Off-the-Cuff Puzzle for Barbarany

by George Barany and John Child

This "early-week level" puzzle was inspired by recent events in our family's personal life, but was constructed in a way that no inside information is required to solve it. To illustrate the puzzle [and provide a hint to 27-Across], we show you Dr. Alicia K. Harrison of the University of Minnesota Medical School; click here for more information, though you might want to hold off on that until after completing the puzzle.

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, Marcia Brott, Charles Flaster, Katherine Halpern, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Theresa Horan, Robert Mark, Lewis Rothlein, and Ned White for not only beta testing the puzzle and helpful suggestions that improved the clues, but also for their expressions of empathy to Barbarany.

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