0622-24 NY Times Crossword 22 Jun 24, Saturday

Constructed by: Hoang-Kim Vu
Edited by: Joel Fagliano

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 20m 10s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Fermented mixture in Japanese cooking : MISO PASTE

Miso is the name of the seasoning that makes miso soup. Basic miso seasoning is made by fermenting rice, barley and soybeans with salt and a fungus to produce a paste. The paste can be added to stock to make miso soup, or perhaps to flavor tofu.

10 Locale named in the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” : ARUBA

Aruba is one of the so-called ABC islands located off the northern coast of Venezuela. “ABC Islands” is a name given to the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean. The nickname comes from the first letters of the island names: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. All three of the ABC islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“Kokomo” is a song released by the Beach Boys in 1988. It describes a trip taken by a couple to a fictional island off the Florida Keys called Kokomo. The success of the song led to at least one Florida resort adopting the name.

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya
Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego,
baby why don’t we go,
Jamaica

15 Some theatrical transitions : ENTR’ACTES

The term “entr’acte” comes to us from French, and is the interval “entre deux actes” (between two acts) of a theatrical performance. The term often describes some entertainment provided during that interval.

18 Emmy winner Uzo : ADUBA

Uzo Aduba is an actress best known for playing prison inmate Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the Netflix TV show “Orange Is the New Black”.

19 Mo. in which the U.S. Constitution was signed : SEP

The Constitution of the United States was adopted on September 17, 1787.

22 10th in a series : KAPPA

Kappa is the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet, and the equivalent of our letter K.

25 “___ the Next One,” Grammy-winning Jay-Z song of 2009 : ONTO

Jay-Z, as well as being a successful and very rich rap artist, is married to singer Beyoncé. Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter in Brooklyn, New York. As Carter was growing up, he was nicknamed “Jazzy”, a reference to his interest in music. “Jazzy” evolved into the stage name “Jay-Z”. Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter, and twins named Rumi and Sir Carter.

29 A migraine sufferer might take one, for short : EEG

The name of the searing headache called a “migraine” comes from the Greek words “hemi” meaning “half”, and “kranion” meaning “skull”.

30 Small-game hunters : TERRIERS

Most terrier breeds of dog originated in Britain and Ireland. They were developed as working dogs, with the job of controlling populations of rats, rabbits and foxes by rooting them out above and below the ground. The name “terrier” comes via Middle French from the Latin “terra” meaning “earth”, a reflection of the breed’s habit of burrowing into the earth looking for its prey.

35 ___Plus (pharmacy brand) : ATRA

Fortunately for crossword constructors, the Atra was introduced by Gillette in 1977, as the first razor with a pivoting head. The Atra was sold as the Contour in some markets and its derivative products are still around today.

43 Arundhati ___, Booker Prize-winning author : ROY

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author best-known for her novel “The God of Small Things” published in 1997.

49 “It was a lover and his ___” (beginning of a song in “As You Like It”) : LASS

“As You Like It” is one of Shakespeare’s comedies. It tells the tale of Rosalind fleeing from her Uncle’s court along with her cousin Celia and the court jester Touchstone. Rosalind lives in exile in the Forest of Arden, disguised as a male shepherd called Ganymede. The play is perhaps most memorable for an oft-quoted monologue that starts with:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players …

54 Vin Diesel’s role in the “Fast & Furious” movies : DOM

“The Fast and the Furious” is a series of action movies about street racing and car heists. The original 2001 film spawned several sequels, making it Universal Pictures’ most successful franchise of all time.

Vin Diesel is the stage name of actor Mark Sinclair Vincent. He was born in New York City with his twin brother Paul. The twins never knew their father, and their mother is an astrologer. Vincent was given the nickname of “Diesel” by his friends early in his life, as he was said to have a bottomless supply of energy.

55 Proverbial payee : PIPER

The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin dates back to medieval times. Recently there have been suggestions that the story is rooted in some truth, that the town of Hamelin did in fact lose many of its children, perhaps to plague. The suggestion is that the tale is an allegory. The use of the word “pied” implies that the piper dressed in multi-colored clothing. Our contemporary idiom “to pay the piper” means “to bear the cost of a poor decision”. It is a reference to townsfolk of Hamelin who refused to pay the Pied Piper for ridding the town of rats. They ultimately paid the cost when the piper lured their children away.

56 Casino where Siegfried and Roy made their Las Vegas debut : TROPICANA

Siegfried & Roy is a magic act that is famous for the use of white lions and tigers on stage. Siegfried Fischbacher and Uwe Ludwig “Roy” Horn are from Germany, but have lived in Las Vegas for many years. Horn was seriously injured during a performance at the Mirage in Vegas in 2003 when a white tiger bit him on the back of the neck. That incident marked the end of Siegfried and Roy’s on-stage career.

61 Plants used in early genetics experiments : SWEET PEAS

Gregor Mendel was an Austrian monk, and a scientist who achieved fame after his passing when his work in the field of genetics was rediscovered. The conclusions he drew from his studies of garden peas led to him earning the moniker “father of modern genetics”.

Down

1 Set for a campsite : MESS KIT

“Mess” first came into English about 1300, when it described the list of food needed for a meal. The term comes from the Old French word “mes” meaning a portion of food or a course at a meal. This usage in English evolved into “mess” meaning a jumbled mass of anything, from the concept of “mixed food”. The original usage, in the sense of a food for a meal, surfaced again in the military in the 1500s when a “mess” was a communal eating place.

5 It’s black and white (or sometimes red) : PANDA

The giant panda is a bear, and so has the digestive system of a carnivore. However, the panda lives exclusively on bamboo, even though its gut is relatively poorly adapted to extract nutrients from plants per se. The panda relies on microbes in its gut to digest cellulose, and consumes 20-30 pounds of bamboo each day to gain enough nourishment.

The red panda is a relatively small mammal with reddish-brown fur and white fur highlighting features on his head. A native of the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China, it is not closely related to the giant panda, and instead is related to the raccoon, weasel and skunk.

6 Historically, it corresponded with how much a farmer could plow in one day : ACRE

At one time, an acre was defined as the amount of land a yoke of oxen could plow in a day. Then, an acre was more precisely defined as a strip of land “one furrow long” (i.e. one furlong) and one chain wide. The length of one furlong was equal to 10 chains, or 40 rods. An area of one furlong times 10 rods was one rood.

8 Guinea pigs, e.g. : TESTEES

The guinea pig species of rodent is also known as a cavy. Guinea pigs aren’t related to pigs, and they are not from Guinea (in West Africa). They actually come from the Andes. Guinea pigs were used widely for research in the 1800s and 1900s, and as a result we use the term “guinea pig” for a test subject to this day.

9 Book with the story of Purim : ESTHER

Esther was a Jewish queen, wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus and the heroine of the Book of Esther in the Bible. By the way, Esther is the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention the word “God”.

Purim is a festival commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to wipe them out by Haman the Agagite, as recorded in the Book of Esther.

13 Noncarbonated drink with bubbles : BOBA TEA

Bubble tea, sometimes called “boba tea”, is a tea-based drink from Taiwan. The “bubbles” are chewy tapioca balls that are usually added to the drink.

23 French family members : PERES

In French, a “père” (father) is a “membre de la famille” (member of the family).

28 “A Doll’s House” protagonist : NORA

“A Doll’s House” is probably the most famous play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play deals with the feminist awakening of the lead character, Nora Helmer. “A Doll’s House” is sometimes referred to as the “first true feminist play”.

33 ___ cheese : 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.

36 Ballet exercises done at a barre : FRAPPES

A barre is a handrail used by ballet dancers for warm-up exercises and to provide support when practicing certain moves.

38 Think piece? : SYNAPSE

A synapse is a junction between a nerve cell and another cell over which an electrical or chemical signal can pass.

41 First country to hold elections using internet voting : ESTONIA

The European nation of Estonia has embraced the concept of electronic voting. Each citizen is issued an ID card that includes a chip. The ID card allows a citizen to cast a vote via the Internet using a computer with a card reader. One advantage of electronic voting in Estonia is that votes can be cast early, but can be changed right up to the end of election day.

50 Mill fill : GRIST

When grain has been separated from its chaff, to prepare it for grinding, it is called “grist”. Indeed, the word “grist” is derived from the word “grind”. Grist can be ground into a relatively coarse meal, or into a fine flour. The names can be confusing though. For example, the grist from maize when ground to a coarse consistency is called “grits”, and when ground to a fine consistency is called “corn meal”. There is an idiomatic phrase “grist for one’s mill”, meaning something used to one’s advantage. The grinding mechanism, or the building that holds the mechanism, is known as a “gristmill”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Fermented mixture in Japanese cooking : MISO PASTE
10 Locale named in the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” : ARUBA
15 Some theatrical transitions : ENTR’ACTES
16 Refused to release : SAT ON
17 Stovetop convenience : SPOON REST
18 Emmy winner Uzo : ADUBA
19 Mo. in which the U.S. Constitution was signed : SEP
20 Worsening situation from which there is no escape : DEATH SPIRAL
22 10th in a series : KAPPA
24 Run into : MEET
25 “___ the Next One,” Grammy-winning Jay-Z song of 2009 : ONTO
26 Slurped treat : ICEE
27 Go window shopping, perhaps : PEER IN
29 A migraine sufferer might take one, for short : EEG
30 Small-game hunters : TERRIERS
32 Dreaded time for many : MONDAY
34 An eternity : EONS
35 ___Plus (pharmacy brand) : ATRA
36 Cop : FESS UP
39 Raises, as a sensitive subject : BROACHES
43 Arundhati ___, Booker Prize-winning author : ROY
44 One in the last line of defense, typically : SAFETY
46 Completely take advantage of : HOSE
47 ___ urbis conditae, date of the founding of Rome : ANNO
49 “It was a lover and his ___” (beginning of a song in “As You Like It”) : LASS
50 Just must : GOTTA
51 Temporary water provider : PLANT SITTER
54 Vin Diesel’s role in the “Fast & Furious” movies : DOM
55 Proverbial payee : PIPER
56 Casino where Siegfried and Roy made their Las Vegas debut : TROPICANA
58 Follow : ENSUE
59 “Some friendly advice …” : HERE’S A TIP …
60 Slips through the cracks : SEEPS
61 Plants used in early genetics experiments : SWEET PEAS

Down

1 Set for a campsite : MESS KIT
2 One way to be left : IN PEACE
3 Bung, e.g. : STOPPER
4 What the Royal Crown of Spain is plated with : ORO
5 It’s black and white (or sometimes red) : PANDA
6 Historically, it corresponded with how much a farmer could plow in one day : ACRE
7 Alternatives to irons : STEAMERS
8 Guinea pigs, e.g. : TESTEES
9 Book with the story of Purim : ESTHER
10 “Now!” : ASAP!
11 It’s tuned for tunes : RADIO
12 Went from 0 to 180, say : U-TURNED
13 Noncarbonated drink with bubbles : BOBA TEA
14 Illuminating example : ANALOGY
21 Handheld object used to release excess energy : STIM TOY
23 French family members : PERES
27 Trading card enthusiasts? : PEN PALS
28 “A Doll’s House” protagonist : NORA
31 Cash substitutes : IOUS
33 ___ cheese : NACHO
35 Creative outlet? : ART STORE
36 Ballet exercises done at a barre : FRAPPES
37 Celebrity gossip site : E! ONLINE
38 Think piece? : SYNAPSE
39 Cover with scattered objects : BESTREW
40 Much-anticipated outing : HOT DATE
41 First country to hold elections using internet voting : ESTONIA
42 Nautical navigation aids : SEA MAPS
45 All ___ (phrase in some nondenominational church names) : FAITHS
48 Better : ONE UP
50 Mill fill : GRIST
52 Cuban instrument that ironically has six strings : TRES
53 Sport that allows some corps-à-corps (body-to-body) contact : EPEE
57 Complete, with “off” : CAP …

3 thoughts on “0622-24 NY Times Crossword 22 Jun 24, Saturday”

  1. 21:53. Nice one. ENTR’ACTES would have been impossible for me to find without the crosses. I was a little stuck in the middle-right section of the grid, having initially filled SWISS in 33D and finding STIMTOY and BROACHES elusive. A timely NACHO ad on television finally helped things click! Happy weekend, everyone!

  2. 28:27, no errors. Got “FRAPPÉ” entirely from crosses and didn’t really trust it (given that it looked like something having to do with high-end coffee instead of ballet), but it turned out to be correct. It didn’t help that “E! ONLINE” lives somewhere on the dim fringes of my awareness but, again, crosses came to the rescue. “STIM TOY” and “BESTREW” also “gave me pause”. All in all, for me, a strenuous workout, with the eventual outcome very much in doubt (but, once again, AWTEW … 😳).

  3. 25:39, needed to look up TROPICANA after THEMIRAGE didn’t work. Oh, well. Same as @Dave with FRAPPES. It’s a drink in my book, no an exercise. I learned something new today.

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