Fast Ball

by George Barany and Friends

This "mid-week level" puzzle was released on the exact 50th anniversary of a watershed moment in American cultural and sports history (very oblique pictorial hint to the right)—one that made an indelible impression on the lead author's non-observant immigrant parents. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle's theme by clicking here and here. This puzzle also appeared in the November 2015 issue issue of Natural Selections, as accessed here.

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. Yours truly acknowledges the invaluable contributions of Martin Ashwood-Smith, Steve Bachman, Victor Barocas, Sabina Brukner, John Child, Charles Flaster, Todd Gross, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, and Brad Wilber in test solving and improving the puzzle through several iterations.

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