Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Digest for rec.games.trivia@googlegroups.com - 4 updates in 3 topics

msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Aug 09 02:29AM -0500

Mark Brader:
> see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian
> Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
> I wrote one of these rounds.
The history round.
> or the places where they did them.
> 1. The second section of the Toronto subway to open ran primarily
> under what street?
University Av. (In 1963. First: Yonge St. in 1954.)
> 2. Where was the second atomic bomb exploded?
Hiroshima. (First: Trinity test site, New Mexico, 3 weeks earlier
in 1945.) 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, and Dan Tilque. 3 for Björn.
I was particularly impressed by the entrant who, rather than
forgetting the test explosion, explicitly assumed that it wouldn't
> 3. The next four questions are about exploration. Who was the
> leader of the second expedition to reach the South Pole?
Robert F. Scott. (In January 1912. First: Roald Amundsen,
the month before.) 4 for Erland, Peter, Dan Blum, and Pete.
3 for Björn and Calvin.
> 4. Who led the second expedition that circumnavigated the Earth?
Sir Francis Drake. (In 1577-80. First: Ferdinand Magellan,
and after his death Juan Elcano, in 1518-22.) 4 for Dan Blum,
Dan Tilque, and Marc.
In both cases five ships left the starting point and only one
completed the trip. Elcano returned with only about 1/10 as many
men as started the trip, barely enough to operate the one ship;
Drake, with about 1/3 of his men.
> about *airplanes, not dirigibles*. Now name the pilot (or
> any pilot, if there was more than one) of the second airplane
> to cross the Atlantic *nonstop*.
Charles Lindbergh. (In 1927. First: John Alcock and Arthur Brown,
in 1919.) 4 for Pete and Dan Tilque.
Lindbergh became more famous because he flew solo, flew a longer
route to go from one major city to another, and was American.
> 6. Who was the second man to walk on the Moon?
Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin. (Buzz was his nickname and is now his name.
First: Neil Armstrong.) 4 for Erland, Peter, Dan Blum, Joshua,
Jason, Pete, Dan Tilque, and Calvin.
> 7. The last four questions are about leaders. Who was the second
> Prime Minister of Canada?
Alexander Mackenzie. (1873-78. First: Sir John A. Macdonald,
1867-73, and of course, again later.)
> cases in the US where two relatives with the same surname have
> each become president. Give the surname of the second such
> pair of relatives.
Harrison. (William and Benjamin, in 1841 and 1889-93. First: John
and John Quincy Adams, in 1797-1801 and 1825-29.) 4 for Joshua
and Dan Tilque.
> 9. Who was the second leader of Nazi Germany? Hint: until then
> he was a high-ranking naval officer.
Karl Dönitz ["DUH-nitz"]. (For a few days after Adolf Hitler's
suicide in 1945.) 4 for Erland, Peter, Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete,
Dan Tilque, Björn, and Calvin.
> 10. Who was the second emperor of the Roman Empire? Hint: Julius
> Caesar was never emperor.
Tiberius. (In 14-37. First: Augustus Caesar, in 27 BC - 14.)
4 for Erland, Peter, Joshua, Dan Tilque, Björn, Calvin, and Marc.
2 for Dan Blum.
> 1. A farm girl who rides in a surrey with a fringe on top, in a
> 1955 film; and a mom who sings with her sons and daughters,
> from 1970 to 1974.
Shirley Jones. ("Oklahoma", "The Partridge Family".) 4 for Joshua,
Jason, Pete, Calvin, and Marc.
> 2. A tenderfoot Eastern surveyor helping to build a railroad,
> in a 1941 movie; and a fatherly doctor, from 1969 to 1976.
Robert Young. ("Western Union", "Marcus Welby, MD".) 4 for Joshua,
Pete, and Marc.
> 3. Wife of George and mother of Zuzu, in a 1946 movie; and Miss
> Ellie Ewing, in 1984-85.
Donna Reed. ("It's a Wonderful Life" and "Dallas".) 4 for Joshua
and Pete.
Ellie Ewing was primarily played by Barbara Bel Geddes from 1978
to 1990, but but for medical reasons she was unavailable for the
1984-85 season, and Donna Reed substituted for her.
> 4. On film, a murderer observed by a photographer; on TV, a
> numbingly successful lawyer.
Raymond Burr. ("Rear Window", "Perry Mason".) 4 for Dan Blum,
Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, and Marc. 3 for Calvin.
> 5. A femme fatale who lures a schnook into helping her kill her
> husband, in a 1944 movie; and the head of the Barkley family
> on a 19th-century California ranch, from 1965 to 1969.
Barbara Stanwyck. ("Double Indemnity", "The Big Valley".)
4 for Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, Calvin, and Marc.
> 6. In a 1969 movie, an agent investigating a French spy ring passing
> NATO secrets to the Russians; and from 1976 to 1981, an unseen
> boss.
John Forsythe. ("Topaz", "Charlie's Angels".) 4 for Joshua, Jason,
Pete, Dan Tilque, and Marc.
> 7. On film, a small boy with a stutter; on TV, a teenager named
> Richie.
Ron Howard. ("The Music Man", "Happy Days".) 4 for Dan Blum,
Joshua, Jason, Pete, Dan Tilque, Calvin, and Marc.
> 8. On film, a maid whose mistress seems to be losing her mind;
> on TV, a writer whose real life comes to resemble her writing.
Angela Lansbury. ("Gaslight", "Murder, She Wrote".) 4 for Dan Blum,
Joshua, Jason, Pete, Dan Tilque, Calvin, and Marc.
> 9. For this one we'll give you two movie roles, both of them
> singing parts: the Devil, and a sailor in the South Seas.
> And on TV, Bill Bixby's "Uncle Martin".
Ray Walston. ("Damn Yankees", "South Pacific", "My Favorite
Martian".) 4 for Joshua, Pete, and Marc.
> 10. On film, Charles Foster Kane's mother; on TV, Samantha's
> mother, Endora.
Agnes Moorehead. ("Citizen Kane", "Bewitched".) 4 for Pete,
Dan Tilque, Calvin, and Marc.
> rights, but for no points. Can anyone name *this* actor?
> Bogie's boat-mate in the movie "Passage to Marseille"; and the
> neighbor in "Bewitched" who thinks his wife Gladys is crazy.
George Tobias. Nobody tried this.
Scores, if there are no errors:
TOPICS-> His Ent
Joshua Kreitzer 20 36 56
Pete Gayde 16 40 56
Dan Tilque 28 24 52
Marc Dashevsky 8 36 44
"Calvin" 15 23 38
Dan Blum 22 12 34
Jason Kreitzer 4 16 20
Peter Smyth 16 0 16
Erland Sommarskog 16 0 16
Björn Lundin 14 0 14
Mark Brader | "Any philosophy that can be put 'in a nutshell'
Toronto | belongs there."
msb@vex.net | --Sydney J. Harris
My text in this article is in the public domain.
Erland Sommarskog <esquel@sommarskog.se>: Aug 09 10:23AM

> I was particularly impressed by the entrant who, rather than
> forgetting the test explosion, explicitly assumed that it wouldn't
> count.

Which also could be taken as that this was not the best of questions
exactly for that reason. Several entrants who answered Hiroshima felt
compelled to point out that there was a test explosion before that. Myself,
I considered that fact, but eventually arrived at the conclusion that it was
more likely that the quizmaster was looking for Nagasaki. But maybe I should
have given a little more thought to the fact that the question was probably
set by Mark.
Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm, esquel@sommarskog.se
msb@vex.net (Mark Brader): Aug 09 02:32AM -0500

Mark Brader:
> have been retyped and/or edited by me. For further information
> see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian
> Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
I did not write either of these rounds.
* Game 5, Round 4 - Miscellaneous - Friendship
This round celebrates "friendship, friendship, just the perfect
blendship", as Cole Porter once wrote.
1. In the 1957 Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis movie "The Delicate
Delinquent", the two lead characters took their surnames from two
legendary Greeks who were great friends. Give those two names.
2. In the Bible -- second book of Samuel, chapter 1, verse 26 to
be exact -- David mourns the death of *which friend*, with the
lament that his love was "more wonderful than the love of women"?
3. The so-called "Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" ["TOKE-less"]
was actually written by which one of her friends?
4. James Taylor had his only #1 hit with "You've Got a Friend".
Who actually wrote it, and released it on a very successful
album in 1971?
5. Another song relevant to the topic was written by Andrew Gold and
was a modest hit, making it to #7 on the Canadian charts,
but it is better remembered as the theme song of the sitcom
"Golden Girls". Name the song.
6. This song by Burt Bacharach is also relevant. Rod Stewart was
heard singing it in the movie "Night Shift", but it became a
#1 hit and won two Grammy Awards after being covered by Dionne
Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder for an
AIDS benefit. Name the song.
7. During its run, how many Emmy Award *nominations* did the TV show
"Friends" receive, within 5 in either direction?
8. In 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary added a cheeky 3-word
phrase containing the word "friend", which also provided the
title of a 2011 romantic-comedy movie. What was it?
9. When Ella Fitzgerald was asked about her big break, she would
always attribute it to an unlikely source. Apparently,
Fitzgerald tried to book a gig at the Mocambo in Hollywood in
1955, but the manager was unsure about whether she'd draw the
crowds because of segregation and racism. Another celebrity
then stepped in and promised to book a table in the front row
every night if they gave Fitzgerald the job. Name her.
10. In a popular series of novels, Diana Barry is the "kindred
spirit" who becomes -- *whose* best friend?
After completing the round, please decode the rot13: Ba gur ynfg
dhrfgvba, gur punenpgre'f *svefg* anzr vf erdhverq, ohg gur fheanzr
vf abg. Vs lbh bayl tnir gur fheanzr *be* vs lbh qvqa'g nafjre
orpnhfr lbh bayl xarj gur svefg anzr, cyrnfr tvir gur svefg anzr.
* Game 5, Round 6 - Science - Does it have a Pulse?
Please see the handout at:
Each picture shows some sort of legumes -- peas or beans or pulses
or whatever. We'll give you a picture number, and you say what
it is. Some of them have alternative names, and in that case we
will accept any one.
I've rearranged the round in order by picture number. As you see,
there were 6 decoys, which you can answer if you like for fun,
but for no points.
1. (decoy)
2. Name it.
3. Name it.
4. (decoy)
5. Name it.
6. (decoy)
7. (decoy)
8. Name it.
9. Name it.
10. (decoy)
11. Name it.
12. Name it.
13. (decoy)
14. Name it.
15. Name it.
16. Name it.
Mark Brader, Toronto | "Show that 17x17 = 289. Generalise this result."
msb@vex.net | -- Carl E. Linderholm
My text in this article is in the public domain.
R. Ess <Chifan@yahoo.com>: Aug 08 11:35AM -0500

On Wed, 3 Aug 2016 23:03:48 -0700 (PDT), Calvin <334152@gmail.com>
>1 Which technological innovation saw Bob Dylan booed at a concert in Manchester in 1966?
Electricc Guitar
>2 What is the name of the official news publication of the Salvation Army?
War Cry
>3 Between 1977 and 1987 American athlete Edwin Moses won 122 consecutive races in which track event?
400m Hurdles
>4 Around 90% of all goitres are caused by a deficiency of which trace element?
nowadays, its either hyper- or hypo- thyroidism, but back in the 1920,
it was iodine
>5 How many times did Muhammad Ali fight Joe Frazier?
>6 What is the Japanese word for both the pufferfish and the dish commonly prepared from it?
>7 In March 2015, pop singer left Zayn Malik which band?
One Direction
>8 J G Galle discovered which planet in 1846?
>9 The Italian courtier and musician David Rizzio (1533-1566) was also private secretary to which British monarch?
>10 Following ionisation, a gas transitions to which state of matter?
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