Tonight's puzzle is from Alina Abidi and it's called "Color Code." We think you'll find it sciency, distinctive, and imaginative. Alina says:
I have a doc that I started a year and a half ago with "xword themes" written at the top in pastel rainbow letters, followed by 127 puzzle ideas. Well, some are fully fleshed out ideas with symmetric theme entries, and some just say: "78. hmm hummus" or "82: college ruled!" or "124. 42 --> fortitude".
High up on the doc, just under the rainbow title, it says "1. indie: color code". And here it is! Thank you Brooke and Lil AVC X for being _amazing_ to work with, and thank you Adam Aaronson for the clue to 2-Down, which I plan on changing to something more definitional before I send the .puz to my dad.
We've had a blast working with Alina on this, and we hope you enjoy solving it just as much. Tomorrow: another guest joint that pushes the form.