O Sole Mio!

by George Barany and Friends

This "early-week level" puzzle was created for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital benefit event taking place at McNamara Alumni Center on November 22, 2013.  As an added musical treat, click here (Three Tenors) or here (young Elvis) or here (Vegas Elvis). Furthermore (spoiler), this puzzle inspired a blogpost from our friend Ellen Ross that can be accessed 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 Marcia Brott, Noam Elkies, Ben Jones, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Karen Kaler, Deane Morrison, Marjorie Russel, and Tom Williams for beta testing several iterations of this puzzle, and suggesting ingenious clues. Note that release of this puzzle to our pages was delayed for over a year while several mainstream media editors concluded that its theme was too straightforward for their purposes.

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