We won this week, but could you have done even better?!
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The secret German
4) The rich person otherkin
5) The metallurgist
The ones that got away
2) Madison Avenue lies between Park Avenue and which other numbered avenue in New York?
3) At the start of its first series the show Mad Men was set in what year?
4) 2 point question: Based on the average Canadian consumption rate of beef, how many cows are eaten by the population of the island of Montreal each day? You need to be within 50% to get the two points.
5) 2 point question: The car pictured in this slightly doctored advert is considered one of the biggest marketing flops of all time. What is it? (1 point for the brand, 1 point for the specific car.)
4) 500 (so 250-750 gets you the points)
5) Ford Edsel
2) Having visited New York City last November I attempted to sketch out a map on a cocktail napkin, narrowing down the options to 4th or 5th. My patchy memory had me leaning more for the former, and combined with a failed attempt to second-guess the quizmaster (5th seemed too amenable to a blind guess) we lost this particular coin toss.
3) While we were all thinking early sixties, no-one was quite sure how early sixties. I also probably didn't help matters by blurting out 1963 early on for no particularly strong reasons, thereby anchoring everyone to an ultimately quite wrong guess. Pro-tip for numerical quiz questions: everyone should think of their own answer before anyone says anything!
4) A Montreal special for you here, although given that we over-estimated the island's population by some 50% (thinking it was 2.5 million rather than the correct 1.7 million) we were unlikely to come close. As it turned out, and truly demonstrating the power of having a statistician on your team, I forgot to divide by 100 and wound up with an answer of 150,000 cows a day. Oops.
5) Not a car I'm familiar with, and a question we left rather too late to consider properly. That said, the doctor thought the Lincoln logo was roughly the right shape to fit on the grille, which wasn't too bad a shout.
How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more correct)? Let the world know with the poll below, then read on for my alternative questions (loosely) inspired by this week's Ones That Got Away!
My alternative questions
2) Owing to its resemblance to a household item, what is the name of this building (located at 175 Fifth Avenue)?
3) 1960 is known as the Year of Africa, with 17 nations from the continent gaining independence that year. Two of those 17 gained independence from the UK. Name either of them.
4) mcdonalds.com lists 7 main ingredients/components in their Big Mac. For 1 point, name 2 of these ingredients, for 2 points, name 4.
5) Along with Ford, which two other major American automotive companies make up the so-called 'Big Three'? (1 point for each.)
2) The Flatiron Building
3) Somalia and Nigeria
4) The bun, the burger, lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles and 'Big Mac sauce'
5) General Motors and Chrysler
How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!