June 8, 2023 - "Botanimal Garden" - by Em Handy

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

This week, the talented Em Handy has created an intoxicating bouquet we're calling "Botanimal Garden." We think you'll find this puzzle moderately challenging and maybe a little dangerous.

Em Handy got heavy into crosswords during a long hospital stay and started constructing with a desire to see more puzzles with nerd humor. In addition to being cute and replaying old Nancy Drew computer games, she works a variety of freelance jobs from landscape design to children's illustration to board games and loves them all equally. You won't find her on social media, but she has a sporadic crossword mailer you can sign up for at emhandy.com.

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Coming up next, on June 15: a timely themeless from Carly They Themsen and Kate Chin Park.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke