Paul Krugman: A Response to Idealism

Paul Krugman (Image: Alex Wong/Getty. Fair use.)

Today, February 28, is the 65th birthday of Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning American economist, professor (at New York University), and columnist for the New York Times. Our Quip-Find puzzle below features a hidden quotation from Krugman, a maxim he has repeated from time to time. (Difficulty: ★★★)

(When you have solved the puzzle, check the answer (see the drop-down menu under the tab, “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above) to read Krugman’s explication of this quote.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it is your turn to create the puzzle, “enquipting” the Krugman quote featured today. (For a guide to solving Quip-Bild puzzles, see the drop-down menu under the tab, “Quip-BildTM Puzzles,” above.) (Difficulty: ★★★★)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alfred North Whitehead: The Nature of Knowledge

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

(Fair use: Photo by Richard Carver Wood taken in 1936 for Harvard University.)

This week we are offering an encore puzzle appearance: a Quip-Find puzzle from our 2012 book, When Eating an Elephant: The 2nd Quip-Find Puzzle Book of Advice. Hidden in the rack diagram below is a quote from Alfred North Whitehead, the British-American mathematician and philosopher. (Difficulty: ★★)

(Please note that we offer an “optional hint” for each Quip-Find puzzle; you will find a link to these hints in the drop-down menu under the tab “Quip-FindTM Puzzles,” above.)

(Both of the published Quip-Find puzzle books are still available; to check them out, and to order copies, click on the tab “Order Books,” above.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you be the puzzlemaster: Try to place the Whitehead quote (the answer to the Quip-Find puzzle above) onto a blank Quipto® rack. (Instructions on how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles and printable rack diagrams will be found under the “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” tab above.) (Difficulty: ★★)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Susan B. Anthony: Dominance

Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)

With today’s posting, we offer a couple of firsts: (1) The Quip-FindTM puzzle involves, in the second part of the Anthony quote, a full-rack diagram, which includes all six faces of the Quipto® rack; and (2) the Quip-BildTM puzzle is our most difficult yet — both parts of the quote are quite difficult to “enquipt” onto the rack.

In honor of the “Me Too” movement, the continuing struggle for equal opportunity and equal pay for women, and the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, we present today a two-part puzzle (parts (1) and (2), below) featuring a quote from the great social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a leading role in the women’s suffrage movement. (Difficulty: ★★★)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, having solved the puzzle above (or peeked at the answer?), it is your turn to be the puzzle builder. Warning: The two parts of the Anthony quote are probably the hardest Quip-BildTM puzzles we have offered yet. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★★★; (2) (only a full-rack solution is possible) ★★★★★.)

(Again, we now provide a guide to how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles; you will find it in a drop-down menu under the “Quip-Bild Puzzles” tab above. And we have also posted, under the same tab, blank diagrams — both half-rack and full-rack — that you can print out and use to enter and thus check your Quip-BildTM solutions.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ben Hecht: Valentine’s Day

Ben Hecht (1894-1964)

For Valentine’s Day we feature an appropriate — if somewhat enigmatic — quote from Ben Hecht, American journalist, novelist, screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. He has been called “one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures.” In 1927 he was awarded the first Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld. (By the way, his birthday is the last day of this month, two weeks after Valentine’s Day.) Enjoy the solving!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it is your turn to be the puzzlemaster. See if you can place the Hecht quote onto the half-rack diagram. (Difficulty: ★★)

(We now provide a guide to how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles; you will find it under the “Quip-Bild Puzzles” link above. And we have also posted, under the same link, blank diagrams — both half-rack and full-rack — that you can print out and use to enter your Quip-BildTM solutions.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our New Guide to Solving Quip-Bild Puzzles

“How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles: A Brief Guide” has now been posted; just click on the “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” link above and then click on “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu. (We plan to post more extensive instructions, with examples of more difficult puzzles, in the near future.)

We hope you enjoy the new guide and find it helpful!

(Under the same link above, we have also added printable blank diagrams (both half-rack and full-rack) for your use in solving, or checking a solution to, a Quip-Bild puzzle.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sinclair Lewis: This Time of Year

Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)

(Image: U.S. postage stamp issued in 1985)

Tomorrow is the birthday of the American novelist, short story writer and playwright Sinclair Lewis, born February 7, 1885. A native of Minnesota, he was the author of more than twenty novels, including Main Street, Babbitt, Elmer Gantry and It Can’t Happen Here. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930, becoming the first writer from the U.S. to be so honored.

Today’s two-diagram Quip-FindTM puzzle features something timely he said about the northern climate.

 

 

 

 

Now it is your turn to be the puzzle-builder! You try to place each of the two parts of the Lewis quote onto the Quipto® rack. (Difficulty: (1) ★★; (2) ★)  (Again, for suggestions about how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, see our November 27, 2017, post, “How to Solve Quip-Bild Puzzles: A Brief Guide,” in the November 2017 archives.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Marie Antoinette: Gracious Last Words

Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)

(Portrait by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1778)

Today’s Quip-Find puzzle is an encore from 2014: It features the last words of France’s final queen before the French Revolution, spoken to her executioner as she approached the guillotine on October 16, 1793.

(This puzzle involves two “wraparounds” or “hidden adjacencies”: Even though the letters do not appear to be adjacent, R is adjacent to A, W is adjacent to E, and S is adjacent to Ion the hidden back-side of the Quipto® rack. For more about “wraparounds,” see pages 130-131 in “How to Solve Quip-FindTM Puzzles” under the “Quip-FindTM Puzzles” link above.)

 

Now it is your turn to be the puzzle-builder — to hide the queen’s last words in the Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: ★★★★★ (our most difficult Quip-Bild puzzle yet)). (For some suggestions about how to solve Quip-Bild puzzles, see our November 27 post, “How to Solve Quip-Bild Puzzles: A Brief Guide,” in the November 2017 archives.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Winston Churchill: Crucial

Gary Oldman as Churchill in the move, “The Darkest Hour”

(Photo credit: Jack English)

Winston Churchill died in 1964, 54 years ago tomorrow. Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle features a Churchillian aphorism.

Now it is your turn to be the puzzlemaster. Having solved the Quip-Find puzzle, or peeked at the answer, you try to place the two parts of the quip on the Quipto® rack.

(Difficulty: (1) ★★; (2) ★★.)

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Michelle Obama: Ringside Opinion

Former First Lady Michelle Obama

Today is also the birthday of Michelle Obama, born in Chicago on this date, January 17, in 1964. Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle hides something timely that she has said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it is your turn (having solved the Quip-Find puzzle, or peeked at the answer) to be the puzzlemaster: You try to put the Michelle Obama quote onto the Quipto® rack. Difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★★★★★ (half-rack), ★★★★ (full-rack).

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Betty White: Aging

Betty White in 2010 (Photo by David Shankbone)

The irrepressible actor and comedian Betty White will celebrate her 96th birthday tomorrow, January 17. Having starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls, she has had the longest career of any entertainer in television history.

Today’s two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle features a saying White attributes to her mother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s your turn to create this Quip-Find puzzle — to place the Betty White quip above onto the Quipto® rack. Difficulty: (1) ★; (2) ★.

Copyright © 2018 James E. Rader

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment