February 2, 2023 - "Leading Ladies" - by Zhouqin Burnikel

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to bring you "Ladies First" by the extraordinary Zhouqin Burnikel. We think you'll find it lightly challenging.

Zhouqin grew up in Xi'an, China. She worked in Guangzhou for six years before moving to the US in 2001. She became a US citizen in June 2010.

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Coming up next, on February 9: a clever concoction from Karen Lurie.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke