We won this week, but can you do even better?
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The secret German
4) The metallurgist
5) The rich-person otherkin
The ones that got away
1) What is the only movie to be based on a novel by Stephen King and to star Christopher Walken?
2) The term sesquibicentennial represents how many years?
3) What are the first names of the two main characters in the Neil Simon play The Odd Couple? You need both for the point.
4) Pro-wrestler Daniel Bryan, whose catchphrase is 'No! No! No!', once teamed up with another wrestler called Kane, who is the Undertaker's demon brother. What was the name of this tag team?
5) In what movie can you see a counter-terrorism agent played by Jean-Claude Van Damme team up with a weapons dealer played by Dennis Rodman?
6) 2 point question: Starting with a 1, add 0s until you have the (approximate) number of times the International Space Station has orbited the Earth.
7) Who wrote the (Pulitzer Prize-winning) novel All the King's Men?
3) Felix and Oscar
4) Team Hell No
5) Double Team
7) Robert Penn Warren
The doctor's excuses
2) Sesquipedelian words, according to the Schott's Miscellany I had as a teen, were those which could be described as being "a foot and a half" long. So we had the 2 and a half component, and then we brainfarted and missed the centennial bit. NICE ONE, US.
3) I know The Odd Couple is a super famous thing, but it's currently in the same box as "Gone With The Wind" where it's basically "Media To Experience If I Run Out Of Literally Any Other Things To Do". So obviously, I didn't know about the names of the characters. Someone knew Oscar though, which was pretty good going, I thought.
4) "Find Out What The Deal Is With WWE And US Professional Wrestling" is yet another bullet point on my quest-log, which I suspect shall go uncompleted for my entire life. I sort of abstractly understand the appeal, but what little of it I've seen makes it clear that it's not really my cup of tea.
5) I think I've watched literally 2 movies in which the cast had been blessed by the divine presence of The Muscles From Brussels, but this was not one of them. Another close one though as our team went with Double Trouble (probably the sequel).
6) Our answer was 10,000 - making us out by a factor of ten. This was because we thought that it maybe orbited the Earth 1-2x a day. It seems pretty alarming that anyone's able to get anything done at all up there given how fast they're whizzing around, but that's space for you I guess.
7) According to Wikipedia, All The King's Men is a book that I can't easily summarise in one sentence as part of an excuse for why we didn't know who wrote it. It's like, about a politician who's a dick but people like him? Something like that. We suggested John Grisham because he is a noted writer of books.
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
2) Originally intended to be a 2 euro coin before the French blocked the plans, the Belgian commemorative 2.5 euro coin commemorates what event of 1815?
3) For 1 point each, give the first name of any former member of pop group Girls Aloud, and the surname of any member of Russian composer group The Mighty Handful. (Then imagine what beautiful music they'd make together.)
4) The story of Cain and Abel is a major theme in what 1952 John Steinbeck novel?
6) Pictured is a space version of something almost all of us use every day. What?
7) Humpty Dumpty is sometimes used to illustrate the second law of thermodynamics, which describes what 7-letter process? (Extra hint: it starts with 'e'.)
2) Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo (Battle of Waterloo, or similar answers, also acceptable)
3) Nadine, Cheryl, Sarah, Nicola, Kimberley and Balakirev, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korskakov, Borodin (I'll let you work out which list is which)
4) East of Eden
5) Street Fighter
6) A toilet
How did you do on my alternative questions? Have another poll!