Crossword by: Mangesh “Mumbaikar” Ghogre and edited by Rich Norris
Welcome to the answers to the Wednesday September 25 2013 LA Times crossword puzzle! Given away by the answer to 55 Across the theme today is Core Business. Each of the themed answers have an embedded three letter abbreviation used for company types. We get: Ltd. in 19 Across for Limited, Inc. in 27 Across for Incorporated and LLC in 37 Across for Limited Liability Company.
1. Pizza Quick sauce brand RAGU – You can spread it on French bread, on toast, on your morning bagel, or just about any bread you love. It’s instant pizza in minutes!
5. Boxer’s weapon FIST
9. Frankly declare AVOW
14. “The Andy Griffith Show” tyke OPIE
Opie Taylor, the adorable little boy from the popular 60’s show, was played by Ron Howard, the executive producer of the series, Arrested Development.
15. Olin of “The Reader” LENA
Lena Olin is Swedish, and was an actress even before she arrived in Hollywood. She has been nominated for numerous performances, one of them an Emmy nomination in 2003 for her portrayal as Irina Derevko in Alias.
16. Cheers for a torero OLES
Olé means “bravo” in Spanish
17. Like a blue moon RARE
18. Overcast, in London GREY
Grey isn’t just a color. It’s synonymous to the word sad, forlorn, gloomy, dark, or grim–like some moods and weathers are, in some parts of the world.
19. Animation pioneer WALT DISNEY
Walt Disney may have started with the idea of having the happiest place on earth, but it was rumored that he was antisemitic, and was known to attend meetings for a pro-Nazi organization. Interesting…
22. Too scrupulous for ABOVE
24. Peasant dress FROCK
Frocks will never disappear in the world of fashion, and they were also very popular among men during the eighteenth century.
27. Warren Harding’s successor CALVIN COOLIDGE
Calvin Coolidge was the thirtieth president of the United States. When Warren Harding died, he finished his term and was reelected another term after that.
32. Jacuzzi effect EDDY
Eddy has a lot of meanings, but one of them is hot tub swirl or whirling water.
33. 50+ group AARP
AARP stands for American Association of Retired Persons. It is a non-governmental organization and a non-profit advocate which is aimed at enriching lives of men and women aged fifty and above. It offers a lot of products from consumer goods and travel packages at a discounted price, as well as prescription drugs and health insurance.
34. Score after deuce AD IN
35. Line on a map STREET
37. 1999, 2000 and 2001 Best Actor nominee (he won once) RUSSELL CROWE
Did you know that Russell Crowe is considered to be one of Hollywood’s smelliest actors? It’s true!
43. Japanese fish dish SUSHI
Sushi traditionalists (or should we say perfectionists?) say that fish for sushi shouldn’t be completely raw, nor should it be too fresh. Hmmm….
44. Battery post ANODE
The Anode is the terminal where the current of electricity flows in coming from outside. Cathode is the complete opposite.
46. “Dear” one? ABBY
Abby is Abigail Van Buren, the pen name of Pauline Phillips, who founded the advice column in 1956. She came up with that name by combining Abigail (a biblical character from the book of I Samuel), and Van Buren, from the name of the late president Martin Van buren.
47. __ qua non SINE
Sine Qua Non means essential or indispensable.
51. Duds TOGS
Duds or togs are often used to describe pants and swimwear.
52. Cry of pain YIPE!
53. Eat too much of, briefly OD ON
54. Poems of praise ODES
55. Company’s main activity, and a hint to a different three-letter abbreviation hidden in 19-, 27- and 37-Across CORE BUSINESS
58. Coyote’s coat FUR
Coyotes are very smart and are considered to be destructive pests, which is why people from the olden days did not hesistate to make coats out of their furs.
59. Bridge player’s blunder RENEGE
Renege, or Revoke in the rules of bridgehand happens when there is a failure to follow to the suit lead when the player is able to.
60. Work on a garden row HOE
62. Garden pest ANT
63. Low points on graphs MINIMA
64. Benelux locale: Abbr. EUR
65. Billboard fillers ADS
66. Lacking a musical key ATONAL
67. Souse’s woe DTS
To souse means to steep or immerse in mixture, and it was a hugely popular term given to drunkards during the 16th century, as they are soused in alcohol.
And when one is soused in alcohol for a long time, and they try to withdraw from it, they succumb to bouts of “shaking frenzy,” a term which means, when translated in Latin, Delirium tremens, or DTs, for short.
1. Frat letter RHO
2. Longtime ISP AOL
Once regarded to be an internet giant, AOL once had thirty five million American subscribers. Now it’s down to four million, and most of them are Senior citizens.
3. Got tiresome GREW OLD
4. Not in the know UNSAVVY
5. Old West defense FORT
6. High-tech release of 2010 IPAD
In a span of fourteen months, more than twenty five million iPads have been sold. Wish I bought Apple shares 10 years ago:(
7. Voice-activated app for 6-Down SIRI
My experiences with SIRI are limited as she doesn’t hardly understand what the hell I say!:)
8. Football supporters TEES
9. African country that was a French colony ALGERIA
French Algeria lasted for more than a century. 132 years, to be specific.
10. “Well, that’s weird” VERY ODD
11. With 12-Down, sign with an arrow ONE
12. See 11-Down WAY
20. Island ring LEI
The Lei flower is the perfect representation of the beauty the islands of Hawaii possesses. A Lei ring is handwoven with care, and to be given one is an honor, as it carries with it a great blessing, according to locals.
21. Patriots’ org. NFL
22. Serving success ACE
23. Horrible BAD
25. Modern film effects, briefly CGI
Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, is the most used computer graphics application to create 3D imagery in television and films. Remember transformers?
26. Understanding KEN
Not a lot of people know this, but “ken” is another word for “understanding.” Now you know, you can start using it in a sentence!
28. __ the Great: boy detective NATE
Nate the Great is a series of well-loved detective stories for children, created in 1972. There are over twenty six published books, the last one was released in 2009.
29. Rob Reiner’s dad CARL
Carl Reiner is a well known comedian, film director, and produced in the US. He has a total of 12 Emmy awards and 1 Grammy award under his belt.
30. Hershiser of ESPN OREL
Mr. Orel Leonard Hershiser IV used to be in the Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher. He is now a baseball analyst for ESPN as well as a professional poker player.
31. Oil bloc OPEC
OPEC is an alliance founded in the year 1960. It stands for Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Its primary aim is to make sure oil prices are controlled by the countries which the oils are coming from.
35. FICA benefit SSI
36. La-la lead-in TRA
37. Ruddy, as a complexion RUBICUND
A healthy, rosy complexion. Do you have one?
38. Places to plug in mice USB PORTS
There are a lot of electronic connection methods, but what manufacturers and consumers prefer most is the USB, or the Universal Serial Bus. It was developed somewhere in the middle of the 90’s, and is used for numerous protocols for communication and connection of iPhones to computers or chargers and so on.
39. More reserved SHYER
40. En pointe ON TOE
To be on your toes means to focus or give all your attention to something.
41. Place to store cords WOODSHED
42. Beats by a whisker EDGES OUT
43. For instance SAY
45. Slalom curve ESS
An Ess is a curve in the road that has the “S” shape.
56. Columnist Bombeck ERMA
Ermba Bombeck was a popular columnist, humorist, and author from the 60’s to the 90’s. She emphasizes on the great home life in the suburbs and has published numerous bestselling books like At Wit’s End and Just Wait Until You Have Children Of Your Own.
47. “Fine” SO BE IT
48. Words accompanying a shrug I DUNNO
49. Like much metered parking NOSE-IN
50. Head-scratcher ENIGMA
56. Columnist Bombeck ERMA
57. Country singer McCoy NEAL
Before Neal McCoy ever became a famous country crooner, he worked as a sales clerk at a shoe store, where he met his wife, Melinda.
58. SFO overseer FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration was founded in August of 1958, during a time when there was a high number of air traffic collisions. And before air traffic control towers were built, pilots avoided collision through the “see and be seen” method. Scary…
61. Hesitant sounds ERS