Tribute to Micci

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Alfio Micci was a professional violinist and top-notch crossword constructor. He played with the New York Philharmonic from 1949 to 1981, where he used to make puzzles secretly during rehearsals. Will Shortz remembers as Alfio having "a warm and genial personality" and his puzzles "were often innovative and always amusing and well-made." Alfio Micci passed away Friday, January 30th, 2004.

Here are selection from his 43 Sunday New York Times puzzles, available in a zip file: