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Old 01-23-2008, 12:42 PM
ivylass ivylass is offline
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I think there are also "favorite words" that are used because they're easy to intersect with other words. I can't tell you the number of times EWE and EWER and ESE (for wind direction) has come up.

Granted, I don't do the extremely hard puzzles, but when the clue is ABC_ _ _ GHI it's obvious the puzzle maker is just phoning it in.