0303-22 NY Times Crossword 3 Mar 22, Thursday

Constructed by: August Lee-Kovach
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Just Add Water

Themed answers need us to JUST ADD WATER (H2O), to insert HHO:

  • 35A Simple recipe instruction … or a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : JUST ADD WATER
  • 16A *Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur : HIGH HOLIDAYS
  • 25A *The wolf in “Peter and the Wolf” : FRENCH HORNS
  • 42A *Cape Cod retreats : BEACH HOUSES
  • 56A *Last possible second : ELEVENTH HOUR

Bill’s time: 12m 41s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 “Office-inappropriate” tag : NSFW

The abbreviation “NSFW” stands for “not safe/suitable for work”. It’s Internet slang used to describe online content that is best not viewed at work.

14 Its motto is “Fiat lux” : UCLA

“Fiat lux” translates from Latin as “Let there be light”. The phrase was originally written in Hebrew, as it comes from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. It is included in the opening verses:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, and it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.

15 Part of a guitar : FRET

A fret is a metal strip embedded in the neck of a stringed instrument, a guitar perhaps. The fingers press on the frets, shortening a string and hence changing the note played. The note increases by one semitone as a finger shortens a string by one fret.

16 *Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur : HIGH HOLIDAYS

Rosh Hashanah is loosely referred to as “Jewish New Year”. The literal translation from Hebrew is “head of the year”.

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, and is also known as the Day of Atonement.

23 Rolls follower : ROYCE

Henry Royce founded the Rolls-Royce company in 1904 with his partner, Charles Rolls. Royce died at 70 years of age in 1933. His last words were, reportedly, “I wish I had spent more time in the office …”

25 *The wolf in “Peter and the Wolf” : FRENCH HORNS

The brass instrument known as a “horn” is sometimes informally called a “French horn”. But, the French horn isn’t French at all, and instead originated in Germany. Very confusing …

As is the case for many I am sure, Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” was my introduction to the world of classical music, as it was played for us at school many, many moons ago. Prokofiev wrote the piece as a commissioned work for the Central Children’s Theater in Moscow, in 1936. He loved the idea of the project, and wrote the story and music in just four days!

27 ___ People’s Democratic Republic : LAO

The official name for the country of Laos is the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. In the Lao language, the country’s name is “Meuang Lao”. The French ruled Laos as part of French Indochina, having united three separate Lao kingdoms. As there was a plural of “Lao” entities united into one, the French added the “S” and so today we tend to use “Laos” instead of “Lao”.

29 Goddess whose name means “lovely” : ERATO

In Greek mythology, Erato was the Muse of lyric poetry. She is often depicted with a wreath of myrtle and roses, and playing a lyre.

30 Airport aprons : TARMACS

The terms “tarmac” and “macadam” are short for “tarmacadam”. In the 1800s, Scotsman John Loudon McAdam developed a style of road known as “macadam”. Macadam had a top-layer of crushed stone and gravel laid over larger stones. The macadam also had a convex cross-section so that water tended to drain to the sides. In 1901, a significant improvement was made by English engineer Edgar Purnell Hooley who introduced tar into the macadam, improving the resistance to water damage and practically eliminating dust. The “tar-penetration macadam” is the basis of what we now call “tarmac”.

39 She met her husband Frank after beating him in a shooting match : ANNIE

Many regard Annie Oakley as the first American female superstar, given her celebrity as a sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. She toured with the show all over Europe, and performed her act for the likes of Queen Victoria of England and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Supposedly, using a .22 caliber rifle from 90 feet away, Oakley could split a playing card edge-on, and shoot five or six holes in the card before it hit the ground!

42 *Cape Cod retreats : BEACH HOUSES

The first European to discover Cape Cod Bay was Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, in 1524. Along with Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay and Massachusetts Bay, Cape Cod Bay gave rise to “Bay State” becoming the nickname for Massachusetts.

46 It’s famous for doing the floss : ORAL-B

The Oral-B toothbrush was introduced to the world in 1950, designed by a California periodontist. The first “model” was the Oral-B 60, a name given to reflect the 60 tufts in the brush. In 1969, the Oral-B was the first toothbrush to get to the moon as it was the toothbrush of choice for the crew of the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

50 ___ canto : BEL

“Bel canto” is a term used in Italian opera, the literal translation of which is “beautiful singing”. The term specifically describes a style of singing that emphasizes beauty of tone over dramatic power.

51 Actor Jeremy of “The Hurt Locker” : RENNER

Jeremy Renner is an actor from Modesto, California whose big break came playing the lead role in the 2008 movie “The Hurt Locker”. Since then, Renner has broken into the world of superhero movies, playing Hawkeye in 2012’s “The Avengers”. I liked him best though in the 2012 action film “The Bourne Legacy”.

The 2008 movie “The Hurt Locker” is a disturbing drama about a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team on the front lines during the Iraq War. The film appears to be very realistic, and was filmed in Jordan just a few miles from the Iraqi border. The screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a journalist who was embedded with an EOD team in 2004. “The Hurt Locker” won six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to be so honored.

53 “The ___ of Pooh” : TAO

Author Benjamin Hoff is best known for his 1982 book “The Tao of Pooh”, and a successor title published in 1992 called “The Te of Piglet”. Both books use the “Winnie-the-Pooh” stories to illustrate Taoist beliefs.

54 City on the Rhône : LYON

The city of Lyon in France is sometimes known as “Lyons” in English. Lyon is the second-largest metropolitan area in the country, after Paris. It is located just to the north of the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers.

56 *Last possible second : ELEVENTH HOUR

Something that happens at “the eleventh hour” happens late in the day. The expression originates in the Gospel of Matthew in the Christian New Testament. In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, the owner of the vineyard hires laborers throughout the day, even at “the eleventh hour”.

59 Its motto is “Lux et veritas” : YALE

“Lux et veritas” translates from Latin as “Light and Truth”. “Lux et veritas” is used as a motto of several universities including Indiana University, the University of Montana and Yale University. However, Yale’s motto is often given in Hebrew, as “Urim and Thummim”.

61 Meeting, informally : SESH

Session (abbreviated to “sess.” formally, and “sesh” informally)

Down

2 It has Javan and Sumatran varieties : RHINO

There are five types of rhinoceros that survive today, with the smaller Javan Rhino being the most rare. The rhinoceros is probably the rarest large mammal on the planet, thanks to poaching. Hunters mainly prize the horn of the rhino as it is used in powdered form in traditional Chinese medicine.

3 Like Hammer pants : BAGGY

Hammer pants are baggy pants that taper at the ankles. They are designed to facilitate hip-hop dancing, and are named for rap performer MC Hammer.

4 Show that spawned “Wayne’s World,” in brief : SNL

“Wayne’s World” was originally a “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Mike Myers (as Wayne Campbell) and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar. The sketch was so successful that it was parlayed into two hit movies, released in 1992 and 1993. Not my cup of tea though …

7 Philadelphia athlete : FLYER

The Philadelphia Flyers hockey team was founded in 1967. The team’s name was chosen using a “name-the-team” fan contest.

10 Some street fights? : DRAG RACES

Back in the 18th century, “drag” was slang for a wagon or buggy, as it was “dragged” along by a horse or horses. In the 1930s, the underworld adopted “drag” as slang for an automobile. This sense of the word was imported into automobile racing in the forties, giving the name to “drag racing”. A drag race is basically a competition between two cars to determine which can accelerate faster from a standstill.

11 Soul sucker in the Harry Potter books : DEMENTOR

In the “Harry Potter” universe, Azkaban is a prison housing wizards who violate the laws of wizardry. The prison is guarded by the Dementors, soulless creatures serving under the Ministry of Magic.

12 Western hat : STETSON

Stetson is a brand of hat manufactured by John B. Stetson Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. The so-called “cowboy hat” that Stetson pioneered was such a success that the company became the largest hat maker in the world, producing over 3.3 million hats per year.

17 Start of some souvenir shirt slogans : I “HEART” …

A souvenir is a memento, a token of remembrance. We imported “souvenir” from French, in which language it has the same meaning. The term comes from the Latin “subvenire” meaning “to come to mind”, or literally “to come up”.

21 Small bill : ONE

Conspiracy theorists love to point out “suspicious” symbols on the one-dollar bill. The pyramid on the bill is unfinished, with 13 steps. The number 13 has been associated with the occult, but it is also the number of original colonies that declared independence from Britain forming the United States. Not so suspicious after all …

26 Varmint : CRITTER

“Varmint” is an informal variant of “vermin”, a term describing something or someone that is undesirable or obnoxious.

28 Ilhan in Congress : OMAR

Ilhan Omar has been representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in the US House since 2019. At that time, she became one of the first two Muslim women, as well as the first Somali American, to serve in the US Congress.

30 See red? : TURN A LOSS

To be in the red is to be in debt, to owe money. The expression “in the red” is a reference to the accounting practice of recording debts and losses in red ink in ledgers. The related phrase “in the black” means “solvent, making a profit”.

32 AOL freebies, once : CDS

Founded as Quantum Computer Services in 1983, the company changed its name in 1989 to America Online. As America Online went international, the initialism AOL was used in order to shake off the “America-centric” sound to the name. During the heady days of AOL’s success the company could not keep up with the growing number of subscribers, so people trying to connect often encountered busy signals. That’s when users referred to AOL as “Always Off-Line”.

33 “M*A*S*H” Emmy winner : SWIT

Loretta Swit started playing Major “Hot Lips” Houlihan on “M*A*S*H” in 1972. She and Alan Alda were the only actors who appeared in both the pilot and the series finale. Swit has written a book on needlepoint, would you believe? It’s called “A Needlepoint Scrapbook”.

35 1847 novel originally subtitled “An Autobiography” : JANE EYRE

Charlotte Brontë was the eldest of the three Brontë sister authors. Charlotte’s most famous work is the novel “Jane Eyre”, which she published under the pen name Currer Bell. The pen name veiled her gender, but preserved the initials of her real name. After “Jane Eyre” was published, Brontë started to move in the same circles as other successful novelists of the day, including William Makepeace Thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell. Just two years after Bronte died in her late thirties, it was Gaskell who published the first biography of Charlotte Brontë.

36 Where flotsam and jetsam may end up : ASHORE

“Flotsam” and “jetsam” are both terms used to describe garbage in the ocean. Flotsam is floating wreckage from a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is similar to flotsam, except that it is part of a ship or cargo that is deliberately cast overboard, perhaps to lighten a vessel.

40 It covers 6.8% of the earth’s land area: Abbr. : EUR

The continent of Europe was named for Europa, a Phoenician princess of Greek mythology.

44 China’s Zhou ___ : ENLAI

Zhou Enlai (also “Chou En-lai”) was the first government leader of the People’s Republic of China and held the office of Premier from 1949 until he died in 1976. Zhou Enlai ran the government for Communist Party Leader Mao Zedong, often striking a more conciliatory tone with the West than that of his boss. He was instrumental, for example, in setting up President Nixon’s famous visit to China in 1972. Zhou Enlai died just a few months before Mao Zedong, with both deaths leading to unrest and a dramatic change in political direction for the country.

45 Fishhook attachment : SNELL

A snell is a length of thin line that connects a fishhook to heavier line. The knot that is typically used to fasten a hook to the snell is known as a snell knot.

47 Top story : ATTIC

An attic or loft is a room or space located below the roof of a building. The term “attic” is a shortened form of “attic story”, the uppermost story or level of a house. This term “attic story” originally applied to a low, decorative level built on top of the uppermost story behind a building’s decorative facade. This use of decoration at the top of buildings was common in ancient Greece, and was particularly important in the Attica style. That Attica style was so called because it originated in the historical region of Attica that encompassed the city of Athens. And that’s how our attics are linked to ancient Greece.

57 Org. whose logo has an eagle grasping a key : NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) seal was introduced in 1965 and features an eagle perched upon a key. The eagle represents the agency’s national mission, and the key represents security.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Earth and Mars, e.g. : ORBS
5 “Office-inappropriate” tag : NSFW
9 1:15 or 1:30, e.g. : ODDS
13 Part of a comparison : … THAN …
14 Its motto is “Fiat lux” : UCLA
15 Part of a guitar : FRET
16 *Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur : HIGH HOLIDAYS
18 “If you come to ___ not understanding who you are, it will define who you are”: Oprah Winfrey : FAME
19 H.S. class : ENG
20 Regarding this matter : HERETO
22 Trick : GET
23 Rolls follower : ROYCE
25 *The wolf in “Peter and the Wolf” : FRENCH HORNS
27 ___ People’s Democratic Republic : LAO
29 Goddess whose name means “lovely” : ERATO
30 Airport aprons : TARMACS
34 Representation : ICON
35 Simple recipe instruction … or a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : JUST ADD WATER
37 Measures of cellular strength : BARS
38 Counters : RESISTS
39 She met her husband Frank after beating him in a shooting match : ANNIE
41 Not just “a” : THE
42 *Cape Cod retreats : BEACH HOUSES
46 It’s famous for doing the floss : ORAL-B
50 ___ canto : BEL
51 Actor Jeremy of “The Hurt Locker” : RENNER
53 “The ___ of Pooh” : TAO
54 City on the Rhône : LYON
56 *Last possible second : ELEVENTH HOUR
58 Formerly, once : ERST
59 Its motto is “Lux et veritas” : YALE
60 Make binding, in a way : SIGN
61 Meeting, informally : SESH
62 Feels crummy : AILS
63 Not just smart : ACHE

Down

1 [Not shown here] : OTHER
2 It has Javan and Sumatran varieties : RHINO
3 Like Hammer pants : BAGGY
4 Show that spawned “Wayne’s World,” in brief : SNL
5 Wearing just a smile, say : NUDE
6 Accessory for a soccer fan : SCARF
7 Philadelphia athlete : FLYER
8 Eggshells and coffee grounds, typically : WASTE
9 Switch position : OFF
10 Some street fights? : DRAG RACES
11 Soul sucker in the Harry Potter books : DEMENTOR
12 Western hat : STETSON
17 Start of some souvenir shirt slogans : I “HEART” …
21 Small bill : ONE
24 Like works of Shakespeare or Frank Sinatra : CLASSIC
26 Varmint : CRITTER
28 Ilhan in Congress : OMAR
30 See red? : TURN A LOSS
31 Punchy ending? : -ADE
32 AOL freebies, once : CDS
33 “M*A*S*H” Emmy winner : SWIT
35 1847 novel originally subtitled “An Autobiography” : JANE EYRE
36 Where flotsam and jetsam may end up : ASHORE
37 Talks endlessly : BABBLES
40 It covers 6.8% of the earth’s land area: Abbr. : EUR
43 “Bye!” : SEE YA!
44 China’s Zhou ___ : ENLAI
45 Fishhook attachment : SNELL
47 Top story : ATTIC
48 Crack up : LAUGH
49 Lifted : BORNE
52 Some big nights : EVES
55 Advanced degree? : NTH
57 Org. whose logo has an eagle grasping a key : NSA

19 thoughts on “0303-22 NY Times Crossword 3 Mar 22, Thursday”

  1. 16:21, no errors. Spent a minute or two trying to figure out where the rebuses (rebi?) ought to go … and what each one ought to be … and why it wasn’t working out … and …what was wrong with my head … and … I eventually got over it … 😳. Aitch, aitch … oh! … 😜

    1. Amen to that – only I took about 8 minutes longer than you and with a hint from the WORDPLAY article to realize that “Rebuses need not apply”. I got the revealer fairly early, so naturally I added HHO in what was assumed to be the rebuses.

      If you take two buses in the same day is that a re-bus??

  2. 33:57 only because I put the HHO in each square along with the letter required to complete the down answer. After that failed miserably and checked for other errors, I deleted the HHO and there it was, the music of success!

  3. Very clever theme. Indeed 25:15 of clever. Had to cheat and do an alphabet run for the N of SNELL/RENNER in order to finish.

    Note of trivia: That excerpt from Genesis is the same one the crew of Apollo 8 recited as they orbited the moon back in 1968.

    Never heard the expression HIGH HOLIDAYS. So if you’re Jewish, you have to smoke weed on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur??

    Best –

  4. Can someone explain how this isn’t a rebus. I also out HHO in the box. How did you know not to do that when the reveal clue said to add it.

    1. I would suggest that the reason that it is not a rebus is that if you included the extra letters HHO in the grid, the down responses would not work.

  5. 27:05, same as above. I put the HHO into each of the rebuses. Clever. Almost like a reverse rebus. BTW,I was at the halfway point in under 8 minutes. Oh, well

      1. I suppose the editors at the NYT would say that the theme is “Just add water (HHO)”. For the theme answers, IF you add HHO, you have the right answer. So the correct answers are what’s in the boxes plus HHO (water). If you actually add the water yourself, all of that is no longer the case.

        From that I assume they thought actually adding the water wasn’t necessary.

        That said, most of us assumed this puzzle was a rebus. But if you’re looking for a reason that didn’t do one, see above.

        Best –

  6. In all my wildest dreams I could never complete this puzzle unaided. Over an hour with so many cheats I lost count.
    Was looking for a Rebus and that was a failure. Never saw letters “omitted” – sigh …

    @Glenn – 6 weeks later, you probably did a 3:45 …

    I’m about to give up ….

    1. You’re doing wonderful, Lou lu. Actually, you’d be surprised the amount of time it took for me to even get anything out of some of the later week puzzles. Wed-Thu NYT does represent a pretty heavy difficulty jump. Even acing Saturday LATs, I still struggled on these for a good four months (and still struggling). Remember once upon a time, I said to try to not get yourself down by remembering what you can do and use what you looked up as an opportunity to study and get better.

  7. Got the theme. I messed up on HIGH HOLIDAYS. never heard of that so I put in HIGH HOLYDAYS. Which gave me YHEART for 17D. Didn’t see the I thing til afterwards.

    I was somewhat taken back to learn Europe only covers 6.8 % of land area?

  8. @Glenn and @Nonny – thanks, see LAX site.

    Yeah, my remarks were 6 weeks old, but even so, there’s a difference in my solving ability.

    I don’t know how to put this, but I “see” things today that I didn’t “see” before.

    Be Well

  9. Lots of fun and lots of time figuring out where the H2O would fit. No errors and happy to enter the weekend puzzles with a smile and a bit of confidence.

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