0302-19 NY Times Crossword 2 Mar 19, Saturday

Constructed by: Peter A. Collins
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 16m 40s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

19 End of a flight, maybe : ATTIC

An attic or loft is a room or space located below the roof of a building. The term “attic” is a shortened form of “attic story”, the uppermost story or level of a house. This term “attic story” originally applied to a low, decorative level built on top of the uppermost story behind a building’s decorative facade. This use of decoration at the top of buildings was common in ancient Greece, and was particularly important in the Attica style. That Attica style was so called because it originated in the historical region of Attica that encompassed the city of Athens. And that’s how our attics are linked to ancient Greece.

21 Davis of Hollywood : GEENA

As well as being a successful Hollywood actress, Geena Davis is an accomplished archer and came close to qualifying for the US archery team for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Davis is also a member of American Mensa. She is quite the lady …

23 Senators’ org. : THE NHL

The Senators are the NHL hockey team in Ottawa, Canada. The current team, founded in the 1992-93 season, is the second NHL team in the city to use the name “Senators”. The original team was founded in 1917, and had a very successful run until the league expanded into the US in the late twenties. The cost of operating in what became the smallest NHL city eventually drove the Senators to St. Louis where they played for a year as the Eagles before finally folding.

27 Discipline of some masters : ZEN

Zen is a Buddhist school that developed its own tradition in China back in the 7th century AD. Zen is a Japanese spelling of the Chinese word “chan”, which in turn derives from the Sanskrit word “dhyana” meaning “meditation”.

34 Radio D.J., e.g. : PERSONALITY

The world’s first radio disc jockey (DJ) was one Ray Newby of Stockton, California who made his debut broadcast in 1909, would you believe? When he was 16 years old and a student, Newby started to play his records on a primitive radio located in the Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless in San Jose. The records played back then were mostly recordings of Enrico Caruso.

35 Big hassle for an agency : PR NIGHTMARE

Public relations (PR)

36 “Brighton Rock” novelist : GREENE

Graham Greene was a writer and playwright from England. Greene wrote some of my favorite novels, including “Brighton Rock”, “The End of the Affair”, “The Confidential Agent”, “The Quiet American” and “Our Man in Havana”. Greene’s books often feature espionage in exotic locales. Greene himself worked for MI6, the UK’s foreign intelligence agency. In fact, Greene’s MI6 supervisor was Kim Philby, the famed Soviet spy who penetrated high into British intelligence.

38 Temple spot, say? : ZIT

The sides of the head behind the eyes are known as the “temples”.

41 ___ Salander, protagonist in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” : LISBETH

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a 2011 film based on the hit novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara plays the title character, a computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander. Daniel Craig also stars, playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist. The 2011 movie wasn’t the first big screen adaptation of the novel. A Swedish film with the same name was released in 2009.

43 Food processor : ENZYME

The names of enzymes usually include the suffix “-ase”. Enzymes are basically catalysts, chemicals that act to increase the rate of a particular chemical reaction. For example, starches will break down into sugars over time, especially under the right conditions. However, in the presence of the enzyme amylase (found in saliva) this production of sugar happens very, very quickly.

45 Brief exchanges? : IMS

Even though instant messaging (sending and receiving IMs) has been around since the 1960s, it was AOL who popularized the term “instant message” in the eighties and nineties. The “AOL Instant Message” service was known as AIM.

50 Beast slain by Hercules : NEMEAN LION

“The Twelve Labors of Hercules” is actually a Greek myth, although Hercules is the Roman name for the hero that the Greeks called Heracles. The first of these labors was to slay the Nemean lion, a monster that lived in a cave near Nemea. Hercules had a tough job as the lion’s golden fur was impenetrable to normal weapons. One version of the story is that Hercules killed the lion by shooting an arrow into its mouth. Another version says that Hercules stunned the monster with a club and then strangled him with his bare hands.

53 Fitting toy for a child? : LEGO

Lego produces some wonderful specialized sets with which you can build models of celebrated structures, including:

  • The Statue of Liberty (2,882 pieces)
  • The Sydney Opera House (2,989 pieces)
  • The Eiffel Tower (3,428 pieces)
  • Tower Bridge (4,295 pieces)
  • The Taj Mahal (5,922 pieces)

54 Ephemerality : TRANSIENCE

“Ephemera” was originally a medical term used to describe a fever that only lasted a day. The use of the term was expanded in the 17th century to include insects that were short-lived, and by end of the 18th century ephemera were any things of transitory existence.

56 I.R.S. figs. : SSNS

Social Security number (SSN)

58 Olympians, e.g. : GODS

Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece. In Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was home to the gods, and in particular home to the principal gods known as the Twelve Olympians.

Down

1 Fake : ERSATZ

Something described as ersatz is a copy, and usually not a good one. “Ersatz” comes from the German verb “ersetzen” meaning “to replace”.

3 Like metal before die casting : MOLTEN

Injection molding is a manufacturing process in which a molten material, such as a plastic, is injected into a mold. The molten material cools, and adopts the shape of the mold. The related process of die-casting involves the pouring of molten metal into a custom-shaped die.

4 Draft holder : STEIN

A stein is a type of beer glass. The term is German in origin, and is short for “Steinkrug” meaning “stone jug”. “Stein” is German for “stone”.

5 Like some hotels, for short : SRO

Single room occupancy (SRO)

6 Piquancy : TANG

Something that is piquant is pleasantly sharp in taste and zesty. “Piquant” is the French word for “prickly”.

7 Stage achievement : OBIE

The Obies are the “Off-Broadway Theater Awards”. The Obies have been presented annually since 1956. The recipients used to be chosen by “The Village Voice” newspaper, but now are jointly administered with the American Theatre Wing.

8 They’re found among the reeds : OBOES

When you hear an orchestra tuning before a performance, you’ll note (pun!) that the oboe starts off the process by playing an “A”. The rest of the musicians in turn tune to that oboe’s “A”.

10 Premium channel, for short : SHO

Showtime (SHO) is a competitor of The Movie Channel (TMC) in terms of program lineup, although both channels are in fact owned by CBS.

20 W.W. I weapon : CHLORINE GAS

Chlorine is a yellow-green gas that is very poisonous at high concentrations. As such, chlorine gas was used in WWI, earning the shameful title of the world’s first gaseous chemical weapon. Chlorine was mistakenly believed to be an oxide for many years, until English chemist Sir Humphry Davy correctly concluded that the gas was an element. Davy coined the name “chlorine”, from the Greek “chloros” meaning “”green-yellow”.

32 Star in the Summer Triangle : DENEB

Deneb is the brightest star in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. The name “Deneb” comes from the Arabic word “dhaneb” meaning “tail”, as it lies at the tail of the swan.

The Summer Triangle is the name given to a pattern of stars seen in the northern hemisphere. It is so named as it sits almost directly overhead at midnight in most northern latitudes. The points of the triangle are the bright stars Altair, Deneb and Vega.

33 Costco competitor, informally : SAM’S

Sam’s Club is owned and operated by Walmart, and is named after the company’s founder Sam Walton.

35 Easy reads : PRIMERS

A primer is a textbook used to teach the alphabet and basic reading. When “primer” is used in this sense in the US, it is pronounced with a short letter I (giving “primmer”). I’ve never understood why such a pronunciation would be used …

38 Offshoot of the blues : ZYDECO

Zydeco is a style of folk music that evolved from Creole music in Louisiana. The name “Zydeco” is imitative of the French word for green beans, “les haricots”. The term arose from a popular dance tune called “Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés” (“The Green Beans Ain’t Salty”).

40 Caruso and Carreras : TENORS

Enrico Caruso was an Italian tenor from Naples, famous as one of the first opera singers to embrace the phonograph technology of the early 1900s. He made 290 recordings that were released between 1902 and 1920, and today they’re all available on CD or as digital downloads.

José Carreras is a celebrated tenor from Barcelona who is perhaps best known to a wider audience as one of the Three Tenors, alongside Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.

44 Title role for Woody Allen : ZELIG

“Zelig” is a 1983 film by Woody Allen. “Zelig” tells the fictitious story, in documentary style, of Leonard Zelig (played by Allen) who has the gift of being able to change his appearance in order to better fit in with the company he keeps. He becomes famous as a “human chameleon”. By using archive footage, the film includes clever “cameos” by real figures from history (like Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Susan Sontag).

51 Cannes duo : ENS

There are two letters N (ens) in the word “Cannes”.

Cannes is a city on the French Riviera that is noted as host of the Cannes Film Festival. The decision to host an annual film festival was adopted by the city just before WWII. However, the festival had to wait for the end of the war for its launch in 1946.

52 1980s gaming release, for short : NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was sold in North America from 1985 to to 1995. The NES was the biggest selling gaming console of the era. Nintendo replaced the NES with Wii, which is also the biggest-selling game console in the world.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Newport, R.I., estate that’s a National Historic Landmark, with “the” : ELMS
5 Bore : STOOD
10 Slant : SPIN
14 Herbicide’s target : ROOT
15 Metaphorical entryway into the unknown : RABBIT HOLE
17 Draw in an outlet : SALE
18 Piquant bakery offerings : ONION ROLLS
19 End of a flight, maybe : ATTIC
21 Davis of Hollywood : GEENA
22 On point : APT
23 Senators’ org. : THE NHL
25 A few : SEVERAL
27 Discipline of some masters : ZEN
28 Byzantine emperor known as “the Armenian” : LEO V
31 Amend : REVISE
32 Get two feet apart? : DO THE SPLITS
34 Radio D.J., e.g. : PERSONALITY
35 Big hassle for an agency : PR NIGHTMARE
36 “Brighton Rock” novelist : GREENE
37 : : IS TO
38 Temple spot, say? : ZIT
41 ___ Salander, protagonist in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” : LISBETH
43 Food processor : ENZYME
45 Brief exchanges? : IMS
46 Ends : GOALS
49 City in NE France that shares its name with a car type : SEDAN
50 Beast slain by Hercules : NEMEAN LION
53 Fitting toy for a child? : LEGO
54 Ephemerality : TRANSIENCE
55 One who writes sweet words? : ICER
56 I.R.S. figs. : SSNS
57 Takes a hike : TREKS
58 Olympians, e.g. : GODS

Down

1 Fake : ERSATZ
2 Not fancy at all : LOATHE
3 Like metal before die casting : MOLTEN
4 Draft holder : STEIN
5 Like some hotels, for short : SRO
6 Piquancy : TANG
7 Stage achievement : OBIE
8 They’re found among the reeds : OBOES
9 Something round that may have more than one side : DINNER PLATE
10 Premium channel, for short : SHO
11 Property of a magnet : POLARITY
12 “Not interested” : I’LL PASS
13 Fit (in) : NESTLE
16 Items for neat people to pack when going away : TRAVEL IRONS
20 W.W. I weapon : CHLORINE GAS
24 “People, we have work to do!” : LET’S GET ON IT!
26 Modern aid for party planners : E-VITE
29 Eager pupil’s exclamation : OH OH!
30 Italian 20 : VENTI
32 Star in the Summer Triangle : DENEB
33 Costco competitor, informally : SAM’S
34 Certain newspaper employee : PRESSMAN
35 Easy reads : PRIMERS
36 Flashes : GLINTS
38 Offshoot of the blues : ZYDECO
39 Visualized : IMAGED
40 Caruso and Carreras : TENORS
42 Comparatively well : HALER
44 Title role for Woody Allen : ZELIG
47 Railroad division : LINE
48 Wallop : SOCK
51 Cannes duo : ENS
52 1980s gaming release, for short : NES

One thought on “0302-19 NY Times Crossword 2 Mar 19, Saturday”

  1. 25:11, no errors. For me, this one didn’t have any easy parts … but I got started in the lower right, I think.

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