Season 31 Final Jeopardy! Round clues (230 clues archived)

#7125, aired 2015-07-31CELEBRITIES IN SONG LYRICS: In a song, Weird Al says, "I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows" him Kevin Bacon
#7124, aired 2015-07-30MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: This major league team's official colors are Sedona red, Sonoran sand & black the Arizona Diamondbacks
#7123, aired 2015-07-29WOMEN AUTHORS: This woman who passed away in 2015 wrote what is billed as Australia's "Gone with the Wind" Colleen McCullough
#7122, aired 2015-07-28TELEVISION IN THE 2000s: Blanco is the last name of the main character in "Metástasis", a Colombia-set version of this show Breaking Bad
#7121, aired 2015-07-27CLASSICAL MUSIC: The first movement of the 1888 suite named for her is titled "The Sea and Sindbad's Ship" Scheherazade
#7120, aired 2015-07-24NATIONAL AIRLINES: This small land's airline advertises a "stopover": 7 nights at no extra travel charge to break up a Boston-Brussels trip Iceland
#7119, aired 2015-07-23COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: The mission of this Western university founded in 1875 is "to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life" Brigham Young University
#7118, aired 2015-07-22MILITARY HISTORY: This country smaller than England was a colonial rival with which England fought 4 wars, the last from 1780 to 1784 the Netherlands
#7117, aired 2015-07-21HISTORIC NAMES: In 1909 this Oxford student surveyed Crusader castles in the Mideast; a few years later he returned for less peaceful activities T.E. Lawrence
#7116, aired 2015-07-20POETRY: Wagner's line "Oed' und leer das Meer", meaning "Waste and empty the sea", is quoted in a poem by this American-born man T.S. Eliot
#7115, aired 2015-07-1719th CENTURY AMERICANS: An account of her historic trial noted, "It was conceded that the defendant was, on the 5th November 1872, a woman" Susan B. Anthony
#7114, aired 2015-07-16EUROPEAN NOVELISTS: Alfred Dreyfus was among the thousands who marched through the streets of Paris in his 1902 funeral procession Émile Zola
#7113, aired 2015-07-15LANDMARKS: On the completion of this in 1937, its chief engineer wrote, "At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun" the Golden Gate Bridge
#7112, aired 2015-07-14HISTORIC AMERICANS: The debate team at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire is named for this man who entered the academy in 1796 Daniel Webster
#7111, aired 2015-07-13AMERICAN PRODUCTS: In 1913 this cleaning item was born when its creators named it from a word meaning "bright" or "shining" Brillo
#7110, aired 2015-07-1019th CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE: "I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel" is spoken to this title character by his creation Frankenstein
#7109, aired 2015-07-09SCRABBLE & CHEMISTRY: As a word used in Scrabble, this longest-named one of the 6 noble gases would give you the highest score krypton
#7108, aired 2015-07-08THE THOMAS JEFFERSON ADMINISTRATION: Of this agreement, Thomas Jefferson said he "stretched the Constitution until it cracked" the Louisiana Purchase
#7107, aired 2015-07-07INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS: Due to developments in 2012, this annual summer contest now lists no winner from the years 1999-2005 the Tour de France
#7106, aired 2015-07-06THE OSCARS: "Gladiator" is close, but this film has the earliest historical setting of any Best Picture Oscar winner Ben-Hur
#7105, aired 2015-07-03NORTH AMERICAN RIVERS: At about 100 miles it's not one of Canada's 100 longest rivers, but in the 1890s it became perhaps the most famous the Klondike River
#7104, aired 2015-07-02EUROPEAN ARTISTS: In 1890 a critic said this artist "directs his brush with enormous dabs of impasto of very pure color in sinuous trails" Vincent van Gogh
#7103, aired 2015-07-01DOING BUSINESS INTERNATIONALLY: This U.S. retailer's 133 Canadian stores closed in 2015; its CEO said, "We missed the mark... by taking on too much too fast" Target
#7102, aired 2015-06-30FAMOUS WOMEN: On January 5, 1939, in a Los Angeles probate court, this national heroine was declared legally dead Amelia Earhart
#7101, aired 2015-06-29POETIC INSPIRATIONS: One summer day in 1797 this British poet fell asleep reading a book that adapted the writings of Marco Polo Samuel Taylor Coleridge
#7100, aired 2015-06-26NOVEL CHARACTERS: This lawyer from a famed 1960 novel shares a name with an ancient Roman renowned for his wisdom Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
#7099, aired 2015-06-25POP STARS: She won the 1984 Grammy for Best New Artist & in 2013 became the first solo woman to win a Tony Award for Best Score Cyndi Lauper
#7098, aired 2015-06-24WORLD LEADERS IN THE NEWS: In 2014 CNN declared Zambia's Guy Scott the first white president in Sub-Saharan Africa since this man in 1994 F.W. de Klerk
#7097, aired 2015-06-23FUN & GAMES: A standard chessboard has this many perimeter squares 28
#7096, aired 2015-06-22THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION: This live-action TV show about a family debuted in 1965 & was set in 1997 Lost in Space
#7095, aired 2015-06-1920th CENTURY SCIENTISTS: Everything changed in 1924 after he observed, "I have found a Cepheid variable in the Andromeda Nebula" Edwin Hubble
#7094, aired 2015-06-18AMERICAN AUTHORS: Published for the first time in 2014, her "Pioneer Girl" was initially rejected, revised & transformed into a fictional series Laura Ingalls Wilder
#7093, aired 2015-06-17THE OSCARS: In her 30s, this Texan was up for Best Actress in 2002 & 2003; she won Best Supporting in 2004 in a Civil War drama Renée Zellweger
#7092, aired 2015-06-16QUOTABLE PAINTERS: "A reviewer... wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was" Jackson Pollock
#7091, aired 2015-06-1519th CENTURY POETRY: He rhymed the title character of one of his best-known poems with "drew on", "threw on" & "ruin" Lord Byron
#7090, aired 2015-06-12SHIPS IN THE NEWS: In 2012 Nature magazine ran an obituary for this ship, which "died after a long struggle with bad publicity" the Exxon Valdez
#7089, aired 2015-06-11MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS: A statue of St. Paul is located on this island where he took refuge after a shipwreck Malta
#7088, aired 2015-06-10HISTORIC QUOTES: During the 1976 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan said of this, "We built it, we paid for it, it's ours & we are going to keep it" the Panama Canal
#7087, aired 2015-06-09HUMANITIES & HISTORY: Echoing the Morse code for V, in WWII the BBC's "V for Victory" campaign used this classical work as a theme Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
#7086, aired 2015-06-08LITERARY CHARACTERS: This name made famous in a 17th century novel is derived from the Spanish for "sweet" Dulcinea
#7085, aired 2015-06-05MOTTOES: Though the 2 men were very different, this 4-word motto came to represent both Oscar Wilde & Louis B. Mayer "Art for art's sake"
#7084, aired 2015-06-04NOTORIOUS 20th CENTURY NAMES: Morton Sobell, a co-defendant with these 2, was also convicted but received a lighter sentence: 30 years in prison Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
#7083, aired 2015-06-03BRITISH CITIES: The name of this Southern city famous in literature is from words meaning "Kent people's stronghold" Canterbury
#7082, aired 2015-06-02INFAMOUS: Born in Illinois of Huguenot ancestry, he was executed in June 1882, a year after his heinous act Charles Guiteau
#7081, aired 2015-06-01SPORTS RULES: The Syracuse owner created this in 1954 & it may have helped his team succeed the Lakers as champs the next year the 24-second shot clock
#7080, aired 2015-05-29COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Mens et manus, "mind and hand", is the motto of this university whose alumni include I.M. Pei, Amar Bose & Richard Feynman MIT
#7079, aired 2015-05-28AMERICAN LITERATURE: Published a year later, "Good Wives" was a follow-up to this 1868 novel Little Women
#7078, aired 2015-05-27GOVERNORS: Governors of adjacent states, these 2 ex-prosecutors are also adjacent on an alphabetical list of governors Christie & Cuomo
#7077, aired 2015-05-26ANCIENT TIMES: Aristotle said that an ancient Athenian law made uprooting one of these trees punishable by death an olive tree
#7076, aired 2015-05-25HYMNS: A Christian hymn & a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical Rock Of Ages
#7075, aired 2015-05-22CHILDREN'S LITERATURE: In a recent British poll, the 1926 book about this title character was named the favorite children's book of the past 150 years Winnie the Pooh
#7074, aired 2015-05-2119th CENTURY AUTHORS: In an essay, he wrote, "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion" Thoreau
#7073, aired 2015-05-20RELIGION: The "N" in the I.N.R.I. written on the Christian cross refers to this place Nazareth
#7072, aired 2015-05-19EUROPEAN CITIES: The European Central Bank is based in this city sometimes called "Mainhattan" Frankfurt
#7071, aired 2015-05-18ANIMATED MOVIE CHARACTERS: Her look was partly inspired by descendant Shirley "Little Dove" Custalow McGowan & by model Christy Turlington Pocahontas
#7070, aired 2015-05-15CELEBRITY MEMOIRS: Memoirs by Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley & this late actor share the title "The Time of My Life" Patrick Swayze
#7069, aired 2015-05-14BESTSELLING BOOKS: In 2014 a collection of her columns became the 1st bestseller entirely by this woman who championed many other bestsellers Oprah Winfrey
#7068, aired 2015-05-13FAMOUS NAMES: In March 2012 this director tweeted, "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good" James Cameron
#7067, aired 2015-05-12BUSINESS: These 2 American businessmen are seen here in early 20th century photos Harley & Davidson
#7066, aired 2015-05-11THE OSCARS: Last name of the only family to have a father & daughter receive Academy Award nominations for Best Director Coppola
#7065, aired 2015-05-08HISTORIC SITES: On August 15, 1941 convicted Nazi spy Josef Jakobs became the last person to be put to death here the Tower of London
#7064, aired 2015-05-07MASCOTS: For the first time in almost 100 years, this pro team has an official mascot, a bear named Clark the Chicago Cubs
#7063, aired 2015-05-06SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD: In 1906 this city's Academy of Fine Arts admitted Egon Schiele; in 1907 it rejected Adolf Hitler Vienna, Austria
#7062, aired 2015-05-05LITERATURE: Interestingly, at the start of this novel, Prince Oblonsky, the title character's brother, has been unfaithful Anna Karenina
#7061, aired 2015-05-04CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS: Harriet Hemenway's boycott of the feathered hats of her social circle inspired the 1905 founding of this the Audubon Society
#7060, aired 2015-05-01VICE PRESIDENTS: Of the 5 former vice presidents still living, he held the office the earliest Walter Mondale
#7059, aired 2015-04-30WORLD CITIES: According to U.N. statistics, it's the most populous city in the Americas not attached to the mainland Havana, Cuba
#7058, aired 2015-04-29CHAIN STORE NAMES IN THE NEWS: The 1917 first use of what became its name said this 2-word small room "called up the tube that the steamer... was torpedoed" Radio Shack
#7057, aired 2015-04-28MOVIES & TV: The first hit feature film based on a "Saturday Night Live" sketch was "The Blues Brothers"; this was the second Wayne's World
#7056, aired 2015-04-27WEDDINGS: In April 2011 he married an heiress to the fortune of a company called Party Pieces Prince William
#7055, aired 2015-04-24ACTORS: Ironically, in the summer of 1955, he gave an interview about the dangers of racing on highways James Dean
#7054, aired 2015-04-23ART IN THE CITY: German city where you'll find the statue seen here Hamelin
#7053, aired 2015-04-22AMERICAN POETRY: This 1883 poem says, "Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman..." "The New Colossus"
#7052, aired 2015-04-21BODIES OF WATER: The Finnish call it Itameri & the Germans call it Ostsee the Baltic Sea
#7051, aired 2015-04-20BUSINESS: This social media company launched in October 2010; in 2012, with about a dozen employees & no revenue, it sold for $1 billion Instagram
#7050, aired 2015-04-17BOOK REVIEWS: A 2008 review of this novel, later filmed, compared it to "Battle Royale" & said it's "a future we can fear" The Hunger Games
#7049, aired 2015-04-16WORLD LEADERS: On the occasion of this late leader's visit to the U.S. in 2009, ABC News listed 112 various spellings of his name Muammar Gaddafi
#7048, aired 2015-04-15THE GREEK ALPHABET: When spelled out as words in English, 2 of the 3 longest Greek letters (2 of) epsilon, upsilon & omicron
#7047, aired 2015-04-14U.S. PRESIDENTS: Only 2 presidents had their last names changed--these 2 Ford & Clinton
#7046, aired 2015-04-13GEOGRAPHY: The Caucasian Isthmus lies between these 2 large inland bodies of water the Caspian Sea & the Black Sea
#7045, aired 2015-04-10RUSSIANS: The subtitle of a biography about this early 20th century man is "The Saint Who Sinned" Rasputin
#7044, aired 2015-04-09REFERENCE WORKS: Now in its fourth edition, the book with this title first appeared in 1918 as a 43-page guide for Cornell English students The Elements of Style
#7043, aired 2015-04-08SHAKESPEARE'S CHARACTERS: One of the Bard's few plays with children on stage is this one with 2 brothers who last appear alive in Act III, Scene i Richard III
#7042, aired 2015-04-07CELEBRITY FATHERS & DAUGHTERS: He won a Grammy in 1959, she won 3 in the 1970s & a song by both was 1991's Song & Record of the Year Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
#7041, aired 2015-04-06NYC LANDMARKS: The lobby of this landmark has an art deco ceiling fresco by Edward Trumbull called "Transport and Human Endeavor" the Chrysler Building
#7040, aired 2015-04-03EUROPEAN HISTORY: A 3-letter 9th century tribe is in the names of 2 21st century countries: the world's most vast, & this one Belarus
#7039, aired 2015-04-02NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARKS: 50 years after San Francisco's cable cars became a National Historic Landmark, this city's street railway got the designation in 2014 New Orleans
#7038, aired 2015-04-01ETYMOLOGY: From the Latin for "to walk before", a famous example of this 8-letter word was written in 1787 preamble
#7037, aired 2015-03-31COMEDY INSPIRATIONS: Rodney Dangerfield credited this 1972 Best Picture Oscar winner for inspiring his most famous line The Godfather
#7036, aired 2015-03-30WOMEN AUTHORS: In addition to her novels, she also wrote a children's book about Sun Yat-sen & an "Oriental Cookbook" Pearl Buck
#7035, aired 2015-03-27TRANSPORTATION: Incorporated in 1948, this company chose its name from the book of the Hebrew prophet Hosea El Al Airlines
#7034, aired 2015-03-26NAVY SHIPS: First designated as Armored Cruiser No. 1, this ship was commissioned in 1895 & operated on our East Coast & in the Caribbean the Maine
#7033, aired 2015-03-25ACTRESSES: For playing a legal assistant in a 2000 film, she became the first actress to crash the $20 million salary barrier Julia Roberts
#7032, aired 2015-03-24THE SCULPTOR SPEAKS: "Chaste women remain fresher" was the reason he made a mother look barely older than her son Michelangelo
#7031, aired 2015-03-23U.S. CITIES: Kipling wrote of this city, "If a car" can "run up & down a slit in the ground... why shall I seek the reasons of the miracle?" San Francisco
#7030, aired 2015-03-20UNWANTED FIRSTS: Jean Valliere, burned in 1523, is considered the first martyr of this religious group the Huguenots
#7029, aired 2015-03-19LITERARY ANAGRAMS: Vivian Darkbloom, a minor character in a 1955 novel by this foreign-born author, is an anagram of his name Vladimir Nabokov
#7028, aired 2015-03-18COMPOSERS: 2 of the world's greatest Baroque composers, they were born within a month of each other in Germany in 1685 but never met Johann Sebastian Bach & George Frederic Handel
#7027, aired 2015-03-17NUMBERS: This 2-digit number is the smallest prime number whose digits are both themselves prime numbers 23
#7026, aired 2015-03-16KIDS' TV CHARACTERS: Marquez is the last name of this character who debuted in 2000 Dora the Explorer
#7025, aired 2015-03-13HISTORICAL U.S. GEOGRAPHY: It became a border territory in 1864 after being part of the Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nebraska & Dakota territories Montana
#7024, aired 2015-03-12THE U.S. GOVERNMENT: On August 15, 1994, 59 years & 1 day after FDR signed the original act, Bill Clinton made this an independent agency the Social Security Administration
#7023, aired 2015-03-112014 ALBUMS: With a new release & 8 viral videos to go with it, he had the first comedy album in 50 years to top the Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic
#7022, aired 2015-03-10NOBEL LAUREATES: He was the subject of a 2014 New York Times article headlined "A Pioneer as Elusive as His Particle" Peter Higgs
#7021, aired 2015-03-09LITERARY CHARACTERS: The first story in which he appeared began, "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at 3 in the morning" James Bond
#7020, aired 2015-03-06ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECHES: Springsteen said David Sancious was "the only member of the group who ever actually lived" there E Street
#7019, aired 2015-03-05PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM WINNERS: She was called a "Trailblazer for America's daughters" when she won in 2012, a century after founding an organization Juliette Gordon Low
#7018, aired 2015-03-04PRESIDENTS & THE WHITE HOUSE: When the current presidential occupant of the White House was born, this president was living there John Fitzgerald Kennedy
#7017, aired 2015-03-03U.S. STATES: It's the only state name that can be typed using the letters on only one row of the standard keyboard Alaska
#7016, aired 2015-03-02LITERARY FIRST LINES: He wrote the 1971 opener "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold" Hunter S. Thompson (from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)
#7015, aired 2015-02-27AUTHORS & FILMMAKERS: This author had a bitter feud with Michael Moore over the title of a 2004 documentary Ray Bradbury
#7014, aired 2015-02-26FOREIGN LEADERS: On February 25, 1956, he gave a speech "On the Personality Cult and Its Consequences", seen as an attack on his predecessor Khrushchev
#7013, aired 2015-02-25LANGUAGES: They're the 2 states with the highest percentage of people who speak French at home Louisiana & Maine
#7012, aired 2015-02-241980s MOVIES: At his term's end, Ronald Reagan took an office in an L.A. high-rise, still a mess from the filming of this 1988 thriller Die Hard
#7011, aired 2015-02-232014 EVENTS: To prepare venues hosting this event, 12 billion perennial ryegrass seeds were imported from Manitoba, 5,000 miles away the World Cup
#7010, aired 2015-02-20WORD ORIGINS: Describing anything very showy, in architecture it refers to a style using curves like tongues of fire flamboyant
#7009, aired 2015-02-19POETS: On completing the "Deathbed" edition of his great work, he wrote, "L. of G. at last complete--after 33 y'rs of hackling at it" Walt Whitman
#7008, aired 2015-02-18NO. 1 SONGS: A U.S. No. 1 in 1977, it was performed the night before Carl XVI Gustaf's 1976 wedding to Silvia Sommerlath "Dancing Queen"
#7007, aired 2015-02-17CALIFORNIA CITIES: A park, elementary school & medical pavilion named for Herbert Hoover are found in this 2-word California city Palo Alto
#7006, aired 2015-02-16MYTHOLOGY: The ancient Greeks derived the name of this evil sorceress from a verb meaning "to plot" Medea
#7005, aired 2015-02-13HISTORIC NAMES ON THE MAP: Nothing is known of his early life in England before 1600 or of the end of his life in North America after June 22, 1611 Henry Hudson
#7004, aired 2015-02-12WORLD GEOGRAPHY: Not in the 10 longest, this 1,560-mile river in a fertile basin flows by 29 cities of over 100,000 people the Ganges
#7003, aired 2015-02-11REFERENCE BOOK MAKERS: In 1863 he used the epigraph "I have gathered... other men's flowers, & nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own" John Bartlett
#7002, aired 2015-02-10BROADWAY MUSICALS: Winner of a Tony for Best Musical, it culminates with an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Jersey Boys
#7001, aired 2015-02-0919th CENTURY WRITERS: After his death, he was given full military honors in Greece before his body was returned home for burial at his baronial seat Lord Byron
#7000, aired 2015-02-06SHAKESPEARE: After England, more Shakespeare plays are set in this present-day country than in any other Italy
#6999, aired 2015-02-05LISTS: Efforts to save historic treasures threatened by the creation of the Aswan High Dam led UNESCO to create this list the World Heritage (Sites) list
#6998, aired 2015-02-04STATE FLAGS: It is mentioned in the motto on Minnesota's flag & is depicted on Alaska's the North Star
#6997, aired 2015-02-03MATH TERMS: This word for a process that leads to the solution to a problem comes from the Arabic name of a 9th century mathematician algorithm
#6996, aired 2015-02-02LIBRARIES: The street address of his presidential library is 40 Presidential Drive Ronald Reagan
#6995, aired 2015-01-30INVENTORS: In 1702 Thomas Savery wrote of one of his designs, "Such an engine will do the work or labour of ten or twelve" these horses
#6994, aired 2015-01-29RANKS & TITLES: In 1858 rule of India went from the East India Company to the British Crown & Lord Canning became the first holder of this title Viceroy of India
#6993, aired 2015-01-28MEDIEVAL LITERATURE: Characters in this epic 4,002-line poem include Count Ogier, Duke Thierry & Archbishop Turpin of Reims The Song of Roland (La Chanson de Roland)
#6992, aired 2015-01-27BEST ACTOR OSCARS: 1 of 2 performers to win 2 Best Actor Oscars for films that won Best Picture Marlon Brando or Dustin Hoffman
#6991, aired 2015-01-26U.S. CITIES: In 1846 it had 200 people; 14 years later, thanks to a discovery, it had over 50,000, making it No. 15 in the country San Francisco
#6990, aired 2015-01-23RIVERS: This North American river first sailed by Europeans in 1534 is named for a man who was martyred in Rome in the 3rd century the St. Lawrence River
#6989, aired 2015-01-22CANDY: An early TV ad for this candy bar featured a fleur-de-lis flag & a song with the lyrics "fun for all" 3 Musketeers
#6988, aired 2015-01-21FICTION: A line in this short story is "Slowly, awkwardly trying out his feelers, which he now first learned to appreciate..." "The Metamorphosis"
#6987, aired 2015-01-20LAST WORDS: In 1170 he said, "I am ready to die for my Lord, that in my blood the Church may obtain liberty and peace" St. Thomas Becket
#6986, aired 2015-01-19BRITISH BUSINESS NAMES: Still around, these 2 rival companies began with a 1744 sale of "scarce & valuable books" & a 1766 sale of chamber pots Christie's & Sotheby's
#6985, aired 2015-01-16EPITAPHS: His headstone in Rome reads in part: "This grave contains all that was mortal, of a young English poet" John Keats
#6984, aired 2015-01-15BUSINESS HISTORY: Found near Amsterdam in 2010, a 1606 stock certificate from this long-defunct company has been valued at $750,000 the Dutch East India Company
#6983, aired 2015-01-14U.S. STATES: The difference of this Southern state's highest & lowest points is only 345 feet, the smallest disparity among the states Florida
#6982, aired 2015-01-13BROADWAY MUSICALS: "Iowa Stubborn" was the second song heard in this show when it opened on Broadway in 1957 The Music Man
#6981, aired 2015-01-1220th CENTURY BRITS: Dr. Hugh Cairns, who tried but couldn't save the life of this man in May 1935, became a pioneer in the use of motorcycle helmets T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
#6980, aired 2015-01-09FAMOUS AMERICANS: In 1982, 72 years after his death, he became the first person inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians Mark Twain
#6979, aired 2015-01-08ARTISTS: He said a 2009 exhibit was the 1st time taxpayers' money was used "to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off" Banksy
#6978, aired 2015-01-07HISTORICAL NICKNAMES: In the Red Star in 1976, Capt. Yuri Gavrilov coined this nickname for a U.K. politician who had made a speech against the USSR the "Iron Lady"
#6977, aired 2015-01-06ASIA: Meaning "waterless place" this 500,000-square-mile area lies in what's called a "rain shadow" of the Himalayas the Gobi Desert
#6976, aired 2015-01-05OLYMPIC HOST CITIES: This European city hosted the northernmost Summer Games, also the first where Soviet athletes participated Helsinki, Finland
#6975, aired 2015-01-0220th CENTURY AMERICA: In 1923 Fanny Brice made news by having this procedure, later rejected by a woman portraying her a nose job
#6974, aired 2015-01-01TELEVISION: Set to the song "You've Got Time", a montage of real women who were incarcerated is in the opening credits of this series Orange Is the New Black
#6973, aired 2014-12-31ISLANDS: Present name of an island settled by Europeans in the 1490s, today the most populous island in the Americas Hispaniola
#6972, aired 2014-12-30ROYALTY: He was the last English monarch to die in battle Richard III
#6971, aired 2014-12-29BOOK DEDICATIONS: The 1853 dedication of "12 Years a Slave" was to this woman author "whose name... is identified with the Great Reform" Harriet Beecher Stowe
#6970, aired 2014-12-26AFRICAN FLAGS: The flag of Burundi has stars representing the Twa & these 2 other ethnic groups much in the news in the 1990s the Hutu & the Tutsi
#6969, aired 2014-12-25INTERNATIONAL SYMBOLS: Inspired by the 5th letter of the Greek alphabet, its symbol includes 2 horizontal lines to represent stability the euro (€)
#6968, aired 2014-12-24OSCAR-WINNING ACTRESSES: With a total of 5 wins, they're the only 2 Best Actress winners who were known professionally by the same last name Katharine & Audrey Hepburn
#6967, aired 2014-12-23WORD ORIGINS: In the mid-1960s, a decade after it first appeared in a holiday tale, this word came to be used for any mean killjoy grinch
#6966, aired 2014-12-22AMERICAN AUTHORS: Celebrated in April, National Robotics Week honors this man who coined the word "robotics" in a 1941 story Isaac Asimov
#6965, aired 2014-12-19INTERNATIONAL MOTORING: One of the 3 European Union countries besides the United Kingdom that have not switched to driving on the right (1 of) Ireland, Malta & Cyprus
#6964, aired 2014-12-1820th CENTURY SCULPTURE: Its sculptor asked for prayer that this work would "endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away" Mount Rushmore
#6963, aired 2014-12-17THE AFI's 100 GREATEST FILMS: One of the top 20, this 1946 film was based on a short story published as "The Man Who Was Never Born" It's a Wonderful Life
#6962, aired 2014-12-16SOUTH AMERICA: In 2004 the dollar replaced the guilder as the monetary unit of this country Suriname
#6961, aired 2014-12-15POETRY: The narrator mistakes the presence of this title creature for the wind & later calls it prophet the raven
#6960, aired 2014-12-12LITERARY TRAVEL: The romantic balcony seen here is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this Italian city Verona
#6959, aired 2014-12-11THE BIBLE: The first birthday celebration mentioned in the Bible takes place in Genesis 40 & is in honor of this ruler the Pharaoh in Egypt
#6958, aired 2014-12-10U.S. PRESIDENTS: The first man in the 20th century to hold all 4 federally elected offices: congressman, senator, vice president & president Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ)
#6957, aired 2014-12-09LITERARY INSPIRATIONS: The peat bogs of Dartmoor, England inspired the fictional home of the beastly title character in this 1902 tale The Hound of the Baskervilles
#6956, aired 2014-12-08MOVIE TITLE REFERENCES: For this 1971 film the reference is to the 1948 film "Red River" The Last Picture Show
#6955, aired 2014-12-05HEALTH & MEDICINE: In 1985 the Surgeon General called this "the best rescue technique in any choking situation" the Heimlich maneuver
#6954, aired 2014-12-04TOY BRANDS: This product's website has stated, "Helping imagination take shape for over 50 years!" & "Fun to (use), not to eat" Play-Doh
#6953, aired 2014-12-03U.S. GEOGRAPHY: This city of 650,000 people is the most populous U.S. city not found in a U.S. state Washington, D.C.
#6952, aired 2014-12-02KINGS & QUEENS: Technically this monarch is the head of state of 16 countries including Jamaica & New Zealand Elizabeth II
#6951, aired 2014-12-01TV CHARACTERS: This 8'2" character who made his debut in 1969 is still going strong Big Bird
#6950, aired 2014-11-28ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: The remains for Arlington's first monument to unknown soldiers mostly came from this battlefield 30 miles away Bull Run
#6949, aired 2014-11-27BODIES OF WATER: First encountered in 1648 by a man born in Russia, it was eventually named after a man born in Denmark the Bering Strait
#6948, aired 2014-11-2620th CENTURY NOVELS: In 1940 House Representative from Oklahoma Lyle Boren denounced it as a "dirty, lying, filthy manuscript" The Grapes of Wrath
#6947, aired 2014-11-25PEOPLE IN THE ARTS: He once said, "It is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things" Maurice Sendak
#6946, aired 2014-11-24BRITISH MUSICMAKERS OF THE '90s: One critic called them "a social phenomenon", "the most widely recognised group... since John, Paul, George & Ringo" the Spice Girls
#6945, aired 2014-11-21SHAKESPEAREAN GEOGRAPHY: Of the 5 cities mentioned in Shakespeare play titles, it's the only one not found in Europe Tyre
#6944, aired 2014-11-2020th CENTURY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS: In this year, there were no pres's or VPs running, but 3 of the 4 men on the 2 major party ballots would become president 1920
#6943, aired 2014-11-1921st CENTURY BOOKS: Set in the Great Depression, this 2006 novel has an epigraph from "Horton Hatches the Egg" Water for Elephants
#6942, aired 2014-11-18FRENCH LITERATURE: Its first chapter recalls "the little scallop-shell of pastry, so richly sensual under its severe, religious folds" Remembrance of Things Past
#6941, aired 2014-11-17THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE: This capital city, which at 12,330 miles is farthest from Madrid, is named for a soldier who spent time in Madrid Wellington
#6940, aired 2014-11-14OPERA CHARACTERS: In an 1893 opera that was its composer's greatest success, Peter & Gertrud are the parents of these 2 characters Hansel & Gretel
#6939, aired 2014-11-13TUNNELS: These 2 islands that begin with the same letter are linked by the 33.5-mile Seikan rail tunnel, the world's longest in operation Honshu and Hokkaido
#6938, aired 2014-11-12THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: The 3 Latin phrases found in the Constitution are "pro tempore", "ex post facto" & this legal 2-word phrase habeas corpus
#6937, aired 2014-11-11THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY: As of 2013 this 3-letter verb common in sports, theater & politics has the largest entry in the online OED run
#6936, aired 2014-11-10STATE HOLIDAYS: This is the only state that honors a former U.S. Secretary of State with his own legal holiday Alaska
#6935, aired 2014-11-07SPORTS LOGOS: This NFL team's logo is the only one that is a plant the New Orleans Saints (the Fleur de Lis)
#6934, aired 2014-11-06HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS: The Hiram Bingham Highway, opened in 1948, is the last leg linking Machu Picchu with this World Heritage site, a city about 50 miles off Cuzco
#6933, aired 2014-11-05ARTISTS: Illustrations by this man show why his name has become the standard for children's book artistry (Randolph) Caldecott
#6932, aired 2014-11-04THE SUPREME COURT: After Washington & FDR, he is, perhaps fittingly, the president who appointed the most Supreme Court justices (William Howard) Taft
#6931, aired 2014-11-03SCIENTISTS: Accepting his 1922 Nobel Prize in Stockholm, he spoke of "the intellectual solidarity" in the Scandinavian countries Niels Bohr
#6930, aired 2014-10-31INVENTIONS: This machine was invented in 1929; the government began buying them to help prevent any more in a series of Army Air Corps fatalities the flight simulator
#6929, aired 2014-10-30MONARCHS OF ENGLAND: The fifth king & the eighth king of this name share the distinction of both having been proclaimed king but never crowned Edward
#6928, aired 2014-10-29AMERICAN-BORN AUTHORS: In 1915 his reasons for naturalization included "having lived and worked in England for the best part of forty years" Henry James
#6927, aired 2014-10-28THE BIBLE: The first conversation recounted in the Bible is in Genesis 3, between these 2; it leads to trouble Eve & the Serpent (or Satan)
#6926, aired 2014-10-27ROCK & ROLL: A restaurant chain took its name from a British band's fourth chart-topper, this 1967 song "Ruby Tuesday"
#6925, aired 2014-10-24TONY NOMINATIONS: Although she has appeared in only 2 Broadway musicals, she got Tony nominations for both, for 1962 & 1964 Barbra Streisand
#6924, aired 2014-10-23FRENCH FOOD HISTORY: A popular product was born when Jean Naigeon of this city substituted the juice of unripe grapes for vinegar Dijon
#6923, aired 2014-10-22EPONYMOUS GEOGRAPHY: Named around 1616, it's the world's fifth-largest island & the largest named after a person Baffin Island
#6922, aired 2014-10-21THE 18th CENTURY: Losses in this event included 12 chests of souchong the Boston Tea Party
#6921, aired 2014-10-20LITERATURE: A chapter heading in this 19th century work calls the title character "one-eyed, lame", another calls him "deaf" The Hunchback of Notre Dame
#6920, aired 2014-10-17COATS OF ARMS: This country's coat of arms features a palm tree & a 19th century American sailing ship Liberia
#6919, aired 2014-10-16LITERATURE: This title 1864 adventure is embarked upon by a descent into Iceland's Mount Sneffels Journey to the Center of the Earth
#6918, aired 2014-10-15WORDPLAY: Subtract a letter from the name of a keystroke found in computer commands & you get this violent reaction to social change backlash (from "backslash")
#6917, aired 2014-10-14BUSINESS: Today this company markets more than 100 times the number of products found in a slogan it used in 1896 H.J. Heinz
#6916, aired 2014-10-13SPORTS FIGURES: He was featured on the September 22, 1947 cover of Time with the caption "He and the boss took a chance" Jackie Robinson
#6915, aired 2014-10-10COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD: It became a colony of the U.S. in 1898, a commonwealth in 1935 & an independent country in 1946 the Philippines
#6914, aired 2014-10-09HISTORICAL FIGURES: A 2012 poll by Britain's National Army Museum voted this man, born in 1732, as the nation's greatest military enemy George Washington
#6913, aired 2014-10-08NOVEL TITLE CHARACTERS: "His madness being stronger than any other faculty", he "resolved to have himself dubbed a knight by the first person he met" Don Quixote
#6912, aired 2014-10-07FAUXBITUARIES: He received a real obituary in the Albuquerque Journal in 2013 noting his "long battle with lung cancer" Walter White
#6911, aired 2014-10-06MUSIC: John Williams said his music for this event, not a film, tried to capture "the spirit of cooperation, of heroic achievement" the (1984 Summer) Olympics (in Los Angeles)
#6910, aired 2014-10-03TV IN THE 2000s: A key scene of this sitcom's 2014 finale after 9 seasons was actually filmed in Season 2 How I Met Your Mother
#6909, aired 2014-10-022014 NEWSMAKERS: Both making news in June, these 2 Davids with similar last names are LeBron's new coach & Eric Cantor's conqueror David Blatt & David Brat
#6908, aired 2014-10-01U.S. CITY FIRSTS: Among its firsts are underwater auto tunnel to a foreign country & corp. to net more than $1 billion in a single year Detroit
#6907, aired 2014-09-30WORLD LEADERS: He came to power 34 days before FDR & left it 19 days after him Adolf Hitler
#6906, aired 2014-09-29AGATHA CHRISTIE: In the 400-page book "Agatha Christie A to Z", entries beginning with this 6-letter word start on page 224 & end on 238 "Murder"
#6905, aired 2014-09-26FAMOUS AMERICANS: In 1936 at age 79, he published an article in Esquire magazine in which he described how to pick a jury Clarence Darrow
#6904, aired 2014-09-2520th CENTURY LEADERS: In May 1980 over 200 leaders from more than 120 countries attended his funeral in Belgrade Tito
#6903, aired 2014-09-24ALLITERATION: This metaphor used by Shakespeare & Coleridge to denote an ending is based on a legend that never really happens in nature swan song
#6902, aired 2014-09-23ENGLISH MONARCHS: She was born near London; her mother, near Madrid "Bloody" Mary Tudor
#6901, aired 2014-09-22THE BILLBOARD ALBUM CHARTS: 11 movie soundtrack albums by this performer hit the Billboard Top 10, with 4 hitting No. 1 Elvis Presley
#6900, aired 2014-09-19MOVIES ABOUT MOVIES: The title character of this 2013 film was played by David Tomlinson, who was actually seen only in clips from a 1964 film Saving Mr. Banks
#6899, aired 2014-09-18FOREIGN WORDS: The Holy Roman Empire from 800 to 1806 was the first; the German empire from 1871 to 1918 was the second reich
#6898, aired 2014-09-17MUSICAL THEATER: In "Godspell" this character leads the company in singing, "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord" John the Baptist (or Judas Iscariot)
#6897, aired 2014-09-16EUROPEAN CAPITALS: At 200 miles, this capital of just over a million people is the continental capital closest to London Brussels
#6896, aired 2014-09-15AUTHORS: In 1937 his sister said he had "hats of every description" which he would use as a "foundation of his next book" Dr. Seuss
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