by George Barany and John Child

This Thursday-ish puzzle (18x18) honors one of our friends on a significant personal occasion (pictorial hint to the right), but does not require any specialized information about him. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle by clicking here for our "midrash." Also, click here for a G-rated companion puzzle.

Click here (two pages) or here (one page, for those with good eyesight) 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 Christopher Adams, Martin Ashwood-Smith, Steve Bachman, Marcia Brott, Sabina Brukner, Laszlo Denes, Noam Elkies, Charles Flaster, Katherine Halpern, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, Theresa Horan, Lewis Rothlein, and Ned White for vetting the puzzle, and making ingenious suggestions that raised the levels of several of the clues.

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