Season 35 Final Jeopardy! Round clues (228 clues archived)

#8045, aired 2019-07-26HISTORIC SHIPS: 215 passengers were rescued when it sank in July 1918, about 500 fewer than it had rescued 6 years earlier the Carpathia
#8044, aired 2019-07-251970s ALBUM REVIEWS: Rolling Stone said this 1976 album had "the best & worst tendencies of L.A.-situated rock" & was an "unflattering portrait of the milieu" Hotel California
#8043, aired 2019-07-24CHILDREN'S AUTHORS: This author & illustrator who won the 1964 Caldecott Medal was dubbed the "Picasso of children's books" Maurice Sendak
#8042, aired 2019-07-23TOYS & GAMES: The prototype for this game that was introduced in 1948 was called Lexiko Scrabble
#8041, aired 2019-07-22LANDMARKS: David Livingstone wrote of this discovery of his, "Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight" Victoria Falls
#8040, aired 2019-07-19STATES' GOVERNORS: It's the only state to have had 4 female governors, 3 of whom served consecutively between 1997 & 2015 Arizona
#8039, aired 2019-07-18NOTORIOUS: The death penalty has been carried out only once under Israeli law--in 1962, for this man Adolf Eichmann
#8038, aired 2019-07-1717th CENTURY NAMES: In the 1670s English author Charles Cotton built a fishing cabin on the banks of the River Dove to honor this friend & author Izaak Walton
#8037, aired 2019-07-16EUROPEAN COUNTRY NAMES: Resolving a decades-long dispute with its neighbor to the south, in 2019 this 28-year-old republic added "North" to its name North Macedonia
#8036, aired 2019-07-15WOMEN AUTHORS: An award for works of horror, dark fantasy & psychological suspense honors this author who came to fame with a 1948 short story Shirley Jackson
#8035, aired 2019-07-12WORD ORIGINS: 19th c. boots made with India rubber made one quieter, leading to this slang term for one whose job involves surveillance a gumshoe
#8034, aired 2019-07-11WOMEN ON TV: This character featured in a 1992 Time magazine cover story on "Hollywood & Politics" returned to television in 2018 Murphy Brown
#8033, aired 2019-07-10BESTSELLING NOVELS: For help with research, the author of this 2003 novel acknowledged the Louvre, Catholic World News & "five members of Opus Dei" The Da Vinci Code
#8032, aired 2019-07-09ANCIENT TIMES: In 1955 King Paul of Greece unveiled a statue of this hero near the cliffs where he died in the 5th century B.C. Leonidas
#8031, aired 2019-07-08NORTH AMERICAN CITIES: In 2017 this city celebrated its 375th birthday & the 50th anniversary of an event that made it an international tourist destination Montreal
#8030, aired 2019-07-0516th CENTURY NAMES: Hoping to stop Dominican friar Johannes Tetzel from preaching for indulgences, in 1517 he wrote a series of debate topics Martin Luther
#8029, aired 2019-07-04ON BROADWAY: This play opens in Vienna in 1823, 32 years after the death of its title character Amadeus
#8028, aired 2019-07-03MYTHOLOGY: In Homer there's only one of these, from the Greek for "terrible"; later they became 3 scary sisters the Gorgons
#8027, aired 2019-07-02WORD ORIGINS: Meaning cobbled together, it once referred to a temporary fix replacing a broken mast on a ship jury-rigged or jerry-rigged
#8026, aired 2019-07-01ON THE MAP: 9-letter name for an area of 10 million square miles--4/5 the size of Africa--but only about 120,000 square miles of it is dry land Polynesia
#8025, aired 2019-06-28PLACES OF LORE: The first mention of this locale is in Chretien de Troyes' 12th century poem "Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart" Camelot
#8024, aired 2019-06-27INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS: The first time this organization invoked Article 5 was on September 12, 2001 NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
#8023, aired 2019-06-2619th CENTURY LITERARY CHARACTERS: "Hard and sharp as flint... he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn't thaw it one degree at Christmas" Ebenezer Scrooge
#8022, aired 2019-06-25OTHER NATIONS' PRESIDENTS: This nation's 1st 8 presidents were all born in the U.S.; the 1st local-born president came in 1884, 37 years after independence Liberia
#8021, aired 2019-06-24COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES: Starting a university after his only son died in 1884, this man said, "The children of California shall be our children" Leland Stanford
#8020, aired 2019-06-21COMPOUND WORDS: This 8-letter word can follow nuclear to refer a dangerous accident, or mean a total loss of emotional control meltdown
#8019, aired 2019-06-2018th CENTURY AMERICANS: "Essays to Do Good" by Cotton Mather inspired Silence Dogood, the newspaper pseudonym of this man Benjamin Franklin
#8018, aired 2019-06-19ANCIENT LITERATURE: If you were using an alternate name, the title of this work could be translated as "Troy Story" the Iliad
#8017, aired 2019-06-18KINGS, QUEENS & PRESIDENTS: 17 U.S. presidents served all or part of their terms during the reign of this British monarch Queen Victoria
#8016, aired 2019-06-17NEW ENGLAND: Neighborhoods in this city include Federal Street, Gallows Hill & Witchcraft Heights Salem, Massachusetts
#8015, aired 2019-06-14MEDICAL NEWS 2018: For the first time, the FDA approved a drug for the treatment of this, though there hadn't been a new case in 40 years smallpox
#8014, aired 2019-06-13WORD HISTORY: This word for a bug or malfunction was popularized in the 1962 book "Into Orbit" by the Mercury astronauts glitch
#8013, aired 2019-06-12POPULAR PRODUCTS: This product that brought virtual tourism into homes in 1939 introduced its first virtual reality device in 2015 View-Master
#8012, aired 2019-06-11LANDMARKS: Poet Rabindranath Tagore compared this landmark to a teardrop glistening on the cheek of time the Taj Mahal
#8011, aired 2019-06-1020th CENTURY THEATER: The final scene of this play takes place by a grave & includes the line "He had the wrong dreams" Death of a Salesman
#8010, aired 2019-06-07CANADIAN CITIES: City Hall in this Western provincial capital is on Victoria Avenue near the corner of Albert Street Regina
#8009, aired 2019-06-06AMERICAN MUSIC LEGENDS: Steinbeck called him "just a voice and a guitar" but said his songs embodied "the will of a people to endure and fight against oppression" Woody Guthrie
#8008, aired 2019-06-05THE NATO PHONETIC ALPHABET: This discovery of November 8, 1895 by a German physicist represents a letter in the NATO phonetic alphabet X rays
#8007, aired 2019-06-04WORLD TIME ZONES: This European country is still an hour ahead of GMT, a move made in 1940 to be on the same time as Nazi Germany Spain
#8006, aired 2019-06-03SHAKESPEARE'S TIME: The line "a great reckoning in a little room" in "As You Like It" is usually taken to refer to this author's premature death Christopher Marlowe
#8005, aired 2019-05-31OSCAR-NOMINATED FAMILIES: It's the last name of Alfred, Lionel, David, Emil, Thomas & Randy, who with 90 nominations, are the most Oscar-nominated family Newman
#8004, aired 2019-05-30NATIONAL ANTHEMS: Its anthem was adopted in 1947 to replace one by Joseph Haydn that had been tainted by association with Nazis Austria
#8003, aired 2019-05-2919th CENTURY NOVELS: The author of this tale dedicated the novel to British philosopher William Godwin, her father Frankenstein
#8002, aired 2019-05-28ANIMATED CHARACTERS: This cartoon character was based on a character in the educational comic "The Intertidal Zone" SpongeBob SquarePants
#8001, aired 2019-05-27GAMES: When this game was introduced in 1860, it had squares like Intemperance & Poverty & if you hit the Suicide square your game was over The Game of Life
#8000, aired 2019-05-24AROUND THE USA: Astronomy buffs visit Idaho for the USA's first dark sky reserve; oddly, part of it is this resort area with a bright name Sun Valley
#7999, aired 2019-05-23JAZZ CLASSICS: In one account, this song began as directions written out for composer Billy Strayhorn to Duke Ellington's home in Harlem "Take The "A" Train"
#7998, aired 2019-05-2219th CENTURY AMERICAN HISTORY: In 1832, by a narrow margin, this state's legislature rejected considering abolition; a split was completed in 1863 Virginia
#7997, aired 2019-05-21POETRY & THE MOVIES: Robert Lowell's "For the Union Dead" honored the 54th Massachusetts, the infantry unit in this 1989 film that won 3 Oscars Glory
#7996, aired 2019-05-20NAME THE FRENCH AUTHOR: "I am making myself liable to Articles 30 & 31 of the law of 29 July regarding the press, which make libel a punishable offense" Emile Zola
#7995, aired 2019-05-17PHOTO SHARING: Publishing its first photo in 1889, today it has more than 4 billion likes & 100 million followers on Instagram National Geographic
#7994, aired 2019-05-1620th CENTURY BESTSELLING AUTHORS: He once said, "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage...who we are and where we have come from" Alex Haley
#7993, aired 2019-05-15RUSSIAN COMPOSERS: A 1913 piece by him was conceived of as the symphonic equivalent of a pagan ritual, to be titled "Great Sacrifice" Igor Stravinsky
#7992, aired 2019-05-14AMERICAN WOMEN: In 2006 Arizona State University renamed its college of law in honor of this history-making woman & longtime Arizona resident Sandra Day O'Connor
#7991, aired 2019-05-13AMERICANA: John & Priscilla Alden lie in the USA's oldest maintained cemetery, which like a poem about the couple, is named for this person Myles Standish
#7990, aired 2019-05-10U.S. STATES: This state entered the Union in 1820 after separating from another state that began with the same 2 letters Maine
#7989, aired 2019-05-09THE COLD WAR: The Cold War became entrenched in the mid-1950s after the formation of these 2 rival military alliances NATO and the Warsaw Pact
#7988, aired 2019-05-08WORDS FROM THE COMICS: Used to describe secrecy during WWII, this 2-word term had its psychological meaning popularized by Charles Schulz security blanket
#7987, aired 2019-05-07TEACHERS: As a teenager this woman regained her sight thanks to 2 surgeries in 1881 & 1882 Annie Sullivan
#7986, aired 2019-05-06POETS: A poem by him includes, "It was grassy and wanted wear;/ though...the passing there/ had worn them really about the same" Robert Frost
#7985, aired 2019-05-03WORDS OF THE 2000s: In 2008 Time magazine described this new practice as "one part social networking and one part capital accumulation" crowdfunding
#7984, aired 2019-05-02AMERICAN PLAYS: A character in this 1944 play is said to be like a piece in her own collection, "too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf" The Glass Menagerie
#7983, aired 2019-05-01THE KING JAMES BIBLE: Of the 4 riders mentioned in Revelation 6, only this one is explicitly named Death
#7982, aired 2019-04-30EUROPEAN CITIES: Founded, according to tradition, in 11 B.C., this former capital lies about halfway between Paris & Berlin Bonn
#7981, aired 2019-04-29ORGANIZATIONS: The oldest of these business booster groups, formed in Marseille in 1599, uses "de" instead of "of" in the name a chamber of commerce
#7980, aired 2019-04-2619th CENTURY NOVELS: The title character of this 1841 novel says he got his name because he kills bucks & does, but not people The Deerslayer
#7979, aired 2019-04-25THE ELEMENTS: Oddly, mining of this rare earth element with a geographic name, atomic no. 63, is mostly in Asia & with some in South America & Australia europium
#7978, aired 2019-04-24GEOGRAPHIC NICKNAMES: This term for an area of the Atlantic originated in 1964 in Argosy, a pulp magazine the Bermuda Triangle
#7977, aired 2019-04-23AMERICAN HISTORY: On May 1, 1869 these 2 men met at the White House, 4 years & 3 weeks after a more historic meeting between them Ulysses S. Grant & Robert E. Lee
#7976, aired 2019-04-2219th CENTURY BRITS: In a poem Lord Byron, a lover of Greece, calls this diplomat & fellow lord a "plunderer" (Lord) Elgin
#7975, aired 2019-04-19BRITISH MONARCHS: A "VI" has followed these 3 royal names of English kings George, Edward & Henry
#7974, aired 2019-04-18COMIC BOOK SUPERHEROES: During his years with the Justice League of America, this superhero sometimes used the secret identity "C. King" Aquaman
#7973, aired 2019-04-1720th CENTURY LITERARY CHARACTERS: His first name refers to the ancient district in which you'd find the Greek capital; his surname is a bird Atticus Finch
#7972, aired 2019-04-16INTERNATIONAL NEWS: In 2014 this 10,000-square-mile region moved its clocks forward 2 hours to Moscow Standard Time Crimea
#7971, aired 2019-04-15STAMPS: Living people are rarely seen on a stamp, but in July 1945 the USPS issued one depicting this military event raising the flag on Iwo Jima
#7970, aired 2019-04-12LITERARY ADAPTATIONS: The director of the 2018 TV version of this 1953 classic said, yes, books were harmed in the making of this motion picture Fahrenheit 451
#7969, aired 2019-04-11CELEBRITIES: This inductee into the Video Hall of Fame sold 17 million copies of a videocassette she released in 1982 Jane Fonda
#7968, aired 2019-04-10EUROPEAN HISTORY: In 2000 the Russian Orthodox church canonized 7 members of this family, 82 years after their deaths the Romanovs
#7967, aired 2019-04-09PHYSICS TERMS: Ironically, it's a metaphor meaning a huge step forward, but this 2-word process only occurs on a subatomic scale a quantum leap
#7966, aired 2019-04-08HOLLYWOOD HISTORY: On June 6, 2018 the Chinese Theatre dimmed its lights to honor Jerry Maren, who lived to the greatest age of any of this 1939 group the Munchkins
#7965, aired 2019-04-05EUROPEAN CAPITALS: Remove 2 letters from within the 6-letter name of this capital & you get the name of a capital from a neighboring country Berlin
#7964, aired 2019-04-04U.S. BODIES OF WATER: The Jordan, Bear & Weber Rivers deposit over a million tons of minerals into it annually, much of that chloride & sodium the Great Salt Lake
#7963, aired 2019-04-03INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS: From the name of the world capital it serves, DEL is the 3-letter code for the Asian airport named for her Indira Gandhi
#7962, aired 2019-04-02MUSIC LEGENDS: These 2 “monarchs” of popular culture both passed away on August 16, one in 2018, the other 41 years earlier Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin
#7961, aired 2019-04-01FICTIONAL CHARACTERS: In a 1947 collection he solved 12 mysteries, including "The Cretan Bull" & "The Girdle of Hyppolita" Hercule Poirot
#7960, aired 2019-03-29CHILDREN'S BOOKS: This 1883 classic ends with the words "A well-behaved little boy!" Pinocchio
#7959, aired 2019-03-28FAMOUS PHRASE ORIGINS: One theory says a phrase for euphoria comes from plate No. 9 in an 1896 meteorological "atlas" of these clouds
#7958, aired 2019-03-27WORLD WAR II: In 1943 millions of matchbooks were distributed in the Philippines with this 3-word quote to boost morale "I shall return"
#7957, aired 2019-03-2619th CENTURY AMERICANS: Though he became a Cabinet secretary & chief justice, once he wanted to change his name because of its "awkward, fishy" sound Salmon Chase
#7956, aired 2019-03-25FOREIGN TRANSPORTATION: Operating for only one week a year, a train line to this city moves over half a million people a day Mecca
#7955, aired 2019-03-22HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: This day created in the U.S. in 1872 is observed in Florida & Louisiana in January, but Maine & Alaska hold it in May Arbor Day
#7954, aired 2019-03-21AMERICAN AUTHORS: Alfred Hitchcock wrote, "It's because I liked" his "stories so much that I began to make suspense films" Edgar Allan Poe
#7953, aired 2019-03-20ROYAL HOUSES: Family name of Bonnie Prince Charlie's brother Henry, whom his supporters called Henry IX of England Stuart
#7952, aired 2019-03-19COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD: Because its overseas empire was dwindling, Spain declared war on this much closer country across the water on October 22, 1859 Morocco
#7951, aired 2019-03-18BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS: These 2 films, recent back-to-back winners, both have 9 letter titles that end with the same 5 letters Moonlight & Spotlight
#7950, aired 2019-03-1519th CENTURY NAMES: In 1854 he became official musical instrument maker to Emperor Napoleon III; an instrument he invented is named for him Adolphe Sax
#7949, aired 2019-03-14STATE CAPITALS EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI: The last 2 letters of this city's name are the U.S. postal abbreviation for the state that it's the capital of Albany
#7948, aired 2019-03-13NOVEL QUOTES: A boy at the end of this 1952 novel says to the main character, "Say it ain't true, Roy" The Natural
#7947, aired 2019-03-1220th CENTURY HISTORY: Constructed in the 1930s, it extended from La Ferté to the Rhine River, though it also had sections along the Italian frontier Maginot Line
#7946, aired 2019-03-11PLAYWRIGHTS: Before his death in 2018 at age 91, he received 4 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize & was nominated for 4 Oscars Neil Simon
#7945, aired 2019-03-0820th CENTURY NEWSMAKERS: In 1982 a probate judge in his home state of Michigan declared him legally dead Jimmy Hoffa
#7944, aired 2019-03-07ART: This famous work of art was damaged in 1652 when a door was cut into a wall, removing Jesus' feet The Last Supper
#7943, aired 2019-03-06WORD ORIGINS: This 8-letter word for a reaction against a trend comes from an engineering term for a jolt caused by a gap in machine parts backlash
#7942, aired 2019-03-05CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT MATH: Total of the numbers of the amendments banning state-sponsored official religion, ending slavery & repealing Prohibition 35
#7941, aired 2019-03-04ANCIENT WRITINGS: Its principles still used today, this treatise has chapters called "Weak Points & Strong" & "Tactical Dispositions" The Art of War
#7940, aired 2019-03-01PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEARS: Prior to 2016 it was the last election year in which the winning candidate had never held public elected office 1952
#7939, aired 2019-02-28BRITISH LITERATURE: A chapter of "The Jungle Book" has this double-talk title, echoing the opening line of a Brit's poem some 100 years prior "Tiger! Tiger!"
#7938, aired 2019-02-2720th CENTURY HISTORY: Interpreting for Vaclav Havel, future ambassador Rita Klimova gave us this phrase for a smooth change of government the velvet revolution
#7937, aired 2019-02-26EUROPEAN ARTISTS: His seldom-used last name reflects his birth near the mouth of a river that flows from the Alps to the North Sea Rembrandt van Rijn
#7935, aired 2019-02-22WOMEN IN U.S. HISTORY: In 1901 this activist was jailed for inspiring the assassination of William McKinley, but the charge was later dropped Emma Goldman
#7934, aired 2019-02-21AFRICAN GEOGRAPHY: The 7-letter names of these western- & easternmost mainland countries begin with the same letter Senegal & Somalia
#7932, aired 2019-02-19BROADWAY MUSICALS: The title of this musical that opened in 1956 came from the last line of a nursery rhyme about a structure that spanned the Thames My Fair Lady
#7931, aired 2019-02-18BRITISH AUTHORS: Born in 1866, he has been called "the Shakespeare of science fiction" H.G. Wells
#7930, aired 2019-02-1519th CENTURY INVENTORS: He spent his life improving a plant-based substance he described as a "vegetable leather" or "elastic metal" Charles Goodyear
#7929, aired 2019-02-14COLORFUL GEOGRAPHY: Named for a soldier killed in 1846 at the start of a war, it was in the news again as a port of entry to the U.S. in 2018 Brownsville
#7928, aired 2019-02-13POETS: He gave his pets names like Wiscus, Pettipaws, George Pushdragon & Jellylorum, the last of which he used in a poem T.S. Eliot
#7927, aired 2019-02-12ISLANDS: 650 miles off the U.S., it was the site of a 1609 shipwreck of colonists bound for Jamestown that may have inspired "The Tempest" Bermuda
#7926, aired 2019-02-11PRIMETIME TV: "Complications" was a suggested title for this ABC drama that was renewed for a 15th season in 2018 Grey's Anatomy
#7925, aired 2019-02-08SHAKESPEARE COMEDIES: At the end of this play: "Why are our bodies soft & weak... but that our... hearts should well agree with our external parts?" The Taming of the Shrew
#7924, aired 2019-02-07PRESIDENTS & THE MOVIES: 3 presidential films, all directed by Oliver Stone, have a total of only 9 letters in their titles--"Nixon" & these 2 W and JFK
#7923, aired 2019-02-06INTERNATIONAL BORDERS: Germany has land borders with 9 countries & only maritime boundaries with 2 countries, the U.K. & this one across the Baltic Sweden
#7922, aired 2019-02-05THE 19th CENTURY: In his autobiography, Buffalo Bill Cody remembered this venture as "a relay race against time" the Pony Express
#7921, aired 2019-02-04THE U.S. SENATE: An 1890 resolution by Senator Aldrich was killed by this, the very technique it sought to limit; a 1917 rule set some boundaries on it the filibuster
#7920, aired 2019-02-01THE SOLAR SYSTEM: For a while in the 1840s, the French wanted to name this new discovery "Le Verrier" & the British wanted "Oceanus" Neptune
#7919, aired 2019-01-31FEMALE SINGERS: In the 1990s this New York native had 8 of her first 10 Billboard Top 40 hits reach No. 1 Mariah Carey
#7918, aired 2019-01-30WOMEN WRITERS: One of her circle described her as "a lacy sleeve with a bottle of vitriol concealed in its folds" Dorothy Parker
#7917, aired 2019-01-2920th CENTURY DISASTERS: On the radio in 1937 this 3-word exclamation came after "the smoke and the flames now...not quite to the mooring mast" "Oh, the humanity!"
#7916, aired 2019-01-2819th CENTURY NOVELS: Ambrose Bierce, a Civil War veteran, said of this 1895 book, the author "knows nothing of war, yet he is drenched in blood" The Red Badge of Courage
#7915, aired 2019-01-25LAW ENFORCEMENT HISTORY: This U.S. group was formed to protect settlers in an area that had recently gained independence from Spain the Texas Rangers
#7914, aired 2019-01-24U.K. PRIME MINISTERS: He was the first U.K. prime minister born after Elizabeth II became queen Tony Blair
#7913, aired 2019-01-2320th CENTURY LITERATURE: The writing of this novel, the author's first with no Canadian setting, appropriately began in 1984 The Handmaid's Tale
#7912, aired 2019-01-22COMIC STRIP TITLE CHARACTERS: These 2 were named for a European "theologian who believed in predestination" & a "philosopher with a dim view of human nature" Calvin & Hobbes
#7911, aired 2019-01-21BROADWAY MUSICALS: Premiering in 2005, its story is divided into spring, summer, fall & winter, each narrated by one of the 4 male leads Jersey Boys
#7910, aired 2019-01-18TV PERSONALITIES: In 2000 this man was the host of a No. 1 rated network show & a No. 2 rated syndicated talk show Regis Philbin
#7909, aired 2019-01-17CONTEMPORARY ART: After it was auctioned in 2018, a work by this artist was renamed "Love is in the Bin" Banksy
#7908, aired 2019-01-16PEOPLE & PLACES: In 1790 Thursday October Christian became the first child whose birth was recorded on this remote island Pitcairn Island
#7907, aired 2019-01-15PRESIDENTIAL QUOTES: He said, "Victory over (the) Depression will be... by the resolution of our people to fight their own battles in their own communities" Herbert Hoover
#7906, aired 2019-01-14FAMILIAR PHRASES: Originally a folk term for a chronic rash, this phrase got a new meaning as a title for a 1952 stage comedy & later a movie seven year itch
#7905, aired 2019-01-11FAMOUS DOCTORS: Not an artist himself, he inspired the Surrealists but thought them "absolute cranks" until he met Dali in London in 1938 Sigmund Freud
#7904, aired 2019-01-10AMERICAN LANDMARKS: Eyewitness Jose Marti wrote, "Luckless Irishmen, Poles, Italians... run toward the wharves" to see its dedication the Statue of Liberty
#7903, aired 2019-01-09TV DRAMAS: So that viewers wouldn't think it was about opera, the "R" in this show's logo was turned into a gun The Sopranos
#7902, aired 2019-01-081950s TRAVEL: In March 1958 Hilton opened a hotel in this Western Hemisphere capital but 2 1/2 years later was out of business there Havana
#7901, aired 2019-01-0719th CENTURY NOTABLES: When he died in Samoa in 1894 his obituary said, "He loved Samoa better than any other place, except Scotland" Robert Louis Stevenson
#7900, aired 2019-01-04TRANSPORTATION: Carretera Transistmica, AKA the Boyd-Roosevelt highway, runs parallel to this waterway the Panama Canal
#7899, aired 2019-01-031940s HISTORY: Air Force pilot Gail Halvorson earned the nickname "Candy Bomber" for his actions during this 1948-49 event the Berlin airlift (or Berlin air drop)
#7898, aired 2019-01-02BRITISH MEMOIRS: Before his death in 1996, this famous son wrote the memoirs "The Enchanted Places" & "The Hollow on the Hill" Christopher Robin Milne
#7897, aired 2019-01-01U.S. NAVY SHIPS: "Peace through strength" is the motto of the U.S. aircraft carrier named for this man who professed the same policy Ronald Reagan
#7896, aired 2018-12-3121st CENTURY OSCARS: Before she was 25, she became the youngest performer to receive a second Best Actress nomination Jennifer Lawrence
#7895, aired 2018-12-28AUTHORS: The first novelist on Forbes' list of billionaires, this author fell off in 2012 after giving an estimated $160 mil. to charity J.K. Rowling
#7894, aired 2018-12-27COASTLINES: At 3,700 miles, the longest ocean trench is named for these 2 nations that share most of South America's Pacific coast Chile and Peru
#7893, aired 2018-12-26HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY: Most of the land fighting in the first Punic war between Rome & Carthage was on this island Sicily
#7892, aired 2018-12-25THE SUPREME COURT: Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes once referred to this 1857 decision as the court's first self-inflicted wound the Dred Scott decision (Dred Scott v. Sanford)
#7891, aired 2018-12-24BRITISH NAMES: The last name of this 17th c. baronet who held many offices is synonymous with the govt. & especially the PM's residence (Sir George) Downing
#7890, aired 2018-12-21GEOGRAPHY & THE MOVIES: Named the first U.S. national monument in 1906, it was featured prominently in a blockbuster movie 71 years later Devils Tower
#7889, aired 2018-12-20THE WORKS OF MOZART: Composed in 1791, the year he died, & last in the Kochel catalog of all his works, K. 626 is this work Requiem
#7888, aired 2018-12-19POETS' BIRTHPLACES: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive was the address of the family home where he was born in 1914 Dylan Thomas
#7887, aired 2018-12-18U.S. LANDMARKS: The 1st segment of this was dedicated on July 4, 1930; the next, August 30, 1936; section 3, on September 17, 1937 & the last, on July 2, 1939 Mt. Rushmore
#7886, aired 2018-12-17NORSE MYTHOLOGY: After turning himself into a mare, he gave birth to an 8-legged horse that was later the prized steed of Odin Loki
#7885, aired 2018-12-14BUSINESS & INDUSTRY: After it stopped U.S. operations in 2018, its website said, "Promise us just this one thing: don't ever grow up" Toys"R"Us
#7884, aired 2018-12-1319th CENTURY AUTHORS: In the preface to a book of his stories, he thanks a herpetologist of upper India & an elephant named Bahadur Shah Rudyard Kipling
#7883, aired 2018-12-12SCI-FI TV: One of the twin planets this alien race called home was Remus the Romulans
#7882, aired 2018-12-11BIBLE BOOKS: The title of this Old Testament book is from the Greek for "song sung to a harp" Psalms
#7881, aired 2018-12-102-WORD WORLD CAPITALS: From 1936 to 1941 this city was the capital of Italian East Africa Addis Ababa
#7880, aired 2018-12-07OPERA: In Act I of this opera, a messenger says, "Barbarous Ethiopians" have invaded & "are already marching on Thebes" Aida
#7879, aired 2018-12-06WORLD AFFAIRS 2018: An Arab League summit final statement rejected "interference" by this country often mistakenly called an Arab land itself Iran
#7878, aired 2018-12-05NAMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY: In 1999 the U.S. government was ordered to pay his family $16 million for less than 30 seconds of film Abraham Zapruder
#7877, aired 2018-12-04THE NFL: For the 2018 draft this team tried to use a parrot to make a pick; the bird got stage fright the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#7876, aired 2018-12-03AMERICAN BUSINESS: Last name of John, Daniel, Elisha & Edward, whose firm turned 200 in 2018 & has dressed 40 U.S. presidents Brooks
#7875, aired 2018-11-30THE OLD WEST: On October 27, 1881 this town's local newspaper reported on "a day when blood flowed as water" Tombstone, Arizona
#7874, aired 2018-11-29CATHOLICISM: A liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday closest to the feast day of this "first apostle" St. Andrew
#7873, aired 2018-11-28HISTORICAL FIRSTS: In a tribute with no precedent, the band played this at the Buckingham Palace changing of the guard on September 13, 2001 "The Star-Spangled Banner" (or the U.S. national anthem)
#7872, aired 2018-11-27ACTRESSES: In 1997 she became the first to win an Oscar for a film directed by her husband; her brother-in-law produced the film Frances McDormand
#7871, aired 2018-11-26AMERICAN AUTHORS: The 1877 novel "Garth", about a New Hampshire family cursed by an ancestor's crime, is by Julian, son of this novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne
#7870, aired 2018-11-23OLYMPIC CITIES: Of the 4 "M" cities that consecutively hosted Summer Olympics in the 20th century, these 2 aren't national capitals Munich and Montreal
#7869, aired 2018-11-221980s MOVIES: Ebert: This film "works as science fiction, it's sometimes as scary as a monster movie & at the end...not a dry eye in the house" E.T.
#7868, aired 2018-11-21PRESIDENTIAL IRONY: 1 of the 2 presidents who offered Daniel Webster the VP slot; he declined both, thinking the job went nowhere Zachary Taylor or William Henry Harrison
#7867, aired 2018-11-20AMERICANA: It's the official fruit of the District of Columbia cherry
#7866, aired 2018-11-19AMERICAN WRITERS: In a twist of irony, he accidentally set fire to some 300 acres of woods at Fair Haven Pond near the Concord River in 1844 Henry David Thoreau
#7865, aired 2018-11-16MAMMALS: Scientific name Mellivora capensis, this 2-word weasel family member was named "most fearless mammal" a honey badger
#7864, aired 2018-11-15THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ERA: She was disowned by the Quakers after marrying an Episcopalian upholsterer in 1773 & later took over his business Betsy Ross
#7863, aired 2018-11-1419th CENTURY NAMES: In the 1870s he wrote that "man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits" Charles Darwin
#7862, aired 2018-11-1320th CENTURY LITERATURE: Chapter 1 of this 1954 British novel is entitled "The Sound of the Shell" Lord of the Flies
#7861, aired 2018-11-12INTERNATIONAL GROUPS: The economic bloc known as the G8 became the G7 in 2014 upon the expulsion of this country Russia
#7860, aired 2018-11-09HOLIDAYS & OBSERVANCES: Puebla is the only Mexican state that officially celebrates this spring holiday that is now more popular in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo
#7859, aired 2018-11-08HISTORIC LEADERS: One of his many horses was named Roitelet & was ridden on the way home from Russia in 1812 Napoleon Bonaparte
#7858, aired 2018-11-07BROADWAY MUSICALS: Winner of 6 Tonys in 2017, it's the first Broadway musical to focus on the subject of teens & social media Dear Evan Hansen
#7857, aired 2018-11-06ALPHANUMERIC ANATOMY: Alphanumerically, it's at the top of the spine & lets you nod C1
#7856, aired 2018-11-05CHARACTERS IN CHILDREN'S LIT: Memories of refugees in British train stations before & after WWII helped inspire the creation of this character Paddington Bear
#7855, aired 2018-11-02SURNAMES: Evoking speed & luxury, this one of the 10 most common Italian surnames goes back to the Latin word for iron Ferrari
#7854, aired 2018-11-01HISTORIC GEOGRAPHY: A northern limit of the Roman Empire was a fortified road in Germany stretching 350 miles between these 2 rivers the Danube and the Rhine
#7853, aired 2018-10-311960s FILMS: Chocolate syrup, casaba melon & Playboy model Marli Renfro were enlisted to create an iconic scene in this film Psycho
#7852, aired 2018-10-30TODAY'S INNOVATORS: The Ballbarrow was an early invention by this British man who's had greater success with sophisticated household devices James Dyson
#7851, aired 2018-10-29SHAKESPEARE: Aptly, Shakespeare used "moon" & "moonlight" more times in this play than in any other A Midsummer Night's Dream
#7850, aired 2018-10-26EUROPEAN HISTORY: Legend says this, weighing 336 lbs., came from the Holy Land & Kenneth MacAlpin brought it to Perthshire c. 840 the Stone of Scone
#7849, aired 2018-10-25STATE BIRDS: The 2-word name of this black & orange or black & golden state bird derives in part from the Latin for "golden" Baltimore oriole
#7848, aired 2018-10-24AFRICAN CITIES: Also a judicial capital, this aptly named city is known for an annual rose festival that began in 1976 Bloemfontein
#7847, aired 2018-10-23OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE: This "creature of evil, grim and fierce, was quickly ready, savage and cruel, and seized from their rest thirty thanes" Grendel
#7846, aired 2018-10-22PLACES IN THE NEWS: In a hint of the future, in 1973 Marjorie Post gave it to the U.S. govt. as a warm-weather presidential retreat, but it was returned Mar-a-Lago
#7845, aired 2018-10-19SPORTS: A low center of gravity is a key to success in this sport with moves including gaburi-yori & uwate-dashinage sumo wrestling
#7844, aired 2018-10-18CHARACTERS IN CHILDREN'S LIT: This winged character from an early 20th century work is so named "because she mends the pots and kettles" Tinker Bell
#7843, aired 2018-10-17WORLD CITIES: The northernmost city with a population over 5 million, it was founded in 1703 & its name was changed 3 times in the 20th century St. Petersburg
#7842, aired 2018-10-16THE SOLAR SYSTEM: Features on this body include Tombaugh Regio & Sleipnir Fossa, named for a horse that carried Odin to the underworld Pluto
#7841, aired 2018-10-15AMERICA IN THE 1930s: In March 1933 CBS Radio's Robert Trout said, "The president wants to come into your home... for a little" this a fireside chat
#7840, aired 2018-10-12CHARLES DICKENS: Both "Barnaby Rudge" & this other famous Dickens novel begin in 1775 & deal with mob violence A Tale of Two Cities
#7839, aired 2018-10-11BROADWAY MUSICALS: The title of this 1947 Lerner & Loewe musical may come from the construction seen here Brigadoon
#7838, aired 2018-10-10MYTHOLOGICAL HEROES: The second half of his service to Eurystheus took him to 6 different places, like Crete, Thrace & the Underworld Hercules
#7837, aired 2018-10-09WORLD LEADERS: He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize twice & the Literature Prize 7 times, winning for the latter in 1953 Winston Churchill
#7836, aired 2018-10-08U.S. CAPITOL ART: Of the 23 lawgivers depicted on marble portraits over doors in the U.S. House chamber, he's the only one in the Bible Moses
#7835, aired 2018-10-05MILITARY HISTORY: Prepared by the Chief of Staff to the Supreme Allied Commander, the "COSSAC Plan" outlined the details of this D-Day
#7834, aired 2018-10-04INTERNATIONAL CRIME: Italy's agromafia enriches itself through counterfeit versions of this "liquid gold" mentioned by Homer & Plato olive oil
#7833, aired 2018-10-03CITIES IN HISTORY: The Cathedral of St. Pierre was the center of the Calvinist Reformation in this lakeside city Geneva
#7832, aired 2018-10-02OSCAR HYPHENATES: This actor has never been nominated for acting--he won, though, as a writer for 1997 & as a producer for 2012 Ben Affleck
#7831, aired 2018-10-01WORLD LITERATURE: In a recent poll of 125 authors, this long 1870s novel about a woman ranked as the greatest work of fiction of all time Anna Karenina
#7830, aired 2018-09-28CLASSIC FILMS: In this '70s Oscar-winning film, the title character's 1st words are "Why did you go to the police? Why didn't you come to me first?" The Godfather
#7829, aired 2018-09-27U.S. LANDMARKS: In 1883 a Catholic diocese sold this to the state of Texas for $20,000 the Alamo
#7828, aired 2018-09-26AUTHORS: After this woman's death, her daughter wrote, "As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y" Sue Grafton
#7827, aired 2018-09-2520th CENTURY PLAYS: From its preface: "It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman...hate him" Pygmalion
#7826, aired 2018-09-24BRITISH ROYALTY: In Sept. 2017 Prince Charles became the longest-serving Prince of Wales, passing the man who became this king Edward VII
#7825, aired 2018-09-21COLOR ETYMOLOGY: This word for a gem & a shade of blue derives from the name of a Eurasian country from which gems came to Western Europe turquoise
#7824, aired 2018-09-20FOLKLORE: In legend, he called all the animals together but only 12 came, including a rat & a dragon the Buddha
#7823, aired 2018-09-1918th CENTURY AMERICANS: In a famous 1775 speech, he said, "Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston!" Patrick Henry
#7822, aired 2018-09-18ANIMAL CHARACTERS: Items bought by this predator: iron bird seed, an iron carrot, earthquake pills & dehydrated boulders Wile E. Coyote
#7821, aired 2018-09-1720th CENTURY NOVELS: "I've killed my brother" is said near the end of this 1952 book with a Biblical title & a plot echoing a Biblical story East of Eden
#7820, aired 2018-09-14SPORTS HALLS OF FAME: Posthumously, Axel Paulsen was among the first group of inductees into the World Hall of Fame for this in 1976 figure skating
#7819, aired 2018-09-13BEFORE THEY WERE PRESIDENT: On October 4, 1940, for the premiere of what's been called his most famous movie role, Ronald Reagan was in this city South Bend, Indiana
#7818, aired 2018-09-1218th CENTURY NAMES: In 1789 this doctor proposed 6 articles on penal reform to the French Assembly, including one on capital punishment Joseph Guillotin
#7817, aired 2018-09-11DESIGN: Switching the syllables in the German word for building of a home gave this design & architecture school its name Bauhaus
#7816, aired 2018-09-10THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: To set a record for longest solo journey by kayak, 2,010 miles, Helen Skelton traveled through this nation for a month Brazil
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