Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.57
Before I say anything else, there’s a new pretty sweet indie puzzle out there: feast your virtual eyes upon HIGH:low, by K. Austin Collins! Support your local indie puzzler! This one’s gonna be great, if the first puzzle is any indication.
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My original intention for this grid was to have that upper right and lower left corner semi-“fenced off” — that is, 6-Down was originally supposed to be five letters long. I formed the stack in the upper right first — but 6-Down didn’t make sense as a 5-letter entry (it would have been ugly), and this stack was too juicy to let go. Luckily, the entry could be extended to nine letters — that made the lower right a lot tougher to construct, but, whatever, it all worked out. My seeds in this one were 16-Across, 18-Across, 1-Down, and 50-Across; I tried several seeds in the lower right, but I had to make do with the fill I came up with.
The helper squares in each corner may look a little strange, and they may not look necessary, but they are; I finished the grid and discovered that I had one set of three dupes and another set of two dupes. Those two helper squares, believe it or not, took care of all of the dupes, and I didn’t have to change the stacks! See if you can piece together what the problem was.
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is the musical at 51-Across. It sounds ridiculous reading about it… which is a good thing, by the way.
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