15 -- Fifteen movies in the National Lampoon series have the words "National Lampoon" (or "National Lampoon's") in the title. Name one.
14 -- In 1991 Pope John Paul II rewrote the Catholic devotion series known as the "Stations of the Cross," covering the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. His goal was "to reflect more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ's passion." This new version is generally referred to as the "Scriptural Stations." Name one of the "Scriptural" Stations included in the series. (Source: US Council of Catholic Bishops)
13 -- Thirteen Frenchmen (and yes, they're all men) have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Name one.
12 -- Full moon names: September and October are both sometimes called "Harvest," and the December full moon is sometimes called the "Moon of Full Nights." Name one of the other twelve full moon names listed in the Farmer's Almanac.
11 -- In peacetime, an officer in the US Navy can attain one of ten rank titles. An eleventh rank title can be awarded by Congress, but only in time of war. (A twelfth rank, "Admiral of the Navy," has only been awarded once and, by law, cannot be awarded again.) Name the title for one of the eleven currently "attainable" ranks.
10 -- Since 1980, ten TV theme songs have reached at least #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Name either the TV show or the theme song. (For this question, the title of the show and the name of the song are treated as the same answer. If "Jeopardy Theme" were on the list, I would accept "Jeopardy," "Jeopardy Theme," "Think" and "I'm a Little Teapot" as the same correct answer.)
FURTHER CLARIFICATION: This list only includes songs which reached their highest point on the charts the AFTER the TV show premiered. So "Providence," which used a cover of the Beatles classic "In My Life," is not on the list.
9 -- Name one of the nine people still alive as of February 1, 2014 who has flown to the Moon but has never walked on it.
8 -- Name one of the eight different apparatuses used by artistic (as opposed to rhythmic or trampoline) gymnasts in Olympic competition.
7 -- In either English or Swahili, name one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
6 -- The Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners have never played in a World Series. Six other current major league teams have not lost a World Series game since November 1, 1986. Name one of these six teams.
5 -- Name one of the animals known by big game hunters as the "Big Five" most dangerous animals to hunt.
4 -- One classic approximation of pi is 22/7. Name one of the four digits that will NEVER appear after the decimal place when converting this fraction to a decimal.
3 -- Name one of the three U. S. cities that meet the following three criteria: 1) Largest city in the state, 2) City name begins with a vowel, 3) NOT the state capital.
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TD 179, mujason, Miscellaneous II: Now without Mersenne Primes!
1. Name a host of "Saturday Night Live" whose primary claim to fame is sports. (Pro wrestling doesn't count, sorry Hulk Hogan and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.) (Also, Mark Harmon, Ed O'Neill, and Carl Weathers did play football, and Tony Danza was a boxer, but they are much better known as actors, so they don't count either.) (Feel free to ask if any borderline answer you have is acceptable; if not, I'll ask for a replacement without penalty) (29 answers)
2. Name one of the 12 sons of the Biblical patriarch Jacob. (12 possible answers, obviously)
3. Name a person who has won multiple Nobel Prizes OR a Nobel Prize winner whose parent, child, or spouse also won a Nobel Prize. (no in-laws) (23 answers)
4. Name a husband or ex-husband of a Best Actress Oscar winner since Susan Sarandon won in March 1996 (Sarandon not included). (The marriage can be before, during, or after the Oscar win, but has to be official.) (20 answers)
5. Name a winner of the AL or NL batting title (that's batting average) since 2001. (The 2001 season is included.) (20 answers)
6. Name a PROFESSIONAL winner of the U.S. version of "Dancing with the Stars." (To help jog your memories, here's a list of the celebrity winners who partnered with those pros: Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brooke Burke, Shawn Johnson, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Hines Ward, J. R. Martinez, Donald Driver, Melissa Rycroft, Kellie Pickler, and Amber Riley.) (9 answers)
7. Name a professional team primary mascot (NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB) that is a non-human animal (living or costumed) but is not an animal in the team name. (For example, a bulldog mascot for the Bulldogs would not count, but a bulldog for a non-Bulldogs team would count. Also, the animal has to be a recognizable kind of animal, so creatures like the Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met, or Youppi! don't count). (43 answers as far as I can tell.) (If you have a questionable mascot, ask and I'll tell you if it counts; if it doesn't, I'll let you submit another mascot.)
8. Name someone who has finished second in the U.S. Presidential election (as defined by Electoral College results) multiple times OR someone who finished second in a Presidential election but lost by at least 300 electoral votes. (17 answers)
9. Name a member of the winning U.S. golf team at the 2013 Presidents Cup. (12 answers)
10. Choose one of these lines from William Shakespeare and name the character who said the line. (10 answers)
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
If music be the food of love, play on
A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players
If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
I am a man more sinned against than sinning
11. Name one of the twenty standard amino acids that are encoded by the universal genetic code. (20 answers, obviously)
12. Name a country or territorial entity that has had multiple winners of Miss Universe. (14 answers)
13. Name an album that has won an Album of the Year Grammy and also topped the Billboard 200 album chart (or equivalent chart at the time). (39 answers)
14. Name a city with a Federal Reserve Bank. (12 answers)
15. Name a correct response to a Final Jeopardy that was missed by Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, or Roger Craig. (26 for Ken, 7 for Brad, 6 for Roger, total of 39 answers)
BONUS 1. Name a "Saturday Night Live" host who has also won an Olympic gold medal. (7 answers; only need to give one, though)
BONUS 2. Name one of the four rookies that played on the U.S. team at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
BONUS 3. Name the letter that is used on the $1 to represent the Federal Reserve Bank you named in Question 14.
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TD 180, wallzy41, Ice Hockey (IIHF/NHL)
1. Since 1920, Ice Hockey has been included in the Olympics. Name an Olympic Ice Hockey medal-winning country. I will need the specific country, as outlined in Rule #5.
2. Between 1967 and 1973, the NHL expanded from 6 teams (The Original 6) to 16 . Name a team that was created or brought into the league from this time period. For this question, I will need the full team name when it was added to the league, for example: Hershey B’ars.
3. What good is a team without a coach? Name an NHL head coach who has won the Jack Adams Award, which has been awarded annually since 1974 by the NHL Broadcasters Association to the coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”
Bonus 1: Followup to the Jack Adams Award. Name a coach who has won the award multiple times, as well as how many times he has won the award. Only one guess per coach, and 5 total guesses. Example format: (K. Jennings, 74)
4.Although hundreds of players have appeared in 1,000 or more regular-season games, only 14 have appeared in at least 1,500. Name one of those 1500-club players. (Hint: none are still active.)
Bonus 2- For a 1 point reduction, name the team on which more of those 14 players have played on than any other.
5.The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) hosts a World Championship, similar to the World Baseball Classic, during the NHL playoffs. Name a medal winning country. See Rule #5 for an explanation on accepted countries.
6.Undisputed MVP! Name an NHL player who has won both the Hart Trophy(MVP as judged by Professional Hockey Writer’s association) and the Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Award(MVP as judged by NHL Player’s association) in the same season.
7.In hockey lore, the Miracle on Ice, when a “Cinderella team” won the Ice Hockey Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics, is one of the biggest stories in hockey history. Name a team that participated in the 1980 Olympics in Ice Hockey.
8.Goaltenders in the NHL have, subjectively speaking, the toughest job on the ice and possibly throughout all of professional sports. Goaltenders are given 2 awards annually because of their unique statistics, the Vezina(MVP of Goaltenders, voted on by NHL General managers) and the William M. Jennings, essentially a team effort of the starter and backup(s) for allowing the fewest total goals over the regular season. Name a Team whose goaltender(s) have won the Jennings, which has been awarded since 1982.
9.Among active NHL goaltenders, name one that has more than 214 regular season wins.
10.College is one of two main ways to receive a chance at the NHL. According to the USCHO.com Men’s Division I Poll, name one of the Top 20 Hockey schools in the country.
11.The other main way to receive a chance at the NHL is to go through the CHL, the Canadian Hockey League, a set of Three Major Junior Leagues set across Canada and the Northern US. Name a Province or State that hosts a CHL team.
12. We are the champions of perseverance! Since 2001, 8 players who are currently active have been awarded the Masterton Trophy, the trophy awarded for the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” Name one.
13. Since 1915, the Stanley Cup has gone to the Champions of the National Hockey League. Name a current team who has made 4 or more appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1915. Teams that have changed name are listed under their current incarnation.
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TD 181, Bamaman, Multi-sport: You could be a winner
Today, most baseball stadiums are named for corporate sponsors. While I understand the economic realities of that trend, I'm sure most fans are like me and yearn for the days when stadiums had unique names that identified them with a city and its team.
Below are the names of ten stadiums that have gone the way of the Sunday afternoon doubleheader. Pick one and tell me the team that called it home. I also want it to be the name of team when it actually played there. While some stadiums may have hosted another team on a temporary basis at some point, I want the name of the team (both geographic and nickname) that is most identified with that stadium. By this, I mean the team that played more home games there than any other team.
Remember to give both the geographic name and nickname for the team whose stadium you select.
The biggest sporting event in this country is the Super Bowl. Name a city where a Super Bowl has been played. For this question, I want the actual city where it was played, not the name of the major city close by that the media may identify as the host city. For example, there has never been a Super Bowl played in Phoenix, Arizona, but the game has been played in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Any future games that have been awarded but not yet played are considered incorrect.
Laker fans may disagree, but no NBA team has a deeper heritage or does more to honor it than the Boston Celtics. To date, 19 people who played for the Celtics have been honored by having their numbers retired and hung in the rafters of the team's arena. Another player's number wasn't officially retired for him, but he is honored along side the others and he is an acceptable answer. Two non-players who were associated with the team had a number assigned for them and retired. In addition, another person associated with the Celtics had an inanimate object retired for him and he is an acceptable answer. So there are 23 possible answers to this question.
Name one of the 23 men who are honored by the Celtics on a banner above the court.
For many years, the National Hockey League was a stable six team league. Then they went through a rapid period of expansion in the 1960s and 70s, including absorbing the surviving WHA teams, which caused the league to grow to 21 teams. They stayed at that number until the 1990s when they began to expand again, growing into the current 30 teams.
Name one of the nine teams to join the NHL since the start of the 1991-92 season. I need the name of the team, both geographic and nickname, that it had when it began play.
5. Track and Field
The winner of the Olympic decathlon is sometimes called the world's greatest athlete. While this may not be the case, it is still a grueling athletic challenge.
Name one of the ten events that made up the 2012 Olympic decathlon. To my knowledge, these are the same events used in all decathlons, but I just wanted to avoid any cases of uncertainty.
While it does not get the huge media attention as the Final Four, the NCAA Wrestling Championships are still a hotly contested event. This year's championships will be held later this month in Oklahoma City.
To date, a total of eleven schools have won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. Name one of these eleven schools
The biggest sporting event on the planet is the FIFA World Cup. Qualifying for the cup is a lengthy process where the world is divided into geographic regions. One of these regions is CONCACAF.
To date, there have been ten countries from this region that have advanced to the World Cup. Name one of them.
In 1930, Bobby Jones won the U.S. and British Amateurs, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship (aka the British Open). Since then, the amateur events have slipped in prestige and have been replaced by the Masters and PGA as golfing majors. Since the change, no one has won all four majors in a single calendar year. In fact, only five men have won all four in a career, while another eleven have won three of the four.
Name one of the 16 men who have won at least three of the following tournaments....The Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA. (Bobby Jones is not a correct answer).
9. Horse racing
While thoroughbred horse racing is not as high a profile sport as it once was, the triple crown races still generate a great deal of attention. These races, restricted to three year olds, are the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. A horse that wins all three is said to have won the triple crown.
Name one of the eleven horses to win the triple crown.
Mike Tyson burst onto the scene at a very young age. He was known for his early round knockouts and became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at the age of 20 in 1986. He continued to dominate the heavyweight division until a self destructive lifestyle outside the ring led to an upset loss to Buster Douglass in 1990. A rape conviction landed him in prison, but he was able to regain the title after leaving prison, though he was never able to regain the stature he once had.
Name one of the ten men Tyson defeated in a heavyweight title bout prior to his loss to Douglass on February 11, 1990.
The biggest team prize in mens' tennis is the Davis Cup. Prior to 1972, the finals were a challenge format, where the previous year's champion faced the winner of a world tournament to determine who won the Davis Cup. This changed in 1972 when the defending champ was required to compete in the full tournament with the tournament winner claiming the Cup.
Name one of the 13 countries to win the Davis Cup since the challenge format was abolished in 1972.
12. Sports at the Movies
Sports have long been a popular subject for movie plots. Select one of the movies below and tell me which sport is the focus of the film.
Blades of Glory
The Fish that saved Pittsburgh
It Happens Every Spring
Somebody Up there likes Me
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TD 182, esrever, 2 out of 5
1. U.S. PRESIDENTS
Name two of the first five U.S. Presidents.
2. LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET
Name two of the letters of the alphabet that have the positions 11 through 15, inclusive.
3. ANCIENT PENTATHLON EVENTS
Name two of the five events in the ancient Olympic pentathlon.
4. CANADIAN PRIME MINISTERS
Name two of the five most-recent Canadian Prime Ministers. The current one is included in the five.
Name two of the five closest planets to the Sun.
Name two of the five languages in the world that have the greatest number of native speakers.
7. FAVORITE DOG BREEDS
Name two of the five most-popular dog breeds in the U.S. in 2013, according to the American Kennel Club.
8. LARGEST COUNTRIES BT AREA
Name two of the five largest countries in the world by area.
9. DAYS OF THE WEEK
Name two of the days of the week other than Saturday and Sunday.
10. HIGHEST MOUNTAINS
Name the highest mountain on each of two of these five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America. You do not have to specify the continents.
11. ODD NUMBERS
Name two odd whole numbers that are greater than 0 and less than 10.
12. MOST-POPULOUS COUNTRIES
Name two of the five countries in the world with the most residents.
13. MONTHS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Name two of the first five months in the alphabetically-ordered list of months.
14. LARGEST U. S. STATES BY AREA
Name two of the five largest U. S. states by area.
15. CHEMICAL ELEMENTS
Name two of the five chemical elements that have an atomic number of 1 to 5, inclusive.
16. MOST-POPULOUS CANADIAN PROVINCES
Name two of the five Canadian provinces with the most residents.
Name two of the five traditional senses.
18. LEAST-POPULOUS U. S. STATES
Name two of the five U.S. states with the fewest residents.
Name two of the current U.S. coins of less than one dollar in value.
20. MOST-POPULOUS CANADIAN CITIES
Name two of the five Canadian cities with the most residents, based on population within the city limits.
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TD 183, Lumosityfan, March Madness
1. Name a winner of this wonderful tournament.
2. Name a team that has been named #1 seed.
3. Name a year in which only 0 or 1 number one seeds made it to the Final Four.
4. Name a team that has started the tournament number one in either the AP or Coaches Poll.
5. Name a team to have suffered the ignoble distinction of having its wins vacated.
6. Name a team to go undefeated and win the title.
7. Name a team to win and not be able to defend their title.
8. Name a site to have hosted the FInal Four.
9. Name a team seeded 8 or lower that has made it to the FInal Four.
10. Name a team to have played in the Final Four in its home state.
11. 7 players have maintained a 35.0 point-per-game average through a tournament. Name one of the them.
12. Name a coach to have led his team to at least 2 Final Fours.
13. Name a team to have participated in either the play-in games or the First Four.
14. Name a team ranked #14 or #15 to upset a team in the opening round.
15. Name a year in which the championship game went into overtime.
16. Name a MOP to not be part of the winning team the year he won the MOP award.
B1. Pertaining to #11, Name the only person to have done so more than once.
B2. Pertaining to #12, Name a coach to have led his team to at least 2 championships.
B3. Name a year in which no #1 seed made it to the Final Four.
B4. Name the only year in which all #1 seeds made it to the Final Four.
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TD 184, RandyG, Classic Cinema Part II
1. LOUIS, I THINK THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL QUIZ. Fourteen actors receive on-screen credits in the classic film Casablanca, which pretty much corresponds to all of those that have a role with more than just passing significance. Name one of those 14 actors.
Bonus: Casablanca has arguably the greatest number of memorable quotes of any film in history. It's little wonder then that in 2005 the Writers Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time. Name one of the three men credited for the screenplay; last name only is sufficient, even though two of them share the same last name. (See the rules for how bonus questions are scored.)
2. THIS QUESTION IS ALL ABOUT CHARACTER GIANTS OF THE CINEMA. Name the classic film that featured one of the following principal characters. (Title only; no need to associate with a lettered choice.)
(A) Jett Rink
(B) Benjamin Braddock
(C) Margo Channing
(D) Charlie Allnut
(E) Cody Jarrett
(F) John Lloyd Sullivan
(G) Dr. David Huxley
(H) Sylvia Scarlett
(I) Father Chuck O'Malley
(J) Matthew Harrison Brady
(K) Adam Trask
(L) Joe Gillis
(M) Ransom Stoddard
(N) Richard Blaine
Bonus: Name an actor who played the character that you chose in any theatrically released version of the film.
3. A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH 1,000 WORDS, BUT IF YOU WANT TO CONTEND, PLEASE KEEP YOUR ANSWERS SHORT AND SSSSHHhhhhhh... keep your voice down. Name one of the classic films pictured below. (Title only; you don't need to associate with a numbered choice.)
4. I'M AFRAID THAT YOU'LL HAVE TROUBLE RECOGNIZING THE KEY TO THIS QUESTION. Previous TDs have dealt with the film collaborations of Hope & Crosby and Tracy & Hepburn. Two other pairs of legendary actors who appeared together numerous times (and were also married for periods along the way) are Elizabeth Taylor & RIchard Burton (10 times, in the same film, that is) and Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall (5 times.) Name one of the 15 theatrically released feature films in which Taylor & Burton or Bogart & Bacall appeared together.
5. DOES SHE… OR DOESN'T SHE? ONLY HER HAIRDRESSER (AND HER HAIR COLOR GENE) KNOW FOR SURE. (I'LL BET SHE DOES, THOUGH.) Name one of the 12 blonde femmes fatales pictured below. Well, most of them are not actually femmes fatales in the classic sense, but you still should get the idea. I'm looking for the actress pictured, not any character that she portrayed. (Name only; you don't need to associate with a numbered choice.)
(A) The rise and inevitable fall of Lulu, a naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
(B) In Austria, two childhood friends -- Leo and Ulrich -- grow up to be soldiers. Leo becomes infatuated with Felicitas, the wife of a powerful count.
(C) The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales having a common theme from throughout history.
(D) A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
(E) The sudden fortune won in a lottery fans such destructive avarice that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.
(F) Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah and Messala, meet again as adults, with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite.
(G) Two young men -- one rich, one middle class -- who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
(H) A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and the resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.
(I) Documents one year in the life of an Inuit and his family. Describes the trading, hunting, fishing and migrations of a group barely touched by industrial technology.
(J) Count Orlok purchases a new residence in the German town of Wisborg and journeys to his new home, leaving a wake of death along the way.
(K) Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by order of King James II as an act of revenge against Clancharlie.
(L) In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
(M) A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl, whose family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.
Bonus: Name the director of any theatrically released silent version of the film that you chose.
7. K-K-K-KATY, BEAUTIFUL KATY, YOU'RE THE ONLY G-G-G-GIRL THAT I ADORE. (CAN'T ANSWER FOR NEGATIVE BAITS ON THIS QUESTION, BUT THERE ARE DEFINITELY POSITIVE ONES.) The name "Katherine" has roots that go back many hundreds of years, perhaps even thousands according to some etymologies, evolving around the world into numerous formal and informal variations and spellings over time. Name one of the 19 actresses named "Katherine" or some variation or diminutive (Kate, Kathy, Kat, Kathleen, Karen, Ina, Kitty, etc., or spelled somewhat differently, for example with a “C” rather than a “K”) who has been nominated for an Oscar in an acting category.
8. IT'S BYE, BYE FOR YOU IF I CATCH YOU PEKING PEEKING AT YOUR GPS. Name the film (or series) in which the primary action takes place in one of the following fictional locations. (Title only; you don't need to associate with a lettered choice. In case of a series, all films in the series will be grouped together.)
(A) Duchy of Grand Fenwick
(D) Bedford Falls
(K) Emerald City
(L) Kings Row
(M) Sweet Apple, Ohio
9. THEY'RE NOT SO YOUNG ANYMOORE. BUT THEN AGAIN, AT LEAST THREE STILL ARE. Every year we lose screen legends who had lived well into their 80s, 90s or beyond. But then concurrently, every year other stars reach those advanced ages. Name a film actor with at least 3 theatrically released screen credits age 85 or older who is still alive as of this posting, March 23, 2014. (Several dozen relatively well-known to very well-known answers. Probably hundreds of lesser-knowns.)
Bonus: Name a film actor with at least 3 theatrically released screen credits who died in the year or so through March 22, 2014, having reached age 85 or older. If your answer has been gone more than a year, but still relatively close to a year, then you'll get credit. But remember, you have to get the main question correct for the bonus answer to be considered.
10. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I CAN NAME THAT FILM INN 3 NOTES.... TOPS! Name the film in which one of the following Academy Award nominated songs first appeared. All of these songs have become enduring standards, at least when they're compared to such unforgettable nominated greats as "There's a Breeze on Lake Louise" and "Zing a Little Zong." (Title only; you don't need to associate with a lettered choice.)
(A) Never On Sunday
(B) Cheek to Cheek
(C) _________ (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’)**
(E) Chim Chim Cher-ee
(F) I’m Easy
(G) Up Where We Belong
(H) When You Wish Upon a Star
(I) The Trolley Song
(J) The Man That Got Away
(K) Unchained Melody
(M) White Christmas
** The blank in (C) is also the title of the film.
11. A"M"AZING GRACE IS NO UGLY DUCKLING. Following a small role in 1951’s Fourteen Hours and numerous television appearances, Grace Kelly starred in 10 theatrically released films from 1952-1956 before she retired from show business and did …… well, I'm not quite sure what she did after that. Not that it really matters, however, as your task is to name one of those 10 films.
Bonus: Name a male actor in a starring role who played opposite Ms. Kelly in the film that you chose.
12. TO BE FRANK, I'M NOT LYIN' THAT YOU MAY NEED SOME DIVINE GUIDANCE ON THIS QUESTION. Women we love on the silver screen already had their visual question on this quiz; now it's the mens' turn. Name one of the following character actors, each of whom you've seen in probably dozens of films and TV shows. (Name only; you don't need to associate it with a numbered choice.)
FINAL BONUS. In its 86 years, the Academy Awards presentation has been at 10 different venues. For 1 point each off your score, name up to 5 of those venues. If a venue has been known by more than one name throughout its history, all of those names will be considered together as only one venue. You can guess up to 5 venues with no penalty for incorrect answers, but ties will be broken in the final score first by the number of correct answers and then by the fewest incorrect answers.
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TD 185, dnbguy, New Hampshire: The Granite State
1) New Hampshire is a small state. At less than 10,000 square miles, it is the 5th smallest state by area in the country. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire had a population of 1,316,470, making it the 9th smallest state by population. Name a city or town in New Hampshire that had a population of over 20,000 according to the 2010 census (13 answers).
2) Every four years, politicians flock to New Hampshire for its presidential primary. The first presidential primary was held in New Hampshire in 1916 on the second Tuesday in March, coinciding with the traditional town meeting day. Minnesota also held a primary on the same day, while Indiana's primary had already taken place one week earlier. In 1920, Indiana rescheduled their primary to May and Minnesota canceled theirs; New Hampshire's primary was now being held at least one week before any other state's primary. This first-in-the-nation status is vigorously defended by state politicians.
Starting in 1952, voters in the primary were able to elect candidates directly as opposed to voting for a slate of delegates. Since then candidates who have performed well in the primary have tended to be successful at winning their party's nomination. This isn't always the case, however. Starting in 1952, name a politician who won either the Republican or Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, but who did NOT subsequently win their party's nomination later that year. (9 answers)
3) The White Mountains are a popular tourist destination for outdoors lovers in the Northeast. Although smaller than some of the mountains in the western part of the country, the White Mountains still provide plenty of challenges for hikers of all experience levels. The Appalachian Mountain Club has a list of all of the mountains in the White Mountains whose elevation is over 4000 feet and whose prominence at least is 200 feet. There are 48 mountains on this list, and "peak-bagging" is a popular hobby. Name one of the mountains on the AMC White Mountains 4000 Footer list that is named after a president. (9 answers) Be careful: there are two mountains on the list who share a name with a president, but that are not named after that president.
4) Not counting Jed Bartlet from The West Wing, only one president has been born in New Hampshire. Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough in 1804 and was elected as the 14th president in 1852. Despite being from New England, he was a "doughface" Southern sympathizer. He signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, allowing settlers in new territories to decide whether to permit slavery, in effect repealing the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Diplomats in his administration (including James Buchanan) wrote the Ostend Manifesto, claiming that Spain and the US would both be served well if the US purchased Cuba from Spain - while promising the use of force if Spain was unwilling to negotiate.
Despite his name, Franklin Pierce probably did not have any body piercings. Name a celebrity who has (or had) a piercing somewhere other than their earlobe. (Several answers) For our purpose, someone is a celebrity if they are named in a Jeopardy clue or response. Please keep answers safe for work!
5) Despite the state's small size, its legislature is huge. Like the US Congress, the New Hampshire General Court consists of two houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 400 members of the House of Representatives, one for every 3,300 residents of the state. Combined with the 24 members of the Senate, the New Hampshire General Court is the fourth largest legislature in the English-speaking world, behind only the UK Parliament, the Indian Parliament, and the US Congress.
Why do all of these legislators run for office? There may be many reasons, but it is unlikely that any of them do it for the money. The salary for one two-year term in both houses is only $200. Name a property in Monopoly whose purchase price is greater than $200. (11 answers)
6) During the Revolutionary War, General John Stark led militias from New Hampshire and Vermont to victory at the Battle of Bennington. Several years later in 1809, General Stark was 81 and in poor health. Unable to attend a reunion of soldiers who fought at Bennington, he wrote a letter. The letter closed with the following line: "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of all evils." "Live free or die" became the official state motto in 1945, and currently appears on state license plates (where, anectodally, it is stamped on by prisoners).
In 2007 the fourth movie in the Die Hard movie franchise was released with the title Live Free or Die Hard. Name an actor or actress who has been credited in the billing block of at least one of the five Die Hard movies. (23 answers) FYI: the billing block is the text located at the bottom of movie posters that lists some of the credits in a narrow font.
7) Robert Frost won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for a collection of poems entitled New Hampshire. Although he was born in San Francisco, he wrote many of his most famous poems while in New Hampshire, and the state has adopted him as their own. Below are the last lines of 13 poems by Robert Frost. Select one, and name the poem it comes from. You must give both the letter you choose, as well as the title.
b) "One could do worse than be a swinger of (TITLE OF THE POEM)."
c) "'Dead,' was all he answered."
d) "And would suffice."
e) "Such as she was, such as she would become."
f) "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
g) "He says again, 'Good fences make good neighbors.'"
h) "So dawn goes down to day. / (TITLE OF THE POEM)."
i) "Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs."
j) "Is what to make of a diminished thing."
k) "Were not too much to pay for birth."
l) "And that has made all the difference."
m) "And miles to go before I sleep."
9) The "Magic Mile" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway opened its doors in 1990. The first race in what was then known as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series took place in 1993. Since 1997, two races in what is now the Sprint Cup Series have been held per year. Name a driver who has won a NASCAR Winston/NEXTEL/Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (22 answers)
10) Identify one of the ten people shown below, all of whom were born in New Hampshire. You may have to open the picture in a new window to see everyone. Stage names are acceptable answers. Just the name is OK, you don't have to give the number as well.
11) The Old Man of the Mountain was a rock formation located on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains. If viewed from the correct angle, the ledges resembled a man's face in profile. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Great Stone Face, a short story claiming the Old Man as "a work of Nature in her mood of majestic playfulness." The Old Man was made a part of the state emblem in 1945. In spite of its stature as a state symbol, the rocks that made up the mountain were still subject to the forces of erosion. Despite efforts to keep it intact, the Old Man collapsed in 2003. Today it is still found on state license plates, road signs, and drivers' licenses. It can also be found on the back of the New Hampshire State Quarter minted in 2000. Name a person, place, or landmark specifically mentioned by name on one of the state quarters (including DC). (14 answers) The person, place, or landmark must be specifically mentioned in text in a caption. The image of the person, place, or landmark by itself is not acceptable. Also, even though the name of the state itself is listed on the back of each quarter, the state itself is not a correct response.
12) New Hampshire's nickname, the Granite State, dates back to a song first performed in 1825 at a dinner honoring the Marquis de Lafayette. It is a fitting nickname, not only because of the abundant supply of granite in the state, but also because of the (alleged) nature of its citizens. Granite can be composed of several different minerals, but is defined as an igneous rock containing at least 20% quartz. Feldspar and mica are also commonly found in granite. A worldwide average of the chemical composition of granite by weight was published in a 1997 textbook, based on almost 2500 samples. Name a chemical element that can be found in granite. (11 answers)
BONUS QUESTION 1: New Hampshire's largest lake is a popular tourist destination for families during the summer months. It is also very difficult to spell. 2 bonus points if you can identify the lake and spell it correctly. 1 bonus point if you can identify the lake but you spell it incorrectly.
BONUS QUESTION 2: Before the 1946 season, the Dodgers organization signed three African-American players to contracts. One of these players was Jackie Robinson; he started the 1946 season with the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Montreal. The two other players were assigned to the Dodgers minor league affiliate in New Hampshire, making that team the first professional baseball team with an integrated lineup in the United States. Both of those players eventually had successful playing careers in the majors. One player had a record 149-90 as a pitcher over 11 seasons, and pitched 8 1/3 innings before being relieved by Ralph Branca in the Shot Heard Round the World game; the other was a position player who is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and has his number retired by the Dodgers organization. 2 bonus points if you can name either of the two players to integrate pro baseball in New Hampshire.
BONUS QUESTION 3: In a nationwide first, New Hamphire's governor, US Senators, and both US Representatives are all women. Name two of these five women for 1 bonus point each.[/quote]
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TD 186, Vermonter, This one goes to 11
Question 1. HISTORY.
Name one of the first 11 monarchs of England after the Norman invasion in 1066. For purposes of this question, I am not counting Matilda, Henry the Young King, or Louis VIII of France.
The twelfth monarch was RICHARD II (1377-1399).
Question 2. GEOGRAPHY.
Name one of the 11 most-populous countries in the world as of March 31, 2014.
The twelfth most-populous country is PHILIPPINES (99,338,800).
Question 3. FILM.
Name one of the 11 most-recent winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The twelfth most-recent was CHICAGO (2002).
Question 4. SPORTS.
Name a quarterback on the top 11 in terms of career passing yards in NFL history.
The twelfth-highest total belongs to KERRY COLLINS (40,922).
Question 5. POLITICS.
Name a state in the top 11 in terms of number of Electoral Votes in the Electoral College, as of 2012.
The twelfth-highest count belongs to VIRGINIA (13 votes).
Question 6. SCIENCE.
Ordered by atomic number, name one of the first 11 elements on the periodic table with a two-letter atomic symbol. Either name or symbol is acceptable.
The twelfth such element is SCANDIUM (Sc, atomic number 21).
Question 7. MUSIC.
Ordered alphabetically, name one of the first 11 songs in the canon of The Beatles, as released on studio albums or on Anthology. Leading articles ("A", "An") do NOT count as part of the title for purposes of this question (so "A Hard Day's Night" won't work).
Alphabetically twelfth is ANY TIME AT ALL.
ETA: One of my original answers was not on a "studio album"; rather, it was on Anthology. "All Things Must Pass" was NOT the song in question, as it was a demo for a George Harrison song, and is not acceptable here.
Question 8. POP CULTURE.
Name one of the 11 most-followed Twitter accounts for a human being as of March 31, 2014. (YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram fall inside the top 11 of all accounts, but are ineligible here.)
In twelfth is SHAKIRA (@shakira), who has 24.6 million followers.
Question 9. TRAVEL.
Name one of the 11 busiest airports in the world, as measured by total passenger boardings in 2013. I will accept name, code, or city (I will prompt you if there's more than one to serve a given city).
The twelfth-busiest was FRANKFURT AIRPORT (FRA) in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, with 58,036,948 passengers.
HINT: the breakdown by continent is as follows: 4 in North America, 2 in Europe, 5 in Asia.
Question 10. RECENT EVENTS.
Name a country that finished in the top 11 of total medal count at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
There was a five-way tie for twelfth place at 8 medals apiece, between [SOUTH] KOREA, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, JAPAN, and ITALY.
Question 11. BUSINESS.
Name a company in the top 11 in terms of market capitalization of those based in the United States as of March 31, 2014. Market capitalization is the total value of the issued shares of a publicly traded company, and is often used as a proxy measure for the company's value.
In twelfth was PROTCER & GAMBLE ($218.5 billion).
First bonus. Worth a reduction of 1 point.
To what movie is this TD's title a reference? (Don't worry about punctuation )
Second bonus. Worth a reduction of ?? point(s).
Give me an integer between 1 and 11 (inclusive). If you pick the least-popular choice, you will have your score reduced by that number. Unselected numbers will not count as the "least popular", so someone is guaranteed to win!
If multiple numbers "tie" as the least popular, all players involved in the tie will have their scores reduced by their choice.
For example, if you are the only person to pick 4, I will deduct 4 points from your score. If another person is the only person to pick 7, I will also deduct 7 points from his score.
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TD 187, ihavejeoprosy, Seinfeld
1. Seinfeld is famous for introducing a number of words and phrases from the show into the lexicon, collectively known as Seinfeldisms. Given the definition of 10 Seinfeldisms, pick one and tell me the Seinfeldism that is being defined. Important: Specify the letter you choose with your answer
a. Someone bigoted against people holding a DDS or DMD degree
b. A Latvian orthodox term for someone with an irresistible, animal allure
c. A non-denominational, non commercial celebration held in December conceived by Frank Costanza , George’s Dad (See Bonus 1)
d. Alliterative interjection used to gloss over details in a story or used in place of narrating events
e. Quality possessed by a non Jewish woman that makes her attractive to Jewish men
f. A person who gives something given to them to someone else
g. Someone at a social gathering who introduces their half eaten food into the communal relish, sauce or accompaniment
h. Adjective for someone who has enough admirable qualities to merit use of a rare contraception method
i. Someone with little regard for personal space during conversations
j. A situation that arises when different parts of a persons life meet or come together
2. "Hey George, the ocean called; they're running out of shrimp." (See bonus question 2) George was famously called out for eating too much shrimp in the classic episode, “The comeback.” In light of that call out, name one of the top 10 most consumed seafood species in the US. (Data was compiled in 2012)
In the “Hot Tub” episode of Seinfeld, Elaine hosts a marathon runner from Trinidad and Tobago preparing for a big race. In honor of that feat, name me a country that has won an Olympic gold medal in the men’s marathon event. (15 answers)
In the Merv Griffin show, Jerry and the gang famously show off their child like side by drugging a girlfriend and playing with her antique toys. Since toys are so much fun, name me one of the toys/games inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame between 2008 and 2013. Hint: Although there are some branded names on here, a lot of the toys on this list are generic things that are just fun to play with. (15 possible answers)
“But are you master of your domain?” “The Contest” was considered a watershed moment, not just in the history of the show, but in the history of TV itself. The website pornhub (which I meticulously researched in preparation for this question) performs a social service by releasing usage statistics for a number of parameters. In light of these findings, name either:
(a) One of the five states whose users spent the most time per “self pleasure session”
(b) One of the five states whose users spent the least time per “self pleasure session”
(All statistics from 2013)
Since some have requested it, here's a hint. States in both categories are largely clustered around two regions that are considered to be very different from each other. You don't have to specify what category the state you name belongs to.
6. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” A timeless disclaimer from the “Outing” episode, used to indicate that someone has no problems with homosexuality, but that they aren’t gay themselves. Things have come a long way since then. Name a state where gay marriage is currently legal. (States awaiting court decisions or that have not begun issuing licenses as of quiz publication do not count)
7. “Uh, we don't allow any outside syrups, jams or condiments in the restaurant.” In the episode “The Wife” Jerry gets into trouble for bringing a bottle of syrup into “The restaurant” the gang hangs out at. In honor of that, name me one of the top 7 most consumed condiments in the US. (Just the type of condiment, no need for brand names)
8. The gang loved eating at the generically named “restaurant” Speaking of places to eat, name one of the top 10 fast service/casual food chains in terms of total US sales revenue (Food stats compiled in 2012)
9. From the Puerto Rican Day episode:
TAXI DRIVER: Oh, yeah, sure, and now I'm gonna be stuck here. But you knew the way to go! You went to college!
ELAINE: Hey, I went to Tufts! That was my safety school! So don't talk to me about hardship.
Poor Elaine, who had to go to her safety school in Tufts. Now despite being her safety school, Tufts actually has a pretty good reputation. It is in elite company as one of the 11 members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Also known as Little Ivies, they are highly elite, selective colleges around New England. In honor or Elaine’s alma mater, name me a NECSAC member school. (Hint: Just think of hoity toity, private schools in the northeast and you have a pretty good chance of landing on one)
“Isn’t an architect just an art school dropout with a tilty desk and a big ruler?” George vicariously fulfilled his ambition of being an architect through his alter ego Art Van Der Lay. Well, lucky for you, there are no fake architects here. Given the names of prominent buildings, landmarks and cities, name me one of the architects or planners responsible for each work. Important: Specify the letter you choose with your answer
A. Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center
B. City Of Brasilia, Brazil
C. CBS building in New York
D. Guaranty Building in Buffalo
E. Taliesin West
F. City of Chandigarh, India
G. Central Park, New York (designer)
H. Sydney Opera House
I. Salk Institute, La Jolla
J. Sears Tower/Willis Tower
11. Boxer shorts or jockey shorts? In the “Chinese Woman,” Kramer famously decides to explore underwear options after finding out he has a low sperm count. One of his options were boxers. Tangentially related to that, name one of the major weight classes in the sport of boxing. (Clarification – a major weight class is one that does not include subweights. For example, lightweight would be an acceptable answer. Super lightweight or junior lightweight would not be acceptable.)
12. The Finale. Seinfeld’s finale is one that inspires debate even today and was a huge television event at the time. Whether you think it was good or bad, name one of the top 10 11 most watched series finales in US TV history.
Bonus 1: For one point each, name me up to two of the components of the celebration mentioned in question 1 – c
Bonus 2: For one point, give me one of the responses George comes up with when called out for eating too much shrimp
Bonus 3: “No Soup for You.” Everyone loves the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. So, for one point each, name up to three soups mentioned in this classic episode.
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TD 188, Vanya, Sheep Descending
1. Name one of the 12 actors to play Doctor Who* (TV series only, no alternative doctors, spoof doctors, etc.)
2. Name one of the 11 actors to play a member of Danny Ocean's 11 in the 1960 film Ocean's 11.
3. Name one of the 10 artists with a top eleven (by number of views) music video on Youtube (no "featured" artists).
4. Name one of the 9 members of the von Trapp family as portrayed in the 1965 film Sound of Music (seven children, the Captain, the governess).
5. Name one of the 8 colleges or universities who have won the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament ("Final Four") more than twice. Hint: Only 2 are west of the Mississippi, and only one is a private university.
6. Name one of the 7 ingredients (as specified by the creator at www dot liicetea dot com) in a Long Island iced tea**.
7. Name one of the 6 original NHL teams (1942-1967). Hint: All of the Original Six are still active franchises in the league.
8. Name one of the 5 Spice Girls.
9. Name one of the 4 colors of the horses of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
10. Name one of the 3 Tenors.
11. Name one of the 2 ex-husbands of Kim Kardashian.
12. Kazakhstan has had one president since gaining independence in 1991. Name him for a bonus of minus 8 points.