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All this week online, The Sun asked readers to follow poetic clues to 10 of Baltimore's more notable public monuments.

Each day, we gave readers clues to two monuments. If you didn't get a chance to take the quiz online, the clues are repeated below. See if you can identify the monuments and match them up with the correct photographs. Think outside the box: Some choices are iconic sculptures and landmarks. The answers are on Page 2C.

And no matter how you do, it's not too late to improve your monument IQ. Monument gazing is a great way to rediscover the Monumental City.

You'll find a map inside to get you started.

1. Here I stand ...

Among many muses

Oh say was I misunderstood!

And banned to this corner.

Me, alone, playing my five string

Me, the ancient rock star

With time buried at my awkward feet

Who am I?

2. Here I stand ...

By the clock tower

And shrine of the Perpetual Upset Stomach -

Its view now obstructed.

Me, by the larger-than-life jersey number

And my maker not knowing my right from left!

Leaving me an error.

Who am I?

3. Here I stand ...

Gated off

From Eastern rowhouses and

Fly balls.

I don't mind all the dogs

(I'm a horse man myself)

13 is my lucky number.

Who am I?

4. Here I stand ...

Tall along a walking tour

A laurel wreath in my feminine hand

As Gina keeps her hungry eye on me.

I have seen so much old war

I see too much new war -

In important houses on either side.

Who am I?

5. Here I stand ...

Towering over my country

I'm a lottery winner

Built from humble county marble.

I drip with December lights

And claim

I was the First.

Who am I?

6. Here I stand ...

Once part of City Life

I'm now atop state history

Forever listening with my checkerboard face.

Unmuzzled and puzzled

Years ago I left my trademark

And have nothing left to hear or prove.

Who am I?

7. Here I stand ...

Objectified and conflicted

With my metal dual heart

While at the station

Real people with real hearts

Go north and south

As I go nowhere fast.

Who am I?

8. Here I stand ...

A golden lady

While at my shore

A boatman works the oars.

What a perilous night!

A night of national verse

As we all found our voice.

Who am I?

9. Here I stand ...

A mystery soldier

With cannonballs at my feet

Sherlock I'm not.

I guard North Avenue

But fought South of the Border

I'm still with the fast crowd.

Who am I?

10. Here I stand ...

Sword drawn toward

The shimmering pretend sea

My heart remains brave.

You might need Columbus to find me

Or a strong nose leading you

To creatures great and small.

Who am I?

Below are the answers to our quiz on Page 1C.

You can compare your score to that of our monument expert, Kathleen Kotarba, director of the city's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. She scored an impressive eight out of 10.

If you did that well, then you too are a monument savant. If you scored a two or lower, then you probably live in one of the counties anyway.

Clue 1: Photo E

Francis Scott Key Monument, Fort McHenry, 1922.

Sculptor Charles Neihaus created Orpheus with the Awkward Foot to pay homage to Francis Scott Key. Once in the middle of the park's entrance, the statue of the Greek mythological hero of music was moved in 1962 to a less conspicuous spot after it was opposed by Key's grandson. A 39-foot Greek figure holding a five-string lyre didn't seem to fit the mood of the 1814 Battle of North Point.

Bonus fact: Its pedestal contains a time capsule.

Clue 2: Photo B

Babe Ruth, Camden Yards, 1995.

At the Eutaw Street entrance to Oriole Park, an 800-pound bronze statue of Babe Ruth stands among mini-monument jersey numbers of famous Orioles -- and Camden Station's clock tower. For fans at the games, the new Hilton hotel can block the view of the Bromo-Seltzer Tower.

Bonus fact: Though Babe was a lefty, his statue is clutching a right-handed fielder's glove.

Clue 3: Photo F

Pulaski Monument, Eastern and Linwood avenues, 1942.

Gen. Casimir Pulaski, "Father of the American Calvary," shares Patterson Park with Little League ball fields, the trademark Pagoda and dog walkers -- all in this rowhouse-lined neighborhood park. The memorial includes a bronze re-enactment of Pulaski's charge against the British lines at Savannah, Ga., and a 13-star American flag.

Bonus fact: Pulaski is also a Baltimore indie-rock band.

Clue 4: Photo A

The Battle Monument, Calvert and Fayette streets, 1815-1825.

In Monument Square across from Gina's Cafe, the Battle Monument honors "those who fell in the British attack on Baltimore in 1814." Lady Baltimore holds a laurel wreath of victory. Book-ended by the Clarence Mitchell courthouses, the monument is the 19th stop on Baltimore's Heritage Walk.

Bonus fact: It was the first U.S. memorial to honor the "common soldier."

Clue 5: Photo I

Washington Monument, Mount Vernon Place, 1815-1829.

Made in part from Cockeysville marble, the first monument erected in honor of George Washington was largely paid for with $10 lottery tickets. In 1829, the figure of Washington was hoisted 188 feet to the top of the Doric column. Today, visitors make the 228-step climb to discover a classic view -- and cryptic graffiti. The traditional monument lighting is held in December.

Bonus fact: In an inscription at its base, Washington's 1789 inauguration is listed as March 4. It was April 30.

Clue 6: Photo D

Nipper, the RCA Dog, Maryland Historical Society, Park Avenue and Monument Street, 1955.

Nipper, arguably a Jack Russell terrier, is the longtime logo for RCA Records. Sitting atop the historical society, the 14-foot, 1,700-pound fiberglass Nipper peers into a replica of a wind-up Edison-Bell cylinder phonograph. In 1996, Baltimore reclaimed Nipper from a Virginia backyard and moved the famous mutt to City Life Museums' East Baltimore campus. Nipper was moved to its present location in 1999.

Bonus fact: The historical society sells stuffed Nipper toys for $8.

Clue 7: Photo J

Male/Female sculpture, Penn Station, 2004.

You either love he/she or want he/she hauled off and sold for scrap metal. Fronting Penn Station, the 51-foot aluminum figure features a digital heart light that cycles from cobalt blue to fuchsia. Jonathan Borofsky's sculpture looks like either a $750,000 prop from a B horror movie or a provocative example of modern art.

Bonus fact: Could be worse/better. Borofsky has a 100-foot work called Molecule Man.

Clue 8: Photo G

Francis Scott Key Monument, Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street, 1911.

A cloaked Francis Scott Key in a rowboat hands his anthem to Lady America, while a sailor rows clear of the monument's shore. A circular basin surrounds the monument. A panel of gilt bronze depicts the bombardment of Fort McHenry. If that's not enough, there are guns and ramparts.

Bonus fact: The bronze Columbia atop the monument does not have awkward feet.

Clue 9: Photo C

Watson Monument, Mount Royal Terrace and North Avenue, 1903.

Off Exit 6 of the Jones Falls Expressway, Lt. Col. William Watson is immortalized for commanding the Battalion of Baltimore and District of Columbia Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. At this busy intersection, the memorial honors Marylanders who died in the war from 1846 to 1848.

Bonus fact: Watson earned an honorable mention in the fourth verse of "Maryland, My Maryland."

Clue 10: Photo H

Wallace Monument, Druid Hill Park, 1890.

Facing the reservoir with sword drawn, the statue of William Wallace -- "Patriot and Martyr for Scottish Liberty" -- is in the company of a Columbus statue and just beyond, the Maryland Zoo. For his heroic efforts to free Scotland from English rule, Wallace was brutally tortured to death.

Bonus fact: Seven hundred years later, Braveheart's Mel Gibson cinematically suffered the same fate.

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