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103: Strange Defects (Themeless)

Now Playing: Sogno di Volare by Christopher Tin

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Word Count: 70

Mean Word Length: 5.51

Well, either my new neighbor is either the former Queen of Arendelle, or it’s so ridiculously cold outside that frost is building up on my windows. Happy super chilly Friday here at Trash Panda Puzzles! Where I live is now in that time of the year where it’s often too cold to snow. On the plus side, the extreme cold usually means that clouds don’t form, and we get bright sunny days. Enough about the weather and let's get onto the puzzle.

Today’s crossword is a 15x15 grid with standard symmetry. You’ll notice that there are plenty of chunky bits scattered about with nearly 1/3 of the answers being seven or more letters long. Lastly, take a look at the stats below. There’s a new stat called “My Mom's Clues.” That’s right, my mother helped clue 11 of the words in today’s crossword. Hopefully everyone finds this little added bit of variety enjoyable!

Title Inspiration: 2D, 4D

Music Inspiration: 45A

Seed Word: 14A

Personal Word List/Score: 10D, 14A, 22D, 23A, 28A, 29D, 42A, 53D,

Reused 4+ Letter Words: 6D, 13D, 21A, 22D, 25D, 27D, 32D, 33D, 34A, 35A, 38A, 39A, 46D, 54A, 56D

Unique Words to Date: 4,361 (+54)

Non-NYT Words: 10D, 14A, 28A, 29D, 54D

Non-Shortz-Era Word: 30D

My Mom's Clues: 18A, 19A, 21A, 22A, 23A, 26A, 31A, 34A, 35A, 37A, 39A

If you enjoy, solve, stream (I give bits), or find a typo in my crossword, please let me know!

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Crosswords by Jason "Jac" Crabtree