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077: Speaking & Bartering (Themeless)

Now Playing: Skydance by Kim Planert

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Word Count: 68

Mean Word Length: 5.53

Woohoo, it's September! We are now in my favorite time of the year where the weather is starting to shift towards cooler days. My central A/C got quite the workout these last few months, so I’m glad to finally have the chance to fling my windows open and have a fresh breeze go through my house. Now I’m patiently waiting for the apple orchards around me to start having open harvest weekends.

Today’s 15x crossword is a chunky one! There are 28 seven-letter words in the grid in four separate clusters. Initially when starting to fill this grid, it took my computer quite a deal of time to provide me with possible solutions. Once I had the grid about half filled, the rest of the entries started to easily fall into place. It’s a bummer that I finished cluing this crossword just before Brooke Husic and Enrique Henestroza Anguiano announced their brand-new open-source word list. I’ve looked at the list, and I think I’ll be switching out the Xwi word list for the Spread the Word (list). However, I’ll talk more on that in the next post.

Title Inspiration: 1A, 7A

Music Inspiration: 39D

Seed Word: 18A

Personal Word List/Score: 17A, 18A, 28D, 31A, 33D, 45A, 47A

Reused 4+ Letter Words: 8D, 18A, 24A, 28D, 33D, 42A

Unique Words to Date: 3,329 (+58)

Non-NYT Words: 3D, 13A, 17A, 18A, 32D, 33D, 45A, 47A

Non-Shortz-Era Words: 4D, 23A

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Crosswords by Jason "Jac" Crabtree