Puzzle 39: Freestyle 23. Every good puzzle has a definite genesis.

Last week’s Going Numberless solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.46

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Why the crossword instead of the variety puzzle today? It’s because I had a seed entry that I really wanted to stick in the puzzle. There’s an unexplainable feeling I get when I see a neat, fresh phrase, whether it be on TV (which was the case here), on a sign, on social media, whatever, realize it’s 15 letters long, then get that subconscious feeling that it just HAS to go into a puzzle right away. This is why I saw it on a Wednesday evening, had the grid and some of the clues done before bed that night, and had the whole thing clued by the next night. However, I didn’t want this puzzle to be a one-entry wonder: I took great care in the corners of this puzzle as well, and I hope that shows through for you, the solver.

After the obvious seed, I started in the bottom right — my original block configuration had just been a straight diagonal from bottom right to upper left with the center square open, but that diagonal morphed into the “plus sign”. Then I discovered the 13-letter entry in my list with the same middle letter as the marquee entry and was ecstatic to be able to make it fit. (This was sort of unusual in that I had the 15 going down the middle and the bottom right done before I even chose the entry across the middle. I still had it as a 15-letter entry going across until I came upon that 13. Usually I’d have the two long entries picked out before I even position the rest of the black squares.) The sequence of construction went bottom right, then upper left, then center entry, then lower left, then upper right.

Do I even have to tell you my favorite thing I learned from this puzzle? Yes, it’s the whole reason I made this puzzle!

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better?

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