March 18, 2021 - Themeless #17 - by Julie Bérubé

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this 72-word themeless chock-full of notable women by Julie Bérubé. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Julie has since childhood loved words, and word games -- in French. And she still plays "au Scrabble" with her siblings and parents -- happily, the letter Z is much easier to place in French, and worth just as much as it is in English. When graduate studies brought her to the States, she was introduced to the NYT crosswords -- and found that these have a different feel from their counterparts in Montréal's "La Presse." As years and Sunday NYT puzzle books went by, the temptation to try her hand at puzzle composition was irresistible. Soon, she was spending innumerable hours with grids, Google, and Crossword Compiler. It's all for the fun of it, but it is nice to be published, too -- so, she thanks Inkubator! She wishes she had more time to devote to this all-important pastime.... But there is work: not words, but statistics. She also enjoys playing the violin, words, gardening, words, knitting, words, reading, words, playing Zoom Boggle with her grown children, and more words...

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There's a bonus coming your way next on March 21: a timely themed puzzle from Rachel Antell!

All the best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella