Puzzle #7 Trivia: What I’ve Learned About New York Since the Birth of My Two and a Half Year Old Son Max

In honor of Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, I am giving a shout out to my dad, Patri-holla!, and I am  dedicating this puzzle to my boy Max.  You learn a lot of new things when your  first child comes into your life, mostly about pee and poop – I kid! (sorta).  Anyway, I have also learned some interesting things about New York City  directly and indirectly due to my son.  Here’s a little pop quiz on the things that a new daddy picks up besides toys he’s stepped on.  Happy puzzling!

1.  A Sesame Street Trio:

What is the name of Big Bird’s teddy bear? 

What trains stop at the mythical Sesame Street subway stop?

What are the names of Elmo’s parents?

2.  Not completely NYC related but fascinating, what common product for babies is only available by prescription in Europe?

3.  Brooklyn Children’s Book Author Trio:

Name the author and the children’s book that has been turned into a soon to be released major motion picture and ends with the line: “And it was still hot.”

Name the follow up book by this author and what was so controversial about the main character Micky.

Peter Schickele narrated short animated films based on these books.  Who is Mr. Schickele better known as especially around Lincoln Center circles.

4.  When parents complained to the city that the rubber mats used in most NYC playgrounds were getting so hot in the sun that children’s feet were getting burned, how did the city respond?

5. A Comedian Quartet:

What late great NYC born comedian once narrated the stories for the Thomas the Tank Engine children’s show?

Because he was always used to working to an audience, this comedian had trouble recording his lines alone in a sound booth.  What was the solution to this problem?

Since he replaced Ringo Starr as the narrator for the show, what did this comedian refer to himself as?

A comedy routine by this man was played on WBAI in NYC in 1972 and led to an obscenity case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Name the routine.

6.  How the Other Half Births:  There is a private suite in the maternity at Mt. Sinai hospital that has picked up an nickname for the famous actress who gave birth to two biblical themed named children there.  Can you name the actress, her children, and her pop-rocker husband?

7.  Lastly,  Isabella and Sophia were tied for the most popular girls names for babies last year in NYC,  and Daniel topped the boys list.  Can you name the most popular dog name in the Big Apple for the last two years running?


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