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Ralph G. Beaman author page

8 puzzles by Ralph G. Beaman (1923-1997)

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See the 10 answer words debuted by Ralph G. Beaman.

Puzzles constructed by Ralph G. Beaman by year

Ralph G. Beaman constructed the first-ever Schrödinger crossword in the Times, which appeared on February 7, 1988. Beaman's puzzle is the only Schrödinger in the Pre-Shortz Era. It was published over 8 years before David Kahn's first-of-the-Shortz-Era Schrödinger and Jeremiah Farrell's Dole/Clinton masterpiece, both of which appeared in 1996.

In the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project blog, David Steinberg discussed Beaman's puzzle at length, noting such unique features as its inclusion of three 21-letter spans employing the Schrödinger device and the use of Schrödinger elements in the clues.

Ralph Gardner Beaman was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1923. His father was a funeral director, and his mother was a homemaker. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944. He then served in the Navy at its foreign language school. He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois in the late 1940s. By the 1950s, he joined DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, where he would spend the rest of his career as a chemist.

He had a profound interest in words and their patterns. Throughout the 1970s, he wrote articles for the journal Word Ways. (This journal was later edited by fellow Schrödinger constructor Jeremiah Farrell).

In one of his Word Ways articles, Beaman analyzed the interplay between a word's length and its number of syllables, identifying words that have the same number of syllables as letters, including a four-letter word with four syllables (IEIE, a Hawaiian pine).

In another Word Ways article, he attempted to show the maximum possible score in Scrabble, demonstrating a game in which the total score is 4,153 (featuring two board-spanning words: JACKPUDDINGHOOD and BENZOXYCAMPHORS).

In other articles, he identified words that form new words if the last letter is dropped (e.g., RABBIT to RABBI), the first letter is dropped, both the first and last letters are dropped, and other more complex sequences. Notably, his various Word Ways analyses do not reference the use of a computer and instead suggest he formulated them by hand.

He passed away in 1997 at age 73.

1 Shortz Era Daily crossword by Ralph G. Beaman

Sun 5/8/1994 Hush!
DANCEDCRUDESUPSTAGE
EMILIEHEGIRAROTATED
SILENTBUTLERSCRASHES
IDEAAIMITESHORSE
NICKREEDLISTENED
MUMSTHEWORDJONESIRE
EPEESRPMTAUCAIN
NEDSMURMURINGPINES
INIPBALEONSOLID
ADAROTUARATONERS
LETMEWHISPERINYOUREAR
DEALERSLASEMPQUO
TIROSALGATYSUNO
SHUTMYBIGMOUTHAITS
HOPELIPIOSARRET
ESSBALLSDUMBWAITERS
ATTORNEYSONEACRE
ALIGNATMSARCRAGA
SMIDGENQUIETAMERICAN
EARTHLYUNNEARSHAMED
DESOTOSATONCESOLELY

7 pre-Shortz crosswords by Ralph G. Beaman

Sat 10/10/1992
VISOHIOCAMEL
IDAFENDPAROLE
COLUMBUSIRONIS
OGEESTAUT
POORETNASARI
AWNINGHISANON
WISCONSINOLAND
OUTROAR
ELGINASSOCIATE
TIENTITKANSAS
APODERSETSPS
ROUXLIBRI
ANGOLANEBRASKA
BAIRNSOMOOTOM
OMASAMISSSLY
Sun 12/1/1991 HISTORIC DAY
ARPEVILSHOALASST
LEESEDANTAWNYMICA
OFACLIMBMOUNTNIITAKA
SURFEDICIANONELINER
STLOTANLETONSENDAI
OAHUISLANDRYEILE
FLAGGGEORGECMARSHALL
RHODEHEAPSCAPA
SUBTRIBEDDAYHEISTER
UTOSERFSGRABNEHRU
SIRSBATTLESHIPSKIWI
ACHEDSOOTSTAIDSIN
NAIROBIPREPSCRIBING
AEONSNEEDKEELS
AIRCRAFTCARRIERCANOE
RNAOARUSSARIZONA
ASTAREROSASPTAEDER
DECREPITADENICORRAL
SCHOFIELDBARRACKSICI
TEARSEEITCLUESLAE
ATRYIRENESETALTR
Sun 5/19/1991 DITTO
BOCKPOMPAFTUCLA
LANAIILIADDOORNAIL
JASONSPENNIENTERING
AMERICA"GODSHEDVANGA
MEPSOUSOLARSING"
ELLNILROMDIED
SLURITSAMADMAD"WORLD
JAGUARLOAGELTSMEAR
SNIPEHIEROSKY
MORTISEBIBAUSBOHEA
OVERTHERE"SENDTHEWORD
OIDEAPARENDEARLESS
LEGDERNSSWINE
ADUNCSIZEOBILETTER
HOMEAGAINHURRAH"SALE
WRITIONAMIHET
HAYDNSKULDPAKIMA
HANOIITISAFAR"BETTER
OPERABLEECLATBEHIND
SICKCALLDEAREONEAT
TSK"RYASTESTEEN
Sat 4/7/1990
SIDEROTORESIE
IRONEDOMELETTE
MARCH!RICKRACK
PEKOEEATAUGH!
RATS!PIP
PREELECTSTAPH
AHA!LOOMOSTIA
LITTERRAINILL
ENEMYTARTPLAT
SONAR!COMETU!
GOATENOR
AEONIDOLBUSTY
SCREAMERMISERE
ERYTHEMAALALIA
AUXSEE!HELLO!
Sun 1/21/1990 INTRUSIONS
REPADSTALAGDAMONS
ATRIAMOIMEMEANTONIA
PHARMACOPOIALMANTEEL
INTENSEBONITOATALL
DIEDASSAIADEERACLE
CRAWTOATLABELTIS
LIPPERSHEYADILES
ATHENAUMEARADVERT
SHESDETESTSSNEER
SAMHORUSSTATROOTER
ANITAORTOERRSAIRTO
YEARNSNORMCAPEKAHS
EDAMSSEDATEDVIII
SCARCEOROACUTANCE
CASURAONOLOGICAL
IHSBASEDETREDEBT
MOABLUMETIAMBINASA
POREDRAMOUSABETTER
ONETIMEARCHAOLOGISTS
SEATERSTOLLONSANISE
ERNESTAWAYNEDENES
Sun 2/7/1988 SPACE SAVER
KABABSPCAWRATHHAG
OCALAERATHALOESENA
CLEAREDOUTADAGIORAT
HERESYFLAILORLANDO
ERICRESSICIER
PEEREDATTHESLICEDHAMS
ALLAYPERISOLAFII
ALICETRONATILTNAST
RESELLIGORCESGILA
REBILLPATONNOW
TOASTSSAUTESANDTASTES
OSSANSERBESIDE
OLIDSGCEARLNANKIN
TONITAELSOEUFNOOSE
SHEILAPIANOCROAT
YOUCANNOTINSUREWEALTH
ANNUSTENETUSA
BLESSESDUELSITHACA
BISLANDAURETALIATOR
ENCETERNEEVERCREAM
REOSEUSSRODESTELE
Sun 3/29/1987 SIGN LANGUAGE
SMACKEDGRAMAASSAILS
MOTHERARURALBAANNAS
UNHINGEINERTAIRGAPS
STOATRADACHANGE
UNSBIGSHOTGALACT
EASTSERIFRASSOLAR
GRAIOSOORANOTESEPA
GOAALLNOUNASOXED
SNOWSUITSLOWSUPCALE
NOTICERTIEUPHELI
ODERTITERREMASORAN
PENSTENORPACKERS
EMITMISDEALCHILDREN
NEGAONSNAGEMSADO
ASHRIGHTKWAEPERGNE
INTROSUEAOVERETAL
RESECTBLUFFERSCI
GLEEEVIRATTIMED
BEANERYSALMIIRATELY
IMPASSEITEMSPOTABLE
OUTLAERSERVEICELAER