TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

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TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Nov 24, 2014 7:04 pm

Welcome to TD 219, The Thanksgiving edition.

THE RULES:

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.


THE QUESTIONS:
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)
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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!)


THE ENTRANTS:
SpoilerShow
ZachTheRiah
geolawyerman
Abraxas
nightreign
ElendilPickle
Tpmorrison
psgola
Rackme32
mennoknight
Spaceman Spiff

Creed Bratton
lampy
sarah0114
Magna
Ryno
Erik0909
brainpower
gloriaclemente
peachbox
Lefty

MarkBarrett
Vanya
cf1140
CheezeWhiz
jgamer
clprez
dougforte
Vermonter
PowerofHoodoo
Turd Ferguson

dott888
Blue Lion
schoe
whatisbishkek
tjconn728
HeathenBenny
Caboom
Tigershark
sillymonkey
SavoyGirl

Woppy T
mitchparov
lpmastor
Woof
amorris525
Bamaman
econgator
goforthetie
ThreeIfByAir
RandyG

Bob78164
dhkendall
dnbguy
debramc
TheyCallMeMrKid
ihavejeoprosy
Ivoirians
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by Tpmorrison » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:39 pm

I assume on number 7 you mean WNBA?

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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:01 am

Tpmorrison wrote:I assume on number 7 you mean WNBA?
Yes - I'll fix my typo! Thanks for catching this.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by mennoknight » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:10 am

For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:26 am

mennoknight wrote:For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
I assume you mean #6, and s/he needs to be the main artist.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by mennoknight » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:34 am

gamawire wrote:
mennoknight wrote:For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
I assume you mean #6, and s/he needs to be the main artist.
Durp. Yes, I meant #6. Thanks!
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by Turd Ferguson » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:43 pm

gamawire wrote:
mennoknight wrote:For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
I assume you mean #6, and s/he needs to be the main artist.
By "in their name", do you mean the animal has to be one of their complete names? i.e. someone named "Robirda" would not count?

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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:09 pm

Turd Ferguson wrote:
gamawire wrote:
mennoknight wrote:For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
I assume you mean #6, and s/he needs to be the main artist.
By "in their name", do you mean the animal has to be one of their complete names? i.e. someone named "Robirda" would not count?
This is not what I had in mind, but if you find one like this that fits, I will accept it.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by mennoknight » Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:42 pm

Turd Ferguson wrote:
gamawire wrote:
mennoknight wrote:For #4, can the artist be featured or does he/she need to be the main artist?
I assume you mean #6, and s/he needs to be the main artist.
By "in their name", do you mean the animal has to be one of their complete names? i.e. someone named "Robirda" would not count?
Man, where were you when I was naming my daughter?
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:16 pm

There are clarifications to #3 and #6 - if you need to change an answer, just let me know!
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:42 pm

Getting close to the bottom of page one - time for a bump!
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by Lefty » Fri Nov 28, 2014 1:02 am

Thanks for the game, and for keeping it simple. One rule I have for entering or not is whether I can read and understand the rules within ten seconds.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:26 am

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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Sun Nov 30, 2014 2:43 pm

About 31 hours left - let's get those entries in!
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:04 am

Down to 11 hours - keep them coming!

Lefty - please check your PMs.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:35 pm

And we're at 50 entries with 3 1/2 hours left. Still time to enter!

Lefty - please check your PMs.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by HeathenBenny » Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:23 pm

I don't always enter these because of my embarrassing lack of knowledge, but I'm fairly confident I'll end up in the lower half of the score sheet this time around. I think I dodged most of the sheeps, but a few of the questions were coin flips for me.
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:10 pm

Time's up! There were a total of 57 entries. Reveal will commence - after Castle is over. :D
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:34 pm

Time to post while the commercial is on, so let the reveal begin!

1. Name someone who has served on the Supreme Court in the 21st century.

A fairly even spread, so the sheep doesn’t hurt too much.

David Souter (8):
Tpmorrison
PowerofHoodoo
Blue Lion
schoe
SavoyGirl
econgator
RandyG
ihavejeoprosy

Stephen Breyer (7):
Magna
Peachbox
Tigershark
mitchparov
Woof
ThreeIfByAir
dnbguy

Elena Kagan (6);
nightreign
sarah0114
CheezeWhiZ
Vermonter
Lpmastor
debramc

Samuel Alito (6):
ElendilPickle
dougforte
whatisbishkek
sillymonkey
Woppy T
TheyCallMeMrKid

Antonin Scalia (5):
geolawyerman
Abraxas
Rackme32
Spaceman Spiff
Vanya

William Rehnquist (5):
Creed Bratton
Erik0909
Lefty
jgamer
Bob78164

Sandra Day O’Connor (5):
ZachTheRiah
psgola
Caboom
amorris525
Ivoirians

Clarence Thomas (4):
mennoknight
MarkBarrett
dott888
Bamaman

John Paul Stevens (3):
Ryno
cf1140
tjconn728

Sonia Sotomayor (3):
brainpower
gloriaclemente
dhkendall

Anthony Kennedy (2):
clprez
Turd Ferguson

Ruth Bader Ginsberg:
Singleton to goforthetie!

John Roberts:
Singleton to HeathenBenny!

Incorrect (13):
lampy (Abe Fortas: 1965-1969)
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Re: TD 219 - The Thanksgiving Edition

Post by gamawire » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:41 pm

2. Besides George Washington, name one of the other eleven Presidents who were formerly generals.

A good-sized sheep here, and several not far behind.

Ulysses S. Grant (12):
ZachTheRiah
nightreign
Rachme32
Magna
brainpower
Vermonter
dott888
whatisbishkek
HeathenBenny
ThreeIfByAir
dhkendall
Ivoirians

Zachary Taylor (11):
ElendilPickle
Spaceman Spiff
Mark Barrett
cf1140
schoe
tjconn728
Tigershark
lpmastor
Bamaman
econgator
Bob78164

Dwight Eisenhower (10):
Abraxas
mennoknight
gloriaclemente
dougforte
Turd Ferguson
sillymonkey
Woppy T
amorris525
Dnbguy
debramc

William Henry Harrison (9):
geolawyerman
Tpmorrison
Creed Bratton
sarah0114
Erik0909
CheezeWhiz
SavoyGirl
Woof
RandyG

Andrew Jackson (4):
psgola
PowerofHoodoo
Mitchparov
TheyCallMeMrKid

James Garfield (3):
lampy
Lefty
clprez

Franklin Pierce:
Singleton to Vanya!

Chester A. Arthur:
Singleton to Caboom!

Benjamin Harrison:
Singleton to Blue Lion!

Incorrect (17):
Ryno (William McKinley – highest rank was Brevet Major)
goforthetie – (Teddy Roosevelt – highest rank was Colonel)

Drop (0):
Peachbox
jgamer
ihavejeoprosy

Unused answers: Andrew Johnson, Rutherford B. Hayes
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