Puzzle 311: Freestyle 276. Get the lead out!

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25

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In a typical freestyle grid with four stacks, having a grid spanner down the middle often can enable me to knock down two of the stacks from triple stacks to double stacks, which obviously makes me a lot more flexible.

I’ve got a couple of Seth MacFarlane-related references in the clues today. I once saw him live singing big-band songs at the very awesome Tanglewood, and let me tell you, he put on a great show. Both the singing and the inter-song banter were awesome. How much talent can one man have?

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Puzzle 310: Freestyle 275. We’re on a roll!

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.28

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I try to have at least one anchor in each big stack that’s a conversational phrase. You know that’s my style if you’ve been a regular here. I’m happy to say I’ve met my goal here.

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Puzzle 309: Freestyle 274. Let’s put this out there…

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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Sorry if I put an earworm into your head after solving this one. One of my test solvers said that he got one from 14-Down that he can’t get out of his head. Frankly, I can’t get it out of my head either…

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Puzzle 308: Freestyle 273. Don’t pass this up!

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.51

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In Massachusetts, where I live, non-vanity license plates have six characters, starting with a three-digit number and followed by an alphanumeric sequence. That means that there are a maximum of 1,000 license plates that end in a particular three-character sequence. I saw a car the other day whose license plate ends with the same three characters as mine, and I got pretty excited. Hey, there are only 999 other cars, at maximum, in the whole Commonwealth that have that same sequence as my plate. That’s pretty cool that I saw one.

What does that have to do with today’s grid? Absolutely nothing. But I just want to give you a little window into the things in life that make me happy. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is, people.

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Puzzle 307: Freestyle 272. Keep your head up!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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It’s a weird upper left and lower right section for me — I usually don’t stack five of anything, even four- or five-letter entries, but I did in this grid. Also, I don’t know why this happened — I was set to clue this when I noticed that, for some odd reason, I had seeded this grid with a nine-letter entry that I used as a seed in a grid not so long ago. Thank goodness I didn’t have to rip up the whole corner and start over, but it was annoying nonetheless. Any time that you think you’re done with something (not just a crossword grid), but you realize it needs juuust enough work for you to be annoyed that you have to do it, it’s one of life’s petty problems.

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Puzzle 306: Freestyle 271. Just like old times…

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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I managed to cobble together enough 8-letter seeds to make this one interesting — 8- and 65-Across and 40-Down. My test solvers really came through for me on this one, grounding me a bit — I revised the upper left and a bit of the lower right because of some (admittedly) borderline unfair crossings in each of those corners. That’s what they’re there for!

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Puzzle 305: Freestyle 270. That’s some nerve!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.22

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Weird-looking grid, for me at least. More black squares (37) for a 72-entry grid than usual for me. Of course it began with five blocks straight across the center, but I shifted the pattern slightly to make it work with the two pairs of vertical stacked answers. I promise you, the juxtaposition of the stack of 9- and 10-Down was not intentional (though one doesn’t really have anything to do with the other, when you get down to it). It just may tickle some solvers’ funny bones, so I had to say something about it.

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