> 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?
Ritz-Carlton. (Both words were required.) 4 for ArenEss.
> 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?
Bill O'Reilly. 4 for Marc, Joshua, Pete, and ArenEss.
> 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?
Alexander Ovechkin. 4 for Pete and ArenEss.
> 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?
Roberto Luongo. 4 for Pete and ArenEss.
> 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?
Plagiarism. (President Nana Akufo-Addo lifted passages from both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's inauguration speeches.)
> 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?
Martin Shkreli. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, Pete, and ArenEss.
> 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?
Fiat Chrysler. (Again, both words were required.)
> 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?
50%. 4 for Erland, Joshua, and Pete.
Even if you didn't know this, it was guessable -- why would they have picked an un-round number like 8 billionaires unless that was how many it took to make the second number a nice round 50%?
> 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?
Bill Gates. 4 for Erland, Joshua, Pete, Dan Tilque, and ArenEss.
Dan Blum was off by 2 places. The other 7 are: Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Michael Bloomberg.
> Canadian Screen Awards nominations. The director's previous > film, "Mommy", won the jury prize at Cannes in 2014. Name the > director.
Xavier Dolan. 4 for Joshua.
> "The Animal", and "The Hot Chick", was savaged on Twitter for > criticizing US civil rights icon John Lewis. Name the > actor/comedian.
Rob Schneider. 4 for Dan Blum, Joshua, and ArenEss.
> 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?
Tim Raines. 4 for Marc, Joshua, Pete, and ArenEss.
> 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?
New York Islanders. 4 for ArenEss.
> 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?
> 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?
Lee Greenwood. 4 for Marc, Joshua, Pete, and ArenEss.
> 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?
Moby Dick. (Ooh, they said "dick".) 4 for Marc and ArenEss.
Scores, if there are no errors:
GAMES-> 1 2 TOTALS "ArenEss" 20 24 44 Pete Gayde 16 16 32 Joshua Kreitzer 8 24 32 Marc Dashevsky 4 12 16 Dan Blum 4 4 8 Erland Sommarskog 0 8 8 Dan Tilque 0 4 4
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Erland Sommarskog <email@example.com>: Jan 28 08:01AM -0300
> Even if you didn't know this, it was guessable -- why would they > have picked an un-round number like 8 billionaires unless that was > how many it took to make the second number a nice round 50%?
These questions were written to be asked in Toronto on 2016-10-31, 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 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*)".
We provide the definition; you name the term being defined.
1. A figure on a map, nautical chart, or monument used to display the orientation of the four cardinal directions and their intermediate points.
2. An elevated area of land with a flat top and steep or precipitous sides, named from the Spanish for "table".
3. Parallel-ish lines used on topographic maps to show the shape and elevation of the land. They connect points of equal elevation.
4. A steep slope or long cliff that forms as an effect of faulting or erosion and which separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations.
5. An accumulation of glacial debris composed of soil and rock. Formed when glaciers drop off this material. Types include lateral, terminal, and medial.
6. The mass of rocks and finely ground material carried by a glacier, then deposited when the ice melts. This material is what <answer 5>s are formed from.
7. An area of diminished precipitation on the lee side of a mountain or mountain range.
8. The elevation above which snow and ice cover the ground throughout the year.
9. The level below the land surface at which the subsurface material is fully saturated with water.
10. The broad lower course of a river that is encroached on by the sea and affected by the tides.
* Game 6, Round 3 - Sports - Less is More
Often in sports, "less" means being on the losing side of the score sheet. But in these questions, "less" is more.
1. Muggsy Bogues was the shortest man ever to play in the NBA. Nevertheless, he was a regular for 14 years, and was credited with 39 shot-blocks during his career, including one on 7' tall Patrick Ewing. In feet and inches, within 1 inch, how tall was Muggsy?
2. In soccer history, three goalkeepers share the record for allowing the fewest goals in a World Cup Tournament, at 2. Their teams all went on to win the championship. Name any one of them -- the Italian, the Frenchman, or the Spaniard.
3. In 1990, a journeyman quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs set the record for fewest interceptions in a 16-game season with 4. His record was matched in 2010 by a quarterback who's still active, now in his 17th season. Name either.
4. Standing only 5'6" (167 cm), this former Edmonton Eskimo set over 20 CFL records for punt and kickoff runbacks. He was known for his touchdown-celebrating backflips. Name him.
5. Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis holds the record for *not* doing something. His record streak of 398 games finally came to an end on June 25, 2015. What record does Markakis hold?
6. Tommy Burns was not only the only Canadian-born holder ever of this international title, he was also the shortest holder ever, at 5'7" (170 cm). What title did Burns hold from 1906 to 1908? Be sufficiently specific.
7. In the 2000 British Open, Tiger Woods finished at 19 under par, a record for a major. The record stood until 2015, when the PGA winner managed 20 under. That record was matched this year by the winner of the British Open. Name either of the current record-holders.
8. This great goalie of the 1920s and 1930s played for the Canadiens and the Leafs. In his best season, playing as a Canadien, he recorded a 0.92 goals-against average, allowing 43 goals in 44 games, 22 of them shutouts. Name him.
9. The 1969 Minnesota Vikings set a then-record for stingiest all-time defense, allowing an average of only 9.5 points per game. Yet they still managed to lose the Super Bowl 23-7 to Kansas City. By what *nickname* was the Minnesota Viking defense known?
10. 1968 was known as "the year of the pitcher". The National League MVP was a right-hander for the St. Louis Cardinals who finished the season with an all-time low ERA of 1.12. The lowest ERA in the American League, 1.60, was recorded by a cigar-smoking Cuban pitcher for Cleveland who held opposing hitters to a Major League record-low batting average of .168. Name either pitcher.
-- Mark Brader, Toronto | "This is what customers do: they invent everything firstname.lastname@example.org | you haven't thought of." -- David Slocombe
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"Peter Smyth" <email@example.com>: Jan 28 10:16AM
Mark Brader wrote:
> 1. A figure on a map, nautical chart, or monument used to > display the orientation of the four cardinal directions and > their intermediate points. Compass Rose > 2. An elevated area of land with a flat top and steep or precipitous > sides, named from the Spanish for "table". Mesa > 3. Parallel-ish lines used on topographic maps to show the shape > and elevation of the land. They connect points of equal > elevation. Contours > 4. A steep slope or long cliff that forms as an effect of faulting > or erosion and which separates two relatively level areas of > differing elevations. Rift > throughout the year.
> 9. The level below the land surface at which the subsurface material > is fully saturated with water. Water Table > 10. The broad lower course of a river that is encroached on by > the sea and affected by the tides. Delta > with 39 shot-blocks during his career, including one on 7' tall > Patrick Ewing. In feet and inches, within 1 inch, how tall > was Muggsy? 5ft 7in, 5ft 10 in > allowing the fewest goals in a World Cup Tournament, at 2. > Their teams all went on to win the championship. Name any > one of them -- the Italian, the Frenchman, or the Spaniard. Fabien Barthez > set the record for fewest interceptions in a 16-game season > with 4. His record was matched in 2010 by a quarterback who's > still active, now in his 17th season. Name either. Tom Brady (there is no ROT13 message so it can't be Manning!)
> 5. Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis holds the record for > not doing something. His record streak of 398 games finally > came to an end on June 25, 2015. What record does Markakis hold? Not hitting a home run Not stealing a base > of this international title, he was also the shortest holder > ever, at 5'7" (170 cm). What title did Burns hold from 1906 > to 1908? Be sufficiently specific. World Heavyweight Boxing Champion > PGA winner managed 20 under. That record was matched this > year by the winner of the British Open. Name either of the > current record-holders. Spieth > a cigar-smoking Cuban pitcher for Cleveland who held opposing > hitters to a Major League record-low batting average of .168. > Name either pitcher. Koufax