0617-19 NY Times Crossword 17 Jun 19, Monday

Constructed by: Erik Agard & Yacob Yonas
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: I’m in the Rhyme

Themed answers are common phrases in the form “X in the Y”, where X rhymes with Y:

  • 17A Beach outing, say : FUN IN THE SUN
  • 31A On easy street : MADE IN THE SHADE
  • 39A Financially afloat again : BACK IN THE BLACK
  • 57A Traffic helicopter, e.g. : EYE IN THE SKY

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… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 6m 56s!

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

13 Dried plums : PRUNES

A prune is a dried plum. The name “prune” comes from the Latin “prunum”, the word for “plum”.

19 Hit CBS forensics series : CSI

The “CSI” TV show franchise uses hits from the Who as theme music:

  • “Who Are You” … “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
  • “Baba O’Riley” … “CSI: New York”
  • “Won’t Get Fooled Again” … “CSI: Miami”
  • “I Can See for Miles” … “CSI: Cyber”

24 Ice cream drink : MALT

Walgreens claims to have introduced the malted milkshake, back in 1922.

37 Stick in one’s ___ : CRAW

“Craw” is another name for “crop”, a portion of the alimentary tract of some animals, including birds. The crop is used for the storage of food prior to digestion. It allows the animal to eat large amounts and then digest that food with efficiency over an extended period. The expression “to stick in one’s craw” is used one when one cannot accept something, cannot “swallow” it.

39 Financially afloat again : BACK IN THE BLACK

To be in the red is to be in debt, to owe money. The expression “in the red” is a reference to the accounting practice of recording debts and losses in red ink in ledgers. The related phrase “in the black” means “solvent, making a profit”.

46 Mother of Calcutta : TERESA

Mother Teresa was born in 1910 in the city that is now called Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. At birth she was given the names Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (“Gonxha” means “little flower” in Albanian). She left home at the age of 18 and joined the Sisters of Loreto, and headed to Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham in Dublin, Ireland in order to learn English. Her goal was to teach in India, and English was the language used there for instruction by the nuns. After Mother Teresa passed away in 1997 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II. She was canonized by Pope Francis in 2016, and is now known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

49 Nota ___ : BENE

“Nota bene” is Latin for “note well”, and is abbreviated to “NB”.

56 Instagram upload, informally : PIC

Instagram is a photo-sharing application, one that is extremely popular. Instagram was started in San Francisco in 2010. Facebook purchased Instagram two years later, paying $1 billion. The billion-dollar Instagram company had just 13 employees at the time of the sale …

57 Traffic helicopter, e.g. : EYE IN THE SKY

An eye-in-the-sky is an overhead surveillance camera, often one installed in a police helicopter.

60 “Four score and seven years ___ …” : AGO

I visited Gettysburg for the first time in 2010, and goodness me what a moving place that is. As I discovered on my visit, there are five known copies of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and all of them differ in some way or another, so I suppose the exact words spoken will never be known. Martin Luther King Jr. evoked Abraham Lincoln’s words in another of America’s iconic addresses, his “I Have a Dream” speech. Lincoln’s speech began with “Four score and seven years ago …”, and King’s speech began with “Five score years ago …” as a nod to the Gettysburg Address.

62 Partner of “signed” and “delivered” in a Stevie Wonder hit : SEALED

The great musician Stevie Wonder signed up with Motown Records when he was just 11-years-old. He has been remarkably loyal to the label and is still recording with Motown some 50 years later. The level of Stevie Wonder’s success is illustrated by his 22 Grammy Awards, the most Grammys awarded to a male solo artist. Wonder was born 6 weeks prematurely, and incomplete development of blood vessels in his eyes caused the retinas to detach leaving him blind soon after birth. His mother, Lula Mae Hardaway, co-wrote many of Stevie’s songs when he was a teenager, including “I Was Made to Love Her”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”.

63 Anderson Cooper’s channel : CNN

Anderson Cooper is a respected news personality on CNN and on various shows around the dial. Among my favorite appearances of his, although he would call them trivial I am sure, was as host of a great reality game show called “The Mole” that aired in 2001. Cooper’s mother was fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.

Down

1 Coppertone stats, for short : SPFS

In theory, the sun protection factor (SPF) is a calibrated measure of the effectiveness of a sunscreen in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. The idea is that if you wear a lotion with say SPF 20, then it takes 20 times as much UV radiation to cause the skin to burn than it would take without protection. I say just stay out of the sun …

Coppertone is a brand of sunscreen that is owned by Bayer. There is a famous advertising campaign featuring the “Coppertone girl”, in which a little dog pulls at the bathing suit of a pig-tailed girl revealing a cheeky tanline. A 1965 TV version of the ad featured 3-year-old Jodie Foster in her first acting role.

2 Mötley ___ : CRUE

Mötley Crüe is an American rock band from Los Angeles. They’ve been around since 1981, co-founded by the famous drummer Tommy Lee. Tommy Lee is also known for his two celebrated marriages, the first with Heather Locklear and the second with Pamela Anderson. The name “Mötley Crüe” was chosen as someone once described the band members as a “motley looking crew”. The spelling was made to look a little more exotic, with the umlauts added over the “o” and “u” one day, as the band were drinking bottles of “Löwenbräu” beer!

3 Peewee : RUNT

Back around 1500, a runt was an old or decayed tree stump, and by the early 1600s “runt” was being used to describe animals that were similarly old and decayed. Ultimately “runt” came to mean the smallest and often sickest in a litter.

5 Most widely spoken native language of India, after Hindi : BENGALI

Bengal is a region in the northeast of the Indian subcontinent that lies at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. Bengal is divided between the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal.

6 Toboggan, e.g. : SLED

“Toboggan” came into English from the French Canadian “tabagane”, the name for a long sled with a flat bottom. The French Canadian word is probably from the Algonquian word for a sled, “tobakun”,

7 L’s meaning, in box scores : LOSS

In baseball, the line square is a summary set of statistics for the game. It is seen at every baseball stadium, and includes the number of runs scored by each team per innings, as well as the total number of hits and errors. The more comprehensive box score includes the line score, but also shows the individual performance of each player.

8 Aladdin’s monkey 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”.

9 Hanukkah display : MENORAH

There is a seven-branched menorah used symbolically in ancient temples. However, the Hanukkah menorah is a nine-branched lampstand that is lit during the eight-day holiday called Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. “Menorah” is the Hebrew word for “lamp”.

10 Asian gambling mecca : MACAU

Macau (also “Macao”) is an autonomous territory of China located on the Pearl River estuary about 40 miles west of Hong Kong. Macau was a Portuguese colony from the mid-1500s until 1999. It was in fact the first European colony in China, and the last, having been handed back to the Chinese in 1999, two years after Hong Kong was returned by the British. Macau’s economy is driven by tourism and gambling. The territory’s gaming revenue is the highest for any gambling center in the world.

11 Refuge in the desert : OASIS

An isolated area of vegetation in a desert is called an oasis (plural “oases”). As water is needed for plant growth, an oasis might also include a spring, pond or small lake. We often use the term “oasis” more generally to describe a haven, a place of rest.

12 Suffix in many English county names : -SHIRE

The word “shire” comes from the Old English “scir” meaning “administrative district”. The term was replaced with county as far back as the 14th century, but the usage persists to this day, largely because some counties retain the use of “-shire” as a suffix (Yorkshire, Lancashire etc.).

24 Dutch artist known for his “impossible” drawings : MC ESCHER

M. C. Escher was a graphic artist from the Netherlands. Escher was noted for creating works inspired by mathematics, often works that were physical impossibilities. ONe famous such works is “Drawing Hands” (1948) in which a pair of hands emerge from a piece of paper and actually draw themselves. He also created a drawing in which a group of red ants are crawling around a Möbius strip, never reaching the end.

25 Gore and Capone, for two : ALS

Al Gore was born in Washington DC, and is the son of Al Gore, Sr., then a US Representative for the state of Tennessee. After deferring his military service in order to attend Harvard, the younger Gore became eligible for the draft on graduation. Many of his classmates found ways of avoiding the draft, but Gore decided to serve and even took the “tougher” option of joining the army as an enlisted man. Actor Tommy Lee Jones shared a house with Gore in college and says that his buddy told him that even if he could find a way around the draft, someone with less options than him would have to go in his place and that was just wrong.

When Al Capone was a young man, he worked as a bouncer in nightclubs and saloons. He was working the door of a Brooklyn night spot one evening when he apparently insulted a woman, sparking off a fight with her brother. In the tussle, Capone’s face was slashed three times. Capone wasn’t too proud of the incident, nor the “Scarface” moniker that he was given as a result. He always hid the scars as best he could when being photographed, and was also fond of telling people that the scars were from old war wounds.

26 “I think,” in textspeak : IMO

In my opinion (IMO)

27 Low-___ diet : CARB

Perhaps most notably, the eating of relatively few carbohydrates is central to the diet proposed by Robert Atkins. Atkins first laid out the principles behind the Atkins diet in a research paper published in 1958 in the “Journal of the American Medical Association”. He popularized his diet starting in 1972 with his book “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution”.

30 Phnom ___ (capital of Cambodia) : PENH

Phnom Penh (also “Pnom Penh”) is the capital of Cambodia, and has been so since the French colonized the country in the late 1800s. The city’s name translates from the Khmer language as “Hill of Penh”.

33 RuPaul’s purview : DRAG

RuPaul is a famous drag queen who has developed a diverse career beyond performing on stage. He works as an actor, model, author and a recording artist. Famously, RuPaul doesn’t mind whether one addresses him as “he” or as “she” …

You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.

He currently hosts his own reality TV show called “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, which is billed as a search for “America’s next drag superstar”.

The etymology of the term “drag”, as used in the transvestite world, seems to be unclear. It perhaps relates to the tendency of a transvestite’s skirts to drag along the ground in days of old (although why they just didn’t hitch up their skirts is beyond me!).

41 Savings plan, for short : IRA

Individual retirement account (IRA)

43 Gaelic spirit who wails to foretell a death in the family : BANSHEE

A banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, from the Irish “bean sí” meaning “woman of the fairy mounds”. The banshee is supposedly heard wailing in the night, especially when someone is about to die.

46 Rapper Shakur : TUPAC

Rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur adopted the inventive stage name “2Pac”. He was a hard man, spending eleven months in prison for sexual assault. He was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at only 25 years of age.

47 Provide one’s digital John Hancock : E-SIGN

We use the term “John Hancock” to mean a signature. The reference is to the large and flamboyant signature placed by John Hancock on the Declaration of Independence. Hancock was President of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1777.

52 Very bad, with “the” : PITS

“The pits” is an American slang term for something really bad, and has been in use since the early fifties. Apparently, “pits” is short for “armpits”.

53 Nobel Peace Prize city : OSLO

The Peace Prize is the most famous of the five prizes bequeathed by Alfred Nobel. The others are for Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. There is also a Nobel Prize in Economics that is awarded along with the original five, but it is funded separately and is awarded “in memory of Alfred Nobel”. Four of the prizes are awarded by Swedish organizations (Alfred Nobel was a Swede) and so the award ceremonies take place in Stockholm. The Peace Prize is awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and that award is presented in Oslo.

55 Jekyll’s bad side : HYDE

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was published in 1886. There are many tales surrounding the writing of the story including one that the author wrote the basic tale in just three to six days, and spent a few weeks simply refining it. Allegedly, Stevenson’s use of cocaine stimulated his creative juices during those few days of writing.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Benchwarmer : SCRUB
6 Shut loudly : SLAM
10 Calendar units: Abbr. : MOS
13 Dried plums : PRUNES
15 Part of a brain or a 59-Down : LOBE
16 Cry at a fireworks show : AAH!
17 Beach outing, say : FUN IN THE SUN
19 Hit CBS forensics series : CSI
20 Movie filming locale : SET
21 Merchandise : GOODS
22 TV studio alert : ON AIR
24 Ice cream drink : MALT
25 Engender, as suspicion : AROUSE
26 High point of winter? : ICICLE
29 Sound of ice cream hitting the floor : SPLAT!
31 On easy street : MADE IN THE SHADE
35 Raw metals : ORES
36 + or – particle : ION
37 Stick in one’s ___ : CRAW
39 Financially afloat again : BACK IN THE BLACK
44 Adds to the payroll : HIRES
45 Comics’ goals : LAUGHS
46 Mother of Calcutta : TERESA
49 Nota ___ : BENE
50 Mobile app’s clientele : USERS
51 Sweeping stories : EPICS
53 Cry at a fireworks show : OOH!
56 Instagram upload, informally : PIC
57 Traffic helicopter, e.g. : EYE IN THE SKY
60 “Four score and seven years ___ …” : AGO
61 Landlord’s due : RENT
62 Partner of “signed” and “delivered” in a Stevie Wonder hit : SEALED
63 Anderson Cooper’s channel : CNN
64 Utters : SAYS
65 Wear down : ERODE

Down

1 Coppertone stats, for short : SPFS
2 Mötley ___ : CRUE
3 Peewee : RUNT
4 Prefix meaning “one” : UNI-
5 Most widely spoken native language of India, after Hindi : BENGALI
6 Toboggan, e.g. : SLED
7 L’s meaning, in box scores : LOSS
8 Aladdin’s monkey sidekick : ABU
9 Hanukkah display : MENORAH
10 Asian gambling mecca : MACAU
11 Refuge in the desert : OASIS
12 Suffix in many English county names : -SHIRE
14 Like a thief’s loot : STOLEN
18 Like a thief’s loot, slangily : HOT
23 “Beats me!” : NOT A CLUE!
24 Dutch artist known for his “impossible” drawings : MC ESCHER
25 Gore and Capone, for two : ALS
26 “I think,” in textspeak : IMO
27 Low-___ diet : CARB
28 Brainchild : IDEA
29 Drinks not meant to be savored : SHOTS
30 Phnom ___ (capital of Cambodia) : PENH
32 Fork prong : TINE
33 RuPaul’s purview : DRAG
34 A pop : EACH
38 Calendar units: Abbr. : WKS
40 Pieholes : KISSERS
41 Savings plan, for short : IRA
42 Votes into office : ELECTS
43 Gaelic spirit who wails to foretell a death in the family : BANSHEE
46 Rapper Shakur : TUPAC
47 Provide one’s digital John Hancock : E-SIGN
48 Military info-gathering : RECON
49 Recycling receptacle : BIN
51 ___-weeny (small) : EENY
52 Very bad, with “the” : PITS
53 Nobel Peace Prize city : OSLO
54 Ratified, for short : OK’ED
55 Jekyll’s bad side : HYDE
58 Senate assent : YEA
59 Place for a stud or a ring : EAR

7 thoughts on “0617-19 NY Times Crossword 17 Jun 19, Monday”

  1. 7:42. I guess Bill didn’t slow down enough to match my time. I didn’t realize there were all those different versions of the Gettysburg Address. Wasn’t the actual speech caught on you tube or something?? (my imitation of a millennial)

    Best –

  2. 7:05, no errors. As I’ve said before, Bill occasionally slows himself down, just to make us all feel a little better about ourselves … a noble gesture, indeed … 😜.

  3. Delightful puzzle. I found myself snapping my fingers and rapping out these theme answers. They easily lend themselves to becoming very musical.

  4. 7:22, no errors. Seemed a bit more difficult than a usual Monday. Several erasures, had 16A OOH; DAY IN THE SUN; MACAO and started spelling THERESA before I realized I was running out of boxes.

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