Today we bring you an 11x11 puzzle from Derek Allen, "The IN Crowd", infused with plenty of midwestern vibes and hometown comfort.
Derek has been solving crosswords for over 40 years, and had his first puzzle in the New York Times way back in 1997. He is a retired UPS driver and currently works as an accountant. Derek is a huge sports fan (mainly tennis!), has appeared on Jeopardy!, and is currently trying to figure out how to get in shape to run another marathon! Find him on Twitter @derekallen77.
Derek says: "I have lived in Indiana for over 30 years now, so even though I am NOT from the state, this puzzle is a mini-homage to what has been my home for over half my life so far!"
Headed to your inbox tomorrow night: a puzzle from another 2023 Lil AVC X editor, Ken Stern.