George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
The Irish playwright was born on July 26, 1856. The winner of both a Nobel Prize and an Academy Award, he is perhaps best remembered today for his play Pygmalion, on which the popular musical My Fair Lady was based.
Shaw also gave us many memorable quotations; the following puzzle features one of them.
(Note: The puzzle involves one wraparound or “hidden adjacency”, where pairs of letters (in this case, G and S, I and C, and H and X) that do not appear to be adjacent actually are — on the back side of the Quipto(R) rack.)
James Garner (1928-1014)
James Garner was known to millions of U. S. TV viewers (and to current viewers of endless re-runs) as Bret Maverick in Maverick and Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files. He died on Saturday, July 19, at age 86.
Our two-diagram puzzle to honor him features a two-sentence “line” he spoke as the character Jess Remsberg in the movie Duel at Diablo.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Ernest Hemingway, influential American short story writer and novelist, was born July 21, 1899 – 115 years ago this Monday. His novels included A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The writer died by suicide on July 2, 1961, when he was not quite 62 years old.
This puzzle features one of the writer’s best-known quotes.
Photo: Radu Sigheti/Reuters
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) with Nelson Mandela, 2005
The South African writer and political activist Nadine Gordimer died yesterday. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.
In her memory we offer a puzzle that features something Gordimer said about the old versus the new technology.
The popular Hollywood actor turns 72 this Sunday, July 13. Our two-diagram puzzle below features something he has said about the challenge of acting.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Sunday, July 6, is the 79th birthday of the Dalai Lama. The answer to our two-diagram puzzle to celebrate his birthday is a wise quote from this wise and humble man.
Appropriately, our featured puzzle for July involves four diagrams — the very first 4-diagram puzzle we have ever published!
The whole puzzle is one continuous quotation. And as usual with puzzles that involve more than one diagram, the same “code” carries all the way through the cryptograms. (For example, “2″ in the cryptogram for Diagram 1 stands for the same letter as “2″ in the cryptograms for Diagrams 2, 3, and 4.)
After you have solved the puzzle, you may wish to click on the “Puzzle Answers” link, above, for more of this important statement and for background information about it.
(Note: In one of the diagrams — Diagram 3 — the path of the hidden “quip” involves one “wraparound” — where letters that do not appear to be adjacent actually do touch on the back side of the Quipto® rack. For an explanation of wraparounds, click on the “How to Solve Quip-Find Puzzles” link, above, and read pages 130-131.)
[This puzzle is dedicated to my good friend French Brandon on the occasion of his 75th birthday. Jim]
Here is one of the more difficult puzzles we have ever offered – very difficult until you are given some clue as to its context. For now, we will just tell you that it is a headline that could have been used for an actual historical event.
Why is the puzzle so difficult? Because it consists of only three words, and the shortest is eight letters!
For this puzzle, we offer two optional hints (at the “Optional Puzzle Hints” link) instead of the usual one: (a) the standard kind of clue we offer, a “gimme” letter; and (b) another detail about the historical context.
Okay, we will give you one more clue up front: The event turned out to be one of the most momentous of the Twentieth Century. And a solution suggestion: Focus on the third word; it is a distinctive one.
Fifty-one years ago tomorrow, on June 26, 1963, the President of the United States delivered a speech in a foreign city and said something memorable in a foreign language. Today’s puzzle includes both (1) what he said and (2) the English translation of what he said.
(Incidentally, contrary to an often-repeated “urban legend,” what the President said was not a bilingual “gaffe”. For more on this, click on the “Puzzle Answers” link.)
Chet Atkins (1924-2001)
Guitarist Chet Atkins, “The Country Gentleman,” was one of the originators of “The Nashville Sound” in country music. He was born on June 20, 1924, and died on June 30, 2001. He won 14 Grammys plus a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
The following two-diagram puzzle features something Atkins said about his motivation.
(NOTE: Diagram 2 involves one wraparound or “hidden adjacency”: Even though they do not appear to be adjacent, each of the letter pairs H and F, O and T, and W and S are actually adjacent — on the hidden back side of the Quipto(R) rack. For an explanation of hidden adjacencies, click on the link “How to Solve Quip-Find Puzzles,” above, and read pages 130-131.)