Here is the complete list of clues and answers for the Saturday May 20th 2023, LA Times crossword puzzle.
1 Staying safe, in a way : MASKING UP
This clue refers to a common practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, where individuals wear masks to protect themselves and others from the transmission of the virus. “Masking up” means putting on a face mask, which has been recommended by health authorities as a preventive measure.
10 Best effort : A-GAME
When someone is said to be putting forth their “A-game,” it means they are giving their utmost effort or performing at their highest level of skill. This expression is often used in competitive contexts, such as sports or work, to signify someone’s best performance or effort.
15 Request for multifactor authentication? : ASK ANYONE
In the context of cybersecurity, multifactor authentication is a security measure that requires users to provide multiple forms of identification or verification to gain access to a system or account. The clue “Ask anyone” plays on the phrase to suggest that if you want to confirm someone’s identity, you should seek verification from multiple sources or individuals.
16 Gurira who plays Okoye in the MCU : DANAI
This clue refers to the actress Danai Gurira, known for her role as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Okoye is a skilled warrior and a member of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces group from the fictional nation of Wakanda.
17 Collective noun? : PHILATELY
This clue is a play on words. In traditional grammar, a collective noun is a word that represents a group of individuals or things, such as “herd” for a group of cows or “flock” for a group of birds. However, in this crossword clue, “philately” is the answer, which refers to the collection and study of postage stamps.
18 Choose to join : OPT IN
“Opt in” is a term used in various contexts, particularly in marketing or communication settings. It means to choose or elect to participate or be included in something. For example, when signing up for a newsletter, you may have the option to “opt in” to receive additional promotional materials.
19 Hook, in journalism lingo : LEDE
In journalism, the “lede” (sometimes spelled “lead”) refers to the opening or introductory section of a news article or story. It is designed to grab the reader’s attention and provide a concise summary of the most important information. The term “hook” is often used interchangeably with “lede” to describe this attention-grabbing element of an article.
20 Quench: SATE
The word “quench” means to satisfy or extinguish a strong desire or thirst. It can be used in various contexts, such as quenching one’s thirst by drinking water or satisfying a craving by indulging in something. In the context of the crossword clue, the answer “sate” suggests that by quenching a desire or thirst, one achieves a state of satisfaction or contentment.
22 Deadly septet: SINS
This clue refers to the seven deadly sins, which are a classification of vices or immoral behaviors in Christian teachings. The traditional deadly sins are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. The answer “sins” alludes to these seven vices, which are believed to lead to spiritual and moral downfall.
23 Chicane shape, on some racetracks: ESS
In motorsports, a chicane is a sequence of turns or bends on a racetrack designed to slow down the speed of the vehicles. The shape of a chicane often resembles the letter “S,” which is why it is referred to as an “ess” (abbreviated form of “S”) in this crossword clue.
24 “Well played”: GOOD ONE
The phrase “good one” is often used as a casual expression to acknowledge or compliment someone’s clever or well-executed action or remark. In the context of the clue, the phrase “well played” serves as an equivalent expression, conveying appreciation for someone’s smart or skillful move.
27 Violent figure of Egyptian mythology: SET
In Egyptian mythology, Set (also spelled Seth) is a deity associated with violence, chaos, and storms. He was often depicted as a mysterious and dangerous figure, known for his rivalry with his brother Osiris and his role in the mythological events of their story. The answer “Set” refers to this violent figure from Egyptian mythology.
28 Explorer’s code, hopefully: LEAVE NO TRACE
“Leave no trace” is an ethical principle and code of conduct followed by outdoor enthusiasts, particularly those engaged in activities like hiking, camping, or backpacking. It emphasizes the importance of minimizing human impact on natural environments by leaving them exactly as they were found, without leaving behind any signs of human presence, such as trash or disturbances to the flora and fauna.
30 Twisted: WRITHED
To “writhe” means to twist, squirm, or contort one’s body in a twisting or convulsive motion. It often implies a sense of discomfort, pain, or agitation. The answer “writhed” suggests that something or someone underwent such twisting or contorting movements, possibly due to physical or emotional distress.
32 Birthplace and subject of writer Vu Trong Phung: HANOI
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and the birthplace of the renowned Vietnamese writer Vu Trong Phung. Phung’s works often depicted the social and political issues prevalent in Hanoi during the early 20th century, addressing topics such as colonialism, corruption, and social inequality. The clue indicates that Hanoi was both the birthplace and a subject of Phung’s writings.
33 “Mais oui”: BIEN SUR
The phrase “mais oui” is French for “but yes” or “of course.” It is an affirmative expression used to indicate agreement or acknowledgement. The answer “bien sur” is the French equivalent of “mais oui” and carries the same meaning. In the crossword clue, the phrase is presented in French, indicating the desired answer.
34 Seneca Falls Convention figure: STANTON
The Seneca Falls Convention, held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, was a seminal event in the women’s suffrage movement and the broader fight for women’s rights in the United States. The clue refers to one of the prominent figures associated with the convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Stanton was a leading suffragist, abolitionist, and women’s rights advocate who played a crucial role in drafting the “Declaration of Sentiments” at the Seneca Falls Convention.
36 Alpaca habitat: ANDES
Alpacas are domesticated South American camelids known for their soft wool and gentle disposition. They are native to the Andes mountain range, which spans several countries including Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina. The clue indicates that the natural habitat of alpacas is in the Andes, where they have been raised and bred for their valuable fiber for thousands of years.
37 Tutsi or Hutu: RWANDAN
The clue refers to the ethnic groups in Rwanda, namely the Tutsi and the Hutu. Rwanda is a country located in East Africa. Tutsis and Hutus are the two major ethnic groups in Rwanda, with the Tutsi traditionally occupying higher social positions and the Hutu forming the majority of the population. The term “Rwandan” encompasses both ethnic groups and is used to describe individuals from Rwanda.
38 Childish taunt: NEENER NEENER
“Neener neener” is a childish taunt or playful teasing phrase commonly used by children to provoke or annoy others. It is often said with a sing-songy tone and accompanied by sticking out one’s tongue or making a mocking facial expression. The phrase “neener neener” is a playful way to taunt or gloat, often used in a lighthearted and non-malicious manner.
41 Chats privately, briefly: DMS
In the context of social media or online messaging platforms, “DMS” stands for “direct messages.” It refers to private conversations or communications that occur between individuals or a select group of people. The clue suggests that the answer involves the abbreviation “DMS” and indicates that these chats are of a private nature.
42 Like some yoga socks: TOELESS
Yoga socks are specialized socks designed for yoga practice. They typically have a non-slip sole that provides traction and grip on the yoga mat. However, some yoga socks are designed to be “toeless,” meaning they have openings at the toes, exposing them. This design allows for better grip and flexibility, as well as increased contact with the mat during various yoga poses.
43 FD employee: EMT
“FD” in this context stands for “Fire Department.” An EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) is a healthcare professional who is trained to provide immediate medical care in emergency situations. EMTs are often associated with fire departments as they frequently work alongside firefighters to provide medical assistance during fire-related emergencies or other incidents.
46 “Fortunately, the Milk” writer Gaiman: NEIL
Neil Gaiman is a well-known British author who has written numerous works in the fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novel genres. “Fortunately, the Milk” is one of his children’s books, published in 2013. The clue indicates that the writer of this book is Neil Gaiman, prompting the answer to be his name.
48 Permafrost concern: MELT
Permafrost is a layer of frozen soil or sediment that remains at or below freezing temperatures for at least two consecutive years. It is typically found in cold regions, such as the Arctic and subarctic regions. Climate change and rising temperatures have become a concern for permafrost as it can lead to its melting. The clue suggests that the answer relates to the worry or issue associated with permafrost, which is the “melt” caused by increasing temperatures.
49 BBQ side: SLAW
“SLAW” is a shortened form of the word “coleslaw.” Coleslaw is a traditional barbecue or picnic side dish made of shredded or finely chopped cabbage mixed with mayonnaise or a vinegar-based dressing. It is often served alongside grilled meats or as a topping for sandwiches or burgers. The clue implies that the answer is a common side dish at a barbecue event, pointing to “slaw.”
50 Scottish cattle: ANGUS
Angus is a breed of cattle that originated in Scotland. It is highly regarded for its meat quality, particularly its marbling and tenderness. Angus cattle are known for their black coloration, and they are commonly raised for beef production in various parts of the world, including Scotland and the United States. The clue indicates that the answer refers to a specific type of cattle, the Angus breed, which is associated with Scotland.
52 Immeasurable regions of the universe: DEEP SPACE
Deep space refers to the vast, seemingly infinite expanse of the universe that lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and immediate vicinity. It represents the areas of space that are far away from celestial bodies like planets and stars. The term “deep space” implies regions that are difficult to measure or quantify due to their immense size and distance from us. The clue suggests that the answer refers to these immeasurable regions of the universe.
55 Nosh: MUNCH
To “nosh” means to eat or snack on food, typically in a casual or relaxed manner. It often implies eating small, quick bites or indulging in light refreshments. The term “munch” is synonymous with “nosh” and carries the same meaning. In the context of the clue, “nosh” is the answer that describes the act of casually snacking or enjoying light bites of food.
56 Hall addition: ENSHRINEE
An “enshrinee” refers to a person who has been honored or inducted into a hall of fame or a similar institution. It typically denotes someone who has achieved notable recognition or accomplishments in their field of expertise. In the context of the clue, “hall” refers to a hall of fame, and the answer “enshrinee” indicates an addition to that hall—a person who has been recognized or honored for their achievements.
57 Composition: ESSAY
An essay is a written piece of nonfictional prose that presents an argument, idea, or analysis on a specific topic. It typically follows a structured format, including an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Essays can be informative, persuasive, analytical, or reflective, depending on the purpose and context. The clue indicates that the answer is a general term for a written composition.
58 Waiting periods?: DOT DOT DOT
The clue employs a play on words. The phrase “dot dot dot” is used to represent an ellipsis, which consists of three consecutive dots (…) and is commonly used in writing to indicate an omission of words or a pause. In the context of the clue, the phrase “waiting periods” suggests that the answer involves the concept of pauses or breaks, which corresponds to the ellipsis.
1 Tall, sappy type: MAPLE
The clue refers to the tree species known as maple. Maple trees are known for their tall height and, when tapped, their production of sap, which is used to make maple syrup. The term “sappy” in the clue can also be interpreted as sentimental or overly emotional, but in this context, it primarily refers to the sap-producing nature of maple trees.
2 Clambake debris: ASHES
After a clambake, which is a traditional New England cooking method for preparing seafood, the remnants left behind are often referred to as “ashes.” These ashes consist of the charred remains of the fire used to cook the clams, lobsters, or other shellfish. The clue indicates that the answer relates to the remnants or byproducts of a clambake.
3 Starts to slip: SKIDS
The phrase “starts to slip” suggests the beginning stages of losing traction or control. In the context of the clue, the answer “skids” refers to the act of sliding or slipping, often unintentionally. It can describe a loss of traction while driving, walking on a slippery surface, or generally encountering a lack of stability or control.
4 Curly cruciferous commodity: KALE
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous family, which also includes cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. The adjective “curly” describes a common variety of kale that has ruffled, textured leaves. The clue indicates that the answer is a type of vegetable that is both curly and a member of the cruciferous family, leading to “kale” as the solution.
5 Garten of earthly delights: INA
The clue is a play on words referring to the American cookbook author and television personality Ina Garten. Garten is known for her popular cooking show called “Barefoot Contessa” and has published numerous cookbooks. The phrase “earthly delights” alludes to the pleasures and indulgences associated with food and cooking, which is a focus of Garten’s work.
6 “She Said” paper, briefly: NYT
The abbreviation “NYT” stands for The New York Times, a well-known and widely read newspaper. The clue specifies the phrase “She Said,” which suggests that the answer is an article or piece published in The New York Times. The New York Times is often referred to by its initials “NYT” in casual conversation or shorthand.
7 Runs past: GOES OVER
To “go over” something means to review, examine, or analyze it in detail. In the context of the clue, the phrase “runs past” suggests the action of going over or reviewing something quickly or briefly. It can refer to quickly revisiting information, checking or verifying details, or briefly reviewing a plan or schedule.
8 Took off: UNLADED
The phrase “took off” in this context means to unload or remove the cargo from a vehicle or vessel. It often refers to the action of removing items or goods from a ship, airplane, or truck. The word “unladed” specifically denotes the act of unloading, indicating that something has been taken off or removed.
9 “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” star __ Elizabeth Lee: PEYTON
Peyton Elizabeth Lee is an American actress who gained recognition for her role as the title character in the television series “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” The show follows the life of a young prodigy balancing her medical career with the challenges of being a teenager. In the clue, the answer is the actress’s first name, Peyton, indicating that she is the star of the mentioned TV series.
10 Stir: ADO
The term “ado” refers to a state of fuss, commotion, or activity surrounding a particular event or issue. It implies unnecessary or excessive excitement or concern about something. The word “stir” can be used as a synonym for “ado,” indicating a state of agitation or activity. In the context of the clue, “ado” is the answer that represents a state of commotion or fuss.
11 Breaks: GAPS
The term “gaps” refers to empty spaces or intervals between objects or elements. It can denote discontinuities, interruptions, or breaks in a series or sequence. In the context of the clue, “breaks” serves as a synonym for “gaps,” indicating the presence of empty spaces or interruptions.
12 Evil Christmas figure such as Krampus: ANTI-SANTA
Krampus is a mythical creature from Central European folklore who is considered an “anti-Santa” or a dark counterpart to Santa Claus. While Santa Claus is associated with bringing gifts to well-behaved children, Krampus is believed to punish misbehaving children during the Christmas season. The clue suggests that the answer is a term used to describe an evil Christmas figure like Krampus, leading to “anti-Santa.”
13 State cat in New England: MAINE COON
The Maine Coon is a breed of domestic cat that originated in the United States, specifically the state of Maine. It is one of the largest domesticated cat breeds, known for its distinct appearance, tufted ears, and bushy tail. The Maine Coon is sometimes referred to as the “state cat” of Maine, hence the clue indicating that it is the cat associated with the mentioned New England state.
14 “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” author: EINSTEIN
The clue references Albert Einstein, a renowned physicist who formulated the theory of relativity. One of his groundbreaking papers is titled “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies,” published in 1905. This paper introduced the special theory of relativity, which revolutionized our understanding of space, time, and the relationship between energy and mass. The clue indicates that the author of this significant scientific work is Einstein.
21 Brian who said ambient music “must be as ignorable as it is interesting”: ENO
Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, and producer known for his influential work in ambient and electronic music. The clue quotes Eno, who stated that ambient music should be captivating yet unobtrusive, allowing listeners to either actively engage with it or let it serve as background sound. The answer to the clue is Eno, the musician who expressed this perspective on ambient music.
24 Prepares: GETS SET
The phrase “gets set” means to make ready or prepare for something. It often implies getting into the appropriate position or state in anticipation of an event or action. The clue suggests that the answer refers to the act of preparing or getting ready for a particular task or event.
25 Island with a state capital: OAHU
Oahu is one of the main islands of Hawaii and serves as the state capital of Honolulu. It is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, vibrant city life, and cultural attractions. The clue indicates that the answer is an island that includes a state capital, leading to Oahu as the solution.
26 Some fracking byproducts: ETHANES
Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a method used to extract natural gas and oil from deep underground by injecting a high-pressure fluid into rock formations. The byproducts of this process can include various gases, including ethane. Ethane is a hydrocarbon compound commonly found in natural gas and is often separated and used as a feedstock for petrochemical production. The clue suggests that the answer refers to gases produced as byproducts of fracking, specifically ethanes.
28 Summer material: LINEN
Linen is a lightweight fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. It is highly breathable and absorbent, making it a popular choice for clothing and home textiles during the summer months. Linen is known for its cool and comfortable feel, making it suitable for warm weather. The clue indicates that the answer relates to a material associated with summer, leading to linen.
29 Chilling episode?: R AND R
The phrase “R and R” stands for “rest and relaxation.” In this context, the clue employs wordplay, as “chilling” can refer to both a relaxing activity and feeling cold. The answer, “R and R,” suggests taking a break or engaging in leisure activities to unwind and chill out.
30 Vintage collections: WINE MENUS
A wine menu is a list of wines available for selection in a restaurant or wine bar. It typically includes a range of wines from various vintages, representing different years in which the wines were produced. Wine menus often provide information about the wine’s origin, grape varietal, tasting notes, and pricing. The clue indicates that the answer refers to collections of wines, specifically presented in the context of menus.
31 Logo overhauls, e.g.: REDESIGNS
“Logo overhauls” refers to the act of revamping or redesigning a company or organization’s logo. This can involve updating the design elements, typography, colors, or overall aesthetic to give the logo a fresh and modern look. The clue indicates that the answer is a term that describes the action of redesigning logos.
33 Label for some musicians? : BAND NAME
In the context of the clue, a “label” refers to a name or title given to someone or something. A “band name” specifically refers to the unique name chosen by a musical group or band to represent their identity. It is the name under which they perform and release their music. The clue suggests that the answer is a term related to the naming or labeling of musicians.
34 Most satisfying, as a victory: SWEETEST
The word “sweetest” in this context implies that a victory is particularly satisfying or gratifying. It suggests that this specific win brings the greatest sense of accomplishment, joy, or fulfillment compared to other victories. The clue indicates that the answer is an adjective that describes a victory as being the most rewarding or pleasurable.
35 They may be fake: TANS
The word “fake” in this context refers to artificial or simulated representations of something. In particular, “tans” can refer to the artificially achieved darker skin color, often obtained through tanning beds, self-tanning products, or spray tans. The clue suggests that the answer is a term associated with something that can be imitated or artificially created.
37 Chile __: stuffed dish: RELLENO
A “chile relleno” is a dish that originated in Mexican cuisine. It typically consists of a roasted or fried chili pepper (such as a poblano pepper) that is stuffed with various fillings, such as cheese, meat, or vegetables, and then coated in egg batter and fried. The clue indicates that the answer is a term that completes the phrase “chile __” and represents a stuffed dish.
39 Bucharest’s nat.: ROM
The abbreviation “ROM” stands for Romania, which is the country to which Bucharest, the capital, belongs. The clue specifies “Bucharest’s nat.,” with “nat.” being a shortened form of “nationality.” Therefore, the answer “ROM” represents the nationality of Bucharest, which is Romanian.
40 Cried out for: NEEDED
To “cry out for” something means to strongly or urgently require or demand it. It implies a significant need or necessity for a particular thing. The clue suggests that the answer is a phrase that describes a strong requirement or necessity, and “needed” fits this description.
43 Runner in ancient African cave art: ELAND
The eland is a species of large antelope native to Africa. In ancient African cave art, the eland is often depicted as a common subject. These cave paintings, created by early human civilizations, depicted various aspects of their lives, including animals like the eland. The clue suggests that the answer refers to an animal commonly depicted as a runner in ancient African cave art, leading to the eland.
44 Funk saxophonist Parker: MACEO
Maceo Parker is an American funk and soul saxophonist known for his contributions to the genre, particularly through his work with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic. He is renowned for his distinctive sound and energetic performances. The clue indicates that the answer is the name of a funk saxophonist, and Maceo Parker is the correct response.
45 Chirp: TWEET
The word “chirp” is often used to describe the high-pitched, repetitive sound made by birds. In the context of the clue, “chirp” can also refer to the action of posting a short message or update on the social media platform Twitter. On Twitter, messages are commonly referred to as “tweets,” and users “chirp” their thoughts or opinions in short, concise messages.
47 2021 Pixar film that premiered at the Aquarium of Genoa: LUCA
“Luca” is a 2021 animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film tells the story of a young sea monster named Luca who experiences a transformative summer on the Italian Riviera. The clue specifies that the film premiered at the Aquarium of Genoa, which is a real location in Italy. The answer is “Luca,” the title of the Pixar film that had its premiere at this venue.
49 Rotisserie part: SPIT
In the context of rotisserie cooking, a “spit” refers to a long, metal rod or skewer used to hold and rotate meat, poultry, or other food items over a source of heat. The spit allows for even cooking and browning as it rotates the food, ensuring it is cooked thoroughly and evenly. The clue indicates that the answer is a term that represents a component or part used in rotisserie cooking, which is the “spit.”
51 Protected by an icy exterior, perhaps: SHY
The word “shy” in this context suggests being hesitant, reserved, or cautious, akin to a protective icy exterior. It implies being withdrawn or keeping a distance, often due to shyness or a lack of confidence. The clue indicates that the answer is a term that describes being shielded or guarded by an icy or reserved exterior.
53 Degree of difficulty?: PHD
The clue uses wordplay to play with the term “degree of difficulty.” In this case, “PHD” refers to a Doctor of Philosophy, which is a prestigious academic degree that represents the highest level of education and expertise in a specific field of study. The clue suggests that the answer is an abbreviation for a degree, and “PHD” fits the clue as it is an abbreviation for a high level of academic achievement.
54 B’way sign: SRO
In the context of Broadway theater, “SRO” stands for “standing room only.” When a show or performance is marked as “SRO,” it means that all available seats have been sold, and only standing room remains for additional audience members. The clue indicates that the answer is an abbreviation related to Broadway, and “SRO” represents the term commonly used to indicate a packed theater with no available seats.