These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-07-18, 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 the Usual Suspects 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 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
I wrote one of these rounds and most of the other.
* Game 9, Round 9 - Miscellaneous - Funny Famous Faces
The handout should be self-explanatory on this miscellaneous round. In each case, we'll tell you which picture and you name the famous person.
I have rearranged the round in order by picture number.
There are 5 questions about world leaders, past and present, although they may not be the only person in the picture, and some of them were *not* world leaders when the pictures were taken. (Below, I will write "LEADER" as an abbreviation for this explanation.)
The other 5 questions are about people known for acting, singing, or both; again, they may not be the only person in the picture. (I will write "PERFORMER" below for these.)
And there are 17 decoys, which you'll see interspersed with the others. Some of these may be even better known than the ones we asked about; for others, we don't know who they are. If you like, identify those people you can (all of them, if there are several in a picture) for fun, but for no points.
18. (decoy) If you're doing the decoys, for this one also identify the exact location.
19. (decoy) 20. (decoy) 21. (decoy)
22. PERFORMER. You can name either person, but the one on the left is more famous.
24. LEADER. We don't know who that is on the left, so name the man in the center of the picture.
27. (decoy) If you're doing the decoys, for this one also explain the expressions.
After completing the round, please decode the following rot13 and also the rot13 for the first part of the following round. Sbe nalbar jub'f n xvat be dhrra, jr arrq gurve anzr naq ahzore, vs gurl unir n ahzore. Sbe nalbar jvgu bgure aboyr gvgyrf fhpu nf qhpurff be cevaprff, jr arrq gur nccyvpnoyr gvgyr nybat jvgu gurve anzr be gur hfhny fcrpvsvpngvba bs jung gurl'er qhpurff/cevaprff/rgp. bs. (Sbe rknzcyr: "Rney Terl", "Qhpurff bs Lbex", "Cevaprff Ohggrephc".) Vs arprffnel tb onpx naq fhccyl guvf vasbezngvba nf nccyvpnoyr.
N1. Nfvqr sebz uvf yrtraqnel pnerre nf gur "Xvat bs Ebpx'a'Ebyy", Ryivf Cerfyrl jnf nyfb n cebyvsvp npgbe -- znal bs uvf svyzf jrer sbezhynvp ng orfg, ohg fgvyy, vg'f ab jbaqre ur ybbxrq fb gverq gurer va gur ynfg ebhaq. Rvgure anzr uvf svefg zbivr nf na npgbe, eryrnfrq va 1956, be uvf ynfg, va 1969; be vs lbh cersre, gryy hf ubj znal zbivrf ur npgrq va (jvguva 1). Abgr, fvapr jr fnvq "npgbe", pbapreg naq qbphzragnel svyzf qb abg pbhag. Fb anzr uvf svefg zbivr, be uvf ynfg, be ubj znal (jvguva 1).
N2. Va 1975, Ryivf jnf vagrerfgrq va erivivat uvf npgvat pnerre ol nccrnevat va n zbivr erznxr gung jnf frg nebhaq gur zhfvp ohfvarff jurernf gur cerivbhf irefvbaf unq gnxra cynpr va Ubyyljbbq. Cnegvnyyl qhr gb uvf znantre'f qrznaqf, Ryivf ybfg gur cneg, naq va gur raq vg jrag gb Xevf Xevfgbssrefba. Anzr gur zbivr.
* B. Canadiana Geography: Queen
B1. Once it belonged to the Methodist Church of Canada, then to the Ryerson Press. Later it was the CHUM-CITY Building and now it belongs to Bell. Where exactly is it? Either give the street address on Queen, or name the cross street.
B2. Name the largest park on Queen St. W., located a few blocks east of Ossington Av. Full name required.
* C. History: Rook
Being "rooked" is another word for being swindled.
C1. In 1996-97, which former Communist country suffered an economic disaster and a rebellion, after the government encouraged its citizens to invest in what turned out to be Ponzi schemes?
C2. This corporation run by Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay cooked its books with the assistance of the Arthur Andersen firm. Investors lost tens of billions. Name the corporation.
* D. Literature: Pawn
D1. In the first Harry Potter novel, this professor commits various evil deeds, including trying to kill Harry during a quidditch match and trying to steal the Philosopher's Stone (or in American translation, the Sorcerer's Stone). It turns out that he is a pawn of Lord Voldemort, who has taken control of him (and whose face is on the back of his head). Name him.
D2. In this Shakespeare play the villain secretly hates the title character and manipulates him into killing his own wife. Name the play.
* E. Sports & Leisure: Bishop
Yes, this category is about chess.
E1. In the opening of a game of chess, a common first move for a player's bishop is one space forward and outward on the board, thus putting it on a main diagonal, for example at space g2 (or King's Knight 2). What term derived from the Italian for "flank" is used for this maneuver?
E2. At the start of a game of chess, each player has two bishops and they stand on squares of different colors. How can you reach a legal position where you have two bishops standing on squares of the same color?
* F. Science: Night
F1. For this question we will accept as your answer any number with the correct number of digits. For example, if the answer was 42, we would accept 10 to 99. Now: suppose you have normal vision, you're far away from any city or other source of bright light, and there's a clear, unobstructed, dark night sky. Then -- how many stars can see? This means you see them well enough to pick them out individually. How many stars?
F2. We all know that the Moon shines by reflecting sunlight. But sometimes at night, even when it's in a crescent phase, the side facing away from the sun is visibly lit, though dimly. What is lighting it?
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Blum): Oct 16 04:44AM
> For pictures #1-13 see:
> 4. LEADER. Name either person. Hint: They were most famous about > 80 years ago.
King Edward VIII
> 5. LEADER.
> 11. PERFORMER.
> 13. PERFORMER.
> 14. LEADER.
> 15. PERFORMER.
> 22. PERFORMER. You can name either person, but the one on the > left is more famous.
> 23. LEADER.
Queen Elizabeth II
> 24. LEADER. We don't know who that is on the left, so name the > man in the center of the picture.
> 26. PERFORMER.
> va (jvguva 1). Abgr, fvapr jr fnvq "npgbe", pbapreg naq > qbphzragnel svyzf qb abg pbhag. Fb anzr uvf svefg zbivr, > be uvf ynfg, be ubj znal (jvguva 1).
> Ubyyljbbq. Cnegvnyyl qhr gb uvf znantre'f qrznaqf, Ryivf > ybfg gur cneg, naq va gur raq vg jrag gb Xevf Xevfgbssrefba. > Anzr gur zbivr.
A Star is Born
> an economic disaster and a rebellion, after the government > encouraged its citizens to invest in what turned out to be > Ponzi schemes?
> C2. This corporation run by Jeff Skilling and Ken Lay cooked > its books with the assistance of the Arthur Andersen firm. > Investors lost tens of billions. Name the corporation.
> It turns out that he is a pawn of Lord Voldemort, who has > taken control of him (and whose face is on the back of > his head). Name him.
> D2. In this Shakespeare play the villain secretly hates the > title character and manipulates him into killing his > own wife. Name the play.
> board, thus putting it on a main diagonal, for example at > space g2 (or King's Knight 2). What term derived from > the Italian for "flank" is used for this maneuver?
> and they stand on squares of different colors. How can you > reach a legal position where you have two bishops standing > on squares of the same color?
by losing a bishop and promoting a pawn to a bishop
> dark night sky. Then -- how many stars can see? This means > you see them well enough to pick them out individually. > How many stars?
> But sometimes at night, even when it's in a crescent > phase, the side facing away from the sun is visibly lit, > though dimly. What is lighting it?
reflected light from the Earth
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Brader): Oct 16 12:14AM -0500
Mark Brader: > > 14. LEADER.
Dan Blum: > Adolf Hitler
And by Godwin's Law, this quiz is over. :-) -- Mark Brader "God help us if [the Nazis]'d won; Toronto I cannot imagine their sitcoms." email@example.com --James Lileks
Joshua Kreitzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 16 05:22AM
email@example.com (Mark Brader) wrote in news:zpidncHyKp8knZ7FnZ2dnUU7-
Mark Brader: > see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian > Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
> I wrote one of these rounds.
> Pete crosses paths with *which Minnesota Vikings running back*? > He won the 2012 NFL MVP award and came 9 yards short of breaking > the single-season record for the most rushing yards.
Adrian Peterson. 4 for Joshua, Marc, and Pete.
> 2. On "Frasier", in a season-8 episode "Hooping Cranes", Niles > is elated when he successfully makes the free-throw shot during > half-time at *which team*'s home court?
Seattle Supersonics. 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Calvin, Marc, Dan Tilque, Bruce, Peter, Jason, and Pete.
> as he cares for the family of George Owens -- who was played by > *which retired baseball player*, who for the past 45 years has > also been known as a radio commentator for the Milwaukee Brewers?
Bob Uecker ["YOU-ker"]. 4 for Joshua, Marc, Bruce, Jason, and Pete.
> lineup of *what NHL team*? In real life they became the one of > the first NHL teams to win an exhibition game against a Soviet > hockey team, in that year's "Super Series".
Philadelphia Flyers. 4 for Joshua, Calvin, Marc, and Bruce. 3 for Pete.
> major-league baseball player*? It's an autographed bat, > commemorating his record-breaking 70th home run during the > 1998 season.
Mark McGwire. 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Bruce, and Jason. 2 for Peter.
> in order to get *which Hall of Fame quarterback* to visit? > He is best known for helping the New York Jets achieve an upset > win in Super Bowl III.
Joe Namath. 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Calvin, Marc, Dan Tilque, Bruce, and Pete.
> basketball tournament? Grandmama was a character created to > help sell Converse shoes in TV commercials starting in the > early 1990s.
Larry Johnson. 4 for Joshua.
> to become the oldest heavyweight champion in history at age > 42, and would eventually achieve this goal at age 45 against > Michael Moorer.
George Foreman. 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Calvin, Dan Tilque, and Peter.
> thinking he's about to be "punk'd", picks a fight with *which > mixed-martial-arts fighter*, who is known as the Iceman and > currently holds the all-time UFC record of 13 knockouts?
Chuck Liddell. 4 for Jason.
> a 5-time All-Star and, playing with the St. Louis Cardinals and > New York Mets, he set a record that still stands, for the most > Gold Glove Awards won by a first baseman.
Keith Hernandez. (11 Gold Gloves -- in consecutive years!, namely 1978-88.) 4 for Joshua, Calvin, Marc, Jason, and Pete.
> These questions are about 10 winners for Best Novel. We'll give > you the author's initials and the year of the award, and we'll > summarize the plot; you just have to give the title.
Not many people in our league are big fans of SF. In the original game, this was the hardest round of the entire season -- and by a considerable margin.
> engineering. Among the fragmentary passages setting the scene > are excerpts from "The Hipcrime Vocab" by Chad C. Mulligan. > Name the novel.
"Stand on Zanzibar" (by John Brunner). 4 for Joshua and Dan Tilque.
> family owns two artificial intelligences -- and they find out > that one of those is their real employer, and their real job > is to help it merge with the other.
"Neuromancer" (by William Gibson). 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, and Dan Tilque.
> the Old Gods, which are the ones from ancient mythology, and > the New Gods, representing modern lifestyle elements such as > television and the Internet.
"American Gods" (by Neil Gaiman). 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, and Dan Tilque.
> sexes as children, but as adults become sexless "hard ones" such > as Estwald. Part III is set on the Moon and deals with the risk > that the connection between universes will cause a catastrophe.
"The Gods Themselves" (by Isaac Asimov). 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Marc, and Dan Tilque.
Asimov said that the novel originated from an offhand mention of plutonium-186 by Robert Silverberg during a public discussion of science-fiction writing. Silverberg should've known that no such isotope can exist, said Asimov, but now *he* would write a story about it anyway.
> Neutrino Observatory, where Neanderthal man Ponter Boddit finds > himself in our world. The lead character among the people he > meets is Mary Vaughan of York University.
"Hominids" (by Robert J. Sawyer). 4 for Joshua.
Old-timers will remember that Sawyer was once a player in the Canadian Inquisition, and that his 1990 novel "Golden Fleece" taught us that in 2177 the league will still consist of the Torquemada and Jaworski Divisions.
> and Merope Ward travel back in time to research the early part > of World War II, but a few weeks later when they should return > home, they find they are trapped in the past.
"Blackout", "All Clear" (by Connie Willis). 4 for Joshua (the hard way) and Dan Blum.
> [ends in "knee"], a fictitious island resembling Sri Lanka but > located on the equator; the engineer in charge of the project > is named Vannevar Morgan.
"The Fountains of Paradise" (by Arthur C. Clarke). 4 for Dan Tilque.
> enough other improbable events that they realize that *they are > characters* in a badly written TV show! And then they find a > way to communicate with its producers.
"Redshirts" (by John Scalzi). 4 for Joshua and Dan Blum.
> and his friends as the war proceeds and he progresses from a > recruit to a Mobile Infantryman, goes into combat on a distant > world, and becomes an officer.
"Starship Troopers" (by Robert A. Heinlein). 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Dan Tilque, Jason, and Pete.
> at further 600-year intervals. By the end, nuclear weapons > have been rediscovered, leading to a new nuclear war, but a > few monks escape in the spaceship Quo Peregrinatur.
"A Canticle for Leibowitz" (by Walter M. Miller Jr.). 4 for Joshua, Dan Blum, Marc, Dan Tilque, and Pete.
Scores, if there are no errors:
GAME 9 ROUNDS-> 2 3 4 6 7 8 BEST TOPICS-> Sci H+G Mis Mis S+E Lit FOUR Joshua Kreitzer 8 36 26 28 36 36 136 Dan Blum 29 33 10 28 16 28 118 Pete Gayde 6 35 36 24 23 8 118 Dan Tilque 16 28 4 32 16 28 104 Marc Dashevsky 24 27 16 24 24 8 99 Peter Smyth 10 33 12 28 10 0 83 Bruce Bowler 0 20 12 20 20 0 72 "Calvin" 0 29 15 0 24 0 68 Erland Sommarskog 3 39 12 8 -- -- 62 Jason Kreitzer 0 12 20 8 20 4 60 Björn Lundin 0 16 0 0 0 0 16
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