I am the author of this week's puzzle, at 2/5 difficulty, which is called "Of the Free World." Read a statement about this puzzle. (Spoiler alert).
People who enjoy this week's puzzle will almost certainly also enjoy Puzzles for Progress, a packet collected and edited by Francis Heaney with 20 pages of original puzzles (including several AVCX contributors, among other excellent constructors). It's yours for a donation of $10 or more to one of the many fine charities listed at puzzlesforprogress.francisheaney.com -- more details at the site. Note that if this week's puzzle rubs you the wrong way for some reason, you will definitely have the same problem with Puzzles for Progress.
On Wednesday, January 25, the day this puzzle drops, the AVCX will donate 100% of subscription money to Planned Parenthood. So if you've been meaning to renew, and you want to both keep the puzzles coming AND support vital women's health services, today is a great day to do that. Spread the word!
Ben and the AVCX crew [avxwords.com, @AVCXWord]