🚨🚨🚨 CELEBRITY ALERT!!! 🚨🚨🚨
The schmosswords gang-of-one is so excited to b̶r̶a̶g̶ ̶a̶b̶o̶u̶t̶ share this themeless collaboration with the one and only John Lieb! You may know John as the total mensch behind Boswords. He experienced a mild lapse in judgment this past autumn and asked if I would construct one of the puzzles for the Winter Wondersolve tournament, and I rewarded him by (a) relying EXCESSIVELY on his ideas and feedback while making it, and (b) roping him into further obligation by asking if he would team up on a themeless with me. Lucky, thy name is Kate.
I was completely delighted, though not at all surprised, to find that he is as wonderful as a co-constructor as he is as a host. I had a blast working with him on this, and I love the result. Here's what John has to say:
Along with working with Kate on the Boswords 2022 Winter Wondersolve, I had a fabulous time working with her on this themeless puzzle! I'm a huge fan of her puzzles -- on this site and, increasingly, in publication -- as her ear for great entries and her clueing voice are sublime. She pulled 11-Down out of thin air, highlighting one reason I love collaborations, for I would never have thought to have that entry in one of my own puzzles. Hope you enjoy this one!
Two important points to mention before I launch you into the puzzle. One is that John and I wish to thank Leslie Rodgers, whose grid for the Boswords Fall 2021 league we stole outright. Great grid, Leslie! The other is that, if you have by some miracle come to my puzzle blog but are not aware of These Puzzles Fund Abortion, I would like to request that you check it out and, if you can, donate!
Enough words - happy solving! Click here for applet solve because apparently embedding the iframe is preventing this post from appearing properly? And .puz below.