0416-24 NY Times Crossword 16 Apr 24, Tuesday

Constructed by: Adam Vincent
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Reveal Answer: Manbaby

Themed answers are well-known people, starting with a MAN’s name and ending with a type of BABY:

  • 39A Certain immature adult … with a hint to both halves of the answers to each starred clue : MANBABY
  • 16A *Actor who played Oscar Wilde in “Wilde” [fish] : STEPHEN FRY
  • 62A *Inventor who patented the first revolver [stallion] : SAMUEL COLT
  • 10D *Mouseketeer peer of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake [gander] : RYAN GOSLING
  • 24D *English essayist who wrote “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once” [ram] : CHARLES LAMB

Bill’s time: 6m 43s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

10 ___ czar, N.Y.C. government position whose job listing called for “a virulent vehemence for vermin” : RAT

In 2001, New York City created a permanent agency to attack the rat infestation problem in the metropolis. In 2023, the mayor appointed the city’s first director of rodent mitigation, referred to in the media as “the rat czar”.

13 Historical object : RELIC

A relic is something that has survived from the past, reminding us of that past. In the world of religion, a relic is an object revered due to its association with a saint or martyr.

15 A spare one might be kept in the boot : TYRE

The British spelling of “tyre”, for what we call a “tire” here in North America, was indeed the original spelling. The English started to use “tire” spelling in the 17th century, and then shifted back to the current “tyre” in the 19th century.

In North America we use the word “trunk” for the storage space in the back of a vehicle as that space is reminiscent of the large traveling chest called a “trunk”. Such trunks used to be lashed onto the back of automobiles before storage was integrated. On the other side of the Atlantic, a trunk is known as a “boot”. The original boot was a built-in storage compartment on a horse-drawn carriage on which a coachman would sit.

18 Word before date or dance : RAIN-

A rain date is an alternative date scheduled if an event is postponed due to rain.

25 Starting point for a record-setting swim in 2023’s “Nyad” : CUBA

Diana Nyad is a long-distance swimmer. She holds the distance record for a non-stop swim without a wetsuit, a record that she set in 1979 by swimming from Bimini to Florida. In 1975, Nyad became the fastest person to circle Manhattan in a swim that lasted 7 hours 57 minutes. More recently, in 2013, she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage. She was 64 years old when she made that swim!

27 One under a birdie : EAGLE

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.

28 Pigment used in the Lascaux cave paintings : OCHER

The cave paintings in a cave complex near the village of Lascaux in southwestern France are perhaps the best-known examples in the world of Upper Paleolithic art. The paintings are about 17,300 years old, are about 2,000 in number and mainly depict large animals and human figures. The cave complex was discovered in 1940 by an 18-year-old man, and was opened to the public in 1948. However, public access has created many problems with damage to the paintings caused by carbon dioxide and by fungus and mold. Right now, human access to the caves is extremely limited.

30 High-pitched flute : PICCOLO

The piccolo is a woodwind instrument that looks like a small flute. Piccolos play one octave higher than flutes, and so the instrument is known by Italian musicians as an “ottavino”, Italian for “little octave”. “Piccolo” is Italian for “small”.

32 New, waxing, waning, full, etc. : PHASES

The phases of the moon have been given the following names, in order:

  • New moon
  • Waxing crescent moon
  • First quarter moon
  • Waxing gibbous moon
  • Full moon
  • Waning gibbous moon
  • Third quarter moon
  • Waning crescent moon
  • Dark moon

The verbs “to wax” and “to wane” come from Old English. To wax is to increase gradually in size, strength, intensity or number. To wane is to decrease gradually.

35 Frequently phished figs. : SSNS

Phishing is the online practice of stealing usernames, passwords and credit card details by creating a site that deceptively looks reliable and trustworthy. Phishers often send out safe-looking emails or instant messages that direct someone to an equally safe-looking website where the person might inadvertently enter sensitive information. “Phishing” is a play on the word “fishing”, as in “fishing for passwords, PINs, etc.”

45 Japan’s national fish : KOI

Koi are fish that are also known as Japanese carp. Koi have been bred for decorative purposes and there are now some very brightly colored examples found in Japanese water gardens.

51 San Fran athlete : NINER

The 49ers football team in San Francisco takes its name from the gold prospectors who flooded into Northern California around 1849 during the California Gold Rush. These “1849 prospectors” became known as the “49ers”.

52 ___ Rica : COSTA

Costa Rica is a country in Central America that is bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the South. Costa Rica is remarkable in my opinion, a leader on the world stage in many areas. It has been referred to as the “greenest” country in the world, the “happiest” country in the world, and has a highly educated populace. In 1949, the country unilaterally abolished its own army … permanently!

56 Pepper and O’Leary of classic rock: Abbr. : SGTS

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was the alter-ego of the Beatles, and the title of a famous studio album released in 1967, as well as the name of the album’s title track.

61 Fuel from a bog : PEAT

Peat moss is actually sphagnum moss that has partially decayed and dried. The term “peat” moss is used as sphagnum moss is often found in “peat” bogs. Sphagnum moss has the ability to store large quantities of water, so the dried form is used by gardeners to condition soil, i.e. to increase the soil’s capacity to retain moisture.

62 *Inventor who patented the first revolver [stallion] : SAMUEL COLT

Samuel Colt was fascinated as a young man by the science behind gunpowder and its use in weapons. He decided early on in his life that he would respond to the challenge of the day, how to achieve the impossible, a weapon that fires more than two times before reloading (like a double-barreled shotgun). He came up with the concept of the revolver while at sea, modeling his design on the spoked wheel that steered the ships on which he served. His revolver made him a very rich man in his own lifetime. By the time he died in 1862, his estate was valued at around $15 million. Can you imagine? $15 million back in 1862?

68 Where a teen may wear a tux : PROM

Apparently, the style of men’s evening dress called a “tuxedo” was first worn to a country club event in 1886 in New York. The use of a dark dinner jacket without tails became fashionable at the club with the members, and the tradition spread from there. The country club was located in Tuxedo Park, New York, giving the style of dress its name.

69 Mammal with a miniature trunk : TAPIR

All four species of tapir are endangered. Even though the tapir looks much like a pig, it is more closely related to the horse and the rhinoceros.

72 Exact godly vengeance on : SMITE

To smite is to strike with a firm blow. The term “smite” can also mean “strike down and slay”.

Down

7 Stadium whistle-blower : REF

Back in the early 17th century, a referee was someone who examined patent applications. We started using the same term for a person presiding over a sporting event in the 1820s. “Referee” is a derivative of the verb “to refer”, and literally describes someone who has the authority to make a decision by “referring” to a book, archive etc.

8 Beef option at Chipotle : BARBACOA

Chipotle Mexican Grill is a chain of casual dining restaurants that was founded and is now headquartered in Denver, Colorado. For several years, the major investor in Chipotle was McDonald’s. The chain is named for the smoke-dried jalapeño called a “chipotle”.

9 Vodka brand in a blue bottle : SKYY

Skyy Vodka is produced in the US, although the operation is owned by the Campari Group headquartered in Italy. Skyy first hit the shelves in 1992 when it was created by an entrepreneur from San Francisco, California.

10 *Mouseketeer peer of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake [gander] : RYAN GOSLING

Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor who is one of a string of entertainers to graduate from the Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel. His career really took off when he played the male lead in the 2004 movie “The Notebook” (the best ever “weepie”, according to my wife). Gosling is quite the musician, and is one half of a rock duo called Dead Man’s Bones.

11 “The Little Mermaid” mermaid : ARIEL

In the 1989 Disney animated film “The Little Mermaid”, the title character is given the name “Ariel”. In the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen that dates back to 1836, the Little Mermaid is given no name at all. There is a famous statue of the unnamed Little Mermaid sitting in Copenhagen Harbor, in Andersen’s homeland of Denmark.

22 Big name in baseball cards : TOPPS

Topps was a relaunch of an older company called American Leaf Tobacco, with the Topps name used from 1938. The earlier company was in trouble because it could not get supplies of its Turkish tobacco, so it moved into another chewy industry, making bubblegum. Nowadays, Topps is known for including (mainly) sports-themed trading cards in the packs of gum.

23 “Gesundheit” prompter : ACHOO!

“Gesundheit” is the German word for “health”, and is used in response to a sneeze in Germany, as indeed it is quite often here in the US.

24 *English essayist who wrote “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once” [ram] : CHARLES LAMB

Charles Lamb was an essayist and poet from England. Lamb’s best-known works are “Essays of Elia” (1823) and “Tales from Shakespeare”, an 1807 children’s book that he co-authored with his sister Mary Lamb.

26 Resident of 123½ Sesame Street : BIG BIRD

The man “inside” Big Bird on “Sesame Street” is Caroll Spinney, who has been playing the character since 1969. That’s a long time, so Spinney has had an understudy named Matt Vogel since 1998.

29 Sleep stage : REM

“REM” is an acronym standing for “rapid eye movement”. REM sleep takes up 20-25% of the sleeping hours and is the period associated with one’s most vivid dreams.

31 Kind of salad that sounds like it should include corn : COBB

Ty Cobb’s first cousin, Robert H. Cobb, owned the Brown Derby chain of restaurants. One of his regular customers was the famous Sid Grauman, who ran Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Late one night, Grauman asked for a snack, and Cobb came up with a chopped salad simply made from ingredients he happened to have in the refrigerator. Grauman liked it so much that he continued to request it, and the Cobb salad was born.

33 Fermented rice wine : SAKE

We refer to the Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice as “sake”. We’ve gotten things a bit mixed up in the West. “Sake” is actually the word that the Japanese use for all alcoholic drinks. What we know as sake, we sometimes refer to as rice wine. Also, the starch in the rice is first converted to sugars that are then fermented into alcohol. This is more akin to a beer-brewing process than wine production, so the end product is really a rice “beer” rather than a rice “wine”.

40 Wild couples cruise? : NOAH’S ARK

Genesis 6:19-20 states that Noah was instructed to take two animals of every kind into the ark. Later, in Genesis 7:2-3 Noah was instructed to take on board “every clean animal by sevens … male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth”. Apparently, “extras” (7 rather than 2) were needed for ritual sacrifice.

41 Yang’s partner : YIN

The yin and yang can be illustrated using many different metaphors. In one, as the sun shines on a mountain, the side in the shade is the yin and the side in the light is the yang. The yin is also regarded as the feminine side, and the yang the masculine. The yin can also be associated with the moon, while the yang is associated with the sun.

47 What might catch X’s at an O’s game? : KISS CAM

The kiss cam is a diversion during some sporting events in which a video camera picks out random couples in the crowd, projecting their image onto the giant screen at the venue. The couples are encouraged to kiss, for the entertainment of the fans. Famously, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama kissed for the kiss cam at a basketball game a few years ago, as did former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.

52 Network with “gavel-to-gavel” coverage : C-SPAN

C-SPAN is a privately-funded, nonprofit cable channel that broadcasts continuous coverage of government proceedings.

53 Word in the title of Broadway’s longest-running show : OPERA

I’m a bit jaded with big stage musicals I must admit, but I will always have time for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece “The Phantom of the Opera”. “Phantom …” is the longest running musical in the history of Broadway, and deservedly so. There is a sequel, titled “Love Never Dies”, that opened in London’s West End in March 2010. But, it hasn’t been well received.

60 Crispy sammies : BLTS

“Sammie” is an informal term meaning “sandwich”.

63 Miss Piggy, to Miss Piggy : MOI

The Muppet named Miss Piggy has a pretentious air, and so refers to herself as “moi”. In 1998, Miss Piggy even released her own perfume called “Moi”.

64 Essie competitor : OPI

Opi (originally “Odontorium Products Inc.”) is a manufacturer of nail polish based in North Hollywood, California. One of Opi’s marketing coups was the introduction of a line of Legally Blonde 2 polishes, which featured in the film.

Essie Cosmetics is a company that was founded by Essie Weingarten, and which is now owned by L’Oreal. Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II would only wear Essie’s Ballet Slippers color nail polish. Well, that’s what Wikipedia claims …

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Make extremely happy : ELATE
6 Planets, poetically : ORBS
10 ___ czar, N.Y.C. government position whose job listing called for “a virulent vehemence for vermin” : RAT
13 Historical object : RELIC
14 Watery, as tea : WEAK
15 A spare one might be kept in the boot : TYRE
16 *Actor who played Oscar Wilde in “Wilde” [fish] : STEPHEN FRY
18 Word before date or dance : RAIN-
19 Discard : TOSS
20 Journalists’ credits : BYLINES
22 Bit of Tex-Mex bar food : TACO
25 Starting point for a record-setting swim in 2023’s “Nyad” : CUBA
27 One under a birdie : EAGLE
28 Pigment used in the Lascaux cave paintings : OCHER
30 High-pitched flute : PICCOLO
32 New, waxing, waning, full, etc. : PHASES
34 Sticky stuff : GOO
35 Frequently phished figs. : SSNS
38 ___ vs. para (Spanish 101 topic) : POR
39 Certain immature adult … with a hint to both halves of the answers to each starred clue : MANBABY
42 Auction bundle : LOT
43 Worn-down part of a shoe : SOLE
45 Japan’s national fish : KOI
46 Risky choice of surfing apparel : BIKINI
48 Makes (oneself) beloved : ENDEARS
51 San Fran athlete : NINER
52 ___ Rica : COSTA
54 Many a flat-screen : HDTV
56 Pepper and O’Leary of classic rock: Abbr. : SGTS
57 Immobilizers for bone fractures : SPLINTS
59 Pokes fun at : RIBS
61 Fuel from a bog : PEAT
62 *Inventor who patented the first revolver [stallion] : SAMUEL COLT
67 Group of ants : ARMY
68 Where a teen may wear a tux : PROM
69 Mammal with a miniature trunk : TAPIR
70 Snatch : NAB
71 Hits the slopes : SKIS
72 Exact godly vengeance on : SMITE

Down

1 Hosp. areas : ERS
2 Rent out : LET
3 Drink aptly found in “medieval era” : ALE
4 Treads lightly : TIPTOES
5 Bounce off the walls, say : ECHO
6 Comes clean : OWNS UP
7 Stadium whistle-blower : REF
8 Beef option at Chipotle : BARBACOA
9 Vodka brand in a blue bottle : SKYY
10 *Mouseketeer peer of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake [gander] : RYAN GOSLING
11 “The Little Mermaid” mermaid : ARIEL
12 Past, present or future : TENSE
15 Free ones might precede subscriptions : TRIALS
17 Window-closing key : ESC
21 Sign before Virgo : LEO
22 Big name in baseball cards : TOPPS
23 “Gesundheit” prompter : ACHOO!
24 *English essayist who wrote “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once” [ram] : CHARLES LAMB
26 Resident of 123½ Sesame Street : BIG BIRD
29 Sleep stage : REM
31 Kind of salad that sounds like it should include corn : COBB
33 Fermented rice wine : SAKE
36 Quartet + quintet : NONET
37 Starts to wake : STIRS
40 Wild couples cruise? : NOAH’S ARK
41 Yang’s partner : YIN
44 Being : ENTITY
47 What might catch X’s at an O’s game? : KISS CAM
49 N.F.L. coach Campbell : DAN
50 Noodles on a guitar : STRUMS
52 Network with “gavel-to-gavel” coverage : C-SPAN
53 Word in the title of Broadway’s longest-running show : OPERA
55 Compete (for) : VIE
58 Baker’s amts. : TSPS
60 Crispy sammies : BLTS
63 Miss Piggy, to Miss Piggy : MOI
64 Essie competitor : OPI
65 Deserving of a fire emoji, as a party : LIT
66 III, in Rome : TRE

10 thoughts on “0416-24 NY Times Crossword 16 Apr 24, Tuesday”

  1. 9:18. I must have been copying off of Dave’s paper.

    What? No BILLY THE KID in this puzzle?

    I screwed up the “I” vs “Y” in TYRE/RYAN…

    A little tricky for a Tuesday. Normally, I don’t like to think before Thursday..

  2. 14 min, no errors

    BARBACOA threw me for a loop. Crosses had to close the deal.

    Never heard of a Sammy or an Essie.

  3. Along the same lines as my comment the other day re cluing word usage, e.g slang , etc. Again they’re not consistent in my view. Take 72 Across. Please. In the modern usage there is nothing about God ; that’s an archaic usage according the OED. Sometimes they will clue an archaic term with ‘quaintly’ or related hints, but it’s not consistent. This is clearly an archaic meaning of smite in my view.
    I’m not trying to b1tch about it; you have to expect to be tricked; that’s part of the game. But I guess going back into crossword history there has always also been an attempt to create rules of ‘fair play’ in puzzle construction. So that’s an ongoing controversy I suppose and people will have opinions on whether a puzzle was ‘fair’ or not.
    X-words 4 fun

    1. Post initially blocked due to b1tch before I changed the i to a 1. Ironic since the puzzles themselves have words considered vulgar, like ‘crapper’ recently which is clearly marked vulgar in Websters. Actually I don’t see where the verb form of b1tch is considered vulgar.
      Not that any of this is intentional I don’t think, but the fact is there are perfectly legit words causing posts here to get blocked, which results in inadvertent prudery.

      1. Footnote : had not yet seen yesterday’s comments and the moderator’s response when I posted above. I figured it was a spam filter , not prudishness on the part of the moderator :).

  4. Bill’s listing of the terms for golf scores is incomplete. I mostly get double bogeys and triple bogeys etc. I’d like to be represented in the list somewhere.

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