Not-so-short start: The first sentence of the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist” contains 98 words, seven commas and three semicolons.

You may be familiar with the Murine brand of eye drops, which has been around for many years. But there’s an uncapitalized word “murine” that (we think) has nothing to do with that product. As “canine” means “doglike” and “bovine” means “cowlike,” “murine” means:


B) Mulelike

C) Mooselike

D) Molelike

Answer Monday.

Thursday’s answer: Stephen King named Bates High School in his novel “Carrie” after Norman Bates, Anthony Perkins’ role in the Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho.”

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