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.
April showers have finally given way to May flowers for most of our readers in the Northern Hemisphere, and May flowers are quickly giving way to June weeding of vegetable gardens. Between the end-of-May graduation parties and the summer fight against garden pests, don’t forget to stop and enjoy your flower of choice now and again.
To correctly solve the MAY FLOWER wordoku, make sure that every row, column, and 3x3 box contains the following letters exactly once [difficulty: a few posy nothings]:
When I was very young, my sister and I observed May Day by making paper baskets filled with violets and dandelions or lilacs and apple blossoms. We would hang them on neighbors’ and relatives’ doors and then ring or knock and run away. It was delightful.
Two hundred and fortyyears ago, April 18 and 19, 1775, the American Revolution began with a British order to seize or destroy weapons, a nighttime ride to warn Massachusetts patriots, and a morning confrontation on a village green.
March is never very springlike in my neck of the woods, but each year I hold out hope for a warm and verdant first day of spring. Today, I continue to hold out hope for next year. I come from a patient people. A patient, spring-loving people.
It has been several months since we’ve featured a wordoku here on the blog, but subscribers to the Copyediting newsletter now get one in every issue. If you aren’t a current subscriber, now is a great time to check it out — the April issue will be marking the 25th anniversary!
Everyone I know has that late-February hankering for spring and its warmer weather, brighter colors, fresher air, and general revitalization. There's nothing we can do to hurry along the warmer weather. If there were, I'm sure Bostonians alone would have accomplished it by now. But we can productively channel that restless yearning and use it to tackle some of the accumulated rumpledness of winter. Not a full spring cleaning, but a bit of decluttering and organizing before the full cleaning occurs.
As we have determined before, the language of love is either 70 percent French or, if chocolate is your love language, 100 percent Nahuatl. Since a one-word list makes for a poor word game, we’re going with the French.
Unscramble the following words to form 14 love-related words that made their way into English from or through French. [Hint: all words appear in the language of love post]