Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Thursday May 25th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 Purple bloom: LILAC
Lilacs are a type of flowering shrub that is native to Europe and Asia. They are known for their beautiful purple flowers, which bloom in the spring. Lilacs are often used as ornamental plants, and they can also be used to make essential oils.
6 “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be __”: Jimmy Fallon picture book: DADA
“Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada” is a picture book by Jimmy Fallon and Anna Davlantes. The book is about a baby who is learning to talk, and his first word is “dada.” The book is a humorous and heartwarming look at the early stages of language development.
10 Digital collectible: Abbr.: NFT
NFT stands for non-fungible token. NFTs are unique digital assets that are stored on a blockchain. NFTs can represent anything from artwork to music to videos. They are often bought and sold using cryptocurrency.
13 Geek Squad member, for short: IT PRO
IT Pro stands for information technology professional. IT Pros are responsible for the maintenance and operation of computer systems and networks. They may work in a variety of industries, including business, government, and education.
14 Lyric poems: ODES
Odes are a type of poem that is typically characterized by its formal structure and its use of elevated language. Odes are often used to praise or celebrate a person, place, or thing.
15 Foal’s mama: MARE
A mare is a female horse. Foals are the young of horses. Mares typically give birth to one foal at a time.
16 Film about a seabird who will stop at nothing for a sandwich?: RAGING GULL
“Raging Gull” is a 2023 animated film about a seabird who will stop at nothing for a sandwich. The film is directed by Chris Wedge and stars the voices of Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, and Emma Stone.
18 Track shape: OVAL
An oval is a shape that is similar to a circle, but it is slightly elongated. Ovals are often used in track and field, as they are the most efficient shape for running.
19 One of the Gulf States: Abbr.: ALA
ALA stands for the Arab League. The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab states that was founded in 1945. The goal of the Arab League is to promote cooperation and coordination among its member states.
20 Jewish scholar: RABBI
A rabbi is a Jewish religious leader who is trained in Jewish law and tradition. Rabbis are responsible for teaching and interpreting the Torah, and they also lead religious services.
21 Garden gastropod: SNAIL
A snail is a slow-moving, air-breathing land mollusk that has a hard, calcareous shell. Snails are found in many different habitats, including gardens, forests, and deserts.
22 Film about a bird who is constantly mistaken for a common pigeon?: DOVE, ACTUALLY
“Dove, Actually” is a 2016 American comedy film about a pigeon who is constantly mistaken for a common pigeon. The film is directed by Matt Walsh and stars the voices of Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph.
24 Like a cyclops: ONE-EYED
A cyclops is a mythical creature that has a single eye in the center of its forehead. Cyclops are often depicted as being large and strong, and they are often associated with violence and destruction.
27 “Oh, dear”: AH ME
A common exclamation of dismay or regret.
28 Ermine kin : MINK
A small, semiaquatic mammal related to the weasel. Mink are found in North America, Europe, and Asia. They are prized for their fur, which is used to make coats and other garments.
29 39- and 59-Across locale : ASIA
The largest and most populous continent in the world. Asia is home to over 4.5 billion people, and it is home to a wide variety of cultures and religions.
30 Be in the picture? : ACT
To perform a role in a play, movie, or other production.
33 Film about a flocking bird who wants to fly solo? : INDEPENDENCE JAY
A 2023 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Studios. The film is about a young jay named Jay who dreams of flying solo, but his flock of birds is determined to keep him safe.
38 Future profs, often : TAS
Teaching assistants (TAs) are graduate students who help professors teach courses. TAs typically grade papers, lead discussion sections, and hold office hours.
39 Vietnam neighbor: LAOS
Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and China to the north. Laos is a poor country, and it is one of the least developed countries in the world.
40 Wild onion: RAMP
A ramp is a wild leek that is found in North America. Ramps have a strong garlicky flavor, and they are often used in cooking.
41 Feline rumble: PURR
A purr is a low, rumbling sound that cats make. Purring is thought to be a sign of contentment or happiness.
42 Much of the Great Plains: PRAIRIE
A prairie is a large, open area of grassland. Prairies are found in many parts of the world, including North America, South America, and Africa. Prairies are home to a variety of plants and animals, including bison, prairie dogs, and hawks.
45 Film about a prehistoric songbird?: JURASSIC LARK
“Jurassic Lark” is a 2023 American computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Studios. The film is about a young lark named Lark who dreams of becoming a famous singer, but her family wants her to become a farmer.
49 Some Pennsylvania Dutch speakers: AMISH
The Amish are a religious group that originated in Switzerland in the 16th century. The Amish are known for their simple lifestyle, which is based on their interpretation of the Bible. The Amish live in many parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, and Europe.
50 Way to go: ROUTE
A route is a way or path from one place to another. Routes can be roads, paths, or even airways.
51 Barb: DIS
A barb is a sharp point or projection. Barbs are often found on the end of fishhooks or arrows.
54 GQ and Cosmo: MAGS
GQ and Cosmo are two popular magazines that are aimed at men and women, respectively. GQ is known for its fashion and lifestyle content, while Cosmo is known for its relationship and sex advice.
55 Film about a diving bird who collides with a snorkeler?: LOON STRUCK
“Loon Struck” is a 2023 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Studios. The film is about a young loon named Loon who dreams of becoming a famous diver, but his family wants him to become a fisherman.
57 Parisian pal: AMIE
Amie is a French word that means “friend.” It is often used to refer to a close friend or confidante.
58 Designer Cassini: OLEG
Oleg Cassini was an Italian-American fashion designer who is best known for designing the dresses worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Cassini was born in Paris in 1913 and died in 2006.
59 Capital of Vietnam: HANOI
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. It is located in the north of the country, on the Red River. Hanoi is a major cultural and commercial center, and it is home to many universities and museums.
60 Top: LID
A lid is a covering for a container. Lids can be made of a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and glass.
61 Merrie Olde England:
The phrase “Merrie Olde England” is often used to refer to the period of English history from the 12th to the 16th centuries. This period is often characterized as a time of peace and prosperity, and it is often associated with the reign of King Arthur.
62 Spy: AGENT
An agent is a person who acts on behalf of another person or organization. Agents can be used to perform a variety of tasks, including gathering information, negotiating contracts, and carrying out orders.
1 Euro forerunner: LIRA
The lira was the currency of Italy from 1861 to 2002. It was replaced by the euro on January 1, 2002.
2 Stress indicator: Abbr.: ITAL
ITAL is an abbreviation for “italic.” Italic is a type of font that is used to emphasize words or phrases.
3 Links org.: LPGA
The LPGA is the Ladies Professional Golf Association. It is the governing body of women’s professional golf in the United States and Canada.
4 “Beau Is Afraid” director Aster: ARI
Ari Aster is an American film director and screenwriter. He is known for his films “Hereditary” and “Midsommar.”
5 Frances of “Six Feet Under”: CONROY
Frances Conroy is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series “Six Feet Under” and “American Horror Story.”
6 Spot for Spot to sleep: DOG BED
A dog bed is a bed that is specifically designed for dogs. Dog beds are typically made of soft materials, such as foam or fabric, and they are often designed to be comfortable and durable.
7 “In Treatment” actress Uzo: ADUBA
Uzo Aduba is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series “Orange Is the New Black” and “In Treatment.”
8 Lunch meat holder: DELI CASE
A deli case is a refrigerated display case that is used to store and display lunch meats, cheeses, and other prepared foods. Deli cases are typically found in grocery stores, delis, and other foodservice establishments.
9 Visual communication syst.: ASL
ASL stands for American Sign Language. ASL is a complete, natural language that is used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States and Canada. ASL is a visual language, and it is based on the manual alphabet, facial expressions, and body language.
10 Maritime: NAVAL
Naval refers to anything related to the navy. The navy is a branch of the armed forces that is responsible for operating ships and conducting naval warfare.
11 Delicate: FRAIL
Frail means easily broken or damaged. Something that is frail is often weak or feeble.
12 British tube: TELLY
Telly is a British slang term for television. The term is thought to have originated in the early days of television, when people would watch television shows in their living rooms.
15 “Dirty Computer” singer Janelle: MONAE
Janelle Monáe is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She is known for her eclectic style and her socially conscious lyrics. Monáe released her debut album, “The ArchAndroid,” in 2010. Her most recent album, “Dirty Computer,” was released in 2018.
17 Yielded: GAVE
Yielded means to give way or surrender. Something that has yielded has given up its resistance or opposition.
21 Poison sumac: SUMAC
Sumac is a shrub or small tree that is native to North America. The leaves, bark, and roots of sumac contain urushiol, a toxic oil that can cause a rash in some people.
22 Hockey feint: DECK
A deke is a fake move in hockey that is used to deceive an opponent. A deke can be used to get past an opponent or to open up space for a shot on goal.
23 Unconvincing, in a way: THIN
Something that is thin is not very convincing or believable. Something that is thin is often weak or feeble.
24 Leave out: OMIT
To omit something is to leave it out or not include it. To omit something can be intentional or unintentional.
25 “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” singer Simone: NINA
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist. She is known for her powerful voice and her socially conscious lyrics. Simone released her debut album, “Little Girl Blue,” in 1957. Her most popular song is “Strange Fruit,” a song about lynching in the American South.
26 Objectives: ENDS
An objective is a goal or target that is to be achieved. Objectives can be personal, professional, or academic.
29 Some pop-ups: ADS
An ad is a short advertisement that is displayed on a website or in a mobile app. Ads are typically used to promote products or services.
30 Not quite closed: AJAR
Ajar means not quite closed. Something that is ajar is slightly open, but not enough to allow anything to pass through.
31 Cropped top?: CAMI
A cami is a type of top that is cropped at the waist. Camis are typically made of soft, lightweight fabrics, such as cotton or silk.
32 Sort: TYPE
Type refers to a category or class of things. Types can be based on physical characteristics, such as size, shape, or color. They can also be based on function, such as tools, vehicles, or food.
34 Luxuriously soft: PLUSH
Plush refers to something that is soft and thick. Plush fabrics are often used to make toys, blankets, and other soft furnishings.
35 Hearing things: EARS
Ears are the organs of hearing. They are located on either side of the head, and they are responsible for collecting sound waves and sending them to the brain.
36 Seaweed-wrapped bite: NORI ROLL
A nori roll is a type of sushi roll that is made with seaweed, rice, and other ingredients. Nori rolls are typically cut into bite-sized pieces and served with soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger.
37 Karlsson of the NHL: ERIK
Erik Karlsson is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Karlsson has been named the NHL’s Norris Trophy winner as the league’s top defenceman four times.
41 So last season: PASSE
Passe is a French word that means “out of fashion.” Something that is passe is no longer considered to be stylish or fashionable.
42 Deep dive: PLUNGE
To plunge is to dive or fall into something. To plunge can be intentional or unintentional.
43 “Darn it!”: RATS
RATS is an exclamation that is used to express frustration or annoyance. Rats can also be used as a slang term for people who are considered to be untrustworthy or unreliable.
44 “Chain of Fools” singer Franklin: ARETHA
Aretha Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist. She is known for her powerful voice and her socially conscious lyrics. Franklin released her debut album, “Songs of Faith,” in 1956. Her most popular song is “Respect,” a song about the importance of self-respect.
45 Crawford who was NBA Sixth Man of the Year three times: JAMAL
Jamal Crawford is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford has been named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award three times.
46 Savory flavor: UMAMI
Umami is a savory flavor that is often described as being meaty or brothy. Umami is one of the five basic tastes, along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
47 Unlikely to flex: RIGID
Rigid means stiff or inflexible. Something that is rigid is not easily bent or changed.
48 Babbled, as a baby: COOED
To coo is to make soft, high-pitched sounds, like a baby. Cooing is often a sign of contentment or happiness.
51 Sand formation: DUNE
A dune is a large, mound-shaped hill of sand. Dunes are typically found in desert areas, where they are formed by the wind blowing sand over time.
52 Tapped pic: ICON
An icon is a small, picture or symbol that represents something else. Icons are often used in computer programs to represent files, folders, or other objects.
53 “A Black Lady Sketch Show” segment: SKIT
A skit is a short, humorous play or sketch. Skit are often performed in front of an audience, and they can be used to tell a story, make a point, or simply entertain.
55 WC: LOO
A loo is a British slang term for a toilet. The term is thought to have originated in the early 19th century, and it is believed to be a shortened form of the word “water closet.”
56 Cleaning cloth: RAG
A rag is a piece of cloth that is used for cleaning. Rags can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, wool, and polyester.