0511-24 NY Times Crossword 11 May 24, Saturday

Constructed by: Billy Bratton
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 48m 13s!! (stuck in the bottom right)

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

7 Raphael painted a fresco of him having an audience with Pope Leo I : ATTILA

The first pope named Leo is now known as Pope Saint Leo the Great. Leo I is famous for meeting with the feared Attila the Hun and persuading him to turn back his invading force that was threatening to overrun Western Europe.

Raphael was an artist and architect from Central Italy. He was active during the High Renaissance and is often considered alongside Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci who were active in the same time frame in Italy,

A fresco is a painting created on a moist plaster, usually on a wall or ceiling. The plaster is “freshly” laid when the image is created, and “fresco” is the Italian for “fresh”.

28 Like some meditation and breathwork : TANTRIC

Tantrism (sometimes “Tantra”) is a relatively recent class of religious ritual and meditation that has its roots in 5th century India. The tantras are sometimes considered as advanced teachings that extend the basic tenets of several Indian religions including Buddhism and Hinduism.

35 The N.B.A.’s Hornets, on scoreboards : CHA

The New Orleans Hornets joined the NBA in 1988 as an expansion team, originally based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team was going to be called the Charlotte Spirit, but the name was changed following a “name the team” contest run in the local area. During the Revolutionary War, Lord General Cornwallis had referred to Charlotte as a “veritable nest of hornets” due the city’s resistance to British occupation, which explains the local fans’ fondness for the name “Hornets”. The franchise was moved to New Orleans for the 2002 season, as attendance wasn’t big enough to sustain the team in Charlotte. The NBA returned to North Carolina in 2004 with the establishment of the Charlotte Bobcats. The New Orleans franchise rebranded itself in 2013, becoming the Pelicans. As a result, the Charlotte Bobcats were able to change their name to the Hornets in 2014.

37 H.M.O. designation, for short : PCP

Primary care physician (PCP)

47 Mythical rock singer : SIREN

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were seductive bird-women who lured men to their deaths with their song. When Odysseus sailed close to the island home of the Sirens he wanted to hear their voices, but in safety. He had his men plug their ears with beeswax and then ordered them to tie him to the mast and not to free him until they were safe. On hearing their song Odysseus begged to be let loose, but the sailors just tightened his bonds and the whole crew sailed away unharmed. We sometimes use the term “siren” today to describe a seductively charming woman.

52 Country whose flag features a machete and half of a gearwheel : ANGOLA

Angola is a country in south-central Africa on the west coast. It is the fourth largest diamond exporter in Africa, after Botswana, the Congo and South Africa. Such a valuable export hasn’t really helped the living standard of the country’s citizens as life expectancy and infant mortality rates are among the poorest on the continent.

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4 Top-five boy’s name every year from 2004 to 2010, per the Social Security Administration : ETHAN

The Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes a list of the 1,000 most common baby names for the prior year annually, just before Mother’s Day. The list is compiled using applications for Social Security cards.

6 Gross home? : NPR

“Fresh Air” is a marvelous radio talk show broadcast on NPR, and hosted by Terry Gross. The first broadcast of the program was made in 1975, with Judy Blank hosting. Terry Gross took over a few months later, and Gross has been presenting and producing the show ever since. I had the privilege of hearing Terry Gross give a talk here in my hometown some years ago. What a fascinating woman she is, full of great stories about her experiences interviewing so many interesting personalities.

9 Mexican sandwich : TORTA

“Torta” is the Italian and Spanish word for “cake”.

21 East African city whose name means “house of peace” : DAR ES SALAAM

Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, and sits right on the east coast of Africa. The city’s name is usually translated from Arabic as “Haven of Peace”.

33 Fitness class often put on by a farm : GOAT YOGA

Believe it or not, goat yoga is a thing, a thing that has been around since 2016. It’s doing yoga on a farm with goats around you.

37 Persona non grata : PARIAH

“Pariah” is an anglicized version of the Tamil word “Paraiyar”. The Paraiyar are a social group of about 9 million people found in some Indian states and in Sri Lanka. The term “pariah” came to be a general term for members of the lowest caste in society, outcasts.

A persona non grata (plural “personae non gratae”) is someone who is not welcome. The phrase is Latin for “an unacceptable person”. The opposite phrase is “persona grata”, meaning “acceptable person”.

41 Single-masted sailboat : SLOOP

Sloops and cutters are sailboats, and each has just one mast. One major difference between the two types of vessel is that the mast on a cutter is set much further aft than the mast on a sloop.

45 Publication that once had the slogan “Si ___ lit ___ lit ___” : ELLE

“Si elle lit, elle lit ‘Elle’” (If she reads, she reads ‘Elle’).”

47 Engage in a hot exchange : SEXT

Sexting (a portmanteau of “sex” and “texting”) is the sending of explicit dialog and images between cell phones. The term “sexting” was coined by the UK’s “Sunday Telegraph Magazine” in a 2005 article.

51 Personalized Nintendo avatar : MII

Nintendo introduced customizable avatars for the company’s video game consoles starting in 1997. The first customizable avatars for the Wii system were introduced in 2006, and were given the inventive name “Miis”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 One with a short term in office? : INTERN
7 Raphael painted a fresco of him having an audience with Pope Leo I : ATTILA
13 Cons, for fans : MEETUPS
15 Asked for the fish, say : MEOWED
16 Quick way to make dough : CASH GRAB
18 “Path” of progress : INROAD
19 Ring-shaped bone that supports the skull : ATLAS
20 Certifiable, so to speak : MAD
22 Small pieces of jewelry : STUDS
23 Show bias : LEAN
24 Cheerios alternatives : TA-TAS
26 Environmental writer ___ Leopold : ALDO
27 ___ Meyer’s Clean Day (household brand) : MRS
28 Like some meditation and breathwork : TANTRIC
30 Get into : DON
31 Detail : LITTLE THING
33 Was treated unfairly, informally : GOT THE SHAFT
34 Measures of one’s worth : TOTAL ASSETS
35 The N.B.A.’s Hornets, on scoreboards : CHA
36 Ones that are tired before they’ve even moved? : NEW CARS
37 H.M.O. designation, for short : PCP
40 Meal makeup, maybe : OATS
42 Burgess ___ (rock bed noted for its fossils) : SHALE
43 Split ___ (Uber option) : FARE
44 Look : STYLE
46 Latin for “mouths” : ORA
47 Mythical rock singer : SIREN
48 Having aged out : TOO OLD
50 “OMG, me too!” : SAMESIES!
52 Country whose flag features a machete and half of a gearwheel : ANGOLA
53 Forerunner of a streaming playlist : MIXTAPE
54 Brought in : REAPED
55 Line around the Equator? : IT’S HOT!

Down

1 “No, you’re the one getting worked up!” : I’M CALM!
2 Less cluttered : NEATER
3 Model X and Model Y : TESLAS
4 Top-five boy’s name every year from 2004 to 2010, per the Social Security Administration : ETHAN
5 Many are Persian : RUGS
6 Gross home? : NPR
7 Self-doubting question : AM I?
8 Place left of the units : TENS
9 Mexican sandwich : TORTA
10 “That seems ill-advised” : I WOULDN’T
11 Pacesetter on a long, frigid journey : LEAD DOG
12 Appends : ADDS ON
14 2000s sitcom about a woman with amnesia : SAMANTHA WHO?
17 Proof of past trauma : BATTLE SCARS
21 East African city whose name means “house of peace” : DAR ES SALAAM
24 Squeals : TATTLES
25 “Pull up a chair” : SIT HERE
28 Captain of industry : TITAN
29 Group messages, e.g. : CHATS
31 Auction listing : LOT
32 Some coding statements : IFS
33 Fitness class often put on by a farm : GOAT YOGA
34 Comment with a point, say : THAT ONE
35 Partner in a picture : COSTAR
37 Persona non grata : PARIAH
38 Slimeball : CREEPO
39 Gift for writers : PEN SET
41 Single-masted sailboat : SLOOP
43 “Rocks” : FISTS
45 Publication that once had the slogan “Si ___ lit ___ lit ___” : ELLE
47 Engage in a hot exchange : SEXT
49 Pop back and forth? : DAD
51 Personalized Nintendo avatar : MII

4 thoughts on “0511-24 NY Times Crossword 11 May 24, Saturday”

  1. 23:48, no errors. Also stuck for a long time in the lower right. When I finally gave up on “SAME HERE”, the log jam began to break up; “SAMESIES” strikes me as … fair (maybe) … but a tad cruel … 🙂.

  2. 31:45. Once AGAIN my initial post disappeared. At best 50% of my posts make it at this point – probably fewer. Made fun of GOAT YOGA and something else. We’ll see if this posts

    Best –

  3. 36:23, lower right got me as well… “creepo”? “Samesies”? Seemed a bit of a stretch there. Full disclosure: finished while waiting for my lovely spouse to come out of Target….I’m still waiting….

  4. 27:51, no errors. SAMSIES…went with SAME HERE for a long time. CREEPO seemed very weird also. Just happy to finish.

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