Thursday, 14 May 2015

There is no biological distinction between plantains and bananas

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 12: Well done, you beat us!
2+ out of 12: We'd have won with you on our team!

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The rich person otherkin
4) The metallurgist
5) The secret German
6) The gasman

The ones that got away
1) What animal gives birth to a 'farrow'?
2) What age was the youngest human known to have given birth?
3) At what age are Canadian senators obliged to step down?
4) Star Wars Round! Adjusted for inflation, which Star Wars movie made the most money at the box office?
5) Star Wars Round! By what name is Ghyslain Raza better known?
6) Star Wars Round! Who plays Storm Trooper Finn in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
7) 2 point question: Which band has albums titled Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin?
8) 2 point question: What was the first Martin Scorsese directed movie to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar?
9) 2 point question: To within 10%, according to, how many bananas can fit in a 20 foot shipping container?

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more point)? Would you have helped us win (2 or more points)? 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
1) The theme song to the movie Babe, If I Had Words was a 1978 hit song in the UK. Its main tune is taken from the main theme of which composer's third symphony (often referred to as their Organ Sympony)?
2) Which word, from the Greek for 'month' and 'beginning', refers to the first menstrual cycle in female humans?
3) What two-word, alliterative title, describes the Queen's representative in Canada (along with some other Commonwealth nations)? This person carries out most of her constitutional and ceremonial duties, including the appointment (on the advice of the Prime Minister) of senators.
4) What is the lowest number that, when written in roman numerals, requires a numeral other than I, V or X?
5) According to Samuel L. Jackson, he made a personal request to George Lucas that his lightsaber be what colour so that his character would be easily distinguishable? 6) Which US President proposed the Strategic Defense Initiative (informally known as 'Star Wars')?
7) Foo Fighters was originally formed by which drummer, following the 1994 death of which singer-songwriter guitarist? (1 point for each)
8) With Martin Scorsese directing, Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actor (winning neither, alas). For 1 point each, name them.
9) At what address did Eric Wimp (also known as Bananaman) live? You get 1 point for the number, and 1 point for the road, and as a minor hint, the number is prime and the road is named after a genus of shrubs and trees. Exciting!

The answers

How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!

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