0812-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 12 Aug 2018, Sunday

Constructed by: Ross Trudeau
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Today’s Theme: If I Were You

Themed answers are common phrases with a letter I changed to a letter U:

  • 23A. Land O’Lakes and Breakstone’s? : BUTTER RIVALS (from “bitter rivals”)
  • 31A. Ministering? : WORKING THE SOUL (from “working the soil”)
  • 47A. “Damn, I can’t seem to get a ball into fair territory!”? : CURSES! FOULED AGAIN (from “Curses! Foiled again”)
  • 62A. Like a trip overland from Venezuela to Bolivia? : JUNGLE ALL THE WAY (from “jingle all the way”)
  • 82A. Expensive line of nonsense someone throws you? : HUNDRED-DOLLAR BULL (from “hundred-dollar bill”)
  • 95A. “What are you hauling in there?” and “How many axles you running?” : TRUCK QUESTIONS (from “trick questions”)
  • 108A. Entering your middle name, then date of birth, then adding a “1,” etc.? : PASSWORD HUNT (from “password hint”)

Bill’s time: 17m 48s

Bill’s errors: 0

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Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

I am in the final week of a 9-week sojourn in my native Ireland, and today attended a bit of family reunion. As such, I was only able to sneak away and write up a basic post for today’s puzzle. I plan on completing the full write up on the plane on Thursday.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and many thanks for your understanding.

Bill

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Begin : START
6. Commercial aunt since 1889 : JEMIMA
12. Prep to find fingerprints : DUST
16. Checkup sounds : AHS
19. Deduce : INFER
20. Rabid supporters : ULTRAS
21. Steel head? : JP MORGAN
23. Land O’Lakes and Breakstone’s? : BUTTER RIVALS (from “bitter rivals”)
25. Part of the SkyTeam Alliance : ALITALIA
26. With severity : STERNLY
27. The only way to get respect, so they say : EARN IT
29. Kind of torch : TIKI
30. Commies : REDS
31. Ministering? : WORKING THE SOUL (from “working the soil”)
35. Giant in direct sales : AMWAY
37. Pro or con : SIDE
38. Vientiane native : LAO
39. Stag’s mate : DOE
40. Laundry unit : LOAD
41. “Inside the N.B.A.” analyst beginning in 2011 : O’NEAL
43. Wunderkinds, say : PHENOMS
47. “Damn, I can’t seem to get a ball into fair territory!”? : CURSES! FOULED AGAIN (from “Curses! Foiled again”)
53. Fabrication : LIE
54. Chicago airport code : ORD
55. Wide divide : CHASM
56. Lose an all-in hand, say : GO BUST
57. Vitriol : BILE
58. Aziz of “Master of None” : ANSARI
60. Most susceptible to sunburn : PALEST
61. Biblioklept’s targets : BOOKS
62. Like a trip overland from Venezuela to Bolivia? : JUNGLE ALL THE WAY (from “jingle all the way”)
67. Musical closings : CODAS
70. Easy buckets : LAYUPS
71. Tiny, multitentacled creatures : HYDRAS
75. Operating system since the early ’70s : UNIX
76. Mother ___ : TERESA
77. “Robinson Crusoe” author : DEFOE
80. Fútbol stadium cry : OLE!
81. Ingredient in a Cuba libre : RUM
82. Expensive line of nonsense someone throws you? : HUNDRED-DOLLAR BULL (from “hundred-dollar bill”)
85. Novel endings, maybe : EPILOGS
87. Informal assertion of authority : SEZ ME
88. Indigo source : ANIL
89. Part of NGO : NON-
90. Orders : HAS
93. “Feed me!,” maybe : MEOW!
94. Tannery stock : HIDES
95. “What are you hauling in there?” and “How many axles you running?” : TRUCK QUESTIONS (from “trick questions”)
100. Course : PATH
101. Actress Moreno : RITA
102. One putting others down : ABASER
103. Ivory, e.g. : BAR SOAP
106. In a state : AGITATED
108. Entering your middle name, then date of birth, then adding a “1,” etc.? : PASSWORD HUNT (from “password hint”)
112. Missile in a mating ritual : LOVE DART
113. Best of all possible worlds : UTOPIA
114. Amounts to : COSTS
115. Amount to : ARE
116. “… ish” : … OR SO
117. Nitpicky know-it-all : PEDANT
118. Scoring factor at a crossword tournament : SPEED

Down

1. Bros, e.g. : SIBS
2. Letter-shaped fastener : T-NUT
3. Subsequently : AFTERWARDS
4. Sadly unoriginal works : RETREADS
5. In vogue : TRENDY
6. Box of 12? : JURY
7. Manning with two Super Bowl M.V.P. awards : ELI
8. “I want my ___” (1980s slogan) : MTV
9. Suggestion from a financial adviser, for short : IRA
10. Rami ___ of “Mr. Robot” : MALEK
11. Attack vigorously : ASSAIL
12. Title role for Jamie Foxx : DJANGO
13. Like the Statue of Liberty at night : UPLIT
14. Most common U.S. surname : SMITH
15. Wee one : TOT
16. Trattoria option that means “garlic and oil” : AGLIO E OLIO
17. Poem name whose singular and plural forms are the same : HAIKU
18. Slowness embodied : SNAIL
22. Betrays, in a way : RATS ON
24. “Treasure Island” monogram : RLS
28. Genetic messenger : RNA
31. Excessive lovers of the grape : WINOS
32. Classical theater : ODEUM
33. Concrete : REAL
34. Temptation location : EDEN
35. Big name in soda cans and foil : ALCOA
36. Show grief : MOURN
37. Guest bed, in a pinch : SOFA
42. Extended writer’s blocks? : LEGAL PADS
43. Scrapbooking need : PASTE
44. Big success : HIT
45. Good source of calcium : MILK
46. Grasps : SEES
48. Hosiery shades : ECRUS
49. Hebrew letter on a dreidel : SHIN
50. American Girl products : DOLLS
51. Keep watch for, maybe : ABET
52. Overdo it on the praise : GUSH
57. “The Lord of the Rings” actor Billy : BOYD
59. He fought alongside Achilles : AJAX
60. Remote button : PAUSE
61. Aspirin maker : BAYER
63. Narrow valleys : GLENS
64. Oreo ingredient until the mid-’90s : LARD
65. One ogling : EYER
66. “You just blew my mind!” : WHOA!
67. Medical breakthrough : CURE
68. “Movin’ ___” : ON UP
69. Tiny : DIMINUTIVE
72. Wide-swinging blow : ROUNDHOUSE
73. CBS’s “Kate & ___” : ALLIE
74. Peddles : SELLS
76. Harbor sight : TUG
77. Box of 12, say : DOZEN
78. “Ticklish” toys : ELMOS
79. Raced : FLEW
82. [The light turned green! Go!] : HONK!
83. Free trial version : DEMO
84. Where you might open a whole can of worms? : BAIT SHOP
86. Track down : LOCATE
90. Move in the direction of : HEAD TO
91. Jerk : ASS
92. Rise to the occasion : STEP UP
94. Comedic duo? : HARD C’S
95. Skipping syllables : TRA-LA
96. Difficulty : RIGOR
97. 2022 World Cup host : QATAR
98. Alternatives to cabs : UBERS
99. About to blow one’s top : IRATE
100. 3, 4 or 5, usually : PAR
103. What a 76-Down pulls : BOAT
104. Certain buy-in : ANTE
105. Vet’s malady, for short : PTSD
107. Kerfuffle : ADO
109. Turf : SOD
110. Luxury hotel amenity : SPA
111. Get gold from one’s lead? : WIN

7 thoughts on “0812-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 12 Aug 2018, Sunday”

  1. 24:40, no errors. Early on, I filled in “JULY” for 6D (“Box of 12”!) and I left the third letter of 8D blank, so, at the end, for 23A, I was faced with “BUTTERLI_ALS”, which I stared at for at least a minute before I saw what had to be wrong, changed “JULY” to “JURY”, filled in the “V” of “MTV”, and enjoyed the congratulatory message. Have to admire the bit of misdirection by the setter that led me off the one true path … 😜

    1. @Holly …

      Both the initial “c” and the final “c” in the word “comedic” are given a “hard” sound (like a “k”) instead of a “soft” sound (like that of the “c” in “sorcery”, which is essentially pronounced like an “s”).

  2. 37:02, no errors. I liked the theme… especially JUNGLE ALL THE WAY!

    @Holly: It’s a phonetics thing. A soft C sounds like an S as in place. A hard C sounds like a K, so imaging this spelling: Komedik for comedic. A duo of hard Cs.

    Ummm… yeah, what Dave said!

    1. As in 6 +7 are 13? It’s a stretch. Same with 90 across. Orders is ‘has’? I guess as in “he orders eggs”

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