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What do these actresses have in common?

Grace Kelly
Jodie Foster
Jennifer Aniston
Elisha Cuthbert
Deborah Foreman
Sienna Miller
Melanie Griffith

Note: Other actresses qualify for the list; I cherry-picked seven from a larger-but-still-not-all-that-large pool.

Answer (or guess) in the comments. Your prize? Public glory.
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That question, again: A 1984 hit by Queen inspired the name of what contemporary chart-topping artist?

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Getting this in under the wire, if like me you’re on the West Coast:

A 1984 hit by Queen inspired the name of what contemporary chart-topping artist?


That question, again: Because of sugar, flour, and butter shortages during World War II, Girl Scouts couldn’t sell cookies to raise money. What more practical product did they sell instead?

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What website takes its name from a Mandarin word that means both “a gourd that holds precious things” and “interactive recording”?

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The question: Which of their albums did Queen name after movies featuring the Marx Brothers?

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Which of their albums did Queen name after movies featuring the Marx Brothers?

How hard was this? [ratings]


The question: Can you name three of the four composers who belong in this group — and explain why? Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, Claude Monet, Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Vincent Van Gogh, and William Wordsworth

So yeah, that was hard …

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Trivia + wordplay: Trianguation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on May 5, 2009

Trivia meets wordplay. I’ll give you three definitions. You tell me the word all three of them could define.

Example: an after-dinner cocktail, a kosher insect, and a synonym for padawan? Grasshopper.

Got it? Here we go:

1) a Supreme Court plaintiff, a university, and a famous encyclopedia

2) the opposite of draw, part of a LEGO, and an earring

3) an Heiress Records album, a Gilmore Girls character, and a Trojan

4) a book by Alex Haley, a card, and a kind of bee

5) a basketball game, h, and a type of power

6) Louise Brooks, a little comic strip character, and something amazing

7) a perpetually rejected fish, a Revlon fragrance, and part of the phonetic alphabet

8) a variety of apple, a Toni Morrison novel, and a Transformer

9) a river, someone known for his escapes, and the opposite of ladder

10) a Bumstead, a text file, and a monster

ANSWERS (no peeking!)

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Quiz: Movies

Round 7 at the Old Pequliar on Dec. 2, 2008
Average score: 6.8/10 (15 teams)

1) Queen’s song “Keep Passing the Open Windows” was originally written for what 1984 movie, which featured Nastassja Kinski as a woman who dresses in a bear suit?

2) What 1998 thriller, directed by Tony Scott, stars Gene Hackman as a surveillance expert similar to the character he played in The Conversation?

3) What 1990 Christian Slater film about a mysterious high-school rebel won the Golden Space Needle award at SIFF, defeating Jesus of Montreal?

4) Billy Crystal originally wrote what 2001 comedy “about celebrity, family, and other forms of insanity,” so he could play the romantic lead, but ended up playing John Cusack’s publicist instead?

5) What 2001 comedy was the first film made featuring two African-American Oscar winners, specifically Whoopi Goldberg and Cuba Gooding, Jr.?

6) According to Salon.com’s critic Stephanie Zacharek, the real stars of what 2003 caper are the Mini Coopers involved in the chase scene?

7) What 1999 comedy/horror movie about a boy who accidentally kills his parents and best friends had its release date pushed back because of the Columbine massacre?

8) What 1998 big last-day-of-high-school party movie includes nine actors who appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and four that appeared on Six Feet Under?

9) What 1997 movie features a British spy foiling the nefarious Project Vulcan, a subterranean delivery system for nuclear warheads?

10) What actor or actress appears in all nine of these movies?

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“Love” Songs

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on Feb. 5, 2008
Average score: 4.67/10 (9 teams)

Each correct answer has the word “love” in the title.

1) What 2001 song started as garage rock, but was covered by Joss Stone in a soul style and Richard Cheese in a lounge style?
2) What was Tina Turner’s first #1 single in her post-Ike career?
3) What chart-topping 1965 song by the Supremes includes an exclamation point in the title?
4) What 1989 hard rock song starts with a spoken intro called “Going Down”?
5) In 1975, what song written by Neil Sedaka became the first #1 hit for a popular husband and wife band?
6) As of right now, what 1992 song was the Cure’s last top 40 hit in the United States?
7) What Queen song did Taylor Hicks sing on American Idol?
8) What 1978 punk song by the Buzzcocks was inspired by a question one of the characters asks in the musical Guys and Dolls?
9) What song only reached #8 on the US Billboard singles chart in the ’80s, but hit #1 when it was sampled for a 2006 Rihanna song?
10) According to urban legend, what 1975 song from the album Honey includes the album’s cover model screaming as she was being murdered in the studio?

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