0919-19 NY Times Crossword 19 Sep 19, Thursday

Constructed by: David Kwong
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Primetime Emmy

Themed answers are shows that have won Primetime Emmy Awards, with each being clued with the year(s) that award was won. And, the letters ME (sounds like “EMMY”) appear in several squares in the grid:

  • 62A What each of the programs in this puzzle has won at least once : PRIMETIME EMMY
  • 9A 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 : MAD MEN
  • 18A With 71-Across, 2016, 2018 : AMERICAN CRIME …
  • 71A See 18-Across : … STORY
  • 24A 2015, 2016, 2018 : GAME OF THRONES
  • 40A 2012 : HOMELAND
  • 53A 1949 (first winner) : PANTOMIME QUIZ

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

Bill’s time: 7m 50s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Buffoon : ASS

A buffoon is a clown or jester, although the word “buffoon” tends to be used more figuratively to describe someone foolish and ridiculous. The term comes from the Italian “buffa” meaning “joke”.

4 Some horses : ARABS

The Arab (also “Arabian”) breed of horse takes its name from its original home, the Arabian Peninsula. Like any animal that humans have over-bred, the horse falls prey to genetic diseases, some of which are fatal and some of which require the horse to be euthanized.

9 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 : MAD MEN

“Mad Men” was the flagship show on the AMC television channel for several seasons. Set in the sixties, it’s all about an advertising agency located on Madison Avenue in New York (hence the title). “Mad Men” became the first show created by a basic cable channel to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

16 Quarters : ABODE

We use the term “quarters” for a place of abode, especially housing for military personnel. Back in the late 16th century, quarters were a portion (quarter) of a town reserved for a military force.

17 Musical Yoko : ONO

Yoko Ono was born in 1933 in Tokyo into a prosperous Japanese family, and is actually a descendant of one of the emperors of Japan. Yoko’s father moved around the world for work, and she lived the first few years of her life in San Francisco. The family returned to Japan, before moving on to New York, Hanoi and back to Japan just before WWII, in time to live through the great firebombing of Tokyo in 1945. Immediately after the war the family was far from prosperous. While Yoko’s father was being held in a prison camp in Vietnam, her mother had to resort to begging and bartering to feed her children. When her father was repatriated, life started to return to normal and Yoko was able to attend university. She was the first woman to be accepted into the philosophy program of Gakushuin University.

23 Here, in Havana : ACA

Havana is the capital city of Cuba. The city was founded by the Spanish in the early 1500s after which it became a strategic location for Spain’s exploration and conquest of the Americas. In particular, Havana was used as a stopping-off point for treasure-laden ships on the return journey to Spain.

24 2015, 2016, 2018 : GAME OF THRONES

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy television drama that is adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin called “A Song of Ice and Fire”. “Game of Thrones” is actually filmed in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland. I recently binge-watched the show’s first seven seasons, and enjoyed it. There’s no doubt that the production value of “Game of Thrones” is remarkable, but to be honest, I never became riveted by the storyline …

38 Ocean predator : ORCA

The taxonomic name for the killer whale is “Orcinus orca”. The use of the name “orca”, rather than “killer whale”, is becoming more and more common. The Latin word “Orcinus” means “belonging to Orcus”, with Orcus being the name for the Kingdom of the Dead.

39 One-named singer with the #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA

“Sia” is the stage name of Australian singer Sia Furler from Adelaide. Sia is a cousin of Australian Christian Rock musician Peter Furler.

40 2012 : HOMELAND

“Homeland” is a psychological drama on Showtime about a CIA officer who is convinced that a certain US Marine is a threat to the security of the United States. The show is based on a series from Israeli television called “Hatufim” (Prisoners of War”). I saw the first season of this show and highly recommend it …

46 General tone : TENOR

The purport or tenor of something is its general sense.

47 Abu Dhabi’s land: Abbr. : UAE

Abu Dhabi is one of the seven Emirates that make up the federation known as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The two largest members of the UAE (geographically) are Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the only two of the seven members that have veto power over UAE policy. Before 1971, the UAE was a British Protectorate, a collection of sheikdoms. The sheikdoms entered into a maritime truce with Britain in 1835, after which they became known as the Trucial States, derived from the word “truce”.

48 Literally, “frying pan” : PAELLA

Paella is sometimes referred to as the Spanish national dish, but not by Spaniards. In Spain, paella is regarded as a typical regional dish from Valencia.

51 Futuristic assistants : DROIDS

“Droid” is short for “android” and is used to describe a robot that resembles a human. The Latin word “androides” was used in English in the 18th century to mean “like a man”. Science fiction writers introduced us to “android” in the early 1950s.

61 Cousin of a plum : SLOE

The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn bush, and the main flavoring ingredient in sloe gin. A sloe looks like a small plum, but is usually much more tart in taste.

62 What each of the programs in this puzzle has won at least once : PRIMETIME EMMY

The Emmy Awards are the television equivalent of the Oscars from the world of film, the Grammy Awards in music and the Tony Awards for the stage. Emmy Awards are presented throughout the year, depending on the sector of television being honored. The most famous of these ceremonies are the Primetime Emmy Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards. The distinctive name “Emmy” is a softened version of the word “immy”, the nickname given to the video camera tubes found in old television cameras.

67 Half of nine? : ENS

Half of the letters in the word “nine” are letters N (ens).

69 Bulgaria’s capital : SOFIA

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. Natives pronounce the name “Sofia” with the emphasis on the “o”, while the rest of us tend to stress the “i”. Bulgarians do agree with us though when it comes to the girl’s name “Sofia”, then they stress the “i” like we do!

70 URL ending : NET

The .net domain was one of the six original generic top-level domains specified. The complete original list is:

  • .com (commercial enterprise)
  • .net (entity involved in network infrastructure e.g. an ISP)
  • .mil (US military)
  • .org (not-for-profit organization)
  • .gov (US federal government entity)
  • .edu (college-level educational institution)

An Internet address (like NYXCrossword.com and LAXCrossword.com) is more correctly called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

72 Pre-1917 rulers : TSARS

The year 1917 saw two revolutions in Russia, with the pair collectively called “the Russian Revolution”. As a result of the February Revolution that centered on Petrograd, the last Emperor of Russia (Tsar Nicholas II) abdicated and members of the Imperial parliament took control of the country, forming the Russian Provisional Government. The Provisional Government was itself overthrown in the October Revolution, which was led by Vladimir Lenin and the Bolshevik party.

73 QB’s stats : TDS

Touchdown (TD)

Down

2 Track that hosted Seabiscuit’s final race : SANTA ANITA

Santa Anita Park is a racetrack for horses located in Arcadia, California. The most famous races on the track’s calendar are the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap.

3 Missouri, with “the” : SHOW-ME STATE

“Show-Me State” is the unofficial nickname of Missouri. The moniker was given to the state apparently because the population was noted for being conservative and non-credulous.

4 ___ Khan (Islamic title) : AGA

“Aga Khan” is a hereditary title of the Imam of a large sect within the Shi’a Muslim faith known as the Nizari Ismailis. The current Aga Khan is Shah Karim al-Hussayni, who has held the position since 1957.

5 “Coriolanus” setting : ROME

“Coriolanus” is one of William Shakespeare’s tragedies. The play tells the story of the real-life Roman general Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, who lived in the 5th century BC.

6 Calendar abbr. : APR

The exact etymology of “April”, the name of the fourth month of our year, seems to be uncertain. The ancient Romans called it “mensis Aprilis”, which roughly translated as “opening month”. The suggestion is that April is the month in which fruits, flowers and animals “open” their life cycles.

7 Thorny plant : BRIAR

“Briar” is a generic name describing several plants that have thorns or prickles, including the rose. Famously, Br’er Rabbit lives in a briar patch.

11 “___ and the Lost City of Gold” (2019 movie) : DORA

“Dora the Explorer” is a cartoon series shown on Nickelodeon. Part of Dora’s remit is to introduce the show’s young viewers to some Spanish words and phrases.

13 Site of a Herculean feat : NEMEA

“The Twelve Labors of Hercules” is actually a Greek myth, although Hercules is the Roman name for the hero that the Greeks called Heracles. The first of these labors was to slay the Nemean lion, a monster that lived in a cave near Nemea. Hercules had a tough job as the lion’s golden fur was impenetrable to normal weapons. One version of the story is that Hercules killed the lion by shooting an arrow into its mouth. Another version says that Hercules stunned the monster with a club and then strangled him with his bare hands.

31 Like kited checks : FRAUDULENT

Check kiting is illegal. The idea behind kiting is to write a check, even though there are insufficient funds to cover the amount. The con artist then writes another check, also with insufficient funds, from another bank’s account to cover the original check. I am not sure it would work nowadays, but then I am as honest as the day is long! Oh, and I think the term “kiting” comes from the older phrase “go fly a kite”, the idea being that the bad check is floated on air (non-existent funds).

34 Pronto : ASAP

The Spanish and Italian (and now English) word “pronto” is derived from the Latin “promptus” meaning “ready, quick”.

37 Chain letters? : S AND M

Sadomasochism (S&M)

42 Ending with aero- : -DROME

An aerodrome is a facility where aircraft take off and land. An aerodrome could be a small airstrip, a large commercial airport or even a military airbase. The term “aerodrome” is used quite often in the UK, but rarely here in the US.

45 The Matterhorn is one : ALP

“Matterhorn” is the German name for the famous Alpine peak that lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The Italian name for the same mountain is “Monte Cervino”, and the French call it “Mont Cervin”. “Matterhorn” comes from the German words Matte and Horn meaning “meadow” and “peak”. “Cervino” and “Cervin” come from the Latin name for the mountain, i.e. “Mons Silvius” meaning “Forest Mountain”.

52 Stats for eggheads : IQS

Although it is correct these days to say that the abbreviation IQ stands for “intelligence quotient”, the term was actually coined by German psychologist William Stern, and so is actually an abbreviation for the German “Intelligenz-Quotient”.

59 Beginner: Var. : TIRO

A tyro (also “tiro”) is a beginner or a novice. “Tyro” comes into English from Latin, in which “tiro” means “a recruit”.

63 1960s-’70s Israeli leader : MEIR

Golda Meir was known as the “Iron Lady” when she was Prime Minister of Israel, long before that sobriquet came to be associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Golda Meir was born Golda Mabovitch in Kiev (in modern-day Ukraine), and when she was a young girl she moved with her family to the United States and settled in Milwaukee. As a teenager she relocated to Denver where she met and married Morris Meyerson, at the age of 19. She and her husband joined a kibbutz in Palestine in 1921, when she was in her twenties. Meir had been active in politics in the US, and continued her political work in Palestine. She was very influential during WWII, and played a leading role in negotiations after the war leading to the setting up of the state of Israel. By the time she was called on to lead the country, Meir had already retired, citing exhaustion and ill health. But serve she did, and led Israel during turbulent times (e.g. the massacre at the Munich Olympics, and the Yom Kippur War). She eventually resigned in 1974, saying that was what the people wanted.

64 Music school deg. : MFA

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

65 Old space station : MIR

Russia’s Mir space station was a remarkably successful project. It held the record for the longest continuous human presence in space at just under 10 years, until the International Space Station eclipsed that record in 2010. Towards the end of the space station’s life however, the years began to take their toll. There was a dangerous fire, multiple system failures, and a collision with a resupply ship. The Russian commitment to the International Space Station drained funds for repairs, so Mir was allowed to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn up in 2001. “Mir” is a Russian word meaning “peace” or “world”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Buffoon : ASS
4 Some horses : ARABS
9 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 : MAD MEN
14 “___-di-dah!” : LAH
15 Leave college sports early, say : GO PRO
16 Quarters : ABODE
17 Musical Yoko : ONO
18 With 71-Across, 2016, 2018 : AMERICAN CRIME …
20 Food pkg. info : NT WT
22 Slangy negative : AIN’T
23 Here, in Havana : ACA
24 2015, 2016, 2018 : GAME OF THRONES
29 Have goals : ASPIRE
30 Completely behind : ALL FOR
34 Little pest : ANT
35 Isolates, in business-speak : SILOS
38 Ocean predator : ORCA
39 One-named singer with the #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA
40 2012 : HOMELAND
43 Show piece : ACT
44 Lead-in that means “Way to go!” : ATTA …
46 General tone : TENOR
47 Abu Dhabi’s land: Abbr. : UAE
48 Literally, “frying pan” : PAELLA
51 Futuristic assistants : DROIDS
53 1949 (first winner) : PANTOMIME QUIZ
57 Away from the bow : AFT
60 Principal : STAR
61 Cousin of a plum : SLOE
62 What each of the programs in this puzzle has won at least once : PRIMETIME EMMY
67 Half of nine? : ENS
68 Danger : PERIL
69 Bulgaria’s capital : SOFIA
70 URL ending : NET
71 See 18-Across : … STORY
72 Pre-1917 rulers : TSARS
73 QB’s stats : TDS

Down

1 Beside : ALONG
2 Track that hosted Seabiscuit’s final race : SANTA ANITA
3 Missouri, with “the” : SHOW-ME STATE
4 ___ Khan (Islamic title) : AGA
5 “Coriolanus” setting : ROME
6 Calendar abbr. : APR
7 Thorny plant : BRIAR
8 Prefix with economics : SOCIO-
9 Place for trophies : MANTEL
10 Epitome of simplicity : ABC
11 “___ and the Lost City of Gold” (2019 movie) : DORA
12 Battlefield figure : MEDIC
13 Site of a Herculean feat : NEMEA
19 Palindromic girl : ANNA
21 Summit : TOP
25 What trawlers trawl for : FISH
26 Small jazz group : TRIO
27 Bit of bicycling gear : HELMET
28 ___-mo : SLO
31 Like kited checks : FRAUDULENT
32 Brought about : OCCASIONED
33 A mile a minute, e.g. : RATE
34 Pronto : ASAP
36 Fan’s cry : OLE!
37 Chain letters? : S AND M
41 “Me neither” : NOR I
42 Ending with aero- : -DROME
45 The Matterhorn is one : ALP
49 In the end : LASTLY
50 Con : ANTI
52 Stats for eggheads : IQS
54 Most meek : TAMEST
55 Shelfmates of Chips Ahoy! : OREOS
56 Drink garnishes : ZESTS
57 Most newspapers have them nowadays : APPS
58 Worry : FRET
59 Beginner: Var. : TIRO
63 1960s-’70s Israeli leader : MEIR
64 Music school deg. : MFA
65 Old space station : MIR
66 “___ queen!” (“You go, girl!”) : YAS

3 thoughts on “0919-19 NY Times Crossword 19 Sep 19, Thursday”

  1. 36:18 Solved the puzzle….didn’t see the connection between “Emmy” and “ME” until Bill’s explanation. Someday, when I grow up, I hope not to be an idiot 🙂

  2. 20:29. With 8 rebuses I had to have spent at least a minute or two of that just going to the trouble of entering all the rebuses.

    I was born and raised in St. Louis so SHOW ME STATE was obvious. When it didn’t fit, the theme and the rebus was obvious as well.

    Best –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.