A Lot of Birthday Cake on One's Plate

by George Barany, Michael Hanko, and Martin Herbach

This "late-week level" puzzle (15x16) was released on the birthday of a true cruciverbal great (pictoral hint to the right). While there is a theme, no specialized knowledge is required to solve the puzzle. After completing the puzzle (spoiler), learn more about its honoree by clicking here, and also have a look at this holiday-spirited comic , created by Hayley Gold and inspired by the present puzzle.

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 Marcia Brott, Ralph Bunker, Noam Elkies, Brent Hartzell, and Ellen Ross for their astute brainstorming, beta testing, and clue suggestions.

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

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