As a detective trying to solve the crossword clue ‘Permits’, the first step is to analyze the possible meanings of the word ‘permit’. I can think of meanings like ‘allow’, ‘authorize’, ‘grant permission’, etc. These clues suggest that the answer might be a synonym for the word ‘permit’. Then, looking at the number of letters in the word, it seems to be a five-letter word. Now, I try fitting in the letters from other intersecting words to see which word fits, but there are multiple possibilities. However, as I start looking at other intersecting words and the letters within them, I notice that there is another five-letter word intersecting with the word ‘permit’. That’s where I realize that the word ‘allow’ stands out as the perfect match for the given crossword clue. Therefore, the answer to the clue ‘Permits’ is ‘ALLOWS’.