Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.44
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1-, 16-, 36-, and 57-Across and 13-Down were my starting entries into this one… fairly standard construction process for this grid. 3-Down, incredibly enough, was not a seed entry, but came along during the process of construction. It’s awesome when an entry like that just fits even though you aren’t planning to use it when you’re starting the grid. I will say that things were looking pretty bleak in certain sections until 24-Down and 34-Down — note, both are only 5 letters long — came into my consciousness and saved the whole grid, basically. It would have been doable, but I would have been forced to include some pretty unsavory (crosswordese-wise) entries to make it work. I probably would have torn apart almost the whole grid if I hadn’t been able to use 24- and 34-Down.
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is at 22-Down. 519! That’s an incredible number.
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