Season 24 Final Jeopardy! Round clues (230 clues archived)

#5515, aired 2008-07-25ADJECTIVES: Meaning "painful", it literally refers to the type of pain inflicted on Jesus & on the followers of Spartacus excruciating
#5514, aired 2008-07-24FAMOUS NAMES: In 1906 he launched Conjurer's Monthly, a magazine that he pretty much wrote & edited himself Harry Houdini
#5513, aired 2008-07-23CIVIL WAR HISTORY: Though 1863's Emancipation Proclamation applied only to the Confederacy, this Union state, one of the original 13, ended slavery November 1, 1864 Maryland
#5512, aired 2008-07-22WORLD LEADERS: Born in Kiev & later a U.S. citizen, this leader became prime minister in 1969 of a country founded in the 20th century Golda Meir
#5511, aired 2008-07-21NONFICTION: In 1947 editor William Styron said this book was a long, "tedious Pacific voyage best suited" for National Geographic Kon-Tiki (by Thor Heyerdahl)
#5510, aired 2008-07-18CHARACTERS IN SHAKESPEARE: This character is described as "a howling monster", "a most scurvy monster" & "some monster of the isle" Caliban
#5509, aired 2008-07-171970s HITS: In 1970 2 performers reached the Top 20 with this hit whose 6-word title was inspired by Boys Town "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
#5508, aired 2008-07-16RECENT HISTORY: In 1986 & again in 2001, people power protests in this nation pushed out male presidents & replaced them with females the Philippines
#5507, aired 2008-07-15OLYMPIC CITIES: This city's Olympics were exactly 200 years after the death of the British cabinet secretary it was named for Sydney
#5506, aired 2008-07-14MYTHS: Seen here with 2 other troubled mythic figures, he's the man on the left who can never quite reach the fruit Tantalus
#5505, aired 2008-07-11BASEBALL HISTORY: For nearly 30 years, California's Catalina Island was the spring training camp for this non-California Major League team the Chicago Cubs
#5504, aired 2008-07-10SECRETARIES OF STATE: In 1947 he said Europe's food needs require "substantial additional help" to prevent social deterioration George C. Marshall
#5503, aired 2008-07-09CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: Her illustrations for 1890's "A Happy Pair" included elegantly dressed rabbits Beatrix Potter
#5502, aired 2008-07-08AMERICAN AUTHORS: In 1900 the Atlantic Monthly published his story "An Odyssey of the North", his literary breakthrough Jack London
#5501, aired 2008-07-07THE QUOTE OF THE MONTH CLUB: In a poem, these 5 words precede "breeding Lilacs out of the dead land... stirring Dull roots with spring rain" April is the cruellest month
#5500, aired 2008-07-04FOREIGN COUNTRIES: Of the world's 10 largest countries in total area, the 2 whose names start & end with "A" (Algeria is number 11) Australia & Argentina
#5499, aired 2008-07-03U.S. PRESIDENTS: The first man to receive a million votes for president in one election, he didn't get to enjoy the victory for long William Henry Harrison
#5498, aired 2008-07-02AFI's TOP 100 MOVIE QUOTES: This quote, No. 31 on the list, comes 2 minutes after the No. 1 quote, & is the last line of its movie After all, tomorrow is another day!
#5497, aired 2008-07-01PRESIDENTIAL RELATIVES: Before George W. Bush, he was the last president to have both his parents attend his inauguration John F. Kennedy
#5496, aired 2008-06-30PLAYWRIGHTS: On his death in 1950, he left part of his estate to promote a new phonetic alphabet George Bernard Shaw
#5495, aired 2008-06-27THE U.S. POPULATION: With about 5 people per square mile, it's the most sparsely populated of the lower 48 states Wyoming
#5494, aired 2008-06-26THE OSCARS: He holds the record for total acting, directing & writing Oscar nominations--1 acting, 6 directing, 14 writing Woody Allen
#5493, aired 2008-06-25THE HEISMAN TROPHY: One of the 2 Heisman Trophy winners who share their surnames with U.S. presidents Reggie Bush or Bo Jackson
#5492, aired 2008-06-24WORLD ORGANIZATIONS: It was founded after Portuguese students were jailed for toasting freedom during Salazar's dictatorship Amnesty International
#5491, aired 2008-06-23PRESIDENTIAL BIRTHPLACES: 4 U.S. presidents serving in 3 different centuries have been born in the same county in this state Massachusetts
#5490, aired 2008-06-2019th CENTURY SCIENCE: In 1824 Anglican priest William Buckland wrote a pioneering paper on Megalosaurus, a creature whose name means this lizard
#5489, aired 2008-06-19BUSINESS TRADEMARKS: Registered in 1893, this product's trademark is written in the Spencerian script of bookkeeper Frank Robinson Coca-Cola
#5488, aired 2008-06-18THE ACADEMY AWARDS: In 1981 he received an honorary Oscar for his body of work; a year later, he won an acting Oscar for his final film Henry Fonda
#5487, aired 2008-06-17FAMOUS NAMES: Jefferson called him "Attila of the age dethroned... shut up within the circle of a little island of the Mediterranean" Napoleon
#5486, aired 2008-06-16AMERICAN AUTHORS: In 1958 he wrote, "Brazil was beastly but Buenos Aires was the best. Not Tiffany's, but almost" Truman Capote
#5485, aired 2008-06-13HOLIDAYS: The Society for Human Resource Management says, of the 10 federal holidays, it's the least observed by the private sector Columbus Day
#5484, aired 2008-06-12FUN WITH NUMBERS: It's the only whole number that when spelled out has all its letters in reverse alphabetical order one
#5483, aired 2008-06-11MOVIE STARS: No. 18 on the AFI's list of the greatest American screen actors, he starred in just 3 films James Dean
#5482, aired 2008-06-10COLONIAL PEN NAMES: For gossip columns, he wrote under the name Busy Body; to discuss marriage, he became Anthony Afterwit Benjamin Franklin
#5481, aired 2008-06-09THE INTERNET: On March 10, 2003 this nation got control of the .af Internet domain Afghanistan
#5480, aired 2008-06-06PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: He's the last person to receive a state's electoral votes while not running as a Democrat or as a Republican George Wallace
#5479, aired 2008-06-05THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE: Living from 1846 to 1935, this celebrated Frenchman was known as "the king of chefs and the chef of kings" Georges Auguste Escoffier
#5478, aired 2008-06-04ENTERTAINERS: In 2007 this entertainer & former sitcom star was made an honorary corporal by the U.S. Marine Corps Jim Nabors
#5477, aired 2008-06-03BUSINESS: In 1951 this company whose origins date back to 1876 became the first U.S. company to have 1 million stockholders AT&T
#5476, aired 2008-06-02THE BILLBOARD HOT 100: A song by this artist hit No. 1 in 1999, making her at age 52 the oldest female to have a Billboard No. 1 single Cher
#5475, aired 2008-05-30WWII: FDR liked to rest near water, but because of fears after Pearl Harbor, this inland place was created for him Camp David
#5474, aired 2008-05-29ANNUAL SPORTING EVENTS: With an estimated sellout crowd of 267,925 people, it claims to be the best-attended single-day sporting event in the U.S. the Indy 500
#5473, aired 2008-05-2820th CENTURY LEADERS: He said, "An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last" Winston Churchill
#5472, aired 2008-05-27FILMS OF THE 1950s: The action in this film begins at 10:30 A.M. & plays out in almost-real time until 12:15 High Noon
#5471, aired 2008-05-26DEMOGRAPHICS: In 2005 the World Health Organization appropriately decided to stop hiring people who do this smoke
#5470, aired 2008-05-23RELIGION: A Mennonite leader who was pro-foot washing & anti-beard trimming gave his name to this group the Amish
#5469, aired 2008-05-22EARLY 20th CENTURY PLAYS: Its preface says, "The English have no respect for their language, & will not teach their children to speak it" Pygmalion
#5468, aired 2008-05-21WORLD HISTORY: One of history's largest refugee migrations, about 15 million people, took place 1947-1951 between these 2 countries Pakistan & India
#5467, aired 2008-05-20CHILDREN'S AUTHORS: In 1896 he said his mother had lost her childhood at 8; he "knew a time would come when I also must give up the games" J.M. Barrie
#5466, aired 2008-05-19THE MOVIES: A famous scene from this 1976 film was completely ad-libbed; the script simply read, "Travis looks in the mirror" Taxi Driver
#5465, aired 2008-05-16ALLIANCES: The Quadruple Alliance began in 1813 against this country; in 1818 it let this country in & became the Quintuple Alliance France
#5464, aired 2008-05-15HISTORIC JOURNALS: On January 18, 1912 he arrived at a tent near the pole & found "a record of five Norwegians having been there" Robert F. Scott
#5463, aired 2008-05-14AMERICAN HISTORY: In the last week of the John Tyler administration, this republic was offered statehood Texas
#5462, aired 2008-05-13CIVIL WAR-ERA FICTION: A Northerner whose sympathies exiled him to the Confederacy, Bermuda & Canada inspired this 1863 tale The Man Without A Country
#5461, aired 2008-05-12INVENTORS: In 1894, in his West Orange lab, Thomas Edison shot this sport, the first sporting event ever filmed boxing
#5460, aired 2008-05-09ANCIENT TIMES: Plutarch's chapter on Romulus quotes this much later man as saying, "I love treason but hate a traitor" Julius Caesar
#5459, aired 2008-05-08FAMOUS AUSTRIANS: The home on Vienna's Domgasse where he lived in the 1780s was reopened amid fanfare in January 2006 Mozart
#5458, aired 2008-05-07U.S. PRESIDENTS: Only 50 years old when he left office, he was our nation's youngest ex-president Teddy Roosevelt
#5457, aired 2008-05-06THE 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD: Philo of Byzantium called it a ploughed field "above the heads of those who walk between the columns below" the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
#5456, aired 2008-05-05AMERICAN THINKERS: "I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude", he wrote in a chapter on solitude in an 1854 work Henry David Thoreau
#5455, aired 2008-05-02ANCIENT HISTORY: Circled 7 times by the Israelites in Joshua, it's said to be the world's oldest walled city Jericho
#5454, aired 2008-05-01HISTORIC NAMES: Born at Chateau Chavaniac in 1757, he was later hailed as "the hero of two worlds" the Marquis de Lafayette
#5453, aired 2008-04-30BUSINESS: In 1952 Glen Bell was selling burgers; he then added these to the drive-in menu for 19¢, & the rest is history tacos
#5452, aired 2008-04-29BASEBALL TERMS: Hall of Famer Willie Stargell called it "a butterfly with hiccups" a knuckleball
#5451, aired 2008-04-28ROYAL WIVES: Her marriage to Henry VIII lasted less than a year, but she had the last laugh, surviving him by 10 years Anne of Cleves
#5450, aired 2008-04-25PRESIDENTS: Besides James & John, more U.S. presidents have had this first name than any other William
#5449, aired 2008-04-24STATE CAPITALS: This Plains State capital of only 14,000 people is the only U.S. capital with no letters of its state in its name Pierre, South Dakota
#5448, aired 2008-04-2321st CENTURY OSCAR WINNERS: She's the only performer to win an Oscar for playing a real-life Oscar winner Cate Blanchett
#5447, aired 2008-04-22POETS: This poet wrote, "I love thee freely, as men strive for right; I love thee purely, as they turn from praise" Elizabeth Barrett Browning
#5446, aired 2008-04-21MILITARY MEN: In a 1944 speech, he said, "Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge" George Patton
#5445, aired 2008-04-18THE OSCARS: They're the only 2 trilogies in which all 3 of the films were nominated for Best Picture Oscars The Godfather & The Lord of the Rings
#5444, aired 2008-04-17WWII: In English, it's the word that Mussolini was the first to use to describe the partnership between Berlin & Rome axis
#5443, aired 2008-04-16CONSUMER PRODUCTS: This product was reintroduced in 1906 with trimethylxanthine as the sole remaining stimulant Coca-Cola
#5442, aired 2008-04-15WORLD LEADERS: Unable to say this future leader's tribal name, a teacher gave him a new name, perhaps after a British naval hero Nelson Mandela
#5441, aired 2008-04-14SCIENCE FICTION: The idea for these TV creatures sprang from rabbits in Australia that multiplied at an incredible rate tribbles
#5440, aired 2008-04-11WORLD HISTORY: Beginning in 1932 all this country's kings have been the country's founder or his sons Saudi Arabia
#5439, aired 2008-04-10U.S. AGRICULTURE: In the 50 states, the highlighted area seen here is by far the most important for producing this coffee
#5438, aired 2008-04-091950s FICTION: Later translated into Russian by the author, it was dubbed both one of the best books of 1955 & one of the filthiest Lolita
#5437, aired 2008-04-08OLYMPIC CITIES: Of all the cities to host the modern Olympic Games, this one lies closest to the equator Mexico City
#5436, aired 2008-04-07ASSASSINATIONS: For a short time, Diego Rivera was a suspect in the 1940 murder of this man Leon Trotsky
#5435, aired 2008-04-04SHOW BUSINESS: The wings on this, created in 1948, represent the "muse of art"; the atom represents the "electron of science" the Emmy Award
#5434, aired 2008-04-03SPORTS FIRSTS: The first baseball World Series game played outside the U.S. was played in this city in 1992 Toronto
#5433, aired 2008-04-02EUROPEAN RIVERS: 20 miles from Frankfurt is the meeting place of these 2 rivers, whose names rhyme despite the spelling the Rhine & the Main
#5432, aired 2008-04-01VICE PRESIDENTS: He's the only sitting vice president since Martin Van Buren elected to the presidency George H.W. Bush
#5431, aired 2008-03-31BEFORE THEY WERE SENATORS: Later a U.S. senator, in 1962 he made a famous 75,000-mile trip John Glenn
#5430, aired 2008-03-28PROS & CONS IN HISTORY: The two 3-letter words applied to those for & against the 18th Amendment, & states with differing laws on the issue dry & wet
#5429, aired 2008-03-27CLASSICAL MUSICIANS: In 1793, Haydn wrote he will be "one of Europe's finest composers, & I shall be proud to be called his teacher" Ludwig van Beethoven
#5428, aired 2008-03-26THE ACADEMY AWARDS: In 1954 he won a record 4 Oscars, including one for "Best Documentary Feature" for a film set in the American desert Walt Disney
#5427, aired 2008-03-25ANCIENT NAMES: Appropriately, the name of this dramatist comes from Greek words meaning "wise" & "famous" Sophocles
#5426, aired 2008-03-24THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: Coined in 1899, this word suggests that things like rivers & boundaries affect nations' foreign affairs geopolitics
#5425, aired 2008-03-21WORLD LITERATURE: "If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake" refers to a murderer in this 1866 novel Crime and Punishment
#5424, aired 2008-03-20PLAGUES & PESTILENCE: Having first escaped from a South American research lab in 1957, they became a threat to the U.S. in 1990 killer bees
#5423, aired 2008-03-19BEATLES TUNES: It's the Beatles' only U.S. No. 1 hit single whose title is the name of an actual place "Penny Lane"
#5422, aired 2008-03-18HISTORIC NAMES: James I said of this plotter, "The gentler tortures are to be first used... and so proceed by steps to the worst" Guy Fawkes
#5421, aired 2008-03-17BOOK TITLE REFERENCES: It "had been built... for pigs about to be butchered. Now it was going to serve as a home... for 100 American P.O.W.s" Slaughterhouse 5
#5420, aired 2008-03-14FOOD & DRINK: In 2001 a 5,861-gallon version of this drink was served up at a Jimmy Buffett-owned place in Orlando a margarita
#5419, aired 2008-03-13AUTHORS: Sherwood Anderson told him, write about what "you know... that little patch... in Mississippi where you started from" William Faulkner
#5418, aired 2008-03-12THE WORLD MAP: 1 of the 2 South American countries whose mainland you'll fly over when heading due south from Miami, Fla. Ecuador or Peru
#5417, aired 2008-03-11SCIENCE FICTION: A recent re-issue of this Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel includes an introduction by Michael Crichton The Lost World
#5416, aired 2008-03-10ACTORS: He never won an Oscar, but this 1960s movie star got a patent for a low-slung bucket seat for race cars Steve McQueen
#5415, aired 2008-03-07HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS: According to its earliest ads, .56% of this product was made up of carbonates, mineral matter & uncombined alkali Ivory soap
#5414, aired 2008-03-06'60s MOVIES: The tagline to this movie with a 7-word title was "Everybody who's ever been funny is in it!" It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
#5413, aired 2008-03-05HISTORIC NEW YORK CITY: The USA's first Labor Day parade, in 1882, went from City Hall to this square just north of 14th Street Union Square
#5412, aired 2008-03-04SPACE: 2007: A NASA Mars lander has this mythic name because it was made of parts from a scrapped 2001 mission Phoenix
#5411, aired 2008-03-03U.S. GEOGRAPHY: Of the USA's 50 tallest peaks, all are in Alaska, Colorado & California except this peak Mt. Rainier (in Washington)
#5410, aired 2008-02-29NAME'S ALMOST THE SAME: This 900-mile Eastern European mountain range shares most of its name with a ship famous for its April 1912 actions the Carpathian Mountains
#5409, aired 2008-02-28THE NFL: It's the only NFL team to play its home games out-of-state in a stadium named for another team the New York Jets
#5408, aired 2008-02-27WORD ORIGINS: It's from the Latin for "hemp" because it was often made of hemp; add a letter & it means to take a survey canvas
#5407, aired 2008-02-261910s HISTORY: World Book said it "ranks as one of the greatest engineering achievements in the world" the Panama Canal
#5406, aired 2008-02-25BIBLICAL PLACE NAMES: In "Return of the Jedi", a planet shares its name with this home of a woman who summons a spirit for Saul Endor
#5405, aired 2008-02-22U.S. GOVERNMENT HISTORY: This man cast the first tie-breaking vote in U.S. Senate history John Adams
#5404, aired 2008-02-21FAMOUS AMERICANS: In 1733 he wrote, "The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart" Benjamin Franklin
#5403, aired 2008-02-20NOTABLE NAMES: At his death in April 1955, his brain was preserved & his ashes scattered in the Delaware River Albert Einstein
#5402, aired 2008-02-19STATE CAPITALS: One of the two state capitals whose names end with the Greek word for "city" (1 of) Annapolis or Indianapolis
#5401, aired 2008-02-18SHAKESPEAREAN HEROINES: The name of this heroine known for her filial devotion is probably derived from the Latin for "heart" Cordelia
#5400, aired 2008-02-15AMERICAN POETRY: Walt Whitman called this "the beautiful uncut hair of graves" grass
#5399, aired 2008-02-14AFRICAN AMERICANS: As U.S. Solicitor General in the 1960s, he won 14 of the 19 cases he argued before the Supreme Court Thurgood Marshall
#5398, aired 2008-02-13THE ANIMAL WORLD: C. familiaris, it has one of the largest size ranges, from a 2-pound Mexican variety to 200 pounders a dog
#5397, aired 2008-02-12CHARACTERS IN BOOKS: This character says, "It's Christmas Day! I haven't missed it. The Spirits have done it all in one night" Ebenezer Scrooge
#5396, aired 2008-02-11THE 50 STATES: It's the only state name that when spelled officially contains a diacritical mark Hawaii
#5395, aired 2008-02-08NORTH AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY: This 1,980-mile river that starts in Canada is the longest in the Western Hemisphere that flows to the Pacific Ocean the Yukon River
#5394, aired 2008-02-07EUROPE: Its use dates back to 1360; on January 1, 2002 Belgium dropped it but Switzerland kept it the franc
#5393, aired 2008-02-06WORLD AUTHORS: In 1898 he wrote, "As for the persons I have accused... they are... embodiments of social malfeasance" Émile Zola
#5392, aired 2008-02-0519th CENTURY POLITICIANS: As Territories Committee chair, this Midwest senator helped draw the borders of 7 territories, including Kansas & Nebraska Stephen Douglas
#5391, aired 2008-02-04BRITISH ACTORS: The first man to win Tonys as Best Actor & Best Actor in a Musical, he won for playing a king & a professor Rex Harrison
#5390, aired 2008-02-01COMMUNICATION: A government website says it's "a complete, complex language... said to be the 4th most commonly used" in the U.S. American Sign Language
#5389, aired 2008-01-31WORLD CAPITALS: This capital city of 113,000 is the closest national capital to the Arctic Circle Reykjavík
#5388, aired 2008-01-30NOTABLE WOMEN: Denied a college education in her own country, in 1903 she became the first woman in France to earn her doctorate Marie Curie
#5387, aired 2008-01-29PUBLISHING: Founded in 1856, this company introduced a numbering system for U.S. highways in 1917 Rand McNally
#5386, aired 2008-01-28TV CELEBRITIES: Not an actor, he is the highest-paid foreign-born personality on the 2007 Forbes list of top television earners Simon Cowell
#5385, aired 2008-01-25CLASSIC TV: Among those who objected to this drama series that premiered in October 1959 were Frank Sinatra & J. Edgar Hoover The Untouchables
#5384, aired 2008-01-24RICH & FAMOUS: At $900 million, his fortune was once 2% of the GNP; by his death in 1937, he was down to about $26 million John Rockefeller
#5383, aired 2008-01-23FAMOUS ENGLISHMEN: Andrew Carnegie's future fortune & career were inspired by an 1873 visit with this inventor & engineer Henry Bessemer
#5382, aired 2008-01-22ADJECTIVES: This word meaning "gruesome" was inspired by the deaths of the leaders of a Jewish revolt in the 100s B.C. macabre
#5381, aired 2008-01-21SHAKESPEAREAN GEOGRAPHY: This land, named for an Italian, is mentioned just once in a Shakespeare play--in "The Comedy of Errors" America
#5380, aired 2008-01-18BIBLICAL NAMES: The name of this rebellious young man of the Old Testament can be translated from the Hebrew as "father of peace" Absalom
#5379, aired 2008-01-17THE SUPREME COURT: Britannica said the court's ruling in his case "seemed a mortal blow to the newly created Republican Party" Dred Scott
#5378, aired 2008-01-16FOREIGN FILMS: A series of novels includes "Iron Knight, Silver Vase", "Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin" & this one, made into a film in 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
#5377, aired 2008-01-15BABY NAMES: Once among the top 100 girls' names, in 2006 it made a sudden drop to 382, many hesitant to use it Katrina
#5376, aired 2008-01-14CLASSIC MOVIE DUOS: Around the world they're known variously as "Flip i Flap", "Dick und Doof" & "El Gordo y el Flaco" Laurel & Hardy
#5375, aired 2008-01-11OPERA INSPIRATIONS: Scholars think that a panpipe found by Captain Cook in what is now Vanuatu inspired this 18th century opera The Magic Flute
#5374, aired 2008-01-10"C"INEMA: 2 movies whose 1-word titles are cities; they won the Oscar for Best Picture, 59 years apart Casablanca & Chicago
#5373, aired 2008-01-09THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: First mentioned in a letter by Clement IV in 1265, this item worn by the Pope features an image of St. Peter in a boat a ring
#5372, aired 2008-01-08WORLD HISTORY: This world-changing event was first announced in a Barcelona banquet hall in April 1493 discovery of the New World
#5371, aired 2008-01-07MIDWEST TOPOGRAPHY: This state has the largest sand dunes complex in the U.S., just north of a river named for its flatness Nebraska
#5370, aired 2008-01-04U.S. PRESIDENTS: When this president & his wife didn't want to be understood by others, they spoke to each other in Chinese Herbert Hoover
#5369, aired 2008-01-03AVIATION HISTORY: He was the 118th man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean Charles Lindbergh
#5368, aired 2008-01-02THE BOX OFFICE: Rated "R" for violence, this 2004 film set in ancient times is the highest-grossing "R" movie ever in the U.S. The Passion of the Christ
#5367, aired 2008-01-01U.S. TRADE: It's the country from which the U.S. imports the most oil Canada
#5366, aired 2007-12-31POETRY: In a poem about this battle, Robert Browning wrote, "To Akropolis! Run, Pheidippides, one race more" the Battle of Marathon
#5365, aired 2007-12-28U.S. STATES: 2 of the 4 states whose names were those of independent republics before they entered the Union (2 of) Hawaii, Texas, California, & Vermont
#5364, aired 2007-12-27AUTHORS' OBITUARIES: In 1991 the N.Y. Times said English was "too skimpy for so rich an imagination"; his language & meter were irresistible Dr. Seuss
#5363, aired 2007-12-26STRUCTURES: When completed, it stretched for 73 1/2 miles from Bowness to Wallsend Hadrian's Wall
#5362, aired 2007-12-25FRENCHMEN IN HISTORY: He was nicknamed "The Robespierre of the Brush", but unlike his friend Robespierre, he was jailed but not guillotined Jacques-Louis David
#5361, aired 2007-12-24SPACE MEN: He was the oldest man to walk on the Moon, & the only World War II veteran Alan Shepard
#5360, aired 2007-12-21POETS: Fired from a job for laziness, he wrote, "I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass" Walt Whitman
#5359, aired 2007-12-20SNACK BRANDS: Each unit in this brand, introduced in 1968, is a hyperbolic paraboloid, & they fit together for perfect storage Pringles potato chips
#5358, aired 2007-12-19CLASSIC ROCK: As there was another album by that title, this classic from 1973 was at one point going to be called "Eclipse" The Dark Side of the Moon (by Pink Floyd)
#5357, aired 2007-12-18THE 1970s: For an historic February 1972 trip, Richard Nixon & Henry Kissinger each learned to use these; Nixon was better at it chopsticks
#5356, aired 2007-12-1719th CENTURY NAMES: He got his name because Mexican victims of his attacks would cry out in terror to St. Jerome Geronimo
#5355, aired 2007-12-14ACADEMY AWARD FIRSTS: On March 5, 1936 screenwriter Dudley Nichols did this; it didn't happen again until an actor did it April 15, 1971 refused his Oscar
#5354, aired 2007-12-13AFRICAN RIVERS: The course of this river that's almost 3,000 miles long is an immense counter-clockwise semi-circle the Congo
#5353, aired 2007-12-1220th CENTURY PERSONALITIES: In 1921 he got a patent for a diving suit that allowed one to quickly discard the suit & escape to the surface Harry Houdini
#5352, aired 2007-12-11SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY CHARACTERS: To the consternation of the title character, we learn that this character was born by C-section Macduff
#5351, aired 2007-12-10LANDMARKS: The landmark site known to the Lakota as "6 Grandfathers" was renamed this after a prominent lawyer Mt. Rushmore
#5350, aired 2007-12-07MOTOWN SINGERS: He added an "E" to his last name to avoid being teased Marvin Gaye
#5349, aired 2007-12-06NOTABLE WOMEN: In 1963 she said, "I feel as though I'm suddenly on stage for a part I never rehearsed" Lady Bird Johnson
#5348, aired 2007-12-05BRITISH ENTREPRENEURS: In 1839 Queen Victoria awarded him the first ever license to deliver mail across the Atlantic (Samuel) Cunard
#5347, aired 2007-12-04U.S. POLITICS: Since 1960, only Massachusetts & this state have produced more than one of the 10 Democratic presidential nominees Minnesota (Hubert Humphrey & Walter Mondale)
#5346, aired 2007-12-03AUTHORS: Her first published writings appeared in the Shanghai Mercury when she was 7 Pearl Buck
#5345, aired 2007-11-30WORD HISTORY: This term for a deadly substance may derive from the name of a love goddess venom
#5344, aired 2007-11-2919th CENTURY BOOKS: "Political power... is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another" is from this work The Communist Manifesto
#5343, aired 2007-11-28THE SEA: National seas include the Irish, the Philippine & this one bordered to its west by Iceland the Norwegian Sea
#5342, aired 2007-11-27CURRENT AMERICAN BUSINESS: This co.'s name is a variation on a word coined by Milton Sirotta & used in the book "Mathematics and the Imagination" Google, Inc.
#5341, aired 2007-11-26WOMEN IN HISTORY: Born an infanta in 1485, she died at Kimbolton Castle in England in 1536 with the official title Princess Dowager of Wales Catherine of Aragon
#5340, aired 2007-11-23PRO SPORTS TEAM NAMES: It's the only NBA team name that uses a state nickname in place of a city or state the Golden State Warriors
#5339, aired 2007-11-22FAMOUS NAMES: In the 19th century he created a new type of reference work, a dictionary named from the Greek for "treasury" Roget
#5338, aired 2007-11-2119th CENTURY AUTHORS: In 1833 a French historian said that this author had built "a cathedral as solid as the foundations of the other (one)" Victor Hugo
#5337, aired 2007-11-20AMERICAN ANCESTRY: According to the Census Bureau, at 15.2% & 10.8%, they are the 2 leading national ancestries of Americans German & Irish
#5336, aired 2007-11-19PHRASE ORIGINS: This 2-word phrase may be traced to a line in a Sherlock Holmes story, "The chaplain stood with a... pistol in his hand" smoking gun
#5335, aired 2007-11-16COLONIAL AMERICAN GOVERNMENT: From the Latin for "fortified town", this term later referred to a person--the representative of a town or borough burgess
#5334, aired 2007-11-15SCIENTISTS: In 2007 this 1962 American Nobel laureate became the first person to receive his own personal genome map James Watson
#5333, aired 2007-11-14NEWSPAPER PEOPLE: In 1887 her assignment for the New York World was an expose of the insane asylum on Blackwell's Island Nellie Bly
#5332, aired 2007-11-13THE MOVIES: The title of this award-winning 1963 film refers to the number of films its director felt he had made to that point
#5331, aired 2007-11-12ENGLISH LANGUAGE WRITERS: In his journal of 1710 to 1713, he referred to himself as "Presto" Jonathan Swift
#5330, aired 2007-11-09HISTORIC ARCHITECTS: He designed S.C.'s State Capitol, burned during the Civil War; his most famous building had burned during the War of 1812 James Hoban
#5329, aired 2007-11-08THE PERSIAN GULF: Its national anthem begins, "O Lord, protect for us Our Majesty the Sultan" Oman
#5328, aired 2007-11-07EARLY AMERICAN SHORT STORIES: This short story, written around 1820, contains the line "If I can but reach that bridge... I am safe" "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
#5327, aired 2007-11-06HISTORIC NAMES: He is quoted as saying, "Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone" Pyrrhus
#5326, aired 2007-11-05THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Referring to the Great Bear constellation, this area's name is from the Greek meaning "opposite the bear" Antarctica
#5325, aired 2007-11-02POETS: One of her poems says, "I was ten when they buried you. At twenty I tried to die and get back, back, back to you" Sylvia Plath
#5324, aired 2007-11-01MUSICAL THEATER: He's the only songwriter to have Broadway premieres in every decade from the '50s to the present; his first was in 1957 Stephen Sondheim
#5323, aired 2007-10-31ANIMALS: For 2006, between Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, the Los Angeles SPCA, like many other shelters, banned adoption of these black cats
#5322, aired 2007-10-30LICENSE PLATES OF THE FAMOUS: In 2006 his car was auctioned for charity, along with its personalized Nebraska plate reading "thrifty" Warren Buffett
#5321, aired 2007-10-29AFRICAN GEOGRAPHY: From 1889 until 1961, this mountain's highest point was known as Kaiser-Wilhelm-Spitze Mount Kilimanjaro
#5320, aired 2007-10-26LITERARY CHARACTERS: This hero is the son of Ecgtheow & the grandson of Hrethel Beowulf
#5319, aired 2007-10-2516th CENTURY NAMES: Paul III roared at him, "I have waited 30 years for your services. Now I'm pope, can't I satisfy my desire?" Michelangelo
#5318, aired 2007-10-24DOCUMENTARY SUBJECTS: A documentary from ESPN is based on the premise that this Louisville-born man "invented" rap in the 1960s Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay)
#5317, aired 2007-10-23GEOMETRY: It's an ellipse with an eccentricity of zero a circle
#5316, aired 2007-10-22QUOTATIONS FROM B.C.: This work says, "Victorious warriors win first & then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first & then seek to win" The Art of War (by Sun Tzu)
#5315, aired 2007-10-19AMERICAN HISTORY: It was the main cause of the 1803 jump in the national debt to $86.4 million the Louisiana Purchase
#5314, aired 2007-10-18BROADWAY: The original 1994 Broadway cast of this musical based on a film featured Alan Oppenheimer as Cecil B. DeMille Sunset Boulevard
#5313, aired 2007-10-17THE EARTH: As Earth wobbles slowly on its axis, this moves in a "Chandler Circle" with a diameter of about 1 to 70 feet the North Pole
#5312, aired 2007-10-16ECONOMICS: In 2007 this 18th century professor & writer became the first Scotsman to appear on an English banknote Adam Smith
#5311, aired 2007-10-15ARTISTS: In 1881 he wrote to Emile Zola, "I must soon leave Vetheuil, and I am looking for a pretty place by the Seine" Claude Monet
#5310, aired 2007-10-12THE MOVIES: This 2003 film spawned a craze for clown fish in home aquariums Finding Nemo
#5309, aired 2007-10-11TRAVELING THE GLOBE: Flying due west from Los Angeles, it's the first foreign country you would reach Japan
#5308, aired 2007-10-10SCIENTIFIC NAMES: It was first given a scientific name meaning "flat-footed duck"; it was later given one meaning "birdlike snout" a platypus
#5307, aired 2007-10-09U.S. PRESIDENTS: He's the only U.S. president who never lived in the District of Columbia George Washington
#5306, aired 2007-10-08LITERARY TITLE ADJECTIVES: The 2 adjectives that describe Miss Wheaton in the title of an award-winning book & TV movie set in the Midwest plain & tall
#5305, aired 2007-10-05SPORTS BUSINESS: In 1993 this man said, "What Phil & Nike have done is turn me into a dream" Michael Jordan
#5304, aired 2007-10-04MEET THE PRESS: With 63 appearances, this ex-Senator & Pres. nominee has been on "Meet the Press" more than any other guest Bob Dole
#5303, aired 2007-10-03ISLANDS: In 2003 Emily Rose Christian became the first baby born on this island in 17 years, bringing the population to nearly 50 Pitcairn Island
#5302, aired 2007-10-02TRAINS: As of 2006, you can take a 48-hr. ride between these 2 cities, with a stretch on the world's highest railroad Beijing & Lhasa
#5301, aired 2007-10-01CHARLES DICKENS: The title setting of this novel includes figures in china, iron & ivory; suits of armor; old carvings & furniture The Old Curiosity Shop
#5300, aired 2007-09-28NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: June 23, National Day in this country, began as a celebration of the birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte Luxembourg
#5299, aired 2007-09-27MEN OF MEDICINE: After giving birth in Paris, American Marjorie Karmel wrote "Thank You" him & co-founded an organization now named for him Fernand Lamaze
#5298, aired 2007-09-26THE 5 W's: The names of the president & premier of the world's most populous nation are homophones of these 2 words who & when
#5297, aired 2007-09-2520th CENTURY FICTIONAL CHARACTERS: In 1997 the Alabama Bar Association erected a monument to this lawyer at the Old Courthouse in Monroeville Atticus Finch
#5296, aired 2007-09-24AUTHORS: Chapters in a 1914 novel by this author include "Jungle Battles", "His Own Kind" & "The Call of the Primitive" Edgar Rice Burroughs
#5295, aired 2007-09-21HISTORIC PURCHASES: The English received this teenager from the Burgundians in 1431 for the sum of 10,000 francs Joan of Arc
#5294, aired 2007-09-20CHAMPIONSHIP SPORTS: In 2007 this university became the 1st to hold national titles in both football & basketball in the same year the University of Florida
#5293, aired 2007-09-1919th CENTURY INVENTIONS: One description of it said its "spokes look like cobwebs; they are after the fashion of those on the newest... bicycles" the Ferris Wheel
#5292, aired 2007-09-18MUSICAL HISTORY: It's the nursery rhyme that inspired the title of a famous musical based on a 1913 G.B. Shaw work London Bridge
#5291, aired 2007-09-17AMERICAN PUBLISHING: The 1860 frontier novel "Malaeska", the first of its kind, sold 300,000 copies for total sales revenue of this $30,000
#5290, aired 2007-09-14BREAD: Larousse spread the tale that after a 17th Century triumph, the victors ate this as a symbol of the beaten Muslims croissants (crescent rolls)
#5289, aired 2007-09-13GREAT MOMENTS IN THE 20th CENTURY: On 9/20/1904, about 9 months after making a great advance, these 2 made another advance by going in a circle Orville and Wilbur Wright
#5288, aired 2007-09-12MILITARY MEN: Books about this American are subtitled "Warrior as Wordsmith" & "The Far Eastern General" Douglas MacArthur
#5287, aired 2007-09-11AFRICAN CITIES: Africa's most populous city not on a navigable body of water; its settlers didn't need water when they had gold Johannesburg
#5286, aired 2007-09-10AUTHORS: In 1949 he wrote, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever" George Orwell
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