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5. From 1956 to 1966, every TV show to win the Best Comedy Emmy was named for its leading man. Name any two of those five comedian stars.

Having just watched something on TV, I had inspiration... Andy Griffith. I don't have a good guess for the others...
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1. If I recall correctly, it's orange, kind of yellowish-orange

2. Oh, let's guess
Corinthian, which is not however a name for a type of leather.


3. Gotta be Veep John Tyler, who of course also outlived Tippecanoe Harrison to assume the presidency, and remarkably enough still has grandchildren alive today.

4. Norway

5. Milton Berle and Gary Moore

6. No idea, let's say Glasgow.

7. They all were in airplane crashes from aircraft carriers.
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Hello, again. Time for trivia.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. What color does sodium burn, in a chemistry lab flame test?
Sodium in a flame test burns a bright yellow, just like the yellow glow of a sodium-vapor lamp.

2. Which of the three orders of ancient Greek architecture was named for a specific city?
Ionia and Doris were both regions, but Corinth, where Corinthian columns got their name, was a city.

3. Who set a record by outliving six of his successors: Andrew Johnson, Schuyler Colfax, Henry Wilson, William Wheeler, Chester Arthur, and Thomas Hendricks?
These are all U.S. vice presidents, and none of them managed to outlive Hannibal Hamlin, who preceded them in the office.

4. Statoil, headquartered in the city of Stavanger, is by far the largest company in what nation's economy?
Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas titan, is the 26th largest country in the world.

5. From 1956 to 1966, every TV show to win the Best Comedy Emmy was named for its leading man. Name any two of those five comedian stars.
Phil Silvers, Dick van Dyke, and maybe Jack Benny were the easy ones. Art Carney was the hard one. Bob Newhart was both, because we gave you credit even if we strongly suspected you were thinking of his 1970s sitcom and not his short-lived 1961-62 variety show.

6. According to an old nautical idiom, a place that's neat and tidy is in the "fashion" of what British port?
Ship-shape and Bristol fashion.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these famous Americans? George H. W. Bush, William Gillette, Roger Goodell, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, William Randolph Hearst, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Billy Mitchell, Pat Robertson.
Their fathers were United States Senators. We accepted slightly less specific answers, because we are nice like that.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Whose death in 1989 ended the so-called "Showa" period?

2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical?

3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956?

4. In 1884, physicist Oliver Heaviside simplified James Clerk's Maxwell's twenty equations of electromagnetism into how many equations?

5. "Cav and Pag," as they're nicknamed when presented together as a double bill, are classic "one-hit wonders" in what artistic field?

6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends."

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1. Whose death in 1989 ended the so-called "Showa" period?

The emperor Hirohito

6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times?

For lack of anything better: a semi nude girl

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends."

Judging by "With a Little Help from My Friends.": The cover was better than the original?
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2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956? Ray-Bans

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6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times? Classified ads.

As usual, I haven't the faintest idea on most of them.
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1. Emperor Hirohito.
2. Apocalypse Now, The Musical (not really).
3. Rayban.
4. Four, as far as I remember... although I'm shocked to discover that Maxwell didn't come up with what I think of as Maxwell's Equations...
5. Weren't they two of The Three Tenors? Perhaps not... Although I think they may be operas (presumably the only ones by particular composers).
6. Classified adverts.

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All sung by somebody who wasn't the regular singer? Hmm, I feel I should know it since I know more of those songs than usual.
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Old 06 December 2016, 02:36 PM
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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Whose death in 1989 ended the so-called "Showa" period?
Emperor Hirohito?
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2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical?
Willy Wonka, starring the wonderful Gene Wilder.
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3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956?
Ray-Ban. I'd quote Don Henley but can't remember the line.
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4. In 1884, physicist Oliver Heaviside simplified James Clerk's Maxwell's twenty equations of electromagnetism into how many equations?
Three seems to be a popular number for this sort of thing, but 20 to 3 is awfully condensed, so I'll say 9.
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5. "Cav and Pag," as they're nicknamed when presented together as a double bill, are classic "one-hit wonders" in what artistic field?
Opera. I mean, what the heck, right?
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6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times?
Ads.
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends."
I only know five of them. I'm going to say they were comeback hits, and not white it out because it's so unlikely to be right.

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1. Whose death in 1989 ended the so-called "Showa" period?

Hirohito?

2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical?

Willy Wonka.

3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956?

Ray-Ban.

4. In 1884, physicist Oliver Heaviside simplified James Clerk's Maxwell's twenty equations of electromagnetism into how many equations?

Should know this, but don't...

5. "Cav and Pag," as they're nicknamed when presented together as a double bill, are classic "one-hit wonders" in what artistic field?

Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci.

6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times?

Don't know.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends."

Some random thoughts: I know that "Stayin' Alive" and "With a Little Help from My Friends" both had fake credits for the dummer on the recording, but I don't think that's necessarilly true for any of the others. So I guess I got nothing.
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4. I think they may be...
I meant that they're the composers of operas rather than the operas themselves - one each. "Pag" would be Paganini I think.
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As usual, I haven't the faintest idea on most of them.
Took the words right out of my mouth this week.
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For #7, I'm going to take a wild guess based on no data. They were first released as a "B" side of a single.
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2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956? Ray-Ban

5. "Cav and Pag," as they're nicknamed when presented together as a double bill, are classic "one-hit wonders" in what artistic field? Opera (Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci)

6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times? WAG - The royal crest?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends." Hmmm.... need to think about this one.
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Good Tuesday to you all.

Here are:

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. Whose death in 1989 ended the so-called "Showa" period?
The Showa period of Japanese modernization ended with the death of Emperor Hirohito.

2. "I Want It Now," "Cheer Up Charlie," "The Wondrous Boat Ride," and "Pure Imagination" are songs from what 1971 movie musical?
Also "The Candy Man," because this is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

3. What company introduced its most iconic frames, called Wayfarers, in 1956?
These are Ray-Ban sunglasses, specifically the kind that Tom Cruise wears with his briefs.

4. In 1884, physicist Oliver Heaviside simplified James Clerk's Maxwell's twenty equations of electromagnetism into how many equations?
There are four Maxwell equations, which would have surprised the hell out of Maxwell, who died thinking there were many more.

5. "Cav and Pag," as they're nicknamed when presented together as a double bill, are classic "one-hit wonders" in what artistic field?
Cavalleria Rusticana, by Mascagni, and Pagliacci, by Leoncavallo, are still two of the most frequently performed Italian operas, even if their respective composers never managed to match them.

6. Until May 3, 1966, what always appeared on the front page of London's The Times?
Classified ads. 1966 was the first year that front page news actually made the front page of The Times--with rare exceptions, like the 1965 death of Winston Churchill.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these singles from hit artists? "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire," "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm on Fire," "One Tree Hill," "Stayin' Alive," "Surfin' USA," "Together Again," "With a Little Help from My Friends."
Each of these artists had a second hit whose title was a single word from the titles of these other songs. To wit: Joni Mitchell's "Blue," Elvis's "Don't," Springsteen's "Fire," U2's "One," the Bee Gees' "Alive," the Beach Boys' "Surfin'," Janet Jackson's "Again," and the Beatles' "Help!" All these new songs were singles except for "Blue," but I let that slide because it's the title song off her signature album.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. The success of the first Salk vaccine was announced on April 12, 1955, the tenth anniversary of whose death?

2. What TV host was named the youngest ever "Chief Scout" of British Scouting in 2009, at age 35?

3. In India, what are the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha?

4. What letter, not found in the Roman alphabet, do mathematicians use to identify cardinalities of infinite sets?

5. According to Phyllis Rose's famous 1983 book on the subject, art critic John Ruskin rejected his wife Effie after discovering that she had what?

6. What country's music scene has produced genres like mento, rocksteady, and dub?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Lou Brock, Cris Carter, Randall Cunningham, Terry Cummings, Mark Jackson, Meadowlark Lemon, Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson.

Enjoy!
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1 FDR

4 Aleph

5 pubic hair
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1. The success of the first Salk vaccine was announced on April 12, 1955, the tenth anniversary of whose death? Franklin Roosevelt, who had polio
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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. The success of the first Salk vaccine was announced on April 12, 1955, the tenth anniversary of whose death?
FDR, who (according to an article I recently read) may not have had polio after all.
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2. What TV host was named the youngest ever "Chief Scout" of British Scouting in 2009, at age 35?
Dora the Explorer.
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3. In India, what are the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha?
Temple Gates.
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4. What letter, not found in the Roman alphabet, do mathematicians use to identify cardinalities of infinite sets?
thorn.
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5. According to Phyllis Rose's famous 1983 book on the subject, art critic John Ruskin rejected his wife Effie after discovering that she had what?
pubic hair.
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6. What country's music scene has produced genres like mento, rocksteady, and dub?
Jamaica
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Lou Brock, Cris Carter, Randall Cunningham, Terry Cummings, Mark Jackson, Meadowlark Lemon, Ray Lewis, Mike Singletary, Darryl Strawberry, Mookie Wilson.
Sports questions = Seaboe doesn't have a clue. I will say that at least I've heard of more than half these athletes. My answer is that they all grew up in Detroit.

I think I may be 2 for 7 this week. I am so confident that three of my answers are wrong, I didn't even white them out.

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The only one I know which hasn't been answered is 2, which I believe (but am not entirely sure) is Bear Grylls. (Also knew 5 and 6, and would have known 4 except for a mental block which went away when I saw Steve's answer).
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Baseball 1 for 7 this week

1. Roosevelt

2. Jamie Oliver, ooooooh... Graham Norton.

3. Curries

4. I dunno, but if it is not Roman, it must be Greek (defnitely not Arabic or Hebrew)

5. Slept with the artist he most hated.

6. Ireland

7. No clue, but they all made their name playing for the "other team" in a big city. Eg Mets, not the Yankees.
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1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

6. Jamaica

Can't even hazard a guess at the others.
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