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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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) ________________________________________________________ Benjamin Disraeli was a 19th Century British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister. He died … Continue reading

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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 & Museum – 03-46) ________________________________________________________ President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on this day, April 12, in 1945. (The photo above … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Opportunity

(Image: Getty. Fair use.)  ________________________________________________________ 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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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