He's So Shy

by Mark Diehl / Edited by George Barany and Friends

This "late-week level" puzzle was first distributed on April Fools' Day, 2016, on the eve of the 39th American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT) in Stamford, Connecticut. Its legendary constructor (see photo to the right), had just recently joined our group, and had also been accorded the great honor of creating the tournament's final puzzle. There is one entry in the current puzzle that, while not failing the "breakfast test," nevertheless disqualifies it from ever being published in the New York Times. Finally, you may enjoy listening to this Pointer Sisters song while solving.

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. Mark thanks yours truly, Christopher Adams, Marcia Brott, Ralph Bunker, Dan Chall, John Child, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, Alex Vratsanos, and Ned White for beta testing the puzzle and valuable suggestions that improved the clues.

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