Aretha Franklin, RIP

Aretha Franklin performing in 1970

(Credit:  Photograph by Michael Ochs / Getty)

Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul,” died this morning, Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the age of 76.

As David Remnick of The New Yorker has written today, “… Franklin combined matters of the spirit and matters of the body; the whole of her, it seemed, was in every bar [of her music]… Prayer, love, desire, joy, despair, rapture, feminism, Black Power—it is hard to think of a performer who provided a deeper, more profound reflection of her times.”

Check out Remnick’s tribute, “Aretha Franklin: A Legacy in Music,” at

Another great American singer-songwriter and musician, in a TV interview before his death in 2004, was asked, “Who are the greatest living blues singers?” Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle features (1)-(2) that musician’s answer and (3) that musician’s name. (Difficulty: ★ to ★★ out of 5.)

[NOTE: This puzzle, in the first diagram, involves a “wraparound” or “hidden adjacency”; that is, even though they do not appear to be adjacent, K is adjacent to L, S is adjacent to T, and H is adjacent to G — on the hidden back side of the Quipto rack. (For more information about “wraparounds,” go to “Guide to the Puzzles” -“Quip-FindTM Puzzles” – “‘Wraparounds'”, above.)]

Now it is your turn: You become the puzzlemaster and fit each part of the answer to the above Quip-Find puzzle onto a Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) + (3): ★★.)

[For printable Quipto diagrams, go to “Guide to the Puzzles” – “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” – “Printable Diagrams”, above.]

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

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