Last Friday’s freestyle solution
Word count: 64 (yikes!)
Mean word length: 5.72
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Yup, so I feel like you deserve an explanation as to how the hell this thing got down to 64! This is only the second 64-entry grid that I’ve posted out of 715. (The other one is here.) It came purely by accident. I was definitely trying for a goofy-looking triple-stack grid. Then… (spoiler to follow, highlight the space to read it after you solve…) you might notice that the first seven letters of 8-Down and the last seven letters of 20-Down are words by themselves. That’s because I had originally had a block splitting those entries (at the end of what’s now 32-Across and the start of what’s now 34-Across); the stacks were originally 14-13-12 with a seven-letter word next to them. But… I noticed that I could extend each seven-letter word to make a (4,7)/ (7,4) phrase and still make the stack work! So I moved some blocks around and added some to make the grid work. This 11-12-13-14 is the closest you’ll ever see me get to a full-on quad-stack, folks!
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7 thoughts on “Puzzle 782: Freestyle 715. Time to start the show.”
Okay, it worked on my iMac … but then I tried to leave a comment from there, and that didn’t work. Sometimes I think the world is devolving rather than evolving, but … for the moment … God’s in His Heaven and all’s right with the world … 😜.
Okay. That’s what I thought had to be the case, but it doesn’t work on my iPad. I’ll try it on my iMac and see what happens …
So … I solved the puzzle (which was most enjoyable, but took a while) and I’d like to read the comments, but the area seems to be entirely blank …
I don’t often get very many comments on here! There were none before yours.
Ummm … I’m referring to the words, “spoiler to follow, highlight the space to read it after you solve”, following which there is indeed a blank space that I can “copy” and “paste”, but I can’t find any way of discovering what, if anything, is somehow hidden in there. (On other sites, I have sometimes seen spoilers that one copies into a decoder of sorts, making the otherwise invisible message visible. That’s what I was expecting to see here. Either that, or some message following the blank space … )
Oh yeah, silly me. Just click and drag the cursor to highlight the text. I put the text in white, but you’ll be able to see it if you highlight it.