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2013/06/16
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Was listening to an interview with Will Shortsz, the bane of many a crossword puzzle solver and he said one of his favourite clues is:

 

A great tower (3 letters)

 

I’ll let you know when someone answers correctly or next week so as not to spoil the fun.

2013/06/16
11:29pm
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The C47 is a military transport plane used for towing other aircraft. There are other air transporters of even shorter names, though some of which may not be considered ‘tower.’

2013/06/17
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Good try but you don’t usually get numbers in crossword puzzle answers, but you’re on the right line of thought.

2013/06/17
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So as not to give it away all at once in case I’ve got it: just because the clue specifies 3 letters doesn’t necessarily mean they’re three different letters, right?

2013/06/17
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I didn’t listen to that interview, so my first take was a 3-letter word for a “great edifice” like maybe the WTC.

Reading the responses in this thread, it now seems clear that Shortsz used a long “O” when he gave his clue. So that explains where Ron is going, but also leaves possibilities like “GMC,” “RAM,” and for that matter “ass.”

And nelgin, yes, numbers in crossword puzzle aren’t common, but I’ve seen them used on occasion. And isn’t Sudoku essentially just a number crossword puzzle?

 

2013/06/17
8:37pm
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My first thought was tug…as in tug boat.

2013/06/18
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TUG was also my first (and best) independent thought on this matter. But lots of these ideas are excellent answers with great merit. Without additional info, it will be hard to resolve.

With Heimhenge, I’ve worked a few crosswords in which numbers appear. In one case, there was a lot of delightful ambiguity around numbers, their spellings and their sounds. The clue might point to FABFOUR or FANTASTIC4 (which might intersect with 4EVER), and TIMBUK2 might intersect with B52 on their final squares.

I’ve also worked some crosswords in which various other symbols appear: a single * might substitute for words containing “STAR” e.g. “At the beginning of a marathon” and you have 9 squares: *TINGLINE (which might intersect with “a gravy thickener” CORN*CH). And one in which a dot might stand for various synonyms even different ones in intersection: AP.MENT might intersect with ANTI.E or DE.IC

2013/06/18
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Ron made me think of AAA.  But from reading, it doesn’t look like it has been definitely determined if we are talking about an edifice or someone/something that tows. The original post indicates that nelgin “heard” the clue so the sound of the word was not part of the original puzzle.

2013/06/19
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Some of you read into what I said too much. Obviously I heard the interview but the puzzle had to be explained I guess. Those who said AAA were correct. The reasoning behind it was that many people reading the clue would see the word “tower” and assume some sort of tall building, rather than a company which hauls away vehicles. Without more context, TUG was a good answer. 

 

BTW, what’s a 10 letter word for a vehicle that starts with gas?

 

One of my favourite crosswords was entitled “Sugar Substitutes”. One clue was “Blue Boxer”. Took me a while to determine the answer was Equal Ray Leonard :)

 

Glenn, I have never seen a crossword 

2013/06/19
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A vehicle that starts with gas is “automobile.”  I can’t help but think that there is something more to this.

2013/06/19
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I’m with Dick. I’m sure there’s something more to this. Here’s a few of my guesses …

1. rocketpack

2. quintcycle (if human-propelled, the “gas” is in the tires and lungs)

3. submarines or ambulances (again, the “gas” is both inside or in the tires, but this is a stretch since the question is posed in the singular)

And my final guess, stretching even further the meaning of “vehicle” to “means of delivery”

4. filibuster ( the “gas” component here needs no explanation)

2013/06/20
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nelgin said

BTW, what’s a 10 letter word for a vehicle that starts with gas?

 

Hindenburg.
What, too soon?

2013/06/20
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How about Helicopter? Not only does it run on (“start with”) gas — albeit a higher quality gasoline than automotive gasoline — but also the first two letters are He, the chemical symbol for Helium, which is a gas, so the word itself starts with gas.

2013/06/20
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Or, does the word literally start with gas, that is, “gas4567890″ where the numbers are standing in for the rest of the letters?

2013/06/20
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I started with that idea, then convinced myself that no such 10-letter word for a vehicle existed. That’s when I punted to look for gaseous elements at the head.

2013/06/20
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EmmettRedd said: Or, does the word literally start with gas

which started me thinking along a totally different line. For example, a search on this site provides:

1. airstreams

2. aircoaches

Unfortunately, these guesses don’t meet the original puzzle criteria, which was posed in the singular. But it does open up a host of other possibilities. I tried all the gaseous periodic table elements, but that was as close as I got.

So then I tried searching using synonyms of “gas” and found “vaporettos” which is again, unfortunately, a plural instead of a singular.

That’s it. I give up. Waiting to hear from nelgin for the correct answer.

 

2013/06/20
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I will admit to web and dictionary searching following my earlier suggestion. One that finally jumped out at me was gasguzzler.

2013/06/24
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Automobile was what I was looking for. I guess this is more a toughie in the UK where we don’t refer to cars as automobiles. We call them cars ;)

 

Some imaginative answers though. It’s hard to keep you lot in the dark! Not sure I can accept gas guzzler, that’s separate words or hyphenated at least. 

2013/06/24
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nelgin said

Some imaginative answers though. It’s hard to keep you lot in the dark! Not sure I can accept gas guzzler, that’s separate words or hyphenated at least. 

I will note that crossword answers are sometimes phrases with the spaces removed.

2013/06/28
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Often crosswords will note if an answer is 2 words. (or more than one word anyway).

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