Friday, October 20

In 1955, Ford Motor Company hired poet Marianne Moore to recommend names for a new car. Moore’s suggestions included Diamante and Civique. Ford decided on a more memorable (?) name: Edsel.

Incomplete alphabet: The names of hurricanes as selected by the World Meteorological Organization start with all the letters of the alphabet except Q, U, X, Y and Z. We figure it’s because of the short lists of first names with those letters. (Thanks to Doug Lyons of Scarsdale, N.Y.)

Explorer 1 was America’s first artificial satellite, launched on Jan. 31, 1958. The weight of that satellite was approximately the same as the normal weight of an adult male:

A) Pigeon

B) Raccoon

C) Chimpanzee

D) Zebra

Answer Monday.

Thursday’s answer: The last person outside the British royal family to receive a hereditary title was former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s husband Denis, who was created a Baronet by Queen Elizabeth in 1991.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.