Assorted Trifles: Thousands of Tantalizing Trivia Tidbits

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Random House Reference, 2005 - Reference - 237 pages
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Ever wonder which U.S. presidents never attended college? Or the names of all the recipients of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” award? How about the rundown of famous directors’ first feature films, the names of celebrities who have received an honorary degree at Harvard, or the types of items that are absolutely forbidden on eBay?

Find answers to these questions and hundreds of others in Assorted Trifles, a collection of the most tantalizing trivia that puzzle expert Stanley Newman has encountered in his career. Open it and sample one or two. You never know what you’re going to get.

A sampling of Assorted Trifles:

Shakespeare opening lines * Prohibited items on eBay * Celebrity epitaphs * Husbands of Elizabeth Taylor * Beatles #1 tunes * Woodstock '69 performers * Expressions from the Bible * Names of popes * Common phobias * Unusual museums * Major cities on Route 66 * Countries’ former names * Chinese zodiac animals


Stanley Newman is the editor of Newsday’s nationally syndicated crossword and the coauthor of the best-selling 10,000 Answers: The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia. He runs trivia tournaments, hosts an annual puzzle cruise, and has written or edited more than 100 books.

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Acclaimed puzzle creator, editor, and publisher Stanley Newman is crossword editor for "Newsday", with puzzles syndicated worldwide. He holds the world record for the fastest completion of a "New York Times" crossword.

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