n There are three “degrees of separation” between Tom Mix (filmdom’s first cowboy megastar) and Tom Cruise. Mix was in “Rustlers’ Roundup” (1933) with Noah Beery, Jr., who was in “Little Fauss and Big Halsy” (1970) with Robert Redford, who was in last year’s “Lions for Lambs” with Cruise.

What nation is the world’s leading grower of coffee beans?

A) Columbia

B) Brazil

C) Italy

D) Kenya

Wednesday’s answer: The world’s largest thermometer is located near Death Valley, in Baker, Calif. Its 134-foot height honors the 134-degree temperature recorded in Death Valley in 1913.

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