Before We Forget. . .

The Baltimore Sun

It's that time of year when other newspapers might just kick back after 365 days of delivering the best darn news product at the best value.

Not us.

We have scoured - some would say "barely skimmed" - a year's worth of newspapers to compile the following "News Quiz." Here are 25 questions to test how well you paid attention to what really happened in Maryland the past year. The answers are cleverly marked "Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Now, get in on it.


1. What is the title of the book the Carroll County schools superintendent banned in middle schools?

A. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

B. Harry Potter (series)

C. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things

D. The Earth, My Liver and Other Ailing Things

2. What occupation is former University of Maryland, Baltimore County professor Brandy Britton accused of running out of her Ellicott City home?

A. Silpada jewelry representative

B. Ravens offensive coordinator

C. Modeling and companionship services at $300 hourly rates

D. Prostitution


3. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele apologizes for making which comment before the board of the Baltimore Jewish Council?

A. "You of all folks know what happens when people decide they want to experiment on human beings, when they want to take your life and use it as a tool."

B. "I don't know what I'm saying."

C. "Allow me, if you will, to start over."

D. "Stem Cell research for everyone!!!"

4. Comptroller William Donald Schaefer apologizes (sort of) for making which comment to a young female staffer at a Board of Public Works meeting?

A. "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."

B. "Walk again."

C. "Walk this way. Talk this way."

D. "You of all folks know what happens when young female staffers walk by an 84-year-old man who is bored to tears with public works."


5. Shocked Marylanders learn the average bill for a Baltimore Gas and Electric customer will rise by what percentage?

A. 7.2 percent

B. .72 percent

C. 72 percent

D. 720 percent (with rate-deferral option)

6. With only 0.18 inch of precipitation recorded, this month's total will be below the current record of 0.46 inch set during whose administration?

A. Taft's

B. Coolidge's

C. Harding's

D. Schaefer's


7. In the first month of the season, the Orioles announce attendance has changed by how many seats per game from last year?

A. Minus 2

B. Minus 47,312

C. Minus 3,000

D. Plus 12,512 (Red Sox/Yankee fans)

8. True or False: Until it was discontinued because of his soaring ERA, the "Bruce Chen Joke of the Day" was shown between innings on the JumboTron at Camden Yards. "What do you do with a one-legged dog?" Chen asked fans during one game. "Take him for a drag."


9. To boost Baltimore's image, city officials unveil the following new slogan:

A. "Baltimore - Get In On It"

B. "Baltimore - Get At It"

C. "Baltimore - Get For To It Of On Up"

D. "Baltimore - Get Over It Self"

10. The U.S. Postal Service unveils its first Chesapeake Bay stamp, which features:

A. A blue crab scuttling on the bottom of the bay

B. A blue heron flying against the backdrop of a bay sunset

C. A blue skimmer collecting trash in the Inner Harbor

D. A Chinese mitten crab


11. The Baltimore Ravens sign which new starting quarterback?

A. Scott Mitchell

B. Randall Cunningham

C. Tony Banks

D. Trent Dilfer

E. Elvis Grbac

F. Chris Redman

G. Jeff Blake

H. Anthony Wright

I. Kyle Boller

J. Steve McNair

12. True or False: A team of Johns Hopkins researchers restore movement to paralyzed rats by using a multipronged procedure that involves the use of drugs, proteins, implanted stem cells and mild tickling.


13. What city is chosen as the site to film Hairspray, the new movie version of the Baltimore-based movie by Baltimore-born John Waters about Baltimore-based kids in early 1960s Baltimore?

A. Baltimore

B. New York

C. Toronto

D. Dubai

14. What famous Charles Village dog dies after 21 years, 1,100 parades and two David Letterman appearances?

A. Precious the Skateboarding Dog

B. Skate the Precious Dog

C. Charles the Village Dog

D. Scout


15. True or False: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., rules that Mikey the Chimp - a card-playing chimpanzee from Elkton - has the right to participate in the World Series of Poker. "De facto discrimination - even against those without opposable thumbs - is both specious and unconstitutional," says the 12-member panel. Mikey the Chimp goes on to win $250 at a Las Vegas blackjack table.

16. Astronomers vote to strip what planet of its status as the solar system's quirkiest planet?

A. Jupiter

B. Pluto

C. Saturn

D. Earth


17. About 1,000 fans walk out of an Orioles game during a "Free the Birds" protest, prompting Orioles owner Peter Angelos to call protest leader Nestor Aparicio:

A. Instigator

B. Investigator

C. Demogator

D. Demagogue

E. a and d

F. b and c

18. While fishing in a Dundalk park pond, angler William Murphy hauls in a 16-inch-long, 3 1/2 -pound - what?

A. Finger

B. Piranha

C. Pacu

D. Bluegill


19. In the 2200 block of Baltimore St. and at other Baltimore locations, trees are reported to be:

A. Misting

B. Weeping

C. Raining

D. Spitting

E. All of the above

20. True or False: Baltimore's newest strip club, Scores, announces plans to open a second-floor facility dedicated "to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."


21. Perry Hall driving instructor Mike Psenicska unwittingly finds himself in what popular comedy of 2006?

A. The Wire

B. Borat

C. Hostel

D. The Chip Franklin Show

22. Adult males wait 48 hours at the Best Buy in Timonium for the release of what new consumer product?

A. Turbo-Groomer nose-hair trimmer

B. Tweezerman Deluxe toenail clipper

C. Sony PlayStation 3 game console

D. Callaway X Hot Fairway Wood


23. What does the Rev. Edward Robinson serve his surprised and satisfied flock at his West Baltimore soup kitchen?

A. Lake trout

B. Lake McRib

C. Piranha

D. Venison

24. The Baltimore Ravens clinch their first playoff berth since 2003 when which Ravens quarterback throws two clutch TDs?

A. Scott Mitchell

B. Randall Cunningham

C. Tony Banks

D. Trent Dilfer

E. Elvis Grbac

F. Chris Redman

G. Jeff Blake

H. Anthony Wright

I. Kyle Boller

J. Steve McNair

Bonus question

25. Who doesn't make Time magazine's "Person of the Year"?

A. You

B. You

C. You

D. Mikey the

Answers: 1. C; 2. D; 3. A; 4. B; 5. C; 6. A; 7. C; 8. T; 9. A; 10. B; 11. J; 12. F; 13. C; 14. A; 15. F; 16. B; 17. E; 18. C; 19. E; 20. F; 21. B; 22. C; 23. D; 24. I; 25. D.

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