|Who was the youngest of the original MTV video jockeys?|
|What Baltimore Colts quarterback led them to three championships, including Super Bowl V?|
|What substance causes bricks to be red?|
|What designer did Andrew Cunanan kill on July 15, 1997?|
|What unified currency debuted in Europe in 1999?|
|By what name is the Cote d'Azur better known in English?|
Friday, October 31, 2008
Answer 2,857: Entertainment & Food -- Prima Madonnac) "Like a Virgin"
The pop song reached the top on December 22, 1984. The other singles peaked at #10, #16, and #4 respectively.
Answer 2,858: History & Government -- Bill-o-Meterc) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Carl C. Magee filed for a patent for a "coin controlled parking meter" two months before and received it three years later.
Answer 2,859: Math & Science -- Multipurpose Minoxidilb) High blood pressure
The medicine is now prescribed for baldness.
Answer 2,860: Geography & Nature -- Eggstraordinary Eggstensionb) Lima, Peru
10,000 potential chickens were sacrificed for the project.
Answer 2,861: Literature & Arts -- Paranoid Perseverencea) Andy Grove
The CEO of Intel added the title of Chairman the following year, when Time magazine named him "Man of the Year".
Answer 2,862: Sports & Games -- Richard's Yardd) Right wing
The Montreal Canadien was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season in 1944-45.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Question 2,857: Entertainment & Food -- Prima MadonnaWhat was Madonna's first #1 Billboard hit?
c) "Like a Virgin"
d) "Lucky Star"
Question 2,858: History & Government -- Bill-o-MeterWhat U.S. city installed the first parking meter on July 16, 1935?
a) Charleston, South Carolina
b) Cleveland, Ohio
c) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
d) Salt Lake City, Utah
Question 2,859: Math & Science -- Multipurpose MinoxidilWhat ailment was minoxidil originally designed to treat?
b) High blood pressure
c) High cholesterol levels
Question 2,860: Geography & Nature -- Eggstraordinary EggstensionWhat city is home to the Bridge of Eggs, made from mortar and egg whites in 1610?
a) Buenos Aires, Argentina
b) Lima, Peru
c) Quito, Ecuador
d) Sao Paulo, Brazil
Question 2,861: Literature & Arts -- Paranoid PerseverenceWhat computer leader claimed that Only the Paranoid Survive in his 1996 book?
a) Andy Grove
b) Bill Gates
c) Larry Ellison
d) Steve Jobs
Question 2,862: Sports & Games -- Richard's YardWhich position did Maurice Richard play in the NHL?
c) Left wing
d) Right wing
Answer 2,851: Entertainment & Food -- Nadia's Numberd) The Young and the Restless
In her 2002 hit "No More Drama", Mary J. Blige rhymes, "Or maybe I like the stress / 'Cause I was young and restless" over a sample of the 1976 piano piece.
Answer 2,852: History & Government -- Zealous Tsarb) Ivan IV
Ivan the Terrible reigned from 1547 to 1574 and 1576 to 1584, when he was probably poisoned by one of his advisors.
Answer 2,853: Math & Science -- Barometric Measurec) A metal plate or box
Changes in air pressure cause the metal to expand and contract.
Answer 2,854: Geography & Nature -- Quebec Queryc) QC
PQ had been official until 1994 but also refers to a local political party.
Answer 2,855: Literature & Arts -- Last Lawc) Don't covet your neighbor's wife
Don't covet his house or his field either.
Answer 2,856: Sports & Games -- Martina's Missa) Australian Open
Helena Sukova beat Navratilova in the semifinals, ending her record 74-match winning streak and her run of six consecutive majors. Sukova lost to Chris Evert in the final.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Question 2,851: Entertainment & Food -- Nadia's NumberWhich soap opera's theme song did Nadia Comaneci perform her gymnastics floor exercise routine to, earning it the name "Nadia's Theme"?
a) As the World Turns
b) Guiding Light
c) One Life to Live
d) The Young and the Restless
Question 2,852: History & Government -- Zealous TsarWho was the first tsar of Russia?
a) Feodor I
b) Ivan IV
c) Peter I
d) Vasili III
Question 2,853: Math & Science -- Barometric MeasureWhat does an aneroid barometer use to measure atmospheric pressure?
a) Compressed gas
c) A metal plate or box
d) A spring
Question 2,854: Geography & Nature -- Quebec QueryWhat is the postal abbreviation for the Canadian province of Quebec?
Question 2,855: Literature & Arts -- Last LawWhat is the last of the Ten Commandments?
a) Don't bear false witness
b) Don't covet your neighbor's house
c) Don't covet your neighbor's wife
d) Don't take the Lord's name in vain
Question 2,856: Sports & Games -- Martina's MissWhat was the only Grand Slam event that eluded Martina Navratilova in 1984?
a) Australian Open
b) French Open
c) U.S. Open
Answer 2,845: Entertainment & Food -- Pyle Placea) Mayberry
Jim Nabors played the title role in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. from 1964 to 1970.
Answer 2,846: History & Government -- Soviet Strikea) Afghanistan
The last of the Soviet troops were not withdrawn until February 15, 1989.
Answer 2,847: Math & Science -- Titanium Tintd) White
The compound is the most commonly used white pigment in the world.
Answer 2,848: Geography & Nature -- Rift and Lifta) Africa
The second largest continent covers 11.6 million square miles.
Answer 2,849: Literature & Arts -- Glengarry Glen Penb) David Mamet
Although the play was set in Chicago, Mamet moved the location to New York City for the 1982 movie adaptation.
Answer 2,850: Sports & Games -- Suicide Suitc) Hearts
The monarch is usually shown holding a dagger to his head.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Question 2,845: Entertainment & Food -- Pyle PlaceWhat fictional town did Gomer Pyle live in?
Question 2,846: History & Government -- Soviet StrikeWhich south-central Asian country did the Soviet Union invade on December 24, 1979?
Question 2,847: Math & Science -- Titanium TintWhat color is titanium dioxide?
Question 2,848: Geography & Nature -- Rift and LiftWhat continent is home to the Great Rift Valley and the Atlas Mountains?
c) North America
d) South America
Question 2,849: Literature & Arts -- Glengarry Glen PenWhat American playwright won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Glengarry Glen Ross?
a) Arthur Miller
b) David Mamet
c) Edward Albee
d) Neil Simon
Question 2,850: Sports & Games -- Suicide SuitIn a standard deck of playing cards, which suit is the suicide king?
Answer 2,839: Entertainment & Food -- Dominant Doubled) Pink Floyd's The Wall
23 million copies were sold through 2004, two million ahead of Billy Joel's first compilation.
Answer 2,840: History & Government -- Helen's Homea) Alabama
The town holds an annual Helen Keller Festival every June.
Answer 2,841: Math & Science -- No Laughing Matterc) Joseph Priestley
Humphry Davy later became famous for testing the effects of the laughing gas on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and himself.
Answer 2,842: Geography & Nature -- Meuse Viewsa) Belgium
Both rivers begin in France and continue into the Netherlands.
Answer 2,843: Literature & Arts -- Plangonologist's Pileb) Dolls
A brandophilist collects cigar bands, a phillumenist collects matchbox covers, and a vecturist collects subway tokens.
Answer 2,844: Sports & Games -- International Basketball's Bestd) Yugoslavia
They won in 1970, 1978, 1990, and 1998.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Question 2,839: Entertainment & Food -- Dominant DoubleWhat is the top-selling double album of all time?
a) Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Vol. I & II
b) Evita soundtrack
c) Fleetwood Mac's Tusk
d) Pink Floyd's The Wall
Question 2,840: History & Government -- Helen's HomeIn which state was Helen Keller born at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia?
d) South Carolina
Question 2,841: Math & Science -- No Laughing MatterWhat English chemist discovered nitrous oxide in 1772?
a) Arthur Harden
b) Humphry Davy
c) Joseph Priestley
d) William Ramsay
Question 2,842: Geography & Nature -- Meuse ViewsWhat country's principal rivers are the Meuse and the Scheldt?
Question 2,843: Literature & Arts -- Plangonologist's PileWhat does a plangonologist collect?
a) Cigar bands
c) Matchbox labels
d) Subway tokens
Question 2,844: Sports & Games -- International Basketball's BestWhat country has captured the most men's basketball World Championships?
Answer 2,833: Entertainment & Food -- Matchmakersb) 6
Gene Rayburn posed fill-in-the-blank questions to contestants and two rows of three panelists.
Answer 2,834: History & Government -- Name Nostalgiac) John
The number one girl's name was Mary.
Answer 2,835: Math & Science -- LCD Keya) Polarization
An electric field applied to the liquid between two perpendicularly-aligned polarized sheets prevents the rotation of the light and makes the area dark.
Answer 2,836: Geography & Nature -- Vacation Sensation Creationb) Cancun
With funding from the International Development Bank, an airport was built, and a causeway was constructed to connect the island to the mainland.
Answer 2,837: Literature & Arts -- Yom Kippur Creatureb) Goat
The custom from the day of atonement led to the term "scapegoat".
Answer 2,838: Sports & Games -- Rectangular Recreationc) Tennis
The dimensions are for singles, with a doubles court being nine feet wider.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Question 2,833: Entertainment & Food -- MatchmakersHow many celebrities answered questions in the game show Match Game?
Question 2,834: History & Government -- Name NostalgiaWhat was the most popular name for a baby boy in the U.S. in 1900?
Question 2,835: Math & Science -- LCD KeyWhat technique do liquid-crystal displays use to show different numerals?
Question 2,836: Geography & Nature -- Vacation Sensation CreationWhat isolated Mexican city was transformed into a tourist resort with sandy white beaches in 1970?
Question 2,837: Literature & Arts -- Yom Kippur CreatureOn Yom Kippur, what animal is traditionally released into the desert to carry away sins?
Question 2,838: Sports & Games -- Rectangular RecreationWhat sport's playing surface measures 78 feet long by 27 feet wide?
- A1) Concorde (CO+NC+OR+DE). Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde manufactured only twenty of the jets and could not survive the negative publicity and subsequent reduction in flights following the September 11, 2001 attacks, ceasing operation in October 2003.
- A2) Mandarin (MA+ND+AR+IN). It is the most popular primary language in the world.
- A3) Alpaca (AL+PA+CA). Because of their smaller size, alpacas are not used as beasts of burden like their larger relatives are.
- A4) Pascal (PA+SC+AL). The procedural programming language, named for French mathematician Blaise Pascal, was still popular in the mid-1980's, serving as the primary higher language for early Macintosh software development.
- A5) Calamine (CA+LA+MI+NE). Calamine lotion helps prevent itching, prevents infections, and dries oozing wounds.
- A6) Coma (CO+MA). Michael Crichton turned the story into a hit film with Michael Douglas the following year.
- A7) Inky (IN+KY). "Inky" and his video game buddies Shadow ("Blinky"), Speedy ("Pinky"), and Pokey ("Clyde") have been chasing Pac-Man since 1980.
- A8) Dwyane Wade (WA+DE). The Miami Heat guard stepped it up during the playoffs, capturing the Finals MVP award as his team won the championship.
- A9) Ganymede (GA+NY+ME+DE). In Greek mythology, Zeus kidnapped the Trojan prince for being the handsomest man on the Earth and made him serve as a cupbearer.
- A10) Condor (CO+ND+OR). The Andean condor and California Condor are the largest birds in the Americas.
- A11) Scar (SC+AR). Simba's uncle causes Mufasa's death and scares the young lion into running away from his pride.
- A12) Almond (AL+MO+ND). The cheap stuff used in most candy bars consists mostly of whipped sucrose and corn syrup.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
State Abbreviation Words Questions
- Q1) What type of jet crashed for the first time in its history on July 25, 2000?
- Q2) What is the primary northern dialect and the official dialect of China?
- Q3) What domesticated member of the camel family lives high up in the Andes like the llama but is a foot or two shorter?
- Q4) What computer language did Niklaus Wirth develop from ALGOL in the late 1960's?
- Q5) What is the pink, odorless powder of zinc oxide and ferric oxide dissolved in mineral oils that is used in skin ointments?
- Q6) What Robin Cook novel was a best seller in 1977 and was named thriller of the year by the New York Times?
- Q7) What is the commonly used nickname of the light blue ghost named Bashful?
- Q8) What athlete was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine in 2006 despite finishing only ninth in the NBA MVP vote?
- Q9) What is Jupiter's largest moon?
- Q10) What bird's two main species have the scientific names Vultur gryphus and Gymnogyps californianus?
- Q11) What villain did Jeremy Irons lend his voice to in a popular 1994 movie?
- Q12) What type of nut is now used to make real nougat such as the Spanish turron and the Italian torrone?
|TUBMAN||Born as a slave in Maryland in 1820, Harriet Tubman escaped in 1849 using the North Star to guide her. Her husband refused to go with her, and her two brothers turned back along the way.|
|HANOI||The city of 3½ million people became the capital in the 7th century and endured occupation by both the French and the Japanese.|
|JOHN||Caribou was a #1 album in both the U.S. and U.K. for Elton John in 1974. The Englishman has recorded over fifty albums since 1969.|
|NAPIER||Astronomer John Napier also created Napier's bones, an abacus-like device for calculating products by doing addition and quotients by using subtraction.|
|GREEN||By rule, a siren or whistle also sounds.|
|VOLTAIRE||Although the Frenchman was best known for his novels, he also composed poetry and over fifty plays.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: TAHINI (Diagonally from the top left)
Tahini is a paste made from smushed sesame seeds.
Friday, October 24, 2008
|On February 1, 1978, who was the first black woman honored on a U.S. postage stamp?|
|What is the capital of Vietnam?|
|What singer had the albums Caribou, Blue Moves, and Sleeping With the Past?|
|What Scottish mathematician introduced logarithms and popularized the decimal point?|
|What color is the light that indicates the end of a period in an NHL game?|
|What was the pen name of the philosopher, historian, and author born as Francois Marie Arouet in 1694?|
Answer 2,827: Entertainment & Food -- Mountain Monster?d) The ocean
Gojira, the "king of the monsters" in Japanese, debuted in theaters in 1954.
Answer 2,828: History & Government -- Early Expeditiona) Children's Crusade
Thousands of boys as young as six years old set off from France and Germany for Jerusalem.
Answer 2,829: Math & Science -- Lost Horizon?a) Black holes
Light emitted from inside the horizon cannot be seen from outside.
Answer 2,830: Geography & Nature -- Earth Girthc) 25,000 miles
The equator measures 24,901 miles around, while a journey around both poles is 83 miles shorter.
Answer 2,831: Literature & Arts -- Soliloquy Sourcea) Hamlet
The title character speaks the lines in the first scene of the third act.
Answer 2,832: Sports & Games -- Rai-Singh Vijaya) Fiji
The Florida resident was the 1993 PGA Rookie of the Year and later won the PGA Championship twice and the Masters once.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Question 2,827: Entertainment & Food -- Mountain Monster?Where did Godzilla come from?
a) A cave
b) The jungle
c) The mountains
d) The ocean
Question 2,828: History & Government -- Early ExpeditionWhat crusade took place in 1212 between the Fourth and Fifth Crusades?
a) Children's Crusade
b) Farmer's Crusade
c) Holy Crusade
d) Knight's Crusade
Question 2,829: Math & Science -- Lost Horizon?What type of celestial objects possess an event horizon?
a) Black holes
Question 2,830: Geography & Nature -- Earth GirthWhat is the approximate circumference of the Earth?
a) 15,000 miles
b) 20,000 miles
c) 25,000 miles
d) 30,000 miles
Question 2,831: Literature & Arts -- Soliloquy SourceWhich Shakespeare play includes the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy?
b) Julius Caesar
d) Romeo and Juliet
Question 2,832: Sports & Games -- Rai-Singh VijayIn what country was golfer Vijay Singh born?
d) South Africa
Answer 2,821: Entertainment & Food -- Disney Damea) Demi Moore
The Brat Packer repeated the role in the 2002 sequel.
Answer 2,822: History & Government -- Continuous Colleged) Morocco
Quaraouyine, Fez was founded in A.D. 859.
Answer 2,823: Math & Science -- Copenhagen Chemicalc) Hafnium
The city's Latin name is Hafnia.
Answer 2,824: Geography & Nature -- Supreme Swimmerb) Gray
The 30-ton whales can swim 12,500 miles between their feeding and breeding locations.
Answer 2,825: Literature & Arts -- Growing the Whale Talec) Nathaniel Hawthorne
They lived near each other in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Answer 2,826: Sports & Games -- LEGO Landa) Denmark
The colorful plastic bricks have been used to build a wide range of amazing things, including a working 7-foot grandfather clock and a Rubik's Cube solver.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Question 2,821: Entertainment & Food -- Disney DameWhich actress provided Esmeralda's voice in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1996?
a) Demi Moore
b) Kirstie Alley
c) Melanie Griffith
d) Sharon Stone
Question 2,822: History & Government -- Continuous CollegeWhat country has the oldest existing university?
Question 2,823: Math & Science -- Copenhagen ChemicalWhat chemical element was named for Copenhagen?
Question 2,824: Geography & Nature -- Supreme SwimmerWhich type of whale swims the farthest to breed?
Question 2,825: Literature & Arts -- Growing the Whale TaleWhat author convinced Herman Melville to change Moby Dick from a simple whaling tale to an allegorical novel?
a) Henry David Thoreau
b) John Greenleaf Whittier
c) Nathaniel Hawthorne
d) Ralph Waldo Emerson
Question 2,826: Sports & Games -- LEGO LandIn what country did LEGO building blocks originate?
Answer 2,815: Entertainment & Food -- Hostess Helperb) Joan Rivers
The "Can we talk?!" comedian provided the voice for Dot Matrix in the former and appeared as the uncredited President Rivers in the latter.
Answer 2,816: History & Government -- State Matec) Maine
The compromise maintained the balance of slave states and free states.
Answer 2,817: Math & Science -- Monsanto & Merck Medicinea) Arthritis
Monsanto makes Celebrex, and Merck makes Vioxx.
Answer 2,818: Geography & Nature -- Midnight Lightc) Norway
Part of the country is north of the Arctic Circle and therefore receives 24 hours of sunlight on the Summer Solstice.
Answer 2,819: Literature & Arts -- Beginning Bookd) Matthew
Genesis opens the Old Testament.
Answer 2,820: Sports & Games -- Uncle Metsterb) Dwight Gooden
Sheffield's mother Betty is Gooden's older sister.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Question 2,815: Entertainment & Food -- Hostess HelperWhat talk show hostess had parts in Spaceballs in 1987 and Les Patterson Saves the World in 1990?
a) Jenny Jones
b) Joan Rivers
c) Roseanne Barr
d) Sally Jessy Raphael
Question 2,816: History & Government -- State MateWhich state was admitted to the Union as a free state in the 1820 Missouri Compromise?
Question 2,817: Math & Science -- Monsanto & Merck MedicineWhat ailment do the Cox-2 inhibitor drugs manufactured by Monsanto and Merck treat?
d) Parkinson's disease
Question 2,818: Geography & Nature -- Midnight LightWhat country is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun?
Question 2,819: Literature & Arts -- Beginning BookWhat is the first book in the New Testament?
Question 2,820: Sports & Games -- Uncle MetsterWhat former Major League Baseball player is Gary Sheffield's uncle?
a) Darryl Strawberry
b) Dwight Gooden
c) Hubie Brooks
d) Kevin Mitchell
Answer 2,809: Entertainment & Food -- Go With the Flowb) Enya
The single from her Watermark album reached #1 on the pop charts on October 29, 1988.
Answer 2,810: History & Government -- DNA Designc) 1953
Linus Pauling had hypothesized that DNA might be a triple helix just one month earlier.
Answer 2,811: Math & Science -- Satisfactory Solutiond) Water
The non-ionic, polar molecules can also form hydrogen bonds, allowing water to dissolve a wide range of compounds from salts and sugars to acids and bases.
Answer 2,812: Geography & Nature -- Falls Forwardd) Lake Ontario
Lake Erie is the source.
Answer 2,813: Literature & Arts -- Twice the Advicea) Abby ("Dear Abby")
They were born on the Fourth of July in 1918.
Answer 2,814: Sports & Games -- Card Countb) 51
One of the queens is removed, leaving an unmatched queen as the Old Maid.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Question 2,809: Entertainment & Food -- Go With the FlowWhat singer's first hit song was "Orinoco Flow" in 1988?
a) En Vogue
d) Melissa Etheridge
Question 2,810: History & Government -- DNA DesignWhen did Watson and Crick create the double helix DNA model?
Question 2,811: Math & Science -- Satisfactory SolutionWhat substance is known as the universal solvent?
a) Aqua regia
b) Hydrochloric acid
c) Nitric acid
Question 2,812: Geography & Nature -- Falls ForwardWhich Great Lake does Niagara Falls empty into?
a) Lake Erie
b) Lake Huron
c) Lake Michigan
d) Lake Ontario
Question 2,813: Literature & Arts -- Twice the AdviceWho is the twin sister of advice columnist Ann Landers?
a) Abby ("Dear Abby")
b) Beth ("Ask Beth")
c) Heloise ("Hints from Heloise")
d) Judith ("Miss Manners")
Question 2,814: Sports & Games -- Card CountHow many playing cards are in an Old Maid deck?
Answer 2,803: Entertainment & Food -- Leading Mand) Napoleon Bonaparte
The French general has been a character in over 200 films.
Answer 2,804: History & Government -- Know Your Nonesb) 5th
They occurred nine days before the Ides, inclusive, or eight days before as we conventionally count now.
Answer 2,805: Math & Science -- Fatmosphered) Troposphere
It contains about four-fifths of the total air mass.
Answer 2,806: Geography & Nature -- Island, Not My Landb) Christmas Island
Australia owns the island, named for the day it was discovered in 1643.
Answer 2,807: Literature & Arts -- Author as Avocationd) Washington Irving
The namesake of Irving, Texas had previously been a lawyer and an American ambassador to Britain and Spain.
Answer 2,808: Sports & Games -- Clout of Africab) Cameroon
The African nation followed in the footsteps of its neighbor and 1996 champion Nigeria by defeating Spain in the finals.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Question 2,803: Entertainment & Food -- Leading ManWhich historic figure has been portrayed in the most movies?
a) Abraham Lincoln
b) Jesus Christ
c) Julius Caesar
d) Napoleon Bonaparte
Question 2,804: History & Government -- Know Your NonesWhat day in April were the Roman Nones?
Question 2,805: Math & Science -- FatmosphereWhat is the largest part of the Earth's atmosphere?
Question 2,806: Geography & Nature -- Island, Not My LandWhich of the following is not a U.S. dependency?
a) Baker Island
b) Christmas Island
c) Midway Islands
d) Northern Mariana Islands
Question 2,807: Literature & Arts -- Author as AvocationWho was the first American author to make a living by writing?
a) Clement Moore
b) Edgar Allan Poe
c) Nathaniel Hawthorne
d) Washington Irving
Question 2,808: Sports & Games -- Clout of AfricaWhat country surprisingly won the 2000 Olympic men's soccer gold medal?
- A1) Australia. Also known as Uluru, the sandstone slab juts up over a fifth of a mile and covers nearly six square miles.
- A2) Wilson. Wilson was the Gipper's mother Nelle's maiden name.
- A3) Blue whale. The huge mammal's buoyancy allowed it to grow larger than even the biggest land-bound dinosaurs.
- A4) Arrows. The verb "quiver", meaning "to shake", is etymologically unrelated.
- A5) St. Croix, St. John, and/or St. Thomas. This question ended the episode it appeared on. Because the contestant was more than $5,000 behind the America team, the final question was never asked (shortening the show but denying the team a chance at some extra money).
- A6) Dana Carvey. The Church Chat hostess was the breakout hit for the Montana-born comedian.
- A7) Elvis Costello. The English musician combined Elvis Presley's first name (his manager's idea) with his great grandmother's name.
- A8) Usher. "Moving Mountains" reached #18 on the Billboard R&B charts while "My Way" peaked at #4 and topped the Singles Sales chart.
- A9) Jamaica. Jamaican Marcus Garvey is considered to be a prophet of the religion.
- A10) Annapolis. The city of only 36,000 people is home to the U.S. Naval Academy.
- A11) Ford. India's Tata Motors acquired the luxury car company on June 2, 2008.
- A12) Korea. The "foot fist way" has been an Olympic sport since 2000.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Trivial Pursuit: America Plays Questions
- Q1) The World ($450): What country are you visiting if you're standing at Ayers Rock?
- Q2) History ($400): What was President Ronald Reagan's middle name?
- Q3) Hot Pursuit [no category] ($500): What species of whale is the largest animal ever to inhabit the planet?
- Q4) Hot Pursuit [no category] ($500): What items are usually found in a container called a quiver?
- Q5) Islands ($4000): Name 2 of the United States Virgin Islands.
- Q6) Entertainment ($450): What comedian played the character Church Lady on "Saturday Night Live"?
- Q7) Hot Pursuit [no category] ($500): What singer and songwriter's real name is Declan McManus?
- Q8) R&B ($2000): Which R&B superstar recorded the songs "Moving Mountains" and "My Way"?
- Q9) Whatever ($400): In what country did the Rastafari movement begin?
- Q10) Travel ($350): What's the capital of Maryland?
- Q11) Hot Pursuit [no category] ($500): What American car company sold off its Jaguar division in 2008?
- Q12) Martial Arts ($2000): In what country did the martial art tae kwon do originate?
|Name||Trivial Pursuit: America Plays|
|Original Run||September 2008 to present|
|Host||Christopher Knight (yes, Peter Brady all grown up)|
|Currently On||Syndicated (weekdays at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on WFXT in Boston, Massachusetts)|
Description: Trivial Pursuit: America Plays brings the current trivia boom full circle, returning to the original board game for its theme. Three studio contestants compete against each other and a "team" made up of the general public, who pose short-answer trivia questions through video recordings (a live "captain" also asks a question, but otherwise has no special power). To win, a contestant needs to not only defeat the other two competitors but outscore the "America" team. Every question has its dollar value added to the Studio pot on each correct answer and to the America pot on each incorrect answer.
Opening Round: A toss-up "All Play" question from the America team is shown, with the first contestant to buzz in getting a shot at answering. A correct answer earns a pie wedge and first shot at answering the next question. If nobody responds correctly, another toss-up question is asked. The first two studio contestants to earn wedges in three different categories advance.
Hot Pursuit Round: The two surviving contestants compete to fill in the three remaining wedges in their pies, but categories are no longer important (I suppose they made that change from the original board game to speed play up). The winner advances, and the loser goes home.
Final Round: In the Head-to-Head versus America round, the questions still have category names, but there are no wedges to earn. Six categories are randomly selected to match a fixed set of dollar amounts: $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, $4000, and $5000. The remaining contestant attempts to end up with a larger pot than the America team. The game ends when there are no more questions or the contestant can no longer catch America.
Conclusion: Trivial Pursuit: America Plays is a fun game show that gives everyone a chance at winning a little bit of cash. Because the questions are asked by people around the country, the entertainment category is heavily overweighted. The difficulty levels cover a reasonable Who Wants to Be a Millionaire gamut from super-easy-$100-ish to fairly-difficult-million-dollar-ish questions, leaning toward the easy side. The prizes are small by modern game-show standards; in-studio contestants can earn around ten to twenty thousand dollars, while players on the America team can split that amount ten to twenty ways or roughly $1,000 each.
Like The Weakest Link, the contestants work together to build the Studio pot while still hoping to win the race for pie wedges. As a viewer, you may find yourself rooting for a particular contestant or against all of the studio competitors and for America, especially if one of the video questioners hails from your area.
You can try to become a contestant if you live near Los Angeles or are willing to travel there, or you can try to join the America team by submitting a video of your question.
|BLADE||Snipes played the half-mortal title character, also known as Eric Brooks and the Daywalker.|
|WALKER||Confederate troops captured Syracuse Medical College alumna Dr. Mary Edwards Walker during the Civil War.|
|TUNISIA||Ra's al Abyad, also known as Cape Blanc, is at 37.33° North.|
|TSUNAMI||On December 26, 2004, an Indian Ocean tsunami, which means "wave in a port", devastated Sumatra, Indonesia, and several other countries, killing over 300,000 people.|
|CARTER||The sleuth Nick Carter appeared in over 100 books from the 1890s to the 1950s.|
|ICING||The result is a faceoff back in the offending team's zone.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: CASUAL (Second letters going up)
The three words in the clue share a common prefix: casual sex, casual lies, and casual Friday.
Friday, October 17, 2008
|What 1998 vampire movie starred Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff?|
|Who is the only female to earn a Congressional Medal of Honor?|
|What country contains the northernmost point of Africa?|
|What Japanese word refers to a tidal wave caused by an earthquake?|
|Who was the fictional detective of dime novels written by J.R. Coryell and several other authors?|
|What is the hockey term for the act of illegally sending the puck from behind the center line past the opponent's goal line?|
Answer 2,797: Entertainment & Food -- City Kidc) Paris
Debbie Rowe gave birth to Paris Michael Katherine Jackson on April 3, 1998.
Answer 2,798: History & Government -- Buttering Up the Bossb) October
Patricia Bays Haroski created the holiday in 1958, selecting her father's birthday, October 16, as the date.
Answer 2,799: Math & Science -- Copper Combinationb) Brass
The zinc distinguishes it from other types of bronze.
Answer 2,800: Geography & Nature -- Calf Kidsb) Deer
Their young are called fawns.
Answer 2,801: Literature & Arts -- Whale Talec) Ishmael
The first-person narrator lives to tell the story.
Answer 2,802: Sports & Games -- Euchre Lucrea) Jack of spades
The Jack of trumps is called the Right Bower.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Question 2,797: Entertainment & Food -- City KidWhat is the first name of singer Michael Jackson's second child, named after the city where she was conceived?
Question 2,798: History & Government -- Buttering Up the BossIn which month is National Boss Day celebrated?
Question 2,799: Math & Science -- Copper CombinationWhat alloy is created by combining copper and zinc?
Question 2,800: Geography & Nature -- Calf KidsOf the following, which animal's young are not officially called calves?
Question 2,801: Literature & Arts -- Whale TaleWho is the only major character still alive at the end of Moby Dick?
Question 2,802: Sports & Games -- Euchre LucreWhat is the highest card in euchre when spades are the trump suit?
a) Jack of spades
b) Queen of spades
c) King of spades
d) Ace of spades
Answer 2,791: Entertainment & Food -- Rotten Recordsd) The Sex Pistols
Paul Cook, Steve Jones, and Wally Nightingale formed the British punk rock band in 1975 and soon recruited Rotten and Glen Matlock when Nightingale left.
Answer 2,792: History & Government -- Mail-Order Merchantc) Montgomery Ward
The department store chain was once one of the largest retailers in the U.S. but went bankrupt in 1997 before shuttering its doors three years later.
Answer 2,793: Math & Science -- Planet Pathsa) Neptune
Because of their elliptical orbits, Neptune is farther from the Sun than Pluto for twenty out of every 249 years. Pluto has since been relegated to dwarf planet status anyway.
Answer 2,794: Geography & Nature -- Fullest of Fiftyd) Phoenix, Arizona
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the Valley of the Sun had about 1.3 million people, over half a million more than Indianapolis.
Answer 2,795: Literature & Arts -- Candide Coachd) Pangloss
The teacher represents the philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, who believed that we live in the best possible world because God is perfect.
Answer 2,796: Sports & Games -- Softball Setupc) 10
A shortfielder or fourth outfielder joins the nine standard baseball positions.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Question 2,791: Entertainment & Food -- Rotten RecordsWhat music group was Johnny Rotten the lead singer for?
a) Deep Purple
b) Fine Young Cannibals
d) The Sex Pistols
Question 2,792: History & Government -- Mail-Order MerchantWhat company had the first mail order sales in 1872?
c) Montgomery Ward
d) Sears Roebuck
Question 2,793: Math & Science -- Planet PathsBetween 1979 and 1999, what was considered to be the outermost planet in the solar system?
Question 2,794: Geography & Nature -- Fullest of FiftyWhat is the most populous U.S. state capital?
a) Austin, Texas
b) Columbus, Ohio
c) Indianapolis, Indiana
d) Phoenix, Arizona
Question 2,795: Literature & Arts -- Candide CoachWho tutors Voltaire's Candide?
Question 2,796: Sports & Games -- Softball SetupHow many players take the field for each team in slow pitch softball?
Answer 2,785: Entertainment & Food -- Again and Againstc) Out of the Past
Phil Collins took the 1984 movie's theme song to the top of the pop charts.
Answer 2,786: History & Government -- Fifty and Feistyb) Benito Mussolini
The Fascist dictator also cried, "Three cheers for war in general."
Answer 2,787: Math & Science -- Cilia Questionb) Eyelashes
The word comes directly from the Latin. The singular is cilium.
Answer 2,788: Geography & Nature -- Apia in the Pacificb) Samoa
The country was formerly known as Western Samoa.
Answer 2,789: Literature & Arts -- Worldly Womand) Pearl Buck
The novelist was born in West Virginia but raised across the globe in China.
Answer 2,790: Sports & Games -- Formula Foura) Alain Prost
The Frenchman known as the Professor won 51 races, a record that stood until 2001.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Question 2,785: Entertainment & Food -- Again and AgainstWhat 1947 movie did Against All Odds remake 37 years later?
a) On the Old Spanish Trail
b) Out of the Blue
c) Out of the Past
d) Underworld Scandal
Question 2,786: History & Government -- Fifty and FeistyWhat leader jested on his 50th birthday, "Youth is a malady of which one becomes cured a little every day"?
a) Adolf Hitler
b) Benito Mussolini
c) Franklin Roosevelt
d) Winston Churchill
Question 2,787: Math & Science -- Cilia QuestionWhat is cilia the scientific name for?
c) Nose hair
d) Underarm hair
Question 2,788: Geography & Nature -- Apia in the PacificWhat is the country in the Pacific Ocean whose larger islands are Upolu and Savai'i and whose capital is Apia?
Question 2,789: Literature & Arts -- Worldly WomanWhose 1954 autobiography is titled My Several Worlds?
a) Alice Walker
b) Edna St. Vincent Millay
c) Maya Angelou
d) Pearl Buck
Question 2,790: Sports & Games -- Formula FourWhich four-time Formula One world champion retired as the career wins leader in 1993?
a) Alain Prost
b) Ayrton Senna
c) Jackie Stewart
d) Nigel Mansell
Answer 2,779: Entertainment & Food -- Designing and Dashingb) Delta Burke
They met when the Major Dad star played "Dash Goff, the Writer" in an October 1987 episode.
Answer 2,780: History & Government -- Missionary Propositiona) Baylor
The coed university opened in Independence but is now based in Waco.
Answer 2,781: Math & Science -- Outer Orbitd) 7
Because the shell can hold eight electrons, chlorine atoms have a strong attraction for another electron to complete its collection.
Answer 2,782: Geography & Nature -- Urban Fifthsd) 80%
As of the 2000 census, almost three-fifths of all Americans lived in urbanized areas with over 200,000 people.
Answer 2,783: Literature & Arts -- Three-Petec) Peter
Despite insisting he would not, the future saint and Pope refused to acknowledge knowing Jesus to avoid being arrested.
Answer 2,784: Sports & Games -- Lacrosse Lingoc) Crosse
The sport earned its French name for the stick's resemblance to a bishop's staff.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Question 2,779: Entertainment & Food -- Designing and DashingWhich Designing Women actress married Gerald McRaney on May 28, 1989?
a) Annie Potts
b) Delta Burke
c) Dixie Carter
d) Jean Smart
Question 2,780: History & Government -- Missionary PropositionWhat is the oldest university in Texas, founded by three Baptist missionaries in 1845?
b) Prairie View
Question 2,781: Math & Science -- Outer OrbitHow many electrons are in the outermost electron shell of the element chlorine?
Question 2,782: Geography & Nature -- Urban FifthsApproximately what percent of the U.S. population lives in urban clusters of over 2,500 people?
Question 2,783: Literature & Arts -- Three-PeteWhat apostle of Jesus thrice denied being his follower but later became the leader of the early Christians?
Question 2,784: Sports & Games -- Lacrosse LingoWhat is the official name for the stick used in lacrosse?
Answer 2,773: Entertainment & Food -- Medical Metropolisa) Chicago
County General Hospital is a Level One Trauma Center there.
Answer 2,774: History & Government -- War: What Is It Good For?a) 1954
The first U.S. casualty was in 1959, but the U.S. Department of Defense uses 1963 for purposes of military veterans benefits.
Answer 2,775: Math & Science -- Giant Jumpd) Neil Armstrong
Noise in the transmission obscured the "a" before "man".
Answer 2,776: Geography & Nature -- Birdlandd) New Guinea
The Australasian island is home to almost 600 unique species.
Answer 2,777: Literature & Arts -- Rembrandt, Reubens, & the Resta) Baroque
The Baroque style began in Rome, Italy in 1600 and lasted until the late 18th century.
Answer 2,778: Sports & Games -- Second to Shulac) George Halas
Papa Bear collected 324 victories in his career.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Question 2,773: Entertainment & Food -- Medical MetropolisIn what city does the television show ER take place?
b) Los Angeles
c) New York
Question 2,774: History & Government -- War: What Is It Good For?When did the Vietnam War start?
Question 2,775: Math & Science -- Giant JumpWhat astronaut really remarked, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"?
a) Alan Shepard
b) Gordon Cooper
c) John Glenn
d) Neil Armstrong
Question 2,776: Geography & Nature -- BirdlandWhat island has the most bird species that are found nowhere else in the world?
c) New Caledonia
d) New Guinea
Question 2,777: Literature & Arts -- Rembrandt, Reubens, & the RestWhat art movement's artists include Rembrandt, Carvaggio, Bernini, and Reubens?
Question 2,778: Sports & Games -- Second to ShulaWho was the all-time winningest NFL coach until Don Shula passed him in 1997?
a) Chuck Knox
b) Chuck Noll
c) George Halas
d) Tom Landry
- A1) Bee. The United States Playing Card Company was founded in 1892. [Note that "Ace" would also have fit the quiz.]
- A2) Babe. The 1995 pig story won for Best Comedy. Styx took the single, which refers to DeYoung's wife Suzanne, to the top of the charts for two weeks in December 1979.
- A3) Cabbage. The two gave birth to the Cabbage Patch Doll in 1978, and Coleco began manufacturing them en masse four years later.
- A4) Beef. The McDonald's competitor repeatedly asked, "Where's the beef?", until it became a cliche.
- A5) John Cage. The avant-garde artist also composed a song with nothing but four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence, which he claimed was made up of smaller rhythmic intervals.
- A6) Egg. Let me be the first to note that Ruggedo's name anagrams to "dour egg". The remorseless villain, who was originally known as Roquat the Red, is eventually banished from his underground cavern but continues to cause trouble even after other authors had taken over L. Frank Baum's series.
- A7) ABBA. "Voulez-Vous" is French for "do you want" and is meant suggestively in the title track.
- A8) Gaea. The original Greek goddess's name is usually spelled Gaia, but the variation is not uncommon.
- A9) Lou Bega. Born as David Lubega on April 13, 1975 in Munich, Germany, the singer remade a 1952 Perez Prado instrumental, adding new lyrics and sampling the original version extensively.
- A10) Tommie Agee. Agee captured the award, given by Rawlings since 1957, with the Chicago White Sox in 1966 and the New York Mets in 1970.
- A11) Charles Babbage. Babbage failed to get his first attempt working, as the British government stopped funding his work, but successfully completed his second implementation in 1849, twenty-seven years after he proposed his first design.
- A12) Badge. Although people have postulated that the song's name comes from either its chord arrangement or the strings on a guitar, neither theory is correct; the name comes from Ringo Starr's misreading of Bob Dylan's writing of the word "bridge".
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Notable Notes Questions
- Q1) What brand of playing cards features the number 92 on its trademarked ace of spades?
- Q2) What Golden Globe Award-winning movie shares its name with a number one song written by Dennis DeYoung?
- Q3) What type of patch are Debbie Morehead and Xavier Roberts best associated with?
- Q4) What was the Wendy's fast food chain searching for in its 1984 television ads?
- Q5) What composer's 1951 song "Imaginary landscape" is played on twelve randomly tuned radios?
- Q6) In the sequels to The Wizard of Oz, what food is Ruggedo, the Nome King (later spelled Gnome), deathly afraid of?
- Q7) What band's albums include Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, and The Visitors?
- Q8) What name is shared by an Earth goddess in the Marvel Universe, an impact crater on Jupiter's moon Amalthea, and a John Varley sci-fi trilogy?
- Q9) What singer's "Mambo #5" hit the charts all over the world in 1999?
- Q10) Who was the first Major League Baseball outfielder to win a Gold Glove in both the American League and National League?
- Q11) What English mathematician's Difference Engines were a big step along the way toward modern computers?
- Q12) What Cream song, cowritten by Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for the Goodbye album, climbed the charts in April 1969?
|FISH||The series, starring Abe Vigoda as Detective Phil Fish, survived only from 1977 to 1978.|
|REMUS||Romulus was thus able to name the city after himself.|
|EMERSON||Australian righty Roy Emerson captured twelve majors from 1961 to 1967.|
|GODDARD||The Goddard Space Flight Center, named in Robert Goddard's honor, was opened in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1959.|
|ABILENE||"Wild Bill" Hickok was once its marshal.|
|ALBERTA||The city became the capital in 1905 when it had only 9,000 residents.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: HURDLE (Fourth letters)
A hurdle is an obstacle to be overcome, like in a running event.
Friday, October 10, 2008
|What was ABC's unsuccessful spin-off from Barney Miller?|
|What legendary founder of Rome was killed by his brother?|
|What male tennis player had won the most career Grand Slam singles titles before Pete Sampras?|
|What scientist's heirs were awarded a million dollars in 1960 from the U.S. government for infringements on his rocket patents?|
|What Kansas town at the end of the Chisolm Trail was the first and wildest of the legendary Wild West towns?|
|Which Canadian province's capital is Edmonton?|
Answer 2,767: Entertainment & Food -- Mickey Mussed) Swedish
Walt Disney originally intended to call him Mortimer Mouse, but his wife vetoed the name as too pretentious.
Answer 2,768: History & Government -- Picking a Potential Presidenta) Antimasonic
In 1831, the party selected William Wirt as their presidential candidate, won only the state of Vermont, and faded into history.
Answer 2,769: Math & Science -- Pestilence Publicationd) Smallpox
The contagious disease killed millions of colonists and American Indians during numerous 17th-century epidemics.
Answer 2,770: Geography & Nature -- Minority Majorityb) Hartford, Connecticut
The Insurance Capital of the World was 40.5% Hispanic at the time.
Answer 2,771: Literature & Arts -- Flashbackb) Jay Garrick
The superhero speedster was given that name in 1940, but a 1956 issue introduced Barry Allen, and a 1987 issue created Wally West.
Answer 2,772: Sports & Games -- Roughed Up Riderd) Tyler Hamilton
The Massachusetts native crashed in the first stage yet finished fourth overall.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Question 2,767: Entertainment & Food -- Mickey MusseIn what language is Mickey Mouse known as Musse Pigg?
Question 2,768: History & Government -- Picking a Potential PresidentWhat was the first U.S. political party to hold a nominating convention to choose presidential and vice presidential candidates?
Question 2,769: Math & Science -- Pestilence PublicationOn January 21, 1677, what disease was the subject of the first medical publication in America?
Question 2,770: Geography & Nature -- Minority MajorityWhat state capital did the 2000 U.S. Census project to be the first to have a Hispanic majority?
a) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
b) Hartford, Connecticut
c) Phoenix, Arizona
d) Trenton, New Jersey
Question 2,771: Literature & Arts -- FlashbackIn the D.C. Comic, what was the Flash's original name?
a) Hank McCoy
b) Jay Garrick
c) Kurt Wagner
d) Norrin Radd
Question 2,772: Sports & Games -- Roughed Up RiderWhich American won a stage in the 2003 Tour de France despite riding with a broken collarbone?
a) Davis Phinney
b) Jeff Pierce
c) Lance Armstrong
d) Tyler Hamilton
Answer 2,761: Entertainment & Food -- After-Dinner Animationb) The Flintstones
The show first aired on September 30, 1960 and remained the longest-running prime time cartoon until The Simpsons.
Answer 2,762: History & Government -- King's Collegea) Columbia
Thirty years after King George II granted its charter in 1754, the New York institute reopened following the Revolutionary War as Columbia College.
Answer 2,763: Math & Science -- Peculiar Planetd) Uranus
It is tilted over 97 degrees from perpendicular.
Answer 2,764: Geography & Nature -- Tomato Tube Tintd) Yellow
The U.S. Supreme Court declared tomatoes, botanically classified as fruits, to be vegetables in 1893 so they would be subject to existing tariff laws.
Answer 2,765: Literature & Arts -- Existentialism Establisherd) Soren Kierkegaard
The Dane was born in Copenhagen in 1813 and lived to the age of 42 despite his father's prediction that his seven children would all die by 34.
Answer 2,766: Sports & Games -- Sports Season Syncc) October
Major League Baseball holds its playoffs then while the other three leagues are all playing regular season games.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Question 2,761: Entertainment & Food -- After-Dinner AnimationWhat was the first prime time animated television show?
a) Bugs Bunny and Friends
b) The Flintstones
c) The Jetsons
d) The Simpsons
Question 2,762: History & Government -- King's CollegeWhich Ivy League school was originally called King's College?
Question 2,763: Math & Science -- Peculiar PlanetWhich planet is tilted the most on its axis?
Question 2,764: Geography & Nature -- Tomato Tube TintWhat color are the flowers on a tomato plant?
Question 2,765: Literature & Arts -- Existentialism EstablisherWhat philosopher is regarded as the founder of existentialism?
a) Jean-Paul Sartre
b) Karl Jaspers
c) Martin Heidegger
d) Soren Kierkegaard
Question 2,766: Sports & Games -- Sports Season SyncWhat is the only month of the year in which the NBA, NFL, NHL, and Major League Baseball all play regular season games or playoffs?
Answer 2,755: Entertainment & Food -- Smile Songb) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The sitcom, unusually named for the actress rather than her character Mary Richards, aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977.
Answer 2,756: History & Government -- Purchase Partnerb) France
The U.S. paid $15 million for the land.
Answer 2,757: Math & Science -- Baby Favora) Baboon
The one-month-old preemie, who was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, survived another three weeks.
Answer 2,758: Geography & Nature -- Lofty Loganc) Canada
The peak, named for geologist William Logan, is 19,524 feet high.
Answer 2,759: Literature & Arts -- Book Burningb) 451°
Fahrenheit 451 has sold more than five million copies, ironically including a version bowdlerized of a pair of mild four-letter words for school use.
Answer 2,760: Sports & Games -- Volleyball Vocabularyc) Sideout
The receiving team does not score a point but gains the right to serve. In rally scoring, every serve results in a point.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Question 2,755: Entertainment & Food -- Smile SongWhat TV show's theme song asked, "Who can turn the world on with her smile?"
a) I Love Lucy
b) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Question 2,756: History & Government -- Purchase PartnerFrom what country did the U.S. make the Louisiana Purchase?
Question 2,757: Math & Science -- Baby FavorWhat type of animal's heart did Baby Fae receive in 1984?
Question 2,758: Geography & Nature -- Lofty LoganWhat country's highest peak is Mount Logan?
d) New Zealand
Question 2,759: Literature & Arts -- Book BurningAt what Fahrenheit temperature do books burn, according to Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel about a 24th-century hedonistic society?
Question 2,760: Sports & Games -- Volleyball VocabularyPrior to rally scoring, what was the volleyball term for when a receiving team won a rally?
a) Change of possession
b) Service break
Answer 2,749: Entertainment & Food -- From Wild to Mild?a) CBS wanted to reduce violence
Conrad starred as James T. West opposite Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon.
Answer 2,750: History & Government -- Horsing Aroundb) Polo
The sport, also known as chogan, may date back as far as the 6th century B.C. in the Middle East.
Answer 2,751: Math & Science -- Extraterrestrial Elementd) Technetium
The transition metal's atomic number is 43, between molybdenum and ruthenium.
Answer 2,752: Geography & Nature -- Australian Armageddonb) Melbourne
That was the basic plot of her 1959 movie "On the Beach", set in Australia after a nuclear war.
Answer 2,753: Literature & Arts -- Deutsche Drumc) Gunter Grass
The movie adaptation won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.
Answer 2,754: Sports & Games -- Climbing Clothesc) Polka-dot
The red polka-dot jersey has been awarded since 1975, although the best climber has been tracked since 1933.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Question 2,749: Entertainment & Food -- From Wild to Mild?Why did The Wild, Wild West leave the air after running on CBS from 1965 to 1969?
a) CBS wanted to reduce violence
b) A movie version was planned
c) Ratings were poor
d) Robert Conrad left the show
Question 2,750: History & Government -- Horsing AroundIn A.D. 750, what was the main purpose of the 40,000 horses in the Chinese royal stables?
a) Military use
Question 2,751: Math & Science -- Extraterrestrial ElementWhat chemical element has the lowest atomic number of those not found naturally on Earth?
Question 2,752: Geography & Nature -- Australian ArmageddonAbout which Australian city did Ava Gardner say, "I couldn't imagine a better place for making a film on the end of the world"?
Question 2,753: Literature & Arts -- Deutsche DrumWhat German author wrote The Tin Drum in 1959?
a) Erich Maria Remarque
b) Franz Kafka
c) Gunter Grass
d) Thomas Mann
Question 2,754: Sports & Games -- Climbing ClothesWhat type of jersey is given to the cyclist who wins the most climbing points in the Tour de France?
Answer 2,743: Entertainment & Food -- Host Boastb) Bill Cullen
The World War II pilot's twenty game shows ranged from Give and Take in 1952 to The Joker's Wild in 1986.
Answer 2,744: History & Government -- Indigenous Israelid) Yitzhak Rabin
The former army general led the nation from 1974 to 1977 and 1992 to 1995.
Answer 2,745: Math & Science -- Gas Around the Giantsd) Methane
The simplest hydrocarbon's molecules consist of one carbon atom surrounded by four hydrogen atoms.
Answer 2,746: Geography & Nature -- Salt of the Earthd) 97%
The oceans, which average about 3.5% salt, account for almost the entirety.
Answer 2,747: Literature & Arts -- Lost Lovea) Alfred Tennyson
The Englishman wrote the line in his 1850 elegy "In Memoriam".
Answer 2,748: Sports & Games -- Key Factc) Seattle Supersonics
Although "key" is a basketball term for the part of the court in front of the basket, the building is named for Key Bank.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Question 2,743: Entertainment & Food -- Host BoastWho has hosted the most TV game shows?
a) Art James
b) Bill Cullen
c) Jack Barry
d) Wink Martindale
Question 2,744: History & Government -- Indigenous IsraeliWho was the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel?
a) Benjamin Netanyahu
b) David Ben-Gurion
c) Shimon Peres
d) Yitzhak Rabin
Question 2,745: Math & Science -- Gas Around the GiantsWhat gas forms clouds around Uranus and Neptune?
a) Carbon dioxide
b) Carbon monoxide
Question 2,746: Geography & Nature -- Salt of the EarthApproximately what percent of the Earth's water is saltwater?
Question 2,747: Literature & Arts -- Lost LoveWhat poet mourned, "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"?
a) Alfred Tennyson
b) John Donne
c) Lord Byron
d) William Shakespeare
Question 2,748: Sports & Games -- Key FactWhich NBA team plays its home games at Key Arena?
a) Los Angeles Clippers
b) Minnesota Timberwolves
c) Seattle Supersonics
d) Vancouver Grizzlies
- A1) C) The river. The first three up cards are the flop, and the fourth card is the turn.
- A2) False. For example, The ace and three of hearts will make a flush but lose to the queen of diamonds and queen of clubs if the board is the queen of hearts, jack of hearts, jack of diamonds, eight of hearts, and any other card.
- A3) True. Without an ace however, no draw may be possible. For example, a flop of a two, seven, and queen of different suits (or three, eight, and king and various related combinations) does not allow a straight or flush draw.
- A4) True. Once you have one ace, only one king matches its suit (four combinations total), while there are three aces to give you a pair (six combinations total). On average, you will be dealt a pair of aces once every 221 hands and a suited ace-king every 332 hands.
- A5) A) The ace of diamonds and the nine of hearts. The dominated ace-nine against the pair of aces is the worst matchup in all of Hold 'Em, winning a mere 5.2% of the time, plus a 1.4% chance of a tie. The ace-deuce moves up to 5.8% because of the straight possibility, the seven-deuce will win a surprising 10.4% of the time (0.5% tie), and the three-deuce 11.8% (0.6% tie).
- A6) D) The ten and nine of clubs. Because of the straight and flush possibilities, the lower suited connectors will upend a pair of aces 22.6% of the time and tie 0.3% of the time. The nines will win 19.7% and tie 0.3%, the kings will win 18.6% and tie 0.4%, and the king-queen will win 17.5% and tie 0.4%.
- A7) A) Binion's Horseshoe. Johnny Moss needed to defeat only six other players for the first silver cup (no cash prize) in 1970. The event grew steadily during its stay at Binion's before exploding with the Internet poker boom starting in 2003.
- A8) D) Rio. Harrah's Entertainment bought the casino in 1999 and finished a major renovation in time for the 2005 World Series.
- A9) B) Jamie Gold. Gold defeated 8,772 other players to win a first prize worth $12,000,000 in 2006. Yang outlasted 6,357 opponents for $8,250,000 in 2008, Hachem 5,618 and $7,500,000 in 2005, and Raymer 2,575 and $5,000,000 in 2004. The 2008 champion, to be determined on November 10 after an unprecedented four-month break before the final table, will have conquered 6,843 others to win $9,119,517.
- A10) C) Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth was only 24 when he took home the coveted bracelet in 1989. Ungar was 26 in 1980, Baldwin 27 in 1978, and Seed 27 in 1996.
- A11) C) Johnny Moss. Moss was 66 years old when he captured his third title in 1966. Furlong was 61 in 1999, Fowler 52 in 1979, and Strauss 52 in 1982.
- A12) C) Johnny Chan. The University of Houston dropout outlasted a field of 152 in 1987 and 167 in 1988, and amazingly finished in second place in 1989. The television broadcast of his 1988 final hand against Erik Seidel appears in the movie Rounders. Ungar pulled off the double in 1980 and 1981, and Brunson won in both 1976 and 1977. Ferguson only won once, in 2000.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
With the release of THETA Poker for the iPhone and iPod touch this week, it's only fitting that this week's quiz is about Texas Hold 'Em. No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, the Cadillac of poker games, is the variation played in the World Series of Poker Main Event, is broadcast on television more than every other card game put together, and may now be the most popular card game in the world. The simplicity of the rules (the players each receive just two hidden hole cards, and they share five face-up community cards) belies the complexity of the play ("a moment to learn; a lifetime to master"), and large tournament prize funds provide a lottery-like appeal to poker players of all skills.
To make things easier for the non-poker players in the audience, the following dozen questions are all multiple choice or true/false, so you'll have at least a 1 in 4 chance at every answer. Are those pot odds good enough for you?
Texas Hold 'Em Questions
- Q1) By what nickname is the fifth and final community card best known?
A) The end B) The moon C) The river D) The rock
- Q2) True of false: A flush will never lose a pot to a full house.
- Q3) True or false: If an ace hits on the flop, a draw (needing one card to make a straight or flush) is always possible for some combination of hole cards.
- Q4) True or false: You are more likely to be dealt a pair of aces than an ace and king of the same suit.
- Q5) In a pre-flop, all-in situation, which starting hand below has the worst chance against a pair of aces, say an ace of spades and an ace of hearts?
A) The ace of diamonds and the nine of hearts B) The ace of diamonds and the two of hearts C) The seven of spades and two of hearts D) The three of spades and two of hearts
- Q6) In a pre-flop, all-in situation, which starting hand below has the best chance of cracking a pair of aces, say an ace of spades and an ace of hearts?
A) The king and queen of clubs B) The king of diamonds and the king of clubs C) The nine of diamonds and the nine of clubs D) The ten and nine of clubs
- Q7) What casino hosted the World Series of Poker from 1970 to 2004?
A) Binion's Horseshoe B) Desert Inn C) Golden Nugget D) Sands Hotel
- Q8) What casino hosted the World Series of Poker since 2005?
A) Bellagio B) Luxor C) Mirage D) Rio
- Q9) Who defeated the largest World Series of Poker Main Event field and took home the biggest check?
A) Greg Raymer B) Jamie Gold C) Jerry Yang D) Joe Hachem
- Q10) Who was the youngest player to win the World Series of Poker Main Event?
A) Bobby Baldwin B) Huck Seed C) Phil Hellmuth D) Stu Ungar
- Q11) Who was the oldest player to win the World Series of Poker Main Event?
A) Hank Fowler B) Jack Strauss C) Johnny Moss D) Noel Furlong
- Q12) Who was the last player to win back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Events?
A) Chris Ferguson B) Doyle Brunson C) Johnny Chan D) Stu Ungar
|DICKENS||They were two of the final three novels Charles Dickens completed, ending with Our Mutual Friend in 1865.|
|CHIEFS||The Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 on January 15, 1967 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.|
|NITROGEN||About 10 million tons of the essential nutrient are added to the soil each year.|
|CALCUTTA||The city's name is now officially spelled Kolkata.|
|ADAMS||Canadian Bryan Adams's biggest hit song was "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" in 1991.|
|ALBANIA||Almost half of the GDP, an astounding $1.2 billion, vanished.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: BALTIC (Third letters going up)
In the board game Monopoly, the rent (board) on Baltic Avenue is four dollars (32 bits).
Friday, October 3, 2008
|What English author wrote A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations?|
|Which team lost the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, which was only later referred to as Super Bowl I?|
|What chemical element does lightning inject into the Earth?|
|What was the capital of India until 1912?|
|What singer had the albums Reckless, Into the Fire, and Waking Up the Neighbours?|
|What country was hit by anarchy in 1997 after a third of the population lost its savings in pyramid schemes?|
Answer 2,737: Entertainment & Food -- Reasonless Rebelb) James Dean
His character, Jim Stark, was the new kid in town.
Answer 2,738: History & Government -- Dow Doubtb) Technology
Dow Jones & Company also provides the Dow Jones Composite Average and several market indexes.
Answer 2,739: Math & Science -- Speaking Partsd) Trachea
The others are the mouth and the tongue.
Answer 2,740: Geography & Nature -- Immense Islandc) Kodiak
At 3,672 square miles, the island is slightly smaller than the state of Hawaii.
Answer 2,741: Literature & Arts -- Prototypical Paintingb) Claude Monet
The Frenchman's Impression, Sunrise appeared in 1872.
Answer 2,742: Sports & Games -- Three for the Moneyd) Visa
The credit card company never paid off as the crownless drought became the longest ever, and the offer was withdrawn after a decade.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Question 2,737: Entertainment & Food -- Reasonless RebelWhat actor was the Rebel Without a Cause in 1955?
a) Elvis Presley
b) James Dean
c) James Stewart
d) Paul Newman
Question 2,738: History & Government -- Dow DoubtWhich of the following is not one of the Dow Jones Averages?
Question 2,739: Math & Science -- Speaking PartsWhich of the following is not one of the principle organs of speech in the human body?
Question 2,740: Geography & Nature -- Immense IslandWhat is the largest of Alaska's islands?
Question 2,741: Literature & Arts -- Prototypical PaintingFor what artist's painting did a critic name the Impressionism art movement?
a) Camille Pissarro
b) Claude Monet
c) Edouard Manet
d) Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Question 2,742: Sports & Games -- Three for the MoneyFrom 1996 to 2005, what company offered a five million dollar bonus to any owner whose horse wins the Triple Crown?
a) American Express
c) Master Card
Answer 2,731: Entertainment & Food -- Pipers Pipingc) 11
Some historians believe the musicians represent the eleven apostles that remained faithful to Jesus.
Answer 2,732: History & Government -- Falls Featd) A tightrope
Seventeen days later, the balancing performer repeated the feat in 42 minutes with his manager slung over his back.
Answer 2,733: Math & Science -- Body Buildingc) Hand
Dr. Earl Owen performed the operation on the criminal, who lost his hand in a circular saw accident in 1984 while serving two years in prison for fraud.
Answer 2,734: Geography & Nature -- City Sectionsd) Wall Street
The Square Mile in northeast London is home to the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange, and Lloyd's of London.
Answer 2,735: Literature & Arts -- Green Teend) Raphael
The Renaissance painter was born in 1483, almost a century after Donatello, who was the earliest. Michelangelo was the last to pass away in 1564.
Answer 2,736: Sports & Games -- Rolling Rided) Russian Mountains
Russian sleds descending hills of ice were mimicked by carts on tracks in the late 1700s.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Question 2,731: Entertainment & Food -- Pipers PipingHow many pipers are piping in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?
Question 2,732: History & Government -- Falls FeatOn June 30, 1859, what was Charles Blondin the first person to cross Niagara Falls using?
a) A balloon
b) A barrel
c) A hang glider
d) A tightrope
Question 2,733: Math & Science -- Body BuildingIn September 1998, what body part was first successfully transplanted in Lyon, France to New Zealander Clint Hallam?
Question 2,734: Geography & Nature -- City SectionsWhich section of New York City is equivalent to the City in London?
c) Times Square
d) Wall Street
Question 2,735: Literature & Arts -- Green TeenOf the four artists for whom the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were named, who was the last to be born?
Question 2,736: Sports & Games -- Rolling RideWhat were rollercoasters originally called?
a) Flying Cars
b) Hills and Valleys
c) Runaway Trains
d) Russian Mountains
Answer 2,725: Entertainment & Food -- Parent Playc) Pygmalion
The 1913 play was in turn based on Ovid's version of a Greek myth.
Answer 2,726: History & Government -- Nurse Nightingalea) Crimean War
The war pitted Russia against France and the U.K. from 1854 to 1856.
Answer 2,727: Math & Science -- Four of a Kinda) Challenger astronauts
Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Christa McAuliffe rounded out the ill-fated 1986 crew.
Answer 2,728: Geography & Nature -- Kalahari Countryb) Botswana
The desert fills 70% of the country.
Answer 2,729: Literature & Arts -- Urning His Keepa) John Keats
The Romantic titled his first poem "Imitation of Spenser" for the poet who had inspired him with The Faerie Queene.
Answer 2,730: Sports & Games -- Face Valuea) 0
The object of the betting game is to hold cards whose total ends in the digit 9 or is at least higher than your opponent's.