0609-21 NY Times Crossword 9 Jun 21, Wednesday

Constructed by: Byron Walden
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill) Sit there, up Front

Themed answers each start with something one might sit on:

  • 20A Kibitzing passenger : BACKSEAT DRIVER
  • 35A TV addict : COUCH POTATO
  • 41A Blabbing informant : STOOL PIGEON
  • 51A Dilettantish know-it-all : ARMCHAIR EXPERT

Bill’s time: 8m 11s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Some dash mounts : CAMS

Back in the 1800s, “dashboard” was the name given to a board placed at the front of a carriage to stop mud from “dashing” against the passengers in the carriage, mud that was kicked up by the hooves of the horses. Quite interesting …

10 Juul, e.g. : VAPE

An electronic cigarette (also called an “e-cigarette”) is a battery-powered device that resembles a real cigarette. The e-cigarette vaporizes a solution that contains nicotine, forming a vapor that resembles smoke. The vapor is inhaled in a process called “vaping”, delivering nicotine into the body. The assumption is that an e-cigarette is healthier than a regular cigarette as the inhaled vapor is less harmful than inhaled smoke. But, that may not be so …

The Juul is a brand of e-cigarette on sale in the US. Cigarette supplier Altria (formerly Philip Morris) purchased a 35% share in manufacturer Juul Labs in 2018.

14 First person? : ADAM

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

16 Musk of 45-Across : ELON
(45 Maker of the Model S and Model 3 : TESLA)

Elon Musk is a successful businessman who has founded or led some very high-profile companies, namely PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX. Musk received a lot of publicity in early 2018 during a test launch by SpaceX of the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. A Tesla Roadster belonging to Musk was carried into space as a dummy payload.

17 Puerto ___ : RICO

Puerto Rico (PR) is located in the northeastern Caribbean (in the Atlantic Ocean), east of the Dominican Republic. The name “Puerto Rico” is Spanish for “rich port”. The locals often call their island Borinquen, the Spanish form of “Boriken”, the original name used by the natives.

18 Condition better known as anemia : TIRED BLOOD

The term “anemia” (or “anaemia”, as we write it back in Ireland) comes from a Greek word meaning “lack of blood”. Anemia is a lack of iron in the blood, or a low red blood cell count. Tiredness is a symptom of the condition, and so we use the term “anemic” figuratively to mean “lacking in vitality or substance”.

20 Kibitzing passenger : BACKSEAT DRIVER

To kibitz (or less commonly “to kibbitz”) is to look on and offer unwanted advice. The term comes into English from German via Yiddish. “Kibitz” developed in German from the name of the bird “Kiebitz”, which had the reputation as a meddler.

24 Glistens with shimmering colors : IRIDESCES

An iridescent surface appears to change color gradually with a change in the angle of view, or a change in the angle that the light is hitting that surface.

30 Jazz style that influenced the Beat Generation : BEBOP

The jazz term “bebop” probably came from “Arriba! Arriba!”, which were words of encouragement uttered by Latin-American bandleaders to their musicians.

The group of American writers known as the Beat Generation first came to prominence at a poetry reading at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in October of 1955. Five young poets presented their work that day:

  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Philip Lamantia
  • Michael McClure
  • Gary Snider
  • Philip Whalen

34 Mauna ___ : LOA

Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii is the largest volcano on the planet (in terms of volume). The name “Mauna Loa” is Hawaiian for “Long Mountain”.

39 Disney princess who shares a name with a Shakespeare character : ARIEL

“The Little Mermaid” is a 1989 animated feature from Disney that is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name. It tells the story of a mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the human Prince Eric. Ariel’s father is chief merman King Triton. Her best friend is Flounder, who despite his name is not a flounder at all and is actually a tropical fish. Ariel is also friends with Sebastian, a red Jamaican crab whose full name is Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian.

Ariel is a spirit, and a character who appears in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and who becomes a servant of the magician Prospero. Ariel was actually viewed as a male character when the play was first staged, and the text of the play supports this assumption. Many believe that the part was originally played by a boy actor, and over time the tendency has been to use female actors, but not exclusively.

40 The “A” of M.M.A. : ARTS

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport in which competitors use a variety of techniques from a variety of traditional combat sports and martial arts.

41 Blabbing informant : STOOL PIGEON

Stoolies, also called “canaries”, will sing to the cops given the right incentive. “Stoolie” is short for “stool pigeon”. A stool pigeon was a decoy bird tied to a stool so as to lure other pigeons. Originally a stoolie was a decoy for the police, rather than an informer, hence the name.

45 Maker of the Model S and Model 3 : TESLA

Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 as a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla is noted for producing the first electric sports car, called the Tesla Roadster. The company followed the sports car with a luxury sedan, the Model S. The Model S was the world’s best selling plug-in electric vehicle of 2015. Tesla Motors shortened its name to Tesla in early 2017.

Tesla’s Model 3 was introduced in 2017. Within three years, Tesla sold more than half a million Model 3 units, making it the best-selling electric car of all time.

46 Best Comeback Athlete, for one : ESPY AWARD

The ESPY Awards are a creation of the ESPN sports television network. One difference with similarly named awards in the entertainment industry is that ESPY winners are chosen solely based on viewer votes.

48 Abbreviation that can replace an ellipsis : ETC

An ellipsis is a series of dots (usually three) used to indicate an omission in some text. The term comes from the Greek word “élleipsis”, which means “omission”.

51 Dilettantish know-it-all : ARMCHAIR EXPERT

We use the word “dilettante” for someone who dabbles in the world of art or in some particular field of knowledge. We borrowed the term from Italian, in which language a dilettante is a lover of fine arts, a connoisseur.

59 Hercules on his first labor, or Hemingway on safari : LION HUNTER

“The Twelve Labors of Hercules” is actually a Greek myth, although Hercules is the Roman name for the hero that the Greeks called “Heracles”. The first of these labors was to slay the Nemean lion, a monster that lived in a cave near Nemea. Hercules had a tough job as the lion’s golden fur was impenetrable to normal weapons. One version of the story is that Hercules killed the lion by shooting an arrow into its mouth. Another version says that Hercules stunned the monster with a club and then strangled him with his bare hands.

“Green Hills of Africa” is a nonfiction book by Ernest Hemingway. In the book, Hemingway recounts his travels with his wife on a month-long safari in East Africa.

60 Nobel laureate Wiesel : ELIE

Elie Wiesel was a holocaust survivor, and is best known for his book “Night” that tells of his experiences in Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. He was also the first recipient of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Award, which was later renamed the Elie Wiesel Award in his honor.

61 Golden calf, e.g. : IDOL

According to the Book of Exodus in the Bible, Moses’ brother Aaron made a golden calf as an idol for the Israelites to worship while Moses was on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments. When Moses returned, he became angry on seeing the calf and destroyed it.

62 World of Warcraft enthusiast, for one : GAMER

World of Warcraft is an online role-playing game (RPG). My son informs me that the game is not that great. Like I would know …

63 Bone on the pinkie side of the forearm : ULNA

The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the “thumb-side” of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the “pinky-side”.

The use of “pinkie” or “pinky” for the little finger or toe comes into English from “pinkje”, the Dutch word for the same digit. Who knew …?

65 Flexible Flyer products : SLEDS

“Flexible flyer” is now a generic term for a steel-runner sled that can be steered with the feet. The original Flexible Flyer was patented in 1889.

Down

1 Low-___ diet : CARB

Perhaps most notably, the eating of relatively few carbohydrates is central to the diet proposed by Robert Atkins. Atkins first laid out the principles behind the Atkins diet in a research paper published in 1958 in the “Journal of the American Medical Association”. He popularized his diet starting in 1972 with his book “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution”.

2 Sarah McLachlan hit that’s 51-Down spelled in reverse : ADIA

Sarah McLachlan is a singer/songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia who lives in Vancouver. In 1997, McLachlan married Ashwin Sood, the drummer in her band. The 1998 hit song “Adia”, which she co-wrote and recorded, was intended as an apology to her best friend … for stealing her ex-boyfriend and then marrying him!

3 Espressos “stained” with a bit of milk : MACCHIATOS

A latte macchiato is a coffee drink made from hot foamed milk to which espresso is added on top. The name “latte macchiato” translates from Italian as “stained milk”, as the espresso “stains” the foamed milk when it is poured into the cup.

4 Like some salmon and turkey : SMOKED

Salt is used to “cure” meats. Curing is a preservation process. The salt kills and inhibits the growth of microorganisms by sucking the water out of the microbe’s cells in the process of osmosis. Smoking is also cited as a curing process, although smoking alone is insufficient for preserving food as the antimicrobial smoke compounds only adhere to the outside of the meat or fish. Smoking is usually combined with salt-curing or drying.

6 Las Vegas resort with a musical name : ARIA

The Aria hotel on the Las Vegas Strip opened at the end of 2009. Architecturally, it is noted for a design that minimizes energy consumption. In fact, it is the largest hotel in the world to have earned a LEED Gold certification.

9 “Pain and Glory” director Almodóvar : PEDRO

Pedro Almodóvar is a very successful Spanish film director, born in a small town in the region of La Mancha (made famous by Don Quixote). I’m afraid I don’t recognize any of Almodovar’s films.

10 Kraft product : VELVEETA

The Kraft brand name originated with Canadian James L. Kraft. It was James L. Kraft who first patented processed cheese

11 Soothing succulent : ALOE

Succulent plants are those with thickened stems and/or leaves that have evolved to retain water. As such, succulents are often found where the climate is particularly dry. The term “succulent” comes from the Latin “sucus” meaning “juice, sap”.

19 Frodo’s first cousin (mother’s side) and second cousin (father’s side) : BILBO

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel “The Hobbit”, the title character is Bilbo Baggins. He is a hobbit who stumbles across a magical ring and then embarks on a series of adventures.

Frodo Baggins is a principal character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. Frodo is a Hobbit, and is charged with the quest of destroying Sauron’s Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Frodo is portrayed by American actor Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of the novels.

26 Dial or Tone : SOAP

Soap is basically made by adding a strong alkali (like lye) to a fat (like olive oil or palm oil). The fats break down in the basic solution in a process called saponification. The crude soap is extracted from the mixture, washed, purified and finished in molds.

27 Nobel Prize winner of 1903 and 1911 : CURIE

Marie Curie lived a life of firsts. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and indeed was the first person to win two Nobel prizes (in Physics in 1903, and in Chemistry in 1911). Most of Curie’s work was in the field of radioactivity, and was carried out in the days when the impact of excessive radiation on the human body was not understood. She died from aplastic anemia, caused by high exposure to radiation. To this day, Curie’s personal papers are kept preserved in lead-lined boxes as they are highly radioactive, even her personal cookbook.

31 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi role : BARBARELLA

“Barbarella” is a cult classic 1968 film that was directed by Roger Vadim. Vadim’s wife at the time was Jane Fonda, and she plays the title character.

32 Animal that’s known to enjoy water slides : OTTER

Sea otters actually hold hands while sleeping on their backs so that they don’t drift apart. When sea otter pups are too small to lock hands, they clamber up onto their mother’s belly and nap there.

51 Opera that’s 2-Down backward : AIDA
(2D Sarah McLachlan hit that’s 51-Down spelled in reverse : ADIA)

“Aida” is a celebrated opera by Giuseppe Verdi that is based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Mariette also designed the costumes and stages for the opening performance. The opera was first staged in 1871 in an opera house in Cairo. In the storyline, Aida is an Ethiopian princess brought into Egypt as a slave. Radames is an Egyptian commander who falls in love with her, and then complications arise!

52 Church cross : ROOD

A rood is a crucifix that specifically symbolizes the cross on which Jesus was crucified.

53 Overly fussy, informally : ANAL

The use of the word “anal” to mean “stiffly conventional” is an abbreviated form of “anal-retentive”, a term derived from Freudian psychology. Regardless, I’m not a big fan of the term …

54 “I’m just like that,” in modern lingo : IT ME

Lingo is specialized vocabulary. Journalese and legalese would be good examples.

57 Cocktail garnish : RIND

Our word “cocktail” first appeared in the early 1800s. The exact origin of the term is not clear, but it is thought to be a corruption of the French word “coquetier” meaning “egg cup”, a container that was used at that time for serving mixed drinks.

58 Oolong and Darjeeling : TEAS

The name for the Chinese tea called “oolong” translates into English as “black dragon”.

Darjeeling tea comes from the Darjeeling district of West Bengal in India.

59 With 43-Down, rapper with the 2021 #1 hit “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” : LIL …
43D See 59-Down : … NAS X

“Lil Nas X” is the stage name of rapper Montero Lamar Hill. He was born and raised just outside of Atlanta. His first hit was “Old Town Road”, which is classified as country rap.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Some dash mounts : CAMS
5 Prepare for the long haul? : GAS UP
10 Juul, e.g. : VAPE
14 First person? : ADAM
15 Cropped up : AROSE
16 Musk of 45-Across : ELON
17 Puerto ___ : RICO
18 Condition better known as anemia : TIRED BLOOD
20 Kibitzing passenger : BACKSEAT DRIVER
22 With it, in old slang : HEP
23 Two-syllable cheer : OLE!
24 Glistens with shimmering colors : IRIDESCES
30 Jazz style that influenced the Beat Generation : BEBOP
34 Mauna ___ : LOA
35 TV addict : COUCH POTATO
37 Baseball stats : OUTS
39 Disney princess who shares a name with a Shakespeare character : ARIEL
40 The “A” of M.M.A. : ARTS
41 Blabbing informant : STOOL PIGEON
44 Prey of a murder hornet : BEE
45 Maker of the Model S and Model 3 : TESLA
46 Best Comeback Athlete, for one : ESPY AWARD
48 Abbreviation that can replace an ellipsis : ETC
50 Courtly title : SIR
51 Dilettantish know-it-all : ARMCHAIR EXPERT
59 Hercules on his first labor, or Hemingway on safari : LION HUNTER
60 Nobel laureate Wiesel : ELIE
61 Golden calf, e.g. : IDOL
62 World of Warcraft enthusiast, for one : GAMER
63 Bone on the pinkie side of the forearm : ULNA
64 Courtly title : LADY
65 Flexible Flyer products : SLEDS
66 Products of Always or Stayfree : PADS

Down

1 Low-___ diet : CARB
2 Sarah McLachlan hit that’s 51-Down spelled in reverse : ADIA
3 Espressos “stained” with a bit of milk : MACCHIATOS
4 Like some salmon and turkey : SMOKED
5 Airplane ticket info : GATE
6 Las Vegas resort with a musical name : ARIA
7 Ilk : SORT
8 Like thrift shop wares : USED
9 “Pain and Glory” director Almodóvar : PEDRO
10 Kraft product : VELVEETA
11 Soothing succulent : ALOE
12 Not up to expectations : POOR
13 Word after business or bitter : … END
19 Frodo’s first cousin (mother’s side) and second cousin (father’s side) : BILBO
21 De-tailed detail? : SPEC
24 Runner-up’s rueful report : I LOST
25 Road trip plan : ROUTE
26 Dial or Tone : SOAP
27 Nobel Prize winner of 1903 and 1911 : CURIE
28 Modern health risks, for short : E-CIGS
29 Their population in New Zealand peaked at 70 million in 1982 : SHEEP
31 1968 Jane Fonda sci-fi role : BARBARELLA
32 Animal that’s known to enjoy water slides : OTTER
33 Asked, as a question : POSED
36 Stratagem : PLOY
38 How presidents swear when taking the oath of office : SOLEMNLY
42 Door fastener : LATCH
43 See 59-Down : … NAS X
47 Clean, as with a paper towel : WIPE UP
49 Drinks down heartily : CHUGS
51 Opera that’s 2-Down backward : AIDA
52 Church cross : ROOD
53 Overly fussy, informally : ANAL
54 “I’m just like that,” in modern lingo : IT ME
55 Slender plant : REED
56 Misses the mark : ERRS
57 Cocktail garnish : RIND
58 Oolong and Darjeeling : TEAS
59 With 43-Down, rapper with the 2021 #1 hit “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” : LIL …

8 thoughts on “0609-21 NY Times Crossword 9 Jun 21, Wednesday”

  1. 7:22 This seemed more like a Tues., even tho I had a few early miscues – ECIG vs. VAPE, e.g. Unfamiliar with ITME

  2. 14:15. Didn’t bother to notice the theme until I’d finished.

    Never heard of MACCHIATOS. Sounds like a backwards cappuccino which is espresso with steamed mild poured over it.

    If anyone ever says “Oh yes IT ME too” near me, I’m looking for something heavy to throw at them.

    Best –

  3. I misspelled solemnly which made 48A OTC .
    I had date for5D until I figured out that DASUP DIDNT MAKE SENSE
    Stay safe😀

  4. 13:18, 2 errors: 36D PLO(T)/ESP(T) AWARDS. PLOY did not come to mind. The only option I could think of was PLAN, but knew that PIGEAN was wrong.

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