Puzzle 103: Freestyle 74. Giving you something to go on.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.63

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Constructing this grid brought me down into dupe hell. No less than three separate times did I think I was done constructing this grid when I discovered dupes in the grid. Not subtle ones, but head-slapping “how could I not have noticed that” ones. Twice, the dupe was four letters long, and the other time the dupe was with two entries in the same section of the grid. There’s a phenomenon called “target fixation” in which someone, like an auto racer or fighter pilot, becomes so focused on avoiding something in a vehicle that they actually crash into it. Maybe that explains why it took me four full attempts to rid the grid of dupes — I was focused on not having any dupes the second and third time so much that I ended up not noticing obvious dupes two more times than I should have!

My favorite thing that I learned, by far, from this grid is the name at 38-Across. I so wish that were true!

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