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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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) ★★.)

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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).

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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) ★.

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Alexander Hamilton: Principles

Alexander Hamilton (1757 (or 1755) – 1804)

Alexander Hamilton, subject of the popular musical Hamilton, was a Founding Father of the United States and our first Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795). He was born in Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis, West Indies, on January 11, 1757. (Some sources say 1755.) He died on July 7, 1804, one day after he was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr.

The two-diagram Quip-Find puzzle for today, Hamilton’s birthday, features something he said about one’s principles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have solved the Quip-Find puzzle (or peeked at the answer), here is the Quip-Bild puzzle: You make the puzzle by figuring out how to place each of the two parts of the Hamilton quote onto the Quipto® diagram. (Difficulty: (1) ★★★; (2) ★)

(Again, 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.)

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Cicero & Hawking: Optimism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C. – 43 B.C.)

Stephen Hawking (1942 –    )

January 3 is the birthday of the Roman philosopher Cicero. The Quipto® diagram below features a well-known quote from Cicero.

The quote has been a favorite of the brilliant theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking who, at age 21 in 1963, was diagnosed with A.L.S. (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and given two years to live. Now, fifty-five years later, he survives to celebrate his 76th birthday — this coming Monday, January 8.

Hawking once said, “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at.” In this context, he went on to invoke this Cicero quote.

Now it is your turn (having solved the puzzle above, or having peeked at the answer) to create the puzzle — to hide the Cicero quote in a Quipto® diagram. Difficulty: ★★★.

(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.)

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Sir Isaac Newton: Gravity (Quip-Bild)

In solving a Quip-Bild puzzle, YOU become the puzzle-maker, trying to fit the quip (in this case, a quote from Newton) onto the Quipto cube. For today’s Quip-Bild challenge, go to the answer to yesterday’s puzzle.

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