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Puzzle 294: Freestyle 259. Don’t just dismiss this.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

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One of the seed answers here  (18-Across) was an entry that was on my seed list probably almost as long as I’ve been posting these grids. Make of that what you will… I think it’s a great entry, but it just seems like I kept forgetting about it until now. Ironically enough, the other seed, symmetrically opposite it, just very recently popped into the seed list.

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Puzzle 293: Freestyle 258. A change for the better.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.50

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It’s not often that I have an entry and clue as a seed before starting a grid, but that was definitely the case here (64-Across). Often I actually find it easier to start at the bottom or the very right hand side of a stack and build up from there rather than working in the normal left-to-right, top-to-bottom reading order.

I don’t normally bring up what I don’t like about my own grids, but I will this time because it’s very minor — a random Roman numeral is in the grid! I’m kinda sheepish about it… yes, I decided to accept it as a compromise for a good stack.

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Puzzle 292: Freestyle 257. It’s not a mystery…

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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Not to give anything away, but the seed entry, which was (for once, actually!) at 1-Across, I don’t actually ever have any use for. Usually seed entries come from life experiences, things I hear people say, etc., but I came across this randomly (ironically enough, I think it was while I was writing a clue for another grid). Also, I got a subtle kick in the butt when not one but two test-solvers found a particular entry obscure… but I was, luckily, able to change out 47-Across and do it without affecting more than ten entries. So that was relatively painless.

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Puzzle 291: Freestyle 256. A job well done!

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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This grid was actually scheduled to appear a few weeks ago. The reason it didn’t is because I noticed an entry that would’ve been in back to back grids. Now, it was only a five-letter entry, so it may or may not have been a tad picky or ridiculous on my part, but it obviously bothered me enough that I moved the schedule around to account for that.

The seed was 50-Across, which would be obvious if you know me (well, the first word in the clue is “sarcastic”, so that should clue you in…). I was slightly saddened to confirm in my research for the clue for 47-Across that it is a discontinued product. Truth be told, when I was young, I’d eat it straight out of the container.

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Puzzle 290: Freestyle 255. Get along, Kid Charlemagne.

Rest in peace, Walter Becker.

Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.39

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Another one for the “somebody’s lips to my grid” category (18-Across). Nothing much to say other than that, really. My normally prolix self is strongly fighting the urge to hit the “post” button now, but I’m gonna do it.

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Puzzle 289: Freestyle 254. You’re in prime position.

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.57

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Watch out, two 70-entry grids in a row! Entries with two grid spanners intersecting at the center, like this one, tend to have 70 instead of 72 because the black squares just work out that way. 13-Down was an entry that found its way into an earlier grid, but had to be revised out because of, I think, a dupe (it’s easy to blame it on a dupe). But you can’t keep a good entry down, and so it reappears!

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Puzzle 288: Freestyle 253. It’s a jungle out there.

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.51

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It’s funny the amount of people, both familiar and strange to me, who have directly inspired the entries in my grid. The funnier part is, with the exception of one person — my wife — they have no idea that something they said came out of their lips directly into my grid. 35-Across is the entry I’m talking about here — they said it, and some sort of light bulb went off in my head and I immediately went to work on it. Whenever someone says something that ends up in a grid, it’s not a certain type of phrase I’m consciously looking for, but more an odd feeling I get… almost like those words exited their mouth, went into my ear through a trap door, and wouldn’t get out unless they made their way into a grid.

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