S U N D A Y   November 21, 2010
Merl Reagle (calendar)

Theme: "Reinterpreting History" History puns! (Note from Merl: No, this puzzle has nothing to do with Oliver Stone.)

[Note: This is the puzzle that appears in the Sunday L.A. Times newspaper. If you don't get the paper, you can find the puzzle here. Scroll down to see today's syndicated puzzle.]

Theme answers:
  • 15A: What two weeks of "Soy-Boy Doggie Yummies" resulted in? (THE BOXER REBELLION).
  • 19A: Answer to the question, "Which part of your sinuses hurts the most"? (THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE).
  • 38A: Crater Lake, to the locals? (THE GREAT DEPRESSION).
  • 59A: Plagiarizing of one of Irving's melodies? (THE BERLIN AIRLIFT).
  • 68A: Store that's right next to Sofa King? (THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE).
  • 85A: "Carmen, you have the right to wear fruit on your head ..." (THE MIRANDA DECISION).
  • 112A: Huge display of dishes? (THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA).
  • 116A: "There's no such thing as a dress that's too small" (THE MONROE DOCTRINE).
Everything Else — 1A: Paris landmark (ARCH); 5A: Intro to long or now (ERE); 8A: Intro to eared or sided (LOP); 11A: Sharpness (EDGE); 21A: "Room ___" (TO LET); 22A: Promotional link (TIE-IN); 23A: Roller coaster, e.g. (RIDE); 24A: Slangy culprit (PERP); 26A: With 115 Down, a clamorous pair (HUE); 27A: A Bobbsey twin (NAN); 28A: Operate (RUN); 29A: Ma's instrument (CELLO); 30A: When Jaques says, "All the world's a stage" in "As You Like It" (ACT II); 33A: Old show-saver (VCR); 34A: Heavy ref. work (OED); 35A: The Red Baron, e.g. (ACE); 37A: Scandal subject, often (SEX); 43A: U.A.E. neighbor (OMAN); 44A: Despite the fact that, briefly (THO); 45A: Mastodon preserver (TAR); 46A: Ambience (AURA); 50A: Down Under flier (QANTAS); 53A: Ali fight, "the ___ in Manila" (THRILLA); 56A: Destroy, to Descartes (RUINEZ); 58A: Nod ending (-ULE); 62A: Periodic chart data: abbr. (AT. WTS.); 65A: Excavated resource (ORE); 66A: Pennsylvania Ave. address, to Julius (MDC); 67A: Debate topic (ISSUE); 74A: Time-saving abbr. (ETC.); 75A: Type of value (RESALE); 76A: Poet like Pound or Lowell (IMAGIST); 77A: Persian king (XERXES); 80A: Grub (EATS); 81A: Carmelite, for one (NUN); 83A: Opry goer, perhaps (GAL); 84A: Star warrior (JEDI); 93A: Course number (PAR); 96A: Actress Hagen (UTA); 97A: Mr. Pulver, for ex. (ENS.); 98A: Grinder (SUB); 99A: Not relaxed (TENSE); 100A: "The Heiress" co-star (CLIFT); 102A: Summer sign (LEO); 103A: Languid, as a smile (WAN); 104A: Beachgoer's goal (TAN); 105A: Kelly's possum (POGO); 106A: In a bit (ANON); 108A: Stephen King's home (MAINE); 110A: Fire sign (SMOKE); 117A: Just (ONLY); 118A: Ant. ant. (SYN.); 119A: Sitcom planet (ORK); 120A: Actor Montand (YVES); 1D: Thorpe was one (ATHLETE); 2D: Korea's Syngman (RHEE); 3D: Lincoln portrait site (CENT); 4D: Home of "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO); 5D: Like the moa (EXTINCT); 6D: Judged anew (REHEARD); 7D: Field Marshal Rommel (ERWIN); 8D: French article (LES); 9D: Force one's opinions on others (OBTRUDE); 10D: Charlemagne's dad (PEPIN); 11D: In addition (ELSE); 12D: Cousin of un (DIS); 13D: Flip out (GO APE); 14D: Pal of Marx (ENGELS); 16D: Table scrap (ORT); 17D: Utterer of "Stimpy, you ee-diot" (REN); 18D: Youngster (LAD); 19D: One of the senses (TOUCH); 20D: Perry's creator (ERLE); 21D: "Fancy ___!" (THAT); 25D: Curse (POX); 28D: Make over, as a cigar (REROLL); 29D: Corp. VIP (CEO); 31D: "___ Rhythm" (I GOT); 32D: "My Friend" of film (IRMA); 33D: It might give you a moving experience (VAN); 34D: Gold region of the Old Testament (OPHIR); 35D: Simile center (ASA); 36D: Wispy clouds (CIRRI); 39D: "... the ___, and Juliet is the sun!" (EAST); 40D: To be, to Beauvoir (ÊTRE); 41D: "I can't ___!" (STAND IT); 42D: Toughness exemplar (NAILS); 47D: Like some salons (UNISEX); 48D: Disprove (REFUTE); 49D: Cortés conquerees (AZTECS); 50D: Trois follower (QUATRE); 51D: Gibson of tennis (ALTHEA); 52D: Most up-to-date (NEWEST); 53D: End points (TERMINI); 54D: Girder (H-BEAM); 55D: Halting walks (LIMPS); 57D: William Tell's canton (URI); 60D: Boo follower (HOO); 61D: Horizontal, on a puzzle: abbr. (ACR.); 63D: Drinker's proposal (TOAST); 64D: Letters on Cardinals (STL); 69D: Belief (TENET); 70D: 1998 Winter Olympics site (NAGANO); 71D: Actor Richard et al. (EGANS); 72D: Pleasant, as weather (MILD); 73D: See 29 Down (EXEC.); 78D: Do paper work (EDIT); 79D: Ascent (RISE); 82D: Actress Thurman (UMA); 84D: One of the Bushes (JEB); 86D: Island home (HUT); 87D: Shuttle ordeal (REENTRY); 88D: Swear like ___ (A SAILOR); 89D: Actress Mildred of "Death of a Salesman" (1951) (DUNNOCK); 90D: Chants (INTONES); 91D: Bullet train city (OSAKA); 92D: Rare bird (NENE); 93D: Angel dust (PCP); 94D: Immensely (A LOT); 95D: "Okey-doke!" ("RIGHTO!"); 101D: Warm alpine wind (FOEHN); 102D: Some student needs (LOANS); 103D: Hard-to-see hiker (WALDO); 106D: ___ brat (ARMY); 107D: Modern opening (NEO); 108D: Fannie follower (MAE); 109D: Salamander (EFT); 110D: Film noir knife (SHIV); 111D: Gold source (MINE); 113D: Hair goo (GEL); 114D: Hit the jackpot (WON); 115D: See 26 Across (CRY).


Eric said...

One of my favourite themes ever! I especially liked THE BOXER REBELLION, THE BERLIN AIR LIFT [sic], and THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE (the last especially because the two senses of "Ottoman" are related).

The rest was baby-bear -- not too hard, not too easy, but juuust right :-)

For 53A, I had GORILLA instead of THRILLA (it's a sports clue so I was clueless, other than guessing it had to rhyme with "Manila" -- and GORILLA seemed to make sense in context :-/). Got the THR part from crosses.

Similarly for H-BEAM, which I'd never heard of so had I-BEAM instead. As I recall, Fuzzy Sapiens, by H. BEAM Piper, was a very good book (if you're into science fiction, that is).

CarolC said...

@Eric, I loved the theme also. THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE fell first, but THE BERLIN AIR LIFT is my favorite. Actually, Crater Lake, which we learned from another crossword is the deepest lake in the US, as THE GREAT DEPRESSION is pretty clever. So is THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA for the huge display of dishes.

I've never heard of an H-BEAM: "a structural steel member shaped like an H in section. It is similar to an I-beam". But then I learned about I-beams from crosswords too.

Biggest boo is for RUINEZ. Seriously? RUINER maybe, which is the basic verb form. But with the Z, it would be "you destroy" or "you ruin", which just doesn't work with the clue. Maybe I'm too picky?

Enjoyed the puzzle. Puzzle Girl, thanks again for posting the answer.

Eric said...

@CarolC: You're right; RUINEZ bugged me too, for just that reason. Forgot to mention it, is all...

Anonymous said...

why do I feel I solved this same puzzle already?

lorna said...

My dad stacks the papers for me and gives them to me months late, but I loved this puzzle...except for SUB as an answer to GRINDER...98A...what in the world?? I don't get that...shed light, please!