0314-20 NY Times Crossword 14 Mar 20, Saturday

Constructed by: Peter Wentz
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 17m 09s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

7 Launch : BOOT UP

The verb “to boot”, as used in the world of computers, comes from the phrase “pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps”. The idea is that the software that has to be loaded before a computer can do anything useful is called a “bootstrap load”.

13 State capital whose name is pronounced as one syllable (not two, as many think) : PIERRE

Here’s an old chestnut of a trivia question for you … what’s the only state capital in the Union for which the name of the capital and the name of its state share no common letters? You guessed it: Pierre, South Dakota …

16 Unnamed women : JANE DOES

Though the English court system does not use the term today, “John Doe” first appeared as the “name of a person unknown” in England in 1659, along with the similar “Richard Roe”. An unknown female is referred to as “JaneDoe ”, and the equivalent to Richard Roe is Jane Roe (as in Roe v. Wade, for example). Variants of “John Doe” used outside of the courts are “Joe Blow” and “John Q. Public”.

17 Activity for kids out for kicks? : JV SOCCER

Junior varsity (JV)

23 Chain named phonetically after its founders : ARBY’S

The Arby’s chain of fast food restaurants was founded in 1964 by two brothers, Forrest and Leroy Raffel. The name “Arby’s” is a homonym of “RB’s”, standing for “Raffel Brothers”. There is a rumor out there that the initials “RB” were chosen for “roast beef”, but that’s not true.

26 Green org. : USGA

The United States Golf Association (USGA) was formed in 1894. The need for a governing body for the sport became evident that year when both the Newport Country Club and the St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Yonkers, declared that the winner of a tournament at each of their courses was the “national amateur champion”. The first president of the USGA was Theodore Havemeyer, and to this day the one and only US Amateur Trophy bears his name.

30 So-called “good cholesterol” : HDL

HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is a compound that is used to transport fats around the body. When HDL is combined with (i.e. is transporting) cholesterol, it is often called “good cholesterol”. This is because HDL seems to remove cholesterol from where it should not be, say on the walls of arteries, and transports it to the liver for reuse or disposal. Important stuff …

33 Participant in a 1990s civil war : SERB

Serbia is a landlocked country in southeast Europe. After WWII, Serbia became one of several states making up the nation called Yugoslavia. Serbia became independent again in 2006 as Yugoslavia broke up after the declaration of independence by Montenegro.

34 Thai neighbor : LAO

The present-day nation of Laos can trace its roots back to the historic Lao kingdom of Lan Xang that existed from 1354 to 1707. The full name of the kingdom was “Lan Xang Hom Khao”, which translates as “The Land of a Million Elephants and the White Parasol”.

37 It comes three after pi : TAU

Tau is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet, and the letter which gave rise to our Roman “T”. Both the letters tau (T) and chi (X) have long been symbolically associated with the cross.

38 Member of an old Western empire : INCA

The Inca people emerged as a tribe around the 12th century, in what today is southern Peru. The Incas developed a vast empire over the next 300 years, extending along most of the western side of South America. The Empire fell to the Spanish, finally dissolving in 1572 with the execution of Túpac Amaru, the last Incan Emperor.

40 Popular photo-sharing site : FLICKR

Flickr is a photo-sharing website owned by Yahoo!

43 Tea company owned by Unilever : TAZO

The Tazo Tea Company was founded in 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Tazo was purchased in 1999 by Starbucks, and then by Unilever in 2017.

44 George W. Bush or George H. W. Bush : YALIE

Five US presidents attended Yale University:

  • William Howard Taft
  • Gerald Ford
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush

55 It’s office-bound : STENO PAD

Stenography is the process of writing in shorthand. The term comes from the Greek “steno” (narrow) and “graphe” (writing).

57 “Amscray!” : BUG OFF!

Pig Latin is in effect a game. One takes the first consonant or consonant cluster of an English word and moves it to the end of the word, and then adds the letters “ay”. So, the Pig Latin for the word “nix” is “ixnay” (ix-n-ay), and for “scram” is “amscray” (am-scr-ay).

60 N.L. Central player : BREWER

The Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) team was founded in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots. The Pilots only played one season in Seattle before going bankrupt, relocating to Milwaukee and adopting the “Brewers” name. At that time, the Brewers were playing in the American League, and joined the National League in 1998. Only two MLB teams have switched leagues, the other being the Houston Astros.

61 Bouncer’s confiscation : FAKE ID

Identity document (ID)

Down

1 Reconciler, for short : CPA

Certified public accountant (CPA)

2 Prized footwear introduced in 1984 : AIR JORDANS

Air Jordan is a Nike brand of shoe (and other apparel) endorsed by NBA great Michael Jordan. The silhouette of a basketball player that features on Air Jordans is known as the “jumpman” logo.

7 Force onto the black market, say : BAN

A black market is a market involving illegal transactions. Transactions in a grey market are legal, but are unauthorized by the original supplier. In this context, the regular, legal market is known as the white market.

8 “S.N.L.” castmate of Shannon and Gasteyer : OTERI

Cheri Oteri was the SNL (“Saturday Night Live”) cast member who regularly appeared with Will Ferrell in the skit featuring a pair of Spartan cheerleaders.

Comic actress Molly Shannon is a “Saturday Night Live” alum, appearing on the show from 1995 to 2001.

Ana Gasteyer is an actress best known for being a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) from 1996 to 2002. Gasteyer was famous on SNL for playing Martha Stewart … topless!

9 Complex figure? : OEDIPUS

An oedipal relationship is one in which a child exhibits sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex. A child exhibiting such behavior is said to have an Oedipus complex, named for the play “Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles.

10 Classic film with a game theme : TRON

Released in 1982, Disney’s “Tron” was one of the first mainstream films to make extensive use of computer graphics. The main role in the movie is played by Jeff Bridges. The original spawned a 2010 sequel called “Tron: Legacy”, as well as a 2012 TV show called “Tron: Uprising”.

20 Mexico’s national flower : DAHLIA

The dahlia is a flowering plant native to Mexico and Central America. It was named the national flower of Mexico relatively recently, in 1963. The plant was given the name dahlia in 1791, in honor of Swedish botanist Anders Dahl.

32 Glad competitor : HEFTY

Hefty is a brand name of trash bags and related products.

39 With disapproval or distrust : ASKANCE

To look askance is to look with suspicion, or to look with a side glance.

45 Roughly 251,655 miles, for Earth’s moon : APOGEE

In the celestial world, an apsis is a point in an orbit when the orbiting body is at its greatest, or least, distance from it’s center of orbit. The farthest and closest points of orbit are known as the apogee and perigee, when talking about bodies orbiting the Earth. The farthest and closest points for bodies orbiting the sun are known as the aphelion and perihelion.

47 Ramen topping : ENOKI

Enokitake (also known as “enoki”) are long and thin white mushrooms often added to soups or salads.

Ramen is a noodle dish composed of Chinese-style wheat noodles in a meat or fish broth flavored with soy or miso sauce. Ramen is usually topped with sliced pork and dried seaweed. The term “ramen” is also used for precooked, instant noodles that come in single-serving, solid blocks.

48 “Independents Day” author Lou : DOBBS

Journalist Lou Dobbs came to prominence as the anchor of the popular CNN business show “Lou Dobbs Tonight” which ran from 1980 to 2009. Apparently at one point, Dobbs was considering a run for the office of US President or a run for one of the US Senate seats for New Jersey.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Openness : CANDOR
7 Launch : BOOT UP
13 State capital whose name is pronounced as one syllable (not two, as many think) : PIERRE
14 Pamper : CATER TO
15 What a good tip can lead to : ARREST
16 Unnamed women : JANE DOES
17 Activity for kids out for kicks? : JV SOCCER
19 Dental hygienist’s order : RINSE
20 ___ justice : DOES
21 Tastes, say : HAS A SIP
23 Chain named phonetically after its founders : ARBY’S
25 Refuse to go there! : DUMP
26 Green org. : USGA
30 So-called “good cholesterol” : HDL
31 “Ah, all right” : OH, I SEE
33 Participant in a 1990s civil war : SERB
34 Thai neighbor : LAO
35 Final part of a track race : BELL LAP
37 It comes three after pi : TAU
38 Member of an old Western empire : INCA
40 Popular photo-sharing site : FLICKR
41 Waiting room features : TVS
42 Calls on : ASKS
43 Tea company owned by Unilever : TAZO
44 George W. Bush or George H. W. Bush : YALIE
46 Handout at check-in : KEY CARD
49 Rewards for good behavior, maybe : PETS
50 Lumberjack : AXMAN
53 Guy who’s easily dismissed : MR NOBODY
55 It’s office-bound : STENO PAD
57 “Amscray!” : BUG OFF!
59 “Sounds ’bout right” : I RECKON
60 N.L. Central player : BREWER
61 Bouncer’s confiscation : FAKE ID
62 Costing a great deal, informally : SPENDY

Down

1 Reconciler, for short : CPA
2 Prized footwear introduced in 1984 : AIR JORDANS
3 Chronic pain remedy : NERVE BLOCK
4 Formal : DRESSY
5 Around there : OR SO
6 Heave : RETCH
7 Force onto the black market, say : BAN
8 “S.N.L.” castmate of Shannon and Gasteyer : OTERI
9 Complex figure? : OEDIPUS
10 Classic film with a game theme : TRON
11 Neighbors of the Navajo : UTES
12 Present : POSE
14 Carnival bagful : CARAMEL CORN
16 Informal name for a reptile that can seemingly run on water : JESUS LIZARD
18 1990 Robin Williams title role : CADILLAC MAN
20 Mexico’s national flower : DAHLIA
22 Make a delivery : SPEAK
24 Blubber : SOB
27 “Quit horsing around!” : SETTLE DOWN
28 Not needing a pump : GRAVITY FED
29 Causes for censuring, maybe : ABUSES
32 Glad competitor : HEFTY
36 Wrench with power : PRY
39 With disapproval or distrust : ASKANCE
45 Roughly 251,655 miles, for Earth’s moon : APOGEE
47 Ramen topping : ENOKI
48 “Independents Day” author Lou : DOBBS
50 “That’s rich!” : AS IF!
51 Bonus, in ad lingo : XTRA
52 Compliant : MEEK
54 Pat on the back : BURP
56 Peeved : PO’D
58 Get burned : FRY

9 thoughts on “0314-20 NY Times Crossword 14 Mar 20, Saturday”

  1. 32:08, no errors, but I really struggled with this one (I guess because of marginally familiar things in several sections).

  2. 28:28. I guess it’s just a wheelhouse thing, but this seemed much easier than yesterday’s puzzle for me. Even most of my guesses were spot on.

    Best –

  3. 56:43….got the northeast quickly, then went downhill from there, but for me finishing a Saturday on Saturday is an accomplishment…

  4. South east got a bit gummy but I finished clean. Nice to have a puzzle without a single foreign word or abbreviation which was my undoing yesterday.

  5. Finished about 80% of this one…clues like JV SOCCER and CADILLAC MAN did me in
    @ Dave…finally someone besides me said something about the foreign clues

  6. 33:06, 3 errors: (C)OES; (L)DL; (C)A(L)LIA. If only I could remember that HDL is the good cholesterol. Made many guesses that seemed to work, only to need the eraser: 15A A RAISE; 19A FLOSS; 44A TEXAN; 57A BEGONE.

  7. 6 errors. I forced USDA for 26A. So 28D became DRIVE BY FED.??? 49A became PEBS (some sort of Public benefits program) even though I though I thought PETS was a better choice. Of course that made 37A TIA because I also had ABASES for 29D. I foze up!!!
    Like Bruce on 56D, I had POD but an abbreviation would have made sense.

    Oh well, be safe!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.