Brendan Emmett Quigley, my friend and yours, brings us "Acts First" this week, at 3/5 difficulty.
We're also excited about this tournament announcement: Brian Cimmet and (AVCX constructor) Patrick Blindauer are cohosts of Lollapuzzoola, a kickass (yet super casual) crossword tournament coming up on Saturday, August 18, in New York City. The theme this year is "Back to School", and the event features a slate of amazing puzzles by Erik Agard, Jeff Chen, Aimee Lucido, Mike Nothnagel, Paolo Pasco, Doug Peterson, Patti Varol, and Yacob Yonas, plus a bonus puzzle suite. If you can make it to NYC, join in person! If not, you can play from home (they'll send you PDFs of everything by email). You can sign up and learn more about the event at www.bemoresmarter.com/lollapuzzoola.
The AVCX will be well-represented (the majority of us I think will be there), and a few of us are working on an audience game that we'll run during an intermission in the tournament action. Come say hi! It's really fun.