Thursday, 5 November 2015

A sumo wrestler automatically loses if his belt becomes completely undone

Your targets this week:

1+ out of 10: Well done, you beat us!
4+ out of 10: We'd have won with you on our team!

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

The ones that got away
1) Vodka, Galliano and orange juice are the ingredients of what classic cocktail?
2) In Japan it is supposedly good luck to have sumo wrestlers do what to your baby?
3) During the 1800s in Britain what drug, known as 'quietness', was given to children?
4) In days, how long does a cat usually stay in heat?
5) Who was the first non-human to testify before the US Congress, doing so in defence of music education programs?
6) What is the most shoplifted item in the United States?
7) 2 point question: What was bubble wrap's original intended purpose?
8) 2 point question: The designer of the current United States flag submitted it as an assignment at school. What letter grade did they receive for it?

The answers

The doctor's excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more points)? Would you have helped us win (4 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!

Our alternative questions
Question 6
1) Clearly the only way to make cocktail questions even vaguely not terrible is to include a cryptic clue alongside the ingredients, so what cocktail of vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice might make you doubly happy?
2) The Street Fighter videogames feature a sumo wrestler with the first name Edomondo (Edmond) and a surname which is shared by a Japanese automobile company. Give that name.
3) "[blank] is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people." - For one point, fill in the blank. For a second point, name the author of the original German.
4) Since 2006, Heat Magazine has run an annual poll to find the nation's 'oddest celebrity crush'. The first three winners of this dubious accolade were the hosts of what TV show?
Question 8
5) To within 4 inches or 10 centimetres, how big (tall) is Big Bird?
6) If the Ones That Got Away had a chocolate bar, and its logo was made entirely of other chocolate logos, it might look like this. For 1 point name 3 of the chocolate products whose letters I have 'borrowed', for 2 points, name all 4.
7) The Taiwanese drink bubble tea typically features chewy balls made of either jelly or what cassava root extract?
8) Getting the public to submit designs is a common strategy when a country wants a new flag. Which nation's competition saw these two entries alongisde more reasonable contenders?

The answers

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


  1. That's the first time I'm ever scored zero on the ones that got away!

    1. Wow, that's an impressive run. I guess you'll have to improve on your cat heat knowlege - truly essential trivia.