Puzzle 271: Freestyle 236. I’ve got a bone to pick with you…

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.42

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This was an exercise in cruciverbal reminiscence, in a sense. I don’t often take a black square pattern, then fill it without changing the pattern no matter what, but I did here. There’s a reason for that — I wanted to take the exact pattern I used in my first-ever published New York Times crossword and re-fill it to see what I would come up with. (The original copy — well, the copy of the newspaper I bought for it, anyways — is framed for posterity and hanging up on a wall in my office.) The main trick was to build the “skeleton” of intersecting entries, with four long down answers and two long across entries. After that, the stacks in the upper right and lower left were fairly harmless to build because they’re fairly isolated.

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

Thanks as always to the test solvers for their input.

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