Opening Movements

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Subscribers,

Today's puzzle came about during a recent visit to the Whitney Museum. I'd been looking forward to seeing the Edward Hopper exhibit -- a comprehensive show of his oil paintings, drawings, photographs, correspondence and more. As a fan of Hopper's work, I was in my happy place. The geometry of Hopper's work and his application of light on everyday subjects -- similar to Vermeer -- is remarkable. 

The opportunity to examine individual brushstrokes of an artist's work, up close, within inches of a painting -- is the miracle gift of a museum. I intend to return for a few more visits before the exhibit closes in March. If you're in NYC and you love Edward Hopper, please visit the Whitney. 

In thinking about brushstrokes, 48-Across came to mind, and then the theme unfolded. It's amazing how museums inspire puzzle themes. Back in the day, when I made puzzles for The New York Times, a visit to the Guggenheim resulted in a Sunday puzzle that honored the museum. How lucky we are to have access to art that inspires us to do other things!

Welcome to Week 608 of Crossword Nation. We cordially invite you to solve "Opening Movements" as your featured crossword. I wish you an artful week, and thank you for supporting our little puzzle shop.

Until next time, I remain . . .

Cruciverbally yours, 


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