First things first, whilst reading the comments on Peter Gordon's latest Fireball Crossword on Amy Reynaldo's blog last Thursday, I was struck by "Steely" Dan Feyer's observation:
I wonder why we don’t see this freestyle grid design (four stacks of 7s, two marquee answers connected by a central Down) outside of Peter’s Fireballs… he sure makes it work well.
To my beloved audience, I offer my humble attempt at said grid, above. Enjoy. And if you haven't already, I strongly urge you to check out Peter's site.
Speaking of going to other sites, Pat Blindauer, (also known as: Blindy, The Peeb, That Guy From "Strangers With Candy," The Smoke Monster, to name a few. Kid's got more nicknames than I do, and that's saying something) has launched a puzzle website, so I strongly urge you all to check that one out, too. Just throwing it out there: I co-authored the puzzle with Pat that had the ELP clue that elicits untold amounts of vitriol from otherwise normal people, like my mortal enemy (ahem, Jared Hersh). Now that Pat's on-line, feel free to call him a jerk, too.
Finally, thanks to all who were able to tip. This month's randomly selected winner is David Broad of New York City.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.