Maybe some Hammett scholars could figure out when he wrote some of them by knowing where he was living at a particular time.
It depends on your particular problem, and a bit of self-hacking is necessary to figure out the issue.
The bombings are never claimed, and so regular Syrians struggle to figure out who is to blame.
early 13c., "visible form or appearance of a person," from Old French figure (10c.) "shape, body, form, figure; symbol, allegory," from Latin figura "a shape, form, figure," from PIE *dheigh- "to form, build" (see dough); originally in English with meaning "numeral," but sense of "form, likeness" is almost as old (mid-13c.).
Philosophical and scientific senses are from Latin figura being used to translate Greek skhema. The rhetorical use of figure dates to late 14c.; hence figure of speech (1824). Figure eight as a shape was originally figure of eight (c.1600).
late 14c., "to represent" (in a picture); see figure (n.). Meaning "to shape into" is early 15c.; "to picture in the mind" is from c.1600; "to make an appearance" is c.1600. Meaning "work out a sum" is from 1833, American English. Related: Figured; figuring.
figure fig·ure (fĭg'yər)
A form or shape, as of the human body.
A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.