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TDs 178-188

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TD 178, DadofTwins, Countdown

15 -- Fifteen movies in the National Lampoon series have the words "National Lampoon" (or "National Lampoon's") in the title. Name one.

14 -- In 1991 Pope John Paul II rewrote the Catholic devotion series known as the "Stations of the Cross," covering the last 24 hours of Jesus' life. His goal was "to reflect more deeply on the Scriptural accounts of Christ's passion." This new version is generally referred to as the "Scriptural Stations." Name one of the "Scriptural" Stations included in the series. (Source: US Council of Catholic Bishops)

13 -- Thirteen Frenchmen (and yes, they're all men) have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. Name one.

12 -- Full moon names: September and October are both sometimes called "Harvest," and the December full moon is sometimes called the "Moon of Full Nights." Name one of the other twelve full moon names listed in the Farmer's Almanac.

11 -- In peacetime, an officer in the US Navy can attain one of ten rank titles. An eleventh rank title can be awarded by Congress, but only in time of war. (A twelfth rank, "Admiral of the Navy," has only been awarded once and, by law, cannot be awarded again.) Name the title for one of the eleven currently "attainable" ranks.

10 -- Since 1980, ten TV theme songs have reached at least #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. Name either the TV show or the theme song. (For this question, the title of the show and the name of the song are treated as the same answer. If "Jeopardy Theme" were on the list, I would accept "Jeopardy," "Jeopardy Theme," "Think" and "I'm a Little Teapot" as the same correct answer.)

FURTHER CLARIFICATION: This list only includes songs which reached their highest point on the charts the AFTER the TV show premiered. So "Providence," which used a cover of the Beatles classic "In My Life," is not on the list.

9 -- Name one of the nine people still alive as of February 1, 2014 who has flown to the Moon but has never walked on it.

8 -- Name one of the eight different apparatuses used by artistic (as opposed to rhythmic or trampoline) gymnasts in Olympic competition.

7 -- In either English or Swahili, name one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

6 -- The Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners have never played in a World Series. Six other current major league teams have not lost a World Series game since November 1, 1986. Name one of these six teams.

5 -- Name one of the animals known by big game hunters as the "Big Five" most dangerous animals to hunt.

4 -- One classic approximation of pi is 22/7. Name one of the four digits that will NEVER appear after the decimal place when converting this fraction to a decimal.

3 -- Name one of the three U. S. cities that meet the following three criteria: 1) Largest city in the state, 2) City name begins with a vowel, 3) NOT the state capital.

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TD 179, mujason, Miscellaneous II: Now without Mersenne Primes!

1. Name a host of "Saturday Night Live" whose primary claim to fame is sports. (Pro wrestling doesn't count, sorry Hulk Hogan and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.) (Also, Mark Harmon, Ed O'Neill, and Carl Weathers did play football, and Tony Danza was a boxer, but they are much better known as actors, so they don't count either.) (Feel free to ask if any borderline answer you have is acceptable; if not, I'll ask for a replacement without penalty) (29 answers)

2. Name one of the 12 sons of the Biblical patriarch Jacob. (12 possible answers, obviously)

3. Name a person who has won multiple Nobel Prizes OR a Nobel Prize winner whose parent, child, or spouse also won a Nobel Prize. (no in-laws) (23 answers)

4. Name a husband or ex-husband of a Best Actress Oscar winner since Susan Sarandon won in March 1996 (Sarandon not included). (The marriage can be before, during, or after the Oscar win, but has to be official.) (20 answers)

5. Name a winner of the AL or NL batting title (that's batting average) since 2001. (The 2001 season is included.) (20 answers)

6. Name a PROFESSIONAL winner of the U.S. version of "Dancing with the Stars." (To help jog your memories, here's a list of the celebrity winners who partnered with those pros: Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brooke Burke, Shawn Johnson, Donny Osmond, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Hines Ward, J. R. Martinez, Donald Driver, Melissa Rycroft, Kellie Pickler, and Amber Riley.) (9 answers)

7. Name a professional team primary mascot (NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB) that is a non-human animal (living or costumed) but is not an animal in the team name. (For example, a bulldog mascot for the Bulldogs would not count, but a bulldog for a non-Bulldogs team would count. Also, the animal has to be a recognizable kind of animal, so creatures like the Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met, or Youppi! don't count). (43 answers as far as I can tell.) (If you have a questionable mascot, ask and I'll tell you if it counts; if it doesn't, I'll let you submit another mascot.)

8. Name someone who has finished second in the U.S. Presidential election (as defined by Electoral College results) multiple times OR someone who finished second in a Presidential election but lost by at least 300 electoral votes. (17 answers)

9. Name a member of the winning U.S. golf team at the 2013 Presidents Cup. (12 answers)

10. Choose one of these lines from William Shakespeare and name the character who said the line. (10 answers)
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark
If music be the food of love, play on
A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players
If you prick us, do we not bleed?
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
Cry "Havoc," and let slip the dogs of war
What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown
I am a man more sinned against than sinning

11. Name one of the twenty standard amino acids that are encoded by the universal genetic code. (20 answers, obviously)

12. Name a country or territorial entity that has had multiple winners of Miss Universe. (14 answers)

13. Name an album that has won an Album of the Year Grammy and also topped the Billboard 200 album chart (or equivalent chart at the time). (39 answers)

14. Name a city with a Federal Reserve Bank. (12 answers)

15. Name a correct response to a Final Jeopardy that was missed by Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, or Roger Craig. (26 for Ken, 7 for Brad, 6 for Roger, total of 39 answers)

BONUS 1. Name a "Saturday Night Live" host who has also won an Olympic gold medal. (7 answers; only need to give one, though)

BONUS 2. Name one of the four rookies that played on the U.S. team at the 2013 Presidents Cup.

BONUS 3. Name the letter that is used on the $1 to represent the Federal Reserve Bank you named in Question 14.

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TD 180, wallzy41, Ice Hockey (IIHF/NHL)

1. Since 1920, Ice Hockey has been included in the Olympics. Name an Olympic Ice Hockey medal-winning country. I will need the specific country, as outlined in Rule #5.

2. Between 1967 and 1973, the NHL expanded from 6 teams (The Original 6) to 16 . Name a team that was created or brought into the league from this time period. For this question, I will need the full team name when it was added to the league, for example: Hershey B’ars.

3. What good is a team without a coach? Name an NHL head coach who has won the Jack Adams Award, which has been awarded annually since 1974 by the NHL Broadcasters Association to the coach “adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.”

Bonus 1: Followup to the Jack Adams Award. Name a coach who has won the award multiple times, as well as how many times he has won the award. Only one guess per coach, and 5 total guesses. Example format: (K. Jennings, 74)

4.Although hundreds of players have appeared in 1,000 or more regular-season games, only 14 have appeared in at least 1,500. Name one of those 1500-club players. (Hint: none are still active.)

Bonus 2- For a 1 point reduction, name the team on which more of those 14 players have played on than any other.

5.The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) hosts a World Championship, similar to the World Baseball Classic, during the NHL playoffs. Name a medal winning country. See Rule #5 for an explanation on accepted countries.

6.Undisputed MVP! Name an NHL player who has won both the Hart Trophy(MVP as judged by Professional Hockey Writer’s association) and the Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay Award(MVP as judged by NHL Player’s association) in the same season.

7.In hockey lore, the Miracle on Ice, when a “Cinderella team” won the Ice Hockey Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics, is one of the biggest stories in hockey history. Name a team that participated in the 1980 Olympics in Ice Hockey.

8.Goaltenders in the NHL have, subjectively speaking, the toughest job on the ice and possibly throughout all of professional sports. Goaltenders are given 2 awards annually because of their unique statistics, the Vezina(MVP of Goaltenders, voted on by NHL General managers) and the William M. Jennings, essentially a team effort of the starter and backup(s) for allowing the fewest total goals over the regular season. Name a Team whose goaltender(s) have won the Jennings, which has been awarded since 1982.

9.Among active NHL goaltenders, name one that has more than 214 regular season wins.

10.College is one of two main ways to receive a chance at the NHL. According to the Men’s Division I Poll, name one of the Top 20 Hockey schools in the country.

11.The other main way to receive a chance at the NHL is to go through the CHL, the Canadian Hockey League, a set of Three Major Junior Leagues set across Canada and the Northern US. Name a Province or State that hosts a CHL team.

12. We are the champions of perseverance! Since 2001, 8 players who are currently active have been awarded the Masterton Trophy, the trophy awarded for the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” Name one.

13. Since 1915, the Stanley Cup has gone to the Champions of the National Hockey League. Name a current team who has made 4 or more appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1915. Teams that have changed name are listed under their current incarnation.

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TD 181, Bamaman, Multi-sport: You could be a winner

1. Baseball
Today, most baseball stadiums are named for corporate sponsors. While I understand the economic realities of that trend, I'm sure most fans are like me and yearn for the days when stadiums had unique names that identified them with a city and its team.

Below are the names of ten stadiums that have gone the way of the Sunday afternoon doubleheader. Pick one and tell me the team that called it home. I also want it to be the name of team when it actually played there. While some stadiums may have hosted another team on a temporary basis at some point, I want the name of the team (both geographic and nickname) that is most identified with that stadium. By this, I mean the team that played more home games there than any other team.

Remember to give both the geographic name and nickname for the team whose stadium you select.

Baker Bowl
Crosley Field
Ebbets Field
Griffith Stadium
Jarry Park
Exhibition Stadium
Forbes Field
Sick's Stadium
Polo Grounds
Shea Stadium

2. Football
The biggest sporting event in this country is the Super Bowl. Name a city where a Super Bowl has been played. For this question, I want the actual city where it was played, not the name of the major city close by that the media may identify as the host city. For example, there has never been a Super Bowl played in Phoenix, Arizona, but the game has been played in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Any future games that have been awarded but not yet played are considered incorrect.

3. Basketball
Laker fans may disagree, but no NBA team has a deeper heritage or does more to honor it than the Boston Celtics. To date, 19 people who played for the Celtics have been honored by having their numbers retired and hung in the rafters of the team's arena. Another player's number wasn't officially retired for him, but he is honored along side the others and he is an acceptable answer. Two non-players who were associated with the team had a number assigned for them and retired. In addition, another person associated with the Celtics had an inanimate object retired for him and he is an acceptable answer. So there are 23 possible answers to this question.

Name one of the 23 men who are honored by the Celtics on a banner above the court.

4. Hockey
For many years, the National Hockey League was a stable six team league. Then they went through a rapid period of expansion in the 1960s and 70s, including absorbing the surviving WHA teams, which caused the league to grow to 21 teams. They stayed at that number until the 1990s when they began to expand again, growing into the current 30 teams.

Name one of the nine teams to join the NHL since the start of the 1991-92 season. I need the name of the team, both geographic and nickname, that it had when it began play.

5. Track and Field
The winner of the Olympic decathlon is sometimes called the world's greatest athlete. While this may not be the case, it is still a grueling athletic challenge.

Name one of the ten events that made up the 2012 Olympic decathlon. To my knowledge, these are the same events used in all decathlons, but I just wanted to avoid any cases of uncertainty.

6. Wrestling
While it does not get the huge media attention as the Final Four, the NCAA Wrestling Championships are still a hotly contested event. This year's championships will be held later this month in Oklahoma City.

To date, a total of eleven schools have won the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship. Name one of these eleven schools

7. Soccer
The biggest sporting event on the planet is the FIFA World Cup. Qualifying for the cup is a lengthy process where the world is divided into geographic regions. One of these regions is CONCACAF.

To date, there have been ten countries from this region that have advanced to the World Cup. Name one of them.

8. Golf
In 1930, Bobby Jones won the U.S. and British Amateurs, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship (aka the British Open). Since then, the amateur events have slipped in prestige and have been replaced by the Masters and PGA as golfing majors. Since the change, no one has won all four majors in a single calendar year. In fact, only five men have won all four in a career, while another eleven have won three of the four.

Name one of the 16 men who have won at least three of the following tournaments....The Masters, the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA. (Bobby Jones is not a correct answer).

9. Horse racing
While thoroughbred horse racing is not as high a profile sport as it once was, the triple crown races still generate a great deal of attention. These races, restricted to three year olds, are the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. A horse that wins all three is said to have won the triple crown.

Name one of the eleven horses to win the triple crown.

10. Boxing
Mike Tyson burst onto the scene at a very young age. He was known for his early round knockouts and became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time at the age of 20 in 1986. He continued to dominate the heavyweight division until a self destructive lifestyle outside the ring led to an upset loss to Buster Douglass in 1990. A rape conviction landed him in prison, but he was able to regain the title after leaving prison, though he was never able to regain the stature he once had.

Name one of the ten men Tyson defeated in a heavyweight title bout prior to his loss to Douglass on February 11, 1990.

11. Tennis
The biggest team prize in mens' tennis is the Davis Cup. Prior to 1972, the finals were a challenge format, where the previous year's champion faced the winner of a world tournament to determine who won the Davis Cup. This changed in 1972 when the defending champ was required to compete in the full tournament with the tournament winner claiming the Cup.

Name one of the 13 countries to win the Davis Cup since the challenge format was abolished in 1972.

12. Sports at the Movies
Sports have long been a popular subject for movie plots. Select one of the movies below and tell me which sport is the focus of the film.

Blades of Glory
Breaking Away
Cool Runnings
The Fish that saved Pittsburgh
Greased Lightning
The Hustler
It Happens Every Spring
Somebody Up there likes Me

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TD 182, esrever, 2 out of 5

Name two of the first five U.S. Presidents.

Name two of the letters of the alphabet that have the positions 11 through 15, inclusive.

Name two of the five events in the ancient Olympic pentathlon.

Name two of the five most-recent Canadian Prime Ministers. The current one is included in the five.

Name two of the five closest planets to the Sun.

Name two of the five languages in the world that have the greatest number of native speakers.

Name two of the five most-popular dog breeds in the U.S. in 2013, according to the American Kennel Club.

Name two of the five largest countries in the world by area.

Name two of the days of the week other than Saturday and Sunday.

Name the highest mountain on each of two of these five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America. You do not have to specify the continents.

Name two odd whole numbers that are greater than 0 and less than 10.

Name two of the five countries in the world with the most residents.

Name two of the first five months in the alphabetically-ordered list of months.

Name two of the five largest U. S. states by area.

Name two of the five chemical elements that have an atomic number of 1 to 5, inclusive.

Name two of the five Canadian provinces with the most residents.

Name two of the five traditional senses.

Name two of the five U.S. states with the fewest residents.

Name two of the current U.S. coins of less than one dollar in value.

Name two of the five Canadian cities with the most residents, based on population within the city limits.

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TD 183, Lumosityfan, March Madness

1. Name a winner of this wonderful tournament.
2. Name a team that has been named #1 seed.
3. Name a year in which only 0 or 1 number one seeds made it to the Final Four.
4. Name a team that has started the tournament number one in either the AP or Coaches Poll.
5. Name a team to have suffered the ignoble distinction of having its wins vacated.
6. Name a team to go undefeated and win the title.
7. Name a team to win and not be able to defend their title.
8. Name a site to have hosted the FInal Four.
9. Name a team seeded 8 or lower that has made it to the FInal Four.
10. Name a team to have played in the Final Four in its home state.
11. 7 players have maintained a 35.0 point-per-game average through a tournament. Name one of the them.
12. Name a coach to have led his team to at least 2 Final Fours.
13. Name a team to have participated in either the play-in games or the First Four.
14. Name a team ranked #14 or #15 to upset a team in the opening round.
15. Name a year in which the championship game went into overtime.
16. Name a MOP to not be part of the winning team the year he won the MOP award.
B1. Pertaining to #11, Name the only person to have done so more than once.
B2. Pertaining to #12, Name a coach to have led his team to at least 2 championships.
B3. Name a year in which no #1 seed made it to the Final Four.
B4. Name the only year in which all #1 seeds made it to the Final Four.

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TD 184, RandyG, Classic Cinema Part II


1. LOUIS, I THINK THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL QUIZ. Fourteen actors receive on-screen credits in the classic film Casablanca, which pretty much corresponds to all of those that have a role with more than just passing significance. Name one of those 14 actors.

Bonus: Casablanca has arguably the greatest number of memorable quotes of any film in history. It's little wonder then that in 2005 the Writers Guild of America voted Casablanca the greatest screenplay of all time. Name one of the three men credited for the screenplay; last name only is sufficient, even though two of them share the same last name. (See the rules for how bonus questions are scored.)

2. THIS QUESTION IS ALL ABOUT CHARACTER GIANTS OF THE CINEMA. Name the classic film that featured one of the following principal characters. (Title only; no need to associate with a lettered choice.)

(A) Jett Rink
(B) Benjamin Braddock
(C) Margo Channing
(D) Charlie Allnut
(E) Cody Jarrett
(F) John Lloyd Sullivan
(G) Dr. David Huxley
(H) Sylvia Scarlett
(I) Father Chuck O'Malley
(J) Matthew Harrison Brady
(K) Adam Trask
(L) Joe Gillis
(M) Ransom Stoddard
(N) Richard Blaine

Bonus: Name an actor who played the character that you chose in any theatrically released version of the film.

3. A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH 1,000 WORDS, BUT IF YOU WANT TO CONTEND, PLEASE KEEP YOUR ANSWERS SHORT AND SSSSHHhhhhhh... keep your voice down. Name one of the classic films pictured below. (Title only; you don't need to associate with a numbered choice.)
Bonus: Name any identifiable actor in the picture from the film that you chose.

4. I'M AFRAID THAT YOU'LL HAVE TROUBLE RECOGNIZING THE KEY TO THIS QUESTION. Previous TDs have dealt with the film collaborations of Hope & Crosby and Tracy & Hepburn. Two other pairs of legendary actors who appeared together numerous times (and were also married for periods along the way) are Elizabeth Taylor & RIchard Burton (10 times, in the same film, that is) and Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall (5 times.) Name one of the 15 theatrically released feature films in which Taylor & Burton or Bogart & Bacall appeared together.

5. DOES SHE… OR DOESN'T SHE? ONLY HER HAIRDRESSER (AND HER HAIR COLOR GENE) KNOW FOR SURE. (I'LL BET SHE DOES, THOUGH.) Name one of the 12 blonde femmes fatales pictured below. Well, most of them are not actually femmes fatales in the classic sense, but you still should get the idea. I'm looking for the actress pictured, not any character that she portrayed. (Name only; you don't need to associate with a numbered choice.)
6. THE DEVIL MADE ME INCLUDE THIS QUESTION. (DON'T LAUGH, IT'S TRUE.) Name one of the classic silent films summarized below. (Title only; you don’t need to associate with a lettered choice.)

(A) The rise and inevitable fall of Lulu, a naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.
(B) In Austria, two childhood friends -- Leo and Ulrich -- grow up to be soldiers. Leo becomes infatuated with Felicitas, the wife of a powerful count.
(C) The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales having a common theme from throughout history.
(D) A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
(E) The sudden fortune won in a lottery fans such destructive avarice that it ruins the lives of the three people involved.
(F) Erstwhile childhood friends, Judah and Messala, meet again as adults, with Roman officer Messala as conqueror and Judah as a wealthy, though conquered, Israelite.
(G) Two young men -- one rich, one middle class -- who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.
(H) A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and the resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.
(I) Documents one year in the life of an Inuit and his family. Describes the trading, hunting, fishing and migrations of a group barely touched by industrial technology.
(J) Count Orlok purchases a new residence in the German town of Wisborg and journeys to his new home, leaving a wake of death along the way.
(K) Gwynplaine, son of Lord Clancharlie, has a permanent smile carved on his face by order of King James II as an act of revenge against Clancharlie.
(L) In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
(M) A tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl, whose family is in financial trouble. The tramp's on-and-off friendship with a wealthy man allows him to be the girl's benefactor and suitor.

Bonus: Name the director of any theatrically released silent version of the film that you chose.


7. K-K-K-KATY, BEAUTIFUL KATY, YOU'RE THE ONLY G-G-G-GIRL THAT I ADORE. (CAN'T ANSWER FOR NEGATIVE BAITS ON THIS QUESTION, BUT THERE ARE DEFINITELY POSITIVE ONES.) The name "Katherine" has roots that go back many hundreds of years, perhaps even thousands according to some etymologies, evolving around the world into numerous formal and informal variations and spellings over time. Name one of the 19 actresses named "Katherine" or some variation or diminutive (Kate, Kathy, Kat, Kathleen, Karen, Ina, Kitty, etc., or spelled somewhat differently, for example with a “C” rather than a “K”) who has been nominated for an Oscar in an acting category.

8. IT'S BYE, BYE FOR YOU IF I CATCH YOU PEKING PEEKING AT YOUR GPS. Name the film (or series) in which the primary action takes place in one of the following fictional locations. (Title only; you don't need to associate with a lettered choice. In case of a series, all films in the series will be grouped together.)

(A) Duchy of Grand Fenwick
(B) Tomainia
(C) Freedonia
(D) Bedford Falls
(E) Carpania
(F) Ishtar
(G) Isthmus
(H) Lugash
(I) Pepperland
(J) Vulgaria
(K) Emerald City
(L) Kings Row
(M) Sweet Apple, Ohio

9. THEY'RE NOT SO YOUNG ANYMOORE. BUT THEN AGAIN, AT LEAST THREE STILL ARE. Every year we lose screen legends who had lived well into their 80s, 90s or beyond. But then concurrently, every year other stars reach those advanced ages. Name a film actor with at least 3 theatrically released screen credits age 85 or older who is still alive as of this posting, March 23, 2014. (Several dozen relatively well-known to very well-known answers. Probably hundreds of lesser-knowns.)

Bonus: Name a film actor with at least 3 theatrically released screen credits who died in the year or so through March 22, 2014, having reached age 85 or older. If your answer has been gone more than a year, but still relatively close to a year, then you'll get credit. But remember, you have to get the main question correct for the bonus answer to be considered.


10. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I CAN NAME THAT FILM INN 3 NOTES.... TOPS! Name the film in which one of the following Academy Award nominated songs first appeared. All of these songs have become enduring standards, at least when they're compared to such unforgettable nominated greats as "There's a Breeze on Lake Louise" and "Zing a Little Zong." (Title only; you don't need to associate with a lettered choice.)

(A) Never On Sunday
(B) Cheek to Cheek
(C) _________ (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin’)**
(D) Tammy
(E) Chim Chim Cher-ee
(F) I’m Easy
(G) Up Where We Belong
(H) When You Wish Upon a Star
(I) The Trolley Song
(J) The Man That Got Away
(K) Unchained Melody
(L) Jean
(M) White Christmas

** The blank in (C) is also the title of the film.

11. A"M"AZING GRACE IS NO UGLY DUCKLING. Following a small role in 1951’s Fourteen Hours and numerous television appearances, Grace Kelly starred in 10 theatrically released films from 1952-1956 before she retired from show business and did …… well, I'm not quite sure what she did after that. Not that it really matters, however, as your task is to name one of those 10 films.

Bonus: Name a male actor in a starring role who played opposite Ms. Kelly in the film that you chose.

12. TO BE FRANK, I'M NOT LYIN' THAT YOU MAY NEED SOME DIVINE GUIDANCE ON THIS QUESTION. Women we love on the silver screen already had their visual question on this quiz; now it's the mens' turn. Name one of the following character actors, each of whom you've seen in probably dozens of films and TV shows. (Name only; you don't need to associate it with a numbered choice.)
13. THIS IS A GEM OF A QUESTION TO FINISH WITH. I SUSPECT THAT IT WILL GO WITHOUT (OR WITH) A HITCH. It may be hard to believe that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award and that films he directed won only 6 Oscars in total across all the competitive categories. (Hitchcock did receive the Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968.) OK, mentioning the awards once again was a misdirection, so here's the real question: After starting his career in Britain in silent films, Hitchcock moved on to talkies, directing 16 theatrically released feature films that have 1 word titles. Name one of the 16. (One word means one word, so titles such as The Birds, do not count.)

FINAL BONUS. In its 86 years, the Academy Awards presentation has been at 10 different venues. For 1 point each off your score, name up to 5 of those venues. If a venue has been known by more than one name throughout its history, all of those names will be considered together as only one venue. You can guess up to 5 venues with no penalty for incorrect answers, but ties will be broken in the final score first by the number of correct answers and then by the fewest incorrect answers.

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TD 185, dnbguy, New Hampshire: The Granite State

1) New Hampshire is a small state. At less than 10,000 square miles, it is the 5th smallest state by area in the country. According to the 2010 census, New Hampshire had a population of 1,316,470, making it the 9th smallest state by population. Name a city or town in New Hampshire that had a population of over 20,000 according to the 2010 census (13 answers).

2) Every four years, politicians flock to New Hampshire for its presidential primary. The first presidential primary was held in New Hampshire in 1916 on the second Tuesday in March, coinciding with the traditional town meeting day. Minnesota also held a primary on the same day, while Indiana's primary had already taken place one week earlier. In 1920, Indiana rescheduled their primary to May and Minnesota canceled theirs; New Hampshire's primary was now being held at least one week before any other state's primary. This first-in-the-nation status is vigorously defended by state politicians.

Starting in 1952, voters in the primary were able to elect candidates directly as opposed to voting for a slate of delegates. Since then candidates who have performed well in the primary have tended to be successful at winning their party's nomination. This isn't always the case, however. Starting in 1952, name a politician who won either the Republican or Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, but who did NOT subsequently win their party's nomination later that year. (9 answers)

3) The White Mountains are a popular tourist destination for outdoors lovers in the Northeast. Although smaller than some of the mountains in the western part of the country, the White Mountains still provide plenty of challenges for hikers of all experience levels. The Appalachian Mountain Club has a list of all of the mountains in the White Mountains whose elevation is over 4000 feet and whose prominence at least is 200 feet. There are 48 mountains on this list, and "peak-bagging" is a popular hobby. Name one of the mountains on the AMC White Mountains 4000 Footer list that is named after a president. (9 answers) Be careful: there are two mountains on the list who share a name with a president, but that are not named after that president.

4) Not counting Jed Bartlet from The West Wing, only one president has been born in New Hampshire. Franklin Pierce was born in Hillsborough in 1804 and was elected as the 14th president in 1852. Despite being from New England, he was a "doughface" Southern sympathizer. He signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, allowing settlers in new territories to decide whether to permit slavery, in effect repealing the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Diplomats in his administration (including James Buchanan) wrote the Ostend Manifesto, claiming that Spain and the US would both be served well if the US purchased Cuba from Spain - while promising the use of force if Spain was unwilling to negotiate.

Despite his name, Franklin Pierce probably did not have any body piercings. Name a celebrity who has (or had) a piercing somewhere other than their earlobe. (Several answers) For our purpose, someone is a celebrity if they are named in a Jeopardy clue or response. Please keep answers safe for work!

5) Despite the state's small size, its legislature is huge. Like the US Congress, the New Hampshire General Court consists of two houses, the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 400 members of the House of Representatives, one for every 3,300 residents of the state. Combined with the 24 members of the Senate, the New Hampshire General Court is the fourth largest legislature in the English-speaking world, behind only the UK Parliament, the Indian Parliament, and the US Congress.

Why do all of these legislators run for office? There may be many reasons, but it is unlikely that any of them do it for the money. The salary for one two-year term in both houses is only $200. Name a property in Monopoly whose purchase price is greater than $200. (11 answers)

6) During the Revolutionary War, General John Stark led militias from New Hampshire and Vermont to victory at the Battle of Bennington. Several years later in 1809, General Stark was 81 and in poor health. Unable to attend a reunion of soldiers who fought at Bennington, he wrote a letter. The letter closed with the following line: "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of all evils." "Live free or die" became the official state motto in 1945, and currently appears on state license plates (where, anectodally, it is stamped on by prisoners).

In 2007 the fourth movie in the Die Hard movie franchise was released with the title Live Free or Die Hard. Name an actor or actress who has been credited in the billing block of at least one of the five Die Hard movies. (23 answers) FYI: the billing block is the text located at the bottom of movie posters that lists some of the credits in a narrow font.

7) Robert Frost won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for a collection of poems entitled New Hampshire. Although he was born in San Francisco, he wrote many of his most famous poems while in New Hampshire, and the state has adopted him as their own. Below are the last lines of 13 poems by Robert Frost. Select one, and name the poem it comes from. You must give both the letter you choose, as well as the title.
a) "I have been one (TITLE OF THE POEM)."
b) "One could do worse than be a swinger of (TITLE OF THE POEM)."
c) "'Dead,' was all he answered."
d) "And would suffice."
e) "Such as she was, such as she would become."
f) "I had a lover's quarrel with the world."
g) "He says again, 'Good fences make good neighbors.'"
h) "So dawn goes down to day. / (TITLE OF THE POEM)."
i) "Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs."
j) "Is what to make of a diminished thing."
k) "Were not too much to pay for birth."
l) "And that has made all the difference."
m) "And miles to go before I sleep."
8) Dartmouth College was established on December 13, 1769. This "small college, and yet there are those who love it" has an alumni list that includes Nelson Rockefeller, Jeffrey Immelt, and Mindy Kaling. For small children, however, Dartmouth's most famous alumnus has to be Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. In 2000, Publishers Weekly created a list of the bestselling children's books. 16 of the top 100 hardcover books were by Dr. Seuss, including one book that appeared on the list twice with two different versions. Name one of Dr. Seuss books that made the top 100 of the Publishers Weekly hardcover list. (15 answers)

9) The "Magic Mile" at New Hampshire Motor Speedway opened its doors in 1990. The first race in what was then known as the NASCAR Winston Cup Series took place in 1993. Since 1997, two races in what is now the Sprint Cup Series have been held per year. Name a driver who has won a NASCAR Winston/NEXTEL/Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (22 answers)

10) Identify one of the ten people shown below, all of whom were born in New Hampshire. You may have to open the picture in a new window to see everyone. Stage names are acceptable answers. Just the name is OK, you don't have to give the number as well.
(Photo Credits: 1) Wikipedia: Adam Bielawski, 3) Wikipedia: Abdoozy, 4) Wikipedia: David Seto, 5) Flickr: David Shankbone, 6) Wikipedia: Christian Jansky, 7) Flickr: Mingle MediaTV, 9) Wikipedia: Gage Skidmore)

11) The Old Man of the Mountain was a rock formation located on Cannon Mountain in the White Mountains. If viewed from the correct angle, the ledges resembled a man's face in profile. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Great Stone Face, a short story claiming the Old Man as "a work of Nature in her mood of majestic playfulness." The Old Man was made a part of the state emblem in 1945. In spite of its stature as a state symbol, the rocks that made up the mountain were still subject to the forces of erosion. Despite efforts to keep it intact, the Old Man collapsed in 2003. Today it is still found on state license plates, road signs, and drivers' licenses. It can also be found on the back of the New Hampshire State Quarter minted in 2000. Name a person, place, or landmark specifically mentioned by name on one of the state quarters (including DC). (14 answers) The person, place, or landmark must be specifically mentioned in text in a caption. The image of the person, place, or landmark by itself is not acceptable. Also, even though the name of the state itself is listed on the back of each quarter, the state itself is not a correct response.

12) New Hampshire's nickname, the Granite State, dates back to a song first performed in 1825 at a dinner honoring the Marquis de Lafayette. It is a fitting nickname, not only because of the abundant supply of granite in the state, but also because of the (alleged) nature of its citizens. Granite can be composed of several different minerals, but is defined as an igneous rock containing at least 20% quartz. Feldspar and mica are also commonly found in granite. A worldwide average of the chemical composition of granite by weight was published in a 1997 textbook, based on almost 2500 samples. Name a chemical element that can be found in granite. (11 answers)

BONUS QUESTION 1: New Hampshire's largest lake is a popular tourist destination for families during the summer months. It is also very difficult to spell. 2 bonus points if you can identify the lake and spell it correctly. 1 bonus point if you can identify the lake but you spell it incorrectly.

BONUS QUESTION 2: Before the 1946 season, the Dodgers organization signed three African-American players to contracts. One of these players was Jackie Robinson; he started the 1946 season with the Dodgers minor league affiliate in Montreal. The two other players were assigned to the Dodgers minor league affiliate in New Hampshire, making that team the first professional baseball team with an integrated lineup in the United States. Both of those players eventually had successful playing careers in the majors. One player had a record 149-90 as a pitcher over 11 seasons, and pitched 8 1/3 innings before being relieved by Ralph Branca in the Shot Heard Round the World game; the other was a position player who is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and has his number retired by the Dodgers organization. 2 bonus points if you can name either of the two players to integrate pro baseball in New Hampshire.

BONUS QUESTION 3: In a nationwide first, New Hamphire's governor, US Senators, and both US Representatives are all women. Name two of these five women for 1 bonus point each.[/quote]

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TD 186, Vermonter, This one goes to 11

Question 1. HISTORY.

Name one of the first 11 monarchs of England after the Norman invasion in 1066. For purposes of this question, I am not counting Matilda, Henry the Young King, or Louis VIII of France.

The twelfth monarch was RICHARD II (1377-1399).

Question 2. GEOGRAPHY.

Name one of the 11 most-populous countries in the world as of March 31, 2014.

The twelfth most-populous country is PHILIPPINES (99,338,800).

Question 3. FILM.

Name one of the 11 most-recent winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The twelfth most-recent was CHICAGO (2002).

Question 4. SPORTS.

Name a quarterback on the top 11 in terms of career passing yards in NFL history.

The twelfth-highest total belongs to KERRY COLLINS (40,922).

Question 5. POLITICS.

Name a state in the top 11 in terms of number of Electoral Votes in the Electoral College, as of 2012.

The twelfth-highest count belongs to VIRGINIA (13 votes).

Question 6. SCIENCE.

Ordered by atomic number, name one of the first 11 elements on the periodic table with a two-letter atomic symbol. Either name or symbol is acceptable.

The twelfth such element is SCANDIUM (Sc, atomic number 21).

Question 7. MUSIC.

Ordered alphabetically, name one of the first 11 songs in the canon of The Beatles, as released on studio albums or on Anthology. Leading articles ("A", "An") do NOT count as part of the title for purposes of this question (so "A Hard Day's Night" won't work).

Alphabetically twelfth is ANY TIME AT ALL.

ETA: One of my original answers was not on a "studio album"; rather, it was on Anthology. "All Things Must Pass" was NOT the song in question, as it was a demo for a George Harrison song, and is not acceptable here.

Question 8. POP CULTURE.

Name one of the 11 most-followed Twitter accounts for a human being as of March 31, 2014. (YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram fall inside the top 11 of all accounts, but are ineligible here.)

In twelfth is SHAKIRA (@shakira), who has 24.6 million followers.

Question 9. TRAVEL.

Name one of the 11 busiest airports in the world, as measured by total passenger boardings in 2013. I will accept name, code, or city (I will prompt you if there's more than one to serve a given city).

The twelfth-busiest was FRANKFURT AIRPORT (FRA) in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, with 58,036,948 passengers.

HINT: the breakdown by continent is as follows: 4 in North America, 2 in Europe, 5 in Asia.

Question 10. RECENT EVENTS.

Name a country that finished in the top 11 of total medal count at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

There was a five-way tie for twelfth place at 8 medals apiece, between [SOUTH] KOREA, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVENIA, JAPAN, and ITALY.

Question 11. BUSINESS.

Name a company in the top 11 in terms of market capitalization of those based in the United States as of March 31, 2014. Market capitalization is the total value of the issued shares of a publicly traded company, and is often used as a proxy measure for the company's value.

In twelfth was PROTCER & GAMBLE ($218.5 billion).

First bonus. Worth a reduction of 1 point.

To what movie is this TD's title a reference? (Don't worry about punctuation :) )

Second bonus. Worth a reduction of ?? point(s).

Give me an integer between 1 and 11 (inclusive). If you pick the least-popular choice, you will have your score reduced by that number. Unselected numbers will not count as the "least popular", so someone is guaranteed to win!

If multiple numbers "tie" as the least popular, all players involved in the tie will have their scores reduced by their choice.

For example, if you are the only person to pick 4, I will deduct 4 points from your score. If another person is the only person to pick 7, I will also deduct 7 points from his score.

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TD 187, ihavejeoprosy, Seinfeld

1. Seinfeld is famous for introducing a number of words and phrases from the show into the lexicon, collectively known as Seinfeldisms. Given the definition of 10 Seinfeldisms, pick one and tell me the Seinfeldism that is being defined. Important: Specify the letter you choose with your answer

a. Someone bigoted against people holding a DDS or DMD degree
b. A Latvian orthodox term for someone with an irresistible, animal allure
c. A non-denominational, non commercial celebration held in December conceived by Frank Costanza , George’s Dad (See Bonus 1)
d. Alliterative interjection used to gloss over details in a story or used in place of narrating events
e. Quality possessed by a non Jewish woman that makes her attractive to Jewish men
f. A person who gives something given to them to someone else
g. Someone at a social gathering who introduces their half eaten food into the communal relish, sauce or accompaniment
h. Adjective for someone who has enough admirable qualities to merit use of a rare contraception method
i. Someone with little regard for personal space during conversations
j. A situation that arises when different parts of a persons life meet or come together

2. "Hey George, the ocean called; they're running out of shrimp." (See bonus question 2) George was famously called out for eating too much shrimp in the classic episode, “The comeback.” In light of that call out, name one of the top 10 most consumed seafood species in the US. (Data was compiled in 2012)


In the “Hot Tub” episode of Seinfeld, Elaine hosts a marathon runner from Trinidad and Tobago preparing for a big race. In honor of that feat, name me a country that has won an Olympic gold medal in the men’s marathon event. (15 answers)


In the Merv Griffin show, Jerry and the gang famously show off their child like side by drugging a girlfriend and playing with her antique toys. Since toys are so much fun, name me one of the toys/games inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame between 2008 and 2013. Hint: Although there are some branded names on here, a lot of the toys on this list are generic things that are just fun to play with. (15 possible answers)


“But are you master of your domain?” “The Contest” was considered a watershed moment, not just in the history of the show, but in the history of TV itself. The website pornhub (which I meticulously researched in preparation for this question) performs a social service by releasing usage statistics for a number of parameters. In light of these findings, name either:
(a) One of the five states whose users spent the most time per “self pleasure session”
(b) One of the five states whose users spent the least time per “self pleasure session”
(All statistics from 2013)
Since some have requested it, here's a hint. States in both categories are largely clustered around two regions that are considered to be very different from each other. You don't have to specify what category the state you name belongs to.

6. “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” A timeless disclaimer from the “Outing” episode, used to indicate that someone has no problems with homosexuality, but that they aren’t gay themselves. Things have come a long way since then. Name a state where gay marriage is currently legal. (States awaiting court decisions or that have not begun issuing licenses as of quiz publication do not count)

7. “Uh, we don't allow any outside syrups, jams or condiments in the restaurant.” In the episode “The Wife” Jerry gets into trouble for bringing a bottle of syrup into “The restaurant” the gang hangs out at. In honor of that, name me one of the top 7 most consumed condiments in the US. (Just the type of condiment, no need for brand names)

8. The gang loved eating at the generically named “restaurant” Speaking of places to eat, name one of the top 10 fast service/casual food chains in terms of total US sales revenue (Food stats compiled in 2012)

9. From the Puerto Rican Day episode:
TAXI DRIVER: Oh, yeah, sure, and now I'm gonna be stuck here. But you knew the way to go! You went to college!
ELAINE: Hey, I went to Tufts! That was my safety school! So don't talk to me about hardship.

Poor Elaine, who had to go to her safety school in Tufts. Now despite being her safety school, Tufts actually has a pretty good reputation. It is in elite company as one of the 11 members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Also known as Little Ivies, they are highly elite, selective colleges around New England. In honor or Elaine’s alma mater, name me a NECSAC member school. (Hint: Just think of hoity toity, private schools in the northeast and you have a pretty good chance of landing on one)


“Isn’t an architect just an art school dropout with a tilty desk and a big ruler?” George vicariously fulfilled his ambition of being an architect through his alter ego Art Van Der Lay. Well, lucky for you, there are no fake architects here. Given the names of prominent buildings, landmarks and cities, name me one of the architects or planners responsible for each work. Important: Specify the letter you choose with your answer

A. Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center
B. City Of Brasilia, Brazil
C. CBS building in New York
D. Guaranty Building in Buffalo
E. Taliesin West
F. City of Chandigarh, India
G. Central Park, New York (designer)
H. Sydney Opera House
I. Salk Institute, La Jolla
J. Sears Tower/Willis Tower

11. Boxer shorts or jockey shorts? In the “Chinese Woman,” Kramer famously decides to explore underwear options after finding out he has a low sperm count. One of his options were boxers. Tangentially related to that, name one of the major weight classes in the sport of boxing. (Clarification – a major weight class is one that does not include subweights. For example, lightweight would be an acceptable answer. Super lightweight or junior lightweight would not be acceptable.)

12. The Finale. Seinfeld’s finale is one that inspires debate even today and was a huge television event at the time. Whether you think it was good or bad, name one of the top 10 11 most watched series finales in US TV history.

Bonus 1: For one point each, name me up to two of the components of the celebration mentioned in question 1 – c
Bonus 2: For one point, give me one of the responses George comes up with when called out for eating too much shrimp
Bonus 3: “No Soup for You.” Everyone loves the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. So, for one point each, name up to three soups mentioned in this classic episode.

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TD 188, Vanya, Sheep Descending

1. Name one of the 12 actors to play Doctor Who* (TV series only, no alternative doctors, spoof doctors, etc.)

2. Name one of the 11 actors to play a member of Danny Ocean's 11 in the 1960 film Ocean's 11.

3. Name one of the 10 artists with a top eleven (by number of views) music video on Youtube (no "featured" artists).

4. Name one of the 9 members of the von Trapp family as portrayed in the 1965 film Sound of Music (seven children, the Captain, the governess).

5. Name one of the 8 colleges or universities who have won the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament ("Final Four") more than twice. Hint: Only 2 are west of the Mississippi, and only one is a private university.

6. Name one of the 7 ingredients (as specified by the creator at www dot liicetea dot com) in a Long Island iced tea**.

7. Name one of the 6 original NHL teams (1942-1967). Hint: All of the Original Six are still active franchises in the league.

8. Name one of the 5 Spice Girls.

9. Name one of the 4 colors of the horses of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

10. Name one of the 3 Tenors.

11. Name one of the 2 ex-husbands of Kim Kardashian.

12. Kazakhstan has had one president since gaining independence in 1991. Name him for a bonus of minus 8 points.
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TD 189, UniquePerspective, On Broadway

Act 1 (Broadway Specific Questions):
1. Name a play that has won the Tony Award for Best Play since the year 2000. All of these shows ran in a Broadway theatre during the season in which they were nominated. These were also all new productions during the year,
2. Name any actress who has won either the Best Leading Actress in a Play or Best Leading Actress in a Musical Tony Award since the year 2000. These are a mix of people who have performed mostly on Broadway, as well as those who have had Hollywood success.
3. Name a current Broadway theatre. There are 40 total Broadway theatres, all have 500 seats or more, and are located between 41st and 65th streets in New York City. I am looking for the current name, and the name of the theatre itself, rather than a presenting organization (although there can be similarities in some cases).
4. Name a show that is currently playing at a Broadway theatre. Any show that is open as of the posting of this question will qualify. Note that not every Broadway theatre presently has a show playing in it right now.
5. One of the most successful Tony Award winners is Hal Prince. Name a show he won a Tony Award for any kind for. This includes shows he has won Tonys on only as a producer.
6. The winningest production in Broadway history in terms of Tony Awards is The Producers, winning 12 awards. Other than Best Musical, name a category that it won a Tony for, or name an individual person who won a Tony, again not counting the list of names associated with the Best Musical win.

Act 2 (Quasi related Broadway questions):
7. Cats: According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association, name one of the top 10 most popular cat breeds in (what I believe to be) the USA. (Based on their website)
8. Oklahoma!: Name a player on the current roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the Wikipedia page. I am looking for active players.
9. 42nd Street: Name a performer who is listed in Wikipedia as playing a character or providing a voice in the 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The exact list of which characters and voices qualify will be listed in the clarifications section.
10. American Idiot: Name a track, other than the title track, off of Green Day’s album American Idiot.
11. 1776: Name a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
12. Oh! Calcutta!: Name a country that is more densely populated than India. Country is defined as a sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations.

The Grand Finale (Bonuses, -1 point for each one if you get right):
Bonus 1: For question 2, two of these women have won more than one Tony in those categories in that time frame. Name one of them. (Hint: They both won their multiple awards in the came category, rather than one or more from either.)
Bonus 2: For Questions 3/4 , name the only Broadway theatre that does not either currently have a show playing in it or does not have a show scheduled to open in it by June 30th.
Bonus 3: For Question 8, name the oldest player currently on the Thunder’s roster.
Bonus 4: Name the group who performed the original version of the song I embedded. What you see and hear is a cover version.

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TD 190, jjwaymee, We Didn't Start the Fire

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray, South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio,

Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television, North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe.

Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom, Brando, The King and I, And The Catcher In The Rye,

Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen, Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Question 1

Until 1950 when he brandished a piece of paper that might or might not have had names on it, Joe McCarthy was a relatively obscure senator from Wisconsin who defeated the 22-year veteran Robert LaFollette Jr. to win his seat.

Name a current US senator with at least 20 years of tenure as of May 3, 2014. (15 possible answers)

Question 2

Coming after the first generation of atomic bombs, the hydrogen bomb differs slightly in that it derives most of its energy from a nuclear fusion reaction instead of a fission reaction.

Name a current country that acknowledges possession of nuclear weapons. (8 possible answers).

Question 3

The UK did get a new queen in 1952 upon the death of George VI. She was coronated the following year.

Name a female monarch of England or Great Britain, including uncrowned monarchs and disputed claimants. (8 possible answers)

Question 4

Winning his title in 1952, Rocky Marciano is the only heavyweight champion to be undefeated and untied for his career.

Other than Rocky Marciano, name an American boxer who was an undisputed (recognized by all of the relevant governing bodies for the time period) Heavyweight champion between 1910-1978. (16 possible answers)

Some clarification: I chose to begin at 1910 because it is during the reign of a well-known early champion. I end at 1978 because in that year the undisputed champion lost that status when he refused to agree to a match with Ken Norton and therefore the WBC recognized Norton as its champion. That 1978 champion is one of the possible answers. Norton is not.

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev, Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc,

Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron, Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock Around the Clock.

Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team, Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland,

Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev, Princess Grace,
Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez

Question 5

Juan Peron, former president of Argentina, is perhaps more famous for his wife, Eva Peron. She later became the subject of a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical later was almost ruined by Madonna, but that is neither here nor there.

Other than Evita, name an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for which he has solo credit for the music (16 possible answers)

Some clarification: A musical produced by ALW where he has shared or zero credit for the music is not a valid answer. The musicals do not necessarily have to have appeared on Broadway or the West End.

Question 6

In 1955 Walt Disney opened Disneyland in California, creating the template for the perfect evil that is a Disney theme park.

Name an attraction at one of the two Disneyland parks (Disneyland & California Adventure) in Anaheim, CA where FASTPASS service is available. (14 possible answers)

Some clarification: For the uninitiated, FASTPASS is a free feature in a Disney park that allows you to "reserve" an appointment for a popular ride. You obtain a FASTPASS ticket at the entrance to the ride and then come back later during your appointment time to skip to the front of the line. Basically, the service is offered on the most popular big-name attractions. Another hint -- Many of these attractions have an identical counterpart at one of the Disneyworld resorts in Florida (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios). I will not Trebek you if your answer is not the exact name of the attraction. You just need to be close enough that I know what you mean. If I need clarification I will PM you.

Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac, Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, 
Bridge On The River Kwai,

Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball, Starkweather homicides, Children of Thalidomide.

Buddy Holly, Ben Hur, Space Monkey, Mafia, Hula Hoops, Castro, 
Edsel is a no-go,

U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy, Chubby Checker, Psycho,
 Belgians in the Congo

Question 7

In 1958 both the Giants and the Dodgers moved to California, opening the floodgates for other franchise moves and western expansion.

Give the current name and location of a MLB or NFL franchise that has moved from a different metro region since 1958 to arrive at its 2014 location. (13 possible answers)

Some clarification: By "different metro region" I am excluding situations like the Detroit Lions moving from Pontiac to downtown Detroit. Ditto with the Boston/New England Patriots. Also, the Oakland Raiders moved to L.A. and back again, so they do not count.

Question 8

In 1959 Ford introduced the Edsel, a car that was supposed to be a flagship product but was discontinued after only three years due to abysmal sales.

Give the make and model of one of the top 16 selling passenger vehicles in the United States in 2013. (16 possible answers)

Some clarification: My data comes from and while it agrees with other websites I checked, I was unable to find the definitive source. It appears to be self-reported by each manufacturer. Please make sure to provide the make and model. Ford is not acceptable. Edsel is not acceptable. Ford Edsel is acceptable (but wrong).

Question 9

Belgian Congo is the former name of Zaire, which is the former name of Democratic Republic of Congo. Countries shouldn't be allowed to change names. It confuses me. I wish it was like Risk, where South America had only four countries. That's a lot easier to keep track of.

Give the current name of a United Nations member country from the name that it was known as at some point in history (14 possible answers)

The list is below. Make sure to provide the letter that corresponds to your answer so I know which one you are answering.

A. Basutoland
B. British Honduras
C. Ceylon
D. East Pakistan
E. Formosa
F. Gilbert Islands
G. Hibernia
H. Lusitania
I. New Hebrides
J. Northern Rhodesia
K. Nyasaland
L. Portuguese Guinea
M. Siam
N. Upper Volta

Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land, Dylan, Berlin, 
Bay of Pigs invasion,

Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatle-mania, Ole Miss, John Glenn, 
Liston beats Patterson,

Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British Politician sex, J.F.K. blown away, 
What else do I have to say?

Question 10

Lawrence of Arabia won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. The film was 228 minutes long, or just about as long as this song seems right now. Billy Joel started in 1949 and we have only gotten to 1963 at this point...

Name a winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture from 1949-1961 (13 possible answers)

Some clarification: I am asking for the year in which the film premiered, not the year in which the ceremony was held. It drives me nuts when quizzes ask me which film won Best Picture in 1998 and the answer is Titanic.

Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again, Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, punk rock,

Begin, Reagan, Palestine, Terror on the airline, Ayatollah's in Iran, 
Russians in Afghanistan.

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal suicide, Foreign debts,
 Homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz,

Hypodermics on the shores, China's under martial law, Rock and Roller cola wars, I can't take it anymore

Neither can I, Billy, neither can I.

Question 11

The moon landing of 1969 was the culmination of a monumental effort that began in 1962 with the Mercury program.

Name EITHER a Mercury Seven astronaut OR an astronaut that walked on the moon (18 possible answer, Michael Jackson doesn't count)

Question 12

In the 1980s Coke and Pepsi started running ad campaigns featuring rock n' roll performers. This eventually culminated with Britney Spears pushing America to drink Pepsi, which possibly explains the declining trend in sugary soda drink sales.

Name a performer who has been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame multiple times (19 possible answers)

Some clarification: These performers have been inducted both as a solo artist and for their body of work with a band. In one case, it is solo career and two bands.

So now we have finally reached the year 1989. To close the loop on the dichotomy I espoused at the beginning of this TD, you will get one Baby Boomer bonus question and one Gen X bonus question.

Bonus Question 1

For a reduction of 1 point each, name up to five of Billy Joel's studio albums (maximum 5 point reduction)

Greatest Hits albums or concert albums don't count. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses, but you may only supply a maximum of five answers.

Bonus Question 2


Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! This is how a Gen X'er learned history in 1989. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure laid out the blueprint for a successful class presentation. If only I had a phone booth time machine in Mrs. Tittle's 10th grade english class...

For a reduction of 1 point each and a potential 10(!) point reduction in your score, name the characters who were on the stage at San Dimas High School for the final class presentation at the end of the movie. I need first AND last names for all characters where applicable.

For this question you will get a 1 point reduction for every correct response you provide, but if you provide even ONE incorrect response, you will be penalized by having points added to your score according to the TOTAL responses you provided. For example: 5 correct responses = -5 points. 7 correct responses = -7 points. 7 correct responses and 1 incorrect response = +8 points on your score because you gambled and lost.

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TD 191, mujason, Miscellaneous III: Return of the Math and Lyrics

1. In February, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen all obtained their first SI Swimsuit Issue cover. Name someone who has appeared on multiple covers of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (main photo only, insets don't count; sorry Marisa Miller, Heidi Klum, Bar Refaeli, and Brooklyn Decker). (14 answers)

2. Name a sports star whose number seven has been retired by a MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL team. (20 answers)

3. Name a director of a film that was produced or co-produced by Marvel Studios. (I'll count film scheduled for release this year, but no farther than that; sorry Josh Trank and Edgar Wright.) (29 answers)

4. Choose one of these names and name the stage name or pen name that person is best known as. Hint: six of these people are music stars and six are famous authors. Make sure to specify which name you're picking.
Stefani Germanotta
Francois-Marie Arouet
Shawn Carter
William Sydney Porter
Alecia Moore
Samuel Clemens
Peter Hernandez
Daniel Handler
Ben Haggerty
Eric Arthur Blair
Paul Hewson
Mary Ann Evans

5. Name a playable Mario Kart character in at least one of the following games: Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, or Mario Kart 7. (34 answers)

6. Name a novel by Charles Dickens. (This DOES NOT include short story collections (such as "Sketches by Boz") nor non-fiction works. This DOES include the works that were published as novels after being published in serial form.) (20 answers)

7. Name a U.S. Vice President who served multiple terms (or parts of). (12 answers)

8. Name a Fibonacci number between 4 and 4444. (15 answers)

9. Choose one of these twelve song lyrics and name the song it came from. Hint: I've also provided the year in which each song hit number one. Make sure to specify which line you're picking.
The prison band was there and they began to wail (1957)
Oh, yeah, I'll tell you something I think you'll understand (1964)
Who could hang a name on you? (1967)
I've been to Hollywood, I've been to Redwood (1972)
Friday night and the lights are low (1977)
She's just a girl who claims that I am the one (1983)
Ain't it shocking what love can do (1988)
I need somebody uplifting to take me away, babe (1993)
I really don't think you're strong enough, no (1999)
I don't know bout y'all, but I know about us (2004)
The taste of her cherry chapstick (2008)
Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy (2012)

10. Particle physics time! Name a fermion, and be as specific as possible. (24 answers)

11. Name a state on the Missouri River, Yellowstone River, North Platte River, or South Platte River. On the river is defined by flowing in the state or on the state's border. Also, the Missouri's mouth is at the Mississippi River, but Illinois does not count. (9 answers)

12. Name a Cabinet member in the administration of George W. Bush or Barack Obama who was also a state Governor or in the U.S. Congress (House or Senate). (Cabinet department heads only; EPA and other minor agencies don't count). (22 answers)

13. Name someone whose picture appeared on the poster for the 2010 romantic comedy "Valentine's Day." (Hint: Kathy Bates, Eric Dane, Hector Elizondo, and Shirley Maclaine were in the film but not pictured on the poster.) (15 answers)

14. Name a Pope elected after 1900 (anyone after Leo XIII; hint, there's no Pope Leo XIV). (10 answers)

15. Name a famous person who appeared as himself or herself (or an exaggerated version thereof) on Seinfeld. (Hint: some celebs (such as George Steinbrenner) were not played by themselves.) (Candice Bergen does not count because she appeared as Murphy Brown.) (30 answers as far as I can tell from imdb).

16. Choose one of these Jeopardy! champions and match him or her with the right introduction.
Ken Jennings
Brad Rutter
Roger Craig
Pam Mueller
Colby Burnett
Michael Falk
Stephanie Jass
Larissa Kelly
Jerome Vered
Frank Spangenberg
Dan Melia
Leszek Pawlowicz

A. (a police officer from Flushing, New York)
B. (a history professor from Milan, Michigan)
C. (a materials scientist from Phoenix, Arizona)
D. (a meteorologist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
E. (a TV quiz show host from Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
F. (a college professor from Berkeley, California)
G. (a junior at Loyola University, Chicago from Wilmette, Illinois)
H. (a software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah)
I. (a computer scientist from Newark, Delaware)
J. (a high school world history teacher from Chicago, Illinois)
K. (a writer from Studio City, California)
L. (a grad student from El Cerrito, California)

BONUS 1. Name one of the two Vice Presidents who served under multiple U.S. Presidents.

BONUS 2. Give the birth name of the Pope you selected for Question 14.

BONUS 3. Give the "Valentine's Day" character name (first or last) of the person you chose in Question 13.

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TD 192, BobF, Mr. Game Warden, could you tell me what season it really is?, (a.k.a. Baseball)

1. Not one, but two home run hitters in the lineup! Name a pair of hitters on the same major league team for an entire year who combined for 100 or more home runs in a single season.

2. On the road again. Major league baseball usually frowns upon teams moving, but that wasn't always the case. The last move was done with the blessing of the other owners. Name a major league team that moved from one city to another. If they also changed names, provide the before and after names. If the team had multiple names before the move (or after) any of the correct names used will be sufficient to be marked correctly.

3. Really Most Valuable Player. Name a player who has won at least two consecutive MVP awards. Co-MVPs do count.

4. Forever Cy Young. Name a player who has won at least two consecutive Cy Young awards - awarded to the league's best pitcher. For reference, this award came into being in 1956, was awarded to just one player in the major leagues until 1967 when each league started to name a player. So don't guess Walter Johnson or Cy Young.

5. No, he's not a horse. Name a player who has won the Triple Crown, as owner of the league's (AL or NL) best average, home run and RBI totals.

6. Hitting .300 is child's play. Name a player who has completed a major league season with an average of .375 or better since 1900.

7. We're better than the Yankees! Little known fact: the most successful baseball franchise was not always this way. For their first 20 years (not all of them in New York), the best they could manage was finishing 2nd in an 8 team league, and they didn't win their first world series until their 23rd season! Name a team that won a World Series in one of their first 22 seasons of existence.

8. We're better than the Yankees too! By the time the Yankees won their first World Series, several teams had won multiple World Series (counting ones since 1903). A couple had won 3 or more. Name one of the teams that won at least two World Series before the Yankees won their first in 1923.

9. Long suffering fans. My grandmother will turn 102 later this year. The first World Series during her lifetime was the 1912 World Series. She's not a baseball fan, but name a team that has not won a World Series during my grandmother's lifetime (this can include expansion teams, of course).

10. Unhittable! Name a major league pitcher who has pitched multiple no-hitters since 1900.

11. Unwatchable! Name a major league team (the season is not necessary) that has lost 105 or more games at least once in their existence since 1900.

12. Intrastate rivalries. Name a state that has, at any time since 1900, had two or more major league teams playing its regular season home games within its borders.

13. Multi-sport stars. A former NBA All Star recently made his minor league pitching debut. Name a player who has played in the NBA or NFL but also played minor league or major league baseball (I'm only counting players that actually have a player page on as my arbitrator of who has played minor league baseball).

14. The game's not until tonight, let's hit the beach! Name a major league or minor league team that currently plays its home games within 10 miles (as the crow flies) of either the Atlantic, Pacific or Gulf of Mexico.

15. Name a player or manager whose number has been retired by the New York Yankees.

16. At least we don't have to travel too far. Name a season (since 1903) in which both participants of the World Series played their home games in the same city or within the same metropolitan area.

17. Combo time! As of 1960, both the American League and the National League had eight teams. Name one of the eight from EACH league. Either their current name or the name they went by at the time count and will be counted the same.

18. Roger Craig trivia. Turns out, before there was the Jeopardy! champion named Roger Craig, if you had mentioned his name, people would have thought of the baseball pitcher. He has been employed by 10 major league baseball teams: 5 as pitcher, two as manager, three as pitching coach. Name one of these teams.

19. Imagine what their career stats could have looked like! Name a major league baseball player who left his team to serve in World War II or the Korean War and resumed his career afterwards.

20. We're due for a new stadium. Name one of the 10 major league team who is playing in a stadium that was open before the Rockies and Marlins started playing in 1993.

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TD 193, lieph82, A Tour Across the Game Show Timeline

1. What’s My Line?
Put on those tuxedos, because we’re going to start with a classic and a personal favorite, the absurdly formal Sunday night panel game, What’s My Line?, which premiered in 1950. In the spirit of Arlene Francis and friends, here are twelve movie characters who are definitely bigger than a breadbox:

Ron Woodroof
Truman Capote
Sydney Prosser
Juno MacGuff
William Whitaker
Maria Bennett
Hanna Schmitz
Daniel Plainview
George Valentin
Marilyn Monroe
Nina Sayers
Mark Zuckerberg

Just as in What’s My Line?, you’ll have to name the occupation of one of these movie characters. You can’t ask them any questions, but luckily for you, each of these roles has earned their respective actor or actress a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor (or Actress) between 2007 and 2013.

Pick one of the movie characters above and name his/her occupation at the start of his/her movie.

-Your response should be formatted like this: John Smith: Banker.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS: Blockbusters
Who won the Academy Award for which your chosen character’s actor/actress was nominated? (-2 points)

BONUS: Name Droppers
What is the full name of the first host of What’s My Line?? (-1 point)

2. Name That Tune
Name That Tune premiered on television in 1953. Contestants listened to a live band play a song and, when they recognized it, they had to run across the stage, ring the bell, and name that tune! In this TD, you will also have to name a tune. I hope you don't Tell Me that It's All Over Now!

Name a Rolling Stones single whose title starts with the letter “S."

-Ignore all parantheticals in song titles for this question.

There are 16 valid answers to this question.

3. Tic Tac Dough
In 1956, we were introduced to the first version of Tic Tac Dough, a clever game that mixed the strategy (sort of) of Tic-Tac-Toe with more traditional trivia questions. Any kid who caught reruns of the Martindale version on GSN remembers running to their parents and asking why there wasn't any food on the show if it had "dough" in the title. That's a really good question, but unfortunately it's above my pay grade. What I can do, however, is introduce some good cooking to Tic Tac Dough.

Name an ingredient in Julia Child's "Coq au vin" recipe that a strict vegan can comfortably consume.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

BONUS: Win, Lose, or Draw
In his original run, Thom McKee played 88 games of Tic Tac Dough. How many of these games were draws? (-2 points for bullseye, -1 point for being 1 off in either direction)

4. To Tell the Truth
1956 also marked the premiere of To Tell the Truth, a game in which three people (one person with a claim to fame and two imposters) all claimed to be the same person, and celebrity panelists had to ask cunning questions in order to determine who was lying and who was telling the truth. In my humble opinion, this was and still is the most brilliant concept ever thought up for a not-formally-trivia game show. Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov and modern fantasy maestro George R.R. Martin both populate their worlds with unreliable narrators, scoundrel protagonists, and characters who have a little bit of a problem telling the truth.

Name either:

The first and last names of a title character in a Vladimir Nabokov novel.


The first and last names of a Point of View character in George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

-I'm not qualified to decide whether the "Laura" in "The Original of Laura" refers to Flora or Aurora, so I'm going to disqualify that unfinished novel for this question.

There are 15 correct answers to this question.

5. Match Game
The first incarnation of Match Game started airing on NBC in 1962. The game later evolved into the jocular, raucous affair we know and love, and matching one's answers to those of the celebrity panelists was far from a science. Studying for my periodic table quizzes in Chemistry class, I often wished I could match my Au to whatever Charles Nelson Reilly could come up with, instead of to stupid freaking gold. Well, like any good bitter former student, I am going to continue the cycle of abuse and make you do what I had to do.

Name a chemical element on the Periodic Table of Elements that is not a transition metal and whose elemental symbol can be written out solely with the letters in “Match Game."

-I am counting Meitnerium as a transition metal, so it is not a valid answer.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS: The Biggest Loser
What is the relative atomic mass of your chosen element, rounded to the nearest whole number? (-2 points)

6. Jeopardy!
The original Jeopardy!, hosted by Art Fleming, premiered in 1964, forcing contestants to answer in the form of a question as its main gimmick. The name of the show is rather silly, in my opinion, and the exclamation point makes it a pain in the ass to write about. I happen to think that the name is the only flaw in this otherwise perfect game, which is still around in its current form fifty years later and is the reason we're all here. Here's a clue about countries in jeopardy. Don't forget to answer in the form of a question!

Name either:

A country (or former country) against which the United States has formally declared war.


A country (or former country) which the United States engaged militarily without formal Congressional authorization between 1900 and 2011, inclusive.

-You must answer in the form of a question, or your response will be counted as incorrect.

There are 20 valid answers to this question.

7. Gambit
1972 gave us Gambit, the blackjack-trivia mix that was revived fairly successfully by GSN in 2008. A version of Gambit even taped at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Amazingly, more than ten times as many people live in Las Vegas than in Carson City, the state capital of Nevada.

Name either:

One of the ten most populous cities (incorporated area, unincorporated town, or census-designated place (CDP)) in Nevada.


A state capital that is not one of the ten most populous cities (incorporated area, unincorporated town, or CDP) in its state.

There are 15 valid answers to this question.

BONUS: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
What was the capital of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia? (-1 point)

8. Wheel of Fortune
In 1975 came the original network version of TPH's wheelhouse show, the one we all love to rag on, Wheel of Fortune! Who wouldn't want to make five figures for playing half an hour of hangman and spinning a giant wheel? In this TD, there's no wheel, and there's a significantly smaller prize, but you will get to solve some word puzzles. The category for all of these puzzles is "Before & After." And here they are! Vanna?

*** I M** Y*UR M****R **R*SA

*H* *N* *H* *NLY **SY *** W*S **S**R***

*I***I** *F **L*M*I* **I*E**I*Y

***M**RIC C**C**** *F **RI**I*N*

*I***E BI**O**ED F*O*

TH* **UN* *N* TH* *U*Y W***I**

**O’S *F***D OF V****N** *OO** P*C*?

*I* *I** I* **E *AN*

*I* *Y*-**RG*** **OLU*IO*

***SFI*L* P*** *V**U*

*N**N*** *** *OR L***

**ON **N* **C*A** T*E T****

Solve one of the word puzzles above.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

9. Family Feud
1976 was when we first got to see Richard Dawson kissing wives in front of their husbands and daughters in front of their fathers as the host of Family Feud. When you get a bunch of family members together for any length of time, there's bound to be some good-natured (or less than good-natured) bickering. In many Jewish households, the Passover seders provide a perfect opportunity for extended family to get together, tell the story of the Exodus, eat some good food, and argue about politics.

Name either:

One of the ten plagues the Lord brings upon the Egyptians in the book of Exodus.


One of the six items traditionally placed on the Seder plate, according to Chabad.

There are 16 valid answers to this question.

10. Password Plus
Password Plus, which added a word puzzle to the classic word-guessing game, started airing in 1979, and I'm still waiting for Goodson and Todman to finish the equation. Password plus what? In honor of the First Lady of Password, Betty White, who is still working her butt off in her 90s:

Name a prime number between 1 and 1,000 that has a tens digit of 9.

You are welcome to do any calculations you'd like, but use of a calculator is not permitted.

There are 15 valid answers to this question.

BONUS: Survivor
Who are the only three women to have won Survivor with a prime number of jury votes? (-1 point for each correct answer)

11. Card Sharks
Higher! Lower! What on Earth do you do with that dreaded 8? Card Sharks premiered in 1978, and its simple concept and beautiful showgirls kept the show going through nearly 2000 episodes. One of the only negatives? The producers totally missed out on making the first ever game show to take place completely underwater. I'd be willing to bet that there are some sharks that are better at picking higher or lower than some of those contestants...

Name someone who won a gold medal for the USA in the finals of any swimming event in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS: The Amazing Race
What race(s) did your chosen swimmer win in the London Games? (If your chosen swimmer won multiple events, you must name them all to get the bonus) (-2 points)

12. Legends of the Hidden Temple
A cult classic which began airing in 1993, Legends of the Hidden Temple involved preteens and young teenagers completing physical and mental tasks for Olmec the Talking Olmec Head and racing around a Mayan temple to steal artifacts protected by mysterious temple guards. Any '90s kid can name the 6 teams: Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes. Clearly, the Orange Iguanas and the Purple Parrots were the coolest teams. So now, you, too, get to go on a worldwide treasure hunting expedition as Orange Iguanas and Purple Parrots! Today's treasures: flags.

Name a UN member state whose current national flag contains the color orange and/or the color purple.

-If you think your answer contains a debatable shade of reddish purple or reddish orange, describe the flag to me, making it clear that your issue is with subjective naming of colors, not with knowledge of the flag, and I will tell you whether or not that flag is a correct answer. You can only do this once, for one answer.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS: The Price is Right
What is the currency of your chosen nation? (-2 points)

13. Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
1999 brought us the American premiere of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, the most internationally popular television franchise of all time. Although WWTBAM-mania has cooled down in the past fifteen years, people still really want to be millionaires, shockingly. In fact, if they had the choice, I think most people would like to be billionaires. So, multiplying that goal of $1 million dollars by the all-important $32,000 marker in classic WWTBAM:

Give the first and last names of someone with a net worth of $32 billion or greater, according to's "The World's Billionaires List."

There are 18 valid answers to this question.

14. Friend or Foe
2002 saw the premiere of the short-lived GSN classic Friend or Foe, which taught us that you never really know who's your friend and who's just waiting to stick a knife in your back. So, now it's your choice: Friend or Foe? In this TD, Friend is represented by the newly ended sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which ostensibly tells the story of how he met his kids' mother while really cleverly narrating the lives of five young and wild New Yorkers, while Foe is represented by AMC megahit Breaking Bad, in which a cunning meth dealer eludes his police and drug world enemies at every turn.

Give the first and last names of a member of the main cast of either How I Met Your Mother or Breaking Bad, and the first and last names of the character whom he/she plays.

-Your response should be formatted like this: Jennifer Aniston: Rachel Green, if we were doing Friends or, in case of exception noted in the clarifications, like this: Kaley Cuoco: Penny, if we were doing The Big Bang Theory.

-Actors who are credited after the opening sequence as opposed to at the end of the show, for any or all seasons, are part of the main cast of the show. Or, if an actor is uncredited because his/her role is voice-only, I'd consider them part of the main cast if their voice is heard in all or nearly all of the episodes of a given season. In this case, for the bonus, you would give the episode in which we first hear their voice.

There are 18 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS: You Bet Your Life
What is the name of the first episode of How I Met Your Mother or Breaking Bad in which your chosen character appears? (-1 point if the answer to this question is the name of the series premiere, -3 points otherwise)

15. Show Me the Money
2006 gave us Show me the Money, possibly the worst traditional game show ever to air in prime time. Luckily, we've been able to watch plenty of other people get shown tons of money on better game shows! In August 1999, Michael Shutterly won $500,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, which made him the biggest solo winner in the history of American television game shows.

Name either:

Someone who earned the title of biggest cash and prize winner in the history of American television game shows after Michael Shutterly.


Someone who, as of this post, is in the top 10 all-time for cash and prize winnings on American television game shows.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

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TD 194, esrever, General Knowledge: 20 of 10

Name one of the 10 names most often given to newborn girls in the United States in 2013 according to the Social Security Administration.

We all know that a triangle has 3 sides, a rectangle has 4 sides, a pentagon has 5 sides, and a hexagon has 6 sides. Name one of the 10 polygons described below. Give both the letter you choose and the polygon's name. Two of them each have two names that will be accepted as correct answers, but you need only give one answer. (Example: K. triangle)

A. 7 sides
B. 8 sides
C. 9 sides
D. 10 sides
E. 11 sides
F. 12 sides
G. 13 sides
H. 14 sides
I. 15 sides
J. 16 sides

Name one of these numbers in Arabic number form. Give both your chosen letter and the number. You do not need to name the language. (Example: K. 34)

B. veinte
C. cinquemila
D. quatre vingt
E. dezoito
F. pedwar
G. sechzig
H. eenenvijftig
I. novem
J. kvardek sep

Name the year ending in "0" in which one of the following songs was a #1 hit in the United States for at least one week according to Billboard magazine and/or Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories 1890-1954 book. Give both your chosen letter and the year. (Example: K. 1950)

A. Say My Name by Destiny's Child
B. Call Me by Blondie
C. Swanee by Al Jolson
D. Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
E. Music! Music! Music! by Teresa Brewer
F. Semper Fidelis by U.S. Marine Band
G. American Woman by The Guess Who
H. Tuxedo Junction by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
I. Cathy's Clown by The Everly Brothers
J. It Must Have Been Love by Roxette

Name one of the current Major League Baseball teams whose team name is in one of the positions 11 through 20 (inclusive) on the alphabetical list of MLB team names. Just to be clear: It's the team names that are alphabetized, not the team locations.

Name one of the countries whose highest point is among the 9 highest "highest points by country" in the world. Two of the countries have a highest point that is the same elevation and therefore they are tied on the list; this means that there are actually 10 countries from which to choose. The country must be a sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations.

Name one of the 10 most-populous cities in the continental United States EAST of the Mississippi River based on population within the city limits according to the 2010 census.

Name one of the 10 most-populous cities in the continental United States WEST of the Mississippi River based on population within the city limits according to the 2010 census.

Name the century in which one of these historical figures was born. Give both the letter you choose and the century. (Example: K. 18th century)

A. William Shakespeare
B. Harriet Beecher Stowe
C. Thomas Edison
D. Genghis Khan
E. Clark Gable
F. Queen Anne of Great Britain
G. Michelangelo
H. Henry David Thoreau
I. Pocahontas
J. Christopher Columbus

10. IT'S A GAS
Name a chemical element other than oxygen that is a gas at room temperature.

Name one of the ten 5-letter words that can be spelled using ALL of the letters A-G-N-O-R and is contained in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature, Peace, and Economics. Name the category in which one of these individuals won a Nobel Prize. Give both your chosen letter and the Nobel Prize category. (Example: K. Physiology/Medicine)

A. Paul Krugman (2008)
B. Ivan Pavlov (1904)
C. Milton Friedman (1976)
D. Dorothy Hodgkin (1964)
E. Enrico Fermi (1938)
F. Steven Chu (1997)
G. Liu Xiabo (2010)
H. Toni Morrison (1993)
I. Thomas Mann (1929)
J. Albert Schweitzer (1952)

Name the year ending in "2" in which one of the following films was released. A major star of each film is in parentheses after each title. Specify both your chosen letter and the year. (Example: K. 1942)

A. Tootsie (Dustin Hoffman)
B. Lawrence of Arabia (Peter O'Toole)
C. What's Up, Doc? (Barbra Streisand)
D. Shanghai Express (Marlene Dietrich)
E. Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire)
F. The Greatest Show On Earth (Betty Hutton)
G. Skyfall (Daniel Craig)
H. Blood and Sand (Rudolph Valentino)
I. Sister Act (Whoopi Goldberg)
J. Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson)

Name one of the first ten states of the United States based on date of ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Three of them are officially known as commonwealths but are generally referred to as states.

15. FACTORS OF 512
Name one of the factors of 512. (Positive whole numbers only.)

Name one of the 10 most-recent actors to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Name the year ending in "7" in which one of the following events took place. Give both your chosen letter and the year. (Example: K. 1897)

A. On May 22, Charles Lindbergh lands his airplane in Paris, France, completing the world's first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
B. On April 7, Bell Telephone and the U.S. Department of Commerce conduct a television transmission from Washington, DC to New York City -- the world's first long-distance television transmission.
C. On October 4, the USSR launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite.
D. On May 6, the dirigible Hindenburg explodes in flames at Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people.
E. On June 5 through 10, the Six-Day War is fought in the Middle East.
F. On December 24, Thomas Edison files a patent application for his latest invention: the phonograph.
G. On September 28, newscaster David Brinkey, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting.
H. On December 20, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest-ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
I. On July 1, Canada is created by enactment of the British North America Act, now called the Constitution Act.
J. On October 19, a stock market crash occurs in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 22.61 percent in just this one day -- the all-time record for greatest percentage loss in the DJIA in one day.

Name one of the 10 federal holidays in the United States for which most U.S. Government employees get a paid day off from work. All of the holiday names have "day" in them, either separately or as part of a compound word.

Name one of the six types of playing pieces in the game of chess OR one of the four suits in a standard deck of playing cards.

Name the author of one of these literary works. Specify both the letter you choose and the name of the author. (Example: K. John Doe)

A. For Whom The Bell Tolls (1940)
B. Jaws (1974)
C. Tuesdays With Morrie (1997)
D. Chesapeake (1978)
E. The Joy Luck Club (1989)
F. The Time Keeper (2012)
G. Jabberwocky (1871)
H. The Jungle Book (1894)
I. The Jungle (1906)
J. The Scarlet Letter (1850)

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TD 195, WJMorris3, The Beautiful Game


1. The Lev Yashin Award was first given out in 1994 to honor the best goalkeeper in the World Cup, and was named for the famous Soviet goalkeeper. The award was changed to the Golden Glove award in 2010.

Q: Name either a winner of the Yashin Award/Golden Glove Award OR the goalkeeper named to any FIFA World Cup All-Star team from 1930-1990. (20 answers)

2. Real Madrid just won their 10th European Cup/UEFA Champions League title, defeating crosstown rivals Atlético Madrid in extra time. Their ten championships are the most of any European club.

Q: Other than Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, name a team that automatically qualified for the group stage of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League based on their league position in 2013/14. (20 answers)

3. The World Cup is usually held amongst the best teams in the world. But with only 32 spots available for the over 200 countries in the world, there are great squads that just did not make the cut.

Q: Name any country whose team was ranked in the top 50 according to FIFA's Men's World Ranking in June 2014 but failed to advance to the World Cup. (23 answers)

4. Major League Soccer has started its 19th season. It's come a long way since the ten teams that contested the first MLS season in 1996; part of this is due to the existence of "Designated Players" - players whose salaries only partially count against the salary cap. The first of these players was David Beckham (and the DP rule was originally nicknamed the David Beckham rule). The most recent to sign was David Villa, who recently transferred to play for New York City FC in 2015 for an undisclosed salary.

Q: As of this writing, name any player signed to a current Designated Player contract for an active MLS team. (35 answers)

NB: New York City FC does not start play until 2015 so David Villa would be an incorrect answer.

5. For the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian government elected to hold games in twelve different cities. Unlike the 1950 World Cup where the sites chosen were concentrated in the southeast and south, this time the cities are all over Brazil; in fact, each city chosen is the capital of its state.

Q: Name any of the cities hosting World Cup matches in the 2014 tournament. (12 answers)

6. It's been said that the most nervewracking spectacles in soccer is deciding a match with a penalty shootout. For the losers, it's forever the question of what might have been. For the winners, it's a sigh of relief and (usually) preparation for the next opponent.

Q: Name any country that's won at least one penalty shootout in the World Cup since they were officially introduced in the 1978 tournament. (15 answers)

7. The Olympic Games still hold a men's soccer tournament every year. Currently the teams that are fielded are made up of players under the age of 23, with three overage players allowed. Curiously, Brazil, who has qualified for every World Cup, has yet to win an Olympic gold medal in soccer.

Q: Name any country that's won the Olympic gold medal in men's soccer. (18 answers)

8. Every continent has their own continental championship. Here in North America, that's the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup has been contested 12 times between teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Only North American teams have won it - Mexico six times, the United States five times, and Canada once.

Q: Name a CONCACAF member (other than Canada, Mexico, and the United States) who has competed in the Gold Cup at least once since the inaugural tournament in 1991. (15 answers)

9. The United States are wearing red jerseys at this World Cup. This is the first time we've seen the Yanks in red at the World Cup since June 15, 1998, a 2-0 loss to Germany. (Incidentally, current USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann scored for Germany in that game.)

Q: Name any nation that has worn a predominantly red jersey for at least one game in any of the last three World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010). (21 answers)

NB: Striped jerseys and other similar design will be adjudged to be the color of the back panel (where the player's name and number are), provided it's one of the colors of the pattern.

10. The film Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl features a wonderfully done sketch depicting a football match between two teams of philosophers - Germany versus Greece.

Q: Name any philosopher who was supposedly on the pitch at the start of this alleged game. (25 answers)

11. Tbe Golden Boot or Golden Shoe Award has been awarded since 1930 to the top goalscorer in the tournament. In older tournaments, all players who were tied with the most goals would share in the award; now, if there's a tie, there are tiebreakers to determine the winner.

Q: Name any player who's won the Golden Boot at the World Cup. (25 answers)


12. While the Premier League is the top flight of England, no English-born manager has ever won the league - the last English manager to win at the top level in England was Howard Wilkinson, who hoisted the old First Division title at Leeds United in 1991/92, the year before the Premiership's founding.

Q: Name any manager who has won the Premiership since its founding in the 1992/93 season. (7 answers)

13. North America has its own club championship as well, known as the CONCACAF Champions League. Under normal circumstances, five MLS teams qualify for each tournament: four from the United States, one from Canada. With the parity that MLS has seen in recent years, fifteen different squads from MLS have participated in at least one CONCACAF Champions League game.

Q: Name any MLS team who, as of the conclusion of the 2013/14 CONCACAF Champions League, has yet to play in a CCL match since the tournament's current format started in 2008/09. (4 answers)

14. The 2015 Asian Cup has been scheduled to take place in Australia this upcoming January. It's the 16th edition of this continental tournament, the first taking place in 1956. Within the last two weeks, Palestine qualified to play in this tournament, making their tournament debut.

Q: Name any nation that's won the men's Asian Cup. (7 answers)

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TD 196, gamawire, Cheaper By the Dozen

1. The names of Jesus’ original 12 apostles can be found in the gospels of Matthew (4:18-22; 9:9-12; 10:1-4) and John (1:35-51). Name one of these 12 men. Since some of the names are similar, please make sure you give me enough information to be able to determine who you are talking about (Source:

2. Name an actor who portrayed one of the 12 Angry Men in the 1957 movie of the same name.
Bonus: Name that man’s juror number.

3. Name one of the things my true love gave to me in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (amount and item).

4. Name one of the 12 elements that begins with the letter C.
Bonus: Name that element’s atomic number.

5. Name one of the last twelve secretaries of state (the person must have had tenure of one month or more – so basically anyone who was only an “acting” secretary-of-state will not be considered a correct answer).

6. As chosen by Rolling Stone (in 2011, I believe), name one of the top 12 guitarists of all time.
Bonus: How many women made the original Top 100 list?

7. Name one of the twelve people shown below, all of whom were born in Houston. You do not need to specify the number of the photo.


8. Name one of Broadway’s twelve longest running shows (Source: Wikipedia, as of June 1, 2014). For your information, the list includes 11 musicals and one revue.
Bonus: How long has that show’s run been (in number of performances, +/- 50)?

9. According to statistics collected by the USGS, name one of the top 12 gold producing countries (in metric tons for 2013).

10. To date, Jack Nicholson has been nominated for a total of twelve Oscars, eight times for best actor and four times for best supporting actor. Name one of these twelve films.
Bonus: For how many of these twelve nominations did Jack win?

11. Name one of the six Tudor monarchs or one of the six wives of Henry VIII.

12. In 1909, Swedish author Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Name one of the twelve women who have accomplished that milestone since then.
Bonus: Name the year in which your answer won the prize (+/- 2 years).
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TD 197, RandyG, Picture This

1. Name one of the 16+ words in American English that end in a silent "b." (Names, proper nouns, etc. are not acceptable. Variations of the same word will be grouped together.)

2. You may recognize most of their songs, but your task here is to name one of the Beatles' studio albums shown below from the cover of its U.S. release. Specify the album number along with your answer.

Note that some words have been magically removed in these images. One album in particular is commonly referred to by a name other than the actual title; here you need the actual title. Also, don't agonize over whether the official title appends "The Beatles" onto it. For example, if there were an album titled "The Beatles Rock Around the Clock," I would accept "Rock Around the Clock" and vice versa.

2b BONUS: Name one track from the album that you selected. (No extra points for naming an obscure track, so make it easy for both of us by going with what you know, or suspect, is an obvious one.)

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3. According to the U.S. Census 2013 estimates, 13 cities with a population of at least 100,000 contain one or more of the words “New”, “York” and “City” in the city name, either as standalone words or as consecutive letters. For examples, if these cities existed and had sufficient populations, "New Caledonia," "Gotham City," "Eyeofnewt" and "Yorkville" would all qualify. Name one of these 13 cities and its state.

4. Select one of the well-known pictures shown below and provide the year (+/- 1) in which the picture was taken. Include the picture number in your answer.

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5. Select one of the following rules, conventions or traditions from professional sports that are related to numbers. Answer with the corresponding letter and the number that fits the description. Note: every answer is a whole number.

(A) MLB: Distance, in feet, from first to second base.
(B) NFL: Points awarded to the defensive team for forcing a safety.
(C) NHL: Length, in minutes, of a period.
(D) TENNIS/ITF: Number of points won by a player with a score called as "15"
(E) SOCCER/FIFA: Height, in feet, of the goal
(F) CANADIAN FOOTBALL: Length, in yards, of the field not including endzones
(G) NHL: Number of goals scored by a player in one game for a "hat trick"
(H) GOLF/USGA: Number of penalty strokes added when a ball is hit into a water hazard and is unplayable
(I) MLB: Number of strikeouts by a batter in one game for a "golden sombrero"
(J) NBA: Height, in feet, of the hoop above the floor
(K) MLB: Width, in inches, of home plate
(L) GOLF/USGA: Number of strokes below par on a hole for an eagle
(M) NBA: When only considering points, rebounds and assists, the minimum number of rebounds for a player to achieve a triple-double in a game

MLB=Major League Baseball, NFL=National Football League, NHL=National Hockey League, ITF=International Tennis Federation, FIFA=Fédération Internationale de Football Association, USGA=United States Golf Association, NBA=National Basketball Association


6. George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is set in Airstrip One, a province of the superstate Oceania, and which once "had been called England or Britain." Based on the novel, name:

• one of the 2 superstates, shown in violet and mint, that are in perpetual war against either Oceania or each other, or
• one of the 4 ministries of Oceania, or
• one of the 3 principal characters who physically appear*, i.e. not just as images on monitors or posters, or
• one of the 2 principal figureheads** who never physically appear*: the dictator of Oceania or the principal enemy of the state, against whom is directed the daily “two minutes hate,” or
• one of the 3 slogans of INGSOC (English Socialist Party of Oceania) that are all are in the form "XXXXX is YYYYY"

* In these two categories, even if the character/figurehead you choose has both a first and last name, only one of the names is required.
** It’s not clear in the novel whether either of these is a real person.

6b BONUS: What is the only brand of hard liquor available to the outer-party and the proles?

7. Identify one of the following California landmarks shown below. You don't need to associate the picture number, just the landmark is sufficient.

7b BONUS: Where is the landmark that you chose located? Be as specific as possible, down to the city if appropriate. I'll give you some wiggle room, but avoid answering with "Northern California," for example, if the location can clearly be identified more precisely.

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8. Name an English word or 2-word expression other than "jail" or "prison" that means a place of incarceration. Since many of the best ones are slang, slang is acceptable. If you typically hear "the" in front of the word or expression, the "the" does not add to the count. If I can't verify a word/expression, then I'll ask you to provide evidence of its use.

9. Name a well-known 20th century artist whose work is shown below. Each painting is highly representative of the artist's style. You don't need to associate the artist with the picture number; just the artist name is sufficient.

9b BONUS: For the artist/painting that you chose, name the artist's country of birth.

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10. "The Tonight Show," arguably the most successful franchise in the history of television, has aired continuously on NBC since 1954. In its 60 years the show has had 6 regular hosts, including Johnny Carson, who ruled over late-night television from 1962 through 1992. It wasn't for lack of trying that few others had success competing directly against Carson. Name the host of a national network or syndicated talk-format show that aired opposite him for at least 3 months during his 30 year run, or one of the other 5 Tonight Show hosts. (These other shows did not necessarily air at the same time as The Tonight Show, but in all cases there was at least a 30 minute overlap.)

11. Each of the pictures shown below displays a relatively or very common flower seasonally found across much of North America. Name one of these flowers with its associated number. You don't need to identify the specific sub-variety of flower. There are no intended tricks or neg baits; the characteristics shown in each picture should point to one specific flower type.

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12. The science fiction film genre came into its own in the 1950s, in the same way that film noir did in the 1940s. And then there was the 1960s, which will always be fondly remembered for..... beach party movies! But I digress. Each of the following is the title of a classic science fiction film from the 1950s with one key word removed. Complete one of the titles. (OK, two of the films are from 1960, but that's close enough.)

(A) The ________ Colossal Man
(B) Invaders From ________
(C) The World, the Flesh and the ________
(D) ________ of the Body Snatchers
(E) Eyes Without a ________
(F) This Island ________
(G) The ________ the Earth Stood Still
(H) When Worlds ________
(I) Donovan's ________
(J) The Angry ________ Planet
(K) Plan ________ From Outer Space
(L) Forbidden ________
(M) Attack of the ________ Foot Woman
(N) The Time ________

13. Beethoven composed 9 symphonies, almost all of which are among the best known works in all the classical symphonic repetoire. The video below contains 10 audio clips (A through J) of the opening bars of these 9 symphonies plus 1 non-Beethoven symphony. Identify one of the clips, by letter, with the symphony number, or for the non-Beethoven clip as "not Beethoven." For example, answer in the form: F,3 -or- B, not Beethoven.

13b BONUS: Who was the actual composer of the non-Beethoven clip? (All correct answers for the main question qualify you for the bonus points.)

14. Name a U.S.- or Canada-based automobile company or brand within a multi-brand company that ceased operations within the period 1960-2011, was previously in production at least 10 years and remains today out of production. Note that this does not include automobile models that ceased production. For example, company Antediluvian Motors had two brands, Antediluvian and Buggtussle, and Buggtussle sold the Flycatcher GT. If Buggtussle ceased operations in 2006 it would qualify, but the Flycatcher GT would not.

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TD 198, hscer, Sporcle Quizzes

1. SPORTS: Name a player who won the NBA Most Valuable Player award more than once.

2. GEOGRAPHY: Name a national capital of a European country that is exactly six (6) letters long.

Countries that are considered a part of both Europe and Asia DO count as a part of Europe here.
You do not need to identify the country, just the capital.
Addendum: Looking for 6-letter capitals, not 6-letter countries.

3. MUSIC: Name a track from The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

4. MOVIES: Name a movie from a quote below.

I am NOT requiring you to match them up. (The quiz doesn’t, either.) Just name a movie that contains one of the quotes in the spoiler immediately below.

Show the spoiler to see the quotes.
A. Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room!
B. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
C. Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
D. Say hello to my little friend!
E. We're on a mission from God.
F. What we've got here is failure to communicate.
G. Sweep the leg.
H. I drink your milkshake! I drink it up.
I. Check out the big brain on Brett.
J. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
K. A boy's best friend is his mother.
L. Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.
M. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
N. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die .
O. I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
P. Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

(FYI, this question has the most possible answers of any in the TD.)
5. TELEVISION: Name a crew member in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Name the CHARACTER, not the actor!

You must use one of the characters in the provided image, which is in the spoiler immediately below.

Show the spoiler to see the image.
6. HISTORY: Name an incumbent U.S. president who was defeated in a presidential general election.

This does NOT include former presidents, does NOT include sitting presidents who declined to run again, and does NOT include sitting presidents who tried to get renominated and failed.

If your answer shares a surname with another president, please specify which president you mean.

7. LITERATURE: Name a modern country in which a Shakespeare play is set.

(Present-day independent country in which any part of any Shakespeare play is explicitly set.)

8. LANGUAGE: Name a language that is official in 3 or more countries.

9. SCIENCE: Name a chemical element that is the only one with a specific pair of letters at the end.

Example: If "wind" were an element, then it would be a correct answer because it would be the only element ending in "-nd."

10. ENTERTAINMENT: Name a TV show or a movie written, co-written, or created by Aaron Sorkin.

11. RELIGION: Name one of the "blessed" groups in the Beatitudes from the Gospel of Matthew.

"Blessed are [ANSWER], for they..."

12. HOLIDAY: Name a U.S. federal holiday that occurs annually.

(A recent TD intercepted this question, but I have decided to keep it.)

FIRST BONUS: Question 6 excludes former presidents who reached the general election and lost. There are three presidents who, after leaving office, ran with a third party and lost while garnering 10% or more of the popular vote. Name one of these three presidents. The most popular correct answer will be worth -1 point; the other correct answers will be worth -3 points. There will be no penalty for incorrect guesses.

Minutia: Question 6 was also based on a quiz I wrote for the site (as was #9). Yes, that’s why I’m using it as the basis for the bonus.

SECOND BONUS: For -1 point, name any one of the facts about Sporcle below. You may make an attempt at 2 of the 4. If either is correct, you get the -1 point. If both are correct, you still get -1 point. If you try to answer more than 2, I will only refer to your first 2 guesses in determining whether you receive credit.
. Year the first quiz was posted
. Title or subject matter of the first quiz
. One of the three categories left unused in this TD (name only one if you try to answer this)
. City its offices are located in

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TD 199, tjconn728, ID 2: Merkel's Revenge

Question 1. The first time I ran this game, Angela Merkel was a huge sheep, being chosen by 23 of 59 players for one question. Since you all seem to be such experts on Germany, I figured I'd start with a simple question. Identify the English translation of one of the following German nouns:

A. Hund
B. Bier
C. Wurst
D. Buch
E. Baum
F. Fenster
G. Schwester
H. Krankenhaus
I. Frage
J. Flugzeug
K. Zeit
L. Schaf

Question 2. One of my favorite summer activities is heading down the street to Camden Yards, grabbing Boog's BBQ and a Natty Boh, and watching the Orioles. Since it is the peak of baseball season right now, hopefully you've caught a few games on TV or in person and can identify what team plays its home games in one of the following stadiums:
Question 3. Identify what state the following military installations are located in:

A. Fort Hood
B. Naval Station Great Lakes
C. Aberdeen Proving Ground
D. Nellis Air Force Base
E. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
F. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
G. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
H. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
I. Naval Submarine Base New London
J. Offutt Air Force Base
K. Naval Base Kitsap
L. Keesler Air Force Base

Question 4. Identify the artist who painted each of the following works of art:
BONUS: I will deduct two points off of your score if you can correctly identify the city in which the original version of the artwork is generally kept, disregarding any loans, travelling exhibits, or restoration work that may currently have it in a different location. In the case of one painting that was stolen and never recovered, name its last known location. There is no penalty for a wrong answer, but you must provide a correct answer to the main question to receive this bonus.

BONUS 2: For an additional two points off your score, identify the letter of the painting that was stolen in 1990 and has yet to be recovered. As with all thievery, this question has a risk/reward factor, as an incorrect answer will ADD two points to your score, regardless of whether you got the main question right or not.[/spoiler]

Question 5. Identify the month of the year when each of the following events take place annually:

a. Running of the Bulls in Pamplona
b. Boston Marathon
c. Sundance Film Festival
d. Guy Fawkes Night
e. Kentucky Derby
f. Daytona 500
g. End of Texas State Fair
h. Nobel Prizes Award Ceremony
i. South by Southwest Festival
j. PGA Championship
k. Summer solstice in northern hemisphere
l. Beginning of Munich's Oktoberfest

Question 6. Identify the song released in the 1990's that contains the following lyric:

a. I'm such a baby 'cause the Dolphins make me cry
b. Tell me do you think it'd be alright, if I could just crash here tonight
c. My loneliness is killing me, I must confess I still believe
d. I found it hard, it's hard to find, oh well, whatever, nevermind
e. And it's all your fault, I screen my phone calls
f. A lonely mother gazing out of the window, staring at her son that she just can't touch
g. Paranoia, paranoia, everybody's comin' to get me
h. If we couldn't see the sun risin' off the shore of Thailand, would you ride then, if it wasn't droppin?
i. I am still living with your ghost, lonely and dreaming of the west coast
j. It all keeps adding up, I think I'm cracking up. Am I just paranoid? Or am I stoned?
k. It's the way you love me, it's a feeling like this, it's centrifugal motion, it's perpetual bliss
l. Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you, that is how I know you, go on

BONUS: I will deduct one point off of your score for each of the three songs that hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 charts that you can identify, but I will add one point to your score for each song that you misidentify as a #1 hit. I only need the letter of the #1 song, and not the full title. You can make between 0 and 3 guesses for this bonus, and do not need to get the main question correct.

Question 7. Identify the landmark United States Supreme Court case whose significance is summarized on Wikipedia as follows. All answers should be in the form of "Plaintiff v. Defendant."

a. Section 13 of the Judiciary Act of 1789 is unconstitutional because it attempts to expand the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court beyond that permitted by the Constitution. Congress cannot pass laws that contradict the Constitution.
b. People of African descent that are slaves or were slaves and subsequently freed, along with their descendants, cannot be United States citizens. Consequently, they cannot sue in federal court. Also, slavery cannot be outlawed in the western territories before they access statehood.
c. Local governments may seize property for economic development purposes
d. Police must advise criminal suspects of their rights under the Constitution to remain silent, to consult with a lawyer, and to have one appointed to them if they are indigent. A police interrogation must stop if the suspect states that he or she wishes to remain silent.
e. A law criminalizing adults who engage in consensual same-sex sexual conduct furthers no legitimate state interest and violates their right to privacy under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause. This decision effectively nullifies all sodomy laws in the United States.
f. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid is unconstitutional as-written—it is unduly coercive to force the states to choose between participating in the expansion or forgoing all Medicaid funds. In addition, the individual health insurance mandate is constitutional by virtue of the Taxing and Spending Clause (though not by the Commerce Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause).
g. Government-directed prayer in public schools, even if it is denominationally neutral and non-mandatory, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
h. Segregated schools in the states are unconstitutional because they violate the Fourteenth Amendment. The Court found that the separate but equal doctrine adopted in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) "has no place in the field of public education."
i. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
j. Limits on corporate and union political expenditures during an election cycle violate the First Amendment. Corporations and labor unions can spend unlimited sums in support of or in opposition to candidates, as long as the spending is independent of the candidates.
k. A law that criminalizes the use of contraception by married couples is unconstitutional because all Americans have a constitutionally protected right to privacy.
l. The arbitrary and inconsistent imposition of the death penalty violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. This decision initiates a nationwide de facto moratorium on executions that lasts until the Supreme Court's decision in Gregg v. Georgia (1976).

BONUS: I will deduct two points off of your score if you can correctly identify the sitting Chief Justice presiding over your chosen case. There is no penalty for a wrong answer, but you must get the main question correct to be eligible for the bonus.

Question 8. Each set of blue colored states in the United States map below have something in common. Identify one of these commonalities.

Hint: None of the correct answers are simply "the 10 smallest/most obese/richest/etc. states." Some maps could be answered in such a way, but I am looking for a threshold that they all cross. For example, if I had a map that highlighted Alaska, Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado, I would be looking not for the "largest states," but rather "states that are larger than 100,000 square miles." In actuality, there are none that have such a random threshold though. I think this will make more sense if you recognize what the map is showing.

Note: In the event that there is a correct answer other than the one I intended, all correct answers for each letter will be grouped and scored together.
Question 9. Identify the television show that takes/took place in one of the fictional cities or towns below:

a. Pawnee, Indiana
b. Pine Valley, Pennsylvania
c. Arlen, Texas
d. Lanford, Illinois
e. Quahog, Rhode Island
f. Bon Temps, Louisiana
g. Cabot Cove, Maine
h. Point Place, Wisconsin
i. Sunnydale, California
j. Cicely, Alaska
k. Stars Hollow, Connecticut
l. Mayberry, North Carolina

Question 10. Identify a country outline illustrated below:
Question 11. Identify a piece of literature with one of the following closing lines:

a. There was the hum of bees, and the musky odor of pinks filled the air.
b. Give me your hands, if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends.
c. Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.
d. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
e. Katniss, there is no District Twelve.
f. But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can't stand it. I been there before.
g. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
h. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.
i. Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!
j. The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water.
k. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.
l. Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.

Question 12. They may not be as cute as the dogs I had in my last TD, but hopefully you can identify one of the bird species in the image below.

Note: each of the 12 species is of the form "adjective type" as in "Antarctic flamingo." I only need the "type" of bird. In the example given, "flamingo" would be a sufficient answer.
BONUS: I will deduct one point off of your score if you can correctly name the adjective for your chosen answer. So in the example above, "Antarctic flamingo" would score one point lower than "flamingo." There is no penalty for a wrong answer, but you must get the main question correct to be eligible for the bonus.

BONUS 2: Each of the birds in the image is also the state bird for one or more states. For an additional two points off your score, identify a state where your chosen bird is the official state bird. Beware that an incorrect answer will ADD two points to your score, regardless of whether you got the main question right or not.

Question 13. Many movies and songs share titles. Sometimes these titles are related, sometimes they are not. Identify both the director AND the artist (either singer or band, as appropriate) of the following movies/songs:

a. St. Elmo's Fire
b. Skyfall
c. Stand by Me
d. Pretty Woman
e. Bad Boys
f. Boyz n the Hood
g. Breakfast at Tiffany's
h. E.T.
i. Ghostbusters
j. Vertigo
k. Viva Las Vegas
l. Wild Wild West

Note: In the event that there are two or more songs/movies with these titles, I will score all correct answers for each letter together, so no need to go obscure.

Question 14. As you may have noticed, the World Cup began a month ago and will be finishing up soon. Hopefully you caught some of the games, as that should help you with this next question. Identify the country who's team wore one of the following home uniforms during the 2014 FIFA World Cup:

BONUS: I will deduct two points off of your score if you can correctly name the group (A-H) and place (1-4) of your team after the group stage. There is no penalty for a wrong answer, but you must get the main question correct to be eligible for the bonus.
15. As you may be aware, this quiz is not the only sequel out there. In fact many movies these days also have sequels. Identify the movie franchise by the subtitle of its sequel listed below:

a. Their First Assignment
b. Rise of an Empire
c. Legacy
d. Prince Caspian
e. The Streets
f. Havana Nights
g. The Smell of Fear
h. Book of Secrets
i. Freddy's Revenge
j. The Two Towers
k. The Winter Soldier
l. Judgment Day

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TD 200, Magna, Lost (TV Series) Redux

1. Let’s start off with an easy one. Lost ran for six seasons. Name a human character with a credited, on-screen appearance in at least one episode in all six seasons. Hint: there are 13 possible answers. Of the characters shown in question 2, two are correct answers to this question (and Charlie isn't one of them).
Push the Button: Jack
2. The show also featured lots and lots of recurring secondary or temporary characters, many of whom made a big impression while they lasted. Name one of the characters shown here (first name is OK). For a -1 bonus, name the actor or actress who portrayed the character you named.

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Push the button: A - Charlie
3. All of the DHARMA Initiative stations mentioned on the show have a Dharma Initiative logo, and a name in the form “The ___.” Name one of those stations.
Push the button: The Swan
4. A number of different aircraft and seagoing vessels brought people to the island. Specifically identify one of the aircraft, or one of the named seacraft. (The aircraft need not have a name, but the seacraft must have one – just “the raft” or “outrigger canoe,” for example, isn’t enough.)
Push the button: Oceanic flight 815’s jet
5. Several characters on the island have the surname of a famous scientist, philosopher, or theologian as one of their names (and several share other names too). Name one of them. Fake or assumed names are OK.
Push the button: John Locke
6. And speaking of names, identify someone who used any one of these pseudonyms or false identities. Give the letter first, then your answer. Not all pseudonyms for each character are listed.
  • A. Dr. Marvin Candle, Dr. Mark Wickmund, Dr. Edgar Halliwax
    B. Henry Gale, Dean Moriarty
    C. LaFleur
    D. Kate Ryan, Katharine Dodd, Joan Hart
    E. Kevin Johnson
    F. Keith Johnson
    G. Dahlia Choi
    H. John Locke, Christian Shepherd
    I. Jeremy Bentham
    J. Tom Sawyer, Adam Seward
    K. Oduduwa Ulu
Push the Button: H – Man in Black
7. The island’s powers miraculously kept most people healthy – but didn’t save them from bizarre deaths. Name character who died (on or off the island) in any of the following ways. (Some letters have more than one character as an answer. Pay attention to any pronouns in the clue.)
  • A. Fell down a hole, then detonated an atomic warhead by pounding on it with a rock
    B. Accidentally blew himself up with very old, unstable dynamite
    C. Was stabbed, then fell into a fire where he burned up almost immediately, then apparently came back to life until he burned his own ashes in a campfire
    D. Deliberately took a bomb blast to save his friends
    E. Hit by a meteor
    F. Was shot with a speargun, then swam underwater and blew himself up with a hand grenade
    G. After surviving the initial plane crash, died when a second plane he was in fell off a cliff
    H. Paralyzed by a spider bite, then mistakenly buried alive
    I. Rescued from hanging, only to be strangled by his rescuer a few moments later
    J. Sucked into a jet engine
    K. Immediately after complaining about having no fire, he was shot in the chest by a flaming arrow
    L. Was picked up, thrown around, and smashed by the smoke monster
Push the button: L - Mr. Eko
8. But it wasn't all violence - there was a lot of smooching too. Name a couple who had an on-screen kiss on the island.
Push the button: Jin and Sun
9. OK, you know what comes after all that lovey-dovey stuff. Name a baby born to any character during the time periods covered by the show. Both the baby and parent must be named characters and both must appear on screen while the baby is still an infant.
Push the button: Aaron
10. The show had a tremendous number of villains and antagonists. Some were just deeply flawed and not always harmful, some were just scary or dangerous, while others were downright evil. Name one of the villains shown here. Image

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Push the button: A – Ben
11. “The numbers” (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) kept appearing throughout the series. Name one place they were written, appeared, or were said, used, or heard.
Push the button: Hurley’s lottery ticket
12. Identify one of these buildings or objects, either by name or by its significance in the show. For example, if you were identifying a picture of a lottery ticket, it wouldn’t be enough to say “a lottery ticket” – you’d have to say “Hurley’s winning lottery ticket” (or something similar). Image

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Push the Button: B – Virgin Mary statue used to smuggle heroin
13. In the finale, Jack enters a church where he sees many people he knew. Other than Jack himself, name one of the people inside the church.
Push the button: Kate
14. In 2005, Lost won a Prime Time Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. Name one of the producers credited for that win.
Push the button: J. J. Abrams
Final bonus 1 : In 2010, an epilogue “The New Man in Charge” was released, featuring only four main characters from the show. For a bonus of -2 each, name as many of those four as you can. (Up to four guesses allowed.)

Final bonus 2: In separately released material, DHARMA was revealed to be an acronym. What does it stand for? (-3 points for a fully correct answer, -1 point for getting at least one word correct)

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TD 201, Lumosityfan, In Honor of the Geography Bee

1. G: Gross. Name a country to have a top 15 Gross Domestic Product.
2. E: Excitement. Name a Jeopardy! contestant with one of the top 15 regular show winnings.
3. O: Organization. Name one of the 15 earliest European Union countries.
4. G: Ginormity: Name a country in either the top 15 of area or population.
5. R: Repentance: Name an apostle of the Bible or one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
6. A: Attrition: Name a city formerly in the Top 15 according to the incorporated limits (i.e. city limits) that is no longer in the Top 15 according to historical Censuses and the 2010 Census.
7. P: Profit. Name a US company with the one of the highest 15 US profits of 2013.
8. Highness: Name one of the previous 15 vice-presidents.
9. Yield: Name one of the 15 tallest buildings in the world by distance to roof.
10. Baseball: Name one of the past 15 World Series winners adjusting for repetition of winners.
11. Extension: Name one of the closest 15 stars.
12. Elysium: Name one of the top 15 movies according to domestic grosses (not adjusted for inflation) (according to

Here are some bonuses (these are separate from the actual questions and do not require correct answers to any of the main questions) (1 point off each):
Bonus 1: Name one of the top 15 movies in question 12 that also is in the list of the top 15 movies according to international grosses (not adjusted for inflation, of course)(according to
Bonus 2: Name a country in Europe which has yet to join the European Union as of July 21, 2014.
Bonus 3: How many Jeopardy! superchampions have we had?

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TD 202, Paucle, Lea-TDer of the Flock

1. Eight V-POTUSs share their surname with a POTUS.
Identify a PAIR: list the V-POTUS first, followed by the POTUS with whom he shares his surname.
Any interchangeable pairs are considered unique, allowing for 10 possible answers.
(Always thought "share" needed two people, but I guess it doesn't! For these purposes, it does. Otherwise there'd be 20 answers.)

2. Name one of the 10 MLBaseball Hall of Famers who began and ended his career in the same city but in opposite leagues (National and American only, none of that "Federal League" crap) ;)

3. Name one of the two largest moons of a planet in our solar system. (Must have 2 moons to qualify; 10 possible)

4. Name the Capital of Australia, or one of the local (State/ Territorial) capitals. No need to ID the political division, just the city is fine.

5. Name a type of shot used in pool/ billiards. (8)

6. Name one of the 9 marks used in English Heraldic cadency (coats of arms).

7. Name one of the 10 systems of the human body.

8. Name one of the actors (all male)who comprised Danny's Ocean's Eleven (original 1960s cast).

9. Name one of the 9 major types of coal.

10. Identify one of the movie titles below from the really short, very odd review written about it anagramatically.
NOTE: pencil/ paper is allowed for this question, or even scrabble tiles, but NO internet sites.

A: His Party, A Broken Harp, and a Frozen Otter (2004)
B: View Degenerate Pubes (1985)
C: Not Worth Fire Engine (1974)
D: Weird Boner Haunt (1981)
E: Hit a Tormenter (1984)
F: A Lethal, Lying, Jew (1996)
G: nee Moth Stifles a Belch (1992)
H: Romantic Hairy Sex (1998)
I: A Dainty Grin (2001)
J: Air Loss (1972, 2002)
K: Beef in a VCR (2002)
L: Gun Lie Film: Crown Boob (2002)

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TD 203, barandall800, Piense diferente!

Las preguntas (parentheses are for the number of possible answers)…
1. Name one of the numbers 1 through 10 in Spanish. (10)
2. Name one of the top 15 South American cities by population. (14*)
3. Name a Nobel Prize in Literature laureate from a Latin American country, or the year in which one of them was awarded the Prize. (12)
4. Name the English translation for one of the following Spanish infinitives: Hablar, comer, caminar, correr, cantar, romper, saltar, comprar, beber, contestar. (10)
5. Name one of the 15 artists with the most number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. (15)
6. Name a Latin American country that qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (9)
7. Name a month of the year in Spanish. (12)
8. Name an official currency used in a South American country (excluding Guyana and French Guiana). (11)
9. Name the English title of one of the following 12 movies (whose titles are translated into Spanish) that were the most-guessed on the Sporcle quiz “Movie titles in Español”: El silencio de los corderos; El bueno, el feo, y el malo; El graduado; Regreso al futuro; El hombre elefante; Salvar al soldado Ryan; La milla verde; Malditos bastardos; El rey león; Psicosis; Cómo entrenar a tu dragón; El sexto sentido. (12)
10. Name the current president of a South American country (excluding Guyana, French Guiana, and Suriname). (10)

BONUS QUESTION: Name a city 2-20 on the list of top 20 cities in Peru by population. There is no penalty for an incorrect guess. You may give up to 5 cities. You will receive 1 point off of your total score for each correct answer, up to a maximum 5-point deduction.

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TD 204, dnbguy, Vote for Pedro: Flashback to 2004

1) The Iowa caucus was held on January 19th, followed shortly thereafter by the New Hampshire primary on January 27th. Name one of the 10 Democrats who ran for their party's presidential nomination in 2004. NOTE: since there are lots of fringe candidates, for the purposes of this question, only consider candidates that participated in a Democratic National Committee sanctioned debate.

2) On February 4, Mark Zuckerberg launched, a website that allowed students at his college to connect with each other. It became popular immediately, prompting Zuckerberg to open Thefacebook to students at other universities. Name one of the first 20 colleges/universities Thefacebook was opened to. NOTE: Order is determined based on the schema Facebook initially used to generate user IDs.

3) On May 1st, membership in the European Union grew from 15 countries to 25. Name one of the 10 countries, mostly from Eastern Europe, that acceeded to the EU on this day.

4) The G8 summit, held in Georgia from June 8-10, brought heads of government from eight of the world's biggest economies together. Name one of the 8 heads of government who attended the G8 summit.

5) Name one of the 11 movies released during 2004 that grossed over $150 million at the US domestic box office. As a hint, these 11 movies include:

* An animated sequel
* An animated movie based on a children's book
* An animated original movies (2x)
* A live action movie followed by a sequel
* The second movie in a live action series (3x)
* The third movie in a live action series
* An original live action movie
* A foreign-language movie

The 12th highest grossing movie of 2004 was I, Robot, which grossed $144.8 million.

6) On October 27th, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918. Name either a) anyone who played at least one game for the Red Sox during the 2004 season, OR b) one of the three teams the Red Sox defeated in the playoffs.

For questions 7 - 11, you must identify the letter of your response along with your answer.

7) This upcoming Wednesday (in 2014) marks the 10th anniversary of the Opening Ceremony 2004 Summer Olympics, held in Athens. 10,000+ athletes from 201 countries competed as the Olympics returned to their original home for the first time since 1896. Below are the medal results for ten Olympic events. Select one, and identify the sport for which the medals were won. NOTE: You do *not* have to give the specific event, only the sport. For example, if I asked a question about the Winter Olympics, the answer I would be looking for is "skiing", not "women's Super-G".
A) Gold: Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL), Silver: Amelie Mauresmo (FRA), Bronze: Alicia Molik (AUS)
B) Gold: Michael Phelps (USA), Silver: Ryan Lochte (USA), Bronze: George Bovell (TRI)
C) Gold: Argentina (feat. Manu Ginobli), Silver: Italy (feat. Gianmarco Pozzecco), Bronze: USA (feat. Allen Iverson)
D) Gold: Kerri Walsh and Misty May (USA), Silver: Shelda Bede and Adriana Behard (BRA), Bronze: Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs (USA)
E) Gold: Justin Gatlin (USA), Silver: Francis Obikwelu (POR), Bronze: Maurice Greene (USA)
F) Gold: Paolo Bettini (ITA), Silver: Sergio Paulinho (POR), Bronze: Axel Merckx (BEL)
G) Gold: Carly Patterson (USA) , Silver: Svetlana Khorkina (RUS), Bronze: Zhang Nan (CHN)
H) Gold: USA (feat. Jennie Finch), Silver: Australia (feat. Sarah Farnworth), Bronze: Japan (feat. Yukiko Ueno)
I) Gold: Khasan Baroyev (RUS), Silver: Georgiy Tsurtsumia (KAZ), Bronze: Rulon Gardner (USA)
J) Gold: Cuba (feat. Adiel Palma), Silver: Australia (feat. Ryan Rowland-Smith), Bronze: Japan (feat. Koji Uehara)
8) Listed below are three main cast members from 11 different TV shows, all of which premiered during 2004. Identify one of these 11 shows.
a) Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff
b) James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen
c) Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Hill Harper
d) Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross
e) Rob Lowe, Sarah Lancaster, Joe Pantoliano
f) John Goodman, Cheryl Hines, Orlando Jones
g) Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
h) Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo, Jennifer Coolidge
i) Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn
j) Brooke Burns, Amanda Righetti, James Remar
k) Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring
9) Based on the lyrics, identify one of the 12 songs below, each of which appeared on Billboard's 2004 Year-End Hot 100 singles list.
a) "She's saying "Come get me! Come get me", / So I got up and followed her to the floor, she said 'Baby, let's go'"
b) "And her heart is breaking in front of me / I have no choice cause I won't say goodbye anymore"
c) "I'm not a perfect person / There's many things I wish I didn't do"
d) "We get together / Oh, we get together / But separate's always better when there's feelings involved"
e) "When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears / When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears"
f) "I will go down with this ship / And I won't put my hands up and surrender"
g) "I know you want it, / The thing that makes me, / What the guys go crazy for."
h) "Too high / Can't come down / Losing my head / Spinning 'round and 'round"
i) "You were everything, everything that I wanted (that I wanted) / We were meant to be, supposed to be but we lost it (we lost it)"
j) "So 1, 2, 3, take my hand and come with me / Because you look so fine / And I really wanna make you mine."
k) "In this context, there's no disrespect / So when I bust my rhyme, you break your necks."
l) "Well, I ain't never been the Barbie doll type / No, I can't swig that sweet Champagne, I'd rather drink beer all night"
10) Identify one of the following 12 people who passed away during 2004.
a) Actor who portrayed Nathan Lee Morgan in Sounder, as well as Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
b) Actor who portrayed Batiatus in Spartacus, as well as Arthur Simon Simpson in Topkapi
c) Founder of her own cosmetics company, 2004 recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom
d) Actor who portrayed Felix Unger in The Odd Couple
e) 40th President of the United States
f) Singer, best known for performing "Georgia on my Mind"
g) Actor who portrayed Vito Corleone in The Godfather
h) Chef and television personality whose kitchen is currently on display at the Smithsonian
i) Actress known for portraying Marion Crane in Psycho
j) Comedian known for getting "no respect"
k) Actor who portrayed Superman in four movies
l) Actor who voiced Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, and portrayed Detective Lennie Briscoe on Law and Order
11) Last but not least, since this is a Jeopardy board, we must pay tribute to Ken Jennings and his amazing 74 game winning streak. Listed below are 14 Final Jeopardy clues which Ken Jennings missed. Give the correct answer (*in the form of a question*) to one of these clues.
a) WORD ORIGINS: This somewhat negative term arose because twisting fibers into thread was mainly a woman's job.
b) UNITED NATIONS HISTORY: In 1960 this new national leader made the longest speech in United Nations history, 4 hours & 29 minutes
c) COMMUNICATIONS: In the NATO phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, etc.), the 2 that are title Shakespearean characters
d) HISTORIC PARTNERSHIPS: The almost 4-decade collaboration of these 2 Germans began in Paris in 1844
e) FAMOUS AMERICANS: In 1826 Daniel Webster eulogized these 2 men, saying, "They took their flight together to the world of spirits"
f) SPORTS HEROES: Born in January 1919, the month Teddy Roosevelt died, he was given the middle name Roosevelt
g) WAR MOVIES: A controversial 1979 war film was based on a 1902 work by this author
h) BRITISH MONARCHS: Before Victoria & Elizabeth II, this was the last British monarch to reign during 2 different centuries
i) 2004: On Monday, December 13, 3 people designated these will meet in Cheyenne, Wyoming to help decide the world's future
j) MEN OF SCIENCE: "Somnium", an early work of science fiction, was written by this German & published posthumously in 1634
k) SEMIANNUAL PUBLICATIONS: It began in 1886 as an extension of an upper crust family's list of whose house they'd visit & who they'd receive
l) LITERATURE: In early drafts, the heroine of this novel was named Pansy & her family home was called Fontenoy Hall
m) 19th CENTURY U.S. HISTORY: Of the 5 times Congress has declared war, the 3 during the 19th century were against these 3 nations
n) BUSINESS & INDUSTRY: Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only 4 months a year

BONUS 1: Britney Spears was married not once, but twice during 2004. Name her two husbands. (-1 point each, -2 points max)

BONUS 2: As mentioned before, one of the highest grossing movies of 2004 was a foreign-language film. Name one of the three languages dialogue was spoken in. (-2 points)

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TD 205, countyguy, U.S. Roads

1. How can we not start with the iconic Route 66? Although no longer considered a U.S. Highway, it is known as the “Main Street of America”, and, due to heavy use by tourists travelling west to a certain large Pacific city in the 1950s, it became ground zero for roadside attractions. Even fast food got its start on Route 66!

Name a state that Route 66 passed through. (8 answers)

2. The U.S. highway system crisscrosses throughout the country, going through all 48 contiguous states. It serves most of the United States, going many miles through rural areas. At one time, they were the main arterials across America.

Name a U.S. Highway, and a state it goes through. (Note that this question is extremely broad, but I have no idea how much boardies know about U.S. Highways and I wanted to make the question accessible to all.)

3. America is now crisscrossed by Interstate Highways, promoted by president Dwight D. Eisenhower and authorized by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. They move considerably faster than U.S. Highways, so now people, who would prefer to minimize time wasted in the car so want to get to destinations as fast as possible, use Interstate Highways most of the time when they can. One- and two-digit interstates that run from east to west have even numbers, and ones that run from north to south have odd numbers. If their numbers end in “-5” or “-0”, then they are supposedly major cross-country routes. However, this rule is far from infallible, such as Interstate 45 simply going from Galveston, Texas, to Dallas. 42 states have at least one interstate with a number ending in “-5” that has a one- or two-digit number.

Name one of the eight states lacking any one- or two-digit interstates with a number ending in “-5”.

4. Only 37 states have at least one two-digit interstate ending in “-0. There are fewer in part because there is no I-50 or I-60.

Name one of the thirteen states lacking any two-digit interstates with a number ending in “-0”.

5. America has, in addition to the long thoroughfares that are one- and two-digit interstates, many three-digit interstates that are loops and spurs connecting to one- and two-digit interstates. All but one of these interstates shares its last two digits with connecting or nearby one- and two-digit interstates.

Name a one- or two-digit interstate that connects to or is near at least six three-digit interstates that it shares its last two digits with. (12 answers)

6. While the main thoroughfares ending in “-5” and “-0” leave some states in the dust, forcing their inhabitants to rely on smaller interstates and even U.S. highways, some states have a lot more, with intersections often in their cities, and others crossing other sections of the state. Some may just barely skirt the corner of the state, while others may go from one extreme of the state to the other.

Name a state in which at least three one-digit or two-digit interstates whose numbers are multiples of five pass through the state for at least 100 miles. (14 answers)

7. Several bodies are involved in the planning and authorization of Interstate and U.S. highways, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and, of course, Congress. It was AASHTO who came up with the numbering plan, which is described earlier. While the idea is for the longest routes in each direction to get numbers that are multiples of 5, it does not always work out that way. The system was developed over time, and additionally the designers of the system originally desired to avoid Interstate highways and U.S. highways with the same number running through the same area.

Name an Interstate longer than I-45, the shortest interstate whose number is a multiple of five, but whose number is not a multiple of 5. (21 answers)

Now, onto homonyms of the words "road" and "roads", and words with such syllables! (I know that these are lame, and some do not really qualify as homonyms.)

8. Rhodes

Name one of the eight islands in the Mediterranean Sea larger in area than Rhodes.

9. Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island’s Rams play in NCAA Division I’s Atlantic 10 conference, one of the thirty-two NCAA Division 1 conferences that sponsor men’s basketball.

Name any conference in Division I of NCAA other than the Atlantic 10 that sponsors men's basketball.

10. Rhodesian Ridgeback

According to the American Kennel Club, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was the thirty-ninth most popular dog breed in the United States in 2013.

Name one of the fifteen most popular dog breeds in the United States in 2013.

11. "Rowed a Boat"

Rowing is a sport in the summer Olympic Games, a sporting event in which top athletes from all over the world in many different sports compete against each other every four years, and they are held in a different city every four years.

Name a city that has hosted at least one Olympic Games tournament in which rowing events were held. (21 answers)

12. Roadies

Given that roadies work for musicians, name a band or solo act that has at least one album in the top 20 of Rolling Stone’s list “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. (14 answers)

Tiebreaker (Guesstimania Edition):

What is the total length, in miles, of the Interstate Highway System according to the current version of FHWA’s highway log? This includes three-digit routes and adjusts for overlapping routes.


I have ten (or nine) bonus questions, each worth one point, so if you really are a “roadgeek”, you can improve your score by an awful lot! If you don't know many answers here, do not fret, they are not easy!

1. In the early days of the U.S. highway system, all U.S. Highways in all states had the “shield” shape cut out. Now, in every contiguous state except for one, the shield is surrounded by a black square. However, one state retains the “cutout” shield. Name that state.
2. Name the common name for the Department of Transportation of the state that is the answer to BONUS #1.
3. If you include Hawaii interstates and Alaska “interstates”, only four state capitals are not served by interstates directly. Name any three.
4. What is the longest interstate in the country?
5. What is the shortest one- or two-digit interstate in the country?
6. What is the longest U.S. highway in the country?
7. A particular U.S. highway’s path across a particular state was nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life magazine in a 1986 article. The aforementioned slogan can now be found along the aforementioned stretch of highway. Name the aforementioned U.S. highway and state.
8-9. For one bonus point each, name the two contiguous (Lower 48) states that are answers to both #3 and #4.
10. Finally speaking of homonyms, as before, which president was also a Rhodes scholar?

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TD 206, ihavejeoprosy, Leftovers

From a quiz about the 3 Cs: cartoons, candy and comics….

1. Lets start off with a softball. Name a Hanna Barbera cartoon series where an anthropomorphic animal is the main character. (Clarification: The Flintstones would not count as Dino is not anthropomorphic and is not the main character. Keep that in mind when choosing an answer)

2. Name one of the top 10 most popular types of chocolate based candy given out at Halloween in the US. (Stats compiled in 2013)

3. Given the description, name me one of the comic strips being described (some opinions are purely my own). Give me the description of the strip or the number with your answer:
i. A poorly drawn, insecure, indecisive woman goes through life obsessing over every tiny decision
ii. A world where only kids can communicate in English and adults produce unintelligible garble
iii. A motley crew of a penguin, a diseased cat, some kids and others and their adventures that occur in the title administrative division
iv. A soldier that is seemingly never promoted is abused by his superiors at Camp Swampy
v. A surrealist one panel strip about life that for some reason features a lot of cows.
vi. An office cube worker experiences the corporate world and has rat, cat and dog versions of him
vii. A fat orange cat who loves pasta and hates Mondays
viii. A British drunkard who never seems to work and spends most of his time at the bar playing games like darts and snooker and fighting with his wife
ix. An annoying kid annoys his next door neighbor, which is where he gets his rhyming nickname from
x. The adventures of two African-American kids who move to the posh Chicago suburb of Woodcrest from the inner city
4. Name the superheroes given their identities. Important: Give me the superhero of your choosing alongside their identity
i. Clark kent
ii. Bruce Wayne
iii. Peter Parker
iv. Miles Morales
v. Prince Namor
vi. Logan / James Howlett
vii. Barry Allen
viii. Diana Prince
ix. Henry Pym
x. Albert Francis "Al" Simmons
xi. Aaron Curry

From a quiz about movies and TV…………

5. Since Keanu Reeves is one of my favorite actors in an absolutely nonironic sense, name one of his top 12 movies based on US box office receipts. (Hint: Be very specific if you’re choosing a movie that has a sequel.)

6. The show “Happy Days” went into a tailspin after the episode where the Fonz had to jump over a pool of sharks. Since then, “jumping the shark” has become synonymous with a moment when the quality of a TV show begins to decline. Name one of the shows from the given Jump the Shark moments.
Important: Give me your choice of show with your answer. Jump the sharks may be a tad subjective:
i. When Daphne Reed replaced Janet Hubert to play Aunt Vivian
ii. The appearance of the super soldiers
iii. When the Conner family wins the lottery
iv. When Chandler and Monica get married
v. The appearance of the smoke monster
vi. When comic book guy dated Skinner’s mom
vii. When season 9 was revealed to be Pam’s dream
viii. When Olivia (Raven Symone) joined the family
ix. When Michael Scott left Dunder Mifflin
x. When Brian was killed and brought back to life
xi. When cousin Oliver joined the cast
xii. When Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell left as the show’s judges
7. TV show hangouts. Given these hangouts/local joints that have been featured on various shows, name the TV show in question. Please include the name of the hangout with your answer:
i. Central Perk
ii. Café Nervosa
iii. Moes Tavern
iv. Warsaw Tavern
v. Melvilles Fine Sea Food
vi. The Peach Pit
vii. Boars Nest
viii. Monks Café
ix. The Drunken Clam
x. Paddys Pub

From a quiz about sports and games……

8. Name one of the top 12 15 selling board games on Amazon as of quiz publication. These are current top sellers that people are buying, not a list of historically best selling games. (Clarification: There are a couple of items on this list that I would not consider traditional board games, but they are acceptable answers)

9. Fantasy football season is almost upon us. Given the top 12 prospects according to ESPN’s fantasy division, name me the college one of these fantasy stars went to. Important: Give me the players name with your answer
1 Adrian Peterson, MIN
2 LeSean McCoy, PHI
3 Jamaal Charles, KC
4 Matt Forte, CHI
5 Eddie Lacy, GB
6 Peyton Manning, DEN
7 Calvin Johnson, DET
8 Demaryius Thomas, DEN
9 Jimmy Graham, NO
10 Montee Ball, DEN
11 Arian Foster, HOU
12 Dez Bryant, DAL

From a quiz about lowlights (lesser known facts, least populated countries, least valuable things etc.) ……….

10.Literary B sides. Everyone knows the names of the classics, but can you match name the authors (some more renowned than others) by their lesser known works Please give me the work and the author in your response:
i. Down and Out in Paris and London
ii. Following the Equator
iii. Digital Fortress
iv. The Castle in the Forest
v. In the Beauty of the Lillies
vi. The Defense
vii. Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose
viii. Palo Alto: Stories
ix. Non-Violent Resistance (Satyagraha)
x. Paycheck
11. Name one of the 10 poorest countries by Per Capita Income according to the IMF (specified because the world bank and other institutions have different figures)

12. Name one of the ten least populated US state capitals measured in terms of municipal population.


Up to eight points at stake. No negative points for guessing, so guess away.

1. This is from a question I wasn’t able to incorporate. Excluding religious works and nonfiction, name me up to three of the 12 most translated works of fiction. Ranking is based on the number of languages a work has been translated into. (Some are collections, so collective names will be accepted)

2. Having binged on the Simpsons marathon this weekend, answer this trivia question for two points off your score.
What is the significance of Roger Meyers in the Simpsons universe?

3. For one point off each, name 3 of the top ten selling PC games of all time

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TD 207, lieph82, A Tour Across the Game Show Timeline 2

1. Beat the Clock (1950)
Let's start with a genre classic which ran for 18 seasons in various incarnations, Beat the Clock. Bud Collyer, Jack Narz, Gene Wood, Monty Hall, and Gary Kroeger assigned fun, low-budget tasks that needed to be completed in some short amount of time. Today, you'll need to give me the name of an actress that has beaten the clock in some way at the Academy Awards.

Name one of the 6 oldest or 6 youngest winners of the Academy Award for Best Actress, based on their age at the time they received the awards.

-Each actress only occupies one spot on the list, even if they won multiple Academy Awards for Best Actress at ages that would qualify them for multiple spots on the list.

-The actresses earned their spots on the list for movies released (in no particular order) in 1930, 1986, 2012, 2011, 1953, 2006, 1989, 1943, 1968/1981, 1927/1928, 1941, and 1985.

-Shirley Booth is 7th on the oldest list, at 54 years, 201 days. Julie Christie is 7th on the youngest list, at 25 years, 4 days.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS (Hollywood Showdown):
Name a movie in which your chosen actress played an Oscar-winning role that earned her a spot on this list (-1pt).

2. The Name's The Same (1951)
Of the panel games of the '50s, The Name's The Same seems to be the forgotten one. Panelists including socialite Joan Alexander and future Match Game host Gene Rayburn tried to guess the names of ordinary people with names the same as celebrities, places, things, and even actions. Your task in this question is to give me the name of someone who, with a few notable exceptions, such as a guy trapped inside the body of a fish and a guy who talks a lot about locusts, has a name unlikely to be shared with many people alive today:

Name one of the Old Testament Minor Prophets.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

3. I've Got a Secret (1952)
Here's a better known panel game, the long-running Garry Moore-/Steve Allen- hosted show in which panelists such as Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Bess Myerson had to guess the secrets of average Joes and celebrities alike. The celebrity secret often got the panelists involved in some sort of game, experiment, or performance at the end of the show. Here are 12 celebrities that have/had some pretty big secrets:

Heinz Ward
Kiernan Shipka
Barack Obama
Jennifer Lawrence
Neil Patrick Harris
Toni Morrison
Michael K. Williams
Justin Bieber
Mickey Mantle
Usain Bolt
Chuck Schumer

Pick one of the celebrities above and match them to one of the secrets below.

A. Osteomyelitis nearly forced doctors to amputate my left leg as a child.
B. I competed for Madison High on It’s Academic.
C. I have a tattoo of Mighty Mouse on my upper right arm.
D. I’ve refused a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
E. I used to buy cocaine using my most famous character’s name.
F. I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes and I’ve been on CSI twice.
G. I've fostered more than twenty dogs and have a black belt in tae kwon do.
H. My mother’s first name was Stanley.
I. I was born with the last name “Wofford” and baptized with the name “Anthony.”
J. I graduated high school when I was 15 and was called Nitro as a kid because of my hyperactivity.
K. I was given a lifetime supply of Red Bull because I've given the product so much free advertising.
L. I own a restaurant and sports bar called "Tracks and Records."

-Your response should be formatted like this: Bob Barker: T.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

4. Let's Make a Deal (1963)
This popular show features contestants in wacky costumes playing games and making deals with Monty Hall (and now Wayne Brady) in order to win cash and prizes. It also introduced us to the Zonk, an undesirable joke prize that losing contestants could either take home or exchange for small cash. Your task in this question involves naming someone (or a family member of someone) with whom you certainly would not want to make a deal:

Give the first and last names of a main character in any or all of the first five seasons of The Sopranos who is not dead 1 minute before the credits at the end of the series finale.

-Main characters are credited in the opening sequence, before the “guest starring” note.

-I suppose there's some ambiguity about the status of a certain character who moves back to Italy--let's call him alive and thus a valid answer to this question.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

5. Supermarket Sweep (1964)
This one's a fun little niche classic that the AV club just did an interesting retrospective on a little while back. Contestants played grocery pricing games and then went on sprees around a tiny mock supermarket, solving clues and picking up the most expensive items they could find, many of which were fake. There won't be a Jeopardy! question on this quiz, but in this question, hopefully you can prove that you are better informed than the Jeopardy! writers as to which cheeses Americans actually eat (sorry seaborgium!):

According to a 2013 study by the Foodservice Research Institute, based on percentage share of menu items listing cheese as an ingredient, name one of the 14 most popular cheeses in America.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

6. The Newlywed Game (1966)
Who can forget the show that popularized the phrase all the kids are using these days, "making whoopie"? Newly wed contestants answered questions about each other and had to try to guess how their respective spouse answered, often resulting in hilariously embarrassing moments. For this question, you will have to name a place which currently, due to the political climates, newlyweds are relatively unlikely to honeymoon:

Name a UN member state that borders either the Red Sea or the Black Sea.

-This includes countries bordering the Gulf of Aqaba but not countries sometimes described as "Red Sea territories" that do not actually border the Red Sea.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

NESTED BONUS (Remote Control):
Give the capital of your chosen country (-1pt).

7. Hollywood Squares (1966)
In an architectural wonder of the game show world, 9 celebrities formed a giant tic tac toe board, and after listening to the celebrities' often long and funny spiels in response to questions, contestants had to guess whether or not they'd been lied to. Memorable panelists over the years included Paul Lynde, Demond Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Gilbert Gottfried. Living in Israel, I've often wished for the show to be revived here, only instead of celebrities, it should have 9 Israeli politicians. I'll stop right there because this is a TD, not a political soap box, so anyway, here's the question:

Name someone who served or is currently serving as Prime Minister of the State of Israel (not counting acting or interim leaders).

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

8. Pyramid (1973)
The late Dick Clark presided over a half hour of fun for many years, the delightful Pyramid franchise. Contestants, paired with celebrity guests who often had little to no name recognition, had 30 seconds to get their partners to say seven words, names, or phrases. And then there was the classic bonus round, the Winners' Circle, which provided so many exciting moments over the years as celebrities tried to guide the contestants up the pyramid to win big money. Here's a question about the triangle, or somewhat of a pyramid, sort of, I guess, if you will, formed by first, second, and third base on the baseball diamond:

Name an infielder who played at least 15 major league games on the New York Yankees' roster during the 2013 MLB season.

-Correct answers must have played the majority of their 2013 Yankees games at the shortstop, 1st base, 2nd base, or 3rd base position(s).

-The intention of the 15 game provision is not to trick you. No "big-name" infielders played greater than 0 but fewer than 15 games with the Yankees in 2013. For the record, Alberto Gonzalez played 13, Brent Lillibridge played 11, and Chris Nelson played 10. They were all pretty bad.

There are 13 valid answers to this question.

BONUS (The Weakest Link):
Name the last shortstop to win the AL MVP award and the last shortstop to win the NL MVP award (-1pt each).

9. Countdown I (1982)
We'll go across the Atlantic for this one, the long-running, low-key, fun, competitive British game show Countdown. In one of the only game shows where mathematical geniuses can show off their arithmetic skills on TV, many have dazzled the hosts and the audience with great mental feats in only a short amount of time. I'll bow to the legendary show and just straight out give you some Countdown math puzzles to do:

Using any or all of the 6 numbers in a set a maximum of one time each, and only using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, solve one of the following Countdown number puzzles.

A. You have 50, 100, 1, 1, 3, and 8 to make 500.
B. You have 12, 62, 1, 5, 7, and 10 to make 130.
C. You have 25, 75, 2, 3, 7, and 10 to make 711.
D. You have 25, 50, 75, 100, 2, and 6 to make 125.
E. You have 50, 75, 100, 2, 4, and 8 to make 426.
F. You have 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9 to make 253.
G. You have 50, 100, 2, 4, 5, and 8 to make 167.
H. You have 25, 50, 75, 100, 4, and 6 to make 821.
I. You have 50, 100, 3, 5, 6, and 7 to make 519.
J. You have 25, 50, 75, 100, 2, and 3 to make 641.
K. You have 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 9 to make 444.
L. You have 25, 50, 75, 100, 3, and 6 to make 952.

-Your response to hypothetical letter M (You have 25,50,100, 3, 4, and 8 to make 227) should be formatted like this:
M. 3*(100-25)+(8/4) = 227
or like this, if your skill with order of operations is not so good:
M. 100-25 = 75

-I know not everyone here is great at math, so in order not to waste everyone's time, I've tried to put these in increasing order of difficulty from top to bottom, but of course that is subjective and there are many ways to solve each puzzle other than the solution that I found.

-No calculators or other tools other than pen/pencil and paper, please.

There are 12 correct answers to this question.

10. Countdown II (1982)
And you can't have a Countdown numbers game without a Countdown letters game! I couldn't adapt the traditional letters game to a TD, so here are twelve conundrums for you to solve. Parts of speech are in parentheses to help you:


Unscramble one of the 12-letter words above.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

-You don't need to tell me which one you wish to solve, just give me an answer.

11. Double Dare 2000 (1986)
A niche classic, Double Dare 2000 was a kids and family show in which contestants had to answer trivia questions and complete messy physical challenges involving classic Nickelodeon green slime. Here's a dare for you: go to law school and try to be a lawyer in the current market without crippling yourself with debt. Here's a double dare: try doing it without going to one of the schools you're about to name, which include five Ivies, two schools in California, two schools in Chicago, and three state universities:

Name one of the Top 14 law schools in the US in 2014, as ranked by US news.

-University of Texas-Austin is #15.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

12. Lingo (1987)
How about Lingo, a relatively big hit for GSN when it was revived? Pairs of contestants were given the first letter of a five letter word and had five chances to guess it. If they guessed correctly, they could draw balls and fill out their bingo board. Today, you'll only get one guess, but I'll give you my source for the words:

Give a word that starts with either the letter "n" or the letter "s" in the lyrics to Carly Rae Jepsen's song Call Me Maybe.

-If you can't find incidental research for this one, you're not looking incidentally enough.

There are 15 valid answers to this question.

13. Road Rules (1995)
Road Rules was an underrated MTV game show that ran for 12 years. Young strangers lived in an RV traveling from place to place, teaming up to solve clues and complete missions along the way. The show introduced us to MTV "stars" (eh, maybe not really) who still compete on The Challenge to this day. In this TD, you'll have to follow a road as well, one made of yellow brick:

Name a title character in one of L. Frank Baum’s 14 canonical Oz books or a specific actor/actress who played multiple roles in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz and was credited on theatrical release posters for the movie (please note the hint below, which, due to the absence of other hints, is a bigger hint than you might think at first glance).

-The Cowardly Lion of Oz was written in 1923 by Ruth Plumly Thompson, Baum's niece.

There are 12 valid answers to this question.

BONUS (Win, Lose, or Draw):
Name the illustrator of Baum's last 13 Oz books (-1pt).

14. Inquizition (1998)
In this cult GSN classic, a mysterious, still unnamed anti-host called the Inquizitor rattled off trivia questions and insulted and scorned underperforming players. When contestants were eliminated, the Inquizitor screamed or deadpanned phrases such as "Get out!" and "You have failed." The tone of the show was so absurdly lugubrious that more than a few kids I knew were fooled into thinking the losing contestants were executed backstage. So in honor of those kids, here's a question about two major deaths in 2014:

Name a novel/novella written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez or a film in which Philip Seymour Hoffman played a role for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best (Supporting) Actor.

-Novels/novellas do not include nonfiction, short story collections, poetry collections, or children's books.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

BONUS (The Rich List):
Pick one of the following four living authors and name as many novels/novellas by them as you can: Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Pynchon, Herman Wouk. (-.2 pts each).

-This is helpful for me as a tiebreaker because it introduces fractional scores, and it also serves as an experimental section to help me out with future TDs. Give as many titles as you want, but I will stop reading after the first incorrect answer.

15. Cash Cab (2005)
Isn't it everyone's dream to be in a big rush in New York City and to get stopped by a cab driver offering tons of cash if you'll just answer a few questions correctly before you get to your destination? The Emmy voters certainly thought so, rewarding Ben Bailey in 2010, 2011, and 2013. It was cancelled fairly recently, but only because the producers are gearing up for a run at a new show, Cash Spaceship, on which contestants will answer questions en route to the destinations that answer the following question:

Name a moon of a (nondwarf) planet in our solar system, excluding Earth, with a mean radius of greater than 500 km (15 correct answers).

-Enceladus, Miranda, and Proteus are next on the list, with mean radii of greater than 200 km but less than 500 km.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

16. The Chase (2013)
No explanation should be necessary for this one, the GSN "hit" that brought Mark Labbett across the Atlantic. Contestants try to answer trivia questions in order to avoid being chased down by trivia stalwarts called Chasers. Whoever makes it back to their podium safely has the opportunity to race for large amounts of cash in the Final Chase. In 2009, Roger Federer completed his chase of Pete Sampras's Grand Slam record, winning his 15th Grand Slam by defeating Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final and surpassing the mighty Sampras's 14. Now, a new chase has begun, but a certain Spaniard's injuries appear to stand in the way:

Name a tennis player who won a Men's/Women's Grand Slam Singles tennis championship during the following period: the beginning of the Australian Open in 2010 to the end of Wimbledon in 2014.

There are 14 valid answers to this question.

Name a player your chosen champion beat in a Grand Slam Singles final during the time period in the question (-1pt).

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TD 208, jjwaymee, Guess the Sheep

Question 1: Name one of the top ten newspapers (highest weekday circulation) in the United States as of March 2013. The data is compiled by the Alliance for Audited Media. (10 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 2: Name one of the fifteen most popular (based on the number of students who were enrolled) Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the United States in 2012. The data is reported by College Board, the organization that administers the AP exams. (15 possible answers)

Some Clarification: Some subjects are very specific within more general academic subjects. I am going to “combine” some of these very specific categories into a more general answer because I wouldn’t expect people to be able to answer the EXACT subject name. FOUR possible answers will treated the way I just described. For instance, there are AP subjects such as Studio Art 2-D Design, Studio Art 3-D Design AND Studio Art Drawing. If that subject had been a possible answer (it isn’t), I would have accepted “Studio Art” as a response. Feel free to PM me if you feel you need further clarification. I will be somewhat liberal in accepting answers if your intent is clear. If I need you to BMS, I will notify you.

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 3: Name one of the tracks that appeared on Queen’s Greatest Hits album, released in 1981. It has been certified 8x Platinum in the United States and is, by far, their most commercially successful album. (25 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 4: Name the CITY that is served by the U.S. airport that corresponds to one of the FAA Location Indicators (airport codes) listed below. Please provide the LETTER along with your response so I know which one you are answering. (13 possible answers)
I will give you one hint – all of these answers are among the 100 busiest airports in the country. I am not asking for the airport code for, say, Kalamazoo, Michigan (AZO for those of you scoring at home).


Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 5: Name one of the sixteen most consumed CANNED fruits or vegetables in the United States. The data is in per capita consumption from 2005 and comes from a report to Congress made by the Dept. of Agriculture in 2008. The breakdown of correct answers is 7 fruits and 9 vegetables. (16 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 6: Give the name of an element whose periodic table abbreviation is the same as the postal abbreviation for a U.S. state or territory. I need the NAME of the element, not the abbreviation. (14 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 7: Name one of the ten most visited National Parks in the United States in 2012. The data comes from the National Park Service. (10 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 8: Name a movie since 1961 that won the Academy Awards for BOTH the Best Picture AND the Best Actor in a Leading Role. (17 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 9: Give the name of the college or university that corresponds to one of the nicknames listed below. Please provide the LETTER along with your response so I know which one you are answering. Each of these schools is a Division I school that plays college football in the FBS sub-division (the sub-division that participates in the Bowl Game system) as of 2014. (12 possible answers)

A: Thundering Herd
B: Rams
C: Chippewas
D: Badgers
E: Sun Devils
F: Yellow Jackets
G: Ragin’ Cajuns
H: Pirates
I: Jayhawks
J: Razorbacks
K: Vandals
L: Jaguars

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 10: Name a person who was the Vice Presidential candidate on a ticket that lost a Presidential Election between 1948 and 2012. Third party VP candidates are acceptable answers if the corresponding candidate for President received at least one electoral vote. All answers must be the person who was the VP candidate on Election Day. (19 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 11: Name one of the twelve states with the LOWEST percentage population of Native Americans per the data provided by the 2010 census. The District of Columbia is not an acceptable answer. (12 possible answers)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

Question 12: Give the name of a character that appears on the original theatrical release poster for any one of the following Pixar movies listed below. The original theatrical release posters I am using are the ones found at each movie’s Wikipedia page. (22 possible answers)

Toy Story (1995)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
The Incredibles (2004)
Up (2009)

Guess That Sheep! Tell me which answer you predict will be the sheep for this question.

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TD 209, Vermonter, The Multiplier Effect

Q1: Name 1 of the 14 U.S. Presidents who had previously served as Vice President.
Multiplier value: 3

Q2: Name 2 of the 24 letters in the modern Greek alphabet.
Multiplier values: 2, 4

Q3: Name 3 of the 36 Shakespeare plays that appeared in the First Folio of 1623*.
Multiplier values: 1, 3, 5

Q4: Name 4 of the 47 winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture with a title of at least three words, including leading articles.
Multiplier values: 0, 2, 4, 6

Q5: Name 5 of the 54 sovereign states in Africa.
Multiplier values: -1**, 1, 3, 5, 7

* Basically, any Shakespeare play except Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Two Noble Kinsmen.
** Yes, this will reduce your score.

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TD 210, UniquePerspective, Viewer's Choice

1. World Capital Cities: Name one of the 20 most populated capital cities in the world. Cities must be capitals of countries that are sovereign states that are members of the United Nations.
2. US History: Name any vice president of a US president who served exactly and only one full term (In other words, the president served exactly one 4 year term, no more, no less). I also will not accept Vacant.
3. The Periodic Table: Name any element on the periodic table that associated with an atomic number that is either a perfect square or a perfect cube (or both, if the number fits both categories).
4. Clue: Name either one of the six weapons or the nine rooms in the standard, original, American board game Clue.
5. MLB: Name any MLB pitcher who has thrown a perfect game in the MLB in the last 100 years.
6. The Original Star Wars Trilogy: Name any actor who has a listed credit in all three of the original Star Wars movies (Episodes 4, 5, and 6), according to IMDB.
7. Box Office Succeses: Name the top-grossing domestic movie from any year from 2004-2013. Top grossing movie will be defined as the movie that received the most United States based gross, in dollars, that opened in theatres that year.
8. The Spanish Language: Name one of the whole numbers 11 through 20 in Spanish. I’m not going to be too rough on accents due to various technical issues that could arise.
9. Children’s Literature: Name the author of a book that won the Newbery medal since the year 2000, defined by the year in which the Medal was awarded. If the author is known by a pen name, either the real name or the pen name is acceptable.
10. William Shakespeare: Name a Shakespeare play that features a king as a character. The character must be a king in a literal sense, not a metaphorical, and the title on them be "King" as opposed to any other position of royalty.
11. Music Of The 1960s: Name any solo artist or group that had a Billboard Hot 100 Number One single in 1969, starting with the week of January 4th, 1969. If a solo artist and backing group are listed as the artist, I will need both. If an artist is listed as “x with y”, I only need X.
12. Animated Movies: Name an animated movie that has been nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar since the 2011 ceremony. In other words, all animated movies released from 2010-2013 that were nominated. I am looking for the North American title of all films, and full titles of the film please.

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TD 211, TheyCallMeMrKid, It's My Life

1. Born in 1969
It was the year of the moon landing, Super Bowl III, the miracle Mets and Woodstock. Bryan Adams wrote about the summer, even though he would’ve been only 9 years old at the time!

Name one of these people born in 1969. Please include the letter in your answer.
A. The NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards
B. The NFL’s all-time leader in rushing yards
C. This actor's early TV roles included orphan James Cooper on “Little House on the Prarie” and Derek Taylor on “Silver Spoons”.
D. This son of a famous comedian was shot and killed in 1997.
E. The last active Major League Baseball player born in the 1960s, this man retired in 2013.
F. The inventor of an open-source operating system kernel that shares a part of his name.
G. The first woman on Facebook’s board of directors.
H. A member of New Edition and the former husband of Whitney Houston.
I. The winner of the bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in women’s figure skating.
J. The mayor of Toronto (and probably Jimmy Fallon’s favorite politician.)
K. "The Dog Whisperer”.
L. This actor appeared in the movies “Elf” and “Underdog”, but probably has achieved his greatest fame as an Emmy award winner in “Game of Thrones”.
M. This former mayor of Newark is now the junior U.S. Senator from New Jersey.
N. The daughter of the actor who plays Victor Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives".

BONUS (1 pt reduction): The band Earth, Wind and Fire was formed in Chicago in 1969. In 1978, they had a hit called "September". What is the date mentioned in that song?

2. Meet Me in St. Louis
My hometown!

Name a movie in which Judy Garland appeared as an actress besides "Meet Me in St. Louis". (36 possible answers)

3. Small Town Indiana
Where I grew up: exploring creeks, climbing trees, playing wiffle ball with my friends, riding bikes around the neighborhood until it got dark.

I know we’ve had some trouble with this kind of question in the past few weeks, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway, thinking that because these are all in the same state, there will be less ambiguity.

Name one of the 15 largest cities or towns by population in the state of Indiana, per the 2010 US Census. (#16 is Greenwood, IN, population 49,791)

4. Small Town Indiana, Part 2
Another guy from a small town in Indiana: Johnny Cougar / John Cougar / John Cougar Mellencamp / John Mellencamp.

Name a Johnny Cougar/John Cougar/John Cougar Mellencamp/John Mellencamp single that made it into the Top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100. (17 possible answers)

BONUS (1 pt reduction): One of these songs reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Which song was it?

5. Baseball Statistics
In my youth, I collected baseball cards. One of my favorite solitary activities was to peruse the backs of the cards and study the stats. The most interesting cards were the ones that were filled with tiny print due to the fact that the player had had a long and (usually) successful Major League career. Today, I get my baseball statistics by perusing

Name a player who played in at least 24 Major League seasons according to Note that the earliest player on this list started his career in 1871, so this list counts play in the American League, National League, Federal League, American Association, Players League, Union Association and National Association. (20 answers)

BONUS (1 pt reduction): 1980 was my peak baseball card collecting year. That year, I distinctly remember having 4 copies of Bob Montgomery's card, more than any other player in my collection. Bob Montgomery was a backup catcher for the Boston Red Sox that season, but what is Bob Montgomery’s significance in baseball history?

6. Math Camp
Yes, I am a nerd. I went to Math Camp.

Name the term that matches one of the following definitions. Please include the letter with your answer.
A. The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
B. The cosine of an angle divided by the sine of that angle.
C. The top part of a fraction.
D. The line segment that passes through a triangle's orthocenter, centroid and circumcenter.
E. A polyhedron with 12 faces.
F. The curve naturally formed by a slack rope or wire hanging between two fixed points.
G. The line segment from the center of a regular polygon to the midpoint of a side.
H. A triangle for which all 3 sides have different lengths.
I. A curve usually expressed in polar coordinates that resembles a figure eight.
J. The first coordinate in an ordered pair, e.g., the 5 in the ordered pair (5,-1).
K. Any system of geometry in which the parallel postulate does not hold.
L. In statistics, the measure of the "peakedness" of a distribution.
M. A triangle for which 2 of the 3 sides have the same length.
N. The abbreviated form of a Latin phrase that is often placed at the end of a mathematical proof.

7. Eight is Enough
I come from a big family; I have always liked TV shows about big families.

Name one of the actors who portrayed one of the Bradford children on “Eight is Enough” (referring to the regular run of the show. There were a few actor/actresses who appeared in the pilot, but not in the rest of the series. They don’t count here.) , OR Give the FIRST name of one of the sibling characters in the Bradford family.

BONUS(1 point reduction): Name the musical for which the actress who played Tom’s second wife Abby won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.[/spoiler]

8. Saturday Night Live!
For pre-teens and teens with no social lives (like me), Saturday Night Live was a regular event. The longest running recurring sketch on SNL is Weekend Update, dating back to the very first SNL episode. It changed names a couple of times in the 80s, but it has persevered. Given the sketch's longevity, it is no surprise that there have been several anchors for the sketch. Sometimes there was a single anchor, sometimes there were two.

Name a cast member who was an anchor on Weekend Update, SNL Newsbreak or Saturday Night News for at least 1 episode, up through the 2013-14 season. (32 possible answers)

9. Pharmaceuticals
I have worked for 15 years for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Name one of the world's top 15 pharmaceutical manufacturers based on sales of prescription medicines, including generic drugs.

10. European Vacation
The only times I have been to Europe have been for a couple of business trips to London. I've never traveled there for a vacation. The full extent of my vacationing was a few hours running around London one evening checking out as many landmarks as I could prior to my flight the next morning.

Identify one of the pictured London landmarks. Please include the letter of the picture with your answer.
A. Image B.Image C. Image
D. Image E. F. Image
G. Image H. Image I. Image
J. Image K. Image L. Image
M. Image N. Image

11. Amusement Parks
I now live very close to THE major amusement park in the St. Louis metro area. Almost within walking distance. Nice and convenient for the kids.

Name one of the 15 most popular amusement parks in the United States based on 2013 attendance. (Remember that there may be more than one park at a resort location. Each park is counted separately.)

BONUS (1 pt reduction): Name the most popular amusement park in the world outside of the US based on 2013 attendance.

12. My Jeopardy Quest
This brings us to the last stop of our trip down memory lane. I’ve been a very casual fan of Jeopardy for a long time, but because of work schedules did not watch the show on a regular basis. Several months ago, I decided that I wanted to put an effort into getting on Jeopardy. So I started DVRing the episodes, took the online test for the first time this year, and started looking for ways to improve my chances. While researching things like wagering strategy and most likely categories, I found JBoard, and I’ve been here since the spring of this year. I also drove 6 hours to audition for Sports Jeopardy this summer and made it into the Sports J! contestant pool.

So now, the last question. When I thought of asking this question, I couldn’t help but laugh as I imagined all of the varied reactions that I would get for it. From laughter, to anger, to confusion, to people tying themselves in knots figuring out how they were not going to cheat on this question and still function...well, I amused myself anyway. I hope I amuse a few of you. And for anyone who is really new to JBoard, I hope you’ve poked around a little before this quiz. Otherwise, it might be pretty tough.

Name one of the 15 user IDs indicted in the recent JBoard TD scandal.

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TD 212, Tigershark, Musical Theater

1. Name a Broadway show that Stephen Sondheim wrote both the music and lyrics. This can be any show that has had a production on Broadway, even if it started Off-Broadway and got a Broadway production years later.

2. Name a musical that has either won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama or has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

3. Tony Awards: Each year, new musicals are eligible for several awards for the creative team. Best Book of a Musical honors the script. Best Original Score is given to the composer and lyricist. Best Musical is awarded to the Best Overall show. Most years, the show that wins Best Score wins Best Musical, but that is not always the case. Name a musical that won the Tony for Best Score, but not Best Musical.

Bonus of minus one (-1): Name the show that won Best Musical that year. There is no penalty for a wrong answer, but you do have to provide a correct answer in order to be eligible for the bonus.

Bonus of minus one (-1): Name the composer who has written one show that won Best Score, but not Best Musical and two shows that won Best Musical but not Best Score. There is no penalty for a wrong answer and you do not have to get the question right to answer the bonus question.

4. Once upon a time, most musicals were based on plays. Name the musical that was inspired by one of the plays listed below:

a. Anna Christie
b. Green Grow the Lilacs
c. I Am a Camera
d. Les Romanesques
e. Liliom
f. The Matchmaker
g. Picnic
h. Pygmalion
i. The Rainmaker
j. Raisin in the Sun
k. The Taming of the Shrew
l. They Knew What They Wanted

5. Now most shows are based on movies. Below is a list of song titles from a show based on a movie. Identify the show.

The King of Broadway
When You Got It, Flaunt It
Springtime for Hitler

Falling Slowly

I’m Alive
Strange Magic

Housewares Employee
All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons
Ode to an Accidental Stabbing

Who Will Save New Jersey?
Evil is Hot

Candy Store
Dead Girl Walking
Our Love is God

It’s Your Wedding Day
Come Out of the Dumpster
Grow Old With You

Big Ass Rock
Michael Jordan’s Ball
Let It Go

Peas in a Pod
The Revolutionary Costume for Today
Another Winter in a Summer Town

Take Me to Heaven
Raise Your Voice
Spread the Love Around

I Know It’s Today
Morning Person
Freak Flag

He Is Not Dead Yet
The Song That Goes Like This
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

He Could Be a Star

6. Musical Theatre Geography: Part I U.S. edition. Name the state where one of these shows takes place:
NOTE: The first few scenes of Bye, Bye Birdie take place in the New York. That is not the answer I’m looking for—I want the state where the majority of the musical is set.

a. 1776
b. Bat Boy
c. Bye, Bye Birdie
d. Curtains
e. Caroline or Change
f. Flower Drum Song
g. The Great American Trailer Park Musical
h. Hairspray
i. Hands on a Hardbody
j. The Music Man
k. On the Town
l. Parade

7. Musical Theatre Geography: Part II International Edition. Name the country where one of these shows takes place:
NOTE: The first few scenes of Book of Mormon take place in the United States. That is not the answer I’m looking for—I want the country where the majority of the musical is set.

a. The Book of Mormon
b. Cabaret
c. Evita
d. Fiddler on the Roof
e. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
f. The Happy Time
g. The King and I
h. Man of La Mancha
i. A Man of No Importance
j. Pacific Overtures
k. Passion
l. The Phantom of the Opera
m. She Loves Me

8. Musical Theatre Geography: Part III. Song names- give name the show which features one of the Geographic-based songs:
NOTE 1: Pay very, very close attention to the punctuation. There is a song from another musical with the same title as one of the songs below, but different punctuation. I am not trying to write a trick question, so I’m giving fair warning.
NOTE 2: There is one title that has two correct answers associated with it. They will be scored separately.

a. Gary, Indiana
b. Ireland
c. Kansas City
d. Manchester, England
e. My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada
f. Normandy
g. Ohio
h. Oklahoma?
i. Santa Fe
j. Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, MO
k. We Open in Venice

Bonus (-1): All of these songs have something common. If you can tell me what they have in common, I’ll take one points off your score. You do not have to answer the question correctly to be eligible for the bonus.

9. Hey that’s not in the movie. Name the stage show which contains the following songs that WERE NOT in the movie version. By movie version, I am referring to the original theatrical release. At least one show had both a theatrical movie and a made for TV version, wherein the made for TV version included songs that were in the stage show that were not in the original movie. Some of these songs were filmed or recorded and either show up on the soundtrack or as a DVD extra.

a. Ain’t No Party
b. The Big Dollhouse
c. Class
d. Don’t Feed the Plants
e. Don’t Tell Mama
f. An English Teacher
g. It’s Raining on Prom Night
h. Lonely Room
i. Kiss Me
j. My Lord and Master
k. No Way to Stop It
l. Something Was Missing

10. Musical By cast list. The following are casts lists from a Broadway production. All are original cast members or of a revival cast. There are no replacement cast members. Identify the show.
a. Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Stanley Halloway, Robert Coote, John Michael King

b. Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Norbert Leo Butz, Joel Grey, Michelle Federer, Christopher Fitzgerald

c. Mandy Patinkin, Rebecca Luker, Daisy Eagan, John Cameron Mitchell, Alison Fraser, Robert Westenberg

d. John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Sherie Rene Scott, Joanna Gleeson, Gregory Jbara

e. Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wilson Jermaine Heredia

f. Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford, Celina Carvajal

g. Victoria Clarke, Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Morrison, Mark Harelik, Sarah Uriarte Berry

h. Marin Mazzie, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Peter Friedman, Audra McDonald, Steven Sutcliffe, Judy Kaye

i. Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Jennifer Damiano, Aaron Tveit, Adam Chanler-Berat

j. Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, John Gallagher Jr., Lauren Pritchard, Skylar Astin

k. Tim Curry, Hank Azaria, David Hyde Pierce, Christian Borle, Michael McGrath, Sara Ramirez

l. Dan Fogler, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jose Llana, Sarah Saltzberg

m. Bob Martin, Sutton Foster, Danny Berstein, Beth Leavel, Georgia Engel

Bonus: All of the proceeding casts featured one and only one actor/actress to win a Tony for that particular show. For a bonus a minus one (-1) point, name the Tony award winner who won a Tony for that role. You must answer this question correctly to receive the bonus. Incorrect answers to the bonus question will receive a one point penalty. This bonus only applies to the answer you select. So if you chose the answer for c, you can only answer the bonus question for c.

11. Juke Box musicals. One trend that won’t seem to die is the Juke Box musical. For the artists/groups listed below, name the musical based on their songs:

a. 80’s artists like Poison, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar
c. Beach Boys
d. Billy Joel
e. Carole King
f. Elvis Presley
g. Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
h. Green Day
i. Lieber and Stoller
j. Peter Allen
k. Queen

12. Broadway show by parody. The Off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway has been spoofing shows for several decades. Below are twelve lyrics that are parodies of songs from Broadway Musicals. Name the show being spoofed.

God, it’s high
The score’s too high
Pity me, change the key
Bring it down, bring it down.

When you revive
A Webber-Rice show,
Though it’s a nice show,
It’s not quite new.
So Get a Hot, good looking dummy,
Who’ll bear his tummy.
Any hunk will do.

Give em the old saucy Fosse
Dip and undulate
Show them the limber burlesque queen you are
Run through your dance like greased machinery
They’ll never spot you got no scenery
Glossy Fosse ‘em, saucy Fosse ‘em and they’ll think you’re a star.

There she is
Tons of steel,
But not real
Ship of air.
Act like we
See a boat,
Watch it float
Ship of air.
We wink and pretend we’re eying a ship at starboard.
Though million were spent, our set looks a lot like cardboard.

Everything I do is thoroughly perky
(cheerfully insidious)
Everything so pushed and thoroughly forced
(and the set is hideous)
Just like an amateur, I’ll slam at your brain
You’ll scream, gosh damn it
You’re gonna drive us all insane.

Into the words
That trip your lip
And fry your brain
And sprain your tongue
Into the words, a cave so dark
You’d better bring a torch in.
Into the words
That fly and try to make you
Choke the joke you’ve sung.
Into the Words
More letters than they sell on Wheel of Fortune.

SO strap me in a harness
And hoist me up to the sky
In all the big shows lately
All the leading ladies have to fly
And hanging from the rafters
I'll dangle like a blimp
Pump up my volume
As I kill my flying chimp.
And suddenly I’m defying subtly
With death defying lack of subtlety.

We believe
That musicals should be disgusting
We believe
All Broadway shows should use four letter words
We don’t believe that Cole porter is king or Stephen Sondheim is god
I am a moron, and dang it
A moron just believes!

I hate Julie Taymor
She doesn’t have a clue
My neck is breaking wearing her designs
And subluxated too
Her puppetry is stunning
But now, I must confide
Although it looks great from the audience,
It’s torture here inside
Can you feel the pain tonight?
The strain this headdress brings
The cracking bones
The tearing cartilage
Tears all living things.

Disney needs big
Elaborate Sets
Cause there’s no script to get through
There’s no substance in vignettes
So they roll a pyramid through.

There’s a moment you know
You’re screwed
Cause the lyrics you sing
Are way too lewd
We could tour right now, the blue haired zone
But We’re not the Drowsy Chaperone…
…so they’ll censor us
And they’ll make a fuss
When we take this out on a bus
Totally bleeped.

To sing the Impossible song
To clear my unclearable throat
To bear the unbearable warble
To reach the unreachable note.

13. Spoiler Alert: The main character DIES! Not all musicals have a happy ending. Name the show based on the description of how the main character dies.

a. The protagonist of this show dies of unspecified natural causes on his adopted daughter’s wedding day.

b. In a show about a rebellion in a dystopian future society, the leader of the rebellion agrees the meet the government leaders for a negotiation. It turns out to be a trap, and the rebel leader is thrown off a building by two police officers.

c. Knowing that armed gang members are roaming the streets of New York looking for him, the male protagonist makes the brilliant decision to run around the city trying to find them. Unsurprisingly, it does not end well for him.

d. The female protagonist is desperate to give her son a better life, so she shoots herself so that her ex will raise the boy in America.

e. After losing his job, the main character becomes desperate for money when his wife announces she’s pregnant. He gets involved in a robbery, which goes horribly wrong. When he gets caught, he impulsively stabs himself.

f. After an adulterous tryst, the female protagonist gets crushed by a falling tree.

g. The teenage protagonist dies as a result of a botched abortion.

h. The male protagonist shoves the female protagonist into an oven. Immediately afterwards, her assistant slits the male protagonist’s throat.

i. The title character dies of cancer at age 33 and has one of the longest funeral scenes in musical theatre history.

j. The show is set in a Latin American prison. One of the prisoners is released and agrees to help his cell mate by making a phone call. He gets caught, and sent back to prison. One of the prison guards shoots him when he refuses to disclose who he was called.

k. A pair of twins, separated at birth, are both shot shortly after learning that they are brothers.

l. A down on his luck screenwriter hooks up with a delusional, faded movie star. When he tells her that her movie will not be filmed and all of her fans have deserted her, she is furious and shoots him.

14. Show by lyrics. Below are listed lyrics from two songs in a show. Name the show. HINT: This question was a way for me to put in shows that I couldn't fit anywhere else in this quiz. None of the shows listed below appear anywhere else in this quiz, including bonuses.

I've never been in love before
I thought my heart was safe
I thought I knew the score
But this is wine that's all too strange and strong
I'm full of foolish song
And out my song must pour
So please forgive this helpless haze I'm in
I've really never been
In love before.

Luck be a lady tonight
Luck be a lady tonight
Luck if you've ever been a lady to begin with
Luck be a lady tonight

The minute you walked in the joint,
I could see you were a man of distinction,
A real big spender,
Good looking, so refined.
Say, wouldn't you like to know
What's going on in my mind?

I'm a brass band,
I'm a harpsichord;
I'm a clarinet!
I'm the Philadelphia Orchestra,
I'm the Modern Jazz Quartet!

Did I just hear an alarm start ringing?
Did I see sirens go flying past?
Though I don't know what tomorrow's bringing
I've got a singular impression
Things are moving too fast

I could wander Paris after dark
Take a carriage ride through Central Park
But it wouldn't be as nice as a summer in Ohio
Where I'm sharing a room with a "former" stripper and her snake: Wayne

Jesus called me on my cell phone(Jesus called me on my cell phone)
No roaming charges were incurred (ooooo)
He told me that I should go out in the world
And (ahh) spread His glorious word (word)

It doesn't matter
Every murderer on death row
It doesn't matter
Every prostitute that you know
It doesn't matter
Welcome to the
Fraternity, everybody fits in God's great family.

When I grow up
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
That you have to fight beneath the bed
Each night to be a grown up.

We are revolting children...
Living in revolting times...
We sing revolting songs
Using revolting rhymes.

Into valleys, into waters
Into jungles, into hell
Let us ride, let us ride home again with a story to tell
Into darkness, into danger
Into storms that rip the night
Don't give in, but give up
But give thanks for the glorious fight

In my dreams such beautiful lovers have found me
Storybook lovers surround me
Nothing is real, but I'm flying, sighing
Where, where, where is my storybook ending?
Why does my golden pretending
Leave me with nothing to hold but my dreams?

In fly the vampires, oh my the vampires, then die the vampires,
filling you with life, creativity, all that you heart should be, out go the vampires
Die vampire, die vampire, die vampire, die!

I’d rather be nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred peoples ninth favorite thing
Nine people’s favorite thing
Than a hundred people’s ninth favorite thing
Those nine people will tell nine people
Then we’ll have eighteen people loving the show
Then eighteen people could grow into
Five-hundred and twenty-five-thousand, six-hundred people
Loving our show

Let me entertain you
Let me make you smile
Let me do a few tricks
Some old and then some new tricks
I'm very versatile

Wherever we go, whatever we do
We're gonna go through it together
We may not go far but sure as a star
Wherever we are it's together

If ever I would leave you
It wouldn't be in summer.
Seeing you in summer I never would go.
Your hair streaked with sun-light,
Your lips red as flame,
Your face witha lustre
that puts gold to shame!

Before I gaze at you again
I'll need a time for tears.
Before I gaze at you again
Let hours turn to years.
I have so much forgetting to do
Before I try to gaze again at you.

We dance to the earth
We dance to the water
The Gods awake and we take no chance
Our hearts hear the song
Our feet move along
And to the music of the Gods
We dance!

Walk with me, little girl,
Don't you be afraid
Follow me, little girl
Let me be your guide
A pretty thing like you
Will need a thing or two
And whatever you need
Mama will provide

Even now I feel it's heat upon my skin.
A life of passion that pulls me from within,
A life that I am making to begin.
There must be somewhere I can be

Some things are meant to be, the tide turning endlessly,
the way it takes hold of me, no matter what I do,
and some things will never die, the promise of who you are,
the memories when I am far from you.
All my life, I've lived for loving you; let me go now.

The night is young, the skies are clear
So if you want to go walking, dear,
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely.
I understand the reason why
You're sentimental, 'cause so am I,
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely.

Oh, blow, Gabriel, blow,
Go on and blow, Gabriel, blow!
I've been a sinner, I've been a scamp,
But now I'm willin' to trim my lamp,
So blow, Gabriel, blow!

Final Bonus question: Instead of the traditional DROP and SHEEP saves, I’m using HELL NO! and I WANT TO BE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Those are the names of songs from musicals. (Well, technically “I want to be like everyone else” is the first line from a song called “Like Everyone Else”) Name the shows that feature these songs. Minus one (-1) point for each correct answer, for a maximum of minus two (-2).

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TD 213, RandyG, The Cure For Triskaidekaphobia

1. Several sources, including the official SCRABBLE® dictionary, confirm that there are sixteen 5-letter English language words starting with the letter “T” that can be made from the letters T-H-I-R-T-E-E-N. If I arbitrarily eliminate “teeth”, “titer” and "titre" from the list, name one of the 13 remaining words. Each letter may be used only up to the number of times it appears in "THIRTEEN." Proper nouns and slang are not valid for this question.

2. In clinical psychology, a “phobia” is a persistent and often disproportionate and irrational fear of an object or situation. Select one the 13 generally-accepted phobias below and say what it’s a fear of. Your answer does not need to match exactly any clinical definition of the phobia, but it must describe essentially the same thing. You don't need to include the letter of your choice.

Note: When a given phobia is commonly defined as two or more closely-related fears, all of these fears will be grouped together under the phobia; for example, if "jeoparophobia" describes a fear of either being on the game show Jeopardy! or of meeting people named Trebek, those answers will be grouped together under "jeoparophobia."

(A) acrophobia
(B) arachnophobia
(C) claustrophobia
(D) coulrophobia
(E) leukophobia
(F) monophobia
(G) mysophobia
(H) necrophobia
(I) panphobia
(J) phasmophobia
(K) pyrophobia
(L) somniphobia
(M) tachophobia

3. One singing group that certainly didn’t have philophobia -- i.e. the fear of love -- was The Supremes. In all of the group’s various iterations, combinations and associations with other groups throughout their heyday in the 1960s and early 70s, the Supremes charted 14 times in the Billboard Hot 100 with songs that had “love” somewhere in the title, either as a standalone word or as part of a longer, related word. The last of these was 1972’s “Your Wonderful Sweet Sweet Love” in the post-Diana Ross era, which topped out at #59. (Does anybody actually know or remember that song?) Name one of their 13 other Hot 100 songs containing “love.”

4. Name one of the 13 famous people pictured below, each of whom was born in 1913. Name only is sufficient; you don’t need to include the number of your choice. If the image is not displaying properly inside the spoiler or you require more detail, click here (small) or here (large) for standalone images.

5. Name one of the 13 theatrically-released movies described below, all of which have the word or fragment “fear” or the number "13" somewhere in their titles. The title only is sufficient; you don't need to include the letter of your choice.
(A) Biopic on the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball. (1957), Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, dir. Robert Mulligan

(B) Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend's new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy. (1991), Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, dir. David Zucker

(C) A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia(!) investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (1958), James Stewart, Kim Novak, dir. Alfred Hitchcock. (The working title for this film was Fear and Trembling. If you select this choice, name the title that the film has been known by since its release.)

(D) In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgently needed nitroglycerine shipment to a remote oil field. (1953), Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot. (Remade as an English-language version in 1977 with a different title.)

(E) Three astronauts must devise a strategy to return to Earth safely after their spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage. (1995), Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, dir. Ron Howard

(F) CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the U.S. and Russia by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game. (2002), Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, dir. Phil Alden Robinson

(G) A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him. (1991), Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, dir. Martin Scorsese. (Remake of a 1962 film.)

(H) A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but only by wearing a special pair of goggles can they see their unearthly tormentors. (1960), Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, dir. William Castle

(I) Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest. (1996), Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, dir. Gregory Hoblit

(J) A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash. (1993), Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, dir. Peter Weir

(K) A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice are on the hunt for vampires... and a kidnapped damsel in distress. (1967), Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, dir. Roman Polanski

(L) The lone inhabitants of an abandoned police station are under attack by a seemingly unstoppable street gang. (1976), Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, dir. John Carpenter. (Remade in 2005.)

(M) A fictitious war in an unidentified country provides the background for four soldiers who survive the crash-landing of their plane and find themselves six miles behind enemy lines. (1953), Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, dir. Stanley Kubrick. This was Stanley Kubrick's first directoral feature.... and the one he wanted everybody to forget ever existed.

6. Someone with a fear of crowds -- variously referred to as agoraphobia, enochlophobia, demophobia, and ochlophobia -- would probably avoid major league baseball, where the average game attendance this year has been about 31,000. Surprising as it might seem, average attendance in 1958, the year that two teams began playing on the west coast, was less than half of that in 2014. Of the 16 teams in the combined major leagues in 1958, 13 were based in a city east of Kansas City. Name one of those 13 teams, including both the city and team name.

7. Has there ever been a child who didn’t have tetraphobia, i.e. fear of monsters? Not that some adults don’t as well, but more often adults face their latent fears by making light of the subjects. Take television. (Monstrous, no?) The Munsters family lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane during the show's two years in first run (1964-66.) The arguably more macabre The Addams Family also aired in primetime during the same years. The two shows combined had 13 credited characters (5 Munsters, 8 Addams) who appeared in at least 25% of the episodes.** Name one of those 13 regular or recurring characters. Answer with the character, not the actor. (Note: In order to take neg bait off the table, Thing was not a credited character on The Addams Family.)

** 9 credited characters were in all or nearly all of the episodes, 3 in around 60%, and only 1 in slightly over 25%. No other recurring characters appeared in anywhere near 25%.


8. Aviophobia -- the fear of flying -- is not uncommon, especially when it comes to flying in small planes. But when the alternative to flying is riding for hours through a snowstorm in a freezing cold, broken-down bus one’s fear of flying might dissipate, as what happened on February 3, 1959. In his iconic 1972 song “American Pie” Don McLean dubbed that “The Day the Music Died” because on that day McLean’s musical idol and two other singing stars died in a chartered plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, while en route from one concert venue to another. Related to that event, name one of the items described below. Answer with name or title only; you do not need to include the letter of your choice.

(A) Singing star 1, pictured above
(B) Singing star 2, pictured above (either real name or stage name, both of which will be grouped together)
(C) Singing star 3, pictured above
(D) The future country music star who was originally supposed to be on that flight, but who gave up his seat, and who eventually died 43 years later of complications from diabetes
(E) The title of the 1977 biopic about singing star 1
(F) The actor who portrayed singing star 1 in the biopic
(G) The title of the 1989 biopic about singing star 3
(H) The actor who portrayed singing star 3 in the biopic
(I) The name of singing star 1’s backup group, that because of contractual arrangements received the official credit for many of his early hits
(J) Singing star 3’s girlfriend, whom he immortalized with his biggest chart hit -- first name only is OK
(K) Singing star 4, pictured below, who also died in a small plane crash
(L) Singing star 5, ditto
(M) Singing star 6, ditto


9. If you combined the fear of music (melophobia), the fear of night (noctiphobia) and the fear of dawn or daylight (eosophobia), what would you have? You'd have question 9, in which you are to match a show tune (left column) with the Broadway (or off-Broadway) musical (right column) in which it appeared.

Please answer in the form: Left column letter - right column number, e.g. F-2. Note that there are 14 musicals listed, one of which does not match to any of the show tunes.


10. Name one of the 13 letter words (or proper nouns) described in the Jeopardy! clues below. You don’t need to answer in the form of a question -- in fact, I’d rather that you didn’t -- but the correct spelling is required. The word alone is sufficient; you don't need to include the number of your choice. If the image is not displaying properly inside the spoiler or you require more detail, click here (small), here (large), or here (large picture associated with #4) for standalone images.

11. Name one of the following described below, all of which have something to do with "13." The answer alone is sufficient; you do not need to associate it with a description or letter. Note that there are 4 possible answers for (D) and 2 for (G), all of which will be grouped separately, making a total of 13 distinct answers.

(A) the 13th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution (in 1790)
(B) the subject of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
(C) the 13th president of the United States
(D) a U.S. president who was in office for at least one month in 1813, 1913 or 2013 (4 possible answers for this choice)
(E) the 13th U.S. state when listed alphabetically
(F) the body of water crossed along an approximately 20 mile continuous stretch of U.S. Route 13
(G) the main U.S. city within a metropolitan area that is served by either area code 213 or 313 (2 possible answers for this choice)
(H) the 13th U.S. state as ranked by population (2013 estimates; 12th is Virginia, 14th is Massachusetts; 12-14 is the same order in 2010 Census)
(I) a huge majority of personal bankruptcy filings in the U.S. are under either Chapter 13 of the U.S. Code or this other Chapter

12. Would you prefer less fear and more loathing or more fear and less loathing? Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 counter-cultural, semi-biographical novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas naturally followed from literary traditions started years earlier by the Beat Generation authors of the 1950s and the psychedelics and social satirists of the 1960s. Name the author of one of the following books written between 1956 and 1968 that are all closely associated with those traditions. Include the letter choice with your answer.

(A) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
(B) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(C) Franny and Zooey
(D) On the Road
(E) Howl and Other Poems
(F) Naked Lunch
(G) A Clockwork Orange
(H) V.
(I) Catch-22
(J) Cat’s Cradle
(K) The Armies of the Night
(L) Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
(M) Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me

13. There are several theories regarding the origin of the term, but everyone agrees that a “baker's dozen” is 13, one more than a standard dozen. Provide the answer to one of the following clues, all of which have something to do with “baker.” Just the answer, you do not need to include the letter of your choice.

Note: Jeopardy! rules would dictate that “Baker” alone is not a sufficient answer to any of these, so please don’t make me ask you for more specific information if your answer is a person's name containing "Baker."

(A) The actress who grew up as Norma Jean Baker.
(B) Along with Eric Claption and Jack Bruce, the third member of the Hall of Fame rock band Cream.
(C) Mount Baker, an active volcano, is the third highest mountain in this U.S. state.
(D) The address on Baker Street where Sherlock Holmes lived.
(E) His single “Baker Street” spent 6 weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.
(F) The American blues singer who achieved her greatest success in Paris in the 1920s.
(G) The founder of The Church of Christ, Scientist.
(H) Baker’s is a Kraft Foods brand name for this baking ingredient.
(I) The town of Baker, California is located within this desert.
(J) John (Franklin) Baker was a Hall of Fame baseball player best remembered by this nickname.
(K) The American jazz trumpeter extraordinaire and some time vocalist who attained maximum fame in the 1950s.
(L) The U.S. Senator from Tennessee, perhaps best remembered as the ranking Republican on the Senate Watergate Hearings Committee.
(M) The all-star outfielder for the Braves, Dodgers, Giants and Athletics, and later manager of the Giants, Cubs and Reds.

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TD 214, eboettch, Ladies of Shakespeare Know Who I Am

1. JULIA is a character in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. JULIE & JULIA is a film for which Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar but did not win. Name another film for which Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress), but did not win. (14 possible answers)

2. BIANCA is a character in The Taming of the Shrew. BIANCA is also a color (white) in Italian. Translate one of the following colors from Italian to English. Specify the letter you’re referring to in your answer.
A. blu
B. grigio
C. rosa
D. verde
E. arancione
F. nero
G. porpora
H. giallo
I. rosso
J. marrone

3. MARGARET is a character in Henry VI, Part 1. MARGARET THATCHER was the first female prime minister of the UK. Name the first woman to have held one of the positions below (on a permanent, not interim or acting basis). Specify the letter you’re referring to in your answer.
A. president, Brazil
B. president, Chile
C. prime minister, Denmark
D. chancellor, Germany
E. prime minister, India
F. president, Ireland
G. prime minister, Israel
H. prime minister, Jamaica
I. president, Liberia
J. prime minister, Pakistan
K. president, Philippines
L. prime minister, Canada

4. JULIET is a character in Romeo and Juliet. JULIETT is an ICAO code word (aka the NATO phonetic alphabet) that would be worth more than 10 points in Scrabble if the point values of the individual letters were added up. Name another ICAO code word for which the sum of its letters in Scrabble tiles is worth 10 or more points. (12 possible answers)
(Note: I will be using the spellings given by the ICAO as guidelines for calculating point values. If you, however, misspell an eligible answer, I will not care, as long as it would plausibly be pronounced the same way.)
(Note: Not all of the ICAO code words are permitted by the Scrabble dictionary, but ignore that for this question.)
(Note: ICAO gives the spelling for the first code word as Alfa, not Alpha; therefore, it is not an eligible response for this question.)

5. HELENA is a character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. HELENA is also the current capital of a US state admitted in 1889 or later. Name another current capital of a US state that was admitted in 1889 or later. (11 possible answers)
(Note: the current capital of the last state to be admitted before 1889 is Denver.)

6. PORTIA is a character in The Merchant of Venice. PORTIA DE ROSSI is an actress credited with 68 episodes of the TV series Arrested Development and with 89 episodes of Ally McBeal. Name another actor or actress credited with at least 68 episodes of Arrested Development or at least 89 episodes of Ally McBeal. (14 possible answers)
(Note: Ron Howard, though the narrator throughout Arrested Development, was uncredited and therefore is not an eligible answer for this question.)

7. HERO is a character in Much Ado About Nothing. “HERO” is a song that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. From the lyrics below, identify one of the following songs that also reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. Specify the letter you’re referring to in your answer.
A. “If I should stay, I should only be in your way”
B. “Tell me princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?”
C. “A licky boom boom down, police them comin in for me now they blow down me door”
D. “Baby don’t you understand, I want to be your nasty man”
E. “Like a moth to a flame, burned by the fire, my love is blind, can’t you see my desire”
F. “I don’t know what it is that you’ve done to me, but it’s caused me to act in such a crazy way”
G. “Wise men say, only fools rush in”
H. “I need you so desperately, won’t you please come around, ‘cause I wanna share forever with you baby”
I. “Maybe I’m crazy, but it’s crazy and it’s true, I know you can save me, no one else can save me now but you”
J. “I heard from a friend today, and she said you were in town”

8. CELIA is a character in As You Like It. CELIA is also a name given by the National Hurricane Center to Atlantic hurricanes that has since been retired. Name a hurricane name given by the NHC to Atlantic hurricanes that was retired in 2006 or later. (16 possible answers)
(Note: if a hurricane name is retired, it is retired the year after the storm hits. Therefore, hurricanes names that were retired because of storms that hit in 2005 are eligible for this question.)

9. ISABELLA is a character in Measure for Measure. QUEEN ISABELLA was a person featured on a US postage stamp for her contributions to exploration. Identify one of the following explorers on a US stamp below (full size images can be found here and here). Specify the letter you’re referring to in your answer. (11 possible answers)
(Note: item C refers to the man in the lower left of the stamp; item D refers to the man located above and to the right.)
(Note: each stamp specifies the person’s name in the caption, hence the blacked-out bits. Though some of the stamps depict additional, unspecified figures, I am looking for the names in the captions.)

10. HERMIONE is a character in The Winter’s Tale. HERMIONE GRANGER is one of the top 9 Harry Potter characters most mentioned by name. Name another Harry Potter character who is one of the nine most mentioned by name in the series. (8 possible answers)
(Note: I will accept a character’s first name, as well as their last name, if the character is primarily referred to by his or her first name in the series. For example, I would accept “Hermione,” “Granger” or “Hermione Granger” if Hermione Granger were an eligible answer for this question, since Hermione is primarily referred to as Hermione, there are no other major characters surnamed Granger, and Hermione Granger is her full name, respectively.)
(Note: mentions are tallied by the character’s proper name - first, last, or first and last together - as well as nicknames and pseudonyms, but do not include pronouns or phrases like “the cleverest witch her age,” even when they clearly point to the character.)
(Note: The tenth most mentioned character was Fred Weasley, with 920 mentions.)

11. MIRANDA is a character in The Tempest. ERNESTO MIRANDA was a notable Supreme court plaintiff (Miranda v. Arizona, 1966). Identify the plaintiff associated with the defendant and year of a Supreme Court decision below. Please identify which letter you are identifying the plaintiff for in your answer.

A. v. Madison, 1803
B. v. Ogden, 1824
C. v. Sandford, 1857
D. v. Ferguson, 1896
E. v. Board of Education, 1954
F. v. Wainwright, 1963
G. v. Carr, 1962
H. v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 1969
I. v. Gore, 2000
J. v. Bollinger, 2003
K. v. Hobby Lobby, 2014

12. KATHERINE is a character in Henry VIII. KATHERINE GRAINGER is a 2012 Olympic gold medalist. Identify the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in one of the following events. Please indicate which event you are identifying the medalist for in your answer.

A. Athletics - men’s 200 meters
B. Athletics - men’s 5000 meters
C. Artistic gymnastics - women’s individual all-around
D. Artistic gymnastics - women’s floor
E. Gymnastics - women’s individual trampoline
F. Swimming - men’s 100 m butterfly
G. Swimming - men’s 400 m individual medley
H. Swimming - women’s 200 m backstroke
I. Tennis - men’s singles
J. Tennis - women’s singles
K. Volleyball - women’s beach

(Note: K has two possible answers, since women’s beach volleyball is played in teams of two. I want you to name one, and only one, of the two players. Points will be accumulated separately. For example, if the winning team was composed of Jane Doe and Jill Smith, you could answer either Jane Doe or Jill Smith (not both). If five people respond Jane Doe and three people respond Jill Smith, the people who said Jane Doe will get five points, and the people who said Jill Smith will get three points.)

BONUSES. There is no penalty for incorrect guesses; however, you may not submit more guesses than the maximum number of discounted points for each question (1 guess for B1, two guesses for B2, three for B3, four for B4).
1. The title of this TD is a (fairly tenuous) reference to “Ladies of Cambridge (Boston)”, a song by which spookily named indie rock group for which Ezra Koenig sings lead vocals? (-1 point)
2. Shakespeare recycled quite a few names from play to play. Name the character from questions 1-12 whose name (perhaps spelled differently) was reused in one of the following plays. Include the play in your response. (-1 point each, max of -2 points)
3. Name Shakespeare’s wife or daughters (-1 point each, max of -3 points)
4. Name the lady from questions 1-12 who is or becomes engaged or married to one of the following Shakespearean gents. Include which gent you’re matching the lady with in your response. (-1 each, max of -4 points)

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TD 215, goforthetie, (Semi-)Classic Cinema III

1. We'll start with something easy - everyone is super-familiar with Steven Spielberg, right? And yet, oddly, there's never been a TD question about him. Name a film he directed that earned an Oscar nomination for either Best Picture or Best Director (or both).

2. Continuing the theme of people that defined the mainstream of 30 years ago... The annual Quigley Poll asks movie exhibitors to vote for the top ten box office draws of the year. For instance, the top 10 for 2013 were Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr., Hugh Jackman, Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy. Name a movie star that appeared on the Quigley Top Ten Money-Making Stars list at least three times during the 1980s (1980-89). There are 12 correct answers.
Here is the list of actors who appeared on the top ten list exactly twice during the 80's: Hanks, Streep, Redford, Newman, Murray, Moore, Gibson, Williams, Travolta, Chase, Field, Gere, Turner, Parton, Midler. Nicholson appeared only once, believe it or not!
From the Quigley website: "The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a Star’s real box-office draw because the selections are made by professionals whose livelihood depends on choosing the films and actors that will bring audiences to their theatres. It draws a distinction among stars that happen to appear in hit films and those stars that Exhibitors and film buyers believe actually cause an audience to come to their theatres."

3. Speaking of Jennifer Lawrence, we'd better ask this question before her resume gets too long. Name a movie in which she had a role. Films belonging to the same series will be grouped together.

4. Ms. Lawrence shot from unknown to Oscar nominee to megastar in the blink of an eye. For others, even an Oscar nomination doesn't raise their profile. Below are photos of 12 nominees that have stayed fairly anonymous (or seem likely to), taken from the movies they were nominated for. Pick a photo and name the movie in which the nominated performance occurred. Please give the letter along with your answer.
All movies are from the past 20 years. I've tried to pick photos that hint at the movie in question.
BONUS: Give the name of the nominee you chose for 10% off your score on this question. You can get 10% off even if you get the name of the movie wrong! Obviously you cannot answer the bonus if you drop this question.

5. When creating its list of most memorable film quotes, the AFI first compiled a list of 400 nominees. Embedded below are all of the nominated quotes that use the word 'love'. Pick one and name the actor who spoke the line. Please include the letter with your answer. (Hint: these are in alphabetical order by movie title, although keep in mind that I want the actor, not the movie title.)
A. ALVY SINGER: Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love.
LT. COL. BILL KILGORE: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
JONATHAN SHIELDS: Georgia, love is for the very young.
SUGARPUSS O'SHEA: I love him because he's the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn't know how to kiss, the jerk!
MARGUERITE GAUTIER: His eyes have made love to me all evening.
DAVID WOODERSON: That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I keep getting older, they stay the same age.
SAM WHEAT: It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.
DIXON STEELE: I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
OLIVER BARRETT IV: Love means never having to say you're sorry.
WYATT EARP: Mac, you ever been in love? MAC: No, I've been a bartender all my life. (Note: For this quote, just give the actor who spoke the first line.)
REV. HARRY POWELL: Would you like me to tell you the little story of right hand, left hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E. It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E. You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man -- the right hand, friends, the hand of love.
COUNT LEON D'ALGOUT: Ninotchka, it's midnight. One half of Paris is making love to the other half.
JEFF BAILEY: You know, maybe I was wrong and luck is like love. You have to go all the way to find it.
GEORGE EASTMAN: I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.
HARRY LIME: In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, and they had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
6. Name someone who has been awarded* an Oscar for acting whose voice can be heard in a Pixar movie.
*: This can be a honorary award.
I am almost certain that every Pixar movie to date has at least one correct answer, given the way I have worded the question. In any event, I will grade things as if that's the case. (Hint, hint!)

7. Sequels happen all the time and trilogies are almost passe now. Let's go one further: Name a movie series that has had exactly four films released.
Rebooted series are counted separately, but spin-off movies that exist in the same universe as the original films still count as part of the series, even if a lead actor gets swapped out, or a different character is made the focus. Movies that merge multiple previous franchises, however, count as a new franchise. For instance, Prometheus counts as part of the Alien franchise, but The Avengers does not count for Iron Man. Feel free to PM me if you have other specific questions about how I'm counting things.

8. The most significant director-actor pairing of all time might very well have been Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, who made 16 films together. Kurosawa once said of Mifune, "I am proud of nothing I have done other than with him." Name a Kurosawa-directed film that features Toshiro Mifune.
Hint: The pair stopped working together after 1965. Kurosawa became much less prolific after the split, so it doesn't matter too much, but you don't want to guess Ran, which premiered in 1985 and is easily Kurosawa's most famous film that doesn't feature Mifune. For this question you don't have to worry about whether the film saw a US release.

9. Pick one of the photos below and give the name that the pet is usually called in the pictured movie. Please include the letter with your answer.
10. Name an actor who has played Robin Hood on screen.
Voice actors are OK. The character's name does not have to be 'Robin Hood' exactly - although it should be close - as long as it is clear, e.g., from the movie title, that the character is based on the Robin Hood of traditional lore.

11. I have taken every film since 1999 that has a certain property and selected a shot from the film; these shots are compiled in the image below. Name one of the movies.
You do not have to tell me which picture your movie corresponds to. None of the movies is obscure. I anticipate that I might have to give 'Be More Specific' to certain responses, so be forewarned.
BONUS: For 10% off your score on this question, what is the common property? You may answer the bonus even if you drop this question, in which case a correct answer will be worth a deduction of 1.5 points. (Hint: Why did I choose these particular shots?)
12. Let's wrap things up. Name a movie with at least 10,000 votes at IMDb whose title starts with the letter Z.
10000 votes is a fairly low bar; every Z movie I could think of is over 10,000 and there are over a dozen correct answers. For reference, a movie called Zabriskie Point that I've never heard of has 8915 votes. Titles beginning with 'The' or 'A' do not count.

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TD 216, geolawyerman, Down Under

1. As one might expect (or know), the term “Down Under” refers to the fact that Australia and New Zealand are south of the Equator. For some reason, the term never seemed to catch on in any of the thirty or so other countries that also have all of their territory completely south of the equator. Name a country on the continental landmasses of South America or Africa that fits this description (19 possible answers). To clarify, island countries do not count.

2. Name a three-letter word (of the English language) you can create from the letters in “down under”. You can use each letter as often as they appear in the phrase (at least 9 possible answers).

3. Name a state or territory of Australia (external territories do NOT count) or one of the three largest islands of New Zealand (11 possible answers).

4. The Australian Open, held in Melbourne, is the first grand slam tennis tournament in the year. Name any singles (men’s or women’s) champion of the tournament since (and including) 2003. For reference, Thomas Johansson and Jennifer Capriati won in 2002. Neither of them have won since (13 possible answers).

Bonus (-1) point: Name at least one year in which the player you named won the event.

5. Peter Jackson is probably one of the best-known individuals from New Zealand, where many of the pictures he directs and produces are filmed. Name a full-length film directed or produced by Peter Jackson (films in the same series count as separate entities). For clarification, these are films that, on IMDB, Jackson is credited as either producing or directing it. These films must have already been released (16 possible answers).

6. Name the Australian from the description. Please include the letter of your answer along with the name.

a. Actor who portrays Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.
b. This author of Mary Poppins was born in Australia before moving to Britain.
c. This golfer won the 2013 Masters tournament.
d. This Australian country singer is currently a judge on American Idol.
e. In August, this man claimed that he would be leaving the Ecuadorian embassy “soon”.
f. This former Victoria’s Secret Angel was married to Orlando Bloom.
g. This actress won the 2013 Academy Award for best actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine.
h. He was nicknamed “The Crocodile Hunter” and hosted a show with the same name.
i. This owner of The News of the World faced investigations after allegations of phone-hacking in 2011.
j. This actor portrayed the Joker in The Dark Knight, which was not released until after his death from accidental intoxication that occurred after taken prescription drugs.
k. This man directed The Great Gatsby and Romeo+Juliet.

7. Anna Creek Station is the world’s largest cattle station, covering over 31,000 square kilometers, which makes it larger than the country of Belgium. Name a European country with a smaller area than Belgium (12 possible answers).

8. Aussies use (or have used) a wide variety of slang terms, some of them stranger than others. Give the meaning of one of these slang terms (Please include the letter with your answer):
a. (to) Cark it
b. Pub
c. Loo
d. Get Stuffed
e. Digger
f. Bangers
g. Billabong
h. Thong(s)
i. Barney
j. Donk
k. Jillaroo

9. Identify one of these Australian or New Zealand landmarks. Give the letter along with your answer.
10. New Zealand’s All Blacks (or the New Zealand National Rugby Union Team), perhaps the most famous rugby team in the world, won the 2011 rugby world cup. Name any of the other 19 countries that competed in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It should be worth noting that the UK does not have a rugby team; each subdivision of the UK has its own team, similar to the way it is in soccer.
Help: Breakdown by continent:
Europe-9 teams
South America-1
North America-2
Oceania-4 (that number does not include New Zealand)

11. Canberra became Australia’s capital after disputes over whether the capital should be Sydney or Melbourne. Because it was just a rural area at the time, it is seen as a purpose-built capital city. Name any other current world capital that was built (or greatly expanded) for this purpose (13 answers).

Bonus (-1) point: Name the architect/designer of Canberra.

12. Name one of the three most populous cities in New Zealand or one of the eight most populous cities in Australia (11 answers). For reference, these are urban areas around a city or Greater Capital City Statistical Areas. Wollongong, with a population of 282,000, is 9th in Australia (under my standards). In New Zealand, Hamilton is the 4th most populous city, with a population of about 150,000.

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TD 217, BobF, All Together Now

All Together Now starts out like this:

1, 2, 3, 4, can I have a little more
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 I love you.

A, B, C, D, can I bring a friend to tea.
E, F, G, H, I, J, I love you.

So, here are the questions:

1 Name a Beatles song title with exactly one word (21 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

2 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 2 Cs or exactly 2Ds (17 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

3 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 3 Es (22 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

4 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 4 letters or exactly 4 Bs, or exactly 4 Es or exactly 4 Gs or exactly 4 Hs (~ 18 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

5 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 5 words or exactly 5 Hs (19 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

6 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 6 words or exactly 6 letters or exactly 6 Os (~ 18 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

7 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 7 words or exactly 7 letters (~ 22 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

8 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 8 words, exactly 8 letters, or exactly 8 Es (~ 19 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

9 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 9 letters (13 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

10 Name a Beatles song title with exactly 10 letters or exactly 10 words (20 responses)
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

A Name a Beatles song title that starts or ends with the letter A
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

B Name a Beatles song title that starts with B, or where any word ends with B, or containing exactly 3 Bs.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

C Name a Beatles song title that starts with C, ends with C, or has 2 or more Cs.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

D Name a Beatles song title that ends with the letter D
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

E Name a Beatles song title that contains a word that begins with E or has 4 or more Es.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

F Name a Beatles song title where any word in the title either starts or ends with the letter F.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

G Name a Beatles song title where any word in the title starts with the letter G.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

H Name a Beatles song title where the title starts or ends with the letter H, or contains 3 or more Hs.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

I Name a Beatles song title that starts with the letter I.
Bonus: name as many other Beatles songs that fit this category.

J For this question only, it can be ANY song attributed to the Beatles OR to any of the four Beatles (or a group to which they belonged) after the Beatles broke up
Name either a song attributed to the Beatles, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, or Starr whose title contains the letter J OR a Beatle whose first name begins with the letter J. (Note, if the song is really obscure, I'd appreciate it if you tell me who it is attributed to, as it will help me research the correctness of the answer).

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TD 218, Woof, My Favorite Things

1. Computer Programming. In 1971, I learned how to program a Data General minicomputer at a class at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. This skill would provide me with entertainment and gainful employment from high school through graduate school. Even today, I occasionally will write a computer program for my own use. The software company TIOBE has, since 2001, maintained a list of the most popular computer programming languages, updated monthly. The methodology of the TIOBE Index is given on their website:
The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.
It is also important to note that they also only track the popularity of Turing-complete programming languages. In practical terms, this means that markup languages like HTML and XML are excluded from their rankings. Most other scripting and programming languages are fair game, though. Name one of the top 15 programming languages in the November 2014 TIOBE Index.

2. Travel. In 1968, I traveled to Europe with my parents, and have loved traveling ever since, having visited many countries in Europe, Asia and Oceania (but not as many as HBomb :mrgreen: ). Name one of the 12 most visited countries by US citizens in 2012. I am using the statistics compiled by the National Travel and Tourism Office. For purposes of this question, country means a UN member state.

3. Books. I love reading and have since early youth. As a youth, I loved reading Science Fiction; as an adult, I read more experimental fiction. One author who straddles those lines is Kurt Vonnegut. Name a novel written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (14 possible answers)

4. Music. Coming from a musical family, it was no surprise that I took to music, too. Unlike them, I gravitated to Rock and Roll after hearing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Over the years, I took in Psychedelic, Funk, Glam, Heavy Metal, Punk, New Wave, Post-Punk and Grunge. One of the most popular bands from the '70s was Pink Floyd. Name a Pink Floyd studio album (15 possible answers). I am including in this list two albums that were written as movie soundtracks but also released as studio albums.

5. Food. One reason I love to travel is that I also love to eat. Over the years, I've at some outstanding restaurants, several of which have received great acclaim (one that was anointed Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant Magazine). The James Beard Foundation awards are considered the Oscars of the world of food and drink. Name one of the restaurants that received the Outstanding Restaurant award in the years 2000-2014 (15 possible answers). Most of these restaurants are in NYC, SF or LA, but several come from other cities, too. Most are quite famous restaurants.

6. Wine. In addition to eating, I like having wine with my food. Having grown up in Northern California, I got to see the emergence of the California wine industry firsthand. Name one of the 12 most planted wine grapes (in terms of acreage) in California in 2013. I am using the statistics compiled by the US Department of Agriculture.

7. Drugs. As an organic chemist, drugs are my life, literally. Many of my former students are employed in the pharmaceutical industry and many of my friends work there, too. Name one of the 20 best-selling pharmaceuticals in the US in 2013. I am using the statistics compiled by the US Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. This list includes both traditional small molecule therapeutics and so-called "biologics." I will accept either trade name or generic name. Hint: by disease, they treat: psychosis, acid reflux, arthritis (3), heart disease, asthma/COPD(2), MS, cancer (2), diabetes (3), HIV, chronic pain and epilepsy.

8. Art. From early youth, I've had a fascination with art. At age 3, I could identify various Impressionist painters by sight. Name one of the Impressionist painters (12 possible answers). Since this is necessarily a fuzzy classification, I can give the following guidance: they were based in Paris, operating during the 1870s and 1880s, many of whom were members of the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artistes Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs ("Cooperative and Anonymous Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers"). They were characterized by their outdoor scenes ("plein air"), obvious brushstrokes and lack of mixing of colors. I am looking for those individuals whose paintings today hang in the Impressionism sections of the world's major museums.

9. Education. I have spent almost all my adult life in and around institutions of higher learning. I am employed by one such institution. Name one of the top 12 most populous college campuses in 2013-2014 as determined by Department of Education enrollment statistics. This is specifically looking at campuses to avoid the complications of online enrollment and multi-campus University systems. All of these are large, public University campuses.

10. Film. I am a big fan of quirky movies made by independent film directors such as Akira Kurosawa, John Sayles and the Coen Brothers. Name a film directed by Joel and/or Ethan Coen that has been released. (16 possible answers). I am excluding two segments they directed for anthology films.

11. Sports. I love watching and playing various sports. One of my favorites is tennis. Name a men's tennis player who's won at least 8 major ("Grand Slam") tournaments in his career. (12 possible answers) For reference, those who've won 7 majors include Novak Djokovic, Mats Wilander, John McEnroe, John Newcombe, Henri Cochet, René Lacoste, William Larned, William Renshaw and Richard Sears.

12. Language. I have had a lifelong fascination with language, including etymology, linguistics and poetic usage. English has a particular fascination given its roots in so many different languages. Name a one-syllable word in the English language that ends in "ough" (14 possible answers)

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TD 219, gamawire, The Thanksgiving Edition

1. The American Revolution, without which Thanksgiving would never have existed, came about due to injustices inflicted upon the colonists by England. Name someone who has served on the Supreme Court in the 21st century. (There are no borderline cases here, so whether you date the 21st century as beginning on 1/1/2000 or 1/2/2001 is a moot point.) (13 answers)

2. As President, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America, marking November 26, 1789 as, "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." Name one of the other eleven Presidents who were formerly generals. (11 answers)

3. Thanksgiving begins the letter T. Name an independent state that starts with T or a capital (of an independent state) that begins with T. My source is the U.S. Department of State, and I am using their definition for acceptable answers: “The term ‘independent state’ refers to a people politically organized into a sovereign state with a definite territory recognized as independent by the U.S.” This web page was current as of September 12, 2014. (23 answers) Clarification: an independent state that starts with T or a capital that starts with T.

4. The week of Thanksgiving is often a holiday for school children. Name one of the top 20 countries for education, according to a global report by education firm Pearson (2012 statistics). The rankings are calculated based on various measures, including international test scores, graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, and the prevalence of higher education seekers. (Source: The Economist). (20 answers)

5. Name one of these people whose birthday occasionally falls (or fell) on Thanksgiving Day. You do not need to match up the picture; just give me a name. (14 answers)
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6. Food is a major part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. The most ubiquitous is turkey, which is a type of animal, so name a person or group with an animal in their name who has scored a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 (spelling flexible). (21 answers)

7. Sports, especially football, are another big part of the traditional American Thanksgiving Day. Although the NFL does not have any, name a current team in one of the other three major sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NBA) whose nickname does not end in “S,” or one of the 9 teams in the WNBA that meets the same criteria (18 answers)

8. For those not into sports, you might curl up with a good book while the rest of the family is watching the game. Name a non-fiction book (hardcover category) that hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2013 or 2014 (through 8/30/2014). (29 answers)

9. Thanksgiving (Canadian French: Jour de l'Action de grâce)is also a national holiday in Canada, occurring on the second Monday in October in order to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Tying our two countries together in the name of entertainment, name an original cast member of either SNL or SCTV. (16 answers)

10. And finally, the inevitable word play question. Give me an acceptable Scrabble word of four or more letters that can be made using just the letters in Thanksgiving (Reference: TWL dictionary). Do not use a letter more than once if it does not appear in the original word more than once. (?? answers – I didn’t try to figure that out!)

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TD 220, tjconn728, Italia

1. Although the Italian peninsula has been inhabited for millenia, the rise of the city of Rome from a small village to the seat of the Roman Empire is often where study of Italian history begins. As is common with many ancient events, the story of Rome's founding combines legend with fact. Written below is the legend of Rome's founding and early years, with selected words missing. Name a word that completes one of the blank spots in this story.
Numitor, King of Alba Longa, was deposed by his brother _________, who killed Numitor's male heirs and forced his daughter Rhea Silivia to become a _________ (2 words), sworn to a life of chastity. However, Rhea Silivia was impregnated by the god __________ and gave birth to twin boys, __________ and __________. Their great uncle abandoned them to die in the River __________, but they were saved and suckled by a __________. Natural leaders, they acquired many followers and when they discovered their true origins, they killed their great uncle and restored Numitor to the throne. Rather than wait to ascend to the throne of Alba Longa, they decided to found a new city. However, they disagreed on where to found the city, with one wanting to center it on the __________ Hill and the other wanting to found it on the __________ Hill. They decided to determine the site through __________, but interpreted the omens presented by the birds' flight differently. In the resulting quarrel, __________(repeat) was killed and __________(repeat) founded Rome on April 21, __________ BC and named it after __________. The new city grew quickly, but was inhabited mostly by unmarried men. As a result, __________ (repeat) arranged the abduction of women from the neighboring __________ tribe. The ensuing war ended with the __________ (repeat) and the Romans joining to become a unified Roman people, and becoming the dominant force of the region for the next millenium.
2. The 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius killed an estimated 16,000 people and destroyed multiple towns on its slopes. Name either one of the four towns destroyed by this eruption, the author of the sole surviving eye witness account of the eruption, one of the other two active Italian volcanoes, or the present-day city of more than 1 million people that is in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

3. The university of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognized as the world's oldest continuously operating university. While we don't have anything quite as old here in North America, we do have a total of 13 currently operating institutions of higher learning that were founded before the American Revolution, nine American, three Mexican, and one Canadian. Name one of these 13 colleges or universities.

4. Dante Alighieri, born in 1275 and author of Divine Comedy, is often thought of as the father of the modern Italian language. Today, Italian is spoken by about 85 million people world-wide and has lent many words to the English language. Name any English word with an origin in the Italian language, according to Merriam-Webster.

Note: Similar English and Italian words that both share a common root in Latin, Greek, French, or any other language do not count. Only words that Merriam-Webster cites as having come to English via Italian will count.

Note 2: All nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs based on the same word will count as one answer. For example, Washington, Washingtons, Washingtonian, Washingtoned, Washingtonize, etc. would all count as one answer. However, words with different meanings but based on the same root will be counted separately

5. Rome, and more specifically Vatican City, has been the seat of the Roman Catholic Church since 1377. With more than 1.2 billion adherents, the religion has spread from Rome to every corner of the globe. Coinciding with the spread of the religion is the construction of churches, cathedrals, and basilicas, which often include intricate architectural designs and religious relics that make these buildings tourist destinations in addition to houses of worship. Pictured below are some of the world's most famous Catholic churches. Identify the city that one of these churches is located in. Please include the letter in your response.

Hint: Half of the pictured churches are in Italy, while the other half are not.
6. Michelangelo was born near Florence, Italy in 1475 and during his 88 years became one of the leading artists of the Renaissance, and today remains one of the most prolific artistic minds of all time, contributing masterpieces to the fields of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Name a painting, sculpture, or work of architecture created or designed by Michelangelo.

7. William Shakespeare set a number of his plays in what is today Italy, despite there being no evidence that he ever actually visited the country. Two of these works are The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo Juliet. Name one of the 18 characters from either one of these plays that has more than 100 lines, according to

Hint: Bianca, with 69 lines in the The Taming of the Shrew, and Prince, with 75 lines in Romeo Juliet are the first in each play to miss the cutoff.

Nested Bonus: Name the actor/actress that plays your chosen character (or equivalent role) in 1996's Romeo + Juliet or 1999's Ten Things I Hate About You. Since Ten Things I Hate About You is not a direct adaptation, some of these roles do not exist in the film, which is an acceptable answer for the bonus. Additionally, some other roles have been functionally combined, in which case the actor/actress will be considered correct for all possible combined roles.

8. Italy is well known for its passion for the game of soccer, or calcio, as it is known in Italian. This has manifested itself in one of the world's best soccer leagues, Serie A, which has been the top level of Italian soccer since 1929. Like other European leagues, Serie A uses a relegation and promotion system where the bottom three teams at the end of the season are relegated to Serie B for the following season, and the top three teams from Serie B are promoted to Serie A. As a result, the league lineup is different each year. Name one of the 20 teams that is in Serie A for the 2014-15 season.

Bonus: Name one of the three teams that were relegated after the 2013-14 season.

9. Since the end of World War II and the formation of the Italian Republic in 1946, Italy has had 20 regions, which are first-level administrative divisions equivalent to states in the U.S. or provinces in Canada. Name one of Italy's 20 regions. You can give me the name in either English or Italian, but the answers will be grouped together for each region, regardless of language.

Nested Bonus: Name the capital of your region.

10. Since 1947, when the Academy Awards first began recognizing foreign films, Italy has won more Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film than any other country, with 14 victories (including 3 between 1947 and 1955 when the Award was honorary and only given to one film with no other nominees). Name one of these 14 films.

Nested Bonus: Name the director of your film.

11. Italians have also been successful at winning Nobel prizes, as with 20 Nobel laureates, including at least one in every category, Italy has the 10th most of any country. Name one of these 20 Italian Nobel laureates.

Note: Included in this list of 20 are four laureates where Italy is merely noted as their birthplace, but who were living or working elsewhere at the time they were honored, and one laureate who was born in elsewhere but was living and working in Italy at the time of his/her award.

Hint: The years and subject of the 20 laureates are listed below.

Physiology or Medicine - 1906, 1957, 1969, 1975, 1986, 2007
Literature - 1906, 1926, 1934, 1959, 1975, 1997
Peace - 1907
Physics - 1909, 1938, 1959, 1984, 2002
Chemistry - 1963
Economics - 1985

12. The Italian flag, il Tricolore, was first adopted in 1948 and is but one of many tricolor flags currently used by nations around the world. Name one of the 14 UN member countries that have a national flag consisting of three equal vertical stripes in three colors. These 14 flags include ones that both have a symbol or seal in the middle stripe and those that do not.

13. One of Italy's biggest punching bags over the last 20 years has been former Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi, who served three separate terms between 1994 and 2011 and was often in the news for all the wrong reasons, including sexual misconduct, solicitation of minors, ethics violations, corruption charges, Mafia connections, and frequent generally insensitive remarks, among others. He ultimately resigned as prime minister under pressure in 2011, and in 2013 he was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to a four-year prison term (which of course was reduced to one year of community service). But as anyone who watches the news knows, the U.S. has its fair share of corrupt politicians too. Name a U.S. Congressperson, U.S. Senator, or U.S. governor who has resigned from office due to scandal since the seating of the 107th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2001.

Note: Although "scandal" is somewhat subjective, most resignations have a clear cause, and for the purposes of this question I am looking for politicians that had a drug/alcohol/sex/corruption/ethics scandal that led to his or her resignation. Anyone that died in office, was voted out of office, impeached, recalled, or whose term expired, even if in the midst of a scandal, do not count for the purposes of this question. Likewise, those who resigned to take a new job elsewhere, either inside or outside of government, or who resigned for "personal reasons" without an accompanying scandal do not count. I think most cases should be fairly cut and dry, and I will be fairly lenient in judgment of what counts as scandal, but I reserve the right to make all final calls here.

Nested bonus: Name the person who succeeded your answer in office.

14. As a long, fairly narrow peninsula, most points within Italy are not very far from the Mediterranean Sea, which plays an important role in Italian culture. The Mediterranean itself though, can be subdivided into many smaller seas. In fact, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has designated seven smaller seas within the Mediterranean. Additionally, there are at least another nine seas that are not recognized by IHO treaties, but have been commonly referred to in ancient and/or modern times. Because I don't expect you to know the difference between IHO Seas and non-IHO seas, name any one of these 16 constituent seas of the Mediterranean Sea, which is defined as stretching from the Strait of Gibraltar in the west to the Dardanelles in the east, exclusive.

Note: It is possible that there are more than 16, and if you name something that I don't have listed, I will do due diligence to check if this is another non-official, but known sea in this area.

15. I would argue that one of Italy's greatest contributions to the modern world is its cuisine, which is perhaps best encapsulated by pasta, of which there are many varieties. Pictured below are 12 different types of pasta. Identify the Italian name (ie, the name ends in a vowel) for one of these pastas. Please include the letter in your response.

Note: Many pastas look alike and are differentiated only by their size or thickness. I have tried to exclude any pastas like this, as it would be difficult to distinguish them in a photo without scale. You should have all the information you need to definitively identify each pasta.
16. To finish up our tour of Italy, let's take a look at how the modern nation fits into an increasingly interconnected world. In each map below, Italy is one of a set of countries highlighted in blue that all have something in common. Choose one of these maps and identify that commonality. Please include the letter of your choice in your response.

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TD 221, Ryno, Mad Men

Question #1 – Hodgepodge
Answer one of the options below. I need just one. Just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter with your response.

A – This American songbook standard became a #1 hit for The Platters in 1958, and was one of the last songs released by Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead and ice cream fame, before his death in 1995.
B – This 1786 opera buffa composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart continues the plot of the “Barber of Seville” and involves the characters Rosina and Susanna.
C – This current FOX network sitcom stars Zooey Deschanel and Hannah Simone.
D – This manufacturer of women’s underwear, established in 1922, was founded as a rebellion against the designs of the time; and during World War II, produced “pigeon bras” worn by paratroopers.
E – This 1958 film is about the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
F – This 1985 song by German synth-pop band Alphaville, according to lead singer Marian Gold “advertises things money can’t buy: anarchy, freedom, love, fun and a piece of the end of the world.”
G – This 1852 song by Stephen Foster is the official song of the first leg of The Triple Crown in thoroughbred horse racing.
H – This 1855 poem by Robert Browning recalls an ancient city that no longer stands.
I – This section of Disneyland includes the ride Space Mountain.
J – This 1965 board game, marketed to girls ages 6 to 14, involves avoiding the “dud” who is dressed in sloppy attire.
K – This all-female 1970s rock band included members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett.
L – This 1815 battle included Gebhard von Blucher as an army commander.

Bonus: How do all of the answers to the options above relate to the theme of this TD? (-2 points)

Question #2 – Sports Figures
Name of one of the sports figures described below. Again, I just need one, and just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter.

A – This former head coach of the Oakland Raiders is currently the offensive coordinator of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
B – This Australian female sprinter won three gold medals at the 1956 Summer Olympics.
C – This 88 year old golf course architect has designed many notable courses, including Whistling Straits which will serve as the host to the 2015 PGA Championship.
D – This Hall of Fame pitcher with 324 career wins had his number 20 jersey retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
E – This business mogul with an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion owns successful racing teams in the IndyCar series and in NASCAR. He is known by the nickname “The Captain”.
F – This American figure skater won the gold medal for ladies’ singles at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
G – This third baseman was a four time All-Star and played on three consecutive World Series Championship Oakland Athletics teams (1972, 1973 and 1974).
H – This Hall of Fame linebacker played for the New York Giants from 1976 to 1988.
I - Perhaps the most famous roller derby skater of all time, she was known by the nicknames “The Blonde Bomber” and “Golden Girl”.

Bonus 1: How do the all of the answers to the options above relate to the theme of this TD? (-1 point)

Bonus 2: In honor of option “I”; name a 1960s/1970s era easy listening, “folky”, acoustic singer/songwriter, who was known for clever lyrics and an early tragic death, who recorded a song about a female roller derby skater. (Note: There is more than one person who fits this description. I will award -2 points if you name the more famous or well-known singer. I will award -4 points if you name a lesser-known singer.)

Question #3 – Think Different, Think Different
Well, since this game is called “Think Different” and Mad Men deals with advertising, I couldn’t resist this one. Name a celebrity or historical figure who was featured on Apple Inc.’s iconic “Think Different” advertising campaign posters. This includes the original four poster sets produced and released in 1997-1998 as well as the “Educator” set that were produced in 1998. (23 possible answers)

Note: I am not counting figures from posters that were never officially released for various reasons, this includes the “Directors” set as well as the Dalai Lama and Bob Dylan. Also there are a few figures that appear twice, once in the original four released sets plus the “Educator” set. Some posters had two figures pictured together, but please just name one of them.

Question #4 – Mad Men and Books
Mad Men has featured many books, fiction and non-fiction, over the years. The options below refer to books that have either been proximately featured, referenced or appear in the background in a Mad Men episode; or were books that Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner gave to his actresses as assigned reading to prepare for their roles. Same drill as the previous “pick one” questions.

A – This collection of poetry by Frank O’Hara was first published in 1957.
B – This novel by Ira Levin sold over 4 million copies “making it the best-selling horror novel of the 1960s”.
C – This book was an influential 1946 study of Japan by anthropologist Ruth Benedict.
D – This 1963 book by advertising copywriter David Ogilvy was written in the style of advertising copy.
E – The title of this novel by Leon Uris was based off of a 1947 immigration ship.
F – This 1962 book by Helen Gurley Brown sold two million copies in three weeks.
G – This 1963 spy novel by John le Carre was named as one of the 100 All-Time novels by Time magazine.
H – This book was the autobiography of an hotelier who was once married to Zsa Zsa Gabor.
I – This part of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” depicted Hell.
J – This novel released on New Year’s Eve of 1961 was Richard Yates’ debut novel.
K – This high fantasy novel by Lloyd Alexander was a 1966 Newberry Honor book runner-up for distinguished children’s literature.

Question #5 – Cigarette Brands
Mad Men is famous for the heavy amount of smoking on the show and Lucky Strike was the major client of Sterling Cooper for many years. In honor of Mad Men’s association with cigarettes, name one of the top 15 highest selling international brands of cigarettes in 2007, world-wide. (Note: figures based on a company report by Phillip Morris International).

Bonus: What brand of cigarette was supported by a 1960s advertising campaign that featured men and women with black eye sores? (-2 points)

Question #6 – “1984”
Returning to advertising and Apple, the famous Apple Macintosh “1984” ad has long been considered one of the greatest TV ads of all time and a “watershed event” that ushered in the modern Super Bowl ad. After the iconic breaking of Big Brother’s giant screen by a hammer throwing runner there is a final voiceover pitching the product. Name one of the words spoken during this two sentence narration. (19 possible answers)

Note: The word count is based on spelling out dates and years. Make sure to write the word not the number (e.g. “seventeen” not “17”).

Question #7 – Norwegian Americans (Part 1)
Mad Men character Peggy Olsen is of Norwegian descent. Peggy’s father, who passed away when she was 12 years old, was a Lutheran of Norwegian background. So in honor of Peggy, name one of the notable Norwegian Americans described below. Same drill as the previous “pick one” questions.

A – This man who served as the Deputy City Attorney of Oakland, California, from 1920 to 1925, was mentioned by name on billboards throughout the American South.
B – This actress was the lover, from 1989 to 1998, of the new-age musician who composed the theme that is heard during the closing credits of golf tournament broadcasts on CBS.
C – This long time resident of Santa Rosa, California, from 1969 till his death in 2000, was known by the nickname “Sparky”.
D – This man used a line from a Wendy’s commercial during a Presidential debate.
E – This man has a chemical element (chemical element number 103) and an institution located in Livermore, California, named after him.
F – This woman who passed away in 2012 and had a PHD in Physics from Stanford University appeared in a “Touched by an Angel” episode titled “Godspeed”.
G – This man who ran for President of the U.S. on six occasions, made an infamous appearance on the Merv Griffin Show in 1978 to discuss ethnic humor in a manner that would not be considered acceptable by the standards of today.
H – This is the man that wrote the book referenced in Question #4, option “H”.
I – This singer, who was once romantically attached to Mad Men actress January Jones and is now currently dating actress Kat Dennings, has a great grandmother of Norwegian descent.
J – This third generation actress who will star in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie has a grandmother of Norwegian descent.
K – This New Testament scholar has written more than a dozen books about the Historical Jesus.
L – This co-founder of the band Velvet Revolver used to be the drummer for Guns N’ Roses.

Question #8 – Norwegian Americans (Part 2)
Continuing to honor Peggy’s Norwegian heritage, name one of the top 15 states in the U.S. with the highest total population of Norwegian Americans.

Question #9 – Jai Alai Fever
In the Mad Men episode “The Arrangements” from season 3, a character nicknamed “Ho Ho” touts jai alai as a sport that will become more popular than baseball in America. Alas, this prediction did not come to pass, but jai alai has a storied history and originated from the Basque Country autonomous community in Spain. In honor of jai alai, name one of the 17 autonomous communities or 2 autonomous cities in Spain. (19 possible answers)

Bonus: Name a city in Florida that has a professional jai alai fronton (Note: I will award -1 point if you name the major city that holds the busiest, per attendance, jai alai fronton. I will award -3 points if you can name a lesser known city that has a jai alai fronton.)

Question #10 – Governors
Mad Men character Betty’s latest husband is Henry Francis who is an aide to then Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York. In the episode “Tea Leaves” from Season 5, Henry calls Governor George Romney of Michigan a “clown”. In honor of Betty and Henry, name one of the 7 governors of New York that took office after Nelson Rockefeller; or one of the 5 governors of Michigan that took office after George Romney. (12 possible answers)

Question #11 – Jewish Canadians
Mad Men character Michael Ginsberg, copywriter at SCDP, is Jewish. Mad Men character Megan Draper (nee Calvert), Don Draper’s last wife, is Canadian (French Canadian from Quebec specifically). In honor of Michael and Megan, name a notable Jewish Canadian from the options below. Same as drill as the previous “pick one” questions.

A – This actor starred in a popular science-fiction TV series that originally aired from 1978 to 1979.
B – This actor starred in a popular science-fiction TV series that originally aired from 1966 to 1969.
C - This left wing political writer’s latest book is titled “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate”.
D – This hip-hop artist’s latest album “Nothing was the Same” features a depiction of the rapper as a young child on the cover.
E – The mother of a notable American conservative political pundit, she was a long-time journalist and talk show host in Canada.
F – This keyboardist, band leader and TV sidekick had a small role in the film “This is Spinal Tap”.
G – This SCTV alum appeared in all of the “American Pie” movies, including the straight to DVD spin-offs.
H – This TV personality wrote the book “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me”.
I – This actor starred in “Pineapple Express” and “The Green Hornet”.
J – This right winger played for the New York Islanders from 1972 to 1986 and was one of the last NHL players to play without a helmet.
K – This singer from a three man band was ranked as one of the greatest heavy metal vocalists of all time by Hit Parader magazine.

Question #12 – Cigarette Holder Users
One of Man Men character Don Draper’s mistresses from Season 1, Rachel Menken, smoked using a cigarette holder. Another Don Draper mistress, Bobbie Barrett from Season 2, also smoked using a cigarette holder. In honor of Rachel and Bobbie, name one of the notable cigarette holder users (real life figure or fictional character) from one of the options below. Same drill as the previous “pick one” questions.

A – In 1965-66, this writer spent a year inside the Oakland and San Francisco chapters of an organization with its president Ralph “Sonny” Barger in order to write a book expose.
B – This character created by Truman Capote was based on several real-life women according to Capote.
C – This film actress was married to Robert Wagner twice.
D – This man was born on January 30, 1882 in the Hudson Valley.
E – This character has been portrayed by Burgess Meredith and Danny Devito.
F – This woman was not allowed to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, because he was divorced.
G – This British writer named his most famous character after an ornithologist.
H – This woman once said, “I've been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap?”
I – This character ranked 39th on AFI’s list “100 years… 100 Heroes and Villains” had hair that was completely black on one side and completely white on the other side.
J – This writer once had Alan Greenspan as one of her followers.
K – This dramatist played the role of “Slightly” in “Peter Pan” when he was a young man.

Bonus: Name one of the four traditional formal standard lengths of cigarette holders. (-2 points)

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TD 222, StevenH, Worst. TD. Ever.

1. In 2008, Comcast released a list of their picks for the top ten worst reality television show winners of all time. Because of the way that Comcast compiled the list there were actually more than ten people who made it onto the list, and the names of ten of the individuals who were picked are listed below. Pick* any one of the “bad” reality show winners who is listed below AND identify** the reality show that he or she won. *NOTE 1: For this question you must specify which of the ten names you are referring to with your response, and the person and the reality show that they won must match correctly. **NOTE 2: You do NOT have to specify which season or incarnation of the reality show was won by the person; I only need the name of the person (or their letter below) and the name of the television series.

a) Flo Pesenti
b) Ilan Hall
c) Jeffrey Sebelia
d) Kelly Perdew
e) Lukas Rossi
f) Mike “Boogie” Malin
g) Saleisha Stowers
h) Shayne Lamas
i) Taylor Hicks
j) Vecepia Towery

2. Give the name of a sculpture* that was created by Donatello (1386-1466), Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1488), or Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571).** *NOTE 1: Sculptures that have the same title but were sculpted in different materials will count together as one response. **NOTE 2: You do NOT have to specify which sculptor you are referring to with your answer, and titles that were done by more than one of the four sculptors will count together as one response.

3. India has 29 states. Identify a city that serves as the administrative capital* of any one of India’s 29 states. *NOTE: There may be more than one correct answer for each state, and cities that serve as the capitals of the same state will be counted as separate correct responses.

4. Give the title of a short story, novella, or novel that Thomas Pynchon has written.

Bonus 1: Give the title* of any of the stories that appears in the original 2006 version of Tucker Max’s New York Times Best Selling book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. *NOTE: I will be lenient on exact titles and I will even accept just a description of what happened in the story, as long as you’re specific enough with the details.

5. Remember when a low-fat diet was still a thing? Subway currently has 8 sandwiches on its menu that are advertised as 6-inch subs that have 6 grams of fat or less when they are served without cheese in their standard 6-inch versions. Identify* 1 of the 8 Subway sandwiches that, according to Subway’s website, has 6 grams of fat or less when it is served in its standard 6-inch version. *NOTE: For this question you don’t necessarily have to give the exact name of the sandwich as it appears on Subway’s menu; I will accept a more generic name or description of each sandwich by its main ingredient(s) on a case by case basis.

6.Listed in the Google Drive document below are the formulas for seven rules that can be used to find the first derivative of a mathematical expression. Give the common name* for any one of the seven rules that is illustrated in the Google Drive document below AND indicate the letter of the option that you’re referring to with your answer, as they have to match correctly. *NOTE: There may be more than one correct name that can be used for each option, but alternate names for the same option will be scored together. ... sp=sharing

7. Identify* one of the eight economists who wrote one of the works that is listed below. *NOTE: You do NOT have to specify which choice you are referring to with your response.

a) Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
b) The Affluent Society (1958)
c) The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions (1899)
d) Principles of Economics (1890)
e) The High Price of Bullion, a Proof of the Depreciation of Bank Notes (1810)
f) The Condition of the Working Class in England (1844)
g) The Road to Serfdom (1944)
h) The Wealth of Nations (1776)

8. Name a battle that was fought as part of the Napoleonic Wars between 1798 and 1815, inclusive.

Bonus 2: Identify a battle that was fought as part of the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War.

9. No StevenH TD would be complete without an NBA or MLB question, so here is an MLB question: the Mitchell Report, which was released in 2007, was an investigation into the possible use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players. There were a total of 89 active or retired Major League Baseball players who were named in the report. Identify 1 of the 89 Major League Baseball players who was named in the Mitchell Report.

10. Egypt’s New Kingdom period, which covered the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties and lasted from roughly 1550 BC-1069 BC, is often referred to as the period of the “Egyptian Empire.” Name a Pharaoh* who ruled during Egypt’s New Kingdom period. *NOTE: Make sure that you include a number with the name, where appropriate.

11. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains are considered the “Big 4” of the grunge bands who emerged during the 1980s and early 1990s. Name someone who is or was a member of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, or Alice in Chains.

Bonus 3: Listed below are six pairs of albums that were recorded by six music artists who are more or less considered to be “indie.” Select* one of the options below and identify the indie band or singer that recorded that pair of albums. *NOTE: For this question you MUST identify which option you are referring to with your response, and it has to match with the correct artist.

a) Castaways and Cutouts (2002) and Picaresque (2005)
b) Slanted and Enchanted (1992) and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
c) Gallowsbird’s Bark (2003) and Blueberry Boat (2004)
d) 12 (1995) and Neon Golden (2002)
e) Take Offs and Landings (2001) and The Execution of All Things (2002)
f) Either/Or (1997) and Figure 8 (2000)

Tiebreaker 1: Name one of the novels that is considered to be one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese Literature.

Tiebreaker 2: Name one of the four U.S. states that is part of the Four Corners Monument.

12. How Green Was My Valley winning the Academy Award for Outstanding Motion Picture at the 1941 Academy Awards (held in 1942) and Forrest Gump winning the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1994 Academy Awards (held in 1995) are often considered to be two of the worst choices for the “Best Picture” Oscar winner in the history of the Academy Awards. Name 1 of the 13 films that was nominated for but lost the “Best Picture” Academy Award to either How Green Was My Valley or Forrest Gump.

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TD 223, nightreign, Harry Potter

1. Match one of the 10 chapter titles below to the book it was in. You must specify which title you’re using.
a. Dumbledore’s Army
b. Grim Defeat
c. The Lion and the Serpent
d. The Midnight Duel
e. Mudbloods and Murmurs
f. The Patronus
g. The Portkey
h. The Seven Potters
i. Through the Trapdoor
j. The Unbreakable Vow

2. Name someone on the Gryffindor Quidditch team during Harry’s years at Hogwarts. This can be anyone who was on the team at any time, for any reason, while Harry was there.

3. Match one of the following characters to his/her Hogwarts house. You must specify which character you are picking.
a. Hannah Abbott
b. Colin Creevey
c. Filius Flitwick
d. Hermione Granger
e. Luna Lovegood
f. Draco Malfoy
g. Minerva McGonagall
h. Cormac McLaggen
i. Pansy Parkinson
j. Nymphadora Tonks
Source: Harry Potter Wiki

4. Name one of the 13 characters who appeared in all eight films. (HINT: Minerva McGonagall, Argus Filch, Gregory Goyle, Dean Thomas, and Filius Flitwick appeared in every film except Deathly Hallows: Part I, and are therefore not valid answers.)
NESTED BONUS: Name the actor who played your character.
Source: Wikipedia

5. Name a student in Dumbledore’s Army in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Source: Harry Potter Wiki

6. Name a teacher at Hogwarts and the subject they taught. Any teacher that taught during Harry’s time at Hogwarts counts. If the same teacher taught multiple subjects, each subject they taught counts as a different answer.

7. Name either a Triwizard Tournament champion (someone whose name came out of the Goblet of Fire) or a task in the Triwizard Tournament. The tasks are not officially named, so any description is fine so long as I can tell you know what you’re talking about.

8. Name a character who died in one of the seven books. (Characters who died before the books started, but whose death is mentioned, do not count.)

9. Perform a spell and tell me what it does. If you spell it wrong, you’ll get one point added to your score.

10. Name a Marauder (real names and Marauder names are different answers) or someone who as in possession of the Marauder’s Map at any point.

11. Name one of the Horcruxes.
NESTED BONUS: How was it destroyed?

12. Name a pureblood witch or wizard. Pureblood means that both their parents were wizards, and that neither were muggleborn. This can include characters who died before the beginning of the series.

13. Name someone who worked at the Ministry of Magic at any point. Characters who were said by JK Rowling to have received a job there after the books end do not count.

14. Name one of the wand woods or one of the wand cores used in Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

BONUS: Put the movies in order of how much they grossed worldwide, highest to lowest. One point off for every correct placement.
Source: Wikipedia

BONUS: Seven is used as a magic number throughout the books. Name one thing that comes in sevens in the series.
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TD 224, hscer, Airplane!

1. Name a first-billed cast member, or one of the directors, of the 1980 spoof Airplane!

This question has 17 answers. There are 11 actors, 1 "actor" (and I don't mean the person who played Murdock), 3 actresses, and 3 directors. One of the directors was also a first-billed cast member, hence 17 possible answers, not 18. None of the 17 correct answers are Ethel Merman or Howard Jarvis.

2. The opening sequence before the title credits is a parody of the 1975 film Jaws, which grossed $470 million (unadjusted) on a budget of $9 million. Adjusted for inflation, Jaws is still the 7th highest grossing film of all time in North America. But that's not important right now.

In 2003, the American Film Institute ranked the shark in Jaws as the 18th greatest movie villain of all time. Name one of the 17 ranked above it. Below is the list of films from which the 17 correct answers come. This is just for your assistance; you do not need to match the villain with the film.

2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Chinatown, A Clockwork Orange, Double Indemnity, The Empire Strikes Back, The Exorcist, Fatal Attraction, The Godfather Part II, It’s a Wonderful Life, Misery, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Psycho, Schindler’s List, The Silence of the Lambs, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Wizard of Oz

3. The protagonist of the film fought in "the war," but which war is never identified by name.

Name a country on which the U.S. has formally declared war as well as the war in which it occurred. Each combination is a separate answer. (11 answers)

The U.S. has declared war in 5 different conflicts. In three of the five, the U.S. declared war on exactly one country. Only one country has formally been at war with the U.S. in multiple conflicts.

4. "I haven't felt this awful since we saw that Ronald Reagan film."

Name any full-length feature film in which Ronald Reagan was credited as an actor. (53 answers)

5. "He's alive but unconscious."
"Just like Gerald Ford."

Gerald Ford, despite having been a great collegiate athlete, got a reputation for being clumsy, hence the joke. While the reputation wasn't entirely unearned, it was aided by an impression done by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live. But that's not important right now.

Ford was appointed Vice President and assumed the office of President, having been elected to neither. Name a person who was elected at least once to BOTH offices, President and Vice President. (8 answers)

6. "Now pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota, Mota, Mota, Mota..."

Pedro Borbon was an MLB pitcher from 1969-80, and Manny Mota a position player from 1962-82. They were never teammates. Only Mota ever made an All Star Game, representing the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League in 1973.

Name a position player or pitcher to represent the National League in the 1973 All Star Game. This means they were on the roster, not necessarily that they played. (30 answers)

7. "It was a rough place, the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It was worse than Detroit."

In 1980, when the film came out, still only 5 U.S. cities were larger than Detroit, but even back then it did not have exactly have a great reputation. By the 2010 census, the number of larger U.S. cities had increased to 17.

Name a city larger than Detroit in the 2010 U.S. Census. The Census counts population within the city limits, not metropolitan area. (17 answers)

The largest city still smaller than Detroit as of the 2010 census was El Paso, Texas.

8. "He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air...Yes, birds too."

Name the state bird of one of these states or groups of states. Provide the letter and the bird in your answer. You don't need to give the exact species (i.e. if "Southwestern Crow" were an answer, just "crow" would be accepted). (12 answers)

A. Illinois, Ohio, Virginia
B. Arkansas, Florida, Texas
C. Connecticut, Michigan, Wisconsin
D. Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon
E. Maine, Massachusetts
F. Missouri, New York
G. Hawaii
H. Louisiana
I. Minnesota
J. New Mexico
K. Delaware
L. Maryland

9. "What do you make of this?"
"This? Well, I can make a brooch. Or a hat. Or a pterodactyl."

The pterodactyl never appeared on screen in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, even though it did live during the Late Jurassic. In fact, only two of the seven dinosaurs in the movie lived in the Jurassic period.

But maybe you'd prefer to make a hat. You have two options on this question:

Name any dinosaur (from any period) to be depicted on screen in Jurassic Park. One dinosaur's name appears but the creature itself is not depicted; this is NOT a correct answer. (7 answers)


Identify the hat described below. Provide the letter and the name of the hat if you choose one of these. (7 answers)

A. A light cotton cap with a rounded crown and stiff bill
B. The name of this often brimless hat, popular in the 1920s, is French for "bell", after the shape of the hat
C. Red felt hat in the shape of a truncated cone, popular in Arab-speaking countries
D. A rounded, ridged hat commonly found in workplace environments to protect the head from injury
E. A straw hat which actually originated in Ecuador
F. Distinctive hat worn by Catholic and Orthodox bishops, including the Pope
G. Brimless, short, round hat worn by many in Africa and of African origin

(Obviously, a total of 14 possible answers here.)

10. "This is WZAZ in Chicago, where disco lives forever!"

And the plane promptly destroys the radio station's tower. (Get it?) Disco was pretty dead by 1980, but not before the soundtrack to the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever, which starred John Travolta, became a smash hit.

Name a track on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. (17 answers)

11. "I need the best man on this, someone who knows that plane inside and out and won't crack under pressure."
"How about Mister Rogers?"

Air traffic control ends up going with Kramer instead, but Fred Rogers was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2002. President Bush awarded 82 of them total, beginning with 12 on July 9, 2002. Name one, also picking the letter below which corresponds to their claim to fame.

A. Former Braves outfielder and all-time home run leader as of 2002
B. Stand-up comedian and TV star, especially as Cliff Huxtable from 1984-92
C. One of the Three Tenors (not Carreras or Pavarotti)
D. Austrian-born management consultant, educator, and author who invented "management by objectives"
E. She was publisher of the Washington Post formally from 1969-79 and de facto from 1963-2001
F. American physician who helped the cause of eradicating smallpox in the 1960s (currently a professor at the U. of Pittsburgh)
G. "Godfather of Neoconservatism" and father of the editor of The Weekly Standard
H. President of South Africa from 1994-99
I. Intel co-founder whose "Law" indicates computer power doubles roughly every two years
J. First Lady from 1981-89
K. Hosted children's TV program of eponymous "Neighborhood" from 1968-2001
L. 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times executive editor from 1977-88

12. "No, we can't do that, the risk of a flame-out is too great. Keep 'em at 24,000...No, feet."

There's really no way to know what the person on the other end of the phone thought Kramer meant. I doubt it was the metric system, but that's not important right now.

Give a prefix of the metric system meaning one of the factors below. No need to match it with its definition.

10^12, 10^9, 10^6, 10^3, 10^2, 10^-1, 10^-2, 10^-3, 10^-6, 10^-9, 10^-12

(11 answers)

13. "Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes."

Name a Tour de France winner since 1990, regardless of whether his championship is now forfeited. (12 answers)

The same cyclist won in 1989 and 1990 (obviously making him a correct answer).

14. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit..."

Name one of the four things McCroskey picked the wrong week to quit in the movie. Or, if you don't know those: name a day of the French or German. Each day of the week in each language is a separate answer. (18 total answers)

15. "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

You didn't think I'd skip these last two quotes, did you!?

Give the surname of one of these famous people who ARE (or were) named Shirley. Please provide the letter and the surname. (11 answers)

A. Won 1960 Best Supporting Actress for Elmer Gantry; also appeared in film versions of Oklahoma! and Carousel
B. Won 1983 Best Actress for Terms of Endearment; older sister of Warren Beatty
C. Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court passed over for the U.S. court in favor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
D. Welsh singer who sang the themes of 3 James Bond films (Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, Moonraker)
E. Child actress who later became a U.S. ambassador (appointed by...Gerald Ford, of course)
F. First African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, she later ran for President in 1972
G. Swedish singer of "Med hjärtat fyllt av ljus" and 2-time Melodifestivalen finalist
H. U.S. Department of Agriculture employee controversially fired in 2010 after edited speech to NAACP leaked by Andrew Breitbart
I. Washington Post sports columnist from 1933-98
J. Baroness of Crosby and one of the SDP-founding "Gang of Four"
K. Scottish singer, lead vocalist of the band Garbage
L. Are You Being Served? character portrayed by Wendy Richard (the only fictional character on this question)

Bonus Questions!
Each is worth -1 point, with no penalty for incorrect answers.
1. In Airplane!, the actress famous for her role as June Cleaver on Leave It To Beaver portrayed a woman fluent in what language?
2. The dinner options on the flight in Airplane! were steak and fish. What did Doctor Rumack have?
3. The plot of Airplane! is mostly lifted from what serious 1957 film, with many quotes in the former lifted directly from the latter?

Smoking or non-smoking?
Smoking, please.

How about some coffee, Johnny?
No thanks!

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TD 225, Lumosityfan, Will You Sheep Out?

(Note: This quiz is a Think Same rather than a Think Different.)

1. Name a state of the United States.
2. Name a country of the world in the UN as of January 5, 2015.
3. Name a World Series champion.
4. Name a men's singles Grand Slam winner in the Open era (French Open 1968 to US Open 2014).
5. Name a winner of the Oscar for Best Picture.
6. Name a play of Shakespeare.
7. Name a planet of the Solar System.
8. Name an astronaut who has gone into space in a Mercury, Gemini, or Apollo mission.
9. Name a Jeopardy! superchampion.
10. Name an emperor of the Roman Empire.
11. Name a king/queen of England after 1070.
12. Name a book of the Bible.
13. Name a track-and-field event in the Olympics for 2012.
14. Name a Nobel Prize for Physics winner.
15. Name a host of the Today show.

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TD 226, dnbguy, 2014 in Review

1. In the summer of 2014, thousands of people participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge. This album contains photos of 10 famous people immediately post soaking. Identify one of them.

2. Name a movie released in 2014 that made at least $150 million at the US domestic box office as of January 11, 2015 according to Box Office Mojo. There are 19 answers to this question. The 20th highest grossing movie, Ride Along, made $135 million. Among movies that haven’t made $150 million yet but are still in theaters, Into the Woods has made the most, with $105 million.

3. Name one of the 36 US senators elected on or after November 4, 2014. They come from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma (x2), Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina (x2), South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.

4. Pick one of the following events, and identify the month in which it occurred. Note that you must provide the letter you choose with your answer:
A. By a 55% - 45% vote, Scotland decides to remain a part of the United Kingdom.
B. Germany defeats Argentina in the FIFA Men's World Cup Final.
C. The United States announces it will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
D. Stanislas Wawrinka wins his first Grand Slam championship, the Australian Open.
E. Dilma Rousseff is re-elected as President of Brazil.
F. Mo'ne Davis pitches a shutout at the Little League World Series.
G. The final episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs.
H. Magnus Carlsen wins the World Chess Championship, defeating Viswanathan Anand.
I. Meb Keflezighi becomes the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.
5. Identify one of the following people who passed away during 2014:
* Prime Minister of Israel from 2001 - 2006
* Comedian who portrayed Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting and the Genie in Aladdin
* Author and poet whose works include "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
* Actress whose first film role was as the female lead in To Have and Have Not
* Comedienne, most recently co-host of Fashion Police on E!
* Author whose works include "100 Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera"
* Senator from Tennessee who served as Senate Majority Leader from 1981 - 1985
* Child star who later in life served as US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 - 1992
* Host of American Top 40 from 1970 - 2009
6. Name one of the sports teams that participated in one of the following games: the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, Super Bowl 48, the 2014 Men's Basketball NCAA Division 1 National Championship, the 2014 NBA Finals, the 2014 NHL Finals, and the 2014 World Series.

7. Name one of the top 15 songs on the 2014 Billboard Year End Hot 100 chart. To help, I've included some lyrics from each song below:
* Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
* Are you ready for, ready for, a perfect storm, perfect storm
* Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections
* I'm in the fast lane from L.A. to Tokyo
* Lately I've been, I've been losing sleep, dreaming about the things that we could be
* Been around the world, don't speak the language, but your booty don't need explaining
* Marry that girl, marry her anyway, marry that girl, yeah no matter what you say
* 'Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
* Head in the clouds got no weight on my shoulders
* Why am I so emotional? No, it's not a good look, gain some self-control
* Let's make a night you won't remember, I'll be the one you won't forget
* But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing's changed at all?
* 'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
* If one thing I know, I'll fall but I'll grow
* Fire up loud, another round of shots!
8. Identify one of the 12 people who are at least partially visible in this photo.

9. Potpourri! Identify one of the following:
* Game developed by Dong Nguyen that was voluntarily removed from the iTunes App Store and Google Play in February 2014
* Former Missouri Tiger and seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams who became the first openly gay player in the NFL
* European Space Agency spacecraft that landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (either the spacecraft or the lander)
* Americans who won the gold medal in Ice Dancing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi (both are needed)
* Chinese company founded by Jack Ma whose $25 billion IPO was the largest in the world
* 17-year-old Pakistani education activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
* Prime Minister of India, inaugurated in May 2014
* Movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that was released online on December 24, and in limited release on December 25
* Transportation/taxi company that has attracted criticism for its "surge" pricing algorithm
10. Finally, 2014 was the year of Arthur Chu and Julia Collins. Below are all the Final Jeopardy questions that either Arthur Collins or Julia Chu got correct during Season 30. Give the correct response to one of them. YOU MUST ANSWER IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION!
o LITERARY QUOTES: A maxim of Ayn Rand was "Man's ego is" this "of human progress"
o CAPITAL CITIES: One of the 2 world capitals that end in the letter "Z"; one is in Europe & one in the Americas
o BUSINESS: "The Everything Store" is a book about this company that in 2012 was home to 1% of all North American Internet traffic
o LANDMARKS: From 1936 to 1987, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power helped operate this facility in another state
o MODERN DAY SUFFIXES: Dating from 1973, this 4-letter suffix indicates a person or thing that has become associated with public scandal
o NOVEL TITLES: The title of this 1951 novel comes from the hero's fantasy of rescuing children falling from a cliff
o HISTORIC GROUPS: With fewer than 10 member cities in attendance, this association based in Lubeck held its last assembly in 1669
o BASEBALL: Vine Line is the official magazine of this Major League Baseball team
o HOLIDAYS IN OTHER COUNTRIES: William Tubman's nearly 3 decades of leadership is celebrated on his birthday, November 29, in this country
o COMPUTERS: The creator of this computer command called it "a 5-minute job"; in 2013 Bill Gates called it "a mistake"
o NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING AUTHORS: Due to injuries suffered in 2 plane crashes in Africa, he was unable to accept his 1954 Nobel Prize in person
o ALBUM COVERS: This band used a picture of the Hindenburg disaster on the cover of its eponymous debut album
o U.S. STATES: Other than Q, these 2 letters appear the least in the names of states, each appearing only once
o BUSINESS HISTORY: In 1945 this product added a plaid design to its "snail" dispenser
o TECHNOLOGY: When Apple sued for iPad patent infringement, Samsung cited this 1968 movie as the originator of the design
o THE 1960s: In his last speech, he mentioned local newsmakers of the day, including his friend Cesar Chavez & Don Drysdale
o 20th CENTURY PLAY TITLES: This play's title comes from the name of a Greek king said to have carved a statue of a woman & fallen in love with it
o OPERA: In a bit of foreshadowing, the title character's dad has committed suicide before the action of this 1904 opera
o 19th CENTURY POLITICS: A Senate seat from this Southern state sat vacant for 4 years; when it was filled, its ex-occupant had become U.S. President
BONUS: Identify the singer who performed "Let It Go" at the 2014 Academy Awards, as her name was mis-pronounced by John Travolta. (-2 points for the Travolta version; -1 for her real name. Don't worry too much about spelling!)

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TD 227, goatman, Heavenly Bodies

1. Easy warm-up on 8 major planets of our solar system, which are named for archaic deities. Provide a response to ONE of the clues below, WITH letter:

a. Smallest major planet of the solar system, since Pluto was demoted (is that a kind of 'promotion'?!); named for the messenger of the gods.
b. 'Sister' planet to Earth, AKA the Morning and the Evening 'Star', named for Roman goddess of love, all its features are named for ladies.
c. Name the only planet other than Earth not named for a Roman God or Goddess; it is named for Greek Titan, son of Chronos and Gaia.
d. Planet with a high concentration of methane in its atmosphere, giving it a bright green hue; it's also the only planet to have its axis tilted nearly perpendicular to the ecliptic, maybe it got 'knocked on it's side'?
e. Name a major planet with only two moons, named 'Fear' and 'Terror,' it's appropriately named for a 'warlike' deity.
f. It's the largest planet of the solar system, has a Great Red Spot, and is also the planet with the most moons (64 and counting), by Jove!
g. Seasons on this planet named for the Roman God of Agriculture last 21 years; it changes color from a drab orange in summer to a cool pale blue-gray in winter and has large, pretty rings!
h. This smallest of the gas giants is named for the Roman God of the Sea, it has a rocky core and a dark blue hue with a vanishing Great Dark Spot and very narrow rings, which are really visible only when viewed from behind!
i. The word 'planet' comes from the Greek "aster planetes," meaning this:

2. Many dwarf planets are now known, one in the asteroid belt and many new ones discovered in Trans-Neptunian orbits. The general term 'Plutino' has become popular in describing these small worlds. Name ONE of the following:

a. Dwarf Planet named for Roman God of the underworld, the original 'Plutino,' demoted from full planetary status in 2006.
b. Asteroid, AKA 'minor planet' named for Roman Queen of the Gods, not quite qualified to be a dwarf planet; also the name of a spacecraft headed for Jupiter, arriving in 2016.
c. Asteroid or minor planet named for Roman Goddess of the Hearth, also didn't quite make the cut for dwarf designation.
d. Dwarf Planet named for Roman Goddess of discord, formerly nicknamed 'Xena' for the warrior princess; the largest known dwarf planet.
e. Dwarf Planet named for Roman Goddess of fertility, the largest world in the asteroid belt, previously a 'super-asteroid.'
f. Dwarf Planet named for Goddess of fertility of the Rapanui people of Easter Island, because of its discovery on Easter: it's name sounds like "do-do."
g. Technically a moon, this dwarf planetoid is known as the 'anti-Pluto' and is locked in resonant orbit with its master in a binary planetary system.
h. Dwarf Planet named for Etruscan God of the Underworld, homonymous with a resort island in Puget Sound, where the discoverer likes to vacation; it has a tiny moon named 'Vanth.'
i. Dwarf Planet named for Matron goddess of Hawaii, it has two moons named Hi'iaka and Namaka, her daughters.
j. Dwarf Planet originally known only as TNO 90377, now named for an Inuit goddess of the Sea; she lives at the bottom of the frozen Arctic ocean, how apropos, considering this world is the farthest known TNO wandering in the frozen wastes of interstellar space, its orbit spans 942 Astronomical Units from the Sun, over 60 times farther out than Neptune!

3. The moons of the major planets also have fascinating appellations; name ONE of the following about Jupiter's moons:

a. Metis, Adrastaea and Thebe are tiny satellites that maintain Jupiter's narrow ring system by 'herding' ice particles in orbit with their tiny gravity, giving rise to this pastoral name for moons that 'guide' and 'watch over' their 'flocks' of particles:
b. Name the Jovian moon named for a girl who was turned into a Heifer by Zeus to hide her from a very angry, jealous Hera.
c. Name the Jovian moon named for a girl who was abducted (that word again!) by Zeus, who transformed himself into a bull to escape Hera's wrath. (Recently featured in an art category where she is shown riding his back crossing a river with Hera in hot pursuit, by Raphael!)
d. Name the Jovian moon named for a girl who was Zeus' secret lover and nymph of Artemis, it is the farthest out of the large Jovian moons in its orbit.
e. Name the Jovian moon named for a boy who was abducted by Zeus; the largest of the moons, it's larger than the smallest major planet!
f. Name the Jovian moon named for the she-goat who suckled Zeus while his mother hid him from his father Cronus, it's the 5th largest moon of Jupiter, discovered in 1892 by Barnard.
g. This comet, consisting of at least '9' separate bodies, missed becoming moons and fell into Jupiter in 1994 making a titanic splash, name it:

4. The Moons of Saturn are even more fun for the whole family:

a. Name the largest moon of Saturn; it is the second largest moon of all the solar system's moons, it's name sounds like an ancient god.
b. Saturn's moon Mimas is named for a Titan Giant slain by Ares using red-hot projectiles from Hephaestus' forge, it is nicknamed for "this evil Imperial battle station" because of it's large, characteristic crater spanning over 80 miles (130km), about 1/3 of the tiny moon's diameter (Quote: "Head for that small moon!" "Umm... that's not a moon, Han...") ->name the battlestation!
c. This moon of Saturn has an icy crust and active ice geysers spray water ice into its thin icy atmosphere, it is apparently is formed almost entirely of water ice.
d. This moon of Saturn named for Cronus' wife and mother of Zeus, it sounds like a flightless South American bird, and is spelled the same too!
e. Features on the surface of Saturn's moon Iapetus are named for places and characters in the Song of 'this' Paladin of Charlemagne; e.g.; Roncevaux Terra: name the Paladin.
f. Moon of Saturn named after an Ocean Goddess, a Titan goddess of Greek Mythology who also had a primordial sea named for her, which divided the continents Gondwana and Laurasia and covered much of what is now the Sahara.
g. Moon of Saturn named for a Titan goddess of the Moon, she sounds like a character from 'Friends,' but she is not Monica or Rachel.
h. Moon of Saturn named for a Titan meaning, 'watchful,' he was Chronus' elder brother; its also the name of a Longfellow novel and a Keats poem.

5. Persons who discovered the planets and their moons have taken their place in history as famous pioneers. Name ONE of the following with letter:

a. Discovered the four large moons of Jupiter using a homebuilt telescope based on design published by Hans Lippershey: First person to discover moons orbiting another world, on the evening of 7 Jan 1610 he found "three fixed stars, totally invisible by their smallness", circling Jupiter, which he showed to be in orbit by their changing position over subsequent observations: name this "Father of Modern Science."
b. Dutch discoverer of the largest moon of Saturn in 1655 using his own telescope design; a spacecraft probe that landed on Saturn's largest moon in Jan 2005 is named after him.
c. Discovered four additional Saturnian satellites bewtween 1671-84 that he wanted to call Siderea Lodoicea after King Louis XIV, his sponsor, fortunately that didn't catch on; the spacecraft sent to Saturn in 1997, arriving in 2004 is named for him, as well as the large Division in Saturn's rings.
d. Discovered two additional satellites of Saturn in 1789 after he discovered Uranus, 1781; wanted to call it "Georgium Sidus," fortunately that was also disapproved; he also discovered the two largest moons orbiting Uranus and was knighted for all the above, becoming Astronomer Royal.
e. Berlin astronomer who discovered Neptune in 1846 based on mathematical predictions of LeVerrier and Adams, who share credit for his discovery.
f. Discovered largest moon of Neptune 1846 just a few days after the planet's discovery, as well as third and fourth largest moons of Uranus. You could say he 'lassooed those moon ponies!'
g. Discovered Pluto in 1930 while working as an assistant to 'real' astronomers; the PL in Pluto may be in recognition of his boss, Percival Lowell. IMHO they shoulda called it "Cluto!"
h. Discovered five dwarf planets between 2002-2011 with his Caltech group, name the author of: "How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming."
i. Scientist- PR man who selflessly promoted scientific learning and understanding, designed the "Adam & Eve" plaque on Pioneer 10 & 11 and author of Contact, made into a film starring Jodi Foster and Matthew McConaughey in 1997, and Cosmos; his memorable quote: "billions and billions" (not Ray Kroc!); he passed away in 1996 without having seen his film.

6.Moons of Uranus are named for characters in plays and poems, always great DD and FJ fodder; name ONE of the following (I spared you the pain of choosing from among all 27 known Uranian moons!):

a. Alexander Pope wrote "The Rape of The Lock", from which two moons of Uranus are named, name either.
b. Shakespeare wrote "A Midsummer NIght's Dream," its characters names are the source for many moons of Uranus, name one.
c. Name the only Uranian moon whose name is shared by a character in both the above plays!
d. Name the Uranian moons named for character in Midsummer Night's Dream known as Robin Goodfellow (sounds like a hockey player!).
e. This daughter of Prospero, the magician in The Tempest is the namesake of a Uranian moon, name her/it.
f. The two largest moons of Uranus were named for faeries in Midsummer Night's Dream by the same astronomer who discovered the planet, name both.
g. This youngest and truest daughter of King Lear has a Uranian moon named for her (She replied to her father; “Nothing, my lord.” (1.1.86). She continued, “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave / My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty / According to my bond; no more nor less.”
h. This moon is named for Hamlet's love, for whom her brother Laertes; "Forbid my tears, for she has had too much of water already.":
i. This moon of Uranus is named for the poor, dumb, monstrous brute that Prospero had to do his bidding:
j. This Uranian moon is named for Kate's sister in The Taming of the Shrew, she was the sweetie-pie of their household:
k. Uranian moon named for Othello's unfortunate wife, whom he; "Loved not wisely, but too well."
l. Uranian moon named for girl who played a lawyer in The Merchant of Venice, she said; "The Quality of Mercy is not strained, it droppeth from Heaven like the gentle rain upon the place beneath, and is twice blessed, for it blesseth both him that receives, and him that gives it."
m. Uranian moon named for girl who gets lost in the Forest of Arden in As You Like It, and meets up with Jacques, a dour fellow who considers 'all the world a stage, and the men and women in it merely players; they have their entrances, and exits."
n. Uranian moon named for a poor little royal waif who gets 'lost' in The Winter's Tale and spends 16 years separated from her mother Queen Hermione (shades of Sleeping Beauty here, eh?):
o. Uranian moon named for a mischievious winged spite with bow & arrow who puts Timon of Athens at risk for venereal disease:
p. Uranian moon named for Romeo's love:
q. Uranian moon named for Troilus' love:

7. Moons of Neptune are named for sea-gods and goddesses, and make great DD fodder:

a. Name the largest moon of Neptune, the only large solar system moon which has both retrograde rotation and retrograde orbit, it must eventually fall into the planet from tidal forces or be torn to pieces, forming new rings, so it was almost certainly a dwarf planet that 'wandered' too close and was captured.
b. Five Neptunian moons are named for sea nymphs; name Neptune's second largest moon, the largest of the 'nymph-named' moons:
c. He discovered Neptune's second largest moon above in 1949; objects beyond Neptune are said to be in this 'Belt' named for Gerald_________(NOT "asteroid," please!).
d. This 6th largest moon of Neptune is named for a statue that Pygmalion so loved, Aphrodite brought her to life (Not Eliza Doolitte!); name the statue/moon:
e. Larissa was discovered in 1981 during occultation of Neptune's rings, making it faintly visible; Despina and Thalassa are 'nymphs' and names of small moons discovered in the flyby of this spacecraft in 1989. (Specify both spacecraft name and number designation, please!)
f. This smallest, innermost moon was also discovered in 1989; it's name means "shape-changer."
g. Name of a tiny 'nymph' moon discovered in 1989, which is eponymous with Havana-Key West swimmer Diana______; perhaps she is a nymph of Artemis?! (No penalty for spelling!)

8. Beyond our solar system are countless "Billions and Billions" of stars. Give the proper name one of the following bright spots' nicknamed:

a. The Dog Star
b. The Little Dog Star, its name means 'before the dog'
c. The bright blue-white giant that makes Orion's left foot
d. The Supergiant red star that makes Orion's right shoulder
e. Our nearest neighboring star (two acceptable responses, depending on source)
f. The North Star
g. Brightest star in Constellation Cygnus, its name means 'tail' in Arabic
h. Brightest star in Constellation Aquila, its' name means 'flying eagle'
i. Brightest star in Constellation Lyra, it has been the North Pole Star, and in about 13k years will be again:
j. These 'seven sisters' appear in Taurus.
k. These cousins of the seven sisters, the 'five sisters,' also appear in Taurus.
l. This bright red supergiant in Taurus is often confused with similar-sounding Alderaan, the homeworld of Princess Leia!
m. Brightest star in Leo, it's name sounds quite 'regular'!
n. This variable star in Perseus means 'Gorgon' or 'Ghoul' in Arabic.
o. This bright double star in the handle of the Big Dipper, in the middle of the handle, is actually two binary systems, or a quadruple system of four stars; its name means belt or girdle in Arabic; the ability to distinguish a binary star was used as a vision test for acuity in ancient times.
p. Millions and millions of stars taken together form galaxies, a word originating from the Greek, "Galaxias" meaning this:

9. Stars make up constellations, some of which reoccur on J! with great regularity. Name ONE of the following (Please carefully recall that Zodiac names are similar, but NOT the same spelling or pronunciation as constellations, e.g; certain Zodiac signs end in "-io" while their constellation names end in "-us," negbait pitfall, look out!):

a. Constellation named for a hunter, he holds a club in one hand and a sword in his belt
b. Constellation named for the hunter's dogs (two possible)
c. Constellation named for the hunter's quarry, a rabbit
d. Constellation named for a girl who was chained to a rock, also the name of a galaxy in our Local Group headed for a direct collision in ~4B years
e. Constellation named for the guy who saved the girl chained to the rock
f. Constellation named for the horse that the guy who saved the girl rode in on
g. Constellation named for the vain queen mother of the girl chained to the rock. who boasted of the girl's beauty and angered the gods, bad move!
h. Constellation named for the husband of the mother of the girl chained to the rock, he was King of Aethiopia
i. Constellation named for a swan
j. Constellation named for an eagle
k. Constellation named for a goat
l. Constellation named for a bull
m. Constellation named for an archer
n. Constellation named for an arrow (similar to (k) but not equivalent!)
o. Constellation named for a bear (two possible)
p. Constellation named for a virtuous maiden
q. Constellation named for a balance scale

10. Astrology, which is superstition is commonly inappropriately associated with and confused with astronomy, which is science, are hopelessly jumbled into each other in television game shows and popular culture; name ONE Zodiac sign constellation from its meaning below, with letter:

a. The Goat
b. The Water-Bearer
c. The Fish
d. The Ram
e. The Bull
f. The Twins
g. The Crab
h. The Lion
i. The Maiden
j. The scales
k. The scorpion
l. The archer

11. Potpourri:
a. Moons with names meaning 'Fear' and 'Terror' were referenced in clue above. Name both!
b. Name both major planets that have no known moons.
c. This moon of the dwarf planet formerly named 'Xena' is named for a minor goddess of chaos, her name means "bad memory." Formerly named "Gabrielle," it Is actually the 3rd largest dwarf planet, in another binary planetary system.
d. Element named for Earth's moon Goddess (not Lunarium, lol!).
e. Only five planets were known to the ancients; name the most distant planet visible as a 'star' to the naked eye.
f. Name both planets with a retrograde rotation (turns clockwise when viewed from north, above ecliptic plane).
g. Name both Mars rovers that explored two different sites from 2003 - 2011, when contact was lost with one rover (the other continues to operate today!).
h. "Heavenly body" that played Terpsichore in "Down to Earth," born Margarita Carmen Cansino.
i. "Heavenly body" known as the original 'blonde bombshell,' born Harlean Carpenter.
j. "Heavenly Body" known as the "Working Man's Monroe," born Vera Jayne Palmer.
k. "Heavenly Body" known as the first cover girl on Playboy magazine, nee Norma Jean Mortenson.
l. "Heavenly Body" known for her namesake life vest.
m. "Heavenly Body" known for her film; "And God Created Woman" and French activism in women's rights, more famous for her St. Tropez tan.
n. "Heavenly Body" known for her roles opposite Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" 1954 and Cary Grant in "North By Northwest" 1959.
o. "Heavenly Body" known for her roles in Hitchcock films 'Dial M for Murder' and 'Rear Window' and marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

BONUS ROUND: You may respond to any or all of the following in an attempt to reduce your score; there is no penalty for guessing incorrectly! Theoretically you could win with a minimum perfect score of zero (there are 11 questions, with one Drop, and 8 choices, three of which are two-pointers)!

a. Name the spacecraft sent to Venus in 2004 that was made of spare parts, and named for the explorer, whose ship was first to circumnavigate the Earth (he didn't make it!); for a bonus bonus point, name the spacecraft sent to Mercury in 2004, whose name is an acronym derived from Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging, how appropriate!
b. Spacecraft Pathfinder's robotic rover sent to explore Mars in 1997 was named for an African-American women's rights activist, name the rover:
c. Farthest man-made object from Earth, it overtook Pioneer 11, the 'little spacecraft that could' and crossed the heliopause in 2012, an historic first:
d. Rosetta, the ESA spacecraft mission to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko ("Chury") dropped this probe onto the surface in 2014, the first ever to land on a comet; name the lander:
e. This spacecraft will arrive at Pluto in July and will be the first to ever visit a dwarf planet after a nine years' voyage, name the spacecraft (as in J!, will be wrong if improper number singular/plural!):
f. The Paladin of Charlemagne that took one for the team at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass was famed for carrying a named sword and a horn that when blown, sounded like trumpeting from a large land animal (legend has it that he burst his temple from the force of blowing it when overrun); name either for one point less, or both for two! If you can remember his horse's name I'll go still one better, or if not, then feel free to guess at its meaning for a tiebreaker!
g. Name the giant crater in Saturn's moon Mimas; it is named after the moon's discoverer, dubbed a Knight by George III, who also discovered Uranus and was appointed Astronomer Royal.
h. "Heavenly Body" known for her roles in silent screen film as America's Sweetheart, she married Douglas Fairbanks, JR, the so-called "King of Hollywood" and together they founded their own studio, United Artists: for one point give the name of the actress, and for two points off, give the nickname of the jointly-named estate where they lived in Beverly Hills:

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TD 228, lieph82, The Williams College Course Catalog

Division I: Languages and the Arts
1. English
Name an adult novel written by George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, or Anne Brontë (I’ll discount Charlotte Brontë’s The Professor and her unfinished work. Wuthering Heights was written by Emily Brontë).

2. French
Translate one of the following French food words to English. Make sure to include the letter of your choice in your response.

A. jambon
B. lapin
C. nouilles
D. beurre
E. courgette
F. cerises
G. myrtilles
H. truite
I. pomme
J. grenouille
K. poulet
L. crevettes

3. Arabic
Name the capital of one of the twelve largest UN member states by area of which Arabic is an official language.

4. Music
Name a composer or pair of composers who won one of the last fourteen Academy Awards for Best Original Score (for Gravity; Life of Pi; The Artist; The Social Network; Up; Slumdog Millionaire; Atonement; Babel; Brokeback Mountain; Finding Neverland; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Frida; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

5. Comparative Literature
Name a book in which you can find one of the following lines (the original book please, it'd be just like you people to rattle off books of secondary analysis). All of the books were either originally written in a language other than English or are about a different nation or culture. You do not need to include the letter of your choice in your response.

A. ''Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.”
B. "Alexey Fyodorovich…was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich…, a landowner well known in our district in his own day (and still remembered among us) owing to his tragic and obscure death, which happened exactly thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place."
C. “Let me state this quite unequivocally: it is my firm conviction that the hidden purpose of the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 was nothing more nor less than the elimination of my benighted family from the face of the earth.”
D. “Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”
E. “With her Florentino Ariza learned what he had already experienced many times without realizing it: that one can be in love with several people at the same time, feel the same sorrow with each, and not betray any of them. Alone in the midst of the crowd on the pier, he said to himself in a flash of anger: 'My heart has more rooms than a whorehouse.'”
F. “Maman died today.”
G. “In his original design the solicitor's clerk seemed to have forgotten the need for a staircase to link both the floors, and what he had provided had the appearance of an afterthought. Doorways had been punched in the eastern wall and a rough wooden staircase - heavy planks on an uneven frame with one warped unpainted banister, the whole covered with a sloping roof of corrugated iron - hung precariously at the back of the house, in striking contrast with the white-pointed brickwork of the front, the white woodwork and the frosted glass of doors and windows. For this house [he] had paid five thousand five hundred dollars.”
H. “A laotong relationship is made by choice...when we first looked in each other's eyes in the palanquin I felt something special pass between us--like a spark to start a fire or a seed to grow rice. But a single spark is not enough to warm a room nor is a single seed enough to grow a fruitful crop. Deep love--true-heart love--must grow.”
I. "Our hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody's always going on about–he wasn't no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock."
J. “Normally seven minutes of another person's company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.”
K. “The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”
L. “I have never thought that a Christian would be free of suffering, umfundisi. For our Lord suffered. And I come to believe that he suffered, not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering. For he knew that there is no life without suffering.”

6. Art History
Name a painter of one of the seventeen most expensive paintings based on (September 2014 inflation-adjusted) prices paid at auctions or private sales (the paintings are The Card Players; No.5, 1948; Woman III; Le Rêve; Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I; Portrait of Dr. Gachet; Three Studies of Lucian Freud; Bal du moulin de la Galette; Garçon à la pipe; The Scream; Flag; Nude, Green Leaves and Bust; Portrait of Joseph Roulin; Dora Maar au Chat; Irises; Eight Elvises; and Anna’s Light).
Division II: Social Studies
7. Political Science
Name a retired, resigned, and/or deceased Justice of the Supreme Court appointed by a Republican president no earlier than 1953.

8. History
Name a country that granted full suffrage to women (though perhaps not to men and women of certain minority groups) between 1893 and 1920.

9. Religion
According to Septuagint, name someone who lived more than 450 years (in Septuagint, Eber only lives 404 years).

10. Psychology
Name a category of psychological disorders that has its own chapter in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and does not begin with A, M, S, or T, the first and last two letters of AMHERST.

11. Africana Studies
Name an African American who was or is a United States senator or governor for at least one year (this disqualifies PBS Pinchback).

12. Sociology
Name a female winner of the American version of Survivor.
Division III: Science and Mathematics
13. Chemistry
Name an element with a known oxidation state of -3.

14. Statistics
Give the mean of one of the following probability distributions. Make sure to include the letter of your choice in your response. Probability mass/density functions are in order under the list of choices if you need them. Remember, no calculators or online tools.

A. Normal distribution with parameters μ (mean) and σ (standard deviation)
B. Chi-squared distribution with parameter k (degrees of freedom)
C. Continuous uniform distribution with parameters a (lower bound) and b (upper bound)
D. Bernoulli distribution with parameter p (success probability)
E. Binomial distribution with parameters p (success probability) and n (number of trials)
F. Geometric distribution with parameter p (success probability)
G. Hypergeometric distribution with parameters N (population size), K (number of successes), and n (number of draws without replacement)
H. Poisson distribution with parameter λ (rate parameter)
I. Student’s t distribution with parameter ν (degrees of freedom)
J. Exponential distribution with parameter λ (rate parameter)
K. Gamma distribution with parameters α (shape parameter) and β (rate parameter)
L. Rayleigh distribution with parameter σ (scale parameter)
15. Geosciences
Name one of the geologic periods in the Phanerozoic eon as currently defined by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (I know there’s some inconsistency, so the answers I’m looking for, in chronological order, begin with COSDCPTJCPNQ, and anything more than 541 million years ago, like the Ediacaran, Cryogenian, etc., is too far back).

16. Biology
Name a bone or pair of bones in the human face or middle ears (this excludes the cranial bones, including the sphenoid and the ethmoid).

17. Mathematics
Compute one of the following definite integrals. Make sure to include the letter of your choice in your response. Remember, no calculators or online integration tools. Closed form solutions with a bunch of trigonometric functions and constants are fine.

A. x^2 from 0 to 1
B. (2x-1)/(x^2-x-6) from 0 to 1
C. 3x/(x^2+1) from 0 to π
D. cotx from π/6 to π/2
E. xsinx from 0 to π/2
F. (3x+11)/(x^2-x-6) from 0 to 1
G. sin(2x)cos(2x) from 0 to 1
H. e^-(sqrtx) from 0 to 1
I. log(1+x)/sqrtx from 0 to 1
J. sqrt(25x^2-4)/x from 2/5 to 4/5
K. dx/coshx from –inf to inf
L. (1+cosθ)^n from 0 to 2π

18. Physics
Pick an important constant below and tell me what it signifies. Make sure to include the letter of your choice in your response.

A. 9.81 m/s^2
B. 3.00*10^8 m/s
C. 331 m/s
D. 8.99*10^9 N*m^2/C^2
E. 1.60*10^-19 C
F. 1.67*10^-27 kg
G. 3.84*10^8 m
H. 6.63*10^-34 J*s
I. 6.67*10^-11 N*m^2/kg^2
J. 96485.309 C/mol
K. 10973731.534 1/m
L. 2.897756*10^-3 m*K
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TD 229, TheyCallMeMrKid, One-Hit Wonders?

1. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot): Identify one of the backs (or fronts?) in the picture below. You do not need to provide the number with your answer. Click on the picture to see what may be a slightly bigger version.
2. Rock Me Amadeus (Falco): Name someone who has won Best Actor in a Leading Role or Best Actress in a Leading Role the only time they were nominated for a Leading Role Oscar, including nominations for the upcoming 2015 ceremony.

3. In a Big Country (Big Country): Name a city that is a FORMER state capital of one of the United States of America. Note that a city is considered a state capital if the state legislature convenes there. I am looking specifically for cities that served as state capitals; not colony capitals, not territory capitals, not capitals of independent republics (unless those cities also served as the capital at some time after statehood was granted, of course.) For the original 13 colonies, I am considering statehood to have begun with the Declaration of Independence.

4. She Blinded Me with Science (Thomas Dolby): Name an element that has an oxidation state of +1.

5. She Blinded Me with Science (Refrain?) : Name a female winner of a Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine or Economic Sciences.

6. It Takes Two (Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock): Name a person who was part of a winning US Presidential election ticket exactly one time, either as the presidential candidate or as the vice-presidential candidate.

7. Pac -Man Fever (Gary Garcia and Jerry Buckner): Name one of the video games pictured below. You do NOT need to give the number with your answer.
8. Take On Me (A-ha): Name a current team that has appeared in exactly one Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals or NBA Finals.

9. Unbelievable (EMF): Name one of these people (or animals) who did something that could be described as singular. You do NOT need to include the letter with your answer.
a. This horse gave Man O’ War the only loss of his career.
b. This golfer won the 1991 PGA Tournament as the ninth alternate, getting into the tournament only after several other qualifiers had dropped out.
c. This golfer, whose given first name is Frank, won the 1979 Masters even though he was a rookie (it was his first time competing in the event).
d. This golfer’s only PGA Tour victory was the 1969 US Open.
e. This two-sport athlete got only 1 Major League hit (for the New York Yankees) in his baseball career, and threw only 1 NFL touchdown pass (for the Dallas Cowboys) in his football career.
f. This player had only 1 hit in the 1988 World Series, the game-winning home run in Game 1 of the series.
g. This pitcher won 19 games in his 1976 rookie season, and 10 games in the rest of his career.
h. This captain of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team never played in an NHL game.
i. In 1983, this coach led his 6th-seeded team to one of the most surprising and memorable championships in NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament history.
j. This man won Wimbledon as an unseeded 17-year-old in 1985.
k. After rushing for only 126 yards in the entire 1987 regular season, this Washington Redskins running back ran for 204 yards in that season’s Super Bowl.
l. In only his 8th professional boxing match, this man defeated Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight championship.
10. Pop Muzik (M): Name the song that contains the lyrics below. You do not need to include the letter of your answer.
a. There was funky China men from funky Chinatown, they were chopping them up, they were chopping them down
b. Mrs. Johnson you’re wearing your dresses way too high. It’s reported you’ve been drinkin’ and runnin’ round with men and goin’ wild.
c. Workin’ so hard like a soldier, can’t afford a thing on TV, deep in my heart I abhor ya, Can’t get food for the kid
d. And we can act like we come from out of this world, leave the real one far behind
e. So come on baby won’t you show some class, why you want to move so fast
f. I’m heavenly blessed and worldly wise, I’m a peeping-tom techy with x-ray eyes
g. you’ll pick your son, pick your daughter, too, from the bottom of a long glass tube
h. I could put my arms around every boy I see, but they’d only remind me of you
i. Gonna tell myself “Hey, man, no get angry”, Yippie yi yo, To any girls callin’ them canine, Yippie yi yo
j. You in that dress, my thoughts I confess, well, they’re dirty
k. Started out this morning feeling so polite, I always thought a fish could not be caught who wouldn’t bite
BONUS: For -2 points , name the artist (person, duo or group) who turned the song you chose in Question #10 into their only big hit.

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TD 230, Tigershark, I Wish I Could Go Back to College

Part I- Basic Requirements[/size]

1. Writing/Freshman Seminar: There were two requirements that had to be taken during my Freshman year a writing seminar and a Freshman seminar. I couldn’t think up a question related to a Freshman seminar, so this question is just about writing. All of the following contain a grammatical error. Correct the error or just tell me what’s wrong with it.

A. Willow cast a spell that had the affect of making Spike and Buffy fall in love.
B. Dear Sally, I need you’re advice. Should I go to Berlin with Noel or drive across the country with Ben?
C. Lindsay, Daniel, Kim, Nick, and Ken were horrified to see that the lead singer of the hot new band was they’re guidance counselor.
D. Walking and talking through the hotel, the passage of the gun control bill was discussed by Josh and C.J.
E. Phoebe began playing “Smelly Cat,” everyone in Central Perk wanted to cover their ears.
F. Dr. Doug Ross treated an accident victim with multiple fractures internal bleeding and a concussion.
G. Tony orders onion rings, than there is a sudden fade to black.
H. Carrie and Miranda met for lunch and discussed her on and off relationship with Steve.
I. Rory and Lorelei enter Luke’s, and both orders coffee.
J. Kramer bursted through Jerry’s door and proclaimed “I’m out of the contest!”
K. The tribe has spoken. Its time to go.
L. Will was supposed to meet Grace for “Sing Along Sound of Music” at a theater on 39th, accept Will went to the theater on 3rd and 9th.

Nested bonus: You may have noticed that all of the sentences above reference TV shows that aired an original episode sometime while I was in college. For minus one (-1) point off your score, name the show that corresponds to the letter you select.

Bonus: If you really know your TV history, you can figure out what year I graduated without guessing. At least one show on this list is a long running show that ended spring of my freshman year and at least one show is a long running show that debuted fall of my senior year. For minus one (-1) point, what year did I graduate. NOTE: I was in college for four straight years and graduated on time.

2. Foreign Literature To complete the foreign language requirement, we were required to take a literature class in a foreign language. I don’t know of any other school with a foreign language requirement that insane. The following is list of works that were originally written in Spanish. Give me the English translation of the title.

A. Bodas de Sangre
B. Cien anos de soledad
C. Hija de la fortuna
D. Conversación en la catedral
E. La colmena
F. La viuda valenciana
G. Como agua para chocolate
H. Hombres de maíz
I. El beso de la mujer araña
J. Historia universal de la infamia
K. El Laberinto de la Soledad
L. Los detectives salvajes

Nested bonus: Name the author of the work selected.

3. P.E. Yes, I had to take a P.E. class to graduate. So many people think that’s weird, but it was a very easy half semester class where we ran around the track or hit the weight room. Besides, it gave the excuse for a Sports question. Wake Forest plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference. All of the athletes listed below played for a school that is a current member of the ACC. Name the school. NOTE: At least one played for a school that was not in the ACC when he was a student.

A. Carmelo Anthony
B. Chris Bosh
C. Kyrie Irving
D. Chris Paul
E. Frank Gore
F. Philip Rivers
G. Matt Ryan
H. C.J. Spiller
I. Buster Posey
J. Jeff Samardzira
K. Kyle Seager
L. Ryan Zimmerman

Part II- Divisional Requirements

Now that you’re done with the basic requirements, it’s time for the Divisional Requirements. There are five divisions, Literature, Math/Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Art.

Division 1: Literature For this division we had to take two classes for from the following three categories: British Literature, American Literature, Foreign Literature (either in the original language or in Translation)

4. British Literature The following quotes are from a works from British (or Irish) literature that describe the title character. Name the work or character.
A. [Title Character], handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.

She was the youngest of the two daughters of a most affectionate, indulgent father; and had, in consequence of her sister's marriage, been mistress of his house from a very early period…

The real evils, indeed, of [Title Character]'s situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. The danger, however, was at present so unperceived, that they did not by any means rank as misfortunes with her.

B. I rose; I dressed myself with care: obliged to be plain--for I had no article of attire that was not made with extreme simplicity--I was still by nature solicitous to be neat. It was not my habit to be disregardful of appearance or careless of the impression I made:on the contrary, I ever wished to look as well as I could, and to please as much as my want of beauty would permit. I sometimes regretted that I was not handsomer; I sometimes wished to have rosy cheeks, a straight nose, and small cherry mouth; I desired to be tall, stately, and finely developed in figure; I felt it a misfortune that I was so little, so pale, and had features so irregular and so marked. And why had I these aspirations and these regrets? It would be difficult to say: I could not then distinctly say it to myself; yet I had a reason, and a logical, natural reason too.

C. For brave [Title Character]--well he deserves that name--
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.

D. But here were books, and here were men who had penetrated deeper and knew more. I took their word for all that they averred, and I became their disciple. It may appear strange that such should arise in the eighteenth century; but while I followed the routine of education in the schools of Geneva, I was, to a great degree, self-taught with regard to my favourite studies. My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child's blindness, added to a student's thirst for knowledge. Under the guidance of my new preceptors I entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life; but the latter soon obtained my undivided attention.

E. His face was a strong—a very strong—aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils; with lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily round the temples but profusely elsewhere. His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years. For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed; the chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin. The general effect was one of extraordinary pallor.

F. She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside, looking on. She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day. Not that she thought herself clever, or much out of the ordinary….
Her only gift was knowing people almost by instinct, she thought, walking on. If you put her in a room with some one, up went her back like a cat's; or she purred.

G. [Title Character] was a very unusual boy in many ways. For one thing, he hated summer holidays more than any time of the year. For another, he really wanted to do his homework but was forced to do it in secret, in the dead of night.

H. Of such insolences and attempted slights he, of course, took no notice, and in the opinion of most people his frank debonair manner, his charming boyish smile, and the infinite grace of that wonderful youth that seemed never to leave him, were in themselves a sufficient answer to the calumnies, for so they termed them, that were circulated about him. It was remarked, however, that some of those who had been most intimate with him appeared, after a time, to shun him. Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or horror if [Title Character] entered the room.

I. Being the third son of the family and not bred to any trade, my head began to be filled very early with rambling thoughts. My father, who was very ancient, had given me a competent share of learning, as far as house-education and a country free school generally go, and designed me for the law; but I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea; and my inclination to this led me so strongly against the will, nay, the commands of my father, and against all the entreaties and persuasions of my mother and other friends, that there seemed to be something fatal in that propensity of nature, tending directly to the life of misery which was to befall me.

J. [Title Character]'s ninth birthday found him a pale thin child, somewhat diminutive in stature, and decidedly small in circumference. But nature or inheritance had implanted a good sturdy spirit in [Title Character]'s breast. It had had plenty of room to expand, thanks to the spare diet of the establishment; and perhaps to this circumstance may be attributed his having any ninth birth-day at all. Be this as it may, however, it was his ninth birthday; and he was keeping it in the coal-cellar with a select party of two other young gentleman, who, after participating with him in a sound thrashing, had been locked up for atrociously presuming to be hungry

K. [character name] at this time of her life was a mere vessel of emotion untinctured by experience. The dialect was on her tongue to some extent, despite the village school: the characteristic intonation of that dialect for this district being the voicing approximately rendered by the syllable UR, probably as rich an utterance as any to be found in human speech. The pouted-up deep red mouth to which this syllable was native had hardly as yet settled into its definite shape, and her lower lip had a way of thrusting the middle of her top one upward, when they closed together after a word.

Phases of her childhood lurked in her aspect still. As she walked along to-day, for all her bouncing handsome womanliness, you could sometimes see her twelfth year in her cheeks, or her ninth sparkling from her eyes; and even her fifth would flit over the curves of her mouth now and then.

Yet few knew, and still fewer considered this. A small minority, mainly strangers, would look long at her in casually passing by, and grow momentarily fascinated by her freshness, and wonder if they would ever see her again: but to almost everybody she was a fine and picturesque country girl, and no more.

L. It was fifteen years since [Character name] had first come to Raveloe; he was then simply a pallid young man, with prominent short-sighted brown eyes, whose appearance would have had nothing strange for people of average culture and experience, but for the villagers near whom he had come to settle it had mysterious peculiarities which corresponded with the exceptional nature of his occupation, and his advent from an unknown region called "North'ard". So had his way of life:—he invited no comer to step across his door-sill, and he never strolled into the village to drink a pint at the Rainbow, or to gossip at the wheelwright's: he sought no man or woman, save for the purposes of his calling, or in order to supply himself with necessaries; and it was soon clear to the Raveloe lasses that he would never urge one of them to accept him against her will—quite as if he had heard them declare that they would never marry a dead man come to life again.
5. Literature in Translation For this requirement, I opted to take Greek Myth. One of the most important sources of Greek myths is Ovid’s The Metamorphoses. Below are twelve passages from The Metamorphoses that describe a mythological character. Name the character.
A. But even as he made his plaint, the Nymph with timid footsteps fled from his approach, and left him to his murmurs and his pain. Lovely the virgin seemed as the soft wind exposed her limbs, and as the zephyrs fond fluttered amid her garments, and the breeze fanned lightly in her flowing hair. She seemed most lovely to his fancy in her flight; and mad with love he followed in her steps, and silent hastened his increasing speed. As when the greyhound sees the frightened hare flit over the plain:—With eager nose outstretched, impetuous, he rushes on his prey, and gains upon her till he treads her feet, and almost fastens in her side his fangs; but she, whilst dreading that her end is near, is suddenly delivered from her fright; so was it with the god and virgin: one with hope pursued, the other fled in fear; and he who followed, borne on wings of love, permitted her no rest and gained on her, until his warm breath mingled in her hair. Her strength spent, pale and faint, with pleading eyes she gazed upon her father's waves and prayed, “Help me my father, if thy flowing streams have virtue! Cover me, O mother Earth! Destroy the beauty that has injured me, or change the body that destroys my life.” Before her prayer was ended, torpor seized on all her body, and a thin bark closed around her gentle bosom, and her hair became as moving leaves; her arms were changed to waving branches, and her active feet as clinging roots were fastened to the ground – her face was hidden with encircling leaves.—
I’m looking for the “her” in this story.

B. Here [Character], tired of hunting and the heated noon, lay down, attracted by the peaceful solitudes and by the glassy spring. There as he stooped to quench his thirst another thirst increased. While he is drinking he beholds himself reflected in the mirrored pool—and loves; loves an imagined body which contains no substance, for he deems the mirrored shade a thing of life to love. He cannot move, for so he marvels at himself, and lies with countenance unchanged, as if indeed a statue carved of Parian marble. Long, supine upon the bank, his gaze is fixed on his own eyes, twin stars; his fingers shaped as Bacchus might desire, his flowing hair as glorious as Apollo's, and his cheeks youthful and smooth; his ivory neck, his mouth dreaming in sweetness, his complexion fair and blushing as the rose in snow-drift white. All that is lovely in himself he loves, and in his witless way he wants himself:—he who approves is equally approved; he seeks, is sought, he burns and he is burnt. And how he kisses the deceitful fount; and how he thrusts his arms to catch the neck that's pictured in the middle of the stream! Yet never may he wreathe his arms around that image of himself.

C. Minerva could not find a fleck or flaw—even Envy cannot censure perfect art—enraged because [Character] had such skill she ripped the web, and ruined all the scenes that showed those wicked actions of the Gods; and with her boxwood shuttle in her hand, struck the unhappy mortal on her head,—struck sharply thrice, and even once again. [character name]'s spirit, deigning not to brook such insult, brooded on it, till she tied a cord around her neck, and hung herself. Minerva, moved to pity at the sight, sustained and saved her from that bitter death; but, angry still, pronounced another doom: “Although I grant you life, most wicked one, your fate shall be to dangle on a cord, and your posterity forever shall take your example, that your punishment may last forever!” Even as she spoke, before withdrawing from her victim's sight, she sprinkled her with juice—extract of herbs of Hecate. At once all hair fell off, her nose and ears remained not, and her head shrunk rapidly in size, as well as all her body, leaving her diminutive.—Her slender fingers gathered to her sides as long thin legs; and all her other parts were fast absorbed in her abdomen—whence she vented a fine thread;—and ever since, [Character], as a spider, weaves her web.

D. [Character] saw these women waste their lives in wretched shame, and critical of faults which nature had so deeply planted through their female hearts, he lived in preference, for many years unmarried.—But while he was single, with consummate skill, he carved a statue out of snow-white ivory, and gave to it exquisite beauty, which no woman of the world has ever equaled: she was so beautiful, he fell in love with his creation. It appeared in truth a perfect virgin with the grace of life, but in the expression of such modesty all motion was restrained—and so his art concealed his art.

E. And from the midst, with orbs that view the world, Phoebus beheld the trembling youth, fear-struck, in mute amazement, and he said; “Declare the reason of thy journey. What wilt thou in this my palace, [character] my child beloved?” And to him replied the youth; “O universal light of all the world, my father Phoebus, if thy name be mine, if Clymene has not concealed her sin beneath some pretext, give to me, my sire, a token to declare thy fatherhood which may establish my assured descent, and leave no dark suspicions in our minds.”—Then Phoebus from his shining brows cast down his circling rays; called [character] to him, and as he held him to his breast replied; “O child most worthy of thy sire, the truth was told thee by thy mother; wherefore doubts to dissipate, consider thy desire, and ask of me that I may freely give: yea, let the Nether Lake, beyond our view, (which is the oath of Gods inviolate) be witness to my word.” When this was said the happy youth at once began to plead command and guidance of his father's steeds, wing-footed, and his chariot for a day.

G. He with great delight, because he had his foster-father once again, allowed the king to choose his own reward—a welcome offer, but it led to harm. And [character] made this ill-advised reply: “Cause whatsoever I shall touch to change at once to yellow gold.” Bacchus agreed to his unfortunate request, with grief that [character] chose for harm and not for good.

G. Jove laid aside his glorious dignity, for he assumed the semblance of a bull and mingled with the bullocks in the groves, his colour white as virgin snow, untrod, unmelted by the watery Southern Wind. His neck was thick with muscles, dewlaps hung between his shoulders; and his polished horns, so small and beautifully set, appeared the artifice of man; fashioned as fair and more transparent than a lucent gem. His forehead was not lowered for attack, nor was there fury in his open eyes; the love of peace was in his countenance. When she beheld his beauty and mild eyes, the daughter of Agenor was amazed; but, daring not to touch him, stood apart until her virgin fears were quieted; then, near him, fragrant flowers in her hand she offered,—tempting, to his gentle mouth: and then the loving god in his great joy kissed her sweet hands, and could not wait her will. Jove then began to frisk upon the grass, or laid his snow-white side on the smooth sand, yellow and golden. As her courage grew he gave his breast one moment for caress, or bent his head for garlands newly made, wreathed for his polished horns. The royal maid, unwitting what she did, at length sat down upon the bull's broad back. Then by degrees the god moved from the land and from the shore, and placed his feet, that seemed but shining hoofs, in shallow water by the sandy merge; and not a moment resting bore her thence, across the surface of the Middle Sea, while she affrighted gazed upon the shore—so fast receding. And she held his horn with her right hand, and, steadied by the left, held on his ample back—and in the breeze her waving garments fluttered as they went.

H. Proud of his success, the foolish [character name] forsook his guide, and, bold in vanity, began to soar, rising upon his wings to touch the skies; but as he neared the scorching sun, its heat softened the fragrant wax that held his plumes; and heat increasing melted the soft wax—he waved his naked arms instead of wings, with no more feathers to sustain his flight. And as he called upon his father's name his voice was smothered in the dark blue sea, now called [character name] from the dead boy's name. The unlucky father, not a father, called, “Where are you, [character name]?” and “Where are you? In what place shall I seek you, [character name]?” He called again; and then he saw the wings of his dear [character name], floating on the waves; and he began to rail and curse his art. He found the body on an island shore, now called [character name], and at once prepared to bury the unfortunate remains.

I. Long ago 'twas visited by mighty Jupiter, together with his nimble-witted son, who first had laid aside his rod and Wings. As weary travelers over all the land they wandered, begging for their food and bed; and of a thousand houses, all the doors were bolted and no word of kindness given—so wicked were the people of that land. At last, by chance, they stopped at a small house, whose humble roof was thatched with reeds and straw;—and here a kind old couple greeted them. The good dame, [female character], seemed about the age of old [male character], her devoted man; they had been married in their early youth, in that same cottage and had lived in it, and grown together to a good old age; contented with their lot because they knew their poverty, and felt no shame of it; they had no need of servants; the good pair were masters of their home and served themselves; their own commands they easily obeyed.

J. The trumpet soon gave signal for the race and both of them crouching flashed quickly forth and skimmed the surface of the sandy course with flying feet. You might even think those two could graze the sea with unwet feet and pass over the ripened heads of standing grain. Shouts of applause gave courage to the youth: the cheering multitude cried out to him:—`Now is the time to use your strength. Go on! Hippomenes! Bend to the work! You're sure to win!' It must be doubted who was most rejoiced by those brave words, Megareus' son, or Schoeneus' daughter. Oh, how often, when she could have passed him, she delayed her speed; and after gazing long upon his face reluctantly again would pass him! Now dry panting breath came from his weary throat—the goal still far away.—Then Neptune's scion threw one of three gold apples. [character name] with wonder saw it—eager to possess the shining fruit, she turned out of her course, picked up the rolling gold. Hippomenes passed by her, while spectators roared applause. Increasing speed, she overcame delay, made up for time lost, and again she left the youth behind. She was delayed again because he tossed another golden apple. She followed him, and passed him in the race. The last part of the course remained. He cried `Be near me, goddess, while I use your gift.' With youthful might he threw the shining gold, in an oblique direction to the side, so that pursuit would mean a slow return. The virgin seemed to hesitate, in doubt whether to follow after this third prize. I forced her to turn for it; take it up; and, adding weight to the gold fruit, she held, impeded her with weight and loss of time. For fear my narrative may stretch beyond the race itself,—the maiden was outstripped; Hippomenes then led his prize away.

K. And while they bathed Diana in their streams, [character name], wandering through the unknown woods, entered the precincts of that sacred grove; with steps uncertain wandered he as fate directed, for his sport must wait till morn.—soon as he entered where the clear springs welled or trickled from the grotto's walls, the nymphs, now ready for the bath, beheld the man, smote on their breasts, and made the woods resound, suddenly shrieking. Quickly gathered they to shield Diana with their naked forms, but she stood head and shoulders taller than her guards.—as clouds bright-tinted by the slanting sun, or purple-dyed Aurora, so appeared Diana's countenance when she was seen. Oh, how she wished her arrows were at hand! But only having water, this she took and dashed it on his manly countenance, and sprinkled with the avenging stream his hair, and said these words, presage of future woe; “Go tell it, if your tongue can tell the tale, your bold eyes saw me stripped of all my robes.” No more she threatened, but she fixed the horns of a great stag firm on his sprinkled brows; she lengthened out his neck; she made his ears sharp at the top; she changed his hands and feet; made long legs of his arms, and covered him with dappled hair—his courage turned to fear. The brave son of Autonoe took to flight, and marveled that he sped so swiftly on.—He saw his horns reflected in a stream and would have said, “Ah, wretched me!” but now he had no voice, and he could only groan: large tears ran trickling down his face, transformed in every feature.

L. In a dreamful feast he worked his jaws in vain, and ground his teeth, and swallowed air as his imagined food; till wearied with the effort he awoke to hunger scorching as a fire, which burned his entrails and compelled his raging jaws, so he, demanding all the foods of sea and earth and air, raged of his hunger, while the tables groaned with heaps before him spread; he, banqueting, sought banquets for more food, and as he gorged he always wanted more. The food of cities and a nation failed to satisfy the cravings of one man. The more his stomach gets, the more it needs—even as the ocean takes the streams of earth, although it swallows up great rivers drawn from lands remote, it never can be filled nor satisfied. And as devouring fire its fuel refuses never, but consumes unnumbered beams of wood, and burns for more the more 'tis fed, and from abundance gains increasing famine, so the raving jaws of wretched [Character name], ever craved all food in him, was only cause of food, and what he ate made only room for more. And after Famine through his gluttony at last had wasted his ancestral wealth his raging hunger suffered no decline, and his insatiate gluttony increased. When all his wealth at last was eaten up, his daughter, worthy of a fate more kind, alone was left to him and her he sold.
Division 2: Math/Science The division which everyone hated. English majors hated having to take these classes. The math/science majors resented it because English majors could take watered down Chemistry for non-majors, but Chemistry majors had to take English for English majors to fulfill the Literature requirement. The requirement for this division was two classes in one subject and a third class in a different subject. (e.g. Two Biology classes, one Physics class)

6. Math For this question, answer choices A through I are Calculus questions. If you are not comfortable answering a Calculus question, you may choose the “math for non-math majors” option with choices J through L, which are algebra/geometry questions. However, since I was one of those science majors who resented the watered down versions of math/science classes, there is a penalty for choosing this option. The MINIMUM score answer choices J through L can receive is the SHEEP answer from A through I plus two, even if it’s a singleton. For example, if the SHEEP answer from A through I is 5, and 3 people give the correct answer for J, they will receive a score of 7. If in the same scenario, 10 people give a correct score for K, they will receive a score of 10. Incorrect answers for choices A through I will be equal to the SHEEP for A through I plus five, and incorrect answers for choices J through L will be equal to the highest scoring correct answer from that group plus 5. You many not choose SHEEP for this question.

j. If 3y – 5x = 1 and 0.5x + 2y = 16, solve for x and y

L. Factor the following polynomial expression:

7. Organic Chemistry Name one of the following functional groups


8. Analytic Chemistry We get a second Chemistry question because it was my major. The following are descriptions of laboratory techniques. Name the technique.
A. A research technique that exploits the magnetic properties of certain atomic nuclei. It determines the physical and chemical properties of atoms or the molecules in which they are contained. Spectra using this techniques are unique and predictable for small molecules, making it a good method for confirming the identity of a substance in organic chemistry.

B. The analysis of absorption, emission, and reflection of infrared light interacting with a molecule. The main use of this technique is in organic and inorganic chemistry to identify functional groups.

C. A technique that involves heating the chemical reaction for a specific amount of time, while continually cooling the vapor produced back into liquid form, using a condenser.

D. a technique where a solution of known concentration is used to determine the concentration of an unknown solution. Typically, the know solution is added from a burette to a known quantity of the unknown solution until the reaction is complete.

E. A method in which a sample is separated for analysis where the sample mixture is vaporized and injected into a stream of carrier gas (as nitrogen or helium) moving through a column containing a stationary phase composed of a liquid or particulate solid and is separated into its component compounds according to their affinity for the stationary phase.

F. Emergence of an insoluble solid from a solution during a chemical reaction.

G. a sample preparation process by which compounds that are dissolved or suspended in a liquid mixture are separated from other compounds in the mixture according to their physical and chemical properties. Analytical laboratories use solid phase extraction to concentrate and purify samples for analysis.

H. an analytical chemistry technique that helps identify the amount and type of chemicals present in a sample by measuring the mass-to-charge ratio and abundance of gas-phase ions. This a machine utilizing this technique has three essential components.

1. A small sample is ionized, usually to cations by loss of an electron.
2. The ions are sorted and separated according to their mass and charge.
3. The separated ions are then measured, and the results displayed on a chart.

I. The science or act of measuring changes in state variables of a body for the purpose of deriving the heat transfer associated with changes of its state due for example to chemical reactions, physical changes, or phase transitions under specified constraints.

J. A separation technique where a field is applied to a fluid suspension or solution pumped through a long and narrow channel, perpendicular to the direction of flow, in order to cause separation of the particles present in the fluid, dependent on their differing "mobilities" under the force exerted by the field.

K. A process of separating the component substances from a liquid mixture by selective evaporation and condensation.

L. Technique in analytic chemistry used to separate the components in a mixture, to identify each component, and to quantify each component. It relies on pumps to pass a pressurized liquid solvent containing the sample mixture through a column filled with a solid adsorbent material. Each component in the sample interacts slightly differently with the adsorbent material, causing different flow rates for the different components and leading to the separation of the components as they flow out the column.
Division 3: Humanities This is pretty simple: History, Philosophy, and Religion

9. History Name a modern day country that was part of the Holy Roman Empire between the years of 962 and 1806.

10. Philosophy Name a Philosopher who wrote one of the following works:

A. The Republic
B. The Social Contract
C. Leviathan
D. On Liberty
E. Summa Theologica
F. An essay concerning Human Understanding
G. Critique of Pure Reason
H. A Vindication of the Rights of Women
I. On the Genealogy of Morals
J. Fear and Trembling
K. Discourse on the Method
L. The Myth of Sisyphus

11. Religion From the Book of Genesis, name one of the children of Jacob.
Bonus: On my last quiz, I promised no musical theatre questions, but this question was screaming for a musical theatre related bonus. The lyrics for the song “Coat of Many Colors” name 29 different colors. Name 20 colors for a minus two (-2) point bonus. This is an all or nothing bonus—all twenty must be correct for the points. You may guess twenty and only twenty. If you try and submit more than twenty colors, I will only count the first twenty.

Division 4: Social Sciences For this division we got to choose three of the five: Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. For me this was a pretty easy choice: I hate Economics and the Anthropology department had a less than sterling reputation.

12. Political Science I took Introduction to International Relations which was a lot of game theory about war. In honor of that, given the list of battles, name the war:

A. Trebia, Lake Trasimene, Zama
B. Tewkesbury, Northampton, Bosworth Field
C. Wijnendale, Castiglione, Almanza
D. Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt
E. Edgehill, Marston Moor, Naseby
F. Queenston Heights, Lake Erie, New Orleans
G. Malaga, Guadalajara, Teruel
H. Sinop, Oltenita, Balaclava
I. Guilford Court House, Saratoga, Trenton
J. Buena Vista, Tabasco, Chapultepec
K. Pusan Perimeter, Inchon, Pork Chop Hill
L. Ypres, Verdun, Gallipoli

13. Sociology For my Sociology requirement, I took “Marriage and the Family.” Given that between 40 to 50% of marriages end in divorce, given the celebrity, name his/her former spouse. This must be a couple that was actually married, not a couple who dated. Current spouse are wrong answers. There are some choices who have more than one ex-spouse—those will be scored separately.

A. Jennifer Aniston
B. Courtney Cox
C. Johnny Lee Miller
D. Katie Holmes
E. Nicole Kidman
F. Meg Ryan
G. Sean Penn
H. Jennifer Garner
I. Nick Lachey
J. Alec Baldwin
K. Ryan Phillippe

14. Psychology Given the description, name the psychological disorder.

A. An eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction, inappropriate eating habits, obsession with having a thin figure, and an irrational fear of weight gain.
B. Mental disorder characterized by extreme mood swings, experiences alternating intense highs and lows.
C. The inability to refrain from stealing items, which is done reasons other than personal for financial gain.
D. A rare mental disorder in which the person believes they are dead or no longer exist.
E. Anxiety disorder that occurs after one has gone through a traumatic experience such as sexual assault, warfare, or threat of death.
F. A disorder that occurs in children that have been neglected or abused and are unable to form healthy emotional attachments to their parents or caregivers.
G. A behavior pattern in which a parent or caregiver will fabricate, exaggerate, or induce medical problems of children in their care in order to gain attention from medical providers.
H. An eating disorder characterized by compulsive cravings to eat non-food items such as dirt or paper.
I. Derived from the Greek for “without memory,” memory loss caused by brain damage, disease, or psychological trauma.
J. Perception that the external world feels unreal.
K. Strong delusional belief that their spouse or sexual partner is being unfaithful without having significant proof to back up their claim
L. Type of delusion in which the affected person believes another person, usually a stranger or famous person, is in love with them

Division 5: Art We had the choice of Art History, Dance, Music, Studio Art, or Theatre.

15. Theatre Given the play, name the author

a. Medea
b. Ghosts
c. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
d. The Misanthrope
e. Pygmalion
f. Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
g. Endgame
h. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
i. Miss Julie
j. Mother Courage and Her Children
k. Fences
l. Cherry Orchard

Part III- Study Abroad Most students at Wake Forest study abroad at some point. Because I was a Chemistry, my only option was going during the summer. Between my Junior and Senior year, I did a program at Oxford University.

16. Name one of the 38 colleges of Oxford University.

Bonus: For minus one (-1) point, name the main library at Oxford University.

Bonus: The following questions are worth minus one (-1) point each.
1. My freshman year of college, I lived in a dorm building that was named for a famous alumnus who was the subject of a 1971 biopic staring James Caan as the alumnus. Name the alum.
2. That building was next door to another dorm building named for a more famous alum, which is also the name of a popular soft drink. Name the alumn.
3. Since we’re on the subject of Wake Forest alumni and this is a Jeopardy site, name the participant in Season 30’s Battle of the Decades tournament who is a Wake Forest alumn.
4. Lastly, because I just can’t quit musical theatre questions: The title of this quiz is the name of a song from a musical. Name the show.

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TD 231, cf1140, Brad Rutter's Final Jeopardies

1. SECRETARIES OF STATE: Serving 160 years apart, these 2 secretaries of state are the only ones who never married
Brad got this one right, because (unlike Ken) he knew that all of the Secretaries of State of the United States between 1950 and 1999 inclusive were married at one point. Name a Secretary of State in office between 1950 and 1999 inclusive (acting Secretaries of State don’t count). There are 14 correct answers.

2. THE ACADEMY AWARDS: 1 of the 2 movies in the last 30 years, one a drama & one a comedy, to win Oscars for Best Actor & Best Actress.
Brad got this one wrong, but he would have gotten it right if he had remembered that Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson received acting nods for the same film in 1997. Name a man that has won the Academy Award for Best Actor since 1997. There are 14 correct answers.

3. MONARCHS: 2 teen Hashemite cousins officially took the thrones of their respective countries May 2, 1953
Faisal of Iraq & him
Brad named the correct head-of-state to get this one right. Name a current (as of 2/16/15) head of state for any country that is primarily on continental Asia (that means no Japan/Sri Lanka/Indonesia etc.) There are around ~40 correct answers

4. SUPREME COURT DECISIONS: On Dec. 20, 1956 the Court's ruling on Browder v. Gayle went into effect, bringing an end to this 381-day event
Brad failed to come up with this clue’s correct response, which happens to end in a “tt.” Name a word between 4-9 letters that ends with a double t (“tt”). Note the word must show up on as a non-proper noun.

5. BIBLICAL NAMES: In Genesis 4 this name is chosen because God "hath appointed me another seed"
Brad got this one wrong but you can get question #5 correct by naming any person mentioned in Genesis chapter 4. (Source: my NIV bible)

6. 19TH CENTURY NOVELISTS: William Wilkinson's "An Account of the Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia" inspired this author's most famous novel
Wallachia is a region in Romania, one of the original eight member countries of the Warsaw Pact. Name a current national capital that was in one of those eight original Warsaw Pact nations. There are ~24 correct answers.

7. U. S. CITIES: Its largest airport is named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle
Brad responded with “Chicago.” Speaking of Chicago, they are home to the Cubs, who haven’t been to the World Series since 1908. They got really close in 2003 though when they lost in seven games to the Florida Marlins in the National League Championship Series. Some blamed the Cubs’ game 6 loss on a fan that might have obstructed Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball. Name one of the players that played in the 2003 NLCS game 7. Source: Baseball-reference.
There are 31 correct answers. (Source:

8. 20TH CENTURY AMERICANS: These names of 2 original Mercury astronauts, who orbited Earth in May 1962 & May 1963, are also occupations
Brad concluded an epic smackdown with a sole get on this clue. Name an astronaut that flew on one of the ten Gemini missions and you might be on your way to an epic smackdown in this Think Different. There are 16 correct answers.

9. IMAGES OF AMERICA: Citing John Winthrop, who said, "The eyes of all people are on us", Ronald Reagan liked to compare the U.S. to this.
Reagan, Winthrop, and the correct response to this clue are not important. What is important is that Ken, Jerome & Brad all got this FJ for the lone triple-get in the UToC final. Triple-gets were rare in last year’s Battle of the Decades tournament, so name a game in the BotD tournament where at least two contestants got FJ. And you name the game by naming the three contestants in that game. First names are fine here. There are 10 correct answers (Source: J-archive).

I’m skipping a FJ because I couldn’t think of a good DeMille-themed question.

10. HISTORIC OBJECTS: Given to Washington by Lafayette, one of the keys to this is on display at Mount Vernon
Brad’s response was “What is the Bastille?” The Bastille is no longer in Paris, but the Musee d’Orsay is in Paris today. Name the artist behind one of the following works that are on display in the Orsay.
A. Starry Night over the Rhone
B. Bal du Moulin de la Galette
C. The Luncheon on the Grass
D. The Artist’s Studio
E. Apples and Oranges
F. Tahitian Women on the Beach
G. Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, Whistler’s Mother
H. Portraits at the Stock Exchange (At the Bourse)
I. Blue Water Lilies
J. The Circus
Please submit the letter that corresponds with your answer.

11. Disneyland Paris is also in (or near) Paris today. Name a current attraction in Fantasyland in Parc Disneyland at the Disneyland Paris resort. English names are fine. There are 16 correct answers. (Source: Disneyland Paris website)

I’m skipping a FJ so opusthepenguin can be reminded of the bad wager of all bad wagers.

Question 12 is dedicated to user OldSchoolChamp
12. PEOPLE & PLACES: This Mediterranean island shares its name with President Garfield's nickname for his wife
Chances of getting this question right are low if you didn’t know that Garfield’s wife’s name was Lucretia. Lucretia Garfield is only famous because she was the spouse of someone famous. Name one of Henry VIII’s wives or one of Elizabeth Taylor’s husbands. There are 13 correct answers.

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TD 233, countyguy, Choose Your Time Wisely

1. Choose a day to submit your answers. (Yep, seriously. The main reason I agreed to host this TD was because I really wanted to try out this question concept.) This TD is going up late (later than I hoped to get it up) on a Saturday night, so up to 11:59:59 PM EST on Saturday, February 28 counts as a “day” for the purposes of this question. Sunday through Saturday of the following week (still EST) each count as days. Lastly, the final two hours, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, before clocks change in the Eastern Time Zone, also count as a day. This makes for nine possible answers. Your score from the final twelve questions will be multiplied by your score for this question, so, choose your time wisely for entering this TD! (9 answers)

2. Political Geography: Name the capital of a present-day European country that, at the start of 1989, was not part of the USSR, and whose territory was under Communist influence.
Note 1: Some of the countries whose capitals are correct answers were not part of the Eastern Bloc at the start of 1989. However, all of the capitals of correct countries whose territory was not part of the Eastern Bloc at this time were within countries whose official names included the word “Socialist”.
Note 2: Berlin does not count as a correct answer, because a large portion of present-day Germany was never under Communist influence. (14 answers)
3. Physical Geography: Name a mountain that is one of the two tallest mountains on one of the seven continents.
NOTE: The peaks must have at least 500 meters of topographical prominence. That is described as the minimum climb necessary to get to the peak from a higher peak. The main purpose of this is to prevent the two highest peaks on a continent from being near-adjacent peaks of the same mountain. Also, all islands in Oceania, including New Guinea, are considered part of Australia/Oceania for the purposes of this question.
(14 answers)

4. American History: According to, name one of the top ten battles in the Civil War by the number of fatalities. (10 answers)
5. European History: Name a male monarch who reigned over both England and Scotland. (It doesn’t matter how much, if any, actual political power said monarch had.) In other words, any male monarch of England or Great Britain from the House of Stuart onward is a correct answer. Obviously, the Cromwells were not monarchs, so they don’t count. (14 answers)

Science (& Nature)
6. Biology: Borrowing from a recent LL question, name one of the levels of taxonomical groupings represented by a word in the mnemonic “Dumb King Philip Came Over From Great Spain”, or one of the eight main taxonomical groups that includes humans, each of which corresponds to a one of the eight levels in the mnemonic. If you choose to name a specific classification that includes humans, then you MUST give the scientific name. For example, if a human were a rodent, you would have to give your response as Rodentia rather than “rodent” or “rodents”. (16 answers)
7. Chemistry: Name an element whose symbol contains at least one letter not present in its English name. For example, an element called “Palau” with symbol “Pw” would be a correct answer because the letter “W” isn’t found in the word “Palau”, but an element called “Palau” with symbol “Ul” would not be a correct answer because the word “Palau” has both a “U” and an “L” in it. (10 answers)

Art(s & Literature)
8. Art: On Wikipedia(!!!)’s list of paintings sold privately or in an auction for over US$65,000,000, the prices are derived by converting the sale prices into US dollars through the exchange rate at the time, if necessary. Then, they are adjusted for inflation into September 2014 dollars. Name one of the eleven artists with multiple paintings in this list. I will give you the names of the paintings for each artist to help you out, though you do not need to give the letter. You can give the letter if you want, though. (11 answers)
A. Three Studies of Lucian Freud; Triptych, 1976; Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards
B. The Card Players; La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du bosquet du Château Noir; Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier
C. Woman III; Police Gazette
D. Portrait of Dr. Gachet; Portrait of Joseph Roulin; Irises; Portrait l’artist sans barbe; A Wheatfield With Cypresses (A Cornfield With Cypresses); Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers; Peasant Woman Against a Background of Wheat
E. Flag; False Start
F. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I; Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II
G. Anna’s Light; Black Fire I
H. Le Rêve; Garçon à la pipe; Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust; Dora Maar au Chat; Les Noces de Pierrette; Yo, Picasso; Au Lapin Agile; Acrobate et jeune arlequin; Femme aux Bras Croisés; Femme assise dans un jardin
I. Orange, Red, Yellow; White Center (Yellow, Pink, and Lavender on Rose); No 1 (Royal Red and Blue); Untitled
J. Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos, Marquis of Vasto, in Armor with a Page; Diana and Actaeon; Diana and Callisto
K. Eight Elvises; Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster); Turquoise Marilyn; Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I); Triple Elvis [Ferus Type]; Four Marlons; Men in Her Life
9. Literature: Complete one of the following book titles. (Each blank is a number.) You must include the missing number and the letter in your response.
A. Charles Dickens: A Tale of _______ Cities
B. Joseph Heller: Catch-________
C. Helene Hanff: ______ Charing Cross Road
D. Jules Verne: Around the World in ________ Days
E. Khaled Hosseini: __________ Splendid Suns
F. Ray Bradbury: Farenheit __________
G. Arthur C. Clarke: ______: A Space Odyssey
H. Greg Mortenson: __________ Cups of Tea
I. Mitch Albom: The _______ People You Meet In Heaven
J. Tom Clancy: Rainbow _________
K. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: __________ Years of Solitude
L. William Shakespeare: Henry _______ (Several numbers would be acceptable, but the correct answer here is the highest possible number that could fit in that blank.)

Sports (& Leisure)
10. American Football: Name a current NFL team that has never won a Super Bowl. If a team wins a Super Bowl and then moves to a different city, its wins in its original city count for the purposes of this question. (13 answers)
11. Board Games: Name a game that has been inducted into Games Magazine’s “Board Games Hall of Fame”. (25 answers)
Note 1: Not all of these are actual board games.
Note 2: All 25 games in this Hall of Fame were first created in the twentieth century for profit, rather than games like chess, checkers, and backgammon that have histories dating back many centuries.

12. Music: Name one of the ten songs on the compilation album Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) by the Eagles (hint: not Hotel California or any other song on the Hotel California album), or name one of the five Eagles who were members of the band before Joe Walsh joined in December 1975. (15 answers)
13. Television: This question focuses entirely on one television show in the television universe: Jeopardy! This show is a quiz show that periodically invites its big winners from the previous 1-2 years back to do a Tournament of Champions. Name one of the fifteen big winners who played in the Tournament of Champions that aired in November of 2014, whose original games aired throughout the 21 months before said Tournament of Champions aired. (15 answers)

In the rules post, I posted how many points an incorrect answer garners given the sheep score. For sheep scores of 1 and 2, wrong answers simply garner double the sheep. However, for sheep scores between 3 and 20, I used a mathematical pattern/function that is undefined for input values of 1 and 2. Identify this pattern. (Note that it is not the y-values of a high degree polynomial or anything; once you see the pattern you will probably know that it is the correct pattern.) Getting this correct will result in an exact 10% reduction of your score, and there is no penalty for getting it wrong.

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TD 234, ZachTheRiah, π Day

Q1: Edible πe

According to a survey done by Schwan Consumer Brands of North America, name one of the top ten ranked pies among Americans, OR one of the top five TV mom's who would bake the best pie. (Note: for the first question, participants were asked to list their top three favorites, so as far as I understand as long as the pie was listed in the top three, it was counted in the survey results.)

Q2: Words with πs

Identify the following words that contain "PI" in them. (The number of letters in the correct answer is listed.)
  • (a) A scottish musical instrument. (7)
  • (b) A plant that grows on a plant. (8)
  • (c) Diver's position. (4)
  • (d) A church's high point. (5)
  • (e) A general has good ones. (5)
  • (f) Reverence. (5)
  • (g) Ghandi or Dr. King, for some. (8)
  • (h) Meyer or Stoker character. (7)
  • (i) The Matterhorn could be described as this. (6)
  • (j) Eight-legged sea creatures. (6)
Q3: π Reading

Any number in each quote is replaced with a multiple of π. Identify the following quotes; name the author of the book/poem the quote comes from. (DO NOT name the character who said the quote, if applicable)
  • (a) "O that we now had here but π of those men in England that do no work to-day!"
  • (b) "π roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the π less travelled by, and that has made all the difference."
  • (c) "Whoever is there, as the clock strikes π, will be shadowed by π of my men; of these, π, or perhaps 2π, or even 3π, will leave for France to-morrow. π of these will be the `Scarlet Pimpernel.'"
  • (d) "π pharmacologists and biochemists were subsidized in A.F. π"
  • (e) "π children--π male, π female--to each family unit. It was written very clearly in the rules."
  • (f) "The πth method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."
  • (g) "Flirting is a woman's trade, π must keep in practice."
  • (h) "I lived at West Egg, the--well, the least fashionable of the π, though this is a most superficial tag to express the bizarre and not a little sinister contrast between them. My house was at the very tip of the egg, only π yards from the Sound, and squeezed between π huge places that rented for π or 2π a season."
  • (i) "For good or ill, let the wheel turn. The wheel has been still, these π years, and no good. For ill or good, let the wheel turn. For who knows the end of good or evil?"
  • (j) "I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at π time been ashamed. About π years ago they were told that they were free, united with others of our country in everything pertaining to the common good, and, in everything social, separate from the fingers of the hand. And they believed it. They exulted in it. They stayed in their place, worked hard, and brought up my father to do the same."
Q4: π Throwing & "Smush"ing

For those of you who remember USA's show "Smush", this question is a throwback to that show. The idea is you take words and "smush" them together to make a phrase. For example:

NCAA basketball tournament group remaining after the Elite Eight games + The "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything" = Final FOUR + FOURty-Two = Final FOURty-Two

All of these "Smush"es will have words relating to circles, as π comes from circular measurement, or contain "THREE", "ONE" or "FOUR" somewhere in the answer.
  • (a) Unit of measurement meaning "parallax of one arcsecond" + A line or segment touching two points on a circle + What the pattern seen here is called.
  • (b) Pattern noticed in the movie Signs + The opening musical number in The Lion King
  • (c) The Maid of Orleans + French monument built to remember, in part, the French Revolution
  • (d) 2015 car coming in EX, EX-L, LX, and Touring versions + The musical example as follows: I IV V I
  • (e) Where Buzz Lightyear was originally stationed + Thornton Wilder play
  • (f) Giving your all is giving this much + The main playing field at Wimbleton
  • (g) The "Anvil Chorus" composer + The distance through the center of a circle touching the circumference on opposite sides + A member of the family Theraphosidae.
  • (h) What you get at the beach from a yellow dwarf + A line that touches exactly once on the circumference of a circle + What Valentine and Proteus are, in the Shakespeare play
  • (i) Movie with a tiger on a boat + A programming language requiring indentation
  • (j) 80's/90's phrase meaning "awesome" + The measurement from a circle's center to its circumference + What you'd use Kelly's Blue Book to price
Q5: Events that Happened on 3/14

Pick an event, name the year this happened. (You must be within 3 years above or below to be correct. This means that if the answer is 1900, anywhere from 1897 to 1903 inclusive is correct.)
  • (a) The first Linux kernel is released.
  • (b) Eli Whitney is given a patent for the cotton gin.
  • (c) Casey Jones' birth.
  • (d) Karl Marx's death.
  • (e) Balto, a sled dog, died.
  • (f) Slovakia declares independence.
  • (g) The night before Julius Caesar died.
  • (h) Pope Francis has his first mass in the Sistine Chapel.
  • (i) Ferdinand I becomes Holy Roman Emperor.
  • (j) The first pi day is celebrated in San Francsico.
Q6: π Facts

Pick one. Answer it.
  • (a) What biblical book contains a reference to π, as referenced in the following quotation? "And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other: it was round all about, and his height was five cubits: and a line of thirty cubits did compass it round about."
  • (b) In Greek alphabetical order, with α being 1 and ω being 24, π is what letter number?
  • (c) What university announces its admissions on π day each year, ever since 2012?
  • (d) In 1897, what state legislature unsuccessfully attempted to legislate the value of π?
  • (e) In what TV show was the square root of π used to test the memory of the "Midnight Entity"?
  • (f) What French perfume company developed a π men's cologne?
  • (g) What Star Trek character gave the command "Computer, this is a Class A compulsory directive. Compute to the last digit, the value of pi." in the episode "Wolf in the Fold"?
  • (h) The first π day in San Francisco occured at what location?
  • (i) What famous physicist was born on March 14, 1879, and also won the Nobel prize for some of his work?
  • (j) What 10-letter word describes π, essentially meaning that it is not a fraction?
Q7: Music in 3|4 time (314)

What artist originally performed the song? If the track is instrumental, then give the composer. The year listed is the year of release or performance for the first time. (The majority of the song is in 3/4 time.)
  • (a) "Breakaway" (2004)
  • (b) "Open Arms" (1982)
  • (c) "Sleeping Beauty Waltz" (1890)
  • (d) "Come Away with Me" (2002)
  • (e) "Rainbow Connection" (1979)
  • (f) "Ice Dance" (1990)
  • (g) "The Millionaire Waltz" (1976)
  • (h) "Hollywood Waltz" (1973)
  • (i) "Winterlude" (1970)
  • (j) "Neville's Waltz" (2005)
Q8: π Math

Your answer must have π in it and be exact! No decimal approximations allowed.
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Q9: π Country with Roman Numeral Leader

Name a country with at least 314,159 people that has a current world leader (head of government or state) with a roman numeral suffix as part of their official name. Populations are verified by the CIA factbook. Jr. and Sr. do not count. The suffix must be a I, II, III, IV, etc.

Q10: Digits of π

When do each of the following digits of π appear in the sequence of digits for the first time? For example...


A is the first digit, B is the second digit, etc.
  • (a) 0 (i.e. What digit place does the first zero appear?)
  • (b) 1
  • (c) 2
  • (d) 3
  • (e) 4
  • (f) 5
  • (g) 6
  • (h) 7
  • (i) 8
  • (j) 9
Tie Breaker: π Recitation

Give an approximation to π to as many decimal places as possible. Each successive, correct digit placement from left to right counts for one tiebreaker point. However, once a digit is read as incorrect no further points may be awarded.

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TD 236, HeathenBenny, Wrestlemania

1) THE ROCK: In 2014, Dwayne Johnson, who portrays The Rock in WWE, played the title role in the film Hercules. Name another child of Jupiter OR name a child of Zeus, Jupiter’s Greek equivalent. Note that, even if they represent the same person, Greek and Roman names count as different children. (21 answers)

2) JOHN CENA: A month after winning the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 21 a decade ago, John Cena released his debut rap album You Can’t See Me, to mixed reviews. Name a performer to win a Grammy for Rap Album, Rap Performance, or Rap Song. (33 answers)

3) RUSEV: The current United States champion is, ironically,the most anti-American wrestler in years. He’s a Bulgarian expat who lives in Moscow and champions Vladimir Putin as his hero. Name a post-Soviet state. (15 answers)

4) THE UNDERTAKER: The 50-year old Undertaker hasn’t needed an undertaker yet, as he’s still fighting in the WWE (albeit only once a year). Name one of the top 10 leading causes of death in America, according to the CDC.

5) ROMAN REIGNS: Despite being the fastest rising star in the company and the #1 contender to the WWE Championship, there is absolutely nothing interesting about Roman Reigns. Name one of the top 10 longest reigning British monarchs. GET IT BECAUSE HIS LAST NAME.

6) SETH ROLLINS: Perhaps one of the most hated wrestlers in recent memory, Seth Rollins is the current Mr. Money In The Bank. This entitles him to one WWE Championship match whenever he wants to cash it in. He was also the victim of a naked picture leak recently, but I’m not going to stoop to that level in such a classy competition as Think Different. So on the topic of money, name one of the 20 most profitable companies in the world in the last year.

7) DARREN YOUNG: The LGBT community, of which I am a part, gained a new (publicly known) member in 2013 when Darren Young came out to a TMZ cameraman. Earlier this week, a Gallup poll revealed the metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of LGBT residents. Name one of the top 10.

8) BROCK LESNAR: Alright, I lied: there is one WWE question in here. Besides the current champion, Brock Lesnar, name someone who has held a major singles title in the WWE. This includes the WWE Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the Undisputed WWE Championship, or the WWE's ECW Championship, as well as any of these titles branded with the name WWF or WWWF. (Many, many answers)

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TD 237, Ryno, The Masters


Question #1 – Hodgepodge (Part 1)
Answer one of the options below. I need just one. Just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter with your response. That goes for later “pick one” questions as well.

A – This cartoon character is the mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes™ cereal.
B – This character from the Legally Blonde movies wore pink and carried a Chihuahua named Bruiser.
C – This song from the Rocky III soundtrack was a #1 hit for Survivor in 1983.
D – This man was recently featured in an insurance commercial where he ordered lunch meat at a supermarket deli.
E – This character created by J.M. Barrie was the daughter of Great Big Little Panther.
F – This Stephen Sondheim musical featured the characters Cinderella, Rapunzel and the Baker’s Wife.
G – According to the Cambridge Companion to William Blake, this 1794 poem is “the most anthologized poem in English.”
H – This gathering in New Hampshire addressed the regulation of the international monetary and financial order after World War II.
I – This professional wrestler played a Mongol hippie in the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Red Heat.
J – This album by Sleater-Kinney includes the songs “Entertain” and “Jumpers.”

Birdie Opportunity (bonus question): How do all of the options above relate to the theme of this TD?

Question #2 – Georgia Cities
The Masters is held in Augusta Georgia. In honor of Augusta, name one of the top 15 most populous cities in the state of Georgia.

Question #3 – Sacred Destinations
A trip to Augusta to watch The Masters has been called a “pilgrimage” for golf fans by some commentators. In honor of those fans that will make this journey, answer one of the options below related genuine sacred destinations and pilgrimages.

A – In June this town in France will host the 57th Annual International Military Pilgrimage.
B – This 1569 mile long river in India is considered sacred by Hindus.
C – This sacred journey to Spain, taken by pilgrims since the middle-ages, is symbolized by a seashell.
D - This island in Japan is home to a 750 mile long circular pilgrimage trek that includes 88 Buddhist temples.
E – This is the location where Thomas Beckett was martyred.
F – This is the name of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
G – This town in Austria is home to an image of the Virgin Mary carved in lime-tree wood.
H – This structure has been a focal point of protest by a group led by the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman.
I – This New York town is considered to be the birthplace of Mormonism.
J – A shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, is the home of the tomb for this 20th century man who was believed to have had the sacred stigmata.


Question #4 – Bears and Other Things
Answer one of the options below.

A – This was the first name of a bald nursery rhyme bear.
B – This English romantic poet penned the 1814 poem “She Walks in Beauty.”
C – This large marine mammal is the only living species in the Odobenidae family.
D – In this 2004 film, Curtis Armstrong played the founder of Atlantic Records.
E – This TV series that aired from 1967 to 1969 starred Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver.
F – This was the two word moniker of Elvis Presley.
G – These are the Spanish words for “The Duck”.
H – This is the name for an athlete who plays for the University of California (Berkeley).
I – This stock character often appears as an antagonist in Arthurian literature and is sometimes associated with death.
J – Hall of Fame pitcher Robert Moses Grove was better known by this moniker.

Birdie Opportunity (bonus question): How do all of the options above relate to the theme of this TD? (Note: I’m looking for two key points here, so be specific)

Question #5 – Bein’ Green
An iconic symbol of The Masters is the famous green jacket that is awarded every year to the tournament’s winner. In honor of the green jacket, name one of the words/lyrics sung by Kermit the Frog in his signature song “Bein’ Green.”

Question #6 – Eisenhower Tree
One of the iconic fixtures at Augusta National was the Eisenhower Tree that was unfortunately removed last year due to severe damage from an ice storm. The tree obtained its name due to the fact that avid golfer President Dwight Eisenhower had the tendency to always hit the tree. In honor of the Eisenhower Tree, name one of the ranks that Dwight Eisenhower held as an officer in the U.S. Army, or one type of tree in which a hole at the Augusta National golf course is named after.


Question #7 – Hodgepodge (Part 2)
Answer one of the options below.

A – This Marine Corps veteran will star in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.
B – This is the number of planets within the inner solar system.
C – This is the number of appendages on most starfish.
D – This is the number of sides to a heptagon.
E – This is the atomic number for the chemical element Fluorine.
F – The Cy Young Award recognizes excellence for this baseball activity.
G – This 19th century French writer penned the novels Mauprat and Consuelo.
H – This form of women’s footwear was popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo in the 1930s.
I – This idiom is defined by the Free Dictionary as “to do things of little consequence; to do small tasks found around the house.”

Birdie Opportunity (bonus question): How do all of the options above relate to the theme of this TD?

Question #8 – Cabinet Secretaries and Moore
In 2012, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and businesswoman Darla Moore became the first female members of the Augusta National Golf Club. In honor of these two members, name a woman that has held a Cabinet Secretary position in the U.S. federal government since 2001, or an actress with the last name of Moore who has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Question #9 – Golf Tournament Celebrity Names
The Masters as a “major” tournament does not have a sponsor in its title. Most tournaments have a title sponsor. There have even been celebrities who have attached their names to golf tournaments. In honor of these tournament celebrity names, answer one of these options below:

A – This man starred in several “Road to…” comedies with Dorothy Lamour.
B – This man also starred in several “Road to…” comedies with Dorothy Lamour.
C - This man’s TV variety show introduced America to the Osmond family.
D – This woman had a relationship with a younger Burt Reynolds during the 1970s.
E – This singer had a hit with “Mirrors.”
F – This actor player Corporal Klinger on the TV series M*A*S*H.
G – When asked by a golf enthusiast what his handicap was, this man answered “I’m a colored, one-eyed Jew – do I need anything else?”
H – These siblings had a hit with “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).”
I – When struggling in life, this Maronite rite Catholic made a promise to a first century apostle and martyr to build an institution which continues to sponsor a golf tournament.


Question #10 – Personalities
Answer one of the options below.

A – This man hosts Sports Jeopardy!
B – This actor played Albert ‘Gib’ Gibson in the film True Lies.
C – This man served as the 42nd President of the United States.
D – This co-creator of the sitcom Seinfeld starred in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.
E – This person presided as the CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001.
F – This Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient has a statue honoring him located at City Hall Plaza in Boston.
G – This person served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001.
H – This former football coach appears in a Catholics Come Home commercial where he proclaims that the ultimate goal is heaven.
I – This woman is currently the highest ranked American on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Birdie Opportunity (bonus question): Which 1992 Masters participant has interviewed all of the personalities listed above?

Question #11 – A Traditional Gift unlike Any Other
A phrase that all TV viewers of The Masters will hear many times is “a tradition unlike any other.” With hope that this phrase is not overused, name one of the “traditional” wedding anniversary gifts for anniversary years 1 through 10, 25 or 50.

Question #12 – Hogan Bridge
The last question, Question #12 is related to the 12th hole at Augusta National. A famous sight at Augusta National is the Hogan Bridge over Rae’s Creek that leads to the 12th hole green. The bridge was named after former winner Ben Hogan. In honor of the Hogan Bridge, name one bridge that connects the island of Manhattan to New Jersey or an outer borough, or a professional wrestler with the last name (“stage name”) of Hogan.

How many dimples are there on a Titleist PRO V-1® golf ball? (Advantage to the closest number)

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TD 238, jeopfansincebirth, College Fight and Victory Songs

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TD 239, Woof, Back to Basics

1. Name one of the 13 colonies that were signatories to the Declaration of Independence

2. Name a Canadian province or territory (13 possible answers)

3. Name one of the tragedies written by William Shakespeare. Since there is a bit of uncertainty about the status of a few of his plays, I will accept as an answer any of the plays identified as a tragedy in the First Folio as well an any play generally agreed upon today as a tragedy. (12 possible answers)

4. Name an MLB team that has played in a World Series in the period 2001-present (15 possible answers)

5. Name a film that has received the Academy Award for Best Picture in the period 2001-present. To be absolutely clear, the years refer to the dates of the Academy Award ceremony, so the films were released in the years 2000-2014. (15 possible answers)

6. Name a member of The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Because lineups changed and some musicians were members of bands only briefly, I am considering only those musicians who played in the band for a year or more. (15 possible answers)

7. Name a current member nation of the UN Security Council (15 possible answers)

8. Name a company in the top 20 of the Fortune 500 List for 2014. The Fortune 500 list is a list published yearly by Fortune magazine of the 500 largest publicly and privately held US corporations, ranked by gross revenue. The top 20 companies are those with the largest gross revenue.

9. Name the artist who painted one of the following 15 iconic paintings. Please include the letter indicating the painting with your answer.

A. Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)
B. The Scream
C. Irises
D. Guernica
E. Girl with a Pearl Earring
F. No. 5, 1948
G. The Persistence of Memory
H. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I
I. Luncheon of the Boating Party
J. The Night Watch
K. The School of Athens
L. The Birth of Venus
M. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
N. American Gothic
O. Nighthawks

10. Name one of the 15 most viewed basic cable networks in prime time

11. Name a chemical element that has a one-letter symbol (14 possible answers)

12. Name one of the 15 most common words in the English language. Because this is necessarily a fuzzy category, I will take as authoritative the frequency of words found in the Oxford Corpus, a compendium of 21st Century writings of all sorts, from "literary novels and specialist journals to everyday newspapers and magazines and from Hansard to the language of blogs, emails, and social media." It should be noted that they consider words to be lexemes, meaning that all conjugations of a verb and all declensions of pronouns and articles are treated as single entries (e.g., write, writes, wrote and writing would all be considered a single entry, as would they/them/their)

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TD 240, jjwaymee, 100,000 Words

Question 1: Name the television show from one of the following images of its cast. Include the letter of your choice.










Question 2: Name the James Bond film from one of the following images. Include the letter of your choice.

Bonus (-1 pt): Which artist(s) perform(s) the main theme in the opening credits for the James Bond film you have selected? You must supply a correct answer to the base question to be eligible for the bonus deduction.

Hint: I have omitted “Never Say Never Again” from the pool of possible answers because it is not part of the official Bond cannon. I have also omitted “Dr. No” and “From Russia with Love” because neither one of those early films had yet incorporated an eponymous title theme being sung over the opening credits.











Question 3: Name the company logo from one of the images shown below. Include the letter of your choice.









Question 4: Name the game from its image shown below. Include the letter of your choice.









Question 5: Name the sovereign country from the image of its flag shown below.










HALFTIME! (Question 6): No pictures this time, just some words that became pictures. Name the film that was adapted from one of the following books or short stories. Each film has a different title than its source book or story. Include the letter of your choice.

Pay close attention here: I will provide the name of the book, the author of the book, and the year that corresponding FILM was released. You are to provide the name of the film.

Bonus (-1 pt): Name a film that was nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award in the year that your choice was released (***see the clarifications more more detail about which year is the correct year***). If your chosen answer is a film that was nominated, you must select a DIFFERENT nominee in that same year. You do NOT have to correctly answer the base question to be eligible for the bonus.

A) Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes --- 1968
B) Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad --- 1979
C) Bringing Down the House, Ben Mezrich --- 2008
D) Push, Sapphire --- 2009
E) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick --- 1982
F) The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean --- 2002
G) The Greatest Gift, Philip Van Doren Stern --- 1948
H) Shoeless Joe, W. P. Kinsella --- 1989
I) The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, J. H. Patterson --- 1996
J) The Body, Stephen King --- 1986
K) My Posse Don’t Do Homework, LouAnne Johnson --- 1995

Question 7: Name the brand (or “make”) of automobile associated with one of the images below. I do NOT need you to specify the exact model (or year). I also will NOT accept an answer of the parent corporation, should your chosen answer be one particular brand made by a corporation with multiple brands (i.e. “General Motors” is not a correct answer). Include the letter of your choice.











Question 8: Name the comic strip from one of the images below. Include the letter of your choice.








Question 9: Name the solo artist or band from its depiction on "The Simpsons" as shown below. Include the letter of your choice.










Question 10: Name the candidate that was the runner-up in a U.S. Presidential Election from one of the images shown below. Include the letter of your choice.












And now, the return of my favorite TD question of all time! This concept originally appeared in TD 199. I loved it so much that I have brought it back for an encore.

Question 11: Given the following images of the 50 states, name the attribute that the highlighted states have in common. Include the letter of your choice.

Each answer will be an objective fact with a specific answer. It will not be something vague or general like “the biggest” or “the warmest”. Refer back to TD 199 (Question #8) for a refresher.

Bonus: You will receive -0.5 points for every answer that you can solve in addition to your selected answer, for a maximum bonus of -4.5 pts. To be clear –- you will provide one answer to the base question and up to nine other answers for the bonus question. You do NOT have to correctly answer the base question to be eligible for the bonus. You MUST provide a corresponding letter for every bonus answer that you attempt and you may only provide ONE answer per image.









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TD 241, Blue Lion, Lion Country

1. DANIEL IN THE DEN OF LIONS—In Chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel, King Darius orders Daniel to be thrown into the den of lions.

Name a book of the Old Testament (King James Version), aside from Daniel, whose name has six or fewer letters. [17 possible answers; two of them consist of multiple books, and each will be considered a single response]

2. THE WHITE LIONS OF TIMBAVATI--Timbavati, in South Africa, is the home of rare white lions that carry the recessive gene known as a color inhibitor. Timbavati is a region of South Africa, which is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, an association headed by Queen Elizabeth II.

Name a Commonwealth country, other than South Africa, that is located on the African continent or is an island country considered part of Africa. [17 possible answers]

3. LEO THE LION—The name Leo and its cognate, Leon, come from the Latin word for “lion”. Each of these 12 clues has something to do with a famous person with the name Leo(n). Answer one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the description that corresponds to your answer.
a. Playing for this team in Super Bowl XXVII, Leon Lett gained a place in sports infamy after his showboating with a recovered fumble cost his team a touchdown.
b. Leo Rosten’s books introduced Americans to the joys of this language.
c. The title of Leon Uris’s first novel, which was based on his experience as a member of the Marine Corps during World War II.
d. Either of British singer Leo Sayer’s two songs that were back-to-back #1 hits on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977.
e. U.S. Representative Leo Ryan was assassinated by members of the People’s Temple cult in this South American country.
f. Melissa Leo won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this 2010 film.
g. The only World Series-winning team that Leo “The Lip” Durocher managed (I just need the team’s name, not the year that it won).
h. In 2009, Leon Panetta succeeded Michael Hayden as the head of this federal agency.
i. Leo G. Carroll won the Primetime Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama in 1966 and again in 1967 for playing this character in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
j. In 455 A.D. Pope Leo I, who was later sainted, persuaded this barbarian leader not to sack Rome.
k. Character actor Leo McKern played this eccentric barrister in a British television series that ran from 1978 to 1992.
l. Either of the two films for which Leo McCarey won the Academy Award for Best Director.

4. THE NITTANY LIONS--Penn State University’s mascot is the “Nittany Lion.” This animal isn’t a true lion but is a smaller North American wild feline variously known as a mountain lion, cougar, puma, or panther. Since 1994, the Nittany Lions' athletic teams have played in the Big Ten Conference, which currently has 14 schools.

Name the mascot of a Big Ten school other than Penn State. And did I mention that I was once a mascot? A lion mascot? [13 possible answers]

5. THE LION KING, PART 1—Every year, the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association presents the Annie Awards for excellence in animation. Beginning in 1992, the organization has awarded a Annie for Best Animated Feature Film. The Lion King (1994) is one of 13 Disney films to have won that award.

Name a Disney film, other than The Lion King, that won the Annie for Best Animated Feature. [12 possible answers; multiple films belonging to the same franchise will be treated as separate answers]

6. THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT—In December 1961, The Tokens’ version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” made it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and held the top spot for three weeks.

Name a song that first reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 after January 1, 1990, and spent more than 10 weeks—consecutive or not--at #1. I just want the title; you don’t have to name the artist or group who performed it. [19 possible answers; two of these songs won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, one won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and one charted this year]

Note: The following songs reached #1 after January 1, 1990, and spent exactly 10 weeks at #1; therefore, they don’t make the cut: "Dilemma", "Foolish", "Gold Digger", “Happy”, “Irreplaceable", “Low”, "Maria Maria", and "We Found Love”.

7. THE 1957 DETROIT LIONS—I live in Greater Detroit. One of the crosses we bear, aside from awful weather and potholed roads, is our local pro football team, the Detroit Lions. The Lions haven’t won a league championship (NFL Championship Game or Super Bowl) since 1957.

Each of the 12 people described below was born in 1957. Identify one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the clue that corresponds to that answer.
a. Quarterbacked the Oklahoma Sooners football team, later served four terms as a member of Congress from Oklahoma.
b. Tony Award winner whose parents were both Tony Award winners.
c. Succeeded Branford Marsalis as bandleader on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1995, and held that job until 2010.
d. President of Afghanistan from 2004 until 2014.
e. Host of the Pacifica Network radio news show "Democracy Now!"
f. Creator of The X-Files.
g. The current governor of Virginia.
h. Had a five-year run (1986-91) on Saturday Night Live, replaced Jean Smart on Designing Women, died in 2014.
i. Won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Almost Famous.
j. Frontman for Pure Prairie League, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
k. Creator of the Dilbert comic strip.
l. President of the American Federation of Teachers.

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9. “THROW HIM TO THE LIONS”—In ancient Rome, one form of capital punishment was damnatio ad bestes, which meant the condemned criminal was thrown to lions or other wild animals. The punishment was generally reserved for the worst criminals. However, some Roman emperors subjected Christians to it as well.

Name a Roman emperor—whether he threw anyone to the lions or not--who reigned between the death of Augustus (14 A.D.) and the beginning of the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161 A.D.). [14 possible answers]

10. THE LION IN WINTER—The 1968 historical drama The Lion in Winter, which starred Peter O’Toole as King Henry II of England and Katherine Hepburn as his wife, the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine, is one of my all-time favorites. Hepburn’s performance won her one of her four Academy Awards for Best Actress. O’Toole’s performance earned him one of his eight nominations for Best Actor. (O’Toole never won a competitive acting Oscar, though the Academy gave him an honorary award in 2003.)

Name one of the 11 films, other than The Lion in Winter, for which Katherine Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress (11), whether she won or not; or one of the seven films, other than The Lion in Winter, for which O’Toole was nominated for Best Actor. [18 possible answers]

11. THE LION KING, PART 2—The stage version of The Lion King opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997, and is still running. As of April 25, 2015, it ranked fourth on the list of most performances (7,249) by a Broadway musical. It has also taken in over $1 billion, making it the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time.

Name a Broadway musical (the term includes revues and "jukebox musicals") that has had a run of 4,000 or more performances. The production need not be currently running, and the 4,000-plus-performance run may have occurred either for the original production or for a revival. [11 possible answers].

Note: Jersey Boys, with 3,916 performances (and still running), is the musical with the most performances that fails to clear the 4,000-performance bar.

12. LION POTPOURRI—Each of these 12 clues identifies someone or something associated with the King of Beasts. Identify one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the description that corresponds to your answer.
a. This band’s logo features two lions, which represent the zodiac sign of bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor.
b. Its national soccer team is nicknamed “The Indomitable Lions”.
c. At this annual festival, the Golden Lion is the top prize.
d. His play, Androcles and the Lion, premiered in 1912.
e. Films from this studio begin with a roaring lion underneath the Latin motto Ars Gratia Artis.
f. The British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League have won this trophy six times in their history.
g. In this book of the Bible, the following passage appears: "Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda[h]...hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
h. He became King of England after the death of Richard the Lionheart in 1199.
i. At this battle in 480 B.C., the Spartan king Leonidas (“Son of Lion”) died.
j. He played the Cowardly Lion in the film The Wizard of Oz.
k. This is the two-word motto of Lions Clubs International.
l. William Manchester wrote a three-volume biography, The Last Lion, about this man.

13. "PATIENCE” AND “FORTITUDE,” THE LIONS IN FRONT OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY—These famous stone lions were given their names by Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who was the mayor of New York City between 1933 and 1945.

Name one of the people who served as mayor of New York City after La Guardia left office. [10 possible answers]

Bonus question: In New York City’s 1969 municipal election, these two Pulitzer Prize-winning writers ran as a ticket for mayor and City Council president. Their platform called for the five boroughs to secede and become the 51st state. [-1 point for each correct answer; no penalty for an incorrect answer, and you need not identify the office either writer ran for]

TIE-BREAKER—Columbia University’s sports teams are called the “Lions”, and one of its school colors is blue, which makes it a perfect Blue Lion choice for a tie-breaker.

Here it is. According to the university’s website, how many volumes did Columbia’s library system hold in 2013?

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TD 242, StevenH, So It's Seriously Come to an Excuse for the Worst TD Ever

1. Name a play that Henrik Ibsen wrote.

2. Remember when Macauly Culkin was a child star? Those were the days! NOT COUNTING SEQUELS, name a movie in which Macauly Culkin appeared that was released in theaters in the United States between January 1, 1988, and December 31, 1994.

3. Name any one of the 12 labors* of Herakles. *NOTE: All I am looking for here is the creature(s) or object(s) that was the subject of each labor; you don’t have to say what he had to do to/with each one. But, you need to be specific in your response. For example, if one of his labors was to kill a creature called the “pink dragon” then the response that you would need to give is “pink dragon.”

4. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains are considered to be the “Big 4” of the Seattle grunge bands who emerged during the 1980s and early 1990s. Name someone who is or was a member of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, or Alice in Chains.

5. 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 total major plates.

6. Name someone who competed as a contestant in a Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, and/or the Battle of the Decades tournament who currently has their own Wikipedia page on them.

7. 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. *NOTE: You do NOT have to specify which option you are referring to with your response.

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

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

9. The Hundred Years War lasted from 1337-1453. Name a battle that was fought as part of the Hundred Years War.

10. Name any one of the 9 characters from The Simpsons who is pictured* in one of the below spoiler boxes. *NOTE: Yes, you can partially see Moe’s face in one of the pictures, but Moe is not acceptable as a correct response. Don’t guess Moe.


11. Since Art is awesome, why not have a “name the artist from the painting” question? Some cool 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 eight works that is pictured in one of the spoiler boxes below.


12. NBA Jam is an arcade video game that was released in 1993 and features 2-on-2 gameplay. 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. ***HINT: I am going to save you from the trap that is here and tell you that Michael Jordan is NOT a correct response; don’t guess MJ.

a) Chicago Bulls
b) Cleveland Cavaliers
c) Orlando Magic
d) Denver Nuggets
e) Los Angeles Clippers
f) Portland Trail Blazers

13. India has 29 states. Identify a city that serves as the administrative capital* of any one of India’s 29 states. *NOTE: There may be more than one correct answer for each state, and cities that serve as the capitals of the same state will be counted as separate correct responses.

14. 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 a composer who was a member of Les Six.

Tiebreaker 1: Name one of the five actors or actresses who played a high school student who spent a Saturday in detention in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club.

Tiebreaker 2: Name one of the four U.S. states that is part of the Four Corners Monument.

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TD 243, RandyG, 1970s Pop/Rock

1. Name one of the groups or solo performers pictured below, all of which had multiple chart hits in the 1970s. Name only; associated letter is not required.

2. Carol Joan Klein, better known today as Carole King, graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1958, which I mention only because I graduated from Madison in 1972. Soon after graduation and still as a teenager, she didn’t take long to establish herself as one of the premier songwriters of the rock era, often partnering with her husband of many years, Gerry Goffin. It wasn’t until her 1971 breakthrough album, Tapestry, however, that she rose to superstar status as a singer-songwriter. To this date, Tapestry has remained one of the best selling albums of all time by a solo performer. Name:

(a) one of the 12 tracks from Carole King’s Tapestry album -or-
(b) one of the 8 solo performers or groups who had a Top 40 hit during the 1960s or 70s with a song that King recorded for her own album. (Many of the songs were written a decade or more before the album’s release.)

3. In the following pictures of actual 45 rpm records from the 1970s, one word or name is masked in each. Name a missing word or name. In a few cases, the same word or name is masked twice. Word/name only; associated letter is not required.
4. During the 1970s, 18 singles topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for at least 5 weeks. In the following, you’re given the initials for both the song and performer for 15 of these #1 hits. You’re also given one complete word within the title and leading “The”s. Name one of these songs. Complete title only; associated letter is not required.

For example, given: B.O.T.Water / S&G (1970), your answer would be “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

(A) I.B.There / The.J.5 (1970)
(B) O.B.Apple / The.O. (1971)
(C) Joy.T.T.W. / T.D.N. (1971)
(D) M.May / R.S. (1971)
(E) The.F.T.E.I.S.Y.F. / R.F. (1972)
(F) A.Again.(N.) / G.O’S. (1972)
(G) Killing.M.S.W.H.S. / R.F. (1973)
(H) Silly.L.S. / W. (1976)
(I) Tonight’s.T.N.(G.B.A.) / R.S. (1976)
(J) Best.O.M.L. / The.E. (1977)
(K) Night.F. / B.G. (1978)
(L) S.Dancing / A.G. (1978)
(M) Le.F. / C. (1978)
(N) Bad.G. / D.S. (1979)
(O) My.S. / The.K. (1979)

5. One performer's name is missing in each of the following duos and trios that charted during the 1970s. Answer with one of the missing names as the group was best known. Name only; associated letter is not required.

(A) __________ & Oates
(B) __________ & Tennille
(C) Seals & __________
(D) __________ & Messina
(E) __________ & Whitehead
(F) Hamilton, Joe Frank & _____________
(G) Peaches & __________
(H) England Dan & ____________
(I) __________ & Tina Turner
(J) Brewer & ___________
(K) ___________ & Chong
(L) ___________ & Bonnie
(M) ___________ & Dawn

6. Each of the following lyrics is the start of a notable 1970s song. The song title appears in the lyric, but here it's been blanked out, in a few cases more than once. Name one of these songs. Title only; associated letter is not required.

(A) Hey, did you happen to see ________________ in the world, and if you did, was she crying, crying?
(B) Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? Just like me, (They Long to Be) ______________
(C) ______________, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore.
(D) Who draws the crowd and plays so loud? Baby, it's _______________. Who's gonna steal the show, you know? Baby, it's _______________.
(E) ______________ is travelling tonight on a plane, I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain.
(F) ______________, send your camel to bed. Shadows painting our faces, traces of romance in our heads
(G) _______________ have seen the years and the slow parade of fears without crying
(H) I feel so bad I got a worried mind, I'm so lonesome all the time since I left my baby behind on ______________
(I) ______________ is easy cause you're beautiful. Makin' love with you is all I wanna do.
(J) _________________. I've thought about us for a long, long time. Maybe I think too much but something's wrong
(K) Everybody was _________________, those kicks were fast as lightning. In fact, it was a little bit frightening, but they fought with expert timing.
(L) You know I ______________________, I _____________________, I can't laugh and I can't sing, I'm finding it hard to do anything

7. You knew there was going to be a disco question. In the following, match the hit -- yes, hit -- disco song (lettered column) from the 1970s with its corresponding disco performer (numbered column.) Answer in the form A5, J2, etc. Note that there is one more song listed than performers.

A. More, More, More....................... 1. Vicki Sue Robinson
B. Turn the Beat Around................... 2. Gloria Gaynor
C. Car Wash................................. 3. Alicia Bridges
D. I Will Survive............................. 4. Thelma Houston
E. Shame..................................... 5. KC and the Sunshine Band
F. Fly, Robin, Fly........................... 6. Anita Ward
G. Ring My Bell..............................7. Andrea True Connection
H. I Love The Nightlife..................... 8. Van McCoy
I. Funky Town............................... 9. Lipps, Inc
J. Don't Leave Me This Way................ 10. Village People
K. YMCA...................................... 11. Evelyn “Champagne” King
L. Keep It Coming Love.................... 12. Hues Corporation
M. The Hustle................................ 13. Rose Royce
N. Rock the Boat

8. The 1970s saw the emergence of album-oriented rock, in contrast to the virtual monopoly of singles-oriented Top 40 formats of the 1960s. Name the group or solo performer who released one of the following albums, in which names and titles have been masked. Group/performer only; associated letter is not required.
9. All of the following made a name for themselves in 1970s pop/rock music (and beyond) as the lead singer in a very successful group, and often as a solo performer as well. Name one of these groups. Group name only; associated letter is not required.

(A) Marilyn McCoo
(B) David Gates
(C) Ric Ocasek
(D) Freddie Mercury
(E) Teddy Pendergrass
(F) Peter Cetera
(G) Debbie Harry
(H) Burton Cummings
(I) John Fogerty
(J) Justin Hayward
(K) Michael McDonald
(L) Eric Carmen
(M) Donald Fagen
(N) Robert Plant
(O) Don Henley

10. In the following, match the “one-hit wonder”** song (lettered column) from the 1970s with its corresponding “one-hit wonder” performer (numbered column.) Answer in the form A5, J2, etc. Note that there is one more song listed than performers.

A. You Light Up My Life........................................ 1. Terry Jacks
B. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)................... 2. Edison Lighthouse
C. Spirit In the Sky.............................................. 3. Elvin Bishop
D. In the Summertime.......................................... 4. Arlo Guthrie
E. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia................ 5. David Soul
F. Seasons in the Sun............................................ 6. Norman Greenbaum
G. I Can Help.................................................... 7. Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots
H. Put Your Hand in the Hand................................. 8. Mungo Jerry
I. Disco Duck..................................................... 9. Billy Swan
J. Don’t Give Up On Us......................................... 10. Debby Boone
K. Hot Child in the City........................................ 11. Shocking Blue
L. Venus.......................................................... 12. Nick GIlder
M. The City of New Orleans.................................... 13. VIcki Lawrence
N. Fooled Around and Fell in Love

** 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.

11. Simon & Garfunkel, one of the seminal groups of the mid-to-late 1960s, with 4 classic studio albums and 10 Top 40 hits, broke up officially in 1971. Subsequent to the break up, Paul Simon didn’t skip a beat in composing and recording his own songs as a solo performer. Name one of the 5 albums or 12 Top 40 Billboard singles released after the breakup through 1980, in which Simon's name appears “above the title”, i.e. credited either as a solo performer or alongside other performers.

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TD 244, Lumosityfan, Tennis Mania Galore!

1. Let’s start with an easy question: Name a Grand Slam champion starting from the 1968 French Open, when Open Era Tennis began.
2. In 2014, Rafael Nadal won his 9th French Open title, the most amount by a man of a single tournament. There have only been 8 franchises in the NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL that have won their respective championships at least 9 times. Name one.
3. The premier team competition of men’s tennis is called the Davis Cup. Name a country who has won the Davis Cup at least once.
4. The equivalent for the women is the Fed Cup. Name a country to have won the Fed Cup at least once.
5. The ATP Rankings began in 1973, the same year the Sears Tower finished being built. The Sears Tower stands at 1,730 feet from the ground to the pinnacle. Name a building that has a higher height to the pinnacle than the Sears Tower.
6. When Andy Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, he became the first British man to have won Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. The same year, the Germans tried to prove their world supremacy and the supremacy of the Aryan race at the Berlin Olympics. Name a country to win at least 10 medals at the 1936 Olympics. (Use country names as they would have said them in 1936.)
7. On May 17th, 2015, Novak Djokovic won his 24th Masters 1000 Trophy in Rome. Name an integer factor of 24.
8. Name a men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, or women’s doubles player who has gotten #1 but never won a Grand Slam of any kind (excluding mixed doubles)
9. Name a player in the men’s or women’s game who has earned either 50 singles titles or 50 doubles titles according to the ATP or WTA.
10. Finally, name a man in singles to have earned the world #1 ranking for at least one week in his career.

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TD 245, Tigershark, Barbie

1. Since Barbie is all about fashion, what better way to begin a Barbie quiz with a question about fashion. Over the years, many famous designers and high end fashion brands have created special limited edition Barbie dolls. Below are twelve dolls that have been designed by a famous designer or brand. Identify the one of the designers or brands who created the Barbie picture. Because I did state that knowledge of Barbie dolls was not required to answer any of the questions, I have included a photo of a famous gown or signature accessory designed by the same designer.

2. One of the most popular series is the Dolls of the World series. In the early 2000's, the Dolls of the World were inspired by historical princesses of various countries, such as this doll, the Princess of the Portuguese Empire:


Name a country or special administrative region where Portuguese is an official language or in the alternative, name a state in India that was colonized by the Portuguese.

3. Another doll in the Princesses of the World series is the Princess of the Pacific Islands:


The Pacific Islands are divided in the three main regions, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Below are twelve flags from Polynesian islands or islands groups, some of which are sovereign nations, some of which are part of other nations. Match one of the flags shown below to their corresponding island or islands group:
Bonus (-1): Identify the Polynesian Royal Palace pictured below: (You do not need to get Question 3 correct to be eligible for the bonus.)


4. Barbie also introduced dolls inspired by famous landmarks, like this one inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris:


Identify one of the other Parisian landmarks shown below:

5. This Barbie was inspired by Queen Elizabeth I:


Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter of Queen Anne Boleyn. She succeeded her half-sister Mary I to the throne. Name a queen of England or Great Britain after 1066 (either a monarch or queen consort) named Anne, Elizabeth, or Mary other than Elizabeth I, Mary I, or Anne Boleyn. Obviously, this answer has to be specific enough that I know which queen you are referring. Simply saying "Queen Anne" will be counted as a wrong answer. Note: I'm looking for someone who was actually queen. Wives of kings that died before their husband's coronation, even if they were the mother of a future monarch, are incorrect answers.

6. This Barbie was part of a series inspired by collegiate cheerleaders:


She is a cheerleader for Louisiana State University. LSU's team nickname is the Tigers. Name another school in NCAA Division I whose team nickname is the Tigers.

7. Barbie introduced a series of dolls inspired by the TV show "Dancing with the Stars:"


Name a celebrity that has won "Dancing with the Stars." For a one point bonus, name their professional dance partner. (You must answer Question 7 correctly to receive the bonus.)

8. This Barbie is called Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie:


Name the one of the books and/or TV shows and/or movies where one can find the following fictional vampires:

A. Aidan Waite
B. Barnabas Collins
C. Caroline Forbes
D. Count Orlok
E. Count von Count
F. Darla
G. Deacon Frost
H. Eli*
I. Eric Northman
J. Henry Sturges
K. Louis de Pointe du Lac
L. Lucy Westerna

*There is a vampire in the movie Blade II named Eli Damaskinos. That is not the Eli, I'm asking about. This refers to a different Eli without a given last name.

9. This lovely set was inspired by King Arthur and Queen Guinevere:


9. Name the source of one of the following interpretations of the Arthurian Legend:
For A-H, name the author of the work
A. Avalon High
B. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
C. The Crystal Cave
D. Historia Regum Britanniae
E. Idylls of the King
F. The Mists of Avalon
G. Le Morte D’Arthur
H. Once and Future King
For I, name the composer/lyricist team that wrote the musical (Last names only are fine, but I need both names)
I. Camelot
For J name the composer of the Opera
J. Tristan und Isolde
For K name the director of the film:
K. Excalibur
For L name the artist of the painting shown:


10. These dolls were part of a series called "Ladies of the 80's." The were inspired by Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, and Joan Jett respectively:


Name a single by Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, or Joan Jett that was a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

11. A popular theme in the collectible Barbie line is movies. Pictured below are twelve dolls inspired by movies or television. Name the actress that played the role that inspired one of the following dolls. Note: two of the dolls are inspired by classic TV shows. I'm looking for the actress who originated the role on the TV show, not the actress that played the role in the movie inspired by the TV show.
12. A movie that inspired several Barbie dolls is "Gone with the Wind." Here are two of them:


Fairly simple question- Name an actor credited in the film of Gone with the Wind.

13. Here are two more dolls inspired by movies:


They are, of course, Maria from "The Sound of Music" and Eliza Doolittle from "My Fair Lady." Did you really think I would get through this entire quiz without a musicals question? Name a song in the film version of "The Sound of Music" or "My Fair Lady." For clarification, I'm looking for a song that was in the original theatrical release of either film. Songs that were in the stage show, but were not included in the movie are wrong answers.

Two follow up bonus questions for minus one (-1) each (You do not have to answer question 13 correct to get either bonus):
Name the two songs in the Sound of Music film that were not in the original Broadway production.
One person associated with both films is Marni Nixon, who played "Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music." What was her role in "My Fair Lady"?

Bonus: Identify the name of these classic Barbie dolls. Minus one (-1) point for each correct answer for a maximum of minus three (-3):

1. Image
2. Image
3. Image

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TD 246, barandall800, Back to School

Part I: Fall Semester

1. Physical Science (PHY S 100)
The professor I had for Physical Science specialized in geology, and his already very high level of enthusiasm for the material skyrocketed when we got to that unit near the end of the semester. Name a currently recognized geologic period that occurred during the Cenozoic, Mesozoic, or Paleozoic Eras. (12 responses)

2. University Chorale (MUSIC 311R)
In 2007, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released “Showtime! Music of Broadway and Hollywood,” featuring 15 songs from well-known musicals and films. Name the musical/film from which one of the songs below originates. Please include the letter of your choice. (14)

A. “When You Wish Upon A Star”
B. “Who Will Buy?”, “Where Is Love?”
C. “Not While I’m Around”
D. “Sunrise, Sunset”
E. “Bring Him Home”
F. “Hymn To The Fallen”
G. “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
H. “Never Never Land”
I. “Come To My Garden”
J. “Over The Rainbow”
K. “Fill The World With Love”
L. “The Impossible Dream”
M. “In Dreams”
N. “The Circle of Life”

3. Doctrine & Covenants (REL C 324)
The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations, is colloquially abbreviated by Mormons as “D&C.” (Yes, I know, there’s an unfortunate coincidence regarding that abbreviation…) Name what one of the following well-known abbreviations/acronyms stands for. Please include the letter of your choice. (13)

A. S&P 500
D. TLC (the TV network)
E. HuffPo
H. A&W
I. Ofcom

4. Global Church 1900-Present (REL C 343)
In this class we learned about the history of the LDS Church in the 20th and 21st Century. Name one of the following famous members described here of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons. Please include the letter of your choice. (13)

A. Politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts and made two runs for the Republican nomination for President
B. Retired NFL quarterback who played for the 49ers and Buccaneers and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; named MVP in 1992, 1994, and the 1995 Super Bowl
C. Legendary R&B/soul/gospel singer whose hits include “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “Licence To Kill"
D. Fantasy/science fiction author whose works include the Mistborn series; was selected to complete Robert Jordan’s series The Wheel of Time
E. Australian professional snowboarder who earned the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics and the silver medal at the 2014 Olympics for women’s halfpipe
F. Actor known for his roles in “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Blades of Glory”
G. Illustrator best known for his work on Lemony Snicket’s books A Series of Unfortunate Events
H. Pop/hip-hop violinist who got her start on "America’s Got Talent" and YouTube; one of her most recent collaborations was with Josh Groban & the Muppets
I. Businessman and philanthropist known as the founder of the chemical corporation that bears his name; his son served as Utah governor and as U.S. ambassador to Singapore and China
J. Journalist and author who served as Bryant Gumbel’s co-anchor on the now-defunct CBS morning program "The Early Show" from 1999 to 2002; later left the news business to concentrate on motherhood
K. “Super” retired rugby union player who played for the New Zealand All Blacks from 1967 to 1977
L. Author and trivia enthusiast who holds game show-related winnings records; currently runs the Slate news quiz
M. Musician who is the lead singer of rock band The Killers; his solo albums include Flamingo and The Desired Effect

5. 3rd Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture (SPAN 321)
I’ll take the easy way out (hopefully for all involved) and repeat a question from my previous TD game, but with different choices. Name the English translation for one of the following Spanish infinitives. Please include the letter of your choice. (12)

A. llorar
B. besar
C. vomitar
D. sufrir
E. susurrar
F. llover
G. decir
H. cocinar
I. vender
J. mentir
K. nadar
L. escuchar

6. Songwriting 1 (MUSIC 186)
Name one of the following famous songwriters or songwriting duos based on a few examples of songs they have written or co-written. Please include the letter of your choice. (14)

A. “The Loco-Motion,” “Up On The Roof,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (Duo)
B. “Chandelier,” “Pretty Hurts,” “Diamonds” (Individual)
C. “Stardust,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “The Nearness of You” (Individual)
D. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “There You’ll Be,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” (Individual)
E. “My Funny Valentine,” “People Will Say We’re In Love,” “The Lady Is A Tramp” (Individual)
F. “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Waters of March,” “How Insensitive” (Individual)
G. “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Daniel,” “Your Song” (Duo)
H. “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas” (Individual)
I. “The Look of Love,” “Walk On By,” “What’s New, Pussycat?” (Individual)
J. “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” “Oh, Lady Be Good!” (Duo)
K. “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me” (Duo)
L. “Hallelujah,” “Bird on the Wire,” “Blue Alert” (Individual)
M. “Feed The Birds,” “Let’s Get Together,” “Your Heart Will Lead You Home” (Duo)
N. “A Day In The Life,” “Baby, You’re A Rich Man,” “She’s Leaving Home” (Duo)

Part II: Winter Semester

7. Intro to English Studies (ENG 251)
One of the texts we used for this class was The Oxford Book of American Short Stories, featuring works from many well-known and/or acclaimed authors. Name the author of one of the following short stories included in The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. Please include the letter of your choice. (14)

A. “The Lottery” (1948)
B. “The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids” (1855)
C. “Good People” (2007)
D. “There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950)
E. “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)
F. “Hills Like White Elephants” (1927)
G. “The Storm” (1898)
H. “Fleur” (1986)
I. “That Evening Sun” (1931)
J. “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843)
K. “A Late Encounter with the Enemy” (1955)
L. “Cannibalism In The Cars” (1868)
M. “My Son The Murderer” (1968)
N. “Rip Van Winkle” (1819)

EXTRA CREDIT (-1 point): Two other key texts we used last semester in the class were the poetry collections Native Guard and Thrall, both by the same poet, a U.S. Poet Laureate. Name the poet. (There is no penalty for an incorrect guess.)

8. New Testament (REL A 212)
Name one of the books in the King James Version of the New Testament, besides those commonly recognized as the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). (23)

9. Principles of Biology (BIO 100)
Name one of the following (10):
--One of the eight taxonomic ranks
--The individual credited with developing those ranks
--The title of his landmark work first published in 1735 that helped establish those ranks

10. Men’s Chorus (MUSIC 312R)
At our concert this past semester, we sang a selection of songs from a well-known DreamWorks animated movie. Name a DreamWorks Animation full-length feature film that has been nominated for an Academy Award. (12)

EXTRA CREDIT (-1 point): Name one of the three films that won. (There is no penalty for an incorrect guess.)

11. Basic Organ Skills (MUSIC 115)
A common baseball stadium feature is the organ. Name the professional major league baseball team that calls one of the following stadiums its current regular-season home. Please include the letter of your choice. (13)

A. Chase Field
B. Busch Stadium
C. Safeco Field
D. AT&T Park
E. Rogers Centre
F. Miller Park
G. Citi Field
H. Coliseum
I. Minute Maid Park
J. Progressive Field
K. Great American Ball Park
L. Kauffman Stadium
M. Target Field

12. Contemporary Voice (MUSIC 160)
Name the singer who performed one of the following songs recently on the Billboard Hot 100 (taken from the week of January 10, 2015, the first week of winter semester). (13)

A. “Shake It Off”
B. “Take Me To Church”
C. “All About That Bass”
D. “I’m Not The Only One”
E. “Thinking Out Loud”
F. “Riptide”
G. “Something In The Water”
H. “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
I. “Jealous”
J. “Ghost”
K. “Uptown Funk”
L. “The Heart Wants What It Wants”
M. “Habits (Stay High)”

13. Choose one of the previously mentioned classes to “enroll” in. (12)
(You may of course use any rationale for your decision...your favorite subject; the one that looks the most interesting; what you think will sheep the least; etc. For your convenience the class descriptions from the university catalog or elsewhere are included here.)
Physical Science: Conceptual lectures and demonstrations of the most significant and universal laws and models describing the physical world by faculty from the Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geology departments.

University Chorale: Mixed, unauditioned choir, singing literature from various styles of choral music.

Doctrine & Covenants: Origin, content, and teachings of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Global Church 1900-Present: The LDS Church in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, international expansion, significant developments of LDS Church programs and structure, the LDS Church during wartime, the world-wide spread of temples.

3rd Year Spanish Reading, Grammar, and Culture: Intensive study and practice with Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and writings incorporating cultural and literary readings.

Songwriting 1: Songwriting for present-day music publishing industry; basic songwriting theory; form, content, and style.

Intro to English Studies: Introduction to the discipline of English studies, including the fundamental concepts and practice of literary analysis and critical theory.

New Testament: Historical background, narrative, and doctrines of the New Testament.

Principles of Biology: Introductory biology course for general education students.

Men's Chorus: Largest collegiate male choral organization in the U.S; known for versatile choral literature and an engaging performance style. (Sorry this sounds like an ad... :))

Basic Organ Skills: Class instruction in organ for nonmusic majors.

Contemporary Voice: Private or semiprivate vocal instruction. One to two hours of daily practice.
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TD 247, Vermonter, Keynesian Beauty Contest

1. Until the 25th Amendment was adopted in 1967, a Vice Presidential vacancy would remain unfilled until the next inauguration. Name a Vice President who left the office vacant – for any reason – prior to 1967. (16 answers)

2. I've been to California a dozen times, but I am sad to realize I've never been to the Heartland. Name a U.S. state that borders either the Mississippi River or the Missouri River. (15 answers)

3. I've been listening to the catalog of James Bond themes lately. Give me a Bond film with a theme song sung by a woman, or the name of the song. (14 answers)

[Notes: I am not counting the theme from Quantum of Solace, which is performed by both Jack White & Alicia Keys; I am counting songs performed by bands with a female lead singer. Most songs share their name with the film title, but for those that don't, I'll lump the "song name" and "film title" answers into one.]

4. Many people think I'm a Patriots fan, but (1) I don't care all that much about football and (2) I hate the Patriots. I pull for my dad's favorite squad, which disappoints its fans every year. Name that team, or any other current NFL team that has yet to win a Super Bowl. (13 answers)

5. For the Lunar New Year, I did a Fact Primer on the ancient Chinese calendar. Name one of the animals representing the Earthly Branches [as in "Year of the XXXX"]. (12 answers)

6. South Korea is slated to become the 12th country to host a Winter Olympics when the 2018 Games are held in Pyeongchang. Name a country that has already hosted a Winter Olympiad. [Note: I want the name of the country at the time.] (11 answers)

7. My very first Fact Primer was on United States coins. Name a person whose portrait appears on the obverse (front side) of a coin or bill in current production. (10 answers)

8. A lot of people had fun with Papal Pandemonium, my March Madness-style competition to determine the best name used by a Pope. Sadly, the winner, Hilarius, has been used just once, but several have been used over and over. Give me a Papal name whose highest regnal number is nine (IX) or greater. (9 answers)

9. The Final Wager is a blog about Jeopardy!, and this is a message board about Jeopardy!, so: name a player who has won 5 or more regular games since the 2014 Tournament of Champions ended. [through June 5, 2015] (8 answers)

10. Right now, I'm reading the fifth book in the Harry Potter series for the first time, because I was just too cool to read them when they first came out. Name one of the books in the series. (7 answers)

11. One of my favorite trivia questions is to see if a person can name all "six flags" over Texas. I'm just going to ask you for one. (6 answers)

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TD 248, Ryno, Guess the Theme

Question #1 – Pool Players and Snake Haters
Answer one of the options below. I need just one. Just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter with your response. That goes for questions #2 through #10 as well.

A – This man served as the first President of the United States.
B – When Miley Cyrus wore a blonde wig she turned into this alter ego.
C – In the TV series “Happy Days,” this character challenged Fonzie to jump the shark.
D – This legendary pool player adopted his nickname after the movie, he claimed that was based on his life, was released.
E – The plays “The Rose Tattoo” and “The Night of the Iguana” were created by this playwright.
F - This actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film “Sideways.”
G – This character was the family matriarch on the TV series “Good Times.”
H – Phil Ehart, Rich Williams, Billy Greer and David Ragsdale are collectively known by this name.
I – This daughter of the composer’s friend served as the inspiration for a 1920s jazz standard. (Must fit the theme)
J – This film character hated snakes. (Must fit the theme)
K – This is the only individual mentioned in questions #2 through #10 whose name fits the theme of this question.

Guess the Theme: OK, what is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #2 – Don King and “Hair”
Answer one of the options below.

A – This comedian and actor did impressions of Don King, O.J. Simpson and Ray Charles during his 8 seasons on MADtv.
B – This car model first introduced by the Ford Motor Company in 1986 is currently in its sixth generation.
C – This NASA human spaceflight program resulted in 10 low earth orbit missions between 1965 and 1966.
D – This group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth is also known as a malignant neoplasm.
E – This baseball manager is often attributed with the quote “nice guys finish last.”
F – This British heavy metal band has a mascot known as “Eddie.”
G – This was the 1967 debut album of jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz.
H – This villainous character tried to kill Homer Simpson with a laser in the classic Simpsons episode “You Only Move Twice.”
I – This current adult animated TV series on the FX network is set at ISIS, the International Secret Intelligence Service.
J – This song is the opening number for the Broadway musical “Hair.”

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #3 – Sherlock and Voldemort
Answer one of the options below.

A – This Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist from Weston Favell, England, was known for his use of the term “central dogma.”
B – This British actor plays Sherlock Holmes on the BBC series "Sherlock."
C – This naval hero commanded the Bonhomme Richard during the Revolutionary War.
D – Until last year, this indie folk musician was part of a Grammy winning duo with Joy Williams.
E – This Beatle was married to Linda Eastman.
F – This Beatle was married to Yoko Ono.
G – This character was appointed by Lord Voldemort as his puppet minister in the novel “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
H – This German professional poker player won the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event.
I – This female anthropologist’s most well-known work is “Patterns of Culture” (1934).
J – This man is the only former New York Yankees player to have served in Congress.
K – Encore: This baseball manager is often attributed with the quote “nice guys finish last.”

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #4 – Mullets and Korean Boybands
Answer one of the options below.

A – This mullet wearing country music band scored big hits in the early 1990s with “Trashy Women” and “Daddy Wasn’t the Cadillac Kind.”
B – In the music video for this song, David Lee Roth orders a doughnut at a convenience store while dressed like a headhunter.
C – This is the name of the backup band for Allison Krauss.
D – This Phil Specter produced song was a #1 hit for the Crystals in 1962.
E – This band featuring Ted Nugent scored a major hit in the 1990s with “High Enough.”
F – This song by the Brandos includes the lyrics, “of seeing 50,000 die, I saw the sun fall away, the moon shone white on their graves.”
G – This Billy Idol song includes the lyrics, “In the midnight hour, she cried more, more, more!”
H – This was the name of the backup band for Gary Puckett.
I – This is the name of the indie folk music duo referenced in Question #3, Option D.
J – This Virginia city is the hometown of versatile musician Keller Williams and Eli Kim of the Korean boyband U-KISS.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above? (Hint: It has nothing to do with music)

Question #5 – Football and More Football
Answer one of the options below.

A - This is the color other than black that appears on the helmets of the Oakland Raiders.
B – This was the nickname for running back Craig Heyward.
C – During and episode of “NFL Gameday Morning” the on-air crew, including Joe Theisman, Warren Sapp and Deion Sanders, inhaled from balloons filled with this substance.
D – This official collection of NFL apparel for football fans features only the colors white and grey for all 32 teams.
E – Also the name of a Canadian rock band, this football playing position is ascribed to the fifth defensive back when utilized.
F – According to recent reports football players who are suffering from head trauma have received treatments from high pressure hyperbaric cylinders filled with this substance.
G – This is the color other than black that appears on the helmets of the New Orleans Saints.
H – This wide receiver who played for 4 teams over 9 seasons in the NFL is an alumnus of East Carolina University.
I – This is the nickname for Deion Sanders that fits the theme. (Hint: it’s not “Primetime”)
J – The Popcorn Factory® sells this type of popcorn containers online which features the logos and colors of all 32 NFL teams.
K – This running back who played on the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins team would later be convicted for cocaine trafficking.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above? (Hint: It has nothing to do with football)

Question #6 – Plastic Tricycles and Odd Jobs
Answer one of the options below.

A – These low riding plastic tricycles were first introduced by Louis Marx and Company in 1969.
B – This crime drama TV series featured Benjamin McKenzie and Regina King as LAPD officers.
C – The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines this term as “an offense against reason, truth and right (_____); it is failure in genuine love for God…”
D – Jimmy Fallon impersonated this singer/songwriter during his “Whip My Hair” duet with Bruce Springsteen.
E – This 1978 film scored acting Oscars for Jon Voight and Jane Fonda.
F – This city is the second most populous city in Great Britain.
G – This man finished third (electoral and popular vote) in the 1968 U.S. Presidential race.
H – This building complex is nestled between the Kennedy Center and Georgetown. (Must fit the theme)
I – This is the word left intentionally blank in Option C.
J – This city was the birthplace of the answer to Question #3, Option D.
K – This term is occupational slang used to refer to a workers who performs odd jobs. (Must fit the theme)

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #7 – Environmental Themed Movies and Nautical Terms
Answer one of the options below.

A – This 1997 Steven Seagal movie is about an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agent who investigates a Kentucky mine and helps locals stand up for their rights.
B – This nautical term is used to describe the type of cruise in which the performance of a new or repaired vessel is tested.
C – This city is the capital of Nepal.
D – This popular idiom is defined by the Free Dictionary as, “to stop thinking about or dealing with something.”
E - This little seen 2013 independent film starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning is about environmental terrorists who plot to blow up a dam.
F – The nautical maneuver known as “tacking” occurs when a sailing vessel turns its bow “____ ____ ____ .“ (Fill in the blanks, must fit the theme).
G – This restaurant located at the Mall of America and in downtown Minneapolis, serves North American food with a mix of the Mediterranean.
H – The time periods between sunset and sunrise on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street could be called this. (Must fit the theme)
I - Question #9, Option F could be described as "____ _____ ______ __ _____ ." (Fill in the blanks, must fit the theme)

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #8 – Cartoon Hairstyles and Supermodels
Answer one of the options below.

A – This character found on the Cartoon Network sports a high blonde pompadour hairstyle.
B – The music video for this Guns N’ Roses song cost $1 million dollars to produce and featured supermodel Stephanie Seymour.
C – This is the name given to a Neolithic skeleton of a three year old child found near the ancient stone circle of Avebury.
D – This actress who starred on the TV series “Designing Women” is married to Gerald McRaney.
E – This class of Soviet submarines patrolled the waters off of Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
F – Victor Dubuisson, Anirban Lahiri and Charley Hoffman are known for playing this sport.
G – Besides France and the USA, this other country is represented by one of the individuals mentioned in Option F.
H – This is the only member of the Smurfs who sports facial hair.
I – This Brazilian supermodel is not married to Tom Brady and has a name that fits this theme.
J – This Canadian province is the home to fashion models Kim Cloutier, Irina Lazareanu and Vanessa Perron.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #9 – Catholic Stuff and Hippies
Answer one of the options below.

A – Other than Lawrence, these are the other two names that begin with the letter “L” that are mentioned in the Roman Canon said during the Catholic Mass. (Need both of them)
B – This was the site of the second ever gig performed by Crosby, Stills and Nash.
C – This chocolate confection manufactured by the Hershey Company is controversial for its replacement of coca butter with polyglycerol polyrinoleate. (Must fit the theme)
D – This was the name of the second Pope in history.
E – This was the nickname of Grateful Dead founding member Ron McKernan.
F – This song poses the question, “Who calls the English teacher daddy-o?”
G – This is the common name given to several hundred pieces of bone that was discovered in the Awash Valley (Ethiopia) in 1974.
H – This private mint, named after a historical figure, currently sells a “Vatican crèche” online for $495.
I – This novelty song by the 1960s band the Royal Guardsmen references World War I.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #10 – Women’s Jeans and Newtonian Physics
Answer one of the options below.

A – This 2002 comedy-drama film starring Jennifer Aniston and Jake Gyllenhaal is about workers at a big box store.
B – This is the moniker of the TV character Thelma Harper played by Vicki Lawrence.
C – This figure is attributed with the verse “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.”
D – This landmass derived its name, earliest recorded date in 1507, from a Florentine explorer.
E – This man played the leading male roles in the Mother Dolores Hart films “Loving You” and “King Creole.”
F – Appaloosas, Clydesdales and Lipizzaners are breeds of these animals.
G – This style of women’s jeans is a modified version of their male garment counterpart.
H – This Los Angeles neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley is named after a fragrant herbaceous plant.
I – This is the name of the record company founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs.
J – In Newtonian physics, a body in motion where its weight is the only force acting upon it can be said to be doing this. (Must fit the theme).

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?
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TD 249, MarkBarrett, The Fun Stuff

Question 1. Wacky Packages were trading card stickers I collected in the early 1970s. Each one took a product and made fun of it through the humorous art. I will give you a word from each image. You have to give the correct name that would be seen on the real product.
Question 2: These are covers from DVD cases of movies. Give the name of one of the movies. If a movie has a “The” for the first word of the title it’s fine if it is left off. If you give a “The” to the name of a movie that does not have one that will be counted as incorrect. Other than that I expect exact titles.

Hint: It's not the sequel.
Question 3: These are movie, video game or breakfast cereal characters. Give the name of the character. There will be some special instructions to go with some of the images.
(2-word name)

The name given by the shopkeeper and the name given by Billy will be counted separately.

There are 2 characters here, but they will be counted together. Name either one or both together and it is the same answer.

The character’s name or the name of his cereal will count as the same answer.

Be specific if naming the cereal, please.

The character’s name or the name of the cereal will count as the same answer.

The character’s name or the name of the cereal will count as the same answer.

The name of the video game only for this one, please.
Question 4: These are covers from one book in a series of books. Give the name of one of the book series.

Clarification: I am not looking for a specific title of any one book. You just have to identify the more generic name for the series as a whole. Example: If I had used the cover of Stieg's "Dragon Tattoo" book the correct answer would be "The Millennium Series." Sorry for the confusion on that one.

(Original series, so don’t worry about it being a later one)

This series had a man’s name associated with it. He is not the sought after response. What I want is what comes up after the man’s name. Man’s name and the [give the answer that goes here]

The proper name of the book series or the name of the TV show about the books will be counted separately.

(The 2 words most commonly associated with the series are all I need.)
Question 5: These are close-up from various sports pennants. Sorry, there are no NBA teams here. Give the team name from one of the pennants. City and state names without the team name will be incorrect. Just the team names only are required.
Question 6: Here are some toys and games that have survived all of my spring cleanings. Name one of the toys or games

The acronmyn is fine.
Question 7: These are screen shots from music videos. Name the musical act starring in the video.

Bonus: For a one-point deduction name the song shown in the video whose artist you correctly named. There is no penalty for an incorrect guess for the bonus. If you name a correct song, but have the artist incorrect then there is no bonus and there is the penalty for the incorrect main answer.
Question 8: These images come from a line of trading cards. Name a famous person depicted on one of the cards. Just the last name is fine. If you do give a first name it better be correct or the whole answer will be incorrect and I will publicly post the incorrect first name.
Question 9: These are questions, puzzles or clues from various game shows or in one case at least a representation of the type that was used on the show. Pick one and give the correct answer or response. Please answer the trivia question or solve the puzzle shown.

DO NOT JUST NAME THE GAME SHOW! That is only for the bonus portion of the question.

Bonus: For a one-point reduction in your score give the name of the game show for your answer in the main part. The first image is exactly what you would think it would be and there is no trap there.

Reminder: The main part of this question is to answer the question shown in the image and not to name the game show.
Category: Historic People

Category: A French Category
Question 10: This one has only one image with all of the questions based on that one photo. Give a correct answer to one of the questions.
1. What is the name of the movie?
2. Who composed the musical score for the movie?
3. Who is the director of the movie?
4. What is the exact number (X.XX) of gigawatts needed to power the car?
5. What is the name of the town where Marty lives?
6. What is the name of Doc Brown’s dog in 1985?
7. How many miles per hour are needed to make the car travel in time?
8. From what country are the terrorists who had their plutonium stolen?
9. What is the 8-letter license plate on the car?
10. What is one of the two dates Doc Brown suggests as possible times to travel to before entering November 5, 1955 on the display? (The answers will be counted separately.)
11. What is the name of the incumbent mayor in 1955?
12. What is the name of the incumbent mayor in 1985?
13. What film title is displayed on the movie theater marquee in 1955?
14. What is the last name of the rock guitarist written on the cassette that Marty uses to blast music into George’s ears?
Question 11: All of these images come from the opening sequences of TV shows. Give the name of one of the TV shows.

Ignore the glare of my camera's flash.
Question 12: This question is about a portion of crossword puzzle shown in the image below. The answers I am looking for are a limited number of the Across Answers: 1, 4, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 30, 31 or 33 only. Give the correct answer to one of the ACROSS answers in the 1-33 range. It’s fine to use extra paper and pen/pencil to help work out an answer.
Optional Tiebreaker: It is not necessary to play this one. It will be used only to rank players in the #4 – last spots. A tie in the top 3 will be broken with a different tiebreaker only if necessary.
The rules of Battleship:
The game Battleship has a 10x10 grid, so 100 spots in total. Each of the spots is designated by a letter and number coordinate. The letters A-J go down the side while the numbers 1-10 go across the top.
For example: The upper and left most spot would be called as (A-1) or (A,1) while the lowest for farthest right spot would be (J,10).
It’s a 2-player game with each person placing five ships somewhere on their grid. The ships can be positioned horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally. One ship is five spaces long, another is 4 spaces long, 2 of the ships are each 3 spaces long and the last ship is just 2 spaces long.
Players take turns calling out coordinates trying to locate the opponent’s ships. “Hit” or “Miss” are used to indicate a successful or failed attempt. First to sink all five ships is the winner
Using a spreadsheet to substitute for an actual game board I have placed my five ships in a 10x10 grid. You get 5 shots to try to hit my ships. The scoring for the tiebreaker will be:
1 pt. for hitting the 5-square long ship
2 pts. for hitting the 4-square long ship
3 pts. for hitting either of the 3-square long ships
4 pts. for hitting the 2-square long ship
For shots that do not hit a ship I will count the number of spaces to the closest ship.
A perfect score would be 17 pts for hitting the smallest ship twice and the 3-sq. ships 3 times. The worst score would be about minus 40-something for being way off on every shot.
So, even if two tied players miss with all five shots there will still be a number calculated to break the tie. Send me five shots with some kind of alpha-numeric indicator for your choices.

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TD 250, jjwaymee, Everything is Awesome

Summer is about seeing some good popcorn flicks. In that vein...
Question 1: Name the movie from a scene being depicted in LEGO. Include the letter of your choice.















I mentioned guilty pleasures. One of them (not for me, but for many) is the Twilight series of books and films.
Question 2: Name either A) one of the three main characters or B) one of the immediate family members of one of the three main characters in the Twilight series of books/movies. First name only is acceptable.

Summer is about travel and family vacations.
Question 3 : Name the capital city of one of the 17 autonomous regions in Spain.

Summertime reading is a popular activity in our house. The next question is about a prolific author's body of work.
Question 4: Name a book or short story by Stephen King that was adapted into a film with a theatrical release (TV movies are not valid)

The pop song that performs the best on the Billboard charts each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day is declared the Song of the Summer. How much do you remember about these songs?
Question 5: Name the title of one of these Songs of the Summer given the year and the artist(s) that performed it.

1989 – Richard Marx
1992 – Sir Mix-a-Lot
1995 – TLC
1996 – Los Del Rio
1998 – Brandy & Monica
2002 – Nelly
2003 – Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
2007 – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
2008 – Katy Perry
2009 – Black Eyed Peas
2011 – LMFAO
2012 – Carly Rae Jepsen
2013 – Robin Thicke
2014 – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

More LEGOs!
Question 6: Name the city in which you would find the landmark being represented in LEGO. I am NOT asking for the name of the landmark. Include the letter of your choice.













Summertime has launched some popular reality TV shows.
Question 7: Name the reality show that was won by one of the people listed below. Include the letter of your choice.

A. Bill Rancic
B. Jay McCarroll
C. Jenna Morasca
D. Kellie Pickler
E. Mike “Boogie” Malin
F. Harold Dieterle
G. David Cook
H. Josh Kilmer-Purcell
I. Adrianne Marie Curry
J. Ryan Sutter
K. Zora Andrich

More guilty pleasures. One of mine is Star Trek. If I have an hour or two and I'm stuck inside I will fire up Netflix and watch some of my favorite episodes.
Question 8: Name an actor or actress that was in the main cast (named in the opening credits) of the first season of either Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Star Trek: Voyager

Did I mention that there would be LEGOs???
Question 9: Name the artist(s) associated with the album cover depicted in LEGO below. I do NOT need the name of the album, just the artist. Include the letter of your choice.












Since The LEGO Movie is tying together the theme of this TD, we will finish up with a question about its star, who is one of my favorite actors and appeared in one of my favorite TV shows of all time.
Question 10: Other than The LEGO Movie, name a theatrically released film featuring Chris Pratt OR a member of the main cast (shown in the opening credits) of any season of Parks and Recreation, other than Chris Pratt.

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TD 251, TheyCallMeMrKid, Midsummer Classic

1. The Star Spangled Banner: Everyone should know that the 50 stars on the US flag represent the 50 states, right? Name a state admitted to the Union between 1800 and 1865. (20 correct answers)
Top of the 1st: Think Different
Bottom of the 1st: Match Game

2. Oh! Canada!: So our Canadian friends don’t feel excluded. Name a Canadian province, or a city that is a capital of a Canadian province. (20 correct answers)
Top of the 2nd: Think Different
Bottom of the 2nd: Match Game

3. Play Ball: Give a word found in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary besides “walk” that is 3- 5 letters long and ends in the letters “lk”. (22 answers that I have identified)
Top of the 3rd: Think Different
Bottom of the 3rd: Match Game

4. Baseball: Name a player who has won either the National League or American League batting Triple Crown, or a horse that has won the American horse racing triple crown. (26 correct answers)
Top of the 4th: Think Different
Bottom of the 4th: Match Game

5. Hot Dogs: On their website, the American Kennel Club describes the Sporting dog group like this: “Naturally active and alert, Sporting dogs make likeable, well-rounded companions. <next sentence redacted to retain some mystery> Remarkable for their instincts in water and woods, many of these breeds actively continue to participate in hunting and other field activities. Potential owners of Sporting dogs need to realize that most require regular, invigorating exercise.” Name a breed listed by the AKC in the Sporting group. (29 correct answers)
Top of the 5th: Think Different
Bottom of the 5th: Match Game

6. Apple Pie: Name one of the top 19 apple varieties grown in the United States. (by number of bushels grown, US Apple Association, 2011)
Top of the 6th: Think Different
Bottom of the 6th: Match Game

7. Chevrolet: Name a current (2015) model of Chevrolet car, crossover, SUV or truck sold in the US. (16 correct answers)
Top of the 7th: Think Different
Bottom of the 7th: Match Game

8. Kiss Cam: Name one of the pictured people, first and last name please.(18 correct answers)
Top of the 8th: Think Different
Bottom of the 8th: Match Game

9. Beer Man!: Name one of the 20 most popular beer brands in the US in 2014 by $ in sales (according to data compiled by ICI Marketing) .
Top of the 9th: Think Different
Bottom of the 9th: Match Game

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TD 252, 9021amyers, On Your Mark, Get Set...

1. The World Championships in Athletics begin next month, and will consist of events including 27 disciplines within track and field, road running, and race walking. One event that will not appear is the distance medley relay (DMR), where teams of four runners alternate legs of 1200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1600 meters around the track. Though the DMR will not be contested at the World Championships, it was recognized as an official event by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in May 2015, making it eligible for world records. Name a non-championship race distance (not held in the World Championships or Olympics) in track, road running, or race walking for which the IAAF certifies official world records. Please follow the standard nomenclature in athletics: track distances are given in meters, and road distances are given in kilometers. Not all events are named for their metric length. Walking events must be specified as such. (26 possible answers; 8 track, 7 road, 6 walk, 5 relay)

2. The 2015 World Championships will be held in Beijing, China. The championships will take place in the same stadium that hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, making Beijing the eighth city to host both events. Name a city that has hosted the World Championships in Athletics since its inception in 1983 to the present. Note: Only one World Championships has been held outside of Europe or Asia. (14 possible answers)

BONUS: The main elite competition throughout the track and field season is the IAAF Diamond League, consisting of fourteen prestigious track meets held around the world. Two of these meets, one in Europe and one in North America, share remarkably similar origins: both were founded in the 1970s in the memory of a star middle-distance runner who had recently been killed in a car accident, for whom both meets are still named. For -1 point each, name either city that hosts such a meet, and/or either athlete who provides the meet's namesake. Two bonus points will only be awarded for matching the city with the correct athlete.

3. In addition to the World Championships in Athletics, the IAAF also holds the World Indoor Championships for indoor track and field. The next World Indoor Championships will be held next March in Portland, Oregon, in the backyard of Nike’s global headquarters. Nike and other shoe companies use the World Championships and other major races as opportunities to claim “bragging rights” based on the performances of the elite athletes shod in their footwear. The shoes below were featured in Runner’s World magazine’s spring or summer shoe guide for 2015. Based on the photos, identify the brand of any shoe; specific model names are not necessary. Note: one image has been altered to obscure a brand name. (12 possible answers)
4. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is track and field’s biggest star by a wide margin. He is the twice-defending Olympic gold medalist and current world record holder at both the 100 and 200 meter dash -- accolades that also apply to the Jamaican 4x100 relay team he anchors. Bolt’s status as the “World’s Fastest Man” netted him $23 million in endorsements in 2014, according to Forbes magazine, yet he only earned about $200,000 in competition earnings, making him only the 45th-highest-paid athlete on Forbes’ rich list last year. Bolt has publicly contemplated starting a second career as a soccer player after retiring from sprinting; name a soccer player who earned more money than Usain Bolt in 2014, or a professional club any of those players played for during the 2014-15 season. (13 possible answers; 8 players, 5 clubs)

5. Perhaps the only female athlete whose dominance on the track can compare to Usain Bolt’s is Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba. Nicknamed “the Baby-Faced Destroyer,” Tirunesh has won three Olympic and five World Championships gold medals in distance running, as well as currently holding the world record at 5000 meters – the only current women’s track record set since the year 2000. Tirunesh is sitting out the 2015 season while expecting her first child, but her absence in women’s track may very well be filled by her younger sister. Since 2014, Genzebe Dibaba broke has set world records indoors for 1500, 3000, and 5000 meters; just last week, she ran a 1500 meter race at a meet in Barcelona in 3 minutes, 54 seconds -- the fastest time any woman has run since 1997. In honor of the Dibabas, name one of the famous pairs of sisters described below; please provide full names for both sisters, unless otherwise noted. (12 possible answers)
A. This choreographer was the creative force behind the NBC sitcom “A Different World;” her older sister starred in the series it spun off from.
B. These British sisters, both authors, died within five months of each other in 1848-49; their eldest sister would outlive them by six more years.
C. These Aussies can both claim many hit songs on the U.K. music charts; the older sister went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988 with a cover of a song written by Carole King, then went 13 years before charting again in America.
D. These two socialites and reality TV stars have both married (and divorced) NBA players.
E. The older sister won a Golden Globe award in 1982 for best actress in a television drama; the younger sister has written novels that have been translated into over forty languages.
F. Born nearly twenty years apart, these sisters have combined for 27 number-one singles on the Billboard country charts as solo artists; their original last name is Webb.
G. These sisters both represented the United States in figure skating at the Winter Olympics; the older sister won gold in 2002.
H. This actress portrays the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; her older sisters were also actresses from a young age, but have since become more actively involved in the fashion industry. (name the younger sister plus either older sister)
I. This Canadian indie-pop duo, last name Quin, had their most successful song to date in 2014 with “Everything is Awesome,” from the soundrack to The Lego Movie. (full names are not needed)
J. The appearance of this actress’ character on the ABC sitcom “Growing Pains” was frequently compared to her real-life sister, who was a champion swimmer before taking on a career as a sportscaster.
K. The Fox television network's 2015-16 season will include the two series starring these sisters returning to its prime-time lineup for an eleventh and fifth season, respectively.
L. This actress and food personality's "The Real Girl's Kitchen" made its debut on the Cooking Channel in 2014; her sister, a former Disney Channel star, has made four appearances as herself on the show to date.
6. Finland has historically been a power in track and field. In particular, the “Flying Finns” were known for their strength in distance running from the 1920s until the 1970s, with Finnish athletes having won Olympic gold in every distance event: the 1500, 5000, and 10000 meter races, the 3000 meter steeplechase, and the marathon. Name a country that has won Olympic gold medals in at least two of these five events since 1920, the first year all five appeared at the same Olympics. Women's results are included, though women did not begin competing in these events until more recently. Note: historical countries and their successor states are counted separately. (17 possible answers)

BONUS: For -2 points, name one of the two countries whose ONLY Olympic medal to date is a gold medal in a track and field event.

7. The “Flying Finn” nickname is also famous on another kind of track: in Formula 1 racing, eight Finnish drivers have qualified for an official Grand Prix race. While other countries have produced more racing drivers than Finland, none can match its F1 success per capita; three Finns have won the World Drivers’ Championship, and all but one of the Finns to compete in Grand Prix racing have achieved at least one podium finish. The names of the eight Finns to compete in Formula 1, the constructors they drove for, and their years active are listed below, as are pictures of each driver. Match the driver to his picture. Beware: one of the pictures is of a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. Extra hint: none of the drivers in the top row drove for Ferrari. (8 possible answers)
A. Leo Kinnunen; Surtees (1974)
B. Keke Rosberg; Theodore, ATS, Wolf, Fittipaldi, Williams, McLaren (1978-1986)
C. JJ Lehto; Onyx, Dallara, Sauber, Benetton (1989-1994)
D. Mika Hakkinen; Lotus, McLaren (1991-2001)
E. Mika Salo; Lotus, Tyrrell, Arrows, BAR, Ferrari, Sauber, Toyota (1994-2000; 2002)
F. Kimi Raikkonen; Sauber, McLaren, Ferrari, Lotus (2001-2009; 2012-present)
G. Heikki Kovalainen; Renault, McLaren, Lotus, Caterham (2007-2013)
H. Valtteri Bottas; Williams (2012-present)

BONUS: As mentioned previously, one of the drivers pictured is a current Formula 1 driver who does not race with a Finnish license. For -1 point each, A: identify the photo of the non-Finnish driver, B: name him, and C: give the reason why he would be included among the eight other drivers shown.

8. The pole vault can claim the first athlete to be featured on the front of a Wheaties box: “Vaulting Vicar” Bob Richards, two-time gold medalist in the event, achieved that milestone in 1958. It appears that athlete endorsements don’t have the same selling power they used to; Wheaties only generated $17 million in sales in 2014, a paltry sum compared to the $994 million in sales generated by its General Mills sister brand Cheerios. Name a variety of Cheerios breakfast cereal currently for sale in the United States. (15 possible answers)

9. Out of the four field events that involve throwing, the only one that does not make up part of the decathlon is the hammer throw. The event has its origins in Scottish soldiers resorting to hurling sledgehammers after conventional weapons were banned by occupying English forces at the end of the 13th century; the object thrown has evolved so that it bears little resemblance to the tools you have lying around your garage. Name a retail company ranked among the top 100 retailers in sales for 2014 by the National Retail Federation that specializes in home improvement or automotive supplies, excluding department and discount store chains. Note: the NRF's sales criteria excludes wholesale and non-retail service business activities from its revenue estimates. To avoid obvious neg-bait, I'll reveal straight away that NAPA Auto Parts, which has a significant wholesale operation, does not reach the NRF's top 100 threshold on retail sales alone; in addition, no automotive chain whose locations typically include garages for tire or maintenance services made the top 100 on retail sales. (10 possible answers)

10. Onto a completely different kind of field event: name a film (including TV movies), TV series, or miniseries for which Sally Field has been nominated for an Oscar, Emmy, or Golden Globe award for acting. (13 possible answers)

11. British marathoner Paula Radcliffe retired from the sport after the 2015 London Marathon, a decade after setting the women’s world record at the same race. While most mortals will never come close to her 2005 time of 2:17:42, that has not deterred many men and women from conquering the 26.2-mile distance anyway. In its 2014 annual report, the non-profit group Running USA reported that over 550,000 Americans completed a marathon last year. Name one of the fifteen marathon races in the U.S. with the largest number of finishers in 2014. Note: ten of these races are named after the city where they are run; the others can be identified by either their official name or a major city along the route. One race is entirely run on private property. (15 possible answers)

12. Between August 26, 1977, and June 4, 1987, American sprinter Edwin Moses ran 122 races in the 400 meter hurdles without a defeat. Moses’ mastery of the event brought a sense of stability to the sport that other sports would have dreamed of over the course of that decade. Professional boxing's heavyweight division, for one, spent all but the first seven months of that span without an undisputed champion. Name anyone who held the title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion during Moses’ winning streak. Note: includes WBA and WBC title belts, plus IBF belt after 1983. (17 possible answers)

13. Race walking is usually only mentioned in popular culture as the butt of jokes, but it has been the subject of at least one major motion picture: 1966's Walk, Don't Run, which is also notable for being Cary Grant's last appearance in a feature film. (The movie still doesn’t portray the sport in high esteem: the athlete character spends most of the movie evading questions about what sport he competes in, and it suggests a 60-year-old Grant could race competitively in the Olympics with no training at all.) Listed below are the final films of ten actors and actresses. Based on the details provided, name who made their last credited film appearance in one of these films. (10 possible answers)
A. Brainstorm (1983) – After her 1981 drowning death during a break in this film’s production, a body double was used for her character’s remaining scenes.
B. The Deer Hunter (1978) – Though he only appeared in five films before dying of cancer at age 42, four of those movies – including this one – currently appear on IMDB’s Top 250 list.
C. Network (1976) -- Although posthumously awarded the Oscar for his role, he was later nominated posthumously for an Emmy for his portrayal of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin in the 1977 TV movie Raid on Entebbe.
D. The Misfits (1961) – This film’s troubled production contributed to the dissolution of her marriage to the film’s screenwriter.
E. War Requiem (1989) – Though War Requiem features the last role of this stage master, archived footage of him was notably used to construct a character in 2004’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
F. The Delta Force (1986) – Negative reviews for this military action movie unfavorably compared it to his earlier work in The Dirty Dozen; coincidentally, his next-to-last role was for a made-for-TV Dirty Dozen sequel.
G. Always (1989) – After her final film appearance, she released a documentary series and children’s album for which she would receive posthumous Emmy and Grammy awards, respectively.
H. High Society (1956) – She retired from acting at the age of 26, yet remained one of the world’s most visible women until her death in 1982.
I. The Killers (1964) – Depending on your political leanings, you may find it fitting or unfortunate that his last role before changing careers was in the only film where he played a villain.
J. The Flintstones (1994) – In what could be considered an unworthy send-off for a screen legend, she played Fred Flintstone’s mother-in-law.
BONUS: For -1 point, name the other acting great (besides the answer to clue D) who last appeared on film in 1961’s The Misfits.

14. As the “Blue Riband” of track and field, the mile run is traditionally the last event on the schedule at track and field meets. Though Roger Bannister famously broke the four-minute barrier in 1954, sub-four-minute times have been achieved thousands of times in the decades since. In 1985, former world record holder John Walker became the first man to run 100 sub-four-minute miles in competition. Despite having a name that brings to mind a certain type of potent potable, Walker hails from New Zealand, not Scotland, and is of no relation to the Johnnie Walker whisky concern. Name one of the five categories of Scotch whisky defined by the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009, or one of the five traditional whisky-producing regions of Scotland. Note: a whisky's category is determined by the ingredients of the mash, and the composition of the finished product upon bottling. (10 possible answers)

BONUS: When John Walker set the world record of 3:49.4 in 1975, he became the first athlete to run a mile in under 3 minutes, 50 seconds; this time is now the standard for world-class middle-distance runners. For -1 point, name a country (besides New Zealand) whose current national record in the men’s mile run is under 3:50; for an additional -2 points, also name the athlete who currently holds that country’s record. Note: current country names only.

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TD 253, Realdeo, High School: Indonesia

1. Music

Normally during this subject, we will follow the book and play what is in the curriculum. However, once in a while when we bored, we go free-style. Sometimes we play what the students want, sometimes we play what the teacher wants.

This is the 10 requested song. 5 from students and 5 from teacher. Name one of the song with the help of the vowel less title and the singer. (You’re not required to give the letter and just name one)

  • Prblms (Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea)
  • Rdctv (Imagine Dragons)
  • Sndy / Mrng (Maroon 5)
  • Bby (Justin Beiber ft. Ludacris)
  • Sprhrs (The Script)
  • Sldr / F / Frtn (Deep Purple)
  • Nvmbr / Rn (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Htl / Clfrn (Eagles)
  • Hy / Jd (The Beatles)
  • / Pt / / Spll / N / Y (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) [6 words]
2. Bahasa Indonesia

Despite it is called ‘Bahasa Indonesia’, we love playing foreign play. We once played Othello (in Indonesian translation) and Waiting For Godot (I played Estragon! Again with the Indonesian translation)

Sometimes we’re required to make a review about the play. To do it, we’re required to read the original English line. Sometimes the line is weird (Shakespeare, anyone?) ,that we starts to remember it.

Given the line, identify the Shakespeare play (You’re not required to give the letter and just name one)

  • ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair.”
  • ‘But love is blind, and lovers cannot see.’
  • ‘If music be the food of love, play on,’
  • ‘To be, or not to be: that is the question’
  • ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made on, rounded with a little sleep’
  • ‘Can one desire too much of a good thing?’
  • ‘To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on’
  • ‘I am a man more sinned against than sinning’
  • ‘Nature teaches beasts to know their friends’
3. Geography

Remembering land borders is important in Indonesia high school for two reasons:

1. Always come up in exam.
2. As a supplement to study geopolitics.

Your task: Name one of 11 countries whose name start with a consonant and have land border with Russia. (EX: Afghanistan is not ok, because Afghanistan starts with an 'A': vowel.

4. Indonesian History

On the national constitution, it is written that one of Indonesia’s mission is to participate on keeping world’s peace. We do! We send groups of peacekeepers called ‘KONTINGEN GARUDA’ (‘Garuda Contingent’) once in a while. We already sent 26 groups, so there’s KONTINGEN GARUDA I to KONTINGEN GARUDA XXVI.

Except KG VIII and KG XI , each KG is sent to one specific country. Compiled a list of where they went and you get a list of 17 countries. Name one of them.

HINT: Think conflict country . The first KG was sent back then on 1957.

5. Economy

When the teacher teaches about currency exchange, they mentioned about The Big Mac Index. The Big Mac Index is list of McD’s Big Mac around the globe by The Economist.

I’m tired about ‘name-one-of-the-cheapest-country-based-on-the-latest-list’ question.

Here is your task:

Name one of the ten countries with the most cheapest Big Mac price judged by the dollar price (which is gained by converting the local price with the exchange rate back then), according to the April 1998 list.

HINT: 6 of 10 countries on the list is located in Asia. Think back what happened in 1998. It's eventful year.

6. Islam

Yes, it is a school subject. We have school subjects about religion. Students take religion subjects according to their faith. I’m a Christian, but there’s nothing wrong talking about Indonesia’s majority religion.

If The Bible is ‘divided’ in books, then ‘Al-Quran’ is divided by what they called as ‘surah’

Name one of the ‘surah’, whose Arabic name if written in Latin, does *NOT* start with A. (Ex: Al-Fatimah is not ok)
HINT: Some of the surah is name of character in Al-Quran, which is also in The Bible. Remember, we’re looking for the Arabic name.

Since it is hard for the spelling, I use FJ! rule. You can misspell, as long the pronunciation doesn’t change. (17 answers)

7. Chemistry

Name one element that is named after a scientist (or two). We’re looking for the element symbol. Full name is considered wrong answer. (14 answers)


A great topic to end this TD. I will show you screenshot or logo from some game. Identify the name of the game. If the game have expansions, just name the series name. (You don’t have to give me the letter, just name one)

Sorry. I don't live neither with a unlimited quota nor quick internet.
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TD 254, 9021amyers, Hi-Fi Hi-Lo

1: Land of Talk - "Some Are Lakes"
Land of Talk is (or was, or may someday again be; the band's status has been a mystery for several years) a Montreal-based band led by singer/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. "Some Are Lakes" was written as a love song from the perspective of Powell's parents. Identify a body of water with "sea" in its name from the satellite images pictured below. (Some are lakes.) Include the letter of the clue in your response. (11 possible answers)
  • D, E, and F require responses more specific than "Mediterranean."

2: Wye Oak - "For Prayer"
This indie rock duo is named for the Wye Oak, which until being felled by a thunderstorm in 2002 was the official state tree of their native Maryland. Name a university in either Maryland or Washington, DC, whose athletics program competes at the NCAA Division I level in any sport. Note: the pool of answers includes three University of Maryland schools; a campus location is required for those responses. (14 possible answers)

3: Manchester Orchestra - "Girl Harbor"
Manchester Orchestra's name comes from frontman Andy Hull's love of music originating from the British city of Manchester. While the UK's most famous band hailed from Liverpool, and London is undoubtedly the center of British culture, Manchester makes a serious claim as the heart of British popular music based on the broad array of successful and influential artists the city has fostered over the decades. Identify an artist associated with the Manchester music scene pictured below. Please include the letter of the clue in your response. (12 possible answers)
  • E is also the lead singer of A; the response to A must be the group, and the response to E must be the soloist.
  • J was formed by the members of D, minus D's lead singer; the response to D must be the earlier group, and the response to J must be the later group.












4: Franz Ferdinand - "All for You, Sophia"
Franz Ferdinand's name was derived from a racehorse members of the band had watched on television. That fact may be lost on listeners first exposed to the band through their debut EP, which features this song about the assassination of the band's namesake (the archduke, not the horse). Name a member of the Central Powers during World War I, or a European country founded in the aftermath of World War I. Note: direct successor states of a Central Power will be counted in the former category. (11 possible answers)

5: Sylvan Esso - "Play It Right"
The two members of Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn) trace their roots to the indie folk scene; naturally, their collaboration would yield an electronic sound. The Standard Oil Company of New Jersey (Esso) renamed itself the Exxon Corporation in 1973, but still uses the Esso brand name in international markets. Identify a brand of gasoline whose logo is pictured below. Please include the letter of the clue in your response. Note: brand names have been removed. (12 possible answers)
  • D and G both have more than one acceptable answer; all correct responses to those logos will count as the same.












6: The Joy Formidable - "Chapter 2"
The Joy Formidable is a power trio from Wales. The only Welsh author I can think of is Dylan Thomas; he was a poet, so he doesn't make a good transition into this question. Identify a well-known novel from the first sentence from the Sparknotes summary of its second chapter. Please include the letter of the clue in your response. (12 possible answers)
  1. "September arrives, and Dill leaves Maycomb to return to the town of Meridian."
  2. "Halfway between West Egg and New York City sprawls a desolate plain, a gray valley where New York’s ashes are dumped."
  3. "Distressed by the news of Ashley’s engagement, Scarlett hurries to the road to wait for her father, who has gone visiting at Twelve Oaks."
  4. "Poirot arrives in Stamboul and checks in at the Tokatlian Hotel."
  5. "En route to Augustus’s house to watch “V for Vendetta,” Hazel comments on the jolting quality of Augustus’s driving."
  6. "When the explorers return, Ralph sounds the conch shell, summoning the boys to another meeting on the beach."
  7. "As the crowd watches, Hester Prynne, a young woman holding an infant, emerges from the prison door and makes her way to a scaffold (a raised platform), where she is to be publicly condemned."
  8. "Ishmael travels from New York to New Bedford, Massachusetts, the whaling capital of the United States."
  9. "Authorities at the workhouse send Oliver to a branch-workhouse for 'juvenile offenders against the poor-laws.'"
  10. "The narrator bids us listen and declares that 'Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.'”
  11. "When he leaves the hospital, Yossarian feels that he is the only one concerned about the senseless war in which millions of young men are bombing each other."
  12. "Winston opens the door fearfully, assuming that the Thought Police have arrived to arrest him for writing in the diary."

7: Courtney Barnett - "Debbie Downer"
Courtney Barnett was a teenager in Melbourne, Australia, when Rachel Dratch's "Debbie Downer" character first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2004. That particular sketch, also featuring guest host Lindsay Lohan, gained infamy for the cast members' inability to stay in character. Name a woman who has appeared as a repertory player on Saturday Night Live since the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, Rachel Dratch's last as a cast member. (11 possible responses)

8: The Clash - "Koka Kola"
Punk rock's popularity beginning in the late 1970s stemmed from the genre's ability to make politically-charged statements in a short amount of time. In less than two minutes here, the Clash take on corporate culture, the rise of cocaine as the drug of the upper class, and the pervasiveness of soft drink advertising. Name one of the ten best-selling carbonated soft drinks in the United States in 2014, according to the industry journal Beverage Digest. Zero-calorie (or diet) versions of soft drinks are considered separate from their full-calorie counterparts. (10 possible answers)

9: Toad the Wet Sprocket - "All I Want"
The origin of the name of alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket was a Monty Python audio sketch: writer Eric Idle sought to create a band name "...that would be so silly nobody would ever use it," and claims to have nearly driven off the road the first time he heard the band on the radio. Name a theatrically-released film by the Monty Python comedy group, or an album of original material (not compilations) recorded by Monty Python. Note: three Monty Python albums are soundtracks for Monty Python films; the soundtrack album and film will count as the same answer. Live performances are included. (12 possible answers)

10: Dada - "Dizz Knee Land"
The members of Dada claim their biggest hit song was not inspired by the theme park itself, but by seeing a commercial of Joe Montana saying, "I'm going to Disneyland!" while flipping through television channels. Name a theme park located at any Walt Disney resort property. Note: four Disney parks go by the name "Disneyland" or "Disneyland Park;" any Disneyland response must include the city the resort is identified with. (11 possible answers)

11: Beck - "Sissyneck"
Beck's Odelay won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1997; he would win the award again three years later for Midnite Vultures. First awarded in 1991, the Best Alternative Album category spent the middle third of its history to date dominated by four artists. Beck, Radiohead, Coldplay, and the White Stripes combined to win the Grammy ten out of thirteen years between 1997 and 2009; they are also the only artists to have won the award multiple times. Name an artist who has won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album once, and only once. Incuded below is a cheat sheet providing the following for each applicable year: whether the winning artist was a solo artist, a duo, or a group of three or more members; the artist's city of origin; and any genres (besides alternative rock or indie rock, which applies to nearly all of them) listed on the winning album's Wikipedia page. You do not need to include the year in your response. (15 possible answers)
1991: Solo (F); Dublin; pop rock
1992: Group; Athens, Georgia; none
1993: Solo (M); Los Angeles; experimental rock, blues rock, industrial rock, folk rock
1994: Group; Dublin; none
1995: Group; Berkeley, California; punk rock, pop punk
1996: Group; Aberdeen, Washington; acoustic rock
1999: Group; New York City; alternative hip hop, rap rock
2005: Group; Chicago; none
2007: Duo; Atlanta; soul, electronic
2010: Group; Paris; synthpop, new wave
2011: Duo; Akron, Ohio; garage rock, blues rock
2012: Group; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; indie folk, baroque pop
2013: Solo (M); Melbourne, Australia; indie pop
2014: Group; New York City; none
2015: Solo (F); Dallas; art rock, art pop, noise pop

12: Interpol - "NYC"
New York definitely cares about its sports teams. While several other cities have teams in all five major professional leagues (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLS), New York is the only one that is home to multiple teams in each league. Name a team in any of the five major North American professional sports leagues based in the New York metropolitan area. (11 possible answers)

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TD 255, nightreign, Now Trending on Twitter

1. #ff
#ff, or Follow Friday, is a way for Twitter users to direct their followers to other people they may enjoy following. When doing a Follow Friday, a Twitter user will tag some of their favorite accounts with the hashtag #ff, so that their followers can easily see their accounts and follow them.

Name the current leader of one of the following countries. No need to provide the letter. (10 answers)

a. United States (president)
b. Canada (prime minister)
c. North Korea (supreme leader)
d. Egypt (president)
e. United Kingdom (prime minister)
f. Iran (supreme leader)
g. Japan (prime minster)
h. France (president)
i. Germany (chancellor)
j. Mexico (president)

2. #np
#np, or Now Playing, is a way for Twitter users to introduce their followers to songs that they like, usually by listing the song to which they are currently listening and the artist, with the hashtag #np.

Name the band or singer of one of the following songs that hit the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 since Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006. You do not need to include the letter. (10 answers)
NOTE: Some of these songs have featured artists. I'm looking for the main artist only.
a. Paradise (#15, 2011)
b. Life is a Highway (#7, 2006)
c. Drunk In Love (#2, 2013)
d. Don’t Stop the Music (#3, 2007)
e. Talk Dirty (#3, 2014)
f. Gangnam Style (#2, 2012)
g. Stop and Stare (#12, 2008)
h. Sugar (#2, 2015)
i. Gives You Hell (#4, 2009)
j. Telephone (#3, 2010)
BONUS: name another song by the artist you selected to get one point off your score. This bonus requires a correct answer on the previous question.

3. #JeopardyLiveTweet
One of the most fun things to do on Twitter is live-tweet an event, and what better event to live-tweet than everyone's favorite quiz show?

Name one of the players in the last Tournament of Champions in November 2014, or the alternate. (16 answers)

4. #USA
#USA is a commonly used hashtag in worldwide sporting events, such as the World Cup or the Olympics. It has become especially popular ever since Twitter added a flag emoji to the hashtag every time it was used.

Name a sport in which the US won a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. (15 answers)
(Note: “Sport” is distinct from “event” as follows – “Snowboarding” is a sport, “men’s slopestyle” is an event. I’m looking for “snowboarding” in that case. Men's and women's sports will be considered the same for the purpose of this question.)
BONUS: Name one of these gold medalists.

5. #tbt
#tbt, or Throwback Thursday, is many people's favorite way of posting embarrassing pictures of themselves on the internet. The idea is to post a picture of yourself from long ago, for your followers to see you in a new light.

Name the decade in which one of the following events happened. You DO need the letter in this case! (10 answers)

a. The Israelis and Arabs fight for control of Palestine in the Six-Day War
b. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City ushers in new discussion about workers’ rights
c. The Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the United States Constitution, is ratified
d. The first British North America Act (also called the Constitution Act), sets the framework for Canadian government
e. Many students protest a lack of freedom in China’s Tiananmen Square, causing some parts of the capital to come under martial law
f. Adolf Hitler gains control as the Chancellor of Germany
g. The 21st amendment, which repeals the earlier amendment of Prohibition, is ratified
h. Dr. Jonas Salk develops the first effective polio vaccine
i. South Sudan officially gains independence from Sudan
j. Alexander Graham Bell makes the first-ever successful phone call

BONUS: Name the exact year of the event you selected. This bonus requires a correct answer on the previous question.

6. #amwriting
#amwriting is especially common during the month of November, during NaNoWriMo. It's a hashtag generally used by writers to refer to what they're working on or to provide context for their writing-related tweets.

Name the author of one of the following books turned into a movie (or movies). Please include the letter. (10 answers)

a. Paper Towns
b. The Longest Ride
c. The Help
d. The Hobbit
e. The Great Gatsby
f. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
g. If I Stay
h. Gone Girl
i. My Sister’s Keeper
j. Ender’s Game

7. #fbf
#fbf, or Flashback Friday, is basically Throwback Thursday, for those who didn't realize that it wasn't Thursday.

Name one of the following former child/teen stars. Please include the letter of your answer. (10 answers)
a. Image
b. Image
c. Image
d. Image
e. Image
f. Image
g. Image (both names, please)
h. Image
j. Image
8. #BlueMoon
Here's a recent one! When July nearly had a blue moon, the topic became trending on Twitter, certainly not the first scientific phenomenon to get a lot of internet attention.

Name one of the phases of the moon, the number of days it takes to complete a full moon cycle, or the first space mission that sent humans to the moon. (10 answers)

9. #TheDress
You may remember back in February, when a picture of a dress broke the internet. Even on Jboard, people were talking about it. It has become a meme and pop culture reference, and many groan just hearing the words "The Dress."

Choose one of the following options (no letter required): (10 answers)
a. Name one of the four alleged colors of the infamous Dress.
b. On the same day, another story broke about a chase in Arizona involving two animals escaped from a ranch. Name the type of animal.
c. Again on the same day, internet debate was raging about net neutrality. Name the government agency that handles net neutrality complaints. Full name please, not the acronym.
d. Name the social media website on which the mystery of The Dress originally broke.
e. 1.8 million people voted in a poll about The Dress on a notorious “social news” website known for its quizzes. Name this website.
f. In March, the South African branch of an international Christian charity organization used The Dress in an ad against domestic violence, with the slogan “Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” Name this organization.
g. Another popular internet meme that supposedly “broke the internet” was a picture of Alex, an attractive retail employee. Name the store at which he worked.

10. #SaidNoOneEver
#SaidNoOneEver is a hashtag generally used to express things which are unpopular across the population. To my dismay, many of these tweets were along the lines of "Math is super fun! #SaidNoOneEver" In that spirit...

Name one of the following math terms. Give the letter, please! (9 answers)

a. a quantity with both direction and magnitude
b. a quantity describing the distance of a number from zero, without regards to direction
c. a function such that both the numerator and denominator are polynomials
d. a prime number that is one less than a power of two
e. the long-run average value of repetitions of an experiment
f. OPTION THROWN OUT. Please do not answer.
g. a polyhedron with 20 faces
h. an abstract surface of infinite length and width, but zero thickness
i. one of the numbers in the following integer sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…
j. the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter

BONUS: What is the character limit for Tweets? No prior correct answers are required for this bonus.

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TD 256, dnbguy, Powers of 2

Question 2A: I promised only one math question, and here it is. Two is the only even number that is also a prime. Name any prime number less than 1000 whose most significant digit (first digit) is 2.

Question 2B: They’re number two! Name one of these songs that peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. If the song title appears in the lyrics, it has been replaced with an asterisk.
• “You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain / Too much love drives a man insane / You broke my will, oh what a thrill / Goodness gracious, *” (1957)
• “A fine young girl, she waits for me / Catch a ship across the sea / Sail that ship about, all alone / Never know if I make it home” (1963)
• “How does it feel, how does it feel? / To be on your own, with no direction home / Like a complete unknown, *” (1965)
• “So * / Where the dogs of society howl / You can’t plant me in your penthouse / I’m going back to my plough” (1973)
• “I wasn’t looking but somehow you found me / I tried to hide from your love light / But like Heaven above me / The spy who loved me / Is keeping all my secrets safe tonight” (1977)
• “Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me / I think they’re OK / If they don’t give me proper credit / I just walk away” (1984)
• “It’s like this and like that and like this and uh / It’s like that and like this and like that and uh / It’s like this and like that and like this and uh / Dre, creep to the mic like a phantom” (1992)
• “* I run to / The one that I belong to / * I want for love / * that I love / The only one I dream of / * I kiss good night” (1997)
• “Is it worth it, let me * / I put my thing down, flip it and reverse it / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I / Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I” (2002)
• “Does that make me *? / Does that make me *? / Does that make me *? / Possibly” (2006)
• “I want your loving and I want your revenge / You and me could write a * / I want your love and all your lover’s revenge / You and me could write a *” (2009)
• “낮에는 따사로운 인간적인 여자 / 커피 한잔의 여유를 아는 품격 있는 여자 / 밤이 오면 심장이 뜨거워지는 여자 / 그런 반전 있는 여자” (2012)
Question 4A:It's time 4 some science! Sorry for the lame pun there. Name either a) one of the four states of matter, b) one of the four fundamental forces, c) one of the four DNA nucleobases, or d) one of the four largest moons of Jupiter (the Galilean moons).

Question 4B: Listed below are several very popular movie franchises. Give the full name of the fourth movie released chronologically in one of the franchises below. The year of release is included as a hint.
• James Bond (1965)
• Star Trek (1986)
• Superman (1987)
• Alien (1997)
• Star Wars (1999)
• Harry Potter (2005)
• Die Hard (2007)
• Indiana Jones (2008)
• Terminator (2009)
• Pirates of the Caribbean (2011)
• Mission Impossible (2011)
• Jurassic Park (2015)
Question 8A: It's time for a food and drink question (insert an eight/ate pun of your choosing here). Name either a) one of the eight vegetable juices in V8, or b) one of the eight ingredients in a Long Island Iced Tea according to International Bartenders Association.

Question 8B: Henry VIII ruled as King of England from 1509 to 1547. Name either a) the father of Henry VIII, b) one of his six wives, or c) one of his three children who became monarch of England.

Question 16A: The relationship between the following question and the number 16 is left as an exercise: Name any movie written by John Hughes that premiered in US theaters from 1981 – 1990.

Question 16B: Teenagers celebrating their Sweet Sixteen this year were born in 1999. In their honor, answer one of the following questions about the events of 1999.
• January 10: This drama starring James Gandolfini premieres on HBO
• February 23: This rapper releases “The Slim Shady LP”
• March 21: This movie wins Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards
• April 18: This hockey player records his 2,857th point in his final game in the NHL
• May 17: This man is elected Prime Minister of Israel
• June 1: This peer-to-peer file sharing service developed by John Fanning, Shawn Fanning, and Sean Parker is launched
• July 10: This woman kicks the game winning penalty kick to win the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the United States
• August 16: The first episode of the American version of this game show airs on ABC
• September 11: This woman wins the US Open, the first of her 21 (and counting) Women’s Singles Grand Slam titles
• October 12: According to the United Nations Population Fund, the world population reaches this milestone
• November 30: This oil company worth $81 billion is formed after the Federal Trade Commission approves a merger of two smaller companies
• December 31: This man resigns as President of Russia
Question 32A: The 32nd president of the United States was Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Elected to four terms, he served from 1933 - 1945. Name either a) someone who has appeared on a presidential ticket with FDR, b) one of the Republican candidates FDR defeated in his presidential campaigns, or c) one of his Supreme Court appointees.

Question 32B: Sports teams will occasionally retire the number of one of their star players. The following teams have all retired the number 32. Name the player for whom the number 32 is retired. Their years with the team are listed, as well as their position. All players are currently in their respective sport’s Hall of Fame.
• Cleveland Browns: Running Back, 1957 – 1965
• Los Angeles Dodgers: Pitcher 1955 - 1966
• Philadelphia Phillies: Pitcher, 1972 – 1986
• Philadelphia 76ers: Forward/Center, 1965 – 1972, 1974 – 1975
• Brooklyn Nets: Small Forward, 1973 – 1976
• Portland Trailblazers: Center, 1974 – 1978
• Los Angeles Lakers: Point Guard, 1979 – 1991, 1996
• Boston Celtics: Power Forward/Center, 1980 – 1993
• Utah Jazz: Power Forward, 1985 – 2003
Question 64A: The Nintendo 64 gaming system was released in the United States in September 1996. Name any Nintendo 64 game that sold at least 1.5 million copies in the US, according to The Magic Box’s list of platinum-selling video games. Helpful hint: no game in the Mario Party franchise reached this milestone.

Question 64B: Another question with a mystery relationship: Name a song from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.

Question 128A: The final question with a mystery relationship: Name any station serviced by Amtrak’s Acela Express route.

Question 128B: In America, you can write January 28 (1/28) or December 8 (12/8) as 128. Answer one of the following questions based on events that took place on either January 28 or December 8.
• January 28, 1813: This novel, Jane Austen’s second, is first published in the United Kingdom
• January 28, 1915: The US Congress establishes this branch of the armed services, placing it under the Department of the Treasury
• January 28, 1956: This entertainer makes his first television appearance on CBS’s Stage Show
• January 28, 1958: This company files patent DK92683C in Denmark for a toy block
• January 28, 1965: This country’s Parliament passes a law establishing their national flag, designed by George Stanley of the Royal Military College
• January 28, 1986: This schoolteacher from Concord, NH is killed after the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds into its flight
• December 8, 1813: This composer’s 7th Symphony premieres in Vienna
• December 8, 1953: Dwight Eisenhower delivers a speech with this three-word title to the United Nations General Assembly on the future of nuclear technology
• December 8, 1974: A referendum in this country rejects reinstating King Constantine II as head of state
• December 8, 1980: John Lennon is murdered outside of this cooperative building in New York City
• December 8, 1991: The leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine establish this organization as a successor to the Soviet Union
• December 8, 2010: This company’s Dragon capsule becomes the first private spacecraft to launch, orbit the earth, and be successfully recovered
Question 256A: 256 is the area code for northern Alabama. Name one of the following people, all of whom were either born in northern Alabama, or lived there for a significant period of time.
• Cofounder of Wikipedia, founder of the Wikimedia Foundation
• German aerospace engineer, “Father of Rocket Science” according to NASA
• Actress who plays Jessie in the Disney Channel show of the same name
• First African-American woman in space
• Current San Diego Chargers quarterback, the 4th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft
• Star, writer, and producer of the webseries The Guild
• Actress who portrayed Connie Porter in Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat
• First deaf and blind woman to obtain a B.A. degree, subject of the play The Miracle Worker
• Comedienne and frequent panelist on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me who released has two albums titled I Heart Jokes
• One of the first African-Americans to be admitted to the University of Alabama, he and Vivian Malone were personally blocked from enrolling by Governor George Wallace
• Current closer for the San Diego Padres, his 186 saves as a member of the Atlanta Braves are a club record
Question 256B: Name a UN member state that a) has English as an official language AND b) has at least one house of the national legislature with at least 256 members. Helpful hint: English is NOT an official language of the United States.

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TD 257, Ryno, Guess the Theme: Comedy Edition

Question #1 – Yacht Loving Tech Billionaires & Russian Lakes
Answer one of the options below. I need just one. Just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter with your response. That goes for questions 2 to 10 as well.

A – This comedian is known for his signature phrase “GIT R’ DONE!”
B – This 1991 John Hughes film starred 10-year old Alisan Porter in the title role.
C – This old school rapper, known for his feud with LL Cool J, had a hit with “How Ya Like Me Now.”
D – This co-founder of Oracle once owned the eighth largest superyacht in the world named “Rising Sun.”
E – This 1994 Billy Crystal film was nominated for a Razzie award for Worst Remake or Sequel. (Need full title)
F - This skier won the gold medal in the Men’s Downhill event at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
G – This co-founder of Google owns a superyacht named “Senses."
H – This legendary basketball player was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985. (Need last name too)
I – In the film “The Godfather,” this Jewish mobster was killed as a part of a mass slaughter of Corleone family enemies.
J – This man served as the 27th President of the United States. (Need full name, middle name too)
K – This is the only Beatles #1 hit song that fits the theme of this question.
L – This Russian freshwater lake is located in the Republic of Karelia at coordinates 64.45_N_31.75_E.
M – This song was the only top 40 hit for the Jump N’ the Saddle Band.
N – The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is used for classifying this three word medical condition.

Guess the Theme: OK, what is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #2 – G. K. Chesterton & Beer Drinkers
Answer one of the options below.

A – This was the profession of Alisan Porter’s maternal great-grandfather in-law.
B – This man with a big bright toothy smile is the author of such books as “Your Best Life Now” and “Become a Better You.”
C – This fictional character created by G. K. Chesterton used intuitive reasoning to solve crime mysteries.
D – This book by travel writer Bill Bryson is subtitled “Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.”
E – This is the place where the TV character Norm Peterson usually drinks beer.
F – This character from the TV series “The Simpsons” was the father of Krusty the Clown.
G – This man is the author of “The Purpose Driven Life.”
H – This man voted as “The Greatest Belgian” in history by a Flemish broadcasting service poll is honored by a statue that stands outside of the Hawaii state capital building.
I – Fill in the blanks to these song lyrics: “You can tell by the way __ ___ __ _____ I’m a woman’s man no time to talk.”
J – This place located on Fleet Street in London is where such literary figures as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and G. K. Chesterton drank beer.
K – This author of “Shalom in the Home” was the unofficial spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson.
L – This still living 96 year old man was recognized 55 times on Gallup’s list of Most Admired People.
M– This man appears in the “Word on Fire” YouTube video series.
N– In baseball, this event occurs when ball four is called. (Must fit theme)
O– This is the place where TV characters Homer Simpson, Lenny and Carl usually drink beer.
P– This practice, that need not take place in alcoholic beverage establishments, is defined by Wikipedia as: “cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious backgrounds.”

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #3 – French Kings & Other Things
Answer one of the options below.

A – This French king was the husband of Marie Antoinette. (Number required)
B – The best known allotropes of this chemical element are graphite and diamond.
C – This chemical element’s ions are an essential component of plant nutrition and are used as a fertilizer in agriculture.
D – This French king was known as the “Sun King.” (Number required)
E – This type of notice is a statutorily prescribed form that informs users of the ownership of a published work.
F – In baseball, this event occurs when strike three is called.
G – This French king led the Seventh and Eighth Crusades. (Number or status required)
H – This unit of measure for temperature uses round numbers for the freezing and boiling points of water.
I – This unit of measure for temperature is based on an absolute scale.
J – This western genre novelist is the author of such works as “Shalako” and “The Haunted Mesa.”
K – 50 legionnaires plus 50 gladiators equals this many individuals.
L – This literary character is the main protagonist in the Franz Kafka novel “The Trial.”

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #4 – Fancy Hotels & Basketball Brawls
Answer one of the options below.

A – This is another name for Thai eggplant. (Must fit theme)
B – In the novel “The Lord of the Flies,” this character has poor eyesight, asthma and is overweight.
C – Hunter S. Thompson practiced this type of journalism. (Must fit theme)
D – Professional wrestler Chris Jericho is also the lead singer for this heavy metal band.
E – This son of a U. S. President served in two world wars and has a town in Texas named after him.
F – This former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted of a felony in relation to the Plame affair.
G – The “Pennsylvania Hotel” in New York City was known by this name from 1954 to the early 1980s. (Two words)
H – This Fifth Avenue luxury hotel was the home to former President Herbert Hoover for over 30 years. (Two words)
I – This basketball player punched Rudy Tomjanovich during an infamous NBA brawl.
J – This character was the mascot of the 1984 Summer Olympics.
K – This taxonomic kingdom in biology includes such subkingdoms as parazoa and eumetazoa.
L – This professional golfer wrote a controversial religious book where he endorsed a Unitarian viewpoint of Christology.
M – This moniker would be an appropriate nickname for a dentist. (Must fit theme)

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #5 – Particle Physics & Matt Lauer
Answer one of the options below.

A – This man served as the paramount leader of China from 2003 to 2013. (Need last name too)
B – This 18th century Scottish inventor developed the concept of horsepower.
C – This chromosome was first identified as sex determining by Nettie Stevens in 1905.
D – This actress plays China White on the current CW series “Arrow.” (Need first name too)
E – This defensive end for the Houston Texans is the first player in NFL history to have recorded two seasons with 20 or more sacks.
F – In particle physics, these bosons correspond to the type of force predicted by Georgi-Glashow model. (Must fit theme)
G – This Beatles song from the “Abbey Road” album includes the sounds from an electric harpsicord.
H – This Broadway show tune includes the lyrics: “when I’m stuck with a day that is grey and lonely, I just stick out my chin and grin.”
I – This morning TV talk show is hosted by Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
J – This old school rap group had a hit in 1991 with “Pop Goes the Weasel.”
K – The song “Joy to the World” appears on this Three Dog Night album.
L – This quotation spoken by Clark Gable was voted as the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Institute. (Note: You may use “darn” as a substitute)

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #6 – Bon Ami Cleanser & Alisan Porter Returns Again
Answer one of the options below.

A – A person who came who home with: Denorex shampoo, Centrum, Dimetapp, Tiger Balm, Sue Bee Honey, Chap Stick, Robitussin cough syrup, Hershey Treasures, Mrs. Butterworth syrup, Sweet N’ Low packets, V-8 Splash, Advil, Cold-EEZE Lozenges, a bunch of Sharpies, a whole lot of Bon Ami cleanser, post cards from the Hilton, a bathroom scale, a clock radio and toasters, during the 1990s, might say this. (Must fit theme)
B – This is a command that might be given to recovering anorexics. (Must fit theme)
C – This film character said: “Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.”
D – Ed McMahon spoke these words on a nightly basis. (Must fit theme)
E – A Big-Mac contains 29 grams of this substance.
F – A Hindu who obtains an aromatic sense of the union of the Brahman might say this. (Must fit theme)
G – This E! Channel show was originally hosted by Greg Kinnear.
H – This would be an appropriate slogan for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. (Must fit theme)
I – College hipsters during the late 1990s might have complimented Alisan Porter’s maternal great-grandfather in-law with these words. (Must fit theme)
J – This city is the most populous city in New Mexico.
K – A person of European descent who regularly performs cosplay and recites quotes as the subject from Option C might be described as this. (Must fit theme)
L – This is a very thin sheet of metal made by hammering or rolling.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #7 – Microwavable Turnovers & Islam
Answer one of the options below.

A – These microwavable turnovers have been produced by Nestle since 2002.
B – This bodybuilding competition, organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB), was won by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1969.
C – To cross the demarcation line in Ireland, during the time in history in which Ireland was under English dominion, was to go here. (Must fit theme)
D – These three words can be used to describe an overweight father. (Must fit theme)
E – This fast food chain is symbolized by the Golden Arches.
F – This mural by Leonardo Da Vinci currently hangs at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Milan.
G – This is the second largest denomination of Islam.
H – Two parts: (1) This is any substance which gives nutritional support to the body; (2) This is a 1970 romantic-drama film which starred Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. (Must answer both)
I – An apartment that has more than one bedroom, but less than three bedrooms, is a this many bedroom apartment.
J – This TV fictional character was discovered in a bottle by astronaut Captain Tony Nelson.
K – This town in Porter County, Indiana, shares its name with a personality referenced in Question #2.
L – This short lived reality show, aired on the A&E network, was about people with anxiety disorders.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #8 – Simony & Medieval Latin
Answer one of the options below.

A – These seven words begin the Brett Easton Ellis novel “American Psycho.”
B – This song by The Trammps includes the lyrics, “burn baby burn.”
C – This was the name given to the third movement of Gustav Mahler’s uncompleted Tenth Symphony.
D – This 1988 Italian film set at a movie house won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
E – This professional wrestler served as the personal assistant for the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase.
F – These two lovers are represented by Rodin’s statue “The Kiss.”
G – This Pope, the seventh of his name and whose papacy lasted from 1294 to 1303, was known to have committed simony.
H – This Jamaican reggae band is known for their song “Bad Boys” which serves as the theme song for the TV show “COPS.”
I – Fred Astaire received his only Academy Award nomination, for acting, for his performance in this film.
J – This term refers to an external, raised, flat open area near or on a building.
K – In classical astronomy this was the outermost sphere of the geocentric model of the Universe.
L – This term derived from Medieval Latin was considered by ancient cosmologies to be the place of Highest Heaven.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #9 – The Rockpile & DNA Sequencing
Answer one of the options below.

A – These opening two words “__ _______,” were used in options from Questions #2 & #3.
B – Abraham Lincoln became President of the U.S. during this century,
C – A priest that is attentive to the needs of parishioners can be described as this adjective. (Must fit theme)
D – John F. Kennedy became President of the U.S. during this century.
E – Fill in the blank: Yellowstone National ______.
F – This place in Chicago was the site of The Grateful Dead’s last concert just last month.
G – This former stadium in Buffalo, New York was affectionately known as “The Rockpile.”
H – Fill in the blank to these Britney Spears song lyrics: “_____ I did it again.”
I – This was the name for the period of sustained strategic bombing of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany during WWII.
J – This method for sequencing long strands of DNA was a precursor to full genome sequencing.
K – This 1985 song by Stevie Wonder is about a man who tells a woman to leave.
L – This is the title of a 1968 album by the International Submarine Band.

Guess the Theme: What is the common theme for all of the options above?

Question #10 – Cary Grant, Tony Curtis & Joan Crawford
Answer one of the options below. WARNING: READ THE NOTE IN THE GUESS THE THEME LINE BELOW. :arrow:

A – Cary Grant starred with Katherine Hepburn in this screwball comedy that involved a leopard.
B – Tony Curtis lived the last few years of his life in this second most populous city in Nevada.
C – This actress played Joan Crawford in the film “Mommy Dearest.”
D – Cary Grant was born in this city in England which shares its name with a city in Connecticut.
E – Tony Curtis played this infamous real life serial killer in a 1968 film. (Nickname acceptable)
F – In 1938, Joan Crawford along with other famous actresses was dubbed “_____ _____ _____” by the Independent Film Journal due to her perceived unpopularity.
G – Cary Grant’s fourth wife was this actress who played “The Whipper” in the TV series “Ally McBeal.”
H – Tony Curtis appeared in this film about a Roman slave revolt.
I – This is the film for which Joan Crawford won her Academy Award for Best Actress.
J – In 1986, Cary Grant died in this city in Iowa located on the Mississippi River.
K – According to the Daily Mail, Tony Curtis compared kissing Marilyn Monroe to kissing this infamous historical figure.
L – Cary Grant, Tony Curtis & Joan Crawford have been civilly married a combined total of this number of times. (Hint: It is between 15 to 17)

Guess the Theme: The key to this theme has to do with the three movie stars mentioned in the questions & not the answers. What is the common theme for all of the options above? (Hint: Keep in mind the overarching theme).

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TD 258, BigDaddyMatty, The Spirit of Radio

1. "Let's Go Crazy" (#1, 1984)
If there is one rule in pop music, it is that if you want a song to be a hit, entitle it "Crazy." To get this TD started, either

A. Name one of the eight artists to have recorded a Top 40 hit entitled "Crazy"*


B. Answer one of these questions related to “crazy” music:
i. The Madonna ballad "Crazy For You" appeared on the soundtrack to what 1985 Matthew Modine film?
ii. Crazy Frog became the first artist to take a ringtone to the top of the UK charts with its version of what Harold Faltermeyer instrumental named for Eddie Murphy's character in Beverly Hills Cop?
iii. Crazy Town frontman Seth "Shifty Shellshock" Binzer was a patient on several seasons of VH1 programs based on the work of what addiction medicine specialist? (Acceptable with or without last name)
iv. What 1994 Salt 'N' Pepa/En Vogue hit features the line "You so crazy; I think I wanna have your baby"?

* - One of these songs includes a parenthetical in its title

2. "Alone Again (Naturally)" (#1, 1972)
Each of the following four clues has three possible responses. Name one of these twelve participants in a famous collaboration and subsequent break-up.

A. Name the country dissolved in 1993's "Velvet Divorce" or either of the two surviving nations.
B. Two NFL teams from the same state merged for the 1943 season before going their separate ways. Name either of the teams or the name under which the combined unit played.
C. Name any of the three lead singers with whom Van Halen has recorded at least one studio album.
D. Name either of the former Mega-Powers who faced off in the main event of WrestleMania V or the “first lady of wrestling” who was the ostensible cause of the rift.

3. "Your Song" (#1, 1970)
Each of the following clues leads to an answer that is also the name of a popular single released in the year(s) listed in parentheses. Name one.
Bonus: For -1 point, name the artist who released your answer choice in the listed year. If your answer choice is one of the ones that has two years listed, you may name either artist for -1 point or both for -2 points. (If you get one artist right and the other wrong, I will still give you -1 point.)

A. Public space in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles named for a five-star general (1968, 1978)
B. First name of Tim Reid’s on-air character on WKRP in Cincinnati (1970, 1986)
C. 1818 novel subtitled “The Modern Prometheus” (1973)
D. Film for which Hilary Swank won her first Oscar (1979)
E. Fence-painting title character of several Mark Twain novels (1980)
F. 1948 Florida-set film noir starring “Bogie and Bacall” (1981)
G. Anthology series whose episode “To Serve Man” was ranked #11 on TV Guide’s 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time (1982, 1992) (NOTE: These two are unrelated songs that happen to share a title; by coincidence, however, the acts in question hail from the same country.)
H. The television game show that brings all us Boardies together here (1983)
I. Magazine helmed by Anna Wintour since 1988 (1990)
J. Desert downer starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue (1994)
K. Movie that sees John Travolta’s everyman transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers (1997)
L. Los Angeles suburb famous for Rodeo Drive and a certain ZIP Code (2005)

4. "Free Bird" (#19, 1974)
Name one of the twelve gifts mentioned in the final verse of the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (number required).

Get it? Free…bird?

5. Say My Name (#1, 2000)
Dropping names has been a pop music staple since way back in the day. Each of the following songs contains the first and last name of a famous entertainer. Choose a song and name the drop-ee.
NOTE: For this question, please indicate the letter or title of the song that goes with your chosen celeb.

A. “Mrs. Robinson” (Simon & Garfunkel, 1968)
B. “American Pie” (Don McLean, 1971)
C. “Rock On” (David Essex, 1973)
D. “Candle In The Wind” (Elton John, 1974)
E. “Genius of Love” (Tom Tom Club, 1981)
F. “Come On Eileen” (Dexys Midnight Runners, 1982)
G. “Puttin' On The Ritz” (Taco, 1983)
H. “Mr. Jones” (Counting Crows, 1993)
I. “Lose Yourself” (Eminem, 2002)
J. “Tonight, Tonight” (Hot Chelle Rae, 2011)
K. “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, 2014)
L. “Uma Thurman” (Fall Out Boy, 2015)

6. King of Rock (#14 Hot Black Singles, 1985)
The subject of the tiebreaker question notwithstanding, there has never been a more successful artist in pop music than Elvis Presley. Name a feature-length motion picture released between 1956-1964 for which the “King of Rock & Roll” received an acting credit on IMDb (16 possible answers). (FYI, the first Elvis movie that is too recent to qualify as a correct answer is Girl Happy.)

7. “Moonlighting” (#23, 1987)
Many an actor has tried his hand at cutting a record, and vice versa. Name one of these entertainment luminaries who also found success in the world of music.

A. He left us too soon, but word is that he had the time of his life recording “She’s Like The Wind,” which went all the way to #3 in 1987
B. Before he found his true calling in life, this game show great earned some dough by recording “Deck of Cards,” a million-seller in 1959
C. This giant of stand-up found Top 40 success twice with “Party All the Time” and “Put Your Mouth on Me,” which is almost enough to make us forget about The Adventures of Pluto Nash
D. This actor took a break from Moonlighting to moonlight as a soulful singer, with his 1987 version of “Respect Yourself” charting higher than the Staple Singers’ original
E. Before playing the love interest of the title character on Coach, she went all the way to #1 with 1962’s “Johnny Angel”
F. You may know her as the most ornery woman in Raytown or an ’80s game show celebrity guest extraordinaire, but she also sold two million copies of “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia,” a song penned by then-husband Bobby Russell
G. Whoa! This child actor’s singing career blossomed with 1993’s “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix”
H. She and her sister both star in shows airing on FOX; she is also the “She” in indie darlings She & Him (First and last name, please)
I. This soap opera star’s “All I Need” couldn’t quite unseat “Like A Virgin” from the top of the charts in 1985
J. His “Disco Duck” went to the top of “the weekly Top 40” in 1976
K. Easily the most successful musician on this list, this erstwhile Fly Girl will tell you that she’s still “Jenny from the block”
L. The second person in this quiz to win an Oscar for playing a transgender person, he has gone out of his way to avoid using his celebrity to push the profile of his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars

8. “Stairway To Heaven” (not released as a single, 1971)
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed, it’s probably because of blue laws. For this question, name one of the following:

A. Any of the five largest Christian denominations in the United Stated by number of adherents, according to the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA’s 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (NOTE: The correct answers here are organized church bodies, i.e. “African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church” is a possible correct answer, while “Evangelical” and “Baptist” are not.)


B. Any of the five states where 45% or more of residents attend religious services at least weekly, according to a 2015 Gallup poll


C. Any of the three states where 20% or less of residents attend religious services at least weekly, according to the same 2015 Gallup poll

9. “It Takes Two” (#36, 1988)
Everybody knows about one-hit wonders, but what about two-hit wonders? They might be even more interesting. Sometimes the second “hit” is just the result of carryover popularity from the first; sometimes an artist has two legitimate winners. Either way, they never find a way to climb back on the charts again. Is it marketing, a fickle public, or was that just all the inspiration they could muster? The world may never know. In any event, given the titles of the hits and the initials of the artist, name one of these acts who loved us two times before goin’ away.

A. “Just The Way It Is, Baby”, “I’ll Be There For You” (T.R.)
B. “Tenderness”, “I’ll Take You There” (G.P.)
C. “Good Vibrations”, “Wild Side” (M.M.A.T.F.B.)
D. “Black Horse And The Cherry Tree”, “Suddenly I See” (K.T.T.)
E. “Thong Song”, “Incomplete” (S.)
F. “Everything About You”, “Cat’s In The Cradle” (U.K.J.)
G. “(I Just) Died In Your Arms”, “I’ve Been In Love Before” (C.C.)
H. “Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking)”, “At Seventeen” (J.I.)
I. “Right Here, Right Now”, “Real, Real, Real” (J.J.)
J. “Walk Away Renee”, “Pretty Ballerina” (T.L.B.)
K. “Wild Thing”, “Funky Cold Medina” (T.-L.)
L. “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)”, “Cum On Feel The Noize” (Q.R.)
M. “96 Tears”, “I Need Somebody” (?.A.T.M.)
N. “Safety Dance”, “Pop Goes The World” (M.W.H.)

10. “Hey Mr. DJ” (#6, 1993)
It’s mostly a lost art now, but radio was once driven in large part by the outsized personalities of disc jockeys. In their honor, name one of these famous deejays, DJs and D.J.s.
NOTE: For this question, please indicate the letter of the clue that corresponds with your answer.

A. He’s best known as Sonny Crockett or Nash Bridges, but I’ll always remember him for his cheesy 1986 smash “Heartbeat”
B. She played Donna Jo “DJ” Tanner on TV’s Full House
C. On the 1988 album He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, he was the DJ
D. This “lupine” jock and his trademark howl built their fame at Mexico’s XERF-AM
E. Hall of Fame Celtics guard who broke Lakers fans’ hearts with his buzzer-beating jumper in Game 4 of the 1985 NBA Finals
F. He is the only American-born judge on America’s Got Talent
G. The good guy half of Robert Louis Stevenson’s split-personality duo
H. Pioneering female DJ who may or may not own a glass slipper but definitely knows how to “push it real good”
I. This former Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman defeated Jimmy Fallon on the inaugural episode of Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle; it was not his first championship belt
J. Like, zoinks, Scoob! This Armenian-American Lebanese-American deejay’s wife starred in the short-lived Cheers spinoff The Tortellis
K. Born Sonny John Moore, he won the Best Dance Recording, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Remixed Recording Grammys in 2012 and 2013
L. This recently retired Yankees captain is rumored to have dated Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Jordana Brewster, Adriana Lima and Tyra Banks, among others

11. “Video Killed The Radio Star” (#40, 1979)
This was, as all good triviaphiles know, the first video ever played on MTV. Each of the following clues leads to an answer that is made up of one or more of the letters in “MTV.”
NOTE: For this question, please indicate the letter of the clue that corresponds with your answer.

A. Top-level Internet domain for the tiny island nation of Tuvalu
B. This 1983 miniseries about an alien invasion was written and directed by Kenneth Johnson
C. Homophone of the English word that puts the “kara” in “karate”
D. Common abbreviation for a message left on the modern equivalent of an answering machine
E. Pseudonym of English musician Robin Scott, who topped the pop music charts in 1979 with, appropriately enough, “Pop Muzik”
F. “Hokie” university located in Blacksburg
G. Common abbreviation for a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others
H. NYSE stock symbol of the former “Ma Bell”
I. Common abbreviation for a category of equations used to determine the present or future value of annuities, perpetuities, etc.
J. Automobile taxation program also known as “pay-per-mile”
K. Unix command that moves one or more files or directories from one place to another
L. The second video aired on this cable network was Pat Benatar’s cover of The Young Rascals’ “You Better Run”

12. “Do That To Me One More Time” (#1, 1980)
You may have noticed that each question in this TD (including this one!) corresponds with the title of a hit single of yesteryear. Name any one of the artists who recorded these hits (must correspond with the chart position/year information in parentheses).

As unbelievable as it sounds, the most prolific hitmakers in history in terms of entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart are the cast of Glee. Just how many of their choral abominations did that ragtag bunch from William McKinley High land on the Hot 100? (Hint: it was more than one per episode of the series.)
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TD 259, Ryno, My Literature Notebook

WORLD LITERATURE – PART I – (Ancient Times to 1900)

Question #1 – Early Stuff and a lot of Shakespeare
Answer one of the options below. I need just one. Just the answer is fine, you do not need to write the letter with your response. Same deal for all of the following questions.

A – This ancient Greek dramatist is known for the plays: Medea, Hippolytus and Electra.
B – This Roman poet’s best known work is Metamorpheses.
C – The Ramayana and Mahabharata were originally written in this language.
D – These are the three parts of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
E – In The Merry Wives of Windsor, this woman is the inn keeper.
F – This Shakespeare comedy is about two sets of identical twins who are switched at birth.
G – The phrase “all the world is a stage” is from this Shakespeare play.
H – Complete this line from Richard III: “I am determined to prove a __________.”
I – This play set during the waning days of the Roman Empire is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy.
J – These three women are the daughters of King Lear.
K – Most of the action in Othello takes place on this Mediterranean island.
L – This Shakespeare play is based on Plutarch’s Lives of the Emperors.

Question #2 – European Lit up through the 19th Century

A – In Don Quioxte, this was the name of Sancho Panza’s donkey.
B – This work by Izaak Walton was about fishing. (Title must be in the original spelling)
C – This novel is believed to have been based on the life of Alexander Selkirk.
D – This essay by Jonathan Swift was a satire about English attitudes towards the Irish.
E – Samuel Taylor Coleridge is believed to have been under the influence of this narcotic when he wrote Kubla Khan.
F – This German writer’s best known work was the play Faust.
G – These five words can be found on line 49 of John Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn.
H – In the novel Pride and Prejudice, this character is the oldest of the Bennet sisters.
I – The characters Catherine Morland and Isabella Thorpe are from this Jane Austen novel.
J – This Bronte sister was the middle daughter in her family.
K – This Russian writer’s best known works were: Boris Godunov and Eugene Onegin.
L – This novel contains the line, “if he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake.”

Question #3 – 19th Century European Lit – Part 1

A – This novel set during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I refers to approximately 160 real life persons.
B – This novel is subtitled “The Parish Boy’s Progress”.
C – This character frequently says the word “umble”.
D – The characters Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay are from this novel.
E – This novelist’s best known words are: Silas Marner and Middlemarch.
F – These are the names of the three musketeers from Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers.
G – This Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale inspired the musical Once upon a Mattress.
H – This numbered Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem contains the words “how do I love thee”.
I – This poet wrote In Memoriam A.H.H. in honor of a Cambridge friend.
J – This word from the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky means: to move clumsy with heavy tread.
K – This man wrote an 1865 science fiction novel about a journey to the moon.
L – This H. G. Wells novel is about a man who becomes invisible. (Note: Need the exact complete title)

Question #4 – 19th Century European Lit – Part 2

A – This Norwegian playwright’s best known works are: A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler and Peer Gynt.
B – This titular Checkov character tries to shoot the Professor but fails.
C – This American born ex-pat authored the novels: What Maisie Knew and Turn of the Screw.
D – This titular Kipling character was the orphan son of an Irish soldier.
E – This Oscar Wilde play was based on a Biblical story.
F – The phrase “smoking gun” comes from a story by this British author.
G – This poem, which contains 17 cantos, is considered the magnum opus of Lord Byron.
H – This Russian playwright’s best known work is: The Inspector General.
I – This novel includes the characters Dimitry and Grushenka.
J – This Dickens novel mentions Master Humphrey’s clock and the Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey
K – This Dickens work is divided into “chirps” instead of chapters.
L – This was the pen name of the French novelist and memoirist, Ms. Dupin.


Question #5 – 19th Century

A – This James Fenimore Cooper novel is the second book from The Leatherstocking Tales Series.
B – In Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, the titular raven sits on a sculpted bust of this historical figure.
C – This is the Edgar Allen Poe short story that refers to a type of sherry wine in its title.
D – This Nathaniel Hawthorne novel refers to triangular architectural features in its title.
E – William Collen Bryant and John Greenleaf Whittier were nicknamed these type of “homey” New England poets.
F – The poems of this reclusive poet from Amherst, Massachusetts are just numbered without titles.
G – This Walt Whitman poem was often mentioned on the TV series Breaking Bad.
H – This character from the novel Little Women was the oldest sister in the March family.
I – This 1882 novel, by an American author, is set in England in the year 1547.
J – This short story from 1865 has the name of a California administrative jurisdiction in its title.
K – This author penned the 1890 short story: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
L – This Biblical prophet is mentioned in chapter 83 of the novel Moby Dick.

Question #6 – Early to Mid-20th Century

A – The character Wolf Larsen is the main antagonist in this novel.
B – This was the first novel written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
C – The writer Gertrude Stein was raised in this California city.
D – The film “A Place in the Sun” is based on this novel.
E – The line “good fences make good neighbors” is from this poem.
F – This 1922 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel portrays New York City café society during the Jazz Age.
G – This man was the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature (1930).
H – This Pulitzer Prize winning play from 1921 is about a former prostitute that falls in love and has difficulty turning her life around.
I – This harrowing Pulitzer Prize winning play is about a dysfunctional family headed by a bitter former actor father and a drug addicted mother.
J – This novel includes the characters Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley.
K – In the novel The Old Man and the Sea, this is the type of species of fish that Santiago tries to catch.
L – This woman, known for her witty quips, was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.

Question #7 – Mid-20th Century

A – This novel is about the Compson family.
B – This detective is featured in many Raymond Chandler novels, such as The Big Sleep.
C – This Nathaniel West novel is about the Hollywood film industry during the 1930s.
D – The title of this 1952 novel references Chapter 4 of The Book of Genesis.
E – Sometimes confused with Amy Tan, for some reason, this novelist created the characters Wang Lung and O-Lan.
F – The protagonist of this novel is named Bigger Thomas.
G – In the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “Big Daddy” Pollitt is a business tycoon in this industry.
H – This 1964 Saul Bellow novel is about a Jewish man in mid-life crisis, and not about a former St. Louis Cardinals manager.
I – The character Biff Loman from Death of a Salesman played this sport when he was in high school.
J – This novel was carried by Mark David Chapman when he assassinated John Lennon.
K – This 1953 Ralph Ellison novel portrays an unnamed narrator. (Note: Need the exact correct title)
L – Writer Flannery O’Conner’s characters were often described by this term, also a type of features from gothic cathedrals.

Question #8 – Mid-20th Century to Present

A – The typed out roll manuscript for this novel is on display at the Boott Cotton Mill and Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.
B – This science fiction writer is the author of the novels: The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
C – In the novel Catch-22, the character Joseph Yossarian performed this role aboard a B-25 bomber.
D – This writer created the characters Howard Roark and Dagny Taggart.
E – This novel that features the character Kilgore Trout is named after a product advertising slogan.
F – The second most famous writer from Mississippi, her novel The Optimist’s Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
G – This 1970 novel by Joan Didion sounds like one of the rules of golf.
H – This ghostwriter for The Autobiography of Malcolm X was once a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
I – This novel by Toni Morrison is set in Lorain, Ohio during the 1930s and 1940s.
J – David Foster Wallace passed away during this year, also the peak of popularity for Ed Hardy t-shirts.
K – This Tom Wolfe novel references a sweet flavored instant drink in its title.
L – In Ogden Nash’s poem, Line-Up for Yesterday, “C” stands for this.

WORLD LITERATURE – PART II – (1900 to Present)

Question #9 – Early 20th Century

A – This 1904 Joseph Conrad novel is set in the fictitious South American republic of Costaguana.
B – This 1901 Thomas Mann novel chronicles the decline of a German family.
C – In this novel, the characters Cecil Vyse and Lucy Honeychurch stay in the Pension Bertolini.
D – This Canadian was the author of: Anne of Green Gables.
E – In this novel, the character Paul Morel uses the word “nesh” frequently.
F – The first part of this 7 volume novel is titled “Swann’s Way”. (Note: either of the two common titles for this novel will be accepted)
G – James Joyce wrote Finnegan’s Wake while he resided in this city.
H – This Virginia Woolf novel is set at the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
I – This 1915 T.S. Eliot poem references the Bible, Dante, Shakespeare and John Donne.
J – The title of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was derived from this Shakespeare play,
K – This writer created the detective duo of Tommy and Tuppence.
L – This was the religion of the aristocratic Marchmain family.

Question #10 – Mid-20th Century

A – This was the language in which most of Samuel Beckett’s works were originally written in.
B – This work by William Butler Yeats is about a journey to Constantinople.
C – In George Orwell’s 1984, this is the name of the torture chamber where a prisoner is subjected to his worst fear.
D – This 1954 Dylan Thomas radio drama is set at a small Welsh fishing village.
E – This Jean Rhys novel served as a “prequel” to Jane Eyre.
F – The “C” in the name Arthur C. Clarke stands for this.
G – C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both belonged to this Oxford social group.
H – This character from The Lord of the Flies was an epileptic.
I – The original manuscript for Doctor Zhivago was smuggled into this nation, because the USSR would not publish it.
J – This 1961 novel is about an Indo-Trinidadian who strives for success but mostly fails.
K – This 1951 novel by John Wyndham references a type of invasive plant in its title.
L – This writer’s most famous work was: Out of Africa.

Question #11 – Mid/Late 20th Century to Present

A – This novel was set in the town of Macando.
B – This Chilean’s most famous works are: The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts.
C – This 1980 novel deals with the transition to Indian national independence.
D – This Canadian’s most popular works are: The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride.
E – In Eugene Ionesco’s most well-known play, the inhabitants of a small French town turn into this species of animal.
F – This Australian was the author of: The Thorn Birds.
G – The author of the plays The Garden Party and The Memorandum later became the president of this nation.
H – This was the actual name of the titular character from Albert Camus’ The Stranger.
I – This work of non-fiction was about Thor Hyerdahl’s sailing raft adventures in the Pacific.
J – This 2004 novel by David Mitchell adapted into film just a few years ago.
K – This 1992 novel by Mexican writer Laura Esquivel revolves around cooking.
L – This Japanese writer’s most well-known work was the 1989 novel: The Remains of the Day.


Question #12 – 20th Century to Present

A – The children’s book James and the Giant Peach is set at this location along the English Channel.
B – This book has been called “the Aeneid of the rabbits.”
C – The Judy Blume character Peter Hatcher was in this grade in elementary school.
D – Maurice Sendak won this award in 1964 for his children’s book: Where the Wild Things Are.
E – This author created the characters Beezus and Ramona.
F – Mulberry Street was named after a street in this hometown of Dr. Seuss.
G – Booksellers note that sales of this book tend to spike up during graduation season.
H – Complete the title of this 1956 Dr. Seuss work: “If I ran the ________”.
I – This children’s author’s most well-known works are: A Wrinkle in Time and A Ring of Endless Light.
J – The children’s author Beatrix Potter contributed to the preservation of this region in England.
K – This work by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1939.
L – One of the protagonists from this 1943 novella was a pilot who was stranded in the desert.

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TD 260, gamawire, The Pursuit of Trivia


1. Name a sovereign state whose national capital begins with the letter B.

2. Name a U.S. state that currently has a city named Paris (just Paris – no other words or letters; so North Paris or Paristown would be incorrect).


3. Name a Black woman who has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Bonus: For what movie was your chosen actress nominated?

4. Name one of music’s top 20 money makers of 2014 (according to Billboard).
METHODOLOGY: The data used to compile Money Makers was supplied by Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BDS and Billboard Boxscore. Artists are ranked by U.S. earnings, calculated from touring, recorded- music sales, publishing royalties and revenue from digital music and video streaming. Due to a lack of data, revenue from sponsorship, merchandising and synchronization isn’t included.


5. Name a ruling house of either England or Britain (dated from 871 until the present).

Bonus: Name a ruler of the house you chose.

6. Name one of the Watergate Seven (the seven advisors and aides to Nixon who were indicted by a grand jury on March 1, 1974 for their role in the Watergate Scandal) OR one of the members of the Senate Watergate Committee.


7. Ian Fleming spent many years writing about everyone’s favorite spy. Between 1953 and 1966, twelve novels and two short-story collections featuring James Bond were published in the UK through Jonathan Cape. Name one of the novels.

Bonus: Who played Bond in the movie version of the book/collection you chose?

8. Name the artist of one of the following paintings (you do not need to match up the painting with the artist – just give me the artist’s name):

9. Besides cesium, name an element spelled with exactly 6 letters.

Bonus: Give me your element’s atomic number.

10. Name a state that has a member of the deer (cervidae) family as its official state animal or land mammal.


11. In basketball, a ‘Triple-Double’ is recorded when a player records 10 or more in three of the following categories: points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots. Name one of the NBA’s top 10 all-time triple-double leaders.

Bonus: A ‘Quadruple-Double’ is recorded when a player records 10 or more in four of the following categories: points, assists, rebounds, steals, or blocked shots. Prior to the 1973-74 season, the NBA did not record steals and blocked shots, so there have only been four documented NBA players who have recorded quadruple-doubles. Name one of these players (Hint: they occurred in 1974, 1986, 1990, and 1994). For a second one-point deduction, name that player’s team at the time of his quadruple-double.

12. Name a team that has faced the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl OR name the MVP from one of the Super Bowls in which the Cowboys participated.

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TD 261, dinghammer, Pointlessly Devoted to You

Q1: Our first category today is FILM. Players on Pointless compete in teams of two, so I thought I'd start with a question about some people who frequently work together. There are also a lot of film questions on Pointless.

FILM: Name any feature film directed by either Ron Howard or Martin Scorsese for which either Tom Hanks or Robert De Niro received an acting credit. Documentaries do not count.

Q2: My favorite type of question is the occasional WORDS round. Sometimes contestants have to provide words with a specific quality (such as "Words ending in ZZ" and "Words beginning and ending with K"), and sometimes they're given a list of words in a particular category (e.g., body parts, foods) in a foreign language and must provide the English name for one of those things. I've gone for the latter. Half the fun of these is hearing Xander try to pronounce the words, but alas, this is a text-only medium.

WORDS: Listed below are the names of animals in Italian. Give the English name for one of them. Include the letter of your response.

a. La iena
b. La pecora
c. Il fenicottero
d. La balena
e. Il cervo
f. Il polpo
g. La volpe
h. Il canguro
i. Il pesce
j. La aquila
k. Le stella di mare
l. Il ragno

Q3: Teams on Pointless get two chances to try to win. If they don't win in their first appearance, they get to play a second time. This is a question about something else happening more than once.

SPORT: Name any current country in which two or more Winter Olympic Games and/or two or more Summer Olympic Games have been held. They must have been held within the country's current borders at any time since the modern games began.

Q4: One of the saddest things to ever happen on the celebrity version of the show, Pointless Celebrities, was when Lee Mack spent 7 hours in London traffic to appear on his favorite game show only for his partner to give such a bad answer that by the time it was Lee's turn, they had already lost, and nothing he did mattered. Because Pointless sometimes has rounds featuring people with the same name, this seemed like the best way to honor him.

FAMOUS LEIGHS OR LEES: Listed below are clues to the identities of people who have Leigh or Lee as a first name or surname. Name one of them. Include the letter of your response.

a. Canadian former MuchMusic VJ, now the host of CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera
b. American actress and former Miss America known for her portrayal of Catwoman
c. English screenwriter and director known for Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake
d. Korean-American comic book artist and writer, currently co-publisher at DC Comics
e. English comedian and actor known for Not Going Out
f. Either signer of the Declaration of Independence who fits this category (will be scored separately)
g. Former chairman of Chrysler Corporation
h. American actress known for Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Single White Female
i. Canadian bassist and singer with the band Rush
j. American actor known for Pushing Daisies and Halt and Catch Fire
k. Lead singer of Sixpence None the Richer
l. American jazz singer and songwriter who provided the voices for four characters in Lady and the Tramp
m. Retired American professional golfer who was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open
n. American actor and skateboarder known for My Name is Earl and Almost Famous
o. British actress known for Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire

Q5: Science questions on Pointless are almost always about naming an element with a specific quality. I can remember four times they've been about something else, and two of those times, they've been about moons of the solar system. Here's a question about moons of the solar system!

SCIENCE: Name one of the 16 largest moons of the solar system by average diameter. They all have a diameter greater than 1000 km. #17, Enceladus, is ~500 km.

Q6: Music rounds are very popular. Sometimes they'll ask for any top 40 single or album by a certain artist, or they'll have song titles with colors in them and ask for the artists, or contestants will have to fill in a missing word in a song title. This seemed like the kind of song people around here should know something about.

MUSIC: Each artist listed below released at least one single with a title in the form of a question that reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Each song's title includes a question mark. Name one of those songs. Include the letter of your response. I won't accept Ain't She Sweet for a, because I couldn't find any evidence it was ever released with a question mark.

a. The Beatles
b. Tom Jones
c. Chicago
d. Rod Stewart
e. Eurythmics
f. Band Aid
g. Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
h. Phil Collins
i. Snoop Doggy Dogg
j. R.E.M.
k. Toby Keith
l. Rihanna featuring Drake

Q7: In addition to somewhat normal questions about Olympics or snooker players, there are some unusual sports questions that sometimes turn up, like asking for male tennis players who have lost in the finals of Wimbledon, or any tennis player who has lost to Martina Navratilova in any Grand Slam finals. This question combines that sort of question with the theme of Pointlessness in general.

SPORT: Name any Major League Baseball team that has lost a World Series zero games to four. The scores of the individual games don't matter. I only need the team name, not the city or state.

Q8: Unfortunately for people like me, Pointless only accepts contestants who reside in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Fortunately, those things are all known by their initials, so I can sublimate my disappointment into writing questions on that theme.

UK of GB and NI: Listed below are clues to various people, places, and things with the initials UK, GB, or NI. Identify one of them. Include the letter of your response.

a. Educational institution where US Senator Mitch McConnell studied law
b. American duo whose "Crazy" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2006
c. Australian territory and former penal colony named after Mary Howard by Captain James Cook
d. Stage name of Matthew Shafer, who had a US #5 hit with "Follow Me" in 2001
e. Scottish actor who starred in 300 and Dracula 2000
f. Hyphenated African country, declared independence from Portugal in 1973
g. British-Australian singer-songwriter best known for her song "Torn"
h. Brooklyn-based indie rock band fronted by Ed Droste
i. In quantum mechanics, the type of force-carrying particle that includes gluons and photons
j. German actor, b. 1944, who has appeared in many cult horror movies including Dracula 3000
k. Prime Minister of the UK, 2007-2010
l. Multinational "Gypsy punk" band fronted by Eugene Hütz

Q9: Another of my favorite categories is the Geography round. Asking for things like European capitals south of London, countries with E as the first vowel in their names, or non-Commonwealth countries the queen has visited, it's always a lot of fun to guess dozens of places and see what's right. For this question, I'm leaning closer to the WORDS-round style of geography question.

GEOGRAPHY: Name any country whose conventional short form name begins and ends with the same letter. By "country" I mean a sovereign state that's a member of the UN in its own right.

Q10: Another regular fixture of Pointless is the picture round. From showing a photo of a cricket team and having contestants name the players to showing actors with beards and having contestants name those actors, they provide all the looking-at-things-and-saying-what-those-things-are action anyone could hope for.

SWORDS: Below are scenes from films in which people are holding swords. Identify one of the films. Include the letter of your response.

Q11: On the show, an incorrect answer is worth 100 points. If both players give incorrect answers, they're said to have joined the "200 Club". Here's a question about a different sort of 200 club.

TELEVISION: Name any scripted drama or animated program that has aired 200 or more episodes as of September 14 2015 and is currently airing first-run episodes on the US channels ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, or The CW. This includes any show returning in the fall that hasn't started its new season yet. I won't accept Hawaii Five-O or other remakes of shows that originally aired 200 or more episodes.

Q12: One of my favorite questions I've seen in the Pointless app asks players to name the US President at the time of various historical events, mostly occurring outside the US. I hope to someday see that episode so I can see how well the contestants handled it. This is my attempt at a version of that.

HISTORY: Below is a list of historical events. Name the British or English monarch who ruled at the time of one of these events. Include the letter of your response. Answers without a regnal number or nickname will be considered the first of that name. Hint: none of them is named Richard, and nobody appears as an answer more than once.

a. Jesse Owens wins four Olympic gold medals
b. Ferdinand Magellan is killed
c. Construction of the Berlin Wall begins
d. President William McKinley is assassinated
e. Alex Trebek is born
f. John Brown conducts his raid on Harpers Ferry
g. Galileo discovers the four largest moons of Jupiter
h. The storming of the Bastille occurs
i. Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated
j. The Battle of the Alamo is fought
k. Osman I founds the Ottoman Empire
l. Abel Tasman becomes the first European to sight New Zealand
m. Virginia Dare is born in the Roanoke Colony
n. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson die
o. Pope Clement V formally disbands the Knights Templar

Q13: This question has different scoring than the previous questions! When there's a tie for the highest score in a round of Pointless, they enter "lockdown". Each team must give another answer to that round's question, and the team with the highest score is eliminated. This is my attempt at a much less harsh homage to that situation, and it works like regular Pointless, except you're the "100 people".

LOCKDOWN: Choose one of the previous 12 questions and answer it again with a different answer. You must include the number of the question and, if the question required it, the letter of your response. You may not use the RICHARD or XANDER helps for this question.

Your score for this question will be equal to the number of players who gave that answer for the original question. Wrong answers will receive points equal to the wrong answer score for that question. Answers that were originally Pointless are worth one point. Answers that were originally unused are considered Pointless answers and will earn zero points. This is not a tiebreaker; it adds to your score normally.

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TD 262, mahatma, Strengths and Weaknesses

The old pub quiz staple that often kicks my butt. I'm just not hep enough to what the young cats are into these days.

Name the current:
  • #1 movie in the US (domestic box office for the weekend of 18-20 September);
  • #1 single (title and artist) on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the week ending Saturday, 19 September;
  • title of the most-recent winner of the: Best Picture Oscar; Album of the Year Grammy; Outstanding Drama or Comedy Series Emmy; Best Musical or Play Tony awards (six possible answers);
  • #1 book (title and author) on the New York Times Hardcover Bestseller list for the week ending Sunday, 20 September (two possible answers, in the categories of Harcover Fiction and Hardcover Nonfiction);
  • team with the best record in Major League Baseball's National or American League (as of the games of Sunday, 20 September) (two possible answers);
  • leader for either the Republican or Democratic 2016 presidential nomination (per average of national polls dated 31 August - 19 September) (two possible answers).
Question 2 - NOT-SO CURRENT EVENTS (1972 ed)
I can't remember yesterday (I just remember doing what they told me...), but find it easier to remember things that happened in the past. 1972 was a really good year for me, so let's look to then.

Name any one of the:
  • #1 movie in US domestic box office for 1972;
  • #1 single (title and artist) for the year on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart;
  • title of the winner of any of the following, as awarded at the ceremonies held in 1972: Best Picture Oscar (44th Academy Awards); Album of the Year Grammy (14th Grammy Awards); Outstanding Drama or Comedy Series Emmy (24th Emmy Awards); Best Musical or Play Tony awards (26th Tony Awards) (six possible answers);
  • books (title and author) to top the New York Times Fiction Bestseller list during the year (four possible answers);
  • winner of the 1972 World Series (of American baseball);
  • nominee for either the Republican or Democratic Party in the 1972 presidential election (two possible answers).
Question 3 - US PRESIDENTS
Maybe my strengths aren't as strong as I thought. Here's one, at least, that I could name all the answers to.

Using George Washington as #1, and Barack Obama as #44, name any US President whose place in the overall order is a prime number. Give full names where appropriate, please (14 possible answers).

Some of my weaknesses are even weaker than I thought. I probably couldn't have named more than two of these.

From the time of the Norman conquest, England (and since 1603, the UK) has been ruled by monarchs belonging to 10 named Houses (per; 'restorations' not included as separate Houses). Name the first monarch to rule under the name of any of these Houses (ten possible answers):
  • Normandy
  • Angevin
  • Plantagenet
  • Lancaster
  • York
  • Tudor
  • Stuart
  • Hanover
  • Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • Windsor
Question 5 - EXPLORERS
I never can remember who was the first to get where. It seems that the explorers themselves were often unsure. Keeping that in mind:

Name any of the following:
  • the commander of the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe, either when it was begun, or when it was completed (two possible answers);
  • the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean, or the Mississippi River (two possible answers);
  • the leader of the 1908 overland expedition to the North Pole (which is disputed), or the 1909 overland expedition to the North Pole (also disputed), or the first person to have reached both poles (mercifully undisputed, as far as I can tell) (three possible answers);
  • the first mammal, human being, American or woman to orbit the Earth (four possible answers);
  • the first person (or persons) to summit Mount Everest and return alive, or the first to reach the top of all of the Seven Summits (for our purposes being Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson and Puncak Jaya, known as the 'Messner list') (three possible answers; only one name is required).
Question 6 - LANDMARKS?
If we can't agree on who got there first, maybe we can agree on where 'there' is. Or maybe not.

Name one of the following:
  • the aforementioned 'Messner list' is one of the two main versions of the Seven Summits. The other (the 'Bass list') differs from Messner in listing this (much shorter) mountain in place of Puncak Jaya;
  • the tallest mountain in the world, as measured all the way from base to top (even if the base is underwater), or measured as the point on the surface which is farthest from the center of the Earth (two possible answers);
  • the longest river (main stem length excluding tributaries) on any of the six continents (excluding Antarctica) (six possible answers);
  • any of the buildings that have been recognized as the world's tallest (on the basis of 'height to architectural top', as defined by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) since the construction of the World Trade Center in 1971 (four possible answers).

Over the last 130 years, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City has performed over 300 different works. Name any opera that has been performed by the Met over 850 times (seven possible answers; the highest-ranked to fall below this is Faust, with 752);
Name any opera to premiere at the Met in this century, which has had at least 15 performances (five possible answers).

Question 8 - ROCK DRUMMERS
Everybody knows singers, and guitar players, but drummers? Drummers get no respect, no respect at all (see Gallagher, Noel). Let's show them some love.

Over the last 30 years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted over 200 'performers', but only about 1/3 of those were bands that included a drummer. Name any drummer inducted into the Hall of Fame, including recipients of the Sidemen (2000-09) or Musical Excellence (2011-15) awards. (Many, many answers to choose from. Singletons for everyone! Your answer must be included in the band's official HoF citation.)

Question 9 - NON-ENGLISH LIT
What is even worse than a weakness? A feebleness? I'm sure the rest of the community will make this look easier than I think it is.

In the last 20 years, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to writers working in 11 different languages. Name any winner of the Literature Prize in this period, who writes primarily in a language other than English (14 possible answers);
Name any language, other than English, which has had multiple winners of the Literature Prize during this time period (three possible answers).

So much for the highbrow stuff. Let's wrap up with something that's a little more my speed.

Name any one of:
  • the characters to appear as a Hogwarts student in all seven of the Harry Potter... books, and finish the entire series without dying (six possible answers);
  • the only character to have at least one POV chapter in each of the five books (so far) in the a Song of Ice and Fire book series;
  • the characters to appear in all seven seasons of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series (yeah, I called it literature!) (four possible answers).
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TD 263, Tigershark, Stephen Sondheim

1. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a farce set in ancient Rome. The following are images of Roman ruins outside of Italy. Identify the present day country where the ruin can be found. Since many ruins look alike, I am providing clues for some of them.

A. El Jem
B. Leptis Magna
C. Cuicul
D. Sorry, no help on this one
E. Porta Nigra
F. Caesarea
G. Aspendos
H. Sorry no help here
I. Diocletian
J. Jerash
K. Baalbek
L. No Help
M. Conimbriga

2. Anyone Can Whistle (1964)

The plot of Anyone Can Whistle centers around a corrupt mayor who concocts a fake miracle to draw tourists to a bankrupt town. The show ends with a true miracle happening. The Catholic Church teaches that miracles are acts of God directly or by the intersession of specific saints. A patron saint is the heavenly advocate of a place, person, craft, profession, or group of people.

Name the patron saint associated with one of the following:

A. Music/ Musicians
B. Blindness
C. Lost Items
D. Engineers, Ireland
E. fathers, carpenters
F. Lost Causes
G. Sailors, children
H. Fisherman, Scotland
I. Lawyers
J. Television
K. throat ailments
L. Dentists
M. Breast cancer

3. Company (1970)

Company is a concept musical centered around a bachelor, Robert, his married friends, and various girlfriends. The opening lyrics are Bobby... Bobby... Bobby baby... Bobby bubbi... Robby... Robert darling... Bobby, we've been trying to call you.

Identify one of the following Roberts/ Bobs /Robs/ Bobbys, etc.:

A. American engineer who was commissioned by Napoleon to design and build Nautilus, which is considered to be the first practical submarine
B. Hall of Fame baseball player who won the 1971 World Series MVP with the Pittsburgh Pirates
C. Actor best known for playing the patriarch of the Brady Bunch
D. Director who won the 1972 Oscar for Best Director, beating Francis Ford Coppola for “The Godfather”
E. In 2014, this songwriter became the 12th person to complete the EGOT
F. King of Scotland from 1309-1329
G. Quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011
H. U.S. Attorney General from 1961-1964
I. Entertainer who has hosted the Academy Awards 14 times, which is more than any other host
J. Television producer and writer who created the shows Veronica Mars and iZombie
K. Actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin
L. This poet, known primarily for depictions of rural life in New England, was actually born and raised in San Francisco

4. Follies (1971)

Follies is a concept musical about a reunion of former Follies girl. The reunion takes place set in a theater that is about to be torn down. In honor of Follies, name the one of the famous theaters shown below.

A couple of notes: B is located at 1260 6th Avenue in NYC and several Jeopardy episodes taped there. C is located on 42nd Street and is one of the oldest Broadway theaters. It became dilapidated, and was renovated and reopened in 1997. There are two pictures for D, and exterior and an interior. Many of these are outside of the United States.

5. A Little Night Music (1973)

A Little Night Music is based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night. Nearly all of the music is written in waltz time. Given the clips below of famous waltzes, name the composer.
Bonus: The title “A Little Night Music” comes from the English translation of a musical composition by which composer?

6. Pacific Overtures (1976)

Pacific Overtures tells the story of the Westernization of Japan from the Japanese point of view.

Name a city in Japan with a population over 1 million according to the 2010 census. (12 Possible answers)

7. Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)

Sweeney Todd is one of the most popular Sondheim shows. Sweeney Todd slits the throats of his customers, while his assistant has an interesting solution to disposing of the bodies. The character of Sweeney Todd first appeared in Victorian Penny Dreadfuls during the 1840s. In honor of Sweeney Todd, given the title of a work of horror fiction, name the author.

A. The Call of Cthulhu
B. The Turn of the Screw
C. Books of Blood (series)
D. Fear Street (series)
E. The Castle of Otranto
F. The Masque of the Red Death
G. I am Legend
H. The Haunting of Hill House
I. Rosemary’s Baby
J. The Exorcist
K. Pet Sematary
L. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Bonus: Who played Tobias in the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd?

8. Merrily We Roll Along (1981)

Merrily We Roll Along tells the story of three friends. The first scene of the show takes place in 1976 when the friendship has dissolved and they are no longer speaking. The show moves backwards in time, and the last scene of the show is set in 1957 when they first meet. Identify one of these other examples of nonlinear storytelling:

A. Television show, which premiered on ABC in 2004 in which episodes of the first few seasons where characterized by flashbacks, season 3 was characterized by flash forwards, and later seasons jumped erratically through time.
B. 1994 film featuring three intersecting stories which connect and overlap. The first and final scenes of the movie depict the same event, but from different points of view.
C. Musical about a relationship told from both perspectives in a series of sung monologues. Her songs begin after the break up and move backwards in time. His songs start at the beginning and move forward in time. The stories intersect midway through the show at their wedding.
D. 2000 film in which the protagonist suffers from antegrade amnesia and is searching for his wife’s killer. The scenes from the film are shown in reverse order to simulate his amnesia.
E. 2004 film where a woman has all memories of a relationship erased after a painful break-up. After her ex discovers this, he decides to undergo the procedure as well. While undergoing the procedure, he relives the relationship before the memories are erased.
F. 2006 Oscar nominated film directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu featuring three related sequences in Morocco, Japan, and Mexico.
G. Epic poem depicting battles of the Trojan War that established the convention of beginning a narrative in medias res (“in the middle of things”).
H. 2009 film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt about a failed relationship. The film jumps between various days during the course of the relationship.
I. Television series currently airing on the CW network featuring a protagonist who returned after being missing and presumed dead for five years. Nearly every episode mixes scenes from the present day with flashback sequences from the missing five years.
J. English novel, originally published in 1847, in which most of the novel is a flashback about the Earnshaw and Linton families.
K. Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham inspired by the novel Mrs. Dalloway, which tells the stories of three women of different generations, one in in 1923, one in 1949, and one in 2001.
L. Television drama set in a women’s prison, in which every episode features flashback sequences from one inmate’s life before prison.
M. Musical currently playing on Broadway. The show begins in the present day, as the protagonist begins to write her memoirs. The shows events from her childhood and first year of college, and events unfold in a non-linear sequence.

9. Sunday in the Park with George (1984)

The first act of Sunday in the Park with George is about the creation of the painting “A Sundat Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jette” by Georges Seurat, which can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago. Below are twelve other paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago. Name the Artist.

Bonus- A second, less famous, Seurat painting is a major plot point in the show. Name the painting. (The title of the painting does not have to be exact. As long as it’s close, I’ll accept the answer.)

10. Into the Woods (1987)

Into the Woods juxtaposes four familiar fairy tales-- Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk, along with the story of a baker and his wife and their desire to have a child. The story of Cinderella has been told and retold many times. Identify one of the following with a retelling of Cinderella.

Are you sick of waltzes? Here are two more. Both come from a larger work entitled “Cinderella.” Name the composer.
C. Name the heroine from a Chinese fairy tale with plot elements similar to the European Cinderella tale. (There are multiple variant spellings. As long as the name is reasonably close, I will accept the answer.)
D. French author of fairy tales who added the pumpkin and glass slippers to the Cinderella story
E. Author of the revisionist novel “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister”
F. Name of the YA series in which the first book is “Cinder,” a science fiction version of Cinderella.
G. Title of the 1969 made for television adaptation of Cinderella featuring the Muppets.

For letters H-M name the ACTRESS who played Cinderella or the equivalent in one of the following films of television series:
H. Cinderella (1950 animated feature. I’m looking for the actress who provided the voice of Cinderella)
I. Faerie Tale Theater “Cinderella” (1985)
J. Ever After (1998)
K. Once Upon a Time (ABC series)
L. Into the Woods (2014 film version)
M. Cinderella (2015)

Bonus- In the out of town tryout for Into the Woods, a fifth story was part of the show. It was cut from the final version for length, but in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods, characters from this story made a cameo. Name the story.

11. Assassins (1991)

Assassins is a dark concept musical about various historical Assassins.

Given the name of an assassin, name the famous victim:

A. John Bellingham
B. Khalid Islambouli
C. Charlotte Corday
D. Leon Czolgosz
E. Nathuram Godse
F. Ignacy Hryniewiecki
G. Luigi Lucheni
H. Ramon Mercader
I. Prince Faisal bin Mus’id
J. Gavrilo Princip
K. Francois Ravaillac
L. Sirhan Sirhan
M. Dan White

Bonus- Who is the only person listed above that is a character in the musical Assassins?

12. Passion (1994)

Passion is set in 19th century Italy, and the central character is a soldier in the army. 19th century Italy is characterized by the unification of Italy, also known as the Risorgimento. Identify one of the following people associated with the Risorgimento.

A. Nice-born General who fought in many military campaigns that eventually led to the unification of Italy. He is associated with red shirts worn by his volunteers. The state fish of California is named for him.
B. Monarch who became the first king of Italy in 1861
C. Region of Italy that B was king of before becoming the first king of Italy.
D. Statesman who founded the original Liberal Party in Italy. In 1861 became the first Prime Minister of a unified Italy, only to die three months later.
E. Influential Genovese politician and activist who founded “Young Italy,” a secret society dedicated to the unification of Italy.
F. Painter whose most well-known painting. “The Kiss” is considered to portray the spirit of the Risorgimento.
G. Composer who wrote patriotic works. His best known work is the opera The Barber of Seville.
H. The chorus from this composer’s opera Nabucco expressed support for a unified Italy. According to Operabase, this composer was the most performed opera composer in the last five years.
I. Opera composer whose music was often used to promote the Risorgimento, even though he preferred not to get involved in politics. His best known works include The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale.
J. Author whose novel, “The Betrothed” is a symbol of the Risorgimento and is generally considered a masterpiece of world literature.
K. Last Pope to rule as sovereign of the Papal States. He was the longest serving elected pope, and convened the First Vatican Council, which decreed the dogma of papal infallibility.
L. French emperor who provided military aid to the cause of Italian unification in exchange for the territory of Nice.

13. Sondheim Lyrics

Below are sets of lyrics from the twelve shows that were the inspiration for this quiz. Match the lyrics to the show. Hint: each show is used only once. Since this is a matching question, the letter MUST be included.
A. Green finch and linnet bird,
Nightingale, blackbird,
How is it you sing?
How can you jubilate,
Sitting in cages,
Never taking wing?

Nothing's gonna harm you
Not while I'm around
Nothing's gonna harm you
No sir, not while I'm around
Demons are prowling everywhere
I'll send 'em howling
I don't care, I got ways

B. I am unworthy of your love,
Jodie, Jodie,
Let me prove worthy of you love.
Tell me how I can earn your love,
Set me free.
How can I turn your love to me?

Everybody's got the right to be happy.
Don't stay mad, life's not as bad as it seems.
If you keep your goal in sight,
You can climb to any height.
Everybody's got the right to their dreams...

C. Not a day goes by,
Not a single day
But you're somewhere a part of my life
And it looks like you'll stay.

It's our time, breathe it in:
Worlds to change and worlds to win.
Our turn coming through,
Me and you, man,
Me and you!

D. Another hundred people just got off of the train
And came up through the ground,
While another hundred people just got off of the bus
And are looking around
At another hundred people who got off of the plane
And are looking at us
Who got off of the train
And the plane and the bus
Maybe yesterday.

Somebody, hold me too close,
Somebody, hurt me too deep,
Somebody, sit in my chair
And ruin my sleep
And make me aware
Of being alive,

E. Something familiar,
Something peculiar,
Something for everyone:
A comedy tonight!

Isn't it a shame?
I can neither sew,
Nor cook, Nor read or write my name.
But I'm happy
Merely being lovely,
For it's one thing I can give to you.

F. I'm so happy, I'm afraid I'll die
Here in your arms
What would you do if I died like this -
Right now, here in your arms?

I wish I could forget you.
Erase you from my mind.
But ever since I met you,
I find, I cannot leave the thought of you behind.

G. Not the building but the beam,
Not the garden but the stone,
Only cups of tea
And history
And someone in a tree.

Streams are flowing?
See what's coming
Winds are blowing?
See what's coming,
See what's going

H. Agony!
Beyond power of speech,
When the one thing you want
Is the only thing out of your reach.

No more riddles.
No more jests.
No more curses you can't undo,
Left by fathers you never knew.
No more quests.

I. Don't know when, don't know where,
And I can't even say that I care!
All I know is, the minute you turn
And he's suddenly there,
There won't be trumpets!

Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't,
Everybody says don't walk on the grass,
Don't disturb the peace,
Don't skate on the ice.
Well, I say do.

J. Art isn't easy.
Every minor detail
Is a major decision,
Have to keep things in scale,
Have to hold to your vision-

Stop worrying where you're going-
Move on
If you can know where you're going
You've gone
Just keep moving on

K. I'm just a
Broadway Baby.
Walking off my tired feet.
Pounding Forty-Second Street
To be in a show.

The sun comes up,
I think about you.
The coffee cup,
I think about you.
I want you so,
It's like I'm losing my mind.

L. Every day a little death
In the parlor, in the bed,
In the curtains, in the silver,
In the buttons, in the bread.

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.
14. Various Sondheim Facts

14. I originally was going to have a few bonus questions at the end, but I decided to expand that out into a full question. Please identify one of the various things associated with Stephen Sondheim:

A. Broadway lyricist who was Sondheim’s mentor.
B. Sondheim was a mentor to this composer/lyricist who won the 1996 Tony for Best Score.
C. Autobiographical Off-Broadway musical by B that features a play on the song “Sunday” from “Sunday in the Park with George.”
D. Composer who Sondheim collaborated with for West Side Story.
E. Composer who Sondheim collaborated with for Gypsy.
F. Composer who Sondheim collaborated with for Do I Hear a Waltz?
G. Song for which Sondheim won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
H. 2003 film directed by Todd Graff in which Sondheim music is featured heavily, and Stephen Sondheim makes a cameo appearance.
I. Actress who sings “Ladies Who Lunch” in H. She was nominated for a Tony at age 12 in 1998 for “High Society.”
J. Actress who starred in the original casts of “Sunday In the Park with George” and “Into the Woods” as well as revivals of “Follies” and “A Little Night Music.”
K. Television show, which premiered on ABC in 2004, in which nearly every episode title is the name of a Sondheim song.
L. Name of Sondheim’s first musical. It was supposed to be produced as part of the 1954-55 season, but the production fell through. It went unproduced until 1997, and finally had a production Off-Broadway in 2000.
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TD 264, Lumosityfan, "Weird Al" Yankovic

1. Song ID Question. Match the letter to the song parodied. (You do not need to specify the letter in your answer.)
a. Fat
b. Eat It
c. Party in the CIA
d. Foil
e. Word Crimes
f. Jurassic Park
g. Tacky
h. Perform This Way
i. eBay
j. Like a Surgeon
2. “Fat” Unfortunately, obesity is a very big problem in America. Name a state that has at least 30 % of its self-reported adult population obese.
3. "I Lost on Jeopardy!” Of course, no “Weird Al” question on Jboard is complete without the ever-famous parody of the song “Jeopardy!”. Speaking of which, there were plenty of first-round losers as well in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions considering the size of the field. Name one of them.
4. “Jurassic Park” Name a period in the geologic time scale.
5. “The Saga Begins” Name one amongst the following:
a. Name the composer of the music scores for the Star Wars movies.
b. Name the title that showed itself after the Roman numeral. (For instance, Movie I: The Movie; the Movie would be the correct answer).
c. Name a director for any one of the Star Wars movies.
d. Name the actor who played either Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2, or R-3PO.
6. “Virus Alert” Name either one of the top 10 infected countries or one of the bottom 10 infected countries according to infographic whose information came from Microsoft’s annual review.
7. “Albuquerque” Name a state capital that has at least the same number of letters as Albuquerque.
8. “Trapped in the Drive-Thru” Name one of the Top 15 restaurant chains according to NRN’s (Nation’s Restaurant News) 2015’s Top 100 Review.
9. “Gump” Name a historical event that was mentioned at least once in the movie “Forrest Gump”
10. "First World Problems" Name a country that's a member country of NATO as of October 5, 2015.
11. “Perform This Way” Name one of the past 15 directors to win the “Best Director” award at the Oscars.
12. “I’ll Sue Ya”. Name the Supreme Court Chief Justice that presided over these important Supreme Court cases. (You do not need to specify the letter.)
a. Dred Scott v. Sanford
b. Marbury v. Madison
c. Gideon v. Wainwright
d. Plessy v. Ferguson
e. Citizens United
f. Schenck vs. US
g. Furman v. Georgia
h. Planned Parenthood v. Casey
Bonus: For #12, name the year that the event you answered occurred.
Bonus: Name the year in which “Weird Al” won his first Grammy.
Tiebreaker: As of the submission of this TD, name the amount of views on YouTube his video "White & Nerdy" has gotten.

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TD 265, WooWho?, Attack 25!

オープニングクイズ (OPENING QUIZ): How do you say ‘25’ in…?

Below are a bunch of foreign words that all mean the same thing: twenty-five. Simply choose one of them and name the language. (Please include the letter of the question you are answering.)

Note: For languages that do not use the Roman alphabet (or anything resembling such), only English transliterations appear below; these are the transliterations employed by Google Translate when “twenty-five” is entered into the dialog box.

a) tjuefem
b) dwadzieścia pięć
c) dvadtsat’ pyat’
d) Èrshíwǔ
e) ishirini na tano
f) veinticinco
g) vaisai pahayai
h) eíkosi pénte
i) isib-o
j) vingt et cinque

BONUS (-1): The name of which board game is derived from the Punjab for the number 25?

第2問: 25…cents

The U.S. Mint followed up the State Quarters series with the America the Beautiful series, which depict national parks and sites from each of the 50 states (and U.S. territories). Below are the names of 12 national sites depicted on the reverses of these quarters. Please choose one of them and name the state or territory in which it is located.

a) Mt. Hood National Forest
b) El Yunque National Forest
c) Great Basin National Park
d) Yosemite National Park
e) Blue Ridge Parkway
f) Kisatchie National Forest
g) Chickasaw National Recreation Area
h) White Mountain National Forest
i) Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
j) Shenandoah National Park
k) Everglades National Park
l) Vicksburg National Military Park

Three sites depicted on this series of quarters have also previously been depicted on state quarters. Name any one of the sites.

第3問: Our 25th (Dead) President

William McKinley was our 25th president. Below are several facts about President McKinley—please identify ONE of the following.

a) denomination of US currency on which his likeness is depicted
b) political party to which he belonged when he was first elected President
c) name of his assassin
d) name of his Presidential opponent in both 1896 and 1900
e) state in which he served two terms as governor
f) his first VP, who served until his death in 1899
g) name of the mountain (and surrounding park) formerly known as Mt. McKinley, until the park was renamed in August 2015
h) sitting President when McKinley first took his congressional seat in the 1870s
i) his second VP, who succeeded him following his assassination
j) first name of his First Lady

BONUS (-1): In 1900, McKinley secured the passage of which act, which stopped bimetallism and fixed the value of the dollar to 25.8 grains of gold at “nine-tenths fine” (1.5046 g of pure gold)?

第4問: Silver Anniversary

A 25-year anniversary is sometimes called a “silver anniversary.” Below are facts about silver. Please provide the letter of the fact you are answering.

a) Atomic number on the periodic table
b) Its chemical symbol
c) The price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus: this many pieces of silver
d) The state whose nickname is the “Silver State”
e) The final year when non-clad silver quarters were still produced by the U.S. Mint
f) Element category to which silver belongs
g) Standard atomic weight, rounded to the nearest whole number
h) Latin word for silver, which means “shining”
i) Any one of the top three silver producing countries, based on the Silver Institute’s 2014 silver production figures. The fourth, Australia, produced 59.4 Moz in 2014.

BONUS (-1): Which element on the periodic table has atomic number 25?

第5問: 映画問題: Movies From 25 Years Ago

On the actual show, there would be a movie question (eiga mondai) at a specific point in the game. So, here's my movie question of this quiz. Speaking of silver anniversaries:

Name any of the 11 highest-grossing films that debuted in 1990. This is according to worldwide gross. (The 12th-highest grossing film worldwide from 1990 is Dick Tracy, with $162.7 million.) (Source:

NESTED BONUS (-1): Of the eleven highest-grossing films of 1990, which one is the Academy Award Best Picture winner for that year?

第6問: Let’s Do the Numbers

Something else celebrating a silver anniversary: the public radio show ‘Marketplace’ (on which I happened to work for a spell) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Since its debut, Marketplace has expanded its reach to four programs: the flagship afternoon show, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Tech Report, and Marketplace Weekend. Give either:

a) the name of the host of one of those four programs, OR
b) the name of one of the music tracks played when they “do the numbers.”
Please give only ONE answer.

NOTE: For the purposes of part a), Molly Wood (the designated fill-in) and other periodic guest hosts do not count. I want one of the four names the Marketplace website lists as the host of a program, not as “Host & Correspondent.”
(7 possible answers)

BONUS (-1): I’ve been asked many times, “Marketplace? You mean on NPR?” NPR distributes the program, but does not actually produce the show; that distinction belongs to the second-largest producer of public radio programming in the country. It also produces On Being and A Prairie Home Companion. What is the name of the company?

第7問: Which 25th?

These are all events that occurred on the 25th of a certain month. I’ve given you the year and the event itself; please give me the month. (Each month is represented in this set.)

a) 1898: Formal declaration of Spanish-American War
b) 1944: Paris liberated after Germans surrender
c) 1977: First running of the Chicago Marathon
d) 1951: Opening of the first Pan-American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina
e) 1942: WWII: Thailand declares war on the US and UK
f) 2011: Oprah’s last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show
g) 1983: Beginning of Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Grenada)
h) 1950: Korean People's Army crosses 38th Parallel, starting the Korean War
i) 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s first “Bed-In for Peace” at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until the 31st; referenced in “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” which was released two months later)
j) 1970: Yukio Mishima’s failed coup and subsequent seppuku
k) 1992: Opening ceremony of Barcelona Summer Olympics
l) Every year: Christmas

BONUS (-1): Christmas Island, so named because it was discovered on Christmas Day 1643, is a territory of which country?

第8問: Bingo!

Just like the board of the Japanese game show that inspired this quiz, an American bingo card typically has 25 spaces on it. But American bingo calls are boring. Here are some British bingo calls: please identify ONE number to which the call alludes.

NOTE: Any parenthetical remarks are typical player responses to each call.

a) Two little ducks (“quack, quack, quack!”)
b) All the threes
c) Was she worth it? (“Every Penny!”)
d) Top of the shop
e) Stop Farting! (“Who, me?”)
f) Heinz Beanz
g) Two fat ladies
h) Dancing Queen
i) Unlucky for some
j) The Lord is My Shepherd

BONUS (-1): (Highest number in UK bingo) - (Highest number in US bingo) = ?

第9問: アナグラム問題: ANGORA MAN'S QUIET--er, I mean, ANAGRAM QUESTION

On the show, an anagram question (anaguramu mondai) might show up. Here's mine.

I've scrambled the names of several athletes who currently wear (or have worn) the number 25. I simply want you to unscramble one of them.

(In addition to their league, if they wear a different number now, I've included the most recent year in which they wore the number 25 next to their anagrammed name.)

a) BUSHIER EGG (NFL, 2010)
h) SVELTE BEAK (NBA, 2014)
j) CAN'T REV RICE (NBA, 2014)

BONUS (-1):
There's a method to the NFL's madness when it comes to assigning jersey numbers. According to the jersey-numbering system that was put in place on April 5, 1973, only two positions can potentially wear number 25--in fact, these two positions are typically assigned a number between 20 and 49. Name one of those two positions.

第10問: ラストコール (LAST CALL): End of a Drought

For the Last Call I’m breaking with the 25 theme ever so slightly, but won’t break from the theme of the show…

Panel Quiz Attack 25 has been on the air in Japan for 40 years. During the course of the show’s run, 13 perfect games have been played—games where the winner has captured all 25 boxes on the board. The most recent perfect game happened last week, and was the first time in the show’s history anyone had ever played a perfect game from the blue seat. Which got me thinking…

Across all four major sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL), name any team that, as of the 2014-2015 season, has not won a Super Bowl, NBA Championship, World Series, or Stanley Cup in the last 40 years (since, and including, 1975).

NOTE: Includes the retroactively-named Super Bowls I and II, but not any of the pre-merger NFL Championships. ABA and WHA championships are similarly disregarded. Teams that were enfranchised later than 1975--40 years ago--are not considered for this question. Current franchises only, please. (33 possible answers)

NESTED BONUS (-1): Which MLB team is enduring the only current major championship drought to last more than 100 years?

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TD 266, ouachiouat, Potent Quotables

1. Famous Last Words --Name the person who said these famous last words. Please tell me the corresponding letter.

A. Ask Bailey what the box office was at the Garden last night. (1891)
B. Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames! (1431)
C. Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something. (1923)
D. I am still alive! (41 AD)
E. Thomas Jefferson still lives! (1826)
F. Either that wallpaper goes, or I do. (1900)
G. Friends applaud, the comedy is over. (1827)
H. I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have. (1519)
I. I must go in, the fog is rising. (1886)
J. Do not disturb my circles. (212 BC)
K. I knew it. I knew it. Born in a hotel room and…died in a hotel room. (1953)
L. Hey, fellas! How about this for a headline for tomorrow’s paper! ‘French Fries!’ (1966)

2. Tell me the person who said the following famous quote. Please tell me the corresponding letter.

A. Oh, the humanity! (spoken in 1937, just to avoid any confusion)
B. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita…‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’
C. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
D. Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.
E. Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
F. I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
G. And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
H. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I. I haven’t failed, I’ve found 10,000 ways that don’t work.
J. I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

3. You talkin’ to me? For this set, please tell me the name of the person who is being spoken to or about. The person who says the quote is listed in parentheses after the quote. Please give the corresponding letter.
A. I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly. (Winston Churchill)
B. What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who’s played with a chimp, could have a future in politics? (Ronald Reagan)
C1. “Oh yeah? Well, the jerk store called, and they’re running outta you!” (Person in C2)
C2. “What’s the difference? You’re their all-time best seller!” (Person in C1)
D. Nothing more than a well-meaning baboon. (General George McClellan)
E. He acts just like a monkey with a red bum, irrationally eating everything. (North Korea Central News Agency)
F. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky. (Flannery O’Connor)
G. I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend…if you have one. (George Bernard Shaw)
H. The fool will overturn the whole art of astronomy. (Martin Luther)
I. He turned out to be so many different characters he could have populated all of War and Peace and still had a few people left over. (Herbert Mitgang)


4. Name the book from its first line.Please give me the corresponding letter.
A. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer the electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.
B. On the 24th of February, 1815, the lookout of the Notre-Dame de la Garde signaled the three-master, the Pharaon, from Smyrna, Trieste, and Naples.
C. In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.
D. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
E. Mother died today.
F. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
G. It was a pleasure to burn.
H. You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino’s new novel, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler.
I. I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running…
J. On an exceptionally hot evening in early July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. Bridge.

5. Name the book or poem which contains the famous quote. Please give me the corresponding letter.

A. For her, life was as cold as an attic with a window looking to the north, and ennui, like a spider, was silently spinning its shadowy web in every cranny of her heart.
B. spring summer autumn winter / he sang his didn’t he danced his did.
C. You’ve got about as much charm as a dead slug.
D. Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones.
E. He had discovered a great law of human action…namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.
F. The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
G. We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything.
H. Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars, and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
I. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
J. Almost in the center of this sky, above the Prichistensky boulevard, surrounded and convoyed on every side by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light and its long uplifted tail, shone the huge, brilliant comet of the year 1812—the comet which was said to portend all manner of horrors and the end of the world.

6. Name the book from its last line. Please give me the corresponding letter.
A. He drew in a breath, stopped in the midst of a sigh, stretched out, and died.
B. And it was like a confirmation of their new dreams and excellent intentions that at the end of their journey their daughter sprang to her feet first and stretched her young body.
C. One little bird said to Billy Pilgrim, ‘Poo-tee-tweet?’
D. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
E. “…Come boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.” And the boy did. And the tree was happy.
F. Erik is dead.
G. When Rosa and Joe picked it up they saw that Sammy had taken a pen and, bearing down, crossed out the name of the never-more-than-theoretical family that was printed above the address, and in its place written, sealed in a neat black rectangle, knotted by the stout cord of an ampersand, the words [portion of the title]
H. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
I. Chicago will be ours!
J. And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly. He is very happy.

At the Movies

7. Tell me the (comedy) movie where the quote comes from. Please tell me the corresponding letter.
A. I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!
B. Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta hug!
C. David: “You don’t understand! This is my car!”
Susan: “You mean this is your car? Your golf ball? Your car? Is there anything in the world that doesn’t belong to you?”
David: “Yes, thank heavens, YOU!”
D. Jerry: “But you don’t understand, Osgood! Ohhh…I’m a man!”
Osgood: “Well, nobody’s perfect!”
E. Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!
F. “Would you mind telling me whose brain I did put in?...I will not be angry.”... “Abby someone…Abby…Normal”
G. Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!
H. I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.
I. I probably should have told you this before, but you see…well…insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!
J. He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!

8. Tell me the (drama) movie where the following quote comes from.

A. I’m walkin’ here!
B. I eat breakfast 300 yards from 4,000 Cubans who are trained to kill me. So don’t think for one second you can come down here, flash a badge and make me nervous.
C. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching…they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”
D. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
E. I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel his pleasure.
F. I taught some of the stupidest children God ever put on the face of this earth and all of them could read well enough to find a name on a tombstone.
G. K-Mart sucks.
H. I see that I’m a little piece of a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy, and she live with her daddy in the Bathtub.
I. It’s Hebrew, it’s from the Talmud. It says, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
J. Fugui: What did you name our son?
Jiazhen: “Don’t gamble.”

9. Name one of the people (4 actresses, 10 actors) who appear 4 or more times on the AFI “100 Years, 100 Quotes” nomination list—in other words, which 14 people have spoken 4 or more lines that were nominated for the AFI list? Alternatively, name one of the 2 movies that appears on the nomination list 6 times or more. Note this is not the actual movie list. When compiling the list, AFI had a ballot of 400 possible quotes for AFI members to vote on. They then winnowed it down to the final 100, referenced below.

10. There's a reason I have tons of quotes forced into the beginning of the TD. Here's why: Name 1 of the movies found in the top 12 of the American Film Institute’s “100 Years, 100 Quotes.” To provide hints, thanks to the vast store of potential answers, I make an allusion to each of these quotes somewhere in this TD. If I make an allusion to another one that I deem too neg-baity, I’ll PM you and give you the opportunity to change your answer.

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TD 267, Blue Lion, Once Around the Monopoly Board

1. MEDITERRANEAN AVENUE (deed $60, rent $2)—Name the capital of a European country* that has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. For purposes of this question, “European country” means an independent country, so Gilbraltar isn’t acceptable, and neither is Akrotiri and Dhekelia (and I wouldn’t put it past you guys to come up with this). It also excludes countries with limited recognition, so Northern Cyprus is out. Last but not least, it means a country entirely within Europe, so Turkey is off the menu.

* I'm looking for either an island nation in the Mediterranean OR a country whose capital is on the European mainland. See "Clarifications" below.

Again, I’m looking for the capital, not the country. [12 possible answers]

2. CONNECTICUT AVENUE (deed $120, rent $10)—The answer to each of these 12 clues is a person associated with the state of Connecticut. Provide the answer to one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the clue that corresponds to that answer.

a. No cigar for this Greenwich, Connecticut-born actress, who has been nominated for six Academy Awards but has yet to win.
b. Suckers are born every minute. This showman, who preyed on suckers, was born in Bethel, Connecticut, in 1810.
c. Born in Russia, this aviation pioneer moved to Stratford, Connecticut—not to act on the stage but to build a helicopter.
d. This Italian-born basketball coach imported his winning ways to the University of Connecticut women’s team, winning ten NCAA Division I titles.
e. After joining a Connecticut regiment to fight the Confederates, he moved to New York and turned his attention to fighting obscenity and contraception.
f. Born and raised in Kent, Connecticut, this funny “Family Guy” found success in Hollywood.
g. He was president of Yale University, but is best known for the next job he held: Commissioner of Baseball.
h. His birthplace was New Haven, Connecticut, but his heart was in Dogpatch, the setting of the “L’il Abner” comic strip he created in 1934.
i. Born in Cheshire, Connecticut, he played in 1,971 major league games—the most by any Jewish major-league ballplayer—and now manages the Detroit Tigers.
j. Attention must be paid to this New York native, who died in Roxbury, Connecticut, 56 years after he won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
k. In 2006 he lost his party’s Senate primary but won re-election anyway as the candidate of a party he formed for the general election.
l. Let’s cut to the chase. This Hartford-born banker put together a consortium that helped rescue the banking industry during the Panic of 1907.

Bonus Question #1. VERMONT AVENUE—Vermont is the home Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. One of its best-known flavors is Cherry Garcia, which was the company’s best-seller for over a decade. In 2013, however, another flavor surpassed Cherry Garcia. Name it, and get 100 points added to your score.

3. STATES AVENUE (deed $140, rent $12)—The street plan for Atlantic City was devised in 1851 by a physician named Jonathan Pitney. Dr. Pitney gave north-south streets the names of bodies of water, and east-west streets the names of states. 

Name a state that was admitted to the Union after 1851 but before the end of the 19th century—that is, December 31, 1900. [14 possible answers]

4. VIRGINIA AVENUE (deed $160, rent $12)—Since 1871, all cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia have had the status of “independent cities,” which are administratively independent of any county. Name one of Virginia’s 15 most populous independent cities as of the 2010 census. Petersburg, with a population of 31,973, is in 16th place. [15 possible answers]

5. TENNESSEE AVENUE (deed $180, rent $14)—Tennessee’s capital, Nashville, is the “Music City” and the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Each of these 12 clues identifies one of the Hall’s members. Provide the answer to one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the clue that corresponds to that answer.

a. Inducted in 2004, he was a Rhodes Scholar and a U.S. Army captain before starting his career as an songwriter, recording artist, and actor.
b. After his band The First Edition broke up, this 2013 inductee launched a long and successful solo career with his 1977 hit “Lucille.”
c. He never lived to see his 30th birthday, but recorded 35 Top Ten country hits, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart”; in 1961, he became one of the Hall’s three original inductees.
d. In 1969, a quarter century before he entered the Hall, this artist annoyed hippies by singing the praises of "Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.”
e. She was inducted in 1973–-twelve years before Sweet Dreams, the film based on her life, hit the screens.
f. This singing and acting cowboy is the only person inducted twice: once as a member of the “Sons of Pioneers” in 1980, and again as a soloist in 1988.
g. This duo, inducted in 1985, had only one #1 song in their career, but is was a memorable one--about "a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed.”
h. During her husband’s first campaign for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton made a disparaging remark on 60 Minutes about this woman, who entered the Hall in 1998.
i. In 1993, seven years before his induction into the Hall, he was the first African American to become a regular performer on the Grand Old Opry.
j. He wrote 11 number-one songs, including the crossover hit “Harper Valley PTA,” and earned a place in the Hall in 2008. He’s also known to like beer.
k. Inducted in 2008, she has 13 Grammy Awards to her credit, including one for Best Album for the soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou.
l. Best known for the hit songs “I’m Sorry” and “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree”, this 1997 inductee is also a member of the Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.

6. NEW YORK AVENUE (deed $200, rent $16)—New York City is the live theater capital of America. Since 1960, a total of 16 plays have won both a Tony Award (either for Best Play or Best Musical) and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Name one of them. [16 possible answers]

Note: Musicals are eligible for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and three musicals have won both the Tony and the Pulitzer since 1960.

7. B&O RAILROAD (deed $200, rent $25)—In 1884, Charles Dow created a list that evolved into the Dow Jones averages, which today consist of 65 stocks in three groups: Industrials, Transportation, and Utilities.

Name one of the 20 companies that, as of October 23, 2015, were components of the Transportation Index. [20 possible answers, including 5 airlines, 4 railroads, 4 trucking companies, 3 delivery services, 2 marine transportation companies, and 2 miscellaneous transportation companies]

Note: I will be very generous with responses to this question.

8. FREE PARKING--There’s plenty of free parking at America’s fast-food restaurants. Name a U.S. fast-food chain [“fast food” includes coffee and pizza] which, according to QSR magazine, ranked in the top 15 for the greatest number of franchised locations as of 2013. Quizno’s, with 2,349 locations, ranks 16th. [15 possible answers]

9. GO TO JAIL—Each of these 12 questions involves a famous prisoner, real or fictional. Provide the answer to one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the clue that corresponds to that answer.

a. In the 2003 film Monster, Charlize Theron played this female serial killer who had been executed the year before by the state of Florida.
b. Spandau Prison in Berlin was demolished in 1987 after the death of this man, who was sent there after being convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg.
c. Chateau d’If, an island prison off the southern coast of France, was made famous as one of the settings of this adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas.
d. On March 3, 1934, this man, dubbed “Public Enemy Number 1”, escaped from the supposedly escape-proof jail in Crown Point, Indiana.
e. Denzel Washington played this ex-boxer, who spent nearly 20 years in prison before a federal court overturned his conviction and life sentence for murder.
f. He was one of the most famous inmates in the history of the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary because of his expertise in ornithology.
g. On May 3, 1916, Patrick Pearse was executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Gaol in this city after leading a failed uprising.
h. He commanded a Confederate POW camp near Andersonville, Georgia; was found guilty of war crimes; and was hanged on November 10, 1865.
i. The central character in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Test, he spent five months in a California jail for possession of marijuana.
j. Published in 1962, this novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes a single day of this man, a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp.
k. This Ohio physician, who was convicted in 1954 of murdering his wife (the conviction was later overturned), inspired the television series The Fugitive.
l. He quarterbacked the prisoners’ football team in the original version of The Longest Yard (1974), and coached the prisoners’ team in the 2005 remake with the same title.

10. PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE (deed $320, rent $28)—Over the years, many visitors to Atlantic City and other South Jersey resorts have come from Pennsylvania.

The Keystone State is the home of 14 universities whose men’s basketball team competes in the NCAA’s Division 1. Name one of them. [14 possible answers]

11. LUXURY TAX--Name one of the countries that, according to, was in the top 10 for gold production in 2013 OR was one of the six top gold-producing U.S. states in 2013. [16 possible answers]

Bonus Question #2. LUXURY TAX REDUX—As of September 12, 2014, three families had multiple members on Forbes magazine’s list of the 20 richest Americans. Name two (last name is sufficient) for a 100-point bonus.

12. BOARDWALK (deed $400, rent $50)—Atlantic City is the home of the world’s first boardwalk, which is also the world’s longest. Atlantic City has also been the home of Miss America Pageant for much of its existence.

These 12 questions are associated with Atlantic City, the surrounding area, and Miss America. Provide the answer to one of them, and be sure to include the letter of the clue that corresponds to that answer.

a. No boardwalk is complete without an amusement arcade. In this popular arcade game, a player rolls nine balls down an alley, and the maximum score is 450 points.
b. The 1964 Democratic National Convention, held in Atlantic City, nominated these two men for president and vice president.
c. In 1980, he succeeded Bert Parks as the host of the Miss America Pageant.
d. U.S. 30, which begins at the intersection of Absecon Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, is 3,073 miles long, and ends in this West Coast state.
e. Built in 1898, this pier has been known for diving horses and a wide variety of other entertainment.
f. This 1972 film, shot in pre-legalized-gambling Atlantic City, starred Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, and Ellen Burstyn.
g. Invented by accident in 1883, this confection has been associated with the Atlantic City boardwalk ever since.
h. On May 26, 1978, this Atlantic City hotel became the first legal casino to operate outside the state of Nevada.
i. At the 2015 pageant, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell apologized to this woman, who resigned her Miss America crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.
j. In 1967, this Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote The Pine Barrens, describing his travels in the heavily forested coastal plain northwest of Atlantic City.
k. Margate City, a town on the same island as Atlantic City, is the home of “Lucy,” a wooden version of this animal. She was built as a tourist attraction in 1881.
l. In January 2015, Don Guardian, the mayor of Atlantic City, said of his city’s economic woes, “At least we’re not (this city)”.

TIE-BREAKER--On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just to the northeast of Atlantic City. It was the second most destructive hurricane in U.S. history, surpassed only by Hurricane Katrina. How much destruction (please round to the nearest billion dollars) did Sandy cause in the United States? My authority is the National Climatic Data Center.

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TD 268, mujason, Choose Your Own Multiplier

1. Name someone who has been the host of or a judge on at least one full season of "America's Got Talent." (One-episode guest judges don't count; also, don't count Simon Cowell, as he won't start until next summer's season). (11 answers)

2. Name a golfer who has shot a record round of 63 in a men's major golf championship (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship). (25 answers)

3. Name the current CAPTIAL city of a country that made the round of sixteen in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (men's soccer). (16 answers)

4. Name a place or person that is the namesake of a Pauline epistle in the New Testament. Don't count Hebrews, as that's not named for a particlular person or place. (10 answers)

5. Name a director of a film in the "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" film franchises. (Already released theatrical films only; TV shows don't count.) (12 answers)

6. Name the act primarily associated with one set of the following musical numbers. (Specify which letter you're choosing).
A. 15 (song), 22 (song), 1989 (album)
B. 1989 (track-for-track cover of the album in answer A)
C. 2112
D. 25 or 6 to 4
E. 4'33"
F. 5150 (not Dierks Bentley)
G. 9 to 5
H. 6 Foot 7 Foot
I. 10538 Overture
J. 1999
K. 19 and 21 (albums)

7. Name one of the athletes/politicans who did the following. (Specify which letter you're choosing).
A. 1993 Heisman runner-up who represented North Carolina in the House as a Blue Dog Democrat.
B. He threw a perfect game in 1964 and was a two-term Senator from Kentucky.
C. Seattle wide receiver who narrowly lost the 2002 race for Governor of Oklahoma.
D. First high schooler to break the four minute mile; represented Kansas in Congress.
E. Princeton and New York Knicks star who was a Senator from New Jersey.
F. Eight-division world champion in boxing and member of the Philippine House of Representatives.
G. Pro Bowl tackle for the Eagles who represented New Jersey in Congress.
H. Pistons Hall of Famer who was Mayor of Detroit from 2009 to 2013.
I. Phoenix Suns point guard and current Mayor of Sacramento.
J. Cornhuskers coach who served three terms in the House representing Nebraska.
K. Sooners quarterback who represented Oklahoma in Congress from 1995 to 2003.
L. Buffalo Bills quarterback and Bob Dole's running mate.

8. Name one of the Von Trapp children from the film "The Sound of Music" or one of the actors/actresses who played them. (14 answers)

9. Name a woman who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. (14 answers)

10. Name an element whose atomic number is a multiple of five (Offically named elements only, so ununpentium and possible heavier elements don't count). (22 answers)

11. Name a Tudor or Stuart monarch who ruled England/Great Britain/United Kingdom. (12 answers)

12. Name the Jeopardy! superchamp in the BLANK given the champ before and the champ after. (Specify which letter you're choosing).

A. Chris Hurt, BLANK, Todd Lovell
B. Frederique Delapree, BLANK, Brian Loughnane
C. Jason Keller, BLANK, Dan McShane
D. Dylan Wint, BLANK, Rob Groves
E. Mary Kay Schmidt, BLANK, Pat Roche
F. Julie Singer, BLANK, Diana Peloquin
G. Chris Fleitas, BLANK, Katie Proctor
H. Meg Miller, BLANK, Jelisa Castrodale
I. Teresa Grasso, BLANK, Victoria Groce
J. Sonrisa Cooper, BLANK, Mark Japinga
K. Patricia Crane, BLANK, Kristen Welsh
L. Jerry Harvey, BLANK, Nancy Zerg
M. Mike Lonesky, BLANK, Meredith Lowmaster
N. Dylan Parson, BLANK, Michael Baker

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TD 269, Armandillo, Halloween (OK, so it's a little late)

1. Masked Men & Monsters
a. In the Halloween series, killer Michael Myers wears a white mask bearing the face of which famous actor?
b. Hiding his disfigured face due to a drowning, Jason Voorhees wears a hockey mask. Which “resort” did he begin terrorizing campers at?
c. Leatherface terrorized many with his chainsaw and mask made of human skin, but which Icelandic actor portrayed him?
d. Which British actress directed a 1964 episode of the Twilight Zone, called “The Masks”, where four nefarious individuals are taught an ugly lesson?
e. In a 1925 film, Lon Chaney donned a mask and insisted that a young starlet named Christine perform what role?
f. Starring Christopher Lee & Edward Woodward, what 1973 film that used animal masks for a pagan ritual, was later remade into a 2006 film of the same name starring Nicholas Cage?
g. Killers wore white doll-faced masks in what sci-fi director’s try at terror The Cabin in the Woods?
h. Utilizing a pig-mask, among other horrific devices, the Jigsaw killer and others acting in his name tested and terrorized his victims in how many films? (I want the number of films in the franchise).
i. Though V for Vendetta is not classified as a horror film, the future society depicted in it certainly does. What historical figure does the titular V wear a mask of?
j. In the Purge films, “ordinary people” hide behind masks, carrying out carnage for a 12-hour period, but what number Amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorized the creation of this yearly event?

2. Picture if you will a well-written television series. It’s host, a non-descript gentleman who also created it. It’s The Twilight Zone. According to rankings released by iMDB, name one of the top 10 episodes. If you dare. (10 possible answers)

3. Zombie Crawl
a. In the comic book version of The Walking Dead, katana-wielding Michonne held what occupation before the zombie apocalypse?
b. In the 2004 version of Dawn of the Dead, the actor who plays the character Frank is probably more well known for which 1980s television character?
c. In 28 Days Later, which Doctor Who actor made an appearance as an immoral military major?
d. Edgar Wright directed the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, the first of which is about zombies in England . Name that film.
e. The characters Wichita, Columbus, Tallahassee and Little Rock appear in what semi-comedic film?
f. The Sumatran Rat-Monkey figures prominently in which Peter Jackson-directed zombie comedy film?
g. Based on a novel by Isaac Marion, this 2013 film is a zombie romantic comedy of sorts.
h. Commander Chakotay, well the actor who played him, made an appearance in what 1984 comedic zombie film?
i. The literal translation of this line of zombie films and games is Baiohazardo or Biohazard.

4. In case these questions have you shaking in your boots, here’s a breather of a sort. Name one of the songs from the film The Nightmare Before Christmas (only songs with words are included, not Patrick Stewart voiceover OR reprises OR the finale) (10 possible answers)

5. Jason Voorhees told me he’ll chase me with his machete unless I give him his own question, so here it goes. Give the FULL TITLE (that means include the stuff that comes AFTER the colon, if there is one) of any Friday the 13th movie. (11 possible answers)

6. They’ll Haunt Ya!
a. In the Poltergeist series, there have only been 2 characters that appeared in all three films (I am not counting the 2015 remake). Name one of them (first name only will do).
b. The 1963 creepfest The Haunting is based on a novel by which American author?
c. The Torn Prince, The Pilgrimess, The Bound Woman, and The Hammer were a few of the many specters that haunted which 2001 film?
d. Though they’re not technically about ghosts, the Phantasm series’ name definitely qualifies for this round! What nickname is given to the mortician who pursues the series’ protagonists?
e. What classic 1955 tune was memorialized in the film Ghost (okay, it’s not scary but can’t pass it up with a title like that)?
f. Based on a story (of questionable veracity), the Amityville Horror scared the living daylights out of many. What was the beleaguered family’s name (1979 film & its remake)?
g. Jack Nicholson and his family had the misfortune of spending time at what famed Colorado hotel in The Shining?
h. What dark 2012 film did Daniel Radcliffe star in, surprising many by becoming the highest grossing British horror film in the past 20 years?
i. This 2005 American film, starring Jennifer Connelly, was a remake of a Japanese film of the same name.

7. Clean the bats out of your belfry and name one of the main characters in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. (First AND last name needed, if they both appeared in the novel) (9 possible answers) (Weird sisters/Brides of Dracula are NOT included).

8. The Monster Mash - Identify the musical artist who popularized the following hits:
a. The Monster Mash
b. Werewolves of London
c. Ghostbusters
d. Don’t Fear the Reaper
e. This is Halloween
f. Thriller
g. Superstition
h. Somebody’s Watching Me
i. I Put A Spell on You

9. As of 2013, name one of the top 10 best-selling candies in the United States (10 possible answers)

10. What list would be complete without a visit from a modern master of horror; Stephen King? Name one of his collections of stories (fiction only, story can be construed as a novella since he can be quite wordy) (10 possible answers)

11. Is your stomach growling or is that an alien hatching? Let’s hope it’s the former! Name any one of the unusual flavors included in Jelly Belly’s “Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans” (this doesn’t include the palatable ones: banana, blueberry, cherry, cinnamon, green apple, lemon, marshmallow, tutti-frutti or watermelon) (11 possible answers)

12. Do a Time Warp back to 1975 for one of the campiest, funniest musical comedies of all time: The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Take a step to the left and identify one of the characters from the film! (first name only needed, if given, even if a last name is given it is not required; this does not include the singing/dancing relatively unknown party guests) (12 possible answers)

13. You’ve done it, you’ve survived until the last question of our quiz! But though this is an unlucky number, it turned out quite well for the following athletes who wore it!
a. Also known as “The Stilt”, this basketball player holds the record for most points scored in an NBA game with a massive 100.
b. This Miami Dolphins quarterback piloted his team from 1983-1999, yet somehow never won a Super Bowl ring.
c. Although his career will forever be shrouded with allegations of cheating, this New York Yankee currently sits at Number 4 on the Career Home Runs list.
d. This South African-born basketball player was most well known for his time spent with the Phoenix Suns, but he ended his career as a Laker and currently is a consultant for the Golden State Warriors.
e. This Italian, who spent the majority of his playing days as centre back with Lazio & Milan, was on the winning squad from the 2006 World Cup. He now manages Miami FC in the North American Soccer League.
f. Originally an Iowea Barnstormer with the AFL, this man later went on to win league MVP awards as a St. Louis Ram in 1999 & 2001.
g. Though he spent most of his career as a Cleveland Indian and S.F. Giant, this Venezuelan shortstop finished his career as a Blue Jay.
h. This left-hander, was a dominant presence out of the Astros Bullpen from 1995-2003, earning over 400 saves.
i. This Russian, known as “The Magic Man” has played for the Detroit Red Wings since 1996.

Congratulations! You made it! Now answer the tie-breaker question or a ghost will follow you home! MWAHAHAHAH!

TIE-BREAKER: How many minutes long is the original Halloween (1978) film?[/quote]

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TD 270, dnbguy, Back to Basics

1. Name a UN member state whose English name begins with the letter G.
2. Name a movie for which Jack Nicholson received an Academy Award nomination for either Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor.
3. Name one of the last 12 Speakers of the United States House of Representatives, the current Speaker included. This list includes all Speakers dating back to September 16, 1940.
4. Name any captain who has been shown in command of a ship called Enterprise on any of the Star Trek TV shows or movies.
5. Name any college or university located in Virginia that is in Division I of the NCAA. The school must have a Division I men's basketball team.
6. Name a team that participated in the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason.
7. Name any feature length Pixar film that has already been released in the United States, or will be by the end of 2015.
8. Name one of the twelve cities containing a Federal Reserve Bank. This does not include the Federal Reserve Headquarters in Washington, DC.
9. Name a song on Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. The two bonus tracks, Wonderland and New Romantics, do not count.
10. Name an element that is either an alkali metal or a halogen.[/quote]

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TD 271, Vermonter, Numerology

What group recorded your chosen songs? (Remember, I want only the number in the group's name.)
  • "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)", "Joy to the World", "Black and White"
  • "She Will Be Loved", "Makes Me Wonder", "Moves like Jagger"
  • "Down", "Amber", "Sunset in July"
  • "When Worlds Collide", "Free", "How To Be a Human"
  • "What's the Matter Here?", "Trouble Me", "Because the Night" (on MTV Unplugged)
  • "Because of You", "The Hardest Thing", "Thank God I Found You"
  • "What Makes You Beautiful", "Little Things", "Best Song Ever"
  • "King", "Red Red Wine", "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You"
  • "Down in It", "The Hand That Feeds", "Came Back Haunted"
  • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", "Move Your Body", "Lucky (In My Life)"
  • "Push", "Bent", "Unwell"
  • "Dammit (Growing Up)", "What's My Age Again?", "All the Small Things"
Pick a number… any number. As long as it's an answer to the below, of course.
  • tiles in English-language Scrabble, including blanks
  • "Yo" in craps
  • area code created in 1998 for parts of Nevada (hint: two less than what the state wanted)
  • target total in blackjack
  • points to win a full-length cribbage game
  • spaces on a North American roulette wheel
  • number of possible starting hands for a single player in Texas hold 'em
  • spaces on a Connect Four board
  • terrain hexes in Settlers of Catan (original edition)
  • cards in a Canasta deck
  • possible distinct rolls with 3 dice (e.g., 1-2-3 and 3-2-1 count just once)
  • number of improvable properties in Monopoly (i.e., properties on which you can build houses and hotels)
3. FILM.
In what film would you find one of these quotes? (Number in the title only, please)
  • 2006: "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in Hell!"
  • 1971: "Cybernetics, genetics, lasers and all those things. I guess I'll never understand any of that stuff. Guess maybe holograms are not supposed to."
  • 2009: "I wish I could tell you we could prevent the coming destruction. We cannot."
  • 1984: "Wease, we've got seventy dollars and a pair of girl's underpants. We're safe as kittens."
  • 1959: "Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I'd tell them the truth and they still wouldn't believe me, so I prefer to lie."
  • 2001: "I don't know what it is with those sideburns. I mean, I glued mine on. For you it's an actual lifestyle choice."
  • 1968: "Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
  • 1947: "Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind… and that's what's been changing."
  • 2013 (remake of a 1941 film): "For the crime of disobedience, you should all be executed as common criminals, but you and your men follow the old ways of Bushido."
  • 1961: "They are my only true love, dah-ling. I live for furs, I worship furs! After all, is there a woman in this wretched world who doesn't?"
  • 1957: "This man has been standing alone against us. It's not easy to stand alone against the ridicule of others."
  • 1999: "Hello, Katarina. Make anybody cry today?"
4. WAR.
Hooh! Give the year in which one of these events occurred.
  • Battle of Stamford Bridge
  • Battle of Saratoga
  • Battle of Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Agincourt
  • Fall of Constantinople
  • Battle of Baghdad ("Shock and Awe" campaign)
  • Battle of the Milvian Bridge
  • Sack of Rome by Vandals
  • Battle of Britain (blitzkrieg)
  • Battle of Waterloo
  • Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
  • The Tonkin Gulf Incident
What is the atomic number of your chosen element?
  • oxygen
  • helium
  • silver
  • krypton
  • chlorine
  • seaborgium
  • iron
  • boron
  • argon
  • carbon
  • uranium
  • sodium
Each of these books has a number in the title. What is it? (Click image for larger version)
Note: 89 and 310 are not correct answers; the Doyle story is a novel.
What number is missing from your chosen lyric?
  • ___ trombones led the big parade
  • I dreamed that in the fields one day, the corn gave me sign; your ___ sheaves of corn all turned and bowed to mine
  • Womb to tomb? Sperm to worm! I'll see you there about ___ [Toniiiight]
  • Come and meet those dancing feet, on the avenue I'm taking you to: ___ Street
  • It's something I've foreseen, now that I'm ___. I'll do something incredible – that blows God's freakin' mind!
  • Want a thing-a-ma-bob? I've got ___! But who cares… No big deal…
  • ___ minutes. How do you measure a year in the life?
  • It sucks to be me – it sucks to be broke and unemployed and turning ___
  • Yes, I'm the Arbiter, I know the score. From square one I'll be watching all ___
  • He's got ___ golden camels [Don't they look lovely, June?]
  • At the ___ Annual, we memorize the manual, about how to spell these words
  • Pop. ___. Squish. Uh uh. Cicero. Lipschitz
With 50% more pork than the average question!
  • year in which the first woman was elected to Congress
  • number of Senators in Class 3 (note: Classes 1 and 2 have the same amount)
  • area code for Washington, D.C.
  • current Cabinet-level departments
  • year in which the Constitution took effect
  • number of men who have served as Vice President
  • electoral votes available in a presidential election
  • first even-numbered year in which a president was inaugurated
  • second (and most recent) even-numbered year in which a president was inaugurated
  • states with a bicameral legislature
  • current Justices of the Supreme Court
  • the only Constitutional Amendment to be later nullified in full
Name an interstate highway with the following endpoints. Note: I didn't pick any three-digit interstates. I'm including a map with the various interstates highlighted; you can find a higher-resolution version here.
  • San Diego, CA – Casa Grande, AZ
  • San Francisco, CA – Fort Lee, NJ
  • Two with this number (TEAL): Portland, OR – Echo, UT; Scranton, PA – Sturbridge, MA
  • Billings, MT – Port Huron, MI
  • Hialeah, FL – Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Bedford, PA – Painted Post, NY
  • Miami, FL – Houlton, ME
  • Laredo, TX – Duluth, MN
  • San Ysidro, CA – Blaine, WA
  • Scroggins Draw, TX – Florence, SC
  • Tampa, FL – Daytona Beach, FL
  • Two with this number (PURPLE): Denver, CO – Big Springs, NE; Westfield Center, OH – Camden, NJ
What will the winning number be?
  • length of Lou Gehrig's consecutive-games streak, broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995
  • Wilt Chamberlain's record for most points in a single game
  • total players on the field at the start of a professional soccer game
  • Jackie Robinson's uniform number
  • Philadelphia's NBA team
  • number of regular-season home runs hit by Roger Maris in 1961
  • points for a try in rugby union (e.g., in the 2015 World Cup, won by New Zealand)
  • when doubled, the name of a shorter version of cricket
  • games played in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball Tournament
  • minutes in a regulation NHL game
  • length of an NBA court, in feet
  • San Francisco's NFL team
Will you score 100% on this one? Or a perfect ten? Remember, just give me the missing number, not the whole missing phrase.
  • catch ___: to take a nap; to get some sleep
  • ___ to the dozen: very rapidly or energetically
  • ___ discount: to shoplift
  • behind the ___: in an unfavorable or uncomfortable position
  • batting ___: having made no mistakes; perfect (note: please give me the number that's actually said in this idiom)
  • as phony as a ___: very false indeed; not remotely genuine
  • ___ of a lamb's tail: an interval of time equal to 10 nanoseconds
  • feel like ___: be in excellent health and spirits
  • ___-___: to split evenly (same number in both blanks)
  • on ___: a feeling of extreme happiness or euphoria
  • ___ of one, half a dozen of the other: different terms for the same thing
  • ___ decision: a decision made very late in a process, or at the last possible moment
Choose wisely, for this is the final step in your attempt to reach TD Heaven. Unless you believe in predestination, of course.
  • a "gift" to All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, 1517
  • "take what's on these two tablets and call me in the morning" –Moses, allegedly
  • traditional number of mitzvot in the Torah, first proposed in the 3rd century
  • this final chapter of a Bible book begins: "Praise the Lord. / Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens"
  • Shiva traditionally has this many arms
  • A.D. year in which Muhammad fled to Medina (the Hijra)
  • miraculously, they shared 2 fish and 5 loaves
  • time, in days, that Jesus spent wandering in the desert
  • number of books in the New Testament, according to almost all modern Christian sects
  • among them are Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah
  • Revelation 13:18, excerpted: "Let the person who has insight calculate" this number
  • spokes on the dharma wheel, representing steps on the path to enlightenment
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TD 272, Armandillo, Tom Enchanted Evening

a. Atoms for Peace is a supergroup, containing Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck’s Joey Waronker, and Mauro Rofosco. The remaining person is also their lead singer. Name him.
b. Which non-physicist sang the lines “It’s poetry in motion. And when she turned her eyes to me. As deep as any ocean. As sweet as any harmony”.
c. Tommy Tutone is mostly remembered for giving out Jenny’s phone number. What is it?
d. The death of Howie Epstein, prompted the return of one of the original members of which Gainseville, Florida band?
e. A 2011 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this prolific and multi-genre artist took his turn at composing movie music for the 1982 Francis Ford Coppola film One From The Heart?
f. Originally left off an album, Poor Tom appeared on this British powerhouse’s “Coda”?
g. In 1983, Peter Schilling revisited which fictional astronaut?
h. This Bay Area folk group had their first hit in 1958 with “Tom Dooley”.
i. Geddy Lee’s song about this Mark Twain character is likely his band’s most famous song.
j. Tommy Gun is a 1978 song about terrorists by this legendary British punk rock group.

2. The man is a self-described Sex Bomb. That’s right, the one and only Tom Jones. Name one of his pre-1980 single s that reached the Top 15 of the charts in the United States. (11 possible answers)

3. Perhaps one of the most famous Thomases was a disciple of Jesus Christ. Name another disciple (that was present at The Last Supper; thanks Vermonter & bpmod!) (11 possible answers)

4. Below are various quotes from films starring, you guessed it, Tom Cruise. Identify the film. In each case, Cruise’s character is speaking. The year of release is given in parentheses to help (hopefully).
a. “Get with it. Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space. The cop, you, me . . . Who notices?” (2004)
b. “Even in my dreams, I’m an idiot who knows he’s about to wake up to reality.” (2001)
c. “I feel the need – the need for speed.” (1986)
d. “I got a trig midterm tomorrow and I’m being chased by Guido the Killer Pimp” (1983)
e. “Show me the money!” (1996)
f. “That man right there is my brother and if he doesn’t get to watch People’s Court in about 30 seconds, he’s gonna throw a fit right here on your porch. Now you can help me or you can stand there and watch it happen” (1988)
g. “Evildoers are easier, and they taste better.” (1994)
h. “Ain’t nobody gonna call the fuzz in this neighborhood ‘cause they know better” (1983)
i. “In this life, it’s not what you hope for, it’s not what you deserve – it’s what you take!” (1999)

5. Another well-known Tom is the best-selling writer Tom Clancy. His most famous character is CIA-man and future president Jack Ryan. Name one of the titles in that series (HINT: Two were turned into films starring Harrison Ford; this list doesn’t include the Jack Ryan, Jr. series)(10 possible answers)

6. I will provide the title of a famous literary work (not all are novels) you will provide the author:
a. Jude The Obscure
b. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
c. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
d. Inherent Vice
e. No Man is an Island
f. Election
g. Red Dragon
h. The World is Flat
i. Le Morte d’Arthur
j. Doctor Faustus
i. Strega Nona

7. On the smaller screen, Tom Bosley visited America’s living rooms as the character Howard Cunningham on the show Happy Days. Name one of the other main/recurring characters, fist name only needed, nicknames are fine (must have been in at least 60 episodes) (10 possible answers)

a. When he became mayor of Los Angeles, this man became the second African-American mayor of a major American city. He went on to serve for twenty years, marking the longest-serving mayor of Los Angeles.
b. This Texan Congressman became House Majority Leader, later resigned amid allegations of violating election law (he was later acquitted), and was a contestant on Season 9 of Dancing With the Stars.
c. This man married Martha Wayles Skelton, served as United States Minister to France and later became the country’s first Secretary of State under President George Washington.
d.This fellow started off as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Education Department, and President Reagan made him Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
e. This activist has been described as “a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”. He wrote “Agrarian Justice” and introduced the concept of guaranteed minimum income.
f. This Hoosier survived an assassination attempt by anarchist Eric Muenter and served as vice-president under Woodrow Wilson.
g. This Viennese politician served twelve years as President of his native country.
h. This Pennsylvanian became the first Secretary of Homeland Security and was thought to be a strong contender for presidential hopeful John McCain’s running mate in 2008.
i. In 2004, this man became the first Senate party leader to lose a bid for re-election in fifty years, when he lost by 4,508 votes to John Thune.

9. What would a trivia quiz be without a question on Star Trek? Tom Paris served as the Helmsman aboard the U.S.S. Voyager. Name one of the other primary crew members. (I know I’m going to get flack for trying this question, but I’m willing to give it a shot) (9 possible answers)

10. We met Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Do him proud and name another of Steinbeck’s novels (does not include novellas: The Red Pony, Of Mice & Men, The Pearl, Burning Bright) (11 possible answers)

11. has been deleted to avoid confusion.

12. Hodgepdoge
a. This feller started his silent film career with the Selig Polyscope Company in 1909 with “The Cowboy Millionaire”. He later went on to appear in more than 290 films.
b. Tom Servo was a robot on the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel Hodgon was an astronaut also appearing on the show, but which character later replaced him? (first AND last name, please)
c. “Genius of Love” was a 1981 hit song by this American New Wave band, founded by The Talking Heads’ own Tina Weymouth & Chris Frantz.
d. What’s a quiz without a sports question? Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to a stunning six Super Bowls, but how many Super Bowl MVP awards did Brady merit?
e. Tom was the cat. Jerry was the mouse. When they met, much hilarity ensued. But who created them?
f. The Reverend William Awdry came up with a popular series of books, out of a desire to entertain his son, starring whom?
g. This Iowa governor was later appointed to a Cabinet position by President Obama.
h. This “lovely” device has gone by such nicknames as “Trench Broom”, “Chicago Piano”, “Chicago Organ Grinder” and “ Trench Sweeper”.
i. This American cartoonist gained fame for his humorous work on the pages of Life magazine , usually depicting animal & ethnic caricatures as well as political cartoons.

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TD 273, patkav, Holidays

1. January
In the Gregorian calendar, the new year is celebrated on January 1. All nations now use the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes. Please name one of the following:
a. Another calendar currently in use for religious/cultural/heritage purposes (many choices)
b. A month from an alternative calendar (many choices)
c. The new year holiday from another calendar (many choices)
d. One of the signs of the Western zodiac (12 choices)

2. February
Ahhh, St. Valentine. Love is in the air. Please name a top-billed cast member from one of the following romantic/Valentine’s Day movies:

• About Last Night (1986 or 2014)
• An Affair to Remember (1957)
• Casablanca (1942)
• Fever Pitch (2005)
• Love Actually (2003)
• Pretty in Pink (1986)
• Scarface (1983)
• Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Name a god/goddess of love from Greek or Roman mythology
Name a former U.S. president or Canadian prime minister who was born in February.

3. March
Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday are two sides to a coin. For Christians, particularly Roman Catholics, Mardi Gras (47 days before Easter) brings an end to the Carnival that is in some places celebrated beginning on the Epiphany (January 6). Ash Wednesday begins the period of fasting and reflection in preparation for Easter. Please name:
• A city famous for its Carnival debauchery
• The name for the period between Mardi Gras and Easter
• A comedy by William Shakespeare (disputed number of choices. I want to give you points.)
Bonus: 3 points off your score if you can explain the connection between Shakespearean comedies and the wording in this question.

4. April
Passover is a Jewish holiday that springs from the book of Exodus, relating to the last of the 10 plagues God visited upon Egypt, allowing the Israelites to escape their enslavement. It is closely related to the Christian Holy Week and Easter: the Last Supper, by most accounts, was the first night of Passover. Choose one of the following:
• Name one of the first 9 plagues
• Explain the 10th plague: what was “passed over”?
• What plague (or a derivation of one) was featured in the 1999 movie Magnolia?
• Name the national capital that experienced an Easter Rising in 1916.
• Name a classical composer who produced a masterwork with “Spring” in the title.
• Name the notable U.S. civil rights figure who died on April 4.
• Name an MLB team with a home east of the Mississippi River (city and nickname)

5. May
Cinco de Mayo is the liquor-industry equivalent of a Hallmark holiday. No big deal in its native country, but an occasion for drunken revelry here in Los Estados Unidos. However, some very important people were born on Cinco de Mayo. Like my sister. And me. To answer this question, name:
a. The occasion that is marked (officially) by Cinco de Mayo.
b. A famous philosopher born on Cinco de Mayo (two possible answers)
c. The capital of a United Nations member nation with Spanish as an official or primary language. (20 choices)
d. The day in May celebrated as Buddha Day
e. Your favorite multiple of 5 between 5 and 25.

6. June
Father’s Day
Name the famous father of one of these famous people (must provide first and last names; please indicate the letter of your choice):
A. John Quincy Adams
B. Jeff Bridges
C. Josh Brolin
D. Jeb Bush
E. Miley Cyrus
F. Emilio Estevez
G. Prince Fielder
H. Kate Hudson
I. Angelina Jolie
J. Rashida Jones
K. Peyton Manning
L. Joakim Noah
M. Cal Ripken, Jr.
N. Justin Trudeau
O. Allison Williams

7. July
July was historically a rough month for the British Empire: eight former colonies, protectorates, or territories declared independence (or otherwise celebrate their independence) in July. To answer this, please either:
a. Name one of the nations referenced above (former British colonies/protectorates/territories) that celebrate independence in July. (8 choices)
b. Name the element on the periodic table whose symbol coincides with the country-code top-level domain (two-letter internet code) of ANY former British colony/protectorate/territory, not just those who celebrate independence in July. (Example: Costa Rica=CR=Chromium) (8 choices)
c. Provide the