Summer Break

Your Quipto® puzzlemaster will be traveling for most of July. He’ll be back with new Quip-FindTM and Quip-BildTMpuzzles in a few weeks. Hope you’re having a great summer!

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Muhammad Ali: Approach to Life

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

On June 28, 1971, four years after Ali’s conviction for violating the Selective Service law by refusing military service during the Vietnam War, the U. S. Supreme Court overturned that conviction by a unanimous 8-0 decision.

The Ali quote featured in today’s puzzles is his advice on how to live your life.

Find the hidden quote, spelled out as a continuous path between adjacent letters on the face of this 3x3x3 cubical rack. (Difficulty: ★★ out of 5.)

Now it’s your turn to create the Quip-Find puzzle: Try your hand at fitting the Ali quote (that is, the answer to the puzzle above) into a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: ★★★)

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George Carlin: Herd Mentality

George Carlin (1937-2008)

George Carlin was a stand-up comedian known for his black humor and his social commentary. He died of heart disease ten years ago today, on June 22, 2008.

Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle features something Carlin said about human nature. (Difficulty: ★★★ out of 5.)

(For suggestions on how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above. 

(Note that diagram (2) involves two “wraparounds” or hidden adjacencies; R is adjacent to A, V is adjacent to T, and U is adjacent to O, in each case on the hidden back side of the Quipto® rack. For information on wraparounds, see the page “Wraparounds” in the same drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above.)

Now it’s your turn (having solved the puzzle above, or having peeked at the answer) to create the puzzle — to hide each part of the Carlin quote in a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: (1) ★; (2) ★★★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve Quip-Build puzzles, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

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Edward Snowden: Liberty

Edward Snowden
(Image: Laura Poitras/Praxis Films)

Five years ago tomorrow, Edward Snowden, the computer professional who blew the whistle on practices of the National Security Agency, was charged by the U.S. government under the Espionage Act. He sought asylum in Russia.

Today’s puzzle features something that Snowden said during a panel discussion at the University of Arizona in March, 2016. He participated by video connection.  (Difficulty:★★★★ out of 5.)

(For suggestions on how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above. Note that this puzzle involves one “wraparound”; for information on wraparounds, see the page “Wraparounds” in the same drop-down menu.)

 

 

 

 

 

Now for a different kind of puzzle: It is your turn to see whether you can create the Quip-Find puzzle above, fitting the Snowden quote into a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty:★★★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve Quip-Build puzzles, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

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Robert F. Kennedy: The Appeal of Populism

Robert F. Kennedy in 1964

Robert F. Kennedy died 50 years ago today while he was running for President; he was gunned down by an assassin moments after the celebration of his victory in the California primary.

Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle features something Kennedy, as the U. S. Attorney General, said on May 6, 1964 while he was speaking to law students at the University of Pennsylvania. He was talking about the about the appeal of populist candidates — in particularly, Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, who was running for President at the time.  (Difficulty: ★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you try to create the puzzle above: After you know the two parts of the answer, try to hide each part in Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: (1) ★★; (2) ★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

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Joe Namath: Compensation

Joe Namath in 2009

Joe Namath was a football player during the 1960’s and 1970’s who spent most of his professional career as a quarterback playing for the New York Jets. In college he had played at the University of Alabama under the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant who called Namath the most natural athlete he had ever coached.

“Broadway Joe” (as he was nicknamed) turns 75 years old tomorrow, on May 31. Happy Birthday, Joe!

Today’s Quip-Find puzzle features something Joe Namath said about playing his sport. (Difficulty:★★★ out of 5.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above. Note that this puzzle involves one “wraparound”; for information on wraparounds, see the page “Wraparounds” in the same drop-down menu.)

Now, you try creating the puzzle: fitting the Namath quote into a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty:★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

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Tom T. Hall: Preferences

Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936)

(Photo Credit: BMI/tomthall.net)

Tom T. Hall is a country music songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist, and a novelist and short-story writer. To mark his 82nd birthday tomorrow, we offer  two puzzles featuring a lyric from one of his popular songs.

Find the hidden Tom T. Hall lyric in this two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle. (Difficulty: ★★★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above.)

 

 

 

 

 

Now try your hand at creating the above puzzle: Hiding the two parts of the answer in two diagrams. (Difficulty: (1)★★★; (2)★★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

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Jeannette Rankin: Disaster

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, died 45 years ago tomorrow, on May 18, 1973. A committed pacifist and women’s rights activist, she helped to get the 19th Amendment passed to give women the right to vote.

Today’s Quip-Find puzzle features something Representative Rankin said that is relevant to the fact that she was the only member of Congress to vote against both WWI and WWII. (Difficulty: ★★ out of 5.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-FindTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-FindTMPuzzles” above.)

 

 

 

 

 

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When you have solved the Quip-Find puzzle above, or peeked at the answer, it is your turn to try to create the puzzle. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★.)

(For suggestions on how to solve this puzzle, click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTMPuzzles” in the drop-down menu under “Guide to the Puzzles” / “Quip-BildTMPuzzles” above.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

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James Brown: Last Words

 

May 3 would have been the 85th birthday of James Joseph Brown, “the Godfather of Soul”; he died at age 73 on Christmas Day in 2006. Today’s puzzles feature his last words, as spoken to Charles Bobbit, his longtime personal manager, just minutes before his death from congestive heart failure. (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.)

 

 

 

 

Now, having solved the Quip-Find puzzle above (or peeked at the answer?), try your hand at creating the puzzle: Fitting James Brown’s last words onto a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: ★)

(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.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

 

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Cornered

The subject of a manhunt, the 26-year-old man in the photograph above was shot and killed on April 26, 1865, at a barn near Port Royal in rural northern Virginia. The Quip-Find puzzle below features both (1) his last words and (2) his full name. (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 see how you can do at creating the puzzle above: placing the last words and the speaker’s name into a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: ★)

(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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