AVCX cryptic (3/17/2022) - by Byron Walden, edited by Stella Zawistowski

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Puzzle Notes

Hello intrepid cryptic solvers! We've got a double debut this week: Mine, as a cryptic editor, and Byron Walden's as a cryptic constructor. You likely already know Byron from AVCX Classic as a prolific constructor of clever, fun standard American crosswords, and he's found a way to bring his signature elevated dad-joke style to his first cryptic. For those of us old enough to have attended a certain American Crossword Puzzle Tournament...well, I'll say no more lest I spoil.

Don't forget to follow Byron on Crossword Twitter!

As always, if you're newer to cryptics, check out our handy solving guide, which is the most comprehensive resource I've seen so far for American-style cryptics. I can say that without bragging because Francis wrote it, not I. And check out #crypticclueaday on Twitter for a little practice every day to strengthen those cryptic solving muscles!

Stella, for the AVCX Cryptic crew