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I'm working on creating a crossword puzzle and am unfortunately stuck with the combination ~CY~E (blank C Y blank E). Does anyone have any PC phrases or words that could fit that combination?

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  • $\begingroup$ Reminder: if one of these answers solved your question, mark it as "accepted". $\endgroup$ – Zerris Jan 7 '16 at 19:23
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Nothing particularly likely - I'd try to change one of the crossing words instead.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, wasn't clear. I'm creating the puzzle but am stuck with that exact combination. $\endgroup$ – MyUser Dec 24 '15 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ My response still applies though, which is to say there's nothing in reasonable English that will fit. $\endgroup$ – Zerris Dec 24 '15 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ Your link helped though, it had a french word that was acceptable. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – MyUser Dec 25 '15 at 1:25
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    $\begingroup$ scyðe, if you cheat and use OE letters. ;) $\endgroup$ – shoover Dec 25 '15 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ Glad you found something - and I heartily recommend sites like the one I linked; they're excellent for puzzle creation. $\endgroup$ – Zerris Dec 25 '15 at 7:26
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The suffix -cyte means cell, so you could be cute and have it be ACYTE with the clue "Cell for sore eyes"

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Another cryptic:

RCYBE

Rotate the string:

CYBER

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Instructing someone to freeze ('icy be'), or saying one is frozen ("Icy me")?

If the puzzle is using cryptics, perhaps an abbreviated institution got mixed up with a yes-man (ACYOE interleaves "CO" and "AYE")?

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If you really have to use those letters, I think you're going to have to settle for obscure words.

It's poor form, but you could use

After shuffling, my ace let me get ahead (1, 4)

anag. MYACE = A CYME
a head (of unexpanded leaves) = a cyme

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Ocyte is a less common spelling for oocyte - egg cell. Would that work?

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