Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31
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The whole reason for this grid is 17-Across. When you encounter a fresh entry that you just know will be a debut, it’s prudent to just jump on it, right? The entire grid is shaped the way it is because of that one entry… funny how that happens. I did manage also to get two other entries from the seed list into this grid (1-Across and 58-Across). Also, three clues with cross references is a lot for me, I think — normally, as you might have read, I don’t like to use cross references unless the two referenced answers are really, really close in relationship.
23-Across is one of those kinds of words that I’ve come across not rarely, but never really noticed a familiar connection with its etymology. I was very surprised to find that connection, and I’m glad I learned it.
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