Brain Exercises – June 15

Some trivia…..

“ Scarlet Fever”

  1. What was the name of the lead character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter?

  2. Cochineal, a scarlet-colored dye, was originally made from what?

  3. Which of these universities’ male sports teams are known as the Scarlet Knights?

  4. A “scarlet runner” is a type of what?

  5. The story “A Study in Scarlet” marked the first appearance of which literary character?

 “ Famous Lasts”

  1. In 1869, what US state was site of the final (or golden) spike being driven, linking the Central and Union Pacific into a transcontinental railroad?

  2. “Hello, Clara?” is the last line from what Oscar-winning movie?

  3. Frank Wathernam was the last inmate to leave what infamous prison?

  4. As of 2012, who was the last US soldier to be executed for desertion?

  5. On May 31, 2003, Air France’s Concorde service made its very last Paris-to-US flight when it landed safely in what city?


  1. Rearrange the letters in the phrase “A JUTE SACK OF AMBIENT ROTS” to spell three things likely to be found in a vegetarian’s pantry.

  2. What three coffee bar ingredients can be made by rearranging the letters in the phrase “SLEEK PROSY PURISMS”?

  3. Rearrange the letters in the phrase “A CEMENT PORK SNOUT CIRCUMVENTS IT” to spell three things likely to be found on a highway.

  4. Rearrange the letters in the phrase “DEAR HOMELAND” to spell something the author drinks when back home in Michigan with friends.

  5. Rearrange the letters of the phrase “ERASER TIP” to spell another item made of rubber.


  1. Hester Prynne

  2. Crushed insects

  3. Rutgers

  4. A plant

  5. Sherlock Holmes

  6. Utah

  7. Marty

  8. Alcatraz

  9. Eddie Slovik (near the end of WWII)

  10. New York (British Airways Concorde line also ceased operations that year)


1.Beans, Jackfruit, Tomatoes

  1. Espresso, Milk, Syrup

  2. pavement, semi-truck, construction

  3. Hard lemonade

  4. Spare tire