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 made New Orleans a major seaport. To mark this anniversary, we are offering a full-rack Quip-Find puzzle in which his last words are hidden. He died in Nassau, Bahamas, at age 67. (Difficulty: ★★★.)

(In looking at a full-rack Quipto® diagram such as the one below, we suggest that you think of it as being like a flat map of the globe: Alaska on the left  — say, where F is in the left-hand half of the diagram — is next to Russia — F in the right-hand half; the Arctic and the Antarctic — like D and J here — show up at the top and bottom of both hemispheres; and the Pacific Ocean on the far left reappears as the Pacific on the far right.

(Note that T is adjacent to D — on the right-hand “half-rack” — even though they do not appear to be adjacent on the left-hand half-rack. Suggestions about how to solve Quip-Find puzzles, along with an optional hint and the answer, can be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above.

(Incidentally, the inventor of these puzzles — your puzzle master — is a distant cousin and namesake of Capt. Eads.)

Now, see if you can place the quotation onto a “full rack” Quipto® diagram. Admittedly, this Quip-Bild puzzle is challenging. (Difficulty: ★★★★★.) (It is not possible to place this quip onto a half rack.)

(Suggestions about how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, along with a printable full-rack diagram, can be found in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above.)

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