Today's puzzle is a collab with none other than Ben Bass, author of the New York Times cryptogram puzzles. Find him on twitter and twitch. When we had dinner a few weeks ago, we knocked around some puzzle ideas. This is the first of (number more than one). This one is a themeless mostly gridded by me and mostly clued by Ben, we hope you enjoy!
Ben says, "I rarely write crosswords, but when I do, I seem to collab with the best. To date: Andrea Carla Michaels, Rachel Fabi, Ross Trudeau, and now Baby Sharpe (am I the only one who can’t stop conflating Shannon’s puzzle name with Baby Shark?). Anyway, thanks Norah for thinking of me!"