My friends on the XWord Muggles Forum know me as Darth. (It's my avatar, not my real name, but I like it.) I've been a member of this special WSJ meta community since May 2021, and it's a privilege to "use the Force" and publish puzzles for my friends there (my debut meta appearing in the MMM on 9/11/23).
In real life, I'm an ESL teacher in the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Needless to say, I love language, international travel, and word games...oh, and leisurely time on the beach (...well, make that the "virtual beach" on planet Naboo!).
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It's My Treat!

· Published 2023-09-11T11:00:30.870Z

I'm always surprised to find Halloween candy on the store shelves in early August, right there next to back-to-school supplies. I don't know why we can't just enjoy summer a little longer before rushing into fall festivities. That said, this puzzle…