Here's all New York Times Crossword answers for 3 September 2023, Sunday (09-03-23). Find all answers and solutions here.
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Clues and answers
Clues followed by answers and an explanation underneath.
"Achoo!" inducer : DUST
The answer to "Achoo!" inducer being "DUST" is because dust particles can often trigger sneezing.
"All right, you win" : OKFINE
The answer "OKFINE" fits the clue "All right, you win" because it is a common phrase used to reluctantly agree or concede defeat.
"Big Blue" machines : IBMS
The answer "IBMS" is the right solution because "Big Blue" is a nickname for IBM, a well-known technology company. Therefore, "Big Blue machines" refers to the machines produced by IBM, making "IBMS" the correct answer.
"Gently, now" : EASY
The answer to "Gently, now" is "EASY" because "easy" is a word that suggests doing something gently or without force.
"Quit stalling!" : DOIT
The answer "DOIT" is the right solution because it is a phrase that means to take action or stop delaying. In the context of the clue "Quit stalling!", "DOIT" is a direct command to stop stalling and get something done.
"Winning ___ everything" : ISNT
The phrase "Winning isn't everything" is a common saying that emphasizes the importance of participation and effort rather than just winning. The answer "ISNT" is the contraction of "is not" and accurately completes the phrase.
The answer "GAL" is the right solution because it is a common abbreviation for "gal" which means a girl or a woman. In this case, it refers to Gal Gadot, the actress who starred as Wonder Woman.
The phrase "Up on the Roof" is a well-known 1962 hit song by the Drifters. Therefore, the answer "UPON" is the right solution to complete the clue.
45s and LPs : DISCS
The answer "DISCS" is the right solution because both 45s and LPs are types of music recordings that are typically in the form of circular discs.
A little help around the holidays? : ELF Down
The answer to "A little help around the holidays?" is "ELF" because an elf is commonly associated with providing assistance during the holiday season, particularly in popular folklore and stories like Santa's elves.
A.A.A. service : TOW
The answer "TOW" is the right solution because A.A.A. stands for the American Automobile Association, which is known for providing roadside assistance, including towing services.
Airplane seating area : CABIN
The term "CABIN" is commonly used to refer to the seating area of an airplane. It is a compact and enclosed space where passengers are seated during a flight.
Alternatives to tablets : GELCAPS
Amazon wrappers? : BOAS
The answer to "Amazon wrappers?" is "BOAS" because "wrappers" is a clue indicating that we are looking for words that wrap or go around something. In this case, "BOAS" are long, decorative scarves that can be wrapped around the neck or shoulders, resembling the action of wrapping.
Ancient manuscripts discovered in the Qumran Caves : THEDEADSEASCROLLS
The answer "THEDEADSEASCROLLS" is the right solution because it refers to the collection of ancient manuscripts that were discovered in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea. These scrolls are of great historical and religious significance, making them the correct answer to the clue.
Antichrist figure, in Revelation : BEAST
The answer "BEAST" is the right solution because in the book of Revelation, the Antichrist figure is often referred to as the "beast."
Bad treatment : ILLUSAGE
The answer to "Bad treatment" is "ILLUSAGE" because it refers to the act of mistreating or abusing someone, which fits the clue perfectly.
Basic knitting stitch : PURL
The answer to "Basic knitting stitch" is "PURL" because it is one of the two fundamental stitches in knitting, along with the knit stitch. The purl stitch creates a raised bump on the front side of the fabric and a smooth V-shaped pattern on the back, adding texture and variety to knitted projects.
Beverage suffix : ADE
The suffix "-ade" is commonly used to indicate a beverage, such as lemonade or limeade. Therefore, "ADE" is the right solution for the clue "Beverage suffix."
The name "Israel" is the right solution because in the Bible, it is the name given to Jacob after he wrestled with an angel. The name "Israel" literally means "one who struggles with God."
Big name in magic : PENN
The answer "PENN" is the right solution because it refers to Penn Jillette, who is a well-known magician and part of the duo Penn & Teller.
Bother, with "at" : GNAW
The answer "GNAW" fits the clue "Bother, with 'at'" because "gnawing" is a type of bothersome action, often associated with persistent chewing or nibbling.
The answer "SOO" is the right solution because Phillipa Soo is a well-known Broadway actress, notably recognized for her role as Eliza Hamilton in the hit musical "Hamilton."
The answer "POPUPADS" is the right solution because browser annoyances often refer to those pesky advertisements that pop up unexpectedly while browsing the internet.
Bucolic bundles : BALES
The answer to "Bucolic bundles" is "BALES" because bales are commonly used to bundle and transport hay or straw in rural or bucolic areas.
Cask contents : ALE
The answer "ALE" fits the clue "Cask contents" because ale is a type of alcoholic beverage that is commonly stored and served from casks.
Chicago neighborhood with a namesake zoo : LINCOLNPARK
The answer "LINCOLNPARK" is the right solution because Lincoln Park is a well-known neighborhood in Chicago that is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The answer to "Class speakers, for short" is "PAS" because "PAS" is an abbreviation for "Public Address System." In a classroom setting, a public address system is commonly used for announcements and addressing the entire class.
Closes : SHUTTERS
The answer "SHUTTERS" fits the clue "Closes" because shutters are a type of window covering that can be closed to block out light or provide privacy.
Clumsy sorts : GALOOTS
The word "oafs" means clumsy, stupid, or awkward individuals. Therefore, "clumsy sorts" is a fitting clue for the answer "oafs".
Czech composer Janáček : LEOS
The answer to "Czech composer Janáček" is "LEOS" because Leos Janáček was a famous Czech composer.
Darling : BAE
The answer to "Darling" is "BAE" because "BAE" is a term of endearment that stands for "Before Anyone Else." It is commonly used to refer to a loved one or significant other.
Developed ability : SKILL
The word "developed" suggests that the ability has been acquired or improved over time. "Skill" fits this description as it refers to a learned or developed ability.
Diamond theft : STOLENBASE
The answer "STOLENBASE" is a play on words. In baseball, a "stolen base" refers to a player successfully advancing to the next base without the ball being thrown by the pitcher. Here, the term "diamond" is used as a double entendre, referring both to a baseball diamond and a precious gem. Therefore, "Diamond theft" is a clever clue that leads to the answer "STOLENBASE".
The answer is "SCOTCH" because it is a type of drink that is specifically associated with Scotland, its country of origin.
Entree often served with onions : LIVER
The answer to "Entree often served with onions" is "LIVER" because liver is a popular dish that is commonly served with onions as a topping or as a part of the dish itself.
The answer is "MOHS" because Friedrich Mohs was a mineralogist who developed the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Establishments for shampooing pooches : PETSPAS
The answer "PETSPAS" is the right solution because it perfectly fits the clue "Establishments for shampooing pooches." "PETSPAS" refers to places where pets, specifically dogs, can receive grooming services, including shampooing.
Even a little : ATALL
The answer "ATALL" fits the clue "Even a little" because it means "in any way or to any extent." It indicates that there is at least some amount or degree present.
Excel offering … as represented in 29-Across : SPREADSHEET
The answer "SPREADSHEET" is the right solution because it is a common offering in Excel, a popular software program for creating and managing data in a tabular format. It fits the clue "Excel offering" as it accurately represents a key feature of Excel.
Fencing option : EPEE
The answer to "Fencing option" is "EPEE" because an epee is a type of sword used in the sport of fencing.
Film megastar : SCREENIDOL
The answer "SCREENIDOL" is the right solution because it accurately describes a film megastar who is idolized and admired by many.
First Nations people : CREE
The answer "CREE" is the right solution because the Cree people are one of the First Nations groups in Canada.
Fish-and-chips fish : COD
The answer is "COD" because it is a common type of fish that is often used in fish and chips dishes.
Food safety agcy. : USDA
The answer to "Food safety agcy." is "USDA" because USDA stands for the United States Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of the food supply in the United States.
Fork over : SPEND
The answer "SPEND" is the right solution for the clue "Fork over" because it means to give or pay money, which is similar to the action of handing over or forking over money.
The answer "OVA" is the right solution because fraternal twins come from different eggs, and "ova" is the plural form of "ovum," which means egg.
French bread : PAIN
The answer to "French bread" is "PAIN" because "pain" is the French word for bread.
Frozen yogurt mix-in : OREO
The answer "OREO" is the right solution because OREO cookies are a popular choice as a mix-in for frozen yogurt. They add a delicious chocolatey and crunchy element to the dessert.
Game over, so to speak : CURTAINS
The phrase "game over" often signifies the end of a game or competition. Similarly, "curtains" is a term used to indicate the end of a performance or show. So, "curtains" is the right answer to the clue "Game over, so to speak."
Ginger of old Hollywood : ROGERS
The answer to "Ginger of old Hollywood" is "ROGERS" because Ginger Rogers was a well-known actress and dancer during the golden age of Hollywood. She starred in many films alongside Fred Astaire and was famous for her dancing abilities.
Give up, in wrestling : TAPOUT
The answer "TAPOUT" is the right solution to the clue "Give up, in wrestling" because in wrestling, when a wrestler is caught in a submission hold and cannot escape or endure the pain, they can tap the mat or their opponent to signal their surrender and end the match. This action is commonly known as "tapping out."
Group on "the 11th day of Christmas" : PIPERS
The 11th day of Christmas is traditionally associated with "Eleven Pipers Piping." Therefore, the answer to the clue "Group on the 11th day of Christmas" is "PIPERS."
Handles : MONIKERS
The word "handles" is a clue that suggests we are looking for another word for "names" or "identifiers". "Monikers" fits this description perfectly as it means "names" or "nicknames". Therefore, "Monikers" is the right solution for the crossword clue "Handles".
Have one's day in court : STANDTRIAL
The answer "STANDTRIAL" is the right solution because it accurately describes the act of having one's day in court. When someone stands trial, they are appearing before a judge and jury to face legal proceedings and present their case.
Hawks : SELLS
The answer "SELLS" fits the clue "Hawks" because hawking refers to the act of selling goods or services aggressively.
Henry VI founded it in 1440 : ETON
The answer is "ETON" because Henry VI founded Eton College in 1440.
The answer is "EPICS" because "Hesiod's "Theogony" and "Works and Days"" are both epic poems written by Hesiod.
Hindu scripture on meditation : TANTRA
The answer "TANTRA" is the right solution because it is a Hindu scripture that focuses on meditation and spiritual practices. It is known for its teachings on harnessing energy and achieving spiritual enlightenment.
Honesty : CANDOR
The answer "CANDOR" is the right solution because it is a synonym for "Honesty".
Hopper car contents : ORE
The answer "ORE" is the right solution because a hopper car is a type of railcar specifically designed to transport bulk materials, such as minerals or rocks. "ORE" is a common type of material that would be transported in a hopper car.
The House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha is a German noble family. "SAXE" is the abbreviation commonly used to refer to this house, making it the right answer for the crossword clue.
Impatient agreement : YESYES
The answer "YESYES" is the right solution because it represents an impatient agreement. The repetition of "YES" emphasizes the impatience and eagerness to agree.
It ain't just a river in Egypt! : DENIAL
The phrase "It ain't just a river in Egypt!" is a play on words, hinting at the word "denial." The clue is a clever way of saying that the answer is not related to the actual river in Egypt (the Nile), but rather refers to the psychological concept of denial.
The answer "BROKENLINK" is the right solution because a broken link is a hyperlink on a website that no longer works, leading to a 404 error page.
It's a lot, for some : ACRE
The answer "ACRE" is the right solution because an acre is a unit of measurement for land area. It represents a large amount of land, making it "a lot" for some people.
Italian fashion house : PRADA
The answer to "Italian fashion house" is "PRADA" because Prada is a well-known and highly regarded Italian luxury fashion brand.
The answer is "NESS" because Jonathan Van Ness is a member of the cast of the TV show "Queer Eye." The clue is asking for the last name of this person, which is "Ness."
Last-minute bidder on eBay : SNIPER
The term "SNIPER" is commonly used to describe someone who waits until the last possible moment to place a bid on eBay. This strategy is often employed to outbid other potential buyers and secure the item at the lowest possible price.
Like a low blow : CHEAP
The word "cheap" can be used to describe something that is done in a low or unfair manner, similar to a low blow in a fight.
Like medium vis-à-vis well done, say : PINKER
The answer "PINKER" fits the clue because when referring to the doneness of meat, "medium" is less cooked than "well done." "PINKER" indicates that the meat is cooked to a medium level, where it still has a pinkish color.
Like one-word commands : TERSE
The word "terse" means brief and to the point. One-word commands are often brief and concise, just like the word "terse". Therefore, "terse" is the right solution for the clue "Like one-word commands".
Line on a spine : TITLE
The answer to "Line on a spine" is "TITLE" because a title is typically printed on the spine of a book.
The answer "CCED" is the right solution because it is an abbreviation for "carbon copied" which is commonly used to indicate that someone else has been sent a copy of an email or letter. In this case, it means that the recipient is listed below the person being addressed.
Longtime host of Food Network's "Chopped" : TEDALLEN
The answer is "TEDALLEN" because Ted Allen is a longtime host of the popular cooking competition show "Chopped" on the Food Network.
Major in astronomy? : URSA
The answer "URSA" is the right solution because "Major" is a hint that we are looking for a constellation, and "astronomy" suggests a connection to stars and space. "Ursa" refers to the constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, commonly known as the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.
Martial artist's stance : ACTIONPOSE
The answer "ACTIONPOSE" is the right solution because it accurately describes the stance of a martial artist, which is characterized by a dynamic and ready position.
Match making? : FIRE
The answer to "Match making?" is "FIRE" because fire is used to ignite or light a match.
Medical attendants at boxing matches : CUTMEN
The answer "CUTMEN" is the right solution because cutmen are the medical attendants specifically trained to treat cuts and swelling during boxing matches. They help to minimize bleeding and ensure the safety of the boxers.
Membership category : TIER
The answer to "Membership category" is "TIER" because a tier refers to a specific level or category within a membership structure.
Middle-earth creature : ORC
The answer is "ORC" because Orcs are a fictional creature found in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth. They are often depicted as ugly and aggressive humanoid creatures.
Neutrogena competitor : OLAY
The answer "OLAY" is the right solution because it is a well-known brand that competes with Neutrogena in the skincare industry.
Not inclined : AVERSE
The word "averse" means having a strong dislike or opposition towards something. When someone is "not inclined" to do or feel a certain way, it means they have a reluctance or aversion towards it. Therefore, "averse" is the right answer to the clue "Not inclined."
Object of a dubious sighting : YETI
The answer "YETI" is the right solution because the Yeti is a mythical creature that is often associated with dubious sightings in the Himalayas.
Oktoberfest order, casually : BRAT
The answer "BRAT" is the right solution because it is a casual term often used to refer to a bratwurst, which is a type of sausage commonly enjoyed at Oktoberfest.
Org. opposed to fur farming : PETA
PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is an organization known for its opposition to fur farming. Therefore, PETA is the right answer to the crossword clue.
The answer "USPS" is the right solution because the United States Postal Service (USPS) offers a Click-N-Ship option on their website, allowing users to conveniently print shipping labels and schedule package pickups.
Organize, as a campaign : MOUNT
The word "mount" can mean to organize or set up a campaign. It is a verb that implies the action of preparing and arranging a campaign in a systematic manner.
Paris is found in it : ILIAD
Perch for a mountain goat : CRAG
The answer "CRAG" is the right solution because a crag is a steep or rugged rock formation that provides a perfect perch or resting place for a mountain goat.
Pip or pit : SEED
The answer to "Pip or pit" is "SEED" because both "pip" and "pit" refer to the small, hard inner part of a fruit that contains the potential to grow into a new plant.
Pitches in : ASSISTS
The term "pitches in" is often used to describe someone contributing or helping out. In sports, "assists" are when a player helps set up a score for a teammate. Therefore, "assists" is the right answer as it fits the clue's meaning of contributing or helping.
Preschoolers : TOTS
The answer "TOTS" is the right solution because preschoolers are commonly referred to as "tots" in everyday language.
Preserve, in a way : SALT
The answer "SALT" is the right solution because it is commonly used to preserve food.
Ptolemy was one, famously : ASTROLOGER
The answer "ASTROLOGER" is the right solution because Ptolemy, a famous Greek astronomer and mathematician, was also known for his work in astrology.
React, but just barely : BATANEYE
Relative of cream : BEIGE
The answer "BEIGE" is the right solution because it is a color that is often described as a relative of cream. Both cream and beige are light, neutral colors that are similar in tone.
Roger who wrote "Life Itself : A Memoir"
The answer is "A Memoir" because "Life Itself" is a memoir written by Roger Ebert.
Run the show : EMCEE
The answer "EMCEE" is the right solution because an EMCEE is someone who hosts or runs a show, typically introducing performers and keeping the event moving smoothly.
Shiny balloon material : MYLAR
The answer to "Shiny balloon material" is "MYLAR" because Mylar is a type of polyester film that is often used to make shiny, metallic balloons.
The answer is "ADELE" because she is a singer who released her second album in 2011, and it stayed at the top of the Billboard chart for a record-breaking 24 weeks.
Slow to catch on : DENSE
The answer "DENSE" is the right solution because it means someone who is slow to understand or comprehend things, which matches the clue "Slow to catch on."
Snapped out of it : CAMETO
The answer "CAMETO" is the right solution because it means to recover from a state of distraction or inattentiveness, which matches the clue "Snapped out of it."
Something that's hand-cut? : DECK
The word "hand-cut" in the clue suggests that we are looking for something that is cut by hand. A deck of cards fits this description because each card in a deck is typically cut by hand during the manufacturing process. Therefore, "DECK" is the correct answer.
The sound "ROAR" is the right answer because it is the iconic sound that is heard at the start of every MGM movie.
Soup stock in Japanese cuisine : DASHI
The answer to "Soup stock in Japanese cuisine" is "DASHI" because Dashi is a traditional Japanese broth made from ingredients like bonito flakes and kelp. It is commonly used as a base for soups, stews, and other dishes in Japanese cooking.
Staff symbol : CLEF
The staff symbol is a musical notation used to indicate the pitch of notes in sheet music. The most common staff symbol is the "clef," which tells us which line or space represents a specific note. Therefore, "CLEF" is the correct answer.
The 2003 book "Power Failure" is about the collapse of a major American energy company. The most well-known company that fits this description is Enron. Therefore, "ENRON" is the correct answer.
Tilt : LIST
The word "tilt" can mean to lean or tip to one side, making "LEAN" a fitting answer.
The answer is "LUCY" because it refers to the titular character Lucy from the old TV show "I Love Lucy."
Tony-nominated actor Mann : TERRENCE
The answer to "Tony-nominated actor Mann" is "TERRENCE" because Terrence Mann is a Tony-nominated actor known for his performances on Broadway.
Torment : HARASS
The word "harass" is a suitable answer for the clue "torment" because it means to subject someone to persistent annoyance, intimidation, or persecution.
Tours with? : AVEC
The answer "AVEC" is the right solution because "Tours" is the French word for "with" and "AVEC" is the French word for "with". Therefore, "Tours with?" is asking for the French word for "with", which is "AVEC".
Trattoria dessert : TORTA
The answer to "Trattoria dessert" is "TORTA" because "TORTA" is an Italian word that translates to "cake" in English. In a trattoria, which is an Italian-style casual restaurant, it is common to find various types of cakes or desserts on the menu. Therefore, "TORTA" is a suitable answer for this clue.
The answer is "MRT" because it is a common abbreviation for "Mr. T," a TV personality known for frequently referring to himself in the third person.
Unionized? : WED
The answer "WED" is the right solution for the clue "Unionized?" because when you "wed" someone, you enter into a union or get married.
Wander about : ROVE
The word "rove" means to wander about aimlessly. It fits perfectly with the clue "wander about" as it describes the action of moving around without a specific destination. Therefore, "rove" is the right solution.
Wander around online : SURFTHENET
The term "surf the net" is a common phrase that means to browse or explore the internet. The answer "SURFTHENET" directly refers to this activity, making it the correct solution for the clue.
Waves aggressively : BRANDISHES
The answer "BRANDISHES" fits the clue "Waves aggressively" because the word "brandish" means to wave or flourish something, often in a threatening or aggressive manner.
The answer "MOS" is the right solution because it is a common abbreviation for "methods of operation" or "ways of doing things" in various fields, such as technology or the military.
What a paper clip may indicate online … as represented in 22-Across : EMAILATTACHMENT
The answer "EMAILATTACHMENT" is the right solution because a paper clip is commonly used as a symbol to indicate an attachment in an email.
The answer "WISER" fits the clue because as people age, they tend to gain more knowledge and experience, which is commonly associated with becoming wiser.
The answer "NEER" is short for "ne'er," which is a contraction of "never." In this context, it means that Romeo had never seen true beauty before seeing Juliet.
With good sense : INREASON
The phrase "in reason" means to act with good sense or within sensible limits. Therefore, the answer "INREASON" fits the clue "With good sense" accurately.
Word with dollar or bank : SAND
World's largest peninsula : ARABIA
The answer to "World's largest peninsula" is "ARABIA" because the Arabian Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the world, extending into the Arabian Sea and bordered by the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.
Writer Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
The answer to "Writer Zora ___ Hurston" is "NEALE" because Zora Neale Hurston is the full name of the writer being referred to.
Writer's block? : VERSE
The answer "VERSE" is the right solution because it refers to a block of text in a poem or song, which is written by a writer. Therefore, "Writer's block?" is a clever clue indicating that the answer is related to writing and specifically, to the format of verse.
Zhuzh (up) : SPRUCE
"Zhuzh" is a term meaning to make something more exciting or attractive. "AMP" is a verb meaning to increase the volume or intensity of something, which fits the definition of "Zhuzh (up)".
___ of the world : CARES
The phrase "___ of the world" is commonly used to refer to someone or something that is highly regarded or of great importance. The word "CARES" fits this clue because it can be understood as meaning that the subject or topic mentioned is something that people truly care about.
___ predator : APEX
The term "apex predator" refers to the top predator in a given ecosystem. It is the animal at the highest level of the food chain, having no natural predators of its own. Therefore, "APEX" is the correct answer as it fits the clue "___ predator."