1105-20 NY Times Crossword 5 Nov 20, Thursday

Constructed by: Jeremy Newton
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Hashtag

We have a rebus puzzle today, with a HASHTAG in four squares. That HASHTAG represents EQUAL (=) in the across-direction, and “II” (two letters “I”) in the down-direction:

  • 39A Symbol formed by four crossings in this puzzle : HASHTAG
  • 17A Translation of the Latin phrase “ceteris paribus” : ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL
  • 27A Doctrine that was found unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education : SEPARATE BUT EQUAL
  • 46A Fair for everybody : EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
  • 61A Organized effort for justice under the law : EQUAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
  • 13D Traveling between the poles? : SKIING
  • 26D Kristen formerly of “S.N.L.” : WIIG
  • 43D Some Nintendo consoles : WIIS
  • 49D Branch of Islam : SHIISM

Bill’s time: 11m 46s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Product that’s available on tap? : APP

Just tap the screen on your phone …

4 Ship guarded by Hera : ARGO

In Greek mythology, Jason and the Argonauts set sail on the Argo from the city of Iolcos in search of the Golden Fleece. Jason’s vessel was called the “Argo” in honor of the ship’s builder, a man named Argus.

In Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and the goddess of women, marriage, family and childbirth. She was noted for her jealous and vengeful nature, particularly against those who vied for the affections of her husband. The equivalent character to Hera in Roman mythology was Juno. Hera was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea.

14 Rocker Reed : LOU

Lou Reed was best known as a rock musician and songwriter, and was especially associated with the fabulous 1973 hit “Walk on the Wildside”. Reed is less well known as a photographer, but he published two collections of his work. The first was released in 2003 under the title “Emotions in Action”, and the second in 2006 called “Lou Reed’s New York”. Reed passed away in 2013.

22 Game-ending shout : GIN!

Gin rummy is a faster variant of standard rummy. It was introduced in 1909 by one Elwood Baker and his son.

24 Dallas sch. : SMU

Southern Methodist University (SMU) is located in University Park, Texas (part of Dallas) and was founded in 1911. The school’s athletic teams are known as the Mustangs. Also, SMU is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

27 Doctrine that was found unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education : SEPARATE BUT EQUAL

In 1890, the State of Louisiana enacted a statute requiring separate accommodations for African Americans on trains, a statute called the Separate Car Act. An alliance of activists arranged for one Homer Plessy to be arrested for breaking the law, so that they could forward an appeal to the US Supreme Court. However, the plan backfired when the decision of the upper court led to the doctrine of “separate but equal”, a doctrine that remained in place until it was struck down in 1954 by Brown v. Board of Education.

Brown v. Board of Education was the US Supreme Court Case that established the unconstitutionality of separate public schools for black and white students. Oliver L. Brown was one of thirteen parents who filed a class action suit against the Topeka, Kansas Board of Education on behalf of their twenty children. The suit called for the city to reverse its racial segregation policy. The final decision by the US Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, was unanimous in rejecting segregation.

32 It can be substituted for Gouda : EDAM

Edam cheese takes its name from the Dutch town of Edam in North Holland. The cheese is famous for its coating of red paraffin wax, a layer of protection that helps Edam travel well and prevents spoiling. You might occasionally come across an Edam cheese that is coated in black wax. The black color indicates that the underlying cheese has been aged for a minimum of 17 weeks.

Gouda is a cheese that originated in the Dutch city of the same name, although today Gouda is produced all over the world and very little of it comes from the Netherlands. Gouda is often smoke-cured, which gives it a yellowish-brown outer skin and that characteristic smoky taste.

33 What the sun and Sunoco have in common : GAS

Our sun is a sphere of hot plasma that forms the center of our solar system. The Sun’s mass has two main components, with almost three quarters made up by hydrogen, and a quarter by helium. The continual nuclear fusion reaction in the Sun’s core converts hydrogen into helium, and generates a lot of energy. We should all be pretty grateful to the Sun for generating that energy …

Back in the late 1800s, Sunoco was known as the Sun Oil Company, hence “Sun-o-co”.

34 Gourd : NOGGIN

Slang terms for “head” are “bean”, “coconut”, “gourd”, “noodle” and “noggin”.

38 Locale where the French may take des vacances : MER

In French, “été” (summer) is a common time to go “en vacances” (on vacation), perhaps by the “mer” (sea).

39 Symbol formed by four crossings in this puzzle : HASHTAG

A hashtag is a word preceded by the symbol #. Hashtags are big these days because of its use by Twitter. The “#” symbol is usually referred to as the “number sign”, but here in the US the name “pound sign” is very common as well.

42 How promgoers typically arrive : IN TWOS

A prom is a formal dance held upon graduation from high school (we call them “formals” over in Ireland). The term “prom” is short for “promenade”, the name given to a type of dance or ball.

45 Bluesy Redding : OTIS

Otis Redding is often referred to as the “King of Soul”, and what a voice he had. Like so many of the greats in the world of popular music it seems, Redding was killed in a plane crash, in 1967 when he was just 26 years old. Just three days earlier he had recorded what was to be his biggest hit, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.

67 Drama that’s credited with boosting sales of Lucky Strike cigarettes : MAD MEN

“Mad Men” was the flagship show on the AMC television channel for several seasons. Set in the sixties, it’s all about an advertising agency located on Madison Avenue in New York (hence the title). “Mad Men” became the first show created by a basic cable channel to win an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series.

Lucky Strike is an R.J. Reynolds brand of cigarette. It was the single most successful brand during the thirties in terms of sales. A marketing campaign in the twenties promoted Lucky Strikes to women, touting it as a cigarette that could help keep the weight down, an alternative to eating candy. Times have changed, thank goodness …

Down

2 Water ___ : POLO

The sport of water polo is thought to have originated in Scotland, where it was a feature of fairs and festivals. Men’s water polo was introduced into the Olympic Games in 1900, making it one of the oldest team sports in the Games.

6 “___ Paradise,” 1995 #1 hit for Coolio : GANGSTA’S

Rap star Coolio has a web-based cooking show called “Cookin’ with Coolio”. And, he has a cookbook of the same name. Coolio likes to refer to himself as the “ghetto Martha Stewart” and the “black Rachael Ray”.

7 “Wowie!,” to Gen Z : OMG!

“OMG” is text-speak for “Oh My Gosh!” “Oh My Goodness!” or any other G-words you might care to use …

10 Drugmaker Lilly : ELI

Eli Lilly is the largest corporation in the state of Indiana. Founder Eli Lilly was a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War, and a failed Mississippi plantation owner. Later in life he returned to his first profession and opened a pharmaceutical operation to manufacture drugs and sell them wholesale. Under Lilly’s early guidance, the company was the first to create gelatin capsules to hold medicines and the first to use fruit flavoring in liquid medicines.

11 White noise? : LONG I

The middle letter in the word “white” is a long letter I.

26 Kristen formerly of “S.N.L.” : WIIG

Kristen Wiig is a comic actress who appears on “Saturday Night Live”. She also made an appearance on the first season of Spike TV’s quirky “The Joe Schmo Show”, playing “Dr. Pat”. More recently, she co-wrote and starred in the 2011 hit film “Bridesmaids”, and co-starred in the 2016 reboot of “Ghostbusters”.

28 Fall setting : EDEN

In the Christian tradition, the “fall of man” took place in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This went against the bidding of God, and was at the urging of the serpent. As a result, Adam and Eve were banished from Eden to prevent them from becoming immortal by eating from the tree of life. The first humans had transitioned from a state of innocent obedience to a state of guilty disobedience.

31 Dress (up), old-style : TOG

The verb “to tog up”, meaning “to dress up”, comes from the Latin “toga” describing the garment worn in ancient Rome. “Tog” can also be used as an informal word for a coat or a cloak. Back in Ireland, togs are what we call swimming shorts.

43 Some Nintendo consoles : WIIS

Introduced in 2006, Nintendo’s Wii quickly became the biggest-selling game console in the world.

45 What takes a toll? : ONE AM

At the hour of one a.m., the clock tolls once.

48 Nov. 11 honorees : US VETS

Veterans Day used to be known as Armistice Day, and is observed on November 11th each year. This particular date was chosen as the Armistice that ended WWI was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

49 Branch of Islam : SHIISM

The Islamic sects of Sunni and Shia Muslims differ in the belief of who should have taken over leadership of the Muslim faithful after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Sunni tradition agree with the decision that the Prophet Muhammad’s confidante Abu Bakr was the right choice to become the first Caliph of the Islamic nation. Followers of the Shia tradition believe that leadership should have stayed within the Prophet Muhammad’s own family, and favored the Prophet’s son-in-law Ali.

50 Vital vessel : AORTA

The aorta originates in the heart and extends down into the abdomen. It is the largest artery in the body.

56 Package directive: Abbr. : ATTN

Attention (attn.)

59 “Shepherd Moons” singer, 1991 : ENYA

Enya’s real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, which can translate from Irish into Enya Brennan. Her Donegal family (in the northwest of Ireland) formed a band called Clannad, which included Enya. In 1980 Enya launched her very successful solo career, eventually becoming Ireland’s best-selling solo musician. And, she sure does turn up a lot in crosswords!

63 Pride : lions :: ___ : emus : MOB

A group of lions is known as a pride. It’s possible that the term “pride”, in this context, derives from the Latin “praeda” meaning “prey”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Product that’s available on tap? : APP
4 Ship guarded by Hera : ARGO
8 Fixates (on) : DWELLS
14 Rocker Reed : LOU
15 Band of ore : SEAM
16 “Hey, check that out!” : OH, LOOK!
17 Translation of the Latin phrase “ceteris paribus” : ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL
20 What you’re doing right now : SOLVING
21 Never-before-seen : NEW
22 Game-ending shout : GIN!
23 Expert : ACE
24 Dallas sch. : SMU
26 Part of a party : WING
27 Doctrine that was found unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education : SEPARATE BUT EQUAL
32 It can be substituted for Gouda : EDAM
33 What the sun and Sunoco have in common : GAS
34 Gourd : NOGGIN
38 Locale where the French may take des vacances : MER
39 Symbol formed by four crossings in this puzzle : HASHTAG
41 Angst-ridden and moody : EMO
42 How promgoers typically arrive : IN TWOS
44 Thank you for waiting : TIP
45 Bluesy Redding : OTIS
46 Fair for everybody : EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
49 They might create divisions in the board : SAWS
52 Copy : APE
53 Former monetary unit in Japan : SEN
54 Break up a plot? : HOE
55 Very, informally : WAY
57 Severely criticizes : SAVAGES
61 Organized effort for justice under the law : EQUAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
64 Side of a square, say : STREET
65 Drop : OMIT
66 “I’m for it!” : AYE!
67 Drama that’s credited with boosting sales of Lucky Strike cigarettes : MAD MEN
68 Inn capacity : BEDS
69 Unpracticed : RAW

Down

1 “That’s life, I guess” : ALAS
2 Water ___ : POLO
3 Rend : PULL APART
4 More pallid : ASHIER
5 Check, with “in” : REIN …
6 “___ Paradise,” 1995 #1 hit for Coolio : GANGSTA’S
7 “Wowie!,” to Gen Z : OMG!
8 “___ careful, will you?” : DO BE
9 “Barely made it!” : WHEW!
10 Drugmaker Lilly : ELI
11 White noise? : LONG I
12 Enter one’s user name and password : LOG IN
13 Traveling between the poles? : SKIING
18 Accompanier of a roving reporter, for short : TV CAM
19 Affront : SNUB
25 See-through garment : MESH TOP
26 Kristen formerly of “S.N.L.” : WIIG
27 Formal introduction? : SEMI-
28 Fall setting : EDEN
29 Audibly floored : AGASP
30 Inappropriate : UNAPT
31 Dress (up), old-style : TOG
35 Start working more energetically : GET IN GEAR
36 “Just me!” : I’M IT!
37 Digging too deep : NOSY
39 Playful suffix with “any” : -HOO
40 Growing old : TIRESOME
43 Some Nintendo consoles : WIIS
45 What takes a toll? : ONE AM
47 Is worthwhile : PAYS
48 Nov. 11 honorees : US VETS
49 Branch of Islam : SHIISM
50 Vital vessel : AORTA
51 Odd : WEIRD
55 “How fun!” : WHEE!
56 Package directive: Abbr. : ATTN
58 Voracious : AVID
59 “Shepherd Moons” singer, 1991 : ENYA
60 Worry : STEW
62 Standout : GEM
63 Pride : lions :: ___ : emus : MOB

14 thoughts on “1105-20 NY Times Crossword 5 Nov 20, Thursday”

  1. 30:50 including a minute or so to find a fat finger. Somewhere on the early side I got the intersection of 17A with 13D and I figured they were using II to represent an “=” sign, just rotated. And that’s how I proceeded. Got the revealer 39A just toward the very end and the jingle filled in the “#”. Though I read on another blog that the hashtag is not quite correct since the vertical lines in it are slanted and are not a true II, rather an Italic II, I guess – NITS.

    I had IDES vs EDEN for a long time (Caesar fell on the Ides) and for 39D I had SUNNI then SUFFI before I finally realized it also used the rebus. Also had ALE before APP for a while.

    I know there’s a long I in White – but noise?? Still don’t get that.

    I did a lot of head scratching before I got the jingle as evidenced by my time. Good challenge

    1. Ron –

      The long I sound is the (a) noise you make when you say the word “white”

      Don’t shoot the messenger

      Best –

  2. 21:40, no errors. I used a “=” for each of the four rebuses until I got to the revealer, at which point I went back and changed each one to a “#”. I’m sure that accounts for at least ten minutes of my solving time … 😜. (Okay, so I guess I also spent a little time on SHIITE vs. SHIISM … 😜)

    Cool puzzle, in any case … 😜.

    For something completely different, check out today’s astonishing construction from Brendan Emmett Quigley:

    https://www.brendanemmettquigley.com/

    1. And … the link I posted above is now five weeks out of date, so you’d now have to use his “next” link ten times to get back to the puzzle he posted on November 5th.

      I have to say that, the more of BEQ’s puzzles I do, the more impressed I become … 🙂.

  3. 40:02. The secret to this puzzle is obviously getting the reveal. I had a lot of issues with that because I had GANGSTer Paradise which made HArH and GeS which I knew weren’t right. I started to wonder if I knew how to spell ganstAr correctly.

    After about a thousand iterations, I finally figured it out and got SKIING and ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL and HASHTAG at roughly the same time. Doh. Took me a long time, but I got there.

    I didn’t understand ONE AM for “What takes a toll” until I came here. Uh..ok.

    For the record, there is no substitute for smoked gouda. I put it on practically everything.

    Best –

  4. 26:53 I figured out the theme but had trouble with everything below 46A. Took me forever to figure everything out down there. Like Ron I had SUNNI first and I entered II in the rebus squares before I got the revealer.

  5. Not my best effort. 36:31 with a couple of hints. I got the rebus early on but still struggled. Very cleverly done puzzle. Fun, if a bit frustrating.

  6. Liked the grid.. got the gimmick fairly early when I got to KRISTEN WIIG. Hah, the jig was up.. helped significantly.. like others, had SHIITE but that changed pretty quick.. my screw-up was with DWELLS. I had PHEW!! I initially had WHEW but couldn’t mentally make it work so went with PHEW which made 8A SPELLS and 8D was SO BE.. Seemed to work for me..

  7. 50:39 with no errors thanks to several references to “my notes”from previous puzzles…a MOB of Emus opened up the SE corner to finish the grid…tough one IMO…you could say OMG.
    Stay safe😀
    Go Ravens🙏

  8. Tried to squeeze in AMENDMENT for 61-A but, of course, ran out of squares. Took a while to clean that up but still finished with a couple of errors of the “shoulda known better” variety. Time to regroup
    for tomorrow.

  9. 21:46, no errors. Theme gimmick wasn’t too bad, using pencil and paper. Joined others in putting SHIITE before SHIISM. Anyone else put ALE in 1A before APP?

  10. Just a note on “how promgoers typically arrive”: At least for high school kids, it’s not IN TWOS, but much more typically in groups.

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