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Old 10-15-2012, 12:36 PM   #9676
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Daithi, you're on the right track. Very good. Now let us see you score a TD.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:49 PM   #9677
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Daithi, you're on the right track. Very good. Now let us see you score a TD.
I'm afraid I'm not that great with names, and that's all I can remember without going and looking up the answer, but hopefully I'll inspire someone else.
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I'm afraid I'm not that great with names, and that's all I can remember without going and looking up the answer, but hopefully I'll inspire someone else.
If you're like me it comes to you at the oddest moments. Once you start focusing the brain on something you know you should know you will know it before you realize it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #9679
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Frederick Douglass -- I remember that Douglass was not the name with which he was born. He ran away from his owners and went to New York with the help of his girlfriend, who was already a free black woman, and they got married and took the name Douglass. I can't remember why he chose Douglass or what his birth name was, but I think Washington was part of it. I also think his grandmother's name was part of it (he was separated from his mother when he was a baby). His autobiography is pretty good book.

Maybe my running on will spark someone else's memory.
I read that too and agree it was good.

I think the name started with a B?
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:03 PM   #9680
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His last name indeed begins with a B.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:09 AM   #9681
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Well, since no one has answered the Douglas question, I started rereading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. He was born with the name "Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey" and went by the name Frederick Bailey (his mom and grandmother's name). When he married his wife he took the name Johnson. However, when they left New York and ended up in New Bedford there were so many people named Johnson living there that it was difficult to distinguish between them, so he had an abolitionist (ironically named Johnson) that he was staying with in New Bedford give him a new name. The abolitionist chose Douglas from the poem Lady of the Lake where Ellen Douglas is the heroine of the poem.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:11 AM   #9682
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A thorough and exact answer. But if I understand the rules correctly, looking up answers doesn't yield any points. (I am new to this thread so correct me if I'm wrong).
There are still a few questions left. I thought this topic would be finished within an hour or two. I will give this the rest of the day, by bedtime, 13 hours from this posting, I will give the remaining answers and declare a winner.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #9683
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a) Dickens Charles John Huffam orlok
b) Cervantes Miguel de Saavedra dreams
c) Dickinson Emily Elizabeth poohbear
d) Tolstoy
e) Roget
f) Eliot (not Thomas Stearns, ie George) Mary Anne Evans poohbear
g) Dostoyevsky Fyodor Mikhaylovich Bookpossum
h) Douglass Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey provided by Daithi
i) Tolkien John Ronald Reuel pdurrant
j) Molière
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Bookpossum 1
pdurrant 1
orlok 1
dreams 1

So can anyone provide answers for
Tolstoy
Roget, and
Molière?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:27 PM   #9684
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Tolstoy - One of the names started with a N? I think it was or still is a pretty common name.

Molière - His first name was the same as an old fiance... Jean-Baptiste
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Tolstoy does have a name starting with an N. Molière does indeed have the first name Jean-Baptiste, but what was his last name?

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Old 10-16-2012, 02:33 PM   #9686
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That was as much as I knew or could guess.
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Another hour or so and the hidden shall be revealed.
Poohbear is still ahead, but it isn't decided yet.
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Ok, here we go.
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy.
Peter Mark Roget, he didn't start on his Thesaurus untill he was 61. This is one I thought would be easy, because I assumed most MR members would have a copy.
Finally, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin is Molière's real name.
Winner is Poohbear, take it away.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #9689
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Peter Mark Roget, he didn't start on his Thesaurus untill he was 61. This is one I thought would be easy, because I assumed most MR members would have a copy.
I'm sure I have a copy somewhere, but going to look up his name in that would surely be as much cheating as looking it up with google.

But John Ronald Reuel Tolkien I had from memory.
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I'm sure I have a copy somewhere, but going to look up his name in that would surely be as much cheating as looking it up with google.

But John Ronald Reuel Tolkien I had from memory.
I wasn't suggesting that people would look up his name but that they would be familiar with it from using the thesaurus on a regular basis, that is how I knew it.
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