When there is a lot of work to be done getting
2 3 4 5 6 audits in 18 24 31 40 48 items is more than distracting - one of them actually came three times (I know, its pure random, but still I'd rather have it turned off for the time being)
I know that it seems urgent to take care of these review tasks and therefore worth removing obstacles that hamper your efforts. As the person who caused the flood, my initial impulse was to level the path. But upon further reflection, I couldn't think of any reason to suspend audits. While reviewing really old late answers is suboptimal, I still think it's important to upvote hidden gems and correct obvious problems. So we still want people to consider their review actions with the same care as normal.
In addition, this is a rare opportunity for user to gain experience with late answer reviews. Repetition is the key to learning a skill yet the Late Answers queue is typically empty after completing one review. We should not waterdown this unique opportunity by removing the ordinary audits.
Finally, one the initial shock wore off, I realized this queue was particularly easy to burn down since a single review can dequeue an answer. In fact, the queue has dropped from 4.4k to 700 tasks in just over a week without removing audits. This was a singular opportunity for earning the elusive Late Answer Reviewer badge (and Steward), which, I hope, softens the blow.