September 21, 2022 - "Swear Words" - Aimee Lucido, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

Check out Aimee Lucido's 21x20 "Swear Words," at 3/5 difficulty!

Congratulations to the 246 solvers who sent in correct answers to last week's meta contest (we accepted your late entry, Marge! And you got it right!). Check the attached file for the solution + explanation of the meta. Thanks to the constructor, Karen Lurie, as well as editor Byron Walden. Finally, special congrats to our winners, Timothy Flynn and Nicholas Hansen, whose names were randomly drawn, and who'll each receive a prize.

A plug for our friends! Registration for the Boswords 2022 Fall Themeless League is now open. This 10-week event starts with a Preseason puzzle on Monday, September 26 and features weekly themeless puzzles -- clued at three levels of difficulty -- from an all-star roster of constructors, edited by Brad Wilber. To register, to solve a practice puzzle, to view the constructor line-up, or to learn more, go to

Alexis Viera has this week's cryptic, coming to you tomorrow night. Have a great week!

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