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People with A Initials

From AA to AZ, name the famous person with each set of initials.
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Last updated: October 6, 2020
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First submittedNovember 26, 2010
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Clue
Person
AA
Tennis player whose main
rival was Pete Sampras
Andre Agassi
AB
Second wife of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn
AC
Gangster called "Scarface"
Al Capone
AD
"The Three Musketeers" author
Alexandre Dumas
AE
E = mc2 theorist
Albert Einstein
AF
"R-E-S-P-E-C-T", she sang
Aretha Franklin
AG
Paul Simon's partner
Art Garfunkel
AH
Notable führer
Adolf Hitler
AI
Basketball player with corn rows
nicknamed "The Answer"
Allen Iverson
AJ
U.S. President who killed a
man in a duel
Andrew Jackson
AK
Director of "Seven Samurai"
Akira Kurosawa
AL
The 16th U.S. President
Abraham Lincoln
AM
Canadian singer with a poor
grasp of the word "irony"
Alanis Morissette
 
Clue
Person
AN
Dynamite inventor
Alfred Nobel
AO
Second husband of
Jackie Kennedy
Aristotle Onassis
AP
"The Godfather" actor
Al Pacino
AQ
Star of "Zorba the Greek"
Anthony Quinn
AR
Author of "Atlas Shrugged"
Ayn Rand
AS
Austria's most famous
bodybuilder
Arnold
Schwarzenegger
AT
"Jeopardy" host
Alex Trebek
AU
Four-time Indy 500 winner
Al Unser
AV
Mapmaker and namesake
of two continents
Amerigo Vespucci
AW
She didn't want to go to
rehab, no no no
Amy Winehouse
AY
Singer of "Amish Paradise"
and "Like a Surgeon"
Al Yankovic
AZ
He filmed the Kennedy
assassination
Abraham Zapruder
73 Comments
+7
Level 33
May 3, 2013
Scarface clue threw me. I kept thinking about the movie.
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Level 60
Jan 18, 2019
IKR. All I though of was "Tony Montana doesn't have AC initials." Totally forgot that real world exists too :-D
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Level 31
May 6, 2013
al roker should have been on there, and alex trevek needs more spelling options, but fun quiz
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Level 83
May 30, 2014
There is another spelling option for Trevek. Try "Trebek".
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Level 83
May 30, 2014
Kept putting "Puzo" for the Godfather, doh! I guess Mario doesn't start with an "A".
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Level 75
Mar 10, 2015
I tried that first, too, then looked at the first initial.
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Level 72
Jun 14, 2018
Didn't notice a pattern before that, huh? ;)
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Level 86
Feb 22, 2016
I tried various spellings for Puzo then gave up. If only I had known his first name ^^.
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Level 49
May 9, 2024
Puzo was the writer though. He didn't act in it
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Level 77
Jun 20, 2018
I tried that too. Unfortunately I couldn't remember Puzo's first name, or I would have realized my error instantly.
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Level 75
Mar 4, 2016
Small point as the clue (and picture) make it clear who you mean, but Albie E. didn't discover relativity, it had already been theorised before he came along
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Level 73
May 26, 2016
it's hardly the picture that gives that one away
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Level 75
Jan 30, 2019
Yeah I agree really, and I should have said hypothesised
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

"Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity."

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Level 86
Oct 7, 2020
Einstein was indeed the one who understood and theorised relativity. There were mathematical models before (like Poincaré's) but not with the correct physical interpretation.

But, anyway, the clue is NOT about relativity ;).

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Level 75
May 31, 2021
Think the clue has been changed.

Relativity goes back at least as far as Galileo - Principle of Relativity

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Level 65
May 27, 2016
I only knew Zapruder 'cos he was named in a Marilyn Manson song - PostHuman I think?
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Level 66
Jun 20, 2018
You are correct. And now I have that song in my head.
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Level 58
May 30, 2016
Vespucci was a traveler and letter writer, not a mapmaker.
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Level 83
Apr 22, 2018
According to Wikipedia, he was an "explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer".
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Level 69
Jun 1, 2016
There is only one AB - Al Bundy
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Level 84
May 19, 2018
I'm disappointed that so few people have apparently heard of the Zapruder film.
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Level 77
Jan 24, 2019
It's not that I haven't heard of it. Just didn't know how to spell it. Kept trying 'Zebruder'.
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Level 65
Mar 18, 2019
I tried zaputer
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Level 71
Mar 2, 2021
why?
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Level 68
Apr 28, 2020
I've never heard of Allen Iverson but that's the name (different spelling) of my old boyfriend!
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2020
You could've gone with Alexander Hamilton instead of Adolf Hitler.
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Level 72
Oct 6, 2020
He could have gone for Adam Smith instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger. And so on. He's not glorifying Hitler by including him in this quiz, but rather educating people about one of the most important characters in history, in the hope that we learn and try to avoid such men rising to power once more.
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Level 76
Mar 2, 2021
not to disagree with you at all, but it’s interesting to consider that in many ways hamilton was a more important character in history than hitler in terms of lasting impact and how different the world might look without them
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2021
Surely you meant "in the history of musical theater"? Otherwise, that's just an absurd statement.
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Level 77
Mar 2, 2021
@stylus: Claiming Hamilton is more historically significant than Hitler is silly. Hitler's orchestration of the Holocaust assuredly led to directly affecting tens of millions of lives. It inspired the UN to create the Genocide Convention. It caused a lasting effect on global politics and international cooperation. Not to mention that WWII can be blamed on Hitler, too.
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Level 18
Mar 5, 2021
"notable" fuhrer
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Level 81
Oct 6, 2020
Strange that you put "dreadlocked" for Allen Iverson, I don't remember ever seeing him with dreadlocks. I went to Google Images for him and there's not a single picture of him with dreadlocks. Did you confuse cornrows or braids with dreadlocks?
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2020
Fixed
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Level 64
Oct 6, 2020
Absolutely LOVE that 'Ahnold' was accepted for Schwarzenegger, typed it as a joke and it took it!
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Level 75
Oct 20, 2020
I did the same. Wonder if Ahhnold would have worked now LOL
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Level 87
Oct 7, 2020
Kept wondering why Arthur Ashe wasn't working for the tennis player. :)
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Level 69
Mar 3, 2021
Me too! I tried every combination of Ashe with different letters until I realized who it really was.
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Level 72
Oct 7, 2020
I appreciate some letters are harder than others, but some of those clues are very American centric. As a Brit the five

I missed are all ones that I would say 99% of people over here would get wrong. Basketball and Indy 500 have no presence in Europe. “Jeopardy” never it made it over the pond and if it did we would have had a different host so that one is incredibly difficult.

In the spirit of not just moaning snd trying to help, how about Alfred Tennyson, Alan Turing (possibly not well known outside the UK), Andreas Iniesta (possibly not well known outside of football fans), or Anna Ivanovic?

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Level 72
Mar 2, 2021
I wouldn't say that Alan Turing was that well known inside the UK but I do agree that most people outside of the US will not have heard of the basketball player, Indy 500 driver or the Jeopardy host and probably would not get Al Yankovic or Abraham Zapruder either
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Level 82
Mar 2, 2021
Yankovic has toured before through Europe and Australia, maybe other places, and I've personally seen his music videos playing in multiple places in Asia.
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2021
Yeah, that's not a hard question - particularly since "Weird Al" works as a type in. The NBA's pretty popular in Europe as well (maybe not the UK but definitely in other countries) and Trebek is relatively well known. The only question I would maybe call USA-centric is the Indy 500, but even that's followed by some people.

But whinging is a hobby for a lot of the British which, as a Brit (more or less), I find somewhat saddening.

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Level 82
Mar 2, 2021
Knew this was coming when I was just 3 question in to the quiz. And probably from Algernon. If you didn't spend so much time complaining about the questions you don't know you could probably learn some of the answers.
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Level 77
Mar 2, 2021
Nothing like reading these insulting comments from kalbahamut--singlehandedly trying to lower the level of discord on these quiz site comments to YouTube levels of disrespect.
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Level 82
Mar 6, 2021
rubber. glue.
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Level 85
May 11, 2023
Alan Turing is DEFINITELY well known outside of the UK. Just because you don't like learning about cultures other than your own doesn't mean the rest of us don't.
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Level 77
Dec 15, 2023
"99% of people over here would get wrong". Rubbish. Try paying attention to the wider world.
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Level 81
Oct 7, 2020
Accepted "k-i-r-a-s-a-w-a" for Kurosawa - so forgiving!
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Level 83
Dec 30, 2020
Unfortunately now it's former or late host of Jeopardy
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2021
Sad.
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Level 73
Dec 31, 2020
I didn't know Allen Iverson was the answer to anything.
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2021
Is it just me or are these quizzes getting a bit meaner? I'm not saying that the "Ironic" clue was out of bounds, but it's just a little...mean...in contrast with the other clues, none of which contain value judgments. If we have to be mean, at least be mean to Hitler.
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2021
Isn't that ironic?
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2021
Don't you think?
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Level 77
Mar 2, 2021
A little too ironic.
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2021
A song called "Ironic" that lists many supposed examples of irony that actually aren't in any way ironic is, in fact, ironic.
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Level 70
Mar 2, 2021
great one, enjoyed it
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2021
I'm not a tennis fan so I spent around half a minute trying various spellings of Arthur Ashe before moving on lol
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Level 71
Mar 2, 2021
That was a very good quiz, based on a clever concept. I had never heard of the basketball player or the Indy500 driver, though.
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2021
Got all but Zapruder. Tried several spelling but kept trying to put a 'b' in there.
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2021
If I was American this would have been a good quiz.
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Level 70
Mar 2, 2021
I'm guessing that the Jeopardy-question is really hard for anyone outside the U.S. The franchise has aired in a lot of other countries with their own hosts, so most people will probably know their local version only?
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Level 75
Mar 2, 2021
I'm British and I've vaguely heard of him a few times. I've seen Jeopardy in films and series so I'm vaguely aware of what it is. I managed to get his name, perhaps because he died not too long ago and it was reported on the BBC.

A cute fact is that if you type 'Alex Trebek' in Google it says:

Did you mean: WHO IS Alex Trebek

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Level 71
Mar 2, 2021
Try my click map quiz lol.
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Level 68
Mar 2, 2021
I've only heard of the names Morrissette and Onassis, never seen them written down.

Took like 90 seconds of guessing to get a spelling it accepted lol

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Level 80
Mar 2, 2021
Abel Xavier for AX
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Level 57
Mar 2, 2021
https://peoplebyinitials.com/?q=AX
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2021
Quizmaster, please add "late" to the Alex Trebek clue. Or possibly his years of tenure: 1984 - 2020
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Level 66
Mar 4, 2021
What about Alejandro Xavier, famous bullfighter of the 70s? : )
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2021
Ah yes, because when I think of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first thing I think of is "Austrian bodybuilder"
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Level 77
Aug 17, 2021
It may not be the first thing, but it's definitely one of the first things. I mean, if you want to make a parody character of Schwarzenegger, all you really have to do is have a bodybuilder's physique and a thick Austrian accent and everyone will know exactly who you're referencing.
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2021
For some reason when I read Fuhrer I thought Kaiser
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2021
Trebek is now the *former* Jeopardy host.