0720-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 20 Jul 11, Wednesday

I am away on vacation from Sunday, July 17 to Tuesday, August 2. I fully intend to sneak away to do the crossword each day, but probably won’t find time to do many look-ups. Some days I may be a little late posting the solution, and if that should happen, please let me apologize in advance. Email subscribers should check the blog directly at NTYCrossword.com as the solution may be posted by the time they read check their email. Things will be back to normal very shortly! … Bill

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THEME: ROYAL FLUSH … the end of the starred clues give us the cards making up a ROYAL FLUSH. There is a “blurb” which comes with the puzzle helping us to solve it … “When this puzzle is done, you will find that the ends of the answers to the five starred clues, when in the 15-/67-Across, comprise a 1-/71-Across”.

When this puzzle is done, you will find that the ends of the answers to the five starred clues:

20A. *Midwest conference : (BIG) TEN
22A. *Pancake : (FLAP)JACK
39A. *1951 Bogart/Hepburn film : (THE AFRICAN) QUEEN
56A. *Billy Crystal’s “Memories of Me” co-star : (ALAN) KING
59A. *Shooting star? : (AIR) ACE

when in the:

15A. [See blurb] : SAME
67A. [See blurb] : SUIT

comprise a:

1A. [See blurb] : ROYAL
71A. [See blurb] : FLUSH


Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Hair - The American Tribal Love Rock Musical - 196810. “Easy to Be Hard” musical : HAIR
The full name of the famed show from the sixties is “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical”. This controversial work outraged many when it was first performed in the sixties, as it attacked many aspects of life at the time. For example, the song “Air” is a satirical look at pollution, sung by a character who comes onto the stage wearing a gas mask. The opening lines are “Welcome, sulfur dioxide. Hello carbon monoxide. The air … is everywhere”. How things have changed in fifty years said he … satirically …

16. First word of the “Aeneid” : ARMA
The Aeneid is Virgil’s epic poem that tells of the journey of Aeneas, a Trojan who traveled to Italy to become the ancestor of all Romans.

A Christmas Story (1983) [VHS]17. Requested gift in “A Christmas Story” : BB GUN
The 1983 film “A Christmas Story” has become a holiday classic. The movie is based on short stories and anecdotes from Jean Shepherd, whose voice appears in the soundtrack as the adult “Ralphie”. All young Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB Gun.

19. Shepherd who co-wrote “A Christmas Story” : JEAN
Jean Shepherd was a story teller and radio personality, most remembered today for the 1983 film “A Christmas Story”, which he co-wrote and narrated. Shepherd also makes a cameo appearance in the movie, so keep an eye out for him when watching the film next Christmas. Shepherd plays a man in line waiting to see Santa Claus in the department store. He points out to Ralphie that the line for Santa is much longer than the youngster thinks.

20. *Midwest conference : BIG TEN
The Big Ten is the nation’s oldest Division I college athletic conference and today is comprised of not ten, but eleven colleges mainly located in the Midwest. The conference was founded in 1896 and earned the name “Big Nine” in 1899 when Iowa and Indiana joined to bring the number of teams in the conference to nine. The conference name was changed to the Big Ten after Michigan rejoined in 1917. Right after WWII, the University of Chicago dropped out so the conference became known as the Big Nine again until 1949. The official designation of “Big Ten” was adopted in 1987 when the conference (once again with with a complement of ten teams) registered as a not-for-profit corporation. It was decided to keep the official name of Big Ten even after Penn State joined in 1990 bringing the number of schools to the current level of eleven.

25. Long Island university : ADELPHI
Adelphi University is located in Garden City, New York on Long Island. The university started out as Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn in 1863. By 1929 the academy had moved to Garden City and was a woman’s college. It reverted to co-education after WWII when it admitted many students under the GI Bill.

The African Queen39. *1951 Bogart/Hepburn film : THE AFRICAN QUEEN
The excellent 1951 movie “The African Queen” is a screen adaptation of a novel with the same name by C. S. Forster. The stars of course were Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, and the film won Bogie his only Oscar. Some scenes were shot on location in Uganda and the Congo, where conditions were far from ideal for making a film. Most of the cast fell ill at various times, although Bogart remained hale and hearty. He claimed that was because he stuck to his own supply of whiskey rather than drinking the local water!

SIGOURNEY WEAVER 16X20 COLOR PHOTO44. Weaver of tales on the big screen : SIGOURNEY
The 1979 sci-fi horror movie alien was the big break for Sigourney Weaver, as it was her first lead role, and her character ended up as central to a whole set of sequels. The movie’s producers made a very conscious decision to cast a female in the lead role so as to have the film stand out in the male-dominated genre of science fiction.

49. Limerick’s land : ERIN
Erin is an anglicized version of “Eire”, the Irish word for Ireland (actually it corresponds to Eirinn, the dative case of “Eire”).

Limerick is a county (and a city) in the west of Ireland.

Ashanti [Explicit]50. One-named female singer with the 2002 #1 hit “Foolish” : ASHANTI
Ashanti Douglas is an American R&B singer who uses just Ashanti as her stage name.

53. French dance : BAL
“Bal” is the French word for a dance or a ball.

56. *Billy Crystal’s “Memories of Me” co-star : ALAN KING
Alan King was a comedian and satirist, famous for joking about his Jewish culture. He was also an actor, and starred in many movies over a 50-year period, including “I, the Jury (1982), “Author! Author!” (1982), “Casino” (1995) and “Rush Hour 2” (2001).

65. Medicinal shrub : SENNA
Sennas are used as purgatives and laxatives.

The Very Best of Daryl Hall / John Oates68. Hall’s partner in pop music : OATES
Daryl Hall & John Oates are a pop music duo, most successful in the late seventies and early eighties. They had six number one hits, including the 1982 release “Maneater”.

69. Dancer’s strap? : REIN
Santa Claus controls Dancer, and the rest of his reindeer, using reins.

70. Ring results, briefly : TKOS
In boxing, a knockout (KO) is when one of the fighters can’t get up from the canvas within a specified time, usually 10 seconds. This can be due to fatigue, injury, or the participant may be truly “knocked out”. A referee, fighter, or doctor may also decide to stop a fight without a physical knockout, especially if there is concern about a fighter’s safety. In this case, the bout is said to end with a technical knockout (TKO).

3. Safecrackers : YEGGS
Yegg is a slang word for a burglar, and in particular a safe-cracker. The origin of the term appears to be unknown.

Seachoice #71050 TPL Aluminum Tele Boat Hook7. Faux pas : GAFFE
Our word “gaffe” , meaning a social blunder, comes from the French word “gaffe” meaning “clumsy remark”, although it originally was (and still is) the word for “boat hook”. The exact connection between a boat hook and a blunder seems to be unclear.

The term “faux pas” is French in origin, and translates literally as “false step” (or “false steps”, as the plural has the same spelling).

8. “Kill ___” (Metallica’s triple-platinum debut album) : ‘EM ALL
Metallica is a heavy metal band from Los Angeles, formed in 1981.

9. One of the highest order of angels : SERAPH
A seraph is a celestial being found in Hebrew and Christian writings. The word “seraph” (plural seraphim) literally translates as “burning one”.

10. Pilgrims to Mecca : HAJJIS
A Haji (also “Hajji”) is the term used for someone who has made a pilgrimage to Mecca, and it is sometimes also used as a form of address for such a person. The journey itself goes by the name “haj” or “hajj”.

Apple iMac MC813LL/A 27-Inch Desktop12. Computer that once came in Bondi Blue : IMAC
The iMac is a desktop computer platform from Apple, introduced in 1998. One of the main features of the iMac is that it is an “all-in-one” design, with the computer console and monitor integrated.

21. Low point : NADIR
The nadir is the direction pointing immediately below a particular location (through to the other side of the Earth for example). The opposite direction, that pointing immediately above, is called the zenith.

Vitruvian Man Poster Print by Leonardo da Vinci , 24x3623. Greek symbol for the golden ratio : PHI
The golden ratio, denoted by the Greek letter phi, is a mathematical constant that often turns up in the world of art. Phi is approximately equal to 1.61, and is represented by the two distances, a and b, where (a+b)/a = a/b. Somehow we perceive the ratio of 1.61 as “pleasing” so it appears in many works of art and in building design. For example, many aspects of the Parthenon in Athens have the ratio of 1.61 (width compared to height). Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man also illustrates the golden ratio in the proportions of the human body, where he shows that the distance from the foot to the navel, compared to the distance from the navel to the head, is 1.61.

Lucille Ball HD 11x17 Photo Poster Hot Actress #0326. Lucy’s husband and son : DESIS

Lucille Ball was at the height of her success while she was married to Desi Arnaz. The couple met in 1940 and not long afterwards eloped. Lucy had several miscarriages before she gave birth to her first child in 1951, just one month before her fortieth birthday. A year and a half later, while “I Love Lucy” was garnering large audiences, she became pregnant with her second child, a pregnancy that was written into the television show’s script. In fact, the day that Lucy gave birth on the show, was the same day that she gave birth in real life.

28. Like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 : IN F
Although I love all of Beethoven’s symphonies, I tend not to listen very often to the 8th. Chronologically, it is squeezed between my favorite, the 7th, and the magnificent 9th. I think I should point out that Beethoven considered the 8th a far better piece than the 7th, but his public tended not to agree.

31. James who co-wrote the script for 39-Across : AGEE
James Agee was a noted, American film critic. He wrote an autobiographical novel “A Death in the Family” that won him his Pulitzer in 1958, albeit posthumously.

32. Playwright’s prize : TONY
The full name for the Tony Award is the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre. Antoinette Perry was an American actress and co-founder of the American Theatre Wing, one of the organizations that selects the award recipients.

34. Prefix with -stat : RHEO-
A rheostat is an electrical device that can offer a varying degree of resistance to current flow. The English physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone first coined the term, using the Greek “rheos” meaning “flowing stream” and “stat” meaning “regulating device”.

36. Former telecom giant : MCI
MCI was a giant telecom company that suffered a similar fate to Enron, around about the same time. MCI’s stock price fell in 2000 and in maneuvers designed to protect the price, the company committed illegal acts. The larger than life CEO back then, Bernie Ebbers, is now serving a 25 year sentence in Louisiana.

Bob Saget: That Ain't Right Movie Poster (11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm) (2007) Style A -(Bob Saget)37. Bob of “Full House” : SAGET
Bob Saget is a real enigma to me. He made a name for himself playing very sugary roles in TV shows like “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, and yet in the world of stand-up comedy he is known for very blue and raunchy routines.

40. Waterwheel : NORIA
A noria is a waterwheel used to lift water into an aqueduct for the purposes of irrigation. As the water is being lifted, the noria must be powered by an external force, and often this is animal-power (donkeys or perhaps oxen).

41. “___ transtulit sustinet” (motto of Connecticut) : QUI
The motto on the Great Seal of the State of Connecticut is “Qui transtulit sustinet”, which translates from Latin as “He who transplanted sustains”.

ANOUK AIMEE 8x10 B&W PHOTO51. Actress Aimée of “La Dolce Vita” : ANOUK
Anouk Aimée is a French film actress. Her most famous film outside of France is probably the internationally successful French hit from 1966, “A Man and a Woman”, in which she played the female lead.

52. Mystery writer Marsh : NGAIO
Dame Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand crime writer. She is known as one of the four original “Queens of Crime”, namely: Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Agatha Christie, and Marsh. All her novels feature her hero, a British CID detective, Roderick Alleyn.

53. Zulu, e.g. : BANTU
There are hundreds of Bantu languages, mainly spoken in central, east and southern Africa. The most commonly spoken Bantu language is Swahili, with Zulu coming in second.

56. Cracked : AJAR
Our word “ajar” is thought to come from Scottish dialect, in which “a char” means “slightly open”.

The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (Vintage)57. Time founder Henry : LUCE
Henry Luce was a publisher, mainly of magazines. He was responsible for launching such iconic publications such as “Time”, “Life”, “Fortune” and “Sports Illustrated”.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. [See blurb] : ROYAL
6. Grows old : AGES
10. “Easy to Be Hard” musical : HAIR
14. Boxing locale : ARENA
15. [See blurb] : SAME
16. First word of the “Aeneid” : ARMA
17. Requested gift in “A Christmas Story” : BB GUN
18. From a distance : AFAR
19. Shepherd who co-wrote “A Christmas Story” : JEAN
20. *Midwest conference : BIG TEN
22. *Pancake : FLAPJACK
24. “___ not my fault!” : IT’S
25. Long Island university : ADELPHI
27. Wait : BIDE
29. Show disdain for, in a way : HISS AT
33. Creatures : ORGANISMS
38. A star may have a big one : EGO
39. *1951 Bogart/Hepburn film : THE AFRICAN QUEEN
43. Suffix with front : -IER
44. Weaver of tales on the big screen : SIGOURNEY
45. Warfare : COMBAT
49. Limerick’s land : ERIN
50. One-named female singer with the 2002 #1 hit “Foolish” : ASHANTI
53. French dance : BAL
56. *Billy Crystal’s “Memories of Me” co-star : ALAN KING
59. *Shooting star? : AIR ACE
62. Kind of mail : JUNK
63. Wander : ROAM
65. Medicinal shrub : SENNA
66. When the nude scene occurs in 10-Across : ACT I
67. [See blurb] : SUIT
68. Hall’s partner in pop music : OATES
69. Dancer’s strap? : REIN
70. Ring results, briefly : TKOS
71. [See blurb] : FLUSH

1. One of three people walking into a bar, in jokes : RABBI
2. Go around : ORBIT
3. Safecrackers : YEGGS
4. “… some kind of ___?” : A NUT
5. Lovers’ ___ : LANE
6. Simile’s center : AS A
7. Faux pas : GAFFE
8. “Kill ___” (Metallica’s triple-platinum debut album) : ‘EM ALL
9. One of the highest order of angels : SERAPH
10. Pilgrims to Mecca : HAJJIS
11. Domain : AREA
12. Computer that once came in Bondi Blue : IMAC
13. Captain, for one : RANK
21. Low point : NADIR
23. Greek symbol for the golden ratio : PHI
26. Lucy’s husband and son : DESIS
27. Sheep’s sound : BAA
28. Like Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 : IN F
30. Spotted : SEEN
31. James who co-wrote the script for 39-Across : AGEE
32. Playwright’s prize : TONY
33. Ear-related : OTIC
34. Prefix with -stat : RHEO-
35. It might make you sick : GERM
36. Former telecom giant : MCI
37. Bob of “Full House” : SAGET
40. Waterwheel : NORIA
41. “___ transtulit sustinet” (motto of Connecticut) : QUI
42. Coffee container : URN
46. Shoot off the backboard successfully : BANK IN
47. Pop a question : ASK
48. Strong desire : THIRST
51. Actress Aimée of “La Dolce Vita” : ANOUK
52. Mystery writer Marsh : NGAIO
53. Zulu, e.g. : BANTU
54. Dermatologists’ concerns : ACNES
55. Dog restraint : LEASH
56. Cracked : AJAR
57. Time founder Henry : LUCE
58. Opposed to : ANTI
60. “It ___ no concern” : IS OF
61. “Keep it ___” : REAL
64. Peaks: Abbr. : MTS

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