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Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.


Puzzle ID:#28300
Fun:*** (2.73)
Difficulty:*** (2.6)
Submitted By:norcekrius****




"Aunt Nora, do you know anything about a playwright named Thomas Watson?" The voice of Saffa Moore cut plainly through the background noise, climbing stridently across the double bookshelf of the Watts-Amata U. bookstore and wildlife emporium.
"Yes," Nora Shekrie replied, "he was one of the most important writers of Shakespeare's day." Nora returned to browsing for a used copy of "The Compleat Strategyst" -- she had long ago learned that Saffa did not appreciate answers much beyond the scope of her original question. She finally located a copy with all the pages intact and placed it in her basket.
"Aunt Nora, Columbus was Portuguese, right?"
"He was from Genoa; it's part of Italy today. He sailed to the New World under the Spanish flag."
"Oh. And Portugal got into a lot of wars back then?"
"Enough to get a reputation."
"Dude." Saffa's inflection was more acknowledgement than comment.
Nora worked her way down the aisle, finding a dog-eared copy of Zelazny's last Amber novel; that joined the J.D. Williams classic.
"And Percy Shelley was a writer?"
"Yes, Saffa." Nora tried to keep the fatigue out of her voice.
"Sorry, Aunt Nora. You want to come look at this collection?"
Nora walked around the end of the aisle and back to where Saffa stood in front of the discount books. She looked at the boxed set Saffa had in her hand and stifled a laugh.
"I thought it might be good to get some culture in my bed-time reading." Nora contemplated the four titles:
"Collected Plays of Thomas Watson, 1574-1589"
"Columbus: the Compleat Letters in Italian"
"History of the English-Portuguese Wars, 1260 to present"
"The Ghost Stories of Percy Bysshe Shelley"

"Well," she ventured after a few seconds, "have you ever wanted to become an author?"
"Sure. Hasn't everyone?"
"Granted. Do you keep a diary?"
"No, but I was planning to start one on the first of the month."
"Then I'd say these will be a worthy investment. Since they're on clearance, I'll buy them as an early birthday present."

When Saffa opened the first volume that night, she was quite surprised at the contents. She decided to start her diary immediately.

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Jan 27, 2006

I knew about Thomas Watson, and last the three books didn't seem right, but I thought she would at least opened the books before she brought them. A Thinker, for sure.
Jan 27, 2006

Very interesting. And, of couse I learned a few things that I did not know. Great teaser, as always!! Fun to read and try to figure out! Nice to see a teaser from you again!
Jan 29, 2006

You definitely have a flair for writing these sorts of teasers, but I can't help feeling solving this one relies on some rather obscure knowledge, as teasers go.

I thought the answer going to be that the plays were actually what we know as Shakespeare's today, given the long running contention over the authorship of his plays.
Feb 01, 2006

Fun! Fun! Fun!
Feb 06, 2006

All I said was that they were all blank, it's nice to know why now.
Feb 28, 2006

It was the Shelley one that gave it away for me. Proper credit where credit is due.
Mar 20, 2006

norcekri, I thought I saw it coming - ha ha ha gr8!

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