I’m probably not as good with trivia as many people here. When playing a TD, I often run across one or two questions where I can’t come up with any answers at all. That can get frustrating and takes some of the fun out of the game. My goal with this TD is to keep it simple. Everyone – even people who aren’t trivia buffs – should be able to recognize 3 or 4 correct responses. I’m sure many of you will be able to come up with more than that.

**I’m also going to try one unique rule.**I call it Sheep Insurance. Like any other kind of insurance, it costs you something. But when you need the insurance, it comes through for you. For one question in this TD, you may choose to buy Sheep Insurance. Buying the insurance will add two points to your score. However, if your selected answer turns out to be the sheep, the insurance will pay out and reduce your score to zero for that question. The net effect will be scoring 2 on that question. If you want to buy Sheep Insurance, enter the question number you want to insure at the bottom of the response form. If you choose to use your sheep (taking the sheep score for a question instead of answering the question), you may NOT buy sheep insurance for that question.

All of the other typical TD rules apply.

• The goal is to get the lowest score.

• Your score on each question will be the number of entrants with the same answer.

• You may choose to use one drop and one sheep. A drop will give you 0 points for that question. A sheep will give you the points from the most common answer. To use a sheep or a drop, simply enter the word "sheep" or "drop" as your response to the question.

• Wrong answers will score the larger of 10 points or the sheep answer plus 5 points.

• There will be some bonus opportunities, giving you a chance to reduce your score.

• Because this is a K.I.S.S., there is no bonus for answering all questions correctly. I hope everyone will accomplish this feat. As a result, I encourage everyone to choose to drop one question.

Please submit your responses via Google Form here. Responses are due by 10:00 am Pacific time on Tuesday, May 8.

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**Roger, Roger.**One of my favorite movies of all time is Airplane! Identify one of these people with first or last name of Roger or Rogers. The answer must include the full name (first and last).

- Film critic with the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 through 2013. Also partnered with the Chicago Tribune film critic, Gene, creating the phrase “Two Thumbs Up”.

- Vaudeville entertainer, silent (and talking) movie actor, syndicated newspaper columnist, radio personality, and general humorist and philosopher. He never met a man he didn’t like.

- Founder and lead singer of “The Who”

- Chief Justice in the Dred Scott decision

- NYC bartender and recent Jeopardy! Champion

- Current NFL Commissioner

- Played James Bond

- His neighborhood was popular with young children

- First man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

- Country music singer known for his recording of The Gambler

- Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers

- Swiss tennis player, among the best of all time

- Partnered with Oscar in several well-known Broadway musicals

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2.

**KISS.**You can’t have a KISS TD without the band KISS. Name a member of one of these bands. You must include the letter of the band in your response. Each band member will be scored separately. You must give enough information to uniquely identify the band member.

a) The Beach Boys

b) The Beatles

c) Led Zeppelin

d) AC/DC

e) Queen

f) KISS (I had to include them!)

g) Guns N’ Roses

h) U2

i) Pearl Jam

j) Backstreet Boys

k) Paramore

l) Maroon 5

m) One Direction

**Bonus**: Name up to two additional members of the same band. One point off for each correct answer. No penalty for wrong answers.

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3.

**Animated.**Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. But that has nothing to do with this question. Give a 3 or 4 letter word using only the letters in “animated”. (The letter “a” appears twice, so you may use it twice. All other letters may only be used once.) I’ll use the SOWPODS English dictionary (commonly used for Scrabble) to determine if it is really a word.

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4.

**Math.**Solve one of these math problems. You must include the letter of the problem you are solving.

a) x+y=14. x*y=48. When x=8, what is the value of x-y?

b) 7 divided by 10

c) Sine squared of x plus the cosine squared of x

d) Find the area in square inches of a right triangle with two sides that are both equal to 4 inches

e) x^2 + 2x – 1 when x=1

f) A bat and a ball cost one dollar and sixteen cents in total. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost in cents?

g) 10^0

h) Square root of 64

i) 1 + 1

j) 2 cubed

**Bonus**(for minus 2 points): The answers to these problems are the first digits of what irrational number?

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**You get a singleton and you get a singleton and you get a singleton and ...**My rough recollection is that there are typically between 40 and 50 entrants in the weekly TD. If this TD follows that pattern, here’s a chance for everyone to get a singleton. Name the capital city and its state’s USPS abbreviation for any of the 50 states in the United States of America. For example, Sacramento, Calif. would be wrong because it doesn’t use the USPS abbreviation. Sacramento, CA is the correct format. (And I just gave one correct answer away! Feel free to use it, if you want.)

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**Shakespeare.**One of the best known Shakespeare plays is Romeo and Juliet. Name another Shakespeare play.

**Bonus**(for minus 2 points): Name one more Shakespeare play that is not Romeo and Juliet.

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**Collective Nouns.**Humans are funny. We like to put things into groups. For example, a group of cattle are called a herd of cattle. Here are some collective nouns. Give the animal that gathers into these groups. Some of these have more than one correct answer. Each answer will be scored separately. Please include the collective noun in your answer. So for “herd”, an answer in the correct format would be “herd of cattle”.

• Shrewdness

• Flock

• Murder

• Pod

• School

• Wedge

• Team

• Troop

• Crash

• Zeal

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8.

**One of These Things.**Remember the song on Sesame Street that starts with, “One of these things is not like the others”? Here’s the grown-up version. Each of these photos has something that doesn’t belong or is out of place. Choose one photo and describe the item that is different or out of place. There is a letter in the bottom left corner of each photo. You must include that letter in your response. I’ll be as generous as I can in reading your description of the out-of-place item.

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**Music.**I have always enjoyed music. I took some piano lessons as a very young child, and started playing an instrument in grade school. Name a woodwind instrument. I’ll score each unique answer separately. If we were using brass instruments, trumpet and piccolo trumpet would be scored separately.

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10.

**TV Pop culture.**I’ll give you the name of some actors that worked together on a TV show. Your job is to name the show. Letter not required on this one.

• Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray

• Desi Arnaz, Willian Frawley, Lucille Ball

• Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr., Buddy Ebsen

• Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick

• Loretta Swit, McLean Stevenson, David Ogden Stiers

• Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, Pat Morita

• Ted Danson, Shelly Long, John Ratzenberger

• Harry Anderson, Markie Post, Richard Moll

• James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Joseph Marcell

• Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

• Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen

• Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

• Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul

**Bonus**– Name up to two more shows – one point off for each correct answer.

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**All the President’s Men (and Women).**Name a Cabinet Department.