0426-13 New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Apr 13, Friday

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CROSSWORD SETTER: Michael Ashley
THEME: None
COMPLETION TIME: 42m 50s!!
ANSWERS I MISSED: 2 … OLLIE (ollye!), SKIED OUT (skyed out)

Today’s Wiki-est, Amazonian Googlies
Across

1. Onetime co-host of “The View” : STAR JONES
Star Jones is a lawyer and television journalist who spent almost a decade as co-host of the talk show “The View”.

10. Seen-it-all : BLASE
“Blasé”, meaning “nonchalant, bored from overindulgence” comes from the French verb “blaser”, meaning “to satiate”.

16. Like opals : MILKY
An opal is often described as having a milky iridescence, known as “opalescence”.

17. “Archie Bunker’s Place” actress : ANNE MEARA
Anne Meara has been married to fellow comedic actor Jerry Stiller since 1954. Anne and Jerry are the parents of actors Ben and Amy Stiller. Meara co-starred with Carroll O’Connor and Martin Balsam in the eighties sitcom “Archie Bunker’s Place”, a spinoff from “All in the Family”.

18. No-handed skateboarding trick : OLLIE
An “ollie” is a skateboarding trick invented in 1976 by Alan “Ollie” Gelfand. Apparently it’s a way of lifting the board off the ground, while standing on it, without touching the board with one’s hands. Yeah, I could do that …

19. Cash in Cambodia : RIELS
The Cambodian riel was first introduced in 1953, and was taken out of circulation by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 when they completely abolished money on taking control of the country. After the Vietnamese invasion of 1978, money was reintroduced and the Cambodian people are still using the “second” riel.

20. Some cornbreads : ASH CAKES
There is a southern dish called “ash cake”, which is corn bread wrapped in cabbage leaves and baked in hot ashes.

22. Base fare : MESS
“Mess” first came into English about 1300 and described the list of food needed for a meal, from the Old French word “mes” meaning a portion of food or a course at a meal. This usage in English evolved into “mess” meaning a jumbled mass of anything from the concept of “mixed food”. At the same time, the original usage in the sense of a food for a meal surfaced again in the military in the 1500s when a “mess” was a communal eating place.

23. Creole, e.g. : PATOIS
“Patois” is a word that we imported from French, in which language it also means “native or local speech”.

26. AARP focus: Abbr. : SRS
AARP is now the official name for the interest group that used to be called the American Association of Retired Persons. The name change reflects the current focus of the group on all Americans aged 50 or over, as opposed to just people who have retired.

27. PCBs, e.g. : TOXINS
Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) …

29. Kind of column : DORIC
The Doric was one of the three classical orders of architecture, the others being the Ionic and the Corinthian.

30. “Forever Your Girl” singer, 1989 : ABDUL
Paula Abdul is primarily a singer and dancer, and someone who endeared herself even more to the American public in recent years as a judge on “American Idol”. She had a famous husband for a couple of years, as she was married to actor Emilio Estevez from 1992-94.

36. Arizona player, for short : D-BACK
The Arizona Diamondbacks joined Major League Baseball’s National League in 1998. By winning the World Series in 2001, the Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team to do so in Major League history.

38. One of the Jetsons : JANE
“The Jetsons” is an animated show from Hanna-Barbera that had its first run in 1962-1963, and then was recreated in 1985-1987. When it was debuted in 1963 by ABC, “The Jetsons” was the network’s first ever color broadcast.

39. Viagra maker : PFIZER
Viagra is the most well-known brand name of sildenafil citrate, a drug primarily used to treat erectile dysfunction. Believe it or not, researchers have determined that 1 mg of Viagra added to the water in a vase makes cut flowers stand up straight for a week longer than with just pure water …

41. Kind of animation : CEL
In the world of animation, a cel is a transparent sheet on which objects and characters are drawn. In the first half of the 20th century the sheet was actually made of celluloid, giving the “cel” its name.

44. Potato chip brand : UTZ
Utz is the largest, privately held, producer of snack foods in the US. The company was founded in 1921 and is based in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

50. Purport : TENOR
The purport or tenor of something is its general sense.

51. “The Book of Eli” actress : MILA KUNIS
Mila Kunis is a Ukrainian-born, American actress, who plays Jackie Burkhart on “That ’70s Show”. Fans of the cartoon series “Family Guy” might recognize her voicing the Meg Griffin character. Somehow, I’ve yet to see the movie “Black Swan”. In”Black Swan”, Kunis plays a rival ballet dancer to the character played by Natalie Portman. In her personal life, Kunis dated Macaulay Culkin for 8 years.

54. Rigel’s constellation : ORION
Rigel is the sixth brightest star in the night sky, and the brightest star in the constellation of Orion. If you can imagine the stars in Orion laid out, Rigel is at his left foot. The name “Rigel” is an abbreviated version of the Arabic term for “Left Foot of the Central One”.

55. 1985 Dennis Quaid sci-fi film : ENEMY MINE
Actor Dennis Quaid is the younger brother of fellow actor Randy Quaid. Dennis dropped out of college when he saw how successful his brother was and moved to LA to pursue his own career in acting. He has had some noted performances, including a portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in 1989’s “Great Balls of Fire”. And, Dennis is one of Hollywood’s best golfers, playing off scratch.

“Enemy Mine” is a sci-fi film released in 1985 starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr. The film was a bit of a disaster all round. The first director was fired, there were major cost overruns, the box office take was lower than expected and the critics gave mixed reviews.

56. “___ Hope” : RYAN’S
“Ryan’s Hope” is a soap opera that ran on ABC from 1975 to 1989. The show’s storyline centers on an Irish-American family in New York City. Never saw it …

57. “Band” leader of the 1960s : SGT PEPPER
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band was the alter-ego of the Beatles and was the title of a famous studio album released in 1967.

Down
2. More stylish : TONIER
Something described as “tony” is elegant or exclusive. “Tony” is derived from the word “tone”.

3. Marshal Dillon portrayer : ARNESS
James Arness played the role of Matt Dillon, Marshal of Dodge City, on “Gunsmoke” for twenty years. If you count the occasions when he reprised the role for specials, he actually performed as Matt Dillon over five decades. And, did you know that Peter Graves, the actor who played Jim Phelps on “Mission: Impossible”, his real name was Peter Arness? He and James were brothers.

7. Actress Peeples : NIA
Actress Nia Peeples played the character Nicole Chapman in the TV series “Fame”.

10. Quad standouts : BMOCS
Big Man On Campus (BMOC)

11. Lee of silent films : LILA
Lila Lee was a popular actress in the days of silent movies. Lee’s most successful role was Carmen in 1922’s “Blood and Sand” opposite Rudolph Valentino.

13. Hit a lazy pop-up, say : SKIED OUT
Baseball …

23. YouTube no-no : PORN
YouTube is a video-sharing website, launched in 2005 by three ex-PayPal employees. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion. Yep, $1.65 billion … less than two years after it was founded …

24. 1940’s ___ Pact : AXIS
Before WWII, Hungary’s prime minister was lobbying for an alliance between Germany, Hungary and Italy and worked towards such a relationship that he called an “axis”. The main Axis powers during the war of course were Germany, Italy and Japan. However, also included in the relationship were Romania, Bulgaria and the aforementioned Hungary.

27. Bamboozled : TOOK
It’s thought that the lovely word “bamboozle” came into English from the Scottish “bombaze” meaning “perplex”. We’ve been using “bamboozle” since the very early 1700s.

30. “Wearing the face that she keeps in ___ by the door” (Beatles lyric) : A JAR
“Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door” is a line from the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby”.

When Paul McCartney was writing “Eleanor Rigby”, he started out with the title “Daisy Hawkins”. He also had a “Father McCartney” in the lyrics, but was afraid that folks would assume that was a reference to his Dad. So, he looked through the phone book and changed McCartney to McKenzie. The name Eleanor was borrowed from actress Eleanor Bron (a fine English actress who had a role in the movie “Help!”). The name Rigby came from Rigby & Evans Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers. Whatever it takes, I guess!

33. Land on the Indian Ocean : TANZANIA
When the countries of Zanzibar and Tanganyika merged in 1964, the resulting state was named the United Republic of Tanzania, with “Tanzania” being a portmanteau of “Zanzibar” and “Tanganyika”.

34. Feature on some place mats : MAZE
In some restaurants, kids might be given paper placemats with games printed on them for entertainment.

37. Cursing : JINXING
A jinx is a charm or a spell, and the word “jinx” comes from an older word “jyng” from the 17th-century. A “jyng” was another word for the wryneck, a type of bird much used in witchcraft.

39. Way to stand : PAT
To stand pat is to resist change. The term comes from the game of poker, in which one “stands pat” if one keeps one’s hand as is, not drawing any extra cards.

41. Mint family plant : CATNIP
About 50% of all cats are affected in some way by the plant catnip. There is a terpenoid in the oil of the plant called nepetalactone that the cat inhales and that can cause anything from drowsiness to anxiety.

42. Lady of Arthurian legend : ELAINE
There are several characters with the name “Elaine” in Arthurian legend. The best-known is probably Elaine of Astolat, the Lady of Shalott.

45. Hollywood father and daughter : DERNS
The actress Laura Dern is the daughter of the actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Among her many notable roles, Dern played the Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the 2008 movie “Recount”, and Dr. Ellie Sattler in the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park”.

Bruce Dern is a Hollywood actor with quite a pedigree. Dern is the grandchild of former Utah governor and Secretary of War, George Henry Dern. Bruce’s godparents were Adlai Stevenson and Eleanor Roosevelt!

48. Bugs, e.g. : TOON
The word “cartoon” was originally used for a “drawing on strong paper”, a durable drawing used as a model for another work. The term comes from the French word “carton” meaning “heavy paper, pasteboard”. Cartoons have been around a long time, with some of the most famous having being drawn by Leonardo da Vinci.

49. ___ terrier : SKYE
The Skye terrier is a breed of dog that is actually under threat of extinction. A few years ago there were only 30 Skye terriers born in the breed’s native land of the UK.

53. Electrical unit : AMP
The unit of electric current is the ampere, abbreviated correctly to “A” rather than “amp”. It is named after French physicist André-Marie Ampère, one of the main scientists responsible for the discovery of electromagnetism.

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For the sake of completion, here is a full listing of all the answers:
Across
1. Onetime co-host of “The View” : STAR JONES
10. Seen-it-all : BLASE
15. Did some undercover work : WORE A WIRE
16. Like opals : MILKY
17. “Archie Bunker’s Place” actress : ANNE MEARA
18. No-handed skateboarding trick : OLLIE
19. Cash in Cambodia : RIELS
20. Some cornbreads : ASH CAKES
22. Base fare : MESS
23. Creole, e.g. : PATOIS
25. When repeated, response to “Who wants dessert?” : I DO
26. AARP focus: Abbr. : SRS
27. PCBs, e.g. : TOXINS
28. Zoom ___ : IN ON
29. Kind of column : DORIC
30. “Forever Your Girl” singer, 1989 : ABDUL
31. Lawsuits : ACTIONS
34. Royal personage : MAJESTY
36. Arizona player, for short : D-BACK
37. Poke : JAB AT
38. One of the Jetsons : JANE
39. Viagra maker : PFIZER
41. Kind of animation : CEL
44. Potato chip brand : UTZ
45. Blasted : DARNED
46. It might be spun around a campfire : TALE
47. Major education supporter : STATE TAX
49. Some Spanish dates: Abbr. : SRTAS
50. Purport : TENOR
51. “The Book of Eli” actress : MILA KUNIS
54. Rigel’s constellation : ORION
55. 1985 Dennis Quaid sci-fi film : ENEMY MINE
56. “___ Hope” : RYAN’S
57. “Band” leader of the 1960s : SGT PEPPER

Down
1. A lot : SWARMS
2. More stylish : TONIER
3. Marshal Dillon portrayer : ARNESS
4. Cinephiles’ collectibles : REELS
5. Printer malfunctions : JAMS
6. Not be square with : OWE
7. Actress Peeples : NIA
8. Unpredictable : ERRATIC
9. TV set? : SEASON
10. Quad standouts : BMOCS
11. Lee of silent films : LILA
12. What it often takes, it’s said : ALL KINDS
13. Hit a lazy pop-up, say : SKIED OUT
14. Dossier stamp : EYES ONLY
21. Greetings : HIS
23. YouTube no-no : PORN
24. 1940’s ___ Pact : AXIS
27. Bamboozled : TOOK
28. “Su-u-ure” : I BET
29. Make mincemeat of, say : DICE
30. “Wearing the face that she keeps in ___ by the door” (Beatles lyric) : A JAR
31. Professional claims examiner : ADJUSTOR
32. Many a toy powerer : C BATTERY
33. Land on the Indian Ocean : TANZANIA
34. Feature on some place mats : MAZE
35. Not up : ABED
37. Cursing : JINXING
39. Way to stand : PAT
40. Purchase at an optician’s : FRAMES
41. Mint family plant : CATNIP
42. Lady of Arthurian legend : ELAINE
43. Inferior : LESSER
45. Hollywood father and daughter : DERNS
46. Supersede : TRUMP
48. Bugs, e.g. : TOON
49. ___ terrier : SKYE
52. Do-over, of a sort : LET
53. Electrical unit : AMP


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2 thoughts on “0426-13 New York Times Crossword Answers 26 Apr 13, Friday”

  1. As a lifelong baseball fan, I can attest: I have never heard anyone ever say "skied out." And, if it were a "lazy pop-up," the possibility of describing it as a "sky out" would be that much more remote. It could be a looper, a can of corn, a grenade, a mortar, a tear drop, a floater and probably a dozen more I am not thinking of, but a sky out, never.

  2. I will bow to your expert knowledge. As I was brought up in Ireland, I haven't played one single game of baseball in my whole life! That said, I did love watching the kids play as they grew up. Great game!

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