MP says, “I've been itching to try and make a US puzzle for a while now, and I'm really grateful that Norah's provided me with the opportunity to do so! She's a delight to work with - and has an excellent mind for cluing. I think we've managed to encapsulate a bit of both our worlds in this grid - just need to persuade her to make a cryptic now... I hope you enjoy the solve."
And! This puzzle (aside from the central themer) was made entirely using the new data-driven wordlist created by Brooke and Enrique, which you can see more about and get started using for yourself at spreadthewordlist.com
In other crossword news, Boswords fall league registration opens today! See you there. :)