September 1, 2022 - "Up, Up, Up and Away!" - by Rachel Fabi and Emet Ozar

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

This week, we're pleased to feature an uplifting construction by talented collaborators Emet Ozar and Rachel Fabi. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Emet is a queer, genderqueer crossword enthusiast and program manager. She has had puzzles published by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Crosswords Club and others, but still feels very much like a newb. Outside of crosswords, she spends time with her three kids (all under six) and wife. See more of Emet's work at her website.

Rachel Fabi is a Syracuse-based solver, constructor, and writer-abouter of crossword puzzles. Rachel is a "Wordplay" columnist for the New York Times, writing about the daily puzzle and helping new solvers learn the tips and tricks of solving. She has published crosswords in a variety of mainstream and indie venues, including her own puzzle blog Just Gridding!, which she shares with fellow constructor Claire Rimkus. Rachel is also the creator of These Puzzles Fund Abortion, a series of puzzle packs that have raised over $135,000 for abortion funds. In her non-crossword life, she is a professor of bioethics and a "Jeopardy!" champion who loves bad puns, good trivia, and arguing about health policy and ethics on the internet (@faBioethics on Twitter).

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Coming up next, on September 8: some jollity from Sara Nies.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke