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The LA times crosswords are solved by the readers. The time allotted for solving the puzzle is 3 hours. Black squares with black letters indicate the alphabetical order of words within a word list.
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Theme: HOME is where you find it. Hope you got the circles, because they are the place setters for the word HOME, which is hidden in each theme answer, can be found. Let’s have a look.
17A. Craven endeavor: HORROR MOVIE. Wes Craven has directed a few of them. You can find the letters of the word HOME distributed across this fill.
22A. Like energy efficient buildings, for example:HIGH PERFORMANCE. Well insulated with efficient HVAC systems. Is your HOME one of them?
38A. Territorial Complex dissolved during the Napoleonic Wars: HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE. It was established on Christmas Day in 800 C.E. when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne emperor.
Acclaimed 2016 Broadway soundtrack, with “The”: HAMILTON MIX TAPE. This is more than a little bit strained. Is a sound track a mix tape? Really? And TAPE? By 2016 that would have been very old school. But, it does give us the letters we need.
Final leg … and a hint to each set of circles: HOME STRETCH. This is the last straight away section of a race on an oval track, leading to the finish line. In each theme fill the letters of HOME are STRETCHED across the words, in each case beginning with H and ending with E. The O and M are internal ,in order, and non-adjacent. So there is a nice consistency to the construction. Sadly, there are some vagrant E’s and O’s lurking in there also, which strikes me as a flaw. In this type of theme there is no relationship among the theme fill other than accommodating the needed letters. This is clever, well thought through, and pretty well designed, but I am less than delighted.
Hi Gang, JazzBumpa here, evidently in a nit-picking mood. Let’s see what else we can find.
1. Surpasses 21, in blackjack: BUSTS. This is a betting card game where face cards count ten points, spot cards according to their numbers, and aces as either 1 or 11 at the player’s discretion. The point is to accept cards in order to get a count close to 21 without going over
6. Top-level performance:A GAME. I remember my son saying when his kids were little that when they were at our house they had their A Game on. Alas, they are all adults now.
11. NBA legend familiarly: Dr. J. Julius Winfield Erving II (b. 1950), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is an American former professional basketball player. During his 16 years in the NBA, none of his teams ever missed the post-season.
14. Company that’s proud of it quacks? AFLAC. This insurance company has a quacking duck in its commercials. Cf. the Liberty Emu and Geico Gekko. I hate them all.
15. Chopper topper: ROTOR. The rotating blades on a helicopter.
Like the top half of Monaco’s flag: RED.
16. In the style of: A LA.
20 A. Solar panel spot. ROOF. Where the sun shines.
21. Blockhead: TWIT.
29. Together in music: A DUE. This refers specifically to the situation where a staff is carrying parts for two players, but they then play one part together. From the French [of course] meaning “for two.”
30. Acid found in olive oil. OLEIC. It is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, and the most common fatty acid found in nature.
31. 34 Across has one of them: TILDE. The tilde ˜ or ~, is a grapheme that changes the sound of the letter associated with it. CF the next entry. The name derives from the Latin for superscript.
34. Historic ship: NIÑA. One of the ships that Christopher Columbus used to pillage the new world.
35. QG’s try: ATT. Abrev.. for ATTEMPT – a football quarterback’s pass intended for a receiver. If he catches it, it’s called a completion.
41. Senator Klobuchar: AMY. Like our own C. C., she represents Minnesota.
42. Orator’s art: Abbr: RHET. Short for rhetoric, the art of persuasion, which along with grammar and logic is one of the three ancient arts of discourse. Rhetoric aims to study the techniques writers or speakers utilize to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations.
43. WWI President: WILSON. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856 –1924) was an American politician and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921.
44. Dough: MOOLA. Slang terms for money.
45. Resistance units: OHMS. The standard unit of electrical resistance in the International System of Units (SI), It is named after German physicist Georg Ohm.
52 By Jove: EGAD. A mild oath, probably derived as a euphemism to avoid sayin, “Oh, God.” in polite society. Jove was the supreme god of Roman mythology, so it makes sense.
53. Ticket datum: GATE. The total number of paying ticket holders. The amount they paid is gate receipts.
54. ___ Country: ALT. Abrv for “alternative” – a sub genre of country music influenced by alternative rock.
62. Cartoonist Chaz: ROZ. Rosalind “Roz” Chast is an American cartoonist and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. Since 1978, she has published more than 800 cartoons in The New Yorker. She also publishes cartoons in Scientific American and the Harvard Business Review.
63. Precipice: BRINK. The edge [of something.]
64, Like an egg: OVATE. An oval expanded into the third dimension.
65. Table for ___: TWO. An intimate dining situation.
66. Passing words: OBITS. Short for obituaries, brief writings about those who have recently departed.
67. Tranquilizing brand: XANAX. A prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, panic disorder, and anxiety associated with depression. Xanax may be used alone or with other medications.
1. Harrumph: BAH. Expressions of disgust or displeasure.
2. Eerie sky light: UFO. Unidentified Flying Object. Who knows what they are?
3. Canon letters: SLR. What kind of Canon is this: a brand name camera, of course. Single Lens Reflex refers to the specific construction.
4. Pitch. Another word with many potential meanings, but here is is TAR.
5. Organization whose income taxes are passed through to shareholders. S CORP. An S corporation, for United States federal income tax, is a closely held corporation that makes a valid election to be taxed under Subchapter S of Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code. In general, S corporations do not pay any income taxes. And that is more than I know about them.
6. Tanks and such: ARMOR. In this context, military vehicles sheathed with metal plate for protection.
7. Digress: GO OFF ON A TANGENT. I try not to do that. You be the judge.
8. Dune buggy, briefly: ATV. An All Terrain Vehicle — a small open motor vehicle with one or two seats and three or more wheels fitted with large tires, designed for use on rough ground.
9. L’étate, à Louis XIV: MOI. “I am the State,” he claimed, expressing the spirit of a rule in which the king held all political authority. His absolutism brought him into conflict with the Huguenots and the papacy, with damaging repercussions.
10 Bard’s before: ERE.
11. Outlined, maybe: DRAWN. As with pen or pencil.
12. Museum piece: RELIC. An object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest.
13. Website for Jewish singles: J DATE. Where one can connect with successful, like-minded Jewish singles.
18. Sushi topper: ROE. Fish eggs.
21. Half a Northwest airport: TAC. Serving Seattle and Tacoma, This airport is coded SEA-TAC. [Bah!]
22. Yoga term meaning “force”: HATHA.
23. “Under the weather,” say: IDIOM. A group of words whose meaning is not literal.
24. Water-formed ditch: GULLY.
25. Actress Lamarr: HEDY. Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; [ 1914 – 2000) was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor. Read abut her here.
26. Director of many “This is us” episodes: OLIN. Ken [b. 1954]
27. What people who need People might do? RENEW. For those who subscribe to the magazine.
28. Cocoanut Grove city. MIAMI. This is an upscale neighborhood on Biscayne Bay.
32. Swashbuckling Flynn: ERROL. [1909 – 1959] After a checkered early life, he turned to acting, and became famous for his leading roles in adventure movies.
35. Tyler of Archer: AISHA. [b 1970] An American actress, comedian, director, and talk show host.
36. Tread heavily: TROMP.
37. Future, e.g.: TENSE. A grammar term used to indicate whether a sentence (or verb) is an action in the past, the present or the future.
39. Ten time NBA All-Star Anthony, to fans: MELO. Carmelo Kyam Anthony [b 1984] is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six times.
40. Story arc: PLOT.
44. Prefix with day: MID-. Close to noon.
46. Symbol of affection: HEART. Indicating love.
47. Lit up: AGLOW. As the heart of someone in love.
48. Passover staple: MATZO. An unleavened flatbread that is part of Jewish cuisine and forms an integral element of the Passover festival, during which chametz [leavening] is forbidden.
49. Masks: HIDES. As an ingedient with a strong flavor might mask the presence of another ingredient.
50. Wednesday kin: ITT. A cousin from the Addams family TV show.
51. Copy, in a way: XEROX. Where the brand name of a document copying machine is used generically for copying.
55. “Industry” network: HBO. “Industry” is British-American television drama series created by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. It follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at Pierpoint & Co, a prestigious investment bank in London.
56. Celestial sphere: ORB. A round object in the sky.
57. Cusomizable Nintendo avatar: MII. It’s how you can represent yourself in games on the Wii gaming system.
58. Green of “Casino Royal.” EVA. Eva Gaëlle Green [b. 1980] is a French actress and model. The daughter of actress Marlène Jobert, she started her career in theatre before making her film debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers.”
59. Share at the beach. TAN. A skin tone you might develop from exposure to sun light.
60. Windy City train letters: CTA. Chicago Transit Authority. Also this.
61. Curse: HEX. An evil magic spell.
So ends the HOME STRETCH of another Wednesday, and begins the month of December. Rabbit, rabbit!
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