To up my game, there will be an ACTUAL AWARD for the winner of the ring of eight TDs. To be eligible to win an Amazon gift card, you must participate in all eight TDs. Winner will be the one with the lowest total score.
Each TD in the ring will have at least one visual question, at least one aural question, at least one sports question, and one before and after question.
Standard TD rules apply. For each question below, there are a number of choices. Choose one as your answer. Think Different is scored by the number of people who submit the same answer. It's best to be the only person who chooses a particular answer. The most common answer is called the sheep. You don't want to be a sheep. Incorrect answers get the sheep score plus five points. Low score wins. Bonus questions will allow you to reduce your score by up to six.
You may drop one question and sheep one question. (To sheep means to accept the highest score on a question without fear of giving an incorrect answer.) No research! Your answers must come from your head; not your reference library, search engine or your neighbor who writes for a quiz show. This TD closes Monday, April 23 at 9:00 AM EDT.
Submit your answers here
The wording on the submission form is for identification of the questions only. If there is any conflict between the submission form and this TD, this page prevails.
For information only, here's the area code map from the classic period and from today. Note how simple the classic map is compared to today's area code map.
Finally, I would like to put a halt to people asking questions about the questions in the forum. Providing more clarification isn't fair to people who submit early. Please advise me privately if I have made some error in constructing the TD, but do not expect me to provide more information about the clues. If you're not sure something is a correct answer, don't use it. There must be some you're absolutely sure about.
On with the TD...
601 - MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi is one of four states whose capital is named for a president. Answer one of these questions about places named for presidents.
- What core American document was authored by the namesake of the capital of Wisconsin?
- The nation's capital is named for our first president. What architect laid out the streets of Washington with its many diagonals?
- What foreign capital is named for a U.S. president?
- In 1945, Jersey Homesteads, N.J. was renamed after this president who had recently died.
- Although he was never president or even actively sought it, he became the namesake of cities in several states, including a city of over 60,000 in Ohio that added an exclamation point to the city's name to make it seem more exciting. (They should have just waited for the musical.)
- The major city in Ohio is not named for this two-term president, but a village in Manitowac County, Wisconsin is.
- What pre-Civil War unelected president has a college city in Texas named for him?
- What president is the largest city in Florida named for?
- What name did the citizens of Lancaster, Nebraska adopt for their city after an earth-shattering 1865 event?
- The governing body of St. Augusta, Minnesota renamed the city after this governor, reality star, and occasional presidential hopeful in 2000. (The voters thought better of it and changed the name back in a referendum.)
602 - ARIZONA
Name one of these cacti. Popular names are preferred, but scientific names will be accepted if you really can't help yourself. LETTER REQUIRED.
603 - NEW HAMPSHIRE
CNBC computes an annual Quality of Life ranking of the states, and New Hampshire is consistently ranked high. Figure out these states from its 2017 ranking. NUMBER REQUIRED.
- 10. More of an urban tourist destination than the other nine states, visitors flock to this state for college tours, whale watching, and to spy the rich and famous on Martha's Vineyard.
- 9. A place to grow, fewer people live in its chief metropolitan area than that of any other state. It's most famous for its outsized role in presidential politics.
- 8. From the badlands to mountain peaks to its small-city feeling state capital, this state has a 545-mile long border with Canada, touching three provinces.
- 7. This state seceded from number 10 in 1820 and continues to be dependent on the primary sector. The U.S. went to war with Great Britain in 1838-1839 over its northern boundary.
- 6. People from Massachusetts refer to this state as "the tax-free zone" and make weekend visits for goods which they'd otherwise pay sales tax on. There's even a huge shopping center two feet north of the state line.
- 5. From the Emerald City with its disproportionate number of corporate headquarters, it's only a short drive to the pure wilderness of the Cascades or the Olympic Peninsula. The rest of this state isn't bad either.
- 4. This state, admitted in 1889, has been likened to the new Saudi Arabia. Its vast oil reserves, nearly untapped, contain potential for it be the boom state of the 21st century. A newly completed yet controversial pipeline has recently begun to haul its black gold to market. The main thing detracting from the quality of life in the Flickertail State is the population boom in the oil patch, causing choas all the way to the Red River of the North.
- 3. This midwestern state has a diverse economy that makes it a relatively safe place to be in bad times. Like number five, it also has a disproportionate number of corporate headquarters in its major metropolitan area, which runs right into the recreational country containing more than 10,000 lakes that has made the state famous. The state also contains half of the world's largest inland port.
- 2. With its largest city having only 40,000 some people and its largest metro area one-third the size of Des Moines, this state has avoided most urban problems, to the extent that its senator was called out for his lack of knowledge about the troubles of urban Americans during his 2016 presidential bid. Its shopping habits are even different from the rest of the country, with Walmart, Costco, and Target only recently having entered the market and fast-food restaurants being discouraged.
- 1. The state with the highest quality of life, quite far from the others, also has the highest cost of living and the highest average annual temperatures, although strange as it seems, its record high temperature is lower than that of each of the other 49 states.
604 - BRITISH COLUMBIA
When you hear the name Victoria for a place, you ought to think of someplace the British used to be. Answer one of these questions about current or former British possessions.
- Prince Charles made the trip from London to this colony to transfer it to the Chinese in 1997.
- Not even 65,000 people live in this British territory at the apex of a triangle reaching to Puerto Rico and Melbourne, Florida.
- At least forty of the 50 largest banks in the world have branches in George Town, capital of this British possession directly south of Cuba. The money there is said to be, um, cleanest in the world. Many Americans travel there for ... scuba diving! Yeah, that's it!
- The upper and lower parts of this British colony were united in 1841.
- The Channel Islands belong to the U.K. although they're only 13 miles off the coast of France. Go figure. Name one of the Channel Islands with a population of at least 500.
- The Romans called this place Insula Manavia.
- Both the U.S. and the U.K. possess parts of this island group immediately east of Puerto Rico.
- The UK and Argentina went to war in 1982 over this tiny patch of land.
- The only runway of the only airport serving this British possession at the tip of Spain crosses the only road in and out of the place. And you think your border delays are bad!
- The British delegation were too embarrassed to pose for the portrait of the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which gave this country its independence.
605 - SOUTH DAKOTA
Great Faces, Great Places. Nobody could say it any better than that. Name one of these famous creations made of stone.
606 - KENTUCKY
With 120 counties, Kentucky has more than all but two other states. See if you can figure out these Kentucky counties.
- One county shares its name with a Kentucky pioneer, and also his descendants Pat and Debby who became popular singers.
- One county takes its name from the river that forms the state's northern boundary.
- One county has the same name as the lake formed by the Glen Canyon Dam.
- What county has the same name as Lisa, Bart, and Maggie?
- Kentucky has counties with the same name as the most populous counties in Michigan and Nevada. Name either. (Will be scored separately.)
- Kentucky, a border state that didn't secede, has counties bearing the names of the two principal generals of North and South. Name both.
- One county is named for a revolutionary war general, as is a fort most famous as a repository for precious metal.
- One county is named for a great man of colonial America who never set foot in Kentucky but invented a stove, bifocals, the public library, the fire department...
- One county shares its name with a president who was born in Kentucky.
- One county is named for Zebulon, who has the most famous peak in the Rockies named for him.
607 - NEW YORK
Cooperstown, New York, in the 607, is the birthplace of baseball and the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Name a current major league team.
608 - WISCONSIN
Name one of these cheeses. LETTER REQUIRED.
609 - NEW JERSEY
New Jersey is named for a European island. Name a European island.
612 - MINNESOTA
As has previously been mentioned, Minneapolis is a major corporate center. Name one of these Minnesota companies.
- The former Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company changed its name to this.
- Name the Minneapolis-based retailing company whose logo is visible on the aerial photo of the shopping center above.
- Name the Minneapolis-based company founded as Washburn-Crosby Company that makes Hamburger Helper, Cheerios, Betty Crocker cake mix, and Green Giant vegetables.
- What dairy products giant had its ticker symbol decades before it became a familiar internet abbreviation? (Either the company name or abbreviation is fine.)
- Name either of the giant window manufacturers headquartered in Minnesota. (They are giant companies. They don't make giant windows.) (Will be scored separately.)
- Give the last name of the founder of the Austin, Minnesota food company that makes untold quantities of chili and beef stew, packaged pepperoni, Spam, chicken & dumplings, and Skippy peanut butter.
- What one-word Minneapolis-based agribusiness trading company is the largest private corporation in the U.S.?
- What two-word Edina-based Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary is the largest retailer of soft-serve ice cream in the United States and Canada?
- What chain of hotels (some of which are blu) began with its flagship hotel in Minneapolis named for a French fur trader and explorer?
- What Minneapolis-based retailing company whose logo is a yellow price tag, was originally called "The Sound of Music" (and started the same year that movie was made)?
613 - ONTARIO
The Canadian capital of Ottawa is located in the 613. Name a prime minister of Canada. Don't forget there are two with the same last name.
614 - OHIO
The capital of Ohio, in the 614, is named for Christopher Columbus. Name a place Columbus visited.
615 - TENNESSEE
Nashville is home of the Grand Old Opry and Music Square. It was country before country was cool. Listen to this clip and name the country artist who's doin' the singin'. (LETTER REQUIRED)
BONUS - What decidedly non-country singer sang the highly unexpected song at the end?
616 - MICHIGAN
You know how to do Before and After. Combine two clues into an overlapping answer. Example: Current supreme court justice who wrote the Declaration of Independence: Clarence Thomas Jefferson.
- Dearborn-based pioneer auto manufacturer famous for writing "The Good Soldier."
- 1997 film starring John Cusack and Minnie Driver (whose name is itself a before & after) that lets the recipient fill in any dollar amount desired.
- International port of entry who died at the guillotine on October 16, 1793.
- Castaway who's home of the Wolverines
- Monroe-based manufacturer of recliners who fronted Culture Club
- Tool of witchcraft who made it to the Hall of Fame and serves as a spokesperson for AIDS and HIV causes
- Businessman who saved Chrysler and owns Minute Maid, Fanta, Barq's, and Dasani
- Legendary African-American singer of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" whose real name is Diana Prince
- Boundary water who served as ambassador to Italy and Brazil under Ike (A correct answer will have five words)
- Christopher Reeve went back to 1912 (or was it a dream?) In this picture filmed on Mackinac Island that chooses a Man of the Year (or something like that) annually.
617 - MASSACHUSETTS
The City of Higher Learning, the Bay State of Mind ... Some people say a college tour isn't complete without a loop of Massachusetts. Name a college or university in Massachusetts.
618 - ILLINOIS
The 618 includes Little Egypt, where you'll find Cairo, appropriately enough. Senator and presidential candidate from Carbondale Paul Simon was fond of reminding Southerners that Little Egypt is closer to Jackson, Mississippi (in the 601) than it is to Chicago. Name a country in Africa.
619 - CALIFORNIA
The classic 619 is the high desert of California. You're really experiencing the desert when you're in the classic 619 (which is now the 760). Answer one of these questions about the California desert.
- What 8000 square mile body of water was created by accident in 1905 when the Colorado River overflowed?
- What national park is named for a desert arboreal with outstretched limbs that greatly resemble arms?
- What desert covers most of southern California?
- What valley contains the cities of Palm Springs, Indio, Rancho Mirage, and La Quinta?
- How many palm trees did Col. Washington spot at an oasis while surveying in 1852? Need a hint?
- What national park is home of Badwater, Scotty's Castle, and Zabriskie Point?
- What California city is mentioned in this song?
- Two of the most famous desert rats are undoubtedly a singer from El Centro noted for such contributions to music as "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" and "Dark Lady" and her onetime husband, who served as mayor and congressman from Palm Springs. Who was this couple?
- What mastermind of a spree of murders that shocked the world holed out the ghost town of Ballarat in the Panamint Valley?
- Name the two cities with complementary names at the border between California and Mexico