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Again, my apologies for the late posting today. But, there’s some exciting news out there in CrossWorld:

Patrick Blindauer has released his newest Puzzlefest, called Xword University. This will be my first time tackling one of Patrick’s metapuzzle suites, but he’s one of the most devilishly clever constructors out there, so I strongly recommend ordering yourself a copy.

In addition to his fun biweekly Rows Garden puzzles, Andrew Ries is now expanding his puzzle operation to include a weekly 15×15 crossword. It’s only $5 for a year’s worth of puzzles, so that’s a great deal.

And as for me, I have some exciting news as well: The Quest, the student newspaper of Reed College, will be publishing Devil Cross puzzles in their print edition! I’m very excited to expand my puzzle to a college audience.

Enjoy today’s puzzle — this one has a mix of oldschool and newschool. I aimed for real tough again, but considering how several people told me my last Super Spicy puzzle was actually relatively easy, I may need to get a new Spice Meter. There will be a new crossword on April 12.

Update #1, 3/29/14 @ 7:00 pm: The original clue for 27-Across had a typo (well, more than a typo — I didn’t have a finished clue). I’ve since fixed it.

Update #2, 3/31/14 @ 11:00 pm: The commenter Abby points out that I had another error in one of my clues. The original clue for 17-Across had the wrong first name. I’ve corrected that as well. My fault on both mistakes, everyone (fingers crossed that I don’t have another….)