Puzzle 178: Freestyle 146. You have to earn it.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.49

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1-Across and 59-Across were the foundations for this grid. I know a lot of folks like to put marquee answers at 1-Across, but I don’t really do it that often. Not that I put cruddy answers there, it’s just that I don’t want to start with one… I know many folks start where 1-Across is, and I like my solvers to work a little harder to uncover the magic seed entry, y’know? This grid was 70 instead of 72 out of necessity — I built the upper left stack first, and the letter combo I got in the fifth column just wasn’t working unless I extended it all the way down to where it was. (I had the option to keep it a four-letter word, but… well, you’ll see. I had those first three letters of the stack, and I didn’t really want to make that four letter word necessary in the grid.)

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3 thoughts on “Puzzle 178: Freestyle 146. You have to earn it.”

  1. With 4 answers I never heard of, thanks for making the crosses easier, so that I could solve it (confidently) in a couple of hours!

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