And other crossword puzzle mysteries in this life…
Just how many of those convenient words that fit I crossword grids are common to you in that environment but unknown to you elsewhere? There must be hundreds to thousands of “filler words” that are so common you could almost write a story using nothing but.
What are some others that make you grind your teeth?
Another weird thing to do with Crosswords these days is to Google (I use Yahoo! Search – same thing) the clue in question and find the first hit (or several) to be, “Crossword Clue…” Hardly ever fails. One gets the feeling that there’s a bot out there going through each day’s puzzles for weird words and being there when you need them.
When I got my wife hooked on crossword puzzles I told her that the first rule is, when in doubt use the word that has the most vowels. And to get used to learning many obscure words that you will keep running into over and over again while solving them.
And now, for those of you who haven’t read it yet, I offer “My Crossword Life” by Melissa Balmain.
Read it or just print it and solve most puzzles. It’s a beauty.
We’ve got an etui. Really.
If it weren’t for crossword puzzles, though I’d never have heard of an erne (already mentioned above), nor known it was a Sea Eagle.
And, of course, I already knew that an ent was a Tolkien character.