June 1, 2023 - "Scoring On Skates" - by Emily Alinder Flynn and Kate Hawkins

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this speedily good puzzle by the mighty team of Emily Alinder Flynn and Kate Hawkins. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Emily is a metadata librarian for the OhioLINK academic library consortium in Columbus, OH. While a life-long reader, she rekindled her love of puzzles in 2020 and began solving crosswords regularly and dabbling in constructing. The USA Today and the variety of indie puzzles really hooked her. She also blogs for Diary of a Crossword Fiend. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and going to festivals, and playing board and role playing games.

Kate has been writing crossword puzzles since 2019. By day, Kate is a product manager at a startup working to make public procurement more equitable and efficient. She recently moved from Oakland, CA to Hanover, NH with her wife and toddler daughter. Her house for the next few years is on the Appalachian Trail and she encourages any through-hiking crossword friends to knock on her door any time. You can follow her (and her puzzles) on Twitter at @kateshawkins.

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Coming up next, on June 8: Em Handy's lively debut.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke