Puzzle 101: Freestyle 72. The start of a new century.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

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I was going to construct another grid with a gaping middle stack like I did a couple of weeks ago, but that didn’t go as well as this one. I tried to make it even more expansive than that, but it didn’t come together. Maybe another time.

Believe it or not, 40-Across was not initially a seed in this grid! I am by no means a fan of that book series, but I know a seed list entry when I hear one. I put it in my seed list, but didn’t intend to use it… until the opportunity miraculously (sorta) presented itself in the southwest. 38- and 39-Down were, as you might surmise, the starters for this grid; generally, I constructed this one from bottom to top on the right, then from bottom to top on the left.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle was in 34-Down… I think that’s a factor of awful luck more than anything. Didn’t seem to hurt their success, tho.

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

As always, share this link! Pass it around! New puzzle on Tuesday!

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