Yesterday I went to an exhibit called "Our Global Kitchen" at the American Museum of Natural History. It was a fascinating look at the interplay between food and culture during human history. One small corner of the exhibit was a re-creation of a formal dining room (known as a "triclinium") in a villa of a prosperous individual in the ancient Roman empire. The plaque explained, in part, "If unexpected guests turned up, they sat just behind the reclining diners and were known as umbrae
, or shadows." Yes, I took a photo of that plaque just so I would remember its words and be able to post them in this thread.
Well, anyway, my point is: why couldn't I have gone to that exhibit before I watched Friday's seminfinal match?
Umbria wasn't even popping into my mind during the think music; I wavered between Tuscany and Campania, even though I was pretty sure that neither of them fit the geographical description in the clue. Now, if I'd known that "umbrae" meant shadows" . . .
And on the previous semifinal, I was so close . . . I guessed "farm collective" (like others here, I would have thought that 5-year plan was a China thing only).
I knew who Laura Hillenbrand was (and had really enjoyed the film adaptation of Seabiscuit
), and had heard of Unbroken
when it came out, but sadly I'd long since forgotten about it.