Having set up the Soho (London) design company Graphiti with some friends, who turned his back on it
to enrol [sic] in acting school at age 26, going on to be nominated for a Tony Award and finally land his first movie role, in Die Hard
, at age 42?
I spent at least 15 minutes trying to remember the name of this guy:
that guy came up as a clue in the ballet category of my ToC quarterfinal. i believe i negged with nijinsky, which is rather hilarious in retrospect, since (among other things) the clue mentioned that he dated jacqueline bisset. in my defense, i was thinking of nureyev, which is also wrong but not hilariously so.
gloriaclemente wrote:I did notice a couple of people with 0 in a category; is this a good strategy, perhaps? Don't even waste time on your weakest category, if you know it's going to be dropped anyway?
i don't think the extra time helps you on the other sections, though. there aren't really any questions i can point to and say i would have come up with the answer if i'd had more time. only a handful of questions in the whole test took me more than a few seconds to either get, guess, or realize i had no shot at; time pressure was definitely not an issue.
fowlerism wrote:Okay, new suggestion for hardest question: Ürümqi (farthest 1M+ population city from a sea). This is basically a know-it-or-you-don't, and it's a pretty difficult fact to know. A quick internet search tells me that there are about 30 cities in China larger than this one.
Runners-up: Samaveda, Enki Bilal, Astrakhan, Thierry Sabine, Hakan Şükür
ürümqi is a pretty good candidate for hardest. i'd certainly never heard of it. both steve perry and jerome vered got it, but steve mentioned on facebook that it was his "toughest" get. (jerome said it was "a gimme".) enki bilal, thierry sabine—never heard of these either. sabine is a shining example of how tough the sports category is for americans. i certainly recognize the name hakan şükür and i remember watching (in dismay) the goal referred to in the question, but no way was i going to pull that. i consoled myself by at least coming up with the name of a turkish player on that 2002 team, hasan şaş.