|What artist originated Cubism with Pablo Picasso in 1906?|
|What Ukrainian figure skater edged Nancy Kerrigan by one judge's vote to win the 1994 Olympic gold medal?|
|What is the only South American country whose official language is English?|
|Who directed Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream trilogy?|
|What Portuguese navigator led the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe?|
|What scientist developed the first quantum model of the atom in 1915?|
Friday, July 31, 2009
Answer 4,027: Entertainment & Food -- Raspberry Recordd) Sylvester Stallone
Sly has been up for the award 30 times, winning ten of them, and scooped the special Worst Actor of the Century Razzie in 2000.
Answer 4,028: History & Government -- Surpassing a Centuryc) 1915
The official 1920 U.S. Census recorded 106,021,537 people, a gain of over fifteen percent in the preceding decade.
Answer 4,029: Math & Science -- Making Massa) Antoine Lavoisier
The law states that in a chemical reaction, matter can be neither created nor destroyed.
Answer 4,030: Geography & Nature -- Next of Kinshasac) Democratic Republic of the Congo
The nation was known as Zaire from 1971 to 1997.
Answer 4,031: Literature & Arts -- Mercury Maddenedb) Hatter
The Mad Hatter suffered from the common malady of his profession. Mercuric nitrate was once used to separate the fur from animal pelts to make felt hats.
Answer 4,032: Sports & Games -- Room With a Clued) Master bedroom
The other areas are the study, hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, and library.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Question 4,027: Entertainment & Food -- Raspberry RecordWhich actor or actress has been nominated for the most Golden Raspberry Awards?
a) Bo Derek
b) Kevin Costner
d) Sylvester Stallone
Question 4,028: History & Government -- Surpassing a CenturyWhen did the U.S. population first reach 100 million?
Question 4,029: Math & Science -- Making MassWhat scientist formulated the law of conservation of mass in 1774?
a) Antoine Lavoisier
b) Hermann Helmholtz
c) John Dalton
d) Joseph Proust
Question 4,030: Geography & Nature -- Next of KinshasaWhat African country's capital and most populous city is Kinshasa?
b) Central African Republic
c) Democratic Republic of the Congo
Question 4,031: Literature & Arts -- Mercury MaddenedWhat was the profession of the mercury-poisoned character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?
Question 4,032: Sports & Games -- Room With a ClueWhich of the following is not one of the rooms in the Clue board game?
b) Billiard room
d) Master bedroom
Answer 4,021: Entertainment & Food -- Choice Channeld) Schools
Channel One News debuted in 1990 and now televises a twelve-minute newscast every weekday to 12,000 schools.
Answer 4,022: History & Government -- Franklin's Four Freedomsc) Freedom of the press
Freedom from want was the fourth.
Answer 4,023: Math & Science -- Gas Observationc) Radon
The radioactive, heavier-than-air gas, which Friedrich Ernst Dorn dubbed niton in 1900, can get trapped inside buildings and cause lung cancer.
Answer 4,024: Geography & Nature -- Siam I Amc) Thailand
The name was first changed in 1939 and, after a brief reversion, became official again in 1949.
Answer 4,025: Literature & Arts -- Worthless Waterd) Samuel Coleridge
In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", the sailor is surrounded by undrinkable saltwater.
Answer 4,026: Sports & Games -- Half-Healthyd) Questionable
Doubtful means 25%, and probable means 75%.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Question 4,021: Entertainment & Food -- Choice ChannelIn the U.S., what is Channel One a TV station for?
a) International programs
b) Local access
Question 4,022: History & Government -- Franklin's Four FreedomsWhich of the following was not one of the Four Freedoms Franklin Roosevelt requested in his January 1941 State of the Union address?
a) Freedom from fear
b) Freedom of speech
c) Freedom of the press
d) Freedom of worship
Question 4,023: Math & Science -- Gas ObservationWhat was the last noble gas to be discovered?
Question 4,024: Geography & Nature -- Siam I AmWhat country was formerly known as Siam?
Question 4,025: Literature & Arts -- Worthless WaterWhat poet sighed, "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any a drop to drink"?
a) Edmund Spenser
b) John Keats
c) Percy Bysshe Shelley
d) Samuel Coleridge
Question 4,026: Sports & Games -- Half-HealthyWhat official NFL injury report term means that a player has a 50% chance of playing?
Answer 4,015: Entertainment & Food -- Juvenile Jacksona) Janet
The ninth child in the family was born on May 16, 1966, almost four years after Randy.
Answer 4,016: History & Government -- Dutch Descentb) Germany
"Dutch" is an alternate spelling of "Deutsch", meaning "German".
Answer 4,017: Math & Science -- Short Sheepa) Random
The acronym is short for Random Access Memory.
Answer 4,018: Geography & Nature -- Land of Lots of Languagesc) New Guinea
About 1,000 Papuan languages are spoken there.
Answer 4,019: Literature & Arts -- Mousetrap Makera) Agatha Christie
The mystery play enjoyed a record run in London from 1952 to 1974.
Answer 4,020: Sports & Games -- Tennis Terrorc) Monica Seles
During a changeover on April 30, 1993, a fanatical Steffi Graf fan named Guenter Parche stabbed her just below the shoulder blade.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Question 4,015: Entertainment & Food -- Juvenile JacksonWho is the youngest of Michael Jackson's brothers and sisters?
Question 4,016: History & Government -- Dutch DescentWhat country did the Pennsylvania Dutch originally come from?
Question 4,017: Math & Science -- Short SheepIn computer terminology, what does the 'R' in RAM stand for?
Question 4,018: Geography & Nature -- Land of Lots of LanguagesOn what island are the most languages spoken?
c) New Guinea
d) New Zealand
Question 4,019: Literature & Arts -- Mousetrap MakerWhich prose writer puzzled the public with the play The Mousetrap?
a) Agatha Christie
b) Christopher Isherwood
c) James Barrie
d) Terrence Rattigan
Question 4,020: Sports & Games -- Tennis TerrorWhat top-ranked female tennis player was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany in 1993?
a) Gabriela Sabatini
b) Martina Navratilova
c) Monica Seles
d) Steffi Graf
Answer 4,009: Entertainment & Food -- Wedding Wieckd) Robert Schumann
His wife was one of the best Romantic pianists and had also been a composer.
Answer 4,010: History & Government -- Got Mascot?d) Yale
Handsome Dan the bulldog debuted in 1889.
Answer 4,011: Math & Science -- Most Stable in the Periodic Tablec) Iron
Fusion and fission both proceed in iron's direction.
Answer 4,012: Geography & Nature -- Car Crooksd) Phoenix, Arizona
A total of 25,651 vehicles were stolen in the city of 1.4 million people in 2003, a rate of over 1,800 per 100,000.
Answer 4,013: Literature & Arts -- Latest Lettera) J
The letter was derived from 'I'.
Answer 4,014: Sports & Games -- Poker Pinnacled) Straight Flush
If wild cards are not being used, a Royal Flush (ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the same suit) is the best possible hand. If there are wild cards, then five aces are unbeatable.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Question 4,009: Entertainment & Food -- Wedding WieckWhat composer married Clara Wieck on September 12, 1840?
a) Franz Liszt
b) Frederic Chopin
c) Johannes Brahms
d) Robert Schumann
Question 4,010: History & Government -- Got Mascot?What was the first U.S. university to adopt a mascot?
c) William and Mary
Question 4,011: Math & Science -- Most Stable in the Periodic TableWhat chemical element has the most stable nucleus?
Question 4,012: Geography & Nature -- Car CrooksAccording to FBI statistics, what U.S. city is #1 in auto thefts per capita?
a) Detroit, Michigan
b) Jersey City, New Jersey
c) Miami, Florida
d) Phoenix, Arizona
Question 4,013: Literature & Arts -- Latest LetterWhat was the last letter added to the Western alphabet?
Question 4,014: Sports & Games -- Poker PinnacleIn poker, what is the best of the following hands?
a) Four of a Kind
b) Full House
c) Royal Straight
d) Straight Flush
Answer 4,003: Entertainment & Food -- Original Soap Operab) These Are My Children
The NBC show, created by Ima Phillips, debuted on January 31, 1949 as a live 15-minute drama.
Answer 4,004: History & Government -- Presidential Progressionc) Secretary of Treasury
The Vice President is followed by the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Secretary of State.
Answer 4,005: Math & Science -- Light Bulb Launcha) Black
Black light, which is ultraviolet light with a wavelength between 315 and 380 nanometers, causes many things to glow, including white paper and various body fluids.
Answer 4,006: Geography & Nature -- Largest Landfillc) Staten Island
Fresh Kills landfill covers 2,200 acres, or just under 3½ square miles.
Answer 4,007: Literature & Arts -- Notable Quotablea) Alexander Pope
The Englishman also claimed, "A little learning is a dangerous thing" and "To err is human, to forgive, divine" in 1709.
Answer 4,008: Sports & Games -- Ice Idola) Dorothy Hamill
Yamaguchi won the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championship in 1988 and teamed with Rudy Galindo for pairs titles in 1986, 1989, and 1990.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Question 4,003: Entertainment & Food -- Original Soap OperaWhat was the first daytime soap opera on TV?
a) All of My Children
b) These Are My Children
c) Where Are My Children?
d) Who Are My Children?
Question 4,004: History & Government -- Presidential ProgressionIn the U.S., who is the last of the following people in the sequence of presidential succession?
a) President Pro Tempore of Senate
b) Secretary of State
c) Secretary of Treasury
d) Speaker of the House
Question 4,005: Math & Science -- Light Bulb LaunchWhat type of light bulb was first sold commercially on May 26, 1961?
Question 4,006: Geography & Nature -- Largest LandfillIn which New York borough is the world's largest landfill located?
c) Staten Island
Question 4,007: Literature & Arts -- Notable QuotableWhich poet's quote, "What mighty contests rise from trivial things", appears on Trivial Pursuit boxes?
a) Alexander Pope
b) Christopher Marlowe
c) Francis Bacon
d) William Shakespeare
Question 4,008: Sports & Games -- Ice IdolWhat figure skater did Kristi Yamaguchi idolize and have a doll of at age 4?
a) Dorothy Hamill
b) Katarina Witt
c) Peggy Fleming
d) Sonja Henie
- A1) Emmitt Smith. The NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards juked his way to the Season 3 title in 2006.
- A2) Anna Nicole Smith. The oil billionaire met her when she was working as an exotic dancer.
- A3) James Todd Smith. Born in New York City on January 14, 1968, the rapper really thought the "Ladies Love Cool James". Tone-Loc was born in Los Angeles as Anthony Terrell Smith.
- A4) Margaret Chase Smith. The Republican served Maine in the House from June 3, 1940 to January 3, 1949 (succeeding her husband Clyde) and in the Senate from 1949 to 1973.
- A5) Betty Smith. The American novelist, born as Elisabeth Wehner, had her famous book published in 1943, and Elia Kazan's movie version was made two years later.
- A6) Ozzie Smith. The Wizard of Oz earned 13 Gold Gloves, four more than Luis Aparicio and Omar Vizquel.
- A7) Gladys Louise Smith. The stage name was given to her by her first producer, David Belasco, for the 1907 Broadway play The Warrens of Virginia.
- A8) Burl Smith. Fred Grandy, who played the yeoman-purser, served Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1995.
- A9) Tommie Smith. During the 1968 Summer Olympics, the Americans gave the Black Power salute during the medal ceremony of the 200 meters.
- A10) Bessie Smith. Three of the Chattanoogan's songs have been inducted inthe Grammy Hall of Fame, "Empty Bed Blues", "St. Louis Blues", and "Downhearted Blues".
- A11) Dodie Smith. The 1956 novel is better known as The Hundred and One Dalmatians, which Disney animated five years later without the article.
- A12) Abigail Smith married John Adams, Margaret Mackall Smith married Zachary Taylor, and Eleanor Rosalynn Smith married Jimmy Carter.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Super Smiths Questions
- Q1) Dancing With the Stars winner with Cheryl Burke
- Q2) J. Howard Marshall's new wife on June 27, 1994
- Q3) L.L. Cool J [birth name]
- Q4) First woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate
- Q5) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn author
- Q6) Major League Baseball shortstop who won the most career Gold Gloves
- Q7) Mary Pickford [birth name]
- Q8) Gopher on The Love Boat
- Q9) John Carlos's winning podium mate
- Q10) The Empress of the Blues
- Q11) The Great Dog Robbery author [hint: novel better known by another name]
- Q12) First Lady (maiden name) [3 answers, so take a bonus point for each extra one you know]
|ED||Thomas Cavanagh played the title character, Ed Stevens, during the show's four-year run.|
|DEWEY||New York governor Thomas Edmund Dewey was famously, prematurely, and incorrectly declared the winner in 1948.|
|INSULIN||The protein's primary role is to regulate carbohydrate metabolism in the body.|
|BRIDE||The very next entry is "brute: See husband".|
|SAMOA||The country was formerly known as Western Samoa.|
|KELLY||University of Miami alumnus Jim Kelly started for the Bills from 1988 to 1991 as they fell to the Cowboys twice, the Redskins, and the Giants.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: EARNED (Second letters going up)
In baseball, errors lead to unearned runs, which don't count against a pitcher's earned run average (ERA).
Friday, July 24, 2009
|What NBC sitcom featuring a bowling alley-owning lawyer debuted on October 8, 2000?|
|Who lost the U.S. presidential election in 1944 to Theodore Roosevelt and in 1948 to Harry Truman?|
|What hormone are Type I diabetics deficient in?|
|What noun does the Devil's Dictionary define as "A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her"?|
|What is the country in the Pacific Ocean whose larger islands are Upolu and Savai'i and whose capital is Apia?|
|What quarterback led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances?|
Answer 3,997: Entertainment & Food -- Rock and Roll Recognitiona) Cleveland, Ohio
Induction ceremonies had been performed in New York City since 1986.
Answer 3,998: History & Government -- Lyon's Ladiesa) Mount Holyoke
The oldest of the Seven Sisters is located in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Answer 3,999: Math & Science -- Constellation Sensationc) Ursa Major
The Little Dipper is in Ursa Minor.
Answer 4,000: Geography & Nature -- Counterfeit Capitala) Belize City, Belize
Belize City is the largest city in the country, but Belmopan has been the capital since 1970.
Answer 4,001: Literature & Arts -- Matzoh Momentb) Passover
The brittle flat bread is also spelled matzo or matza.
Answer 4,002: Sports & Games -- Price Principalityd) Zimbabwe
Price was born in Durban, South Africa on January 28, 1957 but moved to Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) at an early age.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Question 3,997: Entertainment & Food -- Rock and Roll RecognitionIn what city did the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame open in 1995?
a) Cleveland, Ohio
b) Detroit, Michigan
c) New York, New York
d) San Francisco, California
Question 3,998: History & Government -- Lyon's LadiesWhat was the first women's college in the U.S., founded by Mary Lyon in 1837?
a) Mount Holyoke
Question 3,999: Math & Science -- Constellation SensationWhat constellation includes the Big Dipper?
a) Canis Minor
c) Ursa Major
d) Ursa Minor
Question 4,000: Geography & Nature -- Counterfeit CapitalWhich city below is not its country's capital?
a) Belize City, Belize
b) Guatemala City, Guatemala
c) Mexico City, Mexico
d) Panama City, Panama
Question 4,001: Literature & Arts -- Matzoh MomentOn what Jewish holiday is matzoh bread traditionally eaten?
c) Rosh Hashanah
d) Yom Kippur
Question 4,002: Sports & Games -- Price PrincipalityIn what country did golfer Nick Price grow up?
c) United Kingdom
Answer 3,991: Entertainment & Food -- Homicide Hunterd) Rick
Fred Dreyer investigated homicides for the Los Angeles Police Department Sergeant from 1984 to 1991.
Answer 3,992: History & Government -- Foreign Favord) Venezuela
An earthquake devastated the country while it was fighting for independence from Spain.
Answer 3,993: Math & Science -- Sound Spreadingc) Steel
The waves propagate at 16,800 feet per second, about 30% faster than in granite.
Answer 3,994: Geography & Nature -- Low Seac) Caspian Sea
The surface of the water is 82 feet below sea level.
Answer 3,995: Literature & Arts -- Mutt's Monikera) Augustus
Bud Fisher created the comic as A. Mutt, a tall horseracing bettor, in 1907 for the sports section of the San Francisco Chronicle and soon added Jeff, a short asylum inmate.
Answer 3,996: Sports & Games -- Ouija Wordsb) "Good Bye"
The board is mostly filled with the letters of the alphabet and the digits from 0 to 9, but also shows a sun, moon and star, and people playing the game.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Question 3,991: Entertainment & Food -- Homicide HunterIn the NBC television show Hunter, what was the title character's first name?
Question 3,992: History & Government -- Foreign FavorWhat was the first country to get foreign aid from the United States, in 1812?
Question 3,993: Math & Science -- Sound SpreadingIn which of the following mediums does sound travel the fastest?
Question 3,994: Geography & Nature -- Low SeaThe top of what sea is the lowest point in Europe?
a) Adriatic Sea
b) Baltic Sea
c) Caspian Sea
d) North Sea
Question 3,995: Literature & Arts -- Mutt's MonikerWhat is the first name of Mutt in the Mutt and Jeff comic strip?
Question 3,996: Sports & Games -- Ouija WordsWhat term besides "Yes", "No", and the game's name appears on a Ouija board?
b) "Good Bye"
Answer 3,985: Entertainment & Food -- Masado Meald) Tamale
Variations of the 5,000-year-old dish include the bollo in Belize, and the santandereano in Colombia.
Answer 3,986: History & Government -- Girl Scout Groupsd) Filly
The others are Junior and Senior.
Answer 3,987: Math & Science -- Electricity Evincerc) Michael Faraday
The blacksmith's son also studied the opposite effect, electromagnetism, but was criticized for failing to credit his predecessors in his publications.
Answer 3,988: Geography & Nature -- College Campusc) Hanover
Reverend Eleazar Wheelock could not find a location in Connecticut and founded the college in 1769 on land granted by New Hampshire's governor.
Answer 3,989: Literature & Arts -- Goodnight Satelliteb) Green
Margaret Wise Brown wrote the rhyming picture story with illustrations by Clement Hurd in 1947.
Answer 3,990: Sports & Games -- Wide Screend) Soccer
The net measures 24 feet across and 8 feet high.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Question 3,985: Entertainment & Food -- Masado MealWhat food consists of masado wrapped in corn husks?
Question 3,986: History & Government -- Girl Scout GroupsWhich of the following is not one of the age and grade-based groups in the Girl Scouts?
Question 3,987: Math & Science -- Electricity EvincerWhat English physicist and chemist first produced electricity by moving a magnet through a coil of copper wire?
a) James Prescott Joule
b) Joseph Thomson
c) Michael Faraday
d) Owen Richardson
Question 3,988: Geography & Nature -- College CampusIn what New Hampshire town is Dartmouth College located?
Question 3,989: Literature & Arts -- Goodnight SatelliteWhat color is the room in the children's book "Goodnight Moon"?
Question 3,990: Sports & Games -- Wide ScreenIn which sport is the goal exactly three times as wide as it is tall?
a) Field hockey
b) Ice hockey
Answer 3,979: Entertainment & Food -- Spike and Miked) She's Gotta Have It
The Atlanta-born, Brooklyn-raised director played Mars Blackmon in the 1986 film and the sneaker ads.
Answer 3,980: History & Government -- Central American Civilizationc) Mayans
They understood the concept of zero, employed a base 20 number system, and used a calendar that was more accurate than either the Julian or Gregorian calendar.
Answer 3,981: Math & Science -- Freud's Friendsd) Libido
The father of psychoanalysis believed that the conflict between the libido and the id led to neurosis.
Answer 3,982: Geography & Nature -- Basutoland Becameb) Lesotho
The nation gained its independence from the U.K. and took its new name in 1966.
Answer 3,983: Literature & Arts -- Modern Magazined) Sports Illustrated
The superbly-written periodical debuted on August 16, 1954, six years after Sport. Field and Stream began in 1873 and the Sporting News in 1885.
Answer 3,984: Sports & Games -- Roundball Recordb) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Los Angeles Lakers center totaled 38,387 points on 6,712 free throws, 15,837 field goals, and one lone 3-point field goal.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Question 3,979: Entertainment & Food -- Spike and MikeWhich Spike Lee movie earned him a role in Nike's Air Jordan commercials?
a) Do the Right Thing
b) Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop
c) School Daze
d) She's Gotta Have It
Question 3,980: History & Government -- Central American CivilizationWhat ancient tribes of Central American were known for their hieroglyphic writing, advanced mathematics, and calendar?
Question 3,981: Math & Science -- Freud's FriendsWhat was Sigmund Freud's term for the source of the aggressive drive and the sexual drive?
a) Alter ego
Question 3,982: Geography & Nature -- Basutoland BecameWhat country, formerly known as Basutoland, is completely surrounded by South Africa?
Question 3,983: Literature & Arts -- Modern MagazineWhich is the newest of the following magazines?
a) Field and Stream
c) The Sporting News
d) Sports Illustrated
Question 3,984: Sports & Games -- Roundball RecordWhat NBA player scored the most career points?
a) Elvin Hayes
b) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
c) Michael Jordan
d) Wilt Chamberlain
Answer 3,973: Entertainment & Food -- Hanna Barbera Breakoutc) Tom and Jerry
The show debuted in 1940 with "Puss Gets the Boot" and eventually won a record seven Academy Awards.
Answer 3,974: History & Government -- Varney Variationa) Continental Airlines
Walter T. Varney founded the company in 1934, and it has survived a merger with Pioneer Airlines and two bankruptcies.
Answer 3,975: Math & Science -- Biotin Beginningsc) Vitamin H
The vitamin was first isolated in 1936 and synthesized seven years later.
Answer 3,976: Geography & Nature -- Ant Acidc) Formic acid
The acid, whose name comes from the Latin for "ant", is a simple carboxylic acid containing only one carbon, two hydrogen, and two oxygen atoms per molecule.
Answer 3,977: Literature & Arts -- Sister Spirita) Care
She finally reached Faust as her brother Death was approaching.
Answer 3,978: Sports & Games -- Gambling Growthb) Resorts International
The Resorts International Hotel Casino opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 26, 1978.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Question 3,973: Entertainment & Food -- Hanna Barbera BreakoutWhat was the first successful Hanna Barbera cartoon?
a) The Flintstones
c) Tom and Jerry
d) Yogi Bear
Question 3,974: History & Government -- Varney VariationWhat airline was formerly known as Varney Speed Lines?
a) Continental Airlines
b) Delta Air Lines
c) Northwest Airlines
d) US Airways
Question 3,975: Math & Science -- Biotin BeginningsWhat was biotin once called?
a) Vitamin F
b) Vitamin G
c) Vitamin H
d) Vitamin I
Question 3,976: Geography & Nature -- Ant AcidWhat type of acid do some types of ants spray for defense?
a) Acetic acid
b) Citric acid
c) Formic acid
d) Salicylic acid
Question 3,977: Literature & Arts -- Sister SpiritWhich sister spirit entered the title character's soul in Goethe's Faust?
Question 3,978: Sports & Games -- Gambling GrowthWhat was the first casino in the United States outside of Nevada?
a) Caesar's Palace
b) Resorts International
c) Taj Mahal
- A1) West. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and the country's capital until 1927, lies on the east of the southern shore, while Perth lies on the south of the western shore.
- A2) West. Rio de Janeiro is nearly directly east of Sao Paulo, the country's most populous city, although both are on the Atlantic Ocean.
- A3) South. Beijing means Northern capital, while Nanjing means Southern capital. If you're looking for Dongjing (Eastern capital), that's China's name for Tokyo. To be complete, there is no Xijing (Western capital), but there is a Xi'An (Western Peace). (By coincidence, I just taught these four names to my sons today because they were playing with mah jong tiles).
- A4) East. Bristol is in the west, on the Bristol Channel, while London is in the east, on the River Thames.
- A5) East. Bordeaux is on the west coast in the south, on the Bay of Biscay, and Marseilles is on the southeast coast on the Mediterranean Sea.
- A6) South. Hamburg is in the north, on the River Elbe, while Munich is in the south on the River Isar just north of the Bavarian Alps.
- A7) West. Calcutta is on the east coast, on the Bay of Bengal, opposite Mumbai on the west coast, on the Arabian Sea.
- A8) North. Rome is on the southwest coast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea yet almost in the middle of Italy, while Venice is to the north, on the Adriatic Sea.
- A9) East. Both cities are near the middle of the island of Honshu, with Osaka to the west (and a little south) and Tokyo to the east (and a little north).
- A10) South. Chihuahua is in the north, while Mazatlan is directly south along the southwestern shore touching the Pacific Ocean.
- A11) South. Both cities are on North Island, with Auckland in the north and Wellington all the way south.
- A12) West. Edinburgh, the capital, is to the southeast on the Firth of Forth leading to the North Sea, while Glasgow, the most populous city is in the south, on the River Clyde.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
City Side (world edition) Questions
- Q1) Australia: Melbourne to Perth
- Q2) Brazil: Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo
- Q3) China: Beijing to Nanjing
- Q4) England: Bristol to London
- Q5) France: Bordeaux to Marseilles
- Q6) Germany: Hamburg to Munich
- Q7) India: Calcutta to Mumbai
- Q8) Italy: Rome to Venice
- Q9) Japan: Osaka to Tokyo
- Q10) Mexico: Chihuahua to Mazatlan
- Q11) New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington
- Q12) Scotland: Edinburgh to Glasgow
|JOHNSON||The spots advertised Converse sneakers ("It's what's inside that counts"). Forward Larry Johnson also rehashed the cross-dressing role on the show Family Matters in 1993.|
|SHERMAN||William Tecumseh Sherman's Civil War strategy was to destroy anything that might be useful to the Confederate army.|
|MAILER||Harvard aeronautical engineering major Norman Mailer also produced biographies of Pablo Picasso and Lee Harvey Oswald.|
|BUFFALO||It had 292,648 people as of the 2000 U.S. Census, well ahead of Rochester and Yonkers.|
|RHENIUM||German chemists Ida Tacke-Noddack, Walter Noddack, and Otto Carl Berg discovered the transition metal in 1925.|
|HIRES||27 years passed before Philadelphia pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires started selling the bottled, carbonated version of the soft drink.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: HEIFER (Third letters)
Technically, a heifer is a cow that has not yet given birth.
Friday, July 17, 2009
|What NBA player appeared as Grandmama in TV commercials in the early 1990s?|
|What Union general was responsible for burning Atlanta, Georgia in 1864?|
|What fiction author also wrote Marilyn: A Biography in 1973?|
|What is the second most populous city in the state of New York?|
|What was the last stable chemical element discovered?|
|Who created the first commercial root beer on May 16, 1866?|
Answer 3,967: Entertainment & Food -- Saint Laurent's Seniora) Christian Dior
Saint Laurent was only 17 years old when he began working for Dior and 21 when the elder passed away from a heart attack.
Answer 3,968: History & Government -- Supreme Dreamb) Lincoln Memorial
The civil rights activist delivered the speech for the March on Jobs and Freedom, which he called the "greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation".
Answer 3,969: Math & Science -- Sturdy Stonea) Corundum
Aluminum oxide rates a 9 on the original Mohs scale.
Answer 3,970: Geography & Nature -- Hot Spota) Africa
The highest temperature ever recorded, 136° Fahrenheit, occurred in El Azizia, Libya on September 13, 1922.
Answer 3,971: Literature & Arts -- Urbino Artc) Raphael
The Renaissance painter's full name was Raffaello Santi or Raffaello Sanzio.
Answer 3,972: Sports & Games -- Slow Poke Stroked) "Not up"
The player loses the point.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Question 3,967: Entertainment & Food -- Saint Laurent's SeniorWhat designer did Yves Saint Laurent take over for?
a) Christian Dior
b) Gabrielle Chanel
c) Hubert de Givenchy
d) Lucien Lelong
Question 3,968: History & Government -- Supreme DreamIn front of which landmark did Martin Luther King, Jr. give his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963?
a) Jefferson Memorial
b) Lincoln Memorial
c) Washington Monument
d) White House
Question 3,969: Math & Science -- Sturdy StoneWhich is the hardest of the following gems?
Question 3,970: Geography & Nature -- Hot SpotWhich continent has the highest average temperature?
d) South America
Question 3,971: Literature & Arts -- Urbino ArtWhat artist was born in Urbino, Italy in 1483 and painted the Marriage of the Virgin?
a) Leonardo da Vinci
d) Vincent van Gogh
Question 3,972: Sports & Games -- Slow Poke StrokeWhat does a tennis umpire say if a player hits the ball just after its second bounce?
a) "Dead ball"
b) "Double bounce"
c) "No shot"
d) "Not up"
Answer 3,961: Entertainment & Food -- Bigger Than a Bread Boxc) What's My Line?
The comedian was the original Tonight show host.
Answer 3,962: History & Government -- Stone Facedb) P.G.T. Beauregard
The Confederate memorial was completed on March 3, 1972.
Answer 3,963: Math & Science -- Meningitis Menacea) Brain
The ailment is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain or spinal cord.
Answer 3,964: Geography & Nature -- Orient Express Exitd) Turkey
The train travels to Istanbul.
Answer 3,965: Literature & Arts -- Locata-bellc) Spain
The 1940 novel occurs during the Spanish Civil War.
Answer 3,966: Sports & Games -- Sampras Stoppera) Andre Agassi
The Las Vegas native captured both the French Open and the U.S. Open that year just two years after bottoming out at #141 in the rankings.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Question 3,961: Entertainment & Food -- Bigger Than a Bread BoxOn what TV game show did Steve Allen make the question "Is it bigger than a bread box?" famous?
a) What in the World?
b) What's It For?
c) What's My Line?
d) What's the Story?
Question 3,962: History & Government -- Stone FacedWhich of the following people is not carved into the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia?
a) Jefferson Davis
b) P.G.T. Beauregard
c) Robert E. Lee
d) Stonewall Jackson
Question 3,963: Math & Science -- Meningitis MenaceWhat part of the body does meningitis affect?
Question 3,964: Geography & Nature -- Orient Express ExitWhat is the farthest possible destination country for passengers boarding the Orient Express in France?
Question 3,965: Literature & Arts -- Locata-bellIn what country does For Whom the Bell Tolls take place?
Question 3,966: Sports & Games -- Sampras StopperWhat tennis player broke Pete Sampras's run of year-end #1 rankings in 1999?
a) Andre Agassi
b) Carlos Moya
c) Gustavo Kuerten
d) Marat Safin
Answer 3,955: Entertainment & Food -- Seventh Son Singera) Glen Campbell
The Rhinestone Cowboy was the seventh son in his family. He has had six children with four wives but still needs four more sons to continue the legacy.
Answer 3,956: History & Government -- Soldier Slangd) "Rachel"
The terms referred to the lowest and highest gears of a vehicle.
Answer 3,957: Math & Science -- Cyclotron Sireb) Ernest Orlando Lawrence
The South Dakotan won the Nobel Prize in physics for his work a decade later.
Answer 3,958: Geography & Nature -- Unac-county-eda) Baltimore, Maryland
Charm City is an independent city, as is Carson City, Nevada.
Answer 3,959: Literature & Arts -- M and MI6b) Messervy
Sir Miles Messervy is Bond's boss and the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service MI6.
Answer 3,960: Sports & Games -- First Foam Fund) Volleyball
Parker Brothers sold four million of the indoor balls in their debut year in 1969.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Question 3,955: Entertainment & Food -- Seventh Son SingerWhat country singer named his music publishing business Seventh Son Music?
a) Glen Campbell
b) John Denver
c) Kenny Rogers
d) Willie Nelson
Question 3,956: History & Government -- Soldier SlangIn World War II slang, what was the opposite of "grandma"?
Question 3,957: Math & Science -- Cyclotron SireWho designed the cyclotron in 1929?
a) Edwin Mattison McMillan
b) Ernest Orlando Lawrence
c) Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton
d) John Douglas Cockcroft
Question 3,958: Geography & Nature -- Unac-county-edWhich U.S. city below is not part of a county?
a) Baltimore, Maryland
b) Charleston, West Virginia
c) Frankfort, Kentucky
d) Nashville, Tennessee
Question 3,959: Literature & Arts -- M and MI6In the James Bond novels, what was 'M' short for?
Question 3,960: Sports & Games -- First Foam FunFor which sport did Reyn Guyer introduce the first soft foam Nerf ball?
Answer 3,949: Entertainment & Food -- Double Featurea) Bruce Springsteen
The New Jersey native had just released his Born to Run album, which included "Thunder Road", "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", and the title track.
Answer 3,950: History & Government -- Chiricahua Chiefb) Geronimo
The leader of the last band of Indian warriors fighting against U.S. government troops was born in 1829 as Goyathlay, "One Who Yawns".
Answer 3,951: Math & Science -- Determined by Dendrochronologyd) Trees
The science, introduced by A.E. Douglass in 1894 while he was also working with Percival Lowell, involves counting the trunk's rings.
Answer 3,952: Geography & Nature -- Venice Veina) Adriatic Sea
The city of canals is essentially a bunch of small islands in a lagoon.
Answer 3,953: Literature & Arts -- Fractured Figurined) Unicorn
Jim knocks the mythical equine down and breaks off its horn just as he and Laura are about to dance.
Answer 3,954: Sports & Games -- College Baseball's Bestd) USC
The Trojans have won the title a dozen times, most recently in 1998.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Question 3,949: Entertainment & Food -- Double FeatureWhat singer adorned the covers of Newsweek and Time magazines simultaneously on October 27, 1975?
a) Bruce Springsteen
b) Elton John
c) Paul McCartney
d) Rod Stewart
Question 3,950: History & Government -- Chiricahua ChiefWho was the chief of the Chiricahua Apaches who escaped from a reservation and became a celebrity?
a) Crazy Horse
d) Sitting Bull
Question 3,951: Math & Science -- Determined by DendrochronologyWhat is dendrochronology used to determine the age of?
b) Nerve cells
Question 3,952: Geography & Nature -- Venice VeinWhat branch of the Mediterranean Sea is Venice, Italy located on?
a) Adriatic Sea
b) Ionian Sea
c) Ligurian Sea
d) Tyrrhenian Sea
Question 3,953: Literature & Arts -- Fractured FigurineWhat animal figurine did Laura's gentleman caller break in The Glass Menagerie?
Question 3,954: Sports & Games -- College Baseball's BestWhich team has won the most College World Series?
a) Arizona State
Answer 3,943: Entertainment & Food -- BCR's Bestc) "Saturday Night"
The title phrase is repeated over thirty times.
Answer 3,944: History & Government -- Secretary of State's Schemec) George C. Marshall
The Marshall Plan provided $12 billion in relief from 1948 to 1952.
Answer 3,945: Math & Science -- Engulfed by Encephalitisd) Sleeping sickness
The brain is also called the encephalon.
Answer 3,946: Geography & Nature -- Canadian Capitala) Alberta
The city became the capital in 1904 when it had only 9,000 residents.
Answer 3,947: Literature & Arts -- Kerberos Craniumsb) 3
The hound guarded the gates of Hades.
Answer 3,948: Sports & Games -- Sampras Shortcomingb) French Open
Of the 64 tournaments Pistol Pete won, his only two clay court titles were Kitzbuhel in 1992 and the Italian Open in 1994.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Question 3,943: Entertainment & Food -- BCR's BestWhat song did the Bay City Rollers take to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1975?
a) "I Only Want To Be With You"
b) "Money Honey"
c) "Saturday Night"
d) "You Made Me Believe in Magic"
Question 3,944: History & Government -- Secretary of State's SchemeWhat U.S. Secretary of State's European Recovery Program helped Europe after World War II?
a) Dean Acheson
b) E.R. Stettinius, Jr.
c) George C. Marshall
d) James F. Byrnes
Question 3,945: Math & Science -- Engulfed by EncephalitisWhat is the common name for the disease encephalitis?
d) Sleeping sickness
Question 3,946: Geography & Nature -- Canadian CapitalWhich Canadian province's capital is Edmonton?
b) British Columbia
Question 3,947: Literature & Arts -- Kerberos CraniumsHow many heads did Kerberos have in Greek mythology?
Question 3,948: Sports & Games -- Sampras ShortcomingWhat was the only Grand Slam tournament that Pete Sampras never won?
a) Australian Open
b) French Open
c) U.S. Open
- A1) North. Fresno is just southwest of the geographic center of the state, while Sacramento is northeast of San Francisco and Oakland.
- A2) North. A nearly straight north-to-south line can be drawn through the center of Colorado and its four most populous cities: Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.
- A3) West. Jacksonville borders the Atlantic Ocean, while Tallahassee lies along the middle of the northern edge of the state.
- A4) East. Boise is near Oregon (almost exactly centered north and south), while Idaho Falls is in the southeast of Idaho, close to Montana and Wyoming and a little farther from Utah.
- A5) East. Kansas City is on the west next to Kansas, while St. Louis is on the east touching Illinois.
- A6) West. Billings is near Wyoming, while Butte is near Idaho. Helena is close to Butte, to the north and a little east.
- A7) East. Bismarck is slightly west and south of the state's center, while Fargo is in the middle of the eastern edge next to Minnesota.
- A8) North. Both cities are near the western edge of the state but not on the ocean, with Eugene in the middle and Salem more to the north, almost exactly halfway on a straight line to Portland.
- A9) West. Knoxville lies in the eastern third of the state, Nashville in the middle third, and Memphis in the western third, all the way in the southwest corner.
- A10) West. Houston is a port city on the Gulf of Mexico, while San Antonio lies farther inland, almost directly west but still in the eastern half of the state.
- A11) West. Spokane is near Idaho, while Tacoma is a port city on the Pacific Ocean.
- A12) East. Both cities are near the state's southern border, with Madison in the middle and Milwaukee all the way east on Lake Michigan.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
City Side (U.S. edition) Questions
- Q1) California: Fresno to Sacramento
- Q2) Colorado: Colorado Springs to Denver
- Q3) Florida: Jacksonville to Tallahassee
- Q4) Idaho: Boise to Idaho Falls
- Q5) Missouri: Kansas City to St. Louis
- Q6) Montana: Billings to Butte
- Q7) North Dakota: Bismarck to Fargo
- Q8) Oregon: Eugene to Salem
- Q9) Tennessee: Knoxville to Nashville
- Q10) Texas: Houston to San Antonio
- Q11) Washington: Spokane to Tacoma
- Q12) Wisconsin: Madison to Milwaukee
|LAURASIA||The land mass eventually became North America, Europe, and most of Asia.|
|GLASS||Charles Glass's book Tribes with Flags details his ordeal and his escape from a Beirut apartment to freedom on August 17.|
|DUMAS||They were Alexandre Dumas's first and fourth novels, printed in French from 1844 to 1846.|
|ABC||The shows spanned four decades, debuting in 1949, 1958, 1966, and 1977 respectively.|
|TIN||The soft metal is usually alloyed with copper, with lead in some cheaper varieties.|
|AFFIRMED||The chestnut colt edged Alydar by less than two lengths combined in the three events in 1978.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: FIBULA (Second letters going up)
A fib is a phony statement and a fibula is the outer leg bone between the knees and the ankle.
Friday, July 10, 2009
|What do scientists call the northern counterpart to Gondwanaland, formed after Pangaea split up about 200 million years ago?|
|What American journalist, on leave from ABC, was kidnapped and held hostage in Lebanon for two months in 1987?|
|What author concocted the adventures of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo?|
|What television network broadcast the game shows Blind Date, Chance for Romance, Dream Girl of '67, and The Better Sex?|
|What is the main chemical element in pewter?|
|Who was the last thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown?|
Answer 3,937: Entertainment & Food -- Pennsylvania Patenta) Accordion
The handheld squeezebox is a member of the organ family.
Answer 3,938: History & Government -- Fledgling First Ladya) Francis Folsom Cleveland
She was 21 years old, 28 years younger than the Veto President, when they married during his first term. His sister Rose had served as First Lady until then.
Answer 3,939: Math & Science -- Galton's Gushingsc) Eugenics
The science's aim is to improve a species, especially human beings, by selective breeding.
Answer 3,940: Geography & Nature -- Beyond the Balkansc) Moldova
The others are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Macedonia, and Romania.
Answer 3,941: Literature & Arts -- Precautionary Premiereb) James Fenimore Cooper
His Jane Austen-style work found few readers, but only one year later he emulated Sir Walter Scott instead and hit the mark with The Spy.
Answer 3,942: Sports & Games -- Billy Balla) Baseball
When Harry Met Sally contains several baseball-related scenes, City Slickers often refers to the sport, and the New Yorker directed the HBO historical movie 61*.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Question 3,937: Entertainment & Food -- Pennsylvania PatentWhat instrument did Philadelphia musician Anthony Foss patent on January 13, 1854?
Question 3,938: History & Government -- Fledgling First LadyWho was the youngest First Lady?
a) Francis Folsom Cleveland
b) Harriet Lane Johnston
c) Jackie Kennedy
d) Lucy Hayes
Question 3,939: Math & Science -- Galton's GushingsWhat discipline's name did Sir Francis Galton coin in 1883?
Question 3,940: Geography & Nature -- Beyond the BalkansWhich country below is not considered a Balkan state?
d) Serbia and Montenegro
Question 3,941: Literature & Arts -- Precautionary PremiereWhat author's first novel was Precaution in 1820?
a) Herman Melville
b) James Fenimore Cooper
c) Mary Shelley
d) Nathaniel Hawthorne
Question 3,942: Sports & Games -- Billy BallIn which sport did actor Billy Crystal earn a college scholarship?
Answer 3,931: Entertainment & Food -- A First for Foxa) America's Most Wanted
The show first surpassed every ABC, CBS, and NBC offering on July 23, 1989.
Answer 3,932: History & Government -- Greenpeace Grassrootsa) Canada
The organization's charter is to use "non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems".
Answer 3,933: Math & Science -- Metal Measurea) 75%
100% pure gold is 24 carat.
Answer 3,934: Geography & Nature -- Arizona Addressc) Tempe
The city also houses the headquarters of America West Airlines.
Answer 3,935: Literature & Arts -- Grand Greekb) Agamemnon
The legendary hero was the son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycenae and the brother of Menelaus.
Answer 3,936: Sports & Games -- League Leaderc) Roger Maris
The MVP hit 61 homers for the New York Yankees. Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds have all surpassed his total in the National League.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Question 3,931: Entertainment & Food -- A First for FoxWhat was the first series on the Fox network to top the weekly Nielsen ratings?
a) America's Most Wanted
b) The Simpsons
c) 21 Jump Street
d) The X-Files
Question 3,932: History & Government -- Greenpeace GrassrootsIn what country was Greenpeace founded in 1971?
Question 3,933: Math & Science -- Metal MeasureHow pure is 18 carat gold?
Question 3,934: Geography & Nature -- Arizona AddressIn what city are Arizona State University and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals located?
Question 3,935: Literature & Arts -- Grand GreekWho led the Greek forces in Homer's Iliad?
Question 3,936: Sports & Games -- League LeaderWhat baseball player holds the American League record for most home runs in a season?
a) Babe Ruth
b) Mark McGwire
c) Roger Maris
d) Sammy Sosa
Answer 3,925: Entertainment & Food -- Pharmacist's Prescriptiona) Coca-Cola
The fizzy, backyard concoction was first served at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta on May 8, 1886.
Answer 3,926: History & Government -- Dow Thoub) 1970s
The benchmark reached the milestone on November 14, 1972. The 1,500 mark was not achieved until December 11, 1985, but the 2,000 barrier fell just over a year later on January 8, 1987.
Answer 3,927: Math & Science -- Super Satelliteb) Ganymede
Jupiter's biggest moon has a 3,274-mile diameter, about one and a half times the Earth's moon's.
Answer 3,928: Geography & Nature -- Mo' Canadac) Toronto
Hogtown had just under 2.5 million people according to the 2001 census.
Answer 3,929: Literature & Arts -- Blue's Snoozec) Haystack
Meanwhile, the sheep has escaped to the meadow, and the cow is eating the corn.
Answer 3,930: Sports & Games -- Tennis Totb) Boris Becker
Boom Boom was 17 years and 7 months old when he won the first of his three singles titles there.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Question 3,925: Entertainment & Food -- Pharmacist's PrescriptionWhat soft drink did pharmacist John Pemberton invent?
b) Dr Pepper
d) Seven Up
Question 3,926: History & Government -- Dow ThouIn what decade did the Dow Jones Industrial Average first break 1,000?
Question 3,927: Math & Science -- Super SatelliteWhat is the largest moon in the solar system?
Question 3,928: Geography & Nature -- Mo' CanadaWhat is the most populous city in Canada?
Question 3,929: Literature & Arts -- Blue's SnoozeIn the nursery rhyme "Little Boy Blue", where is the shepherd boy sleeping?
b) Corn field
Question 3,930: Sports & Games -- Tennis TotWho was the youngest male to win Wimbledon?
a) Bjorn Borg
b) Boris Becker
c) John McEnroe
d) Pete Sampras
Answer 3,919: Entertainment & Food -- Junior VJc) Martha Quinn
The stepdaughter of financial guru Jane Bryant Quinn was 22 years old in 1981. J.J. Jackson was the fifth VJ.
Answer 3,920: History & Government -- Significant Survivorc) Sam Houston
A Mexican army of 3,000 men attacked a group of only 187 American settlers, who managed to hold the fort for ten days.
Answer 3,921: Math & Science -- Air and Air Alikec) Pluto
The four gas giants have an atmosphere of mostly hydrogen, Venus and Mars are carbon dioxide, and Mercury has no significant atmosphere.
Answer 3,922: Geography & Nature -- Strait Talkb) Detroit, Michigan
In 1701, French fur traders established a settlement at the narrowest part of what is now called the Detroit River.
Answer 3,923: Literature & Arts -- President Profilec) John Quincy Adams
The work featured eight senators, including Daniel Webster and Sam Houston.
Answer 3,924: Sports & Games -- Soccer Summitd) Uruguay
They defeated Argentina 4-2 in the finals. The victory was not an upset, as they had collected Olympic gold in both 1924 and 1928.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Question 3,919: Entertainment & Food -- Junior VJWho was the youngest of the original MTV video jockeys?
a) Alan Hunter
b) Mark Goodman
c) Martha Quinn
d) Nina Blackwood
Question 3,920: History & Government -- Significant SurvivorWho was the only person below who survived the Alamo in 1836?
a) Davy Crockett
b) Jim Bowie
c) Sam Houston
d) William Travis
Question 3,921: Math & Science -- Air and Air AlikeWhich is the only planet or dwarf planet in the solar system besides Earth whose atmosphere is mostly nitrogen?
Question 3,922: Geography & Nature -- Strait TalkWhat U.S. city's name is French for "strait"?
a) Bellevue, Washington
b) Detroit, Michigan
c) Eau Claire, Wisconsin
d) Lafayette, Louisiana
Question 3,923: Literature & Arts -- President ProfileWho was the only U.S. President covered in John F. Kennedy's 1956 book Profiles in Courage?
a) Abraham Lincoln
b) George Washington
c) John Quincy Adams
d) Thomas Jefferson
Question 3,924: Sports & Games -- Soccer SummitWhat country won the first World Cup soccer championship in 1930?
You can also submit a videotape between now and July 16 at 3 a.m. touting why you'd make a good contestant and what you'd do with a million simoleons. You can only submit one film, which must be under two minutes. Winning entrants will take an online test on July 17, when a passing grade will make you eligible to be selected to get sent to the Big Apple.
Answer 3,913: Entertainment & Food -- Mighty Mouse's Housed) Terrytown
Isadore Klein created the superhero mouse for Paul Terry's company Terrytoons in 1942.
Answer 3,914: History & Government -- Tea Decliner and Document Signerd) Samuel Adams
After the Patriot graduated from Harvard College at the age of seventeen, he and his father founded the brewery that bears their name.
Answer 3,915: Math & Science -- Renal Resourcea) Kidney
The Latin word ren means "kidney".
Answer 3,916: Geography & Nature -- Native Indian Numbersa) Cherokee
It had 729,533 members, more than double the number of Navajo.
Answer 3,917: Literature & Arts -- Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo and Juliet?d) Verona
The balcony where Romeo wooed Juliet is a major tourist attraction.
Answer 3,918: Sports & Games -- Left Out Letterd) 'Z'
The NBA has the 'Z' in the Utah Jazz but is surprisingly missing the letter 'F' along with 'Q', 'X', and 'Y'.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Question 3,913: Entertainment & Food -- Mighty Mouse's HouseWhat is Mighty Mouse's home town?
Question 3,914: History & Government -- Tea Decliner and Document SignerWhat Declaration of Independence signer is believed to have participated in the Boston Tea Party?
a) Elbridge Gerry
b) John Hancock
c) Robert Treat Paine
d) Samuel Adams
Question 3,915: Math & Science -- Renal ResourceWhat organ do the renal arteries supply blood to?
Question 3,916: Geography & Nature -- Native Indian NumbersWhat was the most populous American Indian tribe according to the 2000 U.S. Census?
Question 3,917: Literature & Arts -- Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo and Juliet?In what Italian city can you visit the fictitious homes of Romeo and Juliet?
Question 3,918: Sports & Games -- Left Out LetterBesides 'Q', what is the only letter not found in the location name or nickname of any Major League Baseball, NFL, or NHL team?
- A1) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The roughly fifty members of the Second Continental Congress had first convened in the City of Brotherly Love on May 10, 1775.
- A2) Thomas Jefferson. The significance of the Declaration of Independence received a major boost when the Democratic-Republican party played up his authorship during his first, unsuccessful run for president in 1796.
- A3) "When". The Preamble begins, "WHEN in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation."
- A4) "honor". The document ends, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
- A5) "people". With ten uses, "people" tops "law" by one. Combined, "states" and "state" also appear nine times, while "rights" and "right" appear nine times as nouns (and once as a verb).
- A6) 1,324. Most of the document is dedicated to detailing the crimes King George III has committed against the the Colonies.
- A7) 56. More delegates from Pennsylvania (9) signed than any other state; Virginia (7) was second, with each state represented at least twice.
- A8) 2. John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia were both members of the Second Continental Congress.
- A9) National Archives Building. The building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. also houses the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
- A10) National Treasure. Nicolas Cage's character, Benjamin Franklin Gates, actually wants to steal the document to protect it from falling into the wrong hands after officials refuse to believe the danger.
- A11) 1776. The play begins on May 8, 1776 and ends with the signing.
- A12) Moscow, Russia. Napoleon had laid siege to the city during the Battle of Borodino on September 7, 1812. A quarter of million soldiers, with slightly more on the Russian side, battled to a draw at the cost of 70,000 lives. The First French Empire would later withdraw, so Russia effectively won.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
U.S. Declaration of Independence Questions
- Q1) In what city was the Declaration of Independence drafted?
- Q2) Who was its main author?
- Q3) What is the first word?
- Q4) What is the last word?
- Q5) What noun appears the most often in the Declaration of Independence?
- Q6) How many words are in the complete Declaration of Independence (plus or minus 200; bonus point for being within 50)?
- Q7) How many people signed the Declaration of Independence (plus or minus 10; bonus point for being within 2)?
- Q8) How many later became U.S. President?
- Q9) Where is the original copy of the Declaration of Independence kept on display?
- Q10) In what 2004 movie does Ben Gates steal the Declaration of Independence?
- Q11) What Tony Award-winning musical includes the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
- Q12) Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture", a favorite during Fourth of July celebrations, was written in honor of the defense of what city?
|GARDNER||Real-life lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner released the stories under the pseudonym A.A. Fair.|
|STEINEM||Smith College alumna Gloria Steinem, who credits Irina Dunn for the saying, also suggested, "Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry."|
|WITT||Besides Katarina Witt's 1984 and 1988 gold medals, the Carmen on Ice Emmy Award winner captured the World Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1988.|
|BANGLADESH||India's army helped create the new country on March 26.|
|OWEN||Paleontologist Richard Owen realized that bones, previously thought to be from lizards or crocodiles, belonged to a different animal, which he named for the Greek for "terrible lizard".|
|COCKER||Joe Cocker's ballad from I Can Stand a Little Rain reached #5 on the pop charts in April.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: CENTER (Third letters going up)
Willis Reed (NBA), Phil Esposito (NHL), and Dwight Stephenson (NFL) were all Hall of Fame centers in their respective sports.
Friday, July 3, 2009
|What American mystery author's less well-known heroes were Douglas Selby, Donald Lam, and Bertha Cool?|
|What feminist popularized the taunt, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"?|
|What German Olympic gold medal winning figure skater bared all in the December 1998 issue of Playboy?|
|What country did East Pakistan become after gaining independence in 1971?|
|What British anatomist coined the term "dinosaur" in 1841?|
|What English blues singer had the 1975 hit "You Are So Beautiful"?|
Answer 3,907: Entertainment & Food -- Water Musiciana) George Frederich Handel
The water was the Thames River, which King George liked to travel on while accompanied by the music.
Answer 3,908: History & Government -- Caretaker Capitalc) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Construction of the Capitol building began in 1792 and still was not complete when John Adams moved in eight years later.
Answer 3,909: Math & Science -- Lightning Leachc) Nitrogen
About 10 million tons of the essential nutrient are added to the soil each year.
Answer 3,910: Geography & Nature -- Polar Bear Farec) Seals
Ursus maritimus, the largest carnivore that lives on land, also consumes other fish-eating animals.
Answer 3,911: Literature & Arts -- South Pacific Pulitzerb) James Michener
Rogers and Hammerstein created the musical in 1949, two years after the book came out. A big screen movie was released in 1958 and a TV movie in 2001.
Answer 3,912: Sports & Games -- Baseball Birdc) St. Louis Cardinals
Teri McConnell debuted as the redbird on Opening Day in 1978.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Question 3,907: Entertainment & Food -- Water MusicianWhat German composer wrote Water Music between 1715 and 1717?
a) George Frederich Handel
b) Johann Sebastien Bach
c) Johannes Brahms
d) Ludwig van Beethoven
Question 3,908: History & Government -- Caretaker CapitalWhich city served as the U.S. capital just before it was moved to Washington, D.C. in 1800?
a) Boston, Massachusetts
b) New York, New York
c) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
d) Trenton, New Jersey
Question 3,909: Math & Science -- Lightning LeachWhat chemical element does lightning inject into the Earth?
Question 3,910: Geography & Nature -- Polar Bear FareWhat animal is the staple of polar bear diets?
Question 3,911: Literature & Arts -- South Pacific PulitzerWhat author's Tales of the South Pacific won a Pulitzer and was turned into a musical and a movie?
a) Eugene O'Neill
b) James Michener
c) Neil Simon
d) Tennessee Williams
Question 3,912: Sports & Games -- Baseball BirdWhich Major League Baseball team's mascot is Fredbird?
a) Baltimore Orioles
b) Oakland A's
c) St. Louis Cardinals
d) Toronto Blue Jays
Answer 3,901: Entertainment & Food -- Beaver's Boroughb) Mayfield
Leave It to Beaver's main family lived at 211 Pine Street from 1957 to 1963, but moved from CBS to ABC in 1958.
Answer 3,902: History & Government -- Singular Swearing Inc) Lyndon Johnson
Federal District Judge Sarah Hughes swore him in aboard the presidential airplane on November 22, 1963.
Answer 3,903: Math & Science -- Finding the Furculad) Wishbone
It is the point at which the two clavicles meet.
Answer 3,904: Geography & Nature -- Toe Totalsa) 2
One larger, hoof-like toe and one smaller toe help the ostrich run at surprisingly fast speeds up to 40 miles per hour.
Answer 3,905: Literature & Arts -- Pinpointing P.L.a) Pamela
Born as Helen Lyndon Goff, Pamela Lyndon Travers wrote Mary Poppins in 1934.
Answer 3,906: Sports & Games -- Jumbo Javelind) 8.5 to 8.9 feet
Officially, the length can range from 2.6 to 2.7 meters.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Question 3,901: Entertainment & Food -- Beaver's BoroughIn what city did Wally and Beaver Cleaver live?
Question 3,902: History & Government -- Singular Swearing InWho was the only U.S. President sworn in by a woman?
a) Grover Cleveland
b) Harry Truman
c) Lyndon Johnson
d) Woodrow Wilson
Question 3,903: Math & Science -- Finding the FurculaWhat is the common name for a turkey's furcula?
Question 3,904: Geography & Nature -- Toe TotalsHow many toes do ostriches have on each foot?
Question 3,905: Literature & Arts -- Pinpointing P.L.What is author P.L. Travers's first name?
Question 3,906: Sports & Games -- Jumbo JavelinHow long can a men's javelin be?
a) 5.5 to 5.9 feet
b) 6.5 to 6.9 feet
c) 7.5 to 7.9 feet
d) 8.5 to 8.9 feet
Answer 3,895: Entertainment & Food -- McLaughlin's Mixturea) Canada Dry Ginger Ale
The ginger-flavored beverage, originally known as McLaughlin's Pale Dry Ginger Ale, was created in Ontario but first became popular in New York.
Answer 3,896: History & Government -- Peerage Prominencec) Marquis
Duke is the only higher title of nobility.
Answer 3,897: Math & Science -- Physics Factorsc) Momentum
The basic law of momentum is that the sum of the products of the objects' velocities times their masses is the same before and after a collision.
Answer 3,898: Geography & Nature -- In Demand from Greenlandd) Shrimp
The crustaceans account for about 80% of the island's export earnings.
Answer 3,899: Literature & Arts -- Peanuts Patronymc) Peppermint Patty
The captain of the crosstown, rival baseball team, was named for the York Peppermint Pattie candy and first appeared on August 22, 1966.
Answer 3,900: Sports & Games -- Monumental but Mediocrea) Connie Mack
The Philadelphia Athletics manager, born as Cornelius McGillicuddy, lost a majority of his 7,878 games from 1901 to 1950 but had the job security of being part-owner.