1: Big and Little Cities
1A. Name one of the 15 U.S. state capitals with the smallest municipal populations according to the 2000 census. Carson City, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico are 16 and 17 on the list, respectively, with 2000 municipal populations of 57,701 and 70,631.
1C. Name one of the 15 largest metropolitan areas (by population) in Canada according to the 2006 census. Windsor, Ontario and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are 16 and 17 on the list, respectively, with 2006 metropolitan populations of 323,342 and 233,923.
2: The Greatest
2A. In 2005, the Discovery Channel in the US asked for nominations from Americans for the position of Greatest American. A list of the top 100 nominees was generated. Name one of the top 10 nominees on this list. This top 10 included 6 presidents, 2 individuals from the entertainment business, 1 civil rights leader, and 1 individual best described as an American Renaissance man.
2C. In 2004, CBC Television asked for nominations from Canadians for the position of Greatest Canadian. A list of the top 100 nominees was generated. Name one of the top 10 nominees on this list. This top 10 included 4 political figures, 2 hockey-related figures, 2 scientists, 1 inventor and 1 individual who is probably best described as just plain inspirational.
3: Reality TV or Not TV?
3A. Name a US-produced reality TV program or game show that has aired on U.S. television after January 1, 2000 and is based on a format that was originated in another country.
3C. Name a reality TV program or game show that has aired on U.S. television after January 1, 2000 and has had an equivalent Canadian version air on English language Canadian TV.
4: Female Singers
4A. Name a singer who the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist from 1990-2010 (inclusive).
4C. Name a female Canadian singer who won the Juno Award in one of the following categories in from 1980-2010 (inclusive) : Artist of the Year, Best Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Female Vocalist, or Female Vocalist of the Year.
5: Short Term Leaders
5A. Name one of the 10 former U.S. Presidents who held the office for the shortest amount of time. If someone served as President multiple times, the total amount of time from all stints is used. John Adams is 11 on this list with 1460 days in office.
5C. Name one of the 10 former Canadian Prime Ministers who held the office for the shortest amount of time. If someone served as PM multiple times, the total amount of time from all stints is used. Lester B. Pearson is 11 on this list with 1825 days in office.
6: All the News
6A. Name one of the top 15 newspapers in the U.S. by 2009 daily circulation. The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Chicago Sun-Times are 16 and 17 on this list, respectively with 2009 daily circulations of 316,280 and 313,176
6C. Name one of the top 15 newspapers in Canada by 2009 weekly circulation. 12 of them are English language papers wile 3 are French language pagers. Le Soleil of Quebec City and the Hamilton Spectator are 16 and 17 on this list, respectively with 2009 weekly circulations of 593,404 and 575,822.
7: Beloved Books
7A. Name one of the 14 novels written by American author L. Frank Baum about the land of Oz.
7C. Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 9 novels about Anne Shirley and her family and another 3 novels about Emily Starr. Name one of those 12 novels.
An abridged version of the ninth “Anne” book was published posthumously in 1974 under one title and a complete version was published in 2009 under another title. Either title is acceptable.
8: Official Flora
8A. Name the official flower for one of the original 13 states of the United States of America.
8C. Name the official flower for one of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.
9: Now You See Them Play; Now You Don’t
9A. Name an American League or National League baseball team name that existed sometime in the 1920-2009 time period but no longer exists, either because the team folded, changed its name, or merged with another team. Both the city (or region) and the team nickname are needed. If a current MLB team has assumed the name of an older franchise, it does not count.
Note: I consider A's to be a short form for Athletics, so the Oakland A's and Oakland Athletics are considered the same team name.
9C. Name a National Hockey League team name that existed sometime in the 1920-2009 time period but no longer exists, either because the team folded, changed its name, or merged with another team. Both the city (or region) and the team nickname are needed. If a current NHL team has assumed the name of an older franchise, it does not count.
10. In miles, how long is the Canadian-American border? Tied competitors will be ranked based on close (either under or over) to the correct value they come.
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QUESTION 1: A Dozen Irate Males
12 Answers - Just the jury members, please
The 1957 movie 12 Angry Men is number two on AFI’s list of the ten best courtroom dramas. This movie was remade for television in 1997. Name one of the actors in the remake. Source: IMDB
QUESTION 2: Ego Trip
My nickname is PEG. Name an element on the Periodic Table that starts with P, E, or G. I want the element’s name, not its symbol. For example, if there was an element pegglium whose symbol was MP, the correct answer is pegglium. Source: the Periodic Table
QUESTION 3: Murder Can Kill You
James Patterson is a prolific best-selling author who created the character of Washington, DC police psychologist Alex Cross. His most recent books have all included the word Cross in the title. The first eleven novels’ titles, however, did not include the word Cross. Name one of these first eleven books. Source: jamespatterson.com
QUESTION 4: She’s A Broadway Baby
11 Answers (amended)
Bernadette Peters has enjoyed a long and successful career on Broadway. Name one of the Broadway shows she has been in since 1968. DO NOT include Off-Broadway, workshops, tours, or shows that were canceled before they officially opened on Broadway. Revivals ARE okay. Source: broadwayworld.com
QUESTION 5: Mangia
10 Answers Name one of the 10 most popular single pizza toppings ordered by American pizza lovers. Source: the toptens.com
QUESTION 6: When You Wish Upon a Star
The Pleiades were the 7 daughters of Atlas. To keep them safe from the advances of Orion, Zeus placed them in the sky as stars. Name one of the Pleiades.
QUESTION 7: Ten-Hut! Off We Go…
This question is dedicated to Dave Belote, USAF (Ret.) and to Joey Beachum – and to all the brave men and women who serve our country.
There are ten commissioned officer ranks in the United States Air Force. Name one of these ranks. Source: airforce.com
QUESTION 8: Order in the Court
Name one of the 9 justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as of June 30, 2010 (pre-Kagan hearings.) Source: supremecourt.gov
QUESTION 9: Here’s to the Ladies Who Dunk
There are currently 12 teams in the WNBA. Name one of the teams – geographic and team name.
For example: the Culver City Cluers. Source: espn.go.com
QUESTION 10: You Have the Right to Remain Silent
11 Answers (correction)
The CBS television network airs many shows classified as “police* procedurals.” Name one of these shows that aired prime time episodes this past TV season (September 2009 through June 2010).
*For this question, the term “police” is expanded to include all official law enforcement agencies – city, state, national/federal, and international.
Note: All versions of a series will be grouped together. For Example: Crime Busters, Crime Busters: Fiji, and Crime Busters: Uranus would all count as the same answer.Source: cbs.com
QUESTION 11: Death of a Salesman?
In 2009, Forbes compiled a list of the 10 top-earning deadcelebrities. Name one of these go-getters.
Note: The celebrity need not have died in 2009. Source: forbes.com
TIE BREAKER: There have been 5 live action Star Trek series on television, each featuring a captain or commander who helped keep the United Federation of Planets safe. Name the CO (character, not actor) who is my personal favorite.
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1. Have You Got It?: Name a winner of either America's Got Talent or Britain's Got Talent.
2. Now That It's Over...: Name any country that has played in the championship game of the World Cup, this year included. You CAN give the name of a country that no longer exists, even if for instance, Perspectiva was once North Perspectiva and South Perspectiva. In that case, Perspectiva, North Perspectiva and South Perspectiva would be different answers.
3. One Through Five Is Not Enough: Name a US state that has a Six Flags theme park or water park in it.
4. Well Represented: Name one of the eleven US states that have the most representatives in the House of Representatives based on the 2000 distribution. If you're wondering why eleven, it's because due to ties, there is no top ten.
5. History, Bard Style: Name a Shakespare history play, according to Wikipedia. Must be definitively listed as a history play, not Apocrophya.
6. Johnny Took Flight: Name one of the top ten most popular domestic cities flown to from JFK Airport in 2008 in terms of number of passengers. US Territories count as domestic.
7. The King: Name an Elvis Presley song that reached number one on the Billboard Top 100 before the debut of the Hot 100. To help out, the first Elvis song to hit number one on the Hot 100 was A Big Hunk O' Love.
8. Are You Loving It? According to their official website, name an item off of the McDonalds dollar menu.
9. Play On: Name a currently running Broadway musical that has ran for at least 1500 performances. Base your answers only on the current run and not a combination of runs.
10. I Wanna Be A Millionaire: Name a person who won the top prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in either the original prime time run or the currently running syndicated version, not counting last year's Tournament of Ten.
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1. Name a member of Sarah Palin's immediate (herself, spouse, children or grandchildren) family.
2. Here (click on window below) are nine songs from Tony Award winning (best) musicals. Name one song and the musical it was in.
3. Name a black NFL head coach (past or present).
4. Euro banknotes have illustrations of seven architectural styles (from more than 1500 years ago to the present day) on the obverse side. Name one of these styles.
5. According to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the Mediterranean Sea is subdivided into eight smaller bodies of water, each with its own designation. Name one of these bodies of water (most of them are called Seas).
6. Name one of the top eleven most visited websites in the U.S., according to Alexa.com* (Msn.com is #12).
7. Name one of Dante's Nine Circles of Hell.
8. Name an Apple hardware product (individual item as listed on the on-line Apple store). Peripherals don't count.
9. Name one of the seven major Pre-Columbian civilizations.
10. Name one of ten movies financed exclusively outside the U.S. (i.e. in the U.K.) to win best movie Oscar.
11. Name a word of at least six letters made up of U.S. state (not territory) two-letter postal codes. Codes cannot overlap, and may be repeated. For example if LO, AN, and NS were postal codes (and I were accepting four letter words) LOAN would be valid but LOANS would not. No proper nouns.
Bonus question (value TBD): what else do you notice about the set of songs in question 2?
*The sites in the top sites lists are ordered by their 1 month alexa traffic rank. The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.
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Theme TD: Star Trek; Paucle
Part One: Classic Trek
1. Name someone we saw Kirk kiss. (ANTI-BONUS: name the adventure)
2. Name an adventure featuring Romulans and/or Klingons.
3. Name any Starfleet ship seen. (ANTI-BONUS: Name its CO)
Part Two : The Next Generation
4. Name an adventure in which we saw "Saucer sep," OR name someone who commanded the saucer or the battle bridge while separated.
(only need the "adventure" if that's your answer; adventure/ ship part/ commander if answering the person).
5. Name an adventure in which Picard is "kidnapped" (i.e., held against his will by anyone for any reason).
6. Pick a crew member and tell me any non-Enterprise vessel on which they served.
(The vessel is your answer, not the crew member, but you need their name to prove you're not just naming a ship and hoping!) (ANTI-BONUS: Name its CO)
Part Three: Deep Space Nine
7. Name a Vedek mentioned or seen, OR someone who played one.
8. Name a member of the "Niners" baseball team. (ANTI-BONUS! Tell me their position.)
9. Name anyone we saw in command of a Defiant-class vessel.
Part Four: Voyager
10. Name a Kazon sect, or a Maj. (ANTI-BONUS! Name an adventure in which your sect appeared.)
11. Name a Voyager crewmember who transferred over from the Maquis ship.
12. Name any race we saw, none of whose members was a Voyager crewmember.
e.g., "Talaxian" is wrong, since Neelix the Talaxian was a member of the Voyager crew)
Part Five: Enterprise
13. Name an actor whose name appears in the main titles (ya know, while the theme song is sung).
14. Name a character mentioned or seen who has a "future history" in the Trekverse.
(meaning, we know about them from what happens in previously seen adventures, such as Buck Bokai cropping up in DS9 after introduced in TNG)
(ANTI-BONUS! In what previous adventure were they first mentioned/seen? first as in our IRL timeline, not the Trek timeline!)
15. Name any animal seen, species OR given name. (They will count as separate answers.) And please, animal-animal, not humanoid animal? Also need the adjective if applicable, like "vegan lemur," not just "lemur."
Part Six: "Cross-Trek"
16. Fill in each blank with one word: "I'm a ___ not a ___."
17. Name an adventure whose setting is primarily (i.e., more than half) on pre-warp drive Earth.
18. Name a two-part adventure (i.e., any single title that includes ", Part 1"/ ", Part 2").
19. Name any adventure where the Enterprise/ Defiant/ Voyager is under non-Starfleet control.
20. Name any non-main- title character who appeared in more than three adventures.
(ANTI-BONUS! Who played him/her?)
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The Admissions Process
1. When beginning your college search, you have to map out your priorities. What kind of education and opportunities do you want? You may want a wide-open liberal arts college, or a more specialized education, such as an Engineering or Art school, if that suits your fancy. Some colleges also score high marks in areas not directly related to the quality of their programs. One increasingly popular and focused on quality is how "green", or environmentally conscious and progressive, a college is. The Princeton Review released its Honor Roll for Green Colleges and Universities, which are fifteen schools that received a "99" rating in its book (the highest possible) for being "green". Name one of these fifteen environmentally minded schools . (Source: Princeton Review). As for TD College, we didn't make it: too much Lach Trash.
This is one exception to my rule about general names. I will try and be generous with the be more specifics, but be prepared to give a full college or university name if more than one school exists. So if you say "Mexico" (and Mexico was U.S. school), have an idea if it would be "Mexico College", "Mexico University - Mexico City", "Mexico University - Guadalajara", or "Mexico Institute of the Fine Arts". The only time when I will not need this info is if you pick a school where no other U.S. post-secondary school with the same proper name (such as, if Fishercat College is the only school with the name "Fishercat" in it, then that's fine).
Honors Program: Five of these fifteen schools are located west of the Mississippi River. Name one of these five schools.
2. In preparation for applying to colleges, most prospective students try to find a way to stand out. A good GPA simply isn't good enough any more for some schools. One of these ways is learning a second or third language (plus, if you can get a waiver out of that course in college, even better!). There are 172 languages with at least three million native speakers. Chinese (and its subsets, such as Mandarin, Wu, and Yue) is first on the list. Name one of the other Top 16 in terms of native speakers according to Ethnologue's List of commonly spoken languages. (Source: Ethnologue's Website).
Honors Program: The ten smallest sovereign states in the world by population, as a group, only use three of these fifteen languages as official languages. Name one of those three languages (Source: Wikipedia)
3. One of the great pains for the freshman collegiate are the general education requirements. Often, high school experience overlaps with college requirements and leads to a repetitious freshman year. Science and math can be notorious for this, as you may find yourself re-learning physics or calculus (and paying hundreds of dollars for books). However, since it's review, you should be able to name an element whose atomic number is also a perfect square.
There are ten possible answers to this question. As a reminder, by perfect square, I mean that the number is an integer that can be produced by multiplying an integer by itself. For instance, if Fishercatium was Atomic Number 144, it would quality as a perfect square (12*12 = 144). I want the name of the element, not the atomic number (though feel free to include the number if you like). (Source: Periodic Table)
Honors Program: Five of these elements have even atomic numbers, identify an element whose atomic number is both a perfect square and an even number.
4. However, college isn't spent entirely in the library. A major part of the experience is spending four years living with, for better or for worse, your peers. You spend a lot of time simply hanging out, enjoying each other's company, and sharing in the college experience, take that as you will. For guys, this often ends up with a group of freshman in the dorm's common room watching a sports event. Since 1984, this includes the NBA Slam Dunk contest (which Larry Nance happened to win). Since Nance, there have been a total of eighteen winners, and you need to name one of those NBA Slam Dunk winners. (Source: NBA Encyclopedia)
Honors Program: The true basketball guru knows that four players have won this contest more than once, and will be able to name one of them.
5. By now, you should be acclimated to the world of academia, but there are a ton of new horizons to explore. College is a common starting point for discovering new music. Your college newspaper's "best of" lists is the one place where the tastes are more likely to match Pitchfork than Billboard. However, when push comes to shove, pop music is still king, especially as the parties and dances will play more Top 40 fare than anything else. As of the publishing of this TD, nine singles and fourteen albums had reached #1 status on the Billboard Hot 100 (singles) and the Billboard 200 (albums). This combines to a total of eighteen primary artists (featured artists do not count nor do "various artists"), and you need to name one of those eighteen artists to achieve a #1 single or #1 album in 2010. (Source: Billboard Hot 100/Billboard 200 Charts).
This includes the week labeled as "August 7" in the wikipedia listing, since Billboard releases their charts a week and a half early. It will not include the following week of charts.
Honors Program: Four of those artists have achieved both a number one album and a number one single in 2010, and you need to name one of them.
6. For many Americans, college intersects with the first time that they are legally allowed to drink alcohol. This also inaugurates that legality of being a beer elitist. Nevertheless, as a sophomore, you're probably still unable to actually buy beer (unless you're not in the United States) and you're on a college student's budget: that means massively produced and consumed beer. CNBC recently republished a list of the Top 10 beers by U.S. market share, based on 2006 data from a 2008 source (Market Share Reporter). Name one of these Top 10 beers. (Source: CNBC Slideshow)
Honors Program: Still, you have some flexibility even when choosing from the most popular beers. Of the ten beers, only four of them are unique in that there is not another beer on the list that shares the same brand name*. Name one of those four.
7. Now that we have reached junior year, your gen-eds are hopefully long gone, which means you can finally choose some interesting courses. Maybe you take that fine arts course to stoke your creative fancy, or for you strategists out there, you find the cupcake course in the catalog in order to boost that GPA for grad school, law school, or ego stroking. A third option is to go deeper into your major: Eastern religions, Victorian literature, or special areas history for instance. One area of historical study that often gets overlooked in high school that may be of interest is African history. A myriad of important figures to come out of this area. For instance, in 2004, a television series called "Greatest South Africans" was produced. This show was meant to determine, as the title suggests, the Greatest South Africans ever through public polling. Their decision not to exclude political figures created some highly controversial results. Name one of the Top 14 South Africans according to this public survey. (Source: Greatest South Africans Article/Wikipedia)
(The specific spots of numbers 2-10 were never revealed, but they all fall within this answer set)
Honors Program: A deeper study of South Africa may unveil some less heralded heroes. There are two athletes (primary occupation) on the list, as well as two women. Name one person who is either a woman or an athlete.
8. On a personal level, one of the biggest parts of college is getting over one's fears and trying new things. This can include small victories such as trying new foods or breaking out some very awkward moves on the dance floor. Bigger obstacles to overcome include being away from home from an extended period of time or possibly entering your first serious, constant relationship. However, as eye-opening as college can be, there are still a slew of fears that people encounter every day that do not seem to be going away. You need to Name the proper "-phobia" name for one of the following fears
Fear of: cats, spiders, fish, birds, animals, the number 13, phobias, the dead/death, germs, blood, heights, or the sun. (Source: The Phobias Website)
(Note: There are commonly different spelling or even synonyms for these fears. Any spelling that can be verified by an internet search will be compiled into an answer, and synonyms for the same fear will be accepted but seen as the same answer [if there are three names for fear of germs, all three are accepted and counted as the same answer])
Honors Program: Of the fears that I listed, three of them are on the National Institute of Mental Health's list of the Top 10 most common phobias. Name one of those phobias. (Source: Buzzle.com's list of common phobias).
9. As a student enters his or her senior year, they tend to look at a bigger picture. Suddenly the insular college experience begins to seem less universal than ever, and many students look to spend time either studying elsewhere or helping out in less fortunate areas. Some schools offer service programs across the country or even the world to help immerse willing students in new cultures. One of the more common destinations that desperately need an infusion of energetic help are Native American reservations who often suffer from intense poverty and slacking education levels. There are seventeen federally recognized Native American reservations that occupy over 2,000 square miles. These reservations are located, either wholly or partially, in a total of ten states. Name one of those states. (Source: Wikipedia citing the 2000 U.S. Census)
Honors Program: Six of these reservations, in a total of five of the states, has a population of under 10,000 people as reported in the 2000 census. Name a state with a partial or full share in one (or more) of the six reservations with over 2,000 square miles of land and under 10,000 people. (Source: Same as Q9)
10. The impending graduation of a college senior also brings the possibility the first true step into a life of independence. While moving out of home into college is a major step, the resources for a comfortable life are still available for those students in dorms, including a plentifully stocked dining hall. Not surprisingly, when upperclassmen move from dorms to apartments, with a functioning kitchen, one of the most feared or anticipated tasks is cooking for one's self. Some students run away from this while others embrace the opportunity. Among those who embrace it, their influences may range from cost-controlling dishes to television shows to family favorites, and even to movies. One such recent movie, Julie and Julia, highlighted the life of legendary chef Julia Child and featured the modern day "Julie" cooking several of her recipes. One of recipes introduced in the movie was for Julia's Boeuf Bourginon. Name one of the sixteen ingredients in Child's recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon from Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Simple descriptions will suffice for Julia Child's more verbose directions (if "succulent grass-fed turkey" was an ingredient, "turkey" works) and food items only. The casserole dish does not count. There are two ingredients which required prior preparation, ingredients used in preparing those ingredients do NOT count. (Source: PDF of the Recipe from MtAoFC)
Honors Program: There are three ingredients that Julia Child gives an option of using one of two choices on. Name one of those three ingredients (the ingredients are similar and will be grouped together in tallying, since they cannot be used simultaneously in the recipe). For instance, if she says you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate, either of those answers is acceptable (chocolate would be a BMS answer).
11. Newly minted alumni have a lot to worry about: paying back student loans and finding a job in this market is increasingly difficult and requires some creative solutions. Some students look to spend a year or two volunteering while some go off to graduate, law, or medical school to enhance their skillset. For most people, the most difficult (and probably fruitless) option would be to try and pay off their loans in front of a live studio audience. However, some people have not only made enough money on TV game shows to pay off their bills but they have become famous for it. In 2007, a United States version of the game show "Grand Slam" was produced. This featured sixteen all-time greats in the world of game shows in a bracket-style trivia tournament. Name one of these sixteen contestants. (Source: Game Show Trivia Website)
Honors Program: The tournament started with sixteen contestants and was decided by a bracket-style competition. The seeding was based on the amount they had earned on their respective game shows, although it did not seem that impactful in terms of determining the semifinalists. Name one of the four semifinalists.
Tiebreaker: One of the most common theories about the school system is that you not only go to learn, but to socialize. Through this socialization, the savvy world-beater learns the tendancies of his or her peers and can predict their actions. Predict the percentage of people who "drop the class" or "skip the exam" for the most commonly dropped/skipped question. If you believe that 29.0% of participants will skip Question #1 and that no other question will be dropped/skipped as often, your answer would be 29.0%. Give your percentage to the nearest tenth. Otherwise, if this Tiebreaker fails, earliest entrant wins (unless a podium spot is at stake, then I will offer a second tiebreaker on an as-needed basis)
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Theme TD: Disney Movies; cheezguyty
***When I use the phrase "Disney movie", it is referring to any Disney or Pixar movie that meets the requirements discussed in the previous post.***
1.) On February 4, 1938, Walt Disney Animation released their first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Another milestone came when the company released The Jungle Book on October 18, 1967, as it was the last animated feature film Walt Disney worked on before he died in December 1966. Name any of the ten other films released by Disney during that time period.
[Note: Remember, package films are not included. See Rule 4 and bullet #1 in the previous post.]
2.) The Disney Princess franchise has become a huge moneymaker for the Disney Company, with annual sales topping $4 billion. The entire line is fashioned around nine female characters from Disney movies that may or may not be royalty. Each of the Princesses has a main love interest in their respective film. Other than Snow White's lover (who does not have a name), name one of the eight main love interests of one of the Disney Princesses.
[Note: Some "unofficial Princesses" have appeared in Disney Princess merchandise. In order to prevent confusion, this question does not involve Alice, Tinker Bell, Maid Marian, Nala, or Megara.]
3.) In recent years, animated movies have become known for containing an all-star cast of voice talents, but this wasn't always the case. Many believe that it was Robin Williams's performance as the Genie in Aladdin that ushered in an era of bringing in big-name stars to lend their voices. Name a person who supplied the voice for one of the following characters: Bernard in The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 1-3, Duchess in The Aristocats, Iago in Aladdin, Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc., Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Mushu in Mulan, Philoctetes ("Phil") in Hercules, or Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective.
[Note: It is not necessary that you provide the character with your answer. The actor's name will suffice.]
4.) Pixar has found unparalleled success in the world of animated films. Their productions are constantly lauded for their spectacular visual imagery, imaginative and captivating story lines, and endearing characters. Name a character in a Pixar film whose name begins with a "D" or a "P". Titles are not included, so no "Dr."s or "Princess"s. Last names do not count. Only the name that the character is most commonly referred to as will be counted.
[Note: It is not necessary to provide the name of the movie with your answer. First names alone are acceptable.]
5.) In the past ten years, Walt Disney Animation Studios films have been overshadowed by the masterpieces produced by Disney's subsidiary company, Pixar Animation Studios. Despite the success of Pixar, Disney continues to release their own movies at the rate of about one a year. Name one of the ten films released by Walt Disney Animation Studios since January 1, 2000.
[Note: As in all of the questions, re-releases of an older film do not count.]
6.) Two of Disney's most successful films were The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Name a song from either of these films that appears in the original release of the movie. A song must be at least one minute in length and must have lyrics. It is not necessary that the song be sung by a character in the film. If an alternate version of a song is listed on the official soundtrack as a "reprise", that will be counted as a separate answer.
[Note: This does not include songs that were cut from the movie and later added as a special feature on a DVD release.]
7.) Many Disney movies are named after characters, and many characters in Disney movies are animals. This question is asking about both. Name a title character of a Disney animated movie that is also an animal. A title character is any character in a movie whose name appears in the title of that movie. The name does not have to be the entire title. Please note that "The Lion King" and similar cases are not the name of a character.
[Note: An "animal" does not include people, robots, alien life forms, or The Beast. Anthropomorphic animals are acceptable.]
8.) Some Disney movies are based off of classic fairy tales, several are loosely based on historical fact, while some of the more recent ones are original screenplays. However, a good majority of Disney movies are based off of childrens' books. Name an author whose work was the basis for one of the following films: 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Tarzan, The Black Cauldron, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, or The Sword in the Stone.
[Note: It is not necessary that you provide the book name with your answer. The author's name will suffice.]
9.) Some Disney movies contain a trio of characters who are more well known as a group than as individuals. Give the name of one of the following characters: one of the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty, one of the three hyenas in The Lion King, one of the three kittens in The Aristocats, or one of the three gargoyles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
[Note: Just to clarify, your answer here is one name. It is not necessary that you identify which of the groups your character belongs in.]
10.) Songs from Disney and Pixar movies have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song eight different times, including seven times between 1989 and 2001. Two of those songs discuss the wonders of nature. Name an animal that is mentioned in the song "Colors of the Wind" or "Under the Sea".
[Note: Animals do not include people. If there is a generic animal mentioned as well as a more specific kind of that animal (such as "insect" and "ant"), they will be counted as separate answers.]
11.) He may be better known among Jeopardy! fans as the foolish, yet lovable Cliff Clavin, but John Ratzenberger has become recognizable to a whole new generation of movie viewers. Well, his voice has, anyway. Ratzenberger has provided the voice for a role in each of the 11 movies produced by Pixar. Give the name, or a decent description, of one of the characters he has voiced. I am allowing a description of the character because some of them are very minor within the film and their name may not even be mentioned. A description of the character will count the same as providing the name.
[Note: If Ratzenberger voiced the same character in multiple movies, that will still count as one answer. It is not necessary that you name the movie in your answer.]
BONUS QUESTION: Out of the 50 movies outlined in the rules that were in consideration for this TD, 49 of them have been used in some form or fashion in at least one of the questions (title was mentioned, character was mentioned, title is an answer, character is an answer, etc.) Name the one movie that is on my list that is not involved with any of the questions in this TD, and I will subtract 5 points from your final score.
[Note: A wrong answer here will not count against you, so please take a guess even if you are unsure. However, this question isn't mandatory.]
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Theme TD: The Simpsons; StevenH
1. Name a character who Hank Azaria provides or provided the voice of.
2. Identify any one of the 8 very minor characters* who is pictured below. NOTE: the first and last names are both required for all the characters who do have a first and last name, and for the other ones you must give their exact, full names as they were said on the show. Also, please ignore the picture of Martin Sheen on the one image. He provided the voice of that character, and I couldn't find an image of that character by himself.
3. In the episode “Homer at the Bat,” the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team made it to the championship game. Mr. Burns replaced the players on the team with nine Big Leaguers who were all real life Major League Baseball players (voiced by themselves) in order to ensure his team’s victory. Before the championship game was played something happened to eight of them that made them unable to play in the big game. Identify any one of the 8 Big League players who was not able to play in the championship softball game AND identify the thing that happened to him that made him unable to play.
4. Complete any one of the following Ralph Wiggum quotes:
a) “I bent my ________.”
b) “When I grow up I want to be a principal or a ________.”
c) “That's where I saw the _________. He tells me to burn things!”
d) “When I grow up, I’m going to ________ University.”
e) “Me fail ________? That’s unpossible.”
f) “Hi, Principal Skinner! Hi, Super ________ Chalmers!”
g) “Oh boy, sleep! That’s where I’m a ________.”
5. Those of you who played in Think Different 88 might remember that Sideshow Bob is one of StevenH’s favorite characters. Identify one of the 6 episodes in the first eight seasons of The Simpsons in which Sideshow Bob is a major character (i.e. Kelsey Grammer is credited with his speaking role) by either its basic plot line or by the episode title.
6. Identify somebody* who provided a celebrity guest voice in the episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled.” *NOTE: There was a band that had a guest role in this episode. If you are going to guess the band then just give the name of the band, not its members.
7. The Treehouse of Horror episodes began as an annual event in season 2, and each ToH episode has three different segments.Complete any one of the following titles of a segment from a Treehouse of Horror episode:
a) “Time and _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror V”)
b) “_______ ‘Z’ for Zombies” (from “Treehouse of Horror III”)
c) “Citizen _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror VII”)
d) “The Monkey’s _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror II”)
e) “Easy-Bake _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror VIII”)
f) “The _______ and Homer Simpson” (from “Treehouse of Horror IV”)
g) “_______ on Evergreen Terrace” (from “Treehouse of Horror VI”)
8. In the episode “I Love Lisa,” (the one where Ralph had a crush on Lisa after she had given him a valentine out of pity), some of the students at Springfield Elementary put on a play in which they performed a song called “The Mediocre Presidents.” The lyrics to the song were partly in the first person, and it was said in the beginning of the song that “You won’t find our faces on dollars or on cents.” The song ends by saying “We…are…the…adequate, forgettable, occasionally regrettable caretaker presidents of the U-S-A.” Identify one of the 5 U.S. Presidents who is mentioned in the song “The Mediocre Presidents.”
9. In the episode “Team Homer,” Homer was in a bowling league and was on a team called the Pin Pals. Two of the other teams in that league were the Channel 6 Wastelanders and The Stereotypes. Identify a character who was on either the Channel 6 Wastelanders or The Stereotypes.
10. Name one of the 7 crappy stick figure characters that was created by Roger Myers Sr. before he stole the idea for Itchy & Scratchy, as revealed in the episode “The Day the Violence Died.”
11. Lisa joined the Springfield chapter of Mensa in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.” Identify one of the 5 characters besides Lisa who was in the Springfield chapter of Mensa in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”
12. Give the name of any one of the following animals that has either appeared or been mentioned on the show.
a) This was the name of the collie that Bart bought from a mail order catalog in the episode “The Canine Mutiny”
b) This is what Ralph Wiggum said his cat’s name is, in the episode “Lisa’s Rival”
c) This was what Bart named the real life elephant that he won in the episode “Bart Gets an Elephant”
d) This is the name of Selma’s pet iguana
e) This was the name of the pony that Homer bought for Lisa in the episode “Lisa’s Pony”
f) This was the name that Homer gave to the big opossum that was living in the fire extinguisher compartment of the monorail in the episode “Marge vs. the Monorail”
g) This was the name of the duck that worked at the nuclear power plant in the episode “The Last Temptation of Homer” (this is the Mindy Simmons episode)
SECTION B: Bonus (Remember, in this section there are penalties for guessing incorrectly)
B1. Give the names of the 4 “lands” that make up Itchy & Scratchy Land in the episode “Itchy & Scratchy Land.”
B2. Give the names of the 5 ordeals that are part of the initiation ceremony for membership into the Stonecutters in the episode “Homer the Great.”
SECTION C: More Bonuses (In this section there are no penalties for incorrect guesses)
C1. Identify StevenH’s favorite character, after Homer. HINT: It’s not Siedeshow Bob, or either of the other characters I used in my TD 88 animated characters question.
C2. Identify StevenH’s favorite episode of all time, by either the basic plot line or by the episode’s title. HINT: It is an episode that appears in the “golden age" of The Simpsons, seasons 3-8.
SECTION D: Tiebreaker
TIEBREAKER: In the episode “Homer’s Enemy,” this is the number of times that Lenny, by his count, told Frank Grimes that Homer should have already been killed. NOTE: I don’t care if you’re over or under on your guess, whoever is closer either way will win the tiebreaker.
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1. On November 23, 1963 Doctor Who first appeared on British televisions. Although it had a few breaks in production, it is still going strong 47 years later, with the 11th Doctor taking over for the most recent series. Name any of the men who are considered one of the 11 official TV Doctors. (Note: Just to avoid any confusion, replacement Doctors -- like those who took over for a Special due to the death of an actor -- do not count. There are exactly 11 of them.).
2. Name any of the 17 boxing weight classes as recognized by the WBA or WBC (they both recognize the same classes, with one exception -- the lowest).
3. In 1965, Frank Herbert released Dune (which I consider to be the best sci-fi novel ever written ), a tale about the Duke Leto, his son Paul and the battle they fight against the Empire revolving around spice. Herbert wrote 5 more novels in the series before he died. So, for this question, you must name:
a. one of the 5 subsequent novels written by Frank Herbert, OR
b. the name of the planet that Leto and Paul take control of, OR
c. Leto and Paul's Last name, OR
d. the name of the spice found on the planet, OR
e. the last name of the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, OR
f. the name of the sisterhood which Paul's mother Jessica belonged to
4. Give the first and last name of any of the 10 regular female co-hosts of The View.
5. Name any UN member country that predominantly drives on the left-hand side of the road.
6. Name any of the 10 men with over 2,000 MLB wins as a manager.
7. Wayne County appears in 16 U.S. states and is the 12th most popular county name. Give one of the 11 more-popular county names.
8. Name one of the 9 "ranks" of angels in the Christian angelic heirarchy
9. Name one of the colors of Joseph's coat as mentioned in "Joseph's Coat", from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
10. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, name one of the top-10 grossing documentary films of all-time. (NOTE: BoxOfficeMojo does NOT count the following as a documentary: Large format (ex. Everest), concert/music (ex. Woodstock), comedy (ex. Raw), compilation (ex. That's Entertainment) and reality TV movies (ex. J-a-c-k-a-s-s).)
11. Give the company name of one of the automobile badges shown below:
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1. In the movie Fight Club, Tyler Durden lists 8 rules of Fight Club. Name one of the eight rules. (6,7,8)
I must be able to tell which of the 8 specific rules you are referring to. If I can not tell which of the 8 you meant, you will be ruled incorrect, without a BMS. If there are rules in the book but not in the movie, these do not count.
2. Though people may compare the UFC to a professional Fight Club, the UFC has many more than 8 rules. The rules prohibit 18 specific attacks/techniques that would cause pain or injury to a fighter. Name one. (14,16,18)
For this question, all illegal actions are ones which could be used in a street fight and are not unique to the structure of the UFC. For example, attacking an opponent who is under the care of the ref or throwing an opponent out of the ring do not count, since they are unique to organized fighting. Also, actions which are illegal, but would not cause pain or injury, are not included (e.g., no holding the shorts, no holding the fence, no spitting).
If an illegal technique includes the type of technique and a body part, both must be included. You will not get a BMS. For example, if "kissing on the lips" is illegal, but kissing on the cheek is not, an answer of just "kissing" will be wrong. Likewise, if "burning the skin with a match" is illegal but burning it with a cigarette is legal, an answer of just "burning the skin" will be wrong.
3. Name one of the 10 websites that has been nominated for the Bloggie for Best Weblog about Politcs since 2006 (inclusive). (8,9,10)
Some of the sites have been nominated multiple times. Some of them are easy, but if anybody is able to name all 10, I will be very impressed.
4. Name one of the 13 most prolific political public polling companies from 1998 through 2010, based on the number of polls on national or gubenatorial elections that they released in the 21 days prior to a national or gubenatorial election (11,12,13)
I chose 13 because it gets all the big names, plus a few smaller ones, and there is a large break between number 13 and 14. The exact definition of what polls are included is rather long. If you feel like you need to know the exact methodology before answering, feel free to PM me, and I’ll forward it to you.
Track and Field
5. Name one of the events of the decathlon that was contested in the most recent summer Olympics. (8,9,10)
As far as I know, the decathlon always consists of the same events. The "most recent summer Olympics" is just there to ensure there is no ambiguity, not as any type of trick.
6. Give the approximate men's world record / world best in one of the following events. After each event, I give the accepted tolerance. If your answer is within the actual record +/- the tolerance, it will be correct. For events longer than 200m, I will round down to the nearest second before applying the tolerance. For the HJ, I will round down to the inch, and for the long jump, to the foot (8,9,10).
100m (.2s), 200m (.3s), 400m (1s), 800m (2s), Mile (3s), 2 Mile / 3000m (5s) *, 5k (7s), Marathon (3 min), High Jump (3”), Long Jump (2 feet)
*If answering 2 mile / 3000m, you must indicate which of the two you are answering. They will be counted together. If you answer the bonus, you only need to list one of them, and you cannot answer both.
7. Names one of the 12 major characters in the musical Les Miserables (10,11,12).
Of the 12, one could definitely be considered minor, but I included that character to make it a little harder to get all 12. The character is mentioned by name in a song. Young versions of characters are not included, even if they would be played by a different actor/actress than the adult. The named characters that are not included are: Feuilly, Bamatabois, Fauchelevant, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, Joly, Montparnasse, Babet, Brujon, Claquesous, Prouvaire, and Lesqles.
8. Name one of the 16 individual artists mentioned by name in the song "La Vie Boheme" in the musical RENT (12,14,16).
If you are not familiar with the song, the characters sing it as an ode to bohemia, and honor everything from "playing hookey" to "hating convention", to "sodomy". In one section of the song they rattle off 18 bohemian artists, in the broad sense of the word. They include such occupations as directors, choreographers, poets, authors, and composers. (I am not including the Sex Pistols, since they are a group. Nor am I including fictional characters, such as Dorothy and Toto or Pee Wee Herman)
9. Name one of the 12 countries / regions in Asia on the Risk game board (10,11,12).
Hint: 5 of the territories are countries, 6 are regions, either within one country or broad regions that include multiple countries, and 1 may be either, depending on which version of the game you have. If you’ve never played Risk, if you guess a country or region of Asia that you think would likely be on the map, you’ll have a good shot at getting it right. Or, you could use SHEEP.
10. Name one of the 12 pieces in the game Stratego (10,11,12).
If you’ve never played Stratego, it is, as the category suggests, a war game. The goal is to move your pieces behind enemy lines and capture their flag. Of the 12 pieces, 7 are military ranks, 3 are military jobs, and 2 are inanimate objects. Happy guessing, or SHEEPing.
11. Name one of top 12 pharmaceutical companies in terms of 2008 worldwide revenue (10,11,12).
For the source, I am using money.cnn.com. Different sources have different definitions that somewhat change the order of the list (whether it’s revenue, sales, profits, and what non-drug products are included). However, the exact definition doesn’t make a difference with a cutoff of 12. Keep in mind that this is in 2008, before some of the recent M&As have taken place.
12. Name one of the 8 drugs that had more than $3 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2009 (6,7,8).
These include a statin, a PPI, an antiplatlet, a LABA/ICS, 2 antipsychotics, a LTRA, and an opioid.
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1. Drama. In ancient Greek society drama came to prominence as an art form and many plays from that era survive into the present era. Name a playwright who has received the Nobel Prize in literature. For the purposes of this question, any author whose Wikipedia biography lists at least one play that has been performed commercially will be considered a playwright.
2. Philosophy. The ancient Greeks put a high value on philosophical thought. Arguably, no philosopher of ancient Greece has had a more pervasive influence than Aristotle, who thinking dominated Western thinking for a millennium. Name one of the surviving manuscripts of Aristotle that is collected in ‘The Complete Works of Aristotle’ (Barnes, Princeton Univ. Press, 1984). A few manuscripts in that volume have subsequently been shown to have been mistakenly attributed to Aristotle; they will be considered incorrect answers.
3. Science. Greek philosophy encompassed what we now refer to as science. Notably, the philosopher Democritus coined the term atomos (indivisible), which began the atomic theory of matter. Name a chemical element whose name is derived from that of a character from Greek mythology. Those elements named for a figure from Latin mythology will be considered incorrect answers.
4. Sports. The ancient Greeks held Olympic games every four years to honor the gods. In 1896, that idea sparked the creation of the modern Olympic games, held that year in Athens. Name one of the nations represented by an athlete at the 1896 Olympic games. Because of certain ambiguities of national affiliation in that Olympiad, I will use Wikipedia’s list of nations in those games as authoritative.
5. Politics. Ancient Greece also introduced the concept of democratic government. Name one of the top 15 countries in the 2008 Democracy Index compiled by The Economist magazine. This index uses five criteria (electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture) to assess the state of democracy in 167 countries.
6. Geography. The major adversary of the ancient Greek city-states was the Achamaenid (Persian) Empire, which at that time was the most extensive military empire in history. Provide the name of a present day UN member state whose territory lies partly or wholly within the boundaries of the Achamaenid satrapies in the time of Darius I (ca. 500 BCE). For the purposes of this question, the boundaries shown on the map found on worldhistorymaps.info will be used.
7. Medicine. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is credited as the father of Western medicine, but ancient Greece also experienced the Plague of Athens (430 BCE), the first recorded epidemic, the cause of which is still debated. Name one of the 12 infectious diseases with the greatest mortality figures according to the 2002 World Health Report of WHO. A few closely related diseases have been combined in this report, so answers involving one of those diseases will be scored as the same answer.
8. Religion. Mt. Olympus was where the ancient Greeks believed that the 12 most powerful and significant of the Gods lived. Name one of these Olympian Gods. Because of variation in the rosters, 14 names will be considered correct.
9. Food. When the Achaeans migrated to Asia Minor and the Greek Peninsula, they brought with them the cultivated grape vine and winemaking technology, which they then spread throughout the Mediterranean world. Name one of the top 15 nations for volume of wine produced in 2008, according to statistics compiled by the Wine Institute.
10. Language. Knowledge of Greek has been a component of a “classical” education in Western societies. Name a prefix found in the American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary (3rd Ed.) that is directly derived from a Greek word for a cardinal number. Prefixes derived from a Latin word that may in turn have been derived from a Greek word will be considered incorrect. Prefixes are those entries in the dictionary that terminate in a hyphen and have the term “prefix” in their definition, e.g. anti-. Please note that there is considerable neg bait in this question, so choose your answer carefully.
11. People. Identify one of the famous Greeks (or Greek-Americans) shown in the montage below: