No. 51: “One Shot”

No. 51: “One Shot”

No. 51: “One Shot”

Testing your knowledge of what happened this week
May 20 1998 3:30 AM

No. 51: “One Shot”

No. 51: "One Shot"

By Randy Cohen


The Sierra Club's Neil Carman says: "Is it some kind of isolated event? I don't think so. It seems to be part of something much, much bigger." What is it?


by noon ET Tuesday to e-mail your answer (

Responses to Thursday's question (No. 50)--"Intelligence Failure":

The Indian nuclear tests, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the imminent collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuban strength at the Bay of Pigs--every now and then the CIA misses something.


Participants are invited to submit one other thing currently undetected by U.S. intelligence.

"The release of my new book, Don't Get Me Started, in stores today."--Kate Clinton

"That J. Edgar Hoover's revolving charge account at Forgotten Woman is still being used on a regular basis, by person(s) unknown."--Larry Amaros

"That Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera are the same person."--Meg Wolitzer


"The failure of bilingual education. Oh, sorry, I thought you said undetected by U.S. intelligentsia."--Randy Heath

"The little side business I've developed selling nuclear weapons to India from my home. You can too! Great for moms! Work at home! Make $$$. Call (917) 555-1685 (bpr) for more information."--Beth Sherman

Click for more responses.

Randy's Wrap-Up: Corrections


Kalyan Kolachala emended my etymology of the name of an Indian missile (Answer No. 50), as did N. Ravi, who wrote: "Prithvi, the Indian short-range missile, is assumed by people in Pakistan to be named after Prithviraj Chauhan, a Hindu king. In fact, it takes its name from the Sanskrit word 'prithvi,' meaning the Earth."

I'm also cautioned, by someone calling himself "Dan Simon," hat one can't mock U.S. intelligence with impunity.

And I'm informed about the importance of attending a cousin's wedding by someone calling herself "Mom."

Thank you. I'm never too old to learn. Or to get an unlisted number.


Augmented Quotations (final sentence added by "News Quiz")

"I raised money for Al Gore for the Senate. I introduced him to Linda Ronstadt. And he introduced me to Jell-O shots."--Jerry Brown

"Well let me tell you something, the potholes represent the hopes and aspirations of our people. And the devil's head represents my wild side--some tattoo, eh?"--Al D'Amato

Box Score

forms of entertainment referred to over the last five quizzes

Movies ---------------------------- 17

Television -------------------------- 11

Popular Music----------------------- 7

The Broadway Stage ---------------- 1

Capering Costumed Animals --------- 0

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