0915-20 NY Times Crossword 15 Sep 20, Tuesday

Constructed by: Amanda Rafkin & Ross Trudeau
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Keep Your Pants On

Themed answers are each cartoon characters who don’t wear PANTS:

  • 38A “Be patient!” … or advice seemingly ignored by 17-, 24-, 52- and 62-Across : KEEP YOUR PANTS ON
  • 17A Who says “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!” : PORKY PIG
  • 24A Disney character based on a Dickens character : SCROOGE MCDUCK
  • 52A “Hunny”-loving A. A. Milne character : WINNIE THE POOH
  • 62A Jellystone Park “pic-a-nic basket” thief : YOGI BEAR

Bill’s time: 4m 49s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

4 Ritzy : POSH

No one really knows the etymology of the word “posh”. The popular myth that “posh” is actually an acronym standing for “port out, starboard home” is completely untrue, and is a story that can actually be traced back to the 1968 movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. The myth is that wealthy British passengers travelling to and from India would book cabins on the port side for the outward journey and the starboard side for the home journey. This trick was supposedly designed to keep their cabins out of the direct sunlight.

The adjective “ritzy” meaning “high quality and luxurious” derives from the opulent Ritz hotels in New York, London, Paris etc.

8 Big name in lawn care : SCOTTS

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was founded in 1868 by one Orlando Scott, and initially sold seed to the agricultural industry. In the early 1900s, Scotts started to sell to homeowners, and mainly supplied lawn seed. The company merged with the gardening company Miracle-Gro in 1955, and then with TruGreen in 2016.

15 Giant in media streaming : ROKU

Roku is a manufacturer of digital media players that allow access to audio and video programming over the Internet that is shown on television. Roku was founded in Los Gatos, California in 2002 by Anthony Wood. Wood chose the company name “Roku” as it is the Japanese word for “six”, and Roku is the sixth company that Wood founded. For what it’s worth, Rokus are my streaming devices of choice …

16 World’s most-visited art museum : LOUVRE

The Musée du Louvre has the distinction of being the most visited art museum in the whole world. The collection is housed in the magnificent Louvre Palace that was the seat of power in France until 1682, when Louis XIV moved to Versailles.

17 Who says “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!” : PORKY PIG

Porky Pig was the first of the characters created by Warner Bros. to become a hit with audiences. Porky Pig is the guy with the line at the end of each cartoon, “Th-th-th-that’s all folks!” If you don’t mind a little adult language, there’s a very funny 11-second Porky Pig clip that the studio released on a blooper reel in 1938. Porky Pig stutters out “Son of g-g-gun”, only he doesn’t say “gun” …

20 Inter ___ (among others) : ALIA

“Inter alia” is Latin for “among other things”.

24 Disney character based on a Dickens character : SCROOGE MCDUCK

Scrooge McDuck is the rich uncle of Donald Duck. Donald first hit the screens in 1934, and Uncle Scrooge made his debut performance in 1947.

30 Like gunpowder and the seismometer, by origin : CHINESE

Gunpowder is the earliest-known explosive chemical. Also called “black powder”, it is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal and saltpeter (i.e. potassium nitrate). The saltpeter is a powerful oxidizing agent, providing the oxygen to burn the sulfur and charcoal, which acts as the fuel in the mixture. Gunpowder was invented by the Chinese in the 8th century.

43 Jazz’s Fitzgerald : ELLA

Ella Fitzgerald, the “First Lady of Song”, had a hard and tough upbringing. She was raised by her mother alone in Yonkers, New York. Her mother died while Ella was still a schoolgirl, and around that time the young girl became less interested in her education. She fell in with a bad crowd, even working as a lookout for a bordello and as a Mafia numbers runner. She ended up in reform school, from which she escaped, and found herself homeless and living on the streets for a while. Somehow Fitzgerald managed to get herself a spot singing in the Apollo Theater in Harlem. From there her career took off and as they say, the rest is history.

44 Naïve sort : RUBE

A rube is a person lacking sophistication, someone often described as a country bumpkin. The term derives from the masculine name “Reuben”, which was considered back in the early 1800s to be a typical name used in rural areas.

45 It may be affected by traffic, in brief : ETA

Estimated time of arrival (ETA)

46 Actress Janney who won an Oscar for “I, Tonya” : ALLISON

Allison Janney is a favorite actress of mine, who I first saw on “The West Wing” TV show. Janney is now playing one of the moms on the sitcom “Mom”.

52 “Hunny”-loving A. A. Milne character : WINNIE-THE-POOH

Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne was an English author who is best known for his delightful “Winnie-the-Pooh” series of books. He had only one son, Christopher Robin Milne, born in 1920. The young Milne was the inspiration for the Christopher Robin character in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Winnie-the-Pooh was named after Christopher Robin’s real teddy bear, one he called Winnie, who in turn was named after a Canadian black bear called Winnie that the Milnes would visit in London Zoo. The original Winnie teddy bear is on display at the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York.

56 When doubled, a dance : CAN

The Moulin Rouge cabaret is located right in the middle of one of the red light districts of Paris, the district of Pigalle. You can’t miss the Moulin Rouge as it has a huge red windmill on its roof (“moulin rouge” is French for “red windmill”). The nightclub opened its doors in 1889 and soon after, the working girls of the cabaret adopted a “respectable” party dance and used it to entice their clients. That was the birth of the can-can. Nowadays, the Moulin Rouge is home to a lavish, Las Vegas-style show that costs millions of euros to stage. It features showgirls, dancers and acrobats, a whole host of entertainers in fact. And I am sure the can-can features as well …

57 Brand of shoes or handbags : ALDO

ALDO is a chain of shoe stores that was founded in Montreal in 1972 by Moroccan-born Canadian Aldo Bensadoun. Bensadoun is the son of a retailer of shoes in Morocco and France, and the grandchild of a cobbler. A man with shoe leather in his blood …

58 Talking horse of a ’60s sitcom : MR ED

The sitcom “Mister Ed” first aired in 1961 and ran for almost five years. It was a very successful show (and even made it to Ireland!). Mister Ed, the talking horse, was a palomino that had the real name of Bamboo Harvester. Mister Ed’s “voice” was that of actor Allan “Rocky” Lane, a star of a lot of B-movie westerns from the forties and fifties. In the show, Mister Ed would only talk to the lead (human) character Wilbur, played by Alan Young, leading to some hilarious situations. Mister Ed had a stunt double and stand-in for the show, another horse called Pumpkin. Pumpkin later made frequent appearances on the show “Green Acres”.

60 Vice president who won a Nobel Peace Prize : AL GORE

Former Vice President Al Gore was a joint recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 in recognition for his work in climate change activism. He also won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for his book on climate change called “An Inconvenient Truth”. The documentary of the same name that was spawned by the book won an Academy Award. In addition, Gore won an Emmy as co-owner of Current TV, an independent news network.

62 Jellystone Park “pic-a-nic basket” thief : YOGI BEAR

Yogi Bear made his debut for Hanna-Barbera in 1958, on “The Huckleberry Hound Show” before he was given his own series. Do you remember that collar that Yogi wore around his neck? That was a little trick from the animators. By using the collar, for many frames all they had to do was redraw everything from the collar up, saving them lots and lots of time. Yogi and Boo-Boo lived in Jellystone Park, and made Ranger Smith’s life a misery.

66 Buffy, to vampires : SLAYER

Before the TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” launched in 1997, there was a 1992 “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” movie. The film starred Kristy Swanson as Buffy Summers. Joss Whedon wrote the movie’s screenplay, before creating the TV show.

67 Ireland, to poets : ERIN

“Éire”, is the Irish word for “Ireland”. The related “Erin” is an anglicized version of “Éire” and actually corresponds to “Éirinn”, the dative case of “Éire”.

68 Ocean, e.g., in Santa Monica, Calif.: Abbr. : AVE

Santa Monica, California lies on Santa Monica Bay and is in Los Angeles County. The city is home to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, which opened in 1909.

69 Some fall blooms : ASTERS

Apparently, most aster species and cultivars bloom relatively late in the year, usually in the fall. The name “aster” comes into English via Latin from the Greek word “astéri” meaning “star”, a reference to the arrangement of the petals of the flower.

70 Cold and damp, as a cellar : DANK

“Dank” is such a lovely word that has largely been superseded by “damp”, another nice word. It is thought that “dank” came into English from Scandinavia some time before the 14th century. The modern Swedish word “dank” means “moist place”.

Down

2 People with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : IDOLS

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a series of sidewalks taking up 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is an ever-changing monument dedicated to those who have achieved greatness in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The first stars installed in the sidewalk were a group of eight, officially laid in 1960. That group consisted of:

  • Joanne Woodward (actor)
  • Olive Borden (actor)
  • Ronald Colman (actor)
  • Louise Fazenda (actor)
  • Preston Foster (actor)
  • Burt Lancaster (actor)
  • Edward Sedgwick (director)
  • Ernest Torrence (actor)

3 Doughnut-shaped : TORIC

A torus (plural “tori”) is a shape resembling a doughnut.

5 Alley-___ : OOP

An alley-oop is a play in basketball in which one player lobs the ball close to the basket for a teammate who usually scores with a slam dunk.

7 Message on a candy heart : HUG ME

The forerunner to Sweethearts candy was introduced in 1866, with the famous sayings written on the candy tailored for use at weddings. One of the original expressions was, “Married in pink, he will take a drink”. The original candy was a lot bigger, to fit all those words! The smaller, heart-shaped candy hit the shelves in 1901. We’ve been able to buy Sweethearts with the words “Text me” since 2010.

10 No longer in the closet : OUT

Back in the 1950s, to come “out of the closet” was to admit to being an alcoholic. By the seventies, the phrase mainly referred to gay people shrugging off secrecy about their sexual orientation.

18 Mario ___ (video game) : KART

“Mario Kart” is a go-kart racing video game series from Nintendo.

22 “The Walking Dead” network : AMC

“The Walking Dead” is a horror television show made by AMC that is based on a comic book series of the same name. There are lots of flesh-eating zombies featured, so I won’t be caught “dead” watching it …

26 Cookie that may be pulled apart or dunked : OREO

There is an “official” competition involving Oreo cookies, in case anyone is interested in participating. A competitor has to take several steps to finish an OREO Lick Race:

  1. Twist open the cookie.
  2. Lick each half clean of creme.
  3. Show the clean cookie halves to the fellow competitors.
  4. Dunk the cookie halves in a glass of milk.
  5. Eat the cookie halves.
  6. Drink the milk.
  7. Ready, set, go …

27 Expert : GURU

“Guru” is a Hindi word meaning “teacher” or “priest”.

28 Apartment or condo : UNIT

The terms “condominium” and “apartment” tend to describe the same type of residential property, namely a private living space with facilities shared with others residing in the same building or complex. The difference is that a condominium is usually owned, and an apartment is rented. At least that’s how it is in the US. The word “condominium” comes from the Latin “com-” (together) and “dominum” (right of ownership).

31 Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA

Edna St. Vincent Millay was an American poet and playwright, and the third woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (in 1923 for “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver”). Millay was noted not only for her work, but also for the open arrangement that she and her husband had in their marriage. Millay took many lovers, including the poet George Dillon, for whom she wrote a number of sonnets.

32 Ready-to-assemble furniture giant : IKEA

The IKEA furniture chain was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943, when he was just 17-years-old. IKEA is an acronym standing for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (don’t forget now!). Elmtaryd was the name of the farm where Ingvar Kamprad grew up, and Agunnaryd is his home parish in Sweden.

42 Kind of tide : NEAP

Tides are caused by the gravitational pull of the moon on the oceans. At neap tide, the smaller gravitational effect of the sun cancels out some of the moon’s effect. At spring tide, the sun and the moon’s gravitational forces act in concert causing more extreme movement of the oceans.

48 Edmonton athletes : OILERS

The National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers are so called because they are located in Alberta, Canada … oil country.

49 Mr. Flanders of “The Simpsons” : NED

Ned Flanders lives next door to Homer Simpson on TV’s “The Simpsons”. Ned is voiced by actor Harry Shearer, and has been around since the very first episode aired in 1989.

51 ___ of the Unknowns : TOMB

The Tomb of the Unknowns is a monument in Arlington National Cemetery that is dedicated to service members who have died without their remains being identified. The Tomb Guards serve a ceremonial role by the monument, “walking the mat”, i.e. parading respectfully across the front of the tomb in a carefully orchestrated routine. Those of you who have visited the monument will know how moving the ceremony is.

54 Mountain nymph : OREAD

The Oreads were the mountain nymphs that accompanied the ancient Greek goddess Artemis on her hunting expeditions. Each Oread dwelled on a different mountain, for example:

  • Daphnis (on Mount Parnassos)
  • Echo (on Mount Cithaeron)
  • Ida (on Mount Ida)

56 Spanish abode : CASA

In Spanish, a “condominio” (condominium) “por ejemplo” (for example) is a “casa” (home).

61 “Hey!,” in Jalisco : OYE!

Jalisco is a state on the central-west coast of Mexico. The capital city of Jalisco is Guadalajara.

63 60 minuti : ORA

In Italian, there are “sessanta minuti” (sixty minutes) in an “ora” (hour).

64 Tom Collins ingredient : GIN

The cocktail known as a Tom Collins is a mixture of gin, lemon juice, sugar and club soda. The original recipe was supposedly invented by a head waiter called John Collins, in a London hotel in the early 1800s. Called a John Collins back then, the drink’s name was changed around 1869 when a popular recipe specifically called for Old Tom gin.

65 Tattoo, slangily : INK

The word “tattoo” (often shortened to “tat”) was first used in English in the writings of the famous English explorer Captain Cook. In his descriptions of the indelible marks adorning the skin of Polynesian natives, Cook anglicized the Tahitian word “tatau” into our “tattoo”. Tattoos are sometimes referred to as “ink”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Orchestra site : PIT
4 Ritzy : POSH
8 Big name in lawn care : SCOTTS
14 Rumpus : ADO
15 Giant in media streaming : ROKU
16 World’s most-visited art museum : LOUVRE
17 Who says “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!” : PORKY PIG
19 Extend beyond : OUTLIE
20 Inter ___ (among others) : ALIA
21 Damage badly : MAUL
23 “Gross!” : ICK!
24 Disney character based on a Dickens character : SCROOGE MCDUCK
29 Drive-___ window : THRU
30 Like gunpowder and the seismometer, by origin : CHINESE
32 Treacherous, as winter roads : ICY
35 Little more than : MERE
37 How many shows are broadcast : IN HD
38 “Be patient!” … or advice seemingly ignored by 17-, 24-, 52- and 62-Across : KEEP YOUR PANTS ON
43 Jazz’s Fitzgerald : ELLA
44 Naïve sort : RUBE
45 It may be affected by traffic, in brief : ETA
46 Actress Janney who won an Oscar for “I, Tonya” : ALLISON
50 Part of many a rocking chair : SLAT
52 “Hunny”-loving A. A. Milne character : WINNIE THE POOH
56 When doubled, a dance : CAN
57 Brand of shoes or handbags : ALDO
58 Talking horse of a ’60s sitcom : MR ED
60 Vice president who won a Nobel Peace Prize : AL GORE
62 Jellystone Park “pic-a-nic basket” thief : YOGI BEAR
66 Buffy, to vampires : SLAYER
67 Ireland, to poets : ERIN
68 Ocean, e.g., in Santa Monica, Calif.: Abbr. : AVE
69 Some fall blooms : ASTERS
70 Cold and damp, as a cellar : DANK
71 Morning coat : DEW

Down

1 Family man : PAPA
2 People with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : IDOLS
3 Doughnut-shaped : TORIC
4 Snoop : PRY
5 Alley-___ : OOP
6 Take to the slopes : SKI
7 Message on a candy heart : HUG ME
8 Hunch over : SLOUCH
9 Question of possibility : COULD I?
10 No longer in the closet : OUT
11 Authority to broadcast : TV LICENSE
12 Entertainment by a pool player : TRICK SHOT
13 Look for : SEEK
18 Mario ___ (video game) : KART
22 “The Walking Dead” network : AMC
25 “Goodness me!” : OH MY!
26 Cookie that may be pulled apart or dunked : OREO
27 Expert : GURU
28 Apartment or condo : UNIT
31 Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
32 Ready-to-assemble furniture giant : IKEA
33 They provide structure, biologically : CELL WALLS
34 Berating at high volume : YELLING AT
36 Mess up : ERR
39 Pill … or a reason to take a pill : PAIN
40 Instruction on a door : PUSH
41 Up to the task : ABLE
42 Kind of tide : NEAP
47 One catching the game? : SNARER
48 Edmonton athletes : OILERS
49 Mr. Flanders of “The Simpsons” : NED
51 ___ of the Unknowns : TOMB
53 Played (with) : TOYED
54 Mountain nymph : OREAD
55 Release, as a sigh : HEAVE
56 Spanish abode : CASA
59 Doodled, e.g. : DREW
61 “Hey!,” in Jalisco : OYE!
63 60 minuti : ORA
64 Tom Collins ingredient : GIN
65 Tattoo, slangily : INK

5 thoughts on “0915-20 NY Times Crossword 15 Sep 20, Tuesday”

  1. 6:45 Only issue was CHA before CAN – easily sorted out. And my best Tues. time since I started using the online app 4 months ago. Could be the start of a good day

  2. Ugh. Totally pathetic on an easy Tuesday. Fingers kept hitting the wrong letters. Brain on vacation. Everything in slo-mo today. 13:53…back to bed!

  3. 8:40, because I don’t know how to spell “neap” and then don’t know how to find my misspelled “neap”. Maybe it’s time for a “nap”…..

  4. 6:28. 8 seconds faster than Monday which is a bit unusual. Liked the theme. I’d be curious to hear why Bill prefers Roku as his streaming device. Anyone else use one?

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