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Name that famous person

Today we have a test. I have always known that the readers of this column are the best read, best informed, knowledgeable, well rounded and tuned-in folks anywhere. Now we will prove it. This test is called Name That Cultural/Historical Figure. I will provide nicknames sometimes, first names sometimes, last names sometimes and you will fill in the blanks by providing real names, birth names and last names. I will provide hints. The answers are below. Don't peek at them until you have filled in the blanks. Some will be easy and some will be almost impossible. But you can do it. Here we go.

1. George ------- ------ Bush. Father of Jeb Bush.

2. George --------- Washington. Famous Revolutionary War general. Cut down cherry trees.

3. Abraham --------- Lincoln. Face on $5 bill.

4. ----- ------ ----- "Jesse Ventura." Blowhard former wrestler and governor of Minnesota.

5. ------- "Sonny" Liston. Heavyweight boxing champ, 1961-1963.

6. ------- ------ -------- ---------- "Lady Gaga." Recently donated $1 million to Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

7. ------ ------ "Babe" Ruth. Candy bar named after him.

8. ------- ---- "Tiger" Woods. Pretty good golfer.

9. Ronald "Dutch" ------. Actor who played George Gipp in movie.

10. --- "Boom Boom" Mancini. Lightweight boxing champ, 1982-1984.

11. ----- "Doc" Blanchard. All-American football player from Army. Heisman Trophy winner in 1945.

12. ---- ------ ------- -------- --------- "Cokie" Roberts. Journalist and author.

13. --------- ------- "Lucky" Luciano. Mafia crime boss, 1931-1946.

14. --- ----- "Dizzy" Dean. Won 30 games pitching for Cardinals in 1924. Sometimes sang "Wabash Cannonball" while broadcasting.

15. ------- "Mitt" Romney. Husband of Anne Romney.

16. ------ ----- "Lefty" Grove. Won 300 games pitching left handed for Athletics and Red Sox, 1925-1941.

17. ------ "Tip" O'Neill. Speaker of House of Representatives, 1977-1987.

18. ---------/--- "The Barber" Maglie. Major league pitcher, 1945-1955. Threw pitches near batters' whiskers.

19. Margaret "Iron Lady" --------. Prime Minister of United Kingdom 1979-1990.

20. ------ "Evel" Knievel. Motorcycle daredevil.

21. ------- "Awful" Knofel. Evel Knievel's roommate in jail in Butte, Montana.

22. ------ "Buster" Posey. 2012 World Series hero with San Francisco Giants. Rick Hummel, sportswriter with St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Buster should be named National League Most Valuable Player.

23. William "Wild Bill" ------. Former governor, senator from North Dakota.

24. William --------- "Bubba" -------. Husband of Secretary of State.

25. "Morning Joe" -----------. Former congressman from Florida. Co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC.

26. ----- "Satchell" Paige. Background in last article.

27. ----- "Rocky" Marciano. Heavyweight boxing champ, 1952-1956.

28. ------ ----- "Ike" ----------. Famous World War II general.

29. ------ "Vinegar Bend" Mizell. Born in Vinegar Bend, Alabama. Baseball pitcher, 1948-1963. Congressman from North Carolina, 1969-1975.

30. --------- or ---------- "Sandy". Made big splash in recent appearance in New York and New Jersey.

31. ------ ------ "Boomer" Esiason. NFL quarterback and broadcaster. Was nicknamed Boomer by his mother before he was born because of his constant kicking in the womb.

32. ------ -------- "Stonewall" Jackson. Confederate general. Died of "friendly fire" in Battle of Chancellorsville.

There, one puzzler for every day of next month plus an extra one because this is leap year. If you get 15 without looking up the answers, you're a genius. Ten would be brilliant. If you can't get five, confine your reading to the comics.

The answers:

1. George Herbert Walker Bush

2. George (no middle name) Washington

3. Abraham (no middle name) Lincoln

4. James George Janos (changed to Jesse Ventura)

5. Charles "Sonny" Liston

6. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta - "Lady Ga Ga"

7. George Herman "Babe" Ruth

8. Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods

9. Ronald "Dutch" Reagan

10. Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

11. Felix "Doc" Blanchard

12. Mary Martha Corrine Morrison Claiborne "Cokie" Roberts

13. Salvatore Charles "Lucky" Luciano

14. Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean

15. Willard "Mitt" Romney

16. Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove

17. Thomas "Tip" O'Neill

18. Salvatore/Sal "The Barber" Maglie

19. Margaret "Iron Lady" Thatcher

20. Robert "Evel" Knievel

21. William "Awful" Knofel

22. George "Buster" Posey

23. William "Wild Bill" Langer

24. William Jefferson "Bubba" Clinton

25. "Morning Joe" Scarborough

26. LeRoy "Satchel" Paige

27. Rocco "Rocky" Marciano

28. Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower

29. Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell

30. Hurricane or Superstorm "Sandy"

31. Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason

32. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.