70 terms

Crosswordese

I have compiled this list over years of doing crossword puzzles. While I plan on adding to it, mastery of these words alone should provide a big help for novice solvers.
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AARE
the longest river in Switzerland (4)
ADZ
an ax like tool (3)
AERIE
the lofty nest of a bird of prey (5)
AGATE
a form of quartz often made into a playing marble (5)
AJA
1978 Steely Dan album (3)
ALETA
Prince Valiant's wife (5)
JAIALAI
a Basque or Spanish game played on a court with a ball and a wicker racket, 2 wirds (7)
ALAR
a banned growth-regulating chemical once sprayed on apples (4)
ALEE
away from the direction of the wind; opposite of windward (4)
ALMA
American soprano from early 20th century Gluck (4)
AMANA
Appliance maker (5)
APSE
semicircular, vaulted part of a church (4)
ASTA
Dog in 1934 film "The Thin Man" (4)
ASTI
Italian city known for sparkling wine (4)
ATRA
Gilette brand razor (4)
AWL
pointed tool used for piercing leather (3)
BRAE
Scottish slope or hillside (4)
CLIO
Advertising award or Greek muse of history (4)
ECRU
Neutral shade (4)
EERO
Finnish-American architect Saarinen (4)
EIRE
Historic name of Ireland (4)
ELIA
Greek-American director KAZAN (4)
ELOI
One of two human races (with Morlocks) in H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" (4)
EPEE
Dueling sword (4)
ERATO
Greek must of poetry and love (5)
ERIN
Poetic name for Ireland (4)
ERLE
American lawyer and author of detective stories Gardner (4)
ERNE
A long-winged sea eagle (4)
ERNO
First name of Hungarian inventor of Rubik's Cube (4)
ESAU
Twin brother of Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebecca (4)
ESSEN
Industrial hub in the Ruhr (5)
ETE
Summer in French (3)
ETNA
Volcano in Sicily (4)
ETUI
A small ornamental purse often used to hold sewing supplies (4)
EWER
A decorative pitcher / urn (4)
GNU
Bearded African beast (3)
ILIE
Tennis' Nastase (4)
INRI
Inscription of Jesus' cross, meaning "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" (4)
IONE
British-born American actress Skye (4)
LAHR
Actor who played The Lion in The Wizard of Oz Bert (4)
LST
D-Day landing craft (3)
MLXVI
Year of the Battle of Hastings (5)
NEHI
A soda brand introduced in 1924, later renamed Royal Crown (4)
NENE
Endangered Hawaiian goose (4)
OAST
a kiln for drying hops (4)
OCHRE
a moderate yellow-orange to orange color (5)
OBI
a Japanese sash (3)
OBIE
off-Broadway theater award presented by the Village Voice (4)
OKAPI
an antelope-like hoofed mammal from Africa (5)
OLEO
a spread made from vegetable oils and used as a substitute for butter (4)
OMOO
Herman Melville noville of 1847 (4)
OONA
daughter of Eugene O'Neil and last wife of Charlie Chaplin (4)
OPAH
large, colorful fish, also known as moonfish, sunfish and kingfish (4)
ORR
Canadian-born NHL player Bobby (3)
ORT
table scrap (3)
OTOE
Nebraska Indian tribe (4)
REA
Irish actor Stephen that starred in "The Crying Game" (3)
RIATA
A rope with a noose (also lasso and lariat) (5)
SHOR
famous NY restauranteur Toots (4)
SHTETL
a small Jewish town or village in eastern Europe (6)
SIMI
valley in California (also Napa) (4)
SLOE
small fruit of the blackthorn used to flavor gin (4)
SMEE
Captain Hook's right-hand man in "Peter Pan" (4)
SST
acronym for high-speed jet (3)
STLO
French capital of La Manche, department in Normany, 2 words (4)
TOR
a craggy outcrop of rock on a hill (3)
ULNA
bone in the forearm (4)
YMA
noted Peruvian soprano Sumac (3)
YSER
French/Belgian river (4)
STEN
British submachine gun from WWII (4)