Crossword by: David Steinberg and edited by Rich Norris
Welcome to the answers to the Tuesday October 29 2013 LA Times crossword puzzle! Ok it’s back to kindergarten everyone. I hope you know your vowels from your consonants. It’s time to work on our phoenetics…each of today’s themed answers end with a sound that represents the 5 vowels; a, e, i, o, u. The themed answers are: Bobby Flay, Spanish Flea, I believe I Can Fly, Net Cash Flow and Canine Flu. All correct? Go to the head of the class:)
1. Tom, Ma or Pa, in “The Grapes of Wrath” JOAD
The Joad Family are the leading characters of the novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” written by John Steinbeck.
5. Ballpark judges UMPS
“Umps” is short for “umpires.”
9. Greek i’s IOTAS
The Iota, is the ninth, and the smallest of the Greek alphabet. An “iota” is used to describe something really small. E.g. “An iota of hope.”
14. Doing nothing IDLE
15. Put a stop to HALT
16. Russian currency RUBLE
17. Food Network’s “Throwdown!” host BOBBY FLAY (fl-A)
Bobbly Flay, who is known worldwide for his passion for cooking, was a high school drop out.
19. Actor’s platform STAGE
20. Remove pencil marks ERASE
21. Vinyl flooring piece TILE
23. Skin care brand OLAY
Olay was originally called Oil Of Olay, and was founded in South Africa in 1949 by Graham Huff, who used to be a chemist for Unilever. The name was actually a spin from the word “Lanolin,” which was one of its key ingredients. It is now owned by Procter&Gamble.
24. ’60s song about an insect who “hid / Inside a doggie from Madrid” SPANISH FLEA (fl-E)
“There was a little Spanish flea
A record star he thought he’d be
He’d heard of singers like Beatles
The Chipmunks he’d seen on TV
Why not a little Spanish flea?
And so he hid
Inside a doggie from Madrid
Arriving here in the city
Still singin his sweet harmony
As brave as any flea could be.”
27. Palsy-walsy CHUMMY
31. Mongrel CUR
32. Villainous Norse god in the 2012 film “The Avengers” LOKI
Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston in the movie, is Thor’s adoptive brother. He is a supervillain who has plans of subjugating the Earth.
33. Musical pause REST
37. Guffaw LAUGH
41. 1996 R. Kelly hit I BELIEVE I CAN FLY (fl-I)
I believe I can fly was a song that was written and produced by R. Kelly. It was included in the Michael Jordan film Space Jam, in 1996. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and remains to be his biggest hit, even if he had other songs that reached the #1 spot.
44. Baffling question POSER
45. Sesame Street giggler ELMO
Elmo is the cute, red muppet from Sesame Street. He is 3 1/2 years old and his birthday is on February 3.
46. Increase, as prices GO UP
47. Singer Sumac YMA
Yma Sumac claims that she was a descendant of the great Incan emperors. She always wore brightly colored robes with streaks of gold and silver to portray a princess’s image.
49. Deceives LIES TO
51. Difference between money coming in and money being spent NET CASH FLOW (fl-O)
57. Grand Ole __ OPRY
The Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925 and is a country music concert staged every week that continues to broadcast music to this day.
58. Beverage nut KOLA
The Kola is where the “cola” got its name from. It is also being used as a flavoring in some beverages. It is rich in caffeine and can be found in the African rainforests.
59. Newton with laws ISAAC
The famous Sir Isaac Newton, honored with a knighthood, never married and chose a life of celibacy. He was never linked to any women.
64. Squirrel away HOARD
66. Contagious dog malady CANINE FLU (fl-U
The canine flu usually occures in dogs and has reportedly been around since 1999. It isn’t regarded as deadly, but one dog did die in Thailand, but this was because the dig ingested a dog that ingested a duck that was infected with the virus.
68. Take place OCCUR
69. SOS responder USCG
USCG stands for the United States Coast Guard. The USCG was founded in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton, and was originally known as the Revenue Cutter Service.
70. Fast horse ARAB
71. Bridge predecessor WHIST
Whist is an English card game that was very popular in the eighteenth and nineteench century. It still is being played today.
72. Stadium that hosted a 1965 Beatles concert SHEA
The Shea Stadium is located in the New York City borough of Queens. This was where the Beatles started their North American tour in 1965, with a 55,600 record audience.
73. Muscle firmness TONE
1. Be in sync (with) JIBE
2. Febreze target ODOR
3. “Fantastic Four” actress Jessica ALBA
As beautiful as she is, Jessica Alba became anorexic in 2001. It was also the same year she had kidney infection.
4. Society newbies DEBS
Debutantes are young ladies from upper class and aristocratic families. When they reach the age of maturity, they are introduced to society to signify they are now eligible for marriage, and that they can now accept suitors.
5. Frequency between 300 and 3,000 MHz UHF
UHF stands for Ultra High Frequency, a frequency used in television signals.
6. Island nation near Sicily MALTA
Malta is one of the smallest countries in the world, at just three hundred sixteen kilometers squared. It is also one of the most densely populated. It speaks two official languages: Maltese and English.
7. __ Jane PLAIN
8. Touchscreen-touching tools STYLI
9. Org. that’s the target of April glowers IRS
IRS stands for Internal Revenue Service. It was founded in 1862 to raise money for war expenses during the Civil War.
10. Not close enough OUT OF RANGE
11. Game for young batters T-BALL
12. Aquarium buildup ALGAE
13. “I’m outta here!” SEE YA!
See ya! Wouldn’t wanna be ya!
18. Polite rural assent YES’M
22. PC bailout key ESC
Esc is a part of the computer keyboard which means “Escape.”
25. Pile that aptly rhymes with fire PYRE
26. Hawaiian dance HULA
The Hula is a type of dance that is accompanied with songs and chants. The Hula teacher is called the “kumu hula.”
27. Film excerpt CLIP
28. Vagabond HOBO
Hobos are not to be confused with bums or tramps, as they are penniless migratory workers looking for jobs.
29. 26-Down instruments UKES
The uke, or the ukulele, originated in the nineteenth century in Hawaii, as the locals’ interpretation of the machete, which is also a small guitar brought to Hawaii by the Portuguese.
30. Hannah Montana portrayer MILEY CYRUS
Miley’s real name was Destiny Hope. She got the nickname “Smiley” as a baby, as she was always smiling. It was then shortened to just Miley overtime, and has now permanently changed her name to just that.
34. Eden outcast EVE
Adam and Eve, according to the book of Genesis in the bible, were the first man and woman, who ate from the tree of good and evil, and then became ashamed of their naked appearance. Their disobedience was the reason why they were banished from the paradise.
35. Poivre companion SEL
Poivre is pepper in French, and Sel is “salt.”
36. Duncan of the NBA’s Spurs TIM
Tim Duncan, who wears the #21 for the San Antonio Spurs, is the greatest powerforward of all time. He’s talented, he’s a devoted team player, and he’s one of the most decent guys in the NBA.
He has earned the nickname “The Big Fundamental” because of his awesome, albeit underrated skills.
38. Usually fuzzy tabloid pics UFOS
UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object
39. Market surfeit GLUT
40. Doc’s shot provider HYPO
42. Culinary maven Rombauer IRMA
Irma Rombauer is of German descent, and is the author of the famous cookbook “The Joy Of Cooking.” It has already sold eighteen million copies worldwide.
43. Denver’s st. COLO
Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is also the largest city in the State.
Colorado is the twenty second most populous in the fifty states of the US, with 5.1 million people. It was named after the Colorado River, which got its name from the ruddy silt it carried from the mountains, given by Spanish explorers.
48. Inquire of ASK
50. Victor’s cry I WIN!
51. “Never in a million years!” NOHOW!
52. Pleistocene, e.g. EPOCH
The Pleistocene epoch spanned the Earth’s most recent period of recurring glaciations. The term was introduced by Charles Lyell in 1839.
53. “Baywatch” actress Bingham TRACI
Traci Birmingham appeared in Baywatch from 1996 to 1998. She played the role of Jordan Tate. She has since then become an adult entertainment spokesmodel in 2010.
54. Magician’s opening HOCUS
55. Word with drive or memory FLASH
56. Cavalry weapon LANCE
A lance is a spear or a pole weapon designed for warriors mounted on a horse.
60. “Save me a __!” SEAT
61. Bushy do AFRO
The afro is often worn by people who have kinky hair. It is done by combing the hair away from the person’s scalp using an afro pick, so it can extend in a large shape, like a cloud or a ball. It was extremely popular in the sixties among African-Americans.
62. Arkin of “Argo” ALAN
Alan Arkin was known for playing seriously intense roles in the sixties and seventies. Now, his roles are more good natured. He also leads workshops for improvisation, and his students love him.
63. Sugar bowl unit CUBE
65. 2000 Richard Gere role DR T
Did you know that Richard Gere received a scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Massachusettes? My, my…
67. Red-and-white supermarket logo IGA
IGA stands for Independent Grocers Alliance, which was founded in 1926 in Chicago Illinois.