1+ out of 14: Well done, you beat us!
4+ out of 14: We'd have won with you on our team!
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The metallurgist
4) The secret German
5) The rich-person otherkin
The ones that got away
1) To within 50 centimetres, how tall was the tallest ever sunflower?
2) In Casper the Friendly Ghost, what are the three main uncle ghosts called? (You need all three for the point.)
3) Which of these is not a real professional baseball team in the Philippines? Alpha Aces, Blackwater Elite, Manila OJ Drinkers, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Talk N' Text Tropang Texters.
4) Which WWE wrestler's gimmick is that they are followed around by a party, with supports called 'rosebuds'?
5) 3 point question: "Never send a human to do a machine's job" - for two points, name the movie this quote is from, for a third point, name the character who said it.
6) 3 point question: "Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?" - for two points, name the movie this quote is from, for a third point, name the character who said it.
7) 2 point question: What is the most abundant element in pewter?
8) 2 point question: Which singer, born with the surname Sarkisian, is usually known simply by an abbreviation of her first name?
2) Fatso, Stinkie, and Stretch
3) Manila OJ Drinkers
4) Adam Rose
5) The Matrix, said by Agent Smith
6) Star Wars (Episode IV), said by Obi-Wan Kenobi
The doctor's excuses
2) Casper's Wikipedia page is a real treasure trove of the kind of undeliberate humour of someone taking something very silly ULTRA-seriously. "As his name indicates, he is a ghost, yet he is quite personable". FOLLOWED BY A CITATION. Further hilarity can be found in the disquisition on whether Casper is an actual dead human child, or if he is just a ghost "because his parents were already ghosts when they were married".
3) Having played the Metal Gear Solid games, I am highly distrustful/enamoured with PMCs (private military corporations), of which Blackwater is one (although they changed name now). Knowing this, and knowing that the Quizmaster had recently been playing MGSV, I thought Blackwater was the fake. It wasn't though. *Fart Noises*.
4) Don't know much about wrestling. Someone suggested that Ric Flair was also known as "Nature Boy" and so having party people known as "rosebuds" seemed reasonably on-theme.
5) Me and The Statistican have tried to watch Blade Runner about 4 times, and fallen asleep in the attempt 4 times. We've both read (and enjoyed) the original novel though, so screw you with your "oooh but it's a sci-fi classic oooh oooh". Anyway I dunno... this seems like an OK question where we just didn't even consider the right answer, so I ain't even mad. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
6) This is a horrendously generic quote and I hate it. What I hate even worse is the fact that I've seen this movie approximately 50 times (we had the original trilogy on VHS before the remasters came out... I had a blessed childhood) and still missed it. Anyway, I gotta stop typing and go punch something now.
7) Apparently pewter is basically just tin with some other metals (antimony, bismuth, copper, sometimes lead) thrown in to make it harder, which is nice to know (no sarcasm). Unfortunately none of us knew this but I'd had some Warhammer 40k dudes who were tiny little pewter statues, and thought they seemed quite heavy and leady. So that's that excuse.
8) Top Fact: In 2014 Sia was the 97th richest Australian under the age of 40. I think Cher would have been a better guess (especially given that it was the right answer), but I'm not sure anyone even suggested her sadface.
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
1) According to Guinness World Records, the longest-standing unsolved maths problem is Goldbach's Conjecture from 1742, which states that every positive even number (except for 2) can be written as the sum of two of what type of number?
2) Fatso is the 'proper' name of a cat who features in a viral Internet meme appearing to play what type of instrument, after which the cat is more commonly known?
3) Despite being the 12th most populous country in the world, the Philippines are yet to claim a gold medal at any Olympic Games. There is one country more populous who hasn't won any Olympic medal - which?
4) For 1 point each, name the two four-letter body parts that describe, respectively, a 'good guy' and a 'bad guy' in professional wrestling.
5) By a shocking coincidence, main character 'Neo' in the Matrix has a name which is an anagram of 'one', because he is 'the one', or something. Here are three anagrams from a famous (terrible) book by Dan Brown. For 1 point each, provide the intended solution to the (somewhat related) anagrams:
(a) O, Draconian devil!
(b) Oh, lame saint!
(c) So dark the con of Man
6) John Williams won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work ont he first Star Wars movie. For 1 point each, give the three other movies for which he won either a Best Original Score or Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar. (And just to avoid frustration, he won neither for Fiddler on the Roof.)
7) In the Harry Potter novels, first year students are instructed to bring what piece of equipment, specified as "pewter, standard size 2"?
8) Identifying celebrities from their real names is seldom fun, so I'm spicing it up with some Pokemon. For 1 point each:
|Question 8: (a) on the left and (b) on the right|
(b) Born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, how is this musician better known? To get his name combine the (slightly slurred) name of the second Pokemon with a colour.
2) Keyboard [VIDEO]
4) Face and heel
5) (a) Leonardo da Vinci, (b) The Mona Lisa, (c) Madonna of the Rocks
6) Jaws, E.T., Schindler's List
7) A cauldron
8) (a) Seal (the Pokemon is Seel) and (b) CeeLo Green (the Pokemon is Sealeo)
How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!