Monthly Archives: October 2013

Panicked!

Image:  www.geekcasket.com As a (pre-)Halloween special, we mark the 75th anniversary of the broadcast of the radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ novel, War of the Worlds, directed and narrated by the young Orson Welles.   The dramatization of a “Martian … Continue reading

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What, Me Worry?

Photo:  www.pbsthisdayinhistory.tumblr.com Eighty-four years ago today, on October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed, setting up the Great Depression that followed.  The answer to the following two-diagram Quip-Find  (TM) puzzle is something that U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. … Continue reading

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Lou Reed: RIP

Photo: www.pbs.org Lou Reed (1942-2013) The American rock musician and songwriter died Sunday at age 71.  The answer to the following puzzle is a line from one of his best-known songs. (Suggested solution strategy:  Focus first on the first and … Continue reading

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Teddy Roosevelt: Far Out

Photo: Getty File Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) Today is the 155th birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt.  The answer to today’s puzzle is something he said about the political spectrum — a quip quite applicable to today’s political scene. (Note:  This puzzle … Continue reading

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Last Words: Bing Crosby

Photo: en.wiki.org Bing Crosby (1903-1977) The singer Bing Crosby would be 110 years old if he were still alive today.  He died October 14, 1977, at the age of 74.  His last words, contained in the puzzle below, reflect the … Continue reading

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Brief Hiatus

Your humble puzzler and blogger will be traveling for the next ten days or so.  Consequently, postings on this blog will probably be suspended until October 21.  In the meantime, we would wish you a happy Columbus Day except that … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee: Evil

Photo: en.wikipedia.org                    Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) On this date in 1870 General Robert E. Lee died at age 63.  The Lee quotation hidden in the puzzle below is something he said about the source of evil. Note: The second … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Alice Munro!

Alice Munro (born 1931) One of our favorite authors, the master shortstory writer Alice Munro, is sometimes referred to as “Canada’s Chekhov”.  Yesterday it was announced that she has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Earlier this year she announced her probable retirement … Continue reading

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Elmore Leonard: Author’s Craft

Photo:  npr.org Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) Today would have been the 88th birthday of the novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.  A master of suspense and crime fiction, he died on August 20. The answer to the following puzzle is something Leonard said about his … Continue reading

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Leader Lost: 200th Anniversary

Illustration: en.wikipedia.org Battle of the Thames, near Chatham, Ontario, October 5, 1713 Exactly 200 years ago today, in the War of 1812, one of the greatest leaders in American history died.  The following puzzle contains a “headline” that might have … Continue reading

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