Up to Z Challenge: Some Beautiful Minds

by Bárány György, Laci bácsi, and Leapfinger

This "end-of-the-week level" puzzle (13x13) was constructed in response to a challenge posted by Z at 5:45 p.m. on May 19, 2015, on the Rex Parker crossword blog. To the right, you will find a pictorial hint to part of the puzzle's theme. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), you may read more about the puzzle's sub-themes by clicking here, here, here, here, here, or here. Alert solvers will notice that the puzzle is a pangram.

Click here to view or download the puzzle in PDF format; here to download it as a puz file; here to download it as an ipuz file [requires the free Puzzazz app to solve]; here to solve the puzzle interactively (thanks to Jim Horne); here for the solution. We thank Martin Ashwood-Smith, John Child, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, and Casco Kid for beta testing the puzzle and helpful suggestions that improved it.

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