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Old 07 November 2017, 07:44 PM
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1. I thought poets wrote sonnets and painters painted. Hmm. Learn something new every day. I don't know many French painters, and the ones I do know all start with M. Manet, Monet and Matisse. I'll go with Matisse.

2. I learned it in school as BEDMAS, Brackets, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, Addition/Subtraction.

3. I'm spitballing here, but the Rhodes Scholarship? It's been around for a while.

4. I have no clue. JD Robb?

5. Hmmmm. I know this one.... One of my favourite films. Charlie Chaplin lampooned Adolf Hitler.

6. Wild boar? Don't know. I've had quite a bit of boar in Israel and Lebanon and it went by a lot of names. Long pig would fit right in.

7. I know something that ties several of them together. Angels, Dodgers, Yankees and formerly the Tigers all played in stadiums that held the team names. I don't know if it holds true for the others or if that is even unusual.
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Old 07 November 2017, 08:04 PM
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I notice we had the D and the M the other way round, too - even in the more standard BEDMAS version. That makes a better word, to my mind...
I don't know about that, I think kids would certainly remember BOMDAS better, especially if you pronounced it "bombed ass".
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Old 07 November 2017, 08:10 PM
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I don't know about that, I think kids would certainly remember BOMDAS better, especially if you pronounced it "bombed ass".
That is true. After all, I had heard a rumour that near my hometown they tried to get the mnemonic changed from BEDMAS to BEMDAS, because it had the word "Bed" in it. Too sexualised, I guess.

I know it is probably an urban legend, but given the nature of where I grew up, it would not surprise me at all.
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Old 07 November 2017, 08:38 PM
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Compared to one of the mnemonics used to remember resistor color codes*, that's extremely tame.

* Really doubt it was ever an "official" one.
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Old 07 November 2017, 09:43 PM
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1. What French painter wrote an 1889 sonnet that begins, "One knows that in your world / Queens are made of distance and grease paint"? Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec?

2. What does the S, which comes last, stand for in the arithmetic mnemonic PEMDAS? subtraction

3. What scholarly order was founded in 1534 by seven men, including Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier? The Jesuits


5. What two men were born just four days apart in April 1889, fifty years before one lampooned the other with a famous movie portrayal? Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler

6. "Long pig" is a culinary term for what kind of meat? Human flesh
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Old 08 November 2017, 03:05 PM
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Pretty impressive you got it right then.
Not really. "Arithmatic" plus MDAS made the answer fairly obvious (to me, at least).

But thank you anyway (actually, I should've said "thank you" first. Oops).

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Old 14 November 2017, 11:54 AM
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Tuesday Trivia Time!

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. What French painter wrote an 1889 sonnet that begins, "One knows that in your world / Queens are made of distance and grease paint"?
Edgar Degas, when he wasn't painting ballerinas, was writing poetry about them.

2. What does the S, which comes last, stand for in the arithmetic mnemonic PEMDAS?
PEMDAS is the "order of operations" mnemonic: parentheses, then exponents, then multiplication, and so on. The final S is for "subtraction."

3. What scholarly order was founded in 1534 by seven men, including Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier?
The Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuit order.

4. What author, currently working on Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, announced last year that its sequel, the tenth book in her best-selling series, will also be the last?
This is Diana Gabaldon, who writes those incredibly successful novels that I don't know anything about but I think maybe started out as erotic Highlander fanfic?

5. What two men were born just four days apart in April 1889, fifty years before one lampooned the other with a famous movie portrayal?
Charlie Chaplin and his mustache twin Adolf Hitler were both born during the third week of April, 1889.

6. "Long pig" is a culinary term for what kind of meat?
"Long pig" was supposedly the local term on certain cannibal-friendly Pacific islands for human flesh.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these major league baseball teams, and no others? Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals, Orioles, Yankees, and formerly the Braves, Tigers, and White Sox.
These are all the teams that play (or played) in parks named for the team itself rather than some insurance company or something. This was going to be an all-sport question before I realized how many NFL teams briefly did this in the late '90s/early 2000s. I don't think there's a team in NBA history that's done this, and in hockey it was just the Maple Leafs and (arguably) the Capitals.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What country did Saad Hariri lead before his unexpected resignation earlier this month?

2. What popular Australian food brand is named for a type of French casserole pot?

3. What is scattered by the Tyndall effect?

4. At the time of her death in 2007, an Inuit woman named Rose Okpeaha Leavitt was the last living witness to the 1935 deaths of what two famous Americans?

5. What TV character worked as a chef at Iridium, then Allesandro's, and then Javu?

6. What was the Olympic sport of sailing known as prior to the 2000 games?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these rock bands? Blondie, Garbage, Guns & Roses, Journey, the Monkees, No Doubt, the Ramones, Tool, the Velvet Underground.

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Old 14 November 2017, 12:14 PM
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1. What country did Saad Hariri lead before his unexpected resignation earlier this month?

Lebanon.

2. What popular Australian food brand is named for a type of French casserole pot?

The only food brand I know that is named for a French casserole pot is Marmite, but it's not Australian.
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:21 PM
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Oi! I haven't read them all yet, but number 2 is an English (or British) food brand! I think Australians might eat it as well, but theirs isn't even the same!
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#4 is Wiley Post and Will Rogers? Maybe?
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:37 PM
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Richard W: Australians eat Vegemite instead.
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1. What country did Saad Hariri lead before his unexpected resignation earlier this month?

Lebanon.

4. At the time of her death in 2007, an Inuit woman named Rose Okpeaha Leavitt was the last living witness to the 1935 deaths of what two famous Americans?

Will Rogers and...the pilot dude?

6. What was the Olympic sport of sailing known as prior to the 2000 games?
Yachting? Hiding from snake-like sharks?
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Richard W: Australians eat ...
They also have the brand Ken Jennings is thinking of, I believe. But I've been told it's slightly different from the British version. (I didn't try it when I was there as far as I remember. I have tried the brand you mention. It tastes "green" and not nearly salty enough.)

I think number 5 is Monica from Friends.

The rock bands look interesting - I'm sure I should be able to think of something for that, but no ideas so far.
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Old 14 November 2017, 02:15 PM
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3. What is scattered by the Tyndall effect? Light?

6. What was the Olympic sport of sailing known as prior to the 2000 games? Ketching? Or, for the Israeli team, Kvetching?
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Old 14 November 2017, 03:20 PM
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THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What country did Saad Hariri lead before his unexpected resignation earlier this month?
I've been avoiding politics lately as the news has been so overwhelmingly bad, that I have no clue. I'm going to say Syria, just to have an answer.
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2. What popular Australian food brand is named for a type of French casserole pot?
I initially read this as Austrian instead of Australian. And I should know this, but the answer is hovering off just to the left of my brain, so I don't. Entrepot.
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3. What is scattered by the Tyndall effect?
At this time of year, I have to say leaves, even if it's not right.
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4. At the time of her death in 2007, an Inuit woman named Rose Okpeaha Leavitt was the last living witness to the 1935 deaths of what two famous Americans?
Gag. Two supposed robbers who were electrocuted in Massachusetts whose names are off with the answer to question number 2. Sacco & Vanzetti. ETA: I think Kitap has this right.
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5. What TV character worked as a chef at Iridium, then Allesandro's, and then Javu?
A character on one of the many shows I've never seen. I don't even have a guess for this one.
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6. What was the Olympic sport of sailing known as prior to the 2000 games?
Yachting?
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7. What unusual distinction is shared by these rock bands? Blondie, Garbage, Guns & Roses, Journey, the Monkees, No Doubt, the Ramones, Tool, the Velvet Underground.
They all continued after losing a major member of the band. Journey lost its lead singer, Monkees lost (initially) Mike Nesmith, No Doubt lost what's his face Stefani (Gwen's brother), the Ramones lost Joey (I think it was Joey who went first). I think Blondie lost a guitarist.

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1. Lebanon.

2. No idea.

3. Light.

4. Will Rogers is one, the other, his pilot, is escaping me at the moment.

5. Monica Gellar.

6. Tacking?

7. Nothing comes to mind.
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Old 14 November 2017, 04:53 PM
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1. Hariri was PM of Lebanon. Lead? There is still the President as head of state.

2. Betty Crocker

3. Light?

4. Bonnie and Clyde? Going to be interested to see the answer to this one

5. I don't know TV chefs. Ramsey? I think he's one.

6. Windjamming

7. All have one standout member that has the band's identity tied to their own. Really, can anyone name a member of Blondie other than Debbie Harry?
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Old 21 November 2017, 11:51 AM
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Hello. Tuesday trivia is here.

LAST WEEK'S ANSWERS

1. What country did Saad Hariri lead before his unexpected resignation earlier this month?
Said Hariri, like his father Rafic, was prime minister of Lebanon.

2. What popular Australian food brand is named for a type of French casserole pot?
Marmite is gross, but many things that can be cooked in "une marmite" are delicious.

3. What is scattered by the Tyndall effect?
Light--the Tyndall effect in a solution scatters blue light more than red, which is why smoke sometimes appears blue-ish. A similar effect, Rayleigh scattering, explains why the sky is blue.

4. At the time of her death in 2007, an Inuit woman named Rose Okpeaha Leavitt was the last living witness to the 1935 deaths of what two famous Americans?
Rose and her father saw the Barrow, Alaska plane crash that killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

5. What TV character worked as a chef at Iridium, then Allesandro's, and then Javu?
Those are fictional New York restaurants, and the only fictional person to fictionally chef at all three was Monica Geller, Courteney Cox's character on Friends.

6. What was the Olympic sport of sailing known as prior to the 2000 games?
Sailing was yachting. Lah-di-dah.

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these rock bands? Blondie, Garbage, Guns & Roses, Journey, the Monkees, No Doubt, the Ramones, Tool, the Velvet Underground.
These American bands all had exactly one member (making common-sense allowances for lineup changes) who was actually British. We didn't accept answers like "British-American bands" because so many of the most likely candidates, like Fleetwood Mac and Foreigner, were missing.

This week, Ken Jennings included this statement about the question 7 we just did:
Happy (American) Thanksgiving from Tuesday Trivia! I'm thankful for you, the sixteen thousand trivia lovers who make the quiz possible. If a trivia question falls in an inbox and nobody reads it, does it even make a sound?

I'm also thankful to you for catching the occasional glitch in the quiz. Two weeks ago, Question Seven had a particularly embarrassing mistake in it. The list of musical acts in that question--supposedly American bands that had exactly one British-born musician--included the Ramones. This was meant to refer to Tommy Ramone, but Tommy (Tamas Erdelyi) was actually born in Hungary. The Ramones were a remnant from a first draft of the question where I allowed bands with one member born anywhere in Europe--Metallica, Green Day, etc. Tuesday Trivia apologizes to you, our readers, for inadvertently making this question more confusing than intended. And to the late Tommy Ramone, for implying that Budapest is somewhere in the British Isles.


THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS

1. What Thanksgiving staple is the last word in the lyrics of The Jeffersons' theme song?

2. What river valley in central Yorkshire lent its name to the largest breed of terrier?

3. The Morgan-Keenan system classifies stars using seven different letters. Which letter describes Earth's Sun?

4. In 2016, what venerable software product did Microsoft replace with Microsoft Edge?

5. In 1792, Denmark became the first modern nation--and Mauritania, in 1981, the last--to do what?

6. In what city did Herb Alpert attend a bullfight in 1961, first exposing him to the mariachi music that changed his career?

7. What unusual distinction is shared by these U.S. metropolitan areas, and no others? Chicago, Huntington (West Virginia), Memphis, New York City, Philadelphia, Sioux City, Washington.

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Old 21 November 2017, 01:25 PM
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1. I've never seen it, but the obvious guess would be turkey.

2. Airedale.

3. I'm not sure of this but something at the back of my mind says it's S (for Sol or sun-like).

4. Internet Explorer (as long as you accept "venerable" just meaning "old"...)

5. Allow women the vote.

6. Would that be Havana? I'm sure I should know more about mariachi music but I don't even know which country or region it's from.

7. It must be something to do with the boundaries in the definition, I think. They can't all be bounded by water - even NYC isn't. And there must be others with water on at least one side. Hmm.
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2. What river valley in central Yorkshire lent its name to the largest breed of terrier?

Airedale

6. In what city did Herb Alpert attend a bullfight in 1961, first exposing him to the mariachi music that changed his career?

Tijuana
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