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Today i noticed, the Late Answer queue was flooded with answers(almost 160+ many of them are 1 year or so old).

I tried clearing up something and it kicked me out after 20 saying come back after 23 hours.

Why there is a sudden hike in Late Answer queue?

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    Was about to post the same question, it was almost 200 when I looked and I was also limited to 20. – Adrian Larson Sep 30 '15 at 8:38
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    I know, was overwhelming! I saw close to 300 at one point yesterday! That's crazy!!! – crmprogdev Sep 30 '15 at 14:16
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    I saw 200+ as well, just as I started closing I noticed that some of them were really old posts, but some were "13 hours ago". I left it, assuming it's a StackExchange bug and they're aware of it. Glad it's resolved now. – Boris Bachovski Sep 30 '15 at 23:59
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Yesterday, based on this request on Meta Stack Exchange, we raised the rep requirement to place answers in the Late Answer queue. Unfortunately, this had some unintended side effects that we weren't planning on and the review queues exploded on most sites.

Once the flood of the old answers get reviewed, the worst should be over and answers will trickle in like normal.

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