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5. LEGEND: What was the name of King Arthur’s legendary sword? 6. ART: Who painted “Christina’s World”? 1. POLITICS: How long did Margaret Thatcher serve as prime minister of Great Britain? 2. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek prefix “ornitho” mean? 3. HISTORY: How did the Native American leader Crazy Horse die? 4. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the highest waterfall in the world?

7. ENTERTAINERS: How many times were actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor married? 8. LITERATURE: Which one of Charles Dickens’ novels was unfinished at his death? 9. MATH: What does the symbol “r” stand for in geometry? (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

is 3,212 feet high. 5. Excalibur 6. Andrew Wyeth 7. Twice 8. “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” 9. Radius 1. 12 years 2. Bird 3. Stabbed with a bayonet while trying to escape custody 4. Angel Falls (Venezuela)

Wrigley Field (Continued): • The bleachers and scoreboard were implemented in 1937; the original scoreboard remains intact today and is manually operating. It has never been struck with a batted ball. • A longtime tradition is the flying of a “W” or “L” flag atop the scoreboard at the conclusion of every game signifying either a win or loss. • Wrigley Field has seen many firsts: the first permanent concession stand and the beginning of the traditions of allowing fans to keep foul balls and throwing back home runs hit by the opposing team. • Wrigley Field has also seen many classic moments in baseball history, including the famous pitching duel in 1917 between Jim “Hippo” Vaughn and the Cincinnati Reds’ Fred Toney. • The most famous incident to take place at Wrigley Field is Babe Ruth’s alleged “call shot” in the 1932 World Series, where Ruth pointed toward the outfield just before nailing a home run into the bleachers. • Wrigley Field is more affected by harsh wind conditions than any other Major League ballpark because of nearby Lake Michigan.

• The park’s nickname is the Friendly Confines, and it is the last standing Federal League ballpark. • The Cubs, often referred to as “The Lovable Losers,” are famous for never winning a World Series at Wrigley Field, yet they are still one of the most successful franchises in baseball history. • The famous “Da Curse of the Bill Goat” dates back to 1945 at the fourth game of the World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. William “Billy Goat” Sianis and his goat Murphy were removed from the game because of the goat’s odor, and an angered Sianis placed a curse on the Cubs that said they would never win a championship. The Cubs lost game four, the World Series and have not won a World Series since.

A WORLD OF ADVENTURE North America obviously doesn’t corner the market on men and woman of courage and adventurous spirit. Here are a few of the more interesting recent examples of our fellow explorers across the globe. • Alastair Humphreys of the United Kingdom has ridden his bicycle over 46,000 miles in various locales around the world. Humphreys did this before he was 35 years old. He has also crossed Iceland’s glacial highlands entirely on foot and is planning what will be the longest journey to the South Pole ever attempted without support. • After travelling nearly everywhere on the globe, Humphreys decided to see more of the country of his birth. He spent all of 2011 in Great Britain. He completed an ambitious group of “microadventures,” beginning and ending these trips at the front door of his home outside London.

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Q: I can barely stand the wait -- when will “Pretty Little Liars” be back? -- Sissy R., via e-mail A: The third season of the hit ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars” will be back and raring to go on Tuesday,

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It was our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who made the following sage observation: “No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” If you are a stay-at-home mom, you probably won’t be surprised by a recent study that found lower levels of stress in mothers who work outside the home than in those who stay with their kids all day. George Reeves is best known for playing the title role in the 1950s TV show “Adventures of Superman.” The role was a risky one, though -- not in front of the camera, but during his numerous public appearances. It seems that fans wanted to test the strength of the Man of Steel, so they often kicked and punched him. At a 1953 appearance in Detroit, one boy pulled out his father’s loaded .45 Army Colt and aimed it at Reeves’ chest. By telling the boy that the bullets would bounce off his own chest and ricochet into the crowd, harming others, Reeves managed to get the boy to put the gun down. Though unenforced (and likely unenforceable), there is a law on the books in Tennessee that bars atheists, preachers and duelists from holding elected office. Are you lissotrichous? If you don’t have curls in your hair, you are. Of course, you may not be able to tell if you are atrichous (bald), a condition that may be caused by trichotillomania, the compulsion to pull out your own hair. If you’ve been married for 40 years or more, you can be pretty confident that the union will last. Only 1 in every 1,000 marriages of such duration end in divorce. ***

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June 5, at 8 p.m. The series picks up with Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hanna dealing with the fact that Mona is the mysterious “A” who’s been blackmailing them. While the character died in the book series on which the TV series is based, actress Janel Parrish, who plays Mona, has been upgraded to a series regular and will play a bigger role in the upcoming season. However, just because Mona’s been outed as “A,” it doesn’t mean she murdered Allison -- that culprit is still on the loose. *** Q: My family has been waiting anxiously for the season-three episodes of the “Downton Abbey” series to be aired. Our relatives in Europe have already seen the latest continuing episodes of the popular British series. Can you tell us when we can expect season-three episodes to start here in the U.S.? -- Tom S., Hartford County, Conn. A: Your European relatives might be confusing season two with season three, as season three is still in production. While Europe will get to see the third season before us -- it’s scheduled to air on ITV in England in September, and here in America on PBS in January 2013 -- I can guarantee you that, as of now, they haven’t seen any more than you have. *** Q: I’m a big fan of Scott Aukerman, and I especially love his podcast, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” I heard that it is going to become a TV series. Is that true? -- Jonathan V., via e-mail A: You heard right! Writer/comedian Scott Aukerman -- who is best known for his work with “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and for co-creating “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis” -- will indeed be bringing his hilarious podcast to the small screen. IFC has picked up “Comedy Bang! Bang!” which premieres Friday, June 8, at 10 p.m. To gear up for the show -- which will feature such big-name stars as Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks -- go to ifc.com/fix/2012/05/reggie-watts-makes-music to see Jon Hamm show off his freestyle skills on an improvised jam about the classic TV show “Taxi.” And check the website often, as new webisodes will air throughout the season. *** Q: In my opinion, the fourth season of “Southland” was the best yet. Please tell me it’s been renewed for another season! -- Matt F., Sacramento, Calif. A: It would seem that the powers that be at TNT agree with your assessment of “Southland,” as they have renewed the hit cop series for a 10-episode fifth season, which is scheduled to begin airing in February 2013. As the date gets closer, I’ll be sure to fill my readers in on all the details. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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“Coriolanus” (R) -- Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this bold adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays. The lines are the same, but the setting has been updated to a modern landscape of urban warfare. Caius Martius (Fiennes) is a Roman war hero who comes home with a thousand-yard stare. His mother, Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave), pushes him into politics, but the people of Rome reject Caius as a warmonger. Caius then teams up with his nemesis, Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler), to take revenge on Rome. Fiennes just radiates that he “gets” Shakespeare and wants others to see it the way he does. He also understands that a war movie needs heartpounding action. The characters speak in iambic pentameter about the state of Rome, but the adaptation plunges the material into our world -- where war, politics, human nature and public opinion collide just like they always have. “We Need to Talk About Kevin” (R) -- Imagine if your first child just plain hated you since the day he was born. Tilda Swinton plays a woman who puts her dreams aside to start a family, then gives birth to a son, Kevin, who is just impossibly cruel and creepy. Kevin’s father (John C. Reilly) is an affable sort who just doesn’t see it. This movie is unsettling. Rather unsettling. You might remain unsettled after the credits. “Goon” (R) -- Seann William Scott plays Doug, a bouncer who wishes he had something to be proud of. In a chance encounter at a minor-league hockey game, Doug leverages his only skill -- punching people -- into a career as a professional on-ice bruiser. This lowbrow sports comedy is genuinely funny for those who can handle the violence. You can’t help but love Scott’s true-blue underdog, misguidedly trying to impress his family one fistfight at a time. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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• Among his explorations in 2011 was a hike up the M25, the well-known roadway that is notorious for having the worst traffic in the country. He also swam the Thames River, familiarized himself with the UK’s public transportation and spent several days living entirely off the land. ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might have to turn your Arian charm up a few degrees if you hope • Humphreys used social media to encourage his to persuade that persistent pessimist to see the possifellow adventurers to record video diaries of bilities in your project. Whatever you do, don’t give their own “microadventures.” Through Twitter, up. he received a surprising number of responses, TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A “tip” about a cosome from as far away as Japan. worker’s “betrayal” might well raise the Bovine’s rage levels. But before charging into a confrontation, • Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner let an unbiased colleague do some fact checking. recently became the only woman to summit all 14 of the peaks worldwide that measure GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a relationover 26,000 feet (8,000 m). She completed the ship still seems to be moving too slowly to suit your staggering feat in 2011, besting the K2 near the expectations, it’s best not to push it. Let it develop border of China and Pakistan. at its own pace. You’ll soon get news about a workplace change. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A continually changing personal situation makes you feel as if you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. But hold on tight; stability starts to set in early next week. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Believe it or not, someone might dare to say “No!” to the Regal One’s suggestion. But instead of being miffed, use this rebuff to recheck the proposition and, perhaps, make some changes. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might find it difficult to make a decision about a family matter. But delay can only lead to more problems. Seek out trusted counsel and then make that important decision. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Concentrate your focus on what needs to be done, and avoid frittering away your energies on less-important pursuits. There’ll be time later for fun and games. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Although the conflicts seem to be letting up, you still need to be wary of being drawn into workplace intrigues. Plan a special weekend event for family and/or friends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your quick wit helps you work through an already difficult situation without creating more problems. Creative aspects begin to dominate by the week’s end. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Be patient. You’ll soon receive news about a project that means so much to you. Meanwhile, you might want to reconsider a suggestion you previously turned down. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) There are still some aspects about that new job offer you need to resolve. In the meantime, another possibility seems promising. Be sure to check that out as well. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Opening up your emotional floodgates could leave you vulnerable to being hurt later on. Watch what you say, in order to avoid having your words come back to haunt you. BORN THIS WEEK: You’re usually the life of the party, which gets you on everyone’s invitation list. You also have a flair for politics. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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A World of Adventure (Continued): • Kaltenbrunner had nearly gotten the record in 1. Who was the last San Francis2010 on the very same mountain. She was only co Giants player before Buster 400 meters from the summit when tragedy struck. Posey in 2010 to have a hitting Her partner, mountaineer Fredrik Ericsson, streak of more than 20 games? slipped while climbing above her and tumbled below. Kaltenbrunner immediately abandoned 2. Name the last shortstop before Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera in 2011 to have her mission in an attempt to rescue her partner. five hits and two home runs in the same game. Unfortunately, Ericsson’s injuries from the fall proved fatal. 3. Who was the youngest player to become a • The tragic 2010 trip to K2 was Kaltenbrunner’s member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame? fifth attempt to scale the most dangerous peak on Earth. An infamous section of the K2 known as 4. How many consecutive NCAA Tournament the “Bottleneck” claimed 11 lives in 2008 alone. appearances did North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith have during his career? • Scottish bicyclist Danny MacAskill quit his job as a mechanic in 2009 so he could pursue riding full- 5. Only one player has recorded two hat tricks in time. Before, he would ride after work but felt he NHL All-Star Game history. Name him. was falling short of his cycling dreams. 6. Who was the first American to score a hat trick • In March of 2009, MacAskill had his roommate in English Premiere League soccer? Dave Sowerby tag along and film as he performed a series of outrageous tricks around and across 7. In 2012, Lindsey Vonn set a women’s skiing World Cup points record for a season with 1,980. Edingburgh’s most famous landmarks. Who had held the mark? • The video became a viral sensation, being viewed (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. more than 27 million times! • The feats that MacAskill performed on the video a friendship with the commercials’ director, were so astounding that some viewers accused Christopher Guest. Later he would cast her for him of using special effects. MacAskill was big spotlight roles in his films “Best in Show” inspired by the idea of creating physical puzzles and “A Mighty Wind.” using the landscape. His goal was to show how • People strongly associate John Travolta with his bicycle could overcome seemingly impossible his starring role as Danny Zuko in the smash obstacles. movie version of “Grease.” Yet five years THE PATH OF A STAR earlier another future star played the same role Among the countless actors and actresses that in a theater production of “Grease.” He was a have graced our TVs or movie screens, there are then little-known actor named Richard Gere. an untold number of fascinating stories about how • Before he became the blockbuster superstar we those men and women got there in the first place. know from such movies as “Rain Man” and Here are a few of the most interesting ones. “Mission: Impossible,” Tom Cruise considered a far different calling: priesthood. In fact, • Although Elvis wasn’t primarily an actor (though he told Parade magazine: “I looked at the he did appear in 31 movies between 1956 priesthood and said, ‘This is what I’m going to and 1969), his eighth grade teacher certainly do.’” Fortunately for Hollywood, he ultimately encouraged acting over his eventual day job. She decided not to become “Father Cruise.” told him that he had no “aptitude for singing.” • Before becoming the world-famous director Fortunately, he politely disagreed with her of the two highest-grossing movies of all time, appraisal and became the best-selling recording “Titanic” and “Avatar,” James Cameron drove artist of all time. a bus for a living. • Emmy-nominated actress Jane Lynch of the hit • Long before winning an Oscar in 1997 for Best Fox show “Glee” got her first break from doing Supporting Actor in “Jerry Maguire,” Cuba commercials for Frosted Flakes. She struck up Gooding worked as a back-up dancer for

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Tidbits of Tri-Cities PATH OF A STAR (continued): Lionel Richie. When Richie played the Olympics in 1984, Gooding was with him. • Mick Jagger once considered a more stable calling than “internationally famous rock star.” He originally studied to be an accountant at the London School of Economics.

On May 31, 1859, the massive clock-tower bell known as Big Ben, located at the top of the • Legendary actor Christopher Lee — who has appeared in over 275 movies and shows in his 320-foot-high St. Stephen’s Tower, rings out long, illustrious career — was once a heroic figure over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in another life, too. He was a Special Operations London, for the first time. Just two months later, Executive during World War II, serving as part of however, the heavy striker cracked the bell. an elite unit commissioned directly by Winston Churchill. On May 30, 1911, the inaugural Indianapolis 500 is run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway • Also serving in the unit with Christopher Lee was Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Many in Indiana. With the exception of a break in 1917 of Bond’s adventures were actually modeled and 1918 for World War I and from 1942 to 1945 after Fleming’s own experiences with the elite for World War II, the 200-lap, 2 1/2-mile race commando unit. has been run every year. • Kurt Russell has been on our TVs and movie On June 1, 1926, Norma Jeane Mortenson -screens since the 1970s, but did you know he was who will become known as the glamorous acalso a champion athlete? Before injury, Russell tress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe -- is born played minor league baseball. His batting average in Los Angeles. During World War II, a photogwhen he retired was .586! He was a pretty rapher “discovered” the naturally photogenic good race car driver also, winning six national Norma Jeane while she was working in a Calichampionships before he was 21. fornia munitions factory. On May 29, 1932, the so-called Bonus Expeditionary Force, a group of 1,000 World War I veterans seeking cash payments for their veterans’ bonus certificates, arrive in Washington, D.C. One month later, that number had swelled to nearly 20,000 strong. On June 3, 1956, Santa Cruz, Calif., authorities announced a total ban on rock and roll music at public gatherings. Just two weeks later, Time magazine reported on similar bans enacted in Asbury Park, N.J., and San Antonio, Texas. On June 2, 1967, Capt. Howard Levy, 30, a dermatologist from Brooklyn, is convicted by a general court-martial of willfully disobeying orders. Levy had refused to provide basic instruction in skin disease to Green Beret medics, saying it would be used as a “tool of political persuasion” in Vietnam. He did 26 months hard labor and was dismissed from the service. On May 28, 1987, Matthias Rust, a 19-year-old amateur pilot from West Germany, takes off from Helsinki, Finland, and travels undetected through more than 400 miles of Soviet airspace. After Rust landed his small Cessna aircraft in Red Square by the Kremlin, an American diplomat in the Soviet Union joked, “Maybe we should build a bunch of Cessnas.” (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

ANSWERS Sports Quiz Answers 1. Robby Thompson hit in 21 consecutive games in 1993. 2. Barry Larkin of the Reds in 2000. 3. Chicago’s Gayle Sayers, at age 34, was elected in 1977. 4. Twenty-three consecutive seasons. 5. Mario Lemieux in 1988 (three goals) and 1990 (four). 6. Clint Dempsey, with Fulham in 2012. 7. Janica Kostelic set the previous record in 2006 (1,970).

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Dog’s Hair Isn’t Growing Back DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I recently read your column on pet allergies. I have an English Setter that has had fleas and a skin problem. “Ladybird” has lost a lot of hair, and it doesn’t seem to be growing back. Can you give me some tips on getting her hair to grow back? Is medicine available for this? -- Edward S. Owensville, Mo. DEAR EDWARD: Hair loss can be symptomatic of many conditions, not just in English Setters but many breeds. So if you haven’t taken Ladybird to the veterinarian yet, schedule an appointment. The vet should rule out any underlying illness, including thyroidism, and can give you advice on looking for a skin or food allergy. The frequent scratching that occurs with a flea infestation can result in scratched and broken skin, sometimes leading to an infection. And, many dogs are allergic to the “flea dust” left behind by fleas -- literally, their droppings -and can continue having a reaction, including hair loss and frequent scratching, after the fleas are gone. A skin infection can be treated with antibiotics. An allergic reaction can be treated, in the short term, with a steroid, which will reduce irritation and swelling. Be sure to dust, vacuum and thoroughly clean your home, including bedding and furniture, to reduce the allergens -- including flea dust that was left behind -- in Ladybird’s environment. Keep in contact with your vet about any improvement or lack of improvement in her condition. Her hair could take several weeks to grow back fully, but you want to make sure the source of the skin problem is dealt with. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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