Crossword Puzzles by George Barany and Friends

We put the "fun" in "dysfunctional"

This page [readily accessed at http://tinyurl.com/gbpuzzle] contains links to published [New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Games, Minnesota magazine, Natural Selections, etc.] or "self-published" crossword puzzles by George Barany, constructed for the most part in collaboration with any number of brilliant individuals [learn more about them by clicking either on the link just given to the left, or on their names in the index that follows]. Puzzles are 15x15 unless indicated otherwise [in which case our convention is number of rows x number of columns], and are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Some of these puzzles are for general audiences, while others (particularly the "tributes") are for niche audiences [in some cases, we provide alternative versions that do not require specialized knowledge]. Moreover, some puzzles reflect the author's personal interests and biases [e.g., sports, classical music, science and math, and the time-sensitive current events and political themed crosswords addressed by the suite of puzzles constructed for the most part with Arthur Rothstein, and later with the expanded team.] Refer to the column entitled "Comments" for more specific information (including our best "guestimate" as to the level of difficulty), and note that some of the puzzle pages provide graphics that might give you a better idea as to whether or not you want to tackle them, as well as links for solving them on-line. If you want to receive puzzles from this team and/or look at them at various stages (including "beta testing") of the process, please contact Professor Barany [center of photo, flanked by Jenna Orkin, Mark Wieder, Michael Hanko, and Noam Elkies] via his e-mail: barany@umn.edu.

I would like to thank Eric Schulz, Nate Davidson, and Christie Martin for their help in setting up and maintaining these pages [puzzles hosted at other sites are indicated by an asterisk (*)], Arthur Rothstein for showing the way at his mojo site, and Jim Horne and Jeff Chen for the fabulous xwordinfo.com site that we are using to provide on-line solving. Of course, my biggest debt goes to all of my friends with whom I have had the pleasure of working on these puzzles. They have taught me much and have accompanied me on innumerable fascinating and enriching side trips into the English language and all sorts of esoterica about the human condition. Please enjoy the fruits of our efforts!

Added notes: We added a Facebook page (October 2012) that can be accessed by clicking here; please "like," if you are so inclined. It is a pleasure for us to share with our regular solvers the Noam Elkies' Satellite Puzzle Page [added January 2013; readily accessed at http://tinyurl.com/NDEsatpuz] that contains a number of gems that are sure to challenge and delight. Recently, we were proud to be included (as of May 2013) on the blog roll of the web site of crossword champion Dan Feyer, and to have our puzzles featured as "finals week study break" exhibits in several libraries (Walter, Wilson, and Music) on the University of Minnesota campus. Moreover, our crossword construction consortium was featured in this on-line article [posted May 22 to go with May 27, 2013 issue; use this short URL: http://cenm.ag/puzzle] in Chemical & Engineering News, the official magazine of the American Chemical Society. Click here for a montage of crossword words observed on a June 2013 trip to Hawaii, here for a September 2013 essay of sorts about how our team constructs and optimizes puzzles, here for a November 2013 interview with Will Shortz (and associated information), and here for a December 2013 article about our endeavors for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Title Date Authors Comments (and note that our "midrashim" have spoilers)
Material Guys 4/12/2014 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" tribute to two University of Minnesota Chemical Engineering & Materials Science colleagues on the occasion of a scientific symposium that celebrated their one-day-apart 60th birthdays.
Three Days in Nerdvana 4/11/2014 Tom Williams / Edited by George Barany and Friends "Mid-week" level puzzle for its target audience, attendees of America's largest gaming convention—and very tough for the rest of us—but we can all enjoy the "midrash." 
Breaking Water ... and News! 4/10/2014 George Barany Relatively easy puzzle that announced breaking news in an unusual manner [those not into puzzles may want to go straight to the "midrash"]. Specialized knowledge, while advantageous, might lessen the "Aha" moment.
Fast-Breaking News 4/8/2014 George Barany, Barbara Barany, Brent Hartzell, and Karen Kaler This Thursday-ish, sports-themed puzzle was constructed once we learned some particularly welcome fast-breaking local news.
Barn to Garden  4/7/2014 George Barany, Barbara Barany, Brent Hartzell, and Karen Kaler "Mid-week level" sports-themed puzzle that reclues our earlier Start Spreading the News with an angle of local pride.
Stacked Dreck 4/1/2014 Martin Ashwood-Smith / Edited by George Barany and Friends This themeless puzzle, by a prolific and pioneering constructor, was planned especially for its release date, and includes a "midrash."
Start Spreading the News! 4/1/2014 George Barany, Barbara Barany, Brent Hartzell, and Karen Kaler Tuesday-ish sports-themed puzzle that should delight fans of four outstanding college basketball programs.
Darwinian Evolution 3/31/2014 Big Brother and the Holding Company Sunday-sized science- and family-oriented commemoration of a meaningful (to us) 40th anniversary, as elaborated in this "midrash." Our All-Star beta testers vouch that no specialized knowledge is necessary (21x21 puzzle). 
Putin on the Fritz 3/2014 George Barany and Friends Relatively easy, albeit puzzling, response to recent news from the Crimea, based on a tweet by a leading American statesman (15x16 puzzle).
Rock Star 3/10/2014 George Barany, Sabina Brukner, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Richard Hyfler, Tom Pepper, Arlene Romoff, and Amelia Rosner This Tuesday-ish puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion of a new friend.
Minnesota Mergers & Makeovers (*) Spring 2014 George Barany and Deane Morrison This "mid-week level" puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Spring 2014 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (15x16 puzzle).
Sea Change 3/2014 Michael Hanko and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle inspired by an e-mail typo.
What Do These Great Sluggers Have in Common? 3/2014 Brent Hartzell and George Barany "Mid-week level" sports-themed puzzle with a punchline worthy of O. Henry.
Who's Got the Last Laugh Now? 3/3/2014 George Barany and Amelia Rosner This "mid-week level" puzzle paid tribute to an inspirational musician and human being.
Post Puzzler No. 204 (*) 3/2/2014 Evan Birnholz / Edited by Peter Gordon This themeless "Saturday level" puzzle was one of four winners, selected for publication by a legendary editor, in a contest where entries were submitted without bylines.
4 Broadway 2/28/2014 Martin Ashwood-Smith This "late-week level" themeless puzzle by a prolific New York Times constructor features an impressive quadstack, and includes a "midrash" (16x15 puzzle).
One Who's Old at Heart 2/28/2014 George Barany, Michael Hanko, Meghan Lafferty, and Carolyn Rauber This challenging puzzle celebrated a specifix personal occasion of a friend, and includes an appropriate "midrash."
Olympic Hockey Shticks 2/22/2014 George Barany "Mid-week level" sports-themed puzzle reprised an exhilarating heartbreak, depending on which side of the border you live on.
In the Prime of His Life (*) 2/19/2014 Noam Elkies A decagonal mini-crossword by a good friend marked a personal occasion of mine (unusual dimensions).
Connecticut Transfer 2/18/2014 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion of a friend, and includes an appropriate "midrash" (13x13 puzzle).
All You Need is Love 2/14/2014 Charles Deber / Edited by George Barany and Friends A Sunday-sized puzzle, exclusive to our pages, to go with an annual holiday for lovers (21x21 puzzle).
For Solvers Like You 2/2014 George Barany and Friends Timely "mid-week level" tribute to a local institution, although we expect it to appeal to music lovers nationwide.
Papa Go Seek 2/2014 Steve Bachman / Edited by George Barany Relatively easy (music-themed) tribute puzzle, complete with "midrash," that represented its constructor's debut to our pages.
With a Grain of Saltarello (*) 12/2013 (posted 2/3/2014) Noam Elkies Music-themed word rectangle (3x6 puzzle).

Chris Christie's Shadow 2/2/2014 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" sports-themed puzzle for a secular national holiday coincident with an annual celebration and in the shadow of a burgeoning political scandal (17x15 puzzle).
Baby, It's Cold Outside 1/2014 Marcia Brott and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle released at a time when its title was highly apropos!
Chicks Dig the Long Ball 1/2014 George Barany and Brent Hartzell This "mid-week level" puzzle was constructed on the same day that we learned some not-altogether-surprising sports news.
The Puck Stops Here (at Ridder) 1/2014 George Barany and Karen Kaler This puzzle for a future issue of the Ski-U-Mah magazine paid tribute to one of the greatest collegiate athletic accomplishments of all time. Difficulty a function of how much the solver knows about our theme.
Constricted Crossword 1/2014 Loren Smith / Edited by George Barany Thursday-ish companion, exclusive to our website, that is related to the November 28, 2013 New York Times puzzle by Loren Smith and Jeff Chen.
Épée Birthday to You! 1/17/2014 George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," honored a long-lost friend on a milestone personal occasion. Minimal specialized knowledge needed.
A Tribute to N.C. Wyeth: The 40th Worst Crossword in the Universe 1/13/2014 Michael Hanko and George Barany Thursday-ish tribute, with a special bonus puzzle. After completing both, please read our "midrash."
Puzzazz New Year 15  1/1/2014 George Barany / Edited by Roy Leban Hybrid puzzle with cryptic-type grid and "puns & anagrams" type clues, created as part of Puzzles Live!, held on New Year's Day 2014. Much interesting information included on the solution page.
Perfect Square 11/16/2013 (posted 1/2014) George Barany and Friends Insanely difficult 6x6 puzzle, with no black squares, that was constructed in honor of a certain special individual on a certain special occasion. Try its companion Perfect Triangle, and then read the joint explanation.
Perfect Triangle 11/16/2013 (posted 1/2014) George Barany and Noam Elkies Relatively easy word triangle puzzle (8 lines). Try its companion Perfect Square, and then read the joint explanation.
For Every Eager Donor 8/2013 (posted 1/2014) Alex Vratsanos This "mid-week level" puzzle was designed as a fundraiser for a community-based economic development project with which the constructor's aunt was associated.
Beasts (and Burdon) 2/2013 (posted 1/2014) Marcia Brott and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle in multiple formats (including one with audio clues) and a midrash that you can dance to!
Joust in Time for a Happy New Year! 12/31/2013 Martin Ashwood-Smith This "late-week level" themeless puzzle by a legendary constructor was released on New Year's Eve, 2013 (16x15 puzzle).
Doubly Distinguished 12/2013 George Barany, Jed Fisher, Michael Hanko, and Marjorie Russel This "mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," paid tribute to some of the most remarkable scientists of the 20th century.
Crossword 2.0 12/2013 Tom Williams and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle that should amuse nerds of all ages, and includes an illuminating "midrash."
Friday Fun 12/2013 Professor George Barany's Chem 1905 Class (Friday, Fall 2013) This "mid-week level" puzzle was developed and clued by Professor Barany's freshman seminar class, called "Science in the News," that met on Fridays in Fall 2013.
Think Twice 12/21/2013 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter / Edited by George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle with an interesting backstory that appeared on the exact 100th birthday of the modern crossword puzzle.
They Sure Managed 12/15/2013 Jeff Strickler and George Barany "Mid-week level" sports-themed tribute puzzle accompanying a Minneapolis Star Tribune article commemorating the 100th birthday of the modern crossword puzzle.
Elba Was He ... 12/2013 George Barany, Michael Hanko, Martin Herbach, and Tom Williams "Mid-week level" tribute puzzle to an important world leader.
RU Familiar with RU? 12/2013 George Barany and Marjorie Russel "Mid-week level" commissioned holiday treat that may be of particular interest to current and past faculty, students, and staff at my alma mater.
You've Got Class! 12/2013 57-Across of Chem 1905 "Early-week level" puzzle constructed, with a little help from my friends, for some rather special classes of students.
A Man for All Reasons 12/2013 George Barany and Ben Geisbauer This easy puzzle, complete with "midrash,"celebrated a specific personal occasion for a friend and colleague (14x14 puzzle).
Crossing Curing with Caring (*) Winter 2014 George Barany, Deane Morrison, and Marcia Brott This Sunday-sized puzzle with an uplifting medical theme was published in Minnesota magazine (Winter 2014 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (21x21 puzzle).
Gobble Tov! 11/28/2013 George Barany and Friends "Thursday level" puzzle for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion (17x17 puzzle).
Coin of the Musical Realm 11/22/2013 George Barany and Noam Elkies "Friday level" themeless (68 words), with a surprise or two, and a companion 5x5 word square. When done, please read our "midrash."
Executive Decision 2/2013 (reposted 11/22/13) Tom Pepper After solving this ingenious puzzle, please be sure to read our "midrash."
Guess Who? 11/2013 Tom Williams and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle celebrating the 50th anniversary of a TV show loved by many a nerd.  The "midrash" alone is worth the price of admission (which is free).
A Tale of Two Crossword Prodigies 11/16/2013 George Barany and Friends This "late-week level" puzzle honored a bright young cruciverbalist on a day he will always remember (13x13 puzzle).
Raiders vs. Irish  11/14/2013 George and Barbara Barany "Mid-week level" sports-themed puzzle with a timely "trick" (explained in a "midrash") that may dazzle many solvers. 
What are the Odds? 11/13/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," celebrated an interesting coincidence in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.  Three names are revealed that will be easily recognized by insiders, but may stump outsiders (crossing words are fair, though).
Time to Get Series 11/12/2013 Alex Vratsanos / Edited by George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
Take It to the Bank! 10/30/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete with a "midrash," reprising one of the most thrilling days in recent local sports history (17x17 puzzle).
Valvaithankoshtam 10/27/2013 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle honored a special friend on a special day (19x19 puzzle).
Fall Classic 2013 10/2013 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle paid tribute to a sports-related current event.
The Old Song and Dance 10/2013 George Barany, Noam Elkies, Michael Hanko, and Martin Herbach This "mid-week level" puzzle, complete with a "midrash," was written as a companion to an outstanding Jewish-themed documentary.
Top Bananas 10/2013 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter / Edited by George Barany "Early-week level" puzzle that was its constructor's debut to our pages.
It's 50-Across! 10/18/2013 George Barany and Arlene 27-Across "Mid-week level" puzzle that welcomed Arlene's new grandchild.
Piano Man 10/16/2013 George Barany and Ben Geisbauer This "mid-week level" puzzle honored a long-time colleague on a special day in his career.
We Mean Joe Green 10/10/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" tribute to one of our favorite opera composers on the bicentennial of his birth (17x17 puzzle).
You Rule! 5/27/2013 (posted Fall 2013) Alex Vratsanos "Mid-week level" tribute from one Barany friend to another, with an interesting backstory.
Dream Catchers 10/2013 George and Barbara Barany Timely "mid-week level" sports-themed tribute (17x15 puzzle).
Lights Out! Fall 2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" tribute to a living legend closing out his future first-ballot baseball Hall-of-Fame career.
One Who Cannot Be Shut Down 10/01/2013 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle honored a special friend on a special day, and is just a tad edgy (14x14 puzzle).
Number 46 9/29/2013 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle honored a special friend on a special day, and is a bit heavy on sports (14x14 puzzle).
Great Dane 9/20/2013 George Barany and Alex Vratsanos / Edited by Jeffrey Harris Published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, this Tuesday-ish puzzle celebrated an important scientific anniversary with an evocative grid.
Everybody Loves Christopher Raymond 4/2013 (posted Fall 2013) Alex Vratsanos / Edited by George Barany Sunday-sized nerdy tribute (meant in a good way) to the constructor's favorite math professor (21x21 puzzle).
Love Forty 9/20/2013 Brent Hartzell and George Barany "End-of-week level" tribute to an important anniversary in sports history (15x16 puzzle).
Crossing Curing with Caring 9/18/2013 George Barany, Deane Morrison and Marcia Brott Puzzle in support of Varsity Team Rally III, a community outreach event with an uplifting medical theme. When done, please read our "midrash" (21x21 puzzle).
Crosswords with Friends ... of the University of Minnesota Libraries 9/12/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete "midrash," that wascommissioned to complement a very special visit to the University of Minnesota campus.  
Nine Decades of the Central Science 9/9/2013 George Barany and Friends Commissioned Sunday-sized puzzle to mark the 90th anniversary of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) (21x21 puzzle).
Technophilia 9/8/2013 Arthur Rothstein and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle: words for nerds! After completing the puzzle, please read our "midrash."
We're Not in Kansas 8/2013 George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle, with novel pictorial clues and complete with a "midrash," described a just-concluded possibly-once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Goldy's Blocks (*) Fall 2013 Deane Morrison and George Barany This "early-week level" puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Fall 2013 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (15x16 puzzle).
Definitely Defined (*) 8/16/2013 George Barany and David Steinberg This Sunday-sized puzzle, edited by Mike Shenk, was published in the Wall Street Journal (21x21 puzzle).
Wondrous Wee Windsor 7/28/2013 Jason Constanza and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle in response to a current event.
Mauer's Double 7/24/2013 George Barany and Ben Geisbauer "Mid-week level" puzzle in response to headline news in the local sports pages.
Sammy Welcomes ... 7/21/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle to welcome a new Ronning-MacBride (13x13 puzzle).
Justice Served on a First-Name Basis 7/4/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" companion to It's All About Justices (17x17 puzzle).
A Summer's Tail 7/2013 Marcia Brott and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle with a straightforward theme and a surprise twist.
Crossroad of 90th and ELM 7/2013 George Barany and Betsy Grindstaff "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete with a "midrash," that celebrated a personal occasion for an "almost" member of the family. Specialized knowledge useful, but not essential.
Cheer Ye O's! 7/2013 Daniel Silversmith and George Barany Sunday-sized tribute to my co-constructor's all-time favorite baseball team (21x21 puzzle).
Ta'amei Tashbetz
טעמי תשבץ
6/30/2013 George Barany and Rachel Stock Spilker Difficult Sunday-sized puzzle at the interface of Judaism and music (21x21 puzzle). 
What's the Difference? 6/26/2013 George Barany Relatively easy tribute to this historic New York Times offering (11x17 puzzle).
In the Pink 6/26/2013 George Barany and First-Six-Letters-of-45-Across Romoff An "early-week level" puzzle that welcomed a new Bronstein-Romoff.
A Special Construction for a Special Deconstructor 6/23/2013 George Barany and Charles Deber "Mid-week level" puzzle, complete with a "midrash," for which science knowledge is helpful. This puzzle complemented a major award at the 23rd American Peptide Symposium.
Cross This Puzzle When You Get To It 6/2013 Paul Schoenholz and George Barany "Early-week level" puzzle about one of the games people play.
Recreational Crossword Puzzle 6/2013 Loren Smith / Edited by George Barany "Early-week level" puzzle about subjects that are generally not covered in mainstream crossword publications.
Highest Honors 6/17/2013 George Barany and Friends "Early-week level" tribute to four remarkable colleagues (15x16 puzzle).
Baccalaureate to the Future 6/6/2013 George Barany and Friends Chemistry-themed "high school level" puzzle commissioned by Barbara Barany to celebrate the end of the school year (17x17 puzzle).
The Central Science 6/6/2013 George Barany and Friends Chemistry-themed "college level" counterpart to this puzzle (17x17 puzzle).
A Puzzle to Circumnavigate (*) Summer 2013 George Barany and Deane Morrison This Thursday-ish puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Summer 2013 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Sacre Bleu! 5/29/2013 George Barany and Friends This puzzle celebrated the centennial of a momentous occasion in music history. Two versions provided, with differing levels of music-slanted fill and clues.
Milestone In Inorganic Chemistry 5/26/2013 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," celebrated a specific personal occasion for a friend and colleague. Two versions are provided, one with chemistry-slanted clues, the other with clues accessible to intelligent nonspecialists.
104.5 Degrees of Separation 5/7/2013 (posted later that month) Jeff Chen Originally published in Tuesday New York Times, and retitled by our site to call attention to the chemistry side of its ingenious theme.
Dr. Mericle Worker at Fairview Lakes Medical Center 5/14/2013 George Barany and Friends This "early-week level" puzzle announced an important personal event in the life of one of our friends (17x17 puzzle).
Alexander's Ragtime Bandleader: A Quasiquicentennial Tribute 5/11/2013 Paul Luftig and George Barany "Early-week level" tribute to a Jewish-American legend.
They Zoomed In On Life 5/10/2013 George Barany and Marjorie Russel "Mid-week level" tribute to pioneering Rockefeller University scientists.
Haguely Familiar 5/10/2013 George Barany and Arlene Romoff "Mid-week level" puzzle that celebrated a news-worthy international transition.
Stan(d by) the Man 5/2013 Alex Vratsanos "Early-week level" puzzle, covering sports news that broke in December 2011, was constructed by a new friend.
Hooked on Bionics 5/2013 George Barany Published in a time-appropriate issue of a relevant magazine, this "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a modern medical miracle.
A Travesty of Justices 4/27/2013 George Barany and Michael Hanko Published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (2013 Law Day issue). "Late-week level" puzzle targeted to the legal profession but not requiring specialized knowledge (15x16 puzzle).
H-B Oration 4/26/2013 George Barany / Edited by Mark Lipton This "late-week level" puzzle saluted a sister institution on a historic occasion.  Specialized knowledge useful (15x16 puzzle).
29-Down to 36-Down 4/21/2013 George Barany and Friends A timely salute to heroism and history-in-the-making. "Early-week level" puzzle (13x13 puzzle).
Schedule C is for Crossword 4/15/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle that took note of an annual deadline, along with a noteworthy centennial.
Happy Birthday, 51-Across! 4/10/2013 51-Across's 6-Across This "early-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion, and is a companion to another one (14x14 puzzle).
Barn Stormers 4/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell "Mid-week level" puzzle covering current University of Minnesota sports news, a sequel to Marooned and Galled (13x13 puzzle).
The Final Four 4/6/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell "Mid-week level" puzzle inspired by sports in the current news (15x16 puzzle).
It's All About Justices 4/2013 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle inspired by history-in-the-making (15x16 puzzle).
Jesuit Who Has Chemistry 4/2013 Jorge B. y Amigos "Thursday level" puzzle about breaking news of mid-March 2013. An alternate "early-week level" version is also available.
Happy Birthday, 49-Across! 4/3/2013 49-Across's 13-Down This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion, with the three long answers solvable from fair crossings.
One of a Kind 4/2013 George Barany "Mid-week level" tribute to a long-time friend and colleague. This puzzle has a considerable scientific component.
Marooned and Galled 3/27/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell "Mid-week level" puzzle heavily weighted towards sports at the University of Minnesota and responsive to current events.
Damon's Demons 3/2013 George Barany and Miriam Krause "Early-week level" puzzle that celebrated one of our favorite musicals / movies.
A Novel Puzzle 3/2013 Paul Luftig and George Barany "Early-week level" puzzle that was a timeless evocation of some of the best American literature of the second half of the twentieth century.
Ex-XXX-Star of Blessed Memory 3/22/2013 George Barany "Mid-week level" tribute to a Jewish-American legend of a sort.
Comparable Worth 3/2013 George Barany and Michael Hanko Tough but fair, and somewhat smaller than usual (13x13 puzzle).
Mass. Action 3/2013 George Barany and Robert Hammer This "late-week level" puzzle, with some commercial overtones, celebrated biotechnology (17x17 puzzle).
Chemistry 101 12/6/2012 (posted 3/2013) Jill Denny and Jeff Chen Originally published in Thursday New York Times, and later titled by our site to highlight its remarkable theme.
Talking to U (*) Spring 2013 Deane Morrison and George Barany This "early-week level" puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Spring 2013 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (17x17 puzzle).
Going Gentile Into That Good Night 2/2013 George Barany, Noam Elkies, Michael Hanko, and Arthur Rothstein "Late-week level" puzzle about breaking news of February 2013.
Science as a Second Language 2/2013 Charles Deber "Early-week" level puzzle. Some knowledge of biochemistry helpful, but not necessary.
Irish Miss? 2/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell "Mid-week level" puzzle inspired by a sports-related news item.
Platoon Lieder: the Official Crossword Puzzle 1/31/2013 Michael Hanko and George Barany "Late-week level" puzzle that was written as a companion to a 2013 cabaret show.
2 x 1,815 = 3,630 1/25/2013 George Barany and Paul Luftig "Early-week level" tribute to a sports icon (15x16 puzzle).
Happy Birthday, 59-Across! 1/17/2013 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle helped a new friend celebrate her birthday, which is shared with several American celebrities.
Skol is Out 1/06/2013 George Barany and Brent Hartzell Difficult miniature, a sequel to Purple All Day, was written as an exercise in self-consolation (7x7 puzzle).
Purple All Day 1/05/2013 Brent Hartzell and George Barany Heavily weighted towards sports, this puzzle celebrated an exceptional recent accomplishment (two versions with differing diffuculties).
Over the River and through the Grid (*) Winter 2013 George Barany and Deane Morrison Sunday-sized puzzle published in Minnesota magazine (Winter 2013 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

New Year's Eve 2012: A Nation on the Brink

12/31/2012 George Barany, Michael Hanko, and Paul Luftig Wishing our friends a Happy New Year with two timely puzzles, both "mid-week level" (regular 15x15 puzzle and special 17x17 puzzle).
Skullduggery 12/18/2012 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" tribute to an important centennial in the annals of scientific discovery.
Ode to Joy 12/16/2012 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion for the grandpa of our 8/30 honoree and husband of our 10/31 honoree.
86 Candles for One Minnesota Chemical Luminary 12/08/2012 George Barany and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle that celebrated a specific personal occasion for a friend and colleague. Specialized knowledge useful, but not essential (13x13 puzzle).
"All In" the Family Values 11/10/2012 George Barany and Friends The 2012 Presidential campaign had just ended, but the headlines kept on coming! "Mid-week level" puzzle (15x16 puzzle).
The Typo Campaign We're Getting in 2012 11/05/2012 George Barany 2012 Presidential campaign (prophetic event from end of May) — "mid-week level" puzzle released the day before Election Day.
A Sunday Morning in 1984 11/05/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein 2012 Presidential campaign (news from beginning of June) — "mid-week level" puzzle released the day before Election Day.
Crossword Puzzle 11/01/2012 George Barany and Victor Barocas Published in Thursday New York Times.

The Union Forever (on-line Lavender magazine)

11/01/2012 George Barany, Michael Hanko, and Paul Luftig 2012 Presidential campaign: "mid-week level" puzzle. Originally released 10/24/2012, shortly after the final in a series of much anticipated events was broadcast nationally; then published a week later in the "Wedding" issue of Lavender magazine.
Portrait of a Puzzling Lady 10/31/2012 George Barany and 60-Across This "early-week level" puzzle celebrated the grandma of our 8/30 honoree and wife of our 12/16 honoree. Specialized knowledge useful, but not essential.
The Djerassi Gambit, and Others 10/29/2012 George Barany and Friends This "mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," celebrated persons born on October 29, some more widely known than others. Specialized knowledge useful, but not essential (16x15 puzzle).
Fountain of Youth 10/22/2012 George Barany and Mike First-Six-Letters-of-73-Across This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion for a friend and colleague; specialized knowledge useful (18x18 puzzle).
Debatable Strategy: Carry a Big Shtick 10/16/2012 Michael Hanko and George Barany 2012 Presidential campaign: "mid-week level" puzzle released just as the third in a series of much anticipated events was broadcast nationally (16x15 puzzle).
Take a Message to Michael Hanko [ArtandScienceofSinging.com] 10/2012 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle introduced our fans to a new collaborator and his novel specialty (13x13 puzzle).
First Names First 10/14/2012 George Barany and Friends Sunday-sized puzzle sure to be of interest to those who care about the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry, and complete with "midrash." Specialized knowledge useful, but not essential (21x21 puzzle).
Doubly Perfect 10/13/2012 George Barany and Russ 38-Down This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion of significance to a former student and current dear friend and colleague. Specialized knowledge useful, and when done, please read our "midrash."
Tweet This Puzzle! 10/11/2012 George Barany and Friends 2012 Presidential campaign: this "early-week level" puzzle was a retrospective on "Denver Omelette" that was released just as the second in a series of much anticipated events was broadcast nationally.
Denver Omelette 10/3/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein 2012 Presidential campaign: this "mid-week level" puzzle was a somewhat partisan effort that we released just as a much-anticipated event was broadcast nationally (15x17 puzzle).
Very Justified Honor 9/27/2012 George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle that celebrated a career milestone for a longtime friend. Science knowledge helpful.
Do As I Say, Not As I Do 9/2012 George Barany and Friends 2012 Presidential campaign: "mid-week level" (17x17 puzzle).
A Herstoric Gopher Puzzle (*) Fall 2012 Deane Morrison and George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Fall 2012 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (19x19 puzzle).
The First Continentals' Congeries 9/2012 Jonathan Vaughan and George Barany (P'11) "Mid-week level" puzzle that was published in the alumni review (Summer 2012 issue) of an outstanding college, the name of which you will learn upon solving the puzzle.
Can This Man Still Be Trusted? 9/2012 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a friend and colleague. Specialized knowledge useful but not essential.
Peace Out 9/2012 George Barany "Mid-week" level puzzle to introduce our Facebook-master. Specialized knowledge useful but not essential.
Celebrated Chemical Cycle 9/2012 George Barany and Co-Conspirators This "early-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," celebrated a specific personal occasion of significance to one of my closest friends. Specialized knowledge useful.
This Puzzle's Honoree Has Something in Common with Warren Buffett and Ted Williams 8/30/2012 George Barany and 46-Across's 5-Across This "early-week level" puzzle celebrated a delightful young relative. Specialized knowledge useful.
Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky
(ADULT CONTENT)
8/25/2012 George Barany A current event brought to mind a legendary anecdote. After completing this "mid-week level" puzzle, please read our "midrash" (19x19 puzzle).
Missouri Uncompromising 8/25/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein 2012 Presidential campaign: "mid-week level" puzzle (mirror of this external site).
All in the Family 8/20/2012 George and Barbara Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion of significance to my in-laws. Specialized knowledge useful.
Vice Versa 8/11/2012 George Barany 2012 Presidential campaign: non-partisan "mid-week level" puzzle released exactly as a major announcement was being broadcast nationally.
Of Blessed Memory 8/4/2012 George Barany This "mid-week level" puzzle relates to Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivors and has a surprise hero. Specialized knowledge about my family is not required.
Crossword Puzzle Summer 2012 George Barany ('71) and Friends "Mid-week level" puzzle, published in the Summer 2012 newsletter of the Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association.
Requiescat in Pace 7/2012 George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle commemorating the approximate Yahrzeits of my parents, Michael and Kate Bárány. Specialized knowledge about my family useful but not essential.
A Time for Broccoli 7/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein "Mid-week level" puzzle on a current event, with our own editorial slant.
Progress Since Stonewall 6/28/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein "Early-week level" puzzle published in Lavender magazine.
A Cryptic Tribute 6/22/2012 George Barany / Edited by Patrick Berry Thursday-ish level puzzle published in the Chronicle of Higher Education that celebrated an important centennial in an unusual way. After completing this finalist for the 2012 "Puzzle of the Year" Orca Award, please read our "midrash."
A Puzzle to Gopher (*) Summer 2012 George Barany and Deane Morrison This "early-week level" puzzle was published in Minnesota magazine (Summer 2012 issue) of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
Amazin' 6/04/2012 George Barany Heavily weighted towards sports, this "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated an exceptional recent accomplishment.
Crossword Puzzle That's the Reel Deal 5/11/2012 Ben Geisbauer and George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle that has regional (upper-Midwest) and seasonal (Mother's Day) flavors.  The puzzle was the first to be launched on our site, with puzzles from the archives added later.
Shake It Up! 4/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein 2012 Presidential campaign: "Mid-week level" puzzle; mirror of this external site.
At Your Service 4/2012 George Barany and Joseph Konstan This "mid-week level" puzzle, complete with "midrash," accompanied a "sermon" given 4/20/2012 (click here for the video link; here for the pdf). Specialized knowledge useful.
Dedicated to the One I Love ... 3/29/2012 George Barany General knowledge "mid-week level" puzzle, albeit for a specific personal occasion that mirrors this external site (15x16 puzzle).
Out-of-Seasonal Celebration 3/15/2012 George Barany "Mid-week level" puzzle that is a "shout-out" to one of my favorite polymaths.
Kelly's Hero 3/2012 Donna Huryn and George Barany "Mid-week level" tribute, complete with "midrash," to a well-known scientist.
This Puzzle's Honoree and George Washington Have Something in Common 2/22/2012 George Barany This puzzle, complete with "midrash," celebrated a specific personal occasion. Two different versions, easier and harder, are available. Specialized knowledge useful.
Seeking Chemistry at a Singles Bar 2/2012 Michael Shteyman and George Barany This "mid-week level," puzzle with an unusual format, was published in Games (February 2012 issue).
Rick-ed from the Headlines
(ADULT CONTENT)
2/2012 Anonymous 2012 Presidential campaign: The honoree of this "mid-week level" puzzle was still very much in contention when this came to our attention (15x18 puzzle).
Did Gail Collins Ever Mention...? 1/17/2012 George Barany and Arthur Rothstein 2012 Presidential campaign:  One columnist's magnificent obsession, complete with our "midrash." These page mirror this external site (17x17 puzzle with four levels of difficulty available).
A Time for Remembrance 11/11/2011 George Barany and Michael Shteyman An unforgettable "Friday level" puzzle for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. This puzzle mirrors this external site.
Happy 41-Down 30-Across, 20-Across!! 5/14/2011 George Barany, in consultation with 61-Down This "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion. Specialized knowledge useful.
Three_Cu-bed_Fellow 5/09/2011 George Barany General knowledge "early-week level" puzzle, albeit for a specific personal occasion for one of my long-time collaborators.
See You Soon 11/2010 Michael Shteyman and George Barany Sunday-sized puzzle published in Games (November 2010 issue) (21x21 puzzle).
He Never Uttered A Cross Word 4/13/2010 George Barany, M. J. Brott, Betsy Grindstaff, and Michael Shteyman "Thursday level" tribute, complete with "midrash," to a well-known scientist.
Minnesota Chemistry Anagramacrostic Fall 2009 George Barany, Carol Stoneburner, Deborah Schoenholz, and Michael Shteyman A novel puzzle format, but specialized knowledge needed. Published in the Fall 2009 alumni newsletter of University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry.
They Have Chemistry Fall 2006 George Barany and Michael Shteyman Sunday-sized puzzle constructed especially for the Fall 2006 alumni newsletter of University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry (21x21 puzzle).
Crossword Puzzle 4/27/2006 George Barany and Michael Shteyman Published in Thursday New York Times (version with easier clues also provided).
Gimme a Spring BREAK, or How to Make a FUN Comeback in Chemistry 2302 3/2006 (posted 6/2013) Jeff Youngquist / Edited by George Barany Unorthodox Thursday-ish puzzle by one of my students that reinforced, in entertaining fashion, several points that I was making in lectures to a large college organic chemistry class.
The Sound of Music
1/22/2006 George Barany and Michael Shteyman Published in Sunday New York Times (21x21 puzzle).
Molecular Crossword Puzzle 12/2005 George Barany and Michael Shteyman Treat for my chemistry students who were completing their Final Exams. Original and unusual format (7x7 puzzle).
20-Across Version 2.5 11/13/2005 George Barany and Michael Shteyman This "early-week level" puzzle celebrated a specific personal occasion for a dear colleague. Specialized knowledge useful.
Classic October 10/31/2005 George Barany and Michael Shteyman Heavily weighted towards sports, this "mid-week level" puzzle celebrated a historic accomplishment that had just occurred.
Winging It 10/2005 George Barany and Michael Shteyman An original Sunday-sized quip on a topic that was very much on my mind at the time (21x21 puzzle).
Fun of the Above 5/5/2005 Michael Shteyman / Edited by George Barany Coordinated to the teaching of a college organic chemistry class, this "mid-week level" puzzle had a dazzling "reveal" accessible to word lovers regardless of their level of scientific background. 
Don't Worry, Be Happy 4/21/2004 Michael Shteyman Published in Wednesday New York Times, and retitled as an end-of-semester diversion for my chemistry students.
Forsooth, It's a Boy Forsyth! 11/6/2003 Michael Shteyman and George Barany This Sunday-sized puzzle (two versions provided) represented a unique baby shower gift to two dear friends and colleagues; and was my first opportunity to collaborate with MS. After completing the puzzle, please read our "midrash" (21x21 puzzle).
Squared Puzzle for Squares circa 2003 (posted 6/2013) Michael Shteyman This ingenious "early-week level" puzzle ran in the (now-defunct) New York Sun, circa 2003, and is reprinted here with original clues and a snappy new title.
___ to the 16th American Peptide Symposium 6/26/1999 Charles Deber and George Barany A special Thursday-ish puzzle for the 16th American Peptide Symposium (Minneapolis 1999) (17x17 puzzle).
It's Element-ary circa 1985 Charles Deber A delightful "mid-week level" puzzle, hitherto unpublished. Simple chemistry background puts solver at a slight advantage.

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