This week’s questions:
- Which two states–both of which also call themselves commonwealths–once were a single state?
- What language is the source of the word admiral?
- For what films did Hollywood best buddies George Clooney and Matt Damon gain 30 pounds?
- What unique distinction does the racehorse Dancer’s Image hold in Kentucky Derby history?
- How long and wide is a standard Olympic-size swimming pool?
This week’s answers:
- Virginia and Kentucky. Kentucky, which originally was a sprawling western county of Virginia, was granted permission to apply for statehood by Virginia’s General Assembly in 1789.
- Arabic. The word is derived from the Arabic term amir-al-bahr, which means “commancer (or prince) of the sea.”
- Clooney for his Oscar-winning portrayal of CIA operative Bob Barnes in Syriana (2005); and Damon for his portrayal of corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre in The Informant (2009).
- The cray hold was the only horse to be disqualified after crossing the finish line first in the Derby.
- 164 feet long and 82 feet wide.
Source: Workman Publishing/”Page-A-Day”