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Bad TV Show Description Round


We had a lot of fun with this wild card round this past week. Special shout out to Denver Dicker for giving me this idea (and a few of the questions). I give you the year a show debuted and description not of the show but of the show’s title. For example if I said “1978-An explosive expose of the private life of Philly’s favorite quizmaster” you would answer “Good Times” (since that’s the show that came out in 1978.) Got it? Good. Here ya go. Answers after the jump.

  1. 1978-Two rival artist debate proper painting techniques.
  2. 1957- Anthropomorphized forest animals party all day and night, letting a lone freshwater mammal do all their work.
  3. 1982- A loving couple tries to balance parenthodd with their succesful neckwear business.
  4. 1985- A hospital show about patients with rapidly expanding malignant tumors.
  5. 1988- (Hint: it debuted on the BBC) A mockumentary following a midget during his work at a Soviet Gulag.
  6. 1998- This show follows the unlikely pairing of Oklahoma’s favorite son and the Princess of Monaco.
  7. 1984- A man starts up a neighborhood basketball league that plays all of its games after the sun goes down.
  8. 2005- A community tries to deal with the death of a local wide receiver who made the winning TD in the homecoming game but was killed by a vicious tackle at the goal line.
  9. 2003- Two men are haunted by the specter of their long lost buddy, who was sawed in two in a tragic mill accident.
  10. 1968-A couple decides to spend their golden anniversary in the town of Hilo.

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Toughest Questions From Last Week

  1. HowardCatherine02Five masterpieces were stolen from a French art museum today. One of them was Le pigeon aux petit pois or Dove with the Green Peas, which was painted n 1911 by whom?
  2. The first modern King of Greece shares the same first name as a character on the Simpsons. What is it?
  3. There are two predominately Roman Catholic countries in Asia. One is rather large and one is tiny. The tiny one finally gained it’s independence from Indonesia in 2002. What are they?
  4. Who played Sally’s Best friend in When Harry Met Sally?
  5. This expensive cut of steak, when including the bone, is known as a cowboy variety.
  6. What popular girls name is also the name of a female donkey?
  7. A male mallard has the same name as a rapper. What is it?
  8. Niacin is also known as B what?
  9. Anne Boleyn was beheaded on this date in 1540. Which of Henry VIIIs other wives was also beheaded?
  10. This eccentric singer and actress was friends with Andy Warhol and released the album Slave to the Rhythm in 1985.

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

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  1. The man who orchestrated the break in of Watergate actually appeared on two episodes of Miami Vice as a man named Captain Real Estate.
  2. When Blender magazine named this 1985 hit the worst song ever, editor Craig Marks said, “It purports to be anti-commerical but reeks of 80’s corporate rock commercialism. It’s a rea reflection of what practically killed rock music in the 80s.”
  3. What sports venue did Sun Myung Moon famously choose to marry 4000 of his followers in 1982?
  4. Shylocks daughter’s name in the Merchant of Venice was the #1 name for American girls born in the 1980s. What was it?
  5. A leak from a pesticide company killed thousands of people in Bhopal India in 1984. What chemical company ran the plant?
  6. Sonny Crockett’s alligator had the same name as a famous singer and entertainer. What was it?
  7. What 1988 James Michener epic had chapters titled Gold, Salmon, and Ring of Fire?
  8. The player who had the most hits during the 1980s played his entire career for the same team, won MVPs at SS and Centerfield, and was elected to the HOF in 1999.
  9. What beloved 80s movie character had a wizard companion named Akiro?
  10. The Russian word for rebuilding, Gorbachev first used it in the mid 1980s.

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

mpHere’s some of the toughest questions from last week. Answers are after the jump. (For more tough questions, click here.)

  1. Born in 1892, she was known as America’s Sweetheart, which was sort of ironic, since she was born in Canada. Who is she?
  2. Lawyer Oscar Zeta Acosta, who would have turned 75 this month, is best known for his friendship with what author?
  3. In Hawaii, a’a and pahoehoe are both types of what?
  4. Whose first novel was the Pickwick Papers?
  5. In the 1980s, this artist became the first and thus far only artist to score a Number one hit in the United States with a German language song. Who was he?
  6. What cosmetic company makes Frost Lipstick in O?
  7. What was Alf’s real name?
  8. A group of apes is known as a a) shrewdness b) sounder c) herd d) pack
  9. This man claimed to reach the North Pole with Matthew Henson on this date in 1909, and is widely credited w/ being the first there, though many modern scholars doubt that he made it to the true North Pole.
  10. What god awful movie starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston is about a pitcher who thinks about his girlfriend while he pitches a perfect game?

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The Mystery Round

andrew_jacksonExtremely tough Mystery Round on Thursday. Only 3 teams figured out what all of the answers to these questions had in common. See if you can. The topic is ENTERTAINMENT. Click “More” to see the answers. 

  1. This is the second largest city in Italy.
  2. It’s a slang term for a toilet or a low level drug dealer, heard regularly on The Wire.
  3. This  was Andrew Jacksons nickname.
  4. This drama, produced by David E. Kelly, aired on CBS from 1992 to 1996, and took place in a town called Rome, Wisconsin.
  5. One of the first real tricks most people learn on a skateboard, you hit the tail end of your board against the ground, causing the whole board to pop up with your feet still on it.
  6. This group, descended from Vikings, ran northern France, much of England, and parts of Italy from the 10th century to the early 13th century. 
  7. This female comedian was the show of the show Grace Under Fire.
  8. You’ll find this town, known as Derry Church until 1906, 14 miles east of Harrisburg.
  9. This former WWE interviewer and announcer wasn’t really mean at all.
  10. What is the Mystery Round about?

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The Snow Quiz

IMG_1481I’m feeling lazy, but I’ll guess I’ll make a new quiz today, dammit. (yes, we are on for tonight.) Therefore, here is Tuesday’s wild card round, Snow. Answers are after the jump. (For more trivia questions, click here.)

  1. What video game developer has given us the games Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo?
  2. What group released an album in 1997 called Snowed In?
  3. What state does Olympia Snowe represent?
  4. Philadelphia’s record for snowfall in one storm is 30.7 inches, set in January of what year of the 1990s?
  5. This countries tallest mountains are the snowy mountains, with the highest point, Mt. Koscusko, standing at 7310 feet.
  6. What fast food chain has a creation called the blizzard?
  7. Who was the star of the film Snow Dogs?
  8. What car company produces a vehicle called the Avalanche?
  9.  What buxom starlet famously said, “I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”
  10.  What was one hit wonder Snow’s big hit?

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The Wing Round

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In honor of that peculiar Philly Institution, the Wing Bowl, this week’s Wild Card Round was “Wings”. See how you do.

  1. Who has won the most Wing Bowls?
  2. Who released a song called Little Wing in 1967? 
  3. Ahoy, sailor.  This bar in Buffalo claims to have invented the chicken wing in 1964.
  4. Who was the lead singer for Wings?
  5. What two men are credited with creating the Wing Bowl?
  6. This woman starred in the film in An Officer and a Gentleman.
  7.  Who were the two actors who starred as brothers on the show Wings?
  8.  What was the first name of the lead vocalist for the band Winger?
  9. Bette Midler recorded the song Wind Beneath my Wings for this 1989 movie.
  10. What sport boasts a team called the Philadelphia Wings?

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Mystery Round Unveiled

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Ok, so here’s how it worked. I asked 9 questions. The 10th question was what do the first 9 answers all have in common. Where did I come up with such a brilliant idea for a round? I stole it from the New Deck quiz. I thought of it all on my own. Yeah, I know. I’m pretty smart. Answers to question and answer to the mystery are after the jump. 

  1. In ancient Egypt, these were worn to display status and also as ID tags to help the Gods guide the wearer to the appropriate level in the afterlife.
  2. This woman famously played a character named Prissy in Gone With the Wind and later modeled for the Mrs. Butterworth bottle. 
  3. What formula gives us the mass-energy equivalence?
  4. This song was a big hit for both the Lovin Spoonful and Lupe Fiasco.
  5. The first one of these was issued on September 22, 1862, the 2nd one was issued on January 1, 1863.
  6. Who had a hit with Rock n Roll Pt 2, and was later arrested for child pornography?
  7. Jesse Jackson founded this coalition in 1984, which was later merged with Operation PUSH.
  8. What was the first Top 40 hit for Aerosmith, heard in the movie Dazed and Confused?
  9. This magician is the star of the show Mindfreak.
  10. What did the answers to 1-9 have in common?

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

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  1. What is the only planet whose day (one planetary rotation) lasts longer than it’s year (one orbit around the sun)?
  2. What NFL record does Flipper Anderson hold?
  3. Who wrote the Martian Chronicles in 1950?
  4. What four musicals won an Oscar in the 1960s for Best Picture?
  5. This artists shocking last work, “etant donnes” (NSFW), or The Waterfall, was completed in 1966 and can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  6. The 2nd largest city in Washington is on the eastern side of the state. What is it?
  7. Henry Wirz was the Civil War soldier executed for War Crimes. What war crime was he associated with?
  8. What controversial poet authored the short poem She Walks in Beauty and the narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan?
  9. What is a lion-goat-serpent called?
  10. What is a eukaryotic cell?

Answers after the jump.

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

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  1. Its seeds are found on rye bread and its essential oil is used in kummel liquer.
  2. What is the longest river in Canada, named for the explorer who travelled on it.
  3. What 7 letter palindrome are you most likely to find at the Daytona 500?
  4. Fill in the blank on the Ice Cube song: How to survive in _____ ________. The place where bustin a gat is fundamental.
  5. To the nearest million, how many people live in Los Angeles?
  6. What is the name of Dog the Bounty Hunters wife?
  7. This Roman Catholic priest from Belgium who worked with lepers in Molokai just got canonized by the pope.
  8. The book and movie Alive were about a plane that crashed on October 13th, 1972. What country were the rugby players on board that plane from?
  9. Sammy Hagar turns 62 today. He named his brand of tequila after a Van Halen song. What is the name of the tequila?
  10. The Razzies for Worst Picture in 1995 and 1996 were both given to movies that dealt with the same profession. What profession was it?

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Toughest Questions From Last Week

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  1. What was Mozarts final opera?
  2. In what state will you find Narragansett Bay?
  3. Shortly before his mental collapse in 1889, who said, “I am not a man I am dynamite?”
  4. What made James Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise household names?
  5. What is the capital of Alabama?
  6. What is the most populous country in Africa?
  7. The Siamese fighting fish is also known as a what?
  8. According to TV Guide, the highest paid TV actor in Hollywood takes home $875,000 an episode. Who is he?
  9. In 1973, this player was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, the MInnesota Vikings, and the San Diego Padres.
  10. In the 80s an actor won an Oscar for Best Actor in his film debut. In the 60s two women won best actress awards in their film debuts. Who were they?

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Toughest Questions From Last Week’s Quizzo

The Large BathersBust number 10 out when you find yourself surrounded by nerds at a cocktail party. I think it’s a damn good trivia question. Answers after the jump.

  1. An amendment becomes a law when the legislatures of this fraction of the states ratify it.
  2. What 15th century navigator discovered the sea route from Europe to India by the Cape of Good Hope?
  3. This actor starred as Elvis in a 1979 TV movie, starred as an Elvis impersonator in a 2001 movie, and provided the voice of Elvis in Forrest Gump.
  4. You can find two of this artists paintings of buxom gals bathing at the Barnes Foundation, and you can find another one, called the Large Bathers, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Who is the artist?
  5. What is the 4th word of the US Constitution?
  6. Who has the record for most career yards passing for the New Orleans Saints?
  7. In France, they have some called Grande Vitesse. In Japan they are known as Shinkansen. What are they?
  8. Scouts brother in To Kill a Mockingbird is Jeremy, whose nickname was what?
  9. What was the name of the bar in the movie Road House?
  10. In the early 1820s, America’s 14th President, the poet who wrote Song of Hiawatha, and the author of the House of the Seven Gables all became friends while attending Bowdoin College together. Who are they?

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

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  1. What planet has a moon called Titan?
  2. Whose arch nemesis is the Peculiar Purple Pie man (above)?
  3. What 1991 chick flick’s tagline was: “The Secret of Life? The Secret of Life is in the Sauce.”
  4. Actor Jack Lord is best known for this one sentence phrase he employed regularly in the 70s.
  5. There are two eagles found in the US, bald eagles and what other kind of eagle?
  6. Within one either way, 100 kilometers equals how many miles?
  7. Who overthrew King Idris the First in 1969, and is still the leader of his country?
  8. What do boll weevils like to feed on?
  9. The Titans used to be known as the Oilers. What current AFC team used to be known as the Titans?
  10. Of the 13 original colonies, which one was settled as a penal colony?

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Toughest Questions from Last Week

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  1. What US policy was introduced in 1823 which stated that “The American continents are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”
  2. Who won the Presidency with the slogan Tippecanoe and Tyler too?
  3. What was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, published when he was 24?
  4. The Bridal Chorus, better known as Here Comes the Bride is not heard at many Jewish weddings, perhaps because its composer was an avowed antisemite. Who is he?
  5. 6 months after defeating Chuck Wepner in 1970, this boxer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Las Vegas.
  6. You’ll find the adrenal glands directly above what organ?
  7. Albert DeSalvo was born in 1931. What was he better known as?
  8. Jay Berwanger won the first ever one of these awards.
  9. Before departing in a hot air balloon, who does the Wizard leave in charge of Oz?
  10. The play A Man for All Seasons is about this 16th century saint.

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