AVCX Cryptic 12/15/22 by Trip Payne, edited by Stella Zawistowski
With this puzzle, 2022 in AVCX Cryptics comes to an end, and we couldn't be happier to be closing the year out with a puzzle from Trip Payne. Trip modestly describes himself as follows:
Trip Payne is a Chicago-based puzzlemaker who is the co-editor of the Zynga app Crosswords With Friends.
We would describe him as a master of the cryptic craft, and we think you'll find this puzzle a challenge, but a smooth one -- the best kind!
Be well and see you in 2023,
The AVCX Cryptic team