Average Length: 5.28
Difficulty: You’d better believe it
This one started with the 14D/24A pair because, word nerd that I am, I like how two such similar-looking words can mean basically the exact opposite thing. Another seed was 51A, which I hadn’t heard of before reading Brad Leithauser’s fantastic book subtitled “The Architecture of Poetry.” (I can’t give you the title because it contains one of the words in the answer.) Other than that, I ramped up the cluing difficulty on this one, so beware! If you like the puzzle, please share it. Come back Wednesday for another Mostly Musical Mini.