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Word Maze With a Touch of Humor

First, use the clues provided below (with a few humorous groans) to determine the names of 22 famous mathematicians. Second, locate them in the letter maze (e.g. horizontally, vertically, diagonally, and perhaps even backwards):

S A R O G A H T Y P T
O S S U A G A E P L N
N N A M E I R U A S E
I F E R M A T G S E W
R R I Z T R B S C T T
U U C B E S P E A R O
A S A L O N R B L A N
L S U P O N A E P C I
C E C A L P A L I S P
A L H E D I L C U E A
M L Y R O T N A C D W
E R V I O M E D L I N
Clues for mathematician's names:
  1. One of the earliest commuters
  2. Had quite an imagination when it came to roots
  3. Former Houston pro team named after him
  4. Transformer
  5. No brother named Eddy
  6. Sequentially golden
  7. Scottish Bacall?
  8. Plain, coordinated nightwagon
  9. Marginal genius, so they say
  10. A legal fruit--approximately
  11. Played with A, B, C's
  12. Made his own integers
  13. "Telegram Street," closed and bounded
  14. 88 postulates more appropriate?
  15. 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 21, 28, ...
  16. First name Augustin-Louis, last name Condition
  17. His famous result sounds like two "two medics"
  18. He summed it up fairly well
  19. Rationals counted "zero" on his yardstick
  20. Not many enjoyed his fifth
  21. A non-mathematician, but he did draw an arc in base two
  22. X Yes, Y Maybe...

Scrambled Names (clue order and letters in names): AGSSU ACNORT LEBA ENOZ AHNO EELRU AEFMRT AENOP ACCHUY ABCCFIINO AACELLP BEEEGLSU CDEILU AACLPS AACLMNRU DEEIMORV ACDEERSST ENNOTW AAGHOPRSTY AEEIRRSSSTW ELLRSSU AEIMNNR

Answer:

Source: M. Bowling's "Crossing Appellatia: A Nominal Recreation," Math. Teacher, Nov. 1975, p. 619