Benjamin Disraeli: Writer’s Boast

Benjamin Disraeli (1840-1881), in old age

(By Cornelius Jabez Hughes, British (1819 – 1884, London, England London, England) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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Benjamin Disraeli was a 19th Century British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister. He died on this date, April 19, in 1881.

Disraeli was also a prodigious writer who wrote, among other works, 16 novels. They received mixed reviews. Thus his boast, hidden in the two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle below, seems a bit ironic. (The author’s last name is also spelled out in the second diagram.) (Difficulty: ★★★ out of 5.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, click on the link “Quip-FindTM Puzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Now it is your turn to be the puzzle builder: After you know the Disraeli quote that is the answer to the above Quip-Find puzzle, try “enquipting” it in two Quipto® diagrams. (Difficulty: (1)★★★; (2) ★.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, click on the link “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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FDR: Last Words

The last photograph of President Roosevelt, taken at Warm Springs, GA, by Nicholas Robbins for Elizabeth Shoumatoff. (Image: FDR Presidential Library & Museum03-46)

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on this day, April 12, in 1945. (The photo above was taken the previous day.) The Quip-Find puzzle for today, below, features his last words. (Difficulty: ★ out of 5.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, click on the link “Quip-FindTM Puzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Now it is your turn to place Roosevelt’s last words onto the Quipto® rack. (Difficulty: ★★ out of 5.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, click on the link “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Opportunity

MLK Memorial

(Image: Getty. Fair use.)

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As we ponder the significance of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the day after the 50th anniversary of his death, we offer a timely quote from the civil rights leader hidden in the diagram below. (In the accompanying cryptogram, each number stands for a different letter in the diagram.) (Difficulty: ★★★ out of 5.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, click on the link “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

 

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Now it’s your turn to create this puzzle: Try putting the MLK quote onto the Quipto® rack. (Difficulty: ★★★ out of 5.)

(For helpful hints on how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, click on the link “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Beethoven: Last Words

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

(Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820)

Today, March 29, is a double anniversary in the life of the great, deaf German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven: on this date in 1795, at the age of 24, he had his debut performance as a pianist; and in 1827, after his death at age 56, some 20,000 people attended his burial.

The Quip-Find puzzle for today features Beethoven’s reported last words before his death on March 26. The diagram also includes Beethoven’s last name; if you wish to make the puzzle a little easier, you can fill his name in part (2) first and then use the repeated letters as clues to part (1). (Difficulty: part (1) without clues from (2): ★★; part (1) using clues from (2): ★.)

(Note that part (1) involves a “wraparound”: Even though they do not appear to be adjacent, R is actually adjacent to I, F is adjacent to Y, and V is adjacent to A — in each case, on the hidden back side of the rack.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, as usual with Quip-Bild puzzles, it is your turn to construct the puzzle — either enquipting just (1), his last words, or (1) plus his last name. Try it; it’s fun. (Difficulty: part (1) alone, ★★; both (1) and (2), ★★★★★.)

(For guidelines to solving these puzzles, click on the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” above and then select “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Chinua Achebe: Incitement

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

(Image: Public Domain)

One of the most famous of 20th Century African writers, the Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe died five years ago today at age 82. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, is the most widely read work of modern African literature. Achebe went on to publish four more novels and other works. He was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2007.

The Achebe quote featured in today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle is a statement about cause and effect. (Difficulty: ★★.)

(Both diagrams in this puzzle involve “wraparounds” or “hidden adjacencies”: Thus in the first diagram. B is adjacent to L, X is adjacent to A, and M is adjacent to U — in each case on the hidden back side of the rack. Similarly, in the second diagram, K is adjacent to N, G is adjacent to B, and L is adjacent to A.)

Now it is your turn to be the puzzlemaster: Having solved the Quip-Find puzzle above (or peeked at the answer), try to put each part of the Achebe quote onto the Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★★★; (2) ★★★★.)

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Stephen Hawking: R.I.P.

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

(Image: Fair use)

Today, on Albert Einstein’s 139th birthday, we are saddened to learn of the death of the great cosmologist and physicist — and worthy successor to Einstein — Stephen Hawking. He was told at age 21 that he had only a few years to live, but he defied the odds and survived to the ripe age of 76. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is quoted today (by Fox News) as saying that Hawking’s death “has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake” with an “energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure.”

In Hawking’s honor, we are posting four Hawking-related Quipto® puzzles today: two Quip-Find puzzles, and two Quip-Bild puzzles involving the same two quips. The first Quip-Find puzzle (below) involves a Hawking quotation that seems to sum up his philosophy of life. (Difficulty: ★★★★.)  (His last name can also be found in this puzzle diagram.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second puzzle (below) hides the title of a 2014 movie about his life, which is also a statement of something Hawking diligently sought. Also spelled out in the diagram, as part (2) of the puzzle, is Hawking’s full name — but we have omitted the cryptogram for this, to make the puzzle a bit more challenging. (Difficulty: ★★★.)

(This second puzzle involves a “wraparound” or “hidden adjacency”: Even though they do not appear to be adjacent, O is actually adjacent of Y, L is adjacent to W, and A is adjacent to V — in each case, on the hidden back side of the cubical rack. For more on wraparounds, see pages 130-131 in “How to Solve Quip-FindTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu under the “Quip-FindTM Puzzles” tab above.)

Happy Pi Day.

 

 

 

 

Having found the answer to the two Quip-Find puzzles above, see if you can create those puzzles. (Difficulty: First puzzle: ★★ (including “Hawking”: ★★★★); second puzzle: ★★ (including “Stephen Hawking,” ★★★★★).)

(For suggestions about how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, click on the tab, “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above, and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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Mario Draghi: Friendship

Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank

(Image: World Economic Forum 2013)

Our puzzles today feature a quotation from today’s New York Times; in fact, the Times has selected it as their “Quote of the Day.” See if you can find Mr. Draghi’s comment on the latest U.S. political developments; it is hidden in the two Quipto® diagrams below and can be found with the help of the accompanying cryptograms. (Difficulty: ★★★.)

Now you try to put each of the two parts of the Draghi quote onto the Quipto® rack. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★★; (2) ★★.)

Suggestions on how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles will be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above. 

NOTE: Quip-Find puzzle answers will found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above. As for “answers” to Quip-Bild puzzles, one solution is the diagram in the corresponding Quip-Find puzzle. Your solution may differ, but as long as it works (i.e., as long as the quote is spelled out as one continuous path between adjacent letters on the diagram), your solution is a valid one.

GUIDE TO DIFFICULTY RATINGS: = Easy; almost trivial difficulty; ★★ = Fairly Easy; ★★★ = Medium; average difficulty; ★★★★ = Fairly Difficult; challenging but not really difficult to solve; ★★★★★ = Difficult; can be solved only with considerable effort!

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James Buchanan Eads: Last Words

Today is the 131st anniversary of the death of the American civil engineer James Buchanan Eads. He built gunboats critical to the Union cause in the Civil War,  the first major bridge across the Mississippi (at St. Louis), and the jetties that made New Orleans a major seaport. To mark this anniversary, we are offering a full-rack Quip-Find puzzle in which his last words are hidden. He died in Nassau, Bahamas, at age 67. (Difficulty: ★★★.)

(In looking at a full-rack Quipto® diagram such as the one below, we suggest that you think of it as being like a flat map of the globe: Alaska on the left  — say, where F is in the left-hand half of the diagram — is next to Russia — F in the right-hand half; the Arctic and the Antarctic — like D and J here — show up at the top and bottom of both hemispheres; and the Pacific Ocean on the far left reappears as the Pacific on the far right.

(Note that T is adjacent to D — on the right-hand “half-rack” — even though they do not appear to be adjacent on the left-hand half-rack. Suggestions about how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, along with an optional hint and the answer, can be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above.

(Incidentally, the inventor of these puzzles — your puzzle master — is a distant cousin and namesake of Capt. Eads.)

Now, see if you can place the quotation onto a “full rack” Quipto® diagram. Admittedly, this Quip-Bild puzzle is challenging. (Difficulty: ★★★★★.) (It is not possible to place this quip onto a half rack.)

(Suggestions about how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, along with a printable full-rack diagram, can be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above.)

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Alexander Graham Bell: First Call

Unknown actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

(Photo: From a film commissioned by AT&T – Early Office Museum. Public domain.)

On this date in 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new communication device, the telephone. Three days later, on March 10, the Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer spoke the words hidden in our Quip-Find puzzle for today — the very first intelligible words spoken over the telephone, as recorded in Bell’s journal. (Difficulty: ★★★.)

(Please note that this puzzle involves one “wraparound” or “hidden adjacency”: Even though they do not appear to be adjacent in the diagram below, C is adjacent to H, L is adjacent to B, and A is adjacent to N — in each case, on the hidden back side of the rack.

(The link to Quip-Find puzzle answers may be found in the drop-down menu under the tab, “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, you try to place the Alexander Graham Bell quote — the first intelligible words ever spoken over a telephone — onto the Quipto® rack/diagram. (Difficulty: ★★★★.)

(For solving suggestions and printable diagrams, see the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above.)

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Wilbur Ross: On President Trump

 

U. S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

(Image: Official portrait. Public domain.)

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, age 80, has emerged as the chief proponent / apologist for the President’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Ross quote hidden in the two-part puzzle below is his latest statement, uttered to reporters at yesterday’s Sunday press conference. (Difficulty: ★★★)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, having solved the Quip-Find puzzle –or peeked at the answer — it is your turn to make the puzzle — to place the two parts of the Ross quote onto the Quipto® rack. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★★★★.)

(Suggestions about solving Quip-Bild puzzles can be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles”, above. And blank Quipto diagrams, to print out for recording your solutions, can be found under the same tab.)

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