1029-19 NY Times Crossword 29 Oct 19, Tuesday

Constructed by: Evan Mahnken
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Jay-Z

Themed answers are each celebrity names that start with a J and end with a Z:

  • 57D Rapper whose name hints at the extremities of the answers to the five starred clues : JAY-Z
  • 20A *”Saturday Night Live” cast member of the late 1980s : JON LOVITZ
  • 37A *Singer starring in 2019’s “Hustlers” : JENNIFER LOPEZ
  • 57A *Grammy winner for “Make It Mine,” 2010 : JASON MRAZ
  • 12D *Onetime member of ‘N Sync : JC CHASEZ
  • 37D *Singer on the first day of Woodstock : JOAN BAEZ

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Bill’s time: 5m 13s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 Bad way to run : AMOK

The phrase “to run amok” (sometimes “to run amuck”) has been around since the 1670s and is derived from the Malay word for “attacking furiously”, “amuk”. The word “amok” was also used as a noun to describe Malay natives who were “frenzied”. Given Malaya’s troubled history, the natives probably had a good reason for that frenzy …

9 Stealthy fighter : NINJA

The ninjas were around in Japan at the time of the samurai, but were a very different type of warrior. The ninjas were covert operatives, specializing in the use of stealth to accomplish their missions. As they were a secretive cadre they took on a mystical reputation with the public, who believed they had the ability to become invisible or perhaps walk on water.

14 San ___, Italy : REMO

The Italian city of San Remo sits on the Mediterranean, right on the border with France. In Italian, the city is named “Sanremo”, just one word. That said, the spelling “San Remo” dates back to ancient times.

15 Tibetan spiritual guide : LAMA

“Lama” is a Tibetan word meaning “chief” or “high priest”.

16 Ones not part of PC culture? : IMACS

The iMac is a desktop computer platform that Apple introduced in 1998. One of the main features of the iMac is an “all-in-one” design, with the computer console and monitor integrated. The iMac also came in a range of colors, that Apple marketed as “flavors”, such as strawberry, blueberry and lime.

19 Holder of a baby kangaroo : POUCH

Marsupials are mammals that carry their young in a pouch. Better-known marsupials are kangaroos, koalas, wombats and Tasmanian devils. As you can probably tell from this list, most marsupials are native to the Southern Hemisphere.

23 Letters next to an alias : AKA

Also known as (aka)

27 Homes for hornets : NESTS

A hornet is a large type of wasp, with some species reaching over two inches in length.

29 Channel offering “gavel-to-gavel” coverage : C-SPAN

C-SPAN is a privately-funded, nonprofit cable channel that broadcasts continuous coverage of government proceedings. C-SPAN Video Library is an amazing online archive provided by C-SPAN that offers a complete audio and video archive of Congressional proceedings going back to 1987. Users can search the archive for free, by topic, speaker date and more. When the site was launched in 2010, the archive already contained 160,000 hours of programming. There is a is a section of the archive called “Congressional Chronicle” that is particularly easy to navigate.

35 Movie villain who says “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that” : HAL

In Arthur C. Clarke’s “Space Odyssey” (famously adapted for the big screen as “2001: A Space Odyssey”) the computer system that went rogue was called HAL 9000, or simply “HAL”. HAL stands for “Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer”. Even though, Clarke denied it, there’s a good argument that can be made that the acronym HAL is a veiled reference to IBM, the big player in the world of computing at the time of the novel’s publication (1968). The acronym HAL is just a one-letter shift from the initials “IBM”.

37 *Singer starring in 2019’s “Hustlers” : JENNIFER LOPEZ

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (aka “J. Lo”) has two children with her third husband, singer Marc Anthony. The twins Maximilian and Emme were born in 2008. Reportedly, “People” magazine paid Lopez and Anthony $6 million to introduce the children to the public, making the images taken by the magazine the most expensive celebrity photographs of all time.

43 Servant of Saruman the White in “The Lord of the Rings” : ORC

Saruman the White is a character in “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien. In the film trilogy made by Peter Jackson, Saruman is played by veteran actor Christopher Lee.

45 Conference call enabler : SKYPE

The main feature of the Skype application when introduced was that it allows voice communication to take place over the Internet (aka VoIP). Skype has other features such as video conferencing and instant messaging, but the application made its name from voice communication. Skype was founded by two Scandinavian entrepreneurs and the software necessary was developed by a team of engineers in Estonia. The development project was originally called “Sky peer-to-peer” so the first commercial name for the application was “Skyper”. This had to be shortened to “Skype” because the skyper.com domain name was already in use.

47 The Jets and the Sharks, in “West Side Story” : GANGS

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.

51 Snarkily indicates one’s boredom : SNORES

“Snark” is a term that was coined by Lewis Carroll in his fabulous 1876 nonsense poem “The Hunting of the Snark”. Somehow, the term “snarky” came to mean “irritable, short-tempered” in the early 1900s, and from there “snark” became “sarcastic rhetoric” at the beginning of the 21st century.

53 Intelligence-gathering org. : NSA

National Security Agency (NSA)

55 Christian school in Tulsa, Okla. : ORU

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ORU was founded relatively recently, in 1963 by the late televangelist Oral Roberts. The campus includes a Prayer Tower at its center, a spectacular glass and steel structure designed by architect Frank Wallace. The tower includes an observation deck, and is a popular tourist attraction. The school’s sports teams are known as the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.

57 *Grammy winner for “Make It Mine,” 2010 : JASON MRAZ

Jason Mraz is a singer-songwriter from Mechanicsville, Virginia. Jason is of Czech descent, and his name “Mraz” translates as “frost”.

60 Civil rights grp. : NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awards the Spingarn Medal every year, to honor outstanding achievement by an African American. The award was created in 1914 and is named for Joel Elias Spingarn, the NAACP’s first Chairman of the Board.

61 Uganda’s Idi ___ : AMIN

Idi Amin ruled Uganda as a dictator from 1971 until 1979. Amin started his professional career as a cook in the Colonial British Army. Amin seized power from President Milton Obote in a 1971 coup d’état. The former cook eventually gave himself the title “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”.

62 Car with four circles in its logo : AUDI

The predecessor to today’s Audi company was called Auto Union. Auto Union was formed with the merger of four individual entities: Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer. The Audi logo comprises four intersecting rings, each representing one of the four companies that merged.

63 Wood used in canoe-making : CEDAR

The boat known as a canoe takes its name from the Carib word “kenu” meaning “dugout”. It was Christopher Columbus who brought “kenu” into Spanish as “canoa”, which evolved into our English “canoe”.

64 Eastern mystic : YOGI

A yogi is a practitioner of yoga.

66 It’s made of three oxygen atoms : OZONE

Ozone gets its name from the Greek word “ozein” meaning “to smell”. It was given this name as ozone’s formation during lightning storms was detected by the gas’s distinctive smell. Famously, there is a relatively high concentration of the gas in the “ozone layer” in the Earth’s stratosphere. This ozone layer provides a vital function for animal life on the planet as it absorbs most of the sun’s UV radiation. A molecule of ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms (O3), whereas a “normal” oxygen (O2) has just two atoms.

67 About 97% of the modern penny : ZINC

The original one-cent coin was introduced in the US in 1793 and was made of 100% copper, giving rise to the nickname “copper” for a 1-cent coin. The composition varied over time, and was 100% bronze up to the 1940s. During WWII there was a shortage of copper to make bronze, so the US Mint switched to zinc-coated steel for production of one-cent coins in 1943. The “steelie” is the only coin ever issued by the US mint that can be picked up by a magnet. Today’s one-cent coin is comprised mainly of zinc.

68 He played with Kobe on the Lakers : SHAQ

Retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal now appears regularly as an analyst on the NBA TV show “Inside the NBA”. Shaq has quite a career in the entertainment world. His first rap album, called “Shaq Diesel”, went platinum. He also starred in two of his own reality shows: “Shaq’s Big Challenge” and “Shaq Vs.”

Kobe Bryant played basketball for the LA Lakers. Bryant got his given name from a menu, would you believe? His parents were in a Japanese restaurant and liked the name of “Kobe” beef, the beef from around the city of Kobe on the island of Honshu in Japan.

Down

1 Kind of virus in computers : TROJAN

In the world of computing, a “Trojan horse” is an apparently useful computer program that is actually a piece of malicious code. The user is fooled into installing the program, hence the name. “Trojan horse” is a reference to the Ancient Greek story of the Wooden Horse of Troy.

3 Some kitchen appliances : 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.

8 Name on a famous New York deli : KATZ

Katz’s of New York City is a famous delicatessen in Manhattan, New York City. Ever since WWII, Katz’s has had a promotion called “send a salami to your boy in the army”. Katz’s has shipped a lot of salamis in gift packages to Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years.

9 Japan, to the Japanese : NIPPON

The Japanese names for “Japan” are “Nippon” and “Nihon”. These translate literally as “the sun’s origin”, but the more ornate translation of “Land of the Rising Sun” is often cited.

12 *Onetime member of ‘N Sync : JC CHASEZ

NSYNC was a boy band from Orlando, Florida that was formed in 1995. The name of the group came from a comment by the mother of band member Justin Timberlake, who said the boys voices sounded “in sync”. But, it’s also true that the letters of the name NSYNC are the last letters of the given names of the five band members:

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Chris Kirkpatrick
  • Joey Fatone
  • Lance “Lansten” Bass
  • JC Chasez

13 ___ Wednesday : ASH

In the Christian tradition, the first day in the season of Lent is called Ash Wednesday. On Ash Wednesday, Palm Crosses from the prior year’s Palm Sunday are burned. The resulting ashes are mixed with sacred oil and then used to anoint worshipers on the forehead with the shape of a cross.

21 Jimmy of the Daily Planet : OLSEN

In the “Superman” stories, Jimmy Olsen is a cub photographer who works on the “Daily Planet” newspaper with Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

25 Pico de ___ (condiment) : GALLO

Pico de gallo is a Mexican condiment made from tomato, onion and chili peppers. “Pico de gallo” is Spanish for “beak of rooster”. Apparently this name was given as eating of the condiment with the thumb and forefinger resembled the pecking of a rooster.

31 Listing on a scorecard : PAR

That would be golf.

36 Watchdog org.? : SPCA

Unlike most developed countries, the US has no umbrella organization with the goal of preventing cruelty to animals. Instead there are independent organizations set up all over the nation using the name SPCA. Having said that, there is an organization called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that was originally intended to operate across the country, but really it now focuses its efforts in New York City.

37 *Singer on the first day of Woodstock : JOAN BAEZ

Joan Baez is an American folk singer and a prominent activist in the fields of non-violence, civil rights, human rights and environmental protection. Baez has dated some high-profile figures in her life including Bob Dylan, Steve Jobs (of Apple) and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

38 Mythical city of gold : EL DORADO

The original El Dorado was a Muisca chief who was covered with gold dust in a tribal ritual and then dove into Lake Guatavita in present-day Colombia. Later, “El Dorado” was adopted as the name for a mythical “Lost City of Gold” that became a quest from many Spanish Conquistadors who explored the Americas.

39 Elfin : FEY

“Fey” is such a lovely word, one meaning “magical, fairy-like”. It comes from the Middle English word “feie” which has a less pleasant definition, “fated to die”. The term has been extended over the past century to mean “effeminate”.

45 Always, in music : SEMPRE

“Sempre” is a musical term, a direction instructing the performer to play in the same manner throughout.

46 Navy rank below lieutenant : ENSIGN

Ensign is (usually) the most junior rank of commissioned officer in the armed forces. The name comes from the tradition that the junior officer would be given the task of carrying the ensign flag.

50 Title girl in a Creedence Clearwater Revival song : SUZIE Q

The song “Susie Q” was written by, and originally released by, Dale Hawkins in 1957. It was covered By Creedence Clearwater Revival (as “Suzie Q”) in 1968.

52 Puerto ___ : RICAN

Puerto Rico (PR) is located in the northeastern Caribbean (in the Atlantic Ocean), east of the Dominican Republic. The name “Puerto Rico” is Spanish for “rich port”. The locals often call their island Borinquen, the Spanish form of “Boriken”, the original name used by the natives.

54 Fast-food chain with carhops : SONIC

SONIC Drive-In is a fast-food restaurant chain that is noted for its carhops who serve patrons on roller skates. SONIC was founded in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1953 as Top Hat Drive-In. The restaurant introduced curbside speakers to hasten the ordering process. This led to the adoption of the slogan “Service at the Speed of Sound”, and renaming of the chain to SONIC.

57 Rapper whose name hints at the extremities of the answers to the five starred clues : JAY-Z

Jay-Z, as well as being a successful and very rich rap artist, is married to singer Beyoncé. Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn, New York. As Carter was growing up, he was nicknamed “Jazzy”, a reference to his interest in music. “Jazzy” evolved into the stage name “Jay-Z”. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, and twins named Rumi and Sir Carter.

58 Mine: Fr. : A MOI

“À moi” (literally “to me”) is French for “mine”.

59 “___ oui!” : MAIS

“Mais oui!” translates from French as “But yes!”

60 Many a G.I. : NCO

Non-commissioned officer (NCO)

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Sting operation, e.g. : TRAP
5 Bad way to run : AMOK
9 Stealthy fighter : NINJA
14 San ___, Italy : REMO
15 Tibetan spiritual guide : LAMA
16 Ones not part of PC culture? : IMACS
17 Racetrack shape : OVAL
18 “What’s ___ for me?” : IN IT
19 Holder of a baby kangaroo : POUCH
20 *”Saturday Night Live” cast member of the late 1980s : JON LOVITZ
22 Instruction on a door : PUSH
23 Letters next to an alias : AKA
24 Meadow : LEA
25 “Rah! Rah!” : GO TEAM!
27 Homes for hornets : NESTS
29 Channel offering “gavel-to-gavel” coverage : C-SPAN
32 Pretty ___ picture : AS A
33 Reaction to a cartoon mouse : EEK!
35 Movie villain who says “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that” : HAL
36 Hearty dish : STEW
37 *Singer starring in 2019’s “Hustlers” : JENNIFER LOPEZ
41 Faucet handle on the right : COLD
42 Middling mark at school : CEE
43 Servant of Saruman the White in “The Lord of the Rings” : ORC
44 ___-blasted (darn) : DAD
45 Conference call enabler : SKYPE
47 The Jets and the Sharks, in “West Side Story” : GANGS
51 Snarkily indicates one’s boredom : SNORES
53 Intelligence-gathering org. : NSA
55 Christian school in Tulsa, Okla. : ORU
56 Part of a cap : BRIM
57 *Grammy winner for “Make It Mine,” 2010 : JASON MRAZ
60 Civil rights grp. : NAACP
61 Uganda’s Idi ___ : AMIN
62 Car with four circles in its logo : AUDI
63 Wood used in canoe-making : CEDAR
64 Eastern mystic : YOGI
65 “Understood” : I SEE
66 It’s made of three oxygen atoms : OZONE
67 About 97% of the modern penny : ZINC
68 He played with Kobe on the Lakers : SHAQ

Down

1 Kind of virus in computers : TROJAN
2 Take back : REVOKE
3 Some kitchen appliances : AMANAS
4 Bit of pre-election news : POLL
5 Still breathing : ALIVE
6 Fiend : MANIAC
7 Fail to include : OMIT
8 Name on a famous New York deli : KATZ
9 Japan, to the Japanese : NIPPON
10 “Guess it’s time to fold” : I’M OUT
11 Sicken : NAUSEATE
12 *Onetime member of ‘N Sync : JC CHASEZ
13 ___ Wednesday : ASH
21 Jimmy of the Daily Planet : OLSEN
25 Pico de ___ (condiment) : GALLO
26 Gaping mouth : MAW
28 Look after : TEND
30 Things you can count on to help you get to sleep? : SHEEP
31 Listing on a scorecard : PAR
34 Shoes, in slang : KICKS
36 Watchdog org.? : SPCA
37 *Singer on the first day of Woodstock : JOAN BAEZ
38 Mythical city of gold : EL DORADO
39 Elfin : FEY
40 Instrument in an old-timey theater : ORGAN
41 Section of a record store : CDS
45 Always, in music : SEMPRE
46 Navy rank below lieutenant : ENSIGN
48 “Take your time!” : NO RUSH!
49 Like quality eggs : GRADE A
50 Title girl in a Creedence Clearwater Revival song : SUZIE Q
52 Puerto ___ : RICAN
54 Fast-food chain with carhops : SONIC
57 Rapper whose name hints at the extremities of the answers to the five starred clues : JAY-Z
58 Mine: Fr. : A MOI
59 “___ oui!” : MAIS
60 Many a G.I. : NCO

6 thoughts on “1029-19 NY Times Crossword 29 Oct 19, Tuesday”

  1. 10:44. Saw all the “Singer…” clues and thought I was toast on this one, but the reveal helped. Last to fall was JC CHASEZ whom I’d never heard of. Also had “open” and “pull” before figuring out PUSH.

    Best –

  2. Interesting that on the original Suzy-Q album cover Ms Q is referred to as Suzy, Susie, and Suzie. File for future reference. One never knows.

  3. I originally had 50-Down filled in as SUSIE Q. When the theme indicated a Z, I was skeptical. A little googling revealed that the spelling has been inconsistent by subsequent covers of the 1957 song. But the puzzle asks for the Creedence version and indeed they had spelled it with a Z.

    Very enjoyable puzzle today. No errors.

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