Coin of the Musical Realm

by George Barany and Noam Elkies

This "Friday level" puzzle (68 words) was released on November 22, 2013, a significant anniversary in the annals of classical music [pictorial hint to the right]. Please note that Friday puzzles are usually themeless! This puzzle was blogged by Alison Young at Minnesota Public Radio (click here) and (spoiler) its subject was the subject of this (see November 22). After completing the puzzle (spoiler), click here to read our "midrash."

Click here to view or download the puzzle in PDF format; here to download it as a puz file [requires Across Lite software to play]; here to solve the puzzle interactively (thanks to Jim Horne); here for the solution. We thank Marcia Brott, Michael Hanko, Brent Hartzell, Martin Herbach, Ben Jones, Deane Morrison, Tom Pepper, and Tom Williams for beta testing the puzzle through its numerous iterations.

Bonus puzzle entitled "Sing a Song of Five ..." [a 5x5 word square by Noam Elkies, June 2013, which was published as form F-3 on page 13 of The Enigma, November 2013]

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

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