This week I'm trying out a new puzzle type, the Section Eight. Examples of this type, which was devised by Patrick Berry, can be seen on occasion in the Wall Street Journal's Saturday puzzle offerings -- see here for the most recent example -- but I first encountered this puzzle type through Foggy Brume's P&A Magazine. There was also an interesting variation on this type in BAPHL 6, called "The Vinyl Countdown". Anyway, this is my first attempt at writing a Section Eight, and while it's a little rough in spots, including a couple of tough entries and an etymological doublet that I failed to catch in time to fix, I hope you'll enjoy it.
Since I've been in a rut trying to write some of the "hard" puzzles (e.g., Marching Bands, Some Assembly Required, variety cryptics) in the past few weeks, I decided to try writing Marching Bands puzzles with a smaller grid. The same rules still apply, but the grid is 11x11 rather than 13x13. Mini-March: now with 28% fewer letters!*
*As compared to regular Marching Bands