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Author George R.R. Martin appears at a book signing for A Dance with Dragons in New York in July 2011. (AP)

'Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Plays Not My Job

Sep 14, 2012 (Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!)

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Twenty years ago, writer George R.R. Martin left the television industry because TV executives kept telling him his ideas were too expensive to shoot. So he went home and wrote A Game of Thrones. It was the first novel in an epic fantasy series that's now sold millions of copies and has been made into a hit TV series by HBO ... where executives keep telling him his ideas are too expensive to shoot.

We've invited Martin to take a quiz called Game of Trombones. Three questions about things that rhyme with thrones.

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