Puzzle 535: Freestyle 483. A bit slow on the uptake.


Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.43


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I had so much trouble with the bottom right. It just beat me up to construct it. It doesn’t seem like much, but three letters of the stack were absolutely fixed by the construction so far (one of the down answers intersecting it couldn’t be changed)… and whether the letters are common or not, if you have one letter each fixed in place for each entry of the stack, that severely limits what you can do with the stack. Even having two possibilities for one of the letters would have helped.


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One thought on “Puzzle 535: Freestyle 483. A bit slow on the uptake.”

  1. Wow! I had the most brutal time with the SW, mostly cos I had an answer in mind for 43D that just wasn’t working. I finally got it – I know my baseball, and I’ve never heard that phrase used in that way! Always like learning something…

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