0222-22 NY Times Crossword 22 Feb 22, Tuesday

Constructed by: Jacob McDermott
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Tuesday

In honor of today’s date (2/2/22), today’s rebus puzzle includes several squares with the letters TWO. Also, the position of the rebus squares outlines a large number 2:

  • 36A Calendar column … or a punny hint to the circled squares : TUESDAY
  • 13A Near the North or South Pole, say : AT WORLD’S END
  • 21A Well-trodden, as a path : FOOTWORN
  • 22A Communicated through channels : SENT WORD
  • 52A “I’m speechless!” : JUST, WOW!
  • 54A Bad, but better than the alternatives : LEAST WORST
  • 3D “American Gothic” artist : GRANT WOOD
  • 6D Sign on a vintage appliance at a flea market, maybe : IT WORKS
  • 14D Lead-in to “Be happy” : DON’T WORRY …
  • 41D Home of the Texas Motor Speedway, with seating for more than 150,000 spectators : FORT WORTH
  • 43D Foster professional connections : NETWORK

Bill’s time: 8m 10s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 TV’s “The Good ___” : WIFE

“The Good Wife” is a legal drama show on CBS starring Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a litigator who returns to practicing law after spending 13 years as a stay-at-home mom. I binge-watched the show some time back and found it to be well-written, with a great cast and great acting …

9 Michelle ___ West of the L.P.G.A. : WIE

Michelle Wie is an American golfer on the LPGA Tour. Wie began playing golf at the age of four and was the youngest player ever to qualify for an LPGA tour event. She turned pro just before her 16th birthday.

12 Yankees manager whose teams never missed the postseason : TORRE

As a manager, Joe Torre was part of four World Series wins, all of them with the New York Yankees baseball team. Torre is an Italian American who was born in Brooklyn, New York. During the run up (pun intended!) to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Torre carried the Olympic flame part of the way through Florence in Italy, handing it over to the next runner at the famous Ponte Vecchio. I’d guess that was quite a thrill for him …

13 Near the North or South Pole, say : AT WORLD’S END

The geographic North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, although there is almost always a covering of sea ice at that location. The geographic South Pole is located on land, on the continent of Antarctica.

20 Like Thor or Loki : NORSE

In Norse mythology, Thor was the son of Odin. Thor wielded a mighty hammer and was the god of thunder, lightning and storms. Our contemporary word “Thursday” comes from “Thor’s Day”.

Loki is a god appearing in Norse mythology. In one story about Loki, he was punished by other gods for having caused the death of Baldr, the god of light and beauty. Loki is bound to a sharp rock using the entrails of one of his sons. A serpent drips venom which is collected in a bowl, and then his wife must empty the venom onto Loki when the bowl is full. The venom causes Loki great pain, and his writhing results in what we poor mortals experience as earthquakes.

29 ___ pro quo : QUID

“Quid pro quo” is Latin for “something for something”, i.e. a swap.

32 Bake, as eggs : SHIRR

Shirred eggs are eggs that have been baked without their shells in a flat-bottomed dish. The term “shirred” comes from the name of the dish that was traditionally used for the baking.

34 German article : EIN

The definite article in German is der, die or das, for masculine, feminine and neuter nouns. The indefinite article is ein, eine or ein, again depending on the gender of the noun. A further complication, relative to English, is that the masculine form (and only the masculine form) of the article changes when used in the accusative case, when used with the object of a sentence. The accusative forms are “den” and “einen”.

35 Son of, in Arabic names : IBN

In Arabic names, “ibn” is a word meaning “son of”. The words “bin” and “ben” are also used for “son of”. The word “bint” means “daughter of”. Similarly, in Hebrew “ben” is used to mean “son of”, and “bat” is used to mean “daughter of”.

36 Calendar column … or a punny hint to the circled squares : TUESDAY

The name “Tuesday” comes from an Old English word that translates as “Tiw’s Day”. In turn, “Tiw” was the Old English name for the Norse god “Týr”. Týr was the Norse god of single combat, victory and heroic glory.

40 Like much Three Stooges humor : INANE

If you’ve seen a few of the films starring “The Three Stooges” you might have noticed that the line-up changed over the years. The original trio was made up of Moe and Shemp Howard (two brothers) and Larry Fine (a good friend of the Howards). This line up was usually known as “Moe, Larry and Shemp”. Then Curly Howard replaced his brother when Shemp quit the act, creating the most famous trio, “Moe, Larry And Curly”. Shemp returned when Curly had a debilitating stroke in 1946. Shemp stayed with the troupe until he himself died in 1955. Shemp was replaced by Joe Besser, and then “Curly-Joe” DeRita. When Larry Fine suffered a stroke in 1970, it effectively marked the end of the act.

42 Beowulf’s first combatant : GRENDEL

“Beowulf” is an old epic poem from England, although the story is set in Scandinavia. Beowulf fights a battle, defending the Danish King Hrothgar from the ferocious outcast Grendel. Hrothgar had built a great hall for his people in which they could celebrate; singing, dancing and drinking lots of mead. Grendel was angered by the carousing and attacked the hall, devouring many of the incumbent warriors as they slept. A bit of an extreme reaction to noisy neighbors I’d say …

46 ___ Pieces : REESE’S

Reese’s Pieces are an extension to the successful Peanut Butter Cups line. They are pieces of candy that look like M&Ms, but are filled with peanut butter.

56 Patron of the Met, say : OPERAGOER

The Metropolitan Opera (often simply “the Met”) of New York City is the largest classical music organization in the country, presenting about 220 performances each and every year. Founded in 1880, the Met is renowned for using technology to expand its audiences. Performances have been broadcast live on radio since 1931, and on television since 1977. And since 2006 you can go see a live performance from New York in high definition on the big screen, at a movie theater near you …

59 Birthplace of Zeus, in myth : CRETE

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands. Crete figures heavily in Greek mythology. Zeus was born in a cave at Mount Ida, the highest peak on the island. Crete was also home to the Labyrinth where the Minotaur was slain by Theseus. Icarus and Daedalus, after having crafted the Labyrinth, escaped from the island using wings that they crafted.

61 First-stringers : A-TEAM

We’ve been using the phrases “first string” and “second string” in athletics since the mid-19th century. The expressions come from archery, in which a competitor would carry a second bowstring in case the first broke.

62 Bad result for a QB : INT

In football, if a quarterback’s (QB’s) pass ends up in the hands of a cornerback (CB), then that’s an interception (INT).

63 “___ in Show” : BEST

“Best in Show” is a comedy film released in 2000 that is in the mockumentary style. It follows five entrants to a big dog show. It is a Christopher Guest film, so I gave up after about 10 minutes of viewing …

64 Third degrees, for short : PHDS

“Ph.D.” is an abbreviation for “philosophiae doctor”, Latin for “teacher of philosophy”. Often, candidates for a PhD already hold a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, so a PhD might be considered a “third degree”.

Down

2 “You ___ Beautiful” : ARE SO

“You Are So Beautiful” is a song written by Dennis Wilson and Billy Preston, first recorded by Preston in 1974. Later the same year, Joe Cocker recorded a slower version of the song that was to become more successful than the original.

3 “American Gothic” artist : GRANT WOOD

The iconic Grant Wood work titled “American Gothic” was painted in 1930. It depicts a farmer holding a pitchfork standing beside his spinster daughter. Grant used his sister as a model for the daughter, and his dentist as a model for the farmer. You can see “American Gothic” on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. You can also visit the house depicted in the painting, in the city of Eldon, Iowa. Perhaps predictably, the house is located on what is now called American Gothic Street.

4 Title for Eva Perón : SENORA

Eva Perón was the second wife of President Juan Perón who was in office from 1946 to 1955. The Argentine First Lady was known affectionately by the people as “Evita”, the Spanish language diminutive of “Eva”. “Evita” is also the title of a tremendously successful musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that is based on the life of Eva Perón.

5 D.C. media giant, for short : WAPO

“The Washington Post” (WaPo) is the oldest paper still being published in the DC area, having been founded in 1877. Famously, “The Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the media’s investigation into what we now called the Watergate scandal. “The Washington Post” was purchased in 2013 by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

6 Sign on a vintage appliance at a flea market, maybe : IT WORKS

Flea markets are known by various names around the world. In Australia, the term “trash and treasure market” is used. Such outdoor events are called car boot sales in Britain and Ireland, whereas indoor versions might be jumble sales or bring-and-buy sales.

8 “Nightmare” street : ELM

“A Nightmare on Elm Street” is a Wes Craven slasher-horror film that was released in 1984. As I don’t do “slasher” or “horror”, I was surprised to learn that Johnny Depp was in the movie, making his feature film debut.

10 B&Bs : INNS

In the US, an intimate inn is a bed & breakfast (B&B). Traditionally, a bed & breakfast back in Ireland was more basic accommodation, and used to be much cheaper than a comparable hotel room.

12 “The weekend’s almost here, yay!” : TGIF!

“Thank God It’s Friday” (TGIF)

14 Lead-in to “Be happy” : DON’T WORRY …

The jazz and pop singer Bobby McFerrin has music in his blood. His mother was a singer, and his father was famed operatic baritone Robert McFerrin, the first African-American man to sing at the Met in New York. Bobby McFerrin had a huge number-one hit in 1988 with his song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.

19 Explosion maker : TNT

“TNT” is an abbreviation for “trinitrotoluene”. Trinitrotoluene was first produced in 1863 by the German chemist Joseph Wilbrand, who developed it for use as a yellow dye. TNT is relatively difficult to detonate so it was on the market as a dye for some years before its more explosive properties were discovered.

24 “Sleepless in Seattle” director Ephron : NORA

Nora Ephron had many talents, including writing film scripts and novels. Many of the movies that she wrote, she also directed. These would include some of my favorite movies of all time like “Sleepless in Seattle”, “You’ve Got Mail” and most recently, the wonderful “Julie & Julia”. And, did you know that Nora Ephron’s second marriage was to journalist Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame? She wrote an autobiographical novel based on her life with Bernstein, which deals in particular with Bernstein’s affair with the daughter of British Prime Minister James Callaghan.

“Sleepless in Seattle” is a lovely romantic comedy directed and co-written by Nora Ephron, released in 1993. The film’s storyline is based on the excellent 1957 movie “An Affair to Remember”, and there are numerous direct references to the Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr classic throughout the “remake”. The lead roles in “Sleepless …” are played by Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

27 Pasta that’s often baked : ZITI

Cylindrical pasta is known in general as “penne”, and there are many variants. For example, ziti is a particularly large and long tube with square-cut ends. “Penne” is the plural of “penna”, the Italian for “feather, quill”.

28 Shade of black : ONYX

Onyx is a form of quartz that comes in many different shades, but most often it’s the black version that’s used for jewelry. The name “onyx” comes from the Greek word for “fingernail”, as onyx in the flesh color is said to resemble a fingernail.

29 Last Chinese dynasty (1644-1912) : QING

The Qing Dynasty, also known as the Manchu Dynasty, lasted from 1644 to 1912. By the early 1900s, civil unrest was growing. Empress Dowager Cixi made changes in government designed to improve the social situation in China, but it was too late. The Wuchang Uprising of 1911 led to the formation of a new central government called the Republic of China, and over the coming months provinces switched their loyalty from the Qing Empire to the new Republic.

30 Lyft competitor : UBER

Uber is a ridesharing service that was founded in 2009 and is based in San Francisco. The service is somewhat controversial and has been described as an illegal taxicab operation. Central to Uber’s service is the company’s mobile app, which can use the client’s GPS location to help find the nearest available ride. Uber’s main competitor is Lyft.

32 Bobby of the Black Panthers : SEALE

Bobby Seale is a civil rights activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party with Huey Newton. Seale was one of the Chicago Eight, eight people charged as a result of anti-Vietnam war protests that took place during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The judge ordered Seale severed from the case, reducing the group of defendants to the Chicago Seven. However, Seale’s vehement protests during the trial led to the judge ordering him bound, gagged and chained to his chair, and eventually sentenced him to four years in jail for contempt of court. That conviction was quickly overturned on appeal.

33 Buying channel on TV : HSN

The Home Shopping Network (HSN) was the first national shopping network, and was launched locally as the Home Shopping Club in Florida in 1982.

37 Quelques-___ (a few: Fr.) : UNES

Quelques-unes is the feminine form of “some” in French. The masculine version would be “quelques-uns”.

41 Home of the Texas Motor Speedway, with seating for more than 150,000 spectators : FORT WORTH

Fort Worth, Texas was established as a US Army outpost in 1849, in the wake of the Mexican-American War (1846 – 1848). Fort Worth was the most northerly of ten fortified outposts built by the US government to protect the American Frontier. To this day, the city of Fort Worth is sometimes referred to as “where the West begins”.

44 Lawyers’ org. : ABA

American Bar Association (ABA)

51 Part of a flower or watch : STEM

The stem of a watch is the shaft that projects from the body that is used to wind the mechanism. Prior to the introduction of stem watches, the timepieces were wound up using a key.

52 Writer Picoult with the 2021 novel “Wish You Were Here” : JODI

American author Jodi Picoult has had two books debut at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list: “Nineteen Minutes” and “Change of Heart”.

55 Lead-in to while : ERST-

“Erst” is an archaic way of saying “formerly, before the present time”. The term is mostly seen as part of the word “erstwhile”, an adjective meaning “of times past”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Waiting room fare, in brief : MAGS
5 TV’s “The Good ___” : WIFE
9 Michelle ___ West of the L.P.G.A. : WIE
12 Yankees manager whose teams never missed the postseason : TORRE
13 Near the North or South Pole, say : AT WORLD’S END
16 Gather, as information : GLEAN
17 Championing : PROMOTING
18 “Uncool, man” : IT’S NOT OK
20 Like Thor or Loki : NORSE
21 Well-trodden, as a path : FOOTWORN
22 Communicated through channels : SENT WORD
25 Horse’s bit : OAT
26 ___ Ghiberti, sculptor of Florence’s Gates of Paradise : LORENZO
29 ___ pro quo : QUID
32 Bake, as eggs : SHIRR
34 German article : EIN
35 Son of, in Arabic names : IBN
36 Calendar column … or a punny hint to the circled squares : TUESDAY
38 Pen that’s full of oink? : STY
39 After tax : NET
40 Like much Three Stooges humor : INANE
41 Shortcut to highlighting the address bar on most internet browsers : F-SIX
42 Beowulf’s first combatant : GRENDEL
44 In the past : AGO
46 ___ Pieces : REESE’S
48 Enters unannounced, with “in” : BARGES …
52 “I’m speechless!” : JUST, WOW!
54 Bad, but better than the alternatives : LEAST WORST
56 Patron of the Met, say : OPERAGOER
59 Birthplace of Zeus, in myth : CRETE
60 Where ships are outfitted : DOCKYARDS
61 First-stringers : A-TEAM
62 Bad result for a QB : INT
63 “___ in Show” : BEST
64 Third degrees, for short : PHDS

Down

1 Very, on a music score : MOLTO
2 “You ___ Beautiful” : ARE SO
3 “American Gothic” artist : GRANT WOOD
4 Title for Eva Perón : SENORA
5 D.C. media giant, for short : WAPO
6 Sign on a vintage appliance at a flea market, maybe : IT WORKS
7 To’s counterpart : FRO
8 “Nightmare” street : ELM
9 Oddity : WEIRDNESS
10 B&Bs : INNS
11 Brink : EDGE
12 “The weekend’s almost here, yay!” : TGIF!
14 Lead-in to “Be happy” : DON’T WORRY …
15 Squirrel away : STORE
19 Explosion maker : TNT
23 Skip over : ELIDE
24 “Sleepless in Seattle” director Ephron : NORA
27 Pasta that’s often baked : ZITI
28 Shade of black : ONYX
29 Last Chinese dynasty (1644-1912) : QING
30 Lyft competitor : UBER
31 What parallel lines never do : INTERSECT
32 Bobby of the Black Panthers : SEALE
33 Buying channel on TV : HSN
36 Water channel that rises and falls : TIDEWAY
37 Quelques-___ (a few: Fr.) : UNES
41 Home of the Texas Motor Speedway, with seating for more than 150,000 spectators : FORT WORTH
43 Foster professional connections : NETWORK
44 Lawyers’ org. : ABA
45 Screw-off car part : GAS CAP
47 Cafeteria trays on snowy days, perhaps : SLEDS
49 Vice encouraged by capitalism : GREED
50 These: Sp. : ESTAS
51 Part of a flower or watch : STEM
52 Writer Picoult with the 2021 novel “Wish You Were Here” : JODI
53 Well informed about : UP ON
55 Lead-in to while : ERST-
57 Chatterbox’s “gift” : GAB
58 Earth deposit : ORE

9 thoughts on “0222-22 NY Times Crossword 22 Feb 22, Tuesday”

  1. 12:17. It’s actually 2/22/2022, so 200 years from today will be the truly remarkable day of 2/22/2222. Can’t wait for that. I was scheduled to go to a wedding on 10/10/20, but it was canceled due to covid issues at the time.

    Wasn’t SHIRR about 32A, but I guess it was correct.

    I fundamentally disagree with 49D. GREED is not encouraged by capitalism as much as it’s revealed. The capitalist system is one based on the assumption that people/companies by their nature pursue optimizing profits. It’s not a system that creates GREED. That would assume a different system (socialism, communism whatever) would make us all better, less sinful people. Sheesh. I could go on but I won’t.

    Best –

  2. 28:13 – no cheats/errors.

    Boy, did I struggle. This is only the third Rebus I’ve ever solved, so I didn’t recognize it early enough. Once I did, then I got going …

    I was wondering why the Rebus squares weren’t symmetrical until (at least on the NYT page) they connected to form a blue-lined “2” upon completion of the puzzle.

    Pretty neat.

    Be Well.

  3. Bit tough in places. Messed up at cross of QING and GRENDEL. I had QIND and DRENDEL.

    Didn’t know WAPO was short for Washington post.

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