1120-21 NY Times Crossword 20 Nov 21, Saturday

Constructed by: Mary Lou Guizzo & Jeff Chen
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme None

Bill’s time: 13m 12s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 Meredith’s half sister on “Grey’s Anatomy” : LEXIE

The very successful hospital drama “Grey’s Anatomy” has been on television since 2005. The title is a reference to the show’s central character, Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo), as well as a reference to the classic human anatomy textbook commonly called “Gray’s Anatomy”.

20 Exhibition that might attract eye rolls, for short : PDA

Public display of affection (PDA)

22 Third-most-popular baby girls’ name in 2020, after Olivia and Emma : AVA

The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of the 1,000 most common baby names for the prior year annually, just before Mother’s Day. The list is compiled using applications for Social Security cards.

23 Serengeti grazer : ELAND

The eland (plural “eland, elands”) is a large African antelope, in fact the largest antelope on the planet. Both male and female eland have horns, and those horns have a steady spiral ridge along their length.

The Serengeti is a region in Africa located in northern Tanzania and southwest Kenya. The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai language and means “Endless Plains”.

26 Joint winner of Time’s Person of the Year for 2020 : KAMALA HARRIS

Kamala Harris was a US Senator for California starting in 2017, after serving for six years as the Attorney General of California. In early 2019, Harris announced her run for the Democratic nomination for US president in the 2020 election. Although she dropped out of the race, she was chosen by eventual nominee Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate. When the Biden-Harris ticket won the election, Harris became the highest-ranking female politician in the history of the US.

“Time” magazine started naming a “Man of the Year” in 1927, only changing the concept to “Person of the Year” in 1999. Prior to 1999, the magazine did recognize four females as “Woman of the Year”: Wallis Simpson (1936), Soong May-ling a.k.a. Madame Chiang Kai-shek (1937), Queen Elizabeth II (1952) and Corazon Aquino (1986). “Time” named Albert Einstein as Person of the Century in 1999, with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi as runners-up.

31 “Intolerable Cruelty” director, 2003 : COEN

I think it’s great to see two brothers working together and being so successful. Joel and Ethan Coen are two movie producers and directors who both live in New York City. The Coen brothers do love the movie-making business and they even married industry “insiders”. Ethan’s wife is film editor Tricia Cooke, and Joel is married to one of my favorite actresses, the talented Frances McDormand.

32 Org. associated with the note series G-E-C : NBC

The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has had a number of different logos in its history, including the famous peacock with which we are familiar today. The first peacock logo was introduced in the early days of color television and was designed to illustrate how wonderful color television would be, so go buy one! (NBC was owned by RCA, and so had a vested interest in sales of color television sets).

35 Author who referred to his works as a “legendarium” : TOLKIEN

J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien was an English author best known by far for his fantasy novels “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. Although Tolkien lived in England and was a professor at Oxford, he served for many years as an external examiner at my old school, University College Dublin in Ireland.

40 Scoop often used in Indian cuisine : NAAN

Naan (also “nan”) bread is very popular in Indian restaurants, as well as in other West, Central and South Asian cuisines. Indian Naan is traditionally baked in a clay oven known as a tandoor.

42 Ship on which Darwin collected material for “On the Origin of Species” : BEAGLE

Englishman Charles Darwin studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but neglected his studies largely due to his interest in nature and natural history. In the early 1830s, a friend put forward Darwin’s name as a candidate for the post of “collector” on the voyage of HMS Beagle. The Beagle was intending to spend two years at sea primarily charting the coast of South America. The voyage ended up taking five years, during which time Darwin sent back copious letters describing his findings. Back in Britain these letters were published as pamphlets by a friend and so when Darwin eventually returned home in 1836, he had already gained some celebrity in scientific circles. It was while on the Beagle that Darwin developed his initial ideas on the concept of natural selection. It wasn’t until over twenty years later that he formulated his theories into a scientific paper and in 1859 published his famous book “On the Origin of the Species”. This original publication never even mentioned the word “evolution” which was controversial even back then. It was in 1871 that Darwin addressed head-on the concept that man was an animal species, in his book “The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex”.

48 Ingredients for pastry cream : YOLKS

The yolk is the yellow part of a chicken’s egg. The term “yolk” comes from the Old English “geolu” meaning “yellow”.

49 Gumshoe : TEC

“Gumshoe” is a slang word used for a private detective or private investigator (P.I.). Apparently the term dates back to the early 1900s, and refers to the rubber-soled shoes popular with private detectives at that time.

53 Mass Appeal Records co-founder : NAS

Rapper Nas used to go by an earlier stage name “Nasty Nas”, and before that by his real name “Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones”. Nas released his first album “Illmatic” in 1994, and inventively titled his fifth studio album “Stillmatic”, released in 2001.

57 Daughter of Elrond in “The Lord of the Rings” : ARWEN

Arwen Undómiel is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. In the movie adaptations by Peter Jackson, Arwen is played by actress Liv Tyler.

60 Century of note : SENATORS

The US Senate comprises 100 senators, with each of the fifty states being represented by two popularly elected senators. US senators were appointed by their state legislators from 1798 through 1913, until the Seventeenth Amendment called for popular elections.

Down

4 Part of an equine bloodline : SIRE

The Equus genus of animals includes horses, asses and zebras.

8 Metric speed meas. : KPH

Kilometres per hour (kph)

9 ___ Olmert, former Israeli P.M. : EHUD

Ehud Olmert took over as Acting Prime Minister when Ariel Sharon suffered a severe stroke early in 2006. Olmert then led his party to victory in a general election held later that same year. He held Israel’s highest office in his own right until 2009, when he had to step down facing allegations of corruption.

10 Foe of the Fighting Tigers : BAMA

The athletic teams of the University of Alabama (“Bama”) are nicknamed the Crimson Tide, which is a reference to the team colors of crimson and white.

The Tigers are the sports teams of Louisiana State University (LSU). They are officially known as the Fightin’ Tigers, and the school mascot is “Mike the Tiger”. The name comes from the days of the Civil War, when two Louisiana brigades earned the nickname the “Louisiana Tigers”. Given the French/Cajun history of Louisiana, the LSU fans use the cheer “Geaux Tigers” instead of “Go Tigers”.

11 Multicolor hair effects : OMBRES

The adjective “ombré” describes a color or tone that is a blend of one into another. “Ombré” is French for “shaded”. A softer and more gradual shading of one color into the other is referred to as “sombré”.

12 Fountain fare : MALTS

Walgreens claims to have introduced the malted milkshake, back in 1922.

13 Censor : BLEEP

The original “censor” was an officer in ancient Rome who had responsibility for taking the “census”, as well as supervising public morality.

23 Pacific Ocean phenomenon : EL NINO

When the surface temperature of much of the Pacific Ocean rises more than half a degree celsius, then there is said to be an El Niño episode. That small temperature change in the Pacific has been associated with climatic changes that can stretch right across the globe. El Niño is Spanish for “the boy” and is a reference to the Christ child. The phenomenon was given this particular Spanish name because the warming is usually noticed near South America and around Christmas-time.

28 Running gear named after running animals : REEBOKS

The brand name Reebok was adopted as the new company name for Foster Shoes of the UK in 1960. The name Reebok (more commonly “Rhebok”) is an Afrikaans word for an antelope, and comes from the term “roe buck”.

36 Kind of blue : NAVY

Navy blue is a dark blue shade that was named for the color of uniforms worn by officers in the British Royal Navy as early as 1748. When the color’s name first took on the association with uniforms in the early 1800s, it was known as “marine blue”, but soon changed to “navy blue”.

38 Kit ___ Club (“Cabaret” locale) : KAT

The musical “Cabaret” is based on “I Am a Camera”, a 1951 play written by John Van Druten. In turn, the play was adapted from a novel “Goodbye to Berlin” written by Christopher Isherwood. The action in the musical takes place in the 1930s, in a seedy Berlin cabaret called the Kit Kat Klub. “Cabaret” is a great stage musical, although the 1972 film of the musical isn’t one of my favorites.

41 Genre for “The Dark Knight,” appropriately : NEO-NOIR

“The Dark Knight” is a 2008 film featuring Christian Bale as Batman, the title character. The movie is the second in what’s now known as “The Dark Knight Trilogy” (after “Batman Begins” and before “The Dark Knight Rises”. Christopher Nolan directed all three films in the trilogy.

43 Medieval servant : YEOMAN

In one use of the word, a “yeoman” is a lower level official or attendant in a royal household. A famous group of yeomen are the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. The role is ceremonial these days, theoretically safeguarding the crown jewels and guarding any prisoners in the Tower. More correctly, the Yeoman Warders are called Beefeaters, and nobody’s really sure why! If you get over to London, the Yeoman Warders will be your tour guide around the Tower of London … a great day out!

45 One-named model and philanthropist : IMAN

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid is a supermodel from Somalia who goes simply by the name “Iman” these days. “Iman” is an Arabic word for “faith”. She is a smart cookie. She has a degree in political science and is fluent in five languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English. Iman was married to English rock star David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016.

46 Storage units prone to explosion : SILOS

“Silo” is a Spanish word that we absorbed into English. The term ultimately derives from the Greek “siros”, which described a pit in which one kept corn.

51 Tennis star of the 2000s, familiarly : RAFA

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is a Spanish tennis player. He is noted for his expertise on clay courts, which earned him the nickname “The King of Clay”.

54 Native of central Canada : CREE

The Cree are one of the largest groups of Native Americans on the continent. In the US, Montana is home to most of the Cree nation. They live on a reservation shared with the Ojibwe people. In Canada, most of the Cree live in Manitoba.

56 Word in some South American city names : SAO

In Portuguese, the word “são” can mean “saint”, as in São Paulo (Saint Paul) and São José (Saint Joseph). If the saint’s name starts with a letter H or with a vowel, then the word “santo” is used instead, as in Santo Agostinho (Saint Augustine) and Santo Antônio (Saint Anthony).

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Sassy : FRESH
6 Drink with a shot balanced on chopsticks over a beer : SAKE BOMB
14 Meredith’s half sister on “Grey’s Anatomy” : LEXIE
15 Pack man : ALPHA MALE
17 Certain record : ENTRY
18 Gracious words when accepting an honor : I’M HUMBLED
19 Eroded : WORE
20 Exhibition that might attract eye rolls, for short : PDA
21 Went quickly : DARTED
22 Third-most-popular baby girls’ name in 2020, after Olivia and Emma : AVA
23 Serengeti grazer : ELAND
25 Make out : ESPY
26 Joint winner of Time’s Person of the Year for 2020 : KAMALA HARRIS
30 “Incorrect!” : IT ISN’T!
31 “Intolerable Cruelty” director, 2003 : COEN
32 Org. associated with the note series G-E-C : NBC
35 Author who referred to his works as a “legendarium” : TOLKIEN
37 More vexing : PESKIER
39 Word before now : … ERE
40 Scoop often used in Indian cuisine : NAAN
42 Ship on which Darwin collected material for “On the Origin of Species” : BEAGLE
43 Encouraging words : YOU’VE GOT THIS
45 “Mmm hmm …” : I SEE …
48 Ingredients for pastry cream : YOLKS
49 Gumshoe : TEC
50 Term of address for a noble : MILORD
53 Mass Appeal Records co-founder : NAS
54 Sheltered place : COVE
55 French phrase in many bistro names : A LA MAISON
57 Daughter of Elrond in “The Lord of the Rings” : ARWEN
58 Fearless : NOT AFRAID
59 Like the flame between exes, sometimes : RELIT
60 Century of note : SENATORS
61 Examinations : TESTS

Down

1 Played in the wind, say : FLEW A KITE
2 Fixer-upper : RENOVATOR
3 Above and beyond, with “the” : … EXTRA MILE
4 Part of an equine bloodline : SIRE
5 Song word sung twice before “goodbye” : HEY
6 Opened up during an examination : SAID “AH”
7 The first one printed in America was in 1639 : ALMANAC
8 Metric speed meas. : KPH
9 ___ Olmert, former Israeli P.M. : EHUD
10 Foe of the Fighting Tigers : BAMA
11 Multicolor hair effects : OMBRES
12 Fountain fare : MALTS
13 Censor : BLEEP
16 Whirl : EDDY
20 The highest form of flattery? : PLATEAU
23 Pacific Ocean phenomenon : EL NINO
24 Lemon ___ : DROP
27 Query : ASK
28 Running gear named after running animals : REEBOKS
29 Legends, often : INSETS
32 Ones late to work? : NIGHT OWLS
33 “Seriously!” : BELIEVE IT
34 Symbols on the flags of Algeria and Azerbaijan : CRESCENTS
36 Kind of blue : NAVY
38 Kit ___ Club (“Cabaret” locale) : KAT
41 Genre for “The Dark Knight,” appropriately : NEO-NOIR
43 Medieval servant : YEOMAN
44 Secretive things? : GLANDS
45 One-named model and philanthropist : IMAN
46 Storage units prone to explosion : SILOS
47 Lift a lot : ELATE
51 Tennis star of the 2000s, familiarly : RAFA
52 It covers a lot of ground : DIRT
54 Native of central Canada : CREE
56 Word in some South American city names : SAO
57 Refined oil product? : ART

5 thoughts on “1120-21 NY Times Crossword 20 Nov 21, Saturday”

  1. 14:51, no errors. Not aware of the “SAKE BOMB”. Hadn’t heard of “LEXIE”. For about three seconds, I had “TOLSTOY” before “TOLKIEN”. And I agree with Tom about “highest form of flattery”, though I will add that my response included a hint of a groan … 😜. A very pleasant outing for a Saturday.

  2. 23:40 I was stumped for a while, went off to have breakfast and when I came back it fell into place fairly rapidly. Top half was the big issue. I like the clue for 44D

  3. Yummy. Delicious humble pie. Bottom half done in 10 minutes, total time 28:27 with a bit of help. Can I go back to Friday?

  4. 28:01. Day late and a dollar short as usual for me. Highest form of flattery I guess wins the clue of the day award.

    When I visited the Tower of London, I just had a recording in my ear showing me around the place and telling me where to go. No YEOMAN. The recordings are available in almost every language. I, of course, thought I was clever by asking for one in American rather than the English (British accented) one they gave me…

    Best –

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