Here's this month's cryptic, with a bit of a twist. There's a slight theme that will be revealed to you as you solve the puzzle. This kind of block cryptic with an added theme is something that I associate with The Nation cryptics written by Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto, so consider this to be a tribute to that form. Hope you enjoy!
Aries Cryptic #17 - PUZ
Aries Cryptic #17 - PDF
Aries Cryptic #17 - PDF (Grayscale)
Aries Cryptic #17 - Solution
Intro to Cryptics - PDF