November 7, 2019 - "Character Study" - by Zhouqin Burnikel

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Puzzle Notes

Dear friends,

When you make crossword puzzles, there are certain names that stand out -- of constructors you admire, whose style or ideas you might aspire to. For us, one of those names has always been Zhouqin Burnikel, whose prowess at constructing is only matched by her prolific publications. This week, we couldn't be more thrilled to have one of her puzzles for you! We think you'll find it lightly challenging.

Zhouqin grew up in Xi'an, China. She worked in Guangzhou for six years before moving to the US in 2001. She became a U.S. citizen in June 2010.

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Coming up next, on November 21: a thoroughly imagined creation from newcomer Kristina Lustig.

All best,
Laura and Tracy