Last week’s freestyle solution
Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.54
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The entire puzzle took its shape from four entries: the two stacked at 14-Across and 17-Across and their symmetric opposites at 60-Across and 63-Across. The first stack I started with was the one at the bottom — once 25-Down fell into place from that stack, that pretty much dictated the structure of the whole grid. That’s the way I’ve been operating lately: I find two entries from the seed list that stack, lay them out in the grid, and let it all develop from there.
Before I started this site, I admit that I didn’t really like writing clues. I never mailed it in when cluing a grid, for sure, but it was much more of a slog than building the grid itself. Now, I actually enjoy the process… I hope that shows through in the solve. I think it may be because I know I’m self-editing through the entire process; also, I’m more familiar of my specific audience. I don’t have to tame anything down, either.
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is the word at 32-Across. I sheepishly admit that I’d never heard that term until now.
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3 thoughts on “Puzzle 54: Freestyle 33. Have a ball!”
Enjoyable puzzle. I added 60-Across to my database recently, and while I was reluctant to use it as a seed I was hoping that someone else would.
Thanks! Yes, about 60A… I also remember that you included a similar entry at 1-Across (more tame, more Scrabbly as well) of one of your most recent Unthemely grids.