Puzzle 475: Freestyle 427. Let’s hit the big time.


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Word count: 66
Mean word length: 5.91


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Yeah, 66… I know. The low word count grids I make usually happen because a staggered stack in the middle just happened to fit together really well. Luckily, the seed I had in mind just happens to “work well with others”, we’ll say. Then again, why would I put an entry that I don’t think will stack well right in the middle and try to force it anyway? That almost never works out.


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Puzzle 474: Freestyle 426. Come into the fold.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31


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There are certain things that you learn about particular songs that you never knew, and then you go from not noticing them at all to not being able to NOT hear them. The clue for 31-Across references a particular ultra-popular song. A few years ago, I’d say, I learned that Mick Jagger sung backup on that song. I’d never noticed it before that, but now I can’t possibly not notice it… every time I hear it. Go ahead, listen to it if you didn’t know that. You’ll know what I mean.


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Puzzle 473: Shift Changes. Toss around a few ideas.


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Good to mix it up every now and then, as I say, right? You know that I like anagrams, and a lot of the variety stuff I post on here has to do with anagrams in some form. You know I never play it straight up here, though… you have to do something to the words and phrases before anagramming them. What it is, I’ll leave up to you to click the link!


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Puzzle 472: Freestyle 425. Look at the big picture.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31


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Crossword constructing is a lot of give and take. Quite literally it is, actually, because you’re working with a word limit. Do you open up the center so you only have to come up with a double stack instead of triple, or do you close off the center? Turns out that it’s just whatever works — I was able to fill the center, so I made the upper right and lower left a little easier on myself. Why make it harder than it has to be? That’s my motto in life as well.


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Puzzle 471: Freestyle 424. Follow the money.


Last Friday’s anagram crossword solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33


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The middle row was originally going to be two three-letter words with the upper left and lower right a bit more wide open. But serendipity showed up at my front door, and I was able to go a bit more wide open than I expected. Which was a good thing, because I came by a little more trouble than I thought I would in the corners.


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Puzzle 470: Freestyle 423. It’s all academic now.


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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.59


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Sometimes I get really, really lucky constructing these things, and here it was in the bottom middle. And it was the changing of one single letter there that made all the difference… a change I should have seen long before I did. It made 39/40/44-Down work together by some miracle.


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Puzzle 469: Anagram Crossword 7. We’re twistin’ the grid away.


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Back with another anagram crossword. Of course, since the challenge here for the solver isn’t in parsing the clues for the entries, but figuring out which anagrams to put into the grid, the clues aren’t my usual tough fare. Nor is the fill sparkling, because (a) that’s not the point of the challenge today, and (b) I’m limited only to entries that have anagrams. Could you imagine if I wrote my usual style of opaque clue and then asked you to figure out how their anagrams fit? Nah, I’m not that sadistic.


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