Puzzle 56: Freestyle 34. Going to great lengths.


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Word count: 72
Average word length: 5.14

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20-, 35-, and 51-Across and 16-Down were the impetus for this puzzle. This has more blocks in it than I’d like — 40 is the absolute highest I’d probably ever go for a 15×15 freestyle — but it was all thanks to the 11-letter word down the middle that forced the infamous 6-block triangles. It was amazing the amount of different block arrangements I tried before settling on this one — I even briefly considered breaking my word and going 66 words before gravitating all the way back down to 72. As you can see from the grid, there were plenty of opportunities to go to 68 or 70 words, but I settled on this one because it gave me the best opportunity for good fill. I am nothing if I am not a man of my word!

You may also note that I have a few more question-mark clues than normal. What does that say about me as a person? I don’t know, I guess I was just in a punny mood (I swear, I get in these punny moods sometimes and I just can’t help myself! Just ask my wife and my coworkers.)

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is the fact in the clue at 35-Across. In my metaphorical travels as an engineer, I became familiar with this. Seriously, when you’re done with the puzzle, look this thing up… it’s incredible.

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One thought on “Puzzle 56: Freestyle 34. Going to great lengths.”

  1. This one had lots of tricky ones! I put RIDESON for 14A, SSS for 26A, CFLAT for 7D, FPS for 19D, and PILOT for 52D. Whew! 66A was a good one!


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