NEW YEAR’S EXTRAVAGANZA!  To celebrate the coming of 2015, we are posting, over the next eight days, a Quip-Find™ “extravaganza”. Think of it as our version of fireworks – 14 new Quip-Find word puzzles in a burst of celebration. The first seven are being posted today, for your New Year’s Eve enjoyment. The other seven will be posted, one a day, during the first week of January.

Why the fireworks? Well, we hope that 2015 will be the Year of Quip-Find™ and Quipto® Word Puzzles! We are preparing and planning to publish a super new book of these puzzles. And in the book we will be introducing a new kind of puzzle: Quip-Bild™, where you, the puzzle-solver, take on the challenge of creating the puzzle – fitting the letters of a quip into the 3-D Quipto rack. (Quipto® is our registered trademark for both kinds of puzzles, and Quip-Find™ and Quip-Bild™ designate the two kinds of Quipto puzzles.)

So enjoy! And, PLEASE, post a link on your Facebook page and/or the Facebook pages of friends you think might like these word puzzles. Spread the word.

Thanks. And Happy New Year!

Jim Rader, Puzzlemaster



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Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

The first puzzle, below, features a quote from Alfred, Lord  Tennyson, Poet Laureate of Britain and Scotland during the 19th Century.

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Benjamin Disraeli: Makes Things Worse


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

December 21 is the birthday of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1874 to 1880; he was born 210 years ago today. He is one of the most quotable people of his time, famous for his pithy wisdom.

The puzzle below features something he said about one of the biggest issues of his time — and of our time.

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Minority Report: Bah Humbug!

The two-diagram puzzle below expresses one man’s take on the holiday season. (1) and (2) are what he said, and (3) is his name.

Hint: Ironically, this man was named for the holiday season! (Yesterday would have been his 115th birthday.)

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Puzzle of the Month: Out of Season

For our December Quip-Find(TM) Puzzle of the Month, we have chosen a well-known quote from J. M. Barrie, the Scottish novelist and dramatist best known as the author of Peter Pan. Enjoy solving it!

(By coincidence, Peter Pan Live airs tonight on NBC (8:00/ 7:00 Central).)

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Diagram B:

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The quotation hidden in the Quip-Find diagrams below could well have been spoken about the current events in Ferguson, Missouri. Parts 1 and 2 are the quote; 3 is the name of the person being quoted.

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Marie Antoinette: At the Guillotine

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Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)

Sunday, November 2, will be the anniversary of the birth of Marie Antoinette, who became Queen of France and of the Navarre. She is best known for the quote, “Let them eat cake!” But our Quip-Find(TM) puzzle below features her last words, at age 37, spoken to her executioner after she stepped on his foot as she was led to the guillotine on October 16, 1793, in Place de la Revolution, Paris.

(NOTE: This puzzle involves wraparounds or “hidden adjacencies”, where letters that do not appear to be adjacent on the Quipto(R) rack actually are adjacent — on the hidden back side of the rack. In this diagram, S is adjacent to I, R is adjacent to A, and W is adjacent to E.)

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Malala Yousafzai: What’s Needed

Malala Yousafzai

At age 17 Mala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The answer to our two-diagram puzzle below is something she said in a speech to the United Nations Youth Assembly only nine months after the attempt made on her life because of her efforts on behalf of education, particularly for girls. (She went on to say, “Education is the only solution.”)

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Diagram 2:

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Jimmy Carter: Basic Need

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President Jimmy Carter

Today is the 90th birthday of our 39th President.  In 1982 he founded the Carter Center through which he continues to do humanitarian work around the world.  Our puzzle features something Carter has said about what life requires.

(Note:  The puzzle involves one wraparound or “hidden adjacency: Though they do not appear to be adjacent, the letter pairs C and F, L and P, and M and J actually do touch — on the back side of the Quipto(R) rack.)

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T. S. Eliot: Capacity

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T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Today is the birthday of the poet T. S. Eliot. The full-rack puzzle below features something that he said about our limitations.

(Note that the diagram represents two “hemicubes” (like the hemispheres of a globe) with the rack being rotated around an axis that runs through the cubicle occupied by H at the top and the cubicle occupied by Y at the bottom.)

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Joan Rivers: R.I.P.

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Joan Rivers (1933-2014)

Joan Rivers, pioneering comedian and television host, died yesterday at age 81. The answer to our two-diagram puzzle is something self-deprecating she said about herself.

(This is a Quip-Find first: Our first ever published puzzle in which both parts of a quip require full-rack diagrams. Notice that in such a diagram, there are no wraparounds or hidden adjacencies; the adjacencies involved are always visible in one half-rack or the other.

(When you have solved the puzzle, enjoy tracing the path of the quip as it winds back and forth between the two halves of the diagram.)

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Diagram 2:

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