February 11, 2021 - "Layer Up" - by Layla Beckhardt

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this solo debut by the very talented Layla Beckhardt. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Layla is a recent college grad who saw quarantine as the time to transform her lifelong love of crossword solving into the realm of constructing. She credits her mom and aunt for resolutely staying in bed with coffee to solve the NYT Sunday puzzle on Christmas, even with a small child needling them to get up and open presents. She also credits her dad for providing them with the endless cappuccinos to fuel said puzzling. Born and raised in New York, Layla spends her free time knitting, crocheting, and weaving, as well as making high pitched noises at her little dog, Delancey.

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Coming up next, on Sunday, February 14: A bonus for V-Day from Nina Sloan.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella