Here's all New York Times Crossword answers for 25 September 2023, Monday (09-25-23). Find all answers and solutions here.
We've also tries to explain why the answer is the correct solution for each clue.
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Clues and answers
Clues followed by answers and an explanation underneath.
Alif, ba, ta or hamza : ARABIC CHARACTER
The answer "ARABIC CHARACTER" fits the clue because "Alif, ba, ta or hamza" are all letters or characters in the Arabic alphabet.
The answer "TOTAL" is the right solution because it refers to the sum or the final amount of money listed at the bottom of a receipt.
Basketball hoops : RIMS
The answer to "Basketball hoops" is "RIMS" because the rims are the circular metal rings attached to the backboard where the basketball is shot through.
The answer is "SAMSON" because in the Bible, Samson was a judge who possessed great physical strength, which was believed to come from his long hair.
Bill dispensers, in brief : ATMS
The answer "ATMS" is the right solution because "ATMS" is an abbreviation for "automated teller machines," which are commonly used for dispensing bills or cash.
The answer is "NSYNC" because they are a well-known boy band and the clues mention their popular hits "Bye Bye Bye" and "It's Gonna Be Me".
Brimming with excitement : AGOG
The word "agog" means being filled with excitement or anticipation. It perfectly matches the clue "brimming with excitement."
Bunch of bovines : HERD
The answer "HERD" is the right solution because it refers to a group of bovines, such as cows or bulls, that typically move and graze together.
The button to press after composing an email is "SEND" because it is the action that sends the email to the intended recipient.
Calorie-laden : RICH
The word "RICH" is the right solution for the clue "Calorie-laden" because it is commonly used to describe foods that are high in calories and indulgent.
Care to fill me in? … or a hint to 17-, 23-, 37- and 55-’s final words : SO, WHAT’S THE STORY?
The answer "SO, WHAT'S THE STORY?" is the right solution because it is a phrase that can mean "care to fill me in?" It is also a hint to the final words of the answers to clues 17, 23, 37, and 55.
Colombia/Venezuela border river : ORINOCO
The ORINOCO river is the correct answer because it is the major river that forms the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
Color such as khaki or ocher : EARTH TONE
The answer "EARTH TONE" is the right solution because both khaki and ocher are colors that are commonly associated with the natural earth, making them examples of earth tones.
Currently broadcasting : ON AIR
The answer "ON AIR" is the right solution because it is a common phrase used to describe something that is currently being broadcasted or transmitted.
Egypt’s Lake ___, near Aswan Dam : NASSER
The answer "NASSER" is the right solution because Lake Nasser is a man-made reservoir formed by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in Egypt.
Elite British boys’ school : ETON
The answer "ETON" is the right solution because Eton is a prestigious and well-known British boys' school. It is often associated with the elite and has a long history of educating members of the British aristocracy.
Eroded : ATE AWAY
The answer "ATE AWAY" is the right solution for the clue "Eroded" because it suggests the action of gradually consuming or wearing down something, which is the essence of erosion.
Espresso drink : LATTE
The answer to "Espresso drink" is "LATTE" because a latte is a popular espresso-based drink made with steamed milk and a small amount of foam. It is commonly enjoyed by coffee lovers.
Fabric-buying quantities : Abbr.
The answer to "Fabric-buying quantities" is "Abbr." because "Abbr." is an abbreviation for the word "abbreviation." In crossword clues, "Abbr." typically indicates that the answer is an abbreviation.
Fearsome folklore figure : OGRE
The answer is "OGRE" because an ogre is a fearsome creature often depicted in folklore as a large, ugly, and cruel being.
The answer "DOME" is the right solution because both the Capitol and the Taj Mahal have a distinctive architectural feature - a dome.
File folder features : TABS
The answer "TABS" is the right solution because file folders typically have tabs that stick out to help label and organize the contents within the folder.
Firm and brittle, as a cracker : CRISP
The word "crisp" accurately describes something that is firm and brittle, just like a cracker. It is a concise and fitting answer for the given clue.
First public appearance : DEBUT
The answer to "First public appearance" is "DEBUT" because a debut refers to someone's first performance or introduction to the public.
German automaker : PORSCHE
The answer to "German automaker" is "PORSCHE" because Porsche is a well-known and respected automobile manufacturer based in Germany.
Give the cold shoulder : SHUN
"Give the cold shoulder" is a phrase that means to ignore or reject someone. "Rebuff" means to reject someone in an abrupt or ungracious manner, making it a suitable answer for this clue.
Gun sound : BANG!
The answer "BANG!" is the right solution because it is a common onomatopoeic representation of the sound made by a gun.
Henhouse product : EGG
The answer to "Henhouse product" is "EGG" because eggs are commonly produced in a henhouse by hens.
Honest ___ (Lincoln) : ABE
The answer is "ABE" because it is a common nickname for Abraham Lincoln, who was known for his honesty.
Hotel booking : ROOM
The answer "ROOM" is the right solution because when you book a hotel, you are reserving a specific space or area within the hotel where you will stay, which is commonly referred to as a "room".
I don’t wanna get ___ it : INTO
The phrase "I don't wanna get into it" means that someone doesn't want to discuss or engage in a particular topic or situation. The word "into" in this context indicates involvement or participation, which aligns with the clue.
The answer "TIED" is the right solution because when a game's score is tied, it means that both teams or players have the same number of points. This typically occurs before overtime, where the game continues until there is a winner.
Math diagram with an array of dots : SCATTER PLOT
A scatter plot is a math diagram that uses an array of dots to represent data points. Each dot on the plot corresponds to a specific value on the x and y axes. It is commonly used to visually display the relationship between two variables.
Medieval castle defense : MOAT
The answer "MOAT" is the right solution because a moat was a common feature of medieval castles used as a defensive measure. It was a deep, wide trench filled with water, making it difficult for enemies to approach the castle walls.
Monkeys with long snouts : BABOONS
The answer to "Monkeys with long snouts" is "BABOONS" because baboons are a type of monkey that have long snouts.
The term "opus" is commonly used in the world of music to refer to a musical composition. It is often followed by a number to indicate the order in which the composition was created by a particular composer. Therefore, "opus" is the correct answer to the clue "Musical work that may be numbered."
No longer moving : AT A HALT
The answer "AT A HALT" fits the clue "No longer moving" because it means to come to a stop or to be stationary.
Not cool : UNHIP
The answer "UNHIP" fits the clue "Not cool" because it means lacking in style or trendiness.
Oil-drilling structure : RIG
The answer to "Oil-drilling structure" is "RIG" because a rig is a commonly used term for the equipment and structure used in the process of drilling for oil.
The answer "CPA" stands for Certified Public Accountant, which is a professional designation for individuals who are qualified to audit financial statements and provide accounting services. Therefore, "One auditing the books" refers to a CPA, making it the right solution.
The answer to "Org. that regulates hazardous waste" is "EPA" because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for overseeing and regulating hazardous waste management in the United States.
Paper clip alternative : STAPLE
The answer to "Paper clip alternative" is "STAPLE" because a staple is commonly used to hold papers together, just like a paper clip.
Preplanning activity : GOAL-SETTING
The answer "GOAL-SETTING" is the right solution because it refers to the activity of establishing specific objectives or targets in advance. This process of preplanning helps individuals or groups to outline their aims and create a roadmap to achieve them.
Presidential forgiveness : PARDON
The answer to "Presidential forgiveness" is "PARDON" because a pardon is an act of forgiveness or clemency granted by a president, typically to someone who has been convicted of a crime.
Real estate units : LOTS Down 1 N.A.A.C.P. co-founder ___ B. Wells
The answer to "Real estate units" is "LOTS" because in real estate, a "lot" refers to a portion of land that is typically used for building or development purposes. It is a common term in the real estate industry to describe individual parcels of land.
Rip apart : REND
The word "rend" means to tear or rip apart forcefully. It fits perfectly with the clue "rip apart" and is the right solution for this crossword.
Ripped apart : TORN
The word "torn" means to be ripped apart or separated forcefully. It fits perfectly with the clue "ripped apart" and is a common crossword answer for this type of clue.
Rock’s ___ Speedwagon : REO
The answer is "REO" because REO Speedwagon is a well-known American rock band.
The answer to "Ship alongside the Niña and the Santa Maria" is "PINTA" because the Pinta was one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the Americas in 1492.
Shower love (on) : DOTE
The word "dote" means to shower love or affection on someone. So, "dote" is the right solution for the clue "Shower love (on)".
Slender tower of a mosque : MINARET
The answer "MINARET" is the right solution because a minaret is a slender tower that is typically part of a mosque. It is often used for the call to prayer and is a distinctive feature of Islamic architecture.
Some reproductive cells : OVA
The answer "OVA" is the right solution because it refers to the reproductive cells in female organisms, also known as eggs.
Sound systems : STEREOS
The answer "STEREOS" is the right solution because sound systems commonly refer to stereo systems, which are devices used to play and amplify sound in multiple channels.
Sounds of understanding : AHS
The answer "AHS" is the right solution because it represents the sounds people make when they understand or comprehend something. The word "AHS" is often used to indicate agreement or comprehension.
Spellbound : RAPT
The word "rapt" means completely fascinated or engrossed, which is synonymous with being spellbound. Therefore, "rapt" is the right solution for the clue "Spellbound."
Stanley Cup org. : NHL
The answer to "Stanley Cup org." is "NHL" because the NHL (National Hockey League) is the organization that oversees and awards the Stanley Cup, which is the championship trophy in professional ice hockey.
The answer to "Super campaign fund-raiser" is "PAC" because PAC stands for Political Action Committee, which is an organization that raises and donates money to support political campaigns.
The answer is "IPAD" because the iPad is a tablet device that comes with the FaceTime app pre-installed.
Temporary, as a position of leadership : INTERIM
The word "interim" means temporary or in-between. In the context of a position of leadership, it refers to someone temporarily holding the position until a permanent leader is appointed. Therefore, "interim" is the correct answer for a temporary position of leadership.
The Lord of the Rings monster is an "ORC" because in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy world, Orcs are a race of creatures that serve as the main antagonists in the story.
The answer is "NSA" because the National Security Agency (NSA) is a U.S. organization known for its expertise in cryptology. They are responsible for gathering and analyzing intelligence information, including code-breaking and encryption techniques.
The answer "BRA" is the right solution because it is a common undergarment that often includes an underwire for added support.
Used a chair : SAT DOWN
The answer "SAT DOWN" is the right solution because when we use a chair, we typically sit down on it.
Wall St. launch : IPO
The answer "IPO" stands for Initial Public Offering, which refers to the process of a company's first sale of stock to the public. Wall St. is a common nickname for the financial district in New York City, where many companies go public through IPOs. Therefore, "Wall St. launch" is a clue that hints at the answer "IPO."
The answer "SNL" stands for "Saturday Night Live," which is a popular weekend TV comedy show.
What a poker face hides : EMOTION
The answer "EMOTION" is the right solution because a poker face is a blank expression that hides any visible signs of emotion.
Word after living or dead : … END
The answer to "Word after living or dead" is "... END" because it completes the phrases "living end" and "dead end", both of which are commonly used expressions.
The phrase "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the title of a classic song by the Who, making "WON'T" the correct answer.
___ Lisa : MONA
The answer to "___ Lisa" is "MONA" because "Mona Lisa" is a famous portrait painting by Leonardo da Vinci.
___ Make a Deal : LET’S
The answer to "___ Make a Deal" is "LET’S" because "Let's Make a Deal" is a popular television game show hosted by Monty Hall. The phrase "Let's" means "let us," which is often used to suggest doing something together.