0420-24 NY Times Crossword 20 Apr 24, Saturday

Constructed by: Garrett Chalfin & Andrew Kingsley
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 30m 47s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Napoleon had a large one : EGO

Napoléon Bonaparte was a military professional from Corsica who rose to prominence after the French Revolution during the French First Republic. He took over the country in 1799 in a coup d’état and installed himself as First Consul. Soon after, he led France in the Napoleonic Wars, conflicts between the growing French Empire and a series of opposing coalitions. He was eventually defeated at the Battle of Leipzig and was forced into exile on the Italian island of Elba off the Tuscan coast. Napoleon escaped in 1815 and regained power, only to be finally defeated a few months later at the Battle of Waterloo. The British dispatched him to the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic where he lived out the last six years of his life as a prisoner.

13 Where you’ll find women out to drink? : LESBIAN BAR

Lesbos is a Greek island in the northeast of the Aegean Sea. The Greek poet Sappho came from Lesbos, and she was a woman noted for her powerful emotional poems directed towards other females. It is because of the writings of Sappho from Lesbos that we have our word “lesbian”.

16 First city to reach a population of one million people, in the second century B.C. : ROME

Ancient Rome went through three distinct periods. From 753 to 509 BC, Rome was a kingdom founded by the legendary Romulus. From 509 to 27 BC, Rome was a republic. The Roman Republic started with the overthrow of the last monarch Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. He was replaced by two elected consuls who were advised by a senate. The Republic evolved over time, but came to an end when Octavian expanded his power and declared himself “First Citizen”. Octavian effectively became Rome’s first emperor, and took the name “Caesar Augustus”. The “Fall of the Western Roman Empire” took place in the 5th century, formally ending in 476 CE when the last emperor Romulus Augustus was deposed. The Eastern Roman Empire survived as the Byzantine Empire, which was centered on Constantinople.

17 Platonic outing : FRIEND DATE

The Greek philosopher Plato wrote a philosophical treatise on the nature of love called “Symposium”. “Symposium” is the source of the contemporary phrase “Platonic love”.

28 Jerry Rice’s 208, for short : TDS

Retired footballer Jerry Rice scored a record 208 touchdowns in his career. Rice also won three Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers; in Super Bowl XXIII vs the Bengals, Super Bowl XXIV vs the Broncos and Super Bowl XXIX vs the Chargers.

35 Component of a Cobb salad : CRISPY BACON

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.

36 Toby ___, “Twelfth Night” character who says “Thou’rt a scholar; let us therefore eat and drink” : BELCH

Sir Toby Belch is a much loved character in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”.

William Shakespeare wrote his comedy “Twelfth Night” as a Christmas entertainment (Twelfth Night being the end of the Christmas season). The play’s protagonist is a young woman named Viola. The plot calls for Viola to dress as a eunuch named Cesario who goes into the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino has Cesario go to Duchess Olivia to express his love for her. But Olivia falls for Cesario, Cesario (Viola) falls for Orsino, and hilarity ensues …

38 ___ Santos, fictional setting of Grand Theft Auto V : LOS

“Grand Theft Auto” (GTA) is an extremely successful series of video games. The game garners some negative attention because of its adult themes and the level of violence in the storyline. The original version of “Grand Theft Auto” was actually banned in Brazil.

48 Popular video editing software : IMOVIE

iMovie is a video editing program published by Apple and distributed free with many of its products.

50 Mythical figure who sacrificed an eye in order to drink from the well of knowledge : ODIN

In Norse mythology, Odin was the chief of the gods. He is usually depicted as having one eye, reflecting the story of how he gave one of his eyes in exchange for wisdom.

52 Chew the doors, e.g. : SPOONERISM

Spoonerisms are errors in speech in which letters or sounds are switched from one word to another. Famous examples are “Three cheers for our queer old dean” (dear old Queen … Victoria) and “Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride?” (customary to kiss …). Spoonerisms are named after an Oxford don William Archibald Spooner, who was notorious for his tendency to pepper his speech with “spoonerisms”.

54 Pantry array : TINS

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.

55 Green-tinted cocktails : APPLETINIS

An appletini is an apple martini, a cocktail containing vodka and an apple-flavored beverage such as apple brandy. One recipe is:

  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 4 parts vodka
  • 3 parts apple juice

Down

2 ’70s Ford : GERALD

President Gerald Ford was well known for his athletic prowess. He was the star football player both in his high school and later at the University of Michigan. After graduation, President Ford received two offers to play in the NFL, from the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. He turned down both teams opting instead to take a coaching position at Yale giving him the opportunity to apply to Yale Law School. But young Mr. Ford’s plan backfired as Yale Law School turned him down because of his full-time commitment to sports, coaching football, boxing and teaching JV cheerleading. It took three years for President Ford to make it into Yale Law School, but he finally got there, in 1938.

3 Whom King Tut’s mummy was made to resemble : OSIRIS

Osiris was the Egyptian god of the underworld. He was the son of Geb the Earth god, and Nut the sky goddess. His wife Isis was also his sister. Osiris was killed and mutilated by Set, his own brother. Isis reassembled Osiris and revived him, just long enough that they could conceive their son Horus.

“King Tut” is a name commonly used for the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun may not have been the most significant of the pharaohs historically, but he is the most famous today largely because of the discovery of his nearly intact tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter. Prior to this find, any Egyptian tombs uncovered by archaeologists had been ravaged by grave robbers. Tutankhamun’s magnificent burial mask is one of the most recognizable of all Egyptian artifacts.

7 “And sore must be the storm / That could ___ the little Bird / That kept so many warm”: Dickinson : ABASH

On a road trip around the country a few years ago, my wife and I had a very disappointing stop in Amherst, Massachusetts intending to visit the old home of Emily Dickinson. We hadn’t done our homework and failed to note that the home was only open for tours on certain days of the week, and not the day we were there (so be warned!). Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime, with less than a dozen published before she died in 1886. Emily’s younger sister discovered the enormous collection, and it was published in batches over the coming decades.

10 Creatures inspired by George Lucas’s dog : WOOKIEES

Wookiees are a biped race featured in “Star Wars”. The most notable Wookiee is Chewbacca (aka “Chewie”), the loyal friend and associate of Han Solo who serves as co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon spaceship.

27 End of an overplayed pickup line : … OFTEN

Do you come here often … to do the crossword?

29 National dish of Ukraine : BORSCHT

Borscht is a beetroot soup that originated in Ukraine. It can be served both hot and cold.

33 Conductor Seiji : OZAWA

Seiji Ozawa is most famous for his work as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, although he is also the principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera. Ozawa is renowned for wearing a white turtleneck under his dress suit when he conducts, rather than the traditional starched shirt and white tie.

35 Box in a cab : CB RADIO

A CB’er is someone who operates a Citizens Band (CB) radio. In 1945, the FCC set aside certain radio frequencies for the personal use of citizens. The use of the Citizens Band increased throughout the seventies as advances in electronics brought down the size of transceivers and their cost. There aren’t many CB radios sold these days though, as they have largely been replaced by cell phones.

49 Drug prescribed under the brand name Desoxyn, familiarly : METH

“Meth” is a street name used for the drug methamphetamine, which is also called “crank” and “crystal meth”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Napoleon had a large one : EGO
4 Cut close : SHEAR
9 Moved, in a way : AWED
13 Where you’ll find women out to drink? : LESBIAN BAR
16 First city to reach a population of one million people, in the second century B.C. : ROME
17 Platonic outing : FRIEND DATE
18 Lament : MOAN
19 Get set : HARDEN
20 Course addendum : SIDE
22 Baby squirrel : KIT
23 “___ volat propriis” (Oregon’s motto) : ALIS
24 Square root of sesenta y cuatro : OCHO
26 Disturbs : ROILS
28 Jerry Rice’s 208, for short : TDS
29 Littlest complaint, in an idiom : BOO
30 Free : NO-FEE
31 “Someone better call the fire department, because you just got burned!” : BOOM! ROASTED!
34 Sentimental feelings : WARM FUZZIES
35 Component of a Cobb salad : CRISPY BACON
36 Toby ___, “Twelfth Night” character who says “Thou’rt a scholar; let us therefore eat and drink” : BELCH
37 Washed-out : WAN
38 ___ Santos, fictional setting of Grand Theft Auto V : LOS
41 Loud : BRASH
42 Fire : ZEAL
44 The stuff of legends : LORE
45 “Mighty” thing : OAK
46 Hound, or part of a hound : TAIL
48 Popular video editing software : IMOVIE
50 Mythical figure who sacrificed an eye in order to drink from the well of knowledge : ODIN
52 Chew the doors, e.g. : SPOONERISM
54 Pantry array : TINS
55 Green-tinted cocktails : APPLETINIS
56 It might put you in an awkward position : YOGA
57 “That is … not good” : YEESH
58 Old competitor of the Plymouth Barracuda : GTO

Down

1 Topper for a holiday party : ELF HAT
2 ’70s Ford : GERALD
3 Whom King Tut’s mummy was made to resemble : OSIRIS
4 1, for 90° : SINE
5 Lacked pop : HAD NO OOMPH
6 Wind up : END
7 “And sore must be the storm / That could ___ the little Bird / That kept so many warm”: Dickinson : ABASH
8 4-Down, e.g. : RATIO
9 Something to wrestle with : ARM
10 Creatures inspired by George Lucas’s dog : WOOKIEES
11 Like many gift cards, nowadays : EMAILED
12 Crash sights : DENTS
14 Crash sites? : BEDS
15 It appears on 78% of all national flags : RED
21 Bank worry : EROSION
25 Like well-worn shoes : COMFY
27 End of an overplayed pickup line : … OFTEN
29 National dish of Ukraine : BORSCHT
30 Mysterious ancient geoglyphs in the Peruvian desert : NAZCA LINES
31 Dips, so to speak : BAILS
32 Catch : RUB
33 Conductor Seiji : OZAWA
34 Bringing about : WREAKING
35 Box in a cab : CB RADIO
38 Very into : LOVING
39 Second-guesser’s question : OR IS IT?
40 Appear as such : SEEM SO
41 Behind : BOOTY
42 Full of life : ZIPPY
43 Get a running mate? : ELOPE
44 Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-___ Parks : LORI
47 ___ courtesy : AS A
49 Drug prescribed under the brand name Desoxyn, familiarly : METH
51 Operator of the Utah Data Center, for short : NSA
53 Big whoop? : OLE!

12 thoughts on “0420-24 NY Times Crossword 20 Apr 24, Saturday”

  1. 31:05, no errors. That was…difficult. I spent a lot of time in the lower left corner at the end. This one did not give me the WARMFUZZIES.

  2. 58 minutes even. Amusing clueing, still a hard one for me, but then, any puzzle issued on a day ending in the letter “y” is a hard one for me lately😩

  3. Cannot understand why this blog avoids talking about certain obscure people like Suzan-Lori Parks or obscure ancient drawings the Nazcal Lines but will tell people about Grand Theft Auto and meth.

  4. I’m shocked! I’ve never beat Bill’s time until now. 20:35. The last letters I filled in were guesses for (B)AI(L)S, (B)OOM ROASTED, and BE(L)CH.

  5. Similar to last night; 3 errors, but quicker completion. Could have been 1 error with a little more brute force on 42 A. Stopped at H for HEAT when the answer was at the end of the alphabet. Though not sure if I had got to zed zeal would have occurred to me. I’d argue ardour would be a closer synonym with fire, and ardour is not the same as zeal. But never mind.

    Rumble is not letting me upload videos. I’ve uploaded 502 in the past year. Maybe I’m cut off.
    File dump.
    https://file.io/Wstt3g1oLiiy

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