November 11, 2020 - "Mixed Blessing" - Juliana Tringali Golden, edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends:

Guest puzzle from Juliana Tringali Golden this week, called "Mixed Blessing," at 4/5 difficulty. Always a delight to run Juliana's work!

Oh, and we have a quick bonus themeless from Francis Heaney, lucky ducks that we are. It's also attached here. Francis writes: "I wrote the attached bonus themeless on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Biden's election, but since then the celebratory vibes have been somewhat dimmed by the president's refusal to accept the results of the election, and by his parade of unfounded, undemocratic allegations of fraud. Why he thinks we would steal the election but forget to give ourselves a Senate majority, I don't know. Speaking of the Senate majority, there *is* still a chance to have one! Stacey Abrams deserves a huge share of the credit for turning Georgia blue in the presidential election, and her voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts are going to be pivotal in winning the two Senate runoffs in Georgia that could regain control of the Senate from Mitch McConnell's weird hands. Any subscribers who are as psyched about that idea as we are can donate to Stacey Abrams's Fair Fight ( or New Georgia Project (, or one of the other groups currently organizing in Georgia, like Black Voters Matter ("

The AVCX will be donating, as well. Have a great, hopefully peaceful week.

Be well,

Ben and the AVCX crew // @avcxword