0519-23 NY Times Crossword 19 May 23, Friday

Constructed by: David Distenfeld
Edited by: Will Shortz

Today’s Theme: None

Bill’s time: 16m 11s

Bill’s errors: 0

Today’s Wiki-est Amazonian Googlies

Across

17 “The Luncheon on the Grass” painter : MANET

“Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe” (The Luncheon on the Grass) is a famous painting that Édouard Manet created between 1862 and 1863. The work features a naked woman sitting with two fully-clothed men, with a partially clothed woman in the background. Many find the image jarring, as the female nude stares at the viewer, while the two men converse, apparently ignoring the naked females in their midst. The original painting can be seen in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

19 Autobahn abbr. : KPH

Kilometers per hour (kph)

The federal highway system in Germany is known as the Autobahn (plural “Autobahnen” in German). Famously, there are no federally mandated speed limits on the autobahn, although many, many stretches of the highway do indeed have posted and enforced limits. Where there is no speed limit posted, there is an advisory speed limit of 130 km/hr (81 mph). It is not illegal to travel over this speed limit, but legal liability may increase at higher speeds if that speed contributes to an accident.

20 California winemaking county : SONOMA

Did you know that there are far more wine grapes produced in Sonoma than Napa? Within Sonoma County some of the more well-known appellations are Chalk Hill, Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley. Personally, when I want to visit the wine country, I head for the Russian River Valley as it’s far less crowded and much more fun than Napa Valley.

25 One of a record 2,297 for Hank Aaron, for short : RBI

The great Hank Aaron (“Hammerin’ Hank” or “the Hammer”) has many claims to fame. One notable fact is that he is the last major league baseball player to have also played in the Negro League.

26 Observe the end of Yom Kippur : EAT

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It is also known as the Day of Atonement.

28 Use ___ Signal (street sign for bikes) : PED

Pedestrian (ped.)

30 Quickly, quaintly : POSTHASTE

We use the adverb “posthaste” to mean “speedily”. Back as far as the mid-1500s, the phrase “post haste” was written on letters (post) that were to be delivered without delay. The suggestion is that our modern term comes from this original usage.

33 “Nobody Knows This Little ___” (Emily Dickinson poem) : ROSE

Emily Dickinson wrote nearly 1800 poems in her lifetime, with less than a dozen published before she died in 1886. Emily’s younger sister discovered the enormous collection, and it was published in batches over the coming decades.

37 It parallels the radius : ULNA

The radius and ulna are bones in the forearm. If you hold the palm of your hand up in front of you, the radius is the bone on the “thumb-side” of the arm, and the ulna is the bone on the “pinky-side”.

41 Comedian Wong : ALI

Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian from San Francisco who is a protégé of Chris Rock. She made two very successful Netflix stand-up specials “Baby Cobra” and “Hard Knock Wife”. She also worked as a writer for the hit sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat”.

46 Enemy of Lord Farquaad, in film : SHREK

Before “Shrek” was a successful movie franchise and Broadway musical, it was a children’s picture book called “Shrek!” that was authored and illustrated by William Steig. The title “Shrek!” came from the German/Yiddish word Schreck, meaning “fear” or “terror”.

52 Much of Def Jam Recordings’ output : RAP

Def Jam is a US record label, one focused on hip hop music.

54 Home to Timbuktu : MALI

The Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in western Africa located south of Algeria. Formerly known as French Sudan, the nation’s most famous city is Timbuktu. Mali is the third-largest producer of gold on the continent, after South Africa and Ghana.

55 Bearded bovine : BISON

There are two species of bison left (four species are extinct). We are most familiar with the American bison (commonly called the American buffalo), but there is also a European bison, which is sometimes called a “wisent”.

56 Hot dog, perhaps : DAREDEVIL

Although “hotdogging” is a term now used across all sports, it was primarily associated with skiing and described the performance of showy and risky stunts on the slopes.

58 Singer ___ Laurie Blue Adkins (who’s best known by her first name) : ADELE

“Adele” is the stage name of English singer Adele Adkins. Adele’s debut album is “19”, named after the age she was during the album’s production. Her second album was even more successful than the first. Called “21”, the second album was released three years after the first, when Adele was three years older. Her third studio album “25”, released in 2015, broke the first-week sales records in both the UK and the US. “30” followed in 2021.

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2 ___ Lange, former “Howard Stern Show” regular : ARTIE

Artie Lange is a comedian who is best known perhaps for his daily radio appearances as a sidekick on “The Howard Stern Show” from 2001 to 2009.

9 “Kitty ___” (2006 Beyoncé song) : KAT

Beyoncé Knowles established herself in the entertainment industry as the lead singer with the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She launched her solo singing career in 2002, after making her first appearance as an actor. In 2006 she played the lead in the very successful movie adaptation of the Broadway musical “Dreamgirls”. Beyoncé is married to rap star Jay-Z. She is also referred to affectionately as “Queen Bey”, a play on the phrase “the queen bee”. Her fan base goes by the name “Beyhive”.

12 Govt. facility in most world capitals except Washington : US EMBASSY

Most of the embassies and diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. are located in a section of Massachusetts Avenue. As a result, that section of the thoroughfare earned the nickname “Embassy Row”. Some embassies and diplomatic buildings occupy buildings in nearby streets, and so the term “Embassy Row” can be extended to include a whole neighborhood.

22 Result of getting side-swiped, perhaps? : DATE

Many apps on phones are now using “swipe right” and “swipe left” actions to indicate “like” and dislike”. I suppose Tinder is the most famous “swipe right/swipe left” app in use today.

24 Ruined city in Jordan : PETRA

The archaeological city of Petra in Jordan sounds like a fabulous sight, and is known for its beautiful buildings that have been carved out of the natural rock. Petra is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction.

29 Its offerings end around 2 p.m. : BRUNCH MENU

Our word “brunch” is a portmanteau of “breakfast” and “lunch”. The term was coined as student slang in Oxford, England in the late 1890s. However, “brunch” described a combined meal closer to the breakfast hour, and the term “blunch” was used for a meal closer to lunchtime.

32 Key ring? : ATOLL

An atoll is a coral island that is shaped in a ring that encloses a lagoon. There is still some debate as to how an atoll forms, but a theory proposed by Charles Darwin while on his famous voyage aboard HMS Beagle still holds sway. Basically, an atoll was once a volcanic island that had subsided and fallen into the sea. The coastline of the island is home to coral growth which persists even as the island continues to subside inside the circling coral reef.

39 Certain display at a natural history museum : DIORAMA

A diorama is a full-scale or small-scale replica of a scene. We mostly see full-size dioramas in museums, whereas our kids might create small-scale dioramas as homework projects. The original diorama was a picture-viewing device that was invented in 1822 by Louis Daguerre and Charles Marie Bouton. These historic dioramas were quite large, and featured scenes that appeared to change as the lighting was manipulated.

48 Actress Renée ___ Goldsberry : ELISE

Renée Elise Goldsberry is an actress and singer who is best known to me for playing the attorney Geneva Pine on the TV show “The Good Wife”. Goldsberry also originated the role of Angelica Schuyler Church in the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton”.

49 Garments often worn with decorative purses : KILTS

The Scottish skirt called a “kilt” takes its name from the Middle English word “kilten” meaning “to tuck up”. The idea is that the kilt can be tucked up around the body to give freedom to the legs.

53 Snoopy and Sylvester, e.g. : PETS

Snoopy is a central and much-loved character in the Charles M. Schulz comic strip “Peanuts”. He is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle, and first appeared in “Peanuts” just two days after the strip’s debut in 1950. He was identified as “Snoopy” a month later, and first “spoke” (in a thought balloon) in 1952. Initially depicted as a more traditionally dog-like figure, Schulz started to anthropomorphize Snoopy in 1952, first drawing him upright on his hind legs in 1952, while ice-skating on a frozen lake.

Sylvester J. Pussycat is also known as Puddy Tat, and is a character who appeared in “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” cartoons. Sylvester is the cat who is often trying to get the better of Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales and Hippety Hopper. Sylvester’s trademark line is the exclamation “Sufferin’ succotash!”, which emphasizes the character’s pronounced lisp.

56 Like one side of the Cong. aisle : DEM

The concept of left-right politics started in France during the French Revolution. When members of France’s National Assembly convened in 1789, supporters of the King sat to the President’s right, and supporters of the revolution to the President’s left. The political terms “left” and “right” were then coined in the local media and have been used ever since.

Complete List of Clues/Answers

Across

1 Subject of the first YouTube video to reach 10 billion views (2022) : BABY SHARK
10 Fall follower? : THUD
14 “Why didn’t I think of that?!” : GREAT IDEA!
15 Nominated, say : CHOSE
16 No matter what : AT ANY COST
17 “The Luncheon on the Grass” painter : MANET
18 What often comes with a spoiler alert? : MILK
19 Autobahn abbr. : KPH
20 California winemaking county : SONOMA
21 Fished with traps, perhaps : EELED
23 One-handed put-back shot : TIP-IN
25 One of a record 2,297 for Hank Aaron, for short : RBI
26 Observe the end of Yom Kippur : EAT
28 Use ___ Signal (street sign for bikes) : PED
29 Healthful kind of cereal : BRAN
30 Quickly, quaintly : POSTHASTE
33 “Nobody Knows This Little ___” (Emily Dickinson poem) : ROSE
34 “Ah-may-zing!” : SUH-WEET
35 Disgust : REPULSE
37 It parallels the radius : ULNA
38 Sale sign meaning “Act now!” : TODAY ONLY!
40 Trough contents, maybe : SLOP
41 Comedian Wong : ALI
42 Series finale? : ETC
43 Something that may be found near a hem? : HAW
44 Grant : ALLOW
46 Enemy of Lord Farquaad, in film : SHREK
50 “Do you mind …?” : IS IT OK ….?
52 Much of Def Jam Recordings’ output : RAP
54 Home to Timbuktu : MALI
55 Bearded bovine : BISON
56 Hot dog, perhaps : DAREDEVIL
58 Singer ___ Laurie Blue Adkins (who’s best known by her first name) : ADELE
59 What’s left when kids go to college : EMPTY NEST
60 Stalk, maybe : REED
61 They try not to rub people the wrong way : MASSEUSES

Down

1 It’s not one’s best performance : B-GAME
2 ___ Lange, former “Howard Stern Show” regular : ARTIE
3 Entire essence : BE ALL
4 Christmas party game : YANKEE SWAP
5 Place for pen pals? : STY
6 English inventor Benjamin : HICK
7 Embrace : ADOPT
8 Sends on : RESHIPS
9 “Kitty ___” (2006 Beyoncé song) : KAT
10 Word after other or rather : … THAN
11 A student’s spot : HONOR ROLL
12 Govt. facility in most world capitals except Washington : US EMBASSY
13 Person held for questioning : DETAINEE
15 Exasperated cry : C’MON!
20 Contemptuous glance : SIDE-EYE
22 Result of getting side-swiped, perhaps? : DATE
24 Ruined city in Jordan : PETRA
27 Something parents might give a teenager, colloquially : THE TALK
29 Its offerings end around 2 p.m. : BRUNCH MENU
30 Draw into a private conversation : PULL ASIDE
31 “Aha!” : OH, NOW I SEE!
32 Key ring? : ATOLL
34 Where you might order tamago or tobiko : SUSHI BAR
36 Some nursery buys : POTS
39 Certain display at a natural history museum : DIORAMA
44 First-rate : A-ONE
45 Gets bent out of shape : WARPS
47 Gushes : RAVES
48 Actress Renée ___ Goldsberry : ELISE
49 Garments often worn with decorative purses : KILTS
51 Related : TOLD
53 Snoopy and Sylvester, e.g. : PETS
56 Like one side of the Cong. aisle : DEM
57 What might address a gray area : DYE

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