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1. LANGUAGE: What does the Greek prefix “crypto” mean? 2. MEASUREMENTS: If the outside temperature is 10 degrees on the Celsius scale, what temperature is it on the Fahrenheit scale?

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6. LAW: Legally speaking, what does a testament do? 7. GEOGRAPHY: What modern-day country is in an area known in ancient times as Lusitania? 8. MEDICINE: What disease is caused by deficiency of vitamin A?

3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: The Julian calendar was named for whom?

9. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “The Swiss Family Robinson”?

4. ASTRONOMY: What is perihelion?

10. MATH: What does the symbol “r” stand for in geometry?

5. CHEMISTRY: What is the symbol for the element magnesium?

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1. Hidden 2. 50 degrees F 3. Julius Caesar 4. Point in orbit where an object is closest to the Sun 5. Mg 6. Indicates how a person’s personal property should be distributed 7. Portugal 8. Night blindness 9. Johann David Wyss 10. Radius of a circle

NOW, THAT’S CORNY! (continued): • About 40 percent of the world’s corn is grown for the next year’s crop. in the United States. Over half of the U.S. corn • Most things in nature that have rows or lines grows in four states: Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and tend to grow in even numbers. This comes Minnesota. The “Corn Belt” in the United States about with cell division; one cell dividing is typically defined as the above four states into two and continuing evenly. Corn kernels plus Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas. The always grow in an even number of rows. An corn-growing region has relatively level land, average ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 adequate rainfall and rich, fertile soil. rows. • For the last two decades Iowa has produced • One of the primary uses of field corn is the largest corn crop of any state. Actually animal feed. Approximately 40 percent of Iowa produces more corn than most countries. the U. S. corn crop is used as livestock and For example, Iowa grows about three times as poultry feed. much as corn as Mexico, even though the corn consumption per person there is almost three • Included in this 40 percent is the production of distiller’s grain, a co-product from ethanol times higher than in the United States. production that is a great supplement for • Approximately 90 percent of the corn in the animal feed. United States is grown on family farms. Irrigation is usually unnecessary, with 87 percent of the • Another use of field corn is ethanol production. In 2010, 36.5 percent of the U.S. corn crop corn grown using only natural rainfall. was used to produce ethanol. Ethanol is a • There are five varieties of corn: 1) field corn, clean alternative fuel that is blended with 70 which is used for livestock feed, fuel and percent of the gasoline produced in the United industrial products; 2) popcorn; 3) food-grade States and comprises about 4.6 percent of corn, used for numerous food products like corn total U.S. gasoline consumption. bread and tortillas; 4) sweet corn, the best to eat; and 5) seed corn, grown for kernels to be used • Lastly, field corn is used for a variety of industrial products, including bioplastics, fabrics, crayons, compostable tableware and food containers. • Popcorn has been part of American cuisine since before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492. In fact, research indicates that likely ancestors of Native Americans enjoyed popcorn before the birth of Christ. • Nutritionally, popcorn is a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates yet low in fat and calories, making it a great betweenmeal snack. Air-popped popcorn contains 31

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It’s not known who made the following sage observation: “Arguing about whether the glass is half-full or half-empty misses the point, which is this: The bartender cheated you.” The longest war in history lasted 335 years and resulted in exactly zero casualties. In 1651, the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly off Great Britain declared war upon each other, but nothing ever came of the conflict and it was soon forgotten. Finally, in 1986, the two combatants agreed to a peace treaty. Do you suffer from cacodemonomania? If you believe that you are possessed by an evil spirit, you do. The world’s smallest mammal can be found only in Thailand and Myanmar. Weighing about as much as a dime, Kitti’s hog-nosed bat is sometimes called the bumblebee bat due to its diminutive size. You might be surprised to learn that an eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

Q: I haven’t heard much about the upcoming movie “The Lone Ranger,” starring my favorite actor, Johnny Depp. Please tell me that the movie is still being made and will be released! -- Pauli A., Colchester, Vt. A: The big-screen version of the small-screen classic -- starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger -- is on track for a July 3, 2013, release. The movie, which also stars Johnny’s “Sweeney Todd” co-star Helena Bonham Carter, ran into some delays earlier on due to rewrites, and more recently because of budgetary concerns. *** Q: I am so happy that “Leverage” has started a new season. Can you tell me what to look for this season? -- Geoff F., via e-mail A: I recently spoke with Beth Riesgraf, who plays Parker, the Leverage team’s resident thief, cat burglar, pickpocket and safecracker extraordinaire. Like you, Beth is excited for the action/ dramedy’s fifth season, telling me: “All I can say is that there is a reason that we are in Portland, and there will be a payoff to that toward the end of the season. “For Parker personally, she’s in a good place. Now she’s able to be a part of something bigger, and she’s able to socialize. No one’s going to (mess) with her because she’s still got her edge, and she’s smart as a whip. I think she’s opened up socially and emotionally. Some of those boundaries have been let down and she kind of understands how to get along in society.” *** Q: I really like the actor who plays Ben on TNT’s “Falling Skies.” Can you tell me more about him? -- Leanne W., Salem, Mass. A: Toronto native Connor Jessup -- who plays the middle son of Noah Wylie’s character, Tom Mason -- started acting at the age of 11 and counts among his loves directing, writing and producing along with acting. The 18-year-old stars in the big-screen drama “Blackbird,” which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, where he will be presented with the Toronto Rising Star Award (along with three or four other recipients). Connor is thrilled to be chosen as a Rising Star, and he told me: “TIFF means a lot to me. It’s a big part of my life. It was probably a main factor in influencing my love of movies and my discovery of film. I’m very honored to be chosen, especially since it’s my hometown, home festival. I’m looking forward to it.” *** Q: I love the new “Dallas” -- it’s just what I’ve been missing from my regular TV lineup. Will it be back for another season? -- Gail W., via e-mail A: I wholeheartedly agree with you. I got chills as I watched the premiere episode and those familiar strains of the “Dallas” theme started up. TNT has indeed renewed the hit series. The network has ordered 15 episodes for its second season, which is scheduled to air in 2013. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

NOW, THAT’S CORNY! (continued): calories per cup, oil-popped popcorn contains 55 calories per cup, and lightly buttered popcorn contains 133 calories per cup. Three cups of popped popcorn equals one serving from the grain group. • Reports in March 2012 from a study conducted at the University of Scranton indicated that the crunchy hull of popcorn is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that prevent damage to cells and may have diseasefighting properties.

The Beatles was not the first band in which John Lennon played. Those previous groups obviously didn’t work out, though; in fact, at one point Lennon broke a washboard over a bandmate’s head during a dispute. After the Beatles’ success, though, Lennon apologized in style: He • By the way, when popcorn pops, it bought the poor guy a supermarket. forms two basic shapes: snowflake and mushroom. Movie theater and ballpark Those who study such things say that armadillos can be popcorn are snowflake-shaped because housebroken. this form looks and pops bigger. Mushroom popcorn is used more for At sea level, water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. At candy because it doesn’t crumble. the top of Mount Everest, though, the lower air pressure reduces the boiling point to 156 degrees.

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*** Thought for the Day: “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” -- G.K. Chesterton (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

• Sweet corn differs from other corn varieties in that it is genetically distinct and accumulates twice the amount of sugar as field corn. The sought-after taste of sweet corn is best experienced by eating it directly off the cob. The Papoon variety of sweet corn, the first variety acquired by European settlers in North America, can be traced back to the Iroquois tribe of Native Americans in 1779.

• Constantine, Michigan, proclaims itself the “Seed Corn Capital of the

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“The Dictator” (R) -- In the fictional North-African nation of Wadiya, supreme dictator Adm. Gen. Aladeen rules with a bejeweled iron fist. In a satire of Muammar Gaddafi and other autocrats, Aladeen lives in obscene luxury while tossing off one-liners full of anti-Semitism and hate for Western society -- except the celebrities he loves. This is the newest character from Sacha Baron Cohen, who previously brought praise and infamy with “Borat” and “Bruno.” “The Dictator” is entirely scripted, which explains why it’s missing the edge of the last two films. It also tries to incorporate a romantic comedy aspect that pleases neither fans of Cohen’s dark satire or fans of romantic comedies.

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“A Separation” (PG-13) -- This drama from Iran is a stunner. It’s a gripping, real, relevant and touching story about a family falling apart. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband and daughter, but her husband won’t leave his ailing father suffering from Alzheimer’s. This means Simin is not allowed to leave the country. She moves in with her parents, and her husband hires a maid to help care for his father. Life takes a few twists, and the people who just wanted things to go back to normal have to hold together what they have left through rough times. “Chimpanzee” (G) -- Disney knows how to produce a nature documentary. Sure, it’s more sympathetic than scientific. The result, however, is an affecting look at another species, one that is intolerably fun to watch and also in peril. Narrated by Tim Allen, the film tells the story of Oscar, a baby chimp orphaned in the jungle. In true Disney fashion, the visuals are stunning, the story can reel in kids and adults, and the 77 minute runtime is backed with many adoring sighs of “Aaawww.”

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Tidbits of Tri-Cities 1. Who was the last Detroit Tigers pitcher before Justin Verlander (24 in 2011) to win at least 20 games in a season?

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2. In 2011, Johnny Damon became the ninth player in baseball history to have 200 homers and 400 stolen bases for a career. Name four of the first eight. 3. In 2011, Carolina rookie Cam Newton passed for 854 yards in his first two NFL games, setting a record. Who had held the passing-yardage mark? 4. Who is the only men’s college basketball player to start in four Final Fours? 5. Only two NHL defensemen since 2000 have averaged a point per game for a season. Name them.

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World.” Reportedly, 20 percent of the seed corn production in the United States occurs in greater Constantine and the surrounding counties. • Food-grade corn comes generally as either white corn or yellow corn. Yellow corn is more prevalent, but with the swelling Latino population in the United States and the fact that white corn is preferred for Latino recipes (for example, Mexican tortillas), the demand for food-grade white corn is increasing. • Corn is one of the most pervasive food ingredients in the world today. Consider this list of corncontaining foods that is significant but far from complete: baking mixes, baking powders, cornbread, corn flakes, Fritos, grits, hominy, margarine, popcorn, tortillas. Consider also the many non-food items that contain corn: aspirin, cough syrups, envelopes, gelatin capsules, powders, stamps, starched clothing, talcums, toothpaste, soaps and vitamins. Corn is actually an ingredient in more than 3,000 grocery products! • There are many corn festivals across the United States, mostly in August and September. There are even some corn festivals in Canada. Probably one of the biggest and longest-running annual festivals is the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival in Mendota, Illinois. In its 65th year, the festival serves free corn that has been cooked “with the help of a vintage steam engine.”

Lunchbox tip: Assemble your sandwich the night before (without veggies). Wrap in waxed paper and freeze. Add veggies and a condiment packet in a separate bag. Your sandwich will thaw by lunchtime and will stay cold! “Plant banana skins in your garden, just below the surface. They rot quickly and provide nutrients for growing plants.” -- A.R. “My girls get a little crazy with back-to-school clothes shopping -- they want everything! Before we go, we pull out all the clothes they have and assess their needs. We keep a count of shirts, skirts, shorts and pants so we don’t overbuy and have too many. They also make outfits out of what they have, so we can see if anything needs to be bought for that purpose. And undergarments and socks are replenished first, so they get included in the budget!” -- S.S. “Always keep two needles threaded, one with black and one with white. When you have a rip, a button comes off or a hem comes out of your clothes, and you are in a hurry, you can use one of these for a quick repair.” -- J.R.

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Running With Your Dog On Aug. 24, 79, after centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the 18th century, the cities were rediscovered and excavated, providing an unprecedented archaeological record of the everyday life of an ancient civilization.

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I started my own fitness training about four months ago, and have done pretty well with daily runs. Now that my dog “Spirit” is out of puppyhood -- he’s about 9 months old -- I’ve tried to take him along. But he didn’t seem too excited the first time we went running together. He stopped running and tugged on his leash back toward home after just half a mile. How can I get Spirit into running? -- Curt C., Boulder, Colo.

On Aug. 25, 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York Sun newspaper. The hoax articles offered vivid description: enormous amethyst crystals and lush vegetation, as well as animals such as unicorns, two-legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. On Aug. 23, 1902, pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer, who changed the way Americans prepare food by advocating the use of standardized measurements in recipes, opens Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery in Boston. On Aug. 20, 1920, the owners of four Ohio League teams -- the Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Indians and Dayton Triangles -- meet to form a new professional football league. Football star Jim Thorpe was nominated as president of the new league. On Aug. 21, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting Hawaii into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows. On Aug. 22, 1962, President Charles De Gaulle of France survives one of several assassination attempts against him thanks to the superior handling performance of the presidential automobile, the Citroen DS 19. During the attack, a hail of 140 bullets shattered the car’s rear window and punctured all four of its tires. On Aug. 26, 1974, Charles Lindbergh, the first man to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, dies in Maui, Hawaii, at the age of 72. To reduce weight on the plane during his famous flight, everything that was not essential was left out: radio, gas gauge, night-flying lights, navigation equipment and parachute (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Sports Quiz Answers 1. Tommy John in 1978-79. 2. True. He had 189 victories in 13 A.L. seasons and 135 in 14 N.L. seasons. 3. It was 1967, under coach Murray Warmath. 4. Four seasons. 5. Rosaire Paiement, in 1968. 6. It was 1976 (Dave Marcis). 7. Roger Federer has won the event six times.

Salmon and Cucumber Sandwich Even on a hot August lunch break, this sandwich can lower the temperature, even if the thermometer doesn’t budge! 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried dill weed 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can pink salmon, drained, boned, skinned and flaked 3/4 cup finely chopped unpeeled cucumber 3 pita bread rounds, halved 1. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed. Add salmon and cucumber. Mix gently to combine. 2. For each sandwich, spoon about 1/2 cup salmon mixture into a pita half. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 6 servings. ¥ Each serving equals: About 180 calories, 4g fat, 16g protein, 20g carb., 688mg sodium, 1g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 1/2 Meat, 1 Starch. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

DEAR CURT: You’ve got to work Spirit up to it, just as you had to work your fitness upward. He gave a really clear signal that a half mile was his initial maximum distance; at that point it was time to take him home. Spirit is still very young to be out running, so don’t get discouraged by that firstday showing; just gradually increase the distance each day in small increments, take Spirit home, and finish your own run. Running with your dog can be rewarding, providing companionship and even a measure of security. But keep your dog’s welfare in mind throughout the exercise. Heidi Ganahl of Camp Bow Wow offered some important tips for keeping your dog safe while running: --Don’t feed your dog less than 1 hour before or after running, to avoid the possibility of bloat. --Put sunblock on your dog’s nose on sunny days. --Make sure he drinks plenty of water before and after the run. --Check your dog’s feet after each run for injuries. --Avoid running in very hot, humid weather, as dogs can overheat quickly. --Place reflective gear on your dog and yourself if running in the evening or early morning. Send your questions or tips to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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