Codeword puzzles are usually designed to have an approachable way of starting. (I am fairly sure it would be possible to make one that was solvable in principle but really hard to find one's way into, but the people who make them aren't aiming for that.) I think usually there is at least one word in the grid that (1) has one or more letters that are already ...
My favourite CodeWord trick is to find several partial words with the same uncoded number, and this can often reveal the letter.
For example, say you have:
_EST, BE_T, _ICE
Each option has several words that fit:
best, gest, lest, nest, pest, rest, west
beat, beet, belt, bent, best
dice, lice, mice, nice, rice
and only _=N and _=L fit ...
Once you've inserted all of the starting letters, I normally see if any of the words (or certain sub-strings of them) pop out to me. For example, given ----I-G, you can be confident that the penultimate letter is a N. Comparing words in the puzzle with common prefixes and suffixes often gives a few more letters.
Also, when checking a word, remember that ...
I think the word all the lines are pointing at is
Shown by surprise, you may be annoyed
Perused with intent, you may regret
Observed on this site, you may verify
Inclined on an airplane, you may have seen
I'll have another guess:
Soldiers carry their rations slung across their back;
I have no need for food, yet I too have a sack.
I do not stir; I remain silent and still;
Watching, waiting, to hear the enemy trill.
Then I strike, warding off the warriors of the air,
But soldiers of the ground, me they do not fear.
The vulnerable about me, it is my job to ...
I believe the answer to the final rhetorical question might be:
As I wonder if the name in question is:
I'm inside karma coming home
My name is a palindrome
However, have I
Ever seen my
Name in a holy tome?
which is indeed a five-letter word as the title says.
I will absorb everything, in some of your jewelries.
People call me the highest, only to some proper me.
Modulo by the highest me, there are so few trees.
Modulo by me being 2357, there is decimal number 383.