California Dreamin'

by Christopher Adams / Edited by George Barany and Friends

This Thursday-ish puzzle (16x19), which includes some slight overtones of political commentary and pop culture (pictorial hint to the right), was created just in time for the Indie 500 crossword tournament in Washington DC, and took on added timeliness as the nation turned its eyes to California for the final major primary of the 2016 Presidential campaign. While solving the puzzle, you might soothe yourself by listening to the hit song [original Mamas and Papas or Beach Boys cover] that provides the puzzle's title. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), please click here for our "midrash."

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. Chris thanks yours truly, Ralph Bunker, John Child, Noam Elkies, Charles Flaster, Michael Hanko, Peter Leopold, Eric LeVasseur, Lewis Rothlein, and Alex Vratsanos for beta testing and valuable suggestions.

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