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Previous Challenges, their answers and winners:

April 3, 2014:
One half of a famous comedy double act of the 1920s and 1930s, this man said: “If you cry at my funeral, I’ll never talk to you again!” Who said this?
Answer: To be announced in next week’s newsletter.
Winner: To be announced in next week’s newsletter.

March 3, 2014:
This American Author was born in Salinas, CA. His Pulitzer Prize winning novel, published in 1939, follows the Joad family from Oklahoma to California. He later received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962. Who is this author?
Answer: John Steinbeck
Winner: Isadora Barland of Manchester, NH.

February 19, 2014:
In 1964, 50 years ago this month, what classic, Stanley Kubrick film delivered this famous, oxymoronic line “Gentlemen. You can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!”?
Answer: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Winner: Vince Marzo, of Glendale, CA.

February 12, 2014:
In 2004, a 20 ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor “the enduring spirit of freedom” was laid where?
Answer: At the base of the World Trade Center site.
Winner: H D West, of Jackson, MS

February 4, 2014:
In terms of acreage, what was the largest wildfire in US history?
Answer: According to various sources, the Miramichi Fire of 1825 was the largest and burned about 3 million acres. Some sources claim that the Peshtigo Fire of 1871 was one of the largest, burning anywhere from 1.2 million to around 3 million acres.
Winner: Verlee Terwilliger, of Santa Clarita, CA

January 26, 2014:
What is the largest open pit mine in North America?
Answer: Bingham Canyon Mine, located near Salt Lake City, is the deepest open pit mine, and the Hull Rust mine near Hibbing, Minnesota covers the most acreage.
Winner: Earlene Mara, of Pawtucket, RI

January 18, 2014:
According to the US Census Bureau, in 2009, 158,000 dads were performing this task as their occupation?
Answer: A stay-at-home dad/ homemaker.
Winner: Catherine Gorneault, of Southington, CT

January 10, 2014:
Which President’s son has the distinction of being the only person to be present or at least close to three Presidential assassinations?
Answer: Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln
Winner: Kathi Mulhall, of Darby, PA

January 3, 2014:
What is the largest National Park in the United States?
Answer: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, located in Alaska and contains 13.2 million acres.
Winner: Danny Thomas, of Rosamond, CA

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