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May 17, 2016

Mystery Quizzes are made by fools like me (#7)

Congrats to VenguswamyK for winning Mystery Quiz #7! He was the only player to get all 12 questions correct.

In lieu of a Mystery theme this week, I have a general-knowledge quiz where all of the answers are the names of Radiohead songs. Click here to enter.

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Here’s the overview of the completed quiz:


Q1. Girdle of Venus, Mount of Moon, and the Fate Line are “predictive” features of what human body part?

PALM (96%)

I also accepted “hand” as I was too broad in my definition.


Q2. Bottoms up! What’s the specific beverage of choice in this vessel?

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HEMLOCK (80%)

This is from The Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David. The poisonous hemlock plant is different from the hemlock tree, a distinction I did not know before.


Q3. Completed in 1947 and registered as NX37602, the H-4 Hercules is better known by what nickname?

THE SPRUCE GOOSE (70%)

“Hercules” should have led to something big or strong, and NX… as the registration for a plane. The theme probably helped a few people here, too.


Q4. This is a stylized map of what tourist attraction along Lake Erie?

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CEDAR POINT (76%)

Cedar Point is practically synonymous with roller coasters; it holds several records relating to them. My first roller coaster ride was on Mean Streak.


Q5. What Tennessee municipality, established by the U.S. government in 1942 for the Manhattan Project, is also known as “Secret City” and “City Behind the Fence”?

OAK RIDGE (67%)

Now known for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Q6. What is the three-word title of the iconic song heard here, first published in 1899?

MAPLE LEAF RAG (61%)

BWA:

EBONY & IVORY
THE ENTER TAINER

One of Scott Joplin’s earliest songs, this one set off a craze for ragtime.


Q7. Meegosh, Madmartigan, Burglekutt, and the evil Queen Bavmorda are characters in what 1988 George Lucas cult classic, originally titled Munchkins?

WILLOW (46%)

MCW:

GREMLINS (8%)

BWA:

STAR WARS: EWOKS LIVE

I highly recommend watching this movie. It’s great.


Q8. In Exodus 10:5, the LORD promised they would “cover the face of the earth” and “eat the residue of that which is escaped from the hail”. What was this eighth plague against the Egyptians?

LOCUSTS (92%)

Pretty easy given all of the hints (and because the idea of a swarm scares the crap out of pretty much everyone).


Q9. This is from a Wikipedia article about what man, known as “George” to his white colleagues?

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SEQUOYAH (45%)

BWA:

CEDAR BOB

The inventor of the written Cherokee language.


Q10. In 2014, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio took Gracie Mansion’s decor in a new “direction” when he acquired $65,000 worth of furniture from what retailer, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma?

WEST ELM (23%)

MCW:

POTTERY BARN (8%)

I knew this would be tough; I added “direction” as an aid, but it wasn’t enough.


Q11. I’ve slightly redacted the cover seen here. What are the last two words in the book’s title?

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MULBERRY STREET (74%)

MCW:

YOU’LL GO (8%)

The full title is And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (the blank sign should have been of help). It was Dr. Seuss’s first book.


Q12. What is the 12th (and final) line of the oft-parodied 1913 poem suggested by the other answers? Hint: your response should be seven words long.

BUT ONLY GOD CAN MAKE A TREE (33%)

MCW:

A POEM AS LOVELY AS A TREE (13%)

BWA:

AND A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FROM THE TREES
CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP CHOP
SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A TREE?

Alfred Joyce Kilmer’s most beloved poem. Kilmer died at age 31 fighting in the Second Battle of the Marne, months before the Great War’s end.

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