This shortcut is only used for its real purpose in absolute emergencies when I'm totally and utterly stumped. Thesaurus.com and scrabblefinder.com are often my first ports of call when I'm struggling for an answer. And then sometimes I'll go off on a proper full blown trawl around the Internet. It's not often that Google in combination with Wikipedia let me down.
So do I see this process as unsportsmanlike? It certainly would be if crossword solving was a game for multiple players held in exam-like conditions. But it's each to their own. I know many people ponder on clues throughout the day hoping for that lightbulb moment when all is revealed but not me. It's a quick and dirty affair that's down and dusted by the time that I can see the bottom of my T.G Green mug (£4 charity shop find). What I like is the pleasure of discovering new words and facts. Did you know that the Blue Whale is part of a family called rorquals, so named because it's derived from the Norwegian for furrow describing the folds on their chinny chin chins?