John McCain, RIP: (A) (1) It is your character, and your character alone … (2) … that will make your life happy or unhappy. (B) (1) I looked into his eyes and saw … (2) … three letters: a ‘K’, a ‘G’, and a ‘B’.
Truman Capote: Last Words: It me, it’s Buddy… I’m cold.
Aretha Franklin, RIP: (1) Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and (2) Joe Cocker. (3) Ray Charles
Muhammad Ali: Approach to Life: “Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
George Carlin: Herd Mentality: (1) “Never underestimate the …” (2) “… power of stupid people in large groups.”
Edward Snowden: Liberty: “Privacy is the right to a free mind.”
Robert F. Kennedy: The Appeal of Populism: (1) “One-fifth of the people are …” (2) “… against everything all the time.” [Sometimes this is cited as “About one-fifth of the people …”.]
Joe Namath: Compensation: “When you win, nothing hurts.”
Tom T. Hall: Preferences: (1) “I love winners when they cry, …” (2) “… losers when they try.”
Jeannette Rankin: Disaster: (1) “You can no more win a war than …” (2) “… you can win an earthquake.”
James Brown: Last Words: “I’m going away tonight.”
Benjamin Disraeli: Writer’s Boast: (1) “When I want to read a novel, …” (2) “… I write one.”
FDR: Last Words: “I have a terrific headache.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Opportunity: “The time is always right to do the right thing.”
Beethoven: Last Words: (1) “I shall hear in heaven!” (2) Beethoven
Chinua Achebe: Incitement: (1) “A man who makes trouble for others …” (2) “… is also making trouble for himself.”
Stephen Hawking: R.I.P.: First puzzle: “While there is life there is hope.” Second puzzle: “The Theory of Everything”
Mario Draghi: Friendship: (1) “If you put tariffs agains your allies, …” (2) “… one wonders who the enemies are.”
James Buchanan Eads: Last Words: “I cannot die. I have not finished my work.”
Alexander Graham Bell: First Call: “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you.” [Thomas Watson was Bell’s assistant. This quip is often misquoted as “Mr. Watson – come here – I want you” or “Mr. Watson – come here – I need you.”]
Wilbur Ross: On President Trump: (1) “What he has said he has said. If he says …” (2) “… something different, it’ll be something different.”
Paul Krugman: A Response to Idealism: “Economics is not a morality play.” [In is column in the New York Times on October 28, 2010, Krugman goes on to say, “It’s not a happy story in which virtue is rewarded and vice punished. The market economy is a system for organizing activity — a pretty good system most of the time, though not always — with no special moral significance. The rich don’t necessarily deserve their wealth, and the poor certainly don’t deserve their poverty; nonetheless, we accept a system with considerable inequality because systems without any inequality don’t work.”]
Alfred North Whitehead: The Nature of Knowledge: “All truths are half-truths.”
Susan B. Anthony: Dominance: (1) “No man is good enough to govern …” (2) “… any woman without her consent.”
Ben Hecht: Valentine’s Day: “Love is a hole in the heart.”
Lewis Sinclair: This Time of Year: (1) “Winter is not a season,…” (2) “…it’s an occupation.”
Marie Antoinette: Gracious Last Words (spoken to her executioner after she stepped on his foot): “Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.”
Winston Churchill: Crucial: (1) “Attitude is a little thing …” (2) “… that makes a big difference.”
Michelle Obama: Ringside Opinion: (1) “The presidency doesn’t …” (2) “… change who you are, it reveals who you are.”
Betty White: Aging: (1) “The older thou get, the better you get…” (2) “…unless you’re a banana.”
Alexander Hamilton: Principles: (1) “Those who stand for nothing …” (2) “… fall for anything.”
Cicero & Hawking: Optimism: “While there is life, there is hope.”
Sir Isaac Newton: Gravity: Quip-Find answer: “What goes up must come down.” Quip-Bild difficulty: ★★★.
Last Words: Quip-Find answer: (1) “It is nothing… It is nothing…” (2) Archduke Ferdinand (His assassination in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 touched off World War I.) Quip-Bild difficulty: (1) ★; (1)+(2) ★★★★.
George Washington: Association: Quip-Find answer: (1) “It is better to be alone…” (2) “…than in bad company.” Quip-Bild difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★.
Willa Cather: Life’s Lessons: Quip-Find answer: (1) “There are some things you learn …” (2) “… best in calm, and some in storm.” Quip-Bild difficulty: (1) ★★★★; (2) ★★★★★.
Winston Churchill: Sacrifice: Quip-Find answer: (1) “I have nothing to offer but …” (2) “… blood, toil, tears and sweat.” (This is often misquoted as, “I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and tears …”) Quip-Bild difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★★★.
JFK, RIP: Quip-Find answer: (1) “Mankind must put an end to war …” (2) “… before war puts an end to mankind.” Quip-Bild difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★★★★★.
“World Premiere”: Quip-Bild™ Puzzles: The puzzle to be solved is yesterday’s Quip-Bild puzzle answer, below: “Four score and seven years ago …” For one possible answer, see the diagram for yesterday’s puzzle, “Quip-Find: A Long Time Ago.” Your answer may differ, but as long as it works (i.e., as long as the quote is spelled out as one continuous path between adjacent letters on the diagram), your solution is a valid one.
A Long Time Ago: Quip-Find answer: “Four score and seven years ago [our] …”: The first six [or seven] words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered 154 years ago today, November 19, 1863. Quip-Bild difficulty: ★★★
Abraham Lincoln: Persistence: It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.
In Memoriam: Lest We Forget: (1) Charlie Hebdo. I am Charlie. We are all Charlie. (2) Charlie Hebdo. (3) Je suis Charlie. (4) Nous sommes tous Charlie.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 7: Advice for the New Year: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 6: On to Victory: You will never win if you never begin.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 5: A Wish: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. (Jill Jackson Miller)
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 4: Metamorphosis: All of us, every single year, we’re a different person.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 3: A More Immediate Focus: I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 2: Try, Try Again: Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 1: Anniversary: New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 7: Coping: Deep breaths are helpful at shallow parties.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 6: Promotion: (1&2) Celebrate what you want to see more of. (3) Tom Peters
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 5: Warning!: First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 4: Rejuvenation: Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 3: Appropriate: Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 2: Novelty: And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 1: Fresh Start: Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Benjamin Disraeli: Makes Things Worse: War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.
Minority Report: Bah Humbug!: (1) & (2) Christmas is at our throats again. (3) Noel Coward (For an insightful commentary that jumps off from this quote, copy this link into your browser: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-abundance-without-attachment.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0.)
Puzzle of the Month: Out of Season: God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
Voice: (1&2) Riot is the language of the unheard. (3) Martin Luther King Jr.
Marie Antoinette: At the Guillotine: Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose.
Malala Yousafzai: What’s Needed: One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
Jimmy Carter: Basic Need: You have to have a simple faith.
T. S. Eliot: Capacity: Humankind cannot bear too much reality.
Joan Rivers: R.I.P.: I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.
September Puzzle of the Month: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have [thirty-9ne] …
Robin Williams: R.I.P.: Death is nature’s way of saying, “Your table is ready.”
August Puzzle of the Month: A Puzzling Riddle: Oh, Herr Richard Wagner, is your last name spelled with a “V”? [We omitted the quotation marks around “V” to make the puzzle a bit more challenging. Our apologies!]
George Bernard Shaw: Hobbyists: Hell is full of musical amateurs.
R.I.P. James Garner: Mortality: Death comes soon enough. Anyone who hurries it is a damn fool.
Ernest Hemingway: Brave Definition: Courage is grace under pressure.
In Memoriam: Nadine Gordimer: Books don’t need batteries.
Harrison Ford on Acting: The third time you say a thing it sounds like a lie.
The Dalai Lama: Lesson: In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
July Puzzle of the Month: Forthcoming Statement:
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them … [The long opening sentence of the Declaration of Independence continues: “…with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” More about the Declaration, including a link to the full text (“read transcript”), can be found at www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html.
Historic Difficulty: Archduke Ferdinand Assassinated [This was the event that sparked World War I. For more information about it, go to www.history.com/this-day-in-history/archduke-ferdinand-assassinated.]
Foreign Matter: (1) Ich bin ein Berliner. (2) I am a Berliner. [For an authoritative statement on JFK’s alleged gaffe, check out www.snopes.com/language/misxlate/berliner.asp.]
Chet Atkins: Driving Force: Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
Sally Ride: The Heavens: The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.
James Joyce: Bloomsday 110 Years Later: Puzzle 1: … I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me …; Puzzle 2: History … is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.
Last Words: Thomas Paine: Let me have none of your popish stuff. Get away with you. Good morning.
June Puzzle of the Month: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
R.I.P. — Maya Angelou: I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, “Maya. Maya Anglelou, it’s time.”
Bob Dylan: Poverty: When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.
Rushing the Season: In summer, the song sings itself.
Nelson Mandela: Liberty: There is no such thing as part freedom.
Puzzle of the Month — May: All wealth is the product of labor.
Ella Fitzgerald: What’s Important: It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.
Sir John Gielgud: Accomplishment: Before you can do something you must first be something.
David Letterman: What’s Expected: There’s only one requirement of any of us, and that is to be couragous.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Last Words: I shall hear in heaven!
March Puzzle of the Month: Nietzsche is pietzsche: but Sartre is smartre.
Pi Day / Albert Einstein’s Birthday: A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
The Very First Telephone CallL Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you.
Last Words of an Innovator: (1) Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow. (2) Steve Jobs
Happy Presidents’ Day: Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Charles Schultz: His Final “Peanuts” Cartoon: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy … how can I ever forget them…
Woodrow Wilson: Last Words: The machinery is worn out.
So Long, Pete, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh!: Music won’t save the planet, but neither will books or speeches.
George Orwell: Not Facing Up: War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Katie Couric: Venturing: Go where there are no guarantees.
The Christmas Spirit: (A) Money has to serve, not to rule. (B) (1) Who am I to judge? (2) Pope Francis I
Benjamin Disraeli: Progeny: Success is the child of audacity.
Roald Amundsen: Success at the South Pole: Adventure is just bad planning.
R.I.P.: Nelson Mandela: Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
Bette Midler: Can’t Tell: I never know how much of what I say is true.
Coincidence! (1) Thanksgiving (2) The beginning of Hanukkah (3) Thanksgivukkah
John F. Kennedy: Final Conversation: Mr. President, you can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you. No, you certainly can’t.
Answer to “Georgia O’Keeffe: Fulfillment”: The days you work are the best days.
Answer to “Katharine Hepburn: Outcome”: Life is hard. After all, it kills you.
Answer to “Albert Camus: The Human Race”: We are all special cases.
Answers to “Panicked!”: Puzzle No. 1: This is the end of the world! Puzzle No. 2: I’d rather die this way!
Answer to “What, Me Worry?”: There is no cause to worry. The high tide of prosperity will continue.
Answer to “Lou Reed: RIP”: Take a walk on the wild side.
Answer to “Teddy Roosevelt: Far Out”: Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
Answer to “Last Words: Bing Crosby”: That was a great game of golf, fellers.
Answer to “Robert E. Lee: Evil”: The devil’s name is dullness.
Answer to “Congratulations, Alice Munro!”: As you get older your rampaging need to write diminishes a bit.
Answer to “Elmore Leonard: Author’s Craft”: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.
Answer to “Leader Lost: 200th Anniversary”: Tecumseh Defeated, Slain in Battle
Answer to “Tom Clancy: How It Starts”: Wars are begun by frightened men.
Answer to “T. S. Eliot: Acquisition”: Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Answer to “Stephen King: Method”: I write to find out what I think.
Answer to “Creighton Abrams: War”: It is never very crowded at the front.
Answer to “Bernie Sanders: Legislative Mission“: Our job is to strengthen Social Security, not to cut it.
Answer to “In Memoriam: David Frost”: Diplomacy … is the art of letting somebody else have your way.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney“: My passport’s green. No glass of ours was ever raised to toast the Queen.
Answer to “Martin Luther King, Jr.: The ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech”: Free at last! free at last! thank God almighty, we are free at last!
Answers to “Last Words: Funny to the Very End”: (1-2) Die, my dear? Why, that’s the last thing I’ll do! (3) Groucho Marx
Answer to “Steve Wozniak: Advice“: Artists work best alone. Work alone.
Answer to “Andy Warhol: The Human Condition“: Being born is like being kidnapped and then sold into slavery.
Answer to “Last Words: Horace Mann“: Sing to me if you have the heart.
Answer to “Mick Jagger: Excess”: Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Answer to “President Obama on the Zimmerman Verdict“: …Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago.
Answer to “Red Skelton: Legislation“: Congress: bingo with billions.
Answer to “Belated Happy Birthday, Malala Yousafzai!”: They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failedl.
Answer to “E. B. White: Choosing“: Safety is all well and good: I prefer freedom.
Answer to “Last Words: Nostradamus”: Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here.
Answer to “Surveillance”: Big Brother is watching you. [George Orwell, 1984]
Answer to “Lou Gehrig: Fortune“: I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.
Answer to “Joyce Carol Oates: Ending”: Death is just the last scene of the last act.
Answer to “Last Words: Emperor Nero“: What an artist the world is losing in me.
Answer to “Thomas Mann: Significance“: A man’s dying is more his survivor’s affair than his own.
Answer to “Near-Riot of Spring”: Music is the sole domain in which man realizes the present.
Answer to “Memorial Day Reflection“: This war, like all wars, must end. [Referring, of course, to “the war on terror.”]
Answer to “Pope Francis: The World Economy“: Money has to serve, not to rule.
Answer to “Woody Herman: Happy 100th”: Some guys dig ditches. I have a band. It’s what I do.
Answer to “Stonewall Jackson: Last Words”: Let us pass over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.
Answer to “Dr. Benjamin Spock: Self-Knowledge”: Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Answer to “Robert Penn Warren: Fortune”: The best luck always happens to those who don’t need it.
Answers to “News Item”: (1) Our hearts are broken,… (2) …but our spirit is not. (3) Newtown (The press conference was, of course, held in response to the defeat of gun legislation in the U. S. Senate.)
Answers to “Attorney’s Opinion”: (1) To think is to differ. (2) Clarence Darrow
Answer to “Thomas Jefferson: Essential”: Good wine is a necessity of life for me.
Answer to “Bette Davis: Payoff”: Success only breeds a new goal.
Answer to “Tennessee Williams: The Secret”: Luck is believing you’re lucky.
Answer to “John Updike: Ignorance”: You don’t know what you don’t know.
Answer to “Albert Einstein: Human Knowledge”: As the area of light expands, so does the perimeter of darkness.
Answer to “Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Reckoning”: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Answer to “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Gone Wrong”: Evil is only good perverted.
Answer to “Tennessee Williams: Motivation”: Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.
Answer to “Erma Bombeck: Housekeeping”: “: No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed.
Answer to “A Special Puzzle for Today“: Happy Valentine’s Day! Be my valentine. Jim
Answer to “Abraham Lincoln: Staying the Course”: It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river.
Answer to “Robert Frost: Epitaph”: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.
Answer to “Sir Isaac Newton: Natural Law: What goes up must come down.
Answer to “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Blunt Tool”: Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
Answer to “A. A. Milne: Dialogue”: Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
Answer to “Muhammad Ali: The Art of Boxing”: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.
Answser to “Anton Chekhov: Snap”: Only entropy comes easy.
Answer to “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Trend”: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Answer to “Peyton Manning: Opportunity”: With the game on the line, I want the ball in my hands.
Answer to “Edmund Burke: Giving In”: The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
Answer to “Alexander Hamilton: Aging”: Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
Answer to “Simone de Beauvoir: Definition”: Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
Answer to “Richard Nixon: The Law”: When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.
Answer to “Isaac Asimov: Transmutation”: All evil is good become cancerous.
Answer to “Willa Cather: Communication”: The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
Answer to “Bette Midler: Reliability”: I never know how much of what I say is true.
Answer to “Konrad Adenauer”: A thick skin is a gift from God.
Answer to “Bon Voyage, 2012; Rest In Peace”: It’s free and worth every penny of it.
Answers to “Denzel Washington”: Puzzle 1: Do what you gotta do so you can do what you wanna do. Puzzle 2: If you don’t trust the pilot, don’t go.
Answer to “A Christmas Eve Toast”: Wine is bottled poetry.
Answer to “George Eliot II”: Consequences are unpitying.
Answer to “George Eliot”: Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
Answer to “Benjamin Disraeli”: Success is the child of audacity.
Answer to “Elvis Presley”: When things go wrong, don’t go with them.
Answer to “Publishing Milestone”: (1) Humbug! I tell you. Humbug! (2) Scrooge
Answer to “Keith Richards”: Music for the neck downwards.
Answer to “Off the Ground”: Successful Flight at Kitty Hawk!
Answer to “Jane Austen”: What is right to be done cannot be done too soon.
Answer to “Sitting Bull”: If we must die, we die defending our rights.
Answer to “Roald Amundsen”: Adventure is just bad planning.
Answer to “Gustave Flaubert II”: To be simple is no small matter.
Answers to “Gustave Flaubert”: (1) The devil is in the details. (2) God is in the details.
Answer to “Emily Dickinson II”: Tell all the Truth but tell it slant.
Answer to “Emily Dickinson”: There is no Frigate like a book To take us Lands away…
Answer to “Anthem”: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore… [Helen Reddy]
Answer to “In Memoriam: John Lennon”: Love, love, love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.
Answer to “Abraham Lincoln — Aftermath”: Thirteenth Amendment Ratified; Slavery Abolished in U.S.
Answer to “Abraham Lincoln”: …we can not escape history.
Answer to “Leonard Cohen”: I have tried in my way to be free. [“Bird on the Wire”]
Answer to “Joseph Conrad”: We live as we dream — alone…
Answer to “Lee Trevino”: The older I get the better I used to be!
Answer to “David Mamet”: I hate vacations. There’s nothing to do.
Answer to “Lousia May Alcott”: There is always light behind the clouds.
Answer to “Jon Stewart”: The internet is just a world passing notes around a classroom.
Answer to “Jimi Hendrix”: Music is a safe kind of high.
Answer to “Charles Schulz: Perspective”: Five hundred years from now, who’ll know the difference?
Answer to “Andrew Carnegie”: The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.
Answer to “Charles Darwin”: You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Answer to “Earthshaking Event”: JFK Shot, Killed in Dallas
Answer to “Rodney Dangerfield”: If it wasn’t for pick-pockets I’d have no sex life at all.
Answer to “Voltaire”: Common sense is not so common.
Answer to “Nadine Gordimer”: Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter.
Answers to “Guest Puzzle: Forecast”: (1) Apres moi, le deluge. (2) Louis XV
Answer to “Margaret Atwood”: Nobody dies from the lack of sex. It’s lack of love we die from.
Answer to “Shelby Foote”: A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.
Answer to “Paul Hindemith”: My God, how can anyone ever be a master of music?
Answer to “Georgia O’Keeffe”: The days you work are the best days.
Answer to “Lech Walesa”: Silence, too, can speak out.
Answer to “Robert Louis Stevenson”: To forget oneself is to be happy.
Answer to “Katharine Hepburn”: Life is hard. After all, it kills you.
Answer to “Fyodor Dostoyevsky”: Beauty will save the world.
Answer to “Martin Luther”: Reason is the enemy of faith.
Answer to “Carl Sagan”: I don’t want to believe. I want to know.
Answer to “Cold Mountain Wisdom”: It’s a good thing war is so terrible or else we’d get to liking it too much.
Answer to “Albert Camus”: Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.
Answer to “…Of the People…”: The government is us…
Answer to “Election Results”: Dewey Defeats Truman [Chicago Tribune; the headline was in error, of course]
Answer to “John Keats”: A thing of beauty is a joy forever…
Answer to “Daniel Boone”: All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
Answer to “Art Opening”: Genius is eternal patience.
Answer to “Protest”: The fewer the words, the better the prayer.
Answers to “Hallowe’en Eve Special”: (1)+(2) “War of the Worlds” Broadcast Panics Millions (3) H. G. Wells
Answer to “Headline: 1618”: Sir Walter Raleigh Executed
Answer to “Teddy Roosevelt”: Speak softly and carry a big stick…
Answers to “Face-Off”: (1) Shootout at the OK Corral; (2) Wyatt Earp
Answer to “Attack!”: Half a league, half a league, half a league onward… [Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”]
Answer to “On This Date: Subversion”: CIA Engineers Chilean Coup; Pres. Allende Assassinated
Answer to “Franz Liszt”: Truth is a great flirt.
Answer to “Historic Weekend”: Thousands of Protestors March Against Vietnam War
Answer to “John le Carré”: A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Thomas Edison”: To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Answer to “Put Away”: Al Capone Goes to Prison Convicted of Tax Evasion
Answer to “Oscar Wilde”: The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Answer to “Dwight D. Eisenhower”: War settles nothing.
Answer to “Martin Luther King Jr.”: The time is always right to do what is right.
Answer to “Robert E. Lee”: The devil’s name is dullness.
Answer to “Heroism on Lake Champlain”: Benedict Arnold Fights Valiantly at Valcour Island
Answers to “Superman”: (1 + 2) When I do good I feel good. When I do bad I feel bad. And that is my religion. (3) Lincoln
Answer to “Defeat”: Che Guevara Captured, Killed
Answer to ““Cause” — and Effect”: Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow Kicks; Fire Devastates Chicago
Answers to “Garrison Keillor”: (A) When in doubt, look intelligent. (B) A book is a gift you can open again and again.
Answers to “Advice from Cervantes”: (A) A closed mouth gathers no flies. (B) He preaches well that lives well.
Answer to “Woody on Political Name-Calling”: Left wing, chicken wing, it don’t make no difference to me.
Answers to “In Memoriam: Bessie Smith & Janis Joplin”: (A) I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich, and rich is better. (B) You got to get it while you can.
Answers to “Headlines — 1951 and 1995”: (A) Giants Win Pennant on Bobby Thompson Homer (B) O. J. Simpson Is Acquitted
Answers to “Wallace Stevens, Poet”: (A) The poet is the priest of the invisible. (B) The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.
Answer to “Jimmie Carter”: You just have to have a simple faith.
Answer to “Robinson Crusoe”: It is never too late to be wise.
Answer to “Lord Horatio Nelson”: Desperate affairs require desperate measures.
Answers to “Two Writers on Writing”: (A) If the story is in you, it has to come out. (B) Immature poets imitate. Mature poets steal.
Answers to “F. Scott Fitzgerald”: (A) Forgotten is forgiven. (B) Action is character.
Answer to “Ray Charles: R.I.P.”: Do it right, or don’t do it at all.
Answers to “Reply”: (A) John Paul Jones [commander of the ship Bonhomme Richard in the Battle of Flamborough Head off the coast of England during the Revolutionary War]; (B) I have not yet begun to fight.
Answers to “Famous Last Words”: (A) Nathan Hale Executed as Spy (B) I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.
Answer to “Stephen King: The Reason Why”: I write to find out what I think.
Answer to “H. G. Wells: Eventuality”: If we don’t end war, war will end us.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Steve Sabol”: The Autumn wind is a pirate, Blustering in from the sea.
Answer to “Georg Hegel: Encore”: No act of revenge is justified.
Answers to “Dag Hammarskjold: Man of Peace”: (1) Friendship needs no words. (2) The longest journey is the journey inward.
Answers to “William Carlos Williams: On Poetry”: (1) In summer, the song sings itself. (2) If it ain’t a pleasure, it ain’t a poem.
Answer to “Guest Puzzlemaster — David Hoag: Illumination”: May the bridges I burn light the way.
Answers to “Marco Polo: Merchant of Venice”: (1) Without stones there is no arch. (2) I have not told half of what I saw.
Answers to “Stilled by Accident”: (1) To dance is to live. (2) Isadora Duncan. [Duncan was killed by her love of long, flowing scarves. While she was riding in an open car in France, her silk scarf became entangled in the car’s spokes and axle and she was almost decapitated.]
Answer to “Roald Dahl: Affirmation”: I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!
Answer to “H. L. Mencken: Democracy”: …the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
Answers to “‘Headlines’: Over a Century Apart”: (1) Barrett, Browning Secretly Wed; (2) JFK, Jackie Marry
Answer to “Lyrics for Liquor”: Oh Susanna, Oh don’t you cry for me…
Answer to “Bear Bryant: Secret”: Get the winners into the game.
Answer to “Stephen Jay Gould: Reincarnation?”: We pass through this world but once.
Answer to “Parting Words”: Be well, do good work, and keep in touch. [Garrison Keillor]
Answer to “Charlie Sheen: Affliction”: Can’t is the cancer of happening.
Answer to “Puzzle of the Month”: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November….
Answer to “Lily Tomlin: The Human Condition”: Remember we’re all in this alone.
Answer to “Alan Jay Lerner: Making It Big”: I write a hit the same way you write a flop.
Answer to “Eldridge Cleaver: Sole Survivor”: All the gods are dead except the god of war.
Answer to “Ted Williams: How-To”: If you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.
Answer to “Headline: 30 B.C.E.”: Cleopatra Kills Self with Snake
Answer to “Charles F. Kettering: Good Start”: A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.
Answer to “Leo Tolstoy: Definition”: Boredom: the desire for desire.
Answer to “Guest Puzzle: Bon Voyage”: Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe… Eugene Field
Answer to “Neil Armstrong: In Memoriam”: Houston. Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
Answer to “LBJ: The Cost of Preserving Dignity”: While you’re saving your face, you’re losing your ass.
Answer to “Georg Hegel: Accountability”: World history is a court of judgment.
Answer to “Mother Teresa: Way of Being”: Live simply so others may simply live.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Leonard Bernstein”: To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Truman Capote”: All literature is gossip.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: A. S. Byatt”: Good writing is always new.
Answer to “On This Date: Disaster”: Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius Begins
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Walt Kelly”: We have met the enemy and he is us.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Edgar Lee Masters”: It takes life to love life.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Phyllis Diller”: Health – what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Ray Bradbury”: We are anthill men upon an anthill world.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Distinction”: (1) World’s fastest man (2) Usain Bolt
Answer to “Author’s Ambition”: When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Hair-Splitter”: It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is. [Bill Clinton]
Answer to “Puzzle…”: (1) August (2) The dog days of summer
Answer to “Snide Birthday Greetings”: Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.
Answer to “Vermont Holiday”: (1) Battle of Bennington (2) New York State [The battle took place about ten miles west of Bennington, across the state line.]
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Julia Child”: Everything in moderation … including moderation.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Edna Ferber”: A closed mind is a dying mind.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Alfred Hitchcock”: Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Mickey Mantle”: Nothing’s ever been as much fun as baseball.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Romantic Poet”: Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live; Not where I love, but where I am, I die.
Answer to “On This Date: Eloquent Ex-Slave”: The man who is right is a majority.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Herbert Hoover”: Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die.
Answer to “On This Date: Berlin, 1936”: Jesse Owens Wins Fourth G9ld Medal
Answer to “On This Date: Unprecedented”: Nixon: I Resign as President
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Andy Warhol”: I am a deeply superficial person.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Gore Vidal”: A good deed never goes unpunished.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: The Kiss”: Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.
Answers to “On This Date: Embarkation”: (1) Nina (2) Pinta (3) Santa Maria
Answer to “On This Date: Coolidge Takes Oath”: One with the law is a majority.
Answers to “In Memoriam: First Telephone Caller”: (1) Mr. Watson, come here, I want you. (2) A. G. Bell [i.e., Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone; Thomas Watson was his assistant]
Answer to “On This Date: Deadwood Healine”: Wild Bill Hickok Gunned Down
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Author”: (1) Melville (2) Moby Dick (3) Captain Ahab
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Explorer”: (1) William Clark (2) Lewis (3) Jefferson
Answer to “On This Date: Momentous”: Joseph Priestly Discovers Oxygen
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Author, Author!”: (1) J. K. Rowling (2) Harry Potter (3) Hogwarts
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Henry Ford”: (1) Don’t find fault, find a remedy. (2) History is more or less bunk.
Answer to “In Memoriam: Vincent van Gogh”: Conscience is a man’s compass.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Jackie’s Reflection: I am a woman above everything else.
Answers to “In Memoriam: Creative Genius”: (1) Johann Sebastian Bach (2) Composer
Answers to “A Special Puzzle for Today”: (1) The Olympics; (2) Let the games begin.
Answers to “In Memoriam: Famous Last Words”: (1) Gertrude Stein (2) Alice B. Toklas (3) What is the answer? (4) (No reply.) (5) In that case, what is the question? [Stein died July 27, 1946, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.]
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Standings: (A) Without losers, where would the winners be? (B) (1) Nice guys finish last. (2) Leo Durocher [1905-1991]
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: GBS”: Youth is wasted on the young.
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Carl Jung”: (A) You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. (B) What you resist, persists.
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: 34 Candles”: (1) Louise Brown; (2) World’s first test-tube baby.
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Alexandre Dumas”: Nothing succeeds like success.
Answer to “On This Day: Relief”: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. [Purportedly the ice cream cone was invented on this date at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.]
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Author”: (1) Courage is grace under pressure. (2) Ernest Hemingway; (3) Oak Park [a western suburb of Chicago]
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Communicator”: (1) The medium is the message. (2) M[arshall] McLuhan
Answers to “On This Day: First”: (1-2) That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. (3) Neil Armstrong. [He flubbed his script, of course; the first part of what he meant to say (“That’s one small step for a man…”), incidentally, can’t be fitted onto the Quipto cube.]
Answers to “On This Day: Discovery”: (1) The Rosetta Stone; (2) Egyptian hieroglyphics
Answer to “Happy Birthday!: Requirement”: Only free men can negotiate.
Answers to “Happy Birthday!: Aging”: (1-2) There is still no cure for the common birthday. (3) John Glenn
Answer to “On This Day: Immortal”: (1-2) I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night, Alive as you and me.” [Joe Hill was a Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or “Wobblies”). He was charged with murder, convicted in a controversial trial, sentenced to death on this date in 1914, and executed on November 19, 1915.]
Answers to “In Memoriam: Royalty”: (1) Kitty Wells [(1919-2012), “the queen of country music”; (2) Honky Tonk Angels
Answer to “On This Day: Above It All”: Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
Answers to “On This Day: Directions”: (1) Wrong Way Corrigan; (2) Ireland; (3) New York; (4) California [his declared designation]; (5) Douglas
Answers to “In Memoriam: Tough but Tender”: (1) Ernest Borgnine [(1917-2012)]; (2) Marty; (3) McHale
Answer to “In the News: Finally”: Serena Aces Wimbledon; Britain’s Murray Falls to Federer
Answers to “The July PRIZE PUZZLE Contest” (won by Chantal Beliveau of South Burlington, VT): (1) To be is to do. (2) To do is to be. (3) Dooby dooby doo. (4) Socrates (5) Jean-Paul Sartre (6) Frank Sinatra. The additional answers to be found in the Part A diagram are (a) Do be do be do (or Do-be-d0-be-do); (b) To be or not to be…; (c) Scooby-Dooby-Doo!; and (d) Scooby-Doo.
Answer to “In the News: Concern”: (1) The Higgs boson (2) The God particle [which should be in quotation marks, but we didn’t want to make it too obvious] (3) Peter Higgs [Born 1929, the physicist for whom the Higgs boson is named has already been proposed for the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.]
Incidentially, “Concern” and “discern” were intended as plays on the word “CERN”, the name of the organization in Geneva that announced the discovery on July 4 of the Higgs boson.
Answer to “In the News: Revival”: (1) Dallas (2) Southfork (3) J. R. Ewing (4) Who shot J. R.? [The TV show “Dallas” was revived in June on the network TNT.]
Answer to “In Memoriam V”: This land is your land, this land is my land… [Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie, died 1967, was born on July 14, 1912.]
Answers to “In Memoriam IV”: (1) The Andy Griffith Show. (2) Mayberry. (3) Matlock. [Andrew Samuel “Andy” Griffith, born 1926, died on July 3.]
Answers to “Extra: Taking the Measure”: (1) Kneehigh by the Fourth of July. (2) Corn.
Answers to “Quip-Find Puzzle of the Month for July”: Puzzle 1: (1) Independence Day; (2) Fourth of July. Puzzle 2: The Declaration of Independence. Puzzle 3: When in the course of human events…
Answer to “In Memoriam III”: In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind. [Nora Ephron (1941-2012)]
Answer to “In Memoriam II”
Answer to “In Memoriam”
(2) is an author, and (1) is the first sentence of his most famous work.
Answer: (1) It was a pleasure to burn. [First sentence of Fahrenheit 451.] (2) Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]
Answer to “A Musical Puzzle”
Answer: Rock of Ages, cleft for me…
Answers to “Two ‘Challenging’ Puzzles”
Answer to June Puzzle of the Month
- June, 2012 Puzzle of the Month answer: (1) Stay hungry. Stay foolish. (2) Steve Jobs [1955-2011]
- Replacement May, 2012 Puzzle of the Month answer: If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. [Julia Child]
- May, 2012 Puzzle of the Month answer: Life is the proper binge. [Julia Child] [Note: This is actually a misquote; see the Replacement POTM for May.]
- April, 2012 Puzzle of the Month answer: (1) An army marches on its stomach. (2) Napoleon
- March, 2012 Puzzle of the Month answer: One hill can not hold two tigers.
Answer to “Tennessee Williams: Motivation”: Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.