Grammar Quiz #15 got a lot of interesting guesses. Garrison suggests ‘critical acclaim’ is not really a prize to be won, but something received along with the prize. A semantic hair-split that may have merit. However, the real problem lies in the “memoir that became a first-time author at age 66.” It was really McCourt who wrote the darn thing when he was 66, and subsequently won critical acclaim.
Dr. John’s Grammar quiz #16 Can you spot the glaring grammatical error in this sentence? (a tricky one.) “If he could spare the money, he’d gladly loan it to me.”
I believe sparing the money means he’d give the money away. A loan implies that he’d want to be repaid. This could be totally wrong, but it’s my guess.