We welcome this week guest constructor Sid Sivakumar, whose "Bursting With Pride" is 4/5 difficulty. This is Sid's AVCX debut, and we're extremely happy and humbled to run his stuff!
Sid's puzzle is timely, although to avoid spoilers I can say no more than that right now. However, we will have a bonus puzzle on Friday (about which Nate Cardin asks that we "get excited! [flag pencil party hat]"), and the accompanying email will explain all. As for today's constructor, Sid is an MD/PhD student and self-proclaimed word nerd based in St. Louis, Missouri. In his spare time, he makes puzzles, music, and quick work of other people's food. He recently launched an indie puzzle site, Sid's Grids (sidsgrids.com), where you can solve more of his crosswords for free. Enjoy this one in the meantime!