0912-11: New York Times Crossword Answers 12 Sep 11, Monday

Solution to today’s crossword in the New York Times
Solution to today’s SYNDICATED New York Times crossword in all other publications

THEME: GOOD DOG … all the theme answers start with commands given to a dog:

17A. Unused parts of a cell phone plan : ROLL OVER (MINUTES)
28A. Formal meal at a table : SIT (DOWN DINNER)
45A. Question that’s a classic pickup line : COME HERE (OFTEN?)
59A. Death row inmate’s hope : STAY (OF EXECUTION)
57D. With 65-Across, comment that might be heard after the start of 17-, 28-, 45- or 59-Across : GOOD
(65A. See 57-Down : DOG)


Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
1. One of the “hands” in the command “shake hands” : PAW
That would be when one gives the command “shake hands” to a dog …

Back to Basics CM300BR Cocoa-Latte Chrome 32-Ounce Hot-Drink Maker15. Caffè ___ : LATTE
The name latte is an abbreviation of the Italian “caffelatte” meaning “coffee (and) milk”. Note that in the correct spelling of “latte”, the Italian word for milk, there is no accent over the “e”. An accent is often added by mistake when we use the word in English, perhaps meaning to suggest that the word is French.

16. Healing plants : ALOES
Aloe vera has a number of alternate names that are descriptive of its efficacy as a medicine. These include the First Aid plant, Wand of Heaven, Silent Healer and Miracle Plant.

20. Youngster : TYKE
“Tyke” has been used playfully to describe a young child since at least 1902, but for centuries before that a tyke was a cur or mongrel, or perhaps a lazy or lower-class man.

BLACKHAWK! TASER C2 Holster22. Stun, as with a police gun : TASE
Victor Appleton wrote a novel for young adults called “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle”. The company that developed the TASER electroshock weapon, named their product as a homage to the novel, as TASER stands for Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle. Interesting, eh?

23. British lockup : GAOL
Both “jail” and “gaol” are pronounced the same way, mean the same thing and are rooted in the same Latin word for “cave”. The spelling “gaol” is seen quite often in the UK, although it is gradually being replaced with “jail”. The “gaol” spelling has Norman roots and tends to be used in Britain in more formal documentation.

33. “One more time!” : ENCORE
“Encore” is the French word for “again”.

35. Hops kiln : OAST
An oast is a kiln used for drying hops as part of the brewing process. It might also be called an “oast house”.

37. X-rated flick : PORNO
The word “pornography” comes from the Greek “pornographos” meaning “writing of prostitutes”.

Customized military dog tags39. What a soldier wears that has a serial no. : ID TAG
The identification tags worn by soldiers are often called “dog tags”, simply because they do resemble tags worn by dogs. US military personnel are required to wear dog tags when in the field. Each soldier wears either two tags or a special tag that breaks easily into two identical pieces. The idea is that if a soldier is killed then one half can be removed for notification and the remaining half stays with the body. Each tag contains basics such as name and ID number, medical information like blood type, and possible a religious preference.

42. Letters before omegas : PSIS
The Greek letter psi is the one that looks a bit like a trident or a pitchfork.

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron44. Hammerin’ Hank and others : AARONS
The great Hank Aaron has many claims to fame. One notable fact is that he is the last major league baseball player to have also played in the Negro League.

48. Instrument for a Muse : LYRE
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)

49. La ___ Tar Pits : BREA
The La Brea Tar Pits are located right in the heart of the city of Los Angeles. At the site there is a constant flow of tar that seeps up to the surface from underground, a phenomenon that has been around for tens of thousands of years. What is significant at La Brea is that much of the seeping tar is covered by water. Over many, many centuries animals came to the water to drink and became trapped in the tar as they entered the water to quench their thirst. The tar then preserved the bones of the dead animals. Today a museum is located right by the Tar Pits, recovering bones and displaying specimens of the animals found there. It’s well worth a visit if you are in town …

Mountain Lion50. Mountain lion : PUMA
The mountain lion is found in much of the Americas from the Yukon in Canada right down to the southern Andes in South America. Because the mountain lion is found over such a vast area, it has many different names applied by local peoples, such as cougar and puma. In fact, the mountain lion holds the Guinness record for the animal with the most number of different names, with over 40 in English alone.

53. Chemical suffixes : -INES
The suffix -ine is common in the world of chemistry. Examples are:

– bromine (an element)
– amine (a basic compound)
– quinine (an alkaloid)
– glycine (an amino acid)
– gasoline (a mixture of compounds)

55. Three Wise Men : MAGI
Magi is the plural of the Latin word “magus”, a term applied to someone who was able to read the stars. Hence, magi is commonly used with reference to the “wise men from the East” who followed the star and visited Jesus just after he was born.

3 Person Corner Sauna Heat Wave Carbon Infrared New63. Finnish bath : SAUNA
As my Finnish-American wife will tell you, “sauna” is a Finnish word, and is pronounced “sow-nah” (with “sow” as in the female pig).

Epson Artisan 725 Color Inkjet All-In-One (C11CA74201)64. Big name in printers : EPSON
Seiko Epson is a Japanese company, one of the largest manufacturers of printers in the world. The company has its roots in the watch business, roots that go back to 1942. Seiko was chosen as the official time keeper for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and was asked to supply a timer that produced a printed record. This request brought Seiko into the business of printer production. The company developed the world’s first mini-printer for the Games and called it EP-101 (EP standing for Electronic Printer). In 1975 Seiko introduced the next generation of EP printers which was called EPSON, from “SON of EP”. Cute, huh?

66. Person who uses the “five-finger discount” : THIEF
“Five-finger discount” is a relatively recent slang expression, dating back to 1966. It is slang for “theft”, the idea being that someone using their five fingers to steal something gets the best of all discounts on the price, namely 100%.

Happy Together4. Pop music’s ___ & Eddie : FLO
Flo & Eddie were the original founding members of the Turtles rock group, even though they were actually a comedic musical duo. Flo’s real name is Mark Volman, and Eddie is Howard Kaylan.

5. Restroom, informally : LAV
Our word “lavatory” originally referred to a washbasin, and comes from the Latin “lavatorium”, a place for washing. In the 1600s a lavatory became a washroom, and in the 1920s a toilet.

6. Verdi opera : OTELLO
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Otello” was first performed in 1887 at the La Scala Theater in Milan. It is based on Shakespeare’s “Othello” and is considered by many to be Verdi’s greatest work.

The actress Rebecca De Mornay made a name for herself playing the lead opposite a young Tom Cruise in 1983’s “Risky Business”. After filming the movie, Cruise and De Mornay lived together for a while in New York. For me her most memorable role was that of the evil nanny in “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”.

Ian Fleming9. Novelist Fleming : IAN
Ian Fleming is most famous of course for writing the “James Bond” series of spy novels. You might also know that he wrote the children’s story “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, which was made into a cute movie released in 1968 and even a stage musical that opened in 2002.

10. Substance in wheat flour : GLUTEN
Gluten is a protein mixture found in foods processed mainly from wheat. The sticky properties of gluten are used in making bread, giving dough its elasticity and making the final product very chewy. “Gluten” is the Latin word for “glue”.

11. Minuscule amount : IOTA
Iota is the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet. We use “iota” to portray something very small, as it is the smallest of all Greek letters.

Canada Goose Flying in a V Formation (Branta Canadensis) Photographic Poster Print by Neal Mishler, 24x1812. Flying geese formations : VEES
Apparently geese fly in that V-formation for a couple of reasons. One is that it makes for efficient flight and conserves energy. The leading bird gets no advantage, but every following bird gets to “slipstream” a little. It has been noted that the lead bird drops to the back of the formation when he/she gets fatigued. It’s also thought that the flock can stick together more easily when in formation, so it is more difficult to lose someone along the way.

13. To be, in old Rome : ESSE
Esse is the Latin for “to be”.

Photo Reprint ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, JR., COLONEL 190518. American ___ (veterans’ group) : LEGION
The American Legion was formed in 1919 by WWI veterans returning after the Great War. The man who first suggested founding the group was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt and himself a veteran of the American Expeditionary Force that served in Europe.

Apple iPod touch 8 GB (4th Generation) NEWEST MODEL19. Apple devices with earbuds : IPODS
The iPod is Apple’s signature line of portable media players. It first hit the market in 2001 in the form of a hard drive-based device now known as the iPod Classic. Later models all use flash memory, allowing a smaller form factor.

25. “___ to a Nightingale” : ODE
John Keats is famous for writing a whole series of beautiful odes. The most famous are the so-called “1819 Odes”, a collection from the year 1819 that includes famous poems such as “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode to Psyche”.

27. Impair the quality of : VITIATE
“To vitiate” something is to reduce its quality. “Vitiate” comes from the Latin “vitium” meaning “fault”.

STEVE CARELL 8x10 COLOUR PHOTO31. 2007 film “___ Almighty” : EVAN
Steve Carell’s “Evan Almighty” was actually a sequel, to Jim Carrey’s “Bruce Almighty”. “Evan Almighty” is a cute enough film, with Evan mutating into a Noah character who goes as far as building an ark in his front yard.

38. Exigency : DIRE NEED
Something exigent is urgent, coming from the Latin “exigentia” meaning “urgency”.

43. Letter flourish : SERIF
Serifs are details on the ends of characters in some typefaces. Typefaces without serifs are known as sans-serif (using the French word “sans” meaning “without”). Some people say that serif fonts are easier to read on paper, whereas sans-serif fonts work better on a computer screen. I’m not so sure though …

44. Where Nigeria is: Abbr. : AFR
Nigeria is in West Africa, and it takes its name from the Niger River which flows through the country. Nigeria is the most populous country on the continent.

Party of One [VHS]46. Comic Boosler : ELAYNE
Elayne Boosler is a stand-up comedian, and was one of the first female comedians to have her act aired as a special on cable television. She does have some funny lines. Here’s one that I particularly like:

“When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.”

51. Salt Lake City’s state : UTAH
Salt Lake City was of course founded by Brigham Young, in 1847. The city takes its name from the Great Salt Lake on which it sits, and indeed was known as “Great Salt Lake City” up until 1868.

52. Hawaiian island : MAUI
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands. Maui is sometimes called the “Valley Isle” as it is composed of two volcanoes to the northwest and southeast of the island, each with numerous, beautiful valleys carved into them.

56. Verdi opera : AIDA
“Aida” is the famous opera by Giuseppe Verde, actually based on a scenario written by a French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Mariette also designed the costumes and stages for the opening performance. The opera was first staged in 1871 in an opera house in Cairo. In the storyline Aida is an Ethiopian princess brought into Egypt as a slave. Radames is an Egyptian commander that falls in love with her, and then of course complications arise!

A Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph58. Playwright William : INGE
Playwright William Inge had a run of success on Broadway in the early fifties. His most celebrated work of that time was the play “Picnic”, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The original 1953 cast of “Picnic” included a young male actor making his debut on Broadway, by the name of Paul Newman.

61. Iowa college : COE
Coe College is a private school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
1. One of the “hands” in the command “shake hands” : PAW
4. Result of a burst dike : FLOOD
9. “O.K., O.K. … tell me!” : I GIVE
14. “So that’s it!” : AHA
15. Caffè ___ : LATTE
16. Healing plants : ALOES
17. Unused parts of a cell phone plan : ROLLOVER MINUTES
20. Youngster : TYKE
21. Encircle : LOOP
22. Stun, as with a police gun : TASE
23. British lockup : GAOL
26. Wander : ROVE
28. Formal meal at a table : SIT DOWN DINNER
33. “One more time!” : ENCORE
35. Hops kiln : OAST
36. Lab eggs : OVA
37. X-rated flick : PORNO
38. Arid : DRY
39. What a soldier wears that has a serial no. : ID TAG
41. Any port ___ storm : IN A
42. Letters before omegas : PSIS
44. Hammerin’ Hank and others : AARONS
45. Question that’s a classic pickup line : COME HERE OFTEN?
48. Instrument for a Muse : LYRE
49. La ___ Tar Pits : BREA
50. Mountain lion : PUMA
53. Chemical suffixes : -INES
55. Three Wise Men : MAGI
59. Death row inmate’s hope : STAY OF EXECUTION
63. Finnish bath : SAUNA
64. Big name in printers : EPSON
65. See 57-Down : DOG
66. Person who uses the “five-finger discount” : THIEF
67. Medicinal amounts : DOSES
68. Juice suffix : -ADE

1. Segment : PART
2. “___, matey!” : AHOY
3. Send to base on balls : WALK
4. Pop music’s ___ & Eddie : FLO
5. Restroom, informally : LAV
6. Verdi opera : OTELLO
7. Other: Sp. : OTRO
8. Actress Rebecca : DE MORNAY
9. Novelist Fleming : IAN
10. Substance in wheat flour : GLUTEN
11. Minuscule amount : IOTA
12. Flying geese formations : VEES
13. To be, in old Rome : ESSE
18. American ___ (veterans’ group) : LEGION
19. Apple devices with earbuds : IPODS
24. Wither : ATROPHY
25. “___ to a Nightingale” : ODE
27. Impair the quality of : VITIATE
28. “Git!” : SCRAM
29. Less favorable : WORSE
30. Off : NOT ON
31. 2007 film “___ Almighty” : EVAN
32. ___-to-riches : RAGS
33. Heroic tale : EPIC
34. It’s prohibited : NO NO
38. Exigency : DIRE NEED
40. Had visions during sleep : DREAMT
43. Letter flourish : SERIF
44. Where Nigeria is: Abbr. : AFR
46. Comic Boosler : ELAYNE
47. Keep thinking about, with “on” : OBSESS
50. Whispered attention-getter : PSST
51. Salt Lake City’s state : UTAH
52. Hawaiian island : MAUI
54. Int’l fair : EXPO
56. Verdi opera : AIDA
57. With 65-Across, comment that might be heard after the start of 17-, 28-, 45- or 59-Across : GOOD
58. Playwright William : INGE
60. Clumsy sort : OAF
61. Iowa college : COE
62. Young ___ (kids) : ‘UNS

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