Puzzle 487: Freestyle 436. It’s not your fault.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33


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I gave some love to the 12-letter entries in an unusual way — by intersecting them with a stack. I’m already limiting myself as a constructor when I have a stack of 9 or 10 and there are three letters through it that are already fixed. That’s why I don’t do it like that too often. But I had two 12s that I really wanted to use as seeds and, like the last one, I wanted to give myself a little challenge.


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Puzzle 486: Freestyle 435. Bring everything to light.


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Word count: 66
Mean word length: 5.61


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Not often in my crossword endeavors anymore do I try to do something just to see if I can do it. If I fail, then I don’t give myself very much time to do something else, and I’d be forced to throw something together quickly. I don’t want to “throw anything together” for you people, believe me. But I took a little chance here, and tried to see if I could pull off a staggered stack across the middle intersecting a staggered stack down the middle. I didn’t think this would be easy. But I did it and I appreciated the challenge.


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Puzzle 485: Freestyle 434. If you see something, say something.


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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.29


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Another grid that looks like something straight out of a science fiction monster movie. The only black squares in the grid that I moved in the process of constructing this grid were the six squares that are the “stalactites” and “stalagmites” in the middle third of the grid; I moved them repeatedly back and forth, toward and away from the center. If you did a time lapse of my construction, it would look like the monster’s teeth were moving back and forth, devouring the unsuspecting cruciverbal victim in the middle.


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Puzzle 484: Freestyle 433. You go to my head.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.19


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Pretty standard stuff from me, two grid spanners that meet in the middle and a few extra helper squares. There is a little something more to this one that’s a bit unusual for my grids, though. I don’t usually do this, but I think you’ll figure out what’s going on when you’re done.


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Puzzle 483: Freestyle 432. I see you all out there.


Last Friday’s Anagram Crossword solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.14


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After the last grid’s constructing debacle, in which I thought I was done not once, but twice, before having to rip out whole sections due to dumb dupes, it was a bit of a relief to get through this one with no such annoyance. I did, however, go up to 40 blocks with this. Yeah, it’s high for a 72-word grid, and it looks weird, but I did what I had to do.


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Puzzle 482: Freestyle 431. I won’t mention it.


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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.37


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I could have saved myself a lot of difficulty had I even realized that I was working with a 70-word grid instead of 72. I don’t know why I didn’t even notice. Then again, for reasons you may remember, I am not exactly working with a wealth of sleep to support me, so I think I can be forgiven.


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Puzzle 481: Anagram Crossword 8. Make arrangements to solve this.


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With the amount of time I’ve spent curating a word list for this kind of grid, I don’t think you can blame me if I come back to this format from time to time. Not that you would anyway. Not that I make the clues too hard, but I have a rule that I try to follow. The more anagrams an answer entry has, the easier I make the clue. Take that as you will.


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