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Can you name this song?


Can you name this song?

Can you name this song?

I removed any mentions of its title, then ran the rest of the lyrics through Wordle. Can you name it?

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What do these women have in common?

Jamie Lee Curtis
Ana Gasteyer
Glenne Headley
Felicity Huffman
Julia Ormond
Natasha Richardson
Meryl Streep

Answer (or guess) in the comments. Your prize? Public glory.
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That question, again: Where will you find Gus, Jack, Lee, Roy, and Stan?

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Almost everyone in Idaville calls the boy detective “Encyclopedia” Brown — except two groups of people. Who calls him Leroy?

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That question, again: ABBA, Rihanna, and the Jonas Brothers have each released a hit song with what title?

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ABBA, Rihanna, and the Jonas Brothers have each released a hit song with what title? (Just to be clear: Same title, otherwise different songs.)

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That question, again: The wireless photoradiogram invented by Richard H. Ranger in 1924 was one forerunner of what common piece of office equipment?

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What 1997 hit was bitterly described as “the best song Jagger and Richards have written in 20 years”?


The question: What popular chain restaurant takes part of its name from founder Paul Fleming?

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Lyrics word clouds are back!

I’ve taken the lyrics to a popular song, removed the title if it appeared in them, and run the rest through Wordle to create a word cloud.

Do you recognize this song?



What famous French quotation was featured in the paintings known as The Treachery of Images?

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Trivia quiz: 10 Questions inspired by the Mona Lisa

Round 2 at the Old Pequliar on April 7, 2009

1) The Mona Lisa’s eyes peek out from the cover of what 2003 mystery, the second-best-selling novel of 2004?

2) To create his piece L.H.O.O.Q., what did Dadaist Marcel Duchamp draw on a postcard of the Mona Lisa?

3) Mona Lisa is one of the craters on what planet, where most of the large craters are named after women?

4) The song “Mona Lisa” was a 1950 hit for what jazz vocalist, who last hit the charts in 1991, 26 years after his death?

5) After the Mona Lisa was stolen in 1911, police questioned what artist, who now has a museum in Paris dedicated to him?

6) In 1800, what world leader moved the Mona Lisa to his bedroom?

7) In 2005, “emotion recognition” software calculated that the Mona Lisa was 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry, but 83% what emotional adjective?

8) Mona Lisa Overdrive is the final book in the Sprawl trilogy. What seminal cyberpunk novel was the trilogy’s first book?

9) When the Mona Lisa came to the US in 1962, you could see it in which two East Coast cities? (Half point each)

10) What did the countess of Bearn add to the Mona Lisa back in 1906, which remains with the painting until this day?

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Trivia Quiz: We’ve Got You Covered

Round 5 at the Old Pequliar on March 3, 2009
Average score: 7.54/11 (14 teams)

Each of these audio clips comes from the cover version of a pop song. For a half point each, name the artist performing the song in the clip, and the original artist.

Clip #1

Clip #2

Clip #3

Clip #4

Clip #5

Clip #6

Clip #7

Clip #8

Clip #9

Clip #10

Clip #11

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In the ’80s, Peter Gabriel, the Thompson Twins, and Bon Jovi each recorded otherwise unrelated songs that shared what title?

(And yes, if you were at the Old Pequliar last night, you’ve got an in on this one.)


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Quiz: Vicious Slurs Against the French

Round 2 at the Old Pequliar on March 3, 2009
Average score: 8.5/10 (14 teams)

1) In 2003 cafeterias in the House of Representatives changed the names of two menu items: French fries and what else?

2) In 2006, the French Minister of Culture awarded the Légion d’honneur to whom, calling him the “French people’s favourite clown”?

3) Although Inspector Clouseau is the star of the Pink Panther films, he’s not actually the Pink Panther. Who or what is?

4) What famous romantic stars in the Looney Tunes shorts “The Cats Bah,” “Odor-Able Kitty,” and “For Scent-imental Reasons”?

5) What fictional family claimed to come from Remulac, a small town in France?

6) What insult coined on The Simpsons and popular with the National Review crowd was dubbed as “singes mangeurs de fromage” on the French version of the show?

7) Immediately after a French taunter says “Fetchez la vache,” what is flung at King Arthur and his knights?

8) What 1974 song by Labelle had a cover version hit the charts in 2001, reviving a famous French come-on?

9) In Pulp Fiction, right before revealing what they call a Big Mac in France, Vincent also notes that in Paris you can buy what beverage at McDonald’s?

10) The French have a reputation for passion, so what do we call the thing they refer to as embrasser avec la langue or rouler une pelle?

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