You are right You have to demolish one of the crannies , or only build 1+9 in the first place. Fixed it into the guide.
Thanks for the graphics too!
Have you put the guide into practice?
Thanks for answering! I'm actually trying it right now in a newly started server (ts5.anglosphere), so I'll see how it goes. Been almost on par with the timings as well, but as I'm sort of a newbie, it'll probably still take me longer than someone with more experience.
I do have one other question though:
You mentioned some parts of the guide are optional, but how are you to tell if you need the extra levels (for the Embassy and Academy) or not? Does it only depend on whether or not you want to spend the extra resources/gold? Is it more time efficient?