I'd like to thank Dan Tilque for running RQ 236 and for once again writing a contest that allowed me to win, even if I didn't notice that the contest number was one of the answers. That won't be the case this time, anyway. The winner of RQ 237, in turn, will be the first choice to set RQ 238, in whatever manner they prefer.
Please answer these questions based only on your own knowledge; put all of your answers in a single posting, quoting the question before each one. Answer slates must be posted before Halloween (by Toronto time, zone -4), which gives you 5 days and about 18 hours from the time of posting.
For certain questions answers need not be exact, but I won't reveal specifics in advance. In case of a tie, the first tiebreaker is who scored on the hardest questions; the second tiebreaker is whose answers were most exact where others were accepted, and the third tiebreaker is who posted first.
1. [Entertainment] In what 1961 movie does James Cagney play a Coca-Cola representative in Berlin?
2. [Entertainment] What US TV series that ran 2005-10 did this round make me think of?
3. [Literature] How many books by Douglas Adams comprised the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy"?
4. [History] French history includes the First Republic, Second Republic, and so on. What number is the present republic?
5. [Literature] In a 1970 novel by Leon Uris, Abraham Cady is sued by Adam Kelno for defamation after writing a novel describing events at a concentration camp. In which Queen's Bench courtroom does the trial take place?
6. [Sports] How many inches in diameter is a soccer ball?
7. [Science] The "astronomical unit" is the radius, or to be more precise the semi-major axis, of the Earth's orbit. How many astronomical units is the same measure for Saturn's orbit?
8. [Geography] How many countries does the Danube River enter? This includes countries that it only runs along the border of.
9. [Science] How many vertebrae are in a normal human spine, not counting fused vertebrae such as the coccyx?
10. [Sports] What was the first player number to be officially retired throughout major-league baseball?
11. [Geography] Australia, Germany, and India are all subdivided into polities mostly known in English as states. Ignoring any other types of subdivisions, how many states are there in all three countries combined?
12. [History] Accepting the point of view that the office of Prime Minister of the UK began with Sir Robert Walpole even though that title had not yet been invented, how many different people have held it?
13. [Science] What is the greatest number of protons in the nucleus of an atom generally considered non-radioactive? (Actually it is very, *very* slightly radioactive, with a half-life around 20,000,000,000,000,000,000 years.)
14. [Sports] What year was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup?
15. [Literature] In what novel is it explained: "Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world"?
16. [History] What year were East and West Germany reunited as a single country?
17. [Entertainment] According to a movie starring Raquel Welch, in what year BC were cavemen attacked by dinosaurs?
18. [Geography] According to the CIA World Factbook, how many square kilometers is the land area of Russia?
-- Mark Brader | In the face of such devastating logic as "despite Toronto | what you say you mean, you must mean this and you email@example.com | are wrong", I cede the territory. --Truly Donovan
Interesting set of scores. Marc would have done much better if he hadn't skipped the first part, even if he was just guessing. Come on, Marc, couldn't you have gotten 4 right to make all the totals sequential?
Anyway, Mark Brader is the winner. Congratulations. And over to you for RQ #237.
-- Dan Tilque
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Brader): Oct 24 11:20PM -0500
Dan Tilque: > > 16. I gleam* > radio
Oh, I get it now!
> Interesting set of scores. Marc would have done much better if he hadn't > skipped the first part, even if he was just guessing. Come on, Marc, > couldn't you have gotten 4 right to make all the totals sequential?
> Anyway, Mark Brader is the winner. Congratulations. And over to you for > RQ #237.
Thanks, and all right. -- Mark Brader | "But how do you figure out whether the programmer Toronto | knew what he was doing when you find his code email@example.com | after he's gone?" -- Roger Critchlow
Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: Oct 24 11:44PM -0500
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com says... > Interesting set of scores. Marc would have done much better if he hadn't > skipped the first part, even if he was just guessing. Come on, Marc, > couldn't you have gotten 4 right to make all the totals sequential?
I simply didn't see the first set until I was looking at the other entries. I must have been pretty distracted.
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