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Puzzle Notes

Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen,

The title of this week’s puzzle could very well be a headline for the men’s final at the U.S. Open yesterday. We were fortunate to have tickets for the final and the atmosphere was electric. Daniil Medvedev won the championship outright, crushing Novak Djokovic’s chance at a calendar grand slam. Congratulations to Mr. Medvedev and to Emma Raducanu, who played brilliantly to clinch the women’s title.

Crossword constructors won big too. Names like DANIIL (with consecutive vowels that aren’t O or E) don’t roll onto your court very often. And having an alternate clue for EMMA is fab too.

And adding to the crossword/tennis intersectionality: This year Adesina Koiki (sports journalist and crossword blogger/constructor) was tapped by the U.S. Open to write recaps and features for the Open’s official website. Adesina, as you well know, reviews our Crossword Nation puzzles on Diary of a Crossword Fiend. Congratulations to Ade on a job well done!

Okay, okay … I will refrain from the tennis references until next year, when the Austalian Open rolls around. As to this week’s puzzle, if you’re stumped by the theme, please check out the explanation in the Solution PDF.

Welcome to Week 537 of Crossword Nation. We invite you to solve “Breakable” as your challenge of the week.

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Until next time, I remain . . .

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