Puzzle 322: Freestyle 286. I’ve got a confession to make.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.46

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On my way to a Christmas gathering yesterday, we were listening to a Christmas music station (what are the chances?) when “The Chipmunk Song” came on. Now, maybe I shouldn’t be giving away my secrets, but I actually heard a pretty good seed entry within the banter in that song. And this is what it’s come to, folks… I’m mining “The Chipmunk Song” for good crossword seed entries. The mind never shuts off, I guess.

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Puzzle 321: Freestyle 285. Time to make it official…

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.51

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Whenever someone asks me what I watch on TV, my stock answer is always “game shows and sports”. And I’m not really exaggerating on this — I don’t really watch dramas, sitcoms, or reality shows (or news, but that’s a different story for a different day). So, in the “write what you know” category, my seed answer for this grid was 43-Across.

A very merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

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Puzzle 320: Freestyle 284. Preaching to the choir.

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.22

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When I’m doing the Saturday Stumper, sometimes I’ll have the grid in front of me and just stare at a blank one for a few minutes because I can’t get anywhere on it. I’ll be honest… I’m staring at this full grid trying to think of something to say, and I just can’t come up with anything. So I’ll just present it as is…

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Puzzle 319: Freestyle 283. I’m giving you my word…

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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.56

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What do you do when you want two intersecting 13-letter entries to feature in your grid but don’t want yet another 8-letter stack in the grid (as I’m sure many of you have asked on a daily basis)? Helper square haters, avert your eyes!

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Puzzle 318: Freestyle 282. You had one job…

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.43

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The leadoff entry in this grid comes from Instagram, which has had a sort of funny history with me. We all have our things in life that we get into pretty fervently and, later in life, look back on and wonder why we were into so much. Instagram is one of those things for me. I was really into it… like, so much so that I was basically spamming the Facebook timelines of my online friends from time to time with my arty, hipster Instagram posts. I can laugh about that now, I guess. Now, I’ve cut myself off from all social media, but I went off Instagram about a year or two before Facebook and Twitter. I’m not missing any of it, either…

Happy Hanukkah to all those who celebrate!

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Puzzle 317: Freestyle 281. Earn your keep!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25

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An unusual-looking (for me) freestyle grid as it looks more like one with a theme. The only difference here is that the long entries that I usually like to stack are now spread out and form more of a network than a cluster. 36-Across was the obvious seed, and it occurs too often these days (well, it’s been going on since all of human history, but it’s just a lot more overt with media, social and otherwise, these days).

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Puzzle 316: Freestyle 280. To your health!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.28

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1-Across in this grid has a connection to me that’s probably as personal as any entry I’ve included in a grid on this site. I was rereading my best man’s speech from our wedding eight-plus years ago, and 1-Across was the toast at the end of it. (I actually didn’t know what he said until I read the paper copy of it!) It’s interesting that it took me this long to make the bridge from that to a crossword grid, but here it is, in the most prominent location in a crossword grid, 1-Across.

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