May 15, 2023 - "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" - Darby Ratliff, edited by Will Eisenberg

Difficulty ● ● ● ◐ ○

Puzzle Notes

Dear friends:

Tonight's puzzle comes to us from Darby Ratliff. It's an 11x11 called "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" that we think you'll find chock full of great stuff and satisfyingly crunchy.

Darby says: "I managed to squeeze so many different things and references I loved into this puzzle, particularly in 8-Across and 7-Down. Hope you have a great time solving!"

Headed to your inbox tomorrow: an exciting midi from Pravan Chakravarthy.

May all your solves be smooth,

Your friends at Lil AVC X | @avcxword | @lilavcx | @avcxcryptic | @avcxplus | @avcxtrivia