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[Pub trivia] Triangulation (June 2, 2009)

Featured as round 3 at the Old Pequliar on June 2, 2009

I’ll give you three definitions (in a fairly loose sense of the word). You tell me what word or phrase fits all three of them.

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

1) a season, something Reagan forgot to do, and a Groucho prop

2) Oscar Zeta Acosta’s more famous name, the Muppets’ most famous Frackle, and a porn genre

3) half of a Neil Diamond song, a bomb, and an action figure in its original packaging

4) to buzz, to piss, and someone good at math

5) an elf, an inexpensive camera, and one way to get your THC

6) balderdash, a bed, and a fictional Baltimore detective

7) congestion, a slang term among fans of The Office, and something Phish is known for

8) a kind of mouse, a kind of flight, and to be smitten

9) Allison DuBois, pink in the center, and a synonym for message

10) a fictional mother, Maverick’s partner, a bump … and the opposite of question 1

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Trivia quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on April 7, 2009

Trivia meets wordplay. I’ll give you three definitions. You tell me what word or term 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 kind of Republican, a presidential birthplace, and something you might put on pancakes

2) a sketchy version of the lottery, a crime drama, and a book of the bible

3) Barbie’s younger sister, an employment agency, and a shade of green

4) one of Pee-wee’s friends, a kind of chick, and what Alabama is the heart of

5) something a bird does, a Lonesome Dove character, and to name the pocket you’re shooting for

6) a Yahoo! website, a haircut, and something the Simpsons might drink

7) a boxing measurement, a measure of audience size, and a toothbrush

8) one of Beetle Bailey’s brothers in arms, a bet in roulette, and a white fudge candy bar

9) an obsolete Chrysler car, a Carpenters album, and Alaska’s sister

10) Morse code for “e”, part of a URL, and an Animaniac

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TODAY’S QUESTION:

What national restaurant chain’s name is the anagram of a Native American language?

(If there’s more than one answer to this I’ll … be delighted.)

YESTERDAY‘S ANSWER:

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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on Dec. 2, 2008
Average score: 6.07/10 (15 teams)

Triangulation is the product of an unholy union between Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages, seldom-used dictionary definitions, Urban Dictionary, and whatever words catch my fancy. 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 wine, a kind of rock, and where Hewlett-Packard got its start

2) a British drink made of fruit juice and soda water, a non-Olympic racquet sport, and a zucchini

3) something you build while hunting, a forced bet, and a slat-driven device

4) five and a half yards, something you’d find near a cone, and a character from Avenue Q

5) Snoopy’s sister, a Disney princess, and Sebastian’s dog

6) a wrestling lineup, a wag or wit or joker, or something you punch

7) a kind of bug, a field, and Jennifer’s middle name

8) part of a whip, a British crime TV series, and a racial slur

9) a tour guide, to summon someone, and a 1950s Playmate of the Month

10) a porn studio, Elphaba’s story, and Bostonese for “extremely”

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Quiz: Triangulation

Round 3 at the Old Pequliar on October 7, 2008

Triangulation is the product of an unholy union between Wikipedia’s disambiguation pages, seldom-used dictionary definitions, Urban Dictionary, and whatever words catch my fancy. 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) An SUV, a bar on Capitol Hill, and an East Coast WNBA team
2) The opposite of double, an indefinite pronoun, and the force that threatens Fantasia
3) A honeycomb holder, a story that contains stories within itself, and 1/24th of a second of a movie
4) The average value of a force multiplied by the time during which it acts, a jazz record label, and when a man you never met before suddenly gives you flowers
5) A Unix command, an octothorp, and a kind of brown
6) Police Woman, a warm-up exercise, and a Gwyneth Paltrow character
7) A British lad mag, a really good poker hand, and a WWII quote
8) Two out of three games of bridge, a gumshoe, and a french letter
9) Clarissa’s last name on Clarissa Explains It All, Lady’s owner in Lady and the Tramp, and a Julie Christie film
10) Chutzpah, the website that described itself as “literate smut,” and what the Cowardly Lion sings for

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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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