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This past weekend saw the 452nd birthday of my close personal friend William “Billy Boy” Shakespeare. Also, the 400th anniversary of his death, but let’s not dwell on that. I for one, don’t have an alibi…

In addition to being the most produced, most published and most read playwright of all time, good ol’ Bill is also the most quoted. Sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re quoting him, like when we say ‘dead as a doornail’ or ‘good riddance’ or ‘hey, netflix and chill?’ (that last one is unsourced). But sometimes, the quotes are very deliberate, and presumably very carefully chosen.

Each of the clues below alludes to a book or film with a title that is a Shakespearean quote. Given the play reference and a clue to the work, provide the title.

1) Hamlet, Act 3, scene 1: A 1998 Robin Williams film, based on a 1978 novel by Richard Matheson
2) Hamlet, Act 5, scene 1: A 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace, a million seller and listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 Best English Novels Since 1923
3) Julius Caesar, Act 3 scene 1: A 1974 military thriller by Frederick Forsyth (and a song from Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’)
4) Macbeth, Act 4, scene 1: A “Tommy & Tuppence” mystery by Agatha Christie from 1968
5) Richard III, Act 1, scene 1: John Steinbeck’s final novel, published in 1961
6) Timon Of Athens, Act 3, scene 5: A 1967 film starring Robert Blake, based on a bestseller by Truman Capote
7) The Tempest, Act 5, scene 1: Alduos Huxley’s 1931 dystopian masterpiece
8) Richard III, Act 1, scene 3: A 1968 war-movie classic starring Richard Burton (who probably knew the Shakespeare quote) and Clint Eastwood
9) King John, Act 3, scene 4: An 1837 two-volume collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and a 1963 horror masterpiece based partly on the Hawthorne work, and starring Vincent Price
10) Henry V, Act 4, scene 3: An HBO miniseries of World War II, based on a 1993 non-fiction work by Stephen Ambrose

QM Bill

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