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A crossword 'Inception' - The Atlantic's 'The Cross Word'

"Late at night, when we were small, Sara sat on my bed, whispering into my ear." So begins the prose beneath the first clue in a new crossword that's a combination of a prose story and a crossword puzzle.

Mary Morris (with help from puzzle designer Maxwell Neeley-Cohen) writes a crossword "Inception," going meta about crosswords, writing crosswords and more, all while fitting under the theme of anger (in other words, "the cross word"). It's a story about sibling rivalry and ultimately feels like an old crime story.

If you've got the time to both work on a crossword and read a story that makes it more than that, it's well worth checking out.

"The Cross Word" at the Atlantic