Black Lives Matter. I haven't been able to concentrate on much of anything besides that. I had a timely themeless grid ready for the blog last Friday, but I've struggled to find the motivation to write clues for it, when a critical chapter of history is being written before our eyes. Racism has no place in our world and inaction to fight it is complicity. Please contribute to anti-racist efforts in whatever way you can. If that way is financial, Paolo Pasco is offering a pack of puzzles (including one authored by me) to anyone who donates to BLM drives. Erik Agard has made a similar offer on his Twitter. You should also solve this week's puzzles by Enrique Henestroza Anguiano, Trent Evans, and Ross Trudeau.
As for this site: today's puzzle is an older one. Matthew and I constructed it last October when we happened to share a flight out of St. Louis. I barely remember constructing it, but I won't forget how exciting it was to make a puzzle out in the wild, so to speak. (We even made a friend along the way!)
Stay well, keep up the good fight, and enjoy the puzzle,
This isn’t my favorite puzzle I’ve made (or even my favorite puzzle I’ve made with Sid — we’ve put together some great collabs since!), but it was probably my favorite to construct. What a thrill to find a fellow puzzlemaker at the airport *and* find out that you’re headed to the same place! If you haven’t collaborated with your seatmate on a three-hour flight, I’d recommend it, especially if that person is Sid. Hope you enjoy!