Here's all New York Times Crossword answers for 13 September 2023, Wednesday (09-13-23). Find all answers and solutions here.
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Clues and answers
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The architect who lived to be 102 refers to I. M. Pei, a renowned architect known for his iconic designs. The answer "PEI" is derived from the last name of the architect, Pei.
Baseball’s Gehrig : LOU
The answer to "Baseball's Gehrig" is "LOU" because Lou Gehrig was a famous baseball player known for his career with the New York Yankees.
Bikini style : THONG
The answer to "Bikini style" is "THONG" because a thong is a type of underwear that is commonly worn as part of a bikini.
Boast : CROW
The word "crow" can mean to boast or brag about something, making it the right solution for the clue "Boast."
Boom times : UPS
The answer to "Boom times" is "UPS" because "UPS" is a commonly used abbreviation for "uninterruptible power supply," which is a device that provides backup power during electrical outages or fluctuations. During boom times or periods of economic growth, there is typically an increased demand for electricity, making UPS units essential for businesses and individuals to ensure uninterrupted power supply.
The word "apnea" refers to a temporary cessation of breathing, which is a crucial skill in competitive freediving. Therefore, "apnea" is the right answer to the clue.
Business executive’s hope : GROWTH
The answer "GROWTH" is the right solution because it captures the main goal and aspiration of a business executive. Executives aim to achieve growth in their company's revenue, market share, and overall success.
Change from green to red, maybe : RIPEN
The answer "RIPEN" fits the clue because when fruits or vegetables change from green to red, it means they are becoming ripe.
Change the narrative? : EDIT
The word "edit" means to make changes to a written or recorded work. In the context of the clue, "change the narrative" refers to altering or revising a story or account. Therefore, "edit" is the correct answer that fits the clue.
Clean one’s feathers : PREEN
The answer to "Clean one's feathers" is "PREEN" because preening is the act of cleaning and grooming feathers in birds.
Comedian Aziz : ANSARI
The answer is "ANSARI" because Aziz Ansari is a well-known comedian and actor.
Common mixer : SODA
The answer to "Common mixer" is "SODA" because soda is a popular beverage that is often mixed with other drinks, such as alcoholic beverages, to create various cocktails.
The answer "DM'ED" is the right solution because it is a commonly used term on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. "DM" stands for "direct message," which means contacting someone privately. The clue specifies that it is informal, which aligns with the casual nature of using social media to send direct messages.
Continually : ON END
The answer "ON END" is the right solution for the clue "Continually" because it means without interruption or constantly.
Delivery class? : LAMAZE
The answer to "Delivery class?" is "LAMAZE" because Lamaze is a method of childbirth education that focuses on breathing techniques and relaxation exercises. It is often associated with preparing for the delivery of a baby.
Distress calls? : YOWLS
The word "YOWLS" fits the clue "Distress calls?" because it is a verb that means to emit a loud, mournful cry, often associated with pain or distress.
Emcees’ deliveries : INTROS
The answer "INTROS" is the right solution because emcees typically deliver introductions or "INTROS" before a performance or event.
Fails to be : ISN’T
The answer "ISN'T" is the right solution because it is a contraction of "is not," which means to fail to be or to not exist.
Feel under the weather : AIL
The answer to "Feel under the weather" is "AIL" because "ail" is a synonym for feeling unwell or sick.
Fell : HEW
The word "fell" can mean to cut down a tree, and "hew" is a synonym for cutting or chopping. Therefore, "hew" is the right answer.
Flexed : BENT
The word "flexed" indicates a bending or curving action. The answer "BENT" fits this description perfectly, as it means to be in a curved or angled position.
Gaping mouth : MAW
The word "MAW" is commonly used to describe a large, open mouth, often in an exaggerated or dramatic sense. It is a concise and fitting answer to the clue "Gaping mouth."
Gave (out) : DOLED
The word "doled" means to distribute or give out in small portions. It fits the clue "Gave (out)" because it implies giving something out in a measured or limited way.
Give (out) : RATION
The answer to "Give (out)" is "RATION" because ration means to distribute or give out in limited portions.
The answer to "Homer calls him 'stupid Flanders'" is "NED" because Ned Flanders is a character from the TV show "The Simpsons" who is often referred to by Homer as "stupid Flanders."
Hurried : SPED Down 1 Big drink
The answer to "Hurried" is "SPED" because it is a synonym for moving quickly. It fits the clue perfectly and is a common word used to describe a fast pace.
Idaho product, slangily : TATER
The answer "TATER" is the right solution because it is a slang term for a potato, and Idaho is known for its potato production.
Is, to Ovid : EST
The answer "EST" is the right solution because in Latin, "EST" means "is," and Ovid was a Roman poet who wrote in Latin.
Kind of earring : HOOP
The answer to "Kind of earring" is "HOOP" because a hoop earring is a type of earring that is shaped like a circle or a hoop.
La Campanella composer : LISZT
The answer to "La Campanella composer" is "LISZT" because Franz Liszt composed the famous piano piece called "La Campanella."
Little wonder? : ATOM
The answer "ATOM" is the right solution to the clue "Little wonder?" because an atom is the smallest unit of matter, hence it is a "little" entity. Additionally, atoms are considered wonders of nature due to their complex structure and the role they play in forming everything in the universe.
London transport, with “the” : … TUBE
The answer to "London transport, with 'the'" is "... TUBE" because the word "Tube" is a common nickname for the London Underground, which is the city's transportation system. The use of "the" in the clue indicates that the answer should include the definite article.
Malia and Michelle, for two : OBAMAS
The answer "OBAMAS" is the right solution because Malia and Michelle are both members of the Obama family. The clue is asking for the plural form of their last name, which is "OBAMAS".
Meanders : WENDS
The answer "WENDS" is the right solution because it means to meander or wander, which perfectly matches the clue "Meanders".
The answer "WMDS" stands for "Weapons of Mass Destruction." In modern warfare, the existence and potential use of such weapons are a significant concern. Therefore, "WMDS" is a fitting abbreviation for this crossword clue.
More than once : AGAIN
The word "again" means to do something more than once.
NASA project : PROBE
The answer to "NASA project" is "PROBE" because a probe is a spacecraft that is sent into space by NASA to explore and gather data about celestial bodies.
No longer in use : OLD
The word "OLD" is the right solution for the clue "No longer in use" because it is commonly associated with things that are no longer current or in use.
No ___ Traffic : THRU
The answer to "No ___ Traffic" is "THRU" because "THRU" is a commonly used abbreviation for "through." It indicates that there is no traffic allowed to pass through a certain area or route.
None the ___ : WISER
The phrase "None the wiser" means to remain unaware or uninformed about something. In this context, "wiser" suggests that despite a situation or event, there has been no increase in knowledge or understanding.
Nuisance : PAIN
The word "pest" is often used to describe someone or something that is a nuisance or annoyance. Therefore, "pest" is a fitting answer for the clue "nuisance".
Oppressors : TYRANTS
The answer to "Oppressors" is "TYRANTS" because tyrants are individuals who exercise oppressive power and control over others.
Overhead light? : HALO
The term "HALO" refers to a ring of light that is often seen around the sun or the moon. In the context of the clue "Overhead light?", "HALO" fits perfectly as it represents a light source that is positioned above or overhead.
Paradoxical answer to “Can you say what ‘nyet’ is Russian for?” : NO, LET ME THINK
The answer "NO, LET ME THINK" is a paradoxical response to the question "Can you say what 'nyet' is Russian for?" because it contradicts the expectation of providing a direct translation. Instead, it suggests that the person needs more time to think and cannot immediately provide an answer.
Paradoxical answer to “What is ‘Golf’ in the NATO alphabet?” : GEE, I DON’T KNOW
The answer "GEE, I DON'T KNOW" is a paradoxical response to the question "What is 'Golf' in the NATO alphabet?" because the correct answer to the question is actually "GOLF." However, the phrase "GEE, I DON'T KNOW" suggests uncertainty or lack of knowledge, creating a playful contradiction.
The answer "MAN, THAT'S HARD" is a paradoxical response to the clue "What isle is located between Ireland and Great Britain?" because it suggests that the answer itself is difficult or challenging. The word "isle" in the clue is misleading, as it implies a physical landmass, but the answer plays on the word "isle" by using the homophone "I'll" (short for "I will") to create a humorous and unexpected response.
Paradoxical answer to “Where does oil come from?” : WELL, YOU GOT ME
Part of a tape cassette : SPOOL
The answer "SPOOL" is the right solution because a tape cassette consists of a spool that holds the magnetic tape.
Physics Nobelist Bohr : NIELS
The answer to "Physics Nobelist Bohr" is "NIELS" because Niels Bohr was a Danish physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 for his contributions to understanding the atomic structure.
Really dig : EAT UP
The phrase "eat up" is often used to mean really enjoy or appreciate something. In this context, "really dig" is a colloquial expression that means to really enjoy or appreciate something. Therefore, "eat up" is the right answer as it captures the same meaning.
S.N.L. routines : SKITS
The answer to "S.N.L. routines" is "SKITS" because skits are short comedic performances often seen on the television show Saturday Night Live (S.N.L.).
Scuba need : TANK
The answer to "Scuba need" is "TANK" because scuba divers require a tank filled with compressed air to breathe underwater.
See? : GET IT NOW?
"See?" is a phrase that is often used to check if someone has understood something. "Get it?" is a similar phrase used to ask if someone has understood something. Therefore, "GETIT" is the right solution as it is a play on words, combining both phrases into a single word answer.
Seems lit from within : GLOWS
The answer "GLOWS" fits the clue "Seems lit from within" because it describes something that emits a soft, radiant light.
Sense of purpose : DRIVE
The word "drive" can be used to describe a strong sense of purpose or determination to achieve a goal. It implies motivation and ambition, making it a fitting answer for the clue "Sense of purpose."
Shade of black : JET
The answer "ONYX" is a shade of black that is often used in jewelry and stone work.
Shadow, e.g. : SPY ON
The answer "SPY ON" fits the clue "Shadow, e.g." because a spy often shadows or closely follows someone in order to gather information covertly.
The answer "DION" is the right solution because Dion is a singer who is often referred to as the "Queen of Power Ballads."
Some plus-ones : DATES
The answer "DATES" fits the clue "Some plus-ones" because when attending an event, people often bring a date as their plus-one. Therefore, "DATES" accurately represents the concept of individuals accompanying someone to an event.
Start or end for Alexa? : SCHWA
The answer "SCHWA" is the right solution because it refers to the linguistic term for the unstressed vowel sound represented by the upside-down "e" symbol (ə), which can be found at the start or end of the word "Alexa."
Stuff in a party bag : SWAG
The answer to "Stuff in a party bag" is "SWAG" because "swag" refers to small, free items or goodies given out at events or parties. It is a common term used for the items found in party bags or gift bags.
Suffix with cyclo- : -TRON
The suffix "-TRON" is the right solution because it is commonly used to indicate a device or instrument. In the case of "Suffix with cyclo-", it suggests a device or instrument related to cycles or circular motion.
Supplement : ADD ONTO
The answer "ADD ON" is the right solution because it means to supplement or add something extra to an existing thing or situation. It fits perfectly with the clue "Supplement" as it implies adding on to something that already exists.
Surf sound : ROAR
The answer "ROAR" is the right solution for the clue "Surf sound" because when waves crash onto the shore, they often create a loud and powerful noise that can be described as a "roar."
The World Factbook org. : CIA
The World Factbook is a publication by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that provides information about countries around the world. Therefore, "CIA" is the correct answer to the clue.
Use a cleaning cloth on : WIPE
The answer to "Use a cleaning cloth on" is "WIPE" because wiping is the action of using a cloth to clean or remove dirt from a surface.
View from a periscope : OCEAN
The view from a periscope is often of the ocean because periscopes are commonly used on submarines to see what's happening above the water's surface.
Wearable party gear with built-in straws : BEER HATS
The answer "BEER HATS" is the right solution because beer hats are wearable party gear that typically have built-in straws, allowing the wearer to drink beverages hands-free.
What cheating might get you, informally : BAD REP
The answer to "What cheating might get you, informally" is "BAD REP" because "BAD REP" is a shortened form of "bad reputation," which refers to the negative opinion or image that someone may have of you if you are caught cheating.
The answer "GROIN" is the right solution because in architecture, a "groin" refers to the point where two barrel vaults intersect.
The answer is "JOANNE" because it is the title of a Lady Gaga song and album that was released in 2016.
Word before run and stretch : HOME …
The answer to "Word before run and stretch" is "HOME". In the context of the clue, "run" and "stretch" are both activities that one typically does at home. Therefore, "HOME" is the word that comes before both "run" and "stretch".
___ gotta run : I’VE
The answer to "___ gotta run" is "I'VE" because it is a contraction of "I have" which fits the clue indicating the need to leave or go.