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This publication, part of the yankee Chemical Society's Symposium sequence, is a suite of a few pleasant bits of caprice and humor, either intentional and unintentional, from the realm of chemistry. beneath these well-known white lab coats truly beat hearts which are able to find and having fun with the lighter facet in their technology. From chemistry-based crossword puzzles to papers added in verse and track, this can be a marvelous choice of the quirkiest incidents and episodes within the fresh historical past of chemistry. subject matters comprise Ken Reese's back-page column of Chemical and Engineering information, the track that observed the papers of physicist Howard Shapiro, and the hidden whimsy present in the supposedly somber files of the Chemical Abstracts carrier.

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Presenting a number of such riddles in a compact verbally-related form with intricate, sometimes difficult clues, but an ultimately solvable outcome, might be one way to define the modern crossword puzzle. Introduction The birth of the familiar crossword puzzle as we know it is a well-documented and quite clear-cut event: the first such black-and-white solution grid with accompanying clues appeared in The New York World on December 13, 1913, brainchild of Arthur Wynne, a member of the World’s staff (1).

In 1978 I had more than a decade of college chemistry teaching behind me. Latin lay fallow; puzzle solving was a thing of the past. While I was on sabbatical leave, my mother had a massive stroke and I found myself spending many hours at her bedside. Many of these hours were spent in prayer – for her, for the family, for me, for all terminally ill patients, for the hospital staff, for the world. After many days of unrelieved vigil, I needed a distraction. I went down to the hospital gift shop and lo!

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