Crossword by: John Farmer and edited by Rich Norris
Welcome to the answers to the Sunday October 20 2013 LA Times crossword puzzle! There is a theme today, it’s ‘Grid Lines’. Each of the themed questions end with ‘line’ and each of the themed answers are lines, phrases, people commonly say in particular situations. The themed clues and answers are: Borderline? – Papers Please, Deadline? – I’m in Heaven, Beeline? – I Love You, Honey, Skyline? – Get Off Of My Cloud, Dateline? – Your Place Or Mine, Neckline? – Kiss Me You Fool, Unemployment Line? – You’re Fired!, Foul Line? – That’s Not Fair. Have a great Sunday, here’s the rest of the answers!
1. Chocoholic, e.g. ADDICT
7. Stadium near Citi Field ASHE
One of the largest built outdoor stadiums in the world. It is named after Arthur Ashe the legendary tennis player who won three grand slam titles in the 1960’s. He is the first colored player selected to represent the United States in the Davis Cup.
11. Young socialite DEB
Deb, or debut, is from the word “debutante,” which is a French word which translates to “female beginner.” It is the age when young ladies are formally introduced to society, to look for suitors. It is also referred to sometimes as their “coming-out party.”
14. Corsica neighbor ELBA
Elba is located in Tuscany, in Italy. This Mediterranean island is the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago.
18. Maternity dress choice MUUMUU
A muumuu is a Hawaiian dress that is loose and comfortable. Colors and patterns are often vibrant and floral, like the famous aloha shirt. It is often being used by pregnant women, but it is also the dress to be worn on some formal occasions in the island.
19. Agenda details ITEMS
21. Actress Gardner AVA
Ava Gardner, the famous Hollywood actress, spent her final years in her London apartment as a recluse–with only her pet corgi and her housekeeper to keep her company. There is an Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, North Carolina, though, if you want to know more about her.
22. Cry out for NEED
23. Borderline? PAPERS, PLEASE
25. McCarthy era paranoia RED SCARE
The second red scare happened in the fifties, just after Word War II, when the American government and society was in full fear of communist infiltration. And so Senator McCarthy made sure that the communist infiltrators were weeded out during that time.
27. “Citizen Kane” prop SLED
The sled, which had the name “Rosebud” was revealed at the end of the film to also be the name of the sled he had during his childhood years, the only time he was really happy.
28. Civil rights leader Chavez CESAR
Cesar Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta. He was a well-known labor leader, farm worker, and civil rights activist in the seventies.
29. Deadline? I’M IN HEAVEN
31. Course expectation PAR
32. Copier abbr. LTR
Ltr is the abbreviation of “letter.”
34. Progressing according to plan ON TARGET
35. Natural selection adherent DARWINIST
Darwinism is the acceptance of Charles Darwin’s work, the body of theory that deals with evolution by natural selection.
40. Port for a mouse USB
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus
42. Anger IRE
43. Beeline? I LOVE YOU, HONEY
45. Refrain syllable TRA
..Tra la la la…
46. Beaut GEM
49. Arizona tribe members PIMAS
50. Timber fungus DRY ROT
51. Remedy for wearing of the green? SOD
52. Emerald City pooch TOTO
Because “The Wizard Of Oz” was so successful, the dog which played “Toto,” whose name was Terry at that time, was changed to Toto in real life.
53. Precursor to rocksteady music SKA
Before Reggae, there was only Ska, a music genre that started in the fifties and originated in Jamaica.
54. Airport accessible via BART SFO
BART stands for the Bay Area Rapid Transport system.
55. Almond-flavored cordial AMARETTO
Amaretto often uses almonds as its flavor, which is why it’s sweet and bitter at the same time. This Italian liqueur came from the word “amaro,” which means bitter in Italian.
57. She brought Tzeitel and Lazar together YENTE
60. Skyline? GET OFF OF MY CLOUD
Get Off My Cloud was one of the hit songs by the Rolling Stones in the mid-sixties.
64. Children’s author Asquith ROS
Ros Asquith is a British cartoonist and a children’s book author who wrote books like “The Ghastly McNastys” and “Max The Champion,” among others.
65. Apt. ad spec RMS
Rms is short for “rooms,” usually indicated in an ad for apartments.
66. Number on some watches VII
VII is the roman numeral for 7.
67. Chem. pollutant PCB
PCB stands for Polychlorinated biphenyl, often used in capacitors, transformers, and electric motors. It is classified as a “persistent organic pollutant,” causing cancer to both humans and animals.
68. Dateline? YOUR PLACE OR MINE?
74. Some former polliwogs TOADS
77. Get together at the factory, in a way UNIONIZE
78. Words With Friends 10-pointer ZEE
Zee is the letter Z’s phonetic pronunciation, and is also included in the popular game “Words With Friends.”
79. Art to dye for? TAT
80. Big biceps, at the gym GUNS
81. Reason for a 33-Down TIE
82. “The quality goes in before the name goes on” manufacturer ZENITH
86. Pal of Porky DAFFY
Daffy Duck first appeared in 1937, and became an instant hit among its viewers which was why it became a regular in the Looney Tunes cast of characters. He was voiced by Mel Blanc, who also voiced most of the characters in Looney Tunes–which is why he is called “The man of a thousand voices.”
88. Old spy gp. OSS
OSS stands for the Office of Strategic Services. It was founded during the World War II, and has since been changed to CIA or the Central Intelligence Agency.
89. Raided the fridge ATE
90. Neckline? KISS ME, YOU FOOL
92. Cholesterol abbr. HDL
HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein
93. “__-haw!” YEE
94. Source of “helicopter seeds” MAPLE TREE
95. 1989 Roseanne Barr title role SHE-DEVIL
Roseanne Barr teamed up with legendary actress Meryl Streep for this dark comedy film which was loosely adapter from “The Life and Loves of a She-Devil,” a novel written by Fay Weldon, a British author.
99. __ Paulo SAO
Sao Paulo is located in Brazil, and is the largest city in the country.
101. Popular HOT
..or cool, whichever you prefer.
102. Unemployment line? YOU’RE FIRED
104. Shrub in a patch BRIER
106. West Coast sch. UCLA
UCLA stands for University of California, Los Angeles. This university was founded in 1882, and as of 2013, it is the university that most people all over the world apply to, with more than one hundred thousand applications. Wow.
110. Spider-Man, for Peter Parker ALTEREGO
Spiderman followed the success of the Fantastic four in 1962. Thea idea came from the rise of teenagers looking for more comic books, which was why the main character, Peter Parker, was a young boy still in high school.
111. Foul line? THAT’S NOT FAIR
114. MS Word files DOCS
115. Big time EON
116. Lucifer SATAN
117. What John has and Joan does not SHORT O
118. Washed-out ASHY
119. “Do, or do not. There is no __”: Yoda TRY
120. Respond to flattery, maybe MELT
121. Shown the door OUSTED
1. Current units AMPS
Amps is short for amperes, the SI unit of the electric current. It was named after Andre-Marie Ampere, a mathematician and physicist from France.
2. __ citizenship DUAL
3. Bamboozle DUPE
Bamboozle/dupe is to fool or cheat. Not really a good word.
4. Chatted with online IMED
IM stands for Instant Message. So if one sent you an instant message, you say, “Someone IMed me.”
5. Mangy mutt CUR
6. Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance TUSCANY
The Italian Renaissance started in the cities of Siena and Florence in the 14th Century.
7. Feels bad AILS
8. Underhand STEALTHY
9. Cupid’s target HEART
10. Ambulance letters EMS
EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services.
11. “Dream Lover” singer DARIN
Talented singer Bobby Darin grew up with a sister. When he was 32 years old, he found out that that sister of his was actually his mother. Shocking.
12. It may be blessed EVENT
13. Reason to keep something under your hat? BAD HAIR DAY
14. Keep in a coop ENCAGE
15. Pull up stakes LEAVE
16. Artist’s headgear BERET
17. Yemen coastal city ADEN
This seaport city lies in a dormant volcano’s crater.
20. Six, in 6-Down SEI
Sei is Italian for six
24. “… and that’s final!” PERIOD!
26. California mission founder Junipero SERRA
Blessed Junipero Serra founded the first nine of twenty one Spanish Missions in the state of California.
Known for his selfless acts, he has been beatified in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, the 3rd step towards sainthood (it has four steps).
30. Stage name of musician Richard Melville Hall MOBY
Moby is a descendant of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. That is where he got his pseudonym from.
31. Fruity concoctions PIES
33. Post-election election RUNOFF
35. Green Teletubby DIPSY
The Teletubbies was a very popular children’s series in the UK that ran from 1997 to 2001. It won a BAFTA in 1998, and a children’s BAFTA in 2002.
36. How great minds think? ALIKE
37. The Colosseum, the Forum, etc. ROMAN RUINS
You can tell, even if these ancient buildings already lie in ruins, that they were once part of something majestic, as they are majestic themselves. The enormous colosseum for example, could sit up to fift thousand people. The Roman Forum (also called the Forum Magnum), was the life of Ancient Rome, as it was where the marketplace was.
38. Ky. neighbor W VA
West Virginia is one of the states that border Kentucky. The rest are Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, and Virginia.
39. __ La Table: high-end cookware shop SUR
Sur La Table is an Americal retail company that sells all kinds of kitchenware, bakeware, houseware, glassware, tools, and foods. It has over a hundred stores in twenty seven states all over the US.
A number of its stores also hold cooking classes. Sur La Table is a French phrase that means “on the table” when translated.
41. Words before keys or wheels SET OF
44. Approximately OR SO
45. Agee of ’60s-’70s baseball TOMMIE
Tommie Agee made not one, but two of the most notable catches in the World Series. Both of these catches happened during the 1969 World Series in game three.
46. Defend GO TO BAT FOR
47. Response to a double-crosser ET TU
“Et tu, Brute?” was Julius Caesar’s famous lines just before he was assassinated in William Shakespeare’s play of the same title. However, no one is really sure what Julius Caesar said during that moment in real life.
48. Atmosphere MOOD
51. 2000 US Open champ Marat __ SAFIN
Marat Safin is one of the few people who have beaten Roger Federer. He was former number 1 in 2000.
52. AT&T, e.g. TELCO
56. Dept. store slip RCPT
Rcpt is short for “receipt.”
58. TimeCutter mowers, e.g. TOROS
59. “A Season on the Brink” airer ESPN
60. Torino thanks GRAZIE
Grazie is Italian for “Thank you”
61. Show runner EMCEE
62. J.A. Prufrock’s creator TSE
TS Eliot was the one who wrote the famous poem “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock in 1915.
63. Egg: Pref. OVI-
68. Old Serbian auto YUGO
The Yugo, or the Zastava Koral, wa produced by the Zastava Corporation from 1980 to 2008.
69. Heavy load ONUS
70. Source of patter? LITTLE FEET
71. Hall of Famer who played the same position as Pee Wee OZZIE
Ozzie Smith was called “The Wizard” as he was brilliant in defense. He played for the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1978 to 1996.
72. Big name in little candy REESE’S
73. Saks department MEN’S
75. Green Goblin portrayer in Spider-Man films DAFOE
Did you know that Willem Dafoe is a big yoga fan? He does it regularly.
76. Fashion STYLE
83. Forever celebrated IMMORTAL
84. Constant Comment, e.g. TEA
Constant Comment is produced by the Bigelow Tea Company and is one of its most popular products. This black tea is flavored with sweet spices and orange rinds.
85. Character in “Ben-Hur”? HYPHEN
Ben-Hur was shot at the Cinecitta Studios in Rome for the duration of nine months.
86. “Happy Trails,” e.g. DUET
“Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.”
87. p.m. AFT
89. Dangerous snake ADDER
The Adder snake is a venomous snake usually found in northern Asia and Europe.
90. Petty on a track KYLE
Kyle Petty was named True Value “Man Of The Year” in 1998 for his charitable work.
91. Medium-dry sherry OLOROSO
Oloroso has a dark and nutty flavor, produced through oxidative aging. It is made in Montilla-Moriles and Jerez, Spain.
92. Charge against Galileo HERESY
Galileo was charged with Heresy as he tried to prove that the earth revolved around the sun, contradictory to Aristotle’s theory that the sun and the other planets revolved around the earth. It went against the church and most of the people’s beliefs, which was why he ended up in house arrest for a very long time.
95. Some parts of Handel’s “Messiah” SOLOS
96. Storage cabinet HUTCH
97. Snap VIGOR
98. Dramatic __ IRONY
100. Wind down ABATE
102. “Blah …” YADA
103. Skid row woe DTS
DT stands for Delirium Tremens, a symptom experienced by an individual trying to quit alcohol. When translated in English, it means “trembling madness.”
105. “__ It Romantic?”: Rodgers and Hart song ISN’T
“Isn’t it romantic?
Soon I will have found some girl that I adore.
Isn’t it romantic?
While I sit around my love can scrub the floor.
She’ll kiss me every hour or she’ll get the sack
and when I take a shower she can scrub my back.”
106. Roswell craft UFOS
It was speculated that in 1947, an alien spacecraft with extra terrestrial life forms crashed into Roswell. However, the US Military released a report that said it was just a high-altitude surveillance balloon, and not a UFO at all. Several years later, it was claimed that it was all a cover up. Wonder what the truth is…
107. Express lane roller CART
108. Diet-friendly LITE
109. Yankee nickname A-ROD
Alex Rodriguez signed with the Rangers for a cool $252 million. It is the highest amount in sports history. Yikes.
112. Play killer HAM
113. Cal. column THU