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Friday, November 28, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: An Ordinary Joe. Answers here.

This week's brainteaser is all about people named Joseph or Josephine or Joe. Try to identify them from these clues.

1. A Soviet dictator, originally named Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, notorious for his "cult of personality" and his brutal purges - which were denounced by Nikita Khrushchev.
2. US boxer known as "Smokin' Joe", who was defeated in 1975 by Muhammad Ali at the "Thrilla in Manila".
3. English rock singer, guitarist and songwriter who formed The Clash with Mick Jones. He died in 2002.
4. Polish-born novelist who wrote "Lord Jim" and "Heart of Darkness".
5. Empress of the French who married Napoleon in 1796.
6. Singer who had a British No. 1 hit in 1968 singing "With a Little Help from My Friends".
7. American revue dancer who lived in Paris from 1925. During World War II, she worked for the French Resistance.
8. He was one of the originators of hip-hop, a key figure in the development of the role of the DJ in the genre, and an early master of the arts of mixing and scratching. His group recorded the most successful of rap records - "The Message" - in 1982. His real name was Joseph Saddler, but what name did he give himself?
9. English landscape painter (1775-1851) whose works included "The Slave Ship" and "Rain, Steam and Speed".
10. US newspaper proprietor who, in his will, established annual prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism. The prizes bear his surname.

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