Thursday, 10 October 2013

One of Connecticut's nicknames is "The Land of Steady Habits"

The team name: There's no 'I' in Équipe (reception: non-existent)

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor

The ones that got away
1) In which month is Earth Day celebrated?
2) What is the capital of the US State of Connecticut?
3) In January 1953 over 70% of US television sets were tuned in to watch Lucille Ball give birth in which TV show?
4) Managua is the capital of which Central American country?
5) Hoss, Little Joe, and Ben were characters in which US TV series?
6) What is the name of Romeo's cousin and friend in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?
7) How many years of marriage are celebrated with a lace wedding anniversary?

The answers

Poll results: 11 votes with 1 scoring 7/7 (!), 1 scoring 6/7, 2 scoring 5/7, 4/7, 3/7 and 2/7, and 1 joining us on zero.

The average voter scored a bit under 4/7!

The alternative questions
1) The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, but what time system - used in many computer operating systems - is defined as the number of seconds since January 1 of that year?
2) Hampton Court Palace was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of which king?
3) With 71.7% of all US television sets tuned in, more American households watched Lucy give birth than the inauguration coverage of which US president, the following morning?
4) With the exception of countries whose name (or at least an entire word/part thereof) is the same as their capital, such as Monaco (Monaco) or El Salvador (San Salvador), Nicaragua is unique in sharing the last 4 letters of its name with its capital Managua. Which Asian country is the only country to share the last 3 letters of its name with its capital city?
5) Bonanza is the third longest running live-action series in US broadcast history behind fellow western Gunsmoke and which rather more recent police procedural?
6) Who directed Romeo + Juliet, the 1996 film that cast the classic tragedy in the modern-day (and fictional) setting of 'Verona Beach'?
7) If you gave sugar as a sixth wedding anniversary gift, and should you live long enough, what might be an appropriate gift at your 216th wedding anniversary?

The answers


  1. I gave myself credit for "Hartford" since that's the capital of Connecticut.

    1. Oops. Thanks for that - Hampton was our (incorrect) guess which I must have stuck in the wrong column in my notes (and inexplicably didn't double-check). Have corrected it accordingly.

  2. To make a perhaps more substantive comment, was there a theme round on old (US) TV? Two '50s shows in a night seems a bit high, unless they're going for the nostalgic baby-boomer demographic.

    1. You'd certainly be forgiven for thinking so, but nope. They seem to have at least one question like that every week and it always stings us. Seemed to go down reasonably well with the punters though.