Stand under my Mystery umbrella (#22)
A much-belated congratulations to SorensonG for winning KW Mystery #22. MillerC37 came in second with the only other 12/12, while KroegerJ took bronze.
There would have been several more 12/12 scores had I done a better job of wording one particular question; more on that later.
KW Mystery #23 is now open. It closes Sunday evening.
This is the main cast from what television show? (A sixth member would be added for the ninth season, its last.)
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (43%)
From left to right: Barney, Robin, Ted, Lily, Marshall. The sixth cast member was the unnamed Mother, played by Cristin Milioti.
Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident turned BBC journalist, was assassinated in 1978 by an injection of what drug derived from castor oil seeds?
Probably with KGB help, Markov was murdered by an unknown assailant wielding an umbrella with a ricin injector at the tip.
The 2013 drama Saving Mr. Banks concerns the development of what 1964 film? (I think of the answer every time I hear the term “run on the banks”.)
MARY POPPINS (90%)
Name the man responsible for the display seen here.
Someone answered GET THIS NY-CENTRIST SHIT OUTTA HERE, which made me laugh.
Whether you loved it or hated it, Christo’s The Gates was a big thing in the art world (literally and figuratively). I also accepted JEAN-CLAUDE, his wife, who also received credit for the work (retroactively in the case of Umbrellas).
Nothing to do but frown”
These are lyrics from what 1971 song by The Carpenters?
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS (61%)
I wrote this one intending for half of the gets to come from cold knowledge of the song’s lyrics, the other half after figuring out the theme.
What member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average was founded in 1864 in Hartford, Connecticut?
THE TRAVELERS COMPANIES (38%)
A Swiss-French artist, architect, and urban planner, Charles-Edouard Jeanneret adopted what pseudonym in 1920?
LE CORBUSIER (51%)
Toward the end of his career, Le Corbusier turned to umbrellas (and their brethren, parasols) for inspiration to create roofs that would better protect his work from the elements.
Introduced in Detective Comics #58 (December 1941), Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot is the real name of what villain?
THE PENGUIN (78%)
This gentleman had quite the collection of trick parasols.
What performer is sporting this outfit?
LADY GAGA (17%)
The third music option I had lined up was “Bus Stop” by The Hollies, one of my all-time favorite songs.
The most recent instance of what began on February 28, 2013 and lasted 13 days? It was the first planned occurrence since 1415-1417.
SEDE VACANTE (PAPAL INTERREGNUM) (12%)
The vacant papacy uses an umbrella in place of a crown on its seal.
I had to be strict with grading – the vacancy was scheduled because of the resignation of Benedict XVI, whereas all conclaves have a scheduled start date, normally set soon after the death of the pope.
This question was an unintentional trap, and I apologize for not including “Latin phrase” or some such (as with this infamous Final Jeopardy! clue). Surely our silver medalist, who was in the other semifinal match, benefitted from his familiarity with this clue!
Kowloon and New Territories are two of the three divisions of what “special administrative region”? (The third is an island of the same name.)
HONG KONG (72%)
Kowloon should be a Pavlov for Hong Kong.
What item binds the other eleven clues in some way?