Puzzle 136: Freestyle 104. Feel the madness…

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.40

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You’ll have to excuse me about the clue for 23-Across. March Madness is beginning, and I couldn’t not include some sort of reference to it in the clues. I fully and completely immerse myself into the college basketball landscape this time of year. I follow it the whole season, but this is my favorite month of the year simply for this reason.

Look familiar? This is another grid with a middle stack and two 15s running down either side of the grid. What can I say? I had two 13s that I really wanted to get into a grid (33-Across and 37-Across), and, again, I didn’t want to create a pair of big stairsteps in the middle of the grid just to take away 15-letter entries.

It had been an internal running gag within myself about 39-Across; despite that it’s only three letters long (it was on my seed list), it just would never seem to fit in a grid. I couldn’t even tuck it into a corner; this dinky three-letter entry would just keep not working in grid after grid. And now for this grid, I wasn’t at all even trying to fit that entry in at all, and it just happened to fit into that slot with dumb luck. It’s like what they say you should do when you can’t find something… you stop looking for it, because it will eventually turn up when you’re not looking for it. So I guess I should stop trying to fit certain seed entries into a grid, in order that it might find its way into one eventually anyway.

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