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TD 451, clt013, Fourth Flashback

1. Less Learned League (433) had a question about people and phrases including European places. Name one of these people whose name includes a non-European country or world city (mostly capitals).

Supporting Actor Oscar winner for his role in Jerry Maguire
English actress who played Elizabeth Corday on ER and River Song in the BBC series Doctor Who
Model named "most valuable Victoria's Secret Angel" in 2017 who has also been in ads for Maybelline and Kia
Actress who played Gina Calabrese on Miami Vice and Carmen Santos on Guiding Light
Actor whose roles include Adonis Creed and Erik Killmonger
Four-time Grammy winner whose debut album was Acoustic Soul in 2001
Long-time general manager and owner of the New York Giants whose granddaughters include actresses Kate and Rooney
Character in A Tale of Two Cities who says "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done"
Lead singer of Nickelback who was married to Avril Lavigne
First Brazilian-born NFL player who debuted with the Chiefs and has also kicked for the Bears, Rams, Buccaneers and Titans

2. Narrowing Nine (435) featured a dwindling number of correct responses from Q1 to Q9. Name a current member of the Big XII conference (which has "narrowed" from the number in its name).

3. 2020 (438) included a question related to people who shared a surname. [Also, as an aside - it apparently put a "jinx" on cancelled/postponed events such as the Olympics, MLB Field of Dreams game and Miss America pageant.] Give the first name shared by one of these pairs of actresses and singers (Bonus of -1 for giving both last names of the pair you choose)

Holly McClane (Die Hard) / It's a Heartache (#3 1977)
Vickie LaMotta (Raging Bull) / Too Many Walls (#8 1991)
Kelly Hannon (The Office) / Love Me Like You Do (#3 2015)
Melissa Lewis (The Martian) / I Wanna Love You Forever (#3 1999)
Hilary Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) / Secret Rendezvous (#6 1989)
Denise Huxtable (A Different World) / All Around the World (#1 1990)
Maggie Hart (True Detective) / All You Wanted (#6 2001)
Carol Foster-Lambert (Step by Step) / Luka (#3 1987)
Tara Gregson (United States of Tara) / Mickey (#1 1981)
Gina Kincaid (Beverly Hills, 90210) / A Thousand Miles (#5 2002)

4. Story About Nothing (440) was a quiz related to The Brady Bunch and Seinfeld. Christine Taylor appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie and was also a guest on Seinfeld. Answer one of these clues about her career.

Began acting on the series Hey Dude on this TV network
This is the role she played in The Brady Bunch movies
Her Seinfeld guest appearance comes in an episode about a street gang named for this former US president
Married for 17 years to this actor she met while making the TV show Heat Vision and Jack
Played racist school bully Laura Lizzie in this 1996 horror film
Made her most guest appearances playing Sally Sitwell on this Fox (and years later Netflix) sitcom
Starred in the movie Farewell Mr. Kringle on this network known for Christmas movies
Played herself in three episodes of this HBO show
Her guest role on Friends was as the formerly bald friend of this character
Played Holly, the cousin of Drew Barrymore's character, in this 1998 movie

5. Hoops…I Did It Again (443) was my annual basketball-themed TD. Name the state for one of these cities which hosted games in the Big Ten 3-on-3 tournament I wrote for this March. (Letter preferred; +2 "penalty" without letter or correct state with incorrect letter)

A. Evansville
B. Muscatine
C. Upper Marlboro
D. Marquette
E. Winona
F. Kearney
G. Piscataway
H. Dayton
I. Hershey
J. Platteville

6. 40 For 40 (444) was a quiz with questions related to the number 40. The traditional 40th anniversary gift is a ruby (which is also a birthstone). Unscramble one of these other birthstones.


7. Prime Time (445) had a question concerning 5 "Guys". Answer one of these clues about five "Boyz".

R&B group known for songs such as "Motownphilly" and "I'll Make Love to You"
1991 movie starring Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding, Jr. that was John Singleton's directorial debut
WWE tag team of Bubba Ray and D-Von - "half-brothers" known for slamming people through tables
Jamaica's national soccer team is known by this nickname (2 words, RB)
2014 song by Wiz Khalifa (3 words, WDB)

8. 42 (448) included six questions with seven answers each. Name the MLB team which retired #6 for one of these seven men.

Bobby Cox
Stan Musial
Steve Garvey
Johnny Pesky
Al Kaline
Tony Oliva
Joe Torre

9. Best Laid Plans… (450) was related to a summer trip my family had to cancel and included a question based on an intended visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (both R&R HOF members) had a duet called Ebony and Ivory. Name the artist for one of these songs with "___ and ____" in the title.

Joy and Pain (#58 1988) [Not the Maze version]
Gin and Juice (#8 1994)
Magnet and Steel (#8 1978)
Black and Yellow (#1 2010)
Ex's and Oh's (#10 2015)
Kind and Generous (#18 1998)
(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection (#1 1990)
Wishin' and Hopin' (#6 1964)
Nite and Day (#7 1988)
Here and Now (#6 1989)

10. (BONUS) - Since this is the 44th TD I have hosted, some people born in 1976 are listed below. Name up to 4. [Correct answers = -1 each, SHEEP = 0]

Full House actress who is married to a NHL player
Actor who has played Sherlock Holmes on TV and Dr. Strange in the MCU
He has played a hostage in a Phone Booth and starred in the second season of True Detective on HBO
She's married to the guy who played Borat
Known for title roles as Clarissa and Sabrina on TV, she also appeared in a Britney Spears video
Chief brand officer of WWE who is a former women's champion and married to wrestler HHH
This guy who gave clues about Canadians on the Jeopardy! GOAT series also played Deadpool
Kevin on The Wonder Years
Steve Urkel on Family Matters
Actress with movie credits including Cruel Intentions, Four Christmases and Hot Pursuit

TD 452, SensiCAY, Record Collection

1. Africa (Toto) - Name an African country whose name ends in E,I,O or U

2. Celebration (Kool and the Gang) - Name one of the 17 varieties of Kool-Aid packets (Canisters and "Aguas Frescas" flavors are ruled out) featured on the company's web site.

3. Centerfold (J. Geils Band) - Name one of these actresses who appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine.

Lead actress in TV series Dark Angel who has also been in the Fantastic Four and Sin City movie series
Bond Girl Domino Petachi in Never Say Never Again who played dead in the music video for Tom Petty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane"
Cindy Campbell in the Scary Movie films and the birth mother of Monica and Chandler's twins on Friends
Her films include The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded
An ex-girlfriend of QB Aaron Rodgers, she was a correspondent on The Daily Show and later appeared in the movie Deliver Us from Evil
Tony Award winner for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun who also appeared in movies such as The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven
Carmen Ibanez in Starship Troopers and Kelly Van Ryan in Wild Things, she also had a guest role on Seinfeld as an NBC executive's daughter
Her movie credits include Basic Instinct, Sliver, Casino and Last Dance; she also narrated the HBO series Harold and the Purple Crayon
Academy Award winner for playing a serial killer, she also was nominated for a role as a TV broadcaster
Oscar nominee for Pulp Fiction who also played the main character in the Kill Bill films

4. Down Under (Men at Work) - Name the sport for one of these Australian athletes. [Letter preferred; Correct response w/o letter or wrong letter = +2]

A. Jason Belmonte
B. Jack Brabham
C. Torah Bright
D. Michael Dickson
E. Cathy Freeman
F. Lauren Jackson
G. Dave Nilsson
H. Samantha Stosur
I. Ian Thorpe
J. Karrie Webb

5. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Culture Club) - This song was heard in the Adam Sandler movie The Wedding Singer. Given the year of release, his character and a co-star, name one of these other films featuring Sandler.

1996 - Hockey player turned golfer; Julie Bowen
1998 - South Central Louisiana State Mud Dog linebacker; Fairuza Balk
2002 - Entrepreneur with severe social anxiety; Emily Watson
2003 - Man sent to therapy for temper issues; Marisa Tomei
2004 - A successful chef and easygoing man; Tea Leoni
2006 - Overworked architect who acquires a magical universal remote; Kate Beckinsale
2010 - Member of high school basketball champion who reunites with teammates after their coach's death; Salma Hayek
2011 - Plastic surgeon who takes a trip to Hawaii; Jennifer Aniston
2015 - Former Pac-Man video game champion; Michelle Monaghan
2019 - Jeweler and gambling addict in New York City; Julia Fox

6. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor) - Give the first letter of a Survivor winner's first name. Receive a bonus of -1 for giving an actual winner's name starting with that letter.

7. Gloria (Laura Branigan) - Name a Billboard Top 10 song by Gloria Estefan (including her time with Miami Sound Machine), Gloria Gaynor or Gloria Loring.

8. She Blinded Me with Science (Thomas Dolby) - Name one of these branches of science.

Humans, human behavior and societies in the past and present
Celestial objects and phenomena
Life and living organisms
Plant life
Elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules and ions
Heredity in organisms
Solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed and the processes by which they change over time
Physical and chemical behavior of elements whose mixtures are called alloys
Matter, its motion and behavior through space and time, and entities of energy and force
Animal kingdom

9. We are the Champions (Queen) - Name a metro area (Census MSAs for US cities; Canadian cities also acceptable) with at least one "Big 4" franchise where no team(s) have won a league title (MLB World Series, NBA Championship, NHL Stanley Cup, NFL Super Bowl) since this song was released in October 1977. [Examples of cities which share metro areas: Los Angeles/Anaheim, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Phoenix/Glendale, Dallas/Arlington, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York/Newark]

10. We are the World (USA for Africa) - Name one of these US cities which shares its name with a world capital.

Both the University of Georgia and Ohio University are located in a city with this name
This Maryland location was named for the place Saul was heading when Jesus appeared to him
The PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament takes place in an Ohio city with this name that seems appropriate for a place with so much green
These two towns in Iowa share names with capitals located on the same southwestern European peninsula (scored separately)
Vandals play in the Kibbie Dome on the University of Idaho campus in this city
No Senators play in this Illinois city, but it is the home of two former US House members
There is a red cowboy hat on top of a replica of an European landmark in this Lamar County, Texas town
Its location among seven hills with rivers running between them inspired early settlers to give a Georgia city this name
The Earthquakes, not the Ticos, play soccer in this California city

11. We Got the Beat (The Go-Go's) - Name another (besides "beat") 4-letter word ending in "eat".

12. BONUS - Some of the Greatest Hits and/or Live CDs that I own are listed below in two groups. Name up to 4 artists from each group. [Each 2 "non-sheep" correct answers from a group = -1; SHEEP in each group = 0; Additional -1 for anybody submitting at least one singleton.]

Walking Down Your Street, In Your Room
Sometimes, Lucky
Love Can Move Mountains, That's the Way It Is
Shake Your Love, No More Rhyme
Escapade, Black Cat
Never Again, Breakaway
Secret, Frozen
Honey, Hero
Bring Me Some Water, If I Wanted To
Knocked Out, Vibeology
Good Enough, Adia
My Favorite Mistake, Strong Enough
Prove Your Love, I'll Be Your Shelter
Breathe Again, You're Making Me High
You Won't See Me Cry, The Dream is Still Alive

What it Takes, Amazing
And So It Goes, I Go to Extremes
Suddenly, Love Zone
It's My Life, Keep the Faith
This Time, Somebody
Animal, Rocket
Praying for Time, Too Funky
Allison Road, Mrs. Rita
Lonely Ol' Night, Paper in Fire
Remember the Time, You Are Not Alone
Home Sweet Home, Without You
Two Hearts, Take Me Home
Even the Losers, Breakdown
I Will Follow, Angel of Harlem
Dreams, Poundcake

TD 453, clt013, Quiz Bowl

1. Rose (1957, 1959, 1982, 1986, 1991, 2016) - Name one of these people or characters who has a flower in their name.

Australian music artist whose song "Fancy" reached #1 in 2014
Posthumous nickname for 1947 murder victim Elizabeth Short
Cuban-born former MTV VJ who later hosted a self-titled talk show on CNBC and briefly co-hosted America's Funniest Home Videos
Actress who was "Rollergirl" in Boogie Nights and Austin Powers' love interest Felicity Shagwell
Best Actress Oscar winner for The Piano who was also nominated for her role in Broadcast News
Character (played by Candice Patton) who is married to Barry Allen on the CW series The Flash
She played the title role in the 2015 movie Cinderella and also appeared in Baby Driver and Darkest Hour
Porky's Looney Tunes "significant other"
Actress who played FBI agent Samantha Spade on Without a Trace and Detective Carrie Wells on Unforgettable
The daughter of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, she has the ability to render herself invisible

2. Peach (1982, 1988) - Princess Peach is a character in Mario games. Name one of these other things associated with "princess".

This guy better known for more "athletic" exploits plays Fezzik in The Princess Bride
This actress plays Mia Thermopolis in the 2001 film The Princess Diaries
This college is located in the town of Princess Anne on the Delmarva peninsula
This actress plays the mother of Princess Leia in the Star Wars "prequels" (Episodes I, II & III)
WWE wrestler Carmella claims to be the princess of this New York borough
The TV series The Love Boat was set on this ship
In Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start the Fire, she is mentioned between Khrushchev and Peyton Place
Tiana is the main character in this 2009 Disney movie
Fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen in which a young woman's royal identity is established by a test of her sensitivity
Syndicated 1995-2001 TV show starring Lucy Lawless and Renee O'Connor

3. Gator / TaxSlayer (1983, 2015) - This bowl is held at the home stadium of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Name another current "Big 4" (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) team whose location and nickname begin with the same letter. [Note: A name such as "New Jersey Nets" (if it still existed) would be counted as correct.]

4. Freedom (1984) - George Michael had multiple songs with titles that included that word (Freedom w/Wham!, Freedom '90 as solo artist). Name the artist for one of these pairs of song titles which share at least one word.

Didn't We Almost Have It All (1987), All the Man That I Need (1990)
Be True to Your School (1963), Wouldn't It Be Nice (1966)
Baby Boy (2003), If I Were a Boy (2008)
Girl You Know It's True (1988), Girl I'm Gonna Miss You (1989)
Hard to Say I'm Sorry (1982), Hard Habit to Break (1984)
Just Like a Pill (2002), Just Like Fire (2016)
Love to Love You Baby (1975), I Feel Love (1977)
Please Please Me (1962), Can't Buy Me Love (1964)
Endless Summer Nights (1988), Hold On to the Nights (1988)
Yesterday Once More (1973), Only Yesterday (1975)

5. Holiday (1986, 1987, 1991, 2019) - Name a Federal holiday for 2020.

6. Alamo (1993, 1996, 2001, 2006) - The San Antonio landmark is a World Heritage Site. Name the country for one of these other locations which share that status.

Macquarie Island
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Le Havre
Darien National Park
Machu Picchu
Lake Baikal
Robben Island
Kilimanjaro National Park

7. Sun (1995, 1997) - The bright star that we see during the day is vastly outnumbered by those visible during the night. Name one of the 12 constellations (signs) of the zodiac.

8. Orange (2003, 2010) - Answer one of these clues related to "orange".

In the 1970s, I took many rides in an ugly orange Vega wagon made by this car company
CBS college basketball analyst known for catchphrases such as "squeeze the orange"
This Philadelphia Flyers mascot was introduced in 2018
Atlanta Falcons' owner Arthur Blank was one of the co-founders of this retailer whose employees wear orange aprons
The Big Ten's Northwestern University is located in Illinois; Orange City in this bordering state is home to Northwestern College
This three-time FIFA World Cup runner-up country is known for wearing orange jerseys
These guys drove an orange Dodge Charger called The General Lee
Nickname for the 1970s Denver Broncos defense and the title of a 1988 R.E.M. song
Netflix series based on a Piper Kerman's memoir about her experiences at FCI Danbury
Chain of fruit drink beverage stores that are often found in malls
The first boxes of Lucky Charms cereal contained pink hearts, yellow moons, green clovers and these shapes

9. Outback (2004, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2017, 2019) - The steakhouse sponsors a game held in Tampa. Unscramble one of these other restaurants.

aflubof lidw ginws
rackrec leabrr
vielo anderg
erd letbros
axset aduoshero
lidtet likt
leafwf ushoe

10. Capital One (2005) - Name the capital for one of these O,N or E countries

New Zealand
North Macedonia
East Timor
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea

11. Insight (2010, 2011) - This game was held in Tempe at the home stadium of Arizona State. Name another city that is home to a Pac-12 school.

12. Pinstripe (2017) - This bowl takes place at Yankee Stadium - which has also hosted NHL games. Name another current MLB stadium that has ever hosted a NCAA bowl game or NHL regular season game.

13. Bonus - Answer up to four clues related to places which currently host bowl games, but where the Hawkeyes have yet to play a postseason game. [Correct answers = -1, SHEEP = 0]

Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere played country music singers on this show which aired on both ABC and CMT
In a kids song, this is the name of a turkey described as feathered, fine and absolutely mine
Kristin Davis played this character on Sex and the City
This city was home to a CFL team called the Pirates in 1994-95
James Franco and Tyrese Gibson starred in this 2006 movie which takes place at the US Naval Academy
Elisabeth Shue earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in this film that shares its title with a Sheryl Crow song
A call-shot billiards game in which players must pocket all shots in an indirect fashion to reach a set number of points has the same name as this state capital
Sam Levene, Frank Sinatra, Robert Guillaume and Oliver Platt all played this role in productions of Guys and Dolls
Homer's boss at the nuclear plant on The Simpsons
Fast casual restaurant chain whose original name included "Chicken" and current logo includes the words "Rotisserie Kitchen"

TD 454, clt013, Child’s Play

1. The last two years, her team has qualified for the Iowa state high school cross country meet in Fort Dodge. Answer one of these clues related to other forts.

This 1948 film directed by John Ford starred John Wayne and Henry Fonda
The United States Bullion Depository is adjacent to this Army post in Kentucky
A War of 1812 battle at this site inspired a poem by Francis Scott Key
Florida Gulf Coast University - the only #15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's basketball tournament - is in this city
This fort (formerly called Carillon) is located near the south end of Lake Champlain
This Mountain West Conference school is located in Fort Collins
Fort Courage was the setting for this 1960s sitcom
This is the nickname of the teams that play for the Division I university in Fort Wayne
The Armed Forces Bowl takes place in Fort Worth on the campus of this school
Fort Kiowa is a site in this 2015 movie which featured a Best Actor Oscar-winning performance

2. Her initials spell the word "let". Name the artist (initials in brackets) for one of these songs that include "let" in the title.

Can't Let Go (#2 1991) [MC]
Don't Let Go (Love) (#2 1996) [EV]
Don't Let Him Go (#24 1981) [RS]
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying (#4 1964) [G&TP]
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (#2 1974) [EJ]
Let Her Cry (#9 1995) [H&TB]
Let It Go (#5 2014) [IM]
Let Me Be the One (#7 1987) [E]
Let The Music Play (#8 1984) [S]
Let Your Love Flow (#1 1976) [BB]

3. When she qualified for World Quiz, the Bible book studied was Acts. Given two of their credits, name one of these actresses with a 4-letter first name starting with A,C,T or S.

The Joey Bishop Show, Falcon Crest
The Breakfast Club, Short Circuit
The Piano, True Blood
Paper Towns, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Blue Jasmine, The House with a Clock in Its Walls
American Pie, Sharknado
Date Night, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Scream 2, Beverly Hills 90210
Blade Runner, No Way Out
The Possession of Hannah Grace, Pretty Little Liars

4. As a high school sophomore, she began receiving mailings from colleges across the country. Given their nickname and state, name one of these schools (all NCAA Division I) that has contacted her.

Braves (IL)
Bluejays (NE)
Dragons (PA)
Phoenix (NC)
Bulldogs (WA)
Gaels (NY)
Golden Eagles (WI)
Boilermakers (IN)
Scarlet Knights (NJ)
Cardinal (CA)
Commodores (TN)

5. Answer one of these clues related to some of her birthdays.

One party had a theme based on this animated series that featured Leo, Annie, Quincy, June and a Rocket
After a celebration at a local alley, she took home one of these with her name on it
Another party involved the movie Tangled - based (loosely) on this fairy tale
One year we went to a movie featuring this "dog and his boy" duo from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show
As a high school freshman, a scheduled meet in this sport (not XC) was cancelled due to a wet running surface

For her 3rd birthday, the theme was Dora the Explorer. What kind of animal were these characters on the show?



6. His biggest athletic achievement is a hole-in-one at age 11. Unscramble the name of one of these golfers whose only major title came at a men's or women's US Open. [Note: nudist hjnnoos (Dustin Johnson) just played his way out of this question with his win at the Masters.]

synorb hubacedame [BD]
bbew pinmoss [WS]
claus revlog [LG]
camelhi abcellmp [MC]
ijm fkruy [JF]
ceory ainpv [CP]
mot eikt [TK]

soletitle anmenun [LN]
alaup meracer [PC]
chileelm eiw [MW]

7. Judges was one of three books studied the year before he reached World Quiz. Answer one of these clues related to "judges".

Unanimous choice as the American League Rookie of the Year in 2017
She is the only female judge mentioned in the Bible
Sportscaster Jeanne Zelasko spent a few years as the court reporter for the TV show presided over by this former Tennessee judge
He was the first presiding judge on The People's Court; Raymond in Rain Man was a fan
Creator of MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head and co-creator of Fox's King of the Hill
This long-time professional boxing referee and former district court judge had his own court show on TV from 1998 to 2001
The acronym JAG on the long-running series starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell stood for this
Sylvester Stallone played this title character in a 1995 movie that co-starred Diane Lane
She uses lines such as "I'm the boss, applesauce!", "Beauty fades. Dumb is forever." and "This is my playpen" on her long-running syndicated show
He played Brad in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High and a "close talker" on an episode of Seinfeld

8. His initials are IST - which is also the airport code for Istanbul, Turkey. That country shares its name with a feathered bird that usually plays a prominent part in a November holiday. Answer one of these clues about Thanksgiving on TV shows.

Bewitched - While sent back to 17th century Salem, this character ends up on trial for witchcraft
The Brady Bunch - This member of the household wears a beard to play Governor John Carver in Greg's film about the first Thanksgiving
Charlie Brown - This character invites herself and two friends to his house for dinner
Cheers - During a food fight, the wife of this character takes a pie in the face
Everybody Loves Raymond - A fat free holiday dinner included a turkey made of this non-meat
Seinfeld - Jerry accidentally pierced the balloon of this "instigator" which Mr. Pitt was holding during the Macy's parade
The Simpsons - This family member's elaborate centerpiece ends up burning to ashes in the fireplace
South Park - Timmy gives this name to the disabled turkey chosen to be part of a musical
The West Wing - This president pardons a turkey and drafts another into military service
WKRP in Cincinnati - A promotional stunt goes horribly wrong when turkeys are dropped from a helicopter because this guy thought they could fly

9. The Minnesota Twins are his favorite baseball team. Answer one of these clues about celebrity twins.

Brie and Nikki Bella have both held this singles title belt in the WWE
Jenna and Barbara Bush's father George was this number president of the US
Patricia is the fraternal twin sister of this woman who is Tom Brady's better half
This actor from the 2005 film The Pacifier has a twin named Paul Vincent
This actress who voiced Ash in Sing and Kaa in The Jungle Book has a twin brother named Hunter
Tia and Tamera Mowry starred together in this ABC / WB sitcom from 1994 to 1999
Is it Ironic that this female Canadian singer has a twin brother named Wade?
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen shared this role on Full House
Henrik and Daniel Sedin (who both had their numbers retired by the Vancouver Canucks) are from this country
Designated Survivor actor who has a father named Donald and sister Rachel

10. Answer one of these clues about his birthdays.

On his 2nd birthday, rolled a couple of games of this (with the help of a ramp to start the ball down the lane)
Relatives from Maryland gave him a regulation-sized goal (which looks quite large in our backyard) for this sport
After kicking around a soccer ball with cousins, watched the USA and Portugal tie in a 2014 World Cup game held in this country
When turning 9, putted around obstacles at a miniature golf course in this large Bloomington, Minnesota location
Went onto the scorecard as "1" when starting a little league game at this position

Three times since he was born, the Stanley Cup has been clinched on his birthday (June 12); Name one of the following

Franchises to win the Cup (Scored separately)
Location of clinching game (Scored separately)

11. BONUS - Give up to 8 answers from one of these two options: A) States that my daughter has been in (34) OR B) MLB teams that my son has seen play in person (20) [Each 2 correct = -1, except SHEEP in each category = 0]

TD 455, clt013, Year-End Closeout

1. I-29, I-35, I-74 & I80 are the 2-digit Interstates that can be found in Iowa. Name another 2-digit interstate crossed by at least one of the four. [Intersections with I-74 in North Carolina do not count]

2. Unscramble one of these weather terms

adiinn emmrsu

3. Thirteen Teams - While there are no "Big 4" teams in Iowa, there are numerous minor league franchises. For clues A-H below, match the city name with the nickname of one of its teams. For I-M, match the nickname with that team's sport. [Give answer as letter followed by number.] {Hints: 1) Nicknames for A, D and H all start with the same letter; 2) Nicknames for E and F are two words}

City to be matched with nickname
A. Burlington
B. Cedar Rapids
C. Clinton
D. Des Moines
E. Dubuque
F. Quad Cities
G. Sioux City
H. Waterloo

1. Bees
2. Black Hawks
3. Buccaneers
4. Fighting Saints
5. Kernels
6. LumberKings
7. Musketeers
8. River Bandits

Sport for teams called "Iowa ____" (except for K)
I. Barnstormers
J. Cubs
K. (Des Moines) Menace
L. Wild
M. Wolves

9. Baseball
10. Basketball
11. Football
12. Hockey
13. Soccer

4. A Dozen Roses - Answer one of these clues related to "rose"

Lead actress in 1979 film The Rose, who also sang the soundtrack
Woman who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as Rose in a long movie that featured a ship and iceberg
This TV veteran played Rose on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls
Alliterative 1992 Olympic gold medalist swimmer who was from Roseville, California
Washington Spirit player who scored three goals at the 2019 Women's World Cup
State flower for both Iowa and North Dakota
NBA team whose home arena was called the Rose Garden before a 2013 deal renamed the building the Moda Center
Actress who played Paige on the 2000s series Charmed
Lead singer for music group known for hits such as Patience and November Rain
All-time MLB hit leader who played for the Phillies and Expos between Cincinnati stints
One of Woody Allen's Oscar nominations for Best Director was for this 1984 movie
Former Van Halen front man who hit the Top 40 as a solo artist with the song Yankee Rose

5. Answer one of these clues about athletic couples

Soccer champion Julie Ertz's husband Zach scored a TD in this Super Bowl that his Eagles won
US tennis star Andre Agassi married fellow player Steffi Graf - who is a native of this country
Mia Hamm's husband Nomar Garciaparra primarily played this baseball position
Basketball player David Lee is in "love" with this Dane who won the 2018 Australian Open
New Jersey Devil PK Subban is engaged to this skiing champion
Former MLB catcher Matt Treanor is married to this beach volleyball gold medalist
Ray Ferraro and wife Cammi Granato both played this sport
Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird play for the Reign and Storm in this city
Baseball pitcher Casey Daigle married this softball hurler
Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff are both fighters in this organization
Volleyball player Gabrielle Reece's husband Laird Hamilton was a pro in this sport

6. Answer one of these clues related to "thunder"

This band was Thunderstruck in 1990
Movie featuring Tom Cruise driving the Mello Yello stock car
"I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder" is a line from this hymn
This guy played a wrestler named Thunder Lips in Rocky III
Thunder Bay is in this Canadian province
Mark Wahlberg sings the Thunder Buddy Song with a stuffed bear in this movie
Originally a two-seat convertible, this Ford vehicle had 11 model generations over 50 years
A group of cat-like humanoid aliens who were featured in a 1985-1989 animated TV series
Tropicana Field was known as this while hosting hockey in the 1990s
TV family of Hank, Barb, Max, Phoebe, Nora, Billy & Chloe on a former Nickelodeon show

7. Name one of these nine Natalies

Singer known for an "Unforgettable" duet with her father
Swimmer tied with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres for most Olympic medals by a female
English actress who portrayed Anne Boleyn on The Tudors and Margarery on Game of Thrones
Golfer with one LPGA victory who also appeared in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Australian actress/singer who took "Torn" to the top of the charts
Lead vocalist for The Chicks
Today Show west coast anchor and Access Hollywood hostess
Oscar winner as a ballerina and later nominated for title role in a biopic
Actress who drowned off Catalina Island in 1981

8. Answer one of these clues about Bermuda

The islands' only Olympic medal came in this sport
This North Carolina cape is located about 650 miles to the west
The islands use this unit of currency
Players such as Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson played in the Grand Slam of this sport at the Mid Ocean Club
The airport is located near this capital and largest city
Driving is done on this side of the road
The territory is divided into nine of these units
The area is named for an explorer from this country

9. Not professional nicknames - Name the state whose NCAA Division I basketball teams include one of the following groups

Bulls, Lions, Saints, Seahawks, Sharks
Flyers, Penguins, Raiders, Rockets, Vikings
Cardinals, Islanders, Panthers, Tigers
Cavaliers, Flames, Patriots, Pirates
Bears, Falcons, Rams
49ers, Eagles

10. Given the title, name the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members who had a duet with one of these songs. [Initials of artists: DB, PB, PC, RC, BJ, JJ, MJ (2), PM, SN, TP, SW]

Ebony and Ivory
Dancing in the Street
Stop Dragging My Heart Around
Baby Grand
Easy Lover

11. Name one of these words which contain 'yz'. (Number of letters in parentheses.)

Examine methodically and in detail the structure of, typically for purposes of explanation and interpretation (7)
A system or situation that is excessively complicated and typically involves a great deal of administrative detail (9)
Cause an action or process to begin (8)
Render someone unable to think or act normally, especially through panic or fear (8)
A conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun (6)

12. BONUS - Give up to 4 total answers - either all from one category or some from each of A and B. (Correct answers = -1; SHEEP in "A" and "B" = 0 each) [And in the spirit of the holiday season, I am giving you the answers - although you have to unwrap (or unscramble) them yourself.]

A. Where are these Iowa colleges/universities located?

Buena Vista University (morts leak)
Dordt University (oisux recnet)
Graceland University (monial)
Iowa Wesleyan University (tunom antsleap)
Upper Iowa University (yetfeat)
William Penn University (soloaskao)

B. Name these Iowa Companies

Ice cream brand that sounds like it could describe a sad Bugs (lube nubyn)
Convenience store chain that could belong to a 2017 Oscar winner (saysec)
Company known for die-cast collectible replicas of farm equipment and vehicles (relt)
This grocery store chain's name is a homonym for where golfers want their driver to land when they can't reach the green (yearfaw)
Chain of pizza restaurants that could belong to Obama's glad vice president (phayp osej)
Kurt Warner stocked shelves at one of this company's grocery stores before becoming a Hall of Fame quarterback (yh eve)
You can get "correctly constructed" loose meat sandwiches at this restaurant (madi tire)
Company that has provided lights for Olympics, Super Bowls, Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty (cosum)

TD 456, clt013, 49

7 x 7 (Answers in each category share a theme - with a hint given in parentheses)

1. Category 1 (The 50 States) - Given two of their credits, name one of these actresses

Up in the Air, A Simple Favor
The Closer (TV), Something to Talk About
Good Will Hunting, Return to Zero (TV)
Species, She Spies (TV)
Baywatch (TV), Barb Wire
Crash, Westworld (TV)
Pulp Fiction, Gattaca

2. Category 2 (Song Title First Words) - Answer one of these clues

Meat Loaf would do this for love, but he "won't do that"
General _____ (a company) OR ______ Slide (a dance)
Lacking good sense or judgement OR "Games" that Jewel sang about
TV series (ABC 2004-2010) starring Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox
Surname of James Bond villain Doctor Julius
A baseball umpire rules baserunners either safe or this
The chain "____ Shack" serves burgers, hot dogs and its namesake

3. Category 3 (World Series Champions) - Answer one of these clues

Samuel L. Jackson plays a basketball coach in this 2005 film
Billy Idol says it's a nice day for one of these
Medecins Sans Frontieres, in English
Puerto Rican actor who has appeared in movies Traffic and Boogie Nights and Code Black (TV)
Actress best known for Twilight role as Bella Swan
Father to Wally and Theodore on 1950s TV show (character, not actor)
Andy Griffith Show character played by Jack Dodson

4. Category 4 (Biblical Matriarch) - Unscramble one of these Old Testament names


5. Category 5 (Movie) - Answer one of these clues

Actress whose role in The Natural saw her shoot Roy Hobbs
Sport with its Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts
School whose Bulldogs play in the same city as the Colts and Pacers
Best Actor winner for his role in The French Connection
Deciduous tree found in the nickname of Andrew Jackson
Puppet who joined Fran and Kukla on a 1947-1957 TV show
Domestic boundary distinguished by evenly spaced vertical boards attached to horizontal rails

6. Category 6 (Name's the Same) - Answer one of these clues

The alter ego of the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
"First Lady of American Theatre" who is an EGOT winner and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1986
Long-time Las Vegas performer with signature song Danke Schoen
Sesame Street muppet that lives in a garbage can
Lead actress in Footloose (1984) who also appeared on the TV series Fame
Writer best known for short stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Best Actress nominee for 21 Grams with other credits including The Ring and I Heart Huckabees

7. Category 7 (US Places) - Answer one of these clues

Famous symbol for McDonald's
Bugs Bunny adversary who is short with fiery red hair and a big hat
Paramount Network show starring Kevin Costner and Wes Bentley which follows conflicts along the borders of a large ranch
Extinct species (initials "WM") that was roughly the same size as modern African elephant
One-time NL MVP who signed with a division rival and then watched his original team win its first World Series
Simpsons character who is an action hero star and close parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger
Body of water mentioned after the Blue Ridge Mountains in the first verse of Take Me Home, Country Roads

8. Give the name (first or last) shared by one of the following pairs; [8A: Give both full names for bonus of -1]

Candidate for 2016 Republican presidential nomination; "Nobody Does it Better" singer
Actress who played a teenage "Vampire Slayer" on TV; Comedian who voiced Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph movies
Model/actress who was long-time wife of hockey player Ron Duguay; Prime Minister of Canada for 132 days in 1993
Actress who played Angela Martin on The Office; Former police officer turned private investigator who appears in Sue Grafton stories
Central male character of Pride and Prejudice; Current goaltender for Arizona Coyotes who previously played for Wild and Kings
Dallas Mavericks owner; NCIS actor whose father was a Heisman Trophy winner
Male tennis player with 20 Grand Slam singles titles; Film critic who helped create the phrase "two thumbs up" with his Sneak Previews co-host
US Secretary of State who succeeded Rex Tillerson; Genesis member who also had a band with some "Mechanics"
Current governor of Maryland; Actor who starred in a sitcom involving a genie and a soap opera where his character was shot in a big cliffhanger
Glee actor who died of a drug overdose in 2013; New Jersey senator who made an unsuccessful run at the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination

2008 Olympic gymnast who married former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn; Actress who played Batgirl in 1997 film Batman & Robin
Actress who had the title role on Caroline in the City; Actress who played Hester Ulrich on Fox series Scream Queens
Actress best known for portraying Laura on Little House on the Prairie; Actress who plays Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine
SCTV alum who appeared in My Big Fat Greek Wedding; Long-time journalist who is NBC News Senior Washington Correspondent
Former Hugh Hefner girlfriend who married an NFL WR and had a self-titled reality show; U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th district
Actor who played George on Seinfeld; Former SNL cast member who starred in the film We're the Millers
Co-founder of Microsoft who has estimated net worth of over $100 billion; Comedian who voiced Frank Murphy on Netflix animated sitcom F is for Family
Singer who wants to "Bang the Drum All Day"; Comic book creator known for the horror-fantasy series Spawn and collecting record-breaking baseballs
Member of a band with two of his brothers, this singer married actress Sophie Turner; UFC commentator who previously hosted NBC show Fear Factor
Seven-time Oscar nominee (and one-time winner) whose father starred on Sea Hunt; Ventriloquist with characters such as Walter and Peanut

9. Answer one of these clues related to the number 72

Name a factor of 72 (other than 1 and 72)
The Chicago White Sox retired #72 for this Hall of Fame catcher
Benny Parsons won this "Super Bowl" of NASCAR while driving the #72 car
Most PGA events consist of 72 holes; this company sponsors the trophy presented to the Tour Championship winner
This Roman numeral will be attached to the Super Bowl which is currently slated (pandemic or other postponing problems pending) for 2038
Patric Hornqvist (who wore #72) scored the Stanley Cup winning goal for this team in 2017
Dan Dierdorf wore #72 while playing all of his NFL Hall of Fame career in this city
Jason Kapono (the only NBA player to wear #72) won this skills contest at All-Star Weekend twice
Interstate 72 runs from Champaign, IL to this state
Both ends of US Highway 72 are in this southern state - although it passes through two others in between

10. BONUS - Give up to 3 answers from either A or B (-1 for each correct, except the following five "SHEEP" = 0: The most used answer among A 1-3 and for each of A 4-7). [Note: The previous time I used something similar to B in a TD met with mixed reaction, so this time there's another option.]

A. Random clues

1. Dial country calling code 49 for this nation
2. Name the author of the 1965 novel The Crying of Lot 49
3. Name the element with atomic number 49
4. Name either of the two co-stars (with initials JT and JP) of the 2004 film Ladder 49
5. Name either AL team (1 from East and 1 from West division) to have retired #49
6. Name a Bible book with more than 49 chapters
7. Name a state that Interstate 49 and/or US Highway 49 pass through

B. Categories (common bonds) for first 7 questions of the quiz (Hints: Q1 - Go "postal", Q2 - Music artist, Q3 - MLB Team, Q4 - Biblical woman, Q5 - Movie title, Q6 - Shared name, Q7 - Tourist attractions)

TD 457, clt013

1. 50 states - Given the venue(s), name a city with at least one building that has hosted games in 5 or more tournaments

Legacy Arena
ASU Activity Center
McKale Center
Honda Center
Pauley Pavilion
SAP Center
McNichols Sports Arena
XL Center
Capital One Arena
Omni, Georgia Dome
ExtraMile Arena
United Center
Welsh-Ryan Arena
RCA Dome, Lucas Oil Stadium
Allen Fieldhouse
Ahearn Field House
Charles Koch Arena
Memorial Coliseum, Rupp Arena
Freedom Hall
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Cole Field House
TD Garden
HHH Metrodome
Municipal Auditorium, Kemper Arena
The Dome at America's Center
Izod Center
The Pit
KeyBank Center
Madison Square Garden
Carrier Dome
Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte Coliseum
Greensboro Coliseum
Reynolds Coliseum
Nationwide Arena
University of Dayton Arena
Mabee Center
Gill Coliseum
The Palestra, Wells Fargo Center
Dunkin' Donuts Center
Bridgestone Arena
Frank Erwin Center
Reunion Arena
NRG Stadium
Smith Fieldhouse
Huntsman Center
Veterans Memorial Arena
Bradley Center

2. 1950 - The year that CCNY won both the NCAA & NIT. Give the current nickname of a present-day D1 (sorry, Violets of NYU) team to reach the finals of both tournaments.

3. 1971 (50 years ago) - UCLA was (yet again) the champion. Name a coach with multiple titles in either the men's or women's tournament. [Hint: Initials and schools of some coaches include JW (UCLA), MK (Duke), BK (Indiana), RW (North Carolina), GA (Connecticut), PS (Tennessee), KM (Baylor), TV (Stanford)]

4. 1988 - Kansas and Oklahoma met in the final of the 50th men's tournament. Name another team to reach the Men's Final Four at least twice since then [Vacated appearances do not count - so Louisville (2 of 3 vacated) is not a correct response]

5. 50 points - Lorri Bauman of Drake is the only woman to reach that mark in a tournament game. Name the current conference for a school that has made the Women's Final Four

6. 64 - Bible books between Genesis and Revelation. Name one of them.

7. 32 - Top 40 hits for Prince (including multiple #1); Name the one-named artist who reached #1 with one of these songs

Try Again (2000)
Someone Like You (2011)
Foolish (2002)
Irreplaceable (2006)
Have You Ever? (1998)
Dark Lady (1974)
Goodies (2004)
Gangsta's Paradise (1995)
Runaround Sue (1961)
One Dance (2016)
Lose Yourself (2002)
Rock Me Amadeus (1985)
London Bridge (2006)
Without Me (2018)
Tik Tok (2009)
Truth Hurts (2017)
Royals (2013)
Stand Up (2003)
To Sir With Love (1967)
Take a Bow (1994)
Toy Soldiers (1989)
Brand New Key (1971)
Angel of Mine (1999)
Dilemma (2002)
Raise Your Glass (2010)
SOS (2006)
Kiss from a Rose (1994)
Hips Don't Lie (2006)
Cheap Thrills (2016)
Informer (1993)
Could've Been (1987)
Pillowtalk (2016)

8. 16 - Number of counties in Maine & Nevada; Name a state with fewer than 16 or at least 99 counties.

9. 8 - Name one of these movies with "Eight" or "8" in the title.

John Cusack, Charlie Sheen in Black Sox Scandal
Tarantino western with cast including Jackson and Russell
Luke Perry as bull riding champion Lane Frost
Nicolas Cage investigates snuff films; Phoenix also stars
Group of teenagers shooting movie when train derails
Joe Pesci hired to transport some body parts
Colony of spiders are exposed to toxic waste
Story of a white rapper from Detroit area

10. 4 - Cities of Iowa, In Other Word Arrangements. Name one of these places in the Hawkeye State.

Retailer once known as "coat factory"
42nd president
Furniture term that can refer to a sofa or desk
ABBA song (#6 1974)

11. BONUS: Give up to 6 answers from one of the two categories (A or B) ["SHEEP" = 0; Each 2 correct "non-SHEEP" answers = -1; Each 2 "singletons" = -1]

A. States (District of Columbia does not count) that US Highway 50 passes through and/or odd-numbered interstates it crosses

B. Campus locations of teams to have played at least 50 games (with none vacated) in men's NCAA tournament

TD 458, clt013, 51

1. Name the artist for one of these songs with "heart"

Break My Heart (#13 2020)
From the Bottom of My Broken Heart (#14 2000)
Heartbeat Song (#21 2015)
Un-Break My Heart (#1 1996)
Where Do Broken Hearts Go? (#1 1988)
Heartbreaker (#23 1979)
Heartbreaker (#10 1982)
Heartbreaker (#1 1999)
Heart Attack (#3 1982)
Heart Attack (#10 2013)

2. Give the nickname for one of these NCAA Division I basketball schools. For a BONUS of -1, what do all of the answers have in common?

East Tennessee State
Florida Gulf Coast
Georgia State
Cleveland State

3. Give the first name shared by one of these pairs of actresses

Adams, Poehler
Britton, Nielsen
Kruger, Lane
Roberts, Stiles
Beckinsale, Winslet
Dern, Linney
Monaghan, Pfeiffer
Munn, Wilde
McAdams, Weisz
Bullock, Oh

4. These titles all include a season. Name one of them.

Ray Milland plays a scientist turned baseball pitcher in this film (1949)
Rachel Carson book (1962)
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar movie (1997)
Song by The Motels (#9 1983)
Richard Gere and Winona Ryder movie (2000)
Lee Majors TV show (1981-86)
Movie starring Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain (2016)
In this song, "we can build a snowman and pretend that he is Parson Brown"

5. Name the country for one of these "B" capitals.


6. Name the actor/actress who plays one of these characters.

Martin Byrde (Ozark)
Cassie Bowden (The Flight Attendant)
John Nolan (The Rookie)
Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
Nicolette Nevin (The Resident)

7. Name one of these comic strips with the listed female characters.

Zoe, Wren
Miss Buxley, Martha Halftrack
Gina, Mrs. Godfrey
Cookie, Tootsie
Thel, Dolly
Andy, Paige
Miss Plainwell, Mrs. Olsen
Liz, Arlene
Danae, Kate
Pigita, Patty

8. Name a state where one of these women is currently the governor

Kay Ivey
Kim Reynolds
Laura Kelly
Janet Mills
Gretchen Whitmer
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Kate Brown
Kristi Noem

9. Match these AAA locations with the correct nickname [Give answer as letter followed by number.]

A. Albuquerque
B. Durham
C. Indianapolis
D. Louisville
E. Nashville
F. Norfolk
G. Oklahoma City
H. Omaha
I. Reno
J. Salt Lake

1. Aces
2. Bats
3. Bees
4. Bulls
5. Dodgers
6. Indians
7. Isotopes
8. Sounds
9. Storm Chasers
10. Tides

10. Given the World Series matchup, name the team that won at least one game in extra innings

1990: Cincinnati vs. Oakland
1992: Atlanta vs. Toronto
2003: Florida vs. New York
2005: Chicago vs. Houston
2011: St. Louis vs. Texas
2012: Detroit vs. San Francisco
2015: Kansas City vs. New York
2016: Chicago vs. Cleveland

11. Name one of these movies with a color in the title.

David Niven and Peter Sellers (1963)
Pam Grier and Antonio Fargas (1974)
Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins (1980)
Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg (1985)
Colin Hanks and Jack Black (2002)
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (2010)
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively (2011)
Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton (2018)

12. Choose one of these women from the Bible and name her husband.


13. BONUS - Answer up to 4 of these sets of 3 [Each correct set = -1; SHEEP = 0]

Iowa cities in these border "corners": Illinois & Wisconsin, Illinois & Missouri, Nebraska & South Dakota
Tri-Cities in Tennessee
NCAA D1 basketball schools in Baltimore
Rocky Balboa opponents in final bouts of Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky IV
Van Pelt children in Peanuts
Female anchors (2006-11 & 2019-present) or co-anchors (1993-95) on weeknight version of CBS Evening News
Presidential candidates to win popular vote but lose that election and not win office in a subsequent election
Sons of Queen Elizabeth II
Continents of three most recent people to serve as UN Secretary General
Last names of the main trio of students in J.K. Rowling's novels about young wizards
Members of The Three Tenors operatic group
Surnames of French Impressionist painters Edouard, Claude and Berthe
Stars in the Summer Triangle asterism
First three Noble Gases on Periodic Table
Major types of rocks (SIM)
Towns I have lived in (which complete these "before & after" names): Kevin _____ Greene [Announcer & Writer], Lewis _______ O'Connor [Writer & Actor], James _____ Kuhn [Pioneer & Commissioner]
There were once 4 girls with the same name (but spelled differently) on the basketball team at my high school; They were Tracy and these 3 other spellings
"It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing." -- Seneca
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