TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (FINAL STANDINGS REVEALED)

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 6 Posted)

Post by Ryno » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:44 pm

Second place. Pleasant surprise. I guess the slide downhill starts now.
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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut

Post by Sherm » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:20 pm

jev15 wrote:
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menoknight, you're killing me. If ever I knew I had a singleton on a think different, it was this one. I have all of Irvings books on my bookself and have read all of them with the exception of Setting Free the Bears, The 158 pound marriage and The water method man, which I have started three different times in the last ten years, and just can't force myself through. It's probably why I've never started the other two. IMO, Irving improved greatly as a story teller over time. Regardless, I figured nobody was coming up with any of those three, and yet...

Just curious. Would have "Trying to save Piggy Sneed" been accepted, because I was tempted to put it down as well. It's really Irving's own autobiography with short stories thrown in.

Also, I picked Ted Turner over Gloria Steinem and its killing me.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut

Post by Anachronism » Tue Aug 02, 2016 10:45 pm

Sherm wrote:
jev15 wrote:
The Water-Method Man (2)
mennoknight
Sherm
menoknight, you're killing me. If ever I knew I had a singleton on a think different, it was this one. I have all of Irvings books on my bookself and have read all of them with the exception of Setting Free the Bears, The 158 pound marriage and The water method man, which I have started three different times in the last ten years, and just can't force myself through. It's probably why I've never started the other two. IMO, Irving improved greatly as a story teller over time. Regardless, I figured nobody was coming up with any of those three, and yet...

Just curious. Would have "Trying to save Piggy Sneed" been accepted, because I was tempted to put it down as well. It's really Irving's own autobiography with short stories thrown in.

Also, I picked Ted Turner over Gloria Steinem and its killing me.
I'm a huge Irving fan as well. As you said, Piggy Sneed is a collection of stories and essays. Novel is a somewhat specific term. Unlike literature, which can be anything (or, in bar trivia, usually a children's book or something by Stephen King). I like Irving's earlier works the best. The Updike influence is clear there (disappears later). I chose The Fourth Hand because it's his more-or-less jump-the-shark book, like Ann Vickers was for Sinclair Lewis. Figured (obviously over-thinking it given the scores) that the die-hard readers who enjoy Irving enough to get away from the big four would never choose it for that reason.

I second the recommendation for Owen Meany if you've never read Irving. A lot of novelists try to do what he did there and fail miserably. It's a lot like Murakami today, but it's signature Irving.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 6 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:35 pm

7. KILGORE TROUT. First appearing in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the prolific sci-fi writer Kilgore Trout is both a character based on Vonnegut’s friend Theodore Sturgeon and a stand-in for the author himself. In his honor I’ve listed 12 writers who appear as characters in works of fiction. Pick a letter and name the real-life author who created the fictional author.


Question 7 provoked a fairly even spread of responses. No wrong answers means no one hurt themselves too badly.

SHEEP: G. Douglas Adams (7)
arekp01
totebags
OSXpert
Gamawire
econgator
Holocene Hero
sillymonkey

D. Arthur Conan Doyle (5)
mitchparov
Magna
immaf
Bamaman
BigDaddyMatty

I. Candace Bushnell (5)
MarkBarrett
kirbstar
Ryno
dott888
coachp

F. Stephen King (3)
quarterrican
Sherm
Peachbox

B. Agatha Christie (3)
SBurrus
pauerpoint
This is Aoba

J. Richard Ford (2)
Blue Lion
Anachronism

E, Louise Fitzhugh (2)
ElendilPickle
patkav

SINGLETON: H. Charles Bukowski
Ron

SINGLETON: A. Philip Roth
mennoknight

SINGLETON: K. Vladimir Nabokov
mujason

SINGLETON: L. George Orwell
coachgold

SINGLETON: C. John Updike
lefty

3 DROPS (0 points)
9021amyers
Tabby
Greg Vinton

1 VOLUNTARY SHEEP (7 points)
Rackme32

No unused answers.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 6 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:52 pm

8. BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS. In his 1973 novel, subtitled Goodbye Blue Monday, Vonnegut acknowledges that the phrase “Breakfast of Champions” is a trademark of the General Mills Corporation and that his usage is “not intended to disparage their fine products.” The cereal most associated with the phrase is Wheaties, famous for their special edition boxes featuring champion athletes. Below, I’ve described 12 athletes who have appeared on the front of a box of Wheaties. Pick a letter and identify the athlete.

A low Sheep number on this one, but still (to me) a very, very surprising sheep.

SHEEP: F. Billy Mills (6)
9021amyers
Rackme32
Magna
Greg Vinton
Peachbox
coachp

C. Steve Largent (5)
mujason
Ryno
Blue Lion
econgator
Anachronism

D. Misty May-Treanor (4)
arekp01
ElendilPickle
kirbstar
BigDaddyMatty

K. Dan Marino (4)
mennoknight
totebags
Gamawire
patkav

G. Chris Evert (3)
SBurrus
pauerpoint
dott888

L. Sarah Hughes (3)
mitchparov
quarterrican
This is Aoba

I. Ken Griffey Jr. (3)
OSXpert
coachgold
Holocene Hero

D. Mary Lou Retton (2)
MarkBarrett
Tabby

SINGLETON: B. Bobby Richardson
lefty

SINGLETON: H. Brandi Chastain
Ron

SINGLETON: A. Bart Starr
Sherm

1 DROP (0 points)
immaf

2 WRONG (11 points)
Bamaman, who answered J.C. Watts instead of Steve Largent
sillymonkey, who answered Dorothy Hamill instead of Sarah Hughes

UNUSED ANSWERS:
J. Arnold Palmer

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 6 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:31 pm

9. DEADEYE DICK. Rudy Waltz narrates this novel from his self-imposed exile in Haiti. Haiti gained independence from France in 1804. Many nations have gained independence by casting off the French, most of which are located in Africa. Name a present-day African nation which achieved independence from France. (19 possible answers)

I wasn't happy with this question. I struggled to come up with a question for Deadeye Dick, and I wanted to get in a geography question, and this is the best I came up with. Obviously there are a lot of possible answers, so we got a fairly even spread.

SHEEP: Algeria (5)
ElendilPickle
dott888
This is Aoba
Bamaman
Tabby

Ivory Coast (4)
MarkBarrett
immaf
Sherm
patkav

Senegal (4)
arekp01
quarterrican
Blue Lion
sillymonkey

Chad (2)
9021amyers
Anachronism

Burkina Faso (2)
Holocene Hero
OSXpert

Gabon (2)
totebags
Peachbox

Niger (2)
mennoknight
Ryno

Cameroon (2)
Greg Vinton
coachgold

Mali (2)
kirbstar
BigDaddyMatty

SINGLETON: Madagascar
mujason

SINGLETON: Central African Republic
pauerpoint

SINGLETON: Djibouti
Magna

SINGLETON: Benin
Ron

SINGLETON: Morocco
Rackme32

3 DROPS (0 points)
mitchparov
Gamawire
coachp

1 VOLUNTARY SHEEP (5 points)
SBurrus

2 WRONG (10 points)
lefty (Gambia)
econgator (Mozambique)

UNUSED ANSWERS
Comoros
Republic of the Congo
Guinea
Mauritania
Togo
Tunisia

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 6 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:07 am

STANDINGS THROUGH QUESTION 9

1. quarterrican 22
2. mujason 30
2. Anachronism 30
2. Ryno 30
5. Sherm 31

6. Ron 32
6. Kirbstar 32
8. mitchparov 33
8. This is Aoba 33
8. Peachbox 33

11. lefty 35
12. pauerpoint 37
13. MarkBarrett 38
14. Magna 39
14. coachgold 39

16. mennoknight 40
16. OSXpert 40
18. 9021amyers 42
18. SBurrus 42
20. Tabby 43

21. econgator 44
22. ElendilPickle 45
23. Blue Lion 47
23. coachp 47
25. patkav 48

26. arekp01 50
26. Greg Vinton 50
26. immaf 50
26. dott888 50
30. Rackme32 51
30. totebags 51

32. Bamaman 52
33. Holocene Hero 54
34. Gamawire 55
35. BigDaddyMatty 56
36. sillymonkey 72

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by coachgold » Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:26 pm

Utterly stunned I got a singleton for Orwell on Q7! I thought for sure that was a dangerous guess but to be honest the only other ones I was sure about were Adams and Doyle, so it looks like luck was majorly on my side this time. Don't know how long that'll last though; my first set of three was good, my second terrible, and this third one was good again, so I don't like how that bodes for the last section.

Thanks for the very efficient posting of the results and standings, jev! This is a lot of fun to read through and very interesting too. :)

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by totebags » Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:45 pm

Sheep after sheep after sheep. Yet I play on....

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:04 pm

10. SLAPSTICK. In the prologue Vonnegut explains that he titled this novel after the comedy style of Laurel and Hardy because that was life felt like to him. My own favorite slapstick comedians are the Marx Brothers. For your answer please provide the name of an official Marx Brothers feature-length movie starring at least three of the brothers or the first name used by one of the five Marx Brothers. (18 possible answers.)
SHEEP: Harpo (6)
mitchparov
Greg Vinton
econgator
Holocene Hero
patkav
sillymonkey

Duck Soup (5)
arekp01
OSXpert
Gamawire
ElendilPickle
kirbstar

Horse Feathers (5)
MarkBarrett
Magna
Rackme32
Blue Lion
Peachbox

Zeppo (4)
SBurrus
quarterrican
Tabbby
BigDaddyMatty

Chico (3)
totebags
mujason
Sherm

A Night at the Opera (2)
immaf
coachp

Groucho (2)
pauerpoint
Anachronism

Animal Crackers (2)
9021amyers
Ron

SINGLETON: Go West
mennoknight

SINGLETON: Cocoanuts
Ryno

SINGLETON: Monkey Business
This is Aoba

SINGLETON: At the Circus
Lefty

SINGLETON: Gummo
Bamaman

2 DROPS (0 points)
coachgold
dott888

UNUSED ANSWERS
A Day at the Races
Room Service
The Big Store
A Night in Casablanca
Love Happy

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:20 pm

11. HOCUS POCUS. While Vonnegut’s 1990 novel focuses on Eugene Debs Hartke, a Vietnam veteran who eventually becomes a teacher in a prison, let’s focus on the magical derivation of the title. I’ve listed 12 songs with the word “Magic” in the title. Pick a letter and identify the recording artist who first popularized the song.
SHEEP: H. Steppenwolf (7)
ron
mitchparov
quarterrican
coachgold
Ryno
Blue Lion
Tabby

E. Peter, Paul, and Mary (5)
Magna
Gamawire
econgator
patkav
Bamaman

I. Heart (5)
9021amyers
mujason
ElendilPickle
coachp
dott888

A. ELO (4)
MarkBarrett
totebags
Peachbox
Anachronism

C. The Lovin' Spoonful (4)
Rackme32
kirbstar
lefty
BigDaddyMatty

D. Lil Kim with 50 Cent (2)
mennoknight
Greg Vinton

J. B.o.b. (2)
arekp01
Holocene Hero

SINGLETON: K. David Bowie
OSXpert

SINGLETON: B. The Who
SBurrus

SINGLETON: F. The Drifters
This is Aoba

3 DROPS (0 points)
pauerpoint
Sherm
sillymonkey

WRONG (12 points)
immaf, answered James Taylor for E.

UNUSED ANSWERS
G. Pilot
J. Jay-Z

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:48 pm

12. MOTHER NIGHT. The moral of this novel about propaganda is “we are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” Below, I’ve listed the character name of 12 TV mothers. Name the actress who, carefully or otherwise, pretended to be the character in question.
Spoiler
Show
a. Marie Barone
b. Laura Petrie
c. Tracy McConnell
d. Carol Brady
e. Lily Munster
f. Rainbow Johnson
g. Alura Zor-El
h. Lucille Bluth
i. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
j. Lorelai Gilmore
k. Florida Evans
l. Bonnie Plunkett
Alright, the final question. Let's check out the scores:

CO-SHEEP: E. Yvonne de Carlo "The Munsters" (5)
SBurrus
Sherm
econgator
lefty
Anachronism

CO-SHEEP: B. Mary Tyler Moore "The Dick Van Dyke Show"(5)
Rackme32
Magna
immaf
sillymonkey
Tabby

CO-SHEEP: K. Ester Rolle "Maude" and "Good Times" (5)
ElendilPickle
Ryno
Peachbox
patkav
Bamaman

H. Jessica Walter "Arrested Development" (4)
Ron
mitchparov
Greg Vinton
BigDaddyMatty

J. Lauren Graham "Gilmore Girls" (4)
9021amyers
Gamawire
dott888
Blue Lion

F. Tracee Ellis Ross "Black-ish" (2)
MarkBarrett
quarterrican

A. Doris Roberts "Everybody Loves Raymond" (2)
arekp01
Holocene Hero

D. Florence Henderson "The Brady Bunch" (2)
pauerpoint
Kirbstar

G. Laura Benanti "Supergirl" (2)
totebags
mujason

SINGLETON: I. Sofia Vergara "Modern Family"
coachp

1 VOLUNTARY SHEEP (5 points)
coachgold

2 DROPS (0 points)
This is Aoba
OSXpert

WRONG (10 points)
mennoknight, answered Alyson Hannigan for C.

UNUSED ANSWERS
C. Cristin Milioti "How I Met Your Mother" (This is the show's title character, only revealed in the final season. I knew it would be the most difficult answer but I couldn't resist including it.)
L. Allison Janney, "Mom" (I will include Allison Janney in my TDs wherever possible.)


Next up, the final standings.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by BigDaddyMatty » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:13 am

jev15 wrote:H. Jessica Walter "Arrested Development" (4)
Ron
mitchparov
Greg Vinton
BigDaddyMatty
At least I spelled her name right this time.
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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:16 am

FINAL STANDINGS

Let's do this in reverse order to build suspense:


36. sillymonkey 83
34. Gamawire 69
34. immaf 69
33. BigDaddyMatty 68
32. Rackme32 65

30. Holocene Hero 64
30. patkav 64
28. Blue Lion 63
28. Bamaman 63
27. Greg Vinton 62

24. econgator 60
24. ElendilPickle 60
24. totebags 60
21. arekp01 59
21. dott888 59
21. Tabby 59

20. coachp 55
19. Magna 54
17. 9021amyers 53
17. mennoknight 53
16. SBurrus 52

15. coachgold 51
14. mitchparov 50
13. MarkBarrett 49
12. Peachbox 47
11. OSXpert 46

The Top 10
9. Ron 45
9. Lefty 45
7. Kirbstar 43
7. Ryno 43
5. pauerpoint 41
5. Anachronism 41
4. mujason 40

Up next, the podium finishers.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:20 am

In third place, with 38 points, it's....

SHERM

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by jev15 » Fri Aug 05, 2016 12:22 am

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tie for first place!

With 35 points each, your winners are:

THIS IS AOBA


and


QUARTERRICAN

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (Standings Through Question 9 Posted)

Post by SBurrus » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:53 am

jev15 wrote:
CO-SHEEP: E. Yvonne de Carlo "The Munsters" (5)
SBurrus
Sherm
econgator
lefty
Anachronism
When I submitted my entry, I just knew I had a singleton.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (FINAL STANDINGS REVEALED)

Post by quarterrican » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:17 am

Wow - Looks like I really tried my best to blow it over the last stretch and nearly succeeded. It may be a tie, but I'll still take the W - I believe it's my first ever TD win. Thanks to jev15 for hosting and congrats to This is Aoba, Sherm, and everybody else.

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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut

Post by mennoknight » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:37 am

Sherm wrote:
jev15 wrote:
The Water-Method Man (2)
mennoknight
Sherm
menoknight, you're killing me. If ever I knew I had a singleton on a think different, it was this one. I have all of Irvings books on my bookself and have read all of them with the exception of Setting Free the Bears, The 158 pound marriage and The water method man, which I have started three different times in the last ten years, and just can't force myself through. It's probably why I've never started the other two. IMO, Irving improved greatly as a story teller over time. Regardless, I figured nobody was coming up with any of those three, and yet...

Just curious. Would have "Trying to save Piggy Sneed" been accepted, because I was tempted to put it down as well. It's really Irving's own autobiography with short stories thrown in.

Also, I picked Ted Turner over Gloria Steinem and its killing me.
Sorry. Pretty big Irving fan too. Prayer For Owen Meany really is a must read for everyone.
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Re: TD 305: Kurt Vonnegut (FINAL STANDINGS REVEALED)

Post by coachgold » Fri Aug 05, 2016 3:37 pm

Figured I'd sheep with Steppenwolf, and a decent voluntary sheep on the last question with only 5 points. 15th isn't too bad! Thanks so much for running this, I had a blast :)

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