Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Monday May 15th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 Golden Globe, e.g. : AWARD
This crossword clue refers to the Golden Globe, which is a prestigious award given annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to recognize excellence in film and television. The Golden Globe is often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards (Oscars) and is considered one of the most important awards in the entertainment industry. The answer to this clue is “AWARD,” as the Golden Globe is a type of award.
6 Resounding success : SMASH
“SMASH” is the answer to this clue, which refers to a resounding success. In common usage, “smash” is often used to describe a highly successful movie, play, or musical performance. The term “smash hit” is also commonly used to describe a particularly successful and popular piece of entertainment.
11 Stubborn animal : ASS
The answer to this clue is “ASS,” which refers to a stubborn animal. The donkey, also known as an ass, is known for its stubbornness and reluctance to do what it is told. This trait has been popularized in literature and media, with the phrase “stubborn as a mule” often being used to describe someone who is obstinate and unyielding.
14 Nissan crossover SUV : ROGUE
“ROGUE” is the answer to this crossword clue, which refers to a Nissan crossover SUV. The Nissan Rogue is a popular compact SUV that has been in production since 2007. It is known for its fuel efficiency, safety features, and versatility, making it a popular choice for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
15 Yellow parts of eggs : YOLKS
This crossword clue refers to the yellow parts of eggs, which are known as “YOLKS.” The yolk is the nutrient-rich part of the egg that contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is also the part of the egg that gives it its distinctive yellow color.
16 Like carpaccio : RAW
The answer to this crossword clue is “RAW,” which refers to the preparation of carpaccio. Carpaccio is a dish that originated in Italy and is typically made with raw beef or fish that has been sliced thinly and served with a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese. The term “carpaccio” is named after the Italian painter Vittore Carpaccio, whose works were known for their vivid colors and thin slices.
17 Cold War political symbol : IRON CURTAIN
“Iron Curtain” is the answer to this crossword clue, which refers to a Cold War political symbol. The Iron Curtain was a term used to describe the ideological and physical separation between the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Eastern Europe and the rest of the world. The term was first used by Winston Churchill in a speech in 1946, in which he described the Soviet Union’s policy of isolating its territories and people from the rest of the world. The Iron Curtain was seen as a symbol of the Cold War and the tensions between the West and the Soviet Union during this time.
19 Across: “__-friendly: green : ECO” – The answer is “ECO”. This clue refers to the prefix “eco-“, which is commonly used to denote environmentally friendly practices or products. For example, “eco-friendly” refers to things that are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. The term “eco” is derived from the Greek word “oikos”, meaning “house” or “household”.
20 Across: “Life of Pi” director Lee : ANG – The answer is “ANG”. This clue refers to the Taiwanese-American film director Ang Lee, who is best known for his work on films such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”. Lee has won numerous awards for his work, including two Academy Awards for Best Director.
21 Across: “Aunt Bee’s charge, in a classic sitcom : OPIE” – The answer is “OPIE”. This clue refers to the character Opie Taylor, who was played by Ron Howard in the classic sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show”. Opie was the son of the show’s main character, Sheriff Andy Taylor (played by Griffith), and was known for his mischievous but lovable personality.
22 Across: “Newbie : TYRO” – The answer is “TYRO”. This clue refers to a novice or beginner, someone who is just starting to learn or do something. The word “tyro” comes from the Latin word “tiro”, which means “young soldier” or “recruit”.
23 Across: “Project announced as a test of public opinion : TRIAL BALLOON” – The answer is “TRIAL BALLOON”. This clue refers to a tactic used by politicians or other public figures to gauge public opinion on a potential policy or action. A “trial balloon” is an idea or proposal that is deliberately leaked to the media or other sources in order to see how it will be received by the public. The term comes from the practice of sending up a small, unmanned balloon to test weather conditions before launching a larger, manned balloon.
27 Across: “Harvest-ready : RIPE” – The answer is “RIPE”. This clue refers to a state of readiness, particularly in the context of fruit or crops that are ready to be harvested. When something is “ripe”, it has reached its optimal level of ripeness and is ready to be picked or consumed. The word “ripe” comes from the Old English word “ripe”, which means “mature” or “ready for reaping”.
30 Across: “Low-tech calculator : ABACUS” – The answer is “ABACUS”. This clue refers to a device used for arithmetic calculations that consists of beads or disks that can be slid along rods or wires. The abacus is an ancient tool that has been used for thousands of years in various cultures around the world. It is considered a low-tech alternative to modern electronic calculators.
31 Across: “Smudge : SMEAR” – The answer is “SMEAR”. This clue refers to a mark or stain that has been spread or blurred, often unintentionally. To “smear” something is to spread it out in a messy or uneven way. The word can also be used figuratively to describe the act of damaging someone’s reputation or credibility with false or malicious accusations.
33 Across: “Satisfied paparazzi, maybe : POSED” – The answer is “POSED”. This clue refers to a state in which a subject is intentionally positioned or arranged for a photograph. When paparazzi are “satisfied” with the way a celebrity is “posed”, they may take the photograph and sell it to a news outlet or publication. The word “posed” can also refer to a person who is pretending or putting on a false persona.
35 Across: “Pat gently : DAB” – The answer is “DAB”. This clue refers to the act of touching or applying something lightly and quickly. To “dab” something is to pat it gently with a small amount of pressure. The word can also refer to a small amount of something, such as a “dab” of perfume or a “dab” of paint.
37 Across: “Self-mover’s rental : VAN” – The answer is “VAN”. This clue refers to a type of vehicle that is commonly used for transporting goods or people. A “self-mover” is someone who is moving their belongings themselves, rather than hiring a moving company. A “van” is a popular rental option for self-movers because it is typically smaller and more affordable than a moving truck.
38 Across: ““On your feet!” courtroom command, and a hint to the ends of the answers to 17-, 23-, 48-, and 59-Across : ALL RISE” – The answer is “ALL RISE”. This clue is a bit different from the others because it is a hint that applies to multiple answers in the crossword. The phrase “all rise” is a command given by a judge or court officer to instruct everyone in the courtroom to stand up as a sign of respect for the court. In this crossword, “all rise” is also a hint that the final words of the answers to several clues (17 Across, 23 Across, 48 Across, and 59 Across) will all be words that can follow “rise” to create a common phrase or expression.
40 Across: “Singer Yoko : ONO” – The answer is “ONO”. This clue refers to the Japanese artist and musician Yoko Ono, who is best known for her avant-garde art and her association with the Beatles’ John Lennon. Ono has released numerous albums and is considered a pioneer in the field of experimental music.
41 Across: “Rank below cpl. : PFC” – The answer is “PFC”, which stands for Private First Class. In military hierarchy, this is a rank that is below the rank of corporal (cpl.) and above the rank of private. A Private First Class typically serves as a junior enlisted member of the armed forces.
42 Across: “Tusked hogs : BOARS” – The answer is “BOARS”. This clue refers to male pigs that have long, curved tusks. Boars are known for their aggressive behavior and are often hunted for sport. They are also raised for their meat, which is considered a delicacy in some cultures.
43 Across: “Speaker Emerita Pelosi : NANCY” – The answer is “NANCY”. This clue refers to Nancy Pelosi, a politician from California who has served as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Pelosi is the first woman to hold this position and has been a prominent figure in the Democratic Party for many years.
45 Across: “Gift box trimming : RIBBON” – The answer is “RIBBON”. This clue refers to a decorative material that is often used to trim gift boxes or wrap presents. Ribbons come in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures, and are often used to add a festive touch to special occasions and celebrations.
47 Across: “Butterfly catchers : NETS” – The answer is “NETS”. This clue refers to a tool that is commonly used for catching butterflies and other insects. Nets can also be used for fishing, sports, and other activities that involve capturing or retrieving objects from a distance.
48 Across: “Maryland-based daily paper : BALTIMORE SUN” – The answer is “BALTIMORE SUN”. This clue refers to a daily newspaper that is based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Sun is one of the oldest and most respected newspapers in the United States, with a history that dates back to 1837. The paper covers local, national, and international news, as well as sports, entertainment, and other topics of interest to its readers.
53 Across: “In __ of : LIEU”
The answer is “LIEU”. This clue refers to a phrase commonly used to mean “in place of” or “instead of”. For example, “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice”. The word “lieu” comes from the Old French word “lou” which means “place”.
54 Across: “British peer : EARL”
The answer is “EARL”. This clue refers to a title of nobility in the British peerage system. An earl is ranked below a marquess and above a viscount. Earls are addressed as “Lord” or “Lady” followed by their title. The word “earl” comes from the Old English word “eorl” which means “nobleman”.
55 Across: “Bit of back talk : LIP”
The answer is “LIP”. This clue refers to a small act of defiance or disrespect, often in the form of talking back to someone in authority. “Lip” can also refer to the fleshy protrusion on the upper or lower part of the human mouth that is used for speaking, eating, and kissing.
58 Across: “Rather strange : ODD”
The answer is “ODD”. This clue refers to something that is unusual, peculiar, or out of the ordinary. “Odd” can also mean “not divisible by two” or “left over after division by two”.
59 Across: “Alabama team : CRIMSON TIDE”
The answer is “CRIMSON TIDE”. This clue refers to the athletic teams of the University of Alabama, which are collectively known as the Crimson Tide. The name “Crimson Tide” originated in the early 20th century when a sportswriter used the term to describe the Alabama football team’s dominant performance on the field. The team colors are crimson and white, and the mascot is an elephant named Big Al.
63 Across: “Forensic drama franchise : CSI”
The answer is “CSI”. This clue refers to a popular American television franchise consisting of several crime drama series, including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “CSI: Miami”, and “CSI: NY”. The shows focus on a team of forensic scientists who use scientific methods and advanced technology to solve crimes.
64 Across: “Physics Nobelist Marie : CURIE”
The answer is “CURIE”. This clue refers to Marie Curie, a Polish-born physicist and chemist who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different fields. She is best known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, which led to the development of X-rays and radiation therapy for cancer treatment.
65 Across: “Airplane walkway : AISLE”
The answer is “AISLE”. This clue refers to the narrow pathway that runs between the rows of seats on an airplane, allowing passengers to move around the cabin. The word “aisle” comes from the Old French word “aile” which means “wing”.
66 Across: “Daughter’s brother : SON”
The answer is “SON”. This clue refers to the male offspring of a parent, who is the brother of a daughter. The word “son” comes from the Old English word “sunu” which means “son”.
67 Across: “Airplane assignments : SEATS”
The answer is “SEATS”. This clue refers to the designated areas on an airplane where passengers sit during a flight. “Seats” can also refer to the number of people who can be accommodated in a particular area or venue, such as a theater or stadium.
68 Across: “Drive off : REPEL”
The answer is “REPEL”. This clue refers to the act of driving away or keeping something or someone at a distance. “Repel” can also mean to resist or fend off an attack or invasion.
1 Across: “Opera highlight : ARIA”
The answer is “ARIA”. This clue refers to a solo piece in an opera or other vocal music composition, usually sung by a single performer accompanied by an orchestra. Arias are often used to express the emotions and feelings of the character, and are usually the most memorable and recognizable parts of the opera.
2 Across: “Threadbare : WORN”
The answer is “WORN”. This clue refers to something that is frayed, shabby, or in a state of disrepair, usually due to age or heavy use. “Threadbare” can also mean something that is worn out or lacking in substance or significance.
3 Across: “On tenterhooks : AGOG”
The answer is “AGOG”. This clue refers to a state of excitement, curiosity, or suspense. “On tenterhooks” is an idiom that means to be in a state of anxious anticipation or suspense, often waiting for an important event or outcome.
4 Across: “Let’s get out of here! : RUN”
The answer is “RUN”. This clue refers to the act of quickly leaving a place or situation, usually due to fear, danger, or discomfort. “Run” can also mean to operate or function, or to manage or control something.
5 Across: “Architectural Digest subject : DECOR”
The answer is “DECOR”. This clue refers to the style or arrangement of furnishings, decorations, and other elements in a room or building. “Architectural Digest” is a magazine that focuses on interior design and architecture, and often features articles on home decor and design trends.
6 Across: “Damascus location : SYRIA”
The answer is “SYRIA”. This clue refers to a country in the Middle East that has a rich history and culture, and is known for its ancient ruins, religious sites, and scenic landscapes. Damascus is the capital and largest city in Syria, and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
7 Across: “Road trip stopover : MOTEL”
The answer is “MOTEL”. This clue refers to a type of lodging establishment that is designed for motorists and typically located along highways or major roads. Motels often offer basic amenities such as parking, private rooms with bathrooms, and sometimes a restaurant or pool. The word “motel” is a contraction of the words “motor” and “hotel”.
8 Across: “__ carte menu : A LA”
The answer is “A LA”. This clue refers to a type of menu in a restaurant where individual dishes are priced separately, rather than being part of a set meal. The phrase “a la carte” is French and literally means “on the card” or “on the menu”.
9 Across: “Hit the slopes : SKI”
The answer is “SKI”. This clue refers to the activity of sliding down a snow-covered hill or mountain on skis, which are long, narrow pieces of equipment worn on the feet. Skiing is a popular winter sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.
10 Across: “QVC alternative : HSN”
The answer is “HSN”. This clue refers to a home shopping network that broadcasts on television and online. HSN stands for Home Shopping Network, and it offers a variety of products for sale, including clothing, jewelry, electronics, and home goods. QVC is another home shopping network that is similar to HSN.
11 Across: “May I speak now? : ARE YOU DONE”
The answer is “ARE YOU DONE”. This clue refers to a phrase that is often used in a conversation to signal that one person has finished speaking and is ready for the other person to respond. It can also be used to interrupt someone who is talking too much or not making sense.
12 Across: “Immune from criticism : SACROSANCT”
The answer is “SACROSANCT”. This clue refers to something that is considered to be holy, sacred, or inviolable, and therefore not subject to criticism or change. It can also refer to a person or thing that is regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with or tampered with.
13 Across: “Require smelling salts : SWOON”
The answer is “SWOON”. This clue refers to a sudden loss of consciousness or fainting, often caused by extreme emotion, excitement, or physical exertion. Smelling salts are a type of stimulant that can be used to revive someone who has fainted.
18 Across: “Wire service co. : UPI”
The answer is “UPI”. This clue refers to a news agency that provides syndicated news and photos to newspapers, magazines, and other media outlets. UPI stands for United Press International, and it was founded in 1907 as a cooperative of several newspapers.
22 Across: “Doting affection, briefly : TLC”
The answer is “TLC”. This clue refers to the acronym for tender loving care, which is an expression of affection and nurturing. It is often used to describe the care that a parent provides to a child, or the care that a nurse provides to a patient.
23 Across: “English breakfast, for one : TEA”
The answer is “TEA”. This clue refers to a traditional British meal that is typically served in the morning and includes tea, eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, and toast. Tea is an important part of British culture and is often served with milk and sugar.
24 Across: “Foundation : BASIS”
The answer is “BASIS”. This clue refers to the fundamental or underlying principle or concept on which something is based. It can also refer to the foundation or starting point for something, such as a project, theory, or argument.
25 Across: “Five-spots : ABES”
The answer is “ABES”. This clue refers to a slang term for the five-dollar bill in the United States. The nickname “Abe” comes from the portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, which appears on the front of the bill.
26 Across: “Carrying freight : LADEN”
The answer is “LADEN”. This clue refers to something that is carrying a heavy load or burden, such as a ship carrying cargo, a truck carrying goods, or a person carrying a heavy backpack. The word “laden” comes from the Old English word “lædan,” which means “to load.”
27 Across: “Invitation letters : RSVP”
The answer is “RSVP”. This clue refers to the French phrase “Répondez s’il vous plaît,” which means “please respond.” It is often used on invitations to indicate that the host would like the recipient to RSVP or let them know whether or not they will be attending the event.
28 Across: “Regrettably, yes : I’M AFRAID SO”
The answer is “I’M AFRAID SO”. This phrase is often used to express regret or disappointment when confirming something that is unpleasant or unwelcome. It can also be used to indicate that someone is reluctantly agreeing with a decision or statement.
29 Across: “Tentatively on the schedule : PENCILED IN”
The answer is “PENCILED IN”. This phrase refers to something that is planned or scheduled, but not yet confirmed or finalized. It can also refer to a temporary or flexible arrangement that is subject to change or adjustment.
32 Across: “Bar mitzvah official : RABBI”
The answer is “RABBI”. This clue refers to a Jewish religious leader or teacher who is responsible for interpreting and teaching the Torah and other Jewish scriptures. In the context of a bar mitzvah, a rabbi might serve as the officiant or guide for the ceremony.
33 Across: “Dallas suburb : PLANO”
The answer is “PLANO”. This clue refers to a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area of Texas. It is a popular location for businesses and has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States.
34 Across: “Bobby of the Bruins : ORR” –
The answer is “ORR”. This clue refers to Bobby Orr, a former professional ice hockey player who played for the Boston Bruins and is considered one of the greatest defensemen of all time. He won numerous awards and set many records during his career.
36 Across: “Word with Beach, Beastie, and Backstreet, in band names : BOYS”
The answer is “BOYS”. This clue refers to a common word used in the names of musical groups, particularly those that feature male performers. Examples of bands with “BOYS” in their name include the Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, and Backstreet Boys.
39 Across: “Weaver’s device : LOOM”
The answer is “LOOM”. This clue refers to a tool or machine that is used to weave yarn or thread into fabric or other materials. Looms have been used for thousands of years and are still used today in many parts of the world.
44 Journalist Curry: ANN
Ann Curry is a well-known American journalist who has worked for several media organizations including NBC News, CBS News, and PBS.
46 AC power unit: BTU – BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, which is a unit of energy used in the power industry to measure the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.
48 Allied groups: BLOCS
BLOCS refers to a group of nations or political parties that are united for a common purpose or cause.
49 Send payment: REMIT
To remit means to send or transfer money, typically as a payment for goods or services.
50 Simplifies: EASES
To ease means to make something less difficult, complicated, or burdensome. In the context of the clue, it means to simplify a task or process.
51 “We’re full” B’way sign: SRO – SRO stands for “Standing Room Only” and is used to indicate that a Broadway theater has sold all of its seats and only standing room is available for the show.
52 Like the “funny bone” nerve: ULNAR
The ulnar nerve is a nerve in the human arm that is responsible for providing sensation to the little finger and part of the ring finger. It is often referred to as the “funny bone” because hitting it can cause a tingling or numbing sensation in the arm.
55 Invisalign side effect, perhaps: LISP – Invisalign is a type of clear, plastic braces used to straighten teeth. One of the possible side effects of wearing Invisalign is a temporary lisp or difficulty speaking clearly due to the appliance’s position in the mouth.
56 At a standstill: IDLE
When something is at a standstill, it means that there is no motion or activity. In the context of the clue, IDLE could refer to a car engine, a machine, or a person’s lack of activity.
57 Banana throwaway: PEEL
The peel of a banana is the outer skin that is usually discarded after the fruit has been eaten. However, banana peels can also be used for compost or in cooking.
59 Keeps in the email loop: CCS
CCS stands for “carbon copy recipients,” and is used in email to indicate that the message has been sent to additional people beyond the primary recipient. This allows all parties to stay informed and on the same page.
60 Regret: RUE
To rue means to feel remorse or regret for something that has happened in the past. In the context of the clue, RUE could also be interpreted as a noun, referring to the feeling of regret itself.
61 Golden yrs. fund: IRA
An IRA is an individual retirement account, which is a type of savings account that allows individuals to save for their retirement while receiving tax benefits.
62 Cravat or ascot: TIE
A tie is a neckwear accessory worn with a collared shirt or suit. A cravat and an ascot are both types of ties that have distinctive styles and ways of being tied.
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