:rolleyes: Well gee, you don’t have to snap so. This isn’t the city desk. But yeah, here’s 9, count 'em, 9.
EASY: Little twinkler. Celeb. Sheriff’s shield. MEDIUM: Lead. Navigator’s aid. You might hitch your wagon to it. HARD: Mark as special. Kind of chamber. Writer Darren.
While we’re submittin’ stuff, I’ll submit that short, E-intensive words are not used solely by lazy puzzlers, but are really the Tinkertoy disks of crosswordom: handy connectors for words that otherwise might not connect at all. My hometown happens to be one: Iowa college town _ _ _ _
I don’t mean to imply the use of the words themselves are so much an indicator of laziness, more that the recycled clue is. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen “Formerly Persia” or “Miner’s Entrance” as the clue, when, IMHO, there are surely more creative ways to clue them than to use the old standbys. (Sure, if I’m so smart, why don’t I come up with some? Cause I’m not a crossword puzzle constructor :p)
I can’t think of how many different clues I’ve seen for ‘epee.’ They’re all painfully obvious, though. Once I learned the word, I don’t think I’ve seen a clue pointing to that word that I didn’t get right away. Similarly, ‘alb’ is alway the obvious answer to any clue I’ve seen.
I once read a rather barbed comment in an article about crossword puzzles. It said that a seasoned puzzle constructor has struck bottom when they are forced to use ANOA (Celebes Ox) in one of their creations. As one who struggled for far too long to create even one puzzle, I am impressed with anyone who can create any puzzle at all.