1122-19 NY Times Crossword 22 Nov 19, Friday

Constructed by: Emily Carroll
Edited by: Will Shortz

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Bill’s time: 12m 57s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

16 Half of a former sitcom duo : LAVERNE

On the late-seventies and early-eighties sitcom “Laverne & Shirley”, Penny Marshall played Laverne (De Fazio) , and Cindy Williams played Shirley (Feeney). The show was a spin-off of “Happy Days”, in which Laverne and Shirley were friends of the Fonz.

17 Part of a militaristic “Star Trek” race : ROMULAN

When Gene Roddenberry first proposed the science fiction series that became “Star Trek”, he marketed it as “Wagon Train to the Stars”, a pioneer-style Western in outer space. In fact, his idea was to produce something more like “Gulliver’s Travels”, as he intended to write episodes that were adventure stories on one level, but morality tales on another. Personally, I think that he best achieved this model with the spin-off series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (TNG). If you watch individual episodes you will see thinly disguised treatments of moral issues such as racism, homosexuality, genocide etc. For my money, “The Next Generation” is the best of the whole franchise …

19 German automaker : OPEL

Adam Opel founded his company in 1863, first making sewing machines in a cowshed. Commercial success brought new premises and a new product line in 1886, namely penny-farthing bicycles. Adam Opel died in 1895, leaving his two sons with a company that made more penny-farthings and sewing machines than any other company in the world. In 1899 the two sons partnered with a locksmith and started to make cars, but not very successfully. Two years later, the locksmith was dropped in favor of a licensing arrangement with a French car company. By 1914, Opel was the largest manufacturer of automobiles in Germany. My Dad had an Opel in the seventies, a station wagon (we’d say “estate car” in Ireland) called an Opel Kadett.

21 Big export of Myanmar : TIN

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is the official name of the Asian country that some nations still recognize as the Union of Burma.

22 Summa cum laude spoiler : B-PLUS

When an academic degree is awarded, a level of distinction can be noted depending on the degree of success achieved by the student. There are three types of honor, each with a Latin name:

  • cum laude: meaning “with honor” (literally “with praise”)
  • magna cum laude: meaning “with great honor”
  • summa cum laude: meaning “with highest honor”

25 Numismatist’s rating : FINE

A numismatist is a coin collector. The term “numismatics” comes into English via French from the Latin word “nomisma” meaning ”coin”.

26 Sports reporter Andrews : ERIN

Erin Andrews is a sports reporter. I don’t watch much in the line of sports but I do know Ms. Andrews for her appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010. She did quite well and made it to the final of the show. And now, she is the show’s co-host alongside Tom Bergeron.

27 Paul McCartney and Elton John : SIRS

The ex-Beatles bass player’s full name is Sir James Paul McCartney. “Paul” was knighted for his services to music in 1997.

Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight. Sir Elton was knighted in 1998, not for his music per se, but for his charitable work. He founded his own Elton John AIDS Foundation back in 1992.

35 What most pop-ups are : OUTS

That would be baseball.

47 Bad things on records, for short : DUIS

In some states, there is no longer a legal difference between a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and a DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Other states retain that difference, so that by definition a DUI is a lesser offence than a DWI.

53 Mouse hole? : USB PORT

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an industry standard dealing with how computers and electronic devices connect and communicate, and deal with electrical power through those connections.

55 Foils : STYMIES

The word “stymie” comes from golf, and is a situation in which one’s approach to the hole is blocked by an opponent’s ball. We use the term more broadly for a distressing situation.

56 “Ghostbusters” co-star Rick : MORANIS

Rick Moranis is a Canadian actor who got his break with on the “Second City Television” show in the eighties. On the big screen, he is perhaps best known for his prominent roles in “Ghostbusters” and in the “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” series of films.

Down

1 Big ___ : SUR

Big Sur is a lovely part of the California Coast located south of Monterey and Carmel. The name “Big Sur” comes from the original Spanish description of the area as “el sur grande” meaning “the big south”.

2 Attraction at un zoológico : OSO

In Spanish, “osa” is a female bear, and “oso” is a male. An “oso” might be found in “un zoológico” (a zoo).

4 Some needlework : ACUPUNCTURE

Acupressure and acupuncture are related alternative medical techniques. Both aim to clear blockages in the flow of life energy through the body’s meridians. The treatment is given by stimulating “acupoints” in the body, by applying pressure in the case of acupressure, and by applying needles in the case of acupuncture.

8 Mary-Kate and Ashley : OLSENS

I know very little about the Olsen twins, but I am told that many folks believe Mary-Kate and Ashley to be identical twins. They look very much alike, but are in fact fraternal twins. The sisters were cast as Michelle Tanner on the eighties sitcom “Full House”, taking turns playing the role.

9 Spreads out on the table : PATES

Pâté is a rich spreadable paste made from a mixture of ground meat and fat, to which various vegetables, herbs and spices may be added. The most famous version of the paste is pâté de foie gras, which is made from the fattened livers of geese (“foie gras” means “fat liver” in French).

10 Broadway’s “Dear ___ Hansen” : EVAN

“Dear Evan Hansen” is a 2015 stage musical about a young man with awkward social skills and his efforts to make friends.

12 1960s cultural phenomenon : BRITISH INVASION

The Beatles arrived in the US for their first tour in February 1964, arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport to a very, very warm reception. The group’s arrival was the first “action” in what came to be known as “the British Invasion”.

14 City in NW France : RENNES

Rennes is the capital city of the Brittany region of France, and is also the administrative capital of the department known as Ille-et-Vilaine.

22 Big ___ : BEN

Big Ben is the name commonly used for the large bell in the Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster (aka the Houses of Parliament). Big Ben’s official name is the Great Bell, and there is some debate about the origins of the nickname. It may be named after Sir Benjamin Hall who oversaw the bell’s installation, or perhaps the English heavyweight champion of the day Benjamin Caunt. Big Ben fell silent in 2017 to make way four years of maintenance and repair work to the clock’s mechanism and the tower.

24 Maserati’s parent company : FIAT

Fiat is the largest car manufacturer in Italy, and is headquartered in Turin in the Piedmont region in the north of the country. Fiat was founded in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli, when the company’s name was “Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino” (FIAT). A few years ago, Fiat became the majority shareholder in Chrysler.

Maserati is a manufacturer of luxury cars in Italy. The company was founded in Bologna in 1914 by five brothers: Alfieri, Bindo, Carlo, Ettore and Ernesto Maserati. The company uses a trident logo that is based on the trident depicted in the Fountain of Neptune in the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna.

25 Many a Vogue subscriber : FASHIONISTA

The Spanish suffix “-ista” indicates a supporter or follower. Examples would be “fashionista” (a follower of fashion) and “Sandinista” (member of a Nicaraguan political party named for revolutionary Augusto César Sandino).

“Vogue” magazine has been published for an awfully long time, with the first issue appearing in 1892. Over the decades the magazine has picked up a lot of criticism as well as its many fans. Famously, an assistant to the editor wrote a novel based on her experiences working with the magazine’s editor, and called it “The Devil Wears Prada”.

27 Some of them are described as red and yellow, but not orange : SEAS

There are four seas named in English for colors:

  • the Yellow Sea
  • the Black Sea
  • the Red Sea
  • the White Sea.

28 Midnight ___ : MASS

Midnight Mass is a liturgy celebrated on the night of Christmas Eve in many Christian churches around the world, especially in the West. The ceremony is held to honor the birth of Jesus.

30 Troubadour’s accompaniment : LUTE

The lute is a stringed instrument with a long neck and usually a pear-shaped body. It is held and played like a guitar, and was popular from the Middle Ages right through to the late Baroque era. A person who plays the lute can be referred to as a “lutenist”.

A troubadour was a composer and musician of the Middle Ages whose works dealt mainly with chivalry and courtly love. Troubadours were usually men, and a female troubadour would have been called a trobairitz, a lovely word …

37 “Black Jeopardy!” show, for short : SNL

“Saturday Night Live” (SNL)

40 Razzie Award winners : WORSTS

“Razzie” is the familiar name for the Golden Raspberry Award, an award presented annually for the worst in the world of film. The Razzies have been presented on the day before the Oscars since 1981.

43 Dame lead-in : NOTRE-

Notre-Dame de Paris is the spectacular Gothic cathedral that sits on the Île de la Cité, one of the islands in the middle on the River Seine in Paris. Notre Dame is home to many beautiful and significant artifacts, the most famous of which is the Crown of Thorns supposedly worn by Jesus Christ at his execution, placed in the cathedral in 1239. It’s also home to some magnificent gargoyles on the roof, and you can climb up to the roof and take a very close look at them. Well, you used to be able to, until the tragic fire of 2019.

46 Sainted fifth-century pope who met with Attila the Hun : LEO I

The first Pope Leo led the church from 440-461 AD and is now known as Pope Saint Leo the Great. Leo I is famous for having met with the feared Attila the Hun, and persuading him to turn back his invading force that was threatening to overrun Western Europe. The last Pope Leo reigned from 1878-1903. Leo XIII died at the age of 93, making him the oldest of all popes.

47 Actor Paul of “There Will Be Blood” : DANO

Paul Dano is an actor and musician from New York City. I best know him for playing Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy”, a fascinating film about the Beach Boys.

“There Will Be Blood” is a 2007 film starring Daniel Day Lewis. The movie is based (loosely) on the 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair called “Oil!”

49 45 or 78, for short : RPM

The first vinyl records designed to play at 33⅓ rpm were introduced by RCA Victor in 1931, but were discontinued due to quality problems. The first long play (LP) 33⅓ rpm disc was introduced by Columbia Records many years later in 1948, with RCA Victor following up with a 45 rpm “single” the following year, in 1949.

51 Pixar specialty, in brief : CGI

Computer-generated imagery (CGI)

Pixar Animation Studios started out as part of Lucasfilm in 1979, George Lucas’s production company. Lucas sold what was to become Pixar to Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 1986. Pixar produced its first feature film in 1995, the fabulous “Toy Story”, and followed up with a string of hits. The company was then sold to Walt Disney in 2006, when valued at $7.4 billion. That transaction resulted in Steve Jobs becoming the biggest shareholder in Walt Disney.

52 Some M.M.A. victories : KOS

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport in which competitors use a variety of techniques from a variety of traditional combat sports and martial arts.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Slice, for one : SODA POP
8 Where to find free spirits : OPEN BAR
15 Be cautious : USE CARE
16 Half of a former sitcom duo : LAVERNE
17 Part of a militaristic “Star Trek” race : ROMULAN
18 Social position : STATION
19 German automaker : OPEL
20 Existed : BEEN
21 Big export of Myanmar : TIN
22 Summa cum laude spoiler : B-PLUS
24 They might make waves : FANS
25 Numismatist’s rating : FINE
26 Sports reporter Andrews : ERIN
27 Paul McCartney and Elton John : SIRS
28 Supports for a naval expedition : MASTS
29 Opaque : NOT CLEAR
31 Item worn diagonally : SASH
32 Romantic gray area : SITUATIONSHIP
35 What most pop-ups are : OUTS
36 Restaurant listings are often organized by them : CUISINES
38 Horror, e.g. : GENRE
40 Bad thing on a record : WARP
41 You might get your mitts on this : OVEN
42 Renaissance Faire descriptor : OLDE
43 Subtle signals : NODS
44 Traffic jam : SNARL
45 Tribute of a sort : ODE
46 The stuff of legends : LORE
47 Bad things on records, for short : DUIS
48 Animals whose name is derived from the Latin for “little thief” : FERRETS
50 Having a bad trip, perhaps : CARSICK
53 Mouse hole? : USB PORT
54 “Almost finished!” : ONE TO GO!
55 Foils : STYMIES
56 “Ghostbusters” co-star Rick : MORANIS

Down

1 Big ___ : SUR
2 Attraction at un zoológico : OSO
3 Smashing good time : DEMOLITION DERBY
4 Some needlework : ACUPUNCTURE
5 Hardly measures up : PALES
6 Spoken : ORAL
7 Pig’s place : PEN
8 Mary-Kate and Ashley : OLSENS
9 Spreads out on the table : PATES
10 Broadway’s “Dear ___ Hansen” : EVAN
11 Get in the end : NET
12 1960s cultural phenomenon : BRITISH INVASION
13 Apply oil to : ANOINT
14 City in NW France : RENNES
20 Block off : BARRICADE
22 Big ___ : BEN
23 All those in favor : PROS
24 Maserati’s parent company : FIAT
25 Many a Vogue subscriber : FASHIONISTA
27 Some of them are described as red and yellow, but not orange : SEAS
28 Midnight ___ : MASS
30 Troubadour’s accompaniment : LUTE
31 Classic editing room sound : SNIP
33 Not just for me : OURS
34 Equal : PEER
37 “Black Jeopardy!” show, for short : SNL
38 Stupid person, in slang : GOOFUS
39 First in line : ELDEST
40 Razzie Award winners : WORSTS
43 Dame lead-in : NOTRE-
44 Having fewer reservations : SURER
46 Sainted fifth-century pope who met with Attila the Hun : LEO I
47 Actor Paul of “There Will Be Blood” : DANO
49 45 or 78, for short : RPM
50 Dot follower : COM
51 Pixar specialty, in brief : CGI
52 Some M.M.A. victories : KOS

12 thoughts on “1122-19 NY Times Crossword 22 Nov 19, Friday”

  1. 11:06, no errors. “Situationship” was new to me, too … and it’s unlikely to become a vital part of my vocabulary (but … you just never know … 😜).

    1. I am wondering about that also
      Any slang expression apply sporting or ?
      Bill what are Your thoughts?
      Happy New Year
      Michael

  2. @Steve….slice used to be a brand of soda….I think coke made it….
    When I started this one I was sure it was going to be a DNF but instead I finished in 41:40 with one error…I had osa for oso which made romulan ramulen….just one more example of a foreign word error….BTW oro and ora are both Spanish for bear

  3. 13:03, no errors. Might have beaten @Bill’s time, had I not tried to enter DESTRUCTION DERBY in 3D before DEMOLITION DERBY; and had to erase all those boxes.

    SITUATIONSHIP was new to me as well; have not heard the term GOOFUS either, have heard doofus.

    I remember the fruit flavored ‘Slice” soft drinks, that were made by Pepsi; but for some reason my vague memory confused them with the horrible (to my taste) grapefruit concoction ‘Squirt’.

  4. @BruceB

    The primary fruit flavored in Slice was pear juice. I rather liked it, tho the only place I got it was at my local KFC.

  5. Bill got a logical reply re Slice Soda Pop
    I live in Canada and not marketed Here
    Thanks Contributors
    Michael

  6. One day the crosswords gods will figure out that not everyone who does the NYT crossword is American and knows all the minutia like “Slice” sodapop.

    No errors But being Canadian add a few minutes to my time…. hahaha

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