Friday, September 16, 2005

Answers to the Quiz Thing

Here are the answers to the quiz I made up for this post. (Ignore the date on this entry; I used Blogger's ability to change dates to ensure that this post does not appear on the blog's main page.)

Here are the questions again, with their answers:

11. Only two baseball players have ended the World Series by hitting a walk-off home-run. Name them.

Bill Mazeroski (1960, Game Seven, Pirates over Yankees), Joe Carter (1993, Game Six, Blue Jays over Phillies)

12. Roger Ebert wrote a screenplay many years ago. Name the director of the resulting film.

Russ Meyer directed Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

13. Name the two ingredients in a roux. (There's some wiggle-room here, actually.)

Butter and flour. (I've heard of roux being made with olive oil and other fats, but most often I've seen butter as the fat.)

14. Leonard Bernstein wrote a symphony based on what poem by W.H. Auden?

The Age of Anxiety.

15. Harold Arlen, Vincent Gallo, Orel Hershiser, Ani DiFranco, and Christine Baranski all have this in common.

All were born in Buffalo.

16. Give the real names of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi.

17. Johannes Brahms wrote ____ symphonies. (For extra credit, Brahms wrote ____ of his ____ symphonies in major keys.)

Four symphonies; two in major keys (the Second in D and the Third in F).

18. In the 23rd century, the United Federation of Planets maintains only one crime that still carries a death penalty. Name that crime.

Visiting the planet Talos IV.

19. Name Wolverine's mutant superpower.

Exceptionally fast healing from wounds. (The claws and his unbreakable bones are not mutant powers, but were given to him in some kind of medical procedure by some government entity.)

20. On what planet did Luke Skywalker learn the truth of his parentage? (There are two possible answers here, actually.)

Darth Vader told Luke during their duel on Bespin; Yoda later confirmed it on Dagobah.

21. In the opening passage of Neuromancer, what color is the sky?

The color of a television tuned to a dead channel.

22. In the James Bond films, what is Q's name?

Major Boothroyd. (He is addressed as such by M in From Russia With Love, and Anya Amasova calls him by name in The Spy Who Loved Me.)

23. What hardly happens in Hartford, Hereford and Hampshire?

Hurricanes. (This is one of Professor Higgins's diction exercises in My Fair Lady.)

24. What composer fell madly in love at first sight with actress Harriet Smithson? (For extra credit, what role was she playing at the time?)

Hector Berlioz. (She was playing Ophelia.)

25. Give the last names of the two Brians in 1988's "Battle of the Brians".

In 1988, Brian Boitano of the US defeated Brian Orser of Canada for the Gold Medal in Men's Figure Skating at the Winter Olympics.

26. Four NFL coaches have lost four Super Bowls. Name the one who is NOT in the Hall of Fame.

Dan Reeves. (Don Shula, Bud Grant and Marv Levy are all in the Hall.)

27. What nineteenth century English writer is also known for introducing a certain style of postal box?

Anthony Trollope.

28. Everybody knows who shot J.R. Ewing. But who shot Bobby Ewing?

Katherine Wentworth. (Pam Ewing later "dreamed" Katherine running Bobby over in her car.)

29. Who said "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca?

Trick question, this: Nobody said "Play it again, Sam." The line is nearly always misquoted.

30. Mabel Normand is credited with being the originator of what?

Normand was a noted star of slapstick films during the silent era. She is often credited with "inventing" the pie in the face.

So there you go!

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