Monthly Archives: August 2013

In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney

Photo: Steve Pyke/Getty Images Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) The Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet died yesterday in Dublin.  The answer to the following two-diagram puzzle is a quote from Heaney’s “An Open Letter” (1983) affirming his Irishness and objecting to his inclusion … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The “I Have a Dream” Speech

 Dr. King at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963 Today’s two-diagram puzzle features the lines from an “old Negro spiritual” that Dr. King quoted at the end of his historic speech delivered 50 years ago today. (Note:  The eighth word of … Continue reading

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Last Words: Funny to the Very End

The Comedian at Age 85 (two years before his death) The man pictured above died 36 years ago today.  Born “Julius” but better known by his stage name, he became one of America’s best-known and best-loved comedians. In this two-diagram … Continue reading

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Steve Wozniak: Advice

Photo: landsnail.com Steve Wozniak (b. 1950) The co-founder of Apple turned 63 on Sunday, August 11.  The answer to today’s puzzle is some advice he offered to creative people. (Note: The original posting, on August 12, erroneously stated that his … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol: The Human Condition

Image: awsum-wallpapers.blogspot.com Andy Warhol (1928-1987) The pop artist would have turned 85 today.  The answer to the following two-diagram puzzle is a cynical quip he made about life. (Note:  Each diagram involves a wraparound or “hidden adjacency”; in Diagram A, S is adjacent … Continue reading

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Last Words: Horace Mann

Image: britannica.com Horace Mann (1796-1859) Horace Mann is often called the Father of the Common School; he was American’s leading exponent of universal, free, non-sectarian education.  He once said, “The common school is the greatest discovery ever made by man.”  … Continue reading

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