048: Starship Dragons (Themeless)
Now Playing: Red Giant by Stellardrone
Word Count: 72
Mean Word Length: 5.36
Hello everyone! I'm excited for this puzzle for not only did the fill happen smoother than butter, there's at least one crossword debut word in it. That's right, the seed word at 60-Across has never been seen/used in a crossword before, at least to the best of my research. Until recently, I didn't know that 60-Across was even a thing and I find it fairly nifty.
This grid is the third attempt in the last couple of weeks using 60-Across as the seed. Those first two grids were such a struggle to fill that I tossed them out. I was nearly ready to use a different seed word when this grid came together. Who knew that dropping the number of blocks actually improved my fill. Not me.
Non NYT Words: 12D, 14D, 25D, 29D, 32A, 60A
Non Shortz-Era Words: 17A, 24A, 26D
Seed Words: 29D, 60A
Music Inspiration Word: 55A
Reused 4+ Letter Words: 3D, 11A, 30A, 58A
If you solve, stream, like, love, or find a typo in my crossword, please feel free to let me know!