July 7, 2021 - "Tag Team" - Paolo Pasco and Banksy, art by Ricky Cruz; edited by Ben Tausig

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends:

This week's puzzle is a meta called "Tag Team." It was co-constructed by Paolo Pasco and world-famous provocateur Banksy. The art is by Ricky Cruz, and the puzzle is edited by Ben Tausig. It is available as only as a PDF.

Ricky has a puzzle blog, and extends everyone reading this an invitation to join Crosscord, the crossword Discord server.

Below are instructions for the meta.

A note from Paolo:

Banksy and I tried to collaborate on this puzzle, but he hasn't been helpful at all. After writing some terrible clues, he proceeded to tag the middle three rows of the grid in red and black, obscuring those squares. Anyway I'm fuming, and I need to do something about Banksy. Hey, now he's pouring brown oil in the shape of the ExxonMobil logo on my beautiful green lawn! I'm afraid he won't leave until I can find a pithy name to describe his little pranks ... -P

Meanwhile, a note from Banksy:

Why don't you try printing this puzzle instead of staring at your computer, inhaling the toxic fumes of conformity? Send the solution to the meta to tagteam@avxwords.com by the end of Sunday, July 11 for a chance to win a prize, or just whisper the answer quietly into an envelope and then bury it for a more meaningful experience. -B

Be well,

Ben and the AVCX crew

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