May 20, 2021 - Themeless #19 - by Kyra Wilson and Sophia Maymudes

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this sparkling 72-word themeless by a constructing team that keeps the grid energy high even though they're thousands of miles apart -- Sophia Maymudes and Kyra Wilson. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Sophia and Kyra met at Carleton College, but have since taken their crossword writing enterprise international. Sophia currently lives in Seattle and Kyra lives in Abu Dhabi (although this puzzle was written when they were only one time zone away from each other rather than eleven). Other than doing crosswords together, they also watch a lot of Top Chef on Hulu Party and reminisce about the good old days when putting on face masks meant staying home, drinking wine, and watching hours of trashy reality television with all the gal pals. For better or worse, at least the staying home part is still true these days. Find Sophia on Twitter at @smaymudes, and Kyra at @hereforthewugs.

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Coming up next, on June 3: Claire Rimkus helps us welcome Pride Month!

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella