Let’s celebrate two things today: one is the return of baseball and two is the open beta release of Ingrid, the crossword construction software that allowed me to make this puzzle with both black squares and bars. Happy to have both things in my life!
Today’s grid is based on a sprite from the old NES baseball game. I was a much bigger fan of Baseball Stars myself, but I felt this sprite lent itself more readily to a crossword. I hope this puzzle brings you some retro enjoyment.