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While browsing the Internet for the news I came across a sentence “Today this image of (Putin’s) respectability is in a shambles, lying in ruin by the shattered remains of Malaysian Airways Flight 17. 275 more words

The Benefits of Dictionary Flipping

I have been so busy with work lately that I haven’t written anything. That is about to change as I have several drafts of posts for the second half of the summer. 838 more words

Language Learning


In my student times the commencement ceremony, which was usually held in May and marked the end of graduate studies, included our shaking the hand of the department’s mascot Piff and subsequent touching a v-e-e-e-e-ry thick Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 365 more words

NPR Puzzle Solved: Actress From the Past

The Challenge

Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has 5 letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past.

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Puzzle Solving!

In Praise of Order

Call me a control freak, but I like things to be well organized. Having worked with Python for the past year, I’ve been in a constant fight to retrieve data from dictionaries in the same order I entered them. 186 more words

Data Science

How Do You Pronounce This Blog's Name, Anyway?

Back in 2012, when the initial ideas for this blog were first being thrown around, I suggested the name “The Junto.” I did so, not least because working at the Franklin Papers tends to keep Franklin on the brain. 1,180 more words


NPR Puzzle Solved: June 29, 2014

The Challenge:

This week’s challenge comes from Steve Baggish of Arlington, Mass., the father of the 11-year-old boy who created the challenge two weeks ago. Name a boy’s name and a girl’s name, each in four letters.

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Puzzle Solving!