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Each thematic answer consists of two words: the first is part of a HUMAN and the second part of NATURE:

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6 beach bars in Barcelona: TAPAS

"Tapa" is the Spanish word for "tapa". There is no clear reason why this word was used for an aperitif. Many explanations are cited, all having to do with temporarily covering the wine glass with a plate or food, either to preserve the wine or to give someone more space at the table.

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain after the capital Madrid. It is also the largest European city on the Mediterranean coast and the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia.

11 bones in the mouth: jaws

The human skull consists of two parts: the cranium (which surrounds the brain) and the mandible (or "jaw").

14 titles for Tuck: MÖNDER

Friar Tuck is a character that appears in the legends of Robin Hood. A merry man who loves food and wine, he is a member of Robin's merry band of bandits.

15 Roger, who wrote "I hated, I hated, I hated this movie": EBERT

I Hated I Hated This Movie is a collection consisting of a few hundred of Roger Ebert's most bitter and negative film reviews. Reviews of "Armageddon" (1998), "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993) and "Police Academy" (1984) are included.

16 Good prefix for Earth Day: ECO-

Earth Day was founded in the United States, where it was introduced by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Earth Day was created to raise awareness and appreciate the natural environment of our planet. The original Earth Day was April 22, 1970. Decades later, the day is celebrated in more than 175 countries.

17 *Region in upstate New York named for its body of water: FINGER LAKES

When I moved to the US, I settled in upstate New York and was lucky enough to live near the beautiful Finger Lakes. The largest of the eleven lakes is Seneca Lake, which is among the deepest bodies of water in the United States.

21 Kaitlin from It's Always Sunny in Philly: OLSON

Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds is a character played by Kaitlin Olson on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

30 Nilschlange: ASP

The Egyptian cobra (Naja haje) is also known as the asp. However, the term "Asp" can be applied to several species of snake, including the Egyptian cobra. According to legend, Cleopatra committed suicide by luring a viper to bite her. If that's true, then that snake was probably an Egyptian snake.

34 Frontline Network: PBS

"Frontline" is a critically acclaimed PBS documentary that has been on the air since 1983. The show is the brainchild of WGBH-TV in Boston.

37 Houston Who Fought Santa Anna: SAM

Sam Houston was the first President of the Republic of Texas, a US Senator from Texas, and Governor of the state. Houston was also the Governor of Tennessee in a previous life and is the only person in US history to have served as Governor of two different states. The city of Houston is named after Sam, and the nearby city of Huntsville has a statue of Houston, which is the largest free-standing statue of an American.

38 Land Paid Paid: SAMOA

Pago Pago is the capital of American Samoa in the South Pacific. The island was used by the US Navy during World War II and escaped most conflicts. The only major military incident was the bombardment of the city's port by a Japanese submarine. A more devastating event was the tsunami that struck Pago Pago and surrounding areas in 2009, causing widespread damage and numerous deaths.

39 Notice of sale, on plate: SRO

Standing Room Only (SRO)

42 Weight of a diamond: carat

The carat is a unit of mass equal to 200 mg (0.2 grams). It is used to determine the size of gemstones.

46 * Source of shadow on a lonely island, say: PALM TREE

Palm trees are perennial flowering plants that take many forms, some as shrubs and others as vines, for example. Some take the form of a tree, with a woody trunk topped by a crown of leaves. These palms are commonly called "palms". The coco de mer palm has the largest seeds of any plant on the planet. We are most familiar with the coconut palm, which has the second largest known vegetable seed.

50 The "A" in M.F.A. : ART

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

51 Skateboarding Cool: OLLIE

An ollie is a skateboard trick invented by Alan "Ollie" Gelfand in 1976. Apparently, there is a way to lift the board off the ground while standing on it without touching the board with your hands. Yes, I could...

53 companions of Tarzan: APE

In Edgar Rice Burroughs' stories, Tarzan of the Apes was actually the Englishman John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke.

Composition of 60 fats: LIPIDS

Lipids are a group of naturally occurring molecules, including fats, waxes, and fat-soluble vitamins (such as A, D, and E). We sometimes use the words "fat" and "lipid" interchangeably, but fats are a subgroup of lipids, specifically a group better known as triglycerides.


1 close friend, informally: BFF

Best friend forever (BFF)

3 Apple used for cider: WINEAP

A grape apple is a small, tart apple often used to make cider.

8 Laranja ___ (Teetyp): PEKOE

A pekoe (or more commonly "orange pekoe") is a medium-bodied black tea. A pekoe orange tea does not taste like orange. The name "Orange" probably derives from the name of the trading company that brought tea from Asia to Europe.

10 lines GPS: abbreviation: STS

A global positioning system (GPS) can display streets (sts.).

11 Catholic religious order that founded Georgetown University: JESUIT

Saint Ignatius of Loyola (also known as Íñigo López de Loyola) was a Spanish knight from a noble family in the Spanish Basque Country. He left his simple life to become a hermit and priest, eventually founding the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church).

Supply of 12 Squirrels: ACORNS

There are several species of gray squirrels native to North America. Although I live here in the western part of the continent, I am most familiar with the eastern gray squirrel. This is because this particular species was introduced to Italy in 1948, and now the animal is invading the entire continent. The result in the UK and Ireland is that the native red squirrel population is now endangered and there are active programs to eradicate the invasive species. There was even a plan to recruit celebrity chefs for gray squirrel recipes to wipe out the population!

18 Cesar Who Played The Cisco Kid: ROMERO

César Romero was an American actor of Cuban descent from New York. He has played several roles on the big screen, but many remember him playing the Joker on the Batman TV show in the 1960s.

The Cisco Kid is a character first introduced in a short story by O. Henry called "The Caballero's Way". The original literary character was a ruthless bully, but the character portrayed in later movies and TV shows is more heroic.

22 cotton swabs, eg: SWAB

Cotton swabs were originally marketed under the name "Baby Gays". This was changed to "Q-Tips" in 1926, where the Q stands for "Quality".

23 "It's ___ story told about an idiot": Macbeth: IT'S A

After learning of the death of Lady Macbeth, the main character of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" utters the words:

[Life] is a story
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
it does not mean anything.

24 Unique place for fast food: AUTOMAT

An Automat is a quick service restaurant popular in the first half of the 20th century. The original Automat was founded in Berlin, but the concept took off in the United States. However, by the 1950s, our modern fast-food restaurants had all but eliminated vending machines.

37 Cookies usually served with soup: SALINAS

F. L. Sommer & Company, of St. Joseph, Missouri, began making thin soda crackers in 1876. The crackers were later marketed as "salt" due to baking salt being a key ingredient. As a result, the company lost trademark protection for the term "Saltine".

41 Cast Material: ORE

Metals are found in minerals in the form of oxides. To extract pure metal from ore, the ore is heated and the metal oxides it contains are reduced (ie, oxygen is removed) in a chemical process known as smelting. Oxygen is extracted by adding a source of carbon, or carbon monoxide, which consumes the excess oxygen atoms to produce carbon dioxide, a byproduct of smelting (and a greenhouse gas).

43 Stage company: TRUPE

"Troupe" is a French word meaning "company, band."

45 Gratis: GRATIS

Something that is given for free is given for free. "Gratis" is a Latin term, a contraction of "gratiis", which means "thank you".

47 Name on a glue bottle: ELMER

Elsie the Cow is the mascot of the Borden Company. Elsie first appeared at the 1939 New York World's Fair and was introduced to symbolize the perfect dairy product. She is so famous and respected that she received the titles of Doctor of Bovinity, Doctor of Human Kindness and Doctor of Economics. Elsie also got a husband named Elmer the Bull. Elmer eventually moved into Borden's chemistry department, where he named Elmer's Glue after her.

48 Espiralhornantilope: ELAND

The eland (plural "eland, elands") is a large African antelope, actually the largest antelope on Earth. Both the male and female eland have horns, and these horns have a uniform spiral ridge along their length.

52 ___ 500: INDIA

The Indianapolis 500 race is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The race is run around a 2.5 mile oval and therefore requires 200 laps to complete. The first Indy 500 race was held on Memorial Day in 1911. That day's winner was one Ray Harroun. Harroun had seen someone using a rearview mirror on a horse-drawn vehicle and decided to put one on his Marmon "Wasp" car. This is said to be the first use of a rear view mirror on a motor vehicle.

55 Attila, especially: HUN

The Huns were a nomadic people who arose in Eastern Europe in the fourth century. Under Attila the Hun, they developed a unified empire that stretched from present-day Germany to the Central Asian steppes. The entire Hunnic Empire collapsed within a year of Attila's death in AD 453.

56 ___ Fashion: NO

“à la mode” simply means “in fashion” in French. In America, the term has also come to describe a way of serving pies. Pie served a la mode includes a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream or, as I remember from my time in upstate New York, a piece of cheddar cheese.

57 summer hours. in DC: EDT

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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1 Salute to a king or queen, say BENT
6 beach bars in Barcelona: TAPAS
11 bones in the mouth: jaws
14 titles for Tuck: MÖNDER
15 Roger, who wrote "I hated, I hated, I hated this movie": EBERT
16 Good prefix for Earth Day: ECO-
17 *Region in upstate New York named for its body of water: FINGER LAKES
19 Female Sow: SAU
20 Soft Fish: Eel
21 Kaitlin from It's Always Sunny in Philly: OLSON
22 No Doubt: SAFE
23 Pant Leg Measurements - Inseam
25 * Navigation barrier for sailboat: HEADWIND
27 The marble figure: THE STATUE
29 Rights of Ticket Holders: SEATS
30 Nilschlange: ASP
31 Legal Processes: PROCESS
34 Frontline Network: PBS
35 *Warm up exercises for climbers : HILLS
37 Houston Who Fought Santa Anna: SAM
38 Land Paid Paid: SAMOA
39 Notice of sale, on plate: SRO
42 Weight of a diamond: carat
44 The one who tends to make mistakes: BUNGLER
46 * Source of shadow on a lonely island, say: PALM TREE
49 stem cells (from): DERIVE
50 The "A" in M.F.A. : ART
51 Skateboarding Cool: OLLIE
53 companions of Tarzan: APE
54 Are you going down a slippery slope? : SKI
55 Characteristics we all have... or a two-part description of the responses to the highlighted clues? : HUMAN NATURE
58 Number of Canadian provinces: TEN
59 Overturn: UP
Composition of 60 fats: LIPIDS
61 Vote in favour: YES
62 As a technician: NERD
63 Desired Attribute: WEALTH


1 close friend, informally: BFF
2 points in the right direction: EAST
3 Apple used for cider: WINEAP
4 Young Raptor: EAGLE
5 Raps Dr.___: DRE
6 Count: Count
7 Embarrassing: ABASCH
8 Laranja ___ (Teetyp): PEKOE
Top 9 sports venues: ARENA
10 lines GPS: abbreviation: STS
11 Catholic religious order that founded Georgetown University: JESUIT
Supply of 12 Squirrels: ACORNS
13 Dazzled: THRILLED
18 Cesar Who Played The Cisco Kid: ROMERO
22 cotton swabs, eg: SWAB
23 "It's ___ story told about an idiot": Macbeth: IT'S A
24 Unique place for fast food: AUTOMAT
26 Leaving a flight: DISEMBARKING
28 Look at the children: SITTING
32 "This is amazing!" : AHA!
33 arm or leg: LIMBS
35 localities with barns: AGRICULTURE
36 Make it easy to listen, so to speak: LOUDEN
37 Cookies usually served with soup: SALINAS
39 Little Mistakes: SLIP
40 Waking Dream: DREAM
41 Cast Material: ORE
42 Automatic access element: CAR KEY
43 Stage company: TRUPE
45 Gratis: GRATIS
46 Italian restaurant staples: PASTA
47 Name on a glue bottle: ELMER
48 Espiralhornantilope: ELAND
52 ___ 500: INDIA
55 Attila, especially: HUN
56 ___ Fashion: NO
57 summer hours. in DC: EDT

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