0303-19 NY Times Crossword 3 Mar 19, Sunday

Constructed by: Tony Orbach & Andrea Carla Michaels
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: D.J.’s Spinning

Themed answers are common phrases in which the starting letter D of one word has been replaced with a letter J:

  • 26A Vacuum cleaner blockage? : HOOVER JAM (from “Hoover Dam”)
  • 28A Sign at a restricted area of the Playboy Mansion? : JUST BUNNIES (from “dust bunnies”)
  • 42A Driving through some off-road terrain, say? : ROLLING IN THE JEEP (from “Rolling in the Deep”)
  • 58A San Francisco Giant, for example? : JOCK OF THE BAY (from “Dock of the Bay”)
  • 72A Overly serious Irish dancers? : GRAVE JIGGERS (from “gravediggers”)
  • 88A Write an order to replenish inventory of Levi’s? : MAKE THE JEANS LIST (from “make the Dean’s List”)
  • 105A Throwaway vault at a gymnastics meet? : GARBAGE JUMP (from “garbage dump”)
  • 109A Shower gift for a Gemini baby? : JUNE BUGGY (from “dune buggy”)

Bill’s time: 20m 21s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Praline ingredients : PECANS

A praline is a candy made made out of nuts and sugar syrup. The first pralines were made in France in the 17th century for an industrialist named Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, who gave his name to the confection.

20 Sci-fi classic made into a 2004 film starring Will Smith : I, ROBOT

“I, Robot” is an interesting 2004 science fiction film starring Will Smith that is loosely based on the excellent collection of short stories of the same name by Isaac Asimov.

22 Trig function : COSINE

The most familiar trigonometric functions are sine, cosine and tangent (abbreviated to “sin, cos and tan”). Each of these is a ratio: a ratio of two sides of a right-angled triangle. The “reciprocal” of these three functions are secant, cosecant and cotangent. The reciprocal functions are simply the inverted ratios, the inverted sine, cosine and tangent. These inverted ratios should not be confused with the “inverse” trigonometric functions e.g. arcsine, arccosine and arctangent. These inverse functions are the reverse of the sine, cosine and tangent.

23 Strauss opera with the “Dance of the Seven Veils” : SALOME

Richard Strauss’s opera “Salome” was based on the play of the same name by Oscar Wilde. The opera created quite a fuss in its early performances due to its erotic “Dance of the Seven Veils”.

In the New Testament, Salome was a dancer and a seductress. She was the stepdaughter of Herod and when she danced for him on his birthday, her mother demanded as a reward the execution of John the Baptist. Salome is not actually named in the account in the gospels, and historians rely on other sources to determine that she was indeed “Salome”. Famously, the seductive dance that she performed is said to be the Dance of the Seven Veils. The dance isn’t named in the Biblical account, and is an elaboration that developed in later Christian mythology.

25 Being affected by yeast : RISING

Yeasts are unicellular microorganisms in the kingdom Fungi. The species of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used for centuries in the making of wine and beer, and in breadmaking. Saccharomyces cerevisiae converts carbohydrates into carbon dioxide and alcohol in the process of fermentation. When making beer and wine, the carbon dioxide and alcohol may be captured by the liquid. When making bread, the carbon dioxide and alcohol is driven off by heat.

26 Vacuum cleaner blockage? : HOOVER JAM (from “Hoover Dam”)

The first practical portable vacuum cleaner was invented by James Spangler in 1907. Spangler sold the patent for the design to his cousin’s husband, William Henry Hoover. Hoover then made his fortune from manufacturing and selling vacuum cleaners. Hoover was so successful in my part of the world that back in Ireland we don’t use the verb “to vacuum” and instead say “to hoover”. Also, a hoover is what we call a vacuum cleaner, regardless of who makes it.

When the magnificent Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 it was the largest hydroelectric plant in the world, as well as being the world’s largest concrete structure. The edifice was originally known as Boulder Dam, due to its location near Boulder City, Nevada. The dam was eventually named after Herbert Hoover for his role in having the dam built when he was Secretary of Commerce, and his later support as US President. There was a formal dedication ceremony held in September 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the area, when only work on the powerhouse was incomplete. President Roosevelt managed to make his dedication speech without once referring to the name of his former opponent President Hoover. When the dam was finally put into service in 1936, the project was two years ahead of schedule. Those were the days …

28 Sign at a restricted area of the Playboy Mansion? : JUST BUNNIES (from “dust bunnies”)

The Playboy Mansion is the former home of Hugh Hefner, although much of the building and grounds are also used for corporate events. The mansion was built in 1927 for Arthur Letts, Jr., the son of Arthur Letts who founded the Broadway chain of department stores. Playboy bought the property in 1971 for just over a million dollars, and it’s now worth about 50 times that amount.

30 San Joaquin Valley city : FRESNO

Fresno is the largest inland city in the state of California. The city was named for the many ash trees that lined the San Joaquin River, as “fresno” is the Spanish for “ash tree”.

32 Some, in Sevilla : UNAS

The city of Seville (“Sevilla” in Spanish) is the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain. Seville is a favored setting for many operas including “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini, “Fidelio” by Beethoven and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.

34 Actor James : CAAN

James Caan is an actor from the Bronx, New York City. He is noted for his appearances in some very big movies such as “The Godfather”, “Misery”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “Rollerball” and more recently “Elf”. Caan is quite the sportsman. He plays golf with an 8 handicap, and is a 6-Dan Black Belt Master of Gosoku Karate.

35 S O S first responders : USCG

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has the distinction of being the country’s oldest continuous seagoing service. The USCG was founded as the Revenue Cutter Service by Alexander Hamilton in 1790.

36 Where G.I.s shop : PXS

A PX is a Post Exchange, a retail store operating on a US Army Base. The equivalent store on an Air Force Base is called a Base Exchange (BX).

42 Driving through some off-road terrain, say? : ROLLING IN THE JEEP (from “Rolling in the Deep”)

“Rolling in the Deep” is the lead single on the album “21” released in 2011 by English singer Adele.

46 Moves around aimlessly : MILLS

To mill around is to loiter, to move around aimlessly in a crowd. The term “mill around” originally applied to a herd of cattle, back in the 19th century. The notion is that such a movement resembles the action of a mill wheel.

49 Fix : SPAY

Our verb “to spay”, meaning “to surgically remove the ovaries of” (an animal) comes from an old Anglo-French word “espeier” meaning “to cut with a sword”.

58 San Francisco Giant, for example? : JOCK OF THE BAY (from “Dock of the Bay”)

Today’s San Francisco Giants baseball team was founded in 1883 as the New York Gothams. The team’s name was changed to the Giants in 1885, and the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958.

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is song that Otis Redding started composing in 1967 while sitting on a houseboat in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay. Redding finished the song soon after, with the help of co-writer Steve Cooper. “The Dock of the Bay” was released in January of 1968, just one month after Redding was killed in a plane crash. The song became the first posthumous single to reach number in the US charts. As an aside, Janis Joplin’s recording of “Me and Bobby McGee” achieved the same feat in 1971.

61 Yahoo alternative : GMAIL

Gmail is a free webmail service provided by Google, and my favorite of the free email services. Gmail made a big splash when it was introduced in 2007 because it offered a whopping 1GB of storage whereas other services offered a measly 2-4MB on average.

64 Land and such : REALTY

The words “realty” and “real estate” actually date back to the late 1600s. Back then, the terms meant “real possessions, things owned that are tangible and real”.

65 Land, to Livy : TERRA

Titus Livius (aka “Livy”) was a Roman historian who lived from 59 BC to AD 17. Livy wrote the definitive history of Rome at that time.

67 Like Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” : ONE-ACT

“Endgame” is a 1957, one-act play written by Irishman Samuel Beckett. Beckett actually wrote “Endgame” in French (naming it “Fin de Partie”), and translated it himself into English.

70 Iranian money : RIALS

Rial is the name of the currency of Iran (as well as Yemen, Oman, Cambodia and Tunisia). Generally, there are 1,000 baisa in a rial.

72 Overly serious Irish dancers? : GRAVE JIGGERS (from “gravediggers”)

The dance known as a “jig” is most associated with Ireland and Scotland. In traditional Irish dancing, the jig is second in popularity only to the reel. The most famous Irish jig is probably “The Irish Washerwoman”. I may not dance a jig, but I sure do know the tune of “The Irish Washerwoman” …

78 Name on a green toy truck : HESS

The Hess Corporation is an oil company based in New York City. In 1964, the company started selling toy trucks with the Hess logo on them, in Hess gas stations. The company has been selling them every since, bringing out new models just before Christmas. Hess toy trucks have become quite collectible and the old ones can fetch a pretty penny.

94 Alpine climber : IBEX

“Ibex” is a common name for various species of mountain goat. “Ibex” is a Latin name that was used for wild goats found in the Alps and Apennines in Europe.

95 Chummy pair? : EMS

There are a pair of letters M (ems) in the word “chummy”.

96 Sitarist Shankar : RAVI

The sitar has been around since the Middle Ages. It is a stringed instrument that is played by plucking, and is used most often in Hindustani classical music. In the West we have been exposed to the instrument largely through the performances of Ravi Shankar and some music by George Harrison of the Beatles, a onetime student of Shankar.

98 D.C. bigwigs : POLS

Politician (pol)

102 Garfield’s girlfriend in the comics : ARLENE

Arlene is a pink stray cat who is fond of the title character in the “Garfield” comic strip by Jim Davis. Garfield is pretty rude to Arlene though, and often makes fun of the gap in her teeth.

112 Glaciologist’s concern : ICE AGE

Ice ages are periods in the Earth’s history when there are extensive ice sheets present in the northern and southern hemispheres. One might argue that we are still in an ice age that began 2.6 million years ago, as evidenced by the presence of ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica.

119 Divisions of the Westminster Dog Show : BREEDS

The first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held in 1877, which makes it the second oldest sporting event in the country (narrowly beaten out by the Kentucky Derby that was first run in 1875). The show was originally limited to gun dogs and was established by a group of hunters who routinely met at the Westminster Hotel in Manhattan, New York.

121 Hairnets : SNOODS

A snood is a net or a bag worn over the hair. “Snood” comes from the Old English word “snod” meaning “ribbon for the hair”.

Down

2 ___ Good Feelings : ERA OF

The Era of Good Feelings lasted from about 1816 to 1824, during the administration of President James Monroe. The term described the feeling of bipartisanship that permeated politics at that time, largely due to President Monroe deliberately downplaying differences between the parties in Washington. One can only dream …

7 Kunis of “Bad Moms” : MILA

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. 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, but married Ashton Kutcher, her co-star from “That 70s Show”, in 2015.

“Bad Moms” is a 2016 comedy movie about three stressed-out mothers who go on a fling, shirking their maternal responsibilities for a few days. Those “bad moms” are played by Mil Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn.

8 Brangelina, at one time : ITEM

“Brangelina” is a portmanteau used for the super-couple pairing of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Other supercouples are/were:

  • Tomkat – Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
  • Grant ‘n’ Hurley – Hugh Grant and Elizabeth Hurley
  • Posh and Becks – Victoria and David Beckham
  • Bennifer – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

9 Org. of concern to the AARP : SSA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) was set up as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The first person to receive a monthly retirement benefit was Ida May Fuller of Vermont who received her first check for the sum of $22.54 after having contributed for three years through payroll taxes. The New Deal turned out to be a good deal for Ms. Fuller, as she lived to 100 years of age and received a total benefit of almost $23,000, whereas her three years of contributions added up to just $24.75.

10 Lothario : DON JUAN

Don Juan is a flighty character who has been featured by a number of authors, poets and composers, including Molière, Byron, and Mozart. In the underlying legend, Don Juan ends up talking to the statue of the dead father of one of his conquests. Don Juan dines with the ghost of the dead man and when shaking the hand of the ghost he is dragged away to hell. We now use the term “Don Juan” to describe any womanizer or ladies’ man.

There is a character named Lothario in Don Quixote, and in the “Fair Penitent”, a 1703 play by Nicholas Rowe. In both cases the Lothario in question exhibits less than wholesome behavior towards a woman, giving rise to the term “lothario” meaning “roue”.

15 Neologism : COINAGE

A neologism is a new word or phrase, or a new meaning or usage for an existing word.

18 Last of the Stuarts : ANNE

Queen Anne was the last of the Stuarts to rule in the British Isles, and the first sovereign of the Kingdom of Great Britain (after England and Scotland united). Anne was the last of the Stuart line because she died without any surviving children, despite having been pregnant seventeen times.

29 Rapper Rhymes : BUSTA

“Busta Rhymes” is the stage name of rap artist Trevor Smith from Brooklyn, New York. Busta’s stage name was chosen in honor of professional footballer Buster Rhymes.

34 Walk-in, for one : CLOSET

In Old French a “clos” was an enclosure, with the diminutive form “closet” describing a small enclosure or private room. Over time this evolved into our modern usage of “closet”, describing a cabinet or cupboard.

36 Red Rose : PETE

Pete Rose was a talented baseball player who holds the record for all-time Major League hits. Rose’s nickname was “Charlie Hustle”. In recent years of course his reputation has been tarnished by admissions that he bet on games in which he played and managed.

37 TV princess : XENA

The Xena character, played by New Zealander Lucy Lawless, was introduced in a made-for-TV movie called “Hercules and the Amazon Women”. Lawless reprised the role in a series called “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”. Xena became so popular that a series was built around her character, with Lawless retained for the title role. The fictional Xena supposedly came from the “non-fictional” Greek city of Amphipolis.

40 Island in the East Indies : TIMOR

Timor is an island in Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is politically divided into West Timor, belonging to Indonesia, and the independent state of East Timor. The name “Timor” comes from a Malay word for “east”, and is used as Timor lies at the eastern end of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

43 Jacob’s first wife : LEAH

According to the Bible, Leah was one of the two wives of Jacob, the other being Leah’s sister Rachel. Jacob’s intention had been to marry Rachel, but the Leah and Rachel’s father “switched” his daughters and provided Leah as the veiled bride. Jacob married Rachel a week later, and lived with the two wives concurrently.

44 Pocatello sch. : ISU

Pocatello is a city in the southeast of Idaho. It is home to Idaho State University (ISU). The city was founded as a railroad stop in the days of the gold rush. Pocatello was named for the chief of the Shoshone tribe who granted the right of way for the railroad to pass through the nearby Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

53 Shaving aisle brand : AFTA

Afta is an aftershave in the Mennen range of products that is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.

54 Texter’s bye-bye : TTYL

Talk to you later (TTYL)

56 Harp-shaped constellation : LYRA

Lyra (Latin for “lyre, harp, lute”) is a constellation that includes the star Vega, one of the brightest stars in the night sky. The constellation Lyra is surrounded by the neighboring constellations of Draco, Hercules, Vulpecula and Cygnus.

57 Extended attacks : SIEGES

Our word “siege” comes from a 13th century word for a “seat”. The military usage derives from the concept of a besieging force “sitting down” outside a fortress until it falls.

59 Something to do in a dojo : KARATE

The Japanese word “dojo” literally means “place of the way”. Originally the term applied to training halls that were found in or beside temples. The teaching in a dojo was not limited to the martial arts, but in the Western world we use the dojo as the name for a training facility for judo, karate and the like.

62 Self-confidence, informally : MOJO

The word “mojo”, meaning “magical charm, magnetism”, is probably of Creole origin.

68 People person? : CELEB

There used to be a “People” page in each issue of “Time” magazine. This page was spun-off in 1974 as a publication of its own, which we now call “People” magazine. “People” is noted for its annual special editions with features such as “Best & Worst Dressed” and “Sexiest Man Alive”. The “Sexiest Man Alive” edition now appears at the end of November each year. The first choice for “Sexiest Man” was Mel Gibson, in 1985.

71 Japanese room divider : SHOJI

A shoji is a door, window or room divider in Japanese architecture. A shoji consists of translucent paper stretched over a wooden frame.

73 Morlock victims, in sci-fi : ELOI

In the 1895 novel by H. G. Wells called “The Time Machine”, there are two races that the hero encounter in his travels into the future. The Eloi are the “beautiful people” who live on the planet’s surface. The Morlocks are a domineering race living underground who use the Eloi as food.

77 Twelvesome in “Gone With the Wind” : OAKS

In Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind”, Scarlett O’Hara’s home is the Tara plantation. Tara was founded not far from the Georgia city of Jonesboro by Scarlett’s father, Irish immigrant Gerald O’Hara. Gerald won the square mile of land on which Tara was built in an all-night poker game. He named his new abode after the Hill of Tara back in his home country, the ancient seat of the High King of Ireland. Rhett’s rival for the affections of Scarlet is Ashley Wilkes who lives at the nearby Twelve Oaks plantation.

83 Tesla needs : CHARGERS

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 as 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. Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in early 2017.

84 Protective bank : LEVEE

A levee is an artificial bank, usually made of earth that runs along the length of a river. It is designed to hold back river water at a time of potential flooding. “Levée” is the French word for “raised” and is an American term that originated in French-speaking New Orleans around 1720.

89 Prioritized in a hospital : TRIAGED

Triage is the process of prioritizing patients for treatment, especially on a battlefield. The term “triage” is French and means “a sorting”.

90 Tree-lined walk : ALAMEDA

“Alameda” is Spanish for “a place full of poplars”. There are number of locations in the US and elsewhere with the name “Alameda”, including the county of Alameda, California where I am right now, writing this post. Alameda County is also home to the city of Alameda located on Alameda Island.

92 About 4,200 feet, for the Golden Gate Bridge : SPAN

The Golden Gate is the opening of San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. The bridge that spans the Golden Gate is called “the Golden Gate Bridge” and was opened in 1937. At that time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. One of the most eerie things about the Golden Gate Bridge is that is the second most popular place in the whole world to commit suicide (after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge). Steps have been taken to reduce the number of suicides, including suicide hotline telephones placed along the walkway, but still there is one suicide every two weeks on average throughout the year. There are plans to place a purpose-built net below the bridge as a deterrent, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

93 Caped fighters : TOREROS

The Spanish suffix “-ero” can be added to a noun to describe someone who works with that noun. Examples would be a “vaquero” (a cowboy working with a “vaca”, a cow) and a “torero” (a bullfighter fighting a “toro”, a bull).

99 Eddie Bauer rival : LL BEAN

L.L.Bean (note the lack of spaces in the company name) was founded back in 1912 in Freeport, Maine as a company selling its own line of waterproof boots. The founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, gave his name to the enterprise. Right from the start, L.L.Bean focused on mail-order and sold from a circular he distributed and then from a catalog. Defects in the initial design led to 90% of the first boots sold being returned, and the company made good on its guarantee to replace them or give back the money paid.

103 Mystery writer Marsh : NGAIO

Dame Ngaio Marsh was a crime writer from New Zealand. Marsh 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 named Roderick Alleyn.

105 Barry, Robin or Maurice of the Bee Gees : GIBB

The Brothers Gibb (hence, the name “The Bee Gees”) were born in England but grew up and started their musical careers in Australia. They moved back to Manchester in the north of England as youths, and there hit the big time.

108 Kind of stick for incense : JOSS

A joss stick is a type of incense that is traditionally burned before religious images and shrines in many Asian cultures. The term “joss” comes into English via Portuguese from the Latin “deus” meaning “god”.

111 Gen ___ (millennials) : YERS

The Millennial Generation are sometimes referred to as “Generation Y” (Gen-Y). Millennials were born after the “Gen-Xers”, from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

114 Indicator of staccato, in music notation : DOT

Staccato is a musical direction signifying that notes should be played in a disconnected form. The opposite of staccato would be legato, indicating long and continuous notes played very smoothly.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Praline ingredients : PECANS
7 Error at a bridge table : MISDEAL
14 Graduated : SCALAR
20 Sci-fi classic made into a 2004 film starring Will Smith : I, ROBOT
21 “Your money’s no good here” : IT’S ON ME
22 Trig function : COSINE
23 Strauss opera with the “Dance of the Seven Veils” : SALOME
24 Strains to hear, perhaps : LEANS IN
25 Being affected by yeast : RISING
26 Vacuum cleaner blockage? : HOOVER JAM (from “Hoover Dam”)
28 Sign at a restricted area of the Playboy Mansion? : JUST BUNNIES (from “dust bunnies”)
30 San Joaquin Valley city : FRESNO
31 All-Star pitcher Severino : LUIS
32 Some, in Sevilla : UNAS
33 Not shipwrecked, say : ASEA
34 Actor James : CAAN
35 S O S first responders : USCG
36 Where G.I.s shop : PXS
39 End of some lists : ET AL
42 Driving through some off-road terrain, say? : ROLLING IN THE JEEP (from “Rolling in the Deep”)
46 Moves around aimlessly : MILLS
48 Ages and ages : EON
49 Fix : SPAY
50 Artist Joseph Wright’s “A View of Catania With Mount ___ in the Distance” : ETNA
51 “Who ___ kidding?” : AM I
52 Cheerios : TA-TAS
55 This, e.g. : CLUE
57 Letter opener? : STEAM
58 San Francisco Giant, for example? : JOCK OF THE BAY (from “Dock of the Bay”)
61 Yahoo alternative : GMAIL
64 Land and such : REALTY
65 Land, to Livy : TERRA
67 Like Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” : ONE-ACT
70 Iranian money : RIALS
72 Overly serious Irish dancers? : GRAVE JIGGERS (from “gravediggers”)
75 Tons : A LOAD
78 Name on a green toy truck : HESS
80 Stag : ALONE
81 Individual’s segment of a 4 x 400 relay : LAP
82 Fur : COAT
83 Sicken with sweetness : CLOY
85 Uncle Jorge, e.g. : TIO
86 Bergman or Borg : SWEDE
88 Write an order to replenish inventory of Levi’s? : MAKE THE JEANS LIST (from “make the Dean’s List”)
94 Alpine climber : IBEX
95 Chummy pair? : EMS
96 Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
97 Smackers : LIPS
98 D.C. bigwigs : POLS
100 Suffix with billion : -AIRE
101 Memory problems : GAPS
102 Garfield’s girlfriend in the comics : ARLENE
105 Throwaway vault at a gymnastics meet? : GARBAGE JUMP (from “garbage dump”)
109 Shower gift for a Gemini baby? : JUNE BUGGY (from “dune buggy”)
112 Glaciologist’s concern : ICE AGE
113 Native New Yorkers : ONEIDAS
115 Beep again : REPAGE
116 Back-and-forth : BANTER
117 What a record collector might flip over : SIDE ONE
118 Like Cheerios vis-à-vis Corn Flakes : OATIER
119 Divisions of the Westminster Dog Show : BREEDS
120 Launched : STARTED
121 Hairnets : SNOODS

Down

1 “Hogwash!” : PISH!
2 ___ Good Feelings : ERA OF
3 Lemon or lime : COLOR
4 Chiefly : ABOVE ALL
5 “Easy to clean,” in adspeak : NO MESS
6 Not so lenient : STERNER
7 Kunis of “Bad Moms” : MILA
8 Brangelina, at one time : ITEM
9 Org. of concern to the AARP : SSA
10 Lothario : DON JUAN
11 Subsequent : ENSUING
12 Out of whack : AMISS
13 Advanced : LENT
14 Ponytail holder : SCRUNCHY
15 Neologism : COINAGE
16 Orgs. : ASSNS
17 Super Bowl ___ (game played February 3, 2019) : LIII
18 Last of the Stuarts : ANNE
19 Rules, briefly : REGS
27 Ian : Scottish :: ___ : Portuguese : JOAO
29 Rapper Rhymes : BUSTA
31 Reclined : LAIN
34 Walk-in, for one : CLOSET
35 Let off the hook : UNPEG
36 Red Rose : PETE
37 TV princess : XENA
38 Cyberjunk : SPAM
39 Key with four sharps: Abbr. : E MAJ
40 Island in the East Indies : TIMOR
41 Chef Waters who wrote “The Art of Simple Food” : ALICE
43 Jacob’s first wife : LEAH
44 Pocatello sch. : ISU
45 Travel bummer : JET LAG
47 Unemotional : STOLID
53 Shaving aisle brand : AFTA
54 Texter’s bye-bye : TTYL
55 Cracker brand since 1831 : CARR’S
56 Harp-shaped constellation : LYRA
57 Extended attacks : SIEGES
59 Something to do in a dojo : KARATE
60 Sits up for food, say : BEGS
62 Self-confidence, informally : MOJO
63 Have ___ with : AN IN
66 Takes advantage (of) : AVAILS
68 People person? : CELEB
69 Masonry, e.g. : TRADE
71 Japanese room divider : SHOJI
73 Morlock victims, in sci-fi : ELOI
74 X-ray ___ : SPEX
75 Top : ACME
76 Fertile dirt : LOAM
77 Twelvesome in “Gone With the Wind” : OAKS
79 Spot : EYE
83 Tesla needs : CHARGERS
84 Protective bank : LEVEE
85 48 in a cup: Abbr. : TSPS
87 Figure out, informally : WISE UP TO
89 Prioritized in a hospital : TRIAGED
90 Tree-lined walk : ALAMEDA
91 More chilly : NIPPIER
92 About 4,200 feet, for the Golden Gate Bridge : SPAN
93 Caped fighters : TOREROS
99 Eddie Bauer rival : LL BEAN
100 Subside : ABATE
101 Put the pedal to the metal : GUN IT
103 Mystery writer Marsh : NGAIO
104 Did a “rotten” Halloween trick on : EGGED
105 Barry, Robin or Maurice of the Bee Gees : GIBB
106 Rent-___ : A-CAR
107 French director Clair : RENE
108 Kind of stick for incense : JOSS
109 Plain ___ : JANE
110 Imposed upon : USED
111 Gen ___ (millennials) : YERS
114 Indicator of staccato, in music notation : DOT

5 thoughts on “0303-19 NY Times Crossword 3 Mar 19, Sunday”

  1. 34:16, no errors. Halfway through before I had enough fills to recognize the theme. Ran into some problems entering JOCK IN THE BAY, then OF, before settling on ON. Also had TTFN (Ta ta for now) before TTYL.

  2. Fun Sunday with no problems until the second O in snoods, which came out of my cobwebs. Anyway, no errors. Good fun after shoveling 8″ of snow this morning. Gotta love a clue like RED ROSE.

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