Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.62
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Of course, the thing that’ll hit you in the face when you look at the puzzle is the wide-open middle. Actually, it had been a little LESS wide-open than that. There were five cascading 9’s stacked in the middle originally in my completed grid, but my crossword scruples kept eating at me on one of the 9-letter entries (at the position that’s now 27-Across). I had even clued about half the entries… but I just couldn’t take it anymore. Luckily, I could change it fairly easily — but that involved lengthening the answers in the middle stack. So, instead of 9-9-9-9-9, the stack then became 10-10-9-10-10. Redoing the corners was no big deal, either. Sure, the grid becomes more like three mini-puzzles in one, but I liked the challenge of the wide-open middle stack such that I didn’t mind that sacrifice. I hope you won’t mind it either.
My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is at 6-Down. It’s amazing, the size of that thing (and what it was used for was pretty cool, too).
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