It's a first for AVCX+: a themed crossword! Today's puzzle is by Rebecca Goldstein (who had a brilliant themeless with us a couple months ago) -- it's titled "Cheek to Cheek", and it's 2.5/5 difficulty. Rebecca is a scientist developing immunotherapies for cancer. A New Yorker at heart, she lives in the Bay Area with her wife. She's published several dozen puzzles in the New York Times, L.A. Times, USA Today, and other mainstream and indie venues.
We're not planning to run many themed puzzles at AVCX+, but this one stood out to us as a certain kind of fun you're unlikely to experience in a mainstream crossword. So we hope you're as tickled by it as we are. (We'll be back next week with a themeless, as usual.)
Sid, Chris, Ada, Quiara, Max & the expanded AVCX crew