Before Banning Cuban Cigars, JFK Got His

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Before Banning Cuban Cigars, JFK Got His

One can only wonder how JFK thought no one would notice his shoe rack overflowing with cigars. Image generated by DALL-E.

America’s youngest president was known for his charisma and rumored affections for beautiful celebrities. Although his term as president was shortened by an assassin’s bullet, America’s 35th president John F. Kennedy (Chronogram guest #413) is still regarded as one of the most inspirational presidents in history. After the Soviet Union became the first nation into space, Kennedy was determined for the USA to do one better. The arms race was in full swing when Kennedy was inaugurated in 1961, at the age of 43. On May 25, 1961, Kennedy made his famous speech before congress, laying out his plan to put a man on the moon and safely return him home to earth by the end of the decade. Kennedy was at the very center of the increasing turmoil between the USA and USSR.

On February 7, 1962, in the throes of the Cold War, Kennedy officially signed an executive order placing an embargo on trade with Cuba. For those who knew Kennedy as an aficionado of Cuban cigars, such an embargo hardly made sense. But the young president was no fool. Before making the executive order binding, he had a very important assignment for his Head of Press Pierre Salinger. On February 2, 1962, he sent his right-hand man to acquire 1000 of his favorite H. Upmann brand cigars. Legend has it that Saligner pulled through with 1200 habanos, just hours before the president signed the order banning all trade of goods from the communist nation. After settling the tensions caused by the Cuban Missile crisis later that year, Kennedy famously proposed a joint venture to land a man on the moon, but this was not well received by either the USSR or his own political allies at home. In the limelight of it all, the 35th president may have given new meaning to the phrase, “smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.” 

Answers to last week's games

Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19.


  • May 13 Greece

  • May 14 Senegal

  • May 15 Uganda

  • May 16 Marshall Is.

  • May 17 Bahamas

  • May 18 Philippines

  • May 19 Tuvalu

  • May 20 Play now!

Globle: Capitals

  • May 13 Seoul

  • May 14 Pretoria

  • May 15 Santiago

  • May 16 Tokyo

  • May 17 Vientiane

  • May 18 Paramaribo

  • May 19 Kathmandu

  • May 20 Play now!


  • #408 Bertrand Russell

  • #409 Emily Brontë

  • #410 Abraham Lincoln

  • #411 Wilhelm Röntgen

  • #412 Franz Liszt

  • #413 John F. Kennedy

  • #414 David Hume

  • #415 Play now!


  • #176 Mario

  • #177 Paddington Bear

  • #178 Josie McCoy

  • #179 Willy Loman

  • #180 Prince Zuko

  • #181 General Maximus Decimus Meridius

  • #182 Dagwood Bumstead

  • #183 Play now!


  • #287 grasshopper

  • #288 kangaroo

  • #289 king cobra

  • #290 pheasant

  • #291 green tree python

  • #292 caribou

  • #293 rattlesnake

  • #294 Play now!


  • #226 rhubarb

  • #227 lentil

  • #228 thyme

  • #229 pomegranate

  • #230 vanilla

  • #231 tiger lily

  • #232 cucumber

  • #233 Play now!


The following are the shortest paths from last week:

  • #91 full -> occupied -> occupy -> government

  • #92 false -> fail -> decline -> fall -> summer

  • #93 string -> lead -> leading -> foremost -> primarily

  • #94 doctor -> appointment -> reminders -> remind

  • #95 interview -> encounter -> appear -> apparent

  • #96 glass -> spectacle -> representation -> represent

  • #97 belong -> belonging -> lasting -> forever

  • #98 Play now!


"Judith" by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant

Forgery of week, from May 19
84.2% accurate

Benjamin-Constant, Jean-Joseph. Judith. 1886, oil paint on canvas, 120.7 x 80 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Met,

Play Forgeous for May 20.

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