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Puzzle 35 - Themeless #25 (with Brooke Husic and Sid Sivakumar!)

Guest puzzle coming your way today by the wonderfully talented duo of Brooke & Sid! They are two of my absolute favorite constructors out there and I'm honored to get to host a collab between the two of them! Go check out for more spiffy puzzles! (there just might be a new puzzle there right now too!)

Sid: I was trying to find interesting grid patterns with 90°-rotational symmetry, and this one stood out as visually striking while offering a lot of long bonus slots (20 in this grid!) at 66 words. Brooke elevated this grid with her masterful clue-writing -- I love the angles for 18A, 7D, and 10D, and her commitment to representation is inspiring. Cheers!

Brooke: When Sid asks me to clue one of his grids it feels like my birthday. He filled this one in a matter of hours, which no one should be surprised about at this point. I love how even the short stuff is really fun - both for me as the clue writer and for solvers. Excited to see what he's got in store for us at Boswords this weekend.

Puzzle 34 - Themeless #24

Little late but still a killer puz! Aaaand keep an eye out for a terrific guest puzzle later this week!

- Y'all should make sure to read about 10-Down (and other constructors use her in your grids!)
- Apparently 34-Across (which was the seed) is somewhat of a regional term, which is fine with me because a) it's pretty inferable, b) the Inland Northwest is certainly not overrepresented in crosswordland, and c) they're really fun to play with (safely! - blow them up over water far from any fire fuel & people!)
- Cheers and see you soon!