Download a PDF of the crossword here.

Pay close attention to the two circles! In a sense, they are stylized depictions of the word that should be placed within them.

For the solution to the puzzle, click here.

Evan Mahnken, who grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and now lives on the East Coast, has been constructing crossword puzzles since 2017. Several of them have appeared in the New York Times