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Answers to Brainteasers

1. On a cold winter night, you enter a room which contains only an oil lamp, a match, and a wood stove. Which do you light first?

The match, of course! (Yes, these are those kind of questions . . . )

2. Your doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take them every half hour. How long will they last?

We said to make no assumptions (such as how long the effect of each pill would last), so the correct answer is one hour. You take one pill for example at 9 a.m, another a half-hour later at 9:30 a.m., and the last one at 10 a.m. -- one hour later. We didn't say how long the effects of each pill would last.

3. Can a man marry his widow's sister?

Technically, no, since he would have to have passed on to become the widow! However, it has been pointed out that some folks are married to spirits of those who have left this vale, so credit is allowed for that answer too.

4. Divide 30 by 1/2. Then add 10. What is this sum?

70. 30 divided by 1/2 is the same as 30 divided by 0.5 -- which is 60 -- and when you add 10, the answer is 70. If the question had said divided 30 in half, then the final answer would be 25. But we said to make no assumptions, remember? (Some folks answering this question have actually gone through the process of inverting fractions to arrive at the correct answer. These same people point out that the only way to arrive at 15 by dividing 30 in half is to multiply -- 30 times 1/2. Those of us who are numerically challenged salute them! After all, there are three kinds of people in this world, you know, those who can count and those who can't . . . )

5. There are three apples in a box. You take away two. What do you have?

Two apples -- the ones you took. (But we think credit should also be given to those who answer, "One lonely apple"!)

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Answers to Kansas Trivia

1. The seventh game of the World Series this year went eleven innings. The only one that went longer was in 1924 (twelve innings). The pitcher of the 1924 winning team was from Kansas, and has been called the greatest pitcher in baseball history. Can you name this player, give his nickname, and tell us where he was born in Kansas?

Walter "Big Train" Johnson was born in Humboldt, Kansas. He was one of the first baseball players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and rightfully so -- among the amazing statistics highlighting his career, his lifetime ERA (Earned Run Average) was 2.17.

2. This famous American was commemorated by a $.03 postage stamp in the late 1940s. He attended school, was a member of the Presbyterian Church and its choir, and later operated a laundry in Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas. Name this famous American.

George Washington Carver.

3. The mobile home didn't originate in the 20th Century. When new townsites were surveyed and plotted, the promoters commonly offered a free lot to the first house in the new "city." The first house in my home town of Hutchinson was built by A.F. Horner, but not in Hutchinson. The same structure had previously won lots in three other towns before being sledged across the plains to its next location. Can anybody name one of the three previous towns?

The house started out in Brookville before moving to Florence, then Newton, then Hutchinson.

4. When Coronado assembled his group to explore America there was a clergyman in the group. Part of that visit brought them to Kansas. After returning home the clergyman requested permission to return to work among the Kivira (Kansas) Indians. While in Kansas his group was set upon by murderous Indians and all of them escaped except for the priest who stayed behind and thereby aided their getaway. However he was murdered.

Who is this -- the first Christian martyr on Kansas soil -- and can you name one of the three locations where this is a monument erected in his memory?

The padre was Father Juan Padilla. The monuments are located in Council Grove, Herington, and west of Lyons/north of Alden.

5. Judy Garland starred in two movies with "Kansas ties".....name the "other" one.

The Harvey Girls, which featured that great song, "The Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe."


Background: When a Kansas high school sophomore once glanced at his classmate named Sarah, there may have been strong chemistry in that classroom regardless of any subject matter being taught. Such interactive physiognomy would eventually lead to something of special significance.

While the teenage girl dreamed of a career on the stage (theater -- not a horse-drawn carriage), we cannot be sure what the observant student named Frank envisioned for the future. Born right there in Arkansas City, Sarah later assumed a stage name but never quite succeeded in show business after studying her craft in Kansas City.

A dozen years later, Frank and Sarah sure enough tied the old matrimonial knot, and then they retailed paintings and such in order to sustain their new household. (Art was framed.)

The first offspring of Frank and Sarah (aka: Francis and Sara) was a boy named Howard. And later their new baby daughter (named for her maternal grandmother) spent a happy first Christmas with adoring relatives (two sets of grandparents) in Arkansas City. This daughter would also try becoming the Thespian her mother had aspired to be, and later she was widowed with children before marrying a successful lawyer.

Question: Can you also identify that cute little baby girl who first saw Yuletide bright lights and glitter during an Arkansas City, KS, Christmas?

None other than the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor.

7. A rodeo clown/animal trainer from southwest Kansas became nationally known in the late '50s, early '60s for successfully training an American Bison. This person and the bison appeared in the Saga of Andy Burnett, the Buffalo Hunter. A TV Guide in 1961 had a two-page color photo of Charlie Wooster, the cook of Wagon Train, riding the bison. The trainer and bison rode an elevator (causing quite a stir) at the Salt Lake City Tribune office. They participated in a three-way race between the bison, a mule and a horse at Denver's Centennial Turf Club which was photographed and published in Life magazine, and participated in the Inauguration Parade of President John F. Kennedy in January, 1961, where they were called back to the viewing stand by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson until security officials rushed them on.

The trainer himself appeared in Marilyn Monroe's Bus Stop and Desert Sands. Name the trainer and his trusty steed. (The bison had a stage name; either his original or stage name) is acceptable.

Buddy Heaton is the rodeo clown, and Old Grunter (stage name Clyde) is the bison.

9. According to at least some of his biographers, Billy the Kid was afraid of only one man. That man, a sometime member of Billy's gang, was a Kansan who left his home in Greenwood County to trail cattle west into Colorado in the early 1870s, then became involved in a train robbery between Kinsley and Dodge City before going on down into New Mexico. He met his end either by being beheaded in Old Mexico, where he was hiding out from U.S. authorities, after cheating in a game of cards (version number 1) or (version number 2) left Mexico with a herd of cattle to the northwest country where he later died an alcoholic in Oregon. Who was he?

Dave Rudabaugh. (We never said these were easy!)

10. It seems that Kansas is blessed with many interesting newspaper editors. This one once said that "Kansans have the box seats of the world's theater and can always see the figures, issues, events, causes, and cataclysms waiting in the wings for the cue from fate. For things start in Kansas that finish in history." Name that editor.

William Allen White, the famous editor in Emporia, Kansas.

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Answers to Voices Puzzle

The illustrations on this issue's front cover all come from materials in KanColl. Can you identify the pages where they are found?

1. Kitchen [Oyster Stew]

"The More Things Change . . ." Postcards from Jude Glad.

2. Bells [On Earth Peace . . .]

Jude Glad's Holiday Postcards (New Year's).

3. Landscape [The Surveyor's Trade]

Jude Glad's Holiday Postcards (Kansas Day).

4. Sunflower [The Wheat Dreamer]

Jude Glad's Holiday Postcards (Kansas Day Poem).

5. Laughing girl [Just for Fun!]

"The More Things Change . . ." Postcards from Jude Glad.

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