0328-22 NY Times Crossword 28 Mar 22, Monday

Constructed by: Leslie Rogers
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Symbolic Clues

What a clever puzzle for a Monday! Themed clues use keyboard symbols in place of adjectives:

  • 16A Q.U.E.U.E.S. : DOTTED LINES
  • 27A E+X+T+R+A+S : ADDED BONUSES
  • 44A W/H/E/E/L/S : SLASHED TIRES
  • 58A D-R-E-A-M-S : DASHED HOPES

Bill’s time: 10m 38s!

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Officially accepted works : CANON

The fundamental body of work of a field of study or art is called its “canon”.

13 Be melodramatic on stage : EMOTE

A melodrama is a play or film that usually pits good against evil, with an obvious hero or heroine vying against an obvious villain. Melodrama has evolved over time, originating in the 18th century as a drama for which there was a musical accompaniment. The term is derived from the Greek “melos” meaning “music” and the French “drame” meaning “drama”.

14 Actor Carell of “The Office” : STEVE

Actor Steve Carell has achieved great success on both television and in movies. On the small screen, Carell came to prominence on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and then as the lead in the US version of “The Office”. On the big screen, he starred in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, “Evan Almighty”. My personal favorite Carell movie is 2007’s ”Dan in Real Life”, in which he stars opposite the wonderful Juliette Binoche.

The excellent sitcom “The Office” is set in a branch of a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. If you haven’t seen the original UK version starring Ricky Gervais, I do recommend you check it out. Having said that, the US cast took the show to a whole new level. Great television …

18 The “N” of N.Y.C. : NEW

The city of New Amsterdam was taken over by the English from the Dutch in 1664. the city was promptly renamed to “New York” in honor of the Duke of York, who was destined to become King James II of England.

21 Site to buy and sell handicrafts : ETSY

Etsy.com is an e-commerce website where you can buy and sell the kind of items that you might find at a craft fair.

22 Share, as a Twitter post : RETWEET

I have never tweeted in my life, and have no plans to do so (but one should never say “never”!). Twitter is a microblogging service that limits any post sent to just 280 characters. In a sense, it is similar to this blog. Here I send out a post once a day containing information that I think might be useful to folks (thank you for reading). I am way too verbose to make do with just 280 characters!

24 Barack, Michelle, Sasha or Malia : OBAMA

By tradition, the Secret Service code names used for the US President and family all start with the same letter. For the Obama First Family, that letter is R:

  • Barack Obama: Renegade
  • Michelle Obama: Renaissance
  • Malia Obama: Radiance
  • Sasha Obama: Rosebud

31 Seventh planet from the sun : URANUS

One of the unique features of the planet Uranus is that its north and south poles lie where most other planets have their equators. That means that Uranus’ axis of rotation is almost in its solar orbit.

34 Money for a mortgage : LOAN

Our word “mortgage” comes from the Old French “mort gaige” which translated as “dead pledge”. Such an arrangement was so called because the “pledge” to repay “dies” when the debt is cleared.

35 Salt Lake City collegian : UTE

The Utah Utes are the athletic teams of the University of Utah.

37 Highest number on a die : SIX

The numbers on dice are arranged so that the opposite faces add up to seven. Given this arrangement, the numbers 1, 2 and 3 all meet at a common vertex. There are two ways of arranging the 1, 2 and 3 around the common vertex, a so-called right-handed die (clockwise 1-2-3) or a left-handed die (counterclockwise 1-2-3). Traditionally, dice used in Western cultures are right-handed, whereas Chinese dice are left-handed. Quite interesting …

39 “Wonder Woman” star Gadot : GAL

Gal Gadot is an actress and former Miss Israel. She played Gisele Yashar in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, and then began portraying Wonder Woman in superhero movies.

42 Himalayan country that’s home to the world’s highest unclimbed mountain : BHUTAN

Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located high up in the Eastern Himalayas between China to the north and India to the south, east and west. Bhutan has been a constitutional monarchy since 2008, and has been ranked by “Businessweek” as the “happiest” country in Asia.

54 Prussia’s ___ von Bismarck : OTTO

Germany first became a country of her own in 1871 when the Princes of the various independent German states met at Versailles outside Paris to proclaim Wilhelm of Prussia as the Emperor of the German Empire. The man behind this historic development was Wilhelm’s Ministerpräsident, Otto von Bismarck. Von Bismarck was a powerful figure in Prussia and indeed on the world stage, earning him the nickname “Iron Chancellor”.

56 Get smaller, as the moon : WANE

The verbs “to wax” and “to wane” come from Old English. To wax is to increase gradually in size, strength, intensity or number. To wane is to decrease gradually.

57 ___-compliant (wheelchair-accessible, say) : ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Down

1 Fragrant wood : CEDAR

Cedar is used for the manufacture of some wardrobes and chests as it has long been believed that the fragrant oil in the wood is a moth-repellent. However, whether or not cedar oil is actually effective at keeping moths away seems to be in doubt.

2 Love, to Michelangelo : AMORE

The celebrated Italian Renaissance artist and poet Michelangelo was born Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni in a village near Arezzo in the present-day province of Tuscany. Michelangelo achieved renown during his own lifetime. He was the first Western artist to see his biography published during his own lifetime.

4 Residents of Canada’s capital : OTTAWANS

Ottawa is the second-largest city in the Province of Ontario (after Toronto) and is the capital city of Canada. The name “Ottawa” comes from an Algonquin word “adawe”, which means “to trade”.

6 Redding who sang “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” : OTIS

Otis Redding is often referred to as the “King of Soul”, and what a voice he had. Like so many of the greats in the world of popular music it seems, Redding was killed in a plane crash, in 1967 when he was just 26 years old. Just three days earlier he had recorded what was to be his biggest hit, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”.

7 Compartmented Japanese lunch : BENTO BOX

A bento is a single-person meal that is eaten quite commonly in Japan. A bento can be purchased as a take-out meal, or it may be packed at home. A bento is usually sold as a “bento box”.

8 Allhallows ___ : EVE

All Saints’ Day is November 1st each year. The day before All Saints’ Day is All Hallows’ Eve, better known by the Scottish term “Halloween”.

10 Costume for St. Nick : SANTA SUIT

Saint Nicholas of Myra is the inspiration for Santa Claus. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (now in modern-day Turkey) during the 4th century AD, and was known for being generous to the poor. Centuries after he died, his remains were desecrated by Italian sailors and moved to Bari in Italy. One legend has it that the relics were moved again centuries later and reburied in the grounds of Jerpoint Abbey in Co. Kilkenny in Ireland, where you can visit the grave today. I choose to believe that Santa Claus’s relics are indeed buried in Ireland …

21 Bird that can sprint up to 30 m.p.h. : EMU

Even though emu meat is classified as a red meat because of its color, it has a fat content that is comparable to other poultry.

23 Alternative to .com and .org : EDU

The .edu domain was one of the six original generic top-level domains specified. The complete original list is:

  • .com (commercial enterprise)
  • .net (entity involved in network infrastructure e.g. an ISP)
  • .mil (US military)
  • .org (not-for-profit organization)
  • .gov (US federal government entity)
  • .edu (college-level educational institution)

26 Raggedy ___ (doll) : ANN

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll that was created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915 for his daughter, Marcella. He decided to name the doll by combining the titles of two poems by James Whitcomb Riley, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphan Annie”. Gruelle introduced Raggedy Ann in a series of books three years later. Sadly, Marcella died at 13 years of age with her father blaming a smallpox vaccination she was given at school. Gruelle became very active in the movement against mass vaccination, for which Raggedy Ann became a symbol.

29 “At Last” singer James : ETTA

The 1942 song “At Last” was written for the 1941 musical film “Sun Valley Serenade” in which it is performed by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Etta James recorded a version of “At Last” in 1960, after which it became her signature song.

31 Popular brand of sheepskin boots : UGGS

Uggs are sheepskin boots that were first produced in Australia and New Zealand. The original Uggs have sheepskin fleece on the inside for comfort and insulation, with a tanned leather surface on the outside for durability. “Ugg” is a generic term Down Under, although it’s a brand name here in the US.

40 “That’s all ___ wrote” : SHE

No one seems to be very certain of the origin of “that’s all she wrote”, meaning “there’s nothing more to be said”. One popular story is that it stems from the unfortunate “Dear John” letters that some soldiers received during WWII.

43 Coop mother : HEN

The Old English word “cypa”, meaning “basket”, evolved in the 14th century to the word “coop” to describe a small cage for poultry. We still use “coop” today.

49 Recorded on cassette : TAPED

The French for “box” is “casse”. So, a “cassette” is a “little box”.

50 15-time N.B.A. All-Star Shaquille : O’NEAL

Retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal now appears regularly as an analyst on the NBA TV show “Inside the NBA”. Shaq has quite a career in the entertainment world. His first rap album, called “Shaq Diesel”, went platinum. He also starred in two of his own reality shows: “Shaq’s Big Challenge” and “Shaq Vs.”

52 ___ of one’s existence : BANE

Today, we tend to use the word “bane” to mean “anathema, a source of persistent annoyance”. A few centuries ago, a bane was a cause of harm or death, perhaps a deadly poison.

53 Thick Japanese noodle : UDON

Udon noodles are made from wheat-flour and are very popular in Japanese cuisines such as tempura.

59 Director DuVernay : AVA

Ava DuVernay is a filmmaker who became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, a feat she achieved in 2012 for her feature film “Middle of Nowhere”. “Middle of Nowhere” tells the story of a woman who drops out of medical school to focus on her husband when he is sentenced to 8 years in prison. DuVernay also directed the 2014 film “Selma” about the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

60 “Game of Thrones” airer : HBO

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy television drama that is adapted from a series of novels by George R. R. Martin titled “A Song of Ice and Fire”. “Game of Thrones” was actually filmed in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland. I binge-watched the show’s first seven seasons, and enjoyed it. There’s no doubt that the production value of “Game of Thrones” is remarkable, but to be honest, I never became riveted by the storyline …

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Officially accepted works : CANON
6 Follow orders : OBEY
10 Section of grass-covered dirt : SOD
13 Be melodramatic on stage : EMOTE
14 Actor Carell of “The Office” : STEVE
15 Wonderment : AWE
16 Q.U.E.U.E.S. : DOTTED LINES
18 The “N” of N.Y.C. : NEW
19 Opera highlight : ARIA
20 Direction of the morning light : EAST
21 Site to buy and sell handicrafts : ETSY
22 Share, as a Twitter post : RETWEET
24 Barack, Michelle, Sasha or Malia : OBAMA
27 E+X+T+R+A+S : ADDED BONUSES
31 Seventh planet from the sun : URANUS
34 Money for a mortgage : LOAN
35 Salt Lake City collegian : UTE
36 Longer-lasting nail polish options : GELS
37 Highest number on a die : SIX
38 Give credit in a footnote : CITE
39 “Wonder Woman” star Gadot : GAL
40 Places to relax while getting all steamed up? : SPAS
42 Himalayan country that’s home to the world’s highest unclimbed mountain : BHUTAN
44 W/H/E/E/L/S : SLASHED TIRES
47 Lamb’s cry : BLEAT
48 Continuously : NONSTOP
52 Floating marker on a swim course : BUOY
54 Prussia’s ___ von Bismarck : OTTO
56 Get smaller, as the moon : WANE
57 ___-compliant (wheelchair-accessible, say) : ADA
58 D-R-E-A-M-S : DASHED HOPES
61 Neither’s partner : NOR
62 Prove helpful : AVAIL
63 School vacation : BREAK
64 Finale : END
65 Calendar boxes : DAYS
66 In a strange way : ODDLY

Down

1 Fragrant wood : CEDAR
2 Love, to Michelangelo : AMORE
3 Cry heard at the start of a game of tag : NOT IT!
4 Residents of Canada’s capital : OTTAWANS
5 Once named : NEE
6 Redding who sang “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” : OTIS
7 Compartmented Japanese lunch : BENTO BOX
8 Allhallows ___ : EVE
9 “I’d love to!” : YES!
10 Costume for St. Nick : SANTA SUIT
11 Is behind financially : OWES
12 Like grass on a misty morning : DEWY
14 Bluish gray hue : SLATE
17 Owners’ papers : DEEDS
21 Bird that can sprint up to 30 m.p.h. : EMU
23 Alternative to .com and .org : EDU
25 Feathery neckwear : BOA
26 Raggedy ___ (doll) : ANN
28 Classification for the barely famous : D-LIST
29 “At Last” singer James : ETTA
30 Sighted : SEEN
31 Popular brand of sheepskin boots : UGGS
32 Authentic : REAL
33 Train conductor’s cry : ALL ABOARD!
37 “Lamentably …” : SAD TO SAY …
38 Bit of foul language : CUSS WORD
40 “That’s all ___ wrote” : SHE
41 Split ___ soup : PEA
42 Hatchlings for a 43-Down : BROOD
43 Coop mother : HEN
45 Sneaky : SLY
46 Spy’s gathering : INTEL
49 Recorded on cassette : TAPED
50 15-time N.B.A. All-Star Shaquille : O’NEAL
51 Nettlesome : PESKY
52 ___ of one’s existence : BANE
53 Thick Japanese noodle : UDON
55 The one right here : THIS
58 Father : DAD
59 Director DuVernay : AVA
60 “Game of Thrones” airer : HBO

8 thoughts on “0328-22 NY Times Crossword 28 Mar 22, Monday”

  1. 5:26, no errors. I did the puzzle last night in a hurry after a very long weekend filled with distractions (including a memorial service for an old friend on Saturday and, then, a fire in Boulder that caused other old friends to evacuate their home for 24 hours) and, somehow, I totally spaced the theme. I guess I got all the theme answers using crosses and didn’t bother to read their clues. (It’s a bit frightening to think of being that out of it, actually … 😳.)

    In any case … yes! … a very cool puzzle with a very clever theme!

  2. 8:08. Interesting theme by Monday standards.

    I turn 59 today. Having a birthday on a Monday is a bit of a buzzkill. Two years ago it was on a Saturday, but if you’ll remember, the entire world was shutdown so I’ll take this Monday birthday over that Saturday birthday any day.

    As a present to everyone, I’ll make no URANUS jokes in this post.

    Best –

  3. 9:16, no errors. I was off to the races early, and then as usual, slowed down. I agree…interesting Monday. A few more days of Hawaii sun, then back to the frozen north.😥

  4. 9:11 with a few distractions. First time I ever bested Bill’s time. I imagine he had some distractions, too!

  5. 6:27 I wish there was a way to post a screenshot, since this time is so atypical of my solving performances. Filled in most of the theme words with the down answers, ala Nonny.

    Nonny, sorry for your loss, I guess some of us are reaching “that age” now…

    Jeff, Happy Birthday! (And why did you hold back on the Uranus jokes??)

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