EASYLate afternoons I often bathe.I'll soak in water piping hot.My essence goes through see-thru clothes;Used up I am -- I've gone to pot.ANSWER: a teabagTea time is generally celebrated in the late afternoons. A teabag is soaked in piping hot water. The essence of the leaves soaks through the transparent paper of the bag and into the water of the teapot until the teabag is all used up.INTERMEDIATEA gridwork and a patternOf grand interconnection.The truth is only hinted at.One works in two directions.ANSWER: a crossword puzzleA crossword puzzle is a patterned gridwork into which one fits various words. A completed puzzle shows an interconnected web of words. The puzzle's clues only hint at the true answers. Crossword enthusiasts works both across and down.DIFFICULTA small cup for a larger one.Two halves will never make a whole.A fingered flap. A plastic scrap.And smoky swirls in blackish pools.ANSWER: a restaurant container of half and halfA small plastic cup of half and half is for your larger cup of coffee. The two "halves" in the half and half are from different liquids (milk and cream). After you use your fingers to pry the flap open you're left with a plastic scrap. When you pour half and half into your coffee it produces smoky swirls in the blackish brew.