I'm going Retro! I'm heading back in time but only to the 1950s. My next cozy mystery is titled Ask Me No Questions and is the first in a new series set in the late 1950s, a series appropriately called Those Killer Fifties. The second book, still in the plotting stage, will be titled I'll Tell you No Lies.
In honour of my new release this month's trivia quiz and word jumble are all about the 1950s. Scroll down for the puzzles.
Here's a short excerpt— " Laura waited impatiently for the last bits of trifle to disappear from the plates, so she could bring in the coffee pot and announce the evening's entertainment.
"I have a surprise for you tonight," she said. "I thought we could do something different from the usual Canasta or Bridge for our after-dinner entertainment."
She crossed to the buffet where she stooped to open the bottom drawer and brought out a box which she placed on the center of the partially cleared dining room table. She opened it with all the ceremony of unveiling an historical artifact.
"Ta—dah!" Laura announced, holding her arms up in a triumphant gesture, pulling her treasure out of the box for all to see.
Nine faces displaying various expressions of alarm, apprehension or curiosity looked back at her."
Anyone willing to read and review Ask Me No Questions, please e-mail me at sharonmcgr@hotmailcom for a complimentary copy.
Now for the trivia quiz.
1.What was Elvis Presley's first Number One hit? Was it--
b) Love Me Tender
2. In 1957 the Russian satellite Sputnik was launched. What was the meaning of the name Sputnik? Was it--
a) Fellow Traveller
b) Infinity beckons
c) Highest Achievement
3. In 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mount Everest. What is the height of Everest? Is it--
a) 33,050 ft
b) 29,035 ft
c) 31, 125 ft.
4. In 1956 a crisis arose over control of the Suez Canal, involving the UK, France, Israel and Egypt. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a peace? Was it--
a) Winston Churchill,
b) Lester Pearson,
c) Dwight Eisenhower.
5. In 1954 the first organ transplant in the world was completed. Was the organ a--
6. In June 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth was watched around the world. Did she follow--
a) George V
b) Edward VIII
c) George VI
7. Another 1950s royal event was the marriage of Grace Kelly to the prince of Monaco. Was his name--
a) Prince Ranier III
b) Prince Albert
c) Prince Phillipe II
8. The 1950s saw the rise of many long lasting family comedies. One of these was Father Knows Best which ran from 1954-1960. Who played the role of 'Father'? Was it--
b) Lorne Greene
c) Hugh Beaumont
9. The Cuban Revolution was a big newsmaker in the 1950s. Who did Fidel Castro replace. Was it--
10.Although credit cards had been in use for some time in a limited fashion for selected businesses, 1950 saw the introduction of a new credit card that could be used widely and universally. Was it the--
a) American Express
b) Discovery card
c) Diners Club
See the answers after the jumble
Now for the word jumble. See if you can unscramble these words related to the 1950s:
1. ABBY MOOB
2. ISVELETONI MORETE
3. ALHU POOH
5. NAKOER RAW
6. OLOPI CAVINEC
7. TEAS BLEST
8. YOBYLAP GAMINAZE
9. CAPES CARE
Answers to the trivia quiz:
1. The answer is c) Heartbreak Hotel. Released in January 1956, it was his first Number One and Elvis was on his way to superstardom. Only a year later, in 1957 he was called up in the draft, leaving behind throngs of heartbroken women.
2. The answer is a) Fellow Traveller. The launch by the Russians of the first satellite into space stunned the Americans and spurred them to greater efforts in the space race.
3. The answer is b) 29,035. Scientists are now wondering if the height is now lower than that following an earthquake in Nepal.
4. The answer is B) Lester Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada. At the time of the Suez crisis he was Canada's Minister of External Affairs.
5. The answer is a) kidney. On June 17, 1950, Ruth Tucker received the first organ transplant when both of her kidneys became virtually non-functioning. She lived for five more years before dying of a coronary.
6. The answer is c) George VI, her father. George VI reluctantly became king on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII and was in ill health for most of his reign. His wife blamed Edward for his ill-health due to the stress of taking over the position of monarch which he never wanted.
7. The answer is a) Prince Ranier III, It was a storybook romance and wedding. With her marriage Grace took on a total of 142 official titles, which had to be recited at the wedding ceremony. They had three children, Stephanie Caroline and Albert. Grace died following a car accident in 1982.
8. The answer is a) Robert Young. He also starred as Marcus Welby MD for many years He died in 1998.
9. The answer is c) Batista. Che Guevara was a comrade of Castro's in the revolution and Noriego was a ruler of Panama. Batista's time as Cuban dictator was marked by corruption and cruelty
10. The answer is c) Diners Club. American Express came along in 1959.
Answers to the Jumble
1. BABY BOOM
2. TELEVISION REMOTE
3. HULA HOOP
5. KOREAN WAR
6. POLIO VACCINE
7. SEAT BELTS
8. PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
9. SPACE RACE
10. POODLE SKIRTS
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