August 29, 2019 - "Border States" - by Madeline Kaplan

Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,
Inkubator #20 is an edgy creation by an adventurous new talent whose work promises to put her on the map. This constructor's going places. Want to come along for the ride? Great! Better yet, get behind the solving wheel and enjoy navigating the ruggedly challenging terrain of "Border States" by Madeline Kaplan.
Madeline has been making crosswords for about a year, and this publication marks her debut. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, she's currently a podcast producer and writer living in Brooklyn. She's very grateful to everyone at The Inkubator for their editorial support, and to her friend Libby for giving her a crossword subscription as a Secret Santa gift one time. 
Find Madeline on Twitter at @MadelineSKaplan.
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Coming up next, on September 12, Annemarie Brethauer has us questioning some of our boundaries.
Happy trails to you! Until we meet again.... 
Laura and Tracy