Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25
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Rather low average word length due to the three pairs of helper squares in this grid. Looks ugly, I know, but, trust me, it worked better that way. This grid came on incredibly fast — I finished the grid in about an hour and a half. The helper squares — each one of the three pairs of them — helped me get out of a big jam. I had constructed the southwest corner first (after the grid-spanner, of course), and what is now 45-Across just wasn’t going to work without that helper square at the beginning of it.
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