The solution to this puzzle rests not in your ability to divine synonyms, but in your ability to respond spontaneously and accurately with words that you associate with the clues. Although this is the first puzzle of the crossword type in the "association" genre we know of, the genre itself is replete with practitioners.
Porter, Temple G.
"Word Association Crossword Puzzle,"
Word Ways: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol2/iss2/3