Crossword by: Ed Sessa and edited by Rich Norris
Welcome to the answers to the Sunday October 27 2013 LA Times crossword puzzle! Wake Up! Actually according to today’s theme we should be ‘catching some zs’. I don’t mind having a sleep in on a Sunday to be honest:)
Today’s themed answers have a ‘z’ inserted in one of the words which would changes an otherwise commonly used phrase. The themed answers are: A DAZE LIKE NO OTHER, I CALL ‘EM AS I SEIZE ‘EM, LAZE-AWAY PLAN, LIVE, FREEZE OR DIE, THAT AIN’T HAZE, MERRY MONTH OF MAIZE and A SIZE IS JUST A SIZE.
1. Cry from the heartbroken ALAS!
5. All-in-one Apple IMAC
The iMac was first introduced in 1998. It caused quite a stir as its Macintosh’s very first all-in-one desktop computer was a far cry from the original Macintosh hardware. It’s doing pretty well up to this day, though.
9. Masterful, pitching-wise NO-HIT
14. 92-Across newbie PLEBE
A “plebe” is a military slang term for freshmen or new cadets.
19. Bits of fibrous fuzz LINT
20. Second ballot, often RUNOFF VOTE
22. Marathoner, e.g. RACER
23. Dole (out) METE
24. Really big hangover? A DAZE LIKE NO OTHER (from “a day like no other”)
26. Bond film title beginning A VIEW
“A View To A Kill” is the 14th installment to the James Bond series, starring Roger Moore. It was released in 1985 and the theme song, which had the same title as the movie, was sung by Duran Duran.
28. Title for Lancelot SIR
29. Blow-ups ERUPTIONS
30. Video file format MPEG
MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group, established in 1988, is being used to set standards for video and audio compression as well as transmission.
32. Online read, for short EMAG
35. Nada, to Nanette RIEN
“Nada” is Spanish for “nothing,” while in French, the equal word for that is “rien.”
36. Mythical siren’s boast? I CALL ‘EM AS I SEIZE ‘EM (from “I call ‘em as I see ‘em”)
The Sirens in the Greek mythology were bird-women who sing to entice men and sailors to their deaths. Many have fallen victim to them, and Odysseus certainly did not want to end up as one of them, so when he and his ship sailed close to where the Sirens lived, he had his men plug beeswax into their ears so they won’t hear anything, but had them tie him to the mast so he won’t be able to escape. He heard the beautiful singing but he and the rest of his ship was able to sail away safely.
42. Demolition material TNT
TNT is Trinitrotoluene. It’s a chemical compound used as an explosive, and is the measure of strength for bombs as well as other types of explosives.
45. Rain delay result LATE START
46. Prefix with scope TELE-
47. In __ of: replacing LIEU
“In lieu” is French for “instead of” or “in place of.”
48. NYC subway IRT
IRT stands for Interborough Rapid Transit. It opened in 1904 and was the original New York subway private operator. By 1940, the system was owned by the city, however, the name stuck and it is still what it’s called to this day,
49. Better part of a loaf? HALF
50. Couch potato’s preparations? LAZE-AWAY PLAN (from “layaway plan”)
54. George Smiley portrayer Guinness ALEC
Geroge SMiley was a character in the BBC miniseries “Smiley’s People” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” It was played by Sir Alec Guinness, though he became more famous for his role in “Star Wars” as Obi Wan Kenobi.
56. Rihanna song title meaning “I love you” TE AMO
Te Amo is Italian for “I love you.” This was also the title of Rihanna’s song from her 4th studio album released in 2009, entitled Rated R.
58. Nicholas II’s consort ALEXANDRA
Nicholas II was Russia’s last emperor, and Alexandra Feodorovna, also the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England, was his wife. Tragically, Alexandra and the rest of her family were killed in 1918.
59. Florida’s “Blue Monster” golf course DORAL
The Blue Monster is the Doral GOlf Resort and Spa’s championship course, located in Doral Florida.
61. Museum gift shop offering, briefly REPRO
64. Loser to DDE AES
Adlai Stevenson was defeated by Dwight Eisenhower on both presidential elections in 1952 and 1956.
65. Balaam’s mount ASS
Balaam beat his donkey thrice, for each time it would stop and refuse to walk further. Little did he know that his donkey was seeing God’s angel, brandishing a sword. The third time it happened, God let the donkey speak, “What have I done for you to beat me three times?”
They argued and then God made Balaam see the angel. That was when things changed for him, as he became a servant of God and turned against his king.
66. North Pole resident’s motto? LIVE, FREEZE OR DIE (from “Live Free or Die”)
72. Toon Chihuahua REN
The Ren And Stimpy show is an animated TV show in Nickelodeon that ran from 1991 to 1996. It starred a chihuahua that’s hyperactive and a cat that’s empty-braind and happy-go-lucky. Perfect combination right?
75. Crab eater’s neckwear BIB
76. Treat with disdain SCORN
77. Belarusian bread RUBLE
Ruble (also spelled as rouble), is the currency of Russia and other Soviet countries, including Belarus.
81. Whatever the price AT ANY COST
85. Nasal airways NARES
88. Unlike fiction REAL
89. “You might wanna clean your glasses”? THAT AIN’T HAZE (from “that ain’t hay”)
92. Annapolis inst. USNA
USNA stands for United States Naval Academy, and is located in Annapolis, Marylan, and founded in 1845. It serves the US Navy as well as the US Marine Corps.
94. Wheel spinner’s purchase AN I
The Wheel of Fortune tapes 5 to 6 shows in a day at Sony Pictures Studios. Jeopardy! is taped at the next studio.
95. Foot segment INCH
96. Aviation prefix AERO-
97. Valedictorians, e.g. A-STUDENTS
99. Alley-__ pass: hoops play OOP
An Alley oop is a type of basketball play wherein a player throws a pass to another teammate that is positioned near the basket, catches it in mid-air, and dunks it. It’s a certified crows favorite.
100. Harvest time in the Corn Belt? MERRY MONTH OF MAIZE (from “merry month of May”)
104. Prescription indication DOSE
105. List catchall ET AL
Et al is used for people as et cetera is used for things.
106. Mardi Gras, for one FETE
Mardi Gras is french for “Fat Tuesday.” It’s a tradition of having a feast before the fasting season begins (known as Lent).
107. Caddies of old ELDORADOS
The Eldorado was produced from 1953 up until 2002 by General Motors’ Cadillac division.
112. Yak JAW
114. Big name in bookselling NOBLE
Did you know that Barnes and Noble didn’t really start out as a bookstore? In 1873, it started with printing books. It wasn’t until 1917 when they first opened their doors to sell books.
117. “L, XL, XXL—who cares?”? A SIZE IS JUST A SIZE (from “a sigh is just a sigh”)
” You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.
And when two lovers woo
They still say, “I love you.”
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.”
122. Bigheaded VAIN
123. Debussy contemporary RAVEL
Maurice Ravel, famous in France for his compositions, was not able to compose anything for the last 5 years of his life, due to injuries he incurred from a cab accident.
124. Steinbeck novel set in the Salinas Valley EAST OF EDEN
The East Of Eden was first published in 1952. This bestseller is a classic story about the battle between good & evil. It has received its share of rave reviews through the years, and John Steinbeck considers it his masterpiece.
125. Iberian river EBRO
The Ebro river, considered to be one of the important rivers found in the Iberian peninsula, is also the biggest river that can be found in Spain. It has a total length of 930 kilometers.
126. Nixon fundraiser Maurice STANS
Maurice Stans was considered to be one of the most significant figures in the Watergate Scandal. He worked under the Nixon administration, and the money he raised for the Nixon campaign was also used to finance Watergate activities. He died in 1998 of a heart attack. He was 90 years old.
127. Path to a wedding AISLE
128. Posted SENT
129. Breads for Reubens RYES
The Reuben sandwich is served with swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island or Russian dressing, placed between slices of rye bread, and then grilled.
1. __ mater ALMA
Alma Mater was what ancient Rome used to call their mother goddesses, and then later on for Mother Mary in Christianity. In modern times it is used to refer to schools, colleges, and universities any individual has graduated from.
2. Actor Schreiber LIEV
Liev Schrieber was a Yale graduate. He also attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and the Hampshire College.
3. Part of the Enterprise’s power source ANTIMATTER
Antimatter is composed of antiparticles. When they are combined with matter of equal amount, it is then converted to energy.
4. Pealing place STEEPLE
5. CPA’s recommendation IRA
6. Strong java MUD
7. Santa __: offshore winds ANAS
Santa Ana is a city in Orange County, 2nd most populous in the area. It was founded in 1869, and is a part of the Greater Los Angeles Area.
It ranks as fourth in the most densely populated cities in the United States.
8. Like the best fireplace fire COZIEST
9. Org. with Bucs and Broncos NFL
NFL stands for the National Football League, founded in 1920.
10. Duct opening? OVI-
Oviducts can be found only in non-mammals. It is a tube where the egg or the ovum travels through from the ovary.
11. Manipulate, as statistics, with “up” HOKE
Acting in a melodramatic and insincere manner.
12. Old Roman way ITER
Iter is a Latin word that means “road”
13. Teacher’s security TENURE
14. President __ PRO TEM
Pro Tem, or Pro Tempore is a Latin phrase which means “for now” or “for the time being.”
15. Language of many a motto LATIN
16. It’s repetitive ECHO
17. “Someone’s __ sleeping in my bed” BEEN
“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed” is momma bear’s line from the famous children’s story “Goldilocks and the 3 bears.” It was first published in 1837.
18. Slips ERRS
21. 1938 Physics Nobelist FERMI
Enrico Fermi won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics. He studied induced radioactivity and discovered transuranic elements. As a physicist, he was able to excel experimentally and theoretically, something not all Physicists can do at the same time.
25. Role for Ronny OPIE
Ron Howard played the role of Opie Taylor in “The Andy Griffith Show.” He was only 5 yrs old when he played it in 1960.
27. Llanfairpwll citizens WELSH
Llanfairpwll is actually just a shortened version of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoc. It’s the longest name of a place in Europe.
31. Imply GET AT
33. Nick and Nora’s dog ASTA
Asta starred in “The Thin Man.” His name in real life is Skippy but he became so famous because of the movie that it was permanently changed to Asta.
34. “Shoot” GEEZ!
36. 24-part epic ILIAD
37. “Two Women” producer Ponti CARLO
Carlo Ponti is the husband of Sophia Loren. They met in a beauty contest when she was one of the contestants, and he as one of the judges.
38. Like all bucks and some broncos MALE
39. Line for 33-Down ARF ARF
40. Intestinal parts ILEA
You can find the Ilea in the lowest part of the small intestines in humans.
41. Enthusiasm ZEAL
42. Oscar winner Swinton of “Michael Clayton” TILDA
Tilda Swinton has starred in many Hollywood films, such as Constantine. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Narnia, among others.
43. Approaches NEARS
44. Albacore and ahi TUNAS
Tuna is rich in Omega-3, which is known to be good for the heart.
47. Hosp. worker LPN
LPN stands for Licensed Practical Nurse.
50. Easy strides LOPES
51. Sport WEAR
52. Felled in the forest AXED
53. PLO chairman before Mahmoud YASIR
Yasir Arafat was the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization until his death in 2004.
55. “Iron man” Ripken CAL
Cal Ripken was a professional baseball player whose career spanned for twenty years. He was given the nickname “Iron Man” because he was never absent or late for work, play, or practice.
57. Sea, overseas MER
Mer is french for “sea.”
60. Tripoli’s country LIBYA
Libya can be found in North Africa and is bordered by Egypt to the east and Sudan to the Southeast. Chad and Niger is to the south, Tunisia and Algeria to the west. It is the seventeenth largest country in the world with a measurement of 1.8 million kilometers.
62. R&R component: Abbr. REC
R and R means “Rest and recreation.”
63. One of the greenhouse gases OZONE
The Ozone is a pale blue gas that has a distinct overpowering odor. It has similarities to chlorine, and is regarded to be unstable so it is being used commercially in low concentrations.
67. One of a Caesarean trio VICI
“Veni, vidi, vici” is Latin for “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
68. Poet’s deep black EBON
“Ebony” is often used in poetry as another word for “black” or “dark.”
69. Reagan __ ERA
Ronald Reagan was the governor of California for 8 yrs. He ran for president 2 times and lost. The 3rd time he won and became the fortieth president of the US in 1981.
70. Torrent ONRUSH
71. Aus. setting EUR
Austria can be found in Europe.
72. 9 to 5, e.g. RATIO
73. Prefix with botany ETHNO-
Ethnobotany is regarded to be the scientific study of the existing relationship between humans and plants.
74. Rights gp. since 1909 NAACP
NAACP stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
78. Collectible stuffed animal BEANIE BABY
Beanie Babies used to be very popular back in the early 90s. It was created by Ty Warner.
79. Woody Woodpecker’s creator LANTZ
Walter Lantz created Woody Woodpecker and was first shown in 1940 for a cartoon that’s titled “Knock Knock.”
80. Beethoven’s “Für __” ELISE
Up to this day, nobody really knows who Elise was, who served to be Beethoven’s inspiration in creating this musical masterpiece.
82. Degree in math NTH
83. Guide to Bethlehem STAR
84. “__ are the we of me”: McCullers THEY
This line was from Carson McMuller’s novel in 1946, “The Member of the Wedding.”
86. Juan’s “this” ESTO
87. Put (out) SNUFF
90. Weapon for Napoleon ARME
91. __ suit: ’40s apparel ZOOT
93. Commercial developers ADMEN
97. They have legends ATLASES
The very first map was published in 1578, and created by Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish geographer.
98. Dine next door, say EAT OVER
Have you ever done this before?
100. Honeycomb-like fungi MORELS
Morels are prized mushrooms in the French cuisine. They are toxic when raw, so the one cooking it should know what he’s doing or else…
101. Morales of “NYPD Blue” ESAI
Esai Morales was known for his roles in La Bamba, Naked Tango, In The Army Now, and American Virgin, among others.
102. Exodus obstacle RED SEA
The Red Sea lies between Asia and Africa. It is written in the bible that this was where God parted the waters to let the Isralites leave Egypt through the leadership of Moses.
103. City south of Baghdad NAJAF
Najaf City can be found in Iraq and is south of Baghdad. It has an estimated population of 560, 000 as of 2007.
104. Pair of sixes DOZEN
107. Hammer sites EARS
108. Future jurist’s exam, for short LSAT
LSAT stands for Law School Admission Test
109. Prima donna DIVA
The word “diva” is used in Italy to describe a fine lady. Sometimes, it is being used in a derrogatory word to describe someone who has a feeling of self importance.
110. California home of the Bionic Woman OJAI
Ojai City is in the northwestern part of Los Angeles.
111. Figure (out) SUSS
113. Like EE shoes WIDE
115. Old Pisa dough LIRE
Pisa City is famous for its leaning tower, completed in the year 1173. Eversince its completion, it has been leaning that way.
116. Slaughter in the field ENOS
Enos Slaughter, a famous baseball player, left the game to serve the military during World Ward II. He served for three years.
118. Letters for baseball’s Cards STL
STL is the St. Louis Cardinals. They used to be called the “Perfectos” but the name was changed after just a year as it didn’t ring well with the fans.
119. Kid’s piggy TOE
120. Buddhism sect ZEN
Zen came from the word “dhyana” which is Sanskrit for “meditation.”
121. Tonsillectomy MD ENT
ENT stands for Ear, Nose, Throat. ENT specialists are able to perform tonsillectomies to patients.
I hope you enjoyed the answers to Sunday’s crossword. How did you go today?