August 19, 2020 - "I'm Down" - Trent Evans, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends:

Welcome guest constructor Trent Evans, who makes his AVCX debut this week with "I'm Down" at 2.5/5 difficulty.

Trent is a clinical psychologist who has been constructing crosswords since 2018. He lives in Maryland with his wife Beth, plus a 15-year-old, three 16-year-olds (it's a Brady Bunch situation), and Australian Shepherds Tosh and Donut. All of them have been in the house together without much of a break for five months. While Trent has been using every ounce of his psychological training attempting to stave off pandemic-related adolescent angst and insurrection, his children have been focusing their energies on trying to direct his non-working hours into the black hole that is the family's brand new Nintendo Switch. His favorite Animal Crossing villager is Static and he has defeated Calamity Ganon in The Legend of Zelda. Two months ago, that last sentence would have been incomprehensible to him.

You can check out more of Trent's puzzles at his puzzle website, Grid Therapy (

Be well,

Ben and the AVCX crew // @avcxword