Thursday, 24 September 2015

Lacrosse takes its name for the French for 'the stick'

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 7: Well done, you beat us!
3+ out of 7: We'd have won with you on our team!

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

The ones that got away
1) Brass is an alloy of which two metals? (1 point for getting both.)
2) How many players on a lacrosse team?
3) Which of these is not a real Steven Seagal movie? Hard to Kill; A Man Under Cover; The Asian Connection; Out for Justice; Fire Down Below.
4) In the musical Book of Mormon, to which country are the two main missionaries sent?
5) The musical Cats ran on Broadway from 1982 to 2000. To within 10%, how many shows in total were there?
6) In the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Joseph has 11 brothers. One is called Reuben, for 1 point each, name any 2 others.

The answers

Our excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more correct)? Would you have helped us win (3 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
1) While most are in fact 'German', which member of an orchestral brass section is often (incorrectly) described by another nationality?
2) Which Canadian ice hockey star was presented with a Tottenham Hotspur shirt this week bearing a slightly mis-spelled version of his name?
3) Which Disney film features a seagull who advises the title character that a salvaged fork is used as a comb? (Seagull? Seagal? Geddit?)
4) Which (real-life) television pioneer (and Mormon) is canonically an ancestor of a (fictional) character from TV series Futurama? Surname suffices.
5) The only real villain in Cats, Macavity's name is a pun based on the names Macheath (of Mack the Knife fame), macuahuitl (an Aztec obsidian sword), and that of which 19th Century literary criminal mastermind, upon whom Macavity himself is supposedly based?
6) Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice shared the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Song. For 1 point each, what was the song, and what Madonna-starring musical film was it from?

The answers

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


  1. I could have sworn there'd been a brass(/bronze) question on the blog, too! I have exactly the same problem as you, and likewise picked the wrong way.

    1. I might have a more thorough look through my archives at some point; if someone else remembers it seems like it must be there somewhere...

  2. I always seem to get the brass/bronze thing wrong too, and did again this time.

    I knew that one was copper and tin, and that tin was one of the earliest metals mined, back in prehistory, but my brain fritzed and I chose brass instead of bronze.(Age).