Well along comes Tom Toce to bust up all those preconceptions about the life of actuaries. He contributes a variety cryptic to each issue of Contingencies, the magazine published by the American Academy of Actuaries. From what I can tell, Tom comes from the Stephen Sondheim/Richard Maltby school. The giveaway is the Sondheim quote in his instructions: "Ignore punctuation, which is designed to confuse."
So we'll put Contingencies on the menu. This really is a good time to be a crossword fan: there are more and more puzzles available to us every month.
The weekend's blue plate special is acrostics. The Wall Street Journal has a Mike Shenk puzzle while
the New York Times has the regular Hex acrostic behind the paywall and Deb Amlen's column with comments from Hex. The NYT bonus puzzle (online subscribers only) by Fred Piscop is also posted.
More comfort food? A block cryptic by Hex in the National Post ought to hit the spot. Falcon serves that one up for you.