Sir John Gielgud: Accomplishment

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Sir John Gielgud (1904-2000)

John Gielgud was an accomplished British actor and theater director.  He was born 110 years ago tomorrow.  The answer to this two-diagram puzzle is something he said about the secret to accomplishment.

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Diagram 2:

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David Letterman: What’s Expected

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David Letterman (b. April 12, 1947)

The late-night comedian announced last week that he will retire next year.  He will turn 67 this Saturday.  The answer to our two-diagram puzzle below is something he has said about what is expected of us.

Diagram 1:

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Diagram 2:

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Puzzle of the Month — Easy

This month we are posting two puzzles of the month — the following easy one and a more difficult one (below).  In both cases we are offering no prize for the winner except for public recognition on this blog.

The easy one, a two-diagram puzzle, is appropriate to this time of year.

Diagram 1:

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Puzzle of the Month — Difficult

For the month of April, we are offering two puzzles of the month — one easy puzzle (above) and the following more difficult one.

The puzzle below presents the full text of an (apocryphal) correspondence between a journalist and the publicist for a celebrity.  (1) is the communication from the journalist, and (2) is the publicist’s reply.  (Again, if no one emails the correct answer to quipfind at gmail.com within the next two weeks, we will post a hint here.)

No prize is offered — except for recognition as a master puzzle solver!

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Last Words

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Tomorrow is Beethoven’s birthday.  In commemoration, we offer a puzzle whose answer is one version of the composer’s last words.

(Note that his name can also be found in the diagram.  Also note that the puzzle answer involves two “wraparounds” or “hidden adjacencies”:  Even though they do not appear so, V and A, R and I, and F and G are adjacent pairs – touching on the back side of the Quipto(R) rack.)

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March Puzzle of the Month — Solved!

The March puzzle of the month — again, perhaps the most difficult we have ever offered — has been solved.  The winner (sorry, no prize) is:

Doug Barber, Seattle, WA

(Disclosure:  Doug is my grandson.  However, he received no extra assistance.)

We will post the correct solution on the Answer page.

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Puzzle of the Month — A Hint

No one has submitted a solution to the March Puzzle of the Month (reprinted below).  We are not surprised, giving its difficulty.  So we offer a hint:

The first and fifth words are proper names.

Puzzle of the Month

Posted on March 4, 2014 by jim

 

As our Puzzle of the Month for March, we offer perhaps the most difficult puzzle we have ever published.  In fact, we will be surprised (pleasantly) if anyone is able to solve it without hints.

(If no one has submitted a correct solution (to “quipfind” at “gmail.com” — expressed this way in an attempt to outwit the bots that scoop up email addresses) within the next two weeks, we will be publishing a hint here on the blog.)

We offer no prize except recognition for solving the most difficult of the difficult.  Have fun, and good luck!

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Pi Day / Albert Einstein’s Birthday

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Yesterday, March 14 (3/14, also known as “Pi Day”), was the 135th anniversary of Einstein’s birth.  To wish him a belated Happy Birthday (posthumously, of course), we feature a two-diagram puzzle whose solution is something the great mathematician and scientist said.

(Note:  Diagram 1 involves two “wraparounds” or “hidden adjacencies.”  Note that even though they do not appear to be adjacent, V and K, M and I, and H and W actually are adjacent — on the hidden back side of the Quipto(R) rack.)

Diagram 1:

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Diagram 2:

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The Very First Telephone Call

Bell demonstrates the telephone, 1876

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call.  He called his assistant, Thomas Watson, who heard him clearly through the receiver in the next room.

The following puzzle features the famous sentences (often misquoted) that Bell spoke to Watson that day.

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Puzzle of the Month

As our Puzzle of the Month for March, we offer perhaps the most difficult puzzle we have ever published.  In fact, we will be surprised (pleasantly) if anyone is able to solve it without hints.

(If no one has submitted a correct solution (to “quipfind” at “gmail.com” — expressed this way in an attempt to outwit the bots that scoop up email addresses) within the next two weeks, we will be publishing a hint here on the blog.)

We offer no prize except recognition for solving the most difficult of the difficult.  Have fun, and good luck!

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