0119-24 NY Times Crossword 19 Jan 24, Friday

Constructed by: Jacob McDermott
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 10m 10s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

17 World capital since 1971 : DOHA

Doha is the capital city of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar. The name “Doha” translates from Arabic as “the big tree”.

22 Honda model : FIT

The Honda Fit (“Honda Jazz” in some markets) is a subcompact hatchback. We looked at the Fit when shopping for a new car not that long ago, but opted for the larger Toyota Prius instead, a choice that we have not regretted …

28 Bed material : MULCH

Mulch is a layer of material applied by gardeners over the top of soil. The intent can be to retain moisture, to add nutrients, to reduce weed growth, or just to improve the look of the garden.

45 Some Deco pieces : ERTES

“Erté” was the pseudonym of French (Russian-born) artist and designer Romain de Tirtoff. “Erté” is the French pronunciation of his initials “R.T.” Erté’s diverse portfolio of work included costumes and sets for the “Ziegfeld Follies” of 1923, productions of the Parisian cabaret show “Folies Bergère”, as well as the 1925 epic movie “Ben-Hur”. Erté’s most famous work by far is an image titled “Symphony in Black”. It depicts a tall and slender woman dressed in black, holding a black dog on a leash.

47 What makes a drink alcoholic : ETHANOL

Ethyl alcohol is more usually known as ethanol. It is the alcohol found in intoxicating beverages, and nowadays is also used as a fuel for cars. Ethanol is also found in medical wipes and hand sanitizer, in which it acts as an antiseptic.

51 Launchpad for many comics, in brief : SNL

“Saturday Night Live” (SNL)

52 Rev counter : TACH

The tachometer takes its name from the Greek word “tachos” meaning “speed”. A tachometer in a car measures engine revolutions per minute (rpm).

61 Cat or cow, in yoga : POSE

The yoga pose called bidalasana is also referred to as the cat pose. The practitioner usually kneels on all fours, and arches the back. The counterpose, with the back lowered, is the cow pose.

63 God in the Marvel Universe : ARES

Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics, before becoming Atlas Comics in 1951 and eventually Marvel Comics in 1961. The “Marvel” brand had existed from day one, and Timely Comics’ first publication was “Marvel Comics #1” in October 1939. That first comic featured the superhero the Human Torch.

Down

1 Words after a tirade : END OF RANT

The term “tirade” describes a long and vehement speech, and is a word that came into English from French. “Tirade” can have the same meaning in French, but is also the word for “volley”. So, a tirade is a “volley” of words.

8 Christmas wreath material : BALSAM

The Balsam fir is an evergreen tree that is native to eastern and central North America. The Balsam is commonly used as a Christmas tree, especially in the northeastern US.

9 Hagen in the American Theater Hall of Fame : UTA

Uta Hagen was a German-born American actress. Hagen married Jose Ferrer in 1938, but they were divorced ten years later after it was revealed that she was having a long-running affair with Paul Robeson. Her association with Robeson, a prominent civil rights activist, earned her a spot on the Hollywood Blacklist during the McCarthy Era. This forced her away from film, but towards a successful stage career in New York City.

10 Symbol on a score : SLUR

In the world of music, a slur is a curved line that connects neighboring notes that are to be played smoothly, without separation.

11 Good speller? : MAGE

“Mage” is an archaic word meaning “magician, wizard”.

12 New York stadium eponym : ASHE

Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York opened in 1997, and is the largest outdoor, tennis-only venue in the world. The stadium was often criticized for not having a retractable dome to protect the playing surface from inclement weather. Well, that changed in 2016 when the stadium debuted its new retractable roof, a $150 million investment in the facility.

13 Psychotherapist’s concern, in brief : PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

16 Antlered animals : ELKS

Wapiti, also known as elk, are one of the largest species of deer found in North America and East Asia. They are social animals and live in herds of up to 400 individuals. The herds are usually led by a dominant male, known as a bull, who defends his harem of females during the mating season.

29 Galactic scale? : LIBRA

The constellation of Libra is named for the scales held by the goddess of justice. Libra is the only sign of the zodiac that isn’t named for a living creature.

30 Mom-and-pop shop : David :: ___ : Goliath : CHAIN STORE

In the story of David and Goliath, the Israelites and the Philistines faced each other in battle at the Valley of Elah. Goliath was the warrior champion of the Philistines and each day he challenged the Israelites to send out their champion to decide the battle in a one-on-one fight. No one was courageous enough to accept the challenge until young David agreed to face the mighty Goliath. David felled the giant soldier with a stone from his sling.

33 Time to drop the ball, in brief : NYE

The famous New Year’s Eve (NYE) ball-dropping tradition in Times Square started on January 1st 1908. The original ball was lit with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs and was dropped at one second after midnight. A fifth version of the ball was introduced in 2008 for the centennial anniversary of the ceremony. The 2008 ball was built by Waterford Crystal and was lit by 9,567 LED bulbs that consumed the same amount of power as ten electric toasters. The current ball was used for the first time in 2009, and is double the size of the 2008 ball at 12 feet in diameter. The ball now sits atop Times Square year round, so you can go see it next time you are in town.

34 Fried side dish : TATER TOTS

Ore-Ida’s founders came up with the idea for Tater Tots when they were deciding what to do with residual cuts of potato. They chopped up the leftovers, added flour and seasoning, and extruded the mix through a large hole making a sausage that they cut into small cylinders. We eat 70 million pounds of this extruded potato every year!

42 Domain of the god Triton : SEA

Triton was a Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He was usually depicted as “merman”, with the body of a man and the tail of a fish. Triton carried a trident, like his father Poseidon, and a twisted conch shell that he used as trumpet. By blowing in the conch shell he could calm or raise the waves.

46 Top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz : S-CLASS

The S-Class is the most luxurious line of Mercedes cars, and is the world’s best-selling luxury sedan. The name “S-Class” stands for “Sonderklasse”, which translates from German as “special class”.

49 Kind of diet that might include an egg fast : KETO

A ketogenic (also “keto”) diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. When a body consumes insufficient carbohydrates to meet the need for energy, then the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies in order to make up the energy deficit. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the bloodstream is known as “ketosis”, a term that gives rise to the name “ketogenic diet”. Medical professionals sometimes prescribe a ketogenic diet in order to control epilepsy in children. A condition of ketosis can reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.

54 Prop for Willy Wonka : CANE

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a 1964 novel for children penned by British author Roald Dahl. The two main character’s in the story are young schoolboy Charlie Bucket, and chocolate manufacturer Willy Wonka. Dahl was inspired to write the novel by his exposure to the rivalry between Britain’s two major chocolatiers: Cadbury and Rowntree’s.

55 Mr. ___ : HYDE

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was published in 1886. There are many tales surrounding the writing of the story, including that the author wrote the basic tale in just three to six days, and spent a few weeks simply refining it. Allegedly, Stevenson’s use of cocaine stimulated his creative juices during those few days of writing.

57 Like cheddar, but not brie : FIRM

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.

Brie is a soft cheese that is named for the French region in which it originated. Brie is similar to the equally famous (and delicious) Camembert. Brie is often served baked in puff pastry with fig jam.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Bladderball players, historically : ELIS
5 “OMG, stop!” : TMI!
8 Certain city guide : BUS MAP
14 Leaving a participle dangling in English class, say : NO-NO
15 Words after a long day : HOME AT LAST!
17 World capital since 1971 : DOHA
18 Displays of villainous delight : EVIL LAUGHS
19 “Yeah, yeah, I get it” : OK, OK
20 Hog calls : OINKS
21 Vibrating part of some instruments : REED
22 Honda model : FIT
23 Grand ___, town in Nova Scotia that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site : PRE
24 Sorry : SAD
26 Fixed a short in, perhaps : REWIRED
28 Bed material : MULCH
32 Flash of inspiration : AHA MOMENT
35 Cheery greetings : HI-HOS
37 Takes home : NETS
38 “Open wide” : SAY “AH”
40 Liniment, e.g. : BALM
41 Subjects of the 2019 Pulitzer-winning novel “The Overstory” : TREES
43 Not be bothered by something : LET IT RIDE
45 Some Deco pieces : ERTES
47 What makes a drink alcoholic : ETHANOL
48 “Yipes!” : ACK!
50 Word with heat or devil : … RAY
51 Launchpad for many comics, in brief : SNL
52 Rev counter : TACH
56 What U.P.S. routes tend to avoid : LEFTS
58 “Pronto!” : STAT!
59 Break in? : STAYCATION
61 Cat or cow, in yoga : POSE
62 “Ish” : KINDA SORTA
63 God in the Marvel Universe : ARES
64 Brews : STEEPS
65 Umami enhancer : MSG
66 Breakout group? : SECT

Down

1 Words after a tirade : END OF RANT
2 “Well, well, well!” : LOOKIE HERE!
3 Needing P.R. help, say : IN HOT WATER
4 Saturate : SOAK
5 They’re proven to be true : THEOREMS
6 What a star signs : MOVIE DEAL
7 “Let’s do this!” : I’M IN!
8 Christmas wreath material : BALSAM
9 Hagen in the American Theater Hall of Fame : UTA
10 Symbol on a score : SLUR
11 Good speller? : MAGE
12 New York stadium eponym : ASHE
13 Psychotherapist’s concern, in brief : PTSD
16 Antlered animals : ELKS
23 Anti’s antithesis : PRO
25 Cry that might accompany a forehead slap : DUH!
27 “Ready!” : I’M SET!
29 Galactic scale? : LIBRA
30 Mom-and-pop shop : David :: ___ : Goliath : CHAIN STORE
31 “Not ready!” : HOLD ON A SEC!
33 Time to drop the ball, in brief : NYE
34 Fried side dish : TATER TOTS
36 Certain credibility assessment : SMELL TEST
39 Got hitched? : HIT A SNAG
42 Domain of the god Triton : SEA
44 “Follow ___ Fair Sun” (Thomas Campion poem) : THY
46 Top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz : S-CLASS
49 Kind of diet that might include an egg fast : KETO
52 Judgmental sounds : TSKS
53 On the job : AT IT
54 Prop for Willy Wonka : CANE
55 Mr. ___ : HYDE
57 Like cheddar, but not brie : FIRM
58 They’re equipped for treatments : SPAS
60 Limit : CAP

13 thoughts on “0119-24 NY Times Crossword 19 Jan 24, Friday”

  1. I don’t understand why you feel the need to write explanations for clues like “mulch”, “SNL”, “elks”, “David & Goliath”, “tater tots”, and Mr. Hyde. Common knowledge.

    Then you do not explain all these obscure ones: “bladderball”, “Grand Pre”, “liniment”, and Thomas Campion. Makes your blog less useful.

  2. 21:45, no errors. Couldn’t get a foothold at the top so I solved from the bottom up. ELUS was my final word.

  3. 28:59, Same as Alaska Steve, but with a few more minutes of enjoyment. Started at the bottom and worked my way up, as opposed to learning to swim, where I pretty much stayed on the bottom…

    Anonymous: the blog is fine, Google is your friend, too.

  4. 18:41. I had filled-in answers scattered all over the grid. Took a while to put it all together. As always, long answers came to the rescue.

    I thought they dropped the ball at midnight (which would be New Years Day) so NYE confused me, but in fact it is dropped at 11:59 on NYE. I never pay attention since it’s only 9 PM out west.

    “Galactic scale” for LIBRA wins my clue of the day award.

    Saw cheddar and brie, and all I could think of was the Cheese Shop skit by Monty Python.

    Best –

  5. Good run. Enjoyed this one. No errors.

    I saw my first Honda Fit ( it looked like a “supermini” ) on the interstate the other day. OMG are they small!!!

    Apparently, they’ve been around since 2001 but never noticed them until passing one on the interstate.

  6. No errors which was a surprise to me👍👍
    @anonymous…why don’t you ask Bill for your money back?
    Stay safe😀

  7. Please explain 56 across clue Routes UPS tend to Avoid “Left”?
    is it “An In Joke” or has substance??
    My Little Grey Cells looked at all angles but no luck!!
    Thanks Michael in Vancouver

    1. Michael –

      UPS driver’s deliver a huge number of packages in a single day. In order to do this, their routes are carefully laid out and they tend to avoid LEFTS (as in left turns) to deliver more efficiently. And as we all know left turns can be a pain (and time consuming) – especially in big cities.

      1. Many thanks Jeff
        I do not use UPS,FedEx Etc often and was unaware of the Logical time saving reason for “No Lefts” having been stuck behind “Lefty” Offenders quite often!!
        Best Michael

  8. 25D: You would cry “Doh” if you said said or did something that made you slap your forehead. You would say “Duh” if someone else made a painfully obvious comment.

    I call setter error on that one.

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