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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?
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
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
I’m with Dick. I’m sure there’s something more to this. Here’s a few of my guesses …
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)
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:
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.
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.