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Old 19 December 2017, 06:53 PM
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1. "Sweet Christmas!" was the longtime catchphrase of what Marvel Comics hero, who got his own TV show in 2016? The Incredible Captain AntSanta

2. What holiday symbol is a European hemiparasite that attaches to its host with rudimentary roots called haustoria? Tree Fairy

3. What tiny souvenir does the main character in the 1985 book The Polar Express request after this visit to Santa? World Domination

4. Who led the Home-by-Christmas offensive against the Chinese in 1950? San-ta Craws

5. Which comedian wrote and starred in the 2002 animated film Eight Crazy Nights? A damn Sandler

6. December 26 is the feast day of what saint, the first Christian martyr? Saint Boxing

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all of these TV shows? Castle, CHiPs, Glee, The Golden Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Moonlighting, Sex and the City, Taxi. In order, they read like a bloody good Saturday night out!
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Old 20 December 2017, 12:42 PM
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all of these TV shows? Castle, CHiPs, Glee, The Golden Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Moonlighting, Sex and the City, Taxi.
SatansHobbit, thanks for pointing it out, now I can't unsee it...
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Old 26 December 2017, 09:49 AM
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Happy Boxing Day to those who know what that is. Happy Feast of Stephen as well (see the answer to last week's question 6). For some reason, Ken Jennings calls this the "first Tuesday Trivia of 2018" even though it's the last of 2017. Either way, here we go with ...

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. "Sweet Christmas!" was the longtime catchphrase of what Marvel Comics hero, who got his own TV show in 2016?
Netflix's Luke Cage started out life in the early '70s as a bizarre G-rated version of a blaxploitation movie hero, which I will always love about him.

2. What holiday symbol is a European hemiparasite that attaches to its host with rudimentary roots called haustoria?
Mistletoe is the shameless leech of the Christmas botanical world.

3. What tiny souvenir does the main character in the 1985 book The Polar Express request after this visit to Santa?
He gets a little sleigh bell from a reindeer harness...which you can only hear jingling as long as you believe in Santa. This acoustical anomaly was also a marketing gimmick, I believe; my family's copy of The Polar Express from back in the day came with a little bell. Wouldn't it be funny if the publisher made it a silent bell, so that anyone who tries it instantly finds they don't believe in Santa?

4. Who led the Home-by-Christmas offensive against the Chinese in 1950?
Spoilers for the Korean War: Douglas MacArthur's plan to get the troops home by Christmas...didn't go as smoothly as planned.

5. Which comedian wrote and starred in the 2002 animated film Eight Crazy Nights?
Eight Crazy Nights is the only cartoon to date from Happy Madison, the production company of Adam Sandler. The movie's title is a quote from his beloved "Chanukah Song."

6. December 26 is the feast day of what saint, the first Christian martyr?
When Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, Christmas was already over. So that's...not much of a Christmas carol, is it?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all of these TV shows? Castle, CHiPs, Glee, The Golden Girls, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, Moonlighting, Sex and the City, Taxi.
Even if watching all these shows was an absolute delight, the making of them was a little more fraught. Each one was the setting for well-known backstage feuding between two (or more) cast members who did NOT get along.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What iconic yellow product is made by the Dixon Ticonderoga Company?

2. More than half a million Rohingya have fled across the border since summer to avoid the ethnic cleansing in what country?

3. In geometry, a sphere is the simplest case of what surface, produced by rotating a circle on an axis in the same plane as the circle itself?

4. What NFL quarterback (and MVP frontrunner, until very recently) is the only player ever to be drafted #2 overall from an FCS (Division I-AA) school?

5. What was burned along with a man's corpse in the ancient Asian custom of suttee?

6. What pop ballad, a big hit in 1955 and again in 1990, got its puzzling title from its original use in a little-seen prison escape movie?

7. What unusual distinction does the song "Sleigh Ride" have in common with "Baby Elephant Walk," "Fingertips," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Misty," "Satin Doll," "Seven Seas of Rhye," "Smile," "Spooky," "Stardust," "A Taste of Honey," and "Twilight Time"?

As always, question 7 is delayed one week as per Mr Jennings' request. That, of course, is why it has a Christmas theme.

Enjoy!
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Old 26 December 2017, 09:56 AM
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2. More than half a million Rohingya have fled across the border since summer to avoid the ethnic cleansing in what country?

Burma

5. What was burned along with a man's corpse in the ancient Asian custom of suttee?

His widow
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Old 26 December 2017, 11:59 AM
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2. More than half a million Rohingya have fled across the border since summer to avoid the ethnic cleansing in what country? Myanmar?
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Old 26 December 2017, 12:17 PM
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2. Myanmar

3. toroid

5. his widow
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Old 26 December 2017, 03:54 PM
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1. What iconic yellow product is made by the Dixon Ticonderoga Company? No. 2 Pencils

2. More than half a million Rohingya have fled across the border since summer to avoid the ethnic cleansing in what country? Myanmar/Burma

3. In geometry, a sphere is the simplest case of what surface, produced by rotating a circle on an axis in the same plane as the circle itself? I guess it's torus, although I thought distinction was made between this and a sphere.

5. What was burned along with a man's corpse in the ancient Asian custom of suttee? His widow

6. What pop ballad, a big hit in 1955 and again in 1990, got its puzzling title from its original use in a little-seen prison escape movie? Know this one! Unchained Melody

7. What unusual distinction does the song "Sleigh Ride" have in common with "Baby Elephant Walk," "Fingertips," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Misty," "Satin Doll," "Seven Seas of Rhye," "Smile," "Spooky," "Stardust," "A Taste of Honey," and "Twilight Time"? Originally written as an instrumental, with words added later.
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Old 26 December 2017, 04:25 PM
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I wonder if 4 is Deshaun Watson. I assume it's someone who got injured recently.
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Old 02 January 2018, 11:02 AM
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Happy New Year! Ken Jennings writes:
Happy New Year from me, Ken, your Tuesday Trivia friend! I called last week's quiz the first one of 2018, since its one-week period crossed over the new-year boundary, but this is the first Tuesday Trivia RELEASED in 2018.

Now for ...

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. What iconic yellow product is made by the Dixon Ticonderoga Company?
Ticonderoga's most famous gift to the world was the #2 pencil. Simple. Classic. Yellow.

2. More than half a million Rohingya have fled across the border since summer to avoid the ethnic cleansing in what country?
The Rohingya, whose plight is sadly underreported in the west, face ethnic/religious persecution in their native Myanmar.

3. In geometry, a sphere is the simplest case of what surface, produced by rotating a circle on an axis in the same plane as the circle itself?
Rotate a circle like that, and you'll get the donut-like geometric surface called a torus.

4. What NFL quarterback (and MVP frontrunner, until very recently) is the only player ever to be drafted #2 overall from an FCS (Division I-AA) school?
Carson Wentz of the Eagles attended North Dakota State University--and is certainly one of the school's proudest alumni, alongside Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and pro wrestler Bob Backlund.

5. What was burned along with a man's corpse in the ancient Asian custom of suttee?
Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and pro wrestler Bob Backlund. No wait, that's not right. His widow.

6. What pop ballad, a big hit in 1955 and again in 1990, got its puzzling title from its original use in a little-seen prison escape movie?
"Unchained Melody," made famous by the Righteous Brothers, started life as the tender love theme from a movie called Unchained.

7. What unusual distinction does the song "Sleigh Ride" have in common with "Baby Elephant Walk," "Fingertips," "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," "Misty," "Satin Doll," "Seven Seas of Rhye," "Smile," "Spooky," "Stardust," "A Taste of Honey," and "Twilight Time"?
Each song was written and released as an instrumental, and only had its familiar lyrics added later.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. New research from 2016 has settled the longstanding question of just how much of what object was delivered to a French maid named Gabrielle Berlatier on December 23, 1888?

2. What popular consumer item comes complete with two "Joy-Cons"?

3. What actor who died in November 2017 was one of the few civilians ever to be named an honorary U.S. Marine, and was "promoted" to lance corporal in 2001?

4. In what U.S. state could you find the type of low-lying terrain known as muskeg?

5. What's the unusual English translation of the medical principle "Primum non nocere"?

6. According to Plutarch, what historical figure sliced apart the Gordian Knot?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these British prime ministers, and no others? Walpole, Newcastle, Liverpool, Wellington, Melbourne, Salisbury, Asquith, Baldwin, and Churchill?

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Old 02 January 2018, 11:24 AM
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3. What actor who died in November 2017 was one of the few civilians ever to be named an honorary U.S. Marine, and was "promoted" to lance corporal in 2001? Jim Nabors?

5. What's the unusual English translation of the medical principle "Primum non nocere"?First do no harm?

6. According to Plutarch, what historical figure sliced apart the Gordian Knot?
Alexander the Great
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6. According to Plutarch, what historical figure sliced apart the Gordian Knot?

Alexander the great
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2. What popular consumer item comes complete with two "Joy-Cons"? WAG - Nintendo Switch?

3. What actor who died in November 2017 was one of the few civilians ever to be named an honorary U.S. Marine, and was "promoted" to lance corporal in 2001? Jim Nabors

4. In what U.S. state could you find the type of low-lying terrain known as muskeg? Oklahoma?

5. What's the unusual English translation of the medical principle "Primum non nocere"? Don't know if it's unusual, but "first, do no harm"

6. According to Plutarch, what historical figure sliced apart the Gordian Knot? Alexander

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these British prime ministers, and no others? Walpole, Newcastle, Liverpool, Wellington, Melbourne, Salisbury, Asquith, Baldwin, and Churchill? something about place names in former British territories?
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#4 is Alaska.
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Old 02 January 2018, 12:14 PM
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Only one for me this time:

3. What actor who died in November 2017 was one of the few civilians ever to be named an honorary U.S. Marine, and was "promoted" to lance corporal in 2001? Jim Nabors
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1. New research from 2016 has settled the longstanding question of just how much of what object was delivered to a French maid named Gabrielle Berlatier on December 23, 1888? Cowpox (smallpox vaccine)?
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1. New research from 2016 has settled the longstanding question of just how much of what object was delivered to a French maid named Gabrielle Berlatier on December 23, 1888? Cowpox (smallpox vaccine)?
I doubt that. That was in the late 1700s or early 1800s. Some British guy.
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Eiffel Tower? Statue of Liberty? IDK why part of either would have been delivered to a maid, though.
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I doubt that. That was in the late 1700s or early 1800s. Some British guy.
I remembered that a maid was involved in some way, but it might have been as the donor rather than the recipient.

ETA: Wasn't the Statue of Liberty delivered for our centennial in 1876?
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1. New research from 2016 has settled the longstanding question of just how much of what object was delivered to a French maid named Gabrielle Berlatier on December 23, 1888?

Wild guess - Van Gogh's ear?
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I thought it was recently found out that the whole "delivered his ear as a token of his love" story was a myth?
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