Today's puzzle is from Sam
! You may know him as the editor of Spelling Bee. He's also had a zillion (yes, that's an exact stat) puzzles in the Times, and is generally a lovely presence over on Twitter.
Sam says: "I've been a 7xwords lurker for a while, so it's an honor to contribute among all the other talents here, old and new! Nice to let loose in some clues when The Gray Lady isn't looking. I'm sure y'all will have plenty of trouble figuring out the seed entry..."