0412-24 NY Times Crossword 12 Apr 24, Friday

Constructed by: Evan Kalish
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 16m 39s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

20 Take a dim view of? : HATE-WATCH

“To hate-watch” a particular TV show is to watch it, even though you actually hate its content.

23 Bit of detritus from a Thanksgiving meal : COB

Detritus is loose material that results from the process of erosion. The usage of the term has evolved to describe any accumulated material or debris. “Detritus” is Latin for “a wearing away”.

25 Irene and Frederic Joliot-___, co-winners of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry : CURIE

Along with her husband Frederick, Irene Joliot-Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. Irene was the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, who also won Nobel Prizes. Irene died when she was 58 years old, suffering from leukemia brought on by her exposure to high doses of radiation. Her mother, Marie, died from aplastic anemia, also caused by high exposure to radiation. To this day, Marie’s personal papers are kept preserved in lead-lined boxes as they are highly radioactive, even her personal cookbook.

33 Letters in an empty slot : TBA

To be advised/announced (TBA)

36 Wyoming city, river or mountain range : LARAMIE

A French (or French-Canadian) trapper named Jacques LaRamie came to the area surrounding modern-day Laramie in the late 1810s, one of the first Europeans to visit. One day he disappeared without trace in the backcountry, but his name survives as it’s used for the Laramie Mountains, Laramie River, and ultimately the city of Laramie, Wyoming.

38 N.F.L. team that has sold out every home game since 1970 : BRONCOS

The Denver Broncos were a charter member of the AFL and so were formed in 1959 and first played in 1960.

40 European automaker : FIAT

Fiat is the largest car manufacturer in Italy, and is headquartered in Turin in the Piedmont region in the north of the country. Fiat was founded in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli, when the company’s name was “Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino” (FIAT). A few years ago, Fiat became the majority shareholder in Chrysler.

46 Locale of the “angle point” on Nevada’s western border : TAHOE

Lake Tahoe (often referred to simply as “Tahoe”) is up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and is located right on the border between California and Nevada. It is the largest alpine lake in the country, and the largest lake in general behind the five Great Lakes. Tahoe is also the second deepest lake, with only the beautiful Crater Lake in Oregon being deeper. Given its location, there are tall casinos that sit right on the shore on the Nevada side of the state line where gambling is legal.

48 Sturdy fabric : DENIM

Denim fabric originated in Nîmes in France. The French phrase “de Nîmes” (meaning “from Nîmes”) gives us the word “denim”. Also, the French phrase “bleu de Genes” (meaning “blue of Genoa”) gives us our word “jeans”.

51 Denigrate : DISS

To denigrate is to defame, to cast aspersions on someone’s reputation. The term comes from the Latin verb “denigrare” meaning “to blacken”.

55 Hand-held device discontinued in 2011 : PALMPILOT

Palm Inc. was a company that focused on the design and manufacture of personal digital assistants (PDAs). The company’s most successful models were the groundbreaking PalmPilot PDA, and the Treo 600, which was one of the world’s first smartphones.

58 Paul who wrote “Puppy Love” : ANKA

“Puppy Love” is a song written and recorded by Paul Anka in 1960. He wrote the song for his girlfriend at the time, actress and singer Annette Funicello. “Puppy Love” was covered by Donny Osmond, who had a big hit with it in 1972.

62 Vidalia, for one : SWEET ONION

Vidalia onions are sweet onions that are grown, most famously, in and around Vidalia, Georgia, where they’ve been growing since the 1930s. That area has soil which is relatively low in sulfur, which leads to the unusually sweet taste. The Vidalia onion has been the official state vegetable of Georgia since 1990.

64 Buttery side dish that’s often grilled : TEXAS TOAST

Texas toast is made from toasted, sliced bread that is about double the usual thickness of sliced, packaged bread. It is prepared by simply spreading butter onto both sides and grilling until golden brown. Variants might include garlic in the butter, or the addition of cheese to one or both sides.

Down

1 The so-called “roof of the world” : TIBET

Tibet is a plateau region that is part of China, and is located northeast of the Himalayas. Tibet declared its independence from China in 1913, but fell back under Chinese control after the Invasion of Tibet in 1951. The Tibetan leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, fled the country during the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion. Since then, he has led the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.

10 Jason of TV’s “Shrinking” : SEGEL

Actor Jason Segel is best known for playing Marshall on the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”. He is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, and performed a wedding ceremony on “The Tonight Show” in 2010.

11 Misidentification in the DC Universe : IT’S A PLANE!

Here’s a famous line from the “Superman” television show from the fifties:

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. it’s Superman!

14 First name in late-night : SETH

Seth Meyers is an actor and comedian who is perhaps best-known today for hosting his own late night talk show on NBC. Meyers might be described as a poker shark. He won the third season of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2004.

23 Biblical unit : CUBIT

The ancient unit of length called a cubit was chosen as the length of the forearm. In some cultures a cubit was divided into 7 palms, the width of the hand excluding the thumb.

According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Noah was instructed to build his ark 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high. That’s about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.

25 Device that converts rotary motion into linear motion : CAM

Cams are wheels found on the camshaft of a car’s engine that are eccentric in shape rather than circular. The rotation of the cams causes the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders to open and close.

29 40-Across alternative, informally : ALFA
[40A European automaker : FIAT]

The “Alfa” in “Alfa Romeo” is actually an acronym, one standing for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (“Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company”). ALFA was an enterprise founded in 1909 and which was taken over by Nicola Romeo in 1915. In 1920 the company name was changed to Alfa Romeo.

32 Traditional service : LATIN MASS

The principal act of worship in the Roman Catholic tradition is the Mass. The term “Mass” comes from the Late Latin word “missa” meaning “dismissal”. This word is used at the end of the Latin Mass in “Ite, missa est” which translates literally as “Go, it is the dismissal”.

39 ___ Kirk Christiansen, founder of the Lego company : OLE

Lego is manufactured by the Lego Group, a privately held company headquartered in Billund, Denmark. The company was founded by a carpenter called Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1934 and the now-famous plastic interlocking blocks were introduced in 1949. The blocks were originally sold under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks” but I think “Lego” is easier to remember! The name “Lego” comes from the Danish term “leg godt” meaning “play well”.

52 Country whose name is part of the NATO phonetic alphabet : INDIA

The NATO phonetic alphabet is also called the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) phonetic alphabet. Alfa, Bravo, Charlie … X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.

53 Athletes who wear mawashi : SUMOS

A mawashi is a belt that sumo wrestlers wear when training and fighting. It’s actually a strip of silk, about two feet wide and 30 feet long, that is wrapped around the body and tied in a knot at the back. It weighs anywhere from 8-11 pounds.

56 Rob of “The West Wing” : LOWE

Actor Rob Lowe is one of the “founding” members of the so-called Brat Pack, having appeared in the movie “St. Elmo’s Fire”. More recently, he played a regular character on the TV show “Parks and Recreation”. My favorite of his roles though, was playing Sam Seaborn on Aaron Sorkin’s great drama series “The West Wing”. When “The West Wing” first aired, Seaborn was billed as the show’s main character, but outstanding performances from the rest of the cast and some great writing meant that Lowe’s role became “one of many”. This led to some dissatisfaction on Lowe’s part, and eventually he quit the show.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 “No surprise there” : THAT TRACKS
11 No angels : IMPS
15 Promise of a future return? : I OWE YOU ONE
16 Lose steam : TIRE
17 Partner who’s deep undercover? : BLANKET HOG
18 Huff : SNIT
19 All-star group : ELITE
20 Take a dim view of? : HATE-WATCH
22 Makeup of some sleeves, informally : TATS
23 Bit of detritus from a Thanksgiving meal : COB
24 Expire : LAPSE
25 Irene and Frederic Joliot-___, co-winners of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry : CURIE
27 Clearing : GLADE
29 Room for creativity : ART LAB
33 Letters in an empty slot : TBA
35 Field you can feel, maybe : AURA
36 Wyoming city, river or mountain range : LARAMIE
38 N.F.L. team that has sold out every home game since 1970 : BRONCOS
40 European automaker : FIAT
41 Buff relative : TAN
43 Considering retirement? : SLEEPY
44 Block with a horn : ANVIL
46 Locale of the “angle point” on Nevada’s western border : TAHOE
48 Sturdy fabric : DENIM
50 Prince, e.g. : SON
51 Denigrate : DISS
55 Hand-held device discontinued in 2011 : PALMPILOT
57 Amass : RUN UP
58 Paul who wrote “Puppy Love” : ANKA
59 “Just keep doing what you’re doing” : DON’T MIND ME
61 “___: Hawaii” (2021 spinoff) : NCIS
62 Vidalia, for one : SWEET ONION
63 Goes down : SETS
64 Buttery side dish that’s often grilled : TEXAS TOAST

Down

1 The so-called “roof of the world” : TIBET
2 Give a greeting, in slang : HOLLA
3 Look for : AWAIT
4 Rentals for some weddings : TENTS
5 Squirt : TYKE
6 Seafood delicacy : ROE
7 Pen : AUTHOR
8 Save on rent, say : COHABIT
9 Feeling of tightness : KNOT
10 Jason of TV’s “Shrinking” : SEGEL
11 Misidentification in the DC Universe : IT’S A PLANE!
12 Accompaniment for roast lamb : MINT SAUCE
13 Reason for a fare alert : PRICE DROP
14 First name in late-night : SETH
21 Jokester : WAG
23 Biblical unit : CUBIT
25 Device that converts rotary motion into linear motion : CAM
26 Go down : EBB
28 “Whoa!” : EASY!
29 40-Across alternative, informally : ALFA
30 Ritual performed to break a spell : RAIN DANCE
31 Toiletry holder in a carry-on : TRAVEL KIT
32 Traditional service : LATIN MASS
34 Hot topic in criminology? : ARSON
37 Take in : EAT
39 ___ Kirk Christiansen, founder of the Lego company : OLE
42 Brand name for the steroid mometasone : NASONEX
45 Piercing site : LIP
47 Chinese restaurant freebie : HOT TEA
49 Center : MIDST
51 “It’s unclear” : DUNNO
52 Country whose name is part of the NATO phonetic alphabet : INDIA
53 Athletes who wear mawashi : SUMOS
54 Done for the day, say : SPENT
55 Takes a dim view of : PANS
56 Rob of “The West Wing” : LOWE
57 Lavish display, as of color : RIOT
60 The islands of Hawaii, effectively: Abbr. : MTS

11 thoughts on “0412-24 NY Times Crossword 12 Apr 24, Friday”

  1. 34:42 with almost all of my time spent on the NW section. I don’t know why, but I just seem to be getting worse and worse on the later week puzzles. Dang.

  2. 27:03, no errors. Tough clues all the way through the grid (just as a Friday puzzle should be). The last section to fall for me was the ALFA/FIAT section.
    Having visited LARAMIE, Wyoming a couple of times (my wife was born in Wyoming), I think the residents would look strangely at anyone who pronounced the name LaRamie.

  3. 69 min, no errors

    NW corner for me too. Probably 15 to 20 minutes.

    MINT SAUCE? Hmmm. Guess I don’t eat much lamb.

  4. The clue for 51A should indicate it’s slang as seems to be the convention. Thought of diss but that threw me for a loop for awhile. The lower right corner was a tough nut to crack, and the last to fall, but that may well have blown it wide open earlier.

    They’re not consistent with that. Either don’t indicate slang at all or do it consistently.
    (There’s a Websters usage note that indicates it’s still deemed slang, I first heard the term in Gangsta Rap songs and it still is slang. “Given its increasing breadth of use, we may even see it lose its slang designation before long.” )

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