0414-19 NY Times Crossword 14 Apr 19, Sunday

Constructed by: Will Nediger
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Left/Right Symmetry

Themed answers are all in the down-direction. Those answers come in pairs, located symmetrically in the grid. The pairs differ from each other in that a circled letter is an “L” in the left of the grid, and a “R” in the right of the grid:

  • 1D What some carefree beachgoers do : GO TOPLESS
  • 18D Start printing : GO TO PRESS
  • 5D Epitome of slowness : MOLASSES
  • 14D Quagmires : MORASSES
  • 41D Like the legs of a daddy longlegs : SPINDLY
  • 42D Laundry setting : SPIN DRY
  • 81D Stormy : INCLEMENT
  • 83D Unit in a bar graph : INCREMENT
  • 86D ABC sitcom about the Johnsons : BLACK-ISH
  • 91D Slightly salty : BRACKISH

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Bill’s time: 20m 23s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

10 “The Chosen” novelist Potok : CHAIM

Chaim Potok was a Jewish American author. Potok’s most famous novel is “The Chosen”, which recounts the life of a Jewish youth in New York City during WWII.

19 Performer at a canine talent show in “Garfield: The Movie” : ODIE

Odie is Garfield’s best friend, and is a slobbery beagle. Both are characters in Jim Davis’ comic strip named “Garfield”.

20 Water or rust : OXIDE

Oxides are usually named for the number of oxygen atoms in each molecule of the oxide. Oxides with one oxygen atom are called monoxides (as in carbon monoxide: CO). Oxides with two oxygen atoms are dioxides (as in carbon dioxide: CO2). Oxides with three oxygen atoms are trioxides (as in sulfur trioxide: SO3). Oxides with four oxygen atoms are tetroxides (as in dinitrogen tetroxide: N2O4).

Rust is iron oxide. Rust forms when iron oxidizes, reacts with oxygen.

A water molecule is composed of an oxygen atom with two hydrogen atoms on roughly opposite sides (about a 150-degree angle). So, sometimes the molecule is represented by “HOH”, although more usually it’s “H2O”.

21 “Au contraire …” : BUT NO …

“Au contraire” is French for “on the contrary”.

22 Paul of “There Will Be Blood” : DANO

Paul Dano is an actor and musician from New York City. I best know him for playing Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”, a fascinating film about the Beach Boys.

25 Mascara mishap : SMEAR

Variants of mascara have been around a long time, and certainly there was a similar substance in use in Ancient Egypt. “Mascara” is a Spanish word meaning “stain, mask”.

27 Work with a number : OPUS

The Latin for “work” is “opus”, with the plural being “opera”.

29 Guest bed when you don’t have an actual guest bed : SOFA

“Sofa” is a Turkish word meaning “bench”.

30 Mr. ___ (fictional sleuth) : MOTO

The mysterious Mr. Moto is a Japanese secret agent who appears in six novels by American author, John P. Marquand. Mr. Moto was famously played by Peter Lorre in a series of eight films released in the 1930s.

31 Grp. that often has its first meeting in the fall : PTA

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

32 Onetime trans-Atlantic fliers, for short : SSTS

The most famous supersonic transport (SST) is the retired Concorde. Concorde was developed and produced under an Anglo-French treaty by France’s Aérospatiale and the UK’s British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Concordes were mainly operated by Air France and British Airways, with both companies buying the planes with substantial subsidies from the French and British governments. The final Concorde flight was a British Airways plane that landed in the UK on 26 November 2003.

40 Road safety spot, e.g., for short : PSA

Public service announcement (PSA)

41 Blueprint details : SPECS

Blueprints are reproductions of technical or architectural drawings that are contact prints made on light-sensitive sheets. Blueprints were introduced in the 1800s and the technology available dictated that the drawings were reproduced with white lines on a blue background, hence the name “blue-print”.

43 Cryptanalysis org. : NSA

National Security Agency (NSA)

45 Enlightens : EDIFIES

To edify is to provide instruction in order to improve spiritually, morally or intellectually. The intent is to “build up” someone’s faith or morality, and so “edify” comes from the Latin “aedificare” meaning “to build, construct”. This Latin root also gives us our word “edifice”, meaning “massive building”.

48 Important address : KEYNOTE

The “keynote” is the lowest note in a musical scale, as one might imagine. The term started to be used to mean a leading idea in the late 1700s, and the expression “keynote address” dates back to 1905.

50 Ermines, in the summer : STOATS

The stoat has dark brown fur in the summer, and white fur in the winter. Sometimes the term “ermine” is used for the animal during the winter when the fur is white. Ermine skins have long been prized by royalty and are often used for white trim on ceremonial robes.

51 Hits the jackpot : WINS BIG

The term “jackpot” dates back to the 1800s and is from the game of poker. In some variants there are progressive antes. This means that players have to ante up, add to the “pot”, when no player has a pair of “jacks” or better. They build a “jackpot”.

66 What “T” may represent commercially : TESLA

Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in early 2017.

68 Clarinetist Shaw : ARTIE

Artie Shaw was a composer, bandleader and jazz clarinetist. Shaw’s real name was Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, born in New York City in 1910. One of his many claims to fame is that he (a white bandleader) hired Billie Holiday (a black vocalist) and toured the segregated South in the late thirties. Holiday chose to leave the band though, due to hostility from Southern audiences back then. Artie Shaw was married eight times in all. The list of his wives includes the actresses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, as well as Betty Kern, daughter of songwriter Jerome Kern.

69 Bout enders, informally : TKOS

In boxing, a knockout (KO) is when one of the fighters can’t get up from the canvas within a specified time, usually 10 seconds. This can be due to fatigue, injury, or the participant may be truly “knocked out”. A referee, fighter or doctor may also decide to stop a fight without a physical knockout, especially if there is concern about a fighter’s safety. In this case the bout is said to end with a technical knockout (TKO).

73 Samurai swords : KATANAS

A katana is a curved sword worn by the samurai of Japan. A katana is sometimes referred to as a “samurai sword”.

80 2016 #1 Rihanna album : ANTI

Singer Rihanna was born and grew up on the island of Barbados and moved to the US when she was 16-years-old to pursue a singing career. “Rihanna” is her stage name, as she was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty. The name “Rihanna” is derived from the Welsh name “Rhiannon”.

82 Peeples person? : NIA

Actress Nia Peeples played the character Nicole Chapman in the TV series “Fame”. Peeples is also a successful singer, having released the 1988 song “Trouble” that made it to #35 in the Billboard charts.

83 Goddess represented wearing a solar disk : ISIS

Isis was the ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility, as well as the protector of the dead and the goddess of children. She was the personification of the pharaoh’s power. The name “Isis” translates as “throne”, and she is usually depicted with a headdress shaped like a throne.

84 Artless nickname? : STU

“Stuart” without “art” is “Stu”.

87 Web user : NETIZEN

A netizen is an “Internet citizen”, someone with a presence on the Internet. I guess I would be a netizen, then …

90 Cousin of a martini : GIBSON

A Gibson is simply a regular martini (gin and vermouth) with the traditional olive garnish replaced with a pickled onion.

92 Blogger’s code : HTML

The initialism “HTML” stands for HyperText Markup Language. HTML is the language used to write most Internet web pages (including this one).

93 Cuzco residents : INCAS

Cusco (also “Cuzco”) is a city in the southeast of Peru. Historically, Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

98 Historical records : ANNALS

“Annal” is a rarely used word, and is the singular of the more common “annals”. An annal would be the recorded events of one year, with annals being the chronological record of events in successive years. The term “annal” comes from the Latin “annus” meaning “year”.

100 Flower traditionally used to relieve inflammation : ARNICA

Arnica is in the sunflower family of plants. Supposedly, homeopathic preparations made from Arnica help with bruising and sprains.

107 Hook’s helper : SMEE

In J. M. Barrie’s play and novel about Peter Pan, Smee is one of Captain Hook’s pirates and is Hook’s right-hand man. Smee is described by Barrie as being “Irish” and “a man who stabbed without offence”. Nice guy! Captain Hook and Smee sail on the pirate ship called the Jolly Roger.

108 Junk transporters : SCOWS

A scow is a flat-bottomed boat with squared-off ends that’s often used for transportation, usually pushed or pulled by a barge. Often a scow can be seen carrying junk or garbage.

115 Cook in the news : TIM

Tim Cook has been Apple’s CEO since 2011, when he succeeded Steve Jobs. Cook had joined the company back in 1998 as senior vice president in charge of worldwide operations. He came out as gay in October of 2014, making Cook the first openly gay CEO of a company on the Fortune 500 list.

116 Troy of N.F.L. fame : AIKMAN

Troy Aikman is a former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. Now that he is retired from football, Aikman works as a sportscaster on the Fox network.

117 ___ Spumante (wine) : ASTI

Asti is a sparkling white wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, and is named for the town of Asti around which the wine is produced. The wine used to be called Asti Spumante, and it had a very bad reputation as a “poor man’s champagne”. The “Spumante” was dropped in a marketing attempt at rebranding associated with a reduction in the amount of residual sugar in the wine.

118 Having a high B.M.I., say : OBESE

The body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of a person’s height to his or her mass.

122 Literary character who says “Cassio’s a proper man” : IAGO

Iago is the schemer in Shakespeare’s “Othello”. He is a soldier who fought alongside Othello and feels hard done by, missing out on promotion. Iago hatches a plot designed to discredit his rival Cassio by insinuating that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona, Othello’s wife.

123 TV’s “___ Is Us” : THIS

“This Is Us” is a television drama that debuted in 2016. The storyline centers on three siblings and their parents. Two of the siblings are the surviving members of a triplet pregnancy. The parents decide to adopt a child born on the same day as the surviving siblings. The adopting family is white, and the adopted child is black.

124 Object of wishful thinking? : GENIE

The “genie” in the bottle takes his or her name from “djinn”. “Djinns” were various spirits considered lesser than angels, with people exhibiting unsavory characteristics said to be possessed by djinn. When the book “The Thousand and One Nights” was translated into French, the word “djinn” was transformed into the existing word “génie”, because of the similarity in sound and the related spiritual meaning. This “génie” from the Arabian tale became confused with the Latin-derived “genius”, a guardian spirit thought to be assigned to each person at birth. Purely as a result of that mistranslation the word genie has come to mean the “djinn” that pops out of the bottle. A little hard to follow, I know, but still quite interesting …

129 ___ Park, Colo. : ESTES

Estes Park is a town in a beautiful part of the US, in northern Colorado. Estes Park is home to the headquarters of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Down

4 Samosa ingredients : PEAS

A samosa is quite a tasty appetizer. It is usually a triangular-shaped savory that often has a vegetarian filling. The word “samosa” is primarily used on Indian menus, and the name comes from “sanbosag”, the name for the dish in Persia.

5 Epitome of slowness : MOLASSES

When sugar cane is processed to extract sugar, it is crushed and mashed to produce a juice. The juice is boiled to make a sugary concentrate called cane syrup, from which sugar crystals are extracted. A second boiling of the leftover syrup produces second molasses, from which more sugar crystals can be extracted. A third boiling results in what is called blackstrap molasses.

6 Some track bets : EXACTAS

To win a bet called an exacta (also called “perfecta”), the person betting must name the horses that finish first and second, and in the exact order. The related bet called the trifecta requires naming of the first, second and third-place finishers in the right order.

10 Longtime broadcaster of the Masters golf tournament : CBS

The four major golf competitions in men’s golf are:

  • the Masters Tournament
  • the US Open
  • the Open Championship (aka “the British Open”)
  • the PGA Championship

13 Down : IN A FUNK

“Funk” is ill-humor, and is a word that dates back to the mid-1700s. “Funk” is probably a term that came from Scottish and northern English.

15 Dutch cheese : EDAM

Edam cheese takes its name from the Dutch town of Edam in North Holland. The cheese is famous for its coating of red paraffin wax, a layer of protection that helps Edam travel well and prevents spoiling. You might occasionally come across an Edam cheese that is coated in black wax. The black color indicates that the underlying cheese has been aged for a minimum of 17 weeks.

18 Start printing : GO TO PRESS

The printing press was invented in the mid-15th century by German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg. Books were printed prior to the invention of the press, but the techniques used were clumsy and slow. Gutenberg introduced the concept of movable, reusable type, which revolutionized book production. Fifty years after the introduction of Gutenberg’s press, over twenty million volumes had been produced in Western Europe.

35 Seaside rental : SCUBA

The self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) was co-invented by celebrated French marine explorer Jacques Cousteau.

46 Tex-Mex dish : FAJITA

“Fajita” is a Tex-Mex term that refers to grilled meat served on a tortilla. The original Mexican-Spanish term “fajita” is used to describe a small strip of chicken or beef. Nowadays, fajitas are often served on a sizzling platter with the tortillas and condiments on the side.

62 Roberto of “Life Is Beautiful” : BENIGNI

Roberto Benigni is an Italian actor and director. Benigni had a major role in “Son of the Pink Panther” in which he played the illegitimate son of Inspector Clouseau played by Peter Sellers. The movie bombed in America, but made it big in Benigni’s native country of Italy. His most famous role in here in America is in the 1997 film “Life is Beautiful”, an Italian language film that won him the 1997 Oscar for Best Actor (and Benigni also directed the movie).

63 Mere smidgen : SKOSH

“Skosh” is a slang term meaning “a little bit”, and was originally military slang that came out of the Korean War. “Skosh” derives from the Japanese word “sukoshi” which translates as “few, little, some”.

Our word “smidgen” (sometimes shortened to “smidge”) is used to describe a small amount. The term might come from the Scots word “smitch” that means the same thing or “a small insignificant person”.

64 Starfleet Academy attendee : CADET

In the “Star Trek” universe, Starfleet is the military service maintained by the United Federation of Planets. Famously, Starfleet is also tasked with deep-space exploration, “to boldly go where no man has gone before …”

67 Dahlia and Agatha, in the Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse : AUNTS

Jeeves is probably the most famous character created by novelist P. G. Wodehouse. Wodehouse’s full name was Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse. Bertie Wooster’s celebrated valet’s full name is Reginald Jeeves.

78 Next-to-last letter : PSI

Psi is the 23rd and penultimate letter of the Greek alphabet, and the one that looks a bit like a trident or a pitchfork.

86 ABC sitcom about the Johnsons : BLACK-ISH

“Black-ish” is a sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross that premiered in 2014. The show is noted for tackling tough issues such as racism, police brutality, attitudes toward the LGBT community, and the 2016 US presidential election.

88 Oceania’s enemy, in “1984” : EASTASIA

The action in George Orwell’s 1949 novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” takes place in the intercontinental superstate of Oceania. Orwell also created two other superstates, called Eurasia and Eastasia.

94 Rip Van Winkle had a long one : NAP

“Rip Van Winkle” is a short story written by Washington Irving. The story was an instant hit, and was adapted for the stage just a few years after its first publication in 1819. Since then “Rip” has featured on the small screen, big screen and even in an operetta.

96 Liftoff preceder : ONE

Three … two … one … liftoff!

99 Sch. from which Lady Gaga and Woody Allen were dropouts : NYU

New York University (NYU) is comprised of fifteen schools, one of which it the Tisch School of the Arts. The Tisch is famous for its acting program, with notable alumni such as Debra Messing, Christopher Guest and Josh Radnor.

“Lady Gaga” is the stage name of Stefani Germanotta. Germanotta is a big fan of the band Queen, and she took her stage name from the marvelous Queen song titled “Radio Ga Ga”.

Allan Stewart Konigsberg changed his legal name to “Heywood Allen” when he was 17 years old, and soon after started to call himself “Woody Allen”, the name with which he achieved celebrity. Allen won four Academy Awards, three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director. He has more Oscar nominations as a screenwriter than any other writer, but he spurns the Awards ceremony and only attended it once in all his years in the movie business. He broke tradition by turning up at the 2002 ceremony, unannounced, to beg producers to continue filming in his beloved New York City despite the fears created by the 9/11 attacks.

101 15-season show set in Vegas : CSI

The “CSI” franchise of TV shows has been tremendously successful, but has finally wound down. “CSI: Miami” (the “worst” of the franchise, I think) was cancelled in 2012 after ten seasons. “CSI: NY” (the “best” of the franchise) was cancelled in 2013 after nine seasons. The original “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, set in Las Vegas, hung in there until 2015 when it ended with a two-hour TV movie. The youngest show in the series was “CSI: Cyber”. It lasted for two seasons, before being canceled in 2016.

102 Chihuahua, e.g. : STATE

Chihuahua is a state in northern Mexico that shares a border with Texas and New Mexico. Chihuahua is the largest state in the country, so has the nickname “El Estado Grande”. The state takes its name from the Chihuahuan Desert which lies largely within its borders. The Chihuahua breed of dog takes its name from the state.

103 Ottoman rank : PASHA

A pasha was a high-ranking official in the Ottoman Empire, and was roughly equivalent to the English rank of lord.

109 Poker variety : OMAHA

Omaha is a poker card game similar to Texas hold ‘em. The two games differ in that there are four initial hole cards per player in Omaha, as opposed to just two in Texas hold ’em. And in Omaha, each player’s hand is made up of exactly three cards from the board and exactly two of the player’s own cards.

111 Hair net : SNOOD

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”.

113 ___ stick : POGO

What we know today as a pogo stick was invented in Germany by Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall. The name “pogo” comes from the first two letters in each of the inventors’ family names: Po-hlig and Go-ttschall.

116 Some prosecutors, for short : ADAS

Assistant District Attorney (Asst. DA, ADA)

119 Michael Jackson’s second album : BEN

“Ben” is a horror film released in 1972 about a young boy and his pet rat called Ben. “Ben” is a sequel to an equally horrific film called “Willard” that was released the prior year and was also about a rat. The theme song to “Ben” was recorded by Michael Jackson and was a big hit for him.

121 Countdown time, for short : NYE

New Year’s Eve (NYE)

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 [I don’t believe it!] : [GASP!]
5 Time to treat yourself : ME-DAY
10 “The Chosen” novelist Potok : CHAIM
15 Vaper’s purchase, for short : E-CIG
19 Performer at a canine talent show in “Garfield: The Movie” : ODIE
20 Water or rust : OXIDE
21 “Au contraire …” : BUT NO …
22 Paul of “There Will Be Blood” : DANO
23 “Toodle-oo!” : TA-TA!
24 Territories : LANDS
25 Mascara mishap : SMEAR
26 Sort of : A BIT
27 Work with a number : OPUS
28 Just fabulous : ACES
29 Guest bed when you don’t have an actual guest bed : SOFA
30 Mr. ___ (fictional sleuth) : MOTO
31 Grp. that often has its first meeting in the fall : PTA
32 Onetime trans-Atlantic fliers, for short : SSTS
33 Things to skip : ADS
36 Major to-do : FUSS
38 Thanks for waiting : TIP
39 Word with “in,” “on” or “in on” : LET …
40 Road safety spot, e.g., for short : PSA
41 Blueprint details : SPECS
43 Cryptanalysis org. : NSA
44 Tram part : CAR
45 Enlightens : EDIFIES
47 Affix with a thumbtack : PIN UP
48 Important address : KEYNOTE
50 Ermines, in the summer : STOATS
51 Hits the jackpot : WINS BIG
53 They’re full of holes : SIEVES
54 Actress Sohn of “The Wire” : SONJA
55 “Phooey!” : DANG!
56 Popular girl’s name any way you look at it : ANNA
58 Not just words : DEEDS
59 “Curious …” : IT’S ODD …
61 Father figure? : DAD BOD
63 “Begone!” : SCAT!
66 What “T” may represent commercially : TESLA
68 Clarinetist Shaw : ARTIE
69 Bout enders, informally : TKOS
73 Samurai swords : KATANAS
75 Delish : YUMMY
77 Totally apt : ON POINT
79 What you might write to someone you like : ODE
80 2016 #1 Rihanna album : ANTI
82 Peeples person? : NIA
83 Goddess represented wearing a solar disk : ISIS
84 Artless nickname? : STU
85 Wreck site : SEABED
87 Web user : NETIZEN
90 Cousin of a martini : GIBSON
92 Blogger’s code : HTML
93 Cuzco residents : INCAS
95 Person with a record : EX-CON
97 Some breads … or a homophone for what bread loaves do : RYES
98 Historical records : ANNALS
100 Flower traditionally used to relieve inflammation : ARNICA
102 Airheaded : SPACY
105 No-nos in many apartment buildings : PETS
107 Hook’s helper : SMEE
108 Junk transporters : SCOWS
112 Get ready for a long auto trip : TANK UP
114 Gaping opening : MAW
115 Cook in the news : TIM
116 Troy of N.F.L. fame : AIKMAN
117 ___ Spumante (wine) : ASTI
118 Having a high B.M.I., say : OBESE
120 Seemingly forever : ON END
122 Literary character who says “Cassio’s a proper man” : IAGO
123 TV’s “___ Is Us” : THIS
124 Object of wishful thinking? : GENIE
125 Home of the 2016 men’s and women’s Olympic marathon winners : KENYA
126 “Begone!” : SHOO!
127 Pricing word : EACH
128 Not bottled, say : ON TAP
129 ___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
130 Full house, e.g. : HAND

Down

1 What some carefree beachgoers do : GO TOPLESS
2 Got comfortable with : ADAPTED TO
3 Pickle : SITUATION
4 Samosa ingredients : PEAS
5 Epitome of slowness : MOLASSES
6 Some track bets : EXACTAS
7 Takes a few courses? : DINES
8 Goes on to say : ADDS
9 “Right you are!” : YES!
10 Longtime broadcaster of the Masters golf tournament : CBS
11 Runs perfectly : HUMS
12 Tasted, quaintly : ATE OF
13 Down : IN A FUNK
14 Quagmires : MORASSES
15 Dutch cheese : EDAM
16 “Murder, She Wrote” setting : CABOT COVE
17 In the club : INITIATED
18 Start printing : GO TO PRESS
32 Treat with utter contempt : SPIT AT
33 Imitation : APING
34 Homes in the woods : DENS
35 Seaside rental : SCUBA
37 Get hitched : SAY “I DO”
41 Like the legs of a daddy longlegs : SPINDLY
42 Laundry setting : SPIN DRY
46 Tex-Mex dish : FAJITA
49 Must : NEED TO
51 Walletfuls : WADS
52 Part of a dark cloud : GNAT
55 Verb with “thou” : DOEST
57 “Ciao!” : ADIOS!
60 Sub : STAND IN
62 Roberto of “Life Is Beautiful” : BENIGNI
63 Mere smidgen : SKOSH
64 Starfleet Academy attendee : CADET
65 Starting lineup : A-TEAM
67 Dahlia and Agatha, in the Jeeves novels by P. G. Wodehouse : AUNTS
68 Dazzle : AMAZE
70 ___-face : KISSY
71 How a ballerina might be seen : ON TOE
72 Knocks the socks off : STUNS
74 Not, to a Scot : NAE
76 Early millennium year : MII
78 Next-to-last letter : PSI
81 Stormy : INCLEMENT
83 Unit in a bar graph : INCREMENT
86 ABC sitcom about the Johnsons : BLACK-ISH
88 Oceania’s enemy, in “1984” : EASTASIA
89 Probes : EXAMINES
91 Slightly salty : BRACKISH
94 Rip Van Winkle had a long one : NAP
96 Liftoff preceder : ONE
99 Sch. from which Lady Gaga and Woody Allen were dropouts : NYU
101 15-season show set in Vegas : CSI
102 Chihuahua, e.g. : STATE
103 Ottoman rank : PASHA
104 Madcap : ANTIC
106 4-0, e.g. : SWEEP
107 Pump up : STOKE
109 Poker variety : OMAHA
110 Part of an old train : WAGON
111 Hair net : SNOOD
113 ___ stick : POGO
116 Some prosecutors, for short : ADAS
119 Michael Jackson’s second album : BEN
121 Countdown time, for short : NYE

8 thoughts on “0414-19 NY Times Crossword 14 Apr 19, Sunday”

  1. 48:15. I struggled through much of this puzzle, but the theme did help a bit. I didn’t understand STU until I came to the blog. Sheesh. I had to do an alphabet run to get the “K” in SKOSH/KATANA.

    Best –

  2. One hour and 28 min with no errors.
    I never did pick up on the theme and IMO some of the clues were a bit out there such as dadbod, tank up,etc. I also thought katana was spelled with a C but that would have made skosh scosh so whatever it takes I guess

  3. 31:46; no errors. Caught the L/R portion of the theme, didn’t think it was very impressive; then saw Bill’s explanation, I’m much more impressed.

  4. Didn’t really need the theme to finish, except for the R in ARNICA. Only after reading Bill’s notes did I realize that the theme was much more involved. It pays to be ignorant.

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