Puzzle 134: Freestyle 103. I promise, you’ve never seen this grid before anywhere else. (But you might see it in a few weeks with a mysterious pseudonym.)

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

Have something you wanna say? Got a question? Want to do a guest freestyle? Want to collaborate on a freestyle? Want to just say hello? Hit me up by email!

Before I go on, I am very happy to report that there will be a very special collaborative freestyle appearing this Friday! I am very excited to co-present it here, and I am very honored to be working with this collaborator. I had theorized that our styles would mesh very well, and I couldn’t have been more right.

As for this grid, 17-Across was the obvious seed for it. Curling is gaining more and more of a following in the US, though I’d still classify it as a cult following. Color me a part of the movement. I hadn’t planned on the quasi-four stack in the upper left and lower right — I was kinda forced into it — but I made it work. Some balk at helper squares in the very corners of a grid, mostly because they’re more unsightly there than anywhere else in the grid (I can’t argue that they look kinda awkward, sure). But you have to know that this grid has been constructed by someone who just grabs whatever clothes off the hangers in the morning that their hands land on to wear for the day, so I never have much cared about appearance in any aspect of my life.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better?

As always, share this link! Pass it around! New puzzle on Friday!


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