10 MOST COMMON WORDS IN THE NYT CROSSWORD PUZZLE

See if you can guess. These are all "Tuesday" level clues. Hint: think vowels
  1. 1.
    Proctor & Gamble's first liquid laundry detergent ... ERA
  2. 2.
    Geometric calculation ... AREA
  3. 3.
    Poet's "prior to" ... ERE
  4. 4.
    Start of a long-distance call ... ONE
  5. 5.
    Crimson rival ... ELI
  6. 6.
    Prospector's quest ... ORE
  7. 7.
    Broke bread ... ATE
  8. 8.
    Certain Iroquoian ... ERIE
  9. 9.
    Drink sometimes indicated in comics by "XXX" ... ALE
  10. 10.
    Title role for Will Smith ... ALI