Puzzle 9: Freestyle 6. The Magnificent Seven.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.44

The infamous 7×7 stack formation. I tell you, it is harder than it looks to construct one of these. You’ve got to pack the grid full of really good entries, which are harder to find in seven letters, and you’ve got to stack three sevens and intersect them with three other seven-stacks. When you compare 7×7’s to 8×6’s (as in my previous post), it wouldn’t seem like a big difference, but, for some reason, it is.

You know how, when a famous celebrity is about to kick the bucket, and all the major news networks prepare a tribute ahead of time so they can run it the day after the passing? There’s something sorta, but not exactly, like that in this puzzle… not as morbid. Let me just say that there’s a name in the lower left that I anticipated… something… happening to them; since that thing happened to them, it’s not a coincidence that I timed this particular puzzle to be running today. This is why that particular entry is one of those “mini-seeds” that I talked about in my previous post.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is that Stephen Colbert made up a fictional novel that didn’t really exist, as you’ll see in 11-Down, and that someone made that particular nonexistent fictional novel into an actual comic book.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better? Do androids dream of electric sheep? Do you believe in Twizzlers as an effective medium for communicating with life on other planets? Has Rickrolling had a net positive effect on the world economy, in your opinion?

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