April 23, 2014 - "Comedic Imperatives" - Suzanne Whang and Tyler Hinman, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear subscribers: 

Congratulations to all of those who correctly solved Francis Heaney's "Flight Path" last week! We had over 100 submissions, nearly all of them correct. Our winner, drawn at random, is Andy Hinz, who wins six extra months of AVCX subscription time. (The solution to the puzzle, including the bonus answers, is attached here)

Meanwhile this week's puzzle, a 3/5er entitled "Comedic Imperatives," is a celebrity collaboration between Suzanne Whang, longtime host of HGTV's "House Hunters," and our own Tyler Hinman. Suzanne calls herself "hooked" after writing her first puzzle, which was created in an atmosphere of great chemistry between the constructors. In addition to "House Hunters," Suzanne has also had a four-season-long role on NBC's "Las Vegas," and was featured on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend." She is a stage 4 breast cancer "thriver," meaning she is not only cancer-free but flying high. You can find her on Twitter @suzannewhang, or online at suzannewhang.com. We're grateful and excited to publish Suzanne's work.

Oh, and one last thing! The AVCX's Patrick Blindauer is offering an Honorary Bachelor's Degree in Enigmatology! Patrick's 5th Puzzlefest, "Xword University," has a collegiate theme and is available now at patrickblindauer.com. It consists of a dozen crosswords, each of which leads to an answer. Combine all of your answers to solve the meta-puzzle, and email the correct answer for confirmation (and to get on the Dean's List and get your degree). For only $15 you'll be guaranteed admission and will receive an invitation to Patrick's College Puzzlefest Google Group where you can access the PDF of puzzles.

Thanks everyone!

-Ben and the AVCX crew [avxwords.com, @AVCXWord]