Magazine article Word Ways

Unaccidental Transcendental

Magazine article Word Ways

Unaccidental Transcendental

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The crossword puzzle below has deliberately tough clues, because one can use a special property of the puzzle, which is described below, to help determine the words and/or verify their correctness. The unusual numbering of the words is also a result of this feature.

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To see the puzzle's hidden surprise, complete the form below with the help of a calculator or other assistant. If you have solved the puzzle correctly, the 52 digits inside the tall box at the fight, when read in order, will be the first 52 digits of [pi]. Note that the puzzle contains 51 letters, meaning that [pi] has been hidden in the solution with an efficiency of slightly more than one digit per letter.

              S=Sum of                         Integer part of
    Answer   letter values   P=Product of     ([P. … 
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