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LA Times Crossword 22 Dec 22, Thursday



Constructed by: Freddie Cheng & Caroline Sommers
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer: Pruning Shears

Themed solutions every begin with the phrase “SHEAR”, however it has been PRUNED, had a letter or two reduce off:

  • 57A Hedge trimmer’s instrument, which appears to have been used on the begins of the solutions to the starred clues? : PRUNING SHEARS
  • 20A *Strawberry’s area, as soon as : SHEA STADIUM
  • 38A *”Listen, I can clarify” : HEAR ME OUT
  • 48A *Warning that would include a “Shush!” : EARS ARE FLAPPING

Read on, or bounce to …
… a whole checklist of solutions

Bill’s time: 6m 13s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Auto trade pioneer : OLDS

Ransom Eli Olds was a pioneer within the automotive trade, and the founding father of the Oldsmobile and REO manufacturers. Olds launched the primary fashionable “stationary” meeting line (Henry Ford’s well-known innovation was the “moving” meeting line). As a end result, it may be argued that the Oldsmobile Curved Dash was the primary mass-produced, low-priced car, reasonably than Ford’s Model T.

5 Couches : SOFAS

“Sofa” is a Turkish phrase that means “bench”.

14 Christopher Robin’s buddy : POOH

In A. A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” assortment of tales, Pooh has many buddies within the Hundred Acre Wood. Besides Christopher Robin, who doesn’t truly dwell within the woods, the checklist consists of Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Tigger and Owl.

15 Novelist Desai : ANITA

Anita Desai is an Indian novelist whose checklist of works consists of “In Custody”, which was made right into a 1993 movie of the identical title.

16 Toll unit : AXLE

An 18-wheeler semi-trailer truck has eight wheels beneath the trailer, i.e. 4 on every of the 2 rear axles. There are 10 wheels beneath the tractor unit. Two of the ten wheels are on the entrance axle, and eight are on the rear two axles that sit beneath the entrance of the trailer.

17 Draped Roman garment : TOGA

In historical Rome, the classical apparel often known as a toga (plural “togae” or “togas”) was normally worn over a tunic. The tunic was constituted of linen, and the toga itself was a bit of fabric about twenty toes lengthy constituted of wool. The toga might solely be worn by males, and provided that these males had been Roman residents. The feminine equal of the toga was known as a “stola”.

19 Used Google Wallet, say : PAID

Google Wallet is a intelligent cell cost system that permits customers to retailer bank cards, loyalty playing cards, present playing cards and the like on cell telephones. The ideally suited use of the system entails simply tapping one’s telephone at a Wallet-enabled terminal at checkout. But, there aren’t many shops which have such a functionality. Great thought although …

20 *Strawberry’s area, as soon as : SHEA STADIUM

Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York was named after William A. Shea, the person credited with bringing National League baseball again to the town within the type of the New York Mets. Shea Stadium was dismantled in 2008-2009, and the positioning now supplies extra parking for the brand new stadium close by known as Citi Field.

Darryl Strawberry is a retired MLB participant who was recognized by the nickname “The Straw Man”. Strawberry led a troubled life whereas taking part in skilled baseball, and was suspended thrice by the league for substance abuse.

23 2020 and 2022 WNBA MVP A’ja : WILSON

Professional basketball participant A’ja Wilson was the primary decide within the 2018 WNBA draft, after which she signed for the Las Vegas Aces. She gained Olympic Gold on the 2020 Olympics, and captained the Aces in 2022 when the crew gained their first league championship title.

28 Resource in Catan and Minecraft : ORE

The Settlers of Catan (now simply “Catan”) is a board recreation that was launched in 1995, in Germany as “Die Siedler von Catan”. The recreation may be very in style within the US and was known as “the board game of our time” by the “Washington Post”. My son performs it rather a lot, and as a lover of board video games, I’m going to need to test it out …

Minecraft is a online game that was launched in 2011. It has been cited as one of the crucial influential video video games of all time.

29 Rodeo hat : STETSON

Stetson is a model of hat manufactured by John B. Stetson Company of St. Joseph, Missouri. The so-called “cowboy hat” that Stetson pioneered was so successful that the corporate grew to become the biggest hat maker on the earth, producing over 3.3 million hats per yr.

33 A Bobbsey twin : NAN

The “Bobbsey Twins” sequence of youngsters’s novels was first written by Edward Stratemeyer in 1904. Stratemeyer used the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope, as did subsequent authors who wrote 72 books within the sequence between 1904 and 1979. The title characters are two units of fraternal twins, one named Bert and Nan (who’re 12) and the opposite named Flossie and Freddie (who’re 6).

34 “De __”: “Gracias” response : NADA

In Spanish, one can reply to “Gracias” (Thank you) with “De nada” (It’s nothing).

41 Mid-Mar. honoree : ST PAT

The first Saint Patrick’s Day celebration within the US was held in 1600, in St. Augustine, Florida. There is a few proof that the primary St. Paddy’s Day parade was held the next yr, in the identical locale. The annual parade in Boston dates again to 1737, in New York City dates again to 1762, and in Chicago dates again to 1843.

44 Flick : MOVIE

The slang time period “flick” that means “movie” got here into use within the mid-Nineteen Twenties. It comes from the “flickering” look of movies again then.

55 Late-March signal : ARIES

Aries the Ram is the primary astrological signal within the Zodiac, and is called after the constellation. Your start signal is Aries for those who had been born between March 21 and April 20, however if you’re an Aries you’ll know that! “Aries” is the Latin phrase for “ram”.

66 Choir part : ALTOS

In choral music, an alto (plural “alti”) is the second-highest voice in a four-part refrain made up of soprano, contr(alto), tenor and bass. The phrase “alto” describes the vocal vary, that of the deepest feminine singing-voice, whereas the time period “contralto” describes extra than simply the alto vary, but in addition its high quality and timbre. An grownup male’s voice (not a boy’s) with the identical vary as an alto is known as a “countertenor”.

67 Mexican Mrs. : SRA

The equal of “Mrs.” in French is “Mme.” (Madame), in Spanish is “Sra.” (Señora) and in Portuguese can be “Sra.” (Senhora).

68 Hit simply previous the infield : BLOOP

In baseball, a bloop single is extra normally known as a blooper. It’s a fly ball that drops for a single between an infielder and an outfielder.

70 Tater __ : TOT

Ore-Ida’s founders got here up with the concept for Tater Tots once they had been deciding what to do with residual cuts of potato. They chopped up the leftovers, added flour and seasoning, and extruded the combination via a big gap making a sausage that they reduce into small cylinders. We eat 70 million kilos of this extruded potato yearly!

Down

2 British lav : LOO

It has been steered that the British time period “loo”, that means “toilet”, comes from “Waterloo” (water closet … water-loo), however nobody appears to know for certain. Another suggestion is that the time period comes from the cardboard recreation of “lanterloo”, wherein the pot was known as the john!

Our phrase “lavatory” (typically “lav”) initially referred to a washbasin, and comes from the Latin “lavatorium”, a spot for laundry. In the 1600s, “lavatory” got here to imply a washroom, and within the Nineteen Twenties a bathroom.

3 Arctic transport : DOGSLED

Most of us are used to seeing canines pulling a sled side-by-side, in pairs. The conventional configuration for sleds in Greenland is to have the canines pulling whereas fanned out in entrance of the automobile.

4 Bravo’s “__ of Sunset” : SHAHS

“Shahs of Sunset” is a actuality TV sequence that initially aired from 2012 to 2021. The present follows a bunch of Persian Americans residing in Los Angeles. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, hundreds of Iranians fled to the US. Many settled in Westwood, Los Angeles, and a neighborhood developed that’s now known as Tehrangeles (a portmanteau of “Tehran” and “Los Angeles”).

5 Kim’s “Sex and the City” function : SAMANTHA

Kim Cattrall is a Canadian-English actress finest recognized for enjoying Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City”. My favourite movie wherein Cattrall options is the wonderful 2010 movie “The Ghost Writer”, wherein she does an amazing job taking part in an Englishwoman.

Is it simply me or would “Sex and the City” be so a lot better off with out the 2 romantic leads, Carrie and Mr. Big? Carrie Bradshaw is performed by Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mr. Big (aka John James Preston) is performed by Chris Noth. We by no means discovered Mr Big’s first title (John) till the sequence finale, and his full title wasn’t revealed till the primary film got here out.

7 Rock, in a selecting recreation : FIST

Rock-paper-scissors is a hand recreation performed by two folks, no less than right here in North America. Back in Ireland we known as the sport “scissors-paper-stone”, and one other title encountered across the English-speaking world is “roshambo”. The recreation is usually used as a manner to decide on between two choices or two people.

8 Flour for roti : ATTA

Atta is a whole-wheat flour used to make flatbreads in South Asian delicacies, resembling chapati and naan. “Atta” is the Hindi or Urdu phrase for “dough”.

In an Indian restaurant, naan bread may be very in style. Roti is an unleavened cousin of naan.

10 Shot : KAPUT

“Kaput” is a well-known time period that means “incapacitated, destroyed”, and involves us from French (through German). The authentic phrase “capot” means “not having won a single trick” within the French card recreation Piquet.

12 Country’s __ Young Band : ELI

The Eli Young Band is a rustic group from Texas based by Mike Eli and James Young once they had been roommates within the University of North Texas.

13 Actor Beatty : NED

Actor Ned Beatty is probably finest remembered for the reasonably disturbing “squeal like a pig” scene within the film “Deliverance”. Beatty additionally earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his efficiency within the 1976 film “Network”.

21 Canon SLR digital camera : EOS

I’ve been utilizing Canon EOS cameras for many years now, and don’t have anything however good issues to say about each the cameras and the lenses. The EOS title stands for Electro-Optical System, and was chosen as a result of it evokes the title of Eos, the Titan goddess of daybreak from Greek mythology.

22 Ziering of the “Sharknado” movies : IAN

Ian Ziering is an actor best-known for enjoying Steve Sanders on the TV present “Beverly Hills, 90210”.

“Sharknado” is a 2013 tongue-in-cheek catastrophe film that was made for the Syfy tv channel. The foundation of the plot is a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles, leading to a flood that leaves man-eating sharks roaming the town. I don’t assume so …

24 401(okay) kin : IRA

A 401(okay) account resembles an IRA in that contributions may be constituted of a paycheck previous to the deduction of revenue taxes. A 401(okay) differs from an IRA in that it’s an employer-sponsored plan, with funds taken by the employer immediately from an worker’s paycheck. Additionally, contributions may be totally or partially matched by an employer.

26 Airport shuttle, typically : VAN

The automobile we name a “van” takes its title from “caravan”, and so “van” is a shortened model of the older time period. Back within the 1600s, a caravan was a coated cart. We nonetheless use the phrase “caravan” in Ireland to explain what we name a “mobile home” or “recreational vehicle” right here within the US.

31 Director Burton : TIM

Movie director and producer Tim Burton makes my least favourite kind of film: darkish, gothic, horror fantasies. The checklist of his titles consists of “Edward Scissorhands”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland”. Also included in every of those motion pictures is Johnny Depp in a starring function, as Depp and Burton are good buddies and frequent collaborators. Another frequent star in Burton motion pictures is English actress Helena Bonham Carter, who has been his home companion since 2001.

40 Diamond authority : UMP

Back within the fifteenth century, “an umpire” was known as “a noumpere”, which was misheard and therefore inflicting the dropping of the preliminary letter N. The time period “noumpere” got here from Old French “nonper” that means “not even, odd number”. The thought was that the unique umpire was a 3rd particular person known as on to arbitrate between two, offering that “odd number” wanted to determine the dispute.

41 Mermaid’s realm : SEA

The mythological creatures named mermaids are normally depicted with the pinnacle and higher physique of a human feminine, and with the tail of a fish. The time period “mermaid” comes from the Old English “mere” that means “sea, lake” and “maid” that means “young woman”. The authentic mermaids had been most likely tail-less, with that “fishy” addition doubtless coming with comparability to classical sirens. The male equal of a mermaid is “merman”.

42 Pond teen : TADPOLE

A tadpole is an intermediate stage within the life cycle of some amphibians (like frogs and toads), between embryo and grownup. Tadpoles are often known as pollywogs. The time period “tadpole” comes from “tadde” that means “toad” and “pol” that means “head”.

43 Equitably divided : PRO RATA

“Pro rata” is a Latin phrase that means “in proportion”.

45 Scathing criticism : VITRIOL

We use the time period “vitriol” to imply “bitter or abusive feelings”. This utilization stems from the unique that means of the time period as a corrosive substance, a sulfate of iron that produces sulfuric acid when heated. Sulfuric acid was known as “oil of vitriol”. The use of the time period in chemistry comes from the Latin “vitrium” that means “glass”, because the iron sulfate typically had a glassy look.

47 Shakshouka ingredient : EGG

Shakshouka (additionally “shakshuka”) is a dish that originated in North Africa. It consists of eggs poached in a sauce constituted of tomatoes, chili peppers, garlic and several other spices. I’m hungry …

49 Hindi cinema star Aishwarya __ Bachchan : RAI

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gained the 1994 Miss World pageant representing India. She parlayed that win into an extremely profitable performing profession, primarily showing in Hindi and Tamil movies.

50 Actor Borgnine : ERNEST

“Ernest Borgnine” was the stage title of actor Ermes Borgnino from Hamden, Connecticut. One of Borgnine’s most well-known roles was Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale within the hit TV sequence “McHale’s Navy”. Borgnine had himself served within the US Navy from 1935 to 1941. He then re-enlisted after the assault on Pearl Harbor and served till 1945.

51 Mozart’s “The Marriage of __” : FIGARO

Figaro is the title character in no less than two operas: “The Barber of Seville” (“Il barbiere di Siviglia”) by Rossini, and “The Marriage of Figaro” (“Le nozze di Figaro”) by Mozart. The two storylines are based mostly on performs by Pierre Beaumarchais, with one principally being a sequel to the opposite.

52 “Interview With the Vampire” vampire : LESTAT

Lestat de Lioncourt is the central character in Anne Rice’s sequence of erotic and Gothic novels “The Vampire Chronicles”. Lestat was performed by Tom Cruise within the 1994 film adaptation of Rice’s first novel “Interview with the Vampire”.

“Anne Rice” is the pen title of American writer of erotic and Gothic novels Howard Allen O’Brien. Her well-known sequence of novels “The Vampire Chronicles” facilities on her character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who was was a vampire within the 18th century. One of the tales, “Interview with the Vampire”, was tailored for the large display screen in 1994 and options Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and others in a star-studded solid. Not my sort of film although, as I don’t do vampires …

53 Volcanic particles : ASH

Our phrase “volcano” comes from “Vulcano”, the title of a volcanic island off the coast of Italy. The island’s title comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fireplace. The Romans believed that the island of Vulcano was the chimney of the forge belonging to the god Vulcan. The Romans additionally believed that the eruptions on Mount Etna in Sicily had been attributable to Vulcan getting indignant and dealing his forge so arduous that sparks and smoke flew out of the highest of the volcano.

59 Urquhart Castle’s loch : NESS

Urquhart Castle is a wreck that sits proper on the sting of Loch Ness within the Highlands of Scotland. What’s left of the outdated citadel right this moment dates from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries.

61 Penne __ vodka : ALLA

Penne alla vodka is a pasta dish with a sauce made from vodka, cream, tomatoes, onions and sausage or bacon.

62 Gadot of “Wonder Woman” : GAL

Gal Gadot is an actress and former Miss Israel. She performed Gisele Yashar within the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise, after which started portraying Wonder Woman in superhero motion pictures.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Auto trade pioneer : OLDS
5 Couches : SOFAS
10 Enthusiastic : KEEN
14 Christopher Robin’s buddy : POOH
15 Novelist Desai : ANITA
16 Toll unit : AXLE
17 Draped Roman garment : TOGA
18 “Can’t you get someone else?” : MUST I?
19 Used Google Wallet, say : PAID
20 *Strawberry’s area, as soon as : SHEA STADIUM
23 2020 and 2022 WNBA MVP A’ja : WILSON
25 Longtime native : NATIVE
28 Resource in Catan and Minecraft : ORE
29 Rodeo hat : STETSON
33 A Bobbsey twin : NAN
34 “De __”: “Gracias” response : NADA
36 Bank job : HEIST
37 Pop within the mail : SEND
38 *”Listen, I can clarify” : HEAR ME OUT
41 Mid-Mar. honoree : ST PAT
44 Flick : MOVIE
48 *Warning that would include a “Shush!” : EARS ARE FLAPPING
54 Rumpus : ADO
55 Late-March signal : ARIES
56 Label : TAG
57 Hedge trimmer’s instrument, which appears to have been used on the begins of the solutions to the starred clues? : PRUNING SHEARS
62 Lose one’s cool fully : GO APE
63 Ingest : EAT
64 Minor interruptions : BLIPS
66 Choir part : ALTOS
67 Mexican Mrs. : SRA
68 Hit simply previous the infield : BLOOP
69 Isn’t straight : LEANS
70 Tater __ : TOT
71 Like the ocean : SALTY

Down

1 Withdraw, with “out” : OPT …
2 British lav : LOO
3 Arctic transport : DOGSLED
4 Bravo’s “__ of Sunset” : SHAHS
5 Kim’s “Sex and the City” function : SAMANTHA
6 Burden : ONUS
7 Rock, in a selecting recreation : FIST
8 Flour for roti : ATTA
9 Turned down : SAID NO TO
10 Shot : KAPUT
11 Check rigorously : EXAMINE
12 Country’s __ Young Band : ELI
13 Actor Beatty : NED
21 Canon SLR digital camera : EOS
22 Ziering of the “Sharknado” movies : IAN
23 Hit a walk-off homer, say : WON
24 401(okay) kin : IRA
26 Airport shuttle, typically : VAN
27 Tip : END
30 Alway : E’ER
31 Director Burton : TIM
32 Compass pt. : SSE
35 Cries of discovery : AHAS
37 “Quit it!” : STOP!
39 Uber driver’s guess : ETA
40 Diamond authority : UMP
41 Mermaid’s realm : SEA
42 Pond teen : TADPOLE
43 Equitably divided : PRO RATA
45 Scathing criticism : VITRIOL
46 Stuck : IN A SPOT
47 Shakshouka ingredient : EGG
49 Hindi cinema star Aishwarya __ Bachchan : RAI
50 Actor Borgnine : ERNEST
51 Mozart’s “The Marriage of __” : FIGARO
52 “Interview With the Vampire” vampire : LESTAT
53 Volcanic particles : ASH
58 Versed in : UPON
59 Urquhart Castle’s loch : NESS
60 Flows again : EBBS
61 Penne __ vodka : ALLA
62 Gadot of “Wonder Woman” : GAL
65 Undercover agent : SPY

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