Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Tuesday May 16th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 Push, as a button: PRESS
This clue refers to the action of exerting force on a button or switch to activate or operate a device. The answer is “PRESS,” which means to apply pressure to something.
6 Scuff, say: MAR
The word “scuff” indicates the act of damaging or scraping the surface of something, typically through friction or accidental contact. The answer is “MAR,” which means to impair the appearance or surface of something.
9 Air rifle: BB GUN
An “air rifle” is a type of firearm that uses compressed air or gas to propel small projectiles called BBs. These guns are typically used for recreational shooting or target practice. The answer is “BB GUN,” which refers specifically to a type of air gun that shoots BBs.
14 Mint with a Coca-Cola flavor: TIC TAC
This clue describes a type of mint candy that has a Coca-Cola flavor. The answer is “TIC TAC,” which is a well-known brand of small, breath-freshening candies available in various flavors, including Coca-Cola.
16 Language suffix: -ESE
The clue refers to a suffix that is added to the names of languages to denote the language or the people who speak it. Examples include “Japanese” for the language spoken in Japan and “Portuguese” for the language spoken in Portugal. The answer is “-ESE,” which is a common language suffix used in English.
17 Russian crepes: BLINI
“Blini” is a Russian word for thin pancakes or crepes that are typically served with various toppings such as sour cream, caviar, or jam. The answer to this clue is “BLINI,” which specifically refers to these Russian crepes.
18 Single-celled creature: AMOEBA
An “amoeba” is a type of microscopic organism that belongs to the group of single-celled eukaryotes. Amoebas are known for their ability to alter their shape constantly, using pseudopodia, and they can be found in various aquatic environments. The answer to this clue is “AMOEBA,” which represents this single-celled creature.
19 Pint equivalent: HALF QUART
The clue suggests that the answer is a measurement that is equal to a pint but is expressed differently. The answer is “HALF QUART,” which refers to a volume measurement that is half the size of a quart. In the United States customary system, a quart contains 32 fluid ounces, so a half quart is equal to 16 fluid ounces, which is equivalent to a pint.
21 “Yellowjackets” actress Purnell: ELLA
This clue refers to an actress named Purnell who appears in the television series “Yellowjackets.” The answer is “ELLA,” which is the given name of the actress. However, without additional context, it is difficult to provide more information about the actress or the series “Yellowjackets.”
23 Customizable Nintendo avatar: MII
The clue mentions a Nintendo avatar that can be personalized or customized. The answer is “MII,” which refers to the customizable avatars used in various Nintendo gaming systems. Players can create and customize their Mii characters to represent themselves or other fictional characters in games.
24 Actress Falco: EDIE
This clue points to an actress named Falco. The answer is “EDIE,” which is the name of the actress. Edie Falco is an American actress known for her notable roles in television series such as “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie.” She has received critical acclaim and several awards for her performances.
25 DC Comics’ Clown Princess of Crime: HARLEY QUINN
The clue describes a character from DC Comics who is referred to as the “Clown Princess of Crime.” The answer is “HARLEY QUINN,” a fictional character created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Harley Quinn is a supervillain and frequent accomplice and love interest of the Joker. She made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series and has since become a popular character in comics, movies, and television shows.
29 Re-re-re-reminds: NAGS
The clue suggests a repetitive action that involves reminding someone persistently. The answer is “NAGS,” which refers to the act of continuously and repeatedly reminding or pestering someone about something. The term “nagging” is often associated with persistent, bothersome reminders or requests.
30 “Rudy” coach Parseghian: ARA
This clue mentions a coach named Parseghian who was associated with the film “Rudy.” The answer is “ARA,” which is the first name of the coach. Ara Parseghian was an American football player and coach, known for his tenure as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1964 to 1974. The movie “Rudy” is based on the true story of a football player named Rudy Ruettiger and his dreams of playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, under the coaching of Parseghian.
31 WrestleMania win: PIN
This clue refers to a victory condition in the world of professional wrestling, specifically at the annual event called WrestleMania. In wrestling, a “pin” occurs when one wrestler holds their opponent’s shoulders to the mat for a specified amount of time, typically a count of three by the referee. This action signifies a win for the wrestler executing the pin.
32 Facts, for short: INFO
The clue suggests a colloquial term for “facts.” The answer is “INFO,” which is a shortened form of the word “information.” “Info” is commonly used as an abbreviation to refer to details, data, or knowledge about a particular subject.
34 Clobbers, quaintly: SMITES
The clue indicates a more old-fashioned or formal term for “clobbers” or “hits forcefully.” The answer is “SMITES,” which means to strike or hit with significant force. It can also be associated with divine punishment or retribution, often seen in religious or mythological contexts.
37 __ Buddhism: ZEN
This clue specifies a type of Buddhism. The answer is “ZEN,” which refers to a school of Buddhism that originated in China and later spread to Japan. Zen emphasizes direct experience and meditation as a means to attain enlightenment and spiritual awakening.
39 Tennis icon Arthur: ASHE
The clue mentions a prominent figure in tennis named Arthur. The answer is “ASHE,” referring to Arthur Ashe, an American tennis player who achieved great success in the sport during the 1960s and 1970s. Ashe was the first African American male to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.
42 Members of royal courts who may be crowned at halftime: HOMECOMING QUEENS
This clue suggests a connection between royal courts and halftime events, such as those seen in American football games. The answer is “HOMECOMING QUEENS,” which refers to female students who are elected as representatives of their schools during homecoming festivities. While not directly related to royal courts, they can be ceremonially crowned during halftime events.
46 Like a Mega Millions jackpot winner: RICH
The clue describes the condition of someone who wins a Mega Millions jackpot. The answer is “RICH,” implying that a Mega Millions jackpot winner would become wealthy or financially well-off. Mega Millions is a popular multi-state lottery game in the United States known for its large jackpots, often reaching hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.
47 NYSE debut: IPO
This clue refers to an event that marks the initial public offering (IPO) of a company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). An IPO is the first sale of a company’s shares to the public, allowing the company to raise capital by offering ownership stakes to investors. The answer is “IPO,” which stands for Initial Public Offering.
48 Open, as a onesie: UNSNAP
The clue describes the action of unfastening or opening a onesie, which is a one-piece garment typically worn by infants or young children. Onesies often have snap fasteners along the crotch or front, making it easier to put on or take off. The answer is “UNSNAP,” indicating the act of undoing or opening the snaps on a onesie.
49 Noisy car part: HORN
This clue suggests a component of a vehicle that produces sound. The answer is “HORN,” which refers to the device used in automobiles to produce a loud, warning sound. Car horns are typically activated by the driver to alert other drivers or pedestrians of their presence or to signal a warning.
51 “Weekend Update” comic Michael: CHE
The clue mentions a comedian named Michael associated with the segment “Weekend Update” on a television show. The answer is “CHE,” which refers to Michael Che, an American stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his work as a writer and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on the sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.”
53 LED TV brand: RCA
This clue points to a brand associated with LED TVs, which are televisions that use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the screen. The answer is “RCA,” which is a well-known brand in the electronics industry. RCA stands for Radio Corporation of America and has a history of manufacturing various consumer electronics, including televisions.
54 Ball in a craft store: YARN
The clue mentions a type of item found in a craft store. The answer is “YARN,” which refers to a long, continuous strand of fibers used in knitting, crocheting, or weaving. Yarn is available in various colors, textures, and thicknesses and is commonly used to create fabric or textile-based crafts.
57 Deluxe: HIGH QUALITY
The clue suggests a term synonymous with “deluxe” that denotes superior or excellent quality. The answer is “HIGH QUALITY,” which refers to something of superior or exceptional quality. When an item or experience is described as “deluxe,” it often implies that it is of high quality, luxurious, or enhanced in some way.
61 Mine, in Marseille: A MOI
This clue relates to the French language and a term used to indicate possession. The answer is “A MOI,” which translates to “mine” in English. In French, “à moi” is used to express ownership or possession, similar to the English phrase “mine.”
62 22-Down monitoring org.: EPA
The clue refers to an organization associated with the term “22-Down,” which implies that the answer can be found in a previous clue. Without the context of the previous clue, it is unclear what “22-Down” is specifically referring to. However, the answer to this clue is “EPA,” which stands for the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is a United States federal agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment by enforcing regulations and policies related to environmental issues.
63 Aquatic mammal: SEAL
This clue points to a type of mammal that resides primarily in water. The answer is “SEAL,” which refers to a group of aquatic mammals characterized by their streamlined bodies and the ability to swim and dive. Seals are found in various regions around the world and are well-adapted to living in both freshwater and marine environments.
64 Feels apprehensive: HAS QUALMS
The clue suggests a phrase describing a state of apprehension or unease. The answer is “HAS QUALMS,” which means to feel uncertain or uneasy about something. When someone has qualms, they have reservations or doubts about a decision, action, or situation.
67 Planet orbited by a moon named Margaret: URANUS
This clue relates to a celestial body and one of its moons. The answer is “URANUS,” which is the name of a planet in our solar system. Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun and is known for its distinct blue-green color and unique rotational axis. The clue also mentions a moon named Margaret, suggesting that Uranus has a moon with that specific name. However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there is no moon of Uranus named Margaret.
71 Outperform: ONE-UP
This clue indicates a term that means to surpass or exceed someone in performance or achievement. The answer is “ONE-UP,” which means to outdo or outperform someone by doing something better or achieving a greater result.
72 Official calling pitch clock violations: UMP
The clue refers to an official who is responsible for enforcing rules related to pitch clock violations in a sports context. The answer is “UMP,” which is short for “umpire.” An umpire is an official in various sports, such as baseball or tennis, who enforces the rules and makes decisions regarding gameplay.
73 City east of Los Angeles: POMONA
This clue mentions a city located to the east of Los Angeles. The answer is “POMONA,” which is a city in California, USA. Pomona is situated in the eastern part of Los Angeles County and is known for its diverse community, educational institutions, and the annual Los Angeles County Fair.
74 Desert sanctuaries: OASES
The clue refers to places of refuge or relief found in desert environments. The answer is “OASES,” which is the plural form of “oasis.” An oasis is a fertile or green area in a desert, typically surrounding a water source. Oases provide a sanctuary for plants, animals, and sometimes human settlements in otherwise arid regions.
75 Part of LGBTQ+: GAY
This clue mentions a specific component of the LGBTQ+ community. The answer is “GAY,” which refers to individuals who identify as homosexual or are attracted to the same gender. “Gay” is a term commonly used to describe men, although it can be used more broadly to include individuals of all genders.
76 Teen sleuth Drew: NANCY
This clue mentions the name of a teenage detective character. The answer is “NANCY,” referring to Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew is a fictional character in a series of mystery novels created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. Nancy is a young amateur sleuth known for her intelligence, resourcefulness, and knack for solving various mysteries. The character has been widely popular since the first book was published in 1930, and she has been adapted into movies, TV shows, and video games.
1 Booster gp. for schools: PTA
This clue refers to an abbreviation for an organization that supports and promotes the welfare of schools. The answer is “PTA,” which stands for Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA is a volunteer organization typically composed of parents, teachers, and staff members that work together to enhance educational experiences, organize events, and advocate for the needs of students.
2 Crater’s edge: RIM
The clue describes the outer boundary or border of a crater. The answer is “RIM,” which refers to the circular or curved edge of a crater, typically found on the surface of celestial bodies such as the moon or planets. The rim of a crater is formed by the uplifted material around the impact site.
3 __ mode: energy-saving car setting: ECO
This clue indicates a mode or setting found in some cars that promotes energy efficiency or conservation. The answer is “ECO,” short for “Economy” mode. In this mode, certain functions of the car, such as engine power, air conditioning, or throttle response, are adjusted to optimize fuel economy and reduce energy consumption.
4 Iron alloy: STEEL
The clue refers to a type of metal alloy that includes iron. The answer is “STEEL,” which is an alloy made primarily from iron, carbon, and other elements. Steel is known for its strength, durability, and versatility, and it is widely used in construction, manufacturing, and various industries due to its desirable mechanical properties.
5 Ferret’s cousin: SABLE
This clue suggests a mammal that is related to or resembles a ferret. The answer is “SABLE,” which refers to a carnivorous mammal native to forests in northern Eurasia. Sables are closely related to ferrets, weasels, and minks. They are known for their luxurious fur, which has been highly valued in the fur trade.
6 “Not my fave”: MEH
The clue indicates a casual expression used to convey indifference or a lack of enthusiasm toward something. The answer is “MEH,” which is an onomatopoeic term often used to express a noncommittal or unenthusiastic response. It is commonly used to convey a feeling of “mediocrity” or being “so-so” about a particular subject or situation.
7 “Same for me”: AS AM I
This clue suggests a phrase used to express agreement or similarity with a previous statement. The answer is “AS AM I,” which means “I am the same” or “I agree” in response to a statement made by someone else. It is an idiomatic expression used to indicate shared sentiments or experiences.
8 Replacing the inner layer of: RELINING
This clue suggests the action of replacing or renewing the inner layer of something. The answer is “RELINING,” which refers to the process of replacing the interior lining of an object or structure. Relining is often done to restore functionality, improve insulation, or extend the lifespan of various items, such as pipes, chimneys, or garments.
9 Smoky chip flavor, briefly: BBQ
The clue indicates a flavor commonly associated with smoky chips or snacks. The answer is “BBQ,” which is short for “barbecue.” BBQ flavor is often characterized by a smoky, tangy, and slightly sweet taste, reminiscent of the flavors associated with grilled or smoked meats.
10 Puritanical people: BLUENOSES
This clue describes a group of individuals known for their strict or prudish views, often associated with moral or behavioral standards. The answer is “BLUENOSES,” which is a term used to refer to people who are excessively moralistic, prudish, or rigid in their adherence to conservative values or social norms. The term originated from the notion of someone with a prudish attitude having a “blue” or disapproving look on their face.
11 Celebrity chef De Laurentiis: GIADA
The clue mentions a well-known celebrity chef with the last name De Laurentiis. The answer is “GIADA,” referring to Giada De Laurentiis, an Italian-American chef, television personality, and cookbook author. Giada has gained popularity through her appearances on cooking shows and her focus on Italian cuisine. She is known for her warm and engaging demeanor on-screen.
12 Strip of equipment: UNRIG
This clue suggests the action of removing or disassembling a strip of equipment. The answer is “UNRIG,” which means to dismantle or take apart a strip or row of equipment. “Unrigging” typically involves the removal of various components or attachments to separate the equipment into individual pieces.
13 Informal evenings: NITES
The clue refers to a term used to describe informal or casual evenings. The answer is “NITES,” which is a shorthand or abbreviated form of the word “nights.” “Nites” is commonly used in informal contexts or written communications to indicate evenings in a less formal or colloquial manner.
15 Caribbean music genre: CALYPSO
This clue points to a genre of music originating from the Caribbean region. The answer is “CALYPSO,” which is a style of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Calypso music features rhythmic and melodic elements influenced by African and Caribbean traditions. It is often characterized by lively beats, storytelling lyrics, and a festive and vibrant atmosphere. Calypso has gained international recognition and has influenced various genres of music.
20 Literary Huckleberry: FINN
This clue refers to a character from literature known as “Huckleberry.” The answer is “FINN,” specifically “Huckleberry Finn.” Huckleberry Finn is a fictional character created by Mark Twain in the novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” He is the protagonist and narrator of the story, known for his adventurous spirit and his friendship with Tom Sawyer.
22 Pollution stat: AQI
The clue relates to a statistical measure used to assess pollution levels. The answer is “AQI,” which stands for Air Quality Index. The Air Quality Index is a measurement that indicates the quality of outdoor air and provides information about the level of pollutants present. The AQI is typically categorized into different levels, ranging from good to hazardous, to help people understand and respond to potential health risks associated with pollution.
25 __ browns: HASH
This clue indicates a popular dish consisting of cooked potatoes. The answer is “HASH,” which refers to hash browns. Hash browns are a breakfast or brunch dish made by frying or sautéing shredded or diced potatoes until they are crispy and golden brown. They are commonly seasoned and served as a side dish or as part of a larger meal.
26 Samurai’s protection: ARMOR
The clue describes a form of protective gear worn by samurai warriors. The answer is “ARMOR,” which refers to the defensive equipment used by samurai in feudal Japan. Samurai armor, also known as “yoroi,” was designed to protect the wearer from various types of attacks during combat. It typically consisted of multiple components, such as a helmet, cuirass, gauntlets, and leg protectors, made from various materials like leather, metal, and lacquered plates.
27 Maguire’s “Spider-Man” director: RAIMI
This clue mentions a director associated with the “Spider-Man” film series starring Tobey Maguire. The answer is “RAIMI,” referring to Sam Raimi. Sam Raimi is an American filmmaker known for directing the original “Spider-Man” trilogy, which includes “Spider-Man” (2002), “Spider-Man 2” (2004), and “Spider-Man 3” (2007). Raimi’s films played a significant role in popularizing the superhero genre and were well-received by audiences and critics alike.
28 Open, as a gym bag: UNZIP
The clue suggests the action of opening a gym bag. The answer is “UNZIP,” which means to open or undo the fastener (zipper) of a bag, typically by sliding the zipper pull along its tracks. Unzipping a gym bag allows access to its contents, such as workout gear, clothes, or other items stored inside.
33 Mythical man-goat: FAUN
This clue refers to a mythical creature that is part-human and part-goat. The answer is “FAUN,” which is a creature from ancient Roman mythology. Fauns are often depicted as mischievous forest spirits or nature deities with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a goat. They are associated with wilderness, fertility, and the untamed aspects of nature.
35 Method: TECHNIQUE
The clue points to a specific approach or way of doing something. The answer is “TECHNIQUE,” which refers to a method or skillful procedure used to achieve a particular result. Techniques can be employed in various fields, such as art, sports, cooking, or scientific research, to accomplish specific goals or tasks.
36 Reverberate: ECHO
This clue describes a phenomenon related to sound bouncing off surfaces and being heard again. The answer is “ECHO,” which refers to the reflection of sound waves that produces a repetition or delay of the original sound. When sound waves encounter a reflective surface, such as a wall or canyon, they bounce back and create an audible echo, which can be heard as a distinct repetition of the initial sound.
38 Father of Methuselah: ENOCH
The clue mentions the paternal figure associated with the biblical character Methuselah. The answer is “ENOCH,” who is traditionally considered to be the father of Methuselah. Enoch is an important figure in various religious and mythological traditions, including the Hebrew Bible and apocryphal texts. According to biblical accounts, Enoch was a righteous man who walked with God and was taken to heaven without experiencing death.
40 Painter Matisse: HENRI
This clue refers to a renowned artist known for his contributions to modern art. The answer is “HENRI,” specifically “Henri Matisse.” Henri Matisse was a French artist recognized for his innovative use of color and form. He was a prominent figure in the Fauvism movement and is celebrated for his paintings, sculptures, and paper cut-outs, which are characterized by vibrant colors, bold shapes, and expressive compositions.
41 Make into law: ENACT
The clue suggests the action of turning a proposal or idea into a legally binding statute. The answer is “ENACT,” which means to pass or establish a law through a legislative process. When a bill or legislation is enacted, it becomes an official law and is enforceable within a particular jurisdiction, providing guidelines or regulations for a specific area or issue.
43 Headphone jack insert: MINI-PLUG
This clue describes a specific type of connector used to plug headphones into a compatible device. The answer is “MINI-PLUG,” which refers to a small-sized audio connector often used for headphones, earphones, or other audio devices. A mini-plug typically has a narrow, cylindrical shape with a 3.5 mm (or 1/8 inch) diameter and is inserted into a corresponding headphone jack to establish an electrical connection and allow audio playback.
44 Get in line: QUEUE UP
This clue suggests the action of joining a line or waiting in a queue. The answer is “QUEUE UP,” which means to line up or form a queue, typically in anticipation of receiving a service or gaining entry to a place. When people queue up, they arrange themselves in a single file or orderly line according to a specific order or system.
45 Fix, at the vet’s office: SPAY
The clue refers to a procedure commonly performed at a veterinarian’s office to address a specific issue. The answer is “SPAY,” which specifically relates to the surgical procedure of removing the reproductive organs of a female animal, such as a cat or a dog. Spaying is done to prevent reproduction, control population, and provide health benefits to the animal.
50 Actress Seehorn: RHEA
This clue mentions an actress with the last name Seehorn. The answer is “RHEA,” referring to Rhea Seehorn, an American actress known for her role as Kim Wexler in the television series “Better Call Saul.” Rhea Seehorn’s portrayal of Kim Wexler has received critical acclaim for her nuanced performance and has gained her recognition among audiences.
52 Command ctrs., and a description of five answers in this puzzle: HQS
This clue refers to command centers and indicates that it describes five answers in the puzzle. The answer is “HQS,” which stands for “Headquarters.” Headquarters represent the central or main location from which an organization, group, or operation is coordinated and managed. In the context of the crossword puzzle, five answers in the grid may relate to command centers or have a connection to the concept of headquarters.
54 “Yippee!”: YAHOO
This clue suggests an exclamation used to express excitement or joy. The answer is “YAHOO,” which is an exclamation often used to convey enthusiasm, delight, or jubilation. It is a colloquial expression commonly used to express a sense of triumph, happiness, or exhilaration.
55 Appliance maker: AMANA
The clue points to a company or brand associated with manufacturing appliances. The answer is “AMANA,” which refers to a well-known appliance manufacturer. Amana Corporation is a company that produces a wide range of household appliances, including refrigerators, washers, dryers, ovens, and microwaves. The brand is recognized for its reliable and innovative home appliance products.
56 Tokens of love: ROSES
This clue refers to objects that symbolize or represent expressions of love. The answer is “ROSES,” specifically referring to the flower. Roses are commonly associated with love, affection, and romance. They are often given as gifts or used to convey heartfelt emotions on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day or anniversaries. Different colors of roses can also carry additional meanings, with red roses traditionally symbolizing passionate love.
58 Letter before delta: GAMMA
The clue indicates a letter in the Greek alphabet that comes before “delta.” The answer is “GAMMA.” In the Greek alphabet, gamma is the third letter. It is often represented by the uppercase letter “Γ” and the lowercase letter “γ.” The Greek alphabet is widely used in various contexts, including mathematics, science, and fraternity and sorority organizations.
59 Yankee slugger Judge: AARON
This clue mentions a prominent baseball player associated with the New York Yankees. The answer is “AARON,” referring to Aaron Judge. Aaron Judge is an American professional baseball player who plays as an outfielder for the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is known for his powerful hitting, impressive defensive skills, and imposing stature on the field.
60 Peruvian pack animal: LLAMA
The clue describes a type of animal commonly found in Peru and known for its ability to carry loads. The answer is “LLAMA,” which is a domesticated pack animal native to the Andes region of South America, including Peru. Llamas are often used as pack animals due to their strength and endurance. They have been domesticated for thousands of years and are valued for their wool, meat, and as companions for trekking or hiking in mountainous areas.
65 FedEx rival: UPS
This clue refers to a company that competes with FedEx in the package delivery industry. The answer is “UPS,” which stands for United Parcel Service. UPS is a global logistics and package delivery company that provides shipping services for various types of packages and documents. It is one of the largest and most recognized shipping companies worldwide, offering a range of services such as ground shipping, air freight, and specialized shipping solutions.
66 Eve in “Killing Eve,” for one: SPY
This clue refers to a character from the television series “Killing Eve.” The answer is “SPY,” indicating that the character Eve, from the show “Killing Eve,” is a spy. “Killing Eve” is a popular drama series that revolves around the cat-and-mouse chase between a talented intelligence investigator named Eve Polastri and a skilled assassin named Villanelle.
68 The “N” of NFT: NON-
The clue mentions an abbreviation associated with the term NFT. The answer is “NON-,” which is the prefix used in the term NFT, short for Non-Fungible Token. NFTs are digital assets or representations of ownership that use blockchain technology to verify their authenticity and uniqueness. The “N” in NFT stands for “Non-Fungible,” emphasizing that these tokens are not interchangeable or replaceable with other tokens.
69 Mom’s bro: UNC
This clue describes a familial relationship. The answer is “UNC,” an abbreviation for “Uncle.” In family terms, an uncle is the brother of one’s parent. Uncles often hold a special role in a family, providing guidance, support, and often forming strong bonds with their nieces and nephews.
70 “May I just __ … “: SAY
This clue suggests a phrase often used to politely request permission or interject in a conversation. The answer is “SAY.” The complete phrase, “May I just say…,” is commonly used to preface a statement or opinion, especially when one wants to contribute to a discussion or express their thoughts. It is a polite way to seek permission to express oneself or share a viewpoint.