By JOAN HANAUER, United Press International

The man who wrote the best-selling book of 1981 wasn't a famous author like Stephen King or James Clavell. He wasn't even a show biz type like Richard Simmons.

He was James G. Nourse, on the staff of the Chemistry Department at Stanford University. His first book -- which has 6,680,000 copies in print -- was 'The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube' It's the fastest-selling title in the 36-year history of Bantam Books.


Jarvis Astaire is selling tickets to the Super Bowl for from $20 to $40 a seat. The seats are not in Pontiac, Mich., where the game will be played on Jan. 24, but in London where his Viewsport organization has rented two theaters to show the televised game to expatriate American and British football fans. Astaire, who brings the Indianapolis 500 and other American sports events to Europe, will import hot dogs, popcorn and American beer for atmosphere. He also is showing the Super Bowl game in Paris.

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