Darwinian Evolution

by Big Brother and the Holding Company

This Sunday-sized puzzle was released on March 31, 2014, the exact 40th anniversary of a life-transforming occasion for its honoree (pictorial hint to the right). After completing the puzzle (spoilers), learn more than you ever wanted to know about its subject and all sorts of other side issues [like explanation of title, true identity of the author, etc., etc.] by clicking on this "midrash" [following which, you may want to email the honoree to wish him a Happy Birthday!]. This puzzle also appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Natural Selections, as accessed here.

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. The author thanks Sabina Brukner, Charles Deber, Noam Elkies, Jed Fisher, Lloyd Fricker, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, Amelia Rosner, and Marjorie Russel for test solving the puzzle and for suggestions that improved it.

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