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Puzzle #38: First Drafts

 Hello hello! Themed puzzle coming at ya this week--thanks to Steve and Norah for testing.  It's been a while since I've plugged Twitch streams, so let's plug some I haven't mentioned before: Norah , who streams crosswords and the excellent game Worms CrossweirdTV , who solve the NYT and indie puzzles, and have a very friendly active chat Alex Boisvert , who streams puzzles, often with some very interesting extra constraints, like having all the clues in alphabetical order  Cursewords , who you probably already know about, and features Ross Trudeau and Parker Higgins On to the puzzle! .puz PDF   Solution Mmm, apricot frangipane tart

Puzzle #37: On The Road

 How's it going? Themed puzzle this week. Hope it goes down smooth! .puz PDF   Solution Mmm, focaccia 

Puzzle #36: Extremely Online

 Howdy!   Themeless this week. I think this one's a lot of fun, with some tricky clues--thanks to Steve Mossberg for testing.   Hit the "Show/hide" button below the puzzle when you're done for a discussion about the genesis of this puzzle and a topic that's important to me personally. .puz PDF   Solution   Mmm, pretzels 20-Across was the seed for this puzzle. As someone with cerebral palsy, I find it's an important concept to highlight. The titular curb-cuts are ramps added to intersections to help wheelchair users, but they are helpful to cyclists, skateboarders, pedestrians using strollers, and so on. Things like closed captioning benefit all of us, and help reduce stigma around accommodation at the same time. When society works to accomodate those who are marginalized or disadvantaged, everyone benefits. Show/hide

Puzzle #35: Cahoots! (with Chris Piuma)

Hi hi hi!   Really excited to share this week's puzzle, which is a themeless collaboration with Chris Piuma. His excellent puzzles can be found here and his highly enjoyable Twitch stream, which features crossword-solving, the NYT Spelling Bee, and other shenanigans, can be found most mornings at 11am Central .  As you might be able to tell at a glance, we had a lot of fun with this one. Each half of the grid was filled by one of us, and clued by the other. Which way round, you ask? You get one guess. .puz PDF Solution   Mmm, Bravetart’s S'mores Pie with toasted meringue