It has been said that a career in puzzle making will slowly but inevitably lead to insanity. Unfortunately I can't find an exact source for the quote. I saw it in a Will Shortz book, and he cited "a British puzzle maker" as the speaker. No matter. For years I thought it was kinda bullshit anyway. I mean, you have to be a little nuts to make puzzles to begin with, so the journey to insanity can't possibly be that far of a road to travel. It's sort of like saying when BEQ makes puzzles, it will slowly but inevitably lead him to having a beer. I mean, that's a foregone conclusion anyway, isn't it?
I have begun reconsidering that quote, lately. I suspect that Mystery British Puzzle Maker X might have had children. I do believe the combination of writing crosswords plus raising a toddler is pushing me further to the edge of insanity much faster than I could have ever imagined. Or maybe that's just the exhaustion talking. I don't know. One thing's for certain, I had to do something about me losing my mind (a bit). And I did. And what do you know? That became the inspiration for today's crossword.
Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.