Puzzle 349: Freestyle 312. You have to earn your keep!

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.42

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One of the few times I have a grid spanner (8-Down, in this case) that wasn’t a seed entry. Usually, when I have an unplanned 15 or 13-letter entry, you’ll see the word count at 70 or less, because it means I found a pair of blocks I could take out to make it a grid spanner. But, this time, I added a pair in the upper right/lower left to compensate. Actually, the reason I had an unplanned 15 was because I built the upper left first and didn’t like the options for a five-letter word (the center column was originally 5-3-5)… so I found I could extend it to a 15 and have a much more desirable entry.

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