0603-24 NY Times Crossword 3 Jun 24, Monday

Constructed by: Alana Platt
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Reveal Answer: On the Board

Themed answers are all found ON THE BOARD:

  • 56A Helping to manage a nonprofit, say … or where to find the answers to the starred clues? : ON THE BOARD
  • 17A *King or queen, but not prince : CHESS PIECE
  • 35A *Artfully arranged meats : CHARCUTERIE
  • 10D *Texture in a cross section of timber : WOOD GRAIN
  • 32D *Cousin of a pushpin : THUMB TACK

Bill’s time: 5m 06s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

5 Soccer star Lionel : MESSI

Lionel “Leo” Messi is a soccer player from Argentina. Messi has been awarded FIFA’s Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) award more times than any other player. The Ballon d’Or is presented to the player who is considered the best in the world in the prior year.

15 For a specific purpose, as a committee : AD HOC

The Latin phrase “ad hoc” means “for this purpose”. An ad hoc committee, for example, is formed for a specific purpose and disbanded after making its final report.

16 Granola grains : OATS

The names “Granola” and “Granula” were trademarked back in the late 1800s for whole-grain foods that were crumbled and baked until crisp. Granola was created in Dansville, New York in 1894.

20 Asian peninsula : KOREA

Korea was occupied by the Japanese military from 1910 until Japan surrendered at the end of WWII in 1945. While the UN was working towards a trusteeship administration for Korea, the Soviet Union managed the Korean Peninsula north of the 38th parallel and the US managed the south. The UN’s plans came to naught as the Cold War dictated the establishment of the two separate states of North Korea and South Korea. North Korea invaded the South in 1950, leading to the Korean War. After three years of fighting, the border between the two states became the demarcation line between the two military forces on the day the Armistice Agreement was signed. That line runs diagonally across the 38th parallel, and is better known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

35 *Artfully arranged meats : CHARCUTERIE

In French, a “charcutier” is a pork butcher, although the term “charcuterie” has come to describe a genre of cooking focused on prepared meats such as bacon, ham, sausage and pâté. Although these meats often feature pork, it is not exclusively so. The word “charcuterie” comes from the French “chair” meaning “flesh” and “cuit” meaning “cooked”.

40 Around 37 million people shop at it every day, roughly equivalent to the population of Canada : WALMART

Walmart (previously “Wal-Mart”) takes in more revenue than any other publicly traded company in the world. Over in my homeland, Walmart operates under the name Asda. Walmart’s worldwide headquarters are in Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Sam Walton’s original Five and Dime. You can actually go into the original store, as it is now the Walmart Visitor Center.

42 Toyota’s ___4 : RAV

The Toyota RAV4 is a sport utility vehicle (SUV, or “ute” for short). The RAV4 name stands for “Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive”. Inventive, huh?

46 Seasoning blend from Maryland : OLD BAY

Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is named for the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship that sailed in Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore, Maryland and Norfolk, Virginia. Created in 1939, the blend was originally named “Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning”.

49 Boy band with members such as J-Hope and Jungkook : BTS

BTS is a boy band from South Korea with seven members. The initialism “BTS” stands for the phrase “Bangtan Sonyeondan”, which translates literally as “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. BTS is the best-selling musical act in the history of South Korea.

50 Youngest woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, familiarly : AOC

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a politician who is often referred to by her initials “AOC”. A Democrat, she was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 2018, representing part of the Bronx, Queens and Rikers Island in New York City. When she took office in 2019 at the age of 29, AOC became the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress.

53 Juliet’s love : ROMEO

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is all about the love between the two title characters, which is forbidden as the pair come from two families who are sworn enemies. Early in the play, Romeo (a Montague) sneaks into a masquerade ball being held by the Capulets in the hope of meeting a Capulet girl named Rosaline. Instead, he meets and falls for Juliet, also a Capulet. Tragedy ensues …

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy.
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.

60 “So they flew through a flaw in the ___”: Ogden Nash line : FLUE

Ogden Nash was a poet from Rye, New York who is remembered for his light and quirky verse. Nash had over 500 such works published between 1931 and 1972.

61 Skater Tony who is also 56-Across? : HAWK

Tony Hawk is a former professional skateboarder from Carlsbad, California. He is probably the most famous skateboarder in the world. I certainly couldn’t name another one …

62 M.I.T.’s ___ School of Management : SLOAN

MIT’s School of Management is named for MIT graduate Alfred P. Sloan, a former chairman of General Motors.

Down

2 Apple device since 2007 : IPHONE

Apple started development of the iPhone in 2004 in collaboration with Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility). The confidential program was given the name “Project Purple”, and took thirty months to complete at a cost of about $150 million. The iPhone was introduced in 2007 at the Macworld convention in San Francisco.

4 What two fingers in the shape of an “L” can mean : LOSER

A person might make a demeaning gesture by using the extended thumb and forefinger to make a letter L, standing for the word “loser”. The gesture is often made by raising the hand to the forehead. It has been suggested that the gesture originated in a Michigan State hockey game in 1974.

7 “___ the Man” (2006 rom-com) : SHE’S

“She’s the Man” is a 2006 romantic comedy that is based on the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night”. The central character in the movie is a teenage girl named Viola who goes to her brother’s school disguised as a boy, in order to play soccer.

13 Government org. that runs an annual Codebreaker Challenge : NSA

The National Security Agency (NSA) runs an annual Codebreaker Challenge that is aimed mainly at the student population. As best I can tell, the focus of the challenge is reverse software engineering. Checking out the Codebreaker Challenge website suggests that the NSA runs this program in order to identify and attract potential new employees.

18 Actress Wiley of “Orange Is the New Black” : SAMIRA

“Orange Is the New Black” is a very entertaining comedy-drama series made by Netflix about an upper middle-class woman who goes to jail for a drug-related offense committed ten years earlier, in her youth. The series is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman called “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”.

22 Flat tire’s need : AIR

Here’s another example of terms that change as we cross the Atlantic Ocean. When talking about tires (“tyres” in Britain and Ireland), a defect can cause a “flat” (“puncture” in Britain and Ireland).

25 Patrick ___, villainous protagonist of “American Psycho” : BATEMAN

“American Psycho” is a comedy horror film released in 2000 that is based on a 1991 novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. I don’t do horror, comedic or not …

30 Disney World theme park : EPCOT

EPCOT Center (now just called “Epcot”) is the theme park beside Walt Disney World in Florida. EPCOT is an acronym standing for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, and is a representation of the future as envisioned by Walt Disney. Walt Disney actually wanted to build a living community for 20,000 residents at EPCOT, but he passed away without that vision being realized.

32 *Cousin of a pushpin : THUMB TACK

What we know as a thumb tack here in North America is called a drawing pin in British English. Thumb tacks made from brass might be referred to as “brass tacks”, giving us the expression “getting down to brass tacks” meaning “getting down to the finer details”.

36 Electronic echo effect : REVERB

When audio mixing in the process of sound recording, the sound engineer might add some reverb, a slight reverberation.

38 “I’m sorry, Dave” speaker of sci-fi : HAL

In the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Dr. David Bowman (“Dave”) goes up against the spacecraft computer known as “HAL”.

43 Mexican dish wrapped in a cornhusk : TAMALE

A tamale is a traditional dish from Central America composed of a starchy dough that is steamed or boiled in a wrapper made from a corn husk or banana leaf. The dough is called masa, and can include many different ingredients including meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables. A hot tamale is a kind of tamale that originated in the Mississippi Delta. It is particularly spicy, and the masa is replaced with corn meal.

45 Crystal-lined stones : GEODES

A geode is a rock in which there is a cavity that is lined or filled with crystal formations. The crystals inside a geode form when mineral-rich water seeps into a cavity in a rock, leaving behind dissolved minerals that gradually build up over time. Some of the largest geodes ever discovered have been as big as a room and can take millions of years to form.

50 Fastidious to a fault : ANAL

The use of the word “anal” to mean “stiffly conventional” is an abbreviated form of “anal-retentive”, a term derived from Freudian psychology. Regardless, I’m not a big fan of the term …

51 Director Preminger : OTTO

Otto Preminger was noted for directing films that pushed the envelope in terms of subject matter, at least in the fifties and sixties. Great examples would be 1955’s “The Man with the Golden Arm” that dealt with drug addiction, 1959’s “Anatomy of a Murder” that dealt with rape, and 1962’s “Advise and Consent” that dealt with homosexuality. If you’ve seen these films, you’ll have noticed that the references are somewhat indirect and disguised, in order to get past the censors.

52 “Pet” that’s watered : CHIA

Chia is a flowering plant in the mint family. Chia seeds are an excellent food source and are often added to breakfast cereals and energy bars. There is also the famous Chia Pet, an invention of a San Francisco company. Chia Pets are terra-cotta figurines to which moistened chia seeds are applied. The seeds sprout and the seedlings become the “fur” of the Chia Pet.

55 Subject of “This Land Is Your Land,” for short : USA

Woody Guthrie was a singer-songwriter. He was best known for his recording of the folk song “This Land is Your Land”, the lyrics of which were written by Guthrie himself.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Radio knob : DIAL
5 Soccer star Lionel : MESSI
10 “What time?” : WHEN?
14 Until : UP TO
15 For a specific purpose, as a committee : AD HOC
16 Granola grains : OATS
17 *King or queen, but not prince : CHESS PIECE
19 What’s black and white and wet all over? : ORCA
20 Asian peninsula : KOREA
21 Scolding syllable : TSK!
22 Opposite of subtract : ADD
23 Words following brother or up : … IN ARMS
25 Show of appreciation for great service : BIG TIP
28 Hot off the presses : NEW
29 Mineral suffix : -ITE
31 Buckle up for this one! : CAR RIDE
32 Get high on acid : TRIP OUT
34 Latin love : AMOR
35 *Artfully arranged meats : CHARCUTERIE
37 Biblical pronoun : THOU
39 Some work site supervisors : FOREMEN
40 Around 37 million people shop at it every day, roughly equivalent to the population of Canada : WALMART
42 Toyota’s ___4 : RAV
43 Yank : TUG
46 Seasoning blend from Maryland : OLD BAY
47 Cancel out : NEGATE
49 Boy band with members such as J-Hope and Jungkook : BTS
50 Youngest woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, familiarly : AOC
53 Juliet’s love : ROMEO
54 Surrounding glow : AURA
56 Helping to manage a nonprofit, say … or where to find the answers to the starred clues? : ON THE BOARD
58 “Now, wait ___!” : A SEC
59 Paved part of a backyard, perhaps : PATIO
60 “So they flew through a flaw in the ___”: Ogden Nash line : FLUE
61 Skater Tony who is also 56-Across? : HAWK
62 M.I.T.’s ___ School of Management : SLOAN
63 Own (up) : FESS

Down

1 Make a quick visit, as to a shop : DUCK IN
2 Apple device since 2007 : IPHONE
3 Consumed uncooked : ATE RAW
4 What two fingers in the shape of an “L” can mean : LOSER
5 Cartographer’s creation : MAP
6 Revise : EDIT
7 “___ the Man” (2006 rom-com) : SHE’S
8 Laundry loss : SOCK
9 Rapper ___ Spice : ICE
10 *Texture in a cross section of timber : WOOD GRAIN
11 Difficult experience : HARD TIME
12 And so on: Abbr. : ETC
13 Government org. that runs an annual Codebreaker Challenge : NSA
18 Actress Wiley of “Orange Is the New Black” : SAMIRA
22 Flat tire’s need : AIR
24 Dish made in a wok : STIR-FRY
25 Patrick ___, villainous protagonist of “American Psycho” : BATEMAN
26 Wedding words : I DO
27 The “p” of m.p.g. : PER
30 Disney World theme park : EPCOT
31 More adorable : CUTER
32 *Cousin of a pushpin : THUMB TACK
33 Sharer’s word : OUR
35 Alternative to iced coffee : COLD BREW
36 Electronic echo effect : REVERB
37 A couple : TWO
38 “I’m sorry, Dave” speaker of sci-fi : HAL
41 Some small batteries : AAS
43 Mexican dish wrapped in a cornhusk : TAMALE
44 One of two for a female kangaroo, surprisingly : UTERUS
45 Crystal-lined stones : GEODES
48 Rant and rave : GO OFF
50 Fastidious to a fault : ANAL
51 Director Preminger : OTTO
52 “Pet” that’s watered : CHIA
54 Satisfied sigh : AAH!
55 Subject of “This Land Is Your Land,” for short : USA
56 Photo ___ (P.R. events) : OPS
57 Immeasurably long time : EON

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