Mark Brader: > I'd like to thank Dan Tilque for running RQ 236 and for once again > writing a contest that allowed me to win...
And in return, the winner of RQ 237 is none other than Dan Tilque! DAN! DAN! DAN! And congratulations, eh?
> For certain questions answers need not be exact, but I won't reveal > specifics in advance.
In case you didn't notice, all of the answers are numbers (okay, for question #2 that's only sort of true) *and are sorted numerically*. Entrants were not asked to identify this fact, but it was meant to help anyone who noticed it.
To keep the scores in integers, I'm allowing 2 points for each correct answer.
* For questions asking for a measurement:
* Any answer within a factor of 1.02 of the correct answer (i.e. from 1/1.02 to 1.02 times the correct answer) was worth the full 2 points. If there were any of those, then any other answers within a factor of 1.02 cubed (1.061208) of the correct answer were worth 1 point.
* If nobody came within a factor of 1.02 of the correct answer, but someone did come within a factor of 2, then the best answer given was worth 2 points, and any other answer within a factor the cube of the factor of the best answer was worth 1 point.
* If nobody came within a factor of 2 either, then any answer within a factor of 5 was worth a 1 point.
* For questions asking for an integer value greater than 50;
* The exact answer was worth 2 points. If the exact answer was given then any answer off by 1 was worth 1 point.
* If the exact answer was not given, then the best answer off by no more than 2 was worth the full 2 points, and any answer within 3 times the error of the best answer was worth a 1 point.
* If nobody came within 2 either, than any answer within 6 was worth 1 point.
* For other questions, exact answers were required.
> 1. [Entertainment] In what 1961 movie does James Cagney play a > Coca-Cola representative in Berlin?
"One, Two, Three". 2 for Dan Tilque and Chris.
> 2. [Entertainment] What US TV series that ran 2005-10 did this > round make me think of?
"Numb3rs". 2 for Dan Tilque.
> 3. [Literature] How many books by Douglas Adams comprised the > "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" trilogy"?
5. 2 for Dan Tilque, Dan Blum, Peter, Chris, and Calvin.
"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" was explicitly identified as the 5th book in the "increasingly inaccurately named" trilogy.
The series was extended with a prequel "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe", and a further sequel "And Another Thing..."; but the former was a novella and not published as a separate book, and the latter was written by Eoin Colfer after Adams's death, so neither of them counts.
> 4. [History] French history includes the First Republic, Second > Republic, and so on. What number is the present republic?
5th. 2 for Dan Tilque, Dan Blum, Marc, Peter, and Calvin.
The first three republics were established in 1792, 1848, and 1870 following successive revolts against monarchial government; the fourth followed the liberation of France from Nazi control; the fifth was established by a new constitution in 1958.
> 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?
VII. ("QB VII".)
> 6. [Sports] How many inches in diameter is a soccer ball?
Accepting anything from 8.52 to 8.78 as exact. (The actual rule is that it's 68 to 70 cm in *circumference*.) 2 for Dan Tilque and Marc (error factor 1.065 for both).
> 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?
9.582. 2 for Dan Tilque (error factor 1.0228). 1 for Marc.
> 8. [Geography] How many countries does the Danube River enter? > This includes countries that it only runs along the border of.
10. Chris was off by 1, but as this answer was an integer under 50, you had to be exact.
They are Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. Less than 1,500 feet of one side of the river is in Moldova, this at the southern tip of the country!
> 9. [Science] How many vertebrae are in a normal human spine, > not counting fused vertebrae such as the coccyx?
24. (7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar.) I was surprised that the best answer here was off by 4.
> 10. [Sports] What was the first player number to be officially > retired throughout major-league baseball?
42. (Jackie Robinson.) 2 for Dan Tilque, Dan Blum, and Marc.
> into polities mostly known in English as states. Ignoring any > other types of subdivisions, how many states are there in all > three countries combined?
51. (6 + 16 + 35.) 2 for Dan Blum and Marc (each off by 1). 1 for Peter and Calvin.
> 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?
Or if you'd like to see it by categories (6 points available in each):
Ent Geo His Lit Sci Spo TOTALS
Dan Tilque 6 0 4 4 4 5 23 Marc Dashevsky 2 4 4 2 2 4 18 Dan Blum 2 2 4 4 1 2 15 "Calvin" 0 3 6 4 0 0 13 Peter Smyth 0 1 6 4 1 0 12 Chris Johnson 4 0 2 4 0 2 12
14 10 26 22 8 13
And it's over to Dan Tilque for RQ #238. -- Mark Brader, Toronto | "You are becoming far too reasonable. email@example.com | I worry about you." --Tony Cooper
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Dan Tilque <firstname.lastname@example.org>: Oct 30 10:26PM -0700
Mark Brader wrote:
> 5. 2 for Dan Tilque, Dan Blum, Peter, Chris, and Calvin.
> "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" was explicitly identified as > the 5th book in the "increasingly inaccurately named" trilogy.
Nitpick: #5 was Mostly Humourless^WHarmless. "So Long ..." was #4.
> And it's over to Dan Tilque for RQ #238.
Thank you. It may be a few days for me to come up with something. Last time I had something prepared in advance; not so this time. It's too soon after the previous.
-- Dan Tilque
email@example.com (Mark Brader): Oct 31 04:53AM -0500
Mark Brader: > > "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" was explicitly identified as > > the 5th book in the "increasingly inaccurately named" trilogy.
Dan Tilque: > Nitpick: #5 was Mostly Humourless^WHarmless. "So Long ..." was #4.
Oops, right. Well, it was a mostly harmless error.
> > And it's over to Dan Tilque for RQ #238.
> Thank you. It may be a few days for me to come up with something. Last > time I had something prepared in advance...
So did I... and then I realized it was unusable immediately after your #236 because it too involved etymology. So I came up with a second idea... and then realized that this *also* involved etymology. The actual #237 was my *third* idea. I may use one of the other ones on another occasion if I have the opportunity. -- Mark Brader, Toronto "When you say 'non-trivial', can you firstname.lastname@example.org quantify that for me?" --Kate Hamilton