Back to basics with a tough, 72-word themeless today. A special shout-out to Erik Agard, who gets prime real estate for writing the great clue for 1-Across — that was part of the exchange after I wrote one of his clues for his massive crowdsourced puzzle for Christmas (and, as always, you should check out his other great puzzles at his site here). Another special shout-out to my wife Vicki, who wrote the clue for 49-Down.
For new and new-ish constructors: this is your final call to submit your puzzle to the Indie 500 Crossword Tournament! We’re accepting submissions no later than 11:59 pm CT on January 15. Click on “Submit” for more details.
Enjoy the puzzle. There will be a new one on January 17.