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Dear Crossword Nation Subscribers,
Yesterday I saw something I've never seen before. A man on a bicycle rode south on Riverside Drive; he steered the bike with one hand. In his free hand was a cordless microphone into which he sang "My Cherie Amour."
Covering a Stevie Wonder song isn't easy under normal karaoke conditions. But to do so while pedaling through city traffic, and with such verve and vocal clarity -- that's impressive. People in the park were enthralled by his clear, beautiful voice. Mr. X rode by so quickly that we didn't have a chance to yell "Bravo!" Drive-by musical magic!
It was an enchanting moment. Maybe because the day was so picture-postcard beautiful: clear, sunny, and warm enough for a tee-shirt. For the first time in a year, things felt a bit more "open." It was easier to breathe. The park was more crowded than usual. People seemed a tad more relaxed and happier. Spring has sprung.
Welcome to Week 512 of Crossword Nation. You are invited to solve "Open Letters" as your latest diversion. Wishing you a beautiful spring!
Be well and happy, Dear Ones.
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