Puzzle 145: Freestyle 113. It’s all in the shading.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.49

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Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking of the short fill as just something to toss in to get that grid filled 100%. I never want to get into the habit of spending too little time on any amount of fill, though. This was the case with the upper left and lower right in this puzzle. Those corners are just measly 6 letter words stacked three with a four-letter word. However, if you can believe it, those corners are where I spent the most time in constructing this grid; the major stacks fell into place pretty well. The short, isolated fill in a grid is sorta like adding shading to a realistic painting. It may not bother the most cursory observers, but to people who really take in paintings in detail, as well as the artists themselves, it can make or break a work of art if the shading isn’t quite right.

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