Byron Walden's "Smear Campaign" is 3.5/5 difficulty.
Meanwhile, whether you're hosting, already comfortably somewhere, in the middle of some cursed, ceaseless odyssey, rejecting or ignoring the holidays tout court, or just hanging out with friends or yourself, we at the AVCX wish you all good things, and hope you enjoy this week's offering. When you're done with it, or perhaps even before then, we'll have a bonus for you, dropping late Wednesday or early Thursday.
Oh, and incidentally, a couple of us have been writing some minis (5x5 or 4x4) aimed at kids. Drop us a line if you'd be into those, or if you know someone who might. There's never enough smart puzzles aimed squarely at the 7-12 crowd. If there's enough interest we'll send them very soon as another bonus.
Ben and the AVCX crew
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