0130-23 NY Times Crossword 30 Jan 23, Monday

Constructed by: David Steinberg
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer(s): Right Between the Eyes

Themed answers each include a letter sandwiched RIGHT BETWEEN two letters I. Those letters spell out “NOSE”, which is found RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES on the face:

  • 56A With 67-Across, in a sudden and completely apparent way … or a punny description of this puzzle’s circled letters : RIGHT BETWEEN THE …
  • 67A See 56-Across : … EYES
  • 17A Engaged in some risky behavior : SKATED ON THIN ICE (giving “N”)
  • 22A Microphone jack, for one : AUDIO INPUT (giving “O”)
  • 36A “I’m appalled!” : THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! (giving “S”)
  • 48A Be honored before burial : LIE IN STATE (giving “E”)

Bill’s time: 8m 08s!

Bill’s errors: 2

  • O’ER (e’er)
  • NORA (Nera!)

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 McEntire known as “The Queen of Country” : REBA

Reba McEntire is a country music singer and television actress. McEntire starred in her own sitcom “Reba” that aired on the WB and the CW cable channels from 2001 to 2007. She is sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country”.

9 Like aged cheddar : SHARP

Cheddar cheese takes its name from the English village of Cheddar in Somerset. Over 50% of the cheese sold in the UK is cheddar. Here in the US, cheddar is the second-most popular cheese sold, behind mozzarella.

15 Major monitor maker : ACER

Acer is a Taiwanese company that I visited a couple of times when I was in the electronics business. I was very impressed back then with the company’s dedication to quality, although I have heard that things haven’t gone so well in recent years …

20 “Eww, I didn’t need to know that” : TMI

Too much information (TMI)

21 Nonnegotiable salary limit : HARD CAP

It has been suggested that our term “salary” comes from the Latin “sal” meaning “salt”. The idea is that a Roman soldier’s “salarium” might have been an allowance to purchase salt.

22 Microphone jack, for one : AUDIO INPUT

A jack is a socket that accepts a plug allowing a connection to some electrical circuit.

28 “Thar ___ blows!” : SHE

“Thar she blows!” is a phrase that originated on whaling ships. A lookout spotting a whale surfacing to breathe might see the spray from the blowhole caused by the expulsion of carbon dioxide. Thar (there) she blows!

32 Alternative to a station wagon, in brief : SUV

“SUV” is an initialism standing for “sports utility vehicle”, and is a term that was introduced by our marketing friends. Using the phrase “sports utility vehicle” was a very clever way to get us to pay a lot of money for what was essentially a station wagon on a truck chassis, or at least it was back then.

The style of automobile that we call “station wagon” here in North America, is known as “estate car” in Britain and Ireland. Both names are really references to the vehicle’s utility in hauling baggage in the extra space provided in the rear. A station wagon could haul bags to the station, and an estate car could haul bags to one’s country estate!

35 Chunk floating in the Arctic Ocean : BERG

An iceberg is a large piece of freshwater ice that is floating freely after having broken away from a glacier or ice shelf. Our use of “iceberg” comes from the Dutch word for the same phenomenon “ijsberg”, which translates literally as “ice mountain”.

41 “Whose ___ Is It Anyway?” (long-running improv show) : LINE

The American improv comedy TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway” is a spin-off of a very successful British show of the same name. The British TV show is itself a spin-off of a BBC radio show that I well remember. Lots of fun …

42 Alphabetically first group in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : ABBA

I am an unapologetic fan of ABBA’s music. ABBA was the Swedish group who topped the charts in the seventies and eighties. The name ABBA is an acronym formed from the first letters of the given names of each of the band members: Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid. Early in their careers, the four fell in love and formed two married couples: Agnetha and Bjorn, and Benny and Anni-Frid. However, at the height of their success, the relationships became strained and both couples divorced.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can be visited on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983 and started inducting artists in 1986. The Foundation didn’t get a home until the museum was dedicated in Cleveland in 1995. I had the great privilege of visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame some years ago and really enjoyed myself. The magnificent building was designed by famed architect I. M. Pei.

45 Agcy. for drivers : DMV

In most states, the government agency responsible for vehicle registration and the issuing of driver’s licenses is called the DMV. This initialism usually stands for the Department of Motor Vehicles, but there are “variations on the theme”. For example, in Arizona the responsible agency is called the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), and in Colorado the familiar abbreviation “DMV” stands for Division of Motor Vehicles.

47 Flaky fish : COD

In Britain and Ireland, the most common fish that is used in traditional “fish and chips” is Atlantic cod. Cod has been overfished all over the world, and is now considered to be an endangered species by many international bodies. Confrontations over fishing rights in the North Atlantic led to conflicts called “the Cod Wars” between Iceland and the UK in the 1950s and the 1970s, with fishing fleets being protected by naval vessels and even shots being fired.

52 Portuguese or Spanish : IBERIAN

The Iberian Peninsula in Europe is largely made up of Spain and Portugal. However, also included is the Principality of Andorra in the Pyrénées, a small part of the south of France, and the British Territory of Gibraltar. Iberia takes its name from the Ebro, the longest river in Spain, which the Romans named the “Iber”.

63 The “R” of I.R.L. : REAL

In real life (IRL)

Down

4 LaBelle known as “The Godmother of Soul” : PATTI

“Patti LaBelle” is the stage name of singer Patricia Holt-Edwards from Philadelphia. She started her career in the sixties as the lead singer of the vocal group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, later changing its name to simply “LaBelle”. When the group disbanded in 1976, Patti launched a remarkably successful solo career.

7 Jerry’s partner in ice cream : BEN

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield did a correspondence course on making ice-cream in 1977 that was given by Pennsylvania State University’s creamery. The following year they opened an ice cream parlor in an old gas station in Burlington, Vermont. Today Ben & Jerry’s has locations in over 20 countries around the world, and theirs was the first brand of ice-cream to go into space.

8 Bespectacled cartoon aardvark : ARTHUR

“Arthur” is an educational TV show that started airing on PBS in 1996. The title character is an aardvark who regularly introduces children to important social issues such as dyslexia, cancer and autism. “Arthur” is the longest-running children’s animated show on US television, and is the second-longest running of any animated show, behind Fox’s “The Simpsons”.

11 Activist who co-founded Black Lives Matter : ALICIA GARZA

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement started in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of African-American youth Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Three civil rights activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, originated the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

12 Disavow : RECANT

Our term “to recant”, meaning “to retract, take back” comes directly from the Latin “recantare”, which has the same meaning. In turn, “recantare” derives from “re-” (back) and “cantare” (to chant).

19 Word before trick or tip : HAT …

A hat trick is the scoring of three goals by the same player in a game of perhaps soccer or hockey.

24 Appetizers sprinkled with paprika : DEVILED EGGS

Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that have been shelled and sliced in two. The egg’s yolk is mixed with primarily mayonnaise and mustard, and then spooned into the hard-boiled egg white. The eggs are then sprinkled with paprika and served cold. Some people make deviled eggs on Halloween, dropping an olive slice in the middle so that the whole thing resembles an eyeball! The term “deviled” has been used for zesty or spicy foods since the 1700s.

25 “Awkwafina Is ___ From Queens” (Comedy Central series) : NORA

“Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens” is a sitcom that first aired in 2020. It stars actress, rapper and comedian Awkwafina as a woman named Nora Lin who is spreading her wings in Queens, New York. “Awkwafina” is the stage name of Nora Lum.

26 George Eliot or Mark Twain : PEN NAME

“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).

“Samuel Langhorne Clemens” was the real name of the author Mark Twain. Twain wasn’t the only pen name used by Clemens. Early in his career he signed some sketches as “Josh”, and signed some humorous letters that he wrote under the name “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass”. The name of Mark Twain came from the days when Clemens was working on riverboats on the Mississippi. A riverboatman would call out “by the mark twain” when measuring the depth of water. This meant that on the sounding line, according to the “mark” on the line, the depth was two (“twain”) fathoms, and so it was safe for the riverboat to proceed.

30 Letter after alpha : BETA

The Greek alphabet starts off with the letters alpha, beta, gamma …

37 Greed, gluttony or sloth : SIN

The cardinal sins of Christian ethics are also known as the seven deadly sins. The seven sins are:

  • Wrath
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Envy
  • Gluttony

40 Relatively easy section of a jigsaw puzzle : EDGE

Jigsaws are saws designed for the cutting of irregular curves by hand. The original jigsaw puzzles were created by painting a picture on a sheet of wood and then cutting the picture into small pieces using a jigsaw, hence the name. Today, almost all jigsaw puzzles are pictures glued onto cardboard. The puzzle pieces are now die-cut, and so there’s no jigsaw involved at all.

44 Wolff who wrote “This Boy’s Life” : TOBIAS

Tobias Wolff is an author from Birmingham, Alabama. Noted for his memoirs, Wolff’s most famous work is “This Boy’s Life”, which was adapted into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

53 Mother of Zeus : RHEA

In Greek mythology, Rhea was one of the Titans. She was the sister and wife of Cronus, and together they had six children, the last of which was Zeus. Cronus swallowed all of his children as soon as they were born, except for Zeus, who Rhea managed to hide from her husband.

59 Smallest poodle variety : TOY

The toy group of dogs is made up of the smallest breeds. The smallest of the small breeds are sometimes called teacup breeds.

The standard poodle breed of dog is considered by many to be the second-most intelligent breed, after the border collie. The name “poodle” comes from a Low German word meaning “to splash about”, reflecting the original use of the breed as a water retriever.

61 Records with only a few tracks, for short : EPS

An extended-play (EP) record, CD or download contains more music than a single, but less than an LP.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Trace of smoke : WISP
5 McEntire known as “The Queen of Country” : REBA
9 Like aged cheddar : SHARP
14 Length x width, for a rectangle : AREA
15 Major monitor maker : ACER
16 Flooring installer : TILER
17 Engaged in some risky behavior : SKATED ON THIN ICE
20 “Eww, I didn’t need to know that” : TMI
21 Nonnegotiable salary limit : HARD CAP
22 Microphone jack, for one : AUDIO INPUT
27 Sit-___ (some protests) : INS
28 “Thar ___ blows!” : SHE
29 Poetic contraction that omits a “v” : O’ER
30 Measure of time, in music : BEAT
32 Alternative to a station wagon, in brief : SUV
33 Cook for too long, say : BURN
35 Chunk floating in the Arctic Ocean : BERG
36 “I’m appalled!” : THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!
41 “Whose ___ Is It Anyway?” (long-running improv show) : LINE
42 Alphabetically first group in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : ABBA
43 Curtain hanger : ROD
44 Watch over, as a fire : TEND
45 Agcy. for drivers : DMV
46 Veer suddenly : ZAG
47 Flaky fish : COD
48 Be honored before burial : LIE IN STATE
52 Portuguese or Spanish : IBERIAN
55 French word that sounds like an English pronoun : OUI
56 With 67-Across, in a sudden and completely apparent way … or a punny description of this puzzle’s circled letters : RIGHT BETWEEN THE …
62 Enclosures for shark watchers : CAGES
63 The “R” of I.R.L. : REAL
64 Messy, semiliquid substance : GOOP
65 Analyze, as ore : ASSAY
66 Droops : SAGS
67 See 56-Across : … EYES

Down

1 “A good time ___ had by all” : WAS
2 Tick off : IRK
3 Dolphin’s home : SEA
4 LaBelle known as “The Godmother of Soul” : PATTI
5 Half-diameters : RADII
6 Prefix with system : ECO-
7 Jerry’s partner in ice cream : BEN
8 Bespectacled cartoon aardvark : ARTHUR
9 Move slightly : STIR
10 Rear : HIND
11 Activist who co-founded Black Lives Matter : ALICIA GARZA
12 Disavow : RECANT
13 Gets ready : PREPS
18 Genre sometimes mixed with rap : EMO
19 Word before trick or tip : HAT …
22 Aide: Abbr. : ASST
23 “That’s not true!” : UH-UH!
24 Appetizers sprinkled with paprika : DEVILED EGGS
25 “Awkwafina Is ___ From Queens” (Comedy Central series) : NORA
26 George Eliot or Mark Twain : PEN NAME
30 Letter after alpha : BETA
31 Mis-enter a passcode, say : ERR
33 Assemble, as a book : BIND
34 ___ with caution : USE
35 Fella : BUB
37 Greed, gluttony or sloth : SIN
38 “Duh!,” in modern slang : OBVI!
39 Source of milk for some cheeses : GOAT
40 Relatively easy section of a jigsaw puzzle : EDGE
44 Wolff who wrote “This Boy’s Life” : TOBIAS
45 Certain restaurants … or their customers : DINERS
47 About, in dates : CIRCA
48 Place to wear goggles : LAB
49 Christmas carols : NOELS
50 Take to court : SUE
51 Little bit of color : TINGE
53 Mother of Zeus : RHEA
54 ___-bitsy : ITSY
57 Steaming cupful : TEA
58 Make like a puppy’s tail : WAG
59 Smallest poodle variety : TOY
60 Clod-breaking tool : HOE
61 Records with only a few tracks, for short : EPS

8 thoughts on “0130-23 NY Times Crossword 30 Jan 23, Monday”

  1. 9:20. I had SeATED ON THIN ICE/IRe. Sorta works.

    OBVI?? We’re really saying that now? We can’t even finish words anymore. Oh well. No prob.

    Best –

  2. 9:14, no errors. I wondered why I kept having to stop and think on a Monday puzzle. I still don’t know why, but apparently I’m not alone, so … Schadenfreude!

    And … in my previous post, I used an ASCII representation of the second emoji, hoping thereby to add to the meager measure of humor in my … um … “words”. Get it? (Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.) The app replaced it with another emoji! What’s a guy gotta do to get these blasted devices to just leave things be?

    Test: “:-)”!

  3. 15:22 this was easy, except when it wasn’t. Nice to see I’m not the only one who was “seated on thin ice”, likely because my 2nd skating event resulted in hyperextended knee….

  4. Same error for me. SEATED on thin ice. Or not. Still works both ways.

    Also messed up HAT trick. Had HOT. but that means 21A is HORDCAP. that doesn’t work!
    Hah!

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