POP QUIZ: DON’T QUOTE ME ON THAT (answers)

To quote myself in previous quizzes… “Our top scorer this week is Dee Dee T!” She out-sourced the pack by a long shot with an astounding 16/20. Way to go Dee Dee!

The years were the real challenge for this one. And I was being particularly particular by not allowing any leeway. You were either spot on, or you got nothin’. Every once in a while, you gotta crack the whip.

1) “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.”
2) “Because, if I can only find out, I will send a barrel of this wonderful whiskey to every general in the army.”
3) “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.”
4) “The nice guys are all over there. In seventh place.”
5) “Why are you dodging like this? They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
6) “Thomas Jefferson made a comment about the Presidency and age. He said that one should not worry about one’s exact chronological age in reference to his ability to perform one’s task. And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.”
7) “I’m not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.”
8) “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”
9) “Peter Newman, go f**k yourself.”
10) “I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.”

1) PIERRE ELIOT TRUDEAU, 1967
2) ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 1863.
3) ALBERT EINSTEIN, 1947
4) LEO DUROCHER, 1946
5) JOHN SEDGEWICK, 1864
6) RONALD REAGAN, 1981
7) HILARY CLINTON, 1992
8) MARGARET THATCHER, 1980
9) BRIAN MULRONEY, 2005
10) AGATHA CHRISTIE, 1956

The second quote, Lincoln talking about General Grant’s brand of whiskey, is bound to cause controversy. The quote is commonly rendered as something similar to “Find out what whiskey he drinks a send a barrel to every General in the army.” The version used in this quiz is from the September 18, 1863 edition of the New York Herald, and is one of the few accounts which purports to be an actual quote (albeit second-hand). Most other printings of the anecdote are presented as encapsulations, without quotation.

John Sedgewick was a Union General in the U.S. Civil War with, apparently, no good ability to judge rifle range. I had heard so many versions of the “they couldn’t possibly shoot this far” quote, attributed to so many military leaders, I decided to research it properly for this quiz. Previously, I had been certain it was General Isaac Brock, during the war of 1812, who had said “They couldn’t hit anything at this dist-”. But according to wiki Brock’s last words were “Carry on, don’t mind me” if they were anything. In truth, he probably died instantly.

As for quote #9… enjoy.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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