Puzzle 335: Freestyle 299. Set an open course for the virgin sea…

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.50

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Another grid that I built solely for its looks. (Don’t worry, I’m not that shallow in real life.) Well, I mean, I didn’t slop my way through the fill, but this grid will smack you in the face when you open it. I could have made it easier to construct (and still maintained the look) by splitting 3- and 12-Down into halves, but I definitely had 35-Across in mind first when I built the grid. When you have a central 11-letter entry, you either have to build one of those block clusters on either side of the middle or you have to deal with two fifteens. I chose to deal with the 15s because I had an aesthetic to maintain.

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3 thoughts on “Puzzle 335: Freestyle 299. Set an open course for the virgin sea…”

  1. Was it intentional that the answers to 8D and 11D could be swapped and 11D would STILL work with the crossing entry? If so, that was devious (and threw me for several minutes)!

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      1. I came to the site just now after finishing to ask the same question! Depending on which of 8D and 11D you “solved” first could make for a diabolical finish (as it did for me). Switching those two letters from my original entries was my final move….

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