December 24, 2018 - "Exchange Counter" - Elizabeth C. Gorski, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends:

We have two puzzles for you this week, the first of which is a bonus, attached. Elizabeth C. Gorski's "Exchange Counter" is 4.5/5 difficulty, 21x21-sized, and contains a meta. Liz has been a regular holiday guest for us, and we're always delighted to run her work!

The instruction for the meta is as follows: "This puzzle contains ten special squares; solve the puzzle, then bring the special squares together to uncover Jim and Della's Christmas presents to each other. Send the two presents to by the end of Sunday, December 30th to be entered in a contest to win a prize."

Liz has a *fantastic* subscription puzzle, available over at, featuring Monday-Tuesday level puzzles. Highly recc'ed! She is also a contributor to the New Yorker crossword feature.

Finally, something warm. Earlier in the year, a number of our subscribers contributed to a fund to subsidize subscriptions for people who enjoy puzzles but cannot afford to pay for them. It's been a very successful effort, and I figured I would share a note from one recent recipient (with their permission): "I just wanted to thank you so much for this! I've really enjoyed my subscription so far and it's only been four days. I hope everyone who donated gift subscriptions knows how kind they are. :)" Thanks for your generosity. Another puzzle coming tomorrow night. Thanks for the tips last week, as well.

Happy holidays,

Ben and the AVCX crew // @avcxword