We have a winner!

We are pleased to announce that, two years after rittlit.com was launched, a person previously unknown to us has actually won our quiz. That’s right: he answered every question correctly — and with perfect diction. Please join us in congratulating Peter Aaron, 34, who describes himself this way: “I’m pretty much your typical triple-Ivy JD-MBA former-investment-banker television writer (most recently, on UPN’s phenomenal(ly unwatched) animated sitcom Game Over). I currently reside in my hometown of Manhattan, after stints in New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Arles, France and Fukuoka, Japan. On very rare occasions, I have been known to practice law, but only for good friends or good causes, and I only accept payment in the form of sandwiches. Oh, and I’m single. Go figure.” We can’t figure it out, either, but we’re hopeful that the accolades and attention he’ll receive from this remarkable win will bring him the woman of his dreams.

Curious about the answers that only Peter knew? Read on:

  1. Which movie based on which Jane Austen novel contains the line, “I totally paused!”?

    “Clueless” was based on Jane Austen’s “Emma.”

  2. In which Pulitzer Prize winning novel do we learn in the first sentence that the main character is “not beautiful”?

    Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but “Gone With The Wind” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937.

  3. Name the author of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and tell why the vehicles in a series of books for adult readers bear an uncanny resemblance to that wonderful car.

    Ian Fleming, author of “C.C.B.B.,” was also the creator of James Bond.

  4. Which children’s book author’s most famous book is a reading primer, and what is its title?

    Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat” as a reading primer.

  5. Of “The Great Gatsby,” “This Side of Paradise,” and “Tender is the Night,” which was the biggest success during this author’s lifetime?

    “This Side of Paradise” was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first and most successful novel, at least during his lifetime.

  6. In P.G. Wodehouse’s novels and stories about Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, what is Jeeves’ preferred job title, and what is his first name?

    Reginald Jeeves was the perfect “gentleman’s gentleman.”

  7. Which two New Yorker writers are buried in the same famous cemetery where lie the remains of artist Jackson Pollack?

    A.J. Liebling and Jean Stafford Liebling, both New Yorker Writers, are buried at Green River Cemetery along with Jackson Pollack.

  8. Which two children’s book authors lived and wrote on the Blue Hill Peninsula in Down East Maine?

    Caldecott winner Robert McCloskey (“Make Way for Ducklings”) and E.B. White (“Charlotte’s Web”) are probably the authors you’re looking for, although there have been numerous lesser-known children’s authors from the Blue Hill Peninsula area.

  9. The first season of “The Sopranos” is based on the plot of which historical novel, written by whom?

    While “The Sopranos” draws on Robert Graves historical novel “I, Claudius,” it is more firmly grounded in the relationship between series creator David Chase and his own mother, Livia.

The quiz will now be retired. Congratulations, Peter!


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