They Zoomed In On Life

by George Barany and Marjorie Russel

This "mid-week level" puzzle was released within days of reading (spoiler) the New York Times obituary of the scientist pictured to the right. He was a beloved Professor of mine (and to many others) during my time as a graduate student at The Rockefeller University. After solving the puzzle, you may be further inspired to click here and learn more about the puzzle's full scope. I was also inspired to locate from an old photo album this historic publicity shot (circa 1976), and the corresponding late-night graduate student parody prank.

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, Lloyd Fricker, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Nancy Herther, and Alex Vratsanos for test solving.

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