Playoffs!? Let’s talk about KW Mystery #27
Congrats to WeikleB for topping a field of 103 in my twenty-seventh mystery quiz. Snuffleupagus and VenguswamyK shared the silver medal, while six other players also posted perfect 12/12 scores.
The theme this week: the 12 NFL playoff teams. Each of them appears as an answer, but in two different forms, as alluded to in the instructions: the first six questions use geographic locations, while the second half uses nicknames.
I did not mention this, but the answers were further segregated: questions 1-3 and 7-9 are the NFC teams, with questions 4-6 and 10-12 featuring the AFC teams.
Q1. What horse won the Triple Crown in 1977?
SEATTLE SLEW (70%)
Until American Pharoah [sic] completed the trifecta in 2015, Affirmed was the last to pull it off, in 1978. (This question was intended to be easier with knowledge of the theme.)
Q2. Name the movie.
DETROIT ROCK CITY (75%)
Q3. Name the television show.
THE FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH
You might be familiar with this show from a recent LearnedLeague question, or from the show’s success at the Golden Globes. It was created by (and stars) Donald Glover, who will play a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII and who also raps under the stage name Childish Gambino.
Q4. What is the common name of the dish on the right (as distinguished from the one on the left)?
NEW ENGLAND (BOSTON) CLAM CHOWDER (94%)
At left you’ve got Manhattan Clam Chowder. Clearly inferior.
Q5. A Civil War battle on April 6-7, 1862 was known in the South as Shiloh. By what name did Northerners refer to it, for the docking area at which reinforcements arrived?
PITTSBURG LANDING (25%)
I knew this would play hard, but I wanted to give a shout-out to a clue in one of my College Championship games. (I had no idea, either.)
Q6. What five-word phrase is being spoken here? (Technically, it’s erroneous; I’ll accept either version.)
HOUSTON, WE HAVE (WE’VE HAD) A PROBLEM (93%)
I’M DAVID PUMPKINS; ANY QUESTIONS?
This is Tom Hanks playing Jim Lovell in Apollo 13. “Houston, we’ve had a problem” is the actual line Lovell used once things went sour.
Q7. Vroom, vroom! Name the 1964 Shangri-Las hit in which the narrator meets her doomed beau at a candy store.
LEADER OF THE PACK (79%)
The opening line of this teenage tragedy: “I met him at the candy store.” (You get the picture? Yes, we see.)
On second thought, maybe I should have offered an audio clue: the monologue starting at 1:30.
Q8. Joe Buck, a would-be hustler who moves from Texas to New York City, is the protagonist of what 1965 James Leo Herlihy novel? The story was made into a film a few years later.
MIDNIGHT COWBOY (79%)
URBAN COWBOY (6%)
The only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, which it did in 1969 (heh heh).
Q9. Seen here is a 1768 etching of what geographic feature in County Antrim?
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (57%)
AN OLD IRISH THING MADE BY A VOLCANO OR SOME SHIT
The BWA explains it better than I ever could. (Here’s an official site.)
Q10. Give the (generic) name of this fictional character.
THE CHIEF (70%)
CARMEN SANDIEGO (6%)
The Chief, played by Lynne Thigpen, was the head of ACME Detective Agency. The organization’s job was capturing the notorious Carmen Sandiego and her V.I.L.E. henchmen.
Q11. The first man to hold it became Charles II in 1350; the 27th (and last) later styled himself as Louis XIX. What is this title?
The Dauphin was the heir apparent to the French crown. The position was so named for the dolphins that appeared on its coat of arms.
Q12. The Last Revelation, Curse of the Sword, and The Temple of Osiris are all entries in the canon of what video-game franchise, which made its debut in 1996?
TOMB RAIDER (67%)
Starring archaeologist Lara Croft, the female answer to Indiana Jones. (Angelina Jolie played her in the 2001 film adaptation.)