March 21, 2021 - "Divide and Conquer" - by Rachel Antell

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

It's been a year. A year that inspired sobering fear and remarkable courage. A year we shouted and wept together; a year we held the space and listened. A year we learned what we can live with, and what we can't abide.

One year ago today, some of us were stocking up on essential supplies and canned goods, while others of us were surprised by all the fuss, working at our kitchen tables "hopefully for just a few weeks," reluctant to look up from our daily devotions to acknowledge the tidal wave crashing down on our shores. An arbitrarily deadly, mysterious virus was turning the world even more upside down, and it seemed like there was nothing we could do to stop it.

But there was something each of us could do. We could play a part by playing apart. It wasn't going to stop the wave's progress, but it made a difference in the lives and survival of our friends and neighbors. At the one-year mark, there's something like an end in sight, and hope is in the air, but it's not over.

Today's puzzle, "Divide and Conquer," by debut constructor Rachel Antell, pays tribute to these times.

Rachel is an archival producer for documentary films, and lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband, two kids, incredible dog, and sort-of-ok cat. She has been solving crosswords for decades but never tried her hand at constructing one until the 2020 quarantine when she realized that she'd better stop baking and find another hobby or things were going to get ugly!

Next, on March 25, get ready for a wake-up call from Mollie Cowger!

Until then, stay safe and savor the arrival of spring ...
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella