Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25
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The pain in my toches with constructing this one was the lower left. The framework was 19-Across/25-Across/54-Across/7-Down (OK, it’s not a symmetric framework, but it’s how this puzzle started), and those four didn’t budge even from the moment when this puzzle was just a twinkle in its constructor’s eye. The rest of the puzzle went like clockwork… and I even got in another word from the seed list at 37-Down. But the lower left, for some reason, didn’t come to me as easily as the rest.
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is the origin of the word “laconic” as in 47-Down. If you do a little background reading on it, it’s pretty entertaining.
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