0414-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 14 Apr 2018, Saturday

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Constructed by: Sam Ezersky
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 12m 01s

Bill’s errors: 0

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Tabs are kept on them : SODA CANS

The term “pop top” refers to a whole family of designs for opening the top of a soda can. The oldest method is the “pull tab” or “ring pull”, invented in Canada in 1956. The design was long-lived, but it had its problems, so the world heaved a sigh of relief with the invention of the stay-on-tab in 1975. The new design led to less injuries and eliminated all those used pull tabs that littered the streets.

15. “Non-G.M.O.” or “Dolphin-safe” : ECOLABEL

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is one with genetic material that has been altered by genetic engineering. One might argue that the oldest form of genetic engineering is selective breeding, the use of animals or plants with desired traits for the creation of the next generation.

16. Muse symbolized by a globe and compass : URANIA

In Greek mythology, the muses are the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. The number of muses is a subject of debate at times, but the most popular view is that there are nine:

  • Calliope (epic poetry)
  • Clio (history)
  • Erato (lyric poetry)
  • Euterpe (music)
  • Melpomene (tragedy)
  • Polyhymnia (choral poetry)
  • Terpsichore (dance)
  • Thalia (comedy)
  • Urania (astronomy)

Before the adoption of the nine muses of Greek mythology, there were originally three muses, the three Boeotian Muses. These were:

  • Mneme (memory)
  • Melete (meditation)
  • Aoede (song)

19. Small phone charger type : MICRO-USB

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard dealing with how computers and electronic devices connect and communicate, and deal with electrical power through those connections.

21. Rafts : A LOT

A raft is a large amount, coming from the Middle English “raf” meaning the same thing.

22. 2016 World Series celebrant : CUBS FAN

The Chicago Cubs baseball team was supposedly subject to the “curse of the Billy Goat” from 1945 until 2016. Billy Sianis, the owner of a Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago, took his pet goat with him to a World Series game against the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field. Fans sitting nearby didn’t like the smell of the goat, and so the owner was asked to leave. As he left, Sianis yelled out, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” And that is how a curse is born …

24. Patriarch on “Game of Thrones” : NED

Ned Stark is the protagonist in George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novel “A Game of Thrones”, although his character doesn’t exactly come out on top by the end of the story. Stark is played by actor Sean Bean in the HBO television adaptation of the novel.

25. D.C.’s D or C : STREET

Famously, the layout of the streets in Washington was designed by French-born American architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant. The L’Enfant Plan called for a grid of east-west and north-south streets. This grid was crisscrossed with diagonal avenues. The avenues and streets met at circles and rectangular plazas. The east-west streets are generally named for letters, while the north-south streets are numbered. Later, many of the diagonal avenues were named for states of the union.

43. Collaborator with Sedaka and Cooke on the 1964 album “3 Great Guys” : ANKA

Canadian-born Paul Anka’s big hit was in 1957, the song entitled “Diana”. Anka was the subject of a much-lauded documentary film in 1962 called “Lonely Boy”.

Neil Sedaka has been performing and composing for well over 50 years. His list of hits includes classics such as “Stupid Cupid”, “Oh! Carol”, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”.

Sam Cooke was a soul singer from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Cooke is considered by many to have been one of the founders of the soul genre. Cooke’s impressive list of hits includes “You Send Me”, Chain Gang” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”. Cooke was only 33 years old when he died. He was shot after a drunken brawl by a motel manager in what was deemed by the courts to be a justifiable homicide.

44. Writer who called New York City “Baghdad-on-the-Subway” : O HENRY

“O. Henry” was the pen name of writer William Sydney Porter from Greensboro, North Carolina. O. Henry is famous for his witty short stories that have a clever twist in the tail.

46. Some shot : BBS

A BB gun is an air pistol or rifle that shoots birdshot known as BBs. Birdshot comes in a number of different sizes, from size 9 (0.070″ in diameter) to size FF (.230″). Birdshot that is size BB (0.180″ in diameter) gives the airgun its name.

55. Ottoman ruler referenced in “The Count of Monte Cristo” : ALIPASHA

“The Count of Monte Cristo” is an 1844 novel by the French author Alexandre Dumas. Dumas’ other famous title is “The Three Musketeers”.

59. Hank who voices Moe Szyslak : AZARIA

Hank Azaria is one of my favorite American actors, and is someone who I think can really expertly portray a vast array of characters. I can’t stand “The Simpsons” mind you, a show to which Azaria is inextricably linked, but if you look at his role in “The Birdcage” as a flamboyant gay houseboy, and his role in “Shattered Glass” as a stoic magazine editor, you’ll get a taste for Azaria’s extensive range.

Moe Szyslak is the surly bartender and owner of Moe’s Tavern in “The Simpsons” animated TV show. I don’t really care for “The Simpsons”, but Hank Azaria who supplies the voice for the Moe character … him I like …

62. Play stoppers : RED CARDS

A series of colored penalty cards is used by referees and umpires in several sports, most notably in soccer. The cards were first used in the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, after language difficulties created confusion during the prior competition in 1966. The main cards used are a yellow card indicating a caution, and a red card indicating expulsion from the game.

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5. Robinson ___, many-time Yankees and Mariners All-Star : CANO

Robinson Canó is a second baseman playing for the Seattle Mariners. Robinson’s father José Canó is a former pitcher who played briefly for the Houston Astros. José named his son for the great Jackie Robinson.

6. Shanghai : ABDUCT

To shanghai someone is to compel that person to do something against their will. “Shanghai” is actually an American term as it was first used to describe the practice of kidnapping men to work as crew on merchant ships, a practice engaged in initially on the West Coast of the US. The word “shanghai” was chosen as Shanghai was a common destination for the ships.

7. Browse the web : NETSURF

In essence, the World Wide Web is a vast collection of documents that is accessible using the Internet, with each document containing hyperlinks which point to other documents in the collection. So the “Web” is different from the Internet, although the terms are often used interchangeably. The Web is the collection of documents, and the Internet is global network of computers on which the documents reside. The Web was effectively the invention of British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. The key to Berner-Lee’s invention was bringing together two technologies that already existed: hypertext and the Internet. I, for one, am very grateful …

11. Expressions of affection : MASH NOTES

A “mash note” is a love letter, especially one expressing intense infatuation. Back in the late 1800s, “mash” was a slang term for a major crush.

13. Jessica of “The Book of Love” : BIEL

Jessica Biel is an actress who was known by television audiences Mary Camden on “7th Heaven”. Biel’s first film role was playing Peter Fonda’s granddaughter in “Ulee’s Gold”. Biel married singer and actor Justin Timberlake in 2012.

23. “Capisce?” : SEE?

“Capeesh?” is a slang term meaning “do you understand?” It comes from the Italian “capisce” meaning “understand”.

25. Working arrangement, for short : SKED

Schedule (sked)

27. Conductor of science experiments on TV : MYTHBUSTER

“MythBusters” is an entertaining TV show in which hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage test the validity of myths and famous movie scenes. Prior to the launch of “Mythbusters”, Hyneman and Savage had both developed careers in the world of special effects.

29. P.R. concern : REP

Public relations (PR)

34. Much-debated inits. in 2010s politics : ACA

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

35. Vote in un parlement : NON

In French, the “Parlement français” (French parliament) is divided into the “Sénat” (Senate) and the “Assemblée nationale” (National Assembly).

45. Used performance-enhancing substances, in slang : ROIDED

Steroids are found commonly in nature, with familiar examples being cholesterol and testosterone. The controversial class of drugs called anabolic steroids (known informally as “roids” or simply “steroids”) are artificially produced chemicals designed to mimic the effect of the male sex hormone, testosterone. They are termed “anabolic” as they build up cellular tissue (particularly muscle) in a process called anabolism. Taking anabolic steroids can be termed “juicing”, and the aggressive behavior that can be a side-effect is known as “roid rage”.

51. Comic ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA

Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedian and comic actor from England. Baron Cohen is perhaps most famous for playing the characters Borat and Ali G on the small and large screens. I’m not a fan …

53. Minestrone soup ingredient : ORZO

Orzo is pasta that has been formed into granular shapes, much like barley. And indeed, “orzo” is the Italian word for “barley”.

Minestrone is a hearty Italian soup with varying ingredients, but usually including lots of vegetables in a vegetable broth with added pasta or rice. The term “minestrone” comes from the Italian “minestrare” meaning “to serve”.

54. Who said “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” : LEAR

“King Lear” is one of William Shakespeare’s tragedies. Lear’s three daughters figure prominently in the story line. The three are, in order of age:

  • Goneril
  • Regan
  • Cordelia

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Tabs are kept on them : SODA CANS
9. Managed to acquire : CAME BY
15. “Non-G.M.O.” or “Dolphin-safe” : ECOLABEL
16. Muse symbolized by a globe and compass : URANIA
17. Serve : ATTEND TO
18. Nag : PESTER
19. Small phone charger type : MICRO-USB
20. Waiting for an answer, perhaps : ON HOLD
21. Rafts : A LOT
22. 2016 World Series celebrant : CUBS FAN
24. Patriarch on “Game of Thrones” : NED
25. D.C.’s D or C : STREET
26. Grandson of Esau : OMAR
30. “Red” or “white” tree : OAK
32. Like some laps and raps : FREESTYLE
34. Half a rack : ANTLER
37. Pub fixture : ALE TAP
38. “Is this for real?” : COULD IT BE?
42. “Red” or “white” tree : ASH
43. Collaborator with Sedaka and Cooke on the 1964 album “3 Great Guys” : ANKA
44. Writer who called New York City “Baghdad-on-the-Subway” : O HENRY
46. Some shot : BBS
49. “Not only that …” : BUT ALSO …
51. Similar examples : SUCH
52. Departure announcement : SO LONG
55. Ottoman ruler referenced in “The Count of Monte Cristo” : ALIPASHA
57. Fashion : CREATE
58. Malfeasant : BAD ACTOR
59. Hank who voices Moe Szyslak : AZARIA
60. “This way!” : OVER HERE!
61. Touch : BORDER
62. Play stoppers : RED CARDS

Down

1. Salt : SEAMAN
2. One-eighth set, in statistics : OCTILE
3. Part of a London web address : DOT CO DOT UK
4. Reason to check one’s phone : ALERT
5. Robinson ___, many-time Yankees and Mariners All-Star : CANO
6. Shanghai : ABDUCT
7. Browse the web : NETSURF
8. Baby pool? : SLOBBER
9. Personal interest, metaphorically : CUP OF TEA
10. Oakland’s Oracle ___ : ARENA
11. Expressions of affection : MASH NOTES
12. Prefix with -dermal : ENTO-
13. Jessica of “The Book of Love” : BIEL
14. Ending with brick or stock : -YARD
23. “Capisce?” : SEE?
25. Working arrangement, for short : SKED
27. Conductor of science experiments on TV : MYTHBUSTER
28. Lead-in to a chef’s name : A LA
29. P.R. concern : REP
31. Departure announcement : ALL ABOARD!
33. Kill it : SLAY
34. Much-debated inits. in 2010s politics : ACA
35. Vote in un parlement : NON
36. Shields, tear gas, etc. : RIOT GEAR
39. Hip-hop radio/TV host Charlamagne ___ God : THA
40. Go on and on about : BELABOR
41. Opposite of free : ENSLAVE
45. Used performance-enhancing substances, in slang : ROIDED
47. Group of notes reflecting a five-sharp scale : B CHORD
48. Market purchases : SHARES
50. Let loose? : UNTIE
51. Comic ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA
52. Provider of protective coverage : SCAB
53. Minestrone soup ingredient : ORZO
54. Who said “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” : LEAR
56. Paris’s ___ Monceau : PARC

9 thoughts on “0414-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 14 Apr 2018, Saturday”

  1. I used to be able to beat Bill’s time on a Saturday on a regular basis. Not these days! He has gotten better and better (or I have gotten worse and worse). But my Saturday time has gradually improved while Bill’s has drastically improved. I was proud of my 16:18. But as usual, Bill blew me out of the water. Good job, sir!

  2. 35:38. Several missteps in this one. I had “juiced” before ROIDED and MuSHNOTES before getting the a via trial and error. Challenging but not to bad for a Saturday.

    Best –

  3. 39 minutes 6 seconds and 6 errors in the top left. Just had no idea what the setter was talking about with many of these clues; and the DOT CO DOT UK just does not “read” coming out of a grid. I hate this type of fill!!!!

    Anyway, I finished it, even though I took a few lumps. Was a pretty good week…

  4. Right, DOTCODOTUK was the word(?) of the day. Never heard of the MYTHBUSTER on TV. Need I say I looked them up?

  5. DNF after 30mins. Got way too far afield with some wrong guesses: BADGER for PESTER; TONS for ALOT; WOULD I LIE for COULD IT BE. Just wasn’t worth the effort to try to get back on track.

  6. 41 minutes. I had “juiced” too, and couldn’t get the SE to work at all. Went for a long swim, came back and finished this quickly….taking a break works well for this solver…

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