At any rate, we're gonna try to keep the Olympic magic alive for just a little longer here. I now declare this TD open! Not all of the questions are sports-related, so give it a shot, even if you missed all five clues in that football category from a few weeks ago.
1) Lowest point total wins; your score for each question is equal to the total number of players submitting that same answer.
2) Pay attention to the first sentence in each question - it tells you what is required in your answer. Make sure you put all required information in your answer!
3) You may use one DROP and take zero points for that question.
4) You may use one SHEEP to take the sheep answer for that question.
5) There will be a BONUS of (-4) for anyone who gives correct answers to all 10 questions, utilizing neither their drop nor their sheep options.
6) There are three other opportunities for bonuses (up to -11 points). Use questions 2B, 10B, and 11-15 for those.
7) Wrong responses (on Q1-Q10) are the higher of either +10 points or the "sheep" answer +3
8) All answers are due by 10 AM ET on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018.
9) Only the first submission per person is accepted; submit entries by PM or with this google form.
10) No outside research is allowed.
11) Feel free to ask for clarifications here if necessary.
Question 1: Name or team required. From the 2018 Winter Olympics, name either:
- The winner of an individual gold medal for the USA, AND their specific gold medal event (sport AND discipline), or…
- An event (gender, sport, and, if applicable, discipline) where the USA won a team gold medal
Question 2: Name required. Letter not necessary. The host nations of the two most recent Olympics (2016 and 2018) share the dubious honor of having had their leaders (relatively) recently impeached. Select a title from the choices below and name the person who most recently VACATED that position (i.e. the most recent holder of the title other than the current holder) for any reason.
- Chancellor of Germany
- President of Zimbabwe
- President of France
- Prime Minister of Canada
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Prime Minister of Italy
- President of Mexico
- Prime Minister of Israel
- President of Afghanistan
- President of Russia
Question 3: Sport required. Name a sport that has been played for a medal in at least two Summer Olympics, but was NOT a medal sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Question 4: Movie title required. Letter not required.. Name one of the movies described below.
- (2016) The story of a British skier who, in 1988, became the first person to represent Great Britain in ski jumping since 1928.
- (1993) Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, it’s the story of the first bobsleigh team from Jamaica.
- (1992) A star hockey player is injured during the Olympics and forced to give up his chance to be in the NHL, but gets another chance to qualify for the Olympics in pairs figure skating.
- (1981) The story of two British runners, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, in the 1924 Olympics. Both face criticism and pressure related to their respective Christian and Jewish faiths.
- (1997) The story of the titular distance runner who attended the University of Oregon, finished fourth in the 5,000-meter in the 1972 Olympics, and died in a car accident in 1975.
- (2005) The story of Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli retaliation against the PLO after the 1972 Olympics.
- (2004) The story of the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 1980 Olympics.
- (2007) The story of Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy, banned for life from singles skating, reviving their careers as the first same-sex pairs skating team due to a loophole in the rules.
- (2017) The story of the titular skater and an attack on her rival.
- (2014) The story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympian who survived a plane crash during World War II, only to be taken as prisoners of war by the Japanese.
- If a country has hosted the winter and summer games once each, that country is a wrong answer, because it has hosted the Olympics twice.
- Only games as the primary host city/country are counted.
- Games that were cancelled for any reason do not count as having been held.
- I say I don’t like it, but you know I’m a liar / ‘Cause when we kiss, ooh, fire.
- I got a bad desire / whoa-oh-oh, I’m on fire.
- Come on baby, light my fire / Try to set the night on fire.
- We feel the pain of a lifetime lost in a thousand days / Through the fire and the flames we carry on.
- Fire on the mountain, run boys run / The devil’s in the house of the rising sun.
- This fire is out of control / I’m gonna burn this city
- You broke my will, oh what a thrill / Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire.
- With only one thing in common / They got the fire down below.
- Fire in the disco! / Fire in the Taco Bell!
- When the boogie started to explode / I heard somebody say, “burn baby burn.”
- While outside records indicate that he was born in the Soviet Union, the official biography of Kim Jong-Il states that he was born on what mountain on the border between China and North Korea?
- The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea intersects what line, also the pre-Korean War border between United States- and Soviet-controlled portions of Korea?
- In what village, just north of the DMZ, was the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement signed?
- In use since the 15th century, what is the name of the Korean alphabet?
- What is the collective term, in Korean cuisine, for the small side dishes served with rice, including namul kimchi, and japchae?
- What is the name of the fermented sweet and savory paste, made from red chili powder, glutinous rice, and fermented soybean powder that is ubiquitous in Korean cooking?
- Who is the current Chinese President, recently in the news for efforts to eliminate term limits in the constitution, which would allow him to serve indefinitely?
- Ending in 1912, what was the name of the last dynasty to rule China?
- Making up about 92% of the population in Mainland China, and over 98% in Taiwan, and about 18% of the global population, what is the largest ethnic group in the world?
- A popular dim sum item, what is the name (in English or Chinese) of a bun, usually filled with pork and meat aspic that melts when steamed? Its Chinese name comes from the bamboo steaming baskets that are often used in their preparation.
- 1 medal / 37,531 population / 37,531 population per medal
- 39 / 5,195,921 / 133,228 PPM
- 15 / 8,286,976 / 552,465 PPM
- 14 / 8,611,088 / 615,077 PPM
- 14 / 9,798,871 / 699,919 PPM
- 20 / 16,936,520 / 846,826 PPM
- 6 / 5,482,013 / 913,668 PPM
- 2 / 2,063,768 / 1,031,884 PPM
- 29 / 35,851,774 / 1,236,268 PPM
- 7 / 10,551,219 / 1,507,317 PPM
Question 10: Letter and answer required. Identify one of the following that conforms to the theme of this question.
- Actress with a starring role in “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles,” but not “Pretty Woman.”
- The collective name for four music dramas – the Rhinegold, the Valkyrie, Siegfried, and Twilight of the Gods – composed by Richard Wagner, and first performed in 1876.
- Referring to a fancy carriage, this is the second song in the 1943 musical, “Oklahoma!”
- In Spanish-speaking countries, a sometimes-disparaging term for an English-speaker, especially an American.
- A light and airy dessert normally made with whipped egg whites.
- According to Mitch Hedberg, this snack company was originally in the business of making tennis balls, until a truckload of potatoes showed up instead of rubber.
- A tube with a nozzle and piston, used to draw and eject liquid in a thin stream, sometimes through a needle.
- A computer scientist with a namesake test in the field of artificial intelligence, gauging a computer’s ability to mimic human conversations.
- A TV personality and former politician who is the subject of Weird Al Yankovic’s parody of a song by the Barenaked Ladies.
- In physics, a theoretical framework that proposes the idea that point particles can be modeled as its namesake one-dimensional objects.
Bonus (-1 point per correct answer, up to -5 points total): in order from left to right, what colors are the rings on the Olympic logo? You get -1 point for every color in the correct position.