0509-19 NY Times Crossword 9 May 19, Thursday

Constructed by: Lewis Rothlein
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Offsides

Themed answers require us to take OFF the letters at the SIDES, the start and finish, in order to make sense of the clue:

  • 38D Football offense … or a hint to six answers in this puzzle : OFFSIDES or OFF SIDES
  • 12A Unassisted : BALONEY (alone)
  • 14A Two-masted vessel : SKETCHY (ketch)
  • 26A Blacksmith’s workplace : I FORGET (forge)
  • 45A Perfect child : TANGELO (angel)
  • 59A 30th anniversary gift : UP EARLY (pearl)
  • 60A Not this or that : SO THERE (other)

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… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 9m 29s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Some ranges : AMANAS

The Amana Corporation takes its name from the location of its original headquarters, in Middle Amana, Iowa. Today, the Amana name is very much associated with household appliances. The company was founded in 1934 to manufacture commercial walk-in coolers.

7 Verses versus verses events : SLAMS

A poetry slam is a competition in which poets read their own work (usually), with winners being chosen by members of audience. Apparently the first poetry slam took place in Chicago in 1984. Now there is a Nation Poetry Slam that takes place each year, with representatives from the US, Canada and France.

14 Two-masted vessel : SKETCHY (ketch)

A ketch is a sailboat with two masts. The most forward mast is the mainmast, and is the taller of the two. The smaller mast is further aft, and is known as the mizzen mast.

19 Children’s author Silverstein : SHEL

Author Shel Silverstein had a varied career and did a lot more than write books. Silverstein was a poet, composer, cartoonist and screenwriter among other things. One of his successful children’s books is “The Giving Tree”, which was first published in 1964. “The Giving Tree” tells of a young boy who has a special relationship with a tree in a forest. The message of the book seems to be that the tree provides the little boy with everything he needs.

21 Actress Headey of “Game of Thrones” : LENA

English actress Lena Headey is best known for playing Cersei Lannister on the fantasy series “Game of Thrones”. Although a British citizen, Headey was actually born Bermuda, where her father was stationed as a police officer.

22 Sea dogs : TARS

A jack tar, or just “tar”, was a seaman in the days of the British Empire. The term probably arose due to a sailor’s various uses of tar back then, including waterproofing his clothes and using tar in his hair to slick down his ponytail.

23 Slowpoke : SNAIL

Back in the early 1800s, a “poke” was a device attached to domestic animals such as pigs or sheep to keep them from escaping their enclosures. The poke was like a yoke with a pole, and slowed the animal down, hence the term “slowpoke”.

24 Calls for reserves? : LETS

That would be tennis, I think.

26 Blacksmith’s workplace : I FORGET (forge)

A blacksmith is someone who forges and shapes iron, perhaps to make horseshoes. A farrier is someone who fits horseshoes onto the hooves of horses. The term “blacksmith” is sometimes used for one who shoes horses, especially as many blacksmiths make horseshoes and fit them as well.

29 1998 Winter Olympics locale : NAGANO

Nagano is a city on Japan’s largest island, Honshu. Nagano hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.

34 Pre-Christmas purchase : FIR

The custom of decorating trees at Christmas seems to have originated in Renaissance Germany. Those first trees were placed in guildhalls and were decorated with sweets and candy for the apprentices and children. After the Protestant Reformation, the Christmas tree became an alternative in Protestant homes for the Roman Catholic Christmas cribs. The Christmas tree tradition was imported into Britain by the royal family because of its German heritage. That tradition spread from Britain into North America.

45 Perfect child : TANGELO (angel)

The fruit called a tangelo is a hybrid between a tangerine and either a grapefruit or a pomelo (which gives its the name). A pomelo is a very large, pear-shaped citrus fruit native to Southeast Asia. The Jamaican form of tangelo is known as the ugli fruit.

47 Shareable doc format : PDF

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format introduced by Adobe Systems in 1993. PDF documents can be shared between users and read using many different applications, making them more universally accessible than documents saved by one particular program.

48 Instruction to a typesetter : STET

“Stet” is a Latin word meaning “let it stand”. In editorial work, the typesetter is instructed to disregard any change previously marked by writing the word “stet” and then underscoring that change with a line of dots or dashes.

52 A light one goes a long way : -YEAR

A light-year (lt. yr.) is a measure of distance, not time. It is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year, which is almost six trillion miles. The accepted abbreviation for a light-year is “ly”. A light-second is a much shorter distance: about 186,000 miles.

53 Dress that may leave the midriff exposed : SARI

The item of clothing called a “sari” (also “saree”) is a strip of cloth, as one might imagine, unusual perhaps in that is unstitched along the whole of its length. The strip of cloth can range from four to nine meters long (that’s a lot of material!). The sari is usually wrapped around the waist, then draped over the shoulder leaving the midriff bare. I must say, it can be a beautiful item of clothing.

55 Midsize Kias : OPTIMAS

The Kia Optima was sold for a while in Canada and Europe as the Kia Magentis.

59 30th anniversary gift : UP EARLY (pearl)

Some traditional gifts for wedding anniversaries are:

  • 5th: wooden
  • 10th: tin
  • 15th: crystal
  • 20th: china
  • 25th: silver
  • 30th: pearl
  • 40th: ruby
  • 50th: gold
  • 60th: diamond

61 Fast ___ Felson, “The Hustler” character : EDDIE

“The Hustler” is a 1961 movie about the dark side of game of pool that is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Walter Tevis. Paul Newman stars as small-time hustler Fast Eddie Felson, and Jackie Gleason as legendary player Minnesota Fats. Famously, Newman reprised the role of Fast Eddie in the 1986 film “The Color of Money”, for which he won his a Best Actor Oscar.

Down

1 What an accomplice may be doing : ABETTING

The word “abet” comes into English from the Old French “abeter” meaning “to bait” or “to harass with dogs” (it literally means “to make bite”). This sense of encouraging something bad to happen morphed into our modern usage of “abet” meaning to aid or encourage someone in a crime.

4 Gritty films, informally : NOIRS

The expression “film noir” has French origins, but only in that it was coined by a French critic in describing a style of Hollywood film. The term, meaning “black film” in French, was first used by Nino Frank in 1946. Film noir often applies to a movie with a melodramatic plot and a private eye or detective at its center. Good examples would be “The Big Sleep” and “D.O.A”.

6 Seasoning for une omelette : SEL

In French, an “oeuf” (egg) is the main ingredient in “une omelette” (an omelet), which may be seasoned with “sel” (salt).

11 Eastern faith : SHINTO

It is perhaps best not to describe Shinto as a religion, but more as a “spirituality of the Japanese people”, a spirituality that encompasses folklore, history and mythology. Having said that, “Shinto” translates literally as “Way of the gods”. Most people in Japan who are described as practicing Shinto, also practice Buddhism.

14 Rod on reels : STEIGER

Rod Steiger played some powerful roles on the screen, perhaps most memorably the Chief of Police in the 1967 drama “In the Heat of the Night” for which he won a Best Actor Oscar. Steiger was married five times, including a 10-year marriage to fellow actor Claire Bloom. Together Bloom and Steiger had a daughter, the British opera singer Anna Steiger.

15 Brewmaster’s need : YEAST

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.

20 It’s a sign : HARBINGER

A harbinger is a person or a thing that indicates what is to come. The word comes from the Middle English “herbenger”, a person sent ahead to arrange lodgings.

23 West Coast air hub, for short : SFO

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) served as the main base of operations for Virgin America (sold to Alaska Airlines), and is also the maintenance hub for United Airlines.

27 Scout leader? : TONTO

In the television version of “The Lone Ranger”, Tonto was played by the actor Jay Silverheels. In the terrible 1981 movie “The Legend of the Lone Ranger”, Tonto was played by Michael Horse. In the 2013 movie “The Lone Ranger”, Tonto was played by Johnny Depp. Famously, the Lone Ranger’s horse was called Silver and Tonto’s mount was named Scout. But, in the early TV shows, Tonto rode a horse called White Feller.

30 Aladdin’s sidekick : ABU

Abu is a monkey in the Disney production of “Aladdin”. The character is based on Abu, a thief in the 1940 film “The Thief of Baghdad”.

32 Opposite of paleo- : NEO-

The prefix “paleo-” means “prehistoric, primitive”. It comes from the Greek word “palaios” which means “old, ancient”. The prefix “neo-” would be the opposite, meaning “new, recent”.

37 Kept a close eye (on) : RODE HERD

To ride herd on is to supervise someone, usually a group of people.

40 Brew with a red triangle logo : BASS ALE

The red triangle on the label of a bottle of Bass Ale was registered in 1875 and is UK Registered Trade Mark (TM) No: 00001, the first trademark issued in the world.

41 Racer Unser and son : ALS

The Unser family seems to have auto racing in their blood. Al Unser, Sr. won the Indy 500 on four occasions. Al’s brother Jerry was the first of the Unsers to compete at Indianapolis. Al’s other brother Bobby, won the Indy three times. Al’s son, Al Junior, won the Indy twice. Al Junior’s son is also a racing driver who competes at the Indy Speedway.

43 Siberian land feature : STEPPE

A steppe is a grassland that is devoid of trees, apart from those growing near rivers and lakes. The term “steppe” is Russian in origin, and is used to describe the geographical feature that extends across Eurasia. In South Africa, the same feature is called a “veld”, and in North America it is called a “prairie”.

51 Crooner with a ukulele : DON HO

The singer and entertainer Don Ho apparently had a pretty liberal arrangement with his wife. When Ho was touring with his two backing singers, Patti Swallie and Elizabeth Guevara, all three of them shared a room together. He had two children with each of his roommates, giving a total of ten kids including the six he had with his wife. The arrangement was quite open, it seems, with all ten kids visiting each other regularly. To each his own …

56 Med. diagnostic : MRI

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine uses powerful magnetic fields to generate its images so there is no exposure to ionizing radiation (such as X-rays). We used MRI equipment in our chemistry labs at school, way back in the days when the technology was still called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMRI). Apparently the marketing folks didn’t like the term “nuclear” because of its association with atomic bombs, so now it’s just called MRI.

58 Mauna ___ : LOA

Mauna Loa on the “Big Island” of Hawaii is the largest volcano on the planet (in terms of volume). The name “Mauna Loa” is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Some ranges : AMANAS
7 Verses versus verses events : SLAMS
12 Unassisted : BALONEY (alone)
14 Two-masted vessel : SKETCHY (ketch)
16 Qualify : ENTITLE
17 The way to do this is the #1 how-to search, according to Google : TIE A TIE
18 Rungs : TIERS
19 Children’s author Silverstein : SHEL
21 Actress Headey of “Game of Thrones” : LENA
22 Sea dogs : TARS
23 Slowpoke : SNAIL
24 Calls for reserves? : LETS
25 It may be crushed or shaved : ICE
26 Blacksmith’s workplace : I FORGET (forge)
28 Corruption : ROT
29 1998 Winter Olympics locale : NAGANO
31 Be sure of : BET ON
33 Grade school classroom accessory : GLOBE
34 Pre-Christmas purchase : FIR
35 Prefix with science : NEURO-
39 Built up : URBAN
41 Countless : A TON OF
42 Much-used wood for tool handles : ASH
45 Perfect child : TANGELO (angel)
47 Shareable doc format : PDF
48 Instruction to a typesetter : STET
50 Traveling, so to speak, in basketball : STEPS
51 Goes pfft! : DIES
52 A light one goes a long way : -YEAR
53 Dress that may leave the midriff exposed : SARI
54 Glutinous rice cake of Japan : MOCHI
55 Midsize Kias : OPTIMAS
57 Knocked, like heavy machinery : CLUNKED
59 30th anniversary gift : UP EARLY (pearl)
60 Not this or that : SO THERE (other)
61 Fast ___ Felson, “The Hustler” character : EDDIE
62 Locking horns : AT ODDS

Down

1 What an accomplice may be doing : ABETTING
2 Wild and crazy : MANIACAL
3 Second person? : ALTER EGO
4 Gritty films, informally : NOIRS
5 Ironically, they live on every continent except Antarctica : ANTS
6 Seasoning for une omelette : SEL
7 Item of cookware : SKILLET
8 Most common Korean surname after Kim : LEE
9 In any way : AT ALL
10 Actress Janet with a Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award : MCTEER
11 Eastern faith : SHINTO
13 Like some questions : YES/NO
14 Rod on reels : STEIGER
15 Brewmaster’s need : YEAST
20 It’s a sign : HARBINGER
23 West Coast air hub, for short : SFO
26 Stationary : INERT
27 Scout leader? : TONTO
30 Aladdin’s sidekick : ABU
32 Opposite of paleo- : NEO-
34 Bookstore section : FANTASY
36 Like fruit on a tree : UNPICKED
37 Kept a close eye (on) : RODE HERD
38 Football offense … or a hint to six answers in this puzzle : OFFSIDES or OFF SIDES
40 Brew with a red triangle logo : BASS ALE
41 Racer Unser and son : ALS
42 Words before wish or were : AS YOU …
43 Siberian land feature : STEPPE
44 Like some pools and arguments : HEATED
46 Grand tales : EPICS
49 Threesome : TRIAD
51 Crooner with a ukulele : DON HO
54 Many a rescue : MUTT
56 Med. diagnostic : MRI
58 Mauna ___ : LOA

2 thoughts on “0509-19 NY Times Crossword 9 May 19, Thursday”

  1. 24:21 after correcting a one-square error at the intersection of 10D and 21A (the names of two actresses I’d never heard of). That was my last square and I tried “I” before “E” (maybe because there was no “C” in sight? … 😜).

    I have to say that the theme in this one somehow threw me off a bit: I kept wanting to make something out of the letters on the ends of the theme entries (BYSYITTOUYSE). Maybe it’s because I had just spent a couple of hours on some really boring paperwork. My bad … 😳.

  2. 30:21. I got the theme, but I was also thinking the extraneous letters would spell something out or have some meaning. Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple in your head.

    I remember RODE HERD from another puzzle, but I’ve still never heard the expression.

    Best –

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