TD 205: U.S. Roads

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TD 205: U.S. Roads

Post by countyguy » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:04 pm

I am posting this a little early so I can get it out of the way, but here we go!


Welcome to TD 205: U.S. Roads!

Sorry I forgot to specify earlier, but this is due Monday August 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT.

Hopefully, this past summer, you all and your families have been travelling the country in the car, and you have paid attention to the roads you have traveled. If so, or even if not, good luck on this game! I have tried to make this game reasonably accessible to all.

Rules:

1. All answers must be sent by PM. (DON’T post in the thread)
2. The goal of this contest is to score as few points as possible.
3. If you get a question correct, your score equals the number of people who submitted your answer (all questions will have multiple answers). The most popular correct answer is called the “Sheep”. The second-most popular is called the “Goat”. If there are two or more correct answers tied for being most popular, then all of them are called the “Sheepgoats”, because that score is both the “Sheep” and the “Goat”.
4. If your answer is incorrect, you get the “Sheep” score plus the “Goat” score (or twice the “sheepgoat” score).
5. You can opt for the sheep score on up to three questions. For those questions, submit “SHEEP”.
6. Correctly answering a bonus reduces your score by one point.
7. No cheating!

Clarifications:
5. Unsigned three-digit routes that appear in highway logs but are not signed do not count for the purposes of this question. Also, three-digit routes that are near the interstates that they derive their last two digits from count for the purposes of this question, even if they do not connect.
9. Only Division 1 conferences that sponsor basketball count.
12. Rolling Stone updated their top 500 list in 2012 from their original 2003 list, but the top 20 stayed the same, so it does not matter for the purposes of this question.
B1: The state in question has all shields still as cutouts.
B2: The "#1" in question is BONUS #1.
B8-9: #3 and #4 refer to the main questions, and "contiguous" means "Lower 48".
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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:04 pm

Questions:
1. How can we not start with the iconic Route 66? Although no longer considered a U.S. Highway, it is known as the “Main Street of America”, and, due to heavy use by tourists travelling west to a certain large Pacific city in the 1950s, it became ground zero for roadside attractions. Even fast food got its start on Route 66!

Name a state that Route 66 passed through. (8 answers)

2. The U.S. highway system crisscrosses throughout the country, going through all 48 contiguous states. It serves most of the United States, going many miles through rural areas. At one time, they were the main arterials across America.

Name a U.S. Highway, and a state it goes through. (Note that this question is extremely broad, but I have no idea how much boardies know about U.S. Highways and I wanted to make the question accessible to all.)

3. America is now crisscrossed by Interstate Highways, promoted by president Dwight D. Eisenhower and authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. They move considerably faster than U.S. Highways, so now people, who would prefer to minimize time wasted in the car so want to get to destinations as fast as possible, use Interstate Highways most of the time when they can. One- and two-digit interstates that run from east to west have even numbers, and ones that run from north to south have odd numbers. If their numbers end in “-5” or “-0”, then they are supposedly major cross-country routes. However, this rule is far from infallible, such as Interstate 45 simply going from Galveston, Texas, to Dallas. 42 states have at least one interstate with a number ending in “-5” that has a one- or two-digit number.

Name one of the eight states lacking any one- or two-digit interstates with a number ending in “-5”.

4. Only 37 states have at least one two-digit interstate ending in “-0. There are fewer in part because there is no I-50 or I-60.

Name one of the thirteen states lacking any two-digit interstates with a number ending in “-0”.


5. America has, in addition to the long thoroughfares that are one- and two-digit interstates, many three-digit interstates that are loops and spurs connecting to one- and two-digit interstates. All but one of these interstates shares its last two digits with connecting or nearby one- and two-digit interstates.

Name a one- or two-digit interstate that connects to or is near at least six three-digit interstates that it shares its last two digits with. (12 answers)

6. While the main thoroughfares ending in “-5” and “-0” leave some states in the dust, forcing their inhabitants to rely on smaller interstates and even U.S. highways, some states have a lot more, with intersections often in their cities, and others crossing other sections of the state. Some may just barely skirt the corner of the state, while others may go from one extreme of the state to the other.

Name a state in which at least three one-digit or two-digit interstates whose numbers are multiples of five pass through the state for at least 100 miles. (14 answers)

7. Several bodies are involved in the planning and authorization of Interstate and U.S. highways, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and, of course, Congress. It was AASHTO who came up with the numbering plan, which is described earlier. While the idea is for the longest routes in each direction to get numbers that are multiples of 5, it does not always work out that way. The system was developed over time, and additionally the designers of the system originally desired to avoid Interstate highways and U.S. highways with the same number running through the same area.

The shortest interstate whose number is a multiple of five is I-45. Name an interstate longer than I-45 whose number is not a multiple of 5. (21 answers)


Now, onto homonyms of the words "road" and "roads", and words with such syllables! (I know that these are lame, and some do not really qualify as homonyms.)

8. Rhodes

Name one of the eight islands in the Mediterranean Sea larger in area than Rhodes.

9. Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island’s Rams play in NCAA Division I’s Atlantic 10 conference, one of the thirty-two NCAA Division 1 conferences that sponsor men’s basketball.

Name any conference in Division I of NCAA other than the Atlantic 10 that sponsors men's basketball.

10. Rhodesian Ridgeback

According to the American Kennel Club, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was the thirty-ninth most popular dog breed in the United States in 2013.

Name one of the fifteen most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013.

11. "Rowed a Boat"

Rowing is a sport in the summer Olympic Games, a sporting event in which top athletes from all over the world in many different sports compete against each other every four years, and they are held in a different city every four years.

Name a city that has hosted at least one Olympic Games tournament in which rowing events were held. (21 answers)


12. Roadies

Given that roadies work for musicians, name a band or solo act that has at least one album in the top 20 of Rolling Stone’s list “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. (14 answers)

Tiebreaker (Guesstimania Edition):

What is the total length, in miles, of the Interstate Highway System according to the current version of FHWA’s highway log? This includes three-digit routes and adjusts for overlapping routes.

Bonus:

I have ten (or nine) bonus questions, each worth one point, so if you really are a “roadgeek”, you can improve your score by an awful lot! If you don't know many answers here, do not fret, they are not easy!

1. In the early days of the U.S. highway system, all U.S. Highways in all states had the “shield” shape cut out. Now, in every contiguous state except for one, the shield is surrounded by a black square. However, one state retains the “cutout” shield. Name that state.
2. Name the common name for the Department of Transportation of the state that is the answer to BONUS #1.
3. If you include Hawaii interstates and Alaska “interstates”, only four state capitals are not served by interstates directly. Name any three.
4. What is the longest interstate in the country?
5. What is the shortest one- or two-digit interstate in the country?
6. What is the longest U.S. highway in the country?
7. A particular U.S. highway’s path across a particular state was nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life magazine in a 1986 article. The aforementioned slogan can now be found along the aforementioned stretch of highway. Name the aforementioned U.S. highway and state.
8-9. For one bonus point each, name the two contiguous (Lower 48) states that are answers to both #3 and #4.
10. Finally speaking of homonyms, as before, which president was also a Rhodes scholar?
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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads

Post by countyguy » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:05 pm

Entrants (45):
Creed Bratton
immaf
CheeseWhiz
gamawire
Cat Hat
A drop of golden sun
dhkendall
psgola
Rackme32
dott888
Alyssa
This is Kirk!
clprez
anotherclue
dnbguy
Vermonter
Coelacanth
geolawyerman
tjconn728
nightreign
TheyCallMeMrKid
jepkid97
BobF
Bamaman
MarkBarrett
Magna
Vanya
Peggles
Tigershark
JoshuaRQI
econgator
FireAntsDefense
Luminosityfan
whatisbishkek
goforthetie
hscer
spell4yr
barandall800
brainpower
ihavejeoprosy
debramc
RandyG
dklee12
coolcah36
CoachP
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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads

Post by JoshuaRQI » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:46 pm

First post requesting a clarification goes here.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads

Post by countyguy » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:04 am

bump because questions are now up

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by Magna » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:21 pm

Bonus questions 8 and 9 refer to two states that are answers to bonus questions 3 and 4. You meant 3 and 4 of the main questions, right? (Not 3 and 4 of the bonus questions.)

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:26 pm

Magna wrote:Bonus questions 8 and 9 refer to two states that are answers to bonus questions 3 and 4. You meant 3 and 4 of the main questions, right? (Not 3 and 4 of the bonus questions.)
Yes.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by RandyG » Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:07 am

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by gamawire » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:46 am

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:04 pm

Bump

18 entries, 90 more hours, lots of singletons up for grabs, including some on every question!

EDIT: One of my entrants is highly suspicious in the cheating scandal, with a couple others mildly so, but I plan to do the reveal as normal.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by A drop of golden sun » Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:58 pm

Clarification: no penalty for an incorrect answer to a bonus question, correct?

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:10 pm

A drop of golden sun wrote:Clarification: no penalty for an incorrect answer to a bonus question, correct?
Correct. I would have said so if there was a penalty.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by goforthetie » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:12 pm

countyguy wrote: Name a U.S. Highway, and a state it goes through. (Note that this question is extremely broad, but I have no idea how much boardies know about U.S. Highways and I wanted to make the question accessible to all.)
How are these answers going to be grouped? That is, would an answer of "Route 271828, Hawaii" be scored differently than an answer of "Route 271828, Alaska"?

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by Vanya » Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:44 pm

Question 5, are you looking for 6 unique numbers?

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by Peggles » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:31 pm

Lots of guesses for me on this one. Fortunately for me, I've traveled to a couple of states where I learned or noticed something that helped me here - at least I hope so. :D

So glad that wrong answers on bonus questions don't hurt.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by JoshuaRQI » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:59 pm

I'm having trouble understanding this question:
Name an Interstate longer than I-45, the shortest interstate whose number is a multiple of five, but whose number is not a multiple of 5. (21 answers)

Longer than I-45 in miles or that the number of the highway is larger than 45? e.g. I-46, I-47 etc are legal?

And how can an interstate have a number that is a multiple of 5 but isn't a multiple of 5?

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by econgator » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:24 pm

JoshuaRQI wrote:I'm having trouble understanding this question:
Name an Interstate longer than I-45, the shortest interstate whose number is a multiple of five, but whose number is not a multiple of 5. (21 answers)

Longer than I-45 in miles or that the number of the highway is larger than 45? e.g. I-46, I-47 etc are legal?

And how can an interstate have a number that is a multiple of 5 but isn't a multiple of 5?
Try this: The shortest interstate whose number is a multiple of five is I-45. Name an interstate longer than I-45 whose number is not a multiple of 5.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:48 pm

OK I can replace the text of #7 with that. Thank you and good job clarifying.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:09 am

goforthetie wrote:
countyguy wrote: Name a U.S. Highway, and a state it goes through. (Note that this question is extremely broad, but I have no idea how much boardies know about U.S. Highways and I wanted to make the question accessible to all.)
How are these answers going to be grouped? That is, would an answer of "Route 271828, Hawaii" be scored differently than an answer of "Route 271828, Alaska"?
They will be scored differently. Lots of different correct answers.

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Re: TD 205: U.S. Roads (Questions now up)

Post by countyguy » Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:00 pm

You have 24 hours left! I have 33 entrants now. Lots of singletons up for grabs! Can't wait to see your responses!

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