Thursday, 28 January 2016

The original script had E.T. lured by M&Ms, but Mars turned the opportunity down

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 secret German
4) The rich-person otherkin

The ones that got away
1) Within 10%, what is the total distance covered in an Ironman triathlon? (You can answer in miles or kilometres)
2) What brand of beer did E.T. get drunk on in the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?
3) Which of these is not a real lizard: a) Australian Thorny Devil; b) Legitimate Night Lizard; c) Mutilating Gecko; d) Ornate Crevice Dragon; e) Variable Blood Sucker
4) Prior to the recent relocation of the St Louis Rams (back) to Los Angeles, which NFL team had most recently relocated?
Questions 8 and 9
5) Which 2 films earned the most Oscar nominations (12 and 10) this year? You need both for the point.
6) According to the US Department of Agriculture, how hot should the internal temperature of chicken be to consume safely?
7) The quote "Old and busted, new hotness" is from which film and said by what actor? You need both for the point.
8) Name this character, played by Alan Rickman in the movie Galaxy Quest.
9) 2 point question: Name the character played by Alan Rickman here, and the movie. 1 point for each.

The answers

The doctor's excuses

How did you do? Would you have beaten us (1 or more point)? 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) As with more standard triathlons, there is no 'overall' world record for the Ironman. However, records are kept for the annual Hawaiian Ironman, considered one of the most prestigious events. With that in mind, what is the current fastest recorded time for this Ironman? You get the point if your time lies between the men's record and the women's record. (Hint: the women's record is 48 minutes, 18 seconds slower.)
2) The Coors Brewing Company boasts a large portfolio of other beer brands. What beer, whose name is the portugese word for 'snake', did it buy a controlling interest in in 2011?
3) Lizard Point is, of course, the most southerly point on mainland Britain. But in which country can you find Cape Froward, the most southerly point of any 'mainland' territory? (For clarification: I'm looking for the country whose southernmost mainland point is more southerly than any other country's - so forget about islands and overseas territories and Antarctica.)
Question 4
4) Before they relocated and became the Tennessee Titans, the Houston Oilers shared their nickname with the NHL's Edmonton Oilers. Pictured are the logos of two more pairs of teams who each share an animal nickname. For 1 point each, I need the nickname of each team. As a bonus hint, the two NFL teams pictured played each other this past weekend!
5) Attempts were made to shoot Fury Road in 2001 and 2003, but were postponed. The first delay was caused by the September 11th attacks, while the second was caused by what, amid fears it would now be considered a 'politically sensitive' film?
6) Give the first name of either the Celsius or Fahrenheit after whom the tempreature scales are named. (If you know both then feel free to show off, but it's still only worth 1 point!)
7) What 3-syllable word completes this couplet from the Men in Black rap: "But yo we ain't on no government list, we straight don't exist, no names and no ________"?
8) Alan Rickman's final film role will be in an upcoming adapation of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. What animal, given the name Absolem in Tim Burton's films, does he voice?
9) Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility was written under what two-word pseudonym? (Hint: if you place an 'M' in front of the pseudonym, and ignore the space between the words, you get a 6-letter word for a disease or ailment.)

The answers

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


  1. Darn. I was sure that Alternate #5 was going to be "Mel Gibson being anti-Semitic."

  2. The story of the Cincinatti Bengals relocating to Baltimore is actually a pretty interesting one. The team owners pretty much upsticks in the middle of the night! It wasn't much before the Oilers one so you weren't far off

    1. Oh, fun - I shall have to go and read up on that (usually I quite enjoy reading up on how wrong (or otherwise) our wrong answers are, but this week was a bit of a rush), thanks!

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