1003-20 NY Times Crossword 3 Oct 20, Saturday

Constructed by: Brad Wilber & Doug Peterson
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 17m 08s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Some pricey undergarments : SILK BOXERS

The textile known as silk is made from a natural protein fiber produced from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. Ethical vegans tend to avoid silk as many, many silkworms die in order to produce a relatively small amount of fabric. Raw silk is obtained by boiling the silkworms alive inside the cocoons that yield the fibers.

11 Beach patrol conveyances, for short : ATVS

All-terrain vehicle (ATV)

15 When “the arms I long for will open wide,” in a 1963 top 5 hit : ONE FINE DAY

“One Fine Day” is a song written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin that was a 1963 hit for the Chiffons. The title of the song was inspired by the famous aria “Un bel di” (“One Fine Day”) from Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly”.

18 Place that may have your number : DELI

The word “delicatessen” (or “deli” for short) came into English from the German “Delikatessen”. The Germans borrowed the word from French, in which language “délicatesse” means “delicious things (to eat)”. The term’s ultimate root is “delicatus”, the Latin for “giving pleasure, delightful”.

19 Historic aircraft inits. : SST

The most famous supersonic transport (SST) is the retired Concorde. Concorde was developed and produced under an Anglo-French treaty by France’s Aérospatiale and the UK’s British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Concordes were mainly operated by Air France and British Airways, with both companies buying the planes with substantial subsidies from the French and British governments. The final Concorde flight was a British Airways plane that landed in the UK on 26 November 2003.

21 Something hanging near Christmas lights, maybe : ICICLE

The custom of decorating trees at Christmas seems to have originated in Renaissance Germany. Those first trees were placed in guildhalls and were decorated with sweets and candy for the apprentices and children. After the Protestant Reformation, the Christmas tree became an alternative in Protestant homes for the Roman Catholic Christmas cribs. The Christmas tree tradition was imported into Britain by the royal family because of its German heritage. That tradition spread from Britain into North America.

23 Org. concerned with broadband access : FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been around since 1934, when it replaced the Federal Radio Commission.

In Internet terms, the word “broadband” is used to describe Internet access that is faster than dialup. In more broader (pun!) telecommunication terms, “broadband” is used to describe “bandwidth” data transmission that is “broad” enough to carry several signals and several different types of traffic at the same time.

30 Nose-in-the-air : SNOOTY

“Snoot” is a variant of “snout”, and is a word that originated in Scotland. The idea is that someone who is snooty, or “snouty”, tends to look down his or her nose at the rest of the world.

31 Cartoon character with a noted football prank : LUCY

In Charles Schulz’s fabulous comic strip “Peanuts”, Charlie Brown is friends with at least three members of the van Pelt family. Most famously there is Lucy van Pelt, who bosses everyone around, and who operates a psychiatric booth that looks like a lemonade stand. Then there is Linus, Lucy’s younger brother, the character who always has his security blanket at hand. Lastly there is an even younger brother, Rerun van Pelt. Rerun is constantly hiding under his bed, trying to avoid going to school.

34 Kvetches : CRABS

The word “kvetch” comes to us from Yiddish, with “kvetshn” meaning “to complain” or “squeeze”.

36 A.T.M. input: Abbr. : AMT

Amount (amt.)

39 T as in telegraph? : DAH

A “dah” or “dash” is Morse code for the letter “T”.

40 Larva of a dragonfly, named after Greek myth : NAIAD

Dragonflies are predatory insects and love to feed on flies, bees, ants, wasps and mosquitoes. When dragonflies are in their aquatic larval stage, they are known as nymphs or naiads, and live beneath the water’s surface.

The Naiads of Greek mythology were water nymphs associated with fountains, wells, springs and streams. The saltwater equivalents of the freshwater Naiads were the Oceanids.

42 Alpine lake : TARN

A tarn is a mountain lake that has been formed by glacial excavation.

43 Athlete who once served as his country’s Extraordinary Minister for Sport : 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).

50 Sauce ingredient in a Londoner’s “pie and mash” : EEL

Eel pie is a traditional dish associated with the working classes in London, England especially during the Victorian era. Eel was chosen as an ingredient as it was one of the few fish that could live in the polluted River Thames.

51 Hoops star during the N.B.A.-A.B.A. merger : ERVING

Julius Erving is a retired professional basketball player who was known as “Dr. J”, a nickname he picked up in high school. Dr. J was a trailblazer in many ways, being the first player associated with slam dunking and other moves above the rim.

The American Basketball Association (ABA) merged with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1976. The ABA used a ball with the colors red, white and blue. The NBA uses a more traditional orange ball.

52 Singer/dancer/actress Falana : LOLA

Lola Falana is a singer, dancer and actress who grew up in Philadelphia. In the sixties Falana had an affair with, and later became good friends with, Sammy Davis Jr. Davis helped get her act into Las Vegas where she was very successful, eventually earning Falana the nickname “Queen of Las Vegas”. With her success came money, and so she became the highest-paid female performer in Vegas at that time. Sadly, Falana fell ill with multiple sclerosis, a disease that forced her to cut short her career as an entertainer.

54 Terminus for some BART riders : SFO

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a commuter rail system serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

61 Fraud, for example : TORT

“Tort” is a French word meaning “mischief, injury or wrong”. In common law, a tort is a civil wrong that results in the injured party suffering loss or harm, and the injuring party having a legal liability. Tort law differs from criminal law in that torts may result from negligence and not just intentional actions. Also, tort lawsuits may be decided on a preponderance of evidence, without the need of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

62 Annual New Year’s Day event : ROSE PARADE

The first Rose Parade was staged in 1890 on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California. The initial parades were organized by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club, whose members wanted to highlight the mild winter weather in the area. The initial parades did not feature flowers, but these were added to underscore the favorable climate. It was the inclusion of the flowers that gave rise to the name “Tournament of Roses”. The first Rose Bowl football game was played in 1902.

64 Elton John and Lady Gaga, for two : STAGE NAMES

“Elton John” is the stage name of English singer and pianist Reginald Dwight. John is an avid football (soccer) supporter, and is especially enthusiastic about Watford Football Club, which was his local team growing up. After he achieved financial success, John was able to purchase Watford FC, and owned the club from 1976 to 1987, and again from 1997 until 2002.

“Lady Gaga” is the stage name of Stefani Germanotta. Germanotta is a big fan of the band Queen, and she took her stage name from the marvelous Queen song titled “Radio Ga Ga”.

Down

3 Neighbor of a Belarusian : LETT

Latvia is one of the former Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs). People from Latvia are called Letts.

The Republic of Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, located east of Poland and north of Ukraine. Belarus didn’t exist as an entity until the Russian Revolution when it was created as one of the Soviet Socialist Republics (SSRs) that made up the USSR. The Republic of Belarus was formed soon after the USSR dissolved in 1990, but unlike many of the former Soviet Republics, Belarus has retained many of the old Soviet policies. Alexander Lukashenko is the country’s president and he believes in state ownership of the economy. Belarus and Russia have formal agreements in place that pledge cooperation.

4 Inits. on a bucket of food : KFC

The famous “Colonel” of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) fame was Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur from Henryville, Indiana. Although not really a “Colonel”, Sanders did indeed serve in the military. He enlisted in the Army as a private in 1906 at the age of 16, lying about his age. He spent the whole of his time in the Army as a soldier in Cuba. It was much later, in the 1930s, that Sanders went into the restaurant business making his specialty deep-fried chicken. By 1935 his reputation as a “character” had grown, so much so that Governor Ruby Laffoon of Kentucky gave Sanders the honorary title of “Kentucky Colonel”. Later in the fifties, Sanders developed his trademark look with the white suit, string tie, mustache and goatee. When Sanders was 65 however, his business failed and in stepped Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s. Thomas simplified the Sanders menu, cutting it back from over a hundred items to just fried chicken and salads. That was enough to launch KFC into the fast food business. Sanders sold the US franchise in 1964 for just $2 million and moved to Canada to grow KFC north of the border. He died in 1980 and is buried in Louisville, Kentucky. The Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices is indeed a trade secret. Apparently there is only one copy of the recipe, a handwritten piece of paper, written in pencil and signed by Colonel Sanders. Since 2009, the piece of paper has been locked in a computerized vault surrounded with motion detectors and security cameras.

5 “The Taming of the Shrew” role : BIANCA

William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is about a courting couple. The male in the couple is Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and the female is Katharina/Kate, the so-called “shrew”. As the play progresses, the “shrew” is “tamed” and becomes an “obedient” bride … a controversial storyline in the contemporary world, to say the least. Regardless, modern adaptations have been made, including 1948’s Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate” and the 1999 romantic comedy “10 Things I Hate About You”.

7 Many college students of the 1980s-’90s, informally : XERS

The term “Generation X” originated in the UK where it was the name of a book by Jane Deverson. Her book detailed the results of a study of British youths in 1964, contrasting their lifestyle to those of previous generations. It was Canadian author Douglas Coupland who was responsible for popularizing the term, with his more successful publication “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture”. By one definition, Gen-Xers were born between 1961 and 1981.

8 Wharton, for one : EDITH

Edith Wharton was a novelist and designer from New York City. Wharton was a wealthy woman and built her own estate in Lenox, Massachusetts called the Mount. My wife and I had the privilege of touring the Mount a few years ago, and there we saw evidence of what design meant to Wharton.

9 Issa of comedy : RAE

Issa Rae is a Stanford University graduate who created a YouTube web series called “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”. Rae also plays the title role in the series, a young lady named “J”. “Awkward Black Girl” was adapted into an HBO comedy-drama called “Insecure”, in which Issa Rae stars.

10 For whom Homs might be home : SYRIAN

Homs is a city in Syria in the west of the country that is located just north of Damascus and not far from the Mediterranean coast.

12 South Carolina college : THE CITADEL

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, is a college located in Charleston, South Carolina. The school took in its first twenty students way back in 1843, when it was known as the South Carolina Military Academy. Back then “academy” was a word associated with secondary schools so it was decided to change the name to “College” in order to eliminate confusion.

13 Setter’s activity : VOLLEYBALL

In volleyball, each team can only touch the ball a maximum of three times before it returns to the other side of the net. The three contacts are often a “bump” (a preliminary pass) and a “set” (setting up the attacking shot) followed by a “spike” (a shot into the opposing court).

22 Stew vessel : CROCK

We often use the term “crockpot” as an alternative for “slow cooker”. The generic term comes from the trademark “Crock-Pot”, which is now owned by Sunbeam products.

25 Chemical compounds in bubble gum : ESTERS

Esters are very common chemicals. The smaller, low-molecular weight esters are usually pleasant smelling and are often found in perfumes. At the other end of the scale, the higher-molecular weight nitroglycerin is a nitrate ester and is very explosive, and polyester is a huge molecule and is a type of plastic. Fats and oils found in nature are fatty acid esters of glycerol known as glycerides.

33 Cryotherapy setting : SPA

Cryotherapy is the use of low temperatures as medical treatment. The term comes from the Greek “cryo” meaning “cold” and “therapy” meaning “cure”.

35 “___ the Man” (2006 film inspired by “Twelfth Night”) : SHE’S

“She’s the Man” is a 2006 romantic comedy that is based on the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night”. The central character in the movie is a teenage girl named Viola who goes to her brother’s school disguised as a boy, in order to play soccer.

William Shakespeare wrote his comedy “Twelfth Night” as a Christmas entertainment (Twelfth Night being the end of the Christmas season). The play’s protagonist is a young woman named Viola. The plot calls for Viola to dress as eunuch named Cesario who goes into the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino has Cesario go to Duchess Olivia to express his love for her. But Olivia falls for Cesario, Cesario (Viola) falls for Orsino, and hilarity ensues …

37 Post master? : ADMIN

A system administrator (in the field of information technology) might be referred to as a “sysadmin”.

38 Quick buck, say : ANTELOPE

“Antelope” is the name given to just over 90 species of deer-like mammals. As a group, antelopes aren’t defined taxonomically, although they might be described as all members of the family Bovidae that aren’t sheep, cattle or goats.

43 Party person : POL

Politician (pol)

47 “Morning in America” campaigner : REAGAN

Like all presidents, President Ronald Reagan had his supporters and his detractors. On the one hand, he was known as “the Great Communicator” because of his ability to connect with Americans. On the other hand, President Reagan earned the nickname “the Teflon President” in some quarters because of a perception that he would not get blamed for anything he did wrong.

49 Literature Nobelist Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA

Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer of renown, one of the most significant authors from Latin America by all accounts. Llosa is also very active politically, and in 1990 ran unsuccessfully for the Peruvian presidency.

53 Man’s name that becomes a toy when its first letter is moved to the end : OLEG

Lego is manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company headquartered in Billund, Denmark. The company was founded by a carpenter called Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1934 and the now-famous plastic interlocking blocks were introduced in 1949. The blocks were originally sold under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks” but I think “Lego” is easier to remember! The name “Lego” comes from the Danish term “leg godt” meaning “play well”.

56 Chorus for picadores : OLES

In Spanish bullfighting, picadors are horsemen that take on a bull in pairs, using lances to jab the poor creature. The picadors have a specific job, to lacerate the muscle on the back of the bull’s neck and to fatigue him before the toreros (bullfighters) are let loose.

60 Good Friday Agreement grp. : IRA

After many, many years of conflict in Northern Ireland, the Provisional IRA (Irish Republican Army) declared a ceasefire in 1994. This step marked an end to most of the violence and was an important step along the road to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Some pricey undergarments : SILK BOXERS
11 Beach patrol conveyances, for short : ATVS
15 When “the arms I long for will open wide,” in a 1963 top 5 hit : ONE FINE DAY
16 “Brace yourselves!” : UH-OH!
17 Item requiring special handling on planes : PET CARRIER
18 Place that may have your number : DELI
19 Historic aircraft inits. : SST
20 Sticky pad? : NEST
21 Something hanging near Christmas lights, maybe : ICICLE
23 Org. concerned with broadband access : FCC
24 Pirates’ terms of address : HEARTIES
26 Word derived from the Egyptian for “great house” : PHARAOH
30 Nose-in-the-air : SNOOTY
31 Cartoon character with a noted football prank : LUCY
32 Orange-brown hue : RUST
34 Kvetches : CRABS
36 A.T.M. input: Abbr. : AMT
37 “E-Z” or “xtra” : ADSPEAK
39 T as in telegraph? : DAH
40 Larva of a dragonfly, named after Greek myth : NAIAD
42 Alpine lake : TARN
43 Athlete who once served as his country’s Extraordinary Minister for Sport : PELE
44 Routine : NORMAL
46 Walks along the boardwalk, say : STROLLS
48 Guard : SENTINEL
50 Sauce ingredient in a Londoner’s “pie and mash” : EEL
51 Hoops star during the N.B.A.-A.B.A. merger : ERVING
52 Singer/dancer/actress Falana : LOLA
54 Terminus for some BART riders : SFO
57 ___ Fronteras (area where Brazil, Peru and Colombia meet) : TRES
58 Green : ECOLOGICAL
61 Fraud, for example : TORT
62 Annual New Year’s Day event : ROSE PARADE
63 Planets, e.g. : ORBS
64 Elton John and Lady Gaga, for two : STAGE NAMES

Down

1 Concessions : SOPS
2 Fashion designer Di Santo : INES
3 Neighbor of a Belarusian : LETT
4 Inits. on a bucket of food : KFC
5 “The Taming of the Shrew” role : BIANCA
6 Published : ON RECORD
7 Many college students of the 1980s-’90s, informally : XERS
8 Wharton, for one : EDITH
9 Issa of comedy : RAE
10 For whom Homs might be home : SYRIAN
11 One for the books? : AUDITOR
12 South Carolina college : THE CITADEL
13 Setter’s activity : VOLLEYBALL
14 Backs (away) : SHIES
22 Stew vessel : CROCK
23 Really overdo the sunbathing : FRY
25 Chemical compounds in bubble gum : ESTERS
26 “Here’s the ___” : PLAN
27 What robots might be used to reduce : HUMAN ERROR
28 Spring or fall, e.g. : ACTION VERB
29 Swindle : HUSTLE
33 Cryotherapy setting : SPA
35 “___ the Man” (2006 film inspired by “Twelfth Night”) : SHE’S
37 Post master? : ADMIN
38 Quick buck, say : ANTELOPE
41 See 54-Down : … ARTISTS
43 Party person : POL
45 Gets hot : ANGERS
47 “Morning in America” campaigner : REAGAN
48 Scrap : SET-TO
49 Literature Nobelist Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA
53 Man’s name that becomes a toy when its first letter is moved to the end : OLEG
54 With 41-Down, swindlers : SCAM …
55 Hairstyle that’s short on the sides : FADE
56 Chorus for picadores : OLES
59 Hotel room extra : COT
60 Good Friday Agreement grp. : IRA

17 thoughts on “1003-20 NY Times Crossword 3 Oct 20, Saturday”

  1. 19:44 Remarkable for a Sat. Guess I was in the zone because I was less than 3 minutes slower than Bill (usually happy if I can get less than 2X Bill time) and faster than @Nonny. About the only miscue was putting in PYRAMID (as soon as I saw Egypt and house) and then correcting a bit later.

  2. 41:01. I don’t want to talk about it. A hard one all the way through. I was also sidetracked watching the Cardinals losing to San Diego in the MLB playoffs while doing it. I don’t want to talk about that either.

    Cryotherapy sounds extremely uncomfortable, but I know some people who swear by it. I’ve never had the courage to try it.

    Best –

  3. I’m with @Jeff. I don’t wanna talk about it. My first pass yielded almost nothing. Two lookups: SILKBOXERS and ONEFINEDAY got me going. From there I filled in all the rest. Total time 30:32 with probably close to half of that time just staring at a mostly blank grid. Ugh!

  4. @LIGGY …

    And I repeat: You seem not to have seen my response the day before yesterday (or its repeat, yesterday). In any case, I agree with you that 4 and 6 are the numbers, giving one GHI + MNO => HOMING.

  5. Toughie today but finished with one foolish error. Got going early with ONE FINE DAY which is one of my favorite oldies. It always gets
    the full volume treatment while I sing along. You don’t want to be there.

    1. I looked at the Merriam Webster Dictionary and it has a secondary meaning of SOP as
      “a conciliatory or propitiatory bribe, gift, or gesture”;
      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sop

      So in that sense it is a concession (giving in) to someone or thing.

      New to me as well – I only think of it as some food dipped in a sauce or liquid – definition #1.

  6. 28:52, no errors. Always happy for a clean fill on a Saturday. My printer didn’t help my cause. The clue for 13D looked like ‘Sexter’s activity’ instead of ‘Setter’s activity’. Tried to make VULGAR CALL work, to no avail.

  7. Finished with no errors But had a lookup.. I was stuck at 49D.. I had the SE corner figured out, but LOSA didn’t make any sense and I sure didn’t know who Mario Cargo was and I didn’t have the SW section done let alone 48A.. I looked up LLOSA and holy cow everything opened up. I actually felt guilty.. That SW corner fell fast especially since SCAM ARTISTS fell early..

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