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Puzzle #63: Let's Circle Back... (with Norah Sharpe)

 Hi folks, Very excited to bring you this collaboration with the inestimable Norah Sharpe. Norah says:  "I'm so happy to make my Half-Baked debut with our fourth puzzle together. When I first started gridding this I didn't know it would be a collab, but as soon as I had the left side filled I knew Will would make the right side just as fun. One reason I love making puzzles with Will is because I know he's going to surprise me with stuff like 21-Down and 53-Across - both entries that I didn't have on my lists but I am so glad to learn of them. I also trust that any time we collab, he's gonna write some banger clues. Of his, 20A, 2D, and 14D are among my favorites. And I'm pretty proud of 49A. Thanks for solving!" I don't have the eloquence to express as well why working with Norah is so great, but I think you can see it all over this grid! The collaborative process is always a joy with Norah and her enthusiasm, organization and energy really help po

Puzzle #62: Spread Alternative (midi)

 Hey folks! Nice lil midi for ya this week. Enjoy! .puz Mmm, matzah toffee

Puzzle #61: Kid's Games (Cryptic #5)

 Hi friends, Cryptic puzzle for you today that I'm really excited for everyone to solve. I'm hopeful each one is better than the last. As usual, Steve was a huge help with this one, so go solve his cryptics too! .puz PDF Solution and Parses     Mmm, carrot (birthday) cake!

Puzzle #60: Tabula Rasa

 Hi folks! Got a fun one for you this week--a collaboration with the excellent constructor meatdaddy . They've made a grid that a bunch of constructors have offered a set of clues for, and I'm thrilled to be one of them. You can check out other approaches on their blog!  I also have a really fun collaboration with Norah Sharpe that's a midi-sized puzzle you should go solve! Meatdaddy adds, "One of my favorite things about crossword puzzles is seeing the many ways that different constructors will clue a single word - for just a moment, you get to peer inside the mind of someone else and at the expense of sounding cheesy, it's a lovely, intimate moment. Not only that, but I also frequently find myself thinking "man, I wish I would have thought of that cluing angle!" and it's a testament to the diverse skill sets and talent in our lil' community. The main goal of Tabula Rasa was to pick everyone's brains by sending them a silly grid with

Puzzle #59: Unlikely Matchups

 Hi all! Themed puzzle on the easier end of things for ya this week. If you're a subscriber to AVCX , I have this week's themeless puzzle. I hope you'll give it a try--it's a good one and I'm very proud of it. If you're not a subscriber, you can always purchase an individual puzzle, and mine can be found here See you next time! .puz PDF   Solution   Mmm, poppy-seed hamantaschen

Puzzle #58: Cryptic #4

 Hi friends! Sorry to miss my usual schedule last week, but I'm hoping to have puzzles up at the usual time for the next few weeks. So if a cryptic isn't your thing, I'll see you next week! Huge thanks to Steve Mossberg and kormad for helping improve this one with tremendous insight and patience.  I'm including an explanation/parse of the clues for the first time, so if you find that helpful please let me know! .puz PDF   Solution + Explanations Mmm, apple pancake  

Puzzle #57: Going Postal

 Hi friends, Themed puzzle for ya this week. I think you'll find it a light challenge, with a few tricky clues, and hopefully a fun theme! Many thanks to Alex Boisvert for helping in testing this one. If you'd like to try some other puzzles by me, I've had a few lately: One in Spyscape called "Vertical Infiltration," a Universal puzzle called "Fantasy Sports," and an AVCX midi titled "Schrödinger's Cat." It's been a thrill working with some great editors, including Will Nediger, Brooke Husic and David Steinberg, who definitely elevate my work, so go check those out! .puz PDF   Solution   Mmm, parmesan-herb breadsticks