October 31, 2021 - "October Surprise" - by Jess Goldstein and Olivia Mitra Framke

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

Today's bonus puzzle comes from the dynamic duo Jess Goldstein and Olivia Mitra Framke! It might seem like a trick, but it's actually quite a treat. We think you'll find it moderately challenging!

Jess Goldstein is a middle school math specialist in San Francisco. She was raised in Minneapolis, and has called Honolulu and Portland home as well. She started constructing crosswords in March 2020. She spends most of her non-crossword time riding bikes, camping, and going to the library.

Olivia Mitra Framke started constructing crosswords in 2016 under the guidance of the great Nancy Salomon. She has since been published in The New York Times, Universal, and USA Today, among others. In May 2021 she was profiled in the Jersey City Times' "In Our Midst" series -- you can read about her thoughts on the Crossworld here. For her day job, Olivia works as an academic advisor at a performing arts college in Manhattan where she advises graduate-level musicians. She is a gamer, flutist, and podcast enthusiast, and currently resides in Jersey City with her adorable dachshund Charlie.

Find Jess on Twitter at @___jgo and Olivia at @Livienna.

Coming up next, on November 4: a culinary delight from Sarah Imhoff.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke