0927-20 NY Times Crossword 27 Sep 20, Sunday

Constructed by: Alex Eaton-Salners
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Playing with Food

Themed answers come in pairs. A themed answer in the bottom of the grid is a FOOD item depicted cryptically in the top of the grid:

  • 24A South American financial institution since 1965 : BANK OF GUYANA
  • 72A Food depicted cryptically at 24-Across : BANANA SPLIT
  • 31A 1985 thriller with the tagline “A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode.” : TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA
  • 78A Food depicted cryptically at 31-Across : STUFFED OLIVE
  • 49A Collectible item with stats : BASEBALL CARD
  • 98A Food depicted cryptically at 49-Across : CHOPPED SALAD
  • 59A Elements of neighborhood watch programs : FOOT PATROLS
  • 106A Food depicted cryptically at 59-Across : MASHED POTATO

Bill’s time: 19m 21s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Partly open : AJAR

Our word “ajar” is thought to come from Scottish dialect, in which “a char” means “slightly open”.

5 Drug also known as angel dust : PCP

Phencyclidine is a recreational drug usually referred to on the street as “PCP” or “angel dust”.

19 Tyr, in Norse mythology : GOD OF WAR

Týr is the Norse god of single combat, victory and heroic glory. According to legend, Týr showed great courage when he and his fellow gods were attempting to shackle the wolf monster called Fenrir. The wolf was tricked into accepting bindings that were actually magical ribbons of great strength. Fenrir submitted to the bonds because Týr agreed to place his hand in the wolf’s mouth, as a gesture of assurance that the ribbon was harmless. When Fenrir recognized the deceit, he bit off Týr’s hand. As a result, the god Týr is almost always depicted with only one hand.

21 Org. with both left- and right-wingers : THE NHL

The National Hockey League (NHL) was formed in 1917 in Montreal as a successor to the defunct National Hockey Association (NHA) that had been founded in 1909.

22 ___ arteries (what carry blood to the kidneys) : RENAL

The renal arteries feed blood into the kidneys. About one third of the total output of the heart goes directly through the renal arteries to be filtered by the kidneys.

24 South American financial institution since 1965 : BANK OF GUYANA

The Bank of Guyana is the nation of Guyana’s central bank. It was formed in 1965, just before the Co-operative Republic of Guyana gained independence from the UK in 1966.

29 King of Troy in the “Iliad” : PRIAM

Priam was King of Troy during the Trojan War. Reputedly, Priam was father to fifty sons and many daughters with his many wives. His eldest son and heir to the throne was Hector. Paris was another of Priam’s sons, the man who caused the Trojan War by eloping with Helen, Queen of Sparta.

30 Currency of Laos : KIP

The kip has been the unit of currency in Laos since 1952. One kip is divided into 100 att.

31 1985 thriller with the tagline “A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode.” : TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA

“To Live and Die in L.A.” is a novel written by Gerald Petievich, a former Secret Service agent. The book was made into a pretty successful 1985 film starring William L. Petersen, the former lead from TV’s “CSI”. Petersen plays the good guy, and Willem Dafoe the bad guy. The plot is all about a pair of Secret Service agents tracking down a counterfeiter. I haven’t seen the film, but it’s on my list …

37 Part of a return address? : IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was set up during the Civil War to raise money to cover war expenses. Prior to the introduction of income tax in 1862, the government was funded by levies on trade and property.

38 Experienced network congestion : LAGGED

In Internet terms, lag is a delay in response caused by network latency. We might notice lag when streaming a video, for example.

41 “I Love You, ___” (book by Nancy Reagan) : RONNIE

Nancy Davis was working as a Hollywood actress when she met Ronald Reagan for the first time in 1949. Prior to starting a relationship with the future US president, Davis had dated some famous actors, including Clark Gable, Robert Stack and Peter Lawford. Reagan had divorced his first wife, actress Jane Wyman, the year before he met Nancy Davis. Davis and Reagan married in 1952, with actor William Holden serving as the best man.

42 Twilled fabrics : SERGES

Serge is a type of twill fabric with diagonal ridges on both sides. The name “serge” comes from the Greek word for “silken”.

The verb “to twill” means to weave a cloth (called “twill”) that has a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs.

43 Subject of two squares on a Monopoly board : TAX

Those squares would be Super Tax and Income Tax …

44 Hip-centric dance : HULA

The hula is a native dance of Hawaii that uses arm movements to relate a story. The hula can be performed while sitting (a noho dance) or while standing (a luna dance).

54 Bacchanalias : ORGIES

A bacchanalia is a drunken spree. The term “bacchanalia” derives from the ancient Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus, the god of winemaking.

56 Huge financial loss, so to speak : BATH

In old gambling slang, if you lost all of your money you were “cleaned out”. This expression evolved into the phrase “to take a bath”, meaning “to lose everything”.

57 First lady : EVE

According to the Bible, God created Adam from “the dust of the ground”. Eve was created as Adam’s companion, from Adam’s rib.

58 Memo opener : IN RE

The term “in re” is Latin, and is derived from “in” (in) and “res” (thing, matter). “In re” literally means “in the matter”, and is used to mean “in regard to” or “in the matter of”.

62 Brewed beverage : ALE

The many, many different styles of beer can generally be sorted into two groups: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at relatively warm temperatures for relatively short periods of time, and use top-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that float on top of the beer as it ferments. Lagers ferment at relatively low temperatures and for relatively long periods of time. Lagers use bottom-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that fall to the bottom of the beer as it ferments.

63 Single historical record : ANNAL

“Annal” is a rarely used word, and is the singular of the more common “annals”. An annal would be the recorded events of one year, with annals being the chronological record of events in successive years. The term “annal” comes from the Latin “annus” meaning “year”.

64 QB stat: Abbr. : ATT

In football, one statistic (stat) used to track the performance of a quarterback (QB) is attempts (ATT).

65 Fool’s gold : PYRITE

Pyrite is a mineral also known as iron pyrite. Famously, it has an appearance very similar to gold, so has the nickname “fool’s gold”. Pyrite does find its way into some baubles, which go by the name of marcasite jewelry.

69 California’s Point ___ Peninsula : REYES

Point Reyes is a picturesque cape on the Northern California coast about 30 miles west-northwest of San Francisco. The cape was named “Punto de los Reyes” (Kings’ Point) by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno, when his ship anchored nearby on the Day of the Three Kings (January 6th) in 1603.

72 Food depicted cryptically at 24-Across : BANANA SPLIT

The banana split was created in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1904. This particular sundae was the idea of David Stickler, a young apprentice pharmacist at the Tassel Pharmacy’s soda fountain.

75 Notes after sols : LAS

The sol-fa syllables are: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la & ti.

76 Consuming Tide Pods, once, inexplicably : MEME

A meme (from “mineme”) is a cultural practice or idea that is passed on verbally or by repetition from one person to another. The term lends itself very well to the online world where links, emails, files etc. are so easily propagated.

The dark side of social media struck again in late 2017 when “The Tide Pod Challenge” became an Internet sensation. Participants were eating Tide detergent pods on camera, and getting very sick and dangerously injured.

78 Food depicted cryptically at 31-Across : STUFFED OLIVE

A pimiento (also “pimento”) is a cherry pepper in the chili family. It used to be stuffed into Spanish olives by a tool that took out the pit at the same time. Sadly, in these days of modern technology, the pimiento is usually pureed now, mixed with a gum and formed into neat strips, before being stuffed into the olive. Nothing is what it seems anymore …

83 Brain tests, in brief : EEGS

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a record of electrical activity caused by the firing of neurons within the brain. The EEG might be used to diagnose epilepsy, or perhaps to determine if a patient is “brain dead”.

91 Nail polish brand : OPI

Opi is a manufacturer of nail polish based in North Hollywood, California. One of Opi’s marketing coups was the introduction of a line of Legally Blonde 2 polishes, which featured in the film.

92 Viagra competitor : CIALIS

Cialis and Viagra are not just brands competing against each other, they also have differing active ingredients. Viagra is a trade name for Sildenafil citrate, and Cialis is tadalafil. Both drugs are used to treat erectile dysfunction, and more recently to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension.

101 Refuge from a flood : ARK

According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Noah was instructed to build his ark 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. That’s about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

102 Youngest Marx brother : ZEPPO

“Zeppo” was the stage name of Herbert, the youngest of the five Marx Brothers. Zeppo appeared in the first five Marx Brothers movies, always playing the straight man and the romantic lead. After he quit acting, Zeppo owned a company called Marman Products, and developed what’s known today as the Marman Clamp. Marman clamps were used to secure the first atomic bombs used by the US military. They are still used today in spaceflight systems.

104 Skin care brand : OLAY

Oil of Olay was developed in South Africa in 1949. When Oil of Olay was introduced internationally, it was given slightly different brand names designed to appeal in the different geographies. In Ireland we know it as Oil of Ulay, for example, and in France it is Oil of Olaz.

112 Riverbank romper : OTTER

Male and female otters are known as dogs and bitches, with the offspring called pups. Males and females are sometimes referred to as boars and sows. A collection of otters is a bevy, family, lodge or perhaps a romp. When in water, a collection of otters can be called a raft.

113 Book after Nehemiah : ESTHER

The only books in the Old Testament named for females are “Ruth” and “Esther”.

115 Garish signs : NEONS

The basic design of neon lighting was first demonstrated at the Paris Motor Show in 1910. Such lighting is made up of glass tubes containing a vacuum into which has been introduced a small amount of neon gas. When a voltage is applied between two electrodes inside the tube, the neon gas “glows” and gives off the familiar light.

117 Good name, informally : REP

Reputation (rep)

118 Jedi who trained Luke : YODA

Yoda is one of the most beloved characters of the “Star Wars” series of films. Yoda’s voice is provided by the great modern-day puppeteer Frank Oz of “Muppets” fame.

When the character Luke Skywalker was created for “Star Wars”, he was named “Annikin Starkiller”. Conceptually, he was a 60-year-old war veteran for a while, and also a female at one point. Luke is played by actor Mark Hamill in the “Star Wars” films.

Down

1 Central American rodent that resembles a guinea pig : AGOUTI

The term “agouti” is used for some rodents in Central and South America who have fur with bands of light and dark pigmentation.

3 Sports brand with a three-stripe logo : ADIDAS

The Adidas brand dates back to when Adolf “Adi” Dassler started making his own sports shoes in his mother’s laundry room in Bavaria after returning from WWI. With his brother, Adi founded Dassler shoes. The company’s big break came in 1936 at the Berlin Olympics, when Adi persuaded American sprinter Jesse Owens to use his shoes, and with the success of Jesse Owens came success for the fledgling shoe company. After WWII the brothers split, acrimoniously. Adi’s brother, Ru-dolf Da-ssler, formed “Ruda” shoes (later to become Puma), and Adi Das-sler formed “Adidas”.

4 Sculptor who said “I invent nothing, I rediscover” : RODIN

Auguste Rodin was a French sculptor who was known for realistic representations of the human form. Two of Rodin’s most famous works started out as details from a larger work called “The Gates of Hell”. One of these details is “The Thinker”, and the other “The Kiss”.

5 Completely defeat, as a noob : PWN

“To pwn” is online gamer-speak for “to own, defeat easily”. Why? I really don’t have any idea …

6 Deep-six : CAN

To deep-six something is to toss it, possibly overboard, or to completely destroy it. The derivation of this slang term is from “six feet deep”, not the length of a fathom but rather the traditional depth of a grave.

7 Kirsten Gillibrand, to Hillary Clinton, once : PROTEGEE

We use the term “protégé” (female form “protégée”) for someone whose career is helped along and guided by a more experienced person, a mentor. “Protégé” is French for “protected”.

Kirsten Gillibrand is a US Senator from New York, and a member of the Democratic Party. Gillibrand was serving as a member of the US House of Representatives when she was appointed to the Senate by Governor David Paterson in 2009 after Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton left office to serve as Secretary of State.

11 Doing some menial duty, in old army lingo : ON KP

The initialism “KP” is US military slang that stands for either “kitchen police” or “kitchen patrol”.

15 Jedi trained by Luke : REY

Rey is a central character in the “Star Wars” universe. She first appeared in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Rey is played by British actress Daisy Ridley.

16 Jedi related to Luke : ANAKIN

Anakin “Ani” Skywalker is the principal character in the first six of the “Star Wars” movies. His progress chronologically through the series of films is:

  • Episode I: Anakin is a 9-year-old slave boy who earns the promise of Jedi training by young Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Episode II: Anakin is 18-years-old and goes on a murdering rampage to avenge the killing of his mother.
  • Episode III: Anakin is 21-years-old and a Jedi knight, but he turns to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. His wife Padme gives birth to twins, Luke and Leia Skywalker.
  • Episode IV: Darth Vader, comes into conflict with his children, Luke Skywalker and the Princess Leia.
  • Episode V: Darth Vader attempts to coax his son Luke over to the dark side, and reveals to Luke that he is his father.
  • Episode VI: Luke learns that Leia is his sister, and takes on the task of bringing Darth Vader back from the Dark Side in order to save the Galaxy. Vader saves his son from the Emperor’s evil grip, dying in the process, but his spirit ends up alongside the spirits of Yoda and Obi-Wan. They all live happily ever after …

17 Grilled sandwich : PANINI

In Italy, a sandwich made from sliced bread is called a “tramezzino”, while sandwiches made from non-sliced breads are called “panini” (singular “panino”). We’ve imported the term “panini” into English to describe a pressed and toasted sandwich.

20 State of drunken confusion : FUDDLE

To be befuddled is to be confused. Originally, back in the late 1800s, that confusion was specifically caused by liquor or opium.

25 Media restriction : GAG RULE

In a legislative body, for example, a “gag rule” prohibits the tabling or discussion of a particular topic.

33 Azalea with the 2014 #1 hit “Fancy” : IGGY

“Iggy Azalea” is the stage name of Australian rapper Amethyst Kelly. I haven’t heard of her outside of crosswords …

36 Caffeinated aspirin brand : ANACIN

Anacin is a brand of pain reliever that comprises aspirin and caffeine as active ingredients.

40 A tool or a spray : AXE

Axe is a brand of male grooming products. Axe is sold under the name Lynx in some parts of the world.

42 Fit of pique : SNIT

Our term “pique” meaning “fit of ill feeling” is a French word meaning “prick, sting, irritation”.

43 Parlor pics : TATS

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”.

46 Black Lives Matter gathering, e.g. : PROTEST

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement started in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of African-American youth Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Three civil rights activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, originated the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

50 “Twilight” protagonist : BELLA

The reference is to a character (Bella Swan) in “The Twilight” series of books by Stephenie Meyer. “The Twilight Saga” is a series of films based on the books. “The Twilight” books feature vampires, and I don’t do vampires …

51 Silver-screen actress known as “The British Bombshell” : ANNA LEE

English actress Anna Lee was promoted by Hollywood studios as “The British Bombshell”. She was best known in her later years for playing the matriarch Lila Quartermaine in the soap opera “General Hospital”. Lee’s godfather was novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the character Sherlock Holmes.

55 Stand-up comedian Mike : EPPS

Mike Epps is a stand-up comedian and actor from Indianapolis. Epps played Day-Day Jones in the 2000 stoner film “Next Friday”, and in the 2002 sequel “Friday After Next”.

56 Spam spewers : BOTS

A bot is a computer program that is designed to imitate human behavior. It might crawl around the Web doing searches for example, or it might participate in discussions in chat rooms by giving pre-programmed responses. It might also act as a competitor in a computer game.

60 Many musical chords : TRIADS

A triad is a group of three and, specifically in music, a chord made up of three notes.

61 Classic laundry brand : RINSO

Rinso was a laundry detergent that was first manufactured in England in 1908 by a company called Hudson’s Soap. It was introduced into the US in 1918. In America, Rinso took to radio advertising and sponsorship in the days of “soap operas”. Their most famous program association was with “The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show” in the forties. One of the brand’s slogans was “Solium, the sunlight ingredient”. I have no idea what Solium is, but it certainly did sell a lot of soap!

63 Church recess : APSE

The apse of a church or cathedral is a semicircular recess in an outer wall, usually with a half-dome as a roof and often where there resides an altar. Originally, apses were used as burial places for the clergy and also for storage of important relics.

66 Feeling amenable (found hidden in this clue!) : GAME

The word “game” is hidden in the phrase “Feeling amenable”.

72 Gaggle : BEVY

“Bevy” is a collective noun used for a number of types of bird, including quail and swans. “Bevy” is also sometimes used as a collective noun for ladies.

81 Summer Olympics usually take place in one : LEAP YEAR

I wasn’t sure of the origin of the term “leap year”, and when I checked I found it to be fairly obvious. As a reference, let’s use March 25, 2007, a Sunday. The year before, in 2006, March 25th fell one weekday earlier on a Saturday. That follows the rule that any particular date moves forward in the week by one day, from one year to the next. However, the next year (2008) has an extra day, February 29th. So March 25, 2008 falls on a Tuesday, “leaping” two weekdays forward, not one, as 2008 is a “leap” year. I think I am more confused now then when I started this paragraph …

The first Winter Olympic Games was held in 1924, in Chamonix, France. The Winter and Summer Games were held in the same year until 1992 after which they were staggered, so that we have an Olympic Games every two years.

86 Kelly on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : 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.

87 Op-eds, e.g. : ESSAYS

“Op-ed” is an abbreviation for “opposite the editorial page”. Op-eds started in “The New York Evening World” in 1921 when the page opposite the editorials was used for articles written by a named guest writer, someone independent of the editorial board.

89 Hook, for one : PIRATE

Captain Hook is the bad guy in “Peter Pan”, the famous play by J. M. Barrie. Hook is Peter Pan’s sworn enemy, as Pan had cut off Hook’s hand causing it to be replaced by a “hook”. It is implied in the play that Hook attended Eton College, just outside London. Hook’s last words are “Floreat Etona”, which is Eton College’s motto. Barrie openly acknowledged that the Hook character is based on Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab from the novel “Moby Dick”.

93 Philippine port with a reduplicative name : ILOILO

Iloilo City is the capital of the Iloilo province in the Philippines. It is known as one of the most desirable places to live in the country.

95 The so-called “Pearl of the Black Sea” : ODESSA

The city of Odessa (also “Odesa”) in Ukraine was founded relatively recently, in 1794 by Catherine the Great. The city was originally meant to be called Odessos after an ancient Greek city believed to have been located nearby. Catherine liked the way the locals pronounced the name as “Odessa” and so went with the less Greek-sounding name.

99 Quarters costing dollars? : HOTEL

We use the term “quarters” for a place of abode, especially housing for military personnel. Back in the late 16th century, quarters were a portion (quarter) of a town reserved for a military force.

100 ___ Center, home of the Orlando Magic : AMWAY

The Orlando Magic were formed in 1989 as an NBA expansion team. A local paper was asked to run a competition to suggest names for the new team and the community came up with its four top picks of “Heat”, “Tropics”, “Juice” and “Magic”. A committee then opted for “Orlando Magic”. A good choice I think …

103 Father of Anne Frank : OTTO

Anne Frank has to be one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust. This is largely because the story of this young girl lives on in her widely published diary, and in adaptations of the diary for stage and screen. Anne Frank was a German until she lost her nationality in 1941 when the Nazis came to power. By this time she was living with her family in Amsterdam, as the Franks chose to flee Germany in 1933. When the Germans occupied the Netherlands, the family went into hiding in the attic of Otto Frank’s office building (Otto was Anne’s father). There the family hid for two whole years until they were betrayed. The family was split up, and Anne and her sister died from typhus in a concentration camp in 1945.

108 What yellowfin is marketed as : AHI

Yellowfin and bigeye tuna are usually marketed as “ahi”, the Hawaiian name. They are both big fish, with yellowfish tuna often weighing over 300 pounds, and bigeye tuna getting up to 400 pounds.

111 Indy inits. : STP

STP is a brand name of automotive lubricants and additives. The name “STP” is an initialism standing for “Scientifically Treated Petroleum”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Partly open : AJAR
5 Drug also known as angel dust : PCP
8 “Maybe,” informally : I S’POSE
14 Window dressing : DRAPE
19 Tyr, in Norse mythology : GOD OF WAR
21 Org. with both left- and right-wingers : THE NHL
22 ___ arteries (what carry blood to the kidneys) : RENAL
23 “Hmm … hard to say” : OH … I DUNNO
24 South American financial institution since 1965 : BANK OF GUYANA
26 Reversed : UNDID
27 Warm up : THAW
29 King of Troy in the “Iliad” : PRIAM
30 Currency of Laos : KIP
31 1985 thriller with the tagline “A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode.” : TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA
35 Firmly establishes: Var. : ENGRAINS
37 Part of a return address? : IRS
38 Experienced network congestion : LAGGED
39 Used to be : WAS
41 “I Love You, ___” (book by Nancy Reagan) : RONNIE
42 Twilled fabrics : SERGES
43 Subject of two squares on a Monopoly board : TAX
44 Hip-centric dance : HULA
45 It keeps a top up : SPIN
48 “Good ___!” (shout to a batter) : EYE
49 Collectible item with stats : BASEBALL CARD
54 Bacchanalias : ORGIES
56 Huge financial loss, so to speak : BATH
57 First lady : EVE
58 Memo opener : IN RE
59 Elements of neighborhood watch programs : FOOT PATROLS
62 Brewed beverage : ALE
63 Single historical record : ANNAL
64 QB stat: Abbr. : ATT
65 Fool’s gold : PYRITE
66 Lose stiffness : GO LIMP
68 Fueled up, in a way : ATE
69 California’s Point ___ Peninsula : REYES
71 Helpful contacts : INS
72 Food depicted cryptically at 24-Across : BANANA SPLIT
74 From : AS OF
75 Notes after sols : LAS
76 Consuming Tide Pods, once, inexplicably : MEME
77 At peace : SERENE
78 Food depicted cryptically at 31-Across : STUFFED OLIVE
81 On, in a way : LIT
83 Brain tests, in brief : EEGS
84 Significant periods : ERAS
85 ___ Sherman-Palladino, creator of “Gilmore Girls” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” : AMY
86 Overhauls : REDOES
88 Item creating separation : SPACER
91 Nail polish brand : OPI
92 Viagra competitor : CIALIS
93 Bit of swearing in church? : I DO
96 “Pay attention!” : LISTEN UP!
98 Food depicted cryptically at 49-Across : CHOPPED SALAD
101 Refuge from a flood : ARK
102 Youngest Marx brother : ZEPPO
104 Skin care brand : OLAY
105 Love, in Lucca : AMORE
106 Food depicted cryptically at 59-Across : MASHED POTATO
109 Romps : EASY WINS
112 Riverbank romper : OTTER
113 Book after Nehemiah : ESTHER
114 Places to collect prints : ART SALES
115 Garish signs : NEONS
116 Adds more lubricant to : REOILS
117 Good name, informally : REP
118 Jedi who trained Luke : YODA

Down

1 Central American rodent that resembles a guinea pig : AGOUTI
2 TV host with two Peabodys : JOHN OLIVER
3 Sports brand with a three-stripe logo : ADIDAS
4 Sculptor who said “I invent nothing, I rediscover” : RODIN
5 Completely defeat, as a noob : PWN
6 Deep-six : CAN
7 Kirsten Gillibrand, to Hillary Clinton, once : PROTEGEE
8 Connective tissue that runs along the outer thigh, familiarly : IT BAND
9 Prayer garment : SHAWL
10 Farm enclosure : PEN
11 Doing some menial duty, in old army lingo : ON KP
12 Reinforces, with “up” : SHORES …
13 Puckish : ELFIN
14 Dramatic intro : DRUMROLL
15 Jedi trained by Luke : REY
16 Jedi related to Luke : ANAKIN
17 Grilled sandwich : PANINI
18 Go by : ELAPSE
20 State of drunken confusion : FUDDLE
25 Media restriction : GAG RULE
28 Goes quickly : HIES
32 Venture to state : DARE SAY
33 Azalea with the 2014 #1 hit “Fancy” : IGGY
34 Up to one’s ears : AWASH
36 Caffeinated aspirin brand : ANACIN
40 A tool or a spray : AXE
42 Fit of pique : SNIT
43 Parlor pics : TATS
44 Invite to one’s home : HAVE IN
45 To the extent that : SO FAR AS
46 Black Lives Matter gathering, e.g. : PROTEST
47 “Let me pay for that” : I GOT YOU
49 Bundle of hay : BALE
50 “Twilight” protagonist : BELLA
51 Silver-screen actress known as “The British Bombshell” : ANNA LEE
52 TV-MA’s film equivalent : R-RATING
53 Has away with words? : DELETES
55 Stand-up comedian Mike : EPPS
56 Spam spewers : BOTS
60 Many musical chords : TRIADS
61 Classic laundry brand : RINSO
62 First-class : A-ONE
63 Church recess : APSE
66 Feeling amenable (found hidden in this clue!) : GAME
67 Bony projection found just behind the ear : MASTOID
70 Cause’s partner : EFFECT
72 Gaggle : BEVY
73 V.I.P. above veep : PRES
75 Knowledgeable : LEARNED
76 Parody, say : MIMIC
79 Cold storage facilities : FREEZERS
80 Where crumbs might accumulate during a meal : LAP
81 Summer Olympics usually take place in one : LEAP YEAR
82 Thumb-twiddling : IDLE
86 Kelly on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : RIPA
87 Op-eds, e.g. : ESSAYS
88 Hit hard, as brakes : SLAMON
89 Hook, for one : PIRATE
90 Sends an invitation for : ASKS TO
91 Be against : OPPOSE
92 Sorted laundry load : COLORS
93 Philippine port with a reduplicative name : ILOILO
94 Euphemistic “extremely” : DARNED
95 The so-called “Pearl of the Black Sea” : ODESSA
97 Word before hand or jaw : UPPER …
99 Quarters costing dollars? : HOTEL
100 ___ Center, home of the Orlando Magic : AMWAY
103 Father of Anne Frank : OTTO
107 Layer of farmland? : HEN
108 What yellowfin is marketed as : AHI
110 “People ___ talking” : ARE
111 Indy inits. : STP

11 thoughts on “0927-20 NY Times Crossword 27 Sep 20, Sunday”

  1. 40:28 with two lookups in the NW corner. Had MUDDLE before FUDDLE. Did not know TYR or AGOUTI and the OLIVE rebus also got me as it was the last to fall and I did not step thru the clues to come to 78A and get an AHA moment. Also did not understand PWN. According to Google:

    The term was created accidentally by the misspelling of “own” in video game design due to the keyboard proximity of “O” and “P.” It implies domination or humiliation of a rival, used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., “You just got pwned!”)
    It’s also typically used to imply that someone has been controlled or compromised, for example “I was pwned in the Adobe data breach”.

  2. 54:46 “Stuffed olive” had me stumped for a bit, then had “Ren” instead of “Rey” because after the first Star Wars movie in 1977, I was happy with the ending and never saw any of the prequels or sequels…

  3. 25:14, no errors. Clever. Mildly confused for a bit after filling in OLIVE, thinking all the theme entries were going to involve rebuses. Most enjoyable … 🙂.

  4. Back to normal…or a bit worse. Problems with NW and SE. 47:13 with a couple of lookups. Flying back to Alaska from Washington tomorrow. 🤯

  5. 49:00 – with a couple of cheats (so technically a DNF) and a couple of good guesses. I never felt comfortable with this one although I got the theme early. I whiffed on the NW at first then did the rest of the puzzle so I actually got STUFFED OLIVE first, saw there was only one circle in 31A and got the rebus pretty quickly. Nevertheless, not one of my finer efforts overall.

    IT BAND? Really? I just call it a “Charlie horse” when it gets hit. FWIW – it’s the iliotibial bone – hence IT BONE. I need to go back to anatomy class.

    PWN?? – no comment.

    Best –

  6. “Playing With Food” on Sunday, 9/27/2020 was the best puzzle in recent years. It took me two sittings, but the ‘stuffed olive’ and ‘John Oliver’ vertically was great! I have worked every Sunday NYT puzzle for the past 20 + years. Keep up the great work! Many thanks.

  7. 1:24:25 with 2 errors…I knew “angle dust” was pcp but I was sure that 5D was own…I also spelled Rey as Rei.
    This is the first time I can remember only one rebus square in a puzzle which also slowed me down.
    Very clever but not very enjoyable IMO.👎
    Stay safe and go Ravens😀

  8. Well, I did it again; posted “no errors” before a careful review and edit. Had OWN for 5D leaving me with OCP for 5A which should have given me pause but I forgot to return to the scene of the crime.

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