Puzzle 133: Freestyle 102. Take a shot in the dark.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.62

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I don’t usually do things like intersect 8-stacks across with 8-stacks down — fill usually suffers when you do those sorts of things — but this construction was made easier and more sparkly when I did that. What is now 42-Across had been split into a 4-letter and 3-letter entry. The lower left corner was the first section in the grid that I worked on, and, by dumb luck, the entry at 42-Across appeared to me and happened to fit (the central answers at 8-Down and 36-Across were the seeds) because the terminal letter of what is now 42-Across happened to be in the right place. Like all creative breakthroughs happen, I said, “I wonder if this will work,” and it did. I was concerned that the upper right wouldn’t work as well with what the lower left gave me, but I was wrong. Despite appearances, the toughest section of the grid to construct was actually the upper left!

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