I’m excited to be hosting my second TD here, a sequel of sorts to my first game from back in June. This TD and its content are based loosely on parts of modern culture; it may help, but you need not be a millennial or whippersnapper to succeed in this game! Without further ado, here’s A Millennial Medley Part II (Revenge)!
Traditional TD rules apply here:
1.) Answer one question in each set you think others will not. Your total for that question corresponds to the number of people who answer the same question you do. The lowest cumulative score including bonuses will be the winner. There is only one postscript bonus question so play carefully, only ten sets of questions to navigate!
2.) Only question 6 requires a letter. I have included a check for you in the google entry form.
3.) One drop and one sheep are available for you to use. There are no bonuses for answering all questions, so I highly suggest you utilize your drop at some point. All questions should have easily accessible answers regardless of your skill level so hopefully sheep are not necessary at any point.
4.) Incorrect responses will add five (5) points on top of the sheep’s total.
5.) Jeopardy! spelling rules and leading article rules apply - you’ll get dinged for misspelling if you change the word or name’s pronunciation (i.e., Vilnuis as opposed to Vilnius), or if the inclusion/lack of leading article creates ambiguity with another title/item.
* If you find something is incorrect or malfunctioning, please feel free to shoot me a PM or reply in the thread (use a spoiler please!) and I’ll attempt to take care of it in a timely manner. I’m far from a perfect question writer, so I’ll gladly discuss rulings or errors as they arise.
* Submit responses via this form or by private message no later than Tuesday, January 29th at 11:30 p.m. EST. The reveal will tentatively begin next Wednesday morning. Have fun, good luck and always fear the whippersnappers!
Let the games begin!
1.) Z Current Generation!
Because there seem to be a billion different definitions/dates for what exactly constitutes a millennial and a Gen-Z’er and any other generation, I gave up. Name any word in the English language (you know, one that actually appears in a dictionary) that starts with the letter Z.
BONUS: -1 point to whomever comes up with the longest word. In the event of a tie, each player will receive the point.
2.) Childlike Behavior
Answer these questions about items relating to coming of age.
- Immortalized by a 1993 country song, Alan Jackson “learned to swim” and “learned who he was” at this Georgia river
- This 1962 novel that later became a film describes the attempts of the government to tame 15-year old narrator and recluse Alex
- From German words for “education” and “novel”, this term in literary criticism refers to a work dealing with the development of a young protagonist
- President Trump gave the commencement speech at this service academy in 2018
- Debby Ryan starred in a 2010 Disney Channel movie chronicling this notable birthday in a young girl’s life (birthday or film title accepted, but will be scored together)
- Directed by Joel Schumacher, this Brat Pack film focuses on a group of Georgetown graduates and their adjustment to post-college life
- “Coming of Age in Samoa” was written by this Philadelphia-born woman
- Noteworthy teen sitcom couples Cory and Topanga (“Boy Meets World”) and Adam and Dana (“The Goldbergs”) both tensed up playing this teen party game in a closet
- Based on a Jenny Han novel, Lana Condor plays Lara Jean and Noah Centino co-stars as Peter in this 2018 Netflix teen movie
- "To Kill a Mockingbird", by this author, is considered to be a classic coming-of-age story
- Stevie Nicks' song "Edge of" this age was inspired by a talk she had with Tom Petty's first wife Jane about when they first met
3.) Fake News
No explanation needed. Answer these questions that come from articles I’ve found on The Onion.
- Suffering another setback in his collusion investigation, what “big” 7-11 drink did Robert Mueller reportedly spill on his evidence?
- Known for his Heisman trophy and devotion to Christianity, baseball scouts are doubtful this newly engaged Mets minor leaguer will make it to heaven
- This Indiana U. grad, editor of the New York Times crossword, would approve of the Onion’s tips for improving at them
- This “Blood Meridian” author took a day to flaunt his sexy new beach bod
- After challenging Senate rules during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, this New Jersey Democrat was stripped naked and sent into a bog for all eternity
- A child bankrupted this organization with a wish for unlimited wishes
- Members of this band are apparently willing “to take it” now, as opposed to 1984 when they apparently were not.
- Much to the ire of many, Planned Parenthood, founded by this woman, opened an $8 billion abortionplex
- No wonder she now writes angry songs; Taylor Swift was once hilariously reported to be dating “Tailgunner Joe” McCarthy, former senator of this state
- The Browns apparently erred in drafting Baker Mayfield; The Onion says they should have drafted a once in a generation specialist at this position
4.) Blue Wave
While we can debate about whether or not a blue wave actually happened last fall in the political sphere, we can still answer these questions that have to do with the color blue.
- Sapphire is what month’s gemstone?
- Their men’s basketball team coached for over 35 years by Mike Krzyzewski, what is Duke University’s mascot?
- A star country singer in her teens, she hit #1 in the mid-1990s with a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Blue”
- “The Blue Boy” is the most well-known work by this 18th century English painter
- Developed by a British scientist, this phenomenon answers the query of why the sky appears blue
- Threatened by the mining efforts in Avatar, the blue people on Pandora are part of what tribe?
- In the 1990s, U.S. Budget Director Richard Darman identified this Sesame Street character as “the quintessential consumer”
- Canadian Noel MacNeal served as the puppeteer for the titular character on this Playhouse Disney show (and its spinoff) that ran from 1997-2006
- Lowbush and highbush are two varieties of this fruit
- Originated by three friends in New York in 1991, this percussion/art group ironically has a popular following in Boston and was recently bought out by Cirque du Soleil
- This American, who died in 1937, composed “Rhapsody in Blue”
5.) Warm Weather
College students are notoriously associated with spring break destinations such as the Carolinas (I have multiple friends at colleges down there), California and Florida. Daytona International Speedway in Florida is known as the World’s Center of Racing. With this year’s race upcoming, name any driver who has won the Daytona 500 between 1959 and 2018.
BONUS (-2): In 2010, my favorite driver won the longest running of the 500 in terms of distance and time between the drop of the green and checkered flags. This was due in part to two long red flags for pothole repair (Bondo, anyone?), and multiple green-white-checker attempts. Identify this winning driver, also a Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and NASCAR All-Star Champion who recently joined FOX Sports’ NASCAR RaceHub team. (Answer may be repeated).
6.) Prom Night Redux: More Contemporary pop music junk
You know the drill. Identify the SINGER based on the admittedly more cringe worthy than last time recent lyrics below. LETTER REQUIRED. (NOTE: at least one of these songs has two or more credited artists. In that case, I’m looking for the artist responsible for singing that given lyric)
A.) “Oh baby/Why don’t you just meet me in the middle?”
B.) “Damn my AP goin’ Psycho/lil’ mama bad like Michael”
C.) “Yeah she wanna get married/But she don’t wanna marry me”
D.) “Kiki, do you love me?/Are you riding?/Say you’ll never ever leave..”
E.) “Now I like dollars, I like diamonds/I like stunting, I like shining”
F.) “Thank u, next/I’m so .. grateful for my ex”
G.) “I still see your shadows in my room/Can’t take back the love that I gave you”
H.) “Thinking you could live without me/Live without me"
I.) “Listen to my heart go ba-dum/Boo’d Up”
J.) “I just had to let you know you’re mine/Hands on your body/I don’t want to waste no time”
K.) “I knew from the first time, I’d stay for a long time/I like me better when... I’m with you”
L.) “You say you love me, I say you crazy/We’re nothing more than friends”
Bonus (-2): She was the headlining act at my college’s spring concert last year; only eight months older than I am, her 2016 debut album was entitled “Sit Still, Look Pretty”.
7.) They’ve Ruined Everything!
We get lots of flak for causing “damage” to society.. Whatever that means. However bad we are, though, we’ve got nothing on some of these people. Answer a question about some bad business decisions!
- Ken Lay founded this company in 1985; by 2001, false accounting led to its demise
- Much-maligned NASCAR CEO Brian France was arrested for DUI after the 2018 race at Watkins Glen in this state
- CEO Roberto Goizueta was largely responsible for what product introduced in April 1985?
- An early victim of the dot-com boom, this San Francisco retailer with a sock puppet mascot lost most of its money on sales and closed in 2000 after only two years in operation
- Another famous dot-com era saga, Gerald Levin of Time Warner hastily accepted a merger with this brand new company, whose stocks plunged soon after
- This company had a monopoly on telegraphs and declined a $100,000 offer for a patent on A.G. Bell’s telephone, calling the invention a novelty
- Excite CEO George Bell turned down an offer to buy this search engine for under a million dollars; Bad call, Excite would later be swallowed up by Ask Jeeves
- Its stock recently falling below a dollar a share, what retailer fired CEO Ron Johnson in 2013 after less than two years for being too honest about fake pricing on clothes?
- Blockbuster could still be in business had the company accepted a $50 million offer to buy this streaming platform in the early 2000s
- What retailer’s early 2010s expansion into Canada failed, leaving those stores closed by 2015?
8.) West Coast Bias
Because, that’s a thing. Apparently. Answer these questions about the western United States (and Canada!).
- The Experience Music Project in Seattle (now the Museum of Pop Culture) was designed by which notable architect?
- This landmark is actually international orange, not its namesake color
- The most recent Heisman winner from the Pac-12 conference, this Oregon Duck passed and caught his first NFL playoff touchdown in 2018 for the Titans
- What California city houses eBay’s headquarters?
- Auditioning for American Idol at 16, in recent years what blonde California-born pop singer has been a part of the rotation of Nationwide jingle singers and was featured on 2017 country song “Take Back Home Girl”?
- Oregon and this other state are the only ones where you cannot pump gas without the aid of an attendant
- In 1542, this Portuguese explorer led the first European expedition to San Diego Bay
- California was named for an island ruled by Queen Calafia in a work by this Castilian author
- Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California in 2003, replacing what incumbent in a recall vote?
- College basketball power Gonzaga University is located in what Washington city?
- Luge and skeleton events, notably, took place at what course during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics?
Advancements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been an important focus in the educational system in recent years. Answer a STEM related (sort of..) question below!
- Though not usually harmful (at least as far as I remember), a goiter results from a deficiency of what element?
- This German-American led development of the Saturn V rocket
- Maria Mitchell was a noted pioneer in what scientific field of study?
- What’s the term for a line on a map connecting points of similar barometric pressure?
- The 3-D imaging process is also known by what -ography?
- Russell and Carl get caught in a storm of what type of vertical, thunderhead cloud in the movie "Up"?
- A personal favorite, a shape with 12 pentagonal sides has what more common name?
- What’s 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 6 x 7 x 8 x 9?
- Euler’s number, a mathematical constant, can be represented by what letter?
- While Watson and Crick get most of the credit, what woman contributed to the discovery of DNA’s shape with her work on DNA’s X-ray diffraction images?
10.) Gotta Bounce
We’re almost at the end of this TD, but don’t be too sad. Answer these questions about the ends of things.
- Derogatory comments about former White House staffer Valerie Jarrett led to this TV reboot’s cancellation after just a few months
- It was announced in 2016 that Andrew Jackson’s reign on the US $20 bill will soon come to an end in favor of which noted female figure of African-American history?
- The Victorian era concluded with the queen’s death in what year?
- Upon some personnel changes to Binford and the production staff, Tim Taylor quit this show in the three-part series finale of Home Improvement
- According to my professor, at least, the era of Reconstruction in American History typically ends with the election of this man over Samuel Tilden in 1876
- Technically there were two Southern African wars with the British referred to by this name; one ended in 1881, the other in 1902
- The olecranon can be found at the tip of what body part?
- What’s the plastic tip on the end of a shoelace called?
- Though the name has other definitions, what is the term for the metal band that holds an eraser in place at the end of a pencil?
- Truly a storybook ending, former Denver Broncos John Elway (1999) and Peyton Manning (2016) won their second Super Bowls in their last career games. What teams did they beat in those respective Super Bowls? (Pick ONE, will be scored separately. If you put both, I’ll take the first team in your answer space)
TIEBREAKER - FINAL BONUS (-2)
In my four years as a benchwarmer for the varsity basketball team in high school, I wore two different jersey numbers. What is the total sum of these numbers?
Author's Note: In the event of a tie for the lead after question 10, the closest player to the correct number without going over will win the game. Anyone else who can correctly guess the number will receive brownie points and a two point deduction in their score. This may not mean anything, so have fun and put out a guess!