Hello, crossword people!
This week’s creation marks a couple of firsts for me as a constructor. For one, it’s the first time I’ve ever been able to have someone test solve the puzzle before it saw the light of day. I picked really well: Christopher Adams at arctan(x)words is not only a fantastic constructor (yes please go over there and solve his excellent weekly puzzles), but also a really sensitive and thoughtful examiner of the process. He wrote me generous and detailed insights about my work and how to make it more accessible and smoother for all solvers. It’s a whole lot better because of him. Thanks, Chris!
And as for the rest of you, here’s hoping you’re getting by OK out there in puzzle land. Please enjoy the offering. Back with a fresh themeless next Wednesday!