January 6, 2022 - "It's Their Thing" - by Lee Taylor

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

Today we're pleased to be publishing Lee Taylor's "It's Their Thing," a lightly challenging inspiration that gives a special nod at 17-Across to someone who is much in our hearts this week. Though this is Lee's first Inkubator puzzle, this is not her first puzzle rodeo.

Lee Taylor started constructing puzzles in 2015 when she ran out of things to read on a long plane ride. Since then, she has sold more than 60 puzzles to a variety of publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The love of languages and wordplay runs deep; when she was growing up, her father would make copies of the Sunday New York Times puzzle so every family member could have their own to work on. Lee's passion for the outdoors is reflected in her profession: she serves as the superintendent of Olympic National Park in Washington. Lee has one daughter, Hayley, who works in the field of climate change -- and a pandemic puppy, Finn, who is still at home.

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Coming up next, on January 13: a soaring sensation from Jessie Bullock.

All best,
Laura, Tracy, Stella, and Brooke