1. Of Kansas City, KS, Tulsa, OK, and Omaha, NE, it is the one neither furthest west nor furthest east.Plus, a puzzle, in the style of Will Shortz on NPR Sunday mornings:
2. Shortly before his father's assassination, Robert Todd Lincoln was saved from falling under a train by the brother of this man. The rescuer, considered by some the greatest American actor of the 19th century, was later comforted to learn he had saved President Lincoln's son.
3. This author, an intelligence officer in WWII, devised the never-used Operation Goldeneye, which would have maintained contact with Gibraltar in case it was invaded by Spain or the Axis.
4. The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, is named for the German Princess Charlotte, who married this British king the year before the city's founding.
5. In 1972, Nolan Bushnell co-founded this American video game company with a Japanese name.
6. In 1977, Nolan Bushnell founded this chain of pizza restaurants.
7. Sakura is the Japanese name for this flower, which blooms in late March in southern Japan, through early May in the North.
8. Before 1980, the last significant eruptions of this peak were a series of ash eruptions from 1831 to 1857.
Take a two word phrase that would mean trite, meaningless statements made in a pique of anger. Move the first letter from the second word to the beginning of the first word to get a two-word phrase suggesting which parts of the globe you might want to keep your cargo ships out of. (Note: this puzzle was suggested to me by the name of a forthcoming posthumous novel by Michael Crichton. If you look this title up, it will spoil the answer.)
Plus, a very narrow trivia quiz that you can help me flesh out:
For each of the following songs, name the cable TV series that featured the song in the last minutes of its finale. Clicking on the song title reveals the answer and, if watched entirely, will spoil the series:
1. Don't Stop Believing by Journey
2. Breathe Me by Sia
3. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
4. Way Down in the Hole by The Blind Boys of Alabama
5. Any additions?