A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

TIER

Wed, 4 Aug '21
Seating section
Sat, 19 Jun '21
Piece of cake?
Sun, 13 Jun '21
Rank
Wed, 12 May '21
Piece of cake?
Sat, 17 Apr '21
Ranking component
Thu, 8 Apr '21
Category
Tue, 26 Jan '21
Cake layer
Wed, 13 Jan '21
Top ___