0127-24 NY Times Crossword 27 Jan 24, Saturday

Constructed by: Grace Warrington & Greg Warrington
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 10m 06s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 Katey of “Married … With Children” : SAGAL

Katey Sagal played Peggy Bundy on “Married … with Children”. Later she took over as star of the show “8 Simple Rules” in the middle of its run, when John Ritter passed away unexpectedly in 2003. Sagal then appeared on the FX drama “Sons of Anarchy”. In 2004, she married Kurt Sutter who created the “Sons of Anarchy” series.

21 ___ buco : OSSO

“Osso” is the Italian word for bone, as in the name of the dish “osso buco” (bone with a hole), which features braised veal shanks.

22 Sister of Castor and Pollux : HELEN

In Greek mythology, Leda was the beautiful Queen of Sparta who was seduced by Zeus when he took the form of a swan. Leda produced two eggs from the union. One egg hatched into Clytemnestra and the beautiful Helen of Troy, over whom was fought the Trojan War. The other egg hatched into the twins Castor and Pollux. Castor and Pollux had different fathers according to the myth. Pollux was the son of Zeus and was immortal, while Castor was the son of Leda’s earthly husband, and so he was a mortal. In the world of the arts, William Butler Yeats wrote a famous sonnet called “Leda and the Swan” in 1924, and Peter Paul Rubens made a copy of a now-lost painting called “Leda and the Swan” by Michelangelo.

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26 Prefix with -gram : EPI-

An epigram is a short and clever statement, poem or discourse.

27 Connection between names : … AKA …

Also known as (aka)

29 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” e.g. : CULT CLASSIC

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has to have the most devout cult-following of any movie ever made. Famously, fans attending a midnight show of the film will dress up in outrageous costumes used in the film, and bring props with them. The props bear little relation to the storyline, but a tradition of using certain props in a particular way has been established. For example, at one point a character proposes a toast, and the audience throws toast around the theater. Go figure …

32 Series that begins on the ice planet Pagodon, with “The” : … MANDALORIAN

“The Mandalorian” is a TV series in the “Star Wars” universe that is set five years after the events in the 1983 film “Return of the Jedi”. The show was created by actor and filmmaker Jon Favreau, and has been well received. The title character is Din Djarin (played by Pedro Pascal), a bounty hunter with a ward named Grogu. Grogu is an infant of the same species as Yoda, and so is referred to by viewers as “Baby Yoda”.

33 Possible (but extremely unlikely) setting for a double albatross : PAR FIVE

The following terms are routinely used in golf for scores relative to par:

  • Bogey: one over par
  • Par
  • Birdie: one under par
  • Eagle: two under par
  • Albatross (also “double eagle”): three under par
  • Condor: four under par

No one has ever recorded a condor during a professional tournament.

38 How salmon is served in nigiri sushi, but not in sashimi : ON RICE

Sushi is a Japanese dish that has as its primary ingredient cooked, vinegared rice. The rice is usually topped with something, most often fish, and can be served in seaweed rolls. If we want raw fish by itself, then we have to order sashimi.

41 Something a rival may throw : SHADE

To throw shade is to show disrespect to someone publicly using insults or criticisms.

47 The Phoenix of the N.C.A.A. : ELON

Elon is a city in the Piedmont region of North Carolina located close to the city of Burlington. Elon University is a private liberal arts school founded in 1889.

49 Pioneer in I.Q. testing : BINET

The first usable intelligence test was invented by a French psychologist named Alfred Binet. Binet collaborated with Théodore Simon and together they produced the Binet-Simon Intelligence Scale that is still in use today for IQ tests.

50 Muralist who was a colleague of Dalí : SERT

Catalan artist Josep Maria Sert was commissioned to paint a large mural for the west wall of the Grand Lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The work is titled “American Progress”, and features likenesses of Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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3 Writer of the 2009 autobiography “Open” : AGASSI

Retired tennis professional Andre Agassi has been married to fellow player Steffi Graf since 2001. Agassi wrote an autobiography called “Open”, published in 2009. An amazing revelation in the book is that Agassi’s famous head of hair was actually a wig for much of his playing career. Can you imagine how hard it must have been to play tennis at his level with a rug stuck on?

6 Video game climax : BOSS BATTLE

In the world of video gaming, a significantly strong computer-controlled opponent is referred to as a boss. A fight against a boss is a boss battle or boss fight.

12 Hedonist’s opposite : ASCETIC

A hedonist is someone who seeks to maximize the amount of pleasure in his or her life. “Hedone” is the Greek word for “pleasure”.

13 Workers who must be quick with their hands : STENOS

Stenography is the process of writing in shorthand. The term comes from the Greek “steno” (narrow) and “graphe” (writing). A stenographer might be a court reporter, or a person provided captions accompanying a live television broadcast.

25 Giving quarters, say : LEASING TO

We use the term “quarters” for a place of abode, especially housing for military personnel. Back in the late 16th century, quarters were a portion (quarter) of a town reserved for a military force.

33 Floral arrangements : POSIES

“Poesy” was the name given to a line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring. The related word “posy”, for a bouquet of flowers, arose with the notion that giving a posy might be a message of love, just as a poesy inside a ring could have the same meaning.

37 Start of a Christmas hymn : ADESTE …

The lovely Christmas hymn “Adeste Fideles” (entitled “O Come, All Ye Faithful” in English) was written by one John Francis Wade in the 13th century. Well, he wrote the original four verses, with four more verses being added over time. A kind blog reader pointed out to me that the English translation is in fact a little “off”. The term “adeste” best translates from Latin as “be present, attend”, rather than “come”. The verb “come” appears later in the lyrics in “venite adoremus”, meaning “come, let us worship”.

42 Hit on the noggin : BEAN

Slang terms for “head” include “bean”, “coconut”, “gourd”, “noodle” and “noggin”.

45 Word with power or change : SEA …

A sea change is a change of great significance. The phrase was coined by William Shakespeare in “The Tempest”. The full quotation is:

Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,
Ding-dong.
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Put down : ABASE
6 Help (out) : BAIL
10 Life phases, in social media lingo : ERAS
14 Katey of “Married … With Children” : SAGAL
15 International chain whose name can be a prefix : OMNI
16 Weather the storm : LAST
17 Not take any chances : PLAY IT SAFE
19 “No ___” : DICE
20 Disavowed MI6 agent in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise : ILSA
21 ___ buco : OSSO
22 Sister of Castor and Pollux : HELEN
23 They’re done on the fly : RUSH JOBS
25 Didn’t beat : LOST TO
26 Prefix with -gram : EPI-
27 Connection between names : … AKA …
28 “Listen …” : GET THIS …
29 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” e.g. : CULT CLASSIC
31 In the nick of time : NONE TOO SOON
32 Series that begins on the ice planet Pagodon, with “The” : … MANDALORIAN
33 Possible (but extremely unlikely) setting for a double albatross : PAR FIVE
34 Sign : INK
35 Nutrition fig. : RDA
38 How salmon is served in nigiri sushi, but not in sashimi : ON RICE
39 Large wine cask : HOGSHEAD
41 Something a rival may throw : SHADE
42 Set of rounds : BOUT
43 “Alas!” : OH ME!
44 Tiny scrap : IOTA
45 Big ticket purchase? : SEASON PASS
47 The Phoenix of the N.C.A.A. : ELON
48 Noble figure : EARL
49 Pioneer in I.Q. testing : BINET
50 Muralist who was a colleague of Dalí : SERT
51 Boy’s name consisting of an English word followed by its Spanish equivalent : ANDY
52 Take : ANGLE

Down

1 Shoot for the moon : ASPIRE
2 Crumple : BALL UP
3 Writer of the 2009 autobiography “Open” : AGASSI
4 “Open wide” : SAY “AH”
5 Man’s name that’s an anagram of 9-Down : ELI
6 Video game climax : BOSS BATTLE
7 Collect : AMASS
8 Modern lead-in to mania : INFO-
9 “Of course, I remember you!,” perhaps : LIE
10 Heir to the throne, traditionally : ELDEST SON
11 Very slender : RAIL THIN
12 Hedonist’s opposite : ASCETIC
13 Workers who must be quick with their hands : STENOS
18 Experienced a pregnant pause? : TOOK LEAVE
22 Relaxing baths : HOT SOAKS
24 Affliction treated in newborns with phototherapy : JAUNDICE
25 Giving quarters, say : LEASING TO
28 How one might emerge with a victory : GLORIOUSLY
29 Secret lover? : CONFIDANT
30 Murmur : COO
31 Character who’s heard but not seen : NARRATOR
32 Way down below? : MANHOLE
33 Floral arrangements : POSIES
35 Fix in a museum, maybe : REHANG
36 ___ bug (long-limbed predatory insect) : DAMSEL
37 Start of a Christmas hymn : ADESTE …
39 Collect, collect, collect : HOARD
40 Pickup line : HOP IN
42 Hit on the noggin : BEAN
45 Word with power or change : SEA …
46 Org. concerned with traveling : NBA

13 thoughts on “0127-24 NY Times Crossword 27 Jan 24, Saturday”

  1. I knew I’d pay for yesterday’s speedy solve. Today was a bugger for me. Nothing clicked. That said, I actually finished with no errors or lookups…in 32:33.😁

  2. 15:17, no errors. I don’t remember it all that well, as I’m still working on one corner of today’s WSJ “Stumper” and I think doing the rest of it caused brain damage … 😜.

    1. And … after one Google that provided me with the last three letters of a certain dramatist’s name at 21-Across, I finally managed to complete the “Stumper” correctly. However: if anyone here does the puzzle and has a good explanation for the clue for 13-Down (which, IMHO, goes beyond vague and obscure into borderline-and-possibly-incorrect territory), please clue me in … 🙂.

  3. 25:25. Same error(s) as Bruce oLDEST/oRA.

    Throwing SHADE is new to me. I don’t ever remember hearing that phrase. Throwing sh**? THAT I’ve heard of…

    Bruce – I liked the egg example yesterday. I think you could add milk as something that has been good for you or not several times.

    Best –

  4. 9:04, no errors. Definitely one I wish I could review if the recording rig was working right. Lower right was maybe 4-5 minutes of that.

    1. Ditto.
      Lower right was a bit of a bitch but otherwise a breeze for a Saturday.
      27 min., , 1/2 on lower right,2 errors.

  5. 17:50 no errors. Needed almost 2 cumulative minutes to make sure of ELDEST/OLDEST, NARRATOR/NARRATER and BINET/BONET.

  6. A fairly smooth solve for me, oddly enough. I had more trouble with Thursday’s offering than today’s. POSIES seemed like an awkward fill
    given the clue, but logic prevailed.

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