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Old 30 November 2010, 06:56 AM
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4. What's the maximum number of sharp (or flat) symbols that can make up a key signature in music?
Seven

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5. Jammu is the southwesternnmost part of what disputed region?
Kashmir

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6. What former British prime minister headed his family's namesake publishing house in the 1970s, after he left office?
Macmillan?
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Old 30 November 2010, 07:13 AM
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Since a new thread has been started, I will re-post the questions to make it easier for everyone.

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
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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.
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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.

Hmm, note to self: next week's subject line Roman numeral will have three X's in a row. Spam filters don't like that! Switch to Arabic numbers.

Thee three X's also mean that next week's quiz will end our current ten-week challenge. A quick look at the scoreboard at http://ken-jennings.com/messageboard...ic.php?p=60578 reveals that Keith Moser and Rael R--past winners both, I believe--are tied for the prize right now, having yet to miss a single Question Seven. Will they know this week's? Stay tuned.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. In the last year, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have collaborated on two hits both named for what kind of device?

2. Scientists recently discovered that the human lungs are home to one of the five types of what structure, found in great numbers (as many as ten thousand) elsewhere in the body?

3. "Dirty Harry" Callahan is a cop in what city's police department?

4. What's the maximum number of sharp (or flat) symbols that can make up a key signature in music?

5. Jammu is the southwesternnmost part of what disputed region?

6. What former British prime minister headed his family's namesake publishing house in the 1970s, after he left office?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these birds, and no others? Bird of paradise, crane, crow, dove, eagle, peafowl, swan, and toucan.
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Old 30 November 2010, 07:42 AM
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1. Telephone
3. San Francisco
4. Seven
5. My Shangri La beneath the Summer moon - Kashmir
6. Harold Macmillan
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Macmillanand the rest
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3. "Dirty Harry" Callahan is a cop in what city's police department?

Los Angeles?

4. What's the maximum number of sharp (or flat) symbols that can make up a key signature in music?

C# Major has seven sharps (and Cb has seven flats) (if I counted correctly) and I don't think you can get more unless you use double sharps and flats

5. Jammu is the southwesternnmost part of what disputed region?

Kashmir
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Old 30 November 2010, 02:38 PM
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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. In the last year, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have collaborated on two hits both named for what kind of device?

I can't say in polite company.
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2. Scientists recently discovered that the human lungs are home to one of the five types of what structure, found in great numbers (as many as ten thousand) elsewhere in the body?

cilia
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3. "Dirty Harry" Callahan is a cop in what city's police department?

San Francisco.
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4. What's the maximum number of sharp (or flat) symbols that can make up a key signature in music?

4
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5. Jammu is the southwesternnmost part of what disputed region?

Somalia.
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6. What former British prime minister headed his family's namesake publishing house in the 1970s, after he left office?

Berkeley.
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by these birds, and no others? Bird of paradise, crane, crow, dove, eagle, peafowl, swan, and toucan.
Not a clue. Not even an amusing wild guess. Although, at least I've seen pictures of all of these.

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Old 30 November 2010, 03:45 PM
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2. Scientists recently discovered that the human lungs are home to one of the five types of what structure, found in great numbers (as many as ten thousand) elsewhere in the body?
taste receptors (the one in the lungs respond to bitter!)

4. What's the maximum number of sharp (or flat) symbols that can make up a key signature in music?
seven
5. Jammu is the southwesternnmost part of what disputed region?
Tibet?
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Could it be that the male and female of each type has a specific name (Peacock/Peahen, Cob/Pen)? Or a different name for the babies (Swan/Cygnet, Dove/Squab)?
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Could it be that the male and female of each type has a specific name (Peacock/Peahen, Cob/Pen)? Or a different name for the babies (Swan/Cygnet, Dove/Squab)?
I don't think that works - think rooster/hen/chick, goose/gander/gosling, etc.

Otherwise, I'm stumped!
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Okay, let's think about these birds: Bird of paradise, crane, crow, dove, eagle, peafowl, swan, and toucan.

Wasn't the BoP also called the Secretary Bird or was that Lyre Bird? Are they all in the Bible? What about Disney movies? BoP has that weird thing on its head, the crane has really long legs and nests on chimneys (in books, anyway). Pencocks have really long and useless tails. Swans have long necks. Toucan's have big bills. Eagles are the symbol of a lot of countries (including the US). There are many types of eagles, including Bald and Golden. Crane's are one of the first origami figures most people learn to make. The dying swan dance from Swan Lake is a very well known ballet solo. Toucan Sam is a well known advertising mascot. Dove is a brand name chocolate. There are also many types of doves, including the mourning dove. Peafowl make nasty screeches. Peacock Blue is a color (it used to be a crayon name; is it still?). Crow is a character in Native American mythology.

So, run with it guys. I've done my part.

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Okay, let's think about these birds: Bird of paradise, crane, crow, dove, eagle, peafowl, swan, and toucan.

Eagles are the symbol of a lot of countries (including the US).
I had thought of this - national symbols, appearing on currency, etc. - as the most likely scenario, but it's just a WAG.

As for appearing in the Bible, I know that ravens and sparrows are mentioned, so that doesn't work. Disney movies? They've had talking ducks, geese, chickens, storks...

The "and no others" is a killer!
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I had thought of this - national symbols, appearing on currency, etc. - as the most likely scenario, but it's just a WAG.
Loons appear on Canadian currency (unless you restrict it to bills, in which case it might get interesting).

Some country (Iran?) has the Peacock throne. The trouble there is the crow, for me at least.

Oh, and it can't be colors (though the only two colors I see in that list are dove gray and peacock blue) because of teal, which is a kind of duck.

You're right, that "and no others" is a killer.

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An emu appears on Australia's Coat of Arms and the Kiwi is the symbol for NZ, so it can't be national symbols.
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The crane is the symbol of the Deutsche Lufthansa airline, I'm sure there are eagle airlines, and I seem to remember seeing a bird of paradise on a plane somewhere - at least if that's the bird with the two extra long tail feathers.

So - symbols of airlines? Symbols of major airlines? Is there an airline using a crow as it's symbol?
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Birds on stamps? There are a lot of stamps with birds out there, so maybe US stamps?
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No, I'm pretty sure all of the US state birds have been on stamps and I know for sure that the cardinal, flamingo and the owl, among others, have been.
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They've all had a character named Sam? There's Sam the American eagle and Toucan Sam.
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The crane is the symbol of the Deutsche Lufthansa airline, I'm sure there are eagle airlines, and I seem to remember seeing a bird of paradise on a plane somewhere - at least if that's the bird with the two extra long tail feathers.

So - symbols of airlines? Symbols of major airlines? Is there an airline using a crow as it's symbol?
The bird of paradise on this plane is a flower:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_Airlines
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Ooops! I didn't think of that as googling since I wasn't looking for an answer, just showing a picture of something that wasn't an answer but I guess you're right.
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