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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on July 1, 2008.
Average score: 6.41/10 (17 teams)

Triangulation is my tip of the hat to Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages and those seldom-used tertiary and sub-tertiary definitions in the dictionary. I’ll give you three definitions, you tell me the word or phrase that fits them all.

Example: A Canadian music award, a Roman goddess, and Roger Ebert’s favorite film of 2007: Juno

1) a kind of wrench, something you can make from socks, and something you spank
2) a novel by Irvine Welsh, a byproduct of horses, and the opposite of rubber
3) a documentary by Diane Keaton, a place where nothing ever happens, and a place on earth
4) the author of The Bonesetter’s Daughter, a key on a calculator, and a George Hamilton accessory
5) the shipboard computer in a science fiction classic, a John Lennon song, and something that turns wine to vinegar
6) one third of a popular hip-hop trio, a product formed by the neutralization of an acid by a base, and what we talked about when we talked about nukes
7) something you’d see on a slot machine, a U2 song, and a name you’ll hear on Must-See Thursday
8) an Edith Wharton novel, a lake in Oregon, and a lifeguard on Baywatch
9) Christopher Martin’s hip-hop alias, the NY Times’ online sports magazine, and “the work of children”
10) a celebritot, a unit of Smurf measurement, and a Newtown Pippin

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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on June 3, 2008.
Average score: 6.13/10 (16 teams)

1) the Segway, one of the Spice Girls, and a castaway
2) a DC Comics supervillain, a children’s television show, and a kind of camera lens
3) a fruit-based dessert, a geologic term, and something a baseball player wants to avoid
4) Beatrice’s cousin, a role playing game system, and what they call a grinder in New York
5) a sign in the Chinese zodiac, something you’d find at a mall, and Splinter
6) a monster that lives in a maze, something funky you might see on TV, and a Whoopi Goldberg film
7) a women’s basketball team, a Peggy Lee song, and something to starve
8) an episode of the series Rome, an automotive company, and a Conan O’Brian character,
9) a recent celebrity autobiography, a truly creepy Japanese horror film, and an Adobe software title
10) a baseball stadium, a jazz-era synonym for hunky-dory, and the alligator man

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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 5 at the Old Pequliar on May 6, 2008
Average score: 8.33/10 (12 teams)

My ode to Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages. Find the word that fits all three descriptions.

Example:
a planet, a candy bar, and a fictional Veronica: Mars

1) a Saturday Night Live character, something a baker does to a cake, and a unit of butter
2) a Stephen King novel, something Clara Bow had, and someone you try to avoid at recess
3) something done to stomachs, part of a traditional diet, and something that used to be common in Playmates
4) a pharmaceutical term, a shade of blue, and something you seek out at Whistler
5) a particular kind of fiction, something done to prices, and someone who played guitar for Michael Jackson
6) a Sondheim musical, a kind of taxi, and a resident of the Satellite of Love
7) an after dinner cocktail, one of the few kosher insects, and a pop cultural synonym for padawan
8) a resident of Narnia, something women wear, and a typewriter key
9) a chapter of the Qur’an, a Harvey Keitel movie, and something you do to salmon
10) someone who just doesn’t get jazz, a popular intersection in a city, and a carpenter’s tool
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Triangulation

Round 6 at the Old Pequliar on Feb. 5, 2008
Average score: 6.78/10 (8 teams)

A.k.a. my ode to Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages.

Identify the word or term that fits all three definitions given. Example: a Canadian music award, a Roman goddess, and Roger Ebert’s best film of 2007: Juno

1) a British railway station, an ABBA song, and a Belgian municipality
2) a Mariah Carey song, a Jessica Alba movie, and an agricultural product
3) a city in Illinois, a Marvel comics superhero, and a Disney princess
4) a Biblical queen, a Bette Davis movie, and one of Gawker Media’s blogs
5) a department store, an ice shelf, and a Friend
6) an educational philosophy, a salad, and a Muppet
7) a supporting character in Peanuts, an Israeli anti-tank missile, and volleyball lingo
8) a principle of good design, a candy, and an Andy Warhol film
9) an Angstrom, one of Winnie the Pooh’s friends, and a sex toy
10) a book by Lemony Snicket, a song by the Doors, and a Seattle radio station

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Triangulation

Round 5 at the Old Pequliar on April 1, 2008
Average score: 6.33/10 (21 teams)

example: a Roman goddess, a Canadian music award, and one of this year’s Best Picture nominees = Juno

1) something you might find on a map, part of a telegraph, and a Florida island
2) a fictional duck, a program used in computer networking, and a noise your car’s engine might make
3) something that can kill an unprepared hiker, magicians’ slang for revealing secrets to non-magicians, and something to keep in mind when you’re taking a picture
4) a symbol for heat, a James Bond character, and the fictional avenue where Gary Coleman lives
5) a shade of black, a musical gang member, and a hit song by Wings
6) a briefcase, Condé Nast’s business magazine, and a collection of your best work
7) a secret agent on TV, a Michael Jackson role, and an iconic local retail store
8) a John Coltrane tune, part of the NATO phonetic alphabet, and a country
9) a film studio mascot, a zodiac sign, and any of 13 popes
10) an Italian motorcycle, an R.E.M. album, and a common last name on Sesame Street

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example: a Roman goddess, a Canadian music award, and one of this year’s Best Picture nominees = Juno

1) a kind of law, how some comedians work, and how you might like your steak cooked
2) a terrorist organization from an ’80s cartoon, an ’80s Sylvester Stallone movie, and a piece of health insurance legislation passed in the ’80s
3) a Macintosh system font, a school of architecture, and a musical choreographed by Bob Fosse
4) a Japanese horror film, an uncommon way to dial a phone, and a chickpea or lentil
5) an American university, a Bush administration official, and something you can do with potatoes
6) a short story by Vladimir Nabokov, a clam, and a formerly trendy scooter
7) a computer file extension, a Billy Ray Cyrus TV show, and a dwarf
8) a British magazine, a puppet, and a tool you can get at an office supply store
9) a kind of tattoo, a multimedia software program, and according to one song, “savior of the universe”
10) a famous presidential campaign commercial, a Duke, and the woman Gatsby loves

Average score (20 teams): 6.15

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Triangulation

e.g. a Roman god, a celestial body, and a Disney character = Pluto

1) a book of the bible, a gaming console, and a British rock band
2) a Roman goddess, a Canadian music award, and Roger Ebert’s favorite film from 2007
3) a reindeer, a cleanser, and a Seattle tavern
4) a cephalopod, an exercise machine, and a fictional submarine
5) a Paul Newman film, an Arena Football League team, and a Stephen King novel published under the name Richard Bachman
6) a card game, a 1970s hit song by Pilot, and an NBA team
7) a soft drink, a celebrity gossip magazine, and a US postal code
8) a magazine, a breakfast cereal mascot, and a song by Radiohead
9) a character on The Wire, a famous chimpanzee, and a Powerpuff Girl
10) a new wave band, a comic strip, and a dessert

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