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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Stock

Puzzle No. 45: "Do You Hear That?" (by Erica Hsiung Wojcik)

Going back-to-back on Friday guest spots with a delightful offering from Erica Hsiung Wojcik! Erica's quickly become one of my favorite follows/thinkers on Crossword Twitter — read below for more on her word list project — so I was honored and thrilled when she shared this grid with me to publish here. Cheers to the first of many fantastic Erica puzzles out in the world!

Happy solving,



From Erica: "This is my first puzzle to be out in the world! Big thanks to Matthew for giving it a home. This was a tricky theme to work out, and I hope that there's a nice aha moment when it clicks. I started constructing puzzles last fall, and I've been repeatedly blown away by the kindness of the crossword community. I've had a handful of formal and informal mentors (including Matthew) who have been so helpful, encouraging, and generous.

Paying that good energy forward, I recently started the Expanded Crossword Name Database, which is a crowd-sourced wordlist of prominent women and/or people of color. The website includes dictionary text file downloads for your constructing software and a spreadsheet with short bios on all the entries. I hope that it helps folks add some freshness to their grids!"


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