Word count: 70
Average word length: 5.34
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Here we are again with the stairstep formation down the middle, just like the grid a little while ago. Also, I could have gone for the full quad stack in the lower right/upper left, but I didn’t want to bring it down to 68; as you’ll see, there really wasn’t any other place to put that pair of blocks to make it 70, considering what I wanted to do with this grid. I didn’t want to make four extra three-letter words for myself, but I did what I had to do.
Due to the slightly compartmentalized nature of this puzzle, it came together pretty quickly — I’d say around two hours total to construct the grid. I had a framework of seed answers in this one, at 14-, 30-, and 53-Across and 4-, 16-, and 25-Down, and they didn’t force me to make any compromises in the fill (if they had, I would have taken out a seed answer or two to make the fill work).
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is everything I gathered from reading about 21-Down and the fact in the clue. You just couldn’t make up the stuff that happens in nature even if you tried, no?
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