Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33
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The top two answers in the upper right stack, where I started, were originally in the second and third rows. (It’s nice to find two good entries that stack so well that you can do that.) I worked for a little while with the stack like that until I realized that it’d work even better with those two entries where you see them now.
In the upper left, the stack I started with (and, in fact, the one I had when I started to do the cluing) was a little different than the one you’ll solve. But I came up with a better idea for fill at the worst time to think of a good idea — in bed just before I was about to fall asleep. I usually keep a pen on my nightstand for such a purpose, but, for some reason, it wasn’t there. So I reconstructed it in my head to make sure it would work, then shuffled out of bed to put it into the grid. I couldn’t let it go, because it was a big improvement over what I’d had at that point. I still think it is.
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