Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25
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I’m learning to love the 13-15-13 stack in the middle, now that I’m not afraid of the long intersecting down answer. Much as I usually don’t care about aesthetics in my grids, I really don’t want the Utah-shaped (three on top of two) or the stairstep chunks of blocks (3/2/1) in these grids. Well, actually, it’s less for aesthetic reasons and more that it takes up a big chunk of my block count in a small space. I’m not going over 39 blocks in a 72-word grid — it may seem like an arbitrary number, but I have to draw the line somewhere. 40 blocks and 72 entries, to me, is where it starts to seem like you’re making too much of a sacrifice.
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