0412-22 NY Times Crossword 12 Apr 22, Tuesday

Constructed by: Dan Schoenholz
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill): Jobs

Themed clues are common phrases reinterpreted to refer to a particular JOB:

  • 19A Temp job? : METEOROLOGIST
  • 27A Union job? : WEDDING PLANNER
  • 44A Flex job? : YOGA INSTRUCTOR
  • 51A Dream job? : PSYCHOANALYST

Bill’s time: 6m 29s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Skunk’s defense : ODOR

Skunks have anal scent glands that can be used as defensive weapons. The glands produce sulfur-containing chemicals that have a really awful smell and that can irritate the eyes and skin.

5 High school exam, for short : PSAT

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)

13 Apple TV+ alternative : HULU

Hulu is a video-on-demand service. Although competing directly with Netflix and Amazon Prime, Hulu’s primary focus is the streaming of television shows rather than movies.

14 Shakespeare villain who says “I am not what I am” : IAGO

Iago is the schemer in Shakespeare’s “Othello”. He is a soldier who fought alongside Othello and feels hard done by, missing out on promotion. Iago hatches a plot designed to discredit his rival Cassio by insinuating that Cassio is having an affair with Desdemona, Othello’s wife.

15 Literature Nobelist Alice : MUNRO

Alice Munro is a writer from southwestern Ontario in Canada. She won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

17 Steffi with seven Wimbledon titles : GRAF

Steffi Graf is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany. Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which was more than any other man or woman until Serena Williams came along. Graf is married to another former World No. 1, namely Andre Agassi.

The Wimbledon Championships of tennis are held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club located in Wimbledon, a district of London. The Wimbledon Championships started in 1877, and have been played on grass since day one.

18 Church choir accompaniment : ORGAN

The organ that we often see in churches, synagogues and concert halls is a pipe organ. Sound is produced by pressurized air driven through particular pipes selected by keys on a keyboard.

19 Temp job? : METEOROLOGIST

Meteorology is the science dealing with weather and weather conditions. The term “meteorology” comes into English via French from the Greek “meteoron” meaning “thing high up” and “-logia” meaning “treatment of”.

25 Necklace that can be made with kukui nuts : LEI

“Lei” is a Hawaiian word meaning “garland, wreath”, although in more general terms a lei is any series of objects strung together as an adornment for the body.

33 “La Vie en Rose” singer Edith : PIAF

“La Môme Piaf” (the Little Sparrow) was the nickname of France’s most famous singer, Édith Piaf. What a voice this woman had, and what gorgeous ballads she sang. Édith Piaf lived a life that was not without controversy. She was raised by her mother in a brothel in Normandy, and had a pimp as a boyfriend in her teens. She had one child, while very young, born illegitimately and who died at 2-years-old from meningitis. Her singing career started when she was discovered in the Pigalle area of Paris by nightclub owner Louis Leplée. Leplée was murdered soon after, and Piaf was accused of being an accessory to the murder but was later acquitted. During World War II she was branded a traitor by many as she frequently performed for the German occupying forces, although there are other reports of her supporting the resistance movement. Later in her life she was seriously injured in no less than three near-fatal car accidents, including one with her friend, Charles Aznavour. While recovering from her injuries she became addicted to pain medication, an addiction that lasted for the rest of her life. When she died in 1963 she was denied a Catholic funeral mass because of her lifestyle, but the crowds that turned out for her funeral procession managed to stop all traffic in Paris, the only time that has happened since the end of WWII.

The literal translation of the title to the French song “La Vie en rose” is “Life In Pink”, but a better translation would be “Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses”.

39 Yiddish “Yikes!” : OY VEY!

“Oy vey” is a Yiddish expression of dismay that translates literally as “oh, pain”. The more usual translation is “woe is me”.

44 Flex job? : YOGA INSTRUCTOR

In the West, we tend to think of yoga as just a physical discipline, a means of exercise that uses specific poses to stretch and strengthen muscles. While it is true that the ancient Indian practice of yoga does involve such physical discipline, the corporeal aspect of the practice plays a relatively small part in the whole philosophy. Other major components are meditation, ethical behavior, breathing and contemplation.

48 MSNBC competitor : CNN

CNN (Cable News Network) was launched in 1980 by the Turner Broadcasting System, and was the first television channel in the world to provide news coverage 24 hours a day. CNN headquarters is located in Atlanta.

50 Like the opening of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 : IND

I’m still trying to keep an open mind when it comes to the music of Gustav Mahler, but I find it hard to appreciate. Mahler was an Austrian composer who was active in the late-Romantic period. During his own lifetime, he was most notable as a conductor, and his compositions gained in popularity only after his death in 1911. Mahler’s music was banned as “degenerate” during the Nazi Era, as Mahler was Jewish.

55 It travels at nearly 300 million meters per second : LIGHT

Celerity is swiftness or speed, coming from the Latin “celeritas” that has the same meaning. And as an aside, in Einstein’s famous equation E=mc², the “c” stands for the speed of light, from the Latin “celeritas”.

56 Apple Store offerings : MACS

Macintosh (also “Mac”, since 1998) is a line of computers from Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was introduced in 1984, and I remember someone showing me one at work in those early days of personal computing. There was a piece of white plastic connected to the main computer by a cord, and I was amazed when the guy showed me that it controlled where the cursor was on the screen. My colleague told me that this lump of plastic was called “a mouse” …

57 Story of one’s life? : OBIT

Our word “obituary” comes from the Latin “obituaris”. The Latin term was used for “record of the death of a person”, although the literal meaning is “pertaining to death”.

60 “Music is powered by ___”: Yo-Yo Ma : IDEAS

Yo-Yo Ma is a marvelous American cellist who was born in Paris to Chinese parents. Ma started studying the violin when he was very young, working his way up (in size) to the viola and finally to the cello. He has said that he wanted to play the double bass, but it was just too big for his relatively small frame.

61 Olympian’s sword : EPEE

There are three fencing events in the modern Olympics, with each distinguished by the weapon used:

  • Foil
  • Épée
  • Sabre

63 Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI

Writer Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Amongst other things, Morrison is noted for coining the phrase “our first black President”, a reference to President Bill Clinton.

64 Some lab liquids : SERA

Blood serum (plural “sera”) is the clear, yellowish part of blood i.e. that part which is neither a blood cell nor a clotting factor. Included in blood serum are antibodies, the proteins that are central to our immune system. Blood serum from animals that have immunity to a particular disease can be transferred to another individual, hence providing that second individual with some level of immunity. Blood serum used to pass on immunity can be called “antiserum”.

65 Like Scotch : AGED

In order to be labeled as “single malt” scotch, the whisky must come from a single distillery (hence “single”), and from a mash of malted grain (hence “malt”) that has been processed in a pot still.

Down

3 Encyclopedia volumes vis-à-vis Wikipedia, e.g. : OLD MEDIA

Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia, and is the most-used reference site on the Internet. The site was launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger in 2001. I, for one, am very grateful …

5 Old-fashioned message carriers : PIGEONS

A carrier pigeon is a homing pigeon that has a message attached to its leg.

6 South Asian wrap : SARONG

“Sarong” is the Malay word for “sheath”. The term originally described a garment worn by Malay men and women around their waists. The Malay sarong is actually a tube of fabric, about a yard wide and two-and-a-half yards long. Many variations of the sarong are worn all over South Asia and the Pacific Islands. I had occasion to wear one in Hawaii many years ago, and found it very … freeing!

7 Petri dish filler : AGAR

Agar (also “agar-agar”) is a jelly extracted from seaweed that has many uses. Agar is found in Japanese desserts, and can also be used as a food thickener or even as a laxative. In the world of science, it is the most common medium used for growing bacteria in Petri dishes.

9 Small town : BURG

“Burg” is an informal term used in the US for a smaller town that comes from the German word “burg” meaning “fortified city”.

23 Lead-in to pad : HELI-

Our term “helicopter” was absorbed from the French word “hélicoptère” that was coined by Gustave Ponton d’Amécourt in 1861. d’Amécourt envisioned aircraft that could fly vertically using rotating wings that “screwed” into the air. He combined the Greek terms “helix” meaning “spiral, whirl” and “pteron” meaning “wing” to give us “helicopter”.

30 Likely to offend, in brief : NOT PC

Non-politically correct (non-PC)

34 George Eliot and George Orwell, for two : PEN NAMES

“George Eliot” was the pen name of English novelist Mary Anne Evans. As one might think, Evans chose a male pen name in order that her work might be best appreciated in the Victorian era. Eliot wrote seven novels including “Adam Bede” (1859), “The Mill on the Floss” (1860), “Silas Marner” (1861) and “Middlemarch” (1871-72).

“George Orwell” was the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, the famous British author of the classics “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and “Animal Farm”.

37 ___ Man, one of the Avengers : IRON

The Avengers are a team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics universe. The original lineup, which dates back to 1963, consisted of Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and the Wasp. Soon after their formation, the Avengers rescued Captain America trapped in ice, and thereafter he joined the team. There is a 2012 movie called “The Avengers” that features Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.

38 Wonkish sort : NERD

A wonk is an overly studious person. “Wonk” is an American slang term that has been around at least since 1954. More recently, “wonk” has acquired an air of respectability as it has come to mean someone who has studied a topic thoroughly and become somewhat expert.

40 America’s Cup vessels : YACHTS

The America’s Cup is a trophy that has been awarded for yacht racing since 1851. It was first presented to the winner of a race around the Isle of Wight in England that was won by a schooner called “America”. The trophy was eventually renamed to “The America’s Cup” in honor of that first race winner.

41 Bottleful in un ristorante : VINO

In Italian, in a “ristorante” (restaurant) one might order a glass of “vino” (wine), or maybe two …

42 It was once the world’s fourth-largest lake : ARAL SEA

The Aral Sea is a great example of how humankind can have a devastating effect on the environment. In the early sixties the Aral Sea covered 68,000 square miles of Central Asia. Soviet irrigation projects drained the lake to such an extent that today the total area is less than 7,000 square miles, with 90% of the lake now completely dry. Sad …

43 Sch. system with campuses in Buffalo and Binghamton : SUNY

The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest system of third-level colleges and universities in the world, with almost 500,00 students attending over 60 campuses across the state.

46 Bullet with a trail : TRACER

Tracer ammunition has a small chemical charge at the base that leaves a bright, smoky trail so that the path of the bullet or projectile is visible. This allows the shooter to correct his or her aim more easily.

47 Bad break in bowling : SPLIT

In ten-pin bowling, a split takes place when the number-one pin (headpin) is knocked down with the first ball and two or more non-adjacent pins are left standing. The most difficult split to deal with is the infamous 7-10 split, where just the rear pins at the extreme right and left remain standing.

52 Spiced tea : CHAI

Masala chai is an Indian drink made with black tea (the “chai) and mixed spices (the “masala”).

54 Many a cocktail mixer : SODA

Our word “cocktail” first appeared in the early 1800s. The exact origin of the term is not clear, but it is thought to be a corruption of the French word “coquetier” meaning “egg cup”, a container that was used at that time for serving mixed drinks.

59 Big name in online talks : TED

The acronym “TED” stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design”. TED is a set of conferences held around the world by a non-profit group called the Sapling Foundation. The conference subjects are varied, and the meetings are often led by big names such as Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bill Gates and Jane Goodall. The Sapling Foundation then makes recordings of the conferences available for free online with the intent of disseminating the ideas globally. These conferences are known as “TED Talks”. There are also TEDx events, which are locally-run talks presented under license from TED.
“TED Radio Hour” is an NPR podcast hosted by Guy Raz that uses excerpts from prior TED Talks to examine various subjects of interest.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Skunk’s defense : ODOR
5 High school exam, for short : PSAT
9 Reddish-purple salad ingredient : BEET
13 Apple TV+ alternative : HULU
14 Shakespeare villain who says “I am not what I am” : IAGO
15 Literature Nobelist Alice : MUNRO
16 They’re long for an underdog : ODDS
17 Steffi with seven Wimbledon titles : GRAF
18 Church choir accompaniment : ORGAN
19 Temp job? : METEOROLOGIST
22 ___/her pronouns : SHE
24 Prevailed : WON
25 Necklace that can be made with kukui nuts : LEI
26 Prefix with liberal or conservative : NEO-
27 Union job? : WEDDING PLANNER
31 Ones potentially contacted in “first contact” : ALIENS
32 Vowel sound at the end of 15- and 26-Across : LONG O
33 “La Vie en Rose” singer Edith : PIAF
34 End of a hairy limb : PAW
35 Watery or papery : THIN
39 Yiddish “Yikes!” : OY VEY!
42 Have ambitions (to) : ASPIRE
44 Flex job? : YOGA INSTRUCTOR
47 It sells, it’s said : SEX
48 MSNBC competitor : CNN
49 Chaired : RAN
50 Like the opening of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 : IND
51 Dream job? : PSYCHOANALYST
55 It travels at nearly 300 million meters per second : LIGHT
56 Apple Store offerings : MACS
57 Story of one’s life? : OBIT
60 “Music is powered by ___”: Yo-Yo Ma : IDEAS
61 Olympian’s sword : EPEE
62 Fuzzy bit of car décor : DICE
63 Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI
64 Some lab liquids : SERA
65 Like Scotch : AGED

Down

1 “Well, well, well!” : OHO!
2 Fizzling firework : DUD
3 Encyclopedia volumes vis-à-vis Wikipedia, e.g. : OLD MEDIA
4 Deceptive trick : RUSE
5 Old-fashioned message carriers : PIGEONS
6 South Asian wrap : SARONG
7 Petri dish filler : AGAR
8 Coming up next : TO FOLLOW
9 Small town : BURG
10 Driving force? : ENGINE
11 One might take off a few marks : ERASER
12 Spanish for “foolish” : TONTO
15 What may be heard in a herd : MOOING
20 Exact lookalike : TWIN
21 Slim and trim : LEAN
22 Give this for that : SWAP
23 Lead-in to pad : HELI-
28 Clear up, as ski goggles : DEFOG
29 Works in a theater : PLAYS
30 Likely to offend, in brief : NOT PC
34 George Eliot and George Orwell, for two : PEN NAMES
36 Really prosper : HIT IT BIG
37 ___ Man, one of the Avengers : IRON
38 Wonkish sort : NERD
40 America’s Cup vessels : YACHTS
41 Bottleful in un ristorante : VINO
42 It was once the world’s fourth-largest lake : ARAL SEA
43 Sch. system with campuses in Buffalo and Binghamton : SUNY
44 Affirmative reply to “Understand?” : YES I DO
45 Most abundant element in Earth’s crust : OXYGEN
46 Bullet with a trail : TRACER
47 Bad break in bowling : SPLIT
52 Spiced tea : CHAI
53 Scruff of the neck : NAPE
54 Many a cocktail mixer : SODA
58 “Rocks” in a cocktail : ICE
59 Big name in online talks : TED

11 thoughts on “0412-22 NY Times Crossword 12 Apr 22, Tuesday”

  1. 9:50. A few tricky spots.

    I always thought a METEOROLOGIST was a guy who looked at a woman and tried to predict whether.

    Coincidentally, 300 million meters per second is the same speed my friends all run when the dinner check comes..

    Well we survived yesterday’s winds although it might take me a few days to put everything back in its place. Still breezy today, but it’s not the insanely strong winds from yesterday.

    Best –

  2. 17:44 – no Cheats/errors. I’m almost OK with that …

    Fair Tuesday puzzle.

    @Jeff – I think there are still writer openings for Jimmy Fallon’s monologue … funny stuff!

    Be Well

  3. 21:42 no errors.
    I guess we all now know what The Lone Ranger thought of his sidekick🤪
    Stay safe😀

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