September 9, 2021 - "Aether Way" - Liz Vargo

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

We're over the moon to be publishing this debut puzzle by the stellar Liz Vargo. We think you'll find it lightly challenging!

Liz Vargo works in e-commerce strategy at Lowe's (the place that sells hammers, not the defunct movie theater chain) and resides in Cambridge, MA. Despite being a lifelong Sudoku fiend, Liz did not struggle through her first Monday crossword puzzle from The New York Times until 2018, when her new-at-the-time beau Kevin (also a constructor) convinced her to give crosswords a try. Liz eventually got to solving the later days of the week, and with little to do in the quarantine times, she tried her hand at constructing. This is Liz's first published crossword. When she's not hammering away at Lowe's or at crosswords, Liz loves boutique fitness classes, Boston area restaurants, and Real Housewives. Find Liz on Twitter at @_LeezV.

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Coming up next, on September 16: a themeless puzzle from Hannah Slovut.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella