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Greetings to you and yours!
This week, while toiling away in my studio high atop the Crossword Industrial Complex on Manhattan's West Side, I engaged in an internal debate about the title for today's puzzle. The obvious title (a cute one) would have, no doubt, given away the puzzle theme. (Horrors! I have nightmares about being a Constructor-Spoiler, aka -- A Total Disgrace. ) So ... I settled on a mildly-neutral title and embedded the original one into the puzzle somewhere. Fingers crossed!
Architecturally, this grid is in the "unthemed" school where word counts are low; this one has 72 "words" (or answers). I didn't plan on a low word count but whenever you work with 13-letter themers, it's necessary to be inventive with the puzzle design.
Welcome to Week 508 of Crossword Nation. We present "Drinking Circles" as your puzzle of the week.
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