Yes, it’s true, I get rejections too. Lots of them. (In fact, based on the fact that I have zero accepted puzzles in the hopper at NYT right now, it is very likely that 2022 will pass without me in the NYT. I’m sad about this.)
Today’s puzzle is a reject from somewhere else (I think it will become apparent while you’re solving it that it’s not NYT material), but I still think it’s a fun one and worth your time. Enjoy!