0730-22 NY Times Crossword 30 Jul 22, Saturday

Constructed by: Lance Enfinger
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 12m 49s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

19 N.Y.C. cultural landmark : MOMA

The founding of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City was very much driven by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, wife of John D. Rockefeller. Working with two friends, Abby managed to get the museum opened in 1929, just nine days after the Wall Street Crash. The MoMA’s sculpture garden bears the name of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and has done so since 1949.

22 Uncool sorts : DORKS

I consider “dork” and “adorkable” to be pretty offensive slang. “Dork” originated in the sixties among American students, and has its roots in another slang term, a term for male genitalia.

24 CBS drama from Dick Wolf : FBI

The TV crime drama “FBI” premiered in 2018, and centers on the FBI office in New York City. Star of the show is Canadian actress Missy Peregrym, who plays FBI special agent Maggie Bell.

25 Like a well-brushed canine, say : WHITE

The canine teeth of a mammal are also called the eyeteeth or cuspids. The name “canine” is used because these particular teeth are very prominent in dogs. The prefix “eye-” is used because in humans the eyeteeth are located in the upper jaw, directly below the eyes.

28 The N.F.L. mascot Roary, for one : LION

There are a few sporting teams with a mascot named “Roary the Lion”. Here in the US, Roary is the mascot of the Detroit Lions football team. Over in the UK, there are mascots named Roary for the Middlesbrough soccer club, as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board.

29 Nickname for Capote : TRU

The larger-than-life Truman “Tru” Capote was an author and comedian. Capote is perhaps most associated with his novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and his true crime novel “In Cold Blood”. Truman Capote grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. There he met, and became lifelong friends with, fellow novelist Harper Lee. Capote was the inspiration for the character “Dill” in Lee’s celebrated work “To Kill a Mockingbird”. In turn, Harper Lee was the inspiration for the character “Idabel” in Capote’s “Other Voices, Other Rooms”.

41 Trig function, in brief : COT

The most familiar trigonometric functions are sine, cosine and tangent (abbreviated to “sin, cos and tan”). Each of these is a ratio: a ratio of two sides of a right-angled triangle. The “reciprocal” of these three functions are cosecant, secant and cotangent. The reciprocal functions are simply the inverted ratios, the inverted sine, cosine and tangent. These inverted ratios should not be confused with the “inverse” trigonometric functions e.g. arcsine, arccosine and arctangent. These inverse functions are the reverse of the sine, cosine and tangent.

42 Material for a lighter wheel : FLINT

Flint is a form of the mineral quartz. Flint can be used to start a fire. The hard edge of flint when struck against steel can shave off a particle of the metal. The particle of steel contains exposed iron that reacts with oxygen in the air creating a spark that can light dry tinder.

45 Nickname that drops “vin” : MEL

“Mel” can be a nickname for “Melvin”.

48 Bond between 2006 and 2021 : CRAIG

English actor Daniel Craig rocketed to fame in 2005 when he was chosen to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the series of films based on Ian Fleming’s character. One of Craig’s most famous appearances as Bond was alongside Queen Elizabeth II in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Craig married actress Rachel Weisz in 2011.

Here are the first seven actors to portray the iconic English spy in the “James Bond” series of movies:

  1. Sean Connery: 1961–1967, 1970–1971 and 1982–1983
  2. David Niven: 1967
  3. George Lazenby: 1968–1969
  4. Roger Moore: 1972–1985
  5. Timothy Dalton: 1986–1994
  6. Pierce Brosnan: 1994–2004
  7. Daniel Craig: 2005–2021

57 Pennsylvania city where Crayola is headquartered : EASTON

Crayola has made the decision to rename colors of crayons a few times, often with a nod to changing attitudes in society. Some examples are:

  • “Flesh” to “Peach” (1962 … not all flesh is peach-colored)
  • “Prussian Blue” to “Midnight Blue” (1958 … as the Cold War was raging)
  • “Indian Red” to “Chestnut” (1999 … even though the name wasn’t a reference to “American Indian”)

59 Fifth-most populous city in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco : FRESNO

Fresno is the largest inland city in the state of California. The city was named for the many ash trees that lined the San Joaquin River, as “fresno” is the Spanish for “ash tree”.

Down

1 Drink similar to a Cape Codder : COSMO

Like so many famous cocktails, the actual origins of the cosmopolitan are disputed. It is a very nice drink, in my humble opinion. One of the standard recipes is 4 parts citrus vodka, 1.5 parts Cointreau, 1.5 parts lime juice and 3 parts cranberry juice.

2 “High-five!” : UP TOP!

The celebratory gesture that we call a “high five” is said to have been invented by former baseball players Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke when they were both playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the late 1970s.

4 Singer who owns Manderley Castle in Killiney : ENYA

Enya’s real name is Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, which can translate from Irish into Enya Brennan. Her Donegal family (in the northwest of Ireland) formed a band called Clannad, which included Enya. In 1980 Enya launched her very successful solo career, eventually becoming Ireland’s best-selling solo musician. And, she sure does turn up a lot in crosswords!

7 Builder’s outdoor addition : LANAI

Lanai is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Lanai was first spotted by Europeans just a few days after Captain Cook was killed on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1779. In 1922, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company bought the whole island of Lanai and turned most of it into the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Since then, Lanai has been known as “The Pineapple Island”. Today, 98% of the island is owned by Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, and 2% is owned by the State of Hawaii.

8 Bouquet unit : STEM

“Bouquet” comes from the French word for “bunch” in the sense of “bunch of flowers”. In French, the term is derived from an older word describing a little wood or small grove of trees. We started using “bouquet” to mean “perfume from a wine” in the early 1800s.

11 Burgundian grape : PINOT

The pinot noir wine grape variety takes its name from the French for “pine” and “black”. The grapes grow in tight clusters shaped like pine cones, and are very dark in color. The pinot noir grape is most closely associated with Burgundy wines in France, although in recent years the popularity (and price) of California pinot noir wine has soared after it featured so prominently in the wonderful 2004 movie “Sideways”. Grab a bottle of pinot, and go rent the movie …

The Burgundy region of France is famous for its wine production. If you’re looking at a label that isn’t translated into English though, you’ll see Burgundy written in French, namely “Bourgogne”.

12 “Iolanthe” and “Candide,” for two : OPERETTAS

“Iolanthe” is a Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera that was first staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1882. The opera features a group of fairies who come into conflict with Britain’s House of Lords. “Iolanthe” satirizes many aspects of the country’s government of the day.

“Candide, ou l’Optimisme” is a 1759 satirical novella by the French philosopher Voltaire. “Candide” was adapted into an operetta with music by American composer Leonard Bernstein.

21 Tires out in a playground, perhaps : SWINGS

Those would be tires used as swings.

24 Literally, “dainty slice” : FILET MIGNON

The filet mignon cut of beef is taken from muscle in the back of the cow. That muscle is not load-bearing and contains very little connective tissue, which makes it more tender as meat. The name “filet mignon” translates as “tender/delicate slice”.

26 Location designed to attract whales : HOTEL CASINO

The term “casino” originated in the 1700s, then describing a public room for music or dancing. “Casino” is a diminutive of “casa” meaning “house”.

27 Appearance : MIEN

One’s mien is one’s bearing or manner. “Mien” shares the same etymological root as our word “demeanor”.

28 Expensive boxes : LOGES

In most theaters and stadiums today, “loge” is the name given to the front rows of a mezzanine level. Loge can also be used for box seating.

31 Pac-12 squad : UTES

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

44 Pot holder : BLUNT

In the tobacco industry, a blunt is a cigar of medium width that has a rounded rather than a pointed tip. It is the rounded end of the cigar that gives it the name “blunt”. A cigar that has been hollowed out and filled with cannabis is also known as a blunt.

45 Member of a triage team : MEDIC

Triage is the process of prioritizing patients for treatment, especially on the battlefield. The term “triage” is French and means “sorting”.

46 Grandson of Adam : ENOCH

According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Enoch was the son of Cain, and therefore the grandson of Adam and Eve. Enoch’s mother was Awan, who was also Enoch’s aunt (Cain’s sister).

47 They’re bigger and lighter than skeletons : LUGES

A luge is a small sled used by one or two people, on which one lies face up and feet first. The luge can be compared to the skeleton, a sled for only one person and on which the rider lies face down and goes down the hill head-first. Yikes!

52 WhatsApp owner : META

WhatsApp is a popular messaging service used on smartphones that sends messages and other files from one mobile phone number to another. Launched in 2011, WhatsApp is incredibly popular, and indeed the most popular messaging service used today. Facebook (now “Meta”) acquired WhatsApp in 2014, paying over $19 billion.

54 Hawaiian word for a mackerel : ONO

A wahoo is a cousin of a mackerel, and is known as an “ono” in Hawaii.

56 Suffix for a rank : -DOM

Like “kingdom”, “earldom”, “dukedom”, etc.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Wares at a medicine show : CURE-ALLS
9 “Reckon so” : I S’POSE
15 Reason to run : OPEN SEAT
16 Betray, in a way : FLIP ON
17 Keep it together : STAY SANE
18 Irish form of “Jane” : SINEAD
19 N.Y.C. cultural landmark : MOMA
20 Holds back, in a way : DAMS
22 Uncool sorts : DORKS
23 Business ___ : OPS
24 CBS drama from Dick Wolf : FBI
25 Like a well-brushed canine, say : WHITE
27 Italian pronoun : MIA
28 The N.F.L. mascot Roary, for one : LION
29 Nickname for Capote : TRU
32 “Again … huh?!” : I STILL DON’T GET IT!
37 Competition that starts and finishes in a tie : THREE-LEGGED RACE
38 Take stock after a defeat : COUNT ONE’S LOSSES
39 Create a plot hole, say : HOE
40 Farm sounds : MOOS
41 Trig function, in brief : COT
42 Material for a lighter wheel : FLINT
44 Keep out : BAR
45 Nickname that drops “vin” : MEL
48 Bond between 2006 and 2021 : CRAIG
50 The ancient Egyptians believed they were created from the sun hitting the Nile : EELS
52 Starters can be found on it : MENU
53 Rude “Forget it!” : HELL NO!
55 Helping hound : GUIDE DOG
57 Pennsylvania city where Crayola is headquartered : EASTON
58 Warned : ON NOTICE
59 Fifth-most populous city in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco : FRESNO
60 Bears : STOMACHS

Down

1 Drink similar to a Cape Codder : COSMO
2 “High-five!” : UP TOP!
3 Gobs : REAMS
4 Singer who owns Manderley Castle in Killiney : ENYA
5 Word added as an intensifier : ASS
6 It’s not going to fly : LEAD BALLOON
7 Builder’s outdoor addition : LANAI
8 Bouquet unit : STEM
9 They’re to be determined : IFS
10 Future-altering decision point, metaphorically : SLIDING DOOR
11 Burgundian grape : PINOT
12 “Iolanthe” and “Candide,” for two : OPERETTAS
13 Charge too much : SOAK
14 Tips : ENDS
21 Tires out in a playground, perhaps : SWINGS
24 Literally, “dainty slice” : FILET MIGNON
26 Location designed to attract whales : HOTEL CASINO
27 Appearance : MIEN
28 Expensive boxes : LOGES
30 ___ balls : RICE
31 Pac-12 squad : UTES
32 Scratch that : ITCH
33 “Get outta here!” : SHOO!
34 Simple kind of question : TRUE/FALSE
35 Mean : DENOTE
36 Once, once : ERST
43 Pleasant cadences : LILTS
44 Pot holder : BLUNT
45 Member of a triage team : MEDIC
46 Grandson of Adam : ENOCH
47 They’re bigger and lighter than skeletons : LUGES
48 Pot holder : CHEF
49 What a startled horse might do : REAR
51 Supervisory challenges : EGOS
52 WhatsApp owner : META
54 Hawaiian word for a mackerel : ONO
56 Suffix for a rank : -DOM

7 thoughts on “0730-22 NY Times Crossword 30 Jul 22, Saturday”

  1. 11:18. Pretty varied fill in this one, and some challenging cluing, but there was at least one answer in every section that I knew right away that got me a good foothold.

  2. 19:16
    Nice variety, as Tom R says, and spacing of footholds.
    Especially liked “Material for a lighter wheel”…had me stumped then entertained when the light bulb came on…easily amused on a Saturday.

  3. 36:22 Thank goodness for short answers… Clue me in, somebody(Jeff, if you’re not getting flooded), the link between casinos and whales….

  4. 26:08. I would have finished faster, but I didn’t. Nice challenge. Good cluing as stated by others.

    I ate a lot of ONO in Hawaii. I didn’t know I was just eating mackerel.

    Now that I know FILET MIGNON means “dainty slice”, I might have to stop ordering it.

    Duncan – Anonymous is correct, a whale is casino lingo for a high roller.

    My house is now completely dry, but some of the casinos might need some repair. Water was pouring out of some light fixtures at Caesar’s Palace, and got into a few other casinos. Parking garages had rapids running down them, and the sportsbook at Circa downtown had water spewing out of somewhere. What a crazy night Thursday night was. Monsoon season at its finest.

    Best –

  5. Anonymous and Jeff, thanks for the clarification, that was (obviously) a new definition of whale to me.

    Glad to hear your house is okay, Jeff. I’m sure the casinos have sufficient funds to dry out and clean up :- )

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