Thursday, 7 January 2016

Despite looking like one, the BB in BB-8 maybe doesn't stand for basketball

Your targets this week:

We won this week, but could you have done even better?

The attendees
1) The statistician
2) The doctor

The ones that got away
1) What disease has killed more people in human history than any other?
2) Name the 3 main leaders of the Axis Powers for the majority of World War 2. You need all 3 for the point.
3) Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is thought to be a portrait of who?
4) Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens broke the record for opening weekend sales. Which movie did it overtake?
5) Meaning 'attendant' or 'sexton', what is the name of the extra light in a Menorah typically set higher than the other eight?
6) In order, name the top 4 all-time points scorers in the National Hockey League. You need all 4, in the correct order, for the points.

The answers

My excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more point)? 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
Question 2 (click for a bigger version!)
1) Essential quizzing knowledge to start. The word 'malaria' derives from the Medieval Italian for what two-word phrase, describing quite literally what was originally thought to cause the disease?
2) Very few countries remained neutral throughout World War II, with those that did highlighted in grey on this map. Most of these were either European nations or their colonies, along with the (unrecognized) state of Tibet and the former Kingdom of Yemen. Which Asian nation (highlighted) also maintained neutrality?
Question 4
3) What da Vinci drawing is based on the work of an ancient Roman architect?
4) This (very) minor character in the latest Star Wars installment went a little bit viral. It was later discovered (from one of the books, no less) their official designation was FN-2199, but the Internet initially gave them the name TR-8R because they utter what word?
5) What is the interior angle of a regular hexagon? If you can't remember the formula from school, you could try sketching a Star of David and make use of each 'point' being an equilateral triangle.
Question 6
6) Which Premier League football club were left red-faced earlier this season, after presenting Wayne 'The Great One' Gretzky with this mis-spelled shirt? (If you think you have no idea, a closer look at the picture may reveal a clue or two.)

The answers

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


  1. Surely Tojo was de facto leader of Japan?

    1. Huh, good point. Although I suspect most quizmasters (as this one did), would be expecting the Hirohito answer. (As always with OTGA, I can't speak for the quizmaster in question!)

  2. The last question (6) is incorrect unless the quizmaster specified "retired" hockey players, number four is the still active Jaromir Jagr, Francis is 5th. smileyface.

    1. Oh, thanks. It's possible that was my mistake (my notes are scruffy), so I've updated it :)