This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a font shares a specific commonality with another font, it's an Arnold Hotel Font™.

Use the following examples below to find the commonality. Clarification: This is asking specifically about the typeface being used, not the name of the typeface/letters contained within.

Font List

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Arnold Hotel Font™, Non-Arnold Hotel Font™

Note: There are other Arnold Hotel Fonts™ than the ones on the list.

Hint 1


Hint 2

Brownie birth Home

Hint 3

The person in charge, alternatively, the place they're in charge of:

For @hdsdv (and anyone else following along at home)

For your spoiler block #1, take a look at the second piece of documentation(s) you mentioned.
For your spoiler block #2: Who are some famous/well-known Arnolds?
For your spoiler block #3: refer back to my hint for your spoiler block #1

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    $\begingroup$ Would you like to clarify whether this is actually about the names or the typefaces themselves? (Of course the ambiguity may be entirely deliberate and I'm not suggesting there's anything wrong with that.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 22 '19 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ Good comment! Let me clarify. $\endgroup$ – Gunslinger711 Oct 22 '19 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan and therefore there's no word-prop tag ;) $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Oct 22 '19 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ There are many typefaces called Garamond, some of which are very different from one another. Several of the things listed here are actually families with many members (including e.g. roman and italic variants which may have very different letterforms). Again, any ambiguity here may be very much intended, but would you like to offer any clarification on how to identify e.g. a particular version of Garamond or a particular weight of Univers if we need to? (Again: absolutely fine not to.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 22 '19 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi In addition to the typefaces' names and the letterforms themselves, there are also things like their designers, the foundries that sold them, the dates when they were created, what if anything they were named after, what other typefaces they were inspired by (or shamelessly copied from), etc. The names are more useful than the letterforms for trying to find such things. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Oct 24 '19 at 0:57

Partial answer (10/11).

That's quite a big hint. It looks like the Arnold Hotel fonts

are or have been used in the logos or official branding guides of Big Ten universities.
Nebraska - Garamond, Gotham, Avenir
Iowa - Antonio
Michigan - Univers
Illinois - Univers
Ohio State - Univers (deprecated, replaced by Proxima Nova and Capita)
Michigan State - Gotham
Maryland - Bembo
Penn State - Avenir
Purdue - Champion
Rutgers - Formata
Indiana - Georgia
Wisconsin - Vitesse

Still working on these:

Northwestern - Georgia (I had to find their Word document template to see this, and if this is the intended mapping I find it somewhat disappointing - their official fonts are Periódico, Campton, and Akkurat)
Minnesota - ??? Currently Neutraface, cannot find any references to any of the listed fonts.

Oh also,

I have no idea how to connect the title. Trying to incorporate the hint, I looked for broadly famous Arnolds (Palmer, Schwarzenegger, and there are very few others). Arnold Palmer went to Wake Forest, an ACC school. Arnold Schwarzenegger graduated from University of Wisconsin - Superior. I suppose this could be the connection but it seems very tenuous, since this association is not well-known or often-discussed. There are some Big Ten athletes named Arnold (Arnie Risen, Kenny Arnold) but again they don't seem broadly famous enough to justify the title. I feel like I'm still missing something here.

As for the missing one,

Californian is UC Berkeley's logo. Not sure how that fits with all the Big Ten schools.

  • $\begingroup$ You're most of the way there! I'll add a few hints up in my original post that will hopefully help you (or someone else) wrap it up. $\endgroup$ – Gunslinger711 Oct 25 '19 at 16:32
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