0705-21 NY Times Crossword 5 Jul 21, Monday

Constructed by: Peter Gordon
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill) Gee! Great Puzzle!

Themed answers each start with a word that sounds like the leading letter in the next word (which is circled in the grid):

  • 17A Marine inhabitant that’s an animal, not a plant, despite what it’s called : SEA CUCUMBER
  • 27A Angry shout to a miscreant : WHY YOU LITTLE …!
  • 41A Sobriquet for Simón Bolívar : EL LIBERTADOR
  • 54A Observation satellite : EYE IN THE SKY

Bill’s time: 5m 02s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Negative media coverage, in brief : BAD PR

Public relations (PR)

11 Consumer protection org. : BBB

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a private concern (nope, it is not a government agency) that was founded in 1912. It operates like a franchise, with local BBB’s managed independently while operating to a “corporate” set of guidelines.

14 Open-air rooms : ATRIA

In modern architecture, an atrium (plural “atria” or “atriums”) is a large open space usually in the center of a building and extending upwards to the roof. The original atrium was an open court in the center of an Ancient Roman house. One could access most of the enclosed rooms of the house from the atrium.

15 Olio di ___ (bread dip at a trattoria) : OLIVA

In Italian, one might dip one’s bread in “olio di oliva” (olive oil).

19 ___ de Triomphe : ARC

L’Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile in Paris was built to honor those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. It is the second largest triumphal arch in the world, after the Arch of Triumph in Pyongyang, North Korea. If you are visiting Paris, don’t just take a picture of the arch, be sure to go inside and see the marvelous chambers and carvings, and wander around on top of the arch so that you can enjoy the magnificent view.

21 Org. with missions to Mars : NASA

NASA is developing a spacecraft for human exploration of asteroids and of Mars. The craft is known as the Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle).

24 43,560 square feet : ONE ACRE

At one time, an acre was defined as the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. Then, an acre was more precisely defined as a strip of land “one furrow long” (i.e. one furlong) and one chain wide. The length of one furlong was equal to 10 chains, or 40 rods. An area of one furlong times 10 rods was one rood.

29 Prince who married Meghan Markle : HARRY

Harry, Duke of Sussex is the younger of the two sons of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales. Famously, “Prince” Harry married American actress Meghan Markle in 2018. The groom’s name was Prince Henry of Wales until the marriage, at which time his name officially changed to “Prince Harry”. In January 2020, Harry and Meghan stepped back from their official duties, resulting in Harry losing the “Prince” title and becoming plain old “Harry, Duke of Sussex”.

35 Top Olympic prizes : GOLDS

In the Ancient Olympic Games, the winner of an event was awarded an olive wreath. When the games were revived in 1896, the winners were originally given a silver medal and an olive branch, with runners-up receiving a bronze medal and a laurel branch. The tradition of giving gold, silver and bronze medals began at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games held in St. Louis, Missouri.

37 Many a sacrifice play in baseball : BUNT

To bunt in baseball is to barely hit the ball, just enough to have it roll slowly in front of the infielders.

38 Padre’s sister : TIA

In Spanish, a “tia” (aunt) is the “hermana del padre o de la madre” (sister of the father or the mother).

40 Bar mitzvah reading : TORAH

A Jewish girl becomes a bat mitzvah at 12 years of age, the age at which she becomes responsible for her actions. Boys become bar mitzvahs at 13. The terms translate into English as daughter and son of the commandments.

41 Sobriquet for Simón Bolívar : EL LIBERTADOR

Simón Bolívar was a military and political leader who led a revolution that overthrew Spanish rule in Venezuela. Bolívar’s military exploits continued after independence, resulting in the conquest of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The latter was named for Simón Bolívar.

45 Actress Lohan of “Mean Girls” : LINDSAY

I think that actress Lindsay Lohan’s big break came with the Disney remake of “The Parent Trap” in 1998. I’ve really only enjoyed one of Lohan’s films though, “Freaky Friday” from 2003 in which she stars alongside the fabulous Jamie Lee Curtis.

“Mean Girls” is a teen comedy movie released in 2004 starring Lindsay Lohan. Tina Fey also puts in an appearance, which really isn’t surprising as Fey wrote the screenplay.

46 Camrys and Corollas : TOYOTAS

The Toyota Camry takes its name from the Japanese word for “crown”. Toyota management likes the idea of naming their cars after the word “crown”, as they did with the Toyota Crown, followed by the Toyota Corona (Latin for “crown”) and the Toyota Corolla (Latin for “small crown”).

51 Ares and Apollo, to Zeus : SONS

The Greek god Ares is often referred to as the Olympian god of warfare, but originally he was regarded as the god of bloodlust and slaughter. Ares united with Aphrodite to create several gods, including Phobos (Fear), Deimos (Terror) and Eros (Desire). Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera, and the Roman equivalent to Ares was Mars.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of the goddess Artemis. Among other things, Apollo was worshiped as a god of light and the sun, truth and prophecy, archery, as well as healing and plague.

58 Fictional detective Nero : WOLFE

Nero Wolfe is a fictional detective and the hero of many stories published by author Rex Stout. There are 33 Nero Wolfe novels for us to read, and 39 short stories. There are also movie adaptations of two of the novels: “Meet Nero Wolfe” (1936) which features a young Rita Hayworth, and “The League of Frightened Men” (1937). One of Wolfe’s endearing traits is his love of good food and beer, so he is a pretty rotund character.

59 Wide receiver ___ Beckham Jr. : ODELL

Odell Beckham Jr. is a National Football League wide receiver from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2014, “OBJ” made a much-applauded, one-handed catch while falling backwards to score a touchdown for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys, a move that some have dubbed the greatest catch ever made.

62 Blender setting : PUREE

A purée is a food that has been made smooth by straining or blending. “Purée” is a French term, which I believe is now used to mean “pea soup” (more completely written as “purée de pois”). The French verb “purer” means “to strain, clean”, from the Latin “purare” meaning “to purify, clean”.

Down

1 Low opera voice : BASSO

The bass is the lowest male singing voice. A man with such a voice might be called a “basso” (plural “bassi”). In an opera, the villain of the piece is usually played by a basso.

4 Snapchat transmission, for short : PIC

Snapchat is a messaging system that allows users to send photos and video clips to a limited list of recipients. The photos and clips, called “snaps”, can be viewed for only a few seconds before they are deleted from the recipient’s device, and from the Snapchat servers.

5 Vulgar, as some humor : RAUNCHY

The term “raunchy” was US Army Air Corps slang back in the 1950s, when it meant “dirty, filthy, unclean”. We’ve only been using “raunchy” to mean “coarse, vulgar” since the mid-sixties.

7 ___ mater : ALMA

The literal translation for the Latin term “alma mater” is “nourishing mother”. The phrase was used in ancient Rome to refer to mother goddesses, and in Medieval Christianity the term was used to refer to the Virgin Mary. Nowadays, one’s alma mater is the school one attended, either high school or college, usually one’s last place of education.

8 Triangular sail : JIB

A jib is a triangular sail that is set at the bow of a sailboat.

10 Cheese-on-toast dish : RAREBIT

Welsh rarebit is a delicious dish made using a cheese-flavored sauce served over toast. It may be that the name Welsh rarebit was originally a bit of an insult to the folks in Wales. The dish was called Welsh “rabbit” back in the 1700s. In those day’s rabbit was the poor man’s meat, and the implication of the dish’s name is that in Wales cheese was the poor man’s rabbit.

11 Co-star of TV’s “Maude” : BEA ARTHUR

Actress Bea Arthur’s most famous roles were on television, as the lead in the “All in the Family” spin-off “Maude” and as Dorothy Zbornak in “The Golden Girls”. Arthur also won a Tony for playing Vera Charles on stage in the original cast of “Mame” in 1966, two years after she played Yente the matchmaker in the original cast of “Fiddler on the Roof”.

The seventies sitcom “Maude” stars Bea Arthur as the title character Maude Findlay. “Maude” is a spin-off of “All in the Family”, as Findlay is a cousin of Edith Bunker.

12 Only Spanish city to host the Olympics : BARCELONA

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, after the capital Madrid. Barcelona is the largest European city that sits on the Mediterranean coast. It is also the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia.

The 1992 Summer Olympic Games were held in Barcelona in Spain. They were the last games to be held in the same year as the Winter Games.

13 Facial feature of Disney’s Goofy : BUCK TEETH

Disney’s Goofy first appeared as Dippy Dawg in 1932. Goofy became famous for his “How to …” series of cartoons in the 1940s which dealt with everything from snow skiing to sleeping, and from football to riding a horse. Goofy’s last theatrical appearance was in a 2007 work called “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater”.

18 Actor Elwes : CARY

Cary Elwes is an English actor who is perhaps most noted for appearing in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride”. He also played the title role in 1993’s “Cary Elwes”. Cary is the son of a celebrated English portrait painter, Dominick Elwes.

25 Out of kilter : AWRY

To be “off-kilter” is to be off-balance, not aligned. To be “out of kilter” is to be out of order, not in good condition.

28 What can barely give a hoot? : OWLET

A baby owl is an owlet. The term “owlet” can also be used for the adults of the smaller species of owls.

31 Shawn Carter for Jay-Z and Tracy Morrow for Ice-T : REAL NAMES

I think that there’s a typo here, and “Morrow” should read “Marrow”.

Jay-Z, as well as being a successful and very rich rap artist, is married to singer Beyoncé. Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn, New York. As Carter was growing up, he was nicknamed “Jazzy”, a reference to his interest in music. “Jazzy” evolved into the stage name “Jay-Z”. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, and twins named Rumi and Sir Carter.

Rapper Ice-T must be sick of having his name come up as an answer in crossword puzzles (I know I am!). Born Tracy Marrow, Ice-T has been interested in acting for decades and made his film debut in the 1984 movie about breakdancing called “Breakin’”. He has also played Detective Fin Tutuola in the TV show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” since the year 2000.

36 Grand Ole ___ : OPRY

The Grand Ole Opry started out as a radio show in 1925 originally called the WSM “Barn Dance”. In 1927, the “Barn Dance” radio show was broadcast in a slot after an NBC production called “Musical Appreciation Hour”, a collection of classical works including Grand Opera. In a December show, the host of “Barn Dance” announced, “For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera. From now on we will present the ‘Grand Ole Opry'”. That name was used for the radio show from then on.

37 The Bronx or Brooklyn, informally : BORO

The New York City borough known as the Bronx takes its name from the Bronx River that runs through it. The river was named after Jonas Bronck, an early immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Bronck’s farm gave rise to the name “Broncksland” and “Bronck’s River”.

The New York City borough of Brooklyn has the same boundaries as Kings County, which is the most populous county in the state of New York.

39 Employer of Norah O’Donnell : CBS NEWS

Norah O’Donnell is a native of Washington, D.C. She served as Chief White House correspondent for MSNBC from 2005 until 2011, for CBS News from 2011 until 2012 and became co-anchor for “CBS This Morning” in 2017. Along with her husband, restaurateur Geoff Tracy, O’Donnell published what sounds like an interesting cookbook in 2010, namely “Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler”.

42 Ugandan tyrant ___ Amin : IDI

Idi Amin ruled Uganda as a dictator from 1971 until 1979. Amin started his professional career as a cook in the Colonial British Army. Amin seized power from President Milton Obote in a 1971 coup d’état. The former cook eventually gave himself the title “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”.

47 Electrified weapon : TASER

Victor Appleton wrote a novel for young adults called “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle”. The company that developed the TASER electroshock weapon partly named its product as a homage to the novel. The acronym “TASER” stands for “Thomas A. Swift’s Electric Rifle”.

55 Yale collegian : ELI

Elihu Yale was a wealthy merchant born in Boston in 1649. Yale worked for the British East India Company, and for many years served as governor of a settlement at Madras (now Chennai) in India. After India, Yale took over his father’s estate near Wrexham in Wales. It was while resident in Wrexham that Yale responded to a request for financial support for the Collegiate School of Connecticut in 1701. He sent the school a donation, which was used to erect a new building in New Haven that was named “Yale” in his honor. In 1718, the whole school was renamed to “Yale College”. To this day, students of Yale are nicknamed “Elis”, again honoring Elihu.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Negative media coverage, in brief : BAD PR
6 Undergraduate’s declaration : MAJOR
11 Consumer protection org. : BBB
14 Open-air rooms : ATRIA
15 Olio di ___ (bread dip at a trattoria) : OLIVA
16 Water: Fr. : EAU
17 Marine inhabitant that’s an animal, not a plant, despite what it’s called : SEA CUCUMBER
19 ___ de Triomphe : ARC
20 Tiny drink : SIP
21 Org. with missions to Mars : NASA
22 Put back in the suitcase : REPACK
24 43,560 square feet : ONE ACRE
26 Nightclub : CABARET
27 Angry shout to a miscreant : WHY YOU LITTLE …!
29 Prince who married Meghan Markle : HARRY
32 Swollen mark : WELT
33 Garden tool with a long handle : HOE
34 Heed : OBEY
35 Top Olympic prizes : GOLDS
37 Many a sacrifice play in baseball : BUNT
38 Padre’s sister : TIA
39 Make do : COPE
40 Bar mitzvah reading : TORAH
41 Sobriquet for Simón Bolívar : EL LIBERTADOR
45 Actress Lohan of “Mean Girls” : LINDSAY
46 Camrys and Corollas : TOYOTAS
50 Challenges for dry cleaners : STAINS
51 Ares and Apollo, to Zeus : SONS
52 Insect that can carry up to 50 times its body weight : ANT
53 “Ready, ___, fire!” : AIM
54 Observation satellite : EYE IN THE SKY
57 Service charge : FEE
58 Fictional detective Nero : WOLFE
59 Wide receiver ___ Beckham Jr. : ODELL
60 Shape on a winding road : ESS
61 Peeved states : SNITS
62 Blender setting : PUREE

Down

1 Low opera voice : BASSO
2 Had a home-cooked meal : ATE IN
3 Curtain : DRAPE
4 Snapchat transmission, for short : PIC
5 Vulgar, as some humor : RAUNCHY
6 Dull brown, as hair : MOUSEY
7 ___ mater : ALMA
8 Triangular sail : JIB
9 Attire for the Mario Bros. or the Minions : OVERALLS
10 Cheese-on-toast dish : RAREBIT
11 Co-star of TV’s “Maude” : BEA ARTHUR
12 Only Spanish city to host the Olympics : BARCELONA
13 Facial feature of Disney’s Goofy : BUCK TEETH
18 Actor Elwes : CARY
23 Butter unit : PAT
25 Out of kilter : AWRY
26 Fed a line to : CUED
28 What can barely give a hoot? : OWLET
29 Place to store valuables when traveling : HOTEL SAFE
30 Skills : ABILITIES
31 Shawn Carter for Jay-Z and Tracy Morrow for Ice-T : REAL NAMES
35 Be lenient with : GO EASY ON
36 Grand Ole ___ : OPRY
37 The Bronx or Brooklyn, informally : BORO
39 Employer of Norah O’Donnell : CBS NEWS
40 Place to buy gifts for kids : TOY SHOP
42 Ugandan tyrant ___ Amin : IDI
43 Makes amends (for) : ATONES
44 “___ mention it!” : DON’T
47 Electrified weapon : TASER
48 What a maxi dress reaches : ANKLE
49 Fashion : STYLE
51 De-clump, as flour : SIFT
55 Yale collegian : ELI
56 Yale URL ender : EDU

9 thoughts on “0705-21 NY Times Crossword 5 Jul 21, Monday”

  1. 7:40. Pretty much what Ron said.

    Back home after a crazy week out of the country I could write a book about. I have almost an entire week to catch up on. Maybe that will settle my nerves.

    Best –

  2. 7:07, no errors. I like Bill’s interpretation of the theme! (The theme itself, though … hmm … I mean, I finally got it and all … but … hmm … 😜.)

    And I’m with Steve! A palindrome! Yay! And a Boeing jet!

    1. @Jack … Pun? Just for the record: improbable as it may seem, my time on this puzzle actually was 7:07 and I simply couldn’t refrain from commenting on the fact that both Steve and I had palindromic times. As he said, there is that … 😜.

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