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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Paul Krugman: A Response to Idealism

Paul Krugman (Image: Alex Wong/Getty. Fair use.) Today, February 28, is the 65th birthday of Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning American economist, professor (at New York University), and columnist for the New York Times. Our Quip-Find puzzle below features a hidden quotation … Continue reading

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Alfred North Whitehead: The Nature of Knowledge

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) (Fair use: Photo by Richard Carver Wood taken in 1936 for Harvard University.) This week we are offering an encore puzzle appearance: a Quip-Find puzzle from our 2012 book, When Eating an Elephant: The 2nd Quip-Find Puzzle … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony: Dominance

Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) With today’s posting, we offer a couple of firsts: (1) The Quip-FindTM puzzle involves, in the second part of the Anthony quote, a full-rack diagram, which includes all six faces of … Continue reading

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Ben Hecht: Valentine’s Day

Ben Hecht (1894-1964) For Valentine’s Day we feature an appropriate — if somewhat enigmatic — quote from Ben Hecht, American journalist, novelist, screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. He has been called “one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion … Continue reading

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Our New Guide to Solving Quip-Bild Puzzles

“How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles: A Brief Guide” has now been posted; just click on the “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” link above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu. (We plan to post more extensive instructions, with examples of … Continue reading

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Sinclair Lewis: This Time of Year

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951) (Image: U.S. postage stamp issued in 1985) Tomorrow is the birthday of the American novelist, short story writer and playwright Sinclair Lewis, born February 7, 1885. A native of Minnesota, he was the author of more than … Continue reading

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Marie Antoinette: Gracious Last Words

Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) (Portrait by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1778) Today’s Quip-Find puzzle is an encore from 2014: It features the last words of France’s final queen before the French Revolution, spoken to her executioner as she approached the guillotine on October … Continue reading

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