0516-24 NY Times Crossword 16 May 24, Thursday

Constructed by: Sara Muchnick
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Reveal Answer: All for One

Themed clues require a swap of “ALL” FOR “ONE” and “ONE” FOR “ALL” in order to match the corresponding answer:

  • 63A When read forward and then backward, motto that suggests how to interpret this puzzle’s starred clues : ALL FOR ONE and ONE FOR ALL
  • 17A *Gone : SOME NERVE (Gall)
  • 24A *Stone tool : TOILET RUSH (Stall tool)
  • 36A *Scoop received in a call : ICE CREAM (Scoop received in a cone)
  • 43A *Shall : SPARKLED (Shone)
  • 52A *It gets the ball rolling : ROTARY JOINT (It gets the bone rolling)

Bill’s time: 11m 20s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 Ostracize : SHUN

The practice of ostracism, freezing out or exclusion, dates back to ancient Greece. Back then citizens could write the names of men they thought were exceptionally dangerous on tiles that were publicly posted, resulting in a banishment of ten years. “Ostracize” derives from the Greek “ostrakon”, the word for a “tile”.

15 Schreiber of “Asteroid City” : LIEV

Liev Schreiber is highly regarded as a stage actor, and has many classical roles under his belt. He won a Tony in 2005 for his Broadway performance in “Glengarry Glen Ross”, and earned excellent reviews for his performance in Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline”.

20 “Shirt Front and Fork” sculptor, 1922 : ARP

Jean Arp was a prominent artist and sculptor who played a crucial role in the development of the Dada and Surrealist movements at the beginning of the 20th century. In the early years of his career, Arp experimented with a range of styles, including Expressionism, Cubism, and Futurism. In 1916, he co-founded the Zurich Dada movement with artists such as Tristan Tzara and Hugo Ball. After the Dada movement began to decline in the 1920s, Arp became associated with the Surrealist movement and continued to explore the possibilities of abstraction in his art.

47 Vegetable that’s a letter off from an Ivy : KALE

Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut was founded in 1701, making it the third-oldest university in the US. Originally called the Collegiate School, it was renamed to Yale University in honor of retired merchant Elihu Yale, who made generous contributions to the institution. Yale University’s nickname is “Old Eli”, in a nod to the benefactor.

48 Notable Guinness : ALEC

Sir Alec Guinness played many great roles over a long and distinguished career, but nowadays is best remembered (sadly, I think) for playing the original Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars”. He won his only Best Actor Oscar for playing Colonel Nicholson in the marvelous 1957 WWII movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai”. Guinness did himself serve during the Second World War, in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He commanded a landing craft during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.

59 The Reds, on a scoreboard : CIN

The Red Scare (i.e. anti-communist sentiment) following WWII had such an effect on the populace that it even caused the Cincinnati baseball team to change its name from the Reds. The team was called the Cincinnati Redlegs from 1953-1958, as the management was fearful of losing money due to public distrust of any association with “Reds”.

60 Give the name of : DUB

Kneel, and a monarch might “dub thee a knight” if you’re lucky. “Dub” is a specific term derived from Old English that was used to mean “make a knight”. As the knight was also given a knightly name at the same time, “dub” came to mean “give someone a name”.

62 Final points in scores? : CODAS

In music, a coda is primarily a passage that brings a movement to a conclusion. “Coda” is Italian for “tail”.

63 When read forward and then backward, motto that suggests how to interpret this puzzle’s starred clues : ALL FOR ONE and ONE FOR ALL

“All for one, and one for all” is a motto associated with the title characters in the Alexandre Dumas novel “Three Musketeers”. Actually, it is the motto of the Three Musketeers along with their comrade d’Artagnan …

68 Actor Wilson : OWEN

Actor Owen Wilson was nominated for an Oscar, but not for his acting. He was nominated for co-writing the screenplay for “The Royal Tenenbaums” along with Wes Anderson. My favorite of Wilson’s performances, by far, is in the excellent movie “Midnight in Paris”.

71 Part of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Down

1 Rae of “American Fiction” : ISSA

Issa Rae is a Stanford University graduate who created a YouTube web series called “The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”. Rae also plays the title role in the series, a young lady named “J”. “Awkward Black Girl” was adapted into an HBO comedy-drama called “Insecure”, in which Issa Rae stars.

“American Fiction” is a 2023 comedy-drama movie based on a 2023 novel by Percival Everett titled “Erasure”. Jeffrey Wright plays a black writer whose publishers reject his latest story as not being “black enough”. The writer reacts to his lack of success by submitting a satirical novel that panders to black stereotypes. To his surprise, and dismay, the book is a great success.

2 Repetitive clicking sound? : SHORT I

The two letters I in the word “clicking” are short letters I.

3 Disappointing stocking stuffer : LUMP OF COAL

Apparently, the tradition of putting coal in the Christmas stocking of a poorly-behaved child comes simply from the proximity of the stocking (hanging on the fireplace) to a source of coal!

4 Dir. from Atlanta to Athens : ENE

The Georgia city of Athens lies about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. Athens might be described as a college town, and is home to the main campus of the University of Georgia. The settlement of Cedar Shoals was chosen as a site for the new university in 1801. That same year, Cedar Shoals was renamed to Athens, after the Greek city that was home to the Platonic Academy of Plato and Aristotle.

5 Tylenol alternative : ALEVE

“Aleve” is a brand name used for the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug Naproxen sodium.

6 Some Guinness records : FIRSTS

“The Guinness Book of World Records” holds some records of its own. It is the best-selling, copyrighted series of books of all time and is one of the books most often stolen from public libraries! The book was first published in 1954 by two twins, Norris and Ross McWhirter. The McWhirter twins found themselves with a smash hit, and eventually became very famous in Britain hosting a TV show based on world records.

7 Title for Al Sharpton: Abbr. : REV

The Reverend Al Sharpton is a high-profile Baptist minister and civil rights activist whose voice is commonly heard on radio and television. Sharpton preached his first sermon when he was only 4-years-old.

9 The whole world in your hands? : ATLAS

The first modern atlas was published in 1570 by Abraham Ortelius, a Flemish cartographer. It was called “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” (Theater of the World).

11 Stag : HART

Nowadays, a hart is a male red deer over five years old. A hind is a female red deer.

31 Michael Jackson’s first concert tour after the Jackson 5 : BAD

The song “Bad” was written and sung by Michael Jackson, and released in 1987. The song is about being tough on the streets, being “bad”.

32 Texting format inits. : SMS

Short Message Service (SMS) is the name for the text messaging service that many of us still use on our cell phones to contact friends and family.

34 Craft measured in cubits : ARK

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.

35 Italian dessert : GELATO

Gelato (plural “gelati”) is the Italian version of American ice cream, differing in that it has a lower butterfat content than its US counterpart.

37 Head of lettuce? : CFO

Chief financial officer (CFO)

Lettuce, cabbage, kale, dough, bread, scratch, cheddar, simoleons, clams and moola(h) are all slang terms for money.

39 School fig. : GPA

Grade point average (GPA)

49 Participated in a spin class : CYCLED

Exercise classes that feature indoor cycling are usually referred to as “spin classes”. Apparently, “spinning” is a trademarked term owned by a company called Mad Dogg Athletics. That said, there are a lot of folks out there using “spinning” as a generic term.

54 Flash : JIFFY

“Jiff”, or “jiffy”, meaning “short time, instant” is thought originally to be thieves’ slang for “lightning”.

55 Collaborator on 1980’s “Double Fantasy” : ONO

“Double Fantasy” is an album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on 17 November 1980. Three weeks later, John Lennon was gunned down by Mark Chapman outside Lennon’s apartment building in New York City.

58 Falco of “The Sopranos” : EDIE

Actress Edie Falco won three Emmy Awards for playing Carmela Soprano on HBO’s outstanding drama series called “The Sopranos”. Falco also won an Emmy in 2010 for playing the title role in “Nurse Jackie”, an excellent black comedy.

Tony Soprano is the protagonist in the fabulous TV drama “The Sopranos”. Played very ably by James Gandolfini, Soprano works his way up the ranks of the fictional DiMeo crime family. The Tony Soprano character was loosely based on real-life New Jersey mobster Vincent Palermo of the DeCavalcante crime family. Palermo owned a strip club called “Wiggles”, and Soprano owned one called “Bada Bing!”.

65 Louis XIV, par exemple : ROI

Louis XIV is perhaps the most famous of the kings (“rois”) of France and was known as the Sun King (“le Roi Soleil”). Louis XIV was king from 1638 to 1715. That reign of over 72 years is the longest reign of any European monarch.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Seabird’s nesting spot, say : ISLE
5 Musical lead-in to beat : AFRO-
9 Pounds, perhaps : ACHES
14 Ostracize : SHUN
15 Schreiber of “Asteroid City” : LIEV
16 Word with secret or school : TRADE …
17 *Gone : SOME NERVE (Gall)
19 How high rollers want to live : LARGE
20 “Shirt Front and Fork” sculptor, 1922 : ARP
21 Life lines, for short? : IVS
22 Like some peanuts and celebrities : ROASTED
24 *Stone tool : TOILET BRUSH (Stall tool)
27 Scenarios to consider : IFS
28 Tailored item that can have tails : SUIT
29 Lessens : EBBS
33 Bit of a bluff : CRAG
36 *Scoop received in a call : ICE CREAM (Scoop received in a cone)
38 Back : AGO
40 Colorful variety of lettuce : RED LEAF
42 They might be targeted : ADS
43 *Shall : SPARKLED (Shone)
45 With every detail perfect : TO A T
47 Vegetable that’s a letter off from an Ivy : KALE
48 Notable Guinness : ALEC
50 Aromatic welcome gift : LEI
52 *It gets the ball rolling : ROTARY JOINT (It gets the bone rolling)
56 “Ah, yes …” : I SEE NOW …
59 The Reds, on a scoreboard : CIN
60 Give the name of : DUB
62 Final points in scores? : CODAS
63 When read forward and then backward, motto that suggests how to interpret this puzzle’s starred clues : ALL FOR ONE and ONE FOR ALL
66 Say “I dunno,” say : ELIDE
67 Where to find a very wet sponge : REEF
68 Actor Wilson : OWEN
69 Biblical verb with “thou” : … DOEST
70 Whirl or swirl : EDDY
71 Part of M.I.T.: Abbr. : INST

Down

1 Rae of “American Fiction” : ISSA
2 Repetitive clicking sound? : SHORT I
3 Disappointing stocking stuffer : LUMP OF COAL
4 Dir. from Atlanta to Athens : ENE
5 Tylenol alternative : ALEVE
6 Some Guinness records : FIRSTS
7 Title for Al Sharpton: Abbr. : REV
8 How the fish in nigiri is served : OVER RICE
9 The whole world in your hands? : ATLAS
10 Uninvited party guest : CRASHER
11 Stag : HART
12 Competitive advantage : EDGE
13 Unwelcome surprise in a glass of fresh-squeezed juice : SEED
18 Zero : NIL
23 Down more than : OUTEAT
25 Neighbor of Leb. : ISR
26 Carpenter or mason : BUILDER
30 World-weary : BEATEN DOWN
31 Michael Jackson’s first concert tour after the Jackson 5 : BAD
32 Texting format inits. : SMS
34 Craft measured in cubits : ARK
35 Italian dessert : GELATO
37 Head of lettuce? : CFO
38 “I have to ___ …” : ASK
39 School fig. : GPA
41 Where more than 60% of Fortune 500 companies are incorporated : DELAWARE
44 Goes over again : REREADS
46 Athlete with two Grammy-nominated spoken-word albums : ALI
49 Participated in a spin class : CYCLED
51 Apple Music predecessor : ITUNES
53 It’s a start : ONSET
54 Flash : JIFFY
55 Collaborator on 1980’s “Double Fantasy” : ONO
56 Coffee order specification : ICED
57 Stag : SOLO
58 Falco of “The Sopranos” : EDIE
61 Having a kink, maybe : BENT
64 Was ahead : LED
65 Louis XIV, par exemple : ROI

7 thoughts on “0516-24 NY Times Crossword 16 May 24, Thursday”

  1. 20:01, no errors. I found the gimmick…irrelevant. Didn’t need it, didn’t get it until Bill’s explanation.

  2. Got it after much torture and with no idea of the gimmick until Bill’s explanation. An unsatisfying workout.

  3. 28:42 , yep, add me to the list of people that didn’t grasp the gimmick until coming here, now on to Friday torture

  4. This one took a while as I enjoy a leisurely solve. I had half of the gimmicks filled before I realized what the gimmick was… Which actually helped me with the final two or three. No errors.

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