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PuzzleWatch: “Odi et Amo” – I Hate and I Love

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a crossword puzzle that aims to please both the besotted and the bitterly single.

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“Apollo and Daphne” by Francesco Albani

A lot in the world is uncertain, but one thing is very clear: love is here to stay. Since the dawn of human history, and probably even before that, love has been written about, sung about, captured on film and carved out in stone. Time and again, we remind ourselves just how much we love to be in love. Until, of course, we hurt because of it. Then there are poems and songs for that, too: “Nessun dorma” aches in pursuit of love, and the Bee Gees once asked, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.”

Odi et amo — “I hate and I love.” In the two millennia since Catullus wrote these words, they’ve inspired a number of fine works, including choral settings by composers such as Carl Orff and Dominick Argento. Now, they’re being put to use once again — this time as the title of this crossword puzzle.

Great as my hatred is, so might my love have been great.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (from “To One Hated”)

“Odi et Amo” – I Hate and I Love – Click here for an interactive puzzle you can fill out in your web browser

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Photo Joe Cantrell

Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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