Puzzle 129: Freestyle 98. It’ll make your head turn.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36

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The classic way of seeding — at least one in each corner and one in the middle — was the way it worked with this grid. No less than six entries from my seed list appear in this grid.

I’ve been wanting to work in a curling reference to one of my grids for the longest time, and I finally did it here! (New York Times Wordplay blogger Deb Amlen’s rather interesting account of her trying out curling after her — maybe — facetious suggestion that curling is a ridiculous activity is here.) It may sound ridiculous to some, but I watch curling whenever I see that it’s on TV. The combination of athleticism and strategy in that sport is fascinating.

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6 thoughts on “Puzzle 129: Freestyle 98. It’ll make your head turn.”

  1. Re 17a: I’m guessing were you partially inspired by those annoying 5-second Google commercials (“What is a flat white?”) to put it in the grid. Or is it just me?


  2. I was so sure 34A was going to be a line from Shrek, 4 words with the 1st beginning with a B, that I threw it in without crosses. 15 cross-outs later, my grid look yucky!…..I loved 5A, as an ex-left footed soccer player….


    1. Ohh, “Better out than in, I always say!” Interesting that that’s 15 letters long too.

      Intrepid is the soul that completes my grid in ink! (Then again, I do the Saturday Stumper in ink, so I’m in the same boat.)


    1. I went back and forth about that clue (because of the parallel construction with the clue before it) but Google confirmed my suspicions that it can indeed be used to relieve cold symptoms as well as allergies.


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