0422-21 NY Times Crossword 22 Apr 21, Thursday

Constructed by: Jem Burch
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill): 007

We have a rebus puzzle today, with the appearance of OO 7 times in the grid. Three themed answers are actors who have portrayed 007 in films:

  • 17A *1962-67, 1971, 1983 : SEAN CONNERY
  • 37A *1995-2002 : PIERCE BROSNAN
  • 59A *2006-present : DANIEL CRAIG
  1. 14A Quarters seen in some parts of Canada : IGLOOS
  2. 15A Ruckuses : HOO-HAS
  3. 16A “Neat!” : COOL!
  4. 27A Small alcoholic drink : SHOOTER
  5. 42A Certain money-saving rideshare option : UBERPOOL
  6. 54A “Li’l Abner” character shaped like a bowling pin : SHMOO
  7. 67A Body image : TATTOO
  1. 4D Bird with a mournful cry : LOON
  2. 7D Who has finished a 100-meter dash in under nine seconds : NO ONE
  3. 12D Reusable dessert container : COOKIE TIN
  4. 23D Court target : HOOP
  5. 39D Like Dick Van Dyke when singing “Chim Chim Cher-ee” : SOOTY
  6. 52D Saw or screwdriver : TOOL
  7. 56D Movement started by Tarana Burke : ME TOO

Bill’s time: 13m 44s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 Quarters seen in some parts of Canada : IGLOOS

The Inuit word for “house” is “iglu”, which we usually write as “igloo”. The Greenlandic (yes, that’s a language) word for “house” is very similar, namely “igdlo”. The walls of igloos are tremendous insulators, due to the air pockets in the blocks of snow.

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.

17 *1962-67, 1971, 1983 : SEAN CONNERY

Sean Connery was most famous for playing the original James Bond in the successful series of movies. Back in his native Scotland, Connery was very active in politics and was a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party. He actively campaigned for Scottish independence from Britain and stated that he believed Scotland would achieve that goal within his own lifetime. That had not happened by the time Connery passed away in 2020.

19 Mike’s partner in the candy aisle : IKE

“Mike and Ike” is a brand of fruit-flavored candy made by Just Born starting in 1940. Just Born launched quite a unique marketing campaign in 2012 asserting that Mike and Ike had “split up due to creative differences”. The campaign involved production of two different boxes for the candy showing one or the other name scratched out. Clever …

20 Chapel Hill sch. : UNC

The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill started enrolling students way back in 1795, making it the first public university in the country to open its door to students.

22 Spiced brew : CHAI

Chai is a drink made from spiced black tea, honey and milk, with “chai” being the Hindi word for “tea”. We often called tea “a cup of char” growing up in Ireland, with “char” being our slang word for tea, derived from “chai”.

29 Singer Gorme : EYDIE

Eydie Gormé is best known for her work with her husband Steve Lawrence. The duo started performing traditional popular music together in the late fifties. One of the couple’s children is David Nessim Lawrence, a composer who wrote the score for the 2006 movie “High School Musical”.

33 ___ bread : PITA

Pita is a lovely bread from Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. Pita is usually round, and has a “pocket” in the center. The pocket is created by steam that puffs up the dough during cooking leaving a void when the bread cools.

37 *1995-2002 : PIERCE BROSNAN

Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor from Drogheda, a town north of Dublin. Brosnan’s big break in the US came when he was given the title role in the eighties television show “Remington Steele”. Famously, he also played James Bond on the big screen. Brosnan’s first appearance as Bond was in 1995’s “GoldenEye”. He was asked to take the role much earlier, in 1987, but Brosnan couldn’t get out of his contract for “Remington Steele”. Brosnan was the fifth actor to play Bond, after Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.

43 Actor McGregor of “Trainspotting” : EWAN

Ewan McGregor is a very talented Scottish actor, one who got his break in the 1996 film “Trainspotting”. McGregor’s first big Hollywood role was playing the young Obi-Wan-Kenobi in the “Star Wars” prequels. Less known is his televised marathon motorcycle journey from London to New York via central Europe, Ukraine, Siberia, Mongolia and Canada. The 2004 trip was shown as “Long Way Round” on TV. McGregor did a similar trip in 2007 called “Long Way Down”, which took him and the same travelling companion from the north of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa.

45 Greta Gerwig’s “___ Bird” : LADY

Greta Gerwig is an actress from Sacramento whose best-known role is probably opposite Russell Brand in the remake of the film “Arthur”. Gerwig has turned to directing, and was at the helm for the 2019 movie “Little Women”.

“Lady Bird” is a 2017 coming-of-age movie starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role, a high school senior who has a strained relationship with her mother (played by Laurie Metcalf). Roman and Metcalf earned themselves Oscar nominations for their performances.

46 Stevie Wonder, for one : TENOR

The great musician Stevie Wonder signed on with Motown Records when he was just 11-years-old. He has been remarkably loyal to the label and is still recording with Motown some 50 years later. The level of Stevie Wonder’s success is illustrated by his 22 Grammy Awards, the most Grammys awarded to a male solo artist. Wonder was born 6 weeks prematurely, and incomplete development of blood vessels in his eyes caused the retinas to detach leaving him blind soon after birth. His mother, Lula Mae Hardaway, co-wrote many of Stevie’s songs when he was a teenager, including “I Was Made to Love Her”, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”.

50 Wide-ranging seabird : PETREL

The petrel is a migratory seabird known for hovering just above the waves, with feet barely touching the water. This behavior gives rise to the name “petrel” after the Christian Saint Peter, as “Peter” was said to have walked on the water.

53 “Knives Out” director Johnson : RIAN

Filmmaker Rian Johnson wrote and directed quite a few major films, including “Looper” (2012), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) and “Knives Out” (2019).

“Knives Out” is an intriguing murder mystery film released in 2019. There’s a great cast including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. I really enjoyed this one, partly because it’s a clever, contemporary take on a classic whodunit movie …

54 “Li’l Abner” character shaped like a bowling pin : SHMOO

The Shmoo is a cartoon creature who first appeared in the Al Capp comic strip “Li’l Abner” in 1948. Apparently, shmoos are delicious to eat, and love to be eaten. They’ll even jump into the frying pan themselves!

57 Classified org. : NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) was set up in 1952 by President Truman, a replacement for the Armed Forces Security Agency that had existed in the Department of Defense since 1949. The NSA has always been clouded in secrecy and even the 1952 letter from President Truman that established the agency was kept under wraps from the public for over a generation. I really like the organization’s nickname … “No Such Agency”.

58 Animated “devil,” familiarly : TAZ

The “Looney Tunes” character known as the Tasmanian Devil, or “Taz”, first appeared in a cartoon short with Bugs Bunny called “Devil May Care” in 1954.

59 *2006-present : DANIEL CRAIG

I have not been a fan of Daniel Craig as James Bond (preferring Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan in the role). However, I saw “Skyfall” when it first came out and have been won over. “Skyfall” is one of the best Bond films so far, in my humble opinion. And, Adele’s rendition of the title song is an added plus …

63 Wood carver : ADZ

An adze (also “adz”) is similar to an axe, but is different in that the blade of an adze is set at right angles to the tool’s shaft. An axe blade is set in line with the shaft.

66 Queen ___ (pop nickname) : BEY

Beyoncé Knowles established herself in the entertainment industry as the lead singer with the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She launched her solo singing career in 2003, two years after making her first appearance as an actor. In 2006 she played the lead in the very successful movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”. Beyoncé is married to rap star Jay-Z. She is also referred to affectionately as “Queen Bey”, a play on the phrase “the queen bee”. Her fan base goes by the name “Beyhive”.

67 Body image : TATTOO

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”.

68 Jet similar to a 747 : DC-TEN

The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a very recognizable passenger aircraft, with one engine under either wing and a third incorporated into the base of the vertical stabilizer at the rear of the plane. The DC-10 made its last commercial passenger flight in 2014, but it remains in service as a cargo plane, particularly with FedEx Express.

Boeing’s 747 was the first jet to be called a “Jumbo”, as it was the first wide-body airliner. This means that the 747 was the first to have seating laid out with two aisles running the length of the plane. The plane also has three decks for part of its length, with the lower deck being used for cargo and galley space, and the upper deck for extra passenger seating. The Airbus A380 is called a “Superjumbo” as it has two full decks of passengers.

Down

4 Bird with a mournful cry : LOON

The common loon (also “great northern diver”) is the provincial bird of Ontario, and the state bird of Minnesota. The loon once appeared on Canadian $20 bills and also appears on the Canadian one-dollar coin, giving the coin the nickname “the loonie”.

5 It quits when it gets depressed : ESC

The escape key (Esc) was originally used just to control computer peripherals. It was a key that allowed the computer operator to stop what the peripheral was doing (cancel a print job, for example). Nowadays the escape key is used for all sorts of things, especially in gaming programs.

11 Back pain caused by nerve compression : SCIATICA

Sciatica is pain caused by compression and inflammation of one or both of the sciatic nerves that run from the lower back down to the lower legs.

13 Sainte-Hélène, for one : ILE

In French, an “île” (island) is “terre dans la mer” (land in the sea).

23 Court target : HOOP

Basketball is truly a North American sport. It was created in 1891 by Canadian James Naismith at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. His goal was to create something active and interesting for his students in the gym. The first “hoops” were actually peach baskets, with the bottoms of the baskets intact. When a player got the ball into the “net”, someone had to clamber up and get the ball back out again in order to continue the game!

27 Sharpen, as a razor : STROP

A strop is a strip of leather used to sharpen a razor.

30 Yemen, in the Bible : SHEBA

Sheba is referenced in the Bible several times. The Queen of Sheba is mentioned as someone who traveled to Jerusalem to behold the fame of King Solomon. No one knows for sure where the kingdom of Sheba was located, although there is evidence that it was actually the ancient Semitic civilization of Saba. The Sabeans lived in what today is Yemen, on the Arabian Peninsula.

35 Light racing boat : SCULL

A scull is a boat used for competitive rowing. The main hull of the boat is often referred to as a shell. Crew members who row the boat can be referred to as “oars”. And, a scull is also an oar mounted on the stern of a small boat. It’s all very confusing …

37 Official sports drink of the FIFA World Cup : POWERADE

Powerade is one of those sports drinks, and is the only real competitor to Gatorade.

The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in the sport of soccer. The competition has been held every four years (excluding the WWII years) since the inaugural event held in Uruguay in 1930. The men’s World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, even outranking the Olympic Games. And, the women’s World Cup is fast catching up …

39 Like Dick Van Dyke when singing “Chim Chim Cher-ee” : SOOTY

The iconic comedian, actor, singer and dancer Dick Van Dyke has been in the world of entertainment since the 1940s when he was a radio announcer with the US military. He really made a name for himself on television in his iconic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. On the big screen, Van Dyke’s most famous roles were in “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963), “Mary Poppins” (1964) and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968).

40 Pirate or Padre, for short : NLER

The Pittsburgh Pirates (nicknamed the Bucs or Buccos) joined baseball’s National League in 1887 just six years after the league was formed. The Pirates played in the first ever World Series in 1903, and won their first World Series in 1909.

The San Diego Padres baseball team was founded in 1969, and immediately joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as an expansion team. The Padres took their name from a Minor League team that had been in the city since 1936. The name is Spanish for “fathers” and is a reference to the Franciscan Friars from Spain who founded San Diego in 1769.

44 New Deal inits. : NRA

The National Recovery Administration (NRA) was one of the first agencies set up under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program. On the one hand, the NRA helped set minimum wages and maximum working hours for workers in industry, and on the other hand it helped set minimum prices for goods produced by companies. The NRA was very popular with the public, and businesses that didn’t opt to participate in the program found themselves boycotted. The NRA didn’t survive for long though, as after two years of operation it was deemed to be unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court and so it ceased operations in 1935.

47 Dadaism, e.g. : NONART

Dadaism thrived during and just after WWI, and was an anti-war, anti-bourgeois and anti-art culture. The movement was launched in Zurich, Switzerland by a group of artists and writers who met to discuss art and put on performances in the Cabaret Voltaire. The same group frequently expressed disgust at the war that was raging across Europe.

49 Acting president? : 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.

56 Movement started by Tarana Burke : ME TOO

The use of the #MeToo hashtag initially was encouraged by actress Alyssa Milano in 2017 to draw attention to sexual assault and sexual harassment. Milano was acting in response to the growing number of allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. The use of the phrase “Me Too” in the context of sexual misconduct dates back to 2006. Social activist Tarana Burke started to use the phrase on the Myspace social network after a 13-year-old girl told her that she had been sexually assaulted. Apparently, Burke had no response at the time the girl confided in her, but later wished she had responded, “Me too”.

58 Key to advancing one’s writing? : TAB

Like most features on our computer keyboards, the tab key is a hangover from the days of typewriters. When using a typewriter, making entries into a table was very tedious, involving lots of tapping on the spacebar and backspace key. So, a lever was added to typewriters that allowed the operator to “jump” across the page to positions that could be set by hand. Later this was simplified to a tab key which could be depressed, causing the carriage to jump to the next tab stop in much the same way that the modern tab key works on a computer.

60 Coding language named after the creator of the first computer program : ADA

Ada Lovelace’s real name and title was Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. She was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the poet. Lovelace was fascinated by mathematics and wrote about the work done by Charles Babbage in building his groundbreaking mechanical computer. In some of her notes, she proposed an algorithm for Babbage’s machine to compute Bernoulli numbers. This algorithm is recognized by many as the world’s first computer program and so Lovelace is sometimes called the first “computer programmer”. There is a computer language called “Ada” that was named in her honor. The Ada language was developed from 1977 to 1983 for the US Department of Defense.

62 Hip-hop’s ___-A-Fella Records : ROC

Roc-a-Fella Records was founded in 1996 by three rap artists: Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Producer of “whirligigs” : MAPLE
6 Winning : ON TOP
11 Any “ology”: Abbr. : SCI
14 Quarters seen in some parts of Canada : IGLOOS
15 Ruckuses : HOO-HAS
16 “Neat!” : COOL!
17 *1962-67, 1971, 1983 : SEAN CONNERY
19 Mike’s partner in the candy aisle : IKE
20 Chapel Hill sch. : UNC
21 Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb,” for one : POEM
22 Spiced brew : CHAI
24 Things trackers pick up : SCENTS
27 Small alcoholic drink : SHOOTER
29 Singer Gorme : EYDIE
30 Order, of a sort : SECT
33 ___ bread : PITA
34 Where reception guests buy drinks : CASH BAR
36 Smoke : CIG
37 *1995-2002 : PIERCE BROSNAN
41 ___ Klain, Biden White House chief of staff : RON
42 Certain money-saving rideshare option : UBERPOOL
43 Actor McGregor of “Trainspotting” : EWAN
45 Greta Gerwig’s “___ Bird” : LADY
46 Stevie Wonder, for one : TENOR
50 Wide-ranging seabird : PETREL
52 Davis who sang “Can I Change My Mind” : TYRONE
53 “Knives Out” director Johnson : RIAN
54 “Li’l Abner” character shaped like a bowling pin : SHMOO
57 Classified org. : NSA
58 Animated “devil,” familiarly : TAZ
59 *2006-present : DANIEL CRAIG
63 Wood carver : ADZ
64 Unexpected declaration at the altar : I DON’T
65 Vital trunk : AORTA
66 Queen ___ (pop nickname) : BEY
67 Body image : TATTOO
68 Jet similar to a 747 : DC-TEN

Down

1 Embezzlement, say : MISUSE
2 The “A” of 57-Across : AGENCY
3 Put : PLACED
4 Bird with a mournful cry : LOON
5 It quits when it gets depressed : ESC
6 “Yikes!” : OH NO!
7 Who has finished a 100-meter dash in under nine seconds : NO ONE
8 They/___ pronouns : THEM
9 White-water rafting guide? : OAR
10 Intimidate mentally, with “out” : PSYCH …
11 Back pain caused by nerve compression : SCIATICA
12 Reusable dessert container : COOKIE TIN
13 Sainte-Hélène, for one : ILE
18 Photo ___ : OPS
23 Court target : HOOP
25 “Neat!” : NICE!
26 Page break? : TEAR
27 Sharpen, as a razor : STROP
28 It collects dust : RAG
30 Yemen, in the Bible : SHEBA
31 Fell back : EBBED
32 Shoulder : CARRY
35 Light racing boat : SCULL
37 Official sports drink of the FIFA World Cup : POWERADE
38 Flustered : IN A TIZZY
39 Like Dick Van Dyke when singing “Chim Chim Cher-ee” : SOOTY
40 Pirate or Padre, for short : NLER
41 One push-up, say : REP
44 New Deal inits. : NRA
47 Dadaism, e.g. : NONART
48 Not virtual : ONSITE
49 Acting president? : REAGAN
51 Call the whole thing off : END IT
52 Saw or screwdriver : TOOL
54 Little brat : SNOT
55 Bit of help : HINT
56 Movement started by Tarana Burke : ME TOO
58 Key to advancing one’s writing? : TAB
60 Coding language named after the creator of the first computer program : ADA
61 Scoundrel : CAD
62 Hip-hop’s ___-A-Fella Records : ROC

11 thoughts on “0422-21 NY Times Crossword 22 Apr 21, Thursday”

  1. 20:57 Took a bit to realize it was a rebus. Then with partial fills I realized they were James bond actors and started lOOking to find seven of them. Great placement of the OO since it forms a 7 in the grid. Pretty clever.

  2. 15:49, no errors. After I finished, the NYT crossword puzzle app on my iPad made it clear to me that the OO’s in the grid are placed in such a way as to form a large “7” when a line is drawn through them, a clever addition to the theme.

  3. Finished the puzzle in 11:06, but sometimes I miss the forest for the trees. Did realize the OOs made a 7 until the app did it for me, nor did I realize that there were 7 of them. Cute.

  4. 25:07 didn’t figure out the gimmick until I solved “Sean Connery” after filling in some of the down clues, then it was off to the races, in last place 🙂

  5. 22:11. I got the Bond actors pretty early, but it took me a bit to catch on to the rebuses. Didn’t notice the 7 at all until I saw it talked about here.

    SEAN CONNERY is pretty much everyone’s favorite Bond. There isn’t a close second. Unlike Bill, I never cared for PIERCE BROSNAN – neither in Bond movies, The Thomas Crown affair or anything else. I’m ok with DANIEL CRAIG, neutral on Roger Moore.

    I would never say a DC TEN is like a 747. They are both powered by jet engines and they are both large, but that’s where the similarity ends. The most distinct part of commercial aircraft like these is their engine configuration, and these two aren’t alike at all. There are many many other differences I won’t bother to mention here. Just found it a strange clue for a DC TEN.

    Best –

    1. Having retired from a large Aerospace Co. in the Pacific NW, I agree with Jeff. I did work for Mac Dac (McDonnell Douglas) for a year out of college but when they laid me off I headed 1,000 miles N and spent 36 years year at – well, you know that Pac NW Co. I just let the whole thing slide as the differences between the two planes, technically, physically, aesthetically, etc. could take up a couple books.

      Interestingly enough, even though I have a Masters in Aero Engineering, this Pac NW morphed me into a programmer and database guy. Go Figure.

  6. No errors. Did not see the seven formed at the end… Micro thinking and Macro thinking..

    I enjoyed the Sean Connery bond films more than any..

  7. No errors…I got the James Bond and OO7 theme fairly early but it still took me nearly an hour mainly due to the NE corner where I had ALP for 13D for a long time.
    Stay safe😀

  8. 23:41, no errors. I’m always impressed by puzzles that look impossible to me, but manage to give me just enough, at the right time, to finish. Saw the theme early, but not until my last correction (changing TATOO to TATTOO) was it helpful.

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