September 2, 2021 - "A Little Something" - by Elise Corbin

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Puzzle Notes

Dear subscribers,

We're pleased as punch to be publishing this particular puzzle, "A Little Something," by the dynamic new constructor Elise Corbin. We think you'll find it moderately challenging and perhaps a wee bit intriguing ...

Elise Corbin is a student in upstate New York who has previously constructed crosswords for Fireball and FiveThirtyEight, as well as independently with her self-published puzzle "Election Tampering." She is passionate about using crosswords to illustrate concepts and ideas, especially in the STEM world. When not constructing, she can be found cycling on her local roads and trails, fighting for better bike access on said roads and trails, and pestering her friends with obscure Dune trivia. Contact her at

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Coming up next, on September 9: a diaphanous delight by Liz Vargo.

We hope your September is healthy and happy,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella