0618-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 18 Jun 2018, Monday

Constructed by: Ross Trudeau
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Today’s Reveal Answer: Buzzword

Themed answers each start with a synonym of the WORD “BUZZ”:

  • 59A. Trendy, much-used lingo … or a hint to the starts of 16-, 23-, 35- and 48-Across : BUZZWORDS
  • 16A. Wall fixture for a landline : PHONE JACK
  • 23A. Bathroom bar offering so-called “round-the-clock” protection : DIAL SOAP
  • 35A. Start, as a meeting : CALL TO ORDER
  • 48A. Candy suckers in the form of jewelry : RING POPS

Bill’s time: 5m 39s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1. Letters meaning “Make it snappy!” : ASAP

As soon as possible (ASAP)

9. Sidewalk’s edge : CURB

“Curb” is another of those words that I had to learn when I came to the US. We park by the “kerb” on the other side of the Atlantic. Oh, and the “pavement”, that’s what we call the “footpath” (because the footpath is “paved”!). It’s very confusing when you arrive in this country from Ireland, and a little dangerous when one has been taught to “walk on the pavement” …

13. Nut from Australia : MACADAMIA

The macadamia tree is native to Australia and is largely grown for its fruit, the macadamia nut. The tree was names in 1857 in honor of Scottish-Australian chemist and politician John Macadam. The macadamia was introduced into Hawaii as a commercial crop in the 1920s.

15. Actress Raymonde of “Lost” : TANIA

Actress Tania Raymonde’s big break came with a recurring role in “Malcolm in the Middle”, playing Cynthia Sanders from 2000 to 2003. She is better known now for having played Alex Rousseau in the hit TV show “Lost”.

“Lost” is a science fiction drama that originally aired from 2004 to 2010. The show kicks off with a passenger airliner crashing a tropical island as it flies from Sydney bound for Los Angeles. I haven’t seen the show myself and hear that the intriguing plot didn’t really come to a satisfying conclusion. Others would disagree …

18. Beetle Bailey’s superior : SARGE

Sgt. Snorkel (“Sarge”) is Beetle Bailey’s nemesis in the cartoon strip that bears his name. Snorkel has a dog called Otto that he dresses up to look just like himself. Otto started off as a regular dog, but artist Mort Walker decide to draw him more like his owner, and soon Otto became a big hit.

23. Bathroom bar offering so-called “round-the-clock” protection : DIAL SOAP

Dial was the first antibacterial soap introduced in the US. It was given the name “Dial” as it was touted as offering “round-the-clock” protection against any odors caused by perspiration.

25. Quilting or crossword solving, e.g. : PASTIME

Or maybe “obsession” …

30. Spanish rice dish : PAELLA

Paella is sometime referred to as the Spanish national dish, but not by Spaniards. In Spain, paella is regarded as a typical regional dish from Valencia.

38. Q-tip, for one : SWAB

Cotton swabs were originally marketed under the name “Baby Gays”. This was changed in 1926 to “Q-Tips”, with the Q standing for “quality”.

52. “I Like ___” (1950s campaign button) : IKE

“I Like Ike” was a political slogan that originated with the grassroots movement to get Dwight D. Eisenhower (Ike) to run for president in the 1952 presidential election.

53. Science fiction writer Asimov : ISAAC

Isaac Asimov was a wonderful science fiction writer, and a professor of biochemistry. He was a favorite author as I was growing up and I must admit that some hero worship on my part led me to study and work as a biochemist for a short while early in my career. My favorite of his works is the collection of short stories called “I, Robot”. Asimov wrote three autobiographies, the last of which was called “I, Asimov”, which was published in 1994, two years after his death.

62. Postal letters, deprecatingly : SNAIL MAIL

Snail mail is regular mail delivered by the postal service. The term “snail mail” arose as email gained in popularity, and is a reference to the difference in speed between email and paper mail.

64. Temporary rain cover : TARP

Originally, tarpaulins were made from canvas covered in tar that rendered the material waterproof. The word “tarpaulin” comes from “tar” and “palling”, with “pall” meaning “heavy cloth covering”.

Down

2. African desert : SAHARA

The name “Sahara” means “greatest desert” in Arabic. The Sahara is just that, a great desert covering almost 4 million square miles of Northern Africa. That’s almost the size of the United States.

5. ___ Mahal : TAJ

“Mahal” is the Urdu word for “palace”, as in “Taj Mahal” meaning “crown of palaces”. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum holding the body of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The name “Mumtaz Mahal” translates as “the chosen one of the palace”.

6. Amo, amas, ___ … : AMAT

“Amo, amas, amat” translates from Latin as “I love, you love, he/she/it loves”.

8. George of the original “Star Trek” : TAKEI

Mr. Hikaru Sulu was played by George Takei in the original “Star Trek” series. Takei has played lots of roles over the years, and is still very active in television. Did you know that he appeared in the 1963 film, “Pt-109”? He played the helmsman steering the Japanese destroyer that ran down John F. Kennedy’s motor torpedo boat. From destroyer helmsman to starship helmsman …

14. Actor Billy ___ Williams : DEE

Actor Billy Dee Williams is most famous for playing the character Lando Calrissian in two of the “Stars Wars” movies.

15. Model 3 electric car maker : TESLA

Tesla Motors is a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla is noted for producing the first electric sports car, called the Tesla Roadster. The company followed the sports car with a luxury sedan, the Model S. The Model S was the world’s best selling plug-in electric vehicle of 2015.

24. Venus’s tennis doubles partner : SERENA

Serena Williams is the younger of the two Williams sisters playing professional tennis. Serena has won more prize money in her career than any other female athlete.

26. Earl Grey pouch on a string : TEA BAG

The Earl Grey blend of tea is supposedly named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey who was Prime Minister of the UK from 1830 to 1834. Earl Grey tea has a distinctive flavor that is largely due to the addition of oil from the rind of the bergamot orange.

29. “At Last” singer ___ James : ETTA

Etta James was best known for her beautiful rendition of the song “At Last”. Sadly, as she disclosed in her autobiography, James lived a life that was ravaged by drug addiction leading to numerous legal and health problems. Ms. James passed away in January 2012 having suffered from leukemia.

32. Goddess of the dawn : EOS

In Greek mythology, Eos was the goddess of the dawn who lived at the edge of the ocean. Eos would wake each morning to welcome her brother Helios the sun. The Roman equivalent of Eos was Aurora.

36. Presidential son Reagan : RON

Ron Reagan’s views couldn’t be any further from those of his father President Ronald Reagan, I’d say. Before the radio network Air America went bust, Ron had a daily 3-hour spot, and these days he makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. Young Reagan is quite the dancer, and for a while was a member of the Joffrey Ballet.

37. ___ Jones industrial average : DOW

Dow Jones & Company was founded as a publishing house in 1882 by three newspaper reporters, Charles Dow, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser. Today, the company’s most famous publication has to be “The Wall Street Journal”. In 1884, Charles Dow started reporting the average dollar value of the stock of eleven companies, an index which spawned a whole host of metrics that carry the Dow Jones name to this day, including the renowned Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), also known as the “Dow 30”.

39. Hawaiian surfing mecca : WAIKIKI

Waikiki is a neighborhood of Honolulu, and home to the famous Waikiki Beach. The name “Waikiki” means “spouting fresh water” in Hawaiian.

45. Capital of Iran : TEHRAN

Tehran is the capital of Iran and is the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of about 8.5 million. Iran has been around a really long time and Tehran is actually the country’s 31st national capital.

49. Blue Ribbon brewery : PABST

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) is the most recognizable brand of beer from the Pabst Brewing Company. There appears to be some dispute over whether or not Pabst beer ever won a “blue ribbon” prize, but the company claims that it did so at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The beer was originally called Pabst Best Select, and then just Pabst Select. With the renaming to Blue Ribbon, the beer was sold with an actual blue ribbon tied around the neck of the bottle until it was dropped in 1916 and incorporated into the label.

50. Place to sweat it out : SAUNA

As my Finnish-American wife will tell you, “sauna” is a Finnish word, and is pronounced more correctly as “sow-nah” (with “sow” as in the female pig).

54. Ruler until 1917 : CZAR

The last ruler of Imperial Russia was Tsar Nicholas II (of the House of Romanov). Famously, the Tsar and his family were murdered in 1918 in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Russia by members of the Bolshevik secret police. The Tsar’s youngest daughter was 16-year-old Anastasia and rumors of her escape have persisted for years. The rumors grew with the help of numerous women who claimed to be Anastasia. In 2009, DNA testing finally proved that the remains of all of the Tsar’s immediate family, including Anastasia, have been found and identified.

56. Result of a serious head injury : COMA

Our term “coma” comes from the Greek “koma” meaning “deep sleep”.

58. ___ Direction (boy band) : ONE

One Direction is a UK-based boy band. Each member of the band competed in the reality show “The X Factor”, and didn’t do very well. The five were then combined in a boy band at a later stage of the competition. They only finished in third place, but I don’t think they care. They’re doing very, very well for “losers” …

60. Nada : ZIP

The use of the words “zip” and “zippo” to mean “nothing” dates back to the early 1900s, when it was student slang for being graded zero on a test.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1. Letters meaning “Make it snappy!” : ASAP
5. Mouth-puckering : TART
9. Sidewalk’s edge : CURB
13. Nut from Australia : MACADAMIA
15. Actress Raymonde of “Lost” : TANIA
16. Wall fixture for a landline : PHONE JACK
17. Gives off, as light : EMITS
18. Beetle Bailey’s superior : SARGE
19. Abounds (with) : TEEMS
21. Stage prompt : CUE
22. Cremation vessel : URN
23. Bathroom bar offering so-called “round-the-clock” protection : DIAL SOAP
25. Quilting or crossword solving, e.g. : PASTIME
30. Spanish rice dish : PAELLA
31. One-percenters and such : ELITES
34. Reddish : ROSY
35. Start, as a meeting : CALL TO ORDER
38. Q-tip, for one : SWAB
40. The “A” and “S” of 1-Across : AS SOON
41. Biblical land : CANAAN
44. Doing sentry duty : ON WATCH
48. Candy suckers in the form of jewelry : RING POPS
51. Historical period : ERA
52. “I Like ___” (1950s campaign button) : IKE
53. Science fiction writer Asimov : ISAAC
55. Yearns (for) : ACHES
57. Make an offer for at auction : BID ON
59. Trendy, much-used lingo … or a hint to the starts of 16-, 23-, 35- and 48-Across : BUZZWORDS
61. Barely making, with “out” : EKING
62. Postal letters, deprecatingly : SNAIL MAIL
63. Location : SITE
64. Temporary rain cover : TARP
65. Chip or coin thrown in the pot : ANTE

Down

1. Excites : AMPS UP
2. African desert : SAHARA
3. Squirrel’s stash : ACORNS
4. Twinge of guilt : PANG
5. ___ Mahal : TAJ
6. Amo, amas, ___ … : AMAT
7. Like not-quite-mashed potatoes : RICED
8. George of the original “Star Trek” : TAKEI
9. Filming device, informally : CAM
10. Monochromatic : UNICOLOR
11. Sacred ceremonies : RITUALS
12. Salary before bonuses : BASE PAY
14. Actor Billy ___ Williams : DEE
15. Model 3 electric car maker : TESLA
20. An “X” might “mark the spot” on one : MAP
24. Venus’s tennis doubles partner : SERENA
26. Earl Grey pouch on a string : TEA BAG
27. Needing medicine, say : ILL
28. Thousand thou : MIL
29. “At Last” singer ___ James : ETTA
32. Goddess of the dawn : EOS
33. Meh : SO-SO
35. Stopped all that yapping : CANNED IT
36. Presidential son Reagan : RON
37. ___ Jones industrial average : DOW
38. Old-fashioned writers : SCRIBES
39. Hawaiian surfing mecca : WAIKIKI
42. Mimicking : APING
43. Rejections : NOS
45. Capital of Iran : TEHRAN
46. College degree unit : CREDIT
47. Big inconvenience : HASSLE
49. Blue Ribbon brewery : PABST
50. Place to sweat it out : SAUNA
54. Ruler until 1917 : CZAR
55. Hole-making tool : AWL
56. Result of a serious head injury : COMA
58. ___ Direction (boy band) : ONE
60. Nada : ZIP

11 thoughts on “0618-18 NY Times Crossword Answers 18 Jun 2018, Monday”

  1. Re Sunday’s Dixie pronoun Y’all, it might amuse you that some say the plural of Y’all is All Y’all … .

  2. Finished Monday with one stupid error. If I had really looked before laying down the pencil I would have noticed. But – better than the rest of any week.
    Carla
    Note time: I live far away, it is only 10:15 where I am.

  3. 6:12, no errors. About as fast as I can write by hand. Only problem was my consistent inability to spell PAELLA correctly.

    1. Thanks BruceB. I didn’t notice that I misspelled PAELLA too. Ever heard of a Model 3 by TESLi? 🤪

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