Two announcements on this fine Friday eve before you tackle the New York Times puzzle on Saturday:

1) I’m entering the final week of my first Devil Cross tip jar drive. I’m offering two brand new Sunday-sized puzzles for anyone who donates before the end of the day on October 25. One puzzle is themeless, the other is a variety Something Different puzzle. My sources tell me that they’re both fun. Also, my Mom says I’m cool. But no matter what my Mom says, I greatly appreciate all of my solvers solving my puzzles, and if you could take a minute to chip in a little money for this website, that’d be awesome. The support I’ve already gotten over the last month has been great. You can donate to Devil Cross by clicking on that handy little PayPal button below:

2) The bigger announcement: the Indie 500 Crossword Tournament has a date and a location! Come join me, Erik Agard, Andy Kravis, Peter Broda, Neville Fogarty, and a mystery constructor to be named later on May 30, 2015 in the nation’s capital and beat us in a battle of puzzles. We’ll be holding this gig at the Marvin Center at George Washington University. Do it because you love freedom. More info at the Indie 500 link above.

That’s all. Hope you enjoy my NYT puzzle tomorrow. There will be a new Devil Cross puzzle on October 25.