I'm up! This week's puzzle is from your editor, and titled "Make-up Game," at 4/5 in difficulty. The idea for the theme came to me the other evening, while Jaden Smith and I were hoverboarding along the beach in Barbados. He is so erudite, and a true muse to me as a cruciverbalist, as I am to him as an amateur astrophysicist.
Anyway, congratulations to the 340 correct entrants to last week's meta contest! Erik Agard's puzzle set a new record for AVCX contest responses. Solvers Nate Cardin and Eric Johnston were randomly selected to receive a free six-month subscription extension. For this contest, we added an extra prize for everyone who solved the meta correctly--a 3-month trial subscription to send to anyone you like. You should receive a coupon by today with instruction on how to use it, if you choose to.
I won't spoil the solution in this space if you're still working on the puzzle, but you can see the solution and meta explained at CrosswordFiend, as always.