1115-10: New York Times Crossword Answers 15 Nov 10, Monday

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THEME: Eat & Eat … all the theme answers are pairs of answers that cross each other, and when joined with the word “and” make up common “pairs of foods” i.e. BURGER & FRIES, CAKE & ICE CREAM, MEAT & POTATOES, FRANKS & BEANS
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Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies

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7. Nincompoop : ASS
The word “nincompoop” meaning an “ass” seems to have been around for quite a while, since the 1670s, but no one appears to know its origins.

10. Regarding, on a memo : IN RE
The term “in re” is Latin, derived from “in” (in) and “res” (thing, matter). It literally means “in the matter”, and is used as “in regard to”, or “in the matter of”.

14. ___ and 3-Down : BURGER
3. 14-Across and ___ : FRIES
BURGER & FRIES

Olivia Newton-John Close Up 16x20 Photo15. “Xanadu” grp. : ELO
ELO of course stands for the Electric Light Orchestra, a symphonic rock group from the north of England. Their manager was Don Arden, father of Sharon Osbourne (wife of Ozzy).

The title song of the 1980 movie “Xanadu” was performed by ELO and Olivia Newton-John (who starred in the film). Despite the popularity of ELO around the world, the song “Xanadu” was the band’s only number one hit back in their homeland of the UK.

Asiago Pressato - 1lb.17. Italian cheese that’s often grated : ASIAGO
Asiago is a crumbly cheese, named after the region in northeastern Italy where it originates.

19. Greek god with a bow and arrow : EROS
As always seems to be the case, the Greek gods Eros and Aphrodite have overlapping spheres of influence. Aphrodite was the goddess of love between a man and a woman, but Eros was the god who stirred the passions of the male.

20. Editors’ marks meaning “put back in” : STETS
“Stet” is the Latin word meaning “let it stand”. In editorial work, the typesetter is instructed to disregard any change previously marked by writing the word “stet” beside the change and then underscoring the change with a line of dots (or dashes).

Ridgid/Kollmann 24853 K400 W/C32iw Cable Drain Cleaning Machine21. Commercial lead-in for Rooter : ROTO
The “Roto-Rooter” is an invention of Samuel Oscar Blanc. Blanc came up with the idea in 1933 after having to deal with a sewer line in his son’s apartment that was blocked with roots from a tree, a common problem. He put together his first version of the device using a washing machine motor, roller skate wheels and a steel cable. The “rotating rooter” snaked down the sewer line, and rotating blades at the tip of the cable cut though the troublesome roots. Blanc sold his machine for decades to people who set up their own drain clearing businesses. In 1980 the Blanc family sold the Roto-Rooter company to a Cincinnati concern that started buying up independent franchises that used the Roto-Rooter, creating the national service with which we are familiar today. Oh, and my advice is, save yourself the cost of the service call and just rent a machine. That’s what I do …

22. ___ and 10-Down : CAKE
10. 22-Across and ___ : ICE CREAM
CAKE & ICE CREAM

23. Latin “to be” : ESSE
“Esse” translates from Latin as the infinitive of the verb “to be”.

24. Disputed region between Pakistan and India : KASHMIR
Kashmir is a vast region in the northwest of the Indian sub-continent. Kashmir has a long and rich history, but the year that is most significant today is perhaps 1947. In that year, Britain pulled out of the Indian sub-continent and divided the Indian Empire into the independent countries of India and Pakistan, leaving the Maharajah ruling Kashmir free to join either India or Pakistan. When the Kashmiri Maharajah wavered in his decision, Pakistani forces advanced into Kashmir, prompting the the Maharajah to turn to India for assistance. India did indeed help, but only on condition that Kashmir accede to India. India then called in the United Nations to intercede, but no definitive solution was found that brought peace to the region. There has been conflict there ever since.

Tops Docket Gold Spiral Steno Book, Quadrille Rule, 6 x 9 Inches, White, 100 Sheets per Pad (63825)26. Office transcribers : STENOS
Stenography is the process of writing in shorthand. The term comes from the Greek “steno” (narrow) and “graphe” (writing).

Disney Winnie the Pooh 10" Roo Plush Doll32. Pooh’s friend in “Winnie-the-Pooh” : ROO
Like most of the characters in A. A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh”, Roo is based on one of Christopher Robin Milne’s stuffed toys (Christopher Robin was Milne’s son).

37. Bottoms of crankcases : OIL PANS
In most internal combustion engines, the pistons that move up and down are arranged in a line, and connected to a crankshaft that runs along the bottom of the engine. The up and down motion of the pistons turns the crankshaft, which turning motion is “transmitted” (via the transmission) to the wheels. The case surrounding the crankshaft is called the crankcase. The crankcase contains a lot of oil that is squirted onto the crankshaft to lubricate it. Excess oil falls to the bottom of the crankcase and into a reservoir called the oil pan.

40. Smitten : IN LOVE
“Smitan” is an Old English word meaning “to hit, strike”. Since the 1660s we’ve been describing someone who is “inspired with love”, or struck by Cupid’s arrow perhaps, as being “smitten”.

41. What may have the makings of a hero? : DELI
“Hero” is another name for a submarine sandwich. The hero originated in New York City in the 1800s among Italian immigrants who wanted an Italian sandwich that reminded them of home. The name “hero” was first coined in the 1930s, supposedly by a food critic in the New York Herald Tribune when he wrote that one had to be a hero to finish the gigantic sandwich. Hero is a prevalent term to this day in New York City, reserved for a submarine sandwich with an Italian flavor.

TALIA SHIRE 16X20 PHOTO42. Calls from Rocky : YOS
You might remember Rocky Balboa saying, “Yo, Adrian!” in the original Rocky movie. Adrian was played by the lovely Talia Shire, the sister of director Frances Ford Coppola.

43. Foot gear for an N.H.L.’er : SKATE
Players in the National Hockey League wear skates, I hear.

52. ___ and 38-Down : MEAT
38. 52-Across and ___ : POTATOES
MEAT & POTATOES

55. Christian in fashion : DIOR
Christian Dior was a French fashion designer. As WWII approached, Dior was called up by the French military, drawing a temporary halt to his career in fashion. He left the army in 1942, and for the duration of the war designed clothes for the wives of Nazi officers and French collaborators. After the war his designs became so popular that he helped reestablish Paris as the fashion center of the world.

57. Chorister’s voice : ALTO
In choral music, alto is the second-highest voice in a four-part chorus: soprano, contr(alto), tenor, bass. The word “alto” describes a vocal range, that of the deepest, female singing-voice. The term “contralto” describes a voice with an alto range, but also its quality and timbre. A male (not a boy) voice with the same range as an alto is called a “countertenor”.

59. City north of San Francisco : NOVATO
The city of Novato lies about 30 miles north of San Francisco, on route 101. The area was settled originally by Coast Miwok Native Americans. Under the influence of the Spanish, one of the Miwok leaders was likely given the name Novatus (after the saint) at his baptism. This name was used for a huge ranch in the area, Rancho Novatus, established under the auspices of the Mexican government in 1839. Over time, the community that developed nearby took on the name Novato.

60. Gin flavoring : SLOE
The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn bush, and is the flavoring that gives gin its distinctive taste.

62. ___ and 49-Down : FRANKS
49. 62-Across and ___ : BEANS
FRANKS & BEANS

Down
3. 14-Across and ___ : FRIES
14. ___ and 3-Down : BURGER
BURGER & FRIES

Agate Marble Set4. Playing marbles : AGATES
A playing marble made from agate, or a glass imitation, is called an agate. The agate leads to the marble having a banded appearance.

7. Spray type : AEROSOL
Strictly speaking, the term “aerosol” defines a suspension of either liquid droplets or solid particles in a gas. A good example of an aerosol  is smoke. We tend to use the word to describe what comes out of a spray can, even though the liquid droplets usually fall out of the gas and don’t say suspended.

8. Lazy people : SLOTHS
“Sloth”, meaning “indolence, sluggishness”, came from the Middle English word “slowe”, the same root for our contemporary word “slow”. The animal, the sloth, is named for its slow-moving behavior.

9. Gomorrah’s sister city : SODOM
The two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, as well as Admah and Zeboim, were destroyed by God for the sins of their inhabitants, according to the Bible. The name Sodom (and Gomorrah) has become a metaphor for vice and homosexuality, and gives us our word “sodomy”.

10. 22-Across and ___ : ICE CREAM
22. ___ and 10-Down : CAKE
CAKE & ICE CREAM

11. Romance writer Roberts : NORA
Nora Roberts is a very successful author who has written over 165 romance novels. She writes under a number of pen names: J.D. Robb, Jill March and Sarah Hardesty.

Biagi Rook Chess Piece Sterling Silver Bead, Pandora Compatible12. Corner piece in chess : ROOK
The corner piece in the game of chess is a called a rook, a word coming from the Persian word “rokh” meaning a “chariot”. It has also been called, perhaps incorrectly, a castle, tower, marquess and rector.

21. Indian princesses : RANIS
A ranee (also spelled rani) is the female equivalent of a raja in India.

Family Circus Library, Vol. 124. “The Family Circus” cartoonist Bil : KEANE
“The Family Circus” comic strip is a written by Bil Keane. Once Bil sketches out the text and idea for the cartoon he sends it off to his son, Jeff Keane, who inks and colors the cartoon so that it is ready for publication. In the storyline itself, the main characters are based on Bil’s own family. In fact, the son “Jeffy” in the story is based on Jeff, Bil’s son and production assistant.

32. Louis XIV et Louis XVI : ROIS
Louis XIV is perhaps the most famous of the kings (“rois”) of France, known as the “Sun King” (le Roi Soleil”). Louis XIV was king from 1638 to 1715, a reign of over 72 years, the longest reign of any European monarch.

Louis XVI ruled France from 1774 to 1792. It was Louis XVI who was married to Marie Antoinette, and who died at the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Myson 3.7 Quart Terra Cotta Olla34. Earthen pot : OLLA
Olio is a term meaning a hodgepodge or a mixture, coming from the mixed stew of the same name. The stew, in turn, takes its name from the Spanish “olla”, the name of the clay pot used to make the stew.

38. 52-Across and ___ : POTATOES
52. ___ and 38-Down : MEAT
MEAT & POTATOES

Deli Fresh Pistachio Halva, approx. 1lb45. Mideast confections : HALVAS
Halvas are sweet confections found in many parts of the world. Halvas are generally flour-based or based on nut-butter like sesame paste. Sounds delicious …

49. 62-Across and ___ : BEANS
62. ___ and 49-Down : FRANKS
FRANKS & BEANS

50. Hanukkah treat : LATKE
A latke is a delicious potato pancake (I’m Irish … anything made with a potato is delicious!).

51. Irregularly edged : EROSE
An edge that is “erose” is irregularly notched or indented.

M*A*S*H TV Season 452. Hit TV show set in Korea : M*A*S*H
“M*A*S*H” has only three stars in it (three asterisks, that is!). These asterisks first appeared on the poster for the 1970 movie, but they were omitted in the opening titles. The TV series went on to use the asterisks from the poster.

Ella Fitzgerald - Something to Live For53. Jazz great Fitzgerald : ELLA
Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song”, had a hard and tough upbringing. She was raised by her mother alone in Yonkers, New York. Her mother died while Ella was still a schoolgirl, and subsequently she became less interested in her education. She fell in with a bad crowd, even working as a lookout for a bordello and as a Mafia numbers runner. She ended up in reform school, from which she escaped, finding herself homeless and living on the streets for a while. Somehow she managed to get herself a spot singing in the Apollo Theater in Harlem. From there her career took off, and as the say, the rest is history.

59. Gridiron grp. : NFL
We never used the word “gridiron” when I was growing up (meaning a grill used for cooking food over an open fire). So, maybe I am excused for finding out fairly recently that a football field gridiron is so called because the layout of yard lines over the field looks like a gridiron used in cooking!

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