Puzzle 453: Freestyle 407. It’s a banner year.

Last Friday’s Anagram Crossword solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.43

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I’ve been trying to work some variety puzzles back into the fold, because I’ve been getting some positive comments about them, but today you’ve got the trusty old freestyle. People make a big deal about word count in a puzzle (I do too, of course, to a point… just look at the title of this blog), but I think that much more of a determining variable in difficulty of construction is mean word length. This did not seem like a 70-word construction (there’s often quite a difference between 70 and 72 difficulty-wise with constructing), but that’s because there were a few more black squares. I could say that I made a 50-word 15×15 grid and set some records, but if there are 80 black squares in it, it becomes rather easier, doesn’t it?

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