Puzzle 53: Anagram Crossword 3. It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up grid.

Last Friday’s meta puzzle solution and explanation

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The Anagram Crossword has been the most popular of the variety puzzles I’ve posted on this site. Here are the first one and the second one in case you’ve missed them. Hey, give the people what they want, right? It’s been fun and a lot of time cultivating the word list I use to make these grids, and I’m going to keep adding to the list for future puzzles like this.

I’ll be back with another freestyle crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to  Freestyle 32 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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Puzzle 52: Freestyle 32. We could be heroes.

Last week’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.51

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A rare occurrence with this puzzle. You’ll see the grid spanner at 35-Across, and you’d be safe to assume that it was a seed entry. Well, it wasn’t! The construction started in the upper left, and, as the process went along, the middle row had to be opened up completely. I’m glad to have that entry in the middle, though. 1-Down got me out of a little jam in the northwest; I was about to make a serious compromise in that corner when I had that forehead-slapping moment. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that as an entry before.

The seeds in this one were 14-Across and 17-Across; mini-seeds included 35-Across (obviously), 11-Down, and 12-Down. It’s rare that I can stack two pairs of seed entries in the same puzzle, but I’m glad I was able to do it.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is at 49-Across; I have seen said History Channel program and am still amazed that this airport could even possibly have been built.

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Puzzle 51: Meta Puzzle 1, “Where Did I Go?” Can you place me?

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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As I said on Tuesday’s post, I went on vacation last week… somewhere. I don’t want to get too much into the construction of this puzzle, because I want you to solve the meta before I say much of anything. Next week, I’ll post the solution to the grid as well as the explanation of the meta answer. Just for fun, I’ve scrambled the solution to the PUZ… I know you’re all not the answer-lookin’-uppin’ types, though.

No spoilers in the comments, please… if you’re so inclined and you’re not sure, email me via the link above and I’ll tell you if you’re right.

You’ll also notice that the grid is odd-shaped at 15×17… I’ll just say that it is and it isn’t a part of the meta. I’ll explain that as well next week.

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Puzzle 50: Freestyle 31. Don’t quote me on this one.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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The week before this post, I was on vacation. Where did we go, you ask? Well, tune in on Friday, because I’ve got a meta crossword that’ll tell you where we went if you figure it out!

This crossword took an unusual turn in its construction; I had two 14-letter seeds, at 19-Across and 51-Across, originally, but the one you see at 19-Across is not the one I started with! It’s not common that I have to change a long answer during construction, after well over half the puzzle had been built, but a few roadblocks prevented me from keeping that entry. I don’t even remember what it was — it’s still on my seed list somewhere. Other seed entries from the list — ones I was able to keep — were 28-Across, 50-Across, and 54-Across.

I had a fun time cluing this one — well, I do for every puzzle, but I feel like this was particularly fun. Sometimes I choose one entry over another not necessarily because of its superior quality as an entry but because it has a bigger potential for a better clue than the other.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is in 55-Across… even though I don’t really like tea, I’d be interested to try them sometime.

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Puzzle 49: Freestyle 30. May the force be with you.

Last week’s themed puzzle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25

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The pain in my toches with constructing this one was the lower left. The framework was 19-Across/25-Across/54-Across/7-Down (OK, it’s not a symmetric framework, but it’s how this puzzle started), and those four didn’t budge even from the moment when this puzzle was just a twinkle in its constructor’s eye. The rest of the puzzle went like clockwork… and I even got in another word from the seed list at 37-Down. But the lower left, for some reason, didn’t come to me as easily as the rest.

My favorite thing that I learned from this puzzle is the origin of the word “laconic” as in 47-Down. If you do a little background reading on it, it’s pretty entertaining.

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Guest Freestyle #1 by Jason Mueller. Time for something new and exciting!

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.31

As promised yesterday, I’ve got a guest freestyle puzzle today! Jason Mueller’s the name, and this 72-word freestyle’s the game. (I have no idea what that means.) Jason emailed me a few weeks ago with this freestyle puzzle for my consideration. I solved it right after I got the email, and replied that I very happy to have it on the site.

Jason tells me that he is (as of this blog post) unpublished, but will have his major publication debut on Sunday, May 31, in the LA Times. (Impressive enough, but a Sunday debut is even more impressive, still!) This is a pretty darned polished freestyle construction with some fun entries in it. In fact, the one running across the middle is… well, was… on my own seed list. He is from Missouri, an alum of the University of Missouri, and was captain of their quiz bowl team. I am very happy to present this freestyle from Jason, I look very much forward to his LA Times debut, and I look forward to many more of his puzzles to come! Nice job, Jason.

Puzzle 48: Freestyle 29. “It’s like a creature out of Greek mythology!”

Last week’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

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Before I say anything else, I want to plug something new and exciting from Club 72 headquarters: there will be a guest freestyle puzzle tomorrow! I got an email a couple of weeks ago with a submission for a guest freestyle for my website. His name is Jason Mueller, and he’ll be making his major publication debut soon… but I’m very happy to put a guest puzzle of his on this site tomorrow. Check it out!

If you’ve been following me, you know that I’m a big “Seinfeld” fan and like to put in a reference whenever I can (and whenever it’s reasonable) in my offerings. Well, in this one, the “Seinfeld” reference is the seed itself. (It was going to happen eventually!) That episode is also the source of the quote in the title of this blog post, in case you were curious.

Every puzzle has its tribulations, and this one was no different: I got three-quarters around this puzzle’s construction when I realized I had a silly dupe. That forced me to tear out quite a bit of what I had done already, especially in the middle, and reconstruct. I still got a few entries from the old seed list into the puzzle, including 1-Across (obviously), 45-Down, and 61-Across.

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