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Front Page - Friday, November 21, 2014

Brainbuster – Make your brain tingle!

1. The motto of the U.S. state of Virginia is Sic semper tyrannis, a phrase meaning, “thus ever (or always) to tyrants.” Who said this while performing a homicidal act? Marcus Junius Brutus; John Booth; “Crazy” Joe Davola.

2. During the Gulf War, soldiers were given food packets called MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) while in the field. What comical nickname did they give these?

3. What separates the African Basenji dog from all other breeds? It has no tail; it’s the most vicious breed known to man; it doesn’t bark; it has six toes on each paw.

4. How many karats is pure, unalloyed gold? 18; 24; 14; 10.

5. What facial features flank your glabella? Ears; nose; eyebrows; lips.

6. What ingredient is used the most in Cool Whip? Sugar; cream; air; water.

7. From what phobia does a linonophobic suffer? Fear of lines; fear of string; fear of linen fabric; fear of lying.

8. After graduating from Wellesley and Yale, she worked for a major law firm, and was twice named one of the top 100 lawyers in the U.S. Is this lady: Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America; Senator Hillary Clinton of New York; Judith Areen, Dean of Georgetown University Law Center; Janet Reno, the first appointed female U.S. Attorney General?

9. A small electronic device known as the Cyclops is used in what particular sport, and for what purpose?

10. Who said “You don’t have a thing until you give it all away,” after giving all their Nobel Peace Prize winnings to the Shrine of the Virgin in Cuba? Mother Teresa; Ernest Hemmingway; William Faulkner; Henri Dunant, founder of The Red Cross.


1. John Booth while assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. The phrase is sometimes translated to “Death to tyrants.” Coincidentally, both his father and his brother’s names were Junius Brutus. 

2. Meals Rejected by Ethiopians. The MREs have improved greatly since then! 

3. It doesn’t bark. The name Basenji means “small wild thing from the bush.” It’s an athletic breed with an intelligent and affectionate nature. 

4. Twenty-four. 

5. The eyebrows. The glabella is the smooth area between the eyebrows just above the nose. 

6. Water. 

7. Fear of string. 

8. Clinton. 

9. It’s used in tennis, and sets off a sound for a fault service.

10. Ernest Hemmingway.