That was not intentional in the slightest and I only noticed it when I read your comment. It’s kind of funny I made the 2 and the 6 point the way they did for it to work out, since they could have gone the other way.
In fact I actually aimed for the two 8s to end up the same number as a small touch, since they felt like the most important clues post break-in.
Wow, this one is giving me a bit of a headache with those bottom two rows. I can only seem to get one or two short of the goal. Is there supposed to be a different spot to break-in, or am I missing a step somewhere that will make those rows doable?
Getting all 19 horizontal segments in the bottom area is possible and tricky. It is also the major break-in of the puzzle.
Simple counting tells you there are at least three places where you need a horizontal segment in row 9 directly above another one in row 10. Two should be easy to find, but there’s a subtler one near the middle.