Brain Teaser – First Names

Can you add the first names for these famous people? We supply the surname and a description of them.  Need help? Use Credo Reference Online!

1. Mandela, president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

2. Navratilova, Czech-American tennis player who won the women’s singles at Wimbledon a record nine times.

3. Knightley, actress born in London in 1985.

4. Picasso, born in Spain, famous for “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and “Guernica”.

5. Tennyson, British poet (1809-1892) who wrote “In Memoriam”.

6. Eisenhower (1890-1969), 34th President of the United States.

7. Updike, American author who wrote “Rabbit Run” and “The Witches of Eastwick”.

8. Harvey, English physician (1578-1657), discoverer of the circulation of the blood.

9. Carey, American singer, the bestselling female performer of the nineties, whose singles included “Hero” and “Dreamlover”.

10. Marconi, Italian-born inventor who helped to revolutionize communications technology by developing wireless telegraphy and shortwave radio.

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (


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