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Question mark usage/position when sentence ends with a declarative quotation?

If I'm quoting something someone said and the quote does not have a question mark, but I want to end the sentence with a question mark, would it be

Are you sure she said "Spicy?"

or

Are you sure she said "Spicy"?

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You should write

Are you sure she said "Spicy"?

See for example Jane Straus's Blue book of grammar and punctuation.

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What about a period? –  JShoe Aug 8 '11 at 23:31
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The question mark goes after the quotation mark. Unlike commas and periods, a question mark that is not part of the quoted text goes outside the quotation marks.

From 300 Days of Better Writing (http://hostileediting.com):

However, if your final punctuation is a question mark, semicolon, or colon, and if that punctuation mark is not part of the quotation, then it should go outside. For example: Did the boss say “fire everyone you can”?

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