1109-22 NY Times Crossword 9 Nov 22, Wednesday

Constructed by: David Tuffs
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme (according to Bill): Movie Remakes

Themed answers are each movie titles that only use the letters/characters found in a movie or show title cited in the clue:

  • 17A 1987 thriller featuring the same characters as TV’s “Californication”? : FATAL ATTRACTION
  • 23A 1992 comedy featuring the same characters as the film “Secretariat”? : SISTER ACT
  • 39A 1990 action film featuring the same characters as the film “Collateral”? : TOTAL RECALL
  • 54A 2003 Marvel movie featuring the same characters as TV’s “Riverdale”? : DAREDEVIL
  • 61A 1952 musical featuring the same characters as TV’s “Stranger Things”? : SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Bill’s time: 9m 46s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

15 Saturn’s largest moon : TITAN

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn. Titan is unusual in many ways, including the fact that it is the only known satellite in the solar system that has its own atmosphere (our own moon does not, for example). Titan is the second largest moon in the solar system, after Ganymede that orbits Jupiter. Titan is so large that it has a greater volume than Mercury, the solar system’s smallest planet.

16 Event at a convention center : EXPO

The first World’s Fair was held in 1851, known back then as the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. The fair was the idea of Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria. It was held in a magnificent glass and cast-iron structure called the Crystal Palace that was purpose-built for the occasion. The Great Exhibition spawned a tradition of what became known as World’s Fairs, expositions that feature national pavilions created by participating countries. The term “Expo” was coined for Expo 67, a 1967 World’s Fair held in Montreal. Since then, we’ve been using “expo” to describe any large exposition or trade show.

17 1987 thriller featuring the same characters as TV’s “Californication”? : FATAL ATTRACTION

“Fatal Attraction” is an exceptional thriller released in 1987, starring Micheal Douglas and Glenn Close. The movie is about a married man who has a brief affair with a woman who then obsessively stalks him. There’s a famous scene where the Michael Douglas character discovers that his stalker has killed the family pet rabbit and left it stewing in a pot on his stove. In Britain and Ireland, “bunny boiler” is now a common enough term used to describe a crazed woman …

“Californication” is a very entertaining comedy-drama TV show starring David Duchovny as a high-living novelist suffering from writer’s block. The character is quite the womanizer and moves to California, hence the show’s title.

23 1992 comedy featuring the same characters as the film “Secretariat”? : SISTER ACT

The 1992 comedy “Sister Act” stars Whoopi Goldberg as a lounge singer from Reno who hides out in a San Francisco convent disguised as a nun. It’s a funny, funny film.

Racehorse Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973, and set record times for each of the three races in the series (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes), records that stand to this day. Famously, there was a biopic released in 2010 called “Secretariat” that chronicled the horse’s life.

27 With 26-Down, syrup source : MAPLE …
26D See 27-Across : … TREE

The sugar maple is the state tree of New York, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It is also the primary source of maple syrup.

29 Place for un chapeau : TETE

In French, one wears a “chapeau” (hat), a “béret” (beret) perhaps, on one’s “tête” (head).

32 “Jingle Bells” preposition : O’ER

The traditional Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was first published in 1857, penned by James Lord Pierpont. We associate the song with Christmas, although in fact Pierpont wrote it as a celebration of Thanksgiving.

Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

33 Key next to Q : TAB

Like most features on our computer keyboards, the tab key is a hangover from the days of typewriters. When using a typewriter, making entries into a table was very tedious, involving lots of tapping on the spacebar and backspace key. So, a lever was added to typewriters that allowed the operator to “jump” across the page to positions that could be set by hand. Later this was simplified to a tab key which could be depressed, causing the carriage to jump to the next tab stop in much the same way that the modern tab key works on a computer.

39 1990 action film featuring the same characters as the film “Collateral”? : TOTAL RECALL

“Total Recall” is a very entertaining 1990 sci-fi action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is loosely based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”. The 1990 film was remade in 2012. The 2012 version stars Colin Farrell, and is very forgettable …

“Collateral” is a 2004 thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. Cruise plays a hitman on a killing spree, and Foxx a cab driver who unwittingly drives him from hit to hit.

43 Kimono accessory : OBI

The sash worn as part of traditional Japanese dress is known as an obi. The obi can be tied at the back in what is called a butterfly knot. The term “obi” is also used for the thick cotton belts that are an essential part of the outfits worn by practitioners of many martial arts. The color of the martial arts obi signifies the wearer’s skill level.

The lovely Japanese kimono is a garment worn by men, women and children. The word “kimono” translates simply as “thing to wear”, with “ki” meaning “wear” and “mono” meaning “thing”.

44 Mont Blanc or Matterhorn : ALP

Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps. The name “Mont Blanc” translates from French into “white mountain”. The mountain lies on the border between France and Italy, and it has been generally accepted for decades that the summit lies within French territory. However, there have been official claims that the summit does in fact fall within the borders of Italy.

“Matterhorn” is the German name for the famous Alpine peak that lies on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The Italian name for the same mountain is “Monte Cervino”, and the French call it “Mont Cervin”. “Matterhorn” comes from the German words Matte and Horn meaning “meadow” and “peak”. “Cervino” and “Cervin” come from the Latin name for the mountain, i.e. “Mons Silvius”, meaning “Forest Mountain”.

45 “Love Song” singer Bareilles : SARA

Sara Bareilles achieved success with her 2007 “Love Song” with the help of the iTunes online store. In one week in June of that year, iTunes offered the song as “free single of the week” and it quickly became the most downloaded song in the store, and from there climbed to the number spot in the charts.

47 Siren : VAMP

A vamp (short for “vampire”) is a seductive woman. The term was first used in reference to the sultry performance of actress Theda Bara in the 1915 film “A Fool There Was”. The movie’s title is a quotation from Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 poem “The Vampire”. Bara’s role was positioned as a “vampire”, a woman out to seduce a man, launching the use of “vamp” as an alternative term for “femme fatale”.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were seductive bird-women who lured men to their deaths with their song. When Odysseus sailed close to the island home of the Sirens he wanted to hear their voices, but in safety. He had his men plug their ears with beeswax and then ordered them to tie him to the mast and not to free him until they were safe. On hearing their song Odysseus begged to be let loose, but the sailors just tightened his bonds and the whole crew sailed away unharmed. We sometimes use the term “siren” today to describe a seductively charming woman.

51 Tennis’s Rafael : NADAL

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal is a Spanish tennis player. He is noted for his expertise on clay courts, which earned him the nickname “The King of Clay”.

54 2003 Marvel movie featuring the same characters as TV’s “Riverdale”? : DAREDEVIL

“Daredevil” is a 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck as the title character, a superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Colin Farrell plays the bad guy in this one, an assassin named Bullseye.

59 When Cannes hosts its festival du film : ETE

Cannes is a city on the French Riviera that is noted as host of the Cannes Film Festival. The decision to host an annual film festival was adopted by the city just before WWII. However, the festival had to wait for the end of the war for its launch in 1946.

61 1952 musical featuring the same characters as TV’s “Stranger Things”? : SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

In the wonderful musical film “Singin’ in the Rain”, the character Lina Lamont (played by Jean Hagen) is the actress with the grating voice who has to be dubbed by Kathy Selden (played by Debbie Reynolds). In reality, Debbie Reynolds’ voice was dubbed by an uncredited Betty Noyes.

“Stranger Things” is a sci-fi horror TV show made for Netflix that aired its first season in 2016. I don’t do horror, and so haven’t seen it …

65 Push-up targets, for short : PECS

“Pecs” is the familiar name for the chest muscle, which is more correctly known as the pectoralis major muscle. “Pectus” is the Latin word for “breast, chest”.

66 Only state whose seal was designed by a woman (Emma Edwards Green, 1891) : IDAHO

The Great Seal of the state of Idaho was designed by painter and designer Emma Edwards Green, who passed away in 1942. Idaho’s is the only state seal to have been designed by a woman.

68 Guitar bar : 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.

Down

2 One carrying amps and such : ROADIE

A “roadie” is someone who loads, unloads and sets up equipment for musicians on tour, on the “road”.

3 H.S. exam scored from 1 to 5 : AP TEST

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.

4 Cyb-org.? : NSA

National Security Agency (NSA)

5 Bandmate of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison : STARR

Sir Ringo Starr’s real name is Richard Starkey. Before he joined the Beatles, replacing drummer Pete Best, Starkey played with the Raving Texans. It was with the Raving Texans that he adopted the name “Ringo Starr”, because he wore a lot of rings and he thought it sounded “cowboyish”. Back then his drum solos were billed as “Starr Time”.

6 Candy bar that snaps : KIT KAT

I grew up eating Kit Kat bars as a kid. The Kit Kat hit the shelves on the other side of the pond in the 1930s, but didn’t make it into US stores until the 1970s. I’ve seen new varieties of Kit Kat bars over in Britain and Ireland, such as an orange-flavored version. I’ve been told that there are even more varieties available in Japan.

7 “The Addams Family” cousin : ITT

In the television sitcom “The Addams Family”, the family had a frequent visitor named Cousin Itt. Itt is a short man with long hair that runs from his head to the floor. He was played by Italian actor Felix Silla.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
The Addams Family.

10 Volkswagen offering : JETTA

“Jetta” is one in a series of model names related to winds that has been used by Volkswagen. “Jetta” comes from the German for “jet stream”, and the model name “Passat” comes from the German for “trade wind”.

24 Wyoming’s ___ Range : TETON

The Teton Range is located just to the south of Yellowstone National Park, and is part of the Rocky Mountains. The origins of the name “Teton” is not very clear, although one story is that it was named by French trappers, as the word “tetons” in French is a slang term meaning “breasts”.

25 Classic Porsche : CARRERA

We tend to say the name “Porsche” in English as if it is perhaps French, pronouncing it as one syllable. In German, it is pronounced with two syllables, i.e. Por-sche.

31 Mattel acquisition of 1997 : TYCO

The Tyco brand of toys was founded in 1926 as Mantua Metal Products by John Tyler. The first products made were scale model trains using die-cast metal. The company introduced the Tyco brand in the fifties, with “Tyco” standing for “Tyler Company”.

34 Person whose name is followed by “Esq.” : ATT

The title “esquire” is of British origin and is used differently today depending on whether one is in the US or the UK. Here in America the term is usually reserved for those practicing the law (both male and female). In the UK, “esquire” is a term of gentle respect reserved for a male who has no other title that one can use. So a mere commoner like me might receive a letter from the bank, say, addressed to W. E. Butler Esq.

40 Heavy metal : LEAD

Lead is a heavy metallic element with the symbol Pb (standing for “plumbum”, Latin for “lead”). Although lead proves to be a very useful metal, it is very toxic and is poisonous if absorbed into the body.

41 Actor McKellen : IAN

Sir Ian McKellen is a marvelous English actor, one who is comfortable playing anything from Macbeth on stage to Magneto in an “X-Men” movie. On the big screen, McKellen is very famous for playing Gandalf in “The Lord of Rings”. In the UK, Sir Ian is noted for being at the forefront of the campaign for equal rights for gay people, a role he has enthusiastically embraced since the eighties.

42 Bach’s “The Well-Tempered ___” : CLAVIER

J. S. Bach composed a set of 24 preludes and fugues published as a book in 1722, intended to be used as exercises for students of music. He composed another set of 24 in 1742, and the whole collection is today known as the “Well-Tempered Clavier”, the title of the original book. A “clavier” is a keyboard of a musical instrument.

46 Franklin in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : ARETHA

I think that Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, had a tough life. Franklin had her first son when she was just 13-years-old, and her second at 15. In 2008, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked Franklin as number one on its list of the greatest singers of all time.

48 Place for fliers : AVIARY

An aviary is a large cage that houses birds, and something described as avian is bird-like or bird-related. “Avis” is Latin for “bird”.

49 Prophetess in the Torah : MIRIAM

According to the Bible, Miriam was the sister of Moses and Aaron. It was Miriam who hid baby Moses in a basket at the side of the river to avoid being killed as a newborn Hebrew boy.

53 Fragrant garland : 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.

56 With 36-Across, Kaitlin Olson’s role on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” : DEE …
36A See 56-Down : … REYNOLDS

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is a long-running sitcom that premiered in 2005 and that is set in an Irish bar in South Philly. The show has a talented lineup of actors, but the big name in the cast is Danny DeVito.

61 Beach bottle letters : SPF

In theory, the sun protection factor (SPF) is a calibrated measure of the effectiveness of a sunscreen in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. The idea is that if you wear a lotion with say SPF 20, then it takes 20 times as much UV radiation to cause the skin to burn than it would take without protection. I say just stay out of the sun …

62 Journalist ___ B. Wells : IDA

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and leader of the civil rights movement. She published a pamphlet in 1892 called “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases”, which publicized the horrors of lynching of African Americans by white mobs in the South.

63 Hammock “activity” : NAP

Our word “hammock” comes via Spanish from Haiti, and evolved from a word used to describe a fishing net.

64 Record fig. : RPM

The first standard for the rotational speed of gramophone records was 78 rpm. Like so many things it seems, the US version of “78” was slightly different from that for the rest of the world. The US record was designed to play at 78.26 rpm, whereas the standard in the rest of the world was 77.92 rpm. So, imported records playing on American equipment didn’t sound quite as they were intended.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 ___ Turismo (racing video game series) : GRAN
5 Gives a once-over : SKIMS
10 Don’t take it seriously : JEST
14 Cry before “I did it again!” : OOPS!
15 Saturn’s largest moon : TITAN
16 Event at a convention center : EXPO
17 1987 thriller featuring the same characters as TV’s “Californication”? : FATAL ATTRACTION
20 Drink suffix : -ADE
21 Vex : IRK
22 Travolta film with a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes : GOTTI
23 1992 comedy featuring the same characters as the film “Secretariat”? : SISTER ACT
27 With 26-Down, syrup source : MAPLE …
29 Place for un chapeau : TETE
30 Tangy : TART
32 “Jingle Bells” preposition : O’ER
33 Key next to Q : TAB
36 See 56-Down : … REYNOLDS
39 1990 action film featuring the same characters as the film “Collateral”? : TOTAL RECALL
41 “It’s too dark in here!” : I CAN’T SEE!
43 Kimono accessory : OBI
44 Mont Blanc or Matterhorn : ALP
45 “Love Song” singer Bareilles : SARA
47 Siren : VAMP
51 Tennis’s Rafael : NADAL
54 2003 Marvel movie featuring the same characters as TV’s “Riverdale”? : DAREDEVIL
57 They’re blowing in the wind : VANES
59 When Cannes hosts its festival du film : ETE
60 Pique : IRE
61 1952 musical featuring the same characters as TV’s “Stranger Things”? : SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
65 Push-up targets, for short : PECS
66 Only state whose seal was designed by a woman (Emma Edwards Green, 1891) : IDAHO
67 Twit, to a Brit : PRAT
68 Guitar bar : FRET
69 Dads : PAPAS
70 “Well, what do we have here?!” : MY MY!

Down

1 Fly off the shelves : GO FAST
2 One carrying amps and such : ROADIE
3 H.S. exam scored from 1 to 5 : AP TEST
4 Cyb-org.? : NSA
5 Bandmate of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison : STARR
6 Candy bar that snaps : KIT KAT
7 “The Addams Family” cousin : ITT
8 Sully : MAR
9 Minor problem : SNAG
10 Volkswagen offering : JETTA
11 Survey used in election night coverage : EXIT POLL
12 Overindulged, as a brat : SPOILED
13 Great deal : TON
18 One might be bald-faced : LIE
19 “.” follower : COM
24 Wyoming’s ___ Range : TETON
25 Classic Porsche : CARRERA
26 See 27-Across : … TREE
28 Critical hosp. areas : ERS
31 Mattel acquisition of 1997 : TYCO
34 Person whose name is followed by “Esq.” : ATT
35 Low voice : BASS
37 Capture : NAB
38 Cocktail garnish : OLIVE
39 Its moves include the Shirley Temple and Shim Sham steps : TAP DANCE
40 Heavy metal : LEAD
41 Actor McKellen : IAN
42 Bach’s “The Well-Tempered ___” : CLAVIER
46 Franklin in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : ARETHA
48 Place for fliers : AVIARY
49 Prophetess in the Torah : MIRIAM
50 More than enough : PLENTY
52 Emo emotion : ANGST
53 Fragrant garland : LEI
55 Community spirit : ETHOS
56 With 36-Across, Kaitlin Olson’s role on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” : DEE …
58 Barbershop sound : SNIP!
61 Beach bottle letters : SPF
62 Journalist ___ B. Wells : IDA
63 Hammock “activity” : NAP
64 Record fig. : RPM

3 thoughts on “1109-22 NY Times Crossword 9 Nov 22, Wednesday”

  1. 9:11, no errors. A nice smooth solve after slow Mondays and Tuesdays. And a wee bit faster than Bill! That almost never happens. I’m sure I’ll pay for that tomorrow.

  2. 14:26, no errors. Felt easier to me than yesterdays puzzle. Impressed, not only by the effort someone put into anagramming the theme answers, but then weaving them into the puzzle.

  3. 10:47. Very clever construction, but as a solver this was essentially a themeless. Paid no attention to the theme until I was finished. I suppose the theme would have helped if you were looking for a letter or two in the theme answers.

    Tried SINGINg IN THE RAIN at first and when it didn’t fit, I was vexed. Eventually figured it out.

    Best –

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