publication date: Friday, December 24, 2021 (part of Winter 2022)

category: Literature

clue: "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," as commonly known, was this New York professor's masterpiece of tone. Although another family claimed to hear it first, this Biblical scholar's name's attached to each verse. The neighborhood called Chelsea was built on his land, and he put Greek and Hebrew within students' hands.

explanation: Moore was a writer and scholar in New York City, best known for claiming authorship of the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (better known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," its first line), although some believe that Henry Livingston Jr. was the author based on a claim that he read it to his children before its publication. Moore is also known for donating the land that became the neighborhood Chelsea in Manhattan, and for creating the first lexicon for Greek and Hebrew in the United States. more…

intended difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, and Jesse King

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