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Trivia Challenge

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  1. On Sept. 9, 1919, most of Boston’s policemen went on strike and were fired; what future U.S. president – running for governor – supported the firings?
  2. What was the previous name of TV’s “Ponderosa”?
  3. What sound do turtles make?
  4. On Sept. 10, 1960, Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila became the first sub-Saharan to win an Olympic gold medal; what did his attire lack?
  5. How are New England, satin and cashmere lop similar?
  6. On Sept. 11, 1850, what Swedish singer had her American debut in NYC?
  7. An asp is a venomous snake of what country?
  8. What country produces the most oil?
  9. On the “Kung Fu” TV series, what insect was Caine’s nickname?
  10. On Sept. 12, 1962, who delivered the “We choose to go to the Moon” speech?
  11. In what Hall of Fame would you find Sam Cooke and Fats Domino?
  12. What makes blue cheese stink?
  13. What George and Ira Gershwin song includes a dispute about the pronunciation of “either”?
  14. On Sept. 13, 1833, Calcutta, India, received its first shipment from Boston of what product of local lakes?
  15. What country has a Secret Intelligence Service known as M16?
  16. On Sept. 14, 1716, the first U.S. lighthouse was lit where?
  17. Ichabod Crane is the protagonist of what Washington Irving short story?
  18. Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine use ink from what sea creatures?
  19. What is the second-longest U.S. river (after Mississippi-Missouri)?
  20. On Sept. 15, 1971, what TV detective series debuted: “Charlie’s Angels,” “Columbo” or “Kojak”?
  1. Calvin Coolidge
  2. “Bonanza”
  3. Heavy breathing
  4. He ran barefoot.
  5. They are breeds of rabbit.
  6. Jenny Lind
  7. Egypt
  8. USA
  9. Grasshopper
  10. President John F. Kennedy
  11. Rock and roll
  12. A mold called penicillium.
  13. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”
  14. Ice
  15. The United Kingdom
  16. Boston Harbor
  17. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
  18. Cephalopods (like squid and octopus)
  19. The Yukon
  20. “Columbo”

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