Today's AVCX+ is a beautiful themeless grid from Shannon Rapp, titled "Escaping the Monochrome". Shannon describes its difficulty as "Warm and cozy, because it feels like a comforting hug from a caring friend", and she hopes you find something in this puzzle that makes you feel seen.
Shannon is a research administrator at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, as well as a mom to two cats and one middle-schooler. She started making crosswords in 2020 and began writing puzzles for her blog in early 2021. Since then, she has written puzzles for AVCX+, Lil AVC X, LA Times, Universal, Crucinova, and Inkubator with more to come. Shannon also writes for Diary of a Crossword Fiend, for Daily Crossword Links and Crossworld News and Notes, and sometimes she tweets about crosswords. You can probably find her at the next ACPT, talking up indie puzzles to anyone who will listen, and plotting to win the E division eventually.
We'll see you soon after a short break! Be well in the meantime, and happy solving.
Ada, Max, Sid, Chris, Quiara & the expanded AVCX crew