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LA Times Crossword 26 Dec 22, Monday


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Constructed by: Lynn Ok. Watson & Will Nediger
Edited by: Patti Varol

Today’s Reveal Answer: Crack the Case

Themed solutions every begin with CA- and end with -SE, i.e. begin and end with a “CRACKED ‘CASE’”:

  • 57A Solve a thriller, and a touch to the solutions to the starred clues : CRACK THE CASE
  • 20A *Pink flower native to japanese North America : CAROLINA ROSE
  • 35A *Like a recreation that includes evasive subterfuge : CAT AND MOUSE
  • 43A *Migratory honker : CANADA GOOSE

Read on, or soar to …
… an entire record of solutions

Bill’s time: 4m 41s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

1 Warning sound from a rattlesnake : HISS!

The scales overlaying the tip of a rattlesnake’s tail are made from keratin, the identical structural protein that makes up the outer layer of human pores and skin, in addition to our hair and nails. The rattlesnake shakes its tail vigorously to warn off potential predators, inflicting the hole scales to vibrate in opposition to each other and leading to that scary “rattle” sound. The rattler’s tail muscular tissues “fire” an unbelievable fifty occasions a second to realize that impact, demonstrating one of many quickest muscular actions in the entire animal kingdom.

5 Electrical pioneer Nikola : TESLA

Nikola Tesla was born in Serbia, however later moved to the US. Tesla’s work on mechanical and electrical engineering was essential to the event of alternating present expertise, the identical expertise that’s utilized by tools on the spine of recent energy technology and distribution methods.

17 Sign fuel : NEON

The fundamental design of neon lighting was first demonstrated on the Paris Motor Show in 1910. Such lighting is made up of glass tubes containing a vacuum into which has been launched a small quantity of neon fuel. When a voltage is utilized between two electrodes contained in the tube, the neon fuel “glows” and provides off the acquainted mild.

18 Paper measurement longer than letter : LEGAL

Our paper sizes right here in North America don’t conform with the requirements in the remainder of the world. ISO customary sizes used elsewhere had been chosen in order that the ratio of width to size is normally one to the sq. root of two. This mathematical relationship signifies that whenever you reduce a chunk of paper in two every half preserves the facet ratio of the unique, which may be helpful in making decreased or enlarged copies of paperwork. Our customary measurement of “letter” (ltr., 8.5 x 11 inches) was decided in 1980 by the Reagan administration to be the official paper measurement for the US authorities. Prior to this, the “legal” measurement (8.5 x 14 inches) had been the usual, since 1921.

19 Cab : TAXI

We name cabs “taxis”, a phrase derived from “taximeter cabs” that had been launched in London in 1907. A taximeter was an automatic meter designed to document distance traveled and fare to be charged. The time period “taximeter” developed from “taxameter”, with “taxa” being Latin for “tax, charge”.

20 *Pink flower native to japanese North America : CAROLINA ROSE

The Carolina rose is a perennial shrub that additionally goes by the identify “prairie rose”. Native to japanese North America, it may well now be discovered over many of the North American continent.

24 Sound system : STEREO

Monophonic sound (“mono”) is sound reproduced utilizing only one audio channel, which is normally performed out of only one speaker. Stereophonic sound is reproduced utilizing two audio channels, with the sound from every channel performed out of two completely different audio system. The pair of stereo audio system are normally positioned aside from one another in order that sound seems to return from between the 2. Quadraphonic sound (4.0 encompass sound) makes use of 4 audio channels with the sound performed again via 4 audio system which might be typically positioned on the corners of the room wherein one is listening.

32 U.Ok. lawmakers : MPS

The UK Parliament is split into two homes, with the higher home referred to as the House of Lords and the decrease home because the House of Commons. The members of the House of Commons (MPs) are elected, however most new members of the House of Lords are appointed. Historically, a big proportion of the membership of the higher home had been hereditary friends, however current legislative modifications are decreasing the numbers who can sit within the House of Lords by advantage of birthright.

41 Chutney fruit : MANGO

Chutney is a usually southern Asian condiment created from spices with greens or fruit. The time period “chutney” comes from the Sanskrit “caṭnī” which means “to lick”.

42 Chief Valhalla god : ODIN

In Norse mythology, Valhalla (“hall of the slain”) is a huge corridor on the earth of Asgard. Asgard and Valhalla are dominated by the god Odin, the chief Norse god.

43 *Migratory honker : CANADA GOOSE

The Canada goose has fairly a particular coloring, with a black head and neck damaged up by a white “chinstrap”. They thrive in parks which might be frequented by people, and are so profitable that they’re thought-about pests by some.

47 Reptile within the Chinese zodiac : SNAKE

The Chinese Zodiac is a scheme that relates every year to the attributes of a specific animal in a 12-year cycle. So, the Chinese Zodiac has one signal for every of twelve years, whereas the Western Zodiac has one signal for every of the twelve months.

The 12-year cycle within the Chinese calendar makes use of the next animals so as:

  • Rat
  • Ox
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

61 “Veep” actress Chlumsky : ANNA

Anna Chlumsky launched her profession as a baby actress enjoying the title function within the movies “My Girl” (1991) and “My Girl 2” (1994). After taking day trip to attend faculty, Chlumsky resumed her run of success with a daily function within the political satire present “Veep”.

“Veep” is a political satire sitcom on HBO that could be a remake of the British present “The Thick of It” (Warning: sturdy language!). “Veep” is about within the workplace of fictional US Vice President Selina Meyer, performed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

65 Tehran’s land : IRAN

Tehran is the capital of Iran and is the most important metropolis within the Middle East, with a inhabitants of about 8.5 million. Iran has been round a extremely very long time and Tehran is definitely the nation’s thirty first nationwide capital.

68 Guitarist Lofgren : NILS

Musician Nils Lofgren was a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for over 25 years. Lofgren offered vocals and performed guitar, and was employed because the alternative for Steven Van Zandt.

71 Checkers or chess : GAME

“Checkers” is one more phrase that I needed to be taught transferring throughout the Atlantic. In Ireland, the sport is known as “draughts”.

It is believed that the sport of chess originated in northwest India. It developed from a Sixth-century recreation known as “chaturanga”, a Sanskrit phrase which means “four divisions”. These 4 (navy) divisions had been represented within the recreation:

  • Infantry (now “pawns”)
  • Cavalry (now “knights”)
  • Elephants (now “bishops”)
  • Chariots (now “rooks”)

Down

4 Mexican state bordering Arizona : SONORA

Sonora is the state in Mexico that lies simply south of Arizona and New Mexico. It is the second-largest state within the nation, after Chihuahua.

5 Anklebones : TALI

The assortment of seven bones within the foot slightly below the ankle are identified collectively because the tarsus. One of these bones is the talus (plural “tali”), extra generally known as “ankle bone”. The talus is the decrease a part of the ankle joint and articulates with the decrease ends of the tibia and fibula within the decrease leg.

8 Perjurers : LIARS

An act of perjury is the willful giving of false testimony underneath oath. The time period “perjury” finally comes from the Latin “per” which means “away” and “iurare” which means “to swear”.

10 ABBA hit with the road “I was defeated, you won the war” : WATERLOO

“Waterloo” is the music that successfully launched the astounding profession of Swedish band ABBA. They carried out “Waterloo” in 1974 because the Swedish entry within the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and walked away with the competitors (I bear in mind it properly!). The contest has been operating since 1956, and “Waterloo” was chosen (in 2005) as one of the best music within the competitors’s historical past.

11 Craft beer letters : IPA

India pale ale (IPA) is a method of beer that originated in England. The beer was initially supposed for transportation from England to India, therefore the identify.

12 “Sour grapes” critter : FOX

Our expression “sour grapes” is used to explain a unfavourable angle adopted by any person in the direction of one thing simply because that individual can’t have the factor himself or herself. The phrase alludes to one among Aesop’s fables, the story of “The Fox and the Grapes”. In the fable, a squirrel may climb as much as grapes excessive in a tree {that a} fox was unsuccessful in attending to. On seeing this, the fox mentioned, “It’s okay, the grapes were sour anyway”.

13 Prefix with -logue : EPI-

Our phrase “epilog” (additionally “epilogue”) applies to an addition on the finish of a play or different literary work. The time period finally comes from the Greek “epi-” signifying “in addition”, and “logos” which means “speech”.

25 Piano piece : ETUDE

An étude is a brief instrumental composition that’s normally fairly exhausting to play and is meant to assist the performer grasp a specific method. “Étude” is the French phrase for “study”. Études are generally carried out on the piano.

26 Welcome sight within the desert : OASIS

An remoted space of vegetation in a desert is known as an oasis (plural “oases”). As water is required for plant development, an oasis may additionally embrace a spring, pond or small lake. We typically use the time period “oasis” extra typically to explain a haven, a spot of relaxation.

28 With 66-Across, fairy-tale character whose mattress was too smooth : MAMA … 66A See 28-Down : … BEAR

The story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” was first recorded in 1837 in England, though the narrative was round earlier than it was really written down. The unique fairy story was relatively ugly, however successive variations grew to become extra family-oriented. The character that ultimately grew to become Goldilocks was initially an aged girl, and the three “nameless” bears grew to become Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

29 Male deer : STAG

A male deer is normally known as a buck, and a feminine is a doe. However, the male pink deer is normally known as a stag. The males of even bigger species of deer are sometimes known as bulls, and the females known as cows. In older English, male deer of over 5 years had been known as harts, and females of over 3 years had been known as hinds. The younger of small species are referred to as fawns, and of bigger species are known as calves. All very complicated …

31 Actress Russo : RENE

The gifted actress Rene Russo is a local of Burbank, California. Russo went to highschool (with actor/director Ron Howard), however dropped out in tenth grade. At seventeen, she was given the chance to coach as a mannequin and inside a really quick time appeared on the quilt of “Vogue”. As her modeling jobs slowed down in her early thirties, Russo made a profession change and studied theater and appearing.

32 Apple computer systems : MACS

Macintosh (additionally “Mac”, since 1998) is a line of computer systems from Apple Inc. The first Macintosh was launched in 1984, and I bear in mind somebody displaying me one at work in these early days of non-public computing. There was a chunk of white plastic linked to the principle laptop by a wire, and I used to be amazed when the man confirmed me that it managed the place the cursor was on the display screen. My colleague advised me that this lump of plastic was known as “a mouse” …

34 Underwater detector : SONAR

The British developed the primary underwater detection system that used sound waves. Research was pushed by protection calls for throughout WWI, resulting in manufacturing of working items in 1922. This new sound detection system was described as utilizing “supersonics”, however for the aim of secrecy the time period was dropped in favor of an acronym. The work was finished underneath the auspices of the Royal Navy’s Anti-Submarine Division, so ASD was mixed with the “IC” from “superson-ic-s” to create the identify ASDIC. The navy even went so far as renaming the quartz materials on the coronary heart of the expertise “ASDivite”. By the time WWII got here alongside, the Americans had been producing their very own methods and coined the time period SONAR, enjoying off the associated software, RADAR. And so, the identify ASDIC was deep-sixed …

37 Private help gps. : NGOS

Non-governmental group (NGO)

45 Fashion month-to-month : ELLE

“Elle” journal was based in 1945 in France and immediately has the very best circulation of any style journal on the earth. “Elle” is the French phrase for “she”. “Elle” is printed month-to-month worldwide, though you’ll be able to decide up a weekly version if you happen to dwell in France.

54 Tennis star Sharapova : MARIA

Maria Sharapova is knowledgeable tennis participant from the city of Nyagan within the Russian Federation. She is a former World No. 1.

55 Sacred music : PSALM

The Greek phrase “psalmoi” initially meant “songs sung to a harp”, and gave us the phrase “psalms”. In the Jewish and Western Christian traditions, the Book of Psalms accommodates 150 particular person psalms, divided into 5 sections.

60 Bowlers and berets : HATS

I feel {that a} bowler hat is normally known as a derby right here within the US. The bowler was first produced in 1849 in London by hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler, therefore the identify. The various identify of “derby” comes from the custom of carrying bowler hats on the Derby horse race (a serious race held yearly in England).

61 Start of the alphabet music : ABC ..

“The Alphabet Song” was copyrighted in 1835 within the US. The tune that goes with the phrases is the French folks music “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman”, utilized by Mozart for a set of piano variations. The identical tune is used for the nursery rhyme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

62 “The Matrix” hero : NEO

Neo is the character performed by Keanu Reeves in “The Matrix” collection of movies.

The 1999 film sensation “The Matrix” was meant to be set in a nondescript city surroundings. It was really shot in Australia, as one of many co-producers of the movie was the Australian firm, Village Roadshow Pictures. You can decide up all types of clues concerning the location when watching the movie, together with a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge in a background shot. Also, visitors drives alongside on the left and there are indicators for the “lift” as a substitute of an “elevator”.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Warning sound from a rattlesnake : HISS!
5 Electrical pioneer Nikola : TESLA
10 Certain companion : WIFE
14 “Hello… hello… hello…,” e.g. : ECHO
15 To no __: with out success : AVAIL
16 Each, informally : A POP
17 Sign fuel : NEON
18 Paper measurement longer than letter : LEGAL
19 Cab : TAXI
20 *Pink flower native to japanese North America : CAROLINA ROSE
23 Leftover : EXTRA
24 Sound system : STEREO
27 Eyes a bull’s-eye, say : AIMS
30 Chapel centerpiece : ALTAR
32 U.Ok. lawmakers : MPS
35 *Like a recreation that includes evasive subterfuge : CAT AND MOUSE
39 Oodles : A LOT
41 Chutney fruit : MANGO
42 Chief Valhalla god : ODIN
43 *Migratory honker : CANADA GOOSE
46 WNW’s reverse : ESE
47 Reptile within the Chinese zodiac : SNAKE
48 __-esteem : SELF
50 Pays for everybody : TREATS
53 Reading lights : LAMPS
57 Solve a thriller, and a touch to the solutions to the starred clues : CRACK THE CASE
61 “Veep” actress Chlumsky : ANNA
64 Latest craze : MANIA
65 Tehran’s land : IRAN
66 See 28-Down : … BEAR
67 Campaign button phrase : ELECT
68 Guitarist Lofgren : NILS
69 Deal (with) : COPE
70 Searches for : SEEKS
71 Checkers or chess : GAME

Down

1 From this level ahead : HENCE
2 Climbing software for frozen surfaces : ICE AX
3 Low on funds : SHORT
4 Mexican state bordering Arizona : SONORA
5 Anklebones : TALI
6 Level : EVEN
7 Very lengthy story : SAGA
8 Perjurers : LIARS
9 Parcel out : ALLOT
10 ABBA hit with the road “I was defeated, you won the war” : WATERLOO
11 Craft beer letters : IPA
12 “Sour grapes” critter : FOX
13 Prefix with -logue : EPI-
21 Not of the clergy : LAIC
22 Tailor’s line : SEAM
25 Piano piece : ETUDE
26 Welcome sight within the desert : OASIS
28 With 66-Across, fairy-tale character whose mattress was too smooth : MAMA …
29 Male deer : STAG
31 Actress Russo : RENE
32 Apple computer systems : MACS
33 Garden development : PLANT
34 Underwater detector : SONAR
36 “It’s __-win situation” : A NO
37 Private help gps. : NGOS
38 Prescribed quantity : DOSE
40 Friendly send-off : TAKE CARE
44 Cherished : DEAR
45 Fashion month-to-month : ELLE
49 Not back-to-back with : FACING
51 Makes much less unruly : TAMES
52 Bathroom accent : SCALE
54 Tennis star Sharapova : MARIA
55 Sacred music : PSALM
56 Smell, for one : SENSE
58 Joint between the foot and the hip : KNEE
59 Clock sound : TICK
60 Bowlers and berets : HATS
61 Start of the alphabet music : ABC …
62 “The Matrix” hero : NEO
63 Quick snooze : NAP

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