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Crossword puzzle makers think outside the box

George Barany, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is a fan of crossword puzzles who also creates them. He is shown in Minneapolis with a book containing the first printed crossword and other puzzle examples.
George Barany, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is a fan of crossword puzzles who also creates them. He is shown in Minneapolis with a book containing the first printed crossword and other puzzle examples.
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George Barany was driving to his office one Monday morning when he heard on the radio that Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa had been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. “Wow!” he said. “That’s great.” Barany wasn’t thinking about the three veteran managers’ impressive careers; he was thinking about the number of letters in their names. Joe Torre and Bobby Cox each have eight, not counting the space. Tony LaRussa and the ...


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