In his book "A Man of My Words," Richard Lederer gives the reader lots to think about. For a lover of words, this book is like a fresh breeze by the ocean - pushing away the everyday mundane 'stuff' and filling your head with joy.

One of my favorite sections of the book is "The Name is the Game," which contains a quiz that made me giggle. I know that Richard Lederer won't mind a bit if I share this quiz with my readers. Actually, I think he would be thrilled that I am advertising his little volume. Perhaps you will order one on Amazon.com?

Focus on famous people. Think of a name that fits the following description: "scarlet clothing fasteners." Hope you guessed Red Buttons! Here are a few more for your enjoyment. Answers are at the end.

1. Christmas fruit

2. Boyfriend spans

3. Toilet confection

4. Transport the work space

5. Car pursuit

6. Valley nearby

7. Christmas scaredy cat

8. Steal the blackbird

9. Male cat on a ship trip

10. Male goat quartz

11. Toilet crane

12. Tiny car operator

13. Egyptian ruler's spigot

14. Toilet meadows

15. Transport the scholarship

16. Chromosome slicer

17. Talkative fog

18. Cabin in the sky

19. What fishermen live on

20. Stony automobile

21. Pop-top collector

22. Jewel bargeman

23. Steal from the bottom

24. Thoughtful conqueror

25. She wagers modestly

26. Unpedigreed male alley cat

27. Toilet agony

28. Nail fruit seed

29. Stream protectors

30. Crimson bones

31. Tear ripped

32. Solder after Monday

33. Crazier chromosome

34. Coldest season at the beach

35. Tastefully attired forest

ANSWERS: 1) Halle Berry 2) Beau Bridges 3) John Candy 4) Jim Carrey 5) Chevy Chase 6) Glenn Close 7) Noel Coward 8) Russell Crowe 9) Tom Cruise 10) Billy Crystal 11) John Derek 12) Minnie Driver 13) Farrah Fawcett 14) W.C. Fields 15) Cary Grant 16) Gene Hackman 17) Gabby Hayes 18) Celeste Holm 19) Bob Hope 20) Rock Hudson 21) Tab Hunter 22) ruby Keeler 23) rob Lowe 24) Victor Mature 25) Bette Midler 26) Tom Mix (27) John Payne 28) Brad Pitt 29) Brooke Shields 30) Red Skelton 31) Rip Torn 32) Tuesday Weld 33) Gene Wilder 34) Shelley Winters 35) Natalie Wood

By the way, Richard Lederer is the father of Howard Lederer and Annie Duke - two of the best poker players in the world.

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