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4 African capital where W.E.B. Du Bois is buried : ACCRA

Accra sits on Ghana’s coast and is a major seaport as well as the country’s capital city. The name “Accra” comes from a local word “Nkran” meaning “ants”, a name chosen because of the large number of anthills found in the area when the city was founded.

W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist and civil rights activist from Massachusetts. Du Bois was the first African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard, and went on to become a professor at Atlanta University. In 1909, he was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

20 Sicilian volcano : ETNA

Mount Etna on the island of Sicily is the largest of three active volcanoes in Italy, and indeed the largest of all active volcanoes in Europe. Etna is about 2 1/2 times the height of its equally famous sister, Mt. Vesuvius. Mt. Etna is home to a 110-km long narrow-gauge railway, and two ski resorts. It is sometimes referred to as “Mongibello” in Italian, and as “Mungibeddu” (sometimes “Muncibeddu”) in Sicilian. The English name “Etna” comes from the Greek “aitho” meaning “I eat”.

21 Mythical river nymph : NAIAD

The Naiads of Greek mythology were water nymphs associated with fountains, wells, springs and streams. The saltwater equivalents of the freshwater Naiads were the Oceanids.

22 Actress Arthur : BEA

Bea Arthur an American actress and comedian who rose to fame in the 1970s with her iconic roles in the hit TV shows “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” Prior to launching her acting career, Arthur served in the US military. In 1943, at the age of 21, she joined the US Marine Corps Women’s Reserve, where she worked as a typist and truck driver.

27 Leopold’s co-defendant in a famous 1924 trial : LOEB

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were two well-heeled students at the University of Chicago who famously murdered a 14-year-old boy, apparently just on a whim, to show that they could commit the perfect crime. The crime turned out to be not quite so perfect and the pair were caught and put on trial for the murder in 1924. The trial was big news, especially after the defendants engaged high-profile attorney Clarence Darrow to represent them. In fact, the court proceedings were dubbed “The Trial of the Century”. The crime itself was the inspiration for the 1929 play called “Rope” by Patrick Hamilton, which in turn was the inspiration for the 1948 Hitchco*ck film of the same name.

28 “99 Luftballons” singer : NENA

Nena is a German singer (“Nena” became the name of her band as well) who had a big hit in 1984 with one of my favorite songs of the eighties “99 Luftballons”. The English translation of the German title (“99 Red Balloons”) isn’t literal, with the color “red” added just so that the title had the right number of syllables for the tune. “Luftballon” is the name given to a child’s toy balloon in German.

38 With 42-Across, zodiac trio that hints at the longest answers in this puzzle : WATER …
42 See 38-Across : … SIGNS

Each of the twelve astrological signs is associated with one of the classical elements:

  • Fire signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
  • Earth signs: Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
  • Air signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
  • Water signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

44 Kind of high-fat diet : KETO

A ketogenic (also “keto”) diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. When a body consumes insufficient carbohydrates to meet the need for energy, then the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies in order to make up the energy deficit. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the bloodstream is known as “ketosis”, a term that gives rise to the name “ketogenic diet”. Medical professionals sometimes prescribe a ketogenic diet in order to control epilepsy in children. A condition of ketosis can reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.

46 ___ Pi (fraternity for the sweet-toothed?) : ETA

“I eta pi” sounds like “I eat a pie”.

47 Singer Sands of the ’60s : EVIE

Evie Sands is a singer from Brooklyn, New York. She is also a noted songwriter, having penned songs that have been recorded by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Karen Carpenter, Linda Ronstadt and Dusty Springfield.

51 May or Ann, e.g. : CAPE

Cape May is a peninsula and an island that forms the southern tip of New Jersey. The US Coast Guard basic training camp is located in Cape May.

Cape Ann is located 30 miles north of Boston and is on the northernmost edge of Massachusetts Bay. The Cape was first mapped by the explorer John Smith. Early in his adventurous life Smith had been captured and enslaved by the Ottoman Empire. His “owner” in his days of slavery was a woman called Tragabigzanda, and apparently the slave and owner fell in love. Smith originally called Cape Tragabigzanda in her memory, but King Charles I changed the name to Cape Ann in honor of his own mother, Anne of Denmark.

67 Groucho Marx prop : CIGAR

Groucho Marx’s real name was Julius Henry Marx. By the time Groucho started his successful, post-Hollywood career hosting the quiz show “You Bet Your Life”, he was sporting a real mustache. For all of his movies, his mustache had been painted on with greasepaint.

68 Playful river mammal : OTTER

Male and female otters are known as dogs and bitches, with the offspring called pups. Males and females are sometimes referred to as boars and sows. A collection of otters is a bevy, family, lodge or perhaps a romp. When in water, a collection of otters can be called a raft.

70 Kind of football played on a 50-yard-long field : ARENA

Arena football is played indoors, on a smaller field than American (and Canadian) football. The sport was invented in 1981, and the Arena Football League (AFL) was around from 1987 till 2008. The AFL was revived in 2010, but went bankrupt in 2019.

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2 Speak from a dais, perhaps : ORATE

A dais is a raised platform for a speaker. The term “dais” comes from the Latin “discus” meaning a “disk-shaped object”. I guess that the original daises had such a shape.

5 When doubled, a dance : CHA

The cha-cha-cha (often simplified to “cha-cha”) is a Latin dance with origins in Cuba, where it was introduced by composer Enrique Jorrin in 1953.

6 Someone you might be reluctant to give a hand to? : CANNIBAL

The term “cannibalism” was coined by the Spanish, working from the name of the Carib people of the Lesser Antilles. The Spanish explorers of the Caribbean believed that the Carib people ate human flesh for food, but apparently this was untrue (although there was a war ritual that involved some chewing of an enemy’s flesh). The eating of human flesh has been noted throughout history, in many parts of the world. In fact, Fiji in the South Pacific was once known as “Cannibal Isles”.

7 Flying adversary of Godzilla : RODAN

Rodan is a flying pterosaur appearing in a series of Japanese monster movies, created by the same studio that had earlier come up with Godzilla.

The terrifying monster Godzilla is a Japanese invention. The first in a very long series of “Godzilla” films was released way back in 1954. The original name in Japanese was “Gojira”, but this was changed to Godzilla for audiences outside of Japan. “Gojira” is a combination of “gorira” and “kujira”, the Japanese words for gorilla and whale, apt because Godzilla is a big ape-like creature that came out of the deep.

11 Spanish marinade : ADOBO

In Spanish and Mexican cuisine, a dish prepared adobo-style has been marinated in a mixture containing paprika, oregano, salt, garlic and vinegar. “Adobo” is Spanish for “marinade, seasoning”.

19 Hold, as one’s breath : BATE

To bate is to restrain, as in “with bated breath” meaning “with restrained breath”. “Bate” can also mean “lessen”, and is a shortening of “abate”.

24 2013 Katy Perry hit whose music video features a tiger : ROAR

“Roar” is a 2013 song co-written and performed by Katy Perry. It has a great chorus:

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through the fire
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar

26 Dry streambed : WADI

“Wadi” is an Arabic term referring to a valley, or perhaps a (mostly) dry riverbed. In English we might call this a wash, or use the Spanish word “arroyo”.

30 Shot at a doctor’s office, slangily : VAX

Immunization is the process used to boost an individual’s immune system making it less likely to succumb to a particular disease. Before we learned to intervene, the immune system was bolstered only by contracting the disease and surviving it. Inoculation was developed specifically for the prevention of smallpox, and involves the introduction of small samples of diseased tissue into the body resulting in a mild case of the disease, and significant boost to the immune system. The related process of vaccination involves the introduction of a benign form of the microorganism or virus into the body so that a boost to the immune system can occur without catching the disease itself.

36 Explosive stuff : TNT

Trinitrotoluene (TNT)

37 ___ Hutchinson, former Arkansas governor : ASA

Asa Hutchinson is a Republican politician who took over as Governor of Arkansas in January of 2015. He comes from a politically active family. Asa’s older brother Tim served a term as US Senator for Arkansas from 1997 to 2003. Tim’s identical twin sons were the first twins to serve alongside each other in the Arkansas General Assembly.

39 Utopia : EDEN

The word “Utopia” was coined by Sir Thomas More in his book “Utopia” published in 1516 to describe an idyllic fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. More’s use of the name Utopia comes from the Greek “ou” meaning “not” and “topos” meaning “place”. By calling his perfect island “Not Place”, More was apparently making the point that he didn’t think that the ideal could actually exist.

42 Frosh, in a year : SOPH

The term “sophom*ore” has been used for a student in the second year of university since the 1680’s. The original meaning of the word was “arguer”. The term has Greek roots, from two Greek words that have been artificially combined in English. The Greek “sophos” means “wise”, and “moros” means “foolish”.

48 Meredith ___, former “Today” host : VIEIRA

Meredith Vieira is a journalist and television personality. Vieira had a regular gig on “The View” and NBC’s “Today” show. She also took over from Regis Philbin as host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.

50 Christmastime quaff : EGGNOG

It’s not really clear where the term “nog” (as in “eggnog”) comes from although it might derive from the word “noggin”, which was originally a small wooden cup that was long associated with alcoholic drinks.

53 Neopagan religion : WICCA

Wicca is a relatively new phenomenon. It is a Neopagan religion that developed in the twentieth century. Typically, followers of Wicca worship one goddess and one god, namely the Moon Goddess and the Horned God. A follower of Wicca is called a Wiccan or a Witch.

54 Famed fireman Red : ADAIR

Red Adair was a famous fighter of fires in oil fields, and was a native of Houston, Texas. Adair’s exploits were the inspiration for a 1968 movie called “Hellfighters” starring John Wayne.

58 Moon of Saturn : DIONE

Dione is a moon of Saturn discovered in 1684 by Cassini. Originally, Cassini named the four satellites of Saturn that he discovered “Sidera Lodoicea” (the stars of Louis). In doing so, he was honoring King Louis XIV of France. These “stars of Louis” were renamed after Greek gods in 1847.

59 Giving the heebie-jeebies, say : EERIE

The plural noun “heebie-jeebies” describes a condition of extreme nervousness, one caused by worry or fear. The suggestion is that the term was coined in 1923 by cartoonist Billy De Beck in the “New York American”, although this might just have been the first time that the “heebie-jeebies” appeared in print.

64 Sunbather’s goal : TAN

Melanin is a natural pigment found in most organisms. In humans, melanin is the pigment in the skin, the production of which accelerates in response to UV radiation causing a “tan”. Melanin is also what is released as cephalopod ink, a defensive cloud squirted into the water by squids and octopodes.

65 TV’s “___ Lasso” : TED

“Ted Lasso” is a marvelous sports-comedy TV show about an American college football coach who moves to the UK to manage an English soccer team. The title character is played very admirably by Jason Sudeikis. Sudeikis first played Lasso in a series of TV commercials commissioned to promote NBC’s coverage of the British Premier League. The character became so popular that he inspired a whole TV series. Great stuff, and highly recommended …

66 Cook, as latkes : FRY

A latke is a delicious potato pancake (I’m Irish, so anything made with potatoes is delicious, to be honest).

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Complete List of Clues/Answers

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1 Plant, as seeds : SOW
4 African capital where W.E.B. Du Bois is buried : ACCRA
9 Flies high : SOARS
14 Important period : ERA
15 Disarray : CHAOS
16 Vigorously tackled : HAD AT
17 With 23-Across, restroom posting for employees : WASH HANDS BEFORE …
20 Sicilian volcano : ETNA
21 Mythical river nymph : NAIAD
22 Actress Arthur : BEA
23 See 17-Across : … RETURNING TO WORK
27 Leopold’s co-defendant in a famous 1924 trial : LOEB
28 “99 Luftballons” singer : NENA
29 Eggs, biologically : OVA
32 Out of the office : AWAY
34 What streaming audio or video can burn through : DATA
38 With 42-Across, zodiac trio that hints at the longest answers in this puzzle : WATER …
40 Young fellow : LAD
42 See 38-Across : … SIGNS
43 Crossed (out) : EXED
44 Kind of high-fat diet : KETO
46 ___ Pi (fraternity for the sweet-toothed?) : ETA
47 Singer Sands of the ’60s : EVIE
51 May or Ann, e.g. : CAPE
53 Beach posting : WARNING: HIGH TIDE
60 Affirmation that’s often echoed : I DO
61 Beat by just a bit : EDGED
62 Parisian pal : AMIE
63 Posting after a spill : CAUTION: WET FLOOR
67 Groucho Marx prop : CIGAR
68 Playful river mammal : OTTER
69 Prefix with brow : UNI-
70 Kind of football played on a 50-yard-long field : ARENA
71 “Oh, joy!” : GOODY!
72 Item on a driving range mat : TEE

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1 Waste conduit : SEWER
2 Speak from a dais, perhaps : ORATE
3 “That ___ part of the plan!” : WASN’T
4 German exclamation : ACH!
5 When doubled, a dance : CHA
6 Someone you might be reluctant to give a hand to? : CANNIBAL
7 Flying adversary of Godzilla : RODAN
8 Delegate, as a task : ASSIGN
9 Cover with hair, as a pet owner’s couch : SHED ON
10 Clumsy sort : OAF
11 Spanish marinade : ADOBO
12 More pink, as 13-Down : RARER
13 Expensive entree : STEAK
18 Collection of holiday presents, informally : HAUL
19 Hold, as one’s breath : BATE
24 2013 Katy Perry hit whose music video features a tiger : ROAR
25 Fresh : NEW
26 Dry streambed : WADI
29 Be indebted to : OWE
30 Shot at a doctor’s office, slangily : VAX
31 Dined : ATE
33 Talk on and on : YAK
35 Not get any younger : AGE
36 Explosive stuff : TNT
37 ___ Hutchinson, former Arkansas governor : ASA
39 Utopia : EDEN
41 Determine that one will : DECIDE TO
42 Frosh, in a year : SOPH
45 Where to find laundering instructions : TAG
48 Meredith ___, former “Today” host : VIEIRA
49 Prefix with Chinese or European : INDO-
50 Christmastime quaff : EGGNOG
52 Citation abbr. : ET AL
53 Neopagan religion : WICCA
54 Famed fireman Red : ADAIR
55 Reddish application to cheeks : ROUGE
56 Follow, as orders : HEW TO
57 Slangy goodbye : I’M OUT
58 Moon of Saturn : DIONE
59 Giving the heebie-jeebies, say : EERIE
64 Sunbather’s goal : TAN
65 TV’s “___ Lasso” : TED
66 Cook, as latkes : FRY

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