0201-24 NY Times Crossword 1 Feb 24, Thursday

Constructed by: Simeon Seigel
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Reveal Answer: Loop-de-Loops

Themed answers feature LOOP-DE-LOOPS, as if on a rollercoaster. Circles over the grid (sadly, not over my grid) indicated where words “LOOP” into the line below or above:

  • 61A Upside-down parts of a roller coaster ride — represented twice in the answer to each of this puzzle’s starred clues : LOOP-DE-LOOPS
  • 16A *A little bit of everything : THIS THAT AND THE OTHER
  • 33A *1957 hit by the Edsels with a nonsense title : RAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG
  • 41A *”Eventually …” : WHEN THE TIME COMES …

Bill’s time: 11m 58s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

13 Peak of revelation? : SINAI

In the Christian and Jewish traditions, the Ten Commandments are a set of principles relating to worship and ethics that the faithful should observe. Also known as the Decalogue, the Book of Exodus describes the revelation of the principles by God to Moses on Mount Sanai. Also according to Exodus, the Ten Commandments were inscribed by the finger of God onto a pair of stone tablets that were kept in a chest known as the Ark of the Covenant.

18 Org. whose initials omit its “E” (for “Explosives”) : ATF

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today is part of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The ATF has its roots in the Department of Treasury dating back to 1886 when it was known as the Bureau of Prohibition. “Explosives” was added to the ATF’s name when the bureau was moved under the Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of the reorganization called for in the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

21 First Muslim Nobel Laureate (1978) : SADAT

Anwar Sadat was the third President of Egypt right up to the time of his assassination in 1981. Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978, along with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, for the role played in crafting the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1978 at Camp David. It was this agreement that largely led to Sadat’s assassination three years later.

23 Character with a famous opening line? : ALI BABA

In the folk tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, the title character is a poor woodcutter who discovers the magic phrase “Open sesame!” that opens the thieves’ den.

25 Resolve : METTLE

“Mettle” is such a lovely word. It means “courage, fortitude, spirit”. “Mettle” is simply a variant spelling of the word “metal”.

26 Exposes personal information about online, informally : DOXES

Doxing (also “doxxing”) is the publishing of private information about someone on the Internet with the intention of doing harm or causing embarrassment. The term “doxing” is slang, and comes from “dox”, an accepted abbreviation for “documents”.

27 Cultured dessert option : TCBY

TCBY is a chain of stores selling frozen yogurt that was founded in 1981 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The initialism TCBY originally stood for “This Can’t Be Yogurt”, but this had to be changed due to a lawsuit being pressed by a competitor called “I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt”. These days TCBY stands for “The Country’s Best Yogurt”.

30 Former Yankee nickname : A-ROD

Professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez earned more nicknames than just “A-Rod”. He has been called “the Cooler” by some players as there was a perception that teams went cold when he joined them and hot when he left. He has also been called “A-Fraud” by teammates because of another perception, that he is over-demanding. Rodriguez was in a world of hurt not so long ago, for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. He retired from baseball in 2016.

33 *1957 hit by the Edsels with a nonsense title : RAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG

“Rama Lama Ding Dong” was a hit in 1961, although it had been released in 1957 under the erroneous title “Lama Rama Ding Dong” and didn’t quite make it. The song was recorded by the doo-wop group called the Edsels, named after the latest (and “doomed”) Ford automobile. Before becoming the Edsels, the group was called the Essos, after the oil company.

38 Indian spice mixes : MASALAS

“Masala” is a Hindi word meaning “mixture”, and describes a mixture of spices. A dish named “masala” uses the spices incorporated into a sauce that includes garlic, ginger, onions and chili paste. Who doesn’t love Indian cuisine? Yum …

40 Cue preceder : PEE

In the alphabet, the letter P (pee) precedes the letter Q (cue).

46 Adolph who purchased The New York Times in 1896 : OCHS

Adolph Ochs was a former owner of “The New York Times”. Ochs had purchased a controlling interest in “The Chattanooga Times” when he was only 19 years of age, and took control of “The New York Times” in 1896 when he was 38 years old. Soon after taking charge, Ochs coined the paper’s slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print”. It was also Ochs who moved the paper’s headquarters to a new building on Longacre Square in Manhattan, which the city later renamed to the famous “Times Square” after the newspaper. Och’s son-in-law Arthur Hays Sulzberger took over control of “The New York Times” after Adolph died. The Ochs Sulzberger family has owned the paper ever since.

48 Potentially offensive, say : NOT PC

To be un-PC is to be politically incorrect, not politically correct (PC).

56 Actress Juliette : LEWIS

Juliette Lewis is an actress whose big break came in 1991, playing the traumatized daughter in the Martin Scorsese remake of “Cape Fear”. Another famous role for Lewis was the female lead in Oliver Stone’s 1994 hit, “Natural Born Killers”.

59 Risk-taker’s mantra, in brief : YOLO

You only live once (YOLO)

60 Hoppy inits. : IPA

The foodstuff that we call “hops” are actually the female flowers of the hop plant. The main use of hops is to add flavor to beer. The town in which I used to live here in California was once home to the largest hop farm in the world. Most of the harvested hops were exported all the way to the breweries of London, where they could fetch the best price.

64 Cause of some head-scratching : NIT

A nit is an egg of a louse.

Lice (singular “louse”) are small wingless insects, of which there are thousands of species. There are three species of lice affecting humans, i.e. head lice, body lice and pubic lice. Most lice feed on dead skin found on the body of the host animal, although some feed on blood. Ick …

69 Campus health and safety org. : SADD

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) was founded in Massachusetts in 1981. SADD’s aim is to prevent road traffic accidents by urging students to avoid potentially destructive decisions (such as driving under the influence of alcohol).

Down

1 Ex ___ (from nothing: Lat.) : NIHILO

The Latin phrase “ex nihilo” means “out of nothing”. The extended phrase “creatio ex nihilo” describes the concept that God created the world out of nothing.

4 One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA

“Cheap Thrills” is a 2015 song that was the first number-one hit in the US for Australian singer/songwriter Sia.

6 Not snookered by : ONTO

The use of the word “snooker” to mean “to cheat” has been used since the early 1900s. The term probably took on that connotation as it’s relatively easy to trick someone who is new to the game of snooker.

7 Arthur with a statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue : ASHE

Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player from Richmond, Virginia. In his youth, Ashe found himself having to travel great distances to play against Caucasian opponents due to the segregation that still existed in his home state. He was rewarded for his dedication by being selected for the 1963 US Davis Cup team, the first African-American player to be so honored. Ashe continued to run into trouble because of his ethnicity though, and in 1968 was denied entry into South Africa to play in the South African Open. In 1979, Ashe suffered a heart attack and had bypass surgery, with follow-up surgery four years later during which he contracted HIV from blood transfusions. Ashe passed away in 1993 due to complications from AIDS. Shortly afterwards, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

13 Very valuable violin, informally : STRAD

Generations of the Stradivari family produced violins and other stringed instruments, the most famous of which were constructed by Antonio Stradivari.

17 Bean or noodle : NOB

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

29 ___ Harbour, Fla. : BAL

Bal Harbour is a village in Florida that is located on the northern tip of the barrier island usually known as Miami Beach.

34 Sitting meditation pose : ASANA

“Asana” is a Sanskrit word that translates literally as “sitting down”. The asanas are the poses that a practitioner of yoga assumes. The most famous is the lotus position, the cross-legged pose called “padmasana”.

36 Artoo’s well-spoken partner : THREEPIO

C-3PO (or “Threepio”) is the protocol droid that appears in the “Star Wars” movie franchise.

37 Measure of energy savings, as when the meter runs in reverse : NEGAWATT

39 1/3,600th of a deg. : SEC

Second (sec.)

42 Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI

Writer Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Amongst other things, Morrison is noted for coining the phrase “our first black President”, a reference to President Bill Clinton.

44 Extra-sweaty meditative exercise : HOT YOGA

Hot yoga is performed under relatively hot and humid conditions. The actual temperature and humidity levels are often chosen to resemble those found in India, where yoga originated.

47 Kind of sense : SPIDEY

“Spidey-sense” is a term used to describe one’s intuition or instinct, especially when sensing something that might be dangerous. The term arises from the comic book hero Spider-Man’s ability to sense danger before others.

55 Possible hurdle for getting a master’s, for short : GRE

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

63 L.A.P.D. head? : LOS

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is the third-largest local law enforcement agency in the country, after New York PD and Chicago PD. Among other things, LAPD is famous for creating the first Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in the US, in 1965.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Zeroes, in soccer : NILS
5 Comedic takedown : ROAST
10 Includes : HAS
13 Peak of revelation? : SINAI
14 Happen next : ENSUE
15 Lead-in to -cide : ECO-
16 *A little bit of everything : THIS THAT AND THE OTHER
18 Org. whose initials omit its “E” (for “Explosives”) : ATF
19 Lousy (with) : RIFE
20 Instrument with a bell : OBOE
21 First Muslim Nobel Laureate (1978) : SADAT
23 Character with a famous opening line? : ALI BABA
25 Resolve : METTLE
26 Exposes personal information about online, informally : DOXES
27 Cultured dessert option : TCBY
30 Former Yankee nickname : A-ROD
31 Crown, in Persian : TAJ
33 *1957 hit by the Edsels with a nonsense title : RAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG
35 Depot: Abbr. : STN
38 Indian spice mixes : MASALAS
40 Cue preceder : PEE
41 *”Eventually …” : WHEN THE TIME COMES …
43 Casual rejection : NAH
45 So : ERGO
46 Adolph who purchased The New York Times in 1896 : OCHS
48 Potentially offensive, say : NOT PC
52 Prepare for a kiss, perhaps : LEAN IN
54 Home of some of the best drivers in No. America : PGA TOUR
56 Actress Juliette : LEWIS
57 Middling : FAIR
59 Risk-taker’s mantra, in brief : YOLO
60 Hoppy inits. : IPA
61 Upside-down parts of a roller coaster ride — represented twice in the answer to each of this puzzle’s starred clues : LOOP-DE-LOOPS
64 Cause of some head-scratching : NIT
65 “You shouldn’t have!” : AW GEE!
66 Randy looks : OGLES
67 Appreciated, as a joke : GOT
68 Overly involved : MESSY
69 Campus health and safety org. : SADD

Down

1 Ex ___ (from nothing: Lat.) : NIHILO
2 Up the creek : IN A FIX
3 “Past post” wager at the track, e.g. : LATE BET
4 One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit “Cheap Thrills” : SIA
5 Winged mammal with rust-colored fur : RED BAT
6 Not snookered by : ONTO
7 Arthur with a statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue : ASHE
8 Appeal, as for peace : SUE
9 Like the responses of “yes” or “no” : TERSE
10 Journey of the mind : HEAD TRIP
11 Have no co-conspirators : ACT ALONE
12 Gradual transition, in art : SOFT EDGE
13 Very valuable violin, informally : STRAD
17 Bean or noodle : NOB
22 Marginally : A TAD
24 “Me, too!” : AS AM I!
25 Brotherly greeting : MY MAN!
28 Depression precursor : CRASH
29 ___ Harbour, Fla. : BAL
32 Cured Spanish meat : JAMON
34 Sitting meditation pose : ASANA
35 Sign of an injury, maybe : SWELLING
36 Artoo’s well-spoken partner : THREEPIO
37 Measure of energy savings, as when the meter runs in reverse : NEGAWATT
39 1/3,600th of a deg. : SEC
42 Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI
44 Extra-sweaty meditative exercise : HOT YOGA
47 Kind of sense : SPIDEY
49 Like 20, for Little League : TOO OLD
50 Like wood prepped for papermaking : PULPED
51 Sects’ symbol? : CROSS
53 Subject covered in a madrasa : ISLAM
55 Possible hurdle for getting a master’s, for short : GRE
57 Gets hard to see through, in a way, with “up” : FOGS …
58 Does impressions of : APES
62 Need to pay : OWE
63 L.A.P.D. head? : LOS

5 thoughts on “0201-24 NY Times Crossword 1 Feb 24, Thursday”

  1. 23:33, no errors. A very clever gimmick., but the “NYT Games” app on my iPad did not have the helpful circles, so it took me a while to grok just how to interpret the theme answers and I was reluctant to fill in the final square until I was sure that everything made sense. I then checked all versions of the puzzle available from the “NYTimes” app and found the circles. (A procedural complication, to be sure, but, in any case, this one goes into my personal “Crossword Hall of Fame” … 😜.)

  2. @Dave. My Android app showed the circles which was very helpful. RAMALAMADINGDONG was my first grok…also my favorite. I’m calling this a DNF since I needed a few lookups right at the end. I did get the “jingle” at 32:16.

  3. 54:20 after checking over the rest of the puzzle numerous times, I entered almost all the letters of the alphabet at the intersection “bal” and “masalas” before getting the music of success. I’d never heard of either one and my brain kept insisting on there being an “r” there where an “l” ended up living.

  4. 17:49. Same errors as Bruce….again. We must be copying each others homework or something.

    Got the theme at RAMALAMA DING DONG.

    I really thought SETTLE was a better answer than METTLE for “Resolve” in the “We SETTLED/resolved a dispute” Didn’t think of the fortitude angle “Resolve”. SYMAN made no sense at all.

    I guess it’s just HOT YOGA these days and not Bikram yoga. The originator of hot yoga has about a dozen sexual misconduct suits against him.

    I’ve tried HOT YOGA a few times when coming back from injuries. I was skeptical, but I was talked into it. I will say it loosens everything up. I don’t do it regularly, but it does help.

    Best –

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