0111-21 NY Times Crossword 11 Jan 21, Monday

Constructed by: Martha Kimes
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Deli

Themed answers each start with an item found in a DELI:

  • 58D Where you might find the starts of 18-, 26-, 44- and 59-Across : DELI
  • 18A Cast celebration at the end of filming : WRAP PARTY
  • 26A Souvenirs from Havana : CUBAN CIGARS
  • 44A Going from nightspot to nightspot : CLUB-HOPPING
  • 59A Certain online board for discussion of a topic : SUBREDDIT

Bill’s time: 5m 03s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Periodically sold fast-food item : MCRIB

The McDonald’s McRib sandwich is based on a pork patty. There isn’t any pork rib in the patty though. It is primarily made up of pork shoulder meat reconstituted with tripe, heart and stomach tissue. Enjoy …

10 Swindle : SCAM

The slang term “scam”, meaning a swindle, may come from the British slang “scamp”.

14 Actress Donovan of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” : ELISA

Elisa Donovan is an actress from Poughkeepsie, New York. Donovan’s big break came in the film “Clueless”, playing a part that she later played in the television series of the same name.

The hit TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” is based on a comic book series of the same name. The title character is played by actress Melissa Joan Hart. Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda, who are both 600 years of age. There’s also a cat called Salem, who has magical powers.

15 “Othello” villain : IAGO

Iago is the schemer in Shakespeare’s “Othello”. He is a soldier who fought alongside Othello and feels hard done by, missing out on promotion. Iago hatches a plot designed to discredit his rival Cassio by insinuating that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona, Othello’s wife.

18 Cast celebration at the end of filming : WRAP PARTY

When shooting of a film is concluded the movie is said to wrap, and everyone heads to the wrap party. There is one story that “wrap” is actually an acronym for “wind, reel and print”, a reference to the transition of the filming process into post-production. But, this explanation is disputed.

22 Frozen expanse : TUNDRA

Tundra is an ecosystem that is treeless, or very nearly so. There are three types of tundra. Arctic and Antarctic tundra can’t support the growth of trees as the ground is pretty much frozen. Alpine tundra cannot support tree-growth due to high altitude.

23 Olive ___ (Popeye’s sweetie) : OYL

E. C. Segar’s cartoon character Olive Oyl had quite a large family. Her mother is Nana Oyl, and her father Cole Oyl. Olive’s brother is Castor Oyl, and she has uncles named Otto Oyl and Lubry Kent Oyl (my favorite!).

Popeye first appeared in 1929 in a comic strip called “Thimble Theatre”. The strip, created by E. C. Segar, ran for ten years before Popeye made an appearance. Popeye received such a great welcome from readers that he soon “took over” the strip, and eventually even hogged the strip’s title. Before Popeye turned up, Olive Oyl was the main character.

25 Charged particle : ION

As we all recall from science class, a positive ion is called a cation and a negative ion is an anion. The names “cation” and “anion” come from Greek, with “kation” meaning “going down” and “anion” meaning “going up”.

26 Souvenirs from Havana : CUBAN CIGARS

A Cuban sandwich almost always includes Cuban bread filled with roast pork, glazed ham, Swiss cheese and sliced dill pickles. The Cuban was designated the city of Tampa’s signature sandwich in 2012.

32 CPR performer : EMT

An emergency medical technician (EMT) might administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

33 Occupants of kennels : DOGS

Our word “kennel” meaning “doghouse” comes from the Vulgar Latin word “canile” meaning the same thing. A sheep (“ovus”) was kept in an “ovile”, a horse (“equus”) in an “equile”, and a dog (“canis”) in a “canile”.

37 Subjects in which women have traditionally been underrepresented, for short : STEM

The acronym “STEM” stands for the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. An alternative acronym with a similar meaning is MINT, standing for mathematics, information sciences, natural sciences and technology.

38 Letters between thetas and kappas : IOTAS

Iota is the ninth letter in the Greek alphabet, and one that gave rise to our letters I and J. We use the word “iota” to portray something very small, as it is the smallest of all Greek letters.

40 Human rights attorney Clooney : AMAL

Amal Alamuddin married celebrated Hollywood actor George Clooney in 2014. Alamuddin was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved with her family to London when she was a toddler. She is a lawyer specializing in international law, with one of her more renowned clients being the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.

41 FX network’s “___ of Anarchy” : SONS

“Sons of Anarchy” is a popular FX crime series about an outlaw motorcycle club in California’s Central Valley. Apparently, it is the most successful FX show ever.

42 Mediterranean, e.g. : SEA

The Mediterranean Sea is almost completely enclosed by land, and is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar. The sea takes its name from the Latin “mediterraneus”, which means “in the middle of land”.

43 Prenatal test, for short : AMNIO

Amniocentesis (“amnio” for short) is the prenatal test which involves the removal of a small amount of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus using a hypodermic needle. The fluid naturally contains some fetal cells, the DNA of which can then be tested to determine the sex of the child and to check for the presence of genetic abnormalities.

47 Soccer star Hamm : MIA

Mia Hamm is a retired American soccer player. She played as a forward on the US national team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991. Hamm scored 158 international goals, which was more than any other player in the world, male or female, until the record was broken in 2013. Amazingly, Hamm was born with a clubfoot, and so had to wear corrective shoes when she was growing up.

50 Buffoon : OAF

A buffoon is a clown or jester, although the word “buffoon” tends to be used more figuratively to describe someone foolish and ridiculous. The term comes from the Italian “buffa” meaning “joke”.

54 Source of healthful fat and fiber : FLAXSEED

Flax is mainly grown for its seeds (to make oil) and for its fibers. Flax fibers have been used to make linen for centuries, certainly back as far as the days of the ancient Egyptians. Flax fibers are soft and shiny, resembling blond hair, hence the term “flaxen hair”.

59 Certain online board for discussion of a topic : SUBREDDIT

Reddit.com is a networking and news website that started up in 2005. It is essentially a bulletin board system with posts that are voted up and down by users, which determines the ranking of posts. The name “Reddit” is a play on “read it”, as in “I read it on Reddit”. One popular feature of the Reddit site is an online forum that is similar to a press conference. Known as an AMA (for “ask me anything”), participants have included the likes of President Barack Obama, Madonna, Bill Gates, Stephen Colbert and Gordon Ramsay. President Obama’s AMA was so popular that the high level of traffic brought down many parts of the Reddit site.

61 Like an angle less than 90° : ACUTE

In geometry, there are several classes of angles:

  • Acute (< 90 degrees) 
  • Right (= 90 degrees) 
  • Obtuse (> 90 degrees and < 180 degrees) 
  • Straight (180 degrees) 
  • Reflex (> 180 degrees)

62 Old Russian ruler : TSAR

The last ruler of Imperial Russia was Tsar Nicholas II (of the House of Romanov). Famously, the Tsar and his family were murdered in 1918 in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Russia by members of the Bolshevik secret police. The Tsar’s youngest daughter was 16-year-old Anastasia and rumors of her escape have persisted for years. The rumors grew with the help of numerous women who claimed to be Anastasia. In 2009, DNA testing finally proved that the remains of all of the Tsar’s immediate family, including Anastasia, have been found and identified.

63 Brontë’s “Jane ___” : EYRE

The Brontë family lived in the lovely village of Haworth in Yorkshire, England. The three daughters all became recognised authors. The first to achieve success was Charlotte Brontë when she published “Jane Eyre”. Then came Emily with “Wuthering Heights” and Anne with “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”.

66 Rocker Lou : REED

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.

67 Popular vodka brand, for short : STOLI

Stolichnaya is a brand of “Russian” vodka made from wheat and rye grain. “Stoli” originated in Russia, but now it’s made in Latvia. Latvia is of course a completely different country, so you won’t see the word “Russian” on the label anymore.

Down

1 Flat-topped hill : MESA

“What’s the difference between a butte and a mesa?” Both are hills with flat tops, but a mesa has a top that is wider than it is tall. A butte is a much narrower formation, and taller than it is wide.

6 Hindu festival of lights : DIWALI

Diwali is a popular Hindu festival. It is a “festival of lights”, a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is observed annually over five days at the conclusion of the summer harvest, and when there is a new moon.

8 Supermarket chain that’s big in small towns : IGA

The initialism “IGA” stands for “Independent Grocers Alliance”, and is a chain of supermarkets that extends right around the world. IGA’s headquarters is in Chicago. The company uses the slogan “Hometown Proud Supermarkets”.

9 Breakfast treats from a toaster : POP-TARTS

Pop-Tart is the most successful single brand for the Kellogg company, as millions of the sugary treats are sold every year. The US Military bought quite a few in 2001, and dropped 2.4 million Pop-Tarts into Afghanistan during the invasion after 9/11.

11 Rap’s ___ B : CARDI

“Cardi B” is the stage name of rap artist Belcalis Almánzar from the Bronx in New York City. The name “Cardi B” comes from the brand name “Bacardi”.

12 Member of a major-league team with a name that’s out of this world? : ASTRO

The Houston baseball team changed its name to the Astros (sometimes “’Stros”) from the Colt .45s in 1965 when they started playing in the Astrodome. The Astrodome was so called in recognition of the city’s long association with the US space program. The Astros moved from the National League to the American League starting in the 2013 season.

13 Like an early Central American civilization : MAYAN

The Maya civilization held sway in Central America and Mexico from about 350 AD, until the arrival of the Spanish in the 1500s.

19 “Nobody ___ Baby in a corner” (line from “Dirty Dancing”) : PUTS

The celebrated 1987 film “Dirty Dancing” stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, who were both relative unknowns at the time of filming. “Dirty Dancing” had a relatively low budget but was destined to earn over $200 million. It became the first movie to sell more than a million copies on home video. There was a prequel made in 2004 called “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”, that wasn’t a good film at all. Patrick Swayze was paid $200,000 for his 1987 performance, and received $5 million to make a cameo in the prequel.

21 Big Apple inits. : NYC

Apparently, the first published use of the term “Big Apple” to describe New York City dates back to 1909. Edward Martin wrote the following in his book “The Wayfarer in New York”:

Kansas is apt to see in New York a greedy city. . . . It inclines to think that the big apple gets a disproportionate share of the national sap.

Over ten years later, the term “big apple” was used as a nickname for racetracks in and around New York City. However, the concerted effort to “brand” the city as the Big Apple had to wait until the seventies and was the work of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau.

27 “Do ___ others …” : UNTO

The Golden Rule is also known as the ethic of reciprocity, and is a basis for the concept of human rights. A version of the rule used in the Christian tradition is attributed to Jesus:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

28 Vitamin also known as PABA : B-TEN

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), or now its derivatives, is the “active” ingredient in sunscreens in that it absorbs UV radiation. PABA derivatives are used today as PABA itself fell out of favor due to its tendency to stain clothes and to cause an allergic reaction in some users. PABA was also known historically as vitamin B10, although it is no longer considered a vitamin as it is readily produced by bacteria found in the body.

34 Hilton alternative : OMNI

Omni Hotels & Resorts is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has properties in the US, Canada and Mexico.

38 Bahamian or Fijian : ISLANDER

The Bahamas is a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, lying in the same island chain as Cuba and Hispaniola. The Bahamas was a British colony for many years but became independent in 1973, although it retains membership in the British Commonwealth.

The island nation of Fiji is an archipelago in the South Pacific made up of over 330 islands, 110 of which are inhabited. Fiji was occupied by the British for over a century and finally gained its independence in 1970.

43 Ways to earn college credits while in H.S. : AP EXAMS

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.

44 Part of a reactor : CORE

A nuclear reactor is a device designed to maintain a self-contained nuclear chain reaction. Nuclear fission generates heat in the reactor core. That heat is transferred out of the core by a nuclear reactor coolant, and is used to turn steam turbines. Those steam turbines usually drive electrical generators, or perhaps a ship’s propellers.

46 60 minuti : ORA

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

49 Chance for a hit : AT BAT

That would be baseball.

55 Edinburgh native : SCOT

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, and is a really beautiful city. In days gone by it might not have been quite so charming though. Like many cities, plumes of smoke hung over Edinburgh when coal and wood fires weren’t regulated. To this day, the city has the nickname “Auld Reekie”, Scots for “Old Smoky”.

56 Continental currency : EURO

The euro sign (€) looks like a letter C, but with two horizontal lines drawn across the middle. Inspiration for the design comes from the Greek letter epsilon.

58 Where you might find the starts of 18-, 26-, 44- and 59-Across : 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”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Periodically sold fast-food item : MCRIB
6 What melting ice cream cones do : DRIP
10 Swindle : SCAM
14 Actress Donovan of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” : ELISA
15 “Othello” villain : IAGO
16 House in Mexico : CASA
17 Less risky : SAFER
18 Cast celebration at the end of filming : WRAP PARTY
20 Feelers : ANTENNAE
22 Frozen expanse : TUNDRA
23 Olive ___ (Popeye’s sweetie) : OYL
24 It can be used for welcoming or wrestling : MAT
25 Charged particle : ION
26 Souvenirs from Havana : CUBAN CIGARS
31 Loosen, as laces : UNTIE
32 CPR performer : EMT
33 Occupants of kennels : DOGS
37 Subjects in which women have traditionally been underrepresented, for short : STEM
38 Letters between thetas and kappas : IOTAS
40 Human rights attorney Clooney : AMAL
41 FX network’s “___ of Anarchy” : SONS
42 Mediterranean, e.g. : SEA
43 Prenatal test, for short : AMNIO
44 Going from nightspot to nightspot : CLUB-HOPPING
47 Soccer star Hamm : MIA
50 Buffoon : OAF
51 “___ you serious?” : ARE
52 Worker just for a summer, maybe : INTERN
54 Source of healthful fat and fiber : FLAXSEED
59 Certain online board for discussion of a topic : SUBREDDIT
61 Like an angle less than 90° : ACUTE
62 Old Russian ruler : TSAR
63 Brontë’s “Jane ___” : EYRE
64 Ethical : MORAL
65 Divisions of tennis matches : SETS
66 Rocker Lou : REED
67 Popular vodka brand, for short : STOLI

Down

1 Flat-topped hill : MESA
2 Extended family : CLAN
3 Break in relations : RIFT
4 “Understood” : I SEE
5 Without exception … as in dry counties? : BAR NONE
6 Hindu festival of lights : DIWALI
7 Hard to find : RARE
8 Supermarket chain that’s big in small towns : IGA
9 Breakfast treats from a toaster : POP-TARTS
10 Read over : SCAN
11 Rap’s ___ B : CARDI
12 Member of a major-league team with a name that’s out of this world? : ASTRO
13 Like an early Central American civilization : MAYAN
19 “Nobody ___ Baby in a corner” (line from “Dirty Dancing”) : PUTS
21 Big Apple inits. : NYC
24 One of a baby’s first words : MAMA
26 Talk a blue streak? : CUSS
27 “Do ___ others …” : UNTO
28 Vitamin also known as PABA : B-TEN
29 Goals : AIMS
30 Do better than average, gradewise : GET A B
33 Like a just-used towel : DAMP
34 Hilton alternative : OMNI
35 Profit : GAIN
36 Trudge : SLOG
38 Bahamian or Fijian : ISLANDER
39 Egg: Fr. : OEUF
43 Ways to earn college credits while in H.S. : AP EXAMS
44 Part of a reactor : CORE
45 Stopped : HALTED
46 60 minuti : ORA
47 Sprays : MISTS
48 Occupied : IN USE
49 Chance for a hit : AT BAT
53 Blunders : ERRS
54 Command to a cannoneer : FIRE!
55 Edinburgh native : SCOT
56 Continental currency : EURO
57 And others: Abbr. : ET AL
58 Where you might find the starts of 18-, 26-, 44- and 59-Across : DELI
60 Easter egg colorer : DYE

7 thoughts on “0111-21 NY Times Crossword 11 Jan 21, Monday”

  1. 5:52 No issues

    @Bill – check your year for 26A. You have it 80 years in the future, transposing two of the digits.

  2. 6:13, no errors.

    Anndd … so much for ever again having a McRib sandwich. Thanks, Bill! … 😜

    (I’m joking, of course, but … when my grandfather moved back to the US in 1925, after thirteen years of trying to make a living on a homestead a little too far north in Alberta, he found work in the “sausage room” of a local meat-packing plant and it was several years after he retired before he was able to eat sausage again.)

  3. 9:53, because I didn’t get the theme right away(surprised?)and I drink Smirnoff, so had no clue about Stoli 🙂

  4. 5:24. Very late to the party tonight. Just had dinner, and no – it wasn’t a MCRIB.

    Never heard of DIWALI, but it sounds interesting.

    Best –

  5. 7:52, no errors. Lost some time entering/erasing AP TESTS before AP EXAMS. 1A they say that you can use everything from a pig……except the squeal.

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