# Complete 3-by-5 Crossword Puzzle

Looking for a grid with five letters horizontally, three words vertically, and eight words in total.

All 8 words must be easy words; it must not be necessary to check the dictionary.

I tried the following, but although CREAM EAGLE EMPTY was successful, not so much across, with the exception of ALT and RAM.

CEE

RAM

EGP

ALT

MEY

• I'd argue that "cee" is a (well known) word but is alt a word (rather than an abbreviation, say)? Jan 7 '18 at 6:08
• The word " ALT " was used to describe the keyboard ALT key. I think it knows better. Jan 7 '18 at 9:22

     H A P P Y       M E A N S       R E P L Y
A G R E E       A R G U E       A G R E E
D O O R S       P R O N E       G O O D S

L E A S T       R E A C T       S T E A L
A G R E E       A R G U E       H E N C E
W O M A N       G R E E N       E N D E D

L E A S T       R E A D Y       T R E A T
A R G U E       A R G U E       E A R T H
G R E E N       T R E E S       A G R E E


... that I've written a program to find the grids. I think the used words are okay. I've used the SCOWL word lists to find good words. These lists consist of several lists, ordered by category and also by frequency. It is easy to omit abbreviations. For the 3-letter words I've used the 20-percentile English words; for the 5 letter words I've used the 10-percentile English words.

You can run the program online (with hardcoded word lists) and generate the results above.

Try:

B O N E S
I N U R E
T E N E T

Three 5-letter words:

BONES, INURE, TENET.

Five 3-letter words:

BIT, ONE, NUN, ERE, SET.

D A M E S
A P A R T
D E C A Y

The one I'm not so happy with is

mac or MAC

but it's still legitimate.