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Old 27 June 2017, 02:46 PM
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1. The best known sculpture by Cellini and the best known painting of Gericault both name-check what monster from Greek myth?

2. In the eastern bloc countries during the Cold War, what were the companies Lada, Skoda, and Trabant best known for?

3. Hippocrates coined the word "carcinoma" after seeing a tumor that looked like what animal?

4. What astronomical term has been used by legal thinkers since the 1870s to refer to the set of rights implied, but not explicitly stated, in the U.S. Constitution?

5. Who is the only person ever to sing lead vocals on a James Bond opening title song who has since passed away?

6. What country moved its seat of government 20 miles south to the planned city of Putrajaya in 1999?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these literary works? Ain't I a Woman, The Black Stallion, Bonjour Tristesse, Eragon, "An Essay on Criticism," Frankenstein, The Monk, My Brilliant Career, The Neon Bible, The Outsiders, A Season in Hell, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.

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1. (Total guess) minotaur
2. Cars
3. Crab?
4. Penumbra
5. Eartha Mitt
6. & 7., Don't know.
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Old 27 June 2017, 03:17 PM
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7. They were all written by teenagers
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2. In the eastern bloc countries during the Cold War, what were the companies Lada, Skoda, and Trabant best known for?

They all build cars. Skoda is still used as a brand by the Volkswagen company (I drive one). Trabant were the famous GDR cars made from recycled plastics.
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Old 27 June 2017, 04:16 PM
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1. The best known sculpture by Cellini and the best known painting of Gericault both name-check what monster from Greek myth?

2. In the eastern bloc countries during the Cold War, what were the companies Lada, Skoda, and Trabant best known for?

3. Hippocrates coined the word "carcinoma" after seeing a tumor that looked like what animal?

4. What astronomical term has been used by legal thinkers since the 1870s to refer to the set of rights implied, but not explicitly stated, in the U.S. Constitution?

5. Who is the only person ever to sing lead vocals on a James Bond opening title song who has since passed away?

6. What country moved its seat of government 20 miles south to the planned city of Putrajaya in 1999?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these literary works? Ain't I a Woman, The Black Stallion, Bonjour Tristesse, Eragon, "An Essay on Criticism," Frankenstein, The Monk, My Brilliant Career, The Neon Bible, The Outsiders, A Season in Hell, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.
1. Medusa, I think. Seems right.
2. Cars, according to all that Top Gear I've binge watched.
3. Crab?
4. IDK
5. Chris Cornell, "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale.
6. IDK
7. All written on a bet?
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Old 27 June 2017, 07:24 PM
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Erwins, was your answer to #5 a joke (a pun, a play on words), or did you mean Eartha Kitt?

I think OnlyHere has the right answer to #5, now that I see it.

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Old 27 June 2017, 09:09 PM
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1. Medusa.

2. I think those were cars companies.

3. Crab.

4. Penumbra.

5. Chris Cornell.

6. Don't know.

7. I think they were written (or started) by the author as teenagers.
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Old 28 June 2017, 12:15 AM
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Seaboe, I intended to post what you wrote, but I think there was an autocorrect error that I missed. And I had a brain glitch in which I substituted the name of a person who was not the person I intended. I wish I could say it had been some kind of clever pun....
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Old 04 July 2017, 09:36 AM
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Happy Fourth of July to all my American Snopester friends. Ken Jennings writes:

Happy Fourth of July to patriots and subversives alike! Whatever our heritage, I'm sure we can all agree that trivia transcends national borders--except on this quiz, which is always overstuffed with American content. I apologize for our global cultural hegemony. Luckily, it looks like that's swiftly coming to an end! Very exciting times.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. The best known sculpture by Cellini and the best known painting of Gericault both name-check what monster from Greek myth?
Those works are "Perseus with the Head of Medusa" and "The Raft of the Medusa," respectively.

2. In the eastern bloc countries during the Cold War, what were the companies Lada, Skoda, and Trabant best known for?
They made small, terrible cars of the kind that only get driven when there's literally nothing else allowed on the market.

3. Hippocrates coined the word "carcinoma" after seeing a tumor that looked like what animal?
He thought it was shaped like a crab, which is "karkinoma" in Greece. This relationship also explains the linguistic link between the astrological sign and the disease that share the name "cancer."

4. What astronomical term has been used by legal thinkers since the 1870s to refer to the set of rights implied, but not explicitly stated, in the U.S. Constitution?
That area, including the right to privacy and other important matters of law, is usually called the Constitution's "penumbra."

5. Who is the only person ever to sing lead vocals on a James Bond opening title song who has since passed away?
RIP Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who sang "You Know My Name" for Casino Royale. ("We Have All the Time In the World," Louis Armstrong's song from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, did not play during the opening credits.)

6. What country moved its seat of government 20 miles south to the planned city of Putrajaya in 1999?
Kuala Lumpur is still the capital of Malaysia, but it's no longer home to the executive and judicial branches of government.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these literary works? Ain't I a Woman, The Black Stallion, Bonjour Tristesse, Eragon, "An Essay on Criticism," Frankenstein, The Monk, My Brilliant Career, The Neon Bible, The Outsiders, A Season in Hell, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair.
Each book was written, in at least substantial part, while its author was still a teenager. The main question mark is Alexander Pope's "Essay on Criticism," which is commonly dated to his twenty-first year, but several contemporaries insist that he actual wrote it in 1707, when he was still nineteen.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Name any one of the four African countries that have outdoor ski resorts.

2. An Arrhenius acid is a substance that dissociates to form ions of what chemical element?

3. What horror movie's name, translated into Latin, would be "Sequitur"?

4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft?

5. What Taoist philosophy often used in architecture takes its name from the Chinese words for "wind" and "water"?

6. What author used to quip that he was the first DNA discovered at Cambridge, since he was born nine months before Watson and Crick published their work?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Billy Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peter Forsberg, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Hextall, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Pete Rose, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Taylor.

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5. What Taoist philosophy often used in architecture takes its name from the Chinese words for "wind" and "water"? Feng shui?
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4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft?
Maybe the Hindenberg?
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Old 04 July 2017, 04:40 PM
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1. Name any one of the four African countries that have outdoor ski resorts. Guessing South Africa might be one.

2. An Arrhenius acid is a substance that dissociates to form ions of what chemical element? I feel like I should know this, but I've no idea.

3. What horror movie's name, translated into Latin, would be "Sequitur"? It Follows

4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft? WAG - The Hindenburg?

5. What Taoist philosophy often used in architecture takes its name from the Chinese words for "wind" and "water"? Feng Shui?

6. What author used to quip that he was the first DNA discovered at Cambridge, since he was born nine months before Watson and Crick published their work? Sounds like it could be Douglas Adams.

...and a sports-related question for #7. I got nothin'.
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Old 05 July 2017, 12:48 PM
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1. Name any one of the four African countries that have outdoor ski resorts.

Lesotho

4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft?

Italia
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Old 05 July 2017, 02:44 PM
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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Name any one of the four African countries that have outdoor ski resorts.
Ethiopia, because that was the first country to come to mind.
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2. An Arrhenius acid is a substance that dissociates to form ions of what chemical element?
Silver?
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3. What horror movie's name, translated into Latin, would be "Sequitur"?
The Shining. Not.
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4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft?
The Space Shuttle (no, not really) The Hindenburg.
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5. What Taoist philosophy often used in architecture takes its name from the Chinese words for "wind" and "water"?
Yin & Yang, I assume.
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6. What author used to quip that he was the first DNA discovered at Cambridge, since he was born nine months before Watson and Crick published their work?
I seriously haven't a clue.
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Billy Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peter Forsberg, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Hextall, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Pete Rose, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Taylor
Well, it can't be that they've all been banned from their respective sports, or their halls of fame. Yawn.

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1. Name any one of the four African countries that have outdoor ski resorts.

2. An Arrhenius acid is a substance that dissociates to form ions of what chemical element?

3. What horror movie's name, translated into Latin, would be "Sequitur"?

4. In July 1931, scientists from four nations spent a week flying over the Arctic in what famous craft?

5. What Taoist philosophy often used in architecture takes its name from the Chinese words for "wind" and "water"?

6. What author used to quip that he was the first DNA discovered at Cambridge, since he was born nine months before Watson and Crick published their work?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Billy Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peter Forsberg, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Hextall, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Pete Rose, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Taylor.
1. South Africa?
2. Hydrogen?
3. It Follows?
4. No idea
5. Feng Shui
6. Stephen Fry?
7. I can't think of anything....
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Old 05 July 2017, 08:49 PM
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1. South Africa, probably. Probably Morocco as well.

2. Hydrogen.

3. It Follows.

4. Don't know.

5. Feng shui.

6. Douglas Adams?

7. I don't even have a guess.
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1. I'm guessing Kenya.

2. Oxygen?

3. Don't know. Guessing Scream.

4. Given that I don't think aircraft were that heated at the time, and the era, the only two I know of are the Spirit of St Louis and the Hindenburg. I'm going with Hindenburg.

5. Tao te Ching is the only Taoist thing I know.

6. It isn't JK Rowling. I have no clue.

7. They all had controversial ends to their careers.
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Old 11 July 2017, 11:13 AM
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Hello, all.

Ken Jennings writes:

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I'm out of town and wrote this quiz almost a month ago. So I apologize if anything in the quiz lately seems mildly outdated or untimely. Like if global war has broken out, I apologize that I'm still asking dumb trivia questions about Ed Sheeran records.

(Also, if the missile strike came from North Korea, I am vacationing in Asia and probably didn't survive either. IBM's supercomputer Watson will take over writing the weekly quiz in the post-war wasteland.)

And now, on we go to the Snopes version of ...

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. The best known sculpture by Cellini and the best known painting of Gericault both name-check what monster from Greek myth?
Those works are "Perseus with the Head of Medusa" and "The Raft of the Medusa," respectively.

2. In the eastern bloc countries during the Cold War, what were the companies Lada, Skoda, and Trabant best known for?
They made small, terrible cars of the kind that only get driven when there's literally nothing else allowed on the market.

3. Hippocrates coined the word "carcinoma" after seeing a tumor that looked like what animal?
He thought it was shaped like a crab, which is "karkinoma" in Greece. This relationship also explains the linguistic link between the astrological sign and the disease that share the name "cancer."

4. What astronomical term has been used by legal thinkers since the 1870s to refer to the set of rights implied, but not explicitly stated, in the U.S. Constitution?
That area, including the right to privacy and other important matters of law, is usually called the Constitution's "penumbra."

5. Who is the only person ever to sing lead vocals on a James Bond opening title song who has since passed away?
RIP Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who sang "You Know My Name" for Casino Royale. ("We Have All the Time In the World," Louis Armstrong's song from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, did not play during the opening credits.)

6. What country moved its seat of government 20 miles south to the planned city of Putrajaya in 1999?
Kuala Lumpur is still the capital of Malaysia, but it's no longer home to the executive and judicial branches of government.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these athletes? Billy Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Peter Forsberg, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Hextall, Allen Iverson, Scottie Pippen, Pete Rose, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Taylor.
Each went home to die--that is, each retired after making a (generally brief) return to the team where they began their careers and were stars earlier on. LeBron might sort of qualify someday...but most of the guys I chose weren't contributing much by the time of their sentimental homecoming.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. Ed Sheeran's first three studio albums have one-character names. What symbol is so far notable for its absence from the set?

2. Beavers, muskrats, capybaras, platypi, and otters are all mammals with what unusual anatomical feature, which they share with many birds, including ducks--but not coots?

3. Who's the only president depicted on U.S. currency specifically because of his personal association with that denomination?

4. The Oxford English Dictionary lists two traditional duties physically performed by a church's "sexton." Name either.

5. The only two world capitals with hyphens in their names both begin with what set of four letters?

6. Angelo Dundee, Ferdie Pacheco, and Drew Bundini Brown are best known for their association with what famous person?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these TV characters? Phoebe Buffay, Edith Bunker, Landry Clarke, Frasier Crane, Sherlock Holmes, Leonard Hofstadter, Gregory House, Lane Kim, William Riker, Lisa Simpson.

Enjoy!
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Old 11 July 2017, 12:40 PM
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1. No idea
2. Webbed feet.
3. A question for the US snopsters.
4. Laying out choral books, collecting money during mass.
5. Guessing: Buen[o/a]-Something
6. Who?
7. They fight with their brothers? They are know-it-alls?
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4. The Oxford English Dictionary lists two traditional duties physically performed by a church's "sexton." Name either. Burials? Though I am not the right person to ask about church practices!
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4) Do they ring the bell? Not sure why I think that, but I'm sticking with it

5) The only one I can think of is Port-au-Prince, so I'm going with Port.

6) I know Angleo Dundee managed Muhammed Ali.
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