Y'all know me - I like to keep it simple.
1. All knowledge must come from your own brain. No research.
2. The purpose of the game is to give a correct answer that is given by as few of the other players as possible. Low score wins.
3. Incorrect answers will score the sheep +5.
4. You are allowed to DROP one question, which will give you a score of zero for that question. There is no bonus for not using a drop.
6. Ties will be broken by number of singletons, then number of doubletons, then by order of entry.
7. Please PM your answers to me. Do not post them in this thread.
8. You have until Monday, December 1, at 9:00 pm CDT to enter.
1. The American Revolution, without which Thanksgiving would never have existed, came about due to injustices inflicted upon the colonists by England. Name someone who has served on the Supreme Court in the 21st century. (There are no borderline cases here, so whether you date the 21st century as beginning on 1/1/2000 or 1/2/2001 is a moot point.) (13 answers)
2. As President, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America, marking November 26, 1789 as, "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." Name one of the other eleven Presidents who were formerly generals. (11 answers)
3. Thanksgiving begins the letter T. Name an independent state that starts with T or a capital (of an independent state) that begins with T. My source is the U.S. Department of State, and I am using their definition for acceptable answers: “The term ‘independent state’ refers to a people politically organized into a sovereign state with a definite territory recognized as independent by the U.S.” This web page was current as of September 12, 2014. (23 answers) Clarification: an independent state that starts with T or a capital that starts with T.
4. The week of Thanksgiving is often a holiday for school children. Name one of the top 20 countries for education, according to a global report by education firm Pearson (2012 statistics). The rankings are calculated based on various measures, including international test scores, graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, and the prevalence of higher education seekers. (Source: The Economist). (20 answers)
5. Name one of these people whose birthday occasionally falls (or fell) on Thanksgiving Day. You do not need to match up the picture; just give me a name. (14 answers) 6. Food is a major part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. The most ubiquitous is turkey, which is a type of animal, so name a person or group with an animal in their name who has scored a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 (spelling flexible). (24+ answers) Clarification: names can be either singular or plural and can be nested within a word, such as Turd Ferguson's example of Robirda.
7. Sports, especially football, are another big part of the traditional American Thanksgiving Day. Although the NFL does not have any, name a current team in one of the other three major sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NBA) whose nickname does not end in “S,” or one of the 9 teams in the WNBA that meets the same criteria (18 answers)
8. For those not into sports, you might curl up with a good book while the rest of the family is watching the game. Name a non-fiction book (hardcover category) that hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2013 or 2014 (through 8/30/2014). (29 answers)
9. Thanksgiving (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grâce) is also a national holiday in Canada, occurring on the second Monday in October in order to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Tying our two countries together in the name of entertainment, name an original cast member of either SNL or SCTV. (16 answers)
10. And finally, the inevitable word play question. Give me an acceptable Scrabble word of four or more letters that can be made using just the letters in Thanksgiving (Reference: TWL dictionary). Do not use a letter more than once if it does not appear in the original word more than once. (?? answers – I didn’t try to figure that out!)