Baseball, 'Citizen Kane,' presidents

September 05, 1994

Answers to the trivia quiz on Page 1D:

1). Not Abner Doubleday, although he adapted it from other games and is recognized as the "traditional" inventor. No one really invented baseball. However, one source claims Doubleday was the first Union soldier to fire from Fort Sumter.

2). Not because the Colts left town 25 years later. Careful "Dinerwatchers pick up on two clues: The happy couple marries Dec. 31, 1959, and plans to honeymoon in Cuba. On Jan. 1, 1959, Cuba's president officially resigned and Fidel Castro took over.

3). Not the cheetah, although it holds the record on land, at 70 miles per hour. According to "The Unbelieveable Truth," by Jeff Rovin, the peregrine falcon reaches speeds up to 240 mph in a dive.

4). Andrew Jackson considered himself a South Carolinian, but he may have been born in North Carolina, depending on which sister his mother was visiting. Accounts differ. So here's how they resolve it: Every year, high school football teams from Union County, N.C., and Lancaster County, S.C., meet in the Old Hickory Classic. Winner gets to claim Jackson as theirs for the year.

5). Not red or white, but bruised, grayish-blue, lead-colored or ashen. In "The Careful Writer," Theodore Bernstein theorizes the word has been confused with vivid and lurid.

6). Comprise can trip you twice: The whole comprises the parts, not vice versa, and it does not take the proposition "of." The Associated Press Style Book recommends using it in the active voice. Right: The Bible comprises the Old and New Testaments. Wrong: The Old and New Testaments comprise the Bible; or, the Bible is comprised of the Old and New Testaments.

7). The Immaculate Conception refers to Mary, who was conceived naturally, but born without original sin. The conception of Jesus Christ is known as the Virgin Birth.

8). "The Lights of New York." According to "Curious Trivia" by John May, "The Jazz Singer" had dialogue in key scenes only, while this gangster film had dialogue throughout.

9). Two of the six -- his last, Catherine Parr, who died a year after the much-married monarch, but also the fourth, Anne of Cleves, whose arranged marriage to Henry VIII was annulled. Only -- only! -- No. 2 and No. 5 were beheaded, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard; No. 3 Jane Seymour died during marriage; Catherine of Aragon, his first wife, died after their marriage was dissolved.

10). Ronald Reagan, the 40th president, was born in the Land of Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky; Ulysses S. Grant, although he retired to Galena, Ill., was born in Ohio.

11). George Washington. There was an attempt to dump John Adams, but the number of delegates needed for such action fell short.

12). No one, apparently. Here's the scene: Close-up on Kane's mouth as he utters the word, then the glass globe drops and shatters. In its fragments, we see the nurse enter the room. The shooting script, published along with Pauline Kael's famous essay on the film, fails to clear up the mystery -- an error in continuity, or a wonderful conceit?

13). Most people know other cities are windier, so why does Chicago get the nickname? The moniker was bestowed on the hog butcher of the world by the New York press, unimpressed with the boosterish claims surrounding the 1893 World's Fair.

14). Howard Cosell, "Dandy" Don Meredith and -- no, not Frank Gifford, but Keith Jackson. Gifford joined a year later.

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