December 9, 2015 - "Topspin" - Francis Heaney, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Hi friends: 

Francis Heaney rolls in this week with a 5/5 difficulty puzzle called "Topspin."

It's got an instruction: "Besides the obvious theme entries, this puzzle contains four other related entries. Arrange the clues for those entries in alphabetical order and study them to see what you can win!"

Once you land the answer, send your findings to for a chance to win a 3-month subscription extension, randomly selected. And we've been really into seeing finished grids lately, especially for cool puzzles like this one. Send in a snap of your completed, solved-by-hand grid (also to, and we'll pick the loveliest one for another 3-month subscription extension.

Finally, there's one more day to take advantage of our first 2015 holiday discount deal, which is on thru December 10. Buy a gift subscription for a pal for the holidays, and receive a free AVCX bundle for your friend AND yourself. You can even postdate the gift so they get it later this month, in case you want it timed for a specific holiday. The discount offer page is here.

See ya,

Ben and the AVCX crew [, @AVCXWord]