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Preserves, perhaps (3 letter answer)

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The answer JAM is seen frequently, appearing about once every 170 puzzles.

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JAM as a noun:

1. preserve of crushed fruit
2. (fix, hole, jam, mess, muddle, pickle, kettle of fish) = informal terms for a difficult situation; "he got into a terrible fix"; "he made a muddle of his marriage"
3. (crush, jam, press) = a dense crowd of people
4. (jamming, electronic jamming, jam) = deliberate radiation or reflection of electromagnetic energy for the purpose of disrupting enemy use of electronic devices or systems

JAM as a verb:

1. (throng, mob, pack, pile, jam) = press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium"
2. push down forcibly; "The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor"
3. (jam, crush) = crush or bruise; "jam a toe"
4. (jam, block) = interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; "Jam the Voice of America"; "block the signals emitted by this station"
5. get stuck and immobilized; "the mechanism jammed"
6. (jam, jampack, ram, chock up, cram, wad) = crowd or pack to capacity; "the theater was jampacked"
7. (obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up) = block passage through; "obstruct the path"