I don't wanna brag, but (*dusts off shoulders*) it's an Erik Agard co-production!!! You might know Erik from such works as "making brilliant puzzles" and "changing the crossword landscape enormously for the better." I'm also really grateful to Erik because he's a big reason I was able to find a mentor and am now able to BE a mentor. (Am I really qualified to be a mentor, you ask? Sorry, it would be unethical for me to reveal the names of my mentees for you to ask them)
Here's what Erik has to say:
grateful i got to collaborate with kate, one of the best constructors and coolest people in crosswords. she's such a talented clue-writer that i was nervous about trying to keep up with her, but i had fun and i'm very happy with how it turned out. hope you enjoy!
This puzzle has taken literally months to come together, which is definitely a product of us toiling away responsibly on it and definitely not a situation where we were both so busy that it lingered for ages in cluing purgatory. Enjoy the fruits of our unceasing labor!
Many thanks to the wonderful Will Eisenberg for test solving!!