0630-19 NY Times Crossword 30 Jun 19, Sunday

Constructed by: Emily Carroll
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Flip ‘Phones

Themed answers are two-part phrases. The first part sounds just like the second part, but with syllables FLIPPED:

  • 23A Low end? : KNEE-HIGH HEINIE
  • 48A Agreement for exporting essential oils? : TEA TREE TREATY
  • 63A Exercise program done in formal attire? : BOW-TIE TAE BO
  • 77A Sturdily built friend on “Friends”? : BEEFY PHOEBE
  • 93A Spotted animal with a lot of sore spots? : TOUCHY CHEETAH
  • 118A Cause of a work stoppage at a shoe factory? : LOAFER FURLOUGH

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Across

14 At first, say : ON BASE

That would be baseball.

20 So-called “Crossroads of America” : INDIANA

Indiana adopted “Crossroads of America” as the state’s official motto in 1937. The same phrase also applies unofficially to Indianapolis, a reference to the state capital’s location at the junction of four interstates in the center of Indiana.

21 Wife in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is the Night” : NICOLE

“Tender Is the Night” is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was adapted into a 1962 film starring Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards and Joan Fontaine.

22 Uprights, e.g. : PIANOS

A grand piano is one with the frame supported horizontally on three legs. An upright piano has the frame and strings running vertically.

23 Low end? : KNEE-HIGH HEINIE

The slang term “heinie”, meaning “rear end”, is probably a contraction of “hind end”.

25 What sunblock blocks, briefly : UV RAYS

At either end of the visible light spectrum are the invisible forms of radiation known as infrared (IR) light and ultraviolet (UV) light. IR light lies just beyond the red end of the visible spectrum, and UV light lie just below the violet end.

27 Hangout on “The Simpsons” : MOE’S

The regulars on “The Simpsons” hang out at Moe’s Tavern, which is named for and run by Moe Szyslak. The most popular beer at Moe’s is Duff Beer. The name “Duff” is a reference to the real-life Duffy’s Tavern that used to be East 13th Street in Eugene, Oregon. “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening used to frequent Duffy’s regularly, and Moe’s looks very much like Duffy’s in terms of decor and floor plan.

28 One of two for a buck? : ANTLER

A male deer is usually called a buck, and a female is a doe. However, the male red deer is usually referred to as a stag. The males of even larger species of deer are often called bulls, and females cows. In older English, male deer of over 5 years were called harts, and females of over 3 years were called hinds. The young of small species are known as fawns, and of larger species are called calves. All very confusing …

35 Tater ___ : TOT

Ore-Ida’s founders came up with the idea for Tater Tots when they were deciding what to do with residual cuts of potato. They chopped up the leftovers, added flour and seasoning, and extruded the mix through a large hole making a sausage that they cut into small cylinders. We eat 70 million pounds of this extruded potato every year!

38 Extraterrestrial from the planet Melmac : ALF

“ALF” is a sitcom that aired in the late eighties. The title character is a hand-puppet, and supposedly an alien named Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac. The alien crash-landed into the house of amateur radio enthusiast Willie Tanner. Tanner renamed the intruder “ALF”, standing for “alien life form”.

42 Bulging bicep, in slang : GUN

The biceps muscle is made up of two bundles of muscle, both of which terminate at the same point near the elbow. The heads of the bundles terminate at different points on the scapula or shoulder blade. “Biceps” is Latin for “two-headed”.

48 Agreement for exporting essential oils? : TEA TREE TREATY

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of several species known as “tea tree”, all of which are in the myrtle family. The oil is used as a folk remedy for several skin conditions, including acne, nail fungus and athlete’s foot and dandruff. We are warned that tree oil is poisonous when taken internally, and may cause skin irritation when used externally.

51 Raggedy ___ : ANN

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll that was created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915 for his daughter, Marcella. He decided to name the doll by combining the titles of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphan Annie”. Gruelle introduced Raggedy Ann in a series of books three years later. Sadly, Marcella died at 13 years of age with her father blaming a smallpox vaccination she was given at school. Gruelle became very active in the movement against mass vaccination, for which Raggedy Ann became a symbol.

55 Dummkopfs : ASSES

“Dummkopf” is a German word that translates literally as “dumb head”.

56 Movie-rating org. : MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) film-rating system (PG-13, R, etc.) is purely voluntary and is not backed by any law. Movie theaters agree to abide by the rules that come with the MPAA ratings in exchange for access to new movies.

58 Semi-essential part? : CAB

A “semi” is a “semi-trailer truck”. The vehicle is so called because it consists of a tractor and a half-trailer. The half-trailer is so called because it only has wheels on the back end, with the front supported by the tractor.

59 Driver of “BlacKkKlansman” : ADAM

Adam Driver is an actor best known to TV audiences for playing Adam Sackler on the show “Girls” that airs on HBO. Driver’s movie career got a huge boost in 2015 when he played villain Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

63 Exercise program done in formal attire? : BOW-TIE TAE BO

Tae Bo isn’t an ancient martial art, even though it perhaps sounds like one. The discipline was developed as a form of aerobic exercise in the 1990s by taekwondo expert Billy Blanks who gave it the name Tae Bo, a melding of “taekwondo” and “boxing”.

66 Horse operas : OATERS

The term “oater” that is used for a Western movie comes from the number of horses seen, as horses love oats!

“Horse opera” is a slang term for a Western movie or show.

77 Sturdily built friend on “Friends”? : BEEFY PHOEBE

The character Phoebe Buffay (and her identical twin sister Ursula) is played on the sitcom “Friends” by the actress Lisa Kudrow. Kudrow plays the ditzy member of the troupe of friends, but I’ve always viewed her as the “smartest” of the group of actors in real life, as best I could tell. Kudrow is behind the US version of the British genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” a very entertaining bit of television.

79 Relative of a flute : OCARINA

An ocarina is an ancient wind-instrument that sounds like and is played like a flute. Usually an ocarina has an egg-shaped body with a number of finger holes cut into the material making up the instrument (usually ceramic). There is a tube protruding from the body through which one blows to make sounds. The air vibrates within the body of the instrument, and the pitch of the vibrations is changed by covering and uncovering the finger-holes. Ocarinas date back as far as 12,000 years ago when they were used both in China and Central America. The ocarina was brought to Italy in the 1800s where it became popular as a child’s toy, but also as a serious instrument. It was given the name “ocarina” as its shape resembles that of a goose, and “ocarina”is a diminutive word stemming from “oca”, the Italian word for “goose”.

87 PC key : CTRL

The Control (CTRL) key on a PC keyboard is used to modify the function of other keys. For example, pressing CTRL+C copies a selection to the clipboard, and CTRL+V pastes the contents of the clipboard to a location defined by the cursor. Control keys were introduced on teletypewriters to generate “control characters”, which are non-printing characters that instruct a computer to do something like print a page, ring a bell etc.

89 Rita who played Anita in “West Side Story” : MORENO

The Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress Rita Moreno is one of the few performers to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony. Moreno got her big break, and won her Oscar, for playing Anita in the 1961 screen adaption of “West Side Story”. And, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2004.

Leonard Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story” is based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. The musical is set in New York City and features two rival gangs: the Sharks from Puerto Rico and the Jets with working-class, Caucasian roots. Tony from the Jets (played by Richard Beymer) falls in love with Maria (played by Natalie Wood) from the Sharks. All this parallels Romeo from the House of Montague falling for Juliet from the House of Capulet in the Italian city of Verona.

92 Setting for many Twins games: Abbr. : CDT

Central Daylight Time (CDT)

The Minnesota Twins baseball team started out life as the Kansas City Blues in 1894, before becoming the Washington Senators in 1901. The team arrived in Minneapolis in 1961.

93 Spotted animal with a lot of sore spots? : TOUCHY CHEETAH

The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal, achieving speeds of 70-75 mph. The name “cheetah” comes from Sanskrit via Hindi, from the word for “variegated”. Something that is variegated has different colored zones, like the mottled hide of the cheetah.

99 Maestro’s gift : EAR

“Maestro” is often used to address a musical conductor. “Maestro” (plural “maestri”) is the Italian word for “master, teacher”. The plural in English is usually “maestros”.

100 ___ Rousey, first female fighter inducted into the U.F.C. Hall of Fame : RONDA

Ronda Rousey is a mixed martial artist, and the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo. Rousey is a popular person online, with hers being the third-most searched name on Google in 2015 (after Lamar Odom and Caitlyn Jenner).

102 Animal in un zoológico : OSO

In Spanish, an “oso” (bear) might be found in “un zoológico” (a zoo).

103 First letter of “tsar” in Russian : TSE

Tse is a cyrillic letter.

104 Father of the Constitution : MADISON

James Madison was one of the Founding Fathers, and the fourth President of the US. Madison played a key role in drafting the US Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights, and so is sometimes referred to as the Father of the Constitution. Along with future president Thomas Jefferson, Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party, which was one of the nation’s first two major political parties along with Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party.

106 PC key : ESC

The escape key (Esc) was originally used to control computer peripherals. It was a key that allowed the computer operator to stop what the peripheral was doing (cancel a print job, for example). Nowadays the escape key is used for all sorts of things, especially in gaming programs.

118 Cause of a work stoppage at a shoe factory? : LOAFER FURLOUGH

A furlough is a vacation or leave, especially in the military.

The loafer slip-on shoe dates back to 1939. “Loafer” was originally a brand name introduced by the Fortnum and Mason’s store in London. The derivative term “penny loafer” arose in the late fifties or early sixties, although the exact etymology seems unclear.

123 Tropical scurrier : IGUANA

An iguana is a lizard, and as such is cold-blooded. There are times when pet iguanas need heat from an IR lamp to maintain body temperature.

126 A cobbler might use one : PIE PAN

The dessert called “cobbler” originated in colonial America when settlers invented it as a substitute for suet pudding as they didn’t have the necessary ingredients to make the more traditional dish. Instead, they stewed fruit and covered it with a layer of uncooked scones or biscuits, creating a surface that resembled a “cobbled” street, hence the name.

Down

1 Some turban wearers : SIKHS

Sikhism is a religion that was founded in the Punjab region, which straddles the India-Pakistan border. Even though Sikhism was established relatively recently, it is now the fifth-largest organized religion in the world. Sikhism was founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak.

2 Film composer Morricone : ENNIO

Ennio Morricone is an Italian composer best known for writing music for films and television shows. It was Morricone who wrote the fabulous scores for the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone, including the theme for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

3 Doe follower, in song : … A DEER

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do

4 Breaks along the Panama Canal? : SIESTAS

We use the word “siesta” to describe a short nap in the early afternoon, and imported the word into English from Spanish. In turn, the Spanish word is derived from the Latin “hora sexta” meaning “the sixth hour”. The idea is that the nap is taken at the sixth hour after dawn.

12 Troy story : ILIAD

“The Iliad” is an epic poem by the Greek poet Homer that tells the story of the ten-year siege of “Ilium” (i.e. “Troy”) during the Trojan war. “The Odyssey”, also attributed to Homer, is sometimes described as a sequel to “The Iliad”.

13 Joan of Arc, at the time of her death : TEENAGER

Joan of Arc (also “Jeanne d’Arc”, her birth name) led the French Army successfully into battle a number of times during the Hundred Years War with England. When she was eventually captured, Joan was tried in Rouen, the seat of the occupying English government in France at that time. There she was burned at the stake having been found guilty of heresy. In fact, after the fire died down, the executioner raked the coals to display the charred body, proving Joan had died, and then burned the corpse again, twice, so that relics could not be collected. The remaining ashes were then cast into the Seine River. Joan of Arc was canonized some 600 years later, in 1920, and is now one of the patron saints of France.

15 Skin care brand : NIVEA

Nivea is a brand name of skin-care products from Germany. The Latin word “nivea” means “snow-white”.

16 Attorney general under both Bush 41 and Trump : BARR

William Barr was US Attorney General for two years in the administration of President George H. W. Bush before being appointed Attorney General by President Donald Trump in 2019. When not working, Barr is a very enthusiastic player of the Scottish bagpipes.

17 Santa ___ winds : ANA

The Santa Ana winds are the very dry air currents that sweep offshore late in the year in Southern California. Because these air currents are so dry, they are noted for their influence over forest fires in the area, especially in the heat of the fall. The winds arise from a buildup of air pressure in the Great Basin that lies between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. Under the right conditions, that air spills over the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and basically “falls” down the side of the Sierra range, heading for the ocean. As the air falls it becomes drier and heats up so that relative humidity can fall to below 10% by the time it hits the coast.

18 ___ sauce : SOY

Soy sauce is made by fermenting soybeans with a mold in the presence of water and salt. Charming …

19 Symbol on a Mariners cap : ESS

The Seattle Mariners (SEA) are one of only two Major League teams never to have appeared in a World Series. The other is the Washington Nationals. The Mariners are owned by the Nintendo Corporation of America, making them one of three Major League teams owned by businesses. The other two are the Atlanta Braves (owned by Liberty Media) and the Toronto Blue Jays (owned by Rogers Communications).

24 ___ d’oeuvre : HORS

An hors d’oeuvre is a first course in a meal. “Hors d’oeuvre” translates from French as “apart from the work”, really meaning “not the main course”.

33 Arthur with a Tony : BEA

Actress Bea Arthur’s most famous roles were on television, as the lead in the “All in the Family” spin-off “Maude” and as Dorothy Zbornak in “The Golden Girls”. Arthur also won a Tony for playing Vera Charles on stage in the original cast of “Mame” in 1966, two years after she played Yente the matchmaker in the original cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”.

34 UnitedHealthcare competitor : AETNA

When the healthcare management and insurance company known as Aetna was founded, the name was chosen to evoke images of Mount Etna, the Italian volcano.

36 Multi-time Pulitzer finalist, including for the volume “Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories” (2014) : OATES

Joyce Carol Oates is a remarkable writer, not just for the quality of her work (her 1969 novel “them” won a National Book Award, for example) but also for how prolific is her output. She published her first book in 1963 and since then has published over fifty novels as well as many other written works.

37 Meet on the down-low : TRYST

In its most general sense, a tryst is a meeting at an agreed time and place. More usually we consider a tryst to be a pre-arranged meeting between lovers. The term comes from the Old French “triste”, a waiting place designated when hunting. Further, a tryst taking place at lunchtime is sometimes referred to as a nooner.

Something described as “on the down low” is “secret”. The phrase is often shortened to “on the DL”, The same abbreviated expression can also mean “on the disabled list” in sports.

44 Fearsome snake : MAMBA

Mambas, and most famously black mambas, are highly venomous snakes that used to be responsible for a great number of fatalities before anti-venoms became available. Mamba venom is a deadly mix of neurotoxins that attack the nervous system and cardiotoxins that attack the heart. A bite, if left untreated, causes the lungs and the heart to shut down.

45 Stoned : ON POT

“Potiguaya” is the Mexican-Spanish word for “marijuana leaves”. The slang name “pot” comes from “potiguaya”.

49 Like Easter Island : REMOTE

“Rapa Nui” is the Polynesian name for what we are more likely to call “Easter Island”. The European name was coined by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who came across the island on Easter Sunday in the year 1722. Chilean-owned Easter Island is inhabited and is a location that is remarkably distant from neighboring civilization. The nearest inhabited island is Pitcairn Island, which is almost 1300 miles away.

65 Kid-lit character with the catchphrase “Thanks for noticing me” : EEYORE

Eeyore is the donkey character in A. A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh”. Eeyore is very lovable, but has a gloomy and pessimistic outlook on life.

70 Big name in 2008 financial news : LEHMAN

Lehman Brothers was one of the global financial services companies at the center of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2008, which was the largest bankruptcy filing in American history.

74 Painful paintball mementos : WELTS

The “paint” in paintball isn’t actually paint, but rather a mix of gelatin and food coloring.

83 Last Oldsmobile ever produced : ALERO

The Oldsmobile Alero was the last car made by General Motors under the Oldsmobile brand. It was produced from 1999 to 2004.

91 Bit of brewing equipment : OAST

An oast is a kiln used for drying hops as part of the brewing process. Such a structure might also be called an “oast house” or “hop kiln”. The term “oast” can also apply to a kiln used to dry tobacco.

104 2016 film set in Polynesia : MOANA

“Moana” is a 2016 animated feature film and the 56th animated Disney movie. The title character is the daughter of a Polynesian chief who heads off in search of the demigod Maui, hoping that he can save her people.

109 Native Alaskan : INUIT

The Inuit word for “house” is “iglu”, which we usually write as “igloo”. The Greenlandic (yes, that’s a language) word for “house” is very similar, namely “igdlo”. The walls of igloos are tremendous insulators, due to the air pockets in the blocks of snow.

110 Popular corn chip : BUGLE

Bugles corn chips are fried in coconut oil, making them high in saturated fat relative to other fried snack foods. That’s not a good thing …

112 Spring’s opposite : NEAP

Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon on the oceans. At neap tide, the smaller gravitational effect of the sun cancels out some of the moon’s effect. At spring tide, the sun and the moon’s gravitational forces act in concert causing more extreme movement of the oceans.

116 Part of a sci-fi film’s budget : CGI

Computer-generated imagery (CGI)

117 French way : RUE

In France, one might drive along a “rue” (road) through “une ville” (a town).

119 The Braves, on scoreboards : ATL

The Atlanta Braves are the only team to have won baseball’s World Series in three different home cities. They won as the Boston Braves in 1914, the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and the Atlanta Braves in 1995.

121 A little fun? : REC

Recreation (rec.)

122 Letters on some luggage to New York : LGA

The three big airports serving New York City (NYC) are John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark (EWR).

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Crawling marine mollusk : SEA SLUG
8 Victorious cry : I DID IT!
14 At first, say : ON BASE
20 So-called “Crossroads of America” : INDIANA
21 Wife in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender Is the Night” : NICOLE
22 Uprights, e.g. : PIANOS
23 Low end? : KNEE-HIGH HEINIE
25 What sunblock blocks, briefly : UV RAYS
26 Rushes : HIES
27 Hangout on “The Simpsons” : MOE’S
28 One of two for a buck? : ANTLER
30 Somewhat, slangily : SORTA
32 Go astray : ERR
33 Part of town that may be dangerous : BAD AREA
35 Tater ___ : TOT
38 Extraterrestrial from the planet Melmac : ALF
40 Emphatic ending with yes or no : … SIREE
42 Bulging bicep, in slang : GUN
43 Raise : REAR
44 Wet : MOISTEN
48 Agreement for exporting essential oils? : TEA TREE TREATY
51 Raggedy ___ : ANN
52 Around an hour after noon : ONEISH
54 Spend all weekend solving crosswords, say, with “out” : NERD
55 Dummkopfs : ASSES
56 Movie-rating org. : MPAA
58 Semi-essential part? : CAB
59 Driver of “BlacKkKlansman” : ADAM
61 Most pallid : ASHIEST
63 Exercise program done in formal attire? : BOW-TIE TAE BO
66 Horse operas : OATERS
68 Top squads : A-TEAMS
69 Sports page listings : RESULTS
71 Avoid cooked foods : EAT RAW
75 Beyond prim and proper : PRISSY
77 Sturdily built friend on “Friends”? : BEEFY PHOEBE
79 Relative of a flute : OCARINA
82 Statement often starting “I …” : OATH
84 Egg head? : OVI-
85 Train transportation : RAIL
86 “Baby Blues” or “Rhymes With Orange” : COMIC
87 PC key : CTRL
89 Rita who played Anita in “West Side Story” : MORENO
92 Setting for many Twins games: Abbr. : CDT
93 Spotted animal with a lot of sore spots? : TOUCHY CHEETAH
96 Squirrels away : STASHES
98 “What ___?” : ELSE
99 Maestro’s gift : EAR
100 ___ Rousey, first female fighter inducted into the U.F.C. Hall of Fame : RONDA
102 Animal in un zoológico : OSO
103 First letter of “tsar” in Russian : TSE
104 Father of the Constitution : MADISON
106 PC key : ESC
108 Extended family : TRIBE
112 Utterly useless : NO HELP
113 Totally abandon one’s plan : BAIL
114 Letter-shaped fastener : T-NUT
115 Laugh riot : SCREAM
118 Cause of a work stoppage at a shoe factory? : LOAFER FURLOUGH
123 Tropical scurrier : IGUANA
124 Put on a pedestal : ESTEEM
125 Charm : BEGUILE
126 A cobbler might use one : PIE PAN
127 Expunge : DELETE
128 Word before shot or plot : SCATTER …

Down

1 Some turban wearers : SIKHS
2 Film composer Morricone : ENNIO
3 Doe follower, in song : … A DEER
4 Breaks along the Panama Canal? : SIESTAS
5 “Well, ___-di-dah!” : LAH
6 Commercial prefix with lever : UNI-
7 “That’s so-o-o gross!” : GAG ME!
8 Is a willing participant? : INHERITS
9 Runs out of gas : DIES
10 Here, to Henri : ICI
11 Underworld boss : DON
12 Troy story : ILIAD
13 Joan of Arc, at the time of her death : TEENAGER
14 Fit for a king : OPULENT
15 Skin care brand : NIVEA
16 Attorney general under both Bush 41 and Trump : BARR
17 Santa ___ winds : ANA
18 ___ sauce : SOY
19 Symbol on a Mariners cap : ESS
24 ___ d’oeuvre : HORS
29 Slangy affirmation : TRUE DAT
31 Rare solo voice in opera : ALTO
33 Arthur with a Tony : BEA
34 UnitedHealthcare competitor : AETNA
35 Back-comb : TEASE
36 Multi-time Pulitzer finalist, including for the volume “Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories” (2014) : OATES
37 Meet on the down-low : TRYST
39 Confines : FENCES IN
41 Fixes up, in a way : REHABS
43 Circuit board component : RESISTOR
44 Fearsome snake : MAMBA
45 Stoned : ON POT
46 Dumbstruck : IN AWE
47 Undiluted : NEAT
49 Like Easter Island : REMOTE
50 Full of enthusiasm : RAH-RAH
53 Construction girders : I-BARS
57 Not without sacrifice : AT A PRICE
60 Call into question : DOUBT
62 Permeate : SEEP INTO
64 Shout from a lottery winner : I’M RICH!
65 Kid-lit character with the catchphrase “Thanks for noticing me” : EEYORE
67 In regard to : AS FOR
70 Big name in 2008 financial news : LEHMAN
72 Jurisdiction : REACH
73 Stomach : ABIDE
74 Painful paintball mementos : WELTS
76 Rapid movement of the eye from one point to another : SACCADE
78 Surrealist Tanguy : YVES
79 Groups in the quarterfinals, e.g. : OCTET
80 Loses enthusiasm : COOLS
81 Elicit a smile from : AMUSE
83 Last Oldsmobile ever produced : ALERO
88 Sent : THRILLED
90 Pearl clutcher’s cry : OH, DEAR ME!
91 Bit of brewing equipment : OAST
94 “Sure thing, dude!” : YEAH, MAN!
95 Boatload : TON
97 Untangle : SORT OUT
101 “In your dreams!” : AS IF!
104 2016 film set in Polynesia : MOANA
105 Reckon, informally : ‘SPOSE
107 Section of a high school yearbook : CLUBS
109 Native Alaskan : INUIT
110 Popular corn chip : BUGLE
111 What radio signals travel through, with “the” : ETHER
112 Spring’s opposite : NEAP
113 Nongreen salad ingredient : BEET
115 Merest taste : SIP
116 Part of a sci-fi film’s budget : CGI
117 French way : RUE
119 The Braves, on scoreboards : ATL
120 One of many extras in air travel nowadays : FEE
121 A little fun? : REC
122 Letters on some luggage to New York : LGA

9 thoughts on “0630-19 NY Times Crossword 30 Jun 19, Sunday”

  1. 28:59, with a two-square error of the stupid variety – one of those “I knew that might be wrong and meant to go back and check it but forgot” things … 😜

  2. 52:30 no errors….for me and a Sunday NYT puzzle both the time and the no errors are a personal victory

    1. A scatter plot –or scattergram– is included in standard Excel graphing options. If you have Excel, create 2 columns of numbers (will become the [X,Y]s of the graphed points) and then via the graphing icon see how those individual points scatter on that graph’s X-Y plane.

      BTW, on BeefyPhoebe, I initially tried chasing a BuffBuffay (Phoebe’s last name, mis-remembered as spelled with an accent egout)

  3. Flip Phones is a clever theme, not easy to decipher. Got the idea early enough, but follow-through was taking too much time, so bailed out.

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