NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 5: A Wish

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In 1955 the singer-songwriter pictured above wrote a song that became an international anthem. The title, and theme, of the song is the answer to our puzzle for today.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 4: Metamorphosis

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Steven Spielberg, born 1946

The influential American film director, screenwriter and producer is widely considered a genius and a pioneer of “The New Hollywood”. A co-founder of DreamWorks, he is known for many hit films, including Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan.

Today’s two-diagram puzzle conceals a timely Spielberg quote.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 3: A More Immediate Focus

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This 2-ton Henry Moore sculpture of a reclining figure was stolen in 2005 and apparently melted down and sold to China as scrap metal.

The answer to today’s two-diagram puzzle is a quote from the English sculptor and artist Henry Moore (1898-1986). He is world-renowned for his monumental, semi-abstract bronze sculptures, but the quote concerns something more immediate and more mundane.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 2: Try, Try Again

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Oprah Winfrey, born 1954

 Oprah offered the holiday toast featured in this two-diagram puzzle.

(Note: There is one wraparound or “hidden adjacency” involved in Diagram B of this puzzle; though they do not appear to be adjacent, the letter pairs A and I, R and U, and V and N actually are adjacent — on the hidden back-side of the Quipto® rack.)

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA: January 1: Anniversary

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Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Our first Quip-Find™ puzzle for 2015 is a two-diagram puzzle that features a timely quote from this English writer.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 7: Coping

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Barbara Walters, born 1929

The following puzzle features advice from Barbara Walters, the American journalist, TV personality, and author. It may be appropriate advice as you celebrate with others this evening.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 6: Promotion

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The quoted expert

The quote in the following puzzle is from an American business expert and writer. (1) and (2) are the quote, and (3) is his name.

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 5: Warning!

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F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

Fitzgerald knew what he was talking about when he made this observation. The well-known quote is perhaps an especially appropriate caution on New Year’s Eve.

(Note: In Diagram B, one wraparound or “hidden adjacency” is involved. Note that because the diagram represents three faces of a cube, certain pairs of letters that do not appear to be adjacent (specifically, K and N, I and O, and U and G) actually do touch — on the backside of the Quipto(R) cube.)

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 4: Rejuvenation

 

The answer to the puzzle below is a quote from Mason Cooley (1927-2002), an American professor and aphorist (which means he specialized in coming up with quips like this one).

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NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA! – No. 3: Appropriate

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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Our third Extravaganza puzzle features a quote from Sir Walter Scott, the Scottish novelist, poet and dramatist who flourished in the early 19th Century. (Note: A couple of the words in the quote were more familiar in that earlier era.)

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