0617-24 NY Times Crossword 17 Jun 24, Monday

Constructed by: Kiran Pandey
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Reveal Answer: Aye, Aye, Captain

Themes answers start with word(s) that include two letters I (AYE AYE), and end with a celebrated, fictional CAPTAIN:

  • 55A Affirmative at sea … or a phonetic hint to what’s found sequentially in 20-, 31- and 41-Across : AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
  • 20A 2018 Childish Gambino hit that won the Grammy for Song of the Year : THIS IS AMERICA (Aye aye, Captain America)
  • 31A Pixar film that takes place mostly underwater : FINDING NEMO (Aye aye, Captain Nemo)
  • 41A Holder of bait : FISHING HOOK (Aye aye, Captain Hook)

Bill’s time: 6m 53s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

14 Nintendo character who says “It’s-a-me!” : MARIO

Mario Bros. started out as an arcade game back in 1983, developed by Nintendo. The more famous of the two brothers, Mario, had already appeared in an earlier arcade game “Donkey Kong”. Mario was given a brother called Luigi, and the pair have been around ever since. In the game, Mario and Luigi are Italian American plumbers from New York City.

15 “Voilà!” : TA-DA!

The French word “voilà” means “there it is”, and “voici” means “here it is”. The terms come from “voi là” meaning “see there” and “voi ici” meaning “see here”.

16 Swimmer’s response to “Marco!” : POLO

Marco Polo is a game of tag that is played in a swimming pool. Marco! Polo!

19 Large-screen film format : IMAX

The IMAX Corporation, which is behind the IMAX film format, is a Canadian company. The impetus for developing the system came after Expo ’67 in Montreal. Back then large format screenings were accomplished using multiple projectors with multiple screens, with images basically stitched together. The team behind the IMAX technology set out to simplify things, and developed a single-camera, single-projector system.

20 2018 Childish Gambino hit that won the Grammy for Song of the Year : THIS IS AMERICA (Aye aye, Captain America)

Actor and singer Donald Glover also uses the stage name “Childish Gambino”. He perhaps came to the public’s attention when created and took on the starring role in the comedy-drama TV series “Atlanta” in 2016.

Captain America is a fictional superhero in comics published by Marvel Comics. He is the alter ego of a weak man called Steve Rogers who was given an experimental serum by the US Government during WWII.

23 Telemachus, to Odysseus : SON

“Odyssey” is one of two epic poems from ancient Greece that are attributed to Homer. It is largely a sequel to Homer’s other epic “Iliad”. “Odyssey” centers on the heroic figure Odysseus, and his adventures on his journey home to Greece following the fall of Troy. We now use the term “odyssey” to describe any long series of adventures.

25 2,000 pounds : ONE TON

Here in the US, a ton is equivalent to 2,000 pounds. In the UK, a ton is 2,240 pounds. The UK unit is sometimes referred to as an Imperial ton, long ton or gross ton. Folks over there refer to the US ton then as a short ton. To further complicate matters, there is also a metric ton or tonne, which is equivalent to 2,204 pounds. Personally, I wish we’d just stick to kilograms …

29 Follower of “www” : DOT

In essence, the World Wide Web (WWW) is a vast collection of documents that is accessible using the Internet, with each document containing hyperlinks which point to other documents in the collection. So the “Web” is different from the Internet, although the terms are often used interchangeably. The Web is a collection of documents, and the Internet is a global network of computers on which the documents reside. The Web was effectively the invention of British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. The key to Berner-Lee’s invention was bringing together two technologies that already existed: hypertext and the Internet. I, for one, am very grateful …

30 ___ Jima : IWO

Iwo Jima is a volcanic island located south of Tokyo that today is uninhabited. The name is Japanese for “Sulfur Island”, referring to the sulfur mining on which Iwo Jima’s economy once depended. There were about a thousand Japanese civilians living on the island prior to WWII. In 1944, there was a massive influx of Japanese military personnel in anticipation of the inevitable US invasion. As the Japanese military moved in, the civilians were forced out and no one has lived there since. Control of the island was wrested from the Japanese in the five-week Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Said battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific theater in WWII.

31 Pixar film that takes place mostly underwater : FINDING NEMO (Aye aye, Captain Nemo)

“Finding Nemo” is a 2003 animated blockbuster from Pixar. The film was the winner of the Oscar that year for Best Animated Feature. Believe it or not, “Finding Nemo” is the best-selling DVD of all time and, until 2010’s “Toy Story 3”, it was the highest-grossing, G-rated movie at the box office.

In the 1954 movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, Captain Nemo goes down with his ship. In the novel by Jules Verne (1869-1870), the fate of Nemo and his crew isn’t quite so cut and dry, although the inference is perhaps that they did indeed head for Davy Jones’ Locker.

40 What fits the Venn diagram of “Computers” and “Pastas”? : MAC

In mathematics, a set is defined as a collection of distinct objects. Remember those Venn diagrams at school? Each of the circles in a Venn diagram represents a set.

The set of all computers includes the Macintosh (Mac), and the set of all pastas includes macaroni (mac).

41 Holder of bait : FISHING HOOK (Aye aye, Captain Hook)

Captain Hook is the bad guy in “Peter Pan”, the famous play by J. M. Barrie. Hook is Peter Pan’s sworn enemy, as Pan had cut off Hook’s hand causing it to be replaced by a “hook”. It is implied in the play that Hook attended Eton College, just outside London. Hook’s last words are “Floreat Etona”, which is Eton College’s motto. Barrie openly acknowledged that the Hook character is based on Herman Melville’s Captain Ahab from the novel “Moby Dick”.

46 Bit of band equipment : AMP

Concert amplifiers often use vacuum tubes (also known as valves) instead of modern solid-state transistors. Vacuum tubes were the primary technology used in early amplifiers, and while they have largely been replaced by transistors in many applications, they continue to be popular among musicians and audiophiles for their unique warm and rich sound.

47 Roadside assistance org. : AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit organization focused on lobbying, provision of automobile servicing, and selling of automobile insurance. The AAA was founded in 1902 in Chicago and published the first of its celebrated hotel guides back in 1917.

52 Airport screening grp. : TSA

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

61 Participated in an Ironman, e.g. : RACED

An Ironman Triathlon is a race involving a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon run of just over 26 miles. The idea for the race came out of a debate between some runners in the 1977 Oahu Perimeter Relay. They were questioning whether runners, swimmers or bikers were the most fit athletes. The debaters decided to combine three local events to determine the answer, inviting athletes from all three disciplines. The events that were mimicked in the first triathlon were the Waikiki Roughwater swim (2.4 miles), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (115 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles). The idea was that whoever finishes first would be called “the Iron Man”. The first triathlon was run in 1978, with fifteen starters and only twelve finishers. The race format is used all over the world now, but the Hawaiian Ironman is the event that everyone wants to win.

62 Lingerie fabric : LACE

“Lingerie” is a French term. As used in France, it describes any underwear, worn by either males or females. In English we use “lingerie” to describe alluring underclothing worn by women. The term “lingerie” comes into English via the French word “linge” meaning “washables”, and ultimately from the Latin “linum”, meaning “linen”. We tend not to pronounce the word correctly in English, either here in the US or across the other side of the Atlantic. The French pronunciation is more like “lan-zher-ee”, as opposed to “lon-zher-ay” (American) and “lon-zher-ee” (British).

63 World’s largest furniture company : IKEA

The IKEA furniture chain was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943, when he was just 17-years-old. IKEA is an acronym standing for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (don’t forget now!). Elmtaryd was the name of the farm where Ingvar Kamprad grew up, and Agunnaryd is his home parish in Sweden.

Down

2 Cheese-covered chip : NACHO

The dish known as “nachos” was supposedly created by the maître d’ at a restaurant called the Victory Club in the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. The name of the maître d’ was Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya.

5 College major for government studies, informally : POLI-SCI

Political science (poli-sci)

8 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!”.

11 Ingredient in salsa verde : TOMATILLO

Tomatillos are the fruit of the tomatillo plant and are used as vegetables, particularly in Mexican cuisine. The name “tomatillo” translates from Spanish as “little tomato”. Both the tomato and tomatillo belong to the nightshade family of plants.

“Salsa verde” is simply Spanish for “green sauce”.

28 Tally up : ADD

Back in the mid-1600s, a tally was a stick marked with notches that tracked how much one owed or paid. The term “tally” came from the Latin “talea” meaning “stick, rod”. The act of “scoring” the stick with notches gave rise to our word “score” for the number in a tally.

33 Kudos to an eagle-eyed proofreader : NICE CATCH

Our word “kudos” means “acclaim given for an exceptional achievement”. “Kudos” is both a singular and plural noun, and comes from the Greek “kyddos” meaning “glory, fame”.

35 Medical research org. : NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) organization is made up of 27 different institutes that coordinate their research and services. Examples of member institutes are the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging.

49 Yiddish “Yeesh!” : OY VEY!

“Oy vey” is a Yiddish expression of dismay that translates literally as “oh, pain”. The more usual translation is “woe is me”.

51 Place for barnacles and barracudas : OCEAN

The barnacle is a marine arthropod related to the crab and the lobster. Barnacles are classified as “encrusters”, meaning that they attach themselves permanently to some solid substrate. It is thought that the name “barnacle” was applied to the marine creature from the name of the barnacle goose. According to folklore, the barnacle goose “hatched” underwater, emerging from what we know today as “barnacles”.

The fish called a barracuda is large and dangerous-looking, with a fierce looking jaw filled with fang-like teeth. I was surrounded by a large school of barracuda once, many years ago while scuba diving. A scary experience …

54 Mountain range that extends from Venezuela to Argentina : ANDES

The Andes range is the longest continuous chain of mountains in the world. It runs down the length of the west coast of South America for about 4,300 miles, from Venezuela in the north to Chile in the south. The highest peak in the Andes is Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, at an elevation of 22,841 feet. Interestingly, the peak of Mt. Chimborazo in Ecuador is the furthest point on the Earth’s surface from the center of the planet. That’s because of the equatorial “bulge” around the Earth’s “waist”.

56 Musician Ono : YOKO

Yoko Ono was born in 1933 in Tokyo into a prosperous Japanese family, and is actually a descendant of one of the emperors of Japan. Yoko’s father moved around the world for work, and she lived the first few years of her life in San Francisco. The family returned to Japan, before moving on to New York, Hanoi and back to Japan just before WWII, in time to live through the great firebombing of Tokyo in 1945. Immediately after the war the family was far from prosperous. While Yoko’s father was being held in a prison camp in Vietnam, her mother had to resort to begging and bartering to feed her children. When her father was repatriated, life started to return to normal and Yoko was able to attend university. She was the first woman to be accepted into the philosophy program of Gakushuin University.

59 Rap’s Lil ___ X : NAS

“Lil Nas X” is the stage name of rapper Montero Lamar Hill. He was born and raised just outside of Atlanta. His first hit was “Old Town Road”, which is classified as country rap.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 In first place : ON TOP
6 Help with a crime : ABET
10 Wild guess : STAB
14 Nintendo character who says “It’s-a-me!” : MARIO
15 “Voilà!” : TA-DA!
16 Swimmer’s response to “Marco!” : POLO
17 “Let’s see what you’ve got,” in poker : I CALL
18 Minor deviation : BLIP
19 Large-screen film format : IMAX
20 2018 Childish Gambino hit that won the Grammy for Song of the Year : THIS IS AMERICA (Aye aye, Captain America)
23 Telemachus, to Odysseus : SON
24 Movie locations : SETS
25 2,000 pounds : ONE TON
28 Card up one’s sleeve, perhaps : ACE
29 Follower of “www” : DOT
30 ___ Jima : IWO
31 Pixar film that takes place mostly underwater : FINDING NEMO (Aye aye, Captain Nemo)
36 Tennis do-over : LET
37 Base’s opposite, in chemistry : ACID
38 Not feel so hot : AIL
39 Vocal part that often provides harmony to a soprano melody : ALTO
40 What fits the Venn diagram of “Computers” and “Pastas”? : MAC
41 Holder of bait : FISHING HOOK (Aye aye, Captain Hook)
45 Before, poetically : ERE
46 Bit of band equipment : AMP
47 Roadside assistance org. : AAA
48 Do some cryptography : DECODE
50 Flushed, as cheeks : ROSY
52 Airport screening grp. : TSA
55 Affirmative at sea … or a phonetic hint to what’s found sequentially in 20-, 31- and 41-Across : AYE AYE, CAPTAIN
58 Being broadcast : ON TV
60 0% : NONE
61 Participated in an Ironman, e.g. : RACED
62 Lingerie fabric : LACE
63 World’s largest furniture company : IKEA
64 Dark shade of green : OLIVE
65 Dry, as skin : ASHY
66 Unit of suburbia : TOWN
67 Portions (out) : METES

Down

1 Leaves out : OMITS
2 Cheese-covered chip : NACHO
3 Subway vehicle : TRAIN
4 Some paintings : OILS
5 College major for government studies, informally : POLI-SCI
6 Chance for a hit, in baseball : AT BAT
7 Soothing ointments : BALMS
8 Falco of “The Sopranos” : EDIE
9 Locale for beers on draft : TAP ROOM
10 Zhuzh (up) : SPICE
11 Ingredient in salsa verde : TOMATILLO
12 In the style of : A LA
13 Container for a birthday gift : BOX
21 Witnessed : SEEN
22 Really digging : INTO
26 Have because of : OWE TO
27 Simply unacceptable : NOT OK
28 Tally up : ADD
29 Where cold cuts are cut : DELI
31 Widely known : FAMED
32 “Fine, see if ___!” : I CARE
33 Kudos to an eagle-eyed proofreader : NICE CATCH
34 [What?!] : [GASP]
35 Medical research org. : NIH
39 Cry of understanding : AHA!
41 Become less bright : FADE
42 “Seriously!” : I MEAN IT!
43 Org. that shoots for the stars? : NASA
44 Queer-friendly high school dance : GAY PROM
49 Yiddish “Yeesh!” : OY VEY!
50 Subscribe for another year : RENEW
51 Place for barnacles and barracudas : OCEAN
52 Understood without being stated : TACIT
53 Kitchen strainer : SIEVE
54 Mountain range that extends from Venezuela to Argentina : ANDES
56 Musician Ono : YOKO
57 Story : TALE
58 Portuguese greeting : OLA!
59 Rap’s Lil ___ X : NAS

10 thoughts on “0617-24 NY Times Crossword 17 Jun 24, Monday”

  1. 7:15, no errors. Don’t think I could type fast enough to fill a grid in 4 mins with the answers in front of me.

    1. I guess the 4-min completion time is attributable to the speed-typing classes I undertook back in Uni (and a brief journalism career). I barely look at the keyboard when I type and Monday’s difficulty level often allows me to finish the grid without even looking at some 10-15 of the clues.

      I must add I could go faster if I were as knowledgeable as the regular commenters on here 😃 (music, brands, card games and old movies are usually ungettable for me without helpful crosses!).

  2. 5:24. Coffee-aided time.

    If Captain America was an adult during WWII, he must be close to 100 years old now. 100 years old and still making movies. Impressive.

    There’s a documentary on Amazon Prime now called “The Blue Angels” that was filmed in IMAX. It shows a year in the life of a Blue Angels team. The best aerial filming I’ve ever seen. I saw it on an 85″ tv. I can’t imagine what it would be like in an IMAX theater. Absolutely spectacular. Highly highly recommend.

    The Blue Angels still fly F-18s – albeit a newer version of the original – an aircraft I worked on as an intern at McDonnell Douglas years ago and then after I got out of college for a few years between college and grad school. One of the best fighters (actually it’s a combination fighter/attacker) ever built.

    Enough reminiscing.

    Best –

  3. 10 min, no errors

    @jeff- I can’t imagine watching the blue angels on an imax theater. I would lose my cookies.

    Grid was easy except for the pause on TOMATILLO.

    @glen- took your advice on giving the Atlantic crossword a shot. I actually finished most of it on my own. Unlike the last one I did. Did not understand SATOSHINAKAMOTO ??? have to look that up.

  4. a 4:04 – beats Glenn’s 4:13.

    Holy comoly, goodness gracious, jeez Louise, wowza!

    OMG Glenn – you better shape up!

  5. Two small nit-picks:
    @Bill- Captain Nemo survived and returns in Vernes “The Mysterious Island”
    @ Jeff- Captain America was frozen in ice for 70 years after the war, then revived. Physically he’s around age 30.

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