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This month's puzzle is the second in our series by Chris Karlsson, a Raleigh-born attorney currently living in Charlotte. We published his very first crossword last October; that puzzle was a dexterous Carolina Hurricanes double-entendre, referencing the hockey team and the weather phenomena. This puzzle uses a similar conceit, with a double meaning that plays on a feature of our state. Conceptually inventive, ingeniously executed puzzles like this one raise crossword construction to an art form.