Sharpen your back-to-school pencils and your sense of appreciation for educators everywhere — it’s wordoku time. Wordoku is Sudoku for wordies. It preserves the logic and order of the puzzles but replaces all of those pesky numbers with the letters of a particular word.
To correctly solve the EDUCATORS wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: easy as A-B-C; well, almost]:
On this day in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state, staggering the rows of stars on the flag and those looking for cheap domestic flights to paradise.
If an Island Hoppers tour isn’t in your immediate future, you can still celebrate Statehood Day: pick a ukulele playlist, grab a Kona coffee (or a Blue Hawaii), and unscramble these dozen words associated with Hawaii.
Thanks to clear skies and a waning crescent moon, the annual Perseid meteor shower is giving us quite a show this year. If you couldn’t catch a falling star at the peak of the shower — in the wee hours of yesterday morning — you may still see some shooting tonight and tomorrow night. Experts say to seek a rural spot where the lights of a city won’t interfere and to look to the northeast.
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Live Aid, one of the largest global music events ever held. Organized in a scramble of less than 10 weeks by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for relief efforts in Ethiopia, the live, double-venue concert was held in both London and Philadelphia and was televised in more than 100 countries. With 75 acts performing, 150,000 people attending the live events, and more than a billion watching on TV, the concert raised over $150 million.
From the May flowers of Mother’s Day to the June activities of Father’s Day, parental appreciation marches on. Add a dash of word love, apply the rules of logic, arrange on a tidy grid, and — voilà! — we’ve fathered a Father’s Day wordoku.
To correctly solve the FATHERING wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: experience is the father of wisdom]:
On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a blank book for her thirteenth birthday. She used the book as a diary, recording daily details, personal thoughts, and observations about the rapidly changing and inhospitable world of German-occupied Amsterdam.
I have reflections on my brain lately. They flicker and flash and trigger migraines. They show up rather unexpectedly and pleasantly on my laptop screen (pictured). And they are heavily featured in commencement speeches as students and speakers look back on moments shared and lessons learned.
Born on this day in 1859, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish doctor in London who created master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. After writing numerous detective tales during the first few slow years of doctoring, Doyle left his practice in 1891 and began publishing a regular series of Holmes stories in The Strand.