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Can you name the literary figures and the words that are anagrams of their surnames?
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For each author's last name in the left-hand column, there is a word in the right-hand column that is an anagram of it. Like if you had "The Joy Luck Club" and "Insect in a hill" it's TAN and ANT.
Type in "HELP" to see the non-English original titles of several of the works if you need them.
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Author Surname (from title of work)
Life: A User's Manual
The World According to Garp
Sense and Sensibility
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Heart of Darkness
In Cold Blood
A Long Day's Journey into Night
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Importance of Being Earnest
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Catcher in the Rye
No Exit [Huis Clos]
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
Remembrance of Things Past
Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair
The Naked and the Dead
The Golden Notebook
Anagram of Surname (from a clue)
A thin French pancake
A chaste young woman
Remove a congressman from office
T-bone or porterhouse, e.g.
Sound, cogent and convincing
Material on the front of a shoe for protection
Company that makes model trains
Like a lawn covered with leaves in the fall
Effectively handle a weapon
Optic, vagus, or sciatic, e.g.
Organizes into new groupings
Take into custody by law
A small map on a larger one
An edible shoot from a seed
Like Sid Vicious or a Ramone
Like spam email or a brand new book
Upstate NY town or its eponymous college
Songs released apart from an album
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Jan 31st, 2011 at 04:09 GMT
Remembrance of Things Past --> Creator of this quiz
Jan 31st, 2011 at 12:50 GMT
Yeah, I like the way you got yourself into this one!
Jan 31st, 2011 at 14:28 GMT
punkish? And is Elmira really considered Upstate? It's almost on the Pennsylvania border, west of Birmingham.
Jan 31st, 2011 at 17:08 GMT
: Yeah I was wondering why stupor didn't take, then I read the clue and thought "of course".
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 01:18 GMT
Am I the only one who tried "Toklas" for the author of "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas"?
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 06:00 GMT
I'm going to second what sadash said. Elmira is considered western NY. I've lived near Albany and Syracuse my whole life, and never would've guessed Elmira. (but it's west of Binghamton, not Birmingham)
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 22:09 GMT
Feb 7th, 2011 at 03:58 GMT
As someone who spent much of my high school career as a proud member of the Upstate New York Math Team, which practiced pretty near Elmira, I think I can safely say that Elmira is part of Upstate New York. I've always seen "upstate" used just to mean "not Long Island or NYC metro area" -- western New York is a subset.
Game published: Aug 11th, 2012 at 15:00 GMT
Aug 11th, 2012 at 15:31 GMT
This is what sporcle is all about.
Aug 11th, 2012 at 16:16 GMT
Could you add the original French title for "Remembrance of things past" too, like you did for "Huis Clos"? Contrary to the other (originally) foreign titles, those two aren't translated verbatim. That makes it quite a bit harder to guess for those of us who aren't from the Anglophone world i.e. know the book under it's original title.
Aug 11th, 2012 at 16:23 GMT
@Terentius_Varro I would have if they could fit and not ruin the spacing of the quiz. None of "Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada," "Vingt mille lieues sous les mers," "La Vie mode d'emploi," "Евге́ний Оне́гин" or "À la recherche du temps perdu" will fit in the answer spaces without destroying the alignment of everything.
Aug 11th, 2012 at 21:03 GMT
Very clever and relatively difficult quiz. I had difficulty getting started -- the directions weren't detailed enough. Otherwise, I would love to see more quizzes like this one.
Aug 11th, 2012 at 21:23 GMT
@Terentius_Varro and others. I have added a new thing. Now, if you type in "HELP" it will show you the original French/Russian/Spanish titles of the other 5 works.
Aug 11th, 2012 at 21:46 GMT
Difficult but brilliant! Well done!
Aug 12th, 2012 at 00:19 GMT
Wow, that was hard. It must have been hard to make too.
Aug 12th, 2012 at 00:21 GMT
So I took this quiz, finished, and thought, "that was really challenging and fun!" Then I looked to see who came up with the quiz, and was totally unsuprised to see it was the great Sproutcm... I just want to give you your props- of the many quality quiz producers on sporcle, I think you are the MVP... so many great ideas, as well as a difficulty level that always stretches us when we take it... I think I can speak for sporclers in general in saying that we appreciate you and the other prolifically published individuals who take their time to craft their quizzes...
Aug 12th, 2012 at 02:46 GMT
I agree with erictyhu. I don't know how you come up with so many great quizzes - keep up the good work!
Aug 12th, 2012 at 14:34 GMT
Excellent concept. This is a great quiz.
Jan 6th, 2013 at 22:24 GMT
One very small nitpick from a train-lover, Lionel is probably more well-known for making its toy trains, which are not scale models, but relatively accurate. They have recently begun to make more accurate representations of prototypical railroads, but that's a small nitpick. Good quiz.
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