January 1, 2014 - "Secret Msgs" - Ben Zimmer and Patrick Blindauer, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear subscribers: 

Attached is the first AVCX puzzle of 2014, a celebrity collaboration between Ben Zimmer and Patrick Blindauer entitled "Secret Msgs".

Zimmer is a linguist and lexicographer who serves as executive producer of the Visual Thesaurus and Vocabulary.com. He is also a language columnist, currently with The Wall Street Journal and formerly with The New York Times and Boston Globe.You may have seen him on MSNBC recently, discussing regional dialects, or elsewhere about the media. We're extremely proud to publish a collaboration between the two great minds of Zimmer and Blindauer. 

We gently suggest solving the PDF if possible, but the Across Lite file works, too.

Happy New Year,

-Ben and the AVCX crew [avxwords.com]