Elements of Surprise

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Puzzle Notes

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" ~Lao Tzu

Dear Friends,

Greetings! We hope that you've kicked back and relaxed during this long holiday weekend. Fall was in the air on Friday, but it's definitely Summer today -- 90 degrees and sunny in NYC! 

In today's puzzle, we've gone back to basics with an organic theme that is personal, universal - and everything in between. 

Welcome to Week 640 of Crossword Nation. We cordially invite you to solve "Elements of Surprise" as your crossword of the week. Enjoy the remaining hours of this Labor Day Weekend, and happy solving!

If you enjoy this puzzle, please give it a good rating on Amy Reynaldo's blog, "Diary of a Crossword Fiend" (see below for details). We appreciate your positive ratings which help keep our woman-owned business strong and independent. Thank you!

Until next time, I remain . . .

Cruciverbally yours and with respect,



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Happy solving and be well!

Liz Gorski