Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Sunday May 14th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 __ donna : PRIMA
The answer to this clue is “PRIMA,” which is the Italian word for “first” or “primary.” In English, “prima donna” is a term used to describe a temperamental and demanding person, especially a female singer or actress. It can also refer more broadly to someone who behaves in a self-important or entitled manner.
6 Dalai Lama’s homeland : TIBET
The answer to this clue is “TIBET,” which is an autonomous region in the People’s Republic of China. It is known for its unique culture, history, and religion, including Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, and for centuries the region was a theocracy ruled by a series of Dalai Lamas until the Chinese government took control in 1950.
11 Greenlighted : OK’ED
The answer to this clue is “OK’ED,” which is a colloquial way of saying something has been approved or given the green light. The phrase “OK” is thought to have originated in the United States in the 1830s or 1840s as an abbreviation of “oll korrect,” a humorous misspelling of “all correct.”
15 Porpoise kin : ORCA
The answer to this clue is “ORCA,” which is a species of dolphin commonly known as the killer whale. Despite its name, the orca is not actually a whale but a member of the dolphin family. It is one of the most widely distributed marine mammals, found in all of the world’s oceans.
19 Celebrate wildly : REVEL
The answer to this clue is “REVEL,” which means to celebrate in a wild or uninhibited way. The word comes from the Old French “reveler,” meaning to rebel or riot, and originally referred to rowdy or disorderly behavior. In modern usage, “revel” is more commonly associated with festive or joyous occasions.
20Still in it to win it : ALIVE
The answer to this clue is “ALIVE,” which means to be living or existing. The phrase “still in it to win it” suggests that the subject is still actively participating in a competition or endeavor with the goal of coming out on top. In other words, they have not given up or been eliminated from the competition.
21 “When in __ … ” : ROME
The answer to this clue is “ROME,” which is the capital city of Italy and one of the most famous cities in the world. The phrase “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a popular saying that means one should adapt to the customs and behaviors of the people in a new place rather than imposing one’s own cultural norms.
22 Go yachting, say : SAIL
This crossword clue is a play on words, using the double meaning of the word “sail”. The word “sail” can mean either to navigate a boat using sails or to move smoothly or effortlessly. In this context, the clue is suggesting that “go yachting” can be interpreted as “sail”, as in using sails to move the boat.
23 “The L Word” co-creator Chaiken : ILENE
This clue is straightforward, referring to the co-creator of the popular TV show “The L Word”, which aired from 2004 to 2009. Ilene Chaiken is a writer and producer who has worked on a number of television shows, including “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Empire”.
24 Gastric ailment : ULCER
An ulcer is a painful sore that develops on the lining of the stomach or small intestine. It is often caused by an overgrowth of bacteria, but can also be caused by excessive use of certain pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.
25 Point after deuce : AD IN
In tennis, the term “deuce” refers to a tie score of 40-40. The next point after deuce is called “advantage” (AD), and if the player who wins the next point also wins the subsequent point, they win the game. “AD IN” specifically refers to the situation where the serving player wins the advantage point, meaning they are one point away from winning the game.
26 Mojito garnish : MINT
A mojito is a popular cocktail made with rum, lime juice, sugar, soda water, and mint leaves. The mint leaves are a key ingredient and are usually muddled (crushed) with the sugar and lime juice to release their flavor and aroma.
27 Will Smith title role in a beauty pageant movie? : MISS CONGENIALITY
This clue is a bit of a trick question, as the answer “Miss Congeniality” is actually the title of a movie starring Sandra Bullock, not Will Smith. The clue is playing on the idea of a beauty pageant and suggesting that the answer is a movie about a male beauty pageant, with Will Smith in the lead role. However, this is not accurate, and the answer is simply the title of a popular comedy film.
30 Fun run dist. : ONE-K
This clue is asking for the distance of a “fun run”, which is typically a non-competitive, leisurely run that is designed to be fun and inclusive. The answer “ONE-K” refers to a one-kilometer (or 0.62-mile) distance, which is a common distance for a fun run.
31 Unpaid TV ads: PSAS
PSA stands for “Public Service Announcement.” These are messages that are broadcast on TV or radio for the purpose of raising awareness or providing information to the public. Unlike regular commercials, PSAs are not paid for by advertisers but are instead produced and distributed by government agencies, non-profit organizations, or other groups.
32 Perched upon: ATOP
The word “atop” is a preposition that means “on top of” or “on the highest part of.” When someone is perched atop something, they are sitting or standing on the highest part of it.
33 TV pioneer: RCA
RCA stands for “Radio Corporation of America.” It was a company that played a significant role in the development of radio and television broadcasting in the United States. RCA was founded in 1919 and was one of the major manufacturers of radios and televisions for many years.
34 “I can help however you see fit”: USE ME
This phrase means that the speaker is willing to be used in whatever way the listener thinks is appropriate or necessary. It can be a way of offering assistance or support without imposing any specific conditions or limitations.
35 Drum kit pieces: HI-HATS
Hi-hats are a type of cymbal that are used in drum kits. They consist of two cymbals that are mounted on a stand and can be played together or separately by pressing a foot pedal. Hi-hats are often used to keep time in music and to create a rhythmic pattern.
37 Salma Hayek Pinault title role in a body swapping movie?: FREAKY FRIDAY
“Freaky Friday” is a 1972 children’s novel by Mary Rodgers that has been adapted into several movies, including a 2003 version starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, and a 2018 musical adaptation. In the story, a mother and daughter switch bodies and must learn to live each other’s lives for a day. Salma Hayek Pinault did not play the title role in any version of “Freaky Friday,” so this clue may be a bit misleading or incorrect.
41 “Where __ sign?” : DO I
This crossword clue is asking for a common question people might ask when they are looking for a particular sign or location. The answer is “DO I”, meaning “Do I go this way to find the sign?” or “Do I turn left or right to find the sign?”. It is a question that people might ask when they are lost or looking for directions.
42 Online icon : AVATAR
In the context of the internet and online communities, an “AVATAR” is a graphical representation of a user. It can take the form of a digital character, image, or icon that represents the user’s identity in the virtual world. Avatars are commonly used in online games, forums, and social media platforms.
44 Unagi and anago : EELS
This crossword clue is referring to two types of fish that are commonly eaten in Japanese cuisine. “Unagi” refers to freshwater eel, which is often grilled and served with a sweet sauce. “Anago” refers to saltwater eel, which is usually served as sushi or sashimi.
45 Jamie Foxx title role in a globe-trotting movie? : EAT PRAY LOVE
This crossword clue is a play on words that refers to the title of a popular 2010 movie starring Julia Roberts. The original title of the movie is “Eat Pray Love”, but the clue is asking for the actor who played the title role, which was actually played by Julia Roberts, not Jamie Foxx. However, the answer is “EAT PRAY LOVE”, which is the title of the movie and the phrase that the clue is referencing.
49 Fencing blade : EPEE
An “EPEE” is a type of sword that is used in the sport of fencing. It is a long, thin, and lightweight blade with a triangular cross-section and a blunt tip. Fencers use epees to score points by making contact with their opponent’s body.
51 That girl : SHE
This crossword clue is a simple one that is asking for a pronoun that refers to a female person or object. The answer is “SHE”, which is a singular third-person pronoun used to refer to a female subject.
54 [I’m trying to scare you!] : BOO
This crossword clue is a playful way of indicating that someone is attempting to scare or startle another person. “BOO” is a common interjection used to frighten or surprise someone, often used during Halloween or other spooky events.
55 Orderly : NEAT
The word “NEAT” is used to describe something that is tidy, well-organized, or arranged in a systematic manner. In the context of this crossword clue, “orderly” is a synonym for “neat”, indicating that something is arranged in a particular order or sequence.
56 Square and Squarespace space? : IT SECTOR
This crossword clue is a play on words that combines the concept of “square”, a geometrical shape, with “IT sector”, a term used to describe the information technology industry. “Squarespace” is a popular website-building platform, so the clue is suggesting that the answer is related to the technology sector, specifically the IT industry.
59 Misses a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, say : BLOWS IT
This crossword clue is asking for a phrase that describes someone who misses a unique or rare opportunity. The answer is “BLOWS IT”, which means to make a mistake or fail to take advantage of a valuable opportunity.
62 Cause and __ : EFFECT
This crossword clue is a common phrase used to describe the relationship between two events, where one event (the “cause”) leads to another event (the “effect”). The phrase “cause and effect” is often used to describe the underlying factors that contribute to a particular outcome or result.
67 Sophisticated : SUAVE
The word “SUAVE” is often used to describe someone who is charming, sophisticated, and confident. It is often associated with a particular style or demeanor, such as a smooth-talking and well-dressed person.
68 Dev Patel title role in a boxing movie? : MILLION DOLLAR BABY
This crossword clue is a play on words that references the 2004 movie “Million Dollar Baby” starring Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. However, the clue is asking for the title role played by Dev Patel, which is actually a misdirection, as Dev Patel did not star in the movie. The correct answer is still “MILLION DOLLAR BABY”, which is the title of the movie and the phrase that the clue is referencing. The movie tells the story of a female boxer, played by Hilary Swank, who works with a trainer played by Clint Eastwood to achieve her dream of becoming a professional boxer.
72 Luxury car brand: ACURA
ACURA is a luxury car brand under the Honda Motor Company, which is based in Japan. It was launched in 1986 and is marketed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. The brand’s models include sedans, SUVs, and crossover vehicles.
74 Moolah: DO-RE-MI
This crossword clue is referring to the slang term “DO-RE-MI”, which means money or cash. The term comes from the solfège system of musical notation, where “DO-RE-MI” are the first three notes of the major scale. In popular culture, the term has been used in movies and songs to refer to money or wealth.
75 Abates: EASES UP
The phrase “EASES UP” means to decrease or become less intense or severe. The word “abates” has a similar meaning, as it refers to a decrease in intensity or a reduction in amount. In this crossword clue, “eases up” is a synonym for “abates”.
78 App used for selfie retouching: FACETUNE
FACETUNE is a popular mobile application used for editing and retouching selfies and other photographs. The app allows users to smooth out skin, whiten teeth, enhance features, and make other adjustments to improve the appearance of their selfies. FACETUNE has been criticized by some for promoting unrealistic beauty standards and contributing to a culture of perfectionism.
81 Tandoori bread: NAAN
NAAN is a type of bread that is popular in South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. It is typically baked in a tandoor oven, which gives it a unique texture and flavor. NAAN is often served alongside curries, stews, and other dishes, and can be flavored with herbs, spices, or garlic.
83 “__ Te Ching”: philosophical text: TAO
The “TAO Te Ching” is a Chinese philosophical text attributed to the philosopher Laozi. It is considered one of the most important works of Taoist philosophy and has been translated into many languages. The text contains 81 chapters, each offering insights into the nature of the universe, the Tao (the “way” or “path”), and the nature of humanity.
84 Texter’s “Not gonna lie…”: TBH
This crossword clue is a reference to the popular texting acronym “TBH”, which stands for “to be honest”. It is often used in casual conversation or social media to preface a statement or opinion that the speaker feels may be surprising or unexpected. For example, “TBH, I didn’t really enjoy the movie we saw last night.”
85 Ritzy: POSH
“POSH” is an adjective that means luxurious, elegant, or fashionable. The word is believed to have originated as a nautical term, referring to the practice of wealthy passengers on ocean liners traveling from England to India to book cabins on the port side of the ship, facing away from the sun and the dust of the harbor. The cabins were said to be labeled “Port Out, Starboard Home,” which became abbreviated as “POSH.”
87 Benicio del Toro title role in a crime thriller movie? : JACK REACHER
This crossword clue is actually incorrect. The answer “JACK REACHER” is not a movie featuring Benicio del Toro, but rather a book series by author Lee Child, which has been adapted into films starring Tom Cruise in the title role. Benicio del Toro has appeared in numerous crime thriller movies, but not in the role of Jack Reacher.
91 Extinct bird: DODO
The DODO was a flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It is believed to have gone extinct in the late 17th century due to hunting by humans and the introduction of non-native animals to the island. The DODO is now widely recognized as a symbol of extinction and environmental conservation.
93 Franklin known as the “Queen of Soul”: ARETHA
ARETHA Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. She began her career singing gospel music in her father’s church in Detroit, Michigan, before signing with Columbia Records in 1960 and later with Atlantic Records in 1967. Franklin’s hits include “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Think,” among many others.
95 Sushi garnish: ROE
“ROE” refers to the eggs of fish, typically served as a garnish or topping for sushi and other Japanese dishes. The most commonly used types of fish roe in sushi include salmon roe (ikura) and flying fish roe (tobiko), which are prized for their texture and flavor.
96 Angelina Jolie title role in a space robot movie? : THE IRON GIANT
This crossword clue is incorrect. “THE IRON GIANT” is a 1999 animated science fiction movie about a young boy who befriends a giant robot from outer space. The movie was directed by Brad Bird and features the voice talents of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and Vin Diesel as the voice of the Iron Giant. Angelina Jolie has appeared in numerous science fiction and action movies, but not in “THE IRON GIANT”.
100 Overpowering odor: STENCH
A “STENCH” is a strong, unpleasant smell that can be overpowering or offensive to the senses. The term can be used to describe the smell of things like garbage, rotting food, or sewage, among others.
103 Lemon slice: WEDGE
A “WEDGE” is a triangular-shaped piece that has been cut or sliced from something larger. In the context of this crossword clue, a “lemon wedge” refers to a slice of lemon that is often used as a garnish for drinks like iced tea, water, or cocktails.
104 Nonprofit 34-Down ending: ORG
“ORG” is an abbreviation for “organization,” and is often used as a suffix in the names of nonprofit organizations. Examples of nonprofits that use this suffix include the American Cancer Society, the Humane Society, and the Sierra Club.
105 Read quickly: SKIM
To “SKIM” means to read something quickly and superficially, often just to get a general idea of the content. When “SKIMMING” a text, a reader might skip over certain parts or scan for keywords and main ideas rather than reading every word.
107 Sudsy stuff: SOAP
“SOAP” is a substance that is used for cleaning, typically made by combining fats or oils with an alkali such as lye. Soap can come in a variety of forms, including bars, liquids, and powders, and is used for cleaning a range of surfaces and materials, including skin, clothing, and household items.
109 Part of the HOMES mnemonic: ERIE
The HOMES mnemonic is a memory aid used to help people remember the names of the Great Lakes of North America: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. “ERIE” is the fourth letter in the acronym and refers to Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes located on the border between the United States and Canada.
110 Multifeed television setting, and what six of this puzzle’s answers display: PICTURE IN PICTURE
“PICTURE IN PICTURE” (often abbreviated as “PIP”) is a feature on some televisions and other video devices that allows a viewer to watch multiple channels or video sources at the same time. With PICTURE IN PICTURE, a smaller window containing a secondary video source can be displayed within the larger window displaying the primary video source. In the context of this crossword puzzle, six of the answers feature words that can be combined to form the phrase “PICTURE IN PICTURE” as a meta-answer or theme.
115 “I’m down!”: LET’S
“I’m down!” is an informal expression that means “I’m in!” or “I’m ready!” It is often used to show enthusiasm or agreement with a plan or suggestion. For example, if someone proposes going to the movies tonight, someone else might respond with “I’m down!” to indicate that they are interested in going too.
116 French for “mine”: A MOI
“A moi” is a French expression that translates to “mine” or “my turn.” It is often used in games or competitions to indicate that it is someone’s turn to go or that they have won. For example, if someone wins a game of cards, they might say “a moi” to claim their winnings.
117 Largish jazz combo: OCTET
An “OCTET” is a group of eight musicians or singers who perform together. In jazz, an OCTET is typically a medium-sized ensemble that features a combination of instruments, such as trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, bass, and drums. An OCTET can be larger than a jazz quartet or quintet, but smaller than a big band.
118 Viscounts’ superiors: EARLS
An “EARL” is a title of nobility that is above that of a viscount but below that of a marquess. In the British peerage system, an EARL ranks below a duke and a marquess but above a viscount and a baron. The term “viscount” is used to refer to a nobleman who ranks below an EARL and above a baron.
119 “The Sympathizer” Pulitzer winner __ Thanh Nguyen: VIET
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American writer and scholar who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016 for his novel “The Sympathizer.” The book tells the story of a Vietnamese spy who works for the South Vietnamese government and then escapes to the United States after the fall of Saigon in 1975. “The Sympathizer” was widely praised for its complex characters, political commentary, and innovative narrative structure.
120 Global extremity: POLE
A “POLE” is a geographic location on the Earth that is located at the furthest point from the equator. There are two poles: the North Pole, which is located at the northernmost point of the Earth’s axis, and the South Pole, which is located at the southernmost point of the Earth’s axis. Both poles are characterized by extreme cold, harsh weather conditions, and a unique ecosystem of animals and plants that have adapted to the extreme environment.
121 Big spender at a casino: WHALE
A “WHALE” is a term used in the gambling industry to describe a high-roller who bets large amounts of money. Whales are often courted by casinos with offers of special perks, such as complimentary hotel rooms, limousine service, and other VIP treatment. The term “whale” is believed to have originated in the 1950s, when casinos began to attract wealthy patrons who were willing to wager large sums of money.
122 Beginning phase: ONSET
The “ONSET” is the beginning or start of something, such as a disease, a process, or an event. It is often used in medical contexts to describe the initial symptoms of an illness, such as the onset of a fever or a headache. The term “onset” can also be used in other contexts, such as the onset of winter or the onset of puberty.
123 Ultimate goals: ENDS
The “ENDS” are the ultimate goals or objectives that someone is striving to achieve. The term can be used in a wide range of contexts, such as in business, politics, sports, or personal relationships. For example, a company might have a goal to increase sales by 10% over the next year, and this goal would be considered one of its “ends.”
124 “No ifs, __, or buts”: ANDS
The expression “No ifs, ANDS, or buts” is a way of saying that there can be no excuses or exceptions. It is often used in a forceful or emphatic way to convey the idea that something must be done without delay or hesitation. The phrase is thought to have originated in the United States in the mid-20th century, and it is now widely used in English-speaking countries around the world.
125 In a way: SORTA
“Sorta” is a colloquial or informal way of saying “sort of” or “kind of.” It is often used in spoken English to convey a sense of hesitation or uncertainty. For example, if someone is asked if they like a particular movie, they might respond by saying “Sorta” to indicate that they have mixed feelings about it.
126 Comes (from): STEMS
“To stem” means to come from or originate from a particular source. For example, if a problem “stems” from a lack of communication, it means that the problem arises because people are not communicating effectively with each other. The term “stem” can also refer to the part of a plant that supports the leaves, flowers, and fruit.
1 Gussy up : PRIMP
To “gussy up” means to dress or adorn oneself in a fancy or showy manner. It can also refer to improving the appearance of something, such as a room or a piece of furniture. “Primp” is a synonym for “gussy up,” and it specifically refers to tidying one’s appearance by adjusting hair, clothing, and makeup.
2 Hot dog topper : RELISH
“Relish” is a condiment made from chopped pickles, onions, and other vegetables in a vinegar and sugar solution. It is often used as a topping for hot dogs, burgers, and sandwiches. “Hot dog topper” is a clue that refers to something that is typically added on top of a hot dog to enhance its flavor, and the answer is “relish.”
3 “Me and my big mouth!” : I’VE SAID TOO MUCH
The phrase “me and my big mouth” is used when someone realizes that they have said something that they should not have said or that they have revealed too much information. The answer to this clue is “I’ve said too much,” which is a common response when someone has spoken too candidly or revealed information they shouldn’t have.
4 Place to find boxers and bow ties, say : MEN’S SHOP
A “men’s shop” is a store that specializes in selling clothing and accessories for men. This clue suggests that the store sells items such as boxers (men’s underwear) and bow ties (a type of necktie). “Boxers” and “bow ties” are examples of specific items that one might find in a men’s shop.
5 Comedian Mapa : ALEC
“Alec Mapa” is a Filipino-American comedian, actor, and writer. He has appeared on various TV shows, including “Desperate Housewives” and “Ugly Betty.” The answer to this clue is simply “Alec,” which refers to Alec Mapa.
6 Shouts “neener neener” at, say : TAUNTS
“Taunts” are insults or jeers meant to provoke or humiliate someone. The clue suggests that the taunts involve the childish phrase “neener neener,” which is often used to taunt or tease someone in a playful or mocking way. The answer is “taunts.”
7 Volunteer’s offer : I’LL GO
“I’ll go” is a common response when someone offers to do something or go somewhere. The clue suggests that this response comes from a volunteer, someone who offers to help or do something without being asked. The answer to this clue is “I’ll go.”
8 __ curls: BICEP
The answer to this crossword clue is BICEP. The number “8” in the clue refers to the eight-pack abs that people with very fit and toned bodies have, but it can also refer to the number of repetitions of a bicep curl exercise that someone might do while working out at a gym. Bicep curls are a popular exercise that specifically target the biceps muscles in the upper arm. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that relates to bicep curls, and that word is “bicep.”
9 Well-matched: EVEN
The answer to this crossword clue is EVEN. The word “even” can mean a number of different things depending on the context, but in this case, it means “well-matched” or “balanced.” If two things are even, they are equal in some way or have a harmonious relationship with each other. For example, if two people are described as even, it might mean that they are compatible with each other or have a good rapport. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “well-matched,” and that word is “even.”
10 Actress Garr: TERI
The answer to this crossword clue is TERI. Teri Garr is an actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows over the course of her career. Some of her most famous roles include Inga in “Young Frankenstein,” Sandy in “Tootsie,” and Phoebe Abbott in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The clue is simply asking for the name of this actress, and the answer is “Teri.”
11 Brushing, flossing, etc.: ORAL CARE
The answer to this crossword clue is ORAL CARE. Brushing and flossing are both important parts of maintaining good oral health, along with regular checkups with a dentist or dental hygienist. Oral care can also include things like using mouthwash, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and quitting smoking. The clue is indicating that the answer is a phrase that relates to brushing, flossing, and other things people do to take care of their teeth and gums, and that phrase is “oral care.”
12 Type of bear important to the Alutiiq people: KODIAK
The answer to this crossword clue is KODIAK. The Kodiak bear is a species of bear that is native to the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska. It is one of the largest bears in the world, with males weighing up to 1,500 pounds. The Alutiiq people, who are indigenous to the region, have a deep cultural connection to the Kodiak bear and consider it to be an important part of their heritage. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that refers to a type of bear that is significant to the Alutiiq people, and that word is “Kodiak.”
13 Throw off: EMIT
The answer to this crossword clue is EMIT. To emit something means to release it or send it out into the world. For example, a power plant might emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, or a radio station might emit signals that can be picked up by a receiver. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “to throw off,” and that word is “emit.”
14 Say no to: DENY
The answer to this crossword clue is DENY. To deny something means to refuse to acknowledge it or to reject it outright. For example, if someone accuses you of something that you
14 Say no to: DENY
The answer to this crossword clue is DENY. To deny something means to refuse to acknowledge or accept it, or to reject it outright. For example, if someone accuses you of something that you didn’t do, you might deny the accusation. Similarly, if you are offered something that you don’t want, you might deny it. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “to say no to,” and that word is “deny.”
15 Absorption process: OSMOSIS
The answer to this crossword clue is OSMOSIS. Osmosis is a process by which a solvent (such as water) passes through a semipermeable membrane from an area of lower solute concentration to an area of higher solute concentration, in order to equalize the concentration of solutes on both sides of the membrane. This process is important in a variety of biological and chemical systems, including the movement of water in plant cells and the removal of salt from seawater. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that refers to an absorption process, and that word is “osmosis.”
16 Drizzled: RAINED
The answer to this crossword clue is RAINED. Rain is a type of precipitation that occurs when water droplets in the atmosphere become heavy enough to fall to the ground. When rain falls lightly and steadily, it is often described as drizzle. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “to drizzle,” and that word is “rained.”
17 Movie house: CINEMA
The answer to this crossword clue is CINEMA. A cinema is a type of movie theater that shows films on a big screen. The term “cinema” is often used to refer to the film industry as a whole, or to the art and culture of filmmaking. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “movie house,” and that word is “cinema.”
18 Element of some computer shortcuts: ALT KEY
The answer to this crossword clue is ALT KEY. The Alt key is a modifier key on a computer keyboard that, when pressed in combination with another key, can trigger a specific function or command. For example, pressing Alt+F4 on a Windows PC will close the current window or program. The Alt key is a common component of keyboard shortcuts, which are combinations of keys that allow users to perform tasks more quickly and efficiently. The clue is indicating that the answer is a phrase that refers to an element of some computer shortcuts, and that phrase is “Alt key.”
28 Vegan milk choice: OAT
The answer to this crossword clue is OAT. Oat milk is a type of plant-based milk that is made from oats and water. It has a creamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor, and is often used as a vegan alternative to cow’s milk in recipes and beverages. Oat milk is also a good source of nutrients like fiber and vitamins. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that refers to a vegan milk choice, and that word is “oat.”
29 Part of town: AREA
The answer to this crossword clue is AREA. An area is a specific part or region of a larger place, such as a city, town, or country. It can also refer to a specific space or section within a room or building. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “part of town,” and that word is “area.”
34 Clickable address : URL
The answer to this crossword clue is URL, which stands for Uniform Resource Locator. A URL is a web address that identifies the location of a webpage on the internet. URLs usually begin with “http://” or “https://” and contain the name of the website, followed by the specific page or resource being accessed. The clue is indicating that the answer is a term for a clickable address, and that term is “URL.”
36 Broadcast : AIR
The answer to this crossword clue is AIR. When a television or radio program is transmitted to the public, it is said to “air.” The term “air” can also refer to the transmission of a signal or data over the internet or other network. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “broadcast,” and that word is “air.”
37 Most-loved, informally : FAV
The answer to this crossword clue is FAV, which is short for “favorite.” When something is a favorite, it is the most-loved or preferred option among a group of choices. The term “fav” is often used informally on social media platforms like Twitter, where users can “favorite” or “like” posts by clicking a heart-shaped icon. The clue is indicating that the answer is an informal term for “most-loved,” and that term is “fav.”
38 GPS suggestion : RTE
The answer to this crossword clue is RTE, which is short for “route.” When using a GPS or navigation system, users are often given suggestions or directions for the best route to take to reach their destination. The term “rte” is sometimes used in computer programming or database management to refer to a “route” or path between two points. The clue is indicating that the answer is a term for a GPS suggestion, and that term is “rte.”
39 Throw forcefully, in slang : YEET
The answer to this crossword clue is YEET. “Yeet” is a slang term that originated on social media and is used to describe the action of throwing or launching something with great force and enthusiasm. The term can also be used more broadly to express excitement or enthusiasm about something. The clue is indicating that the answer is a term for “throwing forcefully” in slang, and that term is “yeet.”
40 Hidden costs, often : FEES
The answer to this crossword clue is FEES. A fee is a charge or cost that is imposed for a specific service or activity. Fees can be hidden or not explicitly stated upfront, leading to surprises or unexpected costs. For example, some airlines may charge extra fees for checked baggage or seat selection that are not included in the advertised price of a ticket. The clue is indicating that the answer is a term for hidden costs, and that term is “fees.”
42 Pie __ mode : A LA
The answer to this crossword clue is A LA. “A la mode” is a French term that means “in the style” or “with a side serving.” In the context of food, it typically refers to a dessert that is served with a scoop of ice cream on top. In the context of the clue, the term “pie a la mode” is indicating that the answer is a phrase that completes the clue, and that phrase is “a la.”
43 Action urged by some political ads : VOTE NO
The answer to this crossword clue is VOTE NO. Political ads are often used to influence voters’ opinions and encourage them to support a particular candidate or position. In the case of this clue, the answer is indicating that the action urged by some political ads is to vote “no” on a particular issue or candidate.
45 Recede : EBB
The answer to this crossword clue is EBB. The term “ebb” refers to the movement of water as it recedes from the shore after high tide. More broadly, the term can be used to describe any gradual decline or decrease in intensity or force. The clue is indicating that the answer is a word that means “recede,” and that word is “ebb.”
46 Web portal co. : AOL
The answer to this crossword clue is AOL, which stands for America Online. AOL was one of the first major internet service providers and web portals, providing access to email, news, and other online services to millions of users in the 1990s and early 2000s. The clue is indicating that the answer is a company that operated a web portal, and that company is AOL.
47 Indigo plant : ANIL
The answer to this crossword clue is ANIL. Anil is a type of plant that is used to produce a deep blue dye known as indigo. The indigo dye has been used for centuries to color fabric and other materials, and it remains a popular dyeing agent today. The clue is indicating that the answer is a type of plant that produces indigo, and that plant is anil.
48 Bigfoot kin : YETI
The answer to this crossword clue is YETI. The Yeti is a legendary creature that is said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. It is often described as a large, ape-like creature that is similar in appearance to Bigfoot or Sasquatch, which are legendary creatures said to inhabit North American forests. The clue is indicating that the answer is a creature that is related to Bigfoot, and that creature is the Yeti.
50 Stuffed pocket : PITA
The answer to this crossword clue is PITA. Pita is a type of flatbread that is popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. It is often used to make sandwiches or wraps by filling a pocket in the bread with various ingredients like meat, vegetables, and sauces. The clue is indicating that the answer is a term for a stuffed pocket, and that term is “pita.”
51 Keeps on keeping on: STAYS THE COURSE
The answer to this crossword clue is “STAYS THE COURSE”. This phrase means to continue with a particular plan of action or goal despite difficulties or obstacles. It is often used in a context where someone is encouraged to persevere or not give up in the face of challenges.
52 Carpool lane letters: HOV
The answer to this crossword clue is “HOV”. This acronym stands for “high-occupancy vehicle,” and it is typically used to describe a designated lane on a highway or freeway that is reserved for vehicles carrying more than one person, such as a carpool or a bus.
53 Before, in poetry: ERE
The answer to this crossword clue is “ERE”. This is an archaic or poetic term that means “before” or “prior to”. It is often used in the context of poetry or literature, but can also be used in everyday language to give a more formal or old-fashioned feel to a sentence.
57 Those, in Spanish: ESAS
The answer to this crossword clue is “ESAS”. This is the feminine plural form of the Spanish word “ese”, which means “that” or “those”. It is often used to refer to a group of objects or people that are nearby or have been previously mentioned.
58 Die shape: CUBE
The answer to this crossword clue is “CUBE”. This refers to a shape that is three-dimensional and has six equal square faces. The cube is a common shape in mathematics and is often used in games of chance, such as dice, where it is used to generate random numbers.
60 Transfer, as money: WIRE
The answer to this crossword clue is “WIRE”. This refers to the process of electronically transferring funds from one bank account to another. It is often used for large transactions or when a quick transfer is needed, and it is typically done through a bank or other financial institution.
61 Venetian blind part: SLAT
The answer to this crossword clue is “SLAT”. This refers to one of the thin, horizontal strips that make up a Venetian blind. The slats can be adjusted to control the amount of light that enters a room, and they can also be raised or lowered to adjust the level of privacy.
63 Four-term pres.: FDR
The answer to this crossword clue is “FDR”, which stands for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was the 32nd President of the United States and served from 1933 until his death in 1945, making him the only president to serve more than two terms. He was elected to four terms, serving during the Great Depression and World War II.
64 Counter person?: FOE
The answer to this crossword clue is “FOE”. This is a word that means “enemy” or “adversary”. The clue is a play on words, using the word “counter” to suggest someone who opposes or goes against someone else, like an enemy or adversary.
65 National Mall tree: ELM
The answer to this crossword clue is “ELM”. This refers to a type of tree that is commonly found on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Mall is a large, open park area that is home to many of the city’s most famous monuments and landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
66 Secure, as a playoff berth: CLINCH
The answer to this crossword clue is “CLINCH”. This refers to the process of securing a spot in the playoffs or a championship game in sports. To “clinch” a playoff berth means to ensure that a team will make it into the postseason by winning enough games or by having other teams lose enough games.
69 Poems of praise: ODES
The answer to this crossword clue is “ODES”. This refers to a type of poem that is typically written in praise of someone or something. Odes often have a formal structure and use elevated language to express admiration or reverence.
70 Raise, as kids: REAR
The answer to this crossword clue is “REAR”. This means to bring up or raise children. The word can also refer to the act of raising or breeding animals, such as cattle or horses.
71 Source of misery: BANE
The answer to this crossword clue is “BANE”. This refers to something that causes misery or distress. It can also be used to describe something that is the source of ongoing annoyance or frustration.
72 Toward the stern: AFT
The answer to this crossword clue is “AFT”. This is a nautical term that refers to the back or rear part of a ship or boat. The term is often used in conjunction with other nautical terms, such as “fore” (meaning the front of the ship) and “port” and “starboard” (which refer to the left and right sides of the ship, respectively).
73 Alternative to zin or pinot: CAB
The answer to this crossword clue is “CAB”, which is short for “Cabernet Sauvignon”. This is a type of red wine that is often referred to simply as “Cab”. It is a popular alternative to other red wines such as Zinfandel or Pinot Noir.
76 Abu Dhabi’s fed.: UAE
The answer to this crossword clue is “UAE”, which stands for the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE, which is a federation of seven emirates located in the Middle East.
77 __ favor: POR
The answer to this crossword clue is “POR”. This is short for the Spanish phrase “por favor”, which means “please”. The phrase is commonly used in both Spanish-speaking countries and in English-speaking countries with large Spanish-speaking populations.
79 High bun, e.g.: UPDO
The answer to this crossword clue is “UPDO”. This refers to a hairstyle in which the hair is arranged in a bun or other type of knot at the top or back of the head. Updos are often worn for formal occasions or when the wearer wants to keep their hair out of their face.
80 Midday: NOON
The answer to this crossword clue is “NOON”. This refers to the middle of the day, when the sun is at its highest point in the sky. The term “noon” is derived from the Latin word “nona”, which means “ninth hour” (counting from sunrise).
82 Nickname preceder: AKA
The answer to this crossword clue is “AKA”. This stands for “also known as”. It is often used to introduce a nickname or alias for someone, particularly in legal or official contexts.
86 Pony accessories? : HAIR TIES
The answer to this crossword clue is “HAIR TIES”. This refers to small elastic bands or other types of ties that are used to hold hair in place. They are often used to create a ponytail, bun, or other type of hairstyle.
87 MSNBC political analyst Psaki : JEN
The answer to this crossword clue is “JEN”. This is short for Jen Psaki, who is a political analyst and commentator. She has worked as a spokesperson for several high-profile politicians, including Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
88 QB passing stat : ATT
The answer to this crossword clue is “ATT”, which is short for “attempts”. This is a statistic used in football to track the number of times a quarterback attempts to pass the ball during a game.
89 “You __ so busted!” : ARE
The answer to this crossword clue is “ARE”. This completes the phrase “You are so busted!”, which is a common expression used to indicate that someone has been caught doing something wrong or breaking a rule.
90 Unrelenting: CONSTANT
The answer to this crossword clue is “CONSTANT”. This refers to something that is unchanging or persistent. It can also be used to describe something that is always present or continuous. For example, a “constant” headache is one that does not go away or subside.
91 Processes : DIGESTS
The answer to this crossword clue is “DIGESTS”. This refers to the process of breaking down food in the body so that it can be absorbed and used for energy. Digestion involves several organs, including the stomach and intestines, as well as enzymes and other chemicals that help to break down food.
92 Mother lode material : ORE
The answer to this crossword clue is “ORE”. This refers to a naturally occurring substance that contains a valuable mineral or metal, such as gold, silver, or copper. The “mother lode” is a term used to describe a large deposit of ore that is rich in a particular mineral.
94 Hearty meat and tomato sauce : RAGU
The answer to this crossword clue is “RAGU”. This is a brand of pasta sauce that is known for its hearty, meaty flavor. It is typically made with a combination of tomatoes, beef, pork, and other ingredients.
96 Midday : TWELVE
The answer to this crossword clue is “TWELVE”. This refers to the number 12, which is often used to indicate noon or midday. For example, if someone says “I’ll meet you at 12”, they are referring to noon.
97 On these pages : HEREIN
The answer to this crossword clue is “HEREIN”. This refers to the pages or content of a book or document. It is often used to introduce a specific point or piece of information that is contained within the text.
98 Prepped for publication : EDITED
The answer to this crossword clue is “EDITED”. This refers to the process of preparing a piece of writing or other content for publication. This can involve a variety of tasks, such as checking for spelling and grammar errors, clarifying confusing passages, and ensuring that the content is accurate and appropriate for the intended audience.
99 Yield no further clues, as a trail : GO COLD
The answer to this crossword clue is “GO COLD”. This refers to a situation in which a trail or investigation has reached a dead end and is no longer yielding any useful information or clues. It is often used in the context of criminal investigations, where detectives may be searching for leads or evidence that can help to solve a case.
100 Hydrate while down with the flu, maybe : SIP TEA
This crossword clue is referring to the fact that when someone is sick with the flu, it is important for them to stay hydrated. One way to do this is to sip on hot tea, which can help soothe a sore throat and provide warmth and comfort.
101 Brief “Spare me the details” : TMI
TMI stands for “Too Much Information.” This crossword clue is referring to the common phrase used to tell someone that they have shared more information than the listener wants or needs to know.
102 Apollo Theater locale : HARLEM
The Apollo Theater is a historic music venue located in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. It is famous for hosting legendary performances by African American musicians, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and James Brown.
105 Anoushka Shankar’s instrument : SITAR
Anoushka Shankar is a British-Indian musician and composer who is best known for her skill on the sitar. The sitar is a stringed instrument that is commonly used in Indian classical music.
106 Posed in a team photo, maybe : KNELT
When posing for a team photo, it is common for the players to kneel down in front of the taller members of the group. This crossword clue is referring to that pose, suggesting that the person in the photo may be kneeling down in front of others.
108 Annoying ones : PESTS
Pests are animals or insects that are considered annoying or harmful to humans. This crossword clue is using the term “pests” to refer to people who are similarly bothersome or irritating.
110 Family nickname : PAPA – This crossword clue is referring to a nickname that a member of a family may be called. “Papa” is a term of endearment for a father or grandfather.
111 “Time for me to take the stage!” : I’M ON – This crossword clue refers to a statement that someone may make when they are about to perform on stage or begin a presentation. “I’m on” means that the person is ready to begin and take the spotlight.
112 Spats : ROWS – In this context, “spats” are not referring to footwear but rather a heated argument or dispute between people. The term “spat” is often used to describe a minor quarrel or disagreement.
113 Reverberating sound : ECHO – An echo is a sound that is reflected off a surface and then heard again. This crossword clue is referring to the sound that is heard after a sound wave bounces back from a surface.
114 Business bigwigs : CEOS – This crossword clue is referring to the chief executive officers (CEOs) of companies, who are often considered to be the most important and influential people in the organization.
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