Let's Get Growing!

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Puzzle Notes

Greetings Friends!

A good beginning makes a good end. ~Louis L'Amour

I hope you're enjoying this colorful fall and the cool temperatures. I'm counting on a frost to kill off the seasonal allergens that have plagued me since late August. Ragweed has me sneezing and wheezing during this time of year!

As a solving exercise, today's puzzle differs from the regular Tuesday fare in that the fill is a tad trickier than the theme. If you're a crossword maker or a reader of crossword blogs, you will recognize the lingo at the revealer. We had to rely on some tricky fill words. But not to worry: they are supportable by Merriam-Webster, the official dictionary of the Crossword Industrial Complex. If you hit a speed bump, just drive over it and move to the next clue: the crossings (along with logic, extrapolation and pixie dust) will do the trick!

Welcome to Week 546 of Crossword Nation. For your immediate consideration, we present "Let's Get Growing!" as your puzzle of the week. Thank you for subscribing and for renewing. It's an honor to connect with you each week.

Until next time, I remain . . .

Cruciverbally yours, 


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Happy solving and be well!

Liz Gorski