Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Sunday April 30th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 Sticky sandwiches : S’MORES
Expansions: S’mores are a dessert consisting of a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers.
7 Hayek Pinault of “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” : SALMA Expansion: Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican-American actress known for her roles in movies like “Desperado”, “Frida”, and “From Dusk Till Dawn”.
12 Mink cousin : MARTEN
Expansion: A marten is a small, carnivorous mammal that belongs to the same family as weasels, otters, and ferrets.
18 Rummylike game : CANASTA
Expansion: Canasta is a card game that is similar to rummy and is typically played with two decks of cards.
20 Begs : PLEADS
Expansion: To plead means to make an emotional appeal or request earnestly, often on one’s knees.
22 Arise : EMERGE
Expansion: To emerge means to become visible, to come out from hiding or to rise from something.
23 Made aware : ALERTED
Expansion: To alert someone means to give them a warning or make them aware of a potential danger or problem.
24 Mayhem that ensues when one tries to order a Big Mac at an Arby’s? : FAST-FOOD CHAOS
Expansion: Fast-food chaos is a humorous phrase that describes the confusion and disorder that mi
26 Staple used in some sensory play activities : RICE
Expansion: Rice is a common sensory play material that is often used in activities for children. It is also sometimes used in therapeutic settings to help patients with sensory issues.
27 Workday alternative : ADP
Expansion: ADP is a software company that provides human resources management solutions, including time and attendance systems.
29 Cuts it close? : SHEARS
Expansion: Shears are a cutting tool used for cutting cloth, hair, or other materials close to the surface.
30 Otolaryngologists, for short : ENTS
Expansion: ENT stands for Ear, Nose, and Throat and refers to medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to those areas.
31 Lawyer’s org. : ABA
Expansion: ABA stands for the American Bar Association, which is a professional organization for lawyers in the United States.
32 “Just relax!” : BREATHE
Expansion: The phrase “just breathe” is often used as a way to encourage someone to calm down and relax, particularly in stressful or anxious situations.
35 Significant period : ERA
Expansion: An era is a period of time that is characterized by a particular set of events or cultural developments. It is often used to describe a significant historical period such as the Renaissance or the Industrial Revolution.
36 Some online convos : IMS
Expansion: IMS stands for Instant Messaging Services, which are online chat platforms that allow users to send messages and communicate with each other in real-time.
37 Troubles in central France? : BURGUNDY WOES
Expansion: Burgundy is a region in central France that is known for its wine-making. Burgundy woes might be a reference to problems or difficulties that arise in the wine-making process.
40 __ mess: traditional English dessert : ETON Expansion: Eton mess is a dessert that originated in the UK and is made with a mixture of whipped cream, crushed meringue, and fresh berries.
42 __ de deux : PAS
Expansion: Pas de deux is a term used in ballet that means “step for two” in French. It refers to an elaborate dance performed by two dancers.
45 Jack or jenny : ASS
Expansion: Jack and Jenny are common names for male and female donkeys, respectively. They are also known as asses or burros.
46 Drink gingerly : SIP
Expansion: To sip means to drink slowly and carefully, taking small amounts of liquid at a time.
47 Moment of brain freeze for a programmer? : CODER BLOCK
Expansion: Coder block is a humorous phrase that is a play on words for the term “writer’s block”. It refers to a moment of mental block or difficulty experienced by a programmer when they are unable to come up with a solution to a coding problem or project.
50 Squeeze: SMUSH
Expansion: To smush means to squeeze something together until it is flattened or compacted. It is also sometimes used to describe the act of hugging someone tightly.
53 Gently object: DEMUR
Expansion: To demur means to express hesitation or reluctance to do something, typically in a polite or gentle manner. It can also mean to object to something in a non-confrontational way.
55 Port near Naples: SALERNO
Expansion: Salerno is a port city located in the Campania region of Italy, near Naples. It is known for its historic architecture, scenic seaside views, and connections to medieval and ancient history.
56 Furry or feathered friend: PET
Expansion: A pet is a domesticated animal that is kept for companionship or as a personal favorite. They may be furry or feathered, and common examples include cats, dogs, birds, and rabbits, among others.
57 Garden structure: SHED
Expansion: A shed is a small, often simple structure that is typically used for storage, gardening, or as a workspace. It is usually located outside and may be made of wood, metal, or other materials.
60 LaLiga chants: OLES
Expansion: In LaLiga, OLES is a common chant used by fans to celebrate their team’s success. It is typically said when a team completes a series of passes without the opposing team intercepting the ball.
62 Animal that often sleeps holding hands with its mate: OTTER
Expansion: Otters are a type of aquatic mammal known for their playful behavior and their propensity to hold hands with their mates while sleeping. This behavior is thought to help prevent them from drifting apart while they sleep in the water. Otters are found in many different parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia.
63 Four seasons : YEAR
Expansion: A year consists of four seasons: spring, summer, fall (also known as autumn), and winter. Each season is typically marked by changes in weather, temperature, and daylight hours.
65 Recovers : HEALS UP
Expansion: To heal up means to recover from an injury or illness. It can also refer to the process of repairing or restoring something to its original state or condition.
67 Saintly glows : HALOS
Expansion: A halo is a glowing ring or aura that is often depicted around the head of a saint or other religious figure in art. It is meant to represent holiness or divine nature.
70 What a wizard panda might cast on its hungry enemies? : THE CURSE OF THE BAMBOO
Expansion: This is a play on words, combining the idea of a “curse” that a wizard might cast with the idea of a “bamboo” that a panda might eat. It suggests that a wizard panda might cast a spell called the “curse of the bamboo” on its enemies, potentially causing them to crave or become addicted to the plant.
75 Hard to sleep through, say : NOISY
Expansion: Noisy refers to sounds that are loud, distracting, or disruptive. If something is noisy, it can be difficult to sleep through or concentrate on other tasks.
76 Go against : DISOBEY
Expansion: To disobey means to refuse to follow orders or commands. It can also refer to going against established norms, rules, or conventions.
77 Some Outback sprinters : EMUS
Expansion: The emu is a large flightless bird that is found in Australia. It is known for its long legs and ability to run at high speeds, making it a symbol of the Australian Outback.
79 __ of undying: Minecraft item : TOTEM
Expansion: In Minecraft, a totem of undying is a rare item that can be used to prevent the player from dying. When the player is about to die, the totem will activate and give the player temporary invincibility, allowing them to escape or fight back against enemies.
82 Trifling amount : A TAD
Expansion: A tad is a small or trifling amount of something. It is often used to indicate a small degree or quantity of something.
84 Stack in a gym : MATS
Expansion: Mats are flat, cushioned surfaces that are often used in gyms or exercise studios. They are used to provide a softer, more comfortable surface for exercises like yoga, stretching, or Pilates.
85 Kinda sorta : ISH
Expansion: Ish is a suffix that can be added to a word to indicate that it is only an approximation or estimation of the thing being described. For example, “reddish” might indicate a color that is somewhat red but not quite fully red.
86 Beef rib, to be brief : ANAGRAM
Expansion: An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. In this case, “beef rib” can be rearranged to form the word “anagram.”
89 Quickly : APACE
Expansion: Apace means quickly or rapidly. It implies a sense of speed or urgency in completing a task or journey.
91 Peppermint __ : PATTY
Expansion: A peppermint patty is a type of candy that typically consists of a round, flat disk of peppermint-flavored chocolate candy coated in a layer of dark chocolate. It is often consumed as a treat or dessert.
93 How a baby born in mid-September might behave? : LIKE A VIRGO
Expansion: Virgo is one of the astrological signs of the zodiac, and individuals born under this sign are thought to be analytical, practical, and detail-oriented. So, a baby born in mid-September (when the astrological sign of Virgo falls) might be said to behave “like a Virgo” in displaying these traits.
95 “__ Mubarak”: holiday greeting : EID
Expansion: Eid is an Arabic word that means “festival” or “holiday.” It is also used as a specific term to refer to the two major Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The greeting “Eid Mubarak” is a common way to wish someone a happy holiday or festival.
97 Summer Games org. : IOC
Expansion: IOC stands for the International Olympic Committee, the organization responsible for organizing and overseeing the Olympic Games.
98 Cell service initials : LTE
Expansion: LTE stands for Long-Term Evolution, a standard for wireless communication that is used by many cell phone carriers around the world. It is designed to provide faster and more reliable data transfer speeds compared to previous cellular communication technologies.
99 Place to get blintzes : DELI
Expansion: A deli is a type of store or restaurant that specializes in selling delicatessen foods, such as meats, cheeses, breads, and prepared dishes. Blintzes are a type of filled pastry that are often associated with Jewish cuisine, and they can often be found at delis.
100 Entry on a canner’s to-do list? : PROCESS PEACH
Expansion: To process a peach means to prepare and preserve it for long-term storage. This might involve canning, freezing, dehydrating, or otherwise treating the fruit to prevent it from spoiling.
106 Old-school weed whacker : HOE
Expansion: A hoe is a gardening tool that is used to remove weeds and cultivate soil. It typically consists of a long handle with a flat, pointed blade at the end, and it is often used by gardeners and farmers to work the soil manually. In some regions, the term “weed whacker” is also used to refer to a tool that uses rotating blades to cut down weeds and other vegetation.
108 NYSE launch : IPO
Expansion: IPO stands for Initial Public Offering, which is the process by which a company offers shares of its stock to the public for the first time. This is typically done in order to raise capital for the company and to allow early investors to cash out their shares.
110 Advice when juggling knives : USE CARE
Expansion: When juggling knives, it is important to use care and caution to avoid injuring oneself. This might involve wearing protective gear, practicing in a safe and controlled environment, and avoiding distractions or other potential hazards.
111 __ Paulo : SAO
Expansion: São Paulo is a city in southeastern Brazil and is the largest city in the country by both population and area. It is known for its vibrant culture, museums, and cuisine.
112 Over again : ANEW
Expansion: Anew means once more or again. It implies a sense of starting fresh or beginning again after a previous attempt or effort.
114 Intensify : DEEPEN
Expansion: To deepen something means to make it stronger, more intense, or more profound. This might involve increasing the depth or complexity of an argument, emotion, or idea.
116 Soul maker : KIA
Expansion: KIA is a South Korean automaker that produces a range of vehicles, including cars, SUVs, and vans. The company’s slogan, “The Power to Surprise,” emphasizes its commitment to innovation and quality.
117 Rabbitlike mammal with short hind legs : PIKA
Expansion: A pika is a small, rabbit-like mammal that is found in mountainous regions in Asia and North America. It is characterized by its short hind legs, rounded ears, and rounded body shape. Pika are known for their distinctive calls and their ability to survive in cold, rocky environments.
118 Anticipation on a horse farm? : FOAL COUNTDOWN Expansion: A foal is a young horse, and the term “countdown” suggests a sense of anticipation or excitement leading up to the birth of a new foal on a horse farm.
122 Target of some shaving : LEG HAIR
Expansion: Leg hair is the fine hair that grows on the legs of humans, especially females. The term “shaving” suggests that this hair is a target of hair removal, either for aesthetic reasons or for practical purposes such as sports or medical treatments.
124 Concurs : AGREES
Expansion: To concur means to agree or share the same opinion or view as someone else. It implies a sense of consensus or mutual understanding between two or more people.
125 Like many valuable baseballs : SIGNED
Expansion: Valuable baseballs are often signed by famous players or teams in order to authenticate them and increase their resale value. A signature on a baseball is a mark of authenticity and serves as a kind of seal of approval for baseball collectors and enthusiasts.
126 Heavy hammers : SLEDGES
Expansion: A sledge is a type of heavy hammer that is used to strike or break objects such as rocks, concrete, or metal. They often have a large, flat head and a long handle, which allows the user to generate a lot of force when swinging the hammer. They are often used in construction, mining, and other industries where heavy-duty tools are needed to break and shape materials.
127 Lightning container, idiomatically : BOTTLE Expansion: The phrase “to catch lightning in a bottle” is an idiom meaning to capture a rare and fleeting opportunity or to achieve something that is difficult to replicate or duplicate. The reference to a bottle suggests the idea of containing something that is powerful or elusive.
128 Jai alai basket : CESTA
Expansion: Jai alai is a sport that originated in the Basque region of Spain and is popular in Latin America and the Philippines. Players use a basket-like device called a cesta to catch and throw a ball against a wall. The cesta is worn on the player’s hand and is made of a long wicker or nylon scoop with a curved end.
129 “Oof, everything hurts” : I’M SORE
Expansion: “I’m sore” is a common expression used to describe the feeling of physical discomfort or pain, often associated with overexertion or injury. The phrase implies a sense of general malaise or discomfort throughout the body, rather than localized pain in a specific area. The exclamation “oof” is a sound one might make when feeling this kind of pain or discomfort.
1 Egyptian seal? : SCARAB
Expansion: The scarab is a type of beetle that was revered by the ancient Egyptians, who believed that it symbolized rebirth and regeneration. The scarab was also used as a decorative motif in Egyptian art and jewelry, and was often incorporated into amulets and seals.
2 Surfrider Beach city : MALIBU
Expansion: Malibu is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, that is known for its beaches and scenic coastline. Surfrider Beach is a popular spot for surfing and other water sports, and is located in Malibu.
3 Like some garages : ONE-CAR
Expansion: A one-car garage is a type of garage that is designed to accommodate a single vehicle. This is in contrast to larger garages, such as two-car garages or three-car garages, which are designed to accommodate multiple vehicles.
4 Like a blue lobster or a blue moon : RARE
Expansion: Blue lobsters are a rare genetic mutation of the American lobster that gives them a blue coloration instead of the typical brownish-green color. A “blue moon” refers to a second full moon that occurs in a single month, which is relatively rare and happens only once every two to three years.
5 Cutesy suffix with “most” : -EST
Expansion: The suffix “-est” is often added to the end of a word to create a superlative form, indicating the highest or greatest degree of something. For example, “sweetest” means the most sweet, “smartest” means the most smart, and “cutest” means the most cute.
6 Foster’s partner : STEARNS
Expansion: Foster and Stearns were two prominent architects in the early 20th century who worked together to design numerous buildings and structures in California, including several large motion picture theaters.
7 Coppertone stat : SPF
Expansion: SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” which is a measure of how effectively a sunscreen product protects against the sun’s harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays. Coppertone is a well-known brand of sunscreen that offers a range of SPF levels to provide different levels of protection based on an individual’s skin type and level of sun exposure.
8 In the manner of : A LA
Expansion: “A la” is a French phrase that means “in the manner of” or “like,” and is often used in English to describe things that are done in a certain style or fashion. For example, “a la mode” means “in fashion” or “trendy.”
9 Mortgage-free resident, often : LESSEE
Expansion: A lessee is a person or organization that rents or leases property from a landlord or property owner. In some cases, a lessee may own their home outright and therefore be considered “mortgage-free,” but this is not typical.
10 Ruler’s class : MATH
Expansion: In mathematics, rulers are often used as measuring devices to help determine the size or length of an object or distance. The term “ruler’s class” is most likely a reference to a math class or course that teaches students about measurement, geometry, and other related topics.
11 Spot cost : AD FEE
Expansion: An ad fee is a cost that a company or organization pays to run an advertisement or commercial on a TV channel, radio station, or in print media. The term “spot” is often used to refer to a specific time slot or segment during which an ad is aired or printed.
12 Prescribed stuff, for short : MEDS
Expansion: “Meds” is a colloquial term that is commonly used to refer to prescription medication, which is a type of drug that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treating specific medical conditions.
13 “Mayfair Witches” cable network : AMC
Expansion: AMC is a cable television network that is known for airing popular series such as “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and “The Walking Dead.” It has also produced shows based on the “Mayfair Witches” book series by Anne Rice, including “The Witching Hour.”
14 Bring up again? : REHEM
Expansion: “Rehem” is not a commonly used word in the English language, but it is likely a combination of the prefix “re-” meaning “again,” and the word “hem,” which can mean to stitch or sew. Therefore, “rehem” might mean to stitch something up again or repair a hem that was previously sewn.
15 Convey : TRANSPORT
Expansion: “Convey” means to transport or carry something from one place to another, often by means of a vehicle or other transportation method.
16 Viola Davis accomplishment, briefly : EGOT
Expansion: “EGOT” stands for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony,” which are the four major awards in American arts and entertainment. Viola Davis is a highly regarded actress who has won all four of these awards at various points in her career.
17 Moray Firth river : NESS
Expansion: The Moray Firth is a large inlet of the North Sea located off the northeastern coast of Scotland. The River Ness is a river that flows through the city of Inverness, Scotland and into the Moray Firth.
19 Extra : ADDED
Expansion: “Extra” can be used as an adjective or adverb to mean “more than is usual, expected, or necessary.” In the context of a crossword puzzle, “extra” might be used to indicate an additional or surplus quantity of something.
21 Flew without flapping : SOARED
Expansion: “Soared” means to fly upward without flapping one’s wings, typically by catching rising air currents or thermals. This can be done by birds such as eagles, hawks, and vultures, as well as by gliding aircraft or vehicles.
25 Speechifies : ORATES
Expansion: “Orate” means to make a formal speech, often in a grand or pompous style. The term can be used to describe a person who delivers speeches on a regular basis, such as a politician or public figure.
28 Doesn’t dine and dash : PAYS
Expansion: “Dine and dash” is a term used to describe someone who eats a meal at a restaurant and then leaves without paying their bill. “Pays” is the opposite of “dine and dash,” and means to settle one’s bill by providing payment to the restaurant or establishment after enjoying a meal or service.
32 “Running Up That Hill” singer Kate : BUSH
Expansion: Kate Bush is an English singer-songwriter and musician who first gained popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She is known for her eclectic and experimental music style, as well as her distinctive and powerful voice.
33 __ one’s thumbs : TWIDDLE
Expansion: “Twiddle one’s thumbs” is an idiomatic expression that means to pass time idly, while waiting for something or someone. It refers to the action of rotating one’s thumbs around each other, usually out of boredom or restlessness.
34 Rhode Island’s motto : HOPE
Expansion: “Hope” is the official state motto of Rhode Island, which is one of the smallest states in the United States. The motto was adopted in 1664 and is often associated with the state’s history of religious tolerance and freedom.
36 Flowering : IN BLOOM
Expansion: “In bloom” is a term used to describe a plant or flower that is currently flowering or producing blooms. The term can also be used figuratively to refer to something that is flourishing or thriving in some way.
38 EV’s lack : GAS
Expansion: “EV” stands for “electric vehicle,” which is a type of vehicle that runs on an electric motor or motors, rather than on internal combustion engines that require gasoline or other fossil fuels. Therefore, the “lack” of an EV is gasoline or other fossil fuels, which are not needed to power these vehicles.
39 Chisels : SCULPTS
Expansion: A chisel is a hand tool that is used to shape or carve wood, stone, or other materials. “Sculpt” is a verb that means to shape or carve a material in order to create a work of art or a piece of decorative or functional object. Therefore, “chisels” can be used in the context of “sculpts” to describe the action of using a tool to carve or shape a material.
41 Singer Rita who is a judge on the U.K. edition of “The Masked Singer”: ORA
Expansion: Rita Ora is a British singer, songwriter, and actress who is also a judge on the U.K. edition of the reality singing competition show The Masked Singer. Ora has released several popular albums and singles, and has also acted in a number of films and television shows.
43 Clearasil target: ACNE
Expansion: “Acne” is a common skin condition that is characterized by the appearance of pimples, blackheads, and other blemishes on the face, neck, chest, and back. Clearasil is a brand of skincare products that is specifically designed to help prevent and treat acne, by clearing away oil and other impurities that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
44 Heath bar alternative: SKOR
Expansion: Both Heath bars and Skor bars are popular candy bars that are made with toffee, chocolate, and almonds. They are similar in taste and texture, but are made by different candy manufacturers – Heath by Hershey’s, and Skor by the Hershey’s competitor Nestle.
48 Valuable deposit: ORE
Expansion: “Ore” refers to a naturally occurring mineral or rock that contains a valuable substance or element, such as gold, silver, copper, or iron. Ore deposits are usually discovered and mined for their economic value and ability to be processed and refined into various products.
49 Doesn’t disturb: LETS BE
Expansion: “Lets be” is a phrase that can be used as a verb to mean “to avoid causing trouble or offense,” or “to allow something to remain undisturbed.” In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “Lets be” might be used to indicate that the answer is a phrase or expression that means to be peaceable or uninvolved.
50 Catch: SPY
Expansion: “Spy” can be used as both a noun and a verb, and refers to the act of secretly observing or monitoring someone or something in order to gather information or surveillance. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “catch” might be used to indicate that the answer is a word or phrase that means to intercept or discover something that is hidden or elusive.
51 Converge: MEET
Expansion: “Meet” can be used as a verb to mean “to come together.
52 State on the Colorado Plateau: UTAH
Expansion: Utah is a state located in the western region of the United States, known for its stunning natural beauty and cultural attractions. It is situated on the Colorado Plateau, a geological feature that covers an area of approximately 130,000 square miles across several western U.S. states.
54 Tunisian film director Tlatli: MOUFIDA
Expansion: Moufida Tlatli was a Tunisian film director, screenwriter, and producer. She was one of the first women from North Africa to achieve critical and commercial success in the film industry, and was known for her passionate and politically engaged work.
57 Feng __: SHUI
Expansion: Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that involves arranging objects and spaces in a way that promotes balance, harmony, and positive energy flow. It is often used in interior design and architecture to create environments that are conducive to health, happiness, and prosperity.
58 Towel set word: HERS
Expansion: “Hers” is a word that is often used to indicate the possession or ownership of something by a female person. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “towel set word” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that is commonly associated with items used in personal grooming or hygiene.
59 Gut course: EASY A
Expansion: “Gut course” is a colloquial term used to describe an easy or unchallenging academic course that requires little effort or intellectual engagement. “Easy A” is a similar expression that is used to describe a course that is considered so easy that a student is almost guaranteed to receive an A grade.
61 Biblical queen’s land: SHEBA
Expansion: Sheba is a biblical queen mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible and the Quran, who is believed to have ruled over a wealthy kingdom located in what is now the southern region of Saudi Arabia, known as the Kingdom of Saba or Sheba.
64 Go back (on): RENEGE
Expansion: “Reneg” is a verb that means to go back on a promise or commitment, or to fail to fulfill an obligation. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “go back (on)” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word or phrase that means to renege on a promise.
66 Fountain beverage: SODA POP
Expansion: Soda pop is a popular carbonated beverage that is typically served in fountain drinks or in cans or bottles. It is available in a wide variety of flavors, and is often served as a refreshing treat on hot summer days.
68 Lie for, say: ABET
Expansion: “Abet” is a verb that means to assist or support, especially in a wrongful or illegal act. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “lie for, say” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that means to assist someone in telling a lie or in deceiving others.
69 Big name in snacks: LAY’S
Expansion: Lay’s is a brand of potato chips and other snack foods that is well-known and widely available throughout the world. The company was founded in the United States in the 1930s, and has since become one of the largest snack food manufacturers in the world.
71 Cohort: COMRADE
Expansion: “Comrade” is a noun that is used to refer to a close associate or ally, often one who shares a common cause or ideology. It is frequently used in political or military contexts, and is often associated with socialist or communist movements.
72 Hockey advantage: HOME ICE
Expansion: In the sport of ice hockey, “home ice” refers to the team that is playing on its own home rink, as opposed to playing on the opponent’s rink. Playing on home ice can provide some advantages, such as having the support of local fans and greater familiarity with the surroundings.
73 Skip past: OMIT
Expansion: “Omit” is a verb that means to leave out or exclude something from consideration or from a list or group. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “skip past” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that means to leave something out or to neglect it.
74 Bump from office: OUST
Expansion: “Oust” is a verb that means to remove or eject someone from a position of power or authority, often as the result of a vote or a legal action. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “bump from office” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that means to force someone out of a position of power or authority.
78 Not likely to mingle: SHY
Expansion: “Shy” is an adjective that is used to describe someone who is hesitant or nervous about meeting new people and socializing with others. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “not likely to mingle” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that means someone who is reserved or introverted.
79 __ tale: TALL
Expansion: “Tall tale” is an idiomatic expression that refers to a story or narrative that is exaggerated or embellished, often to the point of being unbelievable. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “__ tale” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that is often used in this idiomatic expression.
80 “I’ve got that covered”: ON IT
Expansion: When someone says “I’ve got that covered”, they are indicating that they are capable of handling a particular task or responsibility. In the context of a crossword puzzle, this phrase might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a phrase that means someone is actively working on a specific task or project.
81 “Don’t despair!”: TAKE HEART
Expansion: When someone says “take heart”, they are encouraging another person to remain hopeful and optimistic despite difficult circumstances or setbacks. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Don’t despair!” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a phrase that offers comfort or encouragement to someone who is feeling discouraged or overwhelmed.
83 Brand location: TAG
Expansion: A “tag” is a label or marker that is attached to a product, often indicating the brand name, price, or other relevant information. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “brand location” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that refers to the physical location where a brand or product is identified or displayed.
87 Park in NYC: AVE
Expansion: In New York City, “Ave” is an abbreviation for Avenue, which is a type of street that runs perpendicular to the numbered streets in the city’s grid system. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Park in NYC” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that refers to one of the streets in New York City’s grid system.
88 Social atmosphere: MILIEU
Expansion: “Milieu” refers to the social, cultural, or political environment in which something operates or exists. In other words, it refers to the surroundings or conditions that shape our experiences and interactions. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “social atmosphere” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that describes the general tone or character of a particular social setting or environment.
90 Corp. heads: CEOS
Expansion: “CEOs” stands for Chief Executive Officers, which are the highest-ranking individuals in a corporation or organization. They are responsible for making strategic decisions, managing day-to-day operations, and representing the company to the public. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Corp. heads” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that describes the individuals who hold the highest positions in a company or organization.
91 Innocent, e.g.: POPE
Expansion: A “Pope” is the head of the Roman Catholic Church and is regarded as the spiritual leader for millions of people around the world. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Innocent, e.g.” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe someone who holds a high and respected position in a particular field or community. Pope Innocent III, for example, was a highly influential figure in the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages.
92 Air Force hotshot: ACE
Expansion: In the military, an “ace” is a pilot who has shot down five or more enemy planes during combat. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Air Force hotshot” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe a particularly skilled or successful person in a certain field.
94 Gets ready to eat?: RIPENS
Expansion: “To ripen” means to become fully matured or developed and ready for consumption. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Gets ready to eat?” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that describes a stage in the lifecycle of a fruit, vegetable, or other food item where it becomes ripe and ready for eating.
96 Trex construction: DECK
Expansion: “Decking” refers to the construction of an elevated surface that is typically attached to the back of a home or the side of a pool. “Trex” is a brand of composite decking material that is made from wood fibers and recycled plastic. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Trex construction” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that describes the building material used to construct a raised platform or area outdoors.
97 Tel Aviv resident, e.g.: ISRAELI
Expansion: “Israeli” refers to a person who is a citizen or resident of the State of Israel, which is a country located in the Middle East. Tel Aviv is one of the largest cities in Israel, and is known for its vibrant culture and nightlife. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Tel Aviv resident, e.g.” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe someone who is a citizen or resident of a particular place or country.
101 Flawed sentences: RUN-ONS
Expansion: A “run-on sentence” is a sentence that contains two or more independent clauses that are improperly joined together without the proper punctuation or conjunctions. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “flawed sentences” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a term used to describe sentences with grammatical errors or structural issues.
102 Heads to sea: SAILS
Expansion: “To sail” means to travel on water in a boat or ship with the help of wind power. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “heads to sea” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe the action of a boat or ship departing from a port or harbor and beginning its journey across the ocean.
103 Italian cheese: ASIAGO
Expansion: “Asiago” is a type of Italian cheese that is made from cow’s milk and is named after the Asiago plateau in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. It is typically aged for different periods of time, ranging from a few months to several years, which results in different textures and flavor profiles. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “Italian cheese” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a type of cheese that is commonly produced or consumed in Italy.
104 Less powdery: CAKIER
Expansion: “Cakier” refers to something that has a consistency or texture similar to a cake, or contains more solid matter compared to something that is powdery. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “less powdery” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word that describes something with a denser texture or composition.
105 Raspy: HOARSE
Expansion: “Hoarse” is a term used to describe a voice that is rough, throaty, or strained. It is typically caused by inflammation or irritation of the vocal cords or throat, and is often associated with coughing, sore throat, or other respiratory issues. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “raspy” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe a voice or sound that is rough or harsh in tone.
107 Little hooter: OWLET
Expansion: An “owlet” is a young owl, typically one that has not yet reached full maturity. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “little hooter” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe a young bird of prey with nocturnal habits and distinctive hooting calls.
109 Eye-related: OPTIC
Expansion: “Optic” refers to anything that relates to the eye or to vision, and is often used in medical or scientific contexts to describe parts of the eye or diseases or conditions affecting vision. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “eye-related” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a word used to describe something connected or associated with the sense of sight.
112 Abbr. for some nonbinary people: AFAB
Expansion: “AFAB” is an abbreviation that stands for “assigned female at birth”, which is a term used to describe people who were identified as female when they were born based on their genitalia. The term is often used in the context of discussions around gender identity and nonbinary or transgender identities. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “abbr. for some nonbinary people” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a short form of a phrase or term related to gender identity or expression.
113 Canceled, at NASA: NO-GO
Expansion: “No-go” is a term used in the aerospace industry to describe a situation in which a planned launch or mission is canceled or postponed due to technical problems or other issues. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “canceled, at NASA” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a term used to describe situations where a scheduled activity or event is called off or delayed.
114 Prescribed amount: DOSE
Expansion: “Dose” refers to the amount of a medication or drug that is prescribed to be taken at a certain time or at regular intervals. It can also refer to the amount of radiation, chemicals, or other substances that are administered or applied in a certain situation. In the context of a crossword puzzle, “prescribed amount” might be used as a clue to indicate that the answer is a term used to describe a specific quantity of medicine or another substance that is recommended for a particular purpose.
115 Lip: EDGE
Expansion: “Edge” can refer to the outer boundary or periphery of an object or area. In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “lip” might be used to describe the outer rim or edge of a container or a body feature, such as the edge of the mouth.
117 Scholars’ degs.: PHDS
Expansion: “PhD” stands for “Doctor of Philosophy” and is a doctoral degree that is typically awarded in academic fields such as humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “scholars’ degs.” might be used as a descriptor for a type of degree often earned by scholars or academics after several years of advanced study and research.
119 Animation studio souvenir: CEL
Expansion: A “cel” is a transparent sheet made of celluloid that is used in an animation studio to create hand-drawn, 2D animations or cartoons. Animators draw each frame of the animation on a separate cel, which is then layered on top of the others to create the final product. In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “animation studio souvenir” might be used to describe a memento or keepsake associated with a specific aspect of the entertainment industry.
120 Drenched: WET
Expansion: “Wet” is a term used to describe something that is soaked or saturated with water or another liquid. In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “drenched” might be used to describe something that has been fully submerged or heavily exposed to moisture.
121 Promise not to tell, for short: NDA
Expansion: “NDA” stands for “non-disclosure agreement,” which is a legal document used to protect confidential information from being shared or disclosed to others. NDAs are often used in business or employment settings to safeguard trade secrets, intellectual property, or sensitive customer data. In the context of a crossword puzzle clue, “promise not to tell, for short” might be used as a reference to a legal agreement used to ensure the confidentiality of certain information.
123 Ruby, for one: GEM
Expansion: “Gem” is a term used to describe a precious or semi-precious stone that is valued for its beauty and rarity. Rubies are a type of gemstone that are prized for their rich red color and durability, and are often used in jewelry-making or other decorative applications.
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