1027-22 NY Times Crossword 27 Oct 22, Thursday

Constructed by: Barbara Lin
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill): One Word, or Two

We have a rebus puzzle today. The two letters in each rebus form a two-letter sequence in the down-answer. Those two-letters are used individually to form two words in the across-answer:

  • 20A Eat, quaintly : BREAK BREAD
  • 5D Place where everything should have a mate : SOCK DRAWER
  • 28A Confronts reality : FACE FACTS
  • 12D Places to hang hangers : CLOSETS
  • 32A “That’s a bad idea!” : DON‘T DO IT
  • 3D Not derived from living matter : INORGANIC
  • 46A Wildly outlandish story : TALL TALE
  • 42D Oodles : SLEWS
  • 53A Lawn equipment with an engine : POWER MOWER
  • 47D College-level H.S. class with scales and intervals : AP MUSIC
  • 58A Be in direct competition : GO TOE-TO-TOE
  • 35D Moving too slowly, say : LOSING TIME

Bill’s time: 11m 43s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Vacuum : VOID

Our word “vacuum” is Latin in origin, in which language it means the same thing: “void, empty space”.

5 Direction for snowbirds : SOUTH

Snowbirds are people from Canada and the northern US who head south for the winter, to places like Florida and California.

10 Foes of Frodo : ORCS

According to Tolkien, Orcs are small humanoids that live in his fantasy world of Middle-earth (also called “Mordor”). They are very ugly and dirty, and are fond of eating human flesh.

Frodo Baggins is a principal character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. He is a Hobbit, and is charged with the quest of destroying Sauron’s Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Frodo is portrayed by American actor Elijah Wood in Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of the novels.

14 ___ colada : PINA

“Piña colada” is a Spanish term that translates into “strained pineapple”. The piña colada cocktail was introduced in the Caribe Hilton San Juan in 1954, and since 1978 it has been the official beverage of Puerto Rico. The mocktail version of the drink is known as a nada colada.

16 The Big Easy : NOLA

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has the nickname “The Big Easy”. This name might come from the early 1900s when musicians found it relatively “easy” to find work there. The city is also known by the acronym NOLA, standing for New Orleans (NO), Louisiana (LA).

18 Brunch offering : CREPE

“Crêpe” is the French word for “pancake”.

Our word “brunch” is a portmanteau of “breakfast” and “lunch”. The term was coined as student slang in Oxford, England in the late 1890s. However, “brunch” described a combined meal closer to the breakfast hour, and the term “blunch” was used for a meal closer to lunchtime.

19 Subj. that includes the study of bubbles? : ECON

The world’s first ever speculative “bubble” in the financial markets took place in 1637, when the price of tulip bulbs skyrocketed out of control. The tulip had been introduced into Europe a few years earlier and demand for tulips was so high that single bulbs were selling for ten times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. The climb in prices was followed quickly by a collapse in the market that was so striking that the forces at play were given the term “tulip mania”. To this day, any large economic bubble may be referred to as “tulip mania”.

22 Fatty, as tissue : ADIPOSE

Adipose tissue is also known as body fat. The main purpose of adipose tissue is to store energy (as lipids), but it also provides the body with thermal insulation.

30 They line the Champs-Élysées : CAFES

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. It is the main thoroughfare in Paris, home to the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The name “Champs-Élysées” is French for Elysian Fields, a place where the righteous went after death, according to Greek mythology.

35 Solution to some chemistry problems? : LYE

What we call “lye” is usually sodium hydroxide (NaOH), although historically the term “lye” was used for potassium hydroxide. Lye has many uses, including to cure several foodstuffs. Lye can make olives less bitter, for example. The chemical is also found in canned mandarin oranges, pretzels and Japanese ramen noodles. More concentrated grades of lye are used to clear drains and clean ovens. Scary …

39 Longtime CBS drama : NCIS

NCIS is the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The service gives its name to the CBS TV show “NCIS”, a spin-off drama from “JAG” in which the main “NCIS” characters were first introduced. The big star in “NCIS” is the actor Mark Harmon. “NCIS” is now a franchise, with spin-off shows “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans”.

43 Where to find “Fresh Air” : NPR

“Fresh Air” is a marvelous radio talk show broadcast on NPR, and hosted by Terry Gross. The first broadcast of the program was made in 1975, with Judy Blank hosting. Terry Gross took over a few months later, and Gross has been presenting and producing the show ever since. I had the privilege of hearing Terry Gross give a talk here in my hometown some years ago. What a fascinating woman she is, full of great stories about her experiences interviewing so many interesting personalities.

45 Identity prefix : CIS-

The term “cisgender” is used as the opposite of “transgender”. Cisgender people have a gender identity that matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

46 Wildly outlandish story : TALL TALE

In centuries past, “tall talk” was important and grand discourse, and the opposite of “small talk”. Somehow, this use of the adjective “tall” came to be used in the phrases “tall tale” and “tall story”, which both describe an account that is untrue and not to be believed.

47 Range maker : AMANA

The Amana Corporation takes its name from the location of its original headquarters, in Middle Amana, Iowa. Today, the Amana name is very much associated with household appliances. The company was founded in 1934 to manufacture commercial walk-in coolers.

52 Alternative to a boot : TOW

A car parked illegally might end up incapacitated with a parking boot, a wheel clamp.

54 Hole ___ : IN ONE

One well-documented hole in one (ace) was during a round of the British Open in 1973. American golfer Gene Sarazen achieved the feat that day, at the age of 71. A less well-documented series of holes in one was reported by the North Korean press in a story about the Korean leader Kim Jong-il. The report was that Kim Jong-il scored 11 holes in one in his one and only round of golf.

55 Rite Aid rival : CVS

The name of the drugstore chain CVS once stood for “Consumer Value Stores”, although these days the company uses the initialism to denote “Convenience, Value and Service”.

60 Bergdorf competitor : SAKS

Saks Fifth Avenue is a high-end specialty store that competes with the likes of Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus. The original Saks & Company business was founded by Andrew Saks in 1867. The first Saks Fifth Avenue store was opened on Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1924. There are now Saks Fifth Avenue stores in many major cities in the US, as well in several locations worldwide.

Bergdorf Goodman is a retailer of luxury goods that was founded in 1899. The first store was a tailor shop opened in Manhattan by French immigrant Herman Bergdorf. Bergdorf hired Edwin Goodman as an apprentice. A couple of years later, Goodman saved enough money to buy an interest in the business, and so it was renamed to Bergdorf Goodman.

61 Saguaros, e.g. : CACTI

The saguaro is a beautiful cactus, one that is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Arizona is proud of its saguaros, featuring them prominently on its license plates. If you ever get a chance to visit the Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, I thoroughly recommend it.

66 Frozen treat : ICEE

Icee and Slurpee are brand names of slushy drinks. Ugh …

68 Make amends? : EDIT

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”.

71 D.C. address? : SOTU

The US President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address is a requirement called out in Article II of the Constitution. George Washington gave the first address before a joint session of Congress in 1790. Thomas Jefferson discontinued the practice of making a personal address by sending Congress a written document that was then read out by a clerk. In 1913, Woodrow Wilson re-established the custom of delivering the message personally, there have been occasions since then when a written address has had to suffice, the last occasion being in 1981 when Jimmy Carter was in office.

Down

7 Tribe for which a state is named : UTE

The Ute are a group of Native-American tribes who now reside in Utah and Colorado. The Ute were not a unified people as such, but rather a loose association of nomadic groups. The word “Ute” means “Land of the Sun”, and “Ute” also gave us the state name “Utah”.

11 Ornate : ROCOCO

The rococo style is also known as “late baroque”. Rococo is a very floral and playful style, very ornate.

12 Places to hang hangers : CLOSETS

In Old French a “clos” was an enclosure, with the diminutive form “closet” describing a small enclosure or private room. Over time this evolved into our modern usage of “closet”, describing a cabinet or cupboard.

21 “Shark Tank” airer : ABC

“Shark Tank” is a reality television show that features aspiring entrepreneurs making pitches to potential investors (the “sharks”) as they try to grow their businesses. The show is a Mark Burnett production and is based on a British series called “Dragons’ Den”.

33 Home of Dollywood : TENNESSEE

Dollywood is a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that is owned by country singer Dolly Parton. The park opened in 1961 under the name Rebel Railroad. That name was changed to Goldrush Junction in 1970, Goldrush in 1976, Silver Dollar City Tennessee in 1977 and finally to Dollywood in 1986 when Parton became a co-owner.

38 Prosecco o Chianti : VINO

Prosecco still and sparkling wines are named for the village of Prosecco in the province of Trieste in northeastern Italy.

Chianti is a red wine from the Chianti region of central Tuscany in Italy. Historically, Chianti was stored in a characteristically bulbous bottle wrapped in a straw basket. However, the pragmatists have won the day and regular wine bottles tend to be used nowadays.

44 Part of PRNDL : PARK

PRNDL … that would be Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Low. The gear shift for an automatic transmission is sometimes known familiarly as the “prindle” stick, from the abbreviation PRNDL.

47 College-level H.S. class with scales and intervals : AP MUSIC

The Advanced Placement (AP) program offers college-level courses to kids who are still in high school (HS). After being tested at the end of an AP course, successful students receive credits that count towards a college degree.

48 Formula 1 locale : MONACO

The Principality of Monaco is on the Mediterranean coast, and is otherwise surrounded by France, even though it is just under 10 miles from the Italian border. Monaco is the world’s most densely populated country, and the world’s second smallest country (the smallest being Vatican City). The principality has been very prosperous since the late 1800s, with the economy given a tremendous boost with the opening of several gambling casinos.

In motor racing, the designation “formula” is a set of rules that all participants and cars must abide by. The definition of “Formula One” was agreed back in 1946, with the “one” designating that it is the most advanced of the “formulae”, and the most competitive.

50 Where a trapeze artist performs : MIDAIR

The circus act known as the “trapeze” is so called because the shape defined by the crossbar, ropes and ceiling of the tent is a “trapezium”.

57 Device with Alexa : ECHO

Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled hardware device that can be used to provide several services including playing radio programs and music, recording of shopping lists, and managing a calendar. The device just sits in the home listening, until it hears a “wake up” command.

Alexa is a personal assistant application that is most associated with Amazon Echo smart speakers. Apparently, one reason the name “Alexa” was chosen is because it might remind one of the Library of Alexandria, the “keeper of all knowledge”.

59 Tiny pedestals, of a sort : TEES

In the game of golf, a “tee” is a wooden or plastic peg on which one can place a ball when “teeing off”. Also, the “teeing ground” (sometimes “tee” or “tee box”) is the area at the beginning of the hole from which the first stroke is taken, from where one tees off.

62 Nashville awards org. : CMA

Country Music Association (CMA)

65 Apt name for a goulash chef : STU

Goulash is a soup or stew that is seasoned with spices, especially paprika. It is a national dish of Hungary, and the term “goulash” comes from the Hungarian word “gulyás”, which actually translates as “herdsman”. The original goulash was a meat dish prepared by herdsmen.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Vacuum : VOID
5 Direction for snowbirds : SOUTH
10 Foes of Frodo : ORCS
14 ___ colada : PINA
15 Best : OUTDO
16 The Big Easy : NOLA
17 Mail opening : SLOT
18 Brunch offering : CREPE
19 Subj. that includes the study of bubbles? : ECON
20 Eat, quaintly : BREAK BREAD
22 Fatty, as tissue : ADIPOSE
24 Old T-shirt, maybe : RAG
25 Complains, donkey-style : BRAYS
28 Confronts reality : FACE FACTS
29 Modern ___ : ERA
30 They line the Champs-Élysées : CAFES
31 Finish, as a cake : FROST
32 “That’s a bad idea!” : DON’T DO IT
34 “That __ Then, This Is Now” (1971 S. E. Hinton novel) : WAS
35 Solution to some chemistry problems? : LYE
36 Start of a reminiscence : ONCE …
37 Cynthia who played Harriet Tubman in 2019’s “Harriet” : ERIVO
39 Longtime CBS drama : NCIS
43 Where to find “Fresh Air” : NPR
45 Identity prefix : CIS-
46 Wildly outlandish story : TALL TALE
47 Range maker : AMANA
50 Frenzied : MANIC
52 Alternative to a boot : TOW
53 Lawn equipment with an engine : POWER MOWER
54 Hole ___ : IN ONE
55 Rite Aid rival : CVS
56 Like some questions that will never be answered : UNASKED
58 Be in direct competition : GO TOE-TO-TOE
60 Bergdorf competitor : SAKS
61 Saguaros, e.g. : CACTI
64 They may be split or loose : ENDS
66 Frozen treat : ICEE
67 Words mouthed to a TV camera : HI, MOM
68 Make amends? : EDIT
69 Frozen treat : CONE
70 Give an address : ORATE
71 D.C. address? : SOTU

Down

1 Air Force Two riders : VPS
2 Crude industrialist? : OIL BARON
3 Not derived from living matter : INORGANIC
4 “It’s a ___!'” : DATE
5 Place where everything should have a mate : SOCK DRAWER
6 Couple’s word : OUR
7 Tribe for which a state is named : UTE
8 Reason for an end zone celebration, for short : TD PASS
9 Did some gardening : HOED
10 Like some families : ONE-PARENT
11 Ornate : ROCOCO
12 Places to hang hangers : CLOSETS
13 Most reasonable : SANEST
21 “Shark Tank” airer : ABC
23 Highly debatable : IFFY
24 Give a makeover : REDO
26 A ways away : AFAR
27 Confident assertion : YES I CAN
33 Home of Dollywood : TENNESSEE
35 Moving too slowly, say : LOSING TIME
38 Prosecco o Chianti : VINO
40 Item of feline furniture : CAT CONDO
41 “Five stars!” : I LOVED IT!
42 Oodles : SLEWS
44 Part of PRNDL : PARK
47 College-level H.S. class with scales and intervals : AP MUSIC
48 Formula 1 locale : MONACO
49 Rouse : AWAKEN
50 Where a trapeze artist performs : MIDAIR
51 Co. big : CEO
57 Device with Alexa : ECHO
59 Tiny pedestals, of a sort : TEES
62 Nashville awards org. : CMA
63 Little one : TOT
65 Apt name for a goulash chef : STU

3 thoughts on “1027-22 NY Times Crossword 27 Oct 22, Thursday”

  1. 22:03. I saw the rebus answers pretty early, but I didn’t get their meaning/context until much later in the puzzle. Consequently, I had to go back and find some of them I’d neglected.

    AP calc before AP MUSIC among other missteps. “Intervals” made me think that, and “scales” I assumed they thought was some generic thing about math in general. Bottom line – bad answer.

    Best –

  2. 25:39, no errors. Things went quickly by ignoring the rebus until the end. Had 50D CIRCUS before MID AIR. NY Times app wouldn’t accept EL in the rebus square, it had to be LE, which took several minutes to find and correct.

  3. 18:14 After spending most of my free solving time working on Sunday’s puzzle all week(basically a DNF), then doing Monday through Thursday today, this one had to be the easiest of the bunch. Caught onto the rebuses thanks to the down answers, at first thinking “closet” was too obvious, until it didn’t fit…but oh wait, yes it did :- )

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