0710-19 NY Times Crossword 10 Jul 19, Wednesday

Constructed by: David J. Kahn
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: I. M. Pei

Themed answers all relate to famed architect I. M. Pei, who passed away in May of 2019:

  • 36A Subject of this puzzle (1917-2019) : IM PEI
  • 16A ___ City Hall, 36-Across-designed building (1978) : DALLAS
  • 24A With 10-Down, 36-Across-designed museum (1995) : ROCK AND ROLL …
  • 10D See 24-Across : … HALL OF FAME
  • 44A Portmanteau for 36-Across : STARCHITECT
  • 59A With 26-Down, 36-Across-designed Hong Kong skyscraper (1990) : BANK OF …
  • 26D See 59-Across : … CHINA TOWER
  • 14D 36-Across-designed Paris landmark (1989) : LOUVRE PYRAMID

Read on, or jump to …
… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 8m 43s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

13 Charm City baseballer : ORIOLE

The Baltimore Orioles (the “O’s”) are one of the eight charter teams of MLB’s American League, so the franchise dates back to 1901. Prior to 1901, the team has roots in the Minor League Milwaukee Brewers, and indeed entered the American League as the Brewers. In 1902 the Brewers moved to St. Louis and became the Browns. The team didn’t fare well in St. Louis, so when it finally relocated to Baltimore in the early fifties the team changed its name completely, to the Baltimore Orioles. The owners so badly wanted a fresh start that they traded 17 old Browns players with the New York Yankees. The trade didn’t help the team’s performance on the field in those early days, but it did help distance the new team from its past.

Baltimore, Maryland adopted the nickname “Charm City” back in 1975. The name was chosen by a group of advertisers whose goal was to improve the city’s image.

18 “The Winding Stair” poet : YEATS

Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 for “inspired poetry” that gave “expression to a whole nation”. Yeats was Ireland’s first Nobel laureate.

20 Omnipotent and all-merciful one, in Islam : ALLAH

The name “Allah” comes from the Arabic “al-” and “ilah”, meaning “the” and “deity”. So, “Allah” can be translated as “God”.

21 Chicken ___ : KIEV

Chicken Kiev may indeed be a Ukrainian dish, one named for the capital city of Kiev. It is a boneless chicken breast rolled around garlic, herbs and butter, breaded and deep fried. It was my Dad’s favorite …

23 Place for an Atlas : SILO

Atlas boosters launched the first four US astronauts into space. The Atlas rocket design was originally developed in the late fifties and was deployed for several years as it was intended, as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

24 With 10-Down, 36-Across-designed museum (1995) : ROCK AND ROLL …
(10D See 24-Across : … HALL OF FAME)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be visited on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983 and started inducting artists in 1986. The Foundation didn’t get a home until the museum was dedicated in Cleveland in 1995. I had the great privilege of visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago and really enjoyed myself. The magnificent building was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei.

29 Do a little stretching? : FIB

To fib is to tell a lie. The verb likely comes from “fibble-fable” meaning “nonsense”, with “fibble-fable” coming from “fable”.

33 Ricotta cheese source : EWE

Ricotta is an Italian cheese made from the milk of a sheep or a cow. Ricotta is actually produced from the whey of the milk, the liquid left after the curds have been separated out (curds are used to make “traditional” cheese). The whey is heated again so that the remaining protein, above and beyond that in the curd already removed, precipitates out making ricotta cheese. The word “ricotta” literally means “recooked”, which makes sense to me now …

34 Get an ___ effort : A FOR

Apparently the phrase “E for effort” originated as a WWII campaign in the US to help boost productivity in factories. Over time, the phrase has been misconstrued as “A for effort”, apparently assuming that we’re talking about grades.

36 Subject of this puzzle (1917-2019) : IM PEI

I. M. Pei (full name: Ieoh Ming Pei) was an exceptional American architect who was born in China. Of Pei’s many wonderful works, my favorite is the renovation of the Louvre in Paris, and especially the Glass Pyramid in the museum’s courtyard.

40 Land in the ocean : CAY

A key (also “cay”) is a low offshore island, as in the Florida Keys. Our term in English comes from the Spanish “cayo” meaning “shoal, reef”.

41 Claymation pal of Wallace : GROMIT

“Wallace and Gromit” is a famous animation series from England that uses claymation and stop-motion technology. Wallace is a zany inventor who just loves cheese, especially Wensleydale. Gromit is Wallace’s pet dog, and his best friend.

Clay animation, also known as “claymation”, is a stop motion animation technique that has been around since the early 1900s. The list of famous claymation productions includes the “Gumby” series of TV show segments, the California Raisins musical group ad campaign, and “Wallace and Gromit” British comedy series.

44 Portmanteau for 36-Across : STARCHITECT

A star architect might be referred to as a “starchitect”.

49 Sicilia and Sardegna : ISOLE

In Italian, “Sicilia” (Sicily) and “Sardegna” (Sardinia) are “isole” (islands).

52 Classic opera in which every leading character dies : TOSCA

Unlike so many operas, Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” was a big hit right from day one, when it was first performed in 1900 at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome. “Tosca” is currently the eighth-most performed opera in America.

57 Asian capital designed by British urban planners : NEW DELHI

New Delhi is the capital city of India. New Delhi resides within the National Capital Territory of Delhi (otherwise known as the metropolis of Delhi). New Delhi and Delhi, therefore, are two different things.

59 With 26-Down, 36-Across-designed Hong Kong skyscraper (1990) : BANK OF …
26 See 59-Across : … CHINA TOWER

The Bank of China Tower (often “BOC Tower”) is a spectacular structure in Hong Kong that was designed by I. M. Pei. Opened in 1990, the BOC Tower was the tallest building in Hong Kong at that time, and was also the first building constructed outside of North America to reach a height of over 1,000 feet.

61 Mystical and puzzling : OCCULT

The adjective “occult” means “secret, beyond the realm of human comprehension”. The term derives from the Latin “occultus” meaning “hidden, concealed”.

Down

2 “Dies ___” (hymn) : IRAE

“Dies Irae” is Latin for “Day of Wrath”. It is the name of a famous melody in Gregorian Chant, one that is often used as part of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

3 River to the Colorado : GILA

The Gila River is a tributary of the Colorado that flows through New Mexico and Arizona. From 1848 to 1853, the Gila marked part of the border between the US and Mexico.

5 One who calls Nome home : ALASKAN

Nome, Alaska has over 3,500 residents, the majority of whom are Native American. The next largest ethnic group in Nome is the white population. The origin of the name “Nome” isn’t well understood, it seems. One theory is that was a misunderstanding of the local Inupiaq word meaning “Where at?”

8 “Talking” with one’s hands, for short : ASL

It’s really quite unfortunate that American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) are very different, and someone who has learned to sign in one cannot understand someone signing in the other.

11 Sch. near Hollywood : UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) gets more applications from potential students than any other university in the country. UCLA also has more students enrolled than any other university in the state.

14 36-Across-designed Paris landmark (1989) : LOUVRE PYRAMID

When I. M. Pei became the first foreign architect to work on the Louvre in Paris, he not only designed the famous glass and steel pyramid, but also worked on renovations throughout the museum. His design was very controversial, causing a lot of ill feeling among the public. Eventually, when the work was complete, public opinion became more favorable. Personally, I think it is magnificent, both inside and out.

27 Moolah : KALE

Lettuce, cabbage, kale, dough, scratch, cheddar, simoleons, clams and moola(h) are all slang terms for money.

30 Kind of column : IONIC

The Ionic was one of the three classical orders of architecture, the others being the Doric and the Corinthian. An Ionic column is relatively ornate. It usually has grooves running up and down its length and at the top there is a “scroll” design called a “volute”. The scroll motif makes Ionic columns popular for the design of academic buildings. The term “Ionic” means “pertaining to Ionia”, with Ionia being an ancient territory that is located in modern-day Turkey.

31 George with a .390 batting average in 1980 : BRETT

George Brett played his entire professional baseball career with the Kansas City Royals. Brett made more hits than any other third baseman in Major League history.

42 Lecturer’s reading? : RIOT ACT

The Riot Act was a British law that was in force from 1715 to 1967. According to the Riot Act, government entities could declare any gathering of twelve or more people “unlawful”. Our expression “read the Riot Act to” is derived from the requirement for the authorities to read out the Riot Act proclamation to an unlawful assembly before the Act could be enforced.

47 Shoppe description : OLDE

The word “olde” wasn’t actually used much earlier than the 1920s. “Olde” was introduced to give a quaint antique feel to brand names, shop names etc. as in “Ye Olde Shoppe”.

50 Some hospital supplies : SERA

Blood serum (plural “sera”) is the clear, yellowish part of blood i.e. that part which is neither a blood cell or a clotting factor. Included in blood serum are antibodies, the proteins that are central to our immune system. Blood serum from animals that have immunity to a particular disease can be transferred to another individual, hence providing that second individual with some level of immunity. Blood serum used to pass on immunity can be called “antiserum”.

51 Fictional captain whose nickname is “Old Thunder” : AHAB

Captain Ahab is the obsessed and far from friendly captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick”. The role of Captain Ahab was played by Gregory Peck in the 1956 John Huston film adaptation. Patrick Stewart played Ahab in a 1998 miniseries in which Peck made another appearance, as Father Mapple.

54 Arctic seabird : SKUA

Skuas are a group of about seven species of seabird. Some of these species are known as jaegers in the Americas. The skua takes its name from the island of Skúvoy in the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. The name “jaeger” comes from the German word for “hunter”.

56 When soap operas usually air, informally : AFTS

The original soap operas were radio dramas back in the fifties. Given the structure of society back then, the daytime broadcasts were aimed at women working in the home as housewives. For some reason the sponsors of those radio shows, and the television shows that followed, were soap manufacturers like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and Lever Brothers. And that’s how the “soap” opera got its name …

58 Bud’s bud in old comedy : LOU

Lou Costello was half of the Abbott & Costello double act. One tragic and terrible event in Lou Costello’s life was the death of his baby son, Lou Costello, Jr. Lou was at NBC studios one night for his regular broadcast when he received word that the 11-month-old baby had somehow drowned in the family swimming pool. With the words, “Wherever he is tonight, I want him to hear me”, he made the scheduled broadcast in front of a live and unsuspecting audience.

59 Winner of four World Series in this century, on scoreboards : BOS

The Boston Red Sox are one of the most successful Major League Baseball teams and so command a large attendance, but only when on the road. The relatively small capacity of Boston’s Fenway Park, the team’s home since 1912, has dictated that every game the Red Sox has played there has been a sell-out since May of 2003. I recently had the pleasure of touring Fenway Park. It’s quite a place …

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 One’s marriage or graduation : BIG DAY
7 Ring punch : JAB
10 Operate smoothly : HUM
13 Charm City baseballer : ORIOLE
14 Be shown up : LOSE FACE
16 ___ City Hall, 36-Across-designed building (1978) : DALLAS
17 Sites of some strikes : OIL WELLS
18 “The Winding Stair” poet : YEATS
19 Ballerina’s hairdo : BUN
20 Omnipotent and all-merciful one, in Islam : ALLAH
21 Chicken ___ : KIEV
23 Place for an Atlas : SILO
24 With 10-Down, 36-Across-designed museum (1995) : ROCK AND ROLL …
29 Do a little stretching? : FIB
32 Under control : IN HAND
33 Ricotta cheese source : EWE
34 Get an ___ effort : A FOR
35 Come to nothing : FAIL
36 Subject of this puzzle (1917-2019) : IM PEI
38 Runner’s space : LANE
39 Script unit : LINE
40 Land in the ocean : CAY
41 Claymation pal of Wallace : GROMIT
43 It’s a big stretch : ERA
44 Portmanteau for 36-Across : STARCHITECT
46 Help for the disabled? : TOWS
48 On ___ (running by itself) : AUTO
49 Sicilia and Sardegna : ISOLE
51 Jack (up) : AMP
52 Classic opera in which every leading character dies : TOSCA
57 Asian capital designed by British urban planners : NEW DELHI
59 With 26-Down, 36-Across-designed Hong Kong skyscraper (1990) : BANK OF …
60 Warty arboreal creature : TREE TOAD
61 Mystical and puzzling : OCCULT
62 Stick in a boat : OAR
63 Stand in (for) : SUB
64 Places : STEADS

Down

1 Soul mate? : BODY
2 “Dies ___” (hymn) : IRAE
3 River to the Colorado : GILA
4 Noodlehead : DOLT
5 One who calls Nome home : ALASKAN
6 “Thumbs up!” : YES!
7 Enroll in : JOIN
8 “Talking” with one’s hands, for short : ASL
9 Bawl over : BEWAIL
10 See 24-Across : … HALL OF FAME
11 Sch. near Hollywood : UCLA
12 Fit well : MESH
14 36-Across-designed Paris landmark (1989) : LOUVRE PYRAMID
15 Cut down : FELL
19 Sack, so to speak : BED
22 Legally charges : INDICTS
23 Magician’s skill : SLEIGHT
24 Rummage (through) : RIFLE
25 TV booth alert : ON AIR
26 See 59-Across : … CHINA TOWER
27 Moolah : KALE
28 Be shy : OWE
30 Kind of column : IONIC
31 George with a .390 batting average in 1980 : BRETT
34 Gazillions : A LOT
37 Goat’s bleat : MAA!
42 Lecturer’s reading? : RIOT ACT
44 Word that rhymes with treats, appropriately : SWEETS
45 Trophy : CUP
47 Shoppe description : OLDE
49 Excited about : INTO
50 Some hospital supplies : SERA
51 Fictional captain whose nickname is “Old Thunder” : AHAB
53 Back in the day : ONCE
54 Arctic seabird : SKUA
55 Nowhere near the target, in a children’s guessing game : COLD
56 When soap operas usually air, informally : AFTS
58 Bud’s bud in old comedy : LOU
59 Winner of four World Series in this century, on scoreboards : BOS

2 thoughts on “0710-19 NY Times Crossword 10 Jul 19, Wednesday”

  1. 11:40, no errors. As I may have mentioned here before, I spent 38 years working in a building designed by I. M. Pei (at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado). A beautiful building, but not without its share of practical problems.

  2. 18:25. I knew I.M. Pei primarily from crosswords, but I needed at least a few letters to get the theme answers. He lived to be 102. I wonder at what age he stopped working, if he ever did.

    Best –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.