I got a weird note from Brendan related to his 4/5 difficulty puzzle, "Cloud Storage," this week. Check it out:
"I left my computer outside last night, and now my crossword softwares fried! Somethings gotten into all my theme answers, and on top of that, data got dumped from my cloud storage and messed up my clues somehow. I'm going to need some tech support to figure out what caused the problem. When youre finished solving the puzzle, shake out any excess data from the clues, and send it back up to the cloud. (I only have 4×4 bits of memory, but try to make it all fit.) Maybe therell be an answer up there ... "
Digital solvers will need to open both files; paper solvers get the whole thing on one page. Send the four-letter solution to the meta to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a special prize! In addition to Brendan's eternal thanks, presumably.
Ben and the AVCX crew [avxwords.com, @AVCXWord]