"The Answers My Friend ..."

by Robert Mark and George Barany

This Sunday-sized tribute puzzle first appeared in the May 2016 issue of Natural Selections, as accessed here, was released to coincide with the 75th birthday of an American icon (pictorial hint to the right). After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle's inspiration and his ouevre by clicking here, here, and here; note there is a Minnesota connection (connecting the dots and figuring out the wordplay is left as an excerise to the solver).  However, please click here for a justification of 42-Down, which connects the birthplace of this puzzle's honoree with that of one of his most important musical forebearers. Also, listen/watch this 2-min clip for an explanation of the puzzle's title.

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 beta testers Christopher Adams, Martin Ashwood-Smith, Marcia Brott, John Child, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Theresa Horan, Lewis Rothlein, Alex Vratsanos, and Ned White for looking at multiple different grids for this puzzle and improving the fill and clues with their excellent suggestions.

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More puzzles here (all), here (music), and here (tributes).

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