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1. This American dancer was killed by a scarf in 1927! As she drove away from her home in Nice, her neck was broken as her long scarf got caught in the wheel of the Amilcar sports car she was intending to buy. Who was this unlucky lady?
2. Which British Queen suffered from gout and had to be buried in an enormous square coffin because her body was so bloated?
3. This Russian novelist suffered from epilepsy and long death-like trances, which caused him to dread being buried alive. In the event, he moved a heavy wardrobe which caused a fatal lung haemorrhage. His funeral procession was the largest ever seen in Russia. Who was this famous author of "Crime and Punishment"?
4. This American author, who was born on the day that Halley's comet visited Earth, predicted that he would die when it returned. This he duly did, seventy four years later. He had refuted rumours of his earlier death with the words "Report of my death greatly exaggerated." Who was he?
5. This Egyptian queen committed suicide by putting an asp to her breast and letting it bite her. Who was Antony's bereft lover?
6. Which English poet, author of "Queen Mab" died in a boating accident and could only be identified by the books in his pockets, as his face had been so devoured by fishes?
7. Which Russian ruler suffered a fatal stroke in 1796 whilst sitting on the toilet?
8. If he had fallen on the bed he would have lived, but when this French novelist's bedroom filled with carbon monoxide fumes from a faulty fire he fell to the floor. Who was this author of "Germinal"?
9. Following the death of this American inventor all non-essential lights in the USA were extinguished for one minute. The lights on Broadway were dimmed and the Statue of Liberty lost her torch. Holder of over 1,000 patents, his inventions included the phonograph and paper ticker tape. Who was this man with all the bright ideas?
10. This magician and escapologist died trying to prove how strong he was, when a man took up the challenge of punching him in the stomach as hard as he could. Unfortunately our hero did not have time to tense his stomach muscles, and he died of peritonitis from the blow. He used a coffin in his 'buried alive' act - this now fulfulled its role! Who was Erich Weiss?
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