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LA Times Crossword 14 Nov 22, Monday


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Constructed by: Ed Beckert
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer: Letter Openers

Themed solutions every OPEN with a single LETTER:

  • 38A Envelope-slicing instruments, and what the solutions to the starred clues actually have? : LETTER OPENERS
  • 18A *Chophouse choice : T-BONE STEAK
  • 24A *Wayfair and Amazon : E-TAILERS
  • 54A *Army fare throughout WWII : C-RATIONS
  • 60A *Moving day rental, for some : U-HAUL TRUCK

Read on, or leap to …
… an entire checklist of solutions

Bill’s time: 5m 13s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Aesop critter who loses to the tortoise : HARE

“The Tortoise and the Hare” is maybe probably the most well-known fable attributed to Aesop. The cocky hare takes a nap throughout a race towards the tortoise, and the tortoise sneaks previous the end line for the win whereas his speedier good friend is sleeping.

5 Metal corrosion : RUST

Rust is iron oxide. Rust kinds when iron oxidizes, reacts with oxygen.

14 Sermon-ending phrase : AMEN

The phrase “amen” interprets as “so be it”. “Amen” is alleged to be of Hebrew origin, however it’s also more likely to be influenced by Aramaic and Arabic.

Our phrase “sermon” comes from the Latin “sermonem” that means “discourse, talk”. The literal translation of “sermonem” is “a stringing together of words”, from the Latin “serere” that means “to join”, as within the associated phrase “series”.

15 Norway’s capital : OSLO

Oslo is the capital of Norway. The metropolis of Oslo burns trash to gasoline half of its buildings, together with all of its colleges. The downside confronted by the town is that it doesn’t generate sufficient trash. So, Oslo imports trash from Sweden, England and Ireland, and is now trying to import some American trash too.

16 Underground molten rock : MAGMA

Magma is the molten materials beneath the Earth’s floor. When magma cools, it kinds igneous rock. “Magma” is a Greek time period that describes a thick ointment.

17 Like cotton sweet : SPUN

What we name “cotton candy” right here within the US has some fascinating names in the remainder of the world. Back in Ireland it’s candyfloss, in France it’s “barbe à papa” (Dad’s beard), and in Australia it’s known as fairy floss. “Fairy floss” is definitely the unique title for cotton sweet, a reputation first used when the confection was launched on the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

18 *Chophouse choice : T-BONE STEAK

The T-bone and porterhouse are associated cuts of meat, with the latter being a bigger model of the previous, and each being minimize from the quick loin.

20 Fat-based chook feed : SUET

Fat, when extracted from the carcass of an animal, known as suet. Untreated suet decomposes at room temperature fairly simply so it must be rendered, purified to make it steady. Rendered fats from pigs is what we name lard. Rendered beef or mutton fats is called tallow.

23 “Picnic” playwright William : INGE

Playwright William Inge had a run of success on Broadway within the early fifties. His most celebrated work of that point is the play “Picnic”, for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The authentic 1953 solid of “Picnic” included a younger male actor making his debut on Broadway. His title was Paul Newman. Many of Inge’s works are set within the American heartland and so he turned often known as the “Playwright of the Midwest”.

24 *Wayfair and Amazon : E-TAILERS

Wayfair is a web-based furnishings retailer that was based in 2002 as CSN Stores (from the initials of co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine).

Amazon.com is the biggest on-line retailer on the planet. It can also be the biggest Internet firm on the planet by income. The firm was based in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, in his storage in Bellevue, Washington. I’m an enormous fan of Amazon’s method to customer support …

30 Brian of Roxy Music : ENO

Roxy Music is a British band shaped by Bryan Ferry, who additionally served because the lead singer. One of the group’s extra well-known former band members was Brian Eno, somebody who turns up in crosswords far too usually …

33 Fragrant shrub : LILAC

The decorative flowering plant often known as lilac is native to the Balkans, and is a member of the olive household.

35 Tapered off : ABATED

I used to suppose that the phrase “taper” was used for a slender candle as a result of stated candle was “tapered” in form, but it surely’s precisely the other. It seems that our phrase “tapered” comes from the candle. “Taper” and “tapur” are Old English phrases that means “candle”. From these nouns arose the verb “to taper” that means “shoot up like flame”. This that means advanced into “become slender” from the concept that a candle’s flame has such a form.

43 Rough wool material : TWEED

Tweed is a tough woolen material that could be very a lot related to Scotland within the UK, and with County Donegal in Ireland. The material was initially known as “tweel”, the Scots phrase for “twill”. Apparently a London service provider misinterpreted some handwriting within the early 1800s and assumed the material was known as “tweed”, a reference to the Scottish River Tweed, and the title caught …

45 Coll. dorm figures : RAS

A resident assistant/adviser (RA) is a peer chief present in a residence corridor, significantly on a university campus.

48 Cabernet, e.g. : RED

The cabernet sauvignon (usually simply “cab”) grape has been round because the seventeenth century, and is the results of an opportunity crossing in southwestern France of the cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc grapes.

49 __-Wan Kenobi : OBI

Obi-Wan Kenobi is among the extra beloved of the “Star Wars” characters. Kenobi was portrayed by two fabulous actors within the collection of movies. As a younger man he’s performed by Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, and as an older man he’s performed by Alec Guinness.

51 “Good Girls” actress Whitman : MAE

Actress Mae Whitman performed “the daughter” in some profitable films early in her profession. She was Meg Ryan’s daughter in “When a Man Loves a Woman”, George Clooney’s daughter in “One Fine Day” and Bill Pullman’s daughter in “Independence Day”. More not too long ago, she performed the lead within the 2015 teen comedy movie “The Duff”.

“Good Girls” is a comedy-drama TV collection about three suburban mothers who resolve to rob a neighborhood grocery store, after which get themselves concerned with a mob gang. The lead characters are performed by Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman.

52 Texas metropolis on the Rio Grande : EL PASO

Although there have been human settlements within the El Paso space for 1000’s of years, the primary European settlement was based in 1659 by the Spanish. That first neighborhood was on the south financial institution of the Rio Grande, and was known as El Paso del Norte (the North Pass). Most of the city improvement beneath Spanish rule occurred on the south facet of the river, with El Paso del Norte performing as the middle of governance for the Spanish for the territory of New Mexico. The Rio Grande was chosen because the border between Mexico and the US in 1848, so many of the metropolis of El Paso del Norte turned a part of the Mexican state of Chihuahua (and is now known as Ciudad Juárez ). The space north of the river developed as a US army submit, ultimately changing into the trendy metropolis of El Paso, Texas.

The Rio Grande (Spanish for “big river”) is a waterway that kinds a part of the border between Mexico and the United States. Although we name the river the Rio Grande on this facet of the border, in Mexico it’s known as the Río Bravo or Río Bravo del Norte (Spanish for “furious river of the north”).

54 *Army fare throughout WWII : C-RATIONS

The US Military makes use of a number of phrases to explain sorts of meals ready for members of the armed forces:

  • A-rations had been meals ready by educated cooks, usually in a discipline kitchen, utilizing recent, refrigerated or frozen meals.
  • B-rations had been meals, additionally ready by educated cooks, utilizing canned or dehydrated meals.
  • C-rations had been ready and canned meals that might be heated, if crucial, by troopers within the discipline, when discipline kitchens weren’t obtainable.
  • Ok-rations had been boxed meals that served as a single day by day ration to be used by army personnel on short-term missions.

56 Blueprint element, for brief : SPEC

Blueprints are reproductions of technical or architectural drawings which can be contact prints made on light-sensitive sheets. Blueprints had been launched within the 1800s and the expertise obtainable dictated that the drawings had been reproduced with white strains on a blue background, therefore the title “blue-print”.

57 Sci-fi saucer : UFO

Disc-shaped flying objects have been reported within the sky because the Middle Ages. In the trendy period, the occasion that launched the time period “flying saucer” was a UFO sighting in 1947, which was lined extensively within the media. Kenneth Arnold reported seeing 9 unidentified flying objects in formation close to Mount Rainier in Washington. In describing the objects, he repeatedly used the phrases “saucer”, “disc” and “pie-plate”. Newspapers latched onto the terminology, and we’ve been seeing flying “saucers” ever since.

60 *Moving day rental, for some : U-HAUL TRUCK

The U-Haul firm was began by married couple Leonard Shoen and Anna Mary Carty in Ridgefield, Washington in 1945. The Shoens used $5,000 of seed cash to construct trailers of their storage, after which cleverly recruited gasoline station homeowners as franchisees with whom they might cut up the rental income. There at the moment are about 15,000 U-Haul sellers throughout the nation.

63 “Game of Thrones” actress Headey : LENA

English actress Lena Headey is greatest identified for enjoying Cersei Lannister on the fantasy collection “Game of Thrones”. Although a British citizen, Headey was really born in Bermuda, the place her father was stationed as a police officer.

66 Commuting choice in Ga.’s capital : MARTA

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

68 Pub pints : ALES

The many, many various kinds of beer can typically be sorted into two teams: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at comparatively heat temperatures for comparatively quick intervals of time, and use top-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that float on prime of the beer because it ferments. Lagers ferment at comparatively low temperatures and for comparatively lengthy intervals of time. Lagers use bottom-fermenting yeasts, i.e. yeasts that fall to the underside of the beer because it ferments.

69 County of southeast England : ESSEX

Essex is a county in England that’s known as one of many “home counties”. The dwelling counties are people who encompass the town of London, outdoors of London itself. “Home county” isn’t an official designation however has been in common use because the 1800s. The checklist of dwelling counties normally includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex.

Down

2 Roadie’s armload : AMP

A “roadie” is somebody who masses, unloads and units up gear for musicians on tour, on the “road”.

4 Lassitude : ENNUI

“Ennui” is the French phrase for “boredom”, and is a time period that we now use in English. It’s one of many few French phrases we’ve imported and haven’t anglicized, and truly pronounce “correctly”.

Languor, lassitude, lethargy and listlessness are such beautiful phrases. All are L-words describing a scarcity of bodily vitality.

6 Laptop port letters : USB

Universal Serial Bus (USB) is an business customary coping with how computer systems and digital units join and talk, and coping with electrical energy by these connections.

9 U.Ok. leaders : PMS

The Prime Minister (PM) of the UK has powers equal to the US President, however with main variations. The workplace of prime minister exists by conference and never by any structure. The conference is that the King or Queen of England appoints as PM the individual most definitely to have the arrogance of the House of Commons, and that individual is normally the chief of the social gathering with probably the most seats within the Commons. There isn’t any time period restrict and the PM serves “at His/Her Majesty’s pleasure”. The first UK PM wasn’t really known as “Prime Minister”, and the individual first attributed with the equal powers was Sir Robert Walpole in 1721, and his title was First Lord of the Treasury.

10 “E pluribus unum” language : LATIN

The Latins had been a race who migrated into the Italian peninsula in the course of the Bronze Age, settling in a triangular area on the west coast that turned often known as Latium. It was the Latins who based the town of Rome in Latium. The language that developed among the many folks of Latium is what we now know as “Latin”.

From 1776, “E pluribus unum” was the unofficial motto of the United States. The phrase interprets from Latin as “Out of many, one”. It was pushed apart in 1956 when an Act of Congress designated “In God We Trust” because the nation’s official motto. “In God We Trust” had appeared on US cash since 1864, however was solely launched on paper foreign money in 1957.

11 Discussion define : AGENDA

“Agenda” is a Latin phrase that interprets as “things to be done”, coming from the verb “agere” that means “to do”.

21 Voting members in a sure school : ELECTORS

The Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1804, and redefines procedures utilized by the Electoral College throughout a presidential election. Prior to the modification, every member of the Electoral College solid two electoral votes, after which the candidate with probably the most votes was elected president, and the candidate with the second-most votes was elected vp. As a results of the modification, every member of the Electoral College casts one vote for president, and one vote for vp. So, the Twelfth Amendment makes it unlikely that we find yourself with a vp who isn’t supportive of the president, because the victorious pair in all probability campaigned collectively on the identical ticket, and had not been rivals within the election.

24 Subj. usually taught by a local speaker : ESL

English as a Second Language (ESL) is typically known as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

31 Bird of prey : RAPTOR

“Raptor” is a generic time period for a chook of prey, one which has talons to grip its victims.

34 Org. with a racket in its brand : ATP

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is a company that appears out for the pursuits of male tennis professionals. The equal group for girls is the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

41 “Beautiful Girls” singer Kingston : SEAN

“Sean Kingston” is the stage title of Jamaican-American singer Kisean Anderson. He was born in Miami, Florida, however spent his first years in Kingston, Jamaica (therefore the stage title).

44 __ Plaines, Illinois : DES

Des Plaines is a suburb of Chicago that’s positioned subsequent to O’Hare International Airport. The metropolis is known as for the Des Plaines river that runs by the realm.

45 Job utility part : RESUME

A résumé is a abstract of an individual’s job expertise and training and is used as a device by a job seeker. In many international locations, a résumé is equal to a curriculum vitae. “Résumé” is the French phrase for “summary”.

47 Asparagus models : SPEARS

Asparagus is a perennial flowering plant that’s grown primarily for its edible shoots (or “spears”). The shoots have to be harvested when they’re very younger, as they grow to be woody in a short time.

53 Sharp, as some angles : ACUTE

In geometry, there are a number of courses of angles:

  • Acute (< 90 levels) 
  • Right (= 90 levels) 
  • Obtuse (> 90 levels and < 180 levels) 
  • Straight (180 levels) 
  • Reflex (> 180 levels)

55 Ramadan religion : ISLAM

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is historically a interval of fasting. The trustworthy who observe Ramadan chorus from consuming, ingesting and sexual relations from daybreak to nightfall on a regular basis, a lesson in endurance, humility and spirituality.

62 CBS forensic collection set in Vegas : CSI

The “CSI” TV present franchise makes use of hits from the Who as theme music:

  • “Who Are You” … “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
  • “Baba O’Riley” … “CSI: New York”
  • “Won’t Get Fooled Again” … “CSI: Miami”
  • “I Can See for Miles” … “CSI: Cyber”

64 Butterfly catcher : NET

A lepidopterist is an individual who research butterflies and moths, a reputation coming from Lepidoptera, the order of bugs that encompasses such flying bugs. “Lepidoptera” comes from the Greek phrases for “scale” and “wing”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Aesop critter who loses to the tortoise : HARE
5 Metal corrosion : RUST
9 Braid : PLAIT
14 Sermon-ending phrase : AMEN
15 Norway’s capital : OSLO
16 Underground molten rock : MAGMA
17 Like cotton sweet : SPUN
18 *Chophouse choice : T-BONE STEAK
20 Fat-based chook feed : SUET
22 __-Mex delicacies : TEX
23 “Picnic” playwright William : INGE
24 *Wayfair and Amazon : E-TAILERS
27 Glowing remnant in a hearth : CINDER
29 Weep loudly : SOB
30 Brian of Roxy Music : ENO
31 Get __ of: discard : RID
32 Beast of burden : ASS
33 Fragrant shrub : LILAC
35 Tapered off : ABATED
38 Envelope-slicing instruments, and what the solutions to the starred clues actually have? : LETTER OPENERS
42 Jab : POKE AT
43 Rough wool material : TWEED
45 Coll. dorm figures : RAS
48 Cabernet, e.g. : RED
49 __-Wan Kenobi : OBI
51 “Good Girls” actress Whitman : MAE
52 Texas metropolis on the Rio Grande : EL PASO
54 *Army fare throughout WWII : C-RATIONS
56 Blueprint element, for brief : SPEC
57 Sci-fi saucer : UFO
59 Method: Abbr. : SYST
60 *Moving day rental, for some : U-HAUL TRUCK
63 “Game of Thrones” actress Headey : LENA
66 Commuting choice in Ga.’s capital : MARTA
67 “What __ is new?” : ELSE
68 Pub pints : ALES
69 County of southeast England : ESSEX
70 Prep for publication : EDIT
71 Folk story : MYTH

Down

1 “That ship __ sailed” : HAS
2 Roadie’s armload : AMP
3 Like journey mugs : REUSABLE
4 Lassitude : ENNUI
5 Bad to the core : ROTTEN
6 Laptop port letters : USB
7 Post workplace openings : SLOTS
8 Muscle high quality : TONE
9 U.Ok. leaders : PMS
10 “E pluribus unum” language : LATIN
11 Discussion define : AGENDA
12 Pictures : IMAGES
13 “Any __?”: “Who’s interested?” : TAKERS
19 Fire up : EXCITE
21 Voting members in a sure school : ELECTORS
24 Subj. usually taught by a local speaker : ESL
25 Drudgery : TOIL
26 Laughed heartily : ROARED
28 Sense of self : IDENTITY
31 Bird of prey : RAPTOR
34 Org. with a racket in its brand : ATP
36 Feathery accent : BOA
37 Dawn droplets : DEW
39 Barely make, as a dwelling : EKE OUT
40 From a distance : REMOTELY
41 “Beautiful Girls” singer Kingston : SEAN
44 __ Plaines, Illinois : DES
45 Job utility part : RESUME
46 Socially dominant figures : ALPHAS
47 Asparagus models : SPEARS
50 Easter egg holder : BASKET
53 Sharp, as some angles : ACUTE
54 Was in a position to : COULD
55 Ramadan religion : ISLAM
58 Unoccupied : FREE
61 Hardly strict : LAX
62 CBS forensic collection set in Vegas : CSI
64 Butterfly catcher : NET
65 Powdery residue in a hearth : ASH

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