Queen Sugar

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Puzzle Notes

Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,

After reading Vogue’s beautiful story about the German gymnastics team, one can’t help but notice the difference between men’s and women’s clothing in the gymnastics realm. Today’s puzzle features a little shout-out to a garment that made news at the Tokyo Olympic Games. May the 6-Down become the rule and not the exception for women’s gymnastics!

Instead of the dreaded crossword puzzle “revealer” (you know how I feel about revealers – ugh), I am experimenting with other ways of hinting at the thematic complement, while preserving the challenge of solving a puzzle. After all, a revealer simply gives away the theme and extinguishes the “puzzling” nature of the puzzle. We solve crosswords in order to be tested, toyed-with and … well, puzzled! We hope that today’s puzzle will leave you with a sweet afterglow.

Crossword No. 534 marks 10-plus years of Crossword Nation. Back in 2011, our business plan was to deploy a weekly themed (always themed!) puzzle every Tuesday, 52 weeks per year. And we have accomplished that goal, thanks to you, our lovely subscribers.

I am deeply grateful for your support throughout the years. Launching a new brand isn’t easy, and the reason why we’re going strong is because of – YOU! Thank you!

Welcome to Week 534 of Crossword Nation. We cordially invite you to solve “Queen Sugar” as your confection of the week.

Until next time, I remain . . .

Cruciverbally yours, 


Solvers of The New Yorker puzzles: Themeless puzzlers, please check out my latest crossword (a "challenging" diversion, per the editors)! It's also in the magazine's print edition.

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Liz Gorski