Thursday, May 25, 2017

Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 8 updates in 2 topics

Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 24 11:05PM -0700

My apologies RGTers. I went to mark this quiz only to discover I hadn't posted it!
 
1 Who was the American President when man first walked on the moon?
2 Passing thought China, India and Bangladesh, what is the tenth largest river in the world (by water flow)?
3 Which Frenchwoman is currently managing director of the International Monetary Fund?
4 What, according to Charles M Schultz, constitutes happiness?
5 Name any of the 3 Shakespeare plays in which Sir John Falstaff appears.
6 What does an upside-down flag traditionally signal?
7 What physical feature do anteaters such as the echidna and armadillo lack that virtually all other mammals possess?
8 What fictional substance is also the tile of a 1997 remake of the 1961 film "The Absent-Minded Professor"?
9 Extending from the lumbar to the back to the thighs, which is the longest nerve in the human body?
10 Which 1988 Tim Burton comedy fantasy film won the best makeup Oscar in 1989?
 
cheers,
calvin
Gareth Owen <gwowen@gmail.com>: May 25 07:25AM +0100


> My apologies RGTers. I went to mark this quiz only to discover I
> hadn't posted it!
 
> 1 Who was the American President when man first walked on the moon?
 
Nixon
 
> 2 Passing thought China, India and Bangladesh, what is the tenth
> largest river in the world (by water flow)?
 
Ganges
 
> 3 Which Frenchwoman is currently managing director of the
> International Monetary Fund?
 
I can see her face in my mind, but the name ain't coming
 
> 4 What, according to Charles M Schultz, constitutes happiness?
 
Never Having To Say You're Sorry
 
> 5 Name any of the 3 Shakespeare plays in which Sir John Falstaff
> appears.
 
Henry V
 
> 6 What does an upside-down flag traditionally signal?
 
Distress
 
> 7 What physical feature do anteaters such as the echidna and armadillo
> lack that virtually all other mammals possess?
 
A Smartphone
 
> 8 What fictional substance is also the tile of a 1997 remake of the
> 1961 film "The Absent-Minded Professor"?
 
Flubber!
 
> 9 Extending from the lumbar to the back to the thighs, which is the
> longest nerve in the human body?
 
Ulnar?
 
> 10 Which 1988 Tim Burton comedy fantasy film won the best makeup Oscar
> in 1989?
 
Beetlejuice?
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 25 03:19AM -0500

"Calvin":
> My apologies RGTers. I went to mark this quiz only to discover I hadn't
> posted it!
 
I had a similar reaction when checking to see if there'd been any quick
responses to MSBKO6 Round 10!

> 1 Who was the American President when man first walked on the moon?
 
Nixon.
 
> 2 Passing thought China, India and Bangladesh, what is the tenth largest
> river in the world (by water flow)?
 
Ganges. Nice typo there.
 
> 3 Which Frenchwoman is currently managing director of the International
> Monetary Fund?
 
L'Argent. :-)
 
> 4 What, according to Charles M Schultz, constitutes happiness?
 
A warm puppy.
 
> 5 Name any of the 3 Shakespeare plays in which Sir John Falstaff appears.
 
Oh dear. I think they're some of the Henry IV-VI plays, but which ones
are in how many parts? I'll try "Henry V" with no part number.
 
> 6 What does an upside-down flag traditionally signal?
 
Distress. Or so it is claimed, but you know, there are quite a lot of
flags out there that when inverted either look the same (e.g. France),
or almost the same (e.g. UK), or like the flag of another country (e.g.
Indonesia). So...
 
> 7 What physical feature do anteaters such as the echidna and armadillo
> lack that virtually all other mammals possess?
 
Scaly armor.
 
> 8 What fictional substance is also the tile of a 1997 remake of the 1961
> film "The Absent-Minded Professor"?
 
Flubber.
 
> 9 Extending from the lumbar to the back to the thighs, which is the
> longest nerve in the human body?
 
Sciatic.
 
> 10 Which 1988 Tim Burton comedy fantasy film won the best makeup Oscar in 1989?
 
"Beetlejuice".
--
Mark Brader | "You guys have your own pagan religion...
Toronto | Instead of sacrificing sheep, you sacrifice sleep."
msb@vex.net | -- John Cramer
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: May 25 11:40AM +0200

> 1 Who was the American President when man first walked on the moon?
 
Richard Millhouse Nixon
 
> 2 Passing thought China, India and Bangladesh, what is the tenth
> largest river in the world (by water flow)?
 
Ganges
 
> 3 Which Frenchwoman is currently managing director of the
> International Monetary Fund?
 
Christine Lagarde
 
> 5 Name any of the 3 Shakespeare plays in which Sir John Falstaff
> appears.
 
Twelth Night
 
> 6 What does an upside-down flag traditionally signal?
 
Oh what a party we had last night!
 
 
--
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
Dan Tilque <dtilque@frontier.com>: May 25 02:43AM -0700

Calvin wrote:
> My apologies RGTers. I went to mark this quiz only to discover I hadn't posted it!
 
> 1 Who was the American President when man first walked on the moon?
 
Nixon
 
> 2 Passing thought China, India and Bangladesh, what is the tenth largest river in the world (by water flow)?
 
Ganges
 
> 3 Which Frenchwoman is currently managing director of the International Monetary Fund?
> 4 What, according to Charles M Schultz, constitutes happiness?
 
a warm puppy
 
> 5 Name any of the 3 Shakespeare plays in which Sir John Falstaff appears.
 
Henry IV, part 2
 
> 6 What does an upside-down flag traditionally signal?
 
emergency
 
> 7 What physical feature do anteaters such as the echidna and armadillo lack that virtually all other mammals possess?
 
teeth
 
> 8 What fictional substance is also the tile of a 1997 remake of the 1961 film "The Absent-Minded Professor"?
 
flubber
 
> 9 Extending from the lumbar to the back to the thighs, which is the longest nerve in the human body?
 
spinal cord
 
 
--
Dan Tilque
"Peter Smyth" <smythp@gmail.com>: May 24 12:25PM

Dan Blum wrote:
 
> the Illuminator. He is credited with converting his native country to
> Christianity and is its patron saint. This country was the first to
> officially adopt Christianity: name it.
Italy
 
> 2. This Soviet composer is best known for his ballets Gayane and
> Spartacus, in particular a movement late in the former where the
> dancers perform with swords.
Prokofiev
> 1975. She started her acting career in 1982 and did most of her best
> acting work in the 80s, including winning an Oscar. She also has an
> Emmy and a Grammy.
Cher
> others of the most 100 influential people of the 20th century,
> according to International Who's Who. (And he was on the list
> himself.)
 
 
Peter Smyth
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: May 24 08:43PM +0200

> the Illuminator. He is credited with converting his native country to
> Christianity and is its patron saint. This country was the first to
> officially adopt Christianity: name it.
 
Armenia

> 2. Guvf Fbivrg pbzcbfre vf orfg xabja sbe uvf onyyrgf Tnlnar naq
> Fcnegnphf, va cnegvphyne n zbirzrag yngr va gur sbezre jurer gur
> qnapref cresbez jvgu fjbeqf.
 
Korchakov

> 3. Guvf Fbivrg nvepensg qrfvtare cnegarerq jvgu Zvxunvy Therivpu gb
> sbez n qrfvta ohernh; gur ohernh jnf anzrq sbe gurz ohg jnf trarenyyl
> xabja nf "ZvT."
 
Tupolev

> jnf tbbq sevraqf jvgu Naqer Oergba naq bar bs uvf zbfg snzbhf (naq
> ynetrfg) cnvagvatf, Gur Yvire vf gur Pbpx'f Pbzo, jnf qvfcynlrq ng gur
> Fheernyvfg'f ynfg fubj. Ur pbzzvggrq fhvpvqr va 1948.
 
Kandinsky
 
> 7. Guvf Pnanqvna vf orfg xabja nf n svyz qverpgbe. Nzbat uvf svyzf ner
> Gur Fjrrg Urernsgre, Puybr (uvf uvturfg-tebffvat svyz), Gur Pncgvir,
> Neneng, naq Sryvpvn'f Wbhearl.
 
Atom Egoyan

> 1975. Fur fgnegrq ure npgvat pnerre va 1982 naq qvq zbfg bs ure orfg
> npgvat jbex va gur 80f, vapyhqvat jvaavat na Bfpne. Fur nyfb unf na
> Rzzl naq n Tenzzl.
 
Tina Turner

 
 
 
--
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 24 06:59PM -0700

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:04:04 PM UTC+10, Dan Blum wrote:
 
> the Illuminator. He is credited with converting his native country to
> Christianity and is its patron saint. This country was the first to
> officially adopt Christianity: name it.
 
Russia
 
> Npgerff va n Zhfvpny guna nalbar ryfr naq unf jba gjvpr, sbe Zl
> Snibevgr Lrne naq Cvccva. (Abj jr frr jub jnf cnlvat nggragvba gur
> bgure jrrx.)
 
Foster?
 
> 1975. Fur fgnegrq ure npgvat pnerre va 1982 naq qvq zbfg bs ure orfg
> npgvat jbex va gur 80f, vapyhqvat jvaavat na Bfpne. Fur nyfb unf na
> Rzzl naq n Tenzzl.
 
Cher?
 
> bguref bs gur zbfg 100 vasyhragvny crbcyr bs gur 20gu praghel,
> nppbeqvat gb Vagreangvbany Jub'f Jub. (Naq ur jnf ba gur yvfg
> uvzfrys.)
 
Kirkland?
 
Too tough for me :-(
 
cheers,
calvin
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 17 updates in 3 topics

Bruce <bbowler@bigelow.org>: May 23 01:48PM

On Mon, 22 May 2017 13:13:09 -0500, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> 8. What is the speed of light in vacuum?
 
186,000 miles/second
swp <stephen.w.perry@gmail.com>: May 23 01:19PM -0700

299,800,000 meters per second
 
swp, over the lan and through the firewalls to msb we go...
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 23 04:06PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> 8. What is the speed of light in vacuum?
 
Bruce Bowler 186,000 mi/s /1.0015182637
ArenEss 186,000 mi/s /1.0015182637
Joshua Kreitzer 186,200 mi/s /1.0004425217
 
** CORRECT ** 299,792,458 m/s
 
Stephen Perry 299,800,000 m/s *1.0000251574
 
This was a metrology question because the meter is now defined in
terms of the second and the speed of light, thus making the correct
answer exact by definition.
 
Bruce Bowler, who posted later than the entrant posting as "ArenEss",
is eliminated. This contest is now open only to Joshua Kreitzer,
Stephen Perry, and ArenEss. You have up to 4 days to enter Round 9,
from the time this is posted.
 
 
9. One way to describe the shape of an ellipse, or an ellipsoid of
rotation, is the "flattening factor", which is how much you have
to multiply the *difference between the axes* by in order to
get the length of the major axis. For example, in an ellipse
whose axes are 72 and 90 potrzebies long, the flattening
factor is 5, since 5 в (90 - 72) = 90. A narrower ellipse
has a smaller flattening factor. So, in the WGS84 reference
ellipsoid representing the shape of the Earth, what is the
flattening factor?
 
--
Mark Brader | "It is refreshing to have Republican presidential
Toronto | candidates we can believe about *something*.
msb@vex.net | I believe what Bush says about Dole...
| And... what Dole says about Bush." --Craig B. Leman
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
swp <stephen.w.perry@gmail.com>: May 23 02:43PM -0700

I hope I didn't do this backwards, or misguess on the oceans impact.
 
298 1/4
 
swp
ArenEss <areness1@yahoo.com>: May 23 06:08PM -0500

> has a smaller flattening factor. So, in the WGS84 reference
> ellipsoid representing the shape of the Earth, what is the
> flattening factor?
 
1 / 300
 
ArenEss
Joshua Kreitzer <gromit82@hotmail.com>: May 24 01:57AM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in news:-YSdnYu14pftObnEnZ2dnUU7-
> has a smaller flattening factor. So, in the WGS84 reference
> ellipsoid representing the shape of the Earth, what is the
> flattening factor?
 
 
My guess:
1000
 
--
Joshua Kreitzer
gromit82@hotmail.com
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 23 11:38PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> has a smaller flattening factor. So, in the WGS84 reference
> ellipsoid representing the shape of the Earth, what is the
> flattening factor?
 
ArenEss 1/300 /89,477.16707
Stephen Perry 298 1/4 /1.0000242198
 
** CORRECT ** 298.257223563
 
Joshua Kreitzer 1,000 *3.352810665
 
See e.g. http://confluence.qps.nl/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=29855173
for the correct answer.
 
The entrant posting as "ArenEss" has apparently eliminated themselves
by misreading the question, with the result that we're down to Joshua
Kreitzer and Stephen Perry for the final round. You have 4 days to
enter, if you need it.
 
 
10. What is the (universal) gravitational constant? (Obviously, I am
not asking for a definition of it!)
 
--
Mark Brader "So the American government went to IBM
Toronto to come up with a data encryption standard
msb@vex.net and they came up with...?" "EBCDIC!"
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 23 11:40PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> has a smaller flattening factor. So, in the WGS84 reference
> ellipsoid representing the shape of the Earth, what is the
> flattening factor?
 
ArenEss 1/300 /89,477.16707
Stephen Perry 298 1/4 /1.0000242198
 
** CORRECT ** 298.257223563
 
Joshua Kreitzer 1,000 *3.352810665
 
See e.g. http://confluence.qps.nl/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=29855173
for the correct answer.
 
The entrant posting as "ArenEss" has apparently eliminated themselves
by misreading the question, with the result that we're down to Joshua
Kreitzer and Stephen Perry for the final round. You have 4 days to
enter, if you need it.
 
 
10. What is the (universal) gravitational constant? (Obviously, a
definition of what it means is not what I'm asking for!)
 
--
Mark Brader "So the American government went to IBM
Toronto to come up with a data encryption standard
msb@vex.net and they came up with...?" "EBCDIC!"
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Joshua Kreitzer <gromit82@hotmail.com>: May 24 05:35AM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in news:EpidnUWz1N0mk7jEnZ2dnUU7-
> enter, if you need it.
 
> 10. What is the (universal) gravitational constant? (Obviously, a
> definition of what it means is not what I'm asking for!)
 
Not knowing the unit for this, I'm going to give an answer:
 
9.8 meters per second per second
 
because it's something that I know that does have to do with gravity.
 
--
Joshua Kreitzer
gromit82@hotmail.com
swp <stephen.w.perry@gmail.com>: May 23 10:54PM -0700

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 12:40:32 AM UTC-4, Mark Brader wrote:
> Toronto to come up with a data encryption standard
> msb@vex.net and they came up with...?" "EBCDIC!"
 
> My text in this article is in the public domain.
 
6.066 x 10^-11 meters^3 * kg^-1 * seconds^-2 (the # of the beast, or close to it)
 
swp, who hates coding errors at 1:45am
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 24 01:25AM -0500

Mark Brader:
> 10. What is the value of the (universal) gravitational constant?
 
Stephen Perry 0.00000000006066 m³/kg s² /1.100
 
** CORRECT ** 0.0000000000667428 m³/kg s²
 
Joshua Kreitzer 9.8 m/s²
 
For the correct answer see the same source as in the astronomy round.
 
 
In a disappointing finish, this contest has effectively ended with two
consecutive self-disqualifications -- this one by Joshua Kreitzer for
giving an answer with the wrong dimensionality. It likely wouldn't've
mattered anyway, as this was a pretty tough question and STEPHEN PERRY
came nearly within 10% of the correct answer.
 
So hearty congratulations to Stephen, who has stayed the course and wins
this contest!
--
Mark Brader | "If you have any problems, any at all, you come see me...
Toronto | although that would be a huge admission of failure on your part."
msb@vex.net | --Veronica, "Better Off Ted" (Becky Mann & Audra Sielaff)
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
tool@panix.com (Dan Blum): May 24 04:04AM

This is Rotating Quiz #257. Entries must be posted by Tuesday,
May 30th, 2017 at 11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time).
 
Usual rules: no looking anything up, no discussion, etc. The winner
gets to create the next RQ.
 
Please post your answers to all questions in a single followup in the
newsgroup, quoting the questions and placing your answer below each
one. Only one answer is allowed per question.
 
This quiz has a theme but since it should be obvious it does not
affect the scoring, which is 1 point per question; for this quiz I am
not going to deduct for misspellings as long as I can be sure what was
meant. If the answer is a person's name only the surname is required
unless the person is commonly known by a single name, in which case
that is sufficient. If any other part of the name is given (the first
name for most people, the surname for others) it must be correct for
the answer to score.
 
In case of a tie, the first tiebreaker will be whoever scored the most
points on the hardest questions (defined post-facto as the ones which
the fewest people got any points on). Second tiebreaker will be
posting order.
 
1. Not much of note happened in 257 (that we have a record of, at
least), but one thing that might have is the birth of Saint Gregory
the Illuminator. He is credited with converting his native country to
Christianity and is its patron saint. This country was the first to
officially adopt Christianity: name it.
 
Please decode the rot13 for questions 2-10 only after answering
question 1.
 
2. Guvf Fbivrg pbzcbfre vf orfg xabja sbe uvf onyyrgf Tnlnar naq
Fcnegnphf, va cnegvphyne n zbirzrag yngr va gur sbezre jurer gur
qnapref cresbez jvgu fjbeqf.
 
3. Guvf Fbivrg nvepensg qrfvtare cnegarerq jvgu Zvxunvy Therivpu gb
sbez n qrfvta ohernh; gur ohernh jnf anzrq sbe gurz ohg jnf trarenyyl
xabja nf "ZvT."
 
4. Guvf fvatre-fbatjevgre jnf obea va Rtlcg ohg zbirq gb Pnanqn nf n
puvyq. Ur unf unq n irel fhpprffshy pnerre nf n puvyqera'f
ragregnvare, jvgu fbatf fhpu nf "Onanancubar" naq "Onol Oryhtn." Ur vf
nyfb na raivebazrag npgvivfg naq ehaf gur Pragre sbe Puvyq Ubabhevat.
 
5. Guvf Nzrevpna npgerff jnf bar bs gur bevtvany pnfg bs FPGI. Fur unf
nyfb qbar pbafvqrenoyr svyz jbex (zbfg erpragyl va Zl Ovt Sng Terrx
Jrqqvat 2) naq fgntr jbex; fur unf zber Gbal abzvangvbaf sbe Srngherq
Npgerff va n Zhfvpny guna nalbar ryfr naq unf jba gjvpr, sbe Zl
Snibevgr Lrne naq Cvccva. (Abj jr frr jub jnf cnlvat nggragvba gur
bgure jrrx.)
 
6. Guvf Nzrevpna cnvagre jnf sebz jurer lbh fubhyq rkcrpg, ohg nsgre
neevivat va gur HF punatrq uvf anzr naq pynvzrq gb or eryngrq gb n
snzbhf Ehffvna jevgre. Uvf rneyl jbex jnf urnivyl vasyhraprq ol
Prmnaar ohg ur yngre qnooyrq jvgu phovfz naq orpnzr n fheernyvfg; ur
jnf tbbq sevraqf jvgu Naqer Oergba naq bar bs uvf zbfg snzbhf (naq
ynetrfg) cnvagvatf, Gur Yvire vf gur Pbpx'f Pbzo, jnf qvfcynlrq ng gur
Fheernyvfg'f ynfg fubj. Ur pbzzvggrq fhvpvqr va 1948.
 
7. Guvf Pnanqvna vf orfg xabja nf n svyz qverpgbe. Nzbat uvf svyzf ner
Gur Fjrrg Urernsgre, Puybr (uvf uvturfg-tebffvat svyz), Gur Pncgvir,
Neneng, naq Sryvpvn'f Wbhearl.
 
8. Guvf Nzrevpna nhgube jebgr znal obbxf, fgbevrf, naq cynlf. Uvf
orfg-xabja cynl vf cebonoyl Gur Gvzr bs Lbhe Yvsr, juvpu jba gur 1939
Chyvgmre sbe qenzn naq jnf yngre znqr vagb n zbir fgneevat Wnzrf
Pntarl. Uvf abiry Gur Uhzna Pbzrql jnf bevtvanyyl n fperracynl naq jnf
va snpg znqr nf n zbivr fgneevat Zvpxrl Ebbarl; <nafjre 8> jba gur
Bfpne sbe orfg fgbel sbe guvf.
 
9. Guvf Nzrevpna fvatre naq npgerff bevtvanyyl orpnzr cbchyne nf cneg
bs n qhb jvgu ure gura-uhfonaq ohg unf orra sylvat fbyb fvapr
1975. Fur fgnegrq ure npgvat pnerre va 1982 naq qvq zbfg bs ure orfg
npgvat jbex va gur 80f, vapyhqvat jvaavat na Bfpne. Fur nyfb unf na
Rzzl naq n Tenzzl.
 
10. Guvf Pnanqvna jnf bar bs gur orfg-xabja cbegenvg cubgbtencuref bs
gur 20gu praghel. Cbffvoyl uvf zbfg snzbhf jbex jnf uvf 1941 cvpgher
bs Jvafgba Puhepuvyy ba gur pbire bs Yvsr, ohg ur nyfb cubgbtencurq 50
bguref bs gur zbfg 100 vasyhragvny crbcyr bs gur 20gu praghel,
nppbeqvat gb Vagreangvbany Jub'f Jub. (Naq ur jnf ba gur yvfg
uvzfrys.)
 
 
--
_______________________________________________________________________
Dan Blum tool@panix.com
"I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't just made it up."
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 23 11:36PM -0500

Dan Blum:
> the Illuminator. He is credited with converting his native country to
> Christianity and is its patron saint. This country was the first to
> officially adopt Christianity: name it.
 
Oh, my. This has to be somewhere near the Mediterranean, but what
areas near the Mediterranean would even have been "countries" then
as opposed to parts of the Roman Empire? And it certain wasn't the
Empire itself.
 
Well, I don't have a good guess, so I'll say Cyprus.
 
< 4. This singer-songwriter was born in Egypt but moved to Canada as a
< child. He has had a very successful career as a children's
< entertainer, with songs such as "Bananaphone" and "Baby Beluga." He is
< also an environment activist and runs the Center for Child Honouring.
 
Raffi.
 
< 7. This Canadian is best known as a film director. Among his films are
< The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe (his highest-grossing film), The Captive,
< Ararat, and Felicia's Journey.
 
Egoyan.
 
< 8. This American author wrote many books, stories, and plays. His
< best-known play is probably The Time of Your Life, which won the 1939
< Pulitzer for drama and was later made into a move starring James
< Cagney. His novel The Human Comedy was originally a screenplay and was
< in fact made as a movie starring Mickey Rooney; <answer 8> won the
< Oscar for best story for this.
 
Agee.
 
< 9. This American singer and actress originally became popular as part
< of a duo with her then-husband but has been flying solo since
< 1975. She started her acting career in 1982 and did most of her best
< acting work in the 80s, including winning an Oscar. She also has an
< Emmy and a Grammy.
 
Cher.
 
< 10. This Canadian was one of the best-known portrait photographers of
< the 20th century. Possibly his most famous work was his 1941 picture
< of Winston Churchill on the cover of Life, but he also photographed 50
< others of the most 100 influential people of the 20th century,
< according to International Who's Who. (And he was on the list
< himself.)
 
Karsh.
 
Well, I'm pretty sure of those last 5 answers and I don't see the theme.
Cher's surname was Sarkisian at some point in her life; so are they all
of Armenian birth or ancestry, maybe? If so, too late for #1. But then...
 
< 2. This Soviet composer is best known for his ballets Gayane and
< Spartacus, in particular a movement late in the former where the
< dancers perform with swords.
 
Khatchaturian?
 
< 5. This American actress was one of the original cast of SCTV. She has
< also done considerable film work (most recently in My Big Fat Greek
< Wedding 2) and stage work; she has more Tony nominations for Featured
< Actress in a Musical than anyone else and has won twice, for My
< Favorite Year and Pippin. (Now we see who was paying attention the
< other week.)
 
I might as well guess Vardalos.
 
No guesses on the other two.
--
Mark Brader, Toronto | Actor sent to jail for not finishing sentence
msb@vex.net | --Knoxville, TN, News-Sentinel, 1989-01-21
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
"Peter Smyth" <smythp@gmail.com>: May 23 03:37PM

Mark Brader wrote:
 
 
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Houston
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
Warsaw
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
Vienna
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
Mexico City
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
New Orleans
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
Budapest
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
Prague
> skull "For the Love of God", which sold for $77,900,00 in 2007.
> Other works include various sharks in formaldehyde and medicine
> cabinets.
Damien Hirst
> are similar to Francis Bacon's. When he visited California,
> where he eventually settled, he produced a series of realistic
> paintings of swimming pools. His estimated worth is $40,000,000.
David Hockney
> and located in Chicago's Millennium Park, and "Sky Mirror",
> another stainless-steel piece that looks like a satellite dish.
> His estimated worth is $71,000,000.
Anish Kapoor
> 1998 that uses the filthy bed where she drank, slept, smoked,
> ate, and copulated while going through an emotional crisis.
> That piece eventually sold for over £2,500,000.
Tracy Emin
> he was commissioned by Mark Zuckerberg in 2007 to paint murals
> in Facebook's new headquarters and was paid in Facebook stock.
> He is worth an estimated $200,000,000.
 
 
Peter Smyth
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: May 23 07:37PM +0200

> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
 
Austin, TX
 
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
 
Warsaw. (I was there just the other day.)
 
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
 
Belgrade
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
 
Munich
 
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
 
Mexico City
 
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
 
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
 
Budapest
 
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
 
Prague
 
 
--
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
Jason Kreitzer <jk71875@gmail.com>: May 23 07:21PM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:11:39 PM UTC-4, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Houston, TX
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
Warsaw?
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
Vienna?
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
New Orleans
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
Prague
Dan Tilque <dtilque@frontier.com>: May 23 09:17PM -0700

Mark Brader wrote:
 
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
 
Houston
 
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
 
Wroclaw
 
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
 
Belgrade
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
 
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
 
Budapest
 
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
 
Prague
 
 
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 15 updates in 6 topics

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 22 08:11PM -0500

These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2017-01-30,
and should be interpreted accordingly.
 
On each question you may give up to two answers, but if you give
both a right answer and a wrong answer, there is a small penalty.
Please post all your answers to the newsgroup in a single followup,
based only on your own knowledge. (In your answer posting, quote
the questions and place your answer below each one.) I will reveal
the correct answers in about 3 days.
 
All questions were written by members of 5 Easy Pieces and are
used here by permission, but have been reformatted and may have
been retyped and/or edited by me. For further information see
my 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian
Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
 
 
* Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
3. Norman Manley International Airport.
4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
10. Václav Havel International Airport.
 
 
* Game 3, Round 6 - Arts - Richest Living Artists
 
In the past, the work of most artists sold for large sums of money
only after they died. Not today. Today many artists get millions
of dollars for their work while they're alive. (Whether it's any
good is another story.) In each case, name the artist.
 
1. This man, worth $1,000,000,000, is the world's richest artist.
One example of his work is the diamond-encrusted platinum
skull "For the Love of God", which sold for $77,900,00 in 2007.
Other works include various sharks in formaldehyde and medicine
cabinets.
 
2. This sculptor, born in 1955, is known for his balloon dogs
made of stainless steel. One sold for $58,400,000.
His estimated worth is $500,000,000.
 
3. Born in 1937, this British painter is known for his contribution
to the pop art movement. Equally expressionistic, his works
are similar to Francis Bacon's. When he visited California,
where he eventually settled, he produced a series of realistic
paintings of swimming pools. His estimated worth is $40,000,000.
 
4. Born in 1932, this German artist defies description. He's known
both for abstracts and for photo-realistic paintings, and he also
describes himself as a surrealist. Known for blurring things
and "capitalist realism", he set the record of £21,000,000 for
highest auction price in 2012 for a painting. His estimated
wealth is $40,000,000.
 
5. A British-Indian sculptor born in 1954, he has received many
awards, including the Turner Prize. Notable public works are
"Cloud Gate" (nicknamed "The Bean"), made of stainless steel
and located in Chicago's Millennium Park, and "Sky Mirror",
another stainless-steel piece that looks like a satellite dish.
His estimated worth is $71,000,000.
 
6. Born in Britain in 1963, this artist created an appliquéd tent
titled "Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-95". You can
imagine what sort of scenes it features! Another of her works
is "My Bed", a ready-made installation first displayed in
1998 that uses the filthy bed where she drank, slept, smoked,
ate, and copulated while going through an emotional crisis.
That piece eventually sold for over £2,500,000.
 
7. Born in 1930, this American painter, sculptor, and printmaker
is associated with abstract expressionism, neo-dada, and pop art.
He is best known for his painting "The Flag", which shows -- you
guessed it! -- the American flag, in oil and collage on fabric.
His estimated worth is $300,000,000.
 
8. Her photographs are among the most expensive in the world.
"Untitled No. 96 (1981) sold for almost $4,000,000, and
"Untitled No. 153" (1985) went for $2,700,000. Born in 1954,
she is known for using herself as both the model and subject.
 
9. Born in Germany in 1938, this artist is a neo-expressionist
and postmodern painter. In the 1970s, he became famous for his
upside-down images, which often included birds. His estimated
worth is $20,000,000.
 
10. Born in 1976, this Korean-American muralist, graffiti artist,
and figure painter has been a favourite guest of Howard Stern
and a contributor to Marvel Comics and VICE Media. Famously,
he was commissioned by Mark Zuckerberg in 2007 to paint murals
in Facebook's new headquarters and was paid in Facebook stock.
He is worth an estimated $200,000,000.
 
--
Mark Brader, Toronto / "A computer makes it possible to do, in half an hour,
msb@vex.net / tasks which were completely unnecessary to do before."
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Joshua Kreitzer <gromit82@hotmail.com>: May 23 01:21AM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in news:EISdnQ2HOY_YEb7EnZ2dnUU7-
 
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
 
Houston
 
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
 
Kingston
 
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
 
Warsaw
 
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
 
Zagreb
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
 
Vienna
 
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
 
Mexico City
 
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
 
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
 
Budapest
 
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
 
Prague

> skull "For the Love of God", which sold for $77,900,00 in 2007.
> Other works include various sharks in formaldehyde and medicine
> cabinets.
 
Hirst

> are similar to Francis Bacon's. When he visited California,
> where he eventually settled, he produced a series of realistic
> paintings of swimming pools. His estimated worth is $40,000,000.
 
Hockney
 
> and located in Chicago's Millennium Park, and "Sky Mirror",
> another stainless-steel piece that looks like a satellite dish.
> His estimated worth is $71,000,000.
 
Kapoor
 
> He is best known for his painting "The Flag", which shows -- you
> guessed it! -- the American flag, in oil and collage on fabric.
> His estimated worth is $300,000,000.
 
Johns
 
> "Untitled No. 96 (1981) sold for almost $4,000,000, and
> "Untitled No. 153" (1985) went for $2,700,000. Born in 1954,
> she is known for using herself as both the model and subject.
 
Sherman

--
Joshua Kreitzer
gromit82@hotmail.com
Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 22 06:52PM -0700

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 11:11:39 AM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
 
Houston, San Antonio
 
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
 
Edmonton, Vancouver
 
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
 
Edmonton, Vancouver
 
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
 
Warsaw, Krakow
 
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
 
Budapest, Bucharest
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
 
Vienna
 
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
 
Buenos Aires, Rio
 
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
 
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
 
Budapest, Bucharest
 
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
 
Prague, Bratislava


> skull "For the Love of God", which sold for $77,900,00 in 2007.
> Other works include various sharks in formaldehyde and medicine
> cabinets.
 
Hirst
 
> 2. This sculptor, born in 1955, is known for his balloon dogs
> made of stainless steel. One sold for $58,400,000.
> His estimated worth is $500,000,000.
 
Koons
 
> and located in Chicago's Millennium Park, and "Sky Mirror",
> another stainless-steel piece that looks like a satellite dish.
> His estimated worth is $71,000,000.
 
Green?
 
> 1998 that uses the filthy bed where she drank, slept, smoked,
> ate, and copulated while going through an emotional crisis.
> That piece eventually sold for over £2,500,000.
 
Tracey Emin
 
> He is best known for his painting "The Flag", which shows -- you
> guessed it! -- the American flag, in oil and collage on fabric.
> His estimated worth is $300,000,000.
 
Johns
 
> he was commissioned by Mark Zuckerberg in 2007 to paint murals
> in Facebook's new headquarters and was paid in Facebook stock.
> He is worth an estimated $200,000,000.
 
cheers,
calvin
tool@panix.com (Dan Blum): May 23 02:25AM


> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
 
Houston
 
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
 
Canberra; Melbourne
 
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
 
Sydney; Melbourne
 
> 4. Fr?d?ric Chopin International Airport.
 
Warsaw
 
> 5. Nikola Tesla International Airport.
 
Ljubljana; Brno
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
 
Vienna
 
> 7. Benito Ju?rez International Airport.
 
Mexico City
 
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
 
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
 
Budapest
 
> 10. V?clav Havel International Airport.
 
Prague
 
 
> 2. This sculptor, born in 1955, is known for his balloon dogs
> made of stainless steel. One sold for $58,400,000.
> His estimated worth is $500,000,000.
 
Koons
 
> are similar to Francis Bacon's. When he visited California,
> where he eventually settled, he produced a series of realistic
> paintings of swimming pools. His estimated worth is $40,000,000.
 
Hockney
 
> "Untitled No. 96 (1981) sold for almost $4,000,000, and
> "Untitled No. 153" (1985) went for $2,700,000. Born in 1954,
> she is known for using herself as both the model and subject.
 
Diane Arbus
 
--
_______________________________________________________________________
Dan Blum tool@panix.com
"I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't just made it up."
Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: May 23 01:53AM -0500

In article <EISdnQ2HOY_YEb7EnZ2dnUU7-IvNnZ2d@giganews.com>, msb@vex.net says...
> * Game 3, Round 4 - Geography - Eponymous Airports
 
> In each case, name the major city that the airport serves.
 
> 1. George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Houston
 
> 2. Robert L. Stanfield International Airport.
> 3. Norman Manley International Airport.
Kingston, Jamaica
 
> 4. Frédéric Chopin International Airport.
Warsaw
 
> 6. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
> 7. Benito Juárez International Airport.
> 8. Louis Armstrong International Airport.
New Orleans
 
> 9. Ferenc Liszt International Airport.
> 10. Václav Havel International Airport.
Prague
 
 
 
--
Replace "usenet" with "marc" in the e-mail address.
gwowen@gmail.com: May 22 04:04AM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:19:32 AM UTC+1, Mark Brader wrote:
> that I described, but to the principle that they *should* be transferred
> whenever possible. Close, but not the same thing.
> --
 
¯\_(ツ)_/¯
tool@panix.com (Dan Blum): May 23 03:18AM

> > 1 point each. In case of a tie...
 
> No tiebreakers needed: DAN BLUM has won this contest outright.
> Hearty congratulations!
 
Thanks. I'll have #257 up tomorrow.
 
--
_______________________________________________________________________
Dan Blum tool@panix.com
"I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't just made it up."
Bruce <bbowler@bigelow.org>: May 22 12:58PM

On Sat, 20 May 2017 17:19:48 -0500, Mark Brader wrote:
 
 
> 7. In a normal adult human body, how many bones are in the legs
> and feet, excluding the sesamoid bones that vary from one person to
> another?
 
48
Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: May 22 11:15AM -0500

In article <nMidncbvzLCZXL3EnZ2dnUU7-IXNnZ2d@giganews.com>, msb@vex.net says...
> 7. In a normal adult human body, how many bones are in the legs
> and feet, excluding the sesamoid bones that vary from one person
> to another?
 
40
 
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msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 22 01:13PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> 7. In a normal adult human body, how many bones are in the legs
> and feet, excluding the sesamoid bones that vary from one person
> to another?
 
Marc Dashevsky 40 /1.600
Bruce Bowler 48 /1.333
ArenEss 52 /1.231
Joshua Kreitzer 54 /1.185
Stephen Perry 58 /1.103
 
** CORRECT ** 64
 
Each big toe has 2 phalanges; each other toe has 3; each foot also has
5 metatarsals, 7 tarsals, and at least 2 sesamoid bones, which are
under the base of big toe; and each leg also has 3 long bones and
1 patella (which is also a sesamoid bone). Many people have
additional sesamoid bones, but those were excluded by the terms of
the question.
 
When I thought of this question originally, I didn't know that there
are any sesamoid bones that don't vary from one person to another,
and I didn't know that the patella qualifies as a sesamoid bone.
While checking the facts, I was corrected on these points, but I
found a source that says the patella is the only sesamoid bone that
everyone has. So I was originally expecting the answer 60. But while
the answers were coming in, I made additional checks and learned about
the other ones. As it turned out, this did not affect the result.
 
 
Marc Dashevsky is eliminated. This contest is now open only to Bruce
Bowler, Joshua Kreitzer, Stephen Perry, and the entrant posting as
"ArenEss". You have up to 4 days to enter Round 8, from the time
this is posted.
 
8. What is the speed of light in vacuum?
 
--
Mark Brader, Toronto "Just because it's correct doesn't
msb@vex.net make it right!" -- Jonas Schlein
 
My text in this article is in the public domain.
ArenEss <areness1@yahoo.com>: May 22 02:15PM -0500


>Mark Brader:
 
 
>8. What is the speed of light in vacuum?
 
186,000 miles per second (not sure if it varies
if its in a vacuum, or elsewheres. Isn't space
generally regarded as a vacuum anyways?)
 
ArenEss
Joshua Kreitzer <gromit82@hotmail.com>: May 23 01:12AM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in news:GLKdnbyPO8Wot77EnZ2dnUU7-
> "ArenEss". You have up to 4 days to enter Round 8, from the time
> this is posted.
 
> 8. What is the speed of light in vacuum?
 
186,200 miles per second
 
--
Joshua Kreitzer
gromit82@hotmail.com
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 22 08:09PM -0500

Mark Brader:
> of government. In each case, we name the person and you give the
> photo number.
 
> 1. BC premier Christy Clark.
 
#13. 3 for Joshua.
 
> 2. Alberta premier Rachel Notley.
 
#8.
 
> 3. Federal environment minister Catherine McKenna.
 
#16.
 
> 4. Toronto city councillor Michelle Holland.
 
#7.
 
> 5. Newfoundland premier Dwight Ball.
 
#17. 3 for Joshua. 2 for Dan.
 
> 6. Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil.
 
#12.
 
> 7. Edmonton mayor Don Iveson.
 
#18.
 
> 8. Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.
 
#11.
 
> 9. Federal finance minister Bill Morneau.
 
#4. 3 for Dan.
 
> 10. Quebec premier Philippe Couillard.
 
#10.
 
 
> So there were 8 decoys. If you like, decode the rot13 and give their
> photo numbers for fun, but for no points.
 
Oddly enough, nobody tried these.
 
> 11. Liberal MP Pam Goldsmith Jones.
 
#5.
 
> 12. Liberal MP Scott Brison.
 
#3.
 
> 13. Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi.
 
#1.
 
> 14. Former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer.
 
#9.
 
> 15. Federal transport minister Marc Garneau.
 
#15.
 
> 16. Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins.
 
#14.
 
> 17. Federal health minister Jane Philpott.
 
#2.
 
> 18. Interim federal Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.
 
#6.
 
 
> In 1980-81, playing for the Vancouver Canucks, he scored a
> career-high 35 goals -- the most of any Canuck that year --
> while amassing a league-leading 343 penalty minutes.
 
Dave "Tiger" Williams. (He also played for Detroit, Los Angeles,
and Hartford.)
 
> Stanley Cup champions from 1979-80 to 1982-83. In a career
> that spanned 958 games, he notched 319 goals and 1,023 penalty
> minutes. In 1996 his #9 jersey was retired by the Islanders.
 
Clark Gillies. (Also with Buffalo.)
 
> the glass boards and charged into the stands. His teammates
> followed when other fans tried to intervene. He was suspended
> for 8 games for his part in the ensuing brawl.
 
Terry O'Reilly.
 
> greatest enforcers and holds the NHL record for most penalty
> minutes in a single season at 472. He was a member of the
> Philadelphia Flyers' infamous "Broad Street Bullies".
 
Dave Schultz. (Also with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.)
4 for Jason.
 
> by star players Darryl Sittler and Frank Mahovlich. But off
> the ice he had problems: 27 was also his age when he died of
> a drug overdose and other causes.
 
John Kordic.
 
> of vehicular homicide and handed a 1-year jail term. When he
> got out, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, which was the
> best thing that ever happened to him as a player.
 
Craig MacTavish. (Also with Boston, New York Rangers, Philadelphia,
and St. Louis.)
 
> a 90-day jail sentence. In 1990 he was reinstated in the NHL
> and went on to play for another decade, though he continued to
> have run-ins with the police even after his retirement.
 
Bob Probert.
 
> head. In addition to the league suspension, he was convicted
> of assault in a Canadian court and given 18 months probation.
> The incident effectively terminated his NHL career.
 
Marty McSorley. (Also with Pittsburgh, Edmonton, New York Rangers,
San Jose, and Boston.)
 
> league, was convicted of assault, and was sentenced to a year
> of probation. In the 2005-06 season, he was allowed to resume
> playing in the NHL. He retired in 2014.
 
Todd Bertuzzi. (Also with Florida, Detroit, Anaheim, and Calgary.)
 
> dating other NHLers, he gained notoriety by telling reporters,
> "It's become a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love
> with my sloppy seconds".
 
Sean Avery.
 
 
Scores, if there are no errors:
 
GAME 3 ROUNDS-> 2 3 TOTALS
TOPICS-> Can Spo
Joshua Kreitzer 6 0 6
Dan Blum 5 0 5
Jason Kreitzer 0 4 4
Marc Dashevsky 0 0 0
 
--
Mark Brader, Toronto, msb@vex.net
In the absence of the ability to redirect output and input, a still
clumsier method would have been to require the "ls" command to accept user
requests to paginate its output, to print in multi-column format, and
to arrange that its output be delivered off-line. Actually it would be
surprising, and in fact unwise for efficiency reasons, to expect authors
of commands such as "ls" to provide such a wide variety of output options.
-- Ritchie & Thompson
My text in this article is in the public domain.
gwowen@gmail.com: May 22 07:35AM -0700

On Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:21:16 PM UTC+1, Mark Brader wrote:
> > Except by the English who call it spin...
 
> Now that's so typical of English -- the language, I mean! Anyway,
> no one gave that answer.
 
Oh, I forgot. Left-hand side and right-hand side are usually only called that if the cue-ball is going to hit another ball before the cushion. If the cue-ball is going hit the cushion, they're called "check side" or "running side" depending on whether the spin is intended to decrease or increase the angle of reflection...
 
All pretty obvious really.
gwowen@gmail.com: May 22 05:17AM -0700

On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:33:13 PM UTC+1, Calvin wrote:
 
> > Deducible from "Plutocracy", but a nice tempting wrong answer ...
 
> > Good question
 
> If no-one gets it right then I consider it a poor question. In retrospect it would have worked better in reverse.
 
Fair enough. I still think its a good question though.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 11 updates in 3 topics

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 21 06:47PM -0500

Sorry, I'm a bit slow posting this.
 
Mark Brader:
> Nothing fancy here, just 10 questions, 2 each in 5 categories.
> 1 point each. In case of a tie...
 
No tiebreakers needed: DAN BLUM has won this contest outright.
Hearty congratulations!
 
 
 
> 1. This is Rotating Quiz 256. List *all* the ways to express the
> number 256 as an integer raised to an integer power. (Please use
> the ^ notation, e.g. 81 is 3^4, meaning 3 to the 4th power.)
 
There are seven: (ą2)^8, (ą4)^4, (ą16)^2, 256^1. 1 for Dan Blum.
 
Confession: when I asked the question, I'd forgotten that answers
where the base of exponentiation is negative were possible. But you
all should have known it, too. Dan Blum was the only one to show
that he did.
 
> 2. Give the metric equivalent value of the "horsepower" unit
> traditionally used in English-speaking countries. Answers must
> be accurate to 3 significant digits.
 
745.6999 W. 1 for Dan Tilque.
 
 
 
> 3. According to a verse in "The Lord of the Rings", a part of
> which is concealed on the One Ring that the story focuses on,
> how many rings of power did Sauron create altogether?
 
See below. 1 for Dan Blum, Marc, Peter, Dan Tilque, and Gareth.
 
Worse confession: Posting in a hurry after my unexpected win on the
previous RQ, I wrote this question without bothering to go downstairs
and look at the verse in its original context in the book. The verse
*mentions* 20 rings (9 for "mortal men", 7 for "dwarf-lords", 3 for
"elven-kings", and one for himself). But as Dan Tilque was the first
to point out, it *does not say* who created them. And while Sauron
was *responsible* for their creation, the only one he created
personally was the one for himself. I have decided to accept either
the answer 20, or 1, or any answer indicating some knowledge of the
above facts of the story.
 
> 4. "The Power Broker" is a biography by Robert Caro, about which
> highly influential New Yorker?
 
Robert Moses. 1 for Dan Blum.
 
 
> -- as the last sentence of each of the 13th, 15th, 19th, 23rd,
> 24th, and 26th Amendments. What does it say? (Answers must
> be close, but not necessarily exact.)
 
(The) Congress shall have (the) power to enforce this article by
appropriate legislation. 1 for Gareth (barely).
 
> 6. In British politics, what term is used for the transfer of
> powers from the UK government to lower level of government?
 
Devolution. 1 for Dan Blum, Peter, Calvin, and Dan Tilque.
 
 
> * Sports
 
> 7. Which Australian city (or other place) has a football team
> known as the Power?
 
Port Adelaide.
 
Yes, that's part of greater Adelaide, but that's why I said "or other
place". The team specifically identifies itself with Port Adelaide.
So no point for Adelaide.
 
> goals on power plays -- a record that still stands. He played
> with Buffalo for 10 seasons, then Toronto, then New Jersey and
> other teams. Name him.
 
Dave Andreychuk.
 
 
> and hold the world hostage for how much money? And then, when
> advised that a larger amount might be better, how much does he
> decide to change his demand to? Give both numbers.
 
$1,000,000; $100,000,000,000.
 
> 10. In which movie, based on a David Baldacci novel, does Clint
> Eastwood play Luther Whitney, a thief who witnesses the US
> president committing a crime?
 
"Absolute Power".
 
And of course the not-very-hidden theme, inspired by the contest
number, was "power".
 
 
Scores, if there are no errors:
 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTALS
 
Dan Blum 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Dan Tilque 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Gareth Owen 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
Peter Smyth 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
"Calvin" 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Marc Dashevsky 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 
1 1 5 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
 
Dan Blum, please start Rotating Quiz #257 at your earleist convenience.
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Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 21 05:01PM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:47:10 AM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote:
 
 
> Yes, that's part of greater Adelaide, but that's why I said "or other
> place". The team specifically identifies itself with Port Adelaide.
> So no point for Adelaide.
 
Doesn't the "or" imply there are (at least) two acceptable answers?
 
cheers,
calvin
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 21 08:35PM -0500

Mark Brader:
>>> 7. Which Australian city (or other place) has a football team
>>> known as the Power?
 
"Calvin":
> Doesn't the "or" imply there are (at least) two acceptable answers?
 
No, it allows for there being teams not named after cities. For
example, the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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gwowen@gmail.com: May 22 01:36AM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 12:47:10 AM UTC+1, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> > 6. In British politics, what term is used for the transfer of
> > powers from the UK government to lower level of government?
 
> Devolution. 1 for Dan Blum, Peter, Calvin, and Dan Tilque.
 
Appeal! Devolution tends to be used for specifics to the Scottish, Welsh, Irish and London Assemblies - though its sometimes used more generally. (I'm not saying its wrong in this context).
 
Derogation of powers from central government to lower levels was known as subsidiarity before those assemblies existed. (It was such a big issue in the late-80s and early-90s that John Major got it codified in the EU's Maastricht Treaty - it was a UK thing before it became an EU thing).
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29924803
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/subsidiarity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsidiarity
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 22 04:19AM -0500

Mark Brader:
> > > 6. In British politics, what term is used for the transfer of
> > > powers from the UK government to lower level of government?
 
> > Devolution. 1 for Dan Blum, Peter, Calvin, and Dan Tilque.

Gareth Owen:
> Appeal! Devolution tends to be used for specifics to the Scottish,
> Welsh, Irish and London Assemblies - though its sometimes used more
> generally. (I'm not saying its wrong in this context).
 
I've certainly seen it used more generally.

> Derogation of powers from central government to lower levels was known
> as subsidiarity before those assemblies existed..
 
Never heard of it before. However, a dictionary check -- and also the
pages linked -- show that it refers, not to the actual transfer of powers
that I described, but to the principle that they *should* be transferred
whenever possible. Close, but not the same thing.
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Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 21 03:33PM -0700

On Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:39:33 PM UTC+10, Gareth Owen wrote:
 
> > Plutus
 
> Deducible from "Plutocracy", but a nice tempting wrong answer ...
 
> Good question
 
If no-one gets it right then I consider it a poor question. In retrospect it would have worked better in reverse.
 
cheers,
calvin
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): May 21 06:54PM -0500

"Calvin":
>>>> 8 Who was the Greek god wealth?
 
>>> Plutus
 
Gareth Owen:
>> Deducible from "Plutocracy", but a nice tempting wrong answer ...
 
>> Good question

"Calvin":
> If no-one gets it right then I consider it a poor question.
 
Well, as Gareth said, it was deducible. Only you first had to have
*heard* of that god, which I don't believe I had.
 
Looking it up afterwards, I saw where Wikipedia said that Plutus and
Pluto are "often conflated", and I wondered if there might be an
appeal there; but web sites written by people who appear to know what
they're talking about make it clear that if this happens it's only
by mistake, like in my case.
 
> In retrospect it would have worked better in reverse.
 
Well, if the question was "Htlaew dog keerG eht saw ohw?" then I'd
still say Pluto, because he was a dog! So *there*! :-)
 
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Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 21 05:03PM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:54:43 AM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> > In retrospect it would have worked better in reverse.
 
> Well, if the question was "Htlaew dog keerG eht saw ohw?" then I'd
> still say Pluto, because he was a dog!
 
Partial credit.
 
cheers,
calvin
Calvin <334152@gmail.com>: May 21 05:04PM -0700

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:54:43 AM UTC+10, Mark Brader wrote:

> appeal there; but web sites written by people who appear to know what
> they're talking about make it clear that if this happens it's only
> by mistake, like in my case.
 
I checked that closely too!
 
cheers,
calvin
Joshua Kreitzer <gromit82@hotmail.com>: May 21 02:12PM

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader) wrote in
 
> 7. In a normal adult human body, how many bones are in the legs
> and feet, excluding the sesamoid bones that vary from one person
> to another?
 
54 bones
 
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swp <stephen.w.perry@gmail.com>: May 21 02:44PM -0700

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6:19:54 PM UTC-4, Mark Brader wrote:
 
> 7. In a normal adult human body, how many bones are in the legs
> and feet, excluding the sesamoid bones that vary from one person
> to another?
 
64 minus the sesamoid bones (kneecap, 2 at base of 1st metatarsel)
 
my my answer is 58
 
swp
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