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?

  • Lots of things come to mind. I think this question would benefit from having a single community-edited answer.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 8:35
  • @RegDwight: If lots of things come to mind, please post them! :)
    – Thomas
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 8:59
  • I would, but right now I'm contemplating whether this might be a better fit for the Game Development StackExchange.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 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
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 9:02
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    @Matt Ellen: To me it sounds like asking for the English interpretation of a picture.
    – apaderno
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 11:14

4 Answers 4


A steak? Cooked Medium, of course.

  • Mmm, good one, I like it!
    – Thomas
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 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
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 11:03

Maybe a crystal ball? (Used by a "Medium") :-)


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
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 10:00
  • oh, sorry, I read the question halfway and was in the edit phase as you were commenting. :)
    – ikartik90
    Commented Feb 18, 2011 at 10:02

What about "Bittersweet Salad"?

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