Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25
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Another staggered central stack, this time with 13-letter entries. Normally, that would force a stairstep-shaped chunk of 6 blocks on either side of the middle to prevent 15s from running down either side, but I found that I could include two interesting 15s to intersect the central stack. Since that gave me a little extra flexibility in terms of making word count work around the rest of the grid, I went for it.
Also, 27-Down is a shining example that I learn something every time I write clues for a grid. I was not aware of this until doing a bit of research on the answer entry…
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