Our first puzzle of 2020 comes to you in the waning hours of 2019. It's a guest puzzle from the illustrious Enrique Henestroza Anguiano. 2.5/5 difficulty, and titled "Holding Court." It's his world debut!
Enrique is a data scientist based in Oakland, California. He specializes in text understanding and creative uses for machine learning. In his free time, aside from coaxing stories out of text corpora, writing interactive fiction, and playing Dungeons & Dragons, he adds themed crosswords monthly to his blog, datalexic.com. (There's an introductory puzzle up there now, if you want more from him).