These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-08-09, 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 3 triples in this roudnd.
** Final, Round 8 -- Science
* A. Tough Conversion Factors (Non-Metric)
A1. There are 86,400 *what* in a *what*? A2. There are 43,560 *what* in a *what*? A3. There are 63,360 *what* in a *what*?
* B. Lesser-Known Inventors
These questions are about earlier inventors who worked on the same things that, in each case, made someone else's name a household word. In each case, tell us what they all invented forms of.
B1. In ancient Greece, Hero made a toy one; in England in 1712, Thomas Newcomen made a usable one. But Newcomen's design had a major inefficiency and it was another man who changed the world by eliminating this flaw. What did they invent?
B2. Gustave Whitehead did it first, in Connecticut in 1901; or Richard Pearse, in New Zealand in 1899; or Clément Ader, in France in 1890. At the Smithsonian for decades they insisted it was their own boss, Samuel Langley. Brazilians say it was Alberto Santos-Dumont. But none of them was able to make a practical machine and prove it, as the inventors you've no doubt heard of did. What, allegedly, did they all invent?
B3. In 1849 it was invented by Antonio Meucci in Cuba. Or it was Johann Reis in Germany in 1860. Then there was the near-miss by Elisha Gray in Ohio, whose filing at the patent office in 1876 was just hours after the man whose name is still remembered. What did they invent?
* C. Our Feathered Friends
In each case we'll give you a bird name with a word missing; you fill it in. Each answer refers to a body part.
If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise. For those who loved the flatulence round in Game 1 this season (but especially for those who didn't), tonight we'll go to the seat of the matter with these questions on scat.
We'll show you four pictures each of the droppings of a wild animal species, and you name the animal. You don't have to be very specific: if we showed you rat droppings (and we won't) you wouldn't have to say "Norway rat", for example. Tip: The appearance of the poop may change depending on what the animal was eating the day before.
Mark Brader: > see my 2016-05-31 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian > Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
> I wrote 3 triples in this round.
Those were A, B, and E.
> In each case, name the World War II battle or campaign from the > commanders given. The people we name may be those in direct > operational command or at a higher level.
I suppose there may be alternate answers to some questions. If your answer was ruled wrong but was more than a guess, post a protest and I'll check the facts.
> Kesselring, and Hugo Sperrle; on the defense, Hugh Dowding, > Keith Park, and Trafford Leigh-Mallory. Name the battle > or campaign, which began in mid-1940.
Battle of Britain. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Calvin, and Gareth.
> defense, Wilhelm Bittrich, Gerd von Rundstedt, and > Walther Model. Name the battle or campaign, which began > in September 1944.
Operation Market-Garden or Battle of Arnhem. 4 for Dan Tilque.
> defense, George Patton, William H. Simpson, and Anthony > McAuliffe. Name the battle or campaign, which began in > December 1944.
Ardennes campaign or Battle of the Bulge. 4 for Dan Tilque, Marc, Dan Blum, Pete, and Calvin. 2 for Gareth.
> A4. Extra question for fun, but for no points: What did all > three of these campaigns have in common?
The defending side won.
> then existing in Metropolitan Toronto were merged to form > the present city of Toronto. One of them was the old city > of Toronto; name *all* the others (and no extras).
East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York.
> B2. This European capital city was formed by the merger of > three cities or towns and is named after the two largest > ones. What is it?
Budapest. (Buda, Pest, and Obuda, in 1873.) 4 for Erland, Dan Tilque, Peter, Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, Calvin, Björn, and Gareth.
> B3. Name the two cities that merged, also taking in some nearby > townships, to form Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Fort Arthur, Port William. (In 1970.)
> * C. Refugee Camps
> In what countries are each of the following refugee camps?
> C1. The Jungle.
France. 4 for Erland, Dan Tilque, Peter, Joshua, Pete, Calvin, and Gareth.
> C2. Dadaab.
Kenya. 4 for Erland and Dan Tilque.
> C3. Zaatari.
Jordan. 4 for Peter and Marc. 3 for Pete and Calvin.
> D1. Which of the sieges that took place during the Indian > Rebellion included a false promise of safe evacuation by > Nana Sahib and ended in the Bibighar Massacre?
> D2. How many days did the Siege of Leningrad last, within 5% > of the true number?
872 (accepting 828-916). 4 for Erland and Dan Tilque.
It was helpful if you remembered that Harrison Salisbury's book about the siege was titled "The 900 Days".
> D3. Who was sent in 1884 to evacuate the British garrison at > Khartoum, but ended up besieged?
Charles George Gordon. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Calvin, and Gareth.
> enforcing the Prohibition laws. He was part of the Tammany > Hall machine and was forced to resign over corruption. > And as you see here, he was something of a dandy. Name him.
Jimmy Walker. 4 for Joshua.
> Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal even though they were of > opposite parties. Here he is speaking on the radio (not > reading the comics apparently). Name him.
Fiorello La Guardia. 4 for Peter, Marc, Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, and Calvin. 2 for Gareth.
> I doing?" After he was defeated for re-election, he said > "The people have spoken -- and they must be punished." > Name him.
Ed Koch ["Kotch"]. 4 for Dan Tilque, Peter, Marc, Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, and Gareth.
> war and organizing some election skullduggery? Driven out a > year later, he escaped with his skin but got himself executed > in Honduras in 1860 in the aftermath of another intrigue.
William Walker. 4 for Dan Tilque and Joshua.
No relation to Mayor Jimmy Walker -- although a *different* William Walker was the mayor's father.
> the revolutionary guerrilla leader against a US-supported > government who was shot by the Nicaraguan National Guard > in 1934?
Agosto César Sandino. No points for "Sandinista", the group named after him. 4 for Dan Tilque and Joshua. 3 for Erland.
> president was elected. She is the widow of a prominent > newspaper publisher who was assassinated in 1978, likely > because of his overt opposition to Somoza. Name her.
Violeta Chamorro. 4 for Joshua.
Scores, if there are no errors:
FINAL ROUNDS-> 2 3 4 6 7 BEST TOPICS-> Ent Geo Mis Spo His THREE Joshua Kreitzer 44 48 48 12 40 140 Gareth Owen 44 -- 46 36 24 126 Dan Tilque 16 56 20 28 36 120 Marc Dashevsky 48 24 32 16 16 104 Dan Blum 36 30 36 28 24 102 Pete Gayde 43 34 16 23 23 100 Peter Smyth -- 30 12 24 20 74 Erland Sommarskog -- 40 -- 8 19 67 Jason Kreitzer 28 -- 12 -- -- 40 Björn Lundin 4 20 4 4 4 28 "Calvin" -- -- -- -- 27 27
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> 10 Which actress starred in both "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Charmed"?