Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.50
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27 blocks, 72 words. Correct me if I’m wrong, fellow crossgeeks, but I’m pretty sure that’s the fewest number of blocks possible for a (edit: practical) 72-word 15×15 grid. (edit: thanks to Jason Mueller for pointing out a 21-square grid with 72 words. It involves four intersecting triple-stacks of 15 around the edges of the grid. Really, really friggin’ hard to fill, but he’s technically right. Thanks Jason!) These grids with the intersecting 7×7 stacks are my favorite to make because they provide the best opportunity for sparkle — there are 32 entries longer than 6 letters out of 72 total entries. I’m trying to dispel the notion that these are the most boring kinds of grids to solve — I’ve read it occasionally on the blogs and forums — because shorter entries automatically equal less colorful entries to some. I like the challenge of packing as much color as I can into shorter entries without losing surrounding quality.
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