Giving T.Hanks for the Holidays

by Christopher Adams and George Barany

This "mid-week level" puzzle (17x17) was designed to help our solvership gear up for the Winter 2015 holiday seasons (pictorial hints to the right). After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle by clicking here for our "midrash." 

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. Click here (two pages) or here (one page, for those with good eyesight) for an alternate version of puzzle with two fewer black squares, in which approximately 40% of the answer words and/or clues have been changed, here for the puz file, here for interactive play, and here for the solution. We thank John Child, Laszlo Denes, Charles Flaster, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Theresa Horan, Peter Leopold, and Alex Vratsanos for beta testing the puzzle, and for any number of suggestions that significantly improved it.

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