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Old 11 December 2012, 06:25 AM
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Time for a new thread.

Last Week's Answers -

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Which U.S. state was almost called "New Wales" but was instead named not for its founder, but for his military hero father of the same name? Pennsylvania was named not for William Penn, but, confusingly, for another man of the same name.

2. Albert Einstein called what man, born at Pisa in 1564, the "father of modern science"? That was Pisa's favorite son, Galileo Galilei Figaro Magnifico, Esq.

3. What first name was shared by one of Bill Cosby's friends on Fat Albert and one of his kids on The Cosby Show? There was a Rudolph in the Cosby Kids and a Rudith in the Cosby kids, but both went by "Rudy."

4. What two careers for children ARE approved in the country classic, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"? Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such.

5. Who was the only Queen of England or Great Britain ever to be succeeded on the throne by her own child? Queen Victoria was succeeded by her son Edward VII. My thanks to Queen Elizabeth II for not dying this week, because that would have REALLY screwed up this question.

6. What literary character returned home to have thirteen children, including Elanor, Pippin, Rose, Hamfast, and Merry? Those are five of the thirteen children of the extraordinarily fertile Sam Gamgee, in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these movies? Hell's Angels, Mary Poppins, Nanook of the North, Nosferatu, Plan 9 from Outer Space, The Prince and the Showgirl, Psycho, Salt of the Earth. The making of each was depicted in another movie. Respectively, the behind-the-scenes movies are: The Aviator, Saving Mr. Banks, Kabloonak, Shadow of the Vampire, Ed Wood, My Week with Marilyn, Hitchcock, and One of the Hollywood Ten.
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Old 11 December 2012, 06:28 AM
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Per Ken Jennings' request, the trivia challenge discussed on this message board has the number seven question delayed by one week. This is to avoid easy googling of the question which is designed to foil those who would "cheat". If you know the current number seven question, please do not discuss it here.

The Rules of the Thread
1. If you use the thread to help you get answers, do not submit those answers to the official game.
2. No googling until Sunday. No looking anything up anywhere (and posting it) before Sunday. No checking an article in a magazine you read last week. No checking some old notebook from college. No wikipedia. Not even snopes.com. No checking anything, anywhere - until Sunday. Only information that is stored in your brain, or in the brains of your non-snopester friends and family. But you can't use your family members as a work-around to looking up the information yourself.
3. If you google, don't post that information to the thread until Sunday. Not even as confirmation of the guesses of other posters. Someone else might still know the information on their own.
4. No guess is stupid, throw it out there.
5. No Hinting. If you have a guess or a reasonable belief that you have the right answer, post it. If you are attempting to use hinting as a work-around to the no posting googled answers rule, don't.

And remember, this is an exhibition, not a competition, so please... no wagering.

What is UP, my trivia friends? Only fourteen more shopping days until Christmas. (Or, you know, a different holiday name and number of days for your own EQUALLY VALID I'M SURE winter celebration.) When you are drawing a blank on holiday gift ideas this year, I hope you'll consider my book BECAUSE I SAID SO!, now in its second week on bookstore shelves.

But if you just want the free trivia, that's okay too. In fact, it's right here! You can see how everyone's doing on the quiz at http://ken-jennings.com/messageboard...php?f=3&t=9373 .

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?

2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?

3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?

4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?

5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?

6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.
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1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?
No idea. I have never seen the movie.

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2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?
Don't know, but if I had to guess I would say Israel.

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3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?
Since the fibula is part of the lower leg, I would have to say ankle.

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4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?
No idea - sports question

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5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?
Could this be as easy as hemorrhoids?

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6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?
I thought the most populous area was Mexico City, but I don't think there is any other populous area that close, so, I don't know.

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7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.
Based on James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Hudson and Michael Jordan, I would guess that they all had one of their parents murdered. Don't know about the rest though.

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3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?
ankle

4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?
Jim Thorpe?

5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?
Hemorrhoid

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2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?

Judging especially from the last word, I would say Israel.

6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?

Guessing: New Delhi area in India and what is the capital of Bangladesh?
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1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?

Drums One of only two that I'm positive about.

2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?

Israel

3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?

ankle This is the other one.

4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?

Jim Thorpe

5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?

hemorrhoid

6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?

Don't know, but I'm sure they're in Asia.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.

I think MacLloyd has it.
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6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?

Tokyo and Seoul?
Mumbai and Karachi?
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1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?

Drums.

2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?

Israel.

3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?

Ankle.

4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?

Jim Thorpe.

5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?

Hemorrhoid.

6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?

Seoul and Tokyo?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.

No clue.

ETA: I think MacLloyd is right about 7.
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Old 11 December 2012, 02:42 PM
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1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?
Never seen it, but my WAG: Piano
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2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?
I was thinking of Oceania from 1984
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3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?
Since i'm sitting here with a broken one, I know it's the outside of the ankle
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4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?
Jim Thorpe
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5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?
I have always assumed it was for Hemmoroid (sp?)
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6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?
My geography is very weak, but I'M guessing they are Mumbai and New Delhi
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.
I have no idea, but knowing about Mr. Jordan and Ms. Hudson, MacLloyd might just have it.

Ow! I feel stupid

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Old 11 December 2012, 03:58 PM
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1. Drums
2. Israel
3. Ankle
4. eh?
5. Hemorrhoid
6. Peking and New Delhi??
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I think MacLloy'ds right about #7. Dylan McDermott's mother was murdered.
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1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful?

the Kazoo
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2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora?
Whatever the name of the country is in 1984.
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3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body?
Ankle bone
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4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden?
Jim Thorpe
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5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"?
Hemmoroid (which is spelled wrong, but you know what I mean.
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6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they?
Hong Kong & Singapore
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren.
They're all deaf. Some of them are also dead.

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LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. What instrument does Mary Stuart Masterson's character play in the John Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful? "Watts" is a drummer--as you would have no reason whatsoever to know unless you were thirteen years old in 1987 like I was.

2. What country's cabinet includes a Minister of Immigrant Absorption and a Minister of Information and Diaspora? These are two of the thirty members of the Israeli cabinet.

3. The lateral malleolus, the bottom end of the fibula, forms the familiar bump on what part of your body? That's what makes that big bump on the outside of your ankle.

4. What athlete's body is buried in eastern Pennsylvania, but rests in soil brought in from Prague, Oklahoma and Stockholm, Sweden? Jim Thorpe, who was born in Oklahoma but achieved his greatest athletic glory at the Stockholm Olympics. (He's buried in Pennsylvania because his third wife, strapped for cash, stole his body from his own funeral and drove it up to a dying coal-mining town that had bought it for tourist revenue.)

5. What does the letter 'H' stand for in "Preparation H"? Hemorrhoids. If anybody remembers "Lazlo Toth," he was my source for this answer.

6. The world's two most populous metropolitan areas are only 700 miles apart. What are they? Tokyo and Seoul--but Mexico City is hot on Seoul's heels for second place.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these famous people? Gregg Allman, Patrick Duffy, James Ellroy, Kelsey Grammer, Paul Harvey, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jordan, Little Richard, Dylan McDermott, Earl Warren. Each had a parent, um, murdered. So not a real cheery way to conclude our parentally-themed trivia week then. Sorry about that.
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Old 18 December 2012, 08:34 AM
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Per Ken Jennings' request, the trivia challenge discussed on this message board has the number seven question delayed by one week. This is to avoid easy googling of the question which is designed to foil those who would "cheat". If you know the current number seven question, please do not discuss it here.

The Rules of the Thread
1. If you use the thread to help you get answers, do not submit those answers to the official game.
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3. If you google, don't post that information to the thread until Sunday. Not even as confirmation of the guesses of other posters. Someone else might still know the information on their own.
4. No guess is stupid, throw it out there.
5. No Hinting. If you have a guess or a reasonable belief that you have the right answer, post it. If you are attempting to use hinting as a work-around to the no posting googled answers rule, don't.

And remember, this is an exhibition, not a competition, so please... no wagering.

You know what, usually I write this intro days in advance, but today, through no one's fault but my own, I'm typing this in a blind panic with just minutes to spare. Tuesday Trivia, piping hot!

So quick like a little bunny--check out the scoreboard at http://ken-jennings.com/messageboard...php?f=3&t=9373 ! Then--no time to waste!--run the gauntlet of these tricky questions seven. Go go go!

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What nation is the only nuclear power in the Muslim world?

2. What literary character's name supposedly means "White Skin" in the made-up Mangani language?

3. What phase is the moon always in during a solar eclipse?

4. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only survivor of the 1967 Wisconsin plane crash that killed what R&B legend?

5. Every time the American flag changes to reflect a new number of states, the re-designed flag traditionally flies first over what National Monument?

6. What kind of social event first took place at Peet's Cafe in Beverly Hills in 1998, as the brainchild of Jewish Orthodox rabbi Yaacov Deyo?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these TV shows? The Donna Reed Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gimme a Break, In Living Color, The King of Queens, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Oz, SeaQuest DSV.
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Pakistan

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Tarzan

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3. What phase is the moon always in during a solar eclipse?
New

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4. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only survivor of the 1967 Wisconsin plane crash that killed what R&B legend?
Otis Redding

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5. Every time the American flag changes to reflect a new number of states, the re-designed flag traditionally flies first over what National Monument?
No idea, but I would guess The Washington Monument.


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Also no idea

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1. What nation is the only nuclear power in the Muslim world?

Pakistan.

3. What phase is the moon always in during a solar eclipse?

It's a New Moon, but it results in Twilight.
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1. What nation is the only nuclear power in the Muslim world?

Pakistan

2. What literary character's name supposedly means "White Skin" in the made-up Mangani language?

Don't know

3. What phase is the moon always in during a solar eclipse?

New

4. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only survivor of the 1967 Wisconsin plane crash that killed what R&B legend?

Don't know

5. Every time the American flag changes to reflect a new number of states, the re-designed flag traditionally flies first over what National Monument?

Don't know

6. What kind of social event first took place at Peet's Cafe in Beverly Hills in 1998, as the brainchild of Jewish Orthodox rabbi Yaacov Deyo?

Speed dating?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these TV shows? The Donna Reed Show, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gimme a Break, In Living Color, The King of Queens, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Oz, SeaQuest DSV.

Did they all have actors who are siblings on them?

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Does each show have real-life relatives playing parts on the show? Raymond had twin sons, KOQ had Doug and his cousin played by Kevin James and his brother, Kojak and Fatso were played by Telly Savalas and his brother.
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Old 18 December 2012, 09:32 AM
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The siblings (per my theory) I know are:
The Donna Reed Show had a sister and brother, I think.
Everybody Loves Raymond, two brothers.
In Living Color, the Wayan brothers.
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Besides the twins who played Carrie, Little House On the Prairie had a pair of brothers on the show. Albert and what's his name.
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