0102-24 NY Times Crossword 2 Jan 24, Tuesday

Constructed by: Jeffrey Martinovic
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Double Negatives

Themed answers are common, DOUBLE-word phrases that come in pairs. The words in one element of each pair are NEGATIVES of the other element:

  • 38A Some grammatical no-nos … or a description of four pairs of answers in this puzzle? : DOUBLE NEGATIVES
  • 16A Cease fighting [Opposite of 61-Across?] : STAND DOWN
  • 61A Simple exercise [Opposite of 16-Across?] : SIT-UP
  • 17A Request in blackjack [Opposite of 48-Across?] : HIT ME
  • 48A Text to someone who’s been away for a while [Opposite of 17-Across?] : MISS YOU
  • 25A Cut communication [Opposite of 63-Across?] : GO DARK
  • 63A Traffic regulator [Opposite of 25-Across?] : STOPLIGHT
  • 27A Some fast food [Opposite of 50-Across?] : TAKEOUT
  • 50A Submit [Opposite of 27-Across?] : GIVE IN

Bill’s time: 5m 57s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Green letters? : EPA

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

15 One living south of the Sooner State : TEXAN

The 1889 Indian Appropriations Act officially opened up the so-called Unassigned Lands, land in Oklahoma on which no Native American tribes had settled. Once the Act was signed, those lands became available for settlement. Those people who settled the same lands illegally, prior to the date specified, were termed “Sooners” as their situation was defined in the “sooner clause” of the Act. “Sooner State” is now a nickname for Oklahoma.

17 Request in blackjack [Opposite of 48-Across?] : HIT ME

“Stand” and “hit me” are instructions to the dealer in the card game Blackjack. The instruction “stand” means “I don’t want any more cards, I’ll use these”. The instruction “hit me” means “please deal me another card”.

18 ___ Timor (nation near Indonesia) : EAST

Timor is an island in Maritime Southeast Asia. The island is politically divided into West Timor, belonging to Indonesia, and the independent state of East Timor. The name “Timor” comes from a Malay word for “east”, and is used as Timor lies at the eastern end of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

19 LeBron James, notably : LAKER

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.

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.

21 Mens ___ (guilty mind) : REA

“Mens rea” is Latin for “guilty mind” and is a central concept in criminal law. The concept is expanded to “actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea” meaning “the act does not make a person guilty unless the mind be also guilty”. In other words, someone should not be deemed guilty of an act, unless he or she had a “guilty mind”, intended to do wrong.

22 “And the ___ goes to …” : OSCAR

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is the organization that gives the annual Academy Awards, also known as the “Oscars”. The root of the name “Oscar” is hotly debated, but what is agreed is that the award was officially named “Oscar” in 1939. The first Academy Awards were presented at a brunch in 1929 with an audience of just 29 people. The Awards ceremony is a slightly bigger event these days …

32 Wombs : UTERI

“Uterus” (plural “uteri”) is the Latin word for “womb”.

42 ___ mater : ALMA

The term “alma mater” is used to describe a school from which one has graduated. It can also describe a school’s song or hymn.

63 Traffic regulator [Opposite of 25-Across?] : STOPLIGHT

The first traffic lights date back to 1868 when they were installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London. They resembled the signals already in use for trains, with semaphore arms and red and green gas lamps for nighttime use. That first system was operated manually, by a policeman at the base. Sadly, one police officer was killed just one year after the light’s installation, when the gas system exploded.

70 Abbr. on toothpaste tubes : ADA

American Dental Association (ADA)

The first toothpaste in a tube was introduced by Johnson & Johnson, in 1889. Back then, toothpaste tubes were made from tin, zinc or lead.

Down

2 Org. opposed to wearing fur : PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a large animal rights organization, with about 300 employees and two million members and supporters worldwide. Although the group campaigns for animal rights across a broad spectrum of issues, it has a stated focus in opposition of four practices:

  • Factory farming
  • Fur farming
  • Animal testing
  • Use of animals in entertainment

3 Amo, ___, amat … : AMAS

“Amo, amas, amat” translates from Latin as “I love, you love, he/she/it loves”.

5 It might cause someone to trip : LSD

LSD (known colloquially as “acid”) is lysergic acid diethylamide. A Swiss chemist named Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD in 1938 in a research project looking for medically efficacious ergot alkaloids. It wasn’t until some five years later when Hofmann ingested some of the drug accidentally that its psychedelic properties were discovered. Trippy, man …

7 Coke vs. Pepsi, e.g. : AD WAR

“Cola Wars” is a phrase used to describe the competing marketing campaigns of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. Coke is winning …

14 Like a ballerina, often : ON TOE

Ballet is a type of dance that originated in Italy during the Renaissance. The term “ballet” ultimately derives from the Greek “ballizo” meaning “to dance”.

20 Inner self, in psychology : EGO

Sigmund Freud created a structural model of the human psyche, breaking it into three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. The id is that part of the psyche containing the basic instinctual drives. The ego seeks to please the id by causing realistic behavior that benefits the individual. The superego almost has a parental role, contradicting the id by introducing critical thinking and morals to behavioral choices.

26 Singer Lovato : DEMI

Pop and R&B singer Demi Lovato started her performing career as a child actress, playing Angela on the kids TV show “Barney & Friends” from 2002 to 2004. When she was all grown up, Levato served as a judge on “The X Factor” from 2012 to 2013, and soon after had the recurring role of Dani on “Glee”.

29 Heidi of “America’s Got Talent” : KLUM

German-born Heidi Klum was married to the successful English singer, Seal. Klum is a talented lady and has built a multi-faceted career based on her early success as a model. She is the force behind the Bravo reality show called “Project Runway” that has been on the air since 2004. Klum has been nominated 4-5 times for an Emmy for her association with the show. Klum was also signed up as the official ambassador for Barbie in 2009, the 50th anniversary of the Barbie Doll, and for her service that year a Heidi Klum Barbie was produced. She has been adding a touch of class to the judging panel on the show “America’s Got Talent” from 2013 through 2020.

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” is part of a global franchise based in the UK. The original show is called “Britain’s Got Talent”, and the whole franchise is owned by Simon Cowell. The first host of “America’s Got Talent” was Regis Philbin (2006), followed by Jerry Springer, Nick Cannon, Tyra Banks and Terry Crews.

30 Annoying process : RIGAMAROLE

“Rigmarole” (sometimes “rigamarole”) is a lovely word, used for an elaborate and complicated procedure. According to the OED, the term evolved from a medieval game of chance called “Ragman’s Roll”. I guess it was a complicated game …

36 Infamous Roman : NERO

Nero was Emperor of Rome from 54 to 68 CE, and towards the end of his reign participated in the Olympic Games in the year 67. The Roman leader raced in a ten-horse chariot, of which he lost control and nearly perished after being thrown from the vehicle. Acting and singing were Olympic events back then, and Nero also took part in those competitions. By all accounts, Nero performed badly in every event in which he vied, and yet somehow still managed to win Olympic crowns that he paraded around Rome on his return from Greece. Just before he died, Nero reportedly declared, “What an artist the world is losing in me!”

47 Musician Yoko : ONO

John Lennon and Yoko Ono married at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969. The couple decided to use the inevitable publicity surrounding their wedding and honeymoon to promote peace in the world. They honeymooned in the Presidential Suite of the Amsterdam Hilton, inviting the world’s press to join them and to witness their “bed-in”. They spent the week talking about peace, and an end to war. The marriage and bed-in is chronicled by the Beatles in their song “The Ballad of John and Yoko”. A few weeks after the marriage, Lennon adopted the middle name “Ono” by deed poll.

50 “Beau ___” (1924 novel) : GESTE

“Beau Geste” is a 1924 novel by the British writer P. C. Wren. The hero of the piece is Michael “Beau” Geste, an upper-class Englishman who joins the French Foreign Legion and embarks on a life of adventure and intrigue.

65 ___ Vegas : LAS

Las Vegas is known as the Marriage Capital of the World due to the incredibly high number of weddings that take place there. Historically, the marriage “frenzy” started when it became relatively easy to get a marriage license, and when wedding ceremonies could be performed for a nominal fee.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Green letters? : EPA
4 Place for a ceremony : ALTAR
9 Means of support : LEGS
13 Carbonated citrus drink : LEMON SODA
15 One living south of the Sooner State : TEXAN
16 Cease fighting [Opposite of 61-Across?] : STAND DOWN
17 Request in blackjack [Opposite of 48-Across?] : HIT ME
18 ___ Timor (nation near Indonesia) : EAST
19 LeBron James, notably : LAKER
21 Mens ___ (guilty mind) : REA
22 “And the ___ goes to …” : OSCAR
25 Cut communication [Opposite of 63-Across?] : GO DARK
27 Some fast food [Opposite of 50-Across?] : TAKEOUT
30 Judge’s garment : ROBE
31 Piercing tool : AWL
32 Wombs : UTERI
34 Place to find gold … that’s not yours? : MINE
38 Some grammatical no-nos … or a description of four pairs of answers in this puzzle? : DOUBLE NEGATIVES
42 ___ mater : ALMA
43 Egg-shaped : OVATE
44 Long time : ERA
45 Sign in a school zone : SLOW
48 Text to someone who’s been away for a while [Opposite of 17-Across?] : MISS YOU
50 Submit [Opposite of 27-Across?] : GIVE IN
53 Not shiny : MATTE
54 ___-friendly : ECO
55 Glum sort : MOPER
57 Simplicity : EASE
61 Simple exercise [Opposite of 16-Across?] : SIT-UP
63 Traffic regulator [Opposite of 25-Across?] : STOPLIGHT
66 Is rife (with) : TEEMS
67 Promotional event at a dealership : SELLATHON
68 Messes up : ERRS
69 Three-pointers, in basketball : TREYS
70 Abbr. on toothpaste tubes : ADA

Down

1 Otherwise : ELSE
2 Org. opposed to wearing fur : PETA
3 Amo, ___, amat … : AMAS
4 “Also …” : AND …
5 It might cause someone to trip : LSD
6 “No point in trying at this point” : TOO LATE NOW
7 Coke vs. Pepsi, e.g. : AD WAR
8 Put in order : RANK
9 Flowery necklace : LEI
10 Bonus : EXTRA
11 Player with a console : GAMER
12 Move covertly : SNEAK
14 Like a ballerina, often : ON TOE
15 Pulse painfully : THROB
20 Inner self, in psychology : EGO
23 Inner self, in religion : SOUL
24 Adorable : CUTE
26 Singer Lovato : DEMI
27 “Behold!” : TA-DA!
28 Missing : AWOL
29 Heidi of “America’s Got Talent” : KLUM
30 Annoying process : RIGAMAROLE
33 Fire up : REV
35 Alabama governor Kay ___ : IVEY
36 Infamous Roman : NERO
37 Genesis twin : ESAU
39 Foundation : BASE
40 Tussling : AT IT
41 Assessment : TEST
46 Hobbles along : LIMPS
47 Musician Yoko : ONO
49 “You understand?” : SEE IT?
50 “Beau ___” (1924 novel) : GESTE
51 More slippery, in a way : ICIER
52 Party person? : VOTER
53 Yard alternative : METER
56 “Over here!” : PSST!
58 Turkish title of respect : AGHA
59 Covered, as feet : SHOD
60 Active volcano in Italy : ETNA
62 Speech stumbles : UMS
64 Layer : PLY
65 ___ Vegas : LAS

2 thoughts on “0102-24 NY Times Crossword 2 Jan 24, Tuesday”

  1. 11;27 sort of got the gimmick, didn’t go back to see the opposites until after coming here

    Feeling better, Bill?

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