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The Figaro Trilogy

Maybe, not as heady as Alfalfa’s performance, yet enlightening nonetheless!

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Portrait de Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, by Jean-Marc Nattier Portrait de Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, by Jean-Marc Nattier

Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (24 January 1732 – 18 May 1799) had recruited men who fought in the American Revolutionary War  and had also supplied arms to American revolutionaries.

One of his recruits was Pierre-Charles L’Enfant (9 August 1754 – 14 June 1825), an architect and engineer who designed the Washington National Mall. L’Enfant was dismissed and replaced by Andrew Ellicott (24 January 1754 – 28 August 1820) who criticized L’Enfant Plan and Pierre-Charles L’Enfant. In 1902, the McMillan Commission did away with Andrew Ellicott’s revisions. The Washington Mall was redesigned using L’Enfant Plan.

The Figaro Trilogy

The Barber of Seville (1773; 1775)
The Marriage of Figaro (written in 1778, performed in 1784, published in 1785)
The Guilty Mother (1791; 1966[opera])
The Marriage of Figaro as the centrepiece of Beaumarchais’ “Figaro trilogy” 
Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro (K 492) (1786)
 
 

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/14/14

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are tied to the ocean.  And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”   —   John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy, wife Jacqueline and daughter ...

John F. Kennedy, wife Jacqueline and daughter Caroline. (Photo credit: thesmuggler- Night of the Swallow”)

 

(Ahh!  Back to the primordial soup, so to speak!  Sounds like another nice Catholic boy who was comfortable with the theory of evolution.  I think a good many are.  It’s more the pentecostal and evangelic types that want to take things a little too literally.  Whatever floats their ark!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Jumble Spoiler – 07/14/14

Hennepin County Medical Center Parking Garage

Hennepin County Medical Center Parking Garage (Photo credit: Zach K)

Visual Description:  A lot to like about this stable investment.

VARAL  =  LARVA,  GEAGU  =  GAUGE,  ANSSOE  =  SEASON,  TUGERT  =  GUTTER   —   Giving us:  LAAGEASGER

Clue/Question:  He bought the parking structure at the – – –

Garage sale

Garage sale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GARAGE SALE

(I’m not big at going to garage sales.  I’ve got so much surplus junk of my own, already.  But, when I do go I almost always feel compelled to ask them:  So, how much for the garage?  Old jokes, for old merchandise!  Yard sale.  Tag sale. Garage sale.  They’re all just nicer ways of saying Used Junk Sale.  Some people live for them.  I just can’t be bothered.

No new clue words today, but everything was nicely jumbled.  All of the jumblings were new, to me.  I especially liked the one for “season”.  Honorable mention goes to “gutter”.  The answer letter layout was swell.  Yet another great jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  And, the cartoon set things up creditably.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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