Three Days in Nerdvana

by Tom Williams / Edited by George Barany and Friends

This "mid-week level "puzzle was created for and released during the spring/east coast session of America's largest gaming convention, celebrating various topics of interest to attendees, as well as the guys responsible for the convention's existence, pictured to the right. After solving the puzzle (or giving up on it?!) (spoiler), please click here to read Tom's "midrash."

Click here to view or download the puzzle in PDF format; here to download it as a puz file [requires Across Lite software to play]; here to solve the puzzle interactively (thanks to Jim Horne); here for the solution. Tom thanks Victor Barocas, Marcia Brott, Anne Erdmann, Noam Elkies, Todd Gross, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, and yours truly for testing the puzzle [despite none of us maxing out on the nerd scale], and for comments and suggestions that allowed him to dial back on the difficulty level.

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More puzzles here (all), here (sports—defined very liberally), and here (tributes).

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