In her book Four-Letter Words: And Other Secrets of a Crossword Insider (Perigee Trade), crossword expert Michelle Arnot tells puzzle fans that four-letter words are the secret key to being a solving superstar.
Arnot reveals that four-letter words are used over and over again, and that puzzle editors often use second meanings of the word to stump solvers.
Though words like Emma, tarp, and even iPod appear regularly in crosswords, solvers shouldnt expect to find dirty or depressing four-letter words.
Arnot explains, We dont use x-rated words, obviously, be we also avoid any illnesses. People do crosswords to get away from those problems. Sometimes well use the word rash though.
And while crosswords cant cure rashes or any other maladies, Arnot says theyre like doing push-ups for your brain.
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