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1. Virginia Woolf, one of the most prominent literary figures of the 20th century, drowned after she walked into the River Ouse with her pockets filled with what, to weigh her down?
2. Australian politician Harold Holt was presumed drowned in December 1967, although his body was never found. What position of power did Harold Holt hold at his time of death?
3. Ptolemy XIII, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, drowned in the Nile in the year 47 BC. He was succeeded by his younger brother Ptolemy XIV and his older sister. What was his older sister's name?
4. Shakespeare's immortal tragedy, "Hamlet", contains a character that is drowned, in a state of delusion and madness. Who is this character, the sister of Laertes, and daughter of Polonius?
5. Robert Maxwell, a former British MP and successful media proprietor, fell overboard his luxury yacht. When his body was recovered, the cause of death was officially announced as accidental drowning. His yacht was off the coast of which group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean when he drowned?
6. Natalie Wood drowned after falling off her boat at Santa Catalina Island. She was intoxicated and was wearing a heavy overcoat when she fell, which quickly soaked up water and held her under. In which US state is Saint Catalina Island (the same state she was born in)?
7. Benjamin Guggenheim was a successful American businessman who, along with 1516 others, drowned when which famous ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean?
8. Known as 'the Mad Monk' or 'the Black Monk', Grigori Rasputin drowned in the Moika River (after several attempts to take his life were made minutes beforehand). According to stories, he was considered too much of a threat to the Russian empire, and as such, was lured into a hotel and fed wine and cakes laced with what?
9. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, best known for his comic operas, drowned as he attempted to rescue a woman whom he was teaching to swim. What was the name of Gilbert's collaborator on his comic operas?
10. Icarus, the famous character in Greek Mythology, drowned when the wings he had attached to his back fell off as he flew into the sky. What substance did Icarus use to secure his wings to his back?
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