# Puzzle 87: Freestyle 59. If you love an entry, set it free.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.46

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Obviously, the reason for this puzzle is 32-Across. Originally, I made a very exciting discovery that this 15-letter entry and another 9-letter phrase could intersect at the same letter. That’s how this puzzle started — with 32-Across and 20-Down intersecting, and I built the puzzle out from there. The problem was, I got to a point where 20-Down was causing too much of an issue in the fill, so I did something that all constructors hate to do — I took out (gasp!) one of the entries that, ironically enough, I had chosen to seed the grid. I’d like to think that it worked out for the better, though. Obviously I’m exaggerating here, but, when you have to give up one of the answers that you started the grid with, it’s like you made a crossword baby but had to put it up for adoption. Strange analogy, I know. (I’m not going to mention what the 9-letter seed was — I’m saving it for another puzzle!)

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is at 20-Down; I always like when I can go meta and refer to a common crosswordese answer in a clue for an answer that’s decidedly not crosswordese.

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

## 4 thoughts on “Puzzle 87: Freestyle 59. If you love an entry, set it free.”

1. how do you get answers to split decision #59

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2. Rog says:

Devious! The crossed neologisms at 3-D and 16-A really made the northwest corner tough, but I got there eventually.

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1. If I cross two neologisms, I’m careful to make sure both crossing entries are at least inferrable if they weren’t familiar. I’m glad you got there.

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