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People Known by Initials

These people are known by initials instead of first names. For each selected person, guess the initials.
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Last updated: April 12, 2015
First submittedJune 3, 2012
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Initials
Surname
Clue
O.J.
Simpson
Criminal
P.T.
Barnum
Showman
J.K.
Rowling
Author
A.A.
Milne
Author
C.S.
Lewis
Author
J.D.
Salinger
Author
J.R.R.
Tolkien
Author
B.A.
Baracus
A-Team
E.B.
White
Author
W.H.
Auden
Poet
B.F.
Skinner
Scientist
Initials
Surname
Clue
T.E.
Lawrence
WWI
E.M.
Forster
Author
H.G.
Wells
Author
W.E.B.
Du Bois
Civil Rights
F.W.
de Klerk
South Africa
D.L.
Hughley
Comedian
J.J.
Abrams
Film Producer
W.C.
Fields
Comedian
E.E.
Cummings
Poet
P.G.
Wodehouse
Author
R.L.
Stine
Author
Initials
Surname
Clue
T.S.
Eliot
Poet
A.J.
Foyt
NASCAR
J.P.
Morgan
Financier
D.H.
Lawrence
Author
W.C.
Handy
Blues Music
P.J.
Harvey
Singer-songwriter
B.B.
King
Blues Music
k.d.
lang
Singer-songwriter
H.L.
Mencken
Journalist
W.B.
Yeats
Poet
H.P.
Lovecraft
Author
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level 59
Jun 3, 2012
Yes, A. J. Foyt. Ironic because he is a 4-time winner of the Indy 500, one of the answers in yesterday's Indy 500 Winners quiz.
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level 36
Jun 3, 2012
T.H. ought to be accepted for author White.
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level 83
Jun 2, 2013
Yeah, T.H. White is at least as famous an author as E.B. White. "The Once and Future King" is probably the most famous King Arthur story out there.
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level 66
Oct 31, 2014
I've never heard of TH White. EB White wrote "Charlotte's Web" among several other "young adult" type books. Not saying those are more famous than "The Once and Future King" (which I HAVE heard of). But maybe more widely known? Not sure.
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2015
Okay
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level 77
May 30, 2015
I've read both authors before. I agree The Once and Future King is at least as famous as Charlotte's Web.
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level 73
Jun 3, 2012
only 4 percent for wc handy? i guess nobody has heard the song "walking in memphis"....he is mentioned in that song
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level 73
Jan 8, 2014
Love that song...only the original by Marc Cohn. NOT the remake by Lonestar.
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level 65
Jul 3, 2017
I haven't heard that but I've heard the St. Louis Blues.... and the Memphis Blues...... and the Beale Street Blues.... and Ole Miss Rag. Handy had a lot of amazing songs.
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level 79
Jul 27, 2018
Always good to have a WC handy
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level 82
Jun 3, 2012
Is Stein a mistake for author R.L. Stine?
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level ∞
Jun 3, 2012
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 20
Jul 31, 2012
ugh...20% more people got jk rowling than jrr tolkien...that makes me mad cuz i'm a total LotR nut.
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level 50
Aug 8, 2014
Yeah. Me too. And I'm also a Hairy Plotter TOTAL ARCHENEMY type, hence my refusal to afford them the dignity of their original names.
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level 66
Oct 31, 2014
I call him "Harvey Pooter." :D
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level 76
May 30, 2015
I love 'em both. What's wrong with that?
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level 76
Oct 27, 2012
You should also have ee cummings with lower case letters, because he didn't use upper case either.
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level 72
Jul 23, 2014
ee cummings also wrote his initials in lower case, the same way kd lang does
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level ∞
Apr 6, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._E._Cummings
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level 19
Aug 9, 2014
oj simpson should also be listed as a football player
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level 66
Oct 31, 2014
No. He's more famous for being a criminal. :D
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level 66
Oct 31, 2014
Every time I see the name EL Doctorow, I think of a Spanglish doctor. El doctoro. :P
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level 83
Apr 7, 2015
Surely there's a mistake with Mr. Yeats? It's W.B. (William Butler), not Y.B., right?
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level 83
Apr 8, 2015
Agreed - couldn't figure out how I missed that.
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level 84
Apr 11, 2015
Who is Y.B. Yeats? The poet's name was William Butler Yeats.
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level ∞
Apr 12, 2015
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 58
May 30, 2015
nice quiz. like the oj descriptor!
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level 69
May 30, 2015
OK, so this won't affect the "easy" answer, but I think it strange to use "NASCAR" as the clue for A.J. Foyt. Although he did compete in a limited way in NASCAR and with some success, he is much more renowned for his Indycar and sportscar racing career.
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level 24
May 30, 2015
FDR and JFK should be on here!
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level 80
Feb 26, 2017
I suppose they were "known by their initials" as the quiz title suggests, but they wouldn't fit in with the others. I don't know that anyone called them F.D. Roosevelt or J.F. Kennedy.
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level 46
May 31, 2015
Never heard of PJ Harvey.
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level 61
Jun 5, 2015
Sound on Sound, my friend.
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level 65
Jun 1, 2015
The only reason I managed to get WC Handy, is because of the Marc Cohn song Walking in Memphis
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level 14
Jul 9, 2017
Thank you, Time After Time, for reminding me what H.G. Wells' initials were...
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level 57
Mar 3, 2018
Suggestion: Add I.M. Pei, and, if you don't mind adding more authors, you could put J.M. Barrie and L.M. Montgomery.
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level 77
Apr 15, 2018
Ugh, I kept putting DH for Lawrence and wondering why it wasn't working.
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level 70
Oct 14, 2019
Always wondered why someone whose initials were F.W. would choose to be known predominantly by those initials. :)