Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Secret To Crosswords: Four-Letter Words

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Solving a crossword puzzle is E-A-S-Y, when you know four-letter words.

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 shouldn’t expect to find dirty or depressing four-letter words.

Arnot explains, “We don’t use x-rated words, obviously, be we also avoid any illnesses. People do crosswords to get away from those problems. Sometimes we’ll use the word ‘rash’ though.”

And while crosswords can’t cure rashes or any other maladies, Arnot says they’re like “doing push-ups for your brain.”

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