THE STUNTED GROWTH PUZZLE

by Evan Davidson

Solution: KEVIN POLLAK

The title and flavortext clue the phrase "arrested development," so this puzzle is about the television sitcom and hip hop group of the same name. On the left side of the grid are episodes of the show Arrested Development by season and episode number. On the right are songs by the band Arrested Development by album and track number (in order, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...; Arrested Development Unplugged; Zingalamaduni; and Da Feelin').

 2-17 S P R I N G B R E A K O U T - 3-4 U N I T E D F R O N T 3-10 F A K I N ' I T - 1-13 D A W N O F T H E D R E A D S 1-13 B E E F C O N S O M M É + 4-4 N O T W O R T H Y 2-13 M O T H E R B O Y X X X - 2-6 R A I N I N G R E V O L U T I O N 3-12 E X I T S T R A T E G Y + 1-9 G I V E A M A N A F I S H 1-2 T O P B A N A N A + 3-8 M I S T E R L A N D L O R D 2-9 B U R N I N G L O V E - 4-3 F I R E 1-17 J U S T I C E I S B L I N D + 2-5 S E A R C H I N ' F O R O N E S O U L 3-6 T H E O C E A N W A L K E R - 3-12 K N E E L I N ' A T M Y A L T A R 1-11 P U B L I C R E L A T I O N S - 1-5 M R . W E N D A L 3-11 F A M I L Y T I E S + 4-1 I F D E Y A S K …

Depending on which symbol is between the two, the difference or sum of the episode's shaded letter and the song's shaded letter produce a letter at that position of the alphabet:

P - E = K

I - D = E

N + H = V

X - O = I

G + G = N

A + O = P

U - F = O

C + I = L

W - K = L

B - A = A

F + E = K

So that produces the name of the actor KEVIN POLLAK.