0411-24 NY Times Crossword 11 Apr 24, Thursday

Constructed by: Dan Caprera
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Reveal Answer(s): Secret Passages

Today’s grid includes a SECRET, with the word “PASSAGES” spelled out “behind” several of the black squares. The letters of “PASSAGES” are used in the answers to four of the across clues, answers that span the whole grid:

  • 44A With 46-Across, some areas in Clue … or a hint to the first, fourth, twelfth and fifteenth rows of this puzzle : SECRET …
  • 46A See 44-Across : … PASSAGES
  • 1A Slicing and dicing, say : FOOD PREPARATION
  • 20A Pricey basketball tickets : COURTSIDE SEATS
  • 57A “Jaws” menace : MAN-EATING SHARK
  • 70A Valuable property : PRIME REAL ESTATE

Bill’s time: 10m 16s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

17 Head-scratchers? : LICE

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 …

18 Subjects in a series of van Gogh landscape paintings : OLIVE TREES

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who seems to have had a very tortured existence. Van Gogh only painted for the last ten years of his life, and enjoyed very little celebrity while alive. Today many of his works are easily recognized, and fetch staggering sums in auction houses. Van Gogh suffered from severe depression for many of his final years. When he was only 37, he walked into a field with a revolver and shot himself in the chest. He managed to drag himself back to the inn where he was staying but died there two days later.

22 Ending with fluor- or chlor- : -IDE

Fluoridation is the addition of a fluoride salt to the public drinking water system, a measure taken to reduce tooth decay. What I find interesting is that bottled water usually has no added fluoride, and most domestic water filters remove the fluoride from the water coming out of the faucet. Maybe that explains why my dental hygienist has been applying a fluoride varnish to my teeth …

23 Serious ___ (popular cooking blog) : EATS

Serious Eats is a website created by New York-based food writer Ed Levine.

26 Self images? : IDS

Identity document (ID)

28 Modern scanning target : RETINA

An iris scan is a method of biometric identification. It relies on the fact that the complex patterns in the irises are unique to an individual. Note that an iris scan differs from a retinal scan. The latter uses technology that scans the unique pattern of blood vessels in an individual’s retina.

41 Alternative to a handshake : DAP

The dap is a form of handshake, and often a complicated and showy routine of fist bumps, slaps and shakes. Some say that “dap” is an acronym standing for “Dignity And Pride”.

44 With 46-Across, some areas in Clue … or a hint to the first, fourth, twelfth and fifteenth rows of this puzzle : SECRET …
46 See 44-Across : … PASSAGES

Clue is a board game that we knew under a different name growing up in Ireland. Outside of North America, Clue is marketed as “Cluedo”. Cluedo was the original name of the game, introduced in 1949 by the famous British board game manufacturer Waddingtons. There are cute differences between the US and UK versions. For example, the man who is murdered is called Dr. Black (Mr. Boddy in the US), one of the suspects is the Reverend Green (Mr. Green in the US), and the suspect weapons include a dagger (a knife in the US), and a spanner (a wrench in the US). I think it’s a fabulous game, a must during the holidays …

48 Take a hit : TOKE

“Toke” is a slang term describing a puff on a marijuana cigarette, or on a pipe containing the drug.

52 Head-scratchers : ENIGMAS

Our term “enigma” meaning “puzzle, riddle” comes from the Greek “ainigma”, which means the same thing.

57 “Jaws” menace : MAN-EATING SHARK

“Jaws” is a thrilling 1975 movie directed by Steven Spielberg that is based on a novel of the same name by Peter Benchley. The film has a powerful cast, led by Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. “Jaws” was perhaps the first summer blockbuster and had the highest box office take in history up to that time, which was a record that stood until “Star Wars” was released two years later.

60 Commonly mined material that’s relatively rare in Earth’s crust (about 2 p.p.m.) : TIN

The Latin word for tin is “stannum”, and so tin’s atomic symbol is “Sn”. One of the ores used as a source of tin is “stannite”.

63 Whales and alligators might be seen on them : POLO SHIRTS

René Lacoste was a French tennis player who went into the clothing business, and came up with a more comfortable shirt that players could use. This became known as a “tennis shirt”. When it was adopted for use in the sport of polo, the shirts also became known as “polo shirts”. The “golf shirt” is basically the same thing. The Lacoste line of clothing features a crocodile logo, because René was nicknamed “The Crocodile”.

66 Celebration in the worship of Bacchus : ORGY

Bacchus was the Roman god of wine-making, festivity and ritual madness. He was the equivalent of the Greek god Dionysus. The name “Bacchus” was used by the Greeks as an alternative for Dionysus, and then absorbed by the Romans.

68 Comedian ___ Martin : MAE

Mae Martin is a very talented comedian and actor from Canada who moved to London, England in 2011. She is a regular on British television, and is probably best known on this side of the pond as the creator and star of the comedy-drama show “Feel Good”, in which she plays a fictionalized version of herself.

70 Valuable property : PRIME REAL ESTATE

The terms “realty” and “real estate” actually date back to the late 1600s. Back then, the terms meant “real possessions, things owned that are tangible and real”.

72 Institution with galleries in Liverpool and Cornwall : TATE

The museum known as “the Tate” comprises four separate galleries in England. The original Tate gallery was founded by Sir Henry Tate as the National Gallery of British Art. It is located on Millbank in London, on the site of the old Millbank Prison, and is now called Tate Britain. There is also the Tate Liverpool in the north of England that is located in an old warehouse, and the Tate St. Ives in the west country located in an old gas works. My favorite of the Tate galleries is the Tate Modern which lies on the banks of the Thames in London. It’s a beautiful building, a converted power station that you have to see to believe. As of 2018, the Tate Modern was the most visited art museum in the UK.

Liverpool is a large port city in the northwest of England located on the estuary of the River Mersey. With a sense of humor that is typical of the area, people from Liverpool are often called “Liverpudlians”. The term comes from the jocular “Liver-puddle”, a diminutive of “Liver-pool”.

Cornwall is a county in the very southwest of England. Cornwall is the homeland of the Cornish people, a Celtic nation who have a very distinct cultural identity. The Cornish language is in the same Celtic language family as Welsh and Breton.

Down

1 “Nurse Jackie” star : FALCO

“Nurse Jackie” is a comedy-drama series centered on an emergency room nurse at a hospital in New York City. The lead character is played by Edie Falco, who also played Tony Soprano’s wife on “The Sopranos”. I binge-watched “Nurse Jackie” a while back and found it to be a very well-written show …

5 Casino that houses the Penn & Teller Theater : RIO

The Rio casino in Las Vegas was opened in 1990, originally targeting the local population as it is located off the famous Strip where most of the tourists hang out. Famously, the Rio opened up the adults-only Sapphire Pool in 2008, a pay-to-enter (only men paid) topless pool club that featured music and dancers. A year later the Sapphire Pool was closed down after there were eleven arrests for drugs and prostitution offenses during an undercover police operation.

The illusionist Teller, of Penn & Teller, was born Raymond Teller in Philadelphia, although he legally changed his name to simply “Teller”. Teller decided not to speak during his performances way back in his youth. He was doing magic at college fraternity parties and discovered that by remaining silent, the potentially rowdy audience focused on his act and refrained from throwing beer at him!

Penn Jillette is one half of the duo of magicians known as Penn & Teller (Penn is the one who talks). Penn teamed up with Teller on stage in 1981, having met him through a friend back in 1974. As well as being talkative onstage, Penn is very vocal offstage when it comes to his causes and beliefs. He is a devout atheist, a libertarian and a supporter of free-market capitalism.

9 Alternatives to blinds : ANTES

In some variants of poker, a forced bet is made by one or two players sitting to the left of the dealer. These bets are known as “blinds”, and are used instead of antes to ensure that there is some money in the pot. The player to the immediate left of the dealer posts the “small blind” (usually half the minimum bet), and the next player to the left posts the “big blind” (usually the minimum bet).

10 ___ VanDerveer, coach who holds the record for the most wins in college basketball history (1,200+) : TARA

Tara VanDerveer is the only coach in NCAA history to win 1,000 games. She is also the all-time winningest coach in women’s college basketball, with 1,157 wins. Tara’s sister Heidi is also a very successful college and professional basketball coach.

12 Chorus for los toreadores : OLES

“Toreador” is an old Spanish word meaning “bullfighter”, but it’s a term not used any more in Spain nor in Latin America. In English we use the term “toreador”, but in Spanish a bullfighter is a “torero”. A female bullfighter in a “torera”.

13 Platform for playing Kirby’s Adventure : NES

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was sold in North America from 1985 to 1995. It was the biggest selling gaming console of the era. Nintendo replaced the NES with Wii, which is also the biggest-selling game console in the world.

21 Diatribe : TIRADE

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.

A diatribe is a bitter discourse. The term “diatribe” comes from the Greek “diatribein” meaning “to wear away”.

25 “There’s something in the pantry!” : EEK!

The word “pantry” dates back to 1300, when it came into English from the Old French “panetrie” meaning a “bread room”. Bread is “pain” in French, and “panis” in Latin.

30 N.K. Jemisin’s “Broken Earth” trilogy, for one : SAGA

Author N. K. Jemisin is a fantasy and sci-fi writer. She was the first author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel three times in a row, doing so for her “Broken Earth” trilogy of novels published in 2015 to 2017.

31 What has degrees in math? : TRIG

Trigonometry (trig) is a branch of mathematics dealing with triangles, and calculations based on the relationship between a triangle’s angles and the lengths of its sides.

35 Product made from vegetable oil : OLEO

Emperor Louis Napoleon III of France announced a competition to develop a substitute for butter, a substitute that would be more accessible to the lower classes and more practical for the armed forces. A French chemist called Hippolyte Mege-Mouries came up with something he called oleomargarine in 1869, which was eventually manufactured under the trade name “margarine”. The name “oleomargarine” also gives us our generic term “oleo”.

39 Crème de ___ (liqueur) : CASSIS

A “cream liqueur” is one that includes dairy cream. The most famous example is probably Baileys Irish Cream, which is made from cream and Irish whiskey. A “crème liqueur”, on the other hand, is one that includes a lot of added sugar, but no dairy cream. Examples are crème de cacao (chocolate-flavored), crème de menthe (mint-flavored) and crème de cassis (blackcurrant-flavored).

47 Author Joe Hill, vis-à-vis Stephen King : SON

Author Joe Hill has won several awards for his works. “Joe Hill” is a pen name. He is a son of author Stephen King, and was named Joseph Hillström King.

51 Walter’s meth-dealing partner on “Breaking Bad” : JESSE

Actor Aaron Paul is best known for playing Jesse Pinkman in the incredibly successful drama “Breaking Bad”. Paul got himself a “Breaking Bad” tattoo on the last day of filming of the series, as did fellow cast member Bryan Cranston.

53 Suddenly go silent, in modern dating lingo : GHOST

A rather insensitive person might break off a relationship simply by cutting off all communication with his or her partner, without any warning. Such a move is referred to as “ghosting” in modern parlance, particularly when the relationship relies heavily on online interaction.

54 “The Jeffersons” actress Gibbs : MARLA

Marla Gibbs is an actress from Chicago who is best known for playing Florence Johnston, the maid on the sitcom “The Jeffersons” in the seventies and eighties. Gibbs was also a singer who released several albums. She also owned a jazz club for almost 20 years in South Central L.A. called “Maria’s Memory Lane Jazz and Supper Club”.

55 Insider language : ARGOT

“Argot” is a French term. It is the name given in the 17th century to “the jargon of the Paris underworld”. Nowadays argot is a set of idioms used by any particular group, the “lingo” of that group.

57 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” location : MOOR

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” is one of four “Sherlock Holmes” novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, regarded by many fans as the best of the series. “The Hound …” tells of a murder attempt on Dartmoor in Devon, England that is disguised as the act of a legendary supernatural hound. The novel also marks Doyle’s revival of his Sherlock Holmes character after he “killed him off” eight years earlier in a story called “The Final Solution”.

58 Jai ___ : ALAI

Jai alai is a game that derives from Basque pelota, and is known as “cesta-punta” in the Basque language. The name “jai alai” translates from the original Basque as “merry festival”.

63 Doctor sought for a checkup, in brief : PCP

Primary care physician (PCP)

65 “Capeesh?” : SEE?

“Capeesh?” is a slang term meaning “do you understand?” It comes from the Italian “capisce” meaning “understand”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Slicing and dicing, say : FOOD PREPARATION
5 Training unit : REP
8 Share of the supply : RATION
14 Italian for “year” : ANNO
15 ___ word : IN A
16 Lacking the wherewithal : UNABLE
17 Head-scratchers? : LICE
18 Subjects in a series of van Gogh landscape paintings : OLIVE TREES
20 Pricey basketball tickets : COURTSIDE SEATS
22 Ending with fluor- or chlor- : -IDE
23 Serious ___ (popular cooking blog) : EATS
24 Some baby shower gifts : ONESIES
26 Self images? : IDS
28 Modern scanning target : RETINA
30 Something to take when you’re in the dark : STAB
34 Abandoned : FORSAKEN
38 Rare : SCARCE
40 Not in one’s head, say : ALOUD
41 Alternative to a handshake : DAP
43 Vintner’s concern : AGING
44 With 46-Across, some areas in Clue … or a hint to the first, fourth, twelfth and fifteenth rows of this puzzle : SECRET …
46 See 44-Across : … PASSAGES
48 Take a hit : TOKE
49 Good hosts make them : INTROS
51 “This is Me … Now” singer, familiarly : J.LO
52 Head-scratchers : ENIGMAS
57 “Jaws” menace : MAN-EATING SHARK
60 Commonly mined material that’s relatively rare in Earth’s crust (about 2 p.p.m.) : TIN
62 Lender you shouldn’t trust : SHARK
63 Whales and alligators might be seen on them : POLO SHIRTS
66 Celebration in the worship of Bacchus : ORGY
67 Like stubble : COARSE
68 Comedian ___ Martin : MAE
69 Spill : SLOP
70 Valuable property : PRIME REAL ESTATE
71 Choice for a round : ALE
72 Institution with galleries in Liverpool and Cornwall : TATE

Down

1 “Nurse Jackie” star : FALCO
2 Something that can be red or white, but not blue : ONION
3 When theatrical special effects happen, one hopes : ON CUE
4 Workhorses : DOERS
5 Casino that houses the Penn & Teller Theater : RIO
6 Draft status : ENLISTED
7 Settled up : PAID
8 French translation of the Spanish “calle” : RUE
9 Alternatives to blinds : ANTES
10 ___ VanDerveer, coach who holds the record for the most wins in college basketball history (1,200+) : TARA
11 “Pfft” : I BET
12 Chorus for los toreadores : OLES
13 Platform for playing Kirby’s Adventure : NES
19 Place to take shots : VEIN
21 Diatribe : TIRADE
25 “There’s something in the pantry!” : EEK!
27 Prosecution figs. : DAS
29 Not right (for) : INAPT
30 N.K. Jemisin’s “Broken Earth” trilogy, for one : SAGA
31 What has degrees in math? : TRIG
32 Common Photoshop target : ACNE
33 Appeals to : BEGS
34 Like lightning : FAST
35 Product made from vegetable oil : OLEO
36 Be awesome, informally : ROCK
37 100%, so to speak : SURE
39 Crème de ___ (liqueur) : CASSIS
42 Kind of leave or guidance : PARENTAL
45 ‘Fore : ‘TIL
47 Author Joe Hill, vis-à-vis Stephen King : SON
50 Terse denial : NOT I!
51 Walter’s meth-dealing partner on “Breaking Bad” : JESSE
53 Suddenly go silent, in modern dating lingo : GHOST
54 “The Jeffersons” actress Gibbs : MARLA
55 Insider language : ARGOT
56 Verb akin to “Zoom” : SKYPE
57 “The Hound of the Baskervilles” location : MOOR
58 Jai ___ : ALAI
59 Average : NORM
61 Name found in “affirmation” : IRMA
63 Doctor sought for a checkup, in brief : PCP
64 ___ Honor : HER
65 “Capeesh?” : SEE?

4 thoughts on “0411-24 NY Times Crossword 11 Apr 24, Thursday”

  1. 24:12, no errors. Agree with Dave, impressed with the effort it must have taken to construct this grid.
    5D: got a laugh out of the oxymoronic term ‘devout atheist’.
    22A/60A: Stannous Fluoride is a chemical compound of Tin and Fluorine which is a common toothpaste additive to strengthen tooth enamel.

  2. Took awhile but no errors.

    Really had to back into this one.

    It started with the SHARK . figured something was up when the shark was the next clue over from JAWS clue.

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