Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.44
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Back to the old 6-letter/8-letter format that seems to fit me like an old glove. 18-Across was my ultimate seed entry for this grid. I don’t often talk about cluing on these posts, but it seems like the time is right because it’s particularly prominent here. You may notice, not just on this grid but on others that I’ve made, that the lengths of the clues go in waves from time to time. It’s not a subconscious thing at all; if I notice that I’ve written a string of long clues, the next couple of clues I will try to make short if at all possible. It’s my effort to maintain some rhythm — sometimes I have to go long with a clue to be more explanatory when I have to — but no one wants to read an essay while they’re just solving a grid.
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