New Year's Relay

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Puzzle Notes

Dear Friends,

Greetings of the Season and welcome to Crossword Nation! As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, let's carve out some "me time" for crossword-solving and all manner of self-care (reading, football, libations, etc.). I've attended a few Christmas celebrations, very close to home. This year we stayed "local" for the holidays, and that's all right with me!

I'd like to welcome new subscribers who found us via yesterday's Sunday puzzle in The Washington Post. For folks who are interested, the Sunday puzzle is available here

An interview with me (and the answers to the WaPo puzzle -- Spoiler Alert!!), is here. I hope you'll enjoy the larger Sunday canvas!

Now, let's roll out our Crossword Nation puzzle of the week:

In terms of our newest puzzle (No. 656), the solving strategy would be to spell things out. No worries -- all will become clear as you progress through the grid. Welcome to Week 656 of Crossword Nation. "New Year's Relay" is on deck and ready for your immediate consideration!

I'd like to thank all of you for subscribing to our little shop of puzzles. And if you enjoy them, please give us a good rating on Amy Reynaldo's site. These ratings help us stay strong and independent! 

Peace of the Season to you and yours. It is an honor to serve you, our Crossword Nation Family.

Cruciverbally yours and with respect,



Solvers of The New Yorker puzzles: Please check out my latest crossword, a "challenging" affair.

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But first ....

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Happy solving and be well!

Liz Gorski