Saturday, November 3, 2012


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we at the Free Choice E-zine figured everyone could use a good laugh this weekend.
While researching the answers for this weekend's Puzzle Corner, we discovered that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Hence the following quiz.

Below, but NOT in chronological order, are clues to the prize winners 1998-2012. Can you figure out who's who?

01. The very first recipient (1998).
02. This year's honoree hosts a talk show (2012).
03. The 2002 honoree has been a psychiatrist, an inn keeper, and a cartoonist; at least on TV.
04. The honoree for the year 2000 was quite appropriate, considering a classic comedy routine he originated with Mel Brooks.
05. The 2004 honoree has served as executive producer of what can be considered the last true variety show for most of the program's existence.
06. 2005's honoree loves the banjo, and is perhaps the most frequent guest host for #5.
07. 1999's honoree is a famous improv comedian long before the popularity of Whose Line Is It Anyway?
08. 2001's honoree has a distinguished career between movies and television, including Star Trek: The Next Generation.
09. 2009's recipient actually turned down the honor twice previously, allegedly because of all the cuss words used during the very first ceremony.
10. 2003's honoree was prominent on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, and that's the truth.
11. 2006's honoree is actually a renowned writer, with plenty of movies and plays to his credit.
12. 2008's honoree unfortunately passed away before he could receive his prize, but will always be remembered for telling it like it is, including not being able to find the "blue" food.
13. The 2007 honoree looks mah-velous.
14. A past alumni of #5, 2010's current TV series is ironically at the address where she has worked for so long.
15. 2011's honoree is also a past alumni of #5, but has concentrated more on a comedic movie career.

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's peek inside THE ANSWERS BOX and discover who attended our annual Halloween Party from the October 27's Puzzle Corner.

01. He's expected, but never appears. H.) The Great Pumpkin of Peanuts fame.
02. He never drinks wine. F.) Dracula, quoting a classic line from the original movie with Bela Lugosi.
03. Despite his appearance, he's friendly. C.) Casper, the friendly ghost.
04. One has to wonder just how well he can play hockey. L.) Jason, from the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.
05. A multi-faceted being. G.) The Frankenstein Monster, which is the correct name for the creature.
06. Everyone is hoping she doesn't crash the party. B.) Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
07. He might bring the music. P.) The Wolfman, and a nod to pioneering Rock and Roll DJ Wolfman Jack.
08. Complains about always having to sweep up afterwards. N.) Witch, with a hint to her alleged transportation, the broom.
09. Despite the name, he's not vampiric. A.) Batman, the DC Comics' super-hero.
10. He may love Christmas, but Halloween is his night! I.) The Grinch, and a direct hint to his second Doctor Seuss story: Halloween is Grinch Night!
11. He tried to steal Christmas too. K.) Jack Skellington, in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
12. Everyone goes to him for advice. O.) Witch Doctor, based on a line from the David Seville (aka Ross Bagdasarian) song.
13. No one knows if he ever does show up. J.) The Invisible Man
14. The other guests complain he's all wet and a social wallflower. E.)Creature from the Black Lagoon.
15. Always wants to rap. M.) The Mummy.
16. The Tally Man. D.) Count Von Count, from Sesame Street.

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