Puzzle 505: Freestyle 453. I was made for this.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33


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Seed entry is 17-Across. It’s not often I have a proper noun for a seed entry, as you know. I don’t even have an explanation as to why I did it this time. I mean, I like this artist fine, but it’s not like I’m a superfan, so it’s not that.

The weird thing about one of the major (longer than 6 letters) entries in this grid is that I could have had one of three different letters in one of the boxes and I could have had a legit entry either way. That was nice that I had that sort of flexibility without having to change too much.


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Puzzle 504: Freestyle 452. I’m loving every minute of it.


Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39


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So I saw this tweet a while ago:

Obviously, this is from weeks ago now, but, since I saw it, it had been stuck in my head, I guess you could say. So I set out to do it. 28 whole 7-letter words. Not all of them are unique, but quite a few of them are. Ask, and ye shall receive.


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Puzzle 503: Freestyle 451. I’m not buying it.


Last Friday’s Vowelization solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25


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If you had a time-lapse video of this grid from start to finish, it would be a textbook example of why it’s better to fit the grid to the words, not the words to the grid, if you’re really concerned about good fill. A freestyle grid is really all about the fill, so why be rigid with the black squares? The grid isn’t about the squares. Case in point, the grid started with 36-Across, but at one point during construction it even had three 15-letter spanners across. At one point, the lower right and upper left were sectioned off from the rest of the grid.


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Puzzle 502: Freestyle 450. Get your fill here.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.42


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I was in the marching band at the University of Connecticut, for those who haven’t read my bio page. Thankfully, I never had the opportunity to participate in the maneuver at 8-Down, but it sounds terrifying. I wish I were exaggerating in the clue… this maneuver can literally bruise someone if they’re not careful.


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Puzzle 501: Vowelization. Old MacDonald had a farm…


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Anagram fans, which I know many of you are, you’ve come to the right place. Well, sort of… these aren’t really anagrams. They’re more like… addagrams? I don’t know.

You’re given clusters of consonants, and your goal is to find all of the words that have those consonants and only those consonants, without repetition. That is, if four consonants are given, the words you find can only contain exactly four consonants and only those four consonants given. For example, given BCMN, you would find CABMAN, COMBINE, AMBIANCE, etc. The only difference between the easier and harder versions is that the easier version gives the range of lengths of words that can be found for each combination and the harder version does not.


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Puzzle 500: Freestyle 449. Take a bow.


Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31


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Posting my 500th puzzle on this website has made me think about everything I’ve done since my very first post on December 2, 2014 (wow!). What I’m going to do when I have time is do a little statistical analysis of the freestyles I’ve done to this point in time. Maybe I’m just indulging myself, maybe it’ll be interesting to someone other than me, I don’t know. Look for it soon.


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Puzzle 499: Freestyle 448. Don’t play hard to get.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25


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Like the last grid, where the 14s got the love, this time it’s the 12s. I like the challenge of a staggered stack, and (not that I really care that much about it, but…) it’s a nice visual effect when it’s done. It’s also nice when I have to intersect the stack with a lot of long downs that just happen to work out, because that makes it a little easier on me in the corners.


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