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This is my solution to the crossword published in the New York Times today …
Completion Time: 8m 31s
Theme: Triple syllables … i.e LISBON BONBON, SOBER BERBER, INCAN CANCAN, BOTTOM TOMTOM
Answers I missed: 0
TODAY’S WIKI-EST, AMAZONIAN GOOGLIES
1 PSAT: I think the acronym PSAT used to stem from Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.
5 CAVA: The superior vena cava is a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood from the upper part of the body to the right atrium of the heart. The inferior vena cava does the same thing for the lower part of the body.
15 ODES: A Horatian Ode is an ode with a specific structure, designed to resemble the odes of the Roman poet, Horace.
16 PLAYA: Playa Del Rey is a beach-side community within the city limits of Los Angeles. Apparently there is lot of vacant land there now, as it is one of the flight paths into and out of Los Angeles International.
17 IMAM: An imam is a Muslim leader, often the one in charge of a mosque, or perhaps a Muslim community.
18 ROTO: The rototiller (or rotary tiller) was invented by Arthur Clifford Howard in 1912, in Australia.
32 SOBER BERBER: The Berber peoples live in North Africa, west of the Nile. Most of them can now be found in Morocco.
37 THAD: Senator Thad Cochran is the senior senator from Mississippi, and a Republican. While earning his B.A. at the University of Mississippi, he was on the cheer-leading squad, with fellow senator Trent Lott.
45 HOI: Hoi polloi is a Greek term, literally meaning “the majority”. In English it has come to mean “the mashes” and is often used in a derogatory sense.
46 CAHN: Sammy Cahn wrote the lyrics for “High Hopes” for the 1959 film “A Hole in the Head“, and the song won an Oscar that year. Frank Sinatra, the star of the Frank Capra movie, recorded the most famous version of the song.
48 LYCEES: In France, kids of about 15-18 years of age attend the lycees, the last part of their secondary school education.
63 BYTE: In the world of computers, a “bit” is the basic unit of information. It has a value of 0 or 1. A “byte” is a small collection of bits (usually 8), the number of bits needed to uniquely identify a character of text.
67 ERST: Erstwhile means “in the past”, “once upon a time”.
6 ADOBE: Adobe Systems Incorporated was founded in 1982. Adobe Creek ran behind the Los Altos house of one of the co-founders, and they used it as the company name.
11 SAX: The saxophone was invented by Belgian, Adolphe Sax. Strangely, he developed lip cancer at one point in his life, but recovered. I had the privilege of visiting his grave in the Cemetery of Montmartre in Paris a few years ago. Saxophonist Kenny G’s full name is Kenneth Bruce Gorelick.
25 MEDOC: The Medoc is an infamous wine-growing region of France on the left bank of the Gironde River, just north of Bordeaux. The celebrated wines of Margaux, St. Julien, Pauillac and St. Estephe are found in the Medoc. Note that if you spot Medoc on a wine label, however, this the appelation produced in a smaller region, just north of St. Estephe.
26 ALETA: There she is again, Aleta, the wife of Prince Valiant. Edward, the Duke of Windsor, called the “Prince Valiant” comic strip the “greatest contribution to English Literature in the past one hundred years”. I’m not so sure …
30 EBAN: Abba Eban was an Israeli diplomat and politician, born Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban in Cape Town. While working at the United Nations after WWII, he changed his name to “Abba”, the Hebrew word for “father”, apparently as he could see himself as the father of the nation of Israel.
43 CHATTEL: In the world of the law, a chattel is a piece of personal property that can be moved. In earlier times, a chattel was used to describe a slave.
51 ATTAR: Attar of rose is also known as rose oil, an essential oil extracted from the petals of various types of rose.
56 ONYX: Onyx is form of quartz that comes in many different shades, but most often the black form is used for jewelry. The name “onyx” comes from the Greek word for “fingernail”, as onyx in the flesh color can be said to resemble a fingernail.
58 TSA: The Transport Security Administration.