Brendan Emmett Quigley comes correct this week with *another* 5/5 difficulty puzzle, called "Heads of State." Enjoy it, and good luck (you might need it).
On a different note, big news from a dear friend of the AVCX and one of the masters of the medium! Matt Gaffney's Daily Crossword is being re-launched as a daily subscription service. For details on price, etc., see mgdxword.com. For signing up, you get one puzzle per day, delivered via e-mail at 11 pm the night before. No repeats, all new. 10x10, with somewhat clever mini-themes, easyish but tougher as the week progresses. Try a free sample puzzle at the site, and you can sign up for a free week there as well.
We've got some fun and special puzzles coming up for you, including bonuses for the holidays. AND we'll be announcing a new constructor in the AVCX rotation within the next 4-6 weeks. Sit tight!
Ben and the AVCX crew [avxwords.com, @AVCXWord]