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Job Titles Quiz #1

Name the occupation shared by each group of three people.
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First submittedSeptember 4, 2012
Last updatedMarch 1, 2019
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People
Occupation
Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh
Painter
Charles Dickens, Steven King, J.K. Rowling
Author
Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, David Blaine
Magician
Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz, Gary Larson
Cartoonist
H. L. Mencken, Bob Woodward, Walter Bagehot
Journalist
Clarence Darrow, Johnny Cochran, Alan Dershowitz
Lawyer
Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager
Pilot
Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather
Boxer
Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem
Rapper
Auguste Rodin, Dale Chihuly, Praxiteles
Sculptor
Booker T. Washington, Anne Sullivan, John T. Scopes
Teacher
Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., John Cleese
Comedian
Pelé, Marta, David Beckham
Soccer Player
Sofia Coppola, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock
Director
Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton, Mary Seacole
Nurse
Ray Charles, Glenn Gould, Lang Lang
Pianist
Billy Graham, Martin Luther King Jr., Billy Sunday
Preacher
Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, John Gotti
Mobster
Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Valentino
Fashion Designer
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level 49
Sep 2, 2012
You should really accept "Football player" for Pelé, Ronaldo, and David Beckham; otherwise non-Americans will be supremely irritated.
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level ∞
Sep 2, 2012
Added that. Thanks!
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level 39
Aug 8, 2017
actors too
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level 62
Aug 8, 2017
Well said.
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level 82
Sep 2, 2012
Athlete should work as well. Every other one has a one-word answer that will work. Soccer player sticks out like a sore thumb.
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level 56
Aug 10, 2017
fashion designer?
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level 69
Apr 10, 2019
Designer works.
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level 54
Jun 19, 2019
footballer too
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level 66
Sep 2, 2012
Why doesn't priest or pastor work for Martin Luther King Jr. etc?
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level 72
Sep 2, 2012
priest shouldn't...since he wasn't a priest...but pastor should
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2012
Added pastor
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level 49
Feb 4, 2015
reverend worked. I mean I guess those are preachers too :)
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level 64
Aug 8, 2017
I tried evangelist first...
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level 66
Sep 2, 2012
I tried crime boss, mafia, godfather, etc for Capone, but couldn't get it, arghh.
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level ∞
Sep 4, 2012
Haha. There were about 10 different accepted answers for that one. I added a few more.
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level 49
Feb 4, 2015
lol Ganster, mobster.. etc I am sure. I just said mobster ;)
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level 46
Mar 10, 2015
Mine was Mafia don lol and it worked :D
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level 57
Mar 14, 2015
I tried legitimate businessman, just for a laugh! Pity it didn't work. Mob boss did though.
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level 81
Mar 18, 2015
Wasn't he actually selling furniture or something?
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level 64
Aug 21, 2017
I tried mafioso. ..
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level 69
Apr 10, 2019
For Billy Graham and Billy Sunday too? I couldn't figure how on Earth MLK tied in with them.
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level 29
Sep 2, 2012
I was supremely happy to see Praxiteles' name here. My minor in art history is finally useful for something!
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level 37
Sep 3, 2012
Tried sculpturer for Rodin et al. but it didn't work. Is that not the same as sculptor?
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level 69
Apr 10, 2019
Sculptor is good English, so no.
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level 50
Sep 3, 2012
100%
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level 76
Sep 4, 2012
Not that it's a big deal, but Billy Graham and Billy Sunday weren't really pastors. Both Graham and Sunday were on the circuit and weren't dedicated to one body congregation like a pastor would be.
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level 61
Sep 6, 2012
Billy Graham was a pastor of a church early on. Read the wiki.
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level 48
Sep 28, 2017
Billy Sunday was one of the great defensive outfielders of his day.
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level ∞
Feb 28, 2019
Unlike Moonlight Graham who only had one major league appearance with no at bats.
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level 22
Sep 4, 2012
I knew who Bill Watterson was for the entire time, but couldn't think of what you would call someone who writes cartoons. Now, I feel silly.
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level 48
Jun 1, 2014
I think evangelist should be accepted for preacher....
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level 72
Mar 10, 2015
that is what i tried before i went with reverend
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level 68
Mar 10, 2015
MLK = not precisely an evangelist.
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level 31
Mar 10, 2015
I tried evangelist too
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level 76
Mar 10, 2015
Only missed one (the last). For the rest, only had to read past the first clue twice. Pretty easy quiz.
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level 31
Mar 10, 2015
accept 'filmmaker' for director
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level 38
Feb 2, 2017
No, a producer is also a film maker. Specificity is important in a quiz such as this.
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level 51
Mar 10, 2015
Nice to see Mencken on the list of reporters, he really was something special.
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level 44
Mar 10, 2015
Tried boss and don, didn't really think of mobster
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level 43
Mar 13, 2015
I think of Ray Charles as a singer, not a pianist.
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level 67
Sep 12, 2015
That's why you are given 3 characters, it's what they have in common that counts (I've never heard Lang Lang sing, although he may)
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level 47
Jun 20, 2016
How about novelist for "author"?
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level ∞
Jun 3, 2017
That will work now
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level 69
Oct 4, 2016
Conjurer for magician?
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level 69
Jun 3, 2017
Too easy! Average score is 100%. I don't remember ever seeing that before.
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level 70
Jun 7, 2017
Why won't you accept "pugilist" for Tyson, Ali and Mayweather??!!! (he said, feigning pedanticism)
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level 67
Aug 8, 2017
DonTheLamplighter wins the 'Golden Nitpicker's Medal' for Jun. 2017....... congratulations.
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level 48
Jul 26, 2017
Not sure what to call Mencken, et al.
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level 67
Aug 8, 2017
Got them all except for the 3 I've never heard of :H. L. Mencken, Seymour Hersh, Bob Woodward ..... whoever they are.
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level 75
Aug 8, 2017
Difficult one for non-Americans. Watch the movie, "All the President's Men" if you want to know who Bob Woodward is. He and Carl Bernstein are the Washington Post reporters who pushed the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon. Mencken was a reporter in the first half of the 20th century and was probably best known for his reporting of the Scopes trial. I never heard of Seymour Hersh, but according to Wikipedia he is the reporter who exposed the My Lai massacre and coverup during the Vietnam war, and is also the one who reported on the US military's torture of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.
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level 73
Aug 8, 2017
Pugilist for boxer
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level 60
Aug 8, 2017
Anne Sullivan, one of my heroes. Only ones I missed were journalists and lawyers.
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level 57
Aug 8, 2017
Some of these are a bit US-centric don't you think?
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level 78
Aug 8, 2017
Nah, they're too job-centric.
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level 62
Aug 8, 2017
What else do you expect from an American?
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level ∞
Feb 28, 2019
Yeah, it's a little U.S. centric, but there's probably no way to make this not U.S. centric without having it be too hard for the average user of our site. I'm sure there are some famous Belgian teachers. But I can't name any.
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level 61
Aug 9, 2017
While Ray Charles was a pianist, he was more famously known as a jazz musician/artist. This clue threw me off. I guess if I knew the other two pianists, I would have gotten the correct answer.
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level ∞
Aug 9, 2017
Glenn Gould and Lang Lang are classical musicians. Ray Charles is a jazz-influenced pop musician who also made a country album. What connects all three people? The piano.
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level 38
Jul 5, 2018
I've never seen Ray Charles sing except while he was playing the piano, so that should have clued you in. Great quiz, by the way.
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level 50
Aug 9, 2017
I tried several things for Eminem etc - including rap artist - wouldn't that do?
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level 66
Aug 9, 2017
I think you should also accept "comic" for "comedian."
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level ∞
Aug 10, 2017
Okay
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level 48
Sep 28, 2017
Mencken, et al: Not newspaper columnist, social commentator, newspaper writer?
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level 35
Jan 31, 2018
ACCEPT SOCCER!!!
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level 61
Jun 11, 2018
All credit to the quizmaster for adding many alternate answers, but I couldn't help but laugh as the quiz kept being a contrarian. Even when I tried to guess the correct word against my initial thoughts.
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level 69
Apr 10, 2019
Whew! That one clue started off with Sofia Coppola and I thought I was going to have to lie and say actress.
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level 54
Jun 19, 2019
Not mafioso or maffiaman? I eventually came up with mobster.
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