KW Mystery #21: Papal Pandemonium returns!
Hard to believe it took me 20 Mystery quizzes to dig into the papal names for a theme, but I finally cracked in #21. (You might recall last year when I held a competition to determine the best name of all time, which Pope Hilarius won in a landslide.)
KW Mystery #22 is now open. It closes Sunday evening.
Congrats to MyrowitzJ for leading the field; Kloefkorn took second, also with 12/12, and for the bronze, KroegerJ had the best moneying skills of those with 11 correct.
Each answer was a name in which the first name was also the name of at least one pope. To assist you in figuring out the theme, I added a number in parentheses at the beginning of each clue. This was the rank of that papal name in terms of frequency, not counting those pesky antipopes.
Note that the timing of this quiz was in part to honor my accidental skipping of Mystery #19, which I saw as similar to the way there was no Pope John XX.
(2) He was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) and Twelve O’Clock High (1949) before finally breaking through in his signature role (1962).
GREGORY PECK (66%)
(16 uses) Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.
(8) “My speech input is very, very slow these days. Is there any way Intel could help?”
Who sent this plea to Intel co-founder Gordon Moore in 2011?
STEPHEN HAWKING (90%)
(9 uses) Pretty straightforward – what notable person has trouble with speech (and would have a direct line to high-level tech executives)?
(T-21) What pontifex maximus was responsible for Intercalaris Prior and Intercalaris Posterior, both intentional one-time events that resulted in a fair amount of confusion?
JULIUS CAESAR (16%)
(3 uses) This was a reference to 46 B.C., the so-called Year of Confusion, in which Julius Caesar added two months to the calendar to properly align the calendar with the solar year.
Pontifex maximus was a Roman title belonging to the high priest; it is also used for the Catholic Pope, which clearly caused some confusion here. My bad.
(T-5) His first missive to a young Mohandas Gandhi was published in South Africa as A Letter to a Hindu. Who was this author, who died in 1910?
LEO TOLSTOY (37%)
RUDYARD KIPLING (23%)
(13 uses) I was surprised to learn Tolstoy found religion in the 1870s, becoming a leading philosopher.
(T-17) This cartoon depicts what man, who was running for President for the fifth and final time in 1920? (He received 3.4% of the popular vote.)
EUGENE V. DEBS (67%)
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN (14%)
(4 uses) The Socialist candidate had been jailed for refusing to serve in the Great War.
(3) “Pull [it] the wrong way, and I would be on my knees begging for mercy. I have very sensitive follicles.” So said what Hammersmith-born actor, currently 40, of his hair?
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (33%)
(15 uses) I wrote this so that the theme would be an important hint, a trick I use often in these quizzes.
(T-38) What full name is shared by the artist of the left image and the figure at right?
FRANCIS BACON (50%)
SIR WALTER RALEIGH (8%)
(1 use) Another subtle papal hint; the work is called Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.
(T-12) Barry Sanders won the fan vote to appear on the cover of Madden 25 in 2013. What fellow running back, still active for a division rival, finished second?
ADRIAN PETERSON (62%)
(6 uses) Barry Sanders played for the Lions; the perennially injured Peterson, for the Vikings.
(4) What Labour MP was the first man to hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister, an office created by Winston Churchill in 1942? He would later ascend to the top job.
CLEMENT ATTLEE (58%)
HAROLD MACMILLAN (8%)
(14 uses) He took Churchill’s spot during the post-WWII Potsdam Conference in July 1945.
(T-38) The man obscured here is best known for his portrayal of what fictional character? (First name alone is acceptable.)
LANDO CALRISSIAN (66%)
(1 use) This is Billy Dee Williams, famous for his approval of Colt 45. A hint to the theme was that Lando and Francis were tied for 38th – Lando is the most recent name to be used just once (as of now, of course).
(T-28) What is the full name shared by the two men represented here?
JOHN PAUL JONES (71%)
(2 uses) The Revolutionary naval hero and the bassist for Led Zeppelin, whose symbol (highlighted here) appears on the cover of Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. ZoSo, after the symbol used by Jimmy Page).
(1) Name the most recent U.S. President who qualifies as a correct response to this particular clue.
JOHN F. KENNEDY (30%)
GEORGE W. BUSH (10%)
(21 uses) John ranks #1 among papal names for frequency. That the answer to this question was the only Roman Catholic president was an amusing coincidence.