July 20, 2023 - "Themeless #45" - by Spencer Leach

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this energetic 68-word themeless by Spencer Leach. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Spencer Leach, 19, is studying mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech and is working as a traffic management intern for the North Carolina DOT. Spencer has constructed multiple puzzles for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and frequently dreams of eating Oreos with Brian Eno on Lake Erie. When not constructing, Spencer is probably listening (and screaming the lyrics) to Taylor Swift songs and wishing they had managed to get Eras Tour tickets. Find Spencer on Twitter at @ThoronIsHere and solve more of Spencer's puzzles at their blog Powergrids.net.

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Coming up next, on August 3: a bold puzzle from dynamic duo Wendy L. Brandes and Ayesha Agarwal.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke