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Author Topic: 3 letter clues  (Read 677 times)


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3 letter clues
« on: April 04, 2012, 08:11:09 PM »
I have seen some definitive guidelines on several matters, number of blocks,etc.
In a 15x15 how many 3 letter words are too many?
And on that, for many years while driving when i look to my GPS I hit the NAV button. But that's just my car. Do you think I can get away with NAV as a 3 letter word?


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Re: 3 letter clues
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2012, 08:33:32 AM »
I don't know the answer to the question about 3 letter words.

I checked the database (, and NAV occurs many times. Mostly, it has been clued as an abbreviation for "Naval". There are a couple of more recent entries that clue it in the sense that you suggest. That sense hasn't appeared in the NY Times so far.

Try the weekly crossword at


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Re: 3 letter clues
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 12:11:17 AM »
There's no hard and fast rule about 3-letter words. However, in general, the fewer the better. Unless the puzzle is otherwise exceptional, 20+ is pushing it.

As for NAV: go ahead and clue it how you wish, since the word is OK anyway. The editor can always change your definition.



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