Word count: 72 (diamond-shaped; diagonally 21×21)
Mean word length: 5.81
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Please accept my sincerest apologies… this format just cannot work as a PUZ format. I decided to switch it up pretty radically — it’s still your standard crossword, but I turned it 45 degrees so it’s shaped like a diamond. (Well, maybe not TOO radically… the first ever crossword from 1913 was shaped like a diamond.) A diamond with 21 squares across and down has almost the same amount of space as a normal 15×15, so I turned the crossword onto its corner. Since a diamond has unchecked squares, I solved that by making each unchecked square, reading clockwise, form a word with its own clue. (I indicated this in the grid, don’t worry.) My crossword formatting and displaying software just didn’t like that I had some squares that were unchecked in the grid, and garbled the clues when I tried to format it. So it has to be PDF only this week.
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