0624-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Jun 17, Saturday

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CROSSWORD CONSTRUCTOR: Stu Ockman
THEME: None
BILL BUTLER’S COMPLETION TIME: Did not finish!
ANSWERS I MISSED: Several, all in the bottom-right

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10. Handouts, with “the” : DOLE
The word “dole”, meaning “financial relief”, originated as the Old English word “dal”, the state of sharing, giving out. The phrase “on the dole”, relating to institutional relief, dates back to the twenties.

14. Old competitor of Bikini Bare : NEET
The hair removal product “Neet” was launched in Canada in 1901, and was also sold as “Immac”. Today it is sold under the name “Veet”.

17. Things analyzed in dendrochronology : TREE STUMPS
Dendrochronology is the dating of trees by by examining growth rings.

19. Bean in a pod? : ALAN
Alan Bean is a former astronaut. Bean was the fourth man to walk on the moon, roaming the moon’s surface with Pete Conrad as part of the Apollo 12 mission. Bean resigned from NASA in 1981 and turned to painting. He is the only artist in the world to have incorporated real moon dust into his works.

21. Von Rothbart’s daughter, in ballet : ODILE
“Swan Lake” is such a delightfully light and enjoyable ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. “Swan Lake” tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer. The ballet also features Odile, Odette’s “evil twin”. Odile is disguised to look like Odette with the goal of tricking the prince to fall in love with her. In the ballet, the roles of Odette and Odile are played by the same ballerina. Odette’s love interest is Prince Siegfried, the only character in the ballet to appear in all four acts.

22. New Age retreat in Big Sur : ESALEN
Esalen is a retreat centre in Big Sur, California that was opened in 1962. The center is located on the coast, about 50 miles south of Monterey. It takes its name from the Esselen Native American tribe that once lived in the area where the institute is located.

23. Paradise is next to it : LAS VEGAS
The town of Paradise, Nevada lies adjacent to the city of Las Vegas. Paradise is home to McCarran Airport, the University of Nevada, and even most of the Las Vegas Strip. Who knew?!

25. Diamond cutter? : MOWER
That would be a baseball diamond.

26. Holiday pie ingredient : MINCEMEAT
Today’s mincemeat is a mixture of chopped dried fruit, alcoholic spirits and spices. The mincemeat of yesteryear always contained minced meat with the fruit, hence the name.

27. Now-regulated growth regulator : ALAR
The chemical name for Alar, a plant growth regulator and color enhancer, is daminozide. Alar was primarily used on apples but was withdrawn from the market when it was linked to cancer.

29. One-named singer with the 2013 top 5 hit “Gentleman” : PSY
PSY is the stage name of South Korean rapper Park Jae-sang. PSY became an international star when his 2102 music video “Gangnam Style” went viral on YouTube. That video had over 1 billion views on YouTube in about six months, making it the most viewed YouTube video clip of all time. I am not one of that billion …

31. Dreadful date, maybe : CAD
Our word “cad”, meaning “a person lacking in finer feelings”, is a shortening of the word “cadet”. “Cad” was first used for a servant, and then students at British universities used “cad” as a term for a boy from the local town. “Cad” took on its current meaning in the 1830s.

35. Jazz Fest setting, informally : NOLA
The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has the nickname “The Big Easy”. This name might come from the early 1900s when musicians found it relatively “easy” to find work there. The city is also known by the acronym NOLA, standing for New Orleans (NO), LA.

36. Dollars for quarters? : HOME LOANS
We use the term “quarters” for a place of abode, especially housing for military personnel. Back in the late 16th century, quarters were a portion (quarter) of a town reserved for a military force.

39. Card count in ombre : FORTY
Ombre is a card game, with the name derived from the Spanish word for “man” (“hombre”). Ombre is a trick-taking game, very popular in the 16th century and of significant importance in the history of card games. Ombre was the first game in which trumps were determined by rounds of bidding rather than just the luck of the draw. This of course is an important feature in other games today, most notably bridge.

40. Annual event covering about 1,000 miles : IDITAROD
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race covers an incredible 1,161 miles, from Anchorage to Nome in Alaska. The race starts every year on the first Saturday in March, with the first race having been held in 1973. The fastest finishing time was set in 2002 at just under 9 days. The first few races only used a northern route, but then a southern route was added to the roster every second year. It’s kind of a good thing, because when the racers take the northern route they don’t even pass through the town of Iditarod!

51. “Get Yer ___ Out!” (1970 live album) : YA-YA’S
“Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” is a live album that the Rolling Stones released in 1970. The title “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” is a slang phrase exhorting one to live life to the full.

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2. Some whipped creams : AEROSOLS
Strictly speaking, the term “aerosol” defines a suspension of either liquid droplets or solid particles in a gas. A good example of an aerosol is smoke. We tend to use the “aerosol” to describe what comes out of a spray can, even though the liquid droplets usually fall out of the gas and don’t stay suspended.

4. A.F.C. North player : STEELER
The Pittsburgh Steelers football team were founded in 1933, making them the oldest franchise in the AFC. Back in 1933, the team was known as the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates name was chosen as the Pittsburgh baseball team was the Pirates. The name was changed to the Steelers in 1940, and then the Steagles in 1943 when the team merged with the Philadelphia Eagles. There was a further merger in 1944, with the Chicago Cardinal to form Card-Pitt. From 1945, the Steelers name was resurrected.

10. Jeweled headwear : DIADEMS
A diadem is a type of crown that is worn as a sign of royalty. The original diadem wasn’t made of metal and was simply an embroidered silk ribbon that was worn by a king as a symbol of his authority.

12. One of the Teletubbies : LAA-LAA
“Teletubbies” is a children’s television show produced by the BBC in the UK and shown over here on PBS. The show attracted a lot of attention in 1999 when Jerry Falwell suggested that one of the Teletubbies characters (Tinky Winky) was a homosexual role model for children.

21. Running gold medalist Steve : OVETT
Steve Ovett is a retired British middle distance runner from England, a gold medal winner in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Ovett had a very public rivalry with fellow English Olympian Sebastian Coe.

26. The Secret Service dubbed her “Radiance” : MALIA OBAMA
By tradition, the Secret Service code names used for the US President and family all start with the same letter. For the Obama First Family, that letter is R:

  • Barack Obama: Renegade
  • Michelle Obama: Renaissance
  • Malia Obama: Radiance
  • Sasha Obama: Rosebud

For the Bush First Family, the code names starts with the letter T:

  • George W. Bush: Tumbler (later “Trailblazer”)
  • Laura Bush: Tempo
  • Barbara Bush: Turquoise
  • Jenna Bush: Twinkle

30. Cocina and baño, e.g. : SALAS
In Spanish, “la cocina” (the kitchen) and “el baño” are “salas” (rooms).

34. Foyer furniture : SETTEES
“Settee” is another word for a couch. The term come from the Old English “setl”, which was a long bench with a high back and arms.

“Foyer”, meaning “lobby”, is a French word that we’ve imported into English. In French, “foyer” is used for what we would call a “green room”, a place where actors can gather when not on stage or on set.

37. Beck album with the alternative hit “Where It’s At” : ODELAY
“Beck” is the stage name of Bek David Campbell, an American alternative rock musician.

44. Karaoke stand-in? : LA-LA
Karate, means “open hand”, and the related word “karaoke” means “open orchestra”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Wine barrel sources : OAKS
5. Enhance : ADD TO
10. Handouts, with “the” : DOLE
14. Old competitor of Bikini Bare : NEET
15. Audible sign of age : CREAK
16. Flanged support : I-BAR
17. Things analyzed in dendrochronology : TREE STUMPS
19. Bean in a pod? : ALAN
20. Desperately wish : HOPE TO GOD
21. Von Rothbart’s daughter, in ballet : ODILE
22. New Age retreat in Big Sur : ESALEN
23. Paradise is next to it : LAS VEGAS
25. Diamond cutter? : MOWER
26. Holiday pie ingredient : MINCEMEAT
27. Now-regulated growth regulator : ALAR
28. Mr. Moneybags types : FAT CATS
29. One-named singer with the 2013 top 5 hit “Gentleman” : PSY
30. Standing out : SALIENT
31. Dreadful date, maybe : CAD
34. Lifeline providers : SAVIORS
35. Jazz Fest setting, informally : NOLA
36. Dollars for quarters? : HOME LOANS
39. Card count in ombre : FORTY
40. Annual event covering about 1,000 miles : IDITAROD
41. It might contain a discography : BOX SET
42. Rats’ hangouts : NESTS
43. Like some harsh weather : BELOW ZERO
45. People bond with it : GLUE
46. Was similar to : PARALLELED
47. Lack of pressure : EASE
48. Many a nature walk : AMBLE
49. Big intro? : MEGA-
50. Producers of highlights : DYES
51. “Get Yer ___ Out!” (1970 live album) : YA-YA’S
52. “Love is not ___” (“Tears on My Pillow” lyric) : A TOY

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1. Worthy of notice : ON THE MAP
2. Some whipped creams : AEROSOLS
3. Kids’ game with a ball : KEEP AWAY
4. A.F.C. North player : STEELER
5. Follow, as a lead : ACT ON
6. It may put you to sleep : DRUG
7. Activity requiring a crash course? : DEMOLITION DERBY
8. Company with striking footwear : TAP DANCERS
9. Sanctions : OKS
10. Jeweled headwear : DIADEMS
11. Do a 28-Down for : OBLIGE
12. One of the Teletubbies : LAA-LAA
13. Cline who wrote the 2011 best seller “Ready Player One” : ERNEST
18. End with speed : -STER
21. Running gold medalist Steve : OVETT
24. Some hospital work : SCANS
26. The Secret Service dubbed her “Radiance” : MALIA OBAMA
28. See 11-Down : FAVOR
30. Cocina and baño, e.g. : SALAS
31. Combination undergarment : CORSELET
32. Bosom buddy : ALTER EGO
33. Routine : DAY-TO-DAY
34. Foyer furniture : SETTEES
35. Brand once advertised with “Take it off. Take it all off” : NOXZEMA
36. Like tailgates and trapdoors : HINGED
37. Beck album with the alternative hit “Where It’s At” : ODELAY
38. Handle badly : MISUSE
39. Goose, e.g. : FOWL
41. Botanical trunks : BOLES
44. Karaoke stand-in? : LA-LA
46. Be worth it : PAY

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8 thoughts on “0624-17 New York Times Crossword Answers 24 Jun 17, Saturday”

  1. 37:29, no errors. Had a terrible time in the lower right. BOX SET and BELOW ZERO seemed to be appropriate, but I had guessed SXSW (South by Southwest, which I only recently learned about) instead of NOLA for the location of that "Jazz Fest", so I kept trying to find a 35D "brand" having to do with sex. When I finally erased SXSW, NOXZEMA suddenly came to mind, NOLA then suggested itself, CORSELET came bubbling up from somewhere in my crossword lizard brain (thanks again, Jeff!) and the rest of the corner kind of filled itself in.

    A difficult one, which I only finished because I got stubborn. Recently, I've been doing a lot of hard kenkens and I've gotten lackadaisical about my crosswords, so I was determined not to let this one go … 😳😄

  2. 31:42, no errors. Looked like a non-starter, only had two or three small entries by the time I got to the bottom of the grid. Guessed correctly at NOLA, then remembered that unforgettable shave cream commercial, with the N in NOLA giving me NOXZEMA (although I initially tried to spell it NOXCEMA). With the Rolling Stones album 'Get Yer YAYA'S Out' and the wild stab at ITIDAROD in hand, made an assumption that 7D would be some kind of DERBY; just rolled the dice on DEMOLITION. Then things started to fall apart. The deliberately vague clueing gave a lot of 'head-slappers', thinking 'why didn't I see that sooner'. Worthy Saturday challenge, just happy to finish.

  3. Finished in about a half hour, with one cheat. Had to look up Laa-Laa, wasn't familiar with
    teletubby names. I've seen Swan Lake three times, never heard of the sorcerer being VON Rothbart or being Odile's father. Didn't know Ernest Cline or Esalen. Also initially put
    in Sasha at 26D, but crosses forced the correction. Thought Bean in a pod was a stretch.
    Couldn't figure why 100 A.D. was a dreadful "date" (time of year). Like Bruce, happy (relieved )to finish.

  4. Hats off to those of you who finished this leviathan task. I had to cede defeat at 26:30, with the now-infamous "bottom-right" completely devoid of my ink, and all of the top right similarly barren, save for I-BAR. Too much stuff that is completely out of my ken, so I had zero chance to ever finish this one. Even for someone of my age, and once in the advertising business, NOXZEMA was a particularly cruel fill. Who can remember **that**??

    Was glad to see that this was one of Bill's exceedingly rare DNFs. Makes me feel better, since this puzzle was almost the last barrier to my first "error-free" week…. for the second time this year.

  5. Finished with no errors, but could have used an hourglass as my timing device…
    Had 3D as 'kickball' for a bit, but then realized 'ball' was in the clue, so knew that couldn't be right. Also had 52A as 'easy' so that held me up too.
    Was amazed by Bill's DNF; first time I have seen that! Made me feel just a little to proud of myself. 😉

  6. @Bill: 26D The Obama's are no longer in the White House. The current first family code letter is M. Donald Trump is Mogul; Melania is Muse.

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