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As said before, I have a penchant for trivia.

It was so apparent early on that my mother once asked, "Why are you filling your mind with so much useless knowledge?"

Later on, she realized -- at least to some degree -- that journalists need to know a lot about various subjects and all that minutia can actually be quite helpful.

For the past several months, I have amused myself in part by making various mental lists of favorite films, television programs, stage musicals, actors and actresses, authors, political figures, and such. I repeatedly tell myself that these are good regimens for my brain health, along with working through a number of crossword puzzle books that I keep at the ready.

During these seemingly interminable days and restless nights, I have rediscovered some favorite TV programs and seen some I do not recall ever having seen.

Of course, these shows and their casts have prompted me to offer up another trivia quiz to challenge readers of our hometown newspaper. I hope they will give themselves an A-plus if they can complete the entertainment exam without using Google.

And most of all, I hope they have a bit of fun:

  1. This actress co-starred with Meryl Streep in "Mamma Mia" and with Julianna Margulies in "The Good Wife." She then headed up the cast of what other television series?

  2. Actress Sasha Alexander was a featured player in the CBS series "NCIS" and also co-starred in "Rizzoli & Isles." Who is her famous mother-in-law?

  3. Award-winning actress Tyne Daly's brother, Tim, starred in what TV series of his own and co-starred in another major network series that just recently ended?

  4. Television's "Family Law" included the late Dixie Carter in its ensemble cast. Carter headlined what highly popular TV program that takes place in Atlanta. What was her character's name?

  5. The series in which Dixie Carter appeared was created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and what is the writer-producer's tie to Arkansas?

  6. Bonnie Bedelia played a police captain in a TV serial titled, "The Division." She and what well-known actor co-starred in what two-film action series?

  7. This actor played an inspector in "The Division" and years later was an advertising executive in what other series?

  8. This actress also played an inspector in "The Division" TV series, a detective in another series, "Person of Interest," and an American mathematician in what 2016 movie?

  9. Actress Angie Harmon who co-starred with Sasha Alexander in "Rizzoli & Isles," came to prominence in what long-running NBC series?

  10. What well-known actress does the voice-over for a recently seen public service piece about Arkansas?

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