A Slate crossword for the magazine’s 20th anniversary.

Bluish-Gray Color, Five Letters: the Slate Crossword

Bluish-Gray Color, Five Letters: the Slate Crossword

The American Values Club puzzle.
Sept. 21 2016 9:59 AM

Bluish-Gray Color, Five Letters

We’re kicking off our new crossword feature with a special anniversary puzzle.

Illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo.

Attention crossword fans! Starting this week, Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig (constructor of this groundbreaking puzzle for the New York Times).

The AVCX puzzle is produced by “a revolving cast of about eight constructors—an exclusive group in the crossword community,” wrote the Observer. “Constructors are encouraged to write clues in the first person, explore raunchy themes and engage in a weekly conversation with solvers.”


To celebrate, constructor Angela Olson Halsted and editor Tausig put together this special puzzle to celebrate Slate’s 20th anniversary. Once you’ve solved it, sign up for Slate Plus—now at a special low anniversary price—and start in on this week’s crossword, Kameron Austin Collins’ “AVCX Themeless No. 9.

For a better mobile solving experience, subscribe to the American Values Club.
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Angela Olson Halsted lives in Arlington, Virginia. Her puzzles have appeared in the American Values Club, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.