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A puzzle for the old

Postby Ken Jennings » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:56 pm

Who is the last person in this series? (The order is important.)

Elizabeth McGovern
Pee-Wee Herman
Jennifer Beals
Bernadette Peters
Pam Dawber
Susan Sarandon
Robert Carradine
Dick Shawn
Robin Williams
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Well, that's a stumper

Postby SMWinnie » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:55 am

Permission to ask for help from Mountain View?
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Postby Ken Jennings » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:32 pm

Google is probably the only way for most people to get this, though I thought someone of my generation might be able to do it unassisted.
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Needing help as I get older...

Postby SMWinnie » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:41 pm

Thanks. (Calls Larry Page on hotline.) Got it, I think.

1. Does the credited answer pretty much give away half the puzzle?
2. Old?
3. Might I suggest "most recent" instead of "last" person? (Recent reports suggest Lee Remick's addition is back on.)
4. I have two boys, so didn't have the relevant clue set on my shelf. Outstanding birthday present suggestion for my niece; Erin thanks you!
5. Analogous list to date: Ben Vereen
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Postby Ken Jennings » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:03 pm

All correct. Yes, the last answer (at least for now) is oddly appropriate. I thought Lee Remick was definitely ineligible, but you're right, it looks like she might be on the list in a year or two.
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Postby Ken Jennings » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:10 pm

For completists and time-travelers from the future, here's the answer: these actors played the title characters in the 1980s era "Faerie Tale Theater" series on Showtime. The twist is that the characters are listed in the order that their respective fairy tales had earlier been adapted by Disney: Elizabeth McGovern as Snow White, Pee-Wee Herman as Pinocchio, and so on.

The final answer is Faerie Tale Theater creator Shelley Duvall, who played Rapunzel (recently adapted by Disney as Tangled).
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Re: A puzzle for the old

Postby SMWinnie » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:14 am

From the future:
Lee Remick has been added to the list, as Disney adapted The Snow Queen.

From further in the future:
Looks like Dennis Christopher joins in two years.

From furtherer in the future:
Sorry. The girls are still trying to sing Let It Go. It's gotten better since the release of Auto-Tuna ("Now with more range!"), but just because you can hit a C#5 doesn't mean you should.
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