0126-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 26 Jan 2018, Friday

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Constructed by: Caleb Madison
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 10m 15s

Bill’s errors: 0

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Source of embarrassment for some public officials : WIKILEAKS

Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks, the website that is notorious for publishing information provided by whistleblowers. Assange is currently in England and lost an appeal to avoid extradition to Sweden to face charges of sexual assault. Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London seeking political asylum in 2012. He was granted that asylum and now lives at the embassy.

10. Skedaddled : SPLIT

“Skedaddle” is a slang term meaning “run away” that dates back to the Civil War.

16. Golfer’s collection : IRONS

Most of the irons in a golf bag had non-numerical names in days gone by:

  • 2 Iron … Cleek
  • 3 Iron … Mid Mashie
  • 4 Iron … Mashie Iron
  • 5 Iron … Mashie
  • 6 Iron … Spade Mashie
  • 7 Iron … Mashie Niblick
  • 8 Iron … Pitching Niblick
  • 9 Iron … Niblick

17. Numismatist’s collection : RARE COINS

A numismatist is a coin collector. The term “numismatics” comes into English via French from the Latin word “nomisma” meaning ”coin”.

19. ___ sample : DNA

DNA was first isolated in 1869 by Swiss physician and biologist. The molecular structure of DNA was identified in 1953, by the American and British team of James Watson and Francis Crick.

20. One-named singer with the 2007 #1 hit “Don’t Matter” : AKON

Akon is a Senegalese American R&B and hip hop singer, who was born in St. Louis but lived much of his early life in Senegal. Akon is a stage name, and his real name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam. Got that?

24. First U.S. team to win the N.H.L. Stanley Cup (1928) : NY RANGERS

The New York Rangers is an NHL team. They are one of the oldest teams in the league, having joined in 1926. When the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1928, they became the first American team to do so.

The Stanley Cup is named for Lord Stanley of Preston, the Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. Lord Stanley’s sons became avid fans of ice hockey while in Canada, and so he donated the trophy in 1909, originally as a challenge cup for the country’s best amateur club.

37. Drifter : HOBO

No one seems to know for sure how the term “hobo” originated, although there are lots of colorful theories. My favorite is that “hobo” comes from the first letters in the words “ho-meward bo-und”, but it doesn’t seem very plausible. A kind blog reader tells me that according to Click and Clack from PBS’s “Car Talk” (a great source!), “hobo” comes from “hoe boy”. Hoe boys were young men with hoes looking for work after the Civil War. Hobos differed from “tramps” and “bums”, in that “bums” refused to work, “tramps” worked when they had to, while “hobos” traveled in search of work.

38. ___ Mosby, main role on “How I Met Your Mother” : TED

“How I Met Your Mother” is a sitcom that CBS has been airing since 2005. The main character is Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor. Mosby is also the narrator for the show looking back from the year 2030 (the live action is set in the present). As narrator, the older Mosby character is voiced by Bob Saget.

41. Niche form of architecture? : APSE

The apse of a church or cathedral is a semicircular recess in an outer wall, usually with a half-dome as a roof and often where there resides an altar. Originally, apses were used as burial places for the clergy and also for storage of important relics.

43. Sharp-looking footwear? : STILETTOS

The stiletto knife was developed in Italy, and is a knife intended for thrusting and stabbing as opposed to slashing and cutting. The term “stiletto” comes from the Latin “stilus”, which was a thin pointed writing instrument used in Ancient Rome to engrave wax or clay tablets. And, there are also stiletto heels on some women’s shoes, heels that are long and thin.

48. “The Yankee Years” memoirist : TORRE

As a manager, Joe Torre was part of four World Series wins, all of them with the New York Yankees baseball team. Torre is an Italian American who was born in Brooklyn, New York. During the run up (pun intended!) to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Torre carried the Olympic flame part of the way through Florence in Italy, handing it over to the next runner at the famous Ponte Vecchio. I’d guess that was quite a thrill for him …

49. Home of the first known pizza parlor : NAPLES

Pizza was invented in Naples, where it has a long tradition that goes back to Ancient Rome. During an 1889 visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Savoy was served a special pizza that was created with toppings designed to mimic the colors of the Italian flag. The ingredients of tomato (red), mozzarella (white) and basil (green) can still be found together on menus today, on a pie usually named Pizza Margherita after the queen. I do love basil on my pizza …

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3. Sobriquet for filmdom’s Daniel LaRusso, with “The” : KARATE KID

The 1984 film “The Karate Kid” starred Ralph Macchio in the title role, with Pat Morita playing the enigmatic karate teacher Mr. Miyagi. There is an excellent 2010 remake, starring Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) as the Karate Kid himself, with Jackie Chan playing the teacher. In the original 1984 movie, the Karate Kid was named Daniel LaRusso, and in the 2010 remake was named Dre Parker.

A sobriquet is an affectionate nickname. The term is French for “nickname”.

4. Common suffix for 7-Downs : -IDE
(7. Atom with an electronic imbalance : ANION)

In chemistry, when a metal combines with a nonmetal, the nonmetal is often given the suffix “-ide”. One example would be iron sulfide, made from iron (a metal) and sulfur (a nonmetal).

As we all recall from science class, a positive ion is called a cation and a negative ion is an anion. The names “cation” and “anion” come from Greek, with “kation” meaning “going down” and “anion” meaning “going up”.

6. Ursine sci-fi creature : EWOK

The Ewoks are creatures who live on the moon of Endor in the “Star Wars” universe. First appearing in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”, they’re the cute and cuddly little guys that look like teddy bears.

8. G in jazz : KENNY

Saxophonist Kenny G’s full name is Kenneth Bruce Gorelick. Kenny’s “G” might also stand for “golfer”, as in 2006 he was ranked by “Golf Digest” magazine as the number one golfer working in the field of music.

12. One-named singer with the 2013 #1 hit “Royals” : LORDE

“Lorde” is a stage name of the singer-songwriter Ella Yelich-O’Connor from New Zealand. Lorde’s cover version of the great Tears for Fears song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was used in the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (2013). Her song “Yellow Flicker Beat” is included in the soundtrack for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”.

14. Bulgaria’s Simeon I and Simeon II : TSARS

The term “czar” (also “tsar”) is a Slavic word that was first used as a title by Simeon I of Bulgaria in 913 AD. “Czar” is derived from the word “Caesar”, which was synonymous with “emperor” at that time.

21. Actress Tia of “Wayne’s World” : CARRERE

Tia Carrere is an actress from Honolulu who got her break in the soap opera “General Hospital”. Carrere is perhaps best known for playing Cassandra Wong in the “Wayne’s World” movies.

23. They have hops : ALES

The foodstuff that we call “hops” are actually the female flower of the hop plant. The main use of hops is to add flavor to beer. The town in which I live here in California used to be home to the largest hop farm in the whole world. Most of the harvested hops were exported all the way to the breweries of London, where they could fetch the best price.

27. Ones who know the way? : TAOISTS

The name of the Chinese character “tao” translates as “path”, but the concept of Taoism signifies the true nature of the world.

37. Stud poker variation, informally : HI/LO

In the card game Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, the pot is usually split by the highest and the lowest hands.

Stud poker is the name given to many variants of poker, all of which are characterized by the dealer giving each player a mix of cards face-down and face-up. The cards facing upwards are called “upcards”. The cards facing downwards are called “hole cards”, cards only visible to the individual who holds that particular hand. This gives rise to the phrase “ace in the hole”, a valuable holding that only the player with the ace is aware of.

39. Skimpy swimwear : SPEEDOS

Speedo brand swimwear was first produced in Australia in 1928, by a hosiery company that wanted to diversify. The brand name was chosen after a slogan competition among employees was won by “Speed on in your Speedos”. It was a long time ago, I guess …

54. Noted mansion man, for short : HEF

Hugh Hefner (often called “Hef”) was from Chicago. His first publishing job was in the military, where he worked as a writer for a US Army newspaper from 1944-46. He went to college after his military service and then worked as a copywriter for “Esquire” magazine. He left “Esquire” to found his own publication that he called “Playboy”, which first hit the newsstands in 1953. “Playboy” has been around ever since.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Source of embarrassment for some public officials : WIKILEAKS
10. Skedaddled : SPLIT
15. How buzzkills end things : ON A DOWNER
16. Golfer’s collection : IRONS
17. Numismatist’s collection : RARE COINS
18. Mexican sandwich : TORTA
19. ___ sample : DNA
20. One-named singer with the 2007 #1 hit “Don’t Matter” : AKON
21. Building block makeup : CINDER
22. Essential : VITAL
24. First U.S. team to win the N.H.L. Stanley Cup (1928) : NY RANGERS
26. Diner order that gets filled? : OMELET
28. Life instinct, in psychology : EROS
29. Reverses course : MAKES A U-TURN
32. Ceiling : CAP
35. “___ said …” : IT IS
36. Write a think piece, say : OPINE
37. Drifter : HOBO
38. ___ Mosby, main role on “How I Met Your Mother” : TED
39. Some polygamous figures : SISTER WIVES
41. Niche form of architecture? : APSE
42. Many workers in Japan’s Lake Hamana : EELERS
43. Sharp-looking footwear? : STILETTOS
48. “The Yankee Years” memoirist : TORRE
49. Home of the first known pizza parlor : NAPLES
50. Certainty : LOCK
52. Some undergrad degs. : BAS
53. Not just in one’s head, say : ALOUD
54. Kamehameha Day observers : HAWAIIANS
56. Little buddy : KIDDO
57. From that point on : EVER SINCE
58. Simplifies : EASES
59. Cozy curl-up spots : FIRESIDES

Down

1. Verbal outpouring, in slang : WORD VOMIT
2. Dead : INANIMATE
3. Sobriquet for filmdom’s Daniel LaRusso, with “The” : KARATE KID
4. Common suffix for 7-Downs : -IDE
5. Areas : LOCALES
6. Ursine sci-fi creature : EWOK
7. Atom with an electronic imbalance : ANION
8. G in jazz : KENNY
9. Students with 300 and 400 classes: Abbr. : SRS
10. Audit, as a class : SIT IN ON
11. Sticking points : PRONGS
12. One-named singer with the 2013 #1 hit “Royals” : LORDE
13. Bury : INTER
14. Bulgaria’s Simeon I and Simeon II : TSARS
21. Actress Tia of “Wayne’s World” : CARRERE
23. They have hops : ALES
25. Get back together : REUNE
27. Ones who know the way? : TAOISTS
30. Underdog victory : UPSET
31. “Blue” or “bearded” bird : TIT
32. Act without originality : COVER BAND
33. Deviation : ABERRANCE
34. Has hold of : POSSESSES
37. Stud poker variation, informally : HI/LO
39. Skimpy swimwear : SPEEDOS
40. Sloppy planting job? : WET KISS
41. Refer (to) : ALLUDE
43. Backstabber : SNAKE
44. ___ al Ghul (Batman foe) : TALIA
45. Devices that introduced the click wheel : IPODS
46. Norwegian king until 1000 : OLAV I
47. One spreading seed : SOWER
51. Something that people wish you would take when you leave : CARE
54. Noted mansion man, for short : HEF
55. Jr.’s son : III