February 20, 2024 - "Winter's My Jam" - Katja Brinck, edited by Sally Hoelscher

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends:

Tonight's puzzle is a 9x9 from Lil AVC X roster member Katja Brinck, titled "Winter's My Jam." We think you'll find this winter celebration to be a delightful addition to your solving schedule.

Katja (she/her) began competing at the ACPT in 2015, and then slowly started getting into crossword construction in 2018. She lives in Healdsburg, California with her husband, Matt, where by day she works in IT. When not working or thinking about crosswords, she keeps busy being active (HIIT, weightlifting, running, skiing, hiking), playing classical piano, and traveling when she can.

Katja says: "This puzzle was actually my audition puzzle for Lil AVC X. When I auditioned, I was having some fun with creating smaller, but still pretty, grids, and seeing how I could fill them. The first entry I placed was 19-Across - and then I built the rest of the puzzle around that. I'm a winter person, so this puzzle includes a lot of references to all things cold and snow. Happy solving!"

Headed to your inbox next week: a midi from roster member Geoffrey Schorkopf, and our first guest puzzle of the year.

Thanks for solving!

Your friends at Lil AVC X

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