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In my game, I have three levels of difficulty, each represented by an icon. Of course, each level is also indicated by a word; the icons are there just to spice things up, and as a visual pun.

  • Easy is represented by a "piece of cake".
  • Medium is represented by ...?
  • Hard is represented by a "tough nut".

So, what could be used for the medium difficulty level?

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Lots of things come to mind. I think this question would benefit from having a single community-edited answer. –  RegDwigнt Feb 18 '11 at 8:35
    
@RegDwight: If lots of things come to mind, please post them! :) –  Thomas Feb 18 '11 at 8:59
    
I would, but right now I'm contemplating whether this might be a better fit for the Game Development StackExchange. –  RegDwigнt Feb 18 '11 at 9:01
    
I don't think so. The fact that it's for a game is secondary; I'm looking for English expressions and idioms here. –  Thomas Feb 18 '11 at 9:02
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@Matt Ellen: To me it sounds like asking for the English interpretation of a picture. –  kiamlaluno Feb 18 '11 at 11:14
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A steak? Cooked Medium, of course.

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Mmm, good one, I like it! –  Thomas Feb 18 '11 at 10:03
    
You could extend this visual metaphor to your other difficulties if you wished, from Rare (easy) to Well Done (tough). –  Andy F Feb 18 '11 at 11:03
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Maybe a crystal ball? (Used by a "Medium") :-)

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I would suggest the word-

Springboard or Trampoline

as it is the first word that came to my mind

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Doesn't answer the question, per se, but a good point nonetheless. I think "intermediate" is better. –  Thomas Feb 18 '11 at 10:00
    
oh, sorry, I read the question halfway and was in the edit phase as you were commenting. :) –  ikartik90 Feb 18 '11 at 10:02
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What about "Bittersweet Salad"?

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