This week's puzzle is "The Price of Freedom," by Martha Kimes and Nate Cardin. It's 2/5 difficulty. We welcome Nate back once again as a guest constructor, and are thrilled to run Martha's work for the first time!
[WARNING: Do not hover over or click on the links below until finishing the puzzle] Martha and Nate originally pitched this puzzle as part of an important cause, which unfortunately has become more acute during the pandemic. We must be somewhat vague here to avoid spoilers, but once you finish the puzzle, we encourage you to click here and (if feasible) to make a donation to this organization, which is engaged in vital work at this time. Once you've donated in any amount whatsoever, feel free to send a screenshot of your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you'll be entered in a random drawing to win your choice of a copy of Queer Qrosswords 2, or an extended subscription to the AVCX.
Ben and the AVCX crew
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