September 23, 2021 - "It's a Curse" - by Jana Persky

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

This week the Inkubator brings you a fresh creation from the up-and-coming constructor Jana Persky. "It's a Curse" is a puzzle that is not shy, though it's just shy of moderately challenging. Enjoy!

Jana grew up as the eldest of four crazy kids in Connecticut and then moved west to attend Stanford University. She now lives in Denver, Colorado, where she is the Chief of Staff at a youth apprenticeship organization. Her mom introduced her to the New York Times crossword puzzle, and she picked up crossword-making as a pandemic hobby. In her spare time, Jana enjoys playing soccer, hiking, skiing and exploring all that Colorado and the Mountain West has to offer.

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Coming up next, on October 7: an inspired themeless puzzle from Catherine Cetta.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Juliana, and Stella