Both the political and the “puzzled” meaning of the verb “stump” can be traced back to early American tree stumps. In colonial days, rural orators used tree stumps as platforms. And frontiersmen often showed off their strength by pulling up tree stumps, but were sometimes unable to do so, thereby getting “stumped.”

The first actress to appear in three films that received a Best Picture Academy Award was:

A) Bette Davis

B) Helen Hayes

C) Meryl Streep

D) Talia Shire

Wednesday’s answer: The largest Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Rhode Island (Woonsocket, to be precise) is the CVS drugstore chain.

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