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NSA's 2017 Puzzle Periodical

Try your hand at this month's problem written by a member of our expert workforce.

February 2017 Puzzle Periodical - What is the Connection?

Puzzle created by Wendell W., NSA Cryptanalyst

The idea of a Connection is that you are given five questions to answer. Once you answer those questions, you have to figure out the connection between those five answers.

Connection 1

1. What famous singer played a seasick passenger in the 1966 movie Hawaii?
2. Who was the editor of The Harvard Law Review, a senator from Illinois, and a U.S. President?
3. What actress starred in the movies Days of Thunder, Batman Forever, To Die For, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!,     The Hours, Cold Mountain, and The Golden Compass?
4. What 757-pound singer and ukulele-player was famous for singing a medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What     a Wonderful World"?
5. Who wrote the children's books Number the Stars and The Giver?

Connection 2

1. What is the opposite of worst?
2. What was the last name of the U.S. President who died one month after being inaugurated?
3. What last name is a homonym for the leader of the Bolsheviks?
4. What last name indicates that one is a descendant of the Irish leader Donogh Cartnach?
5. What's a misspelling of the word for a luminous astronomical body?

Connection 3

1. What American TV series which lasted from 1972 to 1983 was set during the Korean War?
2. What is a mixture of several soft drinks called?
3. An iamb, a trochee, a dactyl, or an anapest is an example of what in poetry?
4. What coin is called "two bits"?
5. What is an aircraft said to do when it rolls on its longitudinal axis?

NOTE: These puzzles were inspired by the Kennections puzzle periodical made popular by Ken Jennings. The puzzles presented here are the sole work of the author and have no connection to Ken Jennings or the owner of the Kennections trademark.

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Connection 1

1. Bette Midler
2. Barack Obama
3. Nicole Kidman
4. Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
5. Lois Lowry

Connection 2

1. Best
2. Harrison
3. Lennon
4. McCartney
5. Starr

Connection 3

1. M*A*S*H
2. Suicide
3. Foot
4. Quarter
5. Bank

The connections between the answers:

Connection 1

They were all born in Honolulu.

Connection 2

These all are the last names of The Beatles (including Pete Best, who left the group just before they became famous).

Connection 3

They all can be followed by the word "note".

NOTE: These puzzles were inspired by the Kennections puzzle periodical made popular by Ken Jennings. The puzzles presented here are the sole work of the author and have no connection to Ken Jennings or the owner of the Kennections trademark.