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This is my first question.
Well, first on this website.
Just a simple word square
Packed in a riddle tight.

My first, he used to be ugly.
And Hans is his creator.
My second is just a word.
There are clues no more.

My third can be cramped and small.
Yet often he is wide.
My last is Bismarck and Phoenix.
This riddle is too easy, right?

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Probable solution:

S W A N
W O R D
A R E A
N D A Z

First: Hans Christian Andersen wrote the Ugly Duckling, about a swan who was once "ugly".
The second is just a word.
Third: an area can be small and cramped, or wide open.
Fourth, these are the capital cities of ND North Dakota and AZ Arizona

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  • $\begingroup$ I knew this was way too easy! Did you do any googling? $\endgroup$ – William Nathanael Jul 1 '17 at 3:21
  • $\begingroup$ Nope - the clues were pretty straightforward and common knowledge things - but fun to solve :) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jul 1 '17 at 3:23
  • $\begingroup$ I don't expect anyone to memorize capital of states! Btw thx for the compliment. I think this is the easiest puzzle to build. Should I make more? $\endgroup$ – William Nathanael Jul 1 '17 at 3:27
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    $\begingroup$ For your next, it's better if all the "words" are actual words. And welcome to puzzle-setting at PSE:) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Jul 1 '17 at 4:07
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    $\begingroup$ But "ndaz" is an actual word -- Caesar-shifted by 15. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jul 1 '17 at 6:56

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