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I wrote one triple in this round.
** Final, Round 4 -- Miscellaneous
* A. Things Called "Go"
A1. "GO" Transit was an acronym. For what?
A2. Go is a game played on a gridded board like chess or checkers, but is played on the intersections of the lines. How many intersections wide is a standard Go board?
A3. Something else called Go was invented by Robert Griesemer, Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson. It incorporates ideas from Alef, Oberon, Scheme, C, and others. What is it?
* B. Public Intellectuals who are Not Noam Chomsky
B1. This American art, culture, and sexuality critic is known for her critiques of contemporary feminism, analyses of classic and popular culture, and self-aggrandizing style. Her breakthrough book was 1990's "Sexual Personae". Name her.
B2. This cognitive psychologist was born in Canada but made his career in the US as a professor at MIT and Harvard. One of his principal research foci has been psycho-linguistics, as exemplified by his book "The Language Instinct". In 2011 he published "The Better Angels of our Nature", arguing that violence in human societies has been steadily decreasing over the centuries. Name him.
B3. This Slovenian Marxist (and perhaps we can stop here -- after all, how many Slovenian Marxist public intellectuals can there be?) has made a name for himself as a celebrity philosopher through his critiques of left and right, high culture and low, and at-least-somewhat accessible popular writings. He's the narrator of the documentary film "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology".
* C. The Acid Tongue of Gore Vidal
C1. Upon learning of the 1984 death of which rival did Vidal respond, "A wise career move"?
C2. Finish the following Vidal quote: "The four most beautiful words in our common language: 'I ...'"
C3. Which opponent did Gore Vidal famously refer to as a "crypto-Nazi" in a televised 1968 debate, in return being called a "queer"? Just for context, he had previously called the same person "the Marie Antoinette of the right wing".
* D. Music Documentaries
D1. A 2013 film gives the history of two recording studios, influential in several music genres, located in the same small town in Alabama. The title of the doc is the name of the town and of one of the studios. Name it.
D2. This film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2013. It's a whatever-happened-to search by two South Africans for a reclusive -- perhaps dead, perhaps by his own hand -- American singer who was obscure in his own country but had been a significant cultural icon in apartheid-era South Africa. Name the film.
D3. A year later in 2014, another music doc again won the Best Documentary Oscar. This one was about the lives and careers of a group of mostly African-American backup singers who worked for some of the greatest stars of rock music, such as Sting and the Rolling Stones.
* E. Fictional Afterlives
E1. Which fictional race believes in a heaven, if you can call it that, called Sto'Vo'Kor?
E2. Which 2002 novel, made into a tepid 2009 movie by a superstar director, is narrated by a 14-year-old resident of an afterlife where each person has their own personalized heaven from which they can look down upon the current goings-on below on earth?
E3. In which 1945 novel did some of the characters believe in an afterlife called "Sugarcandy Mountain" where, among other things, it was Sunday every day and clover was in season all year round?
* F. Not to be Confused With
In this triple, we'll describe two words, things, or people that could be confused. You supply the two names or words that match the descriptions and that are similar. For example, if we said "A character in the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller; an influential science fiction author", you'd say "Philip K. Fish and Philip K. Dick".
You have to give *both* answers, but you don't have to say which is which.
F1. * A word pertaining to excrement. * In theology, a term pertaining to the end times, the end of the world, or final destiny.
F2. * A British writer, the author of "Lord of the Flies". * An American writer, scriptwriter of "The Princess Bride", "Marathon Man", "All The President's Men", and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".
F3. * A militaristic species in the "Star Trek" universe. * A family of reality-TV pseudo-celebrities.
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Marc Dashevsky <usenet@MarcDashevsky.com>: Nov 07 01:56AM -0600
In article <--ednVpxlr_blr3FnZ2dnUU7-QHNnZ2d@giganews.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> A3. Something else called Go was invented by Robert Griesemer, > Rob Pike, and Ken Thompson. It incorporates ideas from Alef, > Oberon, Scheme, C, and others. What is it? programming language
> her critiques of contemporary feminism, analyses of classic > and popular culture, and self-aggrandizing style. Her > breakthrough book was 1990's "Sexual Personae". Name her. Camille Paglia
> * C. The Acid Tongue of Gore Vidal
> C1. Upon learning of the 1984 death of which rival did Vidal > respond, "A wise career move"? Truman Capote
> "crypto-Nazi" in a televised 1968 debate, in return being > called a "queer"? Just for context, he had previously called > the same person "the Marie Antoinette of the right wing". William F. Buckley
> influential in several music genres, located in the same > small town in Alabama. The title of the doc is the name > of the town and of one of the studios. Name it. Muscle Shoals
> hand -- American singer who was obscure in his own country > but had been a significant cultural icon in apartheid-era > South Africa. Name the film. Searching for Sugar Man
> afterlife called "Sugarcandy Mountain" where, among other > things, it was Sunday every day and clover was in season > all year round? Animal Farm
> * An American writer, scriptwriter of "The Princess Bride", > "Marathon Man", "All The President's Men", and "Butch > Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". Golding
> F3. * A militaristic species in the "Star Trek" universe. > * A family of reality-TV pseudo-celebrities. Kardashian, Cardassian
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Kitchener and Waterloo (accepting either). 4 for Dan Blum and Erland.
Waterloo, where I went to university, is at top left; the boundary between the cities is faintly marked, e.g. just north of Glasgow St.
Note incidentally that Victoria St. in Kitchener (like some others not shown on the map) consists of "North" and "South" sections but is essentially parallel to streets in Waterloo with "East" and and "West" sections. The map doesn't show it, but King and Weber Sts. each have "North", "South", "West", *and* "East" sections -- in that order, the South/West transition being at the K/W city limit. For King this is sort of justified by the curve near the city limit; for Weber, not so much.
> E1. Which country in Africa consists entirely of a narrow > corridor surrounding the river of the same name?
(The) Gambia. 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Erland, Pete, Joshua, Dan Tilque, and Marc.
> the Grand River, was renamed as part of the river. A city > on that renamed section is still known as Grand Junction. > Name the state.
Colorado. 4 for Peter, Dan Blum, Erland, Pete, Joshua, Dan Tilque, and Marc.
Before the renaming, the name Colorado River was only used as far upstream as the junction with the Green River, in Utah in what is now Canyonlands National Park. (Apparently some people in the states along the Green River raised the objection that if one tributary was to be renamed is the Colorado it should be that one, but to no avail.)
Incidentally, the river junction divides the national park into three sections, no two of which are connected within the park by roads that an ordinary car can use.
> a river with a similar but not identical name. The river > is thousands of miles long and almost all of it lies outside > the country's de-facto boundaries today. Name the country.
India. (The Indus River is mostly in Pakistan.) 4 for Dan Blum, Erland, Joshua, Dan Tilque, and Marc.
> and/or flipped. We may also have removed some coastal islands. > You name the country. As a hint, we'll tell you something about > where it is.
Dan Tilque <email@example.com>: Nov 06 12:12PM -0800
Erland Sommarskog wrote:
> Obviously, I do know of some of the tales from the old mythology, but I am > not sure that I have ever heard of the concept of the "nine worlds".
I don't think it was any kind of unifying theme from the days when most Norse believed it in but rather from later scholarship. Some of these worlds were only mentioned two or three times in the old texts that survived.
> At least I was the only one to know all the contries on the Danube.