Puzzle #47: Freestyle 16


Puzzle #47: “Freestyle 16”

Difficulty: Haaaaard

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good morning, puzzlers!

I wish I could convey into text form just how amazing Lollapuzzoola was. Seriously. I loved every bit of it. From the puzzles to the people to the pizza to the place (24th overall!), I don’t think it could have gone better. Will provide a well-deserved summary of the experience in a few weeks, when spoilers are no longer an issue to the At-Home solving division (Wanna get in on that, by the way? There’s still time to register!). All I can say now a huge, wholehearted thank you to everyone that contributed to such an incredible experience; I can’t wait until next year!!

Back to reality, now…another work week. Another reminder that summer is almost over. And another freestyle from yours truly! This time, I’ve experimented with a relatively open 64-worder, which is a new record for me in terms of word count. Interestingly enough, entries like 48-Across, 56-Across, and 14-Across all were entered into the grid much later…I tackled the 5×6 middle segments before anything else! While I still prefer creating 68-to-70-word freestyles, I figured this would be a nice change of pace, and it still features my signature “lively” bullshit that several of you all tell me makes you feel super old 😛 Enjoy, as always, and feel free to give me feedback for future puzzles like these!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

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