Saturday, November 22, 2014


The countries that do celebrate Thanksgiving don't celebrate it on the same day.

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the United States of America, so let's serve up some appropriate enigmas.

Everybody knows that the first ship to land at Plymouth Rock was the Mayflower. But what was the name of the second ship to make the voyage?

How many words can you make out of the letters in THANKSGIVING?

We'll reveal all next weekend.
But for now, let's open up THE ANSWERS BOX and reveal the results of the November 15, 2014 Puzzle Corner and our quiz celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz movie.

01. What does the initial represent in author L. Frank Baum's name?
His first name: Lyman.

02. How did Baum come up with the name Oz?
From the label on the second drawer of a two drawer file cabinet: O-Z. The other drawer was labeled A-N.

03. Who did the MGM studios originally hope to cast as Dorothy Gale?
Shirley Temple, but they could never work out a deal with Fox, where she worked at the time.
Buddy Ebsen, costume test shot

04. Who was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman?
Ray Bolger, but he arranged a trade with Buddy Ebsen, because Bolger thought the Scarecrow role suited his dance style better. The rest of the legend, about Ebsen becoming deathly ill due to the original makeup used for the Tin Woodsman and Jack Haley coming into the role are true, as reported in the August 23, 2014 Puzzle Corner, which asked who was supposed to play the role.

05. True or False: Like much of the main cast, Judy Garland had a dual role in the film.
This is actually a maybe. Many people suspect
WHO is this woman? Inquiring minds want to know!
her of having a cameo as the woman
holding the Siamese cat that Toto chases, which prematurely launches the Wizard's hot air balloon. Others claim it is an actress by the name of Lois January. Unfortunately, no official record exists to either confirm or deny either theory.

06. True or False: One performer actually had more than two roles in the film.
TRUE. Frank Morgan, besides being Professor Marvel in Kansas and the Wizard in Oz; was also the doorman to both Oz and the Wizard's quarters as well as the coachman that took Dorothy and company between the two. There was no official explanation for the multiple appearances in the movie, but MGM wanted more work out of the actor in relation to the money he was earning for the picture.

07. What musical number was cut from the movie to make it more "timeless"?
The Jitterbug. There is still a brief reference to it in the Witch's dialog before the scene in the poppy field.

08. What, if any, Oscars did The Wizard of Oz win?
Best Original Musical Score and Best Original Song for Over The Rainbow.

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