Thursday, 8 May 2014

Some Second World War editions of Monopoly feature a spinner instead of dice to save materials

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 7: Well done, you beat us!
We won this time, so no 'winninger than you' target!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The game dev
4) The klingon

The ones that got away
1) Which playground game was an Olympic sport between 1900 and 1920?
2) In the board game Monopoly what colour is the single property (not necessarily square) you're most likely to land on?
3) What term is used for a baby porcupine?
4) In 2010 which non-human fictional character testified before the US Congress in support of funding for music education programs?
5) The inventor of which clothing item said you can tell it apart from imitations because the real thing "could be pulled through a wedding ring"?
6) Which 1999 movie stars Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston and a kid called Hogarth?
7) In what year did the New York Stock Exchange stop trading in fractions, switching to decimals? You can have five years either way.

The answers

Poll results: 30 votes. 24 of you did better than us! The average voter scored 1.6/7.

The excuses

The alternative questions
1) Which sport will feature at the 2016 games, some 112 years after it was last an Olympic event?
2) In 2013 Monopoly manufacturers Hasbro launched an online poll to decide what token should replace the iron. Somewhat unsurprisingly, what animal did the Internet decide on?
3) Often confused with (though entirely unrelated to) porcupines, species of what egg-laying mammal join platypuses as the only extant monotremes?
4) Following landmark Supreme Court decisions regarding same sex partnerships in 2013, US magazine The New Yorker courted controversy with a cover seemingly depicting which two Sesame Street characters?
5) What type of 'sling swimsuit' was popularized by Sacha Baron Cohen in the film Borat?
6) The Iron Giant is (loosely) based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, who was offered the laureateship after which other poet turned it down?
7) Numerous fictional characters have opened the day's trading at the New York Stock Exchange, including in 2009 when which rascal - whose name actually originates from that of a fictional diamond - rang the bells?

The answers

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