Friday, 18 March 2016

'Pig in a poke' comes from a con involving selling a cat in a bag

We won this week! But you could have done even better?

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

The ones that got away
1) Which US state is known as the 'Mountain State'? Hint: it's not in the Rockies.
2) In the Rihanna song 'Work', how many times is the word 'work' said? If you're within 10% of the answer you get the point.
3) If you invested $1,000 in Apple stock when it first went public, how much would it be worth today? The answer starts with 25 followed by some number of zeros.
4) Identify the fake Friends episode title: a) The one with the chat room; b) The one with the East German laundry detergent; c) The one with the mix tape; d) The one with free porn; e) The one with the race car bed
5) The character Harry Mudd is a con artist in which TV series?
6) The character Templteon Peck is a con artist in which TV series?
7) 2 point question: the arena that plays host to the NHL'S Ottawa Senators formerly shared a name with what chemical element?

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 3
1) If you take the two-word state nickname of Missouri and repeat it, you get the four-word name of what CBeebies show? On air since 2009, it's hosted by Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee (the latter being best known for playing Po in Teletubbies).
2) The only thing I know about Rihanna is that she's from Barbados, so on that note: the flag of Barbados features the head of a trident, symbolically 'broken' from one held by whom on its previous colonial flag?
3) According to its designer, the Apple logo has a 'bite' taken out of it to show scale, so it would not be confused with what other fruit?
4) No-one really uses chat rooms any more, but what popular instant messaging service takes its name ultimately from the Greek for 'to write at a distance'?
5) Harry Mudd's middle name is, as I'm sure you know, Fenton - a name shared with what type of animal in a 2011 viral Internet video?
6) After explaining how to carry out the Three-card Monte scam on a BBC show, John Lenahan became the first person in 85 years to be expelled from what organization?
7) The only 3-letter element, tin, can be spelled using the symbols for titanium (Ti) and nitrogen (N). Only 2 four-letter chemical elements can be spelled using the symbols of chemical elements. For one point each: which two?

The answers

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  1. ::Googles Telegram::

    ::Learns something new::

  2. Etymologically, surely telegraph rather than telegram?

    1. Yeah - I was trying to convey that idea using the word 'ultimately', although I suspect there might be a clearer way to get that idea across.

  3. I worked out telegraph, but had no idea there was a messaging service called that.