This week's puzzle features a world debut by the immensely talented Ella Dershowitz, who has been friends for years with Aimee Lucido (her collaborator on this effort, as well as her mentor). The puzzle is called "Herb Blend," and rated 3.5/5 difficulty. Ella is a professional actor, longtime crossword solver, and newly obsessed constructor in the process of launching a very nerdy theater-themed crossword site. More from her soon!
Meanwhile, congratulations to all 261 solvers who submitted a solution to last week's Paolo Pasco meta. The winners, chosen at random from among the correct answers, are Rebekkah Wilkin and Katharine Miller. The solution to the meta is included in this week's puzzle PDF.
Please stay safe and stand up for racial justice always,