Puzzle 11: Freestyle 7. It’s the year of the cat.

Last week’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

Back to that 8-stack structure that I find is in my wheelhouse, after last week’s 7×7 offering. I had two definite seeds in this one — 17-Across and 13-Down are the reason for this puzzle — and two mini-seeds at 39-Across and 54-Across. I started out with an 8×6 structure, but it sorta evolved into an 8×7. That doesn’t often happen to me — or in general, I’d guess — that a stack was actually LENGTHENED in order to make it work. It enabled me, however, to put the entry at 13-Down into a place that worked.

At 16-Across, I put a word in here that may be a tad bit more unusual than I’d normally like to use… but I think that’s OK every once in a while, no? Plus, I think it’s a word that people can actually use in everyday life once in a great while. It’s not like I’m using SNEE or ANOA here. (Sorry, no offense meant to enthusiasts of old daggers or Indonesian bovines.)

I feel like the cluing for this puzzle was both on the milder side (for a Saturday-strength difficulty) and on the trickier side, if that’s at all possible. 39-Across, 50-Across, 54-Across, 30-Down, 40-Down, and 44-Down are my favorite clues… the clue for 50-Across was one that I was waiting to get into a puzzle, even though I think it’s “cute” more than “clever”.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle was that Sandra Bullock speaks 60-Down fluently. I’m not that big of a movie buff — not at all, actually — but it was interesting to learn about some celebrities’ fluencies that you’d never otherwise guess. Maybe some of you knew this already, but this I never would have known.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better? Who gives a **** about an Oxford comma? Am I the only one here who thinks that Christoph Waltz is really an extraterrestrial? Why does anybody ask any questions anymore when we have Google?

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