October 31, 2019 - "Cryptic #2" - by Stephanie Cerra

Puzzle Notes

BOO!
The Inkubator is jumping out from behind a gravestone to bring you a special treat! We hope you'll enjoy this tricky cryptic from Stephanie Cerra as you tell tales from the crypt on Halloween night. We think you'll find it very challenging!
A longtime fan of cryptic crosswords, Stephanie began constructing them a few years ago, and this is her second published puzzle (the first was Inkubator's first bonus, back in March!). She's a book reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and a freelance writer, editor, and tutor with a master's degree in English literature/Victorian studies from Indiana University. Stephanie lives in Redwood City, CA, with her husband, Paul, and cat, Mr. Pancks. Find her on Twitter at @StephanieCerra.
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Coming up next, on November 7: a character study from Zhouqin Burnikel.
Spookily,
Laura and Tracy