This week’s questions:
- What gemstone was used in all the medals awarded at the 2008 Olympics?
- What future TV anchorman was the public address announcer in 1962 when the Houston Colt .45s made its debut as a National League baseball expansion team?
- How many children did Bob Cratchit have in the Charles Dicks holiday classic A Christmas Carol?
- What are you afraid of if you have cryophobia?
- What famous American writer penned Rosemary Clooney’s 1951 hit song “Come On-A My House”?
This week’s answers:
- Jade. The 2008 Olympics were held in China, where jade represents beauty and excellence.
- Dan Rather, who was paid $10 a game to handle the microphone for the team, now known as the Astros. At the time Rather was a news director for a Houston TV station.
- Six. They’re identified in the novel as sons Tiny Tim and Peter, daughters Martha and Belinda, and two unnamed younger children, a boy and a girl.
- Extreme cold, first or ice.
- William Saroyan, with his cousin Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville). The two, who were of Armenian ancestry, based their song on an Armenian folk tune.
Source: Workman Publishing/”Page-A-Day”