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Famous People Who Spied on the Side

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Famous People Who Spied on the Side game quiz
"Each of these famous people was very successful in his/her career. Each was also very successful at something else...espionage. I'll give a brief description of each famous person and see if you can figure out who that person is."

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1. The world knows her as a successful chef. She wrote a book about the art of French cooking and had her own cooking show on television. She was also a spy long before she became a chef. Who is she?
    Virginia Hall
    Ethel Rosenberg
    Julia Child
    Violette Bushell


2. The author of the children's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was first a fighter pilot for the British Royal Air Force during World War II. He was later sent to the U.S. and charmed his way into high society to spy for the British Intelligence. Name this spy turned author.
    Roald Dahl
    Lewis Carroll
    C.S. Lewis
    Frank L. Baum


3. As head of the Genovese crime family, this "lucky" mobster managed to turn organized crime into a well-oiled crime machine. He aided the government at a time when it needed him the most, and in turn received special favors while serving time in prison. What is his name?
    Joseph Bonanno
    Carlo Gambino
    Charles "Lucky" Luciano
    Angelo Bruno


4. Mention James Bond and this author should come to mind. Although his life wasn't quite as exciting as his fictional creation, he did work for the British Naval Intelligence during World War II. Who is he?
    Ian Rankin
    Ian Bannister
    Ian Goldsmith
    Ian Fleming


5. He was a successful landscape painter and followed Prince Charles on royal tours. He later painted the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2009, he was invited to become artist in residence of M16, Britain's elite Secret Intelligence Service. Name this artist.
    Liam Geoffrey Wilde
    Robert Penn Warren
    James Hart Dyke
    Douglas Adam Shepherd


6. He founded the Boy Scouts and made a name for himself during the Second Boer War. He was also a British agent. Who is he?
    Stephen Douglas Carter
    Daniel Quinn Martin
    Robert Henry Fielding
    Robert Baden-Powell


7. This famous magician was born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874. He performed dazzling feats such as dangling upside down in a water tank. He also did some moonlighting on the side ... espionage. By what name is he better known?
    Charles Blondin
    Harry Houdini
    Howard Thurston
    Billy O'Connor


8. He was called "the brainiest man in baseball." He started his baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers until he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and later other professional teams. Recruited by the U.S. government to spy on the Japanese prior to World War II and the Germans during World War II, name this brainy ballplayer.
    Moe Berg
    Casey Stengel
    Babe Ruth
    Honus Wagner


9. During World War II, the U.S. operated a second spy agency besides the OSS. It was known as the Pond and dealt with unsavory characters. One of these characters was a Parisian doctor who worked for the Pond as a source for Nazi intelligence. He was actually a serial killer and used his doctor's office to murder his victims. Do you know his name?
    Jean Valjean
    Marc-Phillipe Georges
    Thierry Rousseau
    Marcel Petiot


10. This flamboyant playwright was already a huge success by the time World War II started. His plays such as "Easy Virtue" and "Private Lives" were very successful. When the war broke out, however, he abandoned his theater interests and set up a propaganda bureau for the British Secret Intelligence Service. Name this playwright whose vapid playboy image hid a formidable memory.
    John Galsworthy
    Noel Coward
    Harold Pinter
    Terence Rattigan


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Compiled Jun 28 12