Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Sunday April 23rd 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 2006 NBA Finals MVP Dwyane : WADE
This clue is referring to the basketball player Dwyane Wade, who won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award during the NBA Finals in 2006. He played for the Miami Heat and helped lead them to victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
5 Wiccans, Druids, etc. : PAGANS
This clue is referring to different types of religious or spiritual beliefs that are often classified as pagan. Wiccans, Druids, and other pagan beliefs typically involve a reverence for nature, and may include practices such as witchcraft, divination, and ritual.
11 Start of an idea : GERM
This clue is referring to the beginning or origin of an idea, often compared to a germ that grows and develops into something larger. The word “germ” can also be used to refer to a microorganism that causes disease, but in this context it is being used metaphorically.
15 Soaks (up) : SOPS
This clue is referring to the act of soaking up liquid, often with a sponge or absorbent material. The word “sops” can also be used to refer to a piece of bread or other food that has been soaked in liquid.
19 “I wasn’t finished!” : WAIT
This clue is referring to a phrase someone might say when they feel like they were interrupted or cut off before they had a chance to finish speaking. The word “wait” is often used to ask someone to pause or hold off on something until a later time.
20 Greetings : HELLOS
This clue is referring to a common way to greet someone, often with a spoken word such as “hello.” The word “hello” can also be used to express surprise or recognition, as in “Hello, I didn’t expect to see you here!”
21 Old music halls : ODEA
This clue is referring to a type of building that was used for musical performances and entertainment in ancient Greece and Rome. The word “odea” comes from the Greek word “odeion,” which means “singing place.”
22 Atmosphere : AURA
Answer Explanation: Atmosphere refers to the mood, feeling or impression associated with a particular place or thing. AURA is the right answer for this crossword clue as it means a distinctive and pervasive quality or character that surrounds a person, place or thing.
23 Exclamation at a Chinese New Year parade? : WHAT A DRAGON
Answer Explanation: This is a playful clue that requires a pun-based answer. During a Chinese New Year parade, a dragon dance is a common and festive sight. The phrase “What a dragon!” can be used to express awe or admiration, but in this context, it is also a pun on the actual dragon float or costume in the parade.
25 Homemade cat costume? : DIY KITTEN
Answer Explanation: DIY stands for “do it yourself,” and it suggests that someone has made a cat costume for themselves. Kitten is a playful term for a young cat. Hence, the answer to this clue is DIY KITTEN.
27 Sammie : SUB
Answer Explanation: This crossword clue is a simple one. “Sammie” is a nickname for a sandwich, and “sub” is a type of sandwich that typically consists of a long roll filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, and condiments.
28 Ilhan of Congress : OMAR
Answer Explanation: Ilhan Omar is a Somali-American politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. She is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first woman of color to represent Minnesota in the Congress. OMAR is the right answer for this crossword clue.
29 Lunch spot, for short : CAF
Answer Explanation: A “café” is a type of restaurant that typically serves coffee, tea, light meals, and snacks. In this crossword clue, the answer is abbreviated to “CAF” for brevity.
30 Spoke without a sound? : ELIDED
Answer Explanation: This crossword clue is a bit tricky. To “elide” means to omit or leave out a sound or syllable in speech or writing. So, “spoke without a sound” is a play on words that suggests that someone has elided a sound or syllable in their speech. Hence, the answer to this clue is “ELIDED”.
31 Crime drama character: COP
This crossword clue is referring to the character commonly found in crime dramas – the police officer, colloquially known as a “cop”. These characters are often depicted as the main protagonists of police procedural shows or movies, and are responsible for investigating and solving crimes.
33 Buffalo NHL player: SABRE
This clue is referring to the Buffalo Sabres, a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. A “sabre” is a type of sword with a curved blade, which is also the team’s logo. The clue is asking for the name of a player on the Buffalo Sabres NHL team.
35 Pixar fish: DORY
This crossword clue is referring to the character Dory from the Pixar animated movie “Finding Nemo” and its sequel “Finding Dory”. Dory is a regal blue tang fish with short-term memory loss who helps the protagonist, a clownfish named Marlin, find his missing son.
36 Chocolate chips and walnuts for banana bread, perhaps: ADD-INS
This clue is referring to additional ingredients that can be added to banana bread to enhance its flavor or texture. Chocolate chips and walnuts are commonly used as “add-ins” for banana bread, but other ingredients such as raisins, coconut flakes, or even peanut butter can also be used.
37 Very soon after: UPON
This crossword clue is referring to the word “upon”, which means immediately after or in close proximity to. It is often used to describe actions or events that occur in quick succession or without delay.
39 Steamed bun: BAO
This clue is referring to a type of Chinese food called “bao”, which consists of steamed buns filled with various ingredients such as meat, vegetables, or sweet bean paste. Bao buns are a popular street food in China and have gained popularity in other parts of the world as well.
40 Sound from a pen: OINK
This crossword clue is a bit of a play on words. “Oink” is the sound that a pig makes, but in this case, the clue is referring to a different kind of “pen” – a writing instrument. The sound of a pen can be described as a scratch, a click, or a scribble, but in this case, it is represented as an “oink” to make the clue more playful and amusing.
41 Untamed: WILD
The clue “Untamed” refers to something that is not controlled or tamed, often associated with wild animals or nature. In this context, “Wild” is the answer to the crossword clue.
42 Havana cigar that hits all the right notes? : PERFECT CUBAN
This crossword clue is a play on words. A “Havana cigar” is a type of cigar that is made from tobacco grown in the western region of Cuba. The phrase “hits all the right notes” is a reference to something that is perfect or flawless. Therefore, the answer to this clue is “Perfect Cuban”, which is not only a description of an excellent Havana cigar but also a phrase that suggests excellence in general.
45 Motivation: DRIVE
This clue is referring to a person’s internal motivation or ambition to achieve a particular goal. “Drive” is often used to describe a person’s passion, determination, or work ethic in pursuing their objectives.
47 Bathroom or kitchen device: SCALE
A “scale” is a device used to measure weight, often found in bathrooms or kitchens for monitoring personal weight or measuring ingredients for cooking. Scales are usually equipped with a flat surface on which objects can be placed, and they work by measuring the force of gravity on the object.
48 BTS genre: K-POP
This clue is referring to the popular South Korean music genre known as K-Pop, which has gained global popularity in recent years. BTS is a famous K-Pop group that has achieved worldwide success and has helped popularize the genre in the Western world.
49 Schoolyard retort: ARE SO
This clue refers to a common comeback or retort used by children on the playground. “Are so” is typically added to the end of a statement or insult to contradict or challenge the statement. For example, if someone said “you’re stupid”, the response might be “am not” or “are so” to dispute the claim.
50 Old den device: VCR
This clue is referring to an outdated piece of technology that was once commonly found in people’s homes. A “VCR” or Video Cassette Recorder was used to play VHS tapes, which were a popular form of home entertainment in the 1980s and 1990s before the advent of DVD and digital streaming.
53 “Les Miz”: LES
This clue is referring to the popular musical “Les Misérables”, which is based on the 1862 novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. “Les” is the French definite article that translates to “the” in English, and it is used in the title of the musical.
56 [I have to explain this again?]: DEEP SIGH
This clue is not asking for a specific answer but rather a phrase that represents the exasperation one might feel when asked to explain something for the umpteenth time. “Deep Sigh” is the answer to this clue, as it represents the sound one might make when they are feeling frustrated or annoyed.
58 Boho-chic: BOHO
“Boho-chic” is a fashion style that is characterized by a mix of bohemian and hippie-inspired clothing with modern and trendy pieces. It is a style that emphasizes individuality, creativity, and freedom of expression, and it often includes items such as flowy dresses, vintage-inspired prints, and accessories like scarves, hats, and jewelry.
59 Like a rave review: FIVE-STAR
A “five-star” review is a rating system used to indicate the quality or excellence of a product or service. It is often used in online reviews, restaurant ratings, and hotel reviews. A “five-star” review is the highest rating possible, indicating that the product or service is exceptional.
63 Mario Kart participant: RACER
This clue is referring to the popular video game series “Mario Kart”, which features characters from the Mario franchise racing against each other in go-karts. A “racer” is a participant in the race, which is the focus of the game.
64 Euripides tragedy: MEDEA
This clue is referring to the ancient Greek tragedy “Medea”, written by Euripides in 431 BCE. The play tells the story of Medea, a sorceress who seeks revenge against her husband Jason for betraying her and marrying another woman.
65 Evian, e.g.?: WATER TITAN
This clue is a playful way of describing Evian, a popular brand of bottled water. “Water Titan” is an allusion to the Greek mythological figures known as the Titans, who were powerful and influential deities in ancient Greek mythology. The use of the word “Titan” in this clue suggests that Evian is a dominant and influential brand in the bottled water industry.
67 To whom a young sea monster goes for advice? : WISE KRAKEN
This is a playful clue that is referencing the mythological creature known as the Kraken, a giant sea monster that was said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The clue suggests that a “young sea monster” might seek advice from the “Wise Kraken”, as it is a creature of the sea and is therefore knowledgeable about the ways of the ocean.
69 Affirms : AVERS
The word “avers” is a verb that means to affirm, assert, or declare with confidence. It is often used in legal contexts to describe the act of making a formal statement or declaration under oath.
70 Morgan of Arthurian legend: LE FAY
This clue is referring to the character of Morgan Le Fay, a powerful enchantress from Arthurian legend. In the tales of King Arthur, Morgan is often portrayed as a villainous figure who uses her magical powers to work against Arthur and his knights.
72 “You’ll see–this’ll be easy!”: IT’S A SNAP
This phrase is often used to express confidence in one’s ability to complete a task or solve a problem. It suggests that the task is simple and straightforward and that there should be no difficulty in completing it. The phrase “it’s a snap” is therefore used to describe something that is easy or effortless.
73 Barber’s tool: COMB
A “comb” is a tool that is used for untangling and arranging hair. In a barber shop, combs are often used to create precise and clean cuts and to style hair in specific ways.
74 Fizzless drink: FLAT SODA
This clue is referring to a soft drink or soda that has lost its carbonation and no longer has the “fizz” that is characteristic of carbonated beverages. A “flat soda” is a soda that has gone stale or has been left out for too long and has lost its carbonation.
76 Early Beatles bassist Sutcliffe: STU
This clue is referring to Stuart Sutcliffe, a musician who played bass guitar for the Beatles in their early years. Sutcliffe was a close friend of John Lennon and was one of the original members of the band, but he left the group in 1961 to pursue a career in art. He died tragically the following year at the age of 21.
77 Hosp. theaters : ORS
ORS stands for “operating rooms.” In a hospital, the operating room is a specially equipped room where surgical procedures are performed.
78 CBS sportscaster Phil : SIMMS
Phil Simms is a retired American football quarterback who played in the NFL for 14 seasons. He is best known for his time with the New York Giants, with whom he won two Super Bowl championships. After retiring from football, Simms became a sportscaster for CBS and has covered many high-profile NFL games.
79 Camper’s snack : GORP
GORP stands for “good old raisins and peanuts.” It’s a common trail mix snack that often includes other ingredients such as chocolate chips, M&Ms, or granola.
81 Charter : LEASE
A lease is a legal agreement in which one party (the landlord) allows another party (the tenant) to use their property for a certain period of time in exchange for rent payments. Leases are often used for rental properties such as apartments or commercial buildings.
86 Songs : TUNES
Tunes is a slang term for songs or musical compositions. The term has been in use since at least the early 20th century and is still commonly used today.
87 Unusually low tax bill? : LITTLE BURDEN
This clue is a play on words. “Little burden” sounds like “little bourbon,” which could be interpreted as an unusually small amount of the alcoholic drink bourbon. However, the answer to the clue is actually “little burden,” which means a tax bill that is unusually low and therefore not a significant burden on the taxpayer.
90 Family nickname : PAPA
“Papa” is a common nickname for a father or grandfather. It’s a term of endearment and is often used by young children to refer to their dad or grandpa.
91 Biceps, slangily : GUNS
“Guns” is a slang term for biceps, which are the large muscles at the front of the upper arm. The term “guns” likely originated from the visual similarity between the shape of a bicep and the barrel of a gun.
92 Melber of MSNBC : ARI
Ari Melber is an American journalist and attorney who currently serves as the chief legal correspondent for MSNBC. He is also the host of “The Beat with Ari Melber,” a daily news and political commentary show on the network.
93 Urge on : GOAD
To “goad” someone means to encourage or push them to do something, often by using persistent or irritating tactics. The term can also refer to a stick or pointed object that is used to prod or drive animals.
94 Whine tearfully : SNIVEL
To “snivel” means to complain or express unhappiness in a whiny or tearful manner. The term can also refer to the act of sniffing repeatedly, often due to crying or a runny nose.
96 “Sula” novelist Morrison : TONI
Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, and professor who is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century. She is the author of many acclaimed novels, including “Beloved,” “The Bluest Eye,” and “Sula,” which is referenced in this crossword clue.
97 Viswanathan who was the first chess grandmaster from India : ANAND
Viswanathan Anand is a retired Indian chess player who is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. He was the first grandmaster from India, achieving the title in 1988 at the age of 18. Anand has won numerous international chess tournaments and was the world chess champion from 2007 to 2013.
99 Texting nicety : PLS
“Pls” is short for “please,” a common word used in polite requests. In text messaging and other forms of digital communication, it is often abbreviated to save time and effort.
100 Clemson athletes : TIGERS
The Clemson Tigers are the athletic teams of Clemson University, a public research university in South Carolina. The school sponsors 19 varsity sports teams, including football, basketball, soccer, and baseball, among others.
101 Fix, in a way : RIG
To “rig” something means to manipulate or arrange it in a way that gives a certain desired outcome. The term can have negative connotations when it refers to cheating or fraudulently altering a situation to achieve a specific goal.
102 Disdainful sounds : TSKS
“Tsks” are sounds of disapproval or irritation that are made by sucking air through the teeth. The term can also be spelled “tut-tuts.”
103 Trawling need : NET
A “net” is a type of fishing gear that is used to catch fish or other aquatic creatures. The net is typically made of mesh material that allows water to pass through while trapping fish inside.
105 So tired of eating pork for breakfast? : OVER BACON
This crossword clue is a play on words. “Over bacon” sounds like “overbaken,” which could be interpreted as being tired of eating bacon for breakfast. However, the actual answer to the clue is “over bacon,” which means having had too much bacon and no longer wanting to eat it.
107 Observation at a zoo’s big cat exhibit? : THAT IS A LION
This crossword clue is a pun that plays with the idea of identifying animals in a zoo exhibit. The answer, “that is a lion,” could be the observation made by someone looking at a lion in a zoo. But the clue can also be read as a statement of surprise or disbelief, as in “That is a lion!?”
111 Drudge : PEON
A “peon” is a low-ranking worker or laborer who performs menial or unskilled tasks. The term can be used to refer to someone who is exploited or mistreated by their employer.
112 Swag : LOOT
“Swag” can refer to a variety of things, depending on the context. In the context of this crossword clue, “swag” likely means loot or stolen goods that have been acquired through illegal means. However, “swag” can also refer to promotional items or freebies given out at events.
113 Had a victory : WON ONE
To “win one” means to achieve a victory or succeed in a particular endeavor. The phrase can be used in a variety of contexts, such as sports, politics, or personal achievement.
114 Unaided : SOLO
To do something “solo” means to do it alone, without any assistance or support from others. The term can be used in a variety of contexts, such as music, sports, or travel.
115 Avec’s opposite : SANS
“Avec” is a French word that means “with.” “Sans” is its opposite, meaning “without.” Both words are often used in English to add a touch of sophistication or elegance to speech or writing.
116 Giant fair : EXPO
An “expo” is short for “exposition,” which is a large-scale public exhibition or fair that showcases a variety of products, technologies, or cultural items. Expos can be focused on a particular theme, such as World’s Fairs or technology expositions.
117 Sunset shade : ORANGE
“Orange” is a color that is often associated with sunsets. The color can vary depending on the time of year, location, and weather conditions, but it is often a mix of red, yellow, and pink hues.
118 Freshly : ANEW
“To do something “anew” means to start again or to do it in a fresh or different way. The term can be used in a variety of contexts, such as personal growth, relationships, or creative endeavors.
1 URL letters : WWW
“WWW” stands for “World Wide Web,” which is a system of interlinked hypertext documents that are accessed through the internet. The “www” prefix is used in website addresses to indicate that the website is a part of the World Wide Web.
2 “That hits the spot” : AAH
The phrase “aaah” is often used to express satisfaction or relief. It is commonly associated with the feeling of satisfaction that comes from consuming something enjoyable, such as a cold drink on a hot day or a warm meal on a cold night.
3 Scattered population : DIASPORA
A “diaspora” is a scattered population of people who share a common origin or cultural background. The term is often used to describe groups of people who have been forced to leave their homeland or who have voluntarily migrated to other parts of the world.
4 “Julius Caesar” accusation : ET TU
The phrase “et tu, Brute?” is a famous line from William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar.” It is spoken by Caesar as he is being assassinated by his friend Brutus, who is one of the conspirators plotting against him. The phrase is often used to express betrayal by someone who was previously trusted.
5 Prof’s deg., often : PHD
A “PhD” is a Doctor of Philosophy degree, which is a type of advanced degree that is awarded to individuals who have completed extensive research and study in a particular field. PhDs are commonly pursued by professors and researchers in academic settings.
6 Stunt pilot : AEROBAT
An “aerobat” is a pilot who performs aerobatic maneuvers in an airplane. Aerobatics are a type of flying that involves performing precise and acrobatic maneuvers, such as loops, rolls, and spins.
7 Campy 1970s music genre : GLAM ROCK
“Glam rock” is a genre of rock music that emerged in the early 1970s. It is characterized by its theatrical and flamboyant style, often featuring elaborate costumes, makeup, and hairstyles. Some of the most famous glam rock bands include David Bowie, Queen, and T. Rex.
8 Sushi roll exterior : ALGAE
“Algae” refers to a diverse group of aquatic, photosynthetic organisms that range in size from single-celled microalgae to large seaweeds. Some types of algae, such as nori, are used in the preparation of sushi rolls to provide a thin layer around the rice and filling.
9 Former Queen of Jordan : NOOR
Queen Noor is the widow of King Hussein of Jordan and was Queen consort of Jordan from 1978 until his death in 1999. She is known for her humanitarian work, including promoting education and environmental conservation.
10 Tax form digits : SSN
“SSN” stands for Social Security Number, which is a unique identifier assigned to individuals in the United States for tax and other purposes. Social Security Numbers are used to track an individual’s earnings and benefits, and are also used to verify identity for credit and other purposes.
11 Stop posting on social media, say : GO DARK
The phrase “go dark” is often used to describe the act of ceasing all communication or activity on social media or other digital platforms. This can be done for a variety of reasons, such as protecting privacy, avoiding harassment or threats, or maintaining a low profile.
12 Enlighten : EDIFY
“To edify” means to instruct or enlighten someone in a way that improves their knowledge, understanding, or character. The term is often used in educational or religious contexts to describe the process of teaching or learning in a way that promotes personal growth and development.
13 “Summertime Sadness” singer Lana Del __ : REY
Lana Del Rey is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is known for her unique vocal style and cinematic aesthetic. She has released several albums, including “Born to Die,” “Honeymoon,” and “Lust for Life.”
14 Words said after lighting birthday candles : MAKE A WISH
The tradition of making a wish after blowing out birthday candles is believed to date back to ancient Greece and Rome. It is thought that the act of blowing out candles symbolizes sending a message to the gods, and that making a wish while doing so increases the likelihood that the wish will come true.
15 Went unused : SAT IDLE
To “sit idle” means to remain inactive or unused. The term is often used in reference to machinery or equipment that is not being used for a period of time, or to a person who is not employed or engaged in any productive activity.
16 Eclipsed : OUTDID
To “outdo” something or someone means to surpass them in some way or to do better than them. The term “eclipsed” is often used to describe a situation where one person or thing completely overshadows or outshines another.
17 Groom feathers : PREEN
To “preen” means to clean or tidy one’s feathers or hair in a way that enhances their appearance. The term is often used in reference to birds, who use their beaks to arrange their feathers into an orderly pattern.
18 Smooths, as wood : SANDS
To “sand” wood means to smooth it by rubbing it with sandpaper or another abrasive material. The process of sanding is often used in woodworking to create a smooth surface that is ready for finishing or staining.
24 Crunch time target? : ABS
The term “crunch time” is often used to describe a period of intense pressure or deadline-driven work. In the context of exercise and fitness, “crunches” are a type of abdominal exercise that targets the rectus abdominis muscles, which are commonly known as the “abs.”
26 “Amor & Pasión” popera vocal group : IL DIVO
Il Divo is a multinational vocal group that specializes in operatic pop music. The group was formed in the early 2000s and has released several albums, including “Amor & Pasión,” which features Spanish-language covers of popular songs.
29 Hartford’s st. : CONN
“CONN” is an abbreviation for the state of Connecticut, which is located in the northeastern region of the United States. Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut and is known for its historic architecture, cultural attractions, and vibrant arts scene.
31 Beer pong receptacles : CUPS
Beer pong is a popular drinking game in which players attempt to throw ping pong balls into cups filled with beer. The cups are typically arranged in a triangle shape on a table, and the objective of the game is to eliminate all of the other team’s cups by successfully throwing a ball into each one.
32 Gp. founded in Baghdad in 1960 : OPEC
OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) is a group of 13 oil-producing nations that collaborate on policies related to oil production, pricing, and supply. The organization was founded in Baghdad, Iraq in 1960 and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.
34 “The Bachelor” network : ABC
ABC is a television network that is known for producing a wide range of programming, including news, sports, dramas, and reality shows. “The Bachelor” is a popular dating reality show that has been airing on ABC since 2002.
35 Luvs product : DIAPER
Luvs is a brand of disposable diapers that are designed to provide leak protection and comfort for babies and toddlers. The brand is owned by Procter & Gamble and is sold in stores throughout the United States.
38 Org. for Cardinals and Saints : NFL
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional sports league in the United States that consists of 32 teams, including the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints. The league is divided into two conferences (the AFC and NFC) and is known for its intense competition and passionate fan base.
40 Concert wind : OBOE
The oboe is a woodwind instrument that is commonly used in classical music and orchestral arrangements. The instrument has a distinctive sound that is produced by blowing air through a reed and into a narrow, conical bore.
43 Fishers with pots : EELERS
Eelers are fishermen who use special traps or “pots” to catch eels. The traps are typically made of wire mesh and are baited with fish or other types of food that are attractive to eels. Once the eels enter the trap, they are caught and then removed by the fisherman
44 Kite aids: UPDRAFTS
These are upward currents of air that can lift kites, gliders, and other lightweight flying objects. Updrafts are created by the sun heating up the ground, which in turn heats up the air above it. The hot air rises and creates a low-pressure area, which draws in cooler air to replace it. This cycle creates a continuous flow of upward-moving air that can keep a kite aloft for extended periods.
45 Least rainy: DRIEST
This refers to a climate or region that receives the lowest amount of rainfall or precipitation compared to other areas. Areas that are considered the driest often have desert-like conditions with arid landscapes, low humidity, and high temperatures. Some of the driest places on Earth include the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Sahara Desert in Africa, and Death Valley in California.
46 Go back: REGRESS
This means to return to an earlier or less developed state or condition. In the context of human behavior, it can refer to reverting to immature or less socially acceptable behavior. In psychology, regression is a defense mechanism in which a person retreats to an earlier stage of development in response to stress or anxiety.
49 Pictures of characters: ASCII ART
This is a type of digital art that uses the characters of the ASCII character set (letters, numbers, and symbols) to create images. ASCII art is often used in text-based communication, such as in email, chat rooms, and online forums. The art form originated in the early days of computing when graphics capabilities were limited, and ASCII characters were used to create simple images.
50 Cape Cod alcohol: VODKA
This is a clear, distilled alcoholic beverage that is usually made from grains such as wheat or rye. Vodka originated in Eastern Europe and is now produced and consumed worldwide. Cape Cod is a popular vacation destination located in Massachusetts, and vodka is a common ingredient in many of the area’s signature cocktails, such as the Cape Codder (vodka and cranberry juice).
51 Sound from a nest: CHEEP
This is a high-pitched chirping sound that is often made by young birds in a nest. It is a form of communication used by the birds to signal their needs and to attract the attention of their parents. Cheeping is also used by some adult birds, such as the house sparrow, to communicate with other members of their flock.
52 Equine hue: ROAN
This is a coat color pattern found in horses that is characterized by a mixture of white hairs and colored hairs. Roan horses typically have a dark base color with white hairs interspersed throughout the coat. The amount of white hairs can vary, ranging from just a few to nearly covering the entire coat. Roan is a common coat color in many breeds of horses, including the American Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred, and Arabian.
54 54 NYC hrs. : EST
This crossword clue refers to the time zone abbreviation for Eastern Standard Time, which is used in New York City and many other parts of the eastern United States. EST is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-5) and is observed during the winter months when Daylight Saving Time is not in effect.
55 Jojo Moyes novel about a woman starting a new life : STILL ME
“Still Me” is a novel by British author Jojo Moyes, which was published in 2018. It is the third book in the “Me Before You” series, which also includes “Me Before You” and “After You.” In “Still Me,” the main character Louisa Clark moves to New York City to start a new job and a new life, and must navigate the challenges of living in a new country while staying true to herself.
57 Furry foot : PAW
This crossword clue refers to the foot of an animal, which is often covered in fur or hair. Paws are typically used for walking, running, and gripping objects, and are found on a wide range of animals including dogs, cats, bears, and rodents.
58 Lima __ : BEAN
This crossword clue refers to the edible seed of the Lima bean plant, which is native to South America but is now grown in many parts of the world. Lima beans are high in protein, fiber, and other nutrients, and can be cooked and eaten in a variety of dishes including stews, soups, and salads.
59 Party gift : FAVOR
This crossword clue refers to a small gift or token given to guests at a party or event. Favors are often personalized to the occasion, and can include items like candy, candles, or small trinkets. They are a way for hosts to thank their guests for attending and to provide a memento of the occasion.
60 Inventory list : ITEMS
This crossword clue refers to a list of individual things or objects that are included in a larger collection or inventory. An inventory list can be used for a wide range of purposes, including tracking supplies, managing stock, or cataloguing personal possessions.
61 Move or groove : VERB
This crossword clue refers to a part of speech that is used to describe actions, events, or states of being. In English grammar, verbs are often used to indicate the subject’s action or state of being, and can be modified by other words to indicate tense, aspect, or mood. Some common examples of verbs include “run,” “jump,” “sing,” and “dance.”
62 Top squads : A-TEAMS
This crossword clue refers to a term used to describe a group of highly skilled or elite individuals who work together as a team to achieve a specific goal. The term “A-Team” originally referred to a fictional group of soldiers in a popular 1980s television series of the same name, who were known for their unconventional tactics and ability to get the job done against all odds.
64 Longtime Takei role : MR SULU
This crossword clue refers to a character from the original “Star Trek” television series, which aired from 1966-1969. Mr. Sulu was a helmsman and later a lieutenant on the starship Enterprise, played by actor George Takei. Takei has continued to portray the character in numerous “Star Trek” films and other media over the years, and has become a beloved icon of the franchise.
65 Texas city featured in most “Fixer Upper” episodes : WACO
This crossword clue refers to a city in central Texas that was the setting for the popular HGTV home renovation series “Fixer Upper.” The show, which aired from 2013-2018, followed hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines as they renovated and transformed homes in the Waco area. The show’s popularity helped put Waco on the map as a destination for home decor enthusiasts and fans of the Gaines family.
66 “One Mic” rapper : NAS
This crossword clue refers to the stage name of rapper Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, who is known for his socially conscious lyrics and storytelling abilities. Nas has been a prominent figure in the hip-hop industry since the early 1990s, and is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time by many music critics and fans. “One Mic” is one of his most popular and critically acclaimed songs, released in 2002.
68 Actress Dennings : KAT
This crossword clue refers to the actress Kat Dennings, who is known for her roles in television shows like “2 Broke Girls” and movies like “Thor” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Dennings has been acting since she was a teenager, and has become a popular figure in Hollywood for her sharp wit, humor, and relatable on-screen presence.
71 Hindu or Buddhist spiritual leader : YOGINI
This crossword clue refers to a term used to describe a female practitioner of yoga or a spiritual leader in Hindu or Buddhist traditions. The term “yogini” comes from the Sanskrit word “yoga,” which means “to yoke” or “to unite.” In these traditions, a yogini is often seen as someone who has attained a high level of spiritual realization or enlightenment through their practice of yoga and meditation.
74 “No refunds” transaction : FINAL SALE
This crossword clue refers to a type of transaction in which a seller offers goods or services with a strict no-refunds policy. Final sale items are typically marked down in price and are sold as-is, meaning that the buyer cannot return or exchange them for any reason. This type of sale is often used by retailers to clear out excess inventory or to offer deep discounts to customers, but can be risky for buyers who may not be able to inspect the item carefully before purchasing.
75 Polka __ : DOTS
This crossword clue refers to a pattern of small, round dots that are commonly used in textiles and fashion. The term “polka dots” is derived from the Polish word “półka,” meaning “half,” and was originally used to describe a type of dance that was popular in Europe in the mid-19th century. The dance was often accompanied by lively music and colorful costumes, which sometimes featured polka dot patterns.
78 Top-notch : SUPERB
This crossword clue refers to something that is of the highest quality or excellence. The term “superb” is often used to describe works of art, performances, or other achievements that are considered to be outstanding or exceptional. The word comes from the Latin word “superbus,” meaning “proud” or “excellent.”
80 Sea food : PLANKTON
This crossword clue refers to the microscopic organisms that drift in the water column of oceans, seas, and other bodies of water. Plankton includes both plants and animals, and serves as a vital food source for many larger marine creatures, such as whales, fish, and sea birds. Despite their small size, plankton play a crucial role in the world’s ecosystems and help to regulate the Earth’s climate and oxygen levels.
82 Joule fraction : ERG
This crossword clue refers to a unit of energy that is commonly used in physics and engineering. An erg is equivalent to one ten-millionth of a joule, or 10^-7 joules. The term “erg” comes from the Greek word “ergon,” meaning “work.”
83 Animal shelter goal : ADOPTION
This crossword clue refers to the process of taking in a pet from an animal shelter or rescue organization and making it a permanent member of one’s family. Adoption is a common way for people to provide homes for pets that have been abandoned, lost, or surrendered by their previous owners. Animal shelters and rescue groups often work to promote adoption and to educate the public about the benefits of pet ownership.
84 Letter closer : SEAL
This crossword clue refers to a small emblem or sticker that is used to close and secure a letter or envelope. Seals can be made from a variety of materials, including wax, paper, or adhesive-backed labels, and are often embossed with a design or emblem to add a personal touch to the correspondence. In addition to their practical use in sealing letters, seals have also been used throughout history as a symbol of authority, identity, or personal expression.
85 Wraps up : ENDS
This crossword clue refers to the final stages or conclusion of a project, event, or activity. To “wrap up” something means to complete it or bring it to a close, often by tying up loose ends or resolving any remaining issues. The term is commonly used in business, entertainment, and sports contexts, among others, and can refer to anything from a movie shoot to a political campaign to a basketball game.
86 Bars : TAVERNS
This crossword clue refers to establishments where alcoholic beverages are served, typically in a casual or social setting. Taverns have a long history dating back to ancient civilizations, and can be found in many different cultures and regions around the world. They are often associated with socializing, relaxation, and entertainment, and may offer food, music, or other amenities in addition to drinks.
87 Organ with alveoli : LUNG
This crossword clue refers to one of the primary organs of the respiratory system in humans and other vertebrates. Lungs are responsible for extracting oxygen from the air we breathe and expelling carbon dioxide, which is a waste product of cellular respiration. They are made up of millions of small, sac-like structures called alveoli, which provide a large surface area for gas exchange to occur. The lungs are essential for survival, and any damage or impairment to their function can have serious health consequences.
88 Blackboard chore : ERASING
This crossword clue refers to the act of removing writing or markings from a blackboard or other writing surface. Erasing is a common task for teachers, professors, and students in academic settings, as well as for anyone who uses a chalkboard or whiteboard to convey information. Erasers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be made from materials such as rubber, felt, or foam.
89 Receptacle : BIN
This crossword clue refers to a container or receptacle used for storing or transporting goods. Bins can be made from a variety of materials, such as plastic, metal, or wood, and are often used for organizing and sorting items in warehouses, factories, or homes. They can be open or closed, and may have handles or other features for easy handling.
90 Bird in Mo Willems books : PIGEON
This crossword clue refers to a type of bird that is common in urban and suburban environments around the world. Pigeons are often associated with cities and public spaces, and are known for their distinctive cooing sound and their ability to navigate over long distances using magnetic fields and other cues. In Mo Willems’ popular children’s books, the Pigeon is a comical and mischievous character who often finds himself in humorous situations.
91 Start discussing : GO INTO
This crossword clue refers to the act of beginning a discussion or exploration of a topic in detail. To “go into” something means to delve deeply into it, to examine it closely, or to discuss it at length. The phrase is often used in academic or professional contexts, as well as in everyday conversations, and can refer to anything from a specific issue or problem to a broader subject or theme.
94 Timetable listings : STOPS
This crossword clue refers to the points along a route where a vehicle or transportation service will make a scheduled stop. Stops can be listed on a timetable or schedule to inform passengers of when and where they can catch a ride, and may include specific locations such as bus stations, train platforms, or airport terminals. The term “stop” can also refer to the act of pausing or halting movement, or to a point along a journey where a break or rest is taken.
95 Skin care brand in blue containers : NIVEA
NIVEA is a global skincare brand that offers a wide range of products such as lotions, creams, and lip balms. It was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Germany. NIVEA is known for its distinctive blue packaging and has become one of the most recognizable skincare brands in the world.
96 Girl Scout’s outfit? : TROOP
This is a play on words. A “Girl Scout” is a member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, a youth organization for girls. However, “troop” can also refer to a group of soldiers, which fits the clue. So the answer to this crossword is “troop”, which can refer both to the Girl Scouts’ organization and a group of soldiers.
97 Lotus position, e.g. : ASANA
Asana is a term used in yoga that refers to a physical posture or position. The lotus position is a common asana in yoga, where one sits cross-legged with their feet placed on opposite thighs. This posture is commonly used in meditation, as it helps to calm the mind and promote relaxation.
98 Genetic letters : DNA
DNA stands for Deoxyribonucleic Acid, which is the genetic material that carries the instructions for the development, functioning, and reproduction of all living organisms. DNA is made up of four nucleotide bases: adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine, which are often represented as letters (A, G, C, T).
102 Hammer-wielding superhero in Marvel films : THOR
Thor is a superhero character from the Marvel Comics universe, created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. He is the Asgardian God of Thunder and possesses incredible strength, durability, and the ability to control lightning. Thor wields a magical hammer called Mjolnir, which can only be lifted by those who are deemed worthy.
104 Older “Frozen” sister : ELSA
Elsa is a fictional character from the Disney animated film “Frozen”. She is the older sister of Anna and possesses magical ice powers, which she struggles to control. Elsa is known for her signature song “Let It Go”, which became a global phenomenon and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
106 Actress Courteney : COX
Courteney Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her role as Monica Geller on the popular television show “Friends”. Cox has also starred in other films and TV shows, such as the “Scream” movie franchise and “Cougar Town”.
107 Couple : TWO
The answer to this crossword clue is “two”, which is a number that represents a couple or a pair of things. “Couple” is a synonym for “two”, which is why it fits the crossword puzzle.
108 Understand : SEE
In this context, “see” means to understand or comprehend something. When you “see” something, you are perceiving it visually and processing it in your mind. This can also be used in a figurative sense, such as when you “see” a point or understand a concept.
109 Flamenco shout : OLE
“Olé” is an exclamation used in Spanish and Portuguese cultures, particularly in flamenco music and dance. It is often used to express excitement, admiration, or appreciation. In flamenco, “olé” is commonly shouted by the audience to show their appreciation for a particularly impressive dance or musical performance.
110 This second : NOW
“Now” is a term that refers to the present moment or the immediate time. In this crossword clue, “this second” is used as a synonym for “now”, indicating that something is happening at this exact moment or very soon. It can also be used to convey a sense of urgency or importance, as in “we need to do this now”.
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