Round Trip Ticket!

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Subscribers, 

Greetings to you and yours!

During the past 13 months, the 16-Across has become a critically-important part of our lives. Whether we want to have one or not -- it's become a COVID-19 era necessity. 

A 16-Across can be massive or tiny. It can be portable or fixed. It can be makeshift or a custom-built masterpiece worthy of a cover story in Architectural Digest. In today's puzzle, it serves as the first leg of today's cruciverbal journey!

Welcome to Week 515 of Crossword Nation. We invite you to solve "Round Trip Ticket!" as your puzzly diversion of the week.


Before I sign off, I'd like to share of a neat subscriber feature that enables you to access our puzzle at any time: 

If, for some reason, our weekly puzzle email doesn't appear in your mailbox on Monday evenings, no worries -- you can always "re-send" the puzzle to yourself.

But first, please try Step 1:

1. Please check the Spam folder.  Sometimes the Crossword Nation emails are redirected to Spam folders. This can happen after a software or system update. When I do a test run of the Crossword Nation email, I sometimes find my own test copies in my Spam file! Simply mark the Crossword Nation email as "not spam" and that will help undo the re-direct. If it's not in the Spam folder, then try Step 2.

2. Visit the Subscriber Portal and Re-send the Puzzle To Your Mailbox.  You can always send the latest puzzle (or any puzzle from our archive) to yourself. Simply activate your account here:

Then log into the portal and choose the "Resend Puzzle" link at the bottom right of the page. From there, you can choose which puzzle to send to your mailbox!

Personal Note: As a subscriber to Ben Tausig's AV puzzles, I've often used this feature to re-send a puzzle to myself. It's fast and easy. At Crossword Nation, we use the same distribution model and subscriber portal. In case you've not tried it, give it a whirl! With each mailing, most of our puzzles arrive in our subscriber's mailboxes, as planned. But if an email is redirected to the Land of Spam, a few simple steps can solve the problem. We want you to have immediate access to our puzzle!

Thank you kindly for subscribing. Be well and happy, Dear Ones.

Cruciverbally yours,


Solvers of The New Yorker puzzles: Check out my latest crossword (a challenging diversion, per the editors) in The New Yorker!

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Happy solving and be well!

Liz Gorski