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Quiz: Politics ’08

Round 6 at the Old Pequliar on Jan. 6, 2009
Average score:

1) In August, Obama denied having an “e-mail relationship” with what famous young attractive supporter?

2) What name completes this quartet: Sidney, Louise, Robinette, and what?

3) The Republican National Convention got started a day late because of what natural disaster?

4) After Prop. 8 passed, what prominent official encouraged gay marriage advocates to “never give up. They should be on it and on it until they get it done”?

5) She didn’t buy the $250 cookie recipe, but what department store was nonetheless the biggest recipient of Sarah Palin’s wardrobe shopping spree?

6) What financial services company was not too big to fail, declaring bankruptcy the same day John McCain declared that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong”?

7) John McCain said “I’ll have my staff get to you” when Politico asked him about what?

8) Early in December, Barack Obama caused a minor kerfuffle when he was spotted using what device during his cardio workout?

9) “There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women,” said Sarah Palin, sharing a Madeline Albright quote that she’d recently discovered where?

10) What esteemed fake president did Paris Hilton consult for advice on her campaign for the fake presidency?

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Quiz: Chocolate

Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Nov. 18, 2008

1) Barack Obama’s favorite sweets come from what local chocolatier?

2) If you’re eating something that’s at least 13% milk solids, 3.5% milk fat, 20% cocoa butter, and no more than 55% sugar, according to US regulations, what is it?

3) Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate, applying skills he used in what other profession involving melted material?

4) Nestle Quik chocolate milk mix was first introduced in 1948. What flavor came next, in 1959?

5) What former cast member on In Living Color hosts Comedy Central’s Chocolate News?

6) What West African country is the world’s leading exporter of cocoa, a crop introduced during the French colonial period?

7) What funk album by Parliament shares its name with a controversial phrase used in a 2006 speech by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin?

8) Roald Dahl’s sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is called Charlie and the … what unusual mode of transportation?

9) Hershey’s Kisses were originally only wrapped in silver foil. What two additional colors did Hershey first use in 1962?

10) According to McSweeney’s, what famous horror writer might have described a Whitman’s Sampler chocolate cherry cordial with this copy: “You must not think me mad when I tell you what I found below the thin shell of chocolate used to disguise this bonbon’s true face. Yes! Hidden beneath its rich exterior is a hideously moist cherry cordial! What deranged architect could have engineered this non-Euclidean aberration? I dare not speculate.”

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Quiz: Current Events (Oct. 1-7, 2008)

Round 1 at the Old Pequliar on Oct. 7, 2008

1) Last week, the third grade class at Gladys Wood Elementary school could earn extra credit by doing what?
2) Yoichiro Nambu, Makoto Kobayashi, and Toshihide Maskawa were just awarded the Nobel Prize in what category?
3) Last week, the McCain campaign pulled out of what midwest state, basically conceding its 17 electoral votes to Obama?
4) What two financial service companies are currently battling to take over Wachovia? (half point each)
5) What happened in Vegas led to charges of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping, which may mean life behind bars for what now-convicted criminal?
6) Bill Ayres, Barack Obama’s terrorist pal, cofounded the radical left wing group the Weathermen. What Bob Dylan song gave the group its name?
7) Apple’s stock price fell 10% on Friday after a “citizen journalist” claimed who had suffered a severe heart attack?
8) Nickelsville, currently located in Discovery Park, has until Wednesday to move to a new location. What is Nickelsville?
9) Last Friday, about 50 women tried out for the Seattle Mist, an expansion team in what sports league?
10) You can no longer get a fish pedicure in Washington State because the Department of Licensing doesn’t believe you can properly do what to a live fish?

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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on August 12, 2008
Average score: 4.82/10 (11 teams)

Triangulation is my tip of the hat to Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages and the seldom-used tertiary and sub-tertiary definitions in the dictionary. Given three definitions, 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 sequel by Alexandra Ripley, a G.I. Joe, and Barack’s email pen pal
2) something you’d yell at a dog, sentimental stuff, and porridge
3) a British car model, a fictional FBI agent, and a Project Mercury astronaut
4) a knotmaking term, a fingerprint pattern, and part of a roller coaster
5) a kind of railway freight car, an American painter, and a Pixar villain
6) an album by Jewel, the crimefighting identity of Denny Colt, and something you’d find at a pep rally
7) a movie about skiing, Jughead’s pet, and the goodbye song on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
8) a corporate mascot elf; a football term; and an exclamation of dismay, disbelief, surprise, or joy
9) something a Jungian psychologist discusses, a pulp hero played by Orson Welles, and Sonic’s rival
10) a professional degree, a character on MASH, and a TV trucker

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Speech! Speech!

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on April 1, 2008
Average score: 8.1/10 (21 teams)

Simple enough: identify the speaker.

1) Who’s speaking?
2) Who’s speaking?
3) Who’s speaking?
4) Who’s speaking?
5) Who’s speaking?
6) Who’s speaking?
7) Who’s speaking?
8) Who’s speaking?
9) Who’s speaking?
10) Who’s speaking?

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The 2008 presidential race

1) John Edwards began and ended his 2008 presidential campaign in what city?
2) Supporters raised over $350,000 to put the message “Who is Ron Paul? Google Ron Paul” on what unusual advertising location?
3) Mike Huckabee wrote a book about weight loss called Stop Digging Your Grave with what?
4) Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and what other declared candidate are still actively seeking the Democratic presidential nomination?
5) Bill Richardson was born in California but raised in what foreign capital?
6) According to campaign staffers, as of fall 2007, what had Rudy Giuliani done more than 40 times in the middle of speeches?
7) When Dennis Kucinich saw a UFO in Washington State, what actress’s house was he staying at?
8) What non-candidate quoted General William Tecumsah Sherman on Face the Press in 2006, stating that “If nominated, I will not run, If elected, I won’t serve”?
9) Christopher Dodd and Joe Biden both announced their decisions to run for the presidency on what radio show?
10) In a May 27, 2007 debate, three Republican candidates admitted that they do not believe in evolution. Name two of them.

Average score (20 teams): 3.73! Too hard.

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2007 in Review

1) What world leader was selected as Time magazine’s person of the year in 2007?
2) What word popularized by the housing bubble did the American Dialect Society select as their 2007 word of the year?
3) What basketball team did Don Imus’ infamous “nappy headed hos” play for?
4) Who was the main financial backer for Bad Newz Kennels?
5) On June 27, what Brit got a new job as the Middle East envoy working on behalf of the US, the UN, Russia, and the European Union?
6) Hong Kong, England, Slovenia, and New South Wales and Victoria in Australia all passed laws restricting what activity?
7) In November, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue led a prayer on the steps of the state capitol, asking God to send what?
8) What four-word plea, popularized by appearances on YouTube and t-shirts, did the author of the Yale Book of Quotations select as the year’s top quotation?
9) According to Joe Biden, Rudy Giuliani includes three things in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and what?
10) Which Democratic presidential candidate has the Secret Service codename “renegade”?
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