Today's puzzle is from Sally
! Sally posts a write-up of the USA Today puzzle every day on her blog
. They're super helpful if you need help understanding a more subtle theme, plus there's sometimes insights from the constructor of the puzzle!
Sally says: "I echo the thanks of many others to Malaika for organizing this project. I'm excited that it's finally my turn to offer a puzzle! Today is my 32nd wedding anniversary, so I invited my husband to choose a 7-letter word he'd like to see included in a crossword. 3-down was his choice. In addition to constructing, I write a daily blog about the USA Today crossword. You should be solving the USA Today puzzle everyday-- and then come check out my blog!"