0226-22 NY Times Crossword 26 Feb 22, Saturday

Constructed by: Ori Brian
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 10m 36s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Symbol of the National Audubon Society : EGRET

The National Audubon Society is an environmental organization that was formed in 1905. The society is named for John James Audubon, an ornithologist who compiled his famous book “Birds of America” between 1827 and 1838.

6 Auto download? : UBER

The rideshare service Uber takes its name from the English colloquial word “uber” meaning “super, topmost”, which in turn comes from the German “über” meaning “above”.

10 Includes surreptitiously, in a way : BCCS

A blind carbon copy (bcc) is a copy of a document or message that is sent to someone without other recipients of the message knowing about that extra copy.

14 Pianist/composer Schumann : CLARA

Clara Schumann was a famous concert pianist, and the wife of composer Robert Schumann. Clara is known not only for her talent on the piano, but also for premiering works by Johannes Brahms, who was a dear friend of the Schumanns.

16 Biblical mother of Levi and Judah : LEAH

According to the Bible, Leah was one of the two wives of Jacob, the other being Leah’s sister Rachel. Jacob’s intention had been to marry Rachel, but Leah and Rachel’s father “switched” his daughters and provided Leah as the veiled bride. Jacob married Rachel a week later, and lived with the two wives concurrently.

In the Torah, the Israelites are traced back to Jacob, grandson of Abraham and twin brother of Esau. Jacob had twelve sons through his concurrent wives Leah and Rachel, and his two concubines Bilhah and Zilpah. The sons became the ancestors of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The sons were:

  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Levi
  4. Judah
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Asher
  9. Issachar
  10. Zebulun
  11. Joseph
  12. Benjamin

17 Sun spot? : OUTER SPACE

The exploration and use of outer space is governed by the Outer Space Treaty that came into force in 1967. The initial signatories were the US, UK and USSR, and now 102 nations are party to the treaty. For the purposes of the treaty, outer space begins at the Kármán line, a theoretical sphere that lies at an altitude of 100km about the Earth’s sea level.

21 Eggs Benedict recipe word : POACH

Our verb “to poach”, meaning “to cook in liquid”, comes from the Old French verb “pochier”, meaning “to put into a pocket”. The idea is that the yolk of a “poached” egg is “pocketed” in the egg white.

Eggs Benedict is a dish traditionally served at an American breakfast or brunch. It usually consists of a halved English muffin topped with ham and poached eggs, all smothered in Hollandaise sauce. The exact origin of the dish is apparently debated, but one story is that it is named for a Wall Street stockbroker called Lemuel Benedict. In 1894 in the Waldorf Hotel, Benedict ordered toast, poached eggs, crispy bacon and Hollandaise sauce as a cure for his hangover. The hotel’s maître d’ Oscar Tschirky was impressed by the dish and added the variant that we use today to the hotel’s menu, naming it for the gentleman who had first ordered it.

26 Christian Bale and Val Kilmer, for two : BATMEN

“Batman Begins” is a 2005 movie in the “Batman” franchise, in which Christian Bale plays the title character. This film tells the story of how Batman came to be, and deals with Bruce Wayne’s original fear of bats, the death of his parents, and the events leading to his adoption of the Batman persona.

“Batman Forever” is a 1995 superhero film, one in a string of movies featuring the comic book hero Batman. This one has Val Kilmer in the title role, with the two main villains played by Jim Carrey (the Riddler) and Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face).

Christian Bale is an actor from Wales in the UK, although he is better known for his work on this side of the Atlantic. Bale’s big break in movies came in 1987 with the starring role in Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” at only 13 years of age. He has also played Batman three times, in “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012).

Val Kilmer’s first big leading role in a movie was playing Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s 1991 biopic “The Doors”. A few years later, Kilmer was chosen for the lead in another big production, “Batman Forever”. Things haven’t really gone as well for Kilmer since then, I’d say. Off the screen, he flirted with the idea of running for Governor of New Mexico in 2010. A Hollywood actor as a governor? Would never happen …

27 Close relatives of ours : BONOBOS

The bonobo used to be called the pygmy chimpanzee, and is a cousin of the common chimpanzee. The bonobo is an endangered species that is now found in the wild only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa. Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest species to humans genetically.

30 Wunderkind : ACE

A wunderkind is a child prodigy, often one with a musical gift. The term is German in origin and translates literally as “wonder child”.

31 Irrefutable statement : GOSPEL TRUTH

“Gospel” is a term that came to us via Old English. The Old English term is “godspel” meaning “good story”, and referred to the glad tidings announced by Jesus. There are four Gospels in the Christian New Testament: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

36 Auto import : KIA

Kia Motors is the second-largest manufacturer of cars in South Korea, behind Hyundai (and Hyundai is a part owner in Kia now). Kia was founded in 1944 as a manufacturer of bicycle parts, and did indeed produce Korea’s first domestic bicycle. The company’s original name was Kyungsung Precision Industry, with the Kia name introduced in 1952.

37 Use a shuttle, say : TAT

One is tatting when one is making lace. The word “tatting” has been around since the 1830s, but no one seems to have unearthed its etymology.

When weaving with a loom, a shuttle is a tool that carries the thread across the weft yarn, back and forth so that the fabric “grows” in length.

42 Magazine that’s marketed to marketers : ADWEEK

“Adweek” is a weekly trade magazine serving the advertising industry. It is the second-biggest seller in the sector, behind “Advertising Age”.

45 Philosopher Watts : ALAN

Alan Watts was a British philosopher who lived much of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was noted for popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West.

53 “Couldn’t agree more!” : AMEN!

The word “amen” translates as “so be it”. “Amen” is said to be of Hebrew origin, but it is also likely to be influenced by Aramaic and Arabic.

55 Late comedian Bob : SAGET

Bob Saget was a real enigma to me. He made a name for himself playing very sugary roles in TV shows like “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, and yet in the world of stand-up comedy Saget was known for very blue and raunchy routines.

57 Celebrity chef Burrell : ANNE

Anne Burrell is co-host of the show “Worst Cooks in America” that airs on the Food Network. Here’s a Burrell quote:

I always use my “Holy Trinity” which is salt, olive oil and bacon. My motto is, ‘”bacon always makes it better”. I try to use bacon and pork products whenever it can.

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3 Boho-chic furniture material : RATTAN

Rattan is the name of a large number of species of palms, all of which look less like trees and more like vines. The woody stems are used for making cane furniture.

Boho-chic is a style of fashion that grew out of the bohemian and hippie looks.

4 “… ___ I again behold my Romeo!”: Juliet : ERE

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” doesn’t end well for the title characters. Juliet takes a potion as a ruse to fool her parents, to trick them into thinking she is dead. The potion puts her in a death-like coma for 24 hours, after which Juliet plans to awaken and run off with Romeo. Juliet sends a message to Romeo apprising him of the plan, but the message fails to arrive. Romeo hears of Juliet’s “death”, and grief-stricken he takes his own life by drinking poison. Juliet awakens from the coma, only to find her lover dead beside her. She picks up a dagger and commits suicide. Nobody lives happily ever after …

5 Cover up in a shower : TARP

Originally, tarpaulins were made from canvas covered in tar that rendered the material waterproof. The word “tarpaulin” comes from “tar” and “palling”, with “pall” meaning “heavy cloth covering”.

6 Book with an eagle on its cover : US PASSPORT

As a result of a League of Nations conference in 1920, passports are usually written in French and one other language. French was specified back then as it was deemed the language of diplomacy. US passports use French and English, given that English is the nation’s de facto national language. Spanish was added as a language for US passports in the late nineties, in recognition of Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico.

The Great Seal of the United States is a device used to authenticate some US federal documents. The obverse (front) of the Great Seal is used as the coat of arms of the US, and is a design that can be seen on all American passports.

9 City on the New York/Connecticut border : RYE

The New York city of Rye is the youngest in the state, having received its charter in 1942. Rye is home to the historic amusement park called Playland, which in 1987 was designated a National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1928, today’s Playland is actually owned and operated by Westchester County, making it one of the only government-operated amusement parks in the whole country.

10 Cry like a kid : BLEAT

Male goats are bucks or billies, although castrated males are known as wethers. Female goats are does or nannies, and young goats are referred to as kids.

12 West Coast school where Einstein once taught : CALTECH

Caltech is more properly known as the California Institute of Technology, and is a private research-oriented school in Pasadena. One of Caltech’s responsibilities is the management and operation of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. If you watch “The Big Bang Theory” on television like me, you might know that the four lead characters all work at Caltech.

22 TV witch : SABRINA

The hit TV show “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” is based on a comic book series of the same name. The title character is played by actress Melissa Joan Hart. Sabrina lives with her two aunts, Hilda and Zelda, who are both 600 years of age. There’s also a cat called Salem, who has magical powers.

24 Chief magistrates in Italian history : DOGES

Doges were the elected chief magistrates of the former republics of Venice and Genoa.

28 Part of the foxtrot : BOX STEP

In dance, a box step is a step that creates a square or box pattern on the floor. The box step features in several ballroom dances including the rumba and waltz.

The foxtrot is smooth and flowing like a waltz, but in 4/4 time as opposed to 3/4. The dance is named for the vaudeville dancer Harry Fox, who popularized it in the early 1900s.

32 Winter D.C. clock setting : EST

Eastern Standard Time (EST)

33 Part of the palate : UVULA

The uvula is a conical fleshy projection hanging down at the back of the soft palate. The uvula plays an important role in human speech, particularly in the making of “guttural” sounds. The Latin word for “grape” is “uva”, so “uvula” is a “little grape”.

The roof of the mouth is known as the palate. The anterior part of the palate is very bony, and is called the hard palate. The posterior part is very fleshy and is called the soft palate. The soft palate is muscular and moves to close off the nasal passages while swallowing. We often use the term “palate” figuratively, to describe the sense of taste.

36 Moroccan quarter : KASBAH

“Casbah” is the Arabic word for a “citadel”. “Casbah” (also “Kasbah”) usually refers to the citadel in the city of Algiers and the area surrounding it.

43 Fix, as text : EMEND

The verb “to amend” means “to change for the better, put right, alter by adding”. The related verb “to emend” is used more rarely, and mainly in reference to the editing of professional writing. Both terms are derived from the Latin “emendare” meaning “to remove fault”.The verb “to amend” means “to change for the better, put right, alter by adding”. The related verb “to emend” is used more rarely, and mainly in reference to the editing of professional writing. Both terms are derived from the Latin “emendare” meaning “to remove fault”.

47 Running mate of 2012 : RYAN

Paul Ryan was a nominee for Vice President in the 2012 election, and was on the Republican ticket with Mitt Romney. Ryan was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2015 after John Boehner resigned. At 45, Ryan then became the youngest Speaker since 1875.

48 Noodge : PEST

“To noodge” is a slang verb meaning “to nag”. It comes into English from the Yiddish word “nudyen” meaning “to bore, be tedious”.

52 When doubled, a 2010s dance craze : NAE

The Nae Nae is a hip hop dance that is named for the 2013 song “Drop that NaeNae” recorded by We Are Toon. The main move in the dance involves swaying with one hand in the air and one hand down, with both feet firmly planted on the dancefloor. Go on, do it. You know you want to …

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Symbol of the National Audubon Society : EGRET
6 Auto download? : UBER
10 Includes surreptitiously, in a way : BCCS
14 Pianist/composer Schumann : CLARA
15 Do amazingly, in slang : SLAY
16 Biblical mother of Levi and Judah : LEAH
17 Sun spot? : OUTER SPACE
19 Spanish pronoun : ELLA
20 Rent out : LET
21 Eggs Benedict recipe word : POACH
22 Annoyed, in slang : SALTY
23 Not much : A TAD
25 “Naughty you!” : TSK!
26 Christian Bale and Val Kilmer, for two : BATMEN
27 Close relatives of ours : BONOBOS
29 Nonstarter : SUB
30 Wunderkind : ACE
31 Irrefutable statement : GOSPEL TRUTH
34 Openly discussing one’s kinks, say : SEX-POSITIVE
35 End of a waiting list? : DESSERT MENU
36 Auto import : KIA
37 Use a shuttle, say : TAT
38 Nonsensical song syllables : TRA-LA-LA
42 Magazine that’s marketed to marketers : ADWEEK
44 Pro with stereotypically messy handwriting : DOC
45 Philosopher Watts : ALAN
46 OK, in a way : STAMP
47 Accumulate : RUN UP
49 Big oaf : LUG
50 Fall for it : BITE
51 Revelations : EYE-OPENERS
53 “Couldn’t agree more!” : AMEN!
54 Peacockish : VAIN
55 Late comedian Bob : SAGET
56 Driven group : HERD
57 Celebrity chef Burrell : ANNE
58 Microscopic : TEENY

Down

1 Green research site : ECOLAB
2 Stick on : GLUE TO
3 Boho-chic furniture material : RATTAN
4 “… ___ I again behold my Romeo!”: Juliet : ERE
5 Cover up in a shower : TARP
6 Book with an eagle on its cover : US PASSPORT
7 Word with tie or belt : BLACK …
8 Pricing word : EACH
9 City on the New York/Connecticut border : RYE
10 Cry like a kid : BLEAT
11 Person you’re in with : CELLMATE
12 West Coast school where Einstein once taught : CALTECH
13 N.F.L. kicker Graham who played for 14 teams : SHAYNE
18 As you might say : SO TO SPEAK
22 TV witch : SABRINA
24 Chief magistrates in Italian history : DOGES
26 Cutesy term of affection : BUTTERCUP
28 Part of the foxtrot : BOX STEP
29 Long : SLIM TO NONE
32 Winter D.C. clock setting : EST
33 Part of the palate : UVULA
34 It makes waves : SEAWATER
35 Was in prison : DID TIME
36 Moroccan quarter : KASBAH
39 Charge : ALLEGE
40 Name that’s an anagram of UNREAL : LAUREN
41 On edge : ANGSTY
43 Fix, as text : EMEND
44 Scheduled to land, say : DUE IN
47 Running mate of 2012 : RYAN
48 Noodge : PEST
51 Actress Noblezada of Broadway’s “Hadestown” : EVA
52 When doubled, a 2010s dance craze : NAE

11 thoughts on “0226-22 NY Times Crossword 26 Feb 22, Saturday”

  1. 7:34, fast for a Saturday. BONOBOs, aka Pygmy Chimps, are well-known for making love, not war, which I guess would make them our closest SEX-POSITIVE evolutionary relatives.

  2. 18:33 after finding and fixing an error: Early on, I wrote in “CASBAH” instead of “KASBAH” and then neglected to check the crossing entry (“CIA” instead of “KIA”). At the end, I put in the “Y” of “SALTY” and “SHAYNE” (two things unfaniliar and spent some time trying t

    1. Well, so much for my typing skills … Sometimes, on my iPad, the “POST COMMENT” button is just above the tiny virtual keyboard, in a perfect position to hit accidentally. Anyway, as I was saying … 😜 …

      … (two things unfamiliar to me) and spent some time trying to figure out what was wrong there before looking elsewhere.

  3. 26:41 Kudos to @TomR and @Bill for their rapid times. I was stuck in several places, and it still amazes me how often getting just one word, such as RYAN, opens up an entire block. And even tho I had 3D early, I also had 2D as ADHERE, which I kept “sticking to” (pun intended) for a long while and as a result that block was the last to fall.

    Also made the same CASBAH faux pas as @Nonny.

    Two climbing references in the past two days – Mt. Aconcagua, which I was fortunate to climb in 1999, and FREESOLO – something I would NEVER attempt – PERIOD. And with age I’m now a hiker, rather than a climber.

  4. 32:39 knew nothing of Bonobos and only looked it up after getting the music of success. Was hoping for a clear definition of “sexpositive” until I typed it here and read it as expositive with the “s” added… 5 hours of snowblowing and roof raking must have put my brain in a fog….

  5. 30:45. Almost fell asleep doing this one. I should probably wait until I’m properly caffeinated.

    Doesn’t the UVULA also function as a speed bag for boxing mice in a cat’s mouth? I think I saw that on a few cartoons.

    I’m now officially craving eggs benedict thanks to 21A….

    Best –

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