January 12, 2023 - "The Right Outfit" - by Sara Cantor and Max Schlenker

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this fashionable romp by Max Schlenker and Sara Cantor. We think you'll find it lightly challenging!

Originally from rural North Carolina, Max is a paralegal and crossword constructor now based in Washington, D.C. When not exploring the zany corners of queer culture through puzzles, Max plays in LGBTQ+ kickball and volleyball leagues. Their work has also appeared in the Universal Crossword.

Sara has always liked words more than most other things, but only solved their first crossword puzzle in 2019. They quickly became interested in how puzzles were made and decided their mission was to learn how to do it on their own. An NLP engineer, Sara appreciates mild weather, a sweet gherkin, and a bad (?) pun. Find Sara at @cantorlope_puz on Twitter and Sara's puzzle blog at crosshare.org/scantor.

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Coming up next, on January 19: a themeless full of queer nerd energy from Darby Ratliff and Rachel Fabi.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke