Sunday, December 8, 2019

puzzle 140: "winter airs (freestyle 129)"

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i certainly didn't plan to have this low of a word count in this week's puzzle; it started with building the northwest corner and then branching out from there with a pair of long downs that largely dictated the rest of the puzzle's layout. could perhaps have extended the blocks going into the northeast / southwest corners one more column each, but that felt like too much, and i'm pleased with how they came out (14-down aside, especially since it's almost (but not quite) an anagram of 39-down, which would have been a much more helpful hint). still, as always, enjoy!