uranus and rook over rule of the Titans. Eventually, Cronus was ousted by own son, Zeus.

44. Stupid mistake : BONER
“Boner” is one of those terms that I just don’t like because it can be used offensively. “Boner” can be used for a faux pas, an error.

46. Van trailer? : BUREN
Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the US, and also served as Vice President and Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson. Although Van Buren was the first president who was born a US citizen, he was the only president whose first language wasn’t English, having grown up speaking Dutch.

58. Dope : SKINNY
The use of the word “skinny” meaning information, comes from WWII military slang for “the truth”, probably a derivative of the expression “the naked truth” (and skinny-dipping).

60. Patriot ___ : ACT
The USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law in 2001 soon after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The name of the act is actually an acronym, standing for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism”.

61. Org. in “Snowden” : NSA
“Snowden” is a 2016 film co-written and directed by Oliver Stone. It tells the story of computer professional Edward Snowden, who leaked information from the NSA to “The Guardian” newspaper in 2013. The bulk of the leaked material revealed extensive illegal cyber-snooping by the NSA on millions of American citizens, without the knowledge of the US Congress. The title role was played by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

63. “Survivor” faction : TRIBE
The reality show “Survivor” is based on a Swedish television series created in 1997 called “Expedition Robinson”.

64. Baseless rumors : CANARDS
“Canard” is the French word for “duck”. We use the term to mean a hoax or a misleading rumor. This usage comes from a phrase used in French that translates as “to half-sell a duck”, which means “to cheat”.

74. Dip made with olives, capers and anchovies : TAPENADE
The dish known as tapenade is traditionally made from olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. The name comes from the Provençal word for capers, “tapenas”.

77. Wife on TV’s “Family Guy” : LOIS
“Family Guy” is a very successful animated show on television. It was created by Seth MacFarlane, the same guy who came up with “American Dad!”. My kids love them both. Me, I can’t stand ‘em.

78. Cantina vessel : OLLA
An olla is a traditional clay pot used for the making of stews. “Olla” was the Latin word used in Ancient Rome to describe a similar type of pot.

83. The Doors album with the hit “Riders on the Storm” : LA WOMAN
“Riders on the Storm” is 1971 rock song by the Doors that was inspired by the 1948 country/western song “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky”. Although “Riders on the Storm” wasn’t the biggest hit for the Doors, it is definitely my favorite of their songs …

86. Victoria’s Secret event : BRA SALE
Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 in San Francisco, California. The founder wanted to create an environment where men were comfortable buying lingerie for their wives or girlfriends, an alternative to a department store.

88. Patriots’ Day mo. : APR
Patriots’ Day is a public holiday observed in the states of Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin that commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first engagements of the Revolutionary War. The battles took place in 1775, in April, and so the holiday is observed in that same month.

89. Spinoff drama featuring LL Cool J : NCIS: LA
Rap star LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith. Smith’s stage name stands for “Ladies Love Cool James”. When not rapping, LL Cool J plays Special Agent Sam Hanna on TV show “NCIS: Los Angeles”.

97. His: Fr. : A LUI
The French for “his, belonging to him” is “à lui”, and for “hers, belonging to her” is “à elle”.

98. Classic Orson Welles role : KANE
1941’s “Citizen Kane” was the first film made by Orson Welles, one considered by many to be the finest film ever made. It’s a remarkable achievement by Wells, as he played the lead, and also produced and directed. Despite all the accolades for “Citizen Kane” over the decades, the movie was far from a commercial success in its early run and actually lost money at the box office.

104. Fareed Zakaria’s employer : CNN
Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria hosts the weekly CNN public affairs show “Fareed Zakaria GPS”, with GPS standing for “Global Public Square”.

105. Defense advisory grp. : NSC
The National Security Council (NSC) was created by President Harry S. Truman in 1947. The NSC is chaired by the sitting president and meets in the White House Situation Room.

106. In excelsis ___ : DEO
“Gloria in excelsis Deo” is a Latin hymn, the title of which translates as “Glory to God in the highest”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Upbeat : CHIPPER
8. Follows the party line? : CONGAS
14. Senator Vinick’s portrayer on “The West Wing” : ALDA
18. The rest of China, to Hong Kong and Macau : MAINLAND
19. Interstate highway feature : ONRAMP
20. Chemically treated hairstyle : PERM
21. The aerobics instructor wore … : … PANTS AND A SWEATER
23. “Then again …,” to a texter : OTOH …
24. British poet laureate Carol ___ Duffy : ANN
25. Get even : TIE
26. Obamacare option, for short : HMO
27. Interstate highway feature : EXIT LANE
29. The lawyer wore a … : … SUIT AND BRIEFS
34. Horn blower : TOOTER
35. Wooden-soled shoes : SABOTS
36. Curb, with “in” : REIN
37. Floor : AMAZE
40. Airer of 89-Down : CBS
41. Open space in a forest : GLADE
42. Affliction in “Philadelphia” : AIDS
43. “A Fish Called Wanda” co-star Kevin : KLINE
44. Borscht vegetable : BEET
45. Destination of some SAS flights : OSLO
46. The gardener wore … : … BLOOMERS AND HOSE
49. “Whatever satisfies the ___ is truth”: Whitman : SOUL
51. Gallows item : NOOSE
52. Bank fig. : INT
53. Everyone’s bets : POT
56. Naval jail : BRIG
58. “Fifty Shades of Grey” topic, for short : S AND M
59. Nickname for basketball’s George Gervin : ICEMAN
62. The reptile expert wore a … : … TURTLENECK, BOA AND CROCS
66. Recipe direction : STIR IN
67. Quarter back? : TAILS
68. “Star Trek” role : SULU
69. “Isn’t ___ shame?” : IT A
70. Important : BIG
71. “Death be not proud” poet : DONNE
72. Gilbert Grape portrayer : DEPP
74. The plumber wore a … : … TUBE TOP AND CLOGS
79. What fans do : CLAP
83. Word repeated before show : LATE
84. Partner of each : EVERY
85. Logical flaw : HOLE
86. Russian pancakes : BLINI
87. Friend of Tarzan : APE
88. Revise : AMEND
89. Get exactly right : NAIL
90. Much Etsy merchandise : CRAFTS
91. Google Docs, e.g. : WEB APP
93. The boxer wore … : … SOCKS AND A BELT
96. Away from work temporarily : ON A BREAK
99. Put on : AIR
100. Hosp. areas : ORS
101. 22nd out of 26 : VEE
102. See 9-Down : … MANY
103. The happily unemployed person wore … : … SLACKS AND LOAFERS
108. Puts on : ADDS
109. Means of escaping prison, maybe : TUNNEL
110. Smooth and continuous : SEAMLESS
111. It’s a loch : NESS
112. Yellow-brown : SIENNA
113. Sex ed topic : CONSENT

Down
1. One looking to serve mankind? : CANNIBAL
2. Successful turn in the game Battleship : HIT
3. Kind of tuition : IN-STATE
4. Where the buffalo roam : PLAINS
5. Like a French door : PANED
6. Maze word : END
7. Nutritional amt. : RDA
8. Ranchers : COWMEN
9. With 102-Across, not the only : ONE OF …
10. Major D.C. lobby : NRA
11. Arena income : GATE
12. Capital One competitor, for short : AMEX
13. Applied, as cologne : SPRITZED
14. Speed skater ___ Anton Ohno : APOLO
15. Famed claim from Louis XIV : L’ETAT, C’EST MOI
16. Queen’s mate : DRONE BEE
17. Home to Hampshire College : AMHERST
18. Guides : MANUALS
21. Turn a corner in Monopoly : PASS GO
22. Religious branch sometimes spelled with an apostrophe : SHI’ISM
28. Sole neighbor : TOE
30. Bothers : TO-DOS
31. Pizazz : BRIO
32. Overhaul : REDO
33. Cleansing substance : SAL SODA
38. Noxious emanations : MIASMAS
39. William and Mary’s successor : ANNE
42. Aggressive bet : ALL IN
43. Zeus’ father : KRONOS
44. Stupid mistake : BONER
46. Van trailer? : BUREN
47. Facilitated : ENABLED
48. Minor setback : HICCUP
50. Accommodate : OBLIGE
53. N.B.A. stat: Abbr. : PTS
54. Excuse : OUT
55. Dread Zeppelin and the Wholigans : TRIBUTE BANDS
57. Shake one’s defender : GET OPEN
58. Dope : SKINNY
59. Wastes gas, say : IDLES
60. Patriot ___ : ACT
61. Org. in “Snowden” : NSA
63. “Survivor” faction : TRIBE
64. Baseless rumors : CANARDS
65. Gentle reminder : NUDGE
71. Plunged : DOVE
73. School area that has mice : PC LAB
74. Dip made with olives, capers and anchovies : TAPENADE
75. Violent storms : TEMPESTS
76. Energy point in yoga : CHAKRA
77. Wife on TV’s “Family Guy” : LOIS
78. Cantina vessel : OLLA
80. It helps you stay above water : LIFE VEST
81. Two for a buck : ANTLERS
82. Downhill ski runs : PISTES
83. The Doors album with the hit “Riders on the Storm” : LA WOMAN
86. Victoria’s Secret event : BRA SALE
88. Patriots’ Day mo. : APR
89. Spinoff drama featuring LL Cool J : NCIS: LA
90. Some data storage media : CD-ROMS
92. Deep gulf : ABYSS
94. Like some wine casks : OAKEN
95. Jonathan who co-created HBO’s “Westworld” : NOLAN
97. His: Fr. : A LUI
98. Classic Orson Welles role : KANE
104. Fareed Zakaria’s employer : CNN
105. Defense advisory grp. : NSC
106. In excelsis ___ : DEO
107. Swamp : FEN

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7 thoughts on “1113-16 New York Times Crossword Answers 13 Nov 16, Sunday”

  1. 33:14, no errors, iPad. Cute theme. One amusing misstep (well, to me at least): After filling in ON RAMP with only one letter to go on, I confidently filled in EXIT RAMP, thinking the setter was indulging in a bit of wry humor. (Come to think of it, maybe he was … 🙂

  2. 1:00:48, 0 errors, iPhone. This marks the first time I've ever solved a Sunday puzzle!

    74A (The plumber wore a…): Faced with "____topandclogs", I pencilled in "CROPtopandclogs", even though that didn't seem to fit the theme. Soon afterwards, I had the *eureka* moment of "TANKtopandclogs"… which turned out to be wrong!! (Happy to have then mustered "TUBEtop".)

  3. 58 Down Dope answer is Skinny? That is way to far fetched for us two doing this puzzle.

    Thought we were wrong, until we checked your answers. Then again we still think its wrong.

  4. I did not know the words PISTES/BLINI (I guessed POSTES/BLINO) but got all the rest in a little more than an hour. That is out of the park for me on a Sunday. I thought the puzzle was logical, fun, and challenging all at once, everything a Sunday puzzle should be. I had the privilege of defending Apolo Ohno in a business lawsuit several years ago. He was my star witness at trial and a class act all the way around. His father Yuki is a terrific person as well.

  5. 45:45, 2 errors. 22D SAI'ISM, 26A AMO. The 'A' was residue, left over from putting ACA (Affordable Care Act) in 26A.

    Caught the gist of the theme, early on, but had difficulty coming up with the apparel items. Every time I see LA WOMAN in a puzzle, I am still tempted to see it as LAWMAN. Ironic, because we have the album, and it is one of my favorites.

  6. Fun theme and good fill, especially for a Sunday, which often takes more time than it's worth. But it was especially worth the effort today. Thanks to Joe Fagliano, who's usually quite good at this stuff.

    Thought I had finished, but went back and saw that I had not filled in the "I" in the BLINI/PISTES cross. I have to confess I probably wouldn't have guessed correctly had I tried. BLINI, maybe, but PISTES, no.

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