December 17, 2020 - "Breaking the Mold" - by Ella Dershowitz

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing Ella Dershowitz's solo debut! She's breaking onto the crossword scene with a salute to innovation. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Ella is an actor who first started solving crosswords between scenes because she figured they'd be easy to put down when it was time to go back onstage (little did she know how utterly -- and delightfully -- wrong that would prove to be!). She dove into constructing in March when theater went on pause and has become more and more obsessed each day. Her puzzles have appeared in AVCX and The Atlantic. She's also got some super nerdy theater-themed puzzles up on her own website: So many thanks to the amazing folks at Inkubator for the awesome puzzles and awesome mentorship (this was the first solo puzzle she ever made and they were very, very, VERY helpful!), and to the wonderful, weird, welcoming crossword community as a whole for being one of the best parts of the last year. When not acting or puzzling, Ella likes frolicking in nature and watching "Gilmore Girls" on a never-ending loop.

As 2021 begins, we're continuing our commitment to quality progressive, feminist crosswords. Another year of the Inkubator will cost just $30 for 36 puzzles (plus a few bonuses) -- that's three puzzles per month, at less than one dollar per puzzle. We hope you'll join us for our third year, which will feature puzzles from Jenna LaFleur and Martha Kimes, debuts from Connie Alford and Priyanka Sethy, returning favorites Lynn Lempel and Joanne Sullivan, and many more! Click here to renew your Inkubator subscription for $30. A subscription to the Inkubator makes a great gift, too!

Coming up next, on December 31: ring out 2020 with a zoological feat from Sophia Maymudes and Kyra Wilson.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella