December 13, 2016

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Round 1

  1. The Presidential country retreat Camp David is located in what state?
    Maryland
  2. Spelled out in English, what are the four shortest letters of the Greek alphabet, at two letters each?
    • mu
    • nu
    • xi
    • pi
  3. What is the title of Salvador Dalí’s famous painting featuring melting pocket watches?
    “The Persistence of Memory”
  4. Of the 41 bowl games being played in the 2016–17 NCAA football season, 40 will be held in the United States, and one in what other country?
    The Bahamas
  5. There are two father and son pairs who have each received the Medal of Honor. What are last names of each pair?
    • MacArthur (Arthur MacArthur Jr. and Douglas MacArthur)
    • Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt Jr.)
  6. What mid-size SUV sold by Volkswagen since 2002 is named after a nomadic ethnic group found mainly in the Sahara desert?
    Touareg

Round 2

  1. Helix, Casper, Leesa, and Saatva are online vendors of what type of product?
    Mattresses
  2. What was the name of the all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant sued by Homer Simpson for failing to give him all the seafood he could eat, a pun on, among other things, an opera by Richard Wagner?
    The Frying Dutchman
  3. In Greek mythology, the chimera was usually described as a combination of what three animals?
    • Lion
    • Goat
    • Snake
  4. What are the only two Central American countries which do not border both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean?
    • Belize
    • El Salvador
  5. What is the term in Jewish dietary laws for food which contains neither meat nor dairy ingredients and so may be eaten alongside either?
    Pareve/parve
  6. What author has won the most Tony Awards for Best Play, with four?
    Tom Stoppard
    • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
    • Travesties
    • The Real Thing
    • The Coast of Utopia

Round 3

Give the title of each movie referenced by the Amazon user reviews below. The year of each movie’s release is given in parentheses. (Spelling, grammar, and punctuation preserved from original sources.)

  1. (1967) I highly doubt a pack of hungry wolves would just adopt a human kid as one of their own.
    The Jungle Book
  2. (1979) I just don’t get it. Why are they sending a woman into space?
    Alien
  3. (1980) It’s hard to believe that a hotel that size in Colorado would close in the winter with all the skiing business
    The Shining
  4. (1983) NOT WHAT I EXPECTED. I PREFER DOGS THAT ARE NOT POSSESSED BY EVIL. GAVE IT TO MY NEPHEW AND HE LOVED IT
    Cujo
  5. (1987) Fire Swamps? Giants? Big Moles? Are YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? This movie is completely out of touch with reality.
    The Princess Bride
  6. (1994) It’s disappointing. Animals simply don’t talk or sing.
    The Lion King
  7. (1996) With all that technology they still got beat by MJ? He was good but not THAT good.
    Space Jam
  8. (1997) Please just imagine if you were Fernfield basketball player that lost his job to a golden retriever.
    Air Bud
  9. (2005) Four girls share a single pair of jeans that they all had their periods in. How GROSS is that?
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  10. (2009) The title is misspelled and movie is historically inaccurate.
    Inglourious Basterds
  11. (2010) The aerodynamics in this movie are unrealistic. Also, that’s not what dragons look like.
    How to Train Your Dragon
  12. (2012) Obama has had to much influence on this one so it sucked it was an anti torcher movie.
    Zero Dark Thirty
  13. (2012) There was absolutely no magic in this movie at all. Huge letdown.
    Magic Mike
  14. (2013) I did not like the movie because of all the whippings and beatings
    Twelve Years a Slave
  15. (2013) There were no wolves in the movie.
    The Wolf of Wall Street
  16. (2013) Thought Channing and Jamie were holding hands on the cover, was expecting something a little more sensual.
    White House Down
  17. (2014) Can’t believe Vin Diesel did a movie where he repeats the same 3 words the whole movie.
    Guardians of the Galaxy
  18. (2014) didn’t realize he was gay when I bought the movie
    The Imitation Game
  19. (2015) I am against the idea of changing ones sex.
    The Danish Girl
  20. (2015) I don’t know where to get eatable chrome spray
    Mad Max: Fury Road
Bonus: This book review excerpt from 1922 discusses what novel published the same year? “Two-thirds of it is incoherent, and the passages that are plainly written are devoid of wit...”
Ulysses

Round 4

  1. Revolutionary War general Christopher Gadsden lends his name to a flag with what design?
    Coiled snake, “Don’t Tread on Me” motto
  2. What is the only country in Southeast Asia never to have been colonized by a European power?
    Thailand
  3. What are the two main varieties of coffee grown around the world for commercial sale?
    • Arabica
    • Robusta
  4. What two U.S. states share borders with the most other states, with eight neighbors each?
    • Missouri
    • Tennessee
  5. What adjective meaning “monstrously large” originates from the name of a literary character created by François Rabelais in the 16th century?
    Gargantuan
  6. What Washington, DC street name is often used to refer collectively to political lobbyists, similar to the way “Madison Avenue” refers to the advertising industry?
    K Street

Round 5

Deducing the common theme to all six questions in this round may help you figure out the correct answers.

  1. What muppet on Sesame Street was originally colored orange, before changing to the current color for season 2 onwards?
    Oscar the Grouch
  2. What car company’s logo combines two symbols of the city of Milan, where it was founded in 1910?
    Alfa Romeo
  3. James Brown won his first Grammy award for what 1965 single?
    “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”
  4. In 1995, what NHL team moved to Denver and was renamed the Colorado Avalanche?
    Québec Nordiques
  5. What 2014 movie, nominated for nine Academy Awards, is set in a fictional European country named after a type of flavored Polish vodka?
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
  6. What nonprofit organization, founded in 1892, was instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park?
    The Sierra Club
This round’s theme:
Letters in the NATO phonetic alphabet
(Oscar, Alpha, Romeo, Papa, Quebec, Hotel, Sierra)

Final question (Category: Science)

On November 28, 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry formally approved the names of four new elements, including one named after what country?
Japan (Nihonium, element 113)