by John Child and George Barany

This "mid-week level" puzzle honors one of our friends on a significant personal occasion, but does not require any specialized information about him (the pictorial hint to the right relates to the puzzle, not its honoree). After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle's honoree by clicking 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. We thank Noam Elkies, Charles Flaster, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, Katherine Halpern, and Ned White for reviewing the puzzle and its clues, and ensuring that it was SFW (in contrast to a more audacious effort found here).

If you want to tell others about this particular page, refer them to

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

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