1127-22 NY Times Crossword 27 Nov 22, Sunday

Constructed by: Adam Wagner
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: Going Off on a Tangent

Themed answers start in the across-direction, and then GO OFF ON A TANGENT, are BENT OUT OF SHAPE. They finish in the circled letters heading in the northeast direction in the grid:

  • 85D With 86-Down, very upset … like the answers to five of this puzzle’s clues? : BENT OUT …
  • 86D See 85-Down : … OF SHAPE
  • 22A Urban area typically with the tallest buildings : INNER CI-TY
  • 38A Public court proceeding : OPEN HEAR-ING
  • 61A What you’re on when you’re making progress : RIGHT TR-ACK
  • 83A Major concern for a meteorologist : SUPERST-ORM
  • 101A Certain juicing need : LEMON SQU-EEZER

Bill’s time: 26m 20s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Gambling spot? : PIP

The spots on a dice are called pips.

8 Addis ___ : ABABA

Addis Ababa is the capital city of Ethiopia. The city is relatively young, having been founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II. Addis Ababa holds an important position within the nations of Africa as it is home to many international organizations that are focused on the continent.

16 Bit of chicanery : JAPE

“To jape” means “to joke or quip”. The exact origins of “jape” are unclear, but it does seem to come from Old French. In the mid-1600s, “to jape” was a slang term meaning “to have sex with”. No joke …!

19 Rock’s Jethro ___ : TULL

Jethro Tull is a rock band from the UK, formed in 1967 and active until 2012. The band used the name of an 18th-century, English agriculturist.

24 Rocky road topping? : GRAVEL

Gravel is a loose mixture of rock fragments. Gravel is classified by the size of those fragments. For example, pea gravel comprises pea-size, rounded stones.

25 Length for a pregnancy : TERM

The normal gestation period for humans is 280 days, a little over 9 months. The gestation period can be a little shorter, or longer. Back in 1945, a pregnancy was confirmed at 375 days, which is just over 12 months.

27 Moneymaking venture : GIG

Musicians use “gig” to describe a job, a performance. The term originated in the early 1900s in the world of jazz. The derivative phrase “gig economy” applies to a relatively recent phenomenon where workers find themselves jumping from temporary job to temporary job, from gig to gig.

28 LeBron James became one in 2018 : LAKER

Basketball player LeBron James (nicknamed “King James”) seems to be in demand for the covers of magazines. James became the first African-American man to adorn the front cover of “Vogue” in March 2008. That made him only the third male to make the “Vogue” cover, following Richard Gere and George Clooney.

29 That’s the spirit! : GENIE

The Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) basketball team started out in 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team chose the Lakers name in honor of the nickname of Minnesota, “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960.

30 Highway network that famously has sections without a speed limit : AUTOBAHN

The federal highway system in Germany is known as the Autobahn (plural “Autobahnen” in German). Famously, there are no federally mandated speed limits on the autobahn, although many, many stretches of the highway do indeed have posted and enforced limits. Where there is no speed limit posted, there is an advisory speed limit of 130 km/hr (81 mph). It is not illegal to travel over this speed limit, but legal liability may increase at higher speeds if that speed contributes to an accident.

34 Device dusted off to watch old home movies, maybe : VCR

Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

35 Flat-topped French hat : KEPI

A kepi is a circular cap with a visor, one that’s particularly associated with the French military.

36 Ante alternative : BLIND

In some variants of poker, a forced bet is made by one or two players sitting to the left of the dealer. These bets are known as “blinds”, and are used instead of antes to ensure that there is some money in the pot. The player to the immediate left of the dealer posts the “small blind” (usually half the minimum bet), and the next player to the left posts the “big blind” (usually the minimum bet).

37 Musician Brian : ENO

Brian Eno started his musical career with Roxy Music. However, Eno’s most oft-played composition (by far!) is Microsoft’s “startup jingle”, the 6-second sound you hear when the Windows operating system is booting up. Eno might have annoyed the Microsoft folks when he stated on a BBC radio show:

I wrote it on a Mac. I’ve never used a PC in my life; I don’t like them.

40 Many a bad Yelp review : RANT

yelp.com is a website that provides a local business directory and reviews of services. The site is sort of like Yellow Pages on steroids, and the term “yelp” is derived from “yel-low p-ages”.

41 Luxuriate (in) : BASK

Our verb “to bask”, meaning “to expose one to pleasant warmth”, is derived from the gruesome, 14th-century term “basken”, meaning “to wallow in blood”. The contemporary usage apparently originated with Shakespeare, who employed “bask” with reference to sunshine in “As You Like It”.

43 ___ Cannon, creator of the “Pitch Perfect” film series : KAY

“Pitch Perfect” is an entertaining musical comedy film released in 2012. It’s all about an all-female college a cappella group competing to win a national competition.

44 Fish sticks? : RODS

We use the verb “to angle” to mean “to fish” because “angel” is an Old English word meaning “hook”.

52 Compliment to a French chef : C’EST SI BON

In French, we might tell the chef “C’est si bon” (“It’s so good”).

59 Automotive successor of the Bel Air : IMPALA

The Chevrolet Impala was introduced in 1957. “Impala” is the Zulu word for “gazelle”.

72 DiFranco of folk : ANI

Ani DiFranco is a folk-rock singer and songwriter. DiFranco has also been labeled a “feminist icon”, and in 2006 won the “Woman of Courage Award” from National Organization for Women.

73 Sewer in American history : ROSS

Legend has it that Betsy Ross made the first American flag for General George Washington. However, this story only surfaced during the centennial celebrations of 1876, and although Betsy Ross was indeed one of several flag makers in Philadelphia in the days of George Washington, sadly there’s no definitive evidence that Ross provided that first Stars and Stripes.

74 Hamlet’s cousin : TOWN

A hamlet is a small village, especially one without a church (it says here …).

75 Music genre prefix : ALT

“Alt-” is a prefix used to denote “alternative”, and is used to define a number of music genres e.g. alt-rock, alt-country.

83 Major concern for a meteorologist : SUPERSTORM

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”.

85 The Bruins, on scoreboards : BOS

The Boston Bruins professional ice hockey team goes way back, and has been in existence since 1924. The National Hockey League back then was a Canadian-only league, but was expanded to include the US in 1923. The Bruins were the first US-team in the expanded league.

89 Pasta whose name means “barley” in Italian : ORZO

Orzo is pasta that has been formed into granular shapes, much like barley. And indeed, “orzo” is the Italian word for “barley”. Orzo is also called “risoni”, meaning “large rice”.

91 Weight : HEFT

The heft of something is its weight, its heaviness. The term “heft” is derivative of the verb “to heave” meaning “to lift, raise”.

97 Like Roma tomatoes : OVATE

The Roma tomato isn’t considered an heirloom variety but it is very popular with home gardeners, especially those gardeners that don’t have a lot of space. It is a bush type (as opposed to vine type) and needs very little room to provide a lot of tomatoes.

98 Something that may be sold by the yard : ALE

A yard of ale is a very tall glass, one that is just under a yard (three feet) long. It holds about 60 fluid ounces of beer. I’ve tried drinking out of one, and it is extremely difficult. There is a bulb at the bottom of the glass. When you get towards the end of the drink, that bulb causes a kind of airlock and the remainder of the beer rushes to the top of the glass, splashing you in the face.

99 The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, e.g., in brief : NGOS

Non-governmental organization (NGO)

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded in 1961. It’s mission is …

… to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

104 Residential construction project : PAVED ROAD

Back in Ireland, the “pavement” is what we call the “sidewalk, footpath” (because the footpath is “paved”, often with “paving” stones!). It’s very confusing when you arrive in this country from Ireland, and a little dangerous when one has been taught from a young age to “walk on the pavement” …

106 Deep shot, in hoops : TREY

A trey is a three in a deck of cards. The term “trey” can also be used for a domino with three pips, and even for a three-point play in basketball.

107 Weird : OUTRE

The word “outré”, meaning “unconventional, bizarre”, comes to us from French, as one might imagine. It is derived from the verb “outrer” meaning “to overdo, exaggerate”. “Outrer” is also the ultimate root of our word “outrage”.

108 Brother of Logan Roy on “Succession” : EWAN

“Succession” is a very popular dark comedy-drama series that premiered in 2018. It’s about a family-owned, global media company. The “succession” in question is who will get to run the empire after the passing of the ailing family patriarch. The marvelous Scottish actor Brian Cox plays the head of the company Logan Roy.

111 Tennis champ ___ Osaka : NAOMI

Naomi Osaka is a Japanese-born tennis professional who became the first Asian player to be ranked number-one in singles. She was also the first ever tennis player to light the Olympic cauldron during an opening ceremony, doing so for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

112 Figs. first issued in 1936 : SSNS

The main purpose of a Social Security Number (SSN) is to track individuals for the purposes of taxation, although given its ubiquitous use, it is looking more and more like an identity number to me. The social security number system was introduced in 1936. Prior to 1986, an SSN was required only for persons with substantial income, so many children under 14 had no number assigned. For some years the IRS had a concern that a lot of people were claiming children on their tax returns who did not actually exist. So starting in 1986, the IRS made it a requirement to get an SSN for any dependents over the age of 5. Sure enough, seven million dependents “disappeared” in 1987. Today, a SSN is required for a child of any age in order to receive a tax exemption.

113 Summer on the Riviera : ETE

“Riviera” is an Italian word meaning “coastline”. The term is often applied to a coastline that is sunny and popular with tourists. The term “the Riviera” is usually reserved for the French Riviera (the Mediterranean coastline in southeastern France), and the Italian Riviera (the Mediterranean coastline centered on Genoa).

Down

4 Inhabitant of Ireland or Scotland : GAEL

A Gael is anyone of a race that speaks or spoke one of the Erse tongues. There are actually three Erse languages. Irish, Manx (spoken on the Isle of Man) and Scots Gaelic. In their own tongues, these would be “Gaeilge” (in Ireland), “Gaelg” (on the Isle of Man) and “Gaidhlig” (in Scotland).

7 Philosophical pillar : TENET

A tenet is an article of faith, something that is held to be true. “Tenet” is Latin for “holds”.

8 ___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN

Ann Arbor, Michigan was founded in 1824 by John Allen and Elisha Rumsey. Supposedly, Allen and Rumsey originally used the name “Annsarbour” in recognition of stands of bur oak that were on the land they had purchased and in recognition of their wives, both of whom were called “Ann” (i.e. Anns’ Arbor)

9 Deep inhalation to get high : BONG HIT

A bong is a smaller and more portable version of a hookah, with both being filtration devices for smoking especially tobacco and cannabis. The term “bong” comes from the Thai word “baung” that is used for a wooden pope cut from bamboo.

11 Hive mind of “Star Trek: TNG,” with “the” : … BORG

The cyborgs known as the Borg first showed up in the “Star Trek” universe as the villains in the movie “Star Trek: First Contact”, and then spread to other “Star Trek” productions. “Cyborg” is an abbreviation for “cybernetic organism”, a being that is made up of both organic and synthetic parts.

12 National Dog Show org. : AKC

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the organization that handles registration of purebred dogs The AKC also promotes dog shows around the country, including the famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

14 Discovery astronaut Ochoa : ELLEN

Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman in space, serving on a nine-day mission on the space shuttle Discovery in 1993. She spent over 1,000 hours in space over the course of four missions. Ochoa is now the Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

19 Amtrak booking : TRAIN TRIP

“Amtrak” is the name used commercially by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. It comes from a melding of the words “America” and “track”.

23 Run-D.M.C.’s “You Be ___” : ILLIN’

Run-DMC was a hip hop group from Queens, New York. The trio took its name from two of the group’s members: Joseph “Run” Simmons and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.

26 Longtime co-host of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade : ROKER

Al Roker is best known as the weatherman on the “Today” show on NBC. He has successfully branched out from that platform though, and even co-wrote a novel called “The Morning Show Murders”, about a celebrity chef and TV host who gets entangled in mystery. Topical stuff …

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City has been held every year since 1924, with a brief suspension from 1942-1944. The parade was halted during WWII as there was a need for rubber and helium to support the war effort.

30 Good Texas hold ’em hand : ACE-KING

The official birthplace of the incredibly popular poker game of Texas hold ’em is Robstown, Texas where the game dates back to the early 1900s. The game was introduced into Las Vegas in 1967 by a group of Texan enthusiasts including Doyle Brunson, a champion often seen playing on TV today. Doyle Brunson published a poker strategy guide in 1978, and this really helped increase the popularity of the game. But it was the inclusion of Texas hold ‘em in the television lineup that really gave the game its explosive surge in popularity, with the size of the prize money just skyrocketing.

31 Auto loan figs. : APRS

Annual percentage rate (APR)

36 Underwire undergarments : BRAS

The word “brassière” is French in origin, but it isn’t the word that the French use for a “bra”. In France, what we call a bra is known as a “soutien-gorge”, which can translate as “supporting the breast”. The word “brassière” is indeed used in France but there it describes a baby’s undershirt, a lifebelt or a harness. “Brassière” comes from the Old French word for an “arm protector” in a military uniform (“bras” is the French for “arm”). Later “brassière” came to mean “breastplate” and from there the word was used for a type of woman’s corset. The word jumped into English around 1900.

39 Over-emoter : HAM

The word “ham”, describing a performer who overacts, is a shortened form of “hamfatter” and dates back to the late 1800s. “Hamfatter” comes from a song in old minstrel shows called “The Ham-Fat Man”. It seems that a poorly performing actor was deemed to have the “acting” qualities of a minstrel made up in blackface.

45 First family from Illinois : OBAMAS

Michelle Obama née Robinson grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Her brother is Craig Robinson, former coach of men’s basketball at Oregon State University. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Michelle Robinson worked as an associate at the Chicago office of the Sidley Austin law firm. Barack Obama joined the firm as a summer associate and Michelle Robinson was assigned to mentor him, and as they say, one thing led to another …

49 Tool for cutting wood along the grain : RIPSAW

In woodworking, a cut across the grain is known as a cross cut. A cut along the grain is called a rip cut. Most saws are designed to perform the best cross cuts, but there is a special ripsaw that more easily cuts straight lines along the grain.

52 Pro who gets many return customers? : CPA

Certified public accountant (CPA)

57 Univ. senior’s hurdle : GRE

Passing the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is usually a requirement for entry into graduate school here in the US.

62 “___ but a scratch”: oft-quoted Monty Python line : ‘TIS

The zany comedy show called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” first aired in 1969 on the BBC. The show ran for four seasons and finished up soon after John Cleese decided to leave the team and move onto other projects.

63 Con artist : GRIFTER

Grift is money made dishonestly, especially as the result of a swindle. The term is perhaps an alteration of the word “graft”, which can have a similar meaning.

69 Rapper ___ Def : MOS

“Mos Def” is the former stage name of actor and rapper Dante Terrell Smith-Bay, now known as Yasiin Bey. Mos Def is one of the few rap stars who is really making a name for himself in the world of movies. He received critical acclaim for roles in 2003’s “The Italian Job” , 2005’s “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, and for a featured role in an episode of television’s “House”.

71 Group with lodges : ELKS

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) was founded in 1868, and is a social club that has about a million members today. It started out as a group of men getting together in a “club” in order to get around the legal opening hours of taverns in New York City. The club took on a new role as it started to look out for poor families of members who passed away. The club now accepts African Americans as members (since the seventies) and women (since the nineties), but atheists still aren’t welcome. The list of US presidents that have been members of the BPOE includes Presidents Eisenhower, Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Ford.

72 Part of E.T.A.: Abbr. : ARR

Estimated time of arrival (ETA)

88 They go around at museums : FRAMES

Those would be frames around images in an art museum.

91 Coffin carrier : HEARSE

We use the term “hearse” for a vehicle used to transport a dead body to the place of burial. The original meaning, still used sometimes today, is for a framework hanging over a coffin that holds candles.

94 It has only one-sixth of the mass of Earth’s moon : PLUTO

Pluto was discovered in 1930, and was welcomed as the ninth planet in our solar system. Pluto is relatively small in size, just one fifth of the mass of our own moon. In the seventies, astronomers began to discover more large objects in the solar system, including Eris, a “scattered disc object” at the outer reaches. Given that Eris is actually bigger than Pluto, and other objects really aren’t that much smaller, Pluto’s status as a planet was drawn into question. In 2006 there was a scientific definition for a “planet” agreed for the first time, resulting in Pluto being relegated to the status of “dwarf planet”, along with Eris. This relegation led to the word “pluto” being used as a noun meaning “give a less important position than before”.

96 Pentagon inits. : DOD

The largest government department in the cabinet is the Department of Defense (DOD), with a permanent staff of over 600,000. The smallest department, by far, is the Department of Education, with a mere four or five thousand employees.

The incredible building known as the Pentagon was built during WWII, and dedicated on January 15, 1943. It is the largest office building in the world (by floor space) covering an area of about 6.5 million square feet. As it was built during the war years, a major requirement was that it use a minimum amount of steel. That steel shortage dictated that the building be no more than four stories in height, and hence cover an awful lot of real estate.

103 Big name in outdoor gear : REI

REI is a sporting goods store, with the initialism standing for Recreational Equipment Inc. REI was founded in Seattle by Lloyd and Mary Anderson in 1938 as a cooperative that supplies quality climbing gear to outdoor enthusiasts. The first full-time employee hired by the Andersons was Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to climb Mount Everest.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Gambling spot? : PIP
4 Chap : GENT
8 Addis ___ : ABABA
13 Pro response : YEA
16 Bit of chicanery : JAPE
17 ___ water (healthful drink) : ALOE
18 Totally uncool : NOT OK
19 Rock’s Jethro ___ : TULL
20 “You’re gonna love this, I promise!” : IT’LL BE FUN!
22 Urban area typically with the tallest buildings : INNER CITY
24 Rocky road topping? : GRAVEL
25 Length for a pregnancy : TERM
27 Moneymaking venture : GIG
28 LeBron James became one in 2018 : LAKER
29 That’s the spirit! : GENIE
30 Highway network that famously has sections without a speed limit :
AUTOBAHN
32 Service recipient : CLIENT
33 An ocean : LOTS
34 Device dusted off to watch old home movies, maybe : VCR
35 Flat-topped French hat : KEPI
36 Ante alternative : BLIND
37 Musician Brian : ENO
38 Public court proceeding : OPEN HEARING
40 Many a bad Yelp review : RANT
41 Luxuriate (in) : BASK
42 They’re not sciences : ARTS
43 ___ Cannon, creator of the “Pitch Perfect” film series : KAY
44 Fish sticks? : RODS
48 Strength of character : GRIT
50 “Me!” : I AM!
52 Compliment to a French chef : C’EST SI BON
54 Crackerjack : WHIZBANG
56 Slack-jawed : AGAPE
59 Automotive successor of the Bel Air : IMPALA
60 Proudly embody, informally : REP
61 What you’re on when you’re making progress : RIGHT TRACK
64 Product sold on a rack, informally : MAG
65 “Them’s fightin’ words!” : IT’S WAR!
67 Set one’s sights : AIMED
68 Welcome center handouts : AREA MAPS
70 Free of flaws, as a reputation : STAINLESS
72 DiFranco of folk : ANI
73 Sewer in American history : ROSS
74 Hamlet’s cousin : TOWN
75 Music genre prefix : ALT
76 Ideal engine sound : PURR
79 Duel personalities? : FOES
81 Like some memes : DANK
83 Major concern for a meteorologist : SUPERSTORM
85 The Bruins, on scoreboards : BOS
88 Contents of a household box : FUSES
89 Pasta whose name means “barley” in Italian : ORZO
90 Startled scream : EEK!
91 Weight : HEFT
92 Goes from one thing to another : MORPHS
94 Purchase option for a dedicated fan : PREORDER
96 Like dumbbells : DENSE
97 Like Roma tomatoes : OVATE
98 Something that may be sold by the yard : ALE
99 The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund, e.g., in brief : NGOS
100 Hate, hate, hate : LOATHE
101 Certain juicing need : LEMON SQUEEZER
104 Residential construction project : PAVED ROAD
106 Deep shot, in hoops : TREY
107 Weird : OUTRE
108 Brother of Logan Roy on “Succession” : EWAN
109 Has a meal : SUPS
110 Urban grid: Abbr. : STS
111 Tennis champ ___ Osaka : NAOMI
112 Figs. first issued in 1936 : SSNS
113 Summer on the Riviera : ETE

Down

1 Subscription platform for online content creators : PATREON
2 “That is my intention” : I PLAN TO
3 Where the ilium and ischium are : PELVIS
4 Inhabitant of Ireland or Scotland : GAEL
5 Holiday helper : ELF
6 Sign that you can’t go back now? : NO U-TURN
7 Philosophical pillar : TENET
8 ___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
9 Deep inhalation to get high : BONG HIT
10 Ordered delivery, perhaps : ATE IN
11 Hive mind of “Star Trek: TNG,” with “the” : … BORG
12 National Dog Show org. : AKC
13 ___ someone’s yum (criticized a person’s tastes, slangily) : YUCKED
14 Discovery astronaut Ochoa : ELLEN
15 With it : ALERT
16 Shake a little : JIGGLE
19 Amtrak booking : TRAIN TRIP
21 Worker with wax : BEE
22 “Oof, what a day!” : I’M BEAT!
23 Run-D.M.C.’s “You Be ___” : ILLIN’
26 Longtime co-host of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade : ROKER
30 Good Texas hold ’em hand : ACE-KING
31 Auto loan figs. : APRS
32 Bit of roofing in Spanish-style architecture : CLAY TILE
34 Biden and Harris, notably, in brief : VPS
36 Underwire undergarments : BRAS
38 Muffin makeup, maybe : OATBRAN
39 Over-emoter : HAM
41 Trade, informally : BIZ
43 Star N.F.L. wide receiver Allen : KEENAN
45 First family from Illinois : OBAMAS
46 Exercise in a swimming pool : DO LAPS
47 Grabs : SNAGS
48 “___ Life” (1981 Rick James single) : GHETTO
49 Tool for cutting wood along the grain : RIPSAW
51 Scandalized : AGHAST
52 Pro who gets many return customers? : CPA
53 Bad makeup artist : SMEARER
54 Spot for a band : WRIST
55 High ways : AIR LANES
56 Early stop at a casino, maybe : ATM
57 Univ. senior’s hurdle : GRE
58 Funding : AID
62 “___ but a scratch”: oft-quoted Monty Python line : ‘TIS
63 Con artist : GRIFTER
66 Chattering plastic teeth, for one : WINDUP TOY
69 Rapper ___ Def : MOS
71 Group with lodges : ELKS
72 Part of E.T.A.: Abbr. : ARR
76 100% : PURE
77 Allow for more high-density housing and mixed-use development, in urban planning lingo : UPZONE
78 Company shake-up, for short : REORG
80 Symbol of sturdiness : OAK
82 Pallid : ASHEN
83 Problem for a pitcher : SORE ARM
84 They have their ups and downs : SEESAWS
85 With 86-Down, very upset … like the answers to five of this puzzle’s clues? : BENT OUT …
86 See 85-Down : … OF SHAPE
87 Grand mounts : STEEDS
88 They go around at museums : FRAMES
91 Coffin carrier : HEARSE
92 Drops down? : MOLTS
93 In no way hidden : OVERT
94 It has only one-sixth of the mass of Earth’s moon : PLUTO
95 Goobers : DOPES
96 Pentagon inits. : DOD
98 Cousin of turquoise : AQUA
100 Part of the eye that focuses light onto the retina : LENS
102 Momma’s boy : SON
103 Big name in outdoor gear : REI
105 Jones of CNN : VAN

13 thoughts on “1127-22 NY Times Crossword 27 Nov 22, Sunday”

  1. 43:08 with several cheats along the way. Didn’t see the theme until the very end.

    At first I scrolled to look for a reveal, but I guess I missed it there at the very end. Hence I didn’t actually see the reveal until the very end. Might have helped, but not necessarily.

    Oh well. Glad it’s over.

    Best –

  2. 36D: “soutien-gorge” does not mean “held under. the breast. It means: supports the breasts, holds the breasts. Soutenir means to hold, to maintain; analogous to the English sustain.

  3. Got the theme In reverse. Did the tangents, then filled in from there.

    I tried to get 85D and 86D right off the bat but ended up working around it . Didn’t get it until about 70% done with grid.

    Lots of hesitations with some of the odd cluing.

  4. Last few weeks syndicated puzzle cled up here is not the one printed in my paper. Might help to give puzzle number

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