June 21, 2016

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Round 1

  1. What are the names of the two measurements that make up a blood pressure reading?
    • Systolic pressure
    • Diastolic pressure
  2. Two undersea characters, one from an 1870 novel and one from a 2003 film, share a Latin name. What is the name, and what is its English translation?
    • Nemo
    • Nobody
  3. “Tell me what brand of whiskey he drinks; I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” Who said this, and whom is it referencing?
    Abraham Lincoln, referring to Ulysses S. Grant
  4. What is the length (and also the title) of a 1952 John Cage composition calling for its performers to remain silent?
    4′33″
  5. What is the only U.S. state quarter that depicts the entire contiguous U.S. on the reverse?
    Louisiana (showing the Louisiana Purchase)
  6. Although the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Program has been awarded each year since 2003, what are the only three shows to have won it?
    • The Amazing Race (won ten times)
    • The Voice (won twice)
    • Top Chef (won once)

Round 2

  1. What do bananas Foster, cherries jubilee, and crêpes Suzette have in common?
    Flambéeing
  2. While Hamilton did set a record for most Tony nominations in 2016, it fell one short of the record for Tony wins, still held by what show?
    The Producers (12 wins)
  3. In 1968, Esquire magazine ran a cover showing what athlete pierced with arrows in an homage to the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian?
    Muhammad Ali (April 1968 cover)
  4. What four opponents did Franklin D. Roosevelt defeat in Presidential elections?
    • Herbert Hoover (1932)
    • Alf Landon (1936)
    • Wendell Wilkie (1940)
    • Thomas Dewey (1944)
  5. Mentioned in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, smoking bishop is a type of what drink?
    Mulled wine
  6. Apart from Clippy the paperclip, Microsoft Office 97 shipped with eight other cartoon assistants. Name any three.
    • A cat
    • A dog
    • A robot
    • A globe
    • A smiley-face
    • The Microsoft Office logo
    • Albert Einstein
    • William Shakespeare

Round 3

Before & After: Each answer is a combination of two movie titles, linked by a common word in the middle. One member of each movie’s cast is provided, in the correct order, along with the total number of words in the answer. Example:

Chris Pratt & Alan Rickman (5) → Guardians of the Galaxy Quest

  1. Adrien Brody & Don Cheadle (5)
    The Grand Budapest Hotel Rwanda
  2. Angela Bassett & Christopher Lloyd (9)
    How Stella Got Her Groove Back to the Future
  3. Annette Bening & Angela Lansbury (5)
    American Beauty and the Beast
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone (3)
    Kindergarten Cop Land
  5. Audrey Hepburn & Paul Giamatti (6)
    My Fair Lady in the Water
  6. Barbra Streisand & Tom Cruise (9)
    A Star is Born on the Fourth of July
  7. Ben Stiller & Dick Van Dyke (5)
    There’s Something About Mary Poppins
  8. Gary Oldman & Jack Nicholson (8)
    Air Force One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  9. Harrison Ford & Uma Thurman (4)
    Regarding Henry & June
  10. Henry Fonda & Tommy Lee Jones (5)
    Twelve Angry Men in Black
  11. Janeane Garofalo & John Leguizamo (6)
    Wet Hot American Summer of Sam
  12. Joe Pesci & Tim Robbins (3)
    Raging Bull Durham
  13. John Cusack & Robert Redford (5)
    Eight Men Out of Africa
  14. Kate Winslet & Sam Elliott (3)
    Revolutionary Road House
  15. Lea Thompson & Groucho Marx (4)
    Howard the Duck Soup
  16. Mickey Rourke & Daniel Stern (3)
    Sin City Slickers
  17. Ryan Gosling & Fisher Stevens (4)
    The Big Short Circuit
  18. Sandra Bullock & Julia Roberts (7)
    While You Were Sleeping With the Enemy
  19. Stephen Root & Wayne Knight (3)
    Office Space Jam
  20. Tom Hanks & Richard Dreyfuss (10)
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Bonus: What one performer’s name would work as a clue for both halves of The Great Escape from New York?
Donald Pleasence

Round 4

  1. In Texas hold ’em poker, “Big Slick” is a reference to what cards?
    Ace and king (as hole cards)
  2. The islands known to early European world explorers as the Spice Islands are part of what present-day country?
    Indonesia
  3. What are the three ingredients (not including ice or garnish) of a Negroni cocktail?
    • Gin
    • Campari
    • Sweet vermouth
  4. In 2012, the Gibson guitar company was fined $300,000 for illegally importing what two types of tropical wood?
    • Ebony
    • Rosewood
  5. What film director, born in 1946, created a comic strip called The Angriest Dog in the World, which ran from 1983 to 1992?
    David Lynch
  6. The first African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate represented what state?
    Mississippi (Hiram Revels; served from February 23, 1870 to March 3, 1871)

Round 5

  1. What is a potter’s field used for?
    Burial of unknown/indigent people
  2. What building in Whitman, Massachusetts gave its name to one of the most popular baked goods in America?
    Toll House Inn
  3. Name either of the two countries spanned by the Darién Gap.
    • Panama
    • Colombia
  4. What is the name of the Comic Book Guy’s store on The Simpsons?
    The Android’s Dungeon (in full, The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop)
  5. In formal table settings, what is unique about the oyster fork, compared to all other types of fork?
    Placed to the right of the plate
  6. The city hall in what U.S. city was the tallest habitable building in the world from 1894 to 1908?
    Philadelphia (548 feet tall)

Final question (Category: Space)

At what university did President Kennedy deliver the famous “we choose to go to the moon” speech?
Rice University