Beethoven: Last Words

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

(Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820)

Today, March 29, is a double anniversary in the life of the great, deaf German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven: on this date in 1795, at the age of 24, he had his debut performance as a pianist; and in 1827, after his death at age 56, some 20,000 people attended his burial.

The Quip-Find puzzle for today features Beethoven’s reported last words before his death on March 26. The diagram also includes Beethoven’s last name; if you wish to make the puzzle a little easier, you can fill his name in part (2) first and then use the repeated letters as clues to part (1). (Difficulty: part (1) without clues from (2): ★★; part (1) using clues from (2): ★.)

(Note that part (1) involves a “wraparound”: Even though they do not appear to be adjacent, R is actually adjacent to I, F is adjacent to Y, and V is adjacent to A — in each case, on the hidden back side of the rack.)











Now, as usual with Quip-Bild puzzles, it is your turn to construct the puzzle — either enquipting just (1), his last words, or (1) plus his last name. Try it; it’s fun. (Difficulty: part (1) alone, ★★; both (1) and (2), ★★★★★.)

(For guidelines to solving these puzzles, click on the tab “Quip-BildTM Puzzles” above and then select “How to Solve Quip-BildTM Puzzles” in the drop-down menu.)

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