Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.66
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I don’t know why I don’t do this more often. I double-stacked 15s in this grid… and, for some reason, it came out surprisingly smooth to construct even though I dropped it to 70 entries. The long diagonal of black squares always helps, though. No matter how you build it, though, there’s always one obstacle to constructing a 70- or 72-word grid — there’s always one relatively wide-open section or significant stack to deal with — and, since it’s not so painful to find two good fifteens that stack, the obstacle this time was that I had to deal with a stack of 8s intersecting the double stack of 15s. Luckily, I dealt with what initially looked like an impossible letter pairing in the southeast, and it worked out after that resolution.
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