March 18, 2024 - "Plus One" - Michael Berg, edited by Brian Callahan

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Dear friends:

We're excited to share roster member Michael Berg's Lil AVC X debut, "Plus One." This pop culture-packed 11x11 puzzle is sure to delight with its silliness and charm. Happy solving!

Michael Berg (he/him) once took a crossword construction course in college (for credit!). It took some time, but he finally put that experience into action a few summers ago and has been hooked ever since. He lives just outside of Boston with his wife, two teenagers, and their cat Coco. Much of his time is taken up by parenting, teaching psychology, and working on crosswords, but when he is able, he enjoys playing classic arcade games, mangling Beatles songs on the piano, and taking walks in nature.

Michael says: "This puzzle represents a lot of what I like to do with crosswords... messing around with words and phrases to create something new and a bit wacky, hopefully something that elicits a chuckle or two. My favorite instances are like 30-Across where the transformation and clue opportunity line up in a way that it just seems meant to be. I'm loving being a part of the Lil AVC X team and look forward to what the rest of the year has in store."

Headed to your inbox tomorrow: the Lil AVC X debut from roster member Jasmeet Arora.

Thanks for your support!

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