Should be sleeping right now, so just a puzzle and no write-up this week.
More (many more) words, crossed and otherwise, next week.
Update: I should have at least mentioned the origin of this week's grid. Shout-outs to Frank Longo for his astonishingly wide open Fireball themeless last week. An amazing feat of construction. I started with the intention of using the exact same grid because filling it with vowelless entries seemed like a tough yet doable challenge. I was able to autofill it starting with a few seeds as a proof-of-concept, but it wasn't giving me enough room to play once I started hand-filling, so I added a few extra black squares to lower the constraints. And now you know the rest of the story...
Puzzle: Vowelless #9 (NOTE: as always, Y is not a part of any answer)
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