These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on the dates indicated below, and should be interpreted accordingly. If any answers have changed due to newer news, you are still expected to give the answers that were correct on that date.
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 in a single followup to the newsgroup, 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.
(This set is running concurrently with Game 5, Rounds 9-10, of the previous season.)
All questions were written by members of 5 Easy Pieces 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 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
* Game 1 (2017-01-16), Round 1 - Current Events
1. The *fake news* that in 2013 Donald Trump engaged in salacious activities with Russian prostitutes *absolutely* did not take place... in the presidential suite of which Moscow hotel?
2. Last week it was revealed that Fox News paid out a significant sum of money to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit against one of its best-known hosts. Who is the host?
3. This sharpshooter tied Rocket Richard last week on the all-time NHL scoring list with 544 career goals. Only 31, he is likely to pass many more players before he retires. Who?
4. This 37-year-old goalie passed Terry Sawchuk on the all-time wins list with his 448th career victory -- 5th-best overall. The goalie used to play for a Canadian team but is now south of the border. Who?
5. Prime Minister Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle last week. Included in the changes was the promotion of a former journalist, whose career included a stint at the Globe and Mail, to the post of foreign affairs minister. Who?
6. Immigration Minister John McCallum is off to be Canadian ambassador to which country?
7. The president of Ghana issued an apology last week, a day after his inauguration speech sparked a controversy. Why?
8. A 20-year-old man was arrested by Toronto police and accused of five bank robberies. Police gave the perpetrator a nickname because of when he committed the robberies. What nickname?
9. This much-unloved former US pharmaceuticals executive was suspended from Twitter for harassing a writer for "Teen Vogue". Who is he?
10. The US Environmental Protection Agency issued a "notice of violation" to this automaker, accusing it of failing to disclose software in some vehicles that permitted them to emit more pollution than is allowed. Which automaker?
* Game 2 (2017-01-23), Round 1 - Current Events
1. Oxfam issued a report late week stating that the 8 richest people on the planet have a combined wealth equal to the poorest *what percentage* of the world's population?
2. The richest person in the world according to Oxfam's report, with a net worth of $75,000,000,000, is what businessman and philanthropist?
3. "It's Only the End of the World" led the way last week with 9 Canadian Screen Awards nominations. The director's previous film, "Mommy", won the jury prize at Cannes in 2014. Name the director.
4. This B-level celebrity, whose films include "Deuce Bigalow", "The Animal", and "The Hot Chick", was savaged on Twitter for criticizing US civil rights icon John Lewis. Name the actor/comedian.
5. The sports geeks are saying it's because of sabremetrics but, be that as it may, on his 10th and final chance this former Montreal Expos star was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Who?
6. Jack Capuano was fired as coach of *which NHL team* after leading them to a record of 17 wins, 17 losses, and 8 overtime losses?
7. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also likes his former generals. This Liberal MP and former army commander was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, with special duties for US-Canada relations. Who?
8. Now that Kevin O'Leary has entered the race, how many candidates are now seeking the leadership of the federal Conservative Party?
9. Performers should never use the stage as a political pulpit, said this country singer 2 days before taking part in Donald Trump's inauguration. The singer is best known for his 1984 tune "God Bless the USA". Who is he?
10. A fish-and-chips restaurant in Vancouver is going to court against its condo corporation because the company wouldn't let the restaurant use a name that it found to be offensive. What was the proposed name for the restaurant?
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These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-10-24, 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.
(This round is running concurrently with Current Events Rounds 1-2 of the following season.)
All questions were written by members of the Misplaced Modifiers 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 2016-11-26 companion posting on "Questions from the Canadian Inquisition (QFTCI*)".
** Game 5, Round 9 - Canadiana - What the Blazonry?
How well do you know the Canadian coat of arms -- or to be formal about it, the Arms of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada?
(That's one long URL. If your newsreading environment doesn't pick it up properly in one piece, proceed appropriately.)
1. Blazonry is the highly peculiar heraldic terminology used to depict coats of arms. One such term is the "escutcheon". In the Canadian coat of arms, how many sections is the escutcheon divided into?
2. Please decode the rot13 only after you have finished with the previous question. Va gur rfphgpurba, oynmbael qrfpevorf gur hccre yrsg frpgvba nf sbyybjf: "thyrf guerr yvbaf cnffnag thneqnag va cnyr be". Jung qbrf "thyrf" zrna?
3. Which symbol of the Scottish kings found on the Canadian coat of arms can be described in blazon terms as "rampant"?
4. Identify *any one* of the four types of flowers at the base of the Arms.
5. The flag of the governor-general is based on what element from the Canadian coat of arms? (You must be precise; do not give any smaller element forming just part of the correct answer, or any larger element containing it.)
6. The most recent change to the Canadian coat of arms was the addition of the circular inscription, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Order of Canada (although the change didn't become official until a bit later). Within 1, when was that anniversary year?
7. The circular inscription says "DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM". What does that mean?
8. The Canadian motto, written on the ribbon at bottom, means "From sea to sea". In 2006 the leaders of the three territories proposed that the motto be changed -- to what? Answer in English.
9. New coats of arms or changes to existing ones are designed or approved by the CHA -- an office of the G-G. What does CHA mean?
10. The crown at the top of the Canadian coat of arms depicts the official coronation crown. It's named after the second-last Anglo-Saxon king, who was the only English king to be canonized. Name the crown or the king.
After completing the round, please decode the rot13: Ba gur ynfg dhrfgvba, vs lbh whfg fnvq "Rqjneq", jr arrq zber. Vs ba nal dhrfgvba lbh whfg fnvq "gur yvba", lbh arrq gb fcrpvsl juvpu bar. Va rnpu pnfr tb onpx vs arprffnel naq nqq vasbezngvba.
** Game 5, Round 10 - Challenge Round
* A. Spy Fiction
A1. Most of this American's novels have been set in Europe just prior to or during World War II. Among them are "Spies of the Balkans" and "The Spies of Warsaw". Name the author.
A2. Which of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels is written in the first person from the point of view of a Canadian woman?
* B. Joseph on Screen
B1. Give the hyphenated surname of the Joseph who plays the title role in Oliver Stone's "Snowden".
B2. Which Joseph played Holly Martins in "The Third Man" and Uncle Charlie in "Shadow of a Doubt"?
* C. The Russians Have a Word for It
C1. This term dates from the 1903 split in the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party. Its literal meaning is "member of the majority". What is it?
C2. Which word, imported from Russian, denotes moist subarctic forest dominated by conifers (such as spruce and fir) that begins where the tundra ends?
* D. Louis in Charge
D1. Name any year during which Louis XIV was King of France.
D2. Name any year during which Louis St-Laurent was Prime Minister of Canada.
* E. Heavyweight Boxers
E1. World heavyweight champion from 1908 to 1915, he was the first African-American to hold the title. The expression "great white hope" referred to the search for a white boxer to defeat him. His name?
E2. Heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949, he held the title longer and defended it more often than anyone before or since. An arena in Detroit is named for him. Who is he?
* F. Canadian Canals
F1. This 14.5 km canal on Montreal Island became obsolete for commerce with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The canal, and the Montreal borough at its western end, are both reputedly named for the place La Salle aspired to reach in the course of his North American explorations. Name the canal.
F2. In which city (originally called Gravelly Bay) would you find the southern end of the Welland Canal?
-- Mark Brader, Toronto, email@example.com "Insecurity is the norm. If any ... voting machine, operating system, [or] database ... is ever built completely vulnerability-free, it'll be the first time in the history of mankind." --Bruce Schneier
Mark Brader: > For example, we say "the 4077th MASH" and you say "M*A*S*H". Or, > perhaps more likely, we say "Seattle Grace--Mercy West Hospital" > and you say "Grey's Anatomy".
This was the easiest round in the original game and the 5th-easiest of the entire season.
> *Note*: The name of the workplace may have changed during the run > of the show. We'll generally provide only one name.
> 1. Sterling Cooper.
"Mad Men". 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Peter, Dan Tilque, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, and Pete.
> 2. Lockhart Gardner.
"The Good Wife". 4 for ArenEss.
> 3. William McKinley High School. There are three possible answers.
"Glee", "Freaks and Geeks", "The Wonder Years". 4 for Peter, Don, Bruce, and ArenEss (the hard way).
> 4. WJM-TV.
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show". 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Don, Bruce, ArenEss, Marc, Pete, and Jason.
> 5. The California Institute of Technology ("Caltech").
"The Big Bang Theory". 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Peter, Dan Tilque, Bruce, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, Pete, and Jason.
> 6. The 99th Precinct.
"Brooklyn 9-9". 4 for Dan Blum, Don, ArenEss, and Gareth.
> 7. The Stratford Inn.
"Newhart". (Not "The Bob Newhart Show".) 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Don, Bruce, ArenEss, Marc, Pete, and Jason.
> 8. Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.
"House, M.D.". 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Peter, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, Pete, and Jason.
> 9. Dunder-Mifflin or Wernham-Hogg.
"The Office". (US and UK versions respectively, but you didn't have to say.) 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Peter, Don, Calvin, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, Pete, and Jason.
> 10. NBC.
"30 Rock". 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Calvin, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, Pete, and Jason.
> * Game 5, Round 8 - Sports - Le Coq Sportif: French Athletes
> In each case, name the person described.
And this round, in the original game, was the hardest of the entire season.
> 1. This tennis star won 7 Grand Slam titles as one of the "Four > Musketeers" who dominated 1920s tennis. His nickname was > "The Crocodile".
René Lacoste. 4 for Joshua, Don, Calvin, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, and Pete.
> Canada, and the US. A 4-time grand slam winner in both singles > and doubles, she won the 1995 Australian and the 2000 French > Open singles championships. She retired in 2008.
Mary Pierce. 4 for Joshua, Peter, Calvin, and Gareth.
> his career playing for New York of MLS. Involved in a hand-ball > controversy in 2010 when his illegal goal resulted in Ireland > missing out on the World Cup.
Thierry Henry ["On-ree"]. 4 for Peter, Erland, Calvin, Gareth, and Pete.
> midfielder played for Juventus and Real Madrid among other > teams, and led France to victory in the 1998 World Cup. > He still gives Marco Materazzi a headache.
Zinedine Zidane. 4 for Joshua, Peter, Erland, Calvin, Dan Tilque, Gareth, and Pete.
> and has signed with the New York Knicks for the current season. > Born in New York, he is a French citizen through his father, > a former top tennis star.
Joakim Noah. 4 for Joshua, Peter, Don, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, and Pete. 3 for Erland.
> he bought his own team in 1997 and named it after himself. > The team had some good results, but was disbanded in 2002, > $30,000,000 in debt.
Alain Prost. 4 for Peter, Calvin, Bruce, ArenEss, and Gareth.
> 7. A World Cup downhill skier who dominated the sport in the 1960s, > he was a triple Olympic champion, winning all three alpine > events at the 1968 winter games.
Jean-Claude Killy. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Peter, Don, Erland, ArenEss, Marc, Gareth, and Pete.
> His brilliant playmaking continued in retirement as he dribbled > his way to the presidency of UEFA and a run for the head of FIFA. > He is currently under suspension and investigation by that body.
Michel Platini. 4 for Peter, Erland, Calvin, Gareth, and Pete.
> medalist and 5-time European champion. She is the only figure > skater to land a backflip on one skate blade in competition, > an illegal move she completed at the 1998 Winter Games.
Surya Bonaly. 4 for Joshua, Bruce, ArenEss, and Pete.
Backflips had been banned in competition for about 20 years, but she was out of medal contention and decided to do one anyway; a penalty was applied against her score. They were subsequently banned in practice sessions as well, as it was said she was intimidating other skaters by doing them.
> 10. A 2-time Olympic bronze medalist (1994 and 1998) and a 2-time > world medalist, this skater's signature move, illegal in amateur > competition, is a spin followed by a drop to his knees.
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