by George Barany, Charles Flaster, and Brent Hartzell

This "mid-week level" puzzle (16x15) was constructed within days of a historic event in sports history (pictorial hint to the right). This page corresponds to the version that appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Natural Selections, as accessed here. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about the puzzle's theme by clicking here (and a few seconds with Google will get you many more). Also, click here to get some insight on the unusual clue for 45-Down, and click here to learn about the crossing 49-Across. GB wishes to note that during his nine years at The Rockefeller University (1971-1980), the remarkable event highlighted in this puzzle occurred three times. Nobody expected a 37 year gap until the next such event!

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 Martin Ashwood-Smith, Ralph Bunker, John Child, Lloyd Fricker, Ben Geisbauer, Martin Herbach, Peter Leopold, Tom Pepper, Jim Quinlan, Arlene Romoff, Lewis Rothlein, and Markand Thakar for their astute beta testing of the puzzle on very short notice. Click here to play along with Ralph Bunker as he test solved an earlier draft of the puzzle. Two very recent independent puzzles, with related themes, may be found by clicking here and here (the latter requires a subscription).

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