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TD: Intro, Queue, Hosting Tips & Archive

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TD, short for "Think Different," is a series of JBoard-member-created trivia quizzes. Each is an independent quiz, with rotating writers/hosts. The specific rules may vary somewhat from quiz to quiz, though the overall concept is the same.

Quizzes typically have 10 to 15 questions, each having multiple correct answers. For example: Name one of the twelve gifts and the number given in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." You might answer "12 drummers drumming" (correct) or "8 ladies dancing" (incorrect.) The goal is to guess a correct answer that the fewest other participants also guessed, i.e., to "think different"!

On each question, you typically get one point for each player who guessed the same correct answer as you. When you're the only player with a particular correct answer, that's referred to as a "singleton," while the most common correct answer is known as the "sheep," as sheep tend to flock together. There's an additional penalty for guessing an incorrect answer. Hosts usually offer a lifeline or two to use on questions that you have trouble with. Since you want to match as few others as possible, the lowest net score over the entire quiz wins.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if you're new to the board. There's no connection to Jeopardy!, so you can play even if you're not a regular J! watcher or active JBoard participant. Once you get a feel for the quizzes, you're also welcome to write and host your own by signing up for a spot in the TD Queue (see below for the queue and hosting tips.)

Once the questions have been posted -- generally each Monday -- there is typically a one-week window for participants to submit responses to the host either via private message (PM) or Google form. Each quiz may have different rules and different scoring systems, though, so always read the rules carefully. Also -- does this even need to be said? -- be sure to always RTFQ (you can look that one up!) Note for newbies: you need to post somewhere on the board at least 3 times to enable your private messaging privileges.



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TDs 1-20

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TD1: BobJoeJim

1. Name a city with a population of more than 1 million that is the capital of a European Union member nation.

2. Name a title character of a William Shakespeare play.

3. Name a Major League Baseball team that has lost a World Series since 1990.

4. Name an artist who has had a painting sell for more than $75 million (adjusted for inflation, 2008 US Dollar price).

5. Name an Academy Award winner for "Best Actress in a Leading Role", from the years 1960 - 1979.

6. Name a South American river that is longer than 1000 km.

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TD2: econgator

1. Name one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.

2. Name one of the British Monarchs of the House of Plantagenet (for purposes of this clue, the HoP includes the Angevins and the Houses of Lancaster and York).

3. Name any man who was elected both US Vice President and US President during his lifetime.

4. Name any chemical element which starts with the letter 'C'.

5. Name any host city of the Winter Olympics in the 1900's.

6. Name any 6+ game Jeopardy! champion (this applies only to regular games).

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TD3: kejo

1. Name a country which borders only two other countries.

2. Name a word, of seven letters or longer, from the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" (first verse only, please!).

3. Name a month of the French Revolutionary calendar.

4. Name an artist whose biography may be found in Vasari's Lives (full title: The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects), published in 1550.

5. Name a major league sports team (MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL) based in California.

6. Name a city that contains at least one freestanding structure (skyscraper, tower, or chimney) which is taller than 1,000 feet.

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TD4: JTrivial

1. Name a movie whose total US box office receipts exceed $300 million (no adjustment for inflation).

2. Name a candidate who finished as runner-up in a US presidential election in the 1900's. ("Runner-up" = received the second-highest number of electoral votes).

3. Name a member school of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) whose teams compete in "Division I" athletics and is located in the state of Ohio.

4. Name a country on the African mainland continent whose official name in English does not end in a vowel. [Island nations are excluded. Hint: "Ivory Coast" is not an official country name.]

5. Name a novel/novella written by Charles Dickens. (Short stories, short story collections, and poetry are not acceptable.)

6. Name any currently-serving US Senator who represents one of the six New England states. (Results of yesterday's election have no bearing on correct answers here.)

7. Name any one of the companies ranked #1 to #15 on the 2008 Fortune 500 list (not the Global 500 list, this will be US companies only).
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TD5: the_next_ken_jennings

1. Name any one of the four bombers of Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970.

2. Name a president who has run on a third party ticket.

3. Name a host of a black and white game show.

4. Name a song by The Doors.

5. Name a movie with Adam Sandler.

6. Name any one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts.

7. (You can look this one up on the Internet). Aside from Michael Jason Registe who was already captured and Usama bin Laden the obvious one, name a current member of the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.

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TD6: Vanya

1. Name a Bond girl (character, not actress).

2. Name a Romanov Tsar, Emperor, or Empress (meaning the leader of the empire, not a spouse).

3. Name a current head of state of a European country (countries included in this list, sovereign states only):

4. Name a country that has been admitted to the UN since 1990 (including 1990).

5. Name a secret service of any country (20th or 21st century).

6. Name a movie in which Ronald Reagan had a starring or significant supporting role.

7. Name a character from a Dostoevsky novel.

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TD7: Vanya

1. Name a famous quote from a movie.

2. Name a country-western singer.

3. Name a living American author.

4. Name an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

5. Name a living movie star (female).

6. Name a dead movie star (male).

7. Name a woman tennis player who has won a grand slam tournament.

8. Name the silliest name given to a child by a celebrity.

9. Name a game show host other than Alex Trebek or Pat Sajak (past or present) (take that, Sony).

10. Name the silliest "reality/competition" TV show (past or present).

11. Name the coolest new technology.

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TD8: Schliemann

1. Name a country with a national flag that includes a Star & Crescent symbol
**Northern Cyprus is not acceptable

2. Name an artist with a Top 40 Hit on the November 22, 2008 Billboard Hot 100 Chart
**Featured artists do not count
**This is the current chart as of the start of this contest

3. Name a constituent team of the 2008-09 English Premier League (soccer)

4. Name a winner of The Nobel Prize For Literature not born on the European continent

5. Name a component of the Nasdaq 100

6. Name one of the 23 Ancient Romans profiled by Plutarch in his "Parallel Lives"

7. Name a city of one million with a Mediterranean coastline
**City proper population at the most recent available census

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TD9: dklee12

1. Name someone who has been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at some time from 1940 to present.

2. Name an actor or actress (not a character) credited in an acting or voice role in at least 3 of the 6 official Star Wars films (as first released in theaters).

3. Name a Canadian island that is larger in area than the US state of Rhode Island (1,545 sq.mi. / 4,002

4. Name any NFL player who has won the Super Bowl MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award.

5. Name an opera composed by Ludwig van Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

6. Name one of the 25 most popular dog breeds in the US (according to the American Kennel Club's 2007 total registration figures).

7. Name a published novel (not short stories, nonfiction, etc.) by Willa Cather.

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TD10: Paucle

1. Name a member of TV's Partridge Family, or the performer behind him/her.

2. Name a novel by Harry Turtledove.

3. Name a French President (i.e., President of France) since WW II.

4. Name a theatrical movie featuring our favorite collie, Lassie.

5. Name anyone who won at least Five Gold Gloves in MLB.

6. Name a snack product offered by Frito-Lay.

7. Name someone who won an individual swimming medal at the 2008 Olympics.

8. Name someone who played the "Maid of Orleans," (aka Joan of Arc) big screen or little.

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TD11: LifelongJeopfan

1. Name somebody Muhammad Ali fought in a heavyweight title bout.

A title bout is defined as a fight in which the WBC or WBA heavyweight title was on the line. It does not matter if Ali was the champ or challenger in the fight. It does not matter if he won, lost or it ended in a draw. It does not matter if he was known as Cassius Clay the day of the fight. Hopefully that clears up any confusion.

2. Name somebody who received an electoral vote for president in more than two elections.

3. Name a country that shares a land border with only one other country.

4. Name somebody who has served as Chief Justice of the United States.

5. Name somebody who has served as Prime Minister of Canada since Confederation on July 1, 1867.

6. Name a person whose name appeared on the opening credits of the TV show M*A*S*H.

I do not want character names.

7. Name a book written by John Grisham

8. Name somebody who has walked on the moon.

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TD12: kingrat47

1. Name a city on the Pacific Rim with more than 1 million inhabitants.

2. Name an element classified as a transition metal in the Periodic Table.

3. Name a Super Bowl winning head coach.

4. Name a King in a Shakespearean play (note: this does not have to be a historic King.)

5. Name an automaker with sales in the global top 20 in production for 2007. (note: marques will not be accepted)

6. Name a head of government for a belligerent power in the second world war. (note: combined heads of state and government will be accepted)

7. Name an author who has won the Booker Prize since 1980.

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TD13: econgator

1. Name a either a horse (in the United States only) or a Major League Baseball player (batter, specifically) who has won the Triple Crown.

2. Elvis Presley has had 18 Billboard #1 hits. Name one of them.

3. Name a country that uses the dollar as its primary currency.

4. Name someone who has won People's Sexiest Man Alive award.

5. Name any senior member (President, Vice President, or any cabinet position) of the administration of the Confederate States of America.

6. Name any Tom Clancy fiction novel (note: this does not include any novel he co-authored or "presented", like the OpCenter books).

7. Name a state which has its capital located in the Eastern Time Zone.

8. Name a category for which an Academy Award is currently given (this does not inlcude any honorary/lifetime/special/etc. awards).

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TD14: Teapot37

0. Name a chemical element whose abbreviation on the periodic table does not start with the same letter as the element's standard English name.

1. Name a member of the group of DC comic book super-heroes known as the "Justice League of America" as constituted in the group's initial appearance in The Brave and the Bold issue #28 in 1960.

2. Name one of the "nine worlds" of Norse mythology.

3. Name one of the ten oldest NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) bowl games being contested as of the 2008-09 bowl season (not including all-star bowls). Giving the name of the sponsor is not necessary. You may give any name by which the bowl has been officially known.

4. Name one of the ten minerals used to represent the ten standard levels of mineral hardness on the Mohs scale.

5. Name a breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club whose name ends in the word "terrier".

6. Name a country that ranks between eleventh and twentieth largest (inclusive) in terms of population according to the CIA World Factbook.

7. Name a television program that won the "Outstanding Drama Series" Primetime Emmy Award at a ceremony held in the 1960s or 1970s.

8. Name an officially-designated National Park located all or in part in California.

9. Name a novel written by Stephen King under his pseudonym of Richard Bachman.

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TD15: AustinPowers

1. The Rolling Stones have eight songs that reached number one on Billboard's "Hot 100" list of songs based on their airplay in the United States. Name one.

2. According to computer analysis, eleven characters in Shakespeare's plays have at least 200 "lines," which are defined as separate speaking parts as part of a dialogue. (An example is footnoted below). Name one of these characters.

3. A total of seven men (including one acting on an interim basis) served as commander of the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. Name one of these men.

4. Name a winner of the television series "American Idol."

5. Your average 150 lb (roughly 70 kg) person is composed of just a handful of elements. Name any one of the top ten elements, by mass, in your average person. To put things in perspective, the most prevalent element by mass totals some 43 kg if you weight 70 kg, while number ten on the list is about a tenth of a kilogram.

6. A total of 13 island nations sit upon or lie within the Caribbean Sea. Name the capital of one of these countries.

7. A total of 14 different cities in the continental United States have hosted a season of MTV's television show "The Real World." Name one. Note that cities may have hosted multiple editions of the show under different names, reflecting parts of the cities that they were filmed in.

8. Name one of the 12 race car drivers who advanced to the "Chase" round of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

9. Name one of the ten brightest stars in the night sky (which means, sorry, the Sun does not count). By "brightest," apparent magnitude is contemplated. Any proper name for the star, include Beyer designation, may be given.

10. Ernest Hemingway is credited with ten works of fiction that range from novella-length to full length novel. Name one of them. To be clear, I am talking about works of fiction that are, roughly speaking, about 100 pages in length or longer.

11. Name any geologic period that comprises part of either the Paleozoic or Mesozoic Eras.

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TD16: Paucle

1. Let's invert one of econgator's questions from his first game- name someone who beat a Jeopardy! Superchampion (in the regular season), or someone who prevented a 5-time winner from becoming a Superchampion.

And in honor of its 70th Anniversary, this game's theme!

2. Oh my! Name an NCAA college that goes by the nickname "Lions," "Tigers," or "Bears." (I will accept any adjectives/modifiers that may be attached, as long as you also ID the attachment. )

3. Tell me a name that's been retired from the annals of Hurricane-dom. (Closest I can get to a tornado question)

4. Name a member of the band Toto, or one of their Top 10 AT40 hits.

5. Name one of the "power of three" witches on Charmed, or the actress who played her. (By this I mean only those who represented the series leads at any time.)

6. Name something invented by "The Wizard of Menlo Park." (aka Thomas Alva Edison).

7. Name a current flavor of Dunkin' Donuts "Dunkin' Munchkins."

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TD17: StevenH

1. Not counting sequels, name any movie that was based on a Saturday Night Live skit.

2. Name anyone who served as Roman Emperor at any point from the years 1 A.D. to 100 A.D.

3. Name one of the eighteen golfers who had or currently has 30 or more wins on the PGA Tour.

4. Name anyone who has been Poet Laureate of England since it became an official royal title in 1668.

5. Name any character Dan Castellaneta provides the voice of on The Simpsons.

6. Name any one of the 12 labors of Herakles. (All I am looking for here is the creature(s) or object(s) that were the subject of each labor. You don’t have to say what he had to do to/with each one. Also, be specific. For example, if one of his labors was to kill the Calydonian Boar, you have to include the "Calydonian" part. "Boar" by itself will not suffice).

7. Name someone who has been Playboy Playmate of the Year.

8. Not counting Attorney General, name anybody who held a cabinet position at any time during Bill Clinton’s eight years as U.S. President.

9. Name any philosophical work that Søren Kierkegaard wrote.

10. Name any one of Baskin-Robbins’ original 31 flavors.

11. In terms of land area, name one of the ten largest islands that belongs entirely to Indonesia.

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TD18: Schliemann

1. Between 1961-1975, 13 solo artists or groups signed to Motown Records and its subsidiaries had #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Name one of those solo artists or groups.

2. There are 12 U.S. newspapers published west of the Mississippi River that total more than 250,000 in daily circulation. Name one.

3. 8 U.S. corporations have obtained relief in the form of at least 10 billion dollars in TARP funds (i.e. bailout $$$). Name one.

4. Canonical epistles of Saint Paul are addressed to 10 unique individuals or groups. Name one of those he wrote to. (For the sake of this contest, HEBREWS is out. Don't answer Hebrews.)

5. Jack Nicholson has been nominated for an acting Academy Award in 12 films. Name one.

6. The Metropolitan Opera's 2008-09 season includes Italian-language operas by 11 different composers. Name one of those composers.

7. The official capitals of 12 British Commonwealth member nations (EXCLUDING South Africa) are NOT that nation's most populous city. Name one of those 12 capitals. (Population statistics courtesy of

8. Uranus' largest moon, Titania, has a mean radius of 788.9 km. Our Solar System contains 7 planetary moons with a mean radius greater than that of Titania's. Name one of those 7 moons.

9. Current Democratic Party U.S. Senators who are female number 13. Name one.

10. On January 1 2002, the Euro fully replaced the physical currencies of 12 nations. Name one of the replaced national currencies. (Please include the country name and currency name in your answer. i.e. "Canadian Dollar" or "Japanese Yen")

11. 10 U.S. counties are home to at least one current MLB stadium, at least one current NFL stadium & at least one current NBA arena. Name one. (Combined stadiums can count for more than one sport. Example: If the MLB's Youngstown Yucks & the NFL's Youngstown Goofs both played home games at the Joe Piscopo Memorial Stadium......the Joe Piscopo Memorial Stadium would be counted as both an MLB stadium & an NFL stadium)

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TD19: Vanya

1. Name an American convicted of espionage and/or aiding terrorists.

2. Name a member of Obama's Cabinet (need not have been confirmed yet).

3. Name an American serial killer who has killed six or more people (political leaders not included; nicknames accepted). School shooters not included.

4. Name one of Jesus' 12 Apostles.

5. Name one of the twelve old testament minor prophets.

6. Name a Hindu god or goddess.

7. Name one of the Watergate Seven conspirators (advisors and aides to President Richard M. Nixon who were indicted by a grand jury on March 1, 1974 for their role in the Watergate scandal), or the White House Counsel, 1970-1973.

8. Name one of the 9/11 19 hijackers, or a member of Al Qaeda currently in US custody.

9. Name a Pope from the 20th or 21st century.

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TD20: DadofTwins

1. Name one of the twenty amino acids. (On this question, one-letter and three-letter abbreviations are not acceptable.)

2. Name a brand of Mexican beer available for purchase in the United States.

3. Name one of the eight Pulitzer Prize winning novels written by a Nobel Prize winning author.

4. Name one of the five states where, in the 2000 Presidential election, the margin of victory was less than 1% of the total number of votes cast.

5. Name a U. S. river at least 300 miles long that either runs through or borders the state that shares its name. (Going by what the river is called in that state. Upstream/downstream names don't count for this question.)

6. Name one of the forty-five astronomical objects listed in the original Messier catalog. (NGC# acceptable)

7. Name a composer who composed a work between 1700 and 1950 with a common name referring to "spring." (I've found eight so far.)

8. Name one of the six names assumed by least 10 different Popes. (NOTE: 2-word names, like John Paul, do not count toward either word's total.)

9. Name a prime time TV series, past or present, with a number in the title. (To count, the series must have aired at least 2 episodes and be listed in

10. Name one of the nine NCAA Division I conferences that sponsor men's basketball but not football.

11. Name one of the nine brand names of statin drugs approved for sale in the United States. (Statin only, not combination therapies like Vytorin.)

12. Name one of the five Scrabble-acceptable two-letter words containing no one-point vowels. (Source: OSPD4)
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TDs 21-33 + March Madness 2009

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TD21: TomKBaltimoreBoy

1. In the September 1963 premiere issue, there were five members of Marvel Comics' superhero team The Avengers. Name one -- by the name they were known as then. Later aliases will not be accepted -- but secret identities, as of that time, will be. Stan Lee's adjectives are not necessary.

2. Name an element in the lanthanoid series.

3. For a brief period in the 1990's, there existed the Commonwealth of Independent States. Name one of them.

4. From 1997 to 2007, the Drama Desk Awards have cited an Outstanding Play or Outstanding Musical. Name one of the works cited. (Revivals are a separate award, and are not eligible for this question.)

5. A bit of a twist on a previous question -- name a language that ranks 11 through 20 in number of speakers worldwide.

6. The architectural school known commonly as the Bauhaus was located in three different cities during its existence from 1919 to 1933. It also had three acknowledged architect-directors. Name one of these six.

7. Finally, name the second-tallest mountain on any of the seven continents. For the purpose of this question, Asia includes Turkey and Iran, but not the states of the Caucasus -- those will be regarded as European.

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TD22: MFalk

1. There were 15 battles* in the American Civil War which had at least 10,000 total casualties reported between the two sides. Name one.

2. There have been 14 players who have scored at least 25,000 points in the NBA (not counting ABA statistics) in their careers. Name one.

3. There were 13 officially-aired television game shows hosted by Tom Kennedy between 1960 and 1990. Name one.

4. There were 12 speaking roles in "A Streetcar Named Desire", as it opened in 1947 in New York. (First names are sufficient, where applicable.) Name one.

5. There are 11 musical instruments** used in the original scoring for Beethoven's third symphony (Eroica). Name one.

6. There have been 10 songs by the Monkees that were Top-20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Name one.

7. There are 9 US state capitals west of the Mississippi that are their state's most populous city. Name one.

8. There have been 8 (non-temporary) Secretaries-General of the United Nations. Name one.

9. There are 7 "base units" in the International System of Units (the Metric system), from which all other units of measurement can be derived. Name one.

10. There have been 6 actors to portray James Bond in the official EON series of films. Name one.

11. There were 5 novels*** written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published during his lifetime. You know what to do.

The Fine Print:

*: I'm using individual battles only; not campaigns and not sieges. Casualties includes killed, wounded, captured, or missing. This doesn't mean 10,000 for each side, but 10,000 total between the two sides.

**: Instruments with the same name but different tuning (for instance, soprano kazoo and alto kazoo) are considered one instrument. Also, multiple parts for the same instrument-- first kazoo and second kazoo-- are considered one instrument as well.

***: Be careful; not short story collections and not short stories.

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TD23: MDaunt

1. Name a role (not the movie) for which Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award.

2. Name the highest mountain (elevation from sea level) on any continent.

3. Name a Stooge (including surname, please) (of Three Stooges fame!!!).

4. Name an Indian State (a state in the country of India).

5. Name a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008 (must have participated in at least one televised debate, including the YouTube debate).

6. Name a state (any part of) which was formerly a part of Mexico.

7. Name a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

8. Name a country which has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

9. Name a country that uses the euro as its currency.

10. Name a Queen of England (queen regnant - not the consort of a king) (post-conquest).

11. Name a novel in the Narnia series.

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TD24: gneq

A (7:00) Wake up to NPR
Name a Supreme Court Justice who was in the majority in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

B (9:00) Work Hard, Win Awards
Name a Nobel Laureate born in the Balkans.

C (9:00 or maybe a bit later) Ciao, Let's Have Cappuccino and Biscotti!
Name an Italian automobile company that has produced at least 5000 cars since the end of WW2.

D (10:00) This Job Is Not Worth a Bucket of Warm Spit
Name a pre-Civil-War Vice President of the United States who never became President.

E (11:00) Reading the Sports Page
Name a country whose men's soccer team played in the final (championship match) of the FIFA World Cup.

F (12:00) High Noon - Must Be Movie Time
Name a movie directed by Miloš Forman.

G (13:00) Lunch: Your RDA of Geography
Name an independent country (other than the USA or Canada) that is bigger in area than each of its neighbors.

H (15:00) Let's Play a Game!
Name a person who has held the undisputed title of World Champion in chess.

I (16:00) Tired of Workplace Politics
Name a U.S. Senator who was defeated in a re-election bid in this century.

J (17:00) Put on the Earphones and Go Home!
Name a #1 hit song (in the US, since 1940) with the name of a city in its title.

K (21:00) Say Your Prayers!
Name an animal mentioned in any of the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John)

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TD25: econgator

1. Something for our Canadian friends! Name a hockey player who has scored over 650 goals in regular season NHL games.

2. Name one of the actors who played one of the 12 Angry Men in the 1957 movie.

3. Name a musical act that performed at Woodstock.

4. Rahm Emanuel is the current White House Chief of Staff. Name someone who held the post during any of the three previous administrations.

5. From 1774 through the present day, Congress has assembled in nine different U.S. cities, thereby making each one, however temporarily, a U.S. Capital. Name one of these cities.

6. Between 1944 and 1955, nine feature films were released with titles in the form of 'Abbott and Costello Meet ...' or 'Abbott and Costello in ...'. Name one of these films. As these are film titles, I will be quite strict on answers. For example, if the correct title of the film was "Abbott and Costello meet Frank and Joe", a reply of "... Joe and Frank" would be consdered wrong.

7. As a response to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, team owners established the office of Commissioner of Baseball in 1920. Name one of the men who has held this title.

8. Name a show that has had, as of March 1, 2009, over 3,000 performances on Broadway.

9. Name one of the ten campuses of the University of California. To prevent any confusion, despite its name, UC Hastings (the law college) is not considered as part of the UC system.

10. Name a state which was the birthplace of one (and only one) U.S. President. As historians are unsure where Andrew Jackson was born (he was born close to the NC/SC border), no state will count as his birthplace for the purposes of this question.

11. In 1963, Coca-Cola used "Things Go Better With Coke" as its U.S. advertising slogan. Since then, Coca-Cola has used 20 other slogans. Name one of them.

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TD26: dhkendall

AD. Name a letter of the Greek alphabet
B. Name a production currently running on Broadway (ie an "on Broadway" play) as of March 29, 2009
CM. Name a Canadian Governor-General since Confederation
ES. Name an Alps mountain over 4,000 metres (with at least 1km of prominence)
FT. Name a first place winner (star or professional dancer) of the US version of "Dancing with the Stars". (not including dance-offs)
G. Name a winner of the Masters Tournament (of Golf)
H. Name a current hotel on the Las Vegas strip
I. Name a language listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India
K. Name a country* whose land area is less than 1,000 square kilometres.
L. Name a country* whose official short-form English name** has only four letters.
N. Name a month of the Hebrew calendar
O. Name a film that has recieved six or more Academy Awards in competitive categories.
P. Name a character in the novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Q. Name a present-day capital city of a Canadian province or territory
RJ. Name a character in Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet"
UV. Name a member of the Entente Forces during World War I (at any point in the war), excluding colonies and Dominions.
W. (aka the "Potent Potables" category ) Name a cocktail made with whisky or bourbon
X. Name an element that has an atomic number between 50 and 59 inclusive.
Y. There are 192 flags outside the UN Headquarters in New York, one for each member state. 22 of these have just red, white, and blue (any shade) and no other colour on their flag. Name one of the 22 member states represented by one of these flags.
Z. Name a former South African bantustan/"black homeland".

* "Country" in this case means "UN member state"
** "Official short form English name" is almomst always the name the country as commonly referred to in English. For example, the official English name of the country of which Dhaka is the capital is "People's Republic of Bangladesh", but the official short-form English name, for the purposes of this quiz, is "Bangladesh".

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March Madness Tourney: Schliemann

Rounds 1/2

1. Since 1990, 10 artists or groups have been named the CMA (Country Music Association) "Entertainer of the Year". Name one.

2. The "Seven Sisters" nickname was traditionally applied to seven elite colleges located in the Northeastern U.S., which were founded as women's colleges. Name one.

3. 8 states were members of the Warsaw Pact. Name one of those member states.

4. 8 English-language soap operas are currently aired (original episodes) on U.S daytime network television. Name one.

5. Portuguese is an official language of Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese is an official language of 8 other independent nations. Name one.

6. There are 7 inhabited Hawaiian islands. Name one.


1. Four national capitals are located directly on the Danube River. Name one.

2. In 1955 Disneyland opened with five themed areas. Name one.

3. The four Championship Series college football bowl games (BCS) are each named for their primary corporate sponsor. Submit one of these primary sponsor names. (EXAMPLE: if there were a "Bank of America Unite Bowl," you would submit "Bank of America," NOT "Unite.")

4. Name one of the four U.S. men who won their party's Presidential nomination while they were sitting Vice Presidents, but went on to lose the general election.

5. Porsche currently produces four automobile models. Name one.

6. Four films released in 2008 included performances nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Name one of the four films.

7. 19th Century chef Antonin Careme first defined the four "mother sauces" of French cuisine. Name one.

8. During the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, a record four hurricanes reached peak category 5 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Name one.

9. Stevie Wonder's "classic period" (1972-1976) included the release of 5 consecutive Billboard Top 10 R&B albums. Name one.

10. In 1971, the New York Philharmonic appointed a new Music Director. Name this man or any of his three successors to date.

11. The U.S. Postal Service designates five U.S. territorital possessions with two-letter postal abbreviations. Name one of those territorial possessions.

12. There are five professional wrestlers who have won the WWE (formerly WWF) Championship five times or more since its 1963 inception. Name one.

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TD27: Samer

1. SCIENCE Name an artery in the human body. [For this question, I will ignore all "specifications." So, for example, if there were left and right kwyjibo arteries, I would treat "left kwyjibo," "right kwyjibo," and "kwyjibo" as the same answer.]

2. SPORTS Name an NFL quarterback who started at least one game in the 2008 season, but did not start in week 1.

3. CURRENT EVENTS Name one of the U.S. senators sworn in for their first-ever Senate terms between January 1, 2007, and April 1, 2009.

4. FINE ARTS Name a composer who wrote at least nine symphonies and whose works are currently available for sale on

5. GAME SHOWS Name a nationally-televised game show in which contestants have/had a chance to win an announced prize of exactly $25,000. [It need not be the grand prize, but it must be stated as $25,000 (e.g., "over $25,000" does not count). As an example, Jeopardy! counts, but only because the Tournaments have had featured prizes of $25,000.]

6. LITERATURE Name a work by William Shakespeare that is not a tragedy, history, or sonnet.

7. GEOGRAPHY Name a town or city in New England that is one of the three most populous municipalities in its state.

8. MYTHOLOGY Name an animal that represents a deity from Egyptian mythology; you need not name the deity. [And, to answer the obvious question, no, "bird" is not specific enough.]

9. WORDPLAY Name a common word of at least five letters that contains only the letters S, A, M, E, and/or R. [You may use any given letter more than once or not at all. Words will be considered the same if they lead to the same entry on, and incorrect if they do not lead to any entry.] [Edited to add common.]

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TD28: Stevo

1. Name a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 1924.*

2. Name a major battle of the Wars of the Roses, which were fought in England from (roughly) 1455 to 1485. **

3. Name an artist who created at least one painting and/or sculpture called “The Kiss” or “Kiss.” ***

4. Name a play written by Aristophanes. ****

5. Name a person who was awarded the Spingarn Medal in 1989 or later.

6. Name an opera composed by Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949).

7. Name an actor, male or female, whose name appeared in the opening credits of The Wonder Years (pilot episode).

8. Name a movie that included roles played by Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

9. Name a Major League Baseball player who is listed among the top fifteen all-time leaders in (most) career RBI. ‖

10. Name an album by Bill Cosby that won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording/Performance/Album.

*- He must have received at least one vote on the first ballot at the 1924 DNC. Please indicate his first name if at all possible. The first letter of his first name is acceptable.
**- I should be able to locate an entry for this battle in the Dictionary of Battles.
***- I must be able to locate the work on a google search or on ArtStor

****- For play p that had multiple versions, p, p1, p2, p3, etc. are considered equivalent for scoring purposes.

‖- I will use as my source.

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TD29: AzRocks

1. Name a Senior Undergraduate school (not Community College or Graduate School) that’s part of the City University Of New York (CUNY) System

2. The United States Postal Service lists 9 Street Suffixes that start with the letter “L” that have acceptable abbreviations. Name one of the suffixes (the abbreviation isn’t necessary). (NOTE: Plural words and their singular forms count as one. For example, Avenue is the same as Avenues, even though both may be listed separately)

3. Following the ousting of Napoleon I of France in 1814, the Allies restored the Bourbon Dynasty to the French throne. During this time period there were eight Presidents of the Council of Ministers of France. Name one of them.

4. Name someone who has hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, since 2000.

5. Name one of the current Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series.

6. Name a World Series of Poker Main Event champion since 2000 (not counting the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event)

7. Name one of the elements (NOT only its Elemental Symbol) in the Actinoid series.

8. Name a winner of the Jeopardy! College Championship.

9. Name a country that once was, but no longer is, a member state of the United Nations. (NOTE: The country does not have to exist anymore, it just once had to be a member state)

10. Seven days throughout the year are designated as Jewish Fast Days. Name one of them.

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TD30: Francois40

Name a song that spent 4 or more weeks at #1 on Billboard’s HOT 100 between Jan 1, 1970 and Dec 31, 1970.

Name an Artistic Gymnast who won an individual medal at the 1996 Olympics.

3. 2x3x5 DOESN’T DO IT
Name a prime number less than 100, the sum of whose digits is also a prime number.

4. DIAL 303030
Name a US state or Canadian province with only one area code as of 2008.

5. 30 MORE COLORS: Name a crayon color in Crayola’s classic 48 box that did NOT appear in Crayola’s 16 box. [NOTE: This refers to the ORIGINAL color selection when the 48-crayon box came out in 1949, through 1990, when some colors were retired and replaced, NOT any new color introduced since 1990. A few colors had their names changed in the 41 years of that period; I will accept either name (but they count as one choice, for tallying) ].

Give the Latin name of a constellation named after an animal (100% humans do not count as animals).

Give the title of a hardback Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mystery story (i.e., not the paperback versions that were printed later, such as the “case files” series) that does NOT contain the words “Secret” or “Mystery” in the title. Please put “ND” or “HB” in your answer to designate Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys.

Name an English verb where the first-person singular present tense form is spelled the same as the past participle.

9. $30 PER HOUSE
Name a property in the standard American Monopoly game that is the most expensive of its color group EXCEPT Boardwalk (no RRs or utilities).

Name a US President born in a 30-day month.

Name one of the Major Arcana in a Tarot deck.

Name a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta other than The Mikado.

Name a US state that has been both “Red” (Electoral votes went for the Republican candidate) and “Blue” (Democratic candidate) at least once in the six Presidential elections between 1988 and 2008 inclusive. Split-vote states do not count.

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TD31: Mothers of Invention

Name a traditional birthstone, as recognized by the American Gem Society.

In January 1978, NASA selected six women as their first female astronaut candidates. Name one of these six.

Name one of the English language’s eight parts of speech.

Name one of the five benzodiazepine drugs most prescribed in the United States. Brand names or generics for the same drug will be counted together as one answer.

Name a female character in the Iliad who has a “speaking role.”

Thirteen women have won Nobel Prizes in the hard sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Physiology & Medicine). Name one.

The five most popular types of Girl Scout Cookies make up 77% of all sales. Name one of these types. Note: All regional names for flavors will be accepted, and counted together per the Girl Scouts’ system. For example, if a cookie with marshmallow filling and haggis frosting were called “Mall’o’Haggis” in the Eastern part of the country and “Hagmallow” in the Western part of the country, “Mall’o’Haggis” and “Hagmallow” would be counted as the same answer for this Think Different.

As of April 30, 2009, there are nine incumbent elected or appointed heads of state who are mothers. Name one. Note: in Switzerland, the Federal Council as a whole is regarded as the head of state; do not answer any Swiss leader for this question.

Since the Country Music Hall of Fame's inception in 1961, sixteen women have been voted in as members. Name one.

According to, eight women athletes earned seven million dollars or more from prizes and endorsements from June 2007-June 2008. Name one.

Nine children of U.S. Presidents have been married in the actual White House. Name one.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the top five surgical cosmetic procedures in 2008 made up 1.17 million of the year’s 1.7 million procedures. Name one of these procedures (common names or medical terminology will be accepted).
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TD32: Stooopid

On WWTBAM, the questions naturally divide into 3 subsections. The first 5 questions are designed to be easy, make the contestant comfortable, and guarantee them a little money (not that it always works out that way ). Similarly, these first five questions are designed to give you a little confidence before we get to the serious questions.

In J!, Alex will ask the responder to phrase in the form of a question if they forget. In DJ!!, though, you're on your own. Similarly, I'm going to be as lenient as I reasonably can in giving you credit for the first 5 questions. Note, for instance, I help you avoid the one real pitfall in Question 1. Starting with Question 6, I stick as close to J! rules for a valid response (not counting the question part) as I reasonably can.

I hope no one goes out in the first 5 questions...but it doesn't always work out that way. Now, on to the questions (clarifying information in blue following the question):

Q1. Give a denomination of US currency printed in 2009 by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (I only need the number, USD is assumed)

NOTE: The $2 bill was last printed in Sep 2006 [Series 2003]
HUMOROUS WRONG ANSWER (for now): 1 trillion

Q2. Give a color used in the official Olympic flag

In case it isn't clear, that includes the flag's background color.

Q3. Give a letter whose corresponding tile has a value of 1 in a standard English-language edition of SCRABBLE®

1 is the lowest value of any non-blank tile

Q4. Give the name of an apple variety listed at

Their list contains hundreds of varieties

Q5. Name a cast member of a network nighttime scripted US TV series, past or present (got all that? ) whose first and last name (as listed in the credits) both start with B

"Cast member" is unfortunately difficult to pin down, I am specifically excluding special guest stars, even if they appear on multiple episodes. For now, my definition will be that a cast member is someone listed under Starring in the Wikipedia entry for the TV series.

Network, to make life easier, means ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC. Nighttime means the show is broadcast starting no earlier than 6 PM and ending no later than 12 AM local broadcast time. Scripted specifically excludes game shows, reality shows, and news shows. TV series means a series of weekly broadcasts that lasted at least 1 full season. Do I need to explain US?

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OK, now things start to get serious. I expect to see more than a few lifelines used here. Maybe even a WALK or two. I'm sure at least a few of you will also go out by Question 10. I hope those who do, as well as everyone else, still feel like they had fun and learned a little something.

But now we're playing strictly by the book. Think the questions over carefully, use your lifelines wisely (you only get to use them once), and good luck to everyone!

Q6. Give the chemical name (like "ascorbic acid") of one of the eight B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12

My cursory research showed these are the only B-vitamins: I'll give you credit if you give a chemical that is considered by experts a B vitamin, even if it's not one of these eight. Also, some of these go by multiple names: any of the multiple names is fine, and all will be counted as a single answer.

Q7. Name a wordless single that reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart

"Wordless" is more precise than instrumental (which is why I used it): I'm looking for singles with no sung or spoken words in the hit single version. For example, note Tequila by The Champs is considered an instrumental, but the word "tequila" is said a few times in the song, so it wouldn't count as wordless.

Q8. Name an official capital city of a UN member state where that capital city lies within 5 degrees of the Prime Meridian (0° longitude)

The city can lie either east or west of the Prime Meridian.

Q9. Name a school that has appeared in the NCAA Men's Final Four (basketball) at least four times in the past forty years (1970-2009)

I think this is self-explanatory, but if it isn't I'm sure you'll let me know! Oh, OK: "at least four" means four or more

Q10. Name a person listed in 1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium that was born in Scotland

This book contains, as you would expect, a list of 1,000 people who lived in the past millennium (1001-2000). These people are ranked by their historical importance and influence (including personal charisma), these are meant to be the 1,000 most influential of the past millennium. Johannes Gutenberg is ranked #1, Andy Warhol is ranked #1000. Neither was born in Scotland.

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This is where we separate the winners from the rest of us. Get ready to use any lifelines you have left, and any brain cells you have left. And like on the TV show, there is no shame at all in WALKing after Question 10. Let's play!

Q11. Name someone who sang the National Anthem at a Super Bowl as a solo singer

Solo singer means they were the only performer who sang any part of The Star-Spangled Banner. This excludes any choirs (like the Colgate Thirteen), acts with multiple singers (like the Backstreet Boys), the one singing duet, and the one singer that had a chorus sing with her. I didn't want to exclude these special cases, but I had to pin the question down very tightly to avoid controversy. Oh yeah, it also excludes people that played an instrument instead of sang.

Q12. Name one of the 10 official ethnic groups in China with at least 5 million members in China

Chinese official ethnic groups don't always correspond to how others would group people. You don't need to give me the official Chinese name, but your name must reasonably correspond with the Chinese official categorization. I am not an ethnologist, so I may well make a mistake here. I'm sure you all will let me know if I do.

Q13. Name the brightest star of any one of the 12 zodiac constellations (Aries, Taurus, etc.)

IAU (International Astronomical Union) names, please. Any other kind of name I may or may not be able to find.

Q14. Name one of the 8 universities in New Zealand with the word "University" in its name.

Don't worry about whether the official title is "X University" or "University of X": I'm interested in the rest of the name. Some universities have multiple campuses, all campuses will be grouped and scored together. Note that this question specifically excludes Wananga (Maori educational institutes), Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, and Institutes of Technology.

Q15. Name one of the 12 companies whose stocks comprised the original Dow Jones Industrial Average created on May 26, 1896

I'm looking for the name of the company at the time the list was created (not now). You don't need to give me the entire name, but you need to give me enough that I know you're referring to the company as it was listed in 1896.

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TD33: Vanya

1. In his "I Have a Dream" speech Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned ten U.S. states. Name one.
"Dreams are the touchstones of our character. "

2. Name one of the five most revered prophets of Islam, or one of the five pillars of Islam (answer may be the Arabic or English term).
“I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.”

3. Name a successful NASA mission to Mars (lander, orbiter, or flyby) since 1975.
"I'm going to blow it up! It obstructs my view of Venus."

4. Name one of the ten studio albums U2 released prior to 2001.
“Rock 'n' Roll is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.”

5. Star Trek: The Next Generation was on the air for seven seasons. Name one of the ten two-part (or two-hour) episodes.
"Captain, we've got a problem with the warp core, or the phase inducers or some other damn thing."

6. A trip end-to-end on the Trans-Siberian Railway takes six days, crosses ten time zones and sixteen rivers, and stops in 87 cities. Name one of the ten largest of these cities.
"There's always room for one more."

7. AMTRAK has ten named routes that cross eight or more states. Name one of these reminders of the golden age of rail travel.
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

8. Name one of the ten longest suspension bridges (main span) in the U.S.
"Suspend here and everywhere, eternal float of solution!"

9. While English colonists were fighting King George III for independence, the Spanish were establishing Catholic missions in California. Name one of the ten northernmost of the 21 missions (by location or name).
"If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."

10. Name one of the first ten women mentioned by name in the book of Genesis.
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."

11. Name one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy or one of the Five Civilized Tribes.
"When the legends die, the dreams end; there is no more greatness."

12. Name one of the people in the front row of this picture, except Louis Mayer.
"A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."
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TD34: OntarioQuizzer

Think Different 34: Lever 2000.

1. HEAD & SHOULDERS: In its annual report, Proctor & Gamble boasts that 24 of its brands achieved "billion-dollar brand" status, meaning they each generated at least one billion dollars in sales in 2008. Name one.*

*Sales refers to "net sales", after taking into account returns, discounts, etc. "Net sales" is a standard industry term.

2. MOUTH: Twelve films' casts have earned Oscar nominations in all four competitive acting categories (Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress). Name one of these films.

3. EARS: Between January 1, 1980 and May 24, 2009, ten musical acts consisting entirely of Canadians have recorded one or more songs that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Name one of these famous (or not-so-famous) Canadian artists.

4. EYES: In the first 20 seasons that Nielsen ratings were compiled (1950-51 through 1969-70), ten television programs "won" at least one season's ratings race--that is, their average ratings over a full season were higher than all other shows. Name one of these programs.

5. HANDS: Elizabeth Taylor has been married eight times, to seven different husbands. Name one of these men.

6. ARMS: Between January 1, 1925 and May 24, 2009, twelve pitchers achieved the career milestone of 300 victories in Major League Baseball. Name one of these pitchers.

7. FEET & LEGS: If you walk along Interstate 95 from end to end, you'll pass through 15 states (although I'd recommend the Appalachian Trail instead). Name one.

8. RUMP: Since the final dissolution of the Rump Parliament, there have been twelve kings of England or Great Britain. Name one.

9. BRAIN: In the Official Club And Tournament Word List, 2nd Edition, for North American Scrabble play, there are nine seven-letter words that contain the letters A, E, I, N, R, S, and T. Name one.

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TD35: Rex Kramer

Think Different 35: Judgment Day

1. In his 1996 book, The Military 100, Lt. Col (Ret.) Michael Lee Lanning listed, in decreasing order of influence, the 100 military leaders who most “dominated their times and exerted profound influence on the future . . . judging by [his or her] immediate and lasting impact, both positively and negative, on world history.” Note this does not necessarily imply superiority of tactical skill or strategic vision, although of course historical influence often requires success in battle. Number 16 on Lanning’s list is George Catlett Marshall. Name one of the 15 most influential leaders on this list.

2. In May of 2007, VH1 released its list of “Softsational Soft Rock Songs”, its ranking of the top 40 Top 40 soft rock songs from the 1970s and 1980s. The highest ranking song featuring a female vocalist on lead is Olivia Newton-John’s “I Honestly Love You,” at #11. Name one of the top 10 songs on this list.

3. In January of 2009, VH1 released its list of “100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs”, its ranking of the top 100 hard rock songs (not necessarily all Top 40 hits) from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. This is not to be confused with their earlier list of greatest metal songs, although there is some overlap. KISS is represented at #16 with “Rock and Roll All Nite”. Name one of the top 15 songs on this list.

4. In his 2003 book Not Till the Fat Lady Sings: The Most Dramatic Sports Finishes of All Time, Les Krantz lists, in groups of 10 in decreasing order of drama, the most “fantastic finishes” in all of sports (meaning, in this context, the four major North American leagues, U.S. college and high school football and basketball, the Olympics, and professional golf, boxing, tennis, auto racing, and horse racing). Each finish chosen involved a spectacular upset, controversy, or effort primarily in the final 10 minutes (and usually in the final moments) of a sporting competition. Identify one of the 10 contests in Krantz’s “First Team” of the 10 most dramatic finishes. I will be generous in allowing identifications – you need not name, for example, all participants or the date, so long as your description makes it clear which game or event you are referring to.

5. In June of 2008, the American Film Institute released its list of the top 10 movies in each of 10 genres, including its list of the top 10 Westerns. AFI defined the Western as “a genre of films set in the American West that embodies the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier”. Name one of the top 10 Westerns on this list.

6. A poll ranking the U.S. presidents (including the then-current president) from best to worst was conducted by The Wall Street Journal in 2005, with James Lindgren of Northwestern University Law School for the Federalist Society. The editors reportedly sought to balance the opinions of liberals and conservatives, adjusting the results "to give Democratic- and Republican-leaning scholars equal weight." Name one of the ten presidents voted worst in this poll.

7. In November of 2008, in honor of its 25th anniversary, Vanity Fair magazine published its list of the 25 best news photographs. 11 of these photographs show either a dead body; a person dying; a specific historical incident which verifiably caused the death of one or more people (the photograph must be of the mortal incident itself; for example, a picture of Robert E. Lee in camp at Frederickburg would not suffice, even though the Battle of Frederickburg and, more broadly, the Civil War both caused deaths); or a person or persons reacting to someone else’s death. Name one of these 11 death-related photographs. Again, and with the following question, I will be generous with identifications; you need not identify the photographer, for example, if your description of the photograph (either by subject matter or by content) makes it clear you have the proper photo in mind. However, I will not be kind to generalities; there are many famous people and events, for example, of which there are many photographs, so, for example, if a photo of John Wilkes Booth shooting Lincoln were on the list, a description like "A photo of Abraham Lincoln" would not suffice.

8. Name one of the 14 non-death-related photographs.

9. In his 1996 book The Scientific 100, John Simmons listed, in decreasing order of influence, the most influential scientists of all time, those who “discovered new things about nature” and thus influenced history and life today. Name one of the top 10 scientists on this list.

10. The National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University surveyed North American classical music critics for the Music Critics Association of North America in 2005 and determined, among other things, the critics’ favorite historical composers (as opposed to still-living, contemporary composers). These favorites were ranked in order by those whom the greatest percentage of critics “Like a Great Deal”; ties were broken by the percentage of critics who “Like Somewhat”. Name one of the top 10 favorite historical composers on this list.

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TD36: Drew Scheeler

Think Different 36 ~ Sheeps and Wolves

1. Allez Cuisine! (7)
The television series Iron Chef and Iron Chef America have featured eleven Iron Chefs. Each of these chefs has a specialty in one of seven types of cuisine. Name one of these cuisine specialties. (For purposes of this question, the horrid Iron Chef USA never existed.)

2. Play Ball (9)
Name a Major League Baseball team that plays its home games in a Midwestern state. (Using the US Census Bureau's definition.)

3. North of the Border (10)
Name one of the ten Canadian provinces. (Some restrictions apply, territories excluded, taxed where applicable.)

4. On y va? (12)
Name one of the twelve most populous member nations in la Francophonie.

5. Hail to the Chief! (12)
The current president of the United States is Barack Obama. Name one of the twelve men that preceded him.

6. Gotta Catch Them All! (15)
Since 1996 there have been 15 handheld games released in the Pokemon series; each game has the name of a color, metal or gemstone as a subtitle. Name one of these subtitles. (There have been several spin off titles like Pokemon Ranger and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon; these are excluded. Also, I apologize in advance for not using any accent aigus.)

7. Application Nightmare (12)
Of the top 41 national universities, as ranked by US News and World Report, there are twenty-four that are neither public universities nor members of the Ivy League. Name one of these private universities.

8. Well, Gawsh! (20)
Name a Disney character that has appeared in at least three theatrical short cartoons released between 1928 and 1995.

9. (Alternative) Rock On! (8)
There have been fifty-three artists who have had two or more songs reach number one on the Billboard U.S. Modern Rock charts. Name one of these artists.

10. Tiebreaker question (infinity)
Name one of the six possible outcomes that can be obtained by rolling a standard, six sided die.

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TD37: Gneq

Think Different 37: I stick my gneq out for nobody

"I stick my gneq out for nobody."
-- "Richard Blaine, American. Age, thirty-seven. Cannot return to his country."

1. According to the UN Population Statistics, there are 3.18 million people living in Casablanca and its immediate surrounding area. Ten African cities are more populous than Casablanca (including their surrounding areas as well). Name one of these cities.*

*The UN uses the term “urban agglomeration” for a city with surrounding areas. It is conceptually similar to the "metropolitan areas" used by the US Census Bureau.

This is the customary roundup of refugees, liberals, and uh, of course, a beautiful young girl for MONSIEUR RENAULT, the Prefect of Police.
It can be most helpful to know SIGNOR FERRARI. He pretty near has a monopoly on the black market here. You will find him over there at the Blue Parrot.
2. Since 1950, 14 drivers have become FIA Formula 1 World Drivers Champions driving cars powered by Renault or Ferrari engines. Name one of those 14 men.

3. Twelve Best Picture Oscar winners were adapted from a script originally written for a play or musical. Name one of those 12 films.

We now see RICK, sitting at a table alone playing solitary CHESS.
4. Most chess openings are traditionally named after a place or a person. Name a real person who is/was an eponym for a chess opening. There are over 20 such people, but be warned: only one World Champion has given his name to an opening.
(A note for those who know too much: eponyms of variations do not count; for example, the Sicilian defense (1.e4 c5) is an opening (although obviously not named for a person), while the Smith-Morra gambit (1.e4 c5 2. d4) is a variation of the Sicilian, thus neither Smith nor Morra would count.)

Play it, Sam. Play "AS TIME GOES BY."
5. Historian Barbara Tuchman was the sole author of 10 books, not counting collections of essays. Name one of those 10 books. Some of them have subtitles; for those, the first, main part of the title will suffice.

You played it for her and you can play it for me.
6. The current geological eon is called the Phanerozoic, the current era Cenozoic and the current epoch Holocene. A geological period is longer than an epoch, but shorter than an era. There have been 10 periods in the 3 eras of the Phanerozoic eon (i.e., in the last 540 million years or so). Name one of those 10 geological periods.

I am SHOCKED, SHOCKED to find that gambling is going on in here!
7. In the last 100 years, 16 present-day countries have suffered massive earthquakes that caused (directly or indirectly) 10,000 or more deaths.* Name one of those countries.

* The required number of deaths must have been recorded within the given country in a single disaster.

That is my least vulnerable spot.
8. Name a part of the human body that has exactly 5 letters in English. The answer must be a singular noun denoting a tangible body part, not merely a feature: "shine" would not count although one may have a shine in one's eyes or teeth. It also must be in essence a body part, not just some matter that is found in the body: "water" would not count because it normally exists without connection to living creatures. Synonyms will be counted as the same answer (e.g. if I were asking for 7-letter body parts, kneecap and patella would be counted together). Obscure answers will be adjudicated using the M-W Online Dictionary.

Hello, is this the airport? This is Captain Renault speaking. There'll be two LETTERS OF TRANSIT for the Lisbon plane. There's to be no trouble about them. Good.
9. In 2007, the most recent year for which Airports Council International has provided complete data, 10 airports in the world boarded more than 50 million passengers each. Denver (3-letter code: DEN) just missed the top 10 list with 49,863,352 passengers. The top-ranked airport boarded 89,379,287 passengers. Name one of the 10 busiest airports. If you can give its 3-letter code, you earn a bonus: your score is multiplied by 0.8. If you cannot give the 3-letter code, make sure you identify the airport unambiguously; some cities have more than one major airport.

We'll always have PARIS.
10. Name one of the 10 impressionist or post-impressionist artists whose works are partially shown below.

Follow link at the beginning of this TD to see images.

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful FRIENDSHIP.
11. Name one of the title roles in the TV series "Friends" or an actor who played one of those roles. First and last names required in all cases. Actors and characters count separately - there are 12 distinct answers.

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TD38: dklee12

1. There were 9 U.S. Navy battleships in Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. All 9 were named after U.S. states, and all 9 were damaged or sunk in the Japanese attack that day. Name one of these 9 vessels.

2. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, a total of 958 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded, and there were 17 different countries that won at least 15 total medals.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, a total of 252 gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded, and there were 14 different countries that won at least 9 total medals.
There were a total of 9 different countries that won at least 15 total medals in Beijing AND at least 9 total medals in Turin. Name one of these 9 countries.

3. Since the formation of the modern State of Israel in 1948, 13 different individuals have held the office of Prime Minister or interim Prime Minister of Israel. Name one of these 13 people.

4. Traditional Chinese astrology features a group of 12 real and mythical animals, which correspond to (among other things) the years in a 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar. Name one of these 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

5. Each of the 50 U.S. states is represented by a state flag. 38 of these flags include at least one word somewhere in the design. Name one of the 12 states with wordless flags.
[Note: A representation of an individual letter (not displayed as part of a word) is allowable.]

6. Since its establishment in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, has inducted 164 musical acts under the category of "Performers". 83 of these 164 acts consist of two or more people. 8 of those 83 duos and groups include at least two female members. Name one of the 8 inducted musical acts with two or more female members.
[Note: Artists become eligible for induction in the "Performers" category 25 years after the release of their first record.]

7. In the United States, the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing refers to a set of three annual races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held each May and June. Affirmed was the most recent horse to win all three legs of the Triple Crown, in 1978. Since that time, 11 different horses have won the first two legs of the Crown (the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes) but then failed to win the final leg (the Belmont Stakes). Name one of these 11 horses.

8. With an area of 220 sq.mi. (571, Ibiza is the 14th-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Corfu is the 13th-largest at 229 sq.mi. (593 Name one of the 12 largest Mediterranean islands.

9. American author Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) is best known for her Little House series of children's novels, based on her own childhood and youth in a pioneer family in the American Midwest. 8 of these books were published during Wilder's lifetime. Name one of those 8 books.

10. Of the 161 different dog breeds that are currently fully recognized by the American Kennel Club, there are 11 breeds whose official names satisfy at least one of the following two criteria:
a) is named after a specific place within the United States, Canada, or Mexico
b) contains the word "American" in its name.
Name one of these 11 dog breeds.
[Note: Miscellaneous Class and Foundation Stock Service breeds are not fully recognized.]

11. The first Jeopardy! Teen Tournament aired in February 1987; the 24th and most recent aired in November 2008. Name one of the 24 Teen Tournament champions.

12. During the course of the 1965 film The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, 11 different songs are sung with lyrics wholly or partially in English. Name one of these 11 songs.
[Notes: The "wholly or partially in English" clause is not meant to be a trap, but it does specifically exclude "Dixit Dominus" and "Morning Hymn (Rex Admirabilis/Alleluia)", which are entirely in Latin. All of the other songs that are sung in the movie have English lyrics and are therefore correct answers to this question. Also, a song and its reprise are counted as the same answer.]

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TD39: Paucle

Think Different Dressed to the 9's, 5 by 5.

Comfort Zone: MUSIC

1. "My Sweet Lord" became #1 in December, 1970 and held onto the slot for 4 weeks. For the next two years, songs had trouble sitting on top of the hill, when 39 different titles claimed the #1 spot.
Name one of the 39 songs that first became #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart for any week in 1971 or 1972.

2. Name a musical written or co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and /or Tim Rice.
Stage, Film, High School... all it needs is music.

3. "We Are The World" and "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featured a lot of solo singing parts. But, seven times between the two songs, there was a distinctive "duet" of at least several words (not merely one voice picking up the note as the previous one drops it, but sharing a line).
Name two (or three) vocalists who sing a line together on "We Are The World" or "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

4. Name one of the 13 studio albums released by the Beatles.
No compilations, anthologies, live, Greatest hits, etc... just studio.

5. Name a symphony written by Mozart that has an actual name, instead of merely being designated by the key in which it's written.

Comfort Zone: SPORTS & GAMES

1. Baseball's 30/30 club consists of those players who have hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in a single season. There've been many members over the years, starting with Ken Williams in 1922. Since then, dozens have managed the feat.

The 40/40 club is far more elite, with only 4 members, the first in 1988. However, prior to 1988, 1 player just missed, managing 39 in one of the two categories and exceeding 40 in the other. Since 1988, 2 others just missed in the same way.
With the 40/40 members inclusive, name a member of Major League Baseball's "39/39" club.

2. Name a Major League team (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) whose team name does not end in "S." (Actual "mascot" type name, please, no "The Ducks of Anaheim" type answers.) You may add geographical locale, but not needed.

3. Name a two-(or more)-time winner of any non-mechanized race greater than 26 miles.
Note: must be catalogued in ESPN Sports Almanac, so your streak of winning the local walk-a-thon 10 years running doesn't count. The race name determines uniqueness. If you know who won the Olympic 50 km backwards walk more than once, you're good. The Annual Podunk 50 km backwards Walk differs from the Annual Nor'easter one, but they consittute only 2 different races even though Podunk is always in Podunk and the Nor'easter rotates locales.

4. Name a number retired by at least two Major League Teams; identify at least two of the players involved. (Again, MLB/ NFL/ NBA/ NHL only.) The number is all that matters; the names prove you didn't merely roll some dice.

5. In the game Sorry! there are cards 1-12, and the Sorry! card. Describe what any of these 13 cards instructs you to do.
As complete a description as possible; about half the cards merely allow forward movement of the number on it, the other half get fancy. Verbatim is not necessary if your answer proves you're mostly remembering the concept.


1. Name a country who was fighting in World War II in 1939.
I thought this one was pretty straight forward, but had a question on it. Basically, if a country fought in a battle in 1939 that's considered part of WW2, they count. As with other questions, there is latitude. If you offer a borderline answer, feel free to show me a passport. That's what TD is all about.

2. Name a U.S. Vice President who shares his surname with a US President.
Need full name of Veep, but only his surname need match the POTUS. And since a couple have asked in PM, as far as I know, it's not possible to share if you're alone. You need to share with someone.

3. Name the largest Lake of any continent.
Note: a couple continents have discrepancies (perhaps on what's a lake, or whether a double lake is a single lake, etc.) I'll accept any answer that texts argue is largest for whatever reason. So yes, there are more than 7 correct answers here.

4. Name a U. S. State Capital that's more than one word.

5. Name one of the 10 most populous cities ( total urban area) in the United Kingdom.


1. Name a contestant who made it to day 39 of Survivor.
That is, they still had a shot at the million dollar ultimate Survivor prize on day 39. Defying Jeopardy convention, first name alone is acceptable as that's how the series addresses them most of the time. A couple players have answered this one, if they'd like to change their answer based upon this allowance, PM me.

2. Name a movie that had at least 3 sequels.

3. Star Trek, all genres: Of all the ships named Enterprise we've seen on-screen (TV or Film), name one of the captains of it. (We don't have to have seen the Captain, as long as we can confirm s/he was CO of the vessel we saw. CO means actually in command as opposed to merely command "duty." It should be regarded as that Captain's vessel when someone from another vessel thinks of the ship. )

4. Of the 6 major Oscars (Actor/ Actress/ Supportings/ Director/ Picture), name a movie that lost at least three of them. (It must have been nominated for the ones it lost, wiseguy.)

5. Name someone who won both an Oscar and an Emmy for the same category. (i.e., to qualify, your answer must have won "Best Actor" for both Oscar and Emmy; "Best Actor" Emmy and "Best Director" Oscar won't work.)


1. Name one of the 39 best-selling fiction books of all time.
I'm just going with whatever Wikipedia says here when I score it. Since #39 might shift in the next week, I guess it's a krapshoot... seriously, I have the wiki list from yesterday saved. That's my ultimate reference for this question but again I'll entertain cogent arguments.

2. Name a word coined by Lewis Carroll in "Jabberwocky" that has a "u" in it.

3. Name a book featuring the character Harry Angstrom.

4. Name an artist who's had a painting sell for over 100 million (adjusted dollars) at auction.
Another one with wiggle room, probably.

5. Name an author who's won more than one Hugo Award for "Best Novel."


I used to play a game online where each day the goal was to name the lowest number that nobody else names. If interested, you can play it as question # 10.

The player who has the lowest singleton will reduce their score by 90% ! That's right- I'll divide your final score by 10!

To make it more tempting, I promise that all players will do no worse than double their score. No matter how many people pick your number, I'll only score it as a "2."

So, you can choose to not play a 10th question, and your score will remain unchanged.
If you play, you can earn a singleton (also leaving your score unchanged), a non-singleton (doubling your score) or the ultimate bonanza.... 90% off for the lowest singleton! (Such a deal!)

Question BONUS: With "1" as the lowest possible, try to pick the lowest whole number that nobody else picks.

Remember: pick one Comfort Zone and answer all 5 questions in it. Then, go to the other four zones and answer one from each of them. In those four, answering the 39-themed 1st question will halve your final score whether you get it right or not. Answer in a PM to me, not on the boards. All questions should also be in a PM. If it affects all players, I'll address it here.

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TD40: Budphrey

1. That’s Joe Green to you: Name a published opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi, 1813-1901.
Designated Flocker: Aida

2. Burn fossil fuel on your way to experiencing nature: Name a U.S. or Canadian National Park whose land area is entirely within the Mountain Time Zone. *
Designated Flocker: Yellowstone National Park

3. Deep breath now: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in the “Greenhouse gases” entry of the glossary appended to its “Climate Change 2007” report, identifies six specific greenhouse gases and three other types of greenhouse gases. Name one of them. **
Designated Flocker: carbon dioxide

4. Not the Green Knight: Name one of the 25 Knights of the Round Table as inscribed on the Round Table displayed at the Great Hall in Winchester.
Designated Flocker: Lancelot/Launcelot

5. Under the banner: Name an independent country whose national flag is designed to be at least 50 percent green.
Designated Flocker: Libya

6. I don’t like the look of this, Mr. Frodo: Name any forest that is identified by name on a map that is included in an authorized edition of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion. ***
Designated Flocker: Mirkwood/Greenwood

7. Shameless singleton randomizer: Spelling counts! Name a word of 4 letters or more that can be composed of the letters within the word “verdant”; use each letter only once, and note that the online dictionary listed in the previous post will be used to decide on the existence and spelling of a word.
Designated Flocker: vent

8. Conscience salve on four wheels: Name a gasoline/electric hybrid automobile that was built by a mass-production auto manufacturer and offered for sale in the United States as a new 2008 or 2009 model-year vehicle. (This does not necessarily mean all vehicles offered for sale new during calendar year 2009.) I want make and model names.
Designated Flocker: Toyota Prius

9. Goldwyn’s Rainbow: Name any movie whose title contains an English-language word denoting a color that was ever nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award or its equivalent (e.g. Best Motion Picture, Most Outstanding Production); note the online dictionary listed in the first post will be used to decide on the definition of a word. Thus it may not be worthwhile to use some outlandish name for a paint or nail-polish color. Edit for clarity: I want the complete movie title, not just the "color" word. ****
Designated Flocker: The Color Purple

10: How did they come up with forty shades, and have you ever seen a list? Name one of the 32 counties in Ireland, including the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Designated Flocker: Dublin

11: Victory garden: Name one of the 10 most popular homegrown vegetables in the United States, according to the National Gardening Association’s 2009 survey. *****
Designated Flocker: tomatoes

12 My salad days: Name any Rookie of the Year, or equivalent trophy winner, designated by the NFL, the American League, the National League, the NBA or the NHL any year from 2001 to the present.
Designated Flocker: LeBron James (NBA, 2004)

Footnotes in the clover:
* Only unhyphenated and unmodified National Parks; no National Historical Parks, National Monuments, National Battlefield Parks, etc.
** If you answer with a specific gas that is not one of the six gases named in the glossary entry, but is a subset of one of the three other types of gas, the answer will be accepted but lumped in with other answers applicable to that same type of gas.
*** The name of the country or region in which a forest lies, or of a nearby city or town, will be counted wrong unless the forest itself is identified by the same name. The text of one of the books can settle ambiguity. If a forest is known by two names, all correct responses applicable to a single forest will be lumped together.
**** “Color” words embedded within other words don’t count. However, the “color” word may be singular or plural.
***** If you list a specific answer that is a subset of a vegetable mentioned on the top 10 list, the answer will be accepted but lumped in with other answers applicable to that listed vegetable.

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TD41: Cool_Hand

Think Different 41 -- Around the dial

Channel 2 -- Cartoon Network: Name someone credited with directing a Bugs Bunny theatrical short, beginning with his first official cartoon in 1940 and ending with the closure of the Warner cartoon studio in 1964. (in the early cartoons, this credit is listed as "Supervision". It's the same thing.)

Channel 3 -- CNBC: Name someone in the current (released September 2008) top 20 of the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the United States.

Channel 4 -- ESPN: Since the NBA expanded its regular season to 82 games in the 1967-68 season, 12 teams have won 63 or more games in a full season. Name one.

Channel 5 -- Game Show Network: Name someone who has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host (co-hosts are acceptable; hosts of concurrent versions of the winner's show are not).

Channel 6 -- History Channel: Name someone who has held the office of attorney general of the United States since the beginning of Richard Nixon's term as President in 1969. (interim attorneys general are not acceptable)

Channel 7 -- Lifetime: Name a U.S. President, living or dead, who has lived to his 80th birthday.

Channel 8 -- MTV: Name a song that has won the Video Music Award for Video of the Year.

Channel 9 -- National Geographic Channel: Name a country whose land area is crossed by the Tropic of Cancer.

Channel 10 -- NBC: Name a member of the Saturday Night Live "Five-Timers Club" (five or more appearances) as either a host or musical guest or both (walk-ons don't count. Simultaneous host/musical guest appearances count as one appearance).

Channel 11 -- Science Channel: Name a chemical element that is an alkali metal.

Channel 12 -- TNT: Name a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature from the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Channel 13 -- Travel Channel: Give me the number of a U.S. Interstate freeway route that is at least 1,000 miles long.

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TD42: Randy G


.... where you will be asked to provide "the answer to life, the universe, and everything"
(or some reasonable subset thereof)

1. It no longer officially exists, but U.S. Route 66 attained a mythic status in popular culture during the 20th century. Name:
(a) one of the 8 states you might be in if you attempted to hitchhike along the original route -or-
(b) one of the 3 co-stars of the 1960's television series Route 66* -or-
(c) the writer of the song (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 -or-
(d) the singer who first made this song famous.

2. Name a generic term that is used in astronomy to describe a grouping of stars, i.e. at least 2 stars. The term must have a specific meaning in astronomy. Since the plural "stars" already appears in the question, it is not acceptable, nor is "grouping" as that word doesn't have a specific meaning in astronomy, nor is the name of a specific object -- e.g. The Seven Sisters. Answers that share keywords and effectively mean the same thing in astronomy will be grouped together.

3. The British Invasion was launched when I Want To Hold Your Hand hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on February 1, 1964 and The Beatles arrived in the U.S. six days later. Name one of the 13 other groups or solo performers from the UK who also had a #1 hit on the Hot 100 through the remainder of the 1960's.*

Bonus! If you get a correct answer to the question, but not as a wildcard, then 2 points off if you can also name one of the #1 songs for your group or performer during this time frame. Bonus is not available if you dropped the question, wildcarded it, or got it wrong. No penalty for incorrect guesses on the bonus part.

4. Name one of the 17 art museums worldwide whose attendance exceeded 2,000,000 total individual visits in 2008, as compiled by The Art Newspaper, one of the leading industry periodicals. Identify the museum by city and name; you don't need to cite the name exactly or in the native language, but you do need to give enough of the name to clearly distinguish the museum from others that may have similar names.

5. Name one of the characters from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland who is physically present and individually identified at the Mad Tea Party or the "tart-stealing" trial, or at both.

6. In 1997, while the dot-com craze was building, the Dow Jones Industrial Index started moving more quickly in removing lagging, mostly industrial companies from the index, often replacing them with technology and financial companies. Name one of the 17 companies that have been removed from the Index since the beginning of 1997. Index changes resulting only from company mergers or name changes do not count. A little hint: a few companies were both added and removed during this period!

7. Marilyn Monroe made quite a splash in her small role as Miss Casswell in All About Eve (1950). Over the next few years her roles generally got bigger until she finally received top billing in a 1953 drama. Name that 1953 film or one of the 11 other films she subsequently appeared in.*

8. The leading cat registry in North America -- Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) -- identifies 20 championship pedigreed breeds that have a specific and direct reference in their names to a current country or its former name, or to a former independent country. Name one of these breeds.

9. Identify one of the 10 teams from the upstart American Football League (AFL) that were merged into the National Football League (NFL) in 1970. Provide the full name of the team -- e.g. Juneau Jujubes -- as it was known at the time of the merger.

10. Identify one of the following authors, who all became well-known in the 20th century. Just the name; you don't need to associate it with a picture. If you cannot see the pictures below or want larger images, follow this link:

11. Name one of the 13 men who were never elected as either president or vice president yet received over 1,000,000 popular votes for POTUS in at least one election between 1952 and 2008 inclusive.

Bonus! If you get a correct answer to the question, then 2 points off if you can also name a VP candidate who ran on the same ticket with your presidential candidate in any presidential election during this time frame. Bonus is not available if you dropped the question, wildcarded it, or got it wrong. No penalty for incorrect guesses on the bonus part.

12. Mel Blanc, one of the great voice actors of all time, is probably best known for providing the voice for decades for dozens of characters in Warner Brothers cartoons (Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies.) Name a recurring Warner Brothers cartoon character that is a terrestrial mammal that he voiced at one time on an ongoing basis.

Wait, wait! That's not all Folks! Another bonus awaits:

13. Submit a guess for your cumulative score through the first twelve questions. If the guess falls within 10% of your score (either above or below), then 10% of the score will be deducted to get your final score, i.e. a net of 90%. If you guess within 5%, then 20% will be deducted, i.e. a net of 80%. Example: Your cumulative score through question twelve is 62 and you guessed 57. That's within the 10% range, but more than 5% -- actually it's 5/62 or about 8.1% below -- so your final score would be 90% of 62 = 55.8. Remember, scoring is additive. No penalty for submitting a guess that falls outside the ranges, so there's no risk.

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TD43: LifelongJeopfan

Think Differently #43
This is the latest in our sometimes confounding quizzes.

Question #1
Name someone who has had his uniform number retired by the New York Yankees. I do not need the number, just the name of the player.

Question #2
Name one of the children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. I need their first name. Simply calling one of them "Mrs. Green" will not be acceptable.

Please see post #24 for clarification of this question.

Question #3
Name a man who has won at least two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Question #4
Name a woman who is a current member of the Grand Ole Opry.

My source for this question is the official Opry web site.

Since I am a wonderful person, I will give you a hint. The Opry drops people off the list after they are dead. Also, for this question, I am only accepting individuals. Women who are members solely as members of a group are not acceptable answers.

Question #5
Name one of the first 12 people in line for the British throne currently held by Queen Elizabeth II.

Question #6
Name a Nobel Peace Prize winner born in the United States.

Question #7
Name an element on the periodic table whose symbol is only one letter. I need the name of the element, not the symbol.

Question #8
Name someone who has served for over 36 years in the United States Senate.

Please see post #23 for clarification of this question.

Question #9
Name a TV show that has won two or more Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Question #10
The highest point in the state of Alabama is the top of Mount Cheaha, which is 2,413 feet above sea level. Name a state whose highest point is lower than this.

This refers only to natural terrain. Buildings, antennae, etc, are not considered.

Question #11
Name one of the eight vegetables included as an ingredient in the original flavor of V8 Juice.

I do not want a debate over what is a fruit and what is a vegetable.

Question #12
Tennessee and Missouri both share a border with eight other states. Name one of the states that border either or both of these states.

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TD44: cbec

1. Go Ahead – Make My Day Name a film directed by Clint Eastwood in which he also acted.
1b. Follow Up: Give the name of the character played by Eastwood in your chosen film.

2. American Literature Give the title of a novel written by Mark Twain.
2b. Follow Up: Name a character from your chosen novel who has a “speaking part.”

3. I Can See My House From Here! Name one of the 15 tallest buildings in North America, ranked by highest architectural structural element. The 16th tallest building in North America is the Comcast Center in Philadelphia, at 975 feet (297 m). For the purposes of this question, “building” means a structure with “continuous occupiable floors.” Therefore, the Space Needle in Seattle and the CN Tower in Toronto are not correct answers to this question.
3b. Follow Up: Name the city where your chosen building is located.

4. Progressive Rock Name a studio album released by the group Pink Floyd.
4b. Follow Up: Name someone credited as a vocal or instrumental performer on your chosen album.

5. Look – Up in the Sky! Name one of the 24 brightest stars in the nighttime sky (northern and southern hemispheres). The 25th brightest star is Shaula (Lambda Scorpii) at an apparent visual magnitude of 1.62. Give either the proper name (Shaula) or the Beyer designation (Lambda Scorpii).
5b. Follow Up: Name the constellation your chosen star belongs to.

6. Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night! Name an original member of the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” who was in the cast the entire first season.
6b. Follow Up: Give the title of a feature film in which your chosen person had a credited role from 1976 through 1999.

7. The NFL Name someone enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame whose Primary team is the Chicago Bears.
7b. Follow Up: List the year your chosen person was enshrined. (± 2 years).

8. The Book of Genesis Name one of the sons of Jacob.
8b. Follow Up: Name your chosen son’s mother.

9. International Waterways A ship traveling on the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway System can dock at ports in several U.S. states or Canadian provinces. Name one of these states / provinces.
9b. Follow Up: For your chosen state / province, name the most populous Great Lakes / Seaway port city.

10. Timber! Give the common English name of a woody plant (tree or shrub) with exactly three letters.
10b. Follow Up: For your chosen tree / shrub, list its taxonomic genus.

11. Semper Fidelis: List a military rank for personnel of the United States Marine Corps.
11b. Follow Up: List the pay grade associated with your chosen rank.

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TD45: pdano

1. There have been 8 monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaii since 1810. Name one.

2. According to the Census Bureau, as of July 1, 2008, 273 U.S. cities had at least 100,000 residents. The names of 11 of those cities begin with an N. Name one. Bonus: Guess the population of your chosen city within 10%.

3. The 19th General Conference on Weights and Measures currently recognizes 20 metric prefixes. Name one.

4. (Withheld for tax purposes)

5. Name a U.N. member country in the Western Hemisphere that is currently sovereign over territory that was, at some point in history, claimed by the Dutch.

6. Nine states are responsible for 99% of the peanut production in the United States. Name one. Source:, 2007.

7. Thirteen running backs have rushed for more than 12,000 career yards in the National Football League. Name one.

8. In the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, at least 157 candidates received votes. Of the unsuccessful candidates, name one of the top eleven vote-getters. BONUS: Name the top three of those eleven.

9. Name one of the twelve most common surnames in the United States as reported by the 2000 Census.

10. Since January 1, 1988, seven Supreme Court Justices have left the bench either by resignation or death. Name one. BONUS: Of those seven, name the first three to leave.

11. In Fiscal Year 2008, 11 private corporations had at least $1.8 billion in contracts with the U.S. government that were classified as "defense". Name one. Source: Washington Technology.

12. Since January 1, 1999, Jim Carrey has appeared in 11 theatrical releases. Name one. Source: IMDB.

13. In March 2009, Talkers Magazine released a list of the most-listened-to talk radio shows, measured by the average cumulative weekly audience. Name one of the top 14 programs as measured by this list.

XX) This Think Different used to have a theme, but various alterations to questions made it too attenuated, so I dropped it. If you look hard enough, though, you can sort of see its remnants burning in most of the questions. I am advised that only I can see it, but you know what? You folks are a smart bunch. For a final bonus point, name the original theme of this Think Different. Hint: the questions are in a particular order, and you are best off ignoring questions numbered two through four, which are linked but only tortuously so. Further hint: I thought this was going to be TD 44.

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TD46: VowelGuyNM

For each of your two entries, name:

1. A US state that borders at least four neighboring US states. [States that touch only at a corner do not count as "neighboring."]

2. A player currently (as of August 22, 2009) on the 25-man roster or on the disabled list of a Major League Baseball team who hit 25 or more home runs during the 2008 MLB season.

3. An element with a partially-filled p-orbital shell in its ground state configuration.

4. A Nobel Prize-winning economist. [Full, half-, third-, or quarter-share winners are all acceptable.]

5. A language that was an official language in two or more sovereign nations as of January 1, 2009.

6. An SI derived unit that is also the last name of the scientist after whom it is named. [Size prefixes such as "centi-" or "mega-" will be ignored for determining uniqueness of the answer.]

7. A scripted primetime television show that premiered on or after September 1, 2007 on a major broadcast network (ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC) that has since been cancelled. ["Cancelled" here means that no new episodes have been ordered for the 2009-2010 season. Shows that are scheduled to return as midseason replacements during the 2009-2010 season do not satisfy these criteria.]

8. A poem contained in any published version of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. [The QM reserves the right to prompt you if your answer is from Songs of Innocence or Songs of Experience.]

9. A current European nation that was not a member of the European Union as of December 31, 1999.

10. A symphony whose principal official title, as reflected in a published edition, does NOT include an ordinal number indicating order of composition. [Any subtitles, nicknames, or designators that would be included in parentheses do not count for the purpose of this question. Anything that would follow the opus number in a catalog listing of works is also excluded from consideration. Works with the same title by different composers will be scored separately, so it is likely to be to your advantage to indicate the composer as well.]


(5) Sovereign states are considered to be any country listed in the State Department's compilation of "Independent States of the World."

(9) A European nation is here defined as a country on the State Department list that is either a regular member of the Council of Europe or is eligible for membership in the Council of Europe because of its geographical location (partially or wholly west of the Ural Mountains).

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TD47: kingrat47

1. Name a sitting US governor who is a member of the Republican Party

2. Name a team that has won the Canadian Football League's Grey Cup since 1947.
Because I am not a monster, I will accept nicknames for this question, provided they identify a team unambiguously. If they don't, you're going to be asked to be more specific. City names aren't acceptable without the team's nickname.

3. Name a character who appears in at least five novels or short stories by P.G. Wodehouse
Narrators count.

4. Alkanes, or paraffins, are hydrocarbons consisting of carbon and hydrogen atoms connected by single bonds. Many of them are used as fuels. Name a linear alkane with fewer than nine carbon atoms.

5. Name one of the historic 39 counties of England.

6. Name one of the films that has won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

7. Name one of the nine basic five card poker hands.
To be clear here, I mean a type of hand that might appear in the sentence "X beats Y," not something more exotic. To clarify more, I count the two hands that people sometimes consider the top two types of hands as one hand. Any combination of five cards can be described by one of the nine types of hand I refer to in the question.

8. Roger Taney served 10,425 days on the US Supreme Court, more than all but 15 Justices. Name one of the Justices who served more time on the Court than Taney.

9. Name a state represented in the Confederate Congress at Richmond between 1861 and 1865.

10. Name a student at Archie Comics' Riverdale High.
I'm using wikipedia as my source here. Can we please try and avoid dumb arguments?

11. Name a scripted HBO series (not a miniseries) that debuted between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2007

12. Name a trophy awarded by the NHL to either a team or an individual.
Fair warning-the NHL has the most baroque trophy names in sports. That said, there are a few that are reasonably famous. I want the name of the trophy, not what it's awarded for.

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TD48: efs001

1. Name one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. The one wonder that received honorable mention is an acceptable answer too. (According to

2. Name a US state or Canadian province/territory the Great Continental Divide runs through.

3. Name one of the Top 10 villains listed on "AFI's 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains"

4. As of 2007, 25 universities have been awarded the Sudler Trophy. Name one of them.

5. Name a scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry between 1995-2008.

6. Every year, Forbes magazine lists the 15 wealthiest fictional characters based off of an estimated net worth in USD. List one of the members of 2008 Forbes Fictional 15.

7. Name one of 10 least populated states in the United States.

8. Name a studio album released by Green Day.

9. Name one of the 12 major deities of Rome.

10. (I missed that this question had already been done so here's a replacement) Name a country that was represented in the World Baseball Classic in 2009.

11. Since January 1, 2000, Russell Crowe has appeared in 11 films. Name one of them.

12. Name one of the 12 costliest Atlantic hurricanes in United States. (Not adjusted for inflation)

13. Since the introduction of electronic timing to track and field in 1977, 8 male sprinters have had their world record times ratified in the 100 meter race. Name one of these sprinters.

14. Name one of the characters to tell a story in The Canterbury Tales.
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TD49: dhkendall

(1000 max)

THE SOVIET UNION: This current UN member was part of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.

CHAMPIONS: This Jeopardy! champion also won the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: “Hooked on Classics”, which sampled this classical work as well as 16 others, rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1981.

U. S. PRESIDENTS: At some point during this man’s presidency, the office of Vice President was vacant.

SHAKESPEARE: This historical king of England is also a character in a Shakespeare play.

Q-UP: This word, that has a “Q” but no “U”, is legal according to the Scrabble Tournament Word List.

(2000 max)

HENRY VIII: This woman was Henry VIII’s queen consort.

CANADIAN SPORTS: This American city saw Canadian football played with its very own CFL team in the mid-1990s.

RELIGION: According to the Catholic Church, it’s one of the seven deadly sins, so be careful!

CLASSIC CINEMA: Margaret Dumont played Groucho’s love interest and comic foil in this Marx Brothers movie.

FILMS: This film made the top 10 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores in 2005.

“B” IN GEOGRAPHY: [Each correct response begins with that letter.] Not only does this UN member fit the category, but its capital city does as well.


NATIONAL ANTHEMS: This country’s national anthem was officially adopted in the last 10 years.

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TD50: AceRimmer

The Life of Ace

Chapter 1: Childhood Memories

I've had many obsessions in my life. The first was (not surprisingly, for a young boy) dinosaurs. At six years old, I was adamant that I would grow up to be a paleontologist. I had several dinosaur models, including **********, thought for decades to be the longest dinosaur ever.

Question 1. Name an extinct dinosaur genus belonging to the order Saurischia [NOTE: if giving two answers, provide one Theropod and one Sauropod]. Crash course in dinosaur classification: the superorder Dinosauria is divided into A.Saurischia (the valid answers, made up of bipedal predators of all sizes [Theropods] and huge long-necked quadrupedal herbivores [Sauropods]), and B.Ornithischia (the invalid answers, which are all herbivores, some bipedal, and many have armor/plates/horns/crests/spikes). Flying or aquatic reptiles, and ancient birds are not dinosaurs at all. I will be very forgiving on spelling, even if it changes pronunciation or has a missing syllable, as long as I can find a reasonable match on my master list of hundreds of genera. Obsolete names will be counted together with their current scientifically-accepted name.

(Three Strikes: Archaeopteryx was a bird, and Stegosaurus and Triceratops were members of Ornithischia)

When I grew bored of dinosaurs, I turned my attention to the stars. Wouldn't it be totally radical (I was a child of the 80s) to be an astronaut and visit the Mir space station? Just like that guy from ******** with the tubular name Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa.

Question 2. Name a country (defined as a past or current UN Member State) who had a citizen travel to the Salyut 6, Salyut 7, or Mir space stations, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. The first successful manned mission to Salyut 6 was Soyuz 26, launched Dec 10, 1977. The last manned mission to Mir was Soyuz TM-30, launched Apr 4, 2000. A few missions failed to reach the space stations, but even if I counted those, it wouldn't increase the answer set. I don't think there are any "trick" answers here (that is, dual-citizenships), but just in case, I'm only intending to accept primary citizenships (at the time of launch).

(Three Strikes: China, Italy, and Ukraine never had a citizen in Salyut or Mir)

I was born in Manitoba, and have lived here most of my life. But in the early 80s my family moved to Alaska, where we lived in the city of ********** for seven years. There was no Hermitage, though.

Question 3. Name an incorporated city (or city-borough) in Alaska with a population greater than 2,500 (according to 2008 estimates). I deliberately chose 2,500 as the cut-off because all 19 cities with a 2,500+ estimate also have a 2000 Census population greater than 2,500. Many Alaskan cities have a large incorporated area, and three of the most populous are considered consolidated city-boroughs.

(Three Strikes: Cordova, Dillingham, and North Pole have less than 2,500 people)

Jim Henson played a memorable role in my childhood. Many an hour were spent watching Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and reruns of The Muppet Show (I especially liked poor, tortured ******). The Dark Crystal was also my first "favourite movie".

Question 4. Name a "named" Muppet who appeared in at least five episodes during the five seasons of The Muppet Show (1976-1981). The five episode requirement is meant to exclude one-skit or infrequent background characters that would be impossible to verify (and also to exclude cameos from Sesame Street characters). "Named" means the Muppet had an official first or last name, and I'll need either (a description or species or occupation is not enough). Characters/alter-egos in recurring sketches will be counted together with the portraying Muppet name.

(Three Strikes: The Swedish Chef and The Newsman have no official names, and Pépe the King Prawn started on Muppets Tonight)

While growing up, I would continually hear wonderful songs on the radio, followed by the cryptic DJ pronouncement "that was CCR". After asking my parents once too often what it stood for, they bought me a cassette of Chronicle, and a lifelong obsession with John Fogerty was born. I can still recall the first time hearing the haunting closing track "******* ***** *****", which aptly describes the chances of a CCR reunion.

Question 5. Name a song on the Creedence Clearwater Revival compilation Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, released by Fantasy Records in 1976.

(Three Strikes: "Born On the Bayou" and "The Midnight Special" are not on Chronicle, and "Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress" was by the Hollies)

Chapter 2: Five People Who've Never Been In My Kitchen

In high school (after moving back to Manitoba) I was a member of the track team, but never won a race. I like to imagine that before a race, former mile record holder **** **** ***** would shout "I have not yet begun to run!"

Question 6. Name a man who has held the world record for running a mile (since 1912, when the IAAF began ratifying times). The last time the record was broken was July 7, 1999 (and is the longest span of time ever between record-breaking runs).

(Three Strikes: Saïd Aouita, Daniel Kipchirchir Komen, and Bernard Lagat are all skilled 1500 metre runners, but have never held the mile record)

I was too short to make the basketball team, but one of my high school classmates was the seven-foot tall **** **********, who was later drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round in 1999.

Question 7. Name a man who played in at least one regulation NBA game and is listed as 7 feet (213 cm) tall or higher on (or Wikipedia). Note that I cannot say "is 7 feet tall" because NBA height measurement is not standardized. Some players elect to keep their shoes on, and at least one probable seven-footer insisted on being listed as 6'11". The listing is my primary source, but the height data only goes back as far as 1994. I will only resort to Wikipedia (or failing that, a Google search) if the last season your answer(s) played was prior to 1994. Older famous players (and the tallest ones ever) are well-documented. Surnames will usually be sufficient, but I've found some common surnames have at least two seven-footers, so be warned.

(Three Strikes: Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Bill Walton are all listed as 6'11")

In the early 90s I became infatuated with supermodel ******* ********* (you should really Czech her out). One of her most famous accomplishments was being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue twice. Years later she was the first celebrity voted off (undeservedly) in season 4 of Dancing With the Stars (the only episode I ever watched).

Question 8. Name a woman whose image has appeared on the front cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since 1980 (only counting regular annual newsstand editions, not special compilations). For this question, "on the cover" includes shared covers with multiple main models, and also small "inset" pictures advertising the woman's presence in the magazine.

(Three Strikes: Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer were never on the cover)

I'm a Breaking News junkie. If there's a sudden death or major accident or act of terrorism, you can usually find me glued to CNN. During 1995 I wasted far too much time watching coverage of the O.J. Simpson "trial of the century". No bonus on this question - I don't feel like bestowing a reward for naming any of the sharks associated with this event.

Question 9. In the transcripts for the O.J. Simpson criminal trial in 1995, 14 names are listed as "For the People" (prosecution), and 13 as "For the Defendant". Name one of the people listed [NOTE: if giving two answers, provide one prosecutor and one defender]. The original intended question was "Name a lawyer involved in the Simpson trial", but I had difficulty defining "lawyer" and "involved". There are (hopefully) no traps here - all the names you would expect to see are listed on the transcripts. Some people on the list didn't participate for the entire duration of the trial, but no one was ever "taken off" the list, so the transcript of Sept 29, 1995 (last day of closing arguments) will be considered the master list.

(Three Strikes: Gloria Allred, Lance Ito, and Daniel Petrocelli are not on the For the People/Defendant list)

After graduating from university, I discovered that I had been attending classes on the same campus concurrently with a rising starlet, ******* *********, who went on to win the Juno Award (basically a Canadian Grammy) for Best Female Artist in 2000.

Question 10. Name a woman who has won a "Best Female Artist" (or equivalent) Juno Award. All are Canadian musicians (no groups), and most are internationally known. The first awards were in 1970, and until 2002 there was also a concurrent Male award. The top award was known by several names (Female Vocalist of the Year; Best Female Vocalist; Best Female Artist). Since 2002, there has been a single "Artist of the Year" presented to either gender. Since 2002, 5 distinct females have won the award (and are valid answers), and 2 distinct males.

(Three Strikes: Terri Clark, Deborah Cox, and Alannah Myles have never won the Best Female Juno Award)

Chapter 3: Beautiful Woolly Murder

I appreciate beautiful women, and after seeing the film ***** ******** (directed by her then-husband Mel Ferrer), I concluded that Audrey Hepburn was surely the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Uh, I mean the most beautiful woman I'm not currently married to. Phew - good save!

Question 11. Name a film starring Audrey Hepburn released theatrically in the United States between Jan 1, 1953 and Dec 31, 1969. "Starring" is not ambiguous - in all productions fitting the time frame, she was unquestionably the female lead. Prior to 1953, Audrey's roles were very minor (or in obscure films), and she largely retired after 1969.

(Three Strikes: The Secret People, Robin and Marian, and They All Laughed were not released during the specified time period)

I have dreams of one day publishing a fantasy fiction novel, though elements are bound to be similar (as with all fantasy books) with the ultimate archetype The Lord of the Rings. One of the early turning points occurs in Book 2, Chapter 2, "The Council of ******", where the Ring-bearer's Quest is decided.

Question 12. Name one of the participants in the Council of ******, or one of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, as described in the original text by J.R.R. Tolkien. Nicknames are acceptable.

(Three Strikes: Arwen, Tom Bombadil, and Galadriel were not present at the Council in the book)

I also enjoy writing short stories, and several have won local awards. My favourite short story author is Edgar Allan Poe, and I learned my favourite (non-curse) word from the title of his story "* ******* **** *** *********".

Question 13. Name a short prose fiction tale by Edgar Allan Poe. This excludes poems, essays, and his lone novel. I will be forgiving on spelling, or omission of articles (a, of, the).

(Three Strikes: "The Raven", "Tamerlane", and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym are not short prose tales)

I lurked on the Jeopardy! boards for a few years, but the Think Different games finally convinced me to register and start posting. For most questions I end up giving a very sheepish, or a real ****** of an answer, but I still have fun.

Question 14. Name a country (defined as a UN Member State) with a sheep population consistently greater than 20,000,000 since 2000. My source is the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) website, and 12 countries are listed as having a population of sheep greater than twenty million in each of the years from 2000 through 2007 (the range of data available).

(Three Strikes: Algeria, Ethiopia, and Syria only crossed or approached the 20,000,000 barrier since 2005)

One of my favourite board games is Clue (also known as Cluedo). I always play as ********* ****. People hate playing with me because I usually win very quickly. To make the game more challenging (and to give others a snowball's chance), I often wait until I've deduced every card in everyone's hand before calling out the murderer (or confessing).

Question 15. Name one of the original suspects, rooms, or weapons in the English language version of Clue [NOTE: if giving two or three answers, provide one from each category]. For the suspect, the colour-related surname is good enough, since the titles (eg. Mrs.) vary between editions. However, I won't accept synonyms of the colour-related word - the "classic six" have been the same in all English editions I can find. Likewise with the nine rooms (I will allow unnecessary additions or omissions of the word "Room"), as there had been no changes until very recently. However, I will accept synonyms for the six weapons, even if I can't find the exact synonym among English editions.

(Three Strikes: "Mr. Black did it in the Bedroom with the Poison" is utterly wrong)

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TD51: sugar

TD51 Open House Tour

The first section we will be visiting is quite appropriately known as . . .


1. “The truth is out there”. . . . Name one of the nine celestial bodies in our solar system that were generally considered planets from 18 February 1930 to 23 August 2006, according to the NASA website. Yes, I am including the one that was effectively demoted by the IAU, but not necessarily by everyone else, when it defined "planet". Source: NASA website.

2. If the preternatural characters in some animated TV series truly exist in flesh form, they're keeping an extremely low profile, at least in my vicinity. Name a TV series that won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour), 1990-present. The name of the specific episode which was submitted is unnecessary. Source: Emmys website.

3. “Heaven” pops up in the titles of many Billboard Hot 100 songs. In fact, some of those titles have popped up multiple times, attached to different artists and different songs. Name a Billboard Year-End Hot 100 (1959-2008) song title that contains “Heaven”, plus the name(s) of the artist(s) for one specific song with that title. The names will separate songs with the same title that are on the chart (or not) and are considered an integral part of the answer regardless of title duplication/uniqueness. ETA: Led Zeppelin has no songs on the chart. Sources: Billboard website and other music websites.

Next, if you all will follow me into the maze, is a place that some find even more fascinating . . .

The 51st STATE?

4. The White House, The Capitol, The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Vietnam War Memorial are just a few of the iconic sites in the U.S. capital, where the first two Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates received their honors at Dumbarton Oaks. Name any of the Laureates, 1979-present. Source: Pritzker Architecture Prize website.

5. The Second Wives (and Husbands) Club. Name a First Lady who was actually the second, third, fourth, or fifth wife of a U.S. President, or a First Lady who was married at least once prior to marrying a man who was or later became President. First and last name required. Note: the First Lady must have served time married to a sitting U.S. President. Whether she acted as his hostess is irrelevant for this question. ETA: Rachel Jackson died before her husband's inauguration. Sources: White House website and National First Ladies Library website.

6. Of course, some of the most popular First Family members are the canine ambassadors. Name a First Dog whose first or middle name begins with “B”, 1953-present. First Family last name is required too. Source: Presidential Pet Museum website.

Just around the corner is my favorite part of TD51 . . .


7. Everyone knows about birthstones. But how about birthflowers? While a birthday girl or boy may not be overjoyed to receive a dandelion instead of a diamond, birthflowers (flowers associated with specific months) tend to be lovely. Name one. Sources: Birthflower and Teleflora websites.

8. Flowers, check. Now for some good food. Maybe even great food. Name a James Beard Awards winner for Outstanding Restaurant, 1991-present. Source: James Beard Awards website.

9. After dinner, it's time to head out onto the dance floor. Name one of the International Standard or International Latin dances. Source: ballroom dance website.

And finally, here is TD51's Museum of Rarities, which is also known as . . .


10. They dress us in the morning. . . . Name a male CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, 1984-present. Note: the LAA winners include designers, as well as others considered important to the fashion industry. Source: CFDA website.

11. They keep us up at night. . . . Name a female Edgar winner for Grand Master. Note: at least one winner uses a pen name. Pen name or real name(s) = one winner. Source: Edgar Awards website.

12. And they collect awards. . . . Name a Quadruple Threat, male or female, who has won/received at least one of each of the following awards: Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy. Note: QTs who have received “special” (non-competitive) awards are included. Source: Mental Floss website.

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TD52: goforthetie

Remarks in blue are hints and legalisms. Remarks in orange were added after the original posting.

1. DRAINAGE: Name a river* whose drainage basin contains parts of at least 5 countries+.

1 BONUS: Name strictly more than half of the national capitals that drain into your river's system. If there are none, say "NONE" (lest I think you are clamming). If you are one short of a majority of the capitals, I will not penalize you. If you are more than one short, or list any that are incorrect, you will receive the +5 penalty.

*: All correct answers that are part of the same system will be counted together. For instance, say rivers X and Y join to form river Z. River X drains countries A,B,C, D, and E while Y drains C, D, E, and F; thus river Z drains A, B, C, D, E, and F (and possibly others). X and Z will both be considered correct, but will be grouped as the same answer; Y will be considered incorrect. Thus it is always to your advantage to name the largest and most downstream trunk of the river, and not tributaries.
+: For territory under disputed ownership, I will default to whatever countries and borders are recognized by the US, as those are the ones in my atlas!

2. QUEENS OF THE SOCCER PITCH: Name a national team which has participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup at least three of the five times that it has been held (every four years since 1991).

2 BONUS: Name the best place* that your team has achieved in the World Cup; if it was the champion, you must also give the year it won. (If there are multiple years, just give any one.)

*: For purposes of this question, I am only distinguishing between 6 types of placement: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, quarterfinalist, and first round.

3. JUST HAPPY TO BE NOMINATED?:Name a living* person who has received at least three Oscar nominations in the acting categories, but has never been awarded an Oscar statuette of any kind (including an honorary or humanitarian one).

3 BONUS: Name the film for which your person received his/her first Oscar nomination for acting. (If the person received his/her first two nominations in the same year, either film will be accepted.)

*: Does preemptively mentioning the TD curse ward it off? Let's hope so. In any case, I mean "living as of October 3, 2009".

4. RED CHINA TURNS 60: There are four key political positions in the People's Republic of China (PRC). They are:
1) President of the PRC (the head of state);
2) Premier of the State Council of the PRC (aka "prime minister");
3) Chairman of the Central Military Commission (aka "commander-in-chief");
4) Chairman/General Secretary* of the Communist Party of the PRC.

Give the full name+ of someone who has officially held& at least one of those titles at some point since the establishment of the PRC in 1949.

4 BONUS: Of positions 1-4, list the one(s) that your person has held at any point. (Just give me the numbers - it's easier that way.)
* If you list all of them, with none incorrect, you will earn the bonus multiplier.
* If you list only some of them, but list none that are incorrect, you will not be penalized.
* If you list any that are incorrect, the +5 penalty applies.

Notes: The system is quite opaque, as the position which holds the most levers of power varies, and people sometimes hold more than one office at the same time. Nobody has ever held both the presidency and the premiership, simultaneously or otherwise, but every other pair of positions has at some point been filled by the same person simultaneously.

*: The official title of the leader of the Communist Party switched from "Chairman" to "General Secretary" in 1982, but it's the same position.
+: I need the full name because there aren't very many distinct surnames in Chinese, and even fewer after transliteration and leniency for misspellings and different transliteration systems (which I'll try to be generous with). One thing I won't be lenient about: names must be given in traditional Chinese order, surname first (which is the way they are usually reported in English). After all, you wouldn't accept "Washington George" as a correct answer to "Name a president", would you?
&: Acting and honorary appointments do not count.

5. ELEMENTS IN ELEMENTS: Give the name* of a chemical element which contains the letters of the name of a different element in order (but not necessarily consecutively). For instance, if this question were about bodies in our solar system, SatUrN would be a correct answer, but uraNUS would not.

5 BONUS: Give the chemical symbols for both your element and an element that it 'contains', in that order.

*: Either a standard British spelling or American spelling is acceptable (for either the answer element or the contained element) but Latin names are not.

6. FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: The Pulitzer Prize for the Novel was given out between 1918 and 1947 (after which it was replaced by the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction). During these 30 years, there were several classics of American literature (and Jeopardy! staples) awarded the prize. Hollywood was in a literary mood at the time, with over half of the winners made into feature films, some of which are all-time classics themselves (and some of which most definitely are not...). Give the title of a work awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel that has been adapted into a feature film of the same name.

6 BONUS: Name the director of the film adaptation of your title. If more than one film adaptation with that title has been made, you may state the director of any one of them.

7. BEGATS: Both Matthew 1 and Luke 3 give a list of ancestors of Jesus. Name a person (other than Jesus) that appears on both lists.

7 BONUS: Name the person who, according to Luke's genealogy, begat your person. Put another way... Luke: I am your person's father. (Sorry, I had to.)

Notes: The list in Matthew is in the style "X, the father of Y, the father of Z...", while Luke goes the other way: "Z, the son of Y, the son of X..." There are also more substantive differences - Luke's genealogy goes back all the way to Adam, while Matthew's goes back to Genesis, but not quite that far (20 generations short, according to Luke's list). Matthew's list breaks with the custom of the time to include 5 women, whereas Luke's is all male. And even if you just consider the male names between Jesus and where Matthew stops, the two lists differ in many places, converging and diverging a few times. (Some think it is because Matthew is tracing the royal lineage and Luke the literal genetic lineage.)

My main reference is the English Standard Version, which matches the NIV in these passages. The King James translation spells a few names slightly differently, but has them all there as well, so there shouldn't be much problem with differing translations.

8. GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT WORK: Name a US Senator who is the chair of a standing Senate committee. Select, Special, and Joint Committees are not acceptable - in particular, this excludes the Committees on Ethics, Intelligence, Indian Affairs, and Aging.

8 BONUS: Name the ranking minority member of the committee your person chairs.

9. AN INTERBELLUM: Name a U.S. state that was granted statehood between the signing of the Treaty of Ghent (formally ending war with Britain) and the Congressional declaration of war against Mexico.

9 BONUS: Give the year of statehood (within 2) of your state.

10. MATH NERDS: In 1937 E.T. Bell published his book Men of Mathematics, a seminal work on the history of mathematics. The first chapter is an introduction; the second on some ancient Greeks. The remaining 27 chapters are dedicated to profiles of great mathematicians primarily* from the 17th-19th centuries. Name someone who is a subject or co-subject+ of one of these 27 chapters.

10 BONUS: Give the year of your person's birth, within 23.

Yes, it's a question about a list (of sorts). Two points, though: First, it's a reasonably famous book, as far as these things go. Secondly, and more importantly, all of the indisputable giants that fit the time frame are here, and if you know your stuff and want to dig deeper, you probably won't have to go that far "down" the list to get a low score in this category. I would say that the only omission (from the time period) that is even close to being a surprise would be Dirichlet. If you are still concerned that you are in danger of choosing one not on this list, I can give you an alternate but equivalent question, but I vastly prefer this formulation and I suspect you will too.

*: All were born between 1548 and 1874; all died by the year 1919. David Hilbert (1862-1943) and Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) were great talents, but just a bit too late for this book. Others slightly too late are Lebesgue, Noether, and Klein; Fibonacci (12th-13th century) was much too early. This is not an exhaustive list, of course - I leave it to you to make sure you don't choose a mathematician born in the 20th century, for instance.
+: A few chapters profile more than one mathematician. For scoring purposes, all answers from the same chapter will count as the same answer.

11. CAPITALISM (A LOVE STORY): Name one of the 11 most valuable companies (ranked by market capitalization, as of the close of business on October 2, 2009) whose stock is traded on the NASDAQ.

11 BONUS: Give the market capitalization of your company (as of October 2) to within 19%. As there's some variability here, I will not penalize you if your number is off by between 19 and 23%.

Notes: I chose top 11 because, even though market cap fluctuates, the top 11 were the same at the closes of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2009. In March, DirecTV was the number 12 company with a market cap of $23.2B. In June, Dell was the number 12 company with a market cap of $26.8B. Most recently, News Corp. (yes, that News Corp.) has taken the number 12 spot, with $29.46B on October 2. (Dell is at $29.41B, DirecTV $26.48B.) As an additional data point to help you gauge things, GE (not on the NASDAQ) had a market cap of $163.23B on October 2.

12. STORY TIME: Name a character who has a speaking part in at least two of the Chronicles of Narnia*. Any single name or title is fine as long as it is capitalized in the book and unambiguously identifies the character.

12 BONUS: Name most of the Chronicles in which your character has a speaking part.
* If you name at least 75% of the ones in which your character has a speaking role, without any incorrect, you will earn the bonus multiplier.
* If you name less than 75% but have none incorrect, you will not be penalized, but neither will you earn the bonus multiplier.
* If you list any titles that are incorrect, the +5 penalty applies.

*: I am only referring to the books, not movie or TV adaptations.

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TD53: Peggles

Question # 1: It’s Greek to Me

The great Greek playwright Sophocles is believed to have written over 120 plays, although only 7 complete plays exist today. Name one of those seven plays.

Question # 2: It is better to give…

We’re a bit early for the season, but…name one of the gifts given in “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” You must include the number, for example: “four flamingos farting.”

Question # 3: Hail to the you-know-who

Name one of the first fifteen U.S. presidents from a list in alphabetical order by surname. Per Jeopardy! rules, first names are required for presidents with the same surname.

Question # 4: It’s elementary, my dear…

Let’s continue with our ABC’s, boys and girls. Name one of the first fifteen elements of the periodic table when listed in alphabetical order by name - not elemental symbol. Forget technical stuff like protons, electrons, or futons – it’s back to basics for us.

Question # 5: Nothing but net

Name an NBA team whose name is an animal. (The human animal does not count.)

Question # 6: Beam me up, Scotty (You had to know it was coming).

Name an alien, i.e. non-human, life form or race that appeared in an episode of the original Star Trek television series. The alien(s) must have actually been in the episode and not merely mentioned. Examples follow below:

Example # 1: Wrong answer – not actually in the episode, only mentioned

McCoy: Captain, do you remember that Venusian ventriloquist that we saw last year on Wences One?
Kirk: Sure. I remember him.
McCoy: He's dead, Jim.

Example # 2: Correct answer

McCoy: Look out. Captain! That Liederkranz mutant is about to smack you silly.
Liederkranz mutant: Grrr! Arggh! I'll kill you Kirk!
Kirk: Take THAT! You smelly sack of obscure cheese. (Kirk phasers the LM in a vital organ.)
McCoy: He's dead, Jim.

The name of the alien life form or race should be the specific name given on the show. If he/she/it/they are not designated by name, I’ll accept a really good description with precise details, like home planet, physical appearance, significant actions or words.

Question # 7: Soul of the age

Name a character in Shakespeare’s King Lear. The character must be identified in the play by a specific name or title. Generic characters like soldier, herald, or designated hitter do not count.

Question # 8: Give my regards to Broadway

Stephen Sondheim is the greatest genius Broadway has ever known, IMHO. According to, he wrote both music and lyrics for 12 shows that ran on Broadway. Name one of these shows. Do not include shows for which Sondheim wrote only lyrics or a few songs.

Question # 9: I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille

Name a Best Picture Oscar nominee - from 1950 through 2009 inclusive - whose title contains a cardinal number. ( Exclude dates, sequel numbers, or Roman numerals .) The number can be a numeral or spelled out word.

Question # 10: Hi ho, hi ho

Name one of Snow White’s 7 Dwarfs. (Rumor has it that there was going to be an eighth dwarf named Horny, but Walt nixed the idea.)

Question # 11: Leaving on a jet plane

My initials are MLP. Name a present day European capital city whose name begins with one of those three letters.

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TD54: Peggles

Question 1: Nothing but…goal posts (it’s déjà vu all over again)

Name an NFL team whose name – not including the geographical part – is that of an animal (of the non-human variety.)

Question 2: Reading is FUNdaamental

Name one of the nine full-length novels published by Toni Morrison as of October 22, 2009.

Question 3: Something wicked this way comes

Name a character in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The character must be clearly defined by name or title. Do not include generic characters like guard, herald, or stockbroker.

Question 4: What’s an immunity challenge?

The first season of the U.S. series Survivor was set in Pulau Tiga, near Borneo. Name any other title location of a U.S. season of Survivor through October 22.
You must have the exact wording as used on the show, but you do not need to include any sub-title.

Question 5: Space – the final frontier (aka the subject that just won’t die)

Name an alien being/race (non-human) who served as a member of the crew of any of the five Star Trek series: the original series, Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, and Enterprise. You may include human-alien hybrids as long as the alien identifies him/her/it self by the alien, not human part.

Question 6: And the award goes to…

Name any NCAA quarterback who has won the Heisman Trophy since 1980. Last names only are sufficient unless there is another Heisman winner with the same surname.

Question 7: Still on that jet plane

Using the letters T, D (for Think Different) and R (for rjaguar3), name a present day capital city of a country in Europe.
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TD 55:

1. The Muses: Name one of the canonical nine muses as listed at http://www., but do not consult the site, as that would be cheating.

2. Rogers & Hammerstein: Starting in 1943, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein collaborated on nine musicals that opened on Broadway before Hammerstein's death in 1960. Name one of these nine.

3. Italy: Name one of the twenty regions of Italy (a "region" is basically a state, despite its possibly vague sound. Do not answer "northeast region" or the like).

4. Winning: From 1901 through June 2009, just nine teams in the big four American pro sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) have managed a winning record for seventeen successive seasons. Name one of them (pre-merger AFL counts, per NFL record book policy. Pre-merger ABA does not, per NBA record book policy [sorry again, Dan Issel]. This either matters or does not).

5. Five Stars: Months and months ago, I posted here that eight officers of the USA military (all services) achieved five-star rank during WW II, and named them. Someone suggested that I had blown a possible TD question. Maybe I did. But I suspect that few who didn't know them all then can remember them all now. If they do, though, it would show that reading this board (particularly my posts) is educational, and that would feel very validating. For reasons of neatness, though, I am now asking for any of the nine officers to wear five stars from 1944 up to the present moment.

6. Vicious Circle: The Algonquin Round Table of the 1920's were kind of like the Bright Young Things, but more democratic. Some of them played cards and some didn't. I deplore the inelegance of using two drawings, but I didn't think either quite inclusive enough. Name anyone depicted in either drawing (some are in both but will be counted as one person).

7. Supremes: Between 1964 and 1969, when Diana Ross left the group, the Supremes had twelve #1 hits on the Billboard pop chart. Name one of them (the hits).

8. Reuben Awards: Since 1946, gazillions of people have been honored by the National Cartoonists Society with the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Name one of them (the cartoonists).

9. GBS: George Bernard Shaw wrote a lot of awful lot of plays. But you only have to name one. My source is http://, but again, don't go there.

10. Skylines: Thanks to Schliemann for this category. Seen below are the skylines of twelve USA cities. It is possible that some of your favorites are missing, but I am pretty sure you will have heard of all of these. Name one of the cities.

11. High Points: Since we are already on the honor the highest point in any state that you do not live in. I feel a bit bad about the skylines, so I will now try to be a good neighbor and accept the ten provinces and three territories of Canada. No offense to Mexico, I hope, but I am not aware of any Mexicans who play here. We are talking about nature, so "Sears Tower", for instance, will not be a winning answer. If you do not know the actual name of the point, just specify latitude and longitude to the minute.

12. High Scores: All right, enough neighborliness. Name one of the seven Olympic gold medalists in Ladies' Figure Skating that THIS country has produced.

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TD 56:

First Semester
Please sign up for five Requirements and one Elective. If you want to drop the unpopular History/Economics requirement, please sign up for two electives. The number of correct answers is given in (parens).

1. English (15 minimum): Provide a word used in English as a verb (or other part of speech, but verb is mandatory) for which the first entry in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd edition (Motto: "The one with swears")--including noun and other forms, phrasal verbs, and idiomatic usages but excluding any distinct notes on usage or synonyms--is longer than one full column of text (AHD uses two columns per page).

Hint: All qualifying words I’ve found so far are one syllable... and three of them rhyme. For reference, the entry for "strike" is one line short of a full column.

Depending on how much trouble this question causes people, I may allow some sort of double-dip where you get two chances to come up with a correct answer. But finding lengthy dictionary entries has fascinated me since I began working as a copyeditor at back in 1999, and finally getting to ask this question is one of my main reasons for compiling this TD.

Our clear poll winner (or loser) with 17 votes of 38 cast, nonetheless included here with extra hints. If you must drop, be sure to replace it with an extra elective.
2. History/Economics (16): Between 1913--when the U.S. first began collecting federal income tax at a minimal top marginal rate of 7%--and 1971--when the top rate dropped below 70% for the first time in decades--the top individual tax rate has been over 90% in 16 calendar years. Give one of those years. Hint: Half were under Republican president(s), half under Democrat(s), and none were in the 1930s.

3. Political Science (14): Name a female member (representative or delegate) of the Congressional Black Caucus as of the 111th (current) U.S. Congress. If name confusion is possible (e.g., if there were reps named Tanya Whitmore Williams and Teresa Williams), please be specific. First names are not required, but multiple last names might be to ensure I know which person you mean.

I don't know about you folks, but I spent most of my freshman year...
4. Getting High (14): Name one of the world’s 14 peaks that are 8,000 or more meters high.

Honestly, I can't believe this hasn't been asked before, and hope it's not lurking back in the single-digit TD archives.

After getting high, what happens next?
5. Munchies (15): Name one of the chain restaurants (term used loosely) ranked 6th to 20th by sales in North America as of 2007 according to Restaurants & Institutions. Hint: The top five were McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Starbucks, and Subway. Don't pick one of those, stony.

Choose one, or two if you dropped a requirement:
Comparative Literature (15): Name a fiction novel written for adults or children by either Nicholson Baker or Michael Chabon.

Drama (14): According to IMDb, seven women (one of whom I’ve never seen or heard of) have portrayed A.D.A.s on the original Law & Order television series. Name one of these women, or the character she played. First and last names, please, but I’ll be forgiving on spelling.

Business Administration (many): Name a Microsoft trademark that includes a single internal capital letter (e.g., the E in ScreenEater user interface) and is NOT for a font, video game, or game character. Variations (such as ScreenEater Bogus and ScreenEater Wicked) will be counted as one answer. The last letter (e.g., the S in Outrage-S) is not an internal capital.

Second Semester
Please sign up for five Requirements and one Elective. The number of correct answers is given in (parens).

6. Communications (17): Of the top 30 most prolific posters on the Sony message board, 17 have posted on the Jeopardy! board since Sep. 23, 2008. Give the userID for one of these 17 posters, other than yourself. If you can't think of anyone but yourself, you're probably depressed and should consider seeking professional counseling.

Now that you've seen this question, please make your initial list before you return to the threads, where spoilers abound. I'll be forgiving if, e.g., you say larkin1374 instead of larkin1734, and somewhat forgiving on spelling.

7. Geography (12): Give the name or the capital city of a landlocked Asian country not ending in "-stan."

For purposes of this question, Asian means the entire country lies east of the western shore of the Black Sea. Further, a country with Black Sea coastline is not considered landlocked.

Don’t give me any tiny wannabe countries involved in disputes with Russia and Georgia, like South Ossetia or that other one. We’re not resolving border disputes here; I’d like to minimize boardie disputes as well.

8. Physical Education (9): Since 1931, the Baseball Writers Association of America has given Most Valuable Player awards annually to one player in each major league (there was a tie in the National League in 1979). Through the 2008 Major League Baseball season, nine men have won the award three or more times. Name one of them.

Hint: Even if you know next to nothing about baseball, I can just about guarantee you’ve heard of at least one or two of these guys, possibly for non-MVP related reasons. And don't say Babe Ruth.

Thematically this question belongs closer to Q4. Special Mojo-Jojo (my avatar) shout-out to cbec for absconding with my Pink Floyd question for TD 44: "Curse you..." I'll do Mojo's voice on request.
9. Studio Art (14): Name a song included on either the British or U.S. release of Jimi Hendrix’s collection Smash Hits (the album or CD, not the DVD). Even if you know next to nothing about Jimi Hendrix, odds are good that any song you’ve heard on the radio by Jimi is on Smash Hits.

It's late in spring, and you've burned through your summer earnings on high-quality chemical diversions. Now's the time to buckle down and suckle up.
10. Mathematics/Calling home to beg for money (17): In the U.S. and Canada, 17 area codes with 0 or 1 as the middle digit have digits that add up to six or less. Name one of these area codes, along with the U.S. state or district, or Canadian province or territory, associated with that area code. Area codes where the last two digits are both 0 or 1 (e.g., 300, 411) are specifically excluded.

Choose one:
Religion (12): The Eightfold Path in Buddhism consists of eight tenets, each beginning with ‘right’ (e.g., right hairstyle). Name one of these tenets, or summarize one of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.

Comedy (14): Provide the name either of a cast member (first and last name) of the NBC television series "30 Rock" who appears onscreen in the opening credits, or of the character portrayed by one of those seven actors (first name only is OK here, but feel free to show off).

Literature II (9): Name a novel written for adults or children by longtime Northwest resident Tom Robbins.

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TD 57:

1. Name a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who played in a regular season game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. Traditionally, eight songs, known as the "Big Eight," have been played at virtually every Jimmy Buffett concert. Name one of these songs.

3. Name an element on the periodic table named for a person alive at some point during the 20th century.

4. Name a U.S. prime time television series that has aired new episodes on a broadcast network in at least three different decades.

5. Name an artist who has had at least one painting sell for more than US$50 million.

6. Name a member of the United Nations whose land area was once partially or entirely within the Roman Empire.

7. Name a U.S. state whose capital city is the largest city in the state as of the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate.

8. Name one of the keys in which Beethoven wrote at least one symphony.

9. Modern Library compiled two lists of the Top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century, one created by its editors, the other by an online vote. Name a novel that appeared on both lists.

10. Name a film with more than one quote on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes list.

11. Name one of the twelve cranial nerves in humans.

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TD 58:

1) January 20, 1989. George H.W. Bush is inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States. Although coming off a successful Vice Presidency under Ronald Reagan, his popularity wanes over the course of four years, eventually leading to an unsuccessful bid for reelection. Name one of the 12 US Presidents who served exactly one term and one term only, no more, no less. A term in this question is defined as from one inauguration day to the next.

2) February 14, 1989. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial novel The Satanic Verses, causing a major diplomatic crisis. Ten years earlier, Khomeini had led the Iranian Revolution, driving out the Shah of Iran; for his influence on that year’s events, Time magazine controversially chose him as their Person of the Year. Name any person, persons, or abstract choice since and including 1989 officially named Time magazine’s Person of the Year*.

If your person was co-named Person of the Year with another person or persons for a particular year, you must either name each person or give the nickname Time assigned to that group of people on the cover page of their respective issue.

For example, let’s say one year Time names Tinky Winky and Dora the Explorer their Persons of the Year and on the cover calls them the “Doodlebops”. I would accept “The Doodlebops,” “Tinky Winky and Dora the Explorer,” or “Tinky Winky and Dora the Explorer: the Doodlebops”. I would NOT accept “Tinky Winky” or “Dora the Explorer”. If choosing an abstract choice not pinned to any one particular individual, you must give the exact name Time assigned to that choice.

*The following titles have applied to the Person of the Year over the last 20 years: Person of the Year, Persons of the Year, Men of the Year, Man of the Year, and Man of the Decade.

3) March 24, 1989. One of the biggest and most publicized oil spills in history occurs as the Exxon Valdez lets loose its cargo in the Prince William Sound (not the Sound of Silence) off the coast of Alaska. Petroleum is composed of a variety of different organic compounds. Organic chemistry deals primarily with nonmetals and halogens, elements on the periodic table distinct from metals and metalloids. Name one of the 11 elements on the periodic table classified as either a nonmetal or a halogen, but not a noble gas. “Nonmetals” are a distinct classification apart from “metalloids”, which are elements that display properties characteristic of both metals and nonmetals.

4) April 26, 1989. Lucille Ball, legendary actress and comedienne, dies at the age of 77. An iconic figure, she starred in such television classics as Here’s Lucy, The Lucy Show, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, and, of course, I Love Lucy, which topped the yearly Nielsen television ratings for four of its six seasons on the air. Name a television show, beginning with the 1989-1990 season until now, that ranked #1 for at least one US television season in terms of number of viewers.

5) June 5, 1989. The Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, China, are in full swing. On this day, Jeffery Widener snaps one of the most famous photographs in history of one young man standing up to a line of tanks entering the square. The People’s Republic of China has land borders with 14 other nations, a record it shares with Russia. Name one of these 14 independent nations (all are UN Member States).

6) June 14, 1989. The Detroit Pistons sweep the National Basketball Association finals, bringing home their first franchise championship. Name any team since and including 1989 that has made it to the NBA championship finals but that has yet to bring home a championship in these last 20 years.

7) June 23, 1989. Tim Burton’s Batman is released to critical and commercial success, earning over $400 million worldwide and an Academy Award for Best Art Direction. Since and including 1989, six Batman films have been theatrically released, with directors Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, and Christopher Nolan each having helmed two. Twelve actors and actresses have portrayed a total of ten supervillains over the course of these six films. Name an actor or actress who portrayed a supervillain in any of these six films. Note: My source for what constitutes a “supervillain” will be the Central Rogues’ Gallery in the “List of Batman Family enemies” Wikipedia article. Actors that acted as the decoy of a villain in disguise do not count.

8) July 23, 1989. Daniel Radcliffe, who would rise to fame as the titular character in the films based on the immensely popular Harry Potter book series, is born. Name any student mentioned as being member of the House of Gryffindor attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during Harry’s time as a student at the school. This question refers only to Books 1-7 of the Harry Potter series and not any movies, supplements, or other paraphernalia.

9) September 6, 1989. The Republic of South Africa holds its last general election under apartheid. Under this system, South Africa at the time was divided into four large provinces, as well as several Bantustans, territories set aside for black residents. In 1994, the four provinces would be dissolved and integrated with the Bantustans to form nine new provinces. Name one of these four provinces that made up South Africa or one of the former capital cities of these provinces. Hint: three of these four former capitals continue to play a significant role in South African politics today.

10) September 21, 1989. Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 hurricane, strikes the shores of South Carolina, causing US$7 billion in damage (in unadjusted dollars). Several days earlier, Hugo had reached its peak intensity as a Category 5 hurricane, with winds of about 160 miles per hour, while east of Puerto Rico. Give the name of a hurricane since and including 1989 that reached Category 5 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson scale (winds of more than 155 miles per hour) at any point during its lifetime in the Atlantic basin. There are 11 total.

11) Fall, 1989: “The Autumn of Nations.” A wave of revolution against Communism sweeps the nations of Eastern and Central Europe, bringing the Cold War ever closer to an end. Within a matter of months, the governments of several Communist states fall, fueled by such notable events as the execution of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Cold War has always been viewed as a struggle between the East and the West; many label it as a conflict between the ideologies of the Warsaw Pact versus NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Name one of the 12 founding members of NATO, established at the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949.

12) December 15, 1989. Driving Miss Daisy is released. Four months later, it achieves one of the rarest feats in Academy Awards history, winning Best Picture without a Best Director nomination. In total, 21 films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture without having its director win the Best Director award (and on three occasions, without even having its director get nominated). Name one of these 21 films.

Note: the Academy Award for Best Picture has undergone many name changes in its life, including “Outstanding Picture”, “Outstanding Production”, “Outstanding Motion Picture”, and “Best Motion Picture”. This question does not apply to the film that won the award known as the "Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Production”.

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TD 59:

Section 1: Business
1. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is on the list that is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. A World Heritage Site is a place of either cultural or physical significance. Out of 890 sites across the globe, only twenty are located in the United States or its territories. Name one of those twenty sites. Hint: Out of the twenty, only eight are notable as a result of man-made endeavors.

2. Of the 12 most populous countries in the world, 11 have an individual whose official or cermonial title is "President" of that country. Name one of the 11 individuals who currently hold such a title in one of those 12 countries. Notes: Some of these 12 countries also have a designated "Prime Minister," and in some the "President" may not necessarily be considered the "head of state" or may not be the most powerful government official in effect. Those nuances are not material to this question. The title is all that matters.

2B. Optional BONUS question (for which a correct answer gets you one point subtracted from your score): Of the 12 most populous countries, name that one country who has no designated "President."

3. More Presidents of the United States were born in Virginia than in any other state. But among the women who have held the official title of First Lady of the United States, more were born in the state of New York than any other. Name one of these nine First Ladies born in the state of New York. Note: First names are not required unless there were multiple First Ladies with the same surname. If you don't know a first name, I will accept responses in the style of "Mrs. John Doe" or "John Doe's wife."

4. Biological taxonomy uses different 'ranks' used in the grouping of species. The main ranks, from most broad to most specific are: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. The Animal Kingdom contains at least 36 phyla (Phylums). Name one of them. You may use either the proper phylum name or its common name. Some helpful hints: only one phylum is composed of "vertebrates." About half of the phyla are for some kind of 'worm,' although most are quite obscure. Subphyla are excluded.

5. What was once Yugoslavia in 1990 is now seven separate independent states.
The capital city of one of these independent states, OR
The capital city of the formerly Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, which existed from 1963-1990, OR
Either of the two coastal cities in the former Yugoslavia that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

6. In terms of number of enrolled students, name one of the largest ten public university campuses as of Fall 2009 in the U.S.
Notes: A "campus" is a single physical location of a four-year university within the United States. A university may have multiple campuses within the single administration. Enrollment is the sum of the headcount of undergraduate and graduate students Enrollment is counted by the 21st-day headcount, as provided to the US Department of Education under the Common Data Set program.

7. From Dec. 20, 2008 to Jan. 8, 2009, a total of 34 NCAA Division I-A college football "bowl games" were played. 7 of these games did not have a corporate sponsor in the official title (e.g., "Peoria Bowl" or "Pomegranate Bowl"). The other 27 games did. Name the title sponsor one of those 27 games.
Notes: Generally, title sponsors appear in the name in one of three ways: 1. As the name of the game itself (e.g., "General Mills Bowl") 2. As an add-on to the traditional bowl name (e.g., "Olive Garden Pasta Bowl"), or 3. As the "presenter" (e.g., "Chili Bowl presented by Tums") Also, note that the title sponsor could be either the company name itself or one of its products. If the title sponsor is a product, I will also accept its manufacturer, but the two will not be scored separately. If the title sponsor is a subsidiary of a parent company, I will also accept the name of the parent company (not to be scored separately).

8. In 1995, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awarded the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy to The Lion King. Name one of the films that has won this award since then.

9. On November 30, 2009, the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas will be christened as the largest passenger vessel in the world at over 225,000 gross tons. The ship will join twenty others in Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' active fleet. Name one of the Royal Caribbean's 20 currently active ships.
Hint: All of Royal Caribbean's ships' names follow the pattern: "_____ of the Seas". Also note that the ships Sovereign of the Seas and Empress of the Seas are no longer in the RCL fleet.

10. In 2002, TV Guide ranked the series Seinfeld as the #1 show in "The Greatest 50 TV Shows of All Time." The series follows the postmodern misadventures of Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Elaine Benes, and Cosmo Kramer. The show was well-loved for its supporting cast as well. Other than the four main characters listed previously, name one of the 12 characters who appears and/or speaks in at least 11 episodes. Elaine's one-time boss Mr. Pitt just misses the list with 8 appearances. I will be generous in accepting partial names or descriptions on this clue as long as your answer uniquely identifies the character.

11. In 2006, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) released a list of "the Top 25 most performed holiday songs for the previous five years, based on performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide." Name one of the top 15 of those holiday songs.
Some helpful hints: These are "popular songs," not "carols"; none of the correct answers were written prior to 1934. #16 is Elvis' "Blue Christmas" and #17 is "Frosty the Snowman".

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TD 60:

1. Name one of the eight longest rivers flowing into the Arctic Ocean.
This is the name of the river where it flows into the Arctic. Tributaries do not count in calculating the length.
Bonus question (bonus value 2): Give the rank in the order by length.

2. Name a character from the epic poems Beowulf or Gilgamesh.
Bonus question (bonus value 2): Describe the character's role in the story.

3. There are 114 chapters in the Koran, but you have to name just one of the first twenty. Hint: one chapter has the same name as a book of the Bible. Two others are named for significant figures in the life of Jesus. One is named for a Biblical prophet.
Bonus question (bonus value 4): Give the order number.

4. Name a war that began in the 19th century in Europe or Asia involving a European power.
Bonus (bonus value 2): Name a battle of the war, or the commander of the forces of one of the participants.

5. Name a country that has a depiction of a weapon or weapons on its national flag. Object must be intended for use as a weapon (for this question a trident is not a weapon).
Bonus question (bonus value 2): Name the weapon

6. Name one of the nine divisions that produces or will produce automobiles in the new (since 2009 bankruptcy reorganization) Chrysler or General Motors corporations.

7. Name one of the original nine Beanie Baby animals. Hint: there were 1 amphibian, 1 crustacean, 2 aquatic mammals, 1 semi-aquatic mammal, 2 domesticated mammals, and 2 land mammals.
Bonus question (bonus value 4): Give the name of the Beanie Baby.

8. Name a guest star of the original Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964), who also starred in* a primetime TV series**.
Bonus question (bonus value 4): Name the episode (must be exact)
Second Bonus question (bonus value 2): Name the TV series the actor also starred in (must be exact)
* Must appear in the top eight of the cast listing on IMDB.
** A U.S. production of at least 13 episodes.

9. Bob Dylan has had 22 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (1965-1983). Name one of the 11 songs to chart at 40 or better, or the song for which Bob won an Oscar. This does not include songs Bob wrote and charted only when others performed them.
Bonus question (bonus value 4): Name the highest position it reached on the chart or the year it charted (plus or minus 1) or, for the Oscar song, the exact year it won, or the movie it was in.
Second Bonus question (bonus value 2): How is this question related to another question in this quiz?

10. Taylor Swift has won 40 awards since 2007. Name a song, album, or video for which she won, or was nominated for, an award. Songs and videos will be counted separately so designate which one you mean.
Bonus question (bonus value 2): Name an award (in the U.S.) she won in 2009.

11. Name an actor who has played (or will play soon) Sherlock Holmes in an English-language or silent movie (not made-for-TV).
Bonus question (bonus value 2): Name one of the Sherlock Holmes movies the actor appeared in (must be exact).

12. Name one of the films represented by the stills below (all won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film).
Bonus question: (bonus value 2): Name the year* it received the Oscar.
Second Bonus question (bonus value 2): How is this question related to another question in this quiz?
*This is the year for which the film was given the award, not the year the award was given out.

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TD 61:

1. In 1982, Sue Grafton released A is for Alibi, the first of her "Alphabet Mysteries". Name another book in the series (published as of 12/1/09).

2. Sticking with letters ... 96 years ago this month (the 23rd, to be exact), Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act, which called for the establishment of at least 8, and no more than 12, districts. They decided on 12 and those appear on every bill in circulation in the US -- they're the little letter (A through L) with the location of the bank printed around them. Name one of these 12 cities (BONUS: If you give both the city and the letter which represents it, you will have 2 points deducted from your score. There is no penalty for an incorrect letter/city combo).

3. There have been 16 perfect games in Major League Baseball since 1900. Name one of the men who hurled it. (Bonus 1: Name the team that man pitched for when he threw the perfect game.) (Bonus 2: Name the opponent.) (Each is -1 for a correct answer, no penalty for an incorrect guess).

4. Name a nationally broadcast TV show which had at least one season which was primarily set in the city of Boston.

5. Name one of the actresses who has played one of Charlie's Angels in either the original TV show (1976-1981) or the two theatrical releases.

6. In 1940, Mikoyan-Gurevich produced the MiG-1, the first of many Russian fighters turned out by that bureau. Starting with the MiG-9, NATO designations were give to the MiG fighters, most all of which began with the letter "F" (the MiG-9, for example, was the "Fargo"). Name one of the other designations. (Bonus: Give the full designation -- MiG-9 Fargo, for example -- to have one point subtracted. Incorrect designation adds one point.)

7. In 1984, 5 initial Top Level Domains (TLDs) were defined. The TLD is the last part of the web address (example: in, xxx would be the TLD). Excluding country codes, there are currently 21 approved TLDs. Give one of these TLDs.

8. Name a currently living (as of 12/1/09) child of a U.S. President.

9. The 1801 Act of Union, among other things, replaced the Peerage of Britain with the Peerage of the United Kingdom. There are currently 19 Dukes in that peerage. Give the title of one of these Dukes (the Duke of Northumberlandshirewick, as an example). Generally speaking, if you've heard of a "Duke of X" title recently, it's one of them.

10. When NFL play began, there were only three men officiating a football game. Due to the development of players and the myriad rule changes, that number is now 7. Give the title of one of these 7 officials.

11. Lastly, the obligatory Star Trek question: give the name of one of the theatrically released Star Trek movies. I will accept just the sub-title part of the name. If you give the full title, I will subtract one point from your score (incorrect full titles add one point). So, if the name of the movie was Star Trek XXIII: The Geezers Strike Back, then:

The Geezers Strike Back is an acceptable answer
Star Trek XXXIII: The Geezers Strike Back subtracts one point
Star Trek XXXIV: The Geezers Strike Back adds one point
Star Trek: The Geezers Strike back adds one point

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TD 62:

1) William Shakespeare is one of the greatest authors of all time. He is believed to have written or co-written 38 plays. For this question, name a character whose first name or surname begins with the letter “O”. For this question given names are the only appropriate responses. Names such as “Duke of Ontario” , “Old Man Smith” , or “Officer #1" are not acceptable

Bonus: Describe their role in the story.

2) Name a novel, novella, or non-fiction work written by John Steinbeck.

Bonus: Name two characters from that book.

3) Name a winner of the US Women’s Open golf tournament.

Bonus: Name the course they won on.

4) Name a winner of the US Open tennis tournament, men’s singles title since and including 1968.

Bonus: Who was their opponent in the final?

5) CQ Press compiled a list of the 20 most dangerous states for 2009. They compared the state’s crime statistics in six categories (assault, burglary, murder, motor vehicle theft, rape, and robbery) against the national average. Name one of the ten most dangerous states.

Bonus: What is that state’s rank?

6) Name a four year college located only in New Jersey. Online schools, community colleges, and trade schools are not considered. Colleges with multiple campuses will only be counted once. Rabbinical and theological schools are also not considered.

Bonus: Name the city or town where their campus is located. (If more than one campus, choose one)

7) AARP recently released a list of the 50 most prescribed drugs in the US. Name one of the top twenty. Hint: Only three brand name drugs cracked the top twenty, the other 17 are generic.

Bonus: What is this drug mainly used to treat?

8) Name a US surgeon general, or acting US surgeon general.

Bonus: What year did they start their term?

9) Name a guest or permanent judge on the tv series Project Runway. Mentors and muses are not acceptable, they actually had to have appeared in the judging sequence.

Bonus: Which season did they appear?

10) Name a movie Peter O'Toole has received an Academy Award nomination for.

Bonus: What year did he receive that nomination?

11) Name a US president born in the 19th century, regardless of when they served.

Bonus: What year did they take office?

12) Name a vodka or gin based cocktail that is recognized by the International Bartending Association.

Bonus: Name three other ingredients in the cocktail. If less than three, name all others.

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TD 63:

(1) North and South Dakota joined the union as the 39th and 40th states on November 2nd, 1889. Name one of the 10 US states admitted to the Union after the Dakotas.

(2) Other than carbon, 13 elements have symbols that include the letter C. Name one of them.

(3) In 2005, Senate Democrats used the filibuster to prevent 10 Bush judicial nominees from being confirmed by the the GOP-controlled Senate. In response, the GOP threatened to change Senate rules to disallow the use of filibusters against judicial nominees - the so-called "nuclear option". Seven Democrats and seven Republicans signed an agreement to oppose the nuclear option, and force cloture on three of the nominees; they became known as the "Gang of 14". Name one of those 14 Senators.

(4) Name the present-day capital of any of the 15 member states of the former USSR.

(5) Name one of the 8 players in Abbot & Costello's "Who's on first?" comedy routine. Note: the Abbot & Costello routine did not give the name of the right fielder.

(6) Name one of the moons of Neptune.

(7) Name one of the 11 NHL players with 1000 career regular season assists. ***Note: Minor league assists, playoff assists, and assists from other leagues such as the defunct WHA do not count.

(8) Other than Breakfast of Champions (thanks Jeopardy!), name a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut (no novellas, short stories, or collections). (for the record, yes, I managed to miss that FJ clue)

(9) In 1970, George C. Scott won the Academy Award for Best Actor for playing the title role in the film Patton. Since then, 12 actors have won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the title role in a movie. Name one of the actors. Note: First and last character names count, as do nicknames, ranks and titles, etc., as long as the movie title clearly refers to (at least) that specific character.***

(10) 10 MLB teams have appeared in nine or more World Series. Name one.***

(11) Name an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini.

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TD 64:

1. Name a feature-length movie that was directed by Ingmar Bergman and was shown in American theaters at some point. (You probably don't need to worry about the last condition unless you are an expert on Swedish films. Documentaries don't count. "Feature-length" means at least 75 minutes long.)

2. Name an album featuring Jack White, either solo or as a member of The White Stripes, another band, or other collaboration. (It does have to be the Jack White who is the male half of The White Stripes; other musicians with the same name may exist, but do not count for the purpose of this question.)

3. Name a country (UN member state) whose national flag has a horizontal black stripe extending across at least half the width of the flag.

4. FIFA keeps the official ranking of national soccer teams, but ESPN publishes its alternative ranking, the Soccer Power Index, which is arguably more statistically sound. As of 27 December 2009, seven teams are in the top ten on both lists, while six other teams make the top ten on one of the two lists. Name one of the 13 teams ranked in the top ten on at least one of the two lists.

5. Depending on the version, Microsoft Office 2007 suite for Windows contains between four and nine separate programs. Name one of the nine programs in the Office Ultimate, the most complete version. (Note: a program that is included in any other version of Office is also included in the Ultimate.)

6. Michael Jackson, solo or in a duet, had 13 singles that were #1 US hits according to the Billboard Hot 100. Name one of those #1 hits. (Note: "solo or duet" basically excludes hits he had as part of the Jackson 5 or USA for Africa. Also, singles that only hit #1 on US Hot R&B or other genre-specific list don't count.)

7. Elizabeth II (Windsor) is the queen regnant of 16 sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms. Name one of those states. (Note: all correct responses are UN member nations.)

8. The cardinal (more precisely, northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis) is the official state bird of 7 US states. Name one of those states. (Hint: the seven states are contiguous.)

9. Name a living (as of 28 Dec 2009) person who has been knighted in recognition of his or her accomplishments in the area of natural sciences, mathematics, technology, or medicine. (Note: I use a loose definition of "knighted". See a longer clarification in the next post.)

10. publishes quarterly lists of largest US mortgage lenders. Name one of the top 10 mortgage lenders by total amount of home mortgages originated in the 3rd quarter of 2009.

11. Name a castle or palace shown in one of these ten photos:

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TD 65:

1. Name one of the nations you would walk through if you walked southwest from Casablanca, and followed the African coastline all the way to Cape Town. The terminal countries ARE acceptable.

2. Name a character from the theatrical releases of at least one of The Lord of the Rings movies. The character must have a specific individual name ("Hobbit," for example, is not an acceptable answer), and the character must be listed in the IMDB entry for one of the three films. Characters that appear only in the extended versions are NOT acceptable.

3. Name a poem by Walt Whitman.

4. Name a Division I school that has competed in the men's OR women's Final Four (or both) in basketball at least once since January 1, 2000.

5. Name a single by Madonna. Collaborations with other artists are NOT acceptable.

6. Name a Confederate general from the American Civil War. [No, it's not "the War of Northern Aggression."]

7. Name a U.S. TV series on which at least one person has actually won $1 million or more. [Here "series" means a show scheduled to air at least three episodes; also, the $1 million could be a single prize, or a cumulative total, but must have been awarded to a single individual.]

8. Name a person in the line of succession to the presidency of the United States as of January 1, 2010. You must name the actual person, NOT the title of the office, and President Obama himself does not count. [Need help? Look here.]

9. Name an amino acid. Polypeptides and proteins are NOT acceptable. [Need help? Look here.]

10. Name a word of at most 8 letters that is a valid word in English-language Scrabble, but cannot be played without the use of a blank tile. Words that differ only by an -S, -ES, -D, or -ED suffix will be treated as the same word (e.g., if KWYJIBO were a valid word, KWYJIBO and KWYJIBOS would be lumped together). [Need help? Look here.]

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TD 66:

1. AWARD-WINNING PRESIDENTS: Name an Academy Award winning actor who has played a (real or fictional) US President in a movie that was released theatrically in the US.

2. AWARD-WINNING COLLEGES: Name one of the top 12 liberal arts colleges in the US, according to US News & World Report's 2010 rankings.

USN&WR definition of the category: "The 266 liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts." Here are the next 12 on the list: Wesleyan, Grinnell, Harvey Mudd, US Military Academy, Washington and Lee, Smith, Colgate, US Naval Academy, Hamilton, Colby, Oberlin, and Colorado College. Every correct answer had an enrollment of under 2500 students as of 2008.

3. PRESIDENTS WINNING COLLEGES: There have been 13 US presidential elections in which all 50 states voted; the first was in 1960. Name a state that has given its Electoral College votes (or the majority thereof, for split-vote states) to the winner in at least 11 of these 13 elections.

4. THE MODERN WORLD: Give the name of an island of population at least 1,000 which contains the sovereign territory of more than one UN member.

5. THE ANCIENT WORLD: Alexander the Great left Greece in 334 BC on a mission to conquer... well, whatever he could. He never returned. Name a present-day UN member whose territory he personally visited after his departure. (Greece is not a valid answer.)

6. THE CLASSICAL WORLD: In November 2008 the British magazine Gramophone published the results of a survey of classical music critics, who were asked to name the best symphony orchestras worldwide. Separately, the Encyclopedia Brittanica Almanac 2009 gave a list of 25 World-Class Orchestras. Name a city that is the home base of an orchestra ranked on both lists. (I do not need the name of the orchestra.)

There are 12 orchestras on both lists. When I asked my brother, a professional orchestra member, about this question, he said 8 of the 12 are canonical consensus picks that most anyone in the business would fully expect. (Of course, this is not to say that the other four are out of left field or anything.)

Brittanica did not include festival orchestras or opera company orchestras in its list; Gramophone did. Neither had orchestras that only rose to prominence very recently (in the last 5-10 years). To help you out, here are the orchestras that are on one list only:


Israel Philh. Orch.
London Philh. Orch.
Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK) Symph. Orch.
Orch. de la Suisse Romande
Orch. de Paris
Orch. National de France
Orch. Symph. de Montreal
Oslo Philh. Orch.
Philadelphia Orch.
Philharmonia Orch. (London)
Pittsburgh Symph. Orch.
Royal Philh. Orch. (London)
St. Louis Symph. Orch.


#6: Bavarian Radio Symph. Orch.
#9: Budapest Festival Orch.
#10: Saxon State Orch.
#14: Mariinsky Theatre Orch.
#16: St. Petersburg Philh. Orch.
#18: Metropolitan Opera Orch.
#19: Saito Kinen Symph. Orch.
#20: Czech Philh.

7. MALE BOXING: The World Boxing Council was formed in 1963 as a rival to the World Boxing Association, thus creating separate championships and the potential for split titles. Name one of the 10 men who has been an undisputed heavyweight champion since 1963 - that is, someone who has held both the WBA and WBC titles simultaneously. Hints: there hasn't been one in almost 10 years. Also, Floyd Patterson was the last WBA champion whose reign was entirely pre-WBC.

The IBF has eventually recognized every joint WBA/WBC title-holder since the IBF's founding in 1983, so including them in the definition of undisputed changes nothing.

8. LETTER DROPPING: Give a common English word of three or more letters which has the property that, if you remove any one of its letters - no matter which one! - you are left with another common word.

Non-example: LAB would not be a valid response. Removing the B gives LA, while removing the L gives AB, which are both fine words; however, removing the A gives LB, which is not a word.

9. LABS: Name a national laboratory overseen by the US Department of Energy. (Almost anything with the words "National" and "Laboratory" in its title qualifies.)

10. SPRINGFIELD NUCLEAR: Other than his siblings, give the full name of a blood relative of Bart Simpson that has appeared in multiple episodes of The Simpsons.

11. PASSIONATE PLAYS: Name a full-length (i.e., not a one-act) play written by Tennessee Williams.

12. PASSION PLAY: The last chapters of all four New Testament Gospels are concerned with the events of the Last Supper, the Passion, and the resurrection of Jesus (starting in Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:7, and John 13:1). Name a person other than Jesus who is mentioned by name in at least two of the four accounts. Please be as specific as possible (see below).

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TD 67:

1. Give the middle name of one of the 13 U.S. presidents who took office in 1933 or later. For presidents that have multiple middle names, give them all. Each individual president will be counted separately. Use the name during the presidency if it differs from the birth name.

2. There are twelve signs of the zodiac in Western astrology. Give the common English name of one of the twelve signs.

3. The standard Monopoly board has 12 spaces that are something other than a property. Two of these occur three times each, for a total of 8 unique spaces. Name one of the eight.

4. The modern Hawaiian alphabet has seven consonants and five vowels, all of which are also in the English alphabet. Name one of these twelve letters.

5. There are 6 states in the United States that are doubly landlocked - meaning that all of the states they border are also landlocked. Give one of these six states or its capital. For purposes of this question, a state is landlocked unless it borders the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes. Also, do not consider Canadian provinces or Mexican states in determining whether a state is doubly landlocked.

6. As of 2010, there are six major film studios sometimes called the "Big Six" and four major music recording groups sometimes called the "Big Four". Name one of the ten. Please specify whether you are referring to a film or music studio. If you name a parent company or sub-label, I will group it with the correct answer.

7. Name one of the six distinct types of quadrilaterals (categorized by their angles and side lengths) or one of the three types of triangles (characterized by their side lengths) shown here.
8. The United States has fought in eight wars with at least 10,000 U.S. military deaths. Name one of the eight.

9. The NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB are commonly considered the four major professional sports leagues in the United States. Name one of the following: the championship series or game for any of the four OR the winner or runner-up in the most recent edition (as of January 19, 2010) of one of these championship series.

10. The top 20 films by worldwide gross box-office receipts, as of January 19, 2010, unadjusted for inflation, can be grouped into 12 distinct films or film series. Name one of these twelve. (For example, if "Barney 1", "Barney 3", and "Barney 4" were in the top 20, "Barney" would be a correct answer.) The list at will be considered correct.
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1. During his lifetime, Theodore Geisel published 47 books under the name Dr. Seuss. 17 other books, including Ten Apples on Top, were published under other pseudonyms or after his death. Name five of the original 47 Dr. Seuss books.

BONUS: The four Dr. Seuss books that have been made into feature films. (Theatrical release according to

2. Of the 47 Vice Presidents of the United States, 17 failed to complete (or, in the case of Joe Biden, haven't yet completed) at least one four-year term, for whatever reason. Name five of the 30 Vice Presidents who served at least four years.

BONUS: The five Vice Presidents who completed at least four years in office, then later became President for a reason other than the death of the sitting President.

3. 19 Metropolitan Statistical Areas are entirely located in a state or states that border the Gulf of Mexico AND they are EITHER the state capital OR larger by population than the state capital. Name one city in each of five different such MSA's. (If your list includes two cities in the same MSA, the second city will be scored as a wrong answer)

NOTE: Cities within the same MSA score together, so if Nashville/Franklin/Murfreesboro were correct, and one person put Nashville, another put Franklin, and a third put Murfreesboro, each response would score 3 points.

(Helpful hint: Atlanta's MSA extends into Alabama, but since part of that MSA is in Georgia and Georgia does not border the Gulf of Mexico, Atlanta would be wrong.)

BONUS: The three Gulf Coast MSA's that are home to an NHL team.

4. Twenty composers meet the following criteria:

a. Born after 1650
b. Died before 1920
c. Their work is performed on a recording on's Classical Music Best Sellers List, Top 10, as of December 31, 2009.

Name five.

BONUS: The five who died before 1800.

5. While most elements English names end in "M," several do not. If I've counted correctly (no promises), there are 20 whose names end in one of the following letters: B, E, N, D, O and T. Name five.

BONUS: The six whose atomic numbers are consecutive.

6. During Egypt's Old Kingdom, sites now known as Heliopolis, Hermopolis, and Elephantine were where deities known as the Ennead, Ogdoad, and Triad (respectively) were worshiped. As best as I can tell, a total of 27 distinct deities made up the Pantheon. Name five.

BONUS: Egyptian deities that are also part of the "System Lords" in the Stargate franchise.

7. identifies 31 theatrically released films as prequels to other movies. Name 5.

For the purposes of this question, we will define "prequel" as a movie which "supplements a previously-completed work and is set earlier in time." However, a prequel does not fundamentally change later events. Thus, Batman Begins and Star Trek are not prequels. Godfather Part II is both prequel and sequel, so it does not qualify. Also, direct-to-video releases and TV movies do not make the list. A movie can be a prequel to one movie and a sequel to another and still qualify. List is as of December 31, 2009.

BONUS: One of the six "prequels" released before the term was coined in 1984.

8. In the twelve-year history of the BCS, 21 teams have played in at least two BCS bowl games. Name five.

BONUS: The 2 teams who have a) played in more than one BCS Bowl game and 2) finished undefeated seasons with a win in a BCS bowl game without winning the BCS National Championship.

9. Of the 101 2-letter words that are legal in Scrabble, 34 are also NYSE stock symbols. Name 5.

BONUS: The five that start with A.

10. In 1984, Hasbro bought Milton Bradley (the company, not the outfielder). They bought Coleco in 1989, and Parker Brothers in 1991. Name 5 board games now made by Hasbro in the top 100 of the Board Games Best-sellers list.

NOTE: Electronic and card games are not included. Multiple versions of the same game score together. That is, if "Quiddich" and "Quiddich: The Junior High Swirlie Edition" were both on the list, they would be considered the same game for this question.

BONUS: Board games for which Hasbro sponsors a World Championship. (I've found three so far. If you think you have another one, I'll check it out.)

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TD69: dhkendall

1. Name a book of the Bible not named for a person or group of people. For this question, the short titles of the English-language Authorized King James Version will be used.

2. Name a UN member whose official capital city is not its largest city (city-proper populations counted)

3. Name someone whose name appears in the credits of the January 29, 2010 episode of Jeopardy! (Note, "John C. Stennis" will not be considered a correct answer.)

4. Between 1931 and 1991, 9 baseball players have been named MVP for two consecutive years. Name one of the nine. (Hint, each one of the positions is covered only once with the 9).

5. Name a character from the comic strip "Peanuts". This character must have an identifiable name (for example, not just "Charlie Brown's pen pal"), be actually depicted in the strip, and have "speaking" lines (some form of recognizable communication with other characters). Characters only appearing in TV specials aren't acceptable.

6. Name an official (produced by EON Films) James Bond film

7. In the 2001 Canadian census, Canadians were asked to self-identify their ethnic group. Besides "Canadian", nine groups each got over 1 million responses. Name one of the nine. (Note: each person could self-identify as a member of more than one group, and each group is counted every time it is given as a response - whether alone of in combination with other ethnic groups.)

8. Name one of the specifically named rights, freedoms, or other guarantees listed in the US Bill of Rights.

9. Name one of the "Original Six" NHL hockey teams.

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TD70: skkorling

1. On August 29, 1936, John McCain is born in the Panama Canal Zone. Currently, there are 18 United States Senators older than Senator McCain. Name one of these 18 Senators.

2. On June 29, 2009, WWE Monday Night Raw started its policy of “guest hosts,” celebrities, WWE Superstars, and WWE Hall of Famers that would take control of Raw for one night. As of February 15, there have been 34 different hosts, hostesses, or group hosts of the show. Name one of these hosts, according to Note: If more than one person hosted, you must name all applicable hosts or the group name they go under. To clarify, if, say, The Flintstones hosted Raw:

Fred Flintstone is incorrect
Fred, Wilma, and Pebbles Flintstone is correct
The Flintstones is correct

3. Name one of the top 10 Korean surnames, by population. Population figures are based on year 2000 records from the Korean National Statistical Office. Note: These all include estimates from North and South Korea, and the difference between #10 and #11 is too great to account for error - over 200,000 people. Also, transliteration can be tough - do your best, and I’ll figure out what you meant.

4. Name a city represented on the MONOPOLY: Here and Now World Edition board.

5. Lake Superior is the largest lake with an American border, spanning over 31,000 square miles in area. However, it also shares a border with Canada. Name one of the 6 largest lakes completely enclosed by the United States, with no foreign borders. Note: For the purposes of this question, treat each Great Lake as a separate entity, and artificial lakes count. Bonus -1: Name the only US state with no natural lakes.

6. On July 7, 2008, Capcom released Street Fighter IV in the US, marking the series’s long-awaited return to the market. All 12 characters from the classic Street Fighter II returned, plus a few new faces. Name a country or territory that a playable character from Street Fighter IV (console version) calls home, according to the flag that accompanies their picture in the game. NOTE: Some characters’ flags have symbols that are not real countries. If you use one of them as your answer, it will be marked as wrong, and I will laugh at you.

7. According to his tomb in Westminster Abbey, Geoffrey Chaucer died on October 25, 1400, leaving unfinished his Canterbury Tales. In it, there are 24 tales, 2 told by Chaucer himself as a character in his own book. Name one of the 22 other storytellers in The Canterbury Tales.

8. In 2010, Disney will unveil its 10th official Disney Princess in their adaptation of Rapunzel. Name one of the 9 current official Disney Princesses. Note: I’m looking for the princess’s name, NOT the movie she starred in.

9. Centrum is one of the most popular multivitamins on the market. Name an element on the periodic table that is also found in Centrum, according to the "Supplement Facts" portion of the label. NOTE: This is for the original Centrum multivitamin, not Silver, Ultra, or any other variation.

10. In 1965, the International Cricket Conference decided to open its membership to countries outside the British Commonwealth. There are currently 10 countries/confederations with Test status; that is, allowed to play full 5-day Test cricket. Name one of these 10.

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TD71: sugar

1 - Le Freak (Chic, 1978) . . . 71 is a permutable prime number with 17. Name any prime number between 17 and 71, inclusive.

2 - Hit the Road, Jack (Ray Charles, 1961). . . Humans celebrate multiple holidays, silly and serious, every day of the year. Name one of the U.S. federal holidays in 2010. Source: OPM website.

3 - Wild Thing (The Troggs, 1966) . . . My part-hound part-mystery dog is the co-chair of the TD71 welcoming committee. Name a dog breed in the AKC's hound group. Source: AKC website.

4 - ABC (The Jackson 5, 1970) . . . While the crew is equipped with Universal Translators, everyone knows multiple languages and ways to communicate. Name a codeword for a letter in the current NATO phonetic alphabet (a.k.a. international radiotelephony spelling alphabet), which is commonly used by the military and private pilots. Note: “Love” and “Sugar” were once codewords for L and S in the U.S. and U.K. phonetic alphabets, but they're not in the NATO version. Source: BBC website.

5 - She Drives Me Crazy (Fine Young Cannibals, 1989) . . . TD71's special guest performers, The Disney Princesses, may not be listed in the Almanach de Gotha, Debrett's, or Burke's, but they are celluloid royalty and their songs often do well come awards season. Name a DP movie song that was an Academy Award nominee/winner. Source: Academy Awards website.

6 - You Give Love a Bad Name (Bon Jovi, 1986) . . . On their last trip, frequent flyers Venus and Mars slipped into their tennis togas and headed to the court. Their son Cupid, who'd been getting in some target practice, foresaw catastrophic line calls and such, so he flitted over, declaring he'd be the judge. Venus won the racket spin and served first. Name a standard USTA-approved way for Cupid to have announced a score for the first game of the first set, including the conclusion. Note: if a score can be said different ways, those different ways will be grouped together. Source: USTA website.

7 - Smooth (Santana with Rob Thomas, 1999) . . . The ill and injured receive state-of-the-art care in sick bay. Name a specific piece/ailment that must be moved in or removed from the patient's body in the original Operation game. A 2004 addition to the original game is acceptable. Note: no surgical implements (i.e., tweezers). Source: ehow website.

8 - Hey Ya (Outkast, 2003) . . . We will be running a midnight movie marathon starring Academy Award nominees for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading/Supporting Role. Name two such nominees who have appeared in at least five feature films together and/or been married to each other (not necessarily at the time of the nominations). First and last names required. Source: imdb website.

9 - Can't Help Falling in Love (UB40, 1993) . . . The Captain is partial to the classics – books, music, and movies. Name a complete published novel by Jane Austen or Charlotte, Emily, or Anne Bronte. Sources: Austen and Bronte websites.

10 - Hips Don't Lie (Shakira with Wyclef Jean, 2006) . . . You can order virtually anything you want to eat or drink from Ten Forward, the dining room, and the en-suite food replicators. Name one of the top 17 chocolate confectionary (including white chocolate) consuming countries as of 2004, according to the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO). Total, not per capita. Source: International Trade website.

11 - Call Me (Blondie, 1980) . . . A prankster once programmed Data to hum Billboard Hot 100 songs with “Honey” or “Sugar” in the title. Name one of these songs. Songs with the same title will be considered as one, so artists' names are unnecessary. Source: music websites.

12 - Let's Stay Together (Al Green, 1972) . . . Extraordinary, extravagant, and extraterrestrial gifts and souvenirs are available in the shops on board the ship, as well as at our stellar interstellar destinations. Name a traditional U.S. anniversary present for years 1-15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80. The year is not required. A gift that appears in different years (or in variations) is counted as one gift. Sources: and other websites.

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TD72: lurkalot

1) Reading:
Name one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder "Little House" books.

2) Writing:
Name one of the accepted methods of Shorthand.*

3) Recess!
Name a brand name of a cola drink. I am using Wikipedia's list, fwiw.

4) Science (The Animal Kingdom):
Name a breed of dog which has won the Westminster Kennel Club Show since 1990. (hint: three breeds have repeated.)

5) Social Studies:*
Name a political assassination or assassination attempt in the United States since 1900.

6) Geography:
Name a Republic which was formerly part of the Soviet Union.

7) Creative Arts/Visual:
Name a movie starring Tom Hanks (not counting voices, narrating, or tv movies):

8) Creative Arts/Music/Musicians' Lives:
Name a woman who was or is married to a former Beatle (first & maiden names; if one was married to Debbie Smith, Debbie would not suffice, nor would Ms. Smith).

9) Foreign Language:
Name one of the 15 most widely spoken Romance Languages (according to Wikipedia).

10) Physical Education:
Prior to the current Olympic Games, name an Olympic athlete who has won more than ten (10) Olympic medals of gold, silver, and/or bronze.

11) History:
Name one of the convicted conspirators of the Abraham Lincoln assassination.

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TD73: BoK

1. Name the current reigning monarch of any U.N. member state. You must give the name of the monarch and the country, but you do not have to give the regnal number (if any) that follows the name.
Note: Answers will be grouped by individual, not by country.
Bonus: How many years has this monarch been on the throne as of 2/28/2010 (±5 years)

2. According to the most-recent (July 2008) county-by-county estimates from the U.S. Census bureau, there are 12 counties with a population greater than 2 million. Name one of these counties. To avoid any possible confusion you must also give the state.
Hint: Just missing the cut is Wayne County, MI with a population of 1,949,929. It was over 2 million as recently as 2006, but not anymore.
Bonus: What is the population of this county in the July 2008 estimate? (±20%)

3. Name a person who has won at least 2 Best Director Oscars.
Note: I didn't realize it, but the next Academy Awards air on Sunday, March 7, which is the day before this quiz closes. To be eligible for this question, the director must have already have won at least two awards, not including the 2010 awards.
Bonus: What was the release year of the movie that earned this director his or her first Best Director Oscar? (±3 years)

4. Name a member of the Grateful Dead. This does not include Grateful Dead successor bands (i.e. The Other Ones, The Dead), nor does it include any time before the band first named themselves the Grateful Dead.
Note: at various times, people have played with the Grateful Dead on albums and in concerts but were not official members of the band. Exactly who was or was not a member of the band is defined on the Grateful Dead’s official webpage.
Bonus: How long was this person a member of the Grateful Dead (±3 years)

5. The 12th Amendment changed the way the Electoral College votes. This question only concerns elections that occurred after the ratification of the 12th Amendment on June 15, 1804.
Name a person who finished 3rd or worse in the Electoral College voting for President, but received at least 1 electoral vote.
Note: I am using the official electoral vote results as found on the U.S. Archives website.
Bonus: How many electoral votes did this person receive (±5 electoral votes)

6. Name a president or Supreme Leader (past or present) of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
I will be lenient with spelling.
Bonus: How long was this person in this office (as of 2/28/2010 for current office holders)? (±2 years)

7. Name a Shakespeare play that is set at least in part in what is today Italy. To be clear, for the purposes of this question, Italy is defined as any location that falls within the borders of present-day Italy. The borders existing at the time the play is set or at the time the play was written are irrelevant. “Set at least in part” means that at least 1 scene must be set there.
Bonus: How many total lines does this play have? (±50 lines) For this bonus I am using the count at (obviously don’t click on that link before submitting your answers). The website says, “A ‘line’ is either words spoken by a character, or a stage direction — anything from a one-word shout to a full soliloquy.”

8. Name a woman named in the Torah (a.k.a. the Pentateuch, a.k.a. the first five books of the bible). The woman must actually have a specific name stated in the bible, so something like “wife of so-and-so” does not count.
Bonus: Give the book and chapter number in which the woman is first named. (±5 on the chapter, book name must be correct)

9. Name a naturally-occurring element, all of whose isotopes are radioactive.
Bonus: What is the half-life of this element’s most abundant naturally-occurring isotope? (±3 orders of magnitude)

10. Name an NCAA university whose football team has tallied at least 750 victories (including post-season play) in the history of the program.
Hint: the only team with more than 725 victories but less than 750 is Georgia with 732.
Bonus: How many total victories does this school have? (±20 victories)

11. The Vancouver Winter Games are nearing the end, but to make it a little harder we’ll go back to 2006. Name a country that received at least 1 gold medal in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
Bonus: How many total medals (not just gold medals) did this country receive in 2006? (±4 medals)

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TD74: HerbStemple

1. Name a fruit of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23, King James Version (9)

2. Name an ingredient in Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream. (9)

3. Saturday Night Live has historically used a set of regular cast members for their sketches and a celebrity guest to host the show each week. On occasion, an SNL regular hosts the show. Name one of these 25 SNL castmembers who have hosted the show.

4. Name a Buick model produced in model year 1990. (8)

5. Name a state adjacent to a state through which US Route 66 runs, but that itself contains no part of Route 66. (12)

6. Name an infraction in an NHL hockey game that: (a) would result in a penalty, and (b) does not result from physical contact with another player or his equipment. (11)

7. Name a song on Queen's "Greatest Hits" album released on September 15, 1992. (17)

8. Name a valid two letter Scrabble word that is also an country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and an element's symbol on the periodic table. (21)

9. Name a musical symbol shown below. A red arrow points to the intended symbol in cases where there is more than one. (8)

10. Name a letter of the alphabet and its Morse code representation. (26)

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TD75: UniquePerspective

1. Gotta Catch 'Em All: In the world of Pokemon, there are types such as Normal, that determine nature of attacks and strengths and weaknesses. Besides Normal, name a Pokemon type.

2. Yes He Did: In 2008, Barack Obama won the presidential election, by winning 365 electoral votes. Name a state that gave all of their electoral votes to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

3. Madness! In March!: It is about time again for the NCAA Men's Basketball Division I championship, but we're going to take a look back to last year's Madness, and some of the top teams there. Name any team that was seeded 1 through 4 in the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Division I Championship.

4. Lose Anything?: The TV series Lost has had a large ensemble of main characters throughout the year, as the mysteries of the island are explored. Name a character of Lost whose actor has had star billing in any time frame of the airing of Lost. First and last names of the characters must be provided when available.

5. Let's Get Theatrical: The Tony Awards offer an award to what the committee considers to be the best musical of each year. Name a show that has won the Best Musical Tony award from 1980 onward, including that year.

6. Reading is Fun-Damental: The Newbery Medal honors achievement in Children's literature. Name a book that won a Newbery Medal from 1980 onward, including that year.

7. Rock On! Igneous rocks are formed by cooling magma. Name an igneous rock.

8. Tick Tock: Time zones contain many different states. Name a state that has at least a portion of the state in the Mountain Time Zone.

9. Game Shows Not Named Jeopardy: The Price is Right has had many pricing games played throughout it's history. Name any pricing game that has been played on The Price is Right from 1972 onward, retired or active.

10. Think Think Different: Before this one, 74 Think Differents have come and passed. Name anyone besides me who has hosted a Think Different. The games do not have to be finished.

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TD76: cbec

1. Spirit of ’76 The Declaration of Independence of the United States, issued on July 4, 1776, was signed by 56 delegates to the Second Continental Congress. Name one of the signers.

2. Spirit of Fantasy In Chapter One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, 13 dwarves drop in on Bilbo Baggins for an “Unexpected Party.” Name one of these dwarves.

3. Spirit of St. Louis The airplane Charles Lindbergh flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927 is currently on display at one of the Smithsonian Institution museums. The Smithsonian Institution operates 16 museums and 9 research centers in the Washington, D.C. area, and at other sites around the world. Name one of these museums or research centers. (Not including the one museum that is scheduled to open in 2015, or the one museum which is closed for renovation.)

4. Dead Presidents (and others) Name a historical person whose image appears on the obverse (face side for notes, heads side for coins) of any denomination of U.S. currency in production as of 21 March 2010, not including the Presidential Dollar Coin Series. Persons who appear on more than one denomination will be grouped together. Circulating (not bullion or collectors’) currency only.

5. Spirit of International Cooperation The border between the United States and Canada is the longest international border in the world. Name a U.S. state or Canadian province/territory that lies along this international boundary.

6. Spirit of International Competition The latest installment of the modern Olympic Games - the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games - is now in the books, with a fine showing by the host country. In the inaugural modern games held in 1896 in Athens, Greece (home of the ancient Olympic games) 241 athletes from 14 nations competed in 43 events in 9 sports. Name one of the medal events (not sports) at the 1896 Olympic Games.

7. Who You Gonna Call? Do I really need to explain? Name an actor/actress with a credited role in both of the films Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).

8. Spirit in the Sky Starting with Apollo 9 and continuing through Apollo 17 (the final lunar mission), each flight crew assigned names to the Command Module and Lunar Module that would carry them to the Moon and back to Earth. Give the nickname for one of these space vehicles.

9. Dem Bones The average adult human body contains 206 bones,with more than half of these in the limbs. Name a bone that is located in the human arm or leg (including hand and foot, not including shoulder or hip). No distinction will be made between left and right, and Latin and common names will be grouped together. Bones that are only distinguished by ordinal numbers will also be grouped together.

10. Sprirt of the Grape Wine is packaged in glass bottles of various shapes and sizes. Although the shapes of the bottles differ depending on the type of wine and the vintner, the amount of wine by volume has evolved into a range of accepted sizes. Different size bottles have become known by various names, both prosaic and fanciful. Give the name associated with one of these “standardized” bottle sizes.

11. Smells Like Teen Spirit? Long before Kurt Cobain picked up his first toy guitar, Eric Clapton had already been proclaimed a guitar “god.” Seven musical groups have released albums listing Eric Clapton as a member (not including Clapton solo releases, appearances under pseudonyms, or compilation/retrospective albums). Name one of these groups.

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TD77: NYBookworm

Entertainment Section

1. TV
Name one of the 7 series to win an Outstanding Comedy Emmy in the 2000’s

2. Movies
Name one of the 7 Films to win 9 or more Oscars*
*competitive awards

3. Cartoons
Name one of the 7 members of the “X-men” 1992 TV series pictured* below or
Name one of the 7 members of the Simpsons family pictured below
*Magneto (in the background of the X-men picture) does not count

4. Sound of Music
Name one of the 7 Von Trapp children or
Name one of the 7 notes in the song “Doe a deer”

5. Harry Potter
Name one of the 7 Happy Potter novels* or
Name one of the 7 children of Molly and Arthur Weasley
*all of the novels start with Harry Potter and the …,
*British, US, or other variants for the same book title will be counted together

6. Board Games
Name one of the 7 denominations of money in Monopoly*
*standard American edition

7. Name one of the 7 Athletes Pictured below or one of the 7 sports* they play/ed
*the athlete’s main sport as pictured if they have played more than one

Academic Section

8. Literature
Name one of the 7 novels below or
Name one of the 7 authors of the novels below:

Follow link at the beginning of this TD to see images.

9. World Geography
Name one of the traditional* 7 continents
*as show in image above

10. US Geography
Name one of the 7 states other than New York that begin with the letter N

11. US Government
Name one of the most recent* 7 Secretaries of State to serve for over a year or
Name one of the first 7 Presidents of the United States of America
*includes current secretary of state

12. Science
One of the 7 elements whose name begins with the letter N or
One of the 7 symbols of those elements

13. Things we learn in Kindergarten
Name one of the 7 colors of the rainbow

14. Art History
Name one of the 7 works of art below or
Name one of the 7 artists who created the work below
*English/Foreign titles that are the same will be counted together

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TD78: Vanya

1. Name one of the first eight (chronological) number 1 hits (Billboard Hot 100, U.S.) by the Beatles (Help! was the ninth).

2. Name one of the eight largest countries with high-speed rail (300 km/hr or more on a regularly scheduled route).
Bonus question: total network length of the country you chose, within 50% (length includes trains that run at 200-300 km/hr)
For example if length is 10,000 km, an answer between 5,000 km and 15,000 km would be right.

3. Identify one of these eight songs from famous ballets. Name of the song or the ballet it is from will suffice. Give yourself two penalty points if a Looney Toons cartoon is the first thing you think of upon hearing this music. Bonus: identify the author.

4. Name one of the four main belligerent nations in the Suez War (1956) or the Prime Minister of one of the nations at the time. Bonus: name the chief military commander of any one of the four nations.

5. Name one of the seven chakras of Indian medicine. Bonus: give the Sanskrit name.

6. Name one of the 8 Chinese dynastic periods, A.D. 420 - 1911. Bonus: name any year within that dynastic period.

7. Name one of Japan's eight largest (by area) islands. Does not include islands claimed by Russia and Japan.

8. Name a scripted, prime-time TV series set in San Francisco, and broadcast on one of these networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, WB, or USA, and began after Sept. 1, 1994, and lasted more than one season or is a current series. Bonus: name a star of the series.
Note that FOX is not on my list of networks.

9. Name one of the seven longest tributaries of the Mississippi River. Bonus: the length of your choice, within 25%.

10. In Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, Englishman Phileas Fogg makes the trip in eight major legs, by train and/or steamship. Name the begin or endpoint of one of these legs.

11. Odio l'opera! Name one of the operas pictured below. Some will be produced for the New York Metropolitan Opera's 2010 season. Bonus: name the author.

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TD79: Gamawire

1. Name a character whose name appears in the title of a Charles Dickens’ novel. (9)

2. Name a team that has lost the NBA championship series since 2000 (inclusive). (8)

3. Excluding the hockey team members, name a woman who took home at least one medal for the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. (13)

4. Name a Dolly Parton movie (in an acting capacity). (11) These include both theatrically released and made-for-television movies.

5. “E”asy geography. Name the capital of any country that begins with the letter E. (9) Clarification: the country needs to begin with that letter – not the capital.

6. Name a woman who, as an individual, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer (as of 2009). (11) If the woman was inducted with her group or with another person, her name would be an incorrect answer. For example, if Eva Longoria and the Parkers were inducted, an answer of Eva Longoria would be wrong.

7. Name a mineral on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. (10)

8. The G8 has now become the G20 - name one of the 12 additions. (12)

9. Name a current female U.S. senator who previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives. (7)

10. Name a U.S. President who has been named Time’s Man/Person of the Year more than once. (8)

11. Name a year in which a U.S. President died in office. (8)

Bonus: Name my favorite singer. All I will tell you is this person was most popular during the 1970s and is now dead. If you can guess it, it’s worth 10 points off your score.

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TD80: Randy G

1. The official English language Scrabble® Players Dictionary (Merriam-Webster*) lists 11 words containing the letter "Y" that can be made from the letters in E-I-G-H-T-Y, if each letter is used at most once per word. Name one of these words.

* The 4th Edition (2005) contains more than 100,000 playable 2- to 8-letter words, including variant spellings, and is endorsed by the National SCRABBLE® Association.

Have you heard that the new version of Scrabble -- due in July -- will allow proper nouns? Yikes!

2. According to the U.S. Census, the nation's population increased 9.1% between the official 2000 Census and the July 1, 2009 estimates. Name one of the 10 states that increased in population at a rate at least 1.5 times that of the U.S. as a whole, i.e. > 13.6%. (Note: DC is treated as a state for census purposes.)

Bonus: Every state increased in population over this period. Name one of the 3 states that increased the least, by percentage.

3. Each of the following long time concert hall favorites is also commonly known by a nickname. Identify one of these nicknames. (The nickname alone is sufficient; you do not need to match it with any of the works listed.)

∙ Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 C-sharp minor, Op. 27, #2
∙ Prokoviev: Symphony #1 in D, Op. 25
∙ Schubert: Symphony #9 in C, D. 944
∙ Mozart: Serenade No. 13 for strings in G, K. 525
∙ Haydn: Symphony #45 in F-sharp minor
∙ Dvořák: String Quartet #12 in F, Op. 96
∙ Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in E-flat, Op. 73
∙ Mahler: Symphony #2 in C minor
∙ Tchaikovsky: Symphony #2 in C minor, Op. 17
∙ J.S. Bach: Concertos with several instruments BWV 1046–1051
∙ Chopin: Waltz in D flat, Op. 64, #1

Bonus: What does the initial "K" stand for in the Mozart catalog, or the "D" in the Schubert catalog?

4. According to official Professional Golfers Association (PGA) statistics, as of 4/17/2010, 13 golfers have earned at least $25 million (in constant dollars) on the PGA tour. Name one. (Note: PGA Tour earnings do not include winnings from other tours, such as the European and Champions.)

(Hints: With the spectacular rise in tournament purses over the last 20 years, it's no surprise that these leading money winners are all current regulars on the tour. Masters all? At last week's Masters, only 4 of the 13 finished at even par or better (positions 1-25), 4 finished over par, 4 were cut after 2 rounds, and 1 failed to qualify for the tournament.)

Bonus: Name the world-renowned golf course shown in the accompanying photo.

5. The lyrics to the Pete Seeger song "Turn, Turn, Turn," most notably popularized by The Byrds 1965 version, is taken almost word for word from Ecclesiates 3:1-8.

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap

Name one of the 12 other "A time to (for) ..." pairings of opposites that appear in either the song or Ecclesiastes. (Note: Ecclesiastes contains all 12 of the others, while "Turn, Turn, Turn" has only 10 of the others.) Your phrasing does not need to be exact, but must be close in meaning to one of the original pairings.

The opposite pairings will all be of the form, for example, "A time to open, a time to close."

6. Name a European or Asian automobile manufacturer which is still distributing through dealerships in the U.S. or Canada for the 2010 model year, and which is named, in whole or part, after a real person. Company and brand names are acceptable if they meet the criteria, but specific car models are not. (For example, company Antediluvian Motors has 2 brands, Antediluvian and Buggtussle, which in turn sell various models.) Also, the namesake need not have had anything to do directly with either the founding or operation of the company.

7. While I had little interest in the subject beforehand, I started watching the Showtime series The Tudors on a friend's suggestion, and took a real liking to it. Name a theatrically released feature film in which the historical King Henry VIII of England, or one of his parents, wives or acknowledged children appears as an on-screen character in an acting role. The film need not be faithful in any way to an actual historical account. Remakes of essentially the same story, and with essentially the same name, will be grouped together.

8. Name a leading film actor or actress who died before age 35. "Leading actor" can be somewhat subjective, so consider it as someone who had a primary role in at least two theatrical films, ruling out one hit (or miss) wonders.

Bonus: Within 3 years, in what year did the actor of your choosing die?

9. Ringo Starr, who turns 70 this July 7th, is still recording and touring 48 years after he joined The Beatles. (He was the oldest of the four, btw.) Of the 150 or so songs released by The Beatles, either on original studio albums -- non-compilation -- or as singles, only 11 featured Ringo as the lead vocal. Name one of these 11.

(Hint: as many of you may (rightfully) consider this too obscure without a little help, the first 3 words in each of the songs are as follows: "In the town", "Now it's time", "I'd like to", "They're gonna put", "Well how can", "What would you", "I been told", "I listen for", "I wanna be", "I said I'm", "What goes on".)

10. If your GPS tells you that you're standing at 34°01' N, 118°24' W, you're within walking distance of the Jeopardy! studio on the Sony lot in Culver City, CA. (Be sure to use the Overland Ave entrance -- shown via Google Earth in the picture -- when you walk or drive onto the lot for your J! appearance.) Name one of the 14 U.N. member countries that you would pass through if you circled the world at 34°01' N latitude.

Bonus: Within 5°, what is the E or W longitude of the capital city of the country you chose?

11. Name one of the ingredients specifically listed on the label for either Diet Coke or Coca Cola (a.k.a.Coca Cola Classic.)

12. Name a television show associated with one of the following graphics. The show name alone is sufficient. (Text, including names, that would commonly appear on the graphic have been masked.)
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TD81: StevenH

1. Name a play that Henrik Ibsen wrote.

2. Kevin Smith was one of the people who founded View Askew Productions in 1994, and six of the movies that he wrote and directed were set in the “View Askewniverse.” Those six films are Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks II. Name somebody* who had a role or an appearance of any kind in 2 or more of Kevin Smith’s six movies that were set in the View Askewniverse. *By “somebody” I mean an actor, actress, or someone who is not really an actor by profession but they appeared in the movies.

3. The earth has fifteen tectonic plates that are considered “major” plates. Of those fifteen there are eight larger ones that are classified as “primary” plates* and seven smaller ones that are considered “secondary” plates. Name any one of Earth’s 15 major tectonic plates. *NOTE: Two of the primary plates in question are sometimes grouped together as one plate. Most of the sources I came across listed these two plates as being separate, so for the purpose of this question there are 8 primary plates, and 15 major plates total.

4. The U.S. version of the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album was released in 1993. The first sixteen songs that were included on it had been released previously, and the last two tracks on it were first-time releases. Name one of the 16 songs on the U.S. version of the 1993 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits album that appeared on one of Petty’s earlier albums.

5. There were 19 universities and 1 college that made it onto the Princeton Review’s list of the top American party schools for 2009-2010. Of those twenty schools, thirteen are located east of the Mississippi River.* Name one of the 13 schools that made the Princeton Review’s list of the top American party schools for 2009-2010 that is located east of the Mississippi River. *NOTE: Tulane University was on the list, but I am NOT counting it as being east of the Mississippi River, even though it might be. I was not able to verify which side of the river it is on, but either way it is probably best not to consider Tulane for this question, so Tulane is out.

6. The HDI (Human Development Index) is a statistic that is used to evaluate a country’s level of “human development.” The factors that it takes into consideration are life expectancy, education levels, and economic standard of living. In a United Nations report that was issued on October 9, 2009, the HDIs of a total of 182* of the world’s countries were ranked. South Africa ranked 129th overall and 12th among countries that are part Africa. Name one of the 11 African countries that had a higher HDI in 2009 than South Africa. *NOTE: Because of a lack of available data, Somalia and Zimbabwe were not ranked at all, so do not guess either of those.

7. The “open era” of tennis began in 1968. With 33 first place finishes, Conchita Martinez is 15th on the list of tennis players with the most singles titles in open era WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) events. Venus Williams and Serena Williams are both ahead of her on that list, with 43 titles and 36 titles, respectively. Name one of the ladies other than Venus Williams or Serena Williams who is ahead of Conchita Martinez on the list of tennis players with the most titles in open era WTA singles events.

8. There are six* trigonometric functions. Identify one of the trigonometric functions that has a positive value for an angle when the terminal side of the angle is located in quadrant I of a two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. *NOTE: For this question I am only asking in regards to the six basic trigonometric functions, not hyperbolic or exponential functions.

9. Listverse dot com compiled a list of their choices for the top ten greatest fictional bands of all time. Identify one of Listverse’s picks for the top ten greatest fictional bands. And to help you with this question I am going to give you the movie, television show, or book that each band is from, except in the case of the band that was ranked number one: 1) no hint 2) Almost Famous 3) Restaurant at the End of the Universe 4) Lost 5) Doug 6) Full House 7) The Simpsons 8) The Big Lebowski 9) Arrested Development 10) The Office

10. From 1988 through 2000, the original TGIF block aired on the ABC network on Friday nights from 8:00 to 10:00. Name any television show* that at some point was included in the lineup for the original TGIF block. *NOTE: 20/20 was NOT part of TGIF.

11. Identify the artist who painted any one of the works seen below.

TIEBREAKER: Name one of the 5 actors/actresses who played a high school student who spent a Saturday in detention in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.

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TD82: Stooopid

1. Name one of the 22 airlines (according to a Wikipedia article) that fly to over 100 different destinations

For each airline, this includes any subsidiary airlines (i.e., part of the same company), but does not include codeshare flights. I'm not sure, but I believe a city with multiple airports (like NYC) counts as 1 destination.

2. Name an official national capital whose name in English is 4 letters long

I'm not counting punctuation, spaces, or diacritical marks. Just letters. So Wřø Ñ-g, for example, would count as 5 letters.

3. Give a crossword entry that, according to, has been used at least 200 times in the New York Times in the "Shortz era" (21 Nov 1993 — present)

There are currently 40 such entries (a couple are close). All are either 3 or 4 letters long, with lots of common letters. Unlike SCRABBLE, crossword entries can be just about anything, including multiple words, foreign words, acronyms/initialisms, and abbreviations. Some even contain numbers or punctuation…though not any of the common entries. To give you an idea, the most common 5-letter entry is ARENA (182 appearances), the most common 6-letter entry is ESTATE (81 appearances).

4. Name a US state whose capital city name has the same number of letters as the state name

For example, Alberta (7 letters) would be a correct answer if (a) Calgary (also 7 letters) were its capital, and (b) Alberta were a US state. Neither of these are the case. Like Question 2, I'm not counting spaces, just letters.

5. Name a company whose current NYSE stock ticker symbol is a single letter

I'm looking for the company name, not the ticker symbol. It doesn't need to be precise, just close enough that I know which company you mean. Companies listed on NASDAQ don't have single letter symbols (most are 4 letters, like AAPL for Apple Inc).

6. Name a brand of wristwatch that is "made" in Switzerland

The brand name is what appears on the watch, like Timex (made in the US). I put "made" in quotes because I'm not going to hunt for subcontractors or offshore factories: if the company says it's Swiss, that's good enough for me. J! spelling rules apply, with reasonable allowance for foreign languages.

Note I haven't done an in-depth search, you may well give me a correct answer I haven't heard of. That's what the Internet is for, right?

7. Name someone who won the Tour de France

This is the bicycle road race that has been run in France (and often through neighboring countries) since 1903 (though not during World Wars I or II). Men only, I don't mean the Tour de France Féminin (which was first run in 1984).

8. Name a Canadian university that made the top 200 in the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities

From the ARWU web site:

The top 100 universities are ranked individually, the rest in larger groups (like 201-302). Only 4 Canadian universities made the top 100. Another 2 were ranked 101–151, and none were ranked 152–200. That means there are only 6 correct answers…so choose carefully!

9. Name a song that has been specifically parodied by Weird Al Yankovic

I'm looking for the name of the original song (recorded by someone else) that was parodied, not the name of the Weird Al song. Some Weird Al songs have parodied more than one song, any of these count. Don't worry about who recorded the original song, or which version of the song he was parodying, I just need the song name.

Note that several other of his songs have been clearly inspired by other works, but are not intended as parodies. Those songs will not count here.

10. Name a country that has hosted at least two Olympic Winter Games

This should be self explanatory…I'll just note that hosted is not the same as awarded: the Games had to actually occur. And yes, there are countries that have hosted more than two Winter Games.

And finally, one question relating to 1982 (since this is TD 82):

11. Name one of the 15 states that has yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The ratification deadline for the ERA was June 30, 1982. At that time, 35 states ratified the amendment (though 5 later rescinded the ratification). I'm looking for one of 15 other states. Note that 8 of these 15 did approve the amendment in at least one legislative chamber.

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TD83: goforthetie

1. FLOWERY WORDS: Name a noun of seven or more letters that appears in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

Jeopardy pronunciation rules will apply. Answers must be a single, capitalized or uncapitalized word, and must be used as a noun in the preamble, not as a pronoun or any other part of speech.

2. PHYSICISTS: The Nobel Prize in Physics was first awarded in 1901. Name someone who won the prize prior to 1940.

People awarded the prize in the same year will be grouped together. The prize was not awarded between 1940 and 1942. Winners of the prize during the rest of the 1940s were Otto Stern, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Wolfgang Pauli, Percy Bridgman, Edward Appleton, Patrick Blackett, and Hideki Yukawa.

3. THE FOURS BE WITH YOU: Name a character* (not an actor) that has an on-screen appearance (however brief) in at least four of the six episodes+ of the Star Wars saga.

*: To count as a character, the role should be mentioned in end credits, and have a specific name. In other words, "First Stormtrooper" does not count.
+: An appearance in the Special Edition of Episodes IV, V, or VI counts as an appearance in that episode. The animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars does not count as an episode.

4. NOT TO BE: Name a character in a Shakespeare play that commits on-stage suicide.

Accidentally killing oneself is not suicide. There are a few characters for whom it is possible to interpret the text to imply that they committed suicide off-stage, but most are ambiguous, so I am not allowing them as answers. Don't read too much into the category title.

5. THEY MADE A HUGE MISTAKE: The sitcom Arrested Development ran for three seasons (2003-2006) before being cancelled. Despite its poor ratings, it garnered a vast amount of critical praise, including the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and launched many of its stars into higher pay brackets. Name one of the nine actors* listed in the opening credits of Arrested Development.

*: The narrator and guest stars do not count.
PS/Hint. Canadians aren't as disadvantaged by this question about US television as they might usually be, since at least 2 of the 9 answers are Canadian.

6. FAN-DOM: In early 2008, CBS Sports asked people across the US to name their favorite professional sports team. Respondents were free to choose from any sport. It then reported the most popular answer for each of the 50 states. (Most of the results seemed reasonably predictable, at least in retrospect.*) Despite the abundance of possible answers, there were 11 teams that were the plurality winner in more than one state+. Name one of these 11 teams.

*: The one team that I am surprised is not a correct answer is the Kansas City Chiefs. My reasoning was as follows: The Chiefs are more successful than the Royals (at least recently) and we're talking Big 12 football country, so they certainly would beat out the Royals pretty much anywhere that matters. They may or may not be the most popular team in Missouri, since they have to share it with St. Louis teams, but the KC metro area spreads into Kansas, which has no other pro teams nearby (well, Denver, but western Kansas is sparsely populated). Nebraska's population is also mostly in the east, only a few hours away, so they'll be Chiefs fans as well.

That was wrong (I won't tell you how), but as far as I can tell there is no other neg bait that has nearly as strong a case.

+: In fact, of those 11, four were the most popular choice in exactly 2 states, four were the most popular choice in exactly 3 states, one was the most popular choice in 4 states, and two were the most popular choice in 5 states. For any team that is a correct answer, the states that chose that team are contiguous (not counting Alaska and/or Hawaii).

7. TWIN CITIES: Give a name that is shared by at least two US or Canadian municipalities, each of population at least 100,000.

I don't need the states/provinces, only the shared name. Name must be an exact match: "Xanadu" and "Xanadu City" would not count. I am using 2008 US Census estimates and 2006 Canadian census figures.

Here is a complete list of states, provinces, and territories that lack a city of at least 100,000:

8. GIANTS OF CINEMA: Name a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock that starred Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant.

9. EL PRESIDENTE: Name the current President of a country that has territory on the continent of South America.

In almost all of these countries it is the President that is head of state and holds the most power. There is one obscure exception, but for simplicity's sake I still want the President, not the Prime Minister. My definition of South America does not include any part of Panama nor any Caribbean island nations.

10. AMERICA AT WAR: Name a year in which the United States Congress passed a formal declaration of war.

11. CANADA AT PEACE: Give the name (not the date) of one of the nine holidays mandated by statute for employees of the Canadian federal government that work outside of Quebec.

Wikipedia lists ten, but it includes one that is Quebec-only. My source is the Canadian Government's Human Resources web site.

12. MUSICAL ALPHABET SOUP: Name someone who is, or was, one of the members of R.E.M. or U2. (Stage names are acceptable.)

These are my two favorite musical artists. I would say that REM is for introverts and U2 for extroverts, but they're really quite similar in a lot of respects: both groups are the standard vocals-guitar-bass-drums quartet, debuting in the early 80's post-punk era and quickly becoming pillars of the burgeoning "alternative music" genre (broadly defined). Both hit mainstream superstardom within a decade and, though their paths have diverged a bit since then, continue to be productive today. They are also notable for being remarkably drama-free (as far as rock stars go) - relatively little in the way of drug addictions, arrests, or acrimonious rifts; both bands have kept their original membership intact, with the exception of one member who wanted to retire from the music business altogether (he has not been replaced).

PS. Does the fact that all of these people are 50+ (or nearly so) make anyone else feel old, or is it just me?

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TD84: UniquePerspective

1. Tournament of Champions: Name a word in English that can be formed using at least two letters of C, H, A, M and P. Reference will be the Oxford English Dictionary. Only C, H, A, M or P may be used, and each may be used only once.

2. A Video Game Tester From Los Angeles California: Name one of the seven Koopalings in the Super Mario Universe.

3. An Engine Assembler From South Dayton New York: Name a model of a current Ford automobile. If a model has a Hybrid version, that will not count as separate.

4. A Chemical Engineer Originally From Bombay India:Name one of the 15 most populous cities in India.

5.WSOP: Name a winner of the World Series of Poker main event from 1999-2009

6. Controlling The Budget: Name a space on a standard Monopoly board that you can not purchase. To avoid a mess later, In Jail/Just Visiting doesn't count.

7. Woof: Name one of the ten most popular dog breeds in 2009 according to the American Kennel Club

8. One and Done: Name a US president who served only one, complete, four year term.

9. Almost cbec's avatar: Name a track on Pink Floyd's Album The Wall. If a track is divided into multiple parts, each part will not be counted as separate

10. And speaking of Avatars: According to Box Office Mojo, when adjusted for inflation, 13 films have actually grossed more money all time than Avatar, the number one film of all time for unadjusted value. Name one of those films.
^If you are confused about that wording, I'll give an example. A film two below Avatar in that listing, The Sting, made $156,000,000 when it was released in 1973; but based on how much movie tickets cost on average in 2010, that total would be adjusted to $708,685,700 based on that rate and tickets sold.

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TD85: Gamawire

1. Name a state whose electoral votes were won by Michael Dukakis in the 1988 Presidential election.** (10)
Bonus: How many total electoral votes did Dukakis win in that election (+/- 10)?

2. The Chicago Seven were defendants charged with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Name one of them.
Bonus: How many of the seven were eventually convicted of conspiracy?

3. William Wyler holds the record for the most “Best Director” Oscar nominations with 12. Name one of these films.
Bonus: How many of these 12 films did Wyler win for?

4. Name the current location (city and state) of the presidential library of one of the last ten U.S. Presidents.

5. Name a U.S. state that is currently without the death penalty.** (15)
Bonus: In what year did your chosen state abolish the death penalty (+/- 5 years)?

6. Name a brother and sister who have acted in a theatrically released film together. (12 … at least)
Bonus: Name a film they acted in together.

7. Name a children’s book written by Jamie Lee Curtis. (9)
Bonus: Name the illustrator for all of these books.

8. According to the 2010 CIA World Factbook, name a country whose residents have an estimated life expectancy of at least 80 years. (23)

9. Fleet Admiral is a naval rank reserved for war time use only. Name one of the other 10 naval officer ranks. This does not include warrant officers or their specialized ranks.
Bonus: Name one of the four World War II Fleet Admirals.

10. Name a country whose flag contains only the colors red, green, and yellow. (10)
Bonus: Name the capital of your chosen country.

11. Eric Brunlett, second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, got an unassisted triple play during MLB’s 2009 season (08-23-2009). Name another player to perform this amazing feat. (14)
Bonus: What position did 8 of these 15 men play?

12. Give me an acceptable Scrabble word that fits this pattern: W _ _ _ H. (11 … at least)

** Just to clarify, I am not counting Washington, DC as a state (mainly because it isn’t one).

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TD86: jepkid97

1. My Home Area: Name a building in Cleveland, Ohio that is over 20 stories high. (28)

2. My Language of Choice: Name a case of Latin nouns. Different cases change the endings of nouns in Latin, and are used to differentiate subjects, objects, possessive nouns, etc. Hint: the first letters of the cases are N, G, A, A, D, V, and L, and all of them end in -tive. (7)

3. My Favorite TV Genre: Name someone who has hosted Saturday Night Live more than 5 times. (12)

4. My Name (Almost): Name someone named John who has ever been awarded a Nobel Prize. My actual name is Jack, but there would have only been two correct answers if I used that. (25)

5. My Awesome Equines: Name a year in which the triple crown (of American horse racing) has been won. (11)

6. My Country’s Rulers: Name any president of the United States who was president when an amendment to the constitution (of the United States) has been ratified. (13)

7. My (Close to) Best Subject: Name a nation whose capital starts with “L”. (11)

8. My Books That I Have Most Likely Never Read: Name a book that won the Newbery Medal (for children’s literature) between 1960 and 1979. (20)

9. My Favorite Branch of Science: Give the formula to calculate one of the following. Simple is preferred. Specify which term you choose, or it MAY BE MARKED INCORRECT. (9)
• Distance
• Average Speed
• Acceleration
• Momentum
• Force
• Distance a wheel moves in 1 revolution
• Work
• Kinetic Energy
• Potential Energy

10. My Category That Somehow I Seem To Do Well In: Give one of the brands that is represented by the logos below (Look at the font for the ones that say “Brand Name Here”.) Specify which image you choose, or it MAY BE MARKED INCORRECT. I didn’t want them to be too easy, so I blurred them! (7)

11. My Favorite Broadway Show That I’ve Never Actually Seen: What? I like the music. Name a song from the Original Broadway Recording of the musical Wicked. (19)

BONUS: My Favorite Actress: Name my favorite actress.

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TD87: dhkendall

1. Name a regular host of the Tonight Show (tenure of more than six months) or a leader of the "Tonight Show Band" (also called the "NBC Orchestra")

2. Name one of the words from the original 1972 list of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television". Note that, to avoid the Sony censorbot, you should separate the letters in your word somehow when you submit your answer, for example "d.i.r.t.y"

3. Name a city that had an XFL franchise. (Note, all XFL team names but one had a city name in them. For that one, give the name of the city where the stadium was located.)

4. Name a city that has hosted the PanAmerican Games.

5. Name a nation that has a formal (albeit, frozen) territorial claim on the Antarctic mainland.

6. Name an island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (defined as, for this question, under Canadian sovereignty and lies north of the 60th parallel) that's greater than 10,000 square kilometres in area. (For those wondering, there are no islands directly on the parallel)

7. Name a currency that has been replaced by the Euro from 2002 onward and was in use by an EU member.

8. Name a UN member whose official language is not one of the official languages of the UN. (If a country has more than one official language, all of them must qualify. If a country does not have an official language, it doesn't qualify either.)

9. Name one of the English royal houses (post-1066)

10. Name a state where a US President was born.

11. Name one of the 10 most abundant elements in the earth's crust

12. Name an element whose English name has 5 letters or fewer.

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TD88: StevenH

1. Name a novel or novella that Sinclair Lewis wrote.
anticipated sheep answer: Arrowsmith

2. Identify any one of the 9 highly venomous or poisonous species* that is pictured below. *NOTE: you have to be more specific than just "frog," "spider," "snake," etc.; you must give me the specific type.
anticipated sheep answer: poison dart frog (Actually, the one in the picture is called the Golden Poison Dart Frog, but I am accepting the anticipated sheep answer of “poison dart frog” as being specific enough.)

3. Name one of the 14 songs that is on the 1972 Simon and Garfunkel Greatest Hits album.
anticipated sheep answer: Bridge over Troubled Water

4. The Hundred Years war lasted from 1337-1453. Identify any battle that was fought as part of the Hundred Years War.
anticipated sheep answer: Battle of Agincourt

5. Identify somebody who is currently listed as a “Conservative Columnist” for Townhall dot com (this means that they either currently write columns for that website or they used to write columns for that website). HINT: There are A LOT of columnists for the website. WARNING: I do not want to see any political comments, personal attacks, or remarks of any kind in response to this question, unless they are in regard to the mechanics of a Think Different contest.
anticipated sheep answer: Ann Coulter

6. Identify the country of birth of any one of the 8 active NBA players who is pictured below. NOTE: I am going to save you from the trap here and tell you that none of the players who is pictured below was born in Canada.
anticipated sheep answer: United States

7. Listed below is a partial bibliography of 8 different anthropologists. Identify one of the 8 anthropologists who wrote one of the sets of works that is listed below.
anticipated sheep answer: Margaret Mead

a) the 1928 book Coming of Age in Samoa, and the 1949 book Male and Female
b) the 1966 book The Savage Mind, and the four-volume work Mythologiques
c) the 1971 (paperback) book Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia, and the 1973 book The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays
d) the 1935 book Zuni Mythology, and the 1946 book The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
e) The Indian Journals, 1859-1862, and the 1877 book Ancient Society
f) the 1911 book The Mind of Primative Man, and the 1940 book Race, Language, and Culture
g) the textbook Anthropology, and the 1925 book Handbook of Indians of California
h) the 1922 book Argonauts of the Western Pacific, and the 1948 book Magic, Science, and Religion, and Other Essays

8. The books that are in R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps series were first published between 1992 and 1997. Not counting sequels, name a book that is part of R.L. Stine’s original Goosebumps series.
anticipated sheep answer: Monster Blood

9. Listverse dot com compiled a list of their choices of the top 10 blatant examples of product placement in movies, and there were a total of 11 movies on the list because there was one product that was blatantly placed in two different movies. Name one of the 11 movies that was on Listverse’s “Top 10 Blatant Examples of Product Placement in Movies.” And in order to make this question more accessible, I am going to give you the year of each movie’s original theatrical release in the United States and the product that was blatantly placed in it:
anticipated sheep answer: E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial

1) 1982: Reese’s Pieces
2) 1985: Pepsi
3) 1996: Subway (the fast food chain)
4) 1994: the Miami Dolphins
5) 1990: Mello Yello
6) 2000: FedEx
7) 1996: Dodge (the car company)
8) 1997: Mercedes-Benz
9) 2 films from 1996: Apple Computer (NOTE: these two films are NOT part of the same series)
10) 1993: Taco Bell

10. Pictured below are ten of StevenH’s favorite cartoon characters. Identify any one of the cartoon characters who is pictured below by his first AND last name.
anticipated sheep answer: Hank Hill

11. Name an opera that Gaetano Donizetti composed.
anticipated sheep answer: Lucia di Lammermoor

TIEBREAKER: Name one of the 4 kids* who, along with Charlie Bucket, went on a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory after they had found a golden ticket in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. *NOTE: For this question I will accept the first name of the character by itself, the last name of the character by itself, or the first name and last name of the character.

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TD89: Mambo Queen

1. Name an album by Prince. I’m using Wikipedia as my source, and they list 36.
2. Give the first and last name of either a Top-12 contestant of the latest season (season nine) of American Idol, or one of the permanent judges.
3. Name a musical or play that appears in the top ten on the Educational Theatre Associations 2008-2009 surveys of the most-produced plays and musicals in high school theater. Note: Plays and musicals are counted separately, so there are actually 22 correct answers, because the top ton plays list has 12 entries due to ties.
4. Name the mayor of an American city with a population of over one million people. (Note—I am using the source City, and I am using the list that gives the CITY population only, NOT the metro area—and there are 10 possible answers).
5. Name a Woman Nobel Laureate in the categories of either literature or peace (there have been 12 each—24 possible answers).
6. Name a character in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird that speaks at least one word of dialogue. I need the first and last name of the character.
7. Name a country competing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
8. Name a law school ranked as one of the 25 best according to US News and World Report in 2010. U.S. News surveyed 184 accredited programs to get the information used in the ranking of top law schools.
9. Name a movie that has won the Best Picture Academy Award from 2000-2010 (and including those years).
10. Give one of the most popular first names given to newborn baby girls or boys according to the Social Security Database for the year 2009. I'm looking for a name on the top ten list for girls or a name on the top ten list for boys.
11. Name a bone of the leg, ankle foot (note—some of the bones are grouped, but there are more specific names due to the location of the bone. I will score the question using the group name only. In other words, if there were bones in your hand called the left inky dinky doo, the subdermal inky dinky doo, etc., I will count all of those answers as “inky dinky doo”). Give me the medical name, the correct anatomical name, not the common name.

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TD90: Paucle

1. Elementary Math: give a noun that can describe a figure with exactly four equal sides and four equal angles.
Edit: to specifiy noun, since a player wanted to try an adjective.

2. High School Math: Give the name of a Platonic Solid *or* the number of faces it has.
(If you're answering the faces, you must ID the solid you're "tagging." Do NOT give the number of faces if only answering the solid.)

3. Elementary Science: Horticulturally, name a part of a plant that can be edible.

4. High School Science: Name a division of Geological time.
(Just the division, not any specific one. eg, "Name a unit of time" a possible answer would be "minute," not "New York Minute.")

5. Elementary English: Name an original Hardy Boys book (through #58, 1979) with the word "Secret" in the title.

6. High School English: Name one of Shakespeare's tragedies.

7. Elementary Geography: Name a (land) Mountain range greater than 3,000 km long.

8. High School Geography: Name a US State that shares a border (minimum length- 1 foot) with exactly 4 other states. (If the entire border is a river, that's ok, but not a lake.)

9. Elementary History: Name a US President who was elected once and was not nominated for re-election.
ETA: He was elected as POTUS. He served that term of election. Though eligible, he was not nominated for re-election.

10. High School History: Name one of the Seven Hills of Rome.
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TD91: waterloo_guy

1: Big and Little Cities

1A. Name one of the 15 U.S. state capitals with the smallest municipal populations according to the 2000 census. Carson City, Nevada and Santa Fe, New Mexico are 16 and 17 on the list, respectively, with 2000 municipal populations of 57,701 and 70,631.

1C. Name one of the 15 largest metropolitan areas (by population) in Canada according to the 2006 census. Windsor, Ontario and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan are 16 and 17 on the list, respectively, with 2006 metropolitan populations of 323,342 and 233,923.

2: The Greatest

2A. In 2005, the Discovery Channel in the US asked for nominations from Americans for the position of Greatest American. A list of the top 100 nominees was generated. Name one of the top 10 nominees on this list. This top 10 included 6 presidents, 2 individuals from the entertainment business, 1 civil rights leader, and 1 individual best described as an American Renaissance man.

2C. In 2004, CBC Television asked for nominations from Canadians for the position of Greatest Canadian. A list of the top 100 nominees was generated. Name one of the top 10 nominees on this list. This top 10 included 4 political figures, 2 hockey-related figures, 2 scientists, 1 inventor and 1 individual who is probably best described as just plain inspirational.

3: Reality TV or Not TV?

3A. Name a US-produced reality TV program or game show that has aired on U.S. television after January 1, 2000 and is based on a format that was originated in another country.

3C. Name a reality TV program or game show that has aired on U.S. television after January 1, 2000 and has had an equivalent Canadian version air on English language Canadian TV.

4: Female Singers

4A. Name a singer who the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist from 1990-2010 (inclusive).

4C. Name a female Canadian singer who won the Juno Award in one of the following categories in from 1980-2010 (inclusive) : Artist of the Year, Best Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Female Vocalist, or Female Vocalist of the Year.

5: Short Term Leaders

5A. Name one of the 10 former U.S. Presidents who held the office for the shortest amount of time. If someone served as President multiple times, the total amount of time from all stints is used. John Adams is 11 on this list with 1460 days in office.

5C. Name one of the 10 former Canadian Prime Ministers who held the office for the shortest amount of time. If someone served as PM multiple times, the total amount of time from all stints is used. Lester B. Pearson is 11 on this list with 1825 days in office.

6: All the News

6A. Name one of the top 15 newspapers in the U.S. by 2009 daily circulation. The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Chicago Sun-Times are 16 and 17 on this list, respectively with 2009 daily circulations of 316,280 and 313,176

6C. Name one of the top 15 newspapers in Canada by 2009 weekly circulation. 12 of them are English language papers wile 3 are French language pagers. Le Soleil of Quebec City and the Hamilton Spectator are 16 and 17 on this list, respectively with 2009 weekly circulations of 593,404 and 575,822.

7: Beloved Books

7A. Name one of the 14 novels written by American author L. Frank Baum about the land of Oz.

7C. Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote 9 novels about Anne Shirley and her family and another 3 novels about Emily Starr. Name one of those 12 novels.
An abridged version of the ninth “Anne” book was published posthumously in 1974 under one title and a complete version was published in 2009 under another title. Either title is acceptable.

8: Official Flora

8A. Name the official flower for one of the original 13 states of the United States of America.

8C. Name the official flower for one of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.

9: Now You See Them Play; Now You Don’t

9A. Name an American League or National League baseball team name that existed sometime in the 1920-2009 time period but no longer exists, either because the team folded, changed its name, or merged with another team. Both the city (or region) and the team nickname are needed. If a current MLB team has assumed the name of an older franchise, it does not count.

Note: I consider A's to be a short form for Athletics, so the Oakland A's and Oakland Athletics are considered the same team name.

9C. Name a National Hockey League team name that existed sometime in the 1920-2009 time period but no longer exists, either because the team folded, changed its name, or merged with another team. Both the city (or region) and the team nickname are needed. If a current NHL team has assumed the name of an older franchise, it does not count.

10: Tiebreaker

10. In miles, how long is the Canadian-American border? Tied competitors will be ranked based on close (either under or over) to the correct value they come.

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TD92: Peggles

QUESTION 1: A Dozen Irate Males
12 Answers - Just the jury members, please
The 1957 movie 12 Angry Men is number two on AFI’s list of the ten best courtroom dramas. This movie was remade for television in 1997. Name one of the actors in the remake. Source: IMDB

QUESTION 2: Ego Trip
16 Answers
My nickname is PEG. Name an element on the Periodic Table that starts with P, E, or G. I want the element’s name, not its symbol. For example, if there was an element pegglium whose symbol was MP, the correct answer is pegglium. Source: the Periodic Table

QUESTION 3: Murder Can Kill You
11 Answers
James Patterson is a prolific best-selling author who created the character of Washington, DC police psychologist Alex Cross. His most recent books have all included the word Cross in the title. The first eleven novels’ titles, however, did not include the word Cross. Name one of these first eleven books. Source:

QUESTION 4: She’s A Broadway Baby
11 Answers (amended)
Bernadette Peters has enjoyed a long and successful career on Broadway. Name one of the Broadway shows she has been in since 1968. DO NOT include Off-Broadway, workshops, tours, or shows that were canceled before they officially opened on Broadway. Revivals ARE okay. Source:

QUESTION 5: Mangia
10 Answers Name one of the 10 most popular single pizza toppings ordered by American pizza lovers. Source: the

QUESTION 6: When You Wish Upon a Star
7 Answers
The Pleiades were the 7 daughters of Atlas. To keep them safe from the advances of Orion, Zeus placed them in the sky as stars. Name one of the Pleiades.

QUESTION 7: Ten-Hut! Off We Go…
10 Answers
This question is dedicated to Dave Belote, USAF (Ret.) and to Joey Beachum – and to all the brave men and women who serve our country.
There are ten commissioned officer ranks in the United States Air Force. Name one of these ranks. Source:

QUESTION 8: Order in the Court
9 Answers
Name one of the 9 justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as of June 30, 2010 (pre-Kagan hearings.) Source:

QUESTION 9: Here’s to the Ladies Who Dunk
12 Answers
There are currently 12 teams in the WNBA. Name one of the teams – geographic and team name.
For example: the Culver City Cluers. Source:

QUESTION 10: You Have the Right to Remain Silent
11 Answers (correction)
The CBS television network airs many shows classified as “police* procedurals.” Name one of these shows that aired prime time episodes this past TV season (September 2009 through June 2010).
*For this question, the term “police” is expanded to include all official law enforcement agencies – city, state, national/federal, and international.
Note: All versions of a series will be grouped together. For Example: Crime Busters, Crime Busters: Fiji, and Crime Busters: Uranus would all count as the same answer.Source:

QUESTION 11: Death of a Salesman?
10 Answers
In 2009, Forbes compiled a list of the 10 top-earning deadcelebrities. Name one of these go-getters.
Note: The celebrity need not have died in 2009. Source:

TIE BREAKER: There have been 5 live action Star Trek series on television, each featuring a captain or commander who helped keep the United Federation of Planets safe. Name the CO (character, not actor) who is my personal favorite.

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TD93: UniquePerspective

1. Have You Got It?: Name a winner of either America's Got Talent or Britain's Got Talent.

2. Now That It's Over...: Name any country that has played in the championship game of the World Cup, this year included. You CAN give the name of a country that no longer exists, even if for instance, Perspectiva was once North Perspectiva and South Perspectiva. In that case, Perspectiva, North Perspectiva and South Perspectiva would be different answers.

3. One Through Five Is Not Enough: Name a US state that has a Six Flags theme park or water park in it.

4. Well Represented: Name one of the eleven US states that have the most representatives in the House of Representatives based on the 2000 distribution. If you're wondering why eleven, it's because due to ties, there is no top ten.

5. History, Bard Style: Name a Shakespare history play, according to Wikipedia. Must be definitively listed as a history play, not Apocrophya.

6. Johnny Took Flight: Name one of the top ten most popular domestic cities flown to from JFK Airport in 2008 in terms of number of passengers. US Territories count as domestic.

7. The King: Name an Elvis Presley song that reached number one on the Billboard Top 100 before the debut of the Hot 100. To help out, the first Elvis song to hit number one on the Hot 100 was A Big Hunk O' Love.

8. Are You Loving It? According to their official website, name an item off of the McDonalds dollar menu.

9. Play On: Name a currently running Broadway musical that has ran for at least 1500 performances. Base your answers only on the current run and not a combination of runs.

10. I Wanna Be A Millionaire: Name a person who won the top prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in either the original prime time run or the currently running syndicated version, not counting last year's Tournament of Ten.

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TD94: Vanya

1. Name a member of Sarah Palin's immediate (herself, spouse, children or grandchildren) family.

2. Here (click on window below) are nine songs from Tony Award winning (best) musicals. Name one song and the musical it was in.

3. Name a black NFL head coach (past or present).

4. Euro banknotes have illustrations of seven architectural styles (from more than 1500 years ago to the present day) on the obverse side. Name one of these styles.

5. According to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), the Mediterranean Sea is subdivided into eight smaller bodies of water, each with its own designation. Name one of these bodies of water (most of them are called Seas).

6. Name one of the top eleven most visited websites in the U.S., according to* ( is #12).

7. Name one of Dante's Nine Circles of Hell.

8. Name an Apple hardware product (individual item as listed on the on-line Apple store). Peripherals don't count.

9. Name one of the seven major Pre-Columbian civilizations.

10. Name one of ten movies financed exclusively outside the U.S. (i.e. in the U.K.) to win best movie Oscar.

11. Name a word of at least six letters made up of U.S. state (not territory) two-letter postal codes. Codes cannot overlap, and may be repeated. For example if LO, AN, and NS were postal codes (and I were accepting four letter words) LOAN would be valid but LOANS would not. No proper nouns.

Bonus question (value TBD): what else do you notice about the set of songs in question 2?

*The sites in the top sites lists are ordered by their 1 month alexa traffic rank. The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.

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Theme TD: Star Trek; Paucle

Part One: Classic Trek
1. Name someone we saw Kirk kiss. (ANTI-BONUS: name the adventure)
2. Name an adventure featuring Romulans and/or Klingons.
3. Name any Starfleet ship seen. (ANTI-BONUS: Name its CO)

Part Two : The Next Generation
4. Name an adventure in which we saw "Saucer sep," OR name someone who commanded the saucer or the battle bridge while separated.
(only need the "adventure" if that's your answer; adventure/ ship part/ commander if answering the person).
5. Name an adventure in which Picard is "kidnapped" (i.e., held against his will by anyone for any reason).
6. Pick a crew member and tell me any non-Enterprise vessel on which they served.
(The vessel is your answer, not the crew member, but you need their name to prove you're not just naming a ship and hoping!) (ANTI-BONUS: Name its CO)

Part Three: Deep Space Nine
7. Name a Vedek mentioned or seen, OR someone who played one.
8. Name a member of the "Niners" baseball team. (ANTI-BONUS! Tell me their position.)
9. Name anyone we saw in command of a Defiant-class vessel.

Part Four: Voyager
10. Name a Kazon sect, or a Maj. (ANTI-BONUS! Name an adventure in which your sect appeared.)
11. Name a Voyager crewmember who transferred over from the Maquis ship.
12. Name any race we saw, none of whose members was a Voyager crewmember.
e.g., "Talaxian" is wrong, since Neelix the Talaxian was a member of the Voyager crew)

Part Five: Enterprise
13. Name an actor whose name appears in the main titles (ya know, while the theme song is sung).
14. Name a character mentioned or seen who has a "future history" in the Trekverse.
(meaning, we know about them from what happens in previously seen adventures, such as Buck Bokai cropping up in DS9 after introduced in TNG)
(ANTI-BONUS! In what previous adventure were they first mentioned/seen? first as in our IRL timeline, not the Trek timeline!)
15. Name any animal seen, species OR given name. (They will count as separate answers.) And please, animal-animal, not humanoid animal? Also need the adjective if applicable, like "vegan lemur," not just "lemur."

Part Six: "Cross-Trek"
16. Fill in each blank with one word: "I'm a ___ not a ___."
17. Name an adventure whose setting is primarily (i.e., more than half) on pre-warp drive Earth.
18. Name a two-part adventure (i.e., any single title that includes ", Part 1"/ ", Part 2").
19. Name any adventure where the Enterprise/ Defiant/ Voyager is under non-Starfleet control.
20. Name any non-main- title character who appeared in more than three adventures.
(ANTI-BONUS! Who played him/her?)

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TD95 Fishercat

The Admissions Process

1. When beginning your college search, you have to map out your priorities. What kind of education and opportunities do you want? You may want a wide-open liberal arts college, or a more specialized education, such as an Engineering or Art school, if that suits your fancy. Some colleges also score high marks in areas not directly related to the quality of their programs. One increasingly popular and focused on quality is how "green", or environmentally conscious and progressive, a college is. The Princeton Review released its Honor Roll for Green Colleges and Universities, which are fifteen schools that received a "99" rating in its book (the highest possible) for being "green". Name one of these fifteen environmentally minded schools . (Source: Princeton Review). As for TD College, we didn't make it: too much Lach Trash.

This is one exception to my rule about general names. I will try and be generous with the be more specifics, but be prepared to give a full college or university name if more than one school exists. So if you say "Mexico" (and Mexico was U.S. school), have an idea if it would be "Mexico College", "Mexico University - Mexico City", "Mexico University - Guadalajara", or "Mexico Institute of the Fine Arts". The only time when I will not need this info is if you pick a school where no other U.S. post-secondary school with the same proper name (such as, if Fishercat College is the only school with the name "Fishercat" in it, then that's fine).

Honors Program: Five of these fifteen schools are located west of the Mississippi River. Name one of these five schools.

2. In preparation for applying to colleges, most prospective students try to find a way to stand out. A good GPA simply isn't good enough any more for some schools. One of these ways is learning a second or third language (plus, if you can get a waiver out of that course in college, even better!). There are 172 languages with at least three million native speakers. Chinese (and its subsets, such as Mandarin, Wu, and Yue) is first on the list. Name one of the other Top 16 in terms of native speakers according to Ethnologue's List of commonly spoken languages. (Source: Ethnologue's Website).

Honors Program: The ten smallest sovereign states in the world by population, as a group, only use three of these fifteen languages as official languages. Name one of those three languages (Source: Wikipedia)

Freshman Year

3. One of the great pains for the freshman collegiate are the general education requirements. Often, high school experience overlaps with college requirements and leads to a repetitious freshman year. Science and math can be notorious for this, as you may find yourself re-learning physics or calculus (and paying hundreds of dollars for books). However, since it's review, you should be able to name an element whose atomic number is also a perfect square.

There are ten possible answers to this question. As a reminder, by perfect square, I mean that the number is an integer that can be produced by multiplying an integer by itself. For instance, if Fishercatium was Atomic Number 144, it would quality as a perfect square (12*12 = 144). I want the name of the element, not the atomic number (though feel free to include the number if you like). (Source: Periodic Table)

Honors Program: Five of these elements have even atomic numbers, identify an element whose atomic number is both a perfect square and an even number.

4. However, college isn't spent entirely in the library. A major part of the experience is spending four years living with, for better or for worse, your peers. You spend a lot of time simply hanging out, enjoying each other's company, and sharing in the college experience, take that as you will. For guys, this often ends up with a group of freshman in the dorm's common room watching a sports event. Since 1984, this includes the NBA Slam Dunk contest (which Larry Nance happened to win). Since Nance, there have been a total of eighteen winners, and you need to name one of those NBA Slam Dunk winners. (Source: NBA Encyclopedia)

Honors Program: The true basketball guru knows that four players have won this contest more than once, and will be able to name one of them.

Sophomore Year

5. By now, you should be acclimated to the world of academia, but there are a ton of new horizons to explore. College is a common starting point for discovering new music. Your college newspaper's "best of" lists is the one place where the tastes are more likely to match Pitchfork than Billboard. However, when push comes to shove, pop music is still king, especially as the parties and dances will play more Top 40 fare than anything else. As of the publishing of this TD, nine singles and fourteen albums had reached #1 status on the Billboard Hot 100 (singles) and the Billboard 200 (albums). This combines to a total of eighteen primary artists (featured artists do not count nor do "various artists"), and you need to name one of those eighteen artists to achieve a #1 single or #1 album in 2010. (Source: Billboard Hot 100/Billboard 200 Charts).
This includes the week labeled as "August 7" in the wikipedia listing, since Billboard releases their charts a week and a half early. It will not include the following week of charts.
Honors Program: Four of those artists have achieved both a number one album and a number one single in 2010, and you need to name one of them.

6. For many Americans, college intersects with the first time that they are legally allowed to drink alcohol. This also inaugurates that legality of being a beer elitist. Nevertheless, as a sophomore, you're probably still unable to actually buy beer (unless you're not in the United States) and you're on a college student's budget: that means massively produced and consumed beer. CNBC recently republished a list of the Top 10 beers by U.S. market share, based on 2006 data from a 2008 source (Market Share Reporter). Name one of these Top 10 beers. (Source: CNBC Slideshow)

Honors Program: Still, you have some flexibility even when choosing from the most popular beers. Of the ten beers, only four of them are unique in that there is not another beer on the list that shares the same brand name*. Name one of those four.

Junior Year

7. Now that we have reached junior year, your gen-eds are hopefully long gone, which means you can finally choose some interesting courses. Maybe you take that fine arts course to stoke your creative fancy, or for you strategists out there, you find the cupcake course in the catalog in order to boost that GPA for grad school, law school, or ego stroking. A third option is to go deeper into your major: Eastern religions, Victorian literature, or special areas history for instance. One area of historical study that often gets overlooked in high school that may be of interest is African history. A myriad of important figures to come out of this area. For instance, in 2004, a television series called "Greatest South Africans" was produced. This show was meant to determine, as the title suggests, the Greatest South Africans ever through public polling. Their decision not to exclude political figures created some highly controversial results. Name one of the Top 14 South Africans according to this public survey. (Source: Greatest South Africans Article/Wikipedia)

(The specific spots of numbers 2-10 were never revealed, but they all fall within this answer set)

Honors Program: A deeper study of South Africa may unveil some less heralded heroes. There are two athletes (primary occupation) on the list, as well as two women. Name one person who is either a woman or an athlete.

8. On a personal level, one of the biggest parts of college is getting over one's fears and trying new things. This can include small victories such as trying new foods or breaking out some very awkward moves on the dance floor. Bigger obstacles to overcome include being away from home from an extended period of time or possibly entering your first serious, constant relationship. However, as eye-opening as college can be, there are still a slew of fears that people encounter every day that do not seem to be going away. You need to Name the proper "-phobia" name for one of the following fears

Fear of: cats, spiders, fish, birds, animals, the number 13, phobias, the dead/death, germs, blood, heights, or the sun. (Source: The Phobias Website)

(Note: There are commonly different spelling or even synonyms for these fears. Any spelling that can be verified by an internet search will be compiled into an answer, and synonyms for the same fear will be accepted but seen as the same answer [if there are three names for fear of germs, all three are accepted and counted as the same answer])

Honors Program: Of the fears that I listed, three of them are on the National Institute of Mental Health's list of the Top 10 most common phobias. Name one of those phobias. (Source:'s list of common phobias).

Senior Year

9. As a student enters his or her senior year, they tend to look at a bigger picture. Suddenly the insular college experience begins to seem less universal than ever, and many students look to spend time either studying elsewhere or helping out in less fortunate areas. Some schools offer service programs across the country or even the world to help immerse willing students in new cultures. One of the more common destinations that desperately need an infusion of energetic help are Native American reservations who often suffer from intense poverty and slacking education levels. There are seventeen federally recognized Native American reservations that occupy over 2,000 square miles. These reservations are located, either wholly or partially, in a total of ten states. Name one of those states. (Source: Wikipedia citing the 2000 U.S. Census)

Honors Program: Six of these reservations, in a total of five of the states, has a population of under 10,000 people as reported in the 2000 census. Name a state with a partial or full share in one (or more) of the six reservations with over 2,000 square miles of land and under 10,000 people. (Source: Same as Q9)

10. The impending graduation of a college senior also brings the possibility the first true step into a life of independence. While moving out of home into college is a major step, the resources for a comfortable life are still available for those students in dorms, including a plentifully stocked dining hall. Not surprisingly, when upperclassmen move from dorms to apartments, with a functioning kitchen, one of the most feared or anticipated tasks is cooking for one's self. Some students run away from this while others embrace the opportunity. Among those who embrace it, their influences may range from cost-controlling dishes to television shows to family favorites, and even to movies. One such recent movie, Julie and Julia, highlighted the life of legendary chef Julia Child and featured the modern day "Julie" cooking several of her recipes. One of recipes introduced in the movie was for Julia's Boeuf Bourginon. Name one of the sixteen ingredients in Child's recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon from Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Simple descriptions will suffice for Julia Child's more verbose directions (if "succulent grass-fed turkey" was an ingredient, "turkey" works) and food items only. The casserole dish does not count. There are two ingredients which required prior preparation, ingredients used in preparing those ingredients do NOT count. (Source: PDF of the Recipe from MtAoFC)

Honors Program: There are three ingredients that Julia Child gives an option of using one of two choices on. Name one of those three ingredients (the ingredients are similar and will be grouped together in tallying, since they cannot be used simultaneously in the recipe). For instance, if she says you can use dark chocolate or milk chocolate, either of those answers is acceptable (chocolate would be a BMS answer).


11. Newly minted alumni have a lot to worry about: paying back student loans and finding a job in this market is increasingly difficult and requires some creative solutions. Some students look to spend a year or two volunteering while some go off to graduate, law, or medical school to enhance their skillset. For most people, the most difficult (and probably fruitless) option would be to try and pay off their loans in front of a live studio audience. However, some people have not only made enough money on TV game shows to pay off their bills but they have become famous for it. In 2007, a United States version of the game show "Grand Slam" was produced. This featured sixteen all-time greats in the world of game shows in a bracket-style trivia tournament. Name one of these sixteen contestants. (Source: Game Show Trivia Website)

Honors Program: The tournament started with sixteen contestants and was decided by a bracket-style competition. The seeding was based on the amount they had earned on their respective game shows, although it did not seem that impactful in terms of determining the semifinalists. Name one of the four semifinalists.

Tiebreaker: One of the most common theories about the school system is that you not only go to learn, but to socialize. Through this socialization, the savvy world-beater learns the tendancies of his or her peers and can predict their actions. Predict the percentage of people who "drop the class" or "skip the exam" for the most commonly dropped/skipped question. If you believe that 29.0% of participants will skip Question #1 and that no other question will be dropped/skipped as often, your answer would be 29.0%. Give your percentage to the nearest tenth. Otherwise, if this Tiebreaker fails, earliest entrant wins (unless a podium spot is at stake, then I will offer a second tiebreaker on an as-needed basis)

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Theme TD: Disney Movies; cheezguyty

***When I use the phrase "Disney movie", it is referring to any Disney or Pixar movie that meets the requirements discussed in the previous post.***

1.) On February 4, 1938, Walt Disney Animation released their first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Another milestone came when the company released The Jungle Book on October 18, 1967, as it was the last animated feature film Walt Disney worked on before he died in December 1966. Name any of the ten other films released by Disney during that time period.
[Note: Remember, package films are not included. See Rule 4 and bullet #1 in the previous post.]

2.) The Disney Princess franchise has become a huge moneymaker for the Disney Company, with annual sales topping $4 billion. The entire line is fashioned around nine female characters from Disney movies that may or may not be royalty. Each of the Princesses has a main love interest in their respective film. Other than Snow White's lover (who does not have a name), name one of the eight main love interests of one of the Disney Princesses.
[Note: Some "unofficial Princesses" have appeared in Disney Princess merchandise. In order to prevent confusion, this question does not involve Alice, Tinker Bell, Maid Marian, Nala, or Megara.]

3.) In recent years, animated movies have become known for containing an all-star cast of voice talents, but this wasn't always the case. Many believe that it was Robin Williams's performance as the Genie in Aladdin that ushered in an era of bringing in big-name stars to lend their voices. Name a person who supplied the voice for one of the following characters: Bernard in The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 1-3, Duchess in The Aristocats, Iago in Aladdin, Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc., Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Mushu in Mulan, Philoctetes ("Phil") in Hercules, or Professor Ratigan in The Great Mouse Detective.
[Note: It is not necessary that you provide the character with your answer. The actor's name will suffice.]

4.) Pixar has found unparalleled success in the world of animated films. Their productions are constantly lauded for their spectacular visual imagery, imaginative and captivating story lines, and endearing characters. Name a character in a Pixar film whose name begins with a "D" or a "P". Titles are not included, so no "Dr."s or "Princess"s. Last names do not count. Only the name that the character is most commonly referred to as will be counted.
[Note: It is not necessary to provide the name of the movie with your answer. First names alone are acceptable.]

5.) In the past ten years, Walt Disney Animation Studios films have been overshadowed by the masterpieces produced by Disney's subsidiary company, Pixar Animation Studios. Despite the success of Pixar, Disney continues to release their own movies at the rate of about one a year. Name one of the ten films released by Walt Disney Animation Studios since January 1, 2000.
[Note: As in all of the questions, re-releases of an older film do not count.]

6.) Two of Disney's most successful films were The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, both of which won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Name a song from either of these films that appears in the original release of the movie. A song must be at least one minute in length and must have lyrics. It is not necessary that the song be sung by a character in the film. If an alternate version of a song is listed on the official soundtrack as a "reprise", that will be counted as a separate answer.
[Note: This does not include songs that were cut from the movie and later added as a special feature on a DVD release.]

7.) Many Disney movies are named after characters, and many characters in Disney movies are animals. This question is asking about both. Name a title character of a Disney animated movie that is also an animal. A title character is any character in a movie whose name appears in the title of that movie. The name does not have to be the entire title. Please note that "The Lion King" and similar cases are not the name of a character.
[Note: An "animal" does not include people, robots, alien life forms, or The Beast. Anthropomorphic animals are acceptable.]

8.) Some Disney movies are based off of classic fairy tales, several are loosely based on historical fact, while some of the more recent ones are original screenplays. However, a good majority of Disney movies are based off of childrens' books. Name an author whose work was the basis for one of the following films: 101 Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Tarzan, The Black Cauldron, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, or The Sword in the Stone.
[Note: It is not necessary that you provide the book name with your answer. The author's name will suffice.]

9.) Some Disney movies contain a trio of characters who are more well known as a group than as individuals. Give the name of one of the following characters: one of the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty, one of the three hyenas in The Lion King, one of the three kittens in The Aristocats, or one of the three gargoyles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
[Note: Just to clarify, your answer here is one name. It is not necessary that you identify which of the groups your character belongs in.]

10.) Songs from Disney and Pixar movies have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song eight different times, including seven times between 1989 and 2001. Two of those songs discuss the wonders of nature. Name an animal that is mentioned in the song "Colors of the Wind" or "Under the Sea".
[Note: Animals do not include people. If there is a generic animal mentioned as well as a more specific kind of that animal (such as "insect" and "ant"), they will be counted as separate answers.]

11.) He may be better known among Jeopardy! fans as the foolish, yet lovable Cliff Clavin, but John Ratzenberger has become recognizable to a whole new generation of movie viewers. Well, his voice has, anyway. Ratzenberger has provided the voice for a role in each of the 11 movies produced by Pixar. Give the name, or a decent description, of one of the characters he has voiced. I am allowing a description of the character because some of them are very minor within the film and their name may not even be mentioned. A description of the character will count the same as providing the name.
[Note: If Ratzenberger voiced the same character in multiple movies, that will still count as one answer. It is not necessary that you name the movie in your answer.]

BONUS QUESTION: Out of the 50 movies outlined in the rules that were in consideration for this TD, 49 of them have been used in some form or fashion in at least one of the questions (title was mentioned, character was mentioned, title is an answer, character is an answer, etc.) Name the one movie that is on my list that is not involved with any of the questions in this TD, and I will subtract 5 points from your final score.
[Note: A wrong answer here will not count against you, so please take a guess even if you are unsure. However, this question isn't mandatory.]

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Theme TD: The Simpsons; StevenH


1. Name a character who Hank Azaria provides or provided the voice of.

2. Identify any one of the 8 very minor characters* who is pictured below. NOTE: the first and last names are both required for all the characters who do have a first and last name, and for the other ones you must give their exact, full names as they were said on the show. Also, please ignore the picture of Martin Sheen on the one image. He provided the voice of that character, and I couldn't find an image of that character by himself.

3. In the episode “Homer at the Bat,” the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant softball team made it to the championship game. Mr. Burns replaced the players on the team with nine Big Leaguers who were all real life Major League Baseball players (voiced by themselves) in order to ensure his team’s victory. Before the championship game was played something happened to eight of them that made them unable to play in the big game. Identify any one of the 8 Big League players who was not able to play in the championship softball game AND identify the thing that happened to him that made him unable to play.

4. Complete any one of the following Ralph Wiggum quotes:

a) “I bent my ________.”
b) “When I grow up I want to be a principal or a ________.”
c) “That's where I saw the _________. He tells me to burn things!”
d) “When I grow up, I’m going to ________ University.”
e) “Me fail ________? That’s unpossible.”
f) “Hi, Principal Skinner! Hi, Super ________ Chalmers!”
g) “Oh boy, sleep! That’s where I’m a ________.”

5. Those of you who played in Think Different 88 might remember that Sideshow Bob is one of StevenH’s favorite characters. Identify one of the 6 episodes in the first eight seasons of The Simpsons in which Sideshow Bob is a major character (i.e. Kelsey Grammer is credited with his speaking role) by either its basic plot line or by the episode title.

6. Identify somebody* who provided a celebrity guest voice in the episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled.” *NOTE: There was a band that had a guest role in this episode. If you are going to guess the band then just give the name of the band, not its members.

7. The Treehouse of Horror episodes began as an annual event in season 2, and each ToH episode has three different segments.Complete any one of the following titles of a segment from a Treehouse of Horror episode:

a) “Time and _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror V”)
b) “_______ ‘Z’ for Zombies” (from “Treehouse of Horror III”)
c) “Citizen _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror VII”)
d) “The Monkey’s _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror II”)
e) “Easy-Bake _______” (from “Treehouse of Horror VIII”)
f) “The _______ and Homer Simpson” (from “Treehouse of Horror IV”)
g) “_______ on Evergreen Terrace” (from “Treehouse of Horror VI”)

8. In the episode “I Love Lisa,” (the one where Ralph had a crush on Lisa after she had given him a valentine out of pity), some of the students at Springfield Elementary put on a play in which they performed a song called “The Mediocre Presidents.” The lyrics to the song were partly in the first person, and it was said in the beginning of the song that “You won’t find our faces on dollars or on cents.” The song ends by saying “We…are…the…adequate, forgettable, occasionally regrettable caretaker presidents of the U-S-A.” Identify one of the 5 U.S. Presidents who is mentioned in the song “The Mediocre Presidents.”

9. In the episode “Team Homer,” Homer was in a bowling league and was on a team called the Pin Pals. Two of the other teams in that league were the Channel 6 Wastelanders and The Stereotypes. Identify a character who was on either the Channel 6 Wastelanders or The Stereotypes.

10. Name one of the 7 crappy stick figure characters that was created by Roger Myers Sr. before he stole the idea for Itchy & Scratchy, as revealed in the episode “The Day the Violence Died.”

11. Lisa joined the Springfield chapter of Mensa in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.” Identify one of the 5 characters besides Lisa who was in the Springfield chapter of Mensa in the episode “They Saved Lisa’s Brain.”

12. Give the name of any one of the following animals that has either appeared or been mentioned on the show.

a) This was the name of the collie that Bart bought from a mail order catalog in the episode “The Canine Mutiny”
b) This is what Ralph Wiggum said his cat’s name is, in the episode “Lisa’s Rival”
c) This was what Bart named the real life elephant that he won in the episode “Bart Gets an Elephant”
d) This is the name of Selma’s pet iguana
e) This was the name of the pony that Homer bought for Lisa in the episode “Lisa’s Pony”
f) This was the name that Homer gave to the big opossum that was living in the fire extinguisher compartment of the monorail in the episode “Marge vs. the Monorail”
g) This was the name of the duck that worked at the nuclear power plant in the episode “The Last Temptation of Homer” (this is the Mindy Simmons episode)

SECTION B: Bonus (Remember, in this section there are penalties for guessing incorrectly)

B1. Give the names of the 4 “lands” that make up Itchy & Scratchy Land in the episode “Itchy & Scratchy Land.”

B2. Give the names of the 5 ordeals that are part of the initiation ceremony for membership into the Stonecutters in the episode “Homer the Great.”

SECTION C: More Bonuses (In this section there are no penalties for incorrect guesses)

C1. Identify StevenH’s favorite character, after Homer. HINT: It’s not Siedeshow Bob, or either of the other characters I used in my TD 88 animated characters question.

C2. Identify StevenH’s favorite episode of all time, by either the basic plot line or by the episode’s title. HINT: It is an episode that appears in the “golden age" of The Simpsons, seasons 3-8.

SECTION D: Tiebreaker

TIEBREAKER: In the episode “Homer’s Enemy,” this is the number of times that Lenny, by his count, told Frank Grimes that Homer should have already been killed. NOTE: I don’t care if you’re over or under on your guess, whoever is closer either way will win the tiebreaker.

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TD96 econgator

1. On November 23, 1963 Doctor Who first appeared on British televisions. Although it had a few breaks in production, it is still going strong 47 years later, with the 11th Doctor taking over for the most recent series. Name any of the men who are considered one of the 11 official TV Doctors. (Note: Just to avoid any confusion, replacement Doctors -- like those who took over for a Special due to the death of an actor -- do not count. There are exactly 11 of them.).

2. Name any of the 17 boxing weight classes as recognized by the WBA or WBC (they both recognize the same classes, with one exception -- the lowest).

3. In 1965, Frank Herbert released Dune (which I consider to be the best sci-fi novel ever written ), a tale about the Duke Leto, his son Paul and the battle they fight against the Empire revolving around spice. Herbert wrote 5 more novels in the series before he died. So, for this question, you must name:

a. one of the 5 subsequent novels written by Frank Herbert, OR
b. the name of the planet that Leto and Paul take control of, OR
c. Leto and Paul's Last name, OR
d. the name of the spice found on the planet, OR
e. the last name of the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV, OR
f. the name of the sisterhood which Paul's mother Jessica belonged to

4. Give the first and last name of any of the 10 regular female co-hosts of The View.

5. Name any UN member country that predominantly drives on the left-hand side of the road.

6. Name any of the 10 men with over 2,000 MLB wins as a manager.

7. Wayne County appears in 16 U.S. states and is the 12th most popular county name. Give one of the 11 more-popular county names.

8. Name one of the 9 "ranks" of angels in the Christian angelic heirarchy

9. Name one of the colors of Joseph's coat as mentioned in "Joseph's Coat", from the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

10. According to, name one of the top-10 grossing documentary films of all-time. (NOTE: BoxOfficeMojo does NOT count the following as a documentary: Large format (ex. Everest), concert/music (ex. Woodstock), comedy (ex. Raw), compilation (ex. That's Entertainment) and reality TV movies (ex. J-a-c-k-a-s-s).)

11. Give the company name of one of the automobile badges shown below:

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TD97 soxfan99

Fight Club

1. In the movie Fight Club, Tyler Durden lists 8 rules of Fight Club. Name one of the eight rules. (6,7,8)

I must be able to tell which of the 8 specific rules you are referring to. If I can not tell which of the 8 you meant, you will be ruled incorrect, without a BMS. If there are rules in the book but not in the movie, these do not count.

2. Though people may compare the UFC to a professional Fight Club, the UFC has many more than 8 rules. The rules prohibit 18 specific attacks/techniques that would cause pain or injury to a fighter. Name one. (14,16,18)

For this question, all illegal actions are ones which could be used in a street fight and are not unique to the structure of the UFC. For example, attacking an opponent who is under the care of the ref or throwing an opponent out of the ring do not count, since they are unique to organized fighting. Also, actions which are illegal, but would not cause pain or injury, are not included (e.g., no holding the shorts, no holding the fence, no spitting).

If an illegal technique includes the type of technique and a body part, both must be included. You will not get a BMS. For example, if "kissing on the lips" is illegal, but kissing on the cheek is not, an answer of just "kissing" will be wrong. Likewise, if "burning the skin with a match" is illegal but burning it with a cigarette is legal, an answer of just "burning the skin" will be wrong.

Political Wonks

3. Name one of the 10 websites that has been nominated for the Bloggie for Best Weblog about Politcs since 2006 (inclusive). (8,9,10)

Some of the sites have been nominated multiple times. Some of them are easy, but if anybody is able to name all 10, I will be very impressed.

4. Name one of the 13 most prolific political public polling companies from 1998 through 2010, based on the number of polls on national or gubenatorial elections that they released in the 21 days prior to a national or gubenatorial election (11,12,13)

I chose 13 because it gets all the big names, plus a few smaller ones, and there is a large break between number 13 and 14. The exact definition of what polls are included is rather long. If you feel like you need to know the exact methodology before answering, feel free to PM me, and I’ll forward it to you.

Track and Field

5. Name one of the events of the decathlon that was contested in the most recent summer Olympics. (8,9,10)

As far as I know, the decathlon always consists of the same events. The "most recent summer Olympics" is just there to ensure there is no ambiguity, not as any type of trick.

6. Give the approximate men's world record / world best in one of the following events. After each event, I give the accepted tolerance. If your answer is within the actual record +/- the tolerance, it will be correct. For events longer than 200m, I will round down to the nearest second before applying the tolerance. For the HJ, I will round down to the inch, and for the long jump, to the foot (8,9,10).

100m (.2s), 200m (.3s), 400m (1s), 800m (2s), Mile (3s), 2 Mile / 3000m (5s) *, 5k (7s), Marathon (3 min), High Jump (3”), Long Jump (2 feet)

*If answering 2 mile / 3000m, you must indicate which of the two you are answering. They will be counted together. If you answer the bonus, you only need to list one of them, and you cannot answer both.


7. Names one of the 12 major characters in the musical Les Miserables (10,11,12).

Of the 12, one could definitely be considered minor, but I included that character to make it a little harder to get all 12. The character is mentioned by name in a song. Young versions of characters are not included, even if they would be played by a different actor/actress than the adult. The named characters that are not included are: Feuilly, Bamatabois, Fauchelevant, Combeferre, Courfeyrac, Joly, Montparnasse, Babet, Brujon, Claquesous, Prouvaire, and Lesqles.

8. Name one of the 16 individual artists mentioned by name in the song "La Vie Boheme" in the musical RENT (12,14,16).

If you are not familiar with the song, the characters sing it as an ode to bohemia, and honor everything from "playing hookey" to "hating convention", to "sodomy". In one section of the song they rattle off 18 bohemian artists, in the broad sense of the word. They include such occupations as directors, choreographers, poets, authors, and composers. (I am not including the Sex Pistols, since they are a group. Nor am I including fictional characters, such as Dorothy and Toto or Pee Wee Herman)

War Games

9. Name one of the 12 countries / regions in Asia on the Risk game board (10,11,12).

Hint: 5 of the territories are countries, 6 are regions, either within one country or broad regions that include multiple countries, and 1 may be either, depending on which version of the game you have. If you’ve never played Risk, if you guess a country or region of Asia that you think would likely be on the map, you’ll have a good shot at getting it right. Or, you could use SHEEP.

10. Name one of the 12 pieces in the game Stratego (10,11,12).

If you’ve never played Stratego, it is, as the category suggests, a war game. The goal is to move your pieces behind enemy lines and capture their flag. Of the 12 pieces, 7 are military ranks, 3 are military jobs, and 2 are inanimate objects. Happy guessing, or SHEEPing.


11. Name one of top 12 pharmaceutical companies in terms of 2008 worldwide revenue (10,11,12).

For the source, I am using Different sources have different definitions that somewhat change the order of the list (whether it’s revenue, sales, profits, and what non-drug products are included). However, the exact definition doesn’t make a difference with a cutoff of 12. Keep in mind that this is in 2008, before some of the recent M&As have taken place.

12. Name one of the 8 drugs that had more than $3 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2009 (6,7,8).

These include a statin, a PPI, an antiplatlet, a LABA/ICS, 2 antipsychotics, a LTRA, and an opioid.


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TD98 Woof

1. Drama. In ancient Greek society drama came to prominence as an art form and many plays from that era survive into the present era. Name a playwright who has received the Nobel Prize in literature. For the purposes of this question, any author whose Wikipedia biography lists at least one play that has been performed commercially will be considered a playwright.

2. Philosophy. The ancient Greeks put a high value on philosophical thought. Arguably, no philosopher of ancient Greece has had a more pervasive influence than Aristotle, who thinking dominated Western thinking for a millennium. Name one of the surviving manuscripts of Aristotle that is collected in ‘The Complete Works of Aristotle’ (Barnes, Princeton Univ. Press, 1984). A few manuscripts in that volume have subsequently been shown to have been mistakenly attributed to Aristotle; they will be considered incorrect answers.

3. Science. Greek philosophy encompassed what we now refer to as science. Notably, the philosopher Democritus coined the term atomos (indivisible), which began the atomic theory of matter. Name a chemical element whose name is derived from that of a character from Greek mythology. Those elements named for a figure from Latin mythology will be considered incorrect answers.

4. Sports. The ancient Greeks held Olympic games every four years to honor the gods. In 1896, that idea sparked the creation of the modern Olympic games, held that year in Athens. Name one of the nations represented by an athlete at the 1896 Olympic games. Because of certain ambiguities of national affiliation in that Olympiad, I will use Wikipedia’s list of nations in those games as authoritative.

5. Politics. Ancient Greece also introduced the concept of democratic government. Name one of the top 15 countries in the 2008 Democracy Index compiled by The Economist magazine. This index uses five criteria (electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation and political culture) to assess the state of democracy in 167 countries.

6. Geography. The major adversary of the ancient Greek city-states was the Achamaenid (Persian) Empire, which at that time was the most extensive military empire in history. Provide the name of a present day UN member state whose territory lies partly or wholly within the boundaries of the Achamaenid satrapies in the time of Darius I (ca. 500 BCE). For the purposes of this question, the boundaries shown on the map found on will be used.

7. Medicine. The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates is credited as the father of Western medicine, but ancient Greece also experienced the Plague of Athens (430 BCE), the first recorded epidemic, the cause of which is still debated. Name one of the 12 infectious diseases with the greatest mortality figures according to the 2002 World Health Report of WHO. A few closely related diseases have been combined in this report, so answers involving one of those diseases will be scored as the same answer.

8. Religion. Mt. Olympus was where the ancient Greeks believed that the 12 most powerful and significant of the Gods lived. Name one of these Olympian Gods. Because of variation in the rosters, 14 names will be considered correct.

9. Food. When the Achaeans migrated to Asia Minor and the Greek Peninsula, they brought with them the cultivated grape vine and winemaking technology, which they then spread throughout the Mediterranean world. Name one of the top 15 nations for volume of wine produced in 2008, according to statistics compiled by the Wine Institute.

10. Language. Knowledge of Greek has been a component of a “classical” education in Western societies. Name a prefix found in the American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary (3rd Ed.) that is directly derived from a Greek word for a cardinal number. Prefixes derived from a Latin word that may in turn have been derived from a Greek word will be considered incorrect. Prefixes are those entries in the dictionary that terminate in a hyphen and have the term “prefix” in their definition, e.g. anti-. Please note that there is considerable neg bait in this question, so choose your answer carefully.

11. People. Identify one of the famous Greeks (or Greek-Americans) shown in the montage below:
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Theme TD: Harry Potter; lisa0012

1. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a group of wizards and their allies came together to fight against Voldemort and recreated the Order of the Phoenix, a group that had also existed twenty years earlier to battle Voldemort. Name a member of this recreated Order of the Phoenix.
Bonus: Name a member of the original Order of the Phoenix who was not a member of the revived group.

2. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort came back to power and his followers, known as Death Eaters, began making themselves known. Name a Death Eater, past or present.
Bonus: Name a Death Eater who is or was a prisoner in Azkaban.

3. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a group of students created an organization named Dumbledore’s Army so that they could learn how to defend themselves against dark magic. Name a member of Dumbledore’s Army.
Bonus- Name the location of training sessions for Dumbledore’s Army.

4. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry learns the Patronus Charm, which conjures up a patronus, or silvery protector in an animal form. Many main characters are able to conjure a patronus throughout the series. Name a character and his or her patronus.
Bonus: Recite the Patronus Charm. Spelling counts

5. In every year of school, students have a full set of courses, some mandatory and some electives later in their schooling. In certain years they must prove their knowledge in some of these courses by taking exams at the end of year. In one year they are called Ordinary Wizarding Level, or OWL, in another year they are called Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, or NEWTs. Name a subject taught at Hogwarts for which there are OWL or NEWT exams.
Bonus: In which two years do students take OWLs and NEWTs?

6. Every student at Hogwarts is divided into one of four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Each house is represented by two colors and an animal. Name one of the eight colors or one of the four animals used to represent a house.
Bonus: Each house also has a resident ghost. Name one of these ghosts.

7. Beginning in Harry Potter’s first year, there was a new professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts each year, usually for a bad reason, and usually having something to do with the major plot of the book. Name one of Harry Potter’s teachers of Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Bonus: Briefly explain why that teacher left the position (with enough information to show understanding of the storyline- "he was fired" does not count).

8. One of every Hogwarts students’ favorite things to do during the school year was to leave the school grounds and take a trip to the nearby wizarding village of Hogsmeade. Name a shop or building in Hogsmeade Village.
Bonus: What year must a student be to visit Hogsmeade?

9. The governing body of the wizarding world is the Ministry of Magic. It deals with all laws and regulations related to wizards, and to keeping their world hidden from muggles (humans). There are seven departments in the Ministry of Magic in Britain (there are ministries in other countries, but the Harry Potter series takes place in England). Name a department in this Ministry of Magic.
Bonus: Name one of the Ministers of Magic during the series.

10. The favorite sport of wizards worldwide is quidditch. It can be seen in all books and is played by teams at Hogwarts as well as national teams. Name a position on a quidditch team, or a piece of equipment used to play quidditch.
Bonus: Name the houses that won the Quidditch Cup during Harry’s time at Hogwarts.

The final question has a unique set of rules:

11. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular candies in the wizarding world. They are similar to muggle (human) jelly beans but, well, they come in every flavor imaginable, and you can't tell what flavor you are about to eat by looking at it. Different sources have come up with 169 documented flavors of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. Give between one and five flavors of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. Scoring works as follows:
- You have a choice of whether you want to just give one answer or answer more than one, up to five.
- Only your best answer will count toward your total score.
- Any additional answers you give could potentially harm other participants' scores by adding to the totals for other answers.
- If you give no correct answers, the wrong answer penalty applies.
- If you give a combination of correct and incorrect answers, the incorrect answers will not count against you, but will probably get laughed at.

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TD99 Gamawire

1. In honor of my title, I decided to look up Prince’s real name and incorporate that information into a question. Unfortunately for me, his name actually is Prince – Prince Rogers Nelson. So, give me the real name of one of these other performers.

Patsy Cline
John Denver
Bob Dylan
Elton John
Jay Z
Kid Rock
Lady Gaga
Meat Loaf
Ringo Starr

2. Name one of the nine season winners on American Idol. This question was previously used in TD 15, but there have been additional winners since that time.

3. Name someone who is now or has ever been a member of the rock band Kiss.

4. In 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland, OH. Name one of the first ten inductees.

5. Name an individual or group who has had more than 7 number ones on the Billboard Hot 100.

6. According to, Richard Wagner completed 13 operas. Name one of them.

7. According to their website, the Metropolitan Opera in New York classifies their singers into one of eight different voices ranges. Name one.

8. Name a movie whose song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in the last 20 years (1990-2009).

9. Name a musical that won an Academy Award for Best Picture.

10. Name an individual or group who has won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award more than once.

11. Wikipedia lists 22 composers for the piano that are associated with the Romantic period (roughly the second decade of the 19th century to the early 20th century). Name one of them.

12. Name a musical starring Elvis Presley.

Bonus: Actually, all of Elvis Presley’s movies were musicals except one. Name it and you will get two points taken off your final score.

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Theme TD: Jeopardy!; StevenH

1. Identify somebody who played Brad Rutter in a game* of Jeopardy! and entered Final Jeopardy! with more money than Brad. *NOTE: For this question, each game that makes up part of a multi-game total counts as its own game.

2. Identify a College Championship winner who advanced to the semifinals but not the finals of their Tournament of Champions.

3. Name a contestant who won exactly three regular games and then went on to play in a Tournament of Champions.

4. Name one of the 10 contestants who made* it to the second round or further of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions but did not advance past the quarterfinals in the Tournament of Champions that they had played in. *NOTE: Contestants who received byes into the second round of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions are fair game for this question.

5. In Ken Jennings’ 75 regular games, he played a total of 150 opponents and never trailed against any of them when he entered Final Jeopardy! Of those 150 contestants, only thirteen of them were “mathematically in contention” to win their games in Final Jeopardy! This means that if the contestant was in second place they had half or more of Ken’s total, and if they were in third place their total was greater than or equal to the difference between Ken’s total and the total of the person who was in second place. Identify one of the 13 contestants who Ken Jennings played in any of his regular 75 games who was mathematically in contention to win the game in Final Jeopardy!

6. Name a Teen Tournament winner who competed in and advanced to the semifinals of a Tournament of Champions.

7. Name a contestant who has competed in a Tournament of Champions and currently has a Wikipedia page on them.

8. Identify one of the 11 colleges or universities that has been represented two times or more in the finals of the College Championships.

9. Identify a contestant who won a game* of Jeopardy! against a Tournament of Champions winner or a future Tournament of Champions winner in either a Super Jeopardy! game, a Tenth Anniversary Tournament game, or a NON-FIRST ROUND Ultimate Tournament of Champions game. *NOTE: Multi-game totals count as one game, for the purposes of this question.

10. Name a female contestant who reached the finals of a Tournament of Champions.

11. Have you ever wondered if there has been a Tournament of Champions finalist who finished all four of their ToC games with a higher Coryat score than both of their opponents? It just so happens that five individuals have accomplished that feat. Identify one of the five contestants who was a finalist in a Tournament of Champions and finished all four of their Tournament of Champions games with the highest Coryat score.

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TD100 LifelongJeopfan

1. Name someone who played one of the ten main characters on the original The Brady Bunch TV series, which ran 1969-1974, or the name of the actor whose character appeared more than anyone other than the main nine. I need the name of the actors, not the characters. My source for the tenth character is

2. On October 8, 1956, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw the only perfect game in World Series history, a 2-0 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Name one of the ten people who played in that game for the Dodgers.

3. On April 7, 1955, Winston Churchill stepped down as British prime minister. Name one of the ten men who has held the post since then, including the incumbent.

4. Name a U.S. president who was shot while in office or the person who has been officially acknowledged as the shooter. The president need not have died from the shooting; he only needed to have suffered a bullet wound. It does not count if the president was only the intended target of a shooting. I will be lenient on spelling, but please try to be as exact as possible.

5. Name one of the ten shortest books of the Bible (King James Version), based on the number of words. Six are in the New Testament and four are in the Old Testament.

6. Name one of the ten chemical element whose symbol begins with a different letter than the element's current English name. I do not need the symbol, just the name of the element.

7. Name one of the ten U.S. presidential candidates who has received in total the most electoral votes for president over the course of his lifetime

8. Name one of the ten longest running shows in Broadway history, by number of Broadway performances.

9. According to the Vatican's publication Annuario Pontificio, 265 men have held the title of Pope (or Bishop of Rome) by the Catholic Church. Name one of the ten most common names of the Popes

10. Many actors have a long road to stardom. Grace Kelly was no exception. She suffered through one small role, before playing the female lead in ten movies in a four year span before retiring to serve as princess of Monaco. Name one of those ten movies.

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1. The Most Crucial Game

The fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, the US Open, is being played from September 1–14, 2010. Name one of the 16 individuals who played in this year’s US Open quarterfinals in either the men’s singles or the women’s singles categories.


2. Publish or Perish

I recently finished reading the entire Sherlock Holmes canon—all 4 novellas and 56 short stories—written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In a 1927 issue of The Strand Magazine, Conan Doyle listed his favorite Sherlock Holmes adventures. Name the title of one of the 12 stories on Conan Doyle’s list of favorites.

Notes: (a) None of the novellas appear on the list. (b) None of the stories in the last published collection, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, appear on the list.

Source: Wikipedia

3. The Conspirators

This past summer I read All the President’s Men, a 1974 nonfiction book by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward about the Watergate scandal. At the start of the book, the authors provide a Cast of Characters that includes a list of people classified as “The President’s Men.” Most of them are individuals who had positions in the White House and/or on the Committee for the Re-election of the President. Name one of the 35 people on the list of “The President’s Men” in the book.

Note: The five men classified as “The Burglars” are not on the list.

Source: The book All the President’s Men

4. Mind Over Mayhem

Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. In a 2002 article in the Review of General Psychology by Haggbloom and colleagues, a list of the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century was presented. The rank-ordered list was created from a composite score based on 3 quantitative variables (journal citation frequency, introductory psychology textbook citation frequency, and survey response frequency—the survey was sent to members of the American Psychological Society) and 3 qualitative variables (National Academy of Sciences membership, election as American Psychological Association (APA) president or receipt of the APA Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, and surname used as an eponym). The authors reported the first 99 names on the list, leaving the 100th spot open for the reader’s personal choice (a cute gesture). Name one of the 99 eminent psychologists of the 20th century on the list.

Source: Haggbloom et al. (2002). The 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th century. Review of General Psychology, 6, 139-152.

5. Last Salute to the Commodore

Vanderbilt University, named in honor of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt, was listed as a “New Ivy” in a 2006 article in Newsweek. The “New Ivies” are elite U.S. colleges and universities that are not part of the Ivy League but nonetheless offer excellent educations. Besides Vanderbilt, name one of the other 24 schools that were classified as “New Ivies” on the list.

Source: Newsweek article

6. It’s All in the Game

This past summer my bowling team won our local league championship. However, I am not nearly as good a bowler as the people on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour. Name one of the 10 men who have each won at least 25 tournament titles on the PBA tour during their careers.


7. A Matter of Honor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards show was held on August 29, 2010, honoring excellence in American primetime television. Name a person who won one of the following 12 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Notes: (a) I want the name of the actor/actress, not the character they played. (b) I just want the name—you do not have to indicate which award the person won.


8. Double Shock

I recently watched the documentary Tesla: Master of Lightning, which was all about Nikola Tesla and his shocking (ha ha) work in the field of electromagnetism. In recognition of his influence on the field, the SI unit (i.e., of the International System of Units) for magnetic flux density—the tesla—bears his name. Besides Tesla, name one of the other 18 scientists whose names are used as SI units.

Note: See clarification in next post.

Source: Wikipedia

9. Butterfly in Shades of Grey

There are 28 states in the U.S. that have an official state butterfly (or a butterfly as the official state insect). Some of these states have chosen the same butterfly, so there are actually only 18 different butterflies. Name one of the 18 official state butterflies (or butterflies designated as official state insects).

Notes: (a) I want the common name of the butterfly, not its Latin genus-species name. (b) I just want the name—you don’t have to indicate for which state(s) it is the official butterfly.

Source: Wikipedia

10. Death Lends a Hand

I recently came across an article published on August 28, 2010, by a staff writer on “America’s 10 Most Dangerous Jobs.” The list of jobs was apparently created using 2009 data on fatality rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Name one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America on the list.

Note: All the jobs on the list are non-military jobs. As far as I can tell, the BLS data do not include the military.

Source: Article on

11. Playback

A couple months ago I had the pleasure of attending a Peter Frampton concert. Frampton is perhaps best known for his double live album entitled Frampton Comes Alive!, which was the best-selling album in 1976 and is now the fourth best-selling live album of all time. Name the title of one of the 14 songs on the album Frampton Comes Alive!

Note: The question refers to the original album, not to the 25th anniversary deluxe edition, so do not name one of the four additional songs included on the latter.

Source: The album Frampton Comes Alive!


The 11 bolded titles that appear with the question numbers all share a mysterious connection. Identify the way in which the titles are connected.

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Theme TD: The Twilight Zone; Gamawire

Notes: Unless stated otherwise, the questions refer to the original TZ series (1959-1964.)

1. The introduction for seasons 4 and 5 (and also for the first movie) featured narration over a series of items swirling, twirling and/or sliding across the screen. Describe one of these items, preferably in one or two words. (The whole item - not just a component part of it. For example, if a hippopotamus flew across the screen, "hippopotamus" would be correct, but "hippopotamus tail" would not be correct.) Answers describing the same item will be grouped together. (7)

2. Name one of these actors/actresses who appeared in 3 or more episodes. (Note: The actor’s name is all that is needed – you don’t have to associate it with a particular picture.) (11)

Follow link at the beginning of this TD to see images.

3. The list of TZ guest stars who went on to bigger and better things is perhaps unrivaled in the history of television. Name an actor who appeared on The Twilight Zone who went on to play an ongoing leading role in a police/detective drama on network television in the 1970s or 1980s. (Given the time frame, take network to mean ABC, NBC or CBS.) (16)

4. The episode "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" features five anthropomorphic dolls -- we find out late in the episode that they are dolls, not humans -- trying to figure out where they are trapped and how they can escape. Name one of the characters. (Note: the characters, not the actors.) (5)

5. In the introduction to the episode entitled “Mr. Bevis” starring Orson Bean, Rod Serling mentions nine things “toward which Mr. Bevis’ tastes lean." Name one of these things. (9)

6. Name a narrator for any of the Twilight Zone incarnations (TV series or movies). (6)

7. In the episode "The Man in the Bottle," a genie offers a proprietor and his wife 4 wishes. Describe in a few words one of those wishes OR name the actor who portrayed one of the main characters (Mr. Castle, Mrs. Castle, or the Genie). (7)

8. Name a specific episode (by name or clear description of the plot) from the original series that featured an alien being -- i.e. a live being not originally from earth -- shown on screen. (13)

9. Several dozen writers were credited for TZ teleplays, but only 7 authored or co-authored at least 3 episodes. Name one of those seven.

10. Several forms of the opening narration were heard over the show's five years, all similar, but each unique in several ways. For the narration that begins "You are about to enter another dimension....," name a noun that appears in the rest of the narration. (The word must be used as a noun in this context.) (9)

* Bonus: In the original series, how many total 1/2 hour episodes were produced? How many 1 hour episodes? Provide a guess for each. The positive differences from the actual numbers for each will be added together to get a net difference. For example, if your 1/2 hour guess is 8 over the actual number and your 1 hour guess is 6 under, the net difference would be 8 + 6 = 14.

Those with a net difference of 10 or less will get 5 points deducted from their final score. Those with a net difference of 11-20 will get 2 points deducted. No penalty if your net difference is 21 or higher.

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Theme TD: The Beatles; demomoke

1. Give me the first and last name of any child of a Beatle. Adopted children are accepted. (11)

2. Name a Beatles song on which George Harrison sang the lead vocal, but which he did not compose. (5)

3. Name one of the people mentioned by name in John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance." (10)

4. Name a Beatles song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 between 29 August 1966, when the group played their last official live concert, and 30 December 1970, when Paul McCartney sued the other Beatles to dissolve their legal partnership. (10)

5. Give a Beatles song title in which the word "day" appears as a word or part of a word. (8)

6. Name a Wings album released between 1971 and 1980. (9)

7. Besides the Beatles themselves, name an actor/actress whose image appears on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (15) (SOURCE: Wikipedia - List of images on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

8. Name an animal that is included in a Beatles song title, human beings not included. (10)

9. The Beatles were the first stadium rockers. Name a stadium that was used by a Major League Baseball team at the time the Beatles played there, along with the city in which it was/is located. (9)

10. Besides Britain and the United States, name a country (or possession) where the Beatles played a live concert between 1 January 1963 and 29 August 1966. (13)

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TD102 waterloo_guy

Channel 2: GSN. Name a game or quiz show regularly hosted by Alex Trebek. Pilots, annual events, and appearances as a guest host do not count. Variations on a game show will be grouped together. For example, The Amazing Quiz, The New Amazing Quiz, and Extreme Amazing Quiz would all be considered the same show. Finally, I have been unable to confirm whether or two possible answers, Pick and Choose and Outside/Inside, are indeed game shows, so they will not be considered acceptable answers for this question.

Channel 3: Travel Channel. In August 2007, Travel Channel’s online magazine selected a list of the 10 Greatest Fictional Travelers. Name one of the made-up globetrotting individuals or groups from this list. For groups, identifying one or more members of the group will be treated the same as identifying the group.

Channel 4: Animal Planet. The Cat Fanciers Association recognizes 41 breeds of pedigreed cats. Name one of the ten most popular breeds according to CFA registrations for 2009.

Channel 5: ESPN. Name a league MVP (Most Valuable Player) from the NFL, NBA, NHL, American League, or National League who has won the award more than once since the beginning of their league’s season in 1995. For the NFL, NBA, and NHL, the first season under consideration is the 1995-96 season. For this quiz, the NFL MVP is the winner of the Associated Press NFL MVP Award and the NHL MVP is the winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy.

Channel 6: Syfy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to a living author for lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Since 1975, the award has been given to 27 authors. Name one of those 27 authors.

Channel 7: Bloomberg Television. The FDIC annually produces a list entitled Top 50 Commercial Banks and Savings Institutions by Total Domestic Deposits. Name one of the top 15 banks on the June 30, 2009 list.

Channel 8: VH1. Name a Bruce Springsteen single that charted in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

Clarificatin: I am looking for a single recorded by Bruce Springsteen and credited to him as performer.

Channel 9: Military Channel. Name an enlisted rank in the United States Marine Corps.

Channel 10: TV Land. Name a prime time American network comedy or drama series that debuted in 1980 or later and was, in part, about the making of a television show. The series must have originally aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN, WB, or CW and at least 22 episodes must have aired on that network.

Clarification: The making of the TV show should be something that recurs throughout the majority of the show's seasons.

Channel 11: Food Network. According to the National Gardening Association’s 2009 survey, the tomato is the most popular vegetable grown at home (despite the fact that tomatoes are actually fruit). Name one of the nine vegetables that occupied slots 2 through 10 in this survey.

Channel 12: History Channel. Name a monarch of England, Great Britain, or the United Kingdom whose total reign was greater than 30 years in length.

Channel 13: Discovery Channel*. Name a current hotel on the Las Vegas strip with more than 3000 rooms.

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Theme TD: Lord of the Rings; goforthetie

I. Concerning Hobbits

1. Fittingly, we begin at Bilbo's birthday party. Near the party's conclusion, he gives a speech in which he lists several common Hobbit surnames. Name one of the families named in the movie version of Bilbo's speech.

The book version of the speech contains all of the same families, plus these additional ones: Burrowses, Goodbodies, Brockhouses, and Sackville-Bagginses.

2. Upon leaving Bree, Pippin lists several meals that hobbits are accustomed to taking each day. Name one.

The full list occurs in the movie only, though scattered references to hobbit meals can be found throughout the books.

BONUS I. The movie doesn't mention it, but Bilbo and Frodo actually share a birthday. (Happy birthday, Frodo!) At Bilbo's party, how old is Bilbo? How old is Frodo? And what is Bilbo's birth year (by Shire reckoning)?

You will earn a deduction of 10% of your score on this section for each age you get exactly correct. The birth year is worth a separate 20% deduction if you get it exactly; if you are 1 to 19 years off, you will receive deductions ranging from 19% to 1%, with a linear interpolation. Unfortunately, the movies and books disagree on the birth year (what's up with that?); I will calculate accuracy by using the version that you are closest to.

II. The Wizard Who Awes

3. Gandalf goes by many names. Other than just plain "Gandalf" (or the other names listed in the fine print below), give a capitalized name or title that he is called (whether in respect or as an insult), or referred to as, in either the movies or the books.

Things like "Gandalf Firestarter", "Gandalf the Magnificent", and "Wizard Tallhat" would be valid answers, but "Gandalf, that merry prankster" would not. I realize that most people didn't watch the movies with subtitles, but I think that most times it's pretty obvious whether any phrases referring to Gandalf should be capitalized. I'll be pretty liberal in distinguishing between various names/titles.

Answers that I will not credit as valid:
Gandalf, as already mentioned. BO-ring!
The Wizard, Gandalf the Wizard, the Wizard Gandalf. I don't think these are ever capitalized, if they appear at all, but since they are ambiguous when spoken I'll make a ruling now.
Saruman. Arguable, based on the quote in the next question, but since Gandalf doesn't actually mean to call himself that, I'm going to say no dice.
Gandalf the Wise. Terrible neg bait, since it appears in text but (as far as I can tell) only in the appendices, which I deemed to be off-limits.

4. With his wise mien and British baritone, Gandalf gets the lion's share of memorable quotes. Complete one of the following lines of his from the movies, which are presented chronologically.

The number of blanks equals the number of words I'm looking for. The answers to the starred quotes are also in the books. I will be somewhat strict in judging answers - changing a word to a synonym will almost certainly get negged, but I might be OK with a different form of the same word, or a transposition of words, if it doesn't affect meaning very much.

a*) (singing) ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___, down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can.
b) A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives ___ ___ ___ ___ ___.
c*) In the common tongue it reads, "One ring to rule Them all, One ring to find them. One ring to bring them all, and ___ ___ ___ ___ ___."
d*) It reads: "The doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak ___ ___ ___."
e) If in doubt, Meriadoc, always ___ ___ ___.
f*) You cannot pass! I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the Flame of Anor. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Go ___ ___ ___ ___!
g*) ___ ___ ___. (last line of Gandalf's in The Fellowship of the Ring)
h*) I am Saruman. Or rather, Saruman ___ ___ ___ ___ ___.
i) Look to my coming at first light on the fifth day. At dawn, ___ ___ ___ ___.
j*) There never was much hope. Just ___ ___ ___.
k*) Go back to the abyss! ___ ___ ___ ___ that awaits you and your master!

BONUS II. Complete more of the quotations.

If you get X correct and Y incorrect, I will deduct (X-Y)*4% of your score on this section, assuming X is at least Y. If it isn't there will be no penalty but no deduction.

III. The Females of the Rings

5. Of all the female characters, Eowyn sees the most action by far. Name a character with whom Eowyn has a conversation, either in the books or in the movies.

I've made sure that anyone with whom Eowyn has significant plot interaction is a valid answer one way or the other, so don't worry too much about this... but to be technical, a conversation between A and B will be defined as four consecutive lines of dialogue from A, then B, then A, then B, where the two are speaking to one another. Laughter does not count as a line of dialogue.

6. Galadriel gives gifts to the individual members of the Fellowship upon their departure from Lorien. Name a gift and its recipient.

Gifts to the party as a whole - e.g., boats, cloaks, lembas bread - do not count. Some characters' gifts were changed for the movie; for these characters, either gift (book version or movie version) will count as correct and the two will be treated as different answers. You do not have to specify whether your answer is from the book or the movie. Merry and Pippin receive identical gifts and will be grouped together. Not all characters receive gifts in the movie; "nothing" is not a valid answer. Another invalid answer is the brooch that Galadriel gives to Aragorn in the book, since that was not actually from Galadriel herself, merely left in her care by Arwen (her granddaughter); Aragorn receives another gift from Galadriel that is valid.

BONUS III. Name up to five more female characters (i.e., other than Eowyn, Galadriel, and Arwen) that have a "speaking part" in the books or in the movies.

For each one you name, 8% of your score on this section will be deducted, for a maximum of 40%; however, if any are incorrect no bonus will be given.

IV. Places of Middle Earth

7. Name a Middle Earth mountain, or mountain range, that is not named solely after a color.

Hills do not count, only places which have "mount(-ain)" in their name, or are explicitly described as a mountain. I'll warn that there is potential neg bait here: if you are not sure your answer counts as a mountain, it probably doesn't. (For instance, the main subject of the picture above is not a mountain.) Ash counts as a color; Elvish names that mean colors are also unacceptable, but something like "Purplehaze Mountain" is not named solely after a color and would be OK.

BONUS IV-A. Give an additional name (e.g., in a different Middle Earth language) that your answer is known by.

Answering correctly will earn a 15% deduction on this question. Not all answers will be able to earn a bonus, unfortunately, but those that don't are probably going to be low-scoring to begin with. If your answer to the question is incorrect, no bonus is possible.

8. The Númenóreans were the high race of men which came to Middle Earth during the Second Age and eventually founded the ancient kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor (3000 years before the events of the trilogy). They brought with them seven palantíri : powerful seeing-stones, somewhat like crystal balls, which could communicate with one another and serve as windows onto other places. The Númenóreans originally placed them at various strategic locations across Middle Earth, although many were lost before the events of the trilogy, and one was captured by Sauron and taken to Mordor from its original location. We only encounter two of the palantíri (three if you include the one Sauron controlled) in the trilogy, although we do see five of the seven original locations.

Name, or describe in reasonable detail, one of the original seven locations that held a palantír. If you give the name of the location rather than describing it, you will receive a 15% bonus deduction on this question, assuming it is a correct answer.

You may not hedge your bets by giving a name and a description; if you do so I will look at the name only. I am looking for fairly specific locations; an answer of an entire realm such as "Gondor" would not be specific enough. Descriptions can be something like "the cave where Gandalf and Sauron played tiddlywinks". As a hint, you should know that Rohan was not a kingdom founded by Númenóreans.

BONUS IV-B. A few rivers play key roles in the trilogy. Name the river which...
a) ... washes away the Nazgûl.
b) ... the Fellowship travels along via boat, just before it is dissolved.

One correct answer will give you a 10% deduction on this section; getting both will get a 25% deduction. An incorrect answer, however, will mean you get no deduction (so don't just guess the same name twice!). Please tell me which question(s) you are trying to answer when you respond.

V. Movie Magic

9. There were a vast number of visual effects in the movies. One of the subtlest, and yet most important, was the shrinking of actors who were supposed to be of smaller races. Give the surname of an actor who played a character of dwarf-kind or hobbit-kind.

The actor must have been listed in the credits of at least one of the movies.

10. LOTR: The Return of the King famously won every Oscar it was nominated for, going 11 for 11. If I had to pick my favorite of the trilogy, however, it would be Fellowship. Name someone who was nominated for an Academy Award for LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Different people nominated for the same award still count as different answers.

BONUS V. If one were to watch all three extended editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back to back, how many minutes would it take you?

I highly recommend gathering a bunch of friends and doing this. Truly an epic experience.

If you get the answer on the nose, I will deduct 40% of your score for this section. If you are 20 minutes off or more, no change will be made. Answers that are 1 to 19 minutes off will receive deductions of 38% to 2%, with a linear interpolation.

VI. At the end comes the beginning

11. The success of the movie trilogy will lead into an adaptation of the book that started it all. So what better way to finish this edition of Think Different! than by revisiting The Hobbit?

The Lord of the Rings begins with Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party; The Hobbit, in contrast, begins with Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party, in which Gandalf invites 13 dwarves to crash Bilbo's hobbit-hole. Name a character of The Hobbit who is NOT at the party in its first chapter.

The character must have a specific name - a title is not enough - and at least one line. As a hint, I'll say that exactly two correct answers have lines in The Lord of the Rings trilogy; they are not obscure.

BONUS VI. In what year was The Hobbit first published?

If you get the answer on the nose, I will deduct 40% off of your score for this section. If you are 5 years off or more, no change will be made. Answers that are 1 to 4 years off will receive deductions of 32% to 8%, with a linear interpolation.

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TD103 StevenH

1. Name a play that Ben Jonson (1572-1637) wrote. anticipated sheep answer: The Alchemist

2. Name a Beach Boys studio album* that was released in the United States between January 1, 1960, and December 31, 1969. *NOTE: Compilations, greatest hits albums, and live albums do NOT count for this question. anticipated sheep answer: Pet Sounds

3. Unused SHC category number 1: “Weather and Climate.” Give the correct answer to any one of the following 5 clues. anticipated sheep answer: the greenhouse effect

a) Water vapor, carbon dioxide, and other gases trap the Sun’s energy in the atmosphere and increase the earth’s temperature in this effect that is named for a place where plants may be kept
b) From the Latin for “heap,” this is the seven-letter name for the puffy clouds that form the vertical extent of the uplift of air in the atmosphere
c) An “incredible tornado” has wind speeds of 261-318 mph on the original version of this scale that measures the intensity of tornadoes
d) The convergence of the trade winds from the northern and southern hemispheres create this low pressure “zone” that encircles the earth’s equatorial region
e) Named for a British scientist, it is the name of the tropical circulation in which air rises over the warm western pacific and sinks over the cold eastern Pacific

4. A war of succession is defined as a war that is fought in response to the claim of two or more parties to the throne of a deceased or deposed monarch. Identify any war of succession that has ever occurred in history. NOTE 1: Any war that was fought as a “phase” of a larger war is fair game. If the larger war was also a succession war, then the big war and any smaller succession wars that were part of it will all be counted as separate answers. NOTE 2: Succession wars that do not contain the words “of succession” in their names are fair game. anticipated sheep answer: the War of Spanish Succession

5. In Major League Baseball, recording 3,000 career hits is a feat that will likely lead to admission into the baseball hall of fame for a player. On August 19, 1921, Ty Cobb accomplished the feat. The feat was also accomplished by Paul Molitor on September 16, 1996. Name one of the 16 Major League Baseball players who recorded his 3,000th career hit after Ty Cobb did and before Paul Molitor did. anticipated sheep answer: Pete Rose

6. Name a movie that was directed by* Peter Farrelly and/or Bobby Farrelly. *NOTE: Any movie that at least one of the Farrelly brothers directed with somebody else is fair game for this question. anticipated sheep answer: Dumb and Dumber

7. Listed below are eight different prisons that have been ranked among the world’s hardest prisons. Identify one of the 8 countries in which any one of the following tough prisons is located. NOTE: Not all of these prisons may still be in use. anticipated sheep answer: Thailand

a) Lurigancho Prison
b) Tadmor Military Prison
c) Bang Kwang
d) La Sante Prison
e) Carandiru Penitentiary
f) Black Beach
g) Dayirbakir Prison
h) La Sabeneta Prison

8. StevenH’s nine biggest (more or less) celebrity crushes are pictured below. Name one of the 9 ladies who is pictured below who StevenH has a crush on. anticipated sheep answer: Jessica Alba

9. Unused SHC category number 2: “An ‘F’ in Science” (each correct response will begin with the letter “f”). Give the correct response to any one of the 5 following clues. anticipated sheep answer: Fungi

a) Molds, yeasts, and mushrooms all belong to this taxonomic kingdom
b) One example of a monosaccharide is this simple sugar that is present in several different types of fruit
c) Orthoclase and plagioclase are two varieties of this most abundant mineral on earth
d) This property, which is defined as the ability of electrically uncharged materials to attract other materials, is only exhibited in chemical elements by iron, nickel, and cobalt
e) Often abbreviated as “f,” this quantity that is the measure of the tendency of a component of a mixture to escape from the mixture takes units of pressure

10. It is time for a little German philosopher appreciation. Identify one of the 7 German philosophers who wrote one of the pairs of works that is listed below. anticipated sheep answer: Friedrich Nietzsche

a) the 1927 book Being and Time, and the essay “The Question Concerning Technology”
b) the books Thus Spoke Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil
c) the 1781 work Critique of Pure Reason, and the 1797 work The Metaphysics of Morals
d) the 1807 book The Phenomenology of Spirit, and the 1820 book Elements of the Philosophy of Right
e) the 1962 book The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, and the 1981 work The Theory of Communicative Action
f) the 1951 book The Origins of Totalitarianism, and the 1958 book The Human Condition
g) the 1800 work The Vocation of Man, and the 1807-1808 lectures Addresses to the German Nation

11. Super Smash Bros. is a video game that was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. It is a fighting game in which the player can choose from 12 different characters (8 are there at the start of the game, 4 have to be unlocked) to use to fight with. The 12 characters are all from a few of Nintendo’s most popular video game series. Name one of the 12 playable characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64. anticipated sheep answer: Mario

TIEBREAKER. Name one of the 4 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Theme TD: Mel Brooks; skkorling

1. Name either an age portrayed in History of the World, Part I or a scene purported to be in History of the World, Part II, as named in the title cards preceding each sketch. (8)

2. Name a type of person Hedley Lamarr requests when he puts out the word for criminals to scare off the citizens of Rock Ridge in Blazing Saddles. Specifically, this is the scene when he lists off 27 types of people while Taggart looks for a pen and paper to write it all down. (27)

3. According to Wikipedia, 9 people have appeared in 3 or more films that Brooks directed. Name one of these people. (9)

4. Name an item referred to in Spaceballs as “Spaceballs: the ______.” This can be spoken or shown on-screen. (12)

5. In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Robin and his merry men (straight, just… merry) recruit new members to take on the Sheriff of Rottingham. Name a piece of equipment the recruits pick up as they prepare for the training sequence, as listed by Blinken. (7)

6. Name someone who played themselves in Silent Movie or a character referred to as “Doctor” in High Anxiety. (10)

7. Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers all appeared in the top 15 of American Film Institute’s list of 100 Greatest American Comedies (100 Years… 100 Laughs.) Name one of the 12 other movies to appear in the top 15. Hint: The list came out in 2000, so all answers will be movies before then. (12)

8. Name a song that appeared in the Broadway version of The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Reprises will be counted as the same song; songs split into different parts will be counted separately . (23)

9. Brooks is one of just 12 people to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Grammy (and coincidentally, the only one whose first award was the Emmy.) Name one of the 11 other winners. NOTE: Special, non-competitive awards and Daytime Emmies count. (11)

10. In addition to the movies and Broadway shows he directed, Brooks was also the creator of the seminal spy comedy show Get Smart. In 2008, Brooks worked as a consultant on the Get Smart movie. Name an actor who portrayed an employee of Maxwell Smart’s organization, CONTROL, in the Get Smart movie. NOTES: Remember, I want the actor, NOT the character, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be an agent. If they worked for CONTROL and were portrayed by a human, they count. (10)

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TD104 barandall800

Music: “Music is playing inside of my head/Over and over and over again/My friend, there’s no end/To the music...”-Carole King
1. There have been many musical groups and bands across the sands of time...some of them more well-known than others. Name one of the members of one of the following (still-existing) groups. (26 possible answers)
Vocal Jazz (1st Tier): New York Voices and Manhattan Transfer (1/2 points)
Country (2nd Tier): Dixie Chicks and SHeDAISY (full points)
Rock/Pop (3rd Tier): Rush and Coldplay (double points)

2. Ella Fitzgerald is known as the “First Lady of Song” (sometimes the “First Lady of Jazz”). She recorded many albums over the course of her long career before her death at the age of 79 in 1996. However, the group of albums she is arguably most well-known for is her Songbook series, released from 1956 to 1964 on Verve Records (with one exception, see clarification), which each paid tribute to a famous standards composer. Name one of the composers Ella Fitzgerald officially paid tribute to in her Songbook series. (9 possible answers)

3. The world-renowned 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir has performed at the inauguration of various presidents, won a Grammy, been honored with the National Medal of the Arts, and has released numerous albums and recordings, the first of them in 1910. They were dubbed “America’s Choir” by Ronald Reagan. A longstanding tradition is their yearly Christmas concerts, which in recent years take place over the course of multiple nights, are free of charge, and feature special guest vocalists and/or narrators. Name a well-known figure who has served as either guest vocalist or guest narrator for the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts between 2001 and 2009. (14 possible answers)

4. Carole King has had a long career as both a prolific songwriter and respected solo performer. The album that helped her break through as the latter was her 1971 release “Tapestry.” It was a smash hit, selling millions of copies and featuring quite a few songs that still are fairly well-known today. Name one of the tracks on the original 1971 release of Carole King’s album “Tapestry.” (12 possible answers)
(Note: The Carole King quote next to the category title is a song off one of her other albums. Just eliminating any neg-bait possibilities there... )

Politics: “And the waitress is practicing politics/As the businessmen slowly get stoned...”-Billy Joel
5. No rambling background story for this one (other than that I picked these two states because I live in Arizona, and attend college in Utah ). Name an individual who has served as governor of either Arizona or Utah (after they received official recognition of statehood). (39 possible answers)

6. In recent years, a flurry of deaths, resignations, and Cabinet appointments have led to a large handful of state governors being able to exercise their power of appointing temporary senators to the U.S. Senate. Name one of the individuals appointed to serve as U.S. Senator directly after the death or resignation of one of the following Senators: Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy, Mel Martinez, Robert Byrd, Ken Salazar, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden. (7 possible answers)

7. Looking up all the previous TDs to make sure all of my planned questions had not previously been used (or in some cases, used recently), I noticed a question of the following nature for the Democrats, but not the Republicans. Though I’m a Democrat myself, in the spirit of bipartisanship, I ask you to... Name an official declared candidate (they must have participated in at least one televised debate) for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. (12 possible answers)

8. Although cable networks like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News currently drive much of mainstream political commentary in today’s media, Sunday morning political news shows like “Face The Nation” and “Meet The Press” have long been places for politicians to make their case (or be put on the spot), headlines to be made, and political discussion to be had. Name an individual who has served as an official permanent (or official interim) moderator/anchor of one of the following Sunday morning news programs: “Face The Nation,” “Meet The Press,” “This Week,” and “Fox News Sunday.” (25 possible answers)

Reality Shows: “Futures made of virtual insanity/Now always seem to be governed by this love we have/For useless twisting of our new technology...”-Jamiroquai
9. (This question was previously asked in TD26 by dhkendall. However, because there have since been 3 additional seasons of the show, as well as countless additional boardies [myself included], I thought it would be fair to reuse this.) Name a celebrity or professional winner of any of the 10 previous seasons of “Dancing With The Stars.” (16 possible answers)
(Note: The 11th season is currently airing, but as a winner has not emerged yet, it’s not fair game.)

10. The ninth season of “American Idol” was one whose level of quality was much-maligned by the press and across the Internet by fans of the show. However, it still received fairly strong ratings, and “American Idol” will return for a tenth season in January. Name one of the 12 finalists on the ninth (most recently aired) season of “American Idol.” (216.7 possble answers...OK, just 12. )

11. “The Mole” is a reality game/competition show that has had a long (and tortured?) history. The first season, hosted by future CNN personality Anderson Cooper, did fairly well in the ratings, but the second season suffered in ratings because of its airing following the September 11 attacks on the U.S., and was placed on hiatus until summer 2002, where it again did well in the ratings. Two celebrity editions in Hawaii and Mexico followed, and were also successful, but ABC declined to air the show further, until it returned in 2008 for a third civilian season. However, this season did poorly in the ratings, and the show was again canceled by ABC. Name one of the celebrity contestants on either “Celebrity Mole: Hawaii” or “Celebrity Mole: Yucatan.” (13 possible answers)

12. One of the key elements of any successful (or unsuccessful) reality competition show is the judging. They can be in a panel of 2, 3, or 4, they can be permanent, they can be rotating...but in most cases, you’ve gotta have ‘em. Name an individual who has served as a permanent judge for at least one season on one of the following reality competitions. (20 possible answers)
1st Tier: “The Sing-Off” and “Fame” (half points)
2nd Tier: “Britain’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent” (full points)
3rd Tier: “American Idol” and “Dancing With The Stars” (double points)

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Theme TD: The Beatles (round 2); rockgolf

1. Name any Beatles song appearing on the originally released Beatles material while together where the title consists of only one word. Subtitled songs such as “Anna (Go To Him)” or “Money (That’s What I Want)” do not qualify. (Basically any one-word track name on the Beatles stereo box set.) (19 answers that I’m aware of)

2. The book “Billboard Hottest Hot 100 Hits (4th edition)” includes a list of the 100 biggest chart hits written by Paul McCartney, John Lennon or both. Excluding songs where the artist credit in whole or in part is The Beatles, Wings, Plastic Ono Band, Paul McCartney or John Lennon, name an entry from that list. Give both the title of the single and the artist name. (23 answers possible)

3. Any song that made the American top 40 which directly names The Beatles (individually or collectively) in the lyrics. The lyrics can either refer by name to the Beatles as a band or at least two of the members by first and/or last name. (Provide the relevant line of lyrics if you can.) Provide song title and artist. (Open-ended. I’ve got a list of several, but I’m sure there’s more.)

4. An English-language non-documentary theatrically released film in which John Lennon was a character portrayed in whole or in part by someone other than John Lennon. (IMDB lists 22 such films, and I believe I know of one other. Most are exceedingly obscure.)

5. A Ringo Starr top 40 (on the Billboard Hot 100) solo track. (12)

6. George Harrison’s second supergroup was the Traveling Wilburys. Give the actual name (normal stage name, not name given at birth) or Wilbury pseudonym of any of the Traveling Wilburys. HINT: All the band members from the first album used one pseudonym on the first album and a different pseudonym on the second. Actual names and all pseudonyms will be counted as separate. (17 answers)

7. Other than the complete artist credit reading “Paul McCartney”, “Paul McCartney & Wings”, “Wings” or “The Beatles”, the official artist credit on any US or UK charted single by Paul McCartney or including Paul McCartney as a lead singer. Example: When the inevitable "Paul McCartney featuring T-Pain" single is released, assuming it makes the US or UK singles chart, it qualifies. (I’ve got 11 but there may be more.)

8. The name of any “greatest hits/best of” packages released in the United States by any of the solo Beatles. (Excludes live albums and box sets of 3 or more CDs.) (14 answers)

9. A Beatles album that first charted on the Billboard 200 after 1971. (19 answers)

10. Earlier this year, the British newspaper, The Guardian took the complete lyrics of all songs recorded by the Beatles and did a word count. Not surprisingly, the 8 most frequently used words are (in order) “you”, “I”, “the”, “to”, “me”, “and” “a” & “Love”. Name a word, 5 letters or longer, that also made the 100 most frequent words in Beatles lyrics. (9 answers)

11. Hey, what’s a Beatles quiz without an audio question? The attached clip contains samples from 10 of the most famous Beatles tracks. Only thing is they have been put through an audio distortion process called “Paulstretch” so they have been expanded to eight times their actual lengths. Some are still pretty identifiable; some aren’t. Name one of the ten tracks you think are in this clip.

john paulstretch george & ringo sound bite

Bonus: Based on the same word list from The Guardian, there are about 50 common English 3-letter words, excluding proper nouns and acronyms, which appear only a single time in any of the Beatles lyrics. Name one, even if some else picks the same word as you, and get a 3 point deduction from your total score.

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TD105 demomoke

1. Name a Major League Baseball franchise that has appeared in the World Series at least ten times through the 2009 season. (team nicknames enough, city not required) (9)

2. Name a modern nation on the continent of Africa which (at least partially) achieved independence directly from the British Empire. (18)

3. Name a character from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. (26)

4. Name a city in the United States that, according to 2009 Census reports, is down at least one-third (33.3%) from a peak population once over 250,000. (10)

5. There is perhaps no sport more quintessentially British than cricket. Name one of the geographical areas represented by a cricket team that has Test (i.e., 5-day) status. (10)

6. Name any state of the Union of India. (28)

7. Name one of the United States Navy's active aircraft carriers as of January 1, 2010. (11)

8. Name an official language of the Republic of South Africa. (11)

9. Name an artist or group, at least half the members of which are from any Anglosphere country besides the United States, that has had three or more Number One hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from August 4, 1958 (when the chart began) through June 30, 2010. Each side of a double-sided No. 1 counts. (19)

10. London has long been one of the world's major transport hubs, and Heathrow Airport is still the world leader in international passengers. Out of the top 20 airports that are either origins or destinations for Heathrow's international passengers in 2008, 13 are located in countries that were formerly British. Name a city that is served by one of these airports, even if the airport isn't actually located within the city limits. (13)
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TD106 rockgolf

The top ten songs of July 4, 1970

#10 "Hitchin' a Ride," Vanity Fare
- The band “Vanity Fare” is not to be confused with the book, movie or magazine Vanity Fair, the latter of which is a Condé Nast publication. Name a Condé Nast magazine that can currently be subscribed to.

#9 "The Wonder of You," Elvis Presley
- Elvis didn’t top the British charts until 1957, but has made up for it since with 22 chart toppers. Name a #1 UK single credited to Elvis Presley.

#8 "The Long and Winding Road," The Beatles
- Well we just had a Beatles TD, so instead name any 2-digit US Interstate Highway that passes through at least six U.S. states.

#7 "(They Long to Be) Close to You, "The Carpenters”
- Karen and Richard Carpenter were the most successful brother-sister duo on the American pop charts, but never charted separately. So instead name any person (male or female) who had a track in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 and who had a sister who also had at least one track on the Billboard Hot 100. (Example: If Warren Beatty had a #33 hit, and Shirley MacLaine had a #89 song, Warren would qualify.)

#6 "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)," Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers
- Other than Melanie, name a solo female singer who had a #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 where her full artist credit was one word. (Bands do not qualify. Little Eva and Lady Gaga are two-word names, and would also not qualify. But if Usher were female, he’d qualify. To avoid possible confusion, for the sake of this quiz, Nena is a band, not a solo artist.)

#5 "Band of Gold," Freda Payne
- Brad Bourland of Beaumont TX has compiled a list of the 10,000 best movies. (Yes. Ten thousand.) But he doesn’t let any old movie on his list. His list is limited to full-length non-documentary non-animated English-language non-silent films released in 1999 or before. (Whew!)
Ranking is based on critical and public acclaim. (The top 4 in order are Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Godfather & The Wizard of Oz.) Of those films, 19 films in Brad's top 1000 list have 3-word titles where the second word is “of”. (“_____ of _____”) Name one of those 19 films. (Hence titles such as “The Grapes of Wrath” or “Of Human Bondage” do NOT qualify.)

#4 "Ride Captain Ride," Blues Image
- The Crayola Crayon Chronology lists all names of crayon colors Crayola has released. Give me the name of any crayon from that list which includes the word “Blue”. (In one case, two different names have been used for the same color. For this contest, they will be treated as separate names.)

#3 "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)," The Temptations
- I see from the archive that the period of 1990 to the present has already been done on this question any country that has become a member of the United Nations between 1970 and 1989.

#2 "The Love You Save," Jackson 5
- Name any prime time network series where the title included the number five or a word that would include the digit “5” if written as a number.
Limitations: 10 or more episodes, 1960-present, on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, or CW.
Examples: Had “Adam 12” been called “Adam 52”, it would qualify. (“V”, however, does not. Nice try.)
Additional restriction: Some reality shows have alternate names by season, like "Amazing Race 5" or "Survivor 25: Death Valley". Such titles used to identify seasons or volumes are NOT acceptable for this question. (At the time of this posting, with the first 5 entries in, no one has entered any show that fits that description.)

#1 "Mama Told Me (Not to Come),"Three Dog Night”
- Randy Newman, who has had a lot more success in the film business than he’s had with albums, wrote this song. Name any film for which Randy Newman received an Oscar nomination.

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Theme TD: M*A*S*H; Gamawire

1. Give me a word of 4 or more letters that appears in the chorus of the show’s theme song.

2. Name an actor or actress who appeared in more than 100 episodes of the show.

3. Name someone who directed five or more episodes of the series.

4. Name the hometown of one of these characters (you don't need to match it to a particular character):
Hawkeye Pierce
Radar O’Reilly
Trapper John McIntyre
Charles Winchester
Maxwell Klinger
Frank Burns
Margaret Houlihan
B.J. Hunnicut
Colonel Potter
Nurse Kellye Yamato
Henry Blake
Father Mulcahy
Sgt. Rizzo

5. Besides M*A*S*H*, name a series in which Harry Morgan had a recurring or starring role (defined as 3 or more episodes as the same character).

6. Name one of these well-known actors who guest starred on at least one episode of the show.
Follow link at the beginning of this TD to see images.

7. Klinger always had wild stories of his family back in the States, and the stories often centered around one of his uncles. Name an uncle he mentions by name.

8. Name the spouse of one of these characters (you don't need to match a name to a particular character):
B.J. Hunnicutt
Henry Blake
Col. Potter
Max Klinger
Margaret Houlihan
Frank Burns
Trapper John
Sgt. Rizzo

9. Name a form of transportation on which one of the show’s main characters left the 4077th for good in the final episode of the series (“Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”).

10. The landscape of the 4077th is decorated by a signpost with various cities/locations and their distance from the camp. Name one of the places listed.

BONUS: Several times throughout the series, the medals that Major Houlihan had been awarded during her service in the Army could be seen on her uniform. There are five different medals - name one of them for five points off your final score.

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Theme TD: Lost; hansvon

1) When LOST first premiered, it was highly praised for its very international cast, a fact reflected in its characters. Give the country of origin of any of the passengers of Flight 815. “Country of origin” can mean birth country or country of residence at some point.

2) “The numbers are bad!” So we found out in the episode “Numbers,” as we discovered that a set of six numbers had been haunting Hugo “Hurley” Reyes. Little by little, we found out that Hurley wasn’t the only one to be followed by these cryptic numbers. Name any of the Numbers, the sum of the Numbers, or the product of the Numbers. No calculators allowed.

3) For the first several seasons, the survivors of Oceanic 815 were terrorized by a group of people whom Danielle Rousseau simply dubbed “The Others”. Name any person who was a member of the Others (or the Hostiles) before the arrival of Oceanic 815.

4) Season Two brought about a spectacular twist that I, frankly, wish had been more fleshed out: there were other survivors of Flight 815! Name any character who went down in the tail section of the plane.

5) As season two unfolded, fans and 815 survivors slowly began to unravel the threads of a mysterious organization known as the DHARMA Initiative. Name any station run by the DHARMA Initiative. All DHARMA stations follow the naming convention “The ______”.

6) With the explosion of the hatch at the end of season 2, the Island became briefly visible to the outside world. Charles Widmore commissioned a freighter full of mercenaries and scientists to do some reconnaissance work. Name any person aboard the freighter Kahana before it made contact with the survivors.

7) “I’m one of the Oceanic Six!” With that cryptic line in the Season 4 premiere, Hurley made the startling revelation that not everyone made it off the island, despite the promise of rescue that the freighter brought. Name any member of the Oceanic Six.

8) A common theme throughout LOST was the unraveling of the threads that connected the characters. Jack, as the leader of survivors, was often the center of these connections. Name any person in Jack Shephard's family, either by marriage (including ex-wives) or blood, in any timeline.

9) Even through the ups and downs of any season, if there was one thing LOST knew how to do, it was give us a hell of a cliffhanger, then several months later keep the roller coaster moving. Give the title of any season premiere or finale. Disregard Part 1, Part 2, etc.

Final Bonus Question: Thirty-four actors were credited as starring regulars for at least one episode in the entire series. Name as many of these actors as you can. There is no penalty for guessing an incorrect actor.
1-4 actors: 10% of your final score will be subtracted
5-9 actors: 25% of your final score will be subtracted
10-14 actors: 40% of your final score will be subtracted
15-19 actors: 50% of your final score will be subtracted
20-24 actors: 60% of your final score will be subtracted
25-29 actors: 70% of your final score will be subtracted
30-33 actors: 80% of your final score will be subtracted
All 34 actors: 90% of your final score will be subtracted.

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TD107 Woppy T

1. Leading off: Derek Jeter (shortstop)

Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter grew up in Michigan but was born in New Jersey in 1974. The New Jersey Turnpike has 12 “service areas” (aka rest stops) named for famous people with New Jersey ties. Name one of these people. (12)

2. Batting Second: Nick Swisher (right field)

Nick Swisher plays right field. Every year, a large number of “right wing” organizations gather in Washington, D.C. for the “Conservative Political Action Conference” (CPAC). Each year, a “straw poll” is held to sample the participants’ views on various issues and candidates. Name a person who was one of the 11 top answers to the following question in the 2010 CPAC straw poll: “Thinking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election, who would you vote for as the next Republican nominee for President?” (11)

Note: “other” and “undecided” were also given as answers but do not count.

3. Batting third: Mark Teixeira (first base)

Mark Teixeira wears number 25. Name one of the top 25 law schools in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 rankings.

4. Batting Fourth: Alex Rodriguez (third base)

Alex Rodriguez infamously admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers. Name a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation or WWF) Hall of Fame who also held what is now called the WWE Championship. (11)

Note: WWE championship histories are convoluted, as they entail many name changes to the titles (and the WWE itself) and disputed title reigns. For this question I will rely on the following as authority:

5. Batting Fifth: Robinson Cano (second base)

Robinson Cano wears number 24. Give the exact title of one of the 24 Tarzan books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Note: this does not include a novel completed by another author after Burroughs’ death, nor does it include Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, a children’s book. (Source:

6. Batting sixth: Jorge Posada (catcher)

Jorge Posada is one of the “core four” Yankees that have won 5 World Series rings since 1996. I once studied for a semester in Scotland, and my friends and I called ourselves the “core four” when we went on our pub crawls. Scottish actor Sean Connery played James Bond in six “official” Bond movies. Name one of the actresses who played the “Bond girl” in the “official” movies in which Sean Connery played James Bond OR that character’s first and last names. (12). (For purposes of this question, “Bond girl” means the woman ending up with Bond in the last scene of the movie. I will be liberal with spelling and accepting nicknames, as long as a first and last name are given.)

7. Batting seventh: Lance Berkman (designated hitter)

Lance Berkman spent most of his career with the Houston Astros. George H. W. Bush is a regular attendee at the Astros’ home games. He was born in Massachusetts and went to college at Yale University in Connecticut. Name another U.S. President who was born in New England and/or attended as an undergraduate (i.e. not for graduate school) a college or university located in New England. (11)

8. Batting Eighth: Curtis Granderson (center field)

Curtis Granderson plays center field (the position given the number 8 on a scorecard). “Let it Bleed” was the eighth studio album released by the Rolling Stones in the UK, and it is my favorite Stones album. Name a song on the Rolling Stones’ album “Let it Bleed.” (9)

9. Batting Ninth: Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner usually bats ninth for the Yankees. There were nine Popes of the Roman Catholic Church during the 20th Century. Name one. This is the name he took as Pope, not his birth name.

10. Starting pitcher: CC Sabathia

Before signing with the Yankees, Sabathia pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers. Name one of the top ten countries for consumption of beer per capita as of 2004. (Source:

11. Relief Pitcher: Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera comes into games accompanied by the song “Enter Sandman” by the heavy metal band Metallica. The “Sandman” was also the name of one of the villains faced by Spider-Man in “Spider-Man 3,” who was played on screen by Thomas Haden Church. Church was also a regular on the sit-com “Wings.” Other than Thomas Haden Church, name an actor or actress who appeared in at least 35 episodes of “Wings.” (8)

12. Manager: Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi, the manager of the New York Yankees, also played for the Yankees. Other than Girardi, name another man who both played for and managed the New York Yankees. (12)

Note: to be a correct answer, the man must actually have held the title of manager. People who managed games in the manager’s absence (due to illness, suspension, etc.) do not count. Also, the man must have played for and managed the team while they were called the “New York Yankees” (the franchise has had other names).

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TD108 waterloo_guy

1. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Since 1950, the world’s children have raised almost 200 million dollars (US) for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through various Halloween-related activities. So, let’s kick things off with a question about the United Nations. Of the original 51 members of the United Nations in 1946, ten of them had official English names that began with “U” or “N”. Name of those ten UN members.

2. Bobbing for Apples. Between this activity and the popular treat of candied apples, apples play a big part in Halloween. Name a variety of apple.

3. All Saints Eve. Halloween is also known as All Saints Eve. Many cities in both Canada and the United States are named for saints. Name a Canadian or U.S. city with a two word name, the first of which is a variation of “Saint” (for example, “Saint”, “St.”, “Ste.”, “San”, “Santa”, etc.) and had a city proper population of over 100,000 according to the US Census Bureau 2009 estimates or the 2006 Canadian census.

4.Spooks. On Halloween, Spooks are usually ghosts or apparitions, However, “spooks” is also a slang term for spies. Name a fictional “good guy” espionage agency from television, movies, literature, or comic books.

5. The Supernatural. Beings with supernatural powers are often associated with Halloween. Such beings also appear throughout the 37 plays generally attributed to William Shakespeare. Name a Shakespearean character with supernatural abilities and the play in which the character appears. Groups of supernatural characters with no distinguishing names will be considered a single character. Supernatural characters that appear as characters in a play within the play, do not count.

6. Hockey Season. Halloween marks the end of the first month of the National Hockey League season as teams race towards the Stanley Cup. The last Canadian-based team to win the Stanley was the 1992-1993 Montreal Canadiens. Since that win, the Cup has been awarded to ten different NHL teams based in the United States. Name one of those ten Stanley Cup winning teams. The full team name is required, for example, the Hawaii Hot Blades and not just the Hot Blades or the Blades.

7. Witches. Name a prime time network TV (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC, UPN, or WB) series that lasted 10 or more episodes and featured one or more witches as regular characters. For series that lasted more than one season, a regular character must have been a witch for at least one full season.

8. Spellcasting. Magic and spellcasting are often associated with Halloween. But asking you to spell “casting” really doesn’t provide the variety of answers that a Think Different question requires. So, let’s look at another area of spelling. A common statement about spelling is “I before e except after c”. However, it is also inaccurate. Give an English word where the letter “e” directly precedes the letter “i” and the pair do not follow the letter “c”. Proper nouns are not acceptable and will be used as the final authority on the acceptability of answers. English and American spellings of the same word will be considered the same answer. Words that are formed by adding an “s” (or “es”), “ed”, or “ing” (and similar constructions) to a root word will be considered the same as the root word.

Note: Words like "being" which only have an "i" after an "e" because of the "ing" ending are not acceptible because by the rules of the question "being" is treated the same as "be" which is not acceptible.

9. Martin Luther and the 95 Theses. While it was not yet Halloween, October 31, 1517 was a significant date in history as that is generally believed to be date on which Martin Luther posted The 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation which led to various groups breaking away from the “one true church” of Roman Catholicism. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) a random digit-dialing telephone survey of 54,461 continental US residential households where respondents were asked to describe themselves in terms of religion with an open-ended question. Besides Catholic, Orthodox (Eastern), and non-denominational, 22 Christian denominations/groups were given. Name one of those denominations/groups. Note that denominations are grouped at a high level. So, if there were the Enthusiastic Believers of Nevada and Enthusiastic Believers (Iowa Congregations), they would both be listed as Enthusiastic Believers.

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Theme TD: Classic Cinema; Randy G

1. WE'RE STILL IN KANSAS, TOTO. Name a human character with a speaking role in a Kansas scene in the 1939 version of "The Wizard of Oz." (The character name, not a description, and not the actor.) (8)

BONUS. Name the actor who played the character that you chose.

2. WHEN I WAS THIRTY-SOMETHING, IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR. 1939 is often cited as the greatest year for films in Hollywood history, "The Wizard of Oz" among the elite. Name one of the 9 other films that were nominated that same year for the best picture Oscar. (Note: This corresponds to the 1940 awards ceremony, which was for films released in 1939.)

3. FOUNDING FATHERS (AND MOTHERS.) Name one of the 4 founding members of United Artists (founded 1919), one of the 4 founders of Warner Brothers (1918) or one of the 2 founders of Disney (1923.) (Last names OK for UA; full names for the others.)

4. ONE DEGREE OF BILLY WILDER. Equally adept at both comedy and drama, Billy Wilder was awarded 6 Oscars for directing, producing and screenwriting, and was nominated for 14 others. As is often the case with top filmmakers, Wilder frequently collaborated with the same leading actors, in particular 11 times with either Jack Lemmon or William Holden, nearly half of the 25 films he directed. Name one of those 11 films featuring Lemmon or Holden.

BONUS. Name another actor in a leading role who appeared in the film that you chose.

5. LIGHTS, CAMERA, UH...... ACTION! Would you have recognized Billy Wilder from his picture in the previous question? Most directors who are otherwise famous for their craft are not necessarily so well-known by their mugs. Name one of the notable directors shown below. (You don't need to associate with a picture.)

6. I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S-HIS-NAME. Name a classic movie that featured one of the following principal characters. (You don't need to associate with the character.)

(a) Terry Malloy
(b) Norman Maine
(c) Ugarte
(d) Benzini Napaloni
(e) Duke Mantee
(f) Veda Pierce Forrester
(g) C.K. Dexter Haven
(h) Brigid O'Shaughnessy
(i) Belinda McDonald
(j) Waldo Lydecker

BONUS. Name an actor who played the character you chose in any theatrical version of the film.

7. MASTER OF MANY TRADES. Name someone who has been nominated for an Oscar in both an acting and a directing category over his or her career. (The nominations don't have to be for the same film.) (13)

8. "YONDA LIES DA CASTLE OF ME FADDA." Name a classic movie that featured one of the following notable quotes. (You don't need to associate with a quote.)

(a) "They call me Mister Tibbs!"
(b) "So they call me 'Concentration Camp' Ehrhardt?"
(c) "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"
(d) "I think it would be fun to run a newspaper."
(e) "I'm ugly, I'm ugly, I'm ugly!"
(f) "Randy! Where's the rest of me?"
(g) "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room."
(h) "Attaboy, Clarence."
(i) "Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life."
(j) "Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration."

BONUS. Name an actor who spoke the line you chose in any theatrical version of the film.

9. FROM THE MIND OF RAYMOND CHANDLER. Philip Marlowe, arguably the quintessential film private detective, has appeared in numerous films spanning several decades. Name one of the 7 actors who played Marlowe in an English language theatrical film.

10. ATTORNEY: Chicolini, when were you born?
CHICOLINI: I don't remember. I was just a little baby.
Name the legendary star who was born with one of the following names. (You don't need to associate with a birth name.)

(a) Judith Tuvim
(b) Bernard Schwartz
(c) Allen Stewart Konigsberg
(d) Melvin Kaminsky
(e) Betty Joan Perske
(f) Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
(g) Lucille LeSueur
(h) Issur Danielovitch Demsky
(i) Adolph Arthur Marx
(j) William Claude Dukenfield

11. THE TOMATO THAT STRANGLED MINNEAPOLIS. Name an Oscar winner for Best Picture that has a reference (as a proper noun or adjective) to an explicit real or fictional geographic location in its title. For example, "The Tomato That Strangled Minneapolis," "I Was a Prisoner in a Lithuanian Sauna" or "Brigadoon." But let's not stretch the meaning of "explicit geographic location": "How Green Was My Valley" and "Grand Hotel" would not qualify. (13)

BONUS. Name someone who won an Oscar in either a directing or an acting category for the film that you chose. If none, answer "none."

12. SAME HORSE, DIFFERENT COLOR. Each of the following films was a remake of another well-known film from the 1930s, 40s or 50s. Name the film that was the basis for one of these remakes.

(a) "Cabaret" (1972, Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey)
(b) "Heaven Can Wait" (1978, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason)
(c) "You've Got Mail" (1998, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan)
(d) "High Society" (1956, Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra)
(e) "Silk Stockings" (1957, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Peter Lorre)
(f) "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956, James Stewart, Doris Day)
(g) "Algiers" (1938, Charles Boyer, Hedy Lamarr)
(h) "His Girl Friday" (1940, Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy)
(i) "The Magnificent Seven" (1960, Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen)
(j) "Something's Got To Give" (1962, Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse, never completed)

As is true with most remakes, the newer film is not a copy of the original, though the strong parallels in the story, and often identical character names, clearly indicate remake. All of the remakes on the list contain some significant change, such as: converted into a musical, somewhat different settings or circumstances, foreign language to English, modernization, etc.

EXTRA CREDIT and TIE-BREAKER. The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted on November 25, 1947, the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to give testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities. A group of studio executives, acting under the aegis of the Motion Picture Association of America, announced the firing of the artists, who became known as the "Hollywood Ten."

Name up to 3 members of the Hollywood Ten. 2 points will be deducted from your score for each correct answer; up to 3 answers may be submitted. There is no point penalty for incorrect guesses. However.... your record on this question will break ties: first on having more correct answers, then if necessary, on having fewer incorrect. Note that these 10 are all writers and/or directors, not actors; also, none of them are correct answers to any other question on the quiz.

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TD109 Fishercat may notice a theme here:

1. They're In How I Met Your Mother (16 Answers):

How I Met Your Mother is a CBS Sitcom based around the lives of five friends in New York City (it's presumably based on one character telling his kids how he met their mother, HAH!). These five are played by Josh Radnor (Ted), Jason Segel (Marshall), Alyson Hannigan (Lily), Cobie Smulders (Robin), and Neil Patrick Harris (Barney). You need to name a television show in which one (or more) these actors has appeared in three or more episodes (guest star or regular character both count).

Caveats: Voice-acting (for a cartoon or live action show in which they do not appear) DOES count. The final source on this will be IMDB credits for determining whether something is a TV show AND for how many times they appeared on that show unless adequate proof can be given on an indiviudal basis.

2. Living in NYC (15 answers):

Going along with the HIMYM theme, Ted Mosby's jobs in New York have largely ranged around architecture: being one for a firm, a professor of the subject, and a freelancer. Additionally, one of the biggest signs of being a tourist in New York City is staring at the sheer height of the buildings in New York and noticing the famous business names that are often attached. You need to name one building in New York City that is over 800 feet tall

Caveats: I will accept former names for a building but they will be incorporated into the current name. If Fishercat Superplex is 900 feet tall and was formerly named The Fish-a-Torium, either answer would count as "Fishercat Superplex'). I will accept addresses for buildings as well but they will be incorporated with the building name as an answer. So Fishercat Suplex, if it was at 1 Jeopardy Ave., would have either as an acceptable answer (the same answer)

3. Suit Up! (17 answers):
There are many occasions one will Suit Up! Barney will never NOT suit up, but the common man (and sometimes woman) will don the suit for work, parties, church, Jeopardy!, and a slew of other reasons. One of the less happy times to wear a suit involves a second type of suit: a lawsuit. However, odds are you will never be sweating in your suit as much as some companies' lawyers were when defending against multibillion dollar class action suits. You need to name one of the companies involved in CNBC's Top 10 Class Action Lawsuits as the defendants in a settled or judged case.

Caveats: One of the ten is still pending and thus not counted. The list is dated as of April 2010, so any lawsuit that came up or was settled after that does not count (for the record, the case excluded from the List of 10 is Dukes v. Wal-Mart). Some cases have multiple defendants, thus resulting in 17 answers.

4. It's Gonna "Be" (14 Answers):
Baby names are a funny thing. OK, they aren't that funny, but the trends among what names become popular can be funny. For instance, the name "Lorelei", name of both the mother and daughter in the "Gilmore Girls" has been trending up since it emerged in the Top 1000 in 2004 as the teens and young-twenty-somethings who watched the show get older and start birthing some babies. There were fourteen baby names (in 2009) that both ranked in either the Top 300 for males OR the Top 300 for females (as in, it was a Top 300 MALE name or a Top 300 FEMALE name) and had the letters "be" in the name (as in, Beau. not as in, Ebau). Name one of those fourteen names.

Caveats: I am using the Social Security Administration's list and that only cover U.S. Baby Names, so plan accordingly. Additionally, I won't be picky on spelling for other clues, but in this one spelling is essential and I will only take EXACT answers. If a correct answer was "Ryan" but you said "Rian", it's wrong.

5. Wait For It... (17 answers): (Addition)
...some just have to wait longer than others. This is especially true when it comes to political dynasties. In the United States, some may complain about the powers of the Bush or Clinton families, but it doesn't look that bad compared to some countries. There are seventeen active "state leaders" who have been in their position since 1982 or earlier, and I want the name of one of those leaders.

Caveats: "state leaders" will be defined by the Wikipedia list and includes both heads of state and heads of government. For example, this list includes kings, queens, presidents, and prime ministers, among other more unique spoilerish titles. *There is one answer that is under consideration, it was in the footnote of the Wiki-list and I don't know if I adequately disqualified him in my post.

6. Legendary! ( 15 Answers):

There are many famous legends out there, but most of the greatest legends require a long degree of time to pass in order to gain the title. Not so in the video game world. In fact, some series can just presume that there is some epic backstory and just throw "legend" in the name as an afterthought. However, one of the best "legends" in the young video game market is the set of games in the Legend of Zelda series. You need to name a game in the "Legend of Zelda" series.

Caveats: The only qualifications are that it must have been released stateside and it must contain "The Legend of Zelda" in its title to identify it as a LoZ title. My list is based on a GameFAQs data search. I have found a couple titles, one with LoZ in the title and one that has LoZ in the title in another country which I will count. I will accept challenges with proper evidence found)

Tiebreaker: What will the average (mean) score of this TD be? You can give it to however many digits you want, I will assume a positive number unless noted otherwise.

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TD110 barandall800

1. Former MP Ann Widdecombe is capturing the imagination of the UK viewing public (for better or for worse...mostly worse) with her, ahem, interesting style of dancing. Her party, the Conservatives, recently came back into power following the May 2010 elections. However, prior to this, they were the minority party, and their leader served as what is known as the Leader of the Opposition. Name someone who has served as Leader of the Opposition in the UK from 1979 to 2010. (The current Leader is fair game.) (13)

2. Tina O’Brien is a former cast member of Coronation Street, one of Britain’s most venerable and long-running soap operas. Also known as “Corrie,” on December 9, the soap will turn 50 years old, a feat that has been achieved by few programmes on either side of the pond. Name a US or UK first-run television show that has run for 50 or more years. (16)

3. Peter Shilton is a former football goalkeeper for the English national side. He holds the record of playing more games for jolly old England than anyone else. Name a country that has won or achieved runner-up in either the Men’s or Women’s FIFA World Cup from 1990 to 2010. (12)

4. Pamela Stephenson, while working mainly nowadays as a clinical psychologist & occasional author, is also well-known for her time as an actress and comedian in the 1980s. She was an original cast member of the UK sketch show Not the Nine O’Clock News, and also was part of the cast of the long-running US sketch programme Saturday Night Live for one season. Name a current cast member (either repertory or featured) on Saturday Night Live. (14)

5. Goldie is known for being a DJ and producer (with gold teeth, mind you), but is also an actor. One of the films he appeared in was the 1999 James Bond installment The World Is Not Enough. Name a performer of an official James Bond theme song. (21)

6. Welsh rugby union player Gavin Henson is known as much in the UK for his relationship, engagement, and breakup with classical/pop singer Charlotte Church as he is for his rugby playing. Charlotte (who just came out with her first CD in 5 years) hosted a chat show (more commonly known as “talk show” in the US) on Channel 4 that ran for three series. Name a currently airing US daytime talk show. (15) (Source:

7. Michelle Williams, a rare US addition to “Strictly,” has her membership in one of the best-selling girl groups of all time as a claim to fame, as well as her subsequent career as a gospel singer. Name a girl group that has overall sales (whether it be albums or singles) of 5 million or more. (18) (Source: Wikipedia’s “list of best-selling girl groups.”)

8. Presenter Matt Baker is currently part of the BBC magazine-style programme Countryfile, which first started airing in 1988 and focuses on rural & environmental issues in the UK. Name one of the 48 ceremonial counties of England. (48)

9. Tess Daly is co-presenter of “Strictly” (with Bruce Forsyth), and has also worked as a model. She and her husband Vernon Kay (also a presenter, and in a weird coincidence, just named to host the upcoming Strictly/DWTS spinoff “Skating With The Stars”) fronted an advertising campaign for a certain UK retailer’s line of summer clothing in 2007. Name a UK supermarket chain. (49) (Source: Wikipedia’s “list of current UK supermarket chains.”)

10. Len Goodman serves on the judging panels of both “Strictly” and the US version of “DWTS,” and commutes back and forth between continents each week. He’s known as the ‘cranky’ judge in the US, but in the UK has adopted more of a warm-hearted judging persona. Now here’s an awkward transition for you... Name a US president that was originally born as a British subject. (7)

11. Bruno Tonioli, like Len, also serves simultaneously on both the UK and US judging panels. Viewers are frequently entertained (and/or disturbed) by his incredibly flamboyant and energetic antics at the judging table (and that’s putting it mildly... ). Name one of the styles of dance that has been performed (in at least one season) on either the US version of Dancing With The Stars or Strictly Come Dancing in the UK. (24)

12. Ann Widdecombe (again). I mentioned briefly earlier that Ann’s style of dancing on “Strictly” is ‘interesting.’ This was a polite term for ‘getting the lowest scores every week, and staying around much longer than the celebrities that actually can dance.’ Both the US and UK versions of the show have had their fair share of celebrities with two left feet, and the truly awful dancers often being more infamous than the good ones, even if you’ve never watched either show, you might have heard of them. Name a celebrity with an overall average of 17.5 points or lower on any season of the US version of Dancing With The Stars. (27) (Note: The averages are based on dances scored out of 30 points.)

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Theme TD: Harry Potter II; cheezguyty

1. Most of Harry's interaction with other students at Hogwarts was either with students in his year (since they were in his classes) or with members of the Weasley family (due to all of the time he spent at The Burrow). However, we met many other students throughout the series. Name a student, other than a Weasley, who attended Hogwarts alongside Harry but was not in his year.
(Note: Students whose exact year is unknown, but who are definitely not in Harry's year, are acceptable. "Harry's year" refers to anyone who first attended Hogwarts at the same time as Harry.)

2. Identify one of the following beasts/creatures: Aragog, Arnold, Binky, Fawkes, Firenze, Griphook, Peeves, Sanguini, Tenebrus, Trevor, Winky, or Witherwings. Please provide the name of the character along with your answer.

3. In the magical world, humans are divided into three categories: Wizards/Witches, Muggles, and Squibs. Both Muggles and Squibs are unable to perform magic; the only difference is that Squibs have at least one magical parent. Name a Muggle or a Squib that appears in or is mentioned in more than one book.

4. The Ministry of Magic is the governmental authority for the wizarding world in Britain. It is led by the Minister of Magic and is divided into seven departments, each with its own head. One of the departments, the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, houses the Auror Office. Aurors are highly trained wizards that fight against the Dark Arts. Name anyone who has ever been a Minister of Magic, head of a Ministry department, or an Auror.
(Note: There may be some individuals who qualify more than once; they will be counted as a single answer.)

5. The Harry Potter films have been as wildly successful as the books they are based on. Hundreds of actors, almost all of whom are British, have appeared in the six films released thus far. Seventeen actors have been in all six movies; fourteen of those are males. Name a male actor who has made a credited appearance in all of the first six films.
(Hint: To avoid a potential neg-bait, Mark Williams was not in the first film.)

6. As mentioned above, only three actresses have appeared in all six movies. However, that doesn't mean that there are a lack of recurring female characters. Name an actress who has made a credited appearance in at least two of the Harry Potter films.
(Note: For this question and the previous one, I am using IMDb as the source. Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part 1 is not a part of these questions, since it will be released midway through this contest.)

7. One of the perks of being a wizard is getting where you need to go quickly, or at least in style. Harry used many different methods of getting around during his adventures. Name a mode of magical transportation that Harry used at any point during the books.
(Note: This does not include things such as the magical staircases in Hogwarts nor any type of creature. Physical transportation only; no dreams, legilimency, or Pensieve. "Used" does not imply that anything more than that he was simply "along for the ride".)

8. Harry and his friends loved to visit Hogsmeade on the weekends and Diagon Alley while back in London. Both locations are home to shops, stores, and various other businesses. Name an individual who works at/for any of the businesses in either Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley.
(Note: The Leaky Cauldron is not part of Diagon Alley. The person must have a name; answers such as "shopkeeper" will not be accepted.)

9. Other than the book cover itself, most all of the illustrations in the Harry Potter books are found at the beginning of each chapter, above the chapter name. The names themselves provided a snapshot of what was to come in the next chapter. Choose any two of the following chapters that appear in the same book:
- Gilderoy Lockhart
- Malfoy Manor
- Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
- St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries
- The Dementor's Kiss
- The Department of Mysteries
- The Hogwarts High Inquisitor
- The Knight Bus
- The Man with Two Faces
- The Polyjuice Potion
- The Quidditch World Cup
- The Slug Club
- The Wedding
- The White Tomb
- The Writing on the Wall
- The Yule Ball
- Veritaserum
(Note: Each of the seven books has at least two chapters listed. If there are three chapters from the same book, each of the three possible combinations will be scored separately [there a total of 13 possible answers]. You do not have to give the name of the book with your answer.)

10. Hogwarts was founded over one thousand years ago by four powerful wizards and witches: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin. Not only did they each lend their name to a different House, but they all had something else in common: each of their first and last names began with the same letter. Name a student or employee who studied/worked at Hogwarts during Harry's attendance and whose first and last names both begin with the same letter.
(Note: First and last name required. Ignore titles such as Mr., Madam, and Professor. Mad-Eye Moody does not count, since his real first name was Alastor. The Hogwarts ghosts are not employees.)

Tiebreaker/Bonus: According to Scholastic, publisher of the American versions of the books, how many total words are there in the first six books of the series?
(Note: This does not include Deathly Hallows, since no official word-count was available. As far as I know, this does not include the title page, chapter headings, page numbers, etc.)

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TD111 Gamawire

E1. In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been nine songs that hit #1 twice, by two different artists. Name one of the songs or one of the original artists (as in the one who hit #1 first).
E2. Name a movie in which both Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider appear (credited or uncredited).
E3. Name someone who is listed on IMDB as a host or regular performer for the television show Laugh-In.

L1. Name someone who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature this millennium (2000-2010).
L2. Name someone who has held the post of British poet Laureate.
L3. There have only been seven authors in the history of the New York Times Best Seller list to have reached #1 on both the fiction and non-fiction lists. Name one of them.

P1. Name a President who had more than one vice president.
P2. Name a president who has been featured on any official U.S. currency.
P3. Each of the last ten presidents (including the current one) has had at least one daughter. Name one of these children.

S1. Name a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was primarily associated with the Dallas Cowboys.
S2. Name an NHL team that has won back to back Stanley Cups in the last 100 years.
S3. Name a woman in the top 20 on Sports Illustrated’s 100 Greatest Female Athletes of the 20th Century.

W1. Name the capital of any Canadian province or territory.
W2. Name a river in Europe that is over 1000 km long.
W3. In 2010, for the second year in a row, WalletPop revealed the top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America, the ones with the highest predicted rates of violent crime. Due to some cities having more than one dangerous neighborhood, there are a total of 17 different cities represented on the list. Name one of them.

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Theme TD: Thanksgiving; Gamawire

1. The traditional origin of modern Thanksgiving in the United States is generally regarded to be the celebration that occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621 between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. Name a Native American tribe that still has over 9000 native speakers.

2. On December 26, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law making Thanksgiving a national holiday and setting it to the fourth Thursday in November. FDR signed the bill with his right hand, but name a U.S. president who was known to be left-handed.

3. The United States is not the only country that celebrates Thanksgiving. Canada also celebrates a Thanksgiving Day, and theirs is always on the 2nd Monday in October. One curiosity on the Canada–U.S. border is the presence of four airports that straddle the borderline. Name a province or state where one of these airports is located.

4. And speaking of Canada, its capital is Ottawa, both of which have 6 letters. Name another country and its capital that both have 6 letters.

5. In bowling, three strikes in a row is called a turkey. For hockey, however, three goals is called a hat trick. Name a hockey team that has had 5 or more Stanley Cup finals appearances since 1917 (the NHL era).

6. The wishbone of the turkey is often saved and snapped as a superstitious symbol of good luck. Now name a bone in either the human arm or human leg (no foot or hand/wrist bones).

7. Besides turkey, the other essential ingredient for Thanksgiving is football, especially with the Dallas Cowboys (maybe I’m a little prejudiced on that front). Name a team the Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving in the last ten years (2000-2009).

8. There have been but a few movies directly associated with Thanksgiving. But since Thanksgiving is one word, name a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture that has a one word title. (To avoid any possible issues or confusion, Ben-Hur will not be considered a correct response.) Clarification: The words "The" or "A" would make it a 2-word title.

9. And finally, Thanksgiving is a compound word, but it is not a reversible one. Give me an eight letter compound word that can be reversed to make a different compound word. Examples would be houseboat/boathouse or overlay/layover.

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TD112 stooopid

Q1. (Red Square) Give one of the 16 color names defined in HTML 4

In HTML 4, only 16 colors have names that can be written as text strings, like "puce" or "grayish-greenish-yellow" (neither of these are correct). Most of the 16 named colors are common, but a few are less common.

Q2. (Square Biz) Name a solo artist who had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit whose first and last names are exactly five letters long

Solo artists only, no bands or singing groups. I'm using the name of the act as listed in Billboard for this question, which might not be the performer's birth name.

Q3. (Square Deal) Name one of the 8 US National Parks that were created before Teddy Roosevelt left office in 1909, or one of the 8 states those National Parks lie in

States that contain any part of one of the first 8 US National Parks are correct answers. Note that a state may contain part or all of more than one of these parks.

Q4. (Square Miles) Name one of the 25 largest US cities by land area

Land area only. Note that some of the answers are consolidated city-counties. Also note that not every correct answer is a city with large population...some are actually quite small. To give you an idea of the size we're talking about, #26 on the list is Memphis, TN, with a land area of just under 280 square miles.

Q5. (Square Pegs) Name a theatrical release movie where Maggie Smith is listed as a cast member

No made-for-TV movies. My arbiter for this question is

Q6. (Square Root) Name any cast member that appeared in at least 2 episodes of the eight-episode ABC 1977 miniseries Roots

Not Roots: The Next Generations (aired in 1979). As in Q4, is my final arbiter of correctness.

Q7. (Three Square Meals) Name a current brand of breakfast cereal made by Kellogg

The brand is the name on the front of the box (under the word Kellogg's). "Spinoff" brands will be counted separately: for example, Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios would count as 3 separate correct answers...if they were made by Kellogg (they're made by General Mills). I'm using Kellogg's web site as my reference. Current brands only, please.

Q8. (Times Square) Name a US newspaper with a daily circulation of at least 100,000 that has the word Times somewhere in its name

There are (according to my Wikipedia source) at least 75 newspapers in the US with that large a daily circulation...but only 9 have the word Times in their name.

Q9. (Washington Square) Name one of the five original Cabinet positions created by George Washington in 1789, or one of the five men who were first appointed to those Cabinet positions

Please name the Cabinet position, not the department (if any) they were in charge of. Also, in terms of the five men, I'm looking for the first man that was appointed by President Washington to the Cabinet position (not to a similar position created earlier under the Articles of Confederation).

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TD113 lisa0012

A Partridge in a Pear Tree
In order to have a partridge in a pear tree, you need to grow the tree. Name one of the nine most popular fruit bearing trees. (Source:

Two Turtle Doves
I wouldn’t eat a turtle dove, but I’d eat a Dove. Dove Chocolates were bought out by Mars Corporation in 1986. Name one of Mars’ global brands. (Source:

Three French Hens
There used to be French hens in more parts of the world than there are now. Name a country that was once, either partially or fully, a territory of the French colonial empire.

Four Calling Birds
In order to call your favorite birds, you need to know their area code. Name an area code found in one of the ten most populous US cities.

Five Golden Rings
Gold has the chemical symbol Au, after its Latin name Aurum. Name another element whose symbol on the periodic table is derived from its Latin name.

Six Geese A-laying
While the goose is a famous symbol of Canada, it is not on any of its currency. Name the image on the reverse of any Canadian coin or an image on the obverse or reverse of the current “Canadian Journey” banknotes.

Seven Swans A-swimming
Unfortunately, swans are ineligible to swim in the Olympic Games. Name an official men’s swimming event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Please be specific- for example the dogpaddle is a stroke, while the 145m dogpaddle is an event.

Eight Maids A-milking
From milk we get my favorite food- cheese! Name one of the 10 countries that produces the most cheese.

Nine Ladies Dancing
The reality show So You Think You Can Dance features many ladies and gentlemen dancing. Name a winner of the show, or any permanent or guest judge from seasons 1-7 (those which have already aired). First names of winners are acceptable.

Ten Drummers Drumming
Name an instrument found in the percussion section of an orchestra (note: for this question, piano and harp will not count). (Source: Wikipedia)

Eleven Lords A-leaping
Traci Lords was a famous porn star before leaping to mainstream entertainment. A major step in this career was her recurring role on Melrose Place. Name an actor or actress who appeared on at least 30 episodes of Melrose Place (Source: IMDB).

Twelve Pipers Piping
The most famous piper piping in literature is the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This story was made into a Walt Disney Silly Symphony in 1933. Seven of these went on to win Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Subjects, Cartoons, from 1932-1937. Name one of the seven Silly Symphonies that won an Oscar, or a famous Disney character that was introduced in a Silly Symphony.

Bonus: The 27th Annual Christmas Price Index estimates the cost of purchasing all of the 364 items repeated in all 12 verses in the 12 Days of Christmas. What is the 2010 CPI? The closest response will earn 10% off their final score. This will also be used as a tiebreaker.
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TD114 teapot37

1. The American science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, as of November 2010, has had eight* of his short stories and novels adapted into films released in U.S. theatres. Four of those eight films had their titles significantly changed (beyond deletion of the leading article "the") from the original work. Name either a) one of the eight novels or short stories, or b) one of the four retitled films.

*The 1992 French film Confessions d'un Barjo, and its basis, the novel Confessions of a **** Artist, are both considered incorrect for the purposes of this contest.

2. Teams from 14 schools have won the NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship more than once. Name one of those schools.

3. In 1984, GAMES Magazine instituted "The GAMES Hall of Fame" "to honor games that have met or exceeded the highest standards of quality and play value and have been continuously in production for at least 10 years." 'Traditional' games, such as go, chess, or poker are not included. As of 2010, there are 25 members of the hall of fame. Name one of them. (The game Sleuth was added to the list in 1986 but was dropped from the rolls in 1991. This game will be counted as incorrect.)

4. Eagle Scout is the highest rank a boy can obtain in the Boy Scouts of America. To obtain this rank, a boy must complete a service project and earn at least 21 merit badges, including at least 12 from a required list of 15. (Ten required, one from a group of two, and one from a group of three.) Name one of the 15 badges on the required list.

5. The National Park Service administers seven areas designated as National Parks wholly or in part in states that border the Atlantic Ocean. Name one of those seven parks.

6. After the results of the 2010 U.S. midterm elections, 16 states will have U.S. Senate delegations consisting of a Republican and a Democrat in the 112th Congress. Name one of those states.

7. A "tricolor" is a flag consisting of three stripes, each with a different color. 13 nations currently use a tricolor with horizontal stripes of equal height as their national flag. Name one of these nations. (For the purposes of this question, the Gambia's flag is not a tricolor.)

8. From the Schott's Miscellany Page-A-Day Calendar 2009 files: On Christmas Day in 1684, eight British sovereigns (former, ruling, or future) were alive. Name one.

9. The 82nd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2009, was notable because, of the 25 actors, actresses, and directors nominated for the top five individual awards (Best Director / Actor / Actress / Supporting Actor / Supporting Actress), 14 of them had never been nominated for one of those five individual awards previously. Name one of those 14.

10. In 2001, Marvel Comics asked their readers to vote for the best single issues of Marvel comic series. Later that year, the company released the results as "The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time". Issues from 27 different series comprise the list, with 13 series making the list more than once. Name one of those 13 series. (Different volumes of the same title count as a single series.)

(The 14 issues which were the only representatives of their series on the list are: Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962); Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975); Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (2000); Ultimate X-Men #1 (2001); Spider-Man #1 (1990); Journey into Mystery #83 (1962); Silver Surfer #1 (1968); Marvel Spotlight #5 (1972); Iron Fist #14 (1977); The New Mutants #1 (1983); The Punisher War Journal #6 (1989); X-Force #1 (1991); Captain Marvel #34 (1974); and Generation X #1 (1994).)

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Theme TD: Joss Whedon, Peggles

QUESTION # 1:Who’s afraid of the big bad … See note in Post #5
BTVS aired for 7 seasons. Although Buffy and the gang fought an assortment of demons and creatures, each season presented them with a major “BIG BAD,” their primary foe for most of the season.
Identify one of the 7 “Big Bads.” NOTE: In 2 seasons, the Big Bad was not an individual. If you choose
to name one of these “BB’s,” you must name all members.
First names are sufficient

QUESTION # 2: “It’s about 9 people looking into the blackness of space and seeing 9 different things.” Joss Whedon
Firefly, sadly, ran for only one season. The series featured the Serenity, a rattletrap space transport ship which carried 9 passengers and crew (as listed in the opening credits).
Name a passenger or crew member on the Serenity. NOTE: Give the character’s name (as generally
used by other characters on the show).

QUESTION # 3: Two by two by two..

Joss Whedon favors certain actors. Name an actor who played different roles in 2 or more episodes* of a minimum of two of the six programs used in this quiz, AND name the 2 programs.
* Dr. Horrible is a one-episode program.

EXAMPLE: Actress Velma Von Winkle appeared in 4 episodes of BTVS as Snooki, a nymphomaniac demon, and in 3 episodes of Dollhouse as Kloe Kim Kourtney, a vampire yoga instructor. A correct answer would be:
Velma Von Winkle - BTVS and Dollhouse

Ms. Von Winkle appearing as Snooki in both BTVS and Angel, however, would be incorrect.

QUESTION # 4: The road to redemption is a rocky path.

Angel aired for 5 seasons. The vampire with a soul led a group of characters that fought against evil. Some of them fought evil for all 5 seasons, some others not so much. There are 10 members of this merry group of men, women, and um - things. Name one of them. Give the name as generally used by the other characters.

QUESTION # 5:“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” Mark Twain

Dollhouse was Whedon’s last TV series, and ran for 2 seasons. The Dollhouse was a facility in which people had their memories “wiped” and were then imprinted with new personalities and skills. The reprogrammed people, called Actives, were then sent on missions tailored to their new selves and skills. After each completed mission, the Active (or “Doll”) would again be memory-wiped and await a new imprint and mission.

The main Active/Doll was Echo. She was imprinted with many different personalities and sent on a variety of missions.

Name one of the new roles or personalities assumed by Echo.

In most cases, Echo would be identified by role and not name. (Some of her roles had no name given).

EXAMPLE: If Echo was programmed as Alexa and hosted a TV quiz show called Danger!, your answer should be “host of a TV quiz show.”

QUESTION # 6: If music be the food of love, play on.

One of the most critically acclaimed episodes of BTVS, was “Once More with Feeling,” a musical episode with words and music by Whedon.

Give the title of one of the songs* in this episode. Reprises will be grouped with the original songs.

*Submit only songs that are sung, (no instrumentals)

QUESTION # 7:The Evil League of Evil wants YOU!

Another musical opus by Whedon is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, first aired on the internet and later released on DVD.

Give the title of one of the songs* in this musical. Reprises will be grouped with the original songs.

*Submit only songs that are sung, (no instrumentals)

QUESTION # 8:“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” Edwin Schlossberg

Joss Whedon has written and/or directed shows other than the 6 used in this quiz.

Name a movie or TV show for which Whedon received a writing or directing credit (either singly
Or as part of a group.

QUESTION # 9: Mr. Steed and Mrs. Peel? NOT!

Joss Whedon wrote and is current directing the big-budget movie The Avengers, due out in 2012.

Name* one of the Avengers, (NOT the Justice League) appearing in this movie.

*Give the superhero name, not their “civilian” name.

QUESTION # 10:“The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.” Sam Rayburn
Many of the actors who had leading or recurring important roles in the 6 shows featured in this TD, have gone on to have leading or recurring important roles in non-Whedon productions.

Name one of these actors AND the current* TV show that he/she is appearing in.

*For this TD, current shows are defined as any shows that aired first-run episodes on broadcast or cable television any time during 2010.

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Theme TD: Bob Dylan, Vanya

1. Name one of the artists to cover Knockin' On Heaven's Door in this clip:

2. Name a song from one of Bob's first two Christian oriented albums (1979, 1980).

3. Name an album released before Bob's conversion to electric (Newport Folk Festival, July 25, 1965).

4. Name a live (not including the Bootleg series) Bob Dylan album.

5. Name a city on Bob's Never Ending Tour in the past 12 months (hint: in January thru March Bob was in Japan and South Korea. In May, June and July Bob was in Europe. In August thru November Bob was back in U.S.)

6. Name one of the people pictured here (except Bob, ldo).

7. Name one of the last 9 studio albums (compilations don't count) Bob has released.

8. Name one of the things you might be doing/liking/being in Gotta Serve Somebody.

Bonus #1: Name a word sung by Bob in his solo on "We Are The World."

Bonus #2: Name a non-Bob entertainer in the documentary film Don't Look Back.

Bonus #3: Name a biblical character mentioned in a Dylan song before he went Christian.

Bonus #4: The movie I'm Not There casts six different actors each of whom represents an "aspect" of Bob's life. Name one of these actors.

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TD115 dhkendall

1. Arts & Literature: Name one of the 9 classical Muses.
2. History: Name a U. S. President who was in office during the admission of a new state. (Note, this excludes the original 13 states)
3. Geography: Name one of the 12 largest lakes in the world by area. (Note that for the purposes of this question there are 5 Great Lakes)
4. Sports & Leisure: Name one of the token pieces in Monopoly (that is, the pieces the players move around the board and are used to represent themselves)
5. Entertainment: Bob Hope and Bing Crosby made seven comedy films known as the "Road to ..." movies where each movie's title is "(The) Road to ..." followed by a place name (of a real or imaginary place). Name one of those seven places that complete the movie title.
6. Arts & Literature: Name one of the titles of the already-published books in Sue Grafton's "Alphabet Series" starring private investigator Kinsey Millhone.
7. Science & Nature: Name one of the Moon's "seas" (English or Latin name (they will be grouped together))
8. Geography: Name one of the world leaders of one of the G8 countries (as of December 19, 2010)
9. Science & Nature: Name one of the 10 minerals on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness
10. Entertainment: Name one of the movies Jack Nicholson has received an Academy Award acting nomination for.
11. Sports & Leisure: Name a player or manager of the New York Yankees that has had their number retired by the Yankees.
12. History: Name an astronaut who has walked on the moon

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TD116 Vanya

1. Name one of the 22 administrative regions (made up of 100 departments, or provinces) in Metropolitan (European) France.

2. Name one of the ten most romantic cities according to wedding.theknot dot com. I know how y'all love arbitrary lists, so here's some pictures to help you out.

3. Name a song or artist that won the Eurovision Song contest (held annually since 1956).
Bonus: Name the country represented by the winner.

4. Name a Neil Simon broadway production that began between 1965 and 1977 (inclusive), and played for at least 6 months. (13 possible answers)

5. Name a Mac OS X (past or current) release (name, not number). (Hint for all you benighted Windows users: all but one are named after big cats) (8).

6. Name a San Francisco, CA, neighborhood with the word "Hill" in its name. (8)

7. Name an original scripted TV series currently shown on one of these networks: AMC, FX, TNT, or USA. If the show's current season has ended, then shown within the last 12 months. Does not include shows that migrated from other networks, such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

8. Nine NFL teams have an official cheerleading squad with a nickname different than the team name. Name one of these squads, or one of the seven teams with no official cheerleading squad. Bonus (minus one point) if you name one of the nine teams with a cheerleading squad.

9. Name a horse breed starting with A as listed on the contents page of The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide: The Complete Guide to the Standards of All North American Equine Breed Associations by Fran Lynghaug (16).

10. Sophia Loren starred with many leading men of the 50's and 60's. Name one of these leading men (English language films only). (31). Note: the film must be from 1950-1969. Grumpier Old Men doesn't count.
Bonus (minus two points) if you name the film she starred in with the man you named.

11. Name the person in one of these avatars I have used. If it's an actor playing a character, name the character.

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TD117 waterloo_guy

1. There are 11 UN member states whose English names begin with the letter A. Name the capital of one of those 11 UN members.

2. Katharine Hepburn has won the Academy Award for Best Actress four times. Name one of the 11 actresses who have won that award twice.

3. Name one of the 11 NFL teams that have won 2 or more Super Bowls. Note that a team which has relocated to a new city is still considered the same team.

4. In 1860 and 1861, 11 states officially seceded from the United States of America to form the Confederate States of America. Name one of these 11 states.

5. In the Old Testament, Jacob had 12 sons including Joseph of "coat of many colors" fame. Name one of Joseph's 11 brothers.

6. Name one of the 11 elements on the periodic table with an English name that begins with the letter "L" or "M".

7. Between 1943 and 1959, 11 musicals premiered on Broadway, film, or television that were collaborations between composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Name one of those musicals.

8. When it began in 1973, the TV series The Waltons told the story of the seven Walton children, their parents, and their paternal grandparents. Name one of those 11 characters.

9. Since Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne of the United Kingdom in 1952, 11 individuals have served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Name one of those 11 individuals.

10. Name one of the top 11 oil-producing countries (based on 2009 estimates) according to the CIA World Fact Book.

11. Name one of the top 11 most visited web sites in the United States of America (as of January 4, 2011 at 12:01 am) according to Alexa the Web Information Company.

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Theme TD: Sports; Gamawire

1. The San Antonio Spurs are currently leading the league with a record of 30-6. Name a current member of the team (players only).

2. On the list of Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 Women of the 20th Century, name someone on the list for swimming.

3. Name someone who has won the Masters golf tournament since 1990.

4. Ted Williams was the last major league baseball player to bat over .400 for the season. Name another player to perform this feat in the 20th century.

5. Name a major league sports team (MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL) based in Texas.

6. The Winston Cup was given to NASCAR drivers from 1971-2003. Name a driver who won more than 50 races during that time frame.

7. The Dallas Cowboys have been to the Super Bowl eight times in their franchise history. Name a player that won Super Bowl MVP in one of those games (There are nine possible answers – 7 from Dallas and 2 from a different team).

8. Name a horse that has won the Triple Crown.

9. Name a man or woman who has won a gold medal for the United States in figure skating (singles).

10. Name someone who has played for the NBA in the last 30 years that was under 6 foot tall.

11. Name a city to host the Olympics in the first half of the 20th century (1900-1948).

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TD118 Vanya

1. Name one of the actors who play the seven heroes in The Magnificent Seven (1960), or the actor who plays the lead villain.

2. Name a group of seven things mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

3. Name the word for the number seven in one of the UN's six official languages.

4. Name a player* in one of these leagues who wore no. 7: MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, Premier League (soccer).
*Must be in respective league's Hall of Fame

5. Name one of the seven liberal arts (the trivium + the quadrivium).

6. Name one of the seven actors who have portrayed Special Agent 007 in a feature film.

7. Name a dice roll in craps (not just the total of the dice).

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TD119 KanhojiAngre

1. West Virginia is pretty rural place. There are only 10 cities in the state with more than 15,000 people (based on 2008 estimate). The largest is a smidge above 50,000, even though the state's population is nearly 2 million. Name one of the 10 "big cities".

2. West Virginia's fortunes have throughout its history been intertwined with the coal industry. In 2009, West Virginia was 2nd in the US in total coal production behind Wyoming and its lower grade Powder River Basin coal. Name a COUNTRY -- there are only 7 -- that produced more coal in 2009 than the Mountain State OR name one of the two countries that imported the most metallurgical coal in 2009.

3. Often, West Virginia natives that move on to fame outside the state shun their roots (Chuck Yeager). Such is not the case with Jennifer Garner, who has become a favorite daughter of Mountain State residents for her ambassadorship on behalf of the state. Garner has a black lab named Martha Stewart which appeared on the Martha talk show in 2007.
Martha is also a past resident of West Virginia, under somewhat less desirable conditions as she served her prison sentence in Alderson. Despite doing time, Martha remains a worldwide name brand unto herself. Name a country in which the television show Martha airs regularly on a domestic network or channel.

4. West Virginia University's football team has mastered the art of being pretty decent without ever achieving greatness. It is the winningest college football program that cannot claim a national championship -- not even a hokey one -- in the sport and 14th overall in college football wins. Name a college or university that has more wins in college football games than West Virginia.

5. If folks know West Virginia for something other than coal or WVU sports, there's a good chance it has to do with recently deceased Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving member of Congress in United States history and namesake of darned near everything in the state. He even managed to get his name on this TD despite being dead. Sneaky. Byrd served more than 51 years in the Senate alone.
Only 9 senators amassed more than 38 years of service time to even come close to his mark. Name one of those Capitol Hill mainstays OR name the first person to assume Byrd's seat after his death.

6. Another well known and fairly recently deceased West Virginia native was Soupy Sales. Sales served aboard the brand-new USS Randall in the Pacific theater during the end of WWII. Sales was known for his guest/regular guest appearances on several game shows later in his comedy career.
Name one of the game shows on which Sales appeared, OR one of the USS Randall's ports of call from when it left Pearl Harbor in Feb. 1945 until the Japanese surrender.

7. The Ohio River forms the northwest border of West Virginia. Despite the name, the portion of the river that forms the border of the two states is part of West Virginia. Ohio does not begin until you reach the riverbank.
While it is 4th in average discharge volume, there are 10 rivers longer than it in North America. Name one.

8. Steven Soderbergh's unscripted film Bubble was unusual in that it was shot using amateur actors who were residents of the filming location -- part of West Virginia and neighboring Ohio.
None of them have worked with Soderbergh again, but quite a few actors and actresses have been credited in multiple Soderbergh projects. Name one of them. (Just because I want to, I'm counting the Ocean's movies as one here; if an actor worked with Soderbergh on only an Ocean's movie or movies and nothing else, that won't be correct.)

9. One hope for future economic growth in West Virginia as well as all of Appalachia is the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that is expected to yield a very large amount of natural gas. Meanwhile, another controversial mining technique levels the top of a mountain that took many miillions of years to build.
Name a geologic period in the Phanerozoic Eon to which some portion of West Virginia bedrock dates.

10. The Battle of Blair Mountain is the largest non-state armed insurrection in the history of the United States. Local law enforcement even hired planes and dropped bombs from them in the conflict over pay and work conditions in the coal mines.
Sometimes in American history, presidents have decided that local law enforcement isn't enough. A handful of times, standing national military ground troops (not Guardsmen or militiamen) have been used to respond to domestic events. Identify one. ("Identify" will be a pretty lenient term in this case, but just to clarify, neither Indian wars nor battles against foreign countries on U.S. soil will satisfy this question.)

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Theme TD: Marx Brothers; dhkendall

1. Give the birth name (first name) of any of the sons born to Minnie Schönberg and Sam Marx since their 1884 wedding.

2. Give the title of any Marx Brothers movie starring the Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico, Zeppo)

3. Give the title of any Marx Brothers movie starring the Three Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico)

4. Give the name of any character played by Groucho Marx in a Marx Brothers movie

5. Give the name of any character played by Chico Marx in a Marx Brothers movie

6. Give the name of any actor or actress, besides the Marx Brothers, listed in the credits of the movie "Duck Soup" (uncredited roles do not count)

7. Give the name of a movie where only one of the Marx Brothers appears (credited or not) (note that the above restrictions for a "Marx Brothers movie" don't apply, but TV movies and TV series do not count.)

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TD120 UniquePerspective

1. Name an element on the periodic table whose atomic number is a perfect square.
2. Name a word in the English language whose American spelling contains all five vowels.
3. Name a university whose college football team won a bowl game during the 2010-2011 bowl season. (All schools are NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision who played in one of the bowl games that ran from December to January of this year)
4. Name one of the five types of basic land cards in the card game Magic The Gathering, or one of the colors associated with these lands. (Each land has one color)
5. Name a US state which the US acquired part of or all of the state in the Louisiana Purchase.
6. Name a musical whose lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim.
7. Name the first name of a winner of the US version of the reality TV show Survivor. (Here winner is defined as making it to the final vote, and winning the million dollars via that vote)
8. Name any panelist on Around The Horn, present or former, who made more than 200 appearances as a member of the panel.
9. Name one of the ten highest grossing movies worldwide of 2010.
10. Name a US State who has both a senator from the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

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Theme TD: Sports 2; amorris525

1. Golf and Rugby Sevens will become a part of the Olympic Program in 2016. Name a current sport/event (will be contested in 2012/14) that was first added to the (Winter or Summer) Olympic Program in 1980 or sooner (these do not include demonstration sports).

2. Name one of the top 10 winningest managers in Major Leage Baseball history. (Total number of wins)

3. Name a current team in the American Hockey League.

4. The WTA ranking system began in 1975. Name a female tennis player that has ended a year ranked number 1.

5. In 2001, the NCAA expanded the Men's Division I Basketball Tournament to 65 teams by instituting an Opening Round, or "Play-in Game". Name a Conference that has had one of its member teams participate in this game.

6. Name a former NFL player who was the TV color commentator for any NFL Regular Season Game in 2010.

7. Name a NBA, NHL, NFL, or MLB team that was the loser of its league's overall championship game or series in 2009 or 2010. (i.e. World Series not ALCS or NLCS).

8. 54 is often considered a perfect round in golf. Name a golfer who has shot a 59 or lower in a professional golf tournament (qualifying and Q-School included).

9. The first MLS Cup was played in 1996. Name a stadium that has hosted the MLS Cup.

10. As a Redskins fan, I had to fit one question about them in here. In just about every night game the Redskins play, the producers make it a point to show a graphic about Dan Snyder's ineptitude. The graphic they show usually points to the number of coaches Snyder has hired who have had little to no success. Name someone that has been the Washington Redskins' head coach in the Dan Snyder Era.

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 1; Sheepulator

1. Choose one of the following people and name his or her famous mother (first and last name required):
a. Carrie Fisher
b. Liza Minelli
c. Jamie Lee Curtis
d. Kate Hudson
e. Melanie Griffith
f. Gwyneth Paltrow
g. Ben Stiller
h. Jason Schwartzmann
i. Sean Astin

2. Choose one of the following letters and name the corresponding famous father (first and last name required):
a. TV father of Bud and Kelly
b. TV father of Bart, Lisa, and Maggie
c. Father of Michael, Janet, Tito, and Jermaine
d. Father of Emilio, Carlos, Ramon, and Renee
e. TV father of Pugsley and Wednesday
f. Father of John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean, and Edward

3. Choose one of the following towers and name the city in which it is located:
a. Trump World Tower
b. CN Tower
c. Willis Tower
d. Oriental Pearl Tower
e. Petronas Towers
f. Rose Tower
g. Telstra Tower

4. Choose one of the following letters and name the appropriate river:
a. Forms the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey
b. Forms part of the border between Georgia and Alabama; immortalized in song by Alan Jackson
c. Separates southwest Idaho from Oregon and Washington; Evel Knievel jumped it in 1974
d. Forms the border between Indiana and Kentucky
e. Forms the border between Nebraska and Iowa
f. Forms the border between Indiana and Illinois
g. The longest river in France

5. Choose one of the following letters and name the corresponding major Roman god or goddess:
a. King of the gods
b. Queen of the gods
c. God of water and the sea
d. Goddess of wisdom
e. Goddess of agriculture and fertility
f. God of war
g. Goddess of the hearth
h. Goddess of the hunt

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TD121 oddsox


1. Amadeus (1984) was an Academy Award-winning film about the life of a certain famous composer. Name either a historical figure portrayed in Amadeus (1984) or the actor who played that historical figure’s role in Amadeus.

Note: Credited roles with generic ‘names’ are not historical figures by my definition, and so are not correct answers, and therefore neither are the corresponding actors. For example, Cynthia Nixon portrayed a maid to one of the main characters in the movie. This maid is credited as ‘[Main Character]’s Maid’, so neither that nor ‘Cynthia Nixon’ would be a correct answer. There are at least 16 correct answers.

2. Frederic Chopin was a Romantic-era composer who wrote almost all of his compositions for solo piano, along with some other non-solo works (which generally also involved the piano in some fashion.) Name a type of work by Frederic Chopin.

Note: Two famous works by Beethoven are his ninth symphony and his ‘Moonlight’ sonata. If this question were about Beethoven, the correct answers would include ‘symphony’ or ‘sonata’, while wrong answers would be ‘Moonlight’ or ‘Ninth'. By my count, there are at least 29 possible answers to this question.


3. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveyed approximately 14,000 Australians aged 15 and over on their attendance of Australian sporting events as a spectator in the twelve-month period of July 2005-July 2006. Name one of the top 11 sports in terms of highest rate of attendance among all survey respondents.


• Rate of attendance is defined as ‘percentage of people surveyed who attended that sport once or more from July 2005-2006.’ In other words, a casual fan who attended 1 quidditch match and a diehard who attended 10 quidditch matches in that time period would have equal weight in this measurement, since they both attended that sport at least once in the survey period. Make sense?

• ‘Sporting event’ includes every level except school and junior sports.

• Rugby league and rugby union were tracked separately in the survey but will be counted as one sport, called rugby, for the purposes of this question. ‘Rugby’ may or may not be a correct answer to this question.

4. Name one of the 19 countries that have participated in at least 10 Olympic Games since 1896 without winning a medal of any color.

Note: Summer and Winter Games are counted separately. 4 Summer Games + 4 Winter Games = 8 Olympic Games.


5. Name one of the ‘winners’ of the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor since its inception in 1980.

Note: The Golden Raspberry Awards, called the Razzies for short, is an annual award ceremony held in Los Angeles to recognize the worst in film.

6. Name an author that has won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction since its inception in 1969.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. This can include dual citizens of one Commonwealth and one non-Commonwealth nation.


7. Since 1970 up through the new 50-pound note to be introduced in 2011, the Bank of England has depicted 15 historical figures on the reverse side of its banknotes of the pound sterling. Name one of these historical figures.

Note: Queen Elizabeth II is on the front of all of the bank notes in question. She’s not a correct answer. The previous kings and queens of England aren’t, either. With the exception of one Scot, all of the figures are English.

8. Name the main unit of currency for a country from this list:

• Guatemala
• Israel
• South Africa
• Afghanistan
• Brazil
• Egypt
• Nicaragua
• Paraguay
• Thailand
• Nigeria
• Sweden


9. Name a current day U.N. member state whose present-day geographic area is at least partially within the boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire as of 1600 A.D.

10. Wikipedia has a list of the 38 lakes that are the largest lakes by area in the world. Of these lakes, 23 are contained entirely within one country (i.e. the lake’s shoreline is bordered by only one country). Name one of these 23 lakes.

• For purposes of this question, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are counted as two separate lakes.
• At least one of the lakes on the list is commonly known as a ‘lake’ but is technically a bay. Despite its technical designation, It will be counted as a correct answer since it’s commonly known as a lake.

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 2; Sheepulator

1. Name one of the appropriate food chains from the slogan:
a. Think outside the bun
b. What you crave
c. Where's the Beef?
d. I'm lovin' it
e. Come hungry. Leave happy.
f. We treat you right
g. Eat fresh

2. Name one of the states below from the corresponding past governors:
a. James Polk and Austin Peay
b. John Connally, Ann Richards, and George W. Bush
c. Earl Warren and Jerry Brown
d. Evan Mecham and Bruce Babbitt
e. Hannibal Hamlin and Edmund Muskie
f. Philip La Follette and Tommy Thompson
g. Woodrow Wilson and Jim McGreevey

3. Name one of the following countries from the corresponding bordering countries.
a. Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia
b. Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein
c. Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
d. Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary
e. Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Togo, Benin
f. Argentina, Boliva, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
g. Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey

4. Name a current or former wife of one of the following musicians. Each wife will be scored separately.
a. Ric Ocasek
b. Dave Navarro
c. John Lennon
d. Billy Joel
e. Tommy Lee
f. Marilyn Manson
g. Seal

5. Name one of the superheroes from the corresponding secret identity. All forms of the superhero will be combined for scoring purposes.
a. Susan Storm
b. Bruce Banner
c. Peter Parker
d. Warren Worthington
e. Wally West
f. Matt Murdock
g. Scott Summers
h. Clark Kent

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TD122 mitchparov

A) Don't Know Much About History!

1. Name a President of the United States who has held office in the last 50 years (since February 7, 1961). NOTE: this refers to the "real" President, not the acting President. Officials who have temporarily executed the office of President under the 25th Amendment are NOT correct answers. (10 Possible Answers)

2. Name one of the 13 Original Colonies of the United States. (13 Possible Answers)

B) Don't Know Much Biology!

3. Excluding "life" and "domain", name one of the levels in the system of scientific classification in biology. A little reminder: King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain. (7 Possible Answers)

4. Name one of the African "Big Five" game animals. (5 Possible Answers)

C) Don't Know Much About A Science Book!

5. Name one of the colors classically considered to be part of a rainbow. (7 Possible Answers)

6. Name one of the food groups on the FDA food pyramid. You don't need the exact title as listed by the FDA. (6 Possible Answers)

D) Don't Know Much About The French I Took!

7. Name one of the countries that borders France. This does not include French overseas territories. (8 Possible Answers)

8. This one's a bit of a stretch to a "French Connection." Hehe. If we include preseason, regular season, and playoff games, since the beginning of the 2008 season, the New Orleans Saints (there's your French link) have played every other NFL team except the Jacksonville Jaguars at least once. Name an NFL team the Saints have played during that time span. (30 Possible Answers)

E) Don't Know Much About Geography!

9. Name one of the regions commonly regarded as a continent, as defined by Wikipedia and what most of us learned in school. (This is not a trick question; just trying to pre-empt the "continent is an imprecise term" objection. Seriously--name one of the seven continents.) (7 Possible Answers)

10. Name a Canadian province or territory. (13 Possible Answers)

F) Don't Know Much Trigonometry!

11. Name one of the six basic trigonometric functions in modern usage. This does not include any inverse trigonometric functions. (6 Possible Answers)

12. Name one of the designations commonly given to a type of triangle based on the lengths of its sides or the sizes of its angles. This does not include "oblique" triangles. (6 Possible Answers)

G) Don't Know Much About Algebra!

13. Name a prime number less than 30. And just to be safe, a prime number is a natural number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself. (10 Possible Answers)

14. Name one of the mathematical "operations" in the standard order of operations. A little reminder: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. (6 Possible Answers)

H) A tiebreaker unrelated to the song which inspired the quiz.

15. The Supreme Court of the United States hears cases annually beginning in October--the cases heard beginning in October 2003 are referred to as "October Term 2003". How many pages of opinions, orders, etc. were issued by the Supreme Court in the October Term of 2003?

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 3; Sheepulator

Follow the link above to display any accompanying images.

1. Name one of the ten films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture this year. (2010 release, 2011 awards ceremony)


2. Pick one of the following choices and give the appropriate answer containing the word law. These have established names that I am looking for. There is necessarily going to be some paraphrasing and gray areas with this question, but I think it is clear overall. I will be the arbiter of what is correct and incorrect.

a. pV=k (relating to gases)

b. As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

c. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. (Be specific in your answer.)

d. This Scottish striker won the European Footballer of the Year award for the 1964-1965 season while playing for Manchester United. First and last name required.

e. This TV show's Detective Bobby Goren was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe.

f. The processing power of computers doubles every 18-24 months. (this is paraphrased)

g. Like attracts like. (Referred to in the book "The Secret".)

h. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.


3. Pick one of the following works of literature and name the author.

a. Billy Budd
b. Eugene Onegin
c. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
d. Vanity Fair (novel)
e. Hamlet
f. The Rape of the Lock
g. One Hundred Years of Solitude
h. Things Fall Apart
i. Agnes Grey (first and last name required)
j. Tess of the d'Urbervilles
k. Lolita


4. Pick one of the following works of art and name the artist. I am far from prude, but I didn't want to take any chances on getting banned.


5. There are seven SI base units. They are: meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, candela, mole. Pick one of the following SI derived units and express it in terms of SI base units only.

Format your answer as a series of unit abbreviations that are each followed by the appropriate exponent. Use * to indicate multiplication. Use ^ to indicate exponent. For example, x^y would be read as "x to the y power".

An example of how you should format your answer:

The weber is the unit of magnetic flux.

1 weber = 1 m^2*kg*s^-2*A^-1

So if weber were one of the options, you would submit:

I may live to regret asking this question, but I'm hoping it turns out ok.

a. joule
b. sievert
c. ohm
d. coulomb
e. pascal
f. newton
g. farad
h. volt
i. hertz
j. watt

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 4; Sheepulator

1. Choose one of the following related to video games:

a. A semi-apocryphal story of this character's origin claims that the inspiration was a pizza that was missing a slice.

b. This legendary Japanese video game designer created Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda.

c. The character Lucas Barton in the 1989 movie The Wizard loved this ridiculous accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System, stating that it was "so bad" (which in the late 1980s meant good).

d. This game, released as a launch title for the Atari 2600, allowed players to square off against each other in tanks, biplanes, or jets. Getting shot by the other player would result in your vehicle spinning.

e. This was the original name of the protagonist of Donkey Kong, now known as Mario.

f. This first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward, published by Activision, and released on November 10th 2009 is one of the best-selling video games of all time.

g. This wildly successful game developed by Finnish company Rovio has been at or near the top of Apple's App Store since the spring of 2010.


2. Choose one of the following planets. For this question only, you must specify which letter you are responding to.

a. Orbited by Ganymede

b. Site of the climactic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, leading to the latter's disfiguring.

c. Orbited by Luna aka The Moon

d. Orbited by Triton

e. Orbited by Oberon

f. Orbited by Titan

g. Orbited by Phobos


3. Choose one of the following plays and name the playwright:

a. Our Town

b. Long Day's Journey Into Night

c. The Sound of Music (a duo; both names required)

d. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

e. The Little Foxes

f. Romeo and Juliet

g. Death of a Salesman


4. Name one of the following political figures:

a. The commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces, who became the de facto head of state and head of government of Egypt when Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11th, 2011.

b. The current Prime Minister of Australia.

c. The current Prime Minister of Canada.

d. The current President of Russia.

e. The current President of Mexico.

f. The current Secretary-General of the United Nations.

g. The Prime Minister of Sweden who was assassinated on February 28th, 1986.


5. Choose one of the following. For this question, first and last name is required.

a. The birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali.

b. The birth name of football player Ahmad Rashad.

c. The birth name of basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

d. The former stage name of Yusuf Islam.

e. The birth name of soccer player Bilal Yusuf Mohammed.

f. The birth name of basketball player Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

g. The birth name of basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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TD123 goforthetie

A. I've provided snippets of writing in various non-Latin alphabets. Pick one of them and tell me the most widely-spoken modern language that is commonly written using that alphabet.

You do not have to tell me which alphabet your language corresponds to. I want a name of a language, not a name of an alphabet (although sometimes they are the same thing).

These are not necessarily whole words pictured above. Some of the alphabets are not true alphabets in the technical sense, but are abjads (in which vowels are not usually marked) or abugidas (which indicate vowels with diacritic marks), which are pretty close. However, there are no syllabaries used above.

I believe that, for each alphabet, there is a clear choice for the most widely-spoken language that employs it. If I'm mistaken and your language comes reasonably close in popularity to my intended answer, I'll be lenient.

B. Perhaps the most famous book of A-B-C's is that of Dr. Seuss. Unfortunately, it's probably too much to ask you to pull things like "Four fluffy feathers on a Fiffer-feffer-feff" from your memory banks. Instead, let's move on to "Green Eggs and Ham", which famously contains only 50 distinct words. Name one of those words that begins with one of the letters A, B, or C.

C. Speaking of letters, a strand of DNA is often compared to a long word whose 'letters' are various molecules, called nucleobases. Give the name (not just the letter) of a nucleobase that is found in DNA or RNA, OR name one of the scientists awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids", OR one of the scientists awarded the 1968 Nobel Prize "for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis."

D. ABC hasn't fared all that well dealing with the rise of FOX and the cable era. Still, it has had a few bright spots. Name an ABC-aired program that was a nominee for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series at any of the past 20 Primetime Emmys (1991-2010).

E. One classic Hercule Poirot mystery had him tracking a killer whose first three victims were Alice Ascher of Andover, Betty Barnard of Bexhill-on-Sea, and Sir Carmichael Clarke of Churston. Name any novel or play written by Agatha Christie that features Hercule Poirot.

Titles sometimes got changed, so any alternate titles, including those of Poirot movies that were based on a Christie work, will be acceptable, although all titles will be grouped with their original source for scoring purposes. Short story collections, however, are not acceptable.

F. "ABC: Always Be Closing" is a mantra in a famous monologue from the 1992 movie Glengarry Glen Ross, about a group of real estate salesmen. Name one of the movie's seven main actors, its director, or its screenwriter (who is also the author of the play from which the movie was adapted).

The seven actors play the roles of Ricky Roma, Shelley Levene, George Aaronow, Dave Moss, John Williamson, James Lingk, and Blake. None are obscure; together they've won 6 Oscars, 6 Emmys and 6 Tonys, if I counted correctly.

1. 1,2, and 3 are Arabic numerals, and Arabic is the most widely spoken language that uses a non-Latin alphabet. A total of 24 UN members have Arabic as one of their official languages; most of them are overwhelmingly Muslim. Name an overwhelmingly Muslim country that does not have Arabic as an official language.

"Overwhelmingly" means over 90%, according to a 2009 report from the Pew Research Center. "Country" means UN member.

Here are the countries that are between 79.9% and 90% Muslim, according to the Pew report: Albania, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Guinea, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Tajikistan.

2. Name a set of numbers that contains the infinite set {1, 2, 3, ...}, subject to the fine print conditions below.

The name that you give must be one or two words long (not counting "the"), and not a set-theoretic formula; it cannot include the word "positive", "non-zero", "non-negative" (or any other "non-" or "un-" word), "finite", "decimal", or "numeral". (I'm trying to avoid unpleasant adjudications here.) An example of the kind of name I'm going for would be "odd numbers" (although that would be an incorrect answer, since the set of odd numbers does not contain all of the numbers 1, 2, 3, ...).

I must be able to find your name as an entry at MathWorld, or have first-hand knowledge of it as a commonly used term in mathematics. Different names referring to the same set of numbers will be grouped together. Due to differing naming conventions, the sets {0, 1, 2, 3,...} and {1, 2, 3, ...} will be grouped together. I do not plan to give "Be more specifics" on this question.

"For it's ONE! TWO! THREE! strikes - you're out! - at the old ballgame!"
3. They might be fascist, but strikeouts have captivated the imagination of baseball fans for generations. Only a handful of pitchers have retired from MLB with more than 8 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. Several of them were almost exclusively relievers (Dan Plesac, anyone?), so we'll exclude them to get down to a total of 11 strikeout artists that were primarily starters. Name one of those 11.

I'm imposing some extremely mild requirements to be eligible: the player must have 1000 innings pitched and more starts than relief appearances.

Remember that we're talking about retired pitchers only. Also note that only 2 of the 11 are in the Hall of Fame - you can be one of the best pitchers of all time without a high strikeout rate, and vice versa - although 5 of the other 9 have not yet been retired for 5 years and thus are not yet eligible for the Hall. John Smoltz just misses the list with 7.9919 K/9IP. 8 of the 11 have more than 8.5 K/9IP, with half of those eight topping 9 K/9IP.

As a bonus trivia question (worth zero), name the pitcher whom the fans in the photo above are cheering for.

4. Give a word of exactly six letters that has
a) one letter which appears exactly one time in the word;
b) another letter which appears exactly two times in the word;
and c) a third letter which appears exactly three times in the word.
For instance, if ABACAB were a word (and not simply the title of a Genesis album), it would be a legitimate (and apropos) answer.

The word should be unhyphenated and uncapitalized. It must have its own entry at and may not be a root word together with a common prefix or suffix. For instance, REEDED, BEDDED, and ASSAYS will be deemed incorrect. (REEDED actually has its own entry, but it's still a definition that's inseparable from the root word REED.)

5. The 1961 movie One, Two, Three, directed by Billy Wilder, features Jimmy Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin whose boss's daughter flies in from Atlanta to visit and ends up eloping with an East German communist. It's an absolutely hilarious send-up of capitalists, communists, and Germans alike; I highly recommend it.

Anyhow, the West Berlin-East Berlin divide lasted from the establishment of the two German governments in 1949, until the dramatic evening of November 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall was opened. Name someone who was Chancellor of West Germany, or the head of state of East Germany, between 1949 and the opening of the Wall.

East German government was a bit convoluted, but head of state was either the President (until 1960) or Chairman of the State Council (since 1960). Every Socialist Party chief between 1950 and 1989 was also head of state at some time - the party chief was the power behind the scenes, anyway. Acting chancellors or chairmen do not count.

6. And finally, let us pay some homage to the Jackson 5, pride of Gary, Indiana. Gary has fallen on hard times recently, dropping below 100,000 in population. The name Gary has also dipped in popularity, as it's down to #452 on the Social Security Administration's list of most common boys' names of 2009 (which puts it below such classics as Jett (#390) and Talon (#436)). Name a U.S. city of population at least 100,000 whose name appears among the top 400 boys' names or girls' names.

I count at least 6 correct answers for boys and 6 for girls. Here are some close misses: Orlando (#410), Warren (#463), Chandler (#469), Dayton (#521), and Boston (#540) just miss the top 400 boys' names. Camden (#194), Trenton (#208), Troy (#237), and Everett (#320) are in the top 400, but the cities fell short of 100,000; Cheyenne (#184 on the girls' list) is also too small. I do not claim that this list of near-misses is exhaustive. Populations are measured using the Census Bureau's 2009 estimates.

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TD124 (NY) Paucle

1. Governors of NY have generally been regarded as some of the most powerful state executives in our nation's history.
Name any Governor of NY who became POTUS, or who shares his surname with a POTUS. If the latter, state his first name too. (8)

2. NYS has had its share of MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL franchises. In fact, there are actually more that have left the state than currently play their games within its borders.

Name any current Major League franchise that has played their home games in NYS. If it's not a team presently in NYS, please give me both the NYS locale/ name and current locale/name. (14)

3. The film A Place in the Sun was based upon Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, which told the story of the murder of Grace Brown by Chester Gillette on Big Moose Lake, where I spent many a fond vacation while growing up in the 70s and 80s. Big Moose is New York's 11th*largest lake in acreage.

Name one of NYS's 10 largest lakes by area. A lake qualifies if it touches any part or border of NYS. (10)

4. At one time, The Iroquois nation pretty much ruled everything west of the Hudson River in what is now NYS. Aspects of their government were even emulated in the US Constitution.

Name either: a member tribe of the Iroquois Six Nations, or one of their two chief rival tribes (both based primarily in Canada). (8)

5. Name a year in which NYS has hosted the Olympic Games, or a USA Gold Medal winning Event during one of those Games. Identify the year for your Gold Medal. (14)

6. Name any Cop/ Law Enforcement TV series of at least 13 episodes whose primary setting is a Police Precinct in NYC. (??)

7. Name a movie that won the "Best Picture" Oscar whose setting is primarily in NYC (or anywhere in NYS is fine, but I only found NYC settings).
I am defining "primarily" as 1 of less than 3; if there are more than 2 settings, at least half of it must take place there. (16)

8. Time for Literature! Since TV was limited to NYC by intent and movies was by nature, we're heading upstate! Name a book from James Fenimore Cooper's "Leatherstocking Tales" OR one of the USA's Top 100 newspapers in circulation that's printed in New York State, but not in NYC. (8)

9. You knew this one was coming: name one of NYS's 10 most populous cities OR a city that has served as its capital.(12)

10. Name one of NYS's nicknames, OR one of these: its official bird, flower, tree, fruit, land animal, freshwater fish, beverage, or song. (11)
(One hint: the song was once described as making "Happy birthday" seem long and varied in comparison.)

11. Time to hit the road, Jack! Name an Interstate of at least 70 miles length within NYS. Indigeneous name in lieu of the number is acceptable. (e.g., if I-5 and the Pacific Coast Highway were the same road in CA, I would accept either as that answer)(8)
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TD125 (OR) Vanya

1. The Oregon Trail began in a midwestern state and ended in Oregon City, OR. Name one of the seven (present-day) states the Oregon Trail passed through (source: National Park Service).

2. Oregon's Reed College (famous alumni include Gary Snyder, Peter Zuckerman, Steve Jobs, and Hunter Scarangelo) ranks 54th on the US News and World Report's best National Liberal Arts colleges list. Name one of the top 10 liberal arts colleges on this list.

3. Name a PAC-10 team that won the Rose Bowl pre-1999 (1998 season), or played in the BCS National Championship game,1999-2011.

In 1846 the U.S. signed the Oregon Treaty with Great Britain, making the 49th parallel the boundary between the United States and Canada, west of Lake of the Woods. Earlier some Americans claimed the Oregon Country extended north to 54˚ 40', the southern boundary of the Russian claim in North America.

4. Name one of the 13 countries the 49th parallel (north) passes through. Bonus: Which of these countries comes within 10' (minutes) of matching 54˚ 40' and 49˚ 00' with its northernmost and southernmost points? (does not have to be the one you named).

5. Name one of the 11 world capitals (all are in Europe) between 49˚ N and 54˚ 40' N. Hint: Paris does not qualify (but just barely). Bonus: name the capital located at 54˚ 40' N.
To determine location I am using one website (not wikipedia) that gives one set of coordinates for a city's location. City limits are not taken into consideration.

6. Oregon's most infamous athlete (who now lives in SW Washington, thank goodness) is also known for appearing on TV shows about stupid criminals (!) and for attacking other motorists with a baseball bat. Name one of the top eleven sports scandals listed by These scandals are sports scandals; not scandals that have little to do with sports, but involve athletes (for example a certain 90s trial would not be on the list). And none of the scandals involve banned substances. Hint: the scandals involve horse racing, Little League, baseball (3), basketball (3), running, auto racing, and figure skating.

7. Oregon is known for its wet climate. You can tell a native Oregonian because he never carries an umbrella. Name a Billboard Hot 100 song with "rain" (or rainy, rains, rained, raining, raindrop, rainbow, etc.) in the title.

8. Oregon is home to three excellent law schools: Lewis & Clark, Willamette University, and University of Oregon. Name one of the 13 most important US Supreme Court decisions as listed by Bush v Gore is not on this list (!), and there are two decisions from the last 10 years.

9. Oregon is famous for its waterfalls. Name one of the waterfalls from around the world pictured. Hint: two are in the Pacific Northwest. Three more are in North America, two are in South America, and one each is in Africa, Europe and Asia.

10. I am not from Oregon (I'm from California), but I've lived here 30 years. Bob Dylan is my idol. Name one of the performers on stage in this rendition of I Shall Be Released, my favorite Dylan tune.

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 5; Sheepulator

1. Each of the following relates to the opposite of heat. Pick one of the following options and provide the appropriate response.
a. 1991 movie starring former Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; it was a huge flop.
b. Snoopy's alter ego.
c. Singers of "Jungle Boogie".
d. Movie featuring Rob Van Winkle and his yellow motorcycle.
e. Mr. Freeze's wife had this fictional disease in the 1997 movie Batman and Robin.
f. To the closest degree Celsius, the temperature absolute zero.
g. Poker slang for the situation that arises when one player has a great hand, but another player has an even better hand.

2. Pick one of the following actors and give the corresponding call sign from the movie Top Gun. Free answer: Val Kilmer played Iceman.
a. Whip Hubley
b. Michael Ironside
c. Anthony Edwards
d. Val Kilmer
e. Tim Robbins
f. Tom Cruise
g. Tom Skerritt
h. Rick Rossovich

3. Before and After. I will provide two items, you respond with their joined name. Minor words like "a" and "the" may be omitted to facilitate a merge. Spelling does not have to be exact to be a qualifying merge. The joining word need not be a completely standalone word.

An example:
First in a trilogy of movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather
1950 movie starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor - Father of the Bride

Correct answer would be: The Godfather of the Bride

a. Alma mater of Phil Simms (minus State); Late 1980s-early 1990s sitcom starring Howard Hesseman
b. Autobot leader; Nickname of a cornerback elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011
c. Last four words of the poem "Defence of Fort McHenry"; novel by Aldous Huxley
d. Character played by Jennifer Morrison on House; character played by Nicolas Cage in Con Air
e. catchphrase of SNL's Hans and Franz; duet by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
f. James Bond actor; retired #7 of the Houston Astros
g. The last completed film John Candy was in; a Wendy's sandwich

4. From the nation and the year that independence was achieved, give the nation FROM which independence was achieved. Choose one of the following and provide the appropriate response.
a. Rwanda, 1962
b. Madagascar, 1960
c. Iceland, 1944
d. Brazil, 1822
e. The Philippines, 1946
f. Kuwait, 1961
g. Suriname, 1975

5. The name's the same. I give two items, you respond with the name they share. You just have to give whatever part of their names that they share; the full name of each piece is not required.

Pick one of the following options and provide the appropriate response.

a. An army fort in North Carolina and the curve describing the energy loss of ionizing radiation as it travels through matter.
b. A D-Day beach and a movie that won the Academy Award for best screenplay.
c. Last name of Greg Brady's alter ego; network that debuted Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
d. First name of the band Mouse and the composer Mussorgsky.
e. Things that Robin Hood might carry with him; Howard Stern sidekick
f. An NBA Hall-of-Fame center and the man who was shot by Kristin Shepard.
g. Name shared by Linda Lovelace and Mark Felt[/QUOTE]

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TD126 barandall800

1. In 2002, Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, after a selection process 7 years prior fraught with controversy and allegations of corruption. Name a city that was chosen as a candidate city for an IOC-sanctioned Olympic Games slated to be held 2002 or later, but was not selected by the IOC as the designated official host city, or a city that has been chosen as a candidate city for an Olympic Games whose host has not yet been selected. (24)

2. Salt Lake City is also well-known as the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the “Mormon Church.” SLC is home to Temple Square, where the Salt Lake Temple, Church Office Building, Tabernacle, Conference Center, and a handful of other buildings can be found. (Almost all of them are open to the public.) Name an individual who has served as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church). (16)

3. Utah and Arizona, while not as rich with sports franchises as some other states, boast a strong fanbase for various major-league teams. Name a sports franchise of the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, or MLS located in Arizona or Utah, or a sports stadium or venue currently utilized full-time by one of these franchises. (12)

4. Name a member of the United States Congress currently representing either Arizona or Utah. (15)

5. Thanks to its desert landscape, natural beauty, and who knows what else, Arizona has enjoyed an interesting reputation in popular song. Name one of the following places/landmarks specified in the following songs (10):
One of the two famous AZ landmarks, or a town in Northern AZ, mentioned in the chorus of Jamie O’Neal’s song “There Is No Arizona,” or the well-known AZ frontier town mentioned in the second verse (4)
The Arizona town mentioned in the second verse of the Eagles’ “Take It Easy” (covered by a few other artists, including the song’s co-writer Jackson Browne, and country singer Travis Tritt) (1)
The large Arizona city mentioned both in the bridge of “The Shake” by Neal McCoy and in one of the verses of “Rock’n Me” by Steve Miller Band. (1)
One of the three Arizona cities/towns mentioned in the classic made famous by Chuck Berry & Nat King Cole, “Route 66” (Hint: Only one of them explicitly includes “Arizona” after it in the song.) (3)
The Arizona city that Jojo left in the Beatles’ tune “Get Back” for “some California grass” (1)

6. In 2010, Brigham Young University in Utah was named the “most popular university” in America by U.S. News and World Report, based on its rate of accepted students (in 2008) who ended up enrolling at the university. Name one of the other 19 universities that landed in the Top 20 most popular universities in the country based on this list. (19) (Source:

7. One of Arizona’s biggest sports stars in recent years is Steve Nash, a basketball player that hails from Canada. Name an individual who has served as Prime Minister of Canada. (22)

8. Even though their locations are fairly remote, Arizona and Utah are both home to a host of businesses. A few of them (6 to be exact) have landed on one of the most prestigious corporate listings, the Fortune 500. Name a 2010 Fortune 500 company headquartered in either Arizona or Utah, or a city one of them is headquartered in. (9) (Source:

9. Arizona has often been in the news the past year or two for being hit especially hard by the United States’ national housing crisis. Meanwhile, the popular program “House Hunters International” (a spinoff of the US-centered “House Hunters”), on HGTV, highlights a different family/couple/home-seeker each episode, faced with the choice of 3 houses in a given location Each episode of “House Hunters International” takes place in a foreign locale. Name a country or territory that has been represented as a house-hunting location on the HGTV program “House Hunters International.” (68) (Source:,00.html)

10. Both Arizona and Utah are home to a large Hispanic population (Arizona, as a border state, more so than Utah). While parts of said population may come from countries as diverse as Ecuador & Guatemala (as is the case with two members of my family), a majority of Hispanics in AZ & UT are from the United States’ neighbor to the South, Mexico. Name a federal entity (state or federal district) of Mexico. (32)

11. Each year, the resort town of Park City, Utah, plays host to the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival, co-founded by actor Robert Redford. It is well-known as a venue for independent films to be seen by a wider audience. Films are often picked up by national distributors thanks to their exposure at Sundance, and in some cases go on to be nominated for prestigious awards, such as the Oscars. At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, 9 films that premiered there went on to receive 15 combined 2011 Academy Award nominations. Name one of those films, or an Oscar category that at least one of the films was nominated for/directly involved in a nomination for. (16) (Source:

12. Name one of the 10 largest cities/towns of either Arizona or Utah, according to 2008 estimates by the United States Census Bureau. (20)

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 6; Sheepulator

1. Choose one of the following options and provide an appropriate response. All correct responses begin with "sub".

This type of intracranial hemorrhage is often due to aneurysm rupture or head trauma. A classic history is the sudden onset of the worst headache of one's life.

This band's lead singer died of a heroin overdose in 1996.

The first name of the janitor on 30 Rock.

This ninja from the original Mortal Kombat was killed in the storyline between the original game and Mortal Kombat II. His brother then assumed his name.

In an elementary arithmetic operation, this is taken away from the minuend, leaving the difference.

The process of changing directly from a solid to a gas, without stopping at liquid.

This six letter word is what you do when you rent out your college apartment because you're not going to be there over the summer.


2. Choose one of the following options and provide an appropriate response. The clue or the correct response contains the four letter sequence "hank".

South Park's Christmas poo.

This man created the Dennis the Menace comic strip in 1951 (first and last name required).

This man directed the 1982 film Hanky Panky; Will Smith claimed to be his son in Six Degrees of Separation.

Hank Greenberg led the American League in home runs this many times (spell out number please).

This man played The Blue Raja in 1999's Mystery Men as well as Phoebe's love interest David on Friends.

This band took the single Hanky Panky to #1 in 1966. Full name please.

Nine letter word for a yen.


3. Choose one of the following options pertaining to opera and provide an appropriate response.

The musical Rent is based on this opera by Puccini. I don't know if it's what made Queen feel rhapsodical.

Jeremy Irons starred in this 1993 film; the title is an allusion to a Puccini opera.

This 1905 opera by Richard Strauss shares its name with the Biblical character who requested the head of John the Baptist.

This opera by Bizet opens in a cigarette factory.

This web browser is designed for use on mobile devices.

The overture from this opera was used as the theme song for The Lone Ranger.

The author of the 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera.


4. From opera to operations. Choose one of the following options pertaining to a military operation and provide an appropriate response. All correct responses will be of the form Operation _______ (the blank can be multiple words). Just fill in the blank, don't put Operation in your answer.

The invasion of Panama by the United States in 1989-1990.

The military buildup prior to the 1991 Gulf War.

Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II.

The 1988 attack by the United States on Iranian forces in retaliation for damage to the frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts caused by an Iranian mine.

The Battle of Normandy.

Synonym for the 1991 Gulf War.

The liberation of North Africa by the Allies during World War II. It was originally called Operation Gymnast.


5. Before and After. I will provide two items, you respond with their joined name. Minor words like "a" and "the" may be omitted to facilitate a merge. Spelling does not have to be exact to be a qualifying merge. The joining word need not be a completely standalone word.

An example:
First in a trilogy of movies directed by Francis Ford Coppola - The Godfather
1950 movie starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor - Father of the Bride

Correct answer would be: The Godfather of the Bride

Short story by Edgar Allan Poe; book by Carson McCullers

Book by Jon Krakauer; 1998 movie during which Kevin's "bacon" is briefly visible

Six word subtitle of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie; band with hits such as Alive, Jeremy, Daughter, and Last Kiss

Novel by Thomas Mann; hit song by the band Alabama

Author of Heart of Darkness; First and last name of titular character of a 1963 movie musical starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van D y k e, and Ann-Margret.

Play by Oscar Wilde; Academy Award winner who played a main character on Airwolf

The first album AC/DC recorded after the death of Bon Scott; 2007 book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

A collection of novellas by Boccaccio; a star of the movie Feeling Minnesota

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Theme TD: Friday afternoon series 7; Sheepulator

1. Name someone who has served as a host or hostess of the Academy Awards. Wikipedia is the reference. I think this or a similar question has been done before. Let's do it again!


2. Name one of the following deserts from the description.

Parts of this South American Pacific coastal desert are essentially devoid of any life due to a complete lack of moisture. Some weather stations have never recorded rainfall at all.

This desert in California contains Death Valley.

The Okavango River empties into a swamp in this desert, forming the largest inland delta in the world.

The Arabic name of this desert translated into English means "Empty Quarter". Give the Arabic name.

The name of this Israeli desert is derived from the Hebrow root for "dry".

This is the second largest desert in Australia. The answer is not "The Outback". It shares a word in its name with an actress who famously had a tumor behind her left eye. Despite urban legend, the eye was not removed.

This Arizona desert stretches from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park.


3. Each of the below is the former name of a major world city. Choose one and provide the corresponding current name. There is only one correct answer I am looking for in each case. In most cases, I don't think there will be any doubt as to which city I am shooting for. If you know of a city that had one of these as a former name but might not be major enough, send me a private message.







New Amsterdam


4. Name one of the following psychologists from the description.

Creator of psychoanalysis. Developer of the theory of the Oedipus complex.

Creator of the operant conditioning chamber. Shares a last name with the principal of Springfield Elementary School on The Simpsons (the answer is not Tamzarian).

Creator of the hierarchy of needs; the top level is self-actualization.

Coined the term "collective unconscious"; author of "The Red Book".

Yale professor whose most famous experiment involved simulated electric shocks administered for incorrect answers.

Swiss dude who classified childhood development into four stages: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational.

Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904 for his work on classical conditioning.


5. Choose one of the following TV shows and name the city in which it is set.

The Office (American version)


Breaking Bad

Absolutely Fabulous

Cold Case


Full House

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TD127 Gamawire

1. Give me a six-letter word acceptable in Scrabble that begins with the letters MY.

2. In 1972, Dean Koontz published A Darkness in My Soul. That book did not make the New York Times Bestseller List, but he has topped that chart 13 times. Name one of these thrillers.

3. Lions and Tigers and Bears – Oh, My!! Name one of the thespians who portrayed the nine main characters in the movie The Wiz. To clarify, the characters I am talking about are: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Lion, The Wiz, Glinda the Good, Evillene, Aunt Em, and Uncle Henry.

4. Name a song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “My” in the title that hit #1 sometime before January 1, 1980.

5. Name a comedy or drama series that begins with the word “My.” Correct answers will be an American TV show and will have run at least one season.

6. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor is summarized and analyzed on Name another text that begins with the letter R you could find there (you may ignore beginning articles such as A or The).

7. My Mother’s Curse is a movie starring Barbra Streisand that is due to be released in 2012. Name another movie Streisand acted in.

8. My, My, Myanmar: ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) was established on 8 August 1967 and promotes economic cooperation among its member states. Myanmar joined ASEAN on 23 July 1997. Name one of the other nine member nations.

9. Name an element on the periodic table whose symbol contains an M or a Y.

10. Mysogynists are not my favorite people, so I purposely misspelled that word (for no better reason than to make this question fit my theme). In their honor, name a country currently run by a woman President (there are other titles used for heads of state – I am only looking for presidents).

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Theme TD: Reality TV; Mambo Queen

1. Name a winner of Top Chef. Regular flavor, no Just Desserts or Masters winners, and first names will suffice for this question (7 possible answers).

2. Name a woman who has been The Bachelorette. First names will suffice for this question as well. (6 possible answers)

3. Name a location that has hosted The Real World. Use the name used in the title of the show; normally it's a city name, but in one instance it was a state name. (20 possible answers)

4. Name one of the female leads in The Girls Next Door. Any of the original three girlfriends or the three that replaced them are fair game. First names will suffice. (6 possible answers)

5. Name a contestant who placed second on American Idol. Need first and last name here. (9 possible answers)

6. Name one of the daughters or the son of Kris Kardashian. (6 possible answers)

7. Name a former or current judge of America’s Next Top Model. Only judges who have appeared in three episodes or more are eligible (no guest judges) , and I need a first and last name here. (8 possible answers—possibly more—still checking)

8. Fill in the blank correctly: The Real Housewives of _______________ is a series that has aired on Bravo. (7 possible answers)

9. . Name a Project Runway contestant that participated in their “All-Star challenge”. The challenge aired during Project Runway’s 6th season. First name only will suffice here. (8 possible anwers)

10. Name a city that has played host to the finish line of the Amazing Race.

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TD128 UniquePerspective

1. When I first came to college, I was majoring in writing. Name a word that is valid in Scrabble that does not contain any of A, E, I, O, U and Y.

2. I've switched to a drama major, hoping to direct shows when I get out of college. Name any of the winners of the Best Director Academy Award from the 1990s.

3. I've actively participated in an event called Relay For Life to raise money for cancer research during my time at college.Name a country that has won the Track and Field 4x100 meter relay Gold Medal at the Olympic games for either men or women. Countries that no longer exist do qualify.

4. I was the president of a local branch of a non-profit organization for a semester. Let's not talk about how I actually did at my job. Name a candidate for President during the 2008 election that received at least one delegate at the primary level from either the Democratic or the Republican party.

5.I've traveled a lot of buses such as Short Line during my time at college. The Short Line website provides information about bus services they directly provide or give information about cities served by MegaBus. Name a US state that is served by at least one of these services.

6. I've met friends from all over the world during my time at college. Brazil, Nepal, even Zimbabwe. Name an African country partially or fully below the Equator.

7. I love theater. It's what I want to do, and I've seen a ton of it, from new plays to ancient Greek ones. Name one of the seven surviving plays from the Ancient Greek playwright Sophocles, according to Wikipedia.

8. I admit, I did gain weight in college, although in my case it was more like the sophomore 15 than the freshmen 15, although I've seen lost most of it. Name the first name of a winner of the NBC reality show, the Biggest Loser.

9. I'm looking for a summer job as we speak, and perhaps a job for the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Services, name one of the 12 states with an unemployment percentage of less than 7% as of January 2011.

10. Finally, I'm hoping to eventually move to New York City after graduation to pursue the directing field. Name a letter that is the letter of a New York City MTA subway line.

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TD129 stooopid

Q1. Name a US state whose flag has a blue field

This is harder to pin down than I thought...but basically, if most of the flag is some shade of blue (and different states use different shades), with no large stripes of other colors, it counts. Note that blue is by a wide margin the most common field color of state flags.

Q2. Name a US state whose capital is the most populous city in the state

I used Wikipedia for this. I don't think it's close in most cases.

Q3. Name a US state whose current credit rating is AAA, according to Standard & Poors

This is the highest credit rating S&P offers. I got my information from a Feb 2010 article in the New York Times. Although ratings go as low as D, you'll be "pleased" to know the lowest credit rating any state currently has is A-, and only one state has that rating.

Q4. Name a US state that has ever elected a woman as Governor

The key word is elected—temporary appointments, including to replace a governor who took another position, do not count

Q5. Name a US state whose name uses exactly 4 different letters

We're counting the number of different letters, not letters overall. For example, the word SESAME uses 4 different letters (A, E, M, S). So does the word STREET (E, R, S, T). But SESAME STREET uses 6 different letters (A, E, M, R, S, T).

Q6. Name a US state that straddles more than one time zone

Information again from Wikipedia. Another way to phrase this question: name a US state where two people can be in the state and their local times are different.

Q7. Name a US state with no state income tax or no general state sales tax

One or the other (only one state has both). The word "general" is there because two states levy taxes on prepared food only...both of these states count as correct answers.

Q8. Name a US state that has "produced" a Speaker of the US House of Representatives since 1950

By "produced" I mean the Speaker was at the time representing a district in that state. I don't mean where the person was born. Note that the last Speaker to serve exclusively before 1950 ended his term on 15 Sep 1940, so don't worry if your memory is off by a year or three.

Q9. Name a US state that has ever been the site of a US Mint

To clarify, a US Mint is a facility operated by the United States Mint that ever produced official US coinage. Currency is produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, a separate agency.

And finally...

Q10. Name a US state

Yes, the question really is that easy. However, the scoring is another matter. Keep reading.

It turns out that every US state is a correct answer to at least one of the first nine questions. However, no state is a correct answer to all of them: the most times a state is a correct answer is 5 times, and only two states have that property.

So here's how scoring for Q10 will work: I will subtract 1 point from your overall score for every time the state you choose for Q10 is a correct answer to any of the first nine questions. So you're guaranteed at least a 1 point deduction (unless you SECEDE, in which case you lose nothing. Don't say you weren't warned.).

But I'm going to throw in a couple of bonuses, to help you shave even more points from your score.

First, if you give a state for Q10 that you haven't given for any other question, I'll subtract an extra 3 points from your score. (By the way, no penalty for repeating a state in Q1-9.)

Second, if you give me one of the two states that is correct for five of nine, I'll double the bonus to 10 points!

That means the maximum number of points you can have subtracted from your score is 13 (not coincidentally, the same as the number of original states).

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TD130 StevenH

1. Name any probability distribution that is used in Statistics.

2. DadofTwins has hosted the Summer Hiatus Challenge on this message board during every Summer Hiatus of Jeopardy! since 2005. In that time, only eight boardies have ever finished in the top three in the SHC ToC. Name one of the 8 boardies who has finished in the top three in the Summer Hiatus Challenge ToC.

3. There have been twelve U.S. Presidents who had served as Army Generals before they were elected President. The first one was George Washington, and the most recent one was Dwight Eisenhower. Name a U.S. President other than Washington or Eisenhower who was an Army General.

4. Name the rap artist or group who recorded any one of the pairs of albums that is listed below.

a) Reasonable Doubt (1996) and Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998)
b) The Slim Shady LP (1999) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
c) Illmatic (1994) and Street’s Disciple (2004)
d) Late Registration (2005) and 808s & Heartbreak (2008)
e) Aquemini (1998) and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
f) It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back (1988) and Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
g) King of Rock (1985) and Tougher than Leather (1988)

5. In 1999, the Major League Baseball All-Century Team was chosen. To do this, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest players from the previous century. After that, fans were able to cast their votes for the players. After the ballots had been counted, a panel of experts added five more players to the team, for a total of 30 members on the All-Century Team. There were a total of nine pitchers who were selected for the team—six were voted in by the fans, and three more were added by the panel of experts. Name one of the 9 pitchers who was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

6. There were five Russian composers who came together in the 1860s in an attempt to create a national school of Russian music, and they were known simply as “The Five.” There was also a group of six French composers who flourished in the early 20th century, and were compared to The Five because of their reaction against German Romantic music. Those six French composers were nicknamed “Les Six.” Name a composer who was a member of The Five, or one who was a member of Les Six.

7. Do you remember when Macauly Culkin was a child star? Those were the days! NOT COUNTING SEQUELS, identify a movie that Macauly Culkin appeared in that was released in theaters in the United States between January 1, 1989, and December 31, 1994.

8. TIOBE Software keeps an index of the twenty most popular computer programming languages in the world, and the index is updated monthly. The rankings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, and third party vendors. For March of 2011, Perl and JavaScript were ranked as the ninth and tenth most popular programming languages, respectively. Identify one of the 8 most popular computer programming languages world-wide for March of 2011, according to TIOBE Software.

9. The FOX animated series Family Guy was canceled in 2002, and then brought back on the air in 2005. At the beginning of the first new episode of the show that aired in 2005, titled “North by North Quahog,” Peter Griffin mentioned 29 different television shows that had been a failure for FOX. Identify one of the 29 failed FOX shows that Peter Griffin mentioned at the beginning of the May 1, 2005, Family Guy episode, “North by North Quahog.”

10. Since Art is awesome, why not have a “name the artist from the painting” question? Some of StevenH’s favorite paintings that were done by artists who were born on the European continent are pictured below. Name the artist who painted any one of the works that is pictured below.

11. Name somebody* who was on board the RMS Titanic as either a passenger or a crew member in April of 1912. *NOTE: If you know the person's last name but not their first name, and you think that they had a relative who was also on board, you can just give the last name and indicate if you are going for a male adult, female adult, male child, or female child.

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TD131 Fishercat

Hook (Celebrity Marriages, Agriculture, Trial History)

1. One of the best perks of being a powerful, famous, and/or persuasive figure is the “hook up”, the ability to spend special time with some of the most powerful people in the one way or another. However, some people understand this better than others. Some people take “hook up” a bit too far and get married...many, many times. Larry King is a fantastic example of this as is King Henry VIII. They decided to take their hook-ups to the proverbial altar, and then found a way to get off of the hook many, many times. Name one of Larry King or King Henry VIII's ex or widowed wives. Additionally, Celebrity Marriages is a common least favorite category, so it's like a the face.

2. One of the more common types of hooks is the sickle, primarily used to cut wheat and grass. Yes, that is a perfectly acceptable skewing of this theme in order to fit a question on geographic agriculture into this TD. Enjoy!

According to the International Grains Council, fourteen countries produced over 10 million metric tons of wheat in 2009, you should name one of the countries who produced over 10 million metric tons of wheat in 2009. The “EU” is listed first, but that's not a country for the sake of this question. Poland is #15 on the list at 9.8 million metric tons. For the record, only one country outside of those fourteen has gotten over 10 million metric tons in any of the past ten years.

3. The best defense lawyers are known for getting their clients off the hook. Clarence Darrow, who I originally planned to write this question about, was well known not so much for getting acquittals but rather reduced sentences and taking on the toughest clients. However, even though he participated in the famed Leopold & Loeb Trial and the Scopes Monkey Trial, it's hard to imagine those living up to the O.J. Simpson trial. His “Dream Team” was largely responsible for the not guilty verdict in his 1995 double murder trial. Name one of O.J. Simpson's chief defense lawyers in his 1994 double-murder trial (My list has nine, but I'll look up other names to make sure).

Line (Lyrics, U.S. Geography, First Literary Words)

4. I have trouble doing a lot of things in the course of my life and remembering lines in songs (lyrics if you will) is a pretty common fault. However, with the lyrics below, you don't necessarily need to know the lyrics themselves, but rather be able to reason out what should there. We are going to tease out the lines. Fill in one of the blanks in the song lyrics below. You do not need to identify which lyric you are identifying from.

In this category, the quote will be from a song, and the blank will either be an individual person of note or a band that has or had some level of fame. I will give you the artist and song (if possible), and you will fill in the blank celebrity. If a song uses the person's nickname as an identifier, I will accept the nickname or the full name. If the song uses a proper name, I need that proper name. The safest bet is to give me what's in the song lyric itself, I will never declare that wrong. The song lyrics may not be exactly correct, but the important parts are. Also, one song has two blanks, each blank is a separate answer.

Anyway, the ten clues are as follows:

Metric – Gimme Sympathy (2009): Who'd you rather be? / The ________ (one word) or the ________ (two words)? ... Come on, baby, play me a song / Like, "Here Comes the Sun"

Nelly Furtado - “Promiscuous” (2006): Hey is that the truth or are you talking trash / Is your game M.V.P. like ________ (2 Words)

Lil' Wayne - “A Milli” (2008): You drop 'em cuz we pop 'em like ________ (2 Words)

Ben Harper - “Get It Like You Like It” (2006): In 1918 The ________ / Kicked a piano into Willis Pond (2 Words)

Robyn featuring Snoop Dawg - “U Should Know Better' (2010): I crashed a party with the Czar/
Threw a ________ cocktail in the bar / And you know my style's revolutionary / Even the Russians know better than to (bleep) with me (one word)

Barenaked Ladies - “One Week” (1999): Like ________ I make mad films / Okay, I don't make films / But if I did they'd have a Samurai (one word)

Kid Rock - “Lowlife (Living the Highlife)” (2007): Ahh the landlord called / the rent is due / I spent it all on a _________ tattoo / I rock and roll all nite” (one word)

Everclear – “AM Radio” (2000): I started going to concerts and I saw the Led Zeppelin / I got a guitar on Christmas day / I dreamed that ________ would come to Santa Monica and teach me to play (2 Words)

Gretchen Wilson - “Redneck Woman” (2004): In a tavern or in a honky tonk or on a four-wheel drive tailgate/I've got posters on my wall of Skynyrd, Kid and ________. (one word)

5. Another use of a “line” is a more literal line: the fishing line. Lines have different weights, materials, and usages that change based on the type of fishing being done and the type of tournament the anglers are participating in. While the minute differences between lines may not matter to you or me, the professional anglers on the Bassmasters Tournament Schedule are likely to have strong opinions on even the smallest differences. The Bassmaster Tournament Trail Schedule, when you include the Opens, Elite Series, and Bassmaster Classic Events, take place in fourteen different states from February to September. Name one of the fourteen states where one of the above events is taking place in 2011.

6. Many books are revered for their plots, characters, styles, and legacies. Some of those are even better known in society for their famous first lines. Below, I will give you ten opening lines to famous novels, and you need to name one of the books (author optional) that the first line belongs to. I was going to have you play another "fill-in-the-blank" game, but you can thank my editor for suggesting some changes there. The lines are as follows

“It was a pleasure to burn".
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen".
"Call me Ishmael"
“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of Number Four Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much”.
"I am an invisible man"
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife".
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun".
"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way".
"1801 - I have just returned from a visit to my landlord - the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with."

Sinker (Baseball, Business and Industry, Brad Rutter's Lach Trash Can)

7. Perhaps the most common terminological use for “sinker”is that it is a slang term for the “sinkerball” in baseball. The sinker is a pitch that, of course, sinks in a significant downward motion in order to trick hitters into swinging above it or by hitting it weakly into the ground. Bill James, a baseball statistician and historian, cites Curt Simmons as the one who demonstrated how to throw a sinker, even if it existed before him. Today, a slew of major league pitchers make the sinker the base of their repertoire and, when the pitch is working, they can be nearly unhittable. Nevertheless, it is one of a slew of pitches. You need to name another kind of pitch commonly used in a baseball game that is legal. I will use the Wikipedia lists as a base (pun!) and search for other answers. I was going to exclude subset pitches, but they are unique, so I will allow them. Feel free to be specific if you know a more obscure pitch. This makes the list reasonably large.

(Edit: By commonly used, I mean I need to be able to find a record of it being used).

8. The economy has been on a bit of a rebound from its low point a couple years back, but that doesn’t mean all companies are experiencing that same uptick in profits. Some companies performed downright horribly in 2010 and were a really dead weight (or in fishing terms, a sinker!) for portfolios. A Yahoo! Finance article ranked the Top 10 worst performing S&P 500 Stocks of 2010 by return, all of whom tumbled at least 32% during the year, and you need to name one of those companies.

This question would be too specified, IMO, without some hints, so I will give quick descriptors of these companies from the article itself, the quoted portion being exact. Also, remember, this is the S&P 500, not the Dow or NASDAQ.

-A “Global Online Job Site”
-A “Contract Gas and Oil Driller”
-An “Aluminum Specialist”
-A seller of “branded drugs for humans and animals”
-A “seller of supplies, software, and furniture…”
-A “tax-preparer”
-A seller of “dairy products and substitutes”
-A producer of “flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel”.
-A seller of “seeds, fertilizers, and herbicides”
-A “chip maker”

9. It’s common knowledge among Jeopardy! fans, but that Brad Rutter guy? He’s really, really tough to beat (unless you’re Watson). However, there are some things that even Mr. Rutter could not get on the first try, and maybe his opponents would not have been sunk if they could pull the answer out. Of course, since I’m excluding Daily Doubles, it doesn’t really take in the most vital clues (say, Bob Verini’s miss in the MDM Finals), but it’s a small sacrifice.

Below, I have listed Jeopardy! queries which were Triple Stumpers on broadcasts of Jeopardy! where Brad Rutter competed, I want you to provide the answer to one of them. Actually remembering his games may be an advantage here for some of these. There will be three questions from each of his regular runs (Regular games, TOC, UTOC, and MDM). You do not need to specify the question you are answering. My ruling on the answer will be the one posted in the J-Archive as correct. You do not need to say "What is..." but I won't count you wrong if you do.

::: Million Dollar Masters QF. Category: Monsters Inc. ($800): The Book of Job asks if this sea monster can be drawn out with a hook, or his tongue with a cord.

::: Million Dollar Masters SF. Category: Dollar ($1600): A "Benjamin" from it would have meant a $2 note, which showed its Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin

::: Million Dollar Masters, Finals (Game 1), Category: Word Histories (FJ): In old philosophy this 12-letter word referred to a fifth substance, superior to earth, air, fire or water

::Tournament of Champions, Finals (Game 1): Category: Name The Sport ($500): 4 teammates, a house, a hog line, a tee line

:::Tournament of Champions, Finals (Game 1): Category: American Literature (FJ): "The Mute" was the working title of this 1940 novel by a female author

:::Tournament of Champions, Finals (Game 2): Category: Foreign Leaders Quiz ($500): On June 16, 1999 Nelson Mandela was replaced as president of South Africa by this man

::: UToC, Round 2 (Game 12): Category: On The Go ($1600): This South Bend, Indiana automaker was once the world's largest producer of horse-drawn vehicles

::: UToC, Round 3 (Game 1): Category: Musical Numbers ($1200): Matchbox 20: _ AM.

::: ToC Finals (Game 1): Category: State the Element ($2000): Maryland. (We will name a state for you. The abbreviation for that state is also the symbol for a chemical element. You have to give us that element).

::: Regular Games (Game 1): Category: Welcome to My Country ($500): Augusto Cesar Sandino International.

::: Regular Games (Game 4): Category: Recognizing Reptiles ($500): Unlike the feline leopard, the longnose leopard lizard can do this, so no proverbs for him.

::: Regular Games (Game 5): Category: Rich and Famous (FJ): “Worth" magazine says with 1.7 million ranchland acres in 5 states, this mogul is the USA's largest private landowner (Note: This clue was on Year 2000 data).

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TD132 Vanya

1. Name a country which borders only two other countries.
TD3 kejo

2. Name a country with a national flag that includes a Star & Crescent symbol
TD8 schliemann

3. Name someone who has been the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at some time from 1940 to present.
TD9 dklee12

4. Name someone who played the "Maid of Orleans," (aka Joan of Arc) big screen or little.
TD10 Paucle

5. Name somebody Muhammad Ali fought in a heavyweight title bout.
TD11 LifelongJeopfan

A title bout is defined as a fight in which the WBC or WBA heavyweight title was on the line. It does not matter if Ali was the champ or challenger in the fight. It does not matter if he won, lost or it ended in a draw. It does not matter if he was known as Cassius Clay the day of the fight. Hopefully that clears up any confusion.

6. Name an author who has won the Booker Prize (a prize given to authors from British commonwealth countries) since 1980.
TD12 kingrat47

7. Name a chemical element whose abbreviation on the periodic table does not start with the same letter as the element's standard English name.
TD14 teapot37

8. The Rolling Stones have eight songs that reached number one on Billboard's "Hot 100" list of songs based on their airplay in the United States. Name one.
TD15 AustinPowers

9. Name something invented by "The Wizard of Menlo Park." (aka Thomas Alva Edison).
TD16 paucle

10. Name anyone who served as Roman Emperor at any point from the years 1 A.D. to 100 A.D.
TD17 StevenH

11. Name a current inmate of Guantanamo Bay, or someone who was convicted under a U.S. federal terrorism statute since 1995.
TD19 Vanya (updated)

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TD133 dhkendall

1. As many of you know, one of my passions is flags. In 2001, NAVA (the North American Vexillological Association) had the public rate 72 flags of US states, US territories, Canadian provinces, and Canadian territories, "based on their personal sense of a good flag design". Name one of the ten areas (state, province, territory) that scored the worst (#63-72) in the survey.

2. Flags aren't the only symbol of a territory. Most countries tend to put national symbols and other things that define their nation on their currency. Name one of the flora, fauna, or other object that graces the reverse of a currently circulating Canadian coin (this excludes commemorative designs).

3. While these designs grace the reverse of our coins, the Queen, as head of state of Canada, always graces the obverse of the coin. Since she lives in Great Britain, she is represented here by a governor general. Name a Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada who has served under Queen Elizabeth II.

4. Speaking of the Queen, her family is in the news lately due to the wedding of her grandson, Prince WIlliam, to Kate Middleton this week. The website of the Monarchy lists the first 38 people in line to the British throne. Name one of these 38 people.

5. Another bit of news that's front and centre, at least here, is the fact that right now, Canada is in the midst of a federal election. The last time we went to the polls was in 2008. Name a political party that managed to get at least 1,000 votes in the 2008 Canadian election.

6. Of course Canada doesn't have a monopoly on elections, but our neighbour to the south also had one that year, and generally had one every 4 years previous. Name an American major-party presidential candidate since 1800 that didn't win their state of residence. It doesn't matter if they won the Presidency or not.

7. Of course, the President heads just one of the branches of the U. S. government. The Chief Justice heads another branch, the judiciary branch. Name an individual who has served as Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (and was confirmed by the US Senate).

8. Another ongoing bit of news are the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, demanding changes in the government. Name a north African or Middle Eastern country or territory that is having, or has had since October 1, 2010, protests or a revolution.

9. The Middle East is known for, among other things, its unique cuisine. Many might say its better than our quick and easy McDonald's cuisine. Name a UN member that has at least one McDonald's restaurant open to the public (ie not on a military base). (Yes, I admit the segue for this one was a bit forced).

10. And finally, speaking of recent news, whether we are religious or not, we all celebrated Easter recently. Name a statutory holiday for Canadian federal workers
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TDs 134-135 + Themes

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TD134 barandall800

Lucy Schwartz
1. Lucy released her sophomore studio album, “Life In Letters,” in 2010. Name a letter in the Greek alphabet.


Arcade Fire
2. In 2004, Atari released a collection of over 80 original Atari games, entitled “Atari Anthology,” for the PS2 and XBox consoles. 18 of these games were original Atari arcade games. Name one of these 18 games.


3. Jónsi, the lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, embarked on a solo career in 2009. A year later in 2010, Iceland (and most of Europe) were hit by multiple eruptions of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which disrupted air travel throughout the continent. The International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior has designated 16 volcanoes (Eyjafjallajökull not being included) as “Decade Volcanoes,” deemed worthy of particular study due to history of large eruptions and location near populated areas. Name one of these Decade Volcanoes.


Florence + The Machine
4. Florence + The Machine (a stage name for vocalist Florence Welch, with "The Machine" referring to her backing band) received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammy Awards, but did not win. Name an artist or group that has received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist either 1999 or later.


Mormon Tabernacle Choir
5. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir received the prestigious National Medal of Arts in 2003. Name an individual, group, or entity that has been a recipient of the National Medal of Arts 2004 or later.


Ellie Goulding
6. Rising UK star Ellie Goulding, who just released her debut album “Lights” in the US, recently was the sole performer at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding reception. Name an official title/style used by a current member of the immediate British Royal Family, or one of their spouses.


7. Elbow is a British band whose album, “The Seldom Seen Kid,” won the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2008. Name a ‘bone’ mentioned in the popular folk song “Dem Bones" (Dry Bones). (Source:


Regina Spektor
8. Regina was born in the Soviet Union in 1980, though her family left the country in 1989 and later emigrated to the United States. Name an individual who served as Premier of the Soviet Union.


Dixie Chicks
9. In 2003, the Dixie Chicks embarked on their “Top of the World” tour, which kicked off with the infamous London concert in which Natalie Maines made a disparaging comment about then-President Bush, which brought a large U.S. backlash against the band. Name one of the 25 highest mountain peaks in North America.


Jane Monheit
10. Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit was educated in Manhattan. Many colleges and universities make their home in New York City. Name a college or university with a permanent campus within New York City. (Source:


11. British singer Adele’s newest album, “21,” has already become one of the biggest albums of 2011 so far, with sales of over a million, and with a current spot on top of the Billboard chart. Name the title or the artist of one of the top 10 best-selling albums of 2010 in the U.S., according to Billboard.


12. Pick one of the preceding 11 songs linked to. Feel free to pick your favorite, your least favorite, the one you think will sheep the least...whichever one you want, basically. You're not required to listen to any/all of the songs, though of course I'd prefer you at least checked them out. For your easy reference while submitting answers, the list of songs can be found here.

But wait, there's more! Here's a special bonus question, worth a 1-point deduction:
You may have noticed that my signature for a while now has been a quote, in this case a line from a song that I'm into at the moment, and that looks interesting out of context. The past 2 weeks or so, in preparation for this TD, I've had 3 song quotes in particular...all from successive albums of the same artist/group. This artist/group is one of the 11 included in this TD. Guess the artist/group featured in this TD who performed the songs featuring the following lines. (There is of course no penalty for an incorrect guess.)

"With my lightning bolts a-glowin'/I can see where I'm going..."
"Hey!/Us kids know..."
"My mind is open wide/And now I'm ready to start..."

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Theme TD: James Bond; mitchparov

1. James Bond is one of the greatest movie characters we've ever had, but he was, of course, a character in novels before moving to the big screen. Name a UA/EON James Bond film which does not share its title with an Ian Fleming novel, collection, or short story. (As a helpful hint, if you're struggling to figure out which releases are UA/EON and which are not, there are currently 22 released films which qualify. "Never Say Never Again" does not qualify, nor does the Peter Sellers/David Niven "Casino Royale".)

2. Ian Fleming wrote some fantastic novels and short stories featuring 007. (Seriously--read them if you get the chance; they're awesome.) But a few others have tried their hand at writing James Bond novels as well. Name a published James Bond novel written by someone other than Ian Fleming, or name someone (other than Ian Fleming) who has written a published James Bond novel.

3. In addition to books and movies, Bond has found an exciting life in video game consoles. I have the reduction in GPA to prove it. Name an officially licensed Bond video game released for any electronic gaming platform or platforms.

4. Are you still stuck on #3? This question might help you a little bit. Name anyone who provided a voice for a character in the Bond video game "Everything or Nothing".

5. "Everything or Nothing," in addition to being a fantastic game, featured a pretty catchy title song, complete with one of the nifty title sequences for which the series has become famous. Name the credited artist of the theme song to any UA/EON Bond film. 1 point bonus if you can name the film. Additional 2 point bonus if the song was released by the artist on an album and you name the album.

6. Those same famous title sequences usually feature, among other imagery, silhouettes of scantily clad women. Name an actress who has played a Bond girl (I'm defining "Bond girl" as the last woman with whom Bond sleeps in a given film--note that while many of these are in the final scene, some are not.) 1 point bonus for naming the character and the film. For the purposes of this question, I will assume that Bond never slept with Camille Montes.

7. If there's one class of people from Bond movies better known than "the Bond girls," it can only be "the Bond villains." Name the principal villain from one of the UA/EON films. 1 point bonus for naming the film and the actor who played the villain. I realize "principal villain" is a rough term--a couple things. Each film has only one "principal villain," and except for one character, who is the principal villain in exactly three films, no character is the "principal villain" for multiple films. I'm looking for the villain masterminding the plot driving a given movie, not the macro-plot behind it. Feel free to message me for a clarification here—I’ll happily answer questions of the form “Is person X the principal villain of film Y?”.

8. 007 had a lot of help taking on those dastardly super villains, too! Name an actor or actress who portrayed another employee of British Intelligence in at least one UA/EON film. Former employees of British Intelligence count, temporary employees/contractors/contacts of Bond’s do not.

9. Working for MI6 is isn’t easy. In fact, even Bond himself resigns a few times. Name a UA/EON film where he resigns, or name the country where Bond is physically located when he resigns on any of these three occasions.

10. With a job that hard, it’s really no wonder that Bond drinks so much. Name one of the five ingredients (anything besides bar equipment) involved in the martini Bond orders in the 2006 movie “Casino Royale.”

11. I'll bet all the booze makes flights seem faster. Name a country (former countries are acceptable), that Bond "visits" in any one of the Ian Fleming novels (short stories do not count).

12. One final question. The Bond movies get a bad reputation for being fluff. Maybe they are, but they’re awesome fluff. Name one of the three Oscar winners to play a major role in a Bond film, or name one of the two Bond films to have won an Oscar itself.

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TD135 goforthetie

1. TO WRITE A FOREST: A lot of folks have felt the urge to author some woodsy stuff. Name a not-too-obscure work of literature (novel, play, short story, poem) that has a tree (either the word 'tree(s)' itself, or a type of tree) in its title.

The work must have been mentioned in a clue (as either answer or question) on Jeopardy! at least once since January 1, 1996 to count as "not-too-obscure".

My answer: The Giving Tree

To be clear, I want the complete title of the work, not just the tree-word contained therein. The title must use the tree word as a tree; "The Girl Who Pines for Justin Bieber" would not be an acceptable title. Similarly, the J! clues must refer to the title as a literature title; a reference solely to a movie that has the same name as a book it was based on would not count.

2. IMPORTANT GEMS: Diamonds, we're told, are a girl's best friend, so a rock might just be the thing to unlock your lady's heart. Name one of the 11 countries that produced at least 300,000 carats of gem diamonds in 2009, according to a 2010 US Geological Survey Mineral Commodities Summary.

My answer: South Africa

3. AN ALLOYING QUESTION: Steel is basically a combination of just two elements, but other elements are sometimes added to enhance its properties; for instance, to make it shinier, stronger, more machinable, or better able to hold an edge. Name a chemical element that is often used in steel alloys (either as one of the two basic ones, or as a common* alloying element).

My answer: nickel

*: Here's how I'll judge. There are hundreds of grades of steel. Unfortunately, there is no universal standard of naming them, but several European countries use similar systems of naming (German DIN standards, Italian UNI, Spanish UNE), in which some alphanumerics are followed by chemical symbols of the key elements that are found in that grade of steel, followed by some more alphanumerics. For instance, X165QqQqQq12KU is such a grade, where the Qq's are chemical symbols (the initial X and terminal K and U are not references to elements, I believe). Any element whose symbol is used in one of those names for a steel grade is an acceptable response; I know of over a dozen.

4. ARRR!: Give a word of at most eight letters that contains two instances of the bigram 'AR'.

My answer: tartar

Words must have an entry at and be non-capitalized and stand-alone (i.e., if it can only be found as one of the words in a two-word term, it's not legal). Words that share the same ar-ar root word (e.g., plurals) will be grouped together.

5. COOL BIRDS: Name a species of penguin.

My answer: emperor penguin

Extinct species are not accepted. Any species that is arguably classifiable as a subspecies of another will be grouped with that other species. Directional terms will be ignored (e.g., "Northern Popper Penguin" and "Eastern Popper Penguin" will be grouped under "Popper Penguin").

6. MEAN BIRDS: Name a university whose football team plays in the NCAA Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (i.e., is among the big-time programs) and has a nickname that refers to a bird of prey.

My answer: Iowa [Hawkeyes]

I just need the school, not the nickname. As you can tell from my answer, I'll be pretty lenient as long as the nickname contains the name of a bird of prey. Wading and swimming birds that primarily eat fish are not birds of prey.

7. INDEPENDENCE: Name a signer of the Declaration of Independence that represented a state (mostly) north of the Mason-Dixon line.

My answer: John Hancock

8. COLTS LOSE: Name a female horse that has won at least one leg of the Triple Crown of US horse racing.

My answer: Whimsical

9. AVIATRICES: The National Aviation Hall of Fame is meant "to honor and recognize United States citizens and residents who have significantly contributed to advancements in air and space flight." Of its over 200 enshrinees, 13 are women. Name one of those 13.

My answer: Amelia Earhart

10. ROCKY'S ROAD: Name someone who portrayed Rocky's opponent in the climactic bout of any Rocky movie, or someone who was nominated for an Academy Award for any Rocky movie.

My answer: Sylvester Stallone

People who shared in a single nomination will be grouped together.

11. MOVING OUT: Some of the biggest TV news lately has been Steve Carell's departure from The Office, leaving one of NBC's mainstays in a state of flux. Name a sitcom that has aired at least 10 new episodes on NBC Thursday nights since the series finale of Friends.

My answer: The Office

12. THE REQUISITE LOCAL GEOGRAPHY QUESTION: Hey, did you notice that this is a state-themed TD? Well, it is - surprise! All of the previous questions are related to a particular state. Name a river of length at least 100 miles which partially flows through this state.

My answer: ???

If a river forms part of the border of the state, it will be accepted. "X Branch of the Y River" will be grouped with "Y River", both for scoring and length-counting purposes. However, tributaries with completely different names will be counted separately.

BONUS: Tell me how questions 1-11 relate to the theme state. If you get more than 7 connections, you will earn a 5-point deduction for each additional connection that you identify (e.g., 10 connections will earn a 15-point bonus). (Hint: some of the questions are arranged so as to form logical groupings.)

Connections have to do with the question itself, not a potential answer, and are usually fairly specific to the state.
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TDs 1-4 (new number sequence), TDs 139-144

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Think Different Returns: Think Un-Different! barandall800

1. Name a song by the Beatles.

2. Name a 19th-century U.S. president.

3. Name a Jeopardy! superchampion.

4. Name an element in the Periodic Table of the Elements.

5. Name a current member of the U.S. Senate.

6. Name a full-length animated film released by Pixar.

7. Name a novel written by Stephen King.

8. Name an Olympic host city since 1990.

9. Name an individual who has served as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” since its premiere.

10. Name a province or territory of Canada.

11. Name a Major League Baseball team.

12. Name a number between 1 and 20.

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TD 2: Not Quite Dog Days Of Summer, UniquePerspective

1. Name an element on the periodic table of elements that is considered a Period 4 element.
2. Name either a novel or a full length book written by George Orwell.
3. Name a member of Barack Obama's cabinet.
4. Name the first and last name of one of the top 13 finalists in the 2011 season of American Idol.
5. Name any person who has served as an anchor on the CBS Evening News weekday edition.
6. Name a nation who made it to at least the quarterfinals of this year's FIFA Women's World Cup.
7. Name any word in the English language of 10 letters or less that contains at least two Zs. Basis of confirmation will be Webster's website)
8. Name a Marvel Comics hero or group of heroes that has had at least one movie about them released in the United States since 2006. Movies about superheroes released after the day this question was posted will not count.
9. Name either the title of a song in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of July 23rd, or the singer/group who performs one of these songs. If a song has featured artists, I will only want the primary singer/group of that song.
10. Name one of the last 10 people to win at least 5 regular season games on Jeopardy. If anybody hits 5 or more after this question was posted, they will not count.

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TD 3: The 1990s, jeff6286

1. Name a team that won either a Super Bowl or a Stanley Cup Trophy in the 1990s. (From January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1999; these will be the dates used for most questions.) The St. Louis Rams would not count, as their Super Bowl win came in January 2000, nor would the Calgary Flames, who won the Stanley Cup in June 1989. Please give the full team name, meaning (geographic location) followed by (nickname) as there are some team nicknames like Giants and Kings that are used by teams in two different sports.

2. Name a person who won an Academy Award for Best Lead Actor or Best Lead Actress for a year in the 1990s. These are Oscars that were given at the ceremonies held from March 1991 to March 2000, since the 2000 Oscars honored 1999's movies. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jessica Tandy won for 1989, while Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts won for 2000, so none of them are correct answers for this question.

3. Name a nation that joined the United Nations in the 1990s. (From January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1999) No nations joined from 1985 to 1989, and the only ones to join from 2000-present are Tuvalu, Serbia, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Montenegro, and South Sudan. South Sudan just joined on July 14, 2011. I had no idea! I don't need the full formal name of the nation you give as an answer, just the commonly used name will be fine. I don't think there should be any issues involving a country going by more than one name, but if one does arise I will attempt to be as lenient as possible as long as the intended answer is clear.

4. Name a television show that won an Emmy for Best Comedy Series or Best Drama Series in the 1990s. This includes the Emmy ceremonies that took place from 1990 through 1999. Since every television season is split over two calendar years, this differs slightly from the Oscar question as far as which broadcasts are being considered. The West Wing and Will and Grace both won their first Emmy in the year 2000, so don't use either of those as your answer.

5. Name a person or organization that won a Nobel Prize in the 1990s. The Prize could have been for Peace, Literature, Economics, Chemistry, Physics, or Physiology/Medicine. The Awards are handed out each December, so anyone who won from December 1990 to December 1999 is an eligible answer. If an award was given to multiple people, you only have to give one name, and people who shared an award will be considered as separate answers. I will require both first and last names for this question, since there is such a large pool of answers to choose from. Hopefully I won't have to make any judgment calls on questionable spelling. A few winners were not people, but groups/organizations, so those can be given as answers, but you must be precise in giving the correct name of the group honored, as listed at To rule out a couple of possible incorrect answers, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize was won by the Dalai Lama, while 2000's was won by Kim Dae Jung.

6. Name an athlete who was named Most Valuable Player of the National Basketball Assocation or Major League Baseball's American League or National League in the 1990s. The AL and NL give separate awards, so there could be as many as 30 winners that are potential answers for this question. (Some players won more than once, so there are actually less than 30 possible answers.) Shaquille O'Neal won the NBA MVP in 2000, so he is not a valid answer, while Robin Yount and Kevin Mitchell won the AL/NL MVPs in 1989, and Jason Giambi and Jeff Kent won in 2000, so leave all of them out too.

7. Name a film released in the 1990s that made more than $200 millon at the box office in the United States. There are 19 such films, and some that fell short of $200 millon are Toy Story, Dances with Wolves, Batman Forever, The Fugitive, Liar Liar, and Mission Impossible. Don't use Batman or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, as both were released in 1989, and forget about How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cast Away, Mission Impossible 2, and Gladiator, all released in 2000. Films released in late 1999 that made some or most of their box office in the year 2000 are still eligible answers for this question.

8. The 2000 United States Census showed that the population of the U.S. grew by 13.2% in the 1990s. The states with the largest population growth since the 1990 census were Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Georgia. There were 13 other states that grew by more than the national average of 13.2%, but less than Georgia's 26.4%. Name one of these 13 states.

9. Name an artist that won a Grammy Award for either Record of the Year or Album of the Year in the 1990s. This covers the Grammy ceremonies held from March 1990 through March 1999, so 1990's winners were for music released in 1989. 1989's winners were George Michael and Bobby McFerrin, while 2000's awards were both won by Carlos Santana. If a song had a featured artist, I will be generous and accept that featured artist, but it will be scored as if it was the same answer as the primary artist.

10. Name a book that reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller Fiction chart in the 1990s. Most years had around 10 different books reach #1, so there are somewhere around 100 possible answers for this question. Books that hit #1 in 1989 include Tom Clancy's Clear and Present Danger, Stephen King's The Dark Half, and Danielle Steel's Daddy. Books that hit #1 in 2000 include John Grisham's The Brethren, Danielle Steel's The Wedding, and Mary Higgins Clark's Before I Say Goodbye. None of these would be correct answers. Feel free to include the author's name with the book title, as there could be some books with similar titles and this could help prevent confusion. However, the author's name is not mandatory. If you are unsure of the exact wording of a title, I may be able to be lenient if you include the author's name as well, and it is clear what book you were going for, but I offer no guarantees. Once again, these are the fiction charts. No biographies, memoirs, etc.

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TD 4: Runners Up Edition, Vanya

1. Name a loser in the Super Bowl, 2002-2011.

2. Name a horse that placed (came in second) in the Kentucky Derby, 1930 - 2011.

3. Name a candidate that came in second in a U.S. Presidential election, 1968 - 2008.

4. Name an American Idol first runner-up.

5. Name a country that lost in the final of a FIFA World Cup.

6. Name a contestant who came in second in a Jeopardy Tournament Of Champions or Ultimate Tournament Of Champions, since 2001. Here's some pictures to help you out.

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7. Name a movie nominated for but did not win an Academy Award for Best Picture, 2001-2009 (year for which the Oscar was awarded, not year of ceremony).

8. Wal-Mart is no. 1 in the Fortune 500. Name a company that ranks 2nd thru 10th.

9. Name a man or woman, pictured below, who lost in the final at Wimbledon, 2001 - 2010.

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TD 139, The Golden State (CA), Woof

1. History Early Spanish explorers and missionaries traveled northward from Baja California along a trail now known as El Camino Real, establishing missions periodically along the length of the trail. In all, 21 missions were established along the El Camino Real. Name one of the 21 missions (Great lenience will be given with the names, as many are quite involved. Just give me enough information to uniquely identify the one you're choosing. I'll supply a BMS if needed)

2. Sports California is home to many professional sports franchises. Name a Big 4 (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) franchise based in California. (I need both city and team names)

3. Geography California has tremendous diversity of natural splendor, which as been recognized by the Federal government with designation as National Parks and National Monuments. Name a National Park or NPS-managed National Monument located within the boundaries of California.

4. Civics As the most populous state in the nation, California has many large cities. Name one of the 12 largest cities in California according to the 2010 census (I'm considering the population of the city proper, not greater metropolitan areas or conurbations)

5. Agriculture California is also the largest agricultural producer in the US. Name one of the top 15 agricultural products produced in CA in terms of cash value in 2004 as determined by the CA Dept of Agriculture (certain products are grouped together by the CA Dept of Ag -- I'll consider all answers that fall within those categories as the same answer)

6. Education For many years, the public colleges and Universities of California were a model for the rest of the US. The crown jewels of the that system were the University of California campuses. Name a campus of the University of California.

7. Politics California politics has often been entertaining when it hasn't been downright bewildering. Many California politicians have gone on to bigger and better things over the years, including the Presidency of the US. Name someone who's served as Governor of California since the end of World War II.

8. Industry California has variously been ranked as the 12th to 20th largest economy in the world. Part of that reason is the number of businesses that have been headquartered in California. Name one of Fortune magazine's 50 most admired corporations (2011 list) that has its headquarters in California.

9 Literature California has been home to a number of famous writers. Arguably, one of the most famous of California's native sons is John Steinbeck. Name a novel written by John Steinbeck. Steinbeck wrote several novellas that are distinguished from his novels by being shorter stories. I am only counting his novels, not his novellas, in this TD. For the purposes of this TD, I will consider Wikipedia's classification of a work in question as authoritative.

10. Music California is also home to the music industry and many bands have got their start in the Golden State. Name the title of a song that appeared in the Hot 100 that references California in its title. (Cities and nicknames are not acceptable answers, but I'll be lenient with modified or misspelled versions of California provided that it's clearly California in the title) If two different artists reached the Hot 100 with songs of the same title, I will consider those songs as a single answer since I'm only looking for the title.

11. Movies California is also home to Hollywood and the film industry it houses. Of the many movie stars who've appeared in Hollywood films, a few were themselves California natives. One such person is Leonardo di Caprio. Name a film that Leonardo di Caprio received acting credits in according to IMDB.

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TD 140, My Old Kentucky TD, teapot37

1.  Perhaps Louisville's most famous son is boxer Muhammad Ali.  In 1975, Ali fought a man named Chuck Wepner for the heavyweight title. This title fight was Sylvester Stallone's inspiration for writing the film "Rocky", which went on to win the Academy Award for Best
Picture in 1976. Since then, the Academy has recognized other films about the "sweet science".  Name an actor or actress who earned an Academy Award nomination (lead or supporting) for their performance in a film primarily about boxing released after 1976.

2.  Kentucky's newest county is McCreary County, which was formed in 1912 and which brought the count of Kentucky counties to 120.  Twelve states in the US have more than ninety counties.  Name one of the other eleven. (Louisiana's parishes and Alaska's boroughs are deemed equivalent to counties for the purposes of this question.)

3.  The mascot of Western Kentucky University is a large furry blob of a creature named "Big Red".  Big Red is also the name of a brand of chewing gum manufactured by Wrigley.  Wrigley's U.S. brands include Skittles, Starburst, Life Savers, Altoids, and eleven brands of chewing gum, including Big Red. Name one of Wrigley's other ten U.S. brands of chewing gum. (Different flavors of a brand, such as Sour Skittles, Original Skittles, or Tropical Skittles, are all part of the same brand.)

4.  Louisville is home to the headquarters of Humana, one of the largest health insurance companies in the US.  It is ranked at #79 in
the 2011 Fortune 500 listings. In the category "Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care", ten other companies made the list alongside Humana.  Name one of those ten companies.

5.  Since the advent of the NCAA Men's Division I basketball tournament in 1939, the University of Kentucky has had seven men serve
as head coach of the men's basketball program.  The program has, coincidentally, won seven NCAA titles as well in that time.  Name one of the head coaches, or a year in which UK won the NCAA men's basketball title.

6.  According to PMQ Magazine's "Pizza Power Report 2010", two of the top three U.S. pizza chains in both sales and number of stores are headquartered in Louisville.  Name one of the 14 pizza chains that appear in the top 13 of either PMQ's sales rankings or number of stores ranking. (The rankings are based on 2009 numbers.)

7.  Fort Knox is the home to the United States' gold depository. Gold is one of the oldest known elements; artifacts made of it have been found dating from 6000 years ago. 10 elements, including gold, are known to have been discovered by 1000 BCE. Name one of the other nine elements "known to the ancients". (Arsenic, antimony, and bismuth are sometimes put in this class; they are all considered incorrect for the purposes of this contest.)

8.  The eyes of the world turn to Kentucky on the first Saturday in May for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, the longest
continuously-run annual sporting event held in the United States (2011 was the 137th running). Stakes races in the US are graded by the Throughbred Owners and Breeders Association into three levels; the highest level is Grade I.  In 2010, 112 Grade I stakes races
were held in the US at 14 different racetracks.  Name one of those tracks.

9.  Louisvillian Bob Edwards was the host of the NPR morning show "Morning Edition" from its inception in November 1979 through April 2004, when he was replaced by Steve Inskeep and Renee Montaigne.  Many hosts are nearly as well known as the programs they host. Name the public radio program currently hosted by one of these people or group of people.

Kurt Andersen
Neal Conan
Ira Glass
Terry Gross
Lynne Rossetto Kasper
Garrison Keillor
Ray and Tom Magliozzi
Diane Rehm
Kai Ryssdal
Peter Sagal

10. Here it is - the obligatory picture question.  Identify one of these people born in Kentucky.


Tiebreaker: The Kentucky Colonels were the Bluegrass State's team in the old American Basketball Association, and only one of two teams (along with the Indiana Pacers) who played all nine seasons that the ABA was in operation. How many games (regular season and postseason) did the Colonels win during those nine seasons?

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TD 141, From Cradle to Grave: A Halloween Think Different, Paucle

Question One: Halloween Births

If only parents had prescience! How might birth announcements be
phrased if they knew what feats their children had in store? Pick a
number and tell me whose birth is being announced.

1. 1930: Help us welcome to the world our out of this world boy, destined to be the 2nd man to orbit the moon alone!
2. 1632: Reijnier and Digna are ecstatic in anticipation of the 3 dozen or so brilliant paintings their newborn will produce!
3. 1950: Bow Wow Wow will want him in 1982, and children will seek him door to door on his birthday every year!
4. 1943: We anticipate great things from our boy: Wake Forest graduate, Bears running back, and even a TV Movie!
5. 1936: We think our baby is gorgeous! Although by the time he's a teen, rumor has it he'll be a werewolf!
6. 1860: It's a girl! One who will some day show that girls, like boys, can earn badges too! Now enjoy some brownies!
7. 1892: Today the world meets a real brainiac! Jose Capablanca, beware our son! He shall be your undoing!
8. 1931: Here's the news: Kenneth as a name is used too frequently, so we'd rather use another one for our boy!
9. 1967: We don't know why our boy eventually chooses that musical genre: after all, he's white, white baby.
10. 1912: Raise a cup of buttermilk to our lovely daughter! Wish her happy trails as she takes on life!

Question Two: dem bones!
In the human skeleton, 6 bones have an average length of more than
10 inches. Each of those has two different names, a more "scientific"
one, and a layman's term (of which a few are nothing more than a
short description).

Tell me one of the 6 longest bones in the human body, either the scientific name or layman's description. I will consider them as 12 different answers.

Question Three: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...
Witches need their "book of spells." Though the spells don't always
sound intelligible and more along the lines of post-therapy logorrhea
of a sanitarium patient after psychiatry goes awry (perhaps due to
an elegiacal student interning out of his milieu) ... what was I
saying? Geez, I sound like I got hexed with a dictionary incantation!

So ... spell for me ANY winning word from the National Spelling Bee hosted by Scripps-Howard, 1925 to present. (Final winning word only, please- no qualifying/ regional rounds.) Oh... spelling counts, of course!

Question Four: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...
Sound familiar? And what would a witch be without her familiar? Well,
still a witch, actually. She just wouldn't have a cat. No big deal. What is
a big deal are the "big cats," the informal designation for the largest
animals in family felidae, comprising five genera.

Tell me a "layman's" name of one of the 9 species represented by the "big cats"; I'll even accept as separate answers one of the several different names the N. American representative is known by, raising the answer pool to 14.

Question Five: Smashing Pumpkins!
Throwing pumpkins great distances using various devices has reached
reality-show level excitement. The record "punkin' chunkin'" toss using
an air cannon is currently just under 1500 yards. Of course, people have
been throwing objects for years and measuring how far they went.

Pick an object below and, within 20%, tell me how far (in feet) the world record is for human powered throw - no machine of any kind. Get within 5% and I'll drop your worst score in this entire game. Identify the object in your answer followed by your distance.

Javelin, shot put, discus, hammer, baseball, frisbee, aerobie, boomerang

For the purposes of this question, all distances are rounded in the direction to benefit the player:
down for below actual record, up for above. So if the record for throwing a football were 357.9 (
feet giving it a range of 286.32-429.48 ft), I will accept 286-430 as correct.

Question Six: Wax on! Wane off!
Every Halloween movie scene seems to have a full moon. Since it's October,
that full moon is known as a "Hunter's Moon."

Name one of the other *many* full moons associated with a month. (No need to ID your month, just the moon.)

Question Seven: Biff! ZAM! *POW*
This TD is driving me batty!The Caped Crusader sure picked the
wrong city to defend. Other than Gotham City, what locale has
so many super criminals? He'd have a much more leisurely
crime-fighting career if he moved to, say, Ballston Spa NY.
But hey, it's his own fault! If he'd only take care of them once
and for all but noooooo... he lets them slip through his fingers,
forcing him to deal with them again and again.

Name any super-villain who appeared in more than two episodes of the original Batman television series of the 1960s *or* someone who portrayed that villain in that same TV series.

Question Eight: The candy man can!
Every year literally thousands of tons of Halloween candy is bought; of
that, about one third winds up being uneaten and available for Trick
or Treaters; probably about 10% of that is given away on Halloween.
(More actually, but our house brings the average down.) So with all of
that in mind...

...By dollar value, tell me one of the top 10 highest selling Halloween candies (my source is 2010, but I didn't notice any major changes in the various lists I could find from the last decade.)

Question Nine: Costume Party!
And the theme is... you have to dress up as your famous namesake!
Is that Bob Welch the pitcher dressed as Bob Welch the musician?

Pick a number below and tell me the attendee.
1. Singing an American Tune, he arrives as a 1988 Presidential candidate.
2. This Jeopardy! record holder arrives wearing a 49ers Uniform.
3. This former Apollo arrived naked! Maybe the government took all his clothes for income tax penalties?
4. This performer who portrayed a frontier doctor on TV is garbed as someone interred in Windsor Castle, 1537.
5. This Sec'y of the Interior chose early 19th century clothing so as to be a Scottish inventor. No Beach Boys music at the party, please!
6. A perfect game pitcher arrives with his Lady. He's no Coward, and some may even say he's ... a Gambler?
7. Looking like a 99 on a scale to 100, she's resplendent as the wife of one of history's greatest writers!
8. At only 55 hours long, this "marriage about nothing" husband costumed up by simply making his pate bald.
9. Anna Nicole Smith's attorney arrives as this radio shock jock.

Question Ten: How many people are dead in that cemetery?
Pick the year of one of the following Halloween deaths and tell me whose grave it might be an epitaph for.

1879: "Commander, Army of the Potomac" "Lady Visitors Welcome, especially in the evening"
1926: "If you're here when he escapes death, hope you have a strong stomach!"
1983: "Papa Bear," "Mr Everything"
1984: Killed by my own guards- Sikh and ye shall not find! Please tell me I wasn't buried in one of my dad's jackets!
1988: Apprentice to Orson Welles, he Survived his own death in The Naked Gun and Scrooged!
1990: Brave Member of the Hollywood 10. Two Time Oscar Screenwriter (One public, one secret)
1991: Established "The Public Theatre," He was one singular sensation!
1993: "Flow On, then rise again in flames!"
2008: Author, historian, actor, broadcaster. He fought The Good War all the way to a Pulitzer.

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TD 142: A Touch of Classical, opusthepenguin

1. NO, NOT THE SPORTING GOODS STORE - 61 possibilities
The designation may be outdated, but classical buffs can still name the "Big Five" US orchestras:
  • New York Philharmonic
    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Philadelphia Orchestra
    Cleveland Orchestra
Name someone who has had the title "Music Director" for one of those ensembles.
- The principal conductor is almost always the Music Director. If you just pick a conductor you associate with one of those orchestras, you'll be fine. Probably. Almost definitely. Don't worry about it.
- Last name only is fine
- BONUS: I'll knock 2 points off your total if you name a conductor who has been the Music Director of more than one of them, 6 points for someone who's done three.

2. BROADS, BUICKS, AND BUCKLEY? - 37 possibilities
Conductor Hans von Bülow popularized "The Three Bs" as an expression referring to three composers whose last names start with that letter. But there are many more B composers. Name a composer whose last name starts with B (even one of the three, if you like).
- BONUS: I'll knock 3 points off your score if you name a composer whose first AND last names begin with B.
- In all other cases, composers with the same last name will be scored together. E.g. Suppose three players give the hypothetically correct answers Paul Bignose, Herman Bignose, and Brenda Bignose. No one else uses a Bignose as their answer. Two players will receive a score of +2 for answering "Bignose." But the player who voted for Brenda Bignose will score a singleton (+1) from which 3 points will be deducted for a score of -2.

Gustav Mahler famously said, "The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything." He pursued that idea in part by writing symphonies for large orchestras, often including unusual instruments. Name one of the instruments that Mahler called for in at least one of his finished symphony scores.
- I will borrow MFalk's rule for a similar question in TD 22: "Instruments with the same name but different tuning (for instance, soprano kazoo and alto kazoo) are considered one instrument. Also, multiple parts for the same instrument--first kazoo and second kazoo--are considered one instrument."

4. THE PLURAL OF OPUS - 52 possibilities
Plenty of composers wrote an opera or two, but let's set them aside. Others were more prolific, but only a handful of their operas--5 or fewer--have remained in the basic repertoire. Let's rule them out as well. And let's also rule out Baroque operas, which seem like a different animal. That leaves perhaps 3 heavy hitters with more than 5 operas in the basic repertoire--Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini. Name an opera by one of them.
- I want composer AND opera name, please
- English translations of the opera name are acceptable
- The opera needs to have been completed by the composer. Wagner, for example, abandoned some early works without completing them.

If you say "Who is Bach?" to Alex, he'll probably tell you "Be More Specific". So be more specific. This time, first and even middle names matter. Or at least initials do. Name someone in the Bach Family, by blood or marriage, real or otherwise, who had a musical career. All Bachs with the same name will be lumped together.

6. WELL! THERE IT IS! - 27 possibilities on my short list. Many more on IMDB
Hollywood loves a biopic… but not if the subject is a classical composer. Of the few films about classical composers that have been made, only one has been particularly successful. You know which one I mean. It starred F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. Name a movie that has been released in which at least one of those two has acted.

7. THE SHINING EXAMPLE - 30 possibilities
Hollywood hasn't been good to classical composers, but classical composers been barry barry good to Hollywod. There must be more than 2001 movies with classical music in their soundtracks. It shows up like clockwork (and orange you glad it does?) You'd have to keep your eyes (and ears) wide shut not to notice. Director Stanley Kubrick used classical music in many of his films. Name the composer of one such piece. And may you follow paths of glory to a singleton.
- I only need the composer's last name UNLESS there is the possibility of confusion. Give me first name too, if you're not sure.
- I don't need the name of the movie it was used in.
- I don't need the name of the piece

8. WITHOUT OUR TRADITIONS... - at least 18 possibilities
"The violin has always been a Jewish instrument," remarked one of the correct answers to this question. "I hope I'm not perceived as chauvinistic, but it's a fact of life: The greatest violinists who ever lived were Jewish." Name a famous Jewish classical violin virtuoso.
- Pay attention to the adjectives. Don't try to get cute in your search for a singleton. Aaron Weinstein is a fine violinist--a jazz violinist. Larry Fine, one of the six Three Stooges, was a good violinist, but no virtuoso. Ditto for Werner Klemperer. (But non-ditto for Colonel Klink, his best known character, who was atrocious.)
- 17 answers I will definitely accept can be found on the short list at Here's the link, but remember; don't click on it until after you've sent your answers to me.
- The JInfo list includes famous violinists whose mother and/or father was Jewish, so don't worry about losing on a technicality.
- In my sole discretion, I will accept other answers if research proves they fit the question.

Identify one of the composers pictured.


- Last name only is fine
- Don't forget to tell me which one you're identifying

Follow the link to a video with numbered clips from 13 classical pieces. Give me the name of one of these pieces:
- Don't forget to tell me which one you're identifying
- Don't worry about full, formal titles. If I can tell what piece you're going for and your answer is less vague than "You know, that thing they always play in movie trailers where everybody's singing really loud", I'll give you credit. However, if you choose to identify the first clip, I need the key.
- HINT: None of these pieces is by a composer pictured in the previous question.
- BONUS: I'll knock 5 points off your score if you tell me the relationship between the composer of clip #5 and the piece being played in clip #3. No penalty for guessing.

NOTE: I tried to put the video on Youtube, but the copyright bots blocked it. I filled out Youtube's dispute form, explaining that the video falls squarely within the definition of "fair use". The video is not for profit. The clips are of insubstantial length relative to the works they excerpt. And my use of the material has zero chance of negatively affecting the market for these audio recordings. (Indeed, there's a non-zero if admittedly quite small chance of a positive effect on the market.) Youtube said they'd check with Universal and Warner and get back to me. That's the last I've heard. I'm starting to think they don't care.

Anyway, Vimeo let me upload the video and it should work. I hope. If you have trouble playing it, you have a few options: 1) You can download the video in MP4 format or in AVI format and play it with your own software. 2) You can download a zip file of 13 numbered MP3s and listen to the clips. 3) You can PM me and ask me to email you the video or the audio clips converted to a format that you specify. I may be able to accommodate you. 4) You can PM me and ask for my phone number. Then you can call me and I will hum the clips to you.

Each question title contains an allusion or a pun or a pop-culture reference or a bit of erudition or something along those lines. Pick one of the question numbers and tell me what the title is referring to. You don't have to go into a lot of detail. (Sometimes there isn't a lot of detail to go into.) You just have to convince me that you didn't laugh because it wasn't funny, not because you didn't get it. If I feel your answer is missing something crucial, I'll solicit more information.

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TD 143, Turd Ferguson

1. “S” WORDS
Name one of the 100 most common words in English containing an "s" (Source - wikipedia). (18 correct answers)
ETA: Ugh, I hadn't noticed this part of the article before -
"Note that the items listed may represent more than one actual word; they are lemmas. For instance the entry "be" contains within it the occurrences of "are", "is", "were" and "was"."

There was no more famous Pop Culture therapist than Dr. Frasier Crane. Kelsey Grammer received 13 Oustanding Actor Emmy Nominations for portraying Frasier (on three different shows!), winning four times. Name an actor who won an Emmy in a category+year in which Grammer was nominated, or an actor who was nominated in a category+year in which Grammer won the award (There are actors that fall into both “categories”). Source – IMDB (16 correct answers)

Give the more famous published title of one of the following working/original titles (I’m not sure how reliable is as a source for this, though I was able to find other references on Google to each of these titles being used or “considered”) (12 correct answers):
a) First Impressions
b) Mag's Diversions
c) All's Well That Ends Well
d) The Chronic Argonauts
e) Trimalchio in West Egg
f) Twilight
g) Tomorrow is Another Day
h) Salinas Valley
i) The Jaws of the Leviathan
j) Before This Anger
k) Catch-18
l) Fiesta

Wars have been started in many different ways, but have almost always been ended with a mighty pen (yes I know that’s not the context of the original quote… work with me), most often (it seems) in the City Of Lights. Wikipedia has 21 different entries for "Treaty of Paris", with 9 of these treaties defined as ending a specific War (or series of Wars). Name a War/series of Wars ended by a Treaty of Paris, or the year associated with any of these 21 treaties source – Wikipedia (30 correct answers)

Name one of the 20 Best-selling condiments in the USA, as reported by a SymphonyIRI Group survey, published in Business Week Magazine, Oct 7, 2010. For the purposes of the survey, responses were separated by product and brand. Source – (20 correct answers)

(I really didn't know what to do for this one, but figured something more "highbrow" would be nice)
Name a Nobel Laureate who likely had a few "Petit Dejeuners" in his/her time. i.e. name a French Nobel Laureate Source – (58 correct answers)

- Name one of the top 15 grossing foreign language films released since 1980, as per Only non-US-produced features are counted, re-issues excluded. (i.e. an American produced film containing mainly foreign dialogue such as "Passion of the Christ" or "Letters From Iwo Jima" are not considered “foreign” for purposes of this list) (15 correct answers)

Name the title of one of the album covers described below While not explicitly stated, these are all rock albums. Source – (17 correct answers)

Rolling Stone's Greatest Album Covers, listed in the Nov. 14, 1991 issue:
1. The band, in military outfits, standing in a garden amidst cardboard cutouts of their heroes
2. The first part of the title in black lettering, above the remainder of the album title (which is also the band’s name), in yellow lettering on a pink background. (The cover’s main background is yellow)
3. A plain white cover
4. A close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch
5. A photo taken off a wall of a tattoo parlor, consisting of a number photos of "unusual" people
6. The Beverly Hills Hotel, at sunset
7. A topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship
8. The band name written in an ambigram, which can also be read "we ate the acid", with artwork around the bottom edge depicting several phallic representations. (A 5-year old Courtney Love appears on the back cover)
9. A multi-panel comic drawn by Robert Crumb, including the band personnel
10. A print of a banana (on a white background), with the print's artist's signature

Rolling Stone's Reader Poll results – The Best Album Covers of All time (June 15, 2011):
1. The band, in military outfits, standing in a garden amidst cardboard cutouts of their heroes
2. A dispersive prism on a black background
3. A naked baby floating underwater towards a dollar bill dangling on a fishhook
4. The band traversing a “zebra crossing” on a tree-lined empty road
5. The band’s bassist smashing his instrument on stage
6. A close-up of a jeans-clad male crotch
7. Sketches of the band members, with old photographs of the band members pasted around.
8. The artist leaning on his (mostly unseen) saxophonist, holding a forward-facing guitar
9. Two men in suits (one on fire) shaking hands on the Warner Bros. lot
10. A print of a banana (on a white background), with the print's artist's signature.

Name a team that won one of the "big four" sports championships during Richard Nixon's presidency i.e. the Super Bowl, NBA Championship, Stanley Cup or World Series . (Counting Nixon's time as President, but not as President-Elect) The New York Yankees did not win a title during Nixon’s presidency. (I may be pointing this out to help people avoid a wrong answer, or perhaps just because I liked mentioning it… Sorry, Paucle and others, that “long national nightmare” would not end until several years after Nixon’s Presidency) :) Source – (15 correct answers)

The nickname "four horsemen" has been given to many foursomes in the last 85 years or so, the most famous two groups perhaps being the 1924 Notre Dame backfield and the Professional Wrestling stable of the late 20th Century. Name any member of either Four Horsemen, or the Head Coach of the Notre Dame team, or the famed sportswriter who gave the Notre Dame foursome their nickname. Though he is now perhaps the most famous Notre Dame player of the era, thanks to the famous line from “Knute Rockne, All American”, George (“The Gipper”) Gipp was not one of the Four Horsemen. There were many members of the Wrestling group; anyone listed as a full or "associated" member on wikipedia is a valid response Source - wikipedia (26 correct entries)

- From "Sideways":
Miles (Paul Giamatti): "I like all varietals. I just don't generally like the way they manipulate chardonnay in California. Too much oak and secondary malolactic fermentation."
Jack (Thomas Hayden Church): "Huh."
Name a movie in which Paul Giamatti appears. Source – (Many correct answers - though I certainly don’t remember his character in all of them, I have seen 16 of these films myself)

Name a Japanese head of govt or head of state since 1980 (23 correct entries)

The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugivites List contains 10 people, all of which must have been charged with a crime by a prosecutor or indicted by a grand jury. List members are generally replaced after being killed or captured, though the current list still contains one man labeled “Deceased” and one man labeled “Captured”. Name a person who is currently on, OR (note edit) who was added to and removed from the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List since Jan. 1, 2005 (20 correct answers)

The first 13 questions all related, of course, to categories appearing on SNL Celebrity Jeopardy! skits. Each of these categories which was "mis-pronounced", “mis-interpreted”, or “altered” by one of the “contestants” on the skit. Name or describe any of these "alternate category names". (12 correct answers)

Name as many answers to Question 14 as you can. Bonus points will be awarded as follows – minus-two for five correct answers, minus-three for eight correct answers, minus-five for twelve correct.

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TD 144, Volante

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original OR Adapted Screenplay. Winning all five of these is considered the pinnacle of movie recognition. To date, only three films have accomplished this. That, however, would make for a very poor TD clue! Instead...
Name a movie that was nominated for the Big Five; whether it won any or not doesn't matter

Tropic Thunder taught us, to win an acting Oscar, you don't go full retard. While it's true that characters with mental handicaps fall under the category 'Oscar Bait' very well, there's a subclass that gets even more recognition: real life people. I was originally planning to ask for anyone who's been nominated for playing a real person...then I saw the list. So, for this question...
Name a Best Actor or Best Actress winner who won for playing a real, factual person (living or dead).
Bonus! For one point off, name who they played to win. For an 800 on the SAT Essay section, in three pages describe how the thespian made a mockery of history.

There are two types of roles for actresses in Hollywood: the ones Meryl Streep gets, and the ones casting wants Meryl Streep to take. (You really think they wanted Jennifer Lopez in Gigli?) To date, Ms. Streep has racked up a record 16 Oscar nominations, (a not-close-to-a-record 2 wins,) and a career solidly entering it's fourth decade.
Name either a character Streep played that resulted in a nomination OR the movie that character was in.
Be More Specific is in play here. Your answer must be distinguishable as character or film title without a parenthetical otherwise I may misfile your responce.

The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar is a curious beast. The film must be produced outside the USA and the dialogue must be predominantly non-English. A requirement that lasted up to 2006 was that the language had to be official to the country as well. Confused yet? Or are you still wondering why the entirety of a nation's film output rests solely on the shoulders of one single movie?
Name a country that has won for Best Foreign Language Film
Trivia! The United Kingdom has been nominated twice for this category. Both films were in Welsh.

Ahh, the Honorary Oscar. The "You did such a good job throughout your career and we're sorry we kept ignoring you" award. It didn't start out that way, though. The first Honorary Oscar went to Warner Bros., for The Jazz Singer. The second, to Charlie Chaplin, so he wouldn't get four for The Circus (writing, acting, directing and producing...should have made it twice the size at least!). Chaplin would, eventually, get a competitive Oscar (Best Score, Limelight). This is for those who didn't even get that lucky.
Name a recipient of an Honorary Oscar who was nominated for, but never won, any competitive Oscar.

Quick! Think of your 10 favorite movies. If you're like most people, 10 of those will not be a Best Picture winner. It's a favorite party game to complain how AMPAS can't pick films that stand the test of time, and in the coming months, expect to see the inevitable "Top 10 biggest Best Picture blunders" lists. Well, it's now your chance to get a head start on them!
Name a Best Picture nominee with a higher IMDb rating than the movie it lost to.

You might not realize it, but in the past 29 years, only 10 of the Best Picture winners failed to pull in over $100 million at the box office. (Is it due, in part, to the Oscars now being used as a high profile advertisement for Fall releases? Perish the thought! Actually, don't. It's actually a pretty decent theory.)
Name a Best Picture winner, 1982-present, that failed to break the $100 million mark

It's simple! I give you a list of Best Original Song winners. Pick one and give the movie it was in.

a. (I've Had) The Time of My Life
b. Into the West
c. It's Hard out Here for a Pimp
d. Lose Yourself
e. The Morning After
f. Moon River
g. Que Sera Sera
h. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
i. Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)
j. Streets of Philadelphia
k. Take My Breath Away
l. Talk to the Animals

Bonus! For one point off, include a composer or lyricist who received an award for the song in question.

John Cazale. Major roles in five pictures, appearing in only six throughout his life. His best showing at an awards ceremony? Nominated for a Golden Globe. What makes this man so memorable? All six of the films he was in went on to be nominated for Best Picture. Three went on to win. Quite the record.
Name a film featuring John Cazale.
Trivia Bonus! During filming of his final film, the studio behind it found he was dying of cancer. His actress girlfriend at the time stuck by his side and said if he goes, so does she. The studio relented, and Cazale made it through filming. For one point off, name this actress.

10. EGOT
A pinnacle for the acting community, showing your diversity not just on film, but on stage, on television and on record. The EGOT crowd has just thirteen elite members, each with an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar. While some will pick nits as to whether honorary awards count as much, or if the daytime is just as good as primetime, I say, 'Pshaw!' It still involves getting the award committees to recognize you.
Name one of the thirteen EGOT holders.

In the past 83 years, the Best Picture has taken on many dark, bloody and vulgar topics and shown them without looking away. Unfortunately, this can cause a bit of a problem if you have youngsters and want to show them a film that was considered that year's best. Well, this will make picking a film slightly easier...
Name a Best Picture winner that is not R- or X-Rated
Notes: If a film was re-rated and remained uncut, the lower rating will count. If a film had to be re-cut to get a lower rating, only the version that won the Oscar counts.
Trivia! Yes, there actually was an X-Rated Best Picture winner: Midnight Cowboy. It would only rate R today, I'm sure.

There's more awards at the Oscars than just the acting, the directing and the producing. No one asks about them, but they tend to make or break your over/under at the office pool.
Name one of the thirteen Oscar categories that have NOT been explicitly named in this TD.
My original plan was to make each clue themed off one award. Long story short, you know who Wally Pfister is? That's why I didn't. :)

Much like in politics or business, Hollywood has their Kennedys, their Windsors, their Hapsburgs, their Bushes. Children, spouses, they all find a way to get in the biz, and some aren't just successful, they win awards. Maybe talent is genetic...
Name two Oscar winners who are related in three degrees of seperation or less on the family tree.

Ok, this is going to be a long caveat section, but I really wanted to keep this one in, because if nothing else, J! asks questions like this all the time.

- Examples of seperation: Parent to child is ONE degree. Parent to grandchild is TWO. Parent to spouse of grandchild is THREE.
- Marriage counts as perpetual for this question. A divorce will not break the chain.
- If an award is shared, it still counts as having won the award.

- Each name provided will be tallied individually, not as a pair.
- The total score you receive will be the sum of how unique your two names are, divided by 2.
- Only correct pairs will be tallied. Incorrect pairs (even if one name is possibly accurate) will be marked wrong.
- A wrong score will be given as the sum of the two least unique names, divided by 2, plus 5.
- You would be correct in assuming that I had tossed out more complex ways of scoring this.

Every year, we lose the genius of past times and generations, and every year we remember them through a two second appearance in a montage that's drowned out by someone either singing or dragging a cat through a chalkboard factory. Then we go to the internet and wonder and rant about why someone wasn't included in that clearly solemn event. (Yeah...I'm still griping over last year's...)
Name an Oscar nominee who passed away between December 11, 2010 and now.

- Scoring is slightly different. This is another question I couldn't bear to part with, but as I was thinking about it, I realized, I couldn't come up with anything to answer with. So it's a purely bonus question:
- Correct answers are scored in reverse. Sheeps get (-1) added to their score. Singletons get (-sheep) added.
- The technical forumla is -(1 + Sheep - Your Score).
- Wrong answers get 5 added, however...
- There is no penalty for skipping this question.

As I can hear the orchestra trying to play me off for the sixth time, there's one last question to give out: the tie breaker.
The Oscar ceremony is consistantly one of the highest rated shows on TV, but it has been slipping of late. Whether AMPAS agrees or not, it seems the more popular the movies are in the running for Best Picture, the higher the number of viewers. The high water mark of viewers, logically, was the 70th Academy Awards, where Titanic and James Cameron sailed off with the gold.
To four significant digits, how many viewers (in millions), did the 70th Academy Awards telecast have?
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TD 145, opusthepenguin

Here are the 13 categories.

Please remember that all responses should:
  • include the category number, the letter of the question being answered, and your answer: e.g. "1. F. Alfred E. Neuman".
  • come from the following list: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Tyler, Martin Van Buren, George Washington
  • or be one of the SPECIAL RESPONSES which can be made one time each
    1. TRICKY DICK - Remember to pick a letter. Gives you the highest contestant score for that category and letter.
    2. SLICK WILLIE - No need to pick a letter. Score equals number of contestants, including you, who chose that response for the category
    3. HONEST ABE - No need to pick a letter. Score equals zero (0). (Equivalent to a DROP)
1. ORDER! ORDER! - Name the following president of the United States
  1. First
  2. Second
  3. Third
  4. Fourth
  5. Fifth
  6. Sixth
  7. Seventh
  8. Eighth
  9. Ninth
  10. Tenth
2. CAN WE CALL YOU "DUCKBREATH"? - Name the president who had the following nickname
  1. His Accidency
  2. Old Hickory
  3. Old Kinderhook
  4. Old Sink or Swim
  5. Old Tippecanoe
  6. The Abolitionist
  7. The Father of His Country
  8. The Father of the Constitution
  9. The Last of the Crooked Hats
  10. The Little Magician
  11. The Mistletoe Politician
  12. The Pen of the Revolution
  13. The Colossus of Independence
3. HOME SWEET HOME - Name the president with a family estate of the following name
  1. Ash Lawn-Highland
  2. Berkeley Plantation
  3. Grouseland
  4. Lindenwald
  5. Monticello
  6. Montpelier
  7. Mount Vernon
  8. Oak Hill
  9. Sherwood Forest
  10. The Hermitage
  11. The Old House at Peacefield
4. 9 CHOICES, 10 PRESIDENTS, 11 WIVES, 12 WEDDINGS - Name a president from the list who married a woman with the following name
  1. Abigail
  2. Anna
  3. Dolley
  4. Elizabeth
  5. Hannah
  6. Letitia, then another named Julia
  7. Louisa
  8. Martha
  9. Rachel (married her twice, actually)
5. THE LOYAL OPPOSITION - Name someone from the list who won a presidential election against one of the following. (The loser must have received at least one electoral vote in that election.)
  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
  3. DeWitt Clinton
  4. Henry Clay
  5. John Adams
  6. John Quincy Adams
  7. Martin Van Buren
  8. Rufus King
  9. Thomas Jefferson
  10. William Henry Harrison
  11. (never won a presidential election)
  12. (ran unopposed)
6. A BUCKET OF WARM ... SPIT - Name a president from the list who had a vice president with the following name
  1. Aaron Burr
  2. Daniel D. Tompkins
  3. Elbridge Gerry
  4. George Clinton
  5. John Adams
  6. John C. Calhoun
  7. John Tyler
  8. Martin Van Buren
  9. Richard M. Johnson
  10. Thomas Jefferson
7. BEFORE - Before he became president, he...
  1. Defeated Tecumseh at Tippecanoe
  2. Earned the Seminole nickname "Sharp Knife"
  3. Formulated plans to invade Canada
  4. Got him a bar when he was only 19. (Admitted to Virginia state bar at that age, contrary to regulations.)
  5. Helped write the Federalist Papers
  6. Led his forces to victory at New Orleans
  7. Provided legal defense for British soldiers in the "Boston Massacre" trial
  8. Opposed Clinton's plan for the Erie Canal
  9. Represented Albemarle County in the Virginia House of Burgesses
  10. Signed the Declaration of Independence
  11. Was a surveyor
  12. Was governor of Virginia
  13. Was the main author of what later came to be known as "The Monroe Doctrine"
8. DURING - While he was president, this man...
  1. Appointed Daniel Webster Secretary of State
  2. Bought the Louisiana Territory
  3. Commissioned the Lewis and Clark expedition
  4. Dealt with "The Whiskey Rebellion"
  5. Got officially expelled from his political party
  6. Presided over an "Era of Good Feelings" followed by a "Panic"
  7. Saw Louisiana admitted to the Union
  8. Sided with Spain in the "Amistad" case
  9. Signed into law the Tariff of 1828
  10. Signed the Alien and Sedition Acts
  11. Was known for his "Kitchen Cabinet"
9. AND AFTER - After this man's presidency was over...
  1. He became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville
  2. He completed, but did not publish, a revised edition of the four Gospels with the miracles and other mistakes removed
  3. He did not attend his succesor's inauguration
  4. He moved to New York City to live with his daughter
  5. He served as Senior Officer of the United States Army
  6. He spent much time modifying letters and other documents in order to "straighten out" his legacy.
  7. He unsuccessfully ran for president as a "Free Soil Party" candidate
  8. He was elected to the House of Representatives
  9. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the Confederate Congress
  10. His grandson became president
10. THE PLUMAGE DON'T ENTER INTO IT - Name a president who died on the following date
  1. December 14, 1799
  2. July 4, 1826
  3. July 4, 1831
  4. June 28, 1836
  5. April 4, 1841
  6. June 8, 1845
  7. February 23, 1848
  8. January 18, 1862
  9. July 24, 1862
11. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE - Name the only president on our list of which the following can be said
  1. First (and only) president who did not speak English as his first language
  2. First president born after July 4, 1776
  3. First president inaugurated in Washington D.C.
  4. First president to have a middle name
  5. First president to have been a senator prior to his presidency
  6. First president to live in the Executive Mansion (later called The White House)
  7. First sitting president to have his photograph taken
  8. First president to have impeachment proceedings begun against him
  9. Only president to win with fewer electoral votes than his opponent
  10. Gave the longest inaugural address in US history (cough)
  11. Held record as longest-living president until the 21st century
  12. Only president elected unanimously by the electoral college
  13. Only president to pay off national debt
  14. Shortest president at 5'4"
12. FUN FACTS - Name a president from our list of whom the following is true
  1. His face is on Mount Rushmore
  2. He and his hometown are involved in a popular etymology of the word "ok"
  3. He's the one holding the flag in Emanuel Leutze's painting Washington Crossing the Delaware
  4. If you had a bill with this president's face on the front, you could buy a new Apple MacBook. Or two or three. (Note: We're talking face value of the bill here. Don't bug me with rare collector's items that fetch enormous sums.)
  5. He's named in the "Mediocre Presidents" song at Springfield Elementary's Presidents Day pageant
  6. He never went to college
  7. There's a statue of him in New Orleans
  8. He was supposedly affected by a Twenty-Year Curse that lasted until Ronald Reagan exited the presidency on his own steam
  9. Used (and possibly invented) a pedometer to measure how far he went on his walks
  10. He was both nth pres and nth VP (where n is the same number)
  11. He earned both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Harvard
13. AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - Pick a president from our list who shares at least one name with one of the following. (Note: The name doesn't have to occupy the same position. E.g. the writer Henry James shares at least one name with William Henry Harrison, James Madison, and James Monroe. Also, the name doesn't have to be part of the name this person is commonly known by. If the person goes by a nickname, but their birth name fits the category, that's fine. If the person's middle name fits the category, that's fine even if their billing never includes that name. Basically, if the name is on their birth certificate or is part of their IMDB listing, it's fair game.)
  1. One of the Beatles
  2. A Saturday Night Live Cast Member (Repertory players only, please. "Featured" players and guest hosts and such need not apply.)
  3. Someone who has been named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive"
BONUS: I'll knock 3 points off your score if you tell me which Beatle, SNL player, or Sexiest Man your answer refers to and no one else names the same person.

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TD 146, jeff6286

1. The most common use of the term March Madness is to refer to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. While most of the tournament takes place in March, the crowning of the champion at the Final Four usually takes place in April. From 1980 to 2011, 18 different cities hosted the Men's Final Four. Name one of them. (Here’s a friendly tip to possibly avoid some neg-bait. The 3 largest cities in the U.S. are not on this list. New York and Los Angeles have hosted the Final Four in the past, but not since 1980, and Chicago has never held the event, although it was twice held in the suburb of Evanston.)

2. When I think of March, I often think of the Academy Awards. However, I was surprised to find that 7 of the last 9 shows have actually been held in February, not March. Over the long history of the Oscars, the show has frequently bounced between different months, but March is the most common home for the show, as 45 of the 84 Oscar broadcasts have been held in March. Between 1985 and 2003, the Oscars were in March every year but one. Name someone who hosted the Academy Awards between 1985 and 2003. Some years had more than one host, but all will be treated as separate answers.

3. Beware the Ides of March…On that fateful day in 44 B.C., a certain Roman met an unfortunate end. Prior to this event, there was a group known as the First Triumvirate that had much power in Rome, and after, there was the Second Triumvirate, which likewise wielded great power. Even later, Rome was ruled by a dynasty known as the Julio-Claudian Emperors. I’m asking you for just one name…name someone who was a member of the First Triumvirate, someone who was a member of the Second Triumvirate, or one of the 5 Julio-Claudian Emperors. Some of these men went by more than one name, but all will be treated as the same answer.

4. March is the home of St. Patrick’s Day, a day in which many choose to wear green. Name an independent country that includes the color green in its national flag. For the purposes of this question, I am using the list of U.N. members states to determine what exactly is a country. A country, such as Wales, that is a part of a larger sovereign state, is not a valid answer. There are a LOT of potential answers to this question, so there should be plenty of singletons available.

5. Okay, this connection is a little tricky, so bear with me…One of the Zodiac signs that covers the month of March is Aries. A homophone for Aries is Ares, the Greek god of war, whose Roman equivalent is Mars, which is the French word for the month of March. Ahem, school I learned that there were 9 planets that made up our solar system. 8 of these 9 planets share the same name as a Greek or Roman god. I would like you to name one of the Greek/Roman equivalents to a Roman/Greek god that shared the same name as a planet.

6. The other Zodiac sign that covers March is pisces, which is the Latin plural for fish. Did you know that 47 of the 50 U.S. states have an official fish? Some states even have more than one. Name a fish that is the state fish for at least one U.S. state. Sorry to our Canadian players, but I could only find one province with an official fish, so I decided to confine this question to south of the border. I’m going to offer a bit of help with this one. Many of the state fish are two words, with the first being an adjective and the second a noun. I’m going to make acceptable any answer that is the last word of an official state fish. So say for example, Alabama’s state fish is the African goldfish, Alaska’s is the European goldfish, and Arizona’s is the Australian goldfish, if someone just answers goldfish, I’ll accept it, and treat it as a different answer from any of the particular types of goldfish also submitted as answers. (Note: no state actually uses the goldfish, not even Connecticut, the home of Pepperidge Farms.)

7. A march, as a musical genre, is a piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band. March music was popular in the United States between the 1850s and the 1940s. The most well-known composer of marches was John Philips Sousa, commonly known as the March King. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Sousa wrote 136 marches. All you have to do is name one of them.

8. For baseball fans, March means it is time for spring training. Major league teams hold their spring training games either in the Cactus League in Arizona, or the Grapefruit League in Florida. Name a city in Arizona or Florida that is the regular spring training home to at least one Major League team. (as of the 2012 season) One piece of advice I can offer you is that some of the teams play in fairly small cities, and some of the larger cities in Arizona and/or Florida do not host any spring training games.

9. While far from the summer box office season, March has been home to some pretty high-grossing movie releases in recent years. There are 10 movies that have opened in March and made at least $38 million dollars at the domestic box office in their opening weekend. Name one of these movies. I’m going to offer a bit of help with this one, and give you a list of the year each of the 10 films came out, in order of their opening weekend gross, as well as one of the stars of the film. The name listed isn‘t necessarily the primary star of the movie, as sometimes that is hard to judge, but each is at least one of the top stars. (V) indicates a voice acting role, as many of these March openers have been animated films.

2010 Johnny Depp
2007 Gerard Butler
2012 Danny DeVito (V)
2006 John Leguizamo (V)
2009 Reese Witherspoon (V)
2009 Jackie Earle Haley
2002 Ray Romano (V)
2008 Jim Carrey (V)
2010 Jay Baruchel (V)
2007 John Travolta

10. Now for a question that combines Geography and wordplay. I offer you two choces: Name a U.S. city with population of at least 100,000 (according to the 2010 census) whose name contains at least 4 of the 5 letters in the word MARCH or Name a country no more than two words long whose name contains at least 4 of the 5 letters in the word MARCH. The reason for the two word maximum is that I’m looking for the standard short form name of the country, and names like Democratic Republic of the Congo or United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland manage to use the required letters simply by the sheer number of words included. Once again I am using U.N. members to define countries. I am hoping that there won't be any issues or disagreements about what the short form name of a country is, but if I get any unanticipated answers, I will give you the benefit of the doubt wherever possible. Feel free to send a pm with any questions regarding the particulars of this question. Also, if naming a city, you don’t have to give the state. If two qualifying cities in different states share the same name, they will be treated as the same answer.

11. One famous March was the March of General William Tecumseh Sherman from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War. Sherman was promoted to the rank of Major General after the Battle of Shiloh in 1862. He was one of approximately 40 men to hold the rank of Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War. Other than Sherman, name someone who held the rank of Major General for the Union during the Civil War.

12. And finally, one of my favorite March traditions is the event known as Wrestlemania. It is usually held in either the last week of March or the first week of April, and through 2011 there have been 27 editions of Wrestlemania, dating back to 1985. While hundreds of wrestlers have competed in matches at these events, I'm not going to ask you to name one of them. Instead, I want you to name a celebrity that has appeared at least once at a Wrestlemania event. This covers a wide range of occupations, from actors to singers to athletes to business people to models to television personalities, and more. Wikipedia has a list of over 100 celebrities that have appeared at the event, and I wouldn't be surprised to find that there could be even more that are not listed there. Celebrities have filled many different roles at Wrestlemania: musical performances, guest commentary, guest ring announcing, managing wrestlers, and many, many more. Some celebrities even got into the ring themselves and wrestled in matches. The only restriction I'll put on this one is that the celebrity should have first become famous for something other than wrestling. The Rock returned to Wrestlemania in 2011 after several years as a star in Hollywood, but he first rose to fame as a wrestler himself, so he is not a valid answer for this question.

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TD 147, Woof

1. Supply the name of an element that was named for a mythological figure.

2. Supply the name of an element that was named for a scientist.

3. Supply the name of an element that was named for its place of discovery.

4. Name an element that is gaseous at room temperature and one atmosphere of pressure.

5. Name an element that has a one letter atomic symbol on the Periodic Table.

6. Name an element whose atomic symbol isn't derived from its English language name.

7. Certain elements of like properties have been grouped together to form categories. Some of these categories are rows on the Periodic Table, some are columns and a few are neither. Name one of these categories. None of the names denote position of row or column. For purposes of this question, I will use those categories shown on the Wikipedia page on the chemical elements.

8. Name an element with an atomic number below that of Uranium (At. No. 92) that has no stable isotopes (i.e., all of its isotopes are radioactive).

9. Name one of the Lanthanide elements.

10. Name one of the 12 most abundant elements in the Earth's crust.

11. Name one of the 12 most abundant elements in the human body.

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TD 148, RandyG

1. Like a supreme rolling stone. Oh, mama! Name someone who was a member at some point in the 1960s (+/- 2yrs) of The Supremes, The Rolling Stones or The Mamas and the Papas. (16)

2. Pictures of matchstick men? Name one of the groups, duets or solo performers pictured below. (Answer with the name only, please; you don't need to associate with a particular picture.) If the pic doesn't appear: ... 91e8_b.jpg


3. It's only words, and words are all I have...... Each of the following lyrics is the start of a notable 1960s song. The song title appears in the lyric, but here it's been blanked out. Name one of these songs. (Answer with title only.)

(a) Tonight you're mine completely; you give your love so sweetly. Tonight the light of love is in your eyes, but _________________
(b) ____________ my love has come along, my lonely days are over and life is like a song
(c) __________ is the word I use to describe all the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside.
(d) ___________, how I love him; he's got something that I can't resist. But he doesn't even know that I exist.
(e) ___________________ if we were older and we wouldn't have to wait so long?
(f) Matty told Hatty about a thing she saw. Had two big horns and a wooly jaw. ___________, __________
(g) Who wants to buy ______________? She took it off her finger, now it doesn't mean a thing
(h) ____________ in love with you, would you promise to be true and help me understand?
(i) There could never be a _________________, for nobody could paint a dream
(j) Take the ___________________ and I'll meet you at the station. You can be here by four-thirty 'cause I made your reservation.
(k) The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup, _________________ for you
(l) Though we gotta say goodbye for the summer, darling I promise you this: I'll send you all my love every day in a letter ____________________.
(m) As the snow flies, on a cold and gray Chicago mornin' a poor little baby child is born _______________

4. Girls, you'll all be women soon. The term "Girl groups" emerged in the late 1950s to describe groups of young female singers (and occasionally female groups with a token male backup) who were often teamed with top music producers (e.g., Phil Spector) and songwriters (e.g., Carole King.) These teams created hit singles that generally featured glossy production values and backing by top studio musicians. The hey day of the girl groups lasted until roughly the mid-60s. Name a girl group with at least 3 members that hit the Top 10 (or so) in the period 1958-1965 (or so.) (16+)

5. Can you hear these through the grapevine? The video below contains the opening bars to thirteen 1960s songs of varying noteworthiness. All charted Top 40, most charted Top 10. Name one of these songs. (Answer with title only.) If the video doesn't appear:


6. 1-2-3? No, only one, but that's still one more than any of us had. Name the "One-hit Wonder"* who became best known for one of the following hit songs in the 1960s (+/- 2 yrs.) (Answer with performer or group only.)

(a) Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
(b) Spirit in the Sky
(c) 96 Tears
(d) Eve of Destruction
(e) In the Year 2525
(f) Harper Valley P.T.A.
(g) Elusive Butterfly
(h) For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound?)
(i) Angel of the Morning
(j) Israelites
(k) Goldfinger
(l) Get Together

* The definition of "one-hit wonder" differs from source to source, but take it to mean a group or solo performer who had one notable, often huge, hit, but barely made the charts, if at all, either before or after.

7. Don't think twice about this: Name a solo performer or group who charted Top 40 (or so) in the 1960s (+/- 2 yrs) with a song written or co-written by Bob Dylan. (10+)

8. Leader of the pack? All of the following made a name for themselves in 1960s pop music as the lead singer in a very succesful group. All but one sang lead on several Top 10 (or so) singles with these groups. Name one of these groups. (Answer with group name only.)

(a) Janis Joplin
(b) Curtis Mayfield
(c) Roger McGuinn
(d) Brian Wilson
(e) Ray Davies
(f) Grace Slick
(g) Howard Kaylan
(h) Levi Stubbs
(i) Anthony Gourdine
(j) John Sebastian
(k) Felix Cavaliere
(l) Gerry Marsden
(m) Peter Noone

9. It's a family affair. Name a group or duet that hit the Top 10 (or so) in the 1960s (+/- 2 yrs) that was composed of only immediate family members, i.e. siblings, spouses, parent(s) and/or children. The group/duet may have been an ongoing concern or merely a collaboration for specific projects. (16+)

10. People, people who need people.... According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 26 cities have a population of 600,000 or greater. (Denver is #26 at 600,158.) Name a Top 40 (or so) 1960s (+/- 2 yrs) song that has a Top-26-or-so-by-population U.S. city in its title. (FYI: there are no Canadian cities of comparable size that satisfy the charting requirement.) (21+)

11. Soul survivors? Soul music was a genre that came into its own in the 1960s, splitting into various sub-genres known as Blue-eyed, British, Philadelphia, Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and others. Name a 1960s (+/- 2 yrs) Top 40 (or so) song that has the word "soul" or a word based on the root "soul" in its title. (17+)

12. Spanish flea? Name a 1960s (+/- 2 yrs) Top 40 (or so) single that featured at least one verse sung in a real language other than English. A verse is more than just a few words or a sentence. Nonsense lyrics and made-up languages do not count. Hint: Native languages of 5 continents are represented on the list. (20+)

Extra credit: February 9, 1964..... The Beatles appear for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show, attracting a then U.S. television record of 73 million viewers. Name the 5 songs that The Beatles performed live that night. One point off for each one you correctly name (plus a -2 bonus if you name at least 4 of them.) You can guess up to 5 songs with no point penalty for incorrects, however your record on this question will break ties: first on having more correct answers, then if necessary, on having fewer incorrect.

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TD 149, goforthetie

1. Can you believe this question hasn't been used in any previous TD? Name one of the 10 plagues of Egypt as they are described in the book of Exodus. Be fairly specific; if your answer could describe more than one plague, it will be marked incorrect.
My answer: locusts

2. There are a lot of rivers that share a name with a US state. Some of those rivers pass by state capitals. Name a US state capital that lies on a river of length at least 50 miles that shares its name with a state.
My answer: St. Paul
The name of the river does not have to match the name of the state whose capital you are naming. For instance, St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota but lies on the Mississippi River; this is a perfectly acceptable answer. (It kind of lies on the Minnesota River as well, which would also qualify it.) My arbiter for "lies on" will be the city limits as drawn on Google Maps.

3. Name an ancient Greek for whom some object, theorem, or concept in modern mathematics is named.
My answer: Pythagoras
Anyone living before 1000 AD is ancient enough, and anyone who wrote primarily in Greek is Greek enough, even if they didn't live in Greece. All of the most 'obvious' Greek mathematicians are valid answers, if you're worried about thinking of things named after them.

4. Give an uncapitalized word that has two double letters that are alphabetically consecutive (e.g., 'ZIZZLVARYYA' has a double Z and a double Y, and Y and Z are consecutive in the alphabet), subject to the restrictions below.
My answer: coffee
Your answer cannot end in -ness, -less, or -lly. It must have its own entry at; for instance, this eliminates the word 'bootstrapped' since it only appears in the entry on 'bootstrap', as well as alternate spellings ('pappoose'). Finally, any answer that contains another answer as a substring will be grouped with it; for instance, 'coffeeshop' will be grouped with 'coffee'.

5. In my estimation, the Toy Story series has risen into the pantheon of great trilogies. Name someone who was credited as a voice actor in at least two of the three Toy Story movies.
My answer: Tom Hanks

6. In an effort to find something even more dreaded than a country music question... The first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album was given in 1996. Name a rapper or rap group that has won this award.
My answer: Eminem
Helpful hints: Only 9 different acts have won in this category. Here is a complete list of artists that have been nominated for the award but have never won: 2Pac, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Skee-Lo, A Tribe Called Quest, Coolio, LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Notorious BIG, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Punisher, Jermaine Dupri, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, The Roots, DMX, Dr. Dre, Nelly, Eve, Ja Rule, Mystikal, Petey Pablo, 50 Cent, Beastie Boys, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, T.I., Flo Rida, Mos Def, Q-Tip, B.o.B., Drake, and Nicki Minaj.

7. For the last 100 years or so, the President pro tem of the US Senate has almost always been the senior senator from the majority party. The one exception was Milton Young, elected President pro tem for one day right before he retired. (Awwww.) Name someone who has been President pro tem of the US Senate since the end of World War II.
My answer: Milton Young

8. Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened its doors in 1992, issuing in the era of the "mallpark" in Major League Baseball. Name a MLB team that will play most of its 2012 home games in a stadium that was erected earlier than 1992.
My answer: Boston Red Sox

9. James Michener uses a lot of geographical references in his titles. Give a place name that appears in a Michener fiction title.
My answer: (South) Pacific
The place can be real or fictional, as long as the title intends it to be used as a proper noun place name. (In other words, don't answer "The" claiming that it's the name of some creek in India.) I'll rule right now that "Paradise" doesn't count.

10. Name a non-extinct species in the family Ursidae.
My answer: The good old American black bear (Ursus americanus)
Subspecies will be grouped with others in their species. Scientific names are not required.

11. The Tropic of Capricorn passes through land belonging to 10 countries. Name one.
My answer: Australia

12. Peter the Great was proclaimed the first Emperor of Russia on November 2, 1721. Name someone who reigned as Emperor/Empress of Russia for at least 2 years. Be specific with a regnal number or epithet if necessary; you will be marked wrong if your answer could refer to multiple emporers.
My answer: Peter the Great
The 2 years criterion is mostly to weed out pretenders and other disputed rulers. Claimants to the throne who did not actually reign are ineligible.

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TD 150, gamawire

1. Name a 2011-12 season NBA head coach who formerly played for or coached the San Antonio Spurs. Bonus: for a one point deduction in your score, name the team he was coaching this past season (10).

2. Name the current governor of a vowel state (as in a state that begins with a vowel) (12). I just need the name, not the state.

3. Name a woman who has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (previous to 1948, the award was called the Pulitzer Prize for Novel, so I’m talking 1948-present). Bonus: for a one point deduction in your score, name the work for which she won (17).

4. One of the versions of “The Scream” by Edvard Munch recently sold for $119.9 million, placing it at number seven on the list of the seventeen most expensive paintings ever sold (listings are based on inflation adjusted values in most cases). Name another artist whose work can be found on this list (10). Source: Business Insider

5. Name a future President who served in the House of Representatives with another future President (18).

6. Name a state that has had a female governor in the 21st century (18).

7. Name an author who has hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for adult fiction this year (2012). The website clarifies in this way: “a listing of adult fiction books which have made number one on the New York Times Best Seller List” (as of June 17) (21).

8. Name someone who has portrayed either John Connor or a Terminator (with a speaking part) in the film franchise. (If you think you’re giving me an answer that will throw me off, please let me know which movie and I’ll look it up) (9).

9. Name a President who first served in the House of Representatives and then the Senate (10).

10. Name a state that Al Gore won in the 2000 presidential election (20).

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TD 151, jeff6286

1. Name a theme park that was one of the top 20 most visited theme parks in North America in the last 3 years. I have found complete lists for 2009 and 2010, and am still working on finding the full list for 2011. Any park that made the top 20 in any of the last 3 years will be allowed, though there don't appear to be many changes to this list in most years. Disney, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, and Sea World (and probably some othe companies) all run multiple theme parks, so make sure you indicate which one you're referring to if you go with one of these chains. Walt Disney World is not a correct answer, as it has multiple parks on its property, all of which are considered separately for this list. There are no water parks on the list, though some parks on the list may have water parks associated with them, and of course most parks have at least some sort of water rides. (Sea World is not considered a water park.)

2. Speaking of parks...Name a National Park of the United States or Canada.

3. Name an Avenue which occupies a space on the gameboard in the traditional American version of the board game Monopoly. There are 28 properties in the game, including 4 railroads and 2 utilties, leaving 22 properties belonging to the 8 color groups. Of these 22 spaces, there are 3 "Places", Marvin Gardens, and Boardwalk, leaving 17 "Avenues". Name one of them. The names of the Avenues in the standard edition of Monopoly have remained unchanged since at least 1935, so there shouldn't be any issues with alternate answers.

4. Name one of the 6 original suspects or 6 original weapons in the English language version of the board game Clue (or Cluedo). If you've played a version of the game with more than 6 suspects or more than 6 weapons, then some of those are additions to the original 6 of each, so be careful, they may not be correct answers for this question.

5. There are 101 two-letter words currently deemed acceptable in Scrabble. Give a four-letter word (also acceptable in Scrabble) that is made up of two of these two-letter words. No rearranging of letters, the word must contain one two-letter word followed by a second two-letter word.

6. This question gives you two choices: (a) Name a television game show that was based on a board game. or (b) Name a theatrically-realeased movie that had the same title as a pre-existing board game. (The movie does not have to be in any way connected to the board game, just share the same title.) In both cases the board game has to have been released first, so home-game versions of established game shows like Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, or Pyramid don't count, and board games inspired by previously released films don't count, such as games based on Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter. For purposes of this question, a board game doesn't necessarily have to involve a board. Any game that is sold in a box, and would generally be placed on store shelves in the same area where board games are found will be acceptable. As far as obscure or little-known game shows, movies, or board games go, as long as I can find (or you can provide) some proof of existence, I will allow answers, however obscure, but the one caveat is that any answer must have been available in the United States, either on American television, in American movie theaters, or sold in American stores. So if there was a Brazilian horror film titled Hungry Hungry Hippos, sorry, that doesn't count, but please, find me a copy. One more thing, please indicate whether you are answering (a) or (b), as it is possible that both a game show and a movie share the same title, and I will treat both as separate answers.

7. Name someone who was the winner of a Tournament of Champions during the Alex Trebek era of Jeopardy!, or someone who won one million dollars (or more) on the Regis Philbin version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (This does not include winners from the syndicated Meredith Vieiera version of the show, or the one player who won a million on Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire, as this was not the top prize on that show.)

8. Name a video game with "Super Mario" in the title. These can be games released for home consoles, handheld game systems, arcade games, computer games, as long as I can find any evidence of its existence I will allow it. Note that there are many games with "Mario" in the title that do not have "Super" in front of it, including games in series such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Party, and Dr. Mario.

9. Name a computer game or video game with "Sim" or "Sims" in its title. There are many different types of games possible for this question, including standalone games, sequels, spinoffs, expansion packs, repackaged deluxe editions, and probably other types that I can't find a name for. I don't intend to disqualify any answers on technicalities. As long as I can find some evidence of a game exisiting under a given title, I plan to allow it.

10. One of the most high-pressure types of games are the Olympic Games, held every 4 years for atheltes from around the globe. One of the premier sports in every Summer Olympics is swimming. Name a swimming event that was contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The general guideline for the name of an event is distance+stroke. So the "250 Meter Doggy Paddle" could be an Olympic event, although I'll give you a hint right now and tell you that it isn't. There are relay races as well, but be sure to give the precise name of the event you're choosing. You don't need to specify Men's or Women's, as all races with the same distance and stroke will be considered the same answer, and with just a couple of exceptions, the program of Men's races is identical to the Women's program.

11. Meanwhile, in the Winter Olympics, many of the marquee events come from Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, and Snowboarding. Name an event from one of these 3 disciplines that was held at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Again, no need to specify Men's or Women's, since all of the events are the same for both. (Nordic Skiing events are not included in this question, and that class includes Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, and the Biathlon.)

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TD 152, (Olympics), Magna

1. Name a city not in the US or Europe, that has hosted the Olympics. A few games were cancelled or transferred to other cities, and they don’t count.
(Source: Wikipedia's Olympic games article)

2. Name a nation/territory/place with its own National Olympic Committee that has never had an Olympic medalist. Not all countries have NOCs and some places with NOCs aren't necessarily independent nations. For example, Vatican City has no NOC, so it wouldn't count. The U.S. Virgin Islands, on the other hand, does have its own NOC. (And, but for their 1988 silver medal, you could have used that answer.) Lots and lots of singletons available here!
(Source: Wikipedia's All-time Olympic games medal table)

3. A big part of the competition at the Olympics is businesses competing for your money. Name one of Team USA's sponsors for the London Olympics. "Sponsors" include officially-acknowledged worldwide and domestic sponsors, outfitters, broadcast partners, and licensees.
(Source: Team USA's "Sponsors" page.)

4. Name an athlete who was stripped of an Olympic medal. The medal need not have been awarded yet, but it must actually have been won – so, for example, a disqualification during a medal competition round wouldn’t count as having been stripped. And if the medal was later returned as part of the established arbitration or appeals process, it doesn't count as having been stripped, for purposes of this question.
(Source: Wikipedia's List of stripped Olympic medals)

5. Name any sport scheduled to be contested at the upcoming summer Paralympic games (this fall, also in London). There are several sports with the designation "wheelchair," which I'll ignore for scoring purposes since the non-wheelchair versions of them won’t be contested there.
(Source: Wikipedia's Paralympic sports article)

6. Name an athlete from the US or Canada who has won either (a) one or more Olympic silver medals or (b) one or more Olympic bronze medals - but no other Olympic medals of any color. You must identify whether you're guessing silver or bronze, and provide either a first name or identify the Olympic games at which a medal was won - so just guessing "Smith" and hoping for the best is a no-go.
(Source: official Olympics "All medallists since 1896" search page.)

7. Name either 1) a particular watercraft racing event at the London games, or 2) one of the watercraft that will be rowed, sailed, or paddled by athletes in the games (as part of a competitive event - not the opening ceremonies or something like that). For 1), "men's" or "women's" will be disregarded. For 2), name the type of craft as identified in the name of the event or on the "equipment" description for that sport on the official Olympic website - not slang terms or proper names of particular boats. (Source: official Olympic website, under "Sports")

8. Name an Olympic athlete who has appeared on a Wheaties® box (solo, not as part of a team). First and last name, please.
(Source: Wikipedia's list of athletes on Wheaties boxes - the article on the athlete must identify them as having competed in the Olympic games.)

9. Identify the most common nickname or the real name of any one of these athletes (as indicated). If you guess a nickname, it will be a colorful appellation, not a diminutive or shortened version of the full name. For example, if there were an athlete named Elizabeth Lemon, her nickname might be something like “Queen Elizabeth” or “The E-Lemonader” – not just “Liz.”
Eric Moussambani (identify the nickname)
Paavo Nurmi (nickname)
Michael Edwards (nickname)
Wilma Rudolph (nickname)
Ian Thorpe (nickname)
Mary T. Meagher (nickname)
Naim Süleymanoglu (nickname)

Sparrow from Minsk (identify the real name)
The Buckeye Bullet (real name)
Iron Hammer (real name)
Lightning Bolt (real name)
The Flying Tomato (real name)
The Flying Scotsman (real name)
The Flying Housewife (real name)
(Source: Wikipedia articles on various athletes. I may also consult other sources to confirm doubtful answers.)

10. And finally, the summer games have been boycotted throughout the years for various reasons, but the three largest boycotts were in 1976, 1980, and 1984. The 1976 boycott was mainly aimed at protesting the IOC's refusal to punish New Zealand for its rugby team's tour of South Africa (during the apartheid era). The 1980 boycott was mainly aimed at protesting the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan. And then there was the USSR's 1984 counter-boycott against the US. Name a country that boycotted one or more of those summer games, and identify which games you think that country boycotted. The same country participating in different boycotts counts as a different answer. So, for example, if the Grand Duchy of Fenwick boycotted all three games, Fenwick 1976, Fenwick 1980, and Fenwick 1984 would be three different answers. Any country that boycotted the games for any reason is fine as an answer.
(Source: Wikipedia article on Olympic boycotts, graphic showing countries boycotting those summer Olympics.)

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TD 153, SkeeBallRaif

1) Ed Norton starred in “25th Hour.” Name another full-length movie that featured Ed Norton in the last 15 years.

2) Last I checked, a U.S. quarter is worth 25 cents. Name the state appearing on the back of any quarter released in 2006, 2007, or 2008 (the last three years which state quarters were released.)

3) I sure would hate to suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder; the possibility of having to express upwards of, say, 25 personalities sounds exhausting. Name any other “Personality Disorder” in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Note the two key hints down in the clarification post.

4) Say what you want about the notoriously lightweight infotainment mag, but Parade Magazine has a circulation of more than 25 million, which is more of a circulation than YOU have, whoever you are. Anyway, for reasons that have never been clear to me, the magazine has given itself the responsibility of listing the top ten World’s Worst Dictators each year. Name any country whose dictator appears on at least one of the two most recent versions of that list (compiled, respectively, at the end of 2010 and 2011).

5) Christmas is December 25th, with Hanukah and Kwanzaa frequently near that date as well. Name one of the top 15 most-downloaded holiday-themed songs in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010, according to Nielsen. Important hint in the clarification post.

6) Saturday Night Live’s 25th season (the 1999-2000 season to be precise) featured 12 regular repertory players and 2 featured players. Name someone who was announced in that season’s opening credits as either a repertory or featured player in at least one episode.

7) The NCAA College Basketball rankings highlight the top 25 teams. Name a team that has been ranked #1, #2, or #3 at the beginning of any of the last 10 full college basketball seasons in either the AP Top 25 poll or the ESPN / USA Today Coaches Poll.

8) One of my favorite lists is Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Did you know that there are exactly 25 songs on that list either by the Beatles or one of their members as a solo artist? Name one of those songs. AND what the hell, -2 points off your overall score if your pick is NOT in the top 200, but is instead somewhere between 201 and 500. (Ten of the responses qualify.)

9) The Constitution requires members of the U.S. House of Representatives to be at least 25 years of age to serve, but some members have considerably more than the required number of years under their belts. Name a current member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was born in the year 1940 or earlier.

10) If you scoop out a handful of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, it is a proven scientific fact that you will end up with about 25 of them. Jelly Belly has 50 official flavors. Name an official flavor of Jelly Belly whose name does not contain the English word for a fruit. Three key clarifying points in the clarification post.

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TD 154, WRV

Question One: It may have produced several spin-offs both here and abroad, but to me, the original Law & Order is one of the best crime dramas of all time. Name an actor/actress who had a starring role on the original version of Law & Order.

Question Two: Ben & Jerry’s is my favorite ice cream brand. Judging by their sales, Vermont’s finest is a lot of people’s favorite ice cream. In fact, you’ve probably got a pint of their creamy goodness in your freezer right now. Name a flavor of ice cream currently produced by Ben and Jerry’s.

Question Three: On the thirtieth anniversary of their breakup, Apple Records released an album containing twenty-seven songs by my favorite band, The Beatles, that topped the charts in the US and UK. Name a song included on The Beatles’ album 1.

Question Four: Like many children who grew up watching public broadcasting, I’ve been a fan of Monty Python from a young age. They also made famous one of my favorite film directors: the eccentric and underrated Terry Gilliam. Name a movie that stars the Monty Python comedy troupe, OR name a movie directed by Terry Gilliam.

Question Five: My friends have never accused me of being a sports fanatic, but they know I have an obsession with the beautiful game: soccer. Name a country that has hosted the Men’s or Women’s FIFA World Cup.

Question Six: When growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut. Considering how most astronauts never leave the surly bonds of gravity, but instead are confined to a life of deskwork, I’m glad I chose to switch career tracks. Name an astronaut who went into space during one of the Apollo missions.

Question Seven: For a journalism student like yours truly, Election Day is a lot like Christmas. On November 8th, I’ll probably be counting down the hours ‘till Election Day ’16. Name a Democrat or Republican who was declared the winner of a statewide or territorial U.S. Presidential caucus/primary election since 2000.

Question Eight: I typically don’t like big budget Hollywood blockbusters, but I make an exception for comic book adaptations, like this year’s best movie: The Avengers. Name a Marvel Comics superhero who was a member of The Avengers at one point or another.

Question Nine: One of my life goals is to travel to every continent at least once. I also have a list of museums that I want to see as well. Name one of the twenty most visited museums in the world, according to Travel & Leisure magazine (be sure to specify the city of the museum as well).

Question Ten: I’ve thought of Kurt Vonnegut as one of the best writers of all time, ever since taking 11th grade English with Mr. McLean (Who looks kind of like Vonnegut with a ponytail and a perpetual frown). Name a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut.

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TD 156, nfogarty

1. Each of the following books is the second in a series (by order of publication - sometimes this differs from the fictional chronology). Pick a book and name its author. Be sure to indicate which book your submission pertains to (either by name or letter); you do not need to give the name of the book series. (10)

A. Catching Fire
B. Prince Caspian
C. Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
D. Iceberg
E. "B" is for Burglar
F. The Sea of Monsters
G. Stay Out of the Basement
H. A Clash of Kings
I. Kiss the Girls
J. New Moon

2. Name an element from the second row (also known as Period 2) of the periodic table. (8)

3. Texas is the second most populous state in the US. Name one of the twenty most populated cities in Texas, based on 2010 US Census data. (20)

4. Name an athlete - male or female - to earn the title of runner-up by coming in second in their respective Wimbledon singles tournament at least once since 2000. (This does NOT include juniors titles.) (17)

5. Second City Television (also known as SCTV) was a Canadian sketch comedy series in the 1970s and '80s. Name any regular actor or actress from SCTV, i.e., anyone who appeared in at least 25 episodes of the program. (11)

6. John McCain came in second place in the 2008 US Presidential Election. Name a state that awarded all of its electoral votes to John McCain in that election. (21)

7. "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" first appeared on Billy Joel's 1985 album "Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II." (That's right - it and "The Night Is Still Young" were first released on this compilation album!) The 2 CD release of this album contains 24 other Billy Joel tracks from 1973-85; name one of them. (Note that all songs on the LP and cassette editions of this album are also on the CD edition, so any of those answers are correct.) (24)

8. Super Smash Bros. Melee is the second game in Nintendo's popular fighting series, Super Smash Bros. In it, players choose characters from Nintendo's various properties, both current and classic - even some characters you could never have played as before. Name any playable character from Super Smash Bros. Melee; any characters selected from the same icon on the character select screen will be considered as a single character for scoring purposes. (25)

9. Give a word of four or more letters in length in the body of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. (Do not give the word "amendment," that's not in the body of it.) (15)

10. The following people have all competed on reality shows and came in second place. Pick a person and identify the show on which they were the runner-up. Be sure to indicate which person your submission pertains to (either by name or letter); you do not need to give the name or number of the season of the reality show. (10)

A. Danielle Reyes
B. Marlee Matlin
C. Shannon Stewart
D. Josh Marks
E. Kirstie Alley
F. Susan Boyle
G. Mondo Guerra
H. Colby Donaldson
I. Katharine McPhee
J. Jim Morrison
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TD 157, Fishercat

1. I used this question in my last TD. The answers were funny, so we’re running an updated version. Give me two artists (main artists only, no featured artists) who are the credited artists of either a Billboard Hot 100 #1 song in 2012 OR a Billboard 200 #1 album in 2012. (36 answers) (Source: Wikipedia/Billboard)

Note: The Hunger Games: Songs From District Twelve and Now 43 were both #1 albums, but do not have a main artist. TheBillboard info goes through the October 27th chart, which is based on Billboard Press Releases from October 17th. As such, do not consider singles/albums released after that date. Additionally, this list includes solo artists and groups/bands. The featured artist thing was to avoid something like Artist X featuring Artist Y.


2. There is often a disconnect between what Jeopardy players read and what the general public reads, which would explain the blank stares when certain popular authors are referenced in clues. Name two of the top twenty best-selling books of 2011. I am looking for the title. If you get the full title before a colon, I’ll give it to you. For instance, in the title “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition”, “The Elf on the Shelf” would suffice. (Source: USA Today) (20 answers)

Hint: #21-25 were: Smokin’ Seventeen (Evanovich), Bossypants (Fey), 11/22/63 (King), Cutting For Stone (Verghese), and The Throne of Fire (Riordan)


3. Unless you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, odds are pretty good that cheese is at least some part of your diet. Delicious, reasonably cheap in some forms, and a staple component of many American favorites. According to the Foodservice Research Institute, fourteen different cheeses have at least a 1% menu share* in the United States. I am looking for the name of two of those Top 14 cheeses. (14 choices)

*The article is titled “Top Selling Cheeses in America”, but the methodology appears to rely heavily on how often the cheese appears on a restaurant (chain, independent, and non-commercial) menus. Considering the source, I am led to believe that this share is based on restaurant purchases and not purchases by individuals. This likely affects some of the answers. If you submit an incorrect answer, I will do due diligence to try and find a source to make your answer work.


4. Most of us know our U.S. Presidents, some of us know our vice presidents, and some of us know our losing presidential candidates…but how many of us know our losing vice presidential candidates? Name two U.S. vice presidential candidates on losing tickets since 1932 (this includes the 1932 election). The losing ticket must have received 10% or more of the popular vote. Only candidates who went into election day as the Vice Presidential candidate count. (22 answers) (Source on Voting Data/Running Mates is Wikipedia’s election listing)


5. We all love Jeopardy, and I think most of us endure standard Celebrity Jeopardy…but we really love SNL’s version of celebrity Jeopardy. This sketch, which aired from 1996 to 2009, was a staple of SNL for years and aired a total of fourteen times from 1996 on. It featured three “celebrities” playing Jeopardy and was highlighted by hilariously dumb category names, offensive celebrity impressions, and the increasing animosity between certain recurring characters. I want you to name two celebrities who have been lampooned in at least one SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. (30 answers) (Source: Wikipedia’s listing, confirmed by watching the sketches on my side to pull out additional names)

For instance, Jimmy Fallon played six different celebrities. Jimmy Fallon is not the answer I’m looking for, one of those six celebrities is.

Note: My answer lists generally only include the four main players a given sketch, but I will accept answers that technically qualify that aren’t on my list if I can find the data. Despite the fact that there is an announcer, Johnny Gilbert is not an acceptable response.


6. Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans, also known as Plutarch’s Lives or Parallel Lives, “contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives.” He explores the influence of character on the lives on some of Greece and Rome’s most famous men. I want you to name two Greeks profiled in Plutarch’s (Parallel) Lives. (25 answers).

Note: This is a throwback to TD8 run by Schliemann, just on the other side of the ledger.


7. Recently there was some lamenting about opera. There’s always lamenting about opera and it’s usually by me. So how about we go back to the basics? Names and Composers. Opera America is a service organization that most professional opera companies in the U.S. belong to, along with many semi-professional companies. They released a list of their most produced operas in the 2009-2010 season. This list is a “top 5”, but due to ties includes eleven different operas. I want two names of either the operas or the composers of the eleven operas described above. Composers and operas do not need to be connected and are separate answers. (18 answers)


8. Simple enough question, or so it seems. Name two islands that have a population of five million or more people. The population numbers I’m using are Wikipedia’s, but if I can find a legitimate source for an answer that disputes these numbers, I will accept it.

My one warning is to be careful not to name the state/nation, but the island. For instance, the United States is not an island, and the “grouping” of islands known as Hawaii (State) aren’t an “island” as defined by the question. Hawaii (Island) is an island, as is Oahu and Maui. If their population is 5m+, they qualify for this question. I will ask for BMS on borderline/oddball cases. (22 answers) (Source: Wiki’s population numbers)


9. With the Emmys happening in September, the awards season started up. The season, as always, will be highlighted by the Oscars. Year after year, a lot of the same production companies seem to be in the race for best picture. I want you to name two production companies responsible for a film that won “Best Picture” at the Oscars since 1927. Co-credits on production companies count for each listed partner. I will be using Wikipedia for reference on the production company. (28 Answers)

Note: I am being very liberal with production company names in terms of acceptable answers. If I won three awards, one as “Fishercat Productions”, one as “Fishercat Films”, and one in collaboration with Jeopardy Pictures as Fishercat Flicks, all three of those “Fishercat _______” would be separate answers, as would Jeopardy Pictures. I am NOT looking for the producer, but the company.


10. Jeopardy loves to focus on sports, but more often they like most historical sports figures or only the mega-stars. That’s not nearly as fun as looking at the trivial aspects. First overall picks should be slam dunks for their teams, but just as often, it seems the players flame out without meeting their massive potential.

From the 1999 draft through the 2012 draft, 42 players had been selected first overall in either the MLB, NBA, or NFL drafts. Of those 42 players, only 20 of them have made the all-star game in their respective sports’ highest league (the MLB All-Star Game, the NBA All-Star Game, or the NFL Pro Bowl). I want you to name two “first overall” picks (from the 1999 draft onwards) who made their league’s all-star game as detailed above. (20 answers)

Note: The 1999 Draft refers to the drafts that took place on April 17-18, 1999 (NFL), June 2-3, 1999 (MLB), and June 30, 1999 (NBA)

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TD 158, (Maryland Theme) TomKBaltimoreBoy

1. “Avenge the patriotic gore; that fleck’d the streets of Baltimore”

First verse, and Randall is already nastier than a Right-to-Lifer trying to persuade his mistress to get an abortion. (I WISH I made that up.) But most of the blood on Baltimore streets has nothing to do with politics, as David Simon’s excellent book and series Homicide: Life on the Street proved. For seven years, Baltimore’s Best dealt with murder, kidnapping, drug dealing and guest shots by Robin Williams, all shot in a style that even regular anime watchers sometimes found disorienting. There were a lot of people on the show, but only certain actors were featured in the opening title sequence. Name one of them – as their name appeared onscreen, please.

2. “Hark to an exiled son’s appeal – Maryland, my Maryland!”

Like a lot of places, Maryland’s most famous sons had to get out of the blasted state before achieving their fame. Roger Taney at least waited until he got to Washington before writing the worst opinion in Supreme Court history. Long-term Baltimore mayor Tommy D’Alessandro saw his daughter Nancy go all the way to San Francisco and marry a guy named Pelosi to build her own political career. Matthew Henson didn’t become famous until he went to the North Pole, for crying out loud. (It is an article of faith in MD that he actually got there a few steps ahead of Peary.) Al Kaline took the advice of Shel Silverstein, cheered up, and got to go to Detroit. And of course, the most famous vagabond son of Maryland is probably George Herman Ruth. For a while, though, it looked like Barry Levinson would give the Bambino a run, recreating Maryland in California. Of late, he’s created some awesome television, from The Band That Wouldn’t Die for ESPN to OZ and The Wire. But he made his name as a film director, and this IS a quiz…

Name a feature-length film, first released in American cinemas, directed by exiled son Barry Levinson.

3. “Remember Carroll’s sacred trust! Remember Howard’s warlike thrust!”

No, that’s not about the Three Stooges, although Moe got pretty nasty with those finger jabs. This question is in honor of Tony Hightower, whose @trivianyc is definitely worth the follow on Twitter, but as a contestant on Jeopardy! last December, lost his second game when he failed to know that Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, was from Maryland. I do enjoy reminding him of that. Howard led the Old Line, troops from Maryland, during the Revolution, which were called that because of the Mason-Dixon Line, which separated Maryland from Pennsylvania and, eventually, North from South. So:

Name a signer of the Declaration of Independence from a state south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

4. “With Ringgold’s spirit for the fray; with Watson’s blood at Monterrey!”

Who and who? You have to remember that in 1861, the Mexican-American War was still a big deal. Virtually every commander in the Civil War had a history that included that conflict, including the Commander-in-Chief, who was widely regarded as a political non-entity for not backing the war. He was called “spotty Lincoln” for daring to ask on what spot of American soil Mexicans had shed American blood. Yep, even future Republicans used to be really precise about not just charging into wars. Ringgold and Watson were Maryland officers who served nobly, bravely and fatally in the cause of, well, adding a whole lot of territory to the U. S. on the pretext of defending Texas. Within 5 years, somehow spirit for the fray and blood at Monterrey weren’t that inspiring anymore.

Name one of the states created wholly or in part from the territory Mexico ceded after the war that cost Ringgold and Watson their lives.

5. “Come to thine own anointed throng, Stalking with Liberty along”

The 1861 equivalent of peer pressure – “everyone’s here, God’s on our side, and it’s in the cause of Liberty!” The liberty of white folks with enough money to own other folks, but still! Stuff like this is why Randall is known as the “Bard of the Lost Cause”. But, I have to ask, “stalking”? Not exactly the most appealing action to use there, JRR-not-Tolkein. Are you sure your heart’s in this? Might your dedication to the cause be somewhat less than total? Is there a reason you stayed in Louisiana, rather than take your place in the cells of Ft. McHenry along with other prominent Maryland sympathizers? ARE YOU NOW OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A SCALAWAG?

See the trouble one word can get you in? Somehow, liberty survived, even with Randall in New Orleans and Maryland in the Union. I’m pretty sure God didn’t show up either. That’s the problem with anointed throngs – not everyone gets anointed properly. In this game, you don’t want to be in a throng, anyway. The idea is to NOT be in a throng, right?

Stalk with no one then – be an individual and blaze your own trail – such as one of the individual Nobel Prize winners in Physics or Chemistry since 1990. There have been 10 of these sole laureates in their given years. Name one.

6. “She meets her sisters on the plain – ‘Sic semper’ ‘tis the proud refrain.”

Some states have great mottoes – “Excelsior!” for New York, for example. Virginia’s “Sic Semper Tyrannis” is historic, for good and ill. Maryland? Well, it’s the only one that is in Italian – “Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine,” which translates as “Manly Deeds, Womanly Words.” (We’ve had a few governors who went for a different translation – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!”) It’s not totally official – it’s the state motto because it’s on the Great Seal, which is basically the coat of arms of the Calvert family; which is also why we have that truly bizarre state flag. We used to have a different seal and motto, but when the actual seal itself wore out and needed to be replaced, state’s rights advocates manipulated the state into re-adopting the old colonial seal, with its motto. Maryland – Northern Charm, Southern Efficiency. Maybe we should try that?

While you consider that, name a language that is used for a motto of one of these here United States.

7. “From hill to hill, from creek to creek; Potomac calls to Chesapeake”

It’s a small state, this Land of Pleasant Living; with the exception of one small river in the extreme west of the state, everything else drains into the Chesapeake, the Potomac, or the Atlantic Ocean itself. There are only 23 counties in the whole state – Baltimore is a city independent of any county. Name one of the counties.

8. “Better the fire upon thee roll; better the blade, the shot, the bowl”

Randall sounds pretty dire here; but every true Baltimorean knows the greatest tragedy to befall the state was Robert Irsay’s midnight ride to Indianapolis. Talk about a “crucifixion of the soul!” Since the NFL started playing its championship game in 1933, it has grown to 32 teams, 10 of which either started in another city, had a different nickname at one point, or both. Give the original name of one of those ten teams. Teams that were briefly merged do not count.

9. “She is not dead, nor deaf nor dumb”

Nor is anyone who has read and enjoyed the works of Laura Lippman, daughter of renowned Sun columnist Theo, wife of the above mentioned David Simon, and inheritor of a pretty amazing tradition of journalism mingled with crime fiction. Dashiell Hammett, for example, supposedly modeled his “black bird” on the soot-covered statues he could see from his window at the Sunpapers. Sadly, the days of the Poe Toaster appear to be done – the tradition of the mysterious visitor to Poe’s gravesite with a bottle of claret has been missed for several years now. Lippman had her marvelous detective character Tess Monaghan deduce the identity of the Toaster in a novel; such exploits have put Tess in the same breath as Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone or Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta among female literary crime-solvers. If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably figured out what I’m going to ask, you little dickens of a shamus:

Give the title of a Lippman novel starring Tess, a Grafton novel starring Milhone or a Cornwell novel with Scarpetta as the lead character. Cornwell has written novels where Scarpetta makes an appearance, but is not the main character – those do not count.

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TD 159, (Illinois Theme) goforthetie

1. Who better to start with than Illinois's favorite son? Name a vampire... oh, sorry, wrong movie. Name someone who served as Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, or in his Cabinet, at any point in his presidency.

2. Let's move downstate... way, way downstate. For some peculiar reason, far southern* Illinois is nicknamed Little Egypt. This is why SIU's sports teams are nicknamed the Salukis, for instance. Name a city which has served as the capital of Egypt at some time between the unification of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms and today.
*: Quite far, actually. Southern Illinois is closer to Tennessee than Chicago is to Michigan!

3. Twelve cities in Illinois outside the Chicago metropolitan area had a population of at least 38,000 according to the 2010 census. The next largest would be Pekin at 33,580. Name one of those twelve.
The Chicago metropolitan area includes the following counties: Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will (plus some in Indiana/Wisconsin, but who cares about those?).

4. No quiz about Illinois should miss out on its awful, awful politicians and the mess they've made of the state. This question is a two-fer. You can either:
a) name a state that currently has a AA- bond rating or worse from S&P or an Aa3 or worse rating from Moody's;
b) name an Illinois politician that has been convicted of a crime and sent to prison since 1960. If I included Chicago aldermen the list would be almost infinite, so this is limited to governors and members of Congress.

5. Indiana bills itself as "The Crossroads of the Nation", but I believe that Illinois is the state that has the highest number of 1- or 2-digit interstates running through it, with parts of 12 such interstates (and that doesn't count three which terminate just a few miles outside the state borders - one in St. Louis, one in Beloit, and one in Gary). Name (by highway number) one of these 12 one- or two-digit interstates.

6. The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, in Batavia, Illinois, has been one of the key sites for high-energy particle physics since its founding in 1967. The top quark, one of the holy grails of the field, was discovered at Fermilab in 1995. Name an elementary subatomic particle - a flavor of quark, or an elementary boson, or a non-neutrino lepton - that has been experimentally discovered as of December 31, 2012.
Particles and their anti-particles will be grouped together. Neutrinos are not allowed because I didn't want to be bogged down in a lot of "Be more specifics". Apologies to Joon Pahk for probably butchering this question in many ways.

7. Moving into the city now... The 2002 musical Chicago was a box office smash and also managed to snag the Best Picture Oscar. Name a real city, US state, Canadian province, or UN member country that is directly referenced by proper name/adjective in the title of a movie that has grossed at least $100M at the domestic box office.
Since it is hard to know exactly which movies have topped $100M, for this question you may give two answers. If your first answer is correct, I will use that; if the first one is incorrect I will use your second answer (whether it is correct or not). Note that box office is NOT adjusted for inflation.
The title must use the name as a geographic reference - Indiana Jones and Austin Powers do not count. Short forms of the place name that are obvious and common references to the place are fine ("UK", for instance), but nicknames ("Big Apple") are not. Adjectival forms like "Chicagoan" would be OK, but they will be grouped with the noun form. Cities may be past or present, but not fictional.

8. Birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago has long been a wonderland for people who love tall buildings. There are 14 completed buildings in the world that have at least 98 floors. Name a city that is the site of at least one of them.
Note: "Tallest building in the world" status is usually determined not by the highest occupiable floor, but by the highest "architecturally significant" feature, so some top buildings do not actually have all that many floors. For instance, the Petronas Towers only have 88 floors, but were able to steal the "tallest building" title from Chicago by having very large spires. Nanjing and Kuwait City also have buildings ranked in the top 20 by height that do not qualify by number of floors. Structures such as the CN Tower that do not have continuous occupiable floors are ineligible.

9. In 2010, Geoffrey Johnson of Chicago Magazine came up with a list of the top 40 Chicago novels. Name one that made the top 12. (At least seven of them have hits on the J! Archive.) I'll give you the authors and Johnson's blurbs:
12. Frank Norris (1903)
This second installment (after The Octopus) in Norris’s unfinished wheat trilogy zeroes in on the Chicago Board of Trade, the obsessive speculator Curtis Jadwin, and Laura Dearborn, the woman who becomes his wife.

11. Margaret Ayer Barnes (1930)
A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the best-selling novel of its time, this (unjustly) forgotten book covers 40 years in the privileged life of the Wards of Pine Street - later the commercially driven North Michigan Boulevard.

10. Upton Sinclair (1906)
Remembered now for spurring reforms in the country’s meatpacking industry, this account of the Chicago stockyards has a forgotten human side, embodied by the Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus, who is nearly broken on the wheel of American capitalism.

9. James McManus (1985)
As Soviet missiles rocket toward Chicago, "Gamma" Ray Zajak, an amnesiac White Sox pitcher, endeavors to return to his family in this heartbreaking, virtuosic riff on The Odyssey.

8. Nelson Algren (1949)
A wounded vet and backsliding junkie, the card-dealing Frankie Machine inhabits Chicago’s seamy underside in this winner of the first National Book Award.

7. Saul Bellow (1953)
With its unforgettable opening - "I am an American, Chicago born" - this barbaric yawp of a book introduces the city’s quintessential hero, a 20th-century Huck Finn. And like his literary predecessor, [name] insists on navigating the world on his own terms.

6. Henry Blake Fuller (1893)
Focusing on the denizens - aptly characterized by the book’s title - of the first skyscrapers, Fuller’s greatest novel unflinchingly portrays the newly emerging modern city and all the rapacious baggage trailing in its wake.

5. James T. Farrell (1932-1935)
These three novels - [title], the first, is the best - trace the career of a callow Irish Catholic street tough in Washington Park whose failure to recognize his deepest longings casts a tragic light on his tawdry tale.
Note: For this trilogy, you can just tell me the name (two words, please) of the main character.

4. Richard Wright (1940)
Bigger Thomas, a brutish young African American on the South Side, battles - and tries to comprehend- the forces of racism and poverty that bind him. He ultimately stands trial for the accidental murder of a white woman in one of the first novels about the black experience to find a mass-market audience.

3. Theodore Dreiser (1900)
Sure, this novel famously kicked down the doors of convention - but it also offers a mesmerizing tale of corrupted innocence and besotted love set against a precisely drawn portrait of Chicago at the dawn of the 20th century.

2. Saul Bellow (1975)
A lowlife gangster, a highbrow poet, and a vengeful ex-wife intersect in this tale of Charlie Citrine, a bewildered middle-aged man - and one of Bellow’s great protagonists - searching for his soul amid the detritus of America’s single-mindedly materialistic society. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel propelled Bellow to the Nobel Prize.

1. Leon Forrest (1992)
Although fictional Forest County stands in for Chicago, this novel still reigns as the city’s big-shouldered epic, when over eight days in February 1966, the would-be playwright Joubert Antoine Jones attempts to snare the spirit of the mythical Sugar-Groove. This modern masterpiece deserves to stand alongside the best of Pynchon and Joyce, as well as another great American novel: Moby-Dick.

10. I probably don't need to explain the thematic connection in this next question. Name a franchise in one of the four major sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) that has one of the three longest active championship droughts in its sport.
Droughts are measured from the last championship or the founding of the franchise, whichever is later. Franchise moves and name changes do not disrupt droughts. In football, droughts are measured back to the last pre-merger NFL or AFL championship, if necessary - not just Super Bowls. If your answer ties for third in its sport, it is acceptable.

11. Since 2005, the music festival Lollapalooza has descended on Chicago's Grant Park each summer for a 3-day extravaganza. However, it was started back in 1991 by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as an touring festival of "alternative" music (that term was coming into common usage just around then), really coming into its own (and concentrating on grunge) in 1992. This is another two-fer: either
a) name a group that played on the main stage of Lollapalooza in either 1991 or 1992,
b) name a musical act that appeared as guest stars on The Simpsons 1996 episode "Homerpalooza".
Hints: Nirvana would have first joined the tour in 1994 but for Kurt Cobain's death.
The following bands played on the side stage in 1991/92: Othello's Revenge, Jim Rose Circus, Sharkbait, Archie Bell, Porno for Pyros, Basehead, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Sweaty Nipples, Arson Garden, Seaweed, Seam, Green Magnet School, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., The Look People, Stone Temple Pilots, The Vulgar Boatmen, Truly, Skrew, Tribe, The Authority, Samba Hell, Café Tacuba, Rage Against the Machine, Ice T & Body Count, Luscious Jackson, Shrunken Head, Sometime Sweet Susan, L7, Dahli Llama.

12. Finally, name a common, multi-syllable word that only uses letters from ILLINOIS. Each letter can be used any number of times (so, for instance, LOSS would be acceptable if it were multi-syllabic, even though it uses two S's and ILLINOIS has but one).
Words must be uncapitalized and non-hyphenated. A word and its plural will be grouped together. I will use as my reference.

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TD 160, Connecticut theme, mitchparov

1. Connecticut shares its name--exactly--with the name of a river. Connecticut, the Connecticut River. Not too complicated, right? (And definitely not news to any LLamas participating in the current Rivers ML). Name a state which shares its name--exactly--with the name of a river.

2. Arguably the best known college or university in Connecticut is Yale University--home of Handsome Dan, the Yale bulldog. Name any Division 1 University (defined, for this question, as any school that competes in D1 in at least two sports) that has a bulldog as its mascot. For a one point deduction, give me the dog's name--no penalty for wrong guesses at the name.

3. Nobody can quite agree exactly why Connecticut's nickname is the Constitution State, but it's pretty clear that it has something to do with the fact that Connecticut--either by its own constitution or its delegates--played a major role in the development of the United States Constitution. Name an amendment to the US Constitution: give me the number and a sufficient summary to prove that you know which one you've described. I'm not looking for legal accuracy, just enough of a tagline to prove you know what the amendment is.

4. Speaking of which, Connecticut was the fifth of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the Constitution. Name one of the eight original colonies to ratify the Constitution after Connecticut.

5. According to the Census Bureau, New Haven is the 201st most populous US city--it's also the largest city in CT with multiple words in its name. Name any one of the 200 most populous cities that has a name of more than one word.

6. In 2008, Connecticut, by way of its state Supreme Court, became the 4th state to officially legalize same-sex marriages. Name any state that has either affirmatively legalized same-sex marriage or affirmatively rejected a proposed ban on same-sex marriage since Connecticut's Kerrigan decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

7. Another New Haven question--can you tell I miss it? According to the FBI, New Haven was, inexplicably, the 13th most dangerous US city in 2012. If I understand it correctly, this number is based on number of violent crimes per capita. Name any one of the 12 cities that this study classified as being more dangerous than New Haven.

8. Geno Auriemma, the head coach of the UConn women's basketball team, recently led the US women's basketball team to Olympic gold in London. Six of the twelve women on the roster were UConn alumnae and students, including, if I remember correctly, three of the five starters. It's probably not too surprising, then, that Auriemma has one of the most impressive coaching resumes of any head coach at any level of any sport, including eight national championships since taking over as head coach in 1985. Name any other program to win a Division 1 NCAA national championship in women's basketball since Auriemma because the head coach of the Huskies.

9. Mark Twain spent a good number of years in Connecticut after leaving Missouri. If his title "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" is any indication, he loved the state almost as much as I do. Name another published Mark Twain short story or novel.

10. The New York Times once wrote an entirely serious article about trying to divine Connecticut's geographic dividing line between New York sports fans and Boston sports fans. Speaking from personal experience, the devotion of Connecticut fans to their chosen teams is usually stronger than the devotion of local fans--simply because we always have to defend our loyalties against jerks who root the other way. With the departure of the Hartford Whalers in 1997, Connecticut was left with a ferociously nostalgic bunch of young hockey fans, and tragically, left without a single Big 4 sports team. Indeed, with the Whalers gone, the only MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA franchises in New England have been in Massachusetts for the past 16 years. Name any state outside of New England that also has no Big 4 team.

11. The biggest professional sporting event in CT since then (I absolutely refuse to put a "wrestling" question in this TD) has been our PGA tour event in at the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell (a town also notable for having the nearest Taco Bell to where I grew up). Anyway, in 2010, a PGA tour golfer named Bubba Watson won his first ever tour victory at this tournament, which by that time was known as the Travelers Championship (we all still call it the GHO--Greater Hartford Open, though among its many names, it also went through a period in its history when it was named after Sammy Davis, Jr.). Bubba, of course, went on to amaze the golf world with his shot from the pine straw at Augusta in 2012, winning his first major tournament at the 2012 Masters. (His defense this year ended with a score of seven over par. Interestingly, he shot seven over par on the twelfth hole alone on Sunday--for the other 71 holes of the tournament, he shot even par, no mean feat at Augusta National). Anyway, name another player who has won the Masters. For a bonus point, name a second player who has won the Travelers Championship (or a prior incarnation), but never won the Masters--no penalty for a wrong guess.

12. Growing up, US Route 1 was always just "the Post Road" or maybe "the Boston Post Road." Connecticut is, of course, far from the only state with its own local names for US Route 1. Name another state through which US Route 1 passes--that is, a state which Route 1 enters from one state and which Route 1 exits into another state.

13. As you probably knew, and have certainly noticed by now, Connecticut is also known as the "Nutmeg State." Nutmeg, of course, is a crucial ingredient in eggnog--name any other ingredient in Alton Brown's eggnog recipe.

14. Connecticut's state bird is the American Robin--appropriate, for this time of year. Its state flower is the mountain laurel. Our state animal is the sperm whale. Name any state that has the American Robin as its state bird, the mountain laurel as its state flower, or any whale as its state animal, state mammal, state marine mammal, or state fossil. For a one point deduction, tell me which category (e.g. flower, bird, marine mammal, fossil, etc.) your state fits--if you guess wrong on the category, I'll add a point to your score.

15. Connecticut is a reasonably tiny state, but, understandably, it seems like everyone wants to live there--we've got a pretty high population density. Name any state that is both larger than Connecticut in area, but smaller than Connecticut in population.

16. In the latest US News and World Report, Yale is ranked as the #3 National University, while Middletown, CT's Wesleyan University is ranked as the #17 National Liberal Arts College. Name any other state with both a National University and a National Liberal Arts College in the top 20 of their respective lists.

17. Finally, film is always my favorite trivia area, so we'll finish with that. Wesleyan awarded an honorary degree to Jonathan Demme in 1990, one year before the release of probably his best known film, "The Silence of the Lambs." (Actually, his name is so often mentioned in connection with Wesleyan, that before I started writing this question, I always thought Demme had a regular degree from Wesleyan). As any good trivia nerd knows, "The Silence of the Lambs" is a member of a very exclusive club of films: it won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Name any person (not a film) besides Jonathan Demme who has won an Oscar in one of those four categories for a film that won in all four categories.

TIEBREAKER QUESTION (please submit your answer to this when you submit your answers to 1-17): Connecticut does not have any National Forests or parts of National Forests within its borders. List as many states as you can that meet this description. No penalty for wrong answers, but I will stop counting at your first wrong answer.

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TD 161, Genus Edition, BoK

1. Name a state or territory of Australia
2. Name a bridge that connects the island of Manhattan with another piece of land that is not on the island of Manhattan.
Basically, I want to eliminate overpasses and other tiny bridges which have both ends on the island of Manhattan.

3. Name a song by The Carpenters that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 U.S. chart.
Bonus: Give the year the song reached its top position on the chart (+/- 1 year).
4. Name one of the “Five Families” in the movie The Godfather or name one the real-life New York Five Families one which they are based.
Bonus: If you answered one of the fictional Five Families, give the name of the family boss at the beginning of The Godfather. If you answered one the actual Five Families, give the name of the current family boss.

5. Name a Holy Roman Emperor
If you do not specify a number and there were more than one Holy Roman Emperor of that name, I am going to assume you meant the first.
Note: Some were never actually crowned by the Pope, so technically they were only Holy Roman Emperors-Elect (or something) these will still count.
Also, for a while the title was officially “Emperor of the Romans” (not holy enough I guess), but these count too. This, however does not give you license to use an emperor of the original Roman Empire or Eastern Roman Empire.
Bonus: What year did your Emperor begin his or her reign (+/- 5 years).
6. Name a current or former United States Secretary of Defense.
Note: Secretaries of War and Secretaries of the Navy do not count.
Bonus: What year did your answer start as SecDef (+/- 1 year)

Arts and Literature
7. Name a character that appears in more than one Shakespeare play
8. Name an Old Testament King of Israel and/or Judah.
Again if no number is specified, I'm assuming the first.
For the purposes of this question, Old Testament is as defined as in the King James Version. Catholic and Greek bibles include additional books in their versions of the OT, but these books are considered Apocrypha in the KJV and by most (possibly all) Protestant denominations. The OT of the KJV corresponds to the entire Hebrew Bible cannon.

Science and Nature
9. Name a genus or species in the taxonomic family Homindae. Homindae are commonly known as “Great Apes”
You may give either the common name or scientific name for your genus or species, but these will be grouped together. Genera (genuses? geni?) and species (specieses?) will be grouped separately. If you give a sub-species, that answer will be counted correct but will be grouped with the species of which it is a part.
Hint: Gibbons are apes, but they are not Great Apes.
10. Name a gas found in earth's atmosphere with a concentration by volume of at least 0.1 parts per million (0.00001%).

Sports and Leisure
11. ESPN released a study of the world’s highest paid sports teams. Name a team that is in the top 10 for either average player payroll or total player payroll (or both).
Specifically, the payroll “is calculated from base player salaries from current or most recently completed seasons [as of the study’s May 2012 release] from each sport, and excludes endorsements, bonuses, appearance fees and any other source of extra compensation. All figures converted to U.S. dollars.”
Bonus: Give either the total or average player payroll (+/- 10%) for you team. You must specify whether your guess is for total or average, but your specification cannot hurt in the main question. That is, if you are guessing the total player payroll, but your team actually made the list because of average payroll or vice-versa, your original question will still be correct.
12. Name a city that was or is scheduled to host an Olympic Games but did not or has not yet hosted that particular Olympics Games. Eligible cities are those that were awarded the games but then the location was changed, cities that were awarded games which were subsequently cancelled, or cities that have been awarded games that have not yet happened.
Bonus: Give the year and type of games (i.e. summer or winter) for your city.[/quote]

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TD 162, UniquePerspective

1. Name one of the 8 variants of poker that are played in a standard 8 Game tournament at the World Series of Poker. Make sure you are specific.
2. Name a person who has won a Super Bowl MVP award in the last 20 Super Bowls.
3. Name a named character that has a speaking line in As You Like It. Things like First Lord and First Page do not count. I think both the first and second Folios have the same characters in them. If not, I'll figure out a ruling.
4. Name one of the 15 most recent Time Magazine's People of the Year, as they are named as on the cover.
5. Name a Rolling Stones single that placed in the Top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100.
6. Name the genus, species, family, order, class, phylum, or kingdom of the common Blue Jay. Proper scientific names for these, please.
7. Name the first and last names of a contestant who made Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's "Tournament Of Ten" in 2009. If any of these are hyphenated, please include both parts.
8. Name a state that at present, has 10 or more Electoral College votes.
9. Name a capital city that has a higher altitude than Jerusalem.
10. Name a player who participated in Think Different 161.

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TD 163, Vanya

1. Syria has been suspended from the Arab League since 2011 due to its civil war. Palestine is also a member of the Arab League, although it is not an internationally recognized sovereign state. Name one of the remaining 20 member states of the Arab League.

2. The 2013 Hurricane season has been quiet so far. If a hurricane causes enough damage its name is retired. Name a hurricane name that has been retired since (and including) 2005.

3. Cable networks have dominated the drama categories at the Emmys in the last few years. Name a cable TV show, or actor or actress starring on a cable TV show, that has won an Emmy for Best Drama/Actor/Actress.

4. Several hybrids of big cats have been born at zoos around the world. Name a member (species) of the cat family felidae.

5. Sean Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel laureate in Literature (1995) died recently. Name a Nobel laureate in Literature since (and including) 1996.

6. Germany is seeking to find and try the last Nazis before they pass away. Name one of the 24 defendants at the main Nuremberg trial, 1945-1946.

7. Many eagerly anticipate the return of the PBS series Downton Abbey in January (season 4). Name a member of the Crawley family (by blood or marriage) in season 3 (no, just last name is not enough).

8. A certain young artist made headlines recently for her perfomance at the Video Music Awards. Name one of the artists on the Billboard Hot 100 top ten for the week of Sept. 7, 2013.

9. The president of Russia has been in the headlines a lot recently. Name a person who has been (or is) head of state of a former Soviet republic since 1991.

10. The Duchess of Cambridge recently gave birth to a royal heir. Name one of the first 11 people in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth II.

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TD 164, tjconn728, "United Nations"

1. At least one national soccer team that is currently a member of the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has been present at each FIFA World Cup since the inaugural event in 1930. However, the 35 teams that have qualified over this time span have come from only 10 different countries. Name one of those countries. (10)

Bonus: Name the year of the first World Cup that the country qualified for.

2. Of the 118 chemical elements currently known to exist, 23 are named after terrestrial locations. (Another 7 are named after astronomical objects.) Name a country that is or that contains one of these locations. (10)

Bonus: Name the corresponding element.

For the sake of clarity Scandium (Scandinavia), Europium (Europe), Rhenium (River Rhine), Thulium (Thule), and Americium (Americas) do not count as they are named after places that are not directly attributable to only one country.

3. Name a country with landmass on the mainland of the South American continent. (13)

4. Name a country that has at least one official national language that is a Slavic language. Note that this list only includes countries where the Slavic language is official at the national level, and does not include countries that may have a state or other sub-national entity that has a Slavic language as an official language. (13)

5. Now entering its 27th season, Survivor is still one of America's most watched television shows. Name a country, or the country controlling a territory, where a season of the U.S. version of Survivor has been filmed. (17)

6. Of the 193 United Nations member states, 175 maintain embassies in Washington, D.C. Name one of the 18 countries that does not. (18)

7. The classic version of the board game Risk divides the world into 42 territories. The name of 32 of these territories contains the full or partial modern name of a country, territory, or sub-national entity within a country. (The other 10 names are general geographic regions that contain multiple countries). Name one of the countries referred to, either in full or that contains one of the territories or sub-national entities. (24)

Note: Some territory names are longer than the countries, while some are shorter. Both count, as long as it logically refers to the same region. For example, if there was a region called "Dakota," this would count for both North and South Dakota, and therefore the United States. Likewise, a territory called "North Texas" would count for Texas. However, "North Texas" would not count for "North Dakota."

8. Nature Climate Change published a study, "Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities," in August 2013 that listed where sea level rise and flooding have the potential to cause the greatest amount of damage, as measured in U.S. dollars. The study cites cities with the largest annual flood risk, cities with the largest flood risk compared to local GDP, and cities where the average annual loss due to flooding is expected to increase most between 2005 and 2050 due to sea-level rise. Each of these lists contains 20 cities, some of which appear on multiple lists. Name a country containing a city that appears on any of the three lists. (25)

Bonus: Name the city (no need to specify which list).

9. Name a country that contains one of the 300 tallest buildings in the world. Since the definition of "tallest" is somewhat ambiguous, I am using the Wikipedia list, based off of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat list, which defines building height to the architectural top and includes spires, but not antennas. This list also includes some buildings that are topped out, but may not necessarily be complete and open. (27)

Hint: number 300 on the list is 241 meters, or 790 feet, tall.

10. A UNESCO World Heritage site is a location with cultural and/or natural heritage that the United Nations Environmental, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considers as having outstanding universal value. Of the nearly 1,000 World Heritage sites, 38 are on the "List of World Heritage in Danger," which signifies that conservation requires major operations and that "assistance has been requested." Name a country that contains one of these endangered sites. (29)

Hint as to what may cause a site to become endangered. Natural sites may be endangered by serious decline in the population of an endangered or other valuable species or the deterioration of natural beauty or scientific value of a property by man-made activities such as logging, pollution, human settlement, mining, agriculture, and major public works. Ascertained dangers for cultural properties include serious deterioration of materials, structure, ornaments or architectural coherence and the loss of historical authenticity or cultural significance. Potential dangers for both cultural and natural sites include development projects, armed conflicts, insufficient management systems, or changes in the legal protective status of the property. In the case of cultural sites gradual changes due to geology, climate or environment can also be potential dangers.

11. Although approximately 95 countries allow the use of capital punishment in at least some circumstances, in many of these places it is rarely or never used. In fact, Amnesty International believes that only 30 countries have carried out at least one execution between 2010 and the present. Name one of these countries. (30)

12. Name a country that contains land that is below sea level. (34)

13. Name a country that deployed troops to the Iraq War as part of the Multi-National Force - Iraq, the so-called "Coalition of the Willing," at any point between 2003 and 2011. According to the U.S. State Department, 15 countries covertly supplied troops, but I am only asking for ones that publicly deployed troops, as the identity of the countries on the list of covertly deployed troops is not confirmed. (40)

14. The Commonwealth of Nations is an intergovernmental organization of 54 member states, mostly former territories of the British Empire, that are united by language; history and culture; and shared values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Name a country that is a current member state of the Commonwealth of Nations. (54)

15. Lonely Planet publishes travel guides that cover just about the entire world, even Antarctica. The guides can be focused on an area as small as a city to one as large as a continent. Name a country that Lonely Planet currently sells a travel guide for that is dedicated to just that country. Guides that cover a part of one country (such as a state) or that group multiple countries together do not count, unless there is also a guide dedicated to the entire country, and that country alone. However, if a title indicates a country AND an off-shore territory of that country (such as "United States and Puerto Rico") that would count. (71)

Bonus question: There are 22 countries that are not a valid answer to any of the above questions. Name up to five of these countries. I will take one point off of your final score for each correct answer. There is no penalty for incorrect answers.

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TD 165, Lumosityfan, "Texas"

1. We begin in the great city of Houston, named, of course, by the famous Texan patriot Sam Houston. Houston is only one of a handful of populous cities in the United States. Name one Texan city which is part of the 50 most populous US cities as of the 2010 US Census not including Houston.
Bonus #1: For the city you answered, name what position that city is in.
Bonus #2: Name how many Texas cities are in the 50 most populous US cities.

2. We now go further to the Astrodome, home of the first usage of the world-famous AstroTurf. AstroTurf, as we all know, revolutionized sports forever. Texas sports aren’t too shabby either. Name a Texas sports team that has won at least one championship in the NFL, NHL, NBA, or MLB while playing as a Texas team.
Bonus #1: Name how many championships that team has won ever since its induction and while that team was in Texas.

3. We now start driving down I-45 along the Bolivar Peninsula to visit Gilchrist, a town devastated by a certain hurricane recently. Name one hurricane that has made landfall in Texas and whose name was retired anytime there were hurricane names.
Bonus #1: Name what year that hurricane made landfall.

4. Driving down numerous highways, we now encounter Washington-on-the-Brazos, where a group of Texan revolutionaries declared Independence from Mexico. Name a president of the Republic of Texas.

5. We now drive west on I-10 and northwest of US-270 to Austin, Texas, home of the largest Capitol in the United States. Austin was the originator of many political powers. Name a person representing Texas who has occupied the office of President, Vice President, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, House Majority Leader, or Supreme Court Justice.
Bonus #1: Name what office(s) that person occupied.

6. We now drive west to El Paso, the westernmost point in Texas. Texas also border a good amount of states in both the United States and Mexico. Name a state that Texas borders.

7. Heading north, we drive to Amarillo, Texas, which is inconveniently located at the southern portion of Tornado Alley. Name one state which is considered part of Tornado Alley.

8. Heading south again, we drive along I-20 to Dallas and Fort Worth, then drive to Waco, home of Baylor University. Not including Baylor, name a Division I FBS school from Texas.

9. We now head back to Houston, which is the head of Harris County. This is also a good time to mention that Texas has a lot of counties. Name one of the many counties that Texas is host to.
Bonus: Name the county head of said county.

10. We now end in San Antonio, since a visit to Texas is not complete without including San Antonio. (Sorry, South Texas, but I wanted to keep this to 10 questions) San Antonio is home to the River Walk and the Alamo. It is also home to SeaWorld. Speaking of rivers, name a river in Texas that is at least 500 miles long.

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TD 166, WRV, "Let's All Go to the Lobby" (Movies theme)

1. In 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its rule stating that only five films may be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Up to ten movies may now be included in this category. Name a movie that has received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture Of The Year since this rule change took place.

2. Halloween is only a few weeks away, and many people will probably spend the night watching scary movies. A lot of those movies will likely be based on a story by Stephen King. Name a feature film based on a story by Stephen King. (Not counting made-for-TV movies).

3. Before his untimely death in 1999, the great Stanley Kubrick directed fifteen films (counting both feature and short length). Name one of these films.

4. The Criterion Collection, founded in 1984, has aimed to distribute classic and modern movies that contain “the defining moments of cinema.” Below is a list of movies included in the Criterion Collection. Pick one and name the country that it is (primarily) set in.

A. The 39 Steps
B. Yojimbo
C. Breathless
D. Armageddon
E. The Seventh Seal
F. La Dolce Vita
G. M
H. Monsoon Wedding
I. Walkabout
J. The Last Emperor
K. Carmen
L. Knife in the Water

5. May 2013 marked the tenth anniversary of the passing of Katharine Hepburn, one of the most celebrated actresses of all time. Name a feature film that starred Katharine Hepburn.

6. Arnold Schwarzenegger is easily the world’s most famous Austrian (Apologies to Kurt Waldheim). He may not be the world’s best actor, but he has provided some rather quotable moments in his movies. Below is a list of quotes from Schwarzenegger films. Pick one and name the movie Arnold uttered it in.

A. “You’re a funny guy Sully. I like you. That’s why I’m going to kill you last.”
B. “I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.”
C. “Let’s kick some ice!.”
D. “I’m not a pervert! I was just looking for Turbo Man doll!”
E. “You’ve just been erased!”
F. “We’re going to play a wonderful game called ‘Who is your daddy, and what does he do?’”
G. “I’m pregnant…”
H. “Hey, you want to be a farmer? Here’s a couple of achers (sic).”
I. “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
J. “Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!”
K. “You have no respect for logic, and I have no respect for people who have no respect for logic.”
L. “I’m a friend of Sarah Connor. I was told she’s here, could I see her please?”
M. “You should not drink and bake.”

7. 2012 saw the release of the first chapter of The Hobbit trilogy, the long awaited screen adaptation of Tolkien’s prelude to The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit, of course, involves a small group of heroes traveling across Middle Earth to defeat the dragon Smaug and reclaim the home of the Dwarves. Name one of the fifteen characters who was a part of this group.

8. Earlier this year, famed animation director Hayao Miyazaki announced he would retire from film making following the release of his latest movie. Name a feature film directed by Miyazaki.

9. Every year, the American Film Institute (AFI) gives a lifetime achievement award to an actor or filmmaker “whose talent has advanced the film art in a fundamental way.”Name someone who has received the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

10. Since Lucasfilm was purchased by Disney last year, there’s been a flurry of speculation involving the next Star Wars movie. In honor of the eventual Star Wars Episode VII, let’s finish this TD with a Star Wars question! Name a planetary system traveled to by any character in the Star Wars film saga.

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TD 167, Creed Bratton, Are You Ready For Some (College) Football?

1. Each Saturday morning, ESPN’s College Gameday serves as the unofficial kickoff to the college football weekend. For the past 20 years, Gameday has traveled around the country for a key matchup each week. Sadly, however, Gameday has not been able to get everywhere. Name one of the 16 states that has never hosted Gameday.

2. Throughout the country, tens of thousands of people pack into a stadium every Saturday during the fall to watch their favorite team play. Some stadiums, however, are larger than others. 13 college football teams play in a stadium that can hold more than 90,000 fans, defined by the largest reported attendance for a college football game in that stadium. Name one.

3. The Heisman Memorial Trophy is designed to recognize the “outstanding college football player” of each year. Unfortunately, in recent years this award has often gone to the best quarterback of the year. Name a winner of the Heisman Trophy who was NOT a quarterback.

4. But of course, the Heisman Trophy is not the only college football award given to players at the end of the season. Name any major college football postseason award given to a player. For purposes of this answer, I am defining a “major” award as one that appears on’s list of college football awards.

5. Only 14 running backs in history have rushed for more than 2000 yards in a season at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Name one.

6. College football has had many great coaches over the years. Name a coach who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame that coached his last game during the 1997 season or later. In other words, stay away from Ara Parseghian.

7. Over the past few years, realignment has been a huge issue in college football. Even the five power conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac-12) have experienced realignment. Name one of the 12 teams that will play in one of those conferences during the 2014 season that did not play in that conference during the 2009 season.

8. The goal of each season is to win the BCS National Championship. Short and simple: name a team that has won the BCS National Championship.

9. If a team doesn’t get to the BCS National Championship Game, however, there are still lots of other bowls out there. Most of those bowls are sponsored in some manner. Name the sponsor of a bowl game at the end of the 2013 season. By sponsor, I mean either the bowl is named for a company (e.g., the Nike Bowl), is part of the name of the bowl (e.g. the Nike Rose Bowl), or is the presenting sponsor of the bowl (e.g., the Rose Bowl presented by Nike).

10. Beginning next season, however, the goals will change, as teams will be competing to be part of the college football playoff. Recently, the playoff announced the 13-person committee that will select the participants. Name a member of that committee.

11. As we all know, scandal is a part of college football. As a consequence for NCAA rules violations, teams are occasionally required to vacate wins from prior seasons in which they fielded ineligible players or otherwise violated NCAA rules. Name a team that has had to vacate at least one win from the 1998 season or later.

12. Cats. I hate cats. Not that that has anything to do with college football, but I really hate cats. And so I hate teams that are nicknamed with some form of feline. Name an FBS team with a feline nickname.

13. While college football is nice, nothing is nicer than being named the first pick in the NFL Draft. Name a college that has had a player selected as the first pick in the 2000 to 2013 NFL Drafts.

14. We’ll end this TD with a question that involves the entire history of college football. It’s short and simple, name one of the top 16 programs in college football history, ranked by number of total wins. A couple of hints: (1) the wins can be at any level of college football, and (2) the rankings are not affected by wins that have been vacated over time, so the top 16 are the same regardless of whether you include vacated wins.

BONUS: As a point of personal privilege, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers are widely considered the greatest team in college football history. For the bonus, name up to three members of the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers. For each one you correctly name, I will reduce your score by one point.

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TD 168, mujason

1. Name one of the seven title destinations for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the "Road" movies OR one of the seven title destinations in the "Family Guy" "Road" episodes. (14 total possible answers)

2. Choose one of the following song lyrics and name the song it is from. (Each choice is from a song that has been in the Billboard top ten this year).
A: What rhymes with hug me?
B: We crave a different kind of buzz.
C: Some of us just like to read.
D: My posse's been on Broadway, and we did it our way.
E: I crashed my car into the bridge.
F: We've come too far to give up who we are.
G: If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
H: In this brand new Chevy with a lift kit.
I: We're gonna rock this house until we knock it down.
J: I'm breathing in the chemicals.

3. Name a US President, US Vice President, or US Secretary of State who has won the Nobel Peace Prize (can have won before, during, or after having been in office). (11 possible answers)

4. Name a chemical element whose first letter is different than the first or only letter of its chemical symbol. (10 possible answers)

5. Name a team to have made at least one of the last five Final Fours (NCAA men's Division I). (15 possible answers)

6. There are 14 countries that border China. Name a national capital of one of those countries. (14 possible answers, of course)

7. Name someone who has won at least one of the last five GUEST acting Emmys in any of the following categories: Drama Actor, Drama Actress, Comedy Actor, Comedy Actress. (19 possible answers)

8. Name an original member of the Warsaw Pact. (8 possible answers)

9. Name one of the twelve labors of Hercules. (12 possible answers, obviously)

10. Chose one of the following 12 pairs of champions and match that pair to its championship activity.
A. Dan Feyer and Ellen Ripstein
B. Ruben Limardo and Mariel Zagunis
C. Jose Capablanca and Tigran Petrosian
D. Adrien Broner and Gennady Golovkin
E. Fred Jones and Jeremy Evans
F. Nigel Richards and Brian Cappelletto
G. Julia Mancuso and Didier Defago
H. Chris Shivers and Silvano Alves
I. Laura Davies and Suzann Pettersen
J. Steven Lopez and Hwang Kyung-Seon
K. Kim Rhode and Jin Jong-oh
L. Thomas Snyder and Jan Mrozowski

Tae Kwon Do
Crossword Puzzles
NBA Slam Dunk Contest
Bull Riding

11. Name a film directed by Ridley Scott ("Exodus" doesn't count as it's not coming out until 2014). (21 possible answers)

12. Name a Mersenne prime or a perfect number under one hundred million. (7 primes and 5 perfect numbers, so 12 possible answers)

13. Name a Taylor Swift song or album that won a Grammy, CMA Award, ACM Award, MTV VMA, or CMT Music Award, or topped the Billboard Hot 100 songs or Top 200 albums. (To keep the list at Swift's lucky thirteen, "Highway Don't Care," which is an award-winning Tim McGraw song featuring Swift, won't count.) (13 possible answers)

14. Name someone who has won multiple Pulitzer Prizes in Fiction, Poetry, and/or Drama. (The prizes can be in one or more of those three categories.) (16 possible answers)

15. Give the correct response to a Final Jeopardy used in the in second and deciding game of a Tournament of Champions final. (TOC only; no Ultimate Tournament of Champions, International tournaments, or reunion/super tournaments). Also, some Finals require x out of y possible answers. You only need to list x answers and not all y; however, all subsets from the same Final will count as the same entry for scoring purposes. (24 possible answers)

BONUS Questions: (one point subtracted from total score for each correct bonus; no penalty for incorrect answers). Each bonus is a subset of a previous question.

BONUS 1. Name one of the five teams to have made two Final Fours (NCAA Men's Division I) in the last five years.

BONUS 2. Name one of the three people to have won a Pulitzer Prize in two of these three categories: fiction, poetry, drama.

BONUS 3. Name the only two-time guest acting Emmy winner in the last five years.

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TD 169, Magna, Oklahoma: The Sooner State

1. Oklahoma takes its name from the Choctaw words for “red people,” and has the second largest Native American population in the nation (after California). It is also home to 38 federally-recognized tribes. Name one of those tribes.

2. Although you might not realize it, for its population Oklahoma has produced a lot of well-known showbiz folks (and not just for Westerns). Give the full name of someone born in Oklahoma who has won an Oscar for directing, or an Oscar, Tony, or national Emmy award for acting. As a hint, I’ve provided you with some “incognito” photos of people who are correct answers – but you aren’t limited to people shown in the pictures.
Photo hints

3. Oklahoma is also a popular setting for movies. View the clip, then name one of these movies, set all or partly in Oklahoma (or the territory that became Oklahoma).

4. Oklahoma has long been known as a leading production of black gold. Oil derricks can be seen pumping away even in urban areas (and, until recently, even on the state capitol grounds.) Currently Oklahoma ranks fifth in crude oil production, as measured in barrels pumped per day. Name another state, besides Oklahoma, currently producing more than 50,000 barrels per day.

5. Until the Oklahoma Thunder came along, Oklahoma’s sports mania was focused almost entirely on college football, especially the OU Sooners and OSU Cowboys. Name someone from either school who has won the Heisman Trophy, or who played football for any Oklahoma college or university and went on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

6. Oklahoma has a history of women in positions of political power. It currently has a female governor (Mary Fallin), and it was the second state to elect a woman to the U.S. House of Representatives (Mary Alice Robertson, of Muskogee). Name another U.S. state that elected a woman to the House of Representatives before 1930.

7. The territory that is now the Oklahoma panhandle was created by the Missouri Compromise, and gives Oklahoma borders with New Mexico and Colorado. In total, Oklahoma shares borders with six other states. Name another U.S. state or Canadian province or territory that borders at least six other U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and/or Canadian territories.

8. In Oklahoma’s far southwest is the town of Altus (population just under 20,000), and in the northeast is the city of Tulsa (population nearly 400,000). Coincidentally, their names are anagrams of each other. Name another pair of cities and/or towns anywhere in the U.S. whose names are anagrams of each other. (Please identify the states, to help me confirm answers.)

9. In Oklahoma’s far southeast corner is McCurtain County, part of the native range of Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator. Name one of the nine other U.S. states to which this species is indigenous.

10. Oklahoma is home to a wealth of musical talent. Name one of the Oklahoma-themed or –related songs shown in this clip. For a 1-point deduction, name the group or a vocal soloist from the clip you named.

11. The Wealth-X Institute has compiled a list of each state’s wealthiest person. Oklahoma’s George Kaiser, chairman of the BOK Financial Corporation, came in tops for the Sooner State, with a net worth of just under $10B. Name a state whose wealthiest resident, according to Wealth-X, is wealthier than that. Hint: There are 15 correct answers, and they aren’t necessarily the ones you’d think of first.

12. Let’s finish up by getting our kicks on Route 66, a.k.a. the Will Rogers Highway, Main Street of America, or Mother Road. It’s no longer an official U.S. highway, but name one of the eight states through which U.S. Route 66 passed when it was one.

Tiebreaker Question: Identify the species of fish (one of the two common names) in my avatar.

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TD 170, Paucle, Best Guess!

1. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.
Our first question will test your mathematical acumen.
There's a neat little puzzle that challenges you to convert everything from {0,0,0} through {10, 10, 10} into an equation that equals 6. You are allowed the use of any symbol or function, as many as you need, to get each triplet to this goal. However, the only integers you are allowed in each equation are the three you're trying to convert to "6." Therefore 2 is the only one you can square using an exponent, 3 is the only one you can get the cube or cube root of. (I will allow a square root in any equation, even though a sqrt technically has a "2" within the radical. )

For instance, as the easiest example, let's do 2:
2+2+2= 6.
or 2x2+2=6
Those would be considered the same, BTW. Your answer is dependent on the triplet you use, not how you use that triplet to get to 6.
Another "BTW": I'm not saying all triplets can become six. If you think any triplet is unsixable, that can be your answer too. e.g.,

"2,2,2 can't be done."

Please don't get too fancy with types/ fonts in using the symbols/ functions, as they may not convert visually. With anything more than + - x /, just describe what you're doing with your triplet. e.g.,
[color]2 squared -2=6 That's my best guess![/color]

2. Drink Up!
When I was first old enough to legally drink alcohol (age 18, back then), beer on tap at my fave watering hole for a tall frosty glass (about 12 oz) was 75 cents; half glass was 50 cents. That puts the best price at my pub at 6.25 cents/oz.
Presently, the average price for beer at an NFL stadium is 44 cents/oz.
Name an NFL team whose home stadium sells their beer for more than 44 cents per ounce.

3. S is for Sheep
From this list of literary detectives, pick a letter and tell me what author pens their adventures (ignore actual writers where applicable, I'm just worried about who's credited on the cover).

A) Jesse Stone............I) Kay Scarpetta
B) Temperence Brennan..J) Decker & Lazarus
C) Adele Monserrat.......K) King & Maxwell
D) Louis Cole..............L) Sherlock Holmes
E) Kinsey Milhone........M) Stone Barrington
F) Alex Cross..............N) Nancy Drew
G) Alex de la Ware.......O) Lije Baley
H) Hercule Poirot.........P) Harry Bosch

4. This whole damn question is law and order!
From its inception in 1990, Law & Order has kept a constant rotation in its senior detective/ junior detective pair. Regarding only the original series (none of the spin-offs), tell me one of the Sr/Jr detective pairings as represented by the performers in the main title sequence. (I found at least 10, but may have missed one or two.)
Individual answers are represented by the entire pair. Detectives ABCD offer 6 potential answers, not 4.

5. A Capital Idea!
Name a national capital whose first letter is the same as its country's (Like "Dover, Delaware," if Delaware were a country.)
I believe almost 30 qualify; to that end, if you use an answer where the entire country's name is found within the capital city's name, it'll cost you double. I'm just mean that way! If two people use "France City" for France, that would be 4, not 2. Which is fortunate for them that I didn't know the correct answer there was "Paris" and thus would not qualify!

6. Heads Up!
There are 22 Constellations that start with the letter "C." Name one. You can even stage-whisper it if you like.

7. Way way back many centuries ago...
...this dude named Joseph got a real hip coat. According to his biographers, Rice and Lloyd Webber, that coat had 29 different colors. Name one.

8. Close, but no good 5 cent cigar
Name a VPOTUS of exactly 4 years who never served as POTUS. I think I counted 22. Wait. I know I counted 22. What I mean was I think I counted correctly.

9. The cigar!
Name any Presidential ticket where the Veep eventually served as POTUS.
"Presidential ticket" meaning a POTUS/ VPOTUS partnership being voted on as a pair.

10. "So who won? The Losers? "
No dad- they lost.
"henh henh... losers."

(Reviving a game I tried to run last year, but failed.)
Identify the last time a state, in consecutive years, made it to the title game/series of the same Major League sport and came away without a win both times. Some states have never done it. Some have done it more than once. I'm looking for the most recent time they've done this.

It has to be the same sport, but not necessarily the same team.
As an example, the Mets lost the 2000 World Series and the Yankees lost in 2001. That would be NYState's qualifier... except the Yankees won in 2000. So try again!
Philadelphia lost to the Patriots in 2005; in 2006 Pittsburgh represented PA, but won, so again, don't use 2005-06 as PA's answer.

11. Miss Universe- the fix is in!
I was going to ask you to name a planet that won the Miss Universe pageant, but it appears it's always "Earth." Seems fishy.
So... instead, name a state that's won more than two Miss America titles.
Five states have done it in consecutive years. Name one of them and you get to drop your worst score automatically. (Unless you BG this.)

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TD 171, Vermonter, World Capitals


Pick one of the "sort-of" capital cities in the disclaimer above, and tell me the "official" capital of the same country. Your response requires both the "disputed" city you choose and the "actual" capital.

For example, you might reply, "New York City – Washington, D.C." were New York City an alternate capital listed above.


Name a capital that is not the most populous city in its country.

There are 12 capital cities situated at a mean elevation of over 5,280 feet. Name one of them.


Name a capital city that’s only four letters long.


Give me a capital city that consists of a single word containing 10 or more letters.

To clarify: Cities with a space, a hyphen, an apostrophe, or any other punctuation are ineligible.


Name a current capital city of one of the 15 Former Soviet Republics – the independent states that resulted from the dissolution of the U.S.S.R.


Name a capital city that begins and ends with the same letter.


Name a capital city of a member of the United Nations Security Council, either as of right now or slated to join in 2014.

There are 20 possible answers – 15 current members, and 5 new ones to join on January 1. (The fifth new one will be announced December 6, I believe.)


Each of the following cities served as its nation’s capital at some point in the last century, but no longer. Pick one and tell me the name of its successor. (Give me both the former capital and the current capital in your response, please.)
  • Almaty
    Belize City
    Madina do Boe
    Tel Aviv-Jaffo
    Quezon City
    Luang Prabang


Give me a capital city that starts with the same two letters as the name of its country.


Name a capital city that has been the seat of power of a female President at some point in the last five years (since January 1, 2009). Such a woman does not need to be the incumbent. I will also accept Acting Presidents.


There are 3 capital cities with three-word names. For a reduction of one point each – and with no penalty for an incorrect response – name them. Note: Washington, D.C. is not one of them.

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TD 172, Sherm

1.) Name one of the colors in an original box of crayola crayons in 1903 (8 correct answers)

2.) According to the CIA world fact book, in 2011 twenty countries consumed an average of over 1,000,000 barrels of oil per day. Name one of those countries

3.) Primary U.S. Interstate Highways have either a one or two digit designation. Associated auxiliary highways (often called city bypass or beltway highways) have three digit numbers. Based on this definition, name a primary U.S. Interstate Highway that is 200 miles in length or shorter. (Example; Interstate 5, which runs from San Yisdro, California (Mexico) to Blaine, Washington (Canada) is an eligible answer for the question, except that it is incorrect due to its length) (23 correct answers)

Bonus #1 – Name the longest primary U.S. Interstate highway in the United States?

4.) Name a non active baseball player (a player that was not under MLB contract in 2013) that has hit 400 or more MLB home runs and is not enshrined at Cooperstown in the major league baseball hall of fame (19 correct answers)

5.) As sorted by % of recipes that use ingredients, according to Name one of the twelve most popular culinary herbs or spices (Salt is not considered a spice)

6.) In 1992, Michael Hart wrote a bestselling book on the 100 most influential people ever. He listed them from 1 through 100. Name a person that finished in the top 15 of that list. The following is a list of years that are generally accepted as the mid-point of the life of each in the top 15:

A. 353 BC
B. uncertain, between 520 to 440 BC
C. 1859
D. 85
E. 601
F. 1685
G. approx 15 AD
H. very uncertain, mostly likely around 1300-1400 BC
I. 36
J. 1431
K. 1603
L. uncertain approx 300 BC
M. 1478
N. 515 BC
O. 1917

Bonus #2 –Seven American citizens are on the top 100 list and are not in the top 15. They are George Washington, Wright Brothers, Tomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, and one final person. This person is one of the following name him. John F. Kennedy, Eli Whitney, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Goddard, Franklin D. Roosevelt

7.) Name one of the countries that the Danube River either flows through or borders. (10 correct answers)

8.) Name a person that held one of the following offices between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989. Prime Minister of Canada, General Secretary of the Communist party of the Soviet Union, President of Mexico (11 correct answers)

9.) In 2002 the Norwegian book club put together a list of the 100 best pieces of literature ever. The list was created by one hundred writers from fifty-four different countries. This list endeavored to reflect world literature, with books from all countries, cultures, and all time periods. Eleven names made the list with two or more entries. Name one. (See note at the bottom of the quiz)

Bonus #3 -The Norwegian book club did not rate the literature from 1 through 100. Essentially, this book or story made the list, and is in the top hundred. They did, however, say that one piece of literature was number one on the list and rated out ahead of everything else? What topped the list?

10.) Name an album that has spent at least 20 consecutive weeks at number one the billboard 200 (ranking of the top selling albums of the week). The following are the number of weeks and year each album spent at the top. Both movie soundtracks and studio albums appear in this list
A. (54 weeks) (1962–63)
B. (37 weeks) (1983–84)
C. (31 weeks) (1977–78)
D. (31 weeks) (1958–59)
E. (31 weeks) (1956–57)
F. (24 weeks) (2011–12)
G. (24 weeks) (1984–85)
H. (24 weeks) (1978)
I. (21 weeks) (1990)
J. (20 weeks) (1992–93)
K. (20 weeks) (1961–62)

11.) Name a chemical element that is named for a scientist. (14 correct answers)

12.) Name a Movie, from 1970 to present, that was nominated for an Oscar award in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay? (17 correct answers)

Bonus #4 - Name the movie that won the most Oscars in a single year (8) that did not win best picture?

13.) Name one of the people to hold the title of Chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. (17 correct answers)

14. ) With the most recent jeopardy Tournament of Champions, Colby Burnett, Keith Whitener and Kristin Morgan all got to play 4 games of jeopardy after their original run on the show. Both Burnett and Whitener are going to get a chance to play in more games with the 30th anniversary tourney sometime this coming year. Name a person that has played at least 8 games of jeopardy after their original run of games on the show. (13 correct answers)

15.) In 2000, ESPN named the top 100 athletes of the 20th century. Name one of the top 15 athletes on the list. The following is a breakdown of the sports that they are primarily associated with
4 are known for baseball
2 are known for basketball
2 are known for boxing
2 are known for track and field
1 is known for football
1 is known for golf
1 is known for hockey
1 is known for both track & field and football
1 is known for both track & field and golf

Bonus #5 - There were 3 non-humans that made the top 100 list. Secretariat finished number 35. Name one of the other two non-humans on the list?

Note for number 9.
Do not name modern poets, short story or fairy tale writers. A couple of them made the list but the book club in many cases decided to list thier complete works when listing them as opposed to an individual story. The few who did make it for a single publication did not make it on for a second, and are incorrect answers.
The majority of the list is made up of novels from the 18th century to present. Most (but not all) of the works on the list prior to 1700 fit the description of epic poems, or plays. No factual or historical documents (Declaration of Independence, Magna Carte....) made the list. Authors such as Thomas Jefferson, John Locke or Thomas Paine do not appear.

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TD 173, StevenH, Welcome to the NBA Themed TD!

1. In 2003, the NBA began the postseason format of having 8 teams from each conference advance to the playoffs and having every playoff series be a best of seven series. Since then, only nine different teams have won a playoff series as a 6, 7, or 8 seed. Name 1 of the 9 NBA teams that, since January 1, 2003, has won a playoff series as a 6, 7, or 8 seed.

2. Pictured below, in spoiler boxes, are 9 different shoes that were, at one time, the signature shoe of an NBA player who played at least part of his career in the 1990s. Name 1 of the 9 former or active NBA players who had one of the signature shoes that is pictured below. You do NOT have to specify which shoe you are referring to with your answer.

3. The Detroit Pistons won back to back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, during their “Bad Boys” era. Name a player who played at least one game for the Detroit Pistons in the 1989 playoffs and/or the 1990 playoffs.

4. Pictured below, in spoiler boxes, are eight active or former NBA players. Identify 1 of the 8 active or former NBA players who is pictured below. You do NOT have to specify which picture you are referring to with your answer.

5. Kevin McHale became the head coach of the Houston Rockets on June 1, 2011. There are only eight NBA head coaches who have been with their current teams longer than Kevin McHale has been with the Rockets. Name 1 of the 8 NBA head coaches who has been the head coach of the team that he currently coaches since before June 1, 2011.

6. The first time that the NBA Most Valuable Player award was awarded was for the 1955-1956 season. Name an active or retired player who won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in consecutive seasons.

7. The NBA has been the subject of criticism because of referring that has been seen as either bad or biased in favor of certain teams. Pick out any 1 of the 7 controversial games or series that is listed below and identify BOTH teams who played each other in that game or series. You do NOT have to specify which option you are referring to with your answer.

a) Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals
b) Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals
c) Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals
d) Games 3-6 of the 2006 NBA Finals
e) The 2007 Western Conference Finals
f) Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference round 1 series between the #2 and #7 seeds
g) The 2012 Eastern Conference Finals

8. Bobby Jackson won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for the 2002-2003 Season. Identify an NBA player who has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award since it was won by Bobby Jackson.

9. The 1996 United States men's Olympic basketball team won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in my home city, Atlanta, Georgia. Name 1 of the 12 NBA players who played on the 1996 United States men’s Olympic basketball team.

10. Identify 1 of the 9 active or retired NBA players who is listed below from his nickname and the years that he played in the league. You do NOT need to specify your choice for this question.

a) 2007-present: The Polish Hammer
b) 2004-present: Mighty Mouse
c) 1998-2008; 2009-2011: White Chocolate
d) 1996-present: Jesus Shuttlesworth
e) 1997-present: Mr. Big Shot
f) 1995-2001: Big Country
g) 1979-1992: Larry Legend
h) 2001-2006; 2008-present: Birdman
i) 1967-1980: Earl the Pearl

11. NBA Jam is an arcade video game that was released in 1993 and features 2-on-2 game play. The game was also released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Game Boy, and Game Gear. Identify* 1 of the now retired NBA players** who is a playable character in the original NBA Jam video game for any one of the six teams that is listed below. *NOTE 1: You do NOT have to specify the team when you give your response. **NOTE 2: The players who appeared as characters varied some between consoles, so there may be more than two correct responses for each team.

a) Chicago Bulls
b) Cleveland Cavaliers
c) Orlando Magic
d) Denver Nuggets
e) Los Angeles Clippers
f) Portland Trail Blazers

12. Listed below are eight numbers that have been retired by NBA teams and the teams that retired them. Identify 1 of the 8 former NBA players whose retired number and team is listed below. You do NOT need to identify the number or the team with your answer.

a) #23: Houston Rockets
b) #6: Philadelphia 76ers
c) #7: New Orleans Pelicans
d) #44: San Antonio Spurs
e) #2: Denver Nuggets
f) #42: Los Angeles Lakers
g) #1: Sacramento Kings
h) #00: Boston Celtics

13. The Dallas Mavericks pulled one of the few really big upsets in recent NBA playoffs history when they defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Name a player who played at least one game for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA playoffs.

TIEBREAKER: Baron Davis is a former NBA player who played for the Hornets, Warriors, Clippers, Cavaliers, and Knicks at various times between 1999 and 2012.This is the total number of points that Baron Davis scored in regular season games in his career.

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TD 174, UniquePerspective,The 12 Days Of TD-Mas!

Twelve Drummers Drumming:
Name any of top 20 singles on the 2013 Billboard Year-End Chart.

Eleven Pipers Piping:
Name a wrestler that Rowdy Roddy Piper competed either with or against at a Wrestlemania.

Ten Lords-A-Leaping:
Name any man who received a medal for an individual medals event at the 2012 Olympics for any of the following events:

110 Meter Hurdles
400 Meter Hurdles
High Jump
Long Jump
Triple Jump

Nine Ladies Dancing:
Name a woman who has won a Tony Award for Best Choreography.

Eight Maids-A-Milking:
Allegedly, eight maids-a-milking refers to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3 through 5:12 in the Bible, where eight types of people are described as being blessed. Name one of the eight kinds of people that are blessed. I don’t need the “for…” part, I just need the eight kinds of people that are blessed.

Seven Swans-A-Swimming:
Name anybody that our own SwanShadow, Michael Rankins, played in either the 1988 Tournament of Champions, the 1990 run of Super Jeopardy, or the Ultimate Tournament of Champions.

Six Geese-A-Laying:
Name the most populous city of a Canadian province or territory.

Five Golden Rings:
Other than Gold, name an element on Row 6 of the periodic table.

Four Calling Birds:
Name an area code used in the state of New York.

Three French Hens:
Other than France itself, name a team that participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, hosted by France.

Two Turtle Doves:
Name any individual or group that has won a Nobel Peace Prize since the year 2000.

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree:
Name any actor who played a character with the last name of Partridge in "The Partridge Family" for at least 25 episodes.

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TD 175, tjconn728, Identification, Please

1. Literature ID

Identify the title of one of the pieces of literature whose opening lines are below. Note: I do not need the author, just the title.
A. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
B. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
C. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
D. Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board.
E. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
F. It was a pleasure to burn.
G. The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.
H. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.
I. The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.
J. Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
K. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond.
L. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
2. Flag ID

Identify one of the governments or organizations represented by the flags below.
3. Team ID

Identify one of the sports teams represented by the logos below. Note: Some of these logos are no longer used and some of these teams no longer exist.
4. Character ID

Identify one of the movie characters shown below. Note: I am looking for the name of the character (first and last, if applicable), not the name of the movie or actor/actress.
5. City ID

Identify one of the cities seen in the pictures below.
A. Image

B. Image

C. Image

D. Image

E. Image

F. Image

G. Image

H. Image

I. Image

J. Image

K. Image

L. Image
6. Potent Potables ID

Identify one of the following mixed drinks according to its ingredients, as listed by
A. 2 oz. gin
Carbonated water/club soda
1 oz. lemon juice
1 whole cherry
1 tsp. powdered sugar
1 orange slice

B. 2/3 oz. Kahlua
1 2/3 oz. vodka
1 oz. cream

C. 1 ½ oz. vodka
½ oz. lemon juice
3 oz. tomato juice
dash salt
dash tabasco sauce
dash Worcestershire sauce

DEe. 2 oz. gin
1 tsp. dry vermouth
1 whole olive

F. 1 1/3 oz. light rum
carbonated water/club soda
1 oz. lime juice
2 lime wedges
12 mint leaves
1 ½ oz. sugar syrup

gg. 1 1/3 oz. bourbon
2 dashes bitters, angostura
splash carbonated water/club soda
1 sugar cube

h. 2/3 oz. sweet vermouth
1 2/3 oz. Canadian whiskey
dash bitters, angostura
1 cherry

Y. 1 part vodka
2 parts orange juice

Jayyy? 2/3 oz. crème de cacao, white
2/3 oz. crème de menthe, green
2/3 oz. cream

ok. 2 ½ oz. champagne
2 ½ oz. orange juice

mmmm. 2 oz. light rum
1 lemon wedge

arrrrr. ½ oz. irish cream
½ pint stout
½ oz. irish whiskey

XYZ. 2 oz. gin
1/3 oz. dry vermouth
1 cocktail onion

I do;nt fell goodso atfer tht reeeesearsh
7. World Leader ID

Identify one of the current (as of January 9, 2014) heads of government below. Note: I am looking for the name of the leader, not the country led.
8. Year ID

Identify the year in which the following set of events happened.
A. Battle of New Orleans; Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba; largest volcanic explosion in recorded history at Mount Tambora in Indonesia

B. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates upon re-entry; Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Ðindic assassinated in Belgrade; Human Genome Project declared complete

C. First episode of Saturday Night Live airs; Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila; Francisco Franco dies

D. Aaron Burr kills Alexander Hamilton in a duel; Lewis and Clark Expedition begins; Napoleonic Code is adopted as French civil law

E. Boston Massacre; Captain Cook reaches east coast of Australia and circumnavigates New Zealand; Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI

F. oil platform Ocean Ranger sinks off coast of Newfoundland during storm killing all 84 workers aboard; Argentina invades and occupies Falkland Islands; Italy defeats West Germany 3-1 to win FIFA World Cup

G. South Carolina secedes from the Union; The British Open (or Open Championship) is played for the first time; the Pony Express has its first run

H. The U.S. Interstate Highway system as originally envisioned is proclaimed complete; George H.W. Bush falls ill and vomits into the lap of the Japanese Prime Minister during a state dinner; the Maastricht Treaty is signed, founding the European Union

I. Battle of Midway; Casablanca premieres; the Manhattan Projects initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction

J. The World's Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago; Lizzie Borden acquitted of murdering her parents; the first recorded college basketball game occurs

K. Gulf of Tonkin incident; Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison; Jeopardy! debuts with Art Fleming as host

L. Queen Victoria ascends to the British throne; Michigan becomes the 26th state admitted to the United States; Samuel Morse patents the telegraph
9. Airport ID

Identify a city served by an airport named for one of the people below. Note: In some cases, the name is officially part of the airport's name but is rarely used in practice.
A. Oliver Tambo

B. Leonardo da Vinci

C. Ted Stevens

D. Benito Juárez

E. Pierre Trudeau

F. Mother Teresa

G. Ruhollah Khomeini

H. Frédéric Chopin

I. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

J. Indira Ghandi

K. Ninoy Aquino

L. John Lennon
10. Album ID

Identify the name of one of the album covers shown below. I am looking for the name of the album, not the name of the band. Note: Since most album covers have the name of the band and/or album on them, I have cropped or blocked over such identifying information on some of these images.
11. Dog ID

Identify one of the dog breeds shown below from its photo on the American Kennel Club's website.
12. Constellation ID

Identify one of the constellations shown below.
13. Interstate ID

Identify the two-digit primary United States Interstate highway by its starting and ending points listed below.
A. San Diego, California to Blaine, Washington

B. Galveston, Texas to Dallas, Texas

C. San Diego, California to Sweetgrass, Montana

D. Billings, Montana to Port Huron, Michigan

E. Cove Fort, Utah to Baltimore, Maryland

F. Kent, Texas to Florence, South Carolina

G. New Haven, Connecticut to Derby Line, Vermont

H. Phoenix, Arizona to Flagstaff, Arizona

I. Kingsport, Tennessee to Charleston, South Carolina

J. Union Township, Pennsylvania to New York, New York

K. Hialeah, Florida to Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

L. Kansas City, Missouri to Pembina, North Dakota
14. Language ID

Identify the language below that the phrase "The human torch was denied a bank loan" is translated to using Google Translate.
A. Den mänskliga facklan nekades ett banklån.

B. La homa torĉo estis neita banko prunto.

C. Diúltaíodh an tóirse daonna iasacht bainc.

D. Ngọn đuốc của con người đã bị từ chối một khoản vay ngân hàng.

E. La torche humaine s'est vu refuser un prêt bancaire.

F. Y ffagl dynol gwadu benthyciad banc.

G. Het menselijke fakkel werd een banklening geweigerd.

H. La torcia umana è stato negato un prestito bancario.

I. Lidská pochodeň byl odepřen bankovní úvěr.

J. Torța umană a fost refuzat un împrumut bancar.

K. La antorcha humana se le negó un préstamo bancario.

L. Tochi binadamu lilikataliwa mkopo wa benki.
15. ID ID

Identify one of the famous people shown below, all of whom were born in what is today the state of Idaho.

Surprisingly, this guy seems to be from Brooklyn and not Idaho, hence he could not be included in the list.

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TD 176, econgator, Florida -- Don't Hate Because We're Warmer Than You Are!

1. According to the 2010 Census, 15 cities in Florida have a population within its city limits of 120,000 or more. Name one of those 15 cities.

2. Florida has given rise to some of the most famous musicians and musical acts ever: the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Pat Boone, Limp Bizkit and Jim Morrison, just to name a few. While the Doors may have sold more records overall, the Florida musician with the longest and most sucessful career is probably Tom Petty (both with and without the Heartbreakers). The Gainesville native has over 60 million albums sold in his career and has had 17 Billboard Hot 100 that have reached the top 50. Name one of those songs.

3. Florida is a great place to live due to the climate, but also because there is no state income tax -- thanks, tourists! :) Six other states have no personal income tax and two more tax only interest and dividends. Name any of these nine states.

4. Speaking of tourists, according to the 2012 attendance report by TEA, 8 of the top-20 theme parks in North America are located in Florida. Name one of these 8 parks.
NOTE: Just to prevent any confusion, "Walt Disney World" is not a park; it is an entertainment complex consisting of -- most importantly for this question -- 4 theme parks.

5. While that climate may be great in the winter, we make up for it in the summer and fall with the constant threat of hurricanes. No state has been hit by more hurricanes and tropical storms than Florida. Since 1900, over 300 such storms have affected the state, causing thousands of deaths and tens of billions of dollars of damage. In that time frame, 23 hurricanes of Category 3 or higher have struck the state, with 16 of them having names (the current naming conventions came into effect in 1953, although some earlier ones were named due to their place or date of impact). Give me one of those 16 "named" storms that were Cat 3 or higher when they made landfall in Florida.

6. Sports are very popular in the state. NASCAR, the PGA, and LPGA are all headquartered in the state and there are 9 "Big 4 sports" teams in the state. Give me the current name of an MLB, NHL, NBA, or NFL team based in Florida.

7. Florida is flat. Really, really flat. It's one of only 14 13 states with a highest elevation of under 2000 ft (Minnesota is #15 14 at 2302 ft). Name one of these 14 13 states.

8. Spring Break and Florida go hand in hand. When those students aren't out on the beaches partying, they pretend to learn at one of Florida's many excellent colleges and universities. There are 12 of them in the State University System. Name one of these 12. Hint: They all have the word "Florida" in them. ;)

9. Name a scripted (i.e. non-reality/documentary) TV show -- past or present -- which is substantially set in the state of Florida.

NOTE: For example, don't answer Seinfeld, which had a couple of episodes set at Jerry's parent's house. If an entire season of Seinfeld was down there, that would be fine. I'm not going to set a specific number to it, but to paraphrase Potter Stewart, I'll know 'substantial' when I see it.

10. Lakeland, FL, is home to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, which hosts the annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-in every spring. During these 6 days, it becomes the busiest airport on the planet, recording well over 60000 aircraft movements (to contrast, the Atlanta airport does about 75000 per month). Granted, its passenger count is not quite on par with the rest of the major airports. Name one of the top-15 US airports by its 2012 passenger boardings (#16 was Minneapolis-St. Paul at 15,943,751 -- hey, look, Minnesota again).

11. Florida has many counties named after a President, but it is one of 32 states that has never been the primary place of affiliation of any U.S. President. Should it have one in the future, though, it would join 10 other states that have represented exactly one. Name one of those 10 states.

12. At 9:34 AM ET on May 5, 1961, Mercury-Redstone 3 -- better known as Freedom 7 -- was launched from Launch Complex 5 at Cape Canaveral and would make Alan Shepard the first American in space. This, along with Yuri Gagarin's historic flight the month prior, marked the beginning of the Race to the Moon. The Americans won that race, but the Russians and Chinese have also had programs which put a human into space. Name one of the 9 programs from one of these 3 countries that sucessfully put a human into orbital or suborbital space.

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TD 177, Turd Ferguson, Oh Canada

1. The Canada-US border is “international border in the world shared between the same pair of countries”. As anyone who has ever looked at a map can see, most Canadian provinces share a border with the US, while most US states do not share a border with Canada. Name a US state that borders Canada, or a Canadian province that does not border the US. 16 answers

2. Name an “elected Prime Minister”, i.e. name someone who became (and/or remained) Prime Minister of Canada as the result of a Federal Election. 15 answers

3. Using data and definitions from the 2011 Census, there are 16 Metropolitan areas in Canada that have a population of over 300,000. Name one of these metropolitan areas (or a city contained in the metro area) 16 answers

Hint: They are all located in either Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, or Nova Scotia

4. Name a Canadian Artist who has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the Hot 100 era (1958-present). 17 answers

5. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler, Canada set a Games record by winning 14 Gold Medals, breaking the record of 13 set by the USSR in 1976 and tied by Norway in 2002. (This fact was mentioned once or twice at the time, and has come up a few times in Canada in the four years since!) Name an event in which Canada won a Gold Medal at the Vancouver games. 14 answers

6. While a Canadian appears on every episode of Jeopardy!, a number of episdoes have featured two Canadians. (There was even at least one episode featuring three) Name a Canadian Jeopardy! Contestant who won three or more games in regular play and/or appeared in a TOC in the Alex Trebek era. (Naming at least one such contestant should not be a daunt-ing task. Yes, I should have been able to resist saying that). "many" answers

7. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) launched a “Greatest Canadian” series in 2004, modeled (as in many other countries) after the BBC Greatest Britons series. Name a man (they were all men) who finished in the Top 15. Perhaps surprisingly, Alex Trebek did not even make the top 100. 15 answers

Hint: The top 15 are categorized (by me) in this manner: 5 politicians, 3 CBC broadcasters, 2 scientists/inventors, 2 musicians, 2 “humanitarians”, and 1 professional athlete.

8. One of the most “charming”(citation needed) Canadian traits is the desire to point out celebrities who people might not realize are Canadian. I will do this now. Every actor's IMDB page lists four works they are “known for”. I don't know how these works are chosen, as some inclusions/omississions just seem bizarre. Name one of the Canadian actors “known for” the following lists of roles (no need to specify which list you are answering for): 20 answers
a) Despicable Me, Ratatouille, Arrested Development (2003), Blades of Glory
b) Pineapple Express, This Is The End, Superbad, Knocked Up
c) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber
d) Max Headroom, Watchmen, Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 50/50
e) Up In Smoke, After Hours, That 70's Show, [Redacted] and [Redacted]'s Next Movie

f) Coquette, The Poor Little Rich Girl, Daddy-Long Legs, Stella Maris
g) Forbidden Planet, How Green Was My Valley, Mrs. Miniver, Funny Girl
h) The Italian Job (2003), MASH (1970), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Ordinary People
i) Perry Mason, Ironside, Rear Window , Airplane II
j) Bonanza, Earthquake, Sailor of Fortune, Battlestar Galactica (1978)

k) Party of Five, Scream, Wild Things (1998), The Lion King 2
l) Hawaii Five-O (2010), Battlestar Galactica (2004), Edgemont, Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
m) The L Word, Not Another Teen Movie, The Black Dahlia, The Crow: City of Angels
n) Crossing Jordan, Law & Order (1990), Wild Hogs, Lymelife
o) Watchmen (2009), The Proposal, The Heartbreak Kid (2007), Couples Retreat

p) Up, A Beautiful Mind, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Sound of Music
q) Titanic, Argo, Sleepless in Seattle, Alias
r) Castle, Serenity, Slither, One Life To Live
s) John Carter (2012), Battleship, Savages, Lone Survivor
t) Drive, Crazy, Stupid Love, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Ides of March
9. Identify the author of the works or lists of works of Canadian Literature below (no need to specify which list you are answering for): 12 answers
a) Life of Pi (2001), Beatrice and Virgil (2010)
b) The Blind Assassin (2000), Cat’s Eye (1988), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
c) Never Cry Wolf (1963), People Of the Deer (1952), A Whale for the Killing (1972)
d) The Salterton Trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy, The Cornish Trilogy, The Toronto Trilogy

e) Obasan (1981)
f) The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), Barney’s Version (1997), Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1975)
g) Anne of Green Gables (1908)
h) Grapes: A Vintage View of Hockey (1999)

i) The Stone Angel (1964), The Diviners (1974)
j) Shoeless Joe (1982), The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986)
k) Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), The Lives of Girls and Women (1971)
l) The English Patient (1992)
10. Name one of the 15 Canadian Universities with at least 30,000 total students. Hint: All 15 of these schools are located in either Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia or Alberta. 15 answers

11. On the Nobel Prize Committee website, 23 individual Nobel Laureates are listed under Canada (the critera can be anything from country of birth to location where research was performed, and many are listed under multiple countries). Name one of these 23 “Canadian” Nobel Laureates. 23 answers

- There are 22 individuals, and one series of conferences
- By discipline: Literature - 2 (2013, 1976), Physiology or Medicine - 5 (2011, 2009, 1981, 1966, 1923), Physics - 3 (2009, 1994, 1990), Economics - 3 (1999. 1997, 1996), Peace - 2 (1995, 1957), Chemistry - 8 (1993, 1992, 1989, 1986, 1983, 1971, 1949, 1908)
- Half of the Chemistry laureates were born outside of Canada including the first (New Zealand)

12. Many of the most successful Canadians in Hollywood have come from the field of sketch comedy. Name one of the original cast members of “SCTV” or one of “The Kids In The Hall” or a Canadian-born full-time castmember of “Saturday Night Live” 20 answers

BONUS QUESTIONS – On each question below, entrants can earn up to 10 bonus points. These points are subtracted from their total score from those awarded for the regular questions above to obtain a player’s final score. For each question, multiple responses can be given, one bonus point is awarded for each correct reponse, and there is no "penalty" for any incorrect response.

B1. In 2007, CBC aired a program listing the Greatest Canadian Inventions. For one bonus point each, Name up to 5 of the top 50 inventions . (I will also award bonus points to the 5 – or 10, depending on the responses – incorrect guesses that I find the funniest)

Hint: These are (my arbitrary) classifications of the top 15 inventions - (Medical x2, Technology x7, Sport, "Household item" x3, Food & Drink x2)

B2. One of the biggest “stars” on Canadian TV right now is “Mr. Wonderful”, Kevin O’Leary. (Yes, another CBC pinko) O’Leary appears on several CBC programs, including Dragon’s Den, and also crossed over into the US to become one of the original Sharks on ABC’s “Shark Tank”. For one “bonus” point each, name up to 3 people (other than O’Leary) who are or were either (1) Sharks on Shark Tank, (2) Dragons on the Canadian version of Dragon’s Den, or (3) Named Co-Hosts on “The [redacted] and O’Leary Exchange”

B3. The biggest story in Canadian business of the last decade is the rise and fall of Research In Motion/Blackberry. For one “bonus” point each, name up to 2 people who are or have been either a CEO, co-CEO, or "Global Creative Director" (ha ha) of Research In Motion or Blackberry Limited
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