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This week’s puzzle is by Brian D. Lewis. He lives in Durham and works in the Career Services department at the UNC School of Law Chapel Hill. He also plays in several bands, including the Carrborators, Les Cowbelles, and the Durham Ukulele Orchestra, which may explain his choice of theme: “You know what they say: Write what you know!” he says. This is his first published puzzle. Here's a brief Q&A with Brian:

Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. As an adult, I've lived in seven different states, moving to North Carolina from Virginia in 2007.

What’s your primary occupation?

I am Assistant Dean for Career Services at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.

What are your other hobbies and interests?

I sing and play multiple musical instruments in four local bands: The Carrborators, The Durham Ukulele Orchestra, Les Cowbelles, and with my wife, performing as Brian & Mary Lewis.

Have you constructed crosswords before?

I have constructed a few, but this is the first one I've ever had published.

How did you first get into crossword solving?

My mom was quite a crossword expert, and as a kid I inherited my love of wordplay from her. I really got into it during college, and have done the New York Times puzzle virtually every day since 1974.

What puzzles/puzzle venues/constructors do you most admire?

Given my daily obsession with the New York Times puzzle, I've always been a big fan of Eugene T. Maleska, Will Weng, and Will Shortz.

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