0130-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 30 Jan 2018, Tuesday

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Constructed by: Emily Carroll
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Today’s Theme: Housebroken

Circled letters in the grid spell out the names of types of HOUSES. Those names have been BROKEN, with part in one row, and part in an adjacent row.

  • 57A. Like most pet dogs … or a hint to this puzzle’s circled letters : HOUSEBROKEN

The HOUSE types are:

  • A-FRAME
  • RANCH
  • DUPLEX
  • CHALET

Bill’s time: 7m 35s

Bill’s errors: 0

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Sun Devils’ sch. : ASU

Arizona State University (ASU) has a long history, and was founded as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory in 1885. The athletic teams of ASU used to be known as the Normals, then the Bulldogs, and since 1946 they’ve been called the Sun Devils.

4. Like the Llwynywermod royal estate : WELSH

Llwynywermod is a royal estate in Wales that is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, and in effect by Prince Charles, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. The estate was originally owned by a relative of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. Prince Charles purchased the property for the duchy in 2007. As grand as it all sounds, the home on the estate is a refurbished, three-bedroom farmhouse.

14. Large body of eau : MER

In French, the “mer” (sea) is full of “eau” (water).

15. Welcome on Waikiki : ALOHA

Waikiki is a neighborhood of Honolulu, and home to the famous Waikiki Beach. The name “Waikiki” means “spouting fresh water” in Hawaiian.

18. Japanese soup tidbit : RAMEN NOODLE

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.

20. “Frozen” snowman : OLAF

“Frozen” is a 2013 animated feature from Walt Disney Studios that is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Snow Queen”. The film is all about the exploits of Princess Anna, the younger sister of Elsa, Snow Queen of Arendelle. Spoiler alert: Prince Hans of the Southern Isles seems to be a good guy for most of the film, but turns out to be a baddie in the end. And, a snowman named Olaf provides some comic relief.

23. Pavarotti, for one : TENOR

Luciano Pavarotti has to have been one of the most celebrated tenors of all time. He was able to appeal to audiences beyond the traditional fans of opera, helped by his performances with the Three Tenors: Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. Pavarotti made his final performance on stage at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, where he sang his famous rendition of the moving aria “Nessun dorma” and brought the house down. Pavarotti passed away from pancreatic cancer the following year, at the age of 71.

25. Part of a barn where hay is stored : MOW

A mow is a hayloft.

26. Ones approving fin. statements : CPAS

Certified public accountant (CPA)

30. Hot and arid : SAHARAN

The name “Sahara” means “greatest desert” in Arabic and it is just that, a great desert covering almost 4 million square miles of Northern Africa. That’s almost the size of the United States.

33. Iota preceder : THETA

The Greek letter theta is the one that looks like the number zero with a horizontal line across the middle.

36. Coco of couture : CHANEL

Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer. I’m no fashionista, but if I had to pick a designer whose clothes I really liked, it would be Chanel. She had a way of creating simpler designs that look so elegant on a woman.

37. ___ Spiegel (German newsmagazine) : DER

“Der Spiegel” is a very successful German magazine found on newsstands all over Europe. The name “Der Spiegel” translates from German into “the Mirror”.

40. Hip-hop artist with the #1 album “Hip Hop Is Dead” : NAS

Rapper Nas used to go by another stage name, “Nasty Nas”, and before that by his real name, “Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones”. Nas released his first album “Illmatic” in 1994, and inventively titled his fifth studio album “Stillmatic”, released in 2001. Not my cup of tea, I would say …

45. Actor Cary of “The Princess Bride” : ELWES

Cary Elwes is an English actor, perhaps most noted for appearing in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride”. He also played the title role in 1993’s “Cary Elwes”. Cary is the son of a celebrated English portrait painter, Dominick Elwes.

46. Dictionary : LEXICON

A lexicon was originally just a dictionary, but we tend nowadays to use the term more to mean a vocabulary that relates to some specific area of activity.

48. Red Sox archrival, on scoreboards : NYY

The New York Yankees baseball team has the nickname “the Bronx Bombers”. The nickname reflects where the team plays (the Bronx) and the team’s reputation for hitting (bombers). The New York Yankees were the first team to retire a uniform number, doing so on July 4, 1939. That day they retired the number 4 in honor of Lou Gehrig.

49. Jazzy James and Jones : ETTAS

Etta James was best known for her beautiful rendition of the song “At Last”. Sadly, as she disclosed in her autobiography, James lived a life that was ravaged by drug addiction leading to numerous legal and health problems. Ms. James passed away in January 2012 having suffered from leukemia.

Etta Jones was a jazz singer, sometimes known as the “jazz musician’s jazz singer”. Because she has a similar name to Etta James, Jones was often confused with the more popular singer. Jones never really had any huge commercial success though, despite the respect that she engendered within the inner sanctums of the jazz world.

56. Land celebrated on March 17 : ERIN

There is a fair amount known about Saint Patrick, some of which comes from two letters written in his own hand. St. Patrick lived in the fifth century, but was not born in Ireland. He was first brought to Ireland at about 16 years of age from his native Britain, by Irish raiders who made him a slave for six years. Patrick managed to escape and returned to his homeland where he studied and entered the Church. He went back to Ireland as a bishop and a missionary and there lived out the rest of his life. There seems to be good evidence that he died on March 17th (now celebrated annually as Saint Patrick’s Day), although the year is less clear. The stories about shamrock and snakes, I am afraid they are the stuff of legend.

63. O’Connor’s successor on the Supreme Court : ALITO

Associate Justice Samuel Alito was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President George W. Bush. Alito is the second Italian-American to serve on the Supreme Court (Antonin Scalia was the first). Alito studied law at Yale and while in his final year he left the country for the first time in his life, heading to Italy to work on his thesis about the Italian legal system.

64. Company V.I.P. : CEO

Chief executive officer (CEO)

65. Extract forcefully : WREST

The verb “to wrest” can mean to obtain by violent twisting and pulling. The term comes from the Middle English “wresten” meaning “to twist”. Our word “wrestling” has the same etymology.

66. Title for un hombre : SENOR

In Spanish, a “niño” (boy) turns into a “hombre” (man).

67. Medium power? : ESP

Extrasensory perception (ESP)

Down

2. Bobby who co-founded the Black Panthers : SEALE

Bobby Seale is the civil rights activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton.

4. “___ is hell” : WAR

William Tecumseh Sherman spoke the famous phrase “war is hell” when addressing a large rally in Columbus, Ohio in 1880. He said, “There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.” President Harry S. Truman took a different view decades later, in 1945, when he said “Sherman was wrong. I’m telling you I find peace is hell.”

5. Israeli carrier : EL AL

El Al Israel Airlines is the flag carrier of Israel. The term “el al” translates from Hebrew as “to the skies”. The company started operations in 1948, with a flight from Geneva to Tel Aviv. Famously, El Al only operates six days a week, not flying on the Sabbath.

6. ___ Linda, Calif. : LOMA

Loma Linda is a city in California located not far from Los Angeles. The name Loma Linda translates from Spanish as “Beautiful Hill”.

9. Vientiane’s country : LAOS

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, and is situated on the famous Mekong River. The city was originally called the “city of sandalwood” by Buddhist monks, naming after the valued trees that grew in the area. The French took the Pali words for “city of sandalwood” and rewrote it as the French-sounding “Vientiane”.

21. Stable newborn : FOAL

There are lots of terms to describe horses of different ages and sexes, it seems:

  • Foal: horse of either sex that is less that one year old
  • Yearling: horse of either sex that is one to two years old
  • Filly: female horse under the age of four
  • Colt: male horse under the age of four
  • Gelding: castrated male horse of any age
  • Stallion: non-castrated male horse four years or older
  • Mare: female horse four years or older

24. Monkey often used in research : RHESUS

The Rhesus macaque is also known as the Rhesus monkey. As it is widely available and is close to humans anatomically and physically, the Rhesus macaque has been used in scientific research for decades. The Rhesus monkey was used in the development of rabies, smallpox and polio vaccines, and it also gave its name to the Rhesus factor that is used in blood-typing. It was also Rhesus monkeys that were launched into space by the US and Soviet space programs. Humans and macaques share about 93% of their DNA and had a common ancestor about 25 million years ago.

27. Subject of some September sports reporting : PENNANT RACE

The last few weeks of the baseball season are known as “a pennant race”. Before 1969, the term was perhaps more apt, as the pennant winner (league champion) would be the team with the best win-loss record at the end of the season. Starting in 1969, when both the National and American Leagues formally split into East and West divisions, the pennant has been awarded to the winner of a best-of-five series of games played by the division winners each October. The pennant winners then go on to the best-of-seven World Series, also played in October.

29. Lively Latin dance : SALSA

“Salsa” is simply the Spanish for “sauce”.

33. Ancient Balkan region : THRACE

Thrace is a historical and geographic region of southeast Europe, largely lying in southeastern Bulgaria. The region took its name from the Thracian people, an ancient race that used to inhabit the area. Included in the region is the European side of the city of Istanbul.

34. “Mad Men” type, informally : AD REP

“Mad Men” was the flagship show on the AMC television channel for several seasons. Set in the sixties, it’s all about an advertising agency located on Madison Avenue in New York (hence the title). “Mad Men” became the first show created by a basic cable channel to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

36. City WSW of Bogotá : CALI

In terms of population, Cali is the third largest city in Colombia (after Bogotá and Medellin). Santiago de Cali (the full name for the city) lies in western Colombia. Apparently, Cali is a destination for “medical tourists”. The city’s surgeons have a reputation for being expert in cosmetic surgery and so folks head there looking for a “cheap” nose job. Cali has also been historically associated with the illegal drug trade and money laundering.

Bogotá is the capital city of Colombia. Noted for having many libraries and universities, Bogotá is sometimes referred to as “The Athens of South America”.

39. Opposite of bellum : PAX

In Latin, the opposite to “bellum” (war) is “pax” (peace).

44. Speck : MOTE

A “mote” is a speck of dust.

46. Stretchy materials : LYCRAS

What we call spandex in the US is known as lycra in the British Isles. “Spandex” was chosen as the name for the elastic fiber as it is an anagram of “expands”.

48. San Francisco’s ___ Hill : NOB

Nob Hill is a very elevated and central location in the city of San Francisco. Because of its views of the surrounding city and environs, Nob Hill became a desirable place to live for the wealthy in the 1800s. The area is still one of San Francisco’s most affluent neighborhoods and is home to upscale hotels as well as the magnificent Grace Cathedral. The name “Nob Hill” comes from the slang term for someone who is well-to-do, a “nob”.

50. West Wing workers : AIDES

The West Wing of the White House Complex is also known as the Executive Office Building, and houses the Oval Office, the Cabinet Room and the Situation Room. The West Wing was constructed at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt to house his staff, leaving the residence to his family alone. President William Howard Taft had the West Wing expanded, and it was he who created the first Oval Office built. President Herbert Hoover had the West Wing rebuilt after it was significantly damaged in a fire. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had the West Wing redesigned to its current layout, including the Oval Office that is used today.

55. Jared who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club” : LETO

Jared Leto is an actor and musician. In the world of music, Leto is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. In the film world, one of his most critically acclaimed role was that of a heroin addict in “Requiem for a Dream”. He also appeared in “American Psycho”, “Panic Room” and “Lord of War”. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a transgender woman in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club”.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is a 2013 film that tells the real-life story of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. Woodroof smuggled unapproved AIDS drugs across the US border into Texas in opposition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The movie won the Best Actor Oscar for Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting Actor for Jared Leto.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Sun Devils’ sch. : ASU
4. Like the Llwynywermod royal estate : WELSH
9. One free carry-on bag, for many domestic flights : LIMIT
14. Large body of eau : MER
15. Welcome on Waikiki : ALOHA
16. Light-footed : AGILE
17. Collar : NAB
18. Japanese soup tidbit : RAMEN NOODLE
20. “Frozen” snowman : OLAF
22. Like the lion’s share : LARGEST
23. Pavarotti, for one : TENOR
25. Part of a barn where hay is stored : MOW
26. Ones approving fin. statements : CPAS
30. Hot and arid : SAHARAN
33. Iota preceder : THETA
34. Wisconsin city that’s home to Lawrence University : APPLETON
36. Coco of couture : CHANEL
37. ___ Spiegel (German newsmagazine) : DER
38. Piglet producer : SOW
39. Something to shoot for : PAR
40. Hip-hop artist with the #1 album “Hip Hop Is Dead” : NAS
41. Study, with “on” : READ UP …
43. Large Greek olive : KALAMATA
45. Actor Cary of “The Princess Bride” : ELWES
46. Dictionary : LEXICON
47. Bombard : PELT
48. Red Sox archrival, on scoreboards : NYY
49. Jazzy James and Jones : ETTAS
52. Historically significant : EPOCHAL
56. Land celebrated on March 17 : ERIN
57. Like most pet dogs … or a hint to this puzzle’s circled letters : HOUSEBROKEN
61. Big fuss : ADO
62. Evicts : OUSTS
63. O’Connor’s successor on the Supreme Court : ALITO
64. Company V.I.P. : CEO
65. Extract forcefully : WREST
66. Title for un hombre : SENOR
67. Medium power? : ESP

Down

1. Juvenile retort : AM NOT!
2. Bobby who co-founded the Black Panthers : SEALE
3. Growing problem in cities? : URBAN SPRAWL
4. “___ is hell” : WAR
5. Israeli carrier : EL AL
6. ___ Linda, Calif. : LOMA
7. General who said the quote at 4-Down : SHERMAN
8. “Not so fast!” : HANG ON!
9. Vientiane’s country : LAOS
10. “Ha! You fell for my trick!” : I GOTCHA!
11. Central : MID
12. Feeling down : ILL
13. Simple top : TEE
19. Unfamiliar : NEW
21. Stable newborn : FOAL
24. Monkey often used in research : RHESUS
27. Subject of some September sports reporting : PENNANT RACE
28. Irritated no end : ATE AT
29. Lively Latin dance : SALSA
31. Riding, say : ATOP
32. Ticket info : ROW
33. Ancient Balkan region : THRACE
34. “Mad Men” type, informally : AD REP
35. “Get Out” director Jordan : PEELE
36. City WSW of Bogotá : CALI
39. Opposite of bellum : PAX
42. Hates : DETESTS
43. Peeper’s vantage point : KEYHOLE
44. Speck : MOTE
46. Stretchy materials : LYCRAS
48. San Francisco’s ___ Hill : NOB
50. West Wing workers : AIDES
51. Poke around : SNOOP
53. Annoyance : PEST
54. Similar (to) : AKIN
55. Jared who won an Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club” : LETO
57. Word after show or know : … HOW
58. Sharer’s word : OUR
59. “It’s no ___!” : USE
60. Neither’s partner : NOR

11 thoughts on “0130-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 30 Jan 2018, Tuesday”

  1. The printed version in the newspaper did not have any circled squares/letters. Not easy to figure out the theme.

  2. 9:14, no errors. The NYT crossword app had the circles and, once again, I forgot to check out the theme. (Is there an echo in here? … ?)

  3. 15:55. Didn’t know MOW in that sense. I didn’t look at the circled letters until after I had finished. Then I got the theme, but no real help while solving.

    Best –

    1. @Jeff … Just an FYI: The “mow” of “hay-mow” is pronounced to rhyme with “wow”. (And I haven’t had a lot of use for the word since I left the farm … ?.)

  4. 8:27 Faster than yesterday for me. Not sure if that means today’s was easy or yesterday’s was hard. Either way, I liked it. Also never heard of MOW used that way.

  5. 9:30, no errors. Agree with previous posters, the word MOW as loft is new to me. Learn something new every day. I tried to see the theme after I filled in HOUSE BROKEN, but it seemed a waste of time; especially since I initially tried to get CHALET using the 55D fill LETO.

  6. I had a big problem with the due west. I am extremely bad about actors and directors and here I had two of them crossing each other. I ended up having to go through the alphabet in order to pick the most logical sounding letters for the two names. I got lucky and finished with no errors.

    Thanks to the other posters with their information about MOW. Especially, thanks to @Dave for knowing the unusual pronunciation of the word and letting us know about it.

  7. 12:25, and no errors.

    Had lots of problems in the middle right area. KALAMATA and THRACE do not quickly spring to mind, and, although I’m a golfer, PAR wasn’t the first thing to pop into my head for 39A (SKY, however was, complicating matters for several minutes). The theme actually did help me get back on track, so I suppose I’d have to say it was clever.

  8. Tuesday clever. Crosses helped with ELWES, KALAMATA, and ERIN (instead of Eire.) The rest of it took care of itself. Enjoyed it.

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