Puzzle 219: Freestyle 194. A grid that could stop traffic.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31

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If there isn’t already, there should be a statistic for the “horizontality” of a particular grid. Just spitballing here, but call it the ratio of the number of down answers to number of across answers. As simple as it would be to figure out, I just think it’d be just another interesting statistic for a grid — as a solver, I can’t really articulate it, but I’d want it to be closer to 1 (as it would be for four-way symmetry), which seems like it’d be more “balanced” of a solve. (The horizontality of this grid would be 1.32, for instance.) I don’t know, a little hard to articulate. Maybe someone else can put it into better words than I can.

I went a little different in my seeding strategy this time around — the seed was not a single answer, but a stack (13- and 17-Across). Not that either of them are brand new answers, but the surreality of the juxtaposition of those two answers was what did it for me.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better?

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