Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.68
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68 words, and I only have myself to blame for this! It started out normally, with 72 entries, then I got greedy and made it a lot harder for myself. It definitely worked out, but there was a lot more work that had to go into this one to make it right than there could have been. If I mentioned the original seed for this whole grid, I’d have to kill you, but I think it’s easy to figure it out. (Hint: it’s not the 15-letter entry!) It’s not ideal having a proper name as a featured answer — the grid spanner is a song name, and I’ve been trying to get away from using proper names in such prominent positions in the grid. With proper names, you usually either know it or you don’t, and 15 letters is a lot to either give away straight up or have the solver struggle with and rely entirely on the crosses. But the grid worked out much better with that entry than with anything else, so I kept it in.
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