Puzzle 576: Freestyle 520. You dropped this…


Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.56


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Don’t worry — I didn’t go political with this grid, but this is the closest I’ll ever come to it. One thing you don’t ever have to worry about in any of my grids is a political slant one way or another.ย  You and I come to solve these grids to escape from politics, not to engage in them; we see enough of them outside this grid. The seed entry refers to a much-debated political topic, but the clue itself takes a very factual angle, believe me.


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6 thoughts on “Puzzle 576: Freestyle 520. You dropped this…”

  1. I worked on this puzzle for two or three days. Stared at the Great Seal of Ontario (22A) but didn’t see any animals at all, nor in the Great Seal of Upper Canada. Not until I cheated and got the ONT filled in using the puz file did I put “ontario great seal moose bear deer” into google and then found Ontario’s Coat of Arms, obviously distinct from Great Seal. Other than that, tough but fair.

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  2. So it took me 4:14:48 to finish this (with no errors). I then spent half an hour reading about several things referenced in it that come from waay outside of my experience and stretched my educated-guessing muscle almost to the breaking point. One thing I was unable to get: What does โ€œJCSโ€ stand for? Dr. Google doesnโ€™t seem to know.

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      1. Thanks, Tim. I guess that should have been “obvious” (as things tend to be, once they’re explained ๐Ÿ˜œ), but Google had/has a hard time coming up with a relevant hit, as so many other things got/get in the way. Well, no matter, as I got the answer from crosses …

        What I love about your puzzles is what seems to be your uncanny knack for providing just enough hints in the clues for me to guess at the things I don’t really “know”. I almost never have to resort to using references to actually finish one of them, I only occasionally end up with an error, and, when I do, it’s usually something I’d have been able to grok, if I had just spent another minute or so on it. (I really don’t know how you get into my head like that … ๐Ÿ˜œ.)

        So … thank you … ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ.

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      2. I wanted so, so bad for there to be a T instead of an S there, but I just couldn’t get it to work.

        I know that as a solver nothing frustrates me more than a section that I just cannot break; so, even though I like a lot of nastiness in my clues, I try to recognize when there’s a really tough cluster of words and nudge the solver a bit. So thank you for the good words!

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