August 18, 2022 - "Themeless #34" - by Nova Qi

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this themeless by Nova Qi, whose love for STEM subjects comes through loud and clear. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nova recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University where she studied systems biology and biochemistry. She is currently a PhD candidate doing research in a neuroscience lab at Columbia University in New York City. After getting into the New York Times crossword in high school, when she would bring the paper to school to solve with her friends in class, she started constructing in late 2020. In addition to science and crosswords, her other passions include science fiction, local breweries, going to metal concerts, and watching movies.

Lollapuzzoola, the greatest summertime crossword tournament ever held on a Saturday in August, is taking place concurrently in New York City and online on Saturday, August 27. This year's extravaganza is hosted by Brian Cimmet, (our very own!) Brooke Husic, and Sid Sivakumar, and features puzzles and games from over a dozen creators including Ella Dershewitz, Pao Roy, Kate Chin Park, Kelsey Dixon, Shannon Rapp, and Carly Schuna. The Inkubator will be giving out subscriptions as prizes at the tournament! Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Coming up next, on September 1: Emet Ozar and Rachel Fabi take us higher.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke