August 19, 2021 - Themeless #22 - by Kate Hawkins

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're delighted to be publishing this fun AF 72-word themeless by superstar Kate Hawkins. We think you'll find it very challenging!

Kate has been constructing crosswords since 2019. Her puzzles have run in The New York Times, USA Today, Universal Crosswords, AVCX, The Atlantic, and more. This puzzle is her second with The Inkubator -- she is grateful to the editorial team for supporting both this puzzle and women constructors generally. By day, Kate is a product manager building tech to make government procurement more efficient. She lives in Oakland, California with her wife, cats, and chickens. Find Kate on Twitter at @kateshawkins.

Tournament alert! Lollapuzzoola is happening THIS SATURDAY, August 21! (which is a Saturday in August ...) The tournament is all online, and features a full program of crosswords, minis, metas, puzzle suites, bonus games, constructor interviews, and more. The live tournament starts at 12:30pm EDT -- but you can also get the puzzles by email to solve at your leisure. And Inkubator is a sponsor this year! Read more about it and sign up -- open until midnight Friday! -- at

Coming up next, on September 2: Elise Corbin blinds us with science.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella