Hi, cryptic lovers! We're delighted to bring you the first published cryptic by perennial #crypticcluecontest
favorite Jesse Lansner. Jesse lives in Rochester, NY with his wife, two kids, two cats and one dog. He occasionally publishes crosswords and cryptics at JKL Crosswords
. He is hoping to eventually construct a puzzle for each of Shakespeare's plays.
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Jesse at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this year, and I can vouch for how his deep love of literature is prone to manifest in offbeat ways, such as when he basically introduced a bunch of us to a version of Cards Against Humanity in which all of the cards are quotes from Moby-Dick
. You'll see it in his clues in this puzzle, too!
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, and if you too would like to make a cryptic for AVCX, send us some clues
Stella, for the AVCX Cryptic team