0725-20 NY Times Crossword 25 Jul 20, Saturday

Constructed by: Royce Ferguson
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

… a complete list of answers

Bill’s time: 14m 30s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Retailer that hired its first openly transgender model in 2019 : VICTORIA’S SECRET

Victoria’s Secret was founded in 1977 in San Francisco, California. The founder wanted to create an environment where men were comfortable buying lingerie for their wives or girlfriends, an alternative to a department store.

19 Top of a face : XII

That would be the top of a clock face.

21 Certain Indian wedding garb : SARI

The item of clothing called a “sari” (also “saree”) is a strip of cloth, as one might imagine, unusual perhaps in that it is unstitched along the whole of its length. The strip of cloth can range from four to nine meters long (that’s a lot of material!). The sari is usually wrapped around the waist, then draped over the shoulder leaving the midriff bare. I must say, it can be a beautiful item of clothing.

24 Puff, perhaps : TOKE

“Toke” is a slang term describing a puff on a marijuana cigarette, or on a pipe containing the drug.

27 Image on the back of a $50 bill : CAPITOL

President Ulysses S. Grant appears on the obverse of the US fifty-dollar bill. There have been two unsuccessful attempts in recent years in Congress to have President Grant’s image replaced with that of President Ronald Reagan.

36 ___ Mountains, range in Russia and Mongolia : ALTAI

The Altai Mountains are a range in Asia, located where the countries of Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan meet. “Altai” is Turkic for “Golden Mountain”.

37 Certain upholstery fabric : TOILE

Toile fabric can be used as upholstery, as wallpaper, or even as a fabric for clothing. The name “toile” comes from the French word for “canvas, linen cloth”.

45 One of many writings by Theocritus : IDYL

An idyll (also “idyl”) is a short poem with a pastoral theme, usually depicting the scene in romantic and idealized terms. The word “idyl” comes from the Greek “eidyllion”, which literally translates to “little picture” but was a word describing a short poem with a rustic theme.

Theocritus was an ancient Greek poet from Sicily who is remembered especially for his bucolic works, works set in the countryside.

46 Artist once called “The President Maker” : NAST

Thomas Nast was an American caricaturist and cartoonist. Nast was the creator of the Republican Party elephant, the Democratic Party donkey, Uncle Sam and the image of the plump and jocular Santa Claus that we use today.

47 Parent company of Zipcar : AVIS

Zipcar is a carsharing company. Carsharing differs from car rental in that cars are available only to members, but 24 hours a day as opposed to office hours. There are other differences, including the fact that members are usually responsible for leaving cars gassed up and clean for the next user.

50 Computer addresses, for short : IPS

An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a numerical label assigned to every device on a computer network. The device that you’re using to read this blog post on has been assigned a unique IP address, as has the computer that I’m using to make this post …

56 Trifecta : WIN, PLACE AND SHOW

When betting on a horse race, the first-place finisher is said to “win”. A horse finishing first or second is said to “place”. A horse finishing first, second or third is said to “show”.

In horse racing, a trifecta is a bet in which the first, second and third place finishers are predicted in the correct order. The same bet can be made in jai alai competitions, predicting the top three finishers.

Down

2 Intestinal neighbors of jejuna and ceca : ILEA

The human ileum (plural “ilea”) is the lowest part of the small intestine, and is found below the jejunum and above the cecum of the large intestine.

3 What a coat of arms might represent : CLAN

Back in the mid-1300s, a coat of arms literally was a coat, a tunic embroidered with heraldic symbols that was often worn over armor. This usage also gave us the term “turncoat”, which described someone who turned his coat inside-out in order to hide his badge of loyalty.

7 Like the Dalai Lama since 1959 : IN EXILE

Tibet is a plateau region that is part of China, and is located northeast of the Himalayas. Tibet declared its independence from China in 1913, but fell back under Chinese control after the Invasion of Tibet in 1951. The Tibetan leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled the country during the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion. Since then, he has led the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.

9 One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers in Roman Catholicism : ST VITUS

Saint Vitus was a martyr from Sicily who died during the persecution of Christians in Ancient Rome. Back in the Middle Ages, devotees celebrated the feast of Saint Vitus by dancing in front of his statue. This practice led to Vitus becoming the patron saint of dancers.

The “Fourteen Holy Helpers” are a group of Roman Catholic saints who are believed to be particularly helpful in interceding, especially in the case of illness. The group was first delineated in the 1300s in the Rhineland during the plague called the Black Death.

10 Pronoun with a slash in it : S/HE

S/he (she/he)

11 Main ingredient in unadon : EEL

“Unadon” is the Japanese word for “eel bowl”. “Unadon” is actually a contraction of “unagi no kabayaki” (grilled eel) and “donburi” (rice bowl dish).

13 “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host : RIPA

When Kelly Ripa secured the co-host spot on morning television with Regis Philbin, she was still acting in “All My Children” in a role she had been playing for over ten years. After a year of holding down two jobs, she eventually gave up the acting gig. Ripa has acted as spokeswoman for several brands over the years, including Electrolux and Rykä.

15 Julia Roberts’s character in the “Ocean’s” films : TESS

“Ocean’s 11” is a great film from 1960, starring Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean. The original storyline is updated for the excellent 2001 remake, with George Clooney playing the lead. In the 1960 movie, the love interest is a character called Beatrice Ocean, played by Angie Dickinson. In the 2001 version, the love interest gets a new name, Tess Ocean, and is played by Julia Roberts. The 2001 remake (titled “Ocean’s Eleven”, note the spelling) spawned two sequels: “Ocean’s Twelve” in 2004 and “Ocean’s Thirteen” in 2007.

Hollywood actress Julia Roberts is from Smyrna, Georgia. Roberts got her big break after starring opposite Richard Gere in the hit 1990 romantic comedy “Pretty Woman”. She was paid $300,000 for her performance in “Pretty Woman”, a little less than the $25 million paycheck she was to earn for appearing in 2003’s “Mona Lisa Smile”. Roberts was married for a couple of years to country singer Lyle Lovett, and her older brother is actor Eric Roberts.

23 Down Under critter : ROO

In Australia, male kangaroos are known by several names including bucks, boomers, jacks or old men. Females are called does, flyers, or jills. There seems to be just the one name for young kangaroos, i.e. joeys. A group of kangaroos might be called a mob, troop or court.

26 Hollywood’s Diane, Buster and Michael : KEATONS

Diane Keaton’s first major film role was Kay Admas-Corleone, wife of Michael Corleone, in “The Godfather”. Famously, she then appeared as a comic actress in a series of Woody Allen movies in the seventies. Keaton never married, although she was romantically involved with some famous Hollywood names over the years, including Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino.

Buster Keaton was a comic actor who was most famous for his work during the silent era. Keaton starred in and co-directed the 1926 silent comedy “The General”, lauded by some as the greatest movie of all time.

Michael Keaton is an actor from Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Keaton is perhaps best known for roles he played in Tim Burton films. Keaton had the title role in “Beetlejuice” in 1988, and the title role in “Batman” in 1989 and “Batman Returns” in 1992.

27 Animal with a long snout and striped tail : COATI

A coati is a member of the raccoon family and is also known as the Brazilian aardvark, or the snookum bear. The coati is native to Central and South America, but can also be found in the southwest of the United States.

28 H.S. English course, for short : AP LIT

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers college-level courses to kids who are still in high school (HS). After being tested at the end of an AP course, successful students receive credits that count towards a college degree.

29 For whose sake? : PETE’S

“For Pete’s sake” is a minced oath, meaning it’s a milder version of a less pleasant expression. “For Pete’s sake” probably came from “for God’s sake”, and maybe even refers to St. Peter.

32 Introducer of the math symbol “e” : EULER

Leonhard Euler was a brilliant Swiss mathematician and physicist, and a pioneer in the fields of logarithms and graph theory. Euler’s eyesight deteriorated during his working life, and eventually became almost totally blind.

40 Prominent feature of Louisiana’s state flag : PELICAN

The pelican is an example of a piscivore. A piscivorous animal is actually a carnivore, but one that lives on fish.

The official nickname of Louisiana is the Pelican State, but it is also known as the Bayou State, the Child of Mississippi, the Creole State, the Sportsman’s Paradise and the Sugar State.

41 Some small Asian exports : BONSAIS

The term “bonsai” is used more correctly to describe the Japanese art of growing carefully shaped trees in containers, although it has come to be used as the name for all miniature trees in pots.

42 Coastal waterway : RIA

A drowned valley might be called a ria or a fjord, and both are formed as sea levels rise. A ria is a drowned valley created by river erosion, and a fjord is a drowned valley created by glaciation.

47 Completely missing, informally : AWOL

MPs (military police officers) often track down personnel who go AWOL (absent without leave).

49 Speakers of Quechua : INCA

Quechua was the Native-American language adopted by the Incan Empire and favored over other dialects. Today, Quechua is one of the official languages in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, alongside Spanish.

51 Three-time World Cup champion : PELE

“Pelé” is the nickname of Edson de Nascimento, a soccer player who has used the name “Pelé” for most of his life. Pelé is now retired, and for my money was the world’s greatest ever player of the game. He is the only person to have been a member of three World Cup winning squads (1958, 1962 and 1970), and is a national treasure in his native Brazil. One of Pele’s nicknames is “O Rei do Futebol” (the King of Football).

53 XXX : CHIS

The Greek letter chi is the one that looks like our letter X.

54 Part of who you are? : HOMO

The literal translation of “Homo sapiens” from Latin is “wise or knowing man”. The Homo genus includes the species Homo sapiens (modern humans), but we’re the only species left in that genus. The last known species related to humans was Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthal Man) which died off about 24,000 years ago. However, another species was discovered in Indonesia in 2003 that has been dubbed Homo floresiensis (Flores Man … sometimes called “hobbit”), and it may possibly have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago. Watch this space …

55 Good name for a debtor? : OWEN

“Owen” sounds like “owing”.

57 The “L” in the Broadway monogram “L.M.M.” : LIN

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a composer and playwright from New York City, and the creator and star of the hit Broadway musicals “Hamilton” and “In the Heights”. Miranda also co-wrote the songs for the 2016 Disney animated feature “Moana”. He started composing early, and wrote jingles as a child. One of those jingles was later used by Eliot Spitzer in his 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

58 Spanish 101 word with a tilde : ANO

In Spanish, an “año” (year) comprises 52 “semanas” (weeks).

59 Its members have plenty of down time: Abbr. : NFL

The National Football League (NFL) was founded in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association, with the current name being adopted into 1923. The NFL merged with the American Football League (AFL) in 1970.

60 Ruby ___ : DEE

Ruby Dee was an actress and civil rights activist. On the big screen, she is perhaps best remembered for co-starring in “A Raisin in the Sun” alongside Sidney Poitier, in “Do the Right Thing” alongside her husband Ossie Davis, and in “American Gangster” in which she played Denzel Washington’s mother.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Retailer that hired its first openly transgender model in 2019 : VICTORIA’S SECRET
16 From day one : ALL ALONG THE LINE
17 Props at the Oscars : SEALED ENVELOPES
18 Nose-dive : TANK
19 Top of a face : XII
20 “You can’t make me!,” e.g. : SASS
21 Certain Indian wedding garb : SARI
24 Puff, perhaps : TOKE
27 Image on the back of a $50 bill : CAPITOL
30 Boundaryless : UNEDGED
34 Kind of shoe that shouldn’t be worn in a factory : OPEN-TOE
35 Aqua : SEA BLUE
36 ___ Mountains, range in Russia and Mongolia : ALTAI
37 Certain upholstery fabric : TOILE
38 Simple cable binder : TIE WRAP
41 Was on eggshells? : BROODED
43 Cry upon spotting a new package delivery : IT’S HERE!
44 Pigs, jocularly : OINKERS
45 One of many writings by Theocritus : IDYL
46 Artist once called “The President Maker” : NAST
47 Parent company of Zipcar : AVIS
50 Computer addresses, for short : IPS
52 Bounce off the walls : ECHO
56 Trifecta : WIN, PLACE AND SHOW
61 Like opportunities that might be hard to decline : ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME
62 Know for the future : LEARN ONE’S LESSON

Down

1 Oceanic : VAST
2 Intestinal neighbors of jejuna and ceca : ILEA
3 What a coat of arms might represent : CLAN
4 Doesn’t project one’s voice, say : TALKS IN A WHISPER
5 It’s a big whoop : OLE!
6 Bit of lakeside equipment : ROD
7 Like the Dalai Lama since 1959 : IN EXILE
8 Hindu god of fire : AGNI
9 One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers in Roman Catholicism : ST VITUS
10 Pronoun with a slash in it : S/HE
11 Main ingredient in unadon : EEL
12 Things for which you must memorize information : CLOSED-BOOK TESTS
13 “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host : RIPA
14 Spanish letters with (or without) tildes : ENES
15 Julia Roberts’s character in the “Ocean’s” films : TESS
22 Opposite of naked : ATTIRED
23 Down Under critter : ROO
25 Whole : ONE
26 Hollywood’s Diane, Buster and Michael : KEATONS
27 Animal with a long snout and striped tail : COATI
28 H.S. English course, for short : AP LIT
29 For whose sake? : PETE’S
31 Smooth move : GLIDE
32 Introducer of the math symbol “e” : EULER
33 Exploits : DEEDS
39 Ending with legend or second : -ARY
40 Prominent feature of Louisiana’s state flag : PELICAN
41 Some small Asian exports : BONSAIS
42 Coastal waterway : RIA
47 Completely missing, informally : AWOL
48 Tree hugger, as it were : VINE
49 Speakers of Quechua : INCA
51 Three-time World Cup champion : PELE
53 XXX : CHIS
54 Part of who you are? : HOMO
55 Good name for a debtor? : OWEN
57 The “L” in the Broadway monogram “L.M.M.” : LIN
58 Spanish 101 word with a tilde : ANO
59 Its members have plenty of down time: Abbr. : NFL
60 Ruby ___ : DEE

5 thoughts on “0725-20 NY Times Crossword 25 Jul 20, Saturday”

  1. 21:47 Got only a couple entries on my first pass thru. 21A and 13D seemed too “obvious” for a Sat. so I filled them in late. But picking away I got the bottom long acrosses and worked my way up. Stared at the top 3 long acrosses for several minutes. Had OAR before ROD. Similar picking away at those I filled it in, tho 16A just didn’t feel right. Spent another 90 seconds looking for a fat finger. Overall pretty good time for me for a Sat. even tho it “felt” slow. Guess once you get some portions of those long acrosses things can fill in quickly.

    38A – I always say Zip tie, not tie wrap.

  2. 11:43, no errors. Cable binder? Tie wrap? Hmmm … guess I got those from crosses … have to look them up … later … busy morning ahead … 🤨.

  3. 28:17, no errors. And happy to get it. The top three entries were the last to fall. First pass yielded almost nothing. Slight distractions of bouncing dogs and bouncing grandkids…but well worth it.

  4. 29:00. Like seemingly all Saturdays, I thought it would end up being a DNF, but I just kept staring at it. Like Ron, I filled from the bottom up. Also had OAR before ROD for that matter. Once a few long answers fell, the grid filled relatively quickly. It just took me a long time to get there.

    Overall a nice Saturday challenge.

    Best –

  5. 38:08, taking my rightful place in completion time. I kept thinking of a car import instead of “bonsai”…pretty much completed counter clockwise from the west. Just glad to finish a Saturday puzzle….

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