Today's puzzle is a collaboration between AVCX regular (and Inkubator editor) Laura Braunstein and Jesse Lansner, called "Neat!" It's 2/5 difficulty.
This is Jesse's debut! He has been solving puzzles for 30 years, competing in crossword tournaments for 10 years, and trying to construct puzzles for the past year. When not thinking about crosswords, he works as a web developer, reads about Shakespeare, and tweets dumb jokes. He still thinks of himself as a Brooklynite, even though he currently lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife and two daughters -- the older of whom is just starting to solve small crossword puzzles. You can see more of his puzzles at jklcrosswords.com. Crossword community trivia: Jesse's parents and my parents are members of the same synagogue. Thanks and congratulations, Jesse, and Laura, too!