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LA Times Crossword 15 Nov 22, Tuesday


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Constructed by: Michael Sharp
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer(s): Ray Gun/Phaser

Themed solutions every finish with the sound made by a RAY GUN or PHASER:

  • 1A Sci-fi weapon that makes the sounds heard on the ends of the solutions to the starred clues : RAY GUN
  • 71A Sci-fi weapon that makes the sounds heard on the ends of the solutions to the starred clues : PHASER
  • 20A *”Black Widow” co-star : FLORENCE PUGH
  • 36A *Cathedral bench : CHURCH PEW
  • 56A *Offer of help : LET ME HELP YOU

Read on, or leap to …
… a whole listing of solutions

Bill’s time: 7m 10s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

18 Like a phenom’s rise to stardom : METEORIC

A meteoroid is a small rocky or metallic physique touring by house. Once within the environment, the meteoroid is known as a “meteor” or “shooting star”. Almost all meteoroids deplete, but when one is massive sufficient to outlive and attain the bottom then we name it a meteorite. The phrase “meteor” comes from the Greek “meteōros” that means “high in the air”.

The use of “phenom” for “phenomenon” originated as baseball slang, again within the nineteenth century.

20 *”Black Widow” co-star : FLORENCE PUGH

Florence Pugh is an English actress whom I greatest know from taking part in Amy March within the 2019 big-screen adaption of the novel “Little Women”. Younger members of the viewing viewers may acknowledge her for enjoying Yelena Belova within the movie “Black Widow” and the associated TV collection “Hawkeye”. In 2019, Pugh began a relationship with fellow actor Zach Braff (who performed the lead in “Scrubs”).

“Black Widow” is a 2021 superhero film within the Marvel Comics universe. The title character is performed by Scarlett Johansson, a task that she performed in a number of earlier movies.

22 Placeholder abbr. : TBA

Something not but on the schedule (“sked” or “sched.”) is to be suggested/introduced (TBA).

26 Light lunch : SALAD

Our phrase “salad” comes from the Latin “salare” that means “to salt”. The Latin “herba salata” interprets as “salted vegetables”, which I assume may very well be a salad …

27 Spy of kid-lit fame : HARRIET

“Harriet the Spy” is a 1964 kids’s novel by American author and illustrator Louise Fitzhugh. Fitzhugh adopted up “Harriet the Spy” with a 1965 sequel “The Long Secret”, after which a 1979 prequel “Sport”.

32 Oxen harnesses : YOKES

A yoke is a picket beam used between a pair of animals in order that they’re pressured to work collectively.

35 Costa del __ : SOL

Spain’s Costa del Sol (“Coast of the Sun”) is in Andalusia within the South of Spain. It lies sandwiched between two different “costas”, the Costa de la Luz and the Costa Tropical. The metropolis of Malaga is on the Costa del Sol, in addition to the well-known European vacationer locations of Torremolinos and Marbella. The Costa del Sol was made up of sleepy little fishing villages till the Nineteen Eighties when the European sunseekers descended on the area. I wouldn’t suggest it for a vacation fairly frankly …

36 *Cathedral bench : CHURCH PEW

A pew is a church bench, often one with a excessive again. The authentic pews have been raised and typically enclosed seats within the church utilized by ladies and necessary males or households. “Pew” comes from the Old French “puie” that means “balcony, elevation”.

40 Isr. neighbor : SYR

The fashionable state that we all know as Syria was established after WWI as a French mandate. Syria was granted independence from France in 1946.

43 Genius Bar professional : TECH

The technical assist desk present in Apple Retail Stores is slightly inventively known as the Genius Bar. The licensed assist technicians are often called “Geniuses”. The trainees are known as GYOs: Grow-Your-Own-Geniuses.

44 Capital metropolis on the Andean Plateau : LA PAZ

The administrative capital of Bolivia, La Paz, is formally named Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace). La Paz is the seat of the Bolivian authorities, despite the fact that the constitutional capital of the nation is Sucre.

The Altiplano (“high plain”, in Spanish) of South America is also referred to as the Andean Plateau. It is situated within the Central Andes, and has a median peak of round 12,300 toes. The Altiplano is residence to the Bolivian capital La Paz in addition to Lake Titicaca, which is also known as the best navigable lake on the planet.

51 Binge watcher’s unit : EPISODE

I’m a giant fan of binge-watching, the follow of watching maybe two or three (even 4!) episodes of a present in a row. My spouse and I’ll usually intentionally keep away from watching a really useful present dwell, and as a substitute wait till the entire collection has been launched on-line. I’m not a giant fan of “tune in next week …”

53 Venomous snake : ADDER

The adder, a snake within the viper household, is the one venomous snake discovered on the island of Great Britain. Adders are additionally present in Norway and Sweden, north of the Arctic Circle.

54 Sound from a fold : BAA!

The phrase “fold” describes an enclosure for sheep, and can also be an alternate title for a flock, a bunch of sheep. Both “flock” and “fold” are used figuratively to explain a church’s congregation.

62 Of France : GALLIC

The Gauls have been a Celtic race, with Gaul masking what’s now often called France and Belgium. We use the time period “Gallic” right this moment, after we consult with one thing pertaining to France or the French.

66 Brain scan letters : EEG

An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a file {of electrical} exercise brought on by the firing of neurons throughout the mind. The EEG may be used to diagnose epilepsy, or maybe to find out if a affected person is “brain dead”.

68 New York jail in 1971 headlines : ATTICA

The Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York is used to incarcerate the hardest of the state’s convicts. Famous individuals who have hung out in Attica embrace David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Mark David Chapman (who killed John Lennon). Attica was the positioning of a well-known riot in 1971 involving virtually 1,000 inmates. Control of the jail was restored by the authorities after a number of days of unrest that left 39 individuals useless, together with ten guards and different jail staff.

69 Mormon initials : LDS

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is thought colloquially because the Mormon Church.

71 Sci-fi weapon that makes the sounds heard on the ends of the solutions to the starred clues : PHASER

A MASER is a tool that was round lengthy earlier than LASERs got here into the general public consciousness. A MASER (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is just like a LASER, however microwaves are emitted slightly than mild waves. When the storyline for “Star Trek” was being developed, the writers launched a weapon known as a “phaser”, with the title “phaser” derived from PHoton mASER.

Down

2 De Armas of “Blonde” : ANA

Ana de Armas is an actress from Cuba. Having attended the National Theater School of Cuba, she moved to Spain on the age of 18. Thre, she made a reputation for herself in a Spanish TV collection known as “El Internado”. De Armas moved to Los Angeles in 2014, after which her efficiency reverse Ryan Gosling in 2017’s “Blade Runner 2049” earned her important acclaim.

“Blonde” is a 2022 biographical movie about Marilyn Monroe. It is a fictionalized account of the actress’ life, and relies on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2000 novel of the identical title. Monroe is performed by Ana de Armas.

7 Cupid colleague : COMET

We get the names for Santa’s reindeer from the well-known 1823 poem known as “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, though we’ve modified a few the names over time. The full listing is:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donder (initially “Dunder”, and now usually “Donner”)
  • Blitzen (initially “Blixem”)

Rudolph was added to the listing by retailer Montgomery Ward, would you consider? The retailer commissioned Robert L. May to create a booklet that may very well be handed out to kids round Christmas in 1939, and May launched us to a brand new buddy for Santa, particularly Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

9 Campus mil. unit : ROTC

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a coaching program for officers primarily based in faculties throughout the US. The ROTC program was established in 1862 when as a situation of receiving a land-grant to create faculties, the federal authorities required that army ways be a part of a brand new college’s curriculum.

13 Alison who wrote the graphic memoir “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” : BECHDEL

American cartoonist Alison Bechdel launched what’s now often called the Bechdel check in 1985. The check is used to focus on gender inequality in works of fiction. To move the check, a piece should characteristic not less than two feminine characters who speak to one another about one thing aside from a boy or a person. Apparently, solely half of all films made meet this criterion.

19 Stone for a Libra : OPAL

The constellation of Libra is the seventh signal of the zodiac, and is known as for the scales held by the goddess of justice. Libra is the one signal that isn’t named for a dwelling creature.

23 Steamed bun in Asian delicacies : BAO

A baozi (additionally “bou, bao”) is a steamed, crammed bun in Chinese delicacies.

24 Genesis boat : ARK

According to the Bible’s Book of Genesis, Noah was instructed to construct his ark 300 cubits lengthy, 50 cubits broad and 30 cubits excessive. That’s about 450 toes lengthy, 75 toes broad and 45 toes excessive.

28 “Parks and __” : REC

“Parks and Recreation” (typically simply “Parks and Rec”) is a sitcom that began airing on NBC in 2009, and is a present that has grown on me. It stars the “Saturday Night Live” alum Amy Poehler. The creators of “Parks and Recreation” are a part of the staff accountable for the American model of “The Office”, so that you’ll discover some similarities within the model of the 2 reveals, and a few actors which have appeared in each.

30 Metaphor for no-longer-relevant historical past : ASH HEAP

“The ash heap of history” is a phrase used to consult with artifacts or places which have misplaced their relevance over time.

34 Media-monitoring org. : FCC

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been round since 1934, when it changed the Federal Radio Commission.

37 Great Basin native : UTE

The Great Basin is a big area of the US masking most of Nevada, a lot of Utah and a few components of Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and California. The 200,000 sq. mile space drains internally, with all precipitation sinking underground or flowing into lakes. Most of the lakes within the Great Basin are saline, together with the Great Salt Lake, Pyramid Lake and the Humboldt Sink.

38 Actor Wallach : ELI

Eli Wallach appeared constantly and made nice performances on the massive and small screens from the Fifties onwards. Wallach’s most well-known position was in all probability “the Ugly” in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. More lately he gave a really sturdy efficiency in 2006’s “The Holiday”. Sadly, Wallach handed away in June 2014, on the age of 98.

47 Garden sort : ZEN

Japanese Zen gardens are impressed by the meditation gardens of Zen Buddhist temples. Zen gardens haven’t any water in them, however usually there’s gravel and sand that’s raked in patterns designed to create the impression of water in waves and ripples.

49 “Ratatouille” rat who loves gourmand meals : REMY

“Ratatouille” is a 2007 animated movie produced by Pixar. The hero of the piece is Remy, a rat whose ambition is to turn into a chef. Remy was voiced by slapstick comedian Patton Oswalt. The veteran actor Peter O’Toole voiced the character Anton Ego, a restaurant critic.

50 Greek islander : CRETAN

Crete is the biggest of the Greek Islands, and figures closely in Greek mythology. Zeus was born in a cave at Mount Ida, the best peak on the island. Crete was additionally residence to the Labyrinth the place the Minotaur was slain by Theseus. Icarus and Daedalus, after having crafted the Labyrinth, escaped from the island utilizing wings that they crafted.

58 Mideast dignitary : EMIR

An emir is a prince or chieftain, one most notably from the Middle East in Islamic international locations. In English, “emir” can be written variously as “emeer, amir, ameer” (be careful for these spellings in crosswords!).

60 Beauty retailer chain : ULTA

Ulta Beauty is an American chain of magnificence shops that was based in 1990 and headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. I’m not a part of the corporate’s goal demographic …

63 Fleur-de-__ : LIS

“Lys” (typically “lis”) is the French phrase for “lily” as in “fleur-de-lys”, the heraldic image usually related to the French monarchy.

64 Curling floor : ICE

I feel curling is such a cool recreation (pun!). It’s considerably like bowls, however performed on a sheet of ice. The sport was supposedly invented in medieval Scotland, and is known as curling due to the motion of the granite stone because it strikes throughout the ice. A participant could make the stone take a curved path (“curl”) by inflicting it to slowly rotate because it slides.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Sci-fi weapon that makes the sounds heard on the ends of the solutions to the starred clues : RAY GUN
7 Hubs: Abbr. : CTRS
11 Catch : NAB
14 Operating mindlessly : ON AUTO
15 “Call on me! I know!” : OH! OH!
16 Mined useful resource : ORE
17 Getting some solar : DAYLIT
18 Like a phenom’s rise to stardom : METEORIC
20 *”Black Widow” co-star : FLORENCE PUGH
22 Placeholder abbr. : TBA
25 Court divider : NET
26 Light lunch : SALAD
27 Spy of kid-lit fame : HARRIET
30 Olympics participant : ATHLETE
32 Oxen harnesses : YOKES
33 “Should that be the case … ” : IF SO …
35 Costa del __ : SOL
36 *Cathedral bench : CHURCH PEW
40 Isr. neighbor : SYR
43 Genius Bar professional : TECH
44 Capital metropolis on the Andean Plateau : LA PAZ
48 Forced : COERCED
51 Binge watcher’s unit : EPISODE
53 Venomous snake : ADDER
54 Sound from a fold : BAA!
55 Came in first : WON
56 *Offer of help : LET ME HELP YOU
61 Much of nursery college : PLAYTIME
62 Of France : GALLIC
66 Brain scan letters : EEG
67 Comparable : AKIN
68 New York jail in 1971 headlines : ATTICA
69 Mormon initials : LDS
70 Enthusiast, colloquially : NERD
71 Sci-fi weapon that makes the sounds heard on the ends of the solutions to the starred clues : PHASER

Down

1 Towel holder : ROD
2 De Armas of “Blonde” : ANA
3 Happy cry : YAY!
4 Wide hole : GULF
5 Elec., for one : UTIL
6 Zero : NOT ONE
7 Cupid colleague : COMET
8 “__ what?” : THEN
9 Campus mil. unit : ROTC
10 “Jeepers!” : SHEESH!
11 “Anything goes!” : NO RULES!
12 Japanese “thank you” : ARIGATO
13 Alison who wrote the graphic memoir “The Secret to Superhuman Strength” : BECHDEL
19 Stone for a Libra : OPAL
21 No longer working : RETIRED
22 Poetic possessive : THY
23 Steamed bun in Asian delicacies : BAO
24 Genesis boat : ARK
28 “Parks and __” : REC
29 Sorta : ISH
30 Metaphor for no-longer-relevant historical past : ASH HEAP
31 Blouse : TOP
34 Media-monitoring org. : FCC
37 Great Basin native : UTE
38 Actor Wallach : ELI
39 Is previous? : WAS
40 Surgical instrument : SCALPEL
41 Sang some excessive notes? : YODELED
42 Colorful sale labels : RED TAGS
45 “Kaboom!” : POW!
46 Commotion : ADO
47 Garden sort : ZEN
49 “Ratatouille” rat who loves gourmand meals : REMY
50 Greek islander : CRETAN
52 Evidence of office gender bias, maybe : PAY GAP
54 Mix : BLEND
57 Walk within the park, perhaps : HIKE
58 Mideast dignitary : EMIR
59 Pledge : OATH
60 Beauty retailer chain : ULTA
63 Fleur-de-__ : LIS
64 Curling floor : ICE
65 Automobile : CAR

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