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Editorial: Are you smarter than Scott Brown?

Yesterday’s editorial posed a question to would-be U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown: Just how well do you know New Hampshire?

For those readers playing along with the state trivia challenge we issued to Brown, here are the answers:

1. Among New Hampshire’s new, year-round residents: robins, cardinals, possums and, most recently, the emerald ash borer.

2. The Concord park named for a New York Yankee great: Rolfe Park, named for Red Rolfe.

3. The New Hampshire governor who wanted to arm the National Guard with nuclear weapons: Meldrim Thomson Jr.

4. Who was Metallak, and was he into heavy metal? The last survivor of the Androscoggin band of Abenaki. He died in 1847. And yes, but only for hunting.

5. What did the parents of New Hampshire’s only NBA player (Matt Bonner) parents do for a living? Letter carrier and elementary school teacher.

6. Which way does a logging horse turn when you yell “gee”? Right.

7. The two New Hampshire politicians who became powerful chiefs of staff to presidents and lost their jobs in scandals involving finances: Sherman Adams, who accepted a vicuna coat; and John Sununu, who used an official plane to go to a stamp auction.

8. The Massachusetts carpetbagger who became New Hampshire’s most powerful newspaper publisher: William Loeb of the Union Leader.

9. The real mystery of Mystery Hill: Who really built the stone structures: medieval Irish monks, a modern con-man or someone else?

10. The entrepreneur who ran a balloon factory and presided for decades over the first vote in every New Hampshire presidential election: Neil Tillotson of Tillotson Rubber Co.

11. The conveyance blessed at Enfield’s LaSalette Shrine: motorcycles.

12. The New Hampshire town that hosted a prison camp for captured German soldiers during World War II: Stark.

13. The meaning of “saving cellar holes”: A derogatory description of an incompetent fire department – i.e, one that lost the house but saved the granite cellar hole.

14. The routes known as “Antique Alley” and “Moose Alley”: Route 4 from Chichester east; Route 3 in Pittsburg.

15. The name of poet Donald Hall’s “blue mountain”: Kearsarge. The person who kept the Old Man of the Mountains from falling down a lot sooner: Niels Nielsen. What Cootie Patterson (a fictional character from The Dogs of March) ate: road kill.


Editorial: Just how well does Scott Brown know New Hampshire?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown has been making the political rounds in New Hampshire and playing coy about whether he’s gauging support for a 2014 run against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. If Brown wants to be taken seriously, he’ll have to demonstrate some rock-solid Granite State bona fides. That Brown is even considering a run just 16 months before the …

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