There is now a renewed interest – to a Hurwitz τ -function, counting the isomorphism classes of Belyi pairs, arising in the study of equilateral triangulations and Grothiendicks’s dessins d ’ enfant . It is distinguished by belonging to a particular family of Hurwitz τ -functions, possessing conventional Toda/KP integrability properties. We explain how the variety of recent observations about this function fits into the general theory of matrix model τ -functions. All such quantities possess a number of different descriptions, related in a standard way: these include Toda/KP integrability, several kinds of W -representations (we describe four), two kinds of integral (multi-matrix model) descriptions (of Hermitian and Kontsevich types), Virasoro constraints, character expansion, embedding into generic set of Hurwitz τ -functions and relation to knot theory. When approached in this way, the family of models in the literature has a natural extension, and additional integrability with respect to associated new time-variables. Another member of this extended family is the Itsykson-Zuber integral
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