March 21, 2018 - "Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise" - Max Carpenter, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends:

We have a guest puzzle this week, by the fabulous Max Carpenter. It's called "Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise," and is 4/5 difficulty. I think you'll like it a lot. Max is a writer and crossword constructor living in New York, and also an occasional guest film curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. And he tweets intermittently (@solexyoghurt). Super excited to be publishing his work!

Meanwhile I wanted to give a quick but impassioned plug for a new puzzle project called Queer Qrosswords. QQ is, we think, the first of its kind in puzzledom: an-all LGBTQ+ -themed and -constructed set. It features multiple debuts by very promising constructors who you'll surely hear from again soon, and often. Finally, you get it by donating $10 or more to one of several fantastic LGBTQ+ charities. Visit to find out more, including how you can get your very own copy of the puzzle packet. It's one of the more exciting crossword things to come along in a while!

Many people wrote us in reference to last week's email, which mentioned that subscribers (like you) have access to the AVCX archives. The way to access those archives is to go to the puzzle resend link (accessible from, and to enter your email address and any archived puzzle you want from the menu. That puzzle will then be sent directly to your inbox. Have fun.


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