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Quick Links: Solution to today’s crossword in the New York Times Solution to today’s SYNDICATED New York Times crossword in all other publications Solution to today’s New York Times crossword found online at the Seattle Times website Jump to a complete list of today’s clues and answers 23A. : SUMMON SUBSTANCE (sounds like “sum and substance”) 32A. : COFFIN WHEEZE (sounds like “cough and wheeze”) 49A. The team played at several different stadiums in the Boston area for just over ten years, before moving to their current home base in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

It may be named after Sir Benjamin Hall who oversaw the bell’s installation, or perhaps the English heavyweight champion of the day Benjamin Caunt. The “Patriots” name was selected from suggestions made by football fans in Boston.

In Europe, even in English-speaking countries, the entrée is the name for the “entry” to the meal, the first course. “Hollo-ballo” was a word used for an uproar in the north of England and Scotland. “Nebraska” is an anglicized version of Otoe or Omaha words meaning “flat water”.

An entrée can be something that helps one get “a way in”, an interview for example perhaps helped along by a recommendation letter. : SUMMON SUBSTANCE (sounds like “sum and substance”) The “sum and substance” is the main idea, say of an argument or proposition. Hullabaloo : FUSS Our word “hullabaloo” meaning a “commotion” is a derivative of an older term “hollo-ballo”. : NEB Nebraska (Neb.) gets its name from the Platte River which flows through the state.

Today, 75-80% of the world’s coffee comes from Coffea arabica. Paradoxically, Maracaibo was a true lake in the past, and at 20-36 million years old can be considered one of the oldest “lakes” on the planet. The NLRB is an independent government agency with the roles of conducting elections for labor unions as well as investigating and rooting out any labor practices that are deemed to be unfair. Wool source : LLAMA The wool from a llama is much softer than that from a sheep, and it is also free from lanolin. It’s possible that the kraken legend was inspired by real-life giant squid. Northern California’s ___ River : EEL The Eel River in California was named in 1850 by an explorer Josiah Gregg after he made a trade with some Native Americans, swapping a frying pan for a large catch of eels. ___-Magnon : CRO Remains of early man, dating back to 35,000 years ago, were found in Abri de Cro-Magnon in southwest France, giving the name to those early humans. : FISSION CHIPS (sounds like “fish and chips”) Intel is the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips. : MAESTRO “Maestro” is often used to address a musical conductor.

Cro-Magnon remains are the oldest human relics that have been discovered in Europe. Faux pas : MISSTEP The term “faux pas” is French in origin, and translates literally as “false step” (or “false steps”, as the plural has the same spelling in French). Symbol on a sarcophagus : ASP A sarcophagus is a stone or wooden box in which a body is interred. The name was applied as a sarcophagus was often made from a kind of limestone that was believed to cause the flesh of corpses to decompose. The company was founded in 1968, and the name “Intel” is a derived from the term “int(egrated) el(ectronics)”. “Maestro” (plural “maestri”) is the Italian word for “master, teacher”. Seiji Ozawa is most famous for his work as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, although he is also the principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera.

Nowadays missals are used by the congregation and not just by the celebrants. : FISSION CHIPS (sounds like “fish and chips”) 113.

The term “missal” comes from the Latin for “Mass book”. Coffee bean variety : ARABICA The species Coffea arabica is thought be the first plant cultivated for coffee. : HBS HB is short for “halfback” in American football. Lake ___, biggest lake in South America : MARACAIBO Lake Maracaibo isn’t actually a “lake” as such, but rather a brackish bay or lagoon with a very narrow entrance into the Gulf of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. : NLRB The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was set up in 1935. : KRAKEN PEEL (sounds like “crack and peel”) Kraken are huge sea monsters of legend that were reputed to live off the coasts of Iceland and Norway.

I haven’t seen this one, but the plot sounds intriguing. It was originally the name of a training camp set up for mujahideen fighters opposing the Russians who occupied Afghanistan at the time. Place first, second or third, say : MEDAL In the Ancient Olympic Games, the winner of an event was awarded an olive wreath. : SAJAK Pat Sajak took over the hosting of “Wheel of Fortune” from Chuck Woolery back in 1983 and has been doing the job ever since.

The team is owned by Paul Allen, the man who founded Microsoft along with Bill Gates.

The Seahawks fans are particularly enthusiastic and noisy, earning themselves the nickname “the 12th Man”.

The river referred to in the movie (and novel) “The Bridge on the River Kwai” is actually called the Khwae Yai River, and is in western Thailand.

The original novel by Pierre Boulle was published in French in 1952, and the wonderful movie released in 1957.

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